Grandpa's Last Expedition, Finding Nino and WGIYNIKA are the only teams left. It's even trickier this time to get a sense of how the teams are ranked because of the division in routes. The only certainty is Finding Nino catches up to Grandpa on the river. Nino is kind enough to tell Sam she shouldn't quit as his team passes by. Grandpa says he was encouraged by that. Eventually, WGIYNIKA decides the mountain is too much, so they come down to the river where there is no sign of any of the other teams. Are they in last? No matter the outcome, the girls hold hands through the remainder of the river. Salmoni calls out to them in the distance. They arrive and are informed they are in fact in ninth place. The shorter mountain route paid off. This means Finding Nino, having just passed up Grandpa's Last Expedition secures the last spot. Really awesome genuine moment here: Sam is a tearful mess as Dick's team makes the final march down the river. He tells Sam that once they cross the finish line, she needs to wipe it away and show a brave face for her mom. They arrive and Sam does just that when Salmoni informs them they're the last team. The helicopter comes promptly to get them. Dick is all about living life to the fullest (obviously) so he's not so broken up about losing. He cherishes the opportunity and memories of the expedition.
Obligatory final TH: Finding Nino's Joe says he's not ready to go for that ride in the helicopter. Surprise.
Next time: Snowy mountains. Kari upset at AJ for getting sick and needing a break. Ugh... stick a mojito in it.
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