11:50 PM. Brandon and Nicole are the first team on the mat. Brandon reads the entire clue like it's a set of queries: "Fly to San Carlos de Bariloche? In Patagonia?" Don't act so confused, Curly. It ain't going to say "Head for Chicago." Some hyper shots of flags follow, and Phil explains for Brandon's baffled benefit that the teams will indeed be driving themselves about 60 miles back to Buenos Aires and to the airport, at which point they'll fly 1000 miles to San Carlos de Bariloche, which is a village at the base of the Andes. When they get there, they'll drive into town and find the mayor, who has their clue. Huh. Well, it's no "find the country represented by this flag," but it doesn't entirely say "go here, nitwit" either. So that's good, I guess. I do love how they edit these little clue-explaining sequences, like we're all visual learners. "They will land [picture of plane], then drive themselves [picture of Jeep] to the mayor's office [picture of mayor]." If you liked See-N-Say, you'll love this kind of editing.
As Brandon and Nicole leave the mat, she explains that they've been together for a year, mostly long-distance, and they're learning whether they really want to be together or not. He agrees that the race is how he intends to find out whether they're "meant to be." Because it's their ultimate love test, apparently, which is almost as touching as it is barfy. They get into their car, with him driving. But they're probably really just hoping to find out whether he's meant to be driving.
11:51 AM, Charla and Mirna. Wow, we learn that they're getting $11 for the leg. Won't be stocking up on the cattle souvenirs, apparently. ("I Had A Moooo-velous Time In Argentina!") Mirna has also decided not to curl her hair quite so extensively today, and actually has it partially tied back with barrettes or something. Maybe she ran out of setting lotion, or maybe she was tired of having her 'do searched by airport security. Charla interviews, with an oddly pained expression on her face (she is, in fairness, spending a lot of time with Mirna and not getting a lot of roughage), that they're "working well together." She says that they yell at each other sometimes, but will always be "there for each other." Well, sure. Probably because they're the only ones who have any idea what either of them is talking about, with all the imaginary Spanish. As they leave, they're following Brandon and Nicole, with whom Mirna explains they have "formed an alliance." She goes on: "They're God-fearing people, just like we are. We hope they stick to their words." Well, sure. Because the atheists are so unreliable in cooperative situations. (God: "Less fear! More listening!") As they go, Mirna notes that it's getting muddy, and Charla directs her to drive into the grass.