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"Great Way to Start a Relationship"
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At the Starting Line in Castaic Lake, California, teams had to race through a muddy obstacle course, as they kick-off The Amazing Race 26.
Version: United States
Season: The Amazing Race 26
Episode No.: 1/12 (295)
First Broadcast: February 25, 2015
Viewership (in millions): 6.16[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 1.5/4[1]
CBS Summary: Link
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Previous: "All or Nothing"
(previous season)
Next: "I Got the Smartest Dude"
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Great Way to Start a Relationship is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 26.

Story

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Route Markers

Teams must run through an obstacle course by the lakeshore, involving predominantly filled mud and an ice tub towards the end, where they must retrieve rings that contain tickets for their first destination: Tokyo, Japan, on two available flights, both with flight connections in Taipei, Taiwan. The first flight on EVA Air can accommodate eight teams, while the second flight on China Airlines can accommodate the remaining three teams. After retrieving the rings that contain their tickets, teams must drive themselves to Los Angeles International Airport in Ford Fusion Hybrid cars.

Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, teams must travel by taxi to Kanda Shrine to find their next clue.

Choice A: Singing Steps
Teams have to travel to Shinjuku Central Park to learn a series of synchronized "robotic" dance moves performed by members of World Order. Once World Order leader Genki Sudo approves of their dance, he will deliver them their next clue.

Aly & Steve, Bergen & Kurt, Hayley & Blair, Jeff & Lyda, Jelani & Jenny, Laura & Tyler, Libby & CJ, Matt & Ashley, and Mike & Rochelle chose this task.

Choice B: Samurai Sake
Teams have to travel to Nakano Sakaue Station Tavern, and are shown ten bottles of sake: tōkō, nanbubijin, okunomatsu, kanbe, yoshinogawa, michisakari, tsukasabotan, zaou, momokawa, shōchikubai. One team member has to take one of ten bottles of sake to a table of Samurais, while the other team member finds the correct bottle from a much larger display of bottles. The teams will receive the next clue once they present the correct bottle to the Samurais, and take a toast.

Harley & Jonathan and Jeff & Jackie chose this task.

Teams must travel by taxi to Wakaba Higashi Park to find their next clue.

At Wakaba Higashi Park, teams would have the option to U-Turn a team, with two slots available, and anonymously. Mike & Rochelle used the first slot of the U-Turn on Jeff & Lyda. Jeff & Lyda attempted used the second slot of the U-Turn on Jeff & Jackie, however Jeff & Jackie already passed the U-Turn before Jeff & Lyda, thus having no effect on them.

Since Jeff & Lyda completed the Singing Steps Detour, they would be forced to backtrack and complete the Samurai Sake Detour before continuing.

Teams must travel by taxi to the Akihabara UDX Building parking space to check in.

For coming in first, Jelani & Jenny won the Express Pass.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forwardϵ Used the Express Pass User of the first Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the first Double U-Turn slot • User of the second Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the second Double U-Turn slot
S26 JelaniJenny
 1st place 
Jelani & Jenny
Blind Dating
S26 JeffJackie
 2nd place 
Jeff & Jackie
Blind Dating
S26 LauraTyler
 3rd place 
Laura & Tyler
Blind Dating
S26 AlySteve
 4th place 
Aly & Steve
Dating Olympians
S26 HarleyJonathan
 5th place 
Harley & Jonathan
Dating
S26 BergenKurt
 6th place 
Bergen & Kurt
Blind Dating
S26 MikeRochelle
 7th place 
Mike & Rochelle
Dating
S26 HayleyBlair
 8th place 
Hayley & Blair
Blind Dating
S26 MattAshley
 9th place 
Matt & Ashley
Dating
S26 LibbyCJ
 10th place 
Libby & CJ
Dating
S26 JeffLyda
 ELIMINATED 
Jeff & Lyda
Dating

Trivia

Reception

  • Ken Tucker at Yahoo! TV (02/25/2015): "Premiere Review: The New Dating Game?"

References