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TARI Fans:

Bonjour and good morning from New Orleans, Louisiana AKA The Big Easy! A friend and I drove here this weekend to meet up with another friend for some fun and quality time together. I've caught beads on Bourbon Street, eaten beignets at the Cafe du Monde, had my tarot cards read, and looked for ghosts (unsuccessfully). Wednesday's recap is almost done and should be up later today.

Vieux les bon temps roulez!

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Episode 4: Hello, Dali

Welcome back to Madrid.

We open on the teams (sans LiMore, TaKo and Persians) en route a vegetable market. Shimi/Yasmin, Romy/Michele, and D/D get there first, with Romi using some Spanish. They must don mustaches and deliver cauliflowers. They mustache up and load up. Blue Collars arrive and are tickled by the mustaches. The veggie load up continues. Coral comments on Romi’s strength in carrying the whole crate, which is probably more efficient than one-at-a-time. Next, they walk back-to-back to the car, which I like to call “spider walk,” as it reminds me of a crazy spider). D/D and ShiMin have it down, but Sisters do a funny little dance as they go around. Debby comments that she is swimming in a sea of cauliflower. Romi piles veggies onto her sister’s lap.

Macarena. TaKo have arrived, at last. Talia almost takes a tumble but recovers. For some reason, the store is closing (?) and they must finish up outside in the cold. In their Los Del Rio-wear. Seems odd for a task to do that, but there you go.

On the road. The top four teams are all en route their next destination. Debby confesses her hate for cauliflower. THEY CAN HEAR YOU. She also comments that when she’s out, she requests for the cauliflower to be taken out of her dish. I know what I’m serving her should she come to visit me in Texas.

Streets of Madrid. Itzik and Eliran falafel their way there, currently in 5th place. In the midst of being all friendly and happy, they forgot where their car is. Actually…it’s right there, with their bespectacled driver peering out at them with a look of pure confusion. Elsewhere, Ronit whips out the Spanish, asking for directions to the Market on Doctor Castelo Street. The guy, Manuel, turns out to be a Hebrew speaking Jew, but for some reason they switch to English as the guy agrees to navigate them to the right place. Ronit shares her heritage, and then the status of her body hair. TMI, Ronit. Somewhere else, Rondrea are back on the road. Falafel? Still wandering. They finally find their car and driver, exactly where they left them.

Market. Rondrea and LiRonit arrive in 6th and 7th. Ronit talks about her Georgian heritage and how the mustaches are. Andrea grabs the crate, and…whoops, down she goes. She appears to have hit her head, but I think it’s just a bad camera angle as she says she’s fine, and indeed she looks fine. Well, as fine as one can be under a pile of cranium-sized vegetables.

Macarena. TaKo get a guy to dance with them…after which, he feels Koby up. Talia comments that he’s drunk, but maybe she’s in denial about her partner’s ability to use his chest to attract men. Cousins and LiMore arrive together at Macarena, and now it’s a dance-off. The ladies and TaKo seem to be doing just fine, but LiMore is struggling. TaKo finish and head to the market in 8th place. Talia’s in a Zen mindset, telling her partner that things come and go, but it’s just you against the world.

Mansion. The teams must solve a fairly complex puzzle. At the flip of an hourglass, they must figure out that each of the items, anagrammed, become the words “Salvador Dali,” which is then the “open sesame” for their next clue. If they don’t get it before the timer, they must do a puzzle before continuing. D/D arrive first and do a skipping dance to the room, and start touching random objects. ShiMin and Blue Collar do the same. Sisters arrive unleashing a cavalcade of cauliflower to the ground, and enter the mansion. Romi, a mystery lover, is excited but stupefied at the task.

Macarena. A team finishes, and it’s the Cousins. Congrats, ladies, you’ve completed 2 detour tasks before the Parents have completed one. They head off in 9th. As for LiMore, the store appears to be shutting down completely for the night so I think they get sort of a pity clue, and after a long run, find their car. More announces that she’s not here to see the world, but to get the money first, then travel. That’s not the way it works, lady.

Mansion. Dana admits to loving crosswords and Sudoku but even she can’t get this game. David has the right idea, writing down all the words for him and Eliran, thinking that that’s part of the puzzle. Back at D/D’s room, it all becomes clear to Dana, as she realizes that the mustache belongs to Salvador Dali, and that that must be the answer. It is correct, and the door opens for them. Debby reads the next clue, which tells them that they must eat an apple covered in honey encased in a cage full of flies.

Market. Both Rondrea and LiRonit seem to tackle the task well, with Andrea really showing her stuff. Ronit tells the driver not to get distracted by her sexy mustache. She’s beginning to grow on me.

Mansion. Romy/Michele, for some reason, pack all the things. Blue Collar notices the common letters, and get it right, as do ShiMin, who head to the next clue in 2nd and 3rd. Over at Camp Clueless, Romy and Michele are not only increasing my love for 90s movies, but babbling a monologue at the doors to get them open. They fail, becoming our first team to be relegated to the puzzle.

Apple Room. Debby is still in shock at the task, but Dana convinces her mother to get started. Dana finds it funnier than her mother. Blue Collar Boys are playing tetherball with their apple. Debby is now laughing, but in pure “what-the-fuck-has-my-life-come-to” intent. Over at Shimi and Yasmin’s room, Yasmin starts bawling over the task.

Market. LiMore, TaKo, and Cousins arrive and start to load up. Ma’Ayan has no clue what surrealism is. Falafel boys, having fallen woefully behind, are officially last to arrive at the market. Talia wonders if they’ll eat them or cook them or something.

Mansion. LiRonit and Rondrea. Andrea says “doody” about fifty times in a minute. She’s thinking a little too far outside the box when she comes up with David ben Gurion. They are relegated to the puzzle. The Sisters have a complete breakdown, and it gets a little nasty, with them starting to think of quitting. LiRonit get Salvador Dali, and enter their apple room. Yasmin is scared of entering the cage. LiRonit, however, are laughing and having the time of their lives, as are Blue Collar. Mustaches are flying all over. The boys almost kiss. In D/D’s apple room, Debby starts to whimper, and Dana feels her mother’s overwhelming pain. Back at Blue Collar Boys, Eliran grabs for the core and they are done. LiRonit catch up quickly. In the next room waits Salvador Dali with their next clue and a large lollipop. They will go to Brunete and do a task a la Tomatina, the tomato festival.

Market. Cousins and Falafel get in their cars and head out. Itzik offers their driver a leaf as a token of his affection.

Mansion. The sisters appear to be cooling off about one iota from when we last left them, but they’re still at that stage where they’re all “I’m not talking to you, blah blah blah.” LiMore and TaKo arrive at the mansion and start on their rooms. Koby immediately comments on the arrangement and frequency of letters, and he and Talia start writing down stuff, and bam, they’re back in fifth place from almost last. Coral gets Salvador Dali, and their door opens for them this time.

Apple Room. ShiMin are in the cage and to the giggle stage.  Sisters and D/D are attacking their apple. Debby is actually encouraging Dana now. Talk about a role reversal. I did not, however, need to see them exchange a piece of apple orally. Ew. They exit the cage and collapse in exhaustion. At least they’re hugging and not fighting. They leave in third. Debby wastes no time in enjoying her apple.

Mansion. Andrea suddenly gets the puzzle, as do LiMore. Both enter the apple cages. Andrea pushes the apple to Ronney, who does the eating. Romy/Michele have mad up crazy amounts of time and leave in 4th. In the cab, Coral offers a defeated apology, which her sister smilingly accepts and offers her a piece of cauliflower in exchange for her love. Aww, vegetable love. They interview that family is more important than money, or anything. Romy refers to them as “friends,” but Coral’s all…”let’s not go to that step yet. Family works for now.” LOL.

Mansion. Persians and Falafel arrive at the mansion. Oh boy, this is going to be a long one. Falafel boys proceed in tearing up the room. Persians are similarly confused. Neither of them get on the first try, obviously.

Apple Room. Koby grabs his apple by the mouth. Yasmin’s makeup is smearing. Both finish and leave in 5th and 6th. After a commercial. Rondrea keep up their 7th position, finishing their apple. Back at the puzzle room, Persians make quick work of it followed by Falafel. Now, the boys are…wandering? For some reason they fail to find the apple room. In the apple room, Lior/More are done and depart in 8th. In the apple room, Falafel walk in on the Cousins finishing up their apple. They do so and head out in 9th. Itzik finishes the majority of the apple for his team, and gets the giant lollipop he never got to have as a kid. We end on Itzik attempting to explain surrealism.

Next time: Fun with flying red fruit! Debby beans her daughter with a tomato. Whoops.
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Well hello there. I see you've all missed me dearly.

Finally back after over a week of travel, including a trip on the brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. You must try it, it's delightful.

Now, it's time to play catchup...or...ketchup? LOL

Episode 5: Is That Tomato Juice? Oh No, It's Just Blood.

Aaaand…we’re still in Madrid.

Credits.

We open on the teams on their way to Brunete. Romy/Michele provide us with background music.

Morning. Blue Collar Boys look awfully tired and comment on how they think the other teams perceive them. Ronit makes a Speedy Gonzales joke. Groan. Debby is wearing her Marilyn Monroe t-shirt. Dana wants no crying today. Amen.

Hotel room. Uh-oh…Ronney looks like he’s down for the count. Indeed, we see the bull in the previous roadblock take him down hard, and him limping during the detour. Andrea tries, to her credit, not to freak out.

Brunete. First two teams arrive, and it’s a double battle. This involves teams searching through tomatoes, while being pelted with them, for a tomato with a clue.

Double battle. Coral and Dana are searching for their clues, with Romi and Debby joining the tomato throwers. Dana gets so mad she starts to throw tomatoes back. Las Ketchup plays as Dana actually catches a tomato…then gets beaned in the eye. One brunette down in Brunete.

On the road. Talia and Koby…argue about something pointless. LiMor speculate about the double battle, bringing us to…

Double battle. Coral starts to break down and runs out of the tomato patch in tears. Romi yells at her sister to get her butt back in the game, and Debby offers a blithe apology to Coral. Not the time, Deb, not the time. Dana is getting tired as well, and Debby throws another tomato…directly at her daughter’s head. Dana is now in tears as well. This is the most depressing task ever. There is literally nothing the two girls in the middle can do to get out of this. Debby prays to her grandfather…and Dana’s red-painted nails uncover the clue. Debby politely issues some hugs to the sisters and says good games, and they’re off in first place to Puerta del Sol.

Double battle. It’s Coral vs. Ronit. Ronit immediately gets tomato stuck in her earring, and spends remarkably little time searching and most of the time yelling. Ronit comments that Coral looks pretty pathetic at this point, and she actually feels bad. Both girls are suffering, Coral crying and Ronit shouting in Spanish. Ronit finds the clue and does a little dance. Coral exits the tomato pile and wraps in a towel.

Puerta del Sol. D/D arrive and are greeted by suits of armor. This task involves wearing them a la Don Quixote and Sancho “Pancho.” Teehee. Not quite sure what they’re supposed to do but we will find out. Apparently they must carry someone. Debby looks for someone thin.

Double battle. Coral’s in for her third round, against Eliran. Romi goes a little crazy with the tomato throwing, but it works and they’re off to Puerta del Sol in third.

Hotel. Holy crap, Ronney’s legs are two eggplants, they’re so purple. Ronney says he’s reached his limit.

Puerta del Sol. Spongebob is here, apparently, as well as LiRonit. D/D find a woman and her little boy to carry. Liran carries for his team. Lots of singing. Here coming bickering sisters, with Romi almost leaving Coral in the dust. Romi actually knows who they are and starts to tell the whole story before Coral shushes her up. They do the human bridge part of the task, and apparently Minnie Mouse is also there. Brunete…is strange. Debby sets her woman down…less than gracefully. Oy. Liran is done as well.

On the road. TaKo? Lost and upset again. Shimi/Yasmin? Road to nowhere.

Double battle. Cousins vs. Blue Collar Boys. New strategy: they’re not even looking, just pelting each other. Ma’Ayan serendipitously gets it with no problem. In the celebratory cab ride, Ma’Ayan’s cab dancing almost knocks over her partner’s drink. Next up: Blue Collar vs. Falafel, and there is no mercy shown. Itzik gets it as screwball Rocky music plays, and it’s actually kind of endearing. David and Eliran are pretty forlorn at doing so badly.

Puerta del Sol. Cousins arrive and freak out at random passersby. D/D now have to find someone to ride their hobby horse thingy. It
looks…strange. They finally get a girl in a black coat to do it for them, and ride it to the princess. These tasks just keep getting stranger and stranger. Their next clue is an identity card  which is Pablo Picasso, and go to the Picasso tower. LiRonit get their clue.

Double battle. Eliran vs. Mor. This time, the boys aren’t playing around. More searching, and finally the boys get it. David responds by launching himself into the tomato pile, after which his partner follows suit. Shimi/Yasmin’s road to nowhere apparently took them somewhere, and it’s Mor vs. Shimi. Predictably, Shimi’s rage gets the better of him and he loses focus, which is all the better for Mor, who’s all “…I can’t find it…wait, here it is.” They joke about how silly this will all look on TV. Are they talking about just this task or the entire race? Hard to tell.

Puerta del Sol. Romy/Michele are skipping to the finish for the task. D/D, having previously gotten the answer of Goya, are corrected and sent to the Casa de Picasso, logically. LiRonit follow suit. Falafel boys arrive and get suited up. Eliran comments that he feels like Dana International, the transsexual pop star. Cue Dana International music. This is such a cluster of a task…now teams are carrying grocery bags. Ma’Ayan and Batel’s new friends speak some Hebrew. Falafel boys are singing and dancing with their people. What a surprise.

On the road. TaKo are…so far behind that the tomatoes are starting to congeal. It’s Shimi vs. Talia. TaKo try to strategize, but Shimi gets it. He also confuses tomatoes with peaches. They take a fifteen-minute penalty…but wait, where are the grandparents?

Voiceover. Talia and Kobi get the penalty, but they have no idea that Rondrea are out of the race, as we cut to Ronney getting out of an
ambulance and Andrea helping him hobble into the ER. Aww.

Puerta del Sol. Blue Collar Boys are escorting some girl named Maria Jose across a red carpet, something we have not seen as of now. Falafel lead a purple-haired girl to the clue giver, whom they proceed to fall in love with LiMor arrive and Lior does the carrying. Persian girls get to the clue giver. And of course they know who it is, instantly! Just kidding. We get blank stares. Falafel boys enlist some police to help them, they think they have to drive to Malaga. No…don’t do that. Time for a Falafel fight. Itzik is having none of this going to Malaga crap. Elsewhere, TaKo get the clue and are off in last-ish.

Streets of Madrid. D/D are in a cab and negotiating where to go – Prado? Plaza Picasso? Torre Picasso? We’ll see. Back at the square, Falafel see LiRonit, and as Ronit has figured out where to go, Falafel boys just follow them there.

Plaza Picasso. Pit stop. D/D run in…congratulations, you’re team number one. Well done, ladies. They compliment one another, and it’s time for a prize. Falafel and LiRonit are out of their cabs and racing on foot. Falafel run like maniacs, and it pays off, as they beat LiRonit to the pit stop by a few seconds. And…now they’re arguing? This is ugly. Ronit starts bitching about how much the rotten boys mooched off them. This…is pointless. It’s a race, Ronit. There are little in the way of hard feelings, because they’re in 2nd and 3rd, and nowhere near last.

Puerta del Sol. Blue Collar Boys have a parade. They, as well as LiMor, get their Picasso mystery clue. Mor wants to find an old person, because maybe, since the birth date is 1881, they’ll know him. Sisters and cousins find out it’s Picasso. Both teams arrive, and Romy/Michele hit the mat in fourth. Ma’Ayan and Batel? In fifth and ecstatic, as they’ve done very little right this leg, or in general.

Puerta del Sol. Time for ShiMin and TaKo to start their task. LiMor recruit some excited locals to solve the clue for them, and they get Picasso. David/Eliran are also off with the Picasso clue.

Plaza Picasso. LiMor run in sixth. David/Eliran do a Macarena on the mat and they are in 7th. Gee, that tasks seems so long ago, doesn’t it?

Puerta del Sol. Talia makes a Monty Python reference. Shimi looks like he has to pee. Both teams get the clue. ShiMin get the clue and leave TaKo in the dust. And TaKo…are the first team confused, heading off to the Reina Sofia Museum. ShiMin have a little moment in the cab, thinking that they could be last today.

Reina Sofia Museum. Wrong place. TaKo get redirected, but Yasmin sees flags. And…wonder of wonders, here come Talia and Koby. They are worried that they’re out today…but they’re in 8th. Whuuuut? LOL. Talia hugs Ron, then her husband. Enter ShiMin. Yasmin immediately starts crying because she feels like a loser. To his credit, Shimi does pick up his partner in her momentary depression. And…they’re in ninth. Yasmin makes with the waterworks again. They need to bottle that stuff up and put it in the Sea of Galilee.

Plaza Picasso. Here come Rondrea, limping in in extreme pain. Andrea says she’s learned a lot, and says it’s just the prologue of their relationship. Due to Ronney’s leg, they cannot complete another, so they are officially out.

But wait! Ron has a surprise for them. All the teams at the pit stop come out to greet them, Dave and Margaretta, with tons of applause. Debby steps up to hug Andrea, Ronit hugs Ronney, and both Elirans interview that they will miss them. Blue Collar Eliran adds that he saw them as mom and dad figures on the race. Yasmin wants to be them in fifty years. Andrea sends them off with a nice message of kindness, if a little dramatic. Debby sends us off with a final nice thought. Ronney is grateful to have met everyone, and they get another round of applause and 3000 shekels. Everyone cheers. Aww.

Next time: Dungeons! Mysterious pots! Girls washing each other. Eliran gets a bucket of ice over the keppie.

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What did you think of the episode?
What did you think of the recap?
Will we ever leave Spain?
Will Yasmin contribute anything to the show other than her tears?
Do you love and will you miss Andrea and Ronney (hint, there is only one correct answer to this question)?
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Saturday = Catch up day! Hooray.

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Episode 6: Gloves Would Be Nice

Tonight: Yay! No more Madrid!

Credits.

Pit Start. D/D, in first, read the clue which instructs them to ride the train to Cordoba, 300 km to the south. Their clue is waiting at the Hamam Andalus, an ancient bath. D/D get tickets and get on the 4:35 train to Cordoba. Following them are Falafel. Now comes the part of the episode where Debby flirts with a local. She asks him to guess her age, a question which never has a good answer. We learn that Debby is 46. Next up to leave the pit start are Sisters and LiRonit. Just when I’m wondering whether it’s going to be a bunching, the train leaves and gets the label “First Train.” Debby flirts some more.

Cordoba. Teams detrain and get taxis. Romi immediately notes all the religious presence here. Falafel compare it to Carmiel.
Hamam. Romy/Michele arrive in first and get the clue, which instructs them to wash one another with soap in order to reveal a clue. At random intervals they will get splashed with buckets of ice water. The girls emerge in bikinis, and Romi gets to scrubbing Coral. Romi scrubs Coral a little too hard, and Romi’s all “shut up and take it, bitch.” Next to arrive are D/D. Astonishingly, Debby emerges in a bathing dress rather than a bikini. She starts scrubbing and compares it to scrubbing a child. Falafel boys arrive in third, and Eliran gets a back full of ice. Of course, they are turned on by Coral, Romi, the MILF (LOL) and her daughter. Said MILF is scrubbing. Everyone gets the ice water treatment. Itzik gets a little intimate with the soaping.

Pit start. The final five teams get the clue and head to the train station. Talia and Koby start researching Cordoba, hoping to get a jump on the competition. Shimi is yelling at Yasmin to hurry up, of course. Second train leaves.

Hamam. In come LiRonit, hoping to catch up to the other teams. More scrubbing and splashing. D/D get the first clue in the soap, a piece of plastic saying “inquisition.” Romi gets it next. They must go somewhere and carry some heavy logs. D/D encounter the logs first. They opt to carry them one at a time, on their shoulders and move off at a good clip. Sisters head off next in their yellow jackets. Romi compares it to carrying a ten-year old girl.

Second train arrives. Shimi/Yasmin jump the line for cabs, leaving Talia/Koby behind at the station. Talia notes the lovely scenery. They join the other teams at the spa. Yasmin is in an adorable one piece and is actually enjoying herself. Talia starts giving the entire history of the baths, and the other teams just want her to shut up. Falafel see the clue but can’t quite get it. They get it followed by the very soapy Ronit and Liran in fourth. Eliran and Itzik each take a log, hoping to get it in one trip. LiRonit opt to do it the girls’ way at first, until Ronit decides she can probably get one by herself, and they switch to the other way. Elsewhere, D/D are both in tears. The boys seem to be making good progress. Romi and Coral find the drop spot with their first log, but Eliran and Itzik get there with both, so they are officially in first place. Time for a Roadblock. In this torturous task, the racer must reach into one of three pots to get a number, and that number will determine how long they must hold up buckets in order to complete the task. Itzik is scared by the mice which he sees. He relates a nightmare about mice. Itzik asks Eliran to hold his hand, but he still is too scared.

Hamam. LiMor arrive in 7th and Mor starts scrubbing her husband. Shimi gets the clue for his team and they are in fifth, followed by Koby. The final two teams arrive start scrubbing. Eliran tumbles off the bench. There is much ice water splashing. LiMor get the clue.

Streets of Cordoba. Shimi and Yasmin carry one and argue. For some reason triumphant music plays. Talia and Koby are doing it one each, giving them a chance to catch up. Romy/Michele pass up D/D by carrying it one in front of the other, and D/D realize they made a mistake in not carrying it this way, so they’re going to have to hustle in order to catch up. The sisters are now at the clue, having dropped to 2nd. Romi chooses to do the roadblock.

Roadblock. Eliran and Itzik are yelling like there’s no tomorrow. Itzik finally gives in and puts his hand in the mice. Romy/Michele arrive and are spooked by the “Taliban guy.” Romi is more scared by Itzik’s screams than by the contents of the pots.

Streets of Cordoba. LiRonit arrive at the clue box with their logs. Liran will do the roadblock, and he starts without much complaining. Romi? Throwing worms everywhere.

Hamam. Batel uncovers the clue, allowing them leave the Blue Collar Boys in last. They get the clue in last.

Streets of Cordoba. Lior promises his wife a massage of a lifetime. Shimi and Yasmin make their first drop, kiss, and go back for a second. They actually start cooperating. Talia and Koby take a brief break.  Talia is all a-whimper. D/D reach the Roadblock. They argue and Debby is afraid of getting tortured. Dana says her mom’s probably worried about her fingernails. Romi comments that she’s starting to act like her sister. More reaching and freaking. Romi gets her number, a 10, and her partner must now hold the buckets about a red rope for ten minutes. Ma’Ayan and Batel get Super Mario music as they carry their first log. The Blue Collar Boys carry 2, of course, and wonder how the girls will be able to do it.

Roadblock. Koby takes it for him and Talia wonders where the nearest doctor is. Itzik pulls a 2, and Eliran must hold the buckets for 2 minutes. Liron gets a number, but we don’t see it. Ronit seems happy about the task, as she is dancing. Eliran gets the clue, and they must find a statue of the famous Spanish Jew Maimonides, or Rambam in Hebrew, in a place called Tiberias Square. The boys have no idea who it is, and attempt to use a broken combination of Hebrew, Spanish, and English, to find out who and where it is. Sisters get it next, and Coral immediately identifies the man on the note as Rambam, and off they go. They ask directions from some local girls and head out.

Roadblock. Debby is here, and freaking out, and praying to her grandparents. She reaches into the first pot, and it’s worms. She is in hysterics. Dana even starts to crying. So much for no more crying on the race. Ronit, at the buckets, seems to be having very little trouble. They get the Rambam clue quickly. Back at the roadblock, Koby seems unfazed by the mice as Talia gives another history lesson. Yasmin pulls out some guts. Mor wonders what is so bad about these pots. She gets a fistful of guts. Yasmin pulls out a mouse without looking at it. Shimi immediately comments that she’s holding a mouse and of course, she screams and cries. Shimi learns his lesson, not to identify the situation.  Debby and Dana are arguing.

Streets of Cordoba. Batel has hair in her face, but they get their first log. The boys pass them like it’s a walk in the park, and the girls comment that they need to pick it up.

Roadblock. Nothing much going on here, same people freaking out.

Streets of Cordoba. Falafel happens upon a random wedding party and find out it’s Maimonides. They must sing, dance with a rabbi around the statue 4 times and make a wish at the statue. They are happy that they’re in first. They pass the Falafel Boys on the way out, with their clue telling them to go to Sevilla in the morning.

