“The Amazing Race” season finale (originally airing Dec. 8,2013) starts in Indonesia with Jason and Amy the first team to depart on this final leg of the race. The clue tells them that they will need to fly to Tokyo, Japan then find a temple filled with hundreds of ceramic cat statutes. As they get started it is clear that the four remaining teams in the race are all pretty evenly matched so it should be a fun, exciting finale.
Leo and Jamal were saved during the last leg so they will have to overcome a speed bump if they plan to make it into the final three. The guys decide to gamble on a flight that will get them to Tokyo a little earlier, but they will have to make a flight switch along the way which might backfire. It works as they planned and they are the first team to arrive in Tokyo. The other three teams decided to work together in order to make sure they are all in the final three then immediately start fighting and nearly break their alliance up as soon as they land.
At the temple, the Afghanimals get a choice between being a human bowling ball and making a phone call inside a huge gold fish bowl. They guys decide to be the bowling ball. Travis and Nicole along with Jason and Amy decide to make the call while Tim and Marie decide to be the human bowling ball.
To make the call, one member of the team must get into a phone booth full of water and gold fish, dial a number, and then run to a location and recite the message they heard on the phone. As Amy and Travis get into little Speedos, the Afghanimals finish the bowling challenge which had them sliding down a ramp and knocking down huge bowling pins.
The teams doing the calling challenge both say the water is cold, but they finish in on the first try just as Tim and Marie arrive at the human bowling ball game. At this point Marie is sure that the Afghanimals are stuck behind them. They have no idea they are in front of them. It takes them a few tries, but they finish the bowling challenge and continue on.
Jamal and Leo arrive at their next location first only to find their speed bump waiting. They must play the role of a zookeeper and take part in a drill practicing to catch an escaped rhino. Watching the whole exercise is crazy and fun. As they work, Travis and Nicole pull up and realize that the guys are ahead of them. Jason and Amy arrive right behind Travis and Nicole. Amy and Nicole decide to do this challenge which is to look at a small model of a robot and then use parts to assemble a much larger robot. The large robot must look exactly like the sample model.
After finishing their speed bump, the guys join the challenge as Leo starts building their robot. Meanwhile Amy and Nicole are working together working on both of their robots at the same time. All three teams have a good start when Tim and Marie arrive. Marie will do the challenge for her team, but she can’t find the model. Finally, Leo showed her where the sample is and she gets started. She suddenly realizes they are in last place. Jamal is not happy that Amy and Nicole are working together. He comments that this isn’t team "Amazing Race."
Nicole and Amy struggle to build their robots which allows Leo and Marie to pass them up. The robots are large and bulky which makes them hard to work with. Marie figures out a system that helps her speed things up. She actually passes the other three teams and finishes the challenge first. As Tim and Marie head to the next challenge, the rest of the teams try to figure out what they have incorrect on their robots.
Amy finishes her robot and jumps in to help Nicole which makes Jason angry. Meanwhile, Tim and Marie get the next clue and find that they must travel on foot to a shrine that is the pit stop for this leg of the race. Amy helps Nicole to a point then leaves while Leo suddenly realizes what he did wrong.
At the pit stop Tim and Marie arrive first. For winning this leg they win a trip to Aruba and are one of the final three teams. Back at the robots, Nicole finally finishes up. Travis lets her know how angry he is that she took so long which reduces her to tears.
At the pit stop, Jason and Amy arrive while Leo finishes up with the robot. The last two teams are now racing on foot to the pit stop. Both teams get a little lost trying to find the shrine, but Travis and Nicole figure it out first and arrive third. The Afghanimals finish fourth and are eliminated.
In Tokyo the final three teams learn that they are going to Alaska. We find out that before the start of the race Marie made Tim sign a contract that said she would get 60% of any and all winnings that they collected during the race.
All three teams are on the same flight and battle for cabs once they land in Juneau, Alaska. They go to a harbor where they take a boat to an island. Once there, they must do a challenge that allows them to simulate a supply drop. All of the women do the challenge for their respective teams. They will get inside a bush plane that will fly 150 feet above the ground. They must drop a bag of flour from the plane and hit a target as they fly over it.
Amy hits the target on her second try. She and Jason get the next clue which has them flying to a glacier via helicopter where they will choose a guide, climb through the glacier, and then use a pick to dig the next clue out of the ice. As Jason and Amy start the climb, Marie struggles, but hits the target after several attempts while Nicole continues to miss.
On her 21st attempt Nicole hits the target. At the glacier, Jason and Amy do really well and extend their lead, but then falter a little bit while Tim and Marie make up some time. Travis and Nicole arrive at the glacier and start the climb. Nicole flounders on the climb, dropping one of her picks which makes the climb harder. She guts it out and finishes the climb while Jason and Amy get their next clue and head out.
After a kayak trip, teams get a clue that sends them via helicopter back to Juneau, Alaska. Jason and Amy are in front with Tim and Marie not far behind. Travis and Nicole are a ways back.
It is then time for the big end of race puzzle. The teams must use many pieces to assemble a collection of totem poles that spell out the names of the all of the currencies they have spent throughout the entire race. By the time Nicole and Travis arrive the other two teams have a good lead, but none of the teams wrote down the currency types so they are all working from memory.
Jason and Amy finish first and get the last clue. Tim and Marie then finish while Travis and Nicole falter and Travis takes every chance he gets to tell Nicole it is her fault they are behind.
While Travis and Nicole struggle, Jason and Amy arrive at the finish line. Phil tells them that they are the first team to arrive and have won the million dollars! Jason and Amy finished second six different times during the race, but they came in first when it mattered most. They are the winners of “The Amazing Race 23.”
Tim and Marie come in second with Travis and Nicole coming in third.