|"What If Our Parachute Doesn't Open?"|
|Episode Number||1/11 (025)|
|First Broadcast||October 2, 2002|
|Viewership (in millions)||9.50|
|Previous|| "Follow That Plane!"|
|Next||"This Seems Like the Path Straight to Hell!"|
What If Our Parachute Doesn't Open? is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 3.
In the premiere episode, 12 diverse teams of two set off on the first leg of the Race starting in the remote Florida Everglades and quickly make their way to the crowded streets of Mexico City. One team teams begs for money at an airport, and tensions escalate quickly when another team leaves their belongings in a taxi. Some embrace the thrill of skydiving, while one team must overcome an extreme fear of heights to stay in the Race. Several twists occur as teams confront major obstacles on the way to the Pit Stop.
Teams must fly to Mexico City, Mexico and find the Angel of Independence statue. There are only two flights for the teams. Flight 1 is American Airlines and can only accommodate 7 teams. Flight 2 is Aero Mexico and accommodates 5 teams, leaving fifty minutes after Flight 1.
Using only a photo for reference, teams must find a man named Pablo, who is near Zócalo.
After finding Pablo, team must make their way to the Hotel de Cortes and sign up for one of three charter buses to Aerodromo Tequesquitengo in the morning. Buses can only carry 4 teams at a time and depart two hours apart.
The Fast Forward instructions were given to them after receiving their clue at Zócalo.
Teams will have to go to Plaza Santo Domingo and find a typewriter shop. There one of the shopkeepers will have a special message for them, the Fast Forward pass. Ken & Gerard won the Fast Forward.
Choice A: Wings
Team must take a plane that will bring them to an altitude of 10,000 ft. Once at that height, teams must tandem jump with an instructor. Once they've made it to the ground, they may receive their next clue.
Choice B: Wheels
Teams must take a donkey cart and using a map provided direct their driver, who speaks little to no English to the next clue marker.
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 Forward
- This episode marks the first time the country of Mexico is visited.
- Thus, It also marks the first time a North American country outside of the United States is visited.
- This episode's title was said by Eve, who was worried about skydiving.
- First and only US season to have its premiere air in the month of October.
- Rob & Brennan (10/03/2002): "Season 3 Premiere Thoughts"