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post #1141 of 1546
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Originally Posted by lexluthor View Post

Yes, but each team had to be pre-assigned a specific agent/phrase or the briefcase wouldn't open with their custom combination.

If that's how it worked, I was wondering how they positioned the agents to make sure 1 agent wasn't in a better spot than another.

In a scenario where each team just takes any of the clues, they don't have to try to position the agents fairly, it's luck of the draw on which clue you get. In this case, certainly some thought had to go towards how to fairly position the agents.

Of course each team had their own agent / phrase ..

I don't know about fair, but what I saw was 50 agents randomly walking around the tidal basin .. some walking one direction, some walking the other .. the speed with which each agent was approached seemed to be the key .. and if memory serves, the basin sidewalks do not go in a full circle around the basin .. so if your agent was in the opposite direction that you decided to hunt, you'd have to go back to the start to hit the other side ..
post #1142 of 1546
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Originally Posted by BoilerJim View Post

Agreed, but on the last challenge would it have been against the rules just to throw the non-needed balls (globes) out of that bin? That would have saved a lot of time.

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Originally Posted by jim tressler View Post

thats the first thing we said.. just start throwing them out to make it easier..

Judging by the setup, with 3 different ladders into the ball pit, I'm guessing the producers expected people to be there for a long time. There were also plenty of lights all over the place, which leads me to believe they were planning for delays, possibly with the secret agent task. I bet to make things fair, they were told to only toss out one at a time. But if that's the case, why can't the person on the ground pick out the ones they need and throw the others back?

btw, I LOL'd at the part where one of the players talked to the other through the glass down low and had to show his buddy inside the pit where Indonesia was.

All in all, I really like the fact that they keep doing these challenges at the end. It forces them (and the viewer) to reflect on what they saw over the course of the season.
post #1143 of 1546
Of the final three I was pulling for Bates and Anthony. The married couple was too elitist for me, he thought he was "God's gift" and she was a total witch with the way she talked to and about him. My wife and I were talking about this was one of the better seasons where you had a lot of teams that worked well together. There also seemed to be a little bit better sportsmanship this season too. I'd still kind of like to see a celebrity version just once though. Maybe even one that pairs celebs up with past winners?
post #1144 of 1546
Bates and Anthony were decent enough guys, but I'd like to not see any more professional athletes (or recent former) on this show. It gives them too much of an edge on too many of the tasks. B&A were obvious favorites on the first day, and it's no surprise that they won.
post #1145 of 1546
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Originally Posted by Whitearrow View Post

Bates and Anthony were decent enough guys, but I'd like to not see any more professional athletes (or recent former) on this show. It gives them too much of an edge on too many of the tasks. B&A were obvious favorites on the first day, and it's no surprise that they won.

Myself, I did not feel they had any unfair advantage .. and the newlyweds gave them a run for the money especially on the last legs .. the roller derby Moms were also pretty good contenders based on what problems they had ..

And on the last two challenges, Secret Agent and Ball Pit, I don't think any of the teams had a physical advantage at all ..
post #1146 of 1546
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Originally Posted by BoilerJim View Post

Agreed, but on the last challenge would it have been against the rules just to throw the non-needed balls (globes) out of that bin? That would have saved a lot of time.

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Originally Posted by jim tressler View Post

thats the first thing we said.. just start throwing them out to make it easier..
That would have made it easier for the 2nd and 3rd place teams to sort through as there would be less globes in the bin and could have potentially been unfair to the 1st place team.
post #1147 of 1546
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Originally Posted by Indiana627 View Post


That would have made it easier for the 2nd and 3rd place teams to sort through as there would be less globes in the bin and could have potentially been unfair to the 1st place team.

That's exactly what I'm thinking .. it may have gotten Team 1 done quicker, but unless they tossed them all back in, Team 2 & 3 would have a big advantage ..
post #1148 of 1546
But weren't there individual bins for each team?
post #1149 of 1546
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Originally Posted by TBarclay View Post

But weren't there individual bins for each team?

I only saw one big bin
post #1150 of 1546
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

Myself, I did not feel they had any unfair advantage .. and the newlyweds gave them a run for the money especially on the last legs .. the roller derby Moms were also pretty good contenders based on what problems they had ..

And on the last two challenges, Secret Agent and Ball Pit, I don't think any of the teams had a physical advantage at all ..

Agreed. One thing about this show and it's one thing I really like is it's not all about the most athletic. Sure it helps but working together as a team, which Bates and Anthony did a fantastic job, is key.
post #1151 of 1546
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

Myself, I did not feel they had any unfair advantage .. and the newlyweds gave them a run for the money especially on the last legs .. the roller derby Moms were also pretty good contenders based on what problems they had ..

And on the last two challenges, Secret Agent and Ball Pit, I don't think any of the teams had a physical advantage at all ..

