The Globetrotters made a deal with the brothers, which would be the last deal they made before being eliminated from the race in The Amazing Race 15 Episode 11. That brings us down to the final three: Meghan Rickey and her boyfriend Cheyne Whitney, Dan McMillen and his brother Sam McMillen, and Ericka Dunlap and her husband Brian Kleinschmidt. One of these teams will be The Amazing Race 15 winner.
Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.
First: Meghan & Chenye – 11:10AM
Second: Sam & Dan – 12:08PM
Third: Brian & Ericka – 3:15PM
The final destination city is Las Vegas, Nevada, nearly 6000 miles away. The whole race is going to come down to some tasks in one city. The huge gap Brian & Ericka have allowed is moot (exactly as the producers planned no doubt), as the flight leaves after 6. The gap is so big that the other two teams don’t even know who they’re competing against.
Sam & Dan have a goal: don’t yell at each other. I suspect that’s too much to ask for.
When they land, they will travel to the Graceland Wedding Chapel to get their next clue from the king. To do so, they’ll have to interrupt some couple getting married.
The next stop is Mandalay Bay. Brian & Ericka break away from the pack, as their cab driver believes he’s got a faster way. He is right, and they arrive at the road block first. The road block is a face first rappel off the hotel, 600 feet down.
Road block (in order of arrival): Ericka, Cheyne, Sam
Another hotel is next, The Mirage, where they will join the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s Love. One team member must launch another member in the air using bungee cords to retrieve a bouquet of flowers. All the teams bunch up here, so it comes down to who can finish the task quicker. Meghan & Cheyne complete the task first. Immediately after, Ericka proceeds to yell at Brian. She wants him to do it instead. Let her switch. Or else. Dan grabs it next. This pushes Ericka pretty close to a breakdown, so she agrees to switch back. Whether she’s on the ground or in the air, Ericka continues to slowly lose it. And lose it some more. After much drama, she completes the task.
After that, they must figure out the most famous casino in the country of Monaco, Monte Carlo. Yeah, it’s off to another hotel. Meghan & Cheyne ask a cab driver, who tells them it’s The Venetian. They’re not sure about this answer, so they just drive off hoping to figure it out. Sam & Dan just decide to follow them. On the way there, Sam & Dan call a hotel and get the correct answer. As for Meghan & Cheyne, they continue to get incorrect answers. Luckily for Brian & Ericka, they know the answer to the clue without hesitation, which may get them back into this. Meghan & Cheyne end up driving to The Venetian, where they’re told to go to Monte Carlo.
Upon arrival at the Monte Carlo, their task is to count $1 million in poker chips. This has the potential to be frustrating and time consuming. Brian & Ericka arrive to see only the brothers there. All teams are there just worrying about counting now. If anyone can do it right the first time, it should bode well for them. Sam wants his brother to stop rushing and calm down. Doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Seeing Brian & Ericka have finished, Dan insists that they just hand over the chips and let the person there start counting. Meghan & Cheyne are also done. So who’s right? Meghan & Cheyne are correct. Sam & Dan, however, are incorrect. Brian & Ericka also are incorrect. On their second attempt, Sam & Dan are correct. Brian & Ericka are incorrect again, though.
Next up is the MGM Grand hotel (are there no other landmarks in Vegas?), where they will be told where the finish line is by Mr. Las Vegas. The finish line is at Wayne Newton’s house.
As much as they try to make it a mystery, it’s pretty obvious that the team that finished the counting task has it in the bag. The Amazing Race 15 winners are Meghan & Cheyne. This was the right team to win, particularly among the three remaining choices, as they ran the best race. The other two teams had more compelling stories but were weighed down by bickering. Sam & Dan finish in second place, with Brian & Ericka coming in third.
The Amazing Race 16, which is filming now, is expected to be making its return in midseason.