The Amazing Race 12

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The Amazing Race 12
Season run November 4, 2007[1]
– January 20, 2008
Filming dates July 8, 2007[citation needed]
– July 29, 2007[2]
No. of episodes 11[3]
Winning team TK Erwin & Rachel Rosales
Continents visited 4
Countries visited 10
Cities visited 26
Distance traveled 30,000 miles (48,000 km)
No. of legs 11
Unfinished Business Ronald & Christina Hsu,
Kent "Kynt" Cothron & Jennifer "Vyxsin" Fiala
Season Chronology
Season 11 ◄ Chronology ► Season 13

The Amazing Race 12 is the twelfth installment of winning reality television show The Amazing Race.

The 12th season premiered on November 4, 2007 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It took the timeslot of the canceled CBS series Viva Laughlin.[4] The finale aired on January 20, 2008 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Newly dating couple TK Erwin and Rachel Rosales were the winners of this Race.

A DVD for this season was released on March 24, 2014, via Amazon's CreateSpace program.


Development and filming[edit]

In May 2007, CBS confirmed The Amazing Race was picked up for a 12th season. It was originally to be scheduled in the mid-season of the 2007-2008 TV season.[5] However, when Viva Laughlin canceled in October of the same year, The Amazing Race 12 started early to take the time slot.[4]

The Amazing Race 12 spanned 30,000 miles (48,000 km) in 21 days, making it the shortest Amazing Race course since Season 8. The race covered four continents, visiting ten countries, five of which were previously unvisited, while traveling entirely in the Northern Hemisphere. The newly visited countries were Ireland, Burkina Faso, Lithuania, Croatia and Taiwan (Republic of China). This was the first time the former Yugoslavia was visited on the race. Also, for the first time, the finish line was not in the contiguous United States.

The shortened filming schedule was initially attributed, in part, to the removal of non-elimination legs, which would have been a first on the Race.[3] However, Phil told Kynt & Vyxsin in Leg 7 that there are two non-elimination legs in this race. The penalty for coming in last place on a non-elimination leg, however, was changed. Additionally, most seasons without "To Be Continued" or "superlegs" have four non-elimination points. With this race only having two non-elimination legs, the number of episodes was reduced by two.

This season also introduced two new twists to the race, the U-Turn and the Speed Bump. The U-Turn allowed racers to force another team behind them to complete the other side of the Detour they did not just previously complete.[6] The Speed Bump required a team that finished last in a non-elimination leg to perform an additional task in the next leg, while other teams are still racing. The U-Turn and the Speed Bump each occurred in two episodes of The Amazing Race 12.

The Alaska finish line was the northernmost finish location in Race history.


Applications for The Amazing Race 12 were due on January 16, 2007. Semi-finalist interviews were held sometime in February 2007 or March 2007 and final casting interviews took place in April 2007.[7][8]

This season's 11 teams included married lesbian ministers, dating Goths, and siblings. Executive producer van Munster felt that "it was not intentional" for casting to leave out young-male teams commonly found in past seasons. He also said that it was pure coincidence for 15 of 22 racers to be residents of California.[3]

The grandson and grandfather team of Nicolas and Donald are, respectively, the son and father-in-law of singer Robbie Fulks.[9] Shana was the on-and-off girlfriend of TV personality Ryan Seacrest,[10][11] while racers Staella, TK, Rachel and Nathan all attended Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, California.[12] Kynt had originally applied for an unknown season of the reality television show 'Survivor'.[13]

Ron & Christina and Kynt (as Kent) & Vyxsin raced again on The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business among a cast of returning teams from seasons 12–17. Additionally, during the Unfinished Business race, Christina revealed she was engaged to fellow season 12 racer Azaria Azene; they married in March 2011.[14]

This is one of the seasons after the first All-Star season that is not represented in the race cast for the second All-Star edition.


