The Amazing Race 20 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The Amazing Race 20 is the twentieth installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race 20 features eleven teams of two, each with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world.
The twentieth Race premiered on Sunday, February 19, 2012. It aired on CBS in the United States on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with the two-hour season finale on May 6, 2012. The show is hosted by Phil Keoghan.
Married couple Rachel and Dave Brown, Jr., were the winners of The Amazing Race 20. They also set a record on the American version of the show for winning the most legs in a single season, at eight.
Development and filming
CBS renewed the series for its 20th season in June 16, 2011. This season spans a little over in twenty-two cities and five continents, with first-time visits to Paraguay and Azerbaijan. Visits to Argentina, Tanzania, Italy, and Germany are also confirmed for this season.
Since the thirteenth season of the Amazing Race, teams were offered more than one Fast Forward on the race. Along with more than two of the them since the fourth season. This makes season 20 the most offered Fast Forwards since the previously stated reductions. Throughout the season, there was at three that were all used. Two of these teams had used these and had made it to the 'Final Three'.
In Leg 8, a new record was set for the Double U-Turn on this season. Both teams (Brendon & Rachel and Vanessa & Ralph) had survived the U-Turn and did not get eliminated.
During Leg 10, Bopper & Mark won the Fast Forward, yet were eliminated on the same leg; marking the second time in the show's history that this happened. (This last occurred to Dennis & Andrew on Leg 3 of season 3.)
The cast includes former Big Brother contestant Brendon Villegas and season 13 winner Rachel Reilly as well as Major League Soccer player Andrew Weber, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns Dave and Cherie Gregg and professional golfer Maiya Tanaka who previously appeared on the Golf Channel's reality competition The Big Break. It also includes a pair of federal agents, United States Border Patrol agents, and dating divorcees.
After the completion of the race, fan favorites William "Bopper" Minton and Mark Jackson were awarded a check for $10,000 from the hosts of the daytime talk show The Talk.
On September 8, 2012, Brendon & Rachel were married.
The following teams participated in the Race, with their relationships at the time of filming. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television due to inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:
A indicates that the team decided to use the Express Pass on that leg.
An 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 or a 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.
^ Rachel & Dave elected to use the Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 3.
^ Rachel & Dave initially arrived 2nd, but were issued a 2-hour penalty for using up all of their allotted bottles at the Roadblock and not finishing the task. During this time, four teams checked in at the Pit Stop, dropping Rachel & Dave to 6th.
^ Leg 12 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
^ Rachel & Dave arrived at the Finish Line first, but did not complete the second Roadblock, having found the Finish Line by chance. They were required to turn back and complete the second Roadblock before being allowed to check in. This did not affect their placement as they still had checked in first and won.
Episode title quotes
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
"Tears of a Clown (Santa Barbara, Argentina)" – Cherie
"You Know I'm Not as Smart as You (Buenos Aires, Argentina)" – Rachel (of Brendon & Rachel)
"Bust Me Right in the Head With It (Asunción, Paraguay)" – Bopper
"Taste Your Salami (Turin, Italy)" – Kerri
"Uglier Than a Mud Rail Fence (Bavaria, Germany)" – Mark
"This Is Wicked Strange (Baku, Azerbaijan)" – JJ
"I Didn't Make Her Cry (Kilimanjaro, Tanzania)" – Vanessa
"Let Them Drink Their Haterade (Lake Manyara, Tanzania)" – Rachel (of Brendon & Rachel)
"Bollywood Travolta (Cochin, India)" – Art
"I Need Hair to Be Pretty (Cochin, India)" – Rachel (of Brendon & Rachel)
"It's a Great Place to Become Millionaires (Osaka, Japan & Oahu, Hawaii)" – Dave (of Rachel & Dave)
The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg. Trips are sponsored by Travelocity
Leg 1 - The Express Pass – an item that can be used on the race to skip any one task of the team's choosing up until the 8th leg.
