The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business is the eighteenth installment of The Amazing Race. It premiered on February 20, 2011 and is the first US season of The Amazing Race to be broadcast in high-definition.

This season featured eleven returning teams from seasons 12 to 17 who would be given a second chance to win, after failing to win their first season.

Teams

Kisha & Jen
 1st place 
Kisha & Jen
Sisters
The Amazing Race 14
Flight Time & Big Easy
 2nd place 
Flight Time & Big Easy
Harlem Globetrotters
The Amazing Race 15
Gary & Mallory
 3rd place 
Gary & Mallory
Father/Daughter
The Amazing Race 17
Zev & Justin
 4th place 
Zev & Justin
Best Friends
The Amazing Race 15
Kent & Vyxsin
 5th place 
Kent & Vyxsin
Dating Goths
The Amazing Race 12
Jet & Cord
 6th place 
Jet & Cord
Cowboys
The Amazing Race 16
Ron & Christina
 7th place 
Ron & Christina
Father/Daughter
The Amazing Race 12
Margie & Luke
 8th place 
Margie & Luke
Mother/Son
The Amazing Race 14
Jaime & Cara
 9th place 
Jaime & Cara
Former NFL Cheerleaders
The Amazing Race 14
Mel & Mike
 10th place 
Mel & Mike
Father/Son
The Amazing Race 14
Amanda & Kris
 11th place 
Amanda & Kris
Engaged
The Amazing Race 14

Episodes

Episode Air Date Leg Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
1 "Head Down and Hold On" February 20, 2011 1 United States → Australia Gary & Mallory Jet & Cord Ordered to
Continue Racing
9.15[1] 2.5/7[1]
2 "I Never Looked So Foolish in My Whole Entire Life" February 27, 2011 2 Australia Zev & Justin Amanda & Kris 1st Eliminated
11th Place
7.67[2] 2.1/5[2]
3 "We Had a Lot of Evil Spirits Apparently" March 6, 2011 3 Australia → Japan Zev & Justin Mel & Mike 2nd Eliminated
10th Place
9.78[3] 2.7/7[3]
4 "This Is the Most Stupid Day Ever" March 13, 2011 4 Japan → China Margie & Luke Kent & Vyxsin Ordered to
Continue Racing
9.44[4] 2.7/8[4]
5 "Don't Ruin the Basketball Game" March 20, 2011 5 China Jet & Cord Jamie & Cara 3rd Eliminated
9th Place
10.12[5] 2.8/8[5]
6 "I Feel Like a Monkey in a Circus Parade" March 27, 2011 6 China → India Gary & Mallory Margie & Luke 4th Eliminated
8th Place
10.96[6] 3.2/9[6]
7 "You Don't Get Paid Unless You Win" April 10, 2011 7 India Flight Time & Big Easy Ron & Christina 5th Eliminated
7th Place
10.48[7] 2.9/8[7]
8 "I Cannot Deal with Your Psycho Behavior" April 17, 2011 8 India → Austria Zev & Justin Gary & Mallory Non-Elimination
Leg
8.78[8] 2.4/7[8]
9 "We're Good American People" April 24, 2011 9 Austria → Liechtenstein → Switzerland Zev & Justin Jet & Cord 6th Eliminated
6th Place
9.37[9] 2.6/8[9]
10 "Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen" May 1, 2011 10 Switzerland Flight Time & Big Easy Kent & Vyxsin 7th Eliminated
5th Place
9.20[10] 2.6/7[10]
11 "This Is Where It Ends" May 8, 2011 11 Switzerland → Brazil Gary & Mallory Zev & Justin 8th Eliminated
4th Place
8.97[11] 2.6/7[11]
12 Brazil → United States Kisha & Jen Gary & Mallory 3rd Place
Flight Time & Big Easy 2nd Place

Leaderboard

This chart shows each teams ranking per leg according to their official check in at the Pit Stop. However, time penalties issued before the start of the next leg due to improperly performed tasks are not reflected here.

