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It's a Great Place to Become Millionaires is the season finale of The Amazing Race 20.

Story

Leg 11

Leg 12

Route Markers

Leg 11

The order of departure from the Cheena vala Fishing Nets are as follows:

  1. Rachel & Dave (1:51 pm)
  2. Brendon & Rachel
  3. Vanessa & Ralph
  4. Art & JJ
Only Rachel & Dave's departure time was shown on-screen. The other three teams' departure times are unknown.

Teams must fly to Hiroshima, Japan. Upon arrival, teams must make their way to Miyajima Island. Once there, teams must wait at the torii at the Itsukushima Shrine, where they would receive their next clue the following morning.

Teams must make their way to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and find the Atomic Bomb Dome, where they would observe a memorial service for the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki before receiving their next clue.

Teams must travel by bullet train to Osaka. Once there, teams must make their way to the TV 8 Studio building, where they would find their next clue.

"Who wants to bring home the chicken?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must participate in a Japanese game show called "Bring That Chicken Home". They must run on a treadmill while trying to grab three rubber chickens hanging from the ceiling. After grabbing three chickens, they must jump on a platform at the end of the treadmill. Once complete, the host would give them their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to the Umeda Sky Building. Once there, teams must make their way to the Floating Garden Observatory and find a pair of Windows 7 touchscreens that displayed their next clue.

Choice A: Bingo Shout-Out
Teams must travel to Kura Sushi, a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, and participate in a game of bingo using pieces of sushi. The chef would call out pieces of sushi and teams would have to find the matching sushi with a letter attached and put it on their bingo card. Once they get five pieces in a row, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, they must call out "Sushi" to let the chef check their tray. If correct, they must then eat the five winning pieces of sushi before the chef would give them their next clue.

Art & JJ, Brendon & Rachel, and Vanessa & Ralph chose this task.


Choice B: Photo Cut-Out
Teams must travel to Tenjinbashi-Suji Strip Mall, where they must convince locals in groups of three to pose behind three sumo wrestler cut-outs. Once teams get ten different photos, they may trade them in for their next clue.

Only Rachel & Dave chose this task.

Teams must make their way to Osaka Castle to check in.
For coming in first place, Rachel & Dave won a trip for two to New Zealand, provided by Travelocity.

Leg 12

The order of departure from Osaka Castle are as follows:

  1. Rachel & Dave (4:15 pm)
  2. Art & JJ (4:47 pm)
  3. Brendon & Rachel (5:05 pm)

Teams must fly to Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Upon arrival, teams must solve a riddle telling them to find the twins known as "Mauka" and "Makai", leaving teams to figure out that they must make their way to One Waterfront Towers, where they would find their next clue.

Teams must use mechanical ascenders to get to the top of Makai Tower. Once at the roof, teams must spot their next destination, marked with a large Race flag, from the top of the tower before rappelling face-first down the other side of the tower to the ground.

Teams must make their way to Sand Island, where they would find their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must make a traditional Japanese treat brought to Hawaii known as shave ice. Using a katana, they must shave enough ice to fill a bucket to a given line. Once complete, actor Taylor Wily would give teams their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way on foot to to a nearby baseball park. Once there, they would ride a helicopter to Oahu's North Shore, where they would find their next clue.

Teams must joined in a surf rescue team. One team member must drive a WaveRunner out into the surf, while the other rescued a distressed swimmer out of the water. Once they returned to shore, they would receive their next clue.

Teams must make their way to Coral Kingdom Gate at Hakipuʻu Valley and follow a marked path to find their next clue.

"Who wants to take a Papa Hōlua to a ʻUlu Maika?"

The team member who sat out of the previous Roadblock must participate in two traditional Hawaiian games. The first game, heʻe hōlua, required them to land sled down a hill without falling over. The second game ʻulu maika, required them to bowl a lava rock, traditionally used by Hawaiian warriors to break the ankles of enemies, through a goal on a field. Once both games are complete, they would receive their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must ride an ATV along a marked path to a dock, where they must use paddle surf boards to make their way to Secret Island, to cross the Finish Line.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forwardϵ Used the Express Pass User of the first Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the first Double U-Turn slot • User of the second Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the second Double U-Turn slot

Leg 11

Rachel & Dave
 1st place 
Rachel & Dave
Army Wife & Combat Pilot
Art & JJ
 2nd place 
Art & JJ
Border Patrol Agents
Brendon & Rachel
 3rd place 
Brendon & Rachel
PhD Student & Event Hostess
Vanessa & Ralph
 4th place 
Vanessa & Ralph
Dating Divorcees

Leg 12

Rachel & Dave
 1st place 
Rachel & Dave
Army Wife & Combat Pilot
Art & JJ
 2nd place 
Art & JJ
Border Patrol Agents
Brendon & Rachel
 3rd place 
Brendon & Rachel
PhD Student & Event Hostess

Trivia

Reception

  • Andy Clayton at New York Daily News (05/07/2012): "Rachel and Dave overcome near-fatal blunder to win a million"
  • HuffPost TV (05/07/2012): "Rachel And Dave Cross The Finish Line First ... Twice!"
  • Tracy Phillips at Xfinity.com (05/07/2012): "Dramatic Amazing Race Finale: And The Winner Is…"
  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (05/07/2012): "Amazing Race ends strong, but its stupid design saved the winning team"

References

The Amazing Race 20 Episodes

"Tears of a Clown" · "You Know I'm Not as Smart as You" · "Bust Me Right in the Head with It" · "Taste Your Salami" · "Uglier Than a Mud Rail Fence" · "This Is Wicked Strange" · "I Didn't Make Her Cry" · "Let Them Drink Their Haterade" · "Bollywood Travolta" · "I Need Hair to Be Pretty" · "It's a Great Place to Become Millionaires"

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