Well, that was certainly something.
Last night’s episode of The Amazing Race found the teams continuing to race through Vietnam. Despite having to do an extra task, Bret and Chris came on strong and proved the doubters (like me) wrong. Colin and Christie came in first for the first time this season while Nicole and Victor are continuing to prove themselves to be a very strong team. The usually cocky Afghanimals struggled while Tyler and Korey again showed that they’re easier to deal with when they’re winning than when they’re struggling. There was even a fun trip to Snow Town Saigon!
But, for all that, the thing that people will be remember about this episode was how Corrine and Eliza reacted when they were eliminated from the race. It wasn’t really a shock when they were the last to arrive at the mat. They’ve struggled for almost the entire race and, while they were right about Rachel and Elissa being obnoxious about stealing taxis, it’s also true that Corrine and Eliza were often their own worst enemies. Just consider the last detour, in which Corrine and Eliza decided to puddle out in a basket boat and retrieve a basket of fish. Everyone else immediately figured out that one member of the team should sit in the boat while the other steered. However, Corrine for some reason, decided that both she and Eliza should attempt to stand in the boat at the same time. This not only slowed them down but it also caused the boat to capsize at one point.
So, no, it wasn’t a shock when they showed up last at the pit stop, mere seconds after Phil had checked in Rachel and Elissa. And it wasn’t a shock that Corrine and Eliza were not happy about losing to the RIley sisters.
Still, I don’t think anyone expected Eliza to start sobbing nor did they expect Corrine to announce that she hated the Riley sisters and that she hopes that she would never see them again. It’s probably about as bitter as I’ve ever seen anyone get after being eliminated from the race.
I’ve gone back and forth on how I feel about all the drama at the pit stop. At first, I was actually on Corrine and Eliza’s side. At least they were being honest about being disappointed and I did think that Rachel was being a bit fake when she said, “We respect them as women.” But, the more I thought about it, the more I was like, “It’s not Rachel and Elissa’s fault that the two of you continually did stupid things in the race.”
Anyway, with Corrine and Eliza now gone, that leaves Chris and Bret as the only Survivor team in the race. Who would have guessed that would happen?
Here’s how everyone did last night:
Coming in first, Colin and Christie! I’m loving the new, mellow Colin and Christie. When they were first on the show, Colin was a good guy but came across as being so obsessed with winning that he could occasionally be hard to take. (In all fairness, Colin also says that his previous season was edited to make him look like a villain.) This season, Colin and Christie are running as strong a race as they did their previous season but they actually seem to be enjoying themselves as well. They’re fun to watch this season and I hope they stick around to the end.
Coming in second, Nicole and Victor! I’m probably enjoying these two more on the Amazing Race than I ever did on Big Brother. They’re working well together, they don’t make stupid mistakes, and they’re definitely a strong team.
Coming in third, Chris and Bret! Wow! Who would have guessed it? After last week, I seriously had these two pegged for elimination. But they came back strong last night. I think a lot of it has to do with attitude. Chris and Bret didn’t let having to do an extra task drag them down. Instead, they did what they had to do and kept racing.
Coming in fourth, Becca and Floyd! Team Fun always seems to struggle but they also seem to recover enough to make a decent showing at the pit stop. If nothing else, you can tell Phil loves them.
Coming in fifth, Tyler and Korey. Tyler and Korey are stronger than their fifth place finish would indicate. I just wish they wouldn’t get so whiny whenever they’re having trouble getting a taxi or performing a task.
Coming in sixth, Leo and Jamal. Leo and Jamal are another team that’s stronger than a sixth place finish would indicate. Their struggles have largely been due to a run of bad luck but I think it would be a mistake to write them off.
Coming in seventh, Britney and Janelle. I love Britney and Janelle but so far, they’ve come in 8th, 5th, 6th, and now 7th. If they don’t start moving up the rankings, they’re going to be in trouble.
Coming in eighth, the Riley Sisters. On the one hand, Elissa does a pretty good job of calming Rachel down. (Certainly, she’s been doing a better job of it than Brendon did when he was on the race with Rachel.) On the other hand, Brendon and Rachel usually finished stronger than Rachel and Elissa. I’ll be shocked if Rachel makes it as far with Elissa as she did with Brendon.
Coming in ninth and getting eliminated, Corrine and Eliza! Apparently, they will not be at the finish line at the end of the race.
Because of the Survivor finale, The Amazing Race will not air next week but I imagine it will be back the week after. We’ll see what happens then!