Monday, March 26, 2007

Amazing Race All Stars - Episode 5

Aired - Sunday, March 18, 2007

I missed the original air time as I was delayed in returning home so a friend of mine taped it for me.

The show started at Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world; Funny as neighboring Punta Arenas, Chile also stakes this claim. Ushuaia is the 4th pit stop for the race.

The others were shocked that Rob and Amber were no longer in the race, but were also glad they were gone.

Oswald and Danny were the first to depart at 12:02a

They had to use a device to find an avalanche beacon which is buried with their next clue at Marshall Glacier.

At 12:06a Eric and Danielle departed, followed by Terri and Ian at 1:04a, Joe & Bill at 1:55a, 1:58a Dustin and Kandace at 1:58a, Uchena and Joyce at 2:38a and finally at 2:41a, Myrna and Charla. It is so much easier now to keep track of everyone.

The ski lift to the glacier opened at 8a so everyone caught up; it is kind of pointless when they do this; I think they should let them enter the Glacier based on the same time intervals that they had departed the pit stop.

Joe and Bill were first to find the beacon with the next clue which was to fly to Maputo, Mozambique (MPM). They then showed an Austral MD80 taking off and then showed an airplane with winglets in flight landing; possibly a Boeing 737; good grief at least show the same aircraft landing that you show departing.

Teams had to use a travel agency to buy tickets as they could not buy the international tickets at the Ushuaia airport (USH). They then showed an airport with a Qantas A330 at the gate...I am pretty sure that was not Ushuaia. In case the contestants could not find an earlier flight, they were all given tickets for the last flight to Maputo.

Uchena and Joyce were the next to find the clue.

Terri and Ian were #4
Charla and Myrna were #5
Dustin and Kandace #6
Oswald and Danny were last to find the clue
There was a flight departing at 9:40a which Oswald, Danny, Terri and Ian were able to get.

At one point you could see the reservations as the camera panned across the printer, but it was fuzzed out.

The next shot showed them in the interior of an Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) plane showing a 2-2 First class configuration with coats being hung at the back of First class. Then, an Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 747-400 (744) was shown taxiing and then showed a MD80 (M80) taking off; it is the same plane they showed when they talked about flying to Maputo initially.

I must congratulate them though on showing the full routing of the trip:

  • Ushuaia, Argentina (USH) to Buenos Aires to
  • Argentina (EZE) to Sao Paulo to
  • Brazil (GRU) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) to
  • Maputo, Mozambique (MPM).

Then they showed a Boeing 737-200 landing in what was possibly Maputo. The next image shown was the Maputo airport sign with African music playing in the background and then the Boeing 737-200 again. The airline is LAM a local airline in Maputo with its Web site visible on the side of the plane as as they disembarked and started running. The aircraft's registered was BAI (Lurino).

After landing, they all got a car with a driver provided; the next clue was a road block:

Who smells a rat

Then they had a detour

Pamper: go to the market and convince people to paint their nails

Porter: fill 10 large 45lb bags with coal

Fortaleza is the next pit stop

Myrna and Charla in first place as they finished the task first - nail painting, they won a trip for two from Travelocity to Aruba

Dustin and Kandice were #2
Terri and Ian were #3
Oswald & Danny #4
Phil said he was surprised they went for the coal
Joe and Bill #5
Eric and Danielle #6; Eric said they got beat by a bunch of queens (referring to Joe and Bill)

Uchena and Joyce were the last to arrive; this not an elimination round though, but the bad news is that they must arrive 1st at the next pit stop or they have a 30-minute penalty.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Amazing Race All Stars - Episode 3

Aired - Sunday, March 4, 2007

There are now nine teams remaining

They were in the Valley of the Dead at the second Pit Stop
Rob and Amber departed at 11:39p

The next clue was to drive to San Pedro de Atacama for the next clue.
At 12:18a Oswald and Danny left.

When Rob and Amber got to San Pedro de Atacama, the clue is to fly to Puerto Montt. As they explained that a LAN Chile Airbus A320 in the new LAN Chile livery was shown taking off. Then a LAN Boeing 737-200 was shown landing. It was also in new colors

Joe and Bill next to depart, followed at 12:33a by Eric and Danielle, then at
12:34a Uchena and Joyce,
12:48a Dustin and Kandice,
12:50a Teri and Ian,
Charla and Mirna were next
12:55a David and Mary

Calama, Chile (CJC) is the nearest airport to Puerto Montt, Chile (PMC), however there are no nonstops flights, so they had to connect via Santiago, Chile (SCL). There is also another flight that connected via Antofagasta (ANF), Chile.

Rob and Amber found a travel agency and bought tickets to Puerto Montt arriving at 12:55p. All the others camped out at the LAN ticket counter at the Calama airport.

Uchena and Joyce thought about booking the tickets online, for the first four teams that had first arrived at the airport. They left to find an Internet kiosk which they did. However, they did not get the security codes for the cards of two of them.

By the time the counter opened, only the flight arriving at 1:55p was available for all the others.

Eric and Danielle were able to get on that 12:55p flight as well.

They then cut away to a LAN Boeing 767-300 taking off to show they were leaving from from Calama which should have been an Airbus A319 and then they showed another Boeing 767-300 landing at Santiago, Chile (SCL); of course should have been another Airbus A319.

At the airport they got on the standby list for the earlier flight; they quickly showed a Boeing 767-300 taxing at SCL.

Unfortunately, the flight was checked in full, so none of them could stand by for it.
They then showed a LAN Boeing 767-300 taking off at 11:15a, then an A320 taking off and landing as the first flight; aargh.

1st. flight
Rob and Amber
Uchena and Joyce
Joe and Bill
Eric and Danielle

2nd flight
All the others

Next clue
Road Block
Fish Farming - catch 80 fish and find clue at the bottom of the tank
Danielle - freaking out as Eric yelled at her
Joe did it
Uchena did it
Danny did it
Kandice did it
David did it, although Mary says he is afraid of fish

Uchena is first to finish

Clue - drive 50 miles to Petra La Maquina for the next clue

Joe was next to finish

Then Mirna arrived and did her clue
Then Amber and Rob was done
Then Eric and Danielle was done
Dustin and Kandice was done next
Then David and Mary were done next considering he was afraid of the fish
Oswald and Danny were done next
Then Teri and Ian
Charla and Mirna left last

Rob and Amber arrived first at the location for the next clue
Then Eric and Danielle arrived.

The next Clue is a Detour:
River wild - 2.5 mile white water rafting and get the full clue
Vertical Limit - 40' rock climb and get 1/2 clue at the top; they never explained how they would get the other half, but I guess the ½ clue would tell you how to do that.

Dustin and Kandice are doing the wrong thing it seems as they did not pick up the clue, they just went down the river, then picked up the clue at the end…I am sure they will get into trouble for that later.

Rob and Amber got the clue first as they finished the white water rafting.
It read: Drive 3.5 miles to Playa Petrohue which is the next pit stop.

Again Rob and Amber were the first to arrive and each won a full home gym; this is getting tiresome with them winning all the legs; Rob did comment that he was hope they won the 13th and final leg as that is the one that really counts.
Uchena and Joyce were #2
Eric and Danielle were #3
So Dustin and Kandice were the 4th team to arrive, but they did not pick up all their clues so they had to go back; they did not pick up the clue for the Road Block. They then went back and got it, and arrived as the official team #4 to arrive; no one came in during all that time – weird.
Oswald and Danny were #5
Teri and Ian were #6
Joe and Bill were #7
Charla and Mirna #8
So David and Mary are last, now what?
The music is somber as they arrive as team #9 and they were eliminated!

It is time they get out of Chile now...