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Rewind – The Week in Reality TV (03/02 – 03/08) | Inside Pulse

Rewind – The Week in Reality TV (03/02 – 03/08)

The Amazing Race – Episode 14-4
Teams flew to Siberia, during which the brothers accidentally called the cheerleaders who tried to pull a fast one, but the joke backfired as Things We Did Not See On Film occurred that resulted in Kisha and Jen, Team Mile High and the brothers arriving well ahead of the other teams. We got one of those “use your head” clues as teams had to find a dam that was printed on Russian money. They then encountered a Detour that involved either stacking wood or building shutters. Most teams chose the wood stacking although three teams (Mel/Mike, Mark/Michael and Kris/Amanda) decided to switch tasks after the wood stacks collapsed. Unfortunately for Amanda and Kris there was a U-Turn here and Margie and Luke stuck them with one, forcing them to do the wood stacking anyway. The U-Turn also had a new twist in that it was a “Blind” U-Turn and the U-Turned team had no idea who gave it to them.

Roadblock involved multitasking as a team member went down a bobsled coaster while looking for letters that spelled “Chekhov”. Most teams did this in a reasonable amount of time. The top two teams ended up rather close at the finish as Kisha and Jen couldn’t find the correct entrance and ended up second behind Team Mile High. Tammy and Victor bounced back with the third place finish while the U-Turned Amanda and Kris were eliminated.

In other news, Billy Debney interviewed eliminated Racers Steve and Linda Cole. Check it out.

American Idol – Episodes 8-16, 8-17 and 8-18
Semifinal Group 3 competed and seemingly took the criticisms of the previous groups to heart. Well, unless you were a 17-year old, in which you still chose the wrong song. Both Joe Corey and I went three-for-three this round as Lil Rounds, Scott “The Blind Guy” McIntyre and “Puerto Rican Nightmare” Jorge Nuñez made it through. We had the 8 Wild Cards chosen, and after all was said and done, we had a top 13. Yes, thirteen. I guess they were short two episodes to complete the order. That or they wanted to capitalize on Slumdog Millionaire, since Anoop Desai was the final person chosen in a surprise. Joining him were Matt Giraud, Megan “Hippychick” Corkrey, and Jasmine “Commercialcommercialcommercial” Murray. The highlight of the wild card episode was Megan looking for a high-five from Jasmine – and not getting it.

Joe Corey reviewed both the performance and results shows, while I reviewed the performance show as well.

America’s Best Dance Crew – Episode 3-8
In the finale, there weren’t any dance offs, just new dances by all the groups. As pretty much expected from the outset, Quest Crew (the one featuring Domenic, Hok and Ryan from So You Think You Can Dance) won the title. It should be interesting to see if this good karma for Dance alumni continues to Dancing With the Stars, where Dimitri Chaplin and Chelsie Hightower are set to join Lacey Schwimmer in the competition.

The Celebrity Apprentice – Episode 8-2
Teams are asked to make a comic book for Zappos.com, with help from Image Comics (I’m assuming that they supplied freelancers). KOTU chooses Scott as a project manager, and their campaign involves using the catchphrase “EEE” (which several people, but notably Tom) and two models that are supposed to be the same person but look nothing alike. Athena, meanwhile, has Khloe as PM and presumably succeed because Annie took charge. Annie will either be the first woman fired or she’s gonna win this thing, which would be great because she really isn’t a celebrity as compared to everyone else – only poker fans are likely to pick Annie Duke out of a crowd of moms. Scott takes Tom and Herschel (because Trump said bring two) into the boardroom with him but Scott ends up fired because “EEE” didn’t make sense to Zappos.

Dancing With the Stars
Both Jewel and Nancy O’Dell have dropped out of the competition, which if you’ve seen the video for “Intuition” may have been fortunate for Jewel. And unfortunate for everyone who wanted to see Jewel in skimpy outfits. Apparently, their replacements will be announced tonight, although rumours persist that former Girl Next Door Holly Madison will be teaming up with Dimitri. The other contestants:

  • Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Gos) and Jonathan Roberts
  • David Alan Grier (In Living Color) and Kym Johnson
  • Shawn Johnson (Olympic Gymnast) and Mark Ballas
  • L’il Kim (Rapper) and Derek Hough
  • Gilles Marini (I have no clue and I don’t care either) and Cheryl Burke
  • Ty Murray (Bull Rider and Jewel’s husband) and Chelsie Hightower
  • Steve-O (Jackass) and Lacey Schwimmer
  • Denise Richards (Wild Things) and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Lawrence Taylor (The luckiest guy in the competition) and Edyta Sliwinska
  • Chuck Wicks (Who?) and Julianne Hough
  • Steve Wozinak (Apple co-founder) and Karina Smirnoff

Dancing With the Stars starts tonight on ABC. Don’t expect Chelsie and Ty to reenact the “Bleeding Love” routine. Do expect Edyta to wear minimal amounts of clothing.

