All I will say is IF Luke was not deaf and acted the way we see, then I would imagine we would all be ready for him to leave. I am ready for him and Margie to go now.
I admire Marge. She completes difficult challenges that would be beyond a lot of people her age. She is patient with Luke and has always been there for him. Perhaps he has other problems, like Asperger's for example, that we don't know about. There have been a lot of contestants on this show whose behavior I find to be a lot more objectionable than Luke's.
It was pretty hilarious when Margie had just told him to `pay attention`and then she missed and he repeated `pay attention`back to her. during the hackey sac
Being deaf in a hearing world must be beyond difficult. I cannot fathom what that would be like to live, or to raise a child in this circumstance. I hope I never will. That being said, I personally know several "hearing" families with deaf mute children. I can think of two families right off the top of my head and those two families represent two diametrically opposite ways of handling the "disability" and their children as a result. One provided all that their deaf child needed, which included being sent away to a school for the deaf for all their schooling, but held that child to all the same behavioral standards that were expected of their other children. This deaf individual has grown up to be an amazing individual who has always shown people respect and known how to harness their emotions and display them appropriately. The other family also did everything they needed to provide for their child's education but they had a deep seated anger when other people did not make every effort to accomodate that child in every possible way and they didn't seem to make the same effort to help their child become better at learning to respond appropriately in a hearing world. I can't pass judgement because I don't have a deaf child. I would think it would be VERY difficult to parent such a child with all the same expectations you would a hearing child. It is a different world. That being said, I much prefer spending time with the likes of my first example.
My impression, which could be totally off base, is that Luke falls much more into the second category and that makes him very difficult to watch. He doesn't really show much respect for his mother, especially in those moments of great stress. Now, I realize that could be said of the hearing contestants as well, but here I am discussing Luke and holding him to those same standards.
The deaf world, though they don't hear it (and because they don't hear it), can be very loud and demonstrative with gesticulation being over the top even outside of sign language. It is just part of their world. This doesn't mean everyone is, but this was my experience being in and around a deaf school at different points in my life. It can be fascinating to observe.
She was in charge of the backpacks while Mark was carrying the car. Yes, she just dropped it at the back of the taxi while he was trying to wedge the kid's car into the trunk. I guess she figured taking it to the taxi was the extent of her responsibility. Obviously, she should have made SURE it got into the cab with her own. She screwed up and then tried to gloss it over by saying she had the important stuff like passports, and they could finish the race without any of his things. If it had between towards the end of the race, then yes perhaps she had a point. But it was the 2nd Leg! Still a long ways to travel with nothing but the clothes you're wearing and possibly an extra shirt given to you by someone else.
All that squabbling and her running around asking people if they saw the backpack...they should have stopped wasting time and just turned around immediately to get the bag, the minute they figured out it had been left behind.