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Eleven new teams begin racing on the twenty-second edition of The Amazing Race. Their first stop is the island paradise of Bora Bora, where rows of sandcastles threaten to be the downfall of multiple teams. Meanwhile, in a race first, the winner of the first leg is awarded two Express Passes, one of which must be delegated to another team.moreless
The six remaining teams set off from the Sunbird Livingstonia Beach in Salima, Malawi and fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, heading to Vor Frelsers Kirke with knowledge there will be another Double U-Turn on the course. After getting a clue to Frederiksborg Slot, the Roadblock forces racers to go inside and learn an intricate Renaissance dance done in three parts. At Frilandmuseet, the Detour has teams choose between getting "All Hopped Up" by leading rabbits through a steeplechase course, or making sure they get six bricks of butter "All Churned Out" and in presentable shape. Directed to the nearby Karlstrup Windmill, teams are given the Pit Stop location: the Havet, docked back in Copenhagen.moreless
The remaining teams depart Indonesia for Vietnam where a confusing test of memory puts teams in jeopardy of elimination. With a Double U-Turn looming ahead, alliances form and strategise, while an injured Dave & Connor contemplate their position in the game.
The five remaining teams depart Lake Manyara in Tanzania and fly to Cochin, India. Continuing to Sacred Heart College in Thevara, teams are faced with a Bollywood-themed Roadblock where racers must learn a complicated dance routine and perform it to the satisfaction of the choreographer. Clued to the Indian Coffee House, teams are given a Detour of either both racers scoring a boundary in "Cricket" or both navigating a test course in an auto rickshaw requiring them to successfully "Clutch It". Completing awards the Pit Stop location: Bolgatty Palace.moreless
The seven remaining teams depart from the M. R. Kukrit Heritage House in Bangkok, Thailand and fly to Lilongwe, Malawi, where they travel by taxi to Limbe Tobacco Warehouse for their Roadblock: racers are forced to transport ten, 200 lb. bales of tobacco using a handtruck to receive their next clue. At the Detour, teams either must travel to White Horse De-sign Tailor Shop in an old market and use an old manual sewing machine to make sure a customer's suit is properly "All Sewn Up", or go to Lilongwe LEA School and make two toy trucks by using simple materials for kids who are "Not Grown Up" to play with. Teams then head to a furniture store and have two beds trucked to Kumbali Village, then carry them to the Pit Stop, where the beds will be used for their overnight rest.moreless
The six remaining teams set off from an esplanade alongside the Caspian Sea in Baku, Azerbaijan and fly to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Once there, teams race to get on charter flights to Ngorongoro Crater, where they have to find a Masai warrior; he offers a Detour choice of testing your "Marksmanship" by hitting a clay target with a rungu or performing a "Courtship" jumping ritual for a minute in the thin air. Completion of either directs teams to the Simba A camp. On arrival, teams must build a safari tent and shower so after checking in with Phil at the Pit Stop, they can stay the night.moreless
The remaining teams depart Africa and head to snowy Switzerland where they are confronted with their fear of heights. Teams relive a memorable challenge in a race Switchback before one team makes a potentially costly mistake.
