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Amazing Race 8 Recap: The Battle of New Orleans

Posted by Fara Kearnes on October 19, 2005 11:56 PM |

Teams headed to Alabama to Talladaga and the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame where they toured the track, not in race cars but in party bikes. The racers were as disappointed as viewers were.

Then it was off to Louisiana where they found their detour: a choice between Work or Play. In Work, Teams used a two-person handsaw to cut 4 chunks off a log 12 inches in diameter. In Play, the teams paddled to a gambling riverboat and had to win three hands of 21. Then it was off to the pitstop in the French Quarter of New Orleans, B.T.F. (Before the flood).

The Paolos had luck and muscle on their side for once but while they left the detour first, they got lost, and the Bransens girls and their dad were the first team to arrive - again!

Victory this week netted the Bransens a vacation trip to Orlando, to go along with all that free gas for life they won last week. The middle sister, Lauren, 22, provided the only LOL moment on the show when she mooned the Linz family by sticking her nekked butt up against the glass in the SUV. She managed to make the series fun as well as score a few million fans for her family among the AR faithful. A classic move! Middle sisters are SO like that! "Is there a full moon out tonight?" I expect the Linz boys might want to make some moves on these lookers in the weeks to come as both teams seem to be very strong.

The Paolos are still around! I love Marion Paolo. There isn't a human on this planet that hasn't meet a Marion Paolo type. She's mass-produced somewhere in the Bronx I think. Anyway, despite the bitchiness, the family came together in the log cutting detour and moved all the way up to second place!

Oh those Linz bros need some log cuttin' learnin'! What took them so long? They switched from the blackjack detour and lost a lot of time when they should have chosen the logs in the first place. Actually, it was the damn rowing over to the riverboat in the canoe that took a huge amount of time - they should have factored that in.

Team pink, the Godlewskis, have an emotional sista. Christine Pink likes to cry a lot. "Crying is a release for me." No shit! We are in for a flood of biblical porportions if this mother of four bawls all the way around the world, cuz her sisters are so like, just shut up, bitch! And she's not even the problem! I can see those other two older sisters having a blow out on this race. Yup, I can totally see that coming.

The Weavers and their father's death is a heavy cross to bear for sure but they seem to have actually come to grips with the visit to the racetrack (the father was killed at Daytona). Have you noticed how the mom always hunches over the steering wheel when she drives? She must be a basket case on the highway.

Best quote: "Lake Ponchatrain is one of the 5 great lakes," said Mom Weaver to her kids, and NONE OF THEM CORRECTED HER. What are they teachin' these young'uns in school these days? And God that blond 14-year-old is so cute, even if he doesn't speak in that family of women. He needs a few headlocks and nougies laid on him, and not the emotional torture his mom and older sisters put him through.

The Gaghans, what can you say? They are at a huge disadvantage with two adults completing all the tasks against other teams with four adults, or at least those with teenage boys who are big enough to help. Those two little ones are just baggage.

Eliminated: The Shroeders couldn't get it together this week and succumbed to the "home state curse." Even though they live in Louisiana, they made the mistake of taking a smaller highway believing that the interstate would take them too far out of the way. Best quote: "One minute makes the biggest difference! (then 5 minutes later) One second makes the biggest difference!" -Stassi Shroeder.

How true, and to think that the Shroeders lost in their home town because the father didn't know where the park was, even though he worked nearby! One the sad side, the Shroeder family actually lost their home in Hurricane Katrina and reports say they stayed with the Rogers family for two weeks, while the other families sent them stuff to help out.

Next week: The suspense continues! Will the team FINALLY leave the US, for say, oh, an Amazing Race around the world?



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