The Amazing Race 24

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The Amazing Race 24: All-Stars
The Amazing Race logo
Season run February 23, 2014 (2014-02-23)
– May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)[1]
Filming dates November 16, 2013 (2013-11-16)
– December 6, 2013 (2013-12-06)
Winning team Dave & Connor O'Leary
Continents visited 3
Countries visited 8
Cities visited 22
Distance traveled 23,000 miles (37,000 km)
No. of legs 12
Season Chronology
Season 23 ◄ Chronology ► Season 25

The Amazing Race 24 (also known as The Amazing Race: All-Stars) is the twenty-fourth installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. It features eleven teams of two returning competitors in a race around the world.

The season premiered on February 23, 2014 on CBS,[2] and the season finale was broadcast on May 18, 2014.

Father and son David "Dave" and Connor O'Leary were the winners of the Race. They are the first parent-child team to win the American edition of the competition;[a] at age 58 at the time of filming, Dave is also the oldest person to win an edition of The Amazing Race.

Production[edit]

Development and filming[edit]

The UCLA Bruin Marching Band performed at the starting line for this "All Stars" edition of The Amazing Race.[3][4]

The season's course traveled across three continents and through eight countries including China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Italy and, for the first time, Wales.[5][6][b]

Cast[edit]

This season's 11 teams are selected from past contestants, going as far back as Season 14. This includes seven contestants competing for a third time.[5]

The returning teams and their prior race placements are:

Mark originally planned to compete with Bopper, but Bopper began showing signs of pancreatitis before arriving in Los Angeles for filming and was deemed unfit to compete by the production's medical team upon arrival.[7] To make the last-minute replacement, Mallory was invited to fly in from Nashville to compete as Mark's teammate.[8] This marked the first time that a team without a pre-existing relationship competed on The Amazing Race. On air, the new team was dubbed "Team Kentucky" in reference to Jackson, Minton, and Ervin's home state.

Illusionist David Copperfield appeared in the first Roadblock for the teams in Las Vegas.[9]

Results[edit]

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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 126
Dave & Connor Father/Son 4th1 4th 1st 2nd 1st 4th 3rd 4th
1st 1st 1st 1st Dave 5, Connor 8
Caroline & Jennifer Country Singers 10th1 3rdə2 6th 4th 2nd 7th 2nd 5th 5th 4th5 2nd 2nd Caroline 7, Jennifer 6
Brendon & Rachel Newlyweds 2nd 1st 8th 8th 7th 5th 1st 1st 4th 2nd 3rd 3rd Brendon 7, Rachel 6
Leo & Jamal Cousins 5th 7th 3rd 3rd 4th 1st 5th 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th Leo 5, Jamal 6
Jet & Cord Cowboys 1st 6th 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 4th 2ndε4 2nd 5th Jet 5, Cord 5
Flight Time & Big Easy Harlem Globetrotters 7th 5th 5th 6th 6th 6th 6th 6th Flight Time 5, Big Easy 3
Jessica & John Engaged 9th1 8th 7th 5th 5th 3rd 7th Jessica 3, John 4
Margie & Luke Mother/Son 3rd1 2nd 4th 7th 8th3 Margie 2, Luke 2
Joey & Meghan YouTube Hosts 8th1 9th 9th Joey 2, Meghan 1
Mark & Mallory Team Kentucky 6th 10th Mark 1, Mallory 1
Natalie & Nadiya Twins 11th Natalie 1, Nadiya 0
  • A red team placement means the team was eliminated.
  • A purple ε indicates that the team decided to use the first Express Pass on that leg. 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.
  • 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.
  1. ^a b c d e The placements from Leg 1 and departure order for Leg 2 differ because some teams received time credits due to production difficulties.[10] The original placements for Leg 1, before the time credits, were: Margie & Luke (4th), Dave & Connor (3rd), Joey & Meghan (10th), Jessica & John (8th) and Caroline & Jennifer (9th).
  2. ^ Caroline & Jennifer used the Express Pass given to them by Jet & Cord to bypass the Roadblock on Leg 2. Before using the Express Pass, Caroline chose to perform the Roadblock; this is reflected in the total Roadblock count.
  3. ^ After missing an earlier flight into Colombo, Margie & Luke were far behind on the course by the time all of the other teams checked in. In an interview posted on the official website following their elimination, Margie revealed that she and Luke did not perform all of the tasks on the leg prior to their elimination due to logistics, but they did visit all of the locations on the race course.[11]
  4. ^ Jet & Cord used the Express Pass to bypass the Detour on Leg 8.
  5. ^ Caroline & Jennifer used their U-Turn on Brendon & Rachel, but because Brendon & Rachel had already passed the U-Turn they were unaffected.
  6. ^ Leg 12 featured two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.

