The Amazing Race Season 15- Episode One – Off To Tokyo
The Amazing Race started off not with the teams flying in on exotic modes of transport but bussed in to a graffiti ridden canal beside the Los Angeles River. In fact they tried to glam it up for the viewer as a movie location, yes I did remember it from Grease and Terminator, but was this a sly way of producers cutting back the budget.
Backing up my budget cut theory was the fact that only eleven of the twelve teams were going to leave the country, a first for the show. The challenge was to find the specific Japanese number plate to hand to Phil to get a ticket on a flight to Tokyo.
Maria and Tiffany who were professional poker players were the first to find it.They also had a strategy of not telling the other teams this is what they did, as they did not want them to think they made a lot of money and not be sympathetic towards them. So of course instead of picking a neutral profession such as an accountant or call centre manager, they are saying the work for the homeless. Are these girls the Johnny Fairplay of this season’s Amazing Race?
Anyway they had a fractured relationship even before they had left the airport.
The second flight caught up with the other one, so it became a level playing field.
When they got to their first clue it was a Japanese game show. Oh too funny. They had to wait for all the teams to arrive. They had to play sushi roulette. It was a roadblock where they played until they received a wasabi bomb and then they only had two minutes to eat it.
Cheyne actually ate it pretty quick, as did Ron with 20 seconds to spare.
They then had to get 20 people from the audience and lead them to a shinto shrine which was the pitstop for this leg of the rate.
Marcy, Ron’s partner seem a bit kooky “I am in my body and having a really good time” . WTF? She will be interesting to watch. I could not work out why they were not asking for directions, and they lost a lot of time.
Back at the wasabi roadblock Maria did not complete the wasabi roll in the two minutes, and then rolled one again straight away, and then turned to Tiffany and said she could not do another one. But she did and got it done just in time.
Megan and Cheyne were first to arrive and they won a trip to Aspen and Vaile by Velocity of course. With Zev and Justin coming in second who look like they are going to be hilarious. The poker girls were smart to go into a hotel to get a map and directions. Well I thought that at the time, but it did not work out so well for them.
Brian dudded on the wasabi and his wife Ericka looked like she could have killed him, and they were the last team left at the roulette table. However they powered through to the shrine and came in as team number six.
I love the way Maria and Tiffany thought that the two gay brothers were hot, and the boys thought the girls were worthy due to them “working with the homeless”. However karma got them and Maria and Tiffany lost some of their Japanese team, so incurred a two hour penalty as it was a non-elimination leg, but they will have a speedbump in next week’s episode. They will find it difficult to stay in the race.
By the way a big thank you to Channel Seven for televising it so quickly as it only started in the US two weeks ago.