Two days after the series premiere, CBS launched an Amazing Race page on social networking site Facebook via Facebook Ads.[15] The site contained interactive contents such as maps, trivia, a travel log, and prizes. The site also included a tie-in with the Where I've Been application.


The following teams participated in the Race, each listed along with their placements in each leg and relationships as identified by the program. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television, owing to the inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks
1 2 3 4 5ƒ 6 7 8 9 10 11
TK & Rachel Newly Dating 3rd 6th 2nd 7th 1st 4th 4th 1st 4th 2nd 1st TK 5, Rachel 6
Ronald & Christina Father/Daughter 7th 9th 5th 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 2nd Ronald 5,Christina 6
Nicolas & Donald Grandson/Grandfather 5th 8th 6th 4th 6th 5th 1stƒ 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd Nicolas 6, Donald 4
Nathan & Jennifer Dating 10th 2nd 3rd 2nd 5th 3rd1 2nd 4th 2nd 4th Nathan 5, Jennifer 5
Kynt & Vyxsin Dating Goths 2nd 4th 4th 5th 2nd 2nd 5th 5th2 Kynt 4, Vyxsin 4
Azaria & Hendekea Brother/Sister 1st 5th 1st 1st 4th 6th Azaria 4, Hendekea 2
Shana & Jennifer Friends 6th 3rd 7th 6th 7th Shana 3, Jennifer 2
Lorena & Jason Dating 4th 1st 8th 8th Lorena 1, Jason 3
Marianna & Julia Sisters 9th 7th 9th Marianna 2, Julia 1
Kate & Pat Married Ministers 8th 10th Kate 2, Pat 0
Ari & Staella Best Friends 11th Ari 0, Staella 1
  • A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
  • A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue. If placed next to a leg number, this indicates that the Fast Forward was available for that leg but not used.
  • An underlined blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump task in the following leg.
  • A brown ⊃ means the team chose to use a U-Turn; indicates the team who received it.
  1. ^ Nathan & Jennifer initially arrived 2nd, but did not take legal transportation to the Pit Stop. They were asked to go back to the end of the Detour and take a taxi back to the Pit Stop. Kynt & Vyxsin checked in during that time period, dropping them to 3rd.
  2. ^ Kynt & Vyxsin used their U-Turn power on Nicolas & Donald. However, Nicolas & Donald were actually ahead of them, thus the U-Turn had no effect.

Episode title quotes[edit]

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.

  1. "Donkeys Have Souls, Too" – Christina
  2. "I've Become the Archie Bunker of the Home" – Ronald
  3. "Please, Lord, Give Me Milk" – Lorena
  4. "Let's Name Our Chicken Phil" – Shana
  5. "We Really Burned Bridges, For Sure" – Jennifer (of Shana & Jennifer)
  6. "Cherry on Top of the Sundae That's Already Melted" – Nathan
  7. "This is Forever, Now" – Donald
  8. "Honestly, They Have Witch Powers or Something!" – Jennifer (of Nathan & Jennifer)
  9. "I Just Hope He Doesn't Croak on Us" – Ronald
  10. "Sorry, Guys, I'm Not Happy to See You" – Jennifer (of Nathan & Jennifer)
  11. "The Final Push" – TK


The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg. All trips are sponsored by Travelocity.

Elimination Station[edit]

The first five teams eliminated were sequestered at a villa in Portugal to await the finale. Subsequent eliminated teams telephoned the villa to inform the teams at the villa of their elimination, but continued to run the race as decoys to throw off potential spoilers of the Race. The sequestered teams met up with the decoy teams in the final destination city to cheer on the final three teams as they crossed the Finish Line.

CBS posted short videos on its website after each episode aired in the Pacific time zone to show the eliminated teams interacting at the villa.