Episode title quotes[edit]

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.[12]

  1. "Back in the Saddle" – Cord
  2. "Baby Bear's Soup" – Mark
  3. "Welcome to the Jungle" – Flight Time
  4. "Smarter, Not Harder" – Brendon
  5. "Can't Make Fish Bite" – Jet
  6. "Down and Dirty" – Flight Time
  7. "The Gladiators Are Here!" – Jamal
  8. "Donkeylicious" – Flight Time
  9. "Accidental Alliance" – Caroline
  10. "Bull Down" – Leo
  11. "Hei Ho Heidi Ho" – First and last line of Welsh poem recited in challenge
  12. "Do You Believe in Magic?" – clue to first Roadblock

Prizes[edit]

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 fifth leg of the race.
  • Leg 2US$2,500 each
  • Leg 3 – Trip to Budapest
  • Leg 4 – Trip to London
  • Leg 5US$5,000 each
  • Leg 6 – Trip to Berlin
  • Leg 7 – Trip to Australia's Great Barrier Reef
  • Leg 8US$7,500 each
  • Leg 9 – Pair of 2015 Ford Mustangs
  • Leg 10 – Trip to St. Croix
  • Leg 11 – Trip to Fiji
  • Leg 12US$1 million

Race summary[edit]

The complete route map of The Amazing Race 24.
Destinations Legenda lotnisko.svg Air travel   Legenda kolej.svg Rail travel   Legenda prom.svg Water travel   Bus-logo.svg Bus travel
Route Markers Detour icon.svg Detour   Roadblock icon.svg Roadblock   U-Turn icon.svg U-Turn   Speed Bump icon.svg Speed Bump   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → China)[edit]

In Guangzhou, teams traveled to Canton Tower and rode its Ferris wheel to search for their next clue.

Airdate: February 23, 2014[13]

At the start of the race at the College of the Canyons' football field, teams had to find one of several of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band members with the Chinese symbols for Guangzhou (广州) on their shako's badge (matching the badges displayed on the shakos of the band conductors), and bring the band member back to the starting line to be confirmed by host Phil Keoghan. Once a team brought a band member with the correct shako, Keoghan gave them a set of tickets for one of two flights to Guangzhou, with a second flight leaving hours behind. Teams drove to Los Angeles International Airport in Ford Fusion Energi hybrids, and upon arrival had to park their car in a recharging station before being allowed to check in for their flight.

Upon arrival in Guangzhou, teams had to search in the city's wedding boutique district of Jiangnan Avenue North for one of three wedding dress boutiques that had their next clue. Each store had a limited number of clues, forcing teams to find one of the other stores if one store ran out. The clue was a replica of one of the "bubble" cars of the Ferris wheel located on top of Canton Tower, leaving teams to figure out that they had to head there next. Teams then had to pick one of the cars on the Ferris wheel and then search for their next clue while inside the ride, which was hidden on the inside of the car's door. However, not all of the cars on the ride had the next clue, forcing teams to stay on the ride for the full trip and then pick a new car if their car did not direct them to go to Haixinsha Stadium below the tower.

Once went down to the ground, teams found out that was for the Roadblock, asking, "Who's feeling wired?" One team member had to dress in a special costume and perform 5 aerial somersaults while suspended 300 feet (91 m) in the air by wires attached to the stadium's towers. Once they had completed five flips, they were lowered to the ground level to rejoin their teammate with whom they traveled on foot to the Pit Stop at the Guangzhou Opera House.

Leg 2 (China)[edit]

One of the Detour choices in Guangzhou was participating in a game of jianzi.

