The Amazing Race 6 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The Amazing Race 6 is the sixth installment of the reality television series The Amazing Race. It premiered on November 16, 2004, and concluded on February 8, 2005.
Engaged couple Freddy Holliday & Kendra Bentley were the winners of this Race.
A DVD for this season was released on April 24, 2012, via Amazon.com's CreateSpace program.
Development and filming
In May 2004, CBS ordered the sixth installment of the show, despite the fact that The Amazing Race 5 had not yet aired. The early renewal was likely due to the success of the changes made in Season 5. CBS also delayed the airing of Season 6 until late in the fall and moved it out of its proposed Saturday timeslot, to create a "cool down" period between races, in the hopes that this would help continue the newfound ratings success.
The Amazing Race 6 spanned a total of over four continents in 10 countries in 30 days. Filming began on August 13, 2004 and finished on September 12, 2004. The race made its first trip to seven countries: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and Senegal.
This marked the first season in which team members were forced to complete an equal number of Roadblock tasks. No team member was permitted to complete more than six Roadblocks on the entire race. Throughout the season, Phil Keoghan verbally stated this rule when introducing each leg's Roadblock. While the rule has remained in all subsequent seasons (except the Family Edition), Keoghan eventually stopped reciting it in each episode.
This season featured many Olympic themed challenges such as water polo, track and field, swimming, and archery. The race also visited past Olympic cities including Oslo, Stockholm, and Berlin. This was likely a result of the 2004 Summer Olympics taking place in Athens, Greece while the race was being filmed.
A task in Leg 2 of the race marked the first time teams were required to work with each other. The ten teams had to split themselves into two groups of five, each of which had to row a Viking boat across a fjord to a marked dock with a clue box.
During Leg 5, one of the show's most controversial moments occurred at the Pit Stop when Jonathan, angry at his wife Victoria for picking up his bag during a footrace to the mat, shoved her. He was modestly rebuked by Phil Keoghan at the mat. They later appeared on a Dr. Phil special to try to improve their marriage. Later, in a celebrity version of the show Fear Factor, Victoria attacked contestant Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton (of Survivor: Pearl Islands), and Jonathan attacked the host Joe Rogan. These incidents resulted in their expulsion from the show. Victoria (a former Playboy model) and Jonathan appeared on an episode of the E! series The Girls Next Door (which chronicles the lives of the three girlfriends of Hugh Hefner) in which the Playmates throw a baby shower for Victoria.
Leg 6 was originally planned as two separate legs with the first leg being a non-elimination point (with the losing team being stripped of their money), but combined into one after producers realized that begging was prohibited in Hungary.
The trains that carried the teams in Sri Lanka and the town of Galle were heavily damaged by the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
Post-game interviews suggested that Kris & Jon were less than a minute behind winners Freddy and Kendra before a train held them up at a railway crossing. At thefishbowl.com, Bolo suggested that Kris & Jon were only 30"40 seconds behind Freddy & Kendra to the finish. At RealityReel, Kristy said that "Right after Freddy & Kendra started running, literally within 30 seconds or a minute later the train came, and Kris & Jon arrived. Otherwise it would have come down to a neck to neck race." This would be the Race's second closest finish ever, after Season 2.
The Amazing Race 15 revisited the infamous hay bales Roadblock of Leg 3 in The Amazing Race Switchback.
Applications for The Amazing Race 6 were due on April 13, 2004. Semi-finalist interviews were held sometime in May 2004 and final casting interviews were selected at Los Angeles in June 2004.
This season's cast included married professional wrestlers, dating actors, Jewish high school buddies, engaged models, and a team of married entrepreneurs Freddy & Kendra got married on May 27, 2005. and now have a child named Jaxson. Hayden & Aaron also got married on April 21, 2007. Kristy was a bridesmaid, and Kris and Jon were present among the guests. On December 7, 2008, they had a daughter named Kaiya Rachel. As of February 2009, she has recovered from a birth defect. Rebecca Cardon was in the reality show Kill Reality and had a part in an ultra-low-budget short named Nice Pants. She then appeared on the Bravo reality series Work Out and was romantically linked to star/owner of Sky Sport and Spa Jackie Warner; both the show and the relationship have long been finished. Jonathan and Victoria had a daughter, Trease who was born in October 2006. They divorced in 2010.
