So much of The Amazing Race has to do with luck.
Seriously, if there was any reality show that seemed to be specifically designed to show how much of what happens in the universe is due to chance and blind luck, The Amazing Race is that show. You can be the strongest team in the show but if you miss a flight or get a bad cab driver, your race can be over. For that matter, you can also consistently be a weak team, just to find yourself saved by Phil announcing that “this leg is a non-elimination leg and you’re still in the race!”
Cases in point: Just check out what happened to Leo & Jamal and Chris & Bret last night.
Last night, the Race went from Laos to Vietnam and Leo & Jamal went from first place to nearly last. Every season that they’ve been on the race, Leo & Jamal have been consistently strong and, some would say, consistently cocky. But last night, they struggled. They got a bad cab driver. The struggled with a dancing detour. They struggled a little less with a singing roadblock but still, they were at the bottom of the pack when they started that roadblock. It’s tempting to say that this was karma biting back at them for all the times that they’ve lied to the other teams. But, in the end, it was mostly just bad luck. They went from 1st to next-to-last and one would hope that the experience would humble them a little but I doubt that it will.
The only thing that kept Leo & Jamal from coming in last was that Chris and Bret continued to struggle. The older teams have really had a hard time this season. First, JJ and Art got eliminated. Then Rupert & Laura. And, last night, Chris and Bret survived only because it was a non-elimination leg. Some of Chris and Bret’s problems do stem from the fact that they’re not as fast as the younger teams. But they also make a lot of stupid decisions. Last night, for the deour, they could have either danced or they could have fished. For some reason, these two out-of-shape men decided to dance. When that didn’t work, they had to go fish. They did pretty well with the fishing but, because they tried to do the dancing first, it didn’t matter.
As for the other big developments last night: Tyler & Korey are still mad at Team Fun for U-turning them. Apparently, Tyler was not impressed by the big bad of trail mix that Becca tried to offer him as a peace offering. Meanwhile, Team Fun is still mad at Rachel and Elissa for u-turning them and they’re planning to get revenge.
As for Rachel, she is apparently under the impression that there’s an official Big Brother Alliance between her and Elissa, Britney and Janelle, and Nicole and Victor. We’ll see how long that lasts.
Here’s how everyone finished last night:
Coming in first, Becca and Floyd! What they lack in skills, Team Fun makes up for in enthusiasm.
Coming in second, Nicole and Victor. They’re emerging as a very strong team and I expect them to be around for a while.
Coming in third, Colin and Christie. For those of us who remember the last time they were on the race, it’s still a little bit difficult to adjust to the new, mellow Colin and Christie. Still, it seems to be working for them. They’ve come in 2nd, 4th, and 3rd over the previous three legs.
Coming in fourth, Tyler and Korey. I just realized that we haven’t heard Tyler’s annoying laugh that much during this season. I’m guessing that’s because they’re still mad over getting u-turned.
Coming in fifth, Corrine and Eliza. Shockingly, this once helpless team actually did pretty well last night. I’m hoping we get at least one Corrine vs Rachel fight sometime during this season.
Coming in sixth, Janelle and Britney. Janelle and Britney are proving to be a middle-of-the-road team. They’re good enough to survive for at least a few more legs but I’ll be surprised if they actually win the race.
Coming in seventh, Rachel and Elissa. Rachel came close to having one of her famous meltdowns last night but she didn’t. Elissa does a better job calming her down than Brendon did during Rachel’s previous two seasons on the Race. Rachel did get the quote of the night last night with her response of “I am not 35!”
Coming in eighth, Leo and Jamal. Bad luck, all around.
Coming in ninth, Bret and Chris! They’ve survived to race another leg but I doubt they’ll be around for too much longer.
And that’s where we stand right now. Next week, Chris and Bret will try to keep their chances alive. We’ll see what happens!