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Reality High Test Results, October 26 – November 1: For the First Time, No Eliminations!Page 2
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While I don’t think Dustin & Kandice were right to put Tyler & James ahead of Lyn & Karlyn; Karlyn still didn’t handle the situation well, as her answer to the seventh question indicated:
7. One team decided to let another team cut in front of you when you’re getting tickets. What should be your response if they get away with it?
A. Just take a deep breath, count to ten, and book your tickets after the other teams get their tickets.
Lyn correctly answered “A,” but Karlyn answered “C.” I could certainly understand her anger over the situation, but the odds were high that every team was going to get on the same flight anyway, so it was pointless to argue with the other two teams – and in front of the ticket agent, too. When she continued to protest that Dustin & Kandice weren’t being fair, I told her that while I agreed with her, it was no excuse for arguing with them and with the relatively innocent Tyler & James. Lyn managed to calm her down, so I didn’t have to send her to detention.
Although Karlyn answered the seventh question badly, she (and Lyn) recovered with the eighth question:
8. True or False: The Amazing Race is a race, so in the end you need to look out for yourself and not for other people first.
Dustin & Kandice and Lyn & Karlyn answered “True,” although Lyn did so rather hesitantly. The fact is, the show’s called The Amazing Race, not The Amazing Chance to Make Friends. Although friendships can and often do form on reality competition shows, in the end only one team can win the million dollars. For all Chip’s happy-go-lucky and exuberant personality, he too knew this, which is why he and Kim decided to yield their friends Colin & Christie. It is also why Chip & Kim didn’t tell Colin & Christie and Brandon & Nicole that the American Airlines flight was postponed.
Moving on, I turned to the ninth question, and I wondered if I was going to need another Excedrin when I saw Rob & Kimberly’s answer to it:
9. Your car gets stuck in gear through no fault of your own, rendering the car inoperable. What is the best response to this unfortunate situation?
A. Shrug it off, get the replacement car and just try to make up ground quickly.
Rob & Kimberly answered “C,” and I counted to ten before telling them that they were wrong and that the correct answer was “A.” Rob protested that Kimberly should’ve just shut up and let him handle the situation. Kimberly argued that Rob was about ready to quit. They bickered for a couple of minutes before I was able to get a word in edgewise and told them flatly that they handled a bad situation terribly. I reminded them that John Vito & Jill from The Amazing Race 3 had a car break down on them, but they shrugged it off and continued on without any drama. And with that, I said that if they couldn’t stop yelling at each other, then they could just cool their heels… in detention!
I heard David & Mary say “Thank you!” as Rob & Kimberly stomped off to detention for the second time. And then I took another Excedrin, as my head was pounding at that point. Of course, I didn’t complain. I asked for this position, after all. But moving on, I sighed a little at the questions by almost all of the teams to the final question:
10. There are two Detour options. Which option do you take?
A. Go with the one that involves finding a sail in a certain location – and stick with the detour in question.
Only Dustin & Kandice correctly answered “A.” Erwin, Godwin, Lyn, Karlyn, Mary, Rob, Kimberly, Tyler & James all answered “B,” as did David after initially answering “C.” At least the teams had the right idea in deciding to bail once they found out how hard it was to find a salt shaker with the right clue. I only wish that they had decided to go with the Sea detour in the first place, and I especially wish that David & Mary, Erwin & Godwin and Lyn & Karlyn had decided to go with Sea in the first place. They wouldn’t have fallen back in the pack otherwise, nor would David & Mary have been marked for elimination again.
And in this case, I think David & Mary just won’t be able to recover from being marked for elimination this time. They were only able to get in first thanks to going for the Fast-Forward and Erwin & Godwin tricking Dustin & Kandice into thinking that the brothers were going for it. If there’s a Fast-Forward on this leg, David and Mary won’t be able to use it. Even if there’s no Fast-Forward this leg, the odds are really against them getting in first place. I fear that next leg will be the end of them.
In any case, I gave the six teams left their grades. David & Mary got a “C-,” because they were the last team to bail at the Salt detour, and because they went to the wrong place, ensuring that they came in last. Dustin & Kandice got a “B-,” which made them relatively happy. Erwin & Godwin got a “C+” because I don’t think they have the killer instinct, but they were still happy they didn’t get a failing grade. Lyn also got a “C+,” but Karlyn got a “C-.” Karlyn wasn’t too happy, but she noted that it was passing. Rob & Kimberly each got a “D,” which made them very unhappy campers. And Tyler & James got a “C” because they constantly got lost.
So I have no eliminations this week! But I’ll have my usual two eliminations next week. Will I be right in thinking that this is the end of David & Mary? Or will I be surprised yet again? And will Rob & Kimberly get out of detention or will they be permanent residents for as long as they’re in the game? Stay tuned!
Belle Book is a library clerk for a community college in Pennsylvania. She would love to see Yul win Survivor: Cook Islands! If you wish to contact Belle, she can be reached at BelleBook@aol.com .
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