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"It's Like Being Dropped on Planet Mars"
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Version: United States
Season: The Amazing Race 15
Episode No.: 2/11 (170)
First Broadcast: October 4, 2009
Viewership (in millions): 9.95[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 2.8/7
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Previous: "They Thought Godzilla Was Walking Down the Street"
Next: "Sean Penn Cambodia Here We Come"
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It's Like Being Dropped on Planet Mars is the second episode of The Amazing Race 15.

Story

Route Markers

The order of departure from the Bassac III riverboat are as follows:

  1. Gary & Matt (5:45 am)
  2. Sam & Dan (5:55 am)
  3. Flight Time & Big Easy (5:56 am)
  4. Lance & Keri (5:57 am)
  5. Zev & Justin (6:04 am)
  6. Meghan & Cheyne (6:10 am)
  7. Maria & Tiffany (6:11 am)
  8. Mika & Canaan (6:14 am)
  9. Marcy & Ron (6:15 am)
  10. Brian & Ericka (6:29 am)

After the pit stop has dropped teams off at the Mỹ Tho pier, teams must travel by taxi to Ho Chi Minh City. Once there, teams must make their way to Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre to find their next clue in the mouth of a water dragon.

Using a postage stamp for reference, teams must find the Saigon Central Post Office, where they will search for their next clue

Choice A: Child's Play
Teams would have to find a kiosk named Nhiep Anh Công viên Tao Đàn Kiosque Giao Anh in Tao Dan Park and transport a concrete animal statue to a children's playground, collecting five different colored balloons along the way, in order to receive their next clue.

Brian & Ericka, Flight Time & Big Easy, Gary & Matt, Lance & Keri, Maria & Tiffany, Meghan & Cheyne, Mika & Canaan, Sam & Dan, and Zev & Justin chose this task.

Choice B: Word Play
Teams would have to go up to Hotel A Dong's observation deck and search the traffic circle of Ngã sáu Cộng Hoà in front of the hotel for six Vietnamese letters hidden atop vehicles passing through the circle. Then teams must get assistance from the locals to unscramble the letters to spell the Vietnamese word "Độc Lập", which means "independence", to receive their next clue.

Only Marcy & Ron chose this task.

After the Detour, teams would have the option to U-Turn a team, without revealing their identity. Lance & Keri attempted to use the U-Turn on Sam & Dan, however Sam & Dan already passed the U-Turn before Lance & Keri, having no effect on them.

Teams make their way by taxi to Điện cơ 008 to find their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would have to disassemble two VCRs and organize the parts into two separate piles in order to receive their next clue

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must travel by taxi to Reunification Palace to check in.

For coming in first place, Flight Time & Big Easy won a trip for two to Aruba, provided by Travelocity.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     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
S15 FlightTimeBigEasy
 1st place 
Flight Time & Big Easy
Harlem Globetrotters
S15 MeghanCheyne
 2nd place 
Meghan & Cheyne
Dating
S15 GaryMatt
 3rd place 
Gary & Matt
Father/Son
S15 BrianEricka
 4th place 
Brian & Ericka
Married
S15 SamDan
 5th place 
Sam & Dan
Brothers
S15 MariaTiffany
 6th place 
Maria & Tiffany
Professional Poker Players
S15 MikaCanaan
 7th place 
Mika & Canaan
Newly Dating
S15 ZevJustin
 8th place 
Zev & Justin
Friends
S15 LanceKeri
 9th place 
Lance & Keri
Engaged
S15 MarcyRon
 10th place 
Marcy & Ron
Dating

Trivia

  • This episode's title is said by Lance, referring to the confusion of starting out at a mystery Pit Start.

Reception

  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (10/05/2009): "Boring Amazing Race 15 team eliminated during a slow episode in Vietnam"

References