Off to the Stars" - The Amazing Race Episode 3 Summary
Tonight, eight teams departed from a Virginia manor house and flew to
Charleston. By the end of this episode, one team would be returning home.
This race is not covering the exotic lands of foreign countries and
diverse cultures as we experienced in previous Amazing Races, but instead
exploring many of the wonders of this USA. Tonight, mud and space, and
alien-looking sea creatures were on the race's menu.
Perhaps like all travelers in strange cities, it was that darling
little 9 year old Carissa's suggestion that all explorers need to ask
"do we need a map?" As someone who has been completely lost in
foreign cities more than a few times, that is sound advice.
The Paolo family continues their bickering, insulting, degrading and
sarcastic talk. But the word "talk" may be too kind for this
group. Their talking is interchangeable with arguing. But not constructive
arguing, but mean-spirited spiced with nasty raw biting snips. It is
almost as if they are internally keeping score and he who can sting the
other more times, is the winner. I wonder about the two boys. Are they
ashamed of their father's immigrant background? Is the sons' sense of
identity so insecure? I think that they have developed a habit of
degrading communication. And it is not a good habit. But sometimes, they
provide us a flicker of hope. When they ran to their 6th place finish, the
boys were actually, and perhaps for the first time in this race,
encouraging "go mother, go." At last !
The Linz siblings are getting it more together. They are starting to
listen to sister Megan and she is now a more vital part of their team.
They have heard her protests that she is indeed a team member. Their
shrimp beheading was a breeze as they worked together. And when she was
struggling to keep up, they carried her pack. Tonight they finished 2nd.
Maybe it is the lack of sleep or nourishment, but 14-year-old Hunter
Schroeder needs language correction for calling his stepmother "a
bitch." I am appalled by that disrespect. Wake up, Hunter, life does
not revolve around you. They finished 3rd.
The Weaver family made a good decision after getting repeatedly stuck
in the mud. They rushed back to the shrimp boat and attacked those
creatures. But that additional effort took its toll and the entire family
became exhausted. They had no energy left. They were on the verge of total
collapse when widowed mother Linda rallied her troops to put on a good
face, play the role and show no defeat. The Waffle House parking lot dance
may have wakened the daughters and caused the other teams to suspect a
twinkle of psychosis, but it worked and they came together. Again. Linda
needs to write a "how to cope with grief while raising and loving my
children." They finished 3rd. What a comeback effort.
What can we say about the bubbling Godlewski sisters? These gals must
have some sort of internal rhythm. Even when de-heading shrimp, you can
see them enjoying themselves. They finished 4th.
Bill Gaghan flew through that mud run like a flock of Canada Geese
chomping their way through a Wisconsin fall cornfield. With wife and kids
cheering him on, they made record time. They are officially now known as
"The Gaghan Mud Dabbers." What an exciting young family to
witness. Almost every time Bill and his wife, Tammy, look into the eyes of
their two children, their parental love radiates like glowing embers. And
when they were racing to the space shuttle Pathfinder pit stop mat, it was
golden haired Carissa leading her family to their 7th place finish.
Who needs a hybrid car when your special first place award is gasoline
for life? The Bransen girls must have had an all-daughter meeting and
decided to focus less on physically demanding tasks due to their father
being out of shape. This new strategy could be the determining factor for
their continued victory. Tonight, they raced to the stars and finished
Mud. Acres of mud. The type of mud that sucks you down like a swirling
vortex. For the father and three son in-law Aiello family team, the mud
run became a mud stopper. But they did not quit. Finally on their 14th
attempt and covered with mire, they mentally willed that four-wheeler
through the sludge. But that determined "never say never"
perseverance became too much of a time gobbler and they could not make it
up. They finished last and were eliminated. But this experience has done
something wonderful for the Aiello team. Coming into the race, they really
had not spent much time with one another. But coming out of the race, they
are indeed a bonded, loving family.
And so the race continues. We are down to seven teams. As more teams
are eliminated, the competition heats. But please, no more de-heading
shrimp because that will totally ruin my appetite!
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