The Amazing Race 9

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The Amazing Race 9
Season run February 28, 2006
– May 17, 2006
Filming dates November 7, 2005
– December 3, 2005
No. of episodes 12
Winning team B.J. Averell & Tyler MacNiven
Continents visited 5
Countries visited 10
Cities visited 37
Distance traveled 59,000 miles (95,000 km)
No. of legs 12
All-Stars Eric Sanchez & Danielle Turner
Season Chronology
Season 8 ◄ Chronology ► Season 10

The Amazing Race 9 is the ninth installment of the American reality television show The Amazing Race. This season featured eleven teams of two with a pre-existing relationship in a race around the world to win one million dollars. The show premiered on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 and concluded on May 17, 2006.

Best friends B.J. Averell and Tyler MacNiven were the winners of this Race.

A DVD set of this season was released on October 23, 2012, via Amazon.com's CreateSpace program.

Production[edit]

Development and filming[edit]

The race's starting and finish lines were at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver, Colorado.

The Amazing Race 9 lasted 27 days and traveled over 59,000 miles (95,000 km) and filming ran from November 7 to December 3, 2005. The race visited ten countries in five continents, three of which were previously unvisited – Greece, Oman and Japan. Also listed as race destinations were Brazil, Russia, Germany, Italy (Sicily), Australia and Thailand. This race had the second longest route course (The Amazing Race 5 was the longest).

This race was the first (and, to date, the only) one to start and end at the same location: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the world-famous outdoor concert venue outside of Denver. Other races have started and ended in the same city (Season 1 in New York City and Season 6 in Chicago), but the location of the start and stop lines have been in different parts of the city.

This is the first race in which the teams had to drive themselves somewhere at least once on every leg.

Due to scheduling conflicts with the season finale and the premiere of the film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, Eric & Jeremy stated that they were unable to attend the premiere of the movie at the Cannes Film Festival, which was their prize for gaining first place on Leg 7. Eric & Jeremy later stated that CBS was going to give them a different prize to make up for it.

Cast[edit]

Applications for The Amazing Race 9 were closed on July 26, 2005 (a day after the original deadline). Semi-finalist interviews were held sometime in September 2005 and final casting interviews took place in October 2005.

Following the "Family Edition" experiment of Season 8, which featured teams of four racing in the United States and Central America, this season returned to the traditional format of eleven teams of two competing in a race around the world. The teams included hippie best friends, a couple married 40 years, and sisters living in different states.

B.J. appeared on a campus TV program called The BJ Show in honor of himself and co-host BJ Novak. Novak was primarily known for being a writer/producer/actor on NBC's hit comedy show The Office. He is also the best friend of Harvard graduate, former band member of North & South, and top 40 contestant of American Idol 6 Tom Lowe.

John Lowe is painting his Chicken Paintings(folk rooster paintings) and is known as "J.Lowe, The Chicken Painter".[citation needed]

Tyler's traveling came to fame. In 2004, he walked the whole length of Japan to impress his Japanese girlfriend as well as made a documentary about the experience called Kintaro Walks Japan. By the end of the trip, he was often running into many locals who already knew him as "Kintaro" from the TV news.

On The Finish Line, Eric announced that he was dating Danielle and had planned to move to New York to be closer to her. Eric and Danielle were also selected to race in The Amazing Race All-Stars among a cast of returning teams from seasons 1-10. Following the All-Stars race, Eric & Danielle said in a post-race interview that they are no longer dating due to the fact they live too far apart, and are now just friends. Danielle married in 2011 and is now a mother of two young daughters, born in 2009 and 2012.

Ray proposed to Yolanda on The Early Show on the morning after the season finale. While it was a total shock to her, Yolanda enthusiastically accepted. This episode also previews their full progress on the final leg of "The Amazing Race", including Yolanda's progress on the roadblock.

Awards[edit]

On August 27, 2006, Season 9 won a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program", the fourth consecutive award for the television series. Producers nominated this season instead of the critically lambasted Family Edition, which was also eligible for the award.

