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Travel can be stressful, but it’s hard to completely lose your shite when you’re among Italians in the world-famous city of Venice. The culture, the food, the architecture, the gondolas… you’d have to be a pretty negative person not to appreciate your surroundings in that context.

In that vein, have you met this year’s batch of Amazing Race (Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV) contestants? While the majority of them seem to be positive Pollys there are also some definite negative Nellys among the bunch. And that made the challenges set forth in the latest episode of the series a little harder to navigate. Between recreating gorgeous masks straight out of that ball from Labyrinth, to lugging luggage down narrow streets and singing in gondolas, there was a lot to stress over throughout the night. Here are some of our key takeaways from the whole thing.

1. Positivity is key

Scott isn’t the only one who has realized Brooke‘s attitude is “glass half-empty,” as he put it. The teams have to wake up at 4 a.m. in order to travel to their next destination? Everyone’s singing about a party bus, except her. The teams have to make masks? She’s focused on the fact that the demonstrator won’t start at the beginning for her, specifically. At this point in the race Brooke is known for her freak-outs. We’ve noticed it, the other teams have noticed it, and we’re actually surprised it hasn’t cost them this thing yet. Scott is a smartypants in our books, because he’s dealing with her in the best way possible — by trying not to react to the things she does and says. His positive attitude has been enough to counter her negativity so far and keep them in the race; we’re just pretty sure there won’t be a friendship between these two when they get back home.

Five new lessons in travel from 'The Amazing Race'
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2. Karma will come back to get you

Know who else was having some minor freak-outs Thursday night? Michael and Liz. That team is growing on us, purely because they both seem to be good souls, but that doesn’t mean they’re getting along with everyone. Specifically Logan and London. Those two have been sabotaging and lying to everyone in order to get ahead. And they may tell cameras they feel bad about it, but the fact that they keep doing it is off-putting. That’s why we were so thrilled at the end of the Venice episode, when Phil Keoghan revealed that it was a non-elimination leg, essentially saving Michael and Liz for another week. Those two have helped everyone so it’s awesome to see that they’re still in this thing despite being misdirected (twice!) by #LandL.

Five new lessons in travel from 'The Amazing Race'
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3. Remember what’s important

HAD Michael and Liz gone home, it’s kind of cool to know that Michael would have been reunited with his daughter. As he told the cameras, she is his everything. We mean, when you’re racing around the world with a complete stranger, you’re bound to miss your loved ones and feel lonely, even when you’re constantly surrounded by people. That’s just the way it goes. At the end of the day, 500 grand is great and all, but there are much more important things in life. Michael reminded us of as much Thursday night.

Five new lessons in travel from 'The Amazing Race'
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4. Pay attention to detail

Okay so how cool were those masks that the teams got to recreate? We kind of want one for ourselves. Anyhow, in the larger context of this show, that challenge reminded us that paying attention to the small details is important in a race like this. Not only was it important to watch the demonstration in order to get the mask right, but the teams obviously have to pay attention to the clue in order to select the right person for the job. It doesn’t stop there either; remember the little Amazing Race flag on the broom that the teams had to find? In the words of one Mad-Eye Moody, “constant vigilance” guys.

Five new lessons in travel from 'The Amazing Race'
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5. It’s not over until the gondola singers sing

The best part about Michael and Liz getting to keep going this week is that they never gave up… ever. Even though Liz was completely stressed out over having to redo her mask (not to mention distracted by Brooke’s antics), she kept at it and eventually turned in her finished product not too long after Brooke and London had left. As a result, they were only steps behind the other teams, making their non-elimination feel that much more deserved.

Five new lessons in travel from 'The Amazing Race'

As for Brooke and Scott, and Logan and London? Well we’ll see where the race takes them next week. Here’s hoping for a little more positivity, and a lot less lying though.

 

The Amazing Race airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.