A U-Turn proved too costly to overcome as engaged couple Amanda Blackledge and Kris Klicka became the first team eliminated from Season 18’s “The Amazing Race.”
The duo received the U-Turn by finishing at the back of the pack after the race’s initial challenge last week in Palm Springs, Calif.. So following a flight to Australia, Blackledge and Klicka eventually had to perform an additional task separate from the other teams. This took place during week two’s “Amazing Race” broadcast in the Australian Outback town Broken Hill. The task, named “Natural World,” was to create four Aboriginal territorial markers by spitting a water and clay like substance on a stencil to create the image. The couple was successful with that, and went on to the “Spirit World” task of making an Aboriginal ground mosaic, and performing a dance on it to raise the ancestral spirits. But that extra challenge gave the father and daughter team of Ron and Christina Hsu just enough time to finish ahead of Blackledge and Klicka at the Pit Stop.
As the week two broadcast began, things looked dicey for the Cowboy brother tandem of Jet and Cord McCoy. They were in last place, stuck at the Manly, New South Wales, 16 ft Skiff Sailing Club roadblock. All the other teams had completed the task. Finally, Jet figured out the the letters of a compass to spell the phrase “I’m Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” and receive the next clue. Luck was on their side, as the brothers were able to make up the lost time by joining half the teams on a flight the next morning from Sydney to Broken Hill.
A few teams ended up in mini alliances during the episode. Ex-Miami Dolphin cheerleaders Cara Rosenthal and Jaime Edmondson , mother and son duo Marge and Luke Adams, and the goth pair of Kent Kaliber and Vyksin Fiala formed a caravan to find Broken Hill’s The Living Desert location without losing their way. Once at the Living Desert, it was time for a “Roo’d” awakening. The teams all had to wear kangaroo outfits, including springs on their feet, to hop to the clue location. Marge and Luke paired up with Zev Glassenberg and Justin Kanew to find two intersecting streets, corresponding to highlighted spaces on the Periodic Table of Elements. The cheerleaders then rejoined the Goths to locate the streets.
By the way, Glassenberg, the first competitor to have Asperger’s Syndrome, had a great line upon arriving at The Living Desert.
“So, we’re in the outback” he said to Kanew. Kanew responded matter-of-factly, “This is the outback.” Glassenberg replied, “There’s not a lot of steak houses.”
Glassenberg and Kanew arrived first at the pit stop, winning a trip to Cancun. Harlem Globetrotters “Flight Time” Herb Lang and “Big Easy” Nate Lofton finished second.
Next Sunday, the teams head to Japan and the cheerleaders face a “game changing” setback.
Order of Finish Week Two:
1) Zev Glassenberg and Justin Kanew
2) ” Flight Time” Herb Lang ” and “Big Easy” Nate Lofton
3) Jet and Cord McCoy
4) Kisha and Jen Hoffman
5) Margie and Luke Adams
6) Mel and Mike White
7) Kent Kaliber and Vyxsin Fiala
8) Jaime Edmondson and Cara Rosenthal
9) Gary and Mallory Ervin
10) Ron and Christina Hsu
11) Amanda Blackledge and Kris Klicka
“The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business-Episode 2”, CBS.com, 2/27/11.
“The Amazing Race Unfinished Business” Cast Bios, CBS.com.
“The Amazing Race” Introduces Contestant With Asperberger’s Syndrome “, TV Watch,