Tears of a Clown is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 20.


Route Markers

The race begins at Bridlewood Estate Winery in Santa Ynez, California, United States of America.

Teams have to search through 100 balloons with baskets for one of eleven total clues to their next destination. Once they got a clue, they will be able to take one of the provided Ford Tauruses to Los Angeles International Airport.

Teams must fly to Santa Bárbara, Argentina. Teams must fly through Buenos Aires to Salta, the closest airport to Santa Bárbara, and drive to the entrance of the town to find their next clue. The first six teams to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport will receive the fastest flight to Salta, departing 2 hours and 30 minutes before the second flight.

Teams must drive themselves to Aerodromo Gilberto Lavaque to find their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform the Roadblock would have to use a provided map to navigate to a skydiving drop zone. Meanwhile, the other team member that did not perform the Roadblock has to board an airplane and tandem skydive to that location. Once the team is reunited, the jumpmaster will give them their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must drive themselves to Patios de Cafayate Winery and search the grounds for their next clue.

Teams must make 120 empanadas, 60 filled with meat and 60 filled with cheese, both having different crimping pattern. Once the proper quantity of empanadas are made correctly, the empanada champion will allow them to search the grounds to check in.

For coming in first place, Rachel & Dave won the Express Pass.


     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
S20 RachelDave
 1st place 
Rachel & Dave
Army Wife & Combat Pilot
S20 BrendonRachel
 2nd place 
Brendon & Rachel
PhD Student & Event Hostess
S20 ArtJJ
 3rd place 
Art & JJ
Border Patrol Agents
S20 NaryJamie
 4th place 
Nary & Jamie
Federal Agents
S20 VanessaRalph
 5th place 
Vanessa & Ralph
Dating Divorcees
S20 ElliotAndrew
 6th place 
Elliot & Andrew
S20 KerriStacy
 7th place 
Kerri & Stacy
S20 DaveCherie
 8th place 
Dave & Cherie
Married Clowns
S20 BopperMark
 9th place 
Bopper & Mark
Best Friends
S20 JoeyDanny
 10th place 
Joey & Danny
Trainer & Club Promoter
S20 MisaMaiya
 11th place 
Misa & Maiya


  • This episode's title is a pun said by Cherie while sobbing in the stressful ride to the Roadblock.


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