The Amazing Race 4/8
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|Mon, 04-09-2012 - 9:28am|
After CBS' Academy of Country Music Awards detour last Sunday, we returned to Phil Keoghan’s “Rrrrace around the world” yesterday, which picked up right where we left off two weeks ago. Having secured first place in Baku thanks in part to their successful completion of their Fast Forward challenge, Rachel and Dave got a head start on the trip to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,000 feet above sea level (although last night’s proceedings took place at a more manageable 8,000 feet above sea level).
Last night’s episode found the remaining six teams very close to each other in terms of proximity. Instead of three or four staggered groups, all six teams ended up competing at the final challenge at the same time. Strangely, that didn’t seem to increase any one team’s will to power as much as it increased everyone’s will to whine and undercut each other.
Which sort of makes sense. At this point in the Race, any team left can reasonably imagine that the million dollar prize could be theirs. And when you have one million dollars dangling before your eyes, some racers start looking at their competitors not as human beings but as roadblocks to victory and those sweet, sweet riches.