The Amazing Race 19
|The Amazing Race 19|
|Season run||September 25, 2011
– December 11, 2011
|Filming dates||June 18, 2011
– July 10, 2011
|No. of episodes||12|
|Winning team||Ernie Halvorsen & Cindy Chiang|
|Distance traveled||35,000 miles (56,000 km)|
|Season 18 ◄ Chronology ► Season 20|
The Amazing Race 19 is the nineteenth installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race 19 features eleven teams of two, each with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world. The 19th season premiered on September 25, 2011.
The nineteenth cycle started on Sunday, September 25, 2011. It aired on CBS in the United States on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with the season finale on December 11, 2011. The show is hosted by Phil Keoghan.
Engaged couple Ernie Halvorsen & Cindy Chiang were the winners of The Amazing Race 19.
- 1 Production
- 2 Results
- 3 Episode title quotes
- 4 Prizes
- 5 Race summary
- 5.1 Leg 1 (United States → Taiwan)
- 5.2 Leg 2 (Taiwan → Indonesia)
- 5.3 Leg 3 (Indonesia)
- 5.4 Leg 4 (Indonesia → Thailand)
- 5.5 Leg 5 (Thailand)
- 5.6 Leg 6 (Thailand → Malawi)
- 5.7 Leg 7 (Malawi)
- 5.8 Leg 8 (Malawi → Denmark)
- 5.9 Leg 9 (Denmark → Germany → Belgium)
- 5.10 Leg 10 (Belgium)
- 5.11 Leg 11 (Belgium → Panama)
- 5.12 Leg 12 (Panama → United States)
- 6 Ratings
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Development and filming
This season of the Race traveled a little over 35,000 miles (56,000 km) across 20 cities and four continents. Filming started on June 18, 2011, with teams seen leaving Los Angeles International Airport and heading to Taiwan. As with the previous season, the starting line, which was located at the Hsi Lai Temple in the foothills of Hacienda Heights, California, had a unique task that the Racers had to perform before receiving tickets to their first destination. American film crews were also spotted in Hillerød, Denmark, and were suspected to be for The Amazing Race; marking the first time the Race has visited Denmark. Along with Denmark, this season marked other first time visits to Malawi, Belgium, and Indonesia.
Two new game elements were introduced in this season. Leg 1 introduced the Hazard, a penalty one team incurs for being the last team to finish the starting-line task. According to Keoghan, the Hazard was added to "test people's mental strength out of the gate", and claims that it has a "rolling effect" throughout the rest of the Race. Leg 2 was the first time in which two teams were eliminated at the Pit Stop (In Season 10, two teams were eliminated during the first leg, but not both at the Pit Stop. In Season 15, two teams were eliminated after the first episode).
During the first leg, racer Kaylani lost her passport at a gas station while en route from Hsi Lai Temple to Los Angeles International Airport. She and teammate Lisa returned to the station to search for the passport but could not find it, and opted to proceed to the airport in the hope that another racer had picked it up. The camera crew accompanying the team had seen the dropped passport, but could not tell Kaylani or Lisa or otherwise act on it; they instead informed the producers of the situation. The producers prepared to conduct an impromptu elimination and host Phil Keoghan rushed to the airport. The passport was found by two bystanders who had previously helped another team at the gas station; after posting about the incident on Twitter, a fan of the show advised them to take the passport to the airport, and they were able to return it to Kaylani before their scheduled flight.
Applications for the 19th season were due on January 4, 2011. Semi-finalist interviews were held sometime in March 2011 and the final casting interviews took place in Los Angeles around March 2011.
The cast included former Survivor winners and dating couple Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca; Zac Sunderland, the first person under 18 to sail solo around the world, and his father Laurence; retired NFL player Marcus Pollard with his wife Amani; and former Olympic snowboarders Andy Finch and Tommy Czeschin.
Winners Ernie and Cindy were married on March 10, 2012; the teams of Ron & Bill, Kaylani & Lisa, Liz & Marie, Justin & Jennifer, Laurence & Zac, Amani & Marcus and Jeremy & Sandy were in the wedding party. The newlyweds traveled to Fiji for their honeymoon, on a trip they won on Leg 8 of the Race.
