The Amazing Race

Season 1 Episode 4

Colossal Showdown

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 03, 2001 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The teams start off at the Chateau Les Baux in Paris, France. The first task is to find a man in a red hat, standing under a miniature Arc de Triomphe. All they have to discover where the man is located, is a flag and a picture of the man. It seems clear that the alliance between Frank/Margarita, Rob/Brennan and Joe/Bill has officially crumbled. The teams discover that the flag is from Tunisia. Before this discovery, some guess Turkey or Morocco. Paul/Amie at departure, notice the cab they had previously ordered the night before is not there. This causes some anger and Paul debates quitting. All the teams must get to Tunisia. Most take plane but some take boat. When they find the man, they are given a Detour. They must take a "Full Body Massage" or "Full Body Brew", involving coffee. They must with the given map find one of these two places in busy crowded streets. When these tasks are completed they must get to El Jem Coliseum. There they must run around the coliseum and most find a sword, located in the "Pit of Death". Dave and Margaretta are the last to arrive and are eliminated. Upon elimination, all of the teams clap and admit they are sad to see the team go.moreless

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  • The teams began to go up against one another while the teams faced a very original task in Tunisia. An impressive fourth leg

    The teams made their way to Tunisia in a very enjoyable leg.

    I liked this leg, probably the best of this season to date. I can't really compare it with the first episode though, that one will always be significant more so than others down the line.

    The teams began to really knuckle down and compete against one another, this proved to be silly, but made it more "Nerve-Wracking". Team Guido are good players, so are Kevin and Drew with their alliance with Nancy and Emily.

    The scenery of Tunisia was better than I thought, and the fact that this season is so damn old, I'm very impressed with the amount of action and entertainment. I dislike Lenny and Karyn because of their constant bickering. The teams on this first season are very competitive but aren't really lovable if you know what I mean.

    Frank and Margaretta, Rob and Brennan, Joe and Bill and Nancy and Emily are great but the rest of them differ.

    Overall, impressive leg all around and a great example of why people should watch this show.moreless
  • This episode all the teams were back on a level playing field when they all took the same ship to Tunisia. Here for the first time you see that the Guidos are getting more and more cut throat.moreless

    As the number of teams goes down you get to know them better. By now I have some real favorites and some teams I do not like. This was not a really tough physical episode, but it got down to a few little mistakes costing a team the race. It is sad to see things like that happen especially when they were a well liked team.

    The sights and sounds of Tunisia are so different on the screen, I can only wonder what it is like in person. For people like Nancy and Emily who are from a small town it must have been a huge culture shock.moreless
Phil Keoghan

Phil Keoghan


Paul Alessi

Paul Alessi

Eliminated 5th with Amie (Season One)

Bill Bartek

Bill Bartek

Second Runner Up with Joe (Season One)

Joe Baldassare

Joe Baldassare

Second Runner Up with Bill (Season One)

Margarita Mesa

Margarita Mesa

Runner Up with Frank (Season One)

Frank Mesa

Frank Mesa

Runner Up with Margarita (Season One)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The teams finished in the following order:

      #1. Joe and Bill.
      #2. Kevin and Drew.
      #3. Nancy and Emily.
      #4. Frank and Margarita.
      #5. Paul and Amie.
      #6. Rob and Brennan.
      #7. Lenny and Karyn.
      #8. Dave and Margaretta. (ELIMINATED)

    • Balance Sheet: Joe and Bill move up from fourth to first. Kevin and Drew move down from first to second. Nancy and Emily move up from eighth to third. Frank and Margarita move down from second to fourth. Paul and Amie move up from sixth to fifth. Rob and Brennan move down from third to sixth. Lenny and Karyn remain in seventh. Dave and Margaretta move down from fifth to last and are eliminated.

    • This was the first episode in which a Fast Forward was available, but no team opted to use it.

    • Joe and Bill are the first team to win a leg without using a Fast Forward.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Phil: David and Margaretta, you're the last team to arrive at this leg.
      David: Okay.
      Margaretta: Okay.
      Phil: And you have been eliminated, I'm sorry to tell you that.
      David: I am sorry to hear that but I've got to tell you, this is a tough group to compete against.. And I don't think it's any disgrace to loose to. They're all great people. We did out best and I wish them all luck. (The other teams clap.)

    • Dave: We're going to Tunis? I didn't know that was Turkey. Turkey's not Tunisia.

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