Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Grandparents" Bill & Cathi Avoid Elimination on Season Premiere of "The Amazing Race 19"

On tonight's season premiere of "The Amazing Race 19" grandparents Bill and Cathi Alden avoided elimination despite arriving last on this leg's Pit Stop. The season began at the Hsi Lai temple in California with Phil informing the eleven new teams that the couple who arrived first on this leg would be awarded the Express Pass, which would allow them to skip any one task of their choice up to leg eight. He then told them that their first task was to search through hundreds of umbrellas for one that had the correct set of letters printed on it, which when combined twice with six other letters would reveal the name of their first destination: Taipei, Taiwan. Once they found the correct umbrella, Phil gave them the keys to a Ford Explorer. The last team to find an umbrella would be penalized with a Hazard, which was an additional task that must be completed in this leg of the race. Snowboarders Andy and Tommy were the first team to find an umbrella and made their way to the airport. Cocktail waitresses Kaylani and Lisa were last to grab an umbrella and got stuck with the Hazard. Their race went from bad to worse, when Kaylani dropped her passport on the ground at a gas station. They went back to look for it, but couldn't find it and went back to the airport. Their luck finally changed, however, when two strangers found the passport, tweeted their discovery online and decided to drive to the airport and deliver it. When the teams landed in Taipei, they were instructed to make their way to Ximending commercial district and look up for their next clue. They had to figure out that their next location was written in Chinese on a large electronic billboard. Bill and Cathi couldn't find the commercial district and fell way behind the other teams. Once the teams translated the clue, they made their way to the Taipei Confucius Temple, where a Roadblock awaited. One team member had to find a payphone and listen to one of Confucius's proverbs. They would then have to repeat the proverb verbatim to a temple monk, without writing it down. Before they could attempt the Roadblock, Kaylani and Lisa had to travel to the Core Pacific City Mall, where one of them had to perform an indoor bungee jump to complete their Hazard. Back at the Roadblock, Liz had trouble remembering the proverb, which cost her and her twin sister Marie valuable time. When teams completed the Roadblock, they took a taxi to Dajia Riverside Park where their final task awaited them. One team member had to join the rowing crew of a dragon boat team, while the other member beat a drum to keep pace. Engaged couple Ernie and Cindy were the first team to complete all the tasks and arrived at the Pit Stop first, earning them the coveted Express Pass. Bill and Cathi couldn't make up the time they lost earlier in the leg and arrived at the Pit Stop last. However, they weren't eliminated since this was a non-elimination leg. Phil then told them that not only would they be given a Speed Bump task on the next leg, but that two teams would be sent home next week in the first ever Double Elimination.

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