It's not looking good for them, because the Divorcees are seeing some familiar scenery as their cab approaches the Pit Stop. Kelly vows to "scream obscenities at Starr before I go." With five minutes down, Mark insists that he doesn't want to be out. The clock vanishes as Bill says it's "heartbreaking that missing one little thing might do it." Finally the Divorcees arrive and jog up to the mat, not seeming to notice that they just ran by Mark and Bill, who are still waiting for their penalty to expire. Phil tells them, "You're the last team to arrive," and they wilt. When he says "However..." they react as though to a miracle. He tells them about Mark and Bill's penalty, which they are still waiting out, and Team Divorced is still in the race. They hug each other in extravagant relief. Yay, this means Phil invites the Geeks onto the mat and Philiminates them. The Divorcees react as though the Geeks were just shot before their eyes. These last few seconds have been quite an emotional roller coaster for them, haven't they?Phil tells the Geeks, "I'm very sad to tell you that." Mark answers, "If we'd lost in a footrace, that's one thing, but the fact that we lost on not reading something right, that just kills me." In their farewell interview, Mark says, "We can't compete physically. We know that. But we can compete mentally. And you'd think that we would read the clue and read it better." Aw, Mark, don't beat yourself up. If you hadn't been so physically hopeless at the Road Block, the time penalty probably wouldn't have even been a factor. So cheer up: your physical weakness clearly played a part. Bill calls The Amazing Race the hardest game he's ever played (way to get one last plug out of him, show), but running it with Mark has been "just a wonderful experience." Mark calls Bill the most dependable guy he knows. "I couldn't have picked a better person to run The Amazing Race with." I am sad to see these guys go. Live long and prosper, Mark and Bill.
Next week: failure to follow directions has had increasingly bad effects on teams, but now it might cause an actual injury, Starr.
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