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SPOILER SUMMARY REVIEW (TAR17): What We Knew Ahead of Time
 
ROUTE SUMMARY
EP01: Gloucester/Boston, MA (USA) to England
Film Date: MAY 26-MAY 27
Air Date: SEPT 26

Leg Route/Tasks:
START: Teams ride lobster boats from State Fish Pier across Gloucester Inner Harbor to starting line at Eastern Point Yacht Club
EVIDENCE: Report and photos (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Drive yourselves (in Smart Cars) to Logan International Airport (Crews following in SUVs)
EVIDENCE: Report of teams asking for directions on East Main Street (Source 1), (Source 2)

ROUTE INFO: Fly to London, England
First 3 teams on AA108 (DEP 7:06pm/ARR 7:00am) (Source):
    Stephanie/Chad Dating (initially wearing blue and black and changed into black at Boston airport)
    Ron/Tony: One thin, one heavy-set, dressed in orange
    Jill/Thomas: M (dark hair) in white, F (blonde) in purple (may be wearing lime green pants?)
Other 8 teams on VS12 (DEP 8:02pm/ARR 7:26am) (Source):
    Michael/Kevin: Asian father/son team in blue
    Connor/Jonathon: Wearing green (dark hair, in 20s-30s)
    Gary/Mallory: Gary in yellow (gray hair), Mallory blonde in yellow with black jacket
    Nat/Kat: One in blue (blonde hair), one in black jacket/blue shirt (possibly Asian, dark hair)
    Nick/Vicki: Dark hair, wearing grey/black with lots of tattoos, piercings (may be wearing lime green pants?)
    Brook/Claire: One with dark hair, one blonde
    Rachel/Katie: Blonde, wearing bright green
    Andie/Jenna: Dark hair, wearing red/maroon/black (changed into pink and blue at Boston airport)
EVIDENCE: Teams spotted at airport (Source 1), (Source 2), Ron/Tony and M/F team with tattoos/piercings spotted in customs at LHR (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Drive yourselves to Stonehenge (near Amesbury/Salisbury, England)
EVIDENCE: Reports (Source), report from Australian blogger (Source), teams photographed at site (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Balancing task?
EVIDENCE: Review (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Drive to Eastnor Castle
EVIDENCE: Promo (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Scale wall of castle, perform zipline task to retrieve flag
EVIDENCE: CBS promo (Source 1), Source 2, (Source 3)

ROADBLOCK: Hit knight with launched watermelon (possibly with Knights of Middle England ((Source))
PERFORMED BY: Claire
EVIDENCE: CBS Twitter promo (Source), first promo (Source)

PIT STOP: First place team given Express Pass (Source)

Safe from Elimination at End of Leg:
    Brook/Claire: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)
    Nat/Kat Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Jill/Thomas POSSIBLY spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea  (Source 1), (Source 2)  (Source 3)
    Michael/Kevin: Photographed in LHR leaving England on 5/28 (Source), spotted on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    Gary/Mallory: Seen on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    At least one M/F couple: Seen on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    Connor/Jonathon: Photographed in ARN in Stockholm on June 1 (Source)
    Rachel/Katie: Photographed in LHR leaving England on 5/28, possibly photographed in ARN on 6/1 (Source)
    
Possibly Eliminated:
    Andie/Jenna: No sightings since Logan Airport in Boston (5/26), possibly made it to Ghana re: tweet (Source)
    Ron/Tony: No sightings since LHR customs (5/27)

Status Uncertain:
    Stephanie/Chad: No confirmed sightings since Logan (5/26), POSSIBLE sighting in Muscat (MCT) (6/8)
    Nick/Vicki: Last spotted in customs at LHR entering England (5/27), POSSIBLE sighting in Hong Kong (6/12)




EP02: Ledbury, England to Accra, Ghana
Film Date: MAY 28-29
Air Date: OCT 3

Leg Route/Tasks:
ROUTE INFO: Fly to Accra, Ghana
EVIDENCE: Teams spotted in LHR in evening of May 28 (apx 8:52pm GMT) (Source), Virgin flight to Accra (VS657 DEP 10:54pm, ARR 4:35am) matches time window for LHR sighting (Source), teams photographed buying tickets for a Virgin flight with Connor/Jonathon arriving first of four teams (Michael/Kevin, Rachel/Katie, and Brook/Claire) to buy tickets (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3), sighting in Accra on May 30 (Source)

