Bransens and Linzes at the Relics at last. They pick them up, and...apparently, these relics are either made of hollow chocolate like bunnies at Easter, or they're made of pumice, or they're made of some kind of space-age foam, because they look to weigh about a pound and a half apiece, despite being the size of a person. Now that, I could lift.
The Gaghans (sniff) find Roca Loca. As they part ways with their Fern, in one of my favorite moments, Tammy thanks the Fern, and then Billy comes over, independently of his parents, and says, "Gracias," and holds out his hand to shake. That's how you turn out to be a person who doesn't snot about how somebody didn't help you with directions as much as you'd like, Rebecca. Might want some maturity lessons from the 12-year-old.
The Paolos finish the banana task. And I hate to admit it, but I was like..."Yay!" Because seriously, they were good this leg. And they didn't argue too much, and they seemed to be no longer working at cross-purposes, which was part of what made them so hard to watch in other weeks. "Dad, you're a frickin' monster," Brian says, meaning "monster" in the good way. In an interview, an astonishingly appealing DJ says, "I understand fully what my dad does every day. If I tried to lift a garbage can, I can't, I can't do it. When he picked up those bananas, I don't have that strength. I cannot do what my father does." And I'll give him props for the fact that not every guy that age can say "I cannot do what my father does" and totally mean it and mean it exactly this way. I still hate watching him and his mother yell at each other, but there may be...a ray of hope. A small ray. A rayette. A ray-ito. The jury is still out. Oh, quiet.
Anyway, the Paolos are the first to pull the clue that has them drive to the next pit stop. As Phil explains, it's about a 20-mile ride to the town of Quepos, where there's a beach they'll need to get to. Last family to check in may (sniff) be eliminated. The Paolos leave -- notably, with very little idea of where they are in the standings, since nobody was at the Detour with them.
The Bransens return with their relics just as the Godlewskis show up to look for theirs. Wally and the Tonyas take the pit stop clue and go. The pinks pass the exiting Linzes on the way into the jungle. The Linzes leave as well. Now, the Weavers have arrived at the relics. Time is getting compressed, as the pinks return with their relics as the Weavers are leaving. Off the pinks go toward the pit stop in fourth place, assuming they can get into the car without arguing over how to adjust the seats.