While I don't regularly see 'realty' competition programs, I do find "The Amazing Race" to be better than most. However, last night's episode showed the best and the worst these programs can be.
Among the best: Of course, anything to do with flying! The visit to Senagal, to the 'Slave House', one of the departure points for Africans to their death or if the lived the 'middle passage' to a horrible life of enslavement. This was especially true as shown by the emotional responses of several of the contestents, especially the Black Father/daughter. The visit to Berlin was good in spots, as I have visited there 3 times, while the wall still stood in 1987, as the wall became souveniers in June 1990, several months after it's collaspe, and in 2000, as it appeared in the show. The older couple, who were eliminated in this episode, showed they tried, and acted with love and affection to each other, despite their being cut. The realized that they gave it a good try and from their experience, learned more about themselves and strengthed their relationship.
The worst: The beheavor of the one couple, with the obscene bereating of his wife/girlfriend. I realize that some expression of anger, disappointment, distress and rudeness is part of the 'entertainment' of these shows, but this was beyond the call and bordered on a violation of law. The show should require all participants to carry their own bags to the checkpoints, unless all people have a place to drop off their bags. Judges in the show should also disqualify and dismiss any contestant who acts in an abusive way as occured in this show.