I Got the Smartest Dude is the second episode of The Amazing Race 26.


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Route Markers

The order of departure from the Akihabara UDX Building are as follows:

  1. Jelani & Jenny (5:30 am)
  2. Jeff & Jackie (5:33 am)
  3. Laura & Tyler (5:45 am)
  4. Aly & Steve (6:14 am)
  5. Harley & Jonathan (6:52 am)
  6. Bergen & Kurt (7:10 am)
  7. Mike & Rochelle (7:15 am)
  8. Hayley & Blair (7:33 am)
  9. Matt & Ashley (7:36 am)
  10. Libby & CJ (8:20 am)

Teams must travel by bullet train to Nagano. Once there, teams must make their way by taxi to Matsushiro Castle to find their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would have to solve an intricate method to opening a Japanese puzzle box, known as a yosegi. Once they have figured the box, they would find a password written on a small piece of paper, which reads Nakani irete kudasai ("Please let me in"). They must then recite the password to the castle guards in order to get their next clue, one of which conceals a "Date Night" ticket.

The performers per team are underlined:

Teams must travel by taxi to Nishi-guchi Zenkō-ji to find their next clue.

Choice A: Share
Teams would have to made their way to the Takesan Donabe restaurant and feed each other a bowl of noodles, using only a pair of chopsticks sitting in front of a large fan. Once all the noodles are eaten, they will receive their next clue.

Bergen & Kurt, Harley & Jonathan, Jelani & Jenny, Laura & Tyler, Libby & CJ, and Mike & Rochelle chose this task.

Choice B: Chair
Teams would have to travel to the M-Wave Olympic Arena. One team member sits on a chair mounted on a sled, while the other team member pushes the chair around a speed skating track. After one lap, they'll switch places. Teams have to finish both laps in a combined time of no more than three minutes and fifty-five seconds to receive their next clue from the the coach.

Aly & Steve, Jeff & Jackie, Hayley & Blair, and Matt & Ashley chose this task.

Teams must travel by taxi to Patio Daimon to check in.

For coming in first place, Jelani & Jenny each won Fitbit watches and a fitness package, plus a personal chef, cooking lessons and a one-year gym membership or a year of fresh grocery delivery.

For winning the Date Night ticket, Harley & Jonathan won a trip to a Japanese hot spring during the Pit Stop.


     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
S26 JelaniJenny
 1st place 
Jelani & Jenny
Blind Dating
S26 LauraTyler
 2nd place 
Laura & Tyler
Blind Dating
S26 AlySteve
 3rd place 
Aly & Steve
Dating Olympians
S26 HarleyJonathan
 4th place 
Harley & Jonathan
S26 BergenKurt
 5th place 
Bergen & Kurt
Blind Dating
S26 JeffJackie
 6th place 
Jeff & Jackie
Blind Dating
S26 MattAshley
 7th place 
Matt & Ashley
S26 MikeRochelle
 8th place 
Mike & Rochelle
S26 HayleyBlair
 9th place 
Hayley & Blair
Blind Dating
S26 LibbyCJ
 10th place 
Libby & CJ


  • The episode's title was said by Laura and Jenny in reference to their partners, while waiting at the Roadblock.


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