Thought Godzilla Was Walking Down the Street!
Another 12 teams are about to head out on
another road trip from hell. But at the end of the rainbow, as always,
is a pot of gold: a cool million and title of champions. Another
adventure of a lifetime awaits as we begin the fifteenth running... of
the AMAZING RACE!
Your racers are...
- MIKA COMBS & CANAAN SMITH (Music
& Lyrics): a newly-dating couple from Nashville.
- ZEV GLASSENBERG & JUSTIN KANEW (The Puzzle Pieces): friends
from SoCal. Zev is the first Racer with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form
- MARIA HO & TIFFANY MICHELLE (Team All-In): two of the best
female poker players in the world. They hail from California.
- BRIAN KLEINSCHMIDT & ERICKA DUNLAP (Ebony & Ivory OR Mr. & Miss
America): Ericka's a former Miss America. Brian's her husband.
- HERB "FLIGHT TIME" LANG & NATE "BIG EASY" LOFTON (The
Trotters): two members of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters.
- LANCE LAYNE & KERI MORRIONE (Lawyered Pre-Honeymooners): an
engaged couple from Massachusetts. Lance is a fierce lawyer.
- MARCY MALLOY & RON SHALITA (The Golden Gatekeepers): a dating
couple of a certain age from San Francisco.
- SAM & DAN McMILLEN (The Sons of Liberty): brothers from
Liberty, MO. They're both... fabulous.
- ERIC & LISA PASKEL (The Downward Dogs): married
yoga-in-the-hood teachers from Encino, CA
- GARRETT PAUL & JESSICA STOUT (Two-Bay Daters): an on-again,
off-again couple. One's from the Frisco Bay, the other's from the
- MEGHAN RICKEY & CHEYNE WHITNEY (Grade School Sweethearts): a
dating couple from San Diego
- GARY & MATT TOMLJENOVICH (Pinky & the Brain): a father-and-son
You know how this goes already, but
here's a refresher. Your objective is to follow your clues to route
markers, where you'll find more clues. Eventually, you'll reach a Pit
Stop. Be sure you're the first one there. The 15th Race will have 12
legs and 12 Pit Stops. Nine of them are elimination legs. Get to the Pit
Stop last on one of these, and Phil will kindly escort you off the
Each leg, you'll receive a
little money to cover expenses and incidentals except for tickets
(business-class only, folks) which are already paid for. Or will be once
this Race is over.
And the first team to cross
the finish line will win, say it with me now, ONE... MILLION... DOLLARS.
We now go live to the
starting line, the movie capital of the world...
LOS ANGELES, USA
LOS ANGELES RIVER
0700 LOCAL TIME
In this iconic backdrop from
"Grease" and "Terminator 2", the Racers are given a unique challenge to
start this leg, and it's right beyond your backpacks... For one team,
this will be a very short race, because if you fail to complete it in
time... you will be eliminated RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.
But for now, Phil Keoghan,
it is all yours...
"The world is waiting for
GO!" And like that,
Amazing Race 15 is ON! The first clue is...
FLY TO TOKYO,
Take one of two flights to Tokyo!
When you land, make your way to the Tokyo Tower Studios.
But first, search the wall of
license plates for one from the Shinagawa district of Tokyo. When
you find the correct plate, bring it to Phil. If Phil clears you to
leave, drive yourselves to LAX.
Each team can bring only one
plate to Phil at a time. Winning plates should be replaced.
It starts out that no one
notices the symbols at the top of the clue. That leads to Phil leading a
rousing chorus of "I'm sorry, that's not correct."
Maria & Tiffany are the
first to notice the symbols for "Shinagawa", and are the first to head
to the airport! Following them: Marcy & Ron, Meghan & Cheyne, Flight
Time & Big Easy, Gary & Matt, and Zev & Justin. They're on the first
flight, the American Airlines flight to Tokyo.
On the second flight: Sam &
Dan, Mika & Canaan, Garrett & Jessica, Brian & Ericka, and finally....
Lance & Keri. For Eric & Lisa, this is both the beginning... and the END
of the Amazing Race. Usually, we chart how many miles that a team has
traveled... but they haven't traveled any, so... Sorry, folks...
EARLY FLIGHT (American)
Maria & Tiffany
Marcy & Ron
Meghan & Cheyne
Flight Time & Big Easy
Gary & Matt
Zev & Justin
LATE FLIGHT (United) to
Sam & Dan
Mika & Canaan
Garrett & Jessica
Brian & Ericka
Lance & Keri
Flight Time & Big Easy spend
the downtime trying to find out what everyone does. Maria & Tiffany run
a homeless shelter in LA. That's a lie. Or... a bluff, if you will.