Leg 2 - A trip for two to Grenada
Leg 3 - A trip for two to the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas
Leg 4 - $5,000 each
Leg 5 - A trip for two to Thailand
Leg 6 - A 2013 Ford Taurus SHO for each
Leg 7 - A trip for two to Costa Rica
Leg 8 - A trip for two to Hanalei Bay, Hawaii
Leg 9 - A trip for two to Saint Lucia
Leg 10 - $10,000 each
Leg 11 - A trip for two to New Zealand
Leg 12 - $1 million
Leg 1 (United States → Argentina)
Airdate: February 19, 2012
Santa Barbara, California, United States (Bridlewood Estate Winery) (Starting Line)
Los Angeles (Los Angeles International Airport) to Salta, Salta Province, Argentina (Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport)
Santa Bárbara (Road Sign)
Cafayate (Aerodromo Gilberto Lavaque)
Cafayate (Patios de Cafayate Winery)
In the first Roadblock of the race, one team member had to use a provided map to navigate to a skydiving drop zone; meanwhile, his/her teammate (the one not performing the Roadblock) had to board an airplane and tandem skydive to that location. Once the team was reunited, the jump master would give them their next clue.
At the starting line, teams had to search through 100 balloons with baskets for one of eleven total clues to their next destination. Once they got a clue, they would be able to take one of the provided Ford Tauruses to Los Angeles International Airport where they would go to the American Airlines counter to get tickets to Buenos Aires' Ministro Pistarini International Airport. The first six teams would be given tickets to an earlier connecting flight to Salta's Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport, after which they would have to drive to Santa Bárbara.
Upon arriving at the Patios de Cafayate Winery, teams had to make 120 empanadas, 60 filled with meat and 60 filled with cheese; they were left to figure out that the two types had different crimping patterns. Once the proper quantity of empanadas was made correctly, the empanada champion would direct them to continue.
After completing the empanada task, teams had to search the winery grounds for the Pit Stop.
Leg 2 (Argentina)
Airdate: February 26, 2012
Cafayate (Cafayate Town Square)
Salta (Salta Bus Terminal) to Buenos Aires (Retiro bus station)
Buenos Aires (Mercado de Hacienda de Liniers )
Recoleta, Buenos Aires (Plaza Juan XXIII and Paseo Chabuca Granda – El Gomero)
In this Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Boil My Water and Light My Fire. In Boil My Water, teams traveled to one of three nearby small villages and grabbed equipment from a pickup truck to build a solar kitchen. Once the oven was completed, they had to put a kettle full of water into the middle of the dish and wait for it to come to a boil and whistle before the solar master would give them their next clue. In Light My Fire, teams traveled to a nearby river where they had to gather 40 pieces of firewood and clay, load it onto a donkey, then deliver their goods to a local pottery workshop called Taller "El Obelisco" where the potter would give them their next clue. In this Leg's Roadblock, teams had to go to a cattle auction and listen to the auctioneer give the total weight of the cattle in the pen. Teams then had to calculate the average weight of a head of cattle in the pen, without using a calculator, and give the number to a gaucho. If the auctioneer moved onto another pen before they got to the gaucho, they would have to start over with the next pen. Once they gave the correct answer, the gaucho would give the teams the next clue.
Upon arriving at the Cafayate Town Square, teams had to wait for a chasqui who would give them their next clue.
Leg 3 (Argentina → Paraguay)
Airdate: March 4, 2012
Buenos Aires (Ministro Pistarini International Airport) to Asunción, Paraguay (Silvio Pettirossi International Airport)
Asunción (Metalúrgica Punta de Rieles)
Asunción (Mercado Central de Abasto or Universidad Nacional de Asunción)
Asunción (Plaza de la Democracia)
Asunción (Escalinata de Antequera)
In this Leg's Detour, teams chose between Stacked Up and Strung Out. In Stacked Up, teams traveled to the Mercado Central de Abasto, Paraguay's largest fruit market, and stacked watermelons into a 10-by-10 pyramid. Once the pyramid was complete, the fruit monger would give them their next clue. In Strung Out, teams traveled to an auditorium at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción where they had to properly string a harp, Paraguay's national instrument. Once the harp was properly strung and ready to be tuned, the harp conductor would give teams their next clue. In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to perform a traditional Paraguayan bottle dance, performing a choreographic routine with a glass bottle on his or her head; if the bottle broke, racers would have to start over with a new bottle. Once complete, the leader of the dance would give the team their next clue. Teams were given a limited number of bottles, and if they broke all of them without being able to complete the task, they would incur a 2-hour penalty at the Pit Stop.