Don & Mary Jean were chosen for the race after an open casting call in San Diego. Early Show hosts Harry Smith and Dave Price ran the first leg of the race (United States-Iceland) with the actual teams. This was for a special segment on their morning show. Victoria had a cameo appearance on Whose Line is it Anyway?.
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 team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
An team placement indicates that the team was the last to arrive at a pit stop in a non-elimination leg of the race. The teams were forced to relinquish all of their money. In addition, they were not allotted money for the next leg and were not allowed to collect money until the next leg started for them.
A indicates that the team chose to use the Yield; indicates the team who received it. A around a leg number indicates there was a Yield available but not used.
Italicized results indicate the position of the team at the midpoint of a two-episode leg.
^ Freddy & Kendra initially arrived 6th, but they were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking an extra clue after the Viking ship task, stated to take only one clue from the cluebox per each team. Adam & Rebecca and Don & Mary Jean checked in during their penalty time, dropping them to 8th.
^ Don & Mary Jean had arrived in 7th place in Leg 2, but they mistakenly drove the car that belonged to Adam & Rebecca. They left in 8th place at the beginning of Leg 3 after they were issued a 30-minute penalty, while Freddy & Kendra now departed in 7th place.
^ Lena & Kristy failed to complete the Roadblock in Leg 3. After more than 2 hours passed since the last team checked in at the mat and over 10 hours of searching, Phil came out to the Roadblock location and eliminated them.
^ Leg 6 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point. The leg's Fast Forward was offered after the halfway mark, and thus permitted Lori & Bolo to skip only the second set of challenges.
^ Hayden & Aaron initially arrived 3rd, just ahead of Adam & Rebecca, but were issued a 4-hour penalty for quitting the Roadblock. Both Rebecca and Hayden almost had to quit the Roadblock because the last gondola down the mountain was about to leave; however, at the time Rebecca opened her lock and successfully completed the Roadblock, they checked in during the penalty time, thereby dropping Hayden & Aaron to last place; which resulted in their elimination.
Episode title quotes
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
"The Game's Afoot" – Gus
"I'm Not His Wife, He Doesn't Need to Scream At Me" – Meredith
"Counting Bears Is Not Rocket Science" – Don
"What If It Isn't Sanitary" – Kendra
"Quit Following Us" – Jonathan
"They Should Probably Have Some Counseling" – Kris
"Phil Is A Choo-Choo Charlie" (recap) – Kristy
"One of You, I'm Gonna Break in Half" – Freddy
"Tell My Mom I Love Her" – Adam
"Are There Instructions on Donkey Handling?" – Rebecca
"It Always Comes Down to Details" – Kris
"You Deal With This Before I Hyperventilate" – Hayden
"4 Continents, 24 Cities, 40,000 Miles" – Phil Keoghan
Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete a leg.
Leg 1 - A trip to Hawaii, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
Leg 2 - A seven-night cruise in Alaska, courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.
Leg 3 - A seven night cruise vacation to the Mexican Riviera provided by Royal Caribbean International.
Leg 4 - A seven-night cruise vacation to the Western Caribbean provided by Royal Caribbean International.
Leg 5 - A trip to Mexico, compliments of American Airlines website, AA.com.
Leg 6 - A vacation to Europe, compliments of American Airlines website, AA.com.
