The Amazing Race: The Rest of the Season
November 22, 2015 12:11 PM - Season 27 (Full Season) - Subscribe

At the beginning of Episode 9, there are 6 teams left on a race around the world. This thread will encompass the remaining episodes of the Amazing Race.

The six teams left at the beginning of Episode 9 are:

The Green Team (The Eternal frontrunners)
The News Anchors (Mostly anonymous until recent episodes)
The Mother and Son (He's calling the shots; she wants to please him)
The Paparazzi (They argue more and listen less as the season goes on)
The Boys from Texas (Athletically Gifted ... not so good at decision-making).
The Cheerleaders (Enh)
posted by julen (23 comments total)
E9 - It’s Always the Quiet Ones aired on 10/20.

6 teams raced from Krakow to India in a race around the world.

This episode featured Team Texas in a speed bump (both had to do the roadblock), even more time spent showing us other teams hating the Green Team and scheming ineptly about the U turn, assorted lying, a train to Agra (first class so we could “enjoy” the lies and scheming), tuk tuks (some had the Amazing Race flag on the back or front), river laundries, bicycle spills, gorgeous saris, problem-solving, the journalist reveals his mother does his laundry for him (not after she sees he was first out of the laundry challenge, I hope!), the mom sings “If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands”, random shaves in the park, biking a big load of oil across town, making candy, reluctant hugs, a blessing, a procession, supervising monkeys, cows eating white watermelons, and the Taj Mahal.

“Phil’s good at hide and seek.”
posted by julen at 12:12 PM on November 22, 2015

Phil has pretty hideous taste in shirts, though.
posted by olinerd at 6:02 PM on November 22, 2015

I have a feeling the green team is going to win in the most anticlimactic final episode ever.
posted by SisterHavana at 11:59 PM on November 22, 2015 [1 favorite]

That guy getting the shave must have a helluva beard, he was there ALL DAY!

Why have we changed to this format especially so far into the season?
posted by briank at 6:10 AM on November 23, 2015

As I mentioned in the last post, I thought it might be a good idea to do one-post-for-the-rest-of-the-season since traffic is so low in these threads.

I thought it might be useful to test the format and see how it might work for next season - which I will watch even though it's all you tube and vine stars and I know it will just cause my love of the show to diminish a little more. If we hate it, we can go back to the old way....

I too think the Green Team is going to have to screw up to lose, especially since Justin doesn't have to work very hard to distract other teams from going after them.
posted by julen at 7:20 AM on November 23, 2015

I was really puzzled by the news team's u-turn. "Just to be safe," or whatever they said, it seemed quite unnecessary. I realize we have better info than they do, but they had to know they were in 2nd at that point.
posted by pmurray63 at 10:48 AM on November 25, 2015

Maybe they were worried the boys would bounce back to near the top of the heap and thought they had an incrementally better chance if they didn't have to go against the Green Team AND the Texas Boys?
posted by julen at 4:43 AM on November 27, 2015

Episode 10 aired last night. 5 teams raced in and around Agra. This episode featured ANOTHER U Turn, supervising monkeys, more tuk tuks, balloons, more terrible attempts at strategizing, vomitting, a nice pair of horns on some white water buffalo, navel-gazing, weddings processions, carnival rides, net difficulties, random balloon and net vandalization, bickering, racing at night, lots of kids, excellent wedding hats, giant lanterns, whining, excuse-making, wind-up generators, dancing, and temporary tattoos.
posted by julen at 5:18 AM on November 28, 2015

I wish we'd lost the paparazzi. As annoying as he is, she almost cost them by wanting to park the ride and leave without bothering to get kids on it first.

Okay, the previews for next week: something truly surprising, or just an attempted head-fake that the green team might fall on its face due to an error by the TAR expert?
posted by pmurray63 at 11:39 AM on November 28, 2015

If you'll remember, Justin got all "I can't believe we fucked up! We're screwed!" one other time and they got through it. Also, don't they usually save one non-elimination leg for the semi-final?
posted by briank at 7:07 AM on November 29, 2015

I thought the issue with the paparazzi was that she wanted to park it and let the kids ride (which was right) and he thought "give kids a ride" meant "pick up 8 kids and wheel them around the yard on it"?

Sincerely doubt anyone but Green Team will win, but I appreciate the producers at least attempting to pretend that might not happen.
posted by olinerd at 7:51 AM on November 29, 2015

That's what I thought, too, olinerd.

But with those two, they could be in total agreement about something, not notice, and argue and snipe at each other regardless...

I felt so bad for the cheerleader watching all those jerks screw with her balloons, and was very happy the show didn't make her do it again.
posted by julen at 8:00 AM on November 29, 2015

E9: It was cute how the editors tried to make the race between Mom/Son and Texas for not-last look like it was remotely close. But that was a looong speed bump and a loooong U-turn — which could have made for an interesting two-team race if two different teams had been subjected to them — but with Texas getting hit with both of them, there was no way they weren't going home, even with Mom/Son going to the wrong garden at first. I figure Mom/Son could have gone to Pakistan and back and still ended up ahead of Texas.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 11:38 AM on December 4, 2015

The second to last episode aired last night.

