Amazing Race - 11/29/09 (Spoilers!)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by ebf, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Nov 30, 2009 #81 of 139

    Roadblock New Member

    Apr 5, 2006


    A lot of tasks require racers to do things they don't normally do. It's part of the challenge.
  2. Nov 30, 2009 #82 of 139

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    It might have been because the first clue they opened upon leaving the pit stop had them go to a certain location, where all they did was grab a clue from the clue box and get back in the taxi to go to the Roadblock location. It appeared that the only reason for the existence of that clue box was its proximity to the Speed Bump location, so that Brian and Ericka could walk to the bar from the clue box.

    Someone else mentioned that its one of the first times they've had three tasks in an episode. Actually, it seems that three tasks are pretty common, but that some tasks never make it to air due to editing, time or other unknown reasons.
  3. Nov 30, 2009 #83 of 139

    Roadblock New Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    I think they overreacted when the initial group of guys started following them. They seemed to just be 'acting' drunk and loud, wearing the same clothes as the guys in the bar. Brian and Ericka immediately got defensive and annoyed, when I think it was just supposed to be funny.

    Later on though, the random people would have made me pretty mad. One lady actually walked up and grabbed a glass for a second. I might have poured it over her head.
  4. Nov 30, 2009 #84 of 139

    BadlyDrawnBoy Member

    Dec 24, 2001
    San Francsico
    The distance I've read was 2 miles between the 2 locations for Brian and Ericka.

    Also Big Easy also couldn't handle the briefcase in Dubai with the numerical combination from the watch. so he must not be great at smarts.
  5. Nov 30, 2009 #85 of 139

    Idearat Active Member

    Nov 26, 2000


    If they wanted to suck up to Brian & Ericka the brothers should tell them that if it wasn't for Dan's move, they'd be out of the race. Maybe that would make up a little for the stolen taxi.
  6. Nov 30, 2009 #86 of 139

    bruinfan Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Elk Grove, CA
    i thought the sitting on the sauna bus was the easiest.. and get to look at naked girl in a towel to boot.

    maybe they were hoping for a bottleneck/equalizer... catch a flight or something. i don't think he would've gotten it in 4 hours... he was burnt out on it.
    it's not just the whining... it's the way they whine, both of them. the sound like 8 year old girls going back and forth...

    when zebra checked in, phil said "you are the third team to arrive". usually, that means an 'however' is coming... cuz he usually says "you are team number 3". and then they showed the cheering, so i was waiting for the bombshell that they did something wrong, but nothing happened... meghan said during the kafka challenge that they weren't allowed to write letters down, but it looked like everytime brian got a letter, he put his paper down as if he were going to write on it... it's like they edited it out, instead of emphasizing the mistake like they usually do.
    either they just threw the rule out on the fly (which i doubt), or they edited the time penalty (and the whole story line that caused it) on zebra out since it was probably less than the 4 hr time penalty and didn't affect the outcome.
  7. Nov 30, 2009 #87 of 139

    brianric Well-Known Member

    Aug 29, 2002
    Pennsville, NJ
    It is to a recovering alcoholic. Went from a carton of cigarettes and five cases of beer a week and went cold turkey after a massive bronchitis attack. Smoke and alcohol free since December 31, 2000. Put my cigarette and beer money into camera equipment. I'm now the event (volunteer) photographer for the American Cancer Society in Cherry Hill, NJ. :D
  8. Nov 30, 2009 #88 of 139

    Idearat Active Member

    Nov 26, 2000
    Ahh, so you mean for some people it is. Which makes this whole discussion about the show silly. Asking the people we saw to drink is not the same as asking you to drink. No one who's on the race would be so affected by this task. TAR producers ask the racers about illnesses, allergies, phobias and the like. Having disclosed problems to them, they're not going to ask someone to do something that will injure them. Or, if the person's restriction are too limiting, that person wouldn't be picked for the race.

    Now if someone lied about their condition, allergies or illness , and later the show asked them to do something that would do them harm, they probably should come clean at that point. But I wouldn't berate the producers at that point, which is how this part of the discussion started, with "oh no, the show asked them to drink!".
  9. Nov 30, 2009 #89 of 139

    mike_k Registered User

    Sep 20, 2005
    Mason, OH
    Yes, but it took them some time to find the sauna bus. And the fact that the father/son team was navigationally challenged made it take even longer. It seemed like the bar that team Zebra had to go to was right down the street. And pour a drink and drink it - it couldn't have taken them more than two or three minutes to do the whole thing and get back to the clue box. I do agree with IJustLikeTivo that the soup speed bump was pretty easy as well.
  10. Nov 30, 2009 #90 of 139

    ElJay Active Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    Certainly alcohol consumption is covered under a pre-production questionnaire.

