The Amazing Race 14

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The Amazing Race 14
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The Amazing Race logo
Season Run February 15 – May 10, 2009
Filming dates October 31[1] – November 21, 2008
No. of Episodes 12[2]
Winning team Tamara Tien-Jan "Tammy" & Victor Jih
Unfinished Business Jaime Edmondson & Cara Rosenthal,
Margie & Luke Adams,
Kisha & Jen Hoffman,
Mel & Mike White,
Amanda Blackledge & Kris Klicka
All-Stars Margie & Luke Adams
Season Stats
Continents visited 3
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 20
No. of legs 11
Distance traveled 40,000 mi (64,000 km)
Season chronology
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The Amazing Race 14 is the fourteenth installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race 14 featured 11 teams of two people with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world.

The season premiered on Sunday, February 15, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and aired on Sunday nights[3] with the season finale on May 10, 2009. The show was again hosted by Phil Keoghan.

Siblings Tamara Tien-Jan "Tammy" and Victor Jih were the winners of this season's race, and are the first Asian American contestants to win the competition.

The complete season was released on DVD on May 21, 2014.

Production[edit]

Development and filming[edit]

Teams were brought to the race's starting line at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base in California by Seahawks.

The Amazing Race 14 lasted for 22 days and traveled over 40,000 miles (64,000 km). The teams raced in nine countries, including Romania for the first time, as well as: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, India, China, Thailand and Russia (Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk), with the finish line in Maui, Hawaii. In an interview, executive producer Bertram van Munster revealed that the teams took a 13-hour train ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and got into a Siberian snowstorm with below-zero temperatures.[2][4] He also revealed that the teams suffered extreme climates, intense Roadblocks, and less time in airports, which added up to an exhausting course for the racers. In addition, CBS revealed the Race included the world's second tallest bungee jump, suffocating heat in India, and an Olympic-themed challenge that left the teams "gasping for air."[5]

The Race's route was updated via Google Earth, and according to Bertram van Munster prior to the show's debut, the season included new graphics, a new opening sequence (consequently, the team videos preceding a team's close up are updated throughout the season to reflect tasks that have already been completed), and a tuneup in the musical score (still keeping the key in B flat minor),[4] as well as the use of a split screen to show several scenes at the same time. This season also changed its main team names and route info font from Microgramma to Bank Gothic.

Season 14 introduced a new twist to the U-Turn: the U-Turn in Leg 4 was a Blind U-Turn, in which the team electing to use it did so anonymously; other U-Turns (and the Yields that were replaced) required teams utilizing them to acknowledge their use to subsequent teams. The U-Turn in Leg 11 was a normal U-Turn.

Legs 10 and 11 formed a double-length leg which resulted in a combined "superleg", it was a surprise feature of every Race from Season 6 to Season 10 but has not been seen since. However, this double-length Leg was the first where it was revealed to the teams at a location that was explicitly called a Pit Stop; teams were not warned of an elimination in the clue. In previous seasons, teams were either given some implicit reference to a Pit Stop, such as "go and meet Phil Keoghan at the mat" and were handed their next clue by Keoghan, or were given a clue to continue racing at a clue box where a clue directing teams to the Pit Stop would have been expected.

Mel and Mike confirmed in a post-race interview that there was an unaired, unused, Fast Forward in Leg 7 that involved purchasing items for an orphanage using the team's own money.[6] This was the first season ever where no team took the Fast Forward option throughout the race.

The Maui finish line was the southernmost finish location in the American version of the Race.

Cast[edit]

Applications were due on May 28, 2008. Semi-finalist interviews were held sometime in June 2008, and the final casting interviews were held in Los Angeles around late June or early July 2008. Scouting for locations was performed during August. Filming took place during November 2008.

One member of the cast, Luke Adams, is the first deaf contestant in the U.S. series; he relied on his mother Margie Adams to communicate in the race. (The Amazing Race Asia 2 winner Adrian Yap was the only other deaf Amazing Race contestant.)[7] Margie and Luke had originally applied to be on The Amazing Race 8 (along with two other family members), but ended up being one of the last families cut.[8] Mike White had originally been chosen to participate on The Amazing Race 13 with director Jon Kasdan, but the latter dropped out before filming. The show's casting director wanted White for Season 14 and he was ultimately paired with his father for the Race.[9]

Amanda and Kris, Mel and Mike, Kisha and Jen, Margie and Luke, and Jaime and Cara raced again in The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business among a cast made up of returning teams from seasons 12–17. Margie and Luke also competed in the second All-Star edition.