Results[edit]

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 completed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
BJ & Tyler Best Friends 2nd 1st 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 5th2 5th 3rd 4th> 1stƒ 1st 1st BJ 6, Tyler 5
Eric & Jeremy Friends 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1stƒ 4th 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd Eric 6, Jeremy 5
Ray & Yolanda Dating 7th 5th 3rd 7th 7th 6th 3rd2 3rd 4th 1st 3rd 3rd 3rd Ray 6, Yolanda 63
Joseph & Monica Dating 6th 3rd 8th 6th 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd< 4th Joseph 5, Monica 5
Fran & Barry Married 40 Years 8th 9th 5th 4th 4th 4th 4th 1st 5th Fran 4, Barry 4
Lake & Michelle Married Parents 5th 7th 2nd 3rd 5th> 5th 6th2 Lake 4, Michelle 2
Dave & Lori Dating 4th 4th 9th 5th 6th 7th Dave 3, Lori 2
Danielle & Dani Childhood Friends 9th 8th 6th 8th 8th< Danielle 1, Dani 3
Wanda & Desiree Mother/Daughter 3rd 6th 7th 9th Wanda 1, Desiree 2
Lisa & Joni Sisters 10th 10th Lisa 0, Joni 1
John & Scott Lifelong Friends 11th John 0, Scott 0
  • A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
  • An underlined blue team placement indicates that the team was the last to arrive at a pit stop in a non-elimination leg of the race. The teams were forced to relinquish all of their money and belongings (except for passports and the clothes on their back) for the remainder of the race. In addition, they were not allotted money for the next leg and were not allowed to collect money until the next leg started for them.
  • A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue.
  • A yellow > indicates that the team chose to use the Yield; < indicates the team who received it.
  • Italicised results indicate the position of the team at the midpoint of a two-episode leg.
  1. ^ Leg 3 was a double-length leg with two Roadblocks and two Detours.
  2. ^ a b c Ray & Yolanda (who initially arrived 2nd) and BJ & Tyler (5th) were each issued a 15-minute penalty for taking a bus instead of a train all the way to the Isthmos Train Station. While the penalty resulted in Ray & Yolanda dropping to 3rd, BJ & Tyler's placement was not affected. Lake & Michelle were eligible to be penalized for the same infraction, but they were the last team to arrive to the pit stop, resulting in their elimination.
  3. ^ While neither Ray nor Yolanda was shown performing the Roadblock on the final leg before arriving at the Finish Line, a montage shown on The Early Show the next day showed Yolanda as the member who had done the Roadblock task. This is included in the Roadblock count.

Episode title quotes[edit]

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

  1. "Here We Go, Baby, Off to Win a Million Bucks!" – John
  2. "I'm Filthy And I Love It" – Monica
  3. "I'm In Russia Playing With Dolls" – Jeremy
  4. "It's Not Over Until The Phil Sings" – Tyler
  5. "Good Thing I Took That Human Anatomy Class in High School" – Tyler
  6. "Sleep Deprivation Is Really Starting to Irritate Me" – Lake
  7. "Herculean Effort for Some Herculean Dudes" – Tyler
  8. "Here Comes The Bedouin" – Fran
  9. "Do You Know How Much Running I Did Today, Phil?" – Jeremy
  10. "Man, They Should Have Used Their Fake Names" – Eric
  11. "I Think This Monkey Likes Me" – Eric
  12. "5 Continents, 9 Countries, More Than 59,000 Miles" – Phil Keoghan

Prizes[edit]

Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete a leg unless otherwise noted.

