Get up to speed: Your road map to who's who as `Amazing Race' zips toward finish line
by Amy Amatangelo
Wednesday, July 2, 2003
No brutal back-stabbing.
No personal humiliation.
People look like idiots only if they act like idiots.
And there's always a great view of some of the most scenic places in the world.
CBS' ``The Amazing Race,'' now in its fourth season, proves not all reality TV is bad.
It's not too late to get hooked on the series (tomorrow at 8 p.m. on WBZ, Ch. 4), which finds competitors racing around the globe completing a series of stunts for a million-dollar prize.
With only seven of the original 12 two-person teams left, now is the perfect time to leap into the race. Here's the skinny on the travelers and the baggage they're carrying: Tian/Jaree (friends/models)
There's absolutely nothing worth modeling from these two best friends. They are vicious and verbally abusive toward each other. Last week, Jaree (the brunette) told Tian (the blonde), ``I'm going to rip your head off.''
For models, they look dreadful, and we all can derive a smidgen of pleasure from that. But could all this animosity be just for the camera?
Personal roadblock: Tian is ready to sabotage their chances. Monica/Sheree (NFL wives/moms)
They dress and look alike (they haven't earned the nickname ``The Supremes'' for nothing) and are pretty darn resourceful. No matter what the crisis, they're always nice to each other. Do you hear that, cranky models?
Personal roadblock: The longer the race goes on, the more these two will be distracted by thoughts of home. Reichen/Chip (married)
These good-looking men show a striking lack of affection for each other. It's almost as if they made a pact to not act like a couple. You'll often find them high-fiving instead of kissing. Despite gallivanting all over the world, ``The Chippendales'' rarely have a hair out of place.
Personal roadblock: They haven't always played fair, and they keep making rookie mistakes. Jon/Al (professional clowns)
Since the Big Fat Guys were kicked off last week, these likable goofs are among the few teams remaining who actually seem to be having a good time.
Personal roadblock: Do these guys know they are in a race? Millie/Chuck (dating for 12 years/virgins)
The producers pounce on every opportunity to remind viewers that Millie and Chuck have been dating for 12 years and are still virgins. They've done everything but pin a golden ``V'' on their clothing. Bossy Millie has been dubbed ``Millie Mole,'' a reference to an obvious facial feature. Last week, poor browbeaten Chuck was happy to be strapped to a windmill because it gave him a moment of ``needed peace.''
Personal roadblock: He's claustrophobic. She's asthmatic. These medical issues have hurt them before and might continue to do so. Kelly/Jon (engaged)
They're the heterosexual couple who apparently sleep together - although the show refrains from putting ``Engaged/Has Sex Three Times a Week'' under their names. But Kelly does have a knack for giving her competitors memorable nicknames.
Personal roadblock: Kelly insists she's right - and she's usually wrong. David/Jeff (best friends)
This is a tough team to size up. This duo is virtually personality-free. Even Kelly hasn't found it necessary to give them a nickname.
Personal roadblock: If they crossed a finish line in the forest, would anyone know they had won?
Who should win: With the drive and the determination, Monica and Sheree are in position to prove there ain't no mountain high enough.
Who will win: If pure sexual frustration can serve as fuel, those crazy virgins Millie and Chuck have a chance.