At the Metalúrgica Punta de Rieles metal shop, teams had to search the metal equipment yard for their next clue.
Leg 4 (Paraguay → Italy)
Airdate: March 11, 2012
Asunción (Silvio Pettirossi International Airport) to Turin, Piedmont, Italy (Turin Caselle Airport)
Turin (Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile)
Turin (Mole Antonelliana)
Turin (L'Arte Marmi or Gastronomia Salumeria and Piazza Vittorio Veneto )
Turin (Piazza Castello )
For the Fast Forward, one team member had to pilot a remote controlled helicopter and land it on a replica of the Lingotto building's helipad placed on a helmet worn by their teammate. Once the helicopter landed, that team would win the Fast Forward clue. In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to rappel down in the spiral ramps of the Lingotto building within a time limit of two minutes, stopping to retrieve a clue on the way down. If time expired, the team member would have to start all over. This Leg's Detour was a choice between Clean That Statue and Name That Salami. In Clean That Statue, teams had to go to L'Arte Marmi and use the provided equipment to completely and properly clean a marble statue. Once it was pristine, they would receive their next clue. In Name That Salami, teams had to go to the Gastronomia Salumeria to taste and memorize the names of fourteen different kinds of salami: piccante, cacciatorino, tartufo, mucca, toscano, 'nduja, aglio, cotto, cinghiale, finocchiona, felino, noci, barolo, and mandola. They then had to travel to the Piazza Vittorio Veneto and find the designated salami vendor to correctly identify and name all fourteen types of salamis they tasted. Once they got all 14 correct, the salumiere would give them their next clue.
To park at the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, teams had to use their provided car's active park feature.
At the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, teams had to find the 1916 Tin Lizzie for their next clue.
The clue at the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile was a 2 cent euro coin. Teams were left to figure out that their next location was the building depicted on the coin: the Mole Antonelliana.
Leg 5 (Italy → Austria → Germany)
Airdate: March 18, 2012
Turin (Torino Porta Nuova railway station) to Ehrwald, Tyrol, Austria (Ehrwald train station)
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany (Gasthof zum Rassen)
Oberammergau (Witch's house) or Unterammergau (Wetz-Stoa Stub'n)
In this Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Fairy Tale and Champion Male. In Fairy Tale, teams followed a trail of gingerbread, picking up pieces along the way, leading them to a witch's house. Once there, they used the pieces they picked up to make the roof to a gingerbread house. When they finished, the witch would give them their next clue. In Champion Male, teams had to travel to the Wetz-Stoa Stub'n restaurant in Unterammergau where they had to choose a beard enthusiast and style his beard to match a champion from the World Beard and Moustache Championships using the provided haircare products. Once complete, the judge would give them their next clue. For the Speed Bump, Bopper & Mark had to dress up in traditional Bavarian clothing, then learn how to yodel a specific tune by listening to a master yodeler. When the world champion was satisfied with their work, he would give teams their next clue. In this Leg's Roadblock, one racer had to use the Travelocity Roaming Gnome to participate in a game of ice stock sport, known in German as Eisstockschießen. Teams had to push the Roaming Gnome onto a white bullseye on the ice in order to receive their next clue.
Upon completing the Detour, teams were told to "find the inspiration for Sleeping Beautys castle", leaving them to figure out it referred to Neuschwanstein Castle, and not the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle. Teams then had to find Ludwig II of Bavaria's bedroom for their next clue.
