[S4E5] Mugging For The Camera
You season 4 details that Joe followed Marienne from Paris to London where it is implied, but not confirmed, that he murdered her to keep his identity safe. Joe insists he will never love again until he becomes interested in across-the-street neighbor Kate Galvin (Charlotte Ritchie). However, Joe's best intentions to not get involved are ruined when he witnesses Kate in trouble. After saving her from a mugging, Joe is invited by Malcolm, a fellow professor, and Kate's lover, to a party with their friend group. Eventually, Joe learns he has to protect Kate from the "Eat the Rich" killer.
[S4E5] Mugging for the Camera
In this episode we arrive in the holy city of Jerusalem to explore what we call the "God Brain." Billions of people around the world believe in a divine being, but how does the "believing brain" work? Is spirituality hardwired or installed in us by a divine Programmer, or is it part of a complex evolutionary adaptation process that has been transpiring for millions of years? This episode is an exciting opportunity to exploit hidden-camera experiments, man-on-the-street encounters, and high-tech laboratories across the globe in the quest to explore the neuro-physiology behind spiritual practice. The games devised in this episode will shed light...
Joe finds the answer in Roald's room: he's obsessively in love with Kate. His camera's full of shots of her taken with long lenses, including up-skirt photos and shots of her undressing. So Roald loves Kate. Malcolm cheats on Kate and ends up dead. Simon threatens Kate's career and ends up dead. It tracks. Also, watch out, Joe. Roald's not going to like some nobody professor touching Kate's neck.
List of Series The Amazing Race Asia: A race around the world (except for the Americas) open to English-speaking citizens of South, East, and Southeast Asia (Russia and Middle Eastern citizens not eligible), with a grand prize of US$100,000. It lasted four seasons, put on a hiatus in 2010 after the fourth season, then renewed for a fifth season in 2016.
The Amazing Race: A Corrida Milionária: A race around Brazil (and Chile) open solely to citizens of Brazil with a grand prize of 500,000 Brazilian reais (about US$220,000). Only one season aired. The Brazilian version is dubiously known for having one of the teams and their production crew robbed at gunpoint and being forced to stop racing until the local police could retrieve the camera and personal belongings of the crew. The team dropped from 4th to last, and were granted a non-elimination leg penalty. They were ultimately unable to recover and were eliminated two episodes later, after having come in first place on the leg before the robbery.
HaMerotz LaMillionnote "The Race to the Million" in Hebrew: A race around the world (except the Americas, again) open to citizens of Israel with a grand prize of 1 million Israeli new shkalim (approximately US$277,000). The first three seasons ran the normal Race format, while the fourth had the largest cast in franchise history, with 14 teams, who were split up into two groups of seven. Each group ran a separate first leg, with a team being eliminated from each group, before meeting up to continue the race as a whole. In the first 2 seasons, the Israeli race kept to the "no Americas" rule set by Asia. In the third season, the show visited Brazil and Cuba.
The Amazing Race Latin America: A race around Latin America and the Caribbean open solely to Spanish-speaking citizens of the region (except those from Cuba, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, and much of the Lesser Antillies; Jamaica and the Bahamas are okay though) with a grand prize of US$250,000. Six seasons have aired under differing titlesnote Season 1 and 2 were titled en Discovery Channel, Season 4 was Edição Brasil, and Season 6 was titled Ecuador, for the country the race took place in..
The Amazing Race: China Rush: A race around mainland China with a grand prize of a trip around the world financed by a travel agency. The first season was open solely to English-speaking nationals or expatriates living in China, but the second season allowed Chinese citizens as well as any international contestants who speak English and Chinese and had lived in China at some time. It lasted three seasons. This was followed two years later by a 2nd Chinese version, which traveled around the world. This is the first version of the show to be filmed non-consecutively, with breaks in the competition to allow for the Celebrity Edition contestants' filming schedules. This version also featured a version of the Save, but this one did not save the team who held it from elimination, instead forcing them to choose one team to bring back into the competition. This resulted in a team finishing 3rd despite only running five legs.
Shanghai Rush: This knock-offnote The network didn't get the Amazing Race trademark until the China Rush preceded the China Rush and was a race solely around Shanghai with a grand prize of a year's accommodations at the Gemdale Green World. Instead of having Roadblocks, Detours, or Pit Stops, teams had to perform nondescript tasks at each location before moving on.
The Amazing Race Australia: A race around the world open to Australian citizens, with a grand prize of A$250,000 (approximately US$229,000). Two seasons aired, and after taking a year off and switching production companies, a third season, subtitled "Australia vs. New Zealand" aired in 2014. A fourth season premiered on Network Ten in 2019, with Beau Ryan hosting - although it only went around Australia during season 5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it went back to being around the world for season 6. The first season of the Australian race initially kept with the unwritten "no Americas" rule of the Asian and Israeli races, and was the first race to include an extended visit to Israelnote The Israeli version barely spends any time in its home nation, and has only had international finish lines. and the West Bank.note It was an Israeli settlement. The second season broke this "rule" and had teams travel to Cubanote Practically forbidden for the American version at the time due to the embargo. as well as Canada. The third season became the first of the international versions to visit all six inhabitable continents.
