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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2009, 08:02:40 AM »
Don't y'all read the spoilers?? :lol:
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That's right!  I'll believe it...when I see it!  :lol:


All joking aside, basically what I was referring to was the fact that based on the earlier seasons, people who've raced in their home city didn't win (Frank/Margarita, Tara/Wil, Brandon/Nicole, Colin/Christie).  IIRC, however, Chip/Kim, although residing the LA area at that point, were actually from the end city (even more so than the people they beat).

Anyway, as much as people would've been upset over Tiff/Maria not being able to take advantage of racing in a city where they're familiar with, they shouldn't be.  It wouldn't have been a guarantee.  Plus, they're more from Los Angeles than Vegas anyway.
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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2009, 08:16:47 AM »

The last three teams flew in this afternoon at 1:45pm, their clue was to head to a wedding chapel on the Strip, walk in on a wedding taking place, and get the clue from the "King".  Once they arrived in the chapel, there was a couple set up to pretend to get married by Elvis, Elvis then gave them the final clue which was to make their way over to the MGM hotel at the other end of the Strip to win.  I have no proof.  You'll just have to take my word for it, a total stranger, that lives and works in sin city.   

Thank you, thank you very much.

Albuquerque? ??? Is the only scheduled flight at 1:45 PM.

No international flights at all from 1-2PM.




The only International flight that I can find which is even close is this one:

LGW London VS 43  Virgin Atlantic Airways 2:10 PM (scheduled)   1:52 PM (actual arr time)  T-2  Landed
  On-time  744 


Could he/she mean AROUND 1:45? Then that would mean that the flight From LAX might be the flight that they came on since it can in at 1:42? and the Albuquerque was at 1:35.
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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2009, 09:18:14 AM »

It's not odd if you live here...it's actually full of fun, entertainment and excitement! 
That's probably why they chose Vegas for their final destination.
The last three teams flew in this afternoon at 1:45pm, their clue was to head to a wedding chapel on the Strip, walk in on a wedding taking place, and get the clue from the "King".  Once they arrived in the chapel, there was a couple set up to pretend to get married by Elvis, Elvis then gave them the final clue which was to make their way over to the MGM hotel at the other end of the Strip to win.  I have no proof.  You'll just have to take my word for it, a total stranger, that lives and works in sin city.   

Thank you, thank you very much.

Thanks to VegasSinner, this make my previous finding of a carema crew sighting at the Chapel of the Bells seem all that much more reasonable. 


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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2009, 09:46:36 AM »
I think it must be around 1:45pm...and was that the time they were expected to land or actually land or make it through customs, etc.  I'd definitely be stunned if they flew in on SWA.

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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2009, 11:29:45 AM »
Here is the quote re the possible sighting:



Thanks for the welcome Peach! And I looked at my sister's facebook just now, it says she made the post about seeing the team at 2:34pm. I am in the eastern time zone. I dont know if how facebook timestamps posts from different time zones, would that mean she saw them at 11:34am Vegas time? hmmmm.... but that does fit with the two flights from ATL, especially the one that got in at 10:55am..
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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2009, 01:07:24 PM »

Question, how come the leg looks so easy and located in just one place (The strip to be exact). (I mean, where;s the detour and the final roadblock?)? Usually, Final Legs are the most tense of all legs right?
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I cannot answer that.  All I know is that they flew into Vegas and landed sometime between 1pm and 1:45pm... I don't know where they flew in from, (I had heard someone say Atlanta, but cannot confirm that one) they were instructed to go directly from McCarren airport to the chapel which is located in the downtown area.  It's only about a 30 minute drive, however if there is traffic or they get a unknowing cabbie, it could take 45 minutes.  ALL three teams arrived at the chapel at the SAME time and it was around 2:30 or so.  They all left the chapel within seconds of each other.  The clue that Elvis handed them said to go to the MGM, and that Wayne Newton would be involved.  I have no idea what they were to do at the hotel, or if there was a detour or roadblock after that. 

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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #31 on: August 08, 2009, 01:14:07 PM »
You say you saw the three teams then? What did the other two look likes besides the father/son?

I'm downloading a map of the MGM right now. It could be useful in determining where at the hotel the race ended.

