"Race to the Finish (Part 1)"
Version United States
Season Season 1
Episode Number 12/13 (012)
First Broadcast December 5, 2001
Viewership (in millions) 9.40[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 3.7/9
CBS Summary Link (archived)
Episode Chronology
Previous "Fight to the Last Minute"
Next "Race to the Finish (Part 2)"

Race to the Finish (Part 1) is the penultimate episode of The Amazing Race 1.


Prior to their departure, Frank argues with Margarita over calling a cab rather than hailing a cab, thinking it would be better to get one in the city. At 11:14 pm, Frank & Margarita depart from Temple of Heaven Park and receive their next clue. Their clue informs them to head to an "X" marked on a map of Tiantan Park provided, and find a kite flyer with a clue in their kite. They learn that the park doesn't open until 6:00 am.

As I feel, and I felts since the beginning, that if we work together as a team, and we communicate, I think we can win this thing, but if we don't, I know that we will just totally spin out of control and crash.Frank

The separated couple head towards the streets. Margarita tells Frank to decide whether they head to the park now or find a hotel to rest for a few more hours.

At 11:25 pm, Rob & Brennan depart and receive their next clue. They decide to find a place to rest until 6 in the morning.

Right from the beginning, the main goal that Rob and I had was to finish the race. Now, it's time to focus on the victory. We know we're going to see it all. We're both competitive, we don't want to finish in second place. We want to try and win this thing.Brennan

Rob & Brennan find a cab they had already called for and head to Tiantan Hotel. At the hotel, they find that Frank & Margarita have arrived as well. They greet the couple, but are given the cold shoulder. Both teams turn in for the night.

At quarter to 5, Rob & Brennan leave for Tiantan Park. at 5:15 am, Frank & Margarita leave. Rob & Brennan arrive first, and wait on the side of the gate until it opens. At 5:55 am, Frank & Margarita arrive to the park, where a guard allows them to enter five minutes in early. Rob & Brennan enter the park as local traffic enters. Both teams begin to search for the kites.

Frank & Margarita spot the kite flyers, and get one to bring his kite down. Rob & Brennan spot the kite flyers as well and begin to run over. Margarita grabs the clue, informing teams head to the lower level of Jūyōng Pass at the Great Wall of China to find their next clue. Teams are only permitted to travel by public bus, not tourist bus. The couple head out to find a bus to Jūyōng Pass.

Rob & Brennan realized they are in the wrong section of the park, and begin to look for where they actually are.

Frank & Margarita get a taxi driver to take them to a bus stop for the 919 bus.

Rob & Brennan find the correct kite, and learn to head to Jūyōng Pass by bus.

Frank & Margarita arrive at the bus stop. They board the bus and are en route to Jūyōng Pass.

Rob & Brennan argue with their taxi driver, who wants to taxi them to Jūyōng Pass himself. They inform him to only take them to a bus stop. He complies, and the two quickly find themselves at a bus stop for Jūyōng Pass.

Frank & Margarita arrive at Jūyōng Pass, and begin to look for the lower level for their clue. The hop a fence thinking that access to the lower level is that way.

With help from a local, the lawyers get on a bus to Jūyōng Pass. They hope that Frank & Margarita are behind or ahead of them by 10-15 minutes. In a few minutes, they arrive at Jūyōng Pass.

Margarita begins to worry they went the wrong way, as she notices some flags near what appears to be an entrance.

Rob & Brennan find the correct entrance with the help of some locals. The open their next clue, revealing to be a Detour. Their choices are Flat or Steep. Both options require the teams to walk across the Great Wall of China. In Flat, must walk through a flat marked path to a pavilion to get their next clue. This path to this pavilion is on a flatter terrain, but much longer. In Steep, teams will have to proceed to a different pavilion through a very steep pathway. Teams choosing this path much shorter. Rob & Brennan decide on Volley, and head to the nearby Detour choice.

Meanwhile, Frank & Margarita turn back to where they hopped the fence to find the correct entrance.

Rob & Brennan start the Detour by first stretching. The lawyers get to the clue rather easily, where they're told to fly to Anchorage, Alaska, and then take a two hour ride to North Country Bed and Breakfast at Scotty Lake to get their next clue. The two are excited to return stateside, and head back down. The look in the clue box to see that Frank & Margarita haven't arrived yet. They get a taxi driver and head to Beijing Capital International Airport.

Frank & Margarita find the correct entrance. Frank grabs a clue from the clue box, as Margarita begins to yell for him to stop. She tells Frank that she wants to get a cab so she can put her bags down for a bit. Frank however, want them to figure out the Detour first.

On the ride to the airport, Rob tells Brennan how his adrenaline is pumping, being so close to victory.

Back to Frank & Margarita, where they've decide to do Steep. Frank tells Margarita to get the taxi, however she goes back on this and decides to do the Detour first.

