Amazing Race 15: Episode 7
By Daron Aldridge
November 11, 2009
Cheyne and Meghan arrive but Meghan is getting no affirmation or input about who should do this Roadblock from Cheyne. In fact, he is mute during her reading of the clue and direct questions of who should do it. While it seems a bit passive-aggressive of him, he explains that she had taken the lead this leg, so he was going to let her make the decision. Let me understand his rationale a little better. Her taking lead and making decisions for the team is okay now but not when Cheyne completely ignored her sandbag building tactic. Nope, it still doesn't make sense but nice try, Cheyne.
While Sam is yelling to be left alone in response to Dan's yelling, Meghan actually asks for Cheyne to talk her through it with encouragement. He obliges, so maybe he wasn't giving her the silent treatment. The Globetrotters show up and Big Easy dives right in to get through this for Flight's birthday. All three are working hard to make it through as many bales as possible.
Cut to Brian and Ericka who are almost done with the Detour when Matt and Gary show up. Kaboom! And the married couple is now heading to the Roadblock with Matt and Gary breezing through the Detour also. They made up some ground from their misadventures earlier in the car.
If the only things this farm needed to grow crops were anger, frustration and hostility, then it would be the most fertile land in all of Sweden. Sam responds to Dan's incessant screaming with a couple pixilated middle fingers and Meghan declares, "This is the worst thing I have ever done in my life." This quote so aptly sums up this task, of course, that the producers slap it down as the title of this episode.
This task is also showing how these teams operate under extreme competitive pressure. The brothers are not faring too well but the Globetrotters are still very casual and despite being sweaty and out of breath, Big Easy is still cutting up and joking with Flight Time. The karma of positive reinforcement pays off as Big Easy finds the flag and is the first to complete the Roadblock. The farm is the pit stop also, so they just have to find Phil, which they do as team number one. For their added bonus for toting around the ridiculous gnome all day and as a nice birthday present, they win a trip from the unofficial sponsor of this episode (which I refuse to name-check again).
The competitive animosity toward the Globetrotters by Dan and Sam is expressed again with an "I freaking hate Big Easy." I think they just hate competition but this is a race, so buck up boys and focus on winning and not on whining. The final two teams show up with Brian and Gary doing the Roadblock. As Brian points out, a ton of the work has already been done by the previous teams, so it might actually work in their favor being one of the later teams to start.
Cheyne is still cheering Meghan on and Brian finally interjects Dan high volume nagging with a "Daniel, it is a lot harder than it looks." The light bulb finally comes on for Dan and he does a 180 degree turn on his approach.