The Amazing Race Season 23 Review “Baby Bear’s Soup”

Up against some stiff competition over on ABC in the form of The Oscars telecast, The Amazing Race returned tonight with “Baby Bear’s Soup”. With a lot of other stuff to watch tonight, I was still really excited to catch back up with the All Stars and see what kinda antics the teams were gonna get up to in Quangzhou, China!

It’s always frustrating to see teams that you like making really boneheaded moves, but that was what happened when the cowboys decided they should jog to the first location instead of taking a cab. I really didn’t understand this at all. Did they not want to spend the money? Or did they just not want to go through the hassle of trying to flag down a taxi? I mean, it can’t be the money, right? It’s very rare that anybody on this race doesn’t have enough money to travel, so why not spring a few bucks to get to your location faster? So what if it’s just around the corner? Then you only pay a few bucks in cab fare, so who cares?!

Their bad decision making didn’t stop there, though. They also just gave away their extra Express Pass to the country singers because…why? Was it just guilt? Annoyance? Jet tried to explain his move by saying that the burden of needing to hand off the Express Pass is now off of his shoulders in leg two, but I don’t see that as a good thing. You need to use the Express Pass as a bargaining chip to get yourself out of a jam! If you’re stuck in a challenge, or if you’re in the back of the pack, give it to another team to get yourself through it! Last season Nicole and Travis waited until the latest leg possible before handing it out, so this is definitely a different strategy. I hope it works out for them!

I was pretty surprised that nobody picked the cupping challenge, instead they all chose the very difficult looking hackeysack-with-shuttlecock challenge. I mean, how would you fail the cupping challenge? Don’t you just lay down and let it happen to you? Maybe they knew something that we didn’t about how long the cupping would take, but you’d think some of them would think that the hackeysack challenge would take a long time.

The other big dramatic moment tonight came from Mallory losing Mark’s bag. Or at least, that’s what it looked like, but she claims it wasn’t her fault! I’m not sure how that’s possible, but it was pretty tough to watch them both going at each other. Neither Mark nor Mallory ever really lost their temper against their partner in previous races, so it was definitely pretty tough to see how upset Mark was. I didn’t know that you were allowed to proceed without your bag, though. I know he had his passport, and other people would have donated clothes, but it makes sense to me that he’d want to go back for it all anyway. Who knows how far behind they were from the rest of the teams, though. The backpack detour might not have been the nail in the coffin for them after all.

I’m definitely sad to see the two of them go, although I never really wanted to see those two on a team together. I like Mark and Bopper, and I liked Mallory and her dad, but that strange combination team never really had much of a chance anyway. Hoping Team YouTube or Margie and Luke bite the dust next, but I guess we’ll see.

Random Thoughts:

– Rachel running out into the woods without any clue where she was going is one of my favorite things of the season so far.

– Do they not do high fives in China? Both Leo and Mark were denied a high five tonight. They do peace signs and other hand gestures, so why not high fives?!

– Cord’s sliding kick was one of the coolest parts of the night.