The Amazing Race 26 Episode 9

Posted by Shane on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Once they hit Africa, Aly & Steve fell apart, and The Amazing Race 26 Episode 8 spelled their demise with a second last place finish in a row.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Laura & Tyler - 12:19PM
Second: Matt & Ashley - 12:20PM
Third: Hayley & Blair - 12:34PM
Fourth: Jelani & Jenny
Fifth: Mike & Rochelle

Teams will now fly more than 5000 miles to Amsterdam, Netherlands. All teams are on the same and probably only flight.

The road block requires teams to find a matching pair of wooden shoes (klompen).

Road block (in order of arrival): Jenny, Tyler, Matt, Rochelle, Blair

Searching tasks always suck. There are shoes everywhere, and they all look very similar. This one doesn’t seem that bad, though, with some struggling than others, notably Matt, who requires a few dozen attempts.

From here, they ride bikes to the ferry, as there are more bikes here than there are people. Everybody is enjoying their bike rides. Then there’s Hayley. She doesn’t like the temperature or the smell or anything in general. She warns her partner that she’s going to be really ticked off at him. Oh. Again.

The detour is a choice between soak or shuffle. In soak, teams must drive an electric powered hot tug along the waterway while looking for symbols to solve a rebus puzzle. In shuffle, teams must play a Dutch version of shuffleboard (sjoelen).

Soak: Laura & Tyler, Jelani & Jenny, Hayley & Blair
Shuffle: Mike & Rochelle, Matt & Ashley

Both detours seem pretty simple. So much so that I don’t see how Matt & Ashley can catch up from their struggles at the road block, even though Jelani & Jenny cannot figure out the puzzle without asking a local for help.

The pit stop for this leg of the race is Museumplein Ice Skating Rink.

First: Laura & Tyler (win a trip to Seoul, South Korea)
Second: Hayley & Blair
Third: Jelani & Jenny
Fourth: Mike & Rochelle
Non-eliminated: Matt & Ashley

This was another obvious conclusion, but the only question has now been answered. Matt & Ashley have been saved by non-elimination.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of The Amazing Race 26 Episode 10, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Survivor: Worlds Apart Episode 10

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Joe painted a giant bullseye on himself by winning every time, and when he finally lost in Survivor: Worlds Apart Episode 9, they did not hesitate to get rid of him.

Rodney says he plans to get rid of his leader Mike (again), but this time Mike overhears him.

They head to the Survivor auction. Jen and Will get into a bidding war for a covered item, a note that Will wins for $100. He just bought himself out of this auction and can head back to camp. Shirin jumps straight to $300 for chicken and waffles. Then Jenn, Sierra, and Rodney get food of some sort for some price. Why are we rushing through this? I guess because Jeff knows the others are waiting for an advantage. At Shirin’s urging, Sierra bids $20 for a letter from home and stops there. Shirin is right, and everybody gets a letter for the same price.

Now what they’ve been waiting for. Dan, Carolyn, and Mike bid $480 for an advantage in the game. They will draw rocks to decide who gets it. Dan gets the white rock and wins the advantage. Leading up to this, Mike hemmed and hawed about whether to go in with the group and buy the letters or save his 20 bucks, and his reluctance makes them angry for some reason. His explanation in a public meeting is that Rodney flipped. Rodney, who needs to relax, tells him to relax.

Here’s the twist for Will. His prize was not so lame after all. He’s got a clue to a map that tells him to dig. It’s a personal supply of rations, which he immediately decides to share with the rest of the tribe.

Dan’s advantage is a pretty big one. He bought himself an extra vote. Much better than an advantage in the next immunity challenge that would not have helped him at all.

Rather than just be grateful for what Will has given them, Mike and then Jenn and Shirin accuse him of being suspicious and hiding food from them. Dumb of him to share with these idiots. In turn, Will starts acting like them, shouting at Shirin. Oh, and nobody even likes her anyway. Anywhere in the entire country.

When they get to the immunity challenge, Will has an offer for Jeff. He will sit out of the challenge if he can have his letter from home. For the sake of causing drama, Jeff asks if anybody objects. You would assume nobody will, but Shirin does. Haha. Karma. Three wrongs probably don’t make a right, but the way he went off on her, it’s hard to fault her for jabbing him back.

The challenge, which Will is going to lose as usual anyway, is to pick up balls with tongs and transport them across a balance beam and place the balls on a stand. There’s a learning curve to this, and Mike is the first to crack it. Nobody else is even close. Tyler is the only one in remote contention, and he’s been lapped. Mike wins immunity.

