These challenges can last for hours, the redhairs mentioned last week that the dinosaur challlenge lasted 4 hours. I get frustrated when I can't find my car in the parking garage. I can't imagine not having a hissy fit doing what Luke did. I also think he never realized that smelling the tea for a fruity scent would have made the task easier. Mallory and the Cowboys seem to be the only teams that realized that.
Ron and Christina had the advantage of speaking the Chinese language and had the smarts to ask before drinking the tea in China what it's made of - mango and papaya. Mango has a very distinct smell and taste so smelling it like Ron did before drinking it was a smart thing to do. But unless you eat mango or papaya, it will be very tough to do the taste test. Maybe Luke has not eaten or smelled a mango before? Who knows.....I can definitely sympathize with him but he does need to man it up.
I adore Zev and Justin. I understand that Zev is weird and odd and such to some people, but that is Zev... he is who he is. Any true friendship can be difficult to maintain, but CHOOSING to be friends with someone with Aspergers and the challenges that can come with it takes a special kind of person. And not only does Justin (and Zev) seem to handle those challenges well, they really treat each other with respect and have a great sense of humour that's similar. Justin doesn't appear to just tolerate Zev's Asperger's, he seems to enjoy those things that make Zev unique. I love it.
Justin amazes me too. :)
Justin is awesome-whomever raised him did a wonderful job. Kudos to them!
Many people seem to be giving Luke a tough time over his "emotional breakdown". As someone who has dealt with the deaf community before, many within the deaf community tend to be VERY emotional. Part of it stems from the use of sign language. Sign language involves much more then just signing the words, facial clues and emotions are used to inflect things in the signs.
I am not sure whether Luke grew up with the deaf community (i.e. went to a deaf school or college) but most people that I have come into contact with that do are very emotional.
And I agree Zev and Justin's friendship is a great message to us all to embrace our differences.
The killer about the show not being on next weekend is that there is NO basketball next Sunday, since the championship is being played next Monday!!! The show would start on time. Stupid CMAs!!!
I don't know Luke's background information, like if he is an only child and was born deaf, but he does seem to get extemely emotional when he becomes frustrated. It is also apparent that he blames himself when he fails at a task - to the point of beating himself up - and just can't stand the thought that he has let his mother down. Luke also stated how important running the race with his mother was to him, which I think only adds to his emotional outbursts.
I have to admit that I let all those "tantrums" - for lack of a better word - affect how I viewed Luke before last night. But I really did feel sorry for him and just hope that in real life he is more able to reign in that "emotional" side of himself. I imagine that it is a fine line that a parent has to walk in order to raise a child with disabilities and at the same time enable them to be self-sufficient and emotionally stable. It must be hard on both Luke and his mother trying to find that balance.
I also loved how those men at the tea-tasting challenge in India showed such compassion toward Luke and hugged him when he finally finished the task. That was priceless.