Eric and Pink learn that the ATA flight leaves at 11:55 PM and gets in at 6:57 AM the next day. The BQs show up right behind them and learn about the same flight. Dustin asks whether there are any options that are closing soon that they could try to squeeze on. But in fact, both teams wind up getting on that 11:55 PM flight to Oakland. Dustin tells Kandice, though, that they should keep scouting for flights, because Mirna and Charla will find a better flight if there is one. And in fact, Charla and Mirna now arrive at the airport and are told about the 11:55 flight that night. Mirna asks the lady to check other airlines, and the BQs wander by and decide to see if they can hear anything. Mirna is told, though, that all other flights that would get her there sooner are already gone. Robbed of the opportunity to use her sole apparent racing skill, Mirna looks dejected. "I guess we're all on this flight," she says sadly. Don't give up! Maybe there's a large bird who will take you!
There are some pretty shots of Hawaii at night, and then the teams are all boarding the 11:55 PM flight. Pink's boobs are hanging halfway out of her top, as usual, as she talks on the flight about the way it's all stressful and difficult running to the finish line. Somebody was talking to me this weekend about the fact that she seems to have brought no clothes on the race at all except for those too-small tops and leggings. It really is a little strange. She's lucky they didn't spend more time in more conservative cultures, because...even for here, that's a lot of chest to hang out in public. I don't think of myself as a prude about how people dress, but...I've seen women in malls breastfeeding who are showing less boob, to be honest. Eric says he's more nervous here than at any other time, because any little mistakes can be critical. The flight leaves. In the air, Mirna voices over that they "will always find a way to use [their] mental abilities to get ahead." (She has a very loose definition of "always.") Charla, on the other hand, talks about using all their "sweat" and "energy." Eric vows not to take second or third place. He wants the money "or nothing." I don't think they'll actually let you refuse to finish if you're not first, dear.
Commercials. Obligatory gnome, for what I hope is the last time this season.
The plane lands. Eric and Pink are first in line to get off, then Charla and Mirna, then the BQs. The door opens, and there is running through the airport. Mirna drags Charla on her heelies. (Healy's, I know, but...they're like Xerox. It's their own fault.) The teams hop in cabs to the Old Mint. The BQs encourage their driver to pass Eric and Pink's taxi, which he does. In San Francisco proper, the drivers choose slightly different routes to the mint, so Eric and Pink go one way while the BQs go another. The BQs, as it turns out, are the first to find the mint and sprint out of their cab. They run through a brick-lined corridor, where a gentleman in a uniform gives them their clue.