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It's Like Being Dropped on Planet Mars is the second episode of The Amazing Race 15.


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)
During the Pit Stop, the Bassac III riverboat sailed from Cái Bè to Mỹ Tho before the start of the leg.

Teams must take a taxi to the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City. Once there, teams must grab a Race-colored ribbon from the mouth of a water dragon puppet, inside which they would find their next clue.

Teams must make their way to the location depicted on a provided postage stamp, which they must figure out was the Saigon Central Post Office, where they would find their next clue.

Choice A: Child's Play
Teams must find Nhiep Anh Công viên Tao Đàn Kiosque Giao Anh in Tao Đàn Park and choose a concrete animal statue. They must transport the animal statue to a children's playground, while collecting five different colored balloons along the way, in order to receive their next clue. If any part of the animal statue broke off, teams must collect the pieces and bring them along with the statue to the children's playground.

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 must make their way 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 written atop vehicles passing through the circle. Once they found all six letters, 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.[2]

Teams must make their way to Điện Cơ 008, where they would find their next clue.

"Who's ready for a complete breakdown?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must 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 make their way 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.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg or continue racing on a No-Rest Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward Used the U-Turn Recipient of the U-Turn
Flight Time & Big Easy
 1st place 
Flight Time & Big Easy
Harlem Globetrotters
Meghan & Cheyne
 2nd place 
Meghan & Cheyne
Gary & Matt
 3rd place 
Gary & Matt
Brian & Ericka
 4th place 
Brian & Ericka
Sam & Dan
 5th place 
Sam & Dan
Maria & Tiffany
 6th place 
Maria & Tiffany
Professional Poker Players
Mika & Canaan
 7th place 
Mika & Canaan
Newly Dating
Zev & Justin
 8th place 
Zev & Justin
Lance & Keri
 9th place 
Lance & Keri
Marcy & Ron
 10th place 
Marcy & Ron


  • The episode title is said by Lance Layne, referring to the uncertainty brought about by starting at a mystery Pit Start.


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


The Amazing Race 15 Episodes

"They Thought Godzilla Was Walking Down the Street" · "It's Like Being Dropped on Planet Mars" · "Sean Penn Cambodia Here We Come" · "I'm Like Ricky Bobby" · "Do It for the Hood! Do It for the Suburbs!" · "This Is Not My Finest Hour" · "This Is the Worst Thing I've Ever Done in My Life" · "We're Not Meant for the Swamp" · "We're Not Working with Anybody, Ever, Anymore!" · "It Starts with an "F", That's All I'm Saying" · "Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound"