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The Amazing Race 9 Insider Clips, Episode 2: Unsheathing Your Bugness
by Heathyr Fields Ford -- 03/13/2006
We're getting to know the racers a little better, getting a clearer picture of who they are as people. The Insider Clips and Mat Chats go even more in depth, catching the racers at vulnerable moments. Some racers are turning out to be a lot sweeter than expected1 Find out who, inside!
I totally love the “give the teams crappy cars” episodes. It highly amuses me. With the exit of the only team that was really annoying me, much to my surprise, I’m growing some love for this season! Before we can totally be done with unsheathing ourselves of Texan women, however, we have some clips to recap!
One More Stop: Lake & Michelle flip out in the car over the guy on the motorcycle not leading them well. They stop and go inside somewhere. Lake attempts to bully a woman to riding with the guy and leading them better. The woman, who speaks English, points everyone in the right direction, but declines to join the pushy American man in his race for more money then she’ll probably ever see.
Michelle keeps trying to get Lake to calm down. It doesn’t really work. He’s in semi-Ugly American mode. This bodes not well for the future. Back in the car, Lake rants that they do not even speak Spanish but some other language. Michelle reminds me that it is Portuguese. It matters not to him, of course. I am shocked by how many people do not know Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking country. Anyway, Lake pleads to the sky to just give them a break and have the guy take them to the right place. I wait for a lightning bolt, but sadly, nothing.
Job Well Done: I so did not think I’d like Double D, but dang, I really do. Yay for breaking of stereotypes! They are following someone and hope they get led right. They noticed Fran & Barry broken down, they tell us, so that is good for them. They do not want to go home yet, and they are proud for what they’ve done. They will not give up until Phil eliminates them. They did mention not knowing how to drive a stick, and I beg everyone out there auditioning to GO DRIVE A STICK.
Getting To Know You: Outside Bloco F, the teams chat. Team Stoner (BJ & Tyler) joke that Team Frat (Eric & Jeremy) are so used to running for the beer, that everyone better watch out. The two teams share some good-natured funning at each other’s expense, Stoners accusing the Frats of having roofies in their bags and Frats chortling that the Stoners have ‘shrooms and pot in theirs. Now that would make for an interesting race. The Amazing Technicolor Wow I’m Flying Dude I’m Hungry Race.
Auto Agony: BJ & Tyler defy their hippie outlook by being inept at driving a VW Bug. I’m disappointed! They have driven it onto the sidewalk in an attempt to do a u-turn, and they seem incapable of finding reverse. Some antics and finally pushing results in a fixed situation. Fortunately, the gang held their cool, even while other races drove by them, and never freaked out. Must be the pot in the backpack.
Falling Apart: A hubcap lies on the side of the road, and BJ & Tyler stop for it. One jokes that if they lose the race because of this hubcap, the other is in trouble. But, they both agree the country is too beautiful to litter in. They joke about hubcap stew for dinner. Now that they’ve adapted to being in front of the camera, I like them. Their antics are just them now, not the over-the-top crud they were doing last week.
Language Lesson: Ray & Yolanda ride in a cab, and Yolanda whips out some Portuguese to the driver, who tells her that is the most important word to know. Ray had tried “Rapido” to little result. Heh. The word is thank you, of course, and Yolanda tries to teach it to Ray. He fails miserably but with aplomb. Nice clip, fun couple.
Flying Fun: Lori tells Dave he’s sweaty as they get in the cab post-rappel. He explains the rappelling was fun after he stopped swinging and being turned around backwards. Heh. He claims his weight and higher amplitude with the wind contributed to this. Double heh. Going far away from the building was way scary, he says, but he got the hang of it. Lori lauds him and says how proud she is of him. He’s glad he didn’t eat much before running those stairs. They high five, and I adore them a little more.
Just Hanging Out: Eric & Jeremy sit in the car while the teams they are following clarify directions with locals. Monica walks over to let them know what’s up. They agree it’s a good idea. She walks away. One of them claims it’s too bad she has a boyfriend because he’d spank her butt. Then he says that he would apparently spank a lot of butts, male and female, as he references his earlier admiration of an ass that wound up being male. Snarfle. They decide that the other teams will lose Eric & Jeremy because they aren’t doing anything to help. Then again, they expostulate, how helpful is it to surround locals with a bunch of Americans anyway? They figure the other teams will rightly say they are effing lazy. Heh. These guys do NOT take themselves or what they say seriously. I thought I’d hate them, but they totally amuse me.