This is one of the seasons that is not represented in the cast of The Amazing Race: All-Stars.
The following teams participated in the Race, each listed along with their placements in each leg and relationships as identified by the program. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television, owing to the inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:
|Team||Relationship||Position (by leg)||Roadblocks|
|Ernie & Cindy||Engaged||1st||4th||5th||5th||3rd||5th||2ndε7||1st⊃||2nd||3rd||2nd||1st||Ernie 7, Cindy 6|
|Jeremy & Sandy||Dating||2nd||6th||3rd||3rd||7th||3rd||6th||5th||3rd||2nd||1st||2nd||Jeremy 6, Sandy 7|
|Amani & Marcus||Married||5th||9th||6th||6th||1st||7th||4th||4th||1st||4th||3rd||3rd||Amani 6, Marcus 7|
|Andy & Tommy||Pro Snowboarders||7th||1st||1st||1st||5th||1st||1st||3rd||4th||1st||4th||Andy 6, Tommy 6|
|Bill & Cathi||Grandparents||11th||7th||7th||7th||2nd||6th6||3rd||2nd⊂
|5th||5th||Bill 6, Cathi 5|
|Laurence & Zac||Father/Son Adventurers||6th||2nd||2nd4||4th||6th||4th||5th⊃8||6th⋐||Laurence 4, Zac 5|
|Justin & Jennifer||Siblings||3rd||8th||4th||2nd||4th||2nd6||7th||Justin 4, Jennifer 4|
|Liz & Marie||Twins||10th||5th||8th||8th||8th||Liz 2, Marie 4|
|Kaylani & Lisa||Former Vegas Showgirls||9thн1||3rd||9th||Kaylani 1, Lisa 2|
|Ethan & Jenna||Dating||4th||10th3||Ethan 2, Jenna 0|
|Ron & Bill||Domestic Partners||8th||11th3||Ron 1, Bill 1|
- A red team placement means the team was eliminated.
- A purple ε indicates that the team decided to use the Express Pass on that leg.
- An orange н indicates that the team was penalized for finishing last in the Starting Line task and would have to perform the Hazard.
- An underlined blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump during the next leg of the race.
- A brown ⊃ or a cyan ⋑ indicates that the team chose to use one of the two U-Turns in a Double U-Turn; ⊂ or ⋐ indicates the team who received it; ⋐⋑ around a leg number indicates that only one of the two available U-Turns was used; ⊂
⋑ indicates that the team was U-Turned, but they used the second U-Turn on another team.
- An underlined leg number indicates that there was no mandatory rest period at the Pit Stop and all teams were ordered to continue racing. The first place team was still awarded a prize for that leg.
- ^ Kaylani performed the Hazard task.
- ^ Eight of the 11 teams arrived at the Pit Stop without donating all of their money at the 'Aisyiyah Orphanage (see below), and had to go back and donate the rest of their money before being allowed to check in. The initial placements for all teams are as follows (the three boldfaced teams were not turned back):
- 1st: Ernie & Cindy; 2nd: Liz & Marie; 3rd: Bill & Cathi; 4th: Andy & Tommy; 5th: Jeremy & Sandy; 6th: Justin & Jennifer; 7th: Amani & Marcus; 8th: Laurence & Zac; 9th: Ethan & Jenna; 10th: Kaylani & Lisa; 11th: Ron & Bill
- ^a b Leg 2 was a double-elimination leg. The last two teams to be checked in at the Pit Stop were both eliminated.
- ^ Laurence & Zac initially arrived 1st, but were issued a 15-minute penalty for using more than the allowed number of buckets at the Grass Fed Detour (see below). During this time, Andy & Tommy checked in for a 1st place finish, dropping Laurence & Zac to 2nd.
- ^ Leg 5 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
- a b Justin & Jennifer and Bill & Cathi initially arrived in 1st and 3rd, respectively, but did not pay the truck drivers who helped them to the Pit Stop. They were required to turn back and pay their drivers, ultimately dropping them to 2nd and 6th, respectively.
