The Amazing Race 22
|The Amazing Race 22|
|Season run||February 17, 2013
– May 5, 2013
|Filming dates||November 13, 2012
– December 7, 2012
|Winning team||Bates Battaglia & Anthony Battaglia|
|Distance traveled||30,000 miles (48,000 km)|
|No. of legs||12|
|All-Stars||Caroline Cutbirth & Jennifer Kuhle,
Joey Graceffa & Meghan Camarena,
Dave & Connor O'Leary,
Jessica Hoel & John Erck
|Season 21 ◄ Chronology ► Season 23|
The Amazing Race 22 is the twenty-second installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. It featured eleven teams of two, each with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world.
- 1 Production
- 2 Results
- 3 Episode title quotes
- 4 Prizes
- 5 Race summary
- 5.1 Leg 1 (United States → French Polynesia, France)
- 5.2 Leg 2 (French Polynesia, France)
- 5.3 Leg 3 (French Polynesia, France → New Zealand)
- 5.4 Leg 4 (New Zealand → Indonesia)
- 5.5 Leg 5 (Indonesia → Vietnam)
- 5.6 Leg 6 (Vietnam → Botswana)
- 5.7 Leg 7 (Botswana)
- 5.8 Leg 8 (Botswana → Switzerland)
- 5.9 Leg 9 (Switzerland → Germany)
- 5.10 Leg 10 (Germany → United Kingdom)
- 5.11 Leg 11 (United Kingdom)
- 5.12 Leg 12 (United Kingdom → United States)
- 6 Ratings
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Development and filming
This season was broadcast in the mid-season of the 2012–13 TV season. In an interview with TV Guide, Keoghan revealed that the Double Your Money prize introduced in the previous season would not be included in Season 22. Instead, the twist this season was that the winners of the first Leg were awarded two Express Passes: one for themselves and another that had to be given away to another team before the end of Leg 4.
The season spanned 30,000 miles (48,000 km) through ten countries in five different continents. This season featured the Race's first ever visit to the French overseas country of French Polynesia, where teams skydived above the island of Bora Bora. Other tasks and travel destinations included "Shemozzle racing" in New Zealand, hunting scorpions with Bushmen in Botswana, and climbing the north face of the Eiger in Switzerland. Along with French Polynesia, this season also featured the first Race visit to the constituent country of Northern Ireland.
This season marked the first time that a team had been eliminated while still in possession of the Express Pass since its introduction as well as the first time a team was subject to two separate U-Turns during the Race.
Contestant Dave O'Leary tore his Achilles tendon near the end of Leg 2. Though he and his son, Connor, continued in the race for another two legs (with Dave being forced to use a medical boot, crutches, and a wheelchair while in airports), they elected to withdraw from the competition at the start of Leg 5 after Dave was advised by his physician to have surgery on his ankle within two weeks of the original injury. Though Dave & Connor traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, with the remaining teams, they did not participate in any tasks in the leg. Instead, after arriving in Hanoi they proceeded directly to the Pit Stop to be formally eliminated. Dave returned to the United States in time to have the surgery to repair the tendon the day before the Race's filming completion, and was able to return to compete in The Amazing Race 24 a year later and won along with his son Connor.
In Leg 5, in order to avoid confusion with the flag of the former independent state of South Vietnam, there were no route markers present in that leg. Previous editions of the program, as well as its international counterparts, have used solid yellow or yellow and white flags instead. However, in what was most likely an oversight, the clue box directly after the U-Turn in Hanoi held the standard red and yellow flag. This is especially notable, given the controversy described below.
The Leg 5 episode in Hanoi sparked ire amongst some conservative media analysts and viewers for the tasks involving a performance of a communist propaganda song and the brief visit to a B-52 bomber that was shot down by North Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War and turned into a memorial for communist Vietnam's victory. Complaints came in from sources such as the national commanders of the American Legion and VFW; the Media Research Center's Culture and Media Institute and liberal Democrat strategist and Fox News Channel pundit Bob Beckel also spoke of their disgust in the program's choices. Yahoo! TV later reported on comments from viewers found on Twitter whose complaints ranged from threatening to no longer watch the series or statements that the episode was "weird" or "disrespectful to Americans killed [in Vietnam]". Prior to the start of the episode for Leg 6, CBS aired an apology, noting that portions of the previous episode were insensitive to United States Armed Forces veterans. The message, read by host Phil Keoghan, stated, "We want to apologize to veterans - particularly those who served in Vietnam - as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast. All of us here have the most profound respect for the men and women who fight for our country."
During Leg 7, Max and Jennifer were both issued speeding tickets by the Botswana Police Service after going through a speed trap. Botswanan law requires that tickets be paid before the end of the day, so both teams stopped racing in order to pay the fines before moving on. Unlike in previous seasons where racers have been penalized for receiving speeding tickets, the teams did not receive any additional penalties.
Applications for The Amazing Race 22 were closed on May 24, 2012.
