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."
At 5:00 PM, Bill and Joe board the bus. They are joined by Charla and Mirna and Eric and Pink. Mirna gives a little talk about facing Auschwitz in order to learn from the past and so forth. WHAT? They are going to Auschwitz. I'm only human, people.
The first bus, meanwhile, pulls up at Auschwitz. The sad music is playing. The teams arrive and make their way to a stack of clues (no tacky box with flag) that's near some flickering candles on the ground. They open a tied letter (not a clue envelope) that explains that one million people were exterminated just here, just at this one place. The cameras wander between two buildings. "It remains standing as a tribute to the people who perished," Oswald says, and then his voice breaks. "... within its walls, and to man's ultimate triumph over evil," he finishes. And I certainly hope that triumph actually happens. The letter directs the teams to take a traditional memorial candle to the railroad tracks and leave it. Dustin explains that just being near the tracks brought to mind the trains arriving, filled with people. Uchenna makes a very nice point by talking about books never written, ideas never explored, relationships never entered into... in other words, not just the violence, but the waste of humanity that resulted. He says he thinks it's a good thing that they've left the camp here, because it might help people not to forget what happened. And really, that's why I don't have a problem with them using it on the show, as respectfully as they can. It's not like we're at a point where we can say, "Oh, we've learned all we can from that; we don't need reminders anymore." There are still plenty of hateful bigots out there, and the slope is slippery still, and twenty years before Auschwitz happened, I doubt many people in Germany thought that would ever happen there, either.