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PostSubject: The Amazing Race 11/23/08   Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:10 am

Leg 9 (Kazakhstan → Russia)

* Flight: Almaty (Almaty International Airport) to Moscow, Russia Flag of Russia (Sheremetyevo International Airport)
* Moscow (Krutitsy)
* Moscow (Kolosok Camp) >Detour (Boots or Borscht)<
* Zhukovsky (Zhukovsky Bakery) >Roadblock (Who has a strong back?)<
* Moscow (Neskuchniy Garden) >Pit Stop (Leg 9)<

In this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Boots or Borscht. In both Detour tasks teams had to dress in Russian military uniform. In Boots, teams had to learn a Russian marching routine and perform the routine perfectly along with a drill team to receive their next clue. In Borscht, teams had to serve 75 soldiers a bowl of borscht each to receive their next clue. In this leg's Roadblock, teams had to carry 50 bags of flour into the bakery and lay them down on the floor to receive their next clue from the baker.

Additional Task

* At the Krutitsy Monastery, teams had to light a candle before they could receive their next clue.

The Russian Soldiers Are Laughing At Me
Greetings my loyal minions, Maxx Fisher here.


Have you ever seen anyone perform a task and they do it so ass backwards that you have to wonder if they arent just a bit mentally impaired? It was explained to them, step by step. ABC. But for some reason they just cant follow it. That happened on more than one instance tonight. First Russian cab drivers are expensive and they cant find a destination with a map, a GPS and giant neon sign. And Dan couldnt march & chew gum at the same time, even if you took the gum away, but more on that later.

We learned at the opening of the episode that airports at night in Kazakhstan are good for 2 things, buying shoes and going on romantic walks. I dont know if any of you remember the cow challenge from last week, Andrew & Dan inexplicably left their shoes behind on that challenge. All they had to wear this week were slippers they stole from the hotel, this would not be their last incident of thievery tonight. Once they got to the airport, there was an all night shoe store. Dan did not want to buy the shoes because they were too expensive. Do you know what would be more expensive? The foot surgery theyd need after walking around Russia with no shoes. They do break down and get the shoes and then proceed to throw away the slippers. Not bright. Its not like they might not be needed later. The burgeoning romance between Dallas & Starr seemed to heat up as they took a romantic walk through the fluorescent lit passages of the airport. How sweet. Nick seemed to approve of the relationship and he thought Dallas could hold his own against his sister.

Once in Russia the ever first task was going to a monastery and lighting a candle. This was one of those first off challenges that isnt any sort of challenge that TAR is known for. What it did was illustrate that cabs in Russia might be the most expensive mode of transportation in the world. Once the teams lit the candle they had to make their way to Kolosok Camp, a retired military base to perform a Detour:

Boots: dress correctly in military garb, including a traditional Russian foot wrap, then learn a Russian march and make 1 lap around the parade grounds.
Borscht: Once again dress in Russian military and then serve Borscht to 75 soldiers.

Toni & Dallas were the first ones to get to the base, shocking I know. Where were Nick & Starr? They were lost. Their cab driver had no idea where he was going. Hell he asked them to call someone they knew to translate cause he didnt understand English. I dont know how they were going to perform this task because he said it in Russian. It was like a vicious idiotic circle. But getting back to mother & son, they performed the task briskly & were in and out of there. By the time they were through, Ken & Tina and Dandrew had all arrived and chose to do Boots too. Ken & Tina were in and out with no problems. Dan & Andrew, not so much.

Andrew could not get the foot wrap down. Dan couldnt either but for some reason didnt really care and he just proceeded anyway. While they were doing this Nick & Starr Arrived and then passed them. The boys were taking forever and decided to switch to Borscht, which only made sense if you didnt actually read the Detour instructions. So they stripped off their uniforms and went to serve the troops. Once they got their, Andrew realized they had to wear the uniforms here too. So they dress up correctly this time and decided to do Boots. I really dont know how to describe what I saw next, I mean the only word that comes to mind isEpic.

