The Amazing Race 2012 Season 21 Review “We Was Robbed”

The Amazing Race 2012 Season 21 Episode 8

The Amazing Race picked up from last week’s cliff-hanger, when Abba and James checked into the pit stop only to be turned away because Abba left his passport in a taxi cab. It was surprising, and in some ways inspiring, that James did not get upset with Abba and did not blame him for their potential elimination. They lucked out as it was a non-elimination leg, but it was still unclear how they would be able to get a passport quickly enough to keep racing.

I was anxious to see if anyone was going to be crazy enough to pick the movers task. Sure enough, the Chippendales and Lexi and Trey opted for this difficult challenge. I was impressed by how well both teams did. I’m not sure I could have done those crazy low kicks. While it was hilarious when Natalie ripped her pants, my favorite moment of the episode was the professor laughing at Ryan as he struggled to finish the time zone challenge. Ryan completed over 20 tests incorrectly and was unwilling to even consider that he was misunderstanding the challenge. By contrast, it was a relief to see the Beekman boys finally not struggle through the challenges.

Nadiya and Natalie still haven’t redeemed themselves from the stealing incident, so it wasn’t disappointing that their face time was minimal.

Aside from the rockers’ drama, this turned out to be a feel good episode, because the competitors were on their best behaviors. It was touching to see the Beekman boys working with Abbie and Ryan. Jaymes and James also demonstrated their good natures by helping Lexi and Trey find a cab. This is a competition show, and the goal is to win. But, it’s still nice when you have the impression that the competitors are actually decent human beings and willing to help each other from time to time.

Sadly, it was time for Abba and James to go home. Between the loss of the money and leaving their belongings in the cab, it was obvious that they wouldn’t have been the last team standing at any rate. In the end, they couldn’t blame a travel delay, a difficult task, or a cab taking them in the wrong direction. Their loss was completely the result of their own bad decision. At least, though, their elimination let James go home to spend time with his ill father.

Next week, it looks like Abbie and Ryan will continue to struggle. I definitely like them more now than I did in the beginning, so I hope they are able to pull it together. But, I’ve still got my fingers crossed for the Chippendales, and if karma exists, they’ll be giving the u-turn to Trey and Lexi.

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