Nat and Kat may have found a path, but Michael and Kevin have found a marker on a tree. But the so has Team @. There's as much suspenseful editing as can be managed given that one team is walking, but finally Nat and Kat reach the mat first and learn that they're still in the race. Phil tells them about their renovation project on the school tomorrow, and they're happy to hear about it. Probably because while they're working in one place, they won't be able to get lost in taxis or while walking. Probably.
Michael and Kevin finally jog to the mat, and are both smiling as the greeter welcomes them to Dodowa, Ghana. Phil tells them they're the last team to arrive. They're not exactly surprised, but they should probably keep listening. Michael says, "It's my fault. My body gave out. I wanted to travel to as many places as I could with my son." Phil has some good news for them - yeah, notice how he hasn't actually Philiminated them yet? -- and tells them it's a non-elimination leg, so they're still in it. Michael is overcome with emotion, both happy that he didn't let Kevin down and perhaps a little overwhelmed that he's going to have to keep racing after all. Kevin says that's why you don't give up, and Michael hugs him, saying "Kevin, I'm sorry." Poor dude is just physically and emotionally wrecked. But he quickly straightens up, saying, "Okay, fine, that's good news. Thank you, Phil." Who's he trying to convince, exactly? Phil warns them that they'll have a Speed Bump in the next leg. "We'll be ready," Kevin vows. He interviews that he's even more motivated. "We shouldn't have lost this leg and there's still a lot of room for us to grow." Does Michael have room to grow a new lung? Because I'm afraid that might be what it takes.
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