The Amazing Race 6
|The Amazing Race 6|
|First Aired||November 16, 2004 - February 8, 2005|
|Filmed||August 13 - September 12, 2004|
|No. of Episodes||12|
|Winners||Freddy Holliday &|
|Distance Traveled||40,000 miles (64,000 km)|
|No. of Legs||12|
|Season 5 ◄ Season 5 ► Season 7|
|1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12|
The Amazing Race 6 is the sixth installment of The Amazing Race. The season premiered on November 16, 2004. It aired on CBS in the United States on Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with the season finale on February 8, 2004.
Engaged models Freddy & Kendra were the winners of The Amazing Race 6.
In May 2004, CBS ordered the sixth installment of The Amazing Race, despite the fact that The Amazing Race 5 had not yet aired. The early renewal was likely due to the success of the changes made in Season 5. CBS also delayed the airing of Season 6 until late in the fall and moved it out of its proposed Saturday timeslot, to create a "cool down" period between races, in the hopes that this would help continue the newfound ratings success.
The Amazing Race 6 spanned a total of 40,000 miles (64,000 km) over four continents in 10 countries in 30 days. Filming began on August 13, 2004 and finished on September 12, 2004. The race made its first trip to seven countries: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and Senegal.
This marked the first season in which team members were forced to complete an equal number of Roadblock tasks. No team member was permitted to complete more than six Roadblocks on the entire race. Throughout the season, Phil Keoghan verbally stated this rule when introducing each leg's Roadblock. While the rule has remained in all subsequent seasons (except the Family Edition), Keoghan eventually stopped reciting it in each episode.
This season featured many Olympic themed challenges such as water polo, track and field, swimming, and archery. The race also visited past Olympic cities including Oslo, Stockholm, and Berlin. This was likely a result of the 2004 Summer Olympics taking place in Athens, Greece while the race was being filmed.
A task in Leg 2 of the race marked the first time teams were required to work with each other. The ten teams had to split themselves into two groups of five, each of which had to row a Viking boat across a fjord to a marked dock with a clue box.
During Leg 5, one of the show's most controversial moments occurred at the Pit Stop when Jonathan, angry at his wife Victoria for picking up his bag during a footrace to the mat, shoved her. He was modestly rebuked by Phil Keoghan at the mat. They later appeared on a Dr. Phil special to try to improve their marriage. Later, in a celebrity version of the show Fear Factor, Victoria attacked contestant Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton (of Survivor: Pearl Islands), and Jonathan attacked the host Joe Rogan. These incidents resulted in their expulsion from the show. Victoria (a former Playboy model) and Jonathan appeared on an episode of the E! series The Girls Next Door (which chronicles the lives of the three girlfriends of Hugh Hefner) in which the Playmates throw a baby shower for Victoria.
Leg 6 was originally planned as two separate legs with the first leg being a non-elimination point (with the losing team being stripped of their money), but combined into one after producers realized that begging was prohibited in Hungary.
This season featured a visit to Sri Lanka, where filming occurred just a few weeks before the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The episodes aired after the earthquake had devastated the nation and all of the sights and locations the teams had visited. A special message was inserted at the beginning of the episodes featuring Sri Lanka, dedicating them to the victims and to those helping the recovery.
Post-game interviews suggested that Kris & Jon were less than a minute behind winners Freddy & Kendra before a train held them up at a railway crossing. At thefishbowl.com, Bolo suggested that Kris & Jon were only 30–40 seconds behind Freddy & Kendra to the finish. At RealityReel, Kristy said that "Right after Freddy & Kendra started running, literally within 30 seconds or a minute later the train came, and Kris & Jon arrived. Otherwise it would have come down to a neck to neck race." This would be the Race's second closest finish ever, after Season 2.
