Last night’s episode of the Amazing Race saw the racers traveling from Tobago to Colombia. We got a circus tightrope roadblock, which totally freaked me out because I don’t do heights. We also get a detour that involved putting together a truck. It would have been a simple detour, if not for the fact that the majority of the racers failed to read their entire clue and didn’t understand that they not only had to decorate the truck but they also had to hook up the truck’s horn. Eventually, everyone made it to the first pit stop of this season of the Race and one team was eliminated.
Probably the biggest development last night was that Gary and D’Angelo went from being at the bottom of the pack to finishing a very strong second. The two former football players were obviously stung by how badly they did during the first leg of the race and they went all out this leg. After the first episode, I was ready to write off Gary and D’Angelo as contenders but, last night, they proved me wrong.
My feelings about the other teams pretty much remain the same. Hung and Chee still appear to be the strongest team racing. They work well together, they’re smart, they pay attention to their clues, and right now they do really do seem like the front runners. As for the eliminated team, Kellie and LaVonne struggled during the first leg of the race and they struggled during the second. Admittedly, one reason why Kellie and Lavonne lost was because Leo and Alana helped out Kaylynn and Haley at the truck detour. Leo and Alana made what appeared to be a very specific decision to help out Kalynn and Haley but not Kellie and Lavonne.
I was kind of glad that nobody used the yield last night. It was a smart move not to use it. There’s no need to start making enemies this early in the game.
Here’s how everyone did, in order of their finish:
In first place, for the 2nd time in a row, Hung and Chee! Again, they are definitely the strongest team right now.
In second place, D’Angelo and Gary! They needed a comeback and that’s what they got last night.
In third place, Riley and Maddison. Riley and Maddison finished third last week as well. They’re obviously a strong team and they work well together. They should be around for a while.
In fourth place, Eswar and Aparna. Last week, they were in seventh so this is an improvement for them. It’ll be interesting to see if their good finish this week was a fluke or if it’s indicative of what’s to come.
In fifth place, Michelle and Victoria. From 2nd to fifth place. Still, they seem like a strong team. They maintained a good attitude, which is really one of the keys to winning the Amazing Race.
In sixth place, Will and James. They struggled because they didn’t read their clue at the truck detour. Luckily for them, a lot of other teams made the same mistake.
In seventh place, Leo and Alana. I like Leo and Alana but finishing in sixth place last week and seventh this week is not that impressive. I hope they’ll be able to move up but right now, they seem like they’re destined to be spend most of the race in either the middle or the back of the pack.
In eighth place, Kalynn and Haley. This is the exact same place they finished last week. If not for the fact that Leo and Alana helped them out, they could well have been eliminated this week.
In ninth place, Jerry and Frank. I still feel like this father and son team is heading for a major meltdown. It’s hard to explain why. It’s just a feeling I have.
And finally, in tenth place, Kellie and Lavonne. The two former Olympians struggled during both legs of the race and have now been eliminated.
Next week, the race heads to Brazil!