As of 2013, Amanda and Kris were married, and Jen is married and has a daughter.

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 performed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7ƒ 8 9 104 11
Tammy & Victor Siblings/Lawyers 2nd 1st 8th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st Tammy 5, Victor 6
Jaime & Cara Former NFL Cheerleaders 7th 6th 7th 5th 3rd 5th 2nd 2nd 4th 1st 3rd 2nd Jaime 6, Cara 5
Margie & Luke Mother/Son 1st 4th 4th 4th 1st 4th 4th 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd Margie 5, Luke 6
Kisha & Jen Sisters 8th 7th 3rd 2nd 6th 3rd 5th 4th2 1st 4th 4th Kisha 5, Jen 5
Mark & Michael Brothers/Stuntmen 3rd 8th 5th 7th 5th 6th 3rd1 5th3 5th Mark 5, Michael 3
Mel & Mike Father/Son 4th 2nd 1st 6th 4th 2nd 6th Mel 3, Mike 3
Christie & Jodi Flight Attendants 10th 9th 6th 1st 7th 7th Christie 3, Jodi 3
Amanda & Kris Dating 5th 3rd 2nd 8th Amanda 1, Kris 3
Brad & Victoria Married 6th 5th 9th Brad 0, Victoria 3
Steve & Linda Married 9th 10th Steve 1, Linda 1
Preston & Jennifer Dating 11th Preston 1, Jennifer 0
  • A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
  • A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue. If placed next to a Leg number, this indicates that the Fast Forward was available for that Leg but not used.
  • 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 task in the following Leg.
  • Italicized results indicate the position of the team at the midpoint of a two-episode Leg.
  • A brown ⊃ means the team chose to use a U-Turn; indicates the team who received it.
  1. ^ Mark and Michael initially arrived 1st, but were issued two 30-minute penalties: one for intentionally tampering with the bike pumps and hiding them at the 2 Miles Detour, and another for hiring a taxi to guide them through the task, which was explicitly prohibited in the clue. As Mark and Michael were waiting out their penalty, Tammy and Victor and Jaime and Cara checked in, dropping Mark and Michael to 3rd.
  2. ^ Kisha and Jen initially arrived 3rd, but were not allowed to check in because they had left their travel documents and money at the location of the Roadblock; they were instructed to retrieve them before they could check in again. Tammy and Victor checked in while Kisha and Jen went back, dropping them to 4th; Mark and Michael also arrived during this time, but were unable to check in due to penalties accumulated during the Leg (see note 4).
  3. ^ Mark and Michael initially arrived 4th, but were issued two 2-hour penalties, both for "using personal belongings to settle a bill" (they had bartered personal items to pay two taxi fares). With just over 3 hours of the penalty time remaining, Kisha and Jen returned to check in 4th. Mark and Michael, in last place at that point, were allowed to check in immediately after Kisha and Jen; however, they were notified the Leg was non-elimination, and the remaining penalty would be assessed at the start of the next Leg.
  4. ^ Leg 10 was a double-length leg with two Roadblocks and two Detours.

Episode title quotes[edit]

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

  1. "Don't Let a Cheese Hit Me" – Mel
  2. "Your Target is Your Partner's Face" – Instructions for the "Austrian Folly" Detour option
  3. "I'm Not Wearing That Girl's Leotard!" – Luke
  4. "It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots" – Mike
  5. "She's a Little Scared of Stick, But I Think She'll Be OK!" – Victor
  6. "Alright Guys We're at War!" – Mark
  7. "Gorilla? Gorilla?? Gorilla???" – Victor
  8. "Rooting Around in People's Mouths Could Be Unpleasant" – Phil Keoghan
  9. "Our Parents Will Cry Themselves to Death" – Victor in Mandarin Chinese
  10. "Having a Baby's Gotta Be Easier Than This" – Cara
  11. "No More Mr. Nice Guy" – Victor[10]
  12. "This is How You Lose a Million Dollars" – Jaime

Prizes[edit]

The prize for each Leg is awarded to the first place team for that Leg. All trips are sponsored by Travelocity.