Roadblock. Eliran takes it for the Blue Collar Boys. Mor is still hard at work, but she pulls a 5 and Lior makes with the buckets. Debby is not happy, refusing to do it. But after a pep talk from her daughter, she goes back in and grabs a 10. She is ecstatic that Dana now has to hold the buckets for 10 minutes. Lior is done, and now they’re officially in the top half, in fourth. They know it’s Maimonides as well.

Maimonides. LiRonit arrive in third, and start the song and dance.  Sevilla clue, and they’re in third.\

Roadblock. We know we’re here by Yasmin’s whimper. Koby is less freaked out than annoyed, but gets a 5. Talia gets off to a rocky start. Debby is laughing at her daughter. Eliran pulls a 2. Talia and Dana finish. TaKo gets a taxi…and their bad luck has followed them here as they arrive at a Hotel called Maimonides. D/D happen upon the square with the help of a local and they are now in 4th.

Streets of Cordoba. The cousins get there in last and argue over who will do it. Ma’Ayan does her second roadblock in a row, and in an interesting turn of events and luck, casually dips her hand into the mouse pot and comes up with a 2 on her first try. It takes all of 30 seconds. Wow, and Yasmin’s still here freaking out. Meanwhile, David finishes and they head out. Talia and Koby arrive at a gay club, and “It’s Raining Men” plays as they find out how to get to the square. Batel easily finishes the task and they actually know who Maimonides is.

Roadblock. Yasmin finishes, then Shimi does. They head out.

Streets of Cordoba. TaKo end up at a statue, but it’s one of a Muslim instead. They end up at the right place at the same time as David/Eliran, and they all dance together. ShiMin get it next. LiMor are wandering, but they discover the cousins and their local and team up to get the Maimonides clue together.

Next time: Sevilla! Teams take a siesta but are in for a rude awakening, Bedknobs and Broomsticks style. Yasmin sings, and the sound is actually less harmonious than her crying.

Team Rankings:

1st - Romy/Michele
2nd - Falafel
3rd - LiRonit
4th - D/D
5th - TaKo
6th - Blue Collar Boys
7th - ShiMin
8th - Ma'Ayan/Batel
9th - LiMor

Oddly, not a huge change since the beginning of the leg. Then again, this is TAR Israel AKA TAR linear tasks, so go figure.

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I'm 2 behind but today was just not my day.

Here's Eppy 7.

Enjoy.

Episode 7: Linens N' Sings

Flamenco music leads us to Sevilla, Spain.

Pit Start. Romy/Michele exit the station, and beckon to Falafel behind them, teeming up for the time being and wondering where D/D are. Cutting to them, wandering and wondering at what a beautiful day it is. LiRonit get a cab.

Cordoba Station. LiRonit are pulled aside by some locals, who hand Ronit a newspaper…that has her picture in it. Apparently, someone took a picture of them racing and it got published in the local paper. First train is here, and on it are D/D, LiRonit, Falafel, and Sisters.  D/D have a heart-to-heart…er…something like that. Ronit looks at pictures of her daughter and wonders if she’s being a bad mother by being on the race. Eliran and Itzik…miss their coworkers. And…Debby’s still in tears. At this point even like “dude. Save it.”

Sevilla. Train arrive and Falafel are the first to bolt out of the station and nab a taxi. The other teams are not far behind them. Debby observes that the streets are empty, maybe everyone’s taking a siesta? Foreshadowing!

Streets of Sevilla. All four teams arrive at the same time to the task, which are to wear funny hats, sit on a bed, and convince locals to carry them on said beds to a square, which is also the site of a Prom Queen board. The teams pick beds and it’s every bed for himself. And the first life goes to the Falafel boys, who are off…and then deposited on the other side of the street outside a Starbucks, where their men abandon them. They get some men, including a boy with a Nemo toy…who put them right back where they started, but eventually got going. D/D are off, turning the corner toward the Falafel boys. LiRonit get a lift, with Ronit blowing kisses. D/D pass Falafel, only to be put down shortly before the boys, with LiRonit parallel parking between them. Romy/Michele get some tough girls to carry them, and then some men, but they too get deposited, albeit further down the line.

Cordoba. Persians. Blue Collar. TaKo, with a pep talk from Talia. And now we’re at the station, with all five trailing teams (Shimi/Yasmin and Lior/Mor) on the train. Blue Collar Boys have ugly sweaters. Cousins are praying.

Sevilla. Taxi time for everyone. TaKo, Blue Collar, and Persians hit the beds. Ma’Ayan says this task is perfect one for her, since she can sleep until November. Blue Collar Boys? Are 85 kilo each. The first lift of this group go to TaKo. They defend themselves by attempting to appeal with “haven’t the Jews suffered enough? Persians get a lift, as do the other two teams. David/Eliran’s boys drop them and go back for Romi/Michele. LiMore arrive and seem to do it right, recruiting locals before they even start. But…whoops, their bed breaks and one of their people is on the ground, and they lose interest.

Prom Queen board. Romi/Michele have charmed their way back into first, and choose the cousins for the second U-turn of the race. Man, girls just hate each other. More on that soon. Their next task is to make funny faces and take pictures of themselves doing it. Romi declares herself an expert at making faces, and she demonstrates.

Streets of Sevilla. Falafel and LiMore get lifts, passing up an angry Yasmin, who actually yells at Shimi (a first!) as well as all the other teams, who stare on jealously. But it’s LiMore who get there, and are now in second. They opt for D/D. Falafel, who have just stopped short, summon a veritable army of ladies to carry them, and give the Persians their second vote of the day.

Funny faces. Mor seems to have the funny face in the family. Falafel? Are arguing of all things. About the position of the finger on the nose. They inadvertently flip off the camera, and stomp away. Romi is good at crossing her eyes, and the sisters are done and head out in first, and it’s a detour. We haven’t seen one of these in a while. First choice is King of Rugs, where the teams must clean rugs piggy-back style. Second choice is King of Serenades, where they must sing, along with troubadours, a song about violets and hand over a violet every time the word “violet” appears in the card. Reading the clue, Romi goes absolutely crazy, since the violet song is her favorite. They unsurprisingly choose Serenade. In a confessional, Romi sings while Coral looks unimpressed. They choose an older lady in a reddish-brown coat. To her benefit, Romi actually sings pretty well. They hand off their first flower and switch. The lady grows bored and gives the girls back all the flowers, so now they’re back to square one. Or note one.

Streets of Sevilla. This looks like either a performance art piece, or the weirdest orphanage ever. LiRonit are getting no love, and not attracting any with their fighting. Over at D/D’s bed, Dana’s the one in tears this time, maybe to test her mother, maybe because…I don’t know. This has been a long leg. She collapses on the bed in tears. Up next to them, TaKo appear and use their mojo to help the girls feel better, and indeed they do get a lift, with Debby recording with some guy’s digital camera. TaKo get a lift and start singing Hava Nagila. Persians get a lift as well, and we have a bed race.

Prom Queen board. D/D arrive, and the men all want to take the u-turn cards with Debby’s picture on it. If I were her, I would’ve said take them all, but the show probably frowns upon that. They vote for the Cousins. Next up, TaKo opt for D/D.

Faces. Kobi is art directing Talia to the nth degree. Falafel seem to be getting it together. Lior doesn’t know his right from his left, but they get it and are in second. They pick Rugs and proceed to what looks like an awesome palace with a fountain to greet them. Mor gets on Lior’s shoulders and starts beating the rug, which is really gross and dirty. Why didn’t they give them any goggles? The mind, it boggles. They ask for approval and are denied. Back at the faces, TaKo have passed Falafel, but they’re both on their way to Serenade.

Serenade. Romi/Michele attract a lady in a bright orange coat and are notably more excited than before. TaKo and Falafel arrive. TaKo go up to a couple of ladies at an umbrella table, which is actually a good choice, since they appear to be either eating or drinking something and less likely to leave, unless they’re planning a dine-n-dash, they have no choice but to stay. Neither Talia nor Koby, however, can sing. Eliran finds a little old lady, and his singing gives me horrible Tom Kashty flashbacks. Go away, Tom. Over at
Romi/Michele, they finish up with their orange lady, and it’s time for the Prom Queen board. Off they go.

Streets of Sevilla. Little Orphan Ronit is living the hard-knock life, weeping with frustration. ShiMin geta lift, as do the Blue Collar Boys. The cousins have reached the Prom Queen board in fifth, and choose D/D. In sixth, LiRonit also pick D/D. Blue Collar Boys consider the Cousins, but go with D/D, officially making them the U-Turn queens for this leg.

Serenade. TaKo and Falafel are done and get the Sol y Sombra clue.

Faces. Eliran and Batel are hard at work for their teams. Ma’Ayan worries about her marriage prospects. Dana can roll her tongue, but Debby cannot. Ronit talks about disabled people. D/D are now finished and in fifth, choosing Serenade. Little do they know, but they’ll be doing both. Racist Yasmin and her partner are now at the board, U-turning Cousins but it will not make a difference. Now in sixth and seventh, LiRonit and Blue Collar pick rugs. Speaking of which…

Rugs. LiMor are still not done. LiRonit and Blue Collar get there in no time at all, tackling the stairs like there’s no tomorrow. Predictably, Ronit gets on Liran’s back, but with the boys it could be either – it turns out to be David doing the beating on top of Eliran. LOL. LiRonit take a break. The boys talk about their weight some more, and get a no. LiMor take a break now, and resort to arguing, but it doesn’t seem too bad.

Serenade. D/D pick a blonde in a trendy black coat. Debby sings like Ursula from the Little Mermaid. As one might expect. Elsewhere, Falafel are running, as are TaKo. TaKo, as usual, struggle with navigating.

Tower. Romi/Michele are first at the u-turn board, and apparently there is a revenge u-turn as well. Let’s see how that plays out. They are not u-turned, so off they trot into the next episode. Falafel do the same, in second, with slightly more celebration. TaKo approach the board with trepidation, but are pleasantly surprised, and off they go in third, having made a huge comeback.

Faces. This is not too interesting to recap. The Cousins finish in eighth, and ShiMin bring up the rear. Both choose Serenade.
Serenade. Shimi asks a man, then Yasmin corrects him that they need a woman. They find a gray haired lady in a colorful scarf over at the umbrella tables. Apparently, their singing is so bad that they get a huge confessional over it. Hee. The Cousins find a blonde with glasses. Batel sings, and Ma’Ayan dances like a fool. And…now here’s Yasmin, sounding like a dying squirrel.

Rugs. LiMor are getting frustrated with the guy, who tells them to keep cleaning, and do it stronger. Ronit and David are pounding away, but it’s the parents who finish first, getting the clue and heading to the U-turn board in 4th, another excellent comeback. Back at the rugs, David almost has a nasty fall. Liron gets tired so he and Ronit take a brief back, but get scared that the boys will beat them, so they get right back up. The boys beat them anyway, and are now in 5th. Ronit angrily pounds away, and it works, putting her team back in the game, albeit in 6th.

Serenade. Debby is dancing, and the girls finish in 7th, and are off to the U-turn board. Debby’s already fluttering with frustration and anticipation. The final two teams finish the task, and head to the board as well. Cousins hope that history does not repeat itself.

Prom Queen board. D/D offer a prayer, but it’s not going to change the facts. Debby summons grandma and granddad. But U-turned they are, by Blue Collar, LiMor, LiRonit, Cousins, and TaKo. But wait! Here’s the second U-turn, and here they are. Better use it wisely. They waver between LiMor and LiRonit, and wish they could do both. LiMor it is, however. Off they go to beat the rugs…and here come the lucky parents. They’re not U-turned by the board, but they are U-turned by D/D, so they must serenade.

Rugs. D/D arrive and argue over who will be on top, but Dana wins. There seems to be some wind blowing the dust away, so that helps a little. Elsewhere, LiMor search for the Serenade spot. Back at the rugs, Debby’s wheezing and whimpering. They get a no and are disappointed. Debby’s all “everyone hates us,” but they’re back to beating.

Serenade. The disappointed parents arrive and proceed to sing their hearts out. Back at rugs, Dana beats for her life. End of episode.

Next time: Pit stop mat! FINALLY. Also, soccer.
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We continue in Spain.

