Ken and Tina arrive at the base, securing the last slot to leave at 9:00 a.m. the next morning. Even if they'd done better, they couldn't have done better, if you know what I mean. It's good for a high five, at least. Anita and Arthur somehow get their clue in eighth place, and Aja and Ty arrive at the base to find out that they're the first ones who get to leave at 9:30 the next morning.
The Frat Boys nearly catch up to Kelly and Christy, at least according to the editing. Speaking of which, I'm just going to say right now that in most cases, I'm going to take the editing at its word in these recaps. I'm sure that there are times when the editors play fast and loose with the timelines, especially with this many teams in play, but I can only tell you the story the way it's being told to me. Besides, I'm uniquely qualified to deal with temporal anomalies as a longtime recapper of 24.
Toni and Dallas get their clue in ninth, followed by Marisa/Brooke and Anthony/Stephanie. They all have the predictable problems with their carts, and Dallas lectures his mom a bit when she bumps stuff off the cart trying to give him her backpack. Team Divorced finds Indio and gets their clue and their cab, followed by the Frat Boys, whom Indio clearly hates on sight. The Hippies and Toni/Dallas are next, and Anthony/Stephanie somehow passed Marisa/Brooke somewhere along the way. More creative editing implies a close race between the Frat Boys and Team Divorced, as though it matters beyond the amusing possibility that someone on the second flight might beat someone on the first, but the latter maintains its lead and arrives to secure the second 9:30 departure slot. "How many frickin' teams are ahead of us?" one of them asks, as though they're not all clearly listed above them. Maybe their husbands got the counting ability in the settlement. "We're actually number six, and we're pretty hacked off about it," says the red-haired one. The Frat Boys get the last 9:30 slot, which pleases them, as does this realization from Dan: "It was a race between the first half and the second half, and we won the race for the second half." Well, The Amazing Race is full of little victories, and one must take them when they come. Especially when one is Dan.
As the sun sets on the racers' little campsite, we get to see the first of the eat-sleep-mingles, even though this isn't an official one. Starr flirts with Dallas, who's doing everyone a favor by standing around in a bug-infested wooded area with no shirt on. She interviews about how attractive Dallas is, and I'm kind of hoping for a love triangle in which her brother develops a crush on Dallas as well. Sarah is talking to the Hippies, which pisses Terence off. "As soon as we got here, Sarah was talking to the other teams," he kvetches to an interview camera with her sitting right there. "And here I am, I want you to hold m-- I want you to connect with ME. But yet, she's engaged with them. And that was very frustrating for me." Oh, wow. This guy has issues. Sarah just looks at him, kind of guilty and embarrassed, but I'm afraid for the wrong reasons.