The Amazing Race

Season 14 Episode 11

He Made Me Look Like Alice Cooper

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 03, 2009 on CBS
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The remaining four teams learn that the destination that they have reached is not a Pit Stop and they are still racing. They search the area shops of a Bei Hei streets for a Travelocity roaming gnome, which they must keep until the leg's Pit Stop. The gnome features a clue instructing them to travel to Gu Gong Xi Bei Jiao. There they find a set of electric bikes, which they must ride across the forbidden city of Gu Gong and Tiananmen Square to the Dongdan Station. A Detour has teams choose between either getting dressed up for an opera or taking restaurant orders in Mandarin Chinese, but a U-Turn forces one team to complete both tasks. Along the way, two teams find themselves majorly lost, leading to a scramble to find their way. Teams travel to the Dong Hua Men Yi Shi street market, where a Roadblock requires one member of each team to eat Chinese delicacies. The final three is determined at the Pit Stop, Niao Chao ("The Bird's Nest"), but a last-second bathroom break results in one team falling victim to the final elimination.moreless

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  • spend a penny loose a million !

    8.0
    yeah lets guzzle water to swallow some local quisine.. then wonder why you need to visit the loo..



    glad they are out..



    agree tammy and victor have been 'lucky' but they aren't the only team to have skills that give them a boost..



    sometimes i think these language tasks are unfair in general..



    probably the best final 3 out of all this season....
  • The leg continues as teams race for a spot in the final 3...

    8.0
    This episode wasn't too terrible, but I can see why some people didn't like it. It's not fair that Victor and Tammy were able to speak the language. That definitely gave them a boost in the race. While it was funny hearing the sisters try to decifer the Chinese language and get it completely wrong, it was not fair to them. Those sisters had the worst luck of this race. First, they got lost, then u-turned, and then the one girl had to go to the bathroom. If she held it for a few more minutes, they would have had a spot in the final three. That must be terrible to live with...moreless
  • What if they did not speak the language?

    1.0
    This season was skewed toward the Asian siblings because many locals, complicated competitions and travel arrangements were done by them in Chinese to other Chinese people(including them asking that other teams be monkey wrenched so they could get ahead).



    Why is it a shock that they would win when they were handed a major advantage over the other teams?



    After a while I started recording the show so I could fwd through their gloating and manipulation. Simply put I do not think they would have won if they did not know Chinese. Maybe the show can screen for such an unfair edge in the future.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Tammy and Victor now hold the record for the most legs won by an Asian team, a record previously held by Ronald and Christina, who won three legs in the twelfth season.

    • This was the second season that there was not a non-elimination leg in the final 4, the first time having been the third season.

    • This is the second season where none of the final three have ever finished last in a non-elimination leg, the first time being the tenth season.

    • Margie and Luke are the second parent/child team to make it to the final three, the first being Ronald and Christina from the twelfth season. Also, Margie and Luke beat Toni and Dallas's record as far as highest mother/son team finish.

    • Roadblock: Teams racing in this leg were given a clue reading "Who's got a taste for adventure?" to help them determine whom should complete this leg's Roadblock. In this Roadblock, one member of each team had to eat a plate of Chinese delicacies-- grasshoppers, larva, scorpions and starfish. Victor, Margie, Jen and Cara all successfully completed this task.

    • U-Turn: This was the second of two U-Turns on the race. Unlike the first, this was not a Blind U-Turn, meaning that any team that chose to use it had to post both their own photo and the photo of the team that they were U-Turning. Tammy and Victor used the U-Turn on Kisha and Jen, forcing them to turn back and complete the Detour choice that they had not previously chosen.

    • Detour: Teams racing in this leg were given a Detour choice of either Beijing Opera or Chinese Waiter. In Beijing Opera, teams had to travel to the Hu Gong Wei Gong Opera House and make themselves up as a princess and gentleman in a Chinese opera. In Chinese Waiter, teams had to travel to the Hu Gong Wei Gong Restaurant and receive orders from customers in Mandarin. They then had to recite those orders to a chef. Once they had recited all the orders correctly, the kitchen staff would prepare the orders, which then had to be served. Kisha & Jen, Margie & Luke and Jaime & Cara all successfully completed Beijing Opera. Tammy & Victor successfully completed Chinese Waiter. Kisha & Jen also successfully completed this task, having been forced to complete it via the U-Turn.

    • The teams finished in the following order:

      #1. Tammy and Victor (Prize: Eight Day Trip for Two from Travelocity to the Galapagos Islands)
      #2. Margie and Luke
      #3. Jaime and Cara
      #4. Kisha and Jen (ELIMINATED)

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