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The Amazing Race' Recap: You Can't Do This Alone Even If You Want To

With last week's non-elimination leg, four teams remain on The Amazing Race. This episode's pretty crucial, judging from Phil's spiel while introducing the Pit Stop: "the last team to check in will be eliminated." Ahh, I haven't heard that in a while. But first, another pass through Shanghai, where stresses run high because you cannot just run the race by yourself... Further entanglement: This week's leg is defined by the very first clue: a trip to the Garden Bridge. But before you go "it's a simple clue" like Brent did, think again: locals only know this place as the Waibaidu Bridge, and that proves to be a struggle for every team, especially for brothers Dan and Jordan, who decide to team up with detectives Louie and Michael after a two-hour fruitless search. As if they haven't had enough of each other when they raced last week's leg together. Dan's got one more thing going against him: the language barrier. "I'm not returning to China again," he said, before finally throwing a tantrum inside the cab they hailed. I feel bad for their cab driver, who seems to either be confused by the train wreck potential behind him, or has no choice but to stop, letting the detectives (who he was asked to follow) slip away. It could've been worse, though, and they eventually catch up with each other. The brothers planned to use the detectives to find the bridge, and then split up with them when the Speed Bump comes along. That plan worked initially, but they met up again at the Detour, where they looked a shop full of chops (that's wooden stamps) for one with a pig and their names. At least it meant a pretty tight race for third place. Despite their optimism, and the good luck ritual they did during the Speed Bump, Louie and Michael were sent home. How many coins did they toss again? That must've made things worse. Not this time, boys: Of course, I'm still rooting for cowboys Jet and Cord, who continue to endear me in every single leg. And with all the air time they're getting, isn't it obvious they're going to win the entire race? After Cord talks about having his skull smashed by a cow and having Jet watch over him throughout his hospital stay, they continue going through the leg like they always have: with an unusual savvy and amazement. "Back in our town we only have one light, and it's yellow," Cord said again as they motorbiked through Shanghai towards the detour. But this wasn't their lucky day. Sure, they finished the Roadblock--counting 523 golden statues inside the Longhua Temple--in one try, and they continued to be calm under pressure, but the most unlikely team one-upped them this week: Brent and Caite. The two frontrunners crossed paths many times this week, although it's funny seeing the cowboys pass Brent by at the Roadblock without noticing at all. Like the last two teams, they found themselves in a foot race towards the Pit Stop. Or maybe it was editing. The models won that easily, aided partly by luck (local with GPS: lucky break) and by something else you wouldn't expect... A woman with something to prove: The models also got a lot of screen time this week, with Caite discussing her Miss Teen USA flub again, and talking about her intentions of running the race: to prove herself to the world. I, for one, was a skeptic when we began this season, but I think she's successful: she really has proven herself to be more than that girl who said "South Africa and the Iraq such as". She may have struggled with the Roadblock this week--she had to count thrice, eventually complaining that "after a while they start coming together as this one big golden statue"--but it was her attitude that kept her team going during the Detour. She was just looking, just looking, and then, bam, she found her chops and they finished first. In Brent's words, "she's got it upstairs and she's not as dumb as everybody thinks." Oh, Brent, he who's thrown a lot more tantrums than Dan. I thought we'd see a more enlightened version of him, especially when he started talking about soaking up the Buddhist culture at the Roadblock. And then, at the Detour, he whines about being distracted because he's got to go to the toilet, and starts arguing with his girlfriend, who's busy winning the race. "I thought he was gonna pee in the room," Cord said. Brent did get his wish granted, and it didn't prevent them from finishing first, but he's got to learn a lot from Caite: "I haven't peed since 8:30 in the morning," she went The Amazing Race wraps up next week, with the final three teams facing actual reality and virtual reality in San Francisco. Who's your bet for the big win? You know mine...

'The Amazing Race' Pit Stop Fiver: Shanghai is Massive

We're sticking with Shanghai on The Amazing Race this week, which means we're sticking with the city for the last pit stop fiver of the season. Last time we talked about noodles and Shanghai's place as home of many things modern in China, today we'll talk about buildings. Yes, I'm aware I'm indulging in my childhood interests a bit here. Shanghai, after all, is the financial center of China, and most photos of the city are of its instantly recognizable skyline--the new one rising in the Pudong district. But its financial status isn't a recent one: it's always been that way since the end of the 19th century. Nonetheless, the city is a major one, as signified by its selection as the home of the 2010 World Expo which kicks off tomorrow. If only to highlight the immensity of the city--Jet and Cord find it an intimidating place to navigate, after all--here's the usual five facts about those buildings. As always, I'm helped by Wikipedia and, this time, a couple of magazines I picked up over the weekend. Huge buildings, yes. To Read More Click Here .

'The Amazing Race' Pit Stop Fiver: Of Dragons, Old Noodles and the City of Shanghai

Now that The Amazing Race is back to regular programming, we can resume doing these pit stop fivers. And, after the modern comforts of Singapore, we are headed to the Chinese city of Shanghai. Not that I'm saying the place is far from modern: anybody who watches the news would know that Shanghai has become a symbol of a resurging China. But the country's always been a mix of the old and the new: a strong sense of tradition colliding, and meshing, with the demands of the modern economy. I've only seen the country through those travel documentaries (and that one visit to Hong Kong a couple of years ago) and it's quite evident they're not just managing with juggling both those aspects. They're doing it quite nicely. As always, this fiver is built to set you up for the things you should expect in the race, and perhaps give you a handful of tidbits about our host country. My help in this regard, as always, is trusty Wikipedia and the folks over at RFF. And with that, let the storytelling begin. To Read More Click Here .

