Kindness of Strangers is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 19.
Teams have to search hundreds of oil-paper umbrellas for one of the correct set of letters ("TAI") that when combined twice to six other letters ("WANPEI") to reveal their first destination, Taipei, Taiwan and present the right umbrella to Phil. He will give them keys to one of 11 Ford Explorers parked outside the temple. The last team to complete the task will be penalized with the Hazard. The first eight teams to Los Angeles International Airport will get tickets for the first flight, and the last three teams will tickets for a flight that left 90 minutes after the first.
The order when teams found their umbrella are as follows:
- Andy & Tommy
- Amani & Marcus
- Liz & Marie
- Ethan & Jenna
- Jeremy & Sandy
- Ernie & Cindy
- Ron & Bill
- Bill & Cathi
- Laurence & Zac
- Justin & Jennifer
- Kaylani & Lisa
For coming in last place, Kaylani & Lisa were penalized with the Hazard.
Upon arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, teams had to travel by bus to the Ximending Commercial District, where teams must look for one of the billboards with yellow and red balloons on screen. The billboard will tell them their next destination, the Taipei Confucius Temple in Chinese, 台北孔廟.
The team member assigned to perform the Roadblock would have to look for a nearby payphone where they have to call a particular phone number, which would give the racer one of Confucius's proverbs, "In all things success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure." Without writing it down, they then have to repeat the proverb verbatim to a temple monk to receive their next clue.
The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:
Kaylani & Lisa must travel to the Core Pacific City Mall, where one team member must perform an indoor bungee jump before being allowed to continue. Kaylani performed this task.
Teams must travel by taxi to Dajia Riverside Park and search under the bridge to find their next clue.
Teams must take part in a dragon boat race team. One team member must keep pace by beating a drum, while the other team member joins the paddling crew along the Keelung River. Once they've made it through the course, they will 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 • ϵ 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• H Was penalized with a Hazard
- This episode marks the first, and so far only, appearance of the Hazard.
- This episode's title is said by Kaylani, after Lisa's passport was found by a stranger who was notified by social media.
- This episode ties with "They Thought Godzilla Was Walking Down the Street", "Head Down and Hold On", and "I Should've Been a Boy Scout" for the earliest Non-Elimination Leg in the US version.
- This is the first "true" Non-Elimination Leg to occur in the first leg, as the previous two occurrences were a midpoint-elimination leg and a No-Rest Leg respectively.
- Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (09/26/2011): "The Amazing Race overcompensates with its dumb ending, twists, clues"
|The Amazing Race 19 Episodes|
"Kindness of Strangers" · "The Sprint of Our Life" · "Don't Lay Down on Me Now!" · "This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess" · "I Feel Like I'm in the Circus" · "We Love Your Country Already; It Is Very Spacious" · "Move Goat" · "Super Shady" · "It's Speedo Time" · "Release the Brake!" · "We Are Charlie Chaplin" · "Go Out and Get It Done"