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Last week our heroic racers from The Amazing Race Canada (Tuesdays, 8 p.m. ET, CTV) were jamming out in Jakarta and saw a shocking elimination; this week they were racing around Ontario, sword-fighting in Stratford and building car doors in Ingersoll. Can we all just agree that things on this show are never, ever boring?

They may be trendsetting though, at least within the context of the show itself. Now that we’re roughly halfway into the season, we’re starting to pick up on some recurring themes happening here, and it kind of makes the show even more fun to watch on a weekly basis.

So this week, now that host Jon Montgomery has revealed there’s no elimination, we figured we’d break down some of these emerging trends so we can all watch for them together in the weeks to come.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

Frontrunners taking a big fall

Remember last week when Todd and Anna, who kept finishing in the top three, were eliminated thanks to a U-Turn and a lost cab? The teams this week seemed pretty shocked the pair were no longer in the race, but the fact that anyone could stumble at any time still seemed lost on them. Or at least it was until frontrunners Leanne and Mar became the next team to topple.

The cheerleaders kicked off the night in first place but thanks to some bad directions they quickly fell to the back of the pack. Mar being a perfectionist with the Stratford sword-fighting challenge didn’t help matters, and so, by the time they landed second-to-last on the mat they were plenty scared of being eliminated.

It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last time a team stumbles so epically, but going forward at least these two will know not to take a first-place finish for granted.

Cool analogies for everything

We’re not even going to try and hide our love for Martina and all of her amazing (and often super loud) moments so far on this show. Something else we love about the racer is her ability to always come up with the perfect analogy or comparison for a task.

On Tuesday night she outdid herself, comparing putting a car door together to preparing a recipe in home economics, and it kind of made us hungry.

“You can’t just make that key lime pie,” she food-splained. “You’ve gotta whip that cream.”

Yum.

Secret handshakes

 You can’t help but root for “the jocks with heart,” as we’ve taken to calling Dylan and Kwame. They keep telling the cameras how they feel like they need to rely on their physical — rather than mental — strength to win this thing, but they’ve proven a few times now that they’ve got it going on in the brains department too. Case in point: the car door challenge, which they whizzed by on Tuesday night. Even better than proving they could beat the pack though was the epic handshake/body-bump combo they performed, which would have put any pro footballer celebration to shame, by the way.

Seriously, we need to rethink our own secret-handshake game thanks to these two, because all of the shakes we’ve seen them perform so far have been freaking awesome.

Forgetting the all important backpacks

Is it just us, or have there been more foot-races and last-minute mat moments so far this season than on all the other seasons combined? Each episode is a freaking nail-biter as a result.

We had another one of those moments on Tuesday night’s episode when Mellisa and Nancy forgot their packs and had to rush back out, leaving the door open for Dylan and Kwame to take their place. In the end it was all good because neither team was last place, but we couldn’t help but notice how many teams just didn’t have their packs when they saw Jon. Who knew that needing your packs to check in was a rule? Well, we suppose we do now, thanks to the episode. And now it also makes total sense why teams don’t just drop their stuff and get their hustle on for those photo finishes.

Squeaking through with inches to spare

Okay so Zainab and Monica have horseshoes up their butts, right? Not only did they avoid elimination for a second time with Tuesday night’s “keep on racing” checkpoint, but there have been quite a few situations so far this season when they could have finished last but squeaked on by instead. We have to believe that’s for some greater destiny-related reason. Besides, these two are so positive, so fun and such great role models that we kind of want them to stick around as long as possible.

We suppose that’s what happens when you ask heroes to participate on the show though. Anyhow, the race continues next week when the racers head to Toronto, and we’re sure some big heroics will inevitably ensue.

 

The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.