Leg 7 - A trip to the Caribbean, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
Leg 8 - A vacation to the Mexico, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
Leg 9 - A vacation to Europe, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
Leg 10 - A vacation to Hawaii, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
Leg 11 - A trip to the Caribbean, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
Leg 12 - $1,000,000
Leg 1 (United States → Iceland)
Airdate: November 16, 2004
Chicago, Illinois, United States (Buckingham Fountain) (Starting Line)
Chicago (O'Hare International Airport) to Reykjavík, Iceland (Keflavík International Airport)
Vatnajökull (Overnight rest)
Jökulsárlón (Glacier Ice Beach)
Grindavík (Blue Lagoon)
The first Detour of this season was Ice Climb or Ice Search. In Ice Climb, teams traveled to a bay and used special gear to trek across the glacier and climb the face of a steep ice wall. In Ice Search, teams had travel to a short distance and find a glacial lagoon, then choose a boat and a driver and search the lagoon among thousands of icebergs for a buoy containing their next clue.
In Vatnajökull, teams signed up for a shuttle to Glacier's Edge for their next clue. Upon arriving at Glacier's Edge, teams chose a marked snowmobile and drove two and a half miles across the glacier to a camp. Once there, teams had to search a tent for shuttle departure times for the next morning.
Leg 2 (Iceland → Norway)
Airdate: November 23, 2004
Reykjavík (Keflavík International Airport) to Oslo, Norway (Oslo Airport, Gardermoen)
Holmenkollen district, Oslo (Holmenkollen ski jump)
Hřnefoss, Buskerud (Train Station) to Voss, Hordaland (Train Station)
Voss (Nesheimstunet Farm)
The Roadblock required one team member to climb to the top of Holmenkollen Ski Jump, then ride a zipline to the bottom in order to receive their next clue. The Detour required teams to choose between Endurance or Accuracy. In Endurance, teams had to roller ski downhill on a course. In Accuracy, teams had to successfully complete three games traditionally played by the Vikings. First, they had to throw sticks to knock over a circle of eight logs called kubbs before knocking over the king in the center. After knocking over the king, one team member had to throw an axe into a tree trunk target and make it stick. Once the axe stuck, the other team member had to shoot an arrow into a target away to get their next clue.
At the Viking Village, teams split themselves into two groups of five teams and rowed across a fjord to their next clue.
Leg 3 (Norway → Sweden)
Airdate: November 30, 2004
Voss (Train Station) to Oslo (Oslo Central Station)
Oslo (Oslo Central Station) to Stockholm, Sweden (Bus Station)
Stockholm (Nordic Sea Hotel)
Stockholm (Kungens Kurva, World's Largest IKEA) (Overnight Rest)
Stockholm (Stockholm Central Station) to Häggvik , Sollentuna Municipality (Häggvik Station)
Upplands Väsby (Bögs Gĺrd Farm)
Häggvik (Häggvik Station) to Stockholm (Stockholm Central Station)
Stockholm (af Chapman)
The Detour for Leg 3 was a choice between Count It or Build It. In Count It, teams had to count the number of pots, pans, and stuffed animals in three large bins. If they gave the correct number (2,304) to the supervisor, he would give them their clue; otherwise, they had to count again. In Build It, teams had to assemble a desk using all of the provided parts. If they made a mistake, they had to fix it or start the construction over. Once the desk was assembled, the supervisor would give them their next clue. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to unroll bales of hay to find their next clue hidden inside. Out of a field of 270 bales, 20 had clues.
At the Nordic Sea Hotel, teams had to enter the nightclub made entirely of ice. Once inside, they had to slide a shot glass along the bar to hit a target. Only one member of the team would have to hit the target. If they missed, they would have to go to the end of the line and try again.
Before the Roadblock, teams had to ride two miles to the farm from the train station on a tandem bicycle. After the Roadblock, they had to ride back.
