By People Staff
December 01, 2008 12:00 AM
Monty Brinton/CBS

It was a tough night for front-runners Dallas and Toni on Sunday’s Amazing Race. The mom-and-son team were unceremoniously ousted after committing a critical gaffe. The agile and wily Dallas messed up big time when he left his passport and team’s money in a taxi and the good-natured pair were forced to jaunt around Moscow begging for rubles. Even though they earned some cash, it didn’t matter in the end. The beggars never reached the finish line and host Phil Keoghan met them on a street stoop with the bad news. Toni and Dallas’s elimination may have been the Race’s biggest surprise so far this season but it wasn’t the only one of the night.

Dandrew’s resurgence: Dan and Andrew just might have a shot at winning the Race! Despite a Russian dancing roadblock that was sure to sink them, the hapless frat guys caught a major break with Dallas and Toni’s wipeout. Dan and Andrew calmly worked their way through a tough series of obstacles to finish in a (very) surprising second place. Team Dandrew may still be a long shot but hopefully we’ll see some more golden moments in the finale like when the bus soaked the guys in mud and water and the look on Andrew’s face when he gave the shopkeeper the wrong number of Stalin and Lenin busts.

How quickly Dallas deflated: Before Dallas — a strapping competitor starting a flourishing romance with Starr — lost his loot and passport, he seemed invincible. But once he dropped the ball, the stress was visible on his face. Running low on patience after multiple failed attempts at guessing the statue heads, Dallas realized his money-loss error and confronted his mother in a panic. “We have nothing!” he said as the color drained from his face. Toni tried to comfort her son, saying, “We’re going to take this one step at a time.” But shock washed over Dallas until the post-Race interview, when he soaked up the adoration and tears of his mother.

Ken stands up to Tina: By now the former NFL player, who’s still hoping to reconcile with his separated wife, has been tamed by his Tina’s screechy and powerful voice. But when she amplified her bossy rhetoric, Ken held his ground (within reason). “We made a decision not to help other teams,” Ken said, after Tina helped Dallas.

Not surprising? Nick and Starr dominate: When Nick tells the camera “Bring it on!” for next week’s finale, we can only feel for the other teams. Nick’s intense professionalism and Starr’s charismatic support make them seem like they’ve got a lock on first place. — Nicholas White

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