I'm with you on buying some muzzles for those sisters. Hopefully the excitement of being in the race will wear off before the next leg.

Nice to see the Kevin and Drew cameo. I wonder if they'll do that on some of the other legs as well? If they're sticking mostly to the U.S it shouldn't have been too difficult to arrange (although then you have some other people that need to keep quiet about who was still in the race).

kyle at September 28, 2005 09:06 AM

I can't believe that only ONE person recognized them. I'd have lost the race right then by stopping to talk to them. (Or, alternately, gotten the first bleep of the season by saying "That's not a frank, jackass!")

mindyfromohio at September 28, 2005 09:12 AM

I'm hoping they don't stay based in North America... how about Scotland? I just got back and would pee myself if they went to the same places. By the way, I can run a 4 minute mile... snap! (kidding...)

Soosan at September 28, 2005 09:14 AM

Mindy, as Freakgirl can attest, I was beside myself over the fact that NOBODY was recognizing Kevin and Drew. TAR players these days clearly have no sense of history.

Meanwhile, color me surprised that I'm so far finding the children to be more mature and less annoying than half of the adults.

Does anybody know if Dakota Fanning filmed this before or after War of the Worlds?

Dudes, I grew up like 3 miles upriver from Washington Crossing! Although I'm kind of annoyed that TAR just helped to perpetuate the notion that New Jersey is nothing more than a thruway for people getting back and forth from NYC to Pennsylvania. What, you couldn't have some kind of nice challenge in Princeton or Atlantic City? Fuggedaboutit!

GeekBoy at September 28, 2005 09:33 AM

I seem to remember reading that they'd be staying mostly in North America, but who knows? There's enough interesting places in North America, that it wouldn't be terrible - but the language barrier element of the show definitely adds something - although there's always Quebec (to a degree), and Mexico.

I recognized Kevin and Drew immediately - but I'd been watching the rerun episodes of Season 1 on OLN, so their faces were a little fresher in my mind.

kyle at September 28, 2005 09:34 AM

Just as long as they are some mad dashes in the airport, consider me content. (and the travel agent eavesdropping too!)

Soosan at September 28, 2005 09:44 AM

they = there ;)

Soosan at September 28, 2005 09:45 AM

they = there ;)

Soosan at September 28, 2005 09:49 AM

Okay, bring on the politically incorrectness.

Talk about unfortunate surnames. The Black family. I mean, c'mon people! During the intros, when the camera whips off the previous family and onto them, and Phil announces "the Black fimily", that was comedy gold. They may as well have been named the Token family. And at the end when they lost and Phil had to ADDRESS them that way? They were all walking up to the mat and he says, "Black family..." Man, I nearly peed myelf. All made more the worse because they happened to be the ONLY black family in the race.

Please, don't comment and tell me that that's racist. It's not. (Anyone know what THAT line's from?)

And, yes, I AM easily amused by immature things. I also like fart jokes. :)

Remy at September 28, 2005 10:33 AM

Remy, when I was doing my pre-race learning, I laughed out loud at the Black family surname, so don't feel bad.

I'm pretty sure they stay in North America [if not the U.S.] the whole time, too.

Those sisters. Not only with the shrieking yelling, but with the shrieking laughter. Make it stop.

Pretty excited for this season! I think the family thing might work. Whee.

sar at September 28, 2005 10:40 AM

Remy, I laughed too. Every time they would cheer themselves on, "Go Black family!!!"

I love that tiny little blonde girl.

Jane at September 28, 2005 11:07 AM

I was hoping when Phil said, "Black family..." they would have responded, "White host..."

Those two little boys broke my heart.

freakgirl at September 28, 2005 11:08 AM

Remy, I thought that was hilarious, too. I was wondering how much time the staff must've spent in some pre-production meeting trying on different ways of introducing "the Black family", "The Blacks, from wherever", only to realize that each new phrase was going to be worse than the last, and that they were stuck with it.

And I liked the Black family! They seemed like very nice people, and I loved how the mom was taking advantage of little things to become lessons for the kids, "Now watch how the revolutionary soldiers respect the flag." I bet she's an awesome mom.

