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The Amazing Race 8, Episode 3: These People are Crazyby Jenn Brasler -- 10/12/2005
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Previously on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Nine families headed to Washington, D.C. and played spy games. The Gaghans fell behind, which will happen when you hang around the wrong place for two hours. The Paolos fought, to the surprise of no one. The Rogerses got lost, thanks to some bad navigational skills. A Civil War reenactment gave Wally problems and left the Aiellos in awe. The Weavers came in first but the Rogerses wound up so far in the back of the pack that they were eliminated. And apparently it’s all Brock’s fault. Eight teams remain:
The Weavers: Linda, Rolly, Rebecca, and Rachel - Mother and kids/They shriek because they love
The Linzes: Tommy, Alex, Megan, and Nick - Brothers and sister/Megan just wants some respect
The Godlewskis (Pink Ladies: Christine, Sharon, Tricia, and Michelle - Sisters/I’ve given up on telling them apart
The Schroeders: Mark, Char, Hunter, and Stassi - Father, stepmother, and kids/Quietly kicking butt
The Aiellos: Godfather Tony, Matt, David, and Kevin - Father-in-law and sons-in-law/Also difficult to tell apart
The Bransens: Wally, Beth, Lauren, and Lindsay - Father and daughters/Growing on me
The Gaghans: Tammy, Bill, Carissa, and Billy - Parents and kids/Don’t mess with them
The Paolos: Tony, Marion, Brian, and D.J. - They fight because they… love?
The families are all at Welbourne Manor in Middleburg, Virginia. Will the Bransens be able to overcome Wally’s problems with physical tasks? Will Linda be able to continue to be a leader for her kids? Speaking of the Weavers, they’re leaving first, at 2:26 a.m. Their clue tells them to fly to Charleston, South Carolina, and find a place called the Battery. They’ll search the Battery for a gazebo, where they’ll find their next clue. The family heads towards Dulles Airport. Woo! Dulles! Gotta love that… wacky… okay, look, it’s something familiar. I’m allowed to be excited. Rebecca says that they thought their family was strong and now they’re trying to prove it. They don’t want any drama.
The Linzes leave second. Megan says that she gets frustrated when her brothers don’t listen to her, so she’ll have to make them listen. The Linzes pronounce Dulles “Dulls.” Buzz! Thank you for playing. That would be “DULL-ess.” The Pink Ladies leave third. Sharon says that they haven’t really designated a boss, so she’s kind of stepped into that position.
The Schroeders leave. Char says that Stassi and Hunter are her stepkids and see her as a friend. She’s glad that she hasn’t been branded with the typical negative stepmother stereotype. In the car, Stassi is excited to be going to Charleston, but Hunter says that it’s all historic and he doesn’t know his history. His family tells him to focus.
It’s the Aiellos’ turn to leave. Matt dances a little on the mat. He interviews that they’ve been doing too much “business” and it’s time to make things a little lighter. The Bransens leave, talking about how they’ve proven to be tough. As the Gaghans step up to get their clue on the map, Billy tells everyone to take deep breaths. Tammy says that she and Bill have tried to treat the kids like little adults rather than children who might hold them back. It seems to be working out very well for them.
Out on the highway, the Linzes and the Weavers get stuck behind a truck with a wide load. The Linz brothers are amused. The Bransens take the opportunity to borrow their driver’s cell phone to call for flight information. They find out that one flight arrives in Charleston at 10:06 a.m. The Gaghans call from their car as well and get the same flight info.
The Paolos are the last to leave. Tony says that he came over from Italy as a kid and wants his children to see what an amazing country they live in. This is the chance of a lifetime, no matter how much they fight. Marion says they’re doing the race American style.
The Weavers miss their exit and have to back up. The Linzes see this and laugh. At Dulles, the teams go to Independence Air and the Weavers find a flight that arrives in Charleston at 10:04. The Linzes and Pink Ladies share information, as do the Bransens and Aiellos. The Aiellos and Schroeders get seats on the flight that gets in at 10:04. The Bransens and Gaghans get on the one that arrives at 10:06.
Linda says that she wants to familiarize herself with the airport. I’m not sure why. Stassi thinks that the Weavers are being sneaky. Actually, the Weavers are learning from some employees that they’re on the best flight. Everyone else resents this, for some reason. Have they never seen this show before? This is exactly what they should be doing.
The Aiellos decide to find out how much the Weavers like them by asking them if they got on another flight. The Weavers walk past without responding. The Aiellos are upset about this and talk about they hate the Weavers. Because they wouldn’t share information that might potentially lose them a lead? For shame! I mean, I can see the Aiellos’ position, and that was kind of rude, but it’s a race. There’s no rule that says they have to help anyone. And they didn’t find a better flight, so it’s not like they’re hiding state secrets. The Weavers are playing mind games, and they’re obviously winning.1 2 3 4 Next-->
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