‘The Amazing Race’: The Season’s Dumbest Moments
Snowboarders Andy and Tommy puzzle over another "Race" clue (CBS)
Shop 'Til You Drop
The Speed Bumps and the new "Hazard" have become notoriously easy tasks that give racers on the verge of elimination a better-than-fighting shot to get back in the game. We want to see some real challenges, not watch a person get dropped two stories in the mall via a bungee cord. Our grandmas could do that.
The Magic of the Internet
Kaylani lost her passport at a gas pump before her team even got to the first challenge. Instead of her instantly being eliminated like we'd hope, some kind stranger used Twitter to find out where the Racers were heading and returned her passport to the airport just in the nick of time. It was all very... convenient. Where were the Internet followers when Zev lost his passport, eh?
Pedal to the Metal
There were not one, not two, but three challenges that had the contestants riding bikes to complete their tasks. Riding a bike is not difficult (well, unless your pedal falls off, like some people's did). Could they at least have had unicycles or something?
The Poor Orphans
"The Amazing Race" has always been very good about listing careful rules in the task clues that the racers are given and penalizing teams if they don't follow them. But at the orphanage in Indonesia, many folks were penalized for a small clue that appeared after the original clue. It wasn't even that noticeable of a sign, and it didn't have race colors or a flag on it. It caused a lot of confusion, and it eliminated Ethan and Jenna for something silly and not entirely their fault.
A Day at the Beach
Sure, it was windy in Phuket, but arranging beach chairs is not a Detour. It's a seaside outing. We've got more to contend with when we try and lug a cooler and an umbrella to the beach.
Temple of Near Doom
At a Buddhist temple, the teams had to solve a puzzle about statues, and the snowboarders actually gave Marcus and Amani the right answers. And Marcus still couldn't figure out the puzzle and almost lost the game. Thank goodness they hated their cabdriver.
And No One Gets Philiminated
There weren't really more non-elimination or "we're still racing" legs this season than in years past, but we've been tired of them for a while. During this installment, in particular, they seemed to come when teams that really deserved ousting could get a second chance. The producers either need to add more teams or shorten the season, because we're really over it.
Laurence (who seemed to pay little attention to pesky things like rules) didn't want to listen to his son Zac about buying first-class bus tickets, but then decided beyond the last minute that his kid might have a point and turned them around, costing precious time. And the first-class rule didn't even apply to buses. You can't blame Zac for being cautious (teams have been Philiminated for less), but someone should have been the adult here.