From Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Stockholm, Sweden … by planes, trains and automobiles … with gnomes, explosives and 186 bales of hay.  It seems the latest episode of The Amazing Race had a little something for everyone—including plenty of choice comments that made me go "huh?" or chuckle or possibly raise an eyebrow and groan à la Scooby DooArrumph?

So without further ado, here's what I heard (in no particular or chronological order):

"We're probably embarrassing our family."  Yep.  Probably so.  Team Bro talk about their sibling rivalry and their bickering and yelling as they drive to the airport in Amsterdam to catch a flight to Stockholm.  Got to love their honesty.  Well … at least since last week's "true confessions" time with the other teams.

"We're running a really strong race which is a good sign of compatibility and a good partnership."  Wow.  Seriously!  A pro-marriage statement from Team All American who acknowledged that they were planning to head toward the altar.  Not used to hearing such positive affirmation from a couple on a reality television show.  Maybe Meghan and Cheyne should get a new nickname.  Go Team Marriage!

"I'm on gnome duty."  Team Globetrotter's Nathaniel to Herbert after successfully tossing a ring around the right cone (at a "Roaming Gnome Ring Toss" game at an amusement park) and finding the ceramic-looking Travelocity "roaming gnome" underneath which revealed the next clue; they also had to carry the gnome with them for the rest of this leg of the race.  Later, while driving on their way to blast some explosives (the next challenge required them to go to a rock quarry where they had to build a bunker with dirt bags and then fire off some dynamite), the duo tossed around some nicknames for their new little buddy:  Sweet Pea, Louisiana Shorty ("That's ghetto!") or Harlem Gnome. 

"The guy is supposed to win his girl something at the fair, not the other way around."  But then Team Jungle Fever has always seemed to do things a little differently, haven't they?  Brian said this after Ericka did well at the Roaming Gnome Ring Toss.  And to that, Ericka had to say:  "It's two-thousand-and-nine!" (As in, times have changed.)  Thanks for the history lesson, Ericka.

"Thank the Lord."  Well glory be!  Didn't expect a vertical shout-out from Team Bro (Sam and Dan) whilst doing the hale bay duty.  (The last challenge in this leg of the race required the teams to unroll bales of hay [there were 186 of them from which to choose] in a large field in the hopes of finding one of seven flags which they would need to deliver to host Phil Keoghan at the check-in mat).  But I guess desperate times call for desperate, God-fearing measures.

"We ‘bout to go somewhere and blow something up."  That's right, dawg!  Team Globetrotter's Herbert as the team is driving on their way to the rock quarry to build their bunker and ignite some explosives.

"Scoop!"  Team All American's Meghan to Cheyne while they're loading dirt into bags to build their bunker.  Apparently, Cheyne was not scooping in dirt fast enough (and not in the manner in which Meghan was asking him to) as other teams were passing them by and moving ahead in this leg of the race. 

"Cowboy up!"  Team Father & Son's Matt as he jogged to the rock quarry to build his bunker while carrying the gnome under one arm and wearing his protective helmet.  Albeit, he had on his hard hat with his punkish, pinkish-red hair poking out and the piercings and all, so it was kind of funny.  Kind of.