October 04, 2005 11:28 PM by Joe Blackmon
The second episode of The Amazing Race Family Edition kicks off with the teams racing to York, Pennsylvania to find a clue at the top of a house shaped like a shoe. The clue directs the teams to go to the reflecting pool at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. On the way to Washington, the Rogers family makes a critical mistake and misses a crucial turn-off. Denny Rogers, the father on the team, points the finger at the driver, who is his son Brock Rogers. Denny says “We said 83 South to the driver, and we passed up the exit.”
Even though the clue clearly directs the teams to the U.S. Capitol, several of the teams go to the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial instead. Most of the teams quickly realize their mistake, except for the Gaghan family which searches around for two hours. In fact, the Gaghan family might still be searching if the Rogers family didn’t finally show up and Denny Rogers didn’t point out to them that they should be at the reflecting pool at the U.S. Capitol.
A clue at the reflecting pool directs the teams to take a briefcase from a black limousine and go to the Tidal Basin. At the Tidal Basin, the teams encounter a road block where they have to exchange their briefcase for a briefcase being carried by a spy walking around the Tidal Basin. The complication is that there are fifty people walking around the Tidal Basin with a briefcase and only ten of them are spies. The amazing thing about this challenge is that mysterious people exchanging black briefcases in the nation’s capital didn’t set off a city wide panic.
After making the briefcase exchange, the teams race to Middleburg, Virginia. In Middleburg, they encounter a Civil War battlefield recreation where they have to choose between the “Heat of Battle” or the “Heat of the Night.” In “Heat of Battle,” the teams have to remove five injured soldiers from the battlefield. In “Heat of the Night,” the teams have to fill up twenty lanterns with fuel and light them.
The Weaver family is the first family to reach the pit stop, and they win a family trip. After the Weaver family, the order of finish is Linz family, Godlewski family, Schroeder family, Aiello family, Bransen family, Gaghan family, Paolo family, and Rogers family. As the last team to reach the pit stop, the Rogers family is eliminated. Denny Rogers steps up and takes the blame for the loss and give the moral of this week’s episode as “You can’t get to where you need to go in this life casting stones and blaming other people for your misfortunes.”