Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Don't Ruin the Basketball Game'

They sent somebody home on Sunday (March 20) night's "Amazing Race."

 That doesn't seem like a big deal until you remember that through the first four episodes of the "Amazing Race" season, two of those episodes ended with nobody being eliminated. That's a structure that was pretty much guaranteed to tick off many of the show's most devoted fans. And even though Sunday's episode may have at least culminated in Phil Keoghan dispatching the last team to arrive at the Pit Stop, it was still a frustratingly failed piece of "Amazing Race" architecture.

 If not for the need to do these recaps, I confess that I'd be near my breaking point, because this just isn't the way "The Amazing Race" is supposed to be designed.

 I'm gonna grumble for a bit after the break...

 If you'll recall, we left our teams last week still in the middle of one of those "You've reached the Pit Stop, but you have to keep on racing" carry-over legs. That spared Kent and Vyxsin. The dating Goths had run one of the worst legs in "Amazing Race" history, missing planes and buses and even, as last week ended, misplacing their passport-carrying fanny pack. We don't know exactly how far they fell behind, but the answer can be measured in multiple hours and that's several hours that they were behind the next-to-last-place team, Justin & Zev, and makes no mention of how far they were behind the bigger pack. Read More...


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