Between the release of the TAR1 DVDs, the rebroadcasts on GSN, and the general suckitude of TAR8, I thought it would be (more) interesting to try to create detailed timelines for the first 4 seasons of TAR –- of the kind now available in the Gabbery forum for seasons 5 and later.
My understanding is that such detailed timelines were never created for the early seasons. They may exist for TAR4, though I saw only two episodes with detailed timelines at TARFlies.
Clearly this effort starts out owing a great debt of gratitude to Rinaldo and others who helped create the overview timelines for each season –- and the write-ups for first season will owe a lot to Team Guido and particularly Brennan for all the info they have provided over the years.
Since we don’t have the structure of the once-a-week broadcasts to follow here, I would like to suggest –- repeat suggest –- two ground rules:
- That we proceed in chronological order through the episodes and seasons;
- That we wait at least a week before posting a new timeline, so folks have time to examine and comment on the latest one before moving on.
So, without further ado, here goes:
SEASON 1 -- LEG 1
Thursday March 8, 2001
We open with Phil standing on top of Carnegie Hall Tower in New York City. In an odd close-up shot, he says that 22 people have “decided to take a break from their everyday lives and embark on a race around the world for one million dollars.”
The 11 teams are secluded inside a bus that is shown crossing the Manhattan Bridge, and then arriving in Central Park. Each team exits the bus in turn:
1) Frank/Margarita: Separated Parents
2) Paul/Amie: Engaged
3) Kim/Leslie: Teachers & Roommates
4) Lenny/Karyn: (Inexplicably) Dating
5) Dave/Margaretta: Grandparents
6) Matt/Ana: Married (also Deadheads and Doofuses)
7) Joe/Bill: Life Partners (and hereafter, Team Guido)
8) Pat/Brenda: Working Moms
9) Rob/Brennan: Lawyers & Best Friends
10) Nancy/Emily: Mother & Daughter
11) Kevin/Drew: Fraternity Brothers
The teams walk briefly through the park and assemble in front of the Bethesda Fountain (roughly level with 72nd Street), were they receive instructions from Phil.
Once Phil says “go,” teams run (or Frats walk) up the steps to retrieve their first clue, which tells them to fly to Johannesburg, South Africa on one of 3 flights. (It’s about 8,000 miles away as the crow flies, or about 9,000 via Milan or Zurich.) Teams then scatter to leave the park and deduce that they must go to the ridiculously confusing JFK airport (map).
Most teams take a taxi (about $30-$40 excluding -- ahem -- tip), with Team Guido apparently catching one on Central Park South, Rob/Brennan on Central Park West across the street from the Dakota building, and Frank/ Margarita on 5th Avenue. Paul/Amie and Matt/Ana, however, take the subway. Perhaps having gotten on the C local by mistake, Paul/Amie change trains at Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn (heading upstairs for the A Express platform).
Order of arrival at JFK is not shown in many cases, but since seats to J’burg are first come/first served, it seems likely that teams reach the airport in the same order that they sign up for the flights, as follows:
1st Flight (Terminal 3): South African Air #202. This is presented as a direct flight, and (per Leslie’s comment) is limited to 5 teams:
1) Team Guido;
4) Pat/Brenda (who per Team Guido were the first ones to reach the terminal but got held up by security); and
(Frank says one of the flights will depart at 5:55, and I found a current SA flight #204 departing JFK at 5:55PM, stopping for an hour in Dakar, Senagal, and arriving in Johannesburg at 5:05PM the next day. Oy!)
2nd Flight (Terminal 4) Swiss Air #101, via Zurich:
6) Kim/Leslie; and
(Came up empty here; their flights from JFK to J’burg now seem to involve an 11-hour layover in Zurich.) It’s not clear if there were only 2 spaces or if only 2 teams booked this one.
3rd Flight (Terminal 1) Alitalia #605, via Milan:
10) Kevin/Drew; and
(Paul says one of the flights departs at 6:25, and I found an old Alitalia #605 from JFK to Milan departing at 6:25PM and arriving Milan at 8:05AM. Apparently Alitalia does not fly directly from Milan to J’burg any more.)
Friday March 9, 2001
Upon arrival, teams find their next clue in the Johannesburg International Airport (originally, Jan Smuts International Airport). They are told to “head to” Lanseria Airport and sign up for one of four charter flights from Ryan Blake Air, again first come/first served. (Sound familiar? It no longer serves that airport, and had a serious crash in Africa in 2003.)
Aside from the first 5 teams, order of arrival at Lanseria is not shown but largely tracks the arrival times in J’burg. (I’m guessing this was provided transportation; we see no teams paying their drivers, and b/w the taxi to JFK and the optional driver to follow, they wouldn’t have enough money to pay for another taxi here -- but most teams did all three.) Upon arrival, teams sign up for a flight for the following morning but are not told its destination -- and yet nobody complains about being made a prisoner!
Teams spend the night at Shumba Valley Lodge (this map shows that it’s very close to Lanseria Airport, near the town of Randburg and northwest of J’burg.) Rob says it’s about a half-hour drive from J’burg airport. Sunset in J’burg at that time of year was at about 6:30PM; Team Guido is shown entering their room at about sunset, while on the DVD Drew says they arrived at Shumba at night and Kim and Leslie are shown in their van to Lanseria at night.
TO BE CONTINUED (Long post first time -- shouldn’t happen again)
Edited by strategery, Jan 4, 2006 @ 11:51 AM.