They Thought Godzilla Was Walking Down the Street is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 15.

Story

Leg 1

Leg 2

Route Markers

Leg 1

Teams must complete a starting line task. They must search through over 1,000 license plates to find one of eleven Japanese license plates from Shinagawa. The kanji for Shinagawa (品川) was printed at the top of the clue, but was not identified as such. Once teams present a correct license plate to host Phil Keoghan, they would receive a set of tickets on one of two flights, the first six teams being on an American Airlines leaving at 12:45 pm, and the last five being on a United Airlines flight departing at 1:15 pm, to their first destination, Tokyo, Japan. The team who fails to find a plate will be eliminated at the Starting Line. Once they have found a correct license plate, teams can drive themselves to Los Angeles International Airport. Upon arrival in Tokyo, teams must take a taxi to Tokyo Tower Studios, where they would find their next clue. The order when teams found their license plate was a follows:

  1. Maria & Tiffany
  2. Marcy & Ron
  3. Meghan & Cheyne
  4. Flight Time & Big Easy
  5. Gary & Matt
  6. Zev & Justin
  7. Sam & Dan
  8. Mika & Canaan
  9. Garrett & Jessica
  10. Brian & Ericka
  11. Lance & Keri
For not finding a license plate, Eric & Lisa were eliminated from the Race.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must participate in a Japanese-style game show called Sushi Roulette. Once all the teams have arrived at Tokyo Tower Studios, the host would spin a wheel with 11 plates of sushi, two of which were "wasabi bombs", temaki-style sushi filled with hot wasabi. Racers who received plain sushi had to eat the sushi and play until they received a wasabi bomb. If the racer receives a wasabi bomb, he or she would have 2 minutes to eat it in order to receive their next clue. If they failed to finish it within the time allotted, they would have to play again until they receive a new wasabi bomb and could complete the task. The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must guide a group of 20 Japanese tourists whose visors match the colored flag they received at the end of the Roadblock through the Shibuya Crossing to Konnō Hachimangū Shrine to check in. If even one of their tourists gets lost while traveling to the Pit Stop, teams must backtrack and find them before they are allowed to check in.
For coming in first place, Meghan & Cheyne won a trip for two to Aspen and Vail, Colorado provided by Travelocity. For coming in last place, Maria & Tiffany will have to perform a Speed Bump at some point during the next leg of the race.

Leg 2

The order of departure from Konnō Hachimangū Shrine are as follows:

  1. Meghan & Cheyne (12:19 am)
  2. Zev & Justin (12:36 am)
  3. Lance & Keri (12:40 am)
  4. Marcy & Ron (12:41 am)
  5. Flight Time & Big Easy (12:42 am)
  6. Brian & Ericka (12:44 am)
  7. Gary & Matt (12:45 am)
  8. Garrett & Jessica (12:51 am)
  9. Sam & Dan (12:54 am)
  10. Mika & Canaan (1:03 am)
  11. Maria & Tiffany (3:22 am)

Teams must fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Upon arrival, teams must take a bus from Bến Xe Miền Tây to the village of Cái Bè. Once there, teams must make their way on foot to Bến Tàu Du Lịch Dock, where they would find their next clue.

At Bến Tàu Du Lịch Dock, Maria & Tiffany would receive their clue for their Speed Bump. Maria & Tiffany must collect the ingredients for the Vietnamese soup pho from a nearby soup stand. Once collected, they must prepare a serving of the soup and give it to the dockmaster at Bến Tàu Du Lịch Dock before they are allowed to continue.

Teams must pick a sampan and travel on the Mekong Delta to a fruit farm mud pit on Tân Phong Island. There, teams must collect nutrient-rich mud in buckets and pile it at the base of a fruit tree to a designated line to receive their next clue.

Teams must ride their sampan back to Bến Tàu Du Lịch Dock, then make their way on foot to Sân Vận động Thị Trấn Cái Bè, where they would find their next clue.

"Who's feeling just ducky?" The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must herd 150 ducks out of their pen, lead them across a bridge and back, and then return them back into their pen in 10 minutes using two flags as a means to guide the ducks. Once the every duck is back inside their pen, they would receive their next clue. With only six available fields, if the team member fails to complete it within 10 minutes, they would have to relinquish their spot and wait for another turn. The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way on foot to Cai Be Market and search for the Bassac III riverboat to check in.
For coming in first place, Gary & Matt each won a kayak.

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

Leg 1

Meghan & Cheyne
 1st place 
Meghan & Cheyne
Dating
Zev & Justin
 2nd place 
Zev & Justin
Friends
Lance & Keri
 3rd place 
Lance & Keri
Engaged
Marcy & Ron
 4th place 
Marcy & Ron
Dating
Flight Time & Big Easy
 5th place 
Flight Time & Big Easy
Harlem Globetrotters
Brian & Ericka
 6th place 
Brian & Ericka
Married
Gary & Matt
 7th place 
Gary & Matt
Father/Son
Garrett & Jessica
 8th place 
Garrett & Jessica
Dating On and Off
Sam & Dan
 9th place 
Sam & Dan
Brothers
Mika & Canaan
 10th place 
Mika & Canaan
Newly Dating
Maria & Tiffany
 11th place 
Maria & Tiffany
Professional Poker Players
Eric & Lisa
 12th place 
Eric & Lisa
Married Yoga Teachers

Leg 2

Gary & Matt
 1st place 
Gary & Matt
Father/Son
Sam & Dan
 2nd place 
Sam & Dan
Brothers
Flight Time & Big Easy
 3rd place 
Flight Time & Big Easy
Harlem Globetrotters
Lance & Keri
 4th place 
Lance & Keri
Engaged
Zev & Justin
 5th place 
Zev & Justin
Friends
Meghan & Cheyne
 6th place 
Meghan & Cheyne
Dating
Maria & Tiffany
 7th place 
Maria & Tiffany
Professional Poker Players
Mika & Canaan
 8th place 
Mika & Canaan
Newly Dating
Marcy & Ron
 9th place 
Marcy & Ron
Dating
Brian & Ericka
 10th place 
Brian & Ericka
Married
Garrett & Jessica
 11th place 
Garrett & Jessica
Dating On and Off

Trivia

References

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"

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