The Amazing Race

Episode 18.12 : This Is Where It Ends (Florida)

  • The Amazing Race
    • Episode Premiere : May 08, 2011
    • Distributor : CBS
    • Genre : Game-Show, Adventure
    • Seasons : 18
    • Show Period : 2001 - now
    • Production Company: Jerry Bruckheimer Television
    • Official Site :

Cast and Crew

  • Main Cast
    • Phil Keoghan

The Story


After making their last caipirinha and an extra one to share on the taxi ride to the Pit Stop, best friends Zev & Justin knew their fate even before they stepped on the mat where Phil eliminated them from the race. Zev summed up his and Justin's experience best, saying, "He was the race and I was the amazing. I think we fit that combo pretty well. In the end, what we saw out in the world, there's a much bigger picture than to try and win a million dollars."


Departing the Pit Stop in first place at 8:54am, father and daughter Gary & Mallory ripped open their clue instructing them to fly over 4,000 miles to their final destination of Miami, Florida. When they landed, they had to make their way to the Rickenbacker Marina to find their next clue.

With all three teams on the same flight to Miami, the focus now turned to the tantalizing close one million dollar prize. Flight Time commented, "I definitely think we're the best team. Now the only thing left is to actually win." Kisha said, "The only time that it matters winning first is this last leg and that's what we plan on doing." Mallory remarked, "We're up against two professional athlete teams. You want to compete with strong competition at the end…We just gotta have faith in it now and just finish it out."


Landing in Miami, Kisha & Jen raced neck and neck with Flight Time & Big Easy all the way to Rickenbacker Marina while last place Gary & Mallory soon realized their taxi driver didn't know where to take them. Arriving at the marina within moments of each other, the lead two teams opened their clue to find a Roadblock. In it, one team member had to climb onto a heavy load forklift and master a complex series of hand levers that move the lifting apparatus. Then, they had to carefully transport a boat to the storage rack in a dry dock and avoid catastrophe of dropping the expensive cargo.

As a frantic Gary & Mallory continued to circle around Miami in search of the marina, Kisha and Flight Time both ran to their respective forklifts and began to learn the complicated driving and maneuvering system. After receiving instructions of how to operate the massive and heavy machinery, both racers slowly made their way in the forklift to their respective boats still only seconds apart. Kisha started to slowly lift her precariously balanced boat just ahead of Flight Time and with so many levers and positions to remember, she later called the experience "intense." Still keeping her lead over Flight Time, Kisha began to drive the forklift with her boat still balanced in front of her taking it to its final storage location. However, when Kisha tried to lower the boat, she needed some extra time to properly position it in its place allowing Flight Time to pass her and finish the task in first place. Running back to Big Easy, Flight Time opened the next clue instructing them to race to Key Largo and find Jules' Undersea Lodge. After Kisha successfully dry docked her boat only moments behind, Jen told their taxi driver, "We gotta catch them!"


As Gary took control of a forklift at the marina all alone in last place, Flight Time & Big Easy and Kisha & Jen arrived at the Jules' Undersea Lodge virtually tied for first place. The two teams were surprised to see a second Roadblock when they opened their clue, meaning the person who didn't dry dock the boat would have to perform this task. In it, one team member had to take charge of a submersible known as a BOBdive and travel through a school of mermaids performing in an underwater show as they searched through dozens of floating treasure chests for one that contained their next clue.

While Big Easy had no qualms about putting on a wetsuit and going underwater, Jen had plenty of fears and concerns considering the problems she had swimming in her previous time running the race. In preparation for this race, Jen later said, "I took some lessons specifically for Race knowing that anything can happen and somebody's gonna go swimming."

Descending into a bizarre underwater world of mermaids and even a band complete with a saxophonist and keyboardist, Big Easy and Jen both began searching the floating treasure chests for one containing a clue. Although Big Easy claimed he was distracting by the pretty mermaids swimming past him, he remained focused enough to find a chest with a clue ahead of Jen who overcame her fears and remained poised and calm under the water. Returning to the surface, Big Easy opened the next clue with Flight Time instructing the Globetrotters to travel to Mile Marker 29 by Big Pine Key.


The slim lead Flight Time & Big Easy held over Kisha & Jen was incredibly short lived because, as Big Easy performed the Roadblock, the Globetrotters' taxi driver went to get gas. When the Globetrotters ran out of Jules' Undersea Lodge, their taxi driver hadn't yet returned. Running up the street, a relieved Flight Time & Big Easy found their driver just as Jen returned to dry land with her clue. While the Globetrotters then stopped into a nearby store for directions, Kisha & Jen's taxi driver assured the sisters he knew the correct way to Big Pine Key allowing them to pass by Flight Time & Big Easy. On Jen's big accomplishment of swimming, Kisha told her sister, "I'm so proud of you."


With Mallory now underwater in her BOBdive, sisters Kisha & Jen arrived at Big Pine Key in first place and opened their clue discovering they needed to walk a shallow section of the ocean to Horseshoe Island. Once there, they had find the tallest tree where they would get their next clue.

