By Janell Sutherland
6:54 AM EDT, October 8, 2012
It's the second leg of "The Amazing Race," and we learn some interesting factoids about the teams.
For example, one of the blondes snorts when she is almost hit by a taxi. Was it a snort of laughter? Or of fear? It all happened so quickly.
Also, were you wondering how Team Monster Truck met? Her former husband was his best friend, and the husband was killed in an accident. Wow. At least they're both happy now, although I think they would be even happier if they both had green hair.
Last fun fact: The Twins claim to be the opposite of divas, and in fact they say they are the "most badass Sri Lankans you will meet." I hope you remember that the next time you meet some Sri Lankans.
On with the show!
Remember how Team Chipp worried me last week by almost coming in last? This week they are saved by airport bunching, as everyone tries to find the best flight to Indonesia.
Team Monster Truck is the Anti-Bunch, the lone wolf, the renegade, the would-be rebellious rock star team except this season already has a real rebellious rock star team.
Monster Truck takes a flight to Hong Kong because it leaves earlier, but it has a four-hour layover. Yikes! They talk a positive game, hoping to be in first place, but they are not. By the way, their strategy is to wait for the younger teams to burn out and then roll on through. Let's see how that works for them!
If you follow Phil Keoghan on Twitter, you will learn that he characterizes a classic Race challenge as something "indigenous to the region and slightly bizarre." Welcome to Indonesian bull racing, then.
Strong-hearted locals attach a slim wooden platform between two bulls and then ride on the platform while pulling the bulls' tails (that's what it looked like) to make them run. Other locals race the bulls on a motorbike. Spoiler alert: The bulls almost always win.
All teams bunched up the night before and took numbers to race the bulls. Unfortunately they do not ride the platform between the bulls. They don't even drive the motorbike, they simply hold on. It's really just a task to stagger them, not slow them, so Team Rock On finishes first and Team Monster Truck is last.
Mismatched Accent Alliance
The Twins decide to pair up with Team Texi, calling them "cute" because they're so far away from home. I can't think of any stronger reason to form an alliance on this show, actually, so let's go with it.
Ain't no party like an Amazing Race party in Indonesia
The next task is a Roadblock that simply asks, "Who likes to party?" Now the twins, as loud and un-diva-like as they are, have seen this show before. They know that this alleged party will probably not include alcohol, so they appoint the lesser partier.
The Roadblock task is to pedal a bicycle-powered kiddie ride (like you see outside of K-Mart) while making balloon animals. Keeping the kids on the ride happy is a good idea, too. Who's good at this? Team Rock On, Team Chipp, Team Texi, the Twins. Who's not so good? Monster Truckers and Superfans.
Quote of the Week
As much as I enjoy Team Chipp, they are no verbal match for Team Goat Farmer this week. "There are just some things the gays are naturally good at, and balloons are one of them."
Many balloon animals were harmed during the filming of this show
That's another quote from Phil. Small Superfan takes the Roadblock and has a meltdown. The heat makes his glasses fog, the sweat makes the balloons slippery. Every other team finishes before he makes one balloon. Lucky for him, Tall Superfan forces him to take a breath and drink some water. He finishes, they move on, but Small beats himself up in the cab.
Is it too soon for lost taxi drivers? Too bad!
After the Roadblock, teams have to find a motor shop. Well, their cab drivers do. Team Legs and Team Monster Truck each end up standing on the road, asking for help. Girl Legs, who sounds a lot like Alicia Silverstone, asks a local to call Information. "We don't have Information in Indonesia!" laughs the local.
In the Detour, teams chose between moving ice or sorting fish. The Twins are the only team to choose fish, and it pays off as they finish ahead of their best friends Team Texi. However, they hit the Pit Stop mat smelling like fish. Phil is not excited by this, but they hug him anyway. They also win an Express Pass for coming in first, so they'll be around a while longer.
Team Superfan, meanwhile, has caught up to the lost Monster Truckers, and they compete at moving ice. Well, Superfan doesn't really compete. They are already sad and dejected. Where's their spirit?
They finally made it on the show after seven tries, and one little balloon-animal setback has them feeling defeat? Superfans never say die! I want to cheer for them, but they don't even run to the Pit Stop.
"Take in the smell," Tall says to Small, "we'll never be here again." Their frowns turn upside down real quick when Phil tells them they're still in the Race. I expect to see more fight out of you next week, Superfan!
Sadly, the Lost Taxi of Doom has doomed Team Legs. They finish the Detour, possibly close to the other teams, it's hard to tell. And they run for the Pit Stop like good Racers. But Phil has no good news for them. Farewell, Legs, I'm really sorry to see you go.
Next week: I can't even describe it, it's all crazy. Maybe someone fries an egg on their head?
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