I was sorry to see Nikki and Kim go. They have been consistently polite to the inhabitants of any country they visited, have really appreciated their opportunities, and they have played fairly. At least they have better lives than Marie can ever hope to have.
I fondly recall the earlier seasons of this show when everyone just raced and did their best without any U-turns or express passes or any need to lie, cheat, or steal. It's no wonder they've lost their perennial grip on the Emmy award.