The eight remaining teams depart the Pit Stop at Piazza Castello in Turin, Italyand make their way via train and car to the German state of Bavaria, with Bopper and Mark knowing a Speed Bump awaits them. Arriving at Gasthof Zum Rassen, teams are faced with a Detour of either following a trail to the Hansel and Gretel "Fairy Tale" witch and shingling a gingerbread house's roof or stylingthefacial hairof a "Champion Male" beard competitor; meanwhile, Bopper and Mark's Speed Bump of correctly yodelling precedes their Detour. Success points teams to Neuschwanstein Castle and the bedroom of King Ludwig II, where a clue sends teams to Füssen and a Roadblock using their Travelocity Roaming Gnome in eisstockchienben. Sliding the Gnome across the ice andonto the bullseye awards the Pit Stop location: in a cattle barn at Landhannes Farm.moreless
The seven remaining teams depart from the Kumbali Village in Lilongwe, Malawi and travel by bus to the town of Salima, where their Roadblock awaits. One team member has to use a bicycle taxi, called kabaza, to take a passenger carrying fish to one of three different addresses. After completing this, they must go to Lake Malawi and do the Detour tasks: they must join the 'Dugout' canoe race and use a traditional canoe, they have to paddle out to pass the drummer, and paddle back to the shore in order to receive their next clue. Teams also may choose to 'Lugout' eight passengers, two boxes of cabbages, two bundles of sugar cane, two brooms, one chair, and one fan from ferry to the shore. Succeeding in doing the tasks, teams must search Jamaica Shop and face the first Double U-Turn. After deciding which teams should be U-Turned, they must walk all the way to the seventh Pit Stop: Sunbird Livingstonia Beach.moreless
Teams are faced with the task of traversing a crocodile-infested creek, causing some teams to find themselves up a creek without a paddle. A test of memory baffles one team, while navigational difficulties puts another team in jeopardy and two teams find themselves in trouble with the law.
The nine remaining teams depart from El Gomero rubber tree in La Recoleta, Buenos Aires andfly to Asunsion, Paraguay. Teams are immediately faced with a Detour, choosing between making sure a 10x10 pyramid of watermelons is properly "Stacked Up" or making a gutted harp be properly "Strung Out". Directed to Plaza De La Democrazia, a Roadblock forces players to perform a choreographic routine while balancing a bottle on their head. Success sends teams on foot to the Pit Stop: Escalinata de Antequera.moreless
The nine remaining teams fly from New Zealand to Indonesia where a detail-oriented Detour threatens to unravel several teams. Meanwhile another team struggles through a memory challenge, before Amazing Race history is made at the Pit Stop.
The remaining teams fight for the million dollars on the two-hour season final of The Amazing Race, returning to the United States via Belfast, Northern Ireland, where one team is eliminated before the Final Three is determined. Then, the Final Three face a Switchback and a test of memory as the battle for the million intensifies, taking a photograph with the president along the way.moreless
The final four teams continue racing in the two-hour season finale of the twentieth edition of The Amazing Race.
The remaining teams continue on the third leg of the race, with Christchurch, New Zealand as their next destination. One team undergoes medical treatment to determine whether or not they can continue with the race, while the fate of the second Express Pass is also revealed.
The five remaining teams depart the Pit Stop at Bolgatty Palace in Kerala, India and head to Daiva Vili Bhagvathi Kshetram, with Bopper and Mark knowing a Speed Bump awaits them. The clue provided by the awaiting priest both directs teams to Pattanacaud Coir Mat and Matting and contains a Fast Forward. At the matting factory, a Roadblock makes racers spin coconut husks into 40' of rope and then fill a spindle from bundles of the rope. Completing the task directs teams to Fort Kochi and a Detour choice: correctly decorating a "Pachyderm" and then wheelbarrowing 15 loads of elephant manure to a truck, or choosing to ten times "PackA Box" with dried ginger. Success awards the Pit Stop location alongside the Cheenavala Fishing Nets.moreless
The five remaining teams depart from the Havet in Copenhagen, Denmark and race to a statue of Hans Christian Andersen for a Roadblock involving remembering a poem and biking to Teatermuseet to give a dramatic presentation for a critic's approval. Successful teams then drive to Legoland in Billund, where they must go on a spinning teacup ride and assemble a puzzle that will reveal their next destination is a train station in Hamburg, Germany. After driving there, teams are instructed to take a train through Cologne and on to Brussels, Belgium. Directed to the European Parliament Building, the racers learn they will be judged in a body posing competition. Teams earning the minimum score are awarded the location of Phil and the mat: Parc Elizabeth.moreless
The five remaining teams cross the border into Germany where they experience the nightlife of Berlin by carrying large neon letters, flying off buildings and exploring intricate labyrinths. Cracks begin to appear in old alliances and the competition intensifies as the end of the race approaches.
