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Amazing race 10/14/12

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by wendiness1, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. ADent

    ADent Active Member

    Jan 7, 2000
    Denver, CO
    It sure looked like Will and Gary should have gone home. They were slow, picked the wrong team for the U-turn, etc.

    But in the end the right team went home. They weren't U-turned and still lost? That's bad.
  2. tiams

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    The pedi-cab driver told them more than once that he knew how to get to the location written on their clue. I think you can expect someone who says they know where they are going to actually know where they are going. The contestants can't be expected to know which fork to take. It sucks when a team gets eliminated due to something completely out of their control.

    I don't know what you mean when you say they were chariot racing. The boy's cab went to the right because it was the correct route; not because they were trying to get ahead of the girls.

    I heard the cab driver tell the girls the fee was "50" but another team was charged "2". The girls got ripped off as well as screwed.
  3. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    they got ripped off because they were being bitches. They deserved all the bad 'luck' they got.
  4. robojerk

    robojerk Active Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    Laguna Hills CA
    It did seem like he drove them around for a long time (his fault).
  5. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    I don't blame the girls for believing him However, just the small set of empirical evidence we've seen on TAR over the seasons disproves the hypothesis that when people say they know where they are going, they always do.

    We agree.

    Turn it the other way around. The boys' cab went to the right because their driver knew the correct route. The girls' driver knew, perhaps, the general location of the place they were going, but wasn't super-familiar with the road to get there. Did the girls ask him to follow the boys' p-cab or to pass it? I was thinking that if he were attempting to pass the boys' p-cab, first he'd have to draw abreast. Then he had the fork come up sooner than he expected, and he was in the position where the only place he could go was down the wrong fork.

    It may not have happened this way at all. We don't have an overhead shot, and it's hard to judge when all we have is the shot from the camera following them. But otherwise I can't see why the girls p-cab driver would take the left-hand fork if the girls had asked him to either follow or pass the boys. (Note: I've already dumped my copy of the show, so I can't go back and check exactly what they said, and of course there's the language problem gumming up the works as well.)
  6. cherry ghost

    cherry ghost Well-Known Member

    Sep 13, 2005
    The women had already passed the men and had about 10 yards on them when they came to the fork.
  7. Maui

    Maui Major Lee Oblivious

    Apr 22, 2000
    Decatur, IL
    Just got a chance to watch this since I was out of town all week.

    This show is going to lose me if they keep sending home teams who are beat simply because they chose a driver who lies about knowing where to go. This is two weeks in a row. There is no incentive for the driver not to lie. Lie and you get to appear on TV show or tell the truth and get nothing.

    It's easy to say hop out and choose another driver but how long does it take to recognize you have a bad driver? You don't know where you are going either so how do you know if they took a wrong turn or went in the wrong direction.

    Maybe Phil should just start saying "Tune in next week to find out which team gets screwed by their local driver."
  8. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Geocacher TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Franklin, TN
    I agree. The show should provide their own local drivers that know where to go. Getting stuck in traffic or having a flat is one thing, but having a driver mess up your game is really unfair.
  9. Ruth

    Ruth Now with toddler

    Jul 31, 2001
    I don't think it's unfair. It's kind of arbitrary and annoying, but that's the way life is. When you are traveling internationally, sometimes you get an incompetent cab driver or have trouble communicating with him. That's just the way it goes. Sure, it sucks for the teams when it happens, but it's realistic.

    I'd much rather see teams have taxi troubles than have every single part of the race controlled by the production team, and I think we'd be pretty close to that if the show always provided drivers screened by the producers. If you are going to manipulate everything to eliminate all the realistic randomness of international travel, what's the point of leaving the US at all?
  10. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Geocacher TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Franklin, TN
    The driver wouldn't have to actually stop at their destination - they could let the players know he will be driving the correct route, and it is up to them to spot where they need to stop. If they miss it, he will be going back to the start and driving the route all over again. This will eliminate people getting screwed by the driver, and will put the full burden on their shoulders.
  11. tiams

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    This is a game, not real life. Real life isn't fair but games should be.
  12. verdugan

    verdugan Active Member

    Sep 9, 2003
    Sacramento, CA
    I agree with everything you say except the point that incompetent drivers are found only outside of the US. Just last week I was in Nashville, TN and had the worst driver.
  13. Doh

    Doh Active Member

    May 18, 2001
    The girls screwed themselves by going back to the park to look for the u-turn. If they hadn't done that I bet they would have won. I couldn't believe they wasted all that time-- lost to a team that did the u-turn-- and then in their exit interview whined about how they were a stronger team than mutt and jeff.

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