I was so pleasently surprised when we were told that they'd be flying to Panama City (it was pointed out that they meant Panama City PANAMA...as opposed to Florida. Who knew there was a Panama city Florida?). I don't think I was the only one...the teams seemed to be itching to get out of the country as well!
We had canals, baseball, guys named Ricardo...and yet, it was still a little boring. Is it the 4 person team? Is it the kids? Has the show lost it's spunk, it's zsa zsa zsu? I just don't know.
We had the Paolos finishing first becase of the Fast Forward...I know we all wanted the woman to just throw herself off that platform and allow her son to scream like a girl for his mommy...Instead, she was the mature one and allowed her son to step up and face his fear. Still, he screamed like a girl and we loved it. Hmmm...I just noticed that the older son is actually 24. TWENTY FOUR and he's still treating his mother like that? I hope he learns his lesson.
The Weavers did pretty well for themselves. Found some Toucans, Macaws and other birds...They must be really weird or mean "off camera" in the scenes the editors choose not to show us because the other teams seem to truly hate them. Now, they do seem a little odd, but I there must be more to it than we are seeing.
I still love the Bransens. They can't speak spanish worth a damn, but they are still having fun. Hopefully they don't disappoint me and start turning into raging lunatics.
The Linzes are still cracking me up as well. I wonder if they have what it takes to win? I think that she forgets that the camera is on...she seems to say what she's thinking just a little too liberally.
We saw a bit of the killer instinct coming out in the Gaghans this week. As their boat was going the wrong way and the Pepsi machine was blocking the road, you could tell their competitive edge was just bursting to get out. Kudos for not completely losing it in front of the kids.
And the sisters were saved by the non-elimination. And they came in wearing underpants on top of pants on top of underpants...which according to Phil is illegal in Panama. The real question: is it illegal in the game? They are the first to pull off the multiple layers of clothing into the next leg. The rule seems to be "with the clothes on your backs and your passports". We'll see.
I just don't understand why they insist on putting the no money rounds in the poor countries. I know that it makes it more difficult for the teams, it's more of a punishment...but I have a problem with rich people asking poor people for money. Hopefully there are plenty o' rich Panamanians and tourists to help them. No begging from the people who are already doing without.
Next week? More Central America? I hope so.