Rodney’s plan is shot to hell now. They’ll target Jenn and split the vote 3-3. Jenn’s only hope is Dan, or as she calls him, dumbass. Of course, their target is Carolyn, who has an idol.

Not content with how much of an ass he was earlier, Will continues to go after Shirin at Tribal Council, even as she cries about her childhood.

Then we get to listen to Rodney yell some more while accusing Mike of having been in a manic state.


With 5 votes, Jenn has been voted off the island. So much for that plan. The only person who did not vote for Jenn or Shirin was Jenn herself.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Worlds Apart Episode 11, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Amazing Race 26 Episode 8

Posted by Shane on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Having struggled to work together for the first time, Aly & Steve found themselves with a flat tire in The Amazing Race 26 Episode 7 but were saved by non-elimination.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Matt & Ashley - 6:47AM
Second: Laura & Tyler - 6:48AM
Third: Hayley & Blair - 7:08AM
Fourth: Jelani & Jenny - 7:35AM
Fifth: Mike & Rochelle - 7:54AM
Sixth: Aly & Steve - 8:12AM

From the bush, they head to the town of Swakopmund, the remnants of this area’s founding as German South Africa. On their way through town, Jelani & Jenny become the latest victims of a flat tire, which they realize as they pull into a gas station.

The road block requires teams to take part in an airdrop. The dirty trick is that the people who do the road block are just searching for the box that is dropped (and a roaming gnome), not skydiving as they hoped.

Before the road block, Aly & Steve must build toy planes for their speed bump.

Road block (in order of arrival): Ashley, Laura, Hayley, Mike, Jelani, Steve

The detour is a choice between work or play. In work, teams must drag tires behind their truck to smooth out the dirt roads. In play, teams must cross country sand ski.

Play: Matt & Ashley, Jelani & Jenny
Work: Laura & Tyler, Hayley & Blair, Mike & Rochelle, Aly & Steve

The “play” task turns out to be more work than the work task, but none of this really seems to matter at this point.

Matt & Ashley and Laura & Tyler started off working together with the plan to U-turn Jelani & Jenny. Apparently, Matt & Ashley still have issues with Jenny stemming back to leg 4 and their argument over transportation. As planned, Matt & Ashley U-turn Jelani & Jenny, who used their express pass on the detour, so now they have to complete one part of the detour like everybody else. Since it’s a double U-turn, Laura & Tyler U-turn Aly & Steve, who until they came to Africa seemed to be the race’s biggest threats but are now dead last again.

The pit stop for this leg of the race is just a run away from the detour.

First: Laura & Tyler (win a trip to New Zealand)
Second: Matt & Ashley
Third: Hayley & Blair
Fourth: Jelani & Jenny
Fifth: Mike & Rochelle
Eliminated: Aly & Steve

After a disastrous couple of legs, Aly & Steve have been eliminated.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of The Amazing Race 26 Episode 9, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Amazing Race 26 Episode 7

Posted by Shane on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:02 pm

In the very definition of dumb luck, a roulette wheel determined the choice of detour and led to the eliminaion of Jeff & Jackie in The Amazing Race 26 Episode 6.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Hayley & Blair - 12:35AM
Second: Aly & Steve - 12:41AM
Third: Mike & Rochelle - 12:45AM
Fourth: Matt & Ashley - 12:55AM
Fifth: Jelani & Jenny
Sixth: Laura & Tyler - 12:58AM

Teams must now fly for 10 hours to Windhoek, Namibia, not to be confused with Nambia, a country Mike has never heard of since it does not exist. It goes without saying that there’s only one flight into Africa. Upon arrival, they get into bush planes in order of arrival, separating them by minutes. And there, they still have the chance to do a Ford commercial while heading to the bushmen village, picking up salt licks along the way, aside from Laura & Tyler who have to go back because they don’t find it on the way.

The road block requires teams to help the bushmen build a grass hut.

Road block (in order of arrival): Aly, Jelani, Matt, Rochelle, Blair, Tyler

Aly and Steve have been switching off road blocks, and it’s her turn now. She ain’t happy. I think this is the first bit of complaining we’ve heard from her, a big difference from most of the other females this season. It does make more sense to consider the teammate’s strengths rather than just random assignment of task based on order.

Yeah, and even the bushmen get to take selfies. Ugh.

