'The Amazing Race': A Dropped Backpack Knocks Out Kentucky
Baby Bear\'s Soup-- In this Route Marker, Mark (behind, right) and Mallory (front, right) must stand in front of the master at Chen Clan Academy while the next clue is stamped on their foreheads, on the All-Star edition of THE AMAZING RACE, Sunday, March 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ÃÂÃÂ©2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Things got even more dramatic when Bopper gave his blessing for buddy Mark to take a second lap around the world with fellow Bluegrass State native and “Race” returnee Mallory, and they swore that they’d win one for the Bopper.
Their competition patted Mark on the back for his decision to march forward, understood how much the money could change their lives, praised Mallory’s brave attempt to fill such big shoes, mourned Bopper’s lost chance to partake in the once-in-a-lifetime experience for a second time, and even lamented their own lost opportunity to get to know the fan favorite better.
But the cynic in me immediately thought everyone on that field was thinking, “Well, that’s one less team standing between us and the big check from CBS.” Because let’s face it: “The Amazing Race” is hard to win, even on the best of days by the tightest of teams.
It takes the perfect combination of brains, strategy, personality, strength, stamina, lack of fear, teamwork, and a healthy dose of luck. Consistent first-place finishers have been felled by bad directions, car trouble, and poor taxi drivers. Sporty studs have been stumped by puzzles and numbers. Bad weather can squash Fast Forward dreams. Accidents and injuries occur. And longtime companions, childhood friends, loyal teammates, siblings, and even parents and children have been pushed to their limits and reduced to arguing, name-calling, breakup-threatening, pouting hot messes.
And this, being an all-star season full of people who have already played the game together once and know what mistakes took them out the first time around, is an even worse installment to experiment with getting to know someone while racing.