The first teams to arrive
head for the shuttles to Tokyo Tower. Maria & Tiffany miss the taxi and
start going at each other for it. They end up losing the lead... to Sam
& Dan of all people. They were the first team on the SECOND flight. This
is going to be a tough leg.
The first team to arrive at
the studio is... Meghan & Cheyne, and they're in for a treat...
literally... because it's time for all of the teams to play... SUSHI
In the Race's version of a wild
and outrageous Japanese game show, the host will spin a roulette
wheel containing nine sushi rolls and two wasabi bombs. Players must
continue with the game until they receive a wasabi bomb. Once they
do, they'll have two minutes to consume this fireball of flavor in
order to receive your next clue, presented by a cute chick in a fuku.
GAME START! The first bombs go to Ron and
Cheyne... The crowd chants "EAT THE WASABI!!!!" Ron's taking his sweet
time with it... Cheyne... not so much. They get this next clue.
MAKE YOUR WAY TO
THE PIT STOP!
Using a colored flag, find 20
audience members with the same color visor and lead them through
Shibuya Scramble Crossing to Konno Hachimangu Shrine, the Pit Stop
for this leg of the Race.
WARNING! The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
Back at the Sushi Roulette, Garrett and
Justin EAT WASABI! Garrett... just might hurl. Meanwhile, Meghan &
Cheyne try asking the locals, while Marcy & Ron lead Team Ao through the
streets with a little cheering and song.
It's only Maria in round 3... EAT WASABI!
She's running out of time... and she's going to have to do it again
because she didn't finish in time! TIME UP!
Meanwhile, Meghen & Cheyne enlist and
English-speaking local to guide Team Aka through to Konno Hachimangu.
Meanwhile, Maria gets another wasabi
bomb! Better hope it stays down this time or else we're going to extra
On the streets of Shibuya, the teams make
their way one by one to Konno Hachimangu... and we have a shoe breakage.
That's not good.
Maria finally finishes her wasabi bomb
and takes the pink squad out of the studio, just as the red squad is
KONNO HACHIMANGU SHRINE
Phil awaits the first team
to arrive, Meghan & Cheyne... They are locked in as team #1! For their
first-place finish, they win a Travelocity trip to both Aspen AND Vail!
They're young, they're fast, they're tenacious... And right now, they're
the team to beat.
As for Big Easy and Lance,
it's time to... EAT WASABI!!! Canaan follows suit
Zev & Justin arrive in
second place, as Brian and Gary EAT WASABI!!! and lead their teams out.
For Brian, it takes a little longer, because he can't get his bomb down.
Lance & Keri lock in the
third spot, while Brian and Dan are left to EAT WASABI!!! Dan finds it
quite easy as they lead the greens out, leaving Brian & Ericka by their
Sam & Dan and Maria &
Tiffany engage in a strategic alliance while Brian finishes his wasabi!
Marcy & Ron are in at #4,
while Flight Time & Big Easy are in #5.
On the streets of Shibuya,
someone has to go to the potty. Uh oh. People have lost on that. Sam &
Dan follow Garrett & Jessica to the temple.
Brian & Ericka arrive in
sixth, fighting to the end. Gary & Matt are right behind them in
seventh. Meanwhile Tiffany & Maria are missing two people... and they're
still at the scramble.
Garrett & Jessica are in at
eighth, while Sam & Dan are in at ninth. That's horrible, but they'll
take it. Mika & Canaan ... lost a person at the Pit Stop. They'll have
to go back and find him or her before Phil can check them in. Mika finds
her... and CARRIES her to the Pit Stop! They are now officially team
That leaves Tiffany & Maria
two people short. The GOOD news is that this is a non-elimination leg,
and they're still in the hunt. The BAD news is that those two people
will cost them an hour each. A two-hour penalty will be assessed at the
start of leg 2. And not to mention the Speed Bump.
AFTER LEG 1: LOS
ANGELES, USA to TOKYO, JAPAN
1) Meghan & Cheyne -
Trips to Aspen & Vail
2) Zev & Justin
3) Lance & Keri
4) Marcy & Ron
5) Flight Time & Big Easy
6) Brian & Ericka
7) Gary & Matt
8) Garrett & Jessica
9) Sam & Dan
10) Mika & Canaan
11) Tiffany & Maria (two hour penalty)
ELIMINATED) Eric & Lisa
HERE TO CONTINUE
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