Last night the 25th season of “The Amazing Race” kicked off from New York City, 11 new teams of two began a race that will take them around the world, competing in challenges that will eventually have them win $1 million. The teams are Adam & Bethany, Amy & Maya, Dennis & Isabelle, Brooke & Robbie, Keith & Whitney, Kym & Ally, Lisa & Michelle, Michael & Scott, Tim & Te Jay, Shelley & Nici, and Misti & Jim. The first team to arrive at the Pit Stop for this initial leg of the race would get the SAVE, a pass that they can use to stay on the race should they wound up in last place at some point during the race; however, this power can only be used up to the end of the ninth leg.
The first clue told them to find the location where the first amazing race ended, that being Flushing Meadows Park, and there they found the box where the clue told them to go to the airport and fly to U.S. Virgin Islands the first plane only had seats for the first five teams to check in and these were Tim & Te Jay, Dennis & Isabelle, Adam & Bethany, Kym & Alli, and Misti & Jim, these last two are husband and wife dentists and they beat Keith & Whitney by seconds.
Once in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands they were to take a cab to Vendor’s Plaza and sign up for a seaplane, and those on the first flight were Adam & Bethany, -and by the way Bethany is the surfer girl who a few years back made the news by losing her arm to a shark attack-, and she remains a fierce competitor, and the second team was Tim & Te Jay. Other teams quickly arrived, but apparently Lisa & Michelle took the signing pen away from Michael & Scott, something that the latter felt was uncalled for and rude, then again they are all competing for $1 million, not to see who is the most polite.
And once they landed the teams were instructed to take a water taxi to an abandon ship, and there they met a character reminiscent of the famous pirate Blackbeard who gave them a clue. This roadblock consisted of using an old fashioned compass and measuring where they stood dig up a hidden treasure chest that would have their next clue. It was not easy for any of them and with great disappointment watched the other teams arrive and then any lead they might have had disappeared as everyone worked their compass, measure, and dug desperately in search of their respective chest. Misti & Jim who were in the back of the pack from the get go were the first to find the chest and once they opened it read that these were the instructions to head to the pit stop for that leg of the race and the first to arrive would received the coveted Save ticket. Then slowly all others checked in, but Lisa & Michelle, Michael & Scott, and Keith & Whitney dug for hours and yet were unable to find their chests, so they opted for the penalty and they all took off, whichever team arrived last would be eliminated and upon getting to a cab Michael & Scott paid Lisa & Michelle back for taking the pen away and got in the cab first and by that left them in the back and so they were eliminated from the race.
Recaps, episode, and information on the show can be found at www.cbs.com/shows/amazing_race
“The Amazing Race” runs now on Friday at 8 p.m. on CBS.