The ten remaining teams continue their race through Bora Bora, where one team comes face to face with their fear of deep water. Meanwhile, another team experiences navigational problems on the water, opening the door for a possible comeback from the two penalised teams from the previous leg.
Teams continue racing by flying to Surabaya, Indonesia on the second leg with an Express Pass up for grabs. A risky move at the airport threatens to jeopardise one team's position in the race, while others face a series of problematic taxi drivers in the heat of battle.
The four remaining teams depart from the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium and fly to Panama City, Panama, with the knowledge that only three will be left standing at the end of this leg.
Teams tackle the Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert where they learn a series of skills crucial to desert survival with a group of bushmen. Teams become frustrated when making fire becomes an impossibility, leaving several teams fighting to avoid last place.
The nine remaining teams depart from the Kraton Palace in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, joining a reenactment of a Dutch colonial bicycle patrol. The clue received afterward directs the teams to the Lesehan Restaurant in Salakmalang and the leg's Detour, with the choice of taking meals to workers in a "Rice Field"—and then planting 300 rice seed themselves—or making sure sheep are "Grass Fed" and watered. Directed to a 9th-century Buddhist temple at Borobudur, racers face a Roadblock of correctly counting four different styles of Buddha statues around the temple; success means searching the temple grounds for the Pit Stop.moreless
The four remaining teams battle for a spot in the Final Three in France's Loire Valley, before the finalists return home to New York City and face a daring escape act, after which it all comes down to a unique Memory Challenge and someone is crowned the official winners of The Amazing Race.moreless
The remaining teams arrive at a faux Pit Stop at Parc Elisabeth in Brussels, Belgium and immediately head for the Ford Proving Ground in Lommel. Once there, a Roadblock involves navigating a Mustang through a three-part driving skills challenge. Completion directs teams to drive to the Hoofdbrug in Ghent. Once there, the Detour allows a choice of assembling a raft to go on "Water" and find two halves of their next clue in a nearby canal or correctly making and displaying a stall and 18 Belgian "Waffles". Finishing the Detour sends teams to De Muur Van Geraardsbergen, where they release and follow homing pigeons. Once reunited, a band on the pigeons' legs contains the location of the Pit Stop: The Atomium.moreless
The Amazing Race gets underway for its 21st season, with an all new and improved cash prize waiting at the Finish Line.
The seven remaining teams depart the Pit Stop at Landhannes Farm in Bavaria and fly to Baku, Azerbaijan. The clue at Temple Ateshgah sends two teams risking to go after a Fast Forward at a hay market requiring them to arrange bales of hay in a 10x3x5 stack; the other teams head to Occupational Training International, where a Roadblock awaits requiring racers to take part in a training exercise where they must escape the simulated crash and capsizing of a helicopter. Completing the training sends teams to the Old Town of Baku and the Toghrul Karabakh carpet shop. A Detour there forces the choice of searching through an old Soviet car to find the one "Apple" among hundreds that has a race flag or going to the Naftalan Health Center and scraping crude "Oil" off a gentleman who's undergone a spa treatment common in the country. Completion points teams to the Pit Stop at an Esplanade alongside the Caspian Sea.moreless
The six remaining teams continue racing through Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, with knowledge of an impending Double U-Turn, as well as a Speed Bump for Nary & Jamie. Directed to the Hillary Clington stall in Karatu, a Detour awaits: wait in a long line to fill nine large jugs to deliver a family's "Water Supply", or repair a flat bicycle tire and fill it with the correct "Air Supply". Moving on to the Jack Stelzer Pub, the Double U-Turn tempts racers prior to directions to the Gem Gallery and Arts store, where the Speed Bump forces Nary & Jamie to set up an outside art vending kiosk. The clue there points teams to Margaret's Farms in Mto Wa Mbu and the Roadblock, where racers have to harvest 500 grams of honeycomb. Successfully completing the Roadblock gives the location of the Pit Stop: Lake Manyara.moreless
The Final Five are instructed to fly to Edinburgh, Scotland, where one racer finds themselves out of breath at the Roadblock. Teams embrace Scottish culture at a Detour involving haggis, while alliances strategise against one another with a Double U-Turn approaching.