The contestants included professional road racing cyclist Connor O'Leary, YouTube vloggers Joey Graceffa and Meghan Camarena, professional hockey players and brothers Jonathan "Bates" (an unrestricted free agent, formerly in the NHL and Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan) and Anthony Battaglia (of the CHL's Tulsa Oilers), and former Stealing Angels vocalists Caroline Cutbirth (descendant of Daniel Boone) and Jennifer Kuhle (née Wayne, granddaughter of John Wayne).
Chuck & Wynona were originally cast for the previous season but pulled out due to a death in their family.
Dave & Connor, Caroline & Jennifer, Jessica & John and Joey & Meghan were selected to race in The Amazing Race: All-Stars, made up of returning teams from seasons 14–23.
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|
|Bates & Anthony||Hockey Brothers||2nd||1st||3rd||7th||4th||1st||1stƒ||1st||4th||2nd⊃||2nd||1st||Bates 6, Anthony 6|
|Max & Katie||Newlyweds||9th2||8th||8th||3rd||2nd||7th||6th||3rd||1st||1st⋑||1st||2nd||Max 7, Katie 6|
|Mona & Beth||Roller Derby Moms||5th||6th||7th||6th||3rd||6th||2nd||2nd||5th||4th⋐||3rd||3rd||Mona 6, Beth 7|
|Caroline & Jennifer||Country Singers||10th2||7th||6th||4th||5th||5th||3rd||4th||3rd||3rd||4th||Caroline 6, Jennifer 6|
|Joey & Meghan||YouTube Hosts||6th||4th||5th||5th||6th⊂
|4th||5th||5th||2nd||5th⊂||Joey 6, Meghan 5|
|Chuck & Wynona||Married||7th||5th||9th||8th||7th⋐5||3rd||4th||6th6||Chuck 5, Wynona 4|
|Pam & Winnie||Best Friends||4th||9th||4th||2nd||1st⊃||2nd||7th||Pam 4, Winnie 4|
|Dave & Connor||Father/Son||3rd||2nd||1stə3||1st||8th4||Dave 1, Connor 4|
|Jessica & John||Dating||1st||3rd||2nd||9th||Jessica 2, John 3|
|Idries & Jamil||Twin Doctors||8th||10th||Idries 1, Jamil 2|
|Matt & Daniel||Firefighters||11th2||Matt 1, Daniel 1|
- A red team placement means the team was eliminated.
- A maroon team placement means the team withdrew from the competition.
- A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward.
- A purple ε indicates that the team decided to use the first Express Pass on that leg; if next to a leg number, it indicates that the team with the first Express Pass was eliminated on that Leg without ever having used it. A magenta ə indicates the team had previously been given the second Express Pass and used it on that leg.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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; ⊂
⋑ indicates that the team was U-Turned, but they used the second U-Turn on another team.
- ^ Leg 1 featured two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
- ^a b c Katie, Jennifer, and Daniel elected to quit the second Roadblock. Max & Katie and Caroline & Jennifer were issued 4-hour penalties for their forfeits that were applied at the start of the next Leg. However, Matt & Daniel were the last team to arrive and were instead eliminated from the Race.
- ^ Dave & Connor used their Express Pass given to them by Jessica & John to bypass the Leg 3 Detour.
- ^ Dave & Connor elected to withdraw from the Race at the start of Leg 5 due to an injury Dave sustained during Leg 2. They traveled to Hanoi with the other teams, but instead of running the Leg they were allowed to go directly to the Pit Stop to ask Phil to remove them from the Race, resulting in their elimination.
- ^ Chuck & Wynona were the last team to arrive. However, due to Dave & Connor's earlier withdrawal from the Race, they were spared from elimination and instead checked in at 7th place.
- ^ Chuck & Wynona initially arrived 5th, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for rolling their cheese wheels down the hill during the Switchback instead of using the provided sled as their clue instructed. Joey & Meghan, the only team trailing Chuck & Wynona at that point, checked in during the penalty period, dropping Chuck & Wynona to last place and resulting in their elimination.
Episode title quotes
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
- "Business in the Front, Party in the Back" – Chuck
- "Loose Lips Sink Ships" – John
- "Like James Bond Again" – Meghan
- "I Love Monkeys!" – Caroline
- "Your Tan Is Totally Cool" – Pam
- "Scorpion King Hunter" – Joey
- "Be Safe and Don't Hit a Cow" – Wynona
- "My Cheese Is Out of Control" – Caroline
- "The Ultimate Fun House" – Joey
- "Working Our Barrels Off" – Bates
- "Beacon of Hope" – a non-racer to Caroline & Jennifer
The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg. Trips are sponsored by Travelocity.
- Leg 1 – Two Express Passes – an item that can be used on the race to skip any one task of the team's choosing. The winning team keeps one for themselves but must relinquish the second to another team before the end of the fourth leg of the race.
