Which 'Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Team Has the Best Shot at Redemption?
By Kristina Lucarelli Posted Feb 20th 2011 06:27PM
The best part about competitive reality shows is that only one person or team can win. And we're all happy for those winners of money or "love" or a quickie relationship with Flava Flav (woohoo?) while they have their 15 minutes of fame. But what about the dozens of seething and angry losers left in the dust?
Well if those losers were on 'The Amazing Race,' they're in luck. Eleven teams of our favorite 'Amazing Race' alums are starring in the 18th season of the CBS staple to fight for a second chance at glory, including four teams that made it to the last leg once before. We've analyzed all the teams' previous performances, the good and bad, and rate how well we think they'll do this time around.
After the jump, study up on the teams, see where they went wrong and learn our odds for them to win 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business.'
Ron and Christina -- 2nd place, Season 12
Known for: Being father and daughter, speaking fluent Chinese.
Where they went wrong: During the final challenge, Christina's normally level attitude was nowhere to be found when she got flustered by the memory-driven roadblock, allowing T.K. and Rachel to get ahead and win the million dollars.
Odds of winning 'Unfinished Business': 4-1. Despite Ron's age, these two are a strong team. Not only are they bilingual, which has proven priceless for teams in 'Race' history, but they're calm, cool and collected, taking every single challenge in stride. If they make it to the final three again, there's no way Christina will let herself make the same mistake twice. Watch Christina's last-leg meltdown:
Kynt and Vyxsin -- 5th place, Season 12
Known for: Being goth, Kynt sucking at driving a manual transmission.
Where they went wrong: Kynt burned the clutch in their car during the Italy leg. This put them in last place. And though it was a non-elimination leg, they never recovered and were eliminated in the next episode.
Odds of winning 'Unfinished Business': 100-1. They didn't finish a single leg in first place last time. Even if Kynt learns how to drive stick, there are so many other, more powerful teams going against them in 'Unfinished Business.' They'll be lucky if they make it past the first episode. See Kynt destroy the car:
Mel and Mike -- 6th place, Season 14
Known for: Being gay and gay rights activists, and for Mike being Justin Long's fake gay husband in that gay marriage video and writing a bunch of funny movies.
Where they went wrong: They let a cabbie take them to the wrong location.
Odds of winning 'Unfinished Business': 30-1. As the oldest contestant at 70, Mel has his work cut out for him. Going up against the likes of seasoned athletes like Harlem Globetrotters and cowboys might not work in this father-son team's favor. We hope they luck out and stick around for a little while though. With a comedy writer on the team, these two are always a riot to watch. Watch Mel and Mike get lost in translation:
Amanda and Kris -- 8th place, Season 14
Known for: Being boring, being too trustworthy.
Where they went wrong: The only thing they did wrong was be themselves. They were kind of good, staying toward the front of the pack, but not too good, because they never won first place. They also trusted Margie and Luke, who U-Turned them the first chance they got because Amanda and Kris were viewed as a threat. Still unclear exactly why.
Odds of winning 'Unfinished Business': 20-1. Margie and Luke, the pair's nemeses from season 14, are back for 'Unfinished Business,' too. Unless Amanda and Kris grew a serious backbone since their last run, we don't think they'll make it very far on account of their lack of experience in the 'Race' compared to the rest of the returning pairs. Watch Amanda and Kris get U-Turned:
Jaime and Cara -- 2nd place, Season 14
Known for: Being NFL Cheerleaders, being kinda bitchy.
Where they went wrong: They weren't nice to their cabbies. The first rule of the race is always, always befriend your cabbies, for they hold the key to your success -- and if they don't like you, they will screw you over. If you think they're taking you in the wrong direction, don't fight, just get out and go to someone else.
Odds of winning 'Unfinished Business': 10-1. They were a fairly strong team the first time around, lasting to the very end. They're good at staying in the middle of the pack, but that probably won't be enough when racing 10 other teams who have also been through it once before. If they learn to keep their cool and make the right moves along the way, they'll have a better shot at making it to the final three again. Watch Jaime and Cara fight with the cabbie that cost them the 'Race':
Kisha and Jen -- 4th place, Season 14
Known for: Having to pee at inopportune times.
