Clown Al Reports!

Goats . . . Goofs . . . and . . . Getting to the Finish Line!

Al and a lion friend at the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve.
Al and a lion friend at the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve.
Well, I guess we needed a lull in the action, but this episode really didnít do anything much for me except completely ruin my prediction that Greg and Brian would be in the final three. What happened? I think they just ran out of steam and always being in the back of the pack wore them down! I was once again impressed with Rob and Amberís racing. As much as people dislike them, I still say they are competing at a breakneck speed and thatís what the race is all about. I was also impressed at the increase in motivation and racing ability of Uchenna and Joyce. Driving the cars through that water trench was cool, especially when it poured in Rob and Amberís car. For some reason this episode was definitely not my favorite and I think lacked excitement and competitiveness. But hey, after the past two weeks I guess it had to level off somewhere.

Rob & Amber: When he said "it's time to take the gloves off" and "we have no friends here now," well, I think he meant it. Obviously they are not there to make friends or be the nice guys, they could care less about all that. It is all about coming in first place, annoying the hell out of the other teams and winning the million bucks! Yes, their characters are unsavory and obnoxious. Yes, they could use a lesson in humanitarian
efforts. But yes, they are running this race like they have to keep in front and just blow away the competition. Don't forget, at this point the other teams are physically tired and mentally exhausted, and any other exhaustion Rob can throw another teamís way, even if it is head games, is all in his and Amberís favor. When they can't do a challenge they don't dwell on it, Rob is quick to say "letís change." Amber, on the other hand? Hmmm, she is definitely a hemming and hawwing person. She's lucky Robís there to make all the decisions. They keep up a competitive pace, make use of any good luck they have, and turn up the heat when they screw up. I am afraid to say it again, but we will definitely see these two in the final three.
They also kept the pace up as well. I think for the first time I see Ron coming out of his shell, which is definitely nice but it also starts them arguing and calling each other names.
Ron & Kelly: Well, I am surprised at how well they did, they did pull it off. They also kept the pace up as well. I think for the first time I see Ron coming out of his shell, which is definitely nice but it also starts them arguing and calling each other names. This will surely inhibit their racing ability if it keeps escalating. Hey, I never heard Ron say "Kelly, shut the F*** up," did anyone hear that? I think sheís starting to hallucinate. LOL. My prediction they have a 50/50 chance of being in the final 3. We all know how good I am at predicting stuff, right?

Uchenna & Joyce: I think this episode was theirs. They just seemed like they realized they need to hustle and not make mistakes. They did the balancing task with ease. Uchenna not grabbing the pole with the flag on it could have been a killer had they been further back in the pack, but they regrouped quickly, figured out what they messed up (which I never thought they'd figure out) and went back and fixed the problem. Good for them and amazing! One thing I neglected to say about these two, which a friend of mine pointed out, is how supportive they are of each other. I have to admit, up to this point they have been great to each other. Respectful, supportive, enjoying the race and what they have accomplished and experienced and working as a team. I give Ďem that, but they still are terrible with directions. They ran an awesome leg, and if this is any sign of how they are going to run the rest of the race, I think we will see them in the final 3 as well. Good luck, guys.

Lynn & Alex: I still like these guys and definitely think they will be in the final 3. It seems like they just have the worst luck of all with cars, oh jeez I just couldn't believe it. They still crack me up with all their little sayings like, "Thank you Mr. Cow" or (jeez a little racey but) what about their comment about Uchenna and Joyce "being born to balance things on their head?" HMMM. These two guys have to get refocused and stop calling other teams stupid and stop worrying about Rob and Amber and just run the freakin race! Oh, and putting on all the extra clothes....hehehe how funny was that? All right guys, can't wait to see what you have to say next week.

Meredith & Gretchen: Love 'Em, Love 'Em, Love 'Em. Címon who canít like these two, they have heart and a great attitude. There is nothing more that I would love to see than these two win the race but I think their chances are dwindling. But I also thought Brian and Greg would be in the final 3. So thereís still hope. I was a little worried when they had to go back for the clue. DUH, why would they go to the pit stop without a clue telling them to go there? Hmmm. But I am sure at this point all everyone wants to see is Phil. They did a great job, didnít delay, and I am still glad to see them in the race!
My boys...What the heck happened? I had complete faith in you, I completely believed you guys were going to come from behind and blow the doors off everyone else.
Brian & Greg: My boys...What the heck happened? I had complete faith in you, I completely believed you guys were going to come from behind and blow the doors off everyone else. What happened? I think when they stopped for that first water tower, that was their biggest mistake. (Címon, Meredith and Gretchen figured out it was the wrong place.) Of course, we donít get an idea how long they spent there but it was just putting them further and further behind. It seems like not only Brian and Greg but a lot of the teams are starting to make careless mistakes, I am sure at this point it's easy to do because everyoneís mind is traveling at a million miles a minute but mistakes could be deadly, as we saw with Brian and Greg. I really liked these guys and really thought they had it in them. I thought although taking the time to do it was silly, coming in with just a bathing suit on was pretty funny and would have definitely made for interesting TV had it been a non-elimination round. But it just wasn't meant to be. I was surprised they didn't seem to be all that upset about their loss but they seemed like two nice guys with lots of drive but not enough gas to get them where they had to go in time.Well, guys ya proved me wrong. I am sure you'll be enjoying Sequesterville.

So the race continues, although I was not particularly impressed with this last weekís episode. It is still going to be a run for your life race, I am sure of it, and I also think there are going to be more and more close calls to the mat, or at least I hope so. Itís obvious teams are getting tired, and making some careless mistakes, like not reading the clues over and over and over again or wasting time making a decision or fighting with each other. But thatís what the Amazing Race is all about and I am absolutely positive that the excitement will grow with every leg closer to the finish line. Good luck and see ya down the road!