"Help Me, I'm American!"
Version: United States
Season: The Amazing Race 2
Episode No.: 2/11 (015)
First Broadcast: March 13, 2002
Viewership (in millions): 12.50[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 5.8/14[1]
Episode Chronology
Previous: "The World Is Waiting: Go!"
Next: "My Alarm Clock Didn't Go Off!"

Help Me, I'm American! is the second episode of The Amazing Race 2.


As the race intensifies and an elimination looms, many of the teams overcome some bad luck and their fear of heights to get to the breathtaking site of Iguacu Falls. Ten teams continue from Rio de Janeiro to the spectacular waterfalls near the Brazilian-Argentinean border.

Several twists occur along the way as one team loses its money, others fear hang gliding and another team must overcome physical injury to stay in the race.[2]


Route Markers

The order of departure from Tocorimé Yacht are as follows:

  1. Tara & Wil (11:06 pm)
  2. Cyndi & Russell (11:34 pm)
  3. Shola & Doyin (11:35 pm)
  4. Blake & Paige (12:19 am)
  5. Hope & Norm (12:19 am)
  6. Chris & Alex (12:20 am)
  7. Mary & Peach (12:45 am)
  8. Oswald & Danny (12:46 am)
  9. Gary & Dave (1:24 am)
  10. Peggy & Claire (1:32 am)

Teams must take a zodiac boat back to Urca beach. Teams must take a taxi to Acadêmicos da Barra de Tijuca in Barra da Tijuca and find a samba club. There, teams must find the dancer whose headdress matches the feather they were given in their clue. The dancer will then hand them their next clue.

Teams must make their way to Pedra Bonita and find the next Route Marker.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to them after receiving their clue at the samba club.

Teams will have to go to Copacabana and play volleyball against a pair of professionals. The team that earns ten points first wins the Fast Forward. The professionals will only play in Rio style (without using their hands), as per local regulations, however teams may play in American style. Shola & Doyin won the Fast Forward.

Choice A: Freak Out
teams had to hang glide in tandem with a local instructor, gliding from the mountain to the São Conrado beach below. Once both teammates had landed on the beach, they were immediately given their next clue.

All of the teams chose this task.

Choice B: Seek Out
Teams will take a taxi cab to São Conrado beach. Once there, teams had to travel down to the beach and use a marked metal detector to find the next clue buried somewhere along a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) stretch of sand.

None of the teams chose this task.

Teams must take a bus to Foz do Iguaçu. Outside the bus terminal at Foz do Iguaçu is a vehicle and clue waiting for the teams.

Teams must drive themselves to Macuco Safari Dock near the Iguaçu Falls in Iguaçu National Park to find their next clue.

One team member had to ride a speedboat and use a map to direct the driver to Iguaçu falls. At the falls, teams then had to spot the Route Marker at the top of a rock formation and retrieve the clue, then head back to the dock.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Team must drive and then hike to a remote jungle camp in the park.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward
S2 SholaDoyin
 1st place 
Shola & Doyin
S2 ChrisAlex
 2nd place 
Chris & Alex
Lifelong Friends
S2 TaraWil
 3rd place 
Tara & Wil
Separated Couple
S2 MaryPeach
 4th place 
Mary & Peach
S2 GaryDave
 5th place 
Gary & Dave
Former Roommates
S2 CyndiRussell
 6th place 
Cyndi & Russell
Pastor/Married Parents
S2 OswaldDanny
 7th place 
Oswald & Danny
Best Friends
S2 PeggyClaire
 8th place 
Peggy & Claire
S2 BlakePaige
 9th place 
Blake & Paige
S2 HopeNorm
 10th place 
Hope & Norm
Married Parents


  • This episode's title comes from Blake, who was asking people at the bus terminal for money since he and Paige lost their wallet.
    • This makes it the first episode title to have a quote from a racer.
  • The Roadblock in this episode actually took place on the Argentina side the portion of Iguaçu Falls.
  • The episode's Fast Forward and the Freak Out Detour would return as unacknowledged Switchbacks in "A Little Too Much Beefcake".
  • Blake allegedly threatened to sue CBS if his team was not provided with a time credit after the jeep provided in this episode broke down through no fault of his own or his sister.
    • In the end, it did not make a difference as they finished ahead of Hope & Norm without production intervention.[3]
    • Due to confusion of the rules regarding time credit for broken down vehicles, production changed the rules after the season to clarify that teams would receive a replacement, but not be given a time credit if a vehicle broke down.