The Amazing Race -- When The U-Turn Doesn't Work

Original Airing: March 17, 2013

Dave and Connor decide to call it a day, instead of trying to complete any of the tasks for this leg of the race. It’s kind of a shame, because the tasks for this leg weren’t all that physically demanding. The Bamboo Dance task might have caused some trouble, but the others shouldn’t have. Instead of even trying to do any of the tasks, they met Phil at the Pit Stop and told him they’ve decided it’s time to go. As a result of this, the Double U-Turn becomes ineffectual and the ones that U-Turned their fellow racers may find a target now on their own backs.

I was hoping it would only be a regular U-Turn. I was wishing there wasn’t a U-Turn, at all. Lately, racers don’t use the U-Turn if they’re running at the back of the pack and in danger of elimination to save themselves. Now a group gets together to target teams they don’t like. I just think it’s a rotten trick to pull, especially if you’re in first place when you U-Turn someone.

The two teams that had a target painted on their backs were Joey and Meghan and The Soccer Moms, who the other team didn’t like because they had an alliance with John and Jessica and wanted them gone. At first, the other racers weren’t aware of John and Jessica being eliminated, but when they did they couldn’t resist being catty about them being eliminated with an Express Pass in their possession. This got up the noses of John and Jessica’s alliance members, they also felt they had targets painted on their backs since the other teams were giving them the silent treatment.

I’ve said this before; this isn’t Survivor or Big Brother. You’re there to race, not form alliances. You should try to do the tasks as quickly as you can so you can stay in the race. You shouldn’t become a pack of bullies targeting other teams you think are threats to you, especially when they may not be.

The first clue told racers to head to Hanoi, Vietnam. Upon arriving you should head to the center of town and find a theater. The racing field is leveled when the teams arrive and the theater doesn’t open until the next morning. Once it opens teams watch a performance of a patriotic Vietnam song. At the end of the performance, some of the performers who remind me of cheerleaders, flash words at the teams. They then have to go to a room full of paper posters and find the right poster before the next performance begins.

It’s in this task that shows why it’s a bad idea to form an alliance on the race. Meghan finds the right poster, but decides not to use it, not wanting to leave the Soccer Moms behind. So she sits through another performance she didn’t need to, which could cost her and Joey valuable racing time. When you’re running the race every minute you gain counts.

Next teams have to take part in a Bamboo Dance. It looks pretty easy. You basically jump over bamboos while holding hands. Chuck can’t seem to grasp the fact he has to keep holding Wynona’s hand, because he keeps letting it go and they have to go back to the start and do it all over again.

Next up is a Detour: Make A Move or Make A Meal

In Make A Move – You have to set-up four squares of a chess board using humans as chess pieces. It doesn’t sound that difficult, but the human chess pieces are dressed in different costumes and you have to pick the right four and put them on the right squares.

In Make A Meal – you have to gather two empty baskets and two chickens, then go to the local market and gather a list of ingredients so they can make two bowls of a local dish. The tricky part comes in making sure you’ve got the right amount of the other ingredients and communicating with the vendors who don’t speak English.

Chuck had problems with the Make A Meal task, as well. For some reason he got it in his head he didn’t need the two chickens and then he didn’t get the right ingredients. Wynona looked like she was getting sick of him at this point not listening.

Next up racers are directed to H.O. B52 where the Double U-Turn awaits. Pam and Winnie, who are in first place, U-Turn one of the two teams they’re targeting: Joey and Meghan. Unfortunately for them, Joey and Meghan are second and they also use the Double U-Turn and use it on Chuck and Wynona. So the other teams out to get rid of the remaining John and Jessica alliance are unable to also target the Soccer Moms.

Chuck and Wynona seem to do the Chess Board task quicker than they did the cooking one. One of the keys to staying in the race is picking the task you can do the best at. That’s what happened with John and Jessica the last leg.

Because of the Double U-Turn, Joey and Meghan went from second to sixth place. They’ve also vowed no more Mr. Nice Guys. In short, it’s on like Donkey Kong. But will they face any repercussions from Chuck and Wynona for targeting them. And will they, themselves, paint a target on Pam and Winnie?

Meanwhile, Chuck and Wynona come in last place, but because Dave and Connor resigned they face no penalties or have to do an extra task next leg. Now if only Chuck can get his stuff together before Wynona wants to kill him.

