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Lester Banatao
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Hi there! My name is Lester and I've been blogging about my favorite television over at DryedMangoez.com since 2009 where I currently recap "The Amazing Race," "Supernatural," "Grimm," It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Kamen Rider," "Super Sentai," "Power Rangers" and review Korean and Filipino drama. =]

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 7 - 'Do You Want Me To Hold Your Hand?'

April 14th, 2014 10:01am EDT
The Amazing Race
It’s afternoon and teams open the first cryptic clue of the Leg telling them to fly to the Eternal City and find Hadrian’s Bridge. Some teams know what the Eternal City is, others don’t. Rachel thinks it’s in Ethiopia.

But all teams end up on the same direct flight from Sri Lanka to Rome, Italy departing later that night.

Arriving in Rome the next morning, Brendon & Rachel, Caroline & Jennifer, Leo & Jamal and Jessica & John manage to leave the airport first having been able to sit in the front of the plane and able to take the first shuttle bus to the terminal. The Globetrotters, Cowboys...
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 6 - 'I Got Elephant Dungs In My Face.'

March 31st, 2014 9:33am EDT
Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 6 - 'I Got Elephant
It’s early morning and teams open their first clues of the 6th Leg pointing them to the Dutch Museum where they will have to search the Hall of Headstones for their next clue.

HOURS OF OPERATION! It’s a mad dash into the museum at 8:30am. They open the next clue telling them to take a train to the city of Alawwa and find the next clue at Ceypetco Fuel Station.

The teams stick together on the hour and a half train ride. After enjoying the short peace and calm, it’s another rush out of the train. Brendon & Rachel decide to cross the tracks on the right side of the train instead of getting o...
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 5 - 'She Could Be, Like, A Super Sewer'

March 24th, 2014 10:38am EDT
The Amazing Race
Teams open up the first clue of the Leg telling them to fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Teams can either buy tickets at the Triways Travel Cafe & Boutique travel agency or go straight to the airport.

The leading teams find a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo leaving at 11pm and arriving at midnight. Margie & Luke’s taxi driver drives past the travel agency, so they go straight to the airport. Brendon & Rachel go the travel agent and learn the direct flight is fully booked.

Their only other option is to connect through Singapore, but they only have 30 minutes between flights. The manag...
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 4 - 'Smarter, Not Harder'

March 17th, 2014 9:15am EDT
The Amazing Race
Teams start out the fourth Leg of the Race by first heading to the longhouse at Prince Philip Park where they immediately find the Road Block.

For this Road Block, teams will take part in a traditional Marut cultural competition where they will jump on a bamboo trampoline known as a Lansaran to grab the flag above them adjusted to their height.

Cord starts the Road Block first, but struggles allowing Connor and Leo to pass him and Jet. It takes Cord 47 attempts. Luke and Big Easy are next and don’t have as much trouble.

Caroline is up and she has trouble trying to get the rhythm. Jessica...
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 3 - 'I thought I Was Gonna Die.'

March 10th, 2014 10:34am EDT
Rachel performs the Detour
It’s time for teams to fly out of China and head to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Teams can only fly on one of two flights with the first flight only able to take six teams. The last three will take a flight leaving three hours later.

Brendon & Rachel are the first to leave the Pit Stop, but they get stuck in traffic. And with the teams arriving within minutes of each other, they end up falling behind and allowing six teams to check-in for the first flight before them.

Brendon & Rachel are now on the second flight with Joey & Meghan and Jessica & John who joke about them being the final...
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 2 - 'I can’t believe you just sold me out like that.'

March 3rd, 2014 10:55am EST
The Amazing Race
First ever short version of the opening title sequence and here we go.

Jet & Cord open the first clue of the Leg telling teams to head to the Chen Clan Academy where they must stand still in front of the Master to receive their next clue.

They ask a local who can’t speak English, but who tells them that it’s too far to walk to, maybe 50 minutes. The Cowboys understand 5-15 minutes so they go on foot.

Brendon & Rachel are next to leave and Rachel leads Brendon through the shrubbery to keep the other teams from seeing them. Margie & Luke meanwhile start the Leg off snippy with each other a...
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 1 - 'That Was Dumb'

February 24th, 2014 9:10am EST
Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 1 - 'That Was Dumb'
The UCLA Bruin Marching Band plays a rousing rendition of the TAR theme as Phil introduces us to the 11 teams he, Bertram van Munster and Co. and some CBS meddlers think are worthy to be called All-Stars.

The so-called “All-Stars” are:
Jet & Cord, the annoying, self-righteous, homophobic cowboy brothers from TAR16 and TAR18. Caroline & Jennifer, the country singers and Bates & Anthony tag-a-longs from TAR22. Natalie & Nadiya, the Sri Lankan Twinnies from TAR21. Brendon & Rachel, married and would-be winners had it not been for their HUGE blunder in TAR20. Jessica & John, Oy vey! The du...
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'The Amazing Race' 23, Season Finale - 'Thanks For Not Helping Me!'

December 9th, 2013 8:54am EST
Amy and Nicole perform the Road Block
The penultimate Leg begins as teams are told to fly to Tokyo. At the travel agency, Jason & Amy and Travis & Nicole try to make a pact with Tim & Marie that they will work together this Leg to ensure Leo & Jamal get eliminated and they are the final three.

All four teams book tickets that get them into Tokyo via Singapore and Bangkok at 6:20am. But at the Bandung airport, Leo & Jamal manage to find a flight via Hong Kong from Singapore that gets them in at 6:10am. At Singapore, they confirm their seats and are on the first plane into Japan, leaving the other teams wondering where they are....
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' 23, Episode 10 - 'My Husband Looks Like The Sexiest Drag Queen Ever'

December 2nd, 2013 9:53am EST
Amy performs the Detour
The 10th Leg of the Race begins and teams will start it off with a hearty breakfast of grilled cobra which locals enjoy for its healing benefits.

Leo & Jamal find the King Cobra House at Ciwangun Indah Camp (CIC) and realize what they must eat. While 3rd and 4th place teams Jason & Amy and Nicole & Travis find the location easily, Tim & Marie get dropped off at the South Entrance instead of the North Entrance. They start searching the area and wonder why no other teams are there.

Leo & Jamal decide to tell the others that Tim & Marie had already sped through the task even though everyon...
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' 23, Episode 9 - 'Part Like The Red Sea'

November 25th, 2013 9:33am EST
Tim & Marie perform a task
For this 9th Leg of the Race, it’s time to head to Bandung, Indonesia. All teams are on the same flights to Bandung via Bangkok and Singapore, which allows Leo & Jamal to confront Nicole & Travis at the airport about the U-Turn in the last Leg.

Nicole & Travis explain that they are not going to stoop to their level of lying and cheating while Leo & Jamal say it’s only a matter of time before the doctors break.

Once in Bandung, teams must hop into taxis to head to the Ram Arena in the village of Rancaekek for their next clue. Nicole & Travis arrive first and read the Route Info… an actual ...
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