Hey! Look at that!
"The Amazing Race" is, indeed, capable of making at least minor corrections.
Last season's penultimate episode was, if you'll recall, a bit of a logical mess.
Brooke & Robbie, who I've mostly forgotten, finished first, but got nothing for their trouble, because it was a "Keep On Racing..." Leg. Amy & Maya finished last and not only were they not eliminated and not only did they not face a Speed-Bump in the next Leg because it was a "Keep On Racing..." Leg rather than a Non-Elimination Leg, but they went on to win, becoming one of the two or three least dominant "Amazing Race" winners ever.
It was stupid. Because the last Leg always begins with travel back to the United States and is usually an Equalizer, Brooke & Robbie didn't win a prize as the winners of the Leg, didn't get a time advantage and basically did a Leg of activities for nothing, while finishing last didn't penalize Amy & Maya in any way and they were even essentially rewarded because the subsequent Equalizer erased whichever deep hole the Food Scientists often found themselves in.
At least Friday (May 8) night's "Amazing Race" episode, featuring the penultimate Leg of this season, corrected a piece of that...