One week after The Amazing Race
teams won or lost with glaring errors, the latest episode offered a much different takeaway. There were no obvious mistakes, in part due to the fact that no one had to make any real decisions.
No one got lost, missed a flag or misread a clue. No one even got a bad taxi.
There were two challenges and separate flights, and that was it. Some teams struggled more than others, but it's difficult to pin any delays on lapses in judgment. The stronger teams continued to surge to the front, with the top three cementing their places atop the power rankings. It took Cord 47 tries to leap to the flag, and the cowboys still managed to win the leg.
Caroline and Jennifer posted a surprising fourth place finish, but that's more reflective of the other teams being weak than any sort of surging competence.
Delaying the Inevitable
The teams were split up on three separate flights to Kuala Lumpur, with the top three teams landing the coveted spots on the first flight. The second plane, carrying Margie and Luke and Globetrotters Flight Time and Big Easy, was delayed, allowing the three bottom feeders to turn a planned deficit into a head start.
Still, the two flights ended up landing almost simultaneously, and it's impossible to blame the airline timetable crapshoot on anyone in particular. It's dumb luck.
Tending the Bar
Jet and Cord may have completed the drink pouring task the quickest, but it was by no means easy. Even bartender Leo and ex-waitress Rachel couldn't get it done in a timely fashion.
The Afghanimals ended up switching Detours to the DJ challenge, which could have been a mistake had they not been able to pick up on the rhythms. But it ended up being a good decision, as they nailed the scratches on their second try.
A Heated Meltdown
For lack of a decisive error, the week four U-Turn Award has to go to Luke, who, in typical Luke fashion, couldn't keep hold of his emotions during a frustrating task. While struggling to pour his drink pyramid, he completely lost it, smashing the glasses on the ground and devolving into a puddled mess of tears.
Momma Margie had to pull him aside and tell him it is not appropriate to carry on in such a fashion. He excused himself to the bathroom to splash some water on his face and compose himself, costing them time and prompting Margie to consider giving up and taking the penalty with Brenchel.
That would've been a catastrophic decision, though it was all rendered moot by the non-elimination leg. I considered Rachel's motivational speech for the U-Turn Award because it inspired Margie and Luke to keep on trucking, but in the end, it just took her and Brendon longer to complete the task.
Life is kind of boring when none of the teams screw up, huh?
The Amazing Race airs Sundays at 8pm on CBS.