The detour is a choice between track or pack, both animal tasks considering the fact that Namibia is the second least densely populated country in the world. In track, teams must use telemetric technology to locate an elephant. In pack, teams must prepare a meal of wildebeest meat for the hungry wild dogs. Only three teams can do pack at a time for some reason (not enough trucks I guess), effectively making the choice for the trailing three teams. Like last week, teams are unable to make their own choices.

Pack: Matt & Ashley, Laura & Tyler, Jelani & Jenny
Track: Aly & Steve, Hayley & Blair, Mike & Rochelle

Hayley wants to know if Blair is okay using the radio. Yes. He’s sure? Yes. He’s really sure? Yes, he’s really sure, and he’s getting irritated by the stupid questions. These two, seldom fun.

Aly, still out of it after having done the road block she didn’t want to do, is more interested in watching the zebras than doing this task.

Rochelle struggled on the road block, but it’s these two teams who are falling behind as they struggle to work together.

Aly tries to warn Steve as he’s driving to the pit stop, and his response is that she can drive if she wants. He runs over something, and they get a flat tire, putting them in last place.

The pit stop for this leg of the race is Spitzkoppe, a rest camp in the middle of nowhere, 215km away from this other middle of nowhere.

First: Matt & Ashley (win $5,000 each)
Second: Laura & Tyler
Third: Hayley & Blair
Fourth: Jelani & Jenny
Fifth: Mike & Rochelle
Non-eliminated: Aly & Steve

In an unusual turn of events for them, Aly & Steve did not function very well as a team today, but they are saved by non-elimination.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of The Amazing Race 26 Episode 8, which airs next on CBS.

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Survivor: Worlds Apart Episode 9

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Hali found herself as the next in the predictable line in Survivor: Worlds Apart Episode 8 and was eliminated.

As Dan continues to antagonize Shirin, Mike makes a deal with her. Meanwhile, Rodney continues to talk about planning to turn on his tribe, eventually, once he’s finished doing whatever Mike says.

At the reward challenge, they are divided into two teams of five, who will race across a series of obstacles in the water and then do a ring toss. Reward is a trip to the chocolate cafe. Mike and Rodney are about even. Dan and Will lack about the same amount of grace. Tyler takes a bit of a lead over Carolyn, and then Shirin ends up getting handily beaten by Jenn and lapped by Joe. But then her team makes it interesting on the ring toss. Mike, Shirin, Dan, Sierra, and Tyler win reward.

Jenn wants to give people a reason to kick her out. She has an offer for Joe. If he lets her win immunity, she’ll give him the necklace.

It’s an endurance challenge again. This time, they will balance with a block wedged between their heads and the platform above them. It would seem based on everything else that Joe is the favorite here, but he’s the first to show signs of weakness. Carolyn drops, and Will follows right behind her, then Shirin. Rodney is next to fall and immediately after that Dan falls as Jeff reminds them to be mindful of everyone else because the challenge was designed in a way that they can shake everybody else. Sierra falls next. Joe has been struggling the whole time and finally loses immunity for the first time. Mike is next. After half an hour, only two remain. Jenn has been strong throughout the challenge but finally fails as Tyler wins immunity.

Joe is the obvious target since he is now finally vulnerable, but they have the numbers to split the vote.

Shirin and Jenn have their own plans. If she and Joe vote Jenn out, which she wants, they can send her home and keep Joe in the game. So Shirin’s master plan still leaves the blue team in control with 7 people. How does that help her?

As for Joe, he makes a fake hidden immunity idol and makes a deal more or less with Mike to give it to him.

Jenn argues at Tribal Council that she doesn’t quit. No, she just lays down and dies.

Before the vote, Mike pulls out his fake hidden idol and asks Jeff to verify whether it is real. He cannot do that until it is played. Afterward, he plays it. Why? I guess the lie was not very convincing. It helps that he already has the real idol.


With 5 votes, Joe has been voted off the island. He proved to be a bigger challenge threat than tolerable, so getting rid of him only makes sense. Trusting Shirin to vote with them was pretty dangerous, though. The seemingly random Dan vote came from Jenn, who did not want to pile another one on to Joe.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Worlds Apart Episode 10, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Amazing Race 26 Episode 6

Posted by Shane on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm

With Kurt not needing the money and not caring any more since the blind date twist was a dud, it was only a matter of time for Bergen & Kurt to get eliminated, as they were in The Amazing Race 26 Episode 5 after quitting the task of self driving a manual car.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Aly & Steve - 9:00AM
Second: Matt & Ashley - 9:57AM
Third: Jeff & Jackie - 10:38AM
Fourth: Jelani & Jenny - 10:41AM
Fifth: Hayley & Blair - 10:47AM
Sixth: Laura & Tyler - 10:58AM
Seventh: Mike & Rochelle - 1:03PM

Teams must now fly to Monaco via helicopter from France.

