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The Amazing Race 31.5 “I’m A Bird, I’m A Plane, I’m on the Amazing Race” and 31.6 “Who Wants a Rolodex?”

Last night, CBS aired two episodes of The Amazing Race, probably to make up for last week when the show was preempted by the Survivor finale.

The first episode found the teams in Dubai, which was a lot of fun.  The 2nd episode followed them to Uganda, which was considerably less fun, if just because it saw the return of the Head-to-Head competition at the pit stop.  Each team had to beat another team in a head-to-head match-up before they could proceed to the pit stop.  This is something that was introduced last season and, to me, it just doesn’t seem to be true to the spirit of the Amazing Race.

For the most part, last night’s two hours seemed to be all about the luck of Rachel and Elissa.  The sisters had terrible luck while actually racing.  They consistently struggled with the roadblock and the detours.  They got stuck with a terrible taxi driver in Dubai.  I spent most of last night convinced that we were finally going to see the RIley sisters eliminated from the race.  (Rachel would have been devastated while Elissa doesn’t seem like she really cares one way or the other.)  However, their luck changed whenever they reached the pit stop.

For instance, in Dubai, the Riley sisters came in last and guess what?  It turned out to be a non-elimination leg!  Then, in Uganda, they managed to beat Britney and Janelle in the Head-to-Head.  That allowed them to come in 2nd to last.  Unfortunately, it also meant that Britney and Janelle were eliminated for the race.

I’ve always liked Britney and, to a lesser extent, Janelle and I was sorry to see them eliminated last night.  However, I really wasn’t surprised to see them go.  Britney and Janelle has struggled during nearly every leg of the race.  The skills that helped them out in Big Brother weren’t much help when it came to trying to race around the world.  So, while Rachel and Elissa barely survived to race another day, we said a sad goodbye to Britney and Janelle.

Here’s how everyone else did last night:

Coming in 1st in Uganda (and, before that, 4th in Dubai), Tyler & Korey!  After struggling for much of the race, Tyler and Korey finally achieved their first 1st place finish of the season.  They’re still a strong team, even if they haven’t quite dominated the race like they did the last time they ran it.

Coming in 2nd in Uganda (and third in Dubai), Colin and Christie!  Colin and Christie continue to be one of the most consistently strong teams competing this season.  They have yet to finish anywhere lower than 4th place.

Coming in 3rd in Uganda (and fifth in Dubai), Nicole and Victor!  If Colin and Christie are the most consistently strong team, Nicole and Victory are a close second.

Coming in 4th in Uganda (and 2nd in Dubai), Chris and Bret.  They may have struggled at the start of the race but Chris and Bret have definitely found their rhythm.  I would be surprised if they won but I could definitely see them coming in 4th or 3rd.

Coming in 5th in Uganda (and 1st in Dubai), Becca and Floyd.  As you can tell by their two finishes last night, Becca and Floyd are struggling with consistency.  One leg, they’ll run a strong race.  On the next leg, they’ll struggle.  Phil obviously loves Team Fun but I have my doubts that they’ll be around for too much longer.

Coming in 6th in Uganda (and 7th in Dubai), Leo and Jamal.  The biggest surprise of this season is just how much Leo and Jamal have struggled over nearly every leg.  For a team that’s been so strong in the past, it’s weird to see them consistently at the back of the pack.

Coming in 7th in Uganda (and 8th in Dubai), Rachel and Elissa.  Interestingly, Rachel is a lot more stable while racing with her sister than with Brendon but she’s also not finishing as well as she did during those seasons when she had a meltdown every episode.

Coming in 8th in Uganda (and 6th in Dubai), the now eliminated Britney and Janelle.  They were a likable team but they struggled from the start.

Next week, our remaining racers go from Uganda to Switzerland!  We’ll see what happens!

 

 

 

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The Amazing Race 31.4 “I Took Out A Polar Bear”

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!

Lisa Marie

The Amazing Race 31.3 “Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy”

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!

