"Cheaters Never Win...And They Cheated!"
Version United States
Season Season 4
Episode Number 1/13 (036)
First Broadcast May 29, 2003
Viewership (in millions) 9.90[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 3.7/12[1]
Episode Chronology
Previous "They're Slithering to the Finish Line Like the Rest of Us!"
(previous season)
Next "It Doesn't Say Anything About First Come, First Served...And We're Bigger"

Cheaters Never Win...And They Cheated! is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 4.


Route Markers

Teams must fly to Milan, Italy and find the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to search for their next clue. There are only three flights for the teams. Flight 1 is Swiss Air and can only accommodate 4 teams. Flight 2 is Lufthansa and can only accommodates 3 teams. Flight 3 is KLM, and can only carry 5 teams. Flights 1 and 2 leave at 2:55 pm, however Flight 2 arrives 45 minutes after Flight 1. Flight 3 leaves an hour after Flights 1 and 2.

At the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, teams must search for tickets for chartered buss rides at 2:00 am, 4:00 am, and 6:00 am to Cortina d'Ampezzo. Once the teams find a ticket, they may not switch it for an earlier time. Buses can only take four teams at a time.

Team must make their way to the top of Cinque Torri to find their next clue.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to them after finding their clue at Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Teams will have to go to Passo Giau and put on snowshoes. There they have to hike to the Fast Forward pass. Monica & Sheree won the Fast Forward.

Choice A: Search
Teams must use a locator beacon to find a 160-acre snow field emanating beneath from the snow. After finding it, they have to dig this spot and find a set of keys which would use a snowmobile to drive their next clue.

None of the teams chose this task.

Choice B: Rescue
Teams must make their way to a pair of rock towers and crossed an alpine rescue bridge of 4 steel cables. Then, they have to use a long zip-line to travel 250 feet cross a ravine.

All of the teams chose this task.

Teams must hike down the mountain and find the Hotel Lajadira to check in.

For coming in first, Amanda & Chris, Millie & Chuck, and Steve & Josh each won a trip to Hawaii, provided by American Airlines.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer in Non-Elimination Leg     Saved from elimination by the Salvage Pass or The Save     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward
 1st place 
Amanda & Chris
 1st place 
Millie & Chuck
Dating 12 years/Virgins
 1st place 
Steve & Josh
 4th place 
Monica & Sheree
NFL wives/Moms
 5th place 
Steve & Dave
Air traffic controllers
 6th place 
Kelly & Jon
 7th place 
Jon & Al
Best friends/clowns
 8th place 
Russell & Cindy
 9th place 
Reichen & Chip
 10th place 
David & Jeff
Best Friends
 11th place 
Tian & Jaree
Debra & Steve
Married parents


  • This episode's title was said by Sheree after Steve & Josh cut them in line at LAX.
  • This 90-minute premiere was the first extended episode (with only one leg race) in the series.
  • During the Rescue Detour, Chris sarcastically calls Amanda "Flo", a reference to previous season's winner's whining behavior at times.[2]