Nick and Vicki are team number six, and are thrilled to have slipped back a place.
Jonathan and Connor struggle through the snow to the encampment, and the other teams are pretty happy to see them, obvs. "Hopefully they're not frigging Boy Scouts or something," Katie says. Jonathan interviews that they were thrilled to still have a chance, seeing two other teams still there. While Connor works on the inside of the tent, Jonathan asks him, "Having fun in there?" "Pitching a tent," Connor says. The fail-gong accompanies a shot of the Sami females clearly thinking, That's what she said. Chad and Stephanie are done, and the judges are happy, but not as happy as they are to get their clue in seventh place. "I'm sorry I disappointed you," Stephanie says as they drive off. "You didn't disappoint me," Chad says generously. Easy to say now. I'd be more impressed with his maturity if he said that after getting Philiminated. In fact, he should feel free to hang around until the other teams check in, just to prove it to me.
Katie and Rachel light the fire in their tent, but the Sami judge tells them, "No, not really matching." They have to try again, while Jonathan and Connor seem to be closing in.
Chad and Stephanie come to the mat, Chad hefting that ice slab on his shoulder. Yeah, no way is that really ice. He sets it down with a thud, and Phil tells them they're team number seven. Phil remarks on how happy Stephanie is about that, and she admits she was afraid she would lose it for them. Chad says he shouldn't have pushed her so much, "but we did it, and here we are, still in the race." Well, clearly he learned his lesson.
Katie and Rachel have another look at the example and figure they have the rocks arranged incorrectly around the fireplace. They hurry to wrap it up, whispering about Team Glee, "We are so much better than them." Not today, they aren't. Although they certainly didn't slip in the rankings as much as Jonathan and Connor did. The singers are almost done, but Katie and Rachel have gotten the okay and their clue, in eighth pace. Jonathan and Connor are still struggling as the girls drive off. Connor gets the fire going, and soon they're racing to the Pit Stop in last.
While driving, Katie and Rachel talk about how they thought they were in last. Jonathan says they did their best and it's not over yet. Rachel says they're cutting it close. "We never gave up," Jonathan says, making poignant use of the past tense. Connor reminds him that anything can happen. Except making it to their graduation, that is. They both seem to spot the Pit Stop from the road at the same time, but then Katie and Rachel are seen carrying their ice block to the mat, so they can't be that close behind. When they arrive, Phil tells them, "By the skin of your teeth you are still in this race." I think I figured out why they came here in the summer; here at the Arctic Circle, you can't tell when the last few teams don't check in until nighttime. Obviously it's not dark out right now, but the sun looks nearly horizontal, which might be as dark as it gets there this time of year. "You cut it real close," he tells them as they share an eighth-place hug. Another leg with a lot of churn in the rankings, which unfortunately was needed again because most of the challenges weren't as interesting to watch as they probably were to do.