The Amazing Race

Season 19 Episode 8

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 2011 on CBS
9.1
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The six remaining teams set off from the Sunbird Livingstonia Beach in Salima, Malawi and fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, heading to Vor Frelsers Kirke with knowledge there will be another Double U-Turn on the course. After getting a clue to Frederiksborg Slot, the Roadblock forces racers to go inside and learn an intricate Renaissance dance done in three parts. At Frilandmuseet, the Detour has teams choose between getting "All Hopped Up" by leading rabbits through a steeplechase course, or making sure they get six bricks of butter "All Churned Out" and in presentable shape. Directed to the nearby Karlstrup Windmill, teams are given the Pit Stop location: the Havet, docked back in Copenhagen.

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  • not sure why but i zoned out after they left the airport..

    6.5
    bunnies were cute !



    cindy really needs to find an eyebrow pencil stat...



    lawrance reminds me of ron (christina's dad) talks utter bollocks blames everyone else and acts like a bit of always has an answer or comment..



    i also question cindy/ern choice,



    and bill and cathi maybe could of chosen better, but when people says sorry it sounds stupid if you feel bad why do it at all ??



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  • Beautiful and a brilliant leg full of beautiful scenery in Denmark as well as intense suspense and thrills

    9.0
    Of all the legs to this point for TAR 19, this was indeed the best leg of the season so far, without a doubt. I loved it, and it was well worth the visit to Copenhagen. The two previous legs in Malawi are right behind.



    The six teams faced difficult tasks in Denmark as well as many of the teams getting lost. This leg felt like classic TAR in many ways. It was so great to see the music to represent the culture. The Roadblock task was quite interesting, and entertaining. I really began to love all the teams this leg, a lot of screen time and a lot of frustration coming out in their performances. Only team I dislike is the one who actually won the leg, and they need to get eliminated.



    The Detour was incredible, and it was nice to see some of the countryside of Denmark. Jeremy & Sandy got lost pretty much the entire leg, and I did not want to see them go. I have to be honest here, I found Sandy particularly attractive with all that make up on. I was like "wow" she's really beautiful.



    Amani & Marcus caught up, yet again after another event of trailing behind the pack. It was good to see, as I love that team. The Detour task I would have gone for would have been the bunny one personally, though I really enjoy the concept of butter making. Hmmmm yum, grab the sugar and then we have the best combo. It was nice to see both Jeremy & Sandy and Amani & Marcus catch up just before the end of the leg. Andy & Tommy were consistently at the middle of the pack this leg, which was rather interesting. Lawrence & Zac however, I could not have seen their elimination coming. I predicted this leg would be an elimination , just had the spark. I also believe that the next leg will be an elimination, making this similar toTAR 17.



    I was very sad to see Lawrence & Zac go home. Them being U-Turned by Bill & Cathi really caused this, but I don't blame Bill & Cathi. Stupid Ernie & Cindy were to blame for this huge disaster. Screw them... They should have been eliminated instead.

    Lawrence & Zac did very well during their time on the race and I applaud them. This episode was fantastic, bring on more Denmark on the next leg for how ever short it may be, and then onto the birthplace of Tintin, soon to be in cinemas -I love the Tintin comics/episodes, so I will love Belgium. The country itself is great too. Loving Europe this season already. I do wish that the teams could have gone to Europe sooner and spent much less time in repetitive dull locations that I am not going to mention, but regardless, the three legs in Europe this season will make this season terrific.

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  • Let me get this out of the way right up front: I'm not sure this episode actually deserves a8.5

    8.5
    But the bunnies certainly do. Is there any chance of getting an all-bunny edition of The Amazing Race next season? Somebody run that up the chain of command over at Worldrace Productions. Of course, cute as they are, the obstacle-hopping rabbits aren't the only reason this episode turned out better than I thought it would. A surprise ending didn't hurt, either.

    But I'm getting ahead of myself. First, it's time to fly from Africa to Copenhagen, Denmark, a city The Amazing Race has never visited before. Although they all start with the same reservations, teams are given free rein to find their own flights, and apparently there are many options. Laurence and Zac book a flight through London and are the first to arrive at 8:30 p.m. The Dudez and Jeremy and Sandy take the ever-popular Cimber Air, arriving at 10:35, while Bill and Cathi and Ernie and Cindy take Norwegian Air and land at 11:00 p.m. None of this ends up mattering, of course, because their next destination is a tower that doesn't open until 7 the next morning.

