After the ads, that's all Adrian needed to hear; he and Dana go to the podium to check on different flights. Fortunately there is one -- leaving in about an hour, through Miami. Sound familiar? "Better that than losing the day," the agent correctly points out. From where he and Jordan are sitting, Jeff sees what's going on, and Jordan asks if they should do the same. And in case you didn't see them on Big Brother last season, I'm just going to tell you right now that this is going to be their dynamic for the season. They make the swap, as do Monique and Shawne.
"Oh, suh-nap!" he-Jordan says as they see the former lead teams arriving, just as boarding is about to begin. Level playing field, table for 22. "There is that mechanical failure I was praying for," Brandy says to their faces, but everyone has a good laugh. She should be clear that she was praying for it to happen on the ground.
"Is this your first time out of the country?" Jeff asks Jordan as they walk down the jetway. She just laughs shyly. So I guess he didn't take her to Hawaii after all. The plane takes off, and the Amazing Red Line goes over to Miami, then threads the needle between Guatemala and Brazil before alighting in Santiago. No sign of China. Phil narrates that upon landing, they next have to hop buses to Valparaiso, sixty miles away. And it's a funicular town, as we see. The Amazing Race can never resist a funicular. "Valparaiso is known as the San Francisco of South America," Phil announces, in reference to the steep hills of the coastal city. When they get there, they'll have to get to the top of something called the Ascensor Villaseca to find their next clue.
So everyone lands in Santiago, and there's a bit of a scramble for buses, which fortunately for them are very clearly marked. You have to pay the driver. Jordan|Jeff, Brent|Caite, Dana|Adrian, and Monique|Shawne are all on the first bus, leaving at 12:15. Yikes, that sounds like it's almost been a full day since they left L.A. A bunch more teams are about to get onto a 12:20 bus, but Jet and Cord run into trouble trying to pay with Brazilian reals. "Should I admit this?" Jet asks in an interview. "You should," Cord says. Jet admits, "The closest thing they had to Chilean money in Los Angeles was Brazilian money." Carol and Brandy feel bad for them, but not bad enough to hang around with them while they go back into the airport to change their reals into something they can use. As they shouldn't. That means Carol and Brandy are the only ones on the 12:20 bus, and they know of at least three teams behind them. As Jet and Cord finally get on the same bus with Team Undercover, and Jody|Shannon, Jet observes, "Apparently you're better off in Chile with American money than you are with something else. Brazilian money, that doesn't work here." I fear they are not long for this race, unless they have learned their lesson that you can't really get away with rounding to the nearest country.