Episode 8: Goal Yeller

The episode clues us in that D/D and LiMore have been u-turned, and the top teams are on their way to their way to the tapas bar, Sol y Sombra. Falafel Boys are in a cab. TaKo, in a cab, interview how the u-turn board is just a part of the game. However, it’s Romi/Michele that beat them both to the tapas bar. The task here is to eat 2 kg of Spanish chorizo. Coral asks how many calories it is. Romi says, “a lot.” Thanks, Romi Deen. Falafel boys arrive next. Note that even though it’s spicy and hot, none of the four seems to be complaining much, except Coral, to whom Romi’s all “just don’t stop and think about what we’re doing.” Enter Talia and Koby. Talia: “When I saw the sides of meat hanging from the ceiling, I knew we were in trouble.” So it was trouble when you walked in? Go tell it to Taylor Swift. Talia does a remarkable transformation from seemingly normal and fairly intelligent racer to the biggest mess on the race. As a vegetarian, she equates this task to taking a bite out of Koby’s shoulders. I get her argument about where the meat comes from, but read The Conscious Omnivore, buckle down, and say to yourself, What Would Nat and Kat do?

U-turned teams. D/D’s rug is still a mess, and LiMore can’t sing. Moving on.

Cabs. Persians sing a song about coffee and cats. I wouldn’t expect anything less. LiRonit’s cabbie talks to them in Spanish and Ronit may or may not understand. Elsewhere, ShiMin are on foot. And…now they’re skipping?  Whatever floats your boat.

Meat. Coral is starting to wobble. Falafel boys are doing fine. Talia takes a bite but can’t even break it with her teeth. Sisters finish and get the next clue, as do Falafel. They must now go to the Olympic Stadium of Sevilla for a task involving soccer. One team member must score a goal, while the other yells “goal” the whole time. This will be murder on my ears.

Meat. Talia tosses some as all the other non-u-turned teams arrive. David and Eliran have no problems. Yasmin is fretting a little but at least Shimi is quiet. Cousins relate how they usually order one hot dog and split it. As for Ronit, she’s channeling her inner fat kid big time for this challenge and shoving it down like it’s a long strand of spaghetti. Even the girls notice and comment on her throat’s capacity. Erm…not the right imagery, ladies. Ronit dances and sings in front of a largely empty bowl and Ma’Ayan cabbage patches nearby. In the back of the restaurant, Talia is a blubbering, vegetarian mess, and Blue Collar David and Eliran are trying to convince her it’s tofu. They could be all Globetrotters, but unlike the American race, on this race people don’t like to see other teams suffer, at least as far as the tasks go.

Cabs. Sisters are debating who will do it, with Romi insisting that she’s got the stronger voice, much to Coral’s consternation. In the Falafel cab, they are more than excited, making it clear that Itzik will kick and Eliran will yell. They beat the girls to the stadium. Heroic music plays as they run in and belly flop on the turf. Itzik is literally shaking with excitement. First try for Itzik, and he’s doing some fancy moves, but he showboats a bit too much and Eliran stops about five seconds prematurely, which now means they must yell.Sisters arrive, and Coral takes the field in her pink pants and insanely tiny and non-functional jacket/top combo. She bombs the first try, and on the second, gets intercepted. Romi calls her sister “a stupid girl,” which of course goes over well.

Stragglers. Both are shown finishing, with D/D arriving at the meat first.

Meat. Predictably, Debby takes a bite and spits it out, much to Dana’s chagrin. They go outside, Dana’s all “The little girls and Talia all did it!” Well, half right, Talia’s not yet done, and after a few seconds head back in to do it. Debby actually says that it would be idiotic to go home over some meat. LiMore arrive, and Lior…is having the time of his life. Talia’s entire face is dripping with tears. Koby sings to her. Cousins, Blue Collar, and LiRonit head out in quick succession. Blue Collar gets a cab immediately, and Ma’Ayan flags one down, but in come Liran and Ronit who swoop in for the kill, heading off with the taxi, leaving the girls in the street. However, their driver takes them to the National Stadium, not the Olympic Stadium, and now their cab is gone, so…one point for karma, I guess. Back at the meat, the Persians grab a cab who almost drives away while they’re loading in (LOL) and then get in, with Ma’Ayan yelling random words “Stadium! Olympic! Football! Goal!” until the driver actually says to her, “Be quiet.”

Stadium. Blue Collar and Persians have arrived as teams 3 and 4. Inside, Itzik and Coral are failing. Ma’Ayan skitters on the field, instantly in love with the soccer players. I am beginning to think that Ma’Ayan falls in love with everything and anything, including inanimate objects. Pansexual, maybe? Anyway, she purples her way across the field and appears to get close to the goal when she trips and falls, and the soccer goalie helps her up. In her brain, however, she’s picking out centerpieces for their wedding. For Blue Collar, Eliran makes a decent attempt but kicks a bit too short the first time. Eliran’s all, “I’m better at basketball.” He does a couple almosts, but this ain’t horseshoes. Back at Coral, her microphone must be really hurting her tush because I can actually see it through her pants. Ouch. She gets intercepted by the goalie. Romi proceeds to unravel, as Coral does a repeat performance. Romi actually lets loose a wild tantrum-like scream, and Coral’s all, “you crazy.” Over at Itzik,it’s looking good…and he officially gets it first. After much celebration, they open the clue, and it’s a needle/haystack task, looking for a clue beneath the stadium seats, and some clues are fake. They start the task.

Meat. Lior is singing, Talia is tortured, and Debby and Dana do a double vomit, coming up from under the counter at the same time. More, who is standing next to Debby and having no trouble at all, starts to taunt her and for the first time in the race, two teams actually have an argument. Debby and More will not be going shopping together. Whereas Dana tells More to grow up. Elsewhere in the restaurant, Talia has cried out more kilos of tears than meat she’s eaten. They finish in sixth, with ShiMin and LiMore right behind them.

All head to the stadium.

Stadium. Eliran and Coral get intercepted again. The Cousins are having fun, but Ma’Ayan kicks it a little too far. As the next group of teams arrive, Coral and Eliran head towards the goals. Coral seems to almost flash the goalie as she gets her goal, though it looked like they went easy on her. Eliran, with a bit more skill, gets it as well, and they join the Falafel boys in searching.

Cab. Shimi instructs Yasmin on the finer points of yelling. Yasmin tries it once, and she’s not bad. Shimi immediately starts playing with the ball instead of doing the task. Yasmin wants him to stop so they can get started, but…his ass looks amazing in those white trousers, so, play a little bit more, Shimi. They start the task, and Shimi’s legs propel him to a quick victory. Yasmin: “That’s it? We’re done?” Apparently so. They have now jumped from 7th to 4th in a matter of seconds, but let’s see if they can hold on to that lead.

Meat. D/D, alone at this point, finish and head out.

Stadium. Lior takes to the field, and has a few false starts. Talia won’t eat meat, but she’ll kick around a leather soccer ball.

Seat Search. David finds the first envelope…but it’s a false clue. ShiMin commence their search. More looking…and Itzik finds one. It is, however, a false clue. The boys are losing hope.

Stadium. For the first time, Debby and Dana fight over who gets to do the physical task, but Debby wins out because as we all know, she has no voice. Lots of yelling and kicking. A ball goes in the goal, and it’s Ma’Ayan’s, followed by Lior and Talia. Up at the seats, the cousins have absolutely no idea what they’re looking for. Romi finds something, and we have our first success of the day. Coral opens the clue, revealing it to be their pit stop, the Metropol Parasol, a large art installation or something. They head out as the Blue Collar Boys and Mor find their clues, and they are indeed clues. They head out in 2nd/3rd.

Seat Search. Talia is exhausted, and the Cousins walk right past a clue. Debby and Liran are doing pretty badly on the field.

Metropol. It’s a three way race for first, and Romi/Michele continue their reign of dominance, getting their second 1st place of the race.
Next up are Mor and Lior, who are officially team number 2. The Blue Collar Boys in their ugly holiday sweaters are in third place.

Stadium. Liran gets intercepted again, and Debby’s legs hurt. Both go again, and make their goals. Debby can barely walk, whereas LiRonit are swing dancing. Montage of teams searching as D/D and LiRonit read the clue. Everyone is searching. TaKo encroach onto where the Falafel boys are. Frustration. Eliran and Ma’Ayan make the grabs for their teams, and they are off. The girls find a cab that is waiting for someone (Ronit and Liran, I believe), and offer more money. Falafel boys argue pointlessly about who can speak Spanish.

Seat search. In a shocking twist, Debby actually contributes to her team by finding one, pulling them out of last. Shimi spots one, and both teams are off. Debby is disappointed in herself for the whole day, but Dana’s not so quick to judge. They beat ShiMin to a cab.
Metropol. Falafel boys and Cousins arrive. Boys run, girls take an escalator. Lots of girly yelling – nope it’s not Falafel, but indeed the

Cousins. They have no clue what place they’re in, but it turns out to be fourth, and they are ecstatic. Falafel checks in, in fifth. General disappointment.

Metropol. ShiMin arrive and are confused. D/D arrive, and even though Debby’s exhausted, they beat the lovers to the pit spot. Dana interviews that it was a rough day for all. They are not hopeful, and are floored when they’re announced as sixth, very far from last, where they thought they were. ShiMin enter and jump on the mat in seventh.

Stadium. We’re down to TaKo and LiRonit. LiRonit are banking on the Bad Luck Bears to continue to follow the newlyweds. And the next clue is found…by Talia. Ronit soon follows, and TaKo exit the stadium, with LiRonit not too far behind.  They’re searching for taxis, and…the episode ends. WTF, Reshet? Thanks a lot for going all Sopranos on us. For the record, this is 3 episodes in a row with no elimination – a record for TAR everywhere, I think.

Next time: A team finally gets eliminated. A funky accordion remix of the theme song introduces us to France, where Ma’Ayan and Batel are cold and Shimi and Yasmin kiss under the Eiffel Tower. Mmm…I could go for a crepe right about now.
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"she purples her way across the field"

You are so awesome...XD

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Check your inbox GB.

Thanks for the love! Will try to get one more episode done tonight.
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And here's eppy 9...really really late. Why does my boring life suddenly become exciting at the most inopportune times?

Episode 9: Your Finest French Wax, Please

We get clued in that all teams but TaKo and LiRonit are safe. Good grief, let’s get this show on the road. Should go without saying, given the nature of the beast.

Sevilla. We open on TaKo and LiRonit leaving the stadium to head to Metropol, the pit stop for this leg of the race. Split-screen taxis.
Ronit spots the pit stop. Both teams are on foot. The sky is clearly darker for LiRonit, so it’s not a surprise when in come Talia and Koby. They are pleased. In come LiRonit, under a much darker sky. Goodbye Fag and Hag! You were mostly awful, but you had your moments and were good competitors. But time’s a wastin, so off we go.

Pit start. Romi/Michele open a music file on their tablet, and it’s “La Marseillaise” or the French national anthem. Indeed, as we get a snow Paris montage with the race-theme played on accordion, accordioningly. (Bad pun, Jai Ho. Bad pun). Let’s see if the teams can get the clue. Coral thinks it’s Mozart. Romi thinks it’s the opening to “All You Need is Love.” Actually, that’s what I thought it was as well, initially, so maybe I’m no smarter than the racers. Possibility? DISCUSS. The girls eventually get it. Mor thinks it’s Argentina. David/Eliran get France immediately, David interviews that he speaks French. Let’s see how far that goes…foreshadowing! LiMor correctly predicts that the boys will be happy, and indeed they are singing a song in French. Here comes the purples and Falafel – will they know it? Of course not! But the prize of the night goes to Debby, who guesses “England” without a doubt, and they get tickets. A guy (production, I’m sure) kindly tells them it’s France, and they rebook. Wouldn’t it be funny if D/D did go to England? ShiMin know it’s France. Will Talia and Koby know it? Of course! All teams are now en route Paris.

Paris. Mad taxi rush. Clue: head to Debilly Bridge, to find a mime. He will give them a clue. But wait! “They MUST NOT speak any other language than Hebrew until further instructed!” That’s an interesting twist. Blue Collar Boys are in a cab and rightfully pissed about this new, screwed-up instruction. Romi/Michele’s cab driver asks them if they speak English or Spanish, and they can’t, so this sucks for them. TaKo’s cab driver is completely silent and expressionless, and looks like a librarian who’s just been handed twenty overdue books. ShiMin are being lovey-dovey, for a change. Blue Collar Boys are shocked at the snow.

Bridge. In first in a huge comeback, here are Talia and Koby. The mime acts out can-can dancing, and they must say “can-can” to get their next clue, to a theatre to do said can-can. Talia narrates the mime’s action, and is pretty spot-on in her recap. No, Talia, you cannot have my job. The word is on the tip of her tongue, but she’s all, “Moulin Rouge.” The hell, Talia? They must go away and come up with the answer. Elsewhere, ShiMin are “ooh, Eiffel!” and they kiss. It’s…surprisingly forced and unromantic. They are second at the bridge. Here are Romi/Michele, and of course Romi Know-It-All guesses ballet. Next up are Blue Collar Boys, who get close with “cabaret.” Romi/Michele get the first clue of the day, a garter instructing them to go to Ranelagh Theatre, to do a can-can task. Blue Collar Boys soon follow. But first…yield board! Sisters pick David/Eliran, who opt for Dana/Debby. Cut to said team, struggling to get a cab.