Leg 6 (Germany → Azerbaijan)
Airdate: March 25, 2012
Munich (Munich Airport) to Baku, Azerbaijan (Heydar Aliyev International Airport)
Baku (Temple Ateshgah)
Baku (Saman Ot Bazary)
Baku (Occupational Training International)
Baku (Old Baku – Toghrul Karabakh Carpet Shop)
Baku (Ya?il Bazaar Fruit market or Naftalan health spa)
Baku (Boulevard Esplanade Estakada)
For the Fast Forward, teams traveled to a nearby market named Saman Ot Bazary where they would have to unload 150 bales of hay and stack them 10 bales long, 3 bales wide, and 5 bales high. Once complete, they would receive the Fast Forward clue. In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to participate in a helicopter crash training exercise by donning safety gear and boarding a helicopter simulator that then submerged and inverted in a pool of water. Racers then had to evacuate the simulator through a window and swim to a lifeboat in the pool to retrieve their next clue. In this Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Apples or Oil. In Apples, teams traveled to the fruit market where they had to unload and search through an Soviet-era car filled with a ton of apples for one apple marked with a Race Flag. Once they found the apple, they could trade it in for their next clue. In Oil, teams traveled to the Naftalan health spa where they had to clean crude oil off of a client, first by using a shoehorn and then by scrubbing them clean. Once done, the spa official would give them their next clue.
Leg 7 (Azerbaijan → Tanzania)
Airdate: April 8, 2012
Baku (Heydar Aliyev International Airport) to Arusha Region, Tanzania (Kilimanjaro International Airport)
Arusha (Arusha Airstrip) to Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater (Soneto Village)
Ngorongoro Crater (Simba Campsite)
For this Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Marksmanship and Courtship. Both Detours required teams to use bicycles to travel to Soneto Village, and once they arrived, the Maasai villagers would dress them in their traditional clothing. In Marksmanship, teams had to learn how to use a traditional Maasai weapon called a rungu to hit a clay target attached to a spinning bicycle wheel. Once each team member hit a target, teams were given their next clue. In Courtship, teams had to learn how to perform the traditional Maasai jumping ritual called the adumu. Teams had to jump up and down for one minute, a physically exhausting task as the village is located at an elevation of over above sea level, in order to receive their next clue.
Upon arriving at Arusha Airstrip, teams signed up for one of three charter flights to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area the next morning.
Upon landing in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, teams had to pick a driver and safari vehicle. They then had to ask local people for directions to the eastern edge of the Ngorongoro Crater where they would meet a Maasai warrior who would give them their next clue.
Upon completing the Detour, teams had to direct their driver to the Simba Campsite along the crater's rim.
Upon arrival at the Simba Campsite, teams had to set up a tent and campsite, including a bush shower, using all of the materials provided. Once done, they could proceed to the nearby Pit Stop, after which they would sleep in the campsite they had just built.
Leg 8 (Tanzania)
Airdate: April 15, 2012
Karatu (Hillary Clington Shop)
Karatu (Jack Stelzer Pub)
Karatu (The Gem Gallery & Arts)
Mto wa Mbu (Margaret's Farm)
In this Leg's Detour, teams chose between Water Supply and Air Supply. In Water Supply, teams had to pick up a cart of nine empty water jugs, wait in line at a well to fill up their jugs, then return them to the house they picked them up from to receive their next clue. In Air Supply, teams had to repair a flat tire on a bicycle by removing the tire and inner tube without removing the wheel from the bike, then finding the leak and patching it. They then had to reinstall the tube and tire, inflate the tire, and allow someone to take the bike for a test ride in order to receive their next clue. For the Speed Bump, Nary and Jamie had to properly set up a display stand by using a painting as a guide. In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to dress in protective beekeeper's gear and harvest of honeycomb from an African bee hive. Once complete, the beekeeper would give them their next clue.
From the Pit Stop, teams traveled down into the Ngorongoro Crater on a safari to the Karatu district, where they were told to look for "Hillary Clington", without knowing that it was a roadside stand.
