I Hate Jill Zarin Amazing Race September 26, 2010
Tonight CBS presented episode one of its new season of The Amazing Race. With 11 teams of two, they are given brief instructions including a new feature! There is a special express pass to be won which can be used at any time during the race to bypass any of the challenges they will face in the race.
The teams race off from Boston Logan Airport to London, England with two flights ready to whisk them off to Europe, the first flight will accept only three teams but as they arrive at their first destination in England, Stonehenge the 30-minute fight difference becomes irrelevant.
The teams almost all got in the car on the wrong side of the vehicle but drove off to their first destination spot, Stonehenge. There was no time to take in the sights, the clue box was waiting and they were on to destination number 2 almost immediately.
With a very simple backward clue, the teams are then instructed to find Eastnor Castle where they are pummeled with nasty dirty water as they climb up the castle walls and retrieve a flag. They are then told to take a small round boat and balance themselves holding onto a wire across a short river.
One team member is then required to ride a horse in a joust then fling watermelons at a suit of armor to knock it down and finally locate the pit stop. Sounds simple right?
You would think being instructed to retrieve a flag and then grab a boat would be pretty straightforward, right? Believe it or not, there is a couple who just doesn’t get it. Running around looking for flags that are right in front of them and even touching one, the amazing tattooed couple can’t seem to find a flag or find a boat sitting on the edge of the water. I was so hoping that this couple would be eliminated just for being stupid, but alas The Amazing Race doesn’t work that way. Pardon me but I have absolutely no patience or compassion for stupidity on this show so this couple is already on the bottom of my list. Let’s hope they’re gone soon!
The team in first place leaving Boston, two young men named Tony and Ron purchase a map upon arriving in London yet are the last team to arrive at Stonehenge. Desperately lost in England trying to locate Eastnor Castle, they drive for hours trying to find the elusive castle. As do the tattooed couple but unfortunately, Tony and Ron are the last team to arrive and are eliminated.
Two Ivy League college students, one resembling Little Harry Potter run the race as young Potter describes Stonehenge as magical, ironic, huh? He and his buddy are in the middle of the pack throughout and end up 6th to the final pit stop.
There is a mother daughter team who has only recently met one another due to an adoption situation and is hoping that this race will help them to connect and get to know each other. Mom’s inexperience at driving a stick-shift car almost ended their chances at continuing the race but miraculously the car started up again and she got the hang of it.
Two young ladies Cat and Nat are both doctors and arrived second to the final pit stop in this first leg of the race.
There are three dating couples, a father daughter, father son and a couple of ladies who are hosts on a shopping network. One couple that stood out was Chad and Stephanie. The Amazing Race is famous for finding one real jerk that treats his wife / girlfriend like crap and Chad is this year’s asshole! Inevitably the jerk of the season will slow the couple down due to his frustration and rage and Chad is no exception. His anger almost lost them the first leg of the race as they searched around the massive castle grounds for Phil and the welcoming committee at the pit stop. This couple seemed to be the only ones who had trouble finding Phil tonight.
One of the three dating couples, Jill and Thomas arrive first and receive the express pass that will most likely come into play later in the season.
And so Season 17 is off and running, 17 years and Phil Keoghan looks exactly the same as he looked during Season 1. What’s up with that? The show has won several Emmy Awards but was beat out this year by our very own Top Chef. Phil Keoghan has the best gig in the world, this guy gets to travel with these contestants but merely stand there and announce the order in which the players arrive on the world mat. I would bet he stays in the very best hotels and travels first class with an entourage while the teams travel on long flights jammed into coach with their huge backpacks and seem to be running a whole lot. Phil most likely gets paid substantially more than the winning team but has to complete none of the challenges. Where do I sign up for Phil’s job?
CBS’s web site has the shocking footage of the watermelon in the face at the slingshot competition, (ouch, what a trooper to keep going) bio’s of all of the contestants, and interviews with the eliminated teams, you can find them here:
Meet the cast here:
Bravo will air another episode of Thintervention with Jackie Warner tonight. This show is a bit disappointing, I watched originally because Jeana was a member of the cast but she is on so very little that I wonder if she’s not happy about this gig and just wants to get back onto RHOOC. There are a few interesting characters but all of these weight loss shows are starting to all look alike.
Dina Manzo has had it with you people damnit, she’s not taking it anymore! From Twitter:
@DinaManzo: guys I LOVE u but please don’t RT or mention any of the haters to me. This twitter is a HAPPY place. I could care less what they say or do!!
Dina is an unstable, angry and most likely lonely housewife who can dish it out but cannot take it! Rumors continue that her husband Tommy isn’t much of a hands-on or available husband to his beloved Dina. Admitting he cheated on Dina prior to their televised wedding and refusing to appear on RHONJ with his wife are clues to their unhappy marriage.
Dina is taking her anger out on fans of the show, taking their heads off over innocent and kind tweets because her tiny brain can’t decipher fans from haters. Between 11pm and midnight on Sunday, Dina hit the old “Protect” button and has blocked her tweets. She has since released the block, she tends to do this when she wants to delete things that she’s tweeted in anger before anyone actually sees them.
Have you seen the new Hoaders episode? Welcome to Dina’s Crib on Hulu: http://hulu.com/w/4crd
The newest Housewives trend on Twitter is to sign up to post automatic ads on their Twitter page, here is an example from Teresa Giudice:
Got an iPad? Here are gorgeous cases (love the leather!), and if you buy 1, you get a screen guard free… http://spn.tw/tAa0R #ad
This auto posted to Teresa’s Twitter account at 5am and she was getting tweets asking why she was up so early? Are people really that naïve? I guess they are. This isn’t unique to Teresa, in fact, anyone can sign up to do this except the average Twitter’er would inevitably lose followers if they regularly tweeted advertisements.
Caroline does it, Jill Zarin, even Bethenny does it. The housewives really need the few dollars that this produces that badly?
I’ve started a new page, you can access it from the top of the screen by clicking on “IHJZ Family Photos” in the black bar under the banner. I think it’ll be fun to share photos of each other. I’ll be adding more photos every day, please send me your favorite photo of yourself, along with the name you use on the blog. If you prefer to remain anonymous, send a childhood photo or any photo you feel represents you best! I’ll post your kids, your pets or your favorite travel photo…anything you like! Thanks to our first few brave souls who have contributed to the fun! Email it to me at LynnAHudson@aol.com Thanks!
Don’t forget to check out the old IHJZ blogs reminding us all how much we hate Jill Zarin, I’ve included the comments as well, enjoy! http://lynnnchicago.blogspot.com/
Until Next Time….