^6 Jaime revealed in a post-race interview that she and Cara were awarded jet skis for coming in first place (unaired).[11]

Elimination Station[edit]

After elimination, the first six teams eliminated were sequestered at a villa in Ko Samui, Thailand to await the finale. CBS posted short videos on its website after each episode aired in the Pacific time zone to show the eliminated teams interacting at the villa.

  • After Leg 1, Preston and Jennifer were the first team eliminated and were sent to the villa. They expressed their disappointment at being eliminated first and believed that Steve and Linda would be eliminated next. They also discussed who they believe are strong teams and got into an argument over the factors that led to their elimination.
  • After Leg 2, Steve and Linda were the second team eliminated and were sent to the villa. Steve openly complained about Preston and Jennifer refusing to form an alliance with he and Linda during the first Leg, which irritated Preston. Later in the day, the two eliminated teams decided to take a trip to a local snake farm, and then went out to eat. They then predicted that either Christie and Jodi or Jaime and Cara would be the next team eliminated.
  • After Leg 3, Brad and Victoria were the third team eliminated and were sent to the villa. Their arrival surprised the other two eliminated teams. While recounting the events leading to Brad's and her elimination, Victoria broke down into tears. Tensions developed between Steve and Linda and Preston and Jennifer during the conversation, as Jennifer was perceived as an incessant talker, even interrupting Linda at one point. The next morning, the three eliminated teams visited a Buddhist temple, receiving a blessing of good luck from a monk.
  • After Leg 4, Amanda and Kris were the fourth team eliminated and were sent to the villa. They talked about what happened during the Leg, erroneously deducing that it was either Christie and Jodi or Kisha and Jen who had U-Turned them. Afterward, the four eliminated teams went to the beach to celebrate Loy Krathong.
  • Leg 5 was a non-elimination Leg, hence no new teams were sent to the villa. The eliminated teams received Thai massages and went ziplining.
  • After Leg 6, Christie and Jodi were the fifth team eliminated and were sent to the villa. They first told Amanda and Kris that it was Margie and Luke who U-Turned them, which came as a shock to everyone. Tension developed between Steve and the rest of the group, especially Preston and Jennifer. Steve accused the group of shunning he and Linda, leading to an argument.
  • After Leg 7, Mel and Mike were the sixth team eliminated and were sent to the villa. They noted how the remaining teams on the race are becoming more competitive. Afterward, everyone went shopping at a nearby marketplace. Tension continued to grow between Preston and Jennifer when Preston became irritated with her over her buying another purse.
  • Leg 8 was a non-elimination Leg, so no new teams were eliminated. Due to their constant arguing, Preston and Jennifer chose to spend some time away from each other. The eliminated teams spent the day snorkeling and kayaking at an island.
  • After Leg 9, Mark and Michael were the seventh team eliminated. Before receiving a phone call from the latest team that was eliminated, the eliminated teams at the villa went on a safari, most notably riding an elephant. Afterward, Mark and Michael called the villa to inform the other teams of their elimination and told them of the time penalties that led to their elimination. All teams agreed that they wanted to see Jaime and Cara eliminated next.
  • Leg 10 was a double-length Leg, shown over two episodes. A new episode of Elimination Station was posted after each half aired:
    • After the first half, Elimination Station showed the sequestered teams on their last day at the Elimination Station, where the teams discussed their time together and who they wanted to see win the Race. As the eliminated teams packed for their trip to the End City, each of the teams further reminisced about their stay at the Elimination Station.
    • After the second half, Kisha and Jen were the eighth and final team eliminated. Elimination Station showed the six eliminated teams arriving at the End City in Maui, Hawaii. After arriving in Maui, the teams checked into a hotel. Once they checked in, they swam and snorkeled at the beach, then returned to the hotel to await a phone call from the eighth team eliminated. The six eliminated teams at the hotel were shocked and disappointed to hear about Kisha and Jen's elimination, especially Preston and Jennifer who wanted them to win. Kisha and Jen told them about what went wrong during the second half of the Leg and talked about having been U-Turned by Tammy and Victor. Kisha and Jen said they wanted to see either Jaime and Cara or Tammy and Victor win, despite having been U-Turned by the latter. Kisha and Jen then told the other eliminated teams that they would meet again at the Finish Line before hanging up. The eliminated teams then shared their thoughts about the upcoming final Leg of the race, many of them expressing their shock over the fact that Jaime and Cara were one of the final three teams.
  • Leg 11 was the final Leg of The Amazing Race 14. Mark and Michael and Kisha and Jen reunited with the other eliminated teams at the Finish Line. Many teams believed that Tammy and Victor would win the race, while Kisha and Jen noted that Margie and Luke had gotten more tense with each other. Teams expressed their opinions about the final three teams at the Finish Line along with their joys and disappointments.