- ^ Ernie & Cindy used the Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 7.
- ^ Laurence & Zac used their U-Turn power on Amani & Marcus. However, Amani & Marcus had already passed them and were not affected by the U-Turn.
Episode title quotes
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
- "Kindness of Strangers (Taiwan)" – Kaylani
- "The Sprint of Our Life (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)" – Sandy
- "Don't Lay Down on Me Now! (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)" – Marcus
- "This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess (Phuket, Thailand)" – Bill (of Bill & Cathi)
- "I Feel Like I'm in the Circus (Bangkok, Thailand)" – Jennifer
- "We Love Your Country Already; It Is Very Spacious (Malawi)" – Cathi
- "Move Goat (Malawi)" – Marcus
- "Super Shady (Copenhagen, Denmark)" – Cindy
- "It's Speedo Time (Brussels, Belgium)" – Tommy
- "Release the Brake! (Brussels, Belgium)" – Marcus' driving instructor (non-racer)
- "We Are Charlie Chaplin (Panama City, Panama)" – Tommy
- "Go Out and Get It Done (Atlanta, Georgia)" – Marcus
The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg.
- Leg 1 – The Express Pass – an item that can be used on the race to skip any one task of the team's choosing up until 8th leg.
- Leg 2 – A trip for two to Ireland
- Leg 3 – A trip for two to Dubai's Atlantis, The Palm
- Leg 4 – US$5,000 each
- Leg 5 – A trip for two to Bali, Indonesia
- Leg 6 – A trip for two to the British Virgin Islands
- Leg 7 – US$15,000 to share from Discover Card
- Leg 8 – A trip for two to Fiji
- Leg 9 – A trip for two to Panama
- Leg 10 – A Ford Mustang, each customized by the winners
- Leg 11 – A trip for two to the Turks and Caicos Islands
- Leg 12 – US$1 million
|Destinations||Air travel Rail travel Water travel Bus travel|
|Route Markers||Detour Roadblock Hazard U-Turn Speed Bump Pit Stop|
Leg 1 (United States → Taiwan)
Airdate: September 25, 2011
- Hacienda Heights, California, United States (Hsi Lai Temple) (Starting Line)
- Los Angeles (Los Angeles International Airport) to Taipei, Taiwan (Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport)
- Taipei (Ximending Commercial District)
- Taipei (Taipei Confucius Temple)
- Taipei (Core Pacific City Mall)
- Taipei (Dajia Riverside Park (Chinese))
- Taipei (Martyrs' Shrine)
In the first Roadblock of the Race, one team member had to find a nearby payphone where they had to call a particular phone number. The person on the other end would give the racer one of Confucius's proverbs ("In all things success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure."). Without writing it down, he or she would then have to repeat the proverb verbatim to a temple monk. Once they got the proverb right, they would receive their next clue. If they were incorrect, they had to call the number, again, and make another attempt. The Hazard task required Kaylani and Lisa to travel to the Core Pacific City Mall, where one of them had to perform an indoor bungee jump before they could receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- At the Starting Line, teams had to search through several hundred oil-paper umbrellas for one that had the correct set of letters printed on it ("TAI") that when combined twice with their clue of six other letters ("WANPEI") would reveal the name of their first destination: Taipei, Taiwan. Once they presented Phil with the correct umbrella, he gave them keys to one of 11 Ford Explorers parked outside the temple. The last team to complete the task was penalized with the Hazard.
- The first eight teams to arrive at the airport were booked on an earlier flight from Los Angeles to Taipei; the remaining three teams were booked on a second flight on another airline that departed 20 minutes later.
- At the Ximending Commercial District, teams were told to "look up" for their next clue, and were left to figure out that their clue was displayed on an electronic billboard in Chinese: 台北孔廟 (Taipei Confucius Temple).
- At the Dajia Riverside Park, teams joined a dragon boat team. One team member kept pace by beating a drum, while the other team member joined the paddling crew. Once they made it through the course, they would receive their next clue.
