“The last team to arrive will be eliminated!”
Last night’s episode of The Amazing Race was an exciting one, precisely because we knew that there were no second chances. In the past, an episode in which contestants had to yodel and recreate musical notes would have probably been a non-elimination legs because, quite frankly, some people are tone deaf and are going to struggle with those challenges no matter what. That’s why I panicked when I saw Derek X. and Claire fall behind at the yodeling challenge. Because there are no second chances, regardless of how likable a team may be.
(And Claire and Derek X. have emerged as probably the most likable team on the new season of the Race. Derek, in particular, is a bit less condescending than he was in the Big Brother house.)
The lack of second chances also added to the tension when Rich and Dom forgot to bring their hats with them to the pit stop and had to go back and get them. As bad as that mistake was, it’s even worse when there are no second chances.
That said, I don’t think there was really any shock about Tim and Rex being the team that was eliminated. Tim and Rex started at the back of the pack and they never really managed to catch up. I understand that Rex is apparently a very successful football coach but he still seemed out of his element as far as the Race was concerned. They were the 11th team to arrive and the second to be eliminated and, though the show is always edited to make it seem as if everyone is running neck-to-neck, it was pretty obvious that Tim and Rex showed up long after everyone else had already made it to the pit stop.
As far as the roadblocks and the detours were concerned, the yodel roadblock freaked me out because there’s no way I would have been able to do that, though I do think I would have enjoyed getting to wear the yodeling costume. With the detour, I would have been all about that wedding dance. That was a fun detour.
Here’s how everyone finished this week:
Going from 6th to first, Marcus and Michael! Marcus and Michael didn’t make a huge impression on me during the previous episode but they came back strong during the second leg of the race. They’re not a particularly exciting team but they do seem like they could go far.
Coming in 2nd for the second leg in a row, Glenda and Lumumba. They seem to be a consistently strong team. I expect them to be around for a bit.
Coming in 3rd, Linton and Sharik. They went from 4th to 3rd. As a team, they still haven’t really made a huge impression on me but they’re definitely running a strong race.
Coming in 4th, Derek and Claire. Despite Claire’s yodeling issues, they still managed a good 4th place finish. Derek and Claire are my second favorite team and that would probably be true even if I didn’t know them from Big Brother. They work well together and they just seem like a fun couple.
Coming in 5th, Luis and Michelle! This is my favorite team, just because I relate to Michelle. They went from 10th to 5th, which is quite an accomplishment. They owned that wedding dance!
Coming in 6th, Abby and Will. They went from 8th to 6th. They’re moving up but they still feel like a middle-of-the-pack type of team.
Coming in 7th, Emily and Molly. They actually went down a bit, from 5th to 7th. Emily and Molly seem nice but I expect them to be eliminated sooner than later.
Coming in 8th, Aubrey and David. I like them because they’re dancers but, again, they just seem destined to remain in the back of the pack until they get eliminated.
Coming in 9th, Rich and Dom. Rich and Dom would have come in 8th if they hadn’t forgotten to bring their hats with them. Either way, it’s not all that impressive of a finish. They seem to pay more attention to Dom’s hair than they do to their clues.
Coming in 10th, Quinton and Mattie. The cheerleaders went from 3rd to 10th. That’s not a good sign.
Finally, coming in 11th, Rex and Tim. Sorry, guys, no second chances!
Next week, the teams continue to travel across Europe! Welcome to France!