- Leg 2 – A trip for two to London
- Leg 3 – A trip for two to Bangkok
- Leg 4 – US$5,000 each
- Leg 5 – A ski trip for two to Whistler
- Leg 6 – A trip for two to Phuket
- Leg 7 – US$7,500 each
- Leg 8 – A trip for two to Bora Bora
- Leg 9 – A 2013 Ford Fusion for each
- Leg 10 – US$10,000 each
- Leg 11 – A trip for two to the Dominican Republic
- Leg 12 – US$1 million
|Destinations||Air travel Rail travel Water travel Bus travel|
|Route Markers||Detour Roadblock Fast Forward U-Turn Speed Bump Pit Stop|
Leg 1 (United States → French Polynesia, France)
Airdate: February 17, 2013
- Los Angeles, California, United States (Griffith Observatory) (Starting Line)
- Los Angeles (Los Angeles International Airport) to Motu Mute, Bora Bora, French Polynesia , France (Bora Bora Airport)
- Motu Piti A'au (Eden Beach)
- Motu Piti A'au (Motu Café)
At the starting line of The Amazing Race 22 in Griffith Observatory, teams were informed that the winner of the first leg would win the Express Pass, with the other Express Pass card to be given to another team before at the end of Leg 4. They raced to one of several Ford Fusions where a recording informed them of their first destination: the island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. The clue also told them that there were only five spots on the first flight out of Los Angeles, and the second flight would not arrive until an hour later.
Upon landing in Bora Bora Airport, and teams picked up the clue where they found out for the leg's Roadblock, teams asked "Who's ready to take a giant leap towards a million bucks?". One team member had to sign up for one of six helicopter flights, with only room for two racers per flight. They then tandem skydived from over 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above the island while their partner would make their way to the landing location on Anau via water taxi. When the team reunited, they would receive their next clue.
The clue received directing them to Eden Beach on Motu Piti A'au for the second Roadblock, asking "Who likes to play in the sand?". The other team member who did not perform the first Roadblock and had to search among 400 sandcastles for a clue buried underneath them. If they did not find the clue, they had to rebuild the sandcastle before continuing. The clue instructed teams to assemble a va'a outrigger canoe and then paddle 1 mile (1.6 km) across the water to the Pit Stop on Motu Café.
Leg 2 (French Polynesia, France)
Airdate: February 24, 2013
- Motu Toopua (Hilton Bora Bora Nui)
- Motu Tapu
The start of the leg had teams heading to Motu Toopua to the Hilton Bora Bora Nui. Teams had to search the resort grounds for the wedding chapel where a Polynesian priest would give them a safe travel blessing before handing them their next clue.
The clue received from a priest where it found out was for the Detour: a choice between Pick a Pearl and Take a Trunk. For both Detours, teams had to pick up a pair of water shoes and snorkeling gear provided to them at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui chapel. In Pick a Pearl, teams traveled to a point half a mile off shore in the open water where they had to dive beneath the waves to untie lines of pearl oyster shells that they had to shuck open to find two red pearls. After finding both pearls, teams had to swim over to an oyster farmer in a boat to exchange them for their next clue. In Take a Trunk, teams dove underwater, wearing special diving helmets, to look for a series of treasure trunks. They then had to take the trunk over to a submerged umbrella and unpack its contents, setting up an underwater picnic table. Once the table was set up properly, an underwater waiter would give them their next clue.
The clues instructed teams to take personal water crafts and a local map to guide themselves to Motu Tapu, referred to as "the most photographed isle in the South Pacific", where their next clue would be found, and directing them to the Roadblock, asked "Who's a well-balanced individual?". One team member participated in a traditional Polynesian test of strength, walking on a pair of sparring stilts while kicking a coconut across a 35-yard (32 m) stretch of beach. If the racer fell off the stilts, he or she had to return to the starting line, but the position of the coconut would not be reset. Once the racer had successfully kicked the coconut over the finish line, the team would be able to advance to the Pit Stop nearby.
Leg 3 (French Polynesia, France → New Zealand)
Airdate: March 3, 2013
- Motu Mute (Bora Bora Airport) to Christchurch, New Zealand (Christchurch International Airport)
- Windwhistle (Rakaia River Gorge)
- Methven (Mount Hutt Station)
- Windwhistle (Terrace Downs)
At the start of the leg, teams were told them to fly to Phil's hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. Upon arrival, teams had to find marked Ford Focuses and drive themselves to the Rakaia River Gorge in Windwhistle. Once there, they picked a number for a jet boat that would take them up the river the following day, requiring teams to set up camp overnight.
The next day, the boats took teams up river to their next clue which was the Detour: Rev It Up or Reel It In. Both Detour choices required teams to use all-terrain vehicles to reach the Detour tasks. In Rev It Up, both team members had to drive a modified vintage car through a set of cones in under a combined 83 seconds. Once both racers completed the course within the time limit, they would receive their next clue from race car driver "Flash". In Reel It In, each team member had to use a rod and reel to catch one fish that was at least 12 inches (30 cm) long. Once both fish were caught, champion fisherman Dirk would give them their next clue.
