As we began tonight's The Amazing Race, I was exceedingly worried about my good friends Jet & Cord, the team affectionately known as the Cowboys (because they're cowboys in real life). Now, when I say "good friends" I mean the team I rooted for the last time they were on TAR and think I'll root for again this time. When I say "exceedingly worried" I mean semi-worried because while they were way behind at the beginning of the night, we saw in last week's preview of this week's episode Mel (of Mel & Mike) go down with some sort of exceedingly painful injury. It was the kind of injury which, if CBS wasn't playing it up, looked as though it could cause them to leave the race, thereby saving my good friends and meaning that I didn't have to be so worried.
Now you see, there are two ways that I can read that situation – one which makes me happy and one which makes me sad (and to be clear in advance, the happy one is not rooting for anyone's injury, I never root for anyone to get hurt). The happy one goes like this – well if Mel & Mike are eliminated that will save the Cowboys who can make up the time that they'll still be behind at the next inevitable airplane trip bottleneck. Giddyup! The sad reading goes this way – how dare CBS show us in a preview a potential game changer like Mel getting injured? I don't want to worry about my good friends for the entire episode, but to show us how one team ends up dropping out of the race in a preview is just wrong. Wholly and completely wrong.
So, it was with those mixed emotions that I went into tonight's episode (and it would be at this point that the SPOILERS start).
Yeah, I didn't have to be so worried. The bottleneck came before the first elimination and Jet & Cord, despite being way behind, were able to catch up to folks by that point so the CBS' reveal of Mel's injury didn't ruin what was going to happen (and happily it wasn't a bad injury anyway)