Guest Author - Heather Davis
The 14th season of the Amazing Race kicked off with its premiere episode titled "Don't Let The Cheese Hit Me". This was one of the best episodes of the show I have ever seen. Not only are there the inspiring teams and the arguing teams that we all know and love. The Amazing Race came up with a competition so hilarious that just thinking about it makes me chuckle.
The episode begins with meeting the new teams that will be competing in the race across the world. As always, there are the teams you root for and the ones you can't help but root against. The stand-out teams this season is Margaret and her son Luke, who is hearing impaired. His goal and main purpose for being a part of this season's race was prove his disability doesn't make him helpless.
Among the other teams are father and son team, Mike and Mel, former cheerleaders, Cara and Jaime, and flight attendants (aka the blondes), Christie and Jodi. Also, this season includes stuntmen and brothers, Mark and Michael. What would The Amazing Race be without the ultimate team of underdogs? Linda and Steve are the team that seem to struggle the most with Linda having a tough time keeping up with the fast pace. Running is not really her strong suit.
The teams make their way to Switzerland by way of plane and train. In Amazing Race style, they run through the streets asking strangers for directions and struggle to hail a cab. The first road block teams face is bungee jumping off of a 700 foot dam. That sets the tone for this season and what is to come.
The challenge that comes next is the funniest thing I have ever seen. What is the first thing you think of when you think Switzerland? Does cheese come to mind? Teams must carry what can only be described as a rickety, old wooden backpack up an extremely muddy hill. Once at the top, teams must carry one hundred pounds, four huge cheese wheels, back down the hill using the contraptions they are given.
The producers set these poor contestants up good. If the wooden contraption didn't break on the way up the hill, it did on the way down. Their decent down the hill looked like a bad skiing accident where you continue to slide faster and faster until you loose control. People were dodging large wheels of cheese as they barreled down the mountain.
Luke, who is hearing impaired, and his mother Margaret overcome adversity to come in first place this round. Their win was emotional for both of them and showed the other teams that they are a force to be reckoned with. Surprisingly, the team that came in last place and eliminated from the race was Jennifer and Preston, a couple who are dating and had a tendency to bicker quite a bit.
If the premiere of Season 14 is any indication, The Amazing Race is going to get good and I can't wait to see what challenges and beautiful destinations come next.