The Amazing Race Recap
Huger than Huge
By Daron Aldridge
May 11, 2010
All the teams are giving the congratulatory applause except for bitter lesbians Carol and Brandy, who just stand there with her arms crossed while Carol does the slow golf clap. Phil decides to make things awkward after Caite says how proud she is of the fact that she finished the race. He points out that Brandy and Carol are seething. Here is the exchange:
Caite (to Brandy and Carol): “Guys, I’m…”
Brandy: “I don’t want to hear sorry from you.”
Caite freezes with an awkward expression and Carol even turns her eyes away in apparent embarrassment.
Brandy: “You purposely whacked us. You said you wanted to be the last woman standing and you are. Logically, you U-Turn teams that are stronger. The cowboys should have been U-Turned. You can’t seem to think logically. I don’t want to hear sorry from you.”
Caite: “Maybe you should have treated people a little bit nicer.”
Brandy: “Hey, I’m sorry you can’t handle it.”
Caite: “I can handle it. Obviously, I’m the one standing here and not you.”
And with that the season comes to a close. They try to wrap it up in a nicer tone with kind words from Louie and Team Big Brother but that whole exchange between Caite and Brandy left a cloud over the finale.
All in all, my thoughts on this entire season are positive, but the finale itself disappointed me for the second season in a row. The last one was because the Globetrotters were eliminated in the next to last episode and this time it was just boring and with an ugly finish.
Recently in an interview, our good host Phil sold up the finale as a very tight race to the finish line but that wasn't the case despite trying to edit it that way. The brothers took the lead when they landed (once again thanks to the first class seat switch) and never were in danger of losing that lead. They were always almost a full task ahead of the cowboys.
Also, I am completely apathetic toward the brothers. I just don't care about them as much as the producers tried to get me to. At least if the cowboys would have won, I would have been very happy and if Brent and Caite would have won, I would have been pissed but that is at least an emotional response.
However, the most detrimental thing about the finale that I couldn’t put my finger on (but BOP’s Tony Kollath perfectly summed up) is that Brandy spewing hate at the finish line was really unsavory, which goes against the usual feel-good mood of accomplishment that the Amazing Race is so great at delivering. Clearly, the producers made the decision to include this because it could have easily been cut.
Oh well. I will just do my best to forget that poor judgment call and think back fondly about the cowboys and Team Super Fuzz. Hehehe...“If I could find crack in someone’s rear end…” I will miss you, Michael.