Great to have the show back, and back the way it should be -- traveling internationally, showing off remarkable locations and with teams of two. And, although it's still early, I have a tentative favorite: Dave & Lori, the nerds. It's not just that their nerdiness is so complete that Lori at times seems to be channeling Gilda Radner. They're just so darn likable, and they seem to have a real shot at winning this thing. A competitive fourth place when people are just getting going is not a bad spot to be in.
BJ & Tyler also look like a fun pair -- ''the hippies,'' as another team dubbed them -- and they had the line of the night, during their helicopter adventure: ''Dude, is this the most James Bond thing you've ever done?'' That's a pretty good summation of the show's appeal. A good Bond movie has thrilling stunts, exotic locations and a decent pace; the ''Race'' also draws on those things, only with ordinary people getting to take part.
Couple I am ready to see leave next: The pink ladies, Danielle and Dani.