There are people who react to the India episodes with a lot of discomfort, and who think the show exploits or uses the people and some of the conditions they live in. I see their point, but I'm not one of them. Look, I said the same thing in the first season -- they can't teach you about India on a show like this. The best and only thing they can really accomplish is to sample certain places on certain days and show you that this is what it looks like. I actually think they do a relatively good job of being nonjudgmental about it, and to the degree that they're trying to demonstrate that India might strike you as a little sad in some places, they demonstrate it by showing you the impression it makes on the contestants -- like what just happened with Reichen.
Commercials. I would actually need a lot less Tylenol if that commercial weren't so noisy.
We're back to India, where it's...well, crowded. At 11:30 PM, the KLM flight lands at Mumbai. As Monica and Sheree crowd into their cab, they wonder if their driver has been drinking. Then, in a move that can't feel too reassuring, they pray in the back seat as he prepares to leave. Hey, Esquire told me they had a drunken cab driver in India, too. Maybe it was the same guy. BuffJon and Kelly are looking for a cab as well, with Jon voicing over that "it looked like chaos" when they got outside the airport. In the cab, Kelly none-too-gracefully reports that "this is [her] worst nightmare." Actually, she says it twice. BuffJon cackles at her discomfort. "Welcome to Bombay," he says, apparently of the opinion that when the British name you, you stay named.
The International Society of Clowns and Virgins is also looking for cabs. ClownJon demonstrates his nose-balancing skills with a pen for the driver, and the driver looks at least mildly amused. It's certainly the best reaction he's going to get during this particular episode, so he'd be wise to relish it. Elsewhere, Team Who is also grabbing a cab. David looks into the camera and says with perfectly dry perkiness, "We're going straight into the desert to be sacrificed." Officially, this remark is insensitive, but I will also admit that both when I saw it the first time and every time I saw it again while writing the recap, it made me laugh out loud. The delivery is positively sublime, really. And, you know, believe it or not, there are people who deal with stressful situations using arguably inappropriate humor. (I know. I was shocked, too.) And frankly, if he's funny, then he's been holding out on me.