The Amazing Race

Season 19 Episode 11

We Are Charlie Chaplin

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 04, 2011 on CBS
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The four remaining teams depart from the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium and fly to Panama City, Panama, with the knowledge that only three will be left standing at the end of this leg.

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  • Not my favorite leg...not happy.

    6.0
    I have to say I was not happy with the penultimate leg of the race. The challenges were fine, especially the tightrope challenge, I found that to be really exhilarating and I admit I was quite jealous of all those who actually did this. The detour's were kind of boring nothing special making shoes and delivering fish...so fascinating. The beginning challenge was fun though dressing up as a comic book character and trying to figure out who they were it was quite whimsical.

    Now the end of the episode was what really bothered me. During the final clue to discover where the pit stop was, all the teams were stumped and eventually only Jeremy and Sandy got it right, Ernie and Cindy and Amani and Marcus got the clue incorrect and were originally heading to the same area Andy and Tommy were, however their cab drivers were all working together and Jeremy and Sandy's cab driver told the other drivers where to go. Now poor Andy and Tommy, who's only crime was being in first place, they got it wrong and had to go all the way back, and they figured it out on their own and ended up in last place. Cindy and Ernie and Marcus and Armani don't deserve to be in the final three, they didn't do anything they just let their cab drivers win for them. They should have at least been penalized. This will be the one race where the most deserving team didn't win. Andy and Tommy. Oh well, I guess I'll have to support Jeremy and Sandy, although I don't like them personalitywise or as racers, but since they are the only ones who got the last clue right, they deserve it much more than Marcus and Armani or Ernie and Cindy...what a shame.moreless
  • Who would've thought the one leg in Central America this season would be bette r than all three European legs combined! (Spoilers ahead!)

    10
    This was a terrific penultimate episode, and one I thoroughly enjoyed! The comic challenge was rather funny, and it was a bit more enteratining thatn watching teams just go to the airport.

    The Roadblock was terrifying! That is one of the craziest challenges of all-time, and it is much more terrifying than a skydive or a bungee jump! It was so frightening!

    The Detour was spectacular! 'Filet' would've been my choice, although I hate seafood! 'Shoe' was too complicated for my liking!

    That 'Panama Viejo' dresss was just weird! I was amazed that everyone struggled so profusely. Jeremy & Sandy idid great, but I didn't particularly enjoy all the cab drivers sharing info, as it was a little slack.

    Poor Andy & Tommy - they certainly edeserve a spot in the Final more than Ernie & Cindy. They haev been a huge force and likeable people! I am severely disappointed to see them go home, but at least they have heaps of prizes!

    All up, a great penultimate episode! Definitely cheering for Amani & Marcus next week, with Jeremy & Sandy as my back-ups. As long as it isn't Ernie & Cindy... that would be indescribably horrendous...moreless
  • A nice penultimate leg and a massive improvement over the last couple of legs

    10
    This episode was a massive improvement over the previous couple of legs, and I glad to see Jeremy & Sandy and Amani & Marcus in the final three. Ernie & Cindy are slowly beginning to grow on me, but I still preferred Andy & Tommy over them. Having said that, Andy & Tommy's elimination tonight was a shocker, and I loved the surprise.

    Now, I LOVED the TINTIN references in Belgium at the beginning of the leg. Tintin is my favorite series in the world, excluding movies. I grew up with Tintin and reading those comics, and I love the animated 1990's episodes of every book (excluding Tintin In The Land Of The Soviets, Tintin In The Congo and the very last book Tintin And The Alph Art which were never released on DVD). I knew the Thompson brothers well. Had I been one of those teams racing, I would have gone up to Tintin and said "hey where is Snowy"? lolol. Still, although Belgium has been perhaps the weakest European destination to be seen on The Amazing Race, I love Belgium on the Tintin episodes, Brussels. Anywhere other than Brussels not so much.

    The teams then had an amazing leg in Panama City, Panama. I personally loved it. There were a couple of additional tasks involved, which made the leg more interesting and just showing a Detour, a Roadblock and then straight to the Pit Stop. The tattoo bit was cultural, and very interesting. At that point after having read that it was Andy & Tommy getting eliminated in the spoiler section, I started to doubt that heavily. Those guys have had the best of luck since the first leg in Taipei.

