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Runner Up with Amber (Season Seven)
Runner Up with Rob (Season Seven)
Eliminated 5th with Deana (Season Seven)
Eliminated 5th with Ray (Season Seven)
Eliminated 3rd with Bianca (Season Seven)
Debbie and Bianca become the first all-female team ever to win Leg 1 of The Amazing Race, and the fourth all-female team overall to win a leg of The Amazing Race.
The teams finished in the following order:
#1. Debbie and Bianca. (Prize: $10,000 Each)
#2. Susan and Patrick.
#3. Rob and Amber.
#4. Brian and Greg.
#5. Lynn and Alex.
#6. Meredith and Gretchen.
#7. Ray and Deana.
#8. Uchenna and Joyce.
#9. Megan and Heidi.
#10. Ron and Kelly.
#11. Ryan and Chuck. (ELIMINATED)
There was no Roadblock, Fast Forward or Yield in this episode. Despite the official website's claim of a Yield being available, it is revealed two episodes later that there are only three in the entire race.
Amber Brkich and "Boston" Rob Mariano, the "Survivor couple" who were engaged on Survivor: All Stars, will be appearing as a team in this edition. Amber Brkich was the winner of Survivor All Stars and "Boston" Rob Mariano came in second.
Phil says eight out of the eleven Pit Stops will be at the end of elimination legs, meaning there will be three non-elimination legs this season.
Phil states that the last team to check in "will" be eliminated. Over the last season and part of season five, he used the word "may" in order to not spoil which legs are elimination legs. However, since this is the premiere, the producers might have thought it was obvious anyway that the first leg would result in an elimination.
Susan and Patrick are the first mother and son team in the history of the program.
This is the first season where members of more than one team (Meredith/Gretchen, Brian/Greg and Bianca) share the same last name.
At Playa de hermosa beach, teams had to search through the sand to find departure times for a flight the next morning to Cuzco, Peru. Debbie/Bianca, Susan/Patrick and Rob/Amber have the 6:00 departure; Ray/Deana, Brian/Greg, Lynn/Alex and Uchenna/Joyce received the 7:00 departure; Megan/Heidi, Ryan/Chuck, Ron/Kelly, and Meredith/Greten departed on the 7:40 flight. In addition the 7:00 flight was delayed for 45 minutes.
Ray/Deana, Ryan/Chuck, Debbie/Bianca, Megan/Heidi, Susan/Patrick, and Ron/Kelly were on the better flight to Peru, which left later, but arrived sooner. It connected in Miami.
Lynn/Alex, Rob/Amber, Megan/Heidi, Uchenna/Joyce, and Brian/Greg were on the flight that departed sooner, but arrived later. It connected in New York City.
Susan/Patrick, Debbie/Bianca, Meredith/Gretchen, Uchenna/Joyce, and Ryan/Chuck chose "Rope a Llama", where they had to rope two llamas and take them up a trail to an empty pen.
Rob/Amber, Brian/Greg, Lynn/Alex, Ray/Deana, Ron/Kelly, and Megan/Heidi chose "Rope a Basket", where each team member secured a basket with 35 lbs. of alfalfa to their backs with a rope and carried it two-thirds of a mile to a store. Debbie/Bianca quit the llama roping to complete this task.
Chuck: It's very disheartening to be the first team off.
Rob: Losing is not an option; in my mind, we've already won.
Bianca: You remind me of my first boyfriend.
Patrick; Did he turn out to be gay because I am.
Lynn: Let's go. Muy, muy, muy! What did I just say?!?!?! Very, very, very?
Lynn: (at the zip line) Oh my God! Is that what we're jumping off of? It reminds me of Splash Mountain.
Gretchen: (on riding the zip line) This must be what the kids call a "wedgie."
Patrick: (to a llama) I will stand in front of your face, and you can blow me with as much snot as you want, if you get in your freakin' pen!
Megan: Courteous? This is a race!
Ryan: The friendship between Chuck and I is more important than being first or last.
Uchenna: Llamas. Llamas.
Phil: Do you want a llama for a pet?
Joyce: I think we'll stick to dogs.
Uchenna: We'll stick to things we can carry.
Phil: Meredith and Gretchen, you're Team #6. Does that feel nice?
