On to the Amazing Red and Green Lines crossing the Pacific, courtesy of Google Maps again. See ya, Bing. Nice for the racers, though, that they get what is probably going to be the longest flight of the race over with right away. Phil reminds us which seven teams are on the first flight (Team Chippendale, the blondes, Team Metal, Amy & Daniel, Abbie & Ryan, the twins, and the monster truckers) and which four are on the second (the goat farmers, Trey & Lexi, Rob & Sheila, and Gary & Will). After landing, Phil tells us they'll need to take cabs to Yuanshen Sports Center Stadium (such a Chinese-sounding name, missing only the words "rainbow," "bamboo," "panda," "dragon," jade," and "buffet" to make it perfect) to find their next clue. Lots of shots of spectacular Shanghai, which looks a whole lot better here than it does in Looper, where it seems to exist at the bottom of the world's largest dirty fish tank. The Amazing Race version, however, has a clear blue sky. Perfect day for some Amazing Racing. Provided, that is, there isn't a task that requires anyone to locate a person in the shade.
James & Abba seem to be the first team at the Shanghai airport to hire a cab. Their driver asks where they're from, and after saying they're from the USA, James compliments their cabbie's English before Abba says in Mandarin, "Fast. We love you." It's encouraging to be starting off with some behavior that's the opposite of Ugly American, regardless of the way James & Abba actually look.
Jaymes & James are commenting in their cab on the heat and humidity, which is making them feel like rotisserie chickens. They said it, not me. Abbie and Ryan are also in a cab, as Abbie says they were on a plane for 17 hours. "And I'm wearing the same underpants," Ryan points out. Hell, 17 hours in the same underwear is nothing, if you're a telecommuter like me. Amy & Daniel ("Dating On and Off") says it looks like they're all pretty much in a pack. They arrive in the parking lot, and after a brief search, Jaymes & James are the first to find the clue box near the entrance, with most of the other teams gathering around them. "Who's ready to get paddled?" Jaymes or James reads from the clue. Before we can ponder too long how filthy that sounds, we're inside a long rec room willed with Ping-Pong tables. Phil sidles up to a table tennis player in mid-match, saying the youngster is "a Chinese junior champion who simply hates losing." Phil's eyebrow emotes startlement as the kid spikes the ball past him.