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Well, tonight is the night. tonight is the season finale of the Amazing Race 7 and it's down to the final three teams: Joyce & Uchenna, Ron & Kelly and Rob & Amber... This last leg brings the three teams from England back to the States and the Finish Line.

- I'm amazed that Ron & Kelly are even in this pack because they were truly the most mix-matched team in the race. It had the makings of being a great story... Guy goes off the war, gets taken hostage, gets rescued, comes back to the States, meets Beauty Queen, enter The Amazing Race and win $1 million. But it's just not so. She condescends to him so much, it's amazing that he didn't dump her ass during the Race.

If they win, I hope they split the money and find other people to date.

- Joyce & Uchenna are an example of the team you'd like to see win. They're married. They're kind to each other. They support each other. They were good to their competitors. They were just fine people who I think are the most deserving. Hell, she even shaved her hair off!!

I'd love to see them win because they raced fair. They didn't even complain about the way that Rob & Amber played. They stayed true to the spirit of the race and I'd love to see them win.

- Rob & Amber... As much as I hated the way that Rob schemed, I have to give him a lot of respect because this is $1 million we're talking about. You have to give him a lot of credit for taking advantage of his and Amber's celebrity and convincing locals, who are Survivor fans, to help them during some legs of the race. I love how Amber just sits back and lets him take over. She let him guide her to $1 million before, why not do it again?

I'm not one of those people who say "They won $1 million on Survivor! It wouldn't be fair if they won again!", but given the way they've played, it would be their own faults if they don't win.

****A side note to all this is that Rob & Amber just got married and CBS picked up the tab and will air a wedding special in the next few weeks. Some people see this as an indication that they won the Race and CBS is going to ride them out for ratings. But, I'm going to go the other way here.

I think they don't win and in an effort to still get money from CBS, they negotiated to sell the rights to their wedding day to the channel, a la Trista and Ryan. They will make their money that way.

In any event, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Joyce & Uchenna.



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I think Ron & Kelly really ended up benefiting from Gretchen & Meredith's luck survival in many legs. Had a stronger team (I'm thinking the gay couple or the brothers) beaten the older team out earlier, I think they could've finished off Ron & Kelly one of these last few legs. They're falling apart and Kelly seems to be breaking down on every leg. (And she still has to do one more Roadblock, which will surely help.)

Laws need to be passed to prevent Ron and Kelly from spending another moment together, or at least another in front of a camera.

The only redeeming part of the Ron & Kelly relationship is they at least weren't yelling at each other from day 1 (as opposed to the awful couple from last week and Tara & Will - I think? as annoying bickering couples); the wheels just came off the relationship in Africa

I don't think Rob & Amber's wedding special has reveals anything directly about their finish; once they got about halfway thru the race and were again characters (and probably earlier, the moment Survivor All-Stars ended), there's enough curoisty there for them to build a special around.

It's gonna be so funny if they win, though. They were the last one to get to the first airport - they couldn't even pop the trunk, and they've killed everyone since.

I'd be pretty happy if Uchena and Joyce won, as would anyone. I'd be happy if Rob & Amber won, that I know think everyone feels quite the same there. To me, they worked hard, they played within the rules, and they've clearly been the best team throughout the show - if there's issues about why they were allowed to do things they did, or if they should've been there to start, that's the fault of the tAR people, not Rob & Amber.

I don't think I'd be thrilled if Ron and Kelly won, but compared to previous seasons, it's a lot lesser hate. I don't know if it's casting or luck, but there were a lot less completely hatable teams this time around, and it was much apperciated.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.49
The "Betting Spoiler" that has been floating around says

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Uchenna and Joyce win.




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Joyce & Uchenna remind me of winners Chip & Kim, from about 2 seasons back. Both groups seemed like decent people. Plus, I like Uchenna 'cuz he looks like a chunky Terrell Davis..or a somewhat slimmer Warren Sapp.

How weak was it that they DIDN'T get a first-place trip prize when Joyce shaved her head?! (y'know... the little "as the winners of this leg, you get a trip to Mexico, which you can enjoy after the race" thing). They got shafted.

Also, it's about a week late, but give credit to Meredith. Any guy who survived 60-some years with THAT name had to have been a bad-ass on some level.






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After the disappointment of last season, it's good to see some actual good people win TAR. That was a real nail-biter of a finish, though I think the editing was a bit fudged with Uchenna and Joyce taking so much time to pay their cabbie. Still, it shows what good people they were to not stiff the guy.....Rob and Amber would've been out of there in a second. And, a big F YOU to the people who didn't even spare a few bucks to Uchenna and Joyce.