TEAM ORDER: Jill/Thomas arrived between 11:16 and 11:28am in previous leg

ROADBLOCK: Sell sunglasses at Makola Market
PERFORMED BY: Chad, Brook, Jill (all there at the same time)
EVIDENCE: Promos, photo analysis (Source), Source 2, Source 3, Source 4

DETOUR: Haul stylized coffin (possibly from Kane Kwai Carpenter Workshop) or...
EVIDENCE: Promos, photo analysis Source , Source 2

Safe from Elimination at End of Leg:
    Brook/Claire: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)
    Nat/Kat Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Jill/Thomas POSSIBLY spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea  (Source 1), (Source 2)  (Source 3)
    Michael/Kevin: Photographed in LHR leaving England on 5/28 (Source), spotted on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    Gary/Mallory: Seen on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    At least one M/F couple: Seen on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    Connor/Jonathon: Photographed in ARN in Stockholm on June 1 (Source)
    
Possibly Eliminated:
    Andie/Jenna: No sightings since Logan Airport in Boston (5/26), possibly made it to Ghana re: tweet (Source)
    NEL/TBC

Status Uncertain:
    Rachel/Katie: Photographed in LHR leaving England on 5/28, possibly photographed in ARN on 6/1 (Source)
    Stephanie/Chad: No confirmed sightings since Logan (5/26), POSSIBLE sighting in Muscat (MCT) (6/8)
    Nick/Vicki: Last spotted in customs at LHR entering England (5/27), POSSIBLE sighting in Hong Kong (6/12)




EP03: Ghana
EVIDENCE: Second leg in Ghana due to timing of Ghana sighting on May 30, confirmed by promos (Source 1), (Source 2)

Film Date: MAY 30-31
Air Date: OCT 10

Leg Route/Tasks:
ROUTE INFO: Beginning in Accra
EVIDENCE: Sighting on morning of 5/30 in Accra (Source 1), (Source 2)

OTHER INFO: Team spotted running on "beach road"
EVIDENCE: Sighting (Source)

ROADBLOCK: Boxing task near Mantdik Printing Press
PERFORMED BY: Brook, Connor, Kevin
EVIDENCE: Commercial (Source)

ROUTE INFO: African geography quiz: Locate Ghana on a map
EVIDENCE: CBS press release, (Source), promo (Source)

DETOUR: Construction-related task with cinder blocks/shovels/wheelbarrows or hoop rolling relay/course
EVIDENCE: Promo at end of EP02 (Source), commercial (Source)
WHEELBARROW TASK: Nick/Vicki, Katie/Rachel
HOOP ROLLING TASK: Nick/Vicki, Stephanie/Chad, Katie/Rachel, Brook/Claire, Michael/Kevin

Safe from Elimination at End of Leg:
    Brook/Claire: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)
    Nat/Kat Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Jill/Thomas POSSIBLY spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea  (Source 1), (Source 2)  (Source 3)
    Michael/Kevin: Photographed in LHR leaving England on 5/28 (Source), spotted on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    Gary/Mallory: Seen on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    At least one M/F couple: Seen on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    Connor/Jonathon: Photographed in ARN in Stockholm on June 1 (Source)
    
Possibly Eliminated:
    NEL/TBC?

Status Uncertain:
    Rachel/Katie: Photographed in LHR leaving England on 5/28, possibly photographed in ARN on 6/1 (Source)
    Stephanie/Chad: No confirmed sightings since Logan (5/26), POSSIBLE sighting in Muscat (MCT) (6/8)
    Nick/Vicki: Last spotted in customs at LHR entering England (5/27), POSSIBLE sighting in Hong Kong (6/12)




EP04: Accra, Ghana to Kiruna, Sweden (via Frankfurt, Germany and Stockholm, Sweden)
Film Date: JUNE 1-2
Air Date: OCT 17
EVIDENCE: Arctic Circle destination confirmed in press release (Source), teams possibly spotted arriving at Kiruna airport (6/1) and leaving in Saab 9-3x (Source)

