"This Is Wicked Strange"
Version United States
Season Season 20
Episode Number 6/11 (232)
First Broadcast March 25, 2012
Episode Chronology
Previous "Uglier Than a Mud Rail Fence"
Next "I Didn't Make Her Cry"

This Is Wicked Strange is the sixth episode of The Amazing Race 20.


Route Markers

The order of departure from Landhannes Farm are as follows:

  1. Art & JJ (8:48 am)
  2. Joey & Danny (9:17 am)
  3. Vanessa & Ralph (9:19 am)
  4. Rachel & Dave (10:57 am)
  5. Brendon & Rachel (11:17 am)
  6. Bopper & Mark (11:41 am)
  7. Nary & Jamie (11:42 am)

Teams must fly to Baku, Azerbaijan. Upon arrival, teams must travel by taxi to Temple Ateshgah to find their next clue.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to them after receiving their clue at Temple Ateshgah.

One team member would have to travel to a nearby market named Saman Ot Bazary where they would have to unload 150 bales of hay and stack them 10 bales long, 3 bales wide, and 5 bales high. Once complete, they would win the Fast Forward. Rachel & Dave won the Fast Forward.

Teams must travel by taxi to Occupational Training International and search the grounds to find their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform the Roadblock would have to participate in a helicopter crash training exercise by donning safety gear and boarding a helicopter simulator that then submerged and inverted in a pool of water. Racers then have to evacuate the simulator through a window and swim to a lifeboat in the pool to retrieve their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must travel by taxi to Old Baku and search for the Toghrul Karabakh Carpet Shop to find their next clue.

Choice A: Apple
Teams would have to travel to the Yaşil Bazaar fruit market where they have to unload and search through an Soviet-era car filled with a ton of apples for one apple marked with a Race Flag. Once they find the apple, they can trade it in for their next clue.

Joey & Danny, Nary & Jamie, and Vanessa & Ralph chose this task.

Choice B: Oil
Teams would have to travel to the Naftalan health spa where they have to clean crude oil off of a client, first by using a shoehorn and then by scrubbing them clean. Once done, the spa official will give them their next clue.

Art & JJ, Bopper & Mark, and Brendon & Rachel chose this task.

Teams must travel by taxi to Boulevard Esplanade Estakada to check in.

For coming in first place, Rachel & Dave each won a 2013 Ford Taurus SHO.


     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
 2nd place 
Art & JJ
Border Patrol Agents
Bopper & Mark
 3rd place 
Bopper & Mark
Best Friends
Brendon & Rachel
 4th place 
Brendon & Rachel
PhD Student & Event Hostess
 5th place 
Nary & Jamie
Federal agents
 6th place 
Vanessa & Ralph
Dating Divorcees
Joey & Danny
Trainer & Club Promoter


  • This marks the first time The Amazing Race visits the country of Azerbaijan.
  • This episode's title is said by JJ to Art, describing the circumstances of the Oil detour.