Wow, what a start to the 21 season of The Amazing Race!
As always, there’s an interesting cast of characters racing. This season includes a double amputee, Chippendales, a rock star and entertainment lawyer, a former University of Texas football player and cheerleader and a team that’s applied to be on the Race seven times.
Right off the bat we learned that if a team wins the first and last legs of the Race, the prize money is doubled to $2 million. So that means Abbie and Ryan, who are dating, are playing for $2 million while everyone else is playing for a million.
Then the Race starts by teams having to propel off a 10-story high bridge, a challenge that would have ended the Race for my poor mother had she been on as she would have been paralyzed by her fear of heights.
I’m not scared of heights, but there were several places my Race may have ended had I been on this season. I can’t even beat my brother-in-law in ping pong so I doubt I could score against a Chinese junior champion, and I was getting queasy just watching the racers eat frog fallopian tubes.
To wrap up an entertaining premiere, there was a footrace to the mat with the last team arriving just 15 seconds too late.
It should be another interesting season, and each Sunday I’ll bring you a recap.
The blog will feature my opinions, my younger sister Nora’s opinions (loyal followers will remember her from past seasons) and likely a thought or two from my mom, a long-time fan of the show, and girlfriend Justina, who is in her second season as a now obsessed Race fan.
I hope you enjoy.
Order of Finish
1. Abbie and Ryan, dating
2. Amy and Daniel, dating
3. Caitlin and Brittany, best friends
4. Natalie and Nadiya, twins
5. Rob and Kelley, married
6. James and Mark, friends
7. Josh and Brent, life partners
8. Gary and Will, friends
9. Trey and Lexi, dating
10. James and Jaymes, friends
11. Rob and Sheila, engaged ELIMINATED
Thumbs Up: To Amy and Daniel for telling Abbie and Ryan where the final clue was located. While several other teams lied about what they knew or gave misinformation, Amy and Daniel offered help. On the mat, Daniel said, "That's just the kind of people we are." It ended up costing them first place and a shot at $2 million, but hopefully they get some good karma down the road.
Thumbs Down: To Rob for picking up the papaya and eating the frog fallopian tubes when the directions said not to do use your hands. I’ll never understand why people don’t take the time to read directions on the Race. This time, it didn’t cost Rob and his partner Kelley, but missing a direction can prevent you from winning a leg or even send you home.
Best Moment: I enjoyed the entire ping pong scene, which required racers to score just one point against a Chinese junior champion. The champion started off playing with a normal paddle, but switched to various items such as a clipboard, a tambourine, a frying pan and even the next clue, which made it all the more hilarious when the racers kept losing.
Quote of the Week: Some funny comments were made during ping pong and Josh and Brent had a few funny exchanges, but I thought Abbie had the funniest line of the show:
While eating the frog fallopian tubes, Ryan said, “Hmm, amazingly good. Have you ever had fallopian tubes, Abbie? Abbie responded, “I have two, but please don’t eat mine.”
Question of the Week: I’ll start off with the same question as I have the last two seasons. Who do you think will win the Amazing Race?
I’m going to pick best friends Gary and Will who have applied to be on the show seven times. They seem like they get along great, they appear to be in pretty good condition and obviously they are big fans of the Race, so maybe they won’t repeat silly mistakes they’ve seen on past seasons. With my track record of picks, I think we all know these two are going home within the next two weeks.
Nora is picking the Chippendales to go from near elimination Episode 1 to victory.
Comment to let me know who you think will win and why, or vote in the poll on the right.