Leg Route/Tasks:
ROUTE INFO: Fly to Kiruna, Sweden via Frankfurt, Germany and Stockholm, Sweden
EVIDENCE: Teams spotted on flight to Frankfurt on May 31(LH 567 DEP 10:03pm, ARR 6:38am) (Source), teams later spotted at Stockholm airport (ARN) on June 1 (Source 1), (Source 2)

ROUTE INFO: Drive yourself to Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi
EVIDENCE: Promo (Source)

ROADBLOCK: Dog sledding at Active Lapland?
EVIDENCE: Promo (Source), photo ID work (Source)
PERFORMED BY: Michael, Mallory

ROUTE INFO: Find Vassijaure Station
EVIDENCE: ET promo (Source), photo confirmation (Source)

DETOUR: SLEDS (Tech sled course at Riksgränsen) or BEDS (Tipi assembly)
EVIDENCE: Promo after EP03, photo confirmation (Source), ET promo (Source)
SLEDS: Chad/Stephanie (between 7:55 and 8:47pm)
BEDS: Michael/Kevin

Safe from Elimination at End of Leg:
    Brook/Claire: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)
    Nat/Kat Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Jill/Thomas POSSIBLY spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea  (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Michael/Kevin: Photographed in LHR leaving England on 5/28 (Source), spotted on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    Gary/Mallory: Seen on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    At least one M/F couple: Seen on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)

Possibly Eliminated:
    Connor/Jonathon: Last sighting upon arrival in Stockholm airport (6/1)
    Rachel/Katie: Last POSSIBLE sighting upon arrival in Stockholm airport (6/1)

Status Uncertain:
    Stephanie/Chad: No confirmed sightings since Logan (5/26), POSSIBLE sighting in Muscat (MCT) (6/8)
    Nick/Vicki: Last spotted in customs at LHR entering England (5/27), POSSIBLE sighting in Hong Kong (6/12)




EP05: Kiruna, Sweden to Norway (connecting through ARN (Stockholm) on departure)
EVIDENCE: TV Guide listing (Source), teams spotted on flight leaving Stockholm (ARN) 6/5 (SK 732 DEP 10:14am ARR: 13:33) (Source)

Film Date: JUNE 3-4
Air Date: OCT 24

Leg Route/Tasks:
FAST FORWARD?: Eat smalahove (at Hildringstimen boathouse in Vidrek)
EVIDENCE: Promo after EP04 (Source), photo analysis (Source)
PERFORMED BY: Nat/Kat

ROADBLOCK: Drop from bridge/ascender rise (at Skjomen bridge near Narvik)
EVIDENCE: Promo after EP04 (Source), photo analysis (Source), second promo (Source)
TEAM ORDER: Michael/Kevin, Brook/Claire performing task at same time
PERFORMED BY: Claire, Kevin, Gary

DETOUR: Bike task or...
EVIDENCE: Second promo (Source)
PERFORMED BY: Jill/Thomas, Brook/Claire

ROUTE INFO: Tasks in Stetind Mountain area?
EVIDENCE: Screen cap of Stetind Mountain (Source)

Safe from Elimination at End of Leg:
    Brook/Claire: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)
    Nat/Kat: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Jill/Thomas: POSSIBLY spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea  (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Michael/Kevin: Photographed in LHR leaving England on 5/28 (Source), spotted on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    Gary/Mallory: Seen on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)
    At least one M/F couple: Seen on flight to St. Petersburg (Source)

Possibly Eliminated:
    Rachel/Katie: Last POSSIBLE sighting upon arrival in Stockholm airport (6/1)

Status Uncertain:
    Stephanie/Chad: No confirmed sightings since Logan (5/26), POSSIBLE sighting in Muscat (MCT) (6/8)
    Nick/Vicki: Last spotted in customs at LHR entering England (5/27), POSSIBLE sighting in Hong Kong (6/12)




EP06: Norway to St. Petersburg, Russia (via Stockholm, Sweden)
EVIDENCE: Teams spotted at ARN (Stockholm) flying to St. Petersburg 6/5 (SK 732 DEP 10:14am, ARR 1:33pm) (Source 1), (Source 2)

