"Tears of a Clown"
Version United States
Season Season 20
Episode Number 1/11 (227)
First Broadcast February 19, 2012
Episode Chronology
Previous "Go Out and Get It Done"
(previous season)
Next "You Know I'm Not as Smart as You"

Tears of a Clown is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 20.


Route Markers

The race begins at Bridlewood Estate Winery in Santa Barbara, California, United States of America.

Teams have to search through 100 balloons with baskets for one of eleven total clues to their next destination. Once they got a clue, they will be able to take one of the provided Ford Tauruses to Los Angeles International Airport.

Teams must fly to Santa Bárbara, Argentina. Teams must fly through Buenos Aires to Salta, the closest airport to Santa Bárbara, and drive to the entrance of the town to find their next clue. The first six teams to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport will receive the fastest flight to Salta, departing 2 hours and 30 minutes before the second flight.

Teams must drive themselves to Aerodromo Gilberto Lavaque to find their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform the Roadblock would have to use a provided map to navigate to a skydiving drop zone. Meanwhile, the other team member that did not perform the Roadblock has to board an airplane and tandem skydive to that location. Once the team is reunited, the jumpmaster will give them their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must drive themselves to Patios de Cafayate Winery and search the grounds for their next clue.

Teams must make 120 empanadas, 60 filled with meat and 60 filled with cheese, both having different crimping pattern. Once the proper quantity of empanadas are made correctly, the empanada champion will allow them to search the grounds to check in.

For coming in first place, Rachel & Dave won the Express Pass.


     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
Dave & Rachel
 1st place 
Rachel & Dave
Army Wife & Combat Pilot
Brendon & Rachel
 2nd place 
Brendon & Rachel
PhD Student & Event Hostess
 3rd place 
Art & JJ
Border Patrol Agents
 4th place 
Nary & Jamie
Federal agents
 5th place 
Vanessa & Ralph
Dating Divorcees
Elliot & Andrew
 6th place 
Elliot & Andrew
 7th place 
Kerri & Stacy
Dave & Cherie
 8th place 
Dave & Cherie
Married Clowns
Bopper & Mark
 9th place 
Bopper & Mark
Best Friends
 10th place 
Joey & Danny
Trainer & Club Promoter
Misa & Maiya


  • This episode's title is a pun said by Cherie while sobbing in the stressful ride to the Roadblock.