The racers checked in as follows:

  1. Pam and Winnie who win a trip to Wlissler, Canada
  2. Max and Katie (The Newlyweds)
  3. Mona and Beth (The Soccer Moms)
  4. Bates and Anthony
  5. Caroline and Jennifer (The Country Singers)
  6. Joey and Meghan
  7. Chuck and Wynona

Original Airing: March 17, 2013

Dave and Connor decide to call it a day, instead of trying to complete any of the tasks for this leg of the race. It’s kind of a shame, because the tasks for this leg weren’t all that physically demanding. The Bamboo Dance task might have caused some trouble, but the others shouldn’t have. Instead of even trying to do any of the tasks, they met Phil at the Pit Stop and told him they’ve decided it’s time to go. As a result of this, the Double U-Turn becomes ineffectual and the ones that U-Turned their fellow racers may find a target now on their own backs.

I was hoping it would only be a regular U-Turn. I was wishing there wasn’t a U-Turn, at all. Lately, racers don’t use the U-Turn if they’re running at the back of the pack and in danger of elimination to save themselves. Now a group gets together to target teams they don’t like. I just think it’s a rotten trick to pull, especially if you’re in first place when you U-Turn someone.

The two teams that had a target painted on their backs were Joey and Meghan and The Soccer Moms, who the other team didn’t like because they had an alliance with John and Jessica and wanted them gone. At first, the other racers weren’t aware of John and Jessica being eliminated, but when they did they couldn’t resist being catty about them being eliminated with an Express Pass in their possession. This got up the noses of John and Jessica’s alliance members, they also felt they had targets painted on their backs since the other teams were giving them the silent treatment.

I’ve said this before; this isn’t Survivor or Big Brother. You’re there to race, not form alliances. You should try to do the tasks as quickly as you can so you can stay in the race. You shouldn’t become a pack of bullies targeting other teams you think are threats to you, especially when they may not be.

The first clue told racers to head to Hanoi, Vietnam. Upon arriving you should head to the center of town and find a theater. The racing field is leveled when the teams arrive and the theater doesn’t open until the next morning. Once it opens teams watch a performance of a patriotic Vietnam song. At the end of the performance, some of the performers who remind me of cheerleaders, flash words at the teams. They then have to go to a room full of paper posters and find the right poster before the next performance begins.

It’s in this task that shows why it’s a bad idea to form an alliance on the race. Meghan finds the right poster, but decides not to use it, not wanting to leave the Soccer Moms behind. So she sits through another performance she didn’t need to, which could cost her and Joey valuable racing time. When you’re running the race every minute you gain counts.

Next teams have to take part in a Bamboo Dance. It looks pretty easy. You basically jump over bamboos while holding hands. Chuck can’t seem to grasp the fact he has to keep holding Wynona’s hand, because he keeps letting it go and they have to go back to the start and do it all over again.

Next up is a Detour: Make A Move or Make A Meal

In Make A Move – You have to set-up four squares of a chess board using humans as chess pieces. It doesn’t sound that difficult, but the human chess pieces are dressed in different costumes and you have to pick the right four and put them on the right squares.

In Make A Meal – you have to gather two empty baskets and two chickens, then go to the local market and gather a list of ingredients so they can make two bowls of a local dish. The tricky part comes in making sure you’ve got the right amount of the other ingredients and communicating with the vendors who don’t speak English.

Chuck had problems with the Make A Meal task, as well. For some reason he got it in his head he didn’t need the two chickens and then he didn’t get the right ingredients. Wynona looked like she was getting sick of him at this point not listening.

Next up racers are directed to H.O. B52 where the Double U-Turn awaits. Pam and Winnie, who are in first place, U-Turn one of the two teams they’re targeting: Joey and Meghan. Unfortunately for them, Joey and Meghan are second and they also use the Double U-Turn and use it on Chuck and Wynona. So the other teams out to get rid of the remaining John and Jessica alliance are unable to also target the Soccer Moms.

Chuck and Wynona seem to do the Chess Board task quicker than they did the cooking one. One of the keys to staying in the race is picking the task you can do the best at. That’s what happened with John and Jessica the last leg.

Because of the Double U-Turn, Joey and Meghan went from second to sixth place. They’ve also vowed no more Mr. Nice Guys. In short, it’s on like Donkey Kong. But will they face any repercussions from Chuck and Wynona for targeting them. And will they, themselves, paint a target on Pam and Winnie?

Meanwhile, Chuck and Wynona come in last place, but because Dave and Connor resigned they face no penalties or have to do an extra task next leg. Now if only Chuck can get his stuff together before Wynona wants to kill him.

The racers checked in as follows:

  1. Pam and Winnie who win a trip to Wlissler, Canada
  2. Max and Katie (The Newlyweds)
  3. Mona and Beth (The Soccer Moms)
  4. Bates and Anthony
  5. Caroline and Jennifer (The Country Singers)
  6. Joey and Meghan

Chuck and Wynona

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