Lisa Marie

 

The Amazing Race 31.2 “Knock The Newbie Out Of Us”

Poor Rupert and Laura.

There was a lot of drama during last night’s episode of the Amazing Race.  The teams all went to Laos.  Leo and Jamal got annoyed with Corrine and Eliza and then they made two more enemies by flat-out lying to Nicole and Victor about the location of the pit stop.  Rachel and Elissa got mad at Team Fun for …. well, reasons, I guess.  To be honest, I’m not sure what Rachel was so upset about.

We had the first double u-turn on the season.  Rachel and Elissa u-turned Becca and Floyd, for no reason other than the fact that Rachel has decided that she doesn’t like them.  When Team Fun discovered they were u-turned, they responded by u-turning Tyler and Korey.  That meant that Becca and Floyd and Tyler and Korey had to do both detours during this leg of the race.

Personally, I’ve never understood the logic of u-turning anyone on the Amazing Race, especially if you’re in first place, like Rachel and Elissa were when they u-turned Becca and FLoyd.  Though it wasn’t the case tonight, most u-turns seem to take place during a non-elimination leg.  U-Turns are just a good way to make enemies and invite bad karma on yourself.  Even Colin and Christie, who were super competitive during season 5, always made it a point to never u-turn anyone.

However, despite all of the drama that went on, there was never any doubt about who would end up coming in last at the end of this leg.  Rupert and Laura started out in last place and that’s where they pretty much spent the entire episode.  Rupert and Laura tried hard but luck was simply not on their side.  In the end, they were the last team to arrive at the mat and they were eliminated from the race.  I was sorry to see Rupert and Laura go because I was curious to see how Rupert would handle being taken out of his comfort zone as the Race progressed.  But, fear not!  The producers of these shows love Rupert so I imagine he’ll continue to show up on either Survivor or the Race until he eventually wins.

As for the rest of the show, my favorite moment was when the teams had to ride the elephants.  Elephants may be big and scary but they’re also intelligent and empathetic creatures.  I’ve actually rode on an elephant before and it was an experience that was both fun and frightening at the same time.

Here’s how the teams did during this leg of the race:

Finishing 1st, Leo and Jamal!  I’ve never been a huge fan of Afghanimals but they’re a strong team.  Lying to Victor and Nicole about the location of the pit stop was a pretty lame move, though.

Coming in 2nd, Victor and Nicole!  I wasn’t really expectng Victor and Nicole to be a very strong team but they proved me wrong last night.  Considering they got engaged after filming this season, I assume that Victor and Nicole did well overall.

Coming in 3rd, Rachel and Elissa.  We’ll just call them Team Petty.  Rachel hasn’t had a full meltdown yet, though she did have her moments last night.  But, we all know that a full scale Rachel hissy fit is coming.  It wouldn’t be The Amazing Race without one.

Coming in 4th, Colin and Christie.  I’m having a hard time getting used to this new mellow Colin but still, they do seem to be a lot happier now than they were during Season 5.

Coming in 5th, Britney and Janelle.  I liked both of them on Big Brother but they have yet to really impress me on The Amazing Race.  If not for the double u-turns, they probably would have finished further in the back of the pack.

Coming in 6th, Corrine and Eliza.  Corrine and Eliza are trying to be the dramatic, mean team but Rachel and Elissa have already claimed that role for their own.

Coming in 7th, Tyler and Korey.  Tyler and Korey would have finished higher up if not for the double u-turn.  The fact that they survived the u-turn just reaffirms just how strong they are as a team.

Coming 8th, Chris and Bret.  Chris and Bret seem to be kind of lost.  If they last much longer, I’ll be shocked.

Coming in 9th, Becca and Floyd.  Team Fun struggled last night.  Still, they’re a strong team and I hope they stick around long enough to get some revenge on Rachel and Elissa.

And finally, coming in 10 and getting eliminated, Rupert and Laura!

So, as of right now, Leo and Jamal seem to be the clear front runners while Chris and Bret seem to be the most likely team to be eliminated next.

