Wow. I never thought that Eric was the epitome of refined wit, but it blew my mind watching last night's episode of The Amazing Race just how misogynistic and repulsive this guy truly is. Sure, I should have had an inkling of that fact from his advice to his bleached-blonde girlfriend, Danielle, to "use your boobs" during a Roadblock, but last night definitely summed up his entire persona, idiotic t-shirts and all.
I'd like to point out first of all that the Yield is part of the Race itself and has been for quite some time. It's as much a part of the game as the Detours and Roadblocks (and, yes, the dreaded Intersection). That said, I never understand why people get so angry at being Yielded. Frustrating? You bet, especially when there's a possibility that you could be in last place. I get it. But to become so irate that you refer to the people who yielded you (that would be Beauty Queens Dustin and Kandice) on national television as "dirty, dirty hookers" and "dirty pirate hookers" steps over a line into poor sportsmanship, mean-spiritedness, and misogyny. There, I've said it. I really do think it is one of the lowest points in any season of TAR, and it made me question Danielle's sanity if she were to stay with this guy when all of this is over.
Let's step back for a second. Last night's episode saw the teams travel to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, via several different flights and connections. And sadly, Uchenna and Joyce took the riskiest method possible, leaving themselves only one hour to make an international connection. Unfortunately, they arrived in Frankfurt and did not have enough time to check into the flight and were delayed until the next day, sealing their fate. Charla and Mirna meanwhile used the hotel internet (after refusing to let Eric and Danielle get onto one of the two computers they were using) to secure the earliest possible flight, something the hotel concierge and the airline representative seemed unable to do for Team Cha Cha Cha or Uchenna and Joyce.
Charla and Mirna blew their lead of several hours pretty quickly by opting for the cookie Detour (how many times have I said not to do the Detour that involves searching?), which forced teams to eat their way through 600 boxes of cookies in search of one that had a black licorice center (yum!). The cousins spent so many hours there that Dustin and Kandice managed to catch up and wisely picked the batik Detour, which they finished quickly, leaving Charla and Mirna in their dust ... in fact, they completed the Roadblock (which involved collecting residents' used newspaper on bicycle) before Charla and Mirna even showed up. Brava, girls.
Personally, I think it was smart for the Beauty Queens to Yield Eric and Danielle. At that point, they had no idea where they were or how far behind them the gruesome twosome were, so it's just smart gamesmanship, rather than pointlessly making an enemy, according to Danielle. Correct me if I'm wrong but is this a race to win a million dollars or to make friends? Besides, you mean to tell me that Eric wouldn't have Yielded Charla and Mirna if they had gotten to the Yield first? Puhlease. He would have done so in a heartbeat, given his punitive actions at the airport earlier.
Meanwhile, I was shocked to see Danny and Oswald, easily two of the calmest participants, nearly at each other's throats. Oswald was entirely right to be suspicious of the cookie Detour and Danny was acting petulant for no reason whatsoever. But guys, you need to stick to a decision; you can't waffle back and forth between two Detours. Fortunately, in the end, they decided to go for the batik challenge instead ... and, even more fortunately, Uchenna and Joyce were a day behind the other teams. You can't put a price on that kind of luck.
Next week on The Amazing Race: Dustin and Kandice clash with Charla and Mirna at an airline ticket counter, a challenge forces teams to act like kung-fu fighters, and everyone gangs up on the Beauty Queens in an attempt to eliminate them from the Race. Will it work? (Let's hope not.)
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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions junior exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionary.blogspot.com.