The clues teams received instructed them to Mount Hutt station in Methven where they encountered the Roadblock, asking them "Who wants to keep the Race from going to the dogs?". One team member ran a muddy obstacle course known as a "Shemozzle". After dressing in gum boots, stubbies shorts, and a burlap sack, team members picked a shepherd and farm dog and then ran through the course where they would be covered in molasses and feathers, climbed over hay bales, then finally rode an inner tube down a slide into a manure pond, all while collecting chicken eggs along the way, that they put in a basket at the end of the course. Once they had 12 unbroken eggs in their basket, a task that could take multiple runs of the course, a shepherd would give them their next clue, directing them to head to Windwhistle's Terrace Downs for the Pit Stop. However, teams were told to keep racing and Phil gave them their next clue.
Leg 4 (New Zealand → Indonesia)
Airdate: March 10, 2013
- Christchurch (Christchurch International Airport) to Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia (Ngurah Rai International Airport)
- Ubud (Kenanga Terracotta Restaurant) (Unaired) 
- Ubud (Ubud Monkey Forest)
- Gianyar (Ayung River or Pura Desa Puseh Temple)
- Badung (Bukit Peninsula – Uluwatu Surf Beach)
- Badung (Bukit Peninsula – Ketut's Surf Shop)
- Badung (Bukit Peninsula – Pura Luhur Uluwatu cliff)
The clue teams received at the Pit Stop were given informed of their next location: the Indonesian island of Bali. Once on Bali, teams headed to the Kenanga Terracotta Restaurant, where they may have completed a challenge. However, this destination was completely unaired. Next, they traveled to the Ubud Monkey Forest where they had to pick up a coconut and then leave it for one of the crab-eating macaques to open. Once the coconut was cracked open, a "monkey expert" would retrieve the canister inside that held their next clue.
The clue that found out was for the Detour: a choice of Sandy Bottom and Fruity Top. In Sandy Bottom, teams dredged volcanic sand from the bottom of the Ayung River, placed the sand into baskets atop their heads, then transported it 200 yards (180 m) uphill and emptied their baskets into a larger container. Once they filled their container to a designated line, the brick maker would give them their next clue. In Fruity Top, after donning sarongs, teams had to prepare a traditional Balinese religious offering known as a gebogan (Indonesian), made from various arranged fruits. It would then be carried in a procession to the Pura Desa Puseh Temple in Batuan where it would be blessed before it would be placed on an altar. Once complete, the local priest would give them their next clue.
The clues sent teams to the Uluwatu surf beach in Kuta for the Roadblock, asked "Who's ready to get totally tubular and be worked in a way-gnarly challenge?". One team member had to go to Ketut's Surf Shop and search amongst several surfboards for one that had the image of someone they had all previously seen on the race. They were left to figure out that they were meant to look for an image of the Tahitian priest from Bora Bora. After taking a surfboard, teams had to search for their partner and then meet Phil at the Pit Stop nearby. Phil would only check teams in if they had the correct surfboard; they would be turned back otherwise.
Leg 5 (Indonesia → Vietnam)
Airdate: March 17, 2013
- Denpasar (Ngurah Rai International Airport) to Hanoi, Vietnam (Noi Bai International Airport)
- Hanoi (Rạp Công nhân Theater Gallery 42)
- Hanoi (Công viên Thống Nhất (Vietnamese))
- Hanoi (Temple of Literature or Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem District)
- Hanoi (Downed B-52 at Hữu Tiệp Lake (Vietnamese))
- Hanoi (National Museum of Vietnamese History)
At the start of the leg, teams were informed of their next destination: Hanoi, Vietnam, warning of the upcoming U-Turn. Upon arriving in Hanoi, teams had to head to Rạp Công nhân Theater Gallery 42 for the Roadblock, whose clue asked "Who's ready to take in the sights and sounds of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam?" The chosen team member watched a performance of a Vietnamese patriotic song. At the end of the performance, a phrase ("Vinh quang thay thế hệ thanh niên chúng ta"; "Glory to our young generation") was displayed on the stage. Without being allowed to take any notes, racers had five minutes to search the nearby gallery for one of several political posters featuring the phrase. If they picked a poster with the correct quote, the judge would give them their next clue. If the racers did not find the correct quote within the allotted time, they had to watch the performance again before being allowed to continue searching.
The clue sent teams to Công viên Thống Nhất where they participated in the traditional Vietnamese bamboo dance known as múa sạp. Once the dance was performed correctly, they would be given their next clue for the Detour: Make Your Move or Make Your Meal. In Make Your Move, teams went to the Temple of Literature where they had to set up a human chess board. Using a nearby cờ tướng board as a guide, teams had to find four human chess pieces that had symbols matching the pieces on the board and then set them up with four staffs in position on the human chess board. After putting each piece in the right position, the chess master would hand them their next clue. In Make Your Meal, teams had to prepare Vietnam's national dish phở. After picking up two empty baskets and two baskets of live chickens at the Ngoc Son Temple, teams had to navigate through a street market to pick up the rest of the ingredients on a shopping list, all with specific weights and amounts, and then find a cooking station to cook the soup. After preparing two bowls of phở gà, the chef would do a taste test and if it was cooked properly he would give teams their next clue.
