Part of the reason we didn't see the missed flight is probably that there were simply too many teams to show them all (I'd argue that showing one or two would suffice), and that the show already needed to be so packed with teams doing poorly on other areas that there was no time to spare. But, I wonder. I'm not sure that the teams that missed the connection out of Moscow were all on the same flight to Moscow, so each of their tales would have been unique and valuable. Additionally, any time we miss anything on camera, I wonder if there was some other – perhaps nefarious, perhaps not – reason. Was the camera turned off for some reason? Did the sound man fail to get sound? Would showing us the exact way that the missed connection occurred make someone (contestant or not) look wretchedly bad and did the producers want to avoid that? I can't answer those questions, the producers probably can, and even if the truth isn't salacious, it's something I'd like to know. I don't like hidden things.
Probably it's my desire to have everything be obvious that caused me to not mind so much the fact that The Race tried to make the end look closer than it was. Sure, it was a misdirection, but it was something of an obvious misdirection as the amount of light in the sky between the second to last team's arrival at the checkpoint and the last team getting there was quite different. That's one of those things the show does to try and make things more exciting, that I get. This other issue, the missed connection, that I want to know more about. Thoughts?