10:13 PM. Tom and Terry. Their little headlamps are not on, which makes them a bit less valuable, and I do not like the way the guys look into the camera and say, "Amaaaaaazing." I feel weird about looking at behavior that sort of fits a lot of nasty stereotypes and being like, "Man, that bugs," but... that totally bugs. It's strange -- I sort of dislike them instinctively, and it's freaking me out, because if it's because of the affect, then I'm displeased with myself, you know? At any rate, Tom says that they haven't really traveled together, so this will be new for them, trying to make decisions "as a couple."
10:19 PM. Lyn and Karlyn. Karlyn interviews that she wants to do the race in order to make her daughter proud of her. It's a good goal, that.
10:29 PM. David and Mary, bringing up the rear. Their matching outfits are not a good development at all, especially since now, they're wearing an unattractive green color. It's a little like they're part of some kind of Kermit fandom. David wants to run a little on the way to the bus, but Mary doesn't see the point, since they're last and they're going to wind up on a bus with a bunch of other people. I have to say, I kind of agree with her in this specific instance. You could argue the "always race; you never know" thing, but in this case, it's awfully unlikely to matter. Like, at all. David tells us that Mary is so "blunt" that she would happily tell off the President, and if he can tell me when that might happen, I will certainly be the first in line to buy a ticket. And popcorn. And a foam finger that says "Mary Is #1." Along with Lyn and Karlyn, David and Mary sign up for the second bus. It's interesting that in both this bunch and last week's airplane bunch, they went for a single two-tier system, where often, past bunches of this kind have had at least three groups/buses/planes, which tends to make the ending less suspenseful, because there are only two or three teams slugging it out to stay in.
In one of the best sequences of the episode, Mary says that on the race, she's making friends with people she otherwise would never have met. And God bless her, she has just hit upon the single best thing about any reality show, going back to the very first best thing about the very first big show: Julie and Heather B. "I've never known an Asian person in my life," Mary says, as we see her go over and get a warm hug from Godwin. "The Cho Brothers, I love them to death," she says. There is also some goofing around in which Jamie and Kellie are helped out in their cheering by an enthusiastic Tom. And then, in an interview, David and Mary get kind of quiet, and she says, "Honest to goodness, we... ," and he says. "Never been around... ," and she says, "We've never been around gay people." And then she says, "But, buddy, I -- I like 'em!" HA! See, this is why I'm so very, very glad they were cast. Being provincial is not a character flaw. You're born where you're born, and you have the resources and opportunities to travel and meet people that you have, and it's not lack of experience that makes you suck. It's being closed-minded as a result, and Mary and Dave do not seem to have developed that way. She's cool with me. Also, I intend to employ "I like 'em!" as often as possible in reference to various sorts of people.