To be updated as new information obtained:
This is my take on what we know/don't know so far about this week.
Frank speculation is in red. Blue is where I hope puddin will attach a pretty pic. Preview 1 and 2 here
. Phil's Preview here.
The big debate seems to whether this is a TBC or a not TBC...
And I'm happy to report that we all seem in perfect agreement that it is either a TBC or....a NEL.....
or an Elim
(No Way! No racers on TES!)....or a BVM surprise!
If the BQ confessional
is from a future episode as seems likely, then that removes my only objection to this being a TBC.
And if the Cha's confessional
is in Guam as seems likely, then there are no confessionals for this episode which makes a TBC even more possible.
Teams depart the Hong Kong Jockey Club on Dec 13th after a 12 hour
pitstop, leaving possibly between about 3-7 AM
?? (see mswood
's Timeline here
They are directed to go to Macau
, a former Portuguese territory.
They go to the Hong-Kong to Macau TurboJet ferry terminal
at Sheung wan. (Boingo
's nice GE map
Ferries depart at 0130, 0200, 0400, 0445, 0600, 0700, 0730, 0800 and then every 15 minutes until 1800, and take approximately 55 minutes. It costs HK$138 (=$17.68) after 0700 and HK$172 (=$22) before 0700 (Hmmm....maybe this is where O/D lose their lead?).
(We know what the two Detours and the Roadblock are, we know they rent a kiddie car, we know they go to Lou Lim Ieoc Gardens. We don't know which order things occur in for sure (Some of us believe that the detours are first, others believe that the Roadblock is first), and we don't know that the Garden is for sure the site of the Pitstop/TBC Mat stop
--so take the rest with a little salt. The teams find their cluebox
at the Ferry Terminal in Macau
and choose between two Detours, each with their own pros and cons. (Don't you miss that?*sigh*)
At some point, teams collect their own kiddie bumper car
(could be provided, but can also be rented at the Ferry Terminal or the Mandarin Oriental Hotel) and drive themselves to their tasks. I think that is now and may provide a little H of Op. Ch/M take the bumper car part a little too literally
, which may explain how they fall behind.Row it
or Roll it
? (titles mine
O/D choose Row it and fetch and carry a ceremonial drum
along the waterfront near Neobie's Macao-Taipei Bridge
to a Macau Dragon Boat
where they row
to I don't know where.
This task in hindsight proves to lead to a costly time delay.
The other teams all choose Roll it and proceed to Hakushu8
's bamboo pole Noodle workshop
, where they roll out
handmade noodles. And we won't even go there about riding that pole
! Both Ch/M and the BQ's are at the task at the same time, with the BQ's appearing to finish before Ch/M do.Timeshots
during this task
put Eric there about 5:30 and Ch/M there about 7:05
). (To be further determined)
Teams eventually drive themselves
to the Roadblock, which occurs at Slowhatch
(Order of arrival, conversations, deals etc. are educated speculation--you have been warned!
The Roadblock, which one member of each team performs, is the Skywalk
and the SkyJump
and who knows maybe
they throw in the Bungy and the Mast Climb too! (I'm so glad to finally see an AllStar worthy task that I would keep them up there all day!)
We see Charla performing this task for her team.
Now, it appears
that E/D and the BQ's arrive at the tower (BQ's first?) close to each other, where they find a Yield
. Since E/D need to arrive at the Mat first, I believe that the BQ's negotiate with E/D to NOT Yield them, but rather a team further behind (O/D) in exchange for allowing E/D to reach the mat in first place. Is this why we see Dustin praying
? They would be relying on E/D's honor to not yield them after all.
(And while this may be a wise move by the BQ's at this moment, I think you can say that this moment is also where they lose the race to E/D.
Now WHY O WHY do they choose O/D instead of Ch/M??
You must decide....
Ch/M being a later arrival to the tower (too much time gambling in the Casinos
), make a generous offer of some of their homemade noodles to O/D (really maybe $$)...
All teams then drive themselves in the bumper cars to schwartzmoor's Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
where Danielle (?) takes a nosedive
. This is the Pit-Matstop for the race
.Order of arrival
E/D who escape the marked for elimination penalty.
O/D sadly last and are either marked for elim,
elim, or surprised by BVM depending on your POV
.All teams may be TBC'd and keep on racing to Guam.......or not?
It now appears that the Yield is at the Tower first with the Roadblock right behind.
E/D will be last to arrive at the Tower due to their late departure from the pitstop, but may still have time due to bunching to snag the Yield--or not. Remember D/O are first to the Tower due to their early departure from the Pitstop but this may or may not help them snag the Yield opportunity.
Noodles occur mid-day ish.
Pitstop/mat/Nel happens mid afternoon.
All predictions must be adjusted acordingly!--including orders of arrival at the Mat/NEL/Pitstop
Still for sure some kind of NEL
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