  • After Leg 1, Ari & Staella were the first team eliminated and sent to the villa first where they explored the luxurious house and contemplated their unfortunate first leg. They predicted one of the older teams would be the next eliminated and that Lorena & Jason would win the race.
  • After Leg 2, Kate & Pat were the second team eliminated and sent to the villa and discussed their opinions of the other Racers with Ari & Staella. Ari was unhappy when Kate & Pat criticized his negative views, if not insults, of some of the racers.
  • After Leg 3, Marianna & Julia were the third team eliminated and sent to the villa. Once again Ari grew irritated with Kate & Pat - this time because he felt that they were dominating the conversations with Marianna & Julia. At the end of the day, Ari, Staella, Marianna, and Julia all went out to party while Kate & Pat opted to stay behind, much to Ari's delight.
  • After Leg 4, Lorena & Jason were the fourth team eliminated and sent to the villa, and they were excited to finally relax. Everyone was shocked and disappointed to see that they had been eliminated. At the beach, Lorena & Jason went cliff jumping with Ari & Staella, Marianna & Julia, and some Portuguese locals; Kate & Pat explored alone.
  • After Leg 5, Shana & Jennifer were the fifth team eliminated and sent to the villa. They apologized to Lorena & Jason for using the U-Turn immediately upon arriving, but Lorena & Jason were a little skeptical to their reasoning. Marianna & Julia made a beautiful burnt barbecue feast for the new arrival team and later Shana & Jennifer shared their thoughts about who would be eliminated next and said Nicolas & Donald.
  • After Leg 6, Azaria & Hendekea were the sixth team eliminated. They instead called into the villa where they shared news with the other eliminated teams about the race. All the teams were shocked when they found out they were eliminated. Lorena & Jason got along with Shana & Jennifer in the villa while later on, all the sequestered teams went out to sea on a boat to have fun.
  • Leg 7 was a non-elimination leg. Meanwhile, the 5 sequestered teams enjoyed various outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking, zip-lining and mountain biking. Later, they were given a taste of local Portuguese food and culture.
  • After Leg 8, Kynt & Vyxsin were the seventh team eliminated. They instead called into the villa. The teams were shocked when they heard that they were eliminated. As the Goths explained what went wrong in their Mumbai leg, they also expressed how well teams like Nicolas & Donald and Ronald & Christina were doing. Then, as the sequestered teams realize their time in the villa is coming to an end soon, everyone went out for a little poolside fun.
  • Leg 9 was a non-elimination leg. Meanwhile, after one last visit to a Portuguese vineyard, it's time for the sequestered teams to pack up. As the racers get ready, they wonder what it will be like back home.
  • After Leg 10, Nathan & Jennifer were the eighth and final team to be eliminated. They called in after the five sequestered teams arrived in Alaska, where the race would end. After the call, each team gives their opinion on who they want to see win.
  • Leg 11 was the final leg of The Amazing Race 12. Azaria & Hendekea, Kynt & Vyxsin, and Nathan & Jennifer reunited with the rest of the eliminated teams. Some of the eliminated teams shared their opinions on the winners and the runners-up. The final three admit to their final joys and disappointments.

Race summary[edit]

Complete Route Map
Destinations Legenda lotnisko.svg Air travel   Legenda kolej.svg Rail travel   Legenda prom.svg Water travel   Bus-logo.svg Bus travel
Route Markers Detour icon.svg Detour   Roadblock icon.svg Roadblock   Fast Forward icon.svg Fast Forward   U-Turn icon.svg U-Turn   Speed Bump icon.svg Speed Bump   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → Ireland)[edit]

In Ireland, teams encountered a Roadblock that required one team member to ride a high-wire bicycle across a cliff (this shown as Cliff of Moher).

