Brendon and Rachel get to the Pit Stop as team number two, and are pretty happy about it, but this story is no longer about the other teams and hasn't been for a while. Back at the Roadblock, where the actual episode is continuing to happen, Mark sits with his head in his hands. He interviews that he reevaluated what was important in his life, namely his kids. "It got very, very, very emotional." Bopper supportively rubs Mark's head, and Mark tearfully decides, "I got three kids I gotta raise. I'm going home. Is that all right?" Isn't that what Bopper's been saying, Blood? In other words, he's done. He interviews, "Is a million dollars worth not walking my kids down the aisle? Is a million dollars worth not being able to go to my young-uns' ball games? And I just come to the conclusion that it wasn't." He heads back to the changing tent and into his third out of three commercial breaks. I think we've all just learned a very important lesson, and it's this: there are parts of the country where people still say "young-uns."
But Mark's choreographer has followed him there, trying to get him to give it just one more try. Are the instructors on commission or something? Mark is resolute, saying he's going back to his kids, while. Bopper looks on tearfully.
Art and JJ make it to the mat and are the third team to arrive, which is clearly better than they thought. "That's the most excited you've ever seen a third-place team in your life, Phil!" Art says. It's certainly the most excited we've ever seen those two about being in anything other than first place. Vanessa and Ralph run up right behind them and are checked in as team number four. I'm going to start calling them Team Penultimate if this keeps up much longer.
Back at the college, with the only team who has yet to reach the mat, or indeed complete a single task of this leg, Bopper asks Mark if he's okay. Mark doesn't know, so Bopper suggests he put the costume back on and give it one more shot for their kids, "Then we'll be out of here." Wait, what? Okay, actually that question I just asked is totally disingenuous. It's not stated or shown, but I think it's pretty clear what's going on here: a decision has been made at some level to give Mark the clue if he can just get through one more attempt, no matter what. And I think Bopper is either privy to that discussion or figured it out on his own, but either isn't allowed to tell Mark or doesn't want to. And Mark is too heat-addled right now to come to a similar conclusion.