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Re: EP3 Title : I'm in Russia Playing with the Dolls
« Reply #250 on: March 15, 2006, 09:40:07 AM »
Puddin congratulations. Your were right on track.  :hearts:

WHat I really like about this TBC, is that TPTB are doing some things different form other seasons, and it is getting more and more interesting.

Good episode all along.  Moved pretty past.

I was so proud of all of you guys, you had the episode nail down.  Congrats.  :jumpy: :woohoo:


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Re: EP3 Title : I'm in Russia Playing with the Dolls
« Reply #251 on: March 15, 2006, 10:14:31 AM »
The Early Show definitely psyched us out (since they said there would be a TAR castoff team today)...

As I was watching last night, I commented to my partner that the producers must definitely have taken seriously the suggestions we fans have made about how the legs are constructed, as the bunching (so far) has been early in legs, so as not to negate all the hard work by teams to get in front by the end of each leg. I think having a TBC early in the Race will also be good, so we won't have 3-4 weeks in a row without eliminations.

Another thing about last night, we were trying to figure out what would be the best air route to Moscow from Sao Paolo, and although we figured that there would probably be flights from there to NY or London or Rome to connect to Moscow, we guessed that Frankfurt would probably be the best one.  So when it turned out that way, we were torn between feeling proud of ourselves or embarrassed that we had watched the show so often that we knew that! 



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Re: EP3 Title : I'm in Russia Playing with the Dolls
« Reply #252 on: March 15, 2006, 12:47:31 PM »
Phils Blog puts this EP @ Saturday Nov 12th

EPISODE 3
   Long flight ahead as we travel to Russia. About 11 hours to Frankfurt and then a tight connection to Moscow. We were last in Russia in season 5 when we went to St. Petersburg. Who will ever forget the caviar? You couldn’t find a cracker big enough for that serving. The teams are in for a treat in Moscow; we have some excellent challenges waiting for them.

What’s always interesting about coming back to Russia is seeing the increasing Western influence. Franchises such as McDonald’s have been around for awhile, but there are more and more new companies and brands making their way into the country. However, despite all the commercialism, there is a certain look that will never disappear. The distinctive architecture…hopefully, that will be around forever.

The hotel we’re staying at has this incredible view of the restaurant. Wish I could see it from my room, too…instead I can see and hear a dozen Russian made air condition units…looks like my airplane earplugs will be coming in handy tonight. Right next to the hotel is an Olympic clothing store, some excellent stuff, but crazy prices…$300 for a sweatshirt. Food on the other hand is very cheap…and good. Found a very tasty beef stroganoff with rice for about $3.
 
   The teams are really going to notice the temperature difference after Brazil. Teams should be arriving in about 10 minutes. We managed to get ahead of them on this leg and have the Detour shot. We are at the bus station where they have a choice to scrub the buses. The other choice is the Russian dolls. . Everybody is ready for the teams. There are so many people involved in making things happen. When the teams come through everything just has to work--period. In any given season there are upwards of 2,000 people involved in making a show work. Producers, researchers, transcribers, translators, drivers, PAs, security people, etc.
 
   Off to the Roadblock. Right on schedule to stay ahead of the teams before getting to the Pit Stop. The pool is awesome. An outdoor facility in the dead of winter. Steam everywhere. We had some extra time to shoot the stand-up today. The swimwear sure is different here. Speedos, or whatever the local brand is here, seem to be compulsory for the men. It’s just not a good look on everyone. There are some incredible physiques here, but there are some who have been eating up to prepare for the long winter. From a distance, with all the folds, it’s hard to tell if anything is being worn at all. The only real give away is that it breaks up the pattern of hair. Still I think board shorts would look a bit out of place here.
 
   The women are displaying a plethora of designs covering ever major influence from the past 100 years. One pieces, two pieces, the ones that barely join up and designs that only make it into the sale bin…i.e. the suits no one wanted to buy.

I’m in a small tent right now, just over 30 degrees in the tent, set up to keep us warm while we wait for the teams to arrive. The local producers have a heater going for us. There is also some soup available, as well as a local dish of mashed potatoes with a serving of meat on top. We are right next to St. Basil Cathedral, a 16th century building with the famous spirals and stunning colors. Next to that is the Kremlin, which was set up to house the Russian government.

