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What Happens If I Slip? Am I Just Hanging Off a Cliff? is the fifth episode of The Amazing Race 3.


Route Markers[]

The order of departure from Torre de Belém are as follows:

  1. Ken & Gerard (2:29 pm)
  2. Flo & Zach (2:31 pm)
  3. Derek & Drew (2:32 pm)
  4. Andre & Damon (2:33 pm)
  5. Teri & Ian (2:34 pm)
  6. John Vito & Jill (2:36 pm)
  7. Michael & Kathy (2:40 pm)
  8. Aaron & Arianne (2:54 pm)

Teams must make their way to "the westernmost point of Continental Europe"—referring to Cabo da Roca in Sintra—and find their next clue.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to teams at the beginning of the leg. Its instructions are unknown, as no team was shown performing it.

Choice A: Ropes
Teams must take a shuttle bus to the top of the Ursa cliffs. Once at the top, they must rappel 300 ft (91 m) down to the shore below.

Aaron & Arianne, Andre & Damon, Derek & Drew, John Vito & Jill, Ken & Gerard, Michael & Kathy, Teri & Ian chose this task.

Choice B: Slopes
Teams must hike down the sloping trails to the shoreline to get their next clue.

Only Flo & Zach chose this task.

Teams must drive themselves to Algeciras, Spain and take a ferry to Tangier, Morocco.

Teams must find the Viajes Flandria travel agency and sign up for a charter bus to Fez. Each bus can only carry three teams and leave an hour apart.

"For someone with a keen sense of direction but a not so keen sense of smell."

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock will have to navigate the old city of Fez and find the Dar Dbagh Chouara Tannery. There, the team member must search through the vats of dye to find their next clue, which are hidden in only three vats of dye.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Neither member of Michael & Kathy were shown performing the Roadblock.

Teams must drive themselves to the Borj Nord rooftop to check in.
For coming in first place, Ken & Gerard won two Kodak EasyShare digital cameras.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg or continue racing on a No-Rest Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward
Ken & Gerard
 1st place 
Ken & Gerard
Andre & Damon
 2nd place 
Andre & Damon
Cop and Fireman
Derek & Drew
 3rd place 
Derek & Drew
Flo & Zach
 4th place 
Flo & Zach
John Vito & Jill
 4th place 
John Vito & Jill
Teri & Ian
 6th place 
Teri & Ian
Married Parents
Aaron & Arianne
 7th place 
Aaron & Arianne
Lifelong Friends
Michael & Kathy
 8th place 
Michael & Kathy
Long-Distance Dating


  • During the mid-leg, Teri & Ian, Flo & Zach, Aaron & Arianne, and Michael & Kathy had incorrectly fueled their marked vehicles to unleaded gasoline instead of diesel, thus made them inoperable to drive. Teri & Ian recovered almost immediately when Ian borrowed a siphoning line, drained the tank, and refilled with diesel; Flo & Zach found an open repair shop in the middle of the night that fixed their vehicle; Aaron & Arianne called for a tow truck and were taken to a different repair shop after a very long delay; and Kathy & Michael had the car brought back to the station, left it and stayed at the hotel overnight, and became the last team to get underway with a fixed car.


  • This episode marks the first time that The Amazing Race visits the countries of Spain and Morocco.
  • The episode title is said by Flo Pesenti.


  • Fans of Reality TV (10/31/2002): "DIESELGATE - TAR 3 episode 5 recap"
  • Robert Philpot at Fort Worth Star-Telegram (11/09/2002): "Amazing Race Is Running A Distant Third"


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!"