Race summary[edit]

The Route of the Race
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   Fast Forward icon.svg Fast Forward   U-Turn icon.svg U-Turn   Speed Bump icon.svg Speed Bump   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → Switzerland)[edit]

While in Switzerland, teams travelled to the Verzasca Dam near Locarno in Ticino, to perform the second-highest commercial bungee jump in the world.

Airdate: February 15, 2009

At the starting line at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, teams opened their first clues and were given instructions for travel to their first destination of the Race: Switzerland. The clue instructed them to drive to Los Angeles International Airport with only six teams would be allow in the first flight to Zürich; a second flight was leaving via Milan, Italy 25 minutes later. On arrival in Switzerland, teams took a train to Locarno and headed to the Church of Sant'Antonio, where they signed up for one of three departure times, all of which were the following morning.

The next morning, teams received a picture from the priest, (similar to the one pictured at the right), and were left to figure out the location of the picture: Verzasca Dam. There they found the next clue, the first Roadblock of the Race asked "Who has nerves of steel?". One team member of the team had to bungee jump off the Verzasca Dam, the second highest commercial bungee in the world, at a height of 70 stories in order to obtain their next clue.

This clue instructed teams to travel by train to Interlaken and head to Kleine Rugen Wiese for their next clue. This instructed them to transport four 50-pound (23 kg) wheels of cheese from a shed to the bottom of a hill using traditional Swiss cheese carriers. Once the cheese was stacked, they got the next clue. This task would be featured in The Amazing Race 22 as a Switchback. The clue directed teams to the Hotel Stechelberg in Stechelberg which featured a group of yodelers they could listen to as they walked to the Pit Stop.

Leg 2 (Switzerland → Germany → Austria)[edit]

While in Germany, teams visited the lake town of Schönau am Königsee deep in the Bavarian Alps.

Airdate: February 22, 2009

At the start of the leg, teams were told to fly to Munich, Germany, the capital of the state of Bavaria. On arrival, they had to drive to the village of Ruhpolding and ride a cable car to Rauschberg for their next clue which they soon discovered was for the Roadblock, asking "Who's ready to fly like an eagle?". One team member had to choose an instructor and, tandem paraglide off a mountain 6,000 feet (1,800 m) below to a landing area, where their partner was waiting. In the event of unfavorable winds, they had a choice between waiting an undetermined amount of time for optimal weather conditions or taking a 60-minute hike down the mountain before receiving their next clue.

The next clues teams received instructed them to travel to Schönau am Königsee and to locate the next clue, which was for the Detour: a choice between Balancing Dolly or Austrian Folly. In Balancing Dolly, teams had to ride Segways over a 2-mile (3.2 km) road obstacle course an then obtain their next clue. In Austrian Folly, teams had to enter a party tent and throw Bavarian pies at a target. What they did not know was that their target was their partner's face. They had to take turns smacking each other in the face until they found a pie with cherry filling and were then able to obtain their next clue.

The clue teams received at the Detour directed them to a woodcutter workshop, known as Holzsäger. Teams had to wait for the Tyrolean woodcutters to cut a piece of wood. Once teams had their wood, it would be stamped with their next destination. They were left to figure out that it told them that the Pit Stop was Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg, Austria.

Leg 3 (Austria → Romania)[edit]

Teams ended the leg in Romania in the shadow of Bran Castle in Transylvania, the fabled home of Dracula.

Airdate: March 1, 2009

At the start of the leg, teams were told to travel to Bucharest, the capital city of Romania. They first had to travel by train back to Munich, Germany and then fly to Bucharest. On arrival, they had to head to Lia Manoliu National Sports Complex to find their next clue, the Roadblock with teams asked "Who's ready to access their inner Nadia?". One team member from each team had to go through a series of moves for three gymnastics disciplines: the balance beam, the parallel bars, and floor exercises before receiving their next clue.

