Finally, Carol and Brandy, in charcoal, are "dating, from Los Angeles." I think they might be this season's token older couple. They look to be in their forties, which, as we get to know them, will probably turn out to mean they're in their fifties. Carol, the one with the short, bleached-blonde hair, says they'll be in good shape if a clue sends them to the nearest Louis Vuitton. "Go team," says Brandy, the one with the short, black hair. They seem pretty determined to have fun.
Finally, all eleven teams are lined up in front of Phil in a park. Phil warns them that this will be "one of the most difficult and demanding races ever." It certainly will, if this episode is any indication. At least for this bunch. Their first clue, as usual, is sitting on their bags just within sprinting distance behind Phil. But once they read it, they'll have to figure out how to get themselves to the airport using only public transportation. Mean! "And here in Los Angeles, that can be a major challenge," Phil adds unnecessarily. I do like how he basically just told their perennial host city, "You suck." Maybe next season they'll start out in a different city after all, because they'll have to. He says there are two flights waiting for them at LAX, but only the first three teams will make it on the first flight, with everyone else consigned to a flight a whole hour later. "As always, the first team to cross the finish line after twelve legs will win one million dollars!" He raises his arm and everyone drops into a starting crouch. The camera sweeps back and forth, and literally in from a helicopter over the city, before Phil finally says, "Go!"
The clue-reading occurs without incident, and everyone learns at about the same time that they're flying to Santiago, Chile. Then everyone scatters in different directions at a jog. "Who takes the bus in L.A.?" Brandy complains as she runs along the sidewalk. Carol says their version of public transport is not using the valet parking. Okay, so they're fancy. Other teams are scrambling in all directions. Cowboy Cord interviews, "The county that I live in has one light, and it's flashing yellow." I really hope he means one traffic light, or else that is one grim county at night. She-Jordan spots a bus pulling up to a stop, and she and Jeff ask the driver the quickest way to the airport as Dana and Adrian, the high-school sweethearts, arrive right behind them. The driver directs them east to Union Station, where they can catch the FlyAway. Both teams head east.