Sunday, October 2, 2011

"Dating Couple" Ethan & Jenna and "Partners" Ron & Bill Eliminated from "Amazing Race 19"

On tonight's "Amazing Race 19" dating couple Ethan Zohn & Jenna Morasca and domestic partners Ron Zeitz & Bill Smith were both eliminated from the race in the first ever Double Elimination. The episode began with the eleven teams flying from Taipei, Taiwan to Jakarta, Indonesia. When they landed, they had to take an overnight train to Yogyakarta and then travel via taxi to Goa Jomblang cave, where a Roadblock awaited them. One team member had to descend down into the cave and then search for a traditional Javanese mask and a dagger known as a kris, before returning to the surface and exchanging them for their next clue. Grandparents Bill & Cathi were the first team to reach the Roadblock, but they had to complete their Speed Bump task before continuing on. The task consisted of untangling a pile of rope until they had enough length to reach a karabiner across the field. The next challenge was the Detour, which was a choice between dressing up in costumes and dancing in the streets until they made 30,000 rupiah ($3.40) or convincing fifteen motorbike riders to let them park their bike at a local mall. Upon completion of both Detour tasks, teams were instructed to travel to the Aisyiyah orphanage and donate their money to receive their next clue. A small sign at the orphanage informed the teams that they had to donate all of the money in their possession, not just the money they earned during the Detour. Many teams didn't spot the sign and had to go back to the orphanage and give the rest of their money. Once teams donated the money, they received a coat of arms from the children and had to figure out that it belonged to the sultan and that his palace was this leg's Pit Stop. Ernie & Cindy arrived at the Pit Stop first, but couldn't check in since they hadn't donated all their money. Andy & Tommy did read the sign and therefore checked in first, earning them a trip for two to Ireland. Ethan & Jenna and Ron & Bill were the tenth and eleventh teams, respectively, to check in and since it was a Double Elimination, they were both sent home.