Amazing Race Family teams finally get on a plane

The Amazing Race 8 finally forced its teams to travel via plane. They had to fly all the way from Washington Dulles to Charleston, South Carolina, an epic journey.

After a detour, teams were forced to endure being driven for eight hours in a charter bus. This was too much for the Weavers, who insisted they felt like prisoners and then had a meltdown at the Waffle House, the likes of which those employees probably haven’t seen since a half-hour earlier, when a hungry PCP-addled person sat down for some waffles.

In Alabama at the space center, the teams had to confront a daunting roadblock: spinning in a centrifuge, also known as the Gravitron, just one that was operated by a person with all of her teeth and a family tree that branches.

Finally, they had to race–on foot!–to get a final clue and to the pit stop. There, the first-place team won free gas for life from BP, which BP may be regretting about the time that gas prices reach the $10/gallon mark.

Whoever says this race is a watered-down version of the normal race is a liar.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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