The next clue teams received instructed them to travel to the city of Braşov, in the heart of historical Transylvania. They made their way to Biserica Neagră to locate the next clue, which was a cultural-themed Detour: the choice of Gypsy Moves or Vampire Remains. In Gypsy Moves, teams had to travel to a gypsy encampment and help a family of gypsies move from one camp to another by loading their belongings on a traditional horse-drawn cart and unloading them at another location. Once all of the belongings were stacked, the head of the family handed the team their next clue. In Vampire Remains, teams had to drag a chained coffin to a field of stakes on the land of Bran Castle. Once there, they had to undo the coffin's chains to find several antique frames which they then had to smash against stakes (i.e., impale them, a reference to Vlad the Impaler, inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula) until they found one containing a flag that they could trade for their next clue. The clue instructed them to travel to the Pit Stop at Vila Panoramic in Bran.

Leg 4 (Romania → Russia)[edit]

Upon arriving in the city of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, teams were only given a 10 ruble bill and were told to head to the location featured on the banknote: the Krasnoyarsk Dam.

Airdate: March 8, 2009

At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to travel to Krasnoyarsk, Russia, deep in the heart of Siberia via a connecting flight from Moscow. On arrival, teams were only given a 10 Russian ruble note and were told to figure out that their first location was illustrated on the bill: the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Dam.

At the Hydroelectric Dam, teams picked up their clue and were instructed to travel to the Church of Saint Innokenty to find their next clue, which was for the Detour: the choice between Stack or Construct. In Stack, teams had to stack wood into a large wall formation in front of an existing stack. If their wall collapsed into the existing one, they would have to rebuild both. Once the wood was properly stacked, a lumberjack would give them their next clue. In Construct, teams had to travel to a workshop and assemble a local-style window frame, then look for a house marked with a "Repairs Needed" sign and install the window there. Once the window was installed, a carpenter would provide their next clue.

The clue teams received sent them to the Museum of the Last Bow for the U-Turn point, which turned out to be a new Blind U-Turn twist. Teams picked up their next clue, directing them to Bobrovy Log Park to find their next clue: the Roadblock with teams asked "Who's ready to speed read?". One team member had to complete a lap on a bobsled roller coaster in under four minutes while looking for seven letters scattered around the track. They then had to arrange the letters correctly (CHEKHOV) in order to receive their next clue. This clue directed the team to the Pit Stop at Krasnoyarsk Theater of Musical Comedy.

Leg 5 (Russia)[edit]

The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre in the city of Novosibirsk was the fifth Pit Stop of the Race.

Airdate: March 15, 2009

At the start of the leg, teams were told to head to the city of Novosibirsk on a train via the Trans-Siberian Railway. On arrival, they had to head to Punkt Tekhnicheskogo Osmotra for a Detour clue, giving them a choice between Russian Bride or Russian Snowplow. For both detours, teams chose a Lada car. In Russian Bride, teams drove themselves to a Soviet-era apartment – apartment building 4 on Komsomolskaya Street, fetched one Russian bride, and brought her to the Voznesensky Cathedral, where her groom was waiting. Once the team had a picture taken with the couple, the groom handed them their next clue. In Russian Snowplow, teams headed to Stadium Spartak, where each team member took turns driving a snowplow through a marked course while being directed by their partner.

The next clue teams received instructed them to go to Gosudarstvennaya Publichnaya Nauchnaya Tekhnicheskaya Biblioteka where they encountered the Roadblock, which asked "Who has stamina and absolutely no shame?". One team member had to choose two Russian marathon runners who would help them warm up, before they stripped down to their underwear to run a 1.4-mile (2.3 km) course toward the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, where their partner, who was transported there separately, joined them in heading to the Pit Stop.

Leg 6 (Russia → India)[edit]

The Roadblock in Jaipur required teams to feed India's royal animals, camels, in the shadow of Amber Fort.

Airdate: March 22, 2009

At the start of the leg, teams opened their next clue, which instructed them to travel to the city of Jaipur, India. On arrival, they had to travel to the Sacred Tree at Dhula Village. Teams were left to figure out that their next clue would be revealed to them by picking up one of two telephones and calling one of the four telephone numbers provided. The person on the line then told them the location of their next clue: Amber Fort.

At the Amber Fort, they discovered the clue was for a Roadblock which asked teams: "Who is the better caregiver?". One team member had to choose a group of herding camels belonging to a Maharaja and by using traditional tools, had to load and carry enough hay to the camels so it reached a designated marking line, and also fill a trough with water until it spilled out of the trough. They then received their next clue. This clue instructed them to head to Johari Bazaar Road and to obtain their next clue. For the Speed Bump, Christie and Jodi proceeded to Kala Hanuman Temple and had to decorate an elephant's face with various paints. When the mahout was satisfied with their work, they were able to continue the Race with the others.