  • Leg 1 - US$10,000 cash for each racer.
  • Leg 2 - All expense paid trip to Tahiti sponsored by Travelocity.
  • Leg 3 - All expense paid trip to Africa, including whitewater rafting down the Zambezi River, an elephant-back safari, and seeing Victoria Falls, sponsored by Travelocity, for the first team to bring a Travelocity gnome to the Pit Stop.[1] By coincidence, Eric & Jeremy, who were the first to reach the Pit Stop, were also the first ones to bring the gnome to the Pit Stop, and thus won the prize.
  • Leg 4 - Digital imaging package from Duracell.
  • Leg 5 - Cruise for two to Mexico sponsored by Travelocity.
  • Leg 6 - Trip to The Da Vinci Code movie premiere in Hollywood, California (The prize was awarded to the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop bearing two parchments and demonstrating that, when combined, they revealed a picture of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and a coded message; the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop put the message together and were awarded the prize).
  • Leg 7 - All expense paid trip to Rome sponsored by Travelocity.
  • Leg 8 - All expense paid trip to Hong Kong sponsored by Travelocity.
  • Leg 9 - Two one-year leases for Mercedes ML350s like the ones driven on the leg.
  • Leg 10 - Cruise around Sydney Harbour, a tour of the Hunter Valley wine district and the Great Barrier Reef; as well, a luxury hotel room for the time that they would normally be at the Pit Stop (The prize on this leg was awarded to the team that had a picture of a "golden gnome" in an envelope they received with the Roadblock and Fast Forward clues and were told not to open until they reached the Pit Stop. Ray and Yolanda had the golden gnome and won.)
  • Leg 11 - Two T-Mobile Sidekicks, each with three years of free service.
  • Leg 12 - US$1,000,000

Race summary[edit]

Complete route map, note: green dot represents both the starting and finish line.
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   Yield icon.svg Yield   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → Brazil)[edit]

The historic Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho in São Paulo's district of Pacaembu is the first Pit Stop of the race.

Airdate: February 28, 2006

At the start of The Amazing Race 9 taking place at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Red Rocks Park near Denver, teams standing along in the amphitheatre and had to climb up the stairs to retrieve their first clue, telling them to travel on their first destination city: São Paulo, Brazil. Teams also had to drive to Denver International Airport and may take one of the three flights to São Paulo leaving at 1:25 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:31 p.m. However due to delays in connecting cites and arrival times have changed.

Upon arriving in São Paulo, they made their way to the rooftop of Hotel Unique and find their next clue, sending them to Viaduto Santa Efigênia and locate the next clue at the top of the bridge, and it soon found out was the first Detour, a choice between Motor Head or Rotor Head. In Motor Head, teams had to travel to a motorcycle shop named Caverna Moto Peças and assemble a motorcycle, using an assembled motorcycle as a model. Then, using the parts provided and finished model for reference. When the motorcycle is properly assembled, the mechanic could start the bike and he would receive their next clue. In Rotor Head, teams had to travel to Campo de Marte Airport. Then, using a flight directory to locate one of three buildings and find a helicopter. Since they varied in distance and each location had a limited number of tickets. Teams are need to find one of three closest building from a flight directory: Edifício São Luís Gonzaga (Portuguese) (2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi)), Atrium V (5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi)) and Hotel Meliá (6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi)). Once it located to their destination, a pilot would fly by helicopter to the rooftop of that building to search the designated area for their next clue. There are limited number of flights available to any one of these given buildings.

The clue teams instructed to travel to the district of Santa Cecilia and find the sanctuary at 114A Rua Federico Abranches to find their next clue. At the Sanctuary, teams had to light a white candle and witness a traditional ceremony known as Candomblé and had to receive their next clue. The clue teams directed to the Pit Stop at Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho at Portão 23 gate.

Leg 2 (Brazil)[edit]

Teams traveled to the outskirts of Brotas where they encountered a choice of Detour tasks that required teams to hike a waterfall.

Airdate: March 7, 2006

At the start of the leg, teams made their way at Edificio Copan and find Bloco F where they find their next clue, the Roadblock and asking "Who's ready for a fire drill?". One team member had to climb one of three stairwells on a fire escape of the building. Once on the top, they would put harness and rappel 400 feet (120 m) down the building until they receiving their next clue. But in order which they arrived at the top would determine the order in which they would descend.

