Inside, Rob and Ron get word of the flight Alex just learned about, but also learn of a flight that lands in Lucknow five minutes earlier -- at 9:30 AM. They have the ticket lady get them tickets on that earlier flight, and ask her to do it before the other teams get back. Outside, on the phone, Alex thanks his travel agent. Alex and Lynn congratulate themselves for being so awesome as to get Meredith and Gretchen and Uchenna and Joyce on what is, in fact, the inferior flight. Way to take care of your friends, fellas. And then, as they are outside the airport, Lynn says to Alex, "Tell her [the cell phone lady] not to help any other teams." And they go over, and that's just what they do. "We don't want them to use your phone," Lynn tells her.
So they're total hypocrites, because what they just did is not only exactly what Rob is about to do inside, but it is even more exactly what they have been bitching that he did in the bus station, which they treated like something akin to a war crime. It's completely fascinating to me, this peculiar type of self-delusion, and maybe the reason why I like Rob and Amber is that while they can get up to the same nonsense on rare occasions, their quotient of it seems to be far lower, because they've seen themselves burned by their own comments on television before. It just thrilled me to no end to see Lynn do that, because it ended forever any possibility that he will ever be able to play that card with any credibility, ever again, for the rest of his life. And rightly so. So shut up and run your race, dude, because your "horrible, horrible people" argument is finis, and every time you try to play it, you will only look worse. Oh, and it's even better when Alex says, with great self-satisfaction, "That's how you play the game." Unless you're Rob, in which case it's how you go to hell, I guess. I certainly do get disoriented at Lynn and Alex's Morality Emporium. I think it's all the funhouse mirrors.