The sixth season of the Australian race boasted the biggest cast ever - 10 teams of 2 were each introduced over the first two legs doing two different courses in the same country, which then made one large race in leg 3.
The Amazing Race Norge ("The Amazing Race Norway"): A race around the world (except for the Americas) open to Norwegian citizens, with a grand prize of 500,000 Norwegian kroner (approximately US$82,000). Two seasons have aired.
The Amazing Race Vietnam: Cuộc đua kỳ thú: A race around Vietnam open to Vietnamese citizens, with a grand prize of 300 million Vietnamese đồng (the lowest pay out at just over US$14,000). The second season was a Celebrity Edition, while third season was a mix of celebrities and "fanatics."
The Amazing Race Philippines: A race around the Philippines open to Philippine residents, with a grand prize of 2 million Philippine pesos (approximately US$46,000). A unique aspect of the Race was its Philippine broadcast schedule, essentially shown every day of the week in half hour blocks Monday through Saturday, with a compilation episode shown Sundays. It is also notable for having a team break the "contacting people outside the Race" rule and receiving a 24-hour penalty. Two seasons have aired. Its second season is notable for having a team who completely ended their friendship right after being eliminated from the race, and one of them not showing up at the Finish Line in the finale for that reason.
Velyki perehonynote "Big Race" in Ukrainian ("The Amazing Race Ukraine"): A race around the world (except for the Americas) open to Ukranian citizens with a grand prize of 500,000 Ukranian hryven' (approximately US$61,000). It lasted one season.
The Amazing Race (France): A race around the world open to French citizens. It is the first international edition of the show to travel to the United States. The grand prize was 50,000 (approximately US$65,000). It lasted one season.
The Amazing Race Canada: Open to Canadian citizens, and airs in summer to avoid schedule conflicts with simulcasts of the US edition. The grand prize is C$250,000 (approximately US$240,000), and other assorted prizes (depending on the season). The first season only traveled within Canada, while the second season expanded to other countries.
The Amazing Race Central Europe was cancelled and would have been open to residents of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria.
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Anti-Climax: Despite being a very memorable season over all, the last two episodes in general were this. Nick & Vicki got pushed so far behind in the penultimate leg due to their penalty for quitting a Detour that their elimination was a Foregone Conclusion. Nat & Kat then so thoroughly dominated the final leg that it was clear they were going to win halfway through the episode, and they didn't see another team past the midpoint of the leg.
Bears Are Bad News: Had two fake bears, one on a dogsled course in Sweden, one in a circus in Russia.
Camera Abuse: During the Gorodki Roadblock, there were cameras set up behind the pin formations, which would repeatedly be knocked over by the teams' bats.
The Cameo: Bob Eubanks gave the teams their final clue after they completed the game show style Final Puzzle.
Chekhov's Gunman: All of the greeters were wearing hats. In the finale, identifying the greeters and their hats became the subject of the Final Exam Finale puzzle.
Continuity Nod: The final puzzle had the teams searching for the pictures of the eleven greeters who had met them at the mat at the end of each leg. In amongst the eleven right pictures were dozens of wrong pictures, which were all greeters from previous seasons of the race.
Edible Ammunition: The watermelons teams shot at suits of armor using a giant slingshot.
Failed a Spot Check: Episode 3: Almost every single team who chose the option of decoding phrases into symbols for the Detour couldn't find the decoder key located on a wall just around the corner from where they were (the sole exception being Connor & Jonathan, who completed it before the others showed up). All of them ultimately opted for the second Detour option, and the cameras kept on showing them running right past the decoder key - if they had just glanced behind them, they would have seen it.
Episode 7: Every single team had trouble spotting a colorful figurine of a building in an otherwise drab colored tower they were scanning the skyline from. In fairness, the figurine was placed behind the racers, in the exact opposite direction of the skyline.
Fake Food: The "find a fake piece of food in a table full of real food" Roadblock.
Global Ignorance: The teams were visiting a school in Ghana and tasked with identifying Ghana on a map. It went about as well as you would expect.
Language Barrier: Exploited in the finale. Even though the teams were back in the U.S., none of the idling cabs waiting outside the Rose Bowl (the ones set up by production to be waiting for the teams) had drivers who even remotely spoke good English.
Late-Arrival Spoiler: The DVD summary says that a female team finally wins the race, not only spoiling the end of this season for those arriving late, but the previous 16 as well (Season 11 in particular, as two of the teams in the finale were female/female).
The Piano Player: In one challenge, there was a room full of Russian pianists repeatedly hammering out iconic classical pieces while the racers constantly freaked out trying to identify them.
Storming the Castle: The first task of the Race had teams scaling the walls of Eastnor Castle while dirty water was thrown on them.
Tempting Fate: In the infamous watermelon scene from this season. After failing to hit the suit of armor with her first two watermelons in the slingshot challenge, Claire is encouraged to hit the armor "right in the kisser". Perhaps they should have specified whose kisser it was, namely the suit of armor's and not Claire's.