The Cootes head for LAX, and father Coote shows some actual humility by saying it's amazing to be in the top two families. Meanwhile, I don't know how the Cootes pulled this off, but they're driving on an almost empty LA freeway. On the DiSalvatore RV, Amy is still cracking under pressure. But they make it to LAX with seemingly no problems at all, despite Silvio being the driver. The Cootes arrive first, parking their RV right at the curb and leaving it there, which no one is allowed to do ever in real life. They arrive at the JetBlue desk, where tickets are waiting for them. They're told to go to Gate 3. Even though they aren't flying anywhere? How did they get TSA approval for this? The DiSalvatores arrive soon after (in fact, you can see the Cootes walking away from the desk just behind them) and get the same instructions. At Gate 3, they're all sitting around waiting, which is a great advertisement for the product placement airline. Amy, who suddenly has totally different hair than in her previous interviews, says she hopes she doesn't have to fly anywhere.
After the break, some woman walks off the plane holding a cube, and the DiSalvatores and Cootes sprint towards her. Except that this is actually Amy's mother, so the DiSalvatores are running towards her because she's family and to hug her and cry and stuff while the Cootes (specifically Jennifer and Cassidy) run towards her and try to grab the cube out of her arms, as if the show only sent one cube out there with Amy's mom and someone from the Coote family isn't on his or her way off the plane, too. Also as if this were actually some kind of competition, which it isn't. Awesomely, Amy straight-up shoves both Coote girls out of the way in her eagerness to hug her mother. Amy says her mother never flies, so this was a big deal. And since she was stuck flying on the crappy product placement airline, I'll bet Grandma never flies again. Meanwhile, Jennifer is stuck interviewing sheepishly that she and Cassidy probably scared Grandma DiSalvatore with their attempts to basically mug her. Amy interviews that she couldn't believe the Cootes tried to steal her mother's cube. "Go find your own motha!" she says. But then the Cootes couldn't get both of the cubes and therefore cheat their way through another challenge or whatever this is supposed to be. Finally, the Coote grandma arrives, and she's holding a cube and a cane, but that doesn't stop Cassidy from practically jumping on top of her. Grandma Coote (I wonder if this is the grandma who emailed me with a lecture about cruelty to children because I thought Jake's hoarse voice was fake but it was actually real?) says she missed everyone so much, even though they've only been gone for like three weeks. Meanwhile, Jennifer accuses her mother of "weaseling" her way onto their road trip. She also calls her mom "Mother." Cold. Grandma also noted that Jennifer took the cube from her before she bothered to hug her. She certainly didn't get the reception the DiSalvatore Grandma got.