Like fourth-graders everywhere, the teams have a hard time saying no to Dessert, and most of them immediately go for the gondolas. Millie and Chuck are at the back of the pack at the boats, and they get nervous about the number of teams that are now in boats ahead of them. Looking at a map, they decide that they can hoof it to the plaza, and they take off. For the gondola teams, navigating follows, except for Monica and Sheree, who simply tell their gondolier to follow everybody else. Unsurprisingly, Josh declares that he knows exactly how to get there. For he is Guy Who Understands The Race!
Dave and AirSteve find themselves floating along beside Josh and DadSteve, just behind Amanda and Chris. Josh and DadSteve have a wiry, thin gondolier, whereas Dave and AirSteve have a giant, appliance-like gondolier. "You went for the skinny guy," AirDave calls over to Josh. "We got Rudy; he's built like a semi." Hee. Rudy and the Thin Man proceed to engage in a little bit of a gondola-off, or so it appears, and Chris admiringly hollers back that Rudy is doing a good job handling Dave and AirSteve and their "two heavy asses." "Get close enough, Rudy, we'll kick his ass," AirSteve says. "Oh my God," Josh laments as Rudy commences ass-kicking, "that guy's passing us with Steve and Dave in his thing."
Amanda gets into the spirit of things by turning around to the gondolier and saying something so novel that I'm sure he only hears it forty or fifty times a day: "Do you sing?" He hesitates. And then he lays it on her: "O sole mio..." Amanda laughs, because even she knows that she has forced this guy into the ultimate Cheeseball Tourist Moment of all time. Poor guy. Still kinda funny, though, and there's probably some kind of prize at the Gondoliers' Club at the end of the month if you're subjected to the largest number of idiot tourists asking you to sing, so it's not all bad for him.