Leg 2 (Taiwan → Indonesia)
Airdate: October 2, 2011
- Taipei (Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport) to Jakarta, Indonesia (Soekarno–Hatta International Airport)
- Gambir, Jakarta (Gambir Station) to Yogyakarta (Tugu railway station)
- Bukit Patuk (Indonesian) (Bukit Indah Restaurant & Hotel) (Unaired)
- Semanu (Indonesian) (Goa Jomblang)
- Yogyakarta (Intersections near Yogyakarta's Kilometer Zero or Mal Malioboro (Indonesian))
- Yogyakarta ('Aisyiyah Orphanage)
- Yogyakarta (Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat)
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to descend down into Goa Jomblang where they had to search for a traditional Javanese mask and a traditional dagger known as a kris, before returning to the surface to exchange them for their next clue. For this leg's Speed Bump, Bill and Cathi had to untangle a rope until they had enough length to reach a karabiner across a field. In this Leg's Detour was a choice between Shake Your Money Maker or Be a Ticket Taker, both of which took place back in the city of Yogyakarta. In Shake Your Money Maker, teams had to dress up in costumes with one team member dancing in the streets while the other played a gamelan in order earn Rp 30,000 (US$3.40). In Be a Ticket Taker, teams had to go to the Mal Malioboro and work as motorbike parking attendants in order to earn Rp 15,000 (US$1.70) and then turn in their ticket book. After each Detour, teams traveled to the 'Aisyiyah Orphanage, home to those orphaned by the 2010 eruptions of Mount Merapi, where they had to donate the money they earned during the Detour in exchange for their next clue. A small sign at the orphanage also directed teams to donate all of the money in their possession. Teams that did not donate all of their money were not allowed to check in at the Pit Stop until they doubled back and donated the money.
- Additional tasks
- At the orphanage, teams received a coat of arms from the children and left them to figure out that it belonged to the Sultan and that the Pit Stop was at his palace: the Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat.
- Unaired tasks
- Upon arriving in Yogyakarta, teams had to travel to the Bukit Indah Hotel where they would pick up a key. Teams were then split into two groups based on the key that they picked, with one group leaving the hotel twenty minutes later than the other.
Leg 3 (Indonesia)
Airdate: October 9, 2011
- Yogyakarta (Fort Vredeburg)
- Salakmalang Village (Lesehan Restaurant (Indonesian))
- Magelang (Borobudur)
In this Leg's Detour, teams chose between Rice Field and Grass Fed. In Rice Field, teams carried lunch to rice paddy workers, and while the workers ate their lunch, they planted 300 rice seedlings. Once complete, they would be given their next clue by one of the rice field workers. In Grass Fed, teams had to fill two bags with freshly cut grass and then pick up two sheep from a shed. After delivering the grass and sheep to a farm, they had to then retrieve six buckets of water from a well to fill a trough for the sheep; teams were only allowed to use two buckets at a time. Once the trough was full and the farmer was satisfied with their work, they would receive their next clue. In the Roadblock, one racer had to walk around the top tier of Borobudur in a clockwise direction, counting the statues of the Five Dhyani Buddhas, while also paying attention to the mudra depicted in the statues (only four of the six kinds of statues were involved in the task). The racer would have to give the correct numbers of Buddhas by mudra, including a demonstration of each (17 Amitābhas with the dhyana mudra, 17 Amoghasiddhis with the abhaya mudra, 17 Akshobhyas with the bhumisparsa mudra, and 18 Ratnasambhavas with the vara mudra), in order to receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- Teams had to join a series of re-enacters of the Dutch colonial-era Bicycle Guard and ride omafiets bicycles with their group from the Kraton through the streets of Yogyakarta to Fort Vredeburg in order to receive their next clue.
- Before being allowed onto Borobudur, teams had to go to the international entrance where they were given batik sarongs to put on. They then walked up to the top of the temple, where they would receive their next clue.
