"I'm in Russia Playing with Dolls"
Version United States
Season Season 9
Episode Number 3/12 (099)
First Broadcast March 14, 2006
Viewership (in millions) 9.67[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 4.0/10
Episode Chronology
Previous "I'm Filthy And I Love It"
Next "It's Not Over Until The Phil Sings"

I'm In Russia Playing With Dolls is the third episode of The Amazing Race 9.


Frustration mounts when teams have difficulty searching for a clue buried inside thousands of Russian nesting dolls.

Teams take an exhilarating ride across a 300-foot zip line in Brazil in order to receive their next clue instructing them to fly to Moscow, Russia. While on the zip line, one racer's nerves get the best of her. A deep water phobia paralyzes another racer who is afraid of drowning during a challenge and, encouraged by the other teams, another racer jumps off a high dive despite their inability to swim.[2]


Route Markers

The order of departure from Fazenda Primavera da Serra are as follows:

  1. BJ & Tyler (4:48 am)
  2. Eric & Jeremy (5:01 am)
  3. Joseph & Monica (5:18 am)
  4. Dave & Lori (5:28 am)
  5. Ray & Yolanda (6:31 am)
  6. Wanda & Desiree (6:32 am)
  7. Lake & Michelle (7:06 am)
  8. Danielle & Dani (7:07 am)
  9. Fran & Barry (8:24 am)

Teams must drive themselves way to Kilometer 114 Highway SP-225, where they find a zipline. Both team members must ride the zipline to receive their next clue.

Teams must take a charter bus back to São Paulo. Once in São Paulo, teams must fly to Moscow, Russia. Upon arrival, teams must find the Chaika Bassein, a pool used to train Olympic high divers

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would have to put on a bathing suit and dive off a 10 meter platform into the pool below, in frigid weather. Once they took the plunge, they had to swim to the bottom of the pool to retrieve their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to Novodevichiy Monastery. On the monastery grounds, teams must find the Smolensk Cathedral where they will locate their next clue.

Choice A: Scrub
Teams must travel to a trolly bus depot at 8 Trolley Park to thoroughly wash a Russian public trolley bus inside and out, respectively with the satisfaction of the trolley bus attendant. When the bus is cleaned, a bus driver would give them their next clue.

Danielle & Dani, Dave & Lori, Joseph & Monica, and Wanda & Desiree chose this task.

Choice B: Scour
Teams must travel to Dubrovka Theatre to search among 1,500 pieces of Russian nesting dolls to find one of 10 microscopic clues hidden inside a doll.

BJ & Tyler, Eric & Jeremy, Fran & Barry, Lake & Michelle, and Ray & Yolanda chose this task.

Teams must make their way to St. Basil's Cathedral in famous Red Square to meet with Phil.

Teams would be handed their next clue from Phil, revealing they were still racing.


     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
 1st place 
Eric & Jeremy
 2nd place 
Lake & Michelle
Married Parents
 3rd place 
Ray & Yolanda
 4th place 
BJ & Tyler
Best Friends
 5th place 
Fran & Barry
Married 40 Years
 6th place 
Danielle & Dani
Childhood Friends
 7th place 
Wanda & Desiree
 8th place 
Joseph & Monica
 9th place 
Dave & Lori


  • This episode's title was said by Jeremy.


  • Brian Dakss at (03/15/2006): "Surprise For 'Race' Moscow Leg Leaders"