I had serious worries at the start of this season of The Amazing Race that Mississippi dentist and Ross Perot impersonator Lake (“Lahk tha ocean”) was to be this season’s villain. Describing himself as “competitive” is often coded language for “belligerant,” “rude,” and/or “belittling of others.” As his wife Michelle describes herself as an 1860’s Southern Belle who allows her husband to make the decisions, a picture forms of some kind of Scarlett O’Hara (complete with slaves, I suppose) with Robert deNiro from This Boy’s Life for a husband.
Last night, for example, they got lost again right out of the gate. He blames it on her, repeatedly telling her to shut up. But she gives back as good as he gets so she’s far from brow-beaten. It’s more comical than uncomfortable. Then, learning that the Russia was the next stop, he whined, “Aw, Ah don’t wanna go ta Russia! It’s too cold!” And full o’ commies, no doubt. Lake, you do know what show you signed up for, right? Michelle, learning that a Roadblock required that one of the team jump off a high platform into a pool, told Lake to do it, fearing that she’d have to do it in the nude. I think she was confusing a Russian swimming pool with a Russian spa.
The villains this year are shaping up to be Eric and Jeremy, the two misogynist frat boys as much into each other (“Way to go, Tiger!”) as they are into Team Tee-Hee, with whom they may or may not have already become “familiar.”
No eliminations this week but I’m sure Fran and Barry will find a way to fall even further behind in the next episode. Yes, it was “To Be Continued” with closing credits music that wasn’t that dramatic since Riker made the order to fire on the Borg cube with Picard still on it.