October 12, 2005

Linda Ruiz

Shrimp is small!

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Remember that section on the SAT where you had to complete a bunch of analogies? Imagine you were given one like this, which answer would you choose?

SHRIMP : SMALL :: THE AMAZING RACE – FAMILY EDITION : ________

A) AWESOME!
B) OK
C) WATERED-DOWN
D) REALLY BORING
E) B AND C
F) C AND D

So after the first episode, I was leaning toward (E), but as time goes on, it’s looking more and more like (F) to me. I expected it to be a little watered-down, but last night’s episode was pretty darn boring, too. Oh well, I’ll do my best to make it seem AWESOME! in my recap (with funny pictures!), after the jump.

The race resumed this week in Virginia at 2:26 am. That’s awfully late for a 9-year-old to be up, isn’t it? I think if Carissa can be up at all hours of the night, she can eat a hippopotamus testicle. Hmm, maybe next week. Anywho, the clue began, “drive yourself to Dulles International Airport.” YES!! They’re getting on a frickin’ plane! And flying all the way to… Charleston, SC! Yeah, pretty lame. At least they have funny accents there, so we can pretend it’s kind of exotic. The teams had a little trouble pronouncing the airport name (the Linz kids called it “Dulls,” while the Bransen ladies apparently thought they were in France, directing the driver to Dullés Airport).

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Allons-y! L’aeroport Dullés!! Vive la France!!!

The mad dash to get the best possible flight is a staple of TAR. However, Washington, DC to Charleston, SC is a pretty common itinerary, compared to say, Tanzania to Anchorage via Singapore. So, 5 teams made it on the first flight, with the Bransens and Gaghans on flight #2 (arriving two minutes later), and the Paolos on flight #3 (arriving about 30 minutes after that).

There was some drama in the airport when Stassi Schroeder and David Aiello accused the Weavers of being “sneaky,” because they were asking lots of information from the ticket counter lady. Really, they just haven’t flown much and had no idea how the whole “airport” thing works, so they were asking the lady to explain it to them. Oh Linda Weaver, you sneaky snake! The Schroeders called them SBD (silent but deadly), which I always thought referred to extra-stinky farts that make no noise (remember those Ostrich eggs, Karen??)

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SBD: severe bowel disturbance

The Weavers then noticed the Paolo family, and said, “the Cleavers are here,” which reminds me of an important point…

Why do the teams have such lame names for each other this season? Remember past seasons? Team Cha Cha Cha, The Gutsy Grannies, Ike & Tina, OJ & Nicole, The Hilton sisters. This time, it’s the Florida Team, Team Louisiana, and the Cleavers, which I totally don’t understand, because DJ and Brian really don't remind me of Wally and the Beav at all. I think someone referred to the Godlewskis as the Desperate Housewives in episode 1, but I can’t really picture Bree Van de Kamp wearing a t-shirt with Felicity Huffman’s face silk-screened on it, so I don’t really get that one either. Can’t you do any better, guys?

Back to the airport, the tension was too much for some of the teams, as Char Schroeder yelled at Hunter for “giving away their strategy” to Rolly Weaver.

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Our strategy is to slap you until you giggle! Take that!

Hunter responded by calling stepmom Char a bitch! Yeah!! I normally don’t approve of such language, but I had to agree this time.

After a harrowing two-hour flight, the teams all arrived in South Carolina and proceeded to this week’s detour. The two tasks to choose from were de-heading two big crates of shrimp, or driving a truck through a very muddy pit. It was the classic Amazing Race detour dilemma: the straightforward, tedious task or the difficult one that could take anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 hours. Everyone chose the shrimp (despite the fact that shrimp is small!), except for the Weavers, Aiellos and Gaghans. The Weavers went a couple of rounds in the mud and quickly decided to do the shrimp instead. The Aiellos kept getting stuck in the mud, too. Perhaps this task is impossible? Actually, no, the Gaghans showed up next, hopped in the truck and finished in one try! And Carissa was driving!! Ok, not really (but that would have been so much cooler).

Over at the shrimp boat, the other teams are squeezing little shrimpies until their heads pop off. Not all that exciting, except for the brief romance that we witnessed between Tommy Linz and a soon-to-be headless beauty.

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Finally, a gal whose neck is as big as her head, just like mine! I love you!! Wait, how do I know if you're a boy or a girl? Oh, I don't care!!! *slurp, slurp*

Next up, the teams have to take a mystery bus ride. They’re bunched into two groups: one bus leaves at 3:00 pm and the other two hours later. They are not told where they're going or how long the ride will take, which apparently drives the Weavers “insane,” if you define “insane” as giggling a lot and dancing in the parking lot of a Waffle House.

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Maybe I just watch too much reality TV, but when I think of insane behavior, something like this comes to mind (thanks TVGasm!) The Weavers’ behavior was just weird.

