The Amazing Race 4

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The Amazing Race 4
Season run May 29, 2003
– August 21, 2003
Filming dates January 18, 2003
– February 14, 2003
No. of episodes 13
Winning team Reichen Lehmkuhl & Chip Arndt
Continents visited 4
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 24
Distance traveled 44,000 miles (71,000 km)
No. of legs 13
Season Chronology
Season 3 ◄ Chronology ► Season 5

The Amazing Race 4 is the fourth installment of the reality television show on US television The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race 4 featured 12 teams of two, with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world. It premiered on May 29, 2003 and ended on August 21, 2003.

Married couple Reichen Lehmkuhl and Chip Arndt were the winners of the race, and are the first openly gay couple to win the competition.

The complete season was released on DVD, November 29, 2011, exclusively on Amazon.com via its CreateSpace program.

Production[edit]

The race's starting line was at the grounds of Dodgers Stadium in Downtown Los Angeles, California.

Development and filming[edit]

The fourth season of The Amazing Race spanned 44,000 miles (71,000 km) in four continents. New countries visited included the Netherlands and South Korea. Filming began on January 18, 2003 and finished on February 14, 2003.

At the time the show was filmed and broadcast, same-sex marriage was not legally recognized anywhere in the United States. Reichen and Chip were never legally married although they were married in a religious ceremony; CBS decided to honor their description of themselves as "married" for the purposes of the show.

Kelly & Jon became the first team to make it to the final leg without using a Fast Forward.

Tian & Jaree were originally slated to be contestants on The Amazing Race 3. However, due to production losing their paperwork, they were held over to this season.

During the final leg, David & Jeff were stuck in Sydney for so long during the last leg that they never reached the final part of the leg in Phoenix, Arizona. Along with Joe & Bill on Season 1, they are one of the only teams in Race history to reach the final leg without crossing the finish line.

This was the last season where ties were allowed at the mat (and the subsequent distribution of additional first place prizes should there be a tie for first place). In subsequent seasons, even if teams arrived at the mat at the same time, an order would be determined, and the official check in times for teams arriving simultaneously would set a minute apart to avoid tying situations. The exception was Oswald & Danny and Uchenna & Joyce of The Amazing Race: All-Stars, who completed a Fast Forward together via the Intersection. This was also the last season where the Fast Forward appeared in every leg.

During the first couple of weeks of the race, Jaree suffered from extreme sickness and high temperatures. It was suggested by the doctors that she be pulled from the race, nonetheless she continued racing. This went unaired.

Post-race interviews showed that Cindy and Russell broke up and no longer speak to each other.[citation needed] Moreover, Russell did not participate in the "After the Race" interview on the official CBS website.

Cast[edit]

This season's cast included a married gay couple, NFL wives, female models, clowns and Air Traffic Controllers. "NFL Wives" Monica and Sheree are married to Ashley Ambrose and Ray Buchanan, respectively, both of whom played for the Atlanta Falcons the season before taping.

Reichen & Chip separated after the race and remained friends. Reichen later started a career in modeling, selling his own semi-nude annual calendar. He hosted "The Reichen Show" on the now-defunct Q Television and was a contestant on Reality Stars Fear Factor, finishing in sixth/fifth place. Chip became active in gay-related charity and advocacy groups, and appeared on the 2005 reality reunion show Real Gay on Logo. For a time, Reichen and Lance Bass had a long-term relationship.

This is one of the three seasons that was not represented in The Amazing Race: All-Stars.

Awards[edit]

In 2004, this installment of the race won the series its second consecutive Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program."

