Alex, in the Boston cab, explains a bit of the Fast Forward intrigue that's suddenly cropped up. In the previous leg, Tara told Alex that she and Wil were going for the Fast Forward and then they didn't, which "messed up [Boston's] game plan." This time, therefore, Boston opted to "guarantee" themselves the Fast Forward by telling Blake and Paige that they were going to take it, even though they "didn't want to do that to [Wil and Tara]." This didn't make sense to me at first, but I think I get it. Boston gave Blake and Paige the scoop that they were going for the FF so that Blake and Paige wouldn't fight them for it, despite the fact that Blake and Paige wasting time going for it might have been a real help to Wil and Tara in staying out of last place. Here's the other thing, though -- you'll note that Boston is counting on Paige and Blake to be more sure that they have no chance against Boston than Boston is. After all, the boys wouldn't be trying to back Blake and Paige down if they really believed there was no chance the Teeth would beat them out for the Fast Forward -- that's what "guaranteeing it" means. They're still counting on the Teeth to skip it, though, on the assumption that they can't get it if they go up against Boston. These guys really are a little smarter than I originally thought, because as much as I usually don't like intrigue, this is a nice piece of play. Furthermore, as much as I have always argued that you have little to gain in this game from intimidation, if this plan of Boston's were to work, it would mean that anything they've done to convince Blake and Paige that they're invincible would pay off in spades.
Episode Report CardMiss Alli: A | 516 USERS: C+
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