History EliminationHoudini / TheAmazingrace

11th Jul '16 5:42:24 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* Dan & Andrew from Season 13, who only made it to the Final 3 because they were repeatedly saved by non-elimination legs or another team making an even worse blunder than they did. They are probably the Race's worst offenders/best examples of this trope, and are widely credited as being the worst team to ever make the Final 3. Phil even told them at one point that he thought they were going to be the next team eliminated. They even acknowledged how bad they were, saying that there should be a Website/YouTube compilation video of all their mistakes - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQfBUQ5gvvs and one *was* created]]. They at least are able to laugh at themselves.

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* Dan & Andrew from Season 13, who only made it to the Final 3 because they were repeatedly saved by non-elimination legs or another team making an even worse blunder than they did. They are probably the Race's worst offenders/best examples of this trope, and are widely credited as being the worst team to ever make the Final 3. Phil even told them at one point that he thought they were going to be the next team eliminated. They even acknowledged how bad they were, saying that there should be a Website/YouTube compilation video of all their mistakes - [[http://www.mistakes--[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQfBUQ5gvvs com/results?search_query=the+amazing+race+dandrew and one *was* created]]. some have been created.]] They at least are able to laugh at themselves.
17th Apr '16 11:31:57 AM wceagle4life
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\n* In Season 28, there's Scott and Blair. They came in last on the first leg but were saved by it being non-elimination, then barely survived several legs due to mistakes by other teams and their own BornLucky nature.
** Also Sherri and Cole. They had frequent navigational issues, were saved twice by non-elimination legs and often received help from other teams. The one time they actually could have helped an ally (Brittany and Jessica), they cut them loose.

26th Sep '15 6:51:43 PM Polisi25
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** Then Xiao Yang & Wang Taili, who manages to finished 3rd despite being the bottom 2 for 8 out of 10 legs
21st Sep '15 5:51:10 PM shatterstar
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* Zabrina & Joe Jer from Season 1. After they were non-eliminated in leg 7, they spent the next four legs in the bottom 2. They managed to win the race.

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* Zabrina & Joe Jer from Season 1. After they were non-eliminated in leg 7, they spent the next four legs in the bottom 2. They managed to win the race. It should be noted that like Meredith & Gretchen, they are one of the more popular EH team for being nice and the first female team to win in the entire franchise.
19th Aug '15 7:52:34 AM Polisi25
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** Also from that season, Don & Mary Jean, who stumbled through 5 legs despite accidentally stealing another team's car in leg 2, wasting over 5 hours at the IKEA counting detour in leg 3, and choosing the slower, luck-based fishing Detour in leg 4 (and finishing almost 4 hours behind the first team). They were finally eliminated in 8th after getting lost at the beginning of the 5th leg, after which not even Lori & Bolo accidentally walking several miles could save them.

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** Also from that season, Don & Mary Jean, who stumbled through 5 legs despite accidentally stealing another team's car in leg 2, wasting over 5 hours at the IKEA counting detour in leg 3, and choosing the slower, luck-based fishing Detour in leg 4 (and finishing almost 4 hours behind the first team). They were finally eliminated in 8th after getting lost at the beginning of the 5th leg, after which not even Lori & Bolo accidentally walking several miles could save them.



* Also from Season 15 were Maria & Tiffany. They were saved from elimination twice, by a non-elimination Pit Stop at the end of the first leg, and by Zev & Justin losing their passport in Cambodia.

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* Also from Season 15 were ** Maria & Tiffany. They were saved from elimination twice, by a non-elimination Pit Stop at the end of the first leg, and by Zev & Justin losing their passport in Cambodia.Cambodia.
** Mika & Canaan, they nearly lost a tourist in Japan and Canaan have to do most of the Roadblocks for the first half. They finished in 7th, they best placement after Mika's meltdown of not willing to slide down a water slide even though Flight Time & Big Easy are right behind them.



** Max & Katie also qualify. After they got two other teams to quit a task with them in the first leg and take a four hour penalty, they were handily beaten by the other surviving team in the next leg, only staying in by having their penalty cut down by an Hours of Operation bunching point and two other teams' major screwups. In the next leg, they screwed up navigation so badly that they were only spared from last place by Chuck & Wynona screwing up worse. They were later saved by a non-elimination leg after being the last team to quit the longer end of a Detour, and in the leg after that, despite a Speed Bump, navigation issues, and having to pay a speeding ticket, they managed to survive again due to Pam & Winnie imploding on the Detour. However, they did end up winning three straight legs in Europe just before the finale.

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** Max & Katie also qualify.Katie. After they got two other teams to quit a task with them in the first leg and take a four hour penalty, they were handily beaten by the other surviving team in the next leg, only staying in by having their penalty cut down by an Hours of Operation bunching point and two other teams' major screwups. In the next leg, they screwed up navigation so badly that they were only spared from last place by Chuck & Wynona screwing up worse. They were later saved by a non-elimination leg after being the last team to quit the longer end of a Detour, and in the leg after that, despite a Speed Bump, navigation issues, and having to pay a speeding ticket, they managed to survive again due to Pam & Winnie imploding on the Detour. However, they did end up winning three straight legs in Europe just before the finale.



* In Season 24 there's Brendon & Rachel. While they finished in the top 2 for five of the legs, they've barely escaped elimination in every other leg thanks to other peoples mistakes (Joey & Meghan letting their cab go in the middle of nowhere) or being lucky at the right time (non-elimination, being right on a coin flip flight decision, John telling Rachel what she was doing wrong on a Roadblock).
** Then there's Caroline & Jennifer. Though they spent most of the season in the middle of the pack, the two times they fell to last they were saved by non-elimination.