But the burning question of the day, of course, came from the widowed family to the truck driver: Do YOU know The Lord?

Jen in AZ at September 28, 2005 11:13 AM

The Black family children were pretty sweet, it's too bad they were eliminated. I liked their family dynamic. Poor kid stuck in the mud, he felt so down but there was Dad to let him know it wasn't a big deal.

Scary thought.... (and I can't believe I'm blanking on the guys name) Veronica and John (?).. you know the terrible nasty abusive yelling dude and his playbunny wife... had kids and were on the show with their family! egads.

Soosan at September 28, 2005 11:21 AM

Jonathan and Victoria.


freakgirl at September 28, 2005 11:43 AM

Victoria... wow, I knew Veronica sounded wrong. Not as wrong as the thought of them with kids mind you. Thanks freak.

Soosan at September 28, 2005 11:46 AM

The Black Family surname amused me all night. Every "Black Family" cheer, I screamed out "Black Love" a la Bobby and Whitney and then when one of the teams saw them pass them and asked "Who is that?" and one of the other players responded "The Black family", I didn't know if it was for their name or as a descriptor and smirked for a good minute.

That said, it wasn't as hard as I thought to keep track of which families are which. The screamy pink ladies are a little too manic but I like them on the race, same with the gaghans (the brainiac marathoners). I want to like the Weavers but stopping to ask a guy if he knows the lord was a little much for me.

I'm on the fence with the Linz family but I do know that the new yorkers have to go. I can't deal with the gotti boys yelling at their mother any more. Will they get a penalty for not arriving with their clue? They have to right?

The show itself - I thought the challenges and the detours were a lot more balanced than they have been the last few seasons and that the decision between the buggy and the house was a great one for teams to make. There were real "pros and cons" for each task depending on your team make up. I also liked that how to get from location to location wasn't very obvious and didn't involve cabs. I think with the number of people on each team, the cab driving will be to a minimum this season and I couldn't be happier.

Jason at September 28, 2005 11:50 AM

The father who jokingly wished for a handicapped child so they could go faster? Dead to me. Assface.

freakgirl at September 28, 2005 11:58 AM

Also, I don't think you have to have your clue with you to get to the mat or wherever. As long as they followed the directions on the clue, they should be okay.

freakgirl at September 28, 2005 11:59 AM

That dead-to-you assface? He'd been making shitty and disparaging comments the whole time. In the intro, they describe him as "tough on people" but he's got a second personality, at home he's a fun-lovin' guy! Okay, first of all, "tough on people" implies, as far as I'm concerned, someone who's a bit strict and serious and disciplinary, a no-nonsense person that pushes you to work harder/do better. That guy was not tough on people. He was just plain mean and disgusting.

I'm really sorry to see the Black family go, too. Those kids really wanted to do well, and their dynamic was great. You could tell they all got along and liked each other. And I will miss them as being addressed, because that is some funny shit. I don't know how Phil kept a straight face.

I was calling the little blonde girl Dakota Fanning as well...even so, I couldn't help but like her little know-it-all precocious butt.

Kevin and Drew! I said to Remy last night that I wish that Kevin and Drew would pop up all during the race. Kind of like Where's Waldo. Or Gene Parmasan. I can't believe only that one kid knew them. I would have run back to the car to get Remy and bring him back.

I'm having some trouble watching the show because of all the voices. 4 people per team all talking at once is really hard to sift through auditorily, particularly when I'm knitting and looking down; I don't know who the hell said what.

That younger Gotti kid? Holy crap. If my kid turns out like that, I'm sending him back. I guess they let him talk like that growing up, thinking he'd grow out of it, and instead he turns into a young adult who thinks mouthing off is his birthright.

Maggie at September 28, 2005 12:52 PM

The young Gotti kid is horrible. I do not understand that sort of disrespect. And the fact that they're all hugging each other five minutes later is really disturbing to me.

"Gene Parmasan." HA!

freakgirl at September 28, 2005 12:58 PM

Maggie: "I was calling the little blonde girl Dakota Fanning as well...even so, I couldn't help but like her little know-it-all precocious butt."