Mother Figure: Fran & Barry ride in the cab as Fran explains to Barry how she comforted Danielle at the top of the rappel. Apparently, D and Other D are both scared of heights so Danielle volunteered to rappel. Fran hugged her and encouraged her. She explains that she and Barry have kids older than Danielle and you never stop being a mom. She’s proud Danielle did it.
Pedal to the Metal: The Gagazons try to drive the stick Bug up a dirt road and fail miserably. Joni, in the backseat, offers to get out to lighten the load. After much ado, the Bug pulls through. Lisa thanks Jesus, who I think doesn’t care much. Joni tells Lisa she needs to be more positive in her abilities.
So Close Yet So Far Away: On the way to the Pit Stop, Lisa & Joni cannot see while driving and the car suddenly stops. Lisa panics and freaks about all of this. She just sort of sits there in an unhelpful panic stupor. I want to smack her. Joni wants to get out and walk because she sees lights and it might be the Pit Stop. They get out of the car, and Lisa freaks some more about how she cannot see to drive, she doesn’t want to roll over and kill anyone, and she doesn’t want to give up. So sitting around in a stupor and then panicking and whining isn’t giving up? Silly me. Back in the car, Lisa has her head in her hands as she drives in a resigned, poor-me way that makes me want to slap her some more. Joni continues to try to build her up. Give it up already, sister.
Harsh Reality: Team MoJo walk through the streets and see children sleeping on them. It obviously profoundly affects them, and we see their hands tightly grip one another’s as they talk about how sad it is. They agree that it sucks to see that with kids. No kidding. I’m with you there. Sigh.
Lost: Wanda drives while Desiree bemoans their lost status. There are no signs, and no one has been able to help them. Desiree feels it is stupid to be last and probably eliminated because of being lost. She’s not whiny negative about it though, thank god, because I like them and would hate to slap her. Wanda opines that they might not be last and keeps a positive face.
Big Hearts: Double D, post-race, admit to having driven horribly, but their hearts kept them in it. They tell everyone they are using their hearts first. They do not give up, and they have big hearts. The joke here is too obvious. Fortunately, I do not even have to go there, just read on. One D decides it is heart first, body second, and the Other D jokes that it is brain third. She pauses then adds, “Boobs last.” One D says that is part of body, but Other D proclaims that their boobs are their own entity. Damn it, now I really like the more! Like Eric & Jeremy, the Double D girls laugh at themselves and the stereotype they sort of represent and also bust out of. I hate to say it, but “GO DOUBLE D.”
Hard Drive: Ray and Yolanda’s Mat Chat entertains. Yolanda laughs at the VW Beetle they were given, saying it was before the Beatles! She claims to be a great driver, but could not get the hang of this one. Ray played Hercules to a few girls, he says, by pushing the Bugs when they needed to use reverse. Yolanda and Ray take turns explaining that the car had no get up and go (when my get up and go has got up and gone, I hanker for a hunk of cheese) and the gas pedal stuck to the bottom of the floor once. At the toll booth, Yolanda says the door handle popped off. In short, they have a total beater. I love it! She says it was amusing, and she just hit all the bumps for fun coming in to the Pit Stop. They are both very animated and cute.
Lowered Expectations: Post-race, Fran and Barry inform us they thought they’d be higher in the pack due to their physicality and years of experience. Fran says there is such a bonding already with the other teams, and they are all so physical. They are having the time of their lives and whatever happens happens. Barry keeps hoping for a chance to use experience over brute strength, but he admits the other teams seem bright too.
Lisa & Joni Parting Words: Lisa calms herself some and says she is better now than when Phil first told them they were eliminated. She says they did their best and it was a tough few days. It ended too soon, says Joni. Lisa agrees. She chokes up again (shriek) as she says Amazing Race is a great thing. Joni jumps in to say it is not her job to cheer up her sister, but it is who she is, so she did it. She knows how badly Lisa wanted to be here, so she wanted to do her best, so they’d go far. They did go as far as they did, and that is great, she says.
