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Sunday, March 11, 2007
The Amazing Race Predictions

I'm going to guess that One and a Half Women (aka Myrna and Smyrna) will get the axe today. Rob & Ambuh are clearly the class of the field, and should win it all, but all it takes is for them to make one big mistake and they'll be the ones arriving after dark at the mat.

Update: Hah, can I call it or what? (Covering up red face).

First task is to find a famous shipwreck in Punta Arenas, Chile. Rob & Ambuh do some searching on the internet and at first think it might be a painting, but in fact it's a bit of overanalysis and the shipwreck itself seems to be trivial to locate. All the teams except Old Gay and One and a Half Women make it to the airport in time for the first flight. There is a 1 hour difference between the flights.

At the shipwreck, teams get a Detour. They must choose between Navigate it or Sight It. In Navigate it, they must figure out the order of cities Magellan visited during his trip around the world. Rob apparently does well by noticing that he started and ended in Seville, but then he misspells Phillipines as Philippeans, and Ambuh misses it as well. In Sight It, they must follow compass directions from a particular spot in the city.

Sight It turns out to be the right option, at least for most of the teams. Young Gay takes the lead as the first team to choose this option. The clue is another flight, this time a charter to Argentina. From appearances there is a three hour difference in arrival times, which seems obviously to immunize those on the first flight, barring some bunching maneuver.

Joyce & Uchenna are the only team to get the Navigate it part right. Rob & Ambuh finally decide to bail on the task although they would have easily won if they'd just gotten "the spelling thing" right. As they and the BQs dash off to do the other task, the Old Gays, who had been on the second flight, zip past them. Rob is convinced he knows where they're going and yep, he ain't Jesus, because that's the wrong place. One and a Half Women, after wasting a bit of time at the Navigate it part with some memorable moments on the climb up with Smyrna trying to carry a huge log, also bail for the Sight It challenge.

Things are definitely looking bad for them, but they're actually even with Rob & Ambuh as they search for the next clue at a parking lot. As One and a Half Women dash after them Rob & Ambuh realize they're going the wrong way, and double back while apparently claiming they had found the Cluebox. Myrna suddenly tells us that she's a Lawyer and used to tellling when people are lying, but her lawyer sense is apparently as slow as her sister's legs, as they continue on for awhile before doubling back.

The next clue leads people to a boat dock at (apparently) the southern tip of South America. There are 8 spots, but as it works out, team #3 goes it alone, and so Team #8 seems obviously hosed. And of course, Team #8 is One and a Half Women, with Rob & Ambuh's acting apparently hosing them out of a chance tonight.

The finale is a roadblock. One member of the team must sort through 1600 pieces of mail to find one of two letters that is addressed to their team. Young Gay is finishing about the time the rest of the teams discover this. Rob decides to take this challenge and he is still working at it when One and a Half Women arrive, supposedly 20 minutes later.

But Myrna somehow finds the letter faster than Rob and suddenly things are not looking good for Team Survivor. There is the usual supposed dramatic run up the hill, and One and a Half Women have beaten Rob & Ambuh, stunningly. Team Survivor is Phil-Liminated! After three consecutive firsts and looking like the team to beat, they're out.

Comments: Perhaps a little heavy-handed on the bad karma coming back to haunt one front. One and a Half Women are going to have to use Charla (aka Smyrna) at some point by the rules of the game; this actually would have been a good one to do it at even though it worked out well for them.

As always, check out Viking Pundit's recap.


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