The last elimination leg.
Stuck in the Desert and Officially Detained - or, Philiminated with extreme prejudice.
John & Scott and Lisa & Joni and Danielle & Dani and David & Lori and Lake & Michelle and Fran & Barry- Outta here.
Joseph & Monica (down from “Passing Lane”) - a few mistakes this week were enough to do them in. The first was not checking the bus schedule themselves–that put them behind at the Roadblock. The second was getting lost on the island. The third was dropping so many pots on the Detour–that cost just enough time that Ray & Yolanda slipped into third place. A good idea to take the pot Detour instead of the shrine one the other teams were working on, but it didn’t quite pan out. Little errors this
Flat Tire - or, not likely to get anywhere soon.
No one this week.
Stopping for Gas - or, not broken-down, exactly, but not a good sign.
No one this week.
"Rapido! Por Favor?" - or, making meaningless ineffectual comments from the back seat, but in no immediate danger.
Ray & Yolanda (holding steady) - The weakest of the final three teams, but the performance of this team has been getting steadily better week-to-week. They were third this week only because they bailed on the FF. That wound up being a chancy choice on their part, because it put them in last place, but I don’t think it was necessarily a bad overall strategy: since Monica and Joseph hadn’t showed yet, they had a good chance of being able to check out the FF, bail if need be, and stay in third. Anyway, I expect Ray and Yolanda to wind up third overall, but all it takes is one lucky break and they could win it all (and if they do, remember they were my preseason pick).
In the Passing Lane - or, ahead of the pack, but not quite comfortably.
Joseph & Monica (holding steady) -
BJ & Tyler (holding steady) - Mental mistake to go to the airport, not book a flight, go begging, then come back hours later to find the flight they wanted was full up. The hippies are lucky – they caught a comparable flight – but what were they thinking? I hate to say it, but BJ & Tyler don’t seem to be quite as smart as purported dimbulbs Eric & Jeremy. Unless Eric & Jeremy make a huge mistake, the hippies will finish one place behind them.
Cruisin’ with Earl - or, drivin’ on the shoulder, takin’ shortcuts, and generally kickin’ butt.
Eric & Jeremy (holding steady) - Still looking like the overall winners–a little bit smarter and a little bit facter and a little bit luckier than everyone else. but we’ll see next week.
Next week: The finale. I actually had a dream about the finale last night, and if you believe that dreams can predict the future, then apparently the Bowling Moms will come roaring back from a disappointing finish three seasons ago to take a suprising first place this season. Go figure.
[sub]Props to Mullinator and his Raj Ratings.[/sub]