The Amazing Race 9 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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.
Development and filming
The Amazing Race 9 lasted 27 days and traveled over and filming ran from November 7 to December 3, 2005. The race visited ten countries in five continents, three of which were previously unvisited. The three new countries were Greece, Oman and Japan. As well as Brazil, Russia, Germany, Italy (Sicily), Australia and Thailand were also listed as race destinations. This race had the second longest route course (The Amazing Race 5 was the longest).
This race was the first one to start and end at the same location, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, near 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 on every leg at least once the teams had to drive themselves somewhere.
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 6. Eric & Jeremy later stated that CBS was going to give them a different prize to make up for it.
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 is now 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".
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.
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.
The following teams participated in the Race, with their relationships at the time of filming. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television due to inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:
A team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
An 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 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.
^ Leg 3 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.
^ Template:Note label Template:Note label Template:Note label 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.
^ 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
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
"Here We Go, Baby, Off to Win a Million Bucks!" – John
"I'm Filthy And I Love It" – Monica
"I'm In Russia Playing With Dolls" – Jeremy
"It's Not Over Until The Phil Sings" – Tyler
"Good Thing I Took That Human Anatomy Class in High School" – "Tyler
"Sleep Deprivation Is Really Starting to Irritate Me" – Lake
"Herculean Effort for Some Herculean Dudes" – Tyler
"Here Comes The Bedouin" – Fran
"Do You Know How Much Running I Did Today, Phil?" – Jeremy
"Man, They Should Have Used Their Fake Names" – Eric
"I Think This Monkey Likes Me" – Eric
"5 Continents, 9 Countries, More Than 59,000 Miles" – Phil Keoghan
Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete a leg unless otherwise noted.
Leg 1 - $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 (collected during the Roadblock in the second half of this leg) to the pit stop. 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 did show the message 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 - $1,000,000
Leg 1 (United States → Brazil)
Airdate: February 28, 2006
Morrison, Colorado, United States (Red Rocks Park " Red Rocks Amphitheatre) (Starting Line)
Denver (Denver International Airport) to São Paulo, Brazil (Guarulhos International Airport)
São Paulo (Hotel Unique)
São Paulo (Viaduto Santa Efigênia)
São Paulo (Caverna Moto Peças or Campo de Marte Airport)
São Paulo (Santa Cecilia - 114A Rua Frederico Abranches)
São Paulo (Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho)
The first Detour of the Race was 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 since they varied in distance and each location had a limited number of tickets. Teams are need to find the closest building from a flight directory (Edificio São Luis Gonzaga, Atrium V and Hotel Meliá), 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.
At the sanctuary in Santa Cecilia, teams had to witness a traditional ceremony and light a white candle to receive their next clue.
Leg 2 (Brazil)
Airdate: March 7, 2006
São Paulo (Edifício Copan - Bloco F)
São Paulo (Terminal Rodoviário Barra Funda - Terminal Turístico) to Brotas (Terminal Rodoviário de Brotas)
Brotas (Volkswagen Beetle Terminal Rodoviário de Brotas Parking Lot)
Brotas (Camping Bela Vista or Usina Jacaré)
Brotas (Fazenda Primavera da Serra)
In the first Roadblock of the race, teams had to climb one of three stairwells on a fire escape of the Edificio Copan. Once on the top, they would put harness and rappel down the building. But in order which they arrived at the top would determine the order in which they would descend. The Detour choices were 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. In Climb It, teams travel to Usina Jacaré and hike to a nearby waterfall where they climb up a waterfall using mechanical ascenders.
At São Paulo's bus station, teams 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.
Leg 3 (Brazil → Russia → Germany)
Airdate: March 14, 2006
Brotas (Kilometer 114 Highway SP-225)
Brotas (Terminal Rodoviário de Brotas) to São Paulo (Guarulhos International Airport)
São Paulo (Guarulhos International Airport) to Moscow, Russia (Sheremetyevo International Airport)
Moscow (Sheremetyevo International Airport) to Frankfurt, Germany (Frankfurt International Airport)
Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof station) to Stuttgart (Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof)
Stuttgart (Mercedes-Benz Headquarters - Mercedes-Benz Werk Untertürkheim)
Bad Tölz, Bavaria (Ellbach Field)
Grünwald (Bavaria Film Studios)
The Roadblock from the first half of the leg required one racer had put on a bathing suit to dive off a 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 Detour for this half of the leg was Scour or Scrub. 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. In Scrub, teams had travel to a trolly bus depot at 8 Trolley Park to thoroughly wash a Russian public trolley bus, respectively. When the bus is cleaned, a bus driver would get their next clue.