So the bloodbath started with the boys attempting to walk. Thats right walk. That is what marching is, walking in time. Granted the Russian style of Marching is different than that of a marching band, which Andrew has been a part of for 6 years, but its still just walking in time. Andrew pretty much got it, but Dan. Oh good Lord I dont even know how to describe what Dan was doing. He was just a spastic mess. The only thing that comes to mind is this:


Dan couldnt even get his left & his right correct. Judging by the reactions of the Russian soldiers on the scene, this was the funniest thing theyd seen since Spies Like Us. Because Dan couldnt put one foot in front of another, they switched AGAIN and moved to Borscht and they were finally able to complete a task. I think Russia was still under communist rule when they started this Detour.

With this task complete the teams next destination was the Zhukovsky bakery for a Roadblock. It was cute to see Toni correct her son when he completely walked past the clue box. Well the Roadblock required one of the racers to carry Fifty, 50 lbs bags of flour into the bakery and stack them neatly. Obviously Toni did the task because Dallas is a lightweight. Just kidding. I have a crazy sense of humor. This Roadblock was custom made for Dallas. He was carrying 2 bags at a time, no matter how much Momma Toni asked him to take it easy and just do one at a time. When Dallas brought in the bags he just plopped them on the ground and he was quickly chastised by the baker to do it right and do it neatly and look at his instructions. She has now surpassed the Indian Tailor for the title of the greatest non-player this game has seen. I think she used to be a Bond villain with that icy attitude she was dishing out. Ken & Tina showed up while Dallas was still lugging the flour and I have to tell you, for being about 20 years older than Dallas, Ken did a great job. I think Dallas only finished about 8 bags ahead of Ken. By the way Nick & Starr are lost again.

Dallas completes the challenge and they get the clue to make their way to the next Pit Stop at the Fun Garden, whose Russian name I dont remember. Once Ken finishes his task and gets the clue he gives the baker a kiss and at that moment her heart grew three sizes. Nick & Starr finally arrive and Nick does the task and honestly before he said he was going to do it, I wasnt sure which of the 2 would have carried the bags. Because their driver sucked so bad, they sent him on his way. The baker did not have the highest opinion of Nick, her assessment was that Hes Not Fit. I guess nick agreed because in comparison he said that Dallas could probably palm those bags. At hearing this Starr got a dreamy far away look in her eyes. Just as Nick was finishing up Dandrew shows up and Dan does the challenge to make up for his marching short-comings. Dan is able to do this because it doesnt involve art & culture the way marching does. You know marching equals ballet.

Because their luck was consistent, Nick & Starr could not find a cab to get to the pit stop. They walked and walked, asked for directions and walked some more. In fact they walked so much, they walked right past a cab. While they searched for transportation, we learned from Andrew that he thinks Dan is a total stud. Im very curios about what goes on at the keggers their fraternity throws. The boys finish their task and Nick & Starr get a cab, but it is once again a horrible experience. Dan & Andrew are having a great time, but their cab driver is about to experience something horrible. The editors really, really try to build the suspense about who is going to come in last, but please dont be fooled.

Toni & Dallas finished first winning a trip for 2 to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. They are followed by Ken & Tina and then Nick & Starr. That means Dan & Andrew were last. I think I can break down why they were so far behind, they were stiffing their cab driver. In the cab, during the ride, the boys knew they didnt have enough money to pay for the trip. Apparently that didnt matter cause they really wanted to get where they were going. Once the cab pulls over the driver wants his money and the guys short change him. He understandably is not happy about this. The guys are sitting on the curb for some reason, trying to get the driver to take what money they have. He wants the money hes owed, not the money they have. They try to show that they dont have any other money and Dan even tries to give him the new shoes he bout, saying that he can sell them for 100 American Dollars. Is there some sort of black market shoe racket in Russia? The driver tells them to go to hell with his eyes and takes the money that they are offering. If a Russian cab driver starts murdering American tourists, well know who to blame for it.