We’ll see what happens!

Lisa Marie

The Amazing Race 31.1 “You’re In Our Race Now”

Yay!  The Amazing Race is back!

It seems like it’s been forever since my favorite reality show was on TV.  Actually, it’s only been a year.  The Amazing Race no longer gets the high ratings that it once did so CBS tends to treat it a little bit disrespectfully, in my opinion.  Instead of showing two installments a year, they now only show one.  And, for the most part, they tend to use it as filler.  When they need to fill in a time slot because a show’s been cancelled, they bring out the Amazing Race.

This season features some familiar faces.  Three of the teams were previously on Survivor.  Three of the teams were previously on Big Brother.  And four of the teams were on previous seasons of the Amazing Race.  Here are your teams:

Big Brother

Janelle and Britney, who are two of the most popular Big Brother houseguests of all time, even though they’ve never won.

Nicole and Victor, who are now engaged but who were merely dating when they filmed the Race.

Rachel and Elissa, who are …. well, where to even begin?  I have three older sisters so I can definitely relate to the Rachel/Elissa dynamic,  You can definitely tell which sister is used to being the center of attention and which sister usually has to be the peacekeeper.  Rachel has been on Big Brother twice and she’s run the Amazing Race two times in the past.  She managed to get through last night without having a meltdown but I’m sure we’ll get one eventually.

Survivor

Chris and Bret, who were on Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X and who both seem like they’re a little bit too old and out-of-shape for this particular race,

Rupert and Laura, who are Survivor royalty, basically.  I’ve lost track of how many times Rupert has been on Survivor.  He and his wife are back and Rupert appears to still be wearing the same shirt that he was wearing on Survivor: Peal Islands.

Corrine and Eliza, who spent last night being snarky about the other teams, despite not being very good themselves.  It actually took me a while to remember who the two of them were.  I don’t really remember much about Eliza.  I do remember Corrine got on my last nerve during her previous two Survivor appearances.

The Amazing Race

Art and JJ, who are two former border patrol agents and who, like Chris and Bret, immediately appeared to be too old and out-of-shape for the race.

Colin and Christie, who are two of my favorite former racers.  Colin is ultra competitive which, in their previous race, rubbed some people the wrong way.  Myself, I like people who refuse to give up.

Leo and Jamal, the two obnoxious cousins who are returning for their third race.

Becca and Floyd, the dreaded Team Fun from the previous season of the Race.

Tyler and Korey, who are two YouTubers who came in third during their previous race.  Tyler laughs constantly, which got pretty old the last time he was on the Race.

As for last night’s episode, it saw the racers going from sunny California to Tokyo.  Everyone had to eat a shoe.  One racer, at the end, had to run up a slanted platform to grab the final clue.  The challenges were relatively simple and set up so that the first episode could focus on introducing us to all of the returning racers.  From the start, it was pretty obvious that JJ and Art were going to have trouble keeping up.  Though the Amazing Race isn’t a purely physical competition, it still tends to favor racers who are in slightly better shape than either JJ or Art appeared to be.

That said, JJ and Art came close to surviving.  Even though Art couldn’t make it up the platform and they had to take a four-hour penalty, they were nearly saved by Rupert and Laura’s inability to navigate Tokyo.  There’s always at least one team every race who is absolutely hopeless with directions and, this season, that would appear to be Rupert and Laura.  It took them forever to find that slanted platform.  However, let’s give credit where credit is due.  Rupert may be the oldest person on the race but he ran straight up that platform and got the final clue.  And so, Rupert and Laura managed to avoid elimination for now.

So, here’s how everyone ended up last night:

Coming in first, Leo and Jamal.

Coming in second, Colin and Christie.

Coming in third, Tyler and Korey.

(None of the top three finishes are surprising as all three of these teams were extremely strong during their previous times on the Race.)

Coming in fourth, Rachel and Elissa.  Rachel got through this leg without crying but I’m sure that will change soon.

Coming in fifth, Becca and Floyd.

