The Amazing Race

Season 22 Episode 1

Business in the Front, Party in the Back

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 2013 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Eleven new teams begin racing on the twenty-second edition of The Amazing Race. Their first stop is the island paradise of Bora Bora, where rows of sandcastles threaten to be the downfall of multiple teams. Meanwhile, in a race first, the winner of the first leg is awarded two Express Passes, one of which must be delegated to another team.


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  • Immaculate start!

    I think it goes without saying that this was the best premiere episode in a LONG itime. Certainly if you don't count TAR17's premiere (which was 90 minutes long, giiving it the advantage anyway) then this would be the best 60-minute premiere since TAR12, if not before.

    The skydiving was nothing out of the oridnary, but the location of the task was amazing!

    The sandcastle thing was AMAZING! So much drama! So much intensity! So many unexpected developments!

    I like Jessica & John and Max & Katie the most early on, closely followed by Caroline & Jennifer and Mona & Beth. Also like the father/son team.

    Looking forward to TAR22 - if the premiere is anything to go by, we might be in for a great season!moreless
  • The Amazing Race goes where it has never gone before

    This incredible TV series has returned for its 22nd season. I believe this will be one of the best seasons in a long while, and the first leg was very enjoyable. My favorite teams at this time are Bates & Anthony, Jessica & John, Dave & Connor and Idries & Jamil.

    I am so happy they didn't go to Asia first, and this is a new sight for the show. More importantly, I am glad that there was no additional starting line task this time round, saving time for more fun in Bora Bora, Tahiti. The only downside about this episode was that it was only one hour long, leaving out additional tasks and an overnight rest spot, something I really loved about Seasons 5-7.

    The first Roadblock, the skydiving was the perfect choice for the first leg, but I would have preferred it as a Detour to give it a nice TAR3 reference. The second Roadblock was also good, but who would have thought something that was seemingly so easy become an impossible task for three teams? The heat exhaustion perhaps, and the fear of elimination. I hope Jessica & John hand over their Express Pass to Anthony & Bates (my team in the Pool) but I won't hold my breath on that one... lol.

    This first leg gets an 8/10 from me. Just on the border of impressive/great. Nice first episode, and I do believe the second will be better. I am more excited about this season's third leg, a visit to my country in New Zealand.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The eleven teams checked into the first Pit Stop at the Motu Cafe in Bora Bora, French Polynesia in the following order:

      1. Jessica & John (Prize: Two Express Passes - One to be relinquished to another team)
      2. Bates & Anthony
      3. Dave & Connor
      4. Pam & Winnie
      5. Mona & Beth
      6. Joey & Meghan
      7. Chuck & Wynona
      8. Idries & Jamil
      9. Max & Katie
      10. Caroline & Jennifer
      11. Matt & Daniel (Eliminated)

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