Great American Road Trip - Whole Season *spoilers*

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  1. sieglinde

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    I have stayed at the place at Lichtfield and it is truly a four star resort. The restaurant was one of the best I have ever eaten in and yes the rooms are larger than all of the apartments I have ever rented.

    I am enjoying this show because of the travel. Lichtfield is on I-10 which is well south of route 66.
     
  2. martinp13

    martinp13 Roller coaster addict :)

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    I didn't like the Hoover Dam/Vegas challenges. The Cootes won KotR, but still had to THEN battle the 2nd place team (the Pollards, of course) for the luxury that I think should have rightfully been theirs.

    The makers of this show obviously don't watch enough reality shows. You can't expect contestants to anagram hotel names they've never heard of. Since the Cootes had been to Vegas before, they breezed through it, but the Pollards just sat there pushing tiles around because they've never been to Vegas before. Somehow the Pollards miraculously came up with EXCALIBUR and miraculously passed the Cootes and won the reward. I REALLY think there was tinkering going on, which saddens me.

    If the Cootes don't win the whole show, it will be a shame... they have dominated everything.
     
  3. The Spud

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    The Cootes sure came off as poor sports when they declined the Pollard's invitation to join them in the suite.
     
  4. sburnside1

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    I kinda felt the Cootes were being poor sports as well. I do remember that the cast basically divided into two groups near the beginning. The Cootes and Pollards never got along, and they didnt get along well with the Disalvatores either.


    I thought it was funny that the Pollards always call the Cootes poor winners. Then when the Cootes got near the room and heard the Pollards cheering, they basically said the same thing.
     
  5. martinp13

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    Well, it's over. As much as I wanted the underdog, I felt that the Coote family really deserved the grand prize by virtue of having won nearly everything else.

    The last challenge was very simple but VERY tricky. The Coote family communication went straight in the dumper, but the DeSalvatore family didn't seem to realize it's not where the cube is, it's where the DOT is that is connected to the cube. Once the DeSal son realized that, he chewed through the puzzle. This time having the older children was the winning difference (poor Aaron Pollard should have turned the phone over to his sister, but I think they still would have lost) as all Jake Coote did was scream (too much chocolate?).

    I don't think the Cootes are bad people, but the competitive spirit turns their souls a bit dark. :) At least the Coote mom went over and congratulated and hugged the DeSal mom... it seemed genuine and I was glad of that.

    They definitely need to tweak parts of the show, but I didn't think it was that bad. More non-Dad challenges. One older child and one younger child. Stuff like that. The late challenges (zip-line, cube final, moving cars) were some of the better ones.

    Did anyone else watch it? :)
     
  6. stargazer21

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    We watched the last few episodes of it, and I kinda hate that we missed so much. We don't watch many reality shows (So You Think You Can Dance is basically it), but the travel made this cool. The New York fam cracked us up, since Roger grew up in New York and no...it probably wasn't acting for the camera. Guys like that are all over Queens apparently. :D

    I just hope all the families got to enjoy the trip more than what we saw. Even if you don't win, what a great opportunity! Made us want to take a road trip...

    We'll probably watch it again, if it comes back. And if I had the right family requirements (which I don't), I'd probably send in an audition.
     
  7. DancnDude

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

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    I thought the show was great. At the beginning, I was hoping the DeSalvatores would lose, but they started to grow on me as the series went on and mom Coote got more and more irritating. Their whole family were not very gracious winners and definitely they were sore losers. I'm kinda glad to see them lose in the end.
     
  8. sburnside1

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    I was glad the DeSalvatores won. The Cootes had just been poor sports at the end. You could really see how the kids were picking it up from the parents.

    I wonder how the Cootes mom would have felt had the DeSalvatores called her fake when she was congratulating them. The Editing team definitely didnt like the Cootes.
     
  9. wendiness1

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    Glad the DeSalvatores won. The Cootes just got on my nerves and, yes, it could have been the editing. If nothing else, the DeSalvatores boys' confidence was boosted (the Cootes kids didn't suffer from lack of any).