Gretchen: Oh, it feels wonderful!
Phil: (to Rob and Amber) You guys ran an amazing race. You were at the back of the pack and you moved to the front of the pack.
Phil: It's better. $10,000 each. A total of $20,000.
Patrick: Please don't whine, Mom.
Susan: Please don't tell me what to do.
Gretchen: We broke her eggs. How much should we give her, Meredith?
Meredith: 5 is good.
Deana: You want me to pass out? I can't breathe.
Ray: Please suck it up. Don't complain.
Ryan: (riding the Zip Line) We are going to be the first to "load test this thing. (referring to Chuck) Now I believe we'll sit here and wait for Fat Boy to come down.
Debbie: (referring to a llama) He's not gonna go. This is retarded.
Rob: Ah, when in Incaville, do as the Incas, right?
Debbie: Bianca, I can't do this.
Bianca: Can you try, please?
Joyce: We are not going to be last.
Patrick: (having just finished the zip line) Oh my God, I'm glad I peed right before I did that.
Amber: We definitely don't have anything like the mountains they have in Peru.
Rob: They don't want us to win again. That's too bad for them, isn't it?
Rob: Around the campfire, I thought we were back on Survivor. I was worried about everybody plottin' to kick me out.
Gretchen: I fell down and I couldn't get up. If we survive this race, it'll be the damnedest phase of our lives.
Rob: (gleeful) We've got all of Peru working for us.
Ray: We need someone that speaks English. I can't stand not being able to communicate.
Joyce: We need tickets to Lima, Peru.
Attendant: Peru, this is for you.
Rob: We've gotta be a little quicker, I think.
Amber: I know.
Rob: Definitely taking our time too much.
Gretchen: (going to the airport) Doggone it. I think we're headin' away from it. Doggone it. I know we are.
Rob: We're winning the million, did I fail to mention that? We're definitely winning the million. And, if not, we've already won a million.
Rob: I'm hungry. You wanna hit something? How much money did they give us? This isn't Survivor, we can eat here.
Amber: But, I'm looking forward to losing some weight.
Uchenna: Someone's making a break. We're going to have to definitely watch those two.
Rob: So far, we're doing good.
Amber: We're in last, but it's all right.
Heidi: I'm going about 50.
Megan: You're going about 70, Heidi.
Amber: Honey, open the trunk.
Rob: I would if I knew how.
Susan: Patrick and I definitely have a devious side to us and yes we will lie to get ahead.
This is the first leg where a cash prize was awarded other than the final leg.
Lynn & Alex: The Happy Boys
Rob & Amber: Romber
Ryan & Chuck: The Hill Billies
Megan & Heidi: The Blondies
Meredith & Gretchen: The Old Couple
Brian & Greg: The Surfer Guys
Although Ron and Kelly's description is "Dating" on the CBS.com page, the on-screen description reads "Former POW/Pageant Queen" which does not describe their relationship with one another.
This is the first season that the racers did not travel across the globe. Instead, a semi-circle route map was used.
Show creators Bertram Van Munster and Elise Doganieri are added to the credits shown before the message to stay tuned for scenes from the next episode.
Premiere date meant that The Amazing Race would be airing during a season when a new Survivor series is also on and will extend through the May sweeps period.
Premiered only three weeks after the end of the sixth season
This is only the second time that something other than a vacation was awarded as prize for coming in first on a leg other than the final. Digital cameras were awarded once in a previous season.
It has been stated in interviews that the producers were against casting Rob & Amber but CBS forced them to make the couple a team.
Rob and Amber are the 2nd and 3rd contestants to have been contestants of another reality show. Amber is the first contestant to be the winner of another reality show to participate in this series. Brian of Brian and Greg is the fourth reality star He was on the Season 4 episode of Fear Factor - Cable Surfing; Gift Exchange; Lake O' Fire". He wasted his twenty minutes of eating his gross item on talking and was kicked off.
Lynn says that the zip line view reminded him of Splash Mountain, which is a ride at Disney World's Magic Mountain in Orlando, Florida.
After tripping when racing to a bus, Meredith later said with a smile, "I fell down and I couldn't get up," knowingly mimicking the TV commercials for Life Call, which famously featured an old lady yelling, "I've fallen, and I can't get up!"
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