It’s deja vu big time as 11 teams who previously competed during a season or two of The Amazing Race are ‘Back in the Saddle’ as this season premiere episode title says.
Here’s the All-Star starting line up of The Amazing Race: All-Stars, February 2014:
*Jet McCoy and Cord McCoy (cowboy brothers) — 2nd Place on Season 16
*Margie Adams and Luke Adams (mother and son) — 3rd Place on Season 14 (and 8th Place on Season 18)
*Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly (now married Big Brother alumni) — 3rd Place on Season 20
*Herbert “Flight Time” Lang and Nathaniel “Big Easy” Lofton (Harlem Globetrotters) — 4th Place on Season 15
*Nadiya and Natalie Anderson — (NYC born and Sri Lanka raised twins) — 4th Place on Season 21
*Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Kuhle — (country singers and descendants of Daniel Boone (Caroline) and John Wayne (Jennifer, his granddaughter)) — 4th Place on Season 22
*Jamal Zadran and Leo Temory — (cousins from Southern California) — 4th Place on Season 23
*William “Bopper” Minton and Mark Jackson — (best friends from Kentucky) — 5th Place on Season 20
*Meghan Caramena and Joey Graceffa — (friends and You Tube faves) — 5th Place on Season 22
*Dave O’Leary and Connor O’Leary — (father and son cancer survivors from Utah) — 8th Place on Season 22
*Jessica Hoel and John Erck — (now engaged) — 9th Place on Season 22
Unexpected Starting Problems
Host Phil Keoghan gathers the teams together with some serious news. Bopper has apparently had a pancreatic attack of some kind and the doctor, Dr. Horowitz, says he can’t participate as doing so could be fatal! Well, can there be a more dramatic start to The Amazing Race this season? It doesn’t seem so especially as Mark is in tears! Phil tells Mark he can still race but with another partner. Since Bopper is all for it, Mark agrees and gets matched with a fellow Kentuckian named Mallory.