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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

The race begins at Castaic Lake in Castaic, California, United States.

Teams must run through a mud run obstacle course by the lakeshore. Once both members have finished the course, they may retrieve a ring that would contain tickets for their first destination: Tokyo, Japan. The first eight teams would receive tickets for the first flight, EVA Air, while the last three teams would receive tickets for a China Airlines flight scheduled to depart 45 minutes after the first. Once they have claimed a ring, teams may select a Ford Fusion Hybrid car and play a video message from host Phil Keoghan instructing them to make they way to Kanda Myōjin in Tokyo, where they would to find their next clue.

Choice A: Syncing Steps
Teams must make their way to Shinjuku Central Park, where they must learn a series of synchronized "robotic" dance moves performed by members of World Order to the satisfaction of World Order leader Genki Sudo to receive their next clue. If they could not perform the steps properly, they must go to the back of the line before they are allowed to try again.

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 must make their way to Nakano Sakaue Station Tavern, where they would be shown ten bottles of sake: kanbe, michisakari, momokawa, nanbubijin, okunomatsu, shōchikubai, tōkō, tsukasabotan, yoshinogawa, and zaou. One member must then take an order from a table of samurai, then relay the order to their partner, who must find the correct bottle from a much larger display of bottles. Once they have presented the correct sake bottle to the samurai, they would make a toast before receiving their next clue.

Harley & Jonathan and Jeff & Jackie chose this task.

Teams must make their way to Wakaba Higashi Park, where they would 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 to use 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 Syncing Steps Detour, they would be forced to backtrack and complete the Samurai Sake Detour before continuing.

Teams must make their way to the Akihabara UDX Building and search around the vicinity of the building for a marked parking space for the Pit Stop 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
Jelani & Jenny
 1st place 
Jelani & Jenny
Blind Dating
Jeff & Jackie
 2nd place 
Jeff & Jackie
Blind Dating
Laura & Tyler
 3rd place 
Laura & Tyler
Blind Dating
Aly & Steve
 4th place 
Aly & Steve
Dating Olympians
Harley & Jonathan
 5th place 
Harley & Jonathan
Dating
Bergen & Kurt
 6th place 
Bergen & Kurt
Blind Dating
Mike & Rochelle
 7th place 
Mike & Rochelle
Dating
Hayley & Blair
 8th place 
Hayley & Blair
Blind Dating
Matt & Ashley
 9th place 
Matt & Ashley
Dating
Libby & CJ
 10th place 
Libby & CJ
Dating
Jeff & Lyda
 11th place 
Jeff & Lyda
Dating

Trivia

Reception

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

References

The Amazing Race 26 Episodes

"Great Way to Start a Relationship" · "I Got the Smartest Dude" · "#MurphysLaw" · "The Great Amazing Nasty Race" · "Get in That Lederhosen, Baby" · "Smells Like a Million Bucks" · "Back in Business" · "Moment of Truth" · "Can I Get a Hot Tub!" · "Fruits of Our Labor" · "In It to Win It" · "Monster Truck Heroes"

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