To be fair to TAR5 Colin, a lot of those teams didn't know what a scarab was.
The switch at the HtH wasn't necessarily risky. Since Chris went first, Bret was able to watch both Chris and Victor. Which means he saw not only what Chris was doing wrong, but what Victor did right. So he was able to do better. Chris also basically implied at the Mat that he didn't really get the puzzle, so it was in their better interests to switch.
And I dislike the HtH too.
The TAR Theme techno-remix! I was slightly disappointed that that didn't play over the closing credits like other musical moments usually do.
Given that Chris has the hashtag on his hat, I believe so.
Technically there was a race to a mat, just not the Mat. There was a special mat at the top of the stairs leading to the zip-line. That was the point that determined the order of the zip-lining, so that was actual finishing line for the leg.
That explains their reaction to winning that trip. "Oh boy, another non-LGBTQ+ country..."
That hug at the airport made me think that Colin actually "threw" the HtH. Meaning that since they were the teams competing for first, Colin didn't try as "intensely" as he could have. He knew how important taking first in Uganda was to Tyler and Korey. And his post-leg TH lamenting how they could have had a first didn't dissuade me of that though. Something about the tone of his voice. And of course, he'd never admit to throwing the HtH, even if he did.
If had been for a different position, or for first versus any other team though, I think Colin could and would have beat them on the first try.
Well, they did have to reset the drums between each round, so Phil would be walking back to the arena while that was happening.
Janelle and Britt were not sidelined by a bad cab driver. The look on her face during that traffic snarl was also one of "what the fuck?". She was just as incredulous as her passengers. That was a situation outside her control.
The cabbie in Dubai on the other hand....