"This Is More Important Than Your Pants Falling Down!"
Version: United States
Season: The Amazing Race 3
Episode No.: 8/11 (032)
First Broadcast: November 27, 2002
Viewership (in millions): 9.90[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 4.2/12[1]
Episode Chronology
Previous: "I'm Supposed to Be Indebted to Her for the Rest of the Race?!"
Next: "Why Did You Have to Take Your Pants Off?!"

This Is More Important Than Your Pants Falling Down! is the eighth episode of The Amazing Race 3.


Route Markers

The order of departure from Bullachberg Castle are as follows:

  1. Flo & Zach (10:02 pm)
  2. Derek & Drew (12:44 am)
  3. John Vito & Jill (12:45 am)
  4. Teri & Ian (12:53 am)
  5. Ken & Gerard (5:20 am)

Teams must drive to the Augustinerhof Farm and find their clue in a haystack.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to the teams at the beginning of the leg. Since none of the teams attempted the Fast Forward, its challenge is unknown.

Teams must take a ferry from Friedrichshafen, Germany to Romanshorn, Switzerland. They must then take a train to Schaffhausen and find the Rheinfall.

Teams must take a train to Zürich and find Lindenhof square. There, they will find an officer who will show the teams a vault where their clue awaits.

Choice A: Count the Money
Teams must count a bowl of Swiss currency to find their code to a safe. Once the safe is open, they can take their next clue.

None of the teams chose this task.

Choice B: Run the Numbers
Teams must find numbers on a metal statue in the intersection of Sihlstrasse and Bahnhofstrasse, the sum of the numbers on the north face of a clock on St. Peter's Church, and the number of trees in Lindenhof marked with red ribbons. Once they have all the numbers, they can open their safe to get their next clue.

All of the teams chose this task.

Teams must take a train to Grindelwald and find the field near the railway station where their next route marker is.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock will relive the story of Swiss folk hero William Tell by using a crossbow to shoot (with an instructor's assistance) an apple off of a mannequin's head. Once the apple is knocked off, they will receive their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to Chalet Arnika to check in.

For coming in first place, Derek & Drew won two Kodak EasyShare digital cameras.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward
S3 DerekDrew
 1st place 
Derek & Drew
S3 FloZach
 2nd place 
Flo & Zach
S3 TeriIan
 3rd place 
Teri & Ian
Married Parents
S3 KenGerard
 4th place 
Ken & Gerard
S3 JohnVitoJill
 5th place 
John Vito & Jill


  • This episode won the 2003 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program".[2]
  • This episode's title was said by Ian.
  • This leg marks the first time that The Amazing Race visits the country of Switzerland.