I was not at all suprised that Bates and Anthony won and they seemed to have the lead most of the episode.
Maybe because I was rooting for B&A, I didn't have that perception while watching at all! In fact, they didn't manage to pull back into the lead until after the Tidal Basin task. Up until then, Max and Katie seemed nearly unstoppable. They rocked the first hour, passing the hockey boys during the Titanic task and beating them to the mat for first. And they did start in front in D.C., as they got to the Tidal Basin first (though not by much). So I was already dreading Max and Katie being our winners, as they've been so strong lately. But I will agree that once the brothers got out of the Basin, they never seemed to slow down after that. Still, the leg was set up to make it close, had they not been able to (1) figure out the briefcase combination, or (2) get the globes right, which could have evened things out. It's another reason why I liked these guys. They certainly weren't dumb jocks. They studied maps on the planes and kept great notes, so kudos to them for their win.
anyone who comes on the Race without passable swimming skills deserves whatever happens to them.
This. It's the same thing I roll my eyes at on Survivor when people can't swim or seem baffled by fire making. Or on Amazing Race when someone can't drive a standard. You'd think you'd practice the hell out of those skills before signing on for either show!
I get the bog was cold and muddy, but did either of the ladies who were freaking out blow out through the snorkel to clear it? I don't know. I was very confused by both Mona and the country singer. Mona sounded like she cried through the whole thing. And then her panicking about getting off the suit at the end. Very strange.
Someone else mentioned Max and Katie switching roles in the Titanic task, and I did wonder about that as well. Seemed like it would make sense to switch off so the same person wasn't running up and down the stairs every time. It seemed strange that Max and Katie switched, but the other two teams, who clearly were growing exhausted and frustrated, didn't. Wonder if there's an explanation for that somewhere? I'd really like to know what the other teams were thinking - assuming they were allowed to switch, as M&K did.