What would a season be without a twist? This year, the teams consist of 11 teams of social media stars, or at least I’m going to take their word for it. The only one I know is Tyler Oakley. Well, I’ve heard his name and seen him anyway. In Marty’s case, she’s a flight attendant, but she did have one viral video of her doing the flight safety instructions in a way that people would actually listen, which I had seen. The cast consists of:
Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl (Best Friends)
Burnie Burns & Ashley Jenkins (Dating Gamers)
Erin White Robinson & Joslyn Davis (Best Friends)
Sheri & Cole LaBrant (Mother/Son)
Zach & Rachel King (Newlyweds)
Dana Boriello & Matt Steffanina (Engaged Choreographers)
Jessica Versteeg & Brittany Oldehoff (Instagram Models)
Marty Cobb & Hagan Parkman (Mother/Daughter)
Scott & Blair Fowler (Father/Daughter)
Kurt Gibson & Brodie Smith (Pro Frisbee Players)
Cameron & Darius Benson (Brothers)
The unusual start for this race is that we watch them depart from their individual homes and a total of three airports to meet Phil in Mexico City, Mexico. The real race begins at the airport in Mexico.
The detour is a choice between mariachi madness or great balls of fire. In mariachi madness, teams must find a musician who’s faking it out of a group of hundreds. In great balls of fire, teams must build a paper mache bull and load it with fireworks.
Mariachi Madness: Brodie & Kurt, Erin & Joslyn, Dana & Matt, Zach & Rachel, Sheri & Cole
Great Balls of Fire: Brittany & Jessica, Marty & Hagan, Burnie & Ashley, Darius & Cameron, Tyler & Korey, Scott & Blair
The mariachi task seems simple enough. As long as you don’t mind sticking your ears right directly in front of horns. Everybody who does that easily gets ahead of everyone who does not. This isn’t even fair.
From the detour, teams must draw times for the following morning.
7:30AM - Dana & Matt, Brodie & Kurt, Erin & Joslyn, Sheri & Cole
7:40AM - Zach & Rachel, Tyler & Korey, Marty & Hagan, Scott & Blair
7:50AM - Brittany & Jessica, Darius & Cameron, Burnie & Ashley
The road block requires teams to search for 13 pieces of a mask that they must dig for in a cave.
Road block (in order of arrival): Kurt, Matt, Erin, Sheri, Tyler, Zach, Scott, Marty, Darius, Jessica, Burnie
The clue is so specific that everybody just assumes they only need 13 pieces. They do. 13 different pieces of the same color.
Erin tries to talk Sheri into taking the penalty, which seems like a really stupid move for a variety of reasons. Most notably, Scott seems to be completely out of the challenge after having gotten lost and then going searching for his pieces that he dropped along the way. The voice of reason, Sheri sends Erin to go find out that someone else is still there, rather than assuming everybody is done.
But it’s not long before Sheri asks Erin if she wants to take the penalty. Erin is willing if she can’t get it in one more try, which she does. I don’t think I’ve seen talk of quitting this early before on such a seemingly simple task.
The pit stop for this leg of the race is Museo Soumaya, the most visited museum in the country.
First: Dana & Matt
Second: Tyler & Korey
Third: Zach & Rachel
Fourth: Darius & Cameron
Fifth: Brodie & Kurt
Sixth: Burnie & Ashley
Seventh: Brittany & Jessica
Eighth: Marty & Hagan
Ninth: Sheri & Cole
Tenth: Erin & Joslyn
Non-eliminated: Scott & Blair
Scott performed quite poorly at that road block, but to his credit, at least he didn’t try to quit. In the end, though, Scott & Blair have been saved by non-elimination, a predictable result considering it means that any of their fans will now have another reason to stick around at least one more episode.
Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of The Amazing Race 28 Episode 2, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.