4 teams raced from India to Hong Kong on a race around the world. This episode featured green rolls royces, pattern cutting, searching piles of cell phones for one that works, over-confidence, awesome industrial scissors, Macau, taxi fun, quibbling, ferry mixups, lack of close clue-reading, a water show, underwater searching, fantastic costumes, fog machines, dragon boats, self-pity, show-long foreshadowing of my own disappointment, dudes setting the stage to blame the women halves of their team just in case, a nice pep-talk, a Phil “however”, and everyone standing around waiting.

Next week the Finale.
posted by julen at 5:59 AM on December 5, 2015

I think that was the most tense episode of TAR I've ever seen.
posted by cider at 11:08 AM on December 5, 2015

I'm totally on the "anyone but Green Team" camp now. When he's winning, I can mostly overlook Justin's cockiness because they put him in the role of a superfan who is living his dream. But when he's losing, he's an ass to Diana and constantly crying.

Between them and the paparazzi in the finale, I'm not sure what everyone's worried about with the social media stars next season. A bunch of youtubers and their parents racing around the world? At least they might know how to behave on camera.
posted by Gary at 4:12 PM on December 5, 2015

Help us, reporters, you're our only hope!

I'd have to agree, it's hard to recall a more suspenseful episode.
posted by pmurray63 at 11:37 PM on December 5, 2015

The finale aired tonight.

I liked the challenge design much more than some of the more recent finales. They got to do their big showy task with the firefighter training, but even that one had a bit of race knowledge required at the end. There were no needle in the haystack tasks and the last two were reasonably tough.

Thank goodness Chris gave up the cab. If the green team gets the cab they win for sure. If the paparazzi get the cab the green team still wins because the paparazzi didn't bother to learn the flags. There have been so many flag challenges over the years that's inexcusable.

How much money did they have on hand for the leg? In retrospect, it's a terrible time to get cheap with the cabs. The cabbie was a jerk for trying to drive up the price but he had all the negotiating power there.

The two teams met at the chair building challenge, but I still think there was a lot of trick editing going on there. The reporter's lead was massive.
posted by Gary at 11:21 PM on December 11, 2015

All I can say is, thank goodness.

Turns out the green team weren't the only ones who studied - they (he) were just the ones who talked about it constantly. Loved it. So happy to see a "no drama" team win. Appropriate for green to be second. And for the paparazzi to be struggling and sniping, well, appropriate all around.

I'm dreading next season. Eleven teams composed entirely of young, camera-aware people - ugh.
posted by pmurray63 at 7:32 AM on December 12, 2015

Can we go back to one post per episode for next season? Having a catch-all post makes it too easy to reveal spoilers to those of us who watch on DVR/online later. I made a point to watch the finale in real time last night so that I wouldn't have it spoiled for me here but often I don't watch them right away. I don't think it matters that some episode threads only get a couple of comment, no one is counting.
posted by briank at 8:47 AM on December 12, 2015 [2 favorites]

I was going to make the same suggestion, briank - I think the one catch-all post didn't have as much value for a show like this as I initially thought it would have. I'm going to watch next season, because I always do (sometimes just to add stuff to my future travel list), but I am filled with foreboding and have a small desire that Phil goes all Alton Brown on their butts. I fear I will begin to think nostalgically upon the Family Season in reaction to youtube stars.

My list of episode features was:

This episode featured hubris, obnoxious bragging, a reminder of Justin’s super-fandom, the NYFD, multiple (!) memory challenges, beflowered horses, cab driver fun, the return of Justin’s weepy pessimism when things don’t go his way, helicoptering to the Hamptons, sea-doos, lobster boats, dune buggies, adirondack chairs, polite clapping, and a happy ending!

I salute the reporters for demanding their cab back (and I thought I heard something that indicated that the reporters either had either promised the cabbie more money or paid most but not all of the fare, so the cabbie was willing to go with his original (better-humored) pair instead of just going along with the new couple in his cab). I thought it was interesting that Justin managed to alienate both his cabdriver and the paparazzi's cab driver.
posted by julen at 11:30 AM on December 12, 2015

Also, why didn't Justin ask his cabbie to take them someplace else cabbies congregated for a new cab? I'd have tried that before sulking and stomping out in a cab desert!

And why not ask the cabbie to radio into dispatch for directions. We've seen cabbies do that in the past, o superfan of the show, instead of demanding cell phones and yelling at the cabbie...
posted by julen at 3:32 PM on December 12, 2015

Yeah, also happy with the outcome. I hate seeing dysfunctional couples rewarded. I kinda want to see a follow up on how these relationships are doing.

Also n-thing that I like individual episode posts better! Glad we're going back to that.
posted by olinerd at 4:54 PM on December 12, 2015

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