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The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business
TAR-UBlogo-US
Version United States
Continents visited 5
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 23
Distance traveled 40,000 miles (64,374 km)
Starting line Palm Springs, California
Finish line Pigeon Key
Filming dates November 20, 2010 - December 12, 2010
Season run February 20, 2011 - May 7, 2011
Number of legs 12
Number of teams 11
Winning team Kisha & Jen
Runner(s)-up Flight Time & Big Easy
Gary & Mallory
Cast
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Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Previous Season The Amazing Race 17
Next Season The Amazing Race 19
Greeters

The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business is the eighteenth installment of The Amazing Race. It was confirmed on Nov. 5th, 2010 and is the first US season of The Amazing Race broadcast in High-definition.

This is an All-Star season comprising two teams from Season 12, five teams from Season 14, two teams from Season 15, one team from Season 16 and one team from Season 17.

Teams

KishaJenUnfinishedBusiness
 1st place 
Kisha & Jen
Sisters
The Amazing Race 14
FlightTimeBigEasyUnfinishedBusiness
 2nd place 
Flight Time & Big Easy
Harlem Globetrotters
The Amazing Race 15
GaryMalloryUnfinishedBusiness
 3rd place 
Gary & Mallory
Father/daughter
The Amazing Race 17
ZevJustinUnfinishedBusiness
 ELIMINATED 
Zev & Justin
Best friends
The Amazing Race 15
KentVyxsinUnfinishedBusiness
 ELIMINATED 
Kent & Vyxsin
Dating goths
The Amazing Race 12
JetCordUnfinishedBusiness
 ELIMINATED 
Jet & Cord
Cowboys
The Amazing Race 16
RonaldChristinaUnfinishedBusiness
 ELIMINATED 
Ron & Christina
Father/daughter
The Amazing Race 12
MargieLukeUnfinishedBusiness
 ELIMINATED 
Margie & Luke
Mother/son
The Amazing Race 14
JaimeCaraUnfinishedBusiness
 ELIMINATED 
Jaime & Cara
Former NFL cheerleaders
The Amazing Race 14
MelMikeUnfinishedBusiness
 ELIMINATED 
Mel & Mike
Father/son
The Amazing Race 14
AmandaKrisUnfinishedBusiness
 ELIMINATED 
Amanda & Kris
Engaged
The Amazing Race 14

Episodes

Episode # Leg # Title Air Date Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(in millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
1 1 "Head Down and Hold On" February 20, 2011 United States → Australia Gary & Mallory Jet & Cord Ordered to
Continue Racing
2 2 "I Never Looked So Foolish in My Whole Entire Life" February 27, 2011 Australia Zev & Justin Amanda & Kris 1st Eliminated
11th place
3 3 "We Had a Lot of Evil Spirits Apparently" March 6, 2011 Australia → Japan Zev & Justin Mel & Mike 2nd Eliminated
10th Place
4 4 "This is the Most Stupid Day Ever" March 13, 2011 Japan → China Margie & Luke Kent & Vyxsin Ordered to
Continue Racing
5 5 "Don't Ruin the Basketball Game" March 20, 2011 China Jet & Cord Jamie & Cara 3rd Eliminated
9th place
6 6 "I Feel Like a Monkey in a Circus Parade" March 27, 2011 China → India Gary & Mallory Margie & Luke 4th Eliminated
8th place
7 7 "You Don't Get Paid Unless You Win" April 10, 2011 India Flight Time & Big Easy Ron & Christina 5th Eliminated
7th place
8 8 "I Cannot Deal With Your Psycho Behavior" April 17, 2011 India → Austria Zev & Justin Gary & Mallory Non-Elimination
Leg
9 9 "We're Good American People" April 24, 2011 Austria → Liechtenstein → Switzerland Zev & Justin Jet & Cord 6th Eliminated
6th Place
10 10 "Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen" May 1, 2011 Switzerland Flight Time & Big Easy Kent & Vyxsin 7th Eliminated
5th place
11 11 "This is Where It Ends" May 8, 2011 Switzerland → Brazil Gary & Mallory Zev & Justin 8th Eliminated
4th Place
12 Brazil → United States Kisha & Jen Gary & Mallory 3rd place
Flight Time & Big Easy 2nd place

Leaderboard

This chart shows each teams ranking per leg according to their official check in at the Pit Stop. However, time penalties issued before the start of the next leg due to improperly performed tasks are not reflected here.

