2:37 AM sends the Aiellos on their way, after a bit of jig-dancing by SIL Matt that's very endearing in that it's very odd. Matt says they've been doing well, but they've been all "business," and he wants to "have fun." No! Not fun! Fun will destroy you! Do not attempt to have fun! I can't believe they don't know that trying to have fun with your in-laws is a recipe for disaster.
2:38 AM. Bransens. One of the Tonyas opines that their team is tough, but Wally admits that the running is taxing him over the long haul. He should really concentrate on not being sorry, but instead just being Wally.
In another one of those love/hate moments, the Gaghans are getting ready to leave, and Billy is leading Carissa in some sort of meditative exercise involving breathing in and out and chanting, "You can do this." My favorite part is how his mom looks down at him at one point like, "I love that weird little turkey," which is pretty much what all neat kids' parents say about them when they're young. And then she kind of looks at some off-screen production person, like, "Oh, I know."
At 2:43 AM, they rip their clue. In what I think has to be a bit of a cobbled bite, Tammy says, "Bill and I have tried to raise our children more like little adults on this race, and not like children that are going to hold us back." Considering that she's giving this interview on the couch at home, it just doesn't make sense to me that she would have said they've "tried to raise" them "like little adults on this race." Like, at home. Before they left. Doesn't make sense. Doesn't matter much, because I think her point is the same -- they intend to treat the kids as assets, not liabilities. It's pretty clear their kids suffer from no absence of childlike silliness, so it's certainly not the bad kind of "little adults." Or, I should say, if it is, they're doing a terrible job, because you know what adults don't do, so much? Sing "She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain." Complete with "yee-ha"s. Carissa asks if they need a map, and Bill interviews that anyone who thinks kids have no place racing should look at these particular kids, who are doing a great job. Not really the issue, I don't think, for people who don't want to watch kids, but it's good that he's proud of them. I would be, too. In fact, if they were going to put kids in the race and make me watch them every week, I can't tell you how relieved I am that it was this particular family's kids.