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The Racers went from Hong Kong to the
heart of Seoul, South Korea. They invaded the DMZ and checked out some
tae kwon do, they ice-skated around a short-track...and, in the end, the
three teams heading back to the U.S. of A. and a possible million bucks
are Jill & Thomas (Team No I'M Right), Brook & Claire (Team HSN) and Nat
& Kat (The Rhyming Docs). Nick & Vicki (Team Ick), who had to deal with
a SPEED BUMP and a six-hour penalty, just could not make up the lost
time and were sent home before anyone else. This means there is a 67%
chance of the first-ever all-female team to win The Amazing Race!
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
0357 LOCAL TIME
At the monument to Korea's only emperor,
the final Leg begins. Jill & Thomas are the first to crack open their
first clue...after a little kiss, that is:
FLY TO YOUR FINAL
DESTINATION CITY: LOS ANGELES!
Fly over 6000 miles to Los
Angeles, California, USA. Upon arriving, head for the Port of Long
Beach and find Pier J. Search there for your next clue.
You have $400 for this Leg of the
The other teams' depart
times (local time) are:
Brook & Claire: 0423
Nat & Kat: 0427
All six remaining Racers take taxis to the airport...but only the Docs
use the cabbie's cell phone to call a travel agency and look into
INCHEON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
call, all three teams end up at the Korean Air ticketing booth, awaiting
its opening. And, when it opens at 6:30am, they all end up on the same
flight. So the Great Equalizer strikes on last time and it'll be
neck-and-neck-and-neck upon arrival at....
ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA
(And I dunno how much CBS
paid for use of Katy Perry's "California Gurls" to set up this Leg...but
I think it was a bit much. But I digress...)
Upon arrival at the famed
"LAX", the Racers act like most people coming home from a long trip;
pushing and shoving and yelling into the terminal just wanting the trip
to be over with! Nat & Kat are the first to find a cab and head out,
with Jill & Thomas a close second and Brook & Claire (cheetah pants and
all) bringing up the rear. It's the usual "Cannonball Run"-esque driving
sequence for the 100 miles from airport to seaport but, shocking, very
little traffic keeps the pecking order the same
OF LONG BEACH
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, USA
At the second busiest
container seaport in the US (one in Newark, NJ is the busiest), Team
Rhyming Docs arrive at Pier J...and Nat freaks at the high cranes,
hoping they're not part of the next task. The clue box awaits them and
the clue within says:
WELCOME TO THE DROP
Go to the top of the Crane #22
(via a tiny elevator). Get your next clue from the Foreman (at the
end of the arm). Then, there's only one way down: a bungee swing 150
feet to the water below. Once you're lowered to safety and climb
back to the pier, you may open your next clue.
Yikes, thinks Nat the
acrophobic; not even the gondola trip in Scandinavia has changed her
mind about heights. But Kat keeps her calm...relatively, anyway. As Nat
sweats and she and Kat start the ride up, the two other teams arrive one
behind the other. Kat is ready to go,...but Nat is shaking in her boots
as Team No I'M Right get suited up. Nat SLOWLY gets in position...and
Kat holds her hold hand as they drop. It was the scariest thing Nat's
ever done...and she swears NEVER to do it again! The team gets lowered
to an AquaGlide plastic raft and brought to the pier. As Jill & Thomas
drop, the Docs arrive back on Concreta Firma and open their next clue:
BEAT THE HIGHWAY
TRAFFIC; GIT TO ZE CHOPPA!
Tell your cab driver to head for
the nearby helipad. From there, you will take a helicopter to a
SURPRISE DESTINATION! You'll receive your next clue upon arrival.
As they head off and the
only male-female couple get ferried to the pier, Team HSN drop...and
Brook doesn't like free-falling one bit...and screams to high heaven!
Jill & Thomas take off...Brook nearly drops in her pants as they hit the
raft...and she and Claire are third to depart.
Each team get their own
whirlybird at the helipad (which Nat can't POSSIBLY be thrilled with)
and, about five minutes apart from each other, the choppers take off to
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, USA
(And the faux "Ride of the
Valkyries" for the copter ride is MUCH better, CBS! I'm sure the Racers
LOVE the smell of a million bucks in the morning. Smells
At the home of the
"Granddaddy of All College Bowls" (and the UCLA Bruins), the chopper
carrying Nat & Kat arrives first at the empty parking lot. They find not
just the clue box but stickers with "A", "B" and "C" on it. They rip off
the "A" before delving into the clue box and finding their final....
WHO'S BRIGHT ENOUGH
The Tournament of Roses Parade
has been a New Year's Day tradition in Pasadena for over 100 years.
