In the sixth leg of the race, the teams left behind dusty, sweltering Bangladesh and headed for Istanbul, Turkey. This kind of journey is an equalizer; multiple teams end up on the same flight, erasing any lead that a team may have had.
At the travel agency, the race took an unexpected turn. Until this point, I had been rooting for the twins, Nadiya and Natalie. They consistently have positive attitudes and provide the comic relief. However, they crossed a line, and I can’t stand behind them no more. In the travel agency, Abba and James, Abbie and Ryan, Lexi and Trey, and the twins were all trying to book their flights. During the flurry of activity, Abba set down $100 in cash on the desk and stepped away. Seeing the money, the twins snatched it up and decided to keep it. Lexi and Trey saw them take the money and eventually split it with them.
This is stealing. The twins knew to whom the money belonged, and Abba and James were in the room when the twins picked up the money. It’s not like the twins found a pile of cash and didn’t know where it came from. They knew, and they did not say anything or give it back. Their behavior not only demonstrated poor sportsmanship, it was dishonest and despicable. Lexi and Trey were no better for their part.
Abba and James didn’t know that the other teams stole the money, and they didn’t mention losing it because they thought it would make them seem weak. Instead, they had to beg for money from the local people in order to move on in the race. The generous people of Bangladesh ended up compensating for the dishonesty of The Amazing Race competitors. From this point forward, I will be keeping my fingers crossed that the twins and Lexi/Trey are eliminated from the race. They should be ashamed of themselves.
So who is there left to cheer on? Pickings sure are slim. I can’t get behind Abbie and Ryan, because Ryan is insufferable. The Beekman boys are well-intentioned by frustrating to watch. Their ineptitude at finding the ice cream and delivering the bagels was maddening. They did, though, redeem themselves when they got out of their stuck cab and directed traffic to clear their route to the pit stop. It was nice to see them finally take some initiative. Rob and Kelley hit the road after coming in last. I’d heard just about enough about monster trucks, so I wasn’t too sad to see them go. This leaves the rockers and the Chippendales dancers. I’d be happy for either of these two teams to win the competition.
What is puzzling is why there were no consequences for the theft of the money. I kind of expected more from Phil Keoghan and The Amazing Race.