The Amazing Race 25

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The Amazing Race 25
Presented byPhil Keoghan
WinnersAmy DeJong & Maya Warren
No. of legs12
Distance traveled26,000 mi (42,000 km)
No. of episodes12
Release
Original releaseSeptember 26 (2014-09-26)[1] –
December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19)[2]
Additional information
Filming datesMay 31, 2014 (2014-05-31)[3] – June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22)
Season chronology
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The Amazing Race 25 is the twenty-fifth installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. It featured eleven teams of two in a race around the world for a US$1 million grand prize.

The season premiered on September 26, 2014 on CBS for the 2014–15 television season, moving to Friday at 8:00 pm, with the season finale on December 19, 2014.

Food scientists Amy DeJong and Maya Warren were the winners of this season of The Amazing Race.[4]

Production[edit]

Development and filming[edit]

The 25th season of The Amazing Race started filming on May 31, 2014, at the red bleachers of Duffy Square at Times Square in New York City.

Filming began in the early morning of May 31, 2014 at Times Square in New York City. In contrast to the starts of previous races, which were typically held in private or restricted-access locations to prevent potential spoilers, CBS invited fans to appear at the start line and see the teams off.[3] The publicity of the Times Square start led CBS to announce the identities of the competing teams the same day.[5] It was revealed at the public start that instead of the Express Pass, teams would be awarded a new immunity from elimination pass - called "The Save" - for coming first in the first leg. This could be used by that team if they came in last place on an elimination leg before Leg 9.[6]

This season spanned 26,000 miles (42,000 km) through eight countries, including first time visits to the United States Virgin Islands, Malta, and the Shetland Islands of Scotland.[7]

At various points throughout the filming of the Race (generally once an episode), teams encountered host Phil Keoghan on the course where he explained a task to the home audience while the Race continued behind him. This new tradition has thus far continued in each season that has succeeded this one.

For the first time in Amazing Race history, four teams competed in the final leg of the Race. However, Phil eliminated one team in the middle of the final leg, leaving only three teams racing to the Finish Line for the $1 million grand prize.

This was the very first season in which all eleven teams finished legs in last place at one time or another.

Casting and contestants[edit]

The cast included married professional surfers Bethany Hamilton—a shark attack survivor whose story was told in her memoirs and the film Soul Surfer—and Adam Dirks, former Survivor: South Pacific contestants and engaged couple Whitney Duncan and Keith Tollefson, and TNA Wrestling stars Brooke Adams and Robbie Strauss.[5]

Melody Chen from The Amazing Race Asia 1 was the pit stop greeter in Leg 9.[8]

Contestant Jim Raman passed away on March 11, 2019 at the age of 42.[9]

Results[edit]