Leg 4 (Indonesia → Thailand)
Airdate: October 16, 2011
- Yogyakarta (Adisucipto International Airport) to Phuket, Thailand (Phuket International Airport)
- Phuket (Nonthasak Marine)
- Phuket (Soap Island)
- Phuket (Koh Yao Noi Island)
- Koh Panyi (Soccer Field)
This Leg's Detour was a choice between Coral Reconstruction and Beach Preparation, tasks designed to give back to Thailand following the 2004 tsunami. In each task, teams rode on speedboats to Khai Nai Island. In Coral Reconstruction, teams built a coral nursery out of pipes. Once complete, they used a kayak to take the nursery and several coral fragments out to a buoy where they had to set the nursery on the ocean floor, then set the coral fragments into the nursery. Once complete, a marine biologist would give them their next clue. In Beach Preparation, teams would have to set up a series of 20 beach chairs and 10 umbrellas marked with a specific symbol given in their clue. Once the chairs and umbrellas were set up to the beach club owner's approval, they would receive their next clue. In this Leg's Roadblock, teams traveled to Koh Yao Noi Island, Ko Yao District, where one team member climbed the island's sheer rock wall until they reached a bird's nest that held their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- The clue given to teams following the Detour was a compass and medallion; teams were instructed to travel north for 13 minutes until they reached the island as shown on the medallion: Soap Island.
- After the roadblock, teams were given a map of the Phang Nga Province and a compass and were instructed to lead their boat captain to the Pit Stop at Koh Panyi.
Leg 5 (Thailand)
Airdate: October 23, 2011
- Song Phraek (Ton Pariwat Wildlife Conservation Area – Anda Adventures)
- Song Phraek (Spirit house shop)
- Nop Pring (Wat Chanathikaram)
- Phuket (Phuket Bus Terminal) to Bangkok (New Southern Bus Terminal)
- Bangkok Noi District (Bangkok Noi Canal at Wat Suwannaram Worawihan)
- Bangkok (M.R. Kukrit Heritage House)
In the first Roadblock, one team member searched for a man playing a traditional Thai flute. They then had to search the water around him for a bundle that contained a ceramic carp with their clue inside. For this leg's Speed Bump, Liz & Marie had to clean up elephant dung and wash an elephant before they could ride one to the Roadblock. In the second Roadblock, the team member that sat out the first Roadblock had to rebuild the spirit house they picked up after the first Roadblock (see the additional tasks below). Upon assembling it exactly, a monk would give them a bag of food and their next clue.
- Additional note
- While in Phuket on this Leg, teams traveled by songthaew.
- Additional tasks
- To reach their first clue in the Ton Pariwat Wildlife Conservation Area, teams rode on elephants up the Khlong Song Phraek River to the location of the first Roadblock.
- After the first Roadblock, teams traveled to a nearby store where they had to take apart a traditional spirit house which they then delivered to the Wat Chanathikaram.
- At the Bangkok Noi Canal, teams had to feed fish at the canal using the food from the second Roadblock before they would receive their next clue.
Leg 6 (Thailand → Malawi)
Airdate: October 30, 2011
- Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) to Lilongwe, Malawi (Lilongwe International Airport)
- Lilongwe (Limbe Tobacco Warehouse – Gate 7)
- Lilongwe (Memorial Tower)
- Lilongwe (White Horse De-Sign Tailor Shop or Lilongwe LEA School)
- Mchesi, Lilongwe (R-K Furniture Shop)
- Kumbali Village
In the Roadblock, one team member had to put on a workman's uniform and transport ten 200-pound (91 kg) bales of tobacco leaves through the tobacco warehouse to a drop-off zone in another part of the warehouse, using only a hand-cart that could carry one bag at a time. Once complete, teams would receive their next clue. In this Leg's Detour, teams chose between All Sewn Up and Not Grown Up. In All Sewn Up, teams went to the White Horse De-Sign Tailor Shop in the old market and picked a customer. They would have to use manual sewing machines to finish the customer's suit in order to receive their next clue. In Not Grown Up, teams headed to Lilongwe LEA School where teams had to use provided materials (cardboard boxes, nails, string, and bottle caps) to build toy trucks. Once it was properly constructed, the headmistress would give the truck to a student who tested it out before the team would receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- At the R-K Furniture Shop, teams had to transport two handcrafted wooden beds to Kumbali Village, and then carry the beds to the Pit Stop mat. They would be allowed to ask the shop owner to call a truck for them. Teams would use these beds for an overnight stay at the village.
