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The Amazing Race 4, Episode 3: You Can Only Mess Up So Many Timesby Phil Kural -- 06/13/2003
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Since I received so much mail last week saying that Reichen & Chip are evil while Steve & Josh are good, I decided to give Steve & Josh the benefit of the doubt and start them off with a clean slate. Concerning Reichen & Chip, I will try to look more deeply into them and try and see all this evil that apparently others are seeing. On that note, let's take a look at what happened this week on The Amazing Race.
On last week's show, 11 teams left Corina, in the Italian Alps, and made their way to Venice, Italy. Along the way Reichen & Chip were shown as threats to the rest of the racers, Russell & Cindy fought most of the way and in the midst of all this, foul mouth Amanda & Chris the jerk were eliminated. Was it because they didn't get along? Was it because they were horrible racers? Was it destiny? Who knows, but they're gone. This week, someone else will be gone as well. Let me tell you who is left, and in what order they will leave the pit stop:
Steve & Dave - Air traffic controllers/Best friends/Old heads
At 2:45 a.m. it is time for Steve & Dave to depart. They receive the first piece of route info for this leg and it tells them that they have to get to Vienna, Austria, by train. Once they get there, they must find a specific intersection that will have them scurrying through the historic sewers of Vienna to get to their next piece of route info. Dave says in interview that his knee still hurts and it is trouble for him to run. Therefore, they take their time getting to the train station. A local tells them that the fastest way to get to Vienna would be to take a train from Padua. Steve & Dave board a train from Venice and head to Padua.
5:20 a.m. and Reichen & Chip are next to leave the pit stop. Both state that they know other teams look at them as a threat and that is not what they wanted in the race. However, they will roll with it. At 5:21 Kelly & Jon leave the pit stop. Isn't Kelly so cute? She states that at first, she was doing the race for Jon. Now she is doing it for herself. Her reasoning behind this is because she realized she is 50% of the team, and just like marriage, everything has to be 50/50. Therefore, both have to be equal on the team.
Back at the pit stop, it's now 5:23 and Tian & Jaree are off. Tian feels like she is sacrificing too much, while Jaree simply states she is trying her best. I guess she was really trying her best when she stopped for coffee in the first leg and also needed to rest while walking to the first pit stop. 5:24 has Jon and Al leaving. Jon says that they want the rest of the teams to look at them as the "fun guys" but also as the guys that will never give up. Russell & Cindy leave at 5:25 and even while waiting to leave the pit stop they are bickering. I swear, it never ends with these two. Cindy says there is tension and isn't sure where they stand right now. Millie & Chuck leave, and then, at 5:27, Steve & Josh leave as well. Josh says that he doesn't always see eye to eye with his dad, but they are working well as a team. I think I know why this team was rubbing me the wrong way. They remind me too much of my dad and I. We get along, but don't really agree on anything. I think I relate to them, but in a bad way. Go figure. Lastly, at 5:31, Monica & Sheree head out. Both say they knew they were almost eliminated in the last leg but refuse to give up.
At the Venice train station, Kelly & Jon, Tian & Jaree, and Reichen & Chip are all looking for a train to get to Austria. Right after them, all the other teams start filing in, and all hear that the next train does not leave for 10 hours. All seem to be asking locals where to go, but Jeff & Dave, along with Reichen & Chip, find someone that tells them of another station where they will have better luck. As Monica & Sheree are looking for a train, Reichen & Chip pull them aside and tell them where to go. Monica says they have a special bond with Reichen and Chip because they are the only minorities in the race. BS. I'll explain why I say that later.
So much is going on at this train station. In another corner, Millie is having an asthma attack. She says that sometimes when she has to run she will have them. I hate to see what happens the first time she has sex. Can I say that? Anyway, Jon & Al stay behind with Chuck to make sure that Millie is OK before they start racing again. Meanwhile, the first train has left. It holds Dave & Jeff, Monica & Sheree, Reichen & Chip, Tian & Jaree, and Kelly & Jon. On the train, Tian & Jaree are fighting over whose implants are bigger. No, not really, but they really are fighting. Tian is upset that Jaree will not empty anything from her pack. Jaree tells Tian to learn how to speak to her in a pleasant manner. Tian looks so pissed. How does she put up with Jaree? You would think Jaree would WANT to lighten the load especially seeing how slow she is. The whole time, Kelly is next to them laughing. I love Kelly. Just thought I would throw that in there. This train is the first headed to Verona, which will take them to Vienna.
On the second train we see Millie & Chuck, Jon & Al, Steve & Josh, and the worst racing team ever, Russell & Cindy. They managed to get lost and get to the train station last. Why am I not surprised? In Padua, Steve & Dave find out that they can not get a train to Vienna there, and have to head to Verona first. Their lead from the fast forward is officially gone. The second train is an hour behind the first, while the third train, holding only Steve & Dave, is an hour behind the second and two hours behind the first.1 2 3 Next-->
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