Airdate: March 2, 2014[14]

Teams began the second leg in Guangzhou by heading to the Chen Clan Academy. After watching a demonstration by the martial arts students, the "master" would approach the team and stamp the name of their next destination on their foreheads, leaving them to figure out it was directing them to the Edaytown mall where they encountered the Roadblock, asking them, "Who's the mechanic?". One team member had to assemble a toy motorized car from a provided kit, even though the instructions were all in Chinese. Once the car was assembled and operational, according to the "toy soldier" judge's approval, teams would be awarded their next clue.

The clue directing teams to head to the Guangzhou Children's Activity Center to deliver the car, after they found a taxi driver who would allow them to use a provided strapping kit to secure the car during transport. At the activity center, teams were then given the clue for the Detour, a choice between Featherball and China Cup. In Featherball, teams headed to Liwanhu Park where they played jianzi (a game similar to hackeysack that uses a shuttlecock) with two local players. Once the teammates successfully volleyed the shuttlecock a combined 10 times (volleys between the local players were not counted), they received their next clue. If at any time the shuttlecock fell to the ground, teams would have to start over. In China Cup, each team member received a traditional massage involving cupping therapy, and would receive their next clue after the massage was completed. The completed Detour clues directed teams to head to the Shamian Island promenade for the Pit Stop.

Leg 3 (China → Malaysia)[edit]

The Roadblock in Sabah had teams rappelling down the Kiansom Waterfall.

Airdate: March 9, 2014[15]

At the start of the leg, teams were told they were traveling to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo, but there were only six spots available on the first flight out of Guangzhou and the second flight would not leave until three hours later. Upon arriving in Kota Kinabalu, teams traveled to the Kiansom Waterfall in Inanam where they encountered the Roadblock, asking "Who will fall for this one?". One team member had to take a Travelocity Roaming Gnome and go through the treetops on a safety line before reaching the waterfall. They then rappelled down the waterfall, a height of 10 stories, and had to collect their next clue.

The clues received, which directed teams to travel to Kampung Tompinahaton in Tuaran where they were instructed to build a bamboo raft that they would use in the Detour: a choice between River Delivery and Run Through the Jungle. In River Delivery, teams had to pick up several goods from a depot at the beginning of the task and then carry them down the river on their raft to the town of Kampung Tombung, delivering the goods to the village elder. In Run Through the Jungle, teams joined a Murut hunting guide who would lead them through the jungle to several fake bird targets. Using a blowgun, the racers had to successfully knock over one bird target each before being allowed to continue.

After completing both Detours, teams were directed to return to their rafts and continue down river, receiving their next clue from a local river guide. The clues directed teams to head to the Tanjung Aru water village for the Pit Stop.

Leg 4 (Malaysia)[edit]

In Kuala Lumpur, teams visited the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world.

Airdate: March 16, 2014[16]

At the start of this Leg, teams were told to head to Prince Phillip Park to a Murut long house where they encountered the Roadblock, asking "Who's got a spring in their step?". One team member had to participate in a traditional Lansaran dance (Malay), in which the team member and a group of locals would bounce on a bamboo springboard. At the climax of the dance, the racer could use the springboard to be launched high enough to grab a Sabah state flag positioned above them, adjusted for their height. Teams would receive their next clue once the flag was caught.

The clues directing teams to travel to the Malaysian national capital of Kuala Lumpur for one of three flights which only had three spaces each; the first arrived 90 minutes before the second, which was scheduled to leave 45 minutes before the third flight. However, the second scheduled flight was ultimately delayed by 50 minutes, eventually, making it the third flight leaving Kota Kinabalu.

Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, teams headed to the Jalan Ampang intersection near the Petronas Towers to find their next clue, directing them to head to the Skybar at the Traders Hotel where they found the clue for the Detour: a choice between Mix Master and Master Mix. In Mix Master, the team was trained on how to scratch on a DJ table by a coach, and then had to perform in front of a DJ and the crowd, receiving the next clue if they were able to replicate a series of seven record scratches to the DJ's approval. If they did not perform the DJing properly, they had to allow other teams in line to perform before they were allowed to try again. In Master Mix, the teams had to stack seven cocktail glasses into a pyramid, and then use a stack of mixing glasses to pour red and yellow colorful cocktails into each glass simultaneously. This had to be done in such a way that none of the cocktails mixed. Once successful, the team would get their next clue. The clues directed teams to head to the Batu Caves in Gombak for the Pit Stop.