Coming in sixth, Victor and Nicole. Of all the teams with no previous racing experience, they finished the highest.

Coming in seventh, Chris and Bret.

Coming in eighth, Janelle and Britney.

Coming in ninth, Corrine and Eliza.  They talked a good game but turned out to be kinda hapless when it came to actually racing.

Coming in tenth, Rupert and Laura.

Coming in 11th and getting eliminated, JJ and Art!

So, right now, I’d have to say that Leo & Jamal, Colin & Christie, and Tyler & Korey seem like the strongest contenders but you never know.  The Race is unpredictable, which is one reason why I love it.  Just because you finish strong during one leg, that doesn’t mean you won’t be eliminated in the next.

We’ll see what happens!  For now, I’m just happy to have the Amazing Race back!

Lisa Marie

 

 

The Amazing Race 30 Episode 8 “It’s Just A Million Dollars, No Pressure”

Well, that’s it!

Another season of The Amazing Race has come to a close and we now know which team is a million dollars richer.  Before I talk about who won, I want to say something about this season as a whole.

This season, The Amazing Race tried a few things that I didn’t care for.  Specifically, I didn’t like the head-to-head challenges that ended some of the legs.  To me, those were terribly unfair and they pretty much went against everything that made The Amazing Race such an enjoyable show.  I sincerely hope that twist will not show up during the next season of the race.

Other than that, I really enjoyed this latest Race.  After a few weak seasons that were marred by gimmicks (like when they tried to turn the Amazing Race into a dating show and Phil was reduced to asking the teams if they were feeling any sparks while racing around the world), this season featured interesting racers, challenging roadblocks and detours, and a host of close finishes.  For once, all four of the final teams felt like they had a right to be in the finale.  With the exception of the head-to-head competitions, this was a good, strong season and it reminded me of why I like this show so much in the first place.  It’s not just that the Race takes teams to some of the most interesting and beautiful places on Earth.  It’s not just that it’s always interesting to see who can handle traveling and who is going to have a complete meltdown.  I love this show because, until Phil eliminates them, no one is ever out of the race.  A team can easily go from the back of the pack to coming in first.  By that some token, just because a team starts a leg in first place, that doesn’t mean they’re going to escape elimination when they reach the pit stop.  Unlike so many other “reality” competition show, The Race is a genuine challenge.

Now, as for what happened tonight…

I was sorry to see Alex and Conor eliminated at the end of the first hour.  That team had really grown on me and, as Conor put it, they didn’t even make it to the pit stop before Phil had to show up and eliminate them.  At the same time, Alex and Conor’s weakness was always that they miss important details.  They did well in the race and fought hard but ultimately, someone had to be eliminated.

With Alex and Conor gone, our final three were:

Kristi and Jen

Evan and Henry

Cody and Jessica

From the minute that the teams arrived in San Francisco, I felt that Cody and Jessica would win.  They were both obviously determined to come in first and they worked well together as a team.  As strong as Kristi and Jen had been throughout every other leg in the race, things fell apart for them once they arrived in San Francisco.  Physically and mentally exhausted, they fell behind the other two teams and never really caught up.

What surprised me was how strong Henry and Evan turned out to be.  They nearly won the race.  In fact, they would have won if Henry hadn’t second guessed himself during the final challenge.  Henry had his little airplane built but instead of asking for it to be checked, he over thought and switched out the right part for the wrong part.  I can only imagine what Evan said when she saw that replay.

(For all the bragging that Evan did about how analytical she and Henry were, this was a case where it would have been better if Henry had just followed his instinct.  At least he finally told Evan to stop yelling at him.)

In the end, Jessica was the first one to finish correctly building her plane and then she and Cody ran across the finish line.  Jessica was excited.  Cody has his usual expression on his face.  They were followed by Henry and Evan, neither one of whom seemed to be happy about coming in second.  In fact, that was probably the most subdued Amazing Race finish line that I’ve ever seen.  As usual, Phil was excited but none of the other teams seemed to be that happy about seeing either Cody and Jessica or Henry and Evan step up to the mat.  Instead, it seemed that they saved most of their applause for third-place finishers, Kristi and Jen.

