Credits! Apparently we're going to have to see that clip of Nick and Starr dancing all season, which one of the people watching at my house complains about. My three-year-old son, M. Edium, responds thusly: "You'll live."
Nick and Starr get on the freeway to Los Angeles International Airport (known to fans of a certain cancelled Heather Locklear/Blair Underwood series as LAX, if any such fans existed). Terence is far too smart for that, sticking to surface streets to avoid traffic. The Frat Boys are already "strategizing" that they'll take the American flight, since it's scheduled to get them there first. I can see how they got into college. In an interview, Dan says that he was a "Tourism Management major," and has worked in the airline industry. Well, that makes them the team to beat, then, doesn't it?
Toni says that raising Dallas alone has taught her patience and perseverance, which are qualities that she can bring to the race. That would be great if this was The Amazing Needlepoint Project. Again, an even more important quality in the race would be speed. If she told me that she had raised Dallas to his current age in less than ten years, I would put my money on her right now.
As Ken and Tina drive to LAX, they're talking about how Ken isn't allowed to let anyone pass him. Tina interviews about how traumatic Ken's cheating was. "I've forgiven, but I haven't forgotten." In other words, Ken had better be on his best behavior all the way to the finish line. Which they will reach, if he knows what's good for him. And if there's ever a Roadblock that requires one of them to fornicate with a local, she's totally taking it.
In their own car, Mark and Bill fist-bump and confirm their geek credentials by referring to this as the first leg of a "campaign." Oh, please let there be a LARPing Detour at some point. Hippie Anita comments to Arthur from behind the wheel, "Got a little slow start there, but we're going to be okay." Which is true, in the sense that they will not be injured, ill, or dead at the end of the hour. Beyond that, they shouldn't make each other any promises Arthur interviews that they're probably being underestimated. Which may be true; it's entirely possible that they won't lose by nearly as much as everyone thinks they will.
Terence and Sarah are on their own as they make their way along the city streets. There are no other teams in sight, which they're not sure is a good sign or a bad one. "Give me love," he says, reaching over his seat so she can take his hand. "I need a little love." Yeah, for starters.