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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #32 on: August 08, 2009, 01:18:54 PM »

For what it's worth, I took a look at the archived images of the MGM Grand webcam (it's Cam 2) http://www.earthcam.com/usa/nevada/lasvegas/# and I didn't see any sign of the racers, but that doesn't mean much. There's also a wedding chapel cam (cam 1) and it did show a couple of weddings, one with Elvis, but no racers there either. It did appear that the camera was off for a portion of the day and only showed black images.
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There are over 80 wedding chapels on the Las Vegas Strip...that is not the one the teams came into.  And the cam of the MGM shows the walkway that connects the MGM, the Tropicana hotel and the NY NY hotels....it's outside the hotel, and is not the entrance where they would walk in.  Whatever they did at the MGM, I was hoping they'd make their way to the famous Las Vegas Sign on the outskirts of the city...that would make a great finale.

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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2009, 01:25:27 PM »

If VegasSinner has it right (and it sounds possible), there was probably more to the stop at the wedding chapel than he described and they probably had another task before that. As I recall, it's not very far from McCarran Airport to the MGM so as described, it won't take long, although traffic will provide tension. I hope they do something outside of the city, maybe a bungee jump at Hoover Dam, or water ski on Lake Mead or even search for dead mobsters in the desert.   ;D

They didn't go directly to the MGM from the airport....they went to the chapel from the airport.  The chapel is in the downtown area, a lot farther away.  Also take into consideration, the Strip is 5 miles long....then add 3 1/2 more to get to the downtown (Old Vegas) area.  I doubt if they'd let them bungee jump at the Dam with all the issues they've had, water skiing on the lake sounds more realistic, but not a big deal worthy of a reality show.  I can't wait to watch though.

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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #34 on: August 08, 2009, 01:28:26 PM »

Thanks to VegasSinner, this make my previous finding of a carema crew sighting at the Chapel of the Bells seem all that much more reasonable. 


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This is not the chapel they were in.  Sorry.


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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #35 on: August 08, 2009, 01:30:32 PM »
You say you saw the three teams then? What did the other two look likes besides the father/son?

I'm downloading a map of the MGM right now. It could be useful in determining where at the hotel the race ended.

Supposed to be the "Sky Towers" at the MGM.  And Wayne Newton is appearing there this week...was told that he had something to do with the final race.

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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #36 on: August 08, 2009, 01:34:06 PM »
Thank you VegasSinner!! That helps enormously!  :hearts:

How sure are we that the MGM was the last task? Could that have been perhaps the last task IN Vegas?

I am still thinking something outside the city would make a great finale, maybe somewhere like Red Rocks Canyon?

Helicopter out somewhere...parachute in...run to your final task. Would work for me!  (THis is total peach fantasy here, btw... :lol: )
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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #37 on: August 08, 2009, 01:51:10 PM »
Thank you VegasSinner!! That helps enormously!  :hearts:

How sure are we that the MGM was the last task? Could that have been perhaps the last task IN Vegas?

I am still thinking something outside the city would make a great finale, maybe somewhere like Red Rocks Canyon?

Helicopter out somewhere...parachute in...run to your final task. Would work for me!  (THis is total peach fantasy here, btw... :lol: )

Could be the last task, don't know. The clue said take cabs and go to the MGM.  The hotel is one of the largest in the world, over 5000 rooms....very large, and very confusing getting around, also, there is several towers, and several enterances to the MGM so they'd have to figure out which one.

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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #38 on: August 08, 2009, 02:01:30 PM »
Going with Vegassinner's arrival time window of between 1pm and 1:45pm I have a reasonable scenario from Prague



It starts with:  lets say teams are relesed from the final Pit Stop at the rather unexpected time of about 4:00 pm on Thursday August 6th.

Then they go to PRG seeking flights to Las Vegas.

Here is what they would find:

Best Flight

British Airways BA 857 leaving PRG at 6:40 pm and arriving LHR at 7:50 pm
or Czech Airlines OK 652 leaving PRG at 6:45 pm and arriving LHR at 8:05 pm
then
UA 929 leaving LHR at 7:45 am and arriving at Chicago ORD at 10:28 am
or AA 99  leaving LHR at 7:55 am and arriving at Chicago ORD at 10:20 am (I guess a 777 is faster than a 763)
then
UA 551 leaving ORD at 11:53 am and arriving LAS at 1:39 pm

Bottom line is that the best flight from PRG to LAS puts them there at 1:39 pm on Friday August 7th.
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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #39 on: August 08, 2009, 02:06:18 PM »
Going with Vegassinner's arrival time window of between 1pm and 1:45pm I have a reasonable scenario from Prague



It starts with:  lets say teams are relesed from the final Pit Stop at the rather unexpected time of about 4:00 pm on Thursday August 6th.

