I actually didn't like the episode every much. First off, I wanted to see the teams complete the roadblock from the last leg, I'm annoyed that we just jumped straight to the mat and carried onwards. I don't know about any one else, but I found it really odd and awkward at the mat. Grant only says the bare minimum, there's a very poor host to team interaction. I think he needs either more enthusiasm or seem happy with what the teams done. The passport fiasco was lame, it really only lasted five minutes. Surely channel 7 could have put more emphasis on the intersection task penalty rather than this.
I don't understand why the producers put HoO into the course when not all of the teams get bunched?
To me, it just seems really pointless and similar to last week, didn't really change any team order at all. The roadblock itself seemed too plain and unexciting, the only part I actually thought was any good was when Nathan tipped the cart over and that wasn't very exciting at all.
The detour seemed good, it's a shame though that none of the teams chose the dancing side. I'm actually surprised we didn't see more angry racers with the sheep, the majority of them kept cool and calm about it even when their fences broke or the sheep ran away.
And oh boy, the intersection. I certainly wasn't anticipating it and it was a good little twist thrown in there. Sam & Renae and Chris & Anastasia were screwed right from the very start, I wasn't surprised when they fell behind by a lot. Though I do think Anastasia went into the task with a bad frame of mind, I don't think she thought she would do very well with it and appeared like she'd partly given up on the task before herself and Chris had begun sawing. The Male dominance really paid off in this task and I think had Anastasia and Chris been further behind and paired up with either Nathan & Tyler or Jeff & Luke, they actually might not have needed to quit and still been in it. And Dave needs a good serving of justice. He was so cocky when Anastasia was crying and when they were about to quit, and kept going on about how much she was crying and whinging... and what does Dave do later when he's struggling. Whinges and whines about how hard it and how he wanted to give up. UGH
I really don't think Sam & Renae should have been given only two hours, if it's an intersection you're one single team. If the team forfeits, then the whole team should get a four hour penalty. And besides, they only made one cut out of four, so shouldn't their penalty have been three hours?
Fantastic Pit stop drama by the producers, I really didn't know what was going to happen until it actually happened. I loved it, it was very exciting
But for me, the episode seemed a tad boring until the intersection where the drama really kicked in. I wouldn't classify it as the worse, but I don't think this episode did it for me.
And now we're down to the final 5 teams. They are probably the best racers left, but I think there is going to be a struggle for them to get to reach the final three. Here's my thought's on them all:
Jeff & Luke - I actually thought these two were one of the best racers until tonight, to me they fluked first place. Firstly, their argument at the roadblock wasn't good, I didn't think these two were the arguing type and their lie to Sam and Renae did make me question their strategy on this race. I thought they were really nice guys, it should be interesting to see if we see more disagreements or lying to other teams. Tonight, these two got lost - A lot. They did well at the roadblock, but after they got lost they really didn't do that well. If it weren't for Chris & Anastasia's penalty and Nathan & Tyler's generosity, I actually think they would have wound up in 4th place tonight. And when they said they deserved first place today, I wanted to throw something at them. They've worked much better as a team before and done exceptionally well. Hopefully they can actually do well without luck on their side and claim a victory in the coming legs.
Nathan & Tyler - They need to learn to buy a map
Although they seem a bit laid back and at times I think they don't worry enough about their performance, they are doing really well and I can see them in the final three - as long as they don't crash and burn and keep making small mistakes, because at this end of the race it can be the reason you go home.
Sam & Renae - I think these two have lost their groove. They always seem to be in the back of the pack these last few legs and although they were out the front tonight, I don't think they're racing as well as before. I can see them in the final three but I think they'll have to work hard to get there because I fear that at some point, they're going to make a mistake which will cost them a lot of time.
Dave & Kelly - I don't like these two at all. Dave needs to learn to cop what he dishes out, he laughs at other's misfortunes yet gets angry and upset when things don't work for his team. They aren't making many mistakes, but I don't think they'll keep up with the pace of the race for much longer. I would be surprised if they made it to the end, and I'm kind of hoping they don't. I don't think I can stand Dave much longer
Matt & Tom - They need more luck on their side! They appear to be good racers, even if they are a tad clueless at times, but I personally think that they've been very unlucky in Europe, from their horrible car to being pulled over by the cops and missing the earlier train. Give them a chance to catch up and I very well think they could make it all the way to the end.
The final teams are good racers, but I don't like them all too much. Give me back my Alana & Mel