Place Team Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 Leg 8 Leg 9 Leg 10 Leg 11 Leg 12 Average Icon-Roadblock
1 Kisha & Jen 3 4 4 5 4 6 3 4 2 2 2 1 3.33 6-6
2 Flight Time & Big Easy 5 2 5 6 6 7 1 2 5 1 3 2 3.75 6-6
3 Gary & Mallory 1 9 2 3 2ϵ 1 4 6 4 3 1 3 3.25 6-6
4 Zev & Justin 4 1 1 8 8 4 2 1 1 4 4 3.46 5-5
5 Kent & Vyxsin 10 7 7 9 5 5 6 3 3 5 6.00 4-5
6 Jet & Cord 11 3 6 2 1 2 5 5 6 4.56 4-4
7 Ron & Christina 8 10 3 4 7 3 7 6.00 3-3
8 Margie & Luke 7 5 8 1 3 8 5.33 2-3
9 Jaime & Cara 6 8 9 7 9 7.80 2-2
10 Mel & Mike 9 6 10 8.33 1-1
11 Amanda & Kris 2 11 6.50 1-0
Notes [1][2] [3] [2][4][5] [6] [7] [8]
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team finished in last and were supposed to be eliminated, but were saved by the Salvage Pass or The Save
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist
This team was penalized with an automatic "U-Turn"



Notes:
1: By the end of Episode 1, Jet & Cord had not reached Phil at the mat.
2: Legs 1 and 4 had no mandatory rest period between legs, and all teams were ordered to continue racing. Those who checked in last on these legs did not face a Speed Bump in the next leg.
3: Amanda & Kris's U-Turn penalty was incurred on Leg 2, as there was no Detour on Leg 1.
4: Flight Time & Big Easy were initially checked in 3rd; however, they were retroactively issued a 30-minute penalty when Ron & Christina told Phil that the Globetrotters had taken their fanny pack by accident and did not return it to them. Ron & Christina were moved up to 3rd, and Kisha & Jen, who checked in within the half-hour penalty period, were checked in for 4th, ultimately dropping the Globetrotters to 5th.
4: By the end of Episode 4, neither Zev & Justin nor Kent & Vyxsin had checked in at the mat.
5: Gary & Mallory used the Express Pass to bypass the Roadblock in Leg 5. Before using the Express Pass, Gary elected to perform the Roadblock, and this is reflected in the total Roadblock count.
6: When Kent & Vyxsin finished Leg 4, they were issued a 30-minute penalty for failing to take the required flight from Tokyo-Narita to Kunming, to be served at the next Pit Stop. They arrived at the Leg 5 Pit Stop 4th; during their penalty Kisha & Jen checked in, dropping Kent & Vyxsin to 5th.
7: Kent & Vyxsin initially arrived 3rd, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking a taxi instead of going on foot from the Roadblock to the Pit Stop as the clue had specified. Gary & Mallory and Zev & Justin, the only teams trailing Kent and Vyxsin at that point, checked in during the penalty time and Kent & Vyxsin were eliminated before the 30 minutes elapsed.
8: Leg 12 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.

Records

Franchise

  • First time visit to Liechtenstein.
  • First season to have an automatic U-Turn.
  • First season to have the first episode end with a cliffhanger.
  • Most parent/child teams in a single season, 4.
  • First season to have only one Speed Bump in the entire race since its introduction.
  • Second season to not have a Fast Forward in the race course (after Season 14, which the Fast Forward went unaired).
  • First time back-to-back female teams winning the race.
  • First time there are back-to-back Roadblocks in the final leg.
  • Second season with consecutive Roadblocks in one leg - leg 12 (after leg 10 of Season 16).
  • Second season to have a Speed Bump and a U-Turn in the same leg (leg 9) (after leg 8 of Season 12).
  • Most number of teams who have been U-Turned in a season, 4.

US

  • Second time the Finish Line takes place in Florida (after Season 7).
  • Least amount of couples in love in standard format: 2 out of 11 (tied with Season 24)
  • Second season to have no one eliminated at the first Pit Stop.
  • Second season to not feature a married team (after Season 17).
  • First season that no one is eliminated in the first leg.
  • First season with no-rest legs (legs 1 and 4).

Season

  • From 1st place to 4th place, the number the legs the team won became their placement.
  • The first four teams eliminated were all from the same season, Season 14.
    • Ironically, Kisha & Jen, the only surviving Season 14 team, ended up winning.
  • Many teams were eliminated in a similar fashion to their original season:
    • Amanda & Kris being U-turned in their original season, and U-turned again this season
    • Luke stumbling at the Roadblock in his original season, and again this season, costing his team.
    • One team member from Ron & Christina messing up at a crucial Roadblock in both seasons
    • Kent & Vyxsin are eliminated in fifth place.
    • Gary & Mallory got trouble with direction at the early of the leg in both season.
  • All the teams that made it to the final leg in their original season were eliminated back-to-back from leg 5 until leg 9 (leg 8 was a non-elimination leg).

Reception

  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (09/18/2011): "Amazing Race unbelievably wins another Emmy"

External links

Get this season on iTunes

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