Walking into the cold ocean, Kisha & Jen waded through the shallow waters and reached Horseshoe Island just as Flight Time & Big Easy reached Big Pine Key. Seeing the Globetrotters in the water, Kisha & Jen ran around the island trying to determine which tree was tallest. Deciding between two trees in opposite directions, the sisters chose correctly when they spotted the cluebox. Opening their clue, Kisha & Jen learned that, after returning to the mainland, they had to take a thrilling high-speed boat ride to Marathon Marina. Once there, they had to travel on foot to Galway Bay Mobile Home Park.


With Flight Time & Big Easy gaining ground by running through the water, Kisha & Jen jumped into a speedboat and wrapped themselves in towels trying to stay dry as they glided across the water at high speeds. Reaching Marathon Marina, Kisha & Jen ran into Galway Bay Mobile Home and opened their next clue instructing them to choose a small trailer and wheel it onto a trailer lot. Then using a picture in the brochure for reference, teams had to set up the ultimate Florida trailerhood. When their living space an exact match of their picture, teams would receive their next clue.

Pulling their trailer through the park, Kisha & Jen found the address on D-Row where they needed to set up their new living space. With their curious neighbors looking on, the sisters parked their trailer just as Flight Time & Big Easy pulled up behind them and found their new address just around the corner at C-8. Once again running neck and neck, the two teams started taking everything out of the trailer they needed to decorate their home: an inflatable swimming pool, a white picket fence, tables and chairs, artificial turf, a bicycle, a grill, and decorative lights to adorn the canopy.


Although both teams felt they were making progress with their mobile home, they soon came up against a formidable foe, high winds. When the winds started blowing, both teams found all their hard work being destroyed. Neither teams could keep their canopy secure as it flapped up off the metal pole and over the back of the trailer. Another casualty from the winds was the white fencing surrounding the artificial grass that kept tipping over unable to withstand the gusts. Jen asked her sister, "What are we supposed to do? This is so frustrating." Big Easy even had to chase down his inflatable pool that started moving down the street.

With the wind slowing those two teams down, Gary & Mallory finally arrived at the trailer park and caught up after spending the entire leg in last place. As the father and daughter quickly unpacked their trailer, Kisha & Jen and Flight Time & Big Easy inched closer to completing their trailer park creation. After getting rejected by the judge, a beautifully coifed Miss Rose, Kisha & Jen initially couldn't figure out what they were missing. Looking at the brochure, Kisha quickly identified that they missed part of their table setting, walked into the trailer, and found what she needed inside the one of the cabinets. After putting it on the table, the sisters called Miss Rose over and she approved their work handing them their clue. Opening their next clue, Kisha & Jen discovered they had to travel by taxi to the old Seven Mile Bridge and take tricycles to the Finish Line.


As Kisha & Jen jumped into a taxi, Flight Time & Big Easy couldn't figure out why Miss Rose rejected their trailer park. With a million dollars on the line and no time to waste, the Globetrotters decided to walk over to Kisha & Jen's approved trailer to see what they did wrong. Flight Time spotted the problem when he saw the sisters' perfect place settings on the table. The Globetrotters had kept their dishes stacked rather than making the proper settings. After making the correction, the Globetrotters received their next clue hoping to still catch Kisha & Jen on the bridge.

Arriving at the old Seven Mile Bridge, Kisha & Jen hopped onto their tricycles and began pedaling across the immense spanning bridge but they soon realized this would be difficult with the incredibly strong winds. Becoming out of breath, Jen muttered, "Please stop with the wind." With Kisha & Jen slowing down, Flight Time & Big Easy hopped onto their tricycles having a chance to catch up and pass the sisters. Rather than continuing to pedal in vain, Jen decided to hop off her tricycle and run with it instead realizing she could go faster this way. Eventually jumping back on her bike, Jen said, "Kisha, come on, we got it!" At this point, the Globetrotters realized they had too much ground to make up on the bridge and conceded the race. Enjoying the gorgeous sunset, Big Easy told his teammate, "Take it all in baby."


With eight eliminated teams cheering them on, sisters Kisha & Jen ran to the Finish Line where Phil declared them the winners of the race and the one million dollar prize. The emotional sisters told Phil they planned to help their mom start her own business. Jen added, "There aren't any words to describe our mom. She is absolutely amazing so it's just going to be a great thing to give her something that she's given to us."

After finish the race in second place, the Globetrotters congratulated Kisha & Jen calling them "the most consistent team throughout the race. They never struggled. We got beat out by a couple of girls, but that's okay." Big Easy later said, "It was fun from start to finish. It was hard. We laughed. We cried. I'm happy we did it."

Ending the race in third place, Mallory said of the experience with her father, "We came back and we did our unfinished business. We wanted to make it around the world so badly and we got that. We know money's not everything and the experience is priceless for sure."

Co-winner Kisha closed by remarking, "I'm glad to have run this race with Jen for a second time. Winning this race shows that she's not my little sister. She's a competitor. To run this race with her was a great experience."






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