I think this is the first season the first 5 teams eliminated are all same gender teams.
M/M, F/F, M/M, F/F, M/M
This leg is one hell of a leg. I really thought that TAR usually gets EXTREMELY BORING when you reach the middle legs where people generally don't remember them. Especially if this is a Final 7 leg. Remember how the Final 7 legs used to be so boring and dull? (Aja and Ty, TAR 13?? lol)
I guess the "WALK TO THE NEXT LOCATION" clue is still the clue that kills really. 14 seasons ago it killed Heather and Eve, 14 seasons later, teams still don't learn. Giving loads of credit to Brooke and Claire, for realizing their mistake and returning back to rectify their mistake and still come in second. But giving even MORE credit to Nat and Kat, for completing the ENTIRE leg without any fatal errors. And TAR 17 is just amazing, two all-female teams owning the race. Even Charla and Mirna and Dustin and Kandice didn't do so well in Allstars. Guess this is an Amazing Race first again! The all-female teams won 5/7 legs so far?! WTH?!
I loved the fact that Nick and Vicki are third, but highly suspect that they would have taken a cab had it not been them working together with Nat and Kat.
But way to go! I'm liking this team more and more, even if they had to lie to get ahead. There's something about this team that i just can't help but to want to root for them.
And i'm shocked to realize this, but i'm actually rooting for Chad and Stephanie now?! This two quarrel all the time and they somehow managed to patch back so quickly and then sometimes, they work so well together.. but at times they fumble like no tomorrow. They complement each other and you might say that they're getting through each leg Dandrew style.. but they're still in this race! I'm liking them more and more each day. And i seriously thought they could be the one team i dislike most in this race. Turns out they're really a cute couple!
And then we have Jill and Thomas.. Jill is, nice. But Thomas is just...SCENARIO:
THOMAS: WE HAVE A TASK. I'M DOING THIS.
THOMAS: OMG WE CAN'T DO IT.
THOMAS: LET'S SWITCH.
THOMAS: OMG I CAN'T DO THIS EITHER.
JILL: BUT I'M DOING FINE.
THOMAS: LET'S GO BACK TO THE OTHER TASK.
THOMAS: WE CAN DO THIS. LET'S WORK TOGETHER.
You get my point. How is working together ever counted as you just deciding everything for the team? That is probably why Jill and Thomas aren't getting much fans anywhere. You have such awesome personalities on the race, then you get these two who's neither here nor there. No doubt they race fairly good and always manages to catch up.. but i'm not a fan. Maybe one day i'll be, like how i'm liking Chad and Stephanie now.
AND WE HAVE GARY AND MALLORY. FREAKING HELL. EVERYONE THOUGHT THEY'RE GOING TO BE ELIMINATED. THEY STARTED ROADBLOCK LAST, THEN GARY NAILED IT AND POOF, THEY CHECKED IN 4TH?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? OMG. I LOVE GARY AND MALLORY!!!!!!!!!!!!
I like Kevin and Michael, they're nice chaps. But seriously, Kevin is really rude at times. And amazing isn't it? They didn't get eliminated because Papa didn't do the RB well. They got eliminated because Kevin didn't read the clue properly. Not that it's entirely his fault, as Michael could have mis-read it too. But Kevin could have made the difference by reading the clue properly. They should have been gone on the third leg, and went on to race for another 4 legs.. i guess that's really a good NEL present. I just hoped that both of them won a leg before they got eliminated. Could have made this two happier.
LOVED THE DETOUR. Really like the clues this leg. (What's up with all the riddles?! They're AWESOME!!!)
And the Roadblock, honestly, if there isn't any penalties and seven teams are all there trying to do the RB, that could have been the most exciting finish ever. But it was good enough, with all the taxi drama, teams not checking in, Chad and Stephanie finishing, reached the pitstop, gotta pay their cab, ran back, received penalty, came back, check in and still in the race. Doesn't this sounded so much like the leg last season where Jet and Cord came in last on a NEL?!
And thumbs up to Chad and Stephanie for forgoing everything and just run to the pitstop. I know that was dumb.. but it showed truly how much they wanna stay on!
Love TAR 17!!!