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This Is More Important Than Your Pants Falling Down! is the eighth episode of The Amazing Race 3.


Route Markers

The order of departure from Bullachberg Castle are as follows:

  1. Flo & Zach (10:02 pm)
  2. Derek & Drew (12:44 am)
  3. John Vito & Jill (12:45 am)
  4. Teri & Ian (12:53 am)
  5. Ken & Gerard (5:20 am)

Teams must drive to the Augustinerhof Farm and find their clue in a haystack.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to the teams at the beginning of the leg. Since none of the teams attempted the Fast Forward, its challenge is unknown.

Teams must take a ferry from Friedrichshafen, Germany to Romanshorn, Switzerland. They must then take a train to Schaffhausen and find the Rheinfall.

Teams must take a train to Zürich and find Lindenhof square. There, they will find an officer who will show the teams a vault where their clue awaits.

Choice A: Count the Money
Teams must count a bowl of Swiss currency to find their code to a safe. Once the safe is open, they can take their next clue.

None of the teams chose this task.

Choice B: Run the Numbers
Teams must find numbers on a metal statue in the intersection of Sihlstrasse and Bahnhofstrasse, the sum of the numbers on the north face of a clock on St. Peter's Church, and the number of trees in Lindenhof marked with red ribbons. Once they have all the numbers, they can open their safe to get their next clue.

All of the teams chose this task.

Teams must take a train to Grindelwald and find the field near the railway station where their next route marker is.

"For someone who is ready to take a shot at success."

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock will relive the story of Swiss folk hero William Tell by using a crossbow to shoot (with an instructor's assistance) an apple off of a mannequin's head. Once the apple is knocked off, they will receive their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to Chalet Arnika to check in.
For coming in first place, Derek & Drew won two Kodak EasyShare digital cameras.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward
Derek & Drew
 1st place 
Derek & Drew
Flo & Zach
 2nd place 
Flo & Zach
Teri & Ian
 3rd place 
Teri & Ian
Married Parents
Ken & Gerard
 4th place 
Ken & Gerard
John Vito & Jill
 5th place 
John Vito & Jill


  • This episode won the 2003 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program".[2]
  • This episode's title was said by Ian as Teri was trying to keep her pants up while they were going to the Pit Stop.
  • This leg marks the first time that The Amazing Race visits the country of Switzerland.


The Amazing Race 3 Episodes

"What If Our Parachute Doesn't Open?" · "This Seems Like the Path Straight to Hell!" · "You Always Just Forget About Me!" · "Did You See How I Stopped It? With My Face" · "What Happens If I Slip? Am I Just Hanging Off a Cliff?" · "I'm a Much Better Liar Than You Are" · "I'm Supposed to Be Indebted to Her for the Rest of the Race?!" · "This Is More Important Than Your Pants Falling Down!" · "Why Did You Have to Take Your Pants Off?!" · "Don't Try to Play the Moralist Now!" · "They're Slithering to the Finish Line Like the Rest of Us!"