Amazing Race
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M. Giant: B- | 2 USERS: B
The Gods Must Be in the Tub
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You want a really serious beginning? Even before the previouslies, we open with onscreen titles on a blue background read by Phil in voice-over: "Parts of last Sunday's episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us: our nation's veterans. We want to apologize to veterans -- particularly those who served in Vietnam -- as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast. All of us here have the most profound respect for the men and women who fight for our country." Okay, I agree that the B-52 wreckage could have been treated more respectfully and with some actual context, including in my recap, so I apologize for that too. But I'll have to disagree with anyone who thought the producers intended that pro-communism song to come off as anything other than supremely goofy.

Previouslies, credits, and ads. Then Phil tells us, as if we need reminding, "This is Vietnam," over a shot of a giant sculpture clearly dedicated to world peace: a globe being held by two hands, surmounted by a giant white dove, with an entire hemisphere covered by Vietnam. So, you know, peace under Vietnam. Phil goes on to say that more than 90 million people live here and "Its capital, Hanoi, is the economic and cultural center of the country. This National History Museum was once the French Consulate, and is now the start of the sixth leg in a race around the world." Now they're going to have to apologize to the French next week.

Pam & Winnie, having won the previous leg, are the first to begin this one at 10:40 PM. The clue reads, "Make your way to the city of Maun in the Kalahari Desert." After some shots of the African savannah and elephants and such, Phil narrates, "Teams must now figure out that they need to fly more than six thousand miles across the Indian Ocean to the African nation of Botswana. When they touch down, they'll have to find Mack Air and sign up for one of three flights that will then take them to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on the edge of the Kalahari Desert." This is all illustrated with shots of elephants, ostriches, giraffes, apes and the like in their natural habitats, as well as the chalkboard sign-up outside Mack Air. "Once there --" specifically, a primitive lean-to at the National Park with a hand-painted sign identifying it as "Xhumaga Airstrip Lounge -- "they'll find their next clue." Pam & Winnie head into a hotel to borrow some Internet, which is how they find out they're going to Botswana. They are aware that they don't want to get overconfident, especially after having U-Turned Meghan & Joey and potentially called down their twee wrath, but they think it would be pretty stupid of Team YouTube to take it personally. Mostly, as we see them back in their cab, they're just excited to be going to Botswana. As any fans of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series would be. Not that I know they are, it's just that who isn't?

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