Clown Al Reports!

The Amazing Race 4: Al Looks Back

Well, here we are two years later. Wow, has it really been two years? Hmmm, I think it is time for a re-race, whataya all think???

All right, well, I guess we can’t rerun the race in person (YET!) but heck let me give ya some insider's information on the GSN’s re-runs of TAR4…
Hope you enjoy!
--AL

Episode 1: This one will be the most informative I think, just because as I begin to write I get lazier.
Constantly being told “Do not speak to each other” while we were in the stretch Hummers, this is when Jon kind of hinted to Steve that he saw him at the circus four months prior, after our race interviews.
After a 5 o’clock wake up call, we were anxious to get the race started as we disembarked our hotel. Constantly being told “Do not speak to each other” while we were in the stretch Hummers, this is when Jon kind of hinted to Steve that he saw him at the circus four months prior, after our race interviews. So this was the start for us, an incredible experience!

When we got to the baseball stadium, several takes were shot while we entered and exited the Hummers and entered the baseball field, but once Phil said… Ready ..Set….Go! We were off and running like nuts.

As I watched the episode I thought it appeared as if Jon and I were in the back of the pack with the race to the airport, but as you will notice we were the first to get to Swiss Air, because we actually made it to the parking lot lickety split.

Something funny about the flight to Milan is that I mentioned to Jon that alcohol was free on international flights and he and I decided to mellow out with a drink or two . . . or three. It was late, late night on our flight when we decided to rack down the other racers and get to know them a little better. From what I remember this is when Jon and I got to know and click with Steve and Dave (team ATC). Jon and I were feeling no pain after the screwdrivers so we were laughing and joking with these guys, I think they thought we were crazy. From then on we really felt a bit of a tie to them, and we named them “The Mighty Sequoias.”

Once we got to the Galleria Victoria Emanuel and got our tickets there was a major goof, each team was supposed to take 1 (one) ticket per team BUT instead most if not all of us took one ticket per person therefore not leaving enough tickets to be collected by the teams that were on their way. Production jumped in with a little intervention to try to figure out who had what tickets and put them back into the crevices before the late teams arrived. I didn’t think it was fair that we couldn’t trade our already chosen ticket for one of those that wasn’t available when we were looking but was now. Plus some of the late teams were shown where the hidden tickets were.
It was a long, long wait for the morning bus. Jon and I spent hours in McDonald’s taking turns staying awake and pretending we were buying food...
It was a long, long wait for the morning bus. Jon and I spent hours in McDonald’s taking turns staying awake and pretending we were buying food, at one point it was standing room only and I told Jon go buy something so we can continue to sit here, he came back with a coffee and a hamburger, we cut it up and took our time with every bite and every sip of the coffee. We wound up befriending a café owner where most of the crew and some of the other teams hung out, it was actually here where you can say an alliance kinda took shape. It was Chuck and Millie, Chris and Amanda, Josh and Steve, Steve and Dave, and Jon and I that kinda talked about helping each other out. I wouldn’t say it was a real alliance of any sort. Actually it seemed like more of an alliance thing between Chuck, Millie, Chris, Amanda, Steve, and Josh. I guess you can say we were there for the company. Jon and I slept on the floor in the cafe (actually we didn’t get much sleep). We did, however, wake up two hours early and walked with the other teams that had the 2 a.m. bus. If you look at the episode you can see us waving goodbye.

When Jon and I got to the top of Cinque Torre, Jon’s first decision was to do the Search task. I picked up the little tracker and then went back and read what the Rescue task was, and we decided to do it instead. When we got to the pit stop and heard that Monica and Sheree took the Fast Forward, we were quite frankly surprised because they knew there was another bus two hours behind them. Also, after the leg was over we were all talked to by producers that if another team waits for the next team so they both could claim first place there would be no prize given, that’s why in the next three episodes, no other teams got prizes. Because the first three teams waited for each other to all step on the mat at the same time.