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"We Had a Lot of Evil Spirits Apparently"
S18 Mel Mike Leg03 Detour
Version: United States
Season: The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business
Episode No.: 3/11 (206)
First Broadcast: March 6, 2011
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Next: "This Is the Most Stupid Day Ever"
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We Had a Lot of Evil Spirits Apparently is the third episode of The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business.

Story

Route Markers

The order of departure from Central railway station are as follows:

  1. Zev & Justin (11:57 am)
  2. Flight Time & Big Easy (12:05 pm)
  3. Jet & Cord (12:08 pm)
  4. Kisha & Jen (12:09 pm)
  5. Margie & Luke (12:10 pm)
  6. Mel & Mike (12:14 pm)
  7. Kent & Vyxsin (12:16 pm)
  8. Jaime & Cara (12:24 pm)
  9. Gary & Mallory (12:26 pm)
  10. Ron & Christina (12:28 pm)

Prior to departure, teams rode a train from Broken Hill to Sydney.

Teams must fly to Tokyo, Japan. Upon arrival, teams must find a nearby rotating parking garage to find their next clue.

Teams must drive themselves to Kamakura to search for the Tsurugaoka Hachimangū, where they will find their next clue in the shrine's Yabusame Dojo.

The team member assigned to perform the Roadblock would have to dress in the traditional clothes of a samurai archer and learned the Yabusame ritual through observation, consisting of a meditative form ritual before a traditional posing with the yumi bow. Once they perform the first two aspects of the ritual to the dojo master's satisfaction, they will then mount a rotating wooden horse and hit a wooden target with an arrow to receive their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must drive themselves to Daiyūzan Station in Minamiashigara to search for the Kintarō Statue to find their next clue.

Choice A: Prayer of Purity
Teams would have to put on keikogi and travel to the nearby woods where they would take part in a Shinto cleansing ritual. First, they will have to learn a prayer that consists of a chant, lighting incense, and then shouting while thrusting a walking stick out in front of them. Once they've completed the prayers, they will stand under the Yuhi Falls and endure being drenched in 45 °F water cascading down onto them for one minute to receive their next clue.

Flight Time & Big Easy and Ron & Christina chose this task.

Choice B: Frog of Luck
Teams would have to strip down to their undergarments and put on fundoshi over them before walking out to a mud pit where they have to search for a toy frog in the mud while having mud thrown at them by locals. Once they find the frog, they have to present it to the nearby frog master for their next clue.

Gary & Mallory, Jaime & Cara, Jet & Cord, Kent & Vyxsin, Kisha & Jen, Margie & Luke, Mel & Mike, and Zev & Justin chose this task.

Teams must drive themselves to Kurihama and find the Commodore Perry Monument to check in.

For coming in first place, Zev & Justin won a trip for two to the Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica, provided by Travelocity.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forwardϵ Used the Express Pass User of the first Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the first Double U-Turn slot • User of the second Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the second Double U-Turn slot• Was penalized with an automatic U-Turn
S18 ZevJustin
 1st place 
Zev & Justin
Best Friends
S18 GaryMallory
 2nd place 
Gary & Mallory
Father/Daughter
S18 RonChristina
 3rd place 
Ron & Christina
Father/Daughter
S18 KishaJen
 4th place 
Kisha & Jen
Sisters
S18 FlightTimeBigEasy
 5th place 
Flight Time & Big Easy
Harlem Globetrotters
S18 JetCord
 6th place 
Jet & Cord
Cowboys
S18 KentVyxsin
 7th place 
Kent & Vyxsin
Dating Goths
S18 MargieLuke
 8th place 
Margie & Luke
Mother/Son
S18 JaimeCara
 9th place 
Jaime & Cara
Former NFL Cheerleaders
S18 MelMike
 10th place 
Mel & Mike
Father/Son

Trivia

  • This episode's title is said by Christina while at the Prayer of Purity Detour.
  • Despite being visited in three different seasons, this marks the first time a team is eliminated in Japan.

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