The next clue turned out to be for the Detour. Teams had to choose between Movers or Shakers. In Movers, teams headed to the Sanganeri Gate, chose two rickshaws loaded with barrels of hay, and transported them 1.5 miles (2.4 km) along the City wall of Jaipur. When they reached the Zorawar Singh Gate, they had to search through the hay for a small metal elephant charm which they could then trade for their next clue. In Shakers, teams went to a junction (called Badi Chopar, intersection of Johari Bazar, Tripoli Bazar, Ramganz Bazar and Sireh Deori Bazar Roads) and dressed in traditional costumes and joined a local dance troupe to collect 100 (around US$2) worth of tips. They then gave the money they had earned to the band leader to obtain their next clue. The clue told them to head to the Pit Stop at Jaigarh Fort.

Leg 7 (India → Thailand)[edit]

At the Phuket Zoo, teams had to participate in an elephant show.

Airdate: March 29, 2009

At the start of the leg, teams were told to head to their next destination Phuket, Thailand. The picture on the clue, in particular, depicted a view of gorilla statue and teams were left to figure out that the statue was located at Phuket Zoo. On arrival at the Phuket Zoo, teams picked up their clue and had to take a picture with Zoo's main mascot, Esso the tiger, then participate in an elephant show, which involved being lightly stepped and squatted on by elephants. When the elephant show concluded, the tiger handler handed them their picture, which contained their next clue.

There was a Fast Forward which involved going to a market and buying items for a local orphanage using the team's own cash resources. Once a team bought enough items, they would win the Fast Forward award. However, it went un-aired.[6] The clue teams received instructed them to travel to Nguan Choon Tong Herbs Shop at Old Phuket. They were directed by a shopkeeper to search through ninety-nine boxes of herbs. Once a team correctly guessed the right box, the shopkeeper handed them one of six boxes that contained the next clue. If the team guessed incorrectly, they had to try again.

The next clue was for a Detour, giving teams a choice between 100 Barrels or 2 Miles. In 100 Barrels, teams had to travel to Pae Yod to prepare a fishing boat for ten days out at sea. They chose one of six fishing boats, filled forty-seven barrels with water, and loaded fifty-three on the upper deck. Once the fishing boat was properly prepared, they received their next clue. In 2 Miles, teams had to transport a rickshaw (with one team member sitting in it) 2 miles (3.2 km) from Wat Phutta Mongkhon Nimit to King Rama IX Park to find the next clue. Bike pumps were provided with the rickshaws in the event of a flat tire. The clues sent teams to the Pit Stop at Wat Thep Nimit Temple.

Leg 8 (Thailand)[edit]

Thailand's traditional long-tail boats were featured in this Leg, as teams traveled along Bangkok's canals.

Airdate: April 12, 2009

At the start of the leg, teams were informed they were to travel to the capital city of Bangkok. On arrival, they had to head to Chareonyont 007 Boat Yard and open the Roadblock clue, where teams were asked, "Who's ready to propel their team forward?". One team member had to put a propeller on a traditional Thai long-tail boat properly in order to receive the next clue.

This clue instructed teams to navigate the waterways of Bangkok in the long-tail boat using the map provided to find the Peninsula Pier to obtain their next clue: the Detour. Teams were given a choice of Broken Teeth or Broken Record. In Broken Teeth, teams headed to the "Street of Happy Smiles" where they had to match five patients with their dentures, after which the teams received their next clue. In Broken Record, teams had to travel to Bangkok's Chinatown at Yaowarat Road - Wat Samphantawong and choose a group of kathoeys and a "party taxi"; then sing karaoke, entertaining the other travelers, as the taxi driver drove them 5 miles (8.0 km) through the Bangkok traffic to their next destination where they received their next clue. The clues teams received directed them to the Pit Stop at Phaya Thai Palace.

Leg 9 (Thailand → China)[edit]

Teams had to find Banyan Lake overlooking the Sun and Moon Pagodas of Guilin for the ninth Pit Stop of the race.

Airdate: April 19, 2009

At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to travel to Guilin, China. Upon arrival, teams made their way to Folded Brocade Mountains. In an un-aired segment of the Race, teams had to climb to the Peak of the Luminous Moon and strike the "Drums of Life" before receiving their next clue.

