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The start of the show was time-delayed about 15 minutes so we unfortunately caught the tail end of 60 Minutes. What was Anderson Cooper doing on there?
The racers have been introduced and take off from Miami, Florida. I had no idea one of the teams consists of one of the guys from the Frat Boy team last season and one of the girls from the Pinkies that same season.
Team List: Oswald & Danny, Kevin & Drew, John Vito & Jill, Uchenna & Joyce, David & Mary, Charla & Mirna, Rob & Amber, Teri & Ian, Eric & Danielle, Joe & Bill, Dustin & Kandice
Uchenna and Joyce won their season. If you think back, when they won the million they said they were going to use it to get pregnant, in vitro. Since that hasn’t happened they’re doing this to rekindle their passion for each other that’s waned over the last few stressful years. Rob and Amber (Mr. and Mrs. reality show) are back with a vengeance after coming in 2nd during their season. I have totally missed Oswald and Danny – they are SO fun.
The rest of the intros were pretty basic, and the nicknames for the teams are coming out already. Kentucky, the Barbies aka the Beauty Queens, Mirna & Shmirna, and the Frat boy n’ Pinkie. Teams race to grab their first clue, hop into an SUV and head for the airport where they will fly to Ecuador.
When teams get to the airport they realize there are TWO flights to Ecuador. This is something we lacked last season – teams always evened up at the airport, no one was left behind and everyone was always on the same plane. Of course this lead to a lack of excitement and urgency.
There’s a first flight and second – while teams wait and browse the airport bookstore for an atlas Kentucky introduces themselves to Rob and Amber. David gets all tongue-tied because he’s a big fan of theirs. Come to think of it, they’ve been reality TV “stars” for several years so I suppose their level of celebrity is pretty high. But as other teams point out they’ve “had enough of Rob and Amber” in this way.
On the American Airlines flight that arrived first there is: John Vito & Jill, Rob & Amber, Oswals a& Danny, Charla &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Mirna, Terry & Ian. The others all on another flight arrive 2 hours later. I forgot how Charla and Mirna know about 8 languages between the two of them.
The teams on the first flight land and race to their first clue in Ecuador. They need to proceed to a restaurant where they pick up one of 3 departure times for the morning: 7, 715, and 730am.
While the first teams to the clue are sitting down to dinner, those on the second flight race to the clue box to grab a departure time. This early in the game teams are getting frustrated with their cab drivers and as we cut to commercial, Drew falls down in the street, reeling in pain.
Kevin and Drew hop into a cab, while Drew is still feeling pain in his shoulder from a fall and bandaging up a bloody knee.
Eric and Danielle are the last to arrive and to grab a departure time, Mr Frat boy notes that he isn’t comfortable being in last place.
In the morning teams (in proper departure sequence) must drive their cars 65 miles to an ecological reserve to find their next clue. They are advised to enter from the NORTH entrance to the park.
Two teams talk to taxi drivers and persuade them to drive ahead to the park while they follow (Oswald & Danny and Rob & Amber).
Mirna and Charla pick up a man who accompanies them in the car, giving driving directions.
John Vito and Jill are giving instructions from a local saying it will take them an hour to get to the park. Meanwhile, Rob & Amber and Oswald & Danny find the park entrance. Charla and Mirna enter at the South entrance and debate turning back to head in North.
Wrangle it or Recover it
In wrangle it, teams must help local cowboys lasso a horse and clip its hair and hooves.
In recover it, teams must wear a soliders’ uniform and search a field for missing items: an epaulette, sword and button.
Rob and Amber choose recover it, get frustrated “it’ll take 3 hours to walk around this field” and decide to run over to the other detour option – before any other teams are even there – they have a little time to play with.
Oswald & Danny choose wrangle it right away and joke about pursuing careers in beauty. Practicing cutting a horse’s nails and hair is a far cry.
Teri & Ian arrive third and think they’re in first since they see no one else. Meanwhile Rob & Amber cross the mat first. They of course win a trip for two from Travelocity. Oddly enough – it’s to Whistler, BC!
Oswald & Danny finish 2nd.
“If you ain’t got me holdin your hands you can’t do nothin!” David and Mary aren’t too far behind but they think they’re almost out of it as they run into trouble with directions. Little do they know several teams are still far behind – getting directed all over the map.
Teri & Ian finish doing ‘wrangle it’ and head to the pit stop 3rd. Eric and Danielle catch up and finish 4th. Joe and Bill complete ‘wrangle it’ as well and finish 5th commenting that the horse’s nails were much easier to clip than their puppy’s. 6th place is the Beauty Queens followed by Uchenna & Joyce in 7th.
John Vito and Jill end up at the South entrance. David &amp; Mary run into David & Mary – both teams think they’re lost but they’re actually on the right track. Kevin and Drew blow a tire and keep going – riding on the axle.
Charla and Mirna come in 8th while David and Mary race through their task (all teams chose wrangle it) and finish 9th. They have a bonding moment with the other team talking about how they’ve admired all the all stars and now they’re getting their butts kicked by them. Kevin and Drew come in 10th while John Vito and Jill finally make it to the end. The formerly dating couple that just got too mixed around with their directions to the park.
The first episode was pretty good – the teams all look pretty interesting. It should be fun to watch it all pan out. I’m waiting to hear Laura’s thoughts on the matter, especially the return of the Beauty Queens 😛
(Original Post by Rebecca Bollwitt on the Amazing Race 11 blog)