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"Kindness of Strangers"
TAR 19 Starting Line
Phil instructing the teams of the season's first task at starting line, the Hsi Lai Temple, Hacienda Heights.
Version United States
Season Season 19
Episode Number 1/12 (215)
First Broadcast September 25, 2011
Episode Chronology
Previous "This is Where It Ends"
(previous season)
Next "The Sprint of Our Life"
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Kindness of Strangers is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 19.

Story

Route Markers

Teams have to search hundreds of oil-paper umbrellas for one of the correct set of letters ("TAI") that when combined twice to six other letters ("WANPEI") to reveal their first destination, Taipei, Taiwan and present the right umbrella to Phil. He will give them keys to one of 11 Ford Explorers parked outside the temple. The last team to complete the task will be penalized with the Hazard. The first eight teams to Los Angeles International Airport will get tickets for the first flight, and the last three teams will tickets for a flight that left 90 minutes after the first.

The order when teams found their umbrella are as follows:

  1. Andy & Tommy
  2. Amani & Marcus
  3. Liz & Marie
  4. Ethan & Jenna
  5. Jeremy & Sandy
  6. Ernie & Cindy
  7. Ron & Bill
  8. Bill & Cathi
  9. Laurence & Zac
  10. Justin & Jennifer
  11. Kaylani & Lisa

For coming in last place, Kaylani & Lisa were penalized with the Hazard.

Upon arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, teams had to travel by bus to the Ximending Commercial District, where teams must look for one of the billboards with yellow and red balloons on screen. The billboard will tell them their next destination, the Taipei Confucius Temple in Chinese, 台北孔廟.

The team member assigned to perform the Roadblock would have to look for a nearby payphone where they have to call a particular phone number, which would give the racer one of Confucius's proverbs, "In all things success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure." Without writing it down, they then have to repeat the proverb verbatim to a temple monk to receive their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

After completing the Roadblock at Taipei Confucius Temple, Kaylani & Lisa would receive their clue for their Hazard.

Kaylani & Lisa must travel to the Core Pacific City Mall, where one team member must perform an indoor bungee jump before being allowed to continue. Kaylani performed this task.

Teams must travel by taxi to Dajia Riverside Park and search under the bridge to find their next clue.

Teams must take part in a dragon boat race team. One team member must keep pace by beating a drum, while the other team member joins the paddling crew along the Keelung River. Once they've made it through the course, they will receive their next clue.

Teams must travel by taxi to the Martyrs' Shrine to check in.

For coming in first place, Ernie & Cindy won the Express Pass.

For coming in last place, Bill & Cathi will have to perform a Speed Bump at some point during the next leg of the race.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     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 Forwardϵ Used the Express Pass

User of the first Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the first Double U-Turn slot • User of the second Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the second Double U-Turn slot • H Was penalized with a Hazard


ErnieCindy
 1st place 
Ernie & Cindy
Engaged
JeremySandy
 2nd place 
Jeremy & Sandy
Dating
JustinJennifer
 3rd place 
Justin & Jennifer
Siblings
EthanJenna
 4th place 
Ethan & Jenna
Dating
AmaniMarcus
 5th place 
Amani & Marcus
Married
LaurenceZac
 6th place 
Laurence & Zac
Father/Son Adventurers
AndyTommy
 7th place 
Andy & Tommy
Pro Snowboarders
RonBill
 8th place 
Ron & Bill
Domestic Partners
KaylaniLisa
 9th placeH 
Kaylani & Lisa
Former Vegas Showgirls
LizMarie
 10th place 
Liz & Marie
Twins
BillCathi
 11th place 
Bill & Cathi
Grandparents

Trivia

Reception

  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (09/26/2011): "The Amazing Race overcompensates with its dumb ending, twists, clues"

References

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