February 21st, 2011
11:15 AM ET
After much anticipation, Sunday night finally saw the premiere of "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business." The cast is filled with fan favorites who all have something to prove after making mistakes in seasons past which got them eliminated from the race.
Yes, the Goths (a.k.a. the Pink and Black Attack) Kynt and Vyxsin were back, along with the Globetrotters Flight Time and Big Easy; "School of Rock" screenwriter Mike and his dad Mel; and oh my gravy, the most memorable of all, cowboys Jet and Cord (plus, of course, some others).
The race started right away with the first challenge: teams had to search through a Los Angeles field for paper airplanes bearing the name of the airline which would take them to their next destination (which they had to guess).
Mel and Mike were the first to correctly guess "Qantas" and went along with the first group of teams on the first flight, but as "Amazing Race" has shown over the years, anything can happen. A man had a heart attack on board, and the first flight was delayed in Honolulu, giving the second group of teams a head start.
Nevertheless, all teams arrived in Sydney, Australia pretty much neck-and-neck, and had to go diving with sharks in an aquarium in order to get a compass so they could all decode something on a set of flags (you kinda had to be there).
First, former NFL cheerleaders Cara and Jaime helped out their previous alliance, mother and son Margie and Luke, with decoding. Then, Zev and Justin, wearing "Flight Time" and "Big Easy" shirts, helped out the Globetrotters, to the point where they didn't even have to do any decoding.
Suddenly, just about everyone was helping out everyone else, and every team but Jet and Cord had breezed through a sailing challenge (and another of my favorite teams, Gary and pint-size bundle of energy Mallory, came in first at the pit stop, before being told that they had to keep racing).
The cowboys may have already met with their kryptonite, as we were left with Cord still mulling over the code while the other teams moved on to the next leg of the race.
Say it ain't so, guys! For a team that came in second a couple seasons ago, it would be a shame to see them out this early. Here's hoping they're able to make up for lost time next week.
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