What a great episode of the Amazing Race … until the end that is.
I really enjoyed this week’s episode as we got to learn all about Bushmen, an indigenous tribe in southern Africa, including in Botswana where the episode was filmed.
We got to see the Bushmen help the contestants dig for scorpions, start fire and catch fowl.
It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences Race contestants are lucky to experience.
The Race continues next week in Botswana so we’ll see what else we can learn about the country and culture there, but lets hope Max and Katie get eliminated next week instead of being spared by a non-elimination leg like this week.
Order of Finish
- Bates and Anthony, brothers/professional hockey players (won second leg)
- Pam and Winnie, friends (won fifth leg)
- Chuck and Wynona, married
- Joey and Meghan, friends/YouTube hosts
- Caroline and Jennifer, friends/country band mates
- Mona and Beth, friends/roller derby moms
- Max and Katie, newlyweds (NON-ELIMINATION)
Thumbs Up: To the Amazing Race producers for the apology before the episode. Last week, the Race featured a war memorial in Vietnam that was a crashed U.S. B52 bomber, which I and many people felt was in poor taste. It was nice to see them recognize that.
Thumbs Down: To Katie for being an awful person. I didn’t like her entering the episode and I like her even less now. While driving three Bushmen from the Road Block to the Detour, Katie decided to criticize them instead of focusing on the amazing experience she was having. She sarcastically said, “It smells really good in this car right now.” When they were out of the car and jogging to the challenge, she said, “My God, they stink.” It was incredibly rude and uncalled for to insult members of an indigenous tribe who don’t have the luxuries we take for granted.
Best Moment: I laughed at several reactions by contestants when the Bushmen put the scorpion in their mouths. Like many of them, I would have been a bit nervous about the whole scorpion task, and I definitely would have been taken aback when they put a poisonous scorpion in their mouth. Their faces were priceless.
Quote of the Week: “I’m the scorpion king hunter,” Joey said after completing the task of digging for a scorpion and putting it in a jar. What made this funny was moments later when a Bushmen said, “He was very afraid.”
Bonus Quote: Here’s another funny exchange with the Bushmen. “They’re probably talking about us,” Caroline said in the car while riding with the Bushmen. One of the Bushmen then said, “They are very beautiful women.” At the end, Phil and the country singers joked about them finding love with the Bushmen.
Question of the Week: Which culture would you most like to experience on the Race?