Here We Go, Baby, Off to Win a Million Bucks! is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 9.

Synopsis

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.[2]

Story

Route Markers

Teams must fly to São Paulo, Brazil. Upon arrival, teams must make their way to Hotel Unique, where they would find their next clue on the hotel's rooftop.

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.

Teams must take a taxi to Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho and enter through Gate 23 to check in. For coming in first place, the Eric & Jeremy won $10,000 each.

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
Eric & Jeremy
 1st place 
Eric & Jeremy
Friends
BJ & Tyler
 2nd place 
BJ & Tyler
Best Friends
Wanda & Desiree
 3rd place 
Wanda & Desiree
Mother/Daughter
Dave & Lori
 4th place 
Dave & Lori
Dating
Lake & Michelle
 5th place 
Lake & Michelle
Married Parents
Joseph & Monica
 6th place 
Joseph & Monica
Dating
Ray & Yolanda
 7th place 
Ray & Yolanda
Dating
Fran & Barry
 8th place 
Fran & Barry
Married 40 Years
Danielle & Dani
 9th place 
Danielle & Dani
Childhood Friends
Lisa & Joni
 10th place 
Lisa & Joni
Sisters
John & Scott
 11th place 
John & Scott
Lifelong Friends

Trivia

Reception

  • 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"

References

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