Another fine episode. Yeah, the elimination was anticlimactic once it was definitely ensured that Mark & Michael would be going home, but guess what, people? I wouldn't have had it any other way. Boy, it'll be fun going back and watching my tape to see the two-week fall of Mark & Michael!
Anyway, the tasks. I easily could've done the Roadblock, and I wouldn't have even tried Calligraphy at the Detour. I'd have gone for Choreography just like Jaime & Cara did. While it's usually smart to cut loose the Detours you can't do and go for the sure thing, they were smart to stick to their guns here.
Kisha & Jen: Great leg run by them, taxi troubles notwithstanding. I wish they'd won the leg on their own, though, rather than piggybacking off Tammy & Victor's Chinese (good strategy, but not totally impressive). That said, while I understood their anger at Margie & Luke, laughing at someone having a meltdown is way too passive-aggressive and is in very poor taste in ANY case.
Tammy & Victor: For a team who thought they'd have the advantage in terms of knowing the language and being Chinese, they sure did a poor job at actually winning the leg. Good effort using their language skills, but poor at the Roadblock and not that good with the Detour, either. Aside from all that, they really did just seem to be kind of . . . there this week. Again.
Margie & Luke: Good leg this week, once again, and it was great to see them break free of their first place/fourth place rut. That said . . . seriously, Luke? Body-checking a woman? Not cool, man. And Margie, I see the point you were trying to make at the mat, but you said it in the completely wrong way. I still like them, but their behavior (and Kisha & Jen's) disappointed me.
Jaime & Cara: The girls did a pretty decent job this week, your low finish notwithstanding. And I do love that Jaime is actually trying to make an effort now in dealing with the locals more calmly and maturely. If she keeps this up, they may start doing a whole lot better.
Mark & Michael: They were way too far behind from the get-go. They were done like dinner from the beginning of the leg, and I think they knew it. So I felt no pity or sadness from their elimination. They seemed to do everything well enough on their final leg, though, and at least there was no cheating this time. Still, they were easily the weakest team left, and it was time for them to go.
Okay. With the F4 decided . . .
LOVE: Kisha/Jen, Tammy, Margie/Luke, Jaime/Cara
LIKE: No one
DISLIKE: No one
HATE: No one
Good episode. Can't wait till next week. I sincerely hope Jen's fear of water is a misdirection, though.