Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Amazing Race Australia Episode 2 Recap

Another exciting episode if TARAus is here! Last week, teams traveled from Melbourne, Australia to Lombok, Indonesia where they participated in a ricecake throwing ritual, scuba diving and counting a million bills. Mo and Mos survived elimination last week and need to check in first place this week or incur a 30-minute penalty. Recap time!

Sam and Renae were the first ones to leave the pitstop were models Sam and Renae. They open their first clue and it tells them to fly to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Fly people, fly! On the other thought, Vietnam? Ugh. I've watched 3 consecutive races with Vietnam as a destination already so I'm safe to say, "I just hope they pass by it".
All teams followed and Mo and Mos are worried about the 30-minute penalty they have if they don't check in first. All the teams are at the airport and Chris called Anastasia and "idiot" which caused a fight between themselves. Pffffffft!!! I've been called an idiot my entire life and all I did was cut their heads off. No need to cause a scene. All right, teams booked their flights and I was surprised that there were 4 separate flights to Ho Chi Minh City. Really?! If this was the U.S. version, teams would sneak behind the other teams and checked the flights they booked. Yeah, whatever so back to the scene.

Turns out, Sam & Renae, Ryot and Liberty and Chris & Anastasia got on the same direct flight to Ho Chi Minh City and is the first plane to arrive. I was, once again, surprised on how those two bickering lovebirds got on the same plane with the first two teams. Meanwhile Alana & Mel, Mo & Mos and the surfers get on the same plane due to arrive second. Bikers Dave & Kelly were lone rangers on the plane due to arrive third via KL or is it Singapore? While the rest of the teams get on the same flight due to arrive last.
The frist three teams got an early lead and are now headed to the Saigon Opera House and find the lady with their names written on her fan.

Sibling Ryot and Liberty finding their name on the correct fan

I found myself laughing sometime at this task when teams where calling out, "Oh Miss Saigon! Where are you?". After hearing "Miss Saigon", I was actually thinking of Lea Salonga. Haha. Yeah, whatever. 
Models got the right fan first, followed by Dating tam and the siblings. Now they're off to Hue, Vietnam! What? Only 30 minutes in Ho Chi Minh and they're off to some other place? Ok. I buy that. 
So teams arrive from different flights and all of them killed it. Well, except for Richard and Joey who were the last ones out. I don't like them anyway, so who cares?

The first three teams' flight got delayed which means they'll all be on the same flight to Hue! Yes! Finally! I want all teams to be bunched up together and have a tight fight! So when they arrive, they head to Tran Thanh Mai Garage where they encounter Hours of Operation. Yep, I knew this was coming having watched the third season of the Asian version. So teams get some rest for a big day ahead of them.

The next day, all teams are prepared to kick some butt and ready to die. So when the gate opens, all teams push one another and cause some stampede. Poor cameraman. They didn't have to cause a stampede as they'll only be a second away from each other. Ha!

Their next task is to change a car's tire and oil. Everybody did it right with the father-son team Jeff & Luke ahead. They rip open their clue and....Detour! Carry Fowl or Carabao. In Carry Fowl, teams must gather twenty live chickens and carry them (the traditional way - on their shoulder) to a designated retailer in a nearby market. In Carabao, teams had to choose a marked field and use an ox-drawn plow to till the soil, until the plow caught on a buried rope attached to a hidden clue. Jeff & Luke choose Carabao and off they go. Sam & Renae seem to have some mental blocks and did they tire-changing task in 10th place where the entrepreneurs finish last (again). Here are the list of teams who chose to do Carry Fowl: Surfers, Bikers, Farmers, the "Mos", models and entrepreneurs. The rest did the carabao. Dave pronounced it as "ca-ra-bo-wa) which made me snicker again. 
Joey changing tires
Teams who did Fowl finished it quickly and even managed to get ahead of those at the Carabao task. Surfers are now in the lead followed by farmers and dating couple. Jeff & Luke lost their lead as they stumbled in the mud finding for the marked flag. In the end, only Chris & Anastasia and Jeff & Luke did the Carabao task successfully while others had to switch. 
Jeff & Luke plowing 
Nathan and Tyler are now headed to Khải Định Tomb where they find a Roadblock. Who's in line for a king's ransom? In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to retrieve seven coins representing the seven emperors of the Nguyễn Dynasty in Vietnam at the tomb of Minh Mạng, bring them back to Khải Định Tomb and put the coins in the correct order of the reign of the emperors. Nathan volunteered to do the task. So now the three leading teams are the surfers, dating team and farmers. Anastasia and Tom did the task. The remaining teams started to arrive one by one with the Mos, Models, Bikers, Entrepreneurs and Jeff & Luke. Mo, Sam, Kelly, Joey and Mo did the task. While the bottom three teams appear to be Anne-Marie and Tracy, sisters and siblings. 

Anastasia doing the Roadblock

After a lot of going back and forth, Anastasia completes the Roadblock first with the surfers and farmers just seconds behind her. All three were now headed to the pitstop! Yay! 3 way race! Anastasia & Chris got lost while Nathan & Tyler come in first! Great job! Farmers come in second and Chris & Anastasia come in fourth. 

Meanwhile, the bottom three have just arrived at the tomb and Tracy, Mel and Ryot do the task. All teams were confused and tired of this task and I was just bored. Mo & Mos checked in fourth but had a 30 minute penalty for not coming in first. Jeff & Luke had a footrace to the pitstop with Sam & Renae but the father and son checked in fourth and the models in fifth. Back at the tomb, Joey is pissed off that no one wants to work with her. Get lost baby kangaroo! Bikers checked in at 6th place and Mo and Mos in 7th. They dropped 3 places which isn't good. Only 4 teams remain and Tracy got it on her first try and got to the pitstop in 8th place. Mel was looking confused so Joey offered to help (no! resist temptation!) and she happily accepted. Darn. Mel got it right and Joey was begging for the answers so Mel gave it to her (sucker!). Ryot was all alone now as Joey gave Mel & Alana a 2 minute leeway for them to get ahead. Unfortunately, Richard and Joey's taxi driver was driving at the speed of light and managed to pass the sisters which made Mel mad. Cut her head off Mel! So the entrepreneurs checked in 9th and the sisters in 10th. 
Ryot and Liberty cam in last and were eliminated. Ok, I'm darn tired and need to finish this. Liberty cried at the pitstop, blah blah blah, THE END. 

Stay tuned next week as teams get more tensed with each other in HK! Yay!

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