One of the things the Amazing Race Canada (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET on CTV) is known—and loved—for is the genuine niceness between contestants. Unlike on the American version of the show, it’s like we get angry when one team U-Turns another or enacts any kind of negative game play. Because, well… it’s just not a nice, Canadian thing to do.
So when we were introduced to Dave and Irina this season, we felt like Canada really didn’t know what to do with them. These guys smack-talked the other teams, cheated when they needed to in order to get ahead, stole taxis and refused to do certain challenges. It’s really no wonder that the other teams began to get upset.
That’s why, when CTV promoted a big blow-up between Thinesh and Aarthy and Dave and Irina on Tuesday night, it felt a little overdue. Sometimes you just need to work your stuff out, right? And that’s exactly what the teams seemed to do in that promised moment at the airport, when they confronted each other and then agreed to move on with hugs. Do we believe the tension is over? Nope. But at least people’s feelings are no longer bubbling up on the inside, and that’s an important first step.
Dancing it out
With the drama out of the way, the remaining six teams got their race on in Saskatoon where they travelled a kilometre under the earth’s surface in full mining gear (not a flattering look for Irina, apparently) to ventilate a workspace with a plastic curtain, a spat gun and some loose potash. Most of the teams whizzed through the task but Aarthy and Thinesh got slightly tripped up, leading to a bit of a more frantic race than we’re used to from those two.
The real trip-up of the night came with a giant maze at Champêtre County’s Howling Coyote Saloon though, when the teams had to choose between a giant maze that invoked our claustrophobia from the couch, and a challenge called “Dance in Square,” in which one team member had to square dance while the other called out the moves.
All of the teams except Dave and Irina and the moms chose the maze, but once Dave and Irina saw what was involved in the square dance they switched detours. Not the moms though. While everyone else eventually managed to make their way through the maze with the required four pieces of corn, the moms had to keep trying over and over… and over again to nail the dance sequence while calling out the moves.
Eventually they got it, but by that point they had pretty much fallen behind all of the other teams. Only Aarthy and Thinesh were left by the time they got to the Lacrosse challenge (Anthony and James snatched up the first place finish and the prize trip to Costa Rica), and while the moms managed to score pretty quickly to move on, they just couldn’t catch up.
One last chance
Thankfully, while Trish and Amy were resigned to their elimination from the race following a last-place finish, there was a better fate in store for them. Like the last time they arrived in last place, this was a non-elimination leg. And that means they get to keep on rolling next week as the race heads to Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., where we imagine the challenges will get technological. Kitchener-Waterloo is the Silicon Valley of Ontario, after all.
Honestly, we’re kind of glad the moms are still in the race. It just goes to show you that when you stick to your guns and you don’t give up no matter how hard things get, good things can happen to you.
Now let’s see how karma keeps playing out as this race continues…
The Amazing Race Canada airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.