    What does matter is that Marcus and Amani are the only team to stick with their original reservations, sleeping through the night in the Amsterdam airport and waking up to find no other teams still around. Indeed, for most of the episode, Marcus and Amani look like a team determined to lose. No matter how many football metaphors Marcus pulls out of his playbook, they keep falling further behind. Fortunately for them, they're not the only team apparently playing for last place, as Jeremy and Sandy make their share of mistakes, as well.

    The Roadblock is a Dancing with the Doofuses showdown, as one member of each team must dress like Medieval Times waitstaff and perform a series of jigs to lilting lute music.It's not a particularly exciting task—Andy in particular looks like he's been to enough Renaissance Faires to pull it off in his sleep—but as long as it irritates Laurence, it's all right with me.

    The Detour is much more entertaining, and I believe I mentioned the reason: bunnies. Sure, the butter-churning had its moments, too—I'll expect at least a dozen humorous animated gifs from this task online by the time I post this review—but nothing beats Marcus cheering his rabbit through the course like he's coaching it in Pee-Wee Football. Two other teams are forced to complete the bunny hop as well, thanks to the Double U-Turn. Cindy and a reluctant Ernie U-Turn Bill and Cathi, which struck me as a strategic blunder. Yes, it ensures Cindy and Ernie a first-place finish for this leg, but I think they lost sight of the bigger picture. Don't they remember just last week, when Tommy and Andy hustled past them to the Pit Stop? Shouldn't they have taken a shot at knocking the Dudez out of the game?

    Then again, if they had U-Turned Tommy and Andy, we might have been denied the satisfying ending to this week's episode. The U-Turned Bill and Cathi use their own U-Turn on Laurence and Zac, who then manage to get even more lost than Jeremy and Sandy. For the first time in ages, this show faked me out in the end, as I was sure Laurence and Zac would still beat the dating couple to the mat. Honestly, either outcome would have been fine with me, but I'm relieved to see the Laurence show come to an end. Yes, his absence will leave the show without a clear-cut villain, but he was a lame villain anyway, and his one-liners were all terrible. Since Zac was just sort of boring, I won't miss them much at all.moreless
  • Great first ever leg in beautiful Denmark! (Spoilers ahead!!!)s

    10
    This was a terrifc leg, and my third favourite leg of this particular season, falling only behinfd the two Malawi legs.

    Firstly, the flights dilemms was rather interesting. I was astounded that Amani & Marcus didn't do further research, but perhaps this will a ct as a wake-up-call. I was especially amazed because there were no less than two different flights at night from Amsterdam to Copenhagen, so it wouldn't have been too hard to find one of those two flights.

    Nextly, to the R(oadlblock. I thought it was not a particularly intense or tricky challenge, although many people (including myself) would've struggled. As I mentioned on this episode's thread, I found myself watching the beautiful architecture of tha t hall in the castle as opposed to the actual dancing, especially as the architecture was so beautiful!

    The Detour was definitely an improvement. My choice would've been 'All Churned Out', as animals can definitely be unreliable or uncooperative, however the bunnies at 'All Hopped Up' were just adorable. I loved seeing Marcus cheer his bunny on, as well as Bill naming both his rabbits and Laurence's belief that his was on steroids! That was rather hilarious!

    As for the U-Turn; I cann'ot agree with Ernie & Cindy's decision to U-Turn Bill & Cathi. The U-Turn is not a tool to use just to win one leg - it should only be used for survival purposes, as was the case with Bill & Cathi's decision to U-Turn Laurence & Zac. I don't think it is wise to use the U-Turn just to win Leg Eight, as there are more legs ahead, and there could potentially be another U-Turn, and maybe on that occasion, Ernie & Cindy would need to exercise the powers of the U-Turn - but now they have used it up and will be left vulnerable if such a situation is to arise.

    Anyways, all up, this was definitely an absolutely terrific episode! I certainly hope that this standard is maintined into Belgium for the next episode - which, based on the previews, is seeming to be a rather unorthodox type of episode!

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