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 6ƒ 7ƒ 8ƒ 9 10ƒ 11 12 13
Reichen & Chip Married 9th 2nd 3rd 5th 4th 2nd 5th 2nd 1stƒ 2nd 3rd3 2nd 1st Reichen 4, Chip 7
Kelly & Jon Engaged 6th 3rd 8th 7th 3rd 3rd 3rd 5th 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd Kelly 2, Jon 10
David & Jeff Best Friends 10th 5th 7th 6th 6th 1st 1st 4th 3rd 4th 1stƒ 1st 3rd4 David 5, Jeff 65
Jon & Al Best Friends/Clowns 7th 6th 6th 2nd2 2nd 6th 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Jon 4, Al 6
Millie & Chuck Dating 12 Years/Virgins 1st1 8th 5th 2nd2 1stƒ 4th 4th 3rd 5th Millie 2, Chuck 5
Tian & Jaree Friends/Models 11th 4th 4th 1stƒ 7th 5th 6th Tian 6, Jaree 0
Monica & Sheree NFL Wives/Moms 4thƒ 10th 2nd 4th 5th 7th Monica 3, Sheree 2
Steve & Dave Air Traffic Controllers 5th 1stƒ 9th 8th 8th Steve 2, Dave 1
Steve & Josh Father/Son 1st1 9th 1stƒ 9th Steve 0, Josh 2
Russell & Cindy Friends/Dating 8th 7th 10th Russell 2, Cindy 0
Amanda & Chris Dating 1st1 11th Amanda 0, Chris 1
Debra & Steve Married Parents 12th Debra 0, Steve 0
  • A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
  • An underlined blue team placement indicates that the team was the last to arrive at a pit stop in a non-elimination leg of the race.
  • 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.
  1. ^a b c Millie & Chuck, Steve & Josh, and Amanda & Chris all agreed to a three-way tie for 1st place after the three teams stepped on the Pit Stop mat at the same time.
  2. ^a b Jon & Al and Millie & Chuck both agreed to a 2nd place tie after both teams stepped on the Pit Stop mat at the same time.
  3. ^ Reichen & Chip initially arrived 2nd, but they drove to the Pit Stop instead of traveling on foot and were issued a 35-minute penalty. As Reichen & Chip were waiting out their penalty, Kelly & Jon checked in, dropping Reichen & Chip to 3rd.
  4. ^ David & Jeff had fallen so far behind that they were unable to complete the final leg. Once David & Jeff reached Hawaii and arrived at the route marker at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, they were informed that the race was over and accepting a third-place finish.
  5. ^ On the Amazing Race website, Jeff said that during the final leg, he did the final roadblock after the teams had checked in.

Episode title quotes[edit]

Titles for episodes are often taken from quotes made by the racers.

  1. "Cheaters Never Win...And They Cheated!" – Sheree
  2. "It Doesn't Say Anything About First Come First Served...And We're Bigger" – Reichen
  3. "I Wasn't Even Going To Touch You Until You Slammed My Head Backwards" – Millie
  4. "Check Your Tires Because...Oh God, You Never Know What'll Happen!" – Steve (of Steve & Dave)
  5. "You Are Just Deliberately Trying To Make Us Lose!" – Jaree
  6. "I Could Have Never Been Prepared For What I'm Looking At Right Now" – Reichen
  7. "We're Going Down The Wrong Side Of The Freeway...And The Lights Are Off!" – Tian
  8. "The Priestess Reminded Me of My Grandmother. She Was Very Old But Still Very, Very With It" – David
  9. "We're Not at Charm School Learning How to Be a Gentleman, We're Racing" – Jon (of Kelly & Jon)
  10. "That's Me. That's My Face. Just Hit My Face. Hit My Face!" – Jon (of Kelly & Jon)
  11. "Such a Nice Pheromone Smell to You; Just Makes Me Want to Stay Close to You" – Jon (of Kelly & Jon)
  12. "He's A Couple Of Ticks Away From Having A Heart Attack" – Jon (of Kelly & Jon)
  13. "It's Like Adam Building His First House!" – Kelly

Prizes[edit]

Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete a leg.

  • Leg 1 - A vacation to Hawaii provided by American Airlines website.
  • Leg 5 - A seven-day Mexican Rivera cruise vacation on Royal Caribbean.
  • Leg 6 - A seven-night cruise to Hubbard Glacier on Royal Caribbean.
  • Leg 7 - A seven-night cruise vacation to the Western Caribbean on Royal Caribbean.
  • Leg 8 - A vacation to Mexico, compliments of American Airlines website.
  • Leg 9 - A festive Latin American vacation courtesy of American Airlines website.
  • Leg 10 - A Caribbean vacation, courtesy of American Airlines website.
  • Leg 11 - A vacation to Mexico courtesy of American Airlines website.
  • Leg 12 - A vacation to Europe compliments of American Airlines Website.
  • Leg 13 - $1,000,000

Race summary[edit]

Route map
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   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → Italy)[edit]

The resort town of Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Dolomites was visited on this leg, mainly the winter-related tasks.