Airport. Some pantomiming is going on here, as Parents, Cousins, and Falafels, all attempt to get their point across.

Bridge. ShiMin get their taxi driver to clue them in, and they’re in 3rd. TaKo return in 4th. The former team picks the Purples, and are still racist. TaKo pick D/D. Surprises all around! D/D arrive at the mime. Debby goes forward with “Folies Bergere,” goes in for a victory hug…DENIED.  Hee hee. They get can-can anyway and Debby gets the garter. They choose the Cousins as well.

Theatre. Blue Collar Boys arrive first. This task involves learning and performing a can-can routine to the satisfaction of a judge. The boys have to put on fishnets, and it’s funny and disturbing at the same time. Eliran adjusts his junk on camera. Ew. To their benefit, they fill out the dresses quite nicely. The sisters arrive at the theatre as well. They get dressed up and start learning.  Romi Know-it-All comes out to play, and of course she’s an expert dancer. David/Eliran? Not looking horrible.

Stage. First up: David/Eliran. Eliran hits a pose a la Dakota Fanning in Uptown Girls. My love for them just increased exponentially. Let’s see how they do. I thought they didn’t do too badly, but the judge lady gives them a no. Despite their energy, the judge tells them they have no rhythm and they get denied. Next up: Romi/Michele. They get a yes, and they’re back in first. Detour! This one: Cake or Candy. In Cake, the teams must eat all the ingredients in a cake, raw, including a small white candle. Salmonella city! In Candy, they must eat a huge cone of cotton candy in a 3 minute spin around a carousel. I know which take I’d choose, and Romi/Michele choose the other, heading for Cake.

Streets of Paris. Ma’Ayan and Batel’s cab driver drops them…in the middle of the street. They are cold and walking down the correct street, but otherwise relatively aimlessly.

Bridge. LiMor arrive. Mor dislikes pantomime, writing it off as boring. Mimes everywhere put Mor on their shit list. Falafel’s Itzik has it on the tip of his tongue, but that tip says “Marilyn Monroe.” Face, meet palm. They walk off in defeat. Purples randomly happen upon the mime.  They  try imitating the mime, to no avail. Ma’Ayan feels sorry for him, but it’s LiMor who get the clue. They vote for D/D. Falafel do their own pantomime to get the correct answer. They still can’t remember it, so they go back to the people to remind them. They vote for the Cousins, who miraculously get it and choose D/D, making them the official recipients of the yield. In the words of that crazy Russian mom from Toddlers and Tiaras, “zey hate her! Zey hate them!” Speaking of the devils, they are at the Moulin Rouge, which is not the right place. Falafel gets pronunciation tips. They cannot say “can-can” “Ranelagh” or “theatre.”

Theatre. Talia is tickled to be in a pretty can-can dress. Shimi begs to differ. Both teams head off to practice. They should’ve made this the double-battle, it would’ve been pretty epic. Talia does a weird squat thing. They are up next, and though Koby shouldn’t quit his day job, they get a pass, putting them in second place. They head to Cake. Sisters, however, are still seeking a cab to take them to the

Cake. Up next: ShiMin, followed by David/Eliran for try number two. Both teams get it and head out in 3rd and 4th. ShiMin kiss and it looks awful weird in the dresses. Both teams pick Candy.

Streets of Paris. D/D are completely lost and gone forever. They get a kind lady to direct them, but all Debby can think of is jacking the lady’s baguette. They get a Hebrew speaking cab driver, lucky devils.

Cake. Talia and Koby arrive in first. They dress up in corsets (again with the lady-wear?) and do their makeup. First up is flour, and Talia might have her master’s but she clearly does not know how to eat flour raw. The trick is to tuck a spoonful into your cheek, and suck it down. Do not ask me how I know that. Sisters arrive, suit up, and proceed to puff flour clouds. They do the same with the baking soda.

Carousel. David/Eliran arrive. Eliran makes horse noises, but their joy is stanched when they see the mountain of cotton candy they must eat. They valiantly attack it, but their three minutes chime before they’re done, so they must try again a second time. In walk Shimi/Yasmin, and they are already terrified. Well, Shimi is. Yasmin’s excited for once.They go at it, and are very close, but no candy cigar.

Theatre. LiMor are in fifth. They get in their dresses, and Lior is too big. D/D enter the theatre in 6th, with the cousins right behind. Debby and Dana do look quite cute in the outfits. Ma’Ayan and Batel’s instructor has a big brown mole on her butt. LiMor, who if you’ll remember, completely bombed the flamenco dance task in Spain, are in need of some redemption. I wouldn’t bet on it. Debby reveals she’s a lefty, and that is negatively affecting her can-canning.

Stage. Fancy sax music plays as the Purples enter. They look like idiots, which is normal for them, and works to their benefit, ratcheting them up to fifth place. They pick Candy. D/D, up next, smile as if they have no idea what they’re doing. Which…yeah, that pretty much says it all. They get a swift and immediate no. Back to the studio in defeat for them. Up next to the stage are Mor/Lior. Lior’s cream cheese thighs are the highlight of this dance, and even though they’re a mess, they get a yes and go to Cake in sixth place. D/D? Looking dejected.

Candy. Cousins arrive and get their cone of cotton candy. They are confused, but attack it wholeheartedly. They chew as fast as they talk, however, and finish with time to spare. And…now they’re in first, which is a first. Good job, you crazy cousins. Next clue: Montmartre, location of the Prom Queen board, Yield edition. On the carousel, Blue Collar are on their second try. They get it and head off to Montmartre in second. Yasmin looks defeated. The boys also read that once at Montmartre, the language ban is lifted, about which they are ecstatic.

Cake. Entering next are LiMor. TaKo and the Sisters are still struggling. Lior drinks the egg and shovels down the flour like it’s chocolate pudding and he’s Bill Cosby. He interviews that in all seriousness, he was hungry. Not for that, I suppose. TaKo reach the candle. The sisters do too, and Coral’s all, “who eats a candle?” Well, now you’ll know! Both teams are mystified but they get the wax treats down in 3rd (TaKo) and 4th (Sisters).

Theatre. D/D, second try. And…fail. Mother and daughter are disappointed. And, whinnying like horses, in come Falafel. Where have they been all this time? Window shopping? With little fanfare, the boys get it and are off in 7th, leaving the lefty and her lackey in dead last. They choose Candy. Dana is trying to keep it together, but she’s frustrated, pissed at her mom, and on the verge of tears. Debby gets the idea that they should switch sides in the dance, and they do, and finally get their Detour clue.

Candy. Shimi and Yasmin almost get it again, but fall just short.

Cake. LiMor are finishing up. Mor is stymied at eating wax, but they eat it anyway.

Candy. ShiMin head back on the horse for a third try, and this time they’re not even close. Yasmin wants to switch, and after much nudging, they’re off to Cake. Falafel arrive, and aren’t even close when they hear the buzzer. D/D, having picked Candy, arrive. Maybe girls are made of sugar and spice, because they ace the task. As ShiMin head off, Falafel try again at the cotton candy and fail again. Their next attempt goes better, but they’re mad at each other for some reason. We leave on ShiMin struggling at cake.

Next time: Modeling! Puppies! Ma’Ayan gets peed on.

Standings:
1.   Cousins (Candy)
2.   Blue Collar Boys (Candy)
3.   TaKo (Cake)
4.   Romi/Michele (Cake)
5.   LiMor (Cake)
6.   D/D (Candy)
7.   Falafel (Candy)
8.   ShiMin (still at Cake)
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"Why does my boring life suddenly become exciting at the most inopportune times?"

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Is Lior much more religious than the others? Kinda like Anaelle from season 2? I've noticed that he sometimes treats the "dressing up" parts of tasks differently than others. (Plus, he's usually wearing his Kippah, although I noticed he took it off for the bath house).

Anaelle will still be my favourite contestant of TAR Israel, because I like teams who are "unique" in some way, or distinct from the crowd.
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"Why does my boring life suddenly become exciting at the most inopportune times?"

Story of my life, Jai Ho, story of my life...

Is Lior much more religious than the others? Kinda like Anaelle from season 2? I've noticed that he sometimes treats the "dressing up" parts of tasks differently than others. (Plus, he's usually wearing his Kippah, although I noticed he took it off for the bath house).

Anaelle will still be my favourite contestant of TAR Israel, because I like teams who are "unique" in some way, or distinct from the crowd.

LOL GB. My buddy <3.

Lior is religious, but not to the extent of our dear darlings Anakiva. I think the dressing up tasks make him uncomfortable mostly because of his weight and shape, not the actual garment. The producers seem to be really lax about getting clothes for the bigger people (Lior, Andrea, Ronney). If you noticed in the can-can scene, he was being pressed into that dress like he was being shoved into some Spanx.
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It just occurred to me, while making the above post, that there might be Jai Ho recaps for HaMerotz 2...AND THERE ARE!

brb, gonna read them all :3
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Episode 10: Do My Little Turd on the Catwalk

Vaguely Parisian-sounding race music leads us to Paris, France. Again.

Streets of Paris. First team we see is Blue Collar, who are speaking French very nicely on their way to Montmartre. Elsewhere, Ma’Ayan and Batel are excited about having passed a bunch of teams. They happen upon Blue Collar and the teams decide to self-intersect. Batel is surprised at Blue Collar’s handle of French. The group runs through some doves, with the boys leading and the girls lagging. In another place, TaKo are taking a speed-walking tour of Paris. They give a confessional in which they state that basically everything here is beautiful. Sisters appear and self-intersect with TaKo. In another Parisian street-like location, the Parents hop into a cab. Montage of everyone looking around. TaKomi/Michele head up some stairs, and Purple/Collar finds another set of stairs. Batel drama-queens out in an interview, comparing the stairs to Jacob’s Ladder…they’re not that tall, dear. Maybe they don’t have staircases in Moshav Zrahia? The boys tackle the stairs three at a time and the girls…do not. They stop to admire the vista of Paris below them, and it is very pretty.

Montmartre. Blue Collar hits the Yield Queen board, hope for a green, and they get it. They see that Romi/Michele have yielded them, but they are not mad. Cousins are next, and there’s been a trend of a Cousins and D/D split, but due to Romi/Michele being Switzerland in this kind of pointless alliance system, the Cousins are spared this time around. A cute can-can ensues between the two teams, who separately interview how much they love each other and they’re brothers and sisters. Now that everyone likes each other, let’s move on.

Dogs. David/Eliran, in first, are ready for this task, which involves cute puppies. They must transport the dogs to a local caricaturist, and along the way, feed, brush, and sing a song to their puppies. The dogs will remain a factor in the next task as well. The boys choose a Boston terrier wearing some bling and a black and white checked sweater. They learn his name is Dudu. Their song goes like this: “Dudu loves to sleep/Eat lots of sweets/He loves us/And he will never go hungry.” So random. Cousins arrive next, and as predicted, flip out over the cuteness. They choose and brown and white puff named Sophia. Ma’Ayan tries to make up a song, but it consists of mostly, “vai vai vai.” Batel comes up with “She walks the streets/breaking hearts/wiggles at the dogs/making them blink.” Well, that song certainly made me blink!

Streets of Paris. Falafel are flying solo at the moment, and climb the stairs. I wonder where TaKomi went? Elsewhere, D/D recruit some young guys to help them. They hit the stairs.

Montmartre. Romi/Michele? Safe. Same goes for TaKo. Mor/Lior appear out of nowhere, and stumble over the names of the team they yielded, “Debi and Deba.”

Dogs. Talia turns into a sentimental mess. The girls argue. TaKo pick a grey poodle with a Jewish star dog tag. Romi/Michele pick a puffy poof named Tundles. Talia comes up with a song and Koby has trouble with it. Lior/Mor and Romi/Michele sing as well.

Cake. ShiMin are still not finished. Yasmin chokes down the egg and they finish.

Plaza. David/Eliran can’t find the caricaturist. Purples are busy feeding their dog. Finally, Blue Collar arrives with their dog. Double-battle! In this one, the teams must dress up (or down) and model some underwear for two gay guys.

