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The Amazing Race - S01E06

Game-Show . Adventure . Action . Reality

The teams start out in the Sahara desert. Kevin and Drew are the first to depart. The clue reads that they must get to the Palace Hotel in Tunis,300 miles away. Joe and Bill are the first to arrive at the clue. They must get to a spot outside the famous Coliseum in Rome. The teams head to the Tunisian airport. Tensions are high at the airport. At one point, Drew ask Team Guido if they want to have one of their legs broke. Joe and Bill laugh at this and don't see it as a threat. Drew then tells the team he was joking. Joe and Bill are the first of the teams to get tickets on the plane and are the last tickets on that flight. When the other teams arrive at the airport, the Guido's (all ready to go) decide to spy on the other teams and at one point, decide to eavesdrop. Teams are getting extremely frustrated when they learn of the air strike in Rome. They are having serious trouble getting tickets. With ""charm,"" Kevin and Drew get tickets for themselves and two other teams (Nancy/Emily an

Episode Title: Whatever it Takes to Win
Airs: 2001-10-17 at 20:00
  • Eric Mink

    A dense stew of contestants, rules and requirements. ... Some viewers may be content and even entertained by this dramatically photographed jumble of elements, but I found tonight's installment confusing to the point of being off-putting. [5 Sep 2001]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    As always with these shows, skepticism is advised about the "reality" of "Amazing Race," from camera positioning to participants hamming it up for the lens while embarking on what Keoghan, in an upchuck of host hype, calls "the most daring competition ever attempted." [5 Sep 2001]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Noel Holston

    For every instance of contestants behaving in a transcendent manner, there are half a dozen demonstrations of pettiness, impatience, anger and jealousy. [5 Sep 2001]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Anita Gates

    Unfortunately, watching harried Americans run in and out of airports is not fascinating television, so "The Amazing Race" gets off to a less than gripping start. [5 Sep 2001]

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    The show at least moves at a fast clip and blazes past some impressive scenery ... Despite the higher production values, "The Amazing Race" offers little more than a blur of people shouting, "Which way do we go?" [5 Sep 2001]

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Robert P. Laurence

    Ambitious and complicated. [4 Sep 2001]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    [A] half-decent start.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Plays down the drama and ratchets up the entertainment. All the teams are compelling for one reason or another. [5 Sep 2001]

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The pace, beginning with the group's launch in New York City, is fast enough to make the race, not the accompanying whining, the main event. [5 Sep 2001]

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The show's global scope, scenery and overall sense of adventure make it a veritable Doctor Zhivago of the [reality] genre compared with most of the swill lately in play. [2 Sep 2001]

    Dallas Morning News Full Review
  • Mike McDaniel

    If you're like me, this show will hook you in.

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • John Levesque

    As long as the show's 13 episodes retain the unrelenting sense of bedlam that characterizes the first, they'll be fine. [3 Sep 2001]

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    An ambitious and wildly paced around-the-globe journey... "The Amazing Race" appears to have what it takes to become reality TV's next big thing. [5 Sep 2001]

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    An exhilarating, fast-paced competition filled with colorful characters, "The Amazing Race" is a pulse-pounding good time.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    What really separates this Race from the competition... is the blessed absence of most of the contrived conflict and melodrama that have become reality's reason for being. [5 Sep 2001]

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael Speier

    With this thrilling trip around the world, CBS blows away the Summer of Rats --- thank you "Fear Factor" --- while creating a terrific companion piece to the net's comparatively tranquil "Survivor." [3 Sep 2001]

    Variety Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    CBS may have the most appealing nonscripted hour of the fall. [4 Sep 2001]

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    The best so-called "reality" series since "Survivor." ... "Race" is not only exciting but fascinating to look at. [4 Sep 2001]

    Deseret News Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    The Amazing Race... looks like The West Wing of reality, the first of the descendants of Survivor that may outshine its parent. [2 Sep 2001]

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    "The Amazing Race," which combines the glossy production values of an IMAX movie, the physical demands of "Eco-Challenge" and the human drama of "National Lampoon's Vacation," sets new standards for reality TV. This is as good as it gets. [5 Sep 2001]

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    This rousing, scenic contest could well set the entertainment standard for new series this season. [2 Sep 2001]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Allan Johnson

    Probably the best of this genre since the network's "Survivor." [5 Sep 2001]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Brings new energy and respectability to the "reality" genre popularized by the same network's "Survivor" -- and surpasses it in spectacle and human drama. Great TV lives. ... There is so much more to this show than there is to most of its ilk. [5 Sep 2001]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    I love this show. I never thought I'd love a reality show, because mostly I hated all those shows with their wannabe models, fat yutzes and half-wits who try to be as smart as the fat yutz from "Survivor" but are dumber than a family tree of Bushes. But this one actually is so good I am already addicted.

    New York Post Full Review