    I don't think a contestant who abstains from drinking should be expected to find out what the effects of alcohol consumption are on them while participating in a physically and mentally strenuous competition in the middle of the night in Prague. What next, visiting "coffee shops" in Amsterdam? How about a brothel? New definition of a "speed bump" coming soon...

    I simply consider views on alcohol consumption to be on a different level than a phobia. It's likely a choice made by that person, yes, but I see nothing gained in the race by forcing people to override these values.
  11. Nov 30, 2009 #91 of 139

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA
    This is not a new show. People have seen the things they do and drinking booze is not new. Some people are vegetarian and/or even Kosher and they have had plenty of food challenges that don't comply with that. What about working on the sabbath, do these people get to go to Church on Saturday/Sunday. I doubt it. .

    I would not sign up to any of these shows, if I wasn't ready to leave value preferences on the table. That doesn't mean I can't keep my preferences it just means I should be ready for the consequences of them.

    I would love to do this show but I would either be bounced or stupid to because of being a kidney donor and need to be a little more careful about getting sick and/or dehydrated.
  12. Nov 30, 2009 #92 of 139

    wendiness1 WiiMomma

    Jul 29, 2005
    :up: Congrats! :up:

    I wonder if it's possible the Globetrotter has dyslexia? Perhaps he's illiterate? Lot's of people who are are pretty good at covering it. He did look defeated before he started. I'm guessing dyslexia - all those letters looked confusing to him and perhaps with dyslexia it's possible to keep submitting the same order without realizing it. Knowing this, he just gave up. Whaddya think?

    ETA: Just rewatched it. He can't be illiterate as he filled out the form. Is it possible he could muddle through the form with dyslexia but have trouble with the letters? By the way, He announced his letter "find" as FARNZ. Close.
  13. Nov 30, 2009 #93 of 139

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Then do you watch [Real World]? [Road Rules]? [Challenge]?

    sorry, trying to vaguely make that a regular expression of "real world" or "road rules" or "real world / road rules challenge".. Basically, on every one of those, some/multiple people get insanely drunk and act like idiots, usually entertainingly (I don't drink).
  14. Nov 30, 2009 #94 of 139

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I do like. I think this is one of the few times that the "ugly Americans" were *right*. (Usually, the players act like the locals are morons for not understanding English or something like that... when there's no reason they should.)

    In this case, the locals were heckling them and getting in their way. Their response of "what happened to all of your friends?" at one point was funny though.
  15. Nov 30, 2009 #95 of 139

    pmyers Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Gilbert, AZ
    My wife has a theory that Big Easy might have reading problems. We went back through the episode and he never once read or opened the clues...I don't have any old episodes stored to go back further.

    that would make giving up make a lot more sense!
  16. Nov 30, 2009 #96 of 139

    YCantAngieRead Not Entirely Current

    Nov 5, 2003
    I'm beginning to wonder if the dyslexia issue could be right.
  17. Dec 1, 2009 #97 of 139

    KyleLC Unregistered User

    Feb 6, 2002
    Sugar Land, TX
    Did anyone else notice that the Kryocentrum sign said -160 deg C, but Phil and the instructions said -180?
  18. Dec 1, 2009 #98 of 139

    mike_k Registered User

    Sep 20, 2005
    Mason, OH
    I agree, this makes sense.

    I will say that Flight Time is one classy teammate. Unlike the people from most of the other teams he has been supportive of his teammate no matter what. He even said that taking the four hour penalty was a good strategy - obviously he knew it wasn't, but he wasn't going to say something that would make Big Easy feel bad.

    It's too bad that there isn't another option like taking a one hour penalty and then having the other person try to complete the challenge.

    Oh, and Dan is an a$$.
  19. Dec 1, 2009 #99 of 139

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    The instructions said -180 F, while I think the sign at the Kryocentrum said that it would go down to -160 C (which is -256 F).

    ETA: After looking at the cryotherapy section of their website, the Google translation of it says:

    So I'm guessing they just had them go in to "cold but not as cold as they can go" temps.
  20. Dec 1, 2009 #100 of 139

    TIVOSciolist Bye to High Society

    Oct 13, 2003
    The Czech Republic . . . where even the cab drivers are hot!

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