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The Amazing Race Season 17 – Episode 1 – Great Casting

This season might be the first time an all girl team wins The Amazing Race.  The beach volleyball girls could be the first all girl team to take out the race, or if the two girl doctors have any sporty spice in them they could give it a good crack.

I don’t see the Glee boys taking it out, but I think they could be the most entertaining.

The casting is fantastic this season with the usual beauty queen who this time Miss Kentucky, and the various combinations of dating couples and parents with kids.

But probably the most interesting on team to watch for their dynamic will be the birth mom and adopted daughter. Apparently they don’t know each other that well, and I think for the first part of the race they will be polite but then who knows?

Chad is going to propose to his girlfriend on the race, though if his behaviour on the first leg was anything to go by she won’t be accepting.

Host Phil Keoghan with his newly dyed hair, started the race in Boston, and told the teams they were flying to London.

After landing it London it was then off to Stonehenge. Annie from the biological mother daughter team clearly lied on her application form that she could drive a manual car, as she just about killed the car before getting out of Heathrow Airport. The Home shopping channel girls were also having issues particularly on hills.

Great challenge on those medieval boats, as it was all down to technique. Chad who is some sort of alpha male was getting very frustrated that they kept on sinking.

After the boats there was a roadblock where the infamous watermelon scene occurred where Claire one of the home shopping hosts got hit in the face with one. Also it did clear up one thing they were up there in in the pack, so no wonder Brooke was telling Claire to ignore her concussion and get on with it. Sorry Brooke you would drive me nuts you don’t shut up.

By this stage Jo and Thomas were first and won the express pass, a reward that has been given for the first time. This means they can use it up to leg number eight and use it to skip a task or challenge.

I was most disappointed Ron and Troy (African-American best friends) were eliminated, as they looked like they were such nice guys. But they must have gotten hideously lost as they couldn’t catch up even with the Kentucky team who got a flat tyre.

But lucky for us the tattooed couple Nick & Vicky are still in the race. As her exclamation of “I promise you we are not that dumb” is looking a little shaky. She had never heard of Stonehenge, could not find the medieval flag or boat, and then on the pitstop said to Phil she was in the country of London. Hell yeah these guys are going to be a hoot.


1 librarygirl { 10.01.10 at 7:56 am }

Loved it, loved it loved it!
Nick and Vicki had me dumbfounded.
Some really likeable teams already, but some of those alpha males are a bit frightening. The Glee boys – hilarious.

2 Wurstsemmel { 10.01.10 at 10:39 am }

I thought it was a cracker of an episode. The people in the UK probably wondered what the hell was going on as TAR is not popular, may not even be shown in the UK.

The challenges were fun and different. Throwing the buckets of water as the contestants climbed up the castle was hilarious. Some great teams this time too. I’ve picked the Glee (or Harry Potter) team and the two docs. Also sad to see the two guys go – such a promising start, such a dismal finish.

Can’t wait for next week.

3 Wurstsemmel { 10.01.10 at 10:46 am }

Oh yes, and episode 1, and Phil has already given good eyebrow.

4 seepi { 10.03.10 at 3:34 pm }

ooh I just caught the Sunday 2.00 replay – fabulous show!!!
Those little boats (coracles?) were hilarious.
And the tatt couuple asking all the actors which one of them was ‘the battlement’ was tragic. but funny.

5 Colls Bolls { 10.12.10 at 10:08 am }

I’ve been away so had to catch up on the first few episodes a couple of days ago, annoyingly, my recorder only did about half the first episode so it’s good to read what happened.

LOVE the Amazing Race!

6 Reality Raver { 10.12.10 at 12:08 pm }

Colls Bolls – you can always watch episodes on the Channel Seven website. I had to do that as my recorder cut out as well.