Otherwise Bopper's reversal of position makes no sense, five attempts after he started trying to talk Mark out of continuing at all. And I'm actually okay with this. Yes, Bopper got on my nerves early on by being so damn loud and aggressively Southern, but either these two have grown on me or I've realized that they're the only team left in the race that hasn't gotten embroiled in a bunch of ridiculous schoolyard bullshit. Furthermore, someone clearly forgot to tell the director in charge of this challenge that when it comes to dancing tasks on The Amazing Race, close is worth even more than it is in horseshoes. I can't remember the last time anyone had to do more than four tries at a dance, let alone thrice that. Anyway, back in the tent, Bopper chokes out, "Let's take what's been given to us right now." Together, Mark and the choreographer manage to cajole Mark into giving it another try. At least his sweat-soaked pajamas will have cooled off a bit in the minutes since he took them off, so that'll be kind of refreshing, in a completely disgusting way.
In a post-leg interview, Mark says that they might at least make their kids proud that they finished the leg and "didn't quit on nothin'." With that, he goes out for one more try, to great applause from his dance squad, and interviews while staring directly into the camera, "I hope it proves to my kids that their daddy loves them more than anything in this world." In other words: No, Mark Junior, you may not use the car tonight. Or ever. Bopper proudly says from the sidelines, "Glad to see him get back up there. Shake that leg, baby." Mark goes through his twelfth attempt, and while he messes up a step near the end, twelve tries is indeed apparently enough to satisfy the director, who runs up waving the clue. A thirty-person group hug on the stage ensues, and Bopper happily lies, "That boy can dance!" No, my eyes aren't watering, yours are. I'm pretty sure I know exactly what just happened and I don't care.
They read the clue sending them to the Indian Coffee House and run to the tent. "Let's get you some clothes on, brother!" Bopper says. The rest of their leg is shown in the style of a farewell montage, as Bopper says the race has challenged both of them, and that they're the underdogs. Bopper drives the slalom course, his leg holding up well enough for him to operate all three pedals, and we see misty water-colored flashbacks from earlier in the race: Mark skydiving, the two of them jumping with the Masai, Bopper showing his remaining teeth to the camera, Mark finishing the bottle dance in the third leg. Bopper continues, "We've given it 150% at everything we've ever done, so we can hold our heads up high with that. I'd have never been given this opportunity in my life if it hadn't been for the race, you know."