Film Date: JUNE 5-6
Air Date: OCT 31

Leg Route/Tasks:
ROUTE INFO: Train to ARL (Stockholm), fly to St. Petersburg, Russia
EVIDENCE: Twitvid with train (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Find St. Isaac's Cathedral
EVIDENCE: Possible sighting of teams getting a clue there (Source), promo after EP05/photo ID (Source)
OTHER INFO: Possibly Michael/Kevin's cab approaching cathedral between 3:35 and 4:05pm (Source)

DETOUR: Identify piece of music with multiple piano players (?) at Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace (Source) or search for matching film (Eisenstein's "October") among film strips (?)
EVIDENCE: Promo after EP05 (Source)
PIANOS: Nick/Vicki, Chad/Stephanie, Nat/Kat (both), Gary/Mallory (both)
FILM: Jill/Thomas, Michael/Kevin, Gary/Mallory (both), Nat/Kat (both)

ROADBLOCK: Manure task at potato farm
EVIDENCE: Promo after EP05 (Source)
PERFORMED BY: Nick, Brook, Kevin, Jill

ROUTE INFO: Tasks at/near Naval Museum?
EVIDENCE: Photo of museum in intro caps (Source)

Safe from Elimination at End of Leg:
    Brook/Claire: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)
    Nat/Kat: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Jill/Thomas: POSSIBLY spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea  (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Nick/Vicki: POSSIBLE sighting in Hong Kong (6/12), likely sighting as decoys on flight to LAX (Source 1)
    Stephanie/Chad: POSSIBLE sighting in Muscat Airport on evening of 6/8 or 9

Possibly Eliminated:
    Michael/Kevin: Not seen since flight to St Petersburg 6/5
    Gary/Mallory: Not seen since flight to St Petersburg 6/5




EP07: St. Petersburg, Russia
EVIDENCE: TV Guide (Source)

Film Date: JUNE 7
Air Date: NOV 7

Leg Route/Tasks:
DETOUR: Plate-spinning or accordion task at circus (likely hours of operation equalizer here (Source))
EVIDENCE: Show title (Source), promo after EP06 (Source), third promo (Source)
PLATE TASK: Brook/Claire, Stephanie/Chad, Nick/Vicki, Michael/Kevin
ACCORDION TASK: Jill/Thomas

ROUTE INFO: Travel by bus to church?
EVIDENCE: Teams shown in promo outside Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Source), likely at wrong location

ROADBLOCK: Gorodki at courtyards at Peter and Paul Fortress
EVIDENCE: CBS release (Source), promo after EP06 (Source), Photo ID (Source)
PERFORMED BY: Michael, Brook, Kat, Thomas, Stephanie
TIMING: Michael, Brook performing task simultaneously

Safe from Elimination at End of Leg:
    Brook/Claire: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)
    Nat/Kat: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Jill/Thomas: POSSIBLY spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea  (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Nick/Vicki: POSSIBLE sighting in Hong Kong (6/12), likely sighting as decoys on flight to LAX (Source 1)
    Stephanie/Chad: POSSIBLE sighting in Muscat Airport on evening of 6/8 or 9

Possibly Eliminated:
    Gary/Mallory: Not seen since flight to St Petersburg 6/5
    Michael/Kevin: Not seen since flight to St Petersburg 6/5




EP08: St. Petersburg, Russia to Oman
EVIDENCE: TV Guide confirmation (Source), sighting of teams in Muscat Airport on evening of June 9 looking for flights to Bangladesh (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3), Jill/Thomas possibly on 9W 539 from Muscat to Mumbai (DEP: 12:35am 6/9, ARR: 4:35am 6/9) connecting to 9W 276 from Mumbai to Dhaka (DEP: 9:30am, ARR 1:03pm), F/F team possibly on QR 169 (DEP: 11:36pm, ARR 11:48pm 6/8) connecting to UNKNOWN flight (Source)

Film Date: JUNE 8-9
Air Date: NOV 14
 
Leg Route/Tasks:
ROUTE INFO: Fly to Muscat, Oman and climb steps to Portuguese Watchtower
EVIDENCE: Promo (Source), photo ID (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Drive yourselves to Jebel Shams?
EVIDENCE: Self driving in promo (Source)

ROADBLOCK: Rappelling at Jebel Shams; find oil lamp with ring
EVIDENCE: Promo (Source), photo ID (Source)
PERFORMED BY: Kat, Jill, Vicki, Chad
TIMING INFO: Chad, Jill performing task simultaneously (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Bedouin tea task?
EVIDENCE: Promo (Source)

