I've got a new theory on why the teams took an extra 30 to 45 minutes to arrive at the Old Mint.
It is because they had to do the task over. I think there was a technical difficulty with the the way the task was set up.
I'll just speculate that it was Mirna who called them on the problem! Here's what I think really happened:
The BQs and E&D arrived at about the same time and began the task. Both teams were unable to match their codes and clocked out at the 10 minute marks. They got their final clues and headed out for the Botanical Garden in the same taxis that brought them to the mint. Meanwhile, Charla & Mirna arrived (maybe even overlapped a little) and they started the task. But after ten minutes they were also clocked out. Mirna figures out that the reason (or at least an arguable reason) why they could not match the code was because production had indicated the number "10" for the BQs on their list of teams (see the smudged out "1" to leave just "0"). She raises hell
about it and production decides to reel back the other teams for a redo. Just like they did with Season 9's flags. Eric, you are cursed.
Some supporting evidence for my theory is that shot of Eric & Danielle's taxi through Dustin & Kandice taken along Fell St near Masonic. That location is on the way from the Mint to the Botanical Garden. And in the shot, the BQs are in their original
taxi that they got from the airport. The reason this is special is that in the version that was aired we have the BQs leaving 6 min or so after D&E. And we see them have to go across Market St to fetch a new taxi (yellow SUV style) from in front of Renaissance Park 55 Hotel. You can see the difference between the two taxis by the shapes of the windows and the stickers in the windows. So how else could they have ever had a shot of the two teams together in their original taxis over by the Botanical Garden? And for the task redo, maybe production had alternate sets of questions that could be substituted if there was any problems.
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