    The Roadblock was really groovy. Reminded me a bit of the Detour choice 'Zips' from Season 5 first episode in Uruguay, and the Roadblock in Shanghai form Season 6. It was nice to see actually, and I was just cheering for Sandy the entire time. I really wanted to see Jeremy & Sandy win this leg, and have Amani & Marcus place second or third, with one of the other two teams gone.

    The Detour was pretty good as well. I would done the Fish because I am just useless as making things, I cannot do it mentally and physically. Poor Jeremy & Sandy did lose time just before and during the Detour but came back at that final additional challenge, which is where I come to next...

    The additional task of figuring out the answer to a puzzle which would eventually lead them to Panama Viejo. I liked the sights of the Cathedral actually, really remarkable.

    It was a HIGHLY interesting taxi race to the finish, the teams, excluding Andy & Tommy who got lost after the Detour (causing their elimination) battled it out to get there first, and at last.... My favorite team of the season; Jeremy & Sandy claimed first place followed closely by Ernie & Cindy and Amani & Marcus respectively. The final three teams enjoyed the taste of making it to the final three, I enjoyed watching - Marcus' words on David & Goliath was quite hilarious.

    Unfortunately, Andy & Tommy became the eighth and final team to be eliminated. I was sad to see them go, but in many other ways, this gives the others a fighting chance to win the $1 million prize. I can't wait for the final leg as the teams venture into Atlanta, Georgia.

    JEREMY & SANDY are going to win TAR 19. I am pretty sure at this point. I really hope they do...

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  • Amazing penultimate leg!! Spoilers ahead!!

    10
    Thoughts on Tasks :

    I thought the comic challenge was cool. The teams messed around with their outfits. I was glad to see some kind of Route Marker task in the beginning of the leg.

    The tattoos was a good way of revealing a destination, rather then going for a clue.

    The Roadblock wasn't that interesting, but it did test racers' fears of height.

    The Detour was great. I would have gone with Filet, I was surprised 3/4 teams chose Sole, because making a scandal looks hard. Filet was just bringing food to certain places.

    The Plaza task was cool. I don't understand why Amani & Marcus lost so much time here, as it seemed pretty easy.

    Thoughts on Teams : (Ordered in Positions)

    1st: Jeremy & Sandy - So glad to see them first for once! I really want them to win in the finale, and I have more hopes for them.

    2nd: Ernie & Cindy - I still don't get why people dislike them. Sure Cindy freaks out too much about getting places first, but nothing else is bad about them. I am, however, glad they didn't win the leg.

    3rd: Amani & Marcus - I am glad they are in the finale! I really like how they are always calm, they are just like another Bill & Cathi (Oh, I miss them). I'm so rooting for them, too! I also liked how they took time in the Filet Detour.

    LAST: Andy & Tommy - Surprising elimination. I really don't get how going to that place lost a lot of time. They probably drove for more than 45 minutes, or when somewhere far. Anyway, I'm somewhat happy to see them lose, so they're not a big threat in the finale. It's nice to see luck NOT on their side for once. And they got eliminated because of THEIR mistake.

    I also find it funny taxi drivers were working together, not the teams.

    I have a feeling Jeremy & Sandy win, their "storyline" with their relationship problems starting from around Leg 4 throughout the Race, makes it look like they win. But it can be anyone.

    Overall a fantastic penultimate leg, filled with many tasks.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The four teams checked into the eleventh Pit Stop at Panama Viejo in Panama City, Panama in the following order:


      1. Jeremy & Sandy (Prize: Trip to Turks & Caicos Islands)
      2. Ernie & Cindy
      3. Amani & Marcus
      4. Andy & Tommy (Eliminated)

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  • NOTES (2)

    • During Phil Keoghan's (@PhilKeoghan) live tweeting, in response to the racers' difficulty in locating the Pit Stop location on the dancers' dresses—focusing on the old Balboa coins and then incorrectly heading for the Balboa district of Panama City—said "We really thought they would see the clue on the dress much faster."

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: December 8, 2011 on Channel Seven
      Sweden: April 21, 2013 on TV6

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