First flight (arrives 5:05PM): Aly & Steve, Mike & Rochelle
Second flight (arrives 5:55PM): Jeff & Jackie, Jelani & Jenny, Hayley & Blair, Laura & Tyler
Third flight (arrives 6:15PM): Matt & Ashley

The lead teams are pretty well bunched together, with Matt & Ashley somehow getting the worst flight of the lot despite being there second. Mike & Rochelle are so far behind that they remain that way for the flight, but they manage to swap their 8:45 arrival time for the earliest flight.

When they land, regardless, there is no mad dash. They just go get their suits/dresses made for the next day. The helicopter rides are determined presumably by the order in which they arrived.

The road block requires teams to pick up roses and chocolates and deliver them to their partners. Really? Only on this lame blind date season.

Road block (in order of arrival): Steve, Mike, Jenny, Laura, Hayley, Jackie, Matt

They then head to the Monte Carlo casino to play roulette, which will determine their detour choice for them, either don’t slack off or win by a nose. Also lame. I guess it could be argued that a change of pace is nice, but teams should be able to choose detours based on pros and cons, not dumb luck.

Win by a nose requires teams to make a bottle of signature perfume and cologne. Don’t slack off requires teams to zipline 2000 feet above the city and then walk back across the wire.

Win by a nose: Aly & Steve, Mike & Rochelle, Laura & Tyler, Hayley & Blair
Don’t slack off: Jelani & Jenny, Jeff & Jackie, Matt & Ashley

The heights detour is a simple matter of overcoming their fears, while the other one is like a chemistry class. Nobody is going to have to redo don’t slack off, but the other will require multiple attempts, putting everybody who got stuck with that in the back of the pack. This just keeps getting worse. What a poorly planned leg.

Strangely, despite the fact that they are all bringing up the rear, the smell task people pull ahead of the rest. It must be easier to get to the pit stop from there.

The pit stop for this leg of the race is Plage de Passable.

First: Hayley & Blair (win a trip to South Africa… probably not together)
Second: Aly & Steve
Third: Mike & Rochelle
Fourth: Matt & Ashley
Fifth: Jelani & Jenny
Sixth: Laura & Tyler
Eliminated: Jeff & Jackie

As the team with the worst sense of direction, Jeff & Jackie have been eliminated. I can’t believe this stupid leg was not non-elimination.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of The Amazing Race 26 Episode 7, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Survivor: Worlds Apart Episode 8

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Jenn saved herself with a hidden immunity idol in Survivor: Worlds Apart Episode 7, which caused Kelly to be sent home.

Rodney blames Mike, his leader, for changing the vote from Hali to Jenn.

For the reward challenge, they will collect puzzle pieces on balance beams and then the top three will solve a puzzle. Reward is a pizza picnic. Shirin is a lost cause. Joe is flying through this. You think he might dial it back, but it’s not like his strength is a secret by now. Mike is behind him. Hali places third. They all seem pretty competent at the puzzle, but it’s Joe who wins reward. He chooses Tyler, Will, and Carolyn to join him. After Rodney talks about being 7 strong, Joe can choose another person, and he goes with Shirin. He’s basically got all the potential swing votes with him.

In Carolyn’s bottle of soda is a clue to the hidden immunity idol. She doesn’t notice and gives it to Joe to finish, and Tyler catches him taking it. When they get back, Mike sneaks behind and watches them read the clue. Tyler knows something is up, so he tells Mike the clue. Later, Mike pretends to everyone that Joe found the idol, and Joe plays along.

Joe’s happy because he assumes everybody bought this, and he’s content to just rest on that. Then there’s Mike, who uses this opportunity to go find the idol himself. The interesting thing about this dynamic where Mike wants to get rid of Joe is that he knows he’s the next biggest target, so what he’s doing is potentially taking out a shield that deflects attention from himself.

The immunity challenge is three slide mazes and a slide puzzle. Nothing more than that, just a puzzle. Rodney and Hali fall way behind, but all the others are in it and trying to catch up to Joe. Dan yells that he has it, and everybody stupidly stops. He is wrong. Now he has it. Everybody stops and looks again. Wrong again. How about you keep going until Jeff says somebody wins? Like Joe, who wins immunity as usual.