Airdate: May 29, 2003

The Starting Line of The Amazing Race 4 took place at Dodger Stadium, where the teams were told of their first destination: Milan, Italy. To get there, they drove to Los Angeles International Airport to book one of three flights, however, due to the delay of the first flight, the flight times were unaffected. Upon arriving in Milan, teams had to find Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and must search the crowded store front to find hidden charter bus tickets with different departure times two hours apart leaving the next day leading to an unknown destination. Once they take the tickets, they may not change them.

The next day, teams boarded a bus to the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Dolomite mountains. Upon arrival, they made their way to Church of St. Filippo and Giacomo and followed the marked path to find the next clue, sending them to Cinque Torri. Here was also the first Fast Forward, requiring one team had to find a field in nearby Passo Giau and put on snowshoes and trek to the top of a snowy hill. If successful, the team member would win the Fast Forward award.

At the Cinque Torri, teams had to ride a ski lift to a top and find the next clue on a mountain. On the mountain was the Detour; a choice between Search or Rescue. In Search, teams used a locator beacon to find a beeper somewhere 160-acre (0.65 km2). After finding it, they have to dig in that spot to find a set of keys for a snowmobile that would drive to their next clue. In Rescue, teams make their way to the marked rock towers and crossed a traditional alpine rescue bridge of 4 steel cables. Then, they used a long zip-line to travel 250 feet (76 m) across a ravine to receive the next clue. After the Detour, teams were instructed to ride the ski lift back to the lodge and the Pit Stop at the Hotel Lajadira.

Leg 2 (Italy)[edit]

The Rialto Bridge in Venice was the site of this Leg's Fast Forward, where one team to join the street theater known as Commedia dell'arte.

Airdate: June 5, 2003

At the start of the leg, teams headed to Trampolino Olimpico. Once there, they took a van to the top of the hill and rode in a large inflatable snow raft and travel down the hill at breakneck speed to receive the next clue, telling teams to travel by train to the city of Venice.

Upon arrival in Venice, they had to head to bridge called Ponte delle Guglie and look for their next clue. On the bridge was the Detour; a choice between Waterway or Pathway. In Waterway, teams travel by gondola using a map to guide their Gondolier to Campo Querini Stampalia (Italian), but could not ask anyone for directions. In Pathway, teams traveled by foot to the same plaza through the city's confusing streets and bridges without a map, but teams could ask for directions. One team could choose the Fast Forward, which required them to head to the Rialto Bridge and join a group of traveling players to form the street theater known as Commedia dell'arte until the Fast Forward pass appeared in the skit.

After the Detour, the other teams were directed to Palazzo da Mosto. Once the palace opened, teams found the first Roadblock (the actual clue was never aired). For this Roadblock, one team member had to take a picture of one of four Venetian masks from the doorman, enter the Palazzo and search among rooms filled with masked revelers to find the mask shown in the picture. If they found the right person, they would get their next clue. If they chose wrong, the reveler would take the picture and silently walk away. If this happens, theat person must head back outside to wait to get another picture. After the Roadblock, teams headed to the Pit Stop at Citta di Padova Boat near Palazzo Ducale on the banks of Laguna Veneta.

Leg 3 (Italy → Austria)[edit]

The Detour in Vienna made teams paid homage to the two iconic figures of Classical music: Renowned composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (top) and Ludwig van Beethoven (bottom).

Airdate: June 12, 2003

At the start of the leg, teams took a train to Vienna, Austria. Upon disembarking, they had to find the Historic Sewers in Wien Kanal and make their way through the dark sewers to the intersection of Friedrichstraße and Operngasse where the next clue was. From the intersection, teams traveled to Johann Strauss II Monument at Stadtpark. At the monument, teams must flag a horse-drawn carriages known as Fiacre and grab the ticket pass hanging on a carriage door for one of three separate times thirty minutes apart. Once they grabbed the ticket, teams then directed it to Schönbrunn Palace to get their next clue.

