On the Eric situation-I have a problem with ANYONE who comes on these shows out of shape. The show's been on for years, you know that there are lots of extremely physical challenges, you know that there are going to be endurance tests, and you know that there are going to be puzzles. So why don't you prepare for everything if you're serious about winning money? Especially since these kids do challenge after challenge and don't seem to be relying on any other sort of income besides the shows and appearances in bars. I get equally annoyed when I see CT huffing and puffing up a mountain because he won't quit smoking, or that one guy who everyone thought would be a beast because he had a lot of muscles, only to find out that while he could lift weights he couldn't do anything that required bursts of energy longer than a minute. It's the same when I watch Survivor and someone hasn't practiced fire making at home, or the Amazing Race when they don't bother to learn how to drive stick. If you know what's coming, and you really need/want that money, you should get serious, get in shape, and prepare in every way possible that gives you the best chance of winning.
I'll give Easy props-he's lost a good bit of weight and he's one of the chill ones on these shows and probably one of the few I would like to party with, but I'd be furious if he was on my team because he hurts other people's chances of winning the big prizes. You could say the same thing of a lot of people who have competed over the years, unfortunately he's an easy (pun intended) target because he's bigger.
Glad to see less experienced teams finally banding together and ousting the Vets, although it did make for a dull challenge for the most part. I kinda think Danny and Melinda threw that duel because they didn't look to have ANY urgency. I think no matter how many nice words they said, they really can't stand to be around each other.