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Runner Up with Colin (Season Five)
Eliminated 2nd with Donny (Season Five)
Eliminated 2nd with Alison (Season Five)
Eliminated 7th with Karli (Season Five)
Eliminated 7th with Kami (Season Five)
Charla is the first person to run the race with a disability, dwarfism.
This season has Yields throughout the race, except on the final two legs.
This is the first and, as of the fifteenth season, the only season to visit every continent except Antarctica.
Alison and Donny was the only team to win a leg this season that was not in the top 3.
Dennis/Erika, Colin/Christie, Marshall/Lance, and Chip/Kim were on the first, but slower, flight from Los Angeles to Montevideo, Uruguay.
Allison/Donny, Kami/Karli, Linda/Karen, Charla/Mirna, Brandon/Nicole, Jim/Marsha, and Bob/Joyce were on the second, faster flight.
Both flights connected through Miami.
Alison Irwin was a contestant on Big Brother 4. She came in 2nd place, winning $100,000.
The teams finished in the following order:
#1. Alison and Donny (Prize: Vacation to Hawaii, compliments of AA.com)
#2. Marshall and Lance
#3. Linda and Karen
#4. Bob and Joyce
#5. Charla and Mirna
#6. Brandon and Nicole
#7. Colin and Christie
#8. Chip and Kim (First to Arrive, Had to Return to Previous Route Marker)
#9. Kami and Karli (Second to Arrive, Had to Return to Previous Route Marker)
#10. Jim and Marsha
#11. Dennis and Erika (ELIMINATED)
The "Yield" is added as a new twist that allows players to temporarily halt the progress of any one other team. No team chose to use it in this episode.
There was no Fast Forward on this leg of the race. This is the first episode ever of the new rules that state only two legs of the entire race will have a Fast Forward. Previous races had Fast Forwards on all but the last two legs, unless all remaining teams had used their Fast Forwards.
There was no Roadblock in this leg.
Linda/Karen, Allison/Donny, Bob/Joyce, Brandon/Nicole, Jim/Marsha, Colin/Christie, and Dennis/Erika chose "Zips," where they took a zipline between two hotel rooftops, 210' in the air. They then rode a second zipline down to the hotel pool. Marshall/Lance and Charla/Mirna chose "Chips," where they had 20 chips to play roulette, no more than 5 chips/spin. If they did not win, they would've been forced to then do Zips. Kami/Karli and Chip/Kim both completed Chips before finding out it was actually part of a Detour. They were required to go back and collect the route marker, but were then allowed to return the Pit Stop once they had retrieved it.
Chip/Kim and Mirna/Charla appeared in Battle of the Network Reality Stars, which also featured Jonathan and Victoria from Season 6. Mirna, however, was the only one to actually win.
Racers Christie and Nicole are both beauty pageant winners. Nicole in fact beat Christie to the title of Miss Texas USA in 2003. Christie was apparently odds-on to win, until she messed up during a televised interview round. Asked "If you could ask God one question, what would it be?", she stammered out "What does my house look like from up there?"
(Linda and Karen are deciding which Detour to choose.)
Karen: Let's do Zips.
Linda: Zips? But all you've gotta do is hit one number.
Karen: In roulette?! What are the chances you're gonna hit one number?!
Linda: (sheepishly) Oh, roulette?
Mirna: (while carrying the chuck of beef) I can't hold it with the gloves. I will get mad-cow disease!
Chip: We've done everything you can possibly do wrong and we're still here. We might be a bit of a threat once we start operating properly!
Jim: Jumping into a pool of water with 25 stitches that are one day old is not the thing to do!
Mirna: (reading the Detour clue) Chips: Enter the casino and play a game of roulette. Charla, we're in the casino every other week! Charla, this is a sign!
Erika: Mr. Fair Play over here had to play fair!
Dennis: So it's my fault?
Erika: It's always your fault!
Joyce: (while delivering the meat) Oh my gosh! I hope we get a shower after this!
Kami: (while searching for the cluebox with Jim and Marsha) Guys. it's got to be obvious. Maybe we're just looking too hard!
Karli: I'm sure we went right by it. (The camera turns to the right and shows the teams walking right past the cluebox)
Chip: We finally got the ticket that said 9:00 am and we're like, oh no, there we go again, the bottom-feeders!
Charla: Taxi! Taxi! (the taxi comes, to the taxi driver) You wanna help me?
Taxi Driver: Si.
Jim: We barely made the flight. It probably would've been quicker to just amputate the leg!
Karli: I can't describe the nonverbal language Kami and I have; I just know that it's there. This race will include doing what we're good at (together with Kami) manipulating.
Erika: (after being eliminated) I knew our downfall would be Dennis's kindness. But I'd rather be with a nice guy than a jerk.
Phil: Marshall and Lance. You are team number two.
Lance: If I had known she (indicating Miss Uruguay) was here, we'd have been here much faster.
Kami: (on carrying the raw meat) Nothing like a big chunk of ass in your face.
Alison: (to Donny) Clearly, I'm more intelligent than you.
Donny: I seriously don't know why Alison and I are still together. I don't know if it's God playing a weird joke. But for some reason we can't be without each other as much as we can't be with each other.
Erika: (on her relationship with Dennis) The Amazing Race will be our "ultimate love test" and will amplify who we both really are and if those two personalities are compatible.
Marsha: My dad has guided me a lot and I look for him for advice. But he refuses to see me as anything as a 10 year old little girl that needs to develop focus.
Jim: I don't see you has a 10 year old sometimes I see you as a...
Marsha: (overlapping) Twelve year old?
Jim: I see you as a 26 year old little girl.
Marsha: (sarcastically) Perfect!
Mirna: I can't wait to see Phil. He's gorgeous!
(cut to shot of Phil smiling widely)
Charla: Strangers love to help me! They see me and they think, 'Oh, she can't do anything, so I'll just do it for her.' That's going to be saving us a lot of time.
Colin: I may be most intense person ever to run this race.
Erika: This race has brought so much closer, even in a short amount of time. I can't imagine being without Dennis. He's so nice to everyone and if that's why we lost, oh well!
Phil: (regarding the non-elimination twist) That new twist will make your lives very difficult.
Alison: Honey, there is a double-turning lane!
Donny: And it starts.
Jim: If we miss this flight, we lose the race.
Chip: The only way we have a chance is if we have someone--
Kim: equally as lame as us.
Mirna: Can we play a quick hand of blackjack? We can double our money!
Charla: (snatching the clue) No!!!
Jim: We have to find this butcher and get rid of this meat.
Linda & Karen: Bowling Moms
Charla & Mirna: Mirna & Schmirna
In Entertainment Weekly's "What to Watch" column, television critic Dalton Ross gave this episode an A, saying that the series is "TV's most underappreciated gem (reality or otherwise)."
Alison is the first contestant of another reality show to participate in this series.
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