The Amazing Race – Season 14 – Episode 1 – Don’t Let The Cheese Hit Me
The first episode of Season 14 of The Amazing Race started in LA on an army base with the contestants flying in on the choppers to meet host Phil Keoghan and to start the the race. I am presuming the production company paid for the privilege otherwise it was a definite waste of tax payers money.
The teams were the usual mixture of blonde plastic women (the air hostesses), dating couples, cheerleaders, hillbillies and the bright college couple. A few from the norm was a Margie and Luke, mother and son where the son is deaf, and a father and son, Mike and Mel who are both gay. Mike was also a script writer as he has written School of Rock, and Nacho Libre.
“I think some people will think my dad is Cloris Leechman but he really is McGyver.” Mike said.
The teams had to fly from LA to Locarno Switzland. They had the choice of two flights, one flying to Zurich and the other to Milan. They then had to get a train to get to their destination.
Jennifer who was racing with her boyfriend Preston said she had never been to a train station? Huh? Where was she from? This pair looked like they could be another version of the infamous Amazing Race couple Johnathan and Victoria.
When they were being introduced Preston said he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, but it was not long into the episode where they had their first fight and he said “You need to control your mouth”.
The blonde air hostesses, Christie and Jodie got some help and swapped to a faster train to get to Locarno first. Their prize was a 7.15am start time in the morning. By the way the best flight to be on was the Lufthansa flight to Zurich.
The groups were split into three starting times in the morning 7.15am, 7.30am, and 7.45.
Gee I know that Switzerland is expensive but really getting them to camp out was a bit rough. At the campsite the hillbillies, Steve and Linda, were fighting because she is so unfit and cannot run. She wins the prize of first tears of the race.
The next day started with a roadblock which was second highest bungee jump in the world Verzasca Dam. It looked incredibly scary jumping between at that height two crevices.
Christie and Jodie the flight attendants were not happy with the challenge, however the one that did it did not baulk and hold the others up. The stunt guy (Mark or Michael) made it look easy.
The next clue told the teams to go to Interlaken and go to Kleine Rugen Wiese to find their next clue.
The choice was to go through Italy or Lucerne. Going through Italy way was quicker. Something fitness freaks married couple Brad and Victoria decided not to tell the blonde flight attendants. This was costly to them and the blondes were the last to arrive at the next challenge.
Once they got there it was not the usual detour but a challenge all teams must complete. And I know why, they wanted to milk the maximum entertainment value out of it. To be honest this is one of the reasons I watch the show. The teams had to transport 200 pounds of cheese to receive their next clue. They were able to use contraptions which were attached to their backs. Two hundred pounds was four wheels of cheese.
It was hilarious the hill was steep and damp, the contraptions broke and cheese was starting to go everywhere. The old guy Mel went down on his butt, but then quite a few copied his modus operandi, including Margie and Luke the deaf guy.
If you missed it here is a exerpt from YouTube.
The hillbillies could barely get up the hill and you thought they were gone but the husband worked out to use the contraption as a sled, and put three of their wheels on it. Something that crossed my mind when I first saw the challenge.
They ended up losing time looking for the pitstop.
After that task it was a race to the pit stop in Stechlberg where they must listen for a group of yodlers to lead them to the mat. Ironic considering one of the contestants was deaf. And Phil Keoghan showed he is such a nice guy that he had learnt sign language to Margie and Luke who were team number one. Also it appeared Phil’s other new talent this season is the one eyebrow raise. Victor and Tammy, the sibling lawyers were second and Mark and Michael the stunt guys were third.
Fighting it out for last place were Christie and Jodi( the hosties ) and Jennifer and Preston. When the Christie and Jodi arrived on the mat one of them closed their with eyes as if to say “Please God let us not be last to arrive”, when standing behind them were Preston and Jennifer who were eliminated. I was disappointed about Jennifer and Preston arriving last, as they looked like they would have given great reality TV with the combination of low IQ and constant bickering.
Here is an interview with Jennifer and Preston on Reality Wanted where they reveal they actually got to the pitstop ahead of Christie and Jodie but because they did not have enough money for the taxi they were given a 30 minute time penalty.
Weird The Amazing Race Fact: Most of the episodes are named after quotes people have said in the episode.