|Leg(s)||Country||Previous Visits||Pit Stops|
|1, 12||USA||5 (All)||1|
|9, 10||Sri Lanka||0||1|
|10, 11, 12||China||2||2|
The following teams participated in the Race, with their relationships at the time of filming. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television due to inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:
|Team||Relationship||Position (by leg)||Roadblocks Performed|
|Freddy & Kendra||Engaged Models||4th||8th1||6th||5th||1st||1st||6th||2nd||4th<||3rd||2nd>||2nd||1st||Freddy 6, Kendra 6|
|Kris & Jon||Dating Long Distance||2nd||1st||2nd||1st||4th||5th||2nd||4th||3rd||1st||3rd||1st||2nd||Kris 6, Jon 6|
|Adam & Rebecca||Formerly Dating||7th||6th||5th||6th||6th||6th||5th||1stƒ||5th>||4th||4th <||3rd||3rd||Adam 6, Rebecca 5|
|Hayden & Aaron||Dating Actors||1st||4th||1st||4th||3rd||4th||4th||6th||1st||2nd||1st||5th5||Hayden 5, Aaron 6|
|Lori & Bolo||Married Pro Wrestlers||6th||5th||7th||3rd||7th||7th||1stƒ||3rd||2nd||5th||Lori 5, Bolo 3|
|Jonathan & Victoria||Married Entrepreneurs||5th||2nd||4th||2nd||2nd||3rd||3rd||5th||6th||Jonathan 4, Victoria 4|
|Gus & Hera||Father/Daughter||10th||3rd||3rd||7th||5th||2nd||7th||Gus 3, Hera 3|
|Don & Mary Jean||Grandparents||9th||7th2||8th||8th||8th||Don 2, Mary Jean 2|
|Lena & Kristy||Sisters||3rd||9th||9th3||Lena 13, Kristy 1|
|Meredith & Maria||Best Friends||8th||10th||Meredith 0, Maria 1|
|Avi & Joe||High School Buddies||11th||Avi 0, Joe 0|
- A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
- An underlined blue team placement indicates that the team was the last to arrive at a pit stop in a non-elimination leg of the race. The teams were forced to relinquish all of their money. In addition, they were not allotted money for the next leg and were not allowed to collect money until the next leg started for them.
- A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue.
- A gold > indicates that the team chose to use the Yield; gold < indicates the team who received it. A gold <> around a leg number indicates there was a Yield available but not used.
- Italicized results indicate the position of the team at the midpoint of a two-episode leg.
- Freddy & Kendra initially arrived 6th, but they were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking an extra clue after the Viking ship task, stated to take only one clue from the cluebox per each team. Adam & Rebecca and Don & Mary Jean checked in during their penalty time, dropping them to 8th.
- Don & Mary Jean had arrived in 7th place in Leg 2, but they mistakenly drove the car that belonged to Adam & Rebecca. They left in 8th place at the beginning of Leg 3 after they were issued a 30-minute penalty, while Freddy & Kendra now departed in 7th place.
- Lena & Kristy failed to complete the Roadblock in Leg 3. After more than 2 hours passed since the last team checked in at the mat and over 10 hours of searching, Phil came out to the Roadblock location and eliminated them.
- Leg 6 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point. The leg's Fast Forward was offered after the halfway mark, and thus permitted Lori & Bolo to skip only the second set of challenges.
- Hayden & Aaron initially arrived 3rd, just ahead of Adam & Rebecca, but were issued a 4-hour penalty for quitting the Roadblock. Both Rebecca and Hayden almost had to quit the Roadblock because the last gondola down the mountain was about to leave; however, at the time Rebecca opened her lock and successfully completed the Roadblock, they checked in during the penalty time, thereby dropping Hayden & Aaron to last place; which resulted in their elimination.
Episode title quotes
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
- "The Game's Afoot" – Gus
- "I'm Not His Wife, He Doesn't Need to Scream At Me" – Meredith
- "Counting Bears Is Not Rocket Science" – Don
- "What If It Isn't Sanitary" – Kendra
- "Quit Following Us" – Jonathan
- "They Should Probably Have Some Counseling" – Kris
- "Phil Is A Choo-Choo Charlie" (recap) – Kristy
- "One of You, I'm Gonna Break in Half" – Freddy
- "Tell My Mom I Love Her" – Adam
- "Are There Instructions on Donkey Handling?" – Rebecca
- "It Always Comes Down to Details" – Kris
- "You Deal With This Before I Hyperventilate" – Hayden
- "4 Continents, 24 Cities, 40,000 Miles" – Phil Keoghan
Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete a leg.
- Leg 1 - A trip to Hawaii, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 2 - A seven-night cruise in Alaska, courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.
- Leg 3 - A seven night cruise vacation to the Mexican Riviera provided by Royal Caribbean International.
- Leg 4 - A seven-night cruise vacation to the Western Caribbean provided by Royal Caribbean International.
- Leg 5 - A trip to Mexico, compliments of American Airlines website, AA.com.
- Leg 6 - A vacation to Europe, compliments of American Airlines website, AA.com.
- Leg 7 - A trip to the Caribbean, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 8 - A vacation to Mexico, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 9 - A vacation to Europe, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 10 - A vacation to Hawaii, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 11 - A trip to the Caribbean, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 12 - $1,000,000
|The Amazing Race 6|
|Legs||1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12|
|Countries||United States • Iceland • Norway • Sweden • Senegal • Germany • Hungary • France • Ethiopia • Sri Lanka • China|
|Teams||Adam & Rebecca • Avi & Joe • Don & Mary Jean • Freddy & Kendra • Gus & Hera • Harry & Dave • Hayden & Aaron • Jonathan & Victoria • Kris & Jon • Lena & Kristy • Lori & Bolo • Meredith & Maria|