At the Schönbrunn Palace, the teams encountered the Fast Forward, which required one team to enter the Palace to find a ballroom and put on formal attire. Then, each team member must carry a tray of full champagne glasses through waltzing couples with all the glasses upright and still filled to win the award. Also at the palace was the Detour; a choice between Mozart or Beethoven. In Mozart, teams carried a string bass 6 miles (9.7 km) to the well-known house where Mozart wrote The Marriage of Figaro. Once there, a Mozart impersonator would hand them their next clue. In Beethoven, teams had to carry a portfolio of sheet music 11 miles (18 km) to a lesser-known house where Beethoven wrote The Heiligenstadt Testaments. When they find the right house, a Beethoven impersonator would hand them their next clue.

After the Detour, teams were sent to the Donauturm where they found the next Roadblock, asking "Which of you doesn't mind hanging off a wire?". For this Roadblock, one team member had to take a 460 feet (140 m) bungee jump off the Donauturm, the tallest tower-jump in Europe to receive their next clue. After the Roadblock, teams traveled by train to Gmunden to find the next Pit Stop: the Schloss Ort.

Leg 4 (Austria → France)[edit]

The notorious Circuit Bugatti in the southern French city of Le Mans was visited by the Race.

Airdate: June 19, 2003

At the start of the leg, teams traveled next to Paris, France. Upon departing, they must board a train from Attnang, then another train to either Salzburg or Munich and fly to Paris.

Upon arriving in Paris, teams boarded a train to Le Mans, and then made their way to Circuit Bugatti. At the circuit was the Roadblock, asking "The person who performs this task will need to fit into a tight space". For this Roadblock, one team member had to change four tires on one of the marked race cars, then do a lap around the race track with a professional driver at breakneck speed. When they completed the lap, they can grab their next clue at the winners' podium.

After the Roadblock, teams had to choose a marked car and drive themselves to the city of Marseille. Upon arrival in Marseille, they had to travel to Porte 4 Cap Janet at Phare de Sainte Marie lighthouse to find the next clue, instructing them to drive to Gorges du Blavet at Bagnols-en-Forêt and have to hike for the next clue. There was the next Fast Forward, requiring one team to find the Musée de Tapisseries in Aix-en-Provence and then arrange a 20-piece puzzle to form a picture of the Pit Stop: the Chateau Des Alpilles in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

The other teams at the gorge instead did the next Detour, a choice between Ropes or Slopes. In Ropes, teams rappelled down 230 feet (70 m) on the cliff, then hiked a short way to the clue below. In Slopes, teams took a much longer sloping trail to the same clue below. After the Detour, teams had to hike back to the mountains and head to the Pit Stop at the Chateau Des Alpilles.

Leg 5 (France → The Netherlands)[edit]

This leg's Fast Forward took place at the Molen van Sloten windmill in downtown Amsterdam.

Airdate: June 26, 2003

At the start of the leg, teams flew to Amsterdam, the Netherlands through the city of Marseilles. Upon arriving in Amsterdam, teams have to find the "White Skinny Bridge" and to figure out the next location was Magere Brug. Once there, teams had navigate through Amsterdam canals using a map to find their destination: the Scheepvaart Museum to receive their next clue. Also at the bridge the Fast Forward of this leg, requiring one team to make their way to Molen van Sloten. Then, each team member had strapped on a sails and a windmill set in motion. Once the team completed 10 revolutions, the miller would give the Fast Forward award.

At the museum was the Detour, a choice between 500 kilograms or 15 feet (4.6 m). In 500 kilograms, teams drive 30 miles (48 km) to Alkmaar to an outdoor market, don traditional wooden clogs and use a wooden stretcher to carry cheese from a stockpile to a scale. Once it exactly weighed in at 500 kilograms (1,100 lb) of cheese, they would receive their next clue. In 15 feet (4.6 m), teams drove 12 miles (19 km) to a ranch outside Amsterdam, where cow manure is processed into fertilizer. Then, they must searched barehanded through a pile of manure 15 feet (4.6 m) high for the next clue.

After the Detour, teams drove themselves to the Smoker Statue in Monnickendam and found the Roadblock, asking "Which one of you has a firm grip and likes seafood?". For this Roadblock, one team member had to get on a marked boat and use only their hands to catch 25 eels and put them in a marked container. Once all of the eels have been collected, the fisherman would give them their next clue. After the Roadblock, teams headed to the Pit Stop at Kasteel Muiderslot in Muiden.