Where they went wrong: After being U-Turned and coming out of a last place finish, Kisha and Jen managed to edge ahead of one other pair, which would have sealed them as one of the final three teams. But Jen really had to pee before getting to Phil at the pit stop. So she took the most expensive bathroom break ever, allowing Jamie and Cara to squeeze ahead of them again and eliminate them from the race.
Odds of winning 'Unfinished Business': 8-1. If Jen learns how to hold it in at crucial moments, these sisters have a great chance of making it pretty far. Watch Jen's fateful call from nature:
Margie and Luke -- 3rd place, Season 14
Known for: Luke being deaf, U-Turning the strongest team and knocking them out of the game.
Where they went wrong: Like another Ron and Christina, Luke and Margie made it to the end, but the younger member of the team let the game get the better of him, and they ended up losing the game.
Odds of winning 'Unfinished Business': 5-1. Don't let Luke's disability fool you -- this mother-son team is a powerhouse. Throughout their entire race, they never dipped below fourth place. If both of them can keep it together and not let their emotions run high, we'll be seeing them far, far into this season. See Luke get flustered in the final challenge:
Zev and Justin -- 9th place, Season 15
Known for: Zev having Asperger's, Justin losing their passports, both being hilarious.
Where they went wrong: They lost their passports! How could you lose your passports on 'The Amazing Race'!?
Odds of winning 'Unfinished Business': 15-1. Word of advice, guys: Don't. Lose. Your. Passports. Zev and Justin's loss of legal documentation got them out just three episodes into their season. So these guys weren't around long enough to really show their stuff. They are, however, two young men, so they're probably capable enough, but there are too many other stronger teams that, you know, didn't lose anything along the way to prevent them from traveling. We're betting they won't have much of a shot at the million. See Zev and Justin realize they lost their documents:
Flight Time and Big Easy -- 4th place, Season 15
Known for: Being Harlem Globetrotters, being really, really tall, and being unable to tell analog time.
Where they went wrong: Big Easy, lovable as he is, first couldn't figure out how to read an analog watch. Then he spent hours trying to figure out a "Kafkaesque" clue until he finally gave up. They took a four-hour penalty that sealed their fate as the final team eliminated for that season. Guess they never read 'The Metamorphosis' in high school.
Odds of winning 'Unfinished Business': 3-1. These guys are extremely tough. Like, really tough. They're probably one of the greatest teams to ever run the 'Race.' With the more intellectual tasks left to Flight Time, these guys could really redeem themselves and make it to the end. See Big Easy blow it for the Globetrotters:
Jet and Cord -- 2nd place, Season 16
Known for: Being "aw shucks" adorable cowboys, having funny accents employed to say "Oh my gravy!"
Where they went wrong: Letting Dan and Jordan sneak ahead of them by taking an earlier flight. If it hadn't been for that sneak attack, they surely would have won. But sneaky Dan and Jordan did, and they stole the million right out from under the cowboys' noses.
Odds of winning 'Unfinished Business': 2-1. These guys did everything right along the way. They're the only team in 'Race' history to ever come in last place on a non-elimination leg, only to come back, finish the speed bump and arrive in first place the next episode. Not only are they smart and tough, but they're super friendly, so locals jump at the chance to help out these all-American boys. They're definitely the team to beat this season. See the moment where Dan and Jordan cut ahead to ruin the cowboys' chances:
Gary and Mallory -- 6th place, Season 17
Known for: Praying for help. Mallory being a beauty queen. Getting lost a lot.
Where they went wrong: They drove for hours in the wrong direction in Oman. By the time they realized their mistake, they were so far behind the other teams, there was no way they'd be able to catch up.
Odds of winning 'Unfinished Business': 12-1. Gary and Mallory are a sugary sweet team who are often too nice and too careless. When they do well, they do very well, but when they screw up, they screw up royally. Hopefully in the last year they've learned how to read maps, otherwise they'll be screwed. We think they'll make it farther than most, but they won't win. Watch Gary and Mallory's navigation troubles:
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