Leg 9 (Tanzania → India)
Airdate: April 22, 2012
Arusha (Kilimanjaro International Airport) to Kochi, Kerala, India (Cochin International Airport)
Aluva (Rajiv Gandhi Municipal Bus Terminal) to Thevara (Sacred Heart College, Thevara)
Kochi (Indian Coffee House)
Kochi (Dr. Ambedkar Stadium or A2Z Driving School)
Kochi (Bolgatty Palace)
In this Leg's Roadblock, teams participated in a Bollywood movie dance routine. After learning the dance moves, they would perform them with 30 extras for the film. Once the lead choreographer was pleased, he would give them their next clue. This Leg's Detour was a choice between Cricket and Clutch It. In Cricket, each team member had to hit one ball bowled by a professional cricket player past a boundary, either along the ground or through the air. Once complete, the team captain would give them their next clue. In Clutch It, teams had to learn how to properly drive an auto rickshaw and transport passengers around a training course. Once both made it through the course without hitting any of the obstacles, their instructor would give them their next clue.
Leg 10 (India)
Airdate: April 29, 2012
Chandiroor (Daiva Vili Bhagvathi Kshetram)
Cherthala (Mutharamman Devasthanam Hindu temple)
Pattanakkad (Pattanacaud Coir Mats and Matting)
Fort Kochi (Ancient Tree)
Vypin (Cheena vala Fishing Nets)
For their Speed Bump, Mark and Bopper had to paint a tiger's face on the belly of a Puli Kali dancer before receiving their next clue. For the Fast Forward, teams had to take part in a traditional good luck ritual: shaving their head. This was a Switchback to a Fast Forward in The Amazing Race 7, when Uchenna and Joyce shaved their heads and ultimately won their season. In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to spin of rope made from coconut husks, then spool 4 other rope bundles onto a spindle in order to receive their next clue. This Leg's Detour was a choice between Pachyderm and Pack a Box. In Pachyderm, teams had to properly decorate an elephant with a headdress and golden ornaments, then transport 15 wheelbarrow loads of elephant manure to a nearby truck, before receiving their next clue. In Pack a Box, teams headed to a ginger processing center, collected 10 empty boxes, filled them with ginger that they sifted to measure to the right weight, then stenciled a label on each box. Once the distribution manager was pleased with their work, he would give them their next clue.
Upon arriving at Daiva Vili Bhagvathi Kshetram, the head priest would bless teams before giving them their next clue.
After the Roadblock, teams had to go to Fort Kochi where they had to look for a "barber under an ancient tree" for their next clue.
Leg 11 (India → Japan)
Airdate: May 6, 2012
Kochi (Cochin International Airport) to Hiroshima, Ch?goku region, Japan (Hiroshima Airport)
Miyajima, Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine)
Hiroshima (Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park – Hiroshima Peace Memorial)
Hiroshima (Hiroshima Station) to Osaka, Kansai region (Shin-?saka Station)
Osaka (TV 8 Studio)
Osaka (Umeda Sky Building – Floating Garden Observatory)
Osaka (Tenjinbashi-Suji Strip mall or Kura Sushi)
Osaka (Osaka Castle)
In this Leg's Roadblock, teams participated in a Japanese game show called "Bring That Chicken Home". Racers ran on a treadmill while trying to grab three rubber chickens hanging from the ceiling. After grabbing the chickens, racers had to jump on a platform at the end of the treadmill. Once complete, the host would give them their next clue. In this Leg's Detour, teams chose between Bingo Shout-Out and Photo Cut-Out. In Bingo Shout-Out, teams traveled to a conveyor belt sushi restaurant and participate in a game of bingo using pieces of sushi. The chef would call out pieces of sushi and teams would have to find the matching sushi with a letter attached and put it on their bingo card. Once they got five pieces in a row, they had to call out "Sushi" to let the chef check their tray. If correct, the team then had to eat the five winning pieces of sushi before the chef gave them their next clue. In Photo Cut-Out, teams had to convince locals in groups of three to pose behind three sumo wrestler cut-outs. Once teams got ten photos, they would be able to trade them in for their next clue.