This clue sent teams to Qing Xiu Lu Hair Salon for their next clue. However, Mark and Michael encountered a Speed Bump. They had to go to a stylish hair salon and then wash and dry the hair of two waiting women before they could continue with the Roadblock, which asked teams "Who's ready for some fowl play?". One team member had to direct a cormorant to retrieve fish they had thrown in the Li River. Once they retrieved ten of the fish, they received their next clue.

The clue teams received directed them to Ancient South Gate to find their next clue which was for the Detour, a choice of between Choreography or Calligraphy. In Choreography, teams had to perform a traditional dance routine. If their dance won the approval of two judges, they received their next clue. In Calligraphy, teams had to copy Chinese characters written by a calligrapher at four stations. Once the calligrapher was satisfied with the teams' calligraphy, he stamped their paper, and they proceeded to find the next station, which was named in the characters they had just copied. Once they received all four stamps, they were given the next clue. This clue instructed teams to travel by foot to Sun and Moon Pagodas in Banyan Lake for the Pit Stop.

Leg 10 (China)[edit]

The Drum Tower in Beijing was the midpoint of this no break leg of the race.

Airdate: April 26, 2009

At the start of the leg, teams were told they were to head next to the capital city of Beijing. On arrival, they had to head to the Liangzi Foot Massage Palace at Jianguomen to find their next clue: the Roadblock, where teams asked "Who's feeling manipulative?". One team member had to drink a cup of Chinese medicinal tea, then endure a traditional therapeutic foot massage for ten minutes. After the massage and another cup of tea, they received their next clue. In case teams were unable to bear the painful part of the massage, they would tap one side of their chair and say "uncle" to signal the masseuse to stop. Doing so, however, meant restarting the massage from the beginning.

The clue teams received at the Roadblock sent them to Guangcai Natatorium to find their next clue, which they eventually discovered was a Detour - a choice between Sync or Swim. In Sync, teams jumped off three-meter springboards and attempted to touch the water in unison. Teams had to score a five from the judges in order to obtain their next clue. In Swim, teams donned a pair of Speedo LZR Racer suits, the same type of suit worn by Michael Phelps in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and then teams had to swim eight lengths of the pool (400 meters) with each team member alternating after two lengths (100 meters). When they swam the whole eight lengths, they received their next clue (Phelps' world record time of 4:03.84 at the 400m individual medley from the 2008 Summer Olympics was shown for comparison, but teams were not required to beat it). The clues teams received instructed them to make their way to the North Gate at Drum Tower for the Pit Stop. However, Phil give the teams their next clue and told them that the leg was not over.

One of the choices for the Detour in Beijing involved the famous Peking Opera.

Airdate: May 3, 2009

The clue teams received from Phil at the midpoint instructed them to travel to Beihai, where they had to find a street mall and search several stores for a Travelocity Roaming Gnome, which had their next clue written on the bottom of its base. This clue instructed them to travel to Gugong Xibei Jiao, and to locate electric bicycles and use them to transport themselves past the Forbidden City and across Tiananmen Square to Dongdan Station where they would find their next clue.

This clue instructed teams to travel to Dongdan Station and search for their next clue which was for the Detour: Beijing Opera or Chinese Waiter. With both Detours, teams traveled to Huguang Guild Hall. In Beijing Opera, teams had to travel to the Huguang Huiguan Opera House; once there, they had to apply make-up on each other exactly like the two models next to them. After the makeup was approved, they had to go to the stage and bow to the master, who handed them their next clue. In Chinese Waiter, teams had to travel to Huguang Huiguan restaurant; once there, they had to record four customer orders, spoken in Mandarin. Then, teams had to take their pad to a chef and pronounce the Mandarin orders correctly to have the chef prepare them. When teams served the plates to the customers, they received their next clue.

This clue sent teams to Wenchang Pavilion where they found the U-Turn board. Teams picked up their next clue, and were instructed to go to the Donghuamen Night Market for the Roadblock asking: "Who's got a taste for adventure?". One team member had to eat a plate of four fried Chinese delicacies: a grasshopper, beetle larvae, a scorpion, and a starfish. After they finished, they received their next clue which directed teams to the Pit Stop at Beijing National Stadium.

Leg 11 (China → United States)[edit]

While in Maui, teams prepared puaʻa kālua, a pig roasted in the traditional kalua method.

