12:50 PM. Twinkies. They talk about how the Bowling Moms are ahead of them, and how the Twinkies "want to beat them." I'm glad they're getting the hang of it. It's only taken four legs. We also see the Moms in a cab talking about being in a "horse race" with the Twinkies, but of course, they left the pit stop a half-hour ahead of them, so it's hard to call that a squeaker, at least this early on. I'm having a little trouble getting into the whole "Twinkies versus Moms!" tension thing they're trying to set up here, because...I can't stand the twins, and I'm bored by the moms for the most part.
Charla stops a guy on the street with a rendition of that hit that's making its way up the pop charts -- it goes a little something like this: "Choo-choooo!" He doesn't appear very responsive, as Mirna whines that they can't find a taxi and can't find the train station. She voices over that their hair froze while they were walking. Oh, please, big deal. That happens to me multiple times every winter. The best reason to blow dry your hair in Minnesota in January? So it doesn't get broken. They wind up walking the entire way to the train station, and when they get there, what do they have to say? "Choo-choooo!" Yeah, you're already there, so you can quit that now, because you're really going to be sad if they put you on a steam engine. You know what's admirable, though? The show didn't explicitly comment on everybody saying "choo-choo." They just showed it, and they trusted you to get it. On your run-of-the-mill idiot show, you'd have an interview where somebody said, "It's very difficult when you don't speak the language, so sometimes you have to improvise something that you think people will understand, and that's why we kept just saying 'choo-choo.'" Here, they just show it. They know you're going to get it, and get that it's funny. Every once in a while, I like to see a TV show that doesn't think I need embedded audio and video CliffsNotes.
At the Hermitage, Chip and Kim are arriving. They are, of course, "Currently in 1st Place." Inside, they meet Sergei, who will be their curator. They start walking through the museum, and Chip voices over that he could "feel its historical greatness." And he actually says this with some sense of excitement, which is part of what makes me like him a lot. Most people who speak of the historical greatness of a museum are doing it out of a sense of obligation and the fear that history teachers past will rear up and smite them if they don't, but Chip seems really jazzed. "This is awesome!" he says.