Being Polite Sucks Sometimes is the ninth episode of The Amazing Race 10.
The teams are faced with a challenging Roadblock that will test the Racers' ability to stay calm in a claustrophobic setting, while one Racer struggles to overcome their fear of heights.
As the intensity of the Race picks up, one team's kind nature is put to the test when another team jumps in front of them in the taxi line. Meanwhile, another team's frustration sets in when they miss a train, causing them to lose precious time.
The order of departure from Cathedral Andohalo are as follows:
Teams must fly to Helsinki, Finland. Due to the limited number of flights out of Madagascar, teams are given tickets to Paris, France, but must make their own arrangements to Helsinki. However, they are not obligated to use them and may look for another itinerary. Upon arrival, teams must make their way to Kappeli Café, search for a marked laptop, and log onto their AOL email to receive a video from loved ones back at home. Once they have finished watching their videos, the owner of the cafe would give them their next clue.
Choice A: Swamp This
Teams must put on a pair of cross-country skis and traverse a 1-mile course through a muddy bog while wearing them. The course would involve three locations where teams would have to temporarily take off their skis and climb up a wooden platform, after which they would jump into the muck and put their skis back on. At the end of the course, they would find their next clue.
Erwin & Godwin, Rob & Kimberly, and Tyler & James chose this task.
Choice B: Swamp That
Teams must traverse through an obstacle course through the muddy bog. They would be required to run, crawl, climb platforms, swing on a rope, and carry one another, as dictated by signs along the way. At the end of the course, they would find their next clue.
"Who's ready for a miner inconvenience?"
The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must ride a bicycle down a steep hill even deeper into the mine. At the bottom, they would find a heavy limestone block, which they would have to attach to their bike and return to the top of the hill. There, they would use the provided tools to break the limestone open to retrieve their next clue from inside.
The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:
Teams must drive themselves to the Helsinki Olympic Stadium and search for their next clue.
Teams must climb to the top of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium Tower, where both team members must perform a face-first rappel to receive their next clue.
First Place • Eliminated • Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg • Season winner • Season 2nd place • Season 3rd place • ► Used the Fast Forward• > Used the Yield • < Recipient of the Yield
- This episode marks the first time that The Amazing Race visits the country of Finland.
- The episode title is said by Godwin Cho when his team lost a taxi to Lyn & Karlyn because they stood in line instead of jumping the queue.