Leg 5 (Malaysia → Sri Lanka)[edit]

Upon arriving in Colombo, teams visited the Gangaramaya Temple to receive a blessing.

Airdate: March 23, 2014[17]

At the start of the leg, teams were told they were headed to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, teams had to head to the Gangaramaya Temple where they dressed in traditional Buddhist robes and received a blessing from the head monk before being given their clue.

The morning after where teams instructed them to head to Koggala, near Galle, and had to find the King Coconut Stand for their next clue, the Detour: a choice between Fishing Pole and Spin Control. In Fishing Pole, teams had to wade out into the surf and then climb up traditional fishing stilts from which they could fish. Once both team members each caught a fish, they gave them to a local fisherman in exchange for their next clue. In Spin Control, teams had to learn a traditional Kandyan dance and then perform it, all while balancing a spinning raban on a stick. Once the lead dancer was pleased with the performance, he would give the team their next clue.

The clues then instructed teams to head back to Colombo to the Trendy Connections garment factory where they picked up the next clue. However, for Brendon and Rachel, they encountered a Speed Bump and were forced to use silk screening to apply the final color to T-shirts bearing the flag of Sri Lanka. Once they had 15 perfect prints, they were allowed to join the other racers. As for the Roadblock, where teams asked, "Who's ready to put the pedal to the metal?". One team member from each team had to properly sew a shirt in the garment factory. Once the floor manager approved the work, he directed the team to a heat transfer machine which printed the name of their next location onto the shirt: the Colombo Rowing Club, the Pit Stop for the leg.

Leg 6 (Sri Lanka)[edit]

In the Roadblock, teams had to get four tuk-tuks into a gasoline stand amid the chaos of a Sri Lankan street.

Airdate: March 30, 2014[18]

At the start of the leg, teams were told to travel to the Colombo Dutch Museum for their next clue, which instructed teams to head to Alawwa and to a particular Ceypetco fuel station for their next clue: the Roadblock, and teams asking "Who's ready to fill 'er up?". One team member had to pick a color badge in the fuel station's office and then search along a line of parked tuk-tuks for 4 that had the same color marker on their windshields. They then had to lead the tuk-tuks back to the gas station to let them fill up their tanks to 3 litres (0.79 US gal). Once all 4 tuk-tuks had full tanks, they were given their next clue.

The clues instructing them to head to Rambukkana's Millennium Elephant Foundation for the Detour: a choice between Trunk and Sheets. In Trunk, teams worked with an elephant to load a truck with timber. After chaining a special knot to the larger pieces of timber so the elephants could lift it, the racers and the elephant had to each carry three logs to the truck. After getting their elephants palm leaves, their elephant's mahout would give them their next clue. In Sheets, teams made paper using an environmentally friendly and unique ingredient: elephant dung. After collecting dung in a wheelbarrow, teams took it over to the paper mill where it was mixed with water and paper scraps to make pulp. Teams then used pulp on screens, making sure to press out the bubbles, to make five sheets of paper. After they laid five pre-made sheets out to dry, the managing director would give them their next clue.

The clues told the teams to travel to Ambepussa where they had to find the Ambepussa Rest House and its "wise man". After listening to the wise man's flute performance, he would give teams their next clue, instructing them to travel to the Mount Lavinia Hotel's beach for the next Pit Stop.

Leg 7 (Sri Lanka → Italy)[edit]

The Roadblock in Rome had teams climbing the famous Spanish Steps.

Airdate: April 13, 2014[19]

At the start of the leg, teams were told they were next headed to "The Eternal City", leaving them to figure out that it meant they were traveling to Rome. Upon arrival, teams had figure out where they told to head to the "Hadrian's Bridge", the Ponte Sant'Angelo for their first clue. However, for Caroline and Jennifer, they encountered a Speed Bump, forcing them to head to the Pantheon where they picked up an antique Olivetti typewriter. They then had to search for the building it resembled, the Altare della Patria which locals call "the Typewriter", once they were done, they could join with the other racers.

