Amazing Race 11/7/10

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jbernardis, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Columbus, OH


    I wondered about the speed bump as well. It did seem that they lost an awful lot of time looking for a taxi at one point even though no one else really had a problem. I wondered if that was exaggerated, and they really lost time doing their speed bump, and it was edited out to spend time on the penalties.
  2. loubob57

    loubob57 Cancer sucks! TCF Club

    Mar 19, 2001
    Bedford, TX
    1st rule of TAR: Read the freakin' clue!
    2nd rule of Tar: Read the clue again!

    It seemed like half the teams had problems doing these tasks according to instructions. At least the girls realized and corrected themselves.
  3. lambertman

    lambertman With an "L"

    Dec 20, 2002
    There is discussion on IMDB that the Speed Bump was canceled because of judging errors that unfairly dropped the team to last place in the previous ep.

    I'm a few eps behind in viewing so I can't really help on the details.
  4. Anubys

    Anubys All About Footwork

    Jul 16, 2004
    that's interesting...I just assumed it was even more lame than "sit here for 10 minutes" and thus not worthy of being shown...
  5. ADG

    ADG Allan

    Aug 19, 2003
    New Jersey, USA


    I specifically recall that when they were told it was a non-elimination leg that there was NO mention of a speed bump in the next leg.
  6. TiVo'Brien

    TiVo'Brien Now with 2.6% Fewer Organs TCF Club

    Feb 8, 2002
    Yeah, but it could have just been edited out.

    Glad to see Asian father and son gone. The father seemed like a decent guy, but his ineptitude was painful to watch, plus I felt sorry for the son having to constantly coach his own father.
  7. Honora

    Honora Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    I remember hearing Dad saying, read the whole clue (or something like that) when they got it. It appeared that it was the son's job to read the clues so he is responsible for the mistake.

    Addition to the "Read the Clue" rule. BOTH members of the team must read the clue.
  8. cheerdude

    cheerdude Reed & Juliet's CPA

    Feb 27, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
    Rule 3: Give the clue to your partner and have them read it!

    Or that... :)
  9. martinp13

    martinp13 Roller coaster addict :)

    Mar 19, 2001
    Fort Worth, TX
    3rd rule of TAR: If they edit in a clip of you saying "be sure to read the whole clue", you're going to screw up and probably be eliminated.
  10. getbak

    getbak Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    According to the discussion forum on, it appears that Nick and Vicky completed the piano challenge on the last leg a lot sooner but the person giving out the clue kept telling them they were wrong because they gave the sheets to him out of order (or something like that). As a result of this error, the producers decided to make it a non-elimination leg with no subsequent Speed Bump.
  11. uncdrew

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

    Aug 6, 2002
    Down South
    I did too.

  12. HIHZia

    HIHZia Mad Turk

    Nov 3, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    I thought part of the task was to give the sheets in correct order?
  13. Mr Flippant

    Mr Flippant Regular User

    Jan 2, 2009
    Yeah, they used to have them start the next leg with no money. The begging got to be just too painful to watch though, so then they took away their packs. The speed bumps are either too easy or too hard now or in this case none at all. I am beginning to think the show might be better without the non-elimination leg all together.
  14. getbak

    getbak Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    • Seasons 1-4 there was no penalty at all.
    • Seasons 5 & 6 was a loss of money, but no loss of possessions.
    • Seasons 7-9 was a loss of everything except their passports and the clothes on their backs.
    • Seasons 10 & 11 saw the team "Marked for Elimination", where the team had to either win the next leg or face a 30 minute penalty at check-in.
    • Since Season 12 they've had the Speed Bump.

    If they got rid of the non-elimination legs, they'd have to either add more teams (which would cost extra money for their transportation plus for crews to follow the extra teams), or cut the number of shows in a season (which, I'm sure CBS doesn't want to do). The only other option would be the double-legs that they've done in the past, but that doesn't give the teams or the crews any rest between legs.
  15. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ruthless

    Feb 27, 2005
    The non-elimination legs serve a valid purpose - to keep a far-behind team from giving up when all seems lost.
  16. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    How ironic is it that the two teams that cheated and thus had to serve a penalty were also the two teams in last place? And Brook and Claire realized their mistake, went back and did it right, and came in second. That's just bizarre.

    I'm kind of pissed that they're not showing us the departure times anymore. A couple of weeks ago in the thread, we discussed how it would be interesting if the teams were eliminated based on cumulated time rather than the results of individual legs. So I went through the previous episodes and made a chart showing how far behind each team was relative to each other and was prepared to keep it up to date through the whole season so we could see how things might be different, and then they proceed to show us two episodes where we don't know the departure times. I realize it doesn't make any difference when there's a bunch up, but it's still interesting to know how far apart the teams were in the previous leg. Maybe they could just start showing us the true check-in times and then it won't matter whether they show us the departure times.

    Thanks for the info about the botched judging last week. I did think it was odd that they had another non-elim so early in the race, so that makes sense that it was kind of forced on the producers. It also possibly explains why Nick and Vicki checked in in the dark, when it likely doesn't get dark until nearly midnight in the summer in St. Petersburg.
  17. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    Huh? I didn't pay attention to every team, but I know that they gave us the departure times of the first couple teams. I think the first one was at 8:30 or 8:35 AM.
  18. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Yes, just like last week, they showed us a couple of departure times, and then once the first teams to leave realized there was going to be a bunch up, they didn't show any more departures, and just picked up at the point where the teams were all together again.
  19. smak

    smak TV MA SLV

    Feb 11, 2000
    NoHo, CA USA
    They showed the departure times, but only the first 3, and they were 8:30, 8:35 and 8:40. The show is doing something different with the race start times, but i'm not sure exactly what.

    They didn't say, you arrived at x time last night this episode, and for the last few, and i'm not sure it's the 12 or 36 hour wait that it used to be.

    Unless somebody remembers the last episode before this, and the first 3 teams were that close, they've changed something.

  20. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ruthless

    Feb 27, 2005
    This season seems to have abandoned the (2X+1)*12 hours rule entirely.

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