The clues sent teams to the downed B-52 at Hữu Tiệp Lake where they encountered the Blind Double U-Turn Stand. Pam & Winnie chose to U-Turn Joey & Meghan, while Joey & Meghan decided to U-Turn Chuck & Wynona. The clue teams received after the U-Turn told them to head to the National Museum of Vietnamese History for the Pit Stop.
Leg 6 (Vietnam → Botswana)
Airdate: March 24, 2013
- Hanoi (Hair of the Dog Bar) (unaired)[Note 2]
- Hanoi (Noi Bai International Airport) to Maun, Botswana (Maun Airport)
- Maun (Maun Airport) to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park (Xhumaga Airstrip)
- Makgadikgadi Pans National Park (Old Xhumaga Road)
- Makgadikgadi Pans National Park (Meno A Kwena Safari Camp)
At the start of the leg, teams were informed to travel to "the city of Maun in the Kalahari Desert". They would have to figure out on their own that Maun was in Botswana and tell this to a security guard at a designated travel agency before he would allow them inside to purchase their tickets. Upon arriving in Maun, teams then signed up for one of several charter flights that would take them to the Xhumaga Airstrip in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Upon arrival, they found a jar and picked a clue inside.
The clue which found out was for the Roadblock, teams asked "Who wants to make a new friend?". One team member selected a group of Kalahari Bushmen who would accompany the team throughout the rest of the Leg. They followed the Bushmen to a hole where they would have to dig up a scorpion. After one of the Bushmen put the scorpion into the jar that held the Roadblock clue, he would lead the racer to a stump that held their next clue.
The clue teams received where they instructed to take their group of Bushmen in their car to the clue box for the Detour: Fire or Fowl. Both Detour tasks required teams to mimic the animal sounds and mimicry made by their group of Bushmen while walking to the Detour sites. In Fire, teams traveled with their Bushmen to a nearby village where they had to learn how to properly make fire using two sticks, zebra manure, and grass. Once they had a flame, they had to use it to light the elder Bushman's pipe in order to receive their next clue. In Fowl, teams had to learn how to set up a trap in order to catch a guineafowl, utilizing a series of sticks, string, and eggs. After setting up the trap properly, teams had to act as a guineafowl and trip the trap before receiving their next clue. The clue directed teams to the Meno A Kwena safari camp for the Pit Stop.
Leg 7 (Botswana)
Airdate: March 31, 2013
- Maun (Boro Village – Makoro Poling Station)
- Maun (Royal Tree Lodge Game Preserve)
At the start of the Leg, teams travelled to the Boro Village's makoro polling station where they encountered their next clue. However, for Max & Katie, where they encountered their Speed Bump and had to complete a traditional beaded skirt and then wear them while performing a ceremonial seduction dance before they were allowed to continue racing. The Fast Forward where team members had the chance to water ski for over a mile on the waters of the Okavango Delta, home to dangerous Nile crocodiles.
Other teams had to take the Roadblock where asking "Who wants to go up a creek without a paddle?", and they had to transport two goats down river to a delivery point by using the traditional dugout canoe known as a makoro. The team member performing the Roadblock had to control the makoro via punting while his or her teammate looked after the goats. Once the goats had been delivered and the team returned to the start point, they would receive their next clue.
The clue where told teams to take water taxis up the Thamalakane River and then "safari taxis" to the Royal Tree Lodge Game Preserve where they could find their next clue for the Detour: Brains or Brawn. In Brains, teams had to go on a horseback safari and spot ten wooden cutouts representing animals found in Botswana (zebra, African buffalo, kudu, giraffe, meerkat, boomslang snake, leopard, warthog, ostrich, and hippopotamus with a heron). They then travelled to a nearby campsite where from memory they arranged a set of tiles featuring the silhouettes of the animals they saw in the order they appeared. The catch was that there were tiles for animals they did not see and there was no tile representing the hippopotamus, but there was one for the heron. If teams were incorrect, they had to complete the safari again before being allowed another try at arranging the tiles. In Brawn, teams had to fill a traditional sand sledge with firewood and then, using a carrot dangling from a stick, coax a team of donkeys to pull the sledge to a campsite over a 1⁄2-mile (0.80 km) away. Once the wood was unloaded from the sledge, teams would receive their next clue. Either task allowed teams to search the game preserve for the Pit Stop.
Leg 8 (Botswana → Switzerland)
Airdate: April 14, 2013
- Maun (Maun Airport) to Zurich, Switzerland (Zurich Airport)
- Kloten (Zurich Airport railway station) to Grindelwald (Grindelwald railway station)
- Grindelwald (Kirche Grindelwald (German))
- Grindelwald (Grindelwald railway station) to Kleine Scheidegg (Kleine Scheidegg railway station)
- Kleine Scheidegg (Hotel Bellevue des Alpes)
- Kleine Scheidegg (Kleine Scheidegg railway station) to Jungfraujoch (Jungfraujoch railway station)
- Jungfraujoch (Sphinx Observatory)
- Jungfraujoch (Jungfraujoch railway station) to the Eiger (Eigerwand railway station)
- Eiger (North Face)
- Eiger (Eigerwand railway station) to Grund (Grindelwald Grund railway station)
- Grund (Lütschine Brüggli Bridge)
- Grindelwald (Bodmi Snowboard and Ski School)
At the start of the leg, teams were told to head to Zurich, Switzerland. Upon arriving at the airport, teams were told to search for a conductor in a red hat for their next clue. They were told to then head to Grindelwald and wait at Kirche Grindelwald for an Alpine shepherd who would give them their next clue.
