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Here Comes The Bedouin is the eighth episode of The Amazing Race 9.

Synopsis

Teams face a difficult Detour in Oman, which requires the racers to get up close and personal with several ornery camels in order to receive their next clue.

Right out of the Pit Stop, one Team erupts into a war of words and insults. Then, teams encounter a true roadblock on the Race when they come across a flooded road allowing them a chance for a unique interaction with a kind local who comes to their rescue. Meanwhile, a lonely duo entertains themselves by invoking the ghosts of previously eliminated teams, doing hilarious impersonations of each to help pass the time.[2]

Story

Route Markers

The order of departure from the Fortress of Rion are as follows:

  1. Eric & Jeremy (11:54 pm)
  2. Joseph & Monica (4:31 am)
  3. Ray & Yolanda (4:41 am)
  4. Fran & Barry (6:20 am)
  5. BJ & Tyler (8:51 am)

Teams must travel on foot over the Rio–Antirrio Bridge to find a visitor's center where teams must sign up for one of two charter buses to Athens International Airport. Once there, teams must fly to Muscat, Oman. Upon arrival, teams must drive themselves to Riyam Park and search for the giant incense burner to find their next clue.

Teams must drive themselves to the town of Sur and find a ferry crossing in Baith Al Battha to find their next clue.

Choice A: Camel
Teams must cross the river on a ferry to the opposite bank, where they must lift a camel into a pickup truck using a winch. They must then use a provided map to drive 1 mile to a Bedouin camp and deliver the camel to receive their next clue.

Eric & Jeremy, Joseph & Monica, and Ray & Yolanda chose this task.


Choice B: Watchtower
Teams must cross the river on a ferry to the opposite bank and search among three watchtowers for an Arabian message box scroll. However, only two of the three watchtowers would have a message scroll. After they have found a message scroll, they must drive 1 mile to Al-Sayegh Gold & Silversmith and exchange the message scroll for their next clue.

BJ & Tyler and Fran & Barry chose this task.

Teams must drive themselves to the village of Al Hawiyah and search for their next clue at the sand dunes past the date palm trees.

"Who's willing to work for food?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must dig among 117 sand dunes to find one of only six Omani underground ovens with a shuwa, a woven pouch with a meal of lamb wrapped in a dried palm leaf bag and steamed in the oven, which they would have for dinner after checking in. Once they found the shuwa, a Bedouin would give them their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must drive themselves to the town of Jabrin and find Jabreen Castle to check in.

For coming in first, Fran & Barry won an all-expense paid trip to Rome sponsored by Travelocity.

For coming in last place, BJ & Tyler would have to surrender all of their money and possessions, except for the clothes they are wearing and their passports, and they would not receive any money at the start of the next leg.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield
Fran & Barry
 1st place 
Fran & Barry
Married 40 Years
Joseph & Monica
 2nd place 
Joseph & Monica
Dating
Ray & Yolanda
 3rd place 
Ray & Yolanda
Dating
Eric & Jeremy
 4th place 
Eric & Jeremy
Friends
BJ & Tyler
 5th place 
BJ & Tyler
Best Friends

Trivia

  • This episode marks the first time that The Amazing Race visits the country of Oman.
  • This is the first leg of the season in which a team other than BJ & Tyler or Eric & Jeremy arrived in first place.
  • This is the only leg of the season in which Eric & Jeremy didn't finish in first or second place. 
  • The episode title was said by Fran Lazarus.
  • This episode won the 2006 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program".[3]

Reception

  • Josh Wolk at EW (04/19/2006): "Suddenly, everything changes"
  • Jessica Goldman at CBSNews.com (04/20/2006): "Sighs Of Race Relief From BJ, Tyler"
  • Jace Lacob at Televisionary (04/20/2006): "Reality Check: Hippies Race to Last Place"

References

The Amazing Race 9 Episodes

"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"

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