Wednesday, May 11, 2005

the amazing race 7- season finale

i apologize for the inevitable typos...i have not checked yet but want to post anyway.

And so it ends…this season of The Amazing Race…I guess you can say that the good guys won. It seemed that a lot of the teams were genuinely happy for the winners…there were even some tears. Now the real question is: were they all so happy that Uchenna and Joyce won, or were they just that happy that Rob and Amber didn’t win? One of the big “spoilers” of this season may have been that it had already been announced that Romber would be on Regis and Kelly tomorrow. Some say that they wouldn’t have announced it if they had won…who knows.
Anyway…there were some interesting times that were had in this episode. There was flying to Jamaica, Limbo-ing, raft building (or rafting, but everyone built), pit-stop driving, non-eliminating, onion finding, onion chopping, golfing, flying to Puerto Rico, bunching, bridge jumping, questionable flight allowing, “el rey de Havana” finding and pit-stop finding…Though in the written preview there was this “A Team makes the crucial mistake of leaving a clue behind while shopping” and we didn’t see that. I wonder what this was and where it happened???
In reverse order so that it has more suspense…oh wait, we all know who won, but who cares…

POW/Queen: They had a good first leg…all was great in Jamaica- Kelly was a good limbo-er…apparently Ron figured that because she was a dancer, she could do this one. Well, he was right about one thing (wrong in Africa about how dancing would help her carry things on her head…but hey). Unfortunately they didn’t have such a great time with the raft building and not only were the slowest, but fought the entire time. Ron kept saying “I’ve built a raft…like…never” and instead of allowing Kelly to help, he just made her feel like an idiot and made her sit there pretty much. But, they got lucky when both Romber and Uchenna and Joyce had some issues on the way to the pit stop. The golfing also went ok….though it looked like it was going to be a rough go, it worked for them. Even though Rob and Amber got a flight to Puerto Rico first, there was some bunching so it was ok. Things fell apart for them when they got lost on the way to the airport…they didn’t make the same flight as the other two so it was game over. Not even sure how long it took them to get to the Cigar shop or how far behind they were. Ah well. “Mat chat” with Phil at the end seemed to reveal that they will no longer continue the relationship after the race…I think we had all figured that out already though. Well, they were close…but no Cigar.

Rombuh: Well, they were darn close. And if it hadn’t been for a questionable flight allowance, they would have been hours ahead and would have won for sure (well, for almost sure). Their Jamaica leg was good…Amber limbo-ed it up like a pro, they built the raft well and they would likely have been first at the pitstop, but they were caught in a police check. Ah well, they started the first leg pretty much at the same time as Ron and Kelly…and they golfed up a storm…ok, not a storm, but Rob did hit the green and then it was off to Puerto Rico. They got the first flight out of Jamaica because of a delay, but because of the bunching, they started at the bridge jump all nice and together. For whatever reason, they sure didn’t do that bridge jump so well…they couldn’t find the bridge???? And ended up running around everywhere. Finally they found it and Amber did the jump and the swim and by the time she got to Rob she was just exhausted….cue the “jump on my back baby” cheese shot from the preview. So everything seemed to be falling apart…but then they got to the airport and got a killer flight. Figured no one would be able to make it because it was even questionable for THEM to make it on the flight due to “security reasons” (or so said the ticket agent). And here is where I think there was some CBS hanky-panky going on behind the scenes. The tunnel had been pulled back, the door had been closed, Rob and Amber were home free…and then, the Joyce and Uchenna begging worked and they opened the door for them. Ok, well that sucked but they could make it up by doing the Miami task quickly right? Unfortunately, they couldn’t figure out that the “King of the Havanas” clue for Little Havana should be translated into Spanish and that would be the name of the store. They were on Calle 8 (the right street)…just not in the right place. I am pretty sure that Rob thought he saw Uchenna as they were almost at the run to the mat…who knows, maybe it was someone else in a yellow shirt. But hey, Romber didn’t win a second million. That makes a lot of people happy. Too bad for them, but we all have to admit that they were good racers…

