April 18, 2012

TV: The Amazing Race 20, "Let Them Drink Their Haterade" Review

Before The Amazing Race began this season, I picked Nary and Jamie to win the entire game. Their job as drug-enforcement agents indicated they were strong and could maintain a cool head under pressure. Also, the CBS videos revealed a quiet confidence that's common for teams that do well. Sadly, it's hard to predict how teams will actually do when the competition gets rolling. Nary and Jamie did okay for a while and survived a few close calls, but they never performed better than average. They didn't have the "eye of the tiger" and seemed to lose focus on the key challenges. Although the elimination happens this week, they basically lost by falling several hours behind last time. The producers give them a shot with a Double U-Turn, which reduces the gap considerably. However, a fairly tricky Speed Bump ultimately seals their fate. It's a predictable result, but there's enough drama to provide an entertaining episode. For more details, check my review for Sound on Sight.

Here are a few other points of interest that I didn't address in my review:
  • One of my favorite activities for Phil is when he gets involved in the tasks during the demonstrations. This week, he puts on the protective bee suit and pulls it off while describing the Roadblock. Awesome.
  • I can't stress enough how great it was to see the teams having fun at the Ngorongoro Crater. A note to the producers: more amazement, less petty drama.
  • Although the Double U-Turn brings some excitement, the actual Detour tasks are pretty mundane. People didn't sign up for The Amazing Race to stand in line for water. It does provide an interesting look at daily life in that town, but there had to be a better way to accomplish the same feat.
  • I loved seeing Mark and Bopper finish first; they're one of the most likable teams we've seen on the show in a long while. Even if they don't win the million dollars, it's been great to have them on the show. Could you imagine this season without Mark and Bopper? It would not be a happy place. 


  1. I love this show, I wish I had more time to watch it regularly. It's far more exciting than Survivor, but of course it's just as vicious! Wasn't there one episode that's set in Indonesia, it's my home country, I should try to find that one in YouTube.

    1. Ruth, I'm glad to hear that you also enjoy the show. I like both the Amazing Race and Survivor, but for different reasons. The locations around the world are a lot of fun on the Race, especially when they go to more remote places. I looked it up, and they did visit Indonesia for two legs in last fall's season. They went to the Borobudur temple, which was pretty impressive. Thanks!