‘The Amazing Race 28’ episode 7 review: One big (and bag) mistake

Blair -Sometimes, “The Amazing Race” is a game of inches. You don’t have to look any further than Friday night’s new episode for further evidence of that.

Who knows? Maybe the edit was deceptive, but from this vantage point it appeared as though Scott & Blair were eliminated mostly because the two of them having Tyler & Korey’s bag as a mistake. We wonder what the official rules are for this sort of thing. Did they have to return it in a time fashion or face the penalty? We just wonder if they could have ran to the Pit Stop with it and just had it waiting there for them then. (That’s unlikely, given that Tyler & Korey’s subsequent freakout over where their bag went would have constituted tampering in some form.)

As for whether or not the bag issue was the only questionable decision by Scott and Blair this week, we’d argue “no.” Why make Scott do the dancing Roadblock when, in theory, Blair seems like the better choice? Can she not dance? It just was odd to have the oldest contestant do one of the most physical tasks, and Korey struggled enough that they could’ve picked up a few minutes and stayed alive. Task-wise, at least this episode felt like a better showcase of Georgia than we had last week in Armenia.

The other side of the race this week proved to be surprising for very different reasons, mostly notably due to the fact that we had a rare opportunity to see someone new at the top of the pack in Zach & Rachel. Despite not looking amazing at any one thing, they’re very patient and have a good relationship. Sometimes, that’s all you need … plus a good cab. Burnie & Ashley easily would’ve won if their driver took them to Pit Stop instead of getting them temporarily lost.

What this leg did that was so important for the most part is show more vulnerabilities for Tyler & Korey (who had a really rough week and should be happy to still be there), prove that maybe Zach & Rachel have momentum, and ultimately weed out a team that while fun (especially for Brodie given his feelings for Blair), really did not have much of a chance at winning in the end. Episode Grade: B+.

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