In their cab, Rob & Brennan complain about their slow driver, as they want him to get to the airport as soon as possible so they can get on a flight Frank & Margarita cannot.

Back at Jūyōng Pass, Frank & Margarita try to figure out where they need to go for the Steep Detour. The pass a sign directing which way each side of the Detour is located. Margarita mentions to Frank that they might be going to the Flat Detour, and to take a look at the sign. Frank argues with her over the direction of the Detour. After much insisting from Margarita, Frank decides to check the sign. As he goes, Margarita wonders what's with his attitude today.

Frank returns and tells her angrily that they were heading in the right direction. The head up the steep steps, and eventually find their next clue. Heading back down, the tension is thick as they find a taxi to the airport.

Rob & Brennan arrive at the airport, but get in a fight over what they owe their cab driver.

In their cab, Margarita interrogates Frank. He replies that he wanted to question her decisions, thinking that some of them in previously legs may have gotten them out. With Frank's anger curtailed, Margarita says that she saw an 11:40 into Los Angeles, but the chances of making it are very slim.

At the airport, Rob & Brennan have a snafu with their tickets, finding one of the flights to Anchorage they're trying to get on only has business class available. They plead with her to bump some of the people in economy to business class.

Frank & Margarita arrive at the airport, where Margarita snaps at Frank over paying the cab driver extra money.

The ticket attendant tells Rob & Brennan that she was able to bump a few people into business class, allowing them to travel in economy. Rob hopes that that that Frank & Margarita do not get onto the same flight as them.

At another ticket counter, Margarita wants to book a flight to Los Angeles, with the hopes of finding a better flight to Anchorage there, despite the only flight to Anchorage from Los Angeles being at 6:00 am in the next day. Frank tells Margarita to try to get them on the San Francisco flight, as there is a flight to Anchorage at 7:00 pm the same day. Margarita rebuttals that there are no seats left on the flight. However, the ticket attendant informs them there is only business class seats left, but is able to cut them a deal, where they'll purchase economy class tickets, but will be for business class seats. They decide to take the deal and head to San Francisco instead. Margarita tells Frank they really need to pull themselves together and work as a team from now on.

As Rob & Brennan and Frank & Margarita are en route to Anchorage via San Francisco, Team Guido is still in China preparing for their release.

So Bill and I are ready to fight and really determined to try and pull this thing out and I think it's entirely possible. The race isn't over yet, and anything could happen and everybody loves to see an underdog team to win.Joe

At 10:51 pm, the next day, Joe & Bill depart, and receive their next clue, informing them top find their clue from a kite in Tiantan Park.

Eight hours later, Team Guido arrive back at Tiantan Park and begin to look for the kite flyers.

We're just focused on the end. We're not taking anything for granted, all it takes is one or two mistakes by these two other teams.Joe

They find the kite flyers and receive their next clue from a kite. They immediately head to a bus stop to go to Jūyōng Pass.

Frank & Margarita and Rob & Brennan's flight has touched down at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington. Both teams have to wait for their flight to Anchorage. Both teams are determined to beat the other.

Joe & Bill arrive at the Great Wall of China, and get their clue for the Detour. They both decided to do the shorter distance Steep. They complete the task quickly, and learn they'll be flying to Alaska.

In Anchorage, Frank & Margarita are the first team to depart from the airplane and race to the parking lot to find a marked 4x4, and inform the driver to take them to North Country Bed and Breakfast. Rob & Brennan get out of the plane, having sit closer to the back.

Rob and Brennan were all the way in the back seat of the plane, so you know they were piss off about that. They were in the ultimate last row of the plane.Margarita

Frank & Margarita find the 4x4s first, and inform their driver to head to North Country Bed and Breakfast near Scotty Lake.

Rob & Brennan find the 4x4s and are off to North Country Bed and Breakfast.

We're trying to be really friendly and warm to each other and understanding and respectful. It gives me a lot of hope that we can make it to the end and possibly win this thing.Margarita

Back in Beijing, Joe & Bill arrive at Beijing International. They are able to find flights to San Francisco to Seattle, then Seattle to Anchorage. They book the flights and are off to Alaska.

Meanwhile, in Alaska, Frank & Margarita arrive at North Country Bed and Breakfast and read their next clue, informing teams to perform a traditional blanket toss, known as Nalukataq to get their next clue. The teams will get to perform the blanket toss in the order they arrived. Since the hours of operation aren't until 8 the next morning, teams will have to stay in the cabin overnight.

Rob & Brennan arrive, finding their next clue. They learn they'll be staying the cabin tonight because of the hours of operation. Inside, they see Frank & Margarita have beaten them there.

Now it's getting to competition time. We're getting close to the end.Rob
We'll probably be neck and neck throughout the rest of the race.Brennan

In the morning, Frank & Margarita are the first team to perform the blanket toss. Frank spots the clue, and he and Margarita run to it. Opening the clue, teams are informed to head to Matanuska Glacier, where they will find their next clue at the base of the glacier.