The following teams participated in the Race, each listed along with their placements in each leg and their "Team Name" as identified by the program. Unlike previous years, the production team provided teams with hashtags for use on social media; modifications of these are given below rather than their relationship to each other. 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 Team Name Position (by leg) Roadblocks
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Amy & Maya Food Scientists Sweet Scientists 6th 8th 5th 4th 7th 6th 3rd 4th 4th4 2nd 4th 1st Amy 5, Maya 5
Misti & Jim Married Dentists The Dentists 1st 2nd 1st 8th 6th 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd Misti 5, Jim 5
Adam & Bethany Married Surfers Soul Surfers 5th 1st 2nd 7th 2nd 2nd 5th 1stε3 1stƒ 3rd 2nd 3rd Adam 5, Bethany 4
Brooke & Robbie Dating Pro Wrestlers The Wrestlers 4th 7th 6th 2nd 5th 5th 4th 5th 2nd 4th 1st 4th5 Brooke 4, Robbie 4
Kym & Alli Urban Bike Racers The Cyclists 3rd 3rd 7th 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 5th Kym 4, Alli 3
Tim & Te Jay College Sweethearts College Sweethearts 2nd 5th 8th 5th 3rd 4th 6th 6th Tim 3, Te Jay 3
Shelley & Nici Mother/Daughter Mom/Daughter 8th 9th 4th 6th 4th 7th Shelley 2, Nici 2
Keith & Whitney Engaged Team Nashville 9th1 4th 3rd 3rd 8th
2
Keith 2, Whitney 1
Michael & Scott Firefighters The Firefighters 10th1 6th 9th Michael 0, Scott 1
Dennis & Isabelle Newly Dating The Dating Couple 7th 10th Dennis 1, Isabelle 0
Lisa & Michelle Realtor Sisters Miami Realtors 11th1 Lisa 1, Michelle 0
  • A red team placement means the team was eliminated.
  • 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; ⋐⋑ around a leg number indicates that only one of the two available U-Turns was used.
  • A purple ε indicates that the team decided to use the Express Pass on that leg.
  • A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward.
  • An underlined leg number indicates that there was no mandatory rest period at the Pit Stop and all teams were ordered to continue racing. An underlined team placement indicates that the team came in last on a "continue racing" leg was not eliminated. Teams were warned that at some point in the next leg, a team would be eliminated.
  1. ^a b c Keith, Scott, and Lisa elected to quit the Roadblock. Keith & Whitney and Michael & Scott were issued 4-hour penalties for their forfeits that were applied at the start of the next Leg. However, Lisa & Michelle were the last team to arrive and were eliminated from the Race.
  2. ^ In an unaired segment shown on the CBS website, Keith & Whitney used their U-Turn on Amy & Maya; however, Amy & Maya had already passed the U-Turn point and were therefore unaffected by it.
  3. ^ Adam & Bethany used the Express Pass to bypass the Detour on Leg 8.
  4. ^ Amy & Maya used their U-Turn on Adam & Bethany; however, Adam & Bethany had won the Fast Forward to bypass all the tasks of this leg (including the U-Turn point) and were therefore unaffected by it.
  5. ^ Brooke & Robbie were last to arrive at the Southwest Marine Warehouse and were eliminated in the middle part of the final leg during the 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 – The Save – a prize that the team could trade in if they came in last place on an elimination leg until the end of Leg 9.
  • Leg 2 – A trip for two to Sweden
  • Leg 3 – A trip for two to Dubai
  • Leg 4Ford C-Max Hybrid for each team member
  • Leg 5US$5,000 for each team member
  • Leg 6 – A trip for two to Brazil
  • Leg 7 – A trip for two to Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • Leg 8US$10,000 for each team member
  • Leg 9 – A trip for two to Bali
  • Leg 10 – A trip for two to Vietnam
  • Leg 11 – N/A[a]
  • Leg 12US$1 million

Episode title quotes[edit]

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.[10]

  1. "Go Big or Go Home" – Shelley
  2. "When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go" – Nici
  3. "Get Your Sheep Together" – Clue for the sheep-herding task
  4. "Thinly Sliced Anchovies" – Ingredient recited by racers in Roadblock
  5. "Morocc'and Roll" – Te Jay
  6. "I Feel Like I Just Kissed a Goat" – Robbie
  7. "Pretty Fly For a Food Scientist" – Maya
  8. "Hot Sexy Knights" – Kym
  9. "You're Taking My Tan Off" – Brooke
  10. "Smells Like Dirty Tube Socks" – Robbie
  11. "Hooping It Up" – Adam
  12. "All or Nothing" – Maya

Race summary[edit]

The complete route map of The Amazing Race 25.
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    TAR-Express Pass Card.png Express Pass   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 → U.S. Virgin Islands)[edit]

Fort Christian on Saint Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands served as the Pit Stop for the first leg of the 25th season of The Amazing Race.

Airdate: September 26, 2014[11]

