Before every episode of The Amazing Race, Andy Rooney rambles on incoherently to end 60 Minutes. It is an exasperating event every week, and yet, I have a sneaking suspicion that for years, Mr. Rooney's asinine blatherings have made The Amazing Race seem like a better show than it is. I Love Toy Trains would probably be the pinnacle of excitement after watching Rooney. Anyway, tonight, Andy Rooney admits to having a hard-on for counting things. Like
stairs and days of the presidency. Then he talks about how Obama likes
to decorate the Oval Office. And then he talks about Obama's desk, and
how Andy made his own desk out of some wood from his property. The
point - being President is hard. Andy Rooney, the crazy uncle you
never had who inexplicably gets air time on national television.
Jaime and Cara take their next clue from Phil - they head out to someplace which has a name I cannot pronounce. Margie and Luke arrive soon after, and hustle out of there. Margie is looking a little ragged. Jaime and Cara are a little bit bitter about not getting their first win leg. Jaime and Cara get the clue at this outdoor shopping center - they have to search the shops for the Travelocity gnome. Tammy and Victor reach The Keoghan, and hustle off to the shopping center. Kisha and Jen receive the great news from Phil that the leg is not over - "Shut the hell up," says Kisha. Second life.
The teams have to keep the gnome until the next pit stop. Margie and Luke are the first to find their gnome. Next stop is to the big river where teams must pick up a motorized bicycle near the Forbidden City, and ride them through Tiananmen Square. Jaime and Cara are struggling with the language barrier, and start getting very frustrated. Tammy and Victor get to the bikes first and start booking across the city. It's morning now - teams have to be obscenely tired. The other three teams are close behind in a clump. Detour - Beijing Opera or Chinese Waiter
In Opera, they have to get "made up" and costumed as opera characters (a Princess and a Gentleman). In Chinese Waiter, teams have to take an order from a group of Chinese people at a restaurant and recite the order, in Mandarin, to the cooks and then wait for the orders to be served. Tammy and Victor decide to the Waiter option, because they speak Chinese. That's pretty unfair. Tammy and Victor mess up the order the first time, for reasons that remain unclear.
Kisha and Jen are made up in a disturbing white-face, and end up looking like clowns. Margie and Luke join them in the make-up room. Luke is still anti-Kisha and Jen. Margie gets all pissed off when Luke applies the make-up on her. It's doesn't feel right, watching a son apply make-up on his mother. Margie is terribly annoying.
Luke says "I'm finished," and pretends to leave. Kisha and Jen finish quickly. On the second try, Tammy and Victor get it right and receive their next clue. Jaime and Cara finally find a taxi. Tammy and Victor are heading to some place on foot - wherever this place is, there is a U-Turn there. It is not a Blind U-Turn, though. Teams WILL be held accountable, as if that should matter in anyone's decision-making. Kisha and Jen are the next to leave for the U-Turn, however....
Tammy and Victor use the U-Turn on Kisha and Jen. They cite the fact that Kisha and Jen are too athletic.
Tammy and Victor get their next clue, and are told to make their way to an outdoor market. Margie and Luke are difficult to watch. Jaime and Cara get dropped off at the wrong Opera House and they get, like, totally pissed.Next>>