Real Fast! Quack Quack! -
Leg 1: Seattle, USA - Beijing, China
12 teams take off on the tenth
Amazing Race for a journey that host Phil Keoghan promises to
full of unexpected surprises. The teams set off from Seattle
Washington and are immediately directed to head to Beijing,
China on one of two flights. The teams face heavy traffic as
they scramble for position, and ultimately the lead of the
first flight is dampened by a delay. Once in China, the teams
travel to the Gold House Restaurant where one member of each
team is required to eat fish eyes in a Roadblock. After
completing the task, they travel to the Meridian Gate kiosk in
the Forbidden City, where arriving teams grab one of three
departure teams and spend the night. They also find their
first twist --- the last team to arrive is eliminated on the
spot. In the morning, the teams continue the race. They ride
in the sidecars of motorbikes to 14 Hou Hai North Bank Road
where they receive a Detour choice --- Labor or Leisure. Most
teams choose Labor, which requires them to create a sidewalk
pattern, but two choose Leisure in which they perform a
relaxation routine in unison. Finally, the teams arrive at the
Pit Stop at the Great Wall of China, where they must first
complete a tough climb to reach the top. A second team is then
STARTING LINE: THE EMERALD
CITY, SEATTLE, WA, USA
Hello, GSNN visitors this is Brian
Moore and after recapping "The Real World/Road Rules
Challenge" and a few shortlived series, I've decided to take
on recaps of TAR Season 10. Let's get started, shall we?
The seaplanes arrive with the
twelve teams of two. And you ask WHO ARE THESE TEAMS?! Well,
here they are:
PETER & SARAH (A): newly-dating
triathletes from SoCal, Sarah was born with one leg shorter
than the other and uses an artificial leg for the latter.
BILAL & SA'EED (B): two Muslim
best friends from Cleveland, OH, their religion comes first
irrespective of the race.
ROB & KIMBERLY (C): a dating
couple from Los Angeles, there on this race to see how their
relationship works under pressure.
DUSTIN & KANDICE (D): Beauty
Queens from NYC, their competitiveness is the glue that holds
their friendship toghether.
DAVE & MARY (E): married coal
miner and housewife from Stone, KY.
ERWIN & GODWIN (F): brothers from
the San Francisco Bay Area, they're hoping there won't be a
problem they can't solve in the race.
DUKE & LAUREN (G): father and
daughter from Rhode Island, they went through several months
not speaking to each other after the latter came out of the
closet and are trying to work out their relationship.
VIPUL & ARTI (H): Hindi husband
and wife from Orlando, FL, this race will get the adventure
out of their system before they have children.
KELLIE & JAMIE (I): best friends
and cheerleaders from South Carolina.
TYLER & JAMES (J): recovering drug
addicts and models from Hollywood, CA, their friendship
blossomed when they met in recovery.
LYN & KARLYN (K): lifelong friends
and single mothers from Birmingham, Al.
TOM & TERRY (L): boyfriends from
NYC, in this race they'll be friendly, but they aren't looking
to make friends.
You all know the rules by now:
start with a Route Marker, go to a location, get ANOTHER Route
Marker, go to THAT location, etc. En route, they run into
DETOURs (where they'll have to choose between two tasks, each
with its own pros and cons), ROAD BLOCKs (a task one team
member must perform), FAST FORWARDs (where doing a task will
send them straight to the PIT STOP) and maybe a YIELD or two
(where one team can cause another to stop racing for a time).
First team to cross the FINISH LINE wins that check with a one
followed by six zeroes.
Phil meets our twelve Racers at
the starting point and explains the rules to the folks. But
the host also mentions that there will be surprises this
season they won't expect.
And, now, Phil's mantra: "The
world is waiting for you. Good luck... travel safe.......GO!"
And the tenth Amazing Race is on!!
The teams get to their bags and
open up their ROUTE INFO folders.
Fly to Beijing, China. You may
only travel to one of these two flights: United Flight 875
departing @ 1:22 PM or Korean Air Flight #26 Departing @ 2
PM. First come, first serve. You have $86.00 for this leg
of the race.
One by one the teams get to their
cars en route to the airport. Teams D, E, and G are having
trouble getting their car started, but eventually managed to
get out of the parking lot. The teams then experience a
traffic delay when they notice an accident as they pass by.
