The Amazing Race 12/2
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|Mon, 12-03-2012 - 9:00am|
Filler? I don't even know her!
Thanks for letting me say that.
This episode was something of a space holder to get everything positioned for next week's finale. Going into tonight, it seemed likely that we'd not only get a non-elimination leg, but also some general equalizing to get the teams all bunched up and on a level playing field to set the stage for THE FINAL CHAPTER. And we did.
But who cares that tonight wasn't the most explosive, jazz-hands spectacle of an episode. Here's what I loved about it: As much as Abbie and Ryan are still in disbelief that they're out (talking and talking about it - someone please tell me Ryan's kidding that the airlines will hear from his "legal counsel"), in stark contrast, the Beekmans are in humble, grateful, rather bemused disbelief that they're still in - and it's so damn refreshing. Phil said he's seen the Beekmans "limp, collapse, faint and fall down," yet somehow they keep holding on. As Josh put it, they must be doing something right. Yes. He and Brent aren't the buffest, fastest or youngest. They're not even particularly competitive. But they're smart and kind and intellectually capable and good at a lot of things. Most of all, they approach the race with humility and kindness and a sense of humor. I don't know too many people -- okay, anyone -- who's betting on them to win the whole thing. But the fact that they're still around gives me a contented, peaceful feeling. I think of it as a little speck of justice in the world. Or Race-justice, anyway. Merry Christmas.
Meanwhile, has nobody heard of Mallorca or what?
The Twinnies, Chips and Texas all departed for Barcelona within two hours of one another, but since they were on nighttime flights, it seemed likely that no one was going to sweat arrival times. The location they'd need upon arrival probably wouldn't open until the morning and all four teams would have met up by then, which was exactly what happened.