We kinda liked her, too, in spite of ourselves. The whole family seemed a little too anxious about overachieving, for my tastes. Roomie was calling them Team Superior, which I think is awesome.

Jen in AZ at September 28, 2005 01:23 PM

I kept referring to the little girl as "Seven Minute Mile."

freakgirl at September 28, 2005 01:34 PM


The Linz family cracked me up when they were doing the buggy pull. Fart jokes, Remy? Best fart joke ever. I laughed so hard when the sister was freaking out and her brother just sat there with the straightest face.

Do they say Lankster, though? Lankster, PA? The people from there, I mean. It's like Arizonans and Prescott-that's-pronounced-Preskit. PA looked so pretty.

sar at September 28, 2005 02:08 PM

It's pronounced something like this - LAN-kistur. Most of the people last night pronounced it LAN-castor.

freakgirl at September 28, 2005 02:11 PM

I especially enjoyed when the parents would yell "Carissa, WHEELS!"

Soosan at September 28, 2005 02:13 PM

Okay, so have we all just blotted out the momentary horror of that mother getting run over by the buggy? Because you know the producers were watching that at the time, and saying, "Oh crap, oh crap, oh CRAP. Tell me we did NOT just kill with a buggy the mother of three children whose father got killed by a race car last year. Did we? Is she getting up? Oh, thank god, she's getting up. Shit, that was close. Somebody go tell the challenge coordinator: NO MORE FRIGGIN BUGGIES!!!"

GeekBoy at September 28, 2005 03:00 PM

Not sure I'm going to like this go-round. I'm already tired of the disrespectful "are you reTARded" boys, and there's way way way too much Jesus on the show this year. Between the dad who's all "the father leads the family, it says so in the Bible" and the "please in the name of Jesus let us find this farm" family, I'm just way over the Lord. Really, people, Jesus does not care if you win a million dollars. In fact, Jesus will make you give the money to the poor, so watch it. ;)

OolooKitty at September 28, 2005 03:25 PM

Well, if past TAR experience is any judge, the ones who ask for and/or expect God's and/or Jesus's help never actually win the game. Honestly, I believe the producers only edit in scenes of players asking for divine intervention in order to make fun of them.

I can stomach hearing the Bible father say something like that within the context that the producers actually WANT us to roll our eyes when we hear it. And because I expect that his team won't win the game, I look forward to being able to say something atheistic and snarky like "Where's your God now?" when they get eliminated.

GeekBoy at September 28, 2005 04:18 PM

"Where's your god now, retahd?"

freakgirl at September 28, 2005 04:23 PM

Can't Max at least do a weekly Phil's Phashion corner cameo?

yahtzee at September 28, 2005 04:58 PM

Didn't watch the entire thing- was watching L&O; most of the time...

but...I liked the Black family from what I saw...sorry to see them go...:(

The sisters....yikes. My impression...? "they're LOUD" and this is a DEAF person with not the best hearing in the world with hearing aids saying this....Ouch. Loved Phil's response..."are you ALWAYS like this?!!!!"

Not sure how "into" TAR I'll be this year....

Duckie at September 28, 2005 05:18 PM

You're sweet, Yahtzee--however, I feel confident that freakgirl is more than qualified to comment on the phabulousness and the phollies of Phil's Phashions this season!

That's a lot of "PH" to type. Phew!

Max at September 28, 2005 08:30 PM

I love the Blacks. Every one of them. The parents were awesome.
I like the Linz family mostly because they are Cincinnatians and remind me of like every family I grew up with. Plus "X" and "Who Dey" t-shirts. Sarah, are you out there?
yahtzee, what did you think of the Phil-attire? I think he has set the bar high for himself in the first week. The dark denim fit brotha right. He didn't look half as hippy as he oughtta. And I want that belt for me. He brought plenty of impossibly quizzical eyebrows, too, easily his best accoutrement.

Michael at September 28, 2005 08:37 PM

Hated four people talking over each each other in every car. Hated shrieking at every red light. Hated watching little kids lose and have to suck it up.

Nope, not my season.

Janet at September 29, 2005 09:35 AM
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