Airdate: November 4, 2007

At the start of The Amazing Race 12 at the Playboy Mansion, teams opened their first clues and were told to travel to their first destination: Shannon, Ireland. They then informed themselves to head to Los Angeles International Airport with only five teams in the British Airways flight, while the other six teams in Aer Lingus flight leaving twenty minutes behind the first.[a]

Upon arriving in Shannon, teams had to travel to Rossaveal and take a ferry to Inishmore in Galway Bay. Once there, teams made their way to Teampall Bheanain and had to sign up for one of three ferries return to the Irish mainland for the next morning. The next day, teams had to choose their marked cars and travel to Cleggan Farm in Cleggan where they must pedal a tandem bike along a dirt path to their next clue, the Roadblock where teams asked "Who wants to pedal for their partner?". One team member had to ride a high-wire bicycle across a windswept ravine suspended almost 200 ft (61 m) above the North Atlantic, while their partner, sitting 8 ft (2.4 m) below, was taken for the ride until reaching their next clue above the wire. Teams then proceed where they received instructions and choose a donkey and fill each of its baskets with 15 pieces of peat. Then, they had to walk the donkey back to the entrance of the farm to receive their next clue, sending them to the Pit Stop at Clifden's Connemara Heritage & History Centre.

Leg 2 (Ireland → The Netherlands)[edit]

In Amsterdam, teams rode bakfietsen from the Roadblock to the Pit Stop.

Airdate: November 11, 2007

At the start of the leg, teams were told to travel to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Upon arrival, they had to take a train to the central station and find Melkmeisjesbrug where they picked up their Detour clue, given the teams a choice of Hoist It or Hunt It. In Hoist It, teams had to use a traditional rope and pulley system to hoist five pieces of furniture up a typical Amsterdam apartment. Once all of the items loaded in the apartment, the head tenant would receive their next clue. In Hunt It, teams made their way on foot several blocks to a bicycle parking lot called Fietsflat (Dutch) to search through thousands of bicycles for two bikes tagged with a specific color designated in their clue. After finding their bikes, teams had to ride them five miles to an attendant who would give them their next clue.

The Detour clues directed to a nearby bus station to Ransdorp and made their way to Rural Village Field where they encountered the Roadblock, asking "Which of you is the acrobat?". One team member had to play a sport called fierljeppen by completing a single vault over a 12 feet (3.7 m) wide irrigation ditch and landing on both feet on the marshy grass at the other side. Once the vaulting ditch is okay, run across the side to pick up their next clue and vault back with their partner. This task would reappear in Season 21 as a switchback. This clue had to ride a bakfiets (cargo bicycle) to the next Pit Stop in Durgerdam.

Leg 3 (The Netherlands → Burkina Faso)[edit]

The Roadblock in Burkina Faso required one team member to milk a Dromedary camel and then drink the milk.

Airdate: November 18, 2007

At the start of the leg, teams had instructed to head to Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. Upon arrival, they had to head a train station to a rural village called Bingo in Boulkiemdé where they can spend overnight to wait the train.

Once teams arrived in Bingo, they picked up the Roadblock clue and where asking "Who's ready to work up a thirst?". Where they visited an area inhabited by Tuareg people, one team member had to milk a Dromedary and collect the camel milk in a dried gourd bowl, up to a marked line. Once finished, they had to show their bowl to a local for approval and then drink all the milk to receive their next clue. If a team member was unable to obtain the sufficient amount of milk from his or her own camel, he or she had to wait until another team has completed their Roadblock and try milking their camel. The clue where they had to lead four camels along a marked path to their next route marker to the Village School for the next clue.

This clue turned out for the Detour, the choice between Teach It or Learn It. In Teach It, they would have to teach schoolchildren who did not speak English to memorize ten words of English, in which they will later be tested by a local teacher until the children recite the words to receive the next clue. In Learn It, teams have to learn from the local schoolchildren ten words in the More language. Teams will later be tested for these words by a local teacher until receiving their next clue. The clues directed them to the nearby Pit Stop.

Leg 4 (Burkina Faso)[edit]

One side of the Detour in the second Burkina Faso leg required teams to dance along with the Winiama masked dancers.