When the bus ride ends, the teams find themselves in Huntsville, Alabammy, where they must complete this leg’s road-blaaaahck, which is literally a trip to space camp. Two members from each team have to ride on a astronaut-training thing that is sort of like a fancy version of that ride that they have at every amusement park, except instead of the floor dropping out and being pinned to the wall upside down, you just sit there. Crazy!

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If you hadn’t noticed, gravity is currently pushing on me. See what a bad-ass I am? Take that, Jeff Probst!

Since there is only one Gravitron centrifuge, the teams can only complete the roadblock one at a time. Obviously, the four teams on the first bus get there first, and each take a turn spinning around. Afterwards, they walked a whole mile to a space museum to watch Phil deliver the cheesiest AOL-promo of all time via a computer screen, before checking in at the pit stop.

First place went to the Bransen family this week, and they won a lifetime of free gas from BP, which given today’s prices and their ages, is worth, according to my calculations, about one zillion dollars. And all they could cough up for the fantasy game is $200? Shame on you, CBS. Not surprisingly, because the roadblock could only be completed one team at a time, even the remotest possibility of excitement was eliminated as each team finished in the same order that they arrived at the centrifuge.

The four teams on bus #2 arrived two hours behind, and despite their “meltdown” at the Waffle House, the Weavers pulled it together to finish fifth. The Paolos improved on their performance last week with a sixth place finish, and the Gaghans were right behind in seventh place. The Aiello family finished last, and was eliminated.

But the real news about the Aiellos was their choice of fashion this week. You guessed it, silk-screened t-shirts!!! Apparently this is quite the trend in Season 8, but let’s not forget who started this craze!

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How cool are we?

So that's it from me! What did everyone else out there think about this week’s episode?

UPDATE: Apparently I missed a new nickname during this episode -- TEAM FRUIT LOOP! Ha! Not bad.

Posted by Linda Ruiz in Recap corner on October 12, 2005 9:35 PM



Comments

By the way, what did you think about the previews? A racetrack?? How mean is that? Force the family who lost their fathers to go to a racetrack so they can remember what happened all over again. It seems like an idea from the producer to create more drama and tears at the racers expense.

Posted by: Mean at October 13, 2005 12:41 PM

Oh, I completely forgot about the preview for next week! I'm going to assume they're just overdramatizing it for the promo -- maybe (hopefully) it will even be a detour that they don't have to do.

Posted by: Linda at October 13, 2005 12:53 PM

About the racetrack, I love it. Mainly because I really hate the Weavers after this episode. They deserve this completely.

Posted by: Andrew at October 13, 2005 2:07 PM

That is rude and inconsiderate of you to even think of any family having to go through that but say that you loved it what kind of person are you really.

Posted by: Alex at October 20, 2005 9:16 PM

Listen,Rolly Weaver and Hunter Schoerder were just being 14 year old kids. Ishould know that because i'm 14 myself, but that Char Woman or whatever her name is is a ummm...you know.Sitting in a airport can get a little boring so what else is there to do other than hang out with someone.I didn't see what the big deal was.

Posted by: Hali Justice at October 30, 2005 8:28 PM

Well I think that Char lady or w/e has issues.. I meen how can she tell her son to stay away from a guy the same age... Like hello? Doesn't anyone care about having friends. Rolly is such a sweet, Luuving and NICE KID! Hes not gonna do anything to hurt the Schroeders!
I luv Rolly!

Posted by: Rolys Luver at November 11, 2005 6:54 PM

i <3 rolly weaver !!

Posted by: becky at November 14, 2005 6:15 PM

I luv Rolly Weaver so much but at first I kinda thought he was a girl. I thought about it lots and realized that he was a really hott boy.

Posted by: Maya at November 26, 2005 8:38 PM

i love rolly weaver soo much!! he is soo hott!! he is funny too!!

Posted by: Kelley at December 1, 2005 3:44 PM

Whoa! Rolly seems to get quite the attention on these forums! Anyways, regardless of how 'hawt' Rolly is I think that the Weavers deserve to win the race the most. They are very hard-working and sure know how to make the best out of a situation. I dislike the Linz immensely because I think they're c-o-c-k-yyyyyyyy. What jerks for not liking the Weavers!!! >;O
- porkchop_botelho@hotmail.com

Posted by: Matt at December 10, 2005 4:23 PM

i clearly think that the weavers are the hardest working team there. they arent liked by everyone because the weavers did not come on the race to become friends so they arent nice to people, i would of done the same
im so into the amazing race, although i am just 15 the conepts of the game are so thrilling and exciting, it makes me wacth it every week
pretty_iin_piink@hotmail.com

Posted by: alicia at December 11, 2005 6:29 PM

Rolly Weaver is mine. Im actually in love. Ill find him.. you'll all see.!

