I laughed so hard at the Paolo's when the normally quiet son was in a hissy over getting a "papercut" when Momma slapped him with the clue. And man alive, they ran a good leg! Rather.. they followed the directions well enough.

The preview mentioned leaving North America, did I hear that right?

Ok the eliminated team were literally sobbing, like someone had died. It was almost painful to watch (yet satisfying?)

Soosan at October 19, 2005 09:54 AM

I think it was even more satisfying that they lost in their hometown.
Though, I can understand the dad not knowing about the park even though he worked less than a mile away at one point.
Sometimes people just drive to work then drive home and don't leave the building all day. Probably too busy reading message boards about their favorite reality shows! :)

DaisyLou2 at October 19, 2005 10:12 AM

There is no limit to my love for the Linz family. They are teh funniest! And I couldn't believe the Gaghans quit the Blackjack to do the sawing - Clarissa could hardly even hold on to her end. I think those kids are too young AND the family is making bad decisions.

I totally Nelson-laughed at the Shroeders when they started bawling. Particularly step-mom, she just lost it.

Jane at October 19, 2005 10:38 AM

I could not believe that people were hitting at the blackjack table. The best way for you to win that challenge was for the dealer to bust. The best strategy was not to take a card no matter what. This was not Vegas. It's the Amazing Race

Hassan at October 19, 2005 10:40 AM

The Linz are just great. Great great great. I can't state much more regarding their greatitude, apart from the fact they are great.

With the Gaghans, what I like about them is well.. yeah they are making a few bad choices and getting behind, BUT they are still keeping their cool and not yelling or making the kids feel bad. Those parents are pretty much carrying the race for them, and they don't seem to mind.

Soosan at October 19, 2005 10:54 AM

I love the Linz family too!
I would like to see them come in first one of these weeks. If it means waiting until the season finale then that is fine with me!

DaisyLou2 at October 19, 2005 11:14 AM

freakgirl, I tried to muster an argument with you about Phil, but in the cold light of day (i.e. your screen cap), it's futile. Maybe I was looking for some SMALL BRIGHT SPOT in an otherwise incredibly boring season. Who knows? Speaking of bright spots, though, how about the guns on that Linz brother in the sleeveless t?

Michael at October 19, 2005 11:44 AM

Actually, Phil looked gorgeous at the Pit Stop, as you noted. But those pants. They were ill-fitting in the, uh, testicular area.

freakgirl at October 19, 2005 11:54 AM

him and chen need to hook up for a night on the town.

Soosan at October 19, 2005 12:39 PM

"Is there a full moon out tonight?" or something along those lines.

I couldn't believe that girl mooned the Linz family when her Dad was in the car! Shocking! I know I wouldn't have had the nerve (& my Dad wouldn't been amused) to do that in front of my Dad. And the Linz boy showing his chest...ha!

Grace at October 19, 2005 01:15 PM

I would have mooned with my dad in the car...if I were younger. He would have been embarrassed but I doubt it would have been an issue.

Anyway...I was happy to see the Schroeders gone. I really dislike them. Spoiled brat of a daughter and mean, jerky little man father.

I thought beating the dealer in Black Jack would have been easy until I realized that a win only counted if each family member won the hand.

According to Mrs. Weaver, Lake Ponchartrain is a Great Lake. It always amazes me when adults spread obvious misinformation to their kids like that...whatever happened to the honest answer, "I don't know"? For example, "What lake is that, Mom?" "I don't know, kids. We'll have to look it up later and find out."

Soosan, I don't know about leaving North America...the preview I saw said they were leaving the country, but that's it.

Maggie at October 19, 2005 01:50 PM

Phil needs tighter jeans and crisper tops or fitted sweaters. He looks fantastic in plain basic leather jackets as well. Phil is a very tall man whose hips compete with his shoulders and if he tucks his shirts into light-coloured trousers like that, he looks a bit pear-shaped. Pear-shaped is pretty much the worst silhouette a man can have.

We all have our flaws and it can take years to learn how to dress to your best advantage. Doesn't Phil have a stylist on this show? The stylist needs to be fired because he/she doesn't know what the hell they're doing.