Then they go to PRG seeking flights to Las Vegas.

Here is what they would find:

Best Flight

British Airways BA 857 leaving PRG at 6:40 pm and arriving LHR at 7:50 pm
or Czech Airlines OK 652 leaving PRG at 6:45 pm and arriving LHR at 8:05 pm
then
UA 929 leaving LHR at 7:45 am and arriving at Chicago ORD at 10:28 am
or AA 99  leaving LHR at 7:55 am and arriving at Chicago ORD at 10:20 am (I guess a 777 is faster than a 763)
then
UA 551 leaving ORD at 11:53 am and arriving LAS at 1:39 pm

Bottom line is that the best flight from PRG to LAS puts them there at 1:39 pm on Friday August 7th.


Makes sense, but I did hear someone say they were coming in from Atlanta of all places....I cannot confirm that though, and could be wrong. 

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« Reply #40 on: August 08, 2009, 02:23:58 PM »
Well, we know that an advanced wave of production did come through ATL.    ;)
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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #41 on: August 08, 2009, 02:45:16 PM »
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I am still thinking something outside the city would make a great finale, maybe somewhere like Red Rocks Canyon?

That's what I'm thinking as well.  Having the finish mat at the hotel would be nice, at the top/indoors.  I think it would be the first time the race ended indoors.  I guess that would be a nice way to keep it quiet.  OTOH, it's too risky and isn't common.  But somewhere outside the city would make more sense, I have to agree.  Red Rocks would be typical/ideal, as mentioned.
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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #42 on: August 08, 2009, 06:33:39 PM »
I would love to see the finish line to be inside a tower overlooking the strip. However, I looked the Sky Tower up online. It's just a bunch of expensive lofts. My thought is that if this was indeed the race that VegasSinner saw, and not a decoy run, then this might be a task which requires the teams to search the rooms for their next clue, which instructs them to make their final run to the finish line somewhere off the strip.

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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #43 on: August 08, 2009, 09:17:14 PM »
You guys are so good at this! :hearts:

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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #44 on: August 08, 2009, 11:37:47 PM »

For what it's worth, I took a look at the archived images of the MGM Grand webcam (it's Cam 2) http://www.earthcam.com/usa/nevada/lasvegas/# and I didn't see any sign of the racers, but that doesn't mean much. There's also a wedding chapel cam (cam 1) and it did show a couple of weddings, one with Elvis, but no racers there either. It did appear that the camera was off for a portion of the day and only showed black images.


There are over 80 wedding chapels on the Las Vegas Strip...that is not the one the teams came into.  And the cam of the MGM shows the walkway that connects the MGM, the Tropicana hotel and the NY NY hotels....it's outside the hotel, and is not the entrance where they would walk in.  Whatever they did at the MGM, I was hoping they'd make their way to the famous Las Vegas Sign on the outskirts of the city...that would make a great finale.

I could have been more descriptive. I don't know the layout or surroundings of the MGM Grand hotel at all, but it was clear that it wasn't a very good angle to see much except that walkway. I thought it was some kind of cafe or restaurant with a view out on to the sidewalk. It was a real long shot, but I had already searched for webcams in Las Vegas and remembered that the MGM had one when you mentioned it.

I also knew that the wedding chapel cam was an even longer shot. I didn't know there were 80 wedding chapels but I would have guessed dozens. I only checked it out since I was already at the web page. I also figured that the chances of them leaving the cam on while the Amazing Race was there was poor. I didn't expect to find anything, but it didn't get my attention slightly when it was showing black frames. However, I figured that The Amazing Race would have booked the whole day or even a couple of days) and had a lot more equipment in place.  Thus, the other weddings were a sign that they hadn't been there.

I agree, the Las Vegas sign would have been a great finish location and totally in keeping with the use of iconic locations and themes for the cities they visit. You mentioned Wayne Newton and he sounds exactly like the type of iconic Las Vegas entertainer they'd like to have involved in someway.

