Before the eleven teams headed to Brazil, the dentist and his subservient wife informed Ray that his name was Lake, "like the ocean", and then once Ray was out of earshot, began to mutter what sounded like racial slurs. Way to make a first impression, Ocean.
Once on Brazilian soil, it was off to Hotel Unique, where our teams gathered up their first real clue.
Why do we always feel like we are going to have an epileptic seizure when we watch the first episode of AR; we used to get this same feeling when we played too much Sonic the Hedgehog in one sitting. In any event, eleven teams are hard to follow with a camera, so CBS likes to make sure you completely understand who your villains and heros are right from the get go.
After the bridge, it was Detour time. The PDA nerds went for the kick ass chopper ride at Aeromot while the Double D twins chose to put together a motorcycle, yeah, that didn't go so well. We can't believe some São Paulo ne'er-do-wells use motorcycles as pick pocket get away vehicles. Yeah, don't walk to close to the curb, as these motor-criminals are especially fond of snatching your laptop as you are walking aimlessly, so hide your PowerBook.
Next up the crew briefly interrupted a Candomblé ceremony in Santa Cecilia to pick up a clue. Ah, AR, a constant reminder that Americans don't usually travel well.
Finally it was off to the pit stop at Etadio de Pacaembu.
So what did we learn last night?
Nerds can find love. Brazilian men are far more attracted to Yolanda than the Double D twins. Lake the dentist is a lunatic that wears a scopolamine patch to prevent motion sickness, but our early theory is it makes him nuts, due to the fact that he is constantly wearing it.* Oh, and most importantly, genie power doesn't work.
John and Scott, Lifelong Friends, we hardly knew ya.
*A nurse we watched the show with told us what this odd patch was--we aren't that smart.
· Episode 1 Screen Captures Galore [Jaunted/Flickr]
· Amazing Race 9 Hotel Report: And So It Begins Again [HotelChatter]
· Chasing Racers: AR Mashup [Jaunted]