Y’all I am so excited to do this Amazing Race Recap! It’s brand new season and it looks amazing as usual! We all get to go on a virtual vacation! That’s something, right? Luckily this was all filmed before COVID. It will be a long time before Season 33.
This season begins at the Hollywood Bowl! This looks like a great diverse group. TAR does a fantastic job of casting. Everyone is immediately racing to Trinidad! How exciting is that? And I love the theme music for this show I’ve watched so long (every single season) that it is a very soothing sound to me. Apparently, there wasn’t any travel drama at LAX because we get right to touching down in Trinidad. Everyone runs out of the airport together but some get taxis faster than others. I am already in love with father and son team Jerry and Frank. I do sense heartbreak ahead though. We have two sister teams. Michelle and Victoria who identify as Cajun Asians. Kaylynn and Haley are blond sisters who moved out of their parents house at age 16 and 15.
The First Challenge!
Teams take a taxi to the 24 hour fruit market and get two steel barrels and roll them down the street to a Saturday night street party. There they must find the one guy out of all the costumes that has their clue for their next steps. The first seven teams will have an advantage. Hung and Chee are the married parents of this season. Hung, the mom, is very small and struggles to roll her barrel. Also the sidewalks are very crooked and uneven. Riley and Maddison are two male volleyball players who seem really fit and they are struggling because their backpacks are super heavy. Will and James are currently in the middle of the pack. They are the requisite gay team. So of course, I’m a fan. #faghag
Aparna and Eswar are this season’s brother and sister team and apparently idiots who do not realize they are in a race. The brother thought it was best to “hold back” and let the pack go lest they trip or something. They are currently in last place. They are both “really smart” and have watched the show forever. I’m guessing just book smart.
Oh! It’s Carnival in Trinidad! How exciting! DeAngelo and Gary are the NFL players and are super fit. They are first to get the clue. They are on the first flight out the next morning at 7:40 with the next six teams. Hopefully, that means they get to party in Trinidad all night. YAY Jerry and Frank are in second place! Riley and Maddison are third. Hung and Chee are fourth. Best friends Nathan and Cody are fifth. Michelle and Victoria are sixth. Will and James round out the first flight. Everyone else is on the second flight which is SCHEDULED to leave 30 minutes later at 8:10 am. These puddle jumpers are notoriously off schedule though. Aparna and Eswar were the last to complete the challenge. But hey! At least they didn’t sprain an ankle.
Off they go on the prop planes for the 25 minute puddle jump to Tobago. I’m writing too much and getting behind, and I have RHOOC at 10:30! And I am not at all set up for that! ARGH! The volleyball guys, Riley and Maddison are brothers (possibly twins?) who grew up in Honululu and played professionally in Greece. The first challenge in Tobogo means swimming around where 100 or so wooden fishes are hanging, find the one that matches the fish in their boat memorize the code on it AND THE COLOR PATTERN and use the code to unlock a lock. Tobago is so pretty and only a five hour flight from the ATL. My first trip after quarantine?
The first seven teams are already in the water by the time the second plane lands. But Hung and Chee didn’t realize they needed to memorize the color patterns so they are just trying their code on every fish. Oh No! Jerry and Frank have their color pattern but not their combination! I don’t want these two to go first. They are going back for their combo. Yay! The footballers go back because they forgot their color pattern. The last four teams arrive. One of those teams is Kelly and Lavonne they are both former Olympic athletes in hurdles (2012). They are currently in last place.
Michelle and Victoria, the Cajun Asians are the first to get their fish! Riley and Maddison were next. They head by boat to the next roadblock where they have have play a short bit of the DAYO! song on steel drums. I think I could have done all the tasks on this episode. That’s rare for me. Usually I am saying NO WAY! Kelly and Lavone are the last ones swimming with the fishes. They can’t find their fish. 🙁 I always feel sorry for the first team to leave. One of the Cajun Asians, Michelle, went first on the drums and screwed up. Then Chee went and got it in one. This means a land war in virtual Asia. The Michelle is pissed. She keeps bitching about being second instead of first.
Come, Mister Tally Man, Tally Me Banana
But there is still a goat race! Y’all. I think I have found my country! I like everything about this place! Michelle fucked up the goat rack two and Hung and Chee come in first place. The drums are still holding everyone up. I love Jerry and Frank so much! Team eyeglasses killed it in one. The NFLers are tanking. The black footballer chose the white footballer to do this challenge and he is in agony over his lack of rhythm lol. YAY! They got it! Then Kellie and Lavonne got theirs. Best friends Nathan and Cody are the last to complete the drums. And we are off to the goat races.
These goats run fast and hard. Wait why to the footballers have a single engine boat when the others have two? I love my footballers. It’s down to them and the two best friend guys. They come in 10th The best friends got eliminated. This was a GREAT EPISODE! CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK! Off to recap RHOOC