The clue told teams to travel by bus to Brotas where they must go to Terminal Rodoviário Barra Funda and had to find tickets for 1 out of 3 charter buses going to Brotas: departing 10:15 am, 11:15 am or 12:15 pm. Upon arrival, they must choose a Volkswagen Beetle to get their next clue and was discovered with the Detour, a choice between Press It or Climb It. In Press It, teams drive to Camping Bela Vista to process raw sugar cane and distill its juice. Then, teams have to make 500 ml of ethanol to fuel their cars as an alternative fuel source. After completing the task, teams would had pour to newly created ethanol in their car to continuing on and the chemist would receive their next clue. In Climb It, teams travel to Usina Jacaré and hike to a nearby waterfall. Once there, they must climb 90 feet (27 m) up a waterfall using mechanical ascenders to climb at the top to receive their next clue. The clues instructed teams to head to the Fazenda Primavera da Serra for the Pit Stop.

Leg 3 (Brazil → Russia → Germany)[edit]

The Detour in Moscow where teams had to scour the traditional matryoshka nesting dolls.

Airdate: March 14, 2006

Airdate: March 21, 2006

At the start of the leg, teams had to head to a marked entrance near Kilometer 114 Highway SP-225 take a 300 feet (91 m) zipline from the top of the hill to the bottom for getting the next clue. The clue where teams instructed to travel to Moscow, Russia. Upon departing, they must drive to Brotas Bus Depot and pull a ticket for a departure time to São Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport within forty-five minutes apart.

When the teams arriving in Moscow, they made their way to Chaika Bassein and search the next clue inside the hall where it found out the Roadblock, asking "Who wants to take the plunge?". One team member had to put on a bathing suit to dive off a 10 metres (33 ft) diving platform into a frigid weather in the pool below. Once they took the plunge, they had to swim the pool and retrieve the next clue.

The clue teams directed to Novodevichiy Monastery and had to find Smolensk Cathedral where they locate their next clue: the Detour, given the choice between Scrub or Scour. In Scrub, teams had 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 get their next clue. In Scour, teams had travel to Dubrovka Theatre to search among 1,500 pieces of Russian nesting dolls to find one of 10 microscopic clues hidden inside on this doll. The clues instructed teams to head to the Pit Stop at St. Basil's Cathedral in famous Red Square. However, Phil gave the teams' clues and told the leg is not over.

After being told to keep racing, teams received the clue and instructed to fly to Frankfurt, Germany, then take a train to Stuttgart. Upon arrival, they made their way to the flagship Mercedes-Benz headquarters and had to receive their next clue. At the Headquarters, teams had to choose a Mercedes-Benz vehicle and chose a driver for their thrilling ride on the test drive in the factory known as Wall of Death. After taking a course in the high-speed over 170 kilometers per hour when their cars turned to an almost 90 degree angle, they would receive their next clue.

The clue where teams had to drive a car to the town of Bad Tölz and find Ellbach Field to receive the Roadblock clue, where teams asking "Who's ready to reap their reward?". One team member required to search among 150 hats and feet scattered across a large field for one of eleven Travelocity roaming gnomes hidden underneath contains the next clue at the bottom.

The clue received teams drive to Grünwald and find Bavaria Film Studios and search the next clue at the gate. The clue was soon discovered for the Detour and the choice between Break It or Slap It. In Break It, teams took either to break a table full of "stunt bottles" over each other's heads until they find prost, the German word for Cheers written on the back of the label. However, they could only smash one bottle per cuckoo from a traditional German cuckoo clock. In Slap It, teams had to learn and perform a traditional Schuhplattler dance and correctly perform to get it right for their directions. But teams with the right rhythm could finish fast. When the folk dance is properly correct, the actor would get their next clue. The clues teams drive to the city of Munich and had to park their cars at Leopoldstrasse to find the next Pit Stop, Siegestor.

Leg 4 (Germany → Italy)[edit]

The Segesta Amphitheatre on the island of Sicily was the site of the Leg's Roadblock.

Airdate: March 28, 2006

At the start of the leg, teams had to travel to Palermo, in the Italian island of Sicily. Once there, they must travel to Teatro Massimo and search the grounds with their next clue, sending them to the town of Castellammare del Golfo and find the Seaside Terrace to find their next clue.

