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Sunday, November 05, 2006
The Amazing Race Recap: My Old Kentucky Home

The teams start out with the task of flying to Madagascar. Once there they must locate the Black Angel, which in a cunning bit of work by the Madagascar Tourism Board, has recently been painted white. The Beauty Queens pass up the car they partially wrecked last episode and take another team's car. This results in the Cho Brothers nobly taking the damaged vehicle. As it works out, the first flight does not leave for many hours and thus the BQs gain nothing but more enmity from the other teams.

David and Mary, the Cho Brothers and Team Gump take the lead briefly, but pass up the angel because it is too pale. Team Recovery and Rob & Kimberly correctly make the stop. Intersection: The teams must join forces. The options are Fast Forward, or take a Detour. The first two teams decide to try the Fast Forward in an effort to kayo Team Coal Miner.

The Beauty Queens are stuck since there is no team to join with them for awhile. Team Coal Miner and Team Gump arrive and join forces, and eventually the Chos are forced to unite with the Beaty Queens.

The Detour tasks involve Mattresses or Paper, but since nobody takes the latter we'll ignore it for now. In the Mattress competion, teams must cover 8 mattresses with slipcovers, then haul them about a mile to a house where they will collect their next clue. At first it looks like Team Gump and Team Coal Miner might jump ahead, as the guide for the Chos and the BQs disappears. But smartly, the Chos run ahead to find the house where the mattresses are to be delivered, then return to bring the mattresses and depart comfortably ahead of the other team.

Meanwhile, Team Recovery and Rob & Kimberley have discovered the treat awaiting them at the Fast Forward: Cowlips! Mmmmm, cowlips! As usual, it is described as a local delicacy. It looks as though they may have quite a bit of trouble with finishing their plates. Is there another way for Team Coal Miner to survive despite the likely possibility that they will not arrive first at the mat?

The teams split up after completing the Detour and head to the Roadblock. This time, they must deal with the bureaucracy of the Rubber Stamp. They must search stalls for rubber stamps of a plane, a train, an automobile and a ship. The Beauty Queen assigned to this task finishes first, with the Chos in hot pursuit. Now to the Pit Stop at a cathedral.

Meanwhile Team Recovery is complete with their cowlip treat and are encouraging Rob & Kimberley, who's ralphing like crazy. However, somehow she finishes and they are on their way to the Pit Stop as well.

The Beauty Queens arrive first, and win a trip to Hawaii, complete with a helicopter tour of the volcanoes. They seem noticably more pleased this week. Rob & Kimberley are next, and are quite bummed to learn that their gastronomic feat did not win them a leg of the race. Then comes team recovery, followed by the Chos.

Mary finishes before the Gump representative, but of course when they arrive at the mat, Phil tells them that they must serve the half-hour penalty for failing to arrive first after the prior episode's last-place finish. It certainly appears unlikely that they will beat the Gumps, and sure enough, Gump #2 show up with about 20 minutes to spare. Much sobbing and weeping as Team Coal Miner are Phil-Liminated and head back to Kentucky, sadder and wiser. Well, sadder, anyway. I liked them and their loyalty to their alliance, but they got their problems on TAR the old fashioned way; they earned them.

As always, check out the terrific recap by Eric the Viking Pundit.
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