Airdate: November 25, 2007

  • Boulkiemdé (Village in Bingo)
  • Bouda-Pelegtanga, Yako, Passoré (Village Field) Detour: Shake Your Pans or Shake Your Booty
  • Pelegtanga Market U-Turn: Shana & Jennifer U-Turned Lorena & Jason
  • Ouagadougou (Tampouy Goat Market) Roadblock: "Who's ready for a juggling act?"
  • Ouagadougou (Hotel de Ville) Pit Stop: Leg 4

Teams started the leg in Bingo and had to look for the village chief. Then, they had to accept a gift of a chicken from him, which they then had to take with them throughout the leg to the Pit Stop. The clue told them to travel to a Village Field in Bouda-Pelegtanga for the Detour clue, where teams had to choose between Shake Your Pans or Shake Your Booty. In Shake Your Pans, teams had to use traditional methods to pan for one ounce of gold. Once done, they can trade their gold (after weighing), at a nearby tent, for their next clue. In Shake Your Booty, teams had to learn a traditional local dance, along with the Winiama masked dancers, and then perform it in front of 3 local celebrity judges and a crowd of locals for their next clue. If they must also infuse some of their own dance moves, a lack of creativity or a bad performance would incur teams a 10-minute penalty until they receiving their next clue.

The clues directed to Pelegtanga Market for a brand new U-Turn twist to search the U-Turn board, and their next clue, instructed them to Tampouy Goat Market back in Ouagadougou where they encountered the Roadblock, asking "Who's ready for a juggling act?". One team member had to ride a bicycle and deliver a large amount of cumbersome goods, including a small goat. Teams had to deliver the items to a specific person stated in their clue at a nearby market. The clue directed teams to the Pit Stop at Hotel de Ville.

Leg 5 (Burkina Faso → Lithuania)[edit]

For the roadblock in Vilnius, Lithuania, teams travel to Vilnius Old Town (top), then participating team members visited the Vilnius University courtyard (bottom).

Airdate: December 2, 2007

At the start of the leg, teams were told to travel next to Vilnius, Lithuania. Upon arrival, they had to head to St. Anne's Church and to pick up a clue for the Roadblock, asking "Who's a good listener?". One team member had to choose a local Lithuanian woman working outdoors in Nautilus courtyard who would give them a package and tell them where to take it. Then, traveling on foot through the confusing streets of the Vilnius Old Town, team members had to deliver the package to the correct person in Vilnius University Courtyard, who would then hand them their second package and one of four final destinations: Gabi Kavine, Saint Germain Restaurant, Hair Salon Sidabrynas and Shakespeare Hotel. When these deliveries are found the exact location to receive their next clue.

There was a Fast Forward in the leg, in an unaired segment, according to a post-race interview by Shana and Jennifer revealed the team had to head to Trakai Island Castle.[16] The clue instructed teams to Lithuanian Open Air Museum in Rumšiškės and had to find Dzûkija Village, where they had to search through the area for the Travelocity roaming gnome, as depicted in a picture on their clue. However, there were hundreds of common Lithuanian gnomes placed around the area to confuse the teams. Teams had to carry the Travelocity Gnome with them all the way to the Pit Stop.

Teams had to continue in the marked path to the nearby church for a Detour clue, given them a choice between Count Down or Step Up. In Count Down, teams made their way through the traditional Mid-Summer's Festival to a marked section of picket fence. Once there, they had to count every picket that makes up the fence and then reveal their calculation to a villager. If they were correct, they would receive their next clue. In Step Up, teams had to stilt-walk along a marked course to the finish line. If a person fell off before reaching the end, that person had to go back to the beginning and start again. When they reached the end, they would receive their next clue. Teams had to make their way by foot to Aukštaitija Windmill for the Pit Stop.

Leg 6 (Lithuania → Croatia)[edit]

Dubrovnik, Croatia's Fort of St. Lawrence was the center point of this leg.

Airdate: December 9, 2007

At the start of the leg, teams were told to their next destination is Dubrovnik on Croatia's Adriatic coast. Upon arrival, they had to head to Fort of St. Lawrence where encountered the Roadblock, asking "Who has a builder's eye?". One team member had to find one of eight stones correctly identified out of 150 stones and fit it into the rock wall at the fort being rebuilt after the Croatian War of Independence. Once it is completely built, the stonemason would receive their next clue.