The clue instructed teams to travel to Kleine Scheidegg and head to the Hotel Bellevue des Alpes to pick up a "Swiss rescue companion", leaving them to discover they were going to pick up a St. Bernard dog. They then travelled with the dog to Jungfraujoch, home to Europe's highest railway station, and deliver their St. Bernard to a mountain rescue guide and then were allowed to search the Sphinx Observatory for their next clue.
The clue where received at the observatory informing them to head to the Eiger's Eigerwand railway station for the Roadblock, asking "Who wants to enjoy the sights?". At the railway station's observation deck, one teammate had to traverse the north face of the Eiger where they would pick up their "climbing buddy": the Travelocity roaming gnome. Once they were back inside the observation deck, they could read their next clue found on the bottom of the gnome.
The clue told them to travel to Grund. Once in Grund, teams had to cross the Lütschine Brüggli Bridge, then follow the sound of a Swiss alphorn to receive their next clue, where they encountered a Switchback. Teams revisited the Swiss cheese carrying task of The Amazing Race 14. This time, teams used a traditional Grindelwald sled to transport a total of four 50-pound (23 kg) wheels of cheese downhill to a barn. Once they delivered all four wheels of cheese, the cheese meister would give them their next clue, allowing them to head to the Bodmi Snowboard and Ski School in Grindelwald for the Pit Stop.
Leg 9 (Switzerland → Germany)
Airdate: April 21, 2013
- Interlaken (Interlaken West railway station) to Basel (Basel SBB railway station)
- Basel, Switzerland and Mulhouse, France (EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg) to Dresden, Germany (Dresden Airport)
- Dresden (Saxon State Ministry of Finance (German))
- Berlin (Brandenburg Gate)
- Berlin (Park Inn Berlin)
- Berlin (Deutsches Technikmuseum or Alexanderplatz and Buchstabenmuseum (German))
- Berlin (Salon Zur Wilden Renate)
- Berlin (Kurfürstendamm – Joachimsthaler Platz (German))
At the start of the leg, teams were told to travel to their next destination: Dresden, Germany. After taking the train from Interlaken to Basel, and then flying to Dresden. Upon arrival, teams had to head to the Saxon State Ministry of Finance and pick up a Ford Fusion and answer three questions asked on the MyFord Touch system to find out their next destination: (1) Who said "tear down this wall"? (Ronald Reagan); (2) Who did he say it to? (Mikhail Gorbachev); and (3) Where did President Reagan say it? (the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin).
Upon arriving at the Brandenburg Gate, teams picked up their clue sending them to the Park Inn Berlin, the tallest building in Berlin, where they were told they would both have to BASE jump from its roof. Once they had made it to the landing site, their jump master would give them the clue for the Detour: Train Trials or Font Follies. In Train Trials, teams drove themselves to the Deutsches Technikmuseum where they had to build a model train track circuit using all of the provided pieces in such a way that the circuit fit on a provided platform. Once the train made one full lap on the circuit without falling apart, derailing, or hitting any pieces of scenery, the conductor would give them their next clue. In Font Follies, teams had to travel to Alexanderplatz, pick up two large neon alphabet letters, and transport them on foot to the Buchstabenmuseum. Once they arrived at the museum with two intact letters, the museum curator would give them their next clue.
The clues from the Detour sent teams to the Salon Zur Wilden Renate night club in old East Berlin for the Roadblock, where they asked "Who wants to go trippin'?". One team member had to answer a question – "Who said 'Ich bin ein Berliner'"? (John F. Kennedy) – and then enter a labyrinth located beneath the nightclub. They were searching for a white room that had their next clue stuck on its walls. The clue sent teams to the Pit Stop at Kurfürstendamm's Joachimsthaler Platz.
Leg 10 (Germany → United Kingdom)
Airdate: April 28, 2013
- Berlin (Berlin Tegel Airport) to Edinburgh, Scotland , United Kingdom (Edinburgh Airport)
- Longniddry (Gosford House)
- Edinburgh (Craigmillar Castle)
- Edinburgh (Duddingston)
- Edinburgh (Duddingston – Duddingston Kirk)
- Edinburgh (Old Town – Niddry Street South)
At the start of the leg, teams were told their next destination city: Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon arriving in Edinburgh, teams picked up a marked Ford Fiesta to drive themselves to Gosford House in Longniddry for the Roadblock, asking "Who has the deep lungs and strong legs of a Royal Scot?". One team member had to dress in the uniform of the Royal Scots regiment and learn to play a drone on a set of bagpipes while marching with the Royal Scots pipers in Gosford House's Marble Room for two minutes. When the bagpipes instructor was pleased with their performance, he would award them their next clue.
