Review: The Amazing Race - This is Not My Finest Hour
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 2nd 2009 12:41AM
(S15E07) Poor Ericka. In tonight's episode of The Amazing Race, she didn't look quite like Miss America. Stress will do that to you. It seems each week a team or two make what might be a fatal error in the game. Oh, not something that could kill them -- just one which could lead to being Philiminated. This leg wasn't only tough on Brian and Ericka. One of the Globetrotters had to don a dress. Thankfully, it seemed to be specially tailored to fit him.
It was so not a night for the women. There really aren't many women left in the race at this point. We have Ericka of Ericka and Brian, Tiffany and Maria (the poker gals), and Megan of Megan and Cheyne. I keep thinking that "Cheyne" could be a girl's name, but he's a rather buff dude. The remaining teams are all guys -- Matt and Garry, Sam and Dan, and the Globetrotters. The women just broke down tonight. As a woman, I felt a bit miffed at them.
Ericka royally screwed up counting the carillon bells in the tower. I was thinking it seemed pretty easy, as every other team member got it right on the first try. She seemed to let her nerves and fatigue get the best of her. I don't think it was an easy roadblock at all. The bells clanging and the stairs might do me in, too. But I'm not on the show. I only saw the other teams struggle a bit, then conquer the task. I saw her do it over and over again with an emotional breakdown midway.
Megan actually made a good choice teaming up with Sam in the tower. So we don't know how she would have done on her own. But where she let me down was when she constantly whined about the golf detour. Darn it all, if she wanted to do the dancing, she should have told Cheyne right off. True, I'd probably whine on the show. But that doesn't necessarily mean I condone whining. Stop it, Megan.
Then there's the poker gals. They fell so absolutely apart tonight that they quit the show. Say what? I've been under the impression that Tiffany and Maria were at least quasi-tough. They know odds. If they didn't have the strength to ring the bell on dozens of tries the first time, what made them think they could do it after they're more worn down? They lost their focus and concentration. The golf didn't look easy but they let their frustration get to them.
Although Brian and Ericka compounded Ericka's tower troubles by not reading the clue to ride bikes to the detour, they still fared better than the poker girls. They didn't give up. Even if Ericka got on my nerves tonight, I credit her for sticking with it. Even with their 30-minute penalty, they beat the team who gave up the race.
The best part of the show for me was watching the three male teams in the Dutch couple costumes. Once again, the spirit and energy of Flight Time and Big Easy delighted me and their sense of humor brought a chuckle. I don't think they're the best racers ever on the show, but they do make it all seem a bit more fun. I'm also enjoying Gary and Matt more each week. How about you? On a random note, Sam and Dan told everyone they're gay. Okay. I liked that no one thought it was a big deal.
For the record, this season has really had some odd Philiminations:
- One couple was eliminated before the race left the starting gate.
- Zev and Justin came in first on a leg but were Philiminated due to a lost passport.
- Two teams couldn't complete a task and eliminated themselves from the race -- Mika and Canaan, Tiffany and Maria.
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|No, Megan and Cheyne will make it that far||231 (62.9%)|
|Brian and Ericka will be in the final three||22 (6.0%)|
|Yep - gay bros, Globetrotters, and father/son||114 (31.1%)|