Amazing Race's Carol and Brandy: Caite "Very Clearly Had a Problem with Us As Lesbians"

Caite Upton and Brent Horne seemed to have it out for Carol Rosenfeld, 47, and Brandy Snow, 40, from the beginning of The Amazing Race this season - which was news to the couple. "We both had separate conversations with her and Caite talked about [her infamous answer at Miss Teen USA 2007] and how she overcame it. I remember specifically saying, 'Good for you,' so to find out how much she hated us was a complete shock," Carol tells us. The models' self-described hatred culminated in them U-Turning Carol and Brandy in Sunday's episode, leading to their anger-filled elimination. Get the duo's take on the so-called "feud," why they think Caite in particular was after them, and if they would've used the U-Turn on the models. To Read More Click Here .

'The Amazing Race' Pit Stop Fiver: It's Singapore, Lah

"Singapore is a very fine city," my tour guide, Violet, said during my first visit to this island city-state. "Fine, because there is a fine for everything. There's a fine for spitting, a fine for littering..." Despite the strictness and its seemingly high-strung nature, Singapore is one of my favorite countries. I haven't traveled much, but I've been in this country twice, the last time just half a year ago. There's something about this country that I like and yet can't explain. It's warmer, for one. It's very diverse. And for some reason, I feel comfortable there. The Amazing Race heads here this Sunday, and I thought I'd make this week's pit stop fiver a little more special. Sure, I still relied on the usual sources - that'd be Wikipedia and the forums - but I'm giving it a bit of a personal touch. I've got a couple of stories in here, along with a handful of photos I took, all to help you make sense of the race, and the place as well. Trust me, it's good. To Read More Click Here .

Amazing Race's Steve and Allie: Elimination "Hard to Swallow"

After a winning leg in the Seychelles (at the expense of losing their bags), the father-daughter duo Steve and Allie Smith ran a muddled leg in Malaysia and were eliminated on Sunday's Amazing Race. "Being in sports, that's what happens sometimes. You have a great day one day and a horrible one the next," Steve, the Cleveland Indians third base coach, tells TVGuide.com. "I'm not saying we were the best team, but we were good and we felt like we were on a roll and had a good opportunity to win. One little thing knocks you out." In this case, it was multiple, direction-challenged cab drivers. Find out how much time they bled shuffling between Detours, what Allie, 23, blames herself for, and what Steve, 57 - who won a World Series ring with the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies - wishes he had in Malaysia. To Read More Click Here .

Amazing Race's Jeff and Jordan: We Like to Make Mistakes

Jordan Lloyd won Big Brother 11, while Jeff Schroeder won fan favorite, but the couple didn't come close to winning The Amazing Race. After a bad cab ride left them in last place two weeks ago, the pair struggled to keep up before getting eliminated Sunday following yet another mistake-ridden leg. "We were trying to keep it positive, but this leg, if everything could've gone wrong, I think it did," Jeff, 31, tells us. "We started late and we tried our best. A lot of people made mistakes this leg, so if we had made the right decisions, we may have had a chance." See what else the two have to say about their last hurrah, what was wrong with their game plan, and if Jordan, 23, knows who Joan of Arc is now. To Read More Click Here .

'The Amazing Race' Pit Stop Fiver: That Part of France Where Champagne Is Made

This week's episode of The Amazing Race keeps us in France, but unlike last week--where low-flying planes and explosions were the norm--we'll have a considerably quieter leg. Surely you've seen the promos. Wine bottles, wine glasses, wine corks... crashing, crashing, crashing down. We're headed to the French city of Reims this week, one of the centers of champagne production--and a very important city in the country's history. So, with the help of trusty Wikipedia and the spoiler forums, here's five bits that will set you up for Sunday's leg. You might've guessed I'll talk about champagne. To Read More Click Here .

Interview: Joe and Heidi from 'The Amazing Race 16'

I may not have always been fond of Joe and Heidi from this season of The Amazing Race--from the first week I joined the "they're too confident" side of the fence--but later weeks made me realize that what they don't have in popularity, they make up with their intensity in running the race. After all, they were in second place at one point. But they were eliminated in France after being U-turned by detectives Louie and Michael--they figured they needed the humble pie, and it seems they did. I got to talk to Joe and Heidi early today, and I think we covered everything--the U-turn, the Morse code task, and the knee. Oh, and gastronomic delights in Germany, too. To Read More Click Here .

'The Celebrity Apprentice' opens to 8.3m

The new season of The Celebrity Apprentice made a decent debut last night, early viewing figures show. The two-hour premiere of the reality series, which features Sharon Osbourne, Rod Blagojevich and Cyndi Lauper, averaged 8.26m for NBC between 9pm and 11pm. Earlier on the Peacock network, 7.2m tuned in for Minute To Win It at 8pm. Over on CBS, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss logged 10.23m and 13.29m at 8pm and 9pm, then 10.16m watched the 10pm screening of Cold Case. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition put in 8.64m for ABC at 8pm, Desperate Housewives took 11.82m at 9pm, and the 10pm Brothers & Sisters had 8.66m. A new episode of The Simpsons interested 5.23m for Fox at 8pm, then a repeat drew 5.36m at 8.30pm. Family Guy followed at 9pm, drawing 6.72m, then the series premiere of Sons Of Tucson managed 4.51m at 9.30pm. Source Here