The clue where teams picked up eventually found out the ancient Roman-inspired Detour, and the choice between Gladiator and Charioteer. They must first had to change into ancient Roman costumes. In Gladiator, teams learned a series of sword maneuvers to "battle" a seasoned gladiator, to receive their next clue. If teams strayed from the battle sequence they were taught, they had to start over. In Charioteer, teams raced around a track using a radio-controlled chariot, with one team member controlling speed and the other controlling direction. Once teams completed five laps within one minute and thirty seconds, indicated by a "fire" going out, they would be given their next clue.

The clue directed teams to the "Piazza of John Keats' unhappy Roman holiday", leaving them to figure out they were heading to the Piazza di Spagna at the base of the Spanish Steps, where John Keats spent his final days, and where they encountered the Roadblock, and teams asked "Who can sum up the Spanish Steps?". One team member had to count the steps of the Spanish Steps, not counting the sidewalk at the bottom, and then add the total to the Roman numerals on the Obelisco Sallustiano in front of the Trinità dei Monti at the top, which indicated its year of construction. They had to write down their answer in Roman numerals on the back of a postcard they got from a chestnut vendor at the bottom of the steps. Once they had the right answer (MCMXXIV or 1,924), they showed it to a pair of impersonators (dressed to resemble Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday) at the top of the steps who would give them their next clue. If they were wrong, they had to go back down to the chestnut vendor to get a new postcard and try again. The clue instructed teams to head "where the race's leg ends, but the Via Flaminia begins", leaving them to figure out it referred to the Piazza del Popolo for the Pit Stop.

Leg 8 (Italy)[edit]

Teams visited the historic town of Civita di Bagnoregio for the Detour on this leg of the race.

Airdate: April 20, 2014[20]

At the start of the leg, teams were moved to the Villa Cagiati in Rome with a warning of an upcoming U-Turn; they were told to head to the Civita di Bagnoregio, where they encountered a Detour that paid homage to Bagnoregio's traditional mode of transportation: the donkey. In Donkey Run, teams had to pick a pair of donkeys and then participate in a traditional donkey race, Palio della Tonna. If they could make three laps before a band stopped playing, they would win their next clue. In Donkey Build, teams headed to "Geppetto's Workshop" where they built a wooden donkey-shaped trolley, using all of the pieces provided, including the crate the pieces were held in. Once they were done, it was loaded with wood and they then had to deliver the wood to "Geppetto" himself for their next clue.

The clues teams received where directed them to the Hostaria del Ponte, where they found the U-Turn stand. Brendon & Rachel chose to U-Turn Dave & Connor, while Dave & Connor also chose to U-Turn Leo & Jamal, the clue teams received after the U-Turn told them to head to the city of Orvieto and to its La Badia di Orvieto hotel, a former monastery.

The clue in Orvieto where teams encountered for the Roadblock, asking "Who's got the write stuff?". One team member had to copy a page out of an illuminated manuscript, just as monks traditionally did before the invention of the printing press. Once they properly copied the page's calligraphy and gold leaf to the head monk's approval, they received their next clue, instructing them to head to the Pozzo di S. Patrizio (in an unaired segment), where they then picked up a clue telling them to head to the Orvieto Cathedral's Piazza del Duomo for the Pit Stop.

Leg 9 (Italy → Switzerland)[edit]

The Pit Stop for this Leg was at the top of Switzerland's Mount Titlis.

Airdate: April 27, 2014[21]

At the start of the leg, teams were told to take the train to Chiasso, Switzerland, where they found a series of marked Ford Focuses that they used to drive themselves to Altdorf. In Altdorf, they were told to wait at the Tell Monument for a William Tell impersonator who would give them their next clue, directing them to go to Lucerne and find "the oldest wooden bridge in Europe", leaving them to figure out it meant the Chapel Bridge where they picked up the next clue.