Leg 6 (The Netherlands → India)[edit]

For one half of Detour in Mumbai, teams have to find a wash of bundle of clothing in Dhobi Ghat looking for a printed clue.

Airdate: July 3, 2003

At the start of the leg, teams were told to travel to the city of Mumbai, India. Upon arrival, they made their way to the gate of Sanjay Gandhi National Park for their next clue. At the park, teams must ride a bikes through a scrawling movie backlot to Studio 10 in Film City and search a Bollywood sound stage for their next clue.

At the sound stage was the Detour; a choice between Suds or Duds. In Suds, teams must had to find an outdoor laundromat in Dhobi Ghat near Mahalaxmi railway station and washed one bundle of clothing by hand to reveal the next clue printed on one piece of the clothing. In Duds, teams needed to locate a clothing shop near Kalbadevi Road and search through hundreds of saris to find one with the clue printed on it. To get to either Detour option, teams must travel by train or bus.

After the Detour, teams to had to travel to Indo Universal Engineering in Sassoon Docks where they found the Roadblock, asking "Who feels like the catch of the day?". For this Roadblock, one team member to find a vendor and carry 20 Palai fish out of large catch of mixed fish. Once all the fish were brought, the market manager would give them their next clue. After the Roadblock, teams were sent to the next Pit Stop: the Gateway of India.

Leg 7 (India)[edit]

The Finishing Point House Boat above Punnamada Lake in Alleppey is the Pit Stop for this leg of the Race.

Airdate: July 10, 2003

At the start of the leg, teams traveled by train to Panvel, then all the way to Ernakulam at the neighborhood in Kochi. Upon arrival, they had to head to National Highway 47, where teams must search find their one clue among thousands of yellow and red billboards.

Teams then travel to a Sports Field in Alleppey near the Pallathuruthy Bridge where they found the Roadblock, asking "Who can put up a lot of bull?". For this Roadblock, one team member had to take part in Bull Racing. In the sport, they must hang onto a team of bulls running at top speed across a mud course the size as the length of football field. If they hung on to the end of the course, they would receive their next clue. If they fell off before the end, they would have to try again.

After the Roadblock, teams traveled to Beach Road to find their next clue. On the road they found the Detour; a choice between Baskets or Trunks. In Baskets, teams had to load 10 live chickens into baskets on a bicycle-powered wagon. Then, they navigate themselves to a farm circled on a map to exchange the chickens for their next clue. In Trunks, teams had to load 2 bales of coir on to an elephant. Then, they must deliver it to the coir shop also circled on a map an trade the coir for their next clue. After the Detour, teams made their way to the Pit Stop at The Finishing Point right next to Punnamada Lake.

Leg 8 (India → Malaysia)[edit]

Teams traveled to the city of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, on this Leg of the Race.

Airdate: July 17, 2003

At the start of the leg, teams traveled to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Upon arrival, they made their way to Monsopiad Cultural Village in Penampang to receive a Malaysian good luck blessing and their next clue. From there, teams traveled to to Jesselton Point (known as "Kota Kinabalu Boat Jetty" in the show) where they had to choose a marked boat on the shore for their next clue. On the boat was the Detour; a choice between Net or Trap. In Net, teams had to take their boat to a marked fishing platform and use a net to catch 15 fish out of a marked pen in order to receive their next clue. In Trap, teams had to take their boat to a group of marked lobster boats where they had to pull up one weighted lobster trap to get the clue from inside.

After the Detour, teams directed their boats to Manukan Island at Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park where they found the Roadblock, asking "Whose skills are the most on target?". For this Roadblock, one team member had to hit three different targets using three Malaysian weapons: bow and arrow, a blowpipe and a spear. After hitting all the targets successfully, they and their partner could run to the nearby Pit Stop.

Leg 9 (Malaysia)[edit]

For the Roadblock, team members climbed Gomantong Caves near Sandakan, known for as intricate limestone rocks.

Airdate: July 24, 2003

At the start of the leg, teams travled by boat back to Kota Kinabalu and had to travel to the Poring Hot Springs in Ranau where they must cross a series of tree bridges over 100 feet (30 m) above the ground to reach the next clue. At the springs was the Fast Forward, which had one team drive to the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in Sepilok. There, they had to hike deep into the forest to find a feeding station in the jungle and feed two pieces of durian to an orangutan and claim the award.

