Lucky for them, Maria and Tiffany are approaching. The brothers are still standing there in confusion when Team Inside Straight enters, Tiffany tossing off a jaunty, "Hi, boys." "Hi," Dan Ross Gellers right back. One of the judges directs the women to an adjoining room so they can do the task on their own, and Maria asks to borrow the brothers' calculator. "If you guys get it, you gotta tells us," Dan says. "Okay, give me the calculator please, thank you," Maria snaps. She quickly divides $500,000 by the current price, $928.50, and gets 538.502. I assume they're given a little leeway, because I don't see any thousandth-of-an-ounce coins there on the counter. But then I wouldn't, since this show doesn't film in HD. They call that out to Sam and Dan as they load their scale. The guys seems to get the right amount just as the number flips to 934.75, so it's no good. Dan calls to team Inside Straight that the number just changed, and Maria waves her hands helplessly. What did her daily thirty-second window of usefulness just close?
The Globetrotters are deciding to do Glass. "Somebody's gonna still be in there working on them hookahs," Flight Time encourages as they head down to the water taxi. In fact, Mika and Canaan are just now starting, joining Mr. and Mrs. America and Pinky and the Brain. Canaan seems to be doing most of the assembly, while she does the unpacking. Hey, unpacking is important, too. In an interview that looks to have taken place before this leg, he uses Lance's African wildlife metaphor, saying they're seen as the zebras. Don't flatter yourself, Canaan. "But I grew up with four older brothers," he says, "and to lose just... I hate it." As for this task, he says, "It makes sense once you figure it out."
Maria calls out a new number to Dan: 534.9 They load their scales, ring their bells, and get their clues. Sam says, "The alliance with Maria and Tiffany really helped us out today." Can't argue with that. It's like the story of the friends who go fishing, but one only has the pole and the other only has the hook. Only by sharing their resources can they both meet their goals. Except in this case, the pole is the calculator and the hook is a handful of functioning brain cells. They're on their way in second and third place, respectively.
Off to the Palm, and the Atlantis resort. In their cab on the way there, Meghan rereads the "Leap of Faith" clue. "That's kind of scary," she says. The leaping part, or the faith part? Because I can see her having trouble with the latter. They approach the slide with some trepidation, seeing as how it's pretty much a major landmark, coming down one steep side of a fake Mayan pyramid. Afterwards, she interviews, "We don't love heights--" "We're afraid of them, come on," Cheyne laughs. But after changing into their swimsuits, they walk across the shaded deck at the top of the slide to the entry. Looks like the whole thing has been closed off for the day, which is something I often notice but rarely remark on. There's a lifeguard stationed at the top of the slide, and you get on it by sitting on a short, level section and push yourself down by swinging under a handlebar that's mounted overhead. I don't normally spend so much time describing the settings of these places because these recaps are long enough as it is, but I thought I should go into some detail just because we're going to be spending a lot of time here later. The lifeguard instructs them, "Cross your legs, hold your arms." That's the only thing that scares me about these high-speed water slides; I'm nervous about any situation where the only safety equipment in effect is the position of my limbs. What would happen if someone went down in spread-eagle position? Do you arrive at the bottom as a bloody torso, with pieces of you following behind in the artificial surf like a miniature reenactment of Saving Private Ryan? But perhaps this is a conversation best had with Mika.