The Amazing Race: All-Stars, Episode 11 Recap

Originally aired on Sunday, 04/29/2007

Episode Rating: *** (3 stars out of 5)

Episode Overview: Danny and Oswald, marked for elimination, struggle to make headway to make it to the final three of The Amazing Race: All-Stars.


Episode Highlights:

  • The teams head to Guam and carry out the challengs on the local military bases.
  • Oswald and Danny are marked for elimination and must arrive at the mat thirty minutes ahead of the next team to stay in the game.
  • Charla and Mirna take flight.

It's time for The Amazing Race: All-Stars teams to start heading back to the States as we close in on the final three, so as the teams depart this episode, the teams learn they will be heading to the U.S. Territory of Guam. 

The Beauty Queens Dustin Seltzer and Kandace Pelletier are first to depart, followed by Charla Baklayan Faddoul and Mirna Hindoyan, and Eric Sanchez and Danielle Turner.  They are all able to get on the same flight to Guam through Tokyo.  Oswald Mendez and Danny Jimenez  don't get the same flight to Tokyo, but then are able to make the close connection to Guam.  Needless to say, Eric and Danielle give them the cold shoulder when they board the plane to Guam. 

Oswald and Danny actually take the lead upon arrival in Guam, but when they arrive at the military base that is their destination, they learn their military escorts won't be available until the next morning, leveling the playing field.

The next day, the teams are matched up with a military escort who drives each of them to an air traffic control tower.  After climbing the stairs to the top, the teams receive the details of their next challenge, a Detour.  They can either do a Care Package - assemble a care package and go on a practice cargo drop flight - or Engine Care - clean an aircraft engine.  The Beauty Queens, Eric and Danielle, and Danny and Oswald are first to get to the top (in that order) and all decide that the Engine Care challenge will be faster.  Charla and Mirna opt for the Care Package.

The Engine Care might seem quicker, but the high standards of the military personnel who are supervising the Racers makes it take a lot longer.  Meanwhile, Charla and Mirna assemble their package, and Mirna's usual frantic antics as she wildly throws the care package items together elicits a stern request from the supervising military person to "Put it together with some degree of love.  Don't just throw it like it's garbage."

When military personnel has to remind you to be more tender-hearted in your actions, you know you are really crossing some line.

Nevertheless, they complete the packing and headout on the practice run.  As they do this, the other teams finally get their engines adequately cleaned, with the Beauty Queens finishing first, followed by Eric and Danielle, and then Oswald and Danny.  They all head out to the next destination, putting Charla and Mirna in last place.

Lucky for them - and unluckily for Oswald and Danny - the two boys marked for elimination get lost on the way to the next stop, and this gives Charla and Mirna the chance to overtake them. 

The next destination is a Roadblock: a Search and Rescue exercise.  The Racer must use a GPS to locate a pilot in some brush.  The pilot will then reprogram the GPS to direct them to other coordinates, where they will radio for a helicopter airlift.

One of the Beauty Queens is first out (honestly, this is embarrassing that I am, essentially, a professional The Amazing Race: All-Stars watcher and to this moment I still don't really know which queen is which...I think it's Dustin completing this task.  I know for certain she was a blonde!).  She does well, as the Beauty Queens seem to always do.  Seriously, that poise training they go through in pageants must be some serious stuff:  I have yet to see the girls lose their cool or get seriously flustered in any challenge.  Considering the fact that I can't seem to take a leisurely trip to the grocery store without getting flustered, I'm in real admiration of their calm and collected manner.

Danielle heads out next and...well, as much as I hate to admit this, she's probably more along the lines of how I would perform in this challenge: anxious, confused and weepy.  She manages to get through the steps but she is definitely not cool, calm, or collected.

Charla is relatively even-tempered through this challenge, but it's not really helping her out much as she continues to press buttons on her GPS (despite Mirna specifically asking her not to as she headed out).  Her military escort's patience seems to be sorely tested as he has to continually remind her to not press any buttons.

The Beauty Queens finish and head out to the Pit Stop, where Phil informs them they are team number one!  A spot in the final three of The Amazing Race: All-Stars, plus they've won some ATV's!

Oswald and Danny finally arrive, and Oswald's quick work with the GPS gives me momentary hope that they might be able to pull it out.  However, although he gets to the right area where his pilot it, he keeps walking past his pilot (sitting in a bush) and missing him.  I think the pilots were directed to stay quiet, but eventually the pilot sort of stands up and waves, and Oswald realizes he's been in the right area for a while.

Danielle completes her task and she and Eric head to the mat in second.  Charla and Oswald finish the task at nearly the same time, and so unless Charla and Mirna get seriously lost, it doesn't look possible for Oswald and Danny to get to the mat thirty minutes ahead of them.

And they don't.  They get to the mat in last place anyway, so it's so long to Oswald and Danny!  That's a shame - last week's bad karma decision notwithstanding, they were one of the most fun teams for me to watch, so I am sorry to see them go.

Next week is the season finale and we will see which of these three teams will win it all!  Previews show that it looks like the last show might be the first chance we have to see the Beauty Queens lose their cool.  I kinda can't wait to see that!

- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

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