The clue soon turned out for the Detour and the choice was Foundry or Laundry. In Foundry, teams had to walk a nearby metal works name Premiata Fonderia Birrione Campane at 8 Via Renda to carry a 110-pound (50 kg) iron-cast bell. Then using a vehicle known as Ape, they have to drive the bell, drop-off at Via Don Leonardo Zangara and delivered it to Chiesa Maria SS. Del Soccorso for a priest to get their next clue. In Laundry, teams need to find Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi to search through over 2,400 items of laundry for one of sixteen items of clothing bearing a red and yellow tag. If the red and yellow tag is found, a laundry lady would get their next clue.

The clues after the Detour instructed teams to travel to the ancient city of Segesta and find the Amphiteater with the Yield board, Lake & Michelle had to choose Yield Danielle & Dani, and their next clue. The clue was for the Roadblock and asking, "Who's good at piecing things together?". One team member had to correctly piece together of a classical Greek statue, racers were not told that there were two extra pieces that did not belong until an archaeologist to receive their next clue, sending teams to travel by foot to the Pit Stop at the Temple.

Leg 5 (Italy)[edit]

While in Catania, teams get involved in South Italian infamous fisheries.

Airdate: April 5, 2006

At the start of the leg, teams had to drive to the city of Catania. Once there, they must find Anfiteatro Romano and search within this ruins of the Amphitheater to receive their next clue. At the Amphitheater, teams had to count the statue heads on the fence posts surrounding the grounds of the amphitheater. Once the teams count the heads and find the groundskeeper. If they were correct, they would receive their next clue.

The clue was soon for the Detour, the choice between Big Fish or Little Fish. In Big Fish, teams had to travel by foot to a street vendor in Via Alessi and had to carry a 32-kilogram (71 lb) swordfish, then carry it for another sixth of a mile to Il Mercato Storico la Pescheria. At the market, teams had to find Jagino, the fish market vendor to receive their next clue. In Little Fish, teams had to travel by foot to the same fish market and sell 4 kilograms (8.8 lb) of a small fish known as triglia. After selling the fish, the vendor would receive their next clue.

The clues teams received to drive to Siracusa and find Ponte Umbertino to search with their next clue, which is the Roadblock and teams asking "Who is well-balanced?". One team member had to participate in a popular Italian sport: kayak polo. They would join a professional team and participate in an ongoing match with the team member scored one goal, a coach would give them their next clue. The clue directed teams to head to Fonte Aretusa for the Pit Stop.

Leg 6 (Italy → Greece)[edit]

For the Roadblock in Corinth, one team member had to complete a 240 feet (73 m) bungee jump off of the bridge over the Corinth Canal.

Airdate: April 12, 2006

At the start of the leg, teams were told to travel by train and ferry to the Italian capital city of Rome. Upon arrival, they had to head to Trevi Fountain and search a man with a yellow and red scooter to receive their next clue. At the Trevi Fountain, teams received one half of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man drawing from a Manila envelope and instructed to travel to the famous Spanish Steps where they find the horse carriages for a black leather portfolio to find their next clue. Then, they had also find the other half of that drawing with the adapted movie based on The Da Vinci Code.

At the Spanish Steps, the two images from the Vitruvian Man drawing and had to crack the code, the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop with the whole drawing won a prize. The clue told the teams informed to travel to Athens, Greece. Upon arrival in Athens, they had to head to the Ancient Agora for the next clue. The clue contained with the Fast Forward, teams had to travel on foot less than a mile to Stamatopoulos Taverna and take part in traditional Greek method of dispelling mischievous spirits: plate breaking. Teams had to break plates and find a little yellow and red flag that was baked into one plate. Once the team found the flag, they would win the Fast Forward.

Other teams had to take a train from Agioi Anargyroi Railway Station and exiting at Isthmos Railway Station in Corinth, not exiting nearby Corinth Railway Station. Once at the train station, they picked up the clue and discovering that it was for the Roadblock, asking "Who wants to hear the sound of their own screams?". One team member had to do bungee jump 240 feet (73 m) into the Corinth Canal organized by the Zulu Bungy once it complete the jump, they order to receive their next clue from the bungee master.

