This episode was crazy coincidental for me... rather for a co-worker (who coincidentally does not watch the show). He was *just* in Panama for meetings, and we work for a Bird Conservation Org, so the birdwatching challenge? It warmed my heart. He says those crazy buses are the city buses, and they were cerrrazzzzy. You'd be there at night, and they'd pull up, some with live bands, some with topless women dancing around. Oh Panama, you crazy crazy place.

Ps. Paolos rule! :) You know, it broke my heart at the start when all the Mom wanted to hear was her son say that he loved her.

Soosan at October 26, 2005 09:54 AM

What was that the one Linz brother (how come I don't know any of their names?) kept yelling..."Huzzah!!!!', "Hurrah!!!" ? Weird. And as Michel pointed out last week, the one that wears the orange sleveless tee is hott.

Jane at October 26, 2005 10:45 AM

I can't keep the names straight... I only just learned the last names for each team. The only first name I'm comfortable with are the Gaghan kids, Billy and Carissa. It was pretty funny whem Momma Gaghan rammed into the van. That lady can run, but does she have a sense of direction? Don't think so.

Soosan at October 26, 2005 10:58 AM

How about when one of the Linz brothers got all excited about going to Panama City and all the girls there and then the taxi driver said that was Florida?

Amy at October 26, 2005 10:58 AM

Personally, I'm glad the Godlewskis are still in the race. They took a page from Lynn and Alex's book, fortunately, and it may very well pay off.

I'm happy for the Paolos for getting their first first-place finish and I'm happy the Gaghan family pulled out of last AGAIN. I'm also happy the Weavers regained their placing in the high ranks.

Jamison at October 26, 2005 11:54 AM

"I'm also happy the Weavers regained their placing in the high ranks."

Seriously?

Nice phashion corner analysis, Michael.

yahtzee at October 26, 2005 01:04 PM

That cute quote from Phil at the end to the sisters: "Did you know it was illegal in Panama to wear underpants on top of underpants on top of pants?" SO made me laugh.

And, unfortunately, the Paolos are growing on me too. The Gaghans were pretty stupid to try for that fast forward, but I have to say, I had my doubts about the Paolos going through with the jump, too.

Cheri at October 26, 2005 02:11 PM

The Paolos are also growing on me. Tell me I'm crazy, but I swear that Paolo dad is getting younger. Hsi hair is having more colour and his skin looks smoother. Something magic is going on here.

I can't stand the Weavers, and I can't stand the Godlewskis. They made it to the bird-watching place first and one of them was SO RUDE to the guy who gave them the clue. Horrendous. "Are you Ricardo Diaz?" The dude was trying to be nice and say, "Yes I am, and here is your clue," but Miss Mannerless grabbed it out of his hand and walked off, not even acknowledging his presence. I really hate behaviour like that.

How hilarious was it when the Panama woman scammed the Bransen family into driving her to work on the bus? Oh, funny. I didn't want the Bransen's to lose time, but I laughed and laughed.


Underpants over underpants over your pants. Best line ever.

Maggie at October 26, 2005 03:08 PM

Ugh, the Weavers.

That's about all I can say. "Lord, please help us find Ricardo Diaz"? Seriously?

And then in the cab, "Burrito, Conquistadore, El Torito"

They annoy me.

I also really don't like when they do these challenges against a team or an expert or something and the experts let them slide. No way that little league baseball team messes up all those outfield plays.

I wanted just one team to get a hit and then get called out so that they would have to do it again.

The Linz family plays nice with just about everyone. I want them to win.

Jason at October 26, 2005 03:10 PM

The Screaming Sisters taking a page from my hott boys from last year? Love it. I miss those guys.

Still love the Linz family best, and the Paolos? Kind of growing on me.

sar at October 26, 2005 05:11 PM

We must not be seeing something - why do all the teams hate the Weavers? Granted, "Lord please help us find Ricardo Diaz" was irritating, but we just haven't seen anything that justifies the other teams' hatred of them. What do you think it is? Forcible proselytizing?

Cristiane at October 26, 2005 06:31 PM

I think it was the fact he used the word "underpants"

it just is a funny word! And then he said it twice, coupled with pants, coupled with a joke!

Phil is a crack-up this week.

Soosan at October 26, 2005 06:37 PM

I ran across an interview with the Schroeders that said that the Weavers were the only family from the Race that didn't reach out to them after the hurricane destroyed their home. I also read (don't remember if it was the same article) that the Weavers refused to speak to anyone at the Pit Stops.

freakgirl at October 26, 2005 06:51 PM

Didn't the Weaver daughter say something like, "I know it would probably help to form alliances, but it's so stupid!"?

When the Linz brother was just playin' with the 'hey, batter, batter' chatter, Mrs. Weaver got all huffy on his hot ass.

The Linz sibs are still aces with me, but the Paulos are gaining ground. When the mom got all Linda Richman verklempt, you had to go "aawwww". The kid is still way too disrespectful of her, though, and it's the parents' fault for letting it happen. My dad would have smacked me down.

Thanks, yahtzee, for the Philacknowledgment.

Michael at October 26, 2005 07:50 PM

I think the Weavers are, maybe understandably, completely in their own world and can't see the forest for the trees. Not being able to see how most of the teams are just having a good vacation with their families and so saying something like, "drive slow" to a boat captain is bad form in this version of the race.

The teams haven't really been gunning for each other and The Linz siblings, the sisters and dad and the Screaming Mimis have all been supportive and cordial to each other. Even the Paolos who can't have a normal conversation with each other are cordial to the other teams.

The Gaghans, who never seem to be running with the pack, have an even greater disadvantage with their two small kids in tow but they don't seem to be making enemies or pissing other teams off either.

But I think the Weavers sealed their fate on that kooky bus ride when they lost it at Waffle House.

Jason at October 26, 2005 08:15 PM

Anyone catch one of the Godlewski's mention "Philemination"? :D

Soosan at October 27, 2005 10:04 AM

I don't like those Linz siblings. At least not Alex, Nick, and Tommy. They treat Megan like she's not equal to them because she's a girl. I can't overlook or forgive that.

I agree with Jason in that the Weavers losing it at the Waffle House probably made the other teams hate them. Although they were only trying to unnerve the other teams. And it worked.

Jamison at October 27, 2005 12:11 PM

I've heard other people saying that about the Linz fam, Jamison, but I just don't see it at all. This week she said she can't keep up with the boys physically and knows when to give up her backpack and then one of the brothers said, "She does her best."
What am I missing?

Michael at October 27, 2005 12:18 PM

The Linz family dynamics just seem like the boys treating Megan like a little sister, and picking on her accordingly. It never really occurred to me that their behavior is sexist, but to each their own, I suppose.

freakgirl at October 27, 2005 01:21 PM

I fail to see how the Weavers "lost it" at the Waffle House. I can't stand the Weavers, but I've been punchy before from lack of sleep and at that age, I've behaved the same way. The girls are high school kids. Give me a break.

Maggie at October 27, 2005 02:12 PM

I gave the kids a pass because, like Maggie said, they're kids. They were tired. I've done a hell of a lot dumber things in high school from punchy lack of sleep. The mother was on my last nerve on the bus that episode, though, with her complaining about being "held prisoner."

freakgirl at October 27, 2005 03:22 PM

Is coos some sort of regional slang? I never heard of it. Hearing Phil saying underpants over and over was almost as good as when he kept repeating walkie-talkies in the first season.

And what about the Paolo dad bear-hugging poor Phil at the end of each episode? After doing all that running, I imagine the dad's a stinky, sweaty mess. Bleh.

otisburg at October 29, 2005 11:18 AM
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