Tonight’s episode of The Amazing Race made me so sad.
From the minute that the show started, it was pretty obvious that Ernest and Jin were going to end up getting eliminated. Judging from when they started the third leg and how far ahead everyone else was of them, last week’s race to the pit stop must not have been as close as we were led to believe. Ernest and Jin started in last place and they were never able to catch up.
When they were finally eliminated, I felt so bad for them. I really wanted Ernest and Jin to win. They both seemed to be so nice and, as well, it sounded like they really needed the money. (I forget which one of the brothers was living in his car but hopefully, things are going better for him.) No matter how far behind they were, Ernest and Jin remained positive and supportive of each other. There was no fighting. There were no bitter words. They did their best and it’s just sad that they weren’t able to catch up.
As for the other racers, individual personalities are starting to emerge. Tonight, I realized that I had finally reached the point where I could actually remember who was who. I even remembered Logan and Chris!
Here’s a few thoughts on how each racing team did this week:
Coming in first was Tanner and Josh. I really like Tanner and Josh, though I have to admit that I’m biased because I’m from Texas and I’ve known a lot of guys like Tanner and Josh. They work well together and, despite Tanner’s pulled hamstring, they are emerging as the team to beat. However, I’m concerned that their obsession with beating Justin and Diana is going to be their downfall. They need to stay focused on winning the race and avoid getting caught up in any personal drama.
Coming in second, Justin and Diana! Justin and Diana definitely do seem to be a strong team but I worry that Justin is so ADD that he’s going to lose focus and make a stupid mistake that ends up getting them eliminated. Is Justin really as annoying as he seemed to be during this episode or is he just the victim of bad editing? I’m not sure but he definitely went a little overboard tonight. What do y’all think? Do you find Justin amusing or does he just get on your nerves?
Coming in third, Kelsey and Joey! Kelsey and Joey are working well together but I’m still waiting for them to really show any personality beyond their perfectly white smiles.
Coming in fourth, Jazmine and Danielle! Again, these two appear to work well together but I’m still waiting to see any real personality from them. They’re both track stars so they should be around for a while so maybe we’ll get to know them better in the next couple of episodes.
Coming in fifth, Logan and Chris! Logan and Chris have been consistently in the middle of the pack since the race began. From what little we’ve seen of them, they seem to argue a bit too much and that might be their downfall.
Coming in sixth, Denise and James Earl! James Earl is still bitter towards his mom. Denise is still wracked with guilt. I’m getting kind of tired of both of them. Tonight, they got a 30-minute penalty because Denise helped James Earl during the roadblock. Personally, I think they got off easy. I would have had them wait for an hour.
Coming in seventh, Cindy and Rick! Cindy and Rick went from coming in third to coming in fifth to coming in seventh. There’s not much room left for them to fall.
Coming in eighth, Tiffany and Krista! I like Tiffany and Krista, so I hope things get better for them in the next leg.
And coming in ninth — Ernest and Jin, who were eliminated.
Next week, the Amazing Race moves from Argentina to Africa. Apparently, there will also be a double u-turn and Tanner and Josh are planning on using their express pass so that they can u-turn Jeremy and Diana. Personally, I think that’s a waste of an express pass. When you’ve got something as powerful as an express pass, don’t waste it on spite.
Add to that, we all know that, 9 times out of 10, if there’s a u-turn, that means that its going to be a non-elimination leg. It’s rare that anyone ever actually gets eliminated after being u-turned. Instead, the show does a non-elimination and then plays up the drama in the next episode!
We’ll see what happens!