Dana|Adrian and Monique|Shawne both seem to have cabdrivers who are lost, and having trouble with the concept of uphill. So the next teams to arrive at the clue are Joe|Heidi, Dan|Jordan, and Steve|Allie. Joe, Dan, and Allie, respectively, will be taking the Road Block. Dan says he isn't scared. "I mean, if I fall and something breaks, that's just the way it goes." Okay, then. As Steve starts hauling his and Allie's bag to the meeting point on the far side of the valley, he takes a moment to get choked up about his daughter's balance and courage. Dan joins the two women on the cables, followed by Joe. And there's Allie, too, with their partners all calling encouragement up from below. I should add that there are multiple sets of cables, so it's not like anyone is going to be shaking anyone else off. Brandy decides to take this one for her and Carol, "In about a nanosecond," as Carol says, but then there's a whole montage of Brandy trying not to freak out. Once she's out on the cable, she's the first one who starts shaking. And this looks like a situation where, once you start shaking, the vibration keeps bouncing back to you and amplifying itself. Brandy's in for a long cable-walk.
Caite's already finished, so she and Brent are still in the lead. Phil says that now it's time to use "one of Valparaiso's 120-year-old funiculars, the Ascensor Artilleria" back down the hill to get to their next clue. They leave at a jog. "Funiculars!" Brent says, leaving them no excuse for what they're about to do.
The third bus to Valparaiso is just now arriving. "Drive it like you stole it, my brother," Michael or Louie says to their cab driver as they head out in ninth place. And they would know. Team Nana precedes the Cowboys off the bus. "Don't let her age fool you," Cord says. "She runs marathons, so the drive that she has to have just to keep going has to be amazing." Spoken like someone racing behind her. She and her granddaughter are in tenth, meaning the Cowboys are in last place. This must be difficult for them to adapt to, coming as they do from a sport where a longer time is often a good thing. They quote Speedy Gonzales at their cabbie, who shakes his head. How are kids that age even still seeing those cartoons? he wonders to himself.
Monique|Shawne and Dana|Adrian have finally arrived at the clue. Monique nominates Shawne, and Dana tells Adrian to do it.
She-Jordan is nearly across the cable, but showing signs of fatigue. I'd draw a parallel to her record of never winning any endurance-based Head of Household challenges on that other show, but I can't actually remember and I'm not about to go back and look. He-Jordan says that Dan is doing an awesome job, just before Dan falls off his cable. Don't worry, though -- Dan's still got a grip on his walking cable, and the three safety cords have a grip on Dan. He dangles there, wondering what to do now. He-Jordan calls up, "Try and lift yourself up. Bro, just try and zhuzh yourself along with your hands, or kick your feet up maybe." "Zhuzh"? Queer eye for the straight racer. Dan figures out how to pull himself along the cable with his hands, like that Detour in Prague last season, which he-Jordan loves. Brandy, meanwhile, is making her cables vibrate like guitar strings, praying for help. I bet she'd trade that mechanical failure for a little assist right now.