From Hiroshima, teams were told to take the Shinkansen to Osaka.
At Miyajima, teams had to wait at the Itsukushima Shrine's torii for their next clue, which would be given to them by a farmer at sunrise.
At the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, teams observed a memorial service commemorating the atom bomb explosion of August 6, 1945 before they were given their next clue.
At the Umeda Sky Building's Floating Garden Observatory, teams had to find two Windows 7 touchscreens that would play the Detour tasks on them.
Leg 12 (Japan → United States)
Airdate: May 6, 2012
Osaka (Kansai International Airport) to Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (Honolulu International Airport)
Honolulu (Mauka and Makai Waterfront Towers)
Honolulu (Sand Island)
North Shore of Oahu (Beach)
Hakipuu Valley (Coral Kingdom Gate)
Waikane (Secret Island)
In this Leg's first Roadblock, teams had to make a traditional Japanese treat brought to Hawaii known as shave ice. Using a katana, they would have to shave enough ice to fill a bucket to a given line. Once complete, actor Taylor Wily would give them their next clue. In the second Roadblock, the other team member had to participate in traditional Hawaiian games. The first game was hee h?lua (land sledding) down a hill without falling over, and then a game of ulu maika, bowling a lava rock, traditionally used by Hawaiian warriors to break the ankles of enemies, through a goal on a field. Once both games were complete, teams were given their final clue.
Upon arriving in Honolulu, teams were only told to find the twins known as "Mauka" and "Makai", and left them to figure out that it referred to the twin Waterfront Towers in downtown Honolulu.
At the Waterfront Towers, teams had to use mechanical ascenders to get to the top of Makai Tower. Once at the roof, teams then had to search for their next clue from the top of the tower. Once they identified the location of their next clue, they had to rappel face first (known as an "Angel Dive") down the other side of the tower to the ground.
After the first Roadblock, teams had to find the baseball park on Sand Island where they would take a helicopter to their next location on Oahu's North Shore.
After the helicopter ride, teams joined in a Surf Rescue team. One teammate would drive a WaveRunner out into the surf, and the other would rescue a distressed swimmer out of the water. Once they got back to shore, they would receive their next clue.
After the WaveRunner task, teams had to follow a marked path in the Hakipuu Valley to find their next clue.
After the second Roadblock, teams rode an ATV to a dock where they had to paddle surf to the Finish Line on Secret Island.
No episode aired on April 1, 2012, due to CBS's broadcast of the Academy of Country Music Awards and CTV's broadcast of the Juno Awards.
U.S. Nielsen ratings
February 19, 2012
"Tears of a Clown"
February 26, 2012
"You Know I'm Not as Smart as You"
March 4, 2012
"Bust Me Right in the Head With It"
March 11, 2012
"Taste Your Salami"
March 18, 2012
"Uglier Than a Mud Rail Fence"
March 25, 2012
"This Is Wicked Strange"
April 8, 2012
"I Didn't Make Her Cry"
April 15, 2012
"Let Them Drink Their Haterade"
April 22, 2012
April 29, 2012
"I Need Hair to be Pretty"
May 6, 2012
"It's a Great Place to Become Millionaires"
Episode 2, "You Know I'm Not as Smart as You", aired on the same night as the 84th Academy Awards.
Episode 7, "I Didn't Make Her Cry", aired on Easter Sunday.
Canadian broadcaster CTV also airs The Amazing Race on Sundays. Episodes aired at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, Central, and Atlantic (9:00 p.m. Pacific and Mountain). The only exception to this was the broadcast of the second episode which conflicted with CTV's broadcast of the 84th Academy Awards; The Amazing Race instead was shown at 6:00 p.m. in the Eastern, Central, and Atlantic time zones, and immediately after the broadcast of the Oscars in the Pacific and Mountain time zones.