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Season 6 of The Amazing Race may be over, but the controversies live on. Abusive couple Jonathan Baker and Victoria Fuller — aka Team JV — resurfaced last night to explain themselves on a Dr. Phil Special titled Romance Rescue. Sadly, the interview was neither a romance nor a rescue (discuss). Instead it was more like a pathetic string of excuses and shallow apologies. Jonathan managed to fault Victoria several times for his behavior on the show, but never admitted to having rage issues or misogynistic impulses. Eventually his excuses became downright bizarre and desperate: ”Playboy is a big part of my life” and “It was just to be flamboyant!” (his shirt was doing that just fine. Zing!). In other words, he continues to be a schmuck.
Victoria, for her part, smiled happily, occasionally offering battered wife sentiments such as “I have a tendency not to talk” (otherwise she’ll get beaten). We learned that she moved in with Jonathan after their first date, and if that doesn’t scream neediness for male domination, I don’t know what does. For his part, Dr. Phil did a nice job of putting the couple on the spot, but ultimately let them off the hook by merely implying they were headed for marital disaster. I personally would have liked a little Judge Judy-ish smack down, but hey — you can’t have it all.
Now, I was going to recap the interview, but it was so astounding, I knew the only way I could do it justice would be if I simply just made a video. So enjoy this montage of Romance Rescue moments…