And what about the baseball-throwing? They weren't especially good at the airport, or at navigating. But they breezed through so many tasks throughout the season because of their athletic capability, or tasks that took a lot of stamina (like the Titanic waitering with all the stair-climbing) that they basically breezed right through. I think contestants like them just tip the room too much. I would just prefer to see "regular people" on The Amazing Race, not professional athletes. This was one of the least-close finishes that I can remember... just no drama at all. By the time the other two teams got to the last task, they were already gone.
post #1152 of 1546
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

I don't know about fair, but what I saw was 50 agents randomly walking around the tidal basin .. some walking one direction, some walking the other .. the speed with which each agent was approached seemed to be the key ..
From what I saw, they were primarily on either the East and Northeast? side of the basin. If they would've been on the South side, you'd have seen the Jefferson Memorial. The West, you'd have likely seen the FDR Memorial, and the Northwest, the MLK Memorial. With 50 agents and what appears to be a fairly limited area (on side of the basin) I don't think that challenge was fairly difficult.
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

and if memory serves, the basin sidewalks do not go in a full circle around the basin .. so if your agent was in the opposite direction that you decided to hunt, you'd have to go back to the start to hit the other side ..
I could be wrong, but I didn't see agents on multiple sides. Everyone went along the basin in the same direction. Given that and a fairly contained area, it was a matter of talking to each one of the 50 people you ran into. I have a feeling Husband of the newly weds walked by his agent the initial time, and he certainly walked farther than he need to, further evidence of a contained area.
post #1153 of 1546
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Originally Posted by Whitearrow View Post

And what about the baseball-throwing?
That isn't a task that requires a great deal of athletic ability even though it happens to have a ball and a glove. I don't think the Hockey players had any significant advantage there.
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Originally Posted by Whitearrow View Post

This was one of the least-close finishes that I can remember... just no drama at all. By the time the other two teams got to the last task, they were already gone
I can agree with that to an extent, but it didn't have anything to do with athletic ability. From the briefcase on in the final episode, the Hockey players were well in the lead.
post #1154 of 1546
Glad they won and that married couple didn't win. I hated her after she made that comment that of course she was right, because she was a doctor. She acted like just because she had a doctor degree she knew everything. Couldn't be further from the truth regarding doctors.
post #1155 of 1546
She's a pharmacist, not a doctor.
post #1156 of 1546
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

She's a pharmacist, not a doctor.

She is the one that said she knew the answers because she was a doctor. Guess she isn't smart enough to even know the difference.
post #1157 of 1546
Not a fan of the secret agent bit -- to much left to chance and too little from the contestants.

Might have well just drawn straws for the win.
post #1158 of 1546
Actually, the digging for globes marked with the countries they visited is just as random luck.

The hockey players appeared to do a lot better on the baseball mission than the other teams.
post #1159 of 1546
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

She's a pharmacist, not a doctor.

Well technically a pharmacist needs a doctorate level degree ... so ....
post #1160 of 1546
Is this the right thread?

New season debuts next Sunday.
post #1161 of 1546
Who's watching this season?

Glad the Indian team got eliminated. Think they would have been boring.

Lot of athletic teams again this season.
post #1162 of 1546
Looks like taxis had a big factor at the head and bottom of the field.

Of course, misreading instructions didn't help
post #1163 of 1546
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Originally Posted by lexluthor View Post

Who's watching this season?

Glad the Indian team got eliminated. Think they would have been boring.

Lot of athletic teams again this season.

We were hoping the Afghanimal yodelers would be eliminated. They were getting on our nerves right out of the starting gate . . .
post #1164 of 1546
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

Looks like taxis had a big factor at the head and bottom of the field.

Of course, misreading instructions didn't help

I can't remember a single season when on the first leg, so many did not read and understand the instructions .. and the two that got to the pitstop first are Doctors .. ??

I always seem to initially root for the underdog .. so the Duck Dynasty pair for now ..

Next episode looks kinda interesting with some bikini action going on .. biggrin.gif
post #1165 of 1546
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Originally Posted by WS65711 View Post

We were hoping the Afghanimal yodelers would be eliminated. They were getting on our nerves right out of the starting gate . . .

Yeah, true that .. of course, on the first leg all the contestants are always so energetic, ready to go, rested etc .. we'll see what happens a couple of legs down the road ..
post #1166 of 1546
I actually had to ask my wife which team was eliminated. I watched the show but got a little bored halfway through it. Not a good start!
post #1167 of 1546
I'd like to see an episode of Amazing Race that takes place 100% within the United States. There wouldn't be language barriers, but they could do a lot of exciting challenges over the course of America - from Alaska to New Mexico to Maine, etc. etc.
post #1168 of 1546
Did you not watch season 8, Family Edition, that was a race across the US.
post #1169 of 1546
I'm always excited for the start of a new AR season and I'm happy with the way things have kicked off. What's always interesting to me is how each teams weaknesses/fears are exposed as the season progresses. I also look forward to each seasons 'conspiracy" episode. I am (so far) thrilled that there isn't an over the top annoying team in the race as has been the case for the last three seasons. Overall, seems to be a decent group.

One thing that always gets me is how, as in last night for example, the girl had this huge fear of heights. The first thing my wife and I said simultaneously is "So you go on the Amazing Race?" I'm sure like many, my wife and I sit there and talk about if we were on the show and we always get to certain reality checks. Food is mine. If I'm made to eat something ridiculous, I'm out! I don't think I have the fortitude to get past some whacky delicacy, which knowing how the show keys in on players weaknesses (presumably thru a personality profile and maybe even background check), that would be my first challenge.
post #1170 of 1546
The food challenge is what I wouldn't put up with.

They've eaten insects in some AR seasons.
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