Leg 4 (Sweden → Senegal)
Airdate: December 7, 2004
Stockholm (Town Hall Tower)
Stockholm (Stockholm-Arlanda Airport) to Dakar, Senegal (Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport)
Dakar (Bel Aire Cemetery) (Overnight Rest)
Kayar (Vieux Ngom Carpenter Shop)
Lac Rose (Salt Mounds)
The Detour was a choice between Stack 'Em Up or Pull 'Em Up. In Stack 'Em Up, teams had to walk through a fish-stacking area and carry enough baskets of fish to properly cover a drying table. Once they stacked the fish properly, the fisherwoman would hand them their next clue. In Pull 'Em Up, teams traveled out on fishing boats and used traditional fishing gear to catch four fish. Once they caught the four fish, they had to bring them to a bounty man onshore, who would give them their next clue. In the Roadblock, one team member to use the traditional tools provided to harvest enough salt from the bed of Lac Rose to fill a basket. Once the basket was completely filled, a supervisor would hand them their next clue.
Upon arriving in Dakar, teams found to figure out an author of a poem by former Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor, which located at Bel Aire Cemetery, where their next clue (resembled into a book) was located on the corner of his grave.
Leg 5 (Senegal → Germany)
Airdate: December 14, 2004
Goree Island (Slave House)
Dakar (Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport) to Berlin, Germany (Berlin Tegel Airport)
Berlin (East Side Gallery)
Berlin (Broken Chain Sculpture)
Berlin (Brauhaus Spandau bar or Zitadelle)
Berlin (Brandenburg Gate)
Teams chose between Beer or Brats in this leg's Detour. In Beer, teams traveled to the Brauhaus Spandau bar. Once there, each team member had to search the tables at the crowded bar for five coasters bearing his or her face and name. They then had to trade two full steins of beer to the patron in exchange for each coaster. Once both team members collected all five of each coaster, they would receive their next clue. In Brats, teams travelled to Zitadelle. Once there, they had to use a hand-operated sausage maker to create one rope of five bratwursts in order to receive their next clue. In the Roadblock, one team member had to climb at the top of Devil's Mountain (Teufelsberg) and complete a soap box derby course in 37 seconds or less.
Teams had to enter the Slave House and place a single rose on the threshold of the historic archway as a tribute to African slavery.
Leg 6 (Germany → Hungary)
Airdate: December 21, 2004
Berlin (Checkpoint Charlie)
Berlin (Olympic Stadium)
Berlin (Berlin Tegel Airport) to Budapest, Hungary (Budapest Ferihegy International Airport)
Eger (Eger Castle)
Eger (Railway Station) to Budapest (Budapest Keleti railway station)
Budapest (Net Klub Internet Kafé)
Airdate: January 4, 2005
Budapest (Heritage Rail Museum)
Budapest (Buda Castle)
Budapest (Margit Island – Hajos Alfred Nemzeti Sportuszoda )
Budapest (Gundel Restaurant)
Budapest (Fisherman's Bastion)
In this leg's first Roadblock, one team member was strapped into a "hot rocket bungee" and launched in the air. After returning to the ground, the jump master handed them their next clue. In the first Detour, teams chose between Catapult Crash and Cannonball Run. In Catapult Crash, teams had to use a catapult to hurl a watermelon into a wooden target to retrieve the clue hidden within. In Cannonball Run, teams had to push a cannon up a hill to Eger Castle's courtyard, then carry and stack 55 cannonballs in a pyramid next to the cannon.
The first of two Fast Forwards in the race required teams to descended through a cavernous labyrinth at Buda Castle and partake in the legend of vampires by drinking a goblet of pig's blood, recalling when Transylvania was part of Hungary. When they finished drinking, they would win the Fast Forward. The second Detour was a choice between Swim or Paddle. In Swim, teams made their way to an Olympic-sized swimming pool and participated in a water polo game. Working together, each pair had to score a goal against a top Hungarian water polo player. In Paddle, teams inflated a raft with a hand pump and paddled the raft across the Danube River to a flag on the other side. When the flag was found, they would receive their next clue. In the second Roadblock for this leg, one team member had to eat a 24 ounce bowl of a traditional Hungarian spicy soup. Once the team member finished eating, the team would get their next clue.
