But then Art and JJ finally get "bingo" -- by which they mean "sushi" -- by completing the middle row. They high-ten their tablemates -- who I think are actually telling the racers what pieces of sushi they're looking at, which is an aspect of this task that's not exactly being played up -- and then scarf down the sushi, heading out of there in second place. This development sends Rachel's brain into vapor-lock and she and Brendon start snapping at each other even more than they already were. You might not have thought that possible, but it's Brendon and Rachel. JJ tells Art that this is going to get them to the final three. At the sushi bar, Brendon retrieves an inago with an I on it, but Rachel screams at him, "WE NEEDED A U INAGO!" Brendon: "Dude, seriously?" Seriously. Even worse for them, Vanessa and Ralph catch up and Vanessa clearly already knows her sushi, while Team Big Brother continues to melt down.
Other Rachel and Dave get to Osaka Castle and run across the grounds to where Phil is standing in front of the mat next to a couple of young locals who are dressed and coiffed like J-Pop stars. Phil wastes no time saying that they're team number one and adds, "You're one of the three teams who will be racing to the finish line for one million dollars. You have tied the record for the most number of wins on The Amazing Race with seven wins. Congratulations!" What's more, they've won a trip for two to what Phil refers to as "stunning New Zealand," and he would know. "You know that that is my homeland and I promise you that's a good trip," he assures them. Dave interviews, once again, that he and Other Rachel have proven themselves to be the best team. Other Rachel agrees that they're going to make history. "I just know it, right?" Dave just kisses her. Which at least means he isn't talking.
Art and JJ aren't even happy to see the island that hosts this week's Pit Stop, because as Art complains, it's a "big ol' stinkin' facility." One of the most beautiful places in Japan, he calls that. At the sushi bar, Brendon and Rachel finally pull it together long enough to complete the "U" column on their board and as the whole place cheers, Ralph tells Vanessa not to worry about them, even though Team Big Brother is leaving in third place. And after all, why would Vanessa stop paying attention to Rachel now? During the cab ride, Rachel dramatically says, "The final three Pit Stop. We have to go, we have to make it there." Art and JJ are currently wandering around the grounds aimlessly. And Vanessa and Ralph get a diagonal "sushi" from the lower left corner to the upper right without a lot of extraneous pieces, so they actually did that pretty efficiently. They quickly eat and clear out of there in last place as Ralph reads from the clue, "Warning, the last team to check in will be eliminated." They're still in last place and in the cab to the Pit Stop, Vanessa lies that she hates to wish misfortune on anyone. "But I'm really hoping that another team got lost or got abducted by aliens." Do we get to pick which team?