Amazing Race

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Taxiing Their Patience

Tina is getting her, Ken, and the siblings onto standby for the 6:45 flight. "So important. We're desperate," she overstates to the ticket agent. And why not? It's not like it ever backfires. Terence and Sarah arrive behind them and are studiously and deliberately ignored. So maybe there is something going on there on both sides. Hmm.

Toni and Dallas are just leaving, at 4:57 a.m. They have a sweet little interview: "It makes me happy every day just to have fun with my mom," he says. "I love you," she says. "I love you too," he responds. Or did I just transcribe a conversation between my wife Trash and my son M. Edium, who turns four this weekend? You be the judge.

Back at the airport, the leaders have had a stroke of luck: the airline switched to a larger plane, which means there are now seats available. Ken and Tina even make the agent high-five them. Tina interviews that it was all thanks to her persistence. "Tina has the unique ability to make the person on the other side of the counter think they're working for her," Ken chuckles appreciatively. Translation: people cross the Scary Eyebrow Lady at their peril. Meanwhile, Terence and Sarah are talking to the agent at the next terminal over, as Tina tells their agents to make sure they reap the benefits of getting there first. Terence complains quietly to his team's camera, "Nick and Starr and Ken and Tina are in a complete alliance. It's not two teams, it's one team." As though there's a rule against this. But it gets even better when Sarah adds huffily, "And they didn't even say hi to us!" Tina cracks up as though she heard them. And she loudly says, as Terence and Sarah secure their own seats on the 6:45 flight, "They can thank us." Even if that were true, there aren't that many people in the world with less overlap than Terence in their "can/should/will" Venn diagrams.

As Mark and Bill arrive at the counter, they get word of the newly capacious early-morning flight, and Ken and Tina want assurances from the agent that they'll get to sit in the front of the plane. On the pilot's lap, preferably. And if that's a problem, just switch to a plane with a bigger cockpit. The agent tells Tina that it's "free seating," but assures them that they can board first. I don't know how she proposes to enforce that from her post. Perhaps it's just Tina's equally unique ability to make the person on the other end of the counter say anything to get rid of her.

Andrew and Dan (sporting matching yellow bandannas around their heads to show they have a team color after all) are leaving at 5:03, in seventh place, with Aja and Ty close behind at 5:05. Dan yammers that they have "a small, small lead on the bottom pack." Lest you think he's resting on his paltry laurels, he assures us that they're going to try and do better than "not last" from now on. "Minimalists don't get anywhere in life," he says. Yes, ask any architect. In the cab right behind them, Aja is learning a few things. One is that being with Ty in person is "much more real" than their typical long-distance arrangement, and the other is that apparently cabbies just run red lights at night. "I'm not mad at him," Ty remarks.

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