Upon arriving in Budapest, teams had to search a marked Trabant car and would take to the next destination.
At Net Klub Internet Kafé, teams logged onto their AOL accounts by using an Intel Centrino wireless laptop and received a clue via e-mail.
At Heritage Rail Museum, teams must ride a draisine, down the tracks at speeds up to 50 miles per hour to get their next clue. First, they would pick a number to ride this small motorized rail car.
Leg 7 (Hungary → Corsica, France)
Airdate: January 11, 2005
Budapest (Promontor Borudvar)
Budapest (Budapest Ferihegy International Airport) to Ajaccio, Corsica , France (Ajaccio - Campo dell'Oro Airport)
Ajaccio (Napoleon's Birthplace)
Calvi (Camp Raffalli)
L'Île-Rousse (La Pietra)
In the second Fast Forward of the race, the team had to locate a harbor in Ajaccio, and dress in old-style diving suits weighing more than each. Both team members had to walk across the ocean floor to a lobster trap and retrieve their next clue to win the Fast Forward. In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Climb Up or Fly Behind. In Climb Up, teams had to use a mechanical ascender to climb a rock wall. Once at the top, they had to find the terrace, where a French legionnaire would give them a medal. After receiving the medal, the teams had to rappel down to receive their next clue. In Fly Behind, teams had to choose a Zodiac boat. One teammate had to ride behind on an inflatable raft while the other rode inside the Zodiac and directed the driver to search among 25 buoys for one with a clue attached. Only 12 contained a clue. In the Roadblock, a team member had to stomp of grapes with their feet. After squeezing out enough juice to fill five wine bottles, the team member had to drink a glass of their wine.
At Ajaccio, teams had to find the room where Napoleon was born, where their next clue was located.
Leg 8 (France → Ethiopia)
Airdate: January 18, 2005
Calvi to Nice (Ferry Terminal)
Nice (City Garden)
Nice (Nice Côte d'Azur Airport) to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport)
Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport) to Lalibela (Lalibela Airport)
Lalibela (Lewz Village)
Lalibela (St. George's Church)
The Detour in Leg 8 was a choice between Raise the Roof or Mud the Hut. In Raise the Roof, teams would choose a roof and join with locals to carry the roof two-thirds of a mile (1,100 m) and place it on top of a house in order to receive their next clue. In Mud the Hut, teams had to use a plaster made of dirt, water, and straw to cover an entire wall of a traditional Ethiopian house. The Roadblock required one team member to enter the 850-year-old church and receive a pendant from the head priest. The team member then had to search among hundreds of worshipers standing outside for a person with a matching pendant. When they found a match, the worshiper would hand them their next clue.
At Bole International Airport, teams signed up for one of two scheduled charter flights to Lalibela.
Before the Roadblock, teams had to deliver two donkeys to St. George's Church.
Leg 9 (Ethiopia → Sri Lanka)
Airdate: January 25, 2005
Lalibela (Lalibela Airport) to Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport)
Addis Ababa (Addis Ababa Stadium)
Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport) to Colombo, Sri Lanka (Bandaranaike International Airport)
Colombo (Fort Railway Station) to Galle (Galle Railway Station)
Galle (Fort Galle)
Galle (Coconut plantation or Elephant polo field)
Galle (Bus Station) to Kandy
Kandy (Kandyan Art Association) (Overnight Rest)
Kandy (Temple of the Tooth)
Kandy (Bus Station) to Dambulla (Bus Station)
Sigiriya (Lion Rock)
Sigiriya (Hotel Sigiriya)
For this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Tree Trunks and Elephant Trunks. In Tree Trunks, Teams had to make their way by tuk-tuk to a coconut plantation. Once there, they had climb to the top of a tree and take down enough coconuts to empty their contents in order to fill a jug. In Elephant Trunks, teams had to make their way by tuk-tuk to an elephant polo field. Each team member had to ride an elephant down the length of the field and score a goal in order to receive their next clue. For the Roadblock, one team member had to ascend 1,000 steps to the top of Lion Rock. Using binoculars to scan the jungle from a vantage point above the ground, they had to search for a flag, then descend Lion Rock with their partner and proceed to the flag.