The eight remaining teams depart the Pit Stop at Escalinata de Antequera in Asuncion, Paraguay and fly to Turin, Italy. Directed to the Lingotto Building, two choices await: a Fast Forward where one person has to land a remote control toy helicopter on a model of the building on their partner's head, or a Roadblock where racers rappel 120', grabbing their next clue along the way. Then heading to the Museo Nazionale dell' Automobile, teams search for a Tin Lizzie that holds their next clue. Pointed to the Mole Antonelianna, a Detour gives teams the choice to use a powerwasher to "Clean that Statue" or put their tastebuds to the test and "Name that Salami". Success grants the Pit Stop location: Piazza Castello.moreless
The nine remaining teams have to overcome a balancing act before travelling to Bangil, Indonesia, where the fight for survival heats up as a Double U-Turn looms ahead.
Eleven new teams—including Big Brother 12 and 13's 'Team Brenchel'—depart Bridlewood Winery in Santa Barbara, California and race to Santa Barbara, Argentina. At Aerodromo Gilberto Lavaque, a Roadblock forces team members to use a map to navigate to their teammate… who's been dropped there via a tandem parachute jump. Then directed to Patios de Cafayate Winery, teams must properly make 120 empanadas to receive the location of the Pit Stop, located on the grounds.moreless
Teams experience life in the workforce of Dhaka, Bangladesh, as they take on local jobs at an exhausting Roadblock and Detour that leaves teams struggling for air. Meanwhile, one racer receives news from home which gives them a new outlook on the race.
The ten remaining teams depart the Argentinian Patios de Cafayate winery and head to the town square to await delivery of their next clue. The ensuing Detour gives teams the option to construct and use a solar kitchen to get a kettle to boil in "Boil My Water" or take firewood and clay via donkey to a pottery workshop in "Light My Fire". Then directed to Buenos Aires by bus, teams race to Mercado de Hacienda de Liniers upon arrival. Faced with a Roadblock, racers must take the total weight given by a cattle auctioneer and divide to get the average weight per cattle before the bidding ends. Success awards the Pit Stop location—a 200-year old rubber tree named El Gomero, that sits at the middle of La Recoleta.moreless
The eight remaining teams fly to Dhaka, Bangladesh, where one team has to deal with the local rat problem to win the Fast Forward. Meanwhile, several teams are taken to the wrong place by taxi drivers, creating a tense search to get back on track.