The other teams were sent to the Trushidup Palm Oil Plantation in Sandakan to find their next clue. At the plantation was the Detour, a choice between Chop or Haul. In Chop, teams had to use local tools to chop down palm nut bunches with a clue attached. However, out of every four envelopes, only one contained the clue. In Haul, teams used a wheelbarrow to carry 25 palm nut bunches to a corresponding truck. When the truck is fully loaded, it would drive away, revealing their next clue.

After the Detour, teams traveled to Gomantong Caves to find the next clue. The teams ended up finding the Roadblock, claiming "It's time for the 'ladder' part of the Race". For this Roadblock, one team member had to climb a rattan ladder to a point 50 feet (15 m) above the stone cave's floor. Once there, they could grab a basket and retrieve their next clue from inside. After the Roadblock, teams were directed the next Pit Stop at the Sepilok Nature Resort.

Leg 10 (Malaysia → South Korea)[edit]

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul was the Pit Stop for this Leg of the Race.

Airdate: July 31, 2003

At the start of the leg, teams headed to Puu Jih Sih Temple in Sandakan where they had to search through thousands of tiny Buddha figurines for the one with their names on it. Behind the figurine would be a key to a rattan bag holding their next clue. The clue instructed teams to travel to the city of Seoul, South Korea. Upon departing, a van would transport one team to Kota Kinabalu International Airport every thirty minutes.

Upon arriving in Seoul, teams had to head to Namsan Park and find their next clue at the base of Seoul Tower. From there, teams headed to Rafting Korea at Sundam Valley near the Hantan River. On the riverbank was the next Roadblock, asking "Which of you has the colder personality?". For this Roadblock, one team member had to plunge into the icy river and swim under the ice to an exit hole. Once their body temperature rose to a safe level, a doctor would clear them to leave and give them their next clue.

Ater the Roadblock, teams traveled back to Seoul to find the Subway Station 228 somewhere underground. At the station was the Detour, a choice between Strong Hands or Strong Stomach. In Strong Hands, teams used a map to find a marked taekwondo dojang where each team member had to break three sets of wooden boards to receive their clue. In Strong Stomach, teams used a map to find a marked restaurant where each team member had to eat a Korean delicacy called sannakji - a dish made of live octopuses to receive their next clue. After the Detour, teams travel to the next Pit Stop at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Leg 11 (South Korea → Australia)[edit]

This leg of the race (mainly the Detour) focused within the river city of Brisbane, Australia.

Airdate: August 7, 2003

At the start of the leg, teams headed to Hangang Park on Yeouido Island, where they had to lower a kite attached to a pull string using a marked pedestal to receive their next clue, which told teams to travel to Brisbane, Australia. Upon arrival in Australia, the last Fast Forward was found, which required one team to drive an hour away to a beach on the Sunshine Coast, and pass a lifeguard test by paddling surfboards in a heavy surf, pull a swimmer out of the water and return her safely to the beach. If successful, they could claim the award.

The other teams in Brisbane had to travel to the penthouse of the Holiday Inn where they found the the Detour; a choice between Face First or Foot First. In Face First, teams must complete a face-first rappel from the penthouse to the ground the, descending 200 feet (61 m) before receiving their next clue. In Foot First, teams had to spot a Sheraton building with a race flag, then travel by foot downstairs from the penthouse, across the street and then climb 30-stories to the Sheraton's roof where they would receive their next clue.

After the Detour, teams were directed to the nearby parking lot to choose a marked car to drive themselves to UnderWater World in Mooloolaba to find the next clue. There, teams found the Roadblock, saying "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water". For this Roadblock, one team member had to put on scuba gear and walk across an aquarium tank filled with 100 sharks and assorted sea creatures to grab a clue from a small chest. After the Roadblock, teams were directed to head on foot the next Pit Stop at Mooloolaba Yacht Club.

Leg 12 (Australia)[edit]

Ellis Beach near Cairns was the Pit Stop for this Leg of the Race.