Teams opened their clue to discover it was for the Ancient Greek-inspired Detour: Herculean Effort or It's All Greek To Me. Both Detours had teams driving to the Ancient Stadium in Nemea. In Herculean Effort, teams had to complete three events from Ancient Olympic Games events. One team to do discus throw in a competitive distance. While the other team to do javelin throw in a same distance. Finally, both teams have to participate professional wrestling of a 20 feet (6.1 m) circle. When all are completed, they would receive their next clue. In It's All Greek To Me, teams had enter an archeological site to search a specific section for the nine pieces of pottery containing Greek letters. Then, they will help to translate from Greek to English letters and unscramble them to order the spell a location on a Greek map, Dimitsana. The clues told to instruct teams to travel to Fortress of Rion in Rio for the Pit Stop.

Leg 7 (Greece → Oman)[edit]

Upon arriving in Muscat, teams visited Riyam Park for a clue.

Airdate: April 19, 2006

On the Fortress of Rion, teams were given their next clue and instructed to travel to Muscat, Oman. Upon departing, teams had to cross a foot to Rio–Antirrio bridge for a visitor's centre and sign-up a charter bus to the airport. At the arrival, they were told to held to Riyam Park and find the Giant Incense Burner to receive their next clue.

The clue directed teams to the port city of Sur and head out to a ferry crossing in Baith Al Battha where they receive their next clue and it was discovered for the Detour, a choice between Camel or Watchtower. In Camel, teams first to made way across the creek on a ferry to opposite bank, which they had to lift a camel into a pickup truck using a winch. Then, they had to use a map to drive 1 mile (1.6 km) to a Bedouin Camp and deliver the camel to receive their next clue. In Watchtower, teams had to cross the river and search among three watchtowers for an Arabian message box scroll on a distance. However, not all watchtowers contained it. After they found a scroll, they had to travel 1 mile (1.6 km) to a silver shop (Al-Sayegh Gold & Silver Smith) to a man called Mubarek to receive their next clue.

The clues instructed teams to head to the Shuwa Area at Al Hawiyah where they encountered with the Roadblock clue and asking, "Who's willing to work for food?". One team member had to dig any of 117 sand dunes to find one of 6 Omani underground ovens called shuwa. Inside it was a woven pouch with a meal of lamb is wrapped in a dried palm leaf bag and steamed in an underground oven, which they would have for dinner. Once they found the shuwa, the Bedouin would get their next clue, informing them to head to the Pit Stop at Jabreen Castle.

Leg 8 (Oman → Australia)[edit]

Upon arriving in Perth, teams travelled to the Kings Park War Memorial to get their next clue directing them to Fremantle.

Airdate: April 26, 2006

At the start of the leg, teams were told that their next destination is Perth, Australia, on the coast of Indian Ocean. Upon arrival, teams had to head to Kings Park War Memorial and Eternal Flame and searched the grounds of the monument to receive their next clue, directing them to Fremantle and board a ferry to Rottnest Island. Once there, they must pick up a tandem bike and ride themselves from Wadjemup Lighthouse to receive their next clue.

The clue turned out to be the Detour took place at Salmon Bay, a choice between Sand or Sea. In Sand, teams had to drag 40 branches and drag them 126 yards (115 m) to a marked sand dune, an activity known as "brushing the beach," which helps prevent erosion. Once the pile is completed, teams would receive their next clue. In Sea, teams had to dive the waves and searched among 50 underwater crayfish traps in an ocean floor for those with live Western rock lobsters, each team member had to retrieve one rock lobster. Once the lobsters crated to a fisherman and he would receive their next clue.

The clues teams received at the Detour instructed to ride the tandem bikes back to a bike shop and travel by ferry back to the mainland. Upon arrival, they head to Fremantle Prison for their next clue. They soon discovered the Roadblock, asking "Who's ready for a great escape?". One team member involved searching a block of Fremantle Prison for several cells within Division 4 to contain Duracell CopperTop batteries and a flashlight, then they must search an entrance in darkened cavern, they have to descend underground to wet and dry tunnels for the next clue. The clue found at the tunnel informed teams to head to the Pit Stop at the South Breakwater in Fremantle Sailing Club.

Leg 9 (Australia)[edit]

Litchfield National Park near Batchelor, was the locale for this Leg's Detour.

