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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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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