Airdate: May 10, 2009

At the start of the leg, teams were informed they were traveling to their final destination - the island of Maui in Hawaii. On arrival, they made their way to Beach Access 118. As part of a partially aired Detour, they had to season a 145-pound (66 kg) pig with island flavoring, then carry it suspended on a bamboo pole 200 yards (180 m) along the beach to a Hawaiian luau. At the luau, they had to properly cover the pig for traditional kalua cooking to obtain their next clue.

The clue received instructed them to go to McGregor Point where teams had to get on a personal water craft and ride 1 mile (1.6 km) along a marked path in search of a field of one hundred buoys. They then had to search the buoys for one of four that had their next clue attached.

This clue sent teams to Kaohu Farms for the final Roadblock asking "Who's ready to build something from memory?". One team member had to search through a pile of more than three hundred surfboards for eleven that displayed a picture depicting a task, location, or person related to the eleven previous legs of the race—one from each of the first eleven legs (the remaining surfboards had pictures depicting unrelated objects, some of which were pictures showing tasks from previous seasons). Then they had to arrange the surfboards along a fence in chronological order of their appearance during the Race. When all eleven surfboards were displayed in the correct order, they received their final clue, sending them to the Finish Line at King Kamehameha Golf Club. There was an unaired task before the Finish Line that required teams to search for a statue.[13]

Ratings[edit]

US Nielsen ratings[edit]

# Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Overall)
1 "Don't Let A Cheese Hit Me" 5.4 9 2.6/7[14] 9.20 #27
2 "Your Target Is Your Partner's Face" 4.4 7[15] 2.6/6[15] 7.81[15] #34
3 "I'm Not Wearing That Girl's Leotard" 6.6 11 3.0/8[16] 10.60 #18
4 "It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots" 6.1 10 3.1/8 10.13 #28
5 "She's a Little Scared of Stick, But I Think She’ll Be OK!" 5.9 10 3.1/8 10.33 #26
6 "Alright Guys, We're at War!" 7.2 11 3.6/9 12.42[17] #15
7 "Gorilla? Gorilla?? Gorilla???" 7.1 11 3.7/9 11.99 #12
8 "Rooting Around in People's Mouths Could Be Unpleasant" 6.2 10 3.1/8[18] 10.57 #18
9 "Our Parents Will Cry Themselves to Death" 6.1 10 3.0/8 10.30 #20
10 "Having a Baby's Gotta Be Easier Than This" 6.0 10 3.2/9 10.27 #17
11 "No More Mr. Nice Guy"[10] 6.8 9 3.2/9 10.84 #20
12 "This is How You Lose a Million Dollars" 7.6 10 3.1/9 12.49 #19

Canadian ratings[edit]

# Episode Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Overall)
1 "Don't Let A Cheese Hit Me" 1.959[19] #5[19]
2 "Your Target Is Your Partner's Face" 1.446[20] #15[20]
3 "I'm Not Wearing That Girl's Leotard" 2.000 #4
4 "It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots" 2.013 #4
5 "She's a Little Scared of Stick, But I Think She’ll Be OK!" 1.868 #8
6 "Alright Guys, We're at War!" 1.943 #5
7 "Gorilla? Gorilla?? Gorilla???" 1.876 #5
8 "Rooting Around in People's Mouths Could Be Unpleasant" 1.559 #10
9 "Our Parents Will Cry Themselves to Death" 2.070 #6
10 "Having a Baby's Gotta Be Easier Than This" 2.178 #2
11 "No More Mr. Nice Guy"[10] 1.986 #5
12 "This is How You Lose a Million Dollars" 2.165 #4

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Jaime and Cara Allege Other Teams Were Fakers". Fancast. Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
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  15. ^ a b c Gorman, Bill (2009-02-23). "Sunday Ratings: Academy Awards Up From Last Year's Record Low". tvbythenumbers. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  16. ^ Ratings, Spotted (2011-12-09). "SpotVault - The Amazing Race Ratings". SpotVault. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  17. ^ "American Idol, Dancing With the Stars and 60 Minutes lead overall viewing - Ratings". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  18. ^ "Press Express | Not Available". Cbspressexpress.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  19. ^ a b "Top Programs – Total Canada (English), February 9–15, 2009" (PDF). BBM Nielsen. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  20. ^ a b "Top Programs – Total Canada (English), February 16–22, 2009" (PDF). BBM Nielsen. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 

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