Meredith and Massive Head Wound Gretchen approach the mat. They check in and learn that they are the last team to arrive. BUT! The good news is that they are not Philimated, because this is a non-elimination leg. BUT! The bad news is that Phil, as usual, is going to take all of their money. AND! The even worse news is that there is a newly expanded non-elimination penalty. Said penalty is that not only are they pulling your money, they are pulling everything you have except your passports and the clothes you're wearing. Woooow. That sucks. "My God," they both say. Phil tells them that they'll be leaving with just their passports, and Meredith sort of tentatively tries to clarify whether they'll get their stuff back if they survive another leg, and Phil certainly makes it sound like they won't, though he's slightly vague on it. Phil tells them not to give up, and to their credit, neither of them hits him.
"All we have are each other now," Gretchen says. In their post-mat interview, Meredith says that they won't give up until they literally can't take one more step. They're pretty tough. Tougher than I originally thought.
Executive Producer? Jerry Bruckheimer. Other half of episode? Still to come!
Commercials. Okay, I think the Diet Coke With Lime commercials are a little funny. Why can't I get Diet Coke with Lime in restaurants, anyway? I want my Diet Coke with Lime!
We rather joyously return to Soweto, which Phil explains has rather the troubled history, but is now "a vibrant city." And a pit stop. We watch footage of the teams arriving, like, ten minutes ago, and Phil wonders whether Ray and Deana can continue to achieve. If I really did believe I put a hex on the Pope, by the way, and I'm awfully sorry about the Pope, if you are a person who likes the Pope, but...anyway, whatever hex I may have put on him, I would love to modify for use against loser boyfriends generally.
10:41 PM. Ray and Deana. Boo! Their clue tells them to go and feed lions at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. Phil explains that when they get there, they'll sign up for one of two shuttles and ride it into the reserve, where they'll feed some meat to the hungry animals. Two shuttles? Pfft. After the lions are fed, they'll get another clue. Ray and Deana leave, and Ray talks about how they intend to stay in first place, and how Deana is bad at handling stress. I wonder if that could possibly be related to how unbelievably badly he treats her. Crazier theories have been floated. He then says, "She needs to step up a little bit more and assert her talents where I need them." Man, he is the best owner ever! He's going to have her in top condition once it's time to show her. They drive through the dark, and Deana isn't doing so well with the stick shift. Maybe she should have asserted her talents where he needed them in his ear, and really, those talents for that purpose could have consisted of a rolling pin.