OTHER INFO: Tasks at or near Blue Mosque, Al Qubrah Mosque?
EVIDENCE: Promo after EP07 (Source), photo ID (Source), second promo (Source)

Safe from Elimination at End of Leg:
    Brook/Claire: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)
    Nat/Kat: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Jill/Thomas: POSSIBLY spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea  (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Nick/Vicki: POSSIBLE sighting in Hong Kong (6/12), likely sighting as decoys on flight to LAX (Source 1)

Possibly Eliminated:
    Stephanie/Chad: No evidence of sightings from this point on
    Gary/Mallory: Not seen since flight to St Petersburg 6/5




EP09: Muscat, Oman to Bangladesh
EVIDENCE: Credibility from confirmation of Bangladesh in press release (Source), sighting of teams in Muscat Airport on evening of June 8/9 looking for flights to Bangladesh (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3), Jill/Thomas possibly on 9W 539 from Muscat to Mumbai (DEP: 12:35am 6/9, ARR: 4:35am 6/9) connecting to 9W 276 from Mumbai to Dhaka (DEP: 9:30am, ARR 1:03pm), F/F team possibly on QR 169 (DEP: 11:36pm, ARR 11:48pm 6/8) connecting to UNKNOWN flight (Source)

Film Date: JUNE 10
Air Date: NOV 21

Leg Route/Tasks:
ROUTE INFO: Fly to Dhaka, Bangladesh

ROADBLOCK: Construct rickshaw
EVIDENCE: Second promo (Source)
PERFORMED BY: Nat, Stephanie, Brook, Thomas
TIMING: Nat/Kat, Chad/Stephanie, Brook/Claire performing task simultaneously

ROUTE INFO: Tasks at/near Gulistan Bazaar
EVIDENCE: Promo after EP08 (Source), local help (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Travel by rickshaw to... ?
EVIDENCE: Photo ID from promo after EP08 (Source), several shots from second promo (Source)

ROUTE INFO?: Travel by boat on Buriganga River (starting at Sadar Ghat) to...?
EVIDENCE: Promo after EP08 (Source), local help (Source)

DETOUR: Pressing/drinking sugar cane OR hauling bricks
EVIDENCE: Second promo (Source)
SUGAR CANE: Chad/Stephanie, Nat/Kat, Brook/Claire
BRICKS: Chad/Stephanie, Jill/Thomas, Brook/Claire

DOUBLE U-TURN: Brook/Claire, Chad/Stephanie possibly U-Turned

Safe from Elimination at End of Leg:
    Brook/Claire: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)
    Nat/Kat: Spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Jill/Thomas: POSSIBLY spotted in Hong Kong, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea  (Source 1), (Source 2)
    Nick/Vicki: POSSIBLE sighting in Hong Kong (6/12), likely sighting as decoys on flight to LAX (Source 1)

Possibly Eliminated:
    Stephanie/Chad: No evidence of sightings beyond this leg




EP10: Bangladesh to Hong Kong, People's Republic of China

Film Date: JUNE 12-13
Air Date: NOV 28

Leg Route/Tasks:
ROUTE INFO: Fly to Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
EVIDENCE: Teams seen arriving at Hong Kong Airport around 2:45pm 6/12 (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)

ROUTE INFO: Travel by bus to Central Ferry Pier
EVIDENCE: Teams spotted en route to bus station from airport, local information (Source 1), (Source 2)

ROUTE INFO: Travel by ferry to Cheung Chau (around 3:00pm)
EVIDENCE: Local information (Source), confirmation from promo after EP09 (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Possible task in Cheung Chau
EVIDENCE: Brook/Claire, Nat/Kat and probably Jill/Thomas spotted here  (Source 1), (Source 2),
(Source 3),  (Image 1), (Image 2)

ROUTE INFO: Find Cheung Po Tsai Cave
EVIDENCE: Sighting (Source), confirmation from Neobie (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Travel by ferry to Central Ferry Pier
EVIDENCE: Local information (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Travel by ferry/cab(?) to Tsim Sha Tsui/Kowloon
EVIDENCE: Local information (Source), Nat/Kat on Star Ferry in promo (Source 1), (Source 2)