One of you will take a small part in the tradition. Head over to the
parade float (the OFFICIAL float of the Tournament of Roses
Organization to be paraded in the 2011 parade) and go to the three
sections of the float marked by the letter you've picked, which you
will then decorate. Follow the instructions of the Floral Director
in charge of each section and, when the section has been deemed
satisfactory by said Director, Courtney Chou Lee - the 2009 Queen of
the Tournament of Roses - will hand you your next clue.
It's Nat's turn to do this
ROADBLOCK. She sees that the first "A" section is being covered with
mums by the director so she grabs the mums bucket marked "A" and starts
doing the same to her first section. As she nears completion, Team No
I'M Right land and head to the box. They choose "B" and Thomas for the
task. As Nat finishes the mums, the next section has her assembling
roses and inserting them in the appropriate section. And Jill...is
starting to have second thoughts about Thomas doing this ROADBLOCK
since, by his OWN admission, he's not very "crafty". Still, he sticks to
it in hopes it's easy enough.
Brook & Claire are happy to
see the Rose Bowl (they're LA natives, after all) and they see the float
and teams working on it. As Thomas finish the first section and Nat
neared the end of the second, Team HSN landed and chose Brook to do the
task...and she couldn't be happier. As she starts, Nat starts part
three: decorating a large pink rose for the front of the float with
The flower arranging
continues until Nat asks the director for a look-see of approval. The
director looks at the sections carefully...and tells Nat that the yellow
and white roses are NOT done correctly. Ut-oh...she forgot to fill the
rose container with water (which, mind you, Thomas got off the bat). As
she goes to correct, Thomas is nearly finished with that section and
Brook finishes the first part. All three war at the roses (ugh...lousy
pun), but...Nat fills the containers first and gets the nod by the
Director. The Docs are STILL in the lead as the Rose Queen of two years
prior hands them...this rather omnious clue:
COMPLETE THE WORD
1. I am Sancho Panza's master.
2. I am the place to hear The
Symphony in the Glen.
3. Monroe's Year of the Itch.
These clues, once worked out,
will lead you to your next location and your next clue.
Nat & Kat depart as Thomas
finishes the second step and Brook nears that step's completion. The
Docs look for cabbies with phones with Web access to figure out the
clues and also ask the cabbies themselves...to no avail. As they keep
trying, Thomas asks for approval...and gets it! he and Jill depart
second and, as they head out, Nat & Kat decide to just take the cab and
call information to work out the clue. Brook is left behind, of course,
but still smiling. Neither cabbed teams can get ANY information...and
Nat's 411 operator is ready to hang up on them. Brook finishes and gets
the thumbs up from the director, leaving the ROADBLOCK in last with
The Docs find out that
Sancho Panza's master was Don Quixote...while Team No I'M Right get into
a verbal argument with their cabbie about finding someone with internet
access. As Team HSN work on the clue, Nat & Kat find out that the clue
means "Quixote Studios" (the primary filming location for the CBS drama
"Criminal Minds"...how conVENient) and heads off. Team HSN asks the
cabbie to find a hotel with net access...and Thomas can't get SQUAT out
of his cabbie, not even a cell phone.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA,
Once at the studios, Nat &
Kat figure out that they would listen to a symphony on a sound stage and
that the third clue is about MARILYN Monroe's film "The SEVEN Year
Itch"...so, they head to the Studios' Sound Stage 7 and, lo and behold,
they find the clue box:
It's time for the game show
within the reality show: WHO'S IN THE HAT?! Inside the studio is a
large screen made up of 48 monitors. All 48 have people wearing hats
on them, but only 11 of them have pictures of official Leg-ending
greeters during this Race. Using a touchpad in front of a small
monitor, you must find the numbers of the greeters and put them in
the order in which you meet them on the Race. Once you do that, head
for legendary game show host Bob Eubanks (of CBS' version of "Card
Sharks" in the 80s and the syndicated "Newlywed Game" in the 70s and
80s), who will hand you the prize chosen just for you: the next
The girls enter the stage
and are greeted by Mr. Eubanks, who directs them to their station. The
monitors flicker the people in the hats and shuffle them every so often.
Fortunately, the numbers for each person stays the same. The ladies take
it Leg by Leg. They remember the first stop was Eastnor, England (the
greeter had a knight's helmet on) and starts looking for the greeter.
They think it's #27 and set it up. The other greeters they're looking
Leg 2: Accra, Ghana market
(woman balancing fish in bucket); #6
Leg 3: Accra, Ghana house (woman with scarf wrap); #31
Leg 4: Sweden/Norway border (woman in tall cap); #29
Leg 5: Narvik, Norway (man in sailor cap); #45
Leg 6: St. Petersburg, Russia cathedral (man in tri-cornered hat); #10
Leg 7: St. Petersburg, Russia fortress (man in Russian army hat); #8
Leg 8: Muscat, Oman (man in turban); #43
Leg 9: Dhaka, Bangladesh (man with tall turban); #34
Leg 10: Hong Kong, China (woman in traditional Chinese headdress); #13
Leg 11: Seoul, South Korea (man in "Asian
It takes some time to get to
the second one, but they chose #31...but then they remember about the
market and that #31 welcomed them at a house. So they move #1 to Leg 3
and pick #29 for Leg 2 (which is wrong).