In the first Roadblock, one racer from each team started at one of four landmarks on the beach (an anchor, a set of barrels, a ship's bell, or a ship's wheel), and, by using a traditional liquid compass (in which the direction they are traveling faces them on the compass), a shovel with a marking indicating 1 yard (0.91 m), and a unique set of directions, they had to search the beach for a treasure chest buried in the sand that held their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Starting Line, teams were told to travel to the location of the Finish Line of the first season of The Amazing Race, leaving them to figure out it referred to the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park.
  • After getting their clue, teams were instructed to fly to Saint Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. They were provided with two flights, and the first five teams would be on the first flight with the last six teams departing forty minutes later.
  • Upon arriving in Charlotte Amalie, teams had to sign up for one of six chartered seaplane flights, that could hold up to two teams, to Lovango Cay, each leaving at different times.
  • Upon arriving at Lovango Cay, teams took boats out to Carval Rock, where they had to climb up and along its length. At the end of the islet, teams jumped into the Caribbean Sea and then swam to a series of floating bottles that held their next clue.
  • After reaching the Blackbeard's Revenge, teams were greeted by a Blackbeard impersonator, who gave them their next clue, which told teams to pull themselves ashore in a rowboat attached to rope-lines.

Leg 2 (U.S. Virgin Islands → United Kingdom)[edit]

One of the Detour choices in London had teams dressed in Queen's Guard uniforms and participated in Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Airdate: October 3, 2014[12]

The Detour on this Leg of the Race was a choice between About Face and Pancake Race. In About Face, teams traveled to Somerset House where they dressed up as members of the Queen's Guard and learned the complex steps of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Once the parade captain was pleased with their performance, he would hand them their next clue. In Pancake Race, teams traveled to the Victoria Tower Gardens where they participated in a recreation of the annual Parliamentary Pancake Race. Each teammate had to dress up as a chef and then bake a pancake to the head chef's satisfaction. Once done, teams had to complete one lap around the course, constantly flipping their pancakes, finishing within one minute and fifteen seconds. If either teammate dropped the pancake on the ground, ran out of time, or were judged to not be flipping the pancake enough, both team members would have to start over, baking new pancakes before being allowed to race again.

Additional tasks
  • Teams were provided with two flights to London with the first six teams on the first flight and the remaining four teams on the second flight.
  • Upon arriving in London, teams had to head to Tower Bridge and search for the Pearly King and Queen, who would give them their next clue.
  • In Oxford, teams punted themselves around the River Cherwell. One team member stood on the short deck on the punt's stern (the "Cambridge End"), propelling it through the water, while the other stood at the punt's bow (the "Oxford End"), waving a tiny Union Jack. Once the team completed one lap around Magdalen College Island, the punting master would give them their next clue.
  • At Christ Church College, racers were each given a bowler hat and an umbrella that they had to carry for the rest of the leg. Their previous clue informed them to tip their bowlers, which revealed the clue "Churchill's Birthplace" printed on the inside of the hat, leaving them to figure out that Winston Churchill's birthplace was Blenheim Palace in Woodstock.
    • The clue also instructed teams to pop open their umbrellas for a chance at the Express Pass, giving them the option to search Oxford for the Bear Inn rather than directly head to the Pit Stop. Only one team would be able to claim the Express Pass but taking the option might cause them to lose valuable time and risk elimination.

Leg 3 (United Kingdom)[edit]

One of the Detour choices in the Shetland Islands had some teams participated in the Scottish fire festivals of Up Helly Aa.

Airdate: October 10, 2014[13]

During the Pit Stop, teams were moved to Oxford University Press to start the leg. The Detour was a choice of Pony Up or Light My Fire. In Pony Up, teams traveled to the Peats of Scalloway, where they had to cut 50 blocks of peat from a peat bank using a special spade called a tusker. They then loaded up a Shetland pony with two loads of peat, which they had to deliver up the hill to a farmer, who would give them their next clue once both trips were made. In Light My Fire, teams participated in an Up Helly Aa, building a traditional viking torch. After performing each step of the torch-making process, they had to have their work approved by a judge before moving onto the next step. Once done, they traveled from the workshop to Hay's Dock where they presented the torch to the guizer jarl, who would light their torch and then award them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the leg, teams told to travel by train to Aberdeen where they picked up a Ford Focus at the Union Square parking area and then took a ferry to Lerwick in Shetland Islands of Scotland.
  • Upon arriving at the island, teams had to drive themselves to the Royal National Lifeboat Station and search around for a puffin mascot, who would give them their next clue.
  • The clue received from the puffin instructed teams to travel to Scalloway Castle and search the castle grounds for their next clue. In one of the rooms of the castle, they would find a knight and a Scottish Deerhound guarding a room that held their next clue.
  • At Berry Farm, teams worked like a Shetland Sheepdog and had to shepherd a flock of sheep through an obstacle course, making sure that they passed through the middle of a series of fences before they could try to corral them in a pen at the bottom. Once they successfully got all of the sheep in the pen, the shepherd James gave them a Celtic brooch and instructed them to travel to where it was originally found.
  • After the Sheep task, teams to figure out that the brooch they were given was part of an 8th-century treasure horde on St Ninian's Isle, a small islet connected to Shetland via tombolo, where they would find the next Pit Stop.