Dan & Andrew finally drag their cheating asses to the Pit Stop and that is when Phil gets to have his fun. He tells them that they have come in last and hes sorry to tell themthat this is a non-elimination and that they are still in the race. I dont think Phil likes Dandrew and I know I dont. I leave you with this, my cinnamon Bobkas, is there any chance that Dan & Andrew can pull this out? I mean if you watched the previews you saw that Dan had to do some dancing in one of next weeks challenges. Strangely his dancing looks just like marching.

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PostSubject: Re: The Amazing Race 11/23/08   Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:24 am



Do they sell shoes in Russia?

Only four teams remaining this week on the Amazing Race. As they head to Moscow, will Andrew and Dan be able to make up for lost time after misreading their clues again? Will Nick and Starr be able to maintain their lead or will Starrs flirting get in the way of her game? Find out whos making it to the final three

Nick and Starr are the first to depart for Moscow, Russia. They must travel to a monastery and light a candle to receive their next clue. Toni and Dallas depart an hour and a half later, but they are willing to do whatever it takes to take the lead in this leg of the race. Both teams are at the airport waiting, and Dallas continues to flirt and hold hands with Starr. Nick says he isnt concerned about Starr being distracted by Dallas because he knows she is focused. Ken and Tina leave an hour later, at 11 pm, and they realize they really need to focus on communication. Andrew and Dan are far behind and on top of it all, they left their shoes at a temple on the last leg. When they arrive at the airport, Dallas points out a 24hr shoe shop. They buy the cheapest possible sneakers, which were $300.00.

THE AMAZING RACE 13

All teams arrive in Moscow on the same flight and then race by taxi to the monastery. The teams discover that there is a huge language barrier and also that that they are quickly running out of money. Toni/Dallas and Nick/Starr arrive simultaneously at the monastery. Now they must travel to the outskirts of Moscow to find an old military base. Ken and Tinas driver gets lost, but they are still in third place. Toni and Dallas are the first to receive their clue for the detour.

DETOUR: Boots or Borscht. Boots: teams must wear a traditional military uniform and learn a march, then march and entire lap around the grounds. Borscht: teams must wear a military uniform and serve Borcht to 85 men.

THE AMAZING RACE 13

Nick and Starrs taxi keeps getting lost and they are now trailing behind in last place. Meanwhile, Andrew/Dan and Ken/Tina arrive at the military base. All the teams decide to do the marching. However, Andrew has issues putting on the military socks so after awhile they decide to take off the uniforms and switch to the Borscht task. The bad news is, when they start doing serving the Borsht, they realize they are supposed to be wearing the uniforms! They begin to get frustrated with themselves and their inability to read the clues correctly. Then they decide to just do the marching task. They have to do the march several times over because Dan cannot do it correctly. Then, they give up and go back to the Borscht!!! Toni and Dallas maintain their lead and move on to the next location to find a road block.

ROAD BLOCK: Become a delivery person and unload fifty 50lb bags of flour and stack them properly.

Dallas is starting to get really tired after carrying 20 bags. His mother tells him to stop carrying two at a time but he is determined to be in the lead. Ken and Tina arrive, and Ken is hoping that his career in the NFL has prepared him for this task. Ken starts to catch up, but Dallas is the first to complete the road block and head to the pit stop. Nick and Starr finally arrive. Nick tries to lift two bags at a time but finds he is not strong enough. They finish the task before Andrew and Dan arrive.

THE AMAZING RACE 13

Dallas and Toni are the first to arrive to the pit stop. Andrew and Dan run out of money for their taxi and realize they probably shouldnt have bought those shoes. They try to barter with the taxi driver and offer everything they own, but he is not having it. Ken and Tina are the second to arrive, followed by Nick and Starr. Andrew and Dan are the last to arrive but find out it is not an elimination leg. They will encounter a speed bump on the next leg of the race.

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