The clue in Lucerne told the teams had to head to the Hotel Schweizerhof. At the hotel, teams had to change into cleaning staff uniforms and then clean up a room they were told had been trashed by a rock band's party. Teams had to clean everything up and set the room back up and perfectly match the set up of an example room. Once the room was set up properly, the hotel's gouvernante Helga would give teams their next clue, directing them to the Swiss Museum of Transport where they had to find a marked artifact on the museum grounds. Teams were asked what the artifact was used for, and had to figure out on their own that it was a massive drill bit for a tunnel boring machine. Once they gave the right answer, the judge gave them their next clue to search for the museum's Ford Mustang exhibit where they found their next clue. Teams had to pick a Mustang and a clue that contained a certain formula that was based on several road signs on the outside of the museum that showed distances to other Swiss cities. The formula's result would calculate the model year of the Mustang they had chosen, and if they were correct, the president of the Swiss Mustang Club would give them their next clue.

The clue sent teams to Oberrickenbach in Wolfenschiessen where they had to search for a milk tanker that encounter with their next clue is for the Roadblock, asking "Who's ready to be milked to oblivion?". One team member had to make a traditional milk delivery by means of Bernese Mountain Dog. After picking a dog, one team member guided their dog which pulled a cart carrying two empty milk jugs to one of two gondola stations to Bannalpsee. After unloading the milk jugs and riding the gondola to the top station, teams carried the milk jugs to the dairy farm for that tramway and traded the empties for full jugs. The team member then carried the full jugs back to the gondola and down to their dog, before bringing the dog and full milk jugs to the milk truck for their next clue, sending them to the gondola station at the top of Mount Titlis for the Pit Stop.

Leg 10 (Switzerland → Spain)[edit]

In Seville, teams visited the Real Alcázar's Patio de las Doncellas.

Airdate: May 4, 2014[22]

Teams were told their next destination city was Seville, Spain with a warning of an upcoming U-Turn. Upon arrival they headed to La Alameda and the statues of Hercules and Julius Caesar for their next clue, sending them to the Melado Peluqueros barber shop for the Roadblock, asking "Who wants to be a Barber of Seville?", which paid homage to the opera The Barber of Seville. One team member had to properly apply shaving cream to a balloon-headed customer and then use a straight razor to remove all of the shaving cream within 60 seconds. If they popped the balloon or ran out of time (after which the barbers would pop the balloons for them), they had to start over. Once they were successful, they were given their next clue.

The clue instructed teams received, they had to head to the Real Alcázar and find its Patio de las Doncellas for the next clue. However, for Caroline and Jennifer, it was their time for another chance to stay in the Race to encounter with their second Speed Bump, forcing them to deliver six jamónes ibéricos through the streets and alleys of Seville to Las Teresas Café Bar before they could continue racing and join with the other teams. The Detour was a choice of between Spanish Steps and Running with the Ballz. In Spanish Steps, teams had to learn a traditional flamenco routine. Once they were judged to keep up with the professional dancers, they would receive their next clue. In Running with the Ballz, teams wore bumperz designed to look like bulls and ran through the streets of Seville, trying to avoid other "bulls", and looking for fragments of a motto printed on several posters along the route. Once the teams reached the end of the course and could recite the full motto ("A matador never thinks about his own death") to the mayoral, the teams would receive their next clue.

The clue sent the teams to the General Archive of the Indies for the U-Turn stand, Leo & Jamal chose the U-Turn to Jet & Cord in order to stay in the Race, while Caroline & Jennifer also chose to U-Turn Brendon & Rachel, unaware that Brendon & Rachel had already passed the U-Turn. Afterwards, in an unaired segment, they picked up a clue that told them to take a horse-drawn carriage ride to the Plaza de América, where they then told to head to the Plaza de España for the Pit Stop.

Leg 11 (Spain → United Kingdom)[edit]

In Wales, teams performed the Welsh poem Roadblock high above Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on a 15-minute boat ride.

Airdate: May 11, 2014[23]

At the start of the Leg, teams were told to head to London, England, where they picked a Ford Focus and were told to drive themselves to Anfield stadium in Liverpool. Upon arrival, each team member had to score two penalty kicks against a professional goalkeeper before they received their next clue.

The clue sent teams to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales where they encountered for the Roadblock, asking "Who gets a high water mark?". One team member rode on one of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct's canal boats and worked with a Welsh language instructor to learn a verse of the Welsh poem "Y Sipsi!". After the 15-minute boat ride to the other side of the aqueduct was complete, the team member disembarked the boat and recited the poem from memory to a waiting linguist. If the team member could recite the poem perfectly, the linguist would award them their next clue. If not, they had to go back to their instructor to practice again before being given another chance.