Leg 4 (United Kingdom → Denmark & Sweden)[edit]

Upon arriving in Denmark, teams directly drove to Malmö, Sweden, passing the famous Øresund Bridge, where they then would go back to Copenhagen for the rest of the leg.

Airdate: October 17, 2014[14]

The Detour in Copenhagen was a choice of Parking Space or Wedding Cake. In Parking Space, teams traveled to Sankt Jørgens Allé, where they had to set up a parklet. Teams only had 30 minutes to set up one of two possible parklet designs in a parking space, and if it was set up exactly as the photograph guides, the judge would give them their next clue. If they were incorrect, they could use up the remaining time to make corrections, but once the 30 minutes were up they had to move over to a new parking space and start over. In Wedding Cake, teams traveled to the Det Franske Conditori bakery, where they had to put together a traditional wedding cake known as a kransekage with all of the necessary tiers and tiny Danish flags. They then had to transport the cake across town via Bullitt freight bicycle to the Allegade 10 restaurant. If the cake was correctly made upon arrival, the maître d'hôtel would approve the delivery and sign the team's receipt that they had to return to the head baker Henrik for their next clue.

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to take a smørrebrød (Danish sandwich) order from two patrons of the restaurant, remembering the menu number of the two sandwiches they each ordered, and then use a menu to memorize the four sandwiches' contents. They then had to relay the order to Ida Davidsen herself, and if they were correct, they were allowed to deliver the sandwiches to the customers, who would give them their next clue.

Additional task
  • Upon arriving in Copenhagen, they chose a marked Ford C-Max hybrid vehicles to drive across the Øresund Bridge to Malmö, Sweden. If they used less than 0.10 US gallons (0.38 L) of gasoline upon arrival, they were automatically given their next clue. If they used more than 0.10 gallons, they had to answer a geography question given to them by a student: name the capital cities of the Scandinavian countries of Norway (Oslo), Sweden (Stockholm), and Denmark (Copenhagen).

Leg 5 (Denmark → Morocco)[edit]

While in Marrakesh, all of the tasks centered around the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa marketplace.

Airdate: October 24, 2014[15]

For arriving in last place on the previous leg, Misti & Jim had to travel to Le Cadeau Berbère, where they had to pick up ten Moroccan rugs. They then had to hang these rugs on a wall outside the Riad Monceau hotel to prepare them for sale, and once they were done, they could continue racing. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to go into the tannery and collect three unfinished goat skins from a pool. They then had to remove the remaining hairs from the skin to a judge's approval. Once done with this, they loaded up three finished skins onto a bike and delivered the tanned hides to an address elsewhere in Marrakesh. After getting a receipt from the customer, they headed back to the tannery to trade it for their next clue.

The Detour was a choice of Twirl Time and Tea Time. In Twirl Time, teams participated in a gnawa dance. Teams that chose this task had to head to Bob Magic Music to pick up their costumes and instruments, as well as receive instruction on how to play them. While one team member played a drum to keep up a rhythm, the other played the krakebs while using their head to twirl a tassel on their hat around. If they could keep the twirling up for a minute, they would receive their next clue. In Tea Time, teams learned how to properly serve Moroccan mint tea. After picking up a traditional tea set from Le Paradis du Thee, which included a sugar box, mint tea, green tea, and a samovar, they then made their way to the Palais Gharnata where they got into costume and observed how to properly serve the tea. While one team member held the serving tray steady with one hand, the other would ceremonially pour the tea into two cups at once, making sure to lift the kettles up to a particular height. Once the professional tea server was pleased with their performance, he would give them their next clue.

