And now the montage of the top three teams talking big about winning before going into the final leg. "This next one has to be our first and only win," Josh says, because of course he and Brent never even came in second, let alone first. And Trey says, "There's no friends in that last leg," Trey says. Prove it.
All right, halfway there. After the intermission, we're back (still?) in the Loire Valley. "Known as the garden of France," Phil says, "it is scattered with spectacular chateaux like this: Chateau de Chenonceau." I think Phil just wanted to use a word with an x as a plural. Which at this point, halfway through a thirty-page recap, I can appreciate. "Once the home to a succession of powerful French women, it is now the start of the twelfth and final leg in a race around the world." We watch as Jaymes & James get to excitedly check out their new cars after the end of the previous leg (the foot switch figuring prominently, of course) before we cut to the dead of night, when they begin the last leg at 1:33 AM. The clue says, "Fly to your final destination, New York, New York." So it's most of the way around the world, as usual, coming up three time zones short this season. Anyway, the clue contains a postcard of an amusement park with "Wish you were here!" written on the back. Jaymes guesses that's Coney Island, but before we get confirmation of that, Phil tells us, "teams will now fly 3,600 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to their final destination: New York City." It's a little jarring to see such a familiar location on The Amazing Race after all this time. Sure enough, per Phil the postcard is indeed sending them to the Coney Island boardwalk, which of course at that point in this year still existed. There are posters lining the fence, and the one advertising "The Amazing Houdini" has a little extra feature: a slapped-on decal instructing, "RACE TO THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD" like it's a selling point. The Ja/mses head to the taxis as Jaymes says they're in this so they can go home and take care of their families. Go Chippendale families!
Trey & Lexi start the final leg in second place, at 1:44 AM. Lexi talks about how much they've learned on the race. "I mean, we didn't even know what Customs was before we left for the race." They certainly couldn't have been expected to learn about it from watching this show. She also says they've learned about communication with each other and how to love each other even more. "We're ready to take down that million," Trey concludes. Way to leave a tender moment alone, dude.