"Help Me, I'm American!"
Version United States
Season Season 2
Episode Number 2/11 (015)
First Broadcast March 13, 2002
Viewership (in millions) 12.50[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 5.8/14
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 taxi to Barra de Tijuca and find a samba club. There, teams must find the dancer whose headdress that matches the feather they have been given. 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), however teams may play in American style. Shola & Doyin won the Fast Forward.

Choice A: Freak Out
Teams will take a hang glider to São Conrado Beach, along with an instructor. Once they touch down on the beach, they will be 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 must use a metal detector to find their next clue, buried in a 1.5 mile stretch of beach.

None of the teams chose this task (although Gary & Dave briefly tried this first).

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.

The team members assigned to perform this Roadblock will take a map and boat. Using the map, they will guide their navigators to the heart of the Iguaçu Falls. Once there, they must spot the marked path and obtain their next clue.

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 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 
Shola & Doyin
 2nd place 
Chris & Alex
Lifelong friends
 3rd place 
Tara & Wil
Separated couple
 4th place 
Mary & Peach
 5th place 
Gary & Dave
Former roommates
 6th place 
Cyndi & Russell
Pastor/married parents
 7th place 
Oswald & Danny
Best friends
 8th place 
Peggy & Claire
 9th place 
Blake & Paige
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.
  • For the Roadblock, the portion of Iguazu Falls actually took place on Argentina's side.
  • The episode's Fast Forward and the Sand Detour would return as unacknowledged Switchbacks on "A Little Too Much Beefcake".
  • Blake allegedly threatened to sue CBS if his team was not provided with team credit after the jeep provided in this episode broke down through no fault of his own or his sister.
    • In the end, it didn't 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 time credit if a vehicle broke down.


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