This must be a goodwill tour through the Muslim world, having gone through Indonesia, Bangladesh, and now Turkey. It has been a very long time since the race went to Turkey, having gone only once back in season 7, which was the first full season that I followed on CBS.
As the race moved on to Istanbul (formerly known as Constantinople, renamed under the Ottoman Empire), being the only city in the world to stand on 2 continents. And teams would be going back and forth between the 2. First they leave Asia by landing at the airport on the European side, then take the ferry across the Bosphorus Strait back to Asia. Then I believe it went back to Europe for the rest of the leg. Being such a geography nerd, I just find this awesome in more ways than one. Too bad there isn't a place to stand on both continents.
The Speed Bump was a tasty one, but it would have been a lame-ass one, if not for the fact that goat farmers going to the wrong one the first time. I don't know if it was really hard to find the stand with the marker, or that Josh & Brent are just not good at all, as they are basically chickens with their heads cut off. Still, because of another team making a boneheaded mistake, it ended up not costing them at all.
The Turkish bath one seemed like the more time consuming one at the Detour, but having that much cold water splashed on you is not relief at all, even if it was so hot outside. I can understand the logic that Josh had, that a more physical task means more faster.
The Monster Truckers were starting to grow on me, but a huge mistake taking AND sticking with the Metro, would end up costing them. Rob's stubbornness did not help at all, insisting that they were not followers, when the Chippendales left the Metro to take the taxi to the ferry. I will not miss the rolled luggage, but unfortunately, another team also has rolled luggage.
And with Trey & Lexi winning this leg, it prevents Abbie & Ryan from breaking the record, and at best, they can only tie it. That would mean winning the rest of the legs, which is not going to happen. Especially with the twins still having their Express Pass.
Originally Posted by DaveHof
I thought it was a personal issue I had with them, as I'm not a fan of loud people in general - but as of this week's episode they have cemented their status as villains. What they did to the longhairs was inexcusable, and I'm very disappointed that the only team I really like, Trey and Lexi, went along with it.
James & Abba - At the same time, that whole incident showed how awesome this team is, even though they had to resort to begging in the streets of Dhaka. Though, I do worry about one of the rocker's knees, as the pain will only get worse as the race goes on. While I don't wish knee pain on anyone, it seems to happen to fan favorites.
Natalie & Nadiya - With them not being penalized, but I guess if the money fell out and in plain view for anyone to take, then it's fair game. Still, the right thing to do was to give the money back. I was neutral towards this team for the most part, but they seem to keep giving me reasons to not like them. Them not liking Abbie & Ryan, all because that team had the nerve to show their displeasure towards their loudness. Speaking of which...
Abbie & Ryan - has been interesting, particularly with their annoyance towards the twins. Which mirrors what most of the audience feels towards them. And it can't sit well with them when hearing the twins saying that they hope Texas finishes first instead of them, as I sense a team rivalry brewing but it won't reach the levels from last season. Also, Ryan has made some interesting comments, like...
"next time you're at home, and 52" Samsung TV starts getting fuzzy on you, don't bitch about it, come to Dhaka."
"if you put those 6 heads together, you get 3 brain cells."
Josh & Brent - while I credit Josh taking matter into his own hands, by directing traffic so their cab can get finally moving. Not sure if that made any difference, though. And how much longer can they last, as they manage to mess up at the lame ass Speed Bump.
Trey & Lexi - the lovey-dovey team, as they did not even argue at all, when it came to taking and splitting the money "taken" from the longhairs, as Lexi supported it and Try opposed it (but caved in).
Jaymes & James - an entertaining and likeable team, though they keep finishing towards the back of the pack. And I agree with what DaveHof said about them.