At 12:57 PM, the Tian/Jaree/Chipsters train makes it to Le Mans. A low-speed taxi race ensues as they head for the racetrack. The girls get to the clue box just slightly ahead of Chip, who almost flattens them in his enthusiasm. Jaree knows that Tian is into this car thing, so she encourages her to take the Roadblock, while Chip takes it for the Chipsters. He voices over that Tian is generally pretty quick, so he felt pressured to beat her. Tian, in turn, voices over that she "wants to prove how strong women can be." Ugh. Show, don't tell. Reichen, watching, smugly smirks that he thinks Chip can beat Tian, but Tian is "a little daredevil." My, how adorably condescending. I may not be a Tian fan, but she could start that "show" thing by putting her boot right up Reichen's know-it-all ass, and when you heard the loud cheering, it would be me in the front row with my little bag of popcorn. Tian and Chip are both pretty handy with the drill (heh), and they take off very close together for their speed laps. Jaree and Reichen cheer obligingly, not having much else to do. When he has gotten out of the car, Chip says a little too happily that this racing bit was "a dream come true." He's just...I don't know. Weird or something. It's like everything he does is cranked up a couple of notches -- he overenunciates, he gets overly self-righteous, he gets overly excited...he's like a radio with the volume cranked too high. Also? Runs like a girl. Just saying.
At 2:05 PM, here come AirSteve and Dave and Kelly and BuffJon, getting off their flight in Paris. Kelly is grumpy and unpleasant some more about the fact that Jon isn't listening to her. I have to say, I don't have much use for Jon, but I can't think of a way that's less effective at getting a guy to listen to you than whining in that particular fashion. Settled into the saddle of her high horse now, Kelly says to him, "Can I do the next Roadblock?" "If you feel comfortable...," he starts to say. "Can I do the next Roadblock?" she repeats. "Yes," he says. She thanks him and stomps off. That's just stupid. While I can see deciding about Roadblocks in advance in the case of teams where the partners' strengths and weaknesses are similar, it's stupid when that's not the case. If this Roadblock turns out to be peeing for distance, she's going to feel pretty silly. The two trailing teams board the train for Le Mans.