The Ultimate Experience: BJ & Tyler at the Mat Chat with Phil. Phil comments on how relaxed they are for being in first place. They are savoring the race and soaking in every moment. There is some comparison here to gold nuggets and eating them up. They are loving every minute of it, but they do get frustrated occasionally. However, that is always followed by getting elated. Phil asks BJ what his goal is. BJ says it was to come in first every time, so they have already been thwarted. To have fun is the second goal. Phil asks Tyler if they want the final three, to win, or what. Tyler says they want to win, obviously, but first and foremost, they want to finish the entire race, so third or better. First would be fantastic, he quips, because they could be unemployed even longer. And that, my friends, is why they get along so well with Team Frat!
Dumb Like a Fox: Speaking of Team Frat, here they are at the Mat Chat. Phil reminds them that they said they were not too smart, but here they are in the top two yet again. They are not book smart, but smart enough. They do the best they can, and it is working out. They are having a blast. The rappelling was a blast. Jeremy jokes that Eric went a little slow on the rappel and that a three-year-old girl passed him. Heh. Then, they have to tell Phil the story of the girl with the great booty that wound up being a guy. I’m cracking up, because again, these are not guys that are coming off as prejudiced or misogynistic. They are coming off as self-teasing and fun. A guy can smack my ass and joke with me all day as long as I know when the day is over, he’s not a jerk (like Lake or Jonathan). Huge difference. Phil wonders about their frequent mention of the opposite sex. The boys quickly let him know it’s not just the race. This is how they are. They joke again about not being smart, but Phil isn’t buying it.
Simply Breathtaking: Monica & Joseph try to encapsulate their experience at the Mat Chat. Monica talks about how great the waterfall was and how great it felt to finish the climb. Joseph is amazingly proud of her for it. She muscled her way to the top, and that is awesome. They sincerely go gaga for the country and how incredibly beautiful it is. Joseph says you almost have to tell people “go see it” because you cannot do it justice.
Turn the Page: Phil asks Dave & Lori what is working well for them. Lori rightly states that they work well together. They do not fight or bicker usually; they just move on and keep going. If they make a mistake, the philosophy is they just “turn the page.” What an awesome idea (and song). Phil asks Dave about the rappelling. No, Dave has never done anything really like it. As a kid in Scouts, he did like a 30-foot rappel, not the 300-foot thing he did today. Heh. He tells Phil his biggest worry was getting blown around, but he dealt with it. Lori thinks he did a great job, and she could not have done it that fast. Dang, these two really do work so well together. It’s refreshing.
Superstar: Desiree informs Phil at the Mat Chat that the Bug was awful! She calls her mom a superstar, and Wanda cheers. She admits not knowing it had a reverse for a bit. Des laughs that her mom does know stuff though, because back when she was a teenager, she wanted an old Bug for her first car. Wanda talked her out of it. Desiree is grateful now for her mom’s wisdom. She would never be able to handle it, and Wanda did a great job! This is a sweet team.
Hanging in There: Fran & Barry at the Mat Chat hang in there. Phil assumes Barry is proud of his wife, and he assumes right. He beams about her as he describes how well she did rappelling and how she got over her issues on the ascender. They were doing great, he says, when suddenly their car broke down as they turned left. Phil asks what another leg means to them. Barry is stunned and shocked both by being around for another leg and for how hard it is, since they do adventure travel anyway. They admit to not doing well thus far, but they are still in the race and exhilarated.
Sisterly Love: Lisa & Joni at their Mat Chat talk about some of their weaknesses. Joni hates planes, apparently. Joni realizes facing your fears is the hardest part, so she just did it. Phil mentions they are sorry to see them go. Sorry, Phil, I’m not. While I am sure they are nice people, I did not want them on my TV screen. Lisa chokes up again. She does her whole whine fest about it being her fault, and there’s Joni hugging her and trying to tell her they are a team and it was do or die together. Irritating.
Another week down, and the stereotypes I feared are actually being broken some, so I’m thrilled! I’m looking forward to another episode, even if it is an hour later now. See you then!http://www.realitynewsonline.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=1&article=article9545.art&page=1