Meanwhile, Team HSN have
figured it out and hops a cab to the Studios. As for Jill &
Thomas...well, their plans of foiling history are apparently foiled
because they leave their cabbie and look for a place to access the
Back at WHO'S IN THE HAT?,
team Rhyming Docs have the notebook out, telling them everything about
the places they've been during the Race. This helps them find a few
others...including fixing the Leg 2 one to the correct one. They get
hung up on Leg 6 but remain calm. As Brooke & Claire continue to the
studios and Jill & Thomas start to freak, Nat & Kat put in their Leg 8
pick...and get the confirmation that they are RIGHT!
Like a game show contestant
with a million-dollar parting gift, the Docs run into Mr. Eubanks' arms
and scream in joy as he gives them their next clue.
MAKE YOUR WAY TO
THE FINISH LINE!!
Travel by taxi to Greystone
Mansion, a Tudor-style mansion in Beverly Hills.
The first team to check-in...wins
ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!
THIS IS IT! GO! GO! GO!
Nat & Kat depart, confident
they'll win. A few minutes later, Team HSN arrive...and it's a major
OMFG moment for the girls as they meet their idol, Mr. Eubanks. They're
lead to THEIR station and get to work. They're a LITTLE more hectic than
the other girls...which is understandable with a million on the line.
The Docs get stuck in midtown traffic...and Brook & Claire are down to
the last picture. Once they slip #29 in, it's confirmed right and they
leave in second (without even a kiss to Bob in thanks).
It appears that Team No I'M
RIGHT has FINALLY found their destination and are being cabbed to
it...but all the wind seems to be out of their sails. The cabbies in the
US created a bigger "language barrier" than all the others in all the
countries they had visited. Still, Thomas is determined to see this Race
to its end...even if Jill has to be dragged along to do it.
Traffic issues for Nat &
Kat...questions about if the cabbie knows where they're going for Brook
& Claire. Beverly Hills...that's where we ALL want to be. But even
moreso do these four women. Nearly 3000 miles from where they started
their circumnavigation of the globe, their quest to be the first
all-female team to win the Race is about to end.
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, USA
We all know the drill...and
there are the eight teams who couldn't cut the mustard during the trip
around the globe. Ron & Tony (Team LA Thespians, 11th), Andie & Jenna
(Team Biologicals, 10th), Connor & Jonathon (Team Glee, 9th), Katie &
Rachel (Jersey Shore Spikers, 8th), Michael & Kevin (WuTubers, 7th),
Gary & Mallory (Miss Kentucky and Dad, 6th), Chad & Stephanie (Team
Very-Recently-Engaged, 5th) and Nick & Vicki (Team Ick, 4th) stand
alongside the garden grass leading to Phil Keoghan on the huge red mat.
The teams applaud as two women run past them and stomp on the mat,
excited as ever. Then Phil says those beautiful, beautiful words:
"Four continents, thirty
cities, 32,000 miles...Nat & Kat, you have made Amazing Race history as
the first all-female team to win the Amazing Race!!" And their prize?
One MMMMMILLION dollars!!.
Their bond has been
strengthened over the last few weeks of hectic Racing. And Nat proved
that even a Type I diabetic can be active and Race...and win!
Ah,...and here come the
first losers...er, I mean, the second place team. Brook & Claire are
officially made Team #2 at the end and hug the winners and then each
other. They literally "laughed around the world", brought the world
"Brook & Claire Flair" and proved you can be strong and yet feminine.
Dunno if Jill & Thomas had
to do the game show or not...but the next pictures we see are of them
jogging up to the mat and hugging the other teams before being
officially given the bronze medal. They may have goofed this final Leg,
but they ran a great Race overall and they were happy to make it to the
Everyone joins the three
teams to congratulate them, some expounding on how the Race strengthened
their connections with their partners. But, now, the typical ending
shot. All teams facing front and applauding...final words from Nat &
Kat...sneak preview of Race #18, which is another "All-Stars" Race in HD
called "Unfinished Business" (which I'll be doing solo starting February
20 and I'm sure Chico is happy to know)...aaaaaand CUT!
AFTER LEG 12:
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA to BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, USA (FINAL
GOLD) Nat & Kat (+2) -
Belize, Costa Rica, $5000, Rio, MILLION DOLLARS
SILVER) Brook & Claire (EVEN) - Hawai'i
BRONZE) Jill & Thomas (-2) - Express Pass [USED], Brazil, $15K
Discover Card, Argentina
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