Danza cab, Bangkok. Margarita says they're going to the ticket office in the city to try to book a flight. Esquire, on the other hand, pursues ticketing options by wandering the airport. Nothing doing until "middle of the night/next morning," they learn.
Anyway, Esquire explains that they don't know where Danza is, but they haven't seen them at the airport. "They might have figured out something that we didn't," they speculate. (Isn't that interesting? If it had been Team Guido, they would have been all, "We haven't seen them at the airport, so they must have gotten wildly lost on their way here, and they're probably in Australia by now, because they don't know their way around airports and we're really not that threatened by them as a team " I think it's safe to say the whole "they might have outwitted us" thing would never have occurred to them.) Brennan, in this interview, is fondling what appears to be a red cabbage. No, I have no idea.
Meanwhile, Danza realizes they've got a long layover ahead, so they duck into a mall to "do something about [their] backpacks." The theory seems to be that since they've only got a few days left, they don't need to be carrying so much stuff, and they can afford to ditch their heavy backpacks. They sort through their belongings, and Frank seems to ditch one thing (I think it's a sock) just based on how it smells, which I found particularly funny. Furthermore, to his credit, Frank ditches a hat. Woo! If only they'd ALL ditch their damn hats. He accuses his wife of being a pack rat, and they yakkety-yak like married people, which is kinda nice. Frank voices over that Bangkok was a "pivotal moment" for them as a couple, because by ditching their belongings, they got a new start. Eh, okay. It's a little blatant on the baggage symbolism, which is about as subtle as the Christ imagery in Billy Budd, Sailor, but if Literate Helping Frank wants to make the effort, I won't stand in his way. Armed with smaller packs, they're on their way. (Miss Alli's Mom, as they walk away from their piles of junk, which they've left in the middle of the floor: "They could have at least thrown it in the trash.")
Rob explains that Drew and Kevin will make the 8:30 on Day Two that Esquire and Danza barely missed on Day One, so they'll pick up some time. Speaking of whom
11:35 PM. Drew and Kevin. Drew explains in an interview that this leg will be more brutal than the final leg, but his explanation kind of loses me. It has something to do with how fourth place was good when there were eleven teams, but it kind of sucks when there are four teams, but I'm not sure why this leg will be worse than the next one, when even third place will suck. Actually, second place will suck too. Anyway, Team Shower-Fresh makes it to a hotel, where they start trying to get information about flights. As they're at the counter trying to make phone calls, some girls come by, and Drew wonders aloud whether the place is a "house of ill refute" [sic]. Kevin allows as how there's at the very least a "big big party going on." He calls to check on flights, and he calls the person on the phone "my friend," as always. I adore Kevin.