ROADBLOCK: "Sushi" eating task
EVIDENCE: Promo (Source)
PERFORMED BY: Claire, Nat, Vicki, Thomas
TIMING: Vicki, Claire, Nat, Thomas perform task simultaneously

ROUTE INFO: Task at Seibu Department Store (Tsim Sha Tsui) (Around 6:00pm)
EVIDENCE: Two teams spotted there (Brooke/Claire and Jill/Thomas) (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Travel by taxi to...
EVIDENCE: Sighting of teams running to intersection of Nathan Road and Haiphong Road to catch cab after department store task (Source),  
Jill/Thomas and Brook/Claire possibly seen entering cabs around 6:40pm (Jill/Thomas first, Brook/Claire four minutes later after calling cab) (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3), (Source 4), (Source 5), (Image 1), (Image 2), (Image 3), (Image 4)

ROUTE INFO: Travel to Avenue of Stars (Tsim Sha Tsui) (task here?)
EVIDENCE: Photo of Jill/Thomas here (Source)

POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS/TASKS: Kowloon Park (or mosque near park), Zhangbaozai Cave, Wan Chai, tram in Sai Wan
EVIDENCE: Possible sightings (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)

Safe from Elimination at End of Leg:
    Brook/Claire: Likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (Source)
    Nat/Kat: Likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea  (Source)
    Jill/Thomas: Likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea  (Source)

Possibly Eliminated:
    Nick/Vicki: POSSIBLE sighting in Hong Kong (6/12), likely sighting as decoys on flight to LAX




EP11: Hong Kong, People's Republic of China to Seoul, South Korea

Film Date: JUN 14
Air Date: DEC 5

Leg Route/Tasks:
ROUTE INFO: Fly to Seoul, South Korea, FOUR teams remain at beginning of leg (Source)
EVIDENCE: Teams reported on flight arriving in Korea before 3pm on June 14 (Source),
possibly on KE 608 (DEP: 12:25am, ARR: 4:52am), OZ 724 (DEP: 12:27am, ARR:5:05am), CX 412 (DEP: 12:31am, ARR:4:49am) or CX 410 (DEP: 10:14am, ARR: 2:33pm) (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)

ROUTE INFO: Drive yourselves to...
EVIDENCE: Self-driving in promo after EP10 Source)

ROUTE INFO: Travel to Dongducheon, South Korea
EVIDENCE: Camp Casey task (see below)

ROUTE INFO?: Find marked headband on one of a hundred soldiers doing tae kwon do demonstration at Camp Casey and have him break a block of wood to find clue inside (Source)
EVIDENCE: Reports from base (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3); reports of an "advanced crew" rehearsal on site (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3), (Source 4), (Source 5), (Source 6); Phil spotted filming standups at Camp Casey's Schoonover Bowl at 4pm 6/13 (ahead of team arrival) (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)
TIMING: 2 F/F teams and 1 M/F team five to six hours ahead of fourth place team (See source links above)

ROADBLOCK?: Wash a tank
EVIDENCE: (Source)

DETOUR: Rafting on Hantangang river at Cheorwon near Seungil-gyo bridge OR speed-skating at Mokdong ice rink
EVIDENCE: Promo after EP10 (Source), photo IDs (Source 1), (Source 2)

ROUTE INFO: Find Changdeokgung (Changdeok/Changdeokgung Palace) in Seoul?
EVIDENCE: Photo of palace in intro caps (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Travel by subway to...
EVIDENCE: Teams spotted in subway (Source)

PIT STOP: Seoul Sang-am World Cup Stadium
EVIDENCE: Tweet suggesting Pit Stop possibly close to the Westin Chosun in Seoul (Source), Jill/Thomas running to Pit Stop in promo after EP10 (Source)

Safe from Elimination at End of Leg: UNKNOWN

Likely Safe from Elimination at End of Leg:
    Brook/Claire: Believed to be 5-6 hours ahead of fourth place team (Source)
    Nat/Kat: Believed to be 5-6 hours ahead of fourth place team (Source)
    Jill/Thomas: Believed to be 5-6 hours ahead of fourth place team (Source)

Possibly Eliminated:
    Nick/Vicki: POSSIBLE sighting in Hong Kong (6/12), likely sighting as decoys on flight to LAX





EP12: Seoul, South Korea to Los Angeles, CA (USA)

