Amazing Race OAD 11/20

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by debtoine, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. 702

    702 Member

    Feb 9, 2003


    Maybe the producers bought them a new ticket and will take it out of their allowance for the next leg?
  2. JETarpon

    JETarpon Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2003
  3. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    Or even just "first generation Chinese-American" :)
  4. kettledrum

    kettledrum Active Member

    Nov 17, 2003
    Fishers, IN
    Aren't teams eliminated based on one task frequently?
  5. GBL

    GBL covert opiniative

    Apr 20, 2000
    Twin Cities, MN


    Even more so since the equalizer was so artificial - the trains between Hamburg and Cologne run at least once (if not more often) per hour, on the hour. It's about a 4 hour ride.
  6. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    My guess is they just didn't have good footage of the wreck or I'm sure they would have shown it.
  7. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Usually it's a cumulative thing based on the whole leg. It might only be the result of one task, but the teams had more than one task to catch up or fall behind. Here, there wasn't any room for error if this had been an elimination leg.
  8. Jayjoans

    Jayjoans Member

    Jan 22, 2003
    Is it just my aging memory or didn't Cathi look to be in much better shape when shown during the previews last week for yesterday's episode. Both my wife and I commented on how ripped she looked and we were impressed with her condition, yet during the show last night although she is slim, she wasn't nearly as impressive.
    (I mean no disrespect, I'm not sure how to say what I'm saying without sounding like a judgmental pig rating someone's grandma, anybody else picking up what I'm putting down?)
  9. Ment

    Ment Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    The preview from last week cutoff for me but if she looked even better in that its quite impressive. Bill and Cathi are in their early 60's and are in great shape. Was thinking the snowboard guys would be top tier but one of them was pretty scrawny. :)
  10. Squeak

    Squeak Well-Known Member TCF Club

    May 12, 2000
    Columbus, Ohio
    What looked like ripped ab muscles from far away during the preview(camera was in audience of them on the stage) turned out to be a little bit of flab/excess skin when viewed up close.
  11. MarkofT

    MarkofT ****

    Jul 27, 2001
    Where Texas...
    Stalker. ;)
  12. Idearat

    Idearat Active Member

    Nov 26, 2000
    Reviewing the past seasons when they've had the double legs, no one has been eliminated half-way through. The stats for not being eliminated at the end when you came in last at the half-way point aren't good though.

    Not to say that the rules couldn't have changed, but so far that's how it's gone.
  13. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Given the number of teams left vs. number of episodes left, they needed to have either a double leg or another non-elim. Since I think they've already had all the non-elims they're going to have this season, that only leaves a double leg (with nobody eliminated halfway through).
  14. RandomTask

    RandomTask New Member

    Jun 30, 2011
    That might happen on city transport but virtually never on intercity rail travel. What you both describe is more like a metro system not a train system. I travel a lot in europe and I have always been checked on intercity trains.
  15. lambertman

    lambertman I am not Bertman

    Dec 20, 2002
    *Follower.* :)
  16. gschrock

    gschrock Active Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    holt, mi
    For me, my experience was based on Civitavecchia to Roma and back, and then also Sorrento to Pompeii. Both of those I'd say is more intercity than just local city transport. The subway in Rome I recall worked the same way, but that's obviously city transport. Hmm, they're both probably considered "regional" trains though.
  17. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I've ridden tons of intercity trains in Germany, and while it's normal for the conductor to come around and check tickets, it's certainly not unheard of for the conductor never to make it to your seat during any particular leg of the journey.

    But I maintain that the producers stepped in and made sure the tickets wouldn't be an issue, because that would have seriously screwed up the show.
  18. TiVo'Brien

    TiVo'Brien Now with 2.6% Fewer Organs TCF Club

    Feb 8, 2002
    I bet the cameramen showed the footage of the dropped tickets to the conductor.
  19. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Except that the conductor never came and checked the tickets for anyone else in that area of the train either, so simply showing that one of the teams had legitimately lost their tickets wouldn't have been enough.

    I'm not sure what efforts the producers took. Maybe they bought a bunch of extra tickets, found the conductor, and said, "This block of 10 tickets is for that group of Americans over there. We're filming them, so we don't want you going through and asking for their tickets while we're filming." Or maybe they just bribed the conductor not to go into that car until after the train stopped in Brussels. Or maybe the producers made sure the lost tickets were picked up by someone affiliated with the race and so Ernie and Cindy were actually traveling with tickets, they just didn't know it.
  20. TheDewAddict

    TheDewAddict tciddAweDehT

    Aug 21, 2002
    Those cards are being phased out across the country (they haven't been valid in Amsterdam for at least 2 years now). Everybody uses the new OV Chipkaarts now. In almost a year and a half of living here, I've seen security board a tram once to do checks.

    In all my train travels, I'd estimate the conductors come through about 40% of the time. International trains are more often, but I went to Brussels from Amsterdam about a month ago, and we only got checked on the way back.

    I'll be going to Hamburg in a few days, so I was hoping they'd spend more time there. Still, I've been to Copenhagen and Brussels, so this leg was tailor made for me :) I didn't quite get why the train from Hamburg to Cologne was a night train. It should only be a 3 or 4 hour ride. And there's no way that there is only 1 train per day from Hamburg to Brussels. There are 5 or 6 per day between Amsterdam and Hamburg, and Brussels is a much bigger business city, so if anything, it should have more trains.

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