I wasn't meaning to suggest that your information was wrong or incorrect. I think your information, which appears to be second hand (or maybe you were there and want it to look that way), sounds accurate or 98% accurate with a few minor details that might be slightly off (the exact time, whether there was another detour or roadblock before or after the places you know about, etc.)

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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #45 on: August 08, 2009, 11:58:07 PM »

If VegasSinner has it right (and it sounds possible), there was probably more to the stop at the wedding chapel than he described and they probably had another task before that. As I recall, it's not very far from McCarran Airport to the MGM so as described, it won't take long, although traffic will provide tension. I hope they do something outside of the city, maybe a bungee jump at Hoover Dam, or water ski on Lake Mead or even search for dead mobsters in the desert.   ;D

They didn't go directly to the MGM from the airport....they went to the chapel from the airport.  The chapel is in the downtown area, a lot farther away.  Also take into consideration, the Strip is 5 miles long....then add 3 1/2 more to get to the downtown (Old Vegas) area.  I doubt if they'd let them bungee jump at the Dam with all the issues they've had, water skiing on the lake sounds more realistic, but not a big deal worthy of a reality show.  I can't wait to watch though.

I was being kind of silly with those suggestions. They did a bungee jump from a dam last season, so they wouldn't do that again. Possibly they could go down inside the dam among the power turbines and do something. Even taking the stairs instead of the elevator might make it a physical challenge. I really can't see them water skiing or looking for dead mobsters. Las Vegas would rather not have mobsters brought up on the show in any form, dead or alive.

As for the distances involved, I forgot that Las Vegas is laid out on a big scale and distances are greater than they seem. I've tried walking between casinos and learned why cabs are a useful service.  :lol: Still, when they finished in Portland, they went to a location 20 or 30 miles south (the rope bridge) and another 30 or so miles east of downtown Portland (the zip line on the Bridge of the Gods). The distances involved in las Vegas don't seem long enough for a finale, but I suspect there was another task that may have made up for that. Others have mentioned a few ideas. I like the idea of Death Valley, but that's probably too far away and would take most of the day to get there and back to Las Vegas.

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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #46 on: August 09, 2009, 03:03:03 PM »
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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #47 on: August 09, 2009, 04:47:09 PM »
You say you saw the three teams then? What did the other two look likes besides the father/son?

It was very hard to tell, they arrived all at the same time, so very unclear who is teamed up with who.  There were four Males, and two females, one was black.
I think was a Male/Male team, then a Male/Female team, and a Male/Black Female Team, but not totally sure.

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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #48 on: August 09, 2009, 05:13:40 PM »
It was very hard to tell, they arrived all at the same time, so very unclear who is teamed up with who.  There were four Males, and two females, one was black.
I think was a Male/Male team, then a Male/Female team, and a Male/Black Female Team, but not totally sure.
You would def recognize the Harlem Globe Trotters right? Or team pink hair?
And yay to two couples in the final 3! Cheyne/Meg and Erika/Brian  :jumpy:

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Cheyne/Meg





Ericka and Brian


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Re: Last Episode?
« Reply #49 on: August 09, 2009, 05:33:38 PM »
So maybe Harlem was running a decoy after all.  Or not, but per someone's speculation on how calm they were at one point, maybe they were out, but either way...

And while it isn't surprising to see one of two teams out pre-F3 between Harlem and Orange (what some will call the strongest two teams pre-race), to have them both out would have people jumping for joy.

Pretty shocking though and I'm interested in knowing what happened.  Probably the U-Turn doing its job while once again surfacing in the penultimate leg, soon after a round of bunching and the aftermath.  It'll be a surprise to some when it plays out, considering the fact that, IMO, Harlem and the Orange were too much for Tiff/Maria (and everyone else before them) to handle.  And hopefully they didn't win leg after leg before their fall.

But really, Brian/Erika and Cheyne/Meg could be the AR 15 dominating teams on the show, not just in the end, but throughout.  This is really good; thanks Vegas Sinner!!  IMON, having Brian/Erika and Cheyne/Meg in the F3, with the Father/Son duo as the third team kills any discussion on how it's unfair to have Alpha Males in the race as if it's a given that they're going to win.
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