In the Roadblock from the second half of the leg, one team member is required to search among 150 gnome hats and feet scattered across a large field for one of eleven Travelocity gnomes hidden underneath eleven of them for their next clue. The Detour for the second half of the leg, 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 , 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 learn and perform Schuhplattler 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.
At Kilometer 114, teams had to take a zipline from the top of the hill to the bottom for getting the next clue.
At the Mercedes-Benz headquarters, teams chose 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 spin 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.
Leg 4 (Germany → Sicily, Italy)
Airdate: March 28, 2006
Munich (Munich International Airport) to Palermo, Sicily , Italy (Palermo International Airport)
Palermo (Teatro Massimo)
Castellammare del Golfo (Fortress - Seaside Terrace)
Castellammare del Golfo (Premiata Fonderia Birrione Campane and Via Don Leonardo Zangara or Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi)
Segesta (Teatro di Segesta)
Segesta (Tempio di Segesta)
In the Detour for this leg was a choice between 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 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. At the Segesta Amphiteater was the first of two Yields in the race. For the Roadblock, teams had to correctly piece together of a classical Greek statue; racers were not told that there were two extra pieces that did not belong.
Leg 5 (Sicily, Italy)
Airdate: April 5, 2006
Catania (Anfiteatro Romano )
Catania (Il Mercato Storico la Pescheria)
Siracusa (Ponte Umbertino)
Siracusa (Fonte Aretusa)
In the Detour for this leg teams chose between Big Fish or Little Fish. In Big Fish, teams had to carry a swordfish from a street vendor in Via Alessi, 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 of a small fish known as Triglia. For the Roadblock, 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. Once the team member scored one goal, a coach would give them their next clue.
At the Amphitheater, teams had to count the statue heads on the fence posts surrounding the grounds of the amphitheater. If they were correct, they would receive their next clue.
Leg 6 (Italy → Greece)
Airdate: April 12, 2006
Siracusa (Siracusa railway station) to Rome (Roma Termini station)
Rome (Trevi Fountain)
Rome (Spanish Steps)
Rome (Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport) to Athens, Greece (Athens International Airport)
In this 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 clue flag that was baked into one plate. Once the team found the flag, they would win the Fast Forward. For this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to complete a bungee jump into the Corinth Canal organized by the Zulu Bungy and in order to receive their next clue from the bungee master. In this leg's Detour, teams chose between 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 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.
At the Trevi Fountain, teams received one half of Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man drawing.
At the Spanish Steps, teams had to search the horse carriages for a black leather portfolio to find their next clue. Then, find the other half of the Vitruvian Man drawing with the adapted movie based on The Da Vinci Code. The first team to arrive at the Pit Stop with the whole drawing won a prize.
Leg 7 (Greece → Oman)
Airdate: April 19, 2006
Rio (Rio"Antirrio bridge - Chartered Bus) to Athens (Athens International Airport)
Athens (Athens International Airport) to Muscat, Oman (Seeb International Airport)
Muscat (Riyam Park)
Sur (Baith Al Battha)
Al Hawiyah (Shuwa Area)
Jabrin (Jabreen Castle)
This leg's Detour was 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 one mile and deliver the camel in Bedouin camp to receive their next clue. In Watchtower, teams had to cross the river and search among three towers for an Arabian message box scroll. However, not all watchtowers contained it. After they found a scroll, they had to travel to a silver shop (Al-Sayegh Gold & Silver Smith) to a man called Mubarek. The Roadblock was to dig any of 117 sand dunes to find one of 6 shuwas, Omani underground ovens. 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.
Leg 8 (Oman → Australia)
Airdate: April 26, 2006
Muscat (Seeb International Airport) to Perth, Western Australia, Australia (Perth Airport)
Perth (Kings Park War Memorial and Eternal Flame)
Fremantle (Rottnest Express) to Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island (Wadjemup Lighthouse)
Rottnest Island (Salmon Bay)
Rottnest Island to Fremantle or Hillarys
Fremantle (Fremantle Prison)
Fremantle (South Breakwater, Fremantle Sailing Club)
The Detour for this leg of the race offered teams the choice of Sand or Sea. In Sand, teams had to drag 40 branches and drag them to a marked sand dune, an activity known as "brushing the beach," which helps prevent erosion. In Sea, teams searched among 50 underwater crayfish traps for those with live Western rock lobsters; each team member had to retrieve one rock lobster. This leg's Roadblock required one team to involved searching a block of Fremantle Prison for several cells within Division 4 to contain Duracell CopperTop batteries and a flashlight, then searching an entrance in darkened cavern, they have to descent underground wet and dry tunnels for a clue.
