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A discharge is a rare method of elimination when a team is unable to return to the race voluntarily without continuing in-between legs. Due to the fact that a majority of seasons' legs are filmed sequentially, this is a extraordinarily rare occurrence.

Occurrences[]

The Amazing Race China[]

As The Amazing Race China does not film legs sequentially, discharges are able to occur.

A partial discharge occurred after the filming of the second leg of The Amazing Race China 3. Ji Longxiang of Liu Xiang & Ji Longxiang dropped from the Race due to the advice of a doctor. Xu Qifeng replaced him for the remainder of the season.

The Amazing Race (US)[]

The first full discharge occurred in the fourth leg of The Amazing Race 33. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, filming was halted following the conclusion of the third leg. After a nineteen month hiatus, filming resumed. Four teams were unable to return to The Amazing Race when filming resumed due to extenuating circumstances:[1]

  • Anthony of Anthony & Spencer got a promotion as a financial advisor and he was unable to take the needed time off work.
  • Caro & Ray broke up in July 2020 and Caro's American work visa expired, so she was unable to return to the country due to travel restrictions for non-US citizens.
  • Connie of Connie & Sam was six months pregnant when filming resumed.
  • Taylor & Isaiah were initially set to return, but returned home after Taylor's brother died of COVID-19 while they were sequestered.

Trivia[]

  • Anthony & Spencer are the highest-ranked team to discharge, finishing in 8th place.
    • Ji Longxiang of Liu Xiang & Ji Longxiang discharged at the final 7, but because Liu Xiang continued racing with a different partner, Ji Longxiang did not officially finish in 7th place.
  • Taylor & Isaiah are the lowest-ranked team to discharge, finishing in 11th place.

References[]

  1. Why These Four Pairs Didn't Return to Amazing Race After Covid Shutdown. Too Fab (January 20, 2022). Retrieved on January 21, 2022.

The Amazing Race Format

Challenges: Assist · Clues · Clue Box · Double Battle · Express Pass · Resurrection Card · Salvage Pass · Save
Pit Stops: Elimination · Finish Line · Marked for Elimination · Megaleg · No Penalty · No-Rest Leg · Non-Elimination Leg · Pit Start · Pit Stop · Starting Line · Superleg
Rules: Money · Rules and Penalties
Others: Date Night · Discharged · Ejection · Evacuation · Medically Exempt · Overnight Rest · Quit · Switchback
Twists: City Sprint · Departure Time Penalty · Double Elimination · Double Your Money · First Class Pass · Hazard · Marked for Elimination · On Ramp · One Way · Partner Swap · Pass · The Scramble · Salvage & Sabotage · Starting Line Task · Surprise Elimination · Surrender Money · Surrender Money and No Supplied Vehicles · Surrender Money and Possessions · U-Turn · Yield

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