Additional task
  • At Jemaa el-Fnaa, teams had to find the food cart garage, bring out a food cart to the marketplace, and set up the cart, which involved preparing the kitchen and seating area. When the cart owner was pleased with their set up, he awarded them their next clue.

Leg 6 (Morocco)[edit]

During the Roadblock, teams zip-lined across the Moroccan canyons of the Atlas Mountains in Tahannaout.

Airdate: October 31, 2014[16]

The Detour was a choice between Camp or Cream. Both Detours took place at Oumnasse Casbah. In Camp, teams had to set up a traditional Berber tent, making sure to furnish it with the provided rugs and tables. Once the judge was satisfied with their work, he would hand them their next clue. In Cream, teams had to milk a nanny goat to fill up a milk pail. They then had to use a goat skin to traditionally churn the goat milk into butter. Once they had 3 ounces (85 g) of butter, they would receive their next clue.

The Roadblock required one team member to cross a series of rope-and-plank bridges and zip lines across a canyon in the Atlas Mountains. Once across to the other side of the canyon, they had to put together a wooden puzzle, making sure to match both the beveled edges and the painted designs. Once the puzzle was correct, they could receive their next clue and then join their partner on the other side of the canyon.

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the leg, teams were told to head to El Massi and search for a marked feed station. They had to pick up two bags of hay from the station and then deliver the bags to a marked horse stable across town. They were then told to pick a horse-drawn carriage that would take them back into the center of Marrakesh, being sure to feed their horses an apple upon arrival, before they were given their next clue.
  • After riding back to the center of Marrakesh, teams had to choose a Ford Fiesta behind the Koutoubia Mosque and then drive out to the Abdessadek Boufoulouss pottery stand in Amizmiz and then search for their next clue from amongst the pots.

Leg 7 (Morocco → Italy)[edit]

For the Roadblock in Sicily, teams raced around Mount Pellegrino, paying homage to Italian racing history.

Airdate: November 7, 2014[17]

This leg was announced as The Amazing Race's 300th leg. The leg's Roadblock required one team member to drive a go-kart along the old route of the Targa Florio auto race around Mount Pellegrino. If they could complete the course within 4 minutes and 7 seconds, they would receive their next clue from racing legend Nino Vaccarella. If not, they would have to follow the pace car back to the starting line and try again, around a 20-minute wait. Once the racers got their next clue, they would be driven back down the mountain by a retired race car driver to join their teammate at the Antico Stabilimento Balneare.

The Detour was a choice of Painters and Posers. In Painters, teams traveled to the Tonnara Florio, where they had to restore a fresco while lying on their backs on a high scaffolding, as Michelangelo (according to legend) did when painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Once the restoration artist was pleased with their work, a priest would give them their next clue. Teams were warned that there were only 4 available spots at the Painters Detour, leaving the others to wait or switch tasks. In Posers, teams headed to the Teatro Politeama Garibaldi, where they watched a series of opera performers. They then had to head back stage and match the performers to their costumes, characters, and plays in the order the performers sang by writing down the answers in a playbook. Once the costumista judged their playbook correct, teams would receive their next clue.

Additional task
  • Upon arrival in Palermo, teams had to head to the Teatro di Verdura for their first clue. However, they found a series of tambourines marked with a time the following morning each for two teams on a 10-minute intervals, starting at 6:30 a.m., 6:40 a.m. and 6:50 a.m., telling them to instead spend the night dancing the tarantella with a band of musicians.

Leg 8 (Italy → Malta)[edit]

The Roadblock in Malta had teams going into its famous Blue Grotto.

Airdate: November 21, 2014[18]

The leg's Roadblock required one team member to rappel down into the Blue Grotto, and, once in the water, swim into the cave to pick up their next clue. They then rejoined their teammates in waiting boats and were taken ashore.

