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I Just Hope He Doesn't Croak on Us is the ninth episode of The Amazing Race 12.


Route Markers

The order of departure from Bandra Fort are as follows:

  1. TK & Rachel (1:25 pm)
  2. Nicolas & Donald (1:33 pm)
  3. Ron & Christina (1:44 pm)
  4. Nathan & Jennifer (2:38 pm)

Teams must fly to Osaka, Japan. Upon arrival, teams must take a taxi to Kishiwada Castle and search the grounds for their next clue.

Teams must take a taxi to JR Kanjosen Noda Station and find the station's cleaning man, who would give teams their next clue.

"Who's the backseat driver?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must put on a hat and gloves as local cabbies do and transport a Japanese couple five miles through a maze of confusing, often one-way streets to the Osaka Central Post Office. They may not invite a local to lead them or join them in the car, and the couple may not help them. Upon arrival at the correct address, the couple would hand them their next clue. However, the drivers would also have to drive back to their teammate at JR Kanjosen Noda Station before they may open the clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must take a taxi to the Kita-Mido Temple, where they would find their next clue.

Choice A: Sense of Touch
Teams must make their way on foot to the Shimojima Building and use miniature robots controlled by cellphones to play a game of soccer against two robotic defenders. Once each team member has scored a goal, the referee would hand them their next clue.

Only Nicolas & Donald chose this task.

Choice B: Sense of Smell
Teams must make their way to the Saera Flower Shop, where only artificial flowers were sold. Once there, they must use only their noses to identify one real flower hidden among thousands of artificial ones in the two-story flower shop. When they have found a real flower, they may exchange it with the shop owner for their next clue.

Nathan & Jennifer, Ron & Christina, and TK & Rachel chose this task.

Teams must take taxi to Tempozan Park to check in.

For coming in first, Ron & Christina each won a four-seat electric car.

For coming in last place, TK & Rachel will have to perform a Speed Bump at some point during the next leg of the race.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward Used the U-Turn Recipient of the U-Turn
Ron & Christina
 1st place 
Ron & Christina
Nathan & Jennifer
 2nd place 
Nathan & Jennifer
Nicolas & Donald
 3rd place 
Nicolas & Donald
TK & Rachel
 4th place 
TK & Rachel
Newly Dating


  • The episode title is said by Ron Hsu.


  • Lyn Jensen at Reality TV Fans (08/05/2015): "The Amazing Race 12: Flashback to Japan"


The Amazing Race 12 Episodes

"Donkeys Have Souls, Too" · "I've Become the Archie Bunker of the Home" · "Please, Lord, Give Me Milk" · "Let's Name Our Chicken Phil" · "We've Really Burned Bridges, for Sure" · "Cherry on Top of the Sundae That's Already Melted" · "This Is Forever, Now" · "Honestly, They Have Witch Powers or Something!" · "I Just Hope He Doesn't Croak on Us" · "Sorry, Guys, I'm Not Happy to See You" · "The Final Push"