While I'm happy to see Uchenna and Joyce win, Romber got utterly screwed. The final leg of the entire race is not the time for a huge stack like Romber had to endure at that sugar factory. They had a healthy lead and if they had just been allowed to even retain a bit of it, they would've romped to the finish. The stacking was much less annoying than last season, but it still bugged me.

    Originally posted by estragand
    Also, it's about a week late, but give credit to Meredith. Any guy who survived 60-some years with THAT name had to have been a bad-ass on some level.





Meredith was the man. He came off as a great guy. I didn't mind Gretchen either...she reminds me of my mom.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.96
Gretchen's constant whine of "Oh My God" could peel paint but it was good to see them make it as far as they did.

I was stunned that the pilot ordered the jetway back to the plane to let them on - he must have gotten credit for the on time departure the first time it rolled back. Bad luck for Romber to not get a spanish speaking cabbie in Miami - it made the difference. The editing prior to the finish did make it look closer than it was but there was an awful lot of celebrating going on up there before we ever saw Romber come jogging up. The fact that CBS bought Romber a house for their wedding is a decent consolation prize.

Hats off to Uchenna & Joyce - they stayed strong, didn't whine, kept plugging and showed more than once that they were good decent people.



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I really enjoyed this season of TAR. Having Romber as contestants brought this game to a new level. I just hope that other "reality stars" don;t try this, like the god awful Trista and Ryan.

I want to say that CBS and TAR were pulling strings for Romber to make the finals but to have someone else win, but I am hoping I am wrong. In the same breath, I think something fishy was up with Uchenna and Joyca making that plane. I have never in all my travels had a pilto re-open the door for anyhting other than an emergency. Here I think CBS had a hand (and again, not a fact just my hunch) in this knowing full well that if Uchenna and Joyce miss that plane, the game is over.

That being said, my final thoughts are it was a great season and a great finish. I really felt happy for U&J and felt they deserved to win. This is the first time I had watched this since season 1 or 2 and I look forward to next season.

To al lyou loyal TAR viewers, has there ever been a race where someone just blew away the competition in the last leg or do they always make it kind of close?





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    Originally posted by dunkndollaz
    Hats off to Uchenna & Joyce - they stayed strong, didn't whine, kept plugging and showed more than once that they were good decent people.


I really liked the fact that they were supportive of each other throughout. When Joyce was crying in the airport while they were begging for money, Uchenna was very calming. Rob or Ron would have been yelling at their partner to suck it up and get to begging!

I am very glad that Rob and Amber didn't win and vow to not watch any portion of their wedding show. In fact, I vow to switch the channel if a commercial for it comes on while I am watching CSI, too.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.58
    Originally posted by pieman
      Originally posted by dunkndollaz
      Hats off to Uchenna & Joyce - they stayed strong, didn't whine, kept plugging and showed more than once that they were good decent people.


    I really liked the fact that they were supportive of each other throughout. When Joyce was crying in the airport while they were begging for money, Uchenna was very calming. Rob or Ron would have been yelling at their partner to suck it up and get to begging!

    I am very glad that Rob and Amber didn't win and vow to not watch any portion of their wedding show. In fact, I vow to switch the channel if a commercial for it comes on while I am watching CSI, too.


Maybe I missed some episodes or changed the channel too quickly, but I do not recall Rob ever really raising his voice to Amber. he was firm but no where near as volatile as Ron. Ron would have freaked out at Kelly at the airport much like he did through the last half of the race. But Rob never took his frustration out on Amber and was always supportive of her when she completed a task. And I will say this about Rob and Amber, they look and act like a couple that is in love. I wish them all the best in their future together.

As for Meredith and Gretchen, I totally agree with you DunknDollaz. Her constant whines of "Oh my God" and "Come on Meredith" and her voice in general really started to get to me. I glad they lost when they did because I still was able to get past that and root for them. If they made the finals, I am sure I would have been pulling for someone else. Be that as it may, out of all the contestants, I am most impressed with them by far and think what they accomplished was and still is amazing. I do not think my wife and I could have gotten as far as they did and we are half their age.



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I totally agree. When did Rob ever treat Amber poorly to give anyone the impression he'd lose it on her if she started crying in U&C's position? Both them and U&C had the best attitudes toward each other throughout the race.