Leg 7 (Malawi)
Airdate: November 6, 2011
- Lilongwe (Lilongwe Bus Station) to Salima (Salima Bus Terminal)
- Lake Malawi
- Chigumukile Village (Jamaica Shop)
- Senga Bay (Sunbird Livingstonia Beach)
In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member used a bicycle taxi known as a kabaza to take a customer carrying fish to one of three different destinations written on a board tied to the fish. After they dropped off their customer to their required address, they headed back to the bus station to trade in their earnings of MK100 (approximately US$0.66) to the kabaza dispatcher for their next clue. For this leg's Speed Bump, Amani & Marcus had to solve a slide puzzle that depicted the flag of Malawi[Note 1] before they could participate in the Roadblock. The Detour on Lake Malawi was a choice between Dugout and Lugout. In Dugout, teams participated in the annual Lake Malawi Dugout Canoe Race, and had to use the traditional canoes to paddle out to some drummers out on the lake and then paddle back to shore to receive their clue from a local fisherman. In Lugout, teams had to wade to a ferryboat on the lake and unload passengers and cargo from the ferry by carrying it to shore. They had to unload two boxes of cabbage, two bundles of sugar cane, two bundles of brooms, one chair, one fan, and eight passengers – all of whom expected to stay dry – before they received their clue from the boat's porter.
Leg 8 (Malawi → Denmark)
Airdate: November 13, 2011
- Lilongwe (Lilongwe Airport) to Copenhagen, Denmark (Copenhagen Airport)
- Copenhagen (Church of Our Saviour)
- Hillerød (Frederiksborg Palace)
- Kongens Lyngby (Frilandsmuseet)
- Kongens Lyngby (Karlstrup Windmill)
- Copenhagen (Havet Ship)
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to dress in period costume and learn a complex three-part dance from an instructor. Once the Countess was pleased with their dance, they would receive their next clue. This Leg's Detour was a choice between All Hopped Up and All Churned Out. In All Hopped Up, teams had to lay out a proper rabbit show jumping course. They then had to pick a rabbit and have each team member run it through the course without knocking over any of the obstacles. Once complete, the animal handler would give them their next clue. In All Churned Out, teams had to make six sticks of butter by using a traditional butter churn to churn fresh cream, then stamp out the sticks using a special mold. Once complete, the dairymaid would check their work, then give them their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- After climbing to the top of the Church of Our Saviour, teams had to search for two clues on the top of the tower. The first was a flag on the tower that said "Borg Slot" and the other was a banner on a nearby building that said "Frederiks". This would lead teams to their next location: Frederiksborg Palace.
Leg 9 (Denmark → Germany → Belgium)
Airdate: November 20, 2011
- Copenhagen (Andersens Boulevard – Statue of Hans Christian Andersen)
- Billund (Legoland Billund)
- Hamburg, Germany (Hamburg Hauptbahnhof) to Brussels, Belgium (Brussels-South railway station)
- Brussels (European Parliament Building)
- Brussels (Concert Noble)
- Brussels (Parc Elisabeth (French))
In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to memorize a poem on the base of the statue of Hans Christian Andersen on Andersens Boulevard, and then use a map on a provided bicycle's wheel to navigate themselves to the Teatermuseet i Hofteatret where they would have to recite the poem verbatim and with dramatic flair in order to receive their next clue. This Leg featured a Detour, but all of the teams chose the task called Bodybuilding Pose; this was changed to an additional task in post-production, leaving the other Detour option unknown to viewers. For Bodybuilding Pose, teams made their way to the Concert Noble in Brussels and competed in a bodybuilding competition in honor of Jean-Claude Van Damme, who is famously known as "The Muscles from Brussels". Racers had to put on bikinis, cover their bodies in posing oil, and then learn a series of bodybuilding poses. They then used the poses in a routine that they performed in front of three judges. If the judges gave them a combined score of 12 or better, teams would receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- At Legoland Billund, teams had to find the Pirate Carousel (a teacups ride), where they received a box containing a puzzle made of Lego bricks. While on the ride, they had to assemble the puzzle to reveal their next destination: the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof in Hamburg, Germany. Teams could work on the puzzle only while the ride was in motion; they had to raise their hands when the ride stopped.
