The Amazing Race 12 Episode 11
The Final Push
By Reagen Sulewski
January 28, 2008
Christina gets the call for the Roadblock, and starts logicking out the items, and is doing well until she gets thrown by the stick requirement. Shortly after, the other two teams arrive, with Rachel and Nicolas working on their tasks, so it's a true three-team race at the finish for the first time that I can remember in a long, long time.
Christina's first attempt is oh, so close, just falling one item short, and is closer than the other two teams. However, her attempt to fix her list just messes her up more. Something that seems to be messing teams up is whether the janitor from Japan counts as an animal or not (he does). Eventually Rachel is able to piece it all together. She runs out to TK with the clue, which is marginally cryptic, "a Cook's eye view of a sleeping lady", which refers to a statue of Captain James Cook in Anchorage.
Christina is second to puzzle it out, and it now becomes a taxi race – both drivers so far seem to know where they're going, although TK & Rachel's has to make a backtrack. It's not enough to lose them the lead, though, and the tour of Anchorage's obscure crappy tourist attractions continues. They now have to find the Salmon Hooker, which I understand costs you extra in Vegas.
Ron & Christina seem to have a better sense of direction and have caught up to within seconds when TK & Rachel do eventually find the next clue. It's one of the closer margins this late in a race that I can recall. This is the final clue of the race, telling them to take a taxi to the airport and the finish line.
Although it's pretty clearly the most stressed out TK has ever been in his life, he and Rachel do make it to the finish without exploding, and are the winners of The Amazing Race 12. They're one of the most likable teams to win the race, if not the most, and ran a very consistent race, having really only two bad legs, neither of which was enough to sink them.
Ron & Christina are second in, with perhaps good Ron arriving to stay. There is this headscratcher from him though, "for once, when I say I love you, I mean it". Okay, then...
Finally there's Nic & Donald, who eventually make it in for third, though it's hard to tell exactly how far they are behind. Phil lets Donald know that he's the oldest person ever to finish the race, though he'd rather have the money.
All in all, it was one of the most successful Races in many seasons, and after the twin debacles of All-Stars and Family edition, it was sorely needed. For the first time in awhile, I'm actually looking forward to the next season.