The teams continue in the second leg and receive a clue directing them to the Fighter Combat International at Arizona's Gateway Airport. A Roadblock requires one member of each team to fly a stunt team. The teams make a stop at the Grand Canyon before traveling to Geln Canyon Park and choosing between two Detour options --- Bearing or Bailing. All but one team chooses Bailing, in which they bail water out of a boat, while the other chooses Bearing, requiring them to find cards navigating via compass coordinates. The teams race for the Pit Stop at Lake Powell, Antelope Point and one is eliminated.moreless
The teams depart from the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei, Taiwan, and travel to Yogyakarta, Indonesia with the knowledge that a double-elimination awaits at the Pit Stop. A Roadblock makes racers spelunk into Goa Jomblang to find a mask and dagger to trade for the next clue, which Bill and Cathi have to await to do when confronted with their Speed Bump. The Detour gives everyone a choice to either "Shake Their Money Maker" by dancing and playing music in the streets for donations, or "Be a Ticket Taker" by parking rider's motorbikes. However, following directions when giving their earnings to an orphanage in exchange for the Pit Stop proves tricky for most, leading to a scramble to check in at Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat.moreless
The six remaining teams are instructed to fly to Moscow, Russia, but a delayed flight leaves two teams flailing behind. After teams take on a challenging Detour, one team finds themselves in a potentially fatal situation, when their taxi drives off with their possessions and passports, opening the door for a potential comeback.moreless
The eight remaining teams depart from the floating village of Koh Panyi near Phuket, Thailand with Liz and Marie knowing a Speed Bump awaits. Teams take elephants to a Roadblock, requiring racers to home in on a traditional flautist's song to find a waterfall's base and dive for their next clue. Directed by that clue to a local shop in Song Prak, teams take apart a model shrine and deliver it to Wat Chanathigaram temple, where another Roadblock awaits, requiring whoever did not do the first Roadblock to reassemble the shrine to receive their next clue, directing them to take a bus over 500 miles to Bangkok. Once there, teams head to Bangkok Noi Canal to feed fish and get a clue directing them to the Pit Stop: the M.R. Kukrit Heritage Home.moreless
The four remaining teams fly to Mallorca, Spain, where they hit the tennis courts in the hometown of Rafael Nadal. One team struggles to operate their car, while more than one team is forced to overcome injury to fight for a spot in the last two legs.
Eleven teams depart from the Hsi Lai Temple in Los Angeles and fly to Taipei, Taiwan, with the team finishing the departure task last being placed in a hazardous situation. A frustrating search for their first route marker clue at the Ximending Commercial District directs them to a memorization Roadblock at the Taipei Confucius Temple. Forcing racers to hear some of his wisdom and properly recite it to a monk, success meant being directed to Dajia Riverside Park, where teams join a dragon boat racing team. Getting to the end of the course earned the location of the Pit Stop: the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine.moreless
The eight remaining teams depart from the Borobudur Temple in Indonesia and fly to Phuket, Thailand. Directed to Nonthasak Marina, a Detouroffers a choice of fighting either strong currents to do a reef-building "Coral Reconstruction" project or strong winds to set up chairs and umbrellas as part of a "Beach Restoration" project. Completion awards a token to be used to help teams locate the Roadblock at Koh Yao Noi Island, where racers must climb a steep cliff to retrieve a clue from a bird nest. It directs teams to the Pit Stop, a tiny soccer field on the floating fishing village of Koh Panyi.moreless
James & Abba continue their search for their missing passport while Josh & Brent struggle to stay synchronised at the Leg 7 Detour, before teams continue on the eighth leg, where several teams struggle with a complicated test.
Teams are instructed to fly to Amsterdam, but one team experiences déjà vu at Frankfurt International Airport, sending them spiralling to the back of the pack. Meanwhile, three teams conspire to eliminate the biggest threats of the race at the race's second Double U-Turn.
Amani and Marcus, Ernie and Cindy, and Jeremy and Sandy depart Panama Viejo in Panama City and fly to Atlanta. Once there, the teams taxi to FlightSafety International and have to use a simulator to land a Learjet from 2,500 feet. A proper landing gives a clue directing them to Margaret Mitchell's home, where a Roadblock forces racers to type their next clue out on an old manual typewriter before being allowed to proceed. Only being given "44-715-74", teams must discover this is directing them to the Turner Field parking lot, where a memorial to Hank Aaron's 1974 715th career home run stands; a large map there requires racers to put on climbing gear and rope a cord through caribiners anchored to countries to map out the Race route. Completion gives out the location of the finish line and one million dollars: Swan House.moreless
The seven remaining teams briefly leave Asia for Europe, before being instructed to travel to the Asian side of Istanbul. One team falls behind after making an incorrect decision with public transportation, while goat farmers Josh & Brent battle to survive their Speed Bump. Meanwhile, in a race first, one team steals another's money.moreless