Place Team Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 Leg 8 Leg 9 Leg 10 Leg 11 Leg 12 Average Roadblock
1 Kisha & Jen 3 4 4 5 4 6 3 4 2 2 2 1 3.33 6-6
2 Flight Time & Big Easy 5 2 5 6 6 7 1 2 5 1 3 2 3.75 6-6
3 Gary & Mallory 1 9 2 3 2ϵ 1 4 6 4 3 1 3 3.25 6-6
4 Zev & Justin 4 1 1 8 8 4 2 1 1 4 4 3.46 5-5
5 Kent & Vyxsin 10 7 7 9 5 5 6 3 3 5 6.00 4-5
6 Jet & Cord 11 3 6 2 1 2 5 5 6 4.56 4-4
7 Ron & Christina 8 10 3 4 7 3 7 6.00 3-3
8 Margie & Luke 7 5 8 1 3 8 5.33 2-3
9 Jaime & Cara 6 8 9 7 9 7.80 2-2
10 Mel & Mike 9 6 10 8.33 1-1
11 Amanda & Kris 2 11 6.50 1-0
Notes [1] [2] [3][4] [1] [5][6] [7] [8]
Legend:
     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
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist
This team was penalized with an automatic "U-Turn"

Notes:
1: Legs 1 and 4 had no mandatory rest period between legs, and all teams were ordered to continue racing. Those who checked in last on these legs did not face a Speed Bump in the next leg.
2: Amanda & Kris's U-Turn penalty was incurred on Leg 2, as there was no Detour on Leg 1.
3: Flight Time & Big Easy were initially checked in 3rd; however, they were retroactively issued a 30-minute penalty when Ron & Christina informed host Phil Keoghan that Flight Time & Big Easy had taken their fanny pack by accident and did not return it to them. Ron & Christina were moved up to 3rd, and Kisha & Jen, who checked in within the penalty period, were checked in for 4th, ultimately dropping Flight Time & Big Easy to 5th.
4: Mel & Mike attempted, but were unable to complete the Frog of Luck Detour due to suffering from hypothermia. Already in last place, they were instructed to go directly to the Pit Stop to be eliminated.[12]
5: Gary & Mallory used the Express Pass to bypass the Roadblock in Leg 5. Before using the Express Pass, Gary elected to perform the Roadblock, and this is reflected in the total Roadblock count.
6: When Kent & Vyxsin finished Leg 4, they were issued a 30-minute penalty for failing to take the required flight from Tokyo-Narita to Kunming, to be served at the next Pit Stop. They arrived at the Leg 5 Pit Stop 4th; during their penalty Kisha & Jen checked in, dropping Kent & Vyxsin to 5th.
7: Kent & Vyxsin initially arrived 3rd, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking a taxi instead of going on foot from the Roadblock to the Pit Stop as the clue had specified. Gary & Mallory and Zev & Justin, the only teams trailing Kent and Vyxsin at that point, checked in during the penalty time and Kent & Vyxsin were eliminated before the 30 minutes elapsed.
8: Leg 12 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.

Trivia

Franchise

  • First time visit to Liechtenstein.
  • First season to have an automatic U-Turn.
  • First season to have the first episode end with a cliffhanger.
  • Most parent/child teams in a single season, 4.
  • First season to have only one Speed Bump in the entire race since its introduction.
  • First time all-female teams won the race in back-to-back seasons, following The Amazing Race 17.
  • First time that there are back-to-back Roadblocks in the final leg.

US

Season

  • The first four teams eliminated were all from the same season, The Amazing Race 14.
    • Ironically, Kisha & Jen, the only surviving team from The Amazing Race 14, went on to win.
  • All the teams that made it to the final leg in their original season were eliminated consecutively from leg 5 until leg 9.

Reception

  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (09/18/2011): "Amazing Race unbelievably wins another Emmy"

External links

Get this season on iTunes

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  12. Kwiatkowski, Elizabeth (March 7, 2011). Exclusive: Mel White talks 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business'. Reality TV World. Retrieved on February 26, 2021.

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