The clue told the teams to go to the above of the fort's roof and ride a zipline down to Fort Bokar to receive their next clue, which was for the Detour, a choice between Short & Long or Long & Short. In Short & Long, teams had to rappel down the walls of Fort Bokar and then scale it again on a rope ladder. Then, they had to make their way on foot a longer distance through the confusing old quarter streets to find their next clue. In Long & Short, teams had to tandem zipline from the fort and then swim to the floating platforms where they must row a fishing boat around the city walls to a flagged area and then make their way on foot a shorter distance through the streets to find their next clue. The Detour clues instructed them to the Pit Stop at the Stone Cross in Fort Imperial overlooking Dubrovnik.

Leg 7 (Croatia → Italy)[edit]

Many of the tasks in Leg 7 focused on the life of Leonardo da Vinci, namely the Detour and the Roadblock.

Airdate: December 23, 2007

At the start of the leg, teams were headed to the coastal city of Ancona, in Italy. They must take a bus first to Split, and upon arrival in Ancona, teams had to drive themselves in Empoli, in the heart of Tuscany. During their journey, teams received a message from relatives on a BlackBerry. Once the teams arrived in Empoli, they had to look Campo di Volo Silvano Poli in Comune di Cortenuova where they can take the Fast Forward, the team had to travel to Fabio Studios to take part in a local seafaring tradition but didn’t know that the tradition is the art of tattoo. When they arrived, they would learn that they had to have a permanent tattoo drawn on their bodies, the letters FF for Fast Forward, when it was done, that team would win the Fast Forward.

Other teams had to take the Roadblock clue, asking "Who's feeling 'ultra' light of heart?". One team member had to soar through the skies over Tuscany in an ultralight and had to scan a 6-mile radius of the countryside below for the name of their next destination: Vinci. If team members thought they spotted the hint, they had to signal their pilot who would then bring them back down. Once on the ground, they would tell the instructor the word and, if correct, the pilot would hand them their next clue. There was a thirty-minute time limit per flight as team members had to make a mandatory landing for refueling before continuing their search.

The clue instructed teams to the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci and searched their Detour clue, where the teams had to choose between Invention or Tradition. In Invention, teams made their way to a nearby courtyard and chose a replica of a centuries-old crane designed by Leonardo da Vinci. They had to first assemble the crane and use it to lift one large stone a foot off the ground. Then, they had to place a mirror underneath and read a clue printed on the bottom of the rock. In Tradition, teams made their way to Piazza Guido Masi. There, they had to learn a traditional local flag routine, and when they executed the routine correctly, the lead flagman would hand them a flag displaying the name of their next destination. The clues were indicated at each Detour and revealing the location of the Pit Stop at Boboli Gardens in Florence.

Leg 8 (Italy → India)[edit]

Teams encountered the second U-Turn of the race in Kabutar Khana, an intersection that has been a landmark of Mumbai.

Airdate: December 30, 2007

At the start of the leg, teams were headed next to the city of Mumbai, India. Upon arrival, they had to travel by auto-rickshaw the intersection of Khar Danda and receive a newspaper. Then, they searched an ad[17] in The Times of India that contained the location of the next route marker, sending them to Chauhan Alteration Tailors for the next clue.