Team A gets to the airport first after taking an alternate
route. As team B goes through the slowdown, we hear a
voiceover message from Phil that six teams may board United
Flight 875 while six others may board Korean Air Flight #26
which is scheduled to land in China one hour later than the
former. Teams A, D, G, H, J, K get to the United flight while
teams B, C, E, F, I, and L take the Korean Air flight.
Team F goes to the men's restroom
to fill up water guns and having fun which went out the window
and one of the airport's security personnel had to confiscate
them because they're considered armed weapons. After that
brief moment of stupidity, the teams board the planes and head
off to their first destination.
The teams must now travel by taxi
to the area known as Kwanman, once here they'll need find the
Gold House Restaurant where they'll find their next clue. Team
E finds that being in China is very overwhelming and Mary has
never been anywhere outside Kentucky and Tennessee.
One member of each team has
to muster the intestinal fortitude to indulge Chinese
delicacy, and that's eating fish eyes. Each of the teams
must eat all of the fish eyes out of a bowl of fish
heads in order to the receive the next clue.
Team K completes the task first
and is the first team to get the next clue.
Take a taxi to the Forbidden
City and find the Meridian Gate.
One a team does what's mentioned
above, they must then go to the kiosk at the entrance where
they will pull one of three departure times for the next
morning. It's there will the teams encounter the first
surprise of the race.
Unfortunately a few of the teams
got sent to the wrong location, but they have eventually found
it. After the teams did the Road Block deed, they go the
Forbidden City and find the kiosk. Here's what teams have
pulled what cards...
7:00 - Peter & Sarah, Duke &
Lauren, Lyn & Karlyn, Tyler & James
7:15 - Tom & Terry, Kellie & Jamie, David & Mary, Dustin &
7:30 - Rob & Kimberly, Vipul & Arti, Erwin & Godwin
LAST TEAM - Bilal & Sa'eed
Then host Keoghan reappears to
tell Bilal and Sa'eed who got the "Last Team" card that
they're the last team to arrive at this point in the race. He
said at the outset there would be surprises. And although this
isn't a Pit Stop, Phil tells the team they've just been
eliminated from the race.
The other teams have to expect the
unexpected and not take anything for granted as the first leg
of the race continues.
FORBIDDEN CITY, CHINA
The 11 remaining teams will be
departing Forbidden City in three groups, each spaced 15
minutes apart and based on the order they check in.
Travel by motorbike to the
junction of 14 Hou Hai Northbank Rd.
Teams must now ride in the
sidecar of their motorbikes to get to the junction where
they'll get their next clue.
LABOR or LEISURE?
LABOR: Travel one mile using a pedicab to a market and
then pave a sidewalk in a specific pattern using Chinese
bricks traditional methods.
LEISURE: Travel two miles using a pedicab to a park and
then perform the Chinese relaxation routine Taiji
Bailong in unison.
David & Mary, Duke & Lauren,
Dustin & Kandice, Lyn & Karlyn, Erwin & Godwin, Peter & Sarah,
Rob & Kimberly, Vipul & Arti, and Tyler & James choose
"Labor". The teams have to put the gray bricks in a border
fasion before putting in the red bricks.
Tom & Terry and Kellie & Jamie
chose "Leisure," but the Taiji Bailong proved to be difficult
for Tom & Terry.
Team J completes their 'Labor'
task to get their first look at this clue.
Take this taxi to the Pit
Stop, Juyongguan, a gateway to the Great Wall of China.
But there's a catch, to gain access there teams have to
use a rope to scale up and over the wall before checking
WARNING: The last team to check in may be eliminated!
PIT STOP: JUYONGGUAN, BEIJING,
The aforementioned task proves
difficult for Peter and Sarah, but Tyler and James complete it
first and here's how the teams have finished:
#1. Tyler and James
#2. Duke and Lauren
#3. Peter and Sarah
#4. Dustin and Kandice
#5. Rob and Kimberly
#6. Kellie and Jamie
#7. Erwin and Godwin
#8. Tom and Terry
#9. Lyn and Karlyn
#10. David and Mary
#11. Vipul and Arti (ELIMINATED)
Because Tyler and James were first
at the Pit Stop, they won a prize...and it's $20,000 in cash.
And we also have to say good buy to Vipul and Arti who have
been "Philiminated". So much for diversity in this race.
The remaining 10 teams continue
with the second leg of the race next time.