Leg 10 (Belgium)
Airdate: November 27, 2011
- Lommel (Ford Proving Grounds)
- Ghent (Burgstraat – Hoofdbrug)
- Geraardsbergen (Muur van Geraardsbergen)
- Brussels (Atomium)
In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to test drive a Ford Mustang. Teams first had to accelerate to 100 mph (160 km/h) and then brake at a designated spot. They then had to go through a slalom course within 16 seconds, and they finished the test drive by performing two victory doughnuts before they received their next clue. This Leg's Detour was a choice between Water and Waffle. In Water, teams used provided materials (pontoons, rope, and wood) to build a raft to search the Lieve canal (Dutch) for two halves to their next clue. In Waffle, teams had to build a waffle stand and then bake and decorate 18 Belgian waffles to the chef's satisfaction before receiving their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- At Muur van Geraardsbergen, teams released 100 homing pigeons and then were given an address to chase the pigeons to. Once there, teams would be able to retrieve their next clue from one of the pigeons.
Leg 11 (Belgium → Panama)
Airdate: December 4, 2011
- Brussels (Stockel/Stokkel metro station – The Adventures of Tintin mural)
- Brussels (Brussels-South railway station) to Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Schiphol railway station)
- Amsterdam (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol) to Panama City, Panama (Tocumen International Airport)
- Chagres National Park (Puerto El Corotu)
- Chagres National Park (Parara Puru)
- San Francisco (Spanish), Panama City (San Francisco Bay Towers)
- Casco Viejo, Panama City (Plaza de Francia (Spanish) – Ferdinand de Lesseps statue)
- Casco Viejo (El Mercado de Mariscos or Salsipuedes Market)
- Casco Viejo (Cathedral Square (Spanish))
- Casco Viejo (Panamá Viejo)
In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to cross a tightrope between the San Francisco Bay Towers, 35 stories tall and 65 feet (20 m) across. The racer would pick up a clue on the other tower, and then make a trip back to the first tower before they could continue. This Leg's Detour was a choice between Filet and Sole. In Filet, teams traveled to Panama's largest fish market, El Mercado de Mariscos, where they had to deliver fish to different marked stalls throughout the market, each of which only accepted a certain kind of fish, and only up to a certain weight of that fish. Once they were done with their deliveries, the fishmonger would give them their next clue. In Sole, teams traveled to the Salsipuedes Market where they had to find a sandals stall where they had to use one piece of leather each to make the sole and strapping for a pair of sandals for a customer. Once they were done with the sandals and the cobbler was pleased with their work, teams would receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- Before leaving Brussels, teams had to dress up as the two bumbling detective characters from the popular Belgian The Adventures of Tintin comics, and figure out one of the three names ("Thomson and Thompson", "Dupond and Dupont", or "Johnson and Johnston") by which the characters are known in Belgium. Then, using a photo given to them with the clue, teams had to find a man dressed as Tintin standing in front of the Tintin mural at the Stockel/Stokkel metro station and tell him any one of the name variations of the characters they were dressed as in order to receive their next clue.
- Upon arriving at Parara Puru, teams signed up for one of 4 times to receive a temporary tattoo the next morning. The tattoo would give them their next location: the San Francisco Bay Towers in Panama City.
- After the Roadblock, teams were given a riddle to search for a man underneath the rooster, directing them to the statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps in the Plaza de Francia.
- At Cathedral Square, teams had to find the name or likeness of the Pit Stop in the traditional pollera dresses and necklaces of a group of tamborito dancers in the plaza: Panamá Viejo.
Leg 12 (Panama → United States)
Airdate: December 11, 2011
- Panama City (Tocumen International Airport) to Atlanta, Georgia, USA (Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport)
- Atlanta (FlightSafety International)
- Atlanta (Margaret Mitchell House & Museum)
- Atlanta (Turner Field)
- Atlanta (Swan House)
The final Roadblock required one team member to type out the team's next clue by using a Remington typewriter to duplicate an example message. The duplicate had to be perfectly straight and neat, with no mistakes. Additionally, the typewriters used for the task did not have a key for the number 1; racers were left to figure out that they had to use the key for the lower-case letter l as a substitute.
