And now, the weird sequence in which Meredith and Gretchen borrow money from other teams. I always find this so weird, because...I don't know, clothes are one thing. Clothes, Uchenna and Joyce won't miss that much, and they can probably have back when Gretchen and Meredith aren't using them, even. But money? When you're competing, and you're being asked to directly cut into your funds for the express purpose of helping other people pay for trains and such and not be eliminated? It's just weird. Gretchen does a little routine for Brian and Greg in which she says, "We're starting the Save the Rhino fund...and that's no lion." Get it? "No lyin'"? Sigh. Anyway, Greg and Brian laugh generously, even though it's not funny, because it's the nice thing to do. Several of the teams give them a little money. Rob notes, "She's tough to look at all beat up like that," but he also says that he's not giving them money. "They're the biggest con artists goin'," he says, which I believe was a reference to the fact that they're getting all these other teams to give them money, which is a bit of a weird phenomenon, as I said. Elsewhere, Ray tells Meredith he might cough up a little bit of money later, but not right now before they know what they're going to need for the leg. Also perfectly fair, in spite of the fact that Ray is a dick. Speaking of Ray being a dick, he then says, "Meredith and Gretchen, to me, are sacrificial lambs. I want to see them be eliminated, and I don't want to help prolong this agony for them any longer. I'm just thinking of them." Huh. Well, if he thinks that's funny, it's not, and if he doesn't think it's funny, he's a psycho. Not a great set of choices.
The teams for the 8:00 shuttle are loaded. The guide is nice enough to tell them that even if a lion jumps into the shuttle, they should "freeze and do nothing." Now I ask you -- what are the odds that anyone would behave thusly in that situation? Ron and Kelly, Greg and Brian, and Ray and Deana get ready to take off with their hunks of meat at the ready, to be thrown into the gaping maws of the hungry lions. As the shuttle takes off, Ron comments, "If he jumps on me, Kelly, I'm throwin' him you." Hee. She fails to look amused, which makes her annoying. ["I know it's just me over here, but I'm telling you: Ron is kind of awesome." -- Sars]
Lions! The shuttle stops. Lions approach. The guide instructs the teams to throw the meat, which they do. It's kind of anticlimactic, provided you've ever seen lions eat. The shuttle goes back to the start, and the teams receive their clues. The clues tell them to fly 150 miles to Gaborone, Botswana. There, they'll get a train and then a bus, traveling 440 miles to the site of a giant aardvark statue. Huh. I guess Big Thing Roadside Attractions are universal. The three lead teams take off.