All I wanted was a 45, a stinking 45 - the record or the gun. I'd even settle for the damn malt liquor. - Al Bundy.
Please keep the thread on track for discussion of the show and its participants.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker, (attributed)
" I have a simple outlook-leave every person I meet with a smile on their face."-Donny
In the case of those injured in these tasks and the like and competing, I feel that all of them are man (and woman) enough to take the injury, complain and then when fixed go and finish the task. Pain, no matter how large or small, makes even some of the strongest men quit. I respect the fact that they're all human, are going to complain but are strong to finish the challenge (though I think in Lexi's case she'd been better off as the tail to begin with - the front would be unwieldy anyway so Trey would've been better steering it around.
BTW - I loved the fact they used the initial capes for the bull fights and not the red ones they use toward the end of a real fight. They use pinkish ones first then the red ones.
I think it just depends on the injury. In some cases, trying to man/woman up might be dangerous and cause an injury to become more serious. However, I also suspect they probably do have some rules in place to handle that--e.g. insisting that if someone's injury causes a loss of consciousness that he/she is pulled from the competition until cleared by a doctor. I'm sure neither the show nor the network wants to leave themselves in the position of being sued and/or being the subject of really terrible publicity if someone were to end up seriously injured because he/she was not tended to ASAP.
And there are also some injuries that are really hard to work through. If you dislocate a shoulder, for instance, and do it badly enough, your arm's basically not going to work again until the shoulder is popped back into place. Period. Even if you could stand the pain, the numbness is going to make the arm/hand about as useful as a dead trout in any task that might be facing the racers.
I think Lexie's reaction came from not being able to see where she was going, so when they crashed quite heavily into that board, and if I remember she fell and he fell kind of on top of her, it came out of nowhere for her because she couldn't see a thing. So the suddenness of the impact, combined with the injury to her finger which probably did hurt like heck, released the emotion. I'm a crier, so I give her a pass on that one. What I was impressed with (and I'm not a huge Trey/Lexie fan) was that they got it together, changed positions, and finished the task.
Remember also, killer fatigue sets in around this point in the race.