The next day at 1:00 PM, the BQs, Danny and Oswald, and Uchenna and Joyce are heading for the bus. They hop on and roll away from the curb. On the bus, these teams are feeling pretty good about their four-hour lead, and about the fact that Mirna and Eric are not on their bus. The last part is inferred.
At 1:50 PM, Eric and Pink leave. And yes, that means they were doing the Detour in seriously the middle of the night, which further suggests to me that the field producers (or whoever) were well aware that this had gotten screwed up to a fare-thee-well, and were desperately trying to avoid putting anybody an entire day behind, which is also why the front teams had to wait so damn long for their bus. Eric complains to us in an interview that Pink isn't as "focused" as he'd like. I'm sure she feels very bad about that. He calls himself "a very intense person," which is, as we know, reality-show for "jerkweed." They pull their 5:00 PM tickets. She wants to have a cup of coffee while they're waiting, but he instructs her that they're not going to spend the money on it. Apparently, he is the keeper of the money, and she gets nothing unless he gives it to her. He explains to us that he doesn't treat her like a girlfriend in this context, but like a partner. God forbid you should confuse those two things at the wrong moment. You might wind up kissing a boy! As they lounge around in a lobby, she tells him she doesn't think he should make her feel guilty about a simple cup of coffee. He tells her they "have a budget." He interviews that "two dollars makes a difference," but back in their conversation, she tells him that if they're ever short two dollars, she'll beg for two dollars to make up for the coffee. She might have just... begged for the two dollars now, you know? He tells her to shut up, but she isn't happy about "being ignored." She interviews that she doesn't like having to argue every tiny point with him, and then she tells him that he's making things "more miserable" than necessary. "You make it so unenjoyable," she says. That's what you want in a boyfriend, I think. They go back and forth with him saying "shut up" and her saying "grow up," and I just don't think I've ever seen two kids so much in love, you know?
3:32 PM. Bill and Joe. So much for the razor-thin margin of victory that was suggested at the last leg's end. I have to say, it's quite a coincidence that Bill and Joe have a barely adequate amount of time to assure they get on the second one of those two buses. It could barely have turned out better if this had been designed to make up for bad race planning that had spread the teams out preposterously. They explain again about the "marked for elimination" thing, and as they approach the area where the bus tickets are, we see interviews in which they explain that they'd like to bump off Eric and Danielle. Bill fatefully interviews that Eric and Pink may not have the "brain power" necessary for racing, and this is of course interspersed with footage of him and Joe wandering around unable to find the ticket dispenser. They wander for a while, asking various people for help, but they don't see it for quite a while. And then, of course, they do, and they feel dumb, as they... sort of have a right to. Bill laughs as Joe just mutters, "Son of a bitch."