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Old 02-24-2014, 12:49 AM   #1
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The Amazing Race - S24E01 2/23/14 *Spoliers*

Too bad about Mark not being able to race. That would really suck to find that out the night before the race starts.

I wonder if Mallory and her dad were a standby team and already in LA or if they made an emergency call to her and she hopped on the first plane.

There were some spectacular views of that tower and of the city.

So glad to see the Twinnies eliminated. I remembered not liking them the first time they were on, but by the end of this episode I already couldn't stand them again. If they had let me choose which team to eliminate first, it would have been them.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:52 AM   #2
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Fantastic first elimination!
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:18 AM   #3
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And this episode demonstrates why I groaned when I saw the Twins would be on the Race again. The bickering and shrill cries of 'Twinnie' get old really fast.

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When I saw Mallory subbing for Bopper, I said "Uh oh" and told my husband I hoped Mallory wouldn't be such an airhead this time around. Poor Mark.

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Old 02-24-2014, 04:21 AM   #4
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Got to see the Twinnies working with the Afganimals.

Glad to see the Twinnies go - they were on the first flight and still did the first task dead last.

Interesting seeing all the people trying to change - wonder if any of it will stick.
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I would have much, much rather seen first and last reversed. Oh well...
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:08 AM   #6
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I was a fan of the Twinnies last time, and going in really wanted to see the Afghanimals eliminated right away, but by the end of this episode, I was glad to see the Twinnies eliminated. Good Lord, I wouldn't want to put up with more of that for any more weeks!
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:47 AM   #7
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with them gone, i might actually watch the rest of the season!
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:03 AM   #8
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I've never been so happy to see a team eliminated. My ears are thankful. Now if they lose the deaf guy and mom I can enjoy the rest of the season.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:14 AM   #9
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Ahh, I started a season thread while this one was being started (got distracted at work).

Happy to get it deleted if people would rather separate ep threads.

What say you all?
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:18 AM   #10
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I would have much, much rather seen first and last reversed. Oh well...
Really? Why? I think the cowboys are great racers and good sports. I think the twins are loud, obnoxious and grating. What makes you like them?
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:19 AM   #11
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What a great first elimination!

I thought this was a pretty good start, wouldn't mind if the whiny redhead goes next.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:21 AM   #12
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Really? Why? I think the cowboys are great racers and good sports. I think the twins are loud, obnoxious and grating. What makes you like them?
He doesn't like the cowboys, nothing will change that. He grew up in Kansas and I suspect guys that made his life hell. It comes up ever season they're on.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:25 AM   #13
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Really? Why? I think the cowboys are great racers and good sports. I think the twins are loud, obnoxious and grating. What makes you like them?
The twins were a good team their first season, but it's not that I liked them so much as that I dislike the Oklahoma sh*tkickers. I know I'm in a small minority in this, but there it is. Half the guys in my high school could have been their daddy. I don't trust the aw-shucks act.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:36 AM   #14
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The twins were a good team their first season, but it's not that I liked them so much as that I dislike the Oklahoma sh*tkickers. I know I'm in a small minority in this, but there it is. Half the guys in my high school could have been their daddy. I don't trust the aw-shucks act.
If it helps, I met them and their families doing a commercial. They still work their own ranches and seem like genuinely nice guys. Don't get me wrong, I grew up around the same kind of guys you're talking about, so I think I can tell the difference.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:41 AM   #15
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I really do not like the "all stars" concept on reality shows (TAR, Survivor, Big Brother, etc). If you have watched a program regularly then you already know the person/team's personality and method of play. Most likely if you didn't like them the first time, you won't like them the second or third. I would be more than happy to see the Afghanimals go next.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:49 AM   #16
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I was a fan of the Twinnies last time, and going in really wanted to see the Afghanimals eliminated right away, but by the end of this episode, I was glad to see the Twinnies eliminated. Good Lord, I wouldn't want to put up with more of that for any more weeks!
That's how I felt too.

Afghanimals next would be good.
Brendan and Rachel after that.
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...and let's avoid calling them 'Branchel' just because they're trying to create their own nickname - and everyone knows you don't get to choose that, it has to be given to you!
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:00 AM   #18
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I've never been so happy to see a team eliminated. My ears are thankful. Now if they lose the deaf guy and mom I can enjoy the rest of the season.
This. There was only one team I could have been half as happy to lose and that would be the mom and son.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:27 AM   #19
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:31 AM   #20
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I wonder what the over/under is for how long Brachel's marriage lasts.
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I am not a fan of any team that screeches and yells so I was damn glad to see the Twinnies go. The Afghanimals need to go next please, it's a shame they were invited back.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:36 PM   #22
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I really do not like the "all stars" concept on reality shows (TAR, Survivor, Big Brother, etc). If you have watched a program regularly then you already know the person/team's personality and method of play. Most likely if you didn't like them the first time, you won't like them the second or third. I would be more than happy to see the Afghanimals go next.
CBS isn't running All-Stars versions of their shows to try and get you to like teams that you didn't like the first time around. They're running them because viewers like to see things they're familiar with. As already proven just by the few people in this thread, every team has its fans, and every team has those who dislike it. CBS doesn't want to fill the whole season with former fan favorites. That's not how reality show casting works. Viewers like to have someone to root against just as much as they like someone to root for.

Having said that, if they wanted to bring a team back from last season for viewers to root against, I would have much preferred Tim and Marie over the Afghanimals. I don't mind Leo and Jamal, it's just that I really loved watching Marie and her antics.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:58 PM   #23
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This is going to be the season where I'll be cheering each week because I'm thrilled with who gets eliminated.

There's not a single team that I'm rooting for. I don't mind the country singers, but I'm so sick of everyone else that the eliminations will be satisfying. A part of me just wants to FF through the episodes so I can see where they go and then get to the end to watch who gets Philiminated.

I'm really tired of the shows I usually enjoy so much bringing back people who've been on before.

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Old 02-24-2014, 01:19 PM   #24
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I still like the Trotters.
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I like the Trotters too and I may be the only that actually sort of likes Brandon and Rachel maybe because I watched them BB. David and Connor seem ok and I think them and the cowboys are the teams to beat.
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That's how I felt too.

Afghanimals next would be good.
Brendan and Rachel after that.
Not before we see some Rachel sobbing.

Hopiing Mallory gets far..she's a little bundle of sunshine.
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I'm guessing, now, that Mark and Mallory would be splitting anything they win and it would be up to Mark to share anything with Bopper if he chooses to, right? There is no concession made to give Bopper any money otherwise (except maybe some kind of "scale" for the clip they showed last night as to why he can't race) is there?

Tough break - I like Mallory, so I'm happy to see her, but too bad Bopper couldn't race.
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I'm sure there was an arrangement made before Mallory was given the opportunity to race that ensures no-one loses out - maybe a three-way split or 50-50 between the half share of Bopper and Mallory.

Of course I'm only guessing, but I doubt she'd have been given the chance without something in place.
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So deaf kid's mother is afraid of heights, plus old-- why didn't he do it? You don't have to be able to hear for that.
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She did it - and that frees him up for something more physical later on. They have to do an even number of challenges.
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