Airdate: May 3, 2006

At the Fremantle Sailing Club, teams opened their clues and instructed to head to Swan Bells Tower in Perth and where they had to climb to find their next clue inside at the top of the building. The clue informed teams to travel to the city of Darwin. Upon arrival, they must pick up a marked Mercedes-Benz vehicle and head to Crocodylus Park where they had to wade wade into a pond full of crocodiles to retrieve their next clue above.

The clue teams instructed to head to the town of Batchelor and find Batchelor Airstrip where they searched Darwin Parachute Club with their next clue and the upcoming Yield board. Due to a confrontation with the male teams alliance, BJ & Tyler had to choose Yield Joseph & Monica. The clue was encountered with the Roadblock, asking "Who's willing to take the fall for their team?". One team member had to choose a plane with an altitude of 12,000 feet (3,700 m) tandem skydive. The instructor hands over to get their next clue.

The clue received after the Roadblock sending teams to Litchfield National Park and find Magnetic Termite Mounds with their next clue, the Detour and the choice between Wet or Dry. In Wet, teams drove 6 miles (9.7 km) to a swimming hole called Buley Rockhole, then hiked and swam 1 mile (1.6 km) down a river infested with "spiders and poisonous plants". When they complete the trek and had to receive their next clue. In Dry, teams drove 6 miles (9.7 km) on-road, then another 6 miles (9.7 km) off-road to a rock formation known as The Lost City. Once there, teams had to select a didgeridoo and following the sound of music in the air, locate a nearby Aborigine. Then, they had to find an Aboriginal musician with a matching didgeridoo and each team member had to play a note to receive the next clue. The clue teams instructed to drive to Lake Bennett Wilderness Resort in Darwin for the Pit Stop.

Leg 10 (Australia → Thailand)[edit]

The Marble Temple in Bangkok was the Pit Stop for this Leg of the Race.

Airdate: May 10, 2006

At the start of the leg, teams had to travel to their next destination city: Bangkok, Thailand. Upon arrival, they had to head to Mo Chit Bus Terminal and take a bus to Lopburi. Once there, teams made their way to Prang Sam Yot to find with their next clue. The clue contained a Fast Forward, teams traveled to a town outside of Lopburi to try a favorite local after-school activity from a nearby restaurant: to eat a bowl of fried Crickets and grasshoppers, when completed, that team would win the Fast Forward.

There is an extra clue inform teams to not open at the Pit Stop what contains inside. Teams had otherwise to do the Roadblock at Prang Sam Yot where they asked "Who's ready for some monkey business?". One team member had to assemble a properly-carved and arranged fruit ceremonial feast for monkeys at the temple and give it to them during an annual festival, using a nearby example. When it is finished and offered it to the monkeys, they would get their next clue.

The clue instructed teams to travel to Pak Kret and take a ferry to Ko Kret. Once there, they were told to head to the Buddha Garden and search within the Detour clue, a choice between Move It or Altar It. In Move It, teams had their make way on foot to Jom Jam Pottery Factory to transport 72 clay pots through the streets of a market to a docked boat. Teams must balance to carry these clay pots on wooden boards balancing on their shoulders. When the completed the task, a merchant would give their next clue. In Altar It, teams made their way by foot to Wat Chimphi temple and required to assemble a shrine, then they must completely gold leaf to the Buddha statue in for the shrine. When it finished, teams would receive their next clue. The clue instructed teams to travel back by ferry and sending them to the Pit Stop at Marble Temple in Bangkok.

Leg 11 (Thailand → Japan)[edit]

The Shibuya Scramble in Tokyo and its various display screens were featured in a task on this Leg.

Airdate: May 17, 2006

At the start of the leg, teams had to travel to Ayutthaya Province and made their way to Royal Elephant Kraal. Once there, teams received T-Mobile Sidekicks displaying their next clue from the elephants. The clue told teams to head next to Tokyo, Japan. Upon arriving, they must take a marked car to a Downtown and directed them to Shibuya where they parked their cars to Sakamoto Building and search a Scramble Crossing that they had to find a message on display that would lead them to their next clue "Find Hachiko!", and to figure out that the namesake dog is a statue where their next clue is located.