Hell’s Kitchen – Episode 5-4
The teams went to an Asian market that kinda looked like those “villages” that they set up on Survivor for Reward Challenges. The task was a Top Chef-like challenge, where teams had to create three Asian-inspired “fusion” dishes. How exactly one determines fusion cooking is beyond me – it’s a pretty generic term to be honest. The red team won this challenge, but all the men (+ Lacey) had to do was make fortune cookies and origami. The dinner service was, as usual, not up to Ramsay’s standards – Andrea and J in particular had bad days, whereas Lacey actually rocked her station. Meanwhile, Robert got annoyed when Ramsay called him Bobby due to some father issues (his father was named Bobby). In the end, Ramsay had Giovanni nominate a blue chef and L.A. a red chef. To noone’s surprise this turned out to be Andrea and J. However Ramsay decided to boot Colleen due to her continual mistakes, but complimented her tenacity.

Survivor: Tocantins – Episode 18-4
On Timbira, Coach relented and Brendan was appointed leader of the tribe (for whatever that’s worth). Meanwhile, the “Secret Alliance” moved forward as Stephen found out that he had moved bass ackwards into a favourable situation. Unfortunately, Brendan was unable to tell Sierra before the Reward Challenge, which is the test of strength challenge we haven’t seen in a while. The men all manage to hold up to around the 200lb mark (with one from each side tying Rupert’s record of 220lbs) so it comes down to the women and Taj outlasts Debra for the Jalapao win. Their reward is a camp “raid” which ends up consisting of water and a bag of beans, partially since Timbira has nothing and partially because karma is a bitch and a tribe swap puts you over on Timbira.

Sierra is sent to Exile, but luckily she chooses Taj who fills her in on the alliance.

The Immunity Challenge is again a race to untie puzzle pieces and solve the puzzle, which Timbira does to win for the first time since the first challenge. Helen campaigns for Sydney to go but ultimately the Tribe decides that she might be better to keep around and Helen gets the boot – with Taj making a throwaway vote for .

Top Chef: New York – Episode 5-15
Andy Cohen hosted the traditional reunion special. The relationships of Stefan/Fabio and Leah/Hosea were touched on, as well as the Wacky World of Carla. We got to see Leah and Jamie tanked which caused perhaps the least serious Judges Table ever, and a look at the “Birthday Curse” as well as the “Year of the Baldy”. We learned that apparently Tom is a sex symbol in the gay chef community, and that Stefan will hit on just about anyone with boobs. This season’s T-shirts were “I heart Fabio’s head” and “I’m a cougar in the kitchen” (Arianne). The $10,000 fan favourite award went to Fabio, who has an unhealthy obsession with monkey ass but whatever, he was hilarious.The Amazing Race – Episode 14-4
Teams flew to Siberia, during which the brothers accidentally called the cheerleaders who tried to pull a fast one, but the joke backfired as Things We Did Not See On Film occurred that resulted in Kisha and Jen, Team Mile High and the brothers arriving well ahead of the other teams. We got one of those “use your head” clues as teams had to find a dam that was printed on Russian money. They then encountered a Detour that involved either stacking wood or building shutters. Most teams chose the wood stacking although three teams (Mel/Mike, Mark/Michael and Kris/Amanda) decided to switch tasks after the wood stacks collapsed. Unfortunately for Amanda and Kris there was a U-Turn here and Margie and Luke stuck them with one, forcing them to do the wood stacking anyway. The U-Turn also had a new twist in that it was a “Blind” U-Turn and the U-Turned team had no idea who gave it to them.

Roadblock involved multitasking as a team member went down a bobsled coaster while looking for letters that spelled “Chekhov”. Most teams did this in a reasonable amount of time. The top two teams ended up rather close at the finish as Kisha and Jen couldn’t find the correct entrance and ended up second behind Team Mile High. Tammy and Victor bounced back with the third place finish while the U-Turned Amanda and Kris were eliminated.

Josh interviewed eliminated Racer Brad Hunt, whose wife, Victoria, was unavailable to join in.

American Idol – Episodes 8-16, 8-17 and 8-18
Semifinal Group 3 competed and seemingly took the criticisms of the previous groups to heart. Well, unless you were a 17-year old, in which you still chose the wrong song. Both Joe Corey and I went three-for-three this round as Lil Rounds, Scott “The Blind Guy” McIntyre and “Puerto Rican Nightmare” Jorge Nuñez made it through. We had the 8 Wild Cards chosen, and after all was said and done, we had a top 13. Yes, thirteen. I guess they were short two episodes to complete the order. That or they wanted to capitalize on Slumdog Millionaire, since Anoop Desai was the final person chosen in a surprise. Joining him were Matt Giraud, Megan “Hippychick” Corkrey, and Jasmine “Commercialcommercialcommercial” Murray. The highlight of the wild card episode was Megan looking for a high-five from Jasmine – and not getting it.

Joe Corey reviewed all three episodes. Check out his recaps for the Group 3 performance show, the Group 3 results show and the Wild Card show. You can also check out my recap of the performance show.

America’s Best Dance Crew – Episode 3-8
In the finale, there weren’t any dance offs, just new dances by all the groups. As pretty much expected from the outset, Quest Crew (the one featuring Domenic, Hok and Ryan from So You Think You Can Dance) won the title. It should be interesting to see if this good karma for Dance alumni continues to Dancing With the Stars, where Dimitri Chaplin and Chelsie Hightower are set to join Lacey Schwimmer in the competition.

