Chip and Kim win The Amazing Race 5.

Chip and Kim win The Amazing Race 5.
On the finale of The Amazing Race 5, it seemed as thought it would come down to good versus evil. But in the end, those two teams self-destructed and left married couple Chip and Kim McAllister to win the race. After the first hour and second-to-last leg, Colin and Christie were in third place, but Colin’s pact with Satan and his physical strength helping them pass by Linda and Karen, who were eliminated. As Phil pointed out, the bowling moms were the first all-female team to make it past the 10th leg of the race in its five-year history. After the next detour, Chip and Kim were far, far behind–even though Nicole had a completely breakdown while trying to, um, ride a bicycle–but that ultimately helped them book a better flight. The early flight the other two teams were on was delayed, and while the other two teams almost caught up, their decision to check bags to reduce what they had to carry, plus FAA rules about checked baggage, left them about 10 minutes behind. Although Colin arranged for a car service, whose driver did that obnoxious drive-on-the-shoulder thing in busy traffic, Chip and Kim held the lead and crossed the finish line first in a Dallas, Texas, park. Ultimately, abusive, dysfunctional relationships scored a point as Christie insisted that “there is nobody in the world I would rather spend my life with” than Colin. (Colin used his time on The Early Show this morning to propose to Christie, saying he was edited to be a psycho and that they actually have a great relationship.) And while we found out during Survivor Marquesas that God is primarily committed to helping people win reality TV shows (genocide, war, and hurricanes must be bor-ring for Him after all these millennia, so He, too, is enraptured by reality television), He apparently wasn’t rooting for Brandon and Nicole. As Nicole said during their final taxi ride, “It’s in the Lord’s hands,” and they lost.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.