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The Amazing Race 4/15/12

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

  1. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Your post talked about how it would be a "death sentence" to the U-turned team if they couldn't then turn around and U-turn someone else. But for most of the seasons of TAR, the U-turn was just a single thing. One team got U-turned and that was it. No opportunity to drag someone else down with them. So I'm just curious why it would suddenly be so unfair for the first team to have to suffer the consequences of the U-turn without U-turning someone else, when that's the way it's always been done.
  2. heySkippy

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

    Jul 2, 2001
    Sarasota, FL
    I don't think TAR is considered a game show.
  3. VegasVic

    VegasVic Craps Player

    Nov 21, 2002
    The Craps Table
    Interesting, I guess I don't remember a time when a team U-turned another team and then found out that team was ahead of them.
  4. martinp13

    martinp13 YHTBMABIITY

    Mar 19, 2001
    Fort Worth, TX
    From the Season 12 Wiki: "Kynt & Vyxsin used their U-Turn power on Nicolas & Donald. However, Nicolas & Donald were actually ahead of them, thus the U-Turn effect was void."

    That was the first season it was offered.
  5. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    It also happened last season? Season before? The one with the Australian dad and his son... the sailors who couldn't navigate their ship in Thailand.
  6. ScottE22

    ScottE22 How YOU doin'?

    Sep 19, 2003
    Loveland, CO
    Count me among those who initially like Team Border Patrol but have become less of a fan over the last two weeks...

    Right now I like Rachel & Dave and Bopper & Mark.

    They certainly made it appear that Green Team was way closer to Vanessa and Ralph when they U-Turned them. I expected them to be awkwardly standing next to them in the water line, but that didn't happen.
  7. bigpuma

    bigpuma Active Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Morgan Hill, CA
    Also team Border Patrol originally assumed the other alliance team must be behind them because they didn't use the u-turn.
  8. tiams

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
  9. goblue97

    goblue97 Welcome Home, Jimmy!

    May 12, 2005
    I've been thinking they look like Joe Theismann and George Gervin.
  10. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

    Jan 29, 2001
    As heySkippy already said, TAR isn't considered a game show...

    ...but what game show no-interference rules? There's certainly no law or FCC regulation against, for example, the producers of "Jeopardy!" suddenly deciding to give an extra $10,000 to a hawt female contestant who's in third place.
  11. pdhenry

    pdhenry Now 10% off

    Feb 27, 2005
    Sure there is.


  12. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    That has nothing to do with what trainman said. If Jeopardy!, or any other show, wanted to give a bonus to a contestant, and was upfront about the motivation, that would not be a violation of the law you cited. It would only be a violation if the show attempted to rig the game to benefit a certain contestant while still claiming it's a "bona fide contest of intellectual knowledge or intellectual skill."

    But to bring it back to the subject of the thread, nobody could make a reasonable argument that The Amazing Race (or Survivor, or any of the other reality contest shows) could be described as "bona fide contests of intellectual knowledge or intellectual skill." Therefore, these shows are not covered by this statute.
  13. mattack

    mattack Active Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Yes, that's what I meant.. Making the plane come back is what I consider rigging...

    But you guys have now re-confirmed what I remembered.. It's only "intellectual knowledge or intellectual skill" games that are covered. (Though, hmm, that actually leaves wiggle room for certain specific contests on shows that don't entirely fit that category though.. e.g. the puzzles on Survivor.)
  14. deaklet

    deaklet Gemütlichkeit

    Feb 15, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    I've had that done. Being one who cries easily *sometimes* has benefits.
  15. ADent

    ADent Active Member

    Jan 7, 2000
    Denver, CO
    I like the double U-turn more than the single U-turn. The single was a big hindrance and killer in a couple of cases.

    The double U-Turn seems a bit more fair since if the two teams are close they have someone to compete against.

    BTW from the editing the "teachers" should have a change to survive. At least for the first group of teams the bicycle was faster. Which since we saw them in the scene when the dating divorcees went to do the water the "teachers" should have beaten them to the Speed Bump.

    They seemed to take as long to do the Speed Bump as they did to put up the tent. Dooming them no matter what in the end.
  16. getbak

    getbak Active Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    The producers have always denied that they interfered in the decision to return the jetway and allow Uchenna and Joyce to board the plane: http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/the_amazing_race_7/2005_May_13_rumor_response

    It sounds like the gate agent told Uchenna & Joyce that the flight was closed, then allowed Rob & Amber to board, so Uchenna got angry and yelled at the gate agent until she called the pilot and asked about letting them board.

    Also, one thing I've learned from watching this show over the years is to never trust anything they show just before a commercial break, especially if it looks like all hope is lost for one of the teams.
  17. zuko3984

    zuko3984 Active Member

    May 4, 2002

    People need to stop saying it like it's a fact that the producers got the pilot to open the plane doors. No proof has ever been shown that it happened that way. Everyone involved with the show denies the producers had anything to do with the plane re-opening the doors to let them on. I saw an interview with Rob and he explicitly denies anyone from the show was involved in the decision to re-open the doors.
    An FAA official has said that it's up to the pilot if the doors get opened and they said it was perfectly fine in this situation what the pilot did.
    I'm sure that even if the producers had nothing to do with the decision, having a production crew with cameras helped the pilot make the decision. But i'm also sure that having a camera crew along helps in a lot of situation on the race.
  18. martinp13

    martinp13 YHTBMABIITY

    Mar 19, 2001
    Fort Worth, TX
    Exactly what they should say if they have been compensated. ;)
    I think that's what happened.
  19. markz

    markz Active Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    "That's not their mating call!"

    Everyone knows that's the mating call of the walrus!
  20. goblue97

    goblue97 Welcome Home, Jimmy!

    May 12, 2005
    One thing I haven't notice much of lately is when a team recruits a local to help them through the leg. I remember in past seasons it seemed much more common. I wonder if there is a rule in place now or if the tasks are just different.

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