Film Date: JUNE 15
Air Date: DEC 12

Leg Route/Tasks:

ROUTE INFO: Fly to Los Angeles, CA (USA); travel by taxi to Vincent Thomas Bridge (east of LAX)
EVIDENCE: Two teams (?) spotted on flight from Seoul to Los Angeles 6/15; production seen exiting LAX around 8:00am (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3); team in taxi traveling on eastbound 105 (just east of Sepulveda) on promo after EP11 (Source)
TIMING: Taxi on highway between 10:21 and 10:44am (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Board helicopter at Vincent Thomas Bridge; travel to bungee crane task here
EVIDENCE: Overheard phone call (Source); promo after EP11 (Source); photo ID (Source 1), (Source 2)
TIMING: Brook/Claire arrive at helipad between 12:25 and 12:49pm (Source 1), (Source 2)

ROUTE INFO: Climb crane (?), bungee down here
EVIDENCE: Promo after EP11 (Source 1), (Source 2)
TIMING: Nat/Kat bungee first; Brook/Claire and Jill/Thomas at task simultaneously, but Jill/Thomas jump first; all teams possibly 5-10 minutes apart (Source 1), (Source 2), (Source 3)

ROUTE INFO: Travel by helicopter to Rose Bowl in Pasadena
EVIDENCE: Promo, photo ID(Source)
TIMING: Nat/Kat arrive at Rose Bowl between 12:56 and 12:59pm (Source)

ROUTE INFO?/ROADBLOCK?: Float task in Rose Bowl
EVIDENCE: Local investigation (Source)

ROUTE INFO: Indoor iPad memory task en route from Pasadena to Beverly Hills?
EVIDENCE: Promo after EP11 (Source 1), (Source 2); Brook/Claire in taxi between Pasadena area and Beverly Hills area (Source)

FINISH LINE: Travel by taxi to Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills
EVIDENCE: Promo after EP11 (Source), Photo ID (Source)

Winners: UNKNOWN
TIMING: Brook/Claire 5 minutes away from Greystone Mansion sometime after 2:18pm (Source)

woden:
TEAM SPOILER SUMMARY
Ron Kellum/Tony (Friends): African-American M/M, one thin, one heavy-set, dressed in orange (Source); last spotted in customs at LHR entering England (5/27)
Andie DeKroon/Jenna Sykes (Catholic Birth Mom and Daughter): Dark hair, wearing red/maroon/black (Source); last spotted at Logan Airport in Boston (5/26)
Connor Diemand-Yamuan/Jonathon Schwartz (Princeton Grads): Wearing green, dark hair, in 20s-30s (Source); last sighting in Stockholm airport (6/1)
Rachel Johnston/Katie Seamon (Friends/Volleyball Players): Blonde, wearing bright green; last POSSIBLE sighting on arrival in Stockholm airport (6/1)
Gary/Mallory Ervin (Father/Daughter): Gary (52) in yellow (gray hair), Mallory (24) in yellow with black jacket (Source 1)
Michael/Kevin Wu (Father/Son): Asian team wearing blue (Source); last sighting on flight to St. Petersburg (6/5), (Source 2); last sighting on flight to St Petersburg (6/5)
Stephanie Smith/Chad Waltrip (Dating): Stephanie (22) blonde hair, wearing black and Chad (25) dark hair, wearing blue/turquoise bandana (Source); last POSSIBLE sighting in Muscat airport (6/8)
Nick/Vicki (Dating): Dark hair, wearing grey/black with lots of tattoos/piercings; last spotted in customs at LHR entering England (5/27), POSSIBLE sighting in Hong Kong (6/12), likely sighting as decoys on flight to LAX (Source 1) (Source 2)
Brook Roberts/Claire Champlin (Friends): One with dark hair (Claire), one blonde (Brook) (Source); likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (6/14)
Jill/Thomas (Dating): M (dark hair) in white, F (blonde) in purple, likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (6/14)
Nat/Kat (Doctors): One in blue (blonde hair), one in black (possibly Asian, dark hair), likely spotted in Dongducheon, South Korea (6/14)

georgiapeach:
Mrs Shrek will be helping woden keep up with all this for a while...let us know if you see any mistakes!!

Neobie:
Agreed that we are more than likely to have a second leg in Ghana!

