A Dose of Reality: The Amazing Race 10 - Episode 09
by Sheila Franklin
Published: November 13, 2006
The Barbies (Dustin and Kandice) were first again last week on The Amazing
Race, and Kentucky was Philiminated, turning the 6Pac into a 4Pac. Rehab
(Ty and James) alternately form an alliance with whomever is in the front of the
pack. It remains to be seen whether pairing up is a good or a bad thing. My
sense is that the Barbies are becoming wily players simply because they utilize
their good looks every chance they get.
Since the Barbies arrived at 2:56 p.m., they will be leaving at 2:56 a.m. They are
followed by Rehab, the Snobs (Rob and Kim), the Cho Bros (Edwin and
Godwin), and ‘Bama (Lyn and Karlyn). The Chos dedicate this leg of the
Race to Kentucky while Karlyn wears David’s cap in tribute to the
This week they will fly 6,000 miles to Helsinki, Finland, and find the Kapelli
Coffee House, where they log on to a computer to get a “special” e-mail.
Throwing them a curve ball, the powers that be are flying them to Paris where
they must make their own connections to Helsinki. Since that flight doesn’t leave
until 9:00 p.m., everyone books another flight which leaves at 5:00 a.m. to
Johannesburg, South Africa, Addis Abebe, Ethiopia, Frankfurt, Germany, then
arrives at Helsinki at 10:20 a.m.
The Producers’ Equalizer
Although it is rarely mentioned, think of how wondrous it must be to fly through
all those countries, even if they don’t get time to sightsee. It is 12 minutes into
the show and we are already treated to the Snobs’ first oral battle of the day.
‘Bama almost misses the flight and complains that they don’t have the
advantage that the Barbies do because of their looks. Have they never noticed
this in life before?
It’s on to the Kappeli Cafe where everyone gets messages online from family
members, who tell them that the cafe’s owner holds the next clue. ‘Bama gets to see their kids and get overemotional while the Snobs
get one from Kim‘s mom and dog. I will let you come to your own conclusion on
that one. They must
now travel 125 miles by train and cab to the Soppeenharjun Roulu school in
Another Producers’ Equalizer
Everyone gets on the same train to go to Tampere, although the Chos run the
wrong way to the station at first. The Barbies hang with Rehab, sit on aisle seats
and never even look out the window.
Once they arrive in Tampere, they discover that there are only 2 cabs. ‘Bama
jumps ahead of the line and being polite, the Chos drop to last place.
In “Swamp This”, the teams must take cross country skis over mud, The Barbies
and ‘Bama decide to go this route. Rehab, The Chos, and the Snobs opt for
“Swamp That”, an obstacle course that requires one team member to carry
another part of the way. Phil is such a good sport. Do you suppose after being in
that mud for a while they had to haul him out of there? At least Ty and James are
smart enough to trade off when they piggy-back it. The Snobs at first go to the
wrong school and the Chos finally catch up.
By the time they get to the next clue at Joukse Run, it is Rehab in first place but
they drop to second because they change clothes. Who woulda thunk that they
were so concerned with their outfits that the Barbies could get ahead?
Both teams catch a train that will take them 104 miles to Turku. They will then
cab it 6 more miles to the Lohja Tytyrin limestone mine where they receive the
next clue in the bowels of the earth. Rob cracks a weight joke to Kim, or maybe
she was just testy and took it the wrong way.
The Chos, the Snobs, and ‘Bama are all on the second train, but Rob drags Kim
into a car further ahead. Meanwhile, the Barbies missed the front door so Rehab
Referred to as “Miner Inconvenience”, one team member has to ride a bike down
an incline, grab a chunk of limestone, haul it back up and break it open with a
“pokey thingy”, as Dustin refers to it. James and Kandice go first and find out
they must go back 39 miles to the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki.
The Snobs get lost, so the 4Pac sneaks ahead of them. Rob almost takes his car
down the mine, proving that he is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. ‘Bama
and the Chos are supposedly buds but it is obvious that while the Chos are
courteous, ‘Bama waits for no man (or woman). Somebody should have told
Karlyn if she would quit talking to herself she would have more wind to get back up
They now have to go to the top of the Olympic tower and rappel face first back
down. Rehab goes into the stadium itself and lose most of their advantage, but
still retain first place. Ty loves it, but James has acrophobia and basically just
slides down on the rope. Don’t you just feel the excitement when the Chos,
‘Bama, and the Snobs are neck in neck on the road?
What, no Pit Stop? I feel cheated, but I am assuming that producer Bruckheimer
and company want to milk November, which is a Nielsen sweeps month, for all it
On next week’s Amazing Race, teams go into battle with tanks and the
4Pac is finally dissolved when ‘Bama leaves the Chos literally behind in the dust.
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