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.
Meanwhile, in Sao Paolo, Gary and Dave and Peggy and Claire de-bus and look for their connection so they can re-bus. Gary and Dave make the 6:00 connection, but Peggy and Claire are stuck waiting for the 8:00 due to an apparent seat shortage. Gary and Dave's bus, however, quickly runs into trouble. Yay! Best mechanical difficulties ever! Gary regales us with the non-hilarious story of a woman, her cell phone, and how he wanted a new bus rather than a mechanic to fix the current bus. It's quite a barn-burner. At least, he thinks so. Eventually, they nag seats on a passing bus and get on their way as well. In order to do this, Gary tells us that he had to "sell [his] first child." Market price for Spawn of Gary? Three dollars. Demand -- Supply's Stealthy Counterpart.
The Bus Formerly Known As The Lead Bus. Alex and Tara are sharing a warm flirty chuckle over a map. A little voice inside my head goes "chicka," but I cut it off before it goes any further. Meanwhile, Wil talks to a big dirty man, who is probably teaching him how to say "cuckold" in Portuguese. When the bus reaches its destination, the teams get into these...well, I don't know quite what to call them. They're like SUVs Lite. Not a golf cart, not yet a Land Rover. (Damn, I'm always a couple weeks off with the RDC Challenge.) They have to drive the little Weeniemobile into the woods to a route marker at the Macuco Safari Dock at Iguacu Falls. Except Xerox, of course, because of the FF -- Shola and Doyin hop in and head right for the jungle camp.
In the continuing Déjà Vu portion of our program, Boston and Tarawil have now formed The World's Second Most Tenuous Alliance. Alex explains that "you have to have another strong team with you" to make it to the end of the race. Apparently, Alex didn't watch TAR1, because if we learned anything there (not to mention from the Esquire and Guido interviews), it was that alliances don't work in this game. Anyway, Tara wants to wait for Boston (chicka), but Wil wants to get going and ditch them. Ditching wins out, to Alex's dismay. "Tara's yelling, 'Wait, wait!'" he notes heatedly (bamp), "but he just hauls ass! Screw him, man." Ooooh, Alex is pissed.