As Tom and Terry wait out the last few minutes of their penalty, Mary tells them not to worry -- they'll be coming. "I'm waiting on you to walk me back, okay?" she says. "I need something to lean on. I got a sprained foot." It's exactly the right thing to say to them, and I give her huge credit for it.
And here come Duke and Lauren, at a run. Will they make it? Running, rice paddy. Running, rice paddy. They will not make it, because Phil tells Tom and Terry that he can check them in now. In an interview, Tom says they won't let it get to them "what happened today," by which they mean their own failure to RTDC (Read The Damn Clue).
So, here are Duke and Lauren. You are the last team to arrive, and you are eliminated. Lauren immediately starts to cry. Her dad hugs her and kisses the top of her head, just like he's supposed to. Asked what he learned about Lauren on the trip, Duke says that he thinks they learned a lot from each other. "Whatever's going to make her happy, will make me happy," Duke says through sniffles. "Whatever it is." In their post-game interview, Duke says that he thinks they both understand each other better, as family and as human beings. "You almost want to wish this on every parent out there," he says. "Because... " And this is the killer part. Because she's obediently looking at the interviewer, and she doesn't even realize that her dad isn't looking at the interviewer and isn't trying to think of the next thing he's going to say. He's just stopped, and he's gazing at her from behind, from over her shoulder, staring at her with a little smile. And she doesn't even know until he grabs her shoulder, pulls her over, and kisses her on the cheek. She smiles comfortably and turns back to look at him. Whoa. That one was a coup for whomever ran that interview, I'll tell you that.
Executive Producer? Jerry Bruckheimer.
Next week: Oh, who knows? But Peter will probably continue to bug, that's a pretty good guess.