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Old 02-27-15, 09:16 PM
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The Amazing Race (S26E02) -- "I Got the Smartest Dude" -- 2/27/15





TEAMS RACE TO NAGANO, JAPAN WHERE RACERS TAKE ON AN OLYMPIC-SIZED DETOUR, ON "THE AMAZING RACE," FRIDAY, FEB. 27

"I Got the Smartest Dude" - Teams race through Nagano, Japan where Racers take on an Olympic-sized Detour, and one team takes a tumble that may jeopardize their chances in the Race, on THE AMAZING RACE, Friday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan)
is the host.

The Preexisting Dating Couples:

Name: Aly Dudek
Age: 24
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Olympic Athlete *won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating

Name: Steven Langton
Age: 31
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Olympic Athlete *won 2 bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding

Length of relationship: 7 months

Name: Harley Rodriguez
Age: 41
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Group Fitness Trainer

Name: Jonathan Knight (@JonathanRKnight)

Age: 46
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Entertainer (New Kids on the Block member)
Length of relationship: 7 years

Name: Jeff Magee
Age: 57
Hometown: McCall, Idaho
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Airline Pilot

Name: Lyda Grawn
Age: 49
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Flight Attendant

Length of relationship: Known 20 years, dating 4 years

Name: C.J. Harris
Age: 26
Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: IT Technician

Name: Lebya Simpson
Age: 25
Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Medical Support Assistant

Length of relationship: Known for 15 years, dating for 10

Name: Matt Cucolo
Age: 30
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Hairstylist

Name: Ashley Gordon
Age: 28
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y. Connection to your teammate: Dating
Occupation: Hairstylist

Length of relationship: Known 10 years, dating 3 years

Name: Rochelle Nevedal
Age: 29
Hometown: Kalkaska, Mich.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Contract Engineer

Name: Michael Dombrowski
Age: 26
Hometown: Traverse City, Mich.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Truck Stop Manager/Pro Wrestling Promoter

Length of relationship: 2 years The Blind Date Couples:

Name: Hayley Keel
Age: 28
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Registered Nurse

Name: Blair Townsend
Age: 31
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Occupation: Navy Physician
Relationship Status: Single

Name: Jackie Ibarra
Age: 27
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Professional Dancer

Name: Jeffrey Weldon
Age: 26
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Account Executive/Sales

Name: Laura Pierson
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Talent Booker

Name: Tyler Adams
Age: 26
Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Mobile App Developer

Name: Jenny Wu
Age: 32
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Blogger and Lawyer

Name: Jelani Roy
Age: 32
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Lawyer

Name: Bergen Olson
Age: 23
Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Human Resources Project Manager

Name: Kurt Jordan Belcher
Age: 24
Hometown: Butler, Ky.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Pageant Consultant



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Old 02-27-15, 09:45 PM
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Re: The Amazing Race (S26E02) -- "I Got the Smartest Dude" -- 2/27/15

I cannot stand selfies, so it was nice to see a team miss their train while taking one. Sure, it was only a 16 minute miss, but still nice to see. Who knows maybe it did cost them in the end.
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Originally Posted by dfmaverick2 View Post
I cannot stand selfies, so it was nice to see a team miss their train while taking one. Sure, it was only a 16 minute miss, but still nice to see. Who knows maybe it did cost them in the end.
I can't stand selfies either. I have never taken one.

The blind date couples are so far doing much better than than dating couples. I wouldn't mind being Laura's blind date teammate. She reminds me of Amy Adams.
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I forgot to add that the sleeping accommodations at the first pit stop were awful. I wouldn't have slept at all.
Old 02-28-15, 12:04 AM
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So maybe the selfie cam wasn't such a bad idea after all?

There was 2 hours and 50 minutes separating the first team departure and the last. So all those attempts at the dancing must have gone by pretty quickly.
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Originally Posted by lwhy? View Post
I can't stand selfies either. I have never taken one.

