"I Just Hope He Doesn't Croak on Us"
Version: United States
Season: The Amazing Race 12
Episode No.: 9/11 (143)
First Broadcast: January 6, 2008
Viewership (in millions): 11.99[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 3.9/9
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Honestly, They Have Witch Powers or Something!"
Next: "Sorry, Guys, I'm Not Happy to See You"

I Just Hope He Doesn't Croak on Us is the ninth episode of The Amazing Race 12.


Route Markers

The order of departure from Bandra Fort are as follows:

  1. TK & Rachel (1:25 pm)
  2. Nicolas & Donald (1:33 pm)
  3. Ron & Christina (1:44 pm)
  4. Nathan & Jennifer (2:38 pm)

Teams must fly to Osaka, Japan. Upon arrival, teams must travel by taxi to Kishiwada Castle and search the grounds for their next clue.

Teams must make their way by taxi to Noda Station and find the cleaning man who will hand them their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would have to put on a hat and gloves as local cabbies do and transport a Japanese couple five miles through a maze of confusing, often one-way streets to a specified address, the Osaka Central Post Office. They cannot invite a local to lead them or join them in the car and the couple could not help them. Upon arrival at the correct address, the couple would hand them their next clue. However, the drivers also have to make their way back to their teammate before they read what was inside the clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way by taxi to the Kita-Mido Temple to find their next clue.

Choice A: Sense of Touch
Teams must make their way on foot to the Shimojima Building and have to use miniature robots controlled by cell phones to play a game of soccer against two robotic defenders. Once each team member have scored a goal, the referee would hand them their next clue.

Only Nicolas & Donald chose this task.

Choice B: Sense of Smell
Teams must make their way to the Saera Flower Shop where only artificial flowers were sold. Once there, they have to use their noses (and only their noses) to identify one real flower hidden among thousands of artificial ones in the two story flower shop. When they've found a real flower, the shop owner would give them their next clue

Nathan & Jennifer, Ron & Christina, and TK & Rachel chose this task.

Teams must make their way by taxi to Tempozan Park to check in.

For coming in first, Ron & Christina won an electric car, with seating four, for each racer.

For coming in last place, TK & Rachel will have to perform a Speed Bump at some point during the next leg of the race.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward Used the U-Turn Recipient of the U-Turn
S12 RonChristina
 1st place 
Ron & Christina
S12 NathanJennifer
 2nd place 
Nathan & Jennifer
S12 NicolasDonald
 3rd place 
Nicolas & Donald
S12 TKRachel
 4th place 
TK & Rachel
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  • This episode's title is said by Ronald, referring to their cab driver.


  • Lyn Jensen at Reality TV Fans (08/05/2015): "The Amazing Race 12: Flashback to Japan"