Sunday, February 19, 2012

"Sisters" Misa and Maiya Tanaka Eliminated on the Season Premiere of "The Amazing Race 20"

On tonight's season premiere of "The Amazing Race 20" sisters Misa and Maiya Tanaka became the first team eliminated from the race. The season began at the Bridlewood Estate Winery in Santa Barbara, 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 100 balloons in the winery for one of eleven clues that revealed their first destination: Santa Barbara, Argentina. Once they found the clue, Phil gave them the keys to a Ford Taurus. The first six teams to make it to the airport would be given tickets on an earlier connecting flight to Salta, Argentina. When the teams landed in Salta, they were instructed to drive to Aerodromo Gilberto Lavaque in Cafayate, Santa Barbara where a Roadblock awaited. One team member had to skydive from 10,000 feet while the other teammate had to drive to a designated location and look for their partner's landing site. Stacy was scared to do the skydive, but ended up facing her fear and finishing the task. When the task was completed, teams traveled to the Patios de Cafayate Winery where they had to correctly make 120 empanadas: 60 meat filled and 60 cheese filled. The teams had to figure out that the two types had different ways of being closed. Married couple Rachel and Dave were the first team to complete the task and arrived at the Pit Stop first, earning them the coveted Express Pass.Sisters Misa and Maiya completed the task before the Jersey boys, but couldn't find the Pit Stop which allowed Joey and Danny to catch up and make it to the mat before them. The sisters ended up arriving last and were eliminated from the race.

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