And the winners:
Joyce and Uchenna: They didn’t give up, that’s for sure, but they were also lucky. They were doing well in Jamaica…Joyce wasn’t as good a limbo-er as the other two so she and Uchenna had to leave 15 minutes later than the other two teams. Ok, they made that up well with the raft building…hooray. So they are free and clear on the way to the pitstop right? Wrong. They got a flat tire…boo. Ok so they’re back on the road and end up at the pitstop and of course, it’s a non-elimination leg. Bonus…so they give up their stuff (a good thing, give up their money (bad) and are told they have to start the next leg with $0 to their names (ok, so that means no begging before the leg begins). That’s rough…especially because the last few money amounts given have been pretty hefty and they were probably doing pretty well for money…plus the last leg usually gives you a fair bit as well. Crappy. So they open the clue and it’s “by taxi get to…” so they need a free taxi or some money…at 2am. I kept thinking, “just get a ride” until I realized they had to take a taxi. Anyway they figured the best way to get money was to go to the airport. I think they had a rough time…but managed some cash and found a driver that was willing to take them wherever they needed to go for the money they had…what a nice guy. So they got their onions, chopped them and then it was back to the airport and then to San Juan. On the way to the bridge jumping place Joyce was saying “you know, the other teams could be crossing the finish line right now…but we’re not giving up hope”. And thanks to the amazing race hours of operation…they were back in it. Though it does make a lot of sense that you shouldn’t be jumping off a bridge and swimming in the dark…Ok so they jumping went well, but Romber beat them to the airport…and beat them to the good flight…but as I mentioned earlier, some perhaps meddling by CBS got them on that flight. In some race brilliance (I think…thank you CBS) they didn’t get the hard to find clue until they actually got to Miami, so they couldn’t consult the people on the plane or the flight crew as to where they were going. But this team did get some luck in that their cab driver was all “donde esta el Rey de los Havanas” instead of “where’s the king of the havanas”….so they immediately knew that they needed to find 11th ave and 8th street. Then it was off to the mat…sort of. As the meter was creeping up, they started to get worried about money. Then they started asking the people in the cars next to them for money…when they got to where they needed to be, they were quite a bit short. So they were asking anyone and everyone for some cash (though there weren’t tones of people around). One person even said “well begging isn’t the way to get it” and props to Uchenna for not being snarky…he just said “well, we don’t have a lot of time and we just need to pay for our cab”. When asked what she needed money for, all Joyce could say it seemed was “we’re in a race”, though she seemed to be strategically holding her “Amazing Race” yellow envelope. So they finally got the money and the driver said it was enough and it was a run to the finish. The teams actually seemed happy for them. When Phil asked them what they would be doing with the money, there was a chorus of “a baby” from everyone. It was quite sweet actually. And as had been hinted at in previous episodes, it seems that the two of them have had a bit of marital discord as of late…but this has helped them get back on track. Again, nice to see. And so, the “nice guys” win the Amazing Race. I wonder if they have since given that cab driver a nice tip.

Here’s what I really would have liked to have seen: Uchenna and Joyce are still $5 short on their cab fare. Rob and Amber pull up. I really want to know if Joyce and Uchenna would have just taken off and started running…
I guess we will never know…unless of course they were asked on the CBS early show this morning.
So that’s the end of season 7. I don’t think it was the best season to date…but I love the show anyway. I’m a little worried about this next season that involves teams of 4. I think I’d rather see an all-star race. Perhaps next week I’ll think about who I’d like to see on an all-star version…

4 comments:

thephoenixnyc said...

I want so much to be able to comment, but horro of horrors, I have never seen the Amazing Race.

revswife said...

Missing you!

Evey said...

I miss watching every Tuesday, this was the first season I really got into it and I was hooked. Kinda glad Uchenna and Joyce won, Rob and Amber have enough money already.

So since the season is over does this mean you won't be blogging anymore??

K said...

I'm trying...
I am at a loss for what to post. I've been mulling over which direction I want to go...
I'll be back soon. I promise