'The Amazing Race' recap: Who won in the season finale?
It's finale time! I hope most of you are still invested after the tragic Philimination of the Snowboarders last week. Sure, they were the easy favorites, but now you have to dig down and ask yourself who you really want to win. You all know Ernie is my TV boyfriend, so perhaps I didn't have to dig that deep to find a team to cheer.

So let's start in Panama, where everyone leaves just after midnight. They're flying to Atlanta. Sandy is mad, you guys, and I couldn't figure out why she hated Atlanta so much until she says that Amani and Marcus are from there. I guess if I was a better NFL fan I would have known that. 

How to Psych Yourself Up, Pre-Flight Quote Edition

Sandy: "The game is on."

Ernie: "I'm ready to work some magic."

Marcus: "[Football.]"

As the teams run throught the Atlanta airport, I notice that Jeremy, Sandy and Cindy seem to have ditched their backpacks. Remember one season when we saw someone stuff their backpack into a trash can? Probably nobody did that here.

Putting Race Lessons into Action

Getting into a cab from the airport, Jeremy verifies that the cab driver has a full tank of gas. Smart! I don't recall whether stopping for gas has ever thwarted a team, but it sure doesn't help their mental game.

Sandy gives directions to the cab driver and says, "Don't tell the other cab drivers." It was all fun and games last time, but there are no friends in the final leg.

Amani, out of breath, tries to impress urgency upon her driver with, "This is a serious race. You see how I'm breathing? That's how serious it is."

All that time in airplanes paid off, kind of

First stop is an intense, realistic flight simulator. The pilot must successfully land the plane, while the copilot must monitor speed and pull correct levers. It's a detailed operation, and Jeremy nails it on the first try! Did he just win the Race?

Cindy fails at her co-piloting the first time, but they manage to land the plane the second time.

Marcus, well, he skids off the runway.

The Dump? Really?

 The next clue leads the teams to a residence formerly known as The Dump. The correct answer is the former home of Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With the Wind." The incorrect answer is a home furnishing retail store called The Dump.

Jeremy and Sandy ask a guy in a parking lot. Their 20-minute lead disappears (yay!) when he directs them to The Dump and they wander aisles of couches looking for a clue box.

Cindy finds a magical answer person using her cab driver's phone, and she and Ernie get to the next location.