The Amazing Race Review: Nick... Isn't Very Nice

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At the beginning of this week’s episode of The Amazing Race titled “I Hate Chinese Food,” Nick admits in an interview that before Vicki he didn’t care about other people’s feelings, but that she has shown him the errors of such an attitude.  He continued by tearing up and commenting on what a blessing she has been for him.

Say what?!?!

Vicki and Nick Read Their Clue

All we can hope is that interview occurred after this leg.  The way it was shown to us suggests that it was a pre-leg interview, but I really hope not.  I prefer to see the interview as something that Nick reflected on after a stressful leg and realized what a jerk he was to his amazingly patient girlfriend. 

Perhaps I’m giving him too much credit.  However, I really don’t want to watch this guy anymore if he said what he did before this leg of the race and then abused and quit on his teammate less than 48 hours later.  Unless the crying was forced (and if that’s true, this guy really is scum), it shows genuine disappointment in himself for the way he acted before the interview.  We just do not know if it was before or after this leg.

To be clear, even if the interview was after the leg, it doesn’t excuse his abhorrent actions during the leg.  Vicki made that much clear by saying after the leg that she needed to see change in Nick more than hear sorrys after the fact.  How Nick acted during this leg would get most boyfriends dumped.  No one would blame Vicki for doing the same, no matter how many sorrys she got from Nick.

Mere minutes after we’re shown Nick’s teary confession of how he needs to change, we see him berating Vicki for being unable to run because of her asthma.  To be somewhat fair to Nick, my girlfriend (who watches with me) asked why Vicki didn’t just whip out her inhaler and take a few puffs.  I explained to her that the process is not that simple.  You have to stop, control your breathing, take a puff from the inhaler, hold it for 10-15 seconds, wait and repeat.  It wouldn’t have necessarily been any faster than just walking.

Nick and Vicki Read a Clue

The point is, much like Nick, I don’t have asthma.  I don’t know what it feels like either.  However, my brother grew up with moderate asthma as well and I learned what the process is for controlling asthma.  It’s a scary and very serious situation.  If you’ve ever seen someone gasping for air and breathlessly calling for their inhaler as their airways constrict inside them, you know what I’m talking about.

What’s even more confusing is how Nick could question his teammate.  It’s not like Vicki is similar to Claire who runs 20 yards and is impressed with herself for doing so (by her own admission, too!).  Vicki has been far more physically fit than many of the other women on the race so far.  Did Nick really think she was dogging it now with just four teams left?

Nick’s demeanor towards his teammate changed dramatically when they got to the Roadblock and had caught up with Nat and Kat and Brook and Claire.  Despite Vicki’s struggles, he suddenly became compassionate and was not negative in his comments to his girlfriend.  Even when she was vomiting he noted that the race is supposed to be fun and vomiting on the race is not worth it.

I thought we had seen a turn in Nick and with his competitive juices flowing again he would stay supportive the rest of the way.  Nick would not have been the first person to get negative when all looked lost, nor the first to change their tune when things turn around.  Again, I’m not excusing him, but it was at least rationale. 

Nope, dead wrong.  Instead Nick went the other direction with the Detour.  He quickly became discouraged by the difficult task of finding boat ID numbers in the dead of the night and gave up.  Rather than suggest changing to the other option (why was this never an option for them?) he simply quit and then choose to tease Vicki for not quitting herself.  Quite the leg for Nick. 

Brook and Claire

On the other end of the spectrum are the indefatigable Brook and Claire.  I continue to be impressed with their resilience and positive attitude.  In her post-leg interview, Claire can somehow laugh off the awful experience of vomiting because she over stuffed her stomach.  The pair can seemingly tease each other without it being mean or nasty.

They’re even human, as well.  Brook clearly gets upset with Claire’s comparative deficit in physical ability.  However, to her credit her disappointment with her partner is momentary and upon being scolded by Claire for being negative, Brook quickly changes her tune and does whatever she can to keep her partner motivated. 

Nick could learn a few things from Brook.  It’s ok to occasionally be annoyed and show disappointment with a partner.  However, he can’t let that emotion run over into negative and start berating his partner.

