Unlike the globe that it’s trotting, the current season of The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business has been disappointingly flat over the course of its initial five episodes. Sure, Mallory’s scream-and-grunt approach to the game never ceases to make me chuckle, and I’ll also admit I’m glad that the cowboys righted their ship and would up checking in first to this week’s pit stop. But for some reason, TAR‘s typical clutch-the-couch-cushion thrill has been muted for me during this all-star edition.
On Sunday night’s episode, I had a hard time getting past the fact that Kent and Vyxsin were allowed to keep racing after checking in last to the Eternal Tower pit stop (the conclusion of a cliffhanger from last week’s hour). I mean, it’s not like the Goth duo missed their flight to China due to car trouble or some other catastrophe beyond their control; they simply misread their compass and ended up hours off course. And then, even after making up most of the lost time, Kent left his fanny pack (and passport) on a gondola, costing ’em even more time. So how come TAR producers rewarded them with a non-elimination spot? I felt like if any team this season had earned its ouster, it was the man with the dangerously plucked eyebrows and his magenta-hued ladyfriend.
To make matters even weirder, Kent and Vyxsin incurred a 30-minute penalty for failing to take the “required flight” from China to Japan. Again, this didn’t make a lot of sense to me. It’s not as if the Goths chose a flight that gave them an advantage over their competition; wasn’t it penalty enough to miss the initial flight and arrive in China hours after their rivals? (Yes, I know, I’m simultaneously saying Kent and Vyxsin should’ve been booted and arguing against their time penalty, but there are two separate injustices at play.)
Anyhow, for those of you who missed Sunday’s telecast, Fievel and Fuchsia used one of two available U-turns on cheerleaders Jaime and Cara, who in turn used the second U-turn on the Globetrotters. When Jaime struggled to correctly reassemble a dinosaur skeleton, though, it was the redheaded babes who paid the ultimate price. Or, as Kent put it, “Putting a bullet in a Playboy bunny was the only thing that was gonna save us.” Final order of finish at the Pit Stop: Jet/Cord; Gary/Mallory; Margie/Luke; Kisha/Jen; Kent/Vyxsin (DQ’d from fourth via their 30-minute penalty); Flight Time/Big Easy; Ron/Christina; Zev/Justin; and Jaime/Cara (eliminated).
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