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Amazing Race Canada recap: Jet + Dave = Reality TV Gold

… plus Sonya Bell explains what really should have happened in La Belle Province


 


Here’s what should have happened on The Amazing Race Canada’s sixth leg:

After flying from Regina to Quebec City, the remaining teams hailed horse-drawn carriages and careened across Old Quebec to the National Assembly, where they used their grade nine French to locate the office of Premier Pauline Marois. Once inside, Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod successfully translated “Keep fit and have fun!” and presented the premier with a Body Break tracksuit — a touching gesture so Canadian it immediately convinced Marois to drop her campaign for Quebec independence.

With the race’s true mission of uniting Canada complete, the contestants agreed to share the grand prize and wept. So did Marois.

End scene.

Alas, Team Body Break was eliminated in Regina — and this week’s episode was the weaker for it. Also, Premier Marois did not guest star.

Instead, the five remaining teams completed a series of semi-interesting activities in La Belle Province, carving ice sculptures, preparing traditional crepes, and scoring on an empty lacrosse net. The tasks seemed distinctly easier this week compared to last. Sitting on my couch, I didn’t even break a sweat. There were no surprise leaps ahead or falls behind, and the final finishing order was pretty predictable.

Tim Sr. and Tim Jr., the father-son team who forced Hal and Joanne from the race, finished last in Quebec City — but incredibly, this was another non-elimination round, marking the second time they’ve been saved.

“That’s pretty epic,” said Tim Sr., as only a dad can.

Now down to just 10 contestants, the problem with the race is that too many of the compelling characters have been eliminated. In addition to Hal and Joanne, I’d place B.C. hippies Kristen and Darren in that category. Even resident villains Holly and Brett, the Montreal doctors, weren’t captivating last night, which I blame on them losing their foils in Hal and Joanne.

The one redeeming aspect of the Quebec leg of the race was the occasional laugh brought to you by the language barrier. Chief among them was when Dave put on a faux French accent and said “We want to be the champions at the end of the race” which was translated along the bottom of the screen as “We want to be the mushrooms at the end of the race.”

Dave and his best friend Jet are now the team to watch. And not just because Team Body Break officially endorsed them as “nice guys” who “play the race hard.” 

They’re a very physical team, but what makes them reality TV gold (in addition to the fact that one is a police officer named Jet Black and the other is a national champion in cheerleading) is their on-camera antics. They’re funny in their post-game interviews, good-natured during the challenges, and playful with the other teams. This week, that included constructing a fake message in very bad French that tricked brothers Jody and Cory into searching for a non-existent clue at night.

“Jody and Cory are so intense, this could not have worked out better,” they laughed — before letting the brothers in on their prank.

All that fun and games, and Jet and Dave still finished first this week — for the third straight leg. Keeping fit and having fun may still be the key to winning this thing.


 

Amazing Race Canada recap: Jet + Dave = Reality TV Gold

  1. why can’t the Amazing Race Canada actually go to other countries? that’s what makes Amazing Race so interesting, because the viewers get to see all those exotic countries and how the racers interact with the culture – racing in your own country is boring.

    • If they went to other countries, it would be way, way too expensive for the sponsors. Canada has only a small portion of the population of the USA. to draw on for marketing purposes.
      At least the show is providing employment for the Candians involved in production, and prizes for the Canadians in the competition.
      Even though the participants are kind of a fake sampling of Canadians ( except for the brothers and the cute guys featured in this story), probably chosen by some inexperienced politically correct casting agent, who saw no need to include the Atlantic provinces in their contestant choices, it is nice that they tried.
      Maybe it will get more realistic and interesting if they have it again, and use a casting agent who actually might be from Canada somewhere, and a location scout who has been to places in Canada not described in toursim handouts.

      • Well Australia has an even smaller population than Canada (and is not a even G8 country) and has gone around the world in their past 2 seasons of the race (including to Canada in season 2 and is the only version of TAR to go to Israel – which they did in season 1 – and Cuba). And don’t tell me that their huge monopoly sponsor Air Canada doesn’t have money. The real issue is that Canadian corporations (like we’re seeing with the big 3 telecom companies and Verizon) are risk-averse. Even though Canada has the highest per capita viewers of the American Amazing Race, the Canadian version had a challenge in recruiting reluctant companies to put forward the money to fund the operation. After seeing the 3 million viewers for the first episode though, I think we can all rest assured that the second season will be far more compelling and international than this one.

    • I haven’t found it boring at all. Our country is so beautiful!! I get to see more of it and find out things I might not otherwise know about it. In fact, the show makes me want to go and discover more Canada!!

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      • Right on!

      • You guys have to remember that they edit out a lot of the stuff to paint the teams a certain way. This is reality TV not a 24/7 streaming live competition! And at least you ‘hate’ them! Most of the teams that they cast are way too shallow for you to either root for or pull against or have been eliminated already!

    • To the posters below, they are fundraising for the Montreal Children’s Hospital if you read their website

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    • This is a ridiculous comment. The doctors are donating anything they make on TAR to the hospital where they practice. You sound like you could actually BE a patient of their, they’re pediatricians.

  4. OMG- Those guys are sooooo HOT!

    Where were they during Big Brother Canada? Much easier on the eyes than that freak with the weird hair, who is not a fashion critic on one of the fluff shows (like maybe ET Canada?) from time to time – Seriosuly – why would a guy. with weird hair and who wears ladies clothes, be a fashion
    expert”???

  5. Go Jet and Dave, way to represent London! I think the doctors could still win yet, don’t count them out!

    • Like Jet and Dave too but we need Hal and Joanne to make it really interesting. It is so much more fun to watch with them around. It is unfair they didnt get a non elimination like the tims keep getting. Why save a pair with no charm? They are horrible to watch. Worse than the sisters and that’s saying something. They sure like spandex.