'Amazing Race' recap, In Indonesia, the herd mentality rules

  • Team Goat Farmer knows their fresh eggs, and the eggs in this episode are fresh. I bet they needed the protein.
Team Goat Farmer knows their fresh eggs, and the eggs in this… (CBS )
October 15, 2012

Previously on "The Amazing Race," Team Superfan almost lost due to their lack of skills with balloon animals. They didn't even run to the Pit Stop, so defeated were they in their hearts.

They are my son's favorite team, and he would have cried if they lost (he's 6). So the Superfans better race harder this time or they'll have to come to my house and apologize. Oh, and Team Legs went home.

Now, let's stay in Indonesia! It has about 17,000 islands, even a 24-hour marketplace, there is so much to do.

First up? I dunno, let's wait for another team and see where they go. Yes, the Twins wait for Team Texi, and then they all wait for Team Chipp so they can move as a herd.

In one of the most insightful quotes of the week, one Twin states, "This is a perfect example of [how] when there are numbers [of teams] you just do dumb [bleep] because you feel safe."

Team Goat Farmers and Team Rock On are out of the gate next. One team says that great people wind up winning, and they are great people. Another team says they are the lone wolves of the game. Who said what? The Goat Farmers are the lone wolves? What a terrible metaphor!

Important Roadblock Prerequisite: Forearms

The Roadblock is at a restaurant, but thankfully does not involve eating food. One person must serve 20 plates of food all at once, without a tray, just using the real estate available on their arm. These aren’t dinner plates, more the size of salad plates, and they each have one smallish serving of food on them.

Phil Keoghan pointed out on Twitter, "I love the portion sizes here. You could never do this challenge in an American restaurant."

Following the herd is a good idea until you lose the herd

The insightful Twins lose the group when their cab wanders off track. They arrive at the Roadblock after Chipp, Dominate, Texi, Goat Farmer, and Rock On have all finished. Twin One spills food while Twin Two shouts "Chataranga" at her, their code word for relax. Oh look, it worked! She totally chataranga'd!

Unfortunately (dramatic pause), the Twins just miss a train that the earlier teams are on. They are now in the back of the pack, taking a train three hours later.

What do you call Team Dominate at your house?

So Team Rock On, aka Lone Wolf, aka Long Hair Don't Care, identifies the other teams on the train: Chipmunks (Chippendales), Goat Farmers (not Lone Wolf), Texas in the House (Texi), and Abbie and Her Boyfriend. I love it! Team Dominate has no obviously available characteristic for a nickname, and Abbie is somehow more memorable. Boyfriend may be a jujitsu champion, but he's clearly no Abbie.

How do you like dem eggs?

Phil explains that the Detour options his week are two art forms that have been in existence for centuries. The first choice is Egg Head: Have your head lit on fire (well, a coconut on top of your head is lit on fire) to cook some eggs, and then eat the eggs.

Sidebar: Have you guys noticed how many cultural traditions are really wacky things to do with your head? Okay, I'm really only thinking of the Peruvian bottle dance where they dance with a bottle balanced on their head. But still.

Hundreds of years ago, someone in Indonesia said, "I really want to light this coconut on fire, but I'm on an island so obviously the sea could rise up and reclaim the land at any moment. I'd better put the lit coconut somewhere safer. Like on my head."

Team Goat Farmer is the only team from the first train to do Egg Head. "Should we put this in our next cookbook?'‘You can do this at home!'" They note that they are farmers, so they know their fresh eggs, and these are fresh. I bet they needed the protein.

By the way, "Law & Order" actor BD Wong tweeted, "This season of 'The Amazing Race': The best thing that Television has done for Gay Goat Farming in years."

Quote of the Week

The other Detour option is Lion's Head: Team members will dress in a costume with a 40-pound mask and parade around a park, periodically stopping to perform lunges and twirls.

According to Southern Chippendale, the mask is held on with your mouth and hands. He does not think the mouthpiece has been cleaned recently. In fact, "I think I must've made out with like 947 Indonesian people today alone just by putting that thing in my mouth. I'm tasting years of ... culture. It was not ... pleasant."

Pit Stop Fashion

Teams are sent to the Pit Stop after a Double U-Turn. The first train group made a pact not to U-Turn anyone. Well, Team Lone Wolf Rock On didn't join the pack, but they don't U-Turn anyway.

Abbie and Her Boyfriend take first place again, followed by Team Texi. Phil makes them admit that they should hate each other because they are both strong teams. Texi promises to work on that.

Team Chipp is third and Team Rock the Lone Wolf is fourth. One of them, possibly Abba, has spent his free time using pieces of tape to spell out "BE DIPHERENT HI FIL!" on his shirt. He lost me at the "dipherent" but he found me again when he said hi to Phil. Always say hi to Phil, you guys, always say hi to Phil.

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