This post is about last night's finale to "The Amazing Race," so if you haven't seen it yet, skip to the end.
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So, that had to be the least-tension-filled finale for the Race that I can remember, and I've seen all four of them. Usually, the producers make it quite a schlep from the final task to the finish line, allowing teams to jostle for position until the final destination is reached.
But for some reason, the producers decided to drag out the challenge with the surfboards, and Victor and Tammy had a relatively short, leisurely drive to the end.
I didn't mind them winning. Tammy was always nice and Victor, who started the Race as a real jerk, really grew up after he nearly got them eliminated in Romania.
The redheads finished second, victimized yet again by the world's worst cab drivers. Serious, I don't remember a team that had worst luck with cabs through the entire run of the race. My parents didn't like them because one of them would always yell at the drivers, but I can understand why her frustration would mount. (Although, in the final leg, after getting to watch these two former cheerleaders change into their bikinis, I can understand why the cab driver wasn't so anxious for them to leave!) And seriously, a cab company dispatcher who can't be bothered to look up an address for customers? And the girls showed some class by sticking around for an extra minute to help Margie and Luke with the final task.
I was glad that Margie and Luke didn't win. To have a team with a handicapped competitor and find no one who wants to root for them, you know they had to be pretty nasty. They were a good team that would have done just as well without the various nasty moves (elbowing one of the sisters, getting one team knocked out by U-turning them, leaving the cheerleaders behind while they were following in a taxi). While Luke got all of the attention, it was Margie who was the really impressive competitor.
Perhaps Victor and Tammy were just so far ahead that there was no way to edit the final footage to make it seem closer, but it seems like Victor left the final challenge only minutes before the other teams. A more complicated final route might have produced a different outcome.
At least none of the teams stopped for a bathroom break this week, however.
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