7:19 AM. Danielle and Dani. In an interview I kind of like, Dani pretty much owns up to the fact that they started off thinking that their "femininity" (read: sex appeal) was going to carry them a long way. Their impression now, post-motorcycle-shop, is that this is not so true. "It's really just about how bad you want something and how far you're willing to push yourself." I'm not crazy about these girls yet, but I did respect the fact that they were able to recognize after one leg that the way they intended to approach the thing wasn't going to work. I also respected the fact that this demonstrates to me that for them, "femininity" was an actual strategy, meaning that they abandon it if it doesn't work, as opposed to simply the way they've done everything all their lives to the point where they know nothing else. With people like Heather and Eve, I don't think they would have given up the "using our girliness," at least not explicitly, because that's still the image they want. They want you to think that they're so hot they can get whatever they want from men -- whether it works or not. These two seem to be more like, "Huh. Okay, well, that didn't fly, so I guess it's going to be 'work real hard,' then."
7:28 AM. Lisa and Joni open their clue, and they shriek. That is not a good start. Lisa says that the race is much, much more difficult than she thought it was going to be. For her part, Joni says that Lisa tends to get down and quiet when she gets unhappy, so Joni tries to keep her upbeat. Now, it wouldn't work with my sister to constantly talk about peeing in my pants, but we may be unusual in that regard. Every family is special, you know.
The trailing teams arrive at the building to find plenty of people there to tell them there's no hurry. We enjoy some lovely shots of time passing in Sao Paulo, and then it is 8:00 AM, and everyone is running up to the roof. BJ and Tyler are the first to the clue box, followed by Wanda and Desiree. Teams read the clue, which is a Roadblock. As Phil climbs a long, exterior spiral staircase, he explains about how Roadblocks are for one person only -- he doesn't mention the no-slacking-Kim-and-Christie-and-Nicole rule at the moment -- and says that this Roadblock requires the person to climb all the way up one of three fire escapes. When the person gets to the top, he'll be harnessed and rappel down almost 400 feet. Bleh. Four hundred feet of stairs is not going to be any fun, I'll tell you that much. When they're done with the rappelling, they'll get another clue. You can choose any fire escape, but when you get to the top, the people at each one will rappel down in the order in which they got there. I hope you sat and enjoyed the footage here, because that is a freaking honkload of stairs, y'all.