What’s better than a whole new hour of The Amazing Race? Two new hours, of course. The show treated us to a double feature on Thursday night that had the remaining teams running across Africa and Norway, with a few of bumps and bruises along the way.
Okay, so maybe there were more than a few bumps and bruises, especially when it came to certain teams who still haven’t figured out a way to get along. Luckily we can all learn a thing or two from teams like these…
1. Things aren’t always what they seem to be
Whether you’re travelling to another country, or being told to unlock a million chests in order to find a secret key, it’s important to look beyond the surface because you never quite know what’s underneath. That’s the lesson we learned two-fold on Thursday night. Not only was there a secret compartment behind the bottom drawer of the chests in the Lock or Knock Detour, (once the teams figured that out they were flying through it) but it was Michael who figured that trick out first. As it turns out the tough-looking butcher actually DOES have a pretty high IQ, and is a lot more clever than people assume upon first meeting him. It kind of reminds us all that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, especially when you’re in an unfamiliar place.
2. Pick your travel partners wisely
If we’ve learned one thing from watching Shamir and Sara, it’s that some people just shouldn’t ever – ever – travel together. To be honest, we felt bad for Sara, because she really tried to keep a positive attitude, even when her partner was losing his crap and passive-aggressively blaming her for everything. This was the kind of drama the producers were probably hoping for from the show when they paired strangers together, but that didn’t make it any easier to witness. It was almost a relief when Phil found the pair and told them they had been eliminated in the first hour. Hopefully Shamir was able to have a cold shower to cool off and get rid of some of that excess sweat.
3. Some things are mind over matter
It’s no secret that Brooke hasn’t exactly had an easy time on this race, and that theme continued this week. She had a mini meltdown during the ladle challenge, which actually worked out in her favour because it made the other teams want to help her. But then in the second hour, when she was told to eat some local fish in Norway in order to retrieve her first clue, she lost it again. (Was anyone else totally feeling for Scott at that point?) Like seriously, you can’t eat fish because you can’t breathe? Most people learn to breath and eat like, when they’re a baby, no? Anyhow, Brooke might not be our favourite these days but she definitely reminds us all that sometimes you just have to suck it up and put on a positive attitude.
4. Learn to put others first
Speaking of Scott, he’s our new hero. He knew that Brooke was loosing her cookies over everything and anything by the time they got to the Road Block, so he sucked it up and said he would climb the gigantic tower of skids despite his crippling fear of heights. You’d think she’d be thankful for the break, right? Nope – not our Brookie. She continued yelling at her partner and kept telling him to climb faster. If these two make it to the end we’ll be shocked. In the meantime, it makes us all want to criticize our own partners and loved ones a little bit less this weekend.
5. Never give up
Remember all that love we had for Michael being the Smarty McSmart Pants of this Race? Well, it seems like even the brainiacs can get overwhelmed on this show. He proved as much when he didn’t want to climb the 1,000 or so stairs to the Pit Stop in Norway, and tried to find any other way around it. He took so long trying to avoid the inevitable that in the end he and Liz came in dead last, actually. Luckily it was a non-elimination leg and the pair will live to race another day, proving that you should never ever give up. You just never know when you’ll get a second chance.