The Amazing Race

Season 1 Episode 3

Home for Some

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 26, 2001 on CBS
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Episode Summary

At the Arc de Triomphe, at departure times the teams are told to find La Grande Rue, a ferris wheel located somewhere in the city. They will have to get the route marker when the Ferris wheel opens. When they get there, they are to do a detour. An "Easy Walk" where they must find Foucault's pendulum. There are two nearby, but you must chose the right one .Unfortunately for Pat and Brenda, they do chose the wrong one which puts them far behind the others. The second is "Tough Climb" in which the teams must climb to the top of Notre Dame and ring Quasimodo's bell. Kevin and Drew decide to go for the Fast Forward, where they have to retrieve it from a local coffee shop. Then they must head directly to the pit stop which is located in Chateau Les Baux. In the Roadblock, one of the team members must travel through the Paris sewers. Pat and Brenda are the last to arrive and are eliminated, going from 1st in Leg #2 to last in Leg #3.moreless

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  • Lots of hanging things

    Ah, closing Another great equalizer of the Amazing Race rears it's head. Along with piling up at Airports & trains stations and such, this is one of the big reasons most leads on this show are transitory.

    A pity Pat & Brenda got caught by going to the wrong pendulem, of course they did have all night to double check their information. Not seeing anybody else at the Museum might have rang some bells tho. The sewer roadblock didn't seem too much, it was only 2 blocks. Nobody semed too freaked by it. Bill & Joe seem to be trying to annoy as many other teams as possible, first not sticking to their agreement at the Pantheon, then their little trick at the train depot. They seem determined to pile up the bad karma even though they aren't really getting any big advantage out of their little tricks!moreless
  • An episode that took it's toll, and above all it took ages to actually go somewhere. It was a slow moving leg, but still slightly decent

    The third leg of The Amazing Race began with the nine remaining teams setting out for their third leg. This episode took them to a Ferris Wheel in Paris, several buildings in which careful searching was required, followed by a harrowing Roadblock through the sewers of Paris before heading straight to the Pit Stop, located at the Chataeu Las Baux where a third team was eliminated.

    Firstly, this leg was dull, just one average episode of The Amazing Race. I really enjoyed the first two episodes but this bored me to death. Apart from learning about some of the teams, most of the leg was spent in Paris and it took ages to see some entertainment and excitement here and there.

    I'm disappointed. I was just watching these on the but I think I'm gonna just go to Season 2. I don't really blame this season though, for being the first in all.moreless
  • The team personalities continue to emerge and new alliances are being formed. I think each episode this show is getting better, as they figured out what they need to show for great reality TV.moreless

    As the number of teams gets smaller they are spending more time with the team dynamics. I recall the first time I saw this episode, I was rooting for some teams and had already formed opinions on which teams I wanted to see eliminated.

    The scenery of Paris made a nice backdrop, after the wide open spaces of Africa. The clues in the first season were a lot more cryptic and it cost a team severely, they were eliminated.

    Going through the sewers of Paris is not what I would want to do, but for a chance at a million dollars, well OK.

    All in all, the show is growing and it is quite unfortunate that it was showed right at the height of the 9-11 incident.moreless
  • Love this Paris episode

    This is one of the few episodes where I know the terrain pretty well, so there was the extra element of "I know where that is!" throughout. This made the episode much easier to picture, because if there's one complaint about The Amazing Race, it's that sometimes you have no idea where the teams are in relation to one another. Knowing Paris quite a bit, I knew for the most part who was on the right track and how far ahead the teams were.

    That said, I wouldn't want the Amazing Race to just go to fairly common places. Just every once in awhile it's nice to see familiar territory.

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 (3)

    • The teams finished in the following order:

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

    • This is the first time a team has gone from first place in one leg to last place in the next leg.

    • Balance Sheet: Kevin and Drew move up from fifth to first. Frank and Margarita move up from fourth to second. Rob and Brennan remain in third. Joe and Bill move down from second to fourth. Dave and Margaretta move up from sixth to fifth. Paul and Amie move up from seventh to sixth. Lenny and Karyn move up from ninth to seventh. Nancy and Emily remain in eighth. Pat and Brenda plummet from first to last, resulting in their elimination from the race.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (0)


    • "Top of the world!"
      Kevin celebrates his first place finish by quoting James Cagney from the 1949 movie White Heat.

    • Bert and Ernie
      Rob and Brennan nickname Team Guido after the two roommates from Sesame Street. On many occasions it has been rumoured that the two Muppets are gay (like Bill and Joe), although Jim Henson Productions' official statement is "They're not straight or gay. They're puppets."

    • Going to sleep in front of the tea shop with the Fast Foward, Kevin tells Drew, "Goodnight, Johnboy." This is a reference to the bedtime banter made famous on The Waltons.