March 21, 2012

Amazing Race 20: "Uglier Than a Mud Rail Fence" Review


It's time for beards, yodeling, and fairy tales as we head to Bavaria this week for the goofiest episode of the season. The Amazing Race has been widely inconsistent this week, and this one falls right in the middle. There are plenty of entertaining moments, particularly with Mark and Bopper's unconventional yodeling style at the Speed Bump. Teams also style unconventional beards for older German guys who aren't content to just have massive facial hair. The familiar enemy of poor navigation dooms cousins Kerri and Stacy, who get passed by Nary and Jamie on the way to the Pit Stop. The editors try a bit too hard to sell the comedy, but there's enough silliness to make it a decent episode. If nothing else, it's a significant improvement over last week's mess. For more details, check out my review of "Uglier Than a Mud Rail Fence" for Sound on Sight.

Here are a few other points of interest that I didn't address in my review:

*Brendon and Rachel didn't occupy the screen so much this week, which is a relief after the past two hours. Their only memorable moment is Brendon's wonderful fall at the mat, a gaffe that can't be seen enough.
*Ralph is 36 years old and has been divorced three times. Wow. Even though they have some serious bickering this week, Vanessa and Ralph are actually pretty likable.
*Teams arrive at the Gasthof Zum Rassen restaurant and see a table full of beer, but it's just a prop. The only reason to arrive is the Travelocity Roaming Gnome. What a waste!
 *I was feeling pretty shaky about my original pick of Nary and Jamie to win the game. They're solid players, but right now the smart money's on Art and JJ or one of the other top teams. I'm keeping the faith and not changing my pick, though. They rebounded really well at the end to avoid elimination.

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