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Gary Rosen and Dave Lepeska are a team of Former Roommates on The Amazing Race 2.

Despite being the intended comic relief team, Gary's snide comments ended up being a very "love it or hate it" form of humor, and constantly put him at odds with the other teams. They finished 5th when their Detour switching in Australia put them behind everyone else.


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If we could describe our relationship in one phrase, it would be 'Best Enemies'.


Writers Gary and Dave met during a job interview. According to Gary, "It was a chilly winter in Chicago about five years ago. We hung out drinking beers. We didn't like each other then, and we don't now." The two once went on a cross-country road trip together, and Gary claims that they "couldn't go three turn-offs without getting into a fight. The best part of traveling together is always having someone to yell at, but that's the worst part too." Dave's version is slightly different: "Worst aspect--Gary consistently getting us lost. Best aspect--my sense of direction."

Gary and Dave decided to team up for THE AMAZING RACE because they "were running out of unemployment checks in NYC and needed to find a new racket." When pondering how THE AMAZING RACE might affect their relationship, Dave says, "Well, I figure it couldn't get any weaker." Gary agrees: "We figure the relationship won't get any more strained…. If anything, we figure it will have to strengthen it."

Q & A

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?

  • Gary: I'm a warrior, a winner.
  • Dave: I'm a warrior, a winner.

What strengths and weaknesses does your teammate bring to the Team?

  • Gary: He's smart enough to realize I'm the leader of the Team. His weaknesses include, but are not limited to, incompetence, chaotic thinking, and clumsy oafishness.
  • Dave: Insightful, concentrated, laser-sharp insults.

What is your favorite film?

  • Gary: The Godfather
  • Dave: The Godfather

What is your favorite TV show?

  • Gary: Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and South Park
  • Dave: Seinfeld and The Simpsons

Who is your favorite actor?

  • Gary: Gene Hackman
  • Dave: Marlon Brando

Who is your favorite actress

  • GARY: Drew Barrymore
  • DAVE: Cate Blanchett

What is your favorite band?

  • Gary: Imperial Teen
  • Dave: Dylan, Beck, and The Magnetic Fields

What comfort item from home will you miss the most?

  • Gary: Hot showers
  • Dave: My bed[1]

The Amazing Race 2

Race History

Gary & Dave's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Mountain / Beach No Roadblock 9 of 11
2 2 Brazil Freak Out / Seek Out Dave 5 of 10 [1]
3 3 Brazil → South Africa Dance / Deliver Gary 3 of 9
4 4 South Africa → Namibia Slide / Stride Dave 2 of 8 [2]
5 5 Namibia → Thailand Confusion Now / Confusion Later Dave 5 of 7
6 6 Thailand Boat / Beast Dave 2 of 6
7 7 Thailand → Hong Kong Used Fast Forward 1 of 6
8 8 Hong Kong → Australia Dragon / Lion Dave 3 of 5
9 Australia Cool Down / Heat Up Gary 5 of 5 [3]
Average 3.89
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass

1: Gary & Dave attempted Seek Out for the Detour before switching to Freak Out.
2: Gary & Dave incurred a retroactive 42-minute penalty for speeding. Their penalty was issued after their check in.
3: Gary & Dave attempted Cool Down for the Detour before switching to Heat Up.



  • Nicknamed "Itchy and Scratchy" by fellow teams.

Franchise Records

  • First team to switch Detours on two different occasions.
  • Gary & Dave are the first team to be eliminated in Australia and the first team to be eliminated in the Oceania continent.

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