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* In Season 24 there's Brendon & Rachel. While they finished in the top 2 for five of the legs, they've barely escaped elimination in every other leg thanks to other peoples mistakes (Joey & Meghan letting their cab go in the middle of nowhere) nowhere, Leo & Jamal direction issues) or being lucky at the right time (non-elimination, being right on a coin flip flight decision, John telling Rachel what she was doing wrong on a Roadblock).
Roadblock and Leo & Jamal U-Turning Jet & Cord instead).
** Then there's Caroline & Jennifer. Though Like Brendon & Rachel they spent most of the season either finish high or being in the middle of the pack, danger zone, and the two times they fell to last they were saved by non-elimination.





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\n* In Season 26, Mike and Rochelle, who had 5 bottom 2 finishes when they reached the Top 4.




* Chen Yiru & Zhou Weitong (Celebrity), from the 4th to 8th leg, 4 of the legs had them running in 2nd to last or last when they were 6 teams left.

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* Chen Yiru & Zhou Weitong (Celebrity), from the 4th to 8th leg, 4 of the legs had them running in 2nd to last or last when they were 6 teams left.last.




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* G.E.M and Zhang YunJing (Celebrity 2), in the 6 legs they run, 4 of the legs saw themselves placed in last.
10th Jul '15 11:35:53 AM k9feline7
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* Meredith & Gretchen, Season 7, who were the first team to succeed while deliberately using the "Just beat one team" strategy, even though Gretchen got injured and they had their bags taken away on an early leg. It should be noted they were more popular than most EHs, even becoming fan favorites, due to being a genuinely nice elderly couple who rarely quarreled and never did a single devious thing against any of the other teams. They also gained sympathy from their injuries and when other teams stated [[TrashTalk trash talking]] them, which made their [[DeathByIrony victories against these trash talking teams]] [[UnderdogsNeverLose all the more satisfying.]]

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* Meredith & Gretchen, Season 7, who were the first team to succeed while deliberately using the "Just beat one team" strategy, even though Gretchen got injured and they had their bags taken away on an early leg. It should be noted they were more popular than most EHs, [=EHs=], even becoming fan favorites, due to being a genuinely nice elderly couple who rarely quarreled and never did a single devious thing against any of the other teams. They also gained sympathy from their injuries and when other teams stated [[TrashTalk trash talking]] them, which made their [[DeathByIrony victories against these trash talking teams]] [[UnderdogsNeverLose all the more satisfying.]]
10th Jul '15 11:35:17 AM k9feline7
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* Meredith & Gretchen, Season 7, who were the first team to succeed while deliberately using the "Just beat one team" strategy, even though Gretchen got injured and they had their bags taken away on an early leg.

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* Meredith & Gretchen, Season 7, who were the first team to succeed while deliberately using the "Just beat one team" strategy, even though Gretchen got injured and they had their bags taken away on an early leg. It should be noted they were more popular than most EHs, even becoming fan favorites, due to being a genuinely nice elderly couple who rarely quarreled and never did a single devious thing against any of the other teams. They also gained sympathy from their injuries and when other teams stated [[TrashTalk trash talking]] them, which made their [[DeathByIrony victories against these trash talking teams]] [[UnderdogsNeverLose all the more satisfying.]]
15th May '15 2:43:59 AM Polisi25
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9th May '15 11:53:14 AM almightyblue
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** Leg 7 & 8: The only leg (7) they were doing very well in (running in the front of the pack with Michelle & Jo and Paul & Steve), was oddly cut, putting the pit stop in another country, which equlized most teams, sending them once again to the back of the pack.

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** Leg 7 & 8: The only leg (7) they were doing very well in (running in the front of the pack with Michelle & Jo and Paul & Steve), was oddly cut, putting the pit stop in another country, which equlized equalized most teams, sending them once again to the back of the pack.





and everyone else making huge mistakes afterwards. This includes teams taking 4 hour penalties, a team getting so lost that Grant eliminated them in the field while they were still in the middle for the leg, and a team missing an hours of operation equalizer and being broke on top of that.
8th May '15 8:11:00 PM Karpov617
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* Lucy & Emilia, 2. Despite being outmatched by pretty much every other team, they managed to make it to 5th place due to being saved by the Salvage Pass in the first leg, and everyone else making huge mistakes afterwards. This includes teams taking 4 hour penalties, a team getting so lost that Grant eliminated them in the field while they were still in the middle for the leg, and a team missing an hours of operation equalizer and being broke on top of that.

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* Lucy & Emilia, 2. Emilia (2) is probably the best example in the entire franchise about evading elimination until Leg 10. Despite being outmatched by pretty much every other team, they managed to make it to 5th place due to being the following:
** Leg 1: Being
saved by Ross & Tarryn with the Salvage Pass Pass.
** Leg 2: Saved by Adam & Dane's 30 minute penalty for selling personal possessions.
** Leg 3: Saved by Sue & Teresa's failure at the step-counting Roadblock.
** Leg 4: Even after getting detained by the police, they were still saved by Kym & Donna getting helplessly loss in Dubai.
** Leg 5 & 6: Both Sarah & James and Ross & Tarryn were unable to finish the Roadblock and took 4 hour penalties.
** Leg 7 & 8: The only leg (7) they were doing very well in (running
in the first leg, front of the pack with Michelle & Jo and Paul & Steve), was oddly cut, putting the pit stop in another country, which equlized most teams, sending them once again to the back of the pack.
** Leg 9: Sarah & James missing the morning equalizer and running out of money.



and everyone else making huge mistakes afterwards. This includes teams taking 4 hour penalties, a team getting so lost that Grant eliminated them in the field while they were still in the middle for the leg, and a team missing an hours of operation equalizer and being broke on top of that.
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