Still, it was nice to see the constant string of comebacks all around in the final two legs of the race. Especially U&C, who I wanted to see racing to the finish line in the final two.

For all the good luck Romber had throughout the race, it was ironic how devastating the cabbie situation was at the end for them. They were actually in the lead in the final stretch.

Good finale!



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    Originally posted by Wpob
    I really enjoyed this season of TAR. Having Romber as contestants brought this game to a new level. I just hope that other "reality stars" don;t try this, like the god awful Trista and Ryan.

    I want to say that CBS and TAR were pulling strings for Romber to make the finals but to have someone else win, but I am hoping I am wrong. In the same breath, I think something fishy was up with Uchenna and Joyca making that plane. I have never in all my travels had a pilto re-open the door for anyhting other than an emergency. Here I think CBS had a hand (and again, not a fact just my hunch) in this knowing full well that if Uchenna and Joyce miss that plane, the game is over.

    That being said, my final thoughts are it was a great season and a great finish. I really felt happy for U&J and felt they deserved to win. This is the first time I had watched this since season 1 or 2 and I look forward to next season.

    To al lyou loyal TAR viewers, has there ever been a race where someone just blew away the competition in the last leg or do they always make it kind of close?




The first season comes to mind. One team got so far behind that they never made it to the finish line -- they were just told the race was over.

As for the plane ... well, it's not the first time that's happened. Remember Rob and Amber somehow making it onto the plane in Argentina?



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In the summer of 1987 I was running through the St. Louis airport for my flight to Denver like OJ Simpson in the old Hertz ads. When I got to the gate the agent had just shut the door to the jetway but called down to the flight and got them to open the door back up for me. Maybe it was because I had a first class ticket and it was the last flight of the day to Denver but I have never seen it happen again in all my years of business travel and I have logged a lot of miles since then.



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For as well as they played the game, Rob and Amber got screwed big time. They were probably the best all around team in TAR history, and they pretty much got jacked twice (once in the flight with Uchena and Joyce and once at the sugar factory). Uchena and Joyce are good people, but they didn't really deserve to win the thing. But I guess the beauty of TAR is that the team that deserves to win doesn't always (thanks Flo/Zach and Freddie/Kendra).

On the subject of Uchena and Joyce though, they are the first team ever since the introduction of the money loss "non-elimination" rule, to have trouble getting money. Don't know if they were too nice, or their strategy was wrong (straight up begging like in the ticket line wasn't really a great idea), but it was odd that they would have so much trouble where no other team ever has. Also, what was the deal with the cabbie thing? That was TOO nice. I mean, you can't just tell the guy "Hey, I'm gonna go win a million dollars, I'll be right back with a nice tip?" I mean, it's not like the cameras are invisible, he knows SOMETHING is up, and that it's not like Uchena is going to shaft him here. Hell, he could have taken the cabbie to the finish line with him. I will say that I hated their finishing speech also. I'm glad they're excited about having kids, but I hated Joyce pandering to the racers (we felt your prayers!) and then Uchenna jumping in to get them to react. It felt very forced.

Ron and Kelly are over. Kelly hit it on the head for the first time last night, that they really ARE the All-American couple, insofar as Ron isn't eally interested in getting married right now, just dating and being a man, and Kelly wants to get married and have a family now now now. Incidentally, I hope she gets that acne cleaned up.

Anybody else suprised that they didn't actually "Go around the world"? Just to India and back. I think I heard somewhere that the tsunamis hit during filming, so they rescheduled the second half of the race. I guess that makes sense.

But seriously, Rob and Amber got totally screwed. Still can't wait for next season though. When are they running it? Next fall?



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    Originally posted by Excalibur05
    But seriously, Rob and Amber got totally screwed.


How did they get screwed? By getting picked to be on a show because they had already won $1,100,000 on Survivor? BY having the producers of TAR have "fans" strategically placed to help them in various locations around the globe? The producers had to want them in the finals and not win. If they had won, the backlash against TAR would have been immense. Just from my office here, the sentiment is 10 to 1 against Rob and Amber. Most people think they are greedy, TV face-time loving bastards. Nearly every person that I know that watches the show thinks it was rigged for Rob and Amber to get to the finals.



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Once again, the race is won/lost in the taxi.

The giant, flaming hypocrites Lynn and Alex are becoming media whores in their own right. Not only are they in talks to host their own reality show, but they're having their wedding sponsored by and broadcast by a radio station in Ottawa.