For arriving last in the previous leg, Tim and Te Jay had to travel to Saint Lawrence's Church Oratory and find two shields on which they had to paint the Maltese cross. Once they were done, they could go back and perform the Detour. Teams faced the first Blind Detour with their choice between Flag or Shine and would learn more about the task once they got there. In Flag, teams headed to a part of Birgu Harbour and found that they had to participate in the traditional Maltese game of ġostra, which involved running up a greased log over the harbor to grab flags. Once one team member managed to get a yellow flag and the other got a red flag, they would be given their next clue. In Shine, teams went to the Gate of Provence, where they each had to polish a set of armor. After each getting a helmet and chestplate down from a wall, team members had to put on the armor pieces and polish each other's armor while wearing it. Once the knights were pleased with their work, they would award teams with their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Upon arrival in the Maltese capital city of Valletta, teams had to head to the Bridge Bar and were given a drink order from the bartender consisting of a bottle of liquor and two glasses. They then had to carry the order on a tray up Saint Ursula street's staircase to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, where a group of the Knights of Malta waited for their order. If either teammate dropped anything from their tray along the way up the steps, they would have to go back down to the Bridge Bar and pick up a broom and dustpan to clean up before the bartender would replace their broken items. Once teams successfully delivered the order to the Knights, they would give them their next clue.
  • At Żurrieq Valley Sea Inlet, teams had to found a series of Maltese cross necklaces with times for the next morning marked on them. The first three teams picked up a 7:30 a.m. departure, while the last three teams would depart at 7:45 a.m., requiring teams to set up camp overnight.

Leg 9 (Malta → Singapore)[edit]

The Roadblock in Singapore had teams tightrope walking between the towers of the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

Airdate: November 28, 2014[19]

During the Pit Stop, all teams were moved to City Gate in Valletta to start the leg of the Race. The Fast Forward told the teams to go to Sentosa's WaveHouse and surf for two minutes while keeping their balance without falling on an artificially-generated wave. If they could both stay on their surfboards for two minutes, they would win the Fast Forward award. The Roadblock required one team member to tightrope walk between the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands hotel to the second tower of the hotel. Once they crossed to the other tower and picked up their clue, they had to return to their teammate at the original tower before they could continue racing.

The Detour was a choice of China Cups and Chili Crabs. In China Cups, teams headed to the Hong San See temple, where they had to undergo a session of cupping therapy. After a painful back massage, skin scraping, and then fire cupping, all of which are said to increase blood flow and remove toxins, teams would receive their next clue from their masseuses. In Chili Crabs, teams headed to the Red House seafood restaurant at The Quayside, where they had to work on Singapore's most popular dish of chilli crab. Teams had to crack open crab claws smothered in hot chili sauce and collect the crabmeat. Once teams obtained 2 pounds (0.91 kg) of crabmeat, a man dressed as a crab would give them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Teams were given pre-arranged flights to Paris but had to either book an onward flight to Singapore from Paris or book an alternative flight from Malta. Through a new rule introduced this season, teams could not rebook once they had bought a set of tickets.
  • Upon arrival in Singapore, teams took a bumboat to the island of Pulau Ubin and upon arrival had to find a coconut stand and together drink all of the coconut's water before they were given their next clue.
  • After the Roadblock, teams had to travel to Centre Square of Raffles Place and find a man wearing a red-and-yellow placard on his back for "Onward Singapore", who would give them their next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams went to Fort Canning park to find the Double U-Turn board. They were then instructed to find their next clue at one of five official Merlion monuments through the city (two at Merlion Park, Sentosa, Tourism Court, and Mount Faber, the latter being the correct site).

Leg 10 (Singapore → Philippines)[edit]

In the Philippines, teams participated in a Switchback to the ox plowing task from Season 5.

Airdate: December 5, 2014[20]

For the leg's Detour, teams faced a choice of Catch or Coach. In Catch, teams had to wade into Manila Bay to a pump boat offshore. They then had to fill up a bucket with fish and then transport it back to shore, in order to fill up three buckets (about 300 pounds (140 kg)). Once they filled all three buckets, the broker would give them their next clue. In Coach, teams had to properly assemble and attach a side car onto a motorcycle using the provided tools, making sure to match the motorcycle to their provided side car. Once the head mechanic was pleased with their work, he would give them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Baclaran Church, they were told that they had to pick up their clue from the flea market's flower vendor at 6:30 am the next morning. The clue teams were given instructed them to travel by jeepney to Rosario Municipal Plaza.
  • At the rice fields in Naic, teams took part in a Switchback of the infamous ox task from Season 5. Teams had to use a plow attached to a water buffalo to dredge the rice paddy to find their next clue hidden somewhere in the mud. The clue buried in the mud directed teams to search on foot for the nearby Pit Stop.

