CBS has this incredibly odd way of promoting The Amazing Race. Well, perhaps "odd" isn't quite the right word — maybe "forward" is better. They have a very forward way of promoting the Race. Whenever one sees scenes from the next episode - either right after the current one or over the course of the week - the network is always very, very obvious about what exactly is going to take place, what the big story is. There's something to be said for that – honesty and truthfulness aren't bad things in general. Sometimes, though, one ends up feeling either less than shocked at a big "twist" that's been ruined because of the promos or simply waiting to find out when the moment from the promo will appear.
We were all promised for last night's episode that we would get the hay bale task from season six again, that is, a task done nine seasons ago where one poor woman had to stay in a field all day (10 hours), unrolling huge, round, bales of hay in order to find a flag stuck in one. It was intensive labor and the flag seemed pretty easy to miss. Plus, with almost 200 bales of hay present and (at least this time out) only seven flags stuck into them, it could take an incredibly long time.
While strength and skill were certainly factors last night, luck also played a huge role. Choose the wrong bale of hay – the wrong 100 bales of hay – and one could have wound up in the field for an awfully long time. The first time the series did this task, Phil had to go to the field and tell Lena & Kristy that they were going home, and, they still hadn't found the flag. Talk about disheartening.
I actually thought it incredibly nice that this time out, Phil was right there by the hay field. He could just go, tap the losing team on their shoulders, and tell them they were headed home. I was sure that he was right there for that reason.