Hi folks! It’s your friendly neighborhood Survivor and Top Chef writer stepping out and dabbling with some views on The Amazing Race. Let me say first of all that Laura does a great job in recapping the show each week. Also, The Amazing Race is my favorite show on TV – hands down.
My question: Are Andrew and Dan the worst team to get this far in the history of the Amazing Race?
I think they are, but it is worth taking a look.
Andrew and Dan so far –
So that means the BEST they did was beating out four teams in the first leg of the race and getting second place this week after Dallas lost all his money and passports. They have actually managed to cling to life – banking on either someone else screwing up worse. They had five consecutive weeks of either second to last or last place finishes. If you compare to their immediate peers – Ken/Tina have three first place finishes and two second place; Toni/Dallas had a win and four second place finishes; and Nick/Starr have won six legs.
However, they are still alive and if they keep getting insane amounts of luck – they could win the whole thing. What you must add on to their insane ineptitude is that they repeatedly do each task incorrectly.
They couldn’t churn the doohickey to make the fuel;
The last one was most egregious because Dan manages to figure out a way to fail at marching! Marching! This is just synchronized walking! You can train animals to do that. My two-year-old can march. The Italian Army can march! I think you can somehow figure out how to teach fish to march before Dan can get it right. Dan looked like Elaine Benes trying to dance. I think if you tried hard enough you could get February to March.
OK, I’m done.
So, how do they stack up against the other 12 seasons’ Final Four teams? If you haven’t watched the earlier seasons, then I would stop reading and go do spend some quality time with your family. I’ll see you on the next Top Chef.
OK…Here is each season and how the Final Four did in the first 8 legs.
Season 1 – Arguably the strongest Final Four ever as each team managed to win legs.
So no one here.
Season 2 – Again, each team won legs before giving us the best finish of all 12 seasons.
Blake/Paige did manage to simply hang on, but other than losing their money and some other wacky behavior, they were somewhat strong. Perhaps they were 8th of the first eight Final Four, but they are superhuman compared to Dandrew and other candidates.
Season 3 – Not as good as the first two groups, but still a solid foursome in a lot of ways
Again, all four were better teams, albeit with a few more chinks in their armor.
Similar to Season Three and arguably worse, but apart from some near misses, all four performed well enough.