The clue sending teams back to England to Tattenhall's Bolesworth Estate for the Detour: a choice between Shoot It and Boot It. In Shoot It, after changing into hunting wear, teams participated in clay pigeon shooting using a 12-gauge shotgun. Once they hit a total of 16 clay pigeons, they would be given their next clue. In Boot It, after changing into suits, teams participated in boot throwing. After searching through a pile of Wellington boots to find a pair of either size-9 or size-11 boots, the teams filled them with water and threw them along a course until they reached the finish line. At the end of the course, a "Wellie official" would confirm that the teams had found the correct-sized boots and give them their next clue. The clues sent teams to Peckforton Castle for the Pit Stop.

Leg 12 (United Kingdom → United States)[edit]

In Las Vegas, teams visited The Mirage where they helped to light up the building's famous sign.

Airdate: May 18, 2014[24]

After going to the Carden Park Luxury Hotel in Chester during the Pit Stop, teams were given their next clue for their final destination city: Las Vegas, Nevada. Upon arriving in Las Vegas, teams were chauffeured by a driver in one of three Ford Explorers to an isolated location in the desert. Upon arriving, the chauffeurs simply told the teams to get out of the car and dig, where they eventually unearthed a box that said "Property of David Copperfield". After retrieving the box, they returned to the car and were driven to the MGM Grand.

At the MGM Grand and where teams found the clue for the Roadblock, asking "Do You Believe in Magic?". One team member had to work with magician David Copperfield. After opening up the box they previously dug up from the desert, retrieving the keys inside, they were shackled to the inside of a box and once the box was closed, their partner would hand over the keys through a hole in the box. Copperfield then escorted the teammate sitting out the Roadblock to a television monitor to watch their partner attempt the challenge. After the team member inside the box found the right key and unlocked the shackles, they had to retrieve lockpicks from the top of the box, after which the box was lifted off of the ground and lit on fire. Once the racer in the box said that they were complete, the partner, under Copperfield's instruction, set off a series of switches that dropped the box into a burning pile of wood and set off a fiery explosion. Copperfield then informed the partner that they would have to get the fire department's assistance, and the racer in the box would appear wearing a firefighter uniform, completely unharmed. Copperfield would then give them their next clue, after a bit of sleight of hand.

The clue sent the teams to the Neon Museum's boneyard for their next clue, which told them to take a light bulb from a silver and red question mark sign and then head to The Mirage. Upon arriving at The Mirage, they were hoisted up to the top of the building on a window washing scaffold to one of the hotel's signs. They had to replace all of the light bulbs in the sign's letter "I", and once they were done they had to tell the employees the correct number of bulbs they had replaced (241) in order to receive their next clue.

This clue instructed the teams to Henderson's Maverick Helicopters for the next Roadblock, asking "Who wants to be a UFO?". The team member who sat out the first Roadblock had to get in a helicopter, wearing a special futuristic jumpsuit, and then search the Las Vegas Strip for a sign (at the Aria Resort and Casino) that told them the name of their drop zone and location of the Finish Line: the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After informing their pilot of the location, they then did a tandem 10,000-foot (3,000 m) freefall into the race track's infield, spewing fireworks along the way, and joined their partner before crossing the Finish Line.

Ratings[edit]

No episode aired on April 6, 2014, due to the CBS broadcast of the Academy of Country Music Awards.