The Celebrity Apprentice – Episode 8-2
Teams are asked to make a comic book for Zappos.com, with help from Image Comics (I’m assuming that they supplied freelancers). KOTU chooses Scott as a project manager, and their campaign involves using the catchphrase “EEE” (which several people, but notably Tom) and two models that are supposed to be the same person but look nothing alike. Athena, meanwhile, has Khloe as PM and presumably succeed because Annie took charge. Annie will either be the first woman fired or she’s gonna win this thing, which would be great because she really isn’t a celebrity as compared to everyone else – only poker fans are likely to pick Annie Duke out of a crowd of moms. Scott takes Tom and Herschel (because Trump said bring two) into the boardroom with him but Scott ends up fired because “EEE” didn’t make sense to Zappos.

Dancing With the Stars
Both Jewel and Nancy O’Dell have dropped out of the competition, which if you’ve seen the video for “Intuition” may have been fortunate for Jewel. And unfortunate for everyone who wanted to see Jewel in skimpy outfits. Apparently, their replacements will be announced tonight, although rumours persist that former Girl Next Door Holly Madison will be teaming up with Dimitri. The other contestants:

  • Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Gos) and Jonathan Roberts
  • David Alan Grier (In Living Color) and Kym Johnson
  • Shawn Johnson (Olympic Gymnast) and Mark Ballas
  • L’il Kim (Rapper) and Derek Hough
  • Gilles Marini (I have no clue and I don’t care either) and Cheryl Burke
  • Ty Murray (Bull Rider and Jewel’s husband) and Chelsie Hightower
  • Steve-O (Jackass) and Lacey Schwimmer
  • Denise Richards (Wild Things) and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Lawrence Taylor (Wrestlemania co-main eventer) and Edyta Sliwinska
  • Chuck Wicks (Who?) and Julianne Hough
  • Steve Wozinak (Apple co-founder) and Karina Smirnoff

Dancing With the Stars starts tonight on ABC. Don’t expect Chelsie and Ty to reenact the “Bleeding Love” routine. Do expect Edyta to wear minimal amounts of clothing.

Hell’s Kitchen – Episode 5-4
The teams went to an Asian market that kinda looked like those “villages” that they set up on Survivor for Reward Challenges. The task was a Top Chef-like challenge, where teams had to create three Asian-inspired “fusion” dishes. How exactly one determines fusion cooking is beyond me – it’s a pretty generic term to be honest. The red team won this challenge, but all the men (+ Lacey) had to do was make fortune cookies and origami. The dinner service was, as usual, not up to Ramsay’s standards – Andrea and J in particular had bad days, whereas Lacey actually rocked her station. Meanwhile, Robert got annoyed when Ramsay called him Bobby due to some father issues (his father was named Bobby). In the end, Ramsay had Giovanni nominate a blue chef and L.A. a red chef. To noone’s surprise this turned out to be Andrea and J. However Ramsay decided to boot Colleen due to her continual mistakes, but complimented her tenacity.

Survivor: Tocantins – Episode 18-4
On Timbira, Coach relented and Brendan was appointed leader of the tribe (for whatever that’s worth). Meanwhile, the “Secret Alliance” moved forward as Stephen found out that he had moved bass ackwards into a favourable situation. Unfortunately, Brendan was unable to tell Sierra before the Reward Challenge, which is the test of strength challenge we haven’t seen in a while. The men all manage to hold up to around the 200lb mark (with one from each side tying Rupert’s record of 220lbs) so it comes down to the women and Taj outlasts Debra for the Jalapao win. Their reward is a camp “raid” which ends up consisting of water and a bag of beans, partially since Timbira has nothing and partially because karma is a bitch and a tribe swap puts you over on Timbira.

Sierra is sent to Exile, but luckily she chooses Taj who fills her in on the alliance.

The Immunity Challenge is again a race to untie puzzle pieces and solve the puzzle, which Timbira does to win for the first time since the first challenge. Sandy campaigns for Sydney to go but ultimately the Tribe decides that she might be better to keep around and Helen gets the boot – with Taj making a throwaway vote for Joe.

Josh has an interview with Sandy talking about her time on Survivor

Top Chef: New York – Episode 5-15
Andy Cohen hosted the traditional reunion special. The relationships of Stefan/Fabio and Leah/Hosea were touched on, as well as the Wacky World of Carla. We got to see Leah and Jamie tanked which caused perhaps the least serious Judges Table ever, and a look at the “Birthday Curse” as well as the “Year of the Baldy”. We learned that apparently Tom is a sex symbol in the gay chef community, and that Stefan will hit on just about anyone with boobs. This season’s T-shirts were “I heart Fabio’s head” and “I’m a cougar in the kitchen” (Arianne). The $10,000 fan favourite award went – unsurprisingly – to Fabio.

Kevin Wong is a writer and co-editor for Reality Dish. He’s not sure what Fabio’s obsession with monkey ass is.

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