The latest episode of the Amazing Race was a bit frustrating and anti-climatic, no?
After all the talk about Tanner and Josh using their express pass early and plotting to u-turn Justin and Diana, it all turned out that it really didn’t matter. Tanner and Josh did use the pass to skip the road block and go straight to the detour but, once they arrived at the detour, they discovered that the detour wasn’t even scheduled to begin until the next morning. So, in short, they wasted their express pass and made one of the biggest mistakes in the history of the Amazing Race.
And really, it was kind of predictable. I imagine that most regular viewers of the show knew automatically that they were making a huge mistake. I get the feeling that Tanner and Josh may not be that familiar with the Amazing Race. But, after 27 seasons, we all know that detours and road blocks are often specifically set up to allow all of the racers to catch up with each other. We also know that legs with the double U-turn often turn out to be non-elimination legs.
Another thing that regular viewers know is that Africa is a regular destination in the race. The African episodes have traditionally been some of the best of the series. Tonight’s episode featured a lot of beautiful scenery and it was fun to see how all the racers reacted to being spit on. (Denise of Team Alabama did not look happy about it at all!)
Unfortunately, the pretty scenery wasn’t quite enough to make up for just how anti-climatic tonight’s episode was. After all the talk about the double u-turn, neither Justin and Diana nor Tanner and Josh decided to use it.
When Justin and Diana (followed by Tanner and Josh) reached the pit stop, they were informed that they were still racing. So, this is a two-part leg of the race. Though Justin and Diana and Tanner and Josh have decided not use the U-turn, the teams behind them may. Also, since Tanner and Josh used the express pass, they now have to give it to another team. I have a feeling that they’ll end up giving it to Kelsey and Joey.
After watching Friday’s episode, here’s my current thoughts on the racers:
Love them or hate them, Justin and Diana are coming on strong. Justin may be loud and a bit too cocky but he’s no dummy. He truly does understand the race and I respect the fact that he kept his word as far as the u-turn was concerned.
Tanner and Josh made a huge mistake giving up their express pass but hopefully, they learned their lesson and will stop obsessing on defeating Justin and Diana and instead, just concentrate on running the race.
Kelsey and Joey finally showed some personality! They seem to be a pretty strong team and they’re working well together. As well, they’re both news anchors and it’s obvious that they know how to play up to the camera. So, at the very least, they’re entertaining to watch.
I still don’t feel like I really know Jazmine and Danielle but they seem to be consistently strong racers as well.
Logan and Chris started out this episode by admitting that they need to stop arguing with each other. And admitting you have a problem is always the first step. That said, I still don’t expect them to be around for more than a few more legs of the race.
Denise and James Earl are similarly doomed. Sorry, Denise, but that was not steam rising off of Victoria Falls. It’s called mist.
Cindy and Rick … who? Oh yeah, Cindy and Rick. I always forget about the two of them.
Tiffany and Krista were not prominently featured in tonight’s episode. I still think they could be a very strong team if they ever manage to get out from the back of the pack.
Anyway, tonight’s episode ended with a big “TO BE CONTINUED” so we’ll find out who gets eliminated next week!