Danielle and Dani eliminated from The Amazing Race 9

On last night’s episode of The Amazing Race 9, Danielle and Dani were eliminated. That, I suspect, made half of Eric and Jeremy upset and the other half very, very happy. They’ll probably begin the next leg of the race in a deep depression.

I’m depressed, too, but not because the objects of their affection were eliminated from the race. Instead, after an episode of wonderfully fun lines, I copied all of the fantastic quotes, got distracted, forgot to paste them, and then copied something else. Thus, they are lost forever; I also deleted the episode from my DVR.

From Jeremy primping his hair in a totally straight way to Barry driving like a hellion and likely causing Fran to wet her pants, Phil getting bitchy about all the mat shenanigans to the teams’ mispronunciation of Palermo–it’s all gone.

I hate myself, too.

Episode 4: Munich, Germany [CBS]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.