Amazing Race
I Didn't Make Her Cry

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The Gloves Come Off

Vanessa and Ralph make it to the mat and are team number five and Phil repeats his earlier comment about the race taking a turn. Vanessa explains, "Most everybody is kind of on the same page about the green team." Well, except Bopper and Mark, who trusted them enough to heed their good advice about which Detour to choose. And Other Rachel and Dave, who are too busy hating each other to hate anyone else. And Nary and Jamie, who don't seem to hate anyone or anything. Phil asks if they're going to make up and Vanessa isn't interested in speaking with them. "There's really no need for us to be friends within this race." Not much danger of it, either.

Nary and Jamie are finally finished and as they ride to the Pit Stop, they know they're the last team, but at least they had fun. And in fact they still are, as they excitedly point out a herd of elephants on a hill. They even ask their driver to stop so they can get out and take a closer look. "What a great end to our day. Amazing." Finally they get to the mat, and Phil informs them with a telling half-smile that they're the last team to arrive. Jamie says they knew, but they weren't going to give up. "No regrets?" Phil asks. None, apparently. Not even claiming to be kindergarten teachers for now reason. "We're hoping you're not going to eliminate us, though," Nary says hopefully. "Is that what you'd like?" Phil asks, tipping his hand. They say they'd love that and Phil happily tells them it's a non-elimination leg. In a post-leg interview, Jamie says, "We're just here to have a great time and try to win a million dollars and see the world. We're here, we're committed, and we live to see another day." I guess if there has to be a non-elimination leg, it might as well be one where a single team has a physical disadvantage. Still, we got no Roadblock, no elimination, a half-assed Detour and all the tedious interpersonal drama we avoid other reality shows for. Hey, what do Jamie and this season of The Amazing Race have in common? They both have a bad leg.

M. Giant is a Minneapolis-based writer with a wife, a son, and a number of cats that seems to have settled at around two. Learn waaaay too much about him at Velcrometer, follow him on Twitter, or just e-mail him at M.Giant[at]gmail.com.

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