Other thoughts from this week:

  • I loved that Jill and Thomas told us at the beginning of the leg that they had no idea what happened to the other teams from last week.  Under the old rules, teams depart twelve hours after the finished the last leg.  That would mean Jill and Thomas arrived at the Pit Stop at 8:25pm and were likely sleeping when Brook and Claire came in at 5:15am. 
  • What a great move it was to combine the difficulty of an eating challenge with the luck of a needle-in-a-haystack challenge at this week’s Roadblock.  The contestants couldn’t even blame the producers for having to eat so much food because, technically, it was on them for not identifying the correct piece.
  • I wonder how controlled these legs are.  The timing of the only flight out of Bangladesh to Hong Kong being at 11:55pm so that all of the teams get on the same flight despite being nine hours apart seems unusually convenient.  Certainly The Amazing Race can’t dictate when companies choose to run flights.  However, I’d have to guess that, when planning the legs, they knew that flights out of Bangladesh to Hong Kong were infrequent.
  • What a performance by Brook at the Roadblock.  First, she enters the restaurant like she’s a contestant on the Price is Right.  Then, she almost immediately jumps on stage and starts performing with the dancers.  Finally, she runs around the room like she’s in WWE Raw trying to pump up the crowd for Claire.  Hilarious.
  • Did we really need the footage of Claire and Vicki going into the bathroom to vomit and the audio of them doing so?  I loved that Claire slammed the stall door on the cameraman.
  • Did anyone else see the guy who waived at the camera when Brook and Claire were reading their clue by the statue of Bruce Lee?   Also Hilarious.
  • Seriously, why didn’t Nick and Vicki try the other Detour option before quitting?  Maybe it was breeze, they had no idea.  This bothers me.


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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (11 Votes)

Why isn't everyone outraged that Nick and Vicki came in last on Episode 6 but had no speed bump in Episode 7. Everyone else did. Michael and Kevin had to sit on ice blocks. The remainder of the race may have been different. Nick and Vicki might have been eliminmated that leg instead of Michael and Kevin. I don't know if I missed all the outrage since it was a month ago. If I were a contestant and that changed my chance at a million I'd do something.


Holly, that's the point. They already wanted to get home so they just took the six-hour penalty. I guess they were just too frustrated to react at the pit stop upon learning it's just a non-elimination leg.


I appreciate everyone's disgust with Nick and his treatment of Vicky when he gets tired or frustrated, but at the same time, you can see he's trying to change. I can see why Vicki would have him as her boyfriend when he's being respectful, and I do think he is trying to be respectful most of the time. That all being said though, I think if Nick and Vicki are to stay a couple, either Nick should get some anger management counseling, or they should get counseling as a couple. I see the good in Nick; I do think he could be an okay guy if he makes some changes in himself.


i love your insightful reviews! it makes me laugh. and totally agreed! Nick is such a jerk for always berating Vicki, and being negative and mostly nonchalant about everything.
His favorite quotes seem to be "This is Stupid". "This is ridiculous" ..if everything is so stupid or ridiculous, why join in the TAR first place? Its not as if the past 16 seasons havent given him an idea of how challenging the tasks are. I even seem to think he is a little dense, having always miss out the obvious clues, or not using some of his brain matter for any intuition.. Poor Vicky! Is this really a person whom she can count on for her life?! And yes, whoever who wins this year MUST be an all girl team. Brook & Claire, Nat & Kat are both very deserving winners. Supportive & great entertainment value!


I thought that, for a moment, Nick finally realized what a complete a** he had been and was trying to change. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt and blame it on video editing. BUT I thought about it and figured that there must have been enough footage of that for the editors to use anyway (meaning he must have a lot of a**hole moments). I totally agree with gerry. Vicki should dump him. She's such a strong person and really sweet. I really wish she can win the race but I sure as hell don't want Nick to win (how I wish she was racing with another team-mate!!!) It's kind of like how Vicki defies the stereotype people would associate with heavily tattooed people while Nick exemplifies it.


Holly, there are three nonelimination legs on the race and three teams make up the final leg. Since there had only been 2 noneliminations and 4 teams left I think they all figured out that this most likely was to be a nonelimination.


Something's fishy in this episode. At 4am, Nick and Vicki knew they were last and should be eliminated, and yet they kept talking about accepting a penalty, so they clearly knew they were not going to be eliminated. Contestants are not supposed to find this out until they reach Phil, so how did they know?


Nick is dbag. Vicki, end that already. U deserve better. Love yourself more.

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The Amazing Race Season 17 Episode 10 Quotes

Kat: I've been to Hong Kong before, I think Nat's gonna like it.
Nat: Am I going to be the tallest person there?

I'd be ok with not seeing any of the teams until we won the million dollars.