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The Amazing Race 4/22/12

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by bryhamm, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. robojerk

    robojerk Active Member

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    When he finally got the dance down, I saw his instructor in front of the stage dancing it so he could mirror him.

    I don't have a favorite this season so I could care less who wins.
    I think the competitiveness in TAR can sometimes bring out the ugliness in people. The border patrol team showed they can be really nice guys, back when they gave the KY team that prize money, however their behavior has been really bad on the last few episodes.

    The girl on the Big Brother team cries way too much for me to sympathize with her.

    Army guy + blonde wife are probably safest bet to win. I think he's kind of a ****** but she seems to be able to not take it like a floor mat.
     
  2. kettledrum

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    I was thinking that after everyone else had already checked in and the KY boys were going to call it quits, the producers told the dance challenge judge to go ahead and pass them so that they could say that they didn't quite the race and were able to finish all of the tasks. I thought that was what was going on when it looked like Bopper changed his mind and was encouraging him to go back and try again, along with the additional encouragement from the dance coach. It also looked to me that #12 wasn't any better than the other attempts, and they were passed by mercy, as it wasn't going to affect the outcome of the competition anyway. I was then blown away to find out that it was a non-elim leg. Something doesn't seem right.
     
  3. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    Yeah, my wife commented on that very thing....strange. Maybe when he saw that Mark was re-considering, he decided to encourage him? With video editing, you never know what may have occurred to prompt Bopper to change his tune...

    This....in defense of Mark, what we saw in his dances where he was given the negative ruling by the instructor looked pretty darn OK to me. There were several times we felt he should have been given the clue. Other team members weren't perfect, either, and they got their clues.
     
  4. loubob57

    loubob57 Cancer sucks! TCF Club

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    At one point Mark told Bopper to quit and "let's take the penalty". What was the penalty? IIRC it's like 2 or 4 hours for not completing some tasks.
     
  5. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    But does that "disqualify" them from non-elim?
     
  6. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Active Member TCF Club

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    I was kind of thinking when it was down to KY and the Border Patrol, what would happen if KY just took the penalty? And, like Boston Rob, they may have been able to convince BP to take the penalty as well at that point.

    I can't see why that would have DQ'd them from the non-elimination. They just have a time penalty they would have to serve.
     
  7. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    I'm fairly certain that Mark and Bopper were "told" that if Mark went out there one more time, he'd be guaranteed to pass. I think the producers realize that they're the only team left in the race worth rooting for, and they didn't want to lose them this early. There's obviously no way to prove this, but I'd be very surprised if this episode had been a non-elim if any other team had finished last.
    According to Wikipedia, the penalty for not completing a Roadblock is four hours, and based on previous seasons, that clock would start ticking at the moment they decide to take the penalty.
     
  8. wendiness1

    wendiness1 WiiMomma

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    Since they were the last team I suppose the options (from the production company's POV) were:

    (a) allow them to quit, which would throw the non-elim out of whack; they would have had the next leg prepared for 5 teams.

    (b) allow them to take the penalty of 4 hours. But does that 4 hours pick up the following day or does it disappear overnight? If it continues into the next day, it may totally screw up the schedule for the race, especially if they had remained at the dance task for several hours already.

    (c) Encourage the dance instructor to put them through, assuming the outcome wouldn't be affected negatively (knowing it was a non-elim; knowing there would be a bunching up soon, etc.)
     
  9. goblue97

    goblue97 Welcome Home, Jimmy!

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    Early? Aren't there only five teams left?

    Did they even show Kentucky do the last detour?
     
  10. Jayjoans

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    Problem was that the blonde went first on the dance challenge and completely nailed it. That set the bar so high for the rest that it became nearly impossible to match her. She looked like she had been practicing with the dance team for days.

    Clearly they made huge allowances for Bopper, his last attempt was not his best and as was already pointed out they had an instructor out in front of him so he could mirror moves.
     
  11. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    They would have to sit at the dance challenge for four hours before being given their next clue, and then they'd have to go to the tea house, and then complete the Detour. By the time they checked in, the penalty would have been served and wouldn't carry over to the next leg.

    I also don't necessarily believe that the placement of the non-elimination legs is fixed. I think there's a very real possibility that the producers determined this would be a non-elim when it became obvious that the most sympathetic team left in the race was about to be eliminated.
     
  12. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Yes, there are only five teams left. But there are at least 2-3 more episodes, and the producers would obviously like Mark and Bopper to be in as many of them as possible, since they're the only team left that hasn't been completely childish and/or hateful at some point during the race. Considering that there was a non-elim just two episodes ago, it seems like this one came a little too quickly for it to have been planned ahead of time.

    And yes, they showed Mark and Bopper doing the taxi side of the Detour, but there was no need to show much of it, since we had already seen all the other teams check in, so the only remaining mystery was whether they'd be eliminated or not.
     
  13. robojerk

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    :up:
     
  14. fmowry

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    They might as well create a Mark and Bopper show then. I prefer my racers to be good at racing. If all the teams hate each other that's fine by me. It's a real race for a million bucks. People are allowed to be a-holes every once in a while.
     
  15. laria

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    According to the Wikipedia there are:
    3 more episodes. Don't go look at it if you don't want to know where they are going. :)
     
  16. Bierboy

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    See, that's the problem, though. His last attempt clearly was not his best, so why in the heck didn't they get the clue from some of his earlier attempts? (which were at least as good as a few of the other teams' "winning attempts")...
     
  17. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Sure, but first and foremost it's a TV show that needs to attract viewers, and most viewers need someone to root for.
     
  18. Bierboy

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    I think Mark and Bopper have been at least as good racers as most of the other four teams. Just because they've been saved twice by non-elim legs doesn't mean they've been THAT much worse...
     
  19. type_g

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    Is it me or everyone else think, that in past amazing race seasons, for the pit stop, they had to figure out through clues where the pit stop is.

    Now it seems they just tell you where the pit stop is. I thought it was more challenging and better when they used to make you FIND the pit stop instead of just tell you where it is!!!
     
  20. robojerk

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    TAR used to be a lot more challenging overall IMO. In the first couple of seasons knowing how to search for good flights could give you a strong lead, now it seems like every time they travel from country to country they're all on the same flight unless in the extreme cases of a team having a very commanding lead or being very far behind. The last 3 seasons it also kind of seems like they have to buy their tickets from the same travel agency in whatever area they're in, so if a team was far ahead chances are the travel agency would be closed early in the morning forcing them to wait.
     

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