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Double Your Money is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 21.

Story

Route Markers

Teams must don safety gear and then rappel together down ten stories off of the side of the Colorado Street Bridge. Once at the bottom teams, would find their bags and their first clue.

Teams must fly to Shanghai, China. The first flight, China Airlines, could carry seven teams and is scheduled to arrive one hour and fifteen minutes ahead of the second flight, EVA Air. Upon arrival, teams must take a taxi to the Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium, where they would find their next clue.

"Who's ready to get paddled?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must score one point in a game of table tennis against a 10-year-old Chinese national junior table tennis champion, who would rotate among all teams present at any given time. For each attempt after their first, the table tennis champion would play with an ordinary household object (scaling from a clipboard, a frying pan, a tambourine, a metal pencil case, and a clue envelope) to make it easier to score a point. Once they have scored a point, they would receive their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to Cui Ping Jiu Jia Restaurant, where they would find their next clue.

"Who wants to go tubing?"

The team member who sat out of the previous Roadblock must eat a Chinese delicacy desert known as hasma, which consists of the fatty connective tissue found near the fallopian tubes of a frog served to them in two hollowed-out papaya halves, using only a provided pair of chopsticks and without lifting the papaya off of the table. Once they completely finish the dish, they would receive their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to The Bund, where they must search the promenade for a woman and young boy with traditional Suanpan abacuses, who would give teams their next clue.

Teams must make their way on foot to the Bund Observatory to check in.
For coming in first place, Abbie & Ryan won the Double Your Money prize, allowing them to win $2,000,000 if they come in first on the final leg.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     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
Abbie & Ryan
 1st place 
Abbie & Ryan
Dating Divorcees
Amy & Daniel
 2nd place 
Amy & Daniel
Dating On and Off
Caitlin & Brittany
 3rd place 
Caitlin & Brittany
Best Friends
Natalie & Nadiya
 4th place 
Natalie & Nadiya
Twins
Rob & Kelley
 5th place 
Rob & Kelley
Married Monster Truckers
James & Abba
 6th place 
James & Abba
Rock Star/Lawyer
Josh & Brent
 7th place 
Josh & Brent
Goat Farmers
Gary & Will
 8th place 
Gary & Will
Substitute Teachers
Trey & Lexi
 9th place 
Trey & Lexi
Dating
Jaymes & James
 10th place 
Jaymes & James
Chippendales
Rob & Sheila
 11th place 
Rob & Sheila
Lumberjack/Marketing Exec

Trivia

  • This is the first season premiere that there are two Roadblocks and no Detour on the first leg.
  • With an average placing of 8.67, this episode's leg marks the lowest average placing for the final three teams of the season on any leg of the race across all American seasons.
  • The episode title is said by host Phil Keoghan, describing the major twist of the season.

Reception

  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (10/01/2012): "Amazing Race: loud, grating and unlikely to change (just like my opinion of it!)"

References

The Amazing Race 21 Episodes

"Double Your Money" · "Long Hair, Don't Care" · "There's No Crying in Baseball" · "Funky Monkey" · "Chill Out, Freak" · "Get Your Sexy On" · "Off to See the Wizard" · "We Was Robbed" · "Fishy Kiss" · "Not a Well-Rounded Athlete" · "Take Down That Million"

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