    I wish the challenges could have been consistent. Some were interesting, others were very boring.

    What was the point of all the driving around L.A. to collect the cubes, other than promotion attractions? It had no effect on the outcome. Frankly, I think they may have had drivers take the wheel there as I can't imagine those folks maneuvering RVs all over L.A. In fact, I wonder if there weren't drivers taking them through all the major cities.
     
  10. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    We really enjoyed the show, and were happy to see the DiSalvatores win in the end. We'd have probably preferred the Pollards out of the final three, but of the final two, we were glad to see the Cootes lose. You can blame on editing the fact that they turned down an opportunity to go celebrate with the other families in the suite at the Mandalay Bay just so they could go sulk in their RV. They may not have been as big of jerks as the show made them out to be, but they definitely weren't very nice people.

    One thing we really liked about this show was the fact that the travel portions were not a race. Having watched shows like The Amazing Race, it was kind of refreshing to see the participants be able to enjoy the scenery and savor the experience. It was only when they got to the challenges that they had to put their game faces on. Perhaps that's what was so irritating about the Cootes. They didn't seem to enjoy the race at all and instead had their competitive game faces on the entire time.

    I was surprised it took the teams so long to figure out that the placement of the cube on the map wasn't important. As soon as I saw the map and that one of the cubes was up in Idaho, and I knew they didn't go through Idaho, I immediately realized that the cubes had lines connecting them to a spot on the route.
     
  11. sieglinde

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    I enjoyed the travel aspect even though we did not see too much of the country. Having traveled much of the length of the Mother Road as a child it was pretty neat though not all the places were on Route 66. I thought the DeSalvatores were going to be the irritating family when all it turned out was the father was just a big goof. The Cootes were just plain strange though I liked their weird little boy.
     
  12. mattack

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    So do you just mean a dot in the 'real' place with a line to the square hole to put the cube? If so, the map would have had to be bigger to get those cubes in one state (e.g. Illinois).

    I guess I wasn't paying attention that closely, I just thought they couldn't get the pictures right.
     
  13. Steveknj

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    I liked the show, and with a few tweaks (mostly getting rid of the Andy Richter look alike host, and them stopping at Applebees EVERY episode) this could be one of the better Reality shows. I wonder what route they would take next year? I-95 corridor? Pacific Coast Highway? Dixie Highway? I guess there could be some good ones.

    Anyone know how the ratings were this season?
     
  14. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I didn't mind the thing that you apparently didn't like. At first, I was shocked that Reno Collier was the host, as he really didn't seem to fit the mold. But as the show went on, I found him to be pretty funny, and self-deprecating, which was refreshing. It was obviously a low budget show, and he was a low budget host, but I don't think there was anything wrong with that. And as far as Applebee's, if they paid for promotional placement, I see nothing wrong with that. The families had to eat, and some of those restaurant scenes really gave us insight into the rifts that had developed between the families.

    No idea about the ratings. I'd be surprised if it comes back, but if it does, I'd definitely watch it.
     
  15. martinp13

    martinp13 Roller coaster addict :)

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    I didn't think the Cootes were THAT bad, just overly competitive. The father NEVER smiled. The mother was a consummate strategist/motivator/coach. Losing was definitely difficult for them. It's not easy for anyone, but it's hardest on that type of people.

    Yes, I wanted the Pollards to win... I'm sure the producers were glad they were around up to the next-to-last show so the mom could be the "narrator". She was definitely the bright spot for that show in terms of attitude and "diary room" presence.

    My absolute favorite moment was the scene with the Favereys (and the Most Annoying Spoiled Daughter on the Planet). The daughter went off about some lame thing (ONLY because the cameras were on, AS USUAL), started screaming and crying and went to sulk in the bathroom. The mother and son kept talking about whatever. The daughter cracked open the bathroom door and looked out, then was shocked and dismayed that no one cared that she was upset in the bathroom. She even came and plopped between the mother and son and said "You're supposed to come comfort me when I'm crying like that." :eek: I would have pitched her out the window at that point.
     

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