Will it be curtains Sunday night for Vanessa Macias, San Antonio’s brash and colorful “Amazing Race” contestant?
CBS preview clips show the usually spunky Macias, who’s currently working for the San Antonio Talons, writhing in pain after sustaining what looks like a serious leg injury during one of the show’s upcoming challenges.
She and teammate Ralph Kelley, also of San Antonio, have put in a valiant run for the reality gold — $1 million at the end. If tonight’s episode (7 p.m. on CBS) marks their farewell, the two would finish fifth on “Race.”
Last week, they clocked in at no. 4 after the Incarnate Word High grad eventually nailed a challenge that required her to dress in Bollywood attire for a lead dancing role in a choreographed routine. it took a while to earn a thumbs up from the expert — some of Macias’ moves were “stripperish,” as one online writer remarked — but she and Ralph ended up making it safely to the end.
Unfortunately, the S.A. pair has failed, week after week, to snag first place, so they haven’t netted any of those cool bonus vacations. by contrast, lead contenders, bickering husband-and-wife duo Dave and Rachel Brown, have won five exotic packages.
The show’s other Rachel — Rachel Reilly of “Big Brother” fame — would no doubt be tickled by a Vanessa exit, hurt leg and all, since the two have been infamous foes during most of this season. yes, Reilly may be known as the “Race” crybaby, weeping over every little mishap, but I’d be surprised to see her shed one tear for Macias.
Moving on to “Survivor: One World” (7 p.m. Wednesday, CBS), San Antonio’s Kim Spradlin, who owns a bridesmaids apparel shop in Alamo Heights, continues to be touted as one of the best players in the show’s history and the one to beat for the $1 million.
Spradlin, whose lovely teeth seem to be getting whiter every week in contrast to her island bronzed skin, is sitting high atop the contestant heap, and it doesn’t look like she’ll be falling any time soon. the long-limbed Kim not only has done well in the physical arena, winning immunity last week by acing a grueling slip-and-slide challenge, but also has been quite adept at manipulation.
Of course, success has its price, and plenty of resentment has been thrown Kim’s way in recent weeks. her most vocal rival was Troy “Troyzan” Robertson, who, after trying all kinds of moves to take Kim out — including attempts to align some weaker women against her — was eliminated last week.
That leaves five women and one man, Greg “Tarzan” Smith, a 64-year-old wordsmith (and plastic surgeon), who, so far, hasn’t been much of a threat.
Kim did slip up once last week, however. And, as former “Survivor” contestant Rob Cesternino opined in an MTV recap blog, the error may come back to haunt her. For those who missed it, Kim reneged on a promise to cute but bubble-headed Kat — choosing Alicia and Chelsea over her when it was time to share a reward package of wine and other delicacies.
The snub appeared to wound Kat deeply, and if the little blonde chose to go in for a little strategizing of her own — get three other players in her corner against Kim — the crafty S.A. player may be forced to play her hidden immunity idol sooner than she had planned.
What all this adds up to is one heck of a compelling season of “Survivor,” a show that, frankly, for years, had been giving me more yawns than grins.
Jeanne Jakle’s column appears Wednesdays and Sundays in S.A. Life, and she blogs at Jakle’s Jacuzzi on mySA.com. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.