Amazing Race 5 heads into final episode.

Amazing Race 5 heads into final episode.
Stop reading now if you missed last night’s episode of The Amazing Race 5 and plan to catch it on your Tivo or during the Saturday night repeat on CBS, because the drama and intensity was ratcheted up to 10 during a stunningly dramatic and tense penultimate episode. Okay, disclaimer over: Colin’s apparent pact with Satan has kept him and Christie in the race, saved by the last non-elimination leg. Colin and Christie fell from first place to last, thwarted by a delayed flight, slow cabs, and the first use of the new Yield. Chip and Kim opted to Yield Colin and Christie, although to be fair they nearly had to beat down the other two teams in order to do it, as they were all salivating at the prospect of watching Colin flip out. Colin and Christie had to wait for an excruciatingly slow hourglass to run out before continuing, and then, later, Colin had yet another Christie-bashing meltdown during the detour task. They’ll begin the final leg of the race broke, so unless Colin forces Christie to sell her body for quick cash during the pit stop, they’ll be slowed down at least somewhat. The sixth season concludes Tuesday with a two-hour finale at 9 p.m. ET.
+ also: the Philippines campaigned to have The Amazing Race come to their country, hoping to promote tourism.
+ and: during meat-carrying challenge, Kami says “I kind of look down and I see that my top is down. … ‘Karli, my boob, my boob! Shove it back in!'”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.