Streets of Paris. ShiMin wander aimlessly asking people stuff in Hebrew. They eventually find the stairs. They walk up and down the stairs.

Square. LiMor and TaKo are singing to their dogs. Romi/Michele have their dog sitting on someone’s car. It looks like a police car. Purples ask for directions and are told they’re there. They find the caricaturist and it’s them, as a devil/angel combo, only Batel is the angel and Ma’Ayan the devil, instead of the other way around. Whoops. Romi/Michele pass by the cousins, who exchange a look and then decide to help the sisters and direct hem to the caricaturist. Romi/Michele get their clue in 3rd, and the parents in 4th. All head out for taxis, and the parents box out the sisters. Mor argues that there’s no line in public, and she’s right, but it doesn’t stop the girls from yelling futilely as the cab passes them.

Taxi. Blue Collar find out their little guy is a lady. In the Parents cab, their dog passes some gas.

Salon des Miroirs. Blue Collar arrive in first to meet Tony, aka Jesus in High Heels. They comment on the strangeness of the model, who admittedly is pretty strange. They practice walking and I can already tell that this is not a promising roadblock in terms of excitement. Prove me wrong, Race. LiMor arrive and similarly note Jesus in High Heels. Jesus tells the parents that they’ll be walking in underwear. Lior walks like Sandra Bullock at the beginning of Miss Congeniality, you know, before she gets all hot.

Double-battle. First up, Blue Collar vs. LiMor. The boys take the stage first, and admittedly, the gay guys are into them. They do look great walking away. In come Mor and Lior. Lior has his shirt on, unlike the guys, and Mor’s in more of a strappy dress. Who wins? We’ll wait and see.

Montmartre. Falafel are not yielded. Debby prays, but we already know she’s not gonna be happy. The usual suspects are behind it: TaKo, Cousins, Parents, and Blue Collar. They bitch about all four teams.

Double-battle. The judges pick Blue Collar. Mor calls them out in a confessional, and Lior’s all, they should pick us to win so they can see the boys again.” LOL. They walk off in underwear and victory. Next up: find a famous bridge with locks.

Streets of Paris. Sisters and TaKo look for cabs. TaKo chew gum.

Double-battle. TaKo arrive, and their dog looks ready to pee. They try practicing and they are…really bad at it. LiMor vs. TaKo. This time around, LiMor look happier and more relaxed. Talia looks adorable and doesn’t do that badly. Then…Koby. They put him in a sort of boxer-brief/diaper combination. It’s not pretty. He does get creative though. Judging time. It’s a close one, so they do a sudden death for the ladies, Mor vs. Talia. I personally thought Talia did better, but the judges go for Mor’s naturalness and the parents part ways with their dog and head to the bridge.

Dogs. Falafel pick a dog that looks like Happy from 7th Heaven. D/D pick a dog with painted nails and a leopard printed coat. Falafel sing and it sounds like a gumball machine. Debby tells us she’s not good with rhyming, singing or animals. Wrong show to be on, Deb. Falafel’s dog’s dish says Glamour on it, but they call him “Gribble” or something. D/D find the caricaturist, and Debby comments that her face looks warped. Dana tells her mother that that’s the point, and the Debby gets her caricatured face pasted over her real face. The editors must really hate her. In other news, Ma’Ayan is getting peed on. Yay!

Double-battle. In come the sisters. Coral looks natural, Romi goofballs it up. Battle time: TaKo vs. Romi/Michele. They don’t do half bad, but I’m betting that TaKo get a pass to put Koby out of his misery. Coral shoves Koby. Romi has a back tattoo I never noticed before. The judges comment that the girls look “bitchy.” Um yeah, they’re trying to be models. The girls are heartbroken after losing to Koby, but it’s better for us viewers.

Double-battle. Ma’Ayan/Batel arrive and it shall be a chick battle. Requisite making fun of the model. Ma’Ayan wants to be funny, but the model’s not having it. Battle time: Romi/Michele vs. the Purples.The sisters do pretty much the same as before, and unlike normal girls, each team compliments the other and Ma’Ayan even gives the sisters a smile. Judging time – they give the Purples advice in English that they probably don’t understand, and they backhandedly call Coral a bitch again, but the sisters win and give up their dog.

Streets of Paris. ShiMin still haven’t even gotten their dog yet. Falafel worry about being models.

Dogs. ShiMin are left with a dachshund but fortunately, because Yasmin is a horrible singer (or we are running low on time) we see them getting the clue.

Double-battle. Purples vs. Falafel. No surprise when the girls win. Ma’Ayan compares herself to Bar Refaeli, because they have the same last name, and they’re off.

Double-battle. Falafel vs. D/D. Dana comments that Itzik looks like Gumby and she’s not wrong. Debby walks down the catwalk and for one of the first times this race, aces the task. Dana’s got a wicked side pony and a smile knowing that she and her mom have it in the bag. Until Debby loses a shoe. Whoops. Even with that misstep (LOL) the girls win and leave the guys in the dust.

Streets of Paris. ShiMin are bummed and in a cab.

Double-battle. Falafel vs. ShiMin. This one’s for all the marbles. Yasmin’s in some granny panties, and she trips too. Here comes Shimi and…wow, I could watch him walk all day. Then his partner points out that he’s leaking a trail of poo down the catwalk. The worst has happened, and it’s hilarious. Even through all that, it must surely be Falafel who wins, but apparently they were worse than a tripper and some dog poop, because ShiMin win. The guys are the losers of the day, and sit on the catwalk in defeat for their penalty.

Next time: Nighttime leg in Paris with lots of locks and bells. David/Eliran are asked to sidestep the mat. Someone’s in trouble.
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Episode 11: Pop, Lock and Drop It

Aaand…we’re still in Paris.

Taxis. All the teams are on their way to the bridge with love padlocks. Blue Collar is happy to be in first, but the parents are on their heels. Lior is still impressed with Paris. I am not. Romi/Michele are happy about the snow. Talia is giving a lecture on history. In other words, normal activities.

Bridge. It’s a roadblock, and the teams must dress up as Quasimodo and try to unlock a lock. Every time they can’t open a lock, their partner must ring a bell. David is taking this one, and they start their search. His fingers are freezing. Parents arrive, are summarily shocked at the locks. Lior and Talia will be taking this one. Mor can’t stop criticizing her husband. Granted, it’s been a long leg, but this can’t end well. Talia comments that she feels sexy in her burqa. Blue Collar finds a lock written in Hebrew, but that’s not the ticket.

Taxis. D/D talk about their master plan. Purples are proud of themselves. Yasmin has a good feeling despite Shimi Downer.

Bridge. Sisters arrive, and Romi takes the hump. She reads the key, which apparently says “Abus,” which is a lock brand. Koby notices something’s up with the girls, but they don’t give it up. Romi gives the couple a huge fakeout. Hee. At least she’s not fighting with her sister. Blue Collar are already frustrated. Mor tells her husband to sit rather than kneel. And the first lock is opened…by David. Blue Collar boys keep their lead and get their next clue. Mor congratulates the competitors, and Lior starts to pray. His first lock after the prayer? Nope. But the second one does the trick, and they also maintain their placing. They both read the next clue, a Route Info. At the
Pavilion Kleber, they must make a champagne tower, and every five minutes, drink more champagne. A recipe for fun!

Streets of Paris. For some reason, Falafel are listed as 5th, when we obviously know they’re last.

Champagne. Just like that, Blue Collar arrives in first and starts to build. Hopefully their construction background will aid them here. This task becomes fun for them, and fast. Parents see a statue of children – a statue! – and Mor has another cry, missing her children. At least this time they’re in second instead of last, so they can whimper away. She dries her tears and they enter the champagne room.

Bridge. Cousins (who are actually in first) and D/D arrive, and it appears that Batel and Dana will be attempting this challenge. Ma’Ayan seems more interested in something on her finger. It gets later and later. Romi and Talia are cold. All the ladies are struggling, in a general montage. Who will get the next lock? Debby’s crying and she’s not even unlocking any locks. Coral, seeing her sister cry, gets teary herself. Talia comments that she wants to throw all the locks off the bridge. Coral gives her sister a kiss. Debby and Coral bear hug to keep warm. Coral interviews that Debby’s a wuss for not supporting her own daughter, and indeed, Dana’s fed up with her mom’s BS. Debby storms off.

Champagne. Blue Collar are drinking. Parents are drinking. Mor snaps at her husband. Eliran tells her to shut up. Blue Collar finish their tower, and Eliran starts to pour. Mor/Lior stop to watch, and the boys do indeed have it. They celebrate with – what else? – champagne. Rip and read, and it’s finally pit stop time. Their greeter, however, is a big black blob, and they have to ask 20 questions before checking in. And he’s a baguette. I could not make this stuff up.

Bridge. ShiMin arrive in seventh, and Shimi’s in the hot seat (er…cold cloak) tonight. Back at D/D, they’re fighting, and Dana is, once again, doing all the work and Debby is completely failing at…life. This team would be much more functional if it was Dana and Dana. More crying. Dana finds the bright side, but tells her mom to believe in her. The boisterous Falafels make their way in, yelling their hearts out. Itzik is on lock duty, and Eliran is on annoying duty. A hand unlocks a lock, and it’s Batel. They are officially in third. Romi gets one next. The sisters comment that their mother will cry when seeing this episode. The cousins, for once, as speechless.

Pit Stop. It’s the Arc d’Trioumphe. In first place, it’s Blue Collar. But…Ron tells them to step aside, because they have to play 20 questions. I would have punched someone. Also I would be drunk at this point. They have 2 minutes. They get the baguette, and are officially team number one, for the first time this race. They call the Arc d’Trioumphe their personal arch of victory. (Arch: “No problem, I’ve been called worse.”)

Champagne. Sisters arrive and make a toast. Romi’s cold fingers prove to be butterfingers and she drops some. Purples arrive, and are confused. They barely have a base before they get their second serving of champagne. Ma’Ayan already feels hungover. Mor places the final cup on her tower, and Lior pours. They get their pit stop clue.

Bridge. Talia gets a lock, and they’re off in fifth. D/D? Still miserable. Debby starts whining again, but Dana finds her lock. Debby emits a strange shriek and Dana looks like a dead person she’s so white. So, we’re down to Shimi and Itzik. Itzik comments that he’s from Africa so the cold is especially hard for him. Itzik opens a lock, and the Falafel boys are out of last place. They blow past D/D and get a cab.

Pit Stop. Parents. Lior almost has a fall. 21 Questions time. And…they’re out of time. 15 minute penalty until they can guess again. Bummerific. Mor comments that they could be there a year and a half.

Champagne. TaKo arrive and have their first drinks. Talia’s already tipsy. In walk Falafel, having made up major time. Lots of dropping going on, most of it by the Purples. Falafels are doing it completely wrong. Talia is…drunk. D/D arrive, and they’re yielded. Fortunately, they can warm up and get ready for a task that several teams are already struggling with, so they’ve got a chance. With less of a chance are Shimi/Yasmin, who just opened their lock. Cousins comment on Koby the librarian’s OCD. Romi/Michele’s tower takes a small tumble, but it stays up and they start their pour. Coral completes it and they’re back in third.

Pit Stop. Mor/Lior find a guy who looks like Bobby Moynihan to help them. Romi/Michele arrive, but Mor/Lior beat them to the punch and guess correctly, and they are officially in second place. They hug and are happy. Until Mor starts to cry again. Sisters arrive at the mat, and Coral randomly guesses the right answer with about 5 seconds to go, and they’re in third. It’s been only four legs, but they’ve been in the top three for three of them, something no other team can say. They head off for some rest.

Champagne. ShiMin join the party, Shimi yelling to add to the ambiance. The yield runs out, and D/D make a fashionably late entrance. Predictably, Debby is a goner from the beginning. Shimi is frustrated and blows his stack…over. Falafel has risen to the top, but their base is wrong and they must start over. Next to them, TaKo are closing in on a win. Batel comments that their tower looks more like a Leaning Tower of Pisa in comparison to Talia and Koby. The girls pick up a bottle that’s already open. Whoops. Their Leaning Tower stays erect, as does Talia and Koby’s. TaKo get a cab first. Talia is speaking in English. Ma’Ayan is yelling “Harry Potter Harry Potter.”

Pit Stop. Rolling up to the mat are the Purples. They try valiantly, starting with Nicolas Sarkozy, but only get up to food as the time runs out. Here come Somewhat-Sober Koby and Drunk Talia. Drunk Talia guesses baguette, and they’re so drunk that they’re all giggly and, “of course it’s a baguette! This makes total sense!” I love that time when you’re so drunk that everything’s funny and/or makes sense or both. They are delighted to find out that they’re in fourth and walk off in victory…well, for Talia, it’s a stumble. But at least you lightened up a little, Toots. Can we have Drunk Talia on every leg?

