Chad tells Stephanie, "Maybe we should hustle. We might still be in it. I mean, anything can happen." That's some high-octane optimism right there, but the hell of it is that it's not unfounded. They get their backpacks from the driver on the street, pay him off, and head back inside. Meanwhile, Michael and Kevin are still sitting on the steps. Kevin has just reread the part of the clue that states, "you must walk to your next destination." "I didn't see that," Kevin groans. "You didn't read it," Michael chuckles. Again, Michael laughs at everything, but I can't help thinking he's got to be a little amused that in the end it's come down not to his physical infirmities but Kevin's failure to RTFC.
Chad and Stephanie arrive at the mat, already thinking they're in last place when Phil asks them if they know they broke a rule. Right, remember that taxi from the tower to the Church on Spilled Blood? Chad was being such a condescending ass during that ride that I forgot it was also against the rules. So that's a 30-minute penalty for them. But then, in the same grave tone of voice, he adds, "Michael and Kevin, they're waiting out a one-hour penalty, which means that you are officially team number six, and you are still in the race." So it ended up being not about who raced the fastest but who broke the fewest rules. Chad and Stephanie hug and cry, and Stephanie says, "I thought I lost it for us today." She interviews that Chad was great and supportive during this leg. By Chad standards, maybe, but the fact that that's good enough for her proves that her real talents lie not in music or even teamwork but in denial.
After they've cleared the mat, Phil calls Michael and Kevin back up to officially Philiminate them. Michael's philosophical about it, but Phil notices that Kevin doesn't look happy. Put on the spot, Kevin rallies and says, "I'm happy with how we did and, uh, I'm really proud of my dad for doing this race for me." He says Michael has always been his role model. Over a sepia montage of special Team YouTube moments (the tiny boats in England, the one wheelbarrow in Ghana, the ice chairs in Sweden, their penalty stairs just now, the fishing boat in Norway) Kevin says he's learning to not get frustrated and be positive, which is strange, because this leg was the most frustrated and least positive we've seen him. Michael says he knows his son a lot better than he did before the race. "When the kids turn into teenagers they think their parents don't know anything, and I feel like Kevin's become a stranger to me, but I think this race is going to pull us together again. I'm really proud of him." It's nice for Michael that he was eliminated here rather than Ghana. If it had been the latter he probably would have been too exhausted to be that articulate.