Glider Mountain Takeoff Point. Mary tells the Fruit to run hard when she takes off. "Don't stop running," she advises. The Fruit looks dubious, but she and Mary do just fine with the takeoff. The Fruit actually does a particularly nice hand flourish as she goes off the edge. Peggy complains some more about her inability to run. Grrr -- be quiet, Peggy. Boston takes off next, biceps flapping in the breeze. Hope and Norm are next to go, and she's really, really scared. "Everything in your brain and your body is sayin', 'You're crazy, don't do this,'" she says. She's a trouper, though, and she resolves to go anyway. Norm tells her (quite wisely) that fear is good, because it keeps you safe and alive. Nevertheless, of course, in this case he thinks she should ignore it. Hee. She straps on her helmet. Go, Hope! And they go. Good for her. No whining, no excuses, she just went. Watching them go, Danny admits to a bit of trepidation.
Norm watches his wife float down. "This is Hope," he says, pointing. "I'm so glad she did this. She was very upset...she did it." Now he addresses her up in the sky. "That's why I love you," he says quietly. Now, now, don't pick on him. He doesn't mean because she hang-glides. He means because she does things even when she's scared, and that's perfectly fine. Aww. I love Team Drawl.
Peggy tells the instructors she's not going after all. Claire turns around and faces the camera and...well, she doesn't really mouth a particular swear word, but she does that thing where you grit your teeth and jerk your chin, and you're obviously swearing in your head. Pretty funny, actually. I think it's safe to say that Peggy made a mistake coming along on this race, unless her attitude turns around in a hurry. She just seems like she has to be talked into everything, and that's just too much to put on your teammate, and it's not going to sustain you when things suck. And things are going to sometimes suck.
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Danny and Oswald take off. Peggy says she likes to think she's not afraid of things, but she's scared that if she can't run fast, they'll "nosedive down into the trees." She doesn't want to die -- or, as she drawls, "daah." Again, I do think she fears dying, but not because of the running -- she fears it for the same reason everybody else fears it, which is that she's jumping off a mountain wearing a kite. Just do it, Peggy, come on! She then learns that if she doesn't hang-glide, then Claire can't hang-glide, so they'll have to go do the metal detector (I'm not sure what she thought was going to happen when she quit). This is enough to push Peggy over the edge (literally), and she goes. Yay, Peggy. Seriously. You can do more than you think, so just stop complaining and move. She and Claire fly off the mountain quite uneventfully (including the running), and they land just fine. What a relief. Interestingly enough, once she's in the air, I think Peggy kinda likes it. Claire is very excited for her, and she hugs her instructor. In an interview, Peggy says, "I'm thinking I might take hang-gliding lessons," and Claire leans over like the busybody she cheerfully is and says, "Peggy, you're not thinking that for one second." Peggy admits she's not. You know, that sequence was okay near the end. I could learn to enjoy some things about this team if they would just please get ON with it and not worry so much.