"Tastes Like a Million Dollars"
Version United States
Season Season 17
Episode Number 5/12 (196)
First Broadcast October 24, 2010
Episode Chronology
Previous "We Should Have Brought Gloves and Butt Pads"
Next "Run, Babushka, Run"

Tastes Like a Million Dollars is the fifth episode of The Amazing Race 17.


Route Markers

The order of departure from the Swedish side of the Swedish–Norwegian Border are as follows:

  1. Nat & Kat (6:00 am)
  2. Brook & Claire (6:04 am)
  3. Gary & Mallory (6:05 am)
  4. Michael & Kevin (6:30 am)
  5. Jill & Thomas (6:48 am)
  6. Nick & Vicki (7:11 am)
  7. Chad & Stephanie (8:12 am)
  8. Katie & Rachel (8:32 am)

Teams must drive themselves to Narvik, Norway. Once there, teams must find the Fagernesfjellet Mountain gondola station and ride the gondola to the top. There, teams will find their next clue.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to them after receiving their clue at Fagernesfjellet Mountain.

Teams must drive themselves to Stornaustet, where they will have to eat a tradition Norwegian Christmas dish, smalahove, which consists of a roasted sheep's head. Once they've both eaten at least one half of their serving, they will win the Fast Forward. Nat & Kat won the Fast Forward.

Teams must travel back down the mountain and drive themselves to Skjomen Bridge, where they will find their next clue.

The team member assigned to this Roadblock would have to rappel off the Skjomen Bridge and then signal for one of two waiting boats to give them their next clue. After retrieving the clue from the boat, the team member has to use a mechanical ascender to return to the bridge deck.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must drive themselves to Hårvika to find their next clue.

Choice A: Bike
Teams would have to ride a bicycle along a course to a sign, where combinations of numbers and colors were shown. Teams then have to memorize the combination of the color that matched the color on their bike, return to the starting point, and then use the combination to unlock their next clue.

Chad & Stephanie, Gary & Mallory, and Jill & Thomas chose this task.

Choice B: Boat
Teams would have to use a reference map to navigate a boat to a specific location. They then have to deliver two cod and a chainsaw to a summer lodge to receive their next clue.

Brook & Claire, Katie & Rachel, Michael & Kevin, and Nick & Vicki chose this task.

Teams must drive themselves to Ankenes Marina to check in.

For coming in first place, Nat & Kat won a trip for two to Costa Rica, provided by Travelocity.


     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
 1st place 
Nat & Kat
 2nd place 
Gary & Mallory
 3rd place 
Jill & Thomas
 4th place 
Michael & Kevin
 5th place 
Brook & Claire
Home Shopping Hosts
 6th place 
Nick & Vicki
 7th place 
Chad & Stephanie
Newly Dating
Katie & Rachel
Beach Volleyball Partners


  • This episode's title is said by Kat, comparing the taste of the sheep's head to victory at the Fast Forward.