The Amazing Race Review: A Sad Day

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Watching the end of this week’s leg of The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business I now know what it must feel like to have to choose between your two children: awful. 

The reality that the cowboys were going to be towards the back of the pack, if not last, was evident very early after Jet messed up the Roadblock.  However, we were able to dream that another team would get U-Turned as well and Jet and Cord could use their speed to make up ground, pass a team and avoid a last place finish. 

Jet and Cord Ride In a Boat

As the Detour wore on, however, it became obvious that a worst case scenario was developing.  The cowboys would be U-Turned, alright.  But one by one each of the teams I wanted to see forced to do the other half of the challenge - Kent and Vyxsin, Kisha and Jen or Gary and Mallory – skated by the double U-Turn without doing anything. 

The only option which remained was U-Turning the Globetrotters. This didn’t help our emotional conundrum; with the cowboys, they’re the two most popular teams and we were guaranteed one would go home. It was truly a sad episode.

Flight Time and Big Easy can’t be blamed for U-turning the cowboys, they had no other choice.  They even commented that they didn’t want to send Jet and Cord to the other challenge, but felt they had no option.

The real problem with the episode was the format of the leg.  By placing the Double U-Turn last, a lot of the drama was removed from the leg.  The first few teams that arrived at the Double U-Turn knew they were done with challenges, knew there were teams behind them and didn’t want to make enemies when they didn’t need it.

Let’s hop in the time travel machine and go back to the fifth leg of the race.  Remember when Flight Time and Big Easy and Jaime and Cara were both U-Turned, but each had an opportunity to come back during the Roadblock?  The twist of the Roadblock after the Detour kept the leading teams uncertain of their spot and led to an earlier U-Turning.  Without that pressure this week, no one needed to U-Turn.

The real tragedy this week is that a terrible team like Kent and Vyxsin go on while one of the best teams of all time, Jet and Cord, are sent home.  I should clarify: Vyxsin is certainly worthy, but Kent is not. 

Kent and Vyxsin Carry a Couch

Two weeks ago he showed us a bad side of himself and hasn’t done much to redeem himself in the legs since then.  This week was no exception as Kent bitched and whined his way through the Detour.  The task of delivering luggage was too taxing for the skinny man.  Never mind that four other women, including one team of only women and his partner, Vyxsin, all managed to complete the task without complaining.

The cherry on top (or whatever the negative version of that saying is) was Kent once again lacking any sort of pride and allowing Vyxsin to carry him in the cart at the end of the Detour.  Perhaps even more confusing was her acceptance at doing so and subsequent praise of his fortitude on the challenge.  Are we missing something?

In the end, we lose one of our favorite teams, Jet and Cord.  Below is a quick eulogy of the cowboys.

Two time The Amazing Race runners, brothers Jet and Cord were best known by the nickname “The Cowboys” and for their signature cowboy hats.  Revered for their never-say-die spirit, Jet and Cord’s time on each appearance on The Amazing Race ended sooner than it should.  The pair was revered for their unflappable kindness and civility, regardless of the circumstances.  One of the most feared teams ever to run the race, the pair ends their The Amazing Race careers with several leg victories and countless hearts of women all over America, but no titles.

More from this episode:

  • Zev absolutely killed it this week.  If you need reminding, check out our quotes section.
  • Is anyone else annoyed at the faux build-up that the producers like to lay on us to create drama where none exists?  This week moves such as not showing us what train the cowboys got on or trying to make it seem like Jet and Cord were close to catching Flight Time and Big Easy when it was unlikely they were close.  The last scenario illustrates the problem with this editing ploy: we’re now jaded and don’t believe what we’re seeing.  We’ll never know if the Cowboys actually got close to Flight Time and Big Easy.
  • I’ve been meaning to mention this for a while: Jen looks like a female version of Rajon Rondo.  I’m not sure who that’s more insulting to.
  • Watching Zev and Justin force down the cheese fondue was really disgusting.  I found it very hard to watch by the end.


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Rating: 2.9 / 5.0 (15 Votes)
Mr probst

@cc - they're both good basketball players too. Rajon currently, obviously, and Jen played collegiately for Louisville (so did Kisha)




The Cowboys deserve their OWN show! I'd sure watch. they are inspiring!


Jen and Rajon do kind of favor - really smooth brown skin and crazy bone structure - could be related!


I loooooove the cowboys, but they have been miscaluculating most of the race and have stayed in it b/c they're catch up skills are so good! After a while, the mistakes catch up with you. And I agree, no one has had issues with "cheating" before this episode and if it were any other team that didn't get the answer, everyone would be fine with it. Finally, for all who are complaining about cheating and in the same breath supportin the globetrotters, I again echo what someone else pointed out - they have bullied and pulled answers out of teammates while witholding information from some as much as Kent has! Don't get all holier than thou, "I'm so disappointed...not so amazing...yadda yadda..." trying to support your emotional response to what happened with an ethical/moral arguement that you would not have made if the cowboys were annoying as mallory, whiny as vixen, instead of being the lovable guys they are!!!


Really disappointing last night. My 2 favorite teams at the end and one uses the U-Turn on the other. That always proves to be bring bad Karma to the givers. I think it will be bye-bye for the Globetrotters next week.

Mr probst

I'm still disappointed that Jet and Cord were eliminated, but I can't say I agree that the other teams cheated. There isn't anything in the rules that says you can't share information. If there was, the teams would have been penalized. Back in the earlier seasons teams used to talk about forming alliances with each other like the game was Survivor (I review that show, too, for all of you CBS reality TV fans!). I used to laugh at that sort of nonsense because it rarely did the allies any good. This is a good example of how an alliance can be beneficial. I'm mostly frustrated that the U-Turn was at the end and not in the middle. That would have really changed the leg. Jet and Cord would have definitely been U-Turned and possibly lost anyway, but at least there was more chance for another team to panic and U-turn someone else. That would have made it more interesting and given Jet and Cord more of a fighting chance.


God, everyone here is so biased it's not even funny. What would you do if information was withheld from Kent & Vyx or Kisha & Jen? Bet you all would be singing a very different tune. But no, since it's THE COWBOYS (imagine that written in 9-foot high Vegas neon letters) people are cheaters?? Seriously, TAR needs more strategy like that if you ask me. Don't understand the hate for Gary & Mallory. I love them. I want them to go all the way. Never was a huge Cowboys fan. I liked them enough, but I wasn't sad to see them go. If the Globetrotters could get eliminated next week, that'd be fine by me too. Likeable teams or not, the others just cause so much more drama and that is interesting to watch.


Please, for the love of God, stop calling everyone else cheaters. They did not cheat. Nowhere in the rules was it stated sharing information was prohibited.
I'm a Cowboys fan as well and I'm sad they went home, but calling everyone cheaters is not going to bring them back... especially since they weren't cheaters in the first place.


There should have been a penalty for those who cheated and didnt do the task themselves ...I dont know how the show allowed this to happen but it has a bad smell to it . This was WRONG , WRONG , WRONG and the cowboys got eliminated for playing by the rules and the cheaters were allowed to play on even though they cheated ...Nice job Amazing Race , I mean Not so Amazing Race :(

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The Amazing Race Season 18 Episode 9 Quotes

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