Another year, another Amazing Race. Damn that thing is addictive, and I’ve only watched the last 3 seasons.After the “Dating Goths” got bumped, I wasn’t really rooting for anybody. The gay folks got offed way earlier than usual (although Kynt and Vyxsin seemed like honorary homos), and my early bet for the top team – the brother and sister in the lab coats – didn’t make it past the halfway mark.All I was hoping was that the annoying twosome Jenn and Nate got shut out of the top three, although admittedly, they provided some great TV moments (rowing in the boat, being ejected from a cab because they were wet, screaming over gate posts counted). So last week’s show – when they finally got bumped off - was very, very satisfying.If AR teaches us anything, besides a few tidbits about customs in places around the world, it’s that you need to work together to get through.And that’s what the winners, TK and Rachel, did really well. The one moment that proved it – as much as creative editing can, anyway – is when TK took 3 or 4 times longer than pretty much anyone to find a clue while flying in a plane in Italy, and there was never any bitching afterwards on the ground. In the same episode, they were the only couple to do the Leonardo da Vinci challenge, which required lots of patience.Even when they came in last three episodes ago and had to do the speedbump, they persevered, making up ground and coming in 2nd from their initial 4th spot. The season's final roadblock, which typically draws on your knowledge of the whole race, was even more confusing and complicated than usual. No wonder Christina (who always reminded me, strangely, of Charlotte from the animated Charlotte’s Web) lost it and started swearing.AR remains a classy show. No two-hour Survivor-style Town Hall finale, no relying on alliances, and lots of “What would I have done?” moments. Okay, sometimes the sound effects were cheesy (although I love that rattlesnake sound for impending danger.)And maybe if the writer’s strike keeps going on, Season 13 will offer fewer bad puns.