And to think they hated Rob and Amber so much for that exact reason!

    Originally posted by pieman
    By having the producers of TAR have "fans" strategically placed to help them in various locations around the globe?


With all due respect, is this opinion or fact? Could you link something for me...or should I refill your glass of Haterade? :)

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Absolute assumption on my part. I'm having a second glass right now.



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Yeah, I thought the cabbie thing was a little weird at first..but then I remembered that it’s Miami. Alot of gas pumps there are “pre-pay only” 24/7 and panhandlers are all over. Uchenna’s a heck of a guy, though.

The editting job at the end was humorous. When Uchenna and Joyce arrived and gave their little speech at the mat, they showed everyone smiling or crying. When Romber arrived and began talking, they cut to everyone looking rather stoic.

Was anyone else slightly irked when Kelly said “I’m just a typical girl who wants to have babies and get married”? Yay..and then you can stay home, bake cookies , watch soap operas, clean the house and do the laundry! Just like a “typical GIRL”. I hope she finds her “typical BOY” who’ll work at Sears, know how to fix the carborator on his ‘78 Camaro, mow the lawn, eat steak and watch football.

Regarding anyone ever blowing away the rest on the final leg... the closest I can remember was from season 3 (I think) in Fall 2002. The final team (the married gay couple) crossed the finish line in a close race with the second team. Meanwhile, the third team was still in Hawaii doing a task. When they got to the clue box, there was a note saying “X & Y have already crossed the finish line in Dallas....thanks for playing, you’re #3”



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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    After the disappointment of last season, it's good to see some actual good people win TAR. That was a real nail-biter of a finish, though I think the editing was a bit fudged with Uchenna and Joyce taking so much time to pay their cabbie. Still, it shows what good people they were to not stiff the guy.....Rob and Amber would've been out of there in a second. And, a big F YOU to the people who didn't even spare a few bucks to Uchenna and Joyce.

    While I'm happy to see Uchenna and Joyce win, Romber got utterly screwed. The final leg of the entire race is not the time for a huge stack like Romber had to endure at that sugar factory. They had a healthy lead and if they had just been allowed to even retain a bit of it, they would've romped to the finish. The stacking was much less annoying than last season, but it still bugged me.

      Originally posted by estragand
      Also, it's about a week late, but give credit to Meredith. Any guy who survived 60-some years with THAT name had to have been a bad-ass on some level.





    Meredith was the man. He came off as a great guy. I didn't mind Gretchen either...she reminds me of my mom.


That F YOU is not deserved. Let's keep things in perspective. U&J were not in desperate need of money, and you can tend to tell that by how they carry themselves and how they dress. The TV camera following them around would also be a clue. Keep in mind that the only reason that they were in the situation that they were in was because of a contrived situation created by a TV show. So what U&J were really asking for was "Give us some money so we can win a gameshow and win a million dollars". There have to be thousands of causes more worthy. I wouldn't be too inclined to give game show contestants money either.

As far as having trouble getting money, perhaps that's just the editing. I mean, if you only show the parts were you have success, it looks like you had no trouble getting money. But for all we know, they could have asked 100 people before that first success. So we can't say for sure if U&J had any more or less sucess than any other team. (Also keep in mind that teams have often had success getting money from other teams, making begging less of a necessity. Of course, no way that's happening on the last leg.)

On the taxi situation, I had to wonder if there is some rule that says you must pay taxi drivers unless they say it's cool. Otherwise U&J are better people than me, I would have just told the guy to give me his name and address and that he would just have to trust me, I would take care of him.

And the whole plane situation just didn't ring true to me. I'm now questioning some earlier situations as well (which benefitted Romber).



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#19 Posted on
    Originally posted by Excalibur05
    Anybody else suprised that they didn't actually "Go around the world"? Just to India and back. I think I heard somewhere that the tsunamis hit during filming, so they rescheduled the second half of the race. I guess that makes sense.


Actually, they finished filming on or around the 18th of December, well before the tsunamis hit. I haven't found any reason at any of the Amazing Race sites for the horseshoe course.
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
Not to underthink this, but it could've been a decision to just do it differently because they haven't done it that way before.

I think what we've all learned is it tremendously varies between countires, airlines, and even the indiviudals in the same aiport on how far they'll go to help out last minute passengers. There's no universal consistentcy for situation to situation, and that's why you have to ask for all you can everytime, even if others said no the last 300 times.



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