Upon arriving at Rottnest Island, teams had to ride tandem bikes to drive themselves from Wadjemup Hill to Salmon Bay. After the detour, they ride it back.
Leg 9 (Australia)
Airdate: May 3, 2006
Perth (Swan Bells Tower)
Perth (Perth Airport) to Darwin, Northern Territory (Darwin International Airport)
Darwin (Crocodylus Park) (Overnight Rest)
Batchelor (Batchelor Airstrip - Darwin Parachute Club)
near Batchelor (Litchfield National Park – Magnetic Termite Mounds)
near Batchelor (Litchfield National Park – Buley Rockhole or The Lost City)
Darwin (Lake Bennett Wilderness Resort)
At the Batchelor Airstrip was the second of two Yields hidden on the race. The Roadblock for this leg of the race saw one member of each team had to choose a plane and doing a tandem skydive. The instructor hands over to get their next clue. This leg's Detour offered teams the choice of Wet or Dry. In Wet, teams drove to a swimming hole called Buley Rockhole, then hiked and swam down a river infested with "spiders and poisonous plants" to receive their next clue. In Dry, teams drove on-road, then another 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.
At Crocodylus Park, teams had to wade into a pond full of crocodiles to retrieve their next clue above from crocodiles.
Leg 10 (Australia → Thailand)
Airdate: May 10, 2006
Darwin (Darwin International Airport) to Bangkok, Thailand (Don Mueang International Airport)
Bangkok (Mo Chit Mai) to Lopburi, Lopburi Province
near Lopburi (Restaurant)
Lopburi (Prang Sam Yot)
Pak Kret, Nonthaburi Province (Wat Sanam Nua Pier) to Ko Kret Island (Wat Poramaiyikawas Pier)
Ko Kret Island (Buddha Garden)
Bangkok (Marble Temple)
In this 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. The Roadblock required one team member to make a 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 Detour was either 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 docked boat by balancing them on a wooden boards balanced on their shoulders. In Altar It, teams made their way by foot to Wat Chimphi temple and required to assemble a shrine, including covering a small Buddha statue in gold leaf for the shrine.
Leg 11 (Thailand → Japan)
Airdate: May 17, 2006
Ayutthaya Province (Royal Elephant Kraal)
Bangkok (Don Mueang International Airport) to Tokyo, Japan (Narita International Airport)
The Detour was 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 mile to a tea ceremony pavilion. In Messenger, teams travelled by foot to 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. The Roadblock required one team member 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.
At the Royal Elephant Kraal, teams received T-Mobile Sidekicks displaying their next clue from the elephants.
At the Shibuya Crossing, teams had to find a message on display that would lead them to their next clue ("Find Hachiko!").
At the Capsule Land Hotel, teams had to check three different times in each team and stay overnight to receive the next clue the following day.
At Lake Yamanaka, teams had to take a swan boat and paddle out to the Pit Stop: the big swan.
Leg 12 (Japan → United States)
Airdate: May 17, 2006
Tokyo (Narita International Airport) to Anchorage, Alaska, USA (Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport)
Anchorage (Mirror Lake)
Anchorage (Kincaid Park)
Anchorage, Alaska (Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport) to Denver, Colorado (Denver International Airport)
Golden (Clear Creek History Park)
Morrison (Red Rocks Park " Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
In the Detour teams had to choose 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. In Deliver It, teams had to load a bush plane with medical supplies, fly with a pilot over to Girdwood to deliver the supplies and fly back. Due to poor weather conditions, Deliver It was subject to an indefinite delay. All teams, by default, decided to Drill It. The Roadblock required one team member 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 incorrect flags. After finishing the Roadblock, teams were allowed to run to the Finish Line.
At Kincaid Park, teams had to search the park to find their next clue using provided directions and with snow shoes on.
At Clear Creek History Park, teams had to search the park to find their next clue.
"Here We Go, Baby, Off to Win a Million Bucks!"
"I"m Filthy, and I Love It"
"I"m in Russia Playing With Dolls"
"It"s Not Over Until the Phil Sings"
"Good Thing I Took That Human Anatomy Class in High School"
"Sleep Deprivation Is Really Starting to Irritate Me"
"Herculean Effort for Some Herculean Dudes"
"Here Comes The Bedouin"
"Do You Know How Much Running I Did Today, Phil?"
"Man, They Should Have Used Their Fake Names"
"I Think This Monkey Likes Me"
"5 Continents, 9 Countries, More Than 59,000 Miles"