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"5 Continents, 9 Countries, More Than 59,000 Miles"
TAR9E12
Version United States
Season Season 9
Episode Number 12/12 (108)
First Broadcast May 17, 2006
Episode Chronology
Previous "I Think This Monkey Likes Me"
Next "Real Fast! Quack, Quack!"
(next season)
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5 Continents, 9 Countries, More Than 59,000 Miles is the season finale of The Amazing Race 9.

Synopsis

After traveling to five continents, 10 countries and more than 59,000 thousand miles, one team will be the first to cross the Finish Line and take home the one million dollar grand prize.

As the teams race through Japan, they quickly learn that little mistakes can cost big time when there are only three teams left and the finish line is within reach. The last two legs of the Race around the world prove both mentally and physically grueling and it is a tight contest until the very end.[1]

Story

Leg 11

Leg 12

Route Markers

Leg 11

The order of departure from Marble Temple are as follows:

  1. BJ & Tyler (11:18 pm)
  2. Eric & Jeremy (1:21 am)
  3. Ray & Yolanda (1:28 am)

Teams must make their way to the Ayutthaya Province and find the Royal Elephant Kraal. Once there, an elephant will hand the teams a T-Mobile Sidekick containing their next clue.

Teams must fly to Toyko, Japan. Upon arrival, teams must drive themselves to Shibuya Scramble Crossing and find the screen that is flashing their next clue.

Teams must find the Hachikō Statue to search for their next clue.

Choice A: Maiden
Teams must travel to Hamarikyu Gardens to transport a young Japanese woman in a traditional Japanese palanquin for 1/3 of mile to a tea ceremony pavilion. Once it delivered, they would receive their next clue.

Eric & Jeremy and Ray & Yolanda chose this task.

Choice B: Messenger
Teams must make their by foot to 200 yards parking lot around Sankusu Street. Which each person had to construct a foldable bicycle, ride their bikes through the streets of Tokyo, and deliver packages to Shinjuku Park Tower and Shinjuku Chuo Koen Building in Shinjuku. Where they have delivered the packages, teams must return to the parking lot to receive their next clue.

Only BJ & Tyler chose this task.

Teams must make their way to the Capsule Land Hotel, where they will stay for the night. They will receive their next clue in the morning.

Teams must drive themselves to Fujikyu Highland Amusement Park in [[wikipedia:|]], where they need to search the grounds for their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would have to ride on three extreme rides in the Fujikyu Highland Amusement Park in the following order: The Pizza, Dodonpa, and Fujiyama. While riding the rides, they have to look for a man holding a sign. Upon completion of their third ride, they have to tell the park manager what was written on the sign to receive their next clue. If they didn't see the sign they would have to go on all three rides again.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to Lake Yamanaka and take a swan boat to a larger swan ferry to check in.

For coming in first place, BJ & Tyler won two T-Mobile Sidekicks, each with three years of free service.

For coming in last place, Ray & Yolanda would have to surrender all of their money and possessions, except for the clothes they're wearing and their passports, and they would not receive any money at the start of the next leg.

Leg 12

The order of departure from Lake Yamanaka are as follows:

  1. BJ & Tyler (12:18 am)
  2. Eric & Jeremy (12:20 am)
  3. Ray & Yolanda (3:01 am)

Teams must fly to Anchorage, Alaska, United States. Upon arrival, teams must take a marked car outside of the airport containing their next clue.

Teams must drive themselves to Mirror Lake to search for their next clue.

Choice A: Drill It
Teams must drill 10 holes in the ice, push an ice fishing shack to their holes and properly position the shack over at least two of the holes. Once the holes are drilled, the ice fisherman would receive their next clue.

All of the teams chose this task.

Choice B: Deliver It
Teams must to load a bush plane with medical supplies, fly with a pilot over 75 miles to Girdwood to deliver the supplies to receive their next clue.

None of the teams chose this task.

Note: Due to poor weather conditions, the Deliver It Detour was subject to an indefinite delay. All teams, by default, decided to perform the Drill It task.

Teams must drive themselves to Kincaid Park. Once there, teams must wear a pair of snowshoes to hike and their next clue using provided directions.

Teams must fly to Denver, Colorado. Upon arrival, teams must travel to the town of Golden and search Clear Creek History Park to find their next clue.

Teams must make their way back to the Starting Line, Red Rock Park's Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would have to had to retrieve one of 285 flags for each destination country they traveled to during the race, except the United States, and place the flags in the order which they visited each country. The other team member is allowed to assist, but not physically participate. Teams have a reference board with the flags of each destination country with extra flags. Once they've finished the Roadblock, teams must take the flagged path to the Finish Line.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer in Non-Elimination Leg     Saved from elimination by the Salvage Pass or The Save     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield



Leg 11

BJTyler
 1st place 
BJ & Tyler
Best Friends
EricJeremy
 2nd place 
Eric & Jeremy
Friends
RayYolanda
 3rd place 
Ray & Yolanda
Dating

Leg 12

BJTyler
 1st place 
BJ & Tyler
Best Friends
EricJeremy
 2nd place 
Eric & Jeremy
Friends
RayYolanda
 3rd place 
Ray & Yolanda
Dating

Trivia

  • Leg 11 is the last leg to feature only three teams before the Finish Line (until Season 25).
  • Leg 11 marks the first time The Amazing Race visits the country of Japan.
  • This episode's title was said by Phil Keoghan.

Reception

  • Maureen Young at at Chicago Tribune (05/17/2006): "A frosty finish for The Amazing Race"
  • Josh Wolk at EW (05/18/2006): "The winning philosophy"
  • CBS.com (05/18/2006): "Return of the Racers"
  • Crystal Ading at 3CB (June 2016): "Making millions like BJ and Tyler"

References

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