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

No. Airdate Episode Rating Share Rating/Share Viewers Rank Rank Rank Rank
Households 18–49 (millions) Timeslot
(Viewers)
Timeslot
(18–49)
Week
(Viewers)
Week
(18–49)
1 February 23, 2014 "Back in the Saddle" 4.0[25] 6 1.5/4 6.71[26] 3 3 23 22
2 March 2, 2014 "Baby Bear's Soup" 3.6[27] 5 1.5/4 6.10[28] 2 2 <25 <25
3 March 9, 2014 "Welcome to the Jungle" 1.9/5 8.46[29] 1 2 <25 <25
4 March 16, 2014 "Smarter, Not Harder" 1.8/5 8.30[30] 1 3 24 <25
5 March 23, 2014 "Can't Make Fish Bite" 1.8/5 8.70[31] 1 2 17 <25
6 March 30, 2014 "Down and Dirty" 2.0/5 9.51[32] 1 2 14 24
7 April 13, 2014 "The Gladiators Are Here!" 1.8/5 8.83[33] 1 3 22 22
8 April 20, 2014 "Donkeylicious" 1.7/5 7.65[34] 1 1 (tie) 20 21
9 April 27, 2014 "Accidental Alliance" 1.9/6 8.45[35] 1 2 19 16
10 May 4, 2014 "Bull Down" 1.7/5 8.09[36] 1 3 25 <25
11 May 11, 2014 "Hei Ho Heidi Ho" 1.7/5 7.37[37] 1 2 <25 25
12 May 18, 2014 "Do You Believe in Magic?" 1.8/5 8.22[38] 2 2 22 24

U.S. DVR Ratings[edit]

DVR Ratings for season 24 of The Amazing Race
Episode No. Title Original air date DVR
18–49
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
18–49
Total
viewers (millions)
1 "Back in the Saddle" February 23, 2014 0.5 1.108 2.0 7.817[39]
2 "Baby Bear's Soup" March 2, 2014[40] N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 "Welcome to the Jungle" March 9, 2014[41] N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 "Smarter, Not Harder" March 16, 2014[42] N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "Can't Make Fish Bite" March 23, 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Canadian ratings[edit]

Canadian broadcaster CTV also airs The Amazing Race on Sundays. Episodes air at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Central (9:00 p.m. Pacific, Mountain and Atlantic), with four exceptions. The broadcast of the second episode conflicted with CTV's broadcast of the 86th Academy Awards; The Amazing Race was instead shown at 7:00 p.m. in the Atlantic time zone, at 6:00 p.m. in the Eastern time zone, and at 5:00 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 sixth episode conflicted with CTV's broadcast of the 2014 Juno Awards; The Amazing Race was instead shown at 7:00 p.m. in the Atlantic and Central time zones, at 8:00 p.m. in the Eastern and Mountain time zones, and at 9:00 p.m. in the Pacific time zone. The broadcast of the eleventh episode was rescheduled due to CTV's broadcast of the season finale of Once Upon a Time; The Amazing Race was instead shown at 8:00 p.m. in the Atlantic time zone, and at 7:00 p.m. in the rest of the country. The broadcast of the season finale conflicted with CTV's broadcast of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards; The Amazing Race was instead shown at 8:00 p.m. in the Atlantic time zone, and at 7:00 p.m. in the rest of the country.

Canadian DVR ratings are included in BBM Canada's count.

# Airdate Episode Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Week)
1 February 23, 2014 "Back in the Saddle" 2.342 8[43]
2 March 2, 2014 "Baby Bear's Soup" 1.788 14[44]
3 March 9, 2014 "Welcome to the Jungle" 2.407 3[45]
4 March 16, 2014 "Smarter, Not Harder" 2.490 2[46]
5 March 23, 2014 "Can't Make Fish Bite" 2.482 3[47]
6 March 30, 2014 "Down and Dirty" 2.429 2[48]
7 April 13, 2014 "The Gladiators Are Here!" 2.424 2[49]
8 April 20, 2014 "Donkeylicious" 2.332 2[50]
9 April 27, 2014 "Accidental Alliance" 2.397 2[51]
10 May 4, 2014 "Bull Down" 2.507 2[52]
11 May 11, 2014 "Hei Ho Heidi Ho" 1.706 16[53]
12 May 18, 2014 "Do You Believe in Magic?" 2.124 10[54]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Before Dave & Connor's victory, the first season of The Amazing Race Canada, which premiered in 2013, was also won by a parent-child team consisting of Tim Hague, Sr. & Tim Hague, Jr.
  2. ^ In the original CBS press release, the race was planned to travel across four continents, through nine countries and span 35,000 miles (56,000 km) with Melbourne, Australia and the Philippines as planned destinations. Despite the reason for the route modification was not disclosed, fans believed that the original route was due to the Typhoon Haiyan that had devastated the Philippines and the country was eventually revisited by the Race in the next season.

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