Airdate: August 14, 2003

At the start of the leg, teams were told to head to a marked Woolshed in Ferny Hills. At the Woolshed, teams had to search through one of three huge piles of wool for their next clue, which instructed them to fly to the city of Cairns. Upon arrival in Cairns, they had to head to Wild World in Palm Cove and where they must follow the marked path to the crocodile pen, where one team member must use a feeding stick to feed a fish to a 15 ft. crocodile named Sultan while the other team member takes a picture with Kodak EasyShare digital camera. After they take the picture, they must find the souvenir shop and develop their picture at Kodak Printer Dock to reveal their next clue on the back.

The clue on the back of the photo told teams to head next to Wangetti Beach where they found the Detour, a choice between Saddle or Paddle. In Saddle, teams must search a 1.5 mi (2.4 km) stretch of beach on horseback to find one of four race flags then search a 25 yards (23 m) radius for a cluster of clue envelopes. However, only one cluster contained the correct clue, while the other three instructed them to try again. In Paddle, teams inflated a kayak using a hand pump, pushed the kayak into the ocean and paddle to an orange buoy in the ocean to get their next clue.

After the Detour, teams headed to Off Road Rush in Julatten where they found the Roadblock, asking "Who's up for a wild ride?". For this Roadblock, one team member had to drive a race buggy along with their instructor at high speeds along a bumpy, muddy 7 miles (11 km) road. After they finished the course and returned to their partner, they would receive their next clue. After the Roadblock, teams traveled to the next Pit Stop at Ellis Beach.

Leg 13 (Australia → United States)[edit]

The final leg of the race had teams visit the USS Arizona Memorial in Phoenix, Arizona to pay tribute to the fallen.

Airdate: August 21, 2003

At the start of the leg, teams headed to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and where they must perform an Aboriginal ceremony with fire with a tribesman. In the ceremony, there would be a series of torch signals to enter that would carry three traditional messages that they could use to receive their next clue. From there, teams were sendt to General Aviation Terminal in Cairns and look for their next clue. At the terminal was the final Detour, a choice between Wing It or Wander It. In Wing It, teams had to skydive skydived 10,000 feet (3,000 m) in tandem with an instructor to reach their next clue in the skydive landing zone. In Wander It, teams first drove to a mangrove forest to find a boat which they used to navigate out the forest and reach the same landing zone to get their next clue.

After the Detour, teams were told to fly to the island of Hawaii (known as "Big Island"). Upon arrival, they had to head to the southernmost point of the United States: Kaulana Bay and follow a trail for the the final Roadblock, asking "Who is a strong swimmer and good with a hammer?". For this Roadblock, one team member had to swim out to a floating tiki head, then dive beneath the underwater to retrieve a particular rock from ocean floor. They then carried it back to the beach where they had to smash it open for the clue inside. After the Roadblock, teams were sent to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where they followed a marked path over a bed of volcanic rock to get their next clue, where they were instructed to travel to their final destination city: Phoenix, Arizona.

Upon arriving in Phoenix, teams had to head to USS Arizona Memorial to find the next clue, instructing them to travel to Sun Devil Stadium where teams must solve the riddle "Happy Valentines Day - White + White," to find a particular seat in the stadium that holds the final clue of the race. The solution was found by converting each part of the clue to a number. "Happy Valentine's Day" (February 14, or 2/14 in American date format) converts to "214", while "White + White" refers to the retired numbers of two players with the surname "White" written on the stadium's wall — 33 (Wilford "Whizzer" White) and 11 (Danny White). Teams must combine this information to lead them to section 214, row 33, seat 11 — the location of their final clue, which led teams to Papago Park. At the park, teams first had to ride a pair of bikes on a marked path, then running to the Finish Line.

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US ratings[edit]

Order Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Cheaters Never Win...And They Cheated!" 6.5 11 4.4/12[1] 9.94
2 "It Doesn't Say Anything About First Come First Served...And We're Bigger" 5.3 10 3.2/11 8.27
4 "Check Your Tires Because...Oh God, You Never Know What'll Happen!" N/A N/A 3.7/11 7.59
5 "You Are Just Deliberately Trying to Make Us Lose!" N/A N/A 2.9/10 7.86
6 "I Could Have Never Been Prepared For What I'm Looking At Right Now" 5.2 10 3.0/11 8.05
9 "We're Not at Charm School Learning How to Be a Gentleman, We're Racing" 5.6 11 3.3/12 8.60
13 "It's Like Adam Building His First House!" 6.1 11 3.6/12 9.58

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