The clue received sending teams to Edinburgh's Craigmillar Castle which warned them for the upcoming U-Turn. Upon arrival, Mona and Beth encountered their Speed Bump where they had to play a game of skittles, a traditional British form of ten-pin bowling. Once they managed to score a "floorer" (a strike), they would be able to continue racing with the other racers. At the Craigmillar Castle, the teams searching the castle's fireplaces for their next clue.
The clue turned out to be for the Detour, choosing between Tasty Puddin' or Whiskey Rollin'. In Tasty Puddin', teams travelled to the Sheep Heid Inn in Duddingston where they had to prepare haggis with oatmeal and ox intestine, in the presence of a Robert Burns impersonator who recited Burns' poem "Address to a Haggis". Once they each prepared four portions of haggis and had a taste of one, they would be given the next clue. In Whiskey Rollin', teams rolled eight barrels of Scotch whisky up a slope, delivering them to a party. Once they delivered all eight barrels, a Scottish country dancer would give them their next clue.
The clue sent teams to Duddingston Kirk, where they found the Double U-Turn stand. Bates & Anthony had to choose U-Turn Joey & Meghan, while Max & Katie had also to choose U-Turn Mona & Beth. The clue teams received after the U-Turn and told them to head to Niddry Street South in Edinburgh's Old Town for the Pit Stop.
Leg 11 (United Kingdom)
Airdate: May 5, 2013
- Edinburgh (Edinburgh Waverley railway station) to Stranraer (Stranraer railway station)
- Stranraer (Port of Stranraer) to Belfast, Northern Ireland (Port of Belfast)
- County Armagh (Peatlands Park)
- Belfast (Thanksgiving Square – Beacon of Hope)
- Belfast (Titanic Quarter – Titanic Dock & Pump House or T13 Skatepark)
- Belfast (Ulster Hall)
At the start of the leg, teams were informed of told that their next destination was Belfast, Northern Ireland. Upon arriving in the Port of Belfast, teams used a marked Ford Fiesta to drive themselves to Peatlands Park where they encountered the Roadblock, asking "Who wants to get bogged down?". One team member had to bog snorkel. After donning full snorkelling gear, including complete wet suit and flippers, the racer had to cannonball into a muddy pool, then swim one 100-yard (91 m) lap in the bog within 4 minutes. When they finished in time, the bog snorkelling official would award them their next clue.
The clue instructed teams to find "The Thing With a Ring", leaving them to figure out it referred to the Beacon of Hope sculpture in Thanksgiving Square which had a clue for the Detour: Tray It or Spray it. In Tray It, teams had to go to the drydock at Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built, where they had to prepare and serve the ship's last five-course dinner to a group of first-class passengers. Using the provided menu as well as a seating chart, teams had to choose the proper dishes for each course from a table full of unmarked plates and serve them to the passengers in the dining room in the drydock. When the waiter was satisfied that each passenger received the correct order for each course of the dinner, the team was allowed to move on to the next course. Once all five courses were served correctly, a Captain Edward Smith impersonator would give them their next clue. In Spray It, teams had to go to a skate park located in a warehouse where they had to finish half of a graffiti painting using a photograph as reference. When the crew approved of the job, teams would receive their next clue. The clues sent teams to the Pit Stop at Ulster Hall.
Leg 12 (United Kingdom → United States)
Airdate: May 5, 2013
- Belfast (Port of Belfast) to Liverpool, England (Port of Liverpool)
- Liverpool (Liverpool Lime Street railway station) to London (Euston railway station)
- London (Euston Tap)
- London (London Heathrow Airport) to Washington, D.C., USA (Washington Dulles International Airport)
- Washington, D.C. (Lincoln Memorial)
- Washington, D.C. (1100 Pennsylvania Avenue)
- Washington, D.C. (Tidal Basin)
- Washington, D.C. (Nationals Park)
- Washington, D.C. (Hains Point)
- Mount Vernon, Virginia (Mount Vernon)
At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to head over to Liverpool by ferry and then to London and the Euston Tap pub. At the pub, teams had to order a pint of beer for each racer before they were given their next clue: their final destination city of the American capital, Washington, D.C..
Upon arriving in Washtington, teams were told to head to where Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, leaving them to figure out it was the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Once they found the spot on the steps where he gave the speech, a man nearby would give them their next clue, instructing them to head to 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, the location of the Old Post Office Pavilion. Once there, they would be escorted by a "Secret Service agent" and were told they were to have their photograph taken with President Barack Obama. In reality, they were taken to a souvenir photography studio where they posed for a photograph in which their face was superimposed over a photograph of someone else meeting President Obama, where their next clue was located on the back of the photograph.