Maggie at October 19, 2005 01:55 PM

Janet and I met him at one of the TAR parties and took him to task for that horrifying sweater he wore a few seasons back. If I recall correctly, he tried to blame it on his wife. Or he said that his wife tried to prevent him from wearing it. I don't remember. Nevermind.

My guess for next week is that they're hitting Canada, although the geekboy thought maybe Brazil or something. But I'll say Canada.

freakgirl at October 19, 2005 02:05 PM

seems that Michael would make a great Stylist for Phil, and I think he'd be glad to do it! Whaddya say Mike?

I could not BELIEVE when she said it was a Great Lake? I was sure I misheard her... but reading Maggie recap that little ditty... man alive.

And you're right, they did say leaving the Country (which I mis-remembered). Guess that means they'll be in our neck of the woods. Actually a friend of mine says one of their friends (who knows a guy, who is related to my cousin who was friends with my sister in law and owns a dog) saw filming of the show. I think it was Toronto area.

Mrs. Weaver will be baffled... Lake Ontario... that kids is an inlet of the North Sea.

Soosan at October 19, 2005 02:08 PM

I'm pretty sure they're headed south, to Central America.

Jane at October 19, 2005 02:11 PM

If they come to Canada I'm sure Mrs. Weaver will explain that global warming caused us all to start living in normal houses instead of igloos.

Maggie at October 19, 2005 02:40 PM

Interview with the Schroeders:
http://tinyurl.com/97m5m

They lost their home in the hurricane.

freakgirl at October 19, 2005 02:43 PM

I was wondering about that actually. Heartbreaking really to watch last nights show realizing what was about to happen in the weeks to come. I'm glad to hear about the other familys being so supportive.

Soosan at October 19, 2005 02:47 PM

I actually like the Schroeder daughter. The mom was annoying and the dad wasn't taking the race seriously but the daughter was all about it.

There was so much crying last night. So much.

There are moments when I feel like all the Weavers have mental deficiencies and then they have moments of clarity. Regardless, Mama Weaver has terrible hair and it is distracting.

The Paolos are straight comedy. Like a sitcom family of wacky neighbors.

I like the Gaghans too. I think their problems stem mostly from the parents poor decisions. The mom is also a little high strung and impatient when things aren't going smoothly while the dad seems overly confident that he's right about things. That seems to be a common theme throughout the show though.

The detours, clues and locations have all been very meh.

And I hope the Linz Boys and the Daughters can get a little action. They need a mandatory rest day.

Jason at October 19, 2005 04:25 PM

seriously, michael. most boring Race ever.

i'll voice my undying love for the Linz', too. i can't help but love them.

that screen shot of phil is HORRIBLE. horribly awesome.

sar at October 19, 2005 04:42 PM

I'm finding myself missing the extremes of regular TAR more and more. The leg where they go from the Arctic Circle to sub-Saharan Africa; jumping off cliffs; being hundreds of miles from nowhere while trying to navigate a language barrier to get directions to some cave they'll then have to explore in the dark.

This season tastes like chicken.

Jen in AZ at October 19, 2005 05:15 PM

Hell, it tastes like tofu masquerading as chicken.

There are so many fun and cool things to do in America that it rather kills me that they're running around gas stations and mobile home parks.

freakgirl at October 19, 2005 05:22 PM

Seriously, the gas stastion thing? Holy product placement, Batman! At least give them a task of filing strangers' gas tanks, or SOMETHING. But just finding some dude taking inventory over by the snack shelves? Truly riveting stuff.

Rain at October 19, 2005 06:28 PM

Truly...the worst season yet. My love for TAR is fading, but it still has it's fun moments. Is this the best they can do:
Climb to the top of a rusty big chair (really random)
Mobile Homes (stereotypically Southern)
Gas Station to find a guy (the only guy in there)
Race Track (typically Southern again)
Some Random Park to saw logs or play blackjack in a completely rundown riverboat

And all that was just in this past episode. Let's not even mention the random bus trip, stop at Waffle House, Space Camp Road Block (sit in this while we spin you fast thing).

One of the 5 Great Lakes...Classic.

Dave at October 20, 2005 11:56 AM
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