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They Don't Call It The Amazing Race for Nothin! is the Season Premiere of The Amazing Race 17.

Story

Route Markers

The race begins at the Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States.

Teams must fly to London, England, United Kingdom. Teams may only take one of two flights. The first flight, American Airlines, could carry three teams and lands half an hour ahead of the second flight, Virgin Atlantic. Upon arrival, teams must drive themselves to Stonehenge in Amesbury, where they would find their next clue.

Teams are given a riddle, which instructed them to "find the castle that is the opposite of Nor'easter", which they must figure out referred to Eastnor Castle, where they would find their next clue.

Teams must climb a ladder on an exterior wall of Eastnor Castle while peasants standing atop the wall taunt and pour dirty water on them. Once they have scaled the wall, they must retrieve a medieval flag from the battlements. They must then follow a marked path to find coracles, which they must use to cross the castle's moat. If their coracle sinks, teams must return to shore and try again. Once across the moat, teams must bring their flag to a knight in shining armor with the same colors as their flag, who would give the team the next clue.

"Who's ready to go into battle with a knight in shining armor?"

The team member assigned to perform the Roadblock must travel on horseback to a tournament area, where they must use a giant slingshot to launch a watermelon towards a suit of armor standing 50 feet away. Once they knock the armor over, they must find the court jester, who would give teams their next clue.


The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must search the castle grounds and find Eastnor Castle Meadow to check in.
For coming in first place, Jill & Thomas won the Express Pass.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     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
Jill & Thomas
 1st place 
Jill & Thomas
Dating
Nat & Kat
 2nd place 
Nat & Kat
Doctors
Connor & Jonathan
 3rd place 
Connor & Jonathan
Ivy League A Capella Singers
Brook & Claire
 4th place 
Brook & Claire
Home Shopping Hosts
Katie & Rachel
 5th place 
Katie & Rachel
Beach Volleyball Partners
Gary & Mallory
 6th place 
Gary & Mallory
Father/Daughter
Michael & Kevin
 7th place 
Michael & Kevin
Father/Son
Chad & Stephanie
 8th place 
Chad & Stephanie
Newly Dating
Andie & Jenna
 9th place 
Andie & Jenna
Birth Mom/Daughter
Nick & Vicki
 10th place 
Nick & Vicki
Dating
Ron & Tony
 11th place 
Ron & Tony
Best Friends

Trivia

Reception

  • Michael Schneider at Variety (09/07/2010): "The Amazing Races brutal watermelon attack"
  • Rhett Allain at Wired.com (09/09/2010): "Watermelon Collusions - OUCH"
  • Carla Patton at BuddyTV (09/24/2010): "Watermelon to the Head and 4 More Reasons to Watch The Amazing Race This Season"
  • Chris Conation at PopMatters (09/26/2010): "Reviewing Season 17 Premiere"
  • Sarah Kickler Kelber at Baltimore Sun (09/27/2010): "TAR Recap: Watermelon TO THE FACE"
  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (09/27/2010): "Watermelon hits wrong person in the face as Amazing Race 17 gets off to a decent start"
  • The Daily Beast (09/27/2010): "The Amazing Race: Watermelon Attack"
  • Kayla Webley at TIME.com (12/09/2010): "Top 10 Reality-TV Moments: 5. The Watermelon Incident"

References

The Amazing Race 17 Episodes

"They Don't Call It The Amazing Race for Nothin!" · "A Kiss Saves the Day" · "In Phil We Trust" · "We Should Have Brought Gloves and Butt Pads" · "Tastes Like a Million Dollars" · "Run, Babushka, Run" · "I Want to Be in the Circus, That's Where I Belong" · "Ali Baba in a Suit" · "There's a Lot of Nuts and Bullets" · "I Hate Chinese Food" · "I'm Surrounded by Ninjas" · "Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race"

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