<3
Beka

Posted by: beka at December 12, 2005 10:37 PM

I don't care if you guys like Rolly or not. But I do, Alot! I also don't care if you think you are going to find him, because that is called stalking.. You could get arrested for that. :) Any ways.


I LOVE ROLLY <33

Posted by: Cassie at December 14, 2005 5:15 PM

Rolly Weaver is sooo HOT!!! He's on FIRE!!!

Posted by: andie at December 15, 2005 2:08 PM

Rolly Weaver it the hottest guy I have ever seen in my life!!! and the nicest too.
does anybody have his email adress? no just kidding.

Posted by: Briana at December 16, 2005 8:43 PM

Rolly Weaver is smoking. so is Hunter.

Posted by: jessica at December 17, 2005 2:33 PM

omg i love rolly!! not only is he SOOOO HOTT!!! but really nice too... anybody is crazy not to like him....he is just awesome....
when the amazing race was going i was going for the weavers(duh!) and my sister was going for the linz family....can i say EWW!! they are so rude...especially to the weavers...yuck...i am so mad that they won the amazing race because the weaver family desearves it so much more

Posted by: Shannon at December 18, 2005 6:43 PM

Rolly Weaver is so Hott!!! I love Rolly`s eyes and his hair!!! And he`s also such an amazing kid that loves his family!!! You Rock ROLLY!!! lov ya lex

Posted by: lex at December 21, 2005 12:10 PM

I think that rolly weaver is a very cute boy and funny to and the people that dont like him can get over that fact cuz there just jeolus however you spell it!!

Posted by: amanda at December 23, 2005 7:53 PM

everyone who doesnt like rolly is just jealous...psh...i like his hair...its purty!

rolly is a cutie-patootie! lol thats fun to say
i guess hunter is kind of a cutie-patootie but his family was in the race for long. hehe cutie-patootie!

kelsey

Posted by: Kelsey at January 14, 2006 12:02 PM

I liked The Weaver's and the Gaghan Family. But, Rolly was my main reason for lliking the weaver's(if you know what i mean), but when i learned what they were all about with the dad and everything i rooted for the WHOLE family, not ust rolly, WHO IS HOT

Posted by: Jen at August 29, 2006 9:52 PM

well you guys are so weird why are you so obsessed over him when youll never meet him

Posted by: sara at August 29, 2006 10:15 PM

dude.. i agree with all of you... except with the one who says that rolly isn't cute i mean.. HE ROCKS he's the sweetest, nicest, cutest boy i've ever seen in all my entired life!!!!!! he is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo HOTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE'S ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: karly at September 5, 2006 6:19 PM

rolly is so hot my friend and i perve over him and to those of u hu dnt think he's hot??u r just going thru a phase i mean open ur eyes i mean cum on guyz he's our age it's not like we talking abt wentworth miller who is 33 we r talking abt Rolly weaver who is 15 so cum get a grip hes hott and apparently available so come on gals take advantage espeacially if u living in his area......

lv u lots Rolly!!!!

xxxNumber1 fanxxx
xoxoxo

Posted by: Minki**12 at September 26, 2006 3:18 PM

I love the weavers they are true and genuine

Posted by: claudia at October 11, 2006 11:10 AM

Hey i agree with xxxNumber1 Fanxxx I think that he so amazingly hott and he is your age and you can't find soemone who is actually your age and is hott to!
Meagan

Posted by: Meagan at October 27, 2006 10:57 AM

ok, ok i am sooo in luv with rolly weaver like the rest of the world! some people are saying hes gay because what happened in the airport with hunter..i dont know how hanging around with a friend makes u gay! but anyway hes the hottest person in the world..i hates the lindses coz the yeilded the weavers anyway rolly rocks and he is soooooo hot:D but i like it how they are in to god and stuff..i dont only like that family coz it has a hot guy in it! there all realli sweet!
luv tori!!

Posted by: tori at December 8, 2006 4:08 AM

hahaha ROLLY'S THE BESTEST

Posted by: carly at December 17, 2006 4:17 PM

he hot hoo HOT!!!! there is no way you can say he aint.
i dont like in his area...but i will haha
hes just really awsum, and he sez cool stuff like that god didnt spend much time on kentucky and that the bus was pimp,,,hes cool as.
-----RoLLy is bringin sXc bac!------
if any1 nos his addy...tell me!

Posted by: **steffi** at December 19, 2006 5:53 AM

I love the amazing race! it's the best show! the Weavers are kool i dunno why everyone hates them. They should have won. Their awesome.

Posted by: Jesse at January 2, 2007 4:57 AM

get over Rolly already...he has a life, now ALL YOU PEEPS CAN GET ONE!
tata then

Posted by: anon at January 14, 2007 5:38 AM