The Amazing Race: Stacking Melons, Stringing Harps, Breaking Bottles And Going Home Yell At Your TV Recap and Commentary by RTVC Senior Staff Writer Kathleen March 5, 2012
TBP (Team Border Patrol) whips out their Spanish and makes it look easy. Rachel is trying her Spanglish.
Kentucky is struggling to even read what is written. Kentucky finally just says “follow them”. The Feds seem to have one word, “rapido”.
I’m not sure that “drive it like you stole it, baby” said in thick Kentuckian works in Paraguay, but Kentucky’s cab driver at least looks amused.
The destination is more orderly than a junk yard but not by much. TBP takes a moment to slide down a pair of slides, children’s types.
They have to find the clue hidden somewhere.
Now for some totally unfathomable reason, one of them says “let’s look in the grills”.
That is, of course, where the clues have been stashed, but for the life of me why would they immediately think of that when there are at least ninety-nine-million other places available.
According to what we see, they promptly find the correct grill and get the clue.
It may be editing again but they don’t show any other teams at the junkyard yet.
The clue is for a Detour. Stacked Up or Strung Out.
Stacked Up involves a big fruit market. Strung Out involves musical instruments. What they show us are harps.
Stacked Up details. Go to the largest fruit market in Paraguay. I guess that’s a product placement.
It’s watermelon season. They find trucks full of watermelons and stack them. They must create a perfectly stacked 10’ by 10’ pyramid of melons just like the locals do. It must pass inspection to produce the next clue.
Strung Out details. Go to an auditorium where there are harps, the national instrument of Paraguay. Another product placement, cultural reference style.
They get to select a harp and then attach 36 strings to the instrument. There is an ongoing demonstration on how to do it. When the harp is ready for tuning, they will get their clue.
TBP tells us they are doing watermelon stacking.
Hmm … other teams are arriving at the junkyard and all are sliding the slides. Must be part of the instructions.
Kentucky finds the clue and picks stacking watermelons. Ditto the Undercover Feds and Team Army.
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