The clue had found out was for the Detour, and the choice between Maiden or Messenger. In Maiden, teams had travel to Hamarikyu Gardens to transport a young Japanese woman in a traditional Japanese palanquin for 1/3 of mile to a tea ceremony pavilion. Once it delivered, they would receive their next clue. In Messenger, teams traveled by foot to 200 yards (180 m) parking lot around Sankusu Street. Which each person had to construct a foldable bicycle, ride their bikes through the streets of Tokyo, and deliver packages to Shinjuku Park Tower and Shinjuku Chuo Koen Building in Shinjuku. Where they had delivered the packages, teams must return to a parking lot to receive their next clue. The clues received teams instructed to Capsule Land Hotel where teams had to check three different times in each team and stay overnight.

The next day, teams received their clues and pick their cars to Fujikyu Highland in Fujiyoshida where they had the Roadblock and asking "Who's ready to coast through their day?". One team member had to ride on three extreme rides in the Fujikyu Highland Amusement Park in the following order: The Pizza, Dodonpa, and Fujiyama. While riding the rides, they had to look for a man holding a sign. Upon completion of their third ride, they had to tell the park manager what was written on the sign to receive their next clue. If they didn't see the sign they would have to go on all three rides again. The clue sending teams to Lake Yamanaka and they had to take the swan boat and paddle out to the Pit Stop.

Leg 12 (Japan → United States)[edit]

Denver's skyline as seen from the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the final location of The Amazing Race 9.

Airdate: May 17, 2006

At the start of the leg, teams were informed to travel to Anchorage, Alaska. Upon arrival, they must choose a marked car into a parking a lot and had to find their next clue at the top of the windshield where they told to drive to Mirror Lake for their next clue was for the Detour and a choice between Drill It and Deliver It. In Drill It, teams had to drill 10 holes in the ice, push an ice fishing shack to their holes and properly position the shack over at least two of the holes. Once the holes are drilled, the ice fisherman would receive their next clue. In Deliver It, teams had to load a bush plane with medical supplies, fly with a pilot over 75 miles (121 km) to Girdwood to deliver the supplies and fly back until they receive their next clue. Due to poor weather conditions, Deliver It was subject to an indefinite delay. All teams, by default, decided to Drill It.

The clues received teams to travel to Kincaid Park where they had to search the park's chalet. They then must wear a snowshoes to hike and their next clue using provided directions. The clue given teams traveled for their final destination city: Denver, Colorado. Upon arriving in Denver, teams made their way to Clear Creek History Park in Golden and search the grounds to receive their next clue.

The clue teams instructed "Go Back to Where You Started": Red Rocks Park, their next destination and their clue which it was for the Roadblock, asking "Who remembers the most on the places you've been?". One team member had to retrieve one of 285 flags for each destination country they traveled to during the race, other than the United States, and place the flags in the order which they visited each country. The other team member was allowed to assist but not physically participate. Teams had a reference board with the flags of each destination country and three extra flags. After finishing the Roadblock, teams were allowed to run to the Finish Line.

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Canadian ratings[edit]

Order Episode Viewers (millions) Rank
1 "Here We Go, Baby, Off to Win a Million Bucks!" 2.32 #6[2]
2 "I’m Filthy, and I Love It" 2.08 #9
3 "I’m in Russia Playing With Dolls" 2.55 #3
4 "It’s Not Over Until the Phil Sings" 2.55 #3
5 "Good Thing I Took That Human Anatomy Class in High School" 2.26 #7
6 "Sleep Deprivation Is Really Starting to Irritate Me" 2.15 #5
7 "Herculean Effort for Some Herculean Dudes" 2.22 #7
8 "Here Comes The Bedouin" 2.35 #4
9 "Do You Know How Much Running I Did Today, Phil?" 1.97 #10
10 "Man, They Should Have Used Their Fake Names" 2.09 #9
11 "I Think This Monkey Likes Me" 2.18 #8
12 "5 Continents, 9 Countries, More Than 59,000 Miles" 2.45 #4

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