The teams have to fly to Asuncion, Paraguay, but not everyone is able to get on the same flight, which burns up a good ten minutes of the episode. Other Rachel & Dave, Art & JJ, Bopper & Mark, and Nary & Jamie are on the first flight, and the Border Patrol Agents are the first to find the Detour clue in an outdoor yard store. Then teams have to either stack a giant pyramid of watermelons at a fruit market, or string (but not tune) a harp at a concert hall. The whole lead group goes with the melon-stacking option, and tensions rise between partners under the hot, humid conditions -- particularly with Other Rachel & Dave. But the pyramids slowly rise, and Art and JJ are the first to complete the Detour before anyone from the second group of teams even shows up -- and in their wake, the other teams' pyramids collapse before they're completed, prompting them all to switch Detours, although Other Rachel and Dave disagree about whether to use their Express Pass.
As for the second group, Kerri and Stacy don't even stick around at the melon market after they realize Team Kentucky not only lied about the melon-stacking being easy, but took their cab. Vanessa makes some catty remarks about Rachel that drives her and Brendon away. Soon most of the teams are stringing harps in an air-conditioned theater. At the Roadblock, Art has some difficulty mastering a dance with a bottle on his head, but he and JJ still the first team to complete the Roadblock, before anyone else has even finished the Detour. Sure enough, they win the leg handily, and are happy to tell you all about it.
Other Rachel and Dave skip the harp-stringing with their Express Pass, but Dave fails the Roadblock and they end up with a two-hour penalty. Brendon and Rachel are the first team to finish the harp-stringing, while Joey "Fitness" and Danny beat Vanessa and Ralph at the melon-stacking. Elliot's musical experience somehow proves not only unhelpful but detrimental to himself and Andrew, so they almost decide to switch to the melons -- which Ralph and Vanessa are totally screwed on.
Brendon and Rachel are the third team to arrive at the mat, with Team Jersey right behind them, but Other Rachel and Dave are still waiting out their penalty, so they're actually second and third. And then Team Kentucky shows up in fourth and Nary & Jamie team number five, while the last few seconds of Other Rachel and Dave's penalty ticks away, putting them in sixth. For the first time, a team fails to complete a task and stays in the race. Probably the first time an Express Pass actually saved someone, too.
As the leg drags on into the evening, Kerri and Staci come in seventh while Vanessa and Ralph and Elliot and Andrew limp to the ends of their respective Detours. Both teams are pretty surprised to see each other at the Roadblock. Ralph and Andrew go head to head for survival, and Ralph actually passes Andrew. But not by much, and it's only a few blocks to the Pit Stop. Vanessa and Ralph drag themselves to the mat just head of the Twins, who are Philiminated. Being a twin on this show is a rough gig these days, isn't it?
Buenos Aires certainly looks lovely in the opening sequence, in which Phil tells us that Argentina's capital city dates back almost five hundred years. "And in this affluent neighborhood, El Gomera, [stands] an enormous, 200-year-old rubber tree." We didn't get this good a look at the tree last week, but it's really impressive. I bet a rubber tree that big would bounce really high. It's also the start of the third leg. Other Rachel and Dave won the last leg, so now they get to be the first to start this one, at 12:22 AM. The clue tells them to fly to the Corazón de América, Paraguay. Specifically, Phil and the subtitles tell us they need to fly to the city of Asunción. There, they'll go to a yard equipment supply store called Metalurgica Punta de Rieles -- which looks like a sprawling yard packed with playground and grilling equipment -- and find their next clue. They have $200 for this leg. Other Rachel and Dave talk about how winning two legs in a row might make them a target. Like the other teams are armed or something.
Art and JJ are leaving at 12:25 AM. JJ says it's good to be going to another Spanish-speaking country, "Where we can really dominate." They talk about the team just ahead of them being a good team: "We think alike. We both do the same thing, we both protect America." Did Major Dave sign off on that sentiment? JJ says they'll stick together and dominate the whole season. He does like to talk about dominating, doesn't he?
Other Rachel and Dave reach the airport and see an 8:45 flight to Asunción listed on the board. The Border Patrol agents show up soon after and both teams go to the ticket counter to try to get seats. Alas, the flight is full and they have to go to the check-in counters to get on standby. This is the kind of moment that tells you we're going to spend a fair chunk of the episode in the airport.
Next thing you know, all the other teams are at the airport as well, Rachel looking more ridiculous than usual in a bedazzled green headband. Nary and Jamie have found out about the standby flight and wave the other teams over to the counter where they are. JJ is deeply offended by this conduct on the part of the "teachers." Yes, lest we forget, Nary and Jamie are federal agents running the race undercover, because of how they figure people like teachers. This would be a flawed argument even if there weren't another team of agents on this race. I mean, for federal agents they obviously don't hang around many Republicans. JJ sees Nary and Jamie's helpfulness as a sign of himself being screwed over by people he's helped, even though there's no evidence of his having helped anyone and it's not like any of these other teams are going to get on the flight before he and Art do. Shouldn't he be looking forward to having more people in Paraguay to dominate? He whine-terviews, "We're basically gonna run the race for ya? That's not going to happen any more." Any more? And would his attitude be different if he knew that Nary and Jamie also protect America?