"We hate the Weavers" seems to be the emotional bond that's bringing the other teams together as the families headed off to Costa Rica in this week's 6th episode of Amazing Race 8. The embarrassing Weaver clan -- I mean the three crazy females, not poor, shy Rolly Weaver -- are self-professed Christians who are often caught on-camera spewing more hate than a neo-nazi rally.
The New Jersey Paolos are really coming together as a family and it's incredible to see that participating in a reality show for a month has done more for them than years of expensive therapy ever could. Ma Paolo annoyed every viewer during the first two weeks of the race but has morphed into the one you want to cheer for. Son DJ still yells but there are tell-tale signs he's treating both of his parents with more respect after they've come through for him every time. Boo-ya!
Papa Bransen seems to be growing a pair and is getting testy with his daughters. He was just along for the ride before but now that they are among the last six teams, he's smelling that million bucks and wants to win. O ya, baby, he's wants it.
The Paolos made it to the Yield Mat first and laid it on the un-christian Weavers who are back to asking the Lord for every little thing, and saying they've been raised not to trust anybody but God. Way to get along in the world, freaks. The Weavers find out they have been yielded and they are not happy about it as they spend their hour standing around making fun of the other teams and their publicity photos. Judge not least ye should not be judged or however that goes.
Teenagers Rachel and Rebecca Weaver made fun of the Tony Paolo's garbage truck (he really is a garbageman) in the Paolo familyís picture while waiting for the yield to expire. Next, the Weaver girls pulling out the Godlewski sistersí picture and cracked "I hope those boobs cost a lot!" As the other teams run past them from completing the "find the pebble in the pile, grasshopper" roadblock, they wonder in amazement why the other teams hate on them so much.
Hey, what goes around comes around. The only amusing thing is that Rolly always looks mortified by his family, which is normal for any 14 year old. He must get razzed at school when this thing is shown like, "Dude, that's your mommmmm?" And Rebecca, that stripey hair must die.
Blessed are the Gaghans for they are filled with joy. (Weavers take note.) The parents have endless amounts of patience with those two little ones and never complain. The road block of searching through coffee beans to find the red one was especially trying for Ma Gaghan, and as a result it put them far behind the other teams.
The Detour was a choice between following a rope bridge course to collect relics, or haul bananas. Papa Paolo lifted up those banana bushels (100 pounds?) like they were nothing, while the sons sweated and groaned and admired their dad's bull strength. Brian said, "Dad, youíre a frickiní monster. I donít know how you did that." And DJ added, "I cannot do what my father does." They were the only team to choose the banana run, while the others went up on the suspended bridges.
The Linz continue to cruise under the radar, right in the middle of the pack while the Pink Sisters, the Godlewskis, continue to argue and bicker more than the Paolos. If those bitches were my sisters I would so want out of that family.
The Gaghans know they are in last place but try just the same, knowing that a bit of luck might come their way. And it did as the Weavers get stuck in the wet grass and Ma Weaver went all Joan Crawford on her kids and started yelling at them then saying she just can't go on, just can't DO IT anymore. These meltdowns on TV are what AR viewers live for. (Yes!)
The Paolos reach the Pit Stop first and win some cool ride options - they each get a Segway, Vespa, jet ski or ATV. The Gaghans come in last and get eliminated. Little Carissa, the show's own Dakota Fanning in training, is heartbroken and Phil tries to say something nice and not too inane. But the good news is, we are down to the five strongest teams, all interesting. Things are looking up.