It's my understanding this wasn't supposed to be the "special", just a regular episode. It somehow became the "special" by default when the real "special", the one they just finished filming in Colombia a couple of weeks ago, was delayed due to Richard's accident and Jeremy's pneumonia.
Given the events in Switzerland, I thought the James-going-over-the-cliff scene was in poor taste. Other than that, this was an absolutely hilarious episode. I even enjoyed the celebrity bit. Gee, I wonder why?:D
The Stinger segment was supposed to be Richard's, but because of the accident he couldn't do it. He always did the "car vs. something that's not a car races" on TG. And always did them quite well, IMHO.
I'm starting to wonder if Ben is coming back to the boys. He's been tweeting actively the last few days about the driver auditions. I'd love to see him back. I don't know how Jeremy would feel about it.