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The Amazing Race 10, Episode 6 First Class and Cargo Class Awards: And the First Shall Be Lastby Sandy Lamparello -- 10/26/2006
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Please forgive me for missing last week’s awards. I was stricken with a nasty flu that left my brain functioning about as well as a puddle of goo. Had I tried to write an article it likely would have looked something like this: Fsbif snf stu gomodjrf ;sdy. (Incidentally, if anyone can figure out what that sentence should read, e-mail me. I might give you a mention in next week’s article!) By now you’ve undoubtedly read Jenn’s always-thorough recap, so it’s time to move on to the awards!
I decided to award a joint First Class award this week. Working with another team is not usually a smart move once the race really gets going, but that didn’t stop David & Mary and Erwin & Godwin (Team ErGo) from doing it on this leg. These two teams, along with Lyn & Karlyn, formed the Back Pack Alliance fairly early on, and they’re still looking out for each other. Mary & David were marked for elimination due to their last place finish on the last leg, which was the first non-Philimination leg of this year’s race. They needed the Fast Forward so they could ensure that they would not incur the 30-minute penalty for not finishing first.
Though they finished in the middle of the pack on the last leg, Team ErGo arrived at the Roadblock in last place. Team ErGo really needed the Fast Forward too. They both stated they are deathly afraid of heights, thus making the Roadblock task a very difficult one for them, safety gear aside. They told the other teams they were considering it, and went so far as to talk Dustin & Kandice out of it. Knowing David & Mary were debating, ErGo headed down in the elevator with them to stall and allow them to make their decision and get a head start to discourage another team from trying to jump on the Fast Forward too.
I’ll be honest, I considered giving ErGo Cargo Class for this move, because were it not for Tyler & James and Sarah & Peter’s navigational nightmares, it could have really come back to bite them. However, it didn’t, and it definitely did endear them to Mary & David. So, David & Mary and Godwin & Erwin, we have four lovely, oversized, comfy leather seats for you on this flight. Kick back, relax, sip some champagne, and enjoy the in-flight movie. You’ve earned it on this leg!
Cargo Class this week was a no-brainer. Do I even have to explain why Peter & Sarah are riding with the baggage? OK, I will. The Roadblock presented yet another climbing task. While I admire Sarah’s drive and determination to overcome her disability, I have to wonder why she was the one to perform all of the climbing tasks on the race. This is doubly puzzling due to her malfunctioning knee. Could Peter not do a single climb? Then, after berating Sarah on several occasions during the race for talking to him when he was trying to complete a task, Peter offered useless “advice” to her while she was working on the Roadblock puzzle. She was able to complete the puzzle in spite of her partner, but sadly the rest of her performance on this leg was not up to par.
It’s somewhat ironic that it was a task that was not at all physical that led to Sarah & Peter’s demise. Sarah was apparently navigating on the road to nowhere. How they became so hopelessly lost is quite puzzling, especially if the location they were looking for was marked on the map as was indicated. What’s more puzzling though, is why they continued to drive for hours. Other teams stopped for directions, or got locals to lead them where they needed to go. Surely either Sarah or Peter should have realized they were hopelessly lost and tried to do something about it rather than driving aimlessly through Kuwait City.
Mercifully, Peter & Sarah’s time on the race has come to an end. I’m sorry to see Sarah go, and I wish she had had the chance to go on the race with a partner who would have really appreciated her for the person she is. Kudos to her for standing up to Peter on the Philimination mat and saying flat out that he wasn’t the person for her. I literally started clapping when she said Peter wasn’t a nurturing person and that a relationship wasn’t going to work out between them. So, even though you’ll be riding in Cargo Class, I’m going to provide you with pillows and blankets for the trip. Don’t share them with Peter.
Next week Dustin & Kandice fight with Dublyn and play bumper cars. I’ll be back to hand out First and Cargo Class, and make sure you stick with Reality News Online for full coverage of The Amazing Race 10!
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