The little plot detail that emerges next is that the BQs, who are holding number four, are considering going for the FF. Logically enough, so are Dave and Mary -- who, you'll remember, have a particular need to come in first. Erwin takes the Roadblock for the *wins, but they start to chat about the fact that Mary and Dave need to get the FF and finish first to avoid that 30-minute penalty and the chance of elimination. At the moment, the BQs are deciding to go for the FF as well. So what happens is that over at the elevator, the *wins tell the BQs that they're going for the FF. It makes sense that they would, of course, since they're set to climb last. The idea here is that if you tell the BQs that someone else is going for the FF, it puts them in the position of having to compete for it, and if they don't get it, then they'll really be screwed -- remember, it's 18 miles away, so you can't just pop over and check and come right back if it doesn't work out. The BQs do indeed retreat from the FF, just as Dave and Mary decide they'd better go for it. So Dave and Mary and the *wins get on the elevator down to the bottom, and once they're in the elevator, Godwin assures them that the *wins aren't really going for it; they were just trying to help Dave and Mary get positioned to get it. At the bottom, the teams trade hugs, but the boys are urging, "Just go, go." It's quite endearing, really. Mary asks some locals how to get to the 6th Ring Road, and she learns that it's right near the 5th Ring Road. Revelation! Mary voices over that the *wins did a great thing for them, and she sets up the dynamic for the episode by noting that she would be really sad if they were eliminated as a result of that decision. As for the *wins, Erwin tells us that they wanted to play the game "a certain way," and that Mary and Dave have been good friends to them.
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