Leg 11 (Philippines)[edit]

The Baluarte de San Diego in Manila's historic center of Intramuros was the Pit Stop on this leg of the Race.

Airdate: December 12, 2014[21]

During the Pit Stop, all teams were moved to Molino Boulevard in Bacoor to start the leg of the Race. For arriving last in the previous leg, Brooke and Robbie had to unload the items from a man's broken padyak and load them onto a second padyak. Once they were done, they could continue with the Blind Detour, which was a choice of This and That. In This, teams traveled on foot to the intersection of Bocobo and Malvar Streets, where they found that they had to play street basketball against a neighborhood team. Once they scored 21 points, they would get their next clue. In That, teams found that they had to race padyaks around a marked course starting at the intersection of Pedro Gil Street and Pilar Hidalgo Lim for four laps with each teammate pedaling the bicycle for two laps each. If teams could finish four laps of the course within 17 minutes and 55 seconds, they would receive their next clue.

In the Roadblock, one team member to deliver specified quantities of two coconut-based products, bunot (a coconut shell used to clean floors) and walis tingting (a broom made of palm fronds), to three different addresses within Divisoria Market and collect receipts confirming their delivery. Once they returned all three receipts, they would receive their next clue.

Additional task

Leg 12 (Philippines → United States)[edit]

The Point Vicente Light in Rancho Palos Verdes was the Finish Line of the 25th season of The Amazing Race.

Airdate: December 19, 2014[22]

In the first Roadblock of the final leg, after picking a stunt coordinator, one team member trained to jump out of a third story window. When ready, they had to pick up a satchel and then break through a window made of breakaway glass to land safely on a pile of boxes below, making sure to land on their back. Once done, they would receive their next clue, which was in their satchel, making sure to take off their safety gear first. The first three teams to reach the task were permitted to perform it, while the last team to arrive here was eliminated from the Race at this point.

In the final Roadblock of the Race, the team member who did not perform the first Roadblock had to search among shipping containers to find nine that had the name of the cities visited on the Race and remember a color-coded digit from that container. Without the use of notes, they then had to write these numbers down on a clipboard in the order they visited these cities to get their final clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the previous Pit Stop, Phil Keoghan gave teams a manila envelope along with their clue, which instructed them to travel to the "City of Angels", Los Angeles, the final destination city.
  • Upon arrival in Los Angeles International Airport, teams obtained a Race-provided Ford Explorer and used its voice control feature to get their next clue, which directed them to drive to Los Angeles City Hall.
  • At City Hall, teams met the city's film clerk who stamped a filming permit within their manila envelope, and told them to go to the Southwest Marine Warehouse to hand over the permit to an assistant director.
  • At United States Coast Guard Base in Terminal Island at San Pedro, teams participated in a search-and-rescue exercise with the Coast Guard. Using a response boat, they had to rescue a crash test dummy and set off a safety smoke bomb to signal a boat. Once complete, teams were given their next clue.

