Patricia "Pat" Pierce and Brenda Mehta are a team of Working Moms on The Amazing Race 1.
They won the second leg by Fast Forward, but got eliminated on the third leg when they were charged with finding a Foucault pendulum, except that there were two Foucault pendulums in Paris, and they were the only team to go to the wrong one, which caused them to fall behind and miss the trains the other teams got on. The Race would not use such an intentionally deceptive task again in future seasons.
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Pat and Brenda met at work about eighteen years ago, when Pat introduced Brenda to her future husband. When they both became mothers in 1987, they took backpacking trips together as a break from home and work responsibilities. Their combined strengths make them a strong Team: whereas Pat is a creative thinker and is not afraid to ask for what she wants, Brenda is laid back and likes to be organized.
The Amazing Race 1
Pat & Brenda are the eighth team introduced at the Starting Line at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, New York City. In their confessional, Brenda says she hopes that she and Pat inspires other women with families to be themselves, while Pat states while their husbands weren't "real crazy" for them going around the world, that she and Brenda decided to apply for the show anyway.
After Phil Keoghan officially starts the first leg of the race, they learn they have to fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, where they'll find their next clue in Johannesburg International Airport, and that there are three flights to Johannesburg from New York City, but are not informed from which airport they're departing at. The mothers decide to head toward Times Square to catch a taxi. They are able to make it on the first flight to South Africa, along with Frank & Margarita, Joe & Bill, Lenny & Karyn, and Rob & Brennan.
After landing in Johannesburg, they pick up the second clue informing them to sign up for a charter flight to Livingstone, Zambia, and get their next clue from a car waiting outside of Livingstone Airport. Pat & Brenda end up on the second charter with Lenny & Karyn.
After they decide to hire a driver, they head to Victoria Falls, Pat & Brenda head to Batoka Gorge for their next clue, rather than perform the Fast Forward. At this point in the Race, they are currently in fifth.
Arriving at Batoka Gorge, they find the Detour. Despite Pat being scared, the mothers decide to do Air. After finishing the task, they receive their next clue informing them to head to the Pit Stop at Songwe Village. They finish the leg in 5th place.
Pat & Brenda start Leg 2 at 3:35 am. Opening their clue, they are told to head to Songwe Museum. They decide to drive from the village to find the museum. Despite asking for directions, they cannot locate the museum and choose to do the Fast Forward. Pat & Brenda head toward Bundu Adventures.
After arriving, the mothers have to whitewater raft down a part of the Zambezi River to get the Fast Forward pass. They complete the task, and earn the Fast Forward, informing them to head to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. Both are excited to visit Paris.
Despite Brenda having a breakdown while in Johannesburg International Airport, they are able to get one of the first two flights to Paris. Once they arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, they head to the Pit Stop at the Arc de Triomphe, while the other teams head to the Eiffel Tower. After touching on the Pit Stop, they finish the leg in 1st.
Pat & Brenda started the third leg at 9:06 pm. Opening the first clue for the leg, they are told to head to La Grande Roue. After asking a local Parisian, who points out the Ferris wheel is further down the street, the mothers decide to take the subway to get there. After arriving to the site of the attraction, Pat & Brenda find the clue for the Detour. They choose Easy Walk, where they have to find Foucault pendulum and get their next clue from a cat statue. Not knowing that there are two Foucault pendulums in Paris, they head unintentionally to the incorrect location at Musée des Arts et Métiers to wait until the location opens. They look around the grounds before the location opens, seeing the pendulum, but no cat statue.
The following morning, at 10:00 am, Pat & Brenda enter the museum. They search for a cat statue, but are still unable to find it. A curator, who overheard the mothers, informs them that they are likely looking for the pendulum at the Panthéon. They exit the museum to get to the correct location.
After getting the clue at the Panthéon, they are informed to head to Hôtel de Ville, where they will need to find a person in a blue suit, who'll give them their next clue. Pat & Brenda decide to take the subway to get there.
Once they get their clue from the man at Hôtel de Ville, they find the Roadblock. Pat volunteers to perform the task. For the Roadblock, Pat will have to wear a sanitary suit and walk through the sewers to find their clue near Place du Châtelet. After finishing the Roadblock, they learn they have to make their way to the Pit Stop at Château des Baux in Les Baux de Provence by train. Despite their hopes, however, their error with the location of the pendulum caused too big of a gap between them and the other teams. Phil informs Pat & Brenda once they've reached the mat, they've been eliminated from The Amazing Race.
|Pat & Brenda's Race History|
|1||1||United States → South Africa → Zambia||Air / Land||Unknown||5 of 11|||
|2||2||Zambia → France||Used Fast Forward||1 of 10►|
|3||3||France||Tough Climb / Easy Walk||Pat||9 of 9|
- First all-female team to win a leg.
- First all-female team to win the Fast Forward pass.
- First team to finish first on one leg and be last on the next.
- First team to be eliminated after winning a leg.
- First Team to come in first with a Fast Forward and come last on the following leg.
- Webmaster (October 2002): "Brenda Mehta Interview"
Social Media Profiles
- Pat's Facebook: /patricia.pierce.378
- Brenda's Facebook: /brendamehta
|The Amazing Race 1 Teams|