At the Chauhan Alteration Tailors, teams encountered with the new Speed Bump twist and as well as the Detour. For Kynt & Vyxsin, where they had to perform the Speed Bump and had to travel to Dariya Mahal and find the Yoga Master to make successfully perform a series of Yoga poses before being allowed to continue the Detour, where the teams given a choice between Paste 'Em or Thread 'Em. In Paste 'Em, teams made their way to a marked underpass in Tulsi Pipe Road of Dadar West Bridge and used the provided supplies to properly paste a 6-panel Bollywood movie poster onto the wall. When the advertisement was complete, they would receive their next clue. If even one panel is out of line, they may have to take them all down again and start over. In Thread 'Em, teams made their way to Dadar Flower Market and found a marked flower stall called Shyam Pandurang Bhagat where they had to create a traditional wedding garland by threading 108 flowers in an alternating pattern (red, orange, and yellow). When the judge agreed that the garland had been properly made, teams needed to deliver it to a nearby bridegroom and exchange it for their next clue.

The clues instructed them to Kabutar Khana for a U-Turn board, and their next clue. The clue sending them to Bharatgas Colaba where they picked up their next clue, which it was for the Roadblock, asking "Who's got a strong back and good navigational skills?". One team member had to load a bicycle cart with six tanks of propane gas, pedal to the two addresses listed on their order slips, deliver three tanks to each address, and then take a receipt from the homeowner's door as proof of delivery. Once their deliveries were complete, they had to hand the foreman their two order slips and two receipts to receive their next clue. The clue directed teams to the Pit Stop at Bandra Fort.

Leg 9 (India → Japan)[edit]

Upon arriving in Osaka, Japan, teams visited Kishiwada Castle for a clue.

Airdate: January 6, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams are headed next to the city of Osaka, Japan. Upon arrival, they were told to head to Kishiwada Castle and searched the grounds for the next clue, sending them to Noda Station where they picked up the Roadblock clue, and asking "Who's the backseat driver?". One team member 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 (Japanese)). They could not 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 would also have to make their way back to their teammate before they read what was inside the clue.

The clue instructed teams to Kita-Mido Temple and searched the Detour clue, where they had a choice of Sense of Touch or Sense of Smell. In Sense of Touch, teams made their way on foot to the Shimojima Building and had to use miniature robots controlled by cell phones to play a game of soccer against two robotic defenders. Once each team member had scored a goal, the referee would give them their next clue. In Sense of Smell, teams made their way to the Saera Flower Shop where only artificial flowers were sold. Once there, they had 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 found a real flower, the shop owner would give them their next clue, informing them to travel to the Pit Stop at Tempozan Park.

Leg 10 (Japan → Taiwan)[edit]

The iconic Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei served as the Pit Stop of the Race.

Airdate: January 13, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams were told to head to Umeda Sky Building and they had to take an elevator to the Floating Garden at the top of the building and search for their next clue, and instructed out to travel to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Upon arriving in Taipei, they had to head to Taipei Main Station and picked up the next clue where they must take a high-speed train to Taichung.

Once the teams had arrived in Taichung, they must travel to Jiji and found Acrobatics Jeep where they encountered with the Speed Bump and the Roadblock. For the Speed Bump, TK & Rachel had to travel to Heping Elementary School and they had to don on protective gear and run through a barrage of fireworks. Once they completed the run and were doused with water, they were allowed to continue the Roadblock, where teams asking "Who's ready to go for a tricky ride?". One team member had to become a passenger in a car driven by a professional stunt driver who would maneuver the vehicle onto a giant teeter-totter and then rock back and forth precariously 25 feet (7.6 m) above the ground. Then, the team member would switch into an amphibious car, don a pair of goggles, and while holding their breath, they would be driven underwater for 17 seconds. If they were successful, they would get their next clue.

The clue instructed them to travel by a high-speed rail back to Taipei and found GK Teahouse, where they had to drink a cup of tea with a Chinese clue written on the bottom of the cups to reveal the next location. The clue instructed teams to travel to the Gong Guan Night Market and find a clown who would give them their next clue.