Shirin is mentioned as a target, but she’s toxic and not going to win anything, making her a nice person to drag along to the end. Hali is mentioned as the replacement.

The girls find a common enemy to complain about some more, and Dan is their target.


With 6 votes, Hali has been voted off the island. She just got stuck at the bottom of the already established totem pole. Sierra backed out of the all girls plan, continuing with her original tribe that she hates, which makes more sense than forcing a tie.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Worlds Apart Episode 9, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Amazing Race 26 Episode 5

Posted by Shane on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2:32 am

Weeks ago in The Amazing Race 26 Episode 4, the way behind everybody else with no chance of catching up Harley & Jonathan were eliminated.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Bergen & Kurt - 3:03PM
Second: Hayley & Blair - 3:06PM
Third: Aly & Steve - 3:12PM
Fourth: Laura & Tyler - 3:51PM
Fifth: Jeff & Jackie - 4:20PM
Sixth: Mike & Rochelle
Seventh: Jelani & Jenny
Eighth: Matt & Ashley

Jeff & Jackie and Laura & Tyler continue to get along, but Bergen & Kurt failed as a couple almost immediately while Jelani and Blair are having difficulty tolerating the hostility from their partners.

Teams must now fly more than 5000 miles to Munich, Germany. All teams are on the same flight.

Laura comes up with the idea to trade cars because she’s struggling with the driving, and in the process they leave their bag with presumably something important inside the previous car. The good news for them is that another team is bound to stumble upon it. Of course, they’ll have to wait around until that other team (Jeff & Jackie) shows up, though if they really wanted to be jerks the other team could guarantee their elimination by pretending they haven’t seen it.

They are not alone in this struggle. Have these people not seen this show before? You need to know how to drive stick. Bergen & Kurt eventually decide to forget about it, take a cab, and accept the penalty.

Meanwhile, Jeff & Jackie seem to be falling apart like all the other blind daters as she turns into a ranting lunatic. She tells him to shut up. He tries to tell her she doesn’t need to shut up, but eventually he agrees she should because she won’t stop for no apparent reason. Then there’s Hayley (or as Tyler calls her, the wicked witch of the west), who tells Blair he’s pissed her off to the point of no return. Like that’s difficult.

After getting dressed in lederhosen, they drive their Ford promotional vehicle to their next destination, a winter wonderland, where there task is to… promote Ford by driving in reverse. That leads them to a rowing task to retrieve the detour clue.

Here’s the catch for Bergen & Kurt. The challenge is they have to drive a car. They don’t have one. That means a 2 hour penalty.

Finally, Jeff & Jackie show up. They pretend they haven’t seen the fanny pack, but Laura & Tyler search their car and score what they were waiting for poorly hidden under the back seat. If you’re going to lie, lie better. Bergen & Kurt have one last hope remaining, the very lost and also unable to drive Mike & Rochelle, but by the time they leave, 45 minutes remain on the penalty.

The detour is a choice between stein or stack. In stein, teams must figure out how to carry 22 steins of beer all at once. In stack, teams must build a tower with a stack of 15 empty crates.

Stein: Aly & Steve, Matt & Ashley
Stack: Jeff & Jackie, Jelani & Jenny, Laura & Tyler, Hayley & Blair (switched from stein), Mike & Rochelle, Bergen & Kurt

This stein task seems silly easy watching the first team complete it, as Aly & Steve have no trouble at all. That result is misleading as she’s a lot tougher than most. And certainly less emotional than Hayley, who wants to switch to the other detour where they surprisingly start working together.

The road block requires teams to learn a wooing song in German. Failure means a bucket of water will be dumped on their heads.

Road block (in order of arrival): Aly, Ashley, Jackie, Jenny, Laura, Blair

This seems to be a pretty simple task, though Blair is the only one who does not get wet.

The pit stop for this leg of the race is Lake Spitzingsee.

First: Aly & Steve (win a Ford Focus each)
Second: Matt & Ashley
Third: Jeff & Jackie
Fourth: Jelani & Jenny
Fifth: Hayley & Blair
Sixth: Laura & Tyler
Seventh: Mike & Rochelle
Eliminated: Bergen & Kurt

Bergen & Kurt screwed themselves by not making enough of an effort to either learn to drive prior to the race or trying harder during the race. Phil isn’t going to wait around for them any longer, and he greets them at the train station to eliminate them. Kurt is fine with them having given up. Bergen is disappointed, and I don’t think they’ll even be on each other’s Christmas card lists, let alone in a relationship.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of The Amazing Race 26 Episode 6, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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