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I’ve posted a full recap, but for the sake of further analysis let’s take a look at the question on everyone’s minds:
“Who Won The Amazing Race Season 12?”
TK & Rachel, the newly dating long distance couple spanning hemispheres for their love. They finished just ahead of Ronald and Christina, and fairly far ahead Nicholas and Donald.
For all the details on how it went down, check out Cultural Learnings’ full recap. However, the real question is whether or not the young spaced out couple deserved to win the race considering the amount of mistakes they made throughout.
And the answer is, ultimately, yes. While the team certainly had a few missteps (Losing a clue in Italy and generally just not being great at navigating), they were able to hang on through the rough patches and put themselves in this position. They came back from rough luck with a hotel clerk booking them a poor flight and survived their Speed Bump heading into the finale. They had all of the momentum, even though they weren’t finishing in first, and the team worked together well.
I’ve always viewed Rachel as a little bit spaced out, but she really stepped up to the plate in this leg. Her performance at the roadblock was smart: she was the only one to stay calm, which is fitting since it was the team’s mantra from day one. The two of them were perhaps the most laidback racers we’ve seen, so it was fun to see TK freaking out driving to the finish line, unable to contain the emotion he bottled up inside himself for weeks.
TK seemed to sell this as nice guys finishing first for a change, but it’s not that they were particularly nice or anything – they were just unemotional, not letting petty squabbling get in the way of their racing. While they fit the young male/female mold of many past race winners, they were just different enough to stand out, and are certainly worth winners.
I think that Ron and Christina were the race’s best story, and their victory might have been the sweetest. However, I think it was a fitting tribute to their changing relationship that her inability to complete the roadblock first didn’t seem to destroy their resolve heading to the pit stop. I really hope that Ron didn’t criticize her after the cameras stopped rolling, because I like to think that he has actually changed. They ran a great race, once they got over their personal hangups, so I hate to have my imagination in some way damage their credibility.
Nicholas and Donald were not the victims of themselves, but rather of killer fatigue: leaving behind a crucial part of the task and Nick’s struggles at the roadblock were simply out of exhaustion. You can only carry around your grandfather on The Amazing Race for so long before it starts to hit you, and it was clear that Nicholas was just working too hard. Donald was a real trooper, and an engaging fellow, but I really hope that this experience has been of value to his grandson in terms of knowing when to calm down and when to maybe step back.
What about you? Did anyone else feel that someone else deserved to win, and are upset that someone who says “Dude” all the time in a non-ironic fashion has taken the million dollar prize to buy more used clothing? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear what you think.