Last night’s episode of The Amazing Race had some good things going for it. As I said last week, Switzerland is a beautiful country and I really enjoyed looking at the scenery. And I was so happy for Sherri when she managed to do the bungee jumping roadblock despite her crippling fear of heigths!
Plus, the roaming gnome returned! The roaming gnome has been an Amazing Race mainstay for quite some time and I’m always happy to see him. Remember how, in the past, teams would sometimes forget their gnome and they’d have to go back to get him? That was always fun. Of course, it hasn’t happened in a while. People now know better than to lose that gnome.
With all that in mind, this was still a pretty anti-climatic episode. On a personal level, I do like Arum and Natalia. I felt bad for them the first time they got eliminated. When they were allowed to return to the race, I sincerely hoped they would make the most the second chance. But, unfortunately, they’re just not very good at this. Every leg of the race, so far, they’ve ended up getting lost and lagging behind the other teams. Last night, they got so lost that the other teams had already checked into the pit stop by the time that Arum and Natalia reached the detour. As such, there was no suspense about who would come in last and, because of unique circumstances of this year’s Race, there was also no suspense that tonight would be a non-elimination leg. We knew they would be last and we knew it wouldn’t matter.
In other words, Natalia and Arum will get another chance. They’ll also be the last team to leave Switzerland at the start of the next leg. Apparently, the teams will be heading to France. If driving in Switzerland was difficult for Arum and Natalia, I can only imagine the trouble they’re going to have in France.
Here’s how everyone finished last night:
Coming in first, Ryan and Dusty. Again. These two have yet to finish anywhere lower than 2nd during the entire race. The only thing that could stop them is a physical injury, which — to judge from the previews — might very well happen during the next leg of the race.
Coming in second, Lulu and Lala. i was surprised. I haven’t been impressed by them in the past but they came on strong last night so maybe Lulu and Lala used that year-long downtime to reflect on why they struggled during the first three legs of the race. Good for them.
Coming in third, Kim and Penn. They’re still looking strong.
Coming in fourth, Raquel and Cayla. The flight attendants struggled a little with directions during this leg, though not to the extent that Arum and Natalia did.
Coming in fifth, Sheri and Akbar. Try as they might, Sheri and Akbar simply cannot escape from the back of the pack.
Coming in sixth, Arum an Natalia. Luckily for them, it was a non-elimination leg but I just don’t see things ever getting better for this team.
Next week, the teams go to France!