Ray and Yolanda. He's a lawyer, and she's a teacher, and they're dating. She declares them "athletic" in an interview, and from the jogging footage, it appears that she is not kidding. She also refers to him as "the male version of [herself]," owing to his drive and determination. As they do sit-ups, he voices over that he's from "the 'hood," and that he went to law school to empower himself against a system that often sucks. Boy, that's pretty advanced for a segment of the show that usually features nothing but "We hope people underestimate us!" They are also seen doing lunges with weights, and if you think to yourself upon seeing this, "No, no, no, don't hurt me, Allie Del Rio!" then you and I have something in common.
John and Scott are "lifelong friends." Scott, who looks sort of regular-guy, short-haired and generic in a good way, says that they're so much like family that his father called John "his tallest daughter." To which I say: Shut up, Scott's father. John has that unfortunate thing going on where he has the really enormous head and the really conspicuous lisp, and it is with enormous sympathy that I say I suspect he's been beaten up a lot. He says that he wants to do the race because he doesn't do anything most of the time, and he's afraid of leaves. Oh, wait. No. He's afraid of flying. He's going to overcome his fears, I guess, or else he's going to wind up in even more therapy than I'm thinking he has already had. He certainly doesn't have a fear of overpoweringly large dogs, judging from this introductory footage. John thinks the two of them can do anything, and if not, they're going to die trying. "Or one of us is," Scott adds, patting John on the shoulder. Scott? Totally not kidding.
Joseph and Monica are dating. They bicker, but then they get over it. They are the sort of bland, pretty couple I don't mind a bit as long as there's only one of them, as there is here. It was when they used to cast, like, half the teams from this demographic that it was objectionable. She talks about how competitive he is as we watch them water-skiing. He jumps over her, all flipping around and so forth, so that's impressive. And then he crashes into her and knocks her down and they land in a heap in the water, which doesn't inspire high levels of confidence, necessarily, and which I hope is not metaphorical in any way. "There's no stopping the MoJo," he says. You may have heard a funeral dirge at this point during the episode, and if you did, it was the sound of them becoming dead to me. I despise the entire concept of that nickname. I am a well-established hate-hate-hater of the idea of smooshing names together to come up with things to call couples, and to have people do it to themselves in a way that results in the use of an actual word as farcical as "mojo" is really...off-putting. And I am not loving the sea-foam satin halter top she's wearing in her interview.