Teams arrive before sunrise on the morning of the 29th, which means Phil should easily be able to get on the flight leaving late that evening to Frankfurt. Instead there is an extra delay, with Phil most likely taking a flight out the evening of the 30th, and teams departing the next day on the evening of the 31st. Not going to judge on Italy just yet, but here's how it's looking right now...

Leg Phil Teams Comments England 27 May 27 May First leg Ghana I 28 May 29 May - Ghana II 30 May 30 May Short leg - 31 May 1 Jun -

georgiapeach:
Brought over from TAR 16:


--- Quote from: Neobie on March 08, 2010, 04:10:41 PM ---Haha, guess I need to do a little explanation of that table!

This table, which sets up the schedule for both the crew and the teams, allows us to predict the existence of extra legs (for example, the second leg in Shanghai this season), or the location of these legs (for example, that an extra leg in TAR 15 - Cai Be - was geographically close to Ho Chi Minh City).

The dates in the table represent the day on which most tasks take place. For Phil, this is the day he films his stand-ups. For the teams, this is the day they do the bulk of their racing. For example, if teams arrive in Puerto Varas on the night of the 29th but the majority of the challenges take place on the 30th, the table will indicate the 30th.

The schedule of the recent races (I started paying attention in TAR 14) follows a general pattern. Phil arrives one day before the teams, spends the next day checking in the teams, and sets up the next leg on the third day while teams are held back by extended Pit Stops, by transportation schedules or by hours of operation. An example in table form:

Leg Phil Teams Comments Leg 4 1 Jan 2 Jan - Leg 5 3 Jan 4 Jan - Leg 6 5 Jan 6 Jan -
There are several notable exceptions. The first type is what I call short legs. This is when Phil films his stand-ups on the same day the racers are doing the challenges.
TAR 14: Stechelberg to Salzburg, Phuket to Bangkok, Beijing to Beijing
TAR 15: Cai Be to Ho Chi Minh City, Dubai to Dubai, Prague to Prague

I don't dare to present a rationale, but these one thing these legs have in common is the short travel distance. And as TheSchnauzers says, they are often temporally short as well, since flights are often not involved. In TAR 16, this comes in the form of Puerto Varas to Bariloche, Hamburg to France or France to France, and Shanghai to Shanghai. In fact, the legs on which Phil films his stand-ups the same day as the teams are racing are always the shortest legs, distance-wise, in their respective seasons. Short legs, at least since TAR 14, have never been back to back. In table form:

Leg Phil Teams Comments Leg 7 7 Jan 7 Jan Short leg Leg 8 8 Jan 9 Jan -
The second group of exceptions, on contrast, involves long travel legs. Sometimes Phil spends so much time travelling to the next destination he doesn't have enough daylight to work with, and so the entire schedule is pushed back. These legs often involve long multi-leg flights.
TAR 14: Bran to Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk to Jaipur
TAR 15: None, since they stuck to major cities with good airport hubs
TAR 16: Bariloche to Hamburg, France to Seychelles, Seychelles to Penang

Leg Phil Teams Comments Leg 9 10 Jan 11 Jan - Leg 10 13 Jan 14 Jan Long leg Here, Phil flies to his destination on the 12th, while teams travel on the 13th.

The third type of exception involves the premiere and finale legs. Premieres, if flight schedules allow, often involve an overnight rest on the first day, giving Phil some wiggle room to film his stand-ups. For example, the TAR 14 premiere had teams travel to Locarno for an overnight while Phil heads directly to Interlaken for his narration, and the TAR 15 premiere had teams stay over in the magical Green Room, giving Phil some time for filming in Tokyo. This doesn't always apply, especially if the first leg takes place in South America. TAR 9 and TAR 16, in particular, had flight schedules with morning arrivals, meaning Phil has had to hustle to get his filming done. Finales are often single-day affairs. I suppose Phil has all the times to film his stand-ups after wrapping up the race formalities.

Leg Phil Teams Comments Leg 11 15 Jan 16 Jan - Leg 12 17 Jan 17 Jan Final leg
After all that... Piecing together the dates Phil and teams are sighted along the racecourse allows us to fill in the table, allowing us to figure out where the gaps are and how long production has available for legs. Confusing, but it's worked pretty well so far!
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