1. A team (or teams) will get stuck in the sand. Kurt and Brodie did after getting the gnome out of the Bedouin tent. Good thing they made up the time on the bike race side of the Detour. And did you notice how they rode in single file? That was pretty smart because the person in the front acts a windbreaker, allowing the second one to ride the slipstream and not work so hard. I didn't see if they switched positions during the race to give the leader a break. But smart move overall. I'm pretty sure Gord and I would have taken the other side of that task. Or just lost the first race on purpose to save strength for the second one where you got a head start.
2) The heat will get to a team (or teams): The heat really hit Dana and Matt as they guided the camels through the desert on the one side of the Detour. And I think that was the initial spark of her temper which hit later in the race. Of course, wearing black doesn't help but Dana doesn't do well with frustration. Other teams also got hit by the heat but mostly due to the bike race against the camels, especially Ashley, who looked like she was going to puke after their first try. That was a good decision on their part to switch Detours. If Kurt and Brodie hadn't used the Express Pass, Burnie and Ashley would have easily won that leg. And I think the early use of the Express Pass may hurt the boys in later legs because that Roadblock, in which you had to walk through a tank of sharks to pick up a puzzle and then do that puzzle (that's yours, Gordo,) really wasn't a task to use an Express Pass on.
3) A team (or teams) will get lost. Almost all teams got lost in some way, especially Sheri and Cole. Their lack of navigation skills pretty much put them in last place right after they landed. Not sure how much time they got before the race but it's always a good idea to bone up on your navigation skills if you can. Tyler and Korey also got lost, as did other teams at various times (some slightly more than others). But in the end, these teams didn't let the frustration take over them and make things worse, like Dana and Matt did. She did the Roadblock pretty well. And had no trouble with the slide. All teams had no trouble with the slide, it looked like fun. And you can tell Zach works with film because he held his Go-pro differently than others and got the best shot of himself racing down the slide.
But once Dana and Matt got on the road to find the water taxi that they had to take in order to find Phil, things started to fall apart. Some fans may put all the blame on Dana, and to be honest, she did lose it. But to give her credit, she did apologize. The trick for her in the future is to temper her frustration, try not to take it out on her partner so she doesn't have to apologize for an outburst. However, Matt has to share the blame. Several times she gave him basic directions, turn left to get to such and such a street then go right, and he kept asking her for directions. Or ignoring what she was saying. That's got to be frustrating and Dana could be right saying there is something going on in his brain because this is not the first time he's seemed to have trouble figuring out what she's directing him to do. Maybe Matt's has trouble processing auditory directions and instruction? That's no big deal, a lot of people have difficulty doing that in varying degrees. That could be why he's a dancer because learning how to dance requires a lot of visual input. A lot of choreography is learned by watching someone do the steps and then you follow what you've seen. I think if Dana would have just handed him the directions to read (which Cole did for Sheri when he was unable to explain which way to go), it might have been easier for the both of them. That could be something for them to check out, or adjust to, so Dana knows that Matt isn't ignoring her when she says something to him, he's just having trouble processing auditory input. Of course, I'm only guessing based on what I've seen in the race; I'm a professional writer, not any kind of health professional. "Damn it, Jim, I'm not a doctor!"
Anyway, a decent leg. Teams should always note that when the host, be it Phil, Jon, Grant, Allan, whomever, tries to make conversation instead of immediately eliminating you, it's non-elim. So Sheri and Cole are still in as teams head to Indonesia. See ya next week.