Champagne. Dana has enjoyed puzzles since childhood. Indeed, she’s doing a great job. Falafel boys’ tower takes a tumble. Itzik tells Eliran that if he doesn’t want to do this, sit over there. Dana’s done, and of course she’s pouring, and they’ve now passed two teams and depart in sixth. Shimi takes a pour, and Falafel are starting over. It’s getting pretty sad for the Falafel boys as ShiMin leave, and then Eliran does, in frustration. Of all the tasks this leg, it’s this one?

Pit Stop. D/D are on their way. Cousins are still clueless. D/D get a pretty blue cab, and their driver does not respond to Debby’s silliness. Shimi is yelling. It seems like Purples and D/D are racing to the pit stop. Purples are up for their second try, and get it. Ma’Ayan hugs the giant baguette, as you do. They are quite excited at being in fifth. In come D/D, and Debby is drunk as a skunk, but she gets it after remarkably few tries. 6th place for them. They’ll take it.

Champagne. Falafel have gotten it together and complete the task but they’re still in last.

Pit Stop. ShiMin guess, and they get the penalty. Falafel boys have a chance to catch up…can they? Both teams arrive at the pit stop, and ShiMin gets it on their second try. They rejoice in being lucky seven. In come Falafel. Hungry Hungry Itzik gets baguette, and we hear the Guitar Chords of Bad News. The boys know that they are in last. Ron doesn’t immediately say that they’re eliminated, and indeed it’s a NEL and the Falafels live to roll around the world for another leg.

Next time: Goodbye Europe, Hello Rio, for the franchise’s first trip to the Americas.
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Episode 12: Sun's Out Buns Out

We open in Paris. For the last time, hopefully.

Pit start. David/Eliran rip and read, and they’re headed to the samba-loving South American nation of Brazil. All the teams do the same. Talia clues us in that we are headed to Rio de Janeiro. Ma’Ayan wonders if she can take a train to Brazil. We get a tickets/driving montage. Purples are asked what city in Brazil. I sure hope they know. All teams are on the same flight.

Brazil. We see the Purples in the mob of teams, so at least they got there. They all flurry into cabs. In the Blue Collar Cab, David is looking forward to extreme sports, but Eliran’s more into extreme butts. I have a feeling that that is going to become a recurring theme. In the Sisters cab, they sing a song about bikinis. Coral likes warm places, and Romi confirms that this is a refresher. TaKo cab – Koby dislikes water and getting food stuck in his teeth. The parents share some orange juice in their cab. Ok, this is getting boring. Debby reveals herself to be a butt girl as well.

Samba dancers. They dance around flags, so it must be the site of a clue. Up in first: TaKo. Talia reveals the first task, in which they must pick a scantily clad samba dancer, who will take them to the beach, where they must samba the whole way to the Prom Queen board. Unfortunately, not even being in Brazil endows this team with rhythm, but at least they’re having fun. In second are the neon-clad sisters, who pick a hot mama in metal. In third, D/D arrive at the dancers, and they must ask the dancer if her boobs and butt are real. Turns out the boobs aren’t but the butt is. Inquiring minds want to know! They happily head off behind the other two teams.
Streets of Rio. Romi/Michele catch up to TaKo and are within about a block.

Cabs. Ma’Ayan and Batel’s cabbie goes full throttle. Batel notes how different the people look here. Falafel sings a song about the sun. It’s refreshing that this is actually a new leg, and the teams are all on equal footing again. Eliran is looking forward to erasing their earlier mistakes.

Samba dancers. Blue Collar pull up in 4th and get a lady in blue to accompany them. LiMor arrive in fifth and choose a chick in gold. They have some trouble keeping up. Falafel boys, now in 6th, must note their girl’s booty as well, and Itzik can’t stop staring. But here’s a twist! Eliran and Itzik must wear their winter gear for this leg. Living in Texas, I sympathize with them, but it is a good NEL punishment.

Beach. Barry Manilow plays as TaKo arrive at the beach, and now it’s a beach hunt. Romi/Michele arrive as arrive and start their beach search. I sure hope they’re at the right beach. They are, and pass up TaKo to be first at the Prom Queen board. I’m hoping that everyone’s over the Cousins/Dana/Debby thing. Romi/Michele mix it up by bucking the trend, voting for TaKo, but TaKo stick with the
Cousins. The teams arrive at a sand sculpture of three tanning ladies with hot heinies. Their next clue awaits them on the beach. Both teams arrive, and they must complete a butt workout with the locals. Coral’s got the hots for the instructor, and Talia translates her feelings and transmits them to the appreciative teacher. Koby compares the task to Jane Fonda in the 80s. The three girls are feelin’ good, but Koby’s feeling the burn. Talia shows off her ballet moves to the sisters.

Cabs. ShiMin are stuck in a spot of traffic, as are the Purples, but the girls get there first by a mile. Poor ShiMin and their horrible taxi luck. The girls, of course, pick a gal in purple. ShiMin finally get their dancer in last place.

Beach. LiMor are lost, allow Blue Collar to pass them up, and they choose D/D. Speaking of the devils, they dance up to the board in 4th, and vote for the Cousins, as they believe that they’re stragglers who need to go. Blue Collar and D/D pass the asses, and of course Debby must touch the sand. Both teams join the class already in progress. They all do some leg lifts, with David notably distracted. Falafel arrive in 5th, apparently having passed up the U-turn board. Whoops? They join the party on the beach. Debby touches one of the ladies’ rears, bringing the count up to 5. Then the workout ends.  I sure hope that the three late-joining teams (D/D, Blue Collar, and Falafel) don’t get to skip out on this early. Doesn’t look like they get off the hook, as only the Sisters and Ta/Ko are seen with the clue, which tells them to samba the whole way on a bus ride to San Conrado beach. Blue Collar and D/D complete the task, heading off in 3rd and 4th, but it doesn’t matter much because all four teams catch the same bus, making the task infinitely easier as they basically fill up the bus, what with 4 dancers and 8 cameramen. Koby declares it the samba bus. At the Prom Queen board, ShiMin seal the deal and officially u-turn Cousins. Said cousins arrive next, and u-turn D/D, but not before actually complimenting them (well, Dana) on being strong, which I can’t argue with. They pick the D/D card up, with Ma’Ayan saying “nothing personal,” but Batel being like, “but it is kinda personal,” Ma’Ayan: “Yeah, I guess it’s personal.” Um…what? Having fallen way behind (2nd to 2nd to last), in walk LiMor up to the u-turn board. Obviously, they pick D/D. ShiMin appear at the butt task, and he’s got quite a roving eye. Could just be bad angles.

Party Bus 1. It lets out the top four teams (Sisters , TaKo, and Blue Collar) and it’s a Fast Forward/Roadblock. Fast Forward: Play beach tennis on a nude beach, nude. Coral votes for FF, but Romi says it could be really far away and impossible, and then they’d be screwed. Plus, they’re already in first, so they might as well just stay there. Roadblock: It’s a two-parter. Roadblocker must hang glide to their partner, who is sitting on a surfboard just off the beach. They must land, then swim to find their partner, collect them, and paddle back. Lots of stuff to take care of. Coral takes it for the Sisters and heads up the mountain. She’s a little unnerved. Romi is actually struggling more in the rough surf. Up on the mountain, Coral gets a pep talk from her gliding partner, who warns her that she could die. Great job, gliding partner. Back at the harbor, Romi looks pretty Rip Girls as she paddles out. Atop the mountain, Coral has a last minute minor freakout. Elsewhere, TaKo and Blue Collar do the rip and read, and David and Talia will be the air partners, leaving Eliran and Koby at sea. Eliran is pissed that he won’t get to glide, and David’s not pleased that he has to. Talia is super excited to fly, Koby…not so hot on the swimming.

Beach. Ma’Ayan/Batel join the beach workout party, so that’s everyone but LiMor…but here they are. Itzik almost kicks Mor in the face. Falafel are deemed done and collect their clue. Itzik is obviously attracted to the big booty Brazilian mama. They get back in Paris gear and head to the party bus.

Harbor (AKA where the roadblock is, which is also a beach, so I will be calling it harbor). Eliran wants to fly so badly. Both men head out on their boards.

Mountain. Coral is still in her mini freakout mode. Here come David and (possibly drunk) Talia, who does a weird little swaying dance. We know that Coral is not going back out, so here she is, jumping with a huge scream but then enjoying the view. She yells that she’s coming for Romi, who hears her sister’s screams.

Beach. ShiMin get their party bus clue in sixth. They are joined on the bus by D/D and Falafel. Yasmin is taking care of bus fare. That can’t be a good thing.

Mountain. Talia’s all, “shut up and throw me off this mountain.”  She seems to enjoy the ride, and switches to English briefly. David flies off as well with little fanfare. In the air, Talia takes time to appreciate God and his creations. “God: Don’t mention it.”

Harbor. Coral comes in for a landing, but is kind of stumped as to how to find her sister in the big, big ocean. She is afraid of drowning and hesitates.

Beach. LiMor and Cousins get the party bus clue.

Roadblock Marker. Falafel hit the clue in first, and Itzik opts for the FF. They’ve had a lot of bad luck this past leg, but they’re willing to take the risk and head to the nude beach, knowing that they’re dunzo if anybody beat them to the punch. ShiMin and D/D reach the marker, and a much more chipper Debby actually volunteers to do the roadblock, and Shimi guilt trips Yasmin into doing it because he’s running out of roadblocks. Yasmin is the first of the flyers to be afraid of heights. Debby, on the other hand, is rather excited. Yasmin gets suited up and wants to cry. Debby gets suited up and ready, declaring that she’s not afraid of heights…until it hits her that she’s actually doing this for the first time. Of course, she must first flirt with the copilot, because if the worst happens at least she’ll die tryin’.

Harbor. Dana and Shimi are struggling against the waves. Talia comes in for a landing. She is unaware that she must find Koby from one of the now 5 racers in the water (Koby, Romi, Shimi, Eliran, and Dana). Unlike Coral, Talia runs right into the water. David lands and dives in and Talia, who is panicking, needs his help, and they head out together. Unfortunately for her, Koby is far, and Eliran is right here, and Blue Collar zips past the other teams, heading back to the beach. And they of course do the stupid, playing in the water before getting their clue. They do look hot though…well, mostly David. Route Info: They must do a last samba with their lady and head to Rocinha, one of Brazil’s toughest favelas, and search for their next clue there. Back at the beach, Coral finally gets the grapes to go into the water. She must have been either quick or lucky because we see her reunite with Romi a minute later as Talia’s still treading water. Both teams race in. TaKo do the “strategic” thing, or the natural thing, riding the waves in rather than doing paddling. Both teams arrive at the same time and are off following the Blue Collars.

Mountain. Debby makes her jump, and she seems to enjoy a task for one of the first times ever. Yasmin, however, is looking like she’s about to be tortured. She makes the jump…and doesn’t stop running. Her legs keep going and she’s doing a midair running man while breathing heavily and yelling. Debby comes in for a soft landing, as does Yasmin. Yasmin thinks that Shimi will be all proud of her, waiting and smiling on the beach…not so.

Party Bus. LiMor and Cousins are dancing. Ma’Ayan is pulling the arms of a clearly bored woman who probably just wants to contemplate her life choices. LiMor arrive next at the Roadblock, and get ready cause now it gets weird to the max. Apparently, Mor is forced to do this, since Lior’s over the weight limit. Mor refuses to even consider doing it. Ma’Ayan takes it for the Cousins, which was the correct choice because this is what Batel DIDN’T want to do. Good race ESP, ladies. Ma’Ayan heads up, flies, “tickles God” (her words, not mine), and is down on the beach lickety-split. Mor? Still refusing. At this point she actually responds to every single thing her husband says with “I am not doing this.”

Harbor. Debby stumbles into the water to rescue dear daughter and is actually being a champ at this. Ma’Ayan also heads into the water and finds Batel before they both take a tumble into the water. They beat D/D back to shore by riding the waves like Ta/Ko and are in fourth all of a sudden, because Falafel are fast forwarding, LiMor are being cranky, and Yasmin seems to have disappeared. Cousins and D/D depart in 4th/5th. Back at LiMor, she’s just plain yelling now.

