Blake, swallowing his pride, asks a stranger to write a sign for him that explains that he's a pathetic American who needs money for a ticket, so that he can take it around and beg. Ow. That doesn't sound like fun, but it's reasonably resourceful, and I give them all due credit for not giving up, given their bad circumstances. He's also got his cowboy hat on again, so I'd give him five bucks just for that. But when next we see him, he's changed hats (dang), and he's explaining to a woman that Paige is his sister, and they're stuck. As they go from person to person, they collect little bits of money. "In five minutes, we had, like, twenty dollars," Blake explains. Sheesh. Why did I go to law school again? Blake tells Paige that they shouldn't tell the other teams they made money begging, because other people will start doing it. I don't know if I think that's true or not. All kidding aside, it would take a lot for me to just ask strangers for money, particularly in a non-emergency situation. But I suppose desperation does things to people.
Here, at long last, is Team Drawl at the bus station. They explain that their cab driver was just the worst ever, and they drove all over the place, which is how they fell from fifth to last -- ouch! They go inside and run into Blake and Paige. The four of them wind up on the 2:30 direct bus to Foz do Iguacu.
Lead bus. Xerox, Tarawil, Boston. And then suddenly, doonk-doonk-doonk...uh-oh. The bus pulls over. Turns out one of the inside tires blew out. That is not good news. Chris: "We had, like, a half-hour lead on the Preachers [shot of Jeebus], and, like, Cha-Cha-Cha [shot of Danny and Oswald]." Cha-Cha-Cha? Hee. Xerox/Job explains that they really didn't think anything else could go wrong. But it did, of course. Everyone looks at the bus, depressed.
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Amazing Flat-Tire Bus. The teams anxiously try to flag down passing buses as they wait for their tire to be fixed. Chris (a red bandanna tied around his head, bleh) watches the driver suspiciously, saying that he'll step right in if the guy isn't doing it right. He says, "I know how to do this stuff." What, change bus tires? Man, I need background info. They give me none, of course. Boston jumps right into the tire-changing, probably annoying the hell out of the bus driver. It actually looks like Boston and Xerox work together on changing the tire (while Wil looks on, pretending to be amused and bored -- it's like the way there's always one guy at a wedding who can't master the Electric Slide, so he stands at the edge of the dance floor yelling at his friends about how dumb they look), and sure enough, it's fixed pretty quick.