Just got word we have teams coming to us so I got as much food in before heading out to the mat. Today is Saturday, and there are dozens of wedding parties out having their photos taken. They all look so young. Clearly the drinks have been flowing…actually, they still are. One group has a bottle of wine out and is pouring glasses for everyone. I can’t get over how undressed the locals look. There’s a guy close by wearing a long sleeve cotton shirt with a reasonably thin sports coat and that’s it. The rest of us are wearing pretty much every article of winter clothing we own.

It’s just magic to watch the light change during the afternoon and into the night. In the end the teams ended up coming in very close together. Love that. Being a virtual Pit Stop, I had fun with some of the teams today. Lake & Michelle were extremely excited to hear that they were in second place and then shocked to find out they had to keep going. Fran & Barry have moved up in the order, Dave & Lori have moved to the back of the pack and were extremely relieved to hear they are still in it. Some really emotional arrivals today. They give so much to each leg that the idea of having to maintain the Race mode is really tough for some teams.
 
http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race9/shows/ep03/phil/blog/
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Re: EP3 Title : I'm in Russia Playing with the Dolls
« Reply #253 on: March 15, 2006, 04:46:43 PM »
Damn, TBC, I had it right that our friendly nerds, David and Lori, would come in last.  Now they probably will catch up with all the others. Dog gone.

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Re: EP3 Title : I'm in Russia Playing with the Dolls
« Reply #254 on: March 15, 2006, 09:36:40 PM »
Do you think MOJO ditched The Nerds and took they shared cab to themselves??

why would the Nerds have been shocked if they saw MOJO get the clue right before them if they continued to share the cab??


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Re: EP3 Title : I'm in Russia Playing with the Dolls
« Reply #255 on: March 16, 2006, 06:05:11 PM »
Do you think MOJO ditched The Nerds and took they shared cab to themselves??

why would the Nerds have been shocked if they saw MOJO get the clue right before them if they continued to share the cab??

I think MOJO will finish the detour before the nerds and take a cab for themselves. It's not really a big deal, they can't wait forever for them.

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Re: EP3 Title : I'm in Russia Playing with the Dolls
« Reply #256 on: March 16, 2006, 06:14:47 PM »
Do you think MOJO ditched The Nerds and took they shared cab to themselves??

why would the Nerds have been shocked if they saw MOJO get the clue right before them if they continued to share the cab??

I think MOJO will finish the detour before the nerds and take a cab for themselves. It's not really a big deal, they can't wait forever for them.

If they take a new cab, NO.  but if they take the cab they shared the whole leg[and leave the Nerds with not cab] it kind of is.

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Re: EP3 Title : I'm in Russia Playing with the Dolls
« Reply #257 on: March 16, 2006, 06:20:28 PM »
Oh, for sure! I was thinking that you were saying the nerds would be shocked because MOJO did not wait. If they take the same cab from last leg it would definetly put the nerds in a disvantage. But you know what? They don't know it's a TBC leg and I'm pretty sure MOJO and the nerds will be the last team leaving, so they'll think the elimination will be between them. Every man for themselves at that time.

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Re: EP3 Title : I'm in Russia Playing with the Dolls
« Reply #258 on: March 17, 2006, 11:25:35 AM »
Thanks to some work at TWoP by Shambola and Strategery we have the location of the Trolley Park where teams had to wash the trolleys.

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I cross checked the location with Google Earth and it's a little off.  It probably sites HQ offices.  From GE, nearby, you see the large parking lot for trolleys.  From the show I matched the two smokestacks and the residential high rises that show up in the background.

A dissenting opinion by Jaunted points to a different location that does not checkout.  It appears to be a railcar handling facility.
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Re: EP3 Title : I'm in Russia Playing with the Dolls
« Reply #259 on: March 24, 2006, 12:27:41 PM »
http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthreaded.php/Cat/0/Number/354689/page/vc/vc/1

Google Earth placemarks are up. Thanks to Grinners22


 

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