The clue teams where instructed them to head to the Tidal Basin where they had to search for a marked car near the paddle boat docks. After knocking on the rear passenger side window three times, the car's occupant would give them a briefcase, holding their next clue, the Roadblock, asking "Who's ready for some covert ops?". Teams participated in a Switchback from the spy Roadblock from the Family Edition. One team member had to take the briefcase they received from the marked car, and then find one of fifty "spies" around the Tidal Basin who would respond to their given code phrase with another supplied code phrase (Max & Katie: "Where can I get a good half-smoke with chili?" / "I've heard there's a great place on U Street."; Bates & Anthony: "I did not dress warm enough for this weather." / "Perhaps you would like to borrow my gloves."; Mona & Beth: "The cherry blossoms are beautiful here in April." / "I'll have to bring my mother next spring."). The team member would then swap briefcases with the spy, and the spy would tell them that the combination code to open their new briefcase was their final placements in New Zealand (Leg 3), Indonesia (Leg 4), and Vietnam (Leg 5), with the next clue is inside the briefcase.
The clue teams received from the briefcase and instructed them to head to "The Home of the Nats", leaving teams to figure out that their next destination was Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals. At the park, one team member had to ride a zip line across the stadium and toss a baseball, while their partner, dressed in a baseball mascot costume, had to try to catch it. Once they successfully caught the ball, they could read it to see it had "Hains Point" written on it, their next destination.
Upon arriving at Hains Point, teams had to enter a giant ball pit to find globes marked with the various countries they had visited on the Race. Only one team member was allowed in the pit at one time, with their partner taking the globes passed to them and putting them in the order in which they visited them. Once their order was correct, another globe would open revealing their last clue, which directed them to go to "The Home of the First President". Teams were left to figure out this was referring to George Washington's Mount Vernon, the site of the Finish Line.
No episode aired on April 7, 2013, due to CBS and CTV's broadcasts of the Academy of Country Music Awards.
U.S. Nielsen ratings
|1||February 17, 2013||"Business in the Front, Party in the Back"||5.5||8||2.5/6||9.57||1||1||13||14|
|2||February 24, 2013||"Loose Lips Sink Ships"||4.0||6||1.9/4||6.95||2||2 (tie)||<25||<25|
|3||March 3, 2013||"Like James Bond Again"||5.4||8||2.5/6||9.24||1||1||15||15|
|4||March 10, 2013||"I Love Monkeys!"||5.5||9||2.4/7||9.27||1||1||14||13|
|5||March 17, 2013||"Your Tan Is Totally Cool"||5.3||8||2.3/6||8.91||1||1 (tie)||16||13|
|6||March 24, 2013||"Scorpion King Hunter"||5.6||8||2.4/6||9.33||1||2||14||17|
|7||March 31, 2013||"Be Safe and Don't Hit a Cow"||5.6||9||2.3/6||9.24||1||1||14||20|
|8||April 14, 2013||"My Cheese Is Out of Control"||6.0||9||2.3/6||9.76||1||1 (tie)||19||18|
|9||April 21, 2013||"The Ultimate Fun House"||5.4||9||2.4/7||9.16||1||1||14||10|
|10||April 28, 2013||"Working Our Barrels Off"||5.4||9||2.4/7||9.32||1||1||18||14|
|11||May 5, 2013||"Beacon of Hope"||5.5||9||2.4/7||9.10||1||1||21||18|
- Episode 2, "Loose Lips Sink Ships", aired on the same night as the 85th Academy Awards.
- Episode 7, "Be Safe and Don't Hit a Cow", aired on Easter Sunday; the broadcast was subsequently delayed by 41 minutes in the Eastern/Central market due to the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's Midwest Regional and South Regional final matches.
- Episode 8, "My Cheese Is Out of Control", was delayed by 56 minutes in the Eastern/Central market due to the final day of the 2013 Masters golf tournament.
Canadian broadcaster CTV also aired The Amazing Race on Sundays. Episodes aired at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Central (9:00 p.m. Pacific, Mountain and Atlantic), with two exceptions. The broadcast of the second episode conflicted with CTV's broadcast of the 85th Academy Awards; The Amazing Race was instead shown at 8:00 p.m. in the Atlantic time zone, at 7:00 p.m. in the Eastern time zone, and at 6:00 p.m. in the Central time zone, and immediately after the broadcast of the Oscars in the Pacific and Mountain time zones. The broadcast of the ninth episode conflicted with CTV's broadcast of the 2013 Juno Awards; The Amazing Race was instead shown at 7:00 p.m. in each time zone across the country.
|1||February 17, 2013||"Business in the Front, Party in the Back"||2.283||3|
|2||February 24, 2013||"Loose Lips Sink Ships"||1.825||11|
|3||March 3, 2013||"Like James Bond Again"||2.447||2|
|4||March 10, 2013||"I Love Monkeys!"||2.230||4|
|5||March 17, 2013||"Your Tan Is Totally Cool"||2.499||2|
|6||March 24, 2013||"Scorpion King Hunter"||2.409||3|
|7||March 31, 2013||"Be Safe and Don't Hit a Cow"||2.056||3|
|8||April 14, 2013||"My Cheese Is Out of Control"||2.345||2|
|9||April 21, 2013||"The Ultimate Fun House"||1.950||3|
|10||April 28, 2013||"Working Our Barrels Off"||2.400||3|
|11||May 5, 2013||"Beacon of Hope"||2.116||5|
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