The The Amazing Race 17 production error didn’t just affect Nick and Vicki, who weren’t eliminated and didn’t have to perform a speed bump task the next episode, but impacted several teams. (And Nick and Vicki weren’t saved arbitrarily; the non-elimination leg was pre-planned.)
That explains why the teams all started at the same time and we heard nothing at all about their start times. As I wrote last Monday, there never was a Speed Bump task; Phil Keoghan never even mentioned it, although its absence is what alerted us to the fact that something was off.
An anonymous “source close to the production,” who speaks oddly like a publicist who doesn’t want his or her name used, told Reality TV World, “There was a production glitch during [the prior leg] that essentially led to numerous time delays for several of the racers. In the interest of fairness, the producers decided Nick and Vicki would not have to perform a Speed Bump.” That person said, however, that the leg was always planned as a non-elimination leg.
There is still no word about why CBS or the production company didn’t just explain this briefly on screen or have Phil Keoghan do it in a voice-over.