With that in mind, let's try and look at the ways where Connor & Jonathan went south and were singing their way home.
- The airport is your friend: When you are arriving to the airport before anyone else, it has to be your responsibility to go and look up the needed information. If there is an earlier flight, find out -- be relentless if you have to. We weren't shown that from the Princeton grade, while last-place team Kevin & Michael got themselves an early flight along with Gary & Mallory, Nat & Kat (who ultimately placed first), and Brook & Claire.
You have to make decisions quickly: The moment Connor & Jonathan realized that the sleds weren't working for them, they should have left. Other teams who arrived to the detour later than the guys realized that they wouldn't be able to complete a sledding course in less than a minute and fifty-eight seconds, so they swtiched. Connor & Jonathan took forever, and then switched.
- Never be the last person to change your mind: When every other team left the sleds, Connor & Jonathan should have known at that point they had to finish their detour. You can't count on someone else messing up in this race -- which is why Jill & Thomas used the Express Pass even though they ultimately didn't need to. Don't worry, Jill & Thomas, you made the right move.
Because of their failure to follow these rules, Connor & Jonathan went home over volleyball star Katie & Rachel. Here are a few other random notes from this week.
- The Speed Bumps on this race are progressively getting worse and worse. Teams had to visit the Icehotel to grab a club, and here Kevin & Michael were forced into sitting on an ice chair for ten minutes. It's obviously not a very comfortable thing to do, but it's sitting. For ten minutes. Who thought this would make for compelling television?
- The Roadblock involved sled dogs, which could have been cooler had there have been more snow on the ground. The only laughable moment in all of it came when Mallory started complaining that her height put her at a major disadvantage when it came to grabbing flags on a course.
- Brook & Claire are counting to see how many kisses they can get from random locals during the race. They easily win the round for having more fun than anyone else, though it's hard to know what is exactly compelling them to do this.
- Chad & Stephanie are destined to the final three, if for no other reason than that we're subjected to one guy constantly berating his girlfriend until near the end of the race.