So, with this victory, Cody and Jessica have both won $500,000 (assuming that they evenly split the million dollars).  That’s the same amount of money that Paul didn’t win during the two times that he played Big Brother.  As Cody and Jessica stepped up to the mat, I couldn’t help but remember what Christmas said to Jessica when they were in the Big Brother House together.  “Is Cody really worth giving up $500,000 over?”

Anyway, that’s it for this season!  I enjoyed watching and I enjoyed writing about it!  Thank you everyone for reading and Survivor coverage starts next week!

Lisa Marie

The Amazing Race 30 Episode 7: The First Rule of Amazing Race Club

Hi, everyone!

Well, pity poor Brittany and Lucas.  After winning the last two legs of The Amazing Race, they finally ran out of luck and were eliminated last night.  On this site, I haven’t made any secret about the fact that they were not my favorite team this season.  Still, it has to feel bad to come that close to a million dollars and then to lose it all as a result of misplacing your passport.

Brittany and Lucas’s search for Lucas’s passport dominated the first hour of last night’s episode.  Even though the show’s intrepid editors tried to convince us that Brittany and Lucas might possibly still manage to catch up to the other teams in Bahrain, it was fairly obvious from the beginning that they didn’t have much of a chance.  By the time that Brittany and Lucas landed in Bahrain, it was night and every other team had checked into pit stop.  Though it wasn’t easy to tell from the way the shot was framed, it appears that Phil was waiting for them at the first clue box,  That was where he told them that they had been eliminated from the race.

Lucas cried and who could blame him?  They did a lot better than anyone thought they would.  When this season started, I assumed that Lucas and Brittany would be one of the first teams eliminated.  Instead, they not only proved themselves to be a strong team but they also get engaged.

The remaining four teams moved on to Thailand.  For longtime viewers of The Amazing Race, there really wasn’t any suspense about Thailand.  We already knew that this leg would be a non-elimination leg.  Henry and Evan were the last team to arrive, which means that they’ll have to deal with a speed dump during the next leg of the race.

There are four teams left and I think any one of them could potentially win.  Here they are, in order of how they finished tonight:

Coming in 1st, Alex and Conor.  Team Goofy is coming on strong and Conor appears to be taking the race more seriously than he was at the beginning.  They’re a strong physical team and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the finale.

Coming in 2nd, Kristi and Jen.  Kristie and Jen didn’t have an easy leg but they still managed to come in 2nd.  Throughout the entire season, Kristi and Jen have never finished below third place.  If I had to pick any team to win the race, it would be Kristi and Jen.

Coming in 3rd, Cody and Jessica.  Cody and Jessica’s main strength is … well, basically, it’s Cody.  It’s not that Jessica isn’t a strong racer but Cody is definitely the stronger of the two when it comes to Detours and Roadblocks.  Cody and Jessica work well together but they always seem to have the worst luck when it comes to finding clues and locations.

Finally, coming in 4th, Henry and Evan.  Last night, we learned just how much the other teams can’t stand Evan.  We also learned that the Amazing Race editors aren’t huge fans of Evan, either.  At the Bahrain pit stop, even the bird was apparently tired of listening to Evan brag on herself.  At the detour in Thailand, we watched as the Yale debate champions struggled and failed to solve a math problem.  That said, Henry and Evan are a stronger team than they’re given credit for and it wouldn’t surprise me if they managed to make it into the finale.

Since the finale is next week, I guess I should make my predictions about what will happen.  So, I’m going to predict that Cody and Jessica will be eliminated at the end of the next leg and the final three will be Alex and Conor, Kristi and Jen, and Henry and Evan.  My prediction for the final finish:

  1. Kristi and Jen
  2. Alex and Conor
  3. Henry and Evan

We’ll see if I’m right next week!

Lisa Marie