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

No. Airdate Episode title Rating/Share Rank Viewers
(millions)
Ref
House-
holds
18–49 Timeslot
(Viewers)
Timeslot
(18–49)
Week
(Viewers)
Week
(18–49)
1 September 26, 2014 (2014-09-26) "Go Big or Go Home" N/A 1.1/4 2 2 <25 <25 5.48 [23]
2 October 3, 2014 (2014-10-03) "When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go" N/A 1.2/5 2 2 <25 <25 6.08 [24]
3 October 10, 2014 (2014-10-10) "Get Your Sheep Together" N/A 1.1/4 2 2 <25 <25 5.89 [25]
4 October 17, 2014 (2014-10-17) "Thinly Sliced Anchovies" N/A 1.4/6 1 1 <25 <25 6.57 [26]
5 October 24, 2014 (2014-10-24) "Morocc'and Roll" N/A 1.0/4 3 4 <25 <25 5.51 [27]
6 October 31, 2014 (2014-10-31) "I Feel Like I Just Kissed a Goat" N/A 1.1/5 3 2 (tie) <25 <25 5.89 [28]
7 November 7, 2014 (2014-11-07) "Pretty Fly For a Food Scientist" N/A 1.2/3 2 2 <25 <25 6.05 [29]
8 November 21, 2014 (2014-11-21) "Hot Sexy Knights" N/A 1.2/4 3 2 <25 <25 5.95 [30]
9 November 28, 2014 (2014-11-28) "You're Taking My Tan Off" N/A 1.0/3 2 2 <25 <25 5.42 [31]
10 December 5, 2014 (2014-12-05) "Smells Like Dirty Tube Socks" N/A 1.2/4 1 1 <25 <25 6.22 [32]
11 December 12, 2014 (2014-12-12) "Hooping It Up" N/A 1.2/4 2 2 <25 <25 5.99 [33]
12 December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19) "All or Nothing" N/A 1.3/5 1 1 <25 <25 6.59 [34]

U.S. DVR Ratings[edit]

DVR Ratings for season 25 of The Amazing Race (Live+7)
No. Episode title Original air date DVR
18–49
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
18–49
Total
viewers (millions)
Ref
1 "Go Big or Go Home" September 26, 2014 (2014-09-26) 0.7 1.76 1.8 7.28 [35]
2 "When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go" October 3, 2014 (2014-10-03) 0.7 N/A 1.9 N/A [36]
3 "Get Your Sheep Together" October 10, 2014 (2014-10-10) 0.7 N/A 1.8 N/A [37]
4 "Thinly Sliced Anchovies" October 17, 2014 (2014-10-17) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "Morocc'and Roll" October 24, 2014 (2014-10-24) 0.6 N/A 1.6 N/A [38]
6 "I Feel Like I Just Kissed a Goat" October 31, 2014 (2014-10-31) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7 "Pretty Fly For a Food Scientist" November 7, 2014 (2014-11-07) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
8 "Hot Sexy Knights" November 21, 2014 (2014-11-21) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9 "You're Taking My Tan Off" November 28, 2014 (2014-11-28) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 "Smells Like Dirty Tube Socks" December 5, 2014 (2014-12-05) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
11 "Hooping It Up" December 12, 2014 (2014-12-12) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
12 "All or Nothing" December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19) 0.6 1.59 1.9 8.18 [39]

Canadian ratings[edit]

Canadian broadcaster CTV also airs The Amazing Race on Fridays. Episodes air at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Central (9:00 p.m. Pacific, Mountain and Atlantic).

Canadian DVR ratings are included in Numeris' count.

No. Airdate Episode Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Week)
Ref
1 September 26, 2014 (2014-09-26) "Go Big or Go Home" 2.072 15 [40]
2 October 3, 2014 (2014-10-03) "When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go" 2.206 10 [41]
3 October 10, 2014 (2014-10-10) "Get Your Sheep Together" 1.971 13 [42]
4 October 17, 2014 (2014-10-17) "Thinly Sliced Anchovies" 2.101 13 [43]
5 October 24, 2014 (2014-10-24) "Morocc'and Roll" 2.135 11 [44]
6 October 31, 2014 (2014-10-31) "I Feel Like I Just Kissed a Goat" 1.933 16 [45]
7 November 7, 2014 (2014-11-07) "Pretty Fly For a Food Scientist" 1.986 6 [46]
8 November 21, 2014 (2014-11-21) "Hot Sexy Knights" 1.994 11 [47]
9 November 28, 2014 (2014-11-28) "You're Taking My Tan Off" 2.101 11 [48]
10 December 5, 2014 (2014-12-05) "Smells Like Dirty Tube Socks" 2.092 7 [49]
11 December 12, 2014 (2014-12-12) "Hooping It Up" 1.966 8 [50]
12 December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19) "All or Nothing" 2.059 5 [51]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ No prize was mentioned as awarded to the first place team on this leg. Instead, teams were told that they were to immediately continue racing.

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