Spooky music indicating the possible presence of mud-dwelling demons takes us back to Brandon, still trying to get his car out of the mud. As the tractor backs up to get to his car, he notes that his shoe is covered with mud. He therefore picks up his foot, takes off his shoe, and plunks his clean sock down into the mud. Nice work, Einstein, that ought to take care of everything. In other news, the kid who is unmistakably the same kid who demonstrated the bandanna Roadblock with the calves in the last episode is up on the tractor as Brandon asks whether the tractor can pull them all the way through the mud.
Mirna comes to the window and asks Nicole if she and Brandon got stuck. Nicole: "Yeah." Then Mirna asks if she's all set now, and Nicole says yes, they're being pulled out. You know, they're being pulled out by that big tractor...the one that's attaching itself to their car with chains? My sense is that transmissions are not the only things on which Mirna has trouble getting all the gears to engage. As Mirna runs off, Brandon calls out to her to wait for them. Then, as Charla makes her way along the fence, she grasps the top part of it with her hand, and a telltale buzzing -- which I suspect was sadly absent from the real-life events -- goes by on the soundtrack. Charla squeals. "I just got electrocuted!" she hollers. Nicole's like, "Huh?" "I got electrocuuuteeed!" Charla yells again as she heads for the car. The word she's looking for, I would point out, is more like "shocked," as she is not actually dead, which "electrocuted" requires. It's kind of like getting a mouthful of seawater and yelling, "I just drowned!" The tractor pulls Brandon and Nicole out of the mud as Charla returns to the car. Both teams take off, now with Mirna and Charla in the lead. "We had to make sure our friends were okay," Mirna says, "because we would hope that somebody would care enough about us to help us, too." Yeah, your "friends." How incredibly warm. I kind of want to poke her in the eye with her own curling iron.
Marsha navigates her way through the mud, and Jim profusely congratulates her on her crazy mud-avoidance skills. He has survived bandaging! She has survived mud! What could stop them now?
As Charla and Mirna drive, Mirna asks Charla to tell her what to do. "Go straight!" Charla says. Meanwhile, Brandon tells Nicole -- in the trailing car -- "Go left here." Nicole notes that Charla and Mirna are going straight, but Brandon tells her they really do need to go left. Nicole wonders where Charla and Mirna are going, and Brandon says, "They're not going the right way." Up in her car, Mirna notes that suddenly, nobody is behind them anymore. Back in the Blue Lagoon-mobile, Brandon says what sounds like, "Mirna and Charla didn't catch up, so we can't slow down too much...we've got teams on our back." So I think they did wait a little bit, but having already lost time, they don't want to wait indefinitely. Furthermore, they have no idea where Mirna and Charla are, or whether they'll ever come along this route to the airport at all, since if they get down the road and get new directions, they might go a different way entirely and Brandon and Nicole would never see them. So you can't wait for them indefinitely -- that's not one of the choices. I think Brandon and Nicole, as the following car, had very few options in that situation, as it was clear that they didn't realize Mirna and Charla were going the wrong way until it was already happening. "Now we're lost," Mirna declares in her car as she fusses prettily, "because we trusted somebody." Oh, please. You are lost because Charla said, "Go straight," and the right answer was "Go left." It happens. It doesn't mean you're being mistreated. It's this endless ability to blame everyone else for everything that happens that just makes me really, really not like her. The very idea that Brandon and Nicole are the reason she's lost, as opposed to, at worst, not having done quite enough to rescue her ass after she got herself lost, is completely delusional. ["Furthermore, nobody is required to wait for your ass. Why? That's right, kids: Raaaaace." -- Sars]