Ocean. And…here’s Shimi, puking, complete with sound effects. Cue Yasmin looking dopily into the water. Shimi pukes. Yasmin bobbles. He paddles a little closer to her and she gets on the paddleboard that her boyfriend just puked all over. Ew. LiMor watch from a distance as Shimi/Yasmin ride in on the puke board. They embrace and Shimi seems appreciative and caring, and they kiss. We saw this guy throwing up a minute ago. His breath must be awful.

LiMor. Sad music plays as Lior walks off in anger and Mor is sitting teary-eyed. Finally, Mor gets up and says, “Let’s do this,” and end of episode.

Standings:

Heading to Rocinha:
1.   Blue Collar
2.   Romi/Michele
3.   Talia/Koby
4.   Cousins
5.   D/D
6.   Pukemi and Girlfriend
Contemplating whether to do the Roadblock or not:
7.   LiMor
Status unknown at this time:
8.   Falafel.

Next time: Poverty! A dog stuck in a wall? Debby and Talia have officially sobered up and there will be much drama.

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Is the samba music driving you nuts?
Do you like big butts and cannot lie?
Will Mor get up in the air?
Will anyone get naked? Or arrested?
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Oh wow, so Falafel wearing their winter gear was a NEL penalty? I thought they were wearing it 'cus they had to give up their bags for this leg (Because of the hang-gliding) and they figured they might need it at some point.

I'm not sure I like this penalty. It's not really enough of a penalty for arriving last. It's more of a moderate inconvenience.
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Oh wow, so Falafel wearing their winter gear was a NEL penalty? I thought they were wearing it 'cus they had to give up their bags for this leg (Because of the hang-gliding) and they figured they might need it at some point.

I'm not sure I like this penalty. It's not really enough of a penalty for arriving last. It's more of a moderate inconvenience.

Yes, indeed GB, it was a penalty, kind of similar to a Handikap in the Norwegian version. I like the fact that it's leg specific, but it doesn't compare to a time penalty or being deprived of stuff.

 The bags probably didn't make much of an appearance this leg, and I think that this is what happened:

Teams arrive in Rio with bags and put them in cabs. At the first task (butt workout) the cabs could have conceivably led/followed them to the beach and waited there. The teams aren't seen with bags on the bus, but they very well may have stowed them there and gotten them upon leaving the bus at the RB/FF marker but that's not that interesting to watch. Cabs are seen taking the Roadblocking racers up to the mountain, and the bags could conceivably be in the trunks of THOSE vehicles.

Also, if you notice, at the butt workout, Itzik/Eliran are seen in Rio gear, so they must have been allowed to change for the task, or at least stow their Paris gear somewhere because we don't see it at the beach, only after they read their clue and head off to the FF.
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Happy independence day, fellow Americans, and everyone else...happy Thursday. I have some time off this weekend so hopefully I'll get caught up.

For your reading pleasure:

Episode 13: Don’t Be A Messi in South Central While Drinking Your Coffee in the 'Hood.

Lots of yellow and green bring us back to Brazil, specifically, Rocinha. There, the task is for the teams to find Peniel the Jewish locksmith, who will give them the “Keys to Heaven.” All teams are en route, save for LiMor (still at the detour) and Falafel (FFing)

David comments on how quiet Brazil is…let’s see how long that lasts. Sweeping vista of crowded houses. Blue Collar and then TaKo drive into the favela, through the piles of trash and poor people. Talia points out a dog that appears to be stuck in a wall. All are scared.
Blue Collar wonder how the girls (presumably, the sisters) will do. And here they are, singing Lady Antebellum as they turn into the favela and things get weird. Romi yells out the window, seemingly not understanding that this is Rocinha. The girls exit the cab and enter the favela, passing poor people along the way as well as a dog that looks possessed. Strangely, Coral is cool as a cucumber, but Romi’s nervous because they’re young white girls with money. They find a local guy to lead them to Peniel.

Rocinha, elsewhere. Blue Collar and TaKo de-cab, and TaKo are the first to find Peniel. Ron tells us that the teams will receive a set of keys which will unlock a specific, labeled door. Peniel is a perky little Brazilian who speaks rapid-fire Hebrew and is proud of it. Talia compliments him on his Hebrew, they get their key, and they’re off. Blue Collar come up in 2nd. They think Peniel is adorable and get their clue. Romi/Michele arrive next, and the sisters are surprised to see a Hebrew speaker.

Taxi. Falafel are on their way to the site of the Fast Forward. Eliran suspects it’ll be a bungee jump. He would fail as a detective. Itzik is afraid of a head-shaving as they continue to their destination of mystery.

Harbor. Dana has a sunburn. They head to Rocinha, and Debby actually tries to see the beauty in the rubbish, pointing out a cute swimsuit in a shop window. In the Purples cab, they are highly concerned upon entering Rocinha. Batel says that she’s all alone at the end of the world, and Ma’Ayan goes, “you have me!” ShiMin look exhausted and just want to get to the task.

Harbor. Mor is still not having this about the whole hang gliding thing. But, after some serious thought, she heads up the mountain, angry and bitchy. They take off, and Mor is even worse than Yasmin, refusing to even open her eyes and look at the awesome scenery. At least she can make fun of herself in the post-leg interview. Next thing we know, they’re paddling back and getting their Rocinha clue.

Rocinha. Blue Collar and TaKo are on the move. Talia is suffering more than most, describing everything around her but at least not
giving us a history lesson. Blue Collar pass a huge pile of trash. Koby compares it to Tel Aviv, which gets a laugh from Talia. Romi/Michele are a bit more complimentary, deeming the street children “cute” and “sweet.” Then comes a scary moment – Talia and Koby get briefly separated by a woman in green who is either insane or a student of Martha Graham. TaKo pass this temporary obstacle and find the door, opening it to reveal a vista of the mountains, several young boys, and the detour clue. This detour comes down to Soccer and
Coffee. In Soccer, teams must pass the ball and score against a team of street boys. In Coffee, teams must match ground up coffee to the drinks they make. Koby opts for Coffee, with the reasoning that he and his partner suck at sports – and he’s not wrong. They head off to Coffee. They start the task and things do not look good. All the coffees look the same and Talia is starting to get nauseous.

Door of Heaven. Blue Collar and Sisters open the door. Romi notes the kites flying in the air and speak of the joy of a piece of paper. Both pick Soccer. The soccer field looks like a scene from West Side Story, buffeted by fences and perched on the edge of a cliff. David/Eliran arrive and suit up. They have a good start, but their goalie deflects their ball. Sisters kidnap two little girls to be their “cheerleaders.” They start, and Coral is getting owned by the little boys and running in circles. The small children are laughing at her.

Falafel Cab. They’ve apparently been driving for quite a while, but emerge at the beach. The clue box, behind a rock, tells them their poison: they must play beach ping-pong, with two locals, and all four of them must be naked.  This fact is exacerbated with shots of the locals from the tribe of Fuzzy Blur. After being in their cold-weather clothes, they are somewhat enjoying stripping down, and pretty soon they too are blurs.

Rocinha. Purples arrive and are entranced by the little locksmith man. Ma’Ayan immediately invites herself over for dinner. D/D head up next. They get the key, and foreboding music leads them into the favela, so we know something sketch is going to happen to them. The purples speculate that the locals will steal their teeth. Dana is a bit fearful, and indeed the woman in green is back, with another guy, and it looks like they actually kidnap her for a moment, but they just chase her down a small alley. The ladies take a short break to catch their breath and their sanity.

Cabs. LiMor and ShiMin are riding to Rocinha.

Coffee. TaKo are beginning to regret their choice, and when they get the coffee order wrong, they begin to really regret their choice. They bail and head back up to Soccer.

Soccer. David scores a goal for Blue Collar, and they are done, donating their clothes to the locals as well. Next clue: U-turn board ahead! David/Eliran leave. They can’t believe that they’ve just experienced this. Before long, they arrive at the U-turn board, and they’re safe, no other team having voted for them.

Rocinha. Twinkly piano music leads us to the LiMor cab, where they notice a photo of a little girl on the driver’s console, and take a closer look. Missing their own children, of course…moving on. Shimi knows what the favelas are and he and Shimi think that they smell bad. LiMor see the poverty and give their own poor-children commentary. Both teams exit cabs. ShiMin, with some purpose, LiMor wandering. Yasmin starts to freak out, par for the course. D/D’s break is over and they continue their journey through the favela. Debby spots the door, and they are instantly happy once again. Purples arrive as well. Both teams choose Soccer. Purples arrive to see Romi/Michele in their bickering glory. Purples enter the ring, with Ma’Ayan showing a little more fight than Coral. D/D are shown starting as well, with the boys really giving Dana a runaround, making her very dizzy.

Nude beach. Our Falafels strut down the beach as Naked Falafels and start the task. They seem to do pretty well at first, but they each have a few drops.

Rocinha. ShiMin reach Peniel. Shimi wonders why the locksmith is in Brazil rather than Israel, where he could get more work. As quick as they arrive, LiMor arrive at the door and choose Coffee, with the local boy making their choice for them. ShiMin arrive at the door as well, with a funny moment where Shimi doesn’t realize that Yasmin is in front of him rather than behind him. They choose Soccer, because they do not like coffee.

Coffee. Lior will be eating, and Mor drinking. Neither of them like coffee, so of course they picked this task. They comment that all the coffees taste the same after a while. They deliberate the finer points of coffee, and this will clearly take a while.

Soccer. TaKo arrive and Talia side-coaches Koby, and he successfully passes it to Talia, who misses the goal. The ball goes back in play, and Koby promptly kicks it out of the field. You kick it, you get it! Yasmin is less than happy and is scared that the little children will laugh at her. Don’t worry, they will anyway. As predicted, Yasmin runs and Shimi yells. The sisters seem to be working well, and Romi scores a goal, after which she goes ballistic, dancing, yelling, and borderline-molesting a local boy. Romi may not be able to leave the country after this. They leave, accompanied by Coral’s Brazilian boyfriend from before. Romi doesn’t see what he sees in Coral, and when she suggests herself, Romi gives an eye roll. Sisters are always sisters.

Nude beach. Falafel have their balls in the air and before you know it, they get 30 each. Congratulations, Itzik and Eliran, you have won the Fast Forward. You are also still unclothed. After a celebratory romp in the sea, they get the Pit Stop clue. Back in their winter gear, they head out.

U-turn board. Romi/Michele are safe.

Soccer. Ma’Ayan pins the ball against the wall and though it looks like the boy steps aside, Batel gets a goal. Dana is going hardcore and actually body checks a little boy before passing it to Debby, who scores. Both teams head to the u-turn board, both scared. Since TaKo switched sides, however, D/D are safe. The cousins, however, will not find themselves so lucky, with their three usual suspects + TaKo, in whom they are disappointed. Over at soccer, Talia is attempted to psyche out the goalie, but she gets it in. ShiMin somehow complete the task (again, dubiously).

Coffee. LiMor get a no. Ma’Ayan/Batel meet them at the coffee shop.  Batel drinks her coffee in pur misery, but it’s LiMor who get the clue. They get a round of applause from the Purples and Lior has lots of sad feels for the u-turned girls. Batel is now shutting down even though it’s her partner who’s shoveling down the raw coffee.

Next episode: Bodybuilders! Brazilian waxing! Lior gets bleeped out for a full thirty seconds, so he must’ve really been mad. Someone gets proposed to, which means that it’s probably Yasmin, upon their overdue elimination.
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Who's going to look the best in a speedo?
Who's going to look the most different without leg hair?
Will Batel finish her coffee?
And finally...
Who's going home?
TAR Nut. Israel.

aishwarya rai :: nicole scherzinger :: ke$ha :: leila lopes :: rosanne cash :: des'ree :: carly simon :: leymah gbowee :: mary j blige :: kathy najimy :: annie lennox :: angelique kidjo :: dolly parton :: temple grandin :: sheila e :: lena :: ellen degeneres :: shirley manson

Offline hotriceguy

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Hello, did anyone find out that this season was kinda scripted? The placement of their arrival to each tasks maybe incorrect and I doubt about that will they even script the placement of teams arriving the pit stops. Please prove me wrong. =]
"Rip it, Read it, and Keep Racing!" -Phil Keoghan
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TAR 23: Nicole/Travis, Jason/Amy, Tim/Danny, Leo/Jamal

Offline Airlines

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TAR isn't scripted, this has been gone over many many times before.
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Hello, did anyone find out that this season was kinda scripted? The placement of their arrival to each tasks maybe incorrect and I doubt about that will they even script the placement of teams arriving the pit stops. Please prove me wrong. =]

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