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The Amazing Race 4/15/12

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Neenahboy, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

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    I am also pretty sure that they didn't used to be able to u-turn someone else until they'd already completed their second task.
     
  2. martinp13

    martinp13 YHTBMABIITY

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    It's just how the rules are written. The sequence of events is either "task-Uturn box-penalty task (if req)-next task" or "task-penalty task (if req)-Uturn box-next task". I think it makes sense as they're doing it. "I got to the Uturn box, I can use it, then I serve my penalty." It would make more sense if the clue box was separate and behind the Uturn... you have to go thru the Uturn to get to it.
     
  3. Bierboy

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    And from the previews, they'd like you to believe that,
    ...because of his bad knee, he's giving up....
     
  4. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    I think that's the way it's always been. The U-turn board is separate from the clue box, and the clue box is usually a few yards behind the U-turn board.
    That's not Bopper, that's Mark.
     
  5. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Did anyone else notice Rachel (from Dave and Rachel) filing her nails with the file they were supposed to be using to rough up the bike tube?
     
  6. ElJay

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    I can understand why the border patrol guys were upset. If they had run into problems and fell back to last place, team army u-turning the green teem could've been the difference between them going home or continuing on.

    In team army's attempt to not antagonize the green team, they've pissed off the border patrol guys instead.
     
  7. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Oh well. Who cares? This show is about a race and who finishes each leg of the race the fastest. It should not be about the interpersonal strategy and alliances that dominate other shows like Survivor. I'm convinced that this is why TAR won all those Emmy's for Best Reality Show, because it used to just be a race where it was the contestants against the Race, and fighting with each other gave no advantage.
     
  8. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Active Member TCF Club

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    I've seen this sentiment stated a couple of times, and I just can't agree with it.

    There very well could be a team who has no intention of U-turning anyone, who themselves wind up getting U-turned. As a strategy in the game, doesn't it then make sense for them to be able to U-turn someone who is behind them?

    If they are not allowed to U-turn someone until they finish their 'pentaly' task, they're pretty much screwed once they are U-turned with very little, if any, chance of staying in the game.

    Whether it's a strategy to slow a team down to give yourself or someone else a bit of an advantage. or just a 'screw you, I don't like you so I'm U-turning you', it shouldn't wind up being a death sentence as far as that leg of the race goes.
     
  9. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    If the only way to do it fair is for it to be a Double U-Turn, how do you explain the "single" version of the U-turn that was used in most seasons of TAR until recently? And what about the second team that gets U-turned? If it would be a "death sentence" for the first team, isn't a "death sentence" for the second team? Why the different consideration for the two different situations?
     
  10. Donbadabon

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    I hate the U-turns, and think they should be eliminated in any form.

    The race is hard enough as it is, dealing with your own internal stresses, lost cabbies, broken cabs, etc. There is no need to introduce a U-turn in the mix too.

    Just let them race, and if they come in last it will be more about bad luck or their inability to work together.
     
  11. MNoelH

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    I thought one of the reasons Border Patrol was so upset was because they didn't know where they stood in the race. If Army Team had used the U-Turn as they agreed, they would have for sure known that Army Team was ahead of them and then used theirs accordingly to hinder another team.

    But it also seemed like the U-Turn sign showed them which teams had already been through that stop. I didn't think that was done in past seasons. I always thought some of the fun of the race was for the racers to not really know where they were in the at any given time unless they run into another team and can figure it out from that.

    The Border Patrol has definitely fallen down my list of people I'd like to win this thing.
     
  12. mattack

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    The funny thing is that several of them overemphasized the 'g', yet on the actual store cart thing (can't think of a better term), the 'g' was scratched out or painted over -- like they realized it was a misspelling, and didn't want it to be known as Clington anymore.

    I forget, why is this not covered by the game show no-interference rules? I seem to remember someone corrected this misunderstanding in a previous reality show thread. (I sure thought it would be covered by those rules, and possibly get the FCC involved.)
     
  13. mattack

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    The one Kentucky boy looks very much like a hick Ryan Stiles to me.

    Oh, and I must correct myself about something I said in last week's thread. I don't have that episode anymore, but I suspect I misread the caption about Rachel. I noticed this week, it said approx:

    Brendan & Rachel
    PhD student and cocktail waitress

    So I'm pretty sure it *didn't* just say that just for Rachel last week. I think I was misremembering it as being like Survivor overlays, which, even when they're on teams, sometimes just says the one person's name and occupation.
     
  14. Einselen

    Einselen ɹǝsn pǝɹǝʇsıƃǝɹ

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    The UTurn screens showed all the teams and the eliminated teams were gray/xed out
     
  15. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

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    I have never noticed it say cocktail waitress. Earlier in the season it said Event Hostess.
     
  16. MNoelH

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    So it wasn't indicative of their placement in the leg? Seemed like the pictures were in some kind of order, but I didn't look real closely.
     
  17. Einselen

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    That I am not sure.
     
  18. VegasVic

    VegasVic Craps Player

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    I'm not sure but I think the U-Turn board would have always shown who was ahead of who because you have to know who you can, and can't uturn?
     
  19. martinp13

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    No, that's the beauty of it. It's been done before, where Team A U-turned Team B, but Team B had already passed the U-turn, so there was no effect. Team A mistakenly thought Team B was behind them in the race.
     
  20. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Active Member TCF Club

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    I thought the teams were listed on the U-turn board in no particular order, similar to how they show them in the open - same order all season long regardless of who has been Philiminated yet or not. I don't think there was any indication at all as to who may have completed that portion of the leg yet, who was still on the course, or what order the teams happened to be in at the time. Someone could easily still U-turn someone who has already moved on without knowing it if they thought that team was still behind them, as I believe has happened in the past.

    If there are two teams being U-turned, one of them will get it first, the other will get it last (and essentially potentially be screwed). I just don't see why the team that gets U-turned first should not themselves be able to U-turn somebody else. They have to do the sedcond task, why also eliminate an aspect of the game that could then allow them to gain some advantage back? And I don't at all understand the first part of your first sentence. I'm not sure what a Double versus Single U-turn has to do at all with fairness (or unfairness)? If the rules don't preclude a U-turned team from U-turning someone else, I guess I just don't understand why people have such a problem with that. Because of who it was that was first U-turned perhaps?
     

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