This was an excellent episode in an excellent season. I was afraid when I'd heard about the casting theme that it would be really bad, but it has really shaped up to be a really fun season. I'm especially happy now that the Reilly Sisters are gone...
Ticketing-Agent-Line-Gate aside, that was an incredible gamble that Nicole and Vic took, and it paid off. It could so easily have gone the other way, especially with the rule that only one set of tickets can be purchased at a time. I believe that means that they couldn't buy tickets on the "sure thing" flight, then try for standby tickets on the "iffy" flight, right? So they had to commit, and if they didn't make it on standby, then and only then could they start making alternate arrangements. At least that's how I understand it.
I did love the old school TAR comps. More, please...
OMG. I thought the lines of the poem they had to memorize were written on signs bobbing on buoys that they had to read while their floatie was towed past at a fast clip. I would have thought that would be impossible too, and gone for the other impossible "needle in a haystack" coin search instead. I was happy to see that "all" they had to do was read and memorize the poem from the laminated card while inside the boat. That is way easier. Not easy, mind you, but easier.
Floyd just owned that challenge. Straight up owned.
Sometimes I think Nicole gets a bum rap as a whiner because she has that awful voice. Literally everything she says sounds like she's whining, even if it is something innocuous like "please pass the salt." However, sometimes she really is whining. That voice really is a handicap for her. It also causes people to dismiss her as a useless whiner, when as others have pointed out, she can be a savage competitor who really does hold her own.
I'm sorry to see Team Bromance go, but they got tripped up inside their heads on that comp. I'm good with any of the remaining teams winning. I am absolutely astounded at Colin's solid zen, and astonished that I find myself rooting for him.