At Lalibela Airport, teams must sign one of two charter flights to Addis Ababa.
At Addis Ababa Stadium, teams had to choose a pair of Ethiopian runners and complete a four-man relay on the stadium. When completed, the track master would give them their next clue.
At the Kandyan Art Association, teams had to purchase a bowl of rice and take it to the Temple of the Tooth, where a monk would give teams the next clue.
At the Hotel Sigiriya, teams had to swim across a pool to the Pit Stop.
Leg 10 (Sri Lanka → China)
Airdate: February 1, 2005
Colombo (Bandaranaike International Airport) to Shanghai, China (Shanghai Pudong International Airport)
The Roadblock required one team member to wash a window on the exterior of the HuaXia Bank Tower, 40 stories above the ground. Washing the window would reveal a hidden message; once they understood the message, they had to lower themselves to the ground and report it to the supervisor, who would hand them their next clue if correct. The Detour had teams choose between Bricks or Ice. In Bricks, teams had to use a traditional device to transport 300 clay bricks off a barge while balancing on a narrow wood plank. From there, they had to stack the bricks on a wooden pallet to receive their clue. In Ice, teams had to load two blocks of ice onto the back of flatbed tricycles and deliver them to a fish market four blocks away. Once there, they would have to break them into smaller pieces and place them into a tub to receive the next clue.
At People's Heroes Monument, teams had to find Tai Chi performers. One of the four masters would hand them their next clue.
Leg 11 (China)
Airdate: February 8, 2005
Shanghai (Shanghai Railway Station) to Xi'an, Shaanxi (Train Station)
Xi'an (Drum Tower)
Xi'an (BYD Auto Factory or Xi'an Tang Du Factory)
Xi'an (Terra Cotta Warriors Museum)
Mount Hua (North Peak)
Xi'an (Xi'an City Wall)
The Detour on this leg was Spray or Scroll. In Spray, teams traveled to a car factory (called BYD Auto Factory), put on uniforms, and used spray paint to paint the shell of a Chinese-made car. In Scroll, teams had traveled to a textile factory (called Xi'an Tang Du Factory) and searched through 10 bolts of fabric with a light table to find two Chinese characters stamped within two of the 10 bolts. They then had to cut the characters to trade for their next clue. The Roadblock required one team member to use a key given them in the clue envelope and search 3,000 locks for the one padlock that that key would open. Teams were required to complete the task before the last gondola's departure at 7:00pm.
Leg 12 (China → United States)
Airdate: February 8, 2005
Xi'an (Xi'an Xianyang International Airport) to Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (Honolulu International Airport)
Honolulu (Puu Ualakaa State Park)
Honolulu (Hilo Hattie or Lokahi Canoe Club)
Honolulu (Kamaka Air)
Kaneohe (Kaneohe Bay)
Honolulu (Honolulu International Airport) to Chicago, Illinois (O'Hare International Airport)
Chicago (Chicago Water Tower)
Chicago (Gino's East)
Chicago (Ping Tom Memorial Park)
The Detour on this leg was Outfits or Outriggers. In Outfits, teams traveled to a tropical clothing distributor (called Hilo Hattie) and searched racks filled with 135,000 articles of clothing for those matching the outfit of a mannequin in order to receive their next clue. In Outriggers, teams had to drive to a canoe club (called Lokahi Canoe Club) and, with the help of a steering person, paddle an outrigger canoe down a course more than long. The Roadblock required one team member to tandem skydive into a sandbar in the middle of Kaneohe Bay, where their next clue is waited.
At Gino's East Pizzeria, both team members had to eat two slices of a deep dish pizza to receive their final clue.