The clue was for the Detour, and teams had to choose between Fire or Earth. In Fire, teams made their way to Zhongzheng Park to participate in a mystical Chinese ritual by writing messages of luck, good or bad, on Kongming lanterns. They had to burn "spirit money" under the lanterns, filling them with hot air that would lift the lanterns into the sky and carry their messages to the spirits above. Once a team sent 20 sky lanterns into the air, they would receive their next clue. In Earth, teams made their way to Youth Park to participate in a local custom used to reduce stress. Team members had to take off their shoes and, with their bare feet, walk down a 220-foot path made of jagged stones, turn around, and walk back. When they are finished, they would receive their next clue. The clues sent them to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Pit Stop for this leg.

Leg 11 (Taiwan → United States)[edit]

Anchorage, Alaska was the final destination city of The Amazing Race 12.

Airdate: January 20, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams were informed to travel on their final destination city: Anchorage, Alaska. Upon arrival, they had to proceeded to 6th Avenue Outfitters, where they had to pick up necessary gear for the journey ahead along with their next clue, sending them to Ship Creek Boat Launch and searched the metal bridge for their Detour clue, a choice between Cut the Cod or Grab the Crab. In Cut the Cod, teams had to cut through several 50-pound Ling Cod and search for a miniature clue hidden in one of the fish. In Grab the Crab, teams had to jump into the hold of a boat swarming with over 500 live crabs. Then, they had to search through the nipping crustaceans for a crab marked with Race colors until they received their next clue.

The Detour clues instructed them to the jet boat launch near the Kenai Lake Bridge, and they had to take a high-speed boat along the Kenai River to 20-Mile Glacier. Once there, both team members had to climb a wall of ice to reach their next clue. They then returned via helicopter to Merrill Field to continue the race. Once they landed at Merrill Field, they had to pick up the next clue, sending them to Goose Lake Park.

At Goose Lake Park, where they partake on their final Roadblock, asking "Who wants to relive your experience on the race? Memory and logic are key!". One team member had to face a field of objects they encountered along the race course. Each team was given fifteen recognizable items from different legs of the Race and had to place the ten specific items that matched two different requirements, it could only be one item in the ten legs of the Race:

  • Three items could be animals or animal by-products
  • One had to be a U-Turn
  • Two had to be items either at or brought to the Pit Stop
  • Two had to be items of transportation with wheels, one of which was used at a Detour
  • One had to be an item of transportation resembling the shape of a stick

While there were several ways to fulfill either of the requirements, only one correct group of ten items fulfilled both to open the clue box and their next clue, sending them to the "Cook's eye view of the Sleeping Lady", the Captain Cook Statue at the Resolution Park. Once there, they had to travel by foot to Salmon Hooker Statue in front of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and picked up their final clue, directing the teams to the Finish Line at Girdwood Airport.


US Nielsen ratings[edit]

Order Episode Rating/Share
1 "Donkeys Have Souls, Too" 13.82
2 "I’ve Become the Archie Bunker of the Home" 3.1/8[18] 10.48
3 "Please, Lord, Give Me Milk" 3.8/9[19] 11.86
4 "Let's Name Our Chicken Phil" N/A 11.80
5 "We Really Burned Bridges, For Sure" 3.4/8[20] 11.26
6 "Cherry on Top of the Sundae That's Already Melted" 3.8/9[21] 11.95
7 "This is Forever, Now" 2.8/8[22] 8.97
8 "Honestly, They Have Witch Powers or Something" 2.5/6[23] 9.69
9 "I Just Hope He Doesn’t Croak On Us" N/A 11.99
10 "Sorry, Guys, I’m Not Happy to See You" 3.8/9[24] 11.65
11 “The Final Push" 3.1/7[25] 9.75

Canadian ratings[edit]

# Viewers
1 2.14 #8[26]
2 2.03 #7
3 2.09 #9
4 1.86 #10
5 2.10 #9
6 2.02 #5
7 1.32 #12
8 1.62 #1
9 1.71 #4
10 1.85 #5
11 2.04 #3


  1. ^ The five teams were on the British Airways flight to London that would arrive 20 minutes earlier than the scheduled Dublin flight and it was delayed, allowing the six teams on the Aer Lingus flight from Dublin and arrived in Shannon first.


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