The Accidental Columnist: The Amazing Race: Family Edition - Episode 2
by Dan Weltin
Published: October 5, 2005
Welcome back everybody! We start the second leg in Lancaster, Pennsylvania -- the center of Amishland. The Godlewski sisters kick things off with a 7:57 a.m. start. There are 48 minutes separating them from the last place team, The Linz family, who depart at 8:45.
Teams must drive 15 miles to York, Pennsylvania to find Shoehouse Road where they'll search a giant shoe.
The Godlewski sisters stop for gas allowing the Gaghan family to get to the shoe first. The little girl wants to get the clue, but Mom says "no!" Dad goes instead. (I guess there's no time for being cute on this leg).
The Schroeder family take a short cut and pass a lot of teams. The Paolo family takes two steps and start arguing.
After getting the clue at the shoe, teams will drive 110 miles to Washington D.C. and locate the Reflecting Pool at the Capitol to get the next clue. To get there teams need to take either 30 West or 30 East to 83 South, depending on what family you ask. Different families have different opinions, like the Rogers family who are now lost. Father Rogers told son Brock, who's doing the driving, the wrong directions. Of course Dad won't admit he's wrong -- that is until he looks at the map and realizes his son was right.
DEEP THROATING IN D.C.
The Gaghans arrive in D.C. first with the Schroeders close behind. However, both families go to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, not the one at the Capitol Building. So, the Weaver family actually arrive first (Praise Jesus) followed by the Godlewski sisters.
The Schroeders find out the truth about the two pools, but they don't let the Gaghans in on the secret. The Paolos turn out to be smart and find the right pool. The Bransen family, however, are not as smart and head to the Lincoln Memorial. As for the Aiello family, well they fall somewhere in between. They arrive at the wrong pool, but quickly realize their mistake. The Linzs make up a lot of time by finding the right pool.
Once teams locate the clue box, they must go to 3rd Street where a limousine will be waiting for them. Inside is an undisclosed source who will hand them a briefcase which they need to take to the Tidal Basin in the shadow of the Jefferson Memorial.
The clue at the Basin is the Roadblock. As a reminder, only one member of each team can participate in a Roadblock. For this task, a family member must search the Basin and find a spy carrying an identical briefcase. There are 50 people walking around with briefcases, but only 10 are spies. They'll know they have found a spy by saying the password "The sky is blue." If the spy answers "the sea is green," then they'll be given a new briefcase that holds their next clue.
The Godlewski family arrives first followed by the Paolos and the Weavers (they had some driving problems, go figure). All three teams finish the Roadblock fairly quickly.
Once done teams must drive to Middleburg, Virginia and find Welbourne Manor.
Meanwhile, the Gaghan family are throwing coins in the Reflecting Pool in an attempt to make a wish to find the cluebox. The Bransen Dad is finding out he's out of shape.
Back at the Roadblock, the Linz siblings have arrived and are struggling. The Schroeders and Aiellos arrive and make quick work of it.
En route to Virginia, the Paolos need to make a sidetrip for gas, but are having trouble finding a station. If they would have listened to Mama earlier they could have pulled over when they had the chance instead of going on their current goose chase.
The Bransens have finally learned about the other pool. At long last the Rogers family arrive at the Lincoln Memorial and run into the Gaghans. Together they realize they are at the wrong locale.
The Paolos find some gas, but it has cost them a lot of time. Back at the Roadblock the Linz siblings finally finish. Unfortunately for them, the Gaghans arrive and finish, too. The Bransens and Rogers continue to bring up the rear.
Say, whatever happened to those other teams? Well they've been stuck in a traffic jam! The Linz and Bransen family take a back-road route to avoid it.
The Weavers wait out the traffic (or weren't stuck behind it for very long) and arrive in Virginia first followed by the Godlewskis.
The clue at the Manor is this leg's Detour. Teams can either choose Heat of the Battle or Heat of the Night. In Heat of the Battle teams join a Civil War reenactment and carry five wounded soldiers off the battlefield on a stretcher. In Heat of the Night, teams must roll a barrel of oil and carry 20 oil lamps to a table where they'll fill all the lamps with oil and light them. Once done with the task, teams will receive a flag that they'll carry down a winding road to meet Phil at the Pit Stop.
The Weavers choose Night and get lost en route to the task giving the Godlewski sisters, who chose Battle, a bit of a head start. The Linz siblings quickly arrive from their back-road shortcut and join the Battle.
The Schroeder family arrives next and chooses Night. The Bransens and Aiellos aren't too far behind and pick Battle.
The Weaver family and the Linz siblings finish their tasks at roughly the same time, but the Weavers have enough of a lead to finish this leg first and win a trip to South Hampton.
As for the rest of the teams, the Bransens should have chosen the oil lamps because dad is tired. The Gaghans arrive and the little boy wants to do Battle. (Don't think that's a smart move little guy. These kids won't be able to carry five soldiers, especially when the Aiellos just barely finish the task themselves. It's not helping either that the little girl isn't doing anything and the boy wants her job.) Yet somehow the Gaghans finish the task without too much trouble. They must have gotten skinny soldiers.
The course is clear when the Paolos and Rogers arrive. Both choose Battle. Mama Paolo struggles, but sticks with it. Unlike Mom Rogers who gives up and forces her team to switch tasks. Son Brock is not amused.
Both finish the tasks around the same time, but the Paolos get to the Pit Stop first thanks to some "encouraging words" from Papa Paolo. Okay, he really shot some verbal fire up their ass.
The Rogers family is eliminated and son and dad are a little upset at each other. At least dad is finally accepting blame for his bad directions.
|1st Place||Weaver Family
|2nd Place||Linz Siblings
|3rd Place||Godlewski Sisters
|4th Place||Schroeder Family
|5th Place||Aiello Family
|6th Place||Bransen Family
|7th Place||Gaghan Family
|8th Place||Paolo Family