And there's Terence and Sarah, "newly dating," from New York City. Sarah looks like she was sent over from central casting to play the nice, bespectacled Jewish girl who becomes smitten with the hunky, sandy-haired athlete. Except central casting only did half its job, because Terence insists on wearing his sandy hair in a pair of dorsal sausage curls. He looks like a rooster who has begun to fray on top. As for his athleticism, well, more on that later. She calls him "the most quintessential free spirit I have ever met in my life." Oh, that's always a good sign. We see him doing things like indoor rock-climbing and cooking while Sarah types on her laptop at the kitchen table. In other words, she has a job. Terence interviews, apparently in answer to the question, "So what do you do then?" that he only does things that make him happy, but earns money by coaching runners. As we see Terence walking Sarah to the door of her office building and handing her a sack lunch (a beta-male signifier if there ever was one, and I can't believe Terence agreed to participate in its staging), Sarah talks about the differences between them, which "could either be the best thing going for us on the race, or be the thing that kills us." From what we see later, Sarah should appreciate all the ways she's different from Terence. In fact, we should all appreciate the ways we're different from Terence.
Finally, Mark and Bill enter wearing mismatched fedoras and orange shirts, described as "best friends from San Diego. "We're the comic-book geeks," the bald one says. I'm pretty sure that's Mark. Now, I did have some awareness of the teams, mainly from zapping TAR promos during Big Brother, and somehow I kind of had the Frat Boys, Dan and Andrew, mixed up with the Geeks. Not sure how that could have happened. We see Mark and Bill hanging out in a Michael Scott condo reading graphic novels on the couch (trade paperback collections instead of single issues, which calls their comic-book-geek credibility into some question, if you ask me) and playing guitar-based videogames and chess. By the way, a glimpse at the chessboard clearly indicates that one of them is using the Corbomite maneuver. Bill says, "The Amazing Race is the ultimate game, on the biggest game board you can imagine." And that's why they got to go last.