The blind date couples are so far doing much better than than dating couples. I wouldn't mind being Laura's blind date teammate. She reminds me of Amy Adams.
Yep looks just like her.
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I hope they don't do this selfie and video crap in future seasons. Distracting and stupid.
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Lawyer team
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Re: The Amazing Race (S26E02) -- "I Got the Smartest Dude" -- 2/27/15

Originally Posted by zoomgirl View Post
I hope they don't do this selfie and video crap in future seasons. Distracting and stupid.
Next it will be: "I'm sorry to tell you you are the #lastteam to arrive and you have been #eliminated from the race" and that will be the last episode I watch.
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Originally Posted by lwhy? View Post
The blind date couples are so far doing much better than than dating couples.
One of the players made a good point about how the blind date couples are still filtering their comments toward one another... we've all seen how long time couples blow up at each other, and I'm sure that increases the stress level and affects performance.
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Originally Posted by zoomgirl View Post
I hope they don't do this selfie and video crap in future seasons. Distracting and stupid.
And as we've seen can affect the outcome of the race.
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Re: The Amazing Race (S26E02) -- "I Got the Smartest Dude" -- 2/27/15

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So maybe the selfie cam wasn't such a bad idea after all?
I said at the time that it would be great if their selfie captured the train behind them leaving the platform.
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Jackie reminds me of RC from Survivor Philippines with her constant giggling. I hope that team goes home soon.
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Re: The Amazing Race (S26E02) -- "I Got the Smartest Dude" -- 2/27/15

at CJ and Lebya missing their train because they were so focused on taking their selfie video.

That noodle challenge was just ridiculous. I mean really? Eating noodles with a fan blowing in your face.

Pleasantly surprised to see the blind dates doing so well. Jenny and Jelani seem more like friend material than a potential couple.
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Jenny and Jelani seem more like friend material than a potential couple.
Like I thought from the first episode. She gave off that nice little Asian girl saying all the nice PC things vibe while not being able to look him in the eye. Been there, done that.
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I wish the show had everyone be "blind date" couples instead of half-and-half. Though the way things are going, we'll be getting pretty close to it (the truck stop couple are struggling, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them go next).

Like Survivor with their "collar" theme, the host is coming on really strong with pestering the players about their love connection progress. But I like the responses the players are giving: winning the money is the priority, and doing the Race is a better way to make friends than fall in love.
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That noodle challenge was just ridiculous. I mean really? Eating noodles with a fan blowing in your face.
The worst part was when one of the guys complained he didn't like the taste of the noodles. Seriously? They're noodles! Plus the fact that the noodles came straight from the boiling water, to the bowl of broth, and only a few minutes later you eat them. (Assuming they didn't serve cold soup) The noodles didn't even have time to marinade in the broth. They probably just tasted plain.

Source: I'm Asian
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Seriously? They're noodles!
You say that like everyone eats noodles on regular basis.
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I wish the show had everyone be "blind date" couples instead of half-and-half. Though the way things are going, we'll be getting pretty close to it (the truck stop couple are struggling, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them go next).

Like Survivor with their "collar" theme, the host is coming on really strong with pestering the players about their love connection progress. But I like the responses the players are giving: winning the money is the priority, and doing the Race is a better way to make friends than fall in love.
I agree with both points. The results are proving existing couples and blind dates shouldn't have been mixed and that the blind date idea was pretty pointless. Even if one or two of the couples decide to romantically see each other after the race (which doesn't seem likely so far) they are putting the race first.

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You say that like everyone eats noodles on regular basis.
Yeah, it takes years of practice to eat noodles
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Yeah, it takes years of practice to eat noodles
We were. Talking about the taste not the ability to eat them. Try to keep up junior.
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You say that like everyone eats noodles on regular basis.
They are just top ramen noodles. i am sure the white gay dude has eating top ramen noodles in college.
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They are just top ramen noodles. i am sure the white gay dude has eating top ramen noodles in college.
I've never eaten ramen before and I went to college...
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They are just top ramen noodles. i am sure the white gay dude has eating top ramen noodles in college.
The prepackaged noodles America sells are far different from Japan's ramen noodles. Japan's are freshly made that day and the broth is cooked with different sauces and spices.

The noodle challenge was probably set up to shake the blind date couples, it gotta be weird to have a stranger feed you. The fan thing also ensured a bit of tension with the stickier broth being blown onto your face.
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Re: The Amazing Race (S26E02) -- "I Got the Smartest Dude" -- 2/27/15

The lawyers are on a strictly friends track and just focused on the business at hand. Occupational hazard?

Not gonna say that Japanese noodles/ramen are universally loved, but unless a person simply despise most Asian/Japanese cooking and those flavors, I don't see how they can claim that the ramen/broth served in this challenge to be disgusting or uneatable.

As best as I could tell that was a high end ramen house that served quality made noodles and soup. Most ramen broth are made from pork bones into a nice, aromatic soup base, then seasoned with salt, soy sauce or miso. The noodles are cooked Al-dente in separate boiling water and promptly added to the broth and served, as overcooked noodles don't taste as good. Anyway eating noodles beats eating insects, animal organs, snakes, or raw meat any day of the week.

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