4:49 AM. Paul and Amie. Apparently, their fifth-place finish was affected by what Phil terms "production difficulties beyond their control" (maybe their cameramen got so sick of the bickering that he refused to accompany them), so they received a time credit, and they're leaving in fourth place. Amie's pronunciation is the best to date -- she says something along the lines of, "Tata-ow-you-een." She says that she's nervous, and so her stomach is "a little upset." Welcome to Amie's Fun Fun World Of Wild Understatement -- be sure to ride our star attraction, the Nauseator.
5:03 AM. Team Danza opens the clue. As they walk toward the cab, Frank explains to us that the two of them "had the dreaded relationship discussion" last night. Yack yack, Frank wants to think strategy and Margarita just wants to talk about looooooove. She finds it frustrating, and she says they haven't reached any final conclusions about what they're eventually going to do.
5:22 AM. Buenos dias, Rob y Brennan. Rob, still in the green lumpy parka. (Get this boy a new coat, because this one reminds me of boys I knew in tenth grade. All he needs is a Trapper Keeper and a tenor saxophone, and he'll be right on target.) Brennan? Well, at least he's not wearing a visor, and that's a good start. They do look a little doofy running down the street away from the Coliseum, but I think that has to do with the weight of the packs, which forces them to run as if they desperately need to find the bathroom. Or maybe they do, who knows? They comment that they're in sixth place, "which at this point, is second to last." You gotta love a mathematician.
5:43 AM. Lenny and Karyn take off, while Rob and Brennan continue voicing over that they're afraid that the Bunching will not occur this week, and they'll get hosed because they've lost leads so many times and now they might not have a chance to catch up. The boys refer to the Bunching as "an equalizing spot," which is more accurate than "bunching," actually, but isn't as funny to my fingers when I'm typing it. Anyway, Rob and Brennan are the Big Bunching-Noticers. (That sounds dirty and uncomfortable -- it's entirely innocent, I assure you.)