Yes. I already knew what the answer would be, and it was play on. Technically all it did was take away an obvious points attack (which I had clearly not been doing very well at anyway), but the worst was having to light (then collect) freestyle to beat Red Hot. I had a legit chance of beating @FunWithBonus, especially if I had managed the million (which I did not), so while it was frustrating it clearly wasn't a dealbreaker. (If you knew the game well enough )
If you want a quick rundown of my strategy in this case, instead of going for broken cliff jumps, I spammed the captive ball for laps. Used jet saucer to light Red Hot. When Red Hot was lit, complete the other guys so I didn't have to worry about saucer spots going to easily-beatable people. Then use saucer to light Red Hot freestyle. Then shoot upper playfield to get freestyle/captive ball hits. Finally, with kickback off and ball on left flipper, shoot saucer for combo freestyle/light kb, nail it, actually finally get red hot, start multiball.