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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. =]

'The Amazing Race' All-Stars Season Finale - 'If I Could, I Would Go Back And Put More Dirt In Their Hole'

May 19th, 2014 9:04am EDT
The Amazing Race Finale
The final Leg of the 2nd Amazing Race All-Stars begins and teams must fly to their final destination city of Las Vegas, Nevada. They’re all on the same flight and upon running out of the airport, they must hop into a black Ford Explorer where they’ll be taken for a ride.

On the way to the next Route Marker in the darkness, the teams talk about a little tussle between Rachel and the Country Girls. Caroline & Jennifer say Rachel pushed them and cut in front of them in the Customs line. They say they were waiting for her dirty side to come out and it finally did. Rachel says that’s absurd, it...
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 11 - 'No, Please God, Please Don't Say That That's Not right!'

May 12th, 2014 11:24am EDT
The Amazing Race
The penultimate Leg begins as teams take a train to Madrid to catch a plane to London, England.

Once in London, teams hop into brand new Ford Focuses and must drive themselves to Anfield Stadium in Liverpool. While Dave & Connor and Brendon & Rachel leave Heathrow first, they get stuck in traffic allowing Leo & Jamal to arrive at the stadium first.

At Anfield Stadium, teams will put on a soccer uniform and head onto the field to each make two penalty kicks against professional goalkeepers.

Leo & Jamal are loving it, being soccer fans themselves. And they manage to score their four ...
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 10 - 'My Pants Is Falling Off!'

May 5th, 2014 12:39pm EDT
The Amazing Race
Teams start out the Leg by scraping the ice off of new Ford Focuses and driving to the airport (or a travel agency in Brendon & Rachel’s case) to book flights to Seville, Spain. Also, U-Turn ahead!

Dave says it was inappropriate for Brendon & Rachel to U-Turn them. And Jet & Cord don’t want to get involved. Dave & Connor and Caroline & Jen expect Brendon & Rachel to get U-Turned this Leg.

Dave & Connor and Leo & Jamal get on a direct flight that gets them in at 9:25pm. Jet & Cord, Caroline & Jennifer and Brendon & Rachel have to connect through Barcelona and will arrive tomorrow morning.
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 9 - 'You Have To Figure It Out!'

April 28th, 2014 10:28am EDT
The Amazing Race
It’s 6:13am and Brendon & Rachel open the first clue telling them to take a train to Chiasso, Switzerland. More than an hour later, the Cowboys depart the Pit Stop and say they want no part of the drama that seems to brewing.

Leo & Jamal say they’d prefer to be in the Final 3 with Dave & Connor and Caroline & Jen because they’d have a better chance against them than Brenchel or the Cowboys.

Dave & Connor and Caroline & Jen are attached at the hip as they leave the Pit Stop. Neither are sure why in the world Brendon & Rachel would U-Turn them. Especially with Connor’s great hair.

Brendon ...
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 8 - 'You, Me And God Are Unstoppable!'

April 21st, 2014 10:35am EDT
The Amazing Race
Brendon & Rachel start the morning off opening the first clue of the Leg telling them to hop in a brand new Ford Focus to drive themselves to Civita di Bagnoregio. Also, U-TURN AHEAD!

Brendon & Rachel consider U-Turning the Cowboys so they will be forced to use the Express Pass.

Caroline & Jen depart next and say they suck at directions so they want to stick with Dave & Connor who they’re very close with. On the road, Caroline & Jen are excited being two blondes who are kicking ass on the Race, again, against tough all-guy teams. They say they can definitely hang with the boys.

That is, ...
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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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