Rob & Brennan perform the blanket toss. Brennan spots the clue quickly. He and Rob grab it and head to their car, and Frank & Margarita leave the bed and breakfast.

As both teams are driving, ask for directions to Matanuska Glacier in the same store, within minutes of each other.

Frank & Margarita stop at a convenience store to ask for directions. After getting directions, Rob & Brennan are just behind Frank & Margarita.

Both teams find the Matanuska Glacier resort entrance, but see a "Closed" sign nearby. Frank & Margarita turn around, hoping to find another entrance. Rob & Brennan find a local bar, where the employee there tells them to ignore the sign.

Frank & Margarita find the same bar the lawyers were just at. The same employee tells the couple what he said to Rob & Brennan.

Rob & Brennan arrive at the resort, and begin their trek to the base.

Frank & Margarita arrive. They look for the local.

Rob & Brennan get their next clue, revealing to be a Roadblock. Rob decides to perform the task. For the Roadblock, the teammate assigned to it will have to climb an ice wall to get their next clue at the top.

Frank & Margarita arrive at the glacier base. Frank decides to perform the Roadblock.

Rob is briefed on how to climb safely. He begins the climb. Frank begins to climb the ice wall.

Rob gets to the top of the ice wall, and receives his team's next clue. Frank gets to the top, getting his team's next clue. Rob opens the clue, informing teams to drive to Mile Marker 131 near Denali State Park, where they will get snowmobiles to drive to the Pit Stop at Wilderness Cabin.

Rob descends down the wall first. Him and Brennan are on their way to Mile Marker 131.

Frank is at the bottom of the wall. Him and Margarita begin their drive to Mile Marker 131.

Rob & Brennan arrive at Mile Marker 131, and get their snowmobile on the way to the Pit Stop.

Within a few minutes behind the lawyers, Frank & Margarita arrive at Mile Marker 131. They make their way via snowmobile to the Pit Stop.

At Wilderness Cavern, Rob & Brennan meet the Pit Stop Greeters, learning that they are in first place. The two men are elated at the news.

Frank & Margarita arrive at the Pit Stop, learning they are in second place.

Meanwhile, Team Guido land in Anchorage. They make their way out to the airport parking lot.

We're just going to kick and scream and fight and try to get their as best as we can until the very last minute.Bill

They find their 4x4 and are on their way to North Country Bed and Breakfast.

This will be snow country. We're used to cold weather. We love cold weather. So, throw it at us, we can handle it.Joe

They arrive at North Country Bed and Breakfast. Opening their next clue, they learn they'll be staying in the nearby cabin until 8 the next morning.

We're still very confident to win the show. It will be dramatic to have a team come from way behind and pull ahead as a squeaker. That's whaat I predict is going to happen.Bill
I do feel that we are going to win. I just have that gut feeling that we're destined to win this thing.Frank
Frank and Margarita are the people we have to beat now and we have to try our damnedest to do it.Rob
We are going to win. That's it. There's no question about that.Margarita
It's time to focus on the victory. It's time to focus on winning The Amazing Race.Brennan

Route Markers

The order of departure from the Temple of Heaven Park are as follows:

Teams will use a map of the vast Tiantan Park and make their way to the "X" marked on the map. The park is a famous kiting spot, and teams will have to find the kite flyers that have the kites with clues hanging on to them.

Teams must travel by public bus to Jūyōng Pass, a portion of the Great Wall of China.

Both Detour options require the teams to walk across the Great Wall of China.

Choice A: Flat
Teams must walk through a flat marked path to a pavilion to get their next clue. This path to this pavilion is on a flatter terrain, but much longer.

None of the teams chose this task.

Choice B: Steep
Teams will have to proceed to a different pavilion through a very steep pathway. Teams choosing this path much shorter.

All of the teams chose this option.

Teams must fly back to the United States, in Anchorage, Alaska and drive themselves to the North Country Bed and Breakfast in Scotty Lake.

One team member will have to bounce on an Alaskan blanket toss until they find the next route marker. But due to the establishment's operation hours (it opens 8 am the next day), teams may spend the night in nearby cabins. Whoever arrives the earliest at the bed and breakfast, gets to do the blanket toss first.

Teams must head to Matanuska Glacier. Teams will get their next clue right next to an ice wall.

The performing team member will have to use ice picks and cleats to climb up a sheer, vertical wall of the glacier. On top of the glacier is their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must find Highway Mile Marker 131. Once there, teams will use provided snowmobiles to their next Pit Stop: Wilderness Cabin.


     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

 1st place 
Rob & Brennan
Best friends/lawyers
 2nd place 
Frank & Margarita
Separated couple
 3rd place 
Joe & Bill
Life partners



  • Tim Holland at TV Guide Online (12/12/2001): "Reality Check"


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