- Additional tasks
- At FlightSafety International, teams had to pick a flight instructor who would teach them how to operate a Learjet flight simulator. They then had to successfully complete a simulated landing at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport from an altitude of 2,500 feet (760 m) in order to receive the next clue.
- The clue from FlightSafety International instructed teams to go to "the residence formerly known as 'The Dump'", leaving them to figure out that this was a reference to the house of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind.
- Upon completing the Roadblock, teams had to deduce that a series of three numbers included in the clue were references to Hank Aaron: respectively, his uniform number (44), the number of home runs he hit to break the Major League Baseball home run record (715), and the year in which he broke the record ('74). They were also left to figure out that this meant that their next destination was Turner Field, specifically the location in its parking lot where Aaron's 715th home run is commemorated.
- At Turner Field, teams had to use a large vertical map and rock climbing gear to map out the Race course from start to finish by looping a rope through a series of carabiners on the map, each representing a specific country (Germany was the teams traveled during the race, but did not host task or Pit Stop – was not required in the solution). One team member worked on the map while his or her teammate gave help from the ground. Teams were not allowed to use notes while working on the task, and the countries on the map were unlabeled.
|1||September 25, 2011||"Kindness of Strangers"||6.1||9||3.0/07||10.18||2||3||<#25||<#25|
|2||October 2, 2011||"The Sprint of Our Life"||6.4||10||3.2/07||10.87||2||2||24||24|
|3||October 9, 2011||"Don't Lay Down on Me Now!"||6.7||10||2.8/07||9.62||2||2||<25||<25|
|4||October 16, 2011||"This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess"||5.5||8||2.7/06||9.21||2||3||<30||<25|
|5||October 23, 2011||"I Feel Like I'm in the Circus"||5.9||9||2.7/07||9.60||4||4||<30||<25|
|6||October 30, 2011||"We Love Your Country Already; It Is Very Spacious"||6.8||10||3.0/07||11.01||2||3||24||<25|
|7||November 6, 2011||"Move Goat"||6.0||9||2.7/06||9.73||3||4||<25||<25|
|8||November 13, 2011||"Super Shady"||6.1||9||2.7/06||10.27||3||4||25||<25|
|9||November 20, 2011||"It's Speedo Time"||6.1||9||2.8/07||10.24||3||3||27||<25|
|10||November 27, 2011||"Release the Brake!"||6.0||9||2.9/06||10.15||2||2||18||17|
|11||December 4, 2011||"We Are Charlie Chaplin"||5.7||8||2.7/06||9.59||3||3||22||23|
|12||December 11, 2011||"Go Out and Get It Done"||7.0||10||3.3/07||11.72||2||2||15||13|
- Episode 9, "It's Speedo Time", went up against the 2011 American Music Awards.
- Episode 12, "Go Out and Get It Done", the season finale, began airing at 8:42pm ET due to an NFL Overrun and scored season highs in viewers and all demos.
|1||September 25, 2011||"Kindness of Strangers"||2.871||4|
|2||October 2, 2011||"The Sprint of Our Life"||2.483||2|
|3||October 9, 2011||"Don't Lay Down on Me Now!"||1.930||9|
|4||October 16, 2011||"This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess"||2.684||2|
|5||October 23, 2011||"I Feel Like I'm in the Circus"||2.608||2|
|6||October 30, 2011||"We Love Your Country Already; It Is Very Spacious"||2.224||6|
|7||November 6, 2011||"Move Goat"||2.421||2|
|8||November 13, 2011||"Super Shady"||2.275||5|
|9||November 20, 2011||"It's Speedo Time"||1.880||10|
|10||November 27, 2011||"Release the Brake!"||2.242||6|
|11||December 4, 2011||"We Are Charlie Chaplin"||2.491||2|
|12||December 11, 2011||"Go Out and Get It Done"||2.485||3|
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