I'm In Russia Playing with Dolls is the third episode of The Amazing Race 9.
Frustration mounts when teams have difficulty searching for a clue buried inside thousands of Russian nesting dolls.
Teams take an exhilarating ride across a 300-foot zip line in Brazil in order to receive their next clue instructing them to fly to Moscow, Russia. While on the zip line, one racer's nerves get the best of her. A deep water phobia paralyzes another racer who is afraid of drowning during a challenge and, encouraged by the other teams, another racer jumps off a high dive despite their inability to swim.
The order of departure from Fazenda Primavera da Serra are as follows:
Teams must drive themselves to a farm along Kilometer 114 Highway SP-225, where they would find a zipline. Both team members must ride the 300-foot zipline to receive their next clue.
Teams must make their way to the bus depot in Brotas. Once there, they must claim tickets for charter buses leaving 45 minutes apart beginning at 9:45 am back to São Paulo. Once in São Paulo, teams must fly to Moscow, Russia. Upon arrival, teams must make their way to Chaika Bassein, where they would find their next clue.
"Who wants to take the plunge?"
The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must put on a bathing suit and dive off a 10-meter diving platform into the pool below, in frigid weather. Once they took the plunge, they had to swim to the bottom of the pool to retrieve their next clue.
The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:
Teams must take a taxi to Novodevichiy Monastery. On the monastery grounds, teams must find the Smolensk Cathedral, where they would find their next clue.
Choice A: Scrub
Teams must travel to a trolley bus depot at 8 Trolley Park and thoroughly wash a Russian public trolleybus inside and out to the satisfaction of the bus attendant to receive their next clue.
BJ & Tyler, Eric & Jeremy, Fran & Barry, Lake & Michelle, and Ray & Yolanda chose this task.
Choice B: Scour
Teams must travel to Dubrovka Theatre to search among 1,500 pieces of Russian nesting dolls to find one of 10 microscopic clues hidden inside a doll.
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
- This episode title is said by Jeremy Ryan.
- Brian Dakss at CBSNews.com (03/15/2006): "Surprise For 'Race' Moscow Leg Leaders"