"They Don't Call It The Amazing Race For Nothin!"
Claire Watermeleon Headshot
Claire's watermelon at the Roadblock flings right back at her.
Version United States
Season Season 17
Episode Number 1/12 (192)
First Broadcast September 26, 2010
Viewership (in millions) 11.54[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 3.1/8
Episode Chronology
Previous "Huger Than Huge"
(previous season)
Next "A Kiss Saves the Day"

They Don't Call It The Amazing Race For Nothin! is the Season Premiere of The Amazing Race 17.


Route Markers

The race begins at the Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States of America.

Teams must travel to London, England, United Kingdom. Upon arrival at London Heathrow Airport, teams must drive themselves to Stonehenge in Amesbury, where they will search the area for a clue box containing their next clue.

Teams are given a riddle ,"The opposite of Nor'easter", to which they had to solve to reveal their next destination. Once they've figured it out, teams must find Eastnor Castle, where their next clue is waiting.

Teams have to climb a ladder on an exterior wall of the castle while peasants standing atop the wall taunt and pour dirty water on them. Once they've climbed the wall, they have to retrieve a medieval flag and then use a coracle to cross the castle's moat to bring the flag to a knight in shining armor who will give the team the next clue.

The team member assigned to perform the Roadblock had to travel on horseback to a tournament area and use a giant slingshot to launch a watermelon towards a suit of armor standing 50 feet away. Once they knock the armor over, the team has to find a court jester who will give them their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must search the castle grounds and find Phil to check in.

For coming in first place, Jill & Thomas 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
 1st place 
Jill & Thomas
 2nd place 
Nat & Kat
 3rd place 
Connor & Jonathan
Ivy League A Capella Singers
 4th place 
Brook & Claire
Home Shopping Hosts
 5th place 
Katie & Rachel
Beach Volleyball Partners
 6th place 
Gary & Mallory
 7th place 
Michael & Kevin
 8th place 
Chad & Stephanie
Newly Dating
 9th place 
Andie & Jenna
Birth Mom/Daughter
 10th place 
Nick & Vicki
Ron & Tony
Best Friends



  • Michael Schneider at Variety (09/07/2010): "The Amazing Races’ brutal watermelon attack"
  • Rhett Allain at (09/09/2010): "Watermelon Collusions - OUCH"
  • Carla Patton at BuddyTV (09/24/2010): "Watermelon to the Head and 4 More Reasons to Watch The Amazing Race This Season"
  • Chris Conation at PopMatters (09/26/2010): "Reviewing Season 17 Premiere"
  • Sarah Kickler Kelber at Baltimore Sun (09/27/2010): "TAR Recap: Watermelon TO THE FACE"
  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (09/27/2010): "Watermelon hits wrong person in the face as Amazing Race 17 gets off to a decent start"
  • The Daily Beast (09/27/2010): "The Amazing Race: Watermelon Attack"
  • Kayla Webley at (12/09/2010): "Top 10 Reality-TV Moments: 5. The Watermelon Incident"