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The Amazing Race All-Stars: Episode 11 Recap
Last week the "beauty queens," Dustin & Kandice drove their mini-moke to the island of Taipa, and reached the put-stop first, so they're the first team to depart. The clue reveals that the teams will now by flying to the island of Guam in the Western Pacific Ocean. Guam's full name is US Territory of Guam, and it is home of Andersen Air Force Base, where much of the episode's tasks take place.
The air force base played a key role in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, and it remains today a key a strategic points for US military efforts in the Southwest Pacific and Indian oceans.
After some trouble at the airport in China, each team finally makes it on a flight; Dustin & Kandice, Charla & Mirna, and Erik & Danielle on one flight, and Danny & Oswald on another. Both flights connect in Tokyo before heading off to Guam, but Danny & Oswald -- who are marked for elimination unless they arrive first on this leg -- are on a flight that arrives later, leaving them only 45 minutes to make the connection. It's a mad rush to the gate when they land, but their hustle pays off and, much to the disappointment of the others, they make the flight which puts all four teams are on the same flight to Guam.
Danny & Oswald are first off the plane in Guam, only to find that they'll need a military escort to drive them to the location of their next task -- something they can't get until 7:00 AM. After waiting it out, each team gets their escort and heads to the next detour: Care Package or Engine Detail. In Care Package, teams fill two large boxes with 500 pounds of supplies to be loaded onto a C-17 cargo plane and then go along for the ride as they drop the supplies on a neighboring island. In Engine Detail, teams have to hand wash a portion of a B-52 so that its shine is up to military standards.
This is where I would really struggle in the race; If I were forced to pick between a really crappy task that was quick (Engine Detail), or one that would allow me to fly in a C-17 but takes twice as long, I'd have a hard time passing up the awesome opportunities in favor for the grunt work -- even if it means losing the race. Saying that, however, I remember that I don't have a million dollars dangling in front of me, so it's hard to put things into prospective.
Danny & Oswald, Dustin & Kandice, and Erik & Danielle all chose Engine Detail, while Charla & Mirna (with her "This is what cool looks like" shirt. Seriously.) head for Care Package. The three teams on clean-up duty have their work cut out for them as they don plastic yellow suits and go to work., Meanwhile, Charla & Mirna have relatively no trouble filling the boxes and hop on the cargo plane in no time. The only downside is it takes a long time to get in the plane, take-off, drop the goods, and land, and by the time Charla & Mirna are finished, the other teams have already completed the grueling tasking of cleaning the bomber, and are on their way to the U.S. Naval Base, where they receive their next clue.
Upon arrival at the Naval Base, teams learn of the next task: a roadblock. In this roadblock, one member from each remaining team must use a hand-held Garmin GPS device to locate a pilot hiding in the jungle. When they're discovered, the pilot will input new coordinates into the GPS which will send them looking for a drop zone, where they'll radio for a nearby helicopter to "request extraction," which is a fancy way of saying "get me the hell out of the jungle and back to my teammate."
Dustin & Kandice are the first to arrive, and Dustin heads out with her GPS to find the hidden pilot. Anyone who has used a GPS device before can tell you this shouldn't be too tough, and Dustin breezes through the task by quickly finding the pilot and then the drop zone, and before long she's on the helicopter and heading back to Kandice.
At this point, the other teams have arrived, and are having a lot of problems. For some reason Charla keeps touching the GPS device's screen -- something frowned upon by her military escort, and no less than 5 times do I hear him say "Ma'm, please don't touch the screen." Why can't you touch the screen? Why can't Charla keep from touching the screen? Who knows!
As the teams wander aimlessly (with GPS!) through the jungle, Dustin & Kandice learn they're now headed for the next pit-stop: Fort Soledad, where they are once again first to arrive. Phil awards them an ATV or something, they celebrate, Phil smiles, a local looks on... you know the drill.
Danielle had an especially rough time in the jungle. She cried, she wept, she cursed her GPS device. She finally pulled herself together enough to figure out how to actually use the device, and makes her way to the drop zone while Oswald and Charla lag behind. Completing the task, Erik & Danielle head to the pit-stop and are the second team to arrive, leaving just one spot open in the elite final three.
While Charla and Oswald battle it out in the jungle for the final spot, Mirna and Danny wait back at the landing strip, wondering who will complete the task first so they can head to the pit stop and secure the final spot. This is when Oswald says, in his thick gay-Cuban accent, what could be the funniest, and most cruel line in Amazing Race history to Charla -- dressed in full military gear -- as she waits for her helicopter extraction: "Oh my god, the Teletubbies go to war!" Finally the Amazing Race crew picks a good quote to title the episode with!
Bad comments mean bad karma, however, and Charla finishes the task first. Not even the skills of the Amazing Race editor can make the end of this one a nail-biter; It's pretty obvious that Danny & Oswald are headed home. It's too bad... I liked them.
Charla & Mirna arrive at the pit-stop, securing their place in the top 3. Who would have thought?
Charla & Mirna, Dustin & Kandice, and Erik & Danielle: who will it be? Find out next week for the two-hour season finale!