Here We Go, Baby, Off to Win a Million Bucks! is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 9.
The race begins in Denver, Colorado when teams quickly jet off to their first location, Sao Paulo, Brazil where, upon landing, they must venture deep into the heart of the city to find their next clue at the Hotel Unique. Almost immediately, teams make their way by foot to Viaduto Santa Ifigenia, a pedestrian footbridge overlooking the highway and the Vale do Anhangabuau. One team struggles to locate the clue box, while other teams seem to find it with ease.
At the bridge, teams are faced with their first detour and must choose between finding a local motorcycle shop, where they will have to assemble a motorcycle from scratch, or soar high above the city of San Paolo in a helicopter in order to locate a specific building where they will find their next clue.
Teams must take a taxi to Viaduto Santa Ifigênia, where they would find their next clue on top of the bridge.
Choice A: Motor Head
Teams must travel to Caverna Moto Peças and assemble a motorcycle, with an assembled model as reference. When the motorcycle is properly assembled and the mechanic could start the bike, teams would receive their next clue. Lake & Michelle and Ray & Yolanda chose this task. Choice B: Rotor Head
Teams must travel to Campo de Marte Airport, passing through the entrance at Avenida Santos Dumont. They must then use a flight directory to locate one of three buildings, each varying in distance from the airport, with each location having a limited number of tickets. Teams could choose between three options: Edifício São Luís Gonzaga (2 miles from the airport), Atrium V (5 miles from the airport), and Hotel Meliá (6 miles from the airport). Once teams received a ticket to their chosen destination, a pilot would fly them by helicopter to the rooftop of that building to search the designated area for their next clue. BJ & Tyler, Danielle & Dani, Dave & Lori, Eric & Jeremy, Fran & Barry, John & Scott, Joseph & Monica, Lisa & Joni, and Wanda & Desiree chose this task.
Teams must make their way to Santa Cecília and find a Vavá store to purchase a white candle, then make their way to the sanctuary at 114A Rua Federico Abranches. Once there, teams must light their white candle and witness a traditional ceremony known as Candomblé to receive their next clue.
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
- The episode title is said by John Lowe.
- Josh Wolk at EW (02/28/2006): "Meet the new duos!"
- Jace Lacob at Televisionary (03/01/2006): "Reality Check: Race Returns to Being, Well, Amazing"
- Roger Holland at Pop Matters (03/07/2006): "Key to the Door"