Teams have no idea what's in store...zzz...yellow-and-white flags...zzz...sealed envelopes...Exposition Hands, mmmmm. I'm going to run away with the Exposition Hands so that they can spend hours and hours brushing my hair while I bask in the glory of their softness and gentle strength. Marry me, Exposition Hands. I'll keep you in Vaseline Intensive Care for the rest of your life.
Phil explains that "in the pre-dawn hours," Esquire and Danza are getting ready to go. We get into the cabin just as everyone is finishing pulling their clothes on, which means to me that as usual, TV missed the really newsworthy moment, but hey -- what do I know? Brennan eats something, but it's hard to say what. Something shiny. Power Bar? Pop-Tart? Double-A battery? Rob pulls on his black knit hat. (Grumble, whine, damn hat. Looks like he's going to hold up a jewelry store, if you ask me.) Frank lounges. Margarita watches Rob suspiciously (or perhaps hungrily, if you know what I mean, and I think you do). The boys leave the cabin, Rob wearing his marshmallow-man jacket.
4:17 AM. Esquire opens the clue. "Last time we have to do this," Brennan says observantly. The clue tells them to strap on snowshoes and follow flags to a route marker at Takosha Lodge. Phil repeats the clue, as usual, in case you were noisily eating your Grape Nuts when Brennan read it. The route marker at the lodge doesn't open until 8:00 AM. They've got four hours to make their way over, so it doesn't sound like time is a big issue. They strap their snowshoes on over the Spice Girl shoes (tm raygirl) they've been given to wear. As they get ready to go, they find that the batteries in their flashlights have gone dead in the cold. (You know, I don't know if these were flashlights they were carrying or flashlights they were given, but if they were flashlights the teams were given, it seems kinda unfair. Eh, whatever.) Brennan: "Ohhhhhh, tell me what you want, what you really really want, I'll tell you what I want..." Oh, no, sorry. What he actually says is, "The cold drained the batteries, because this is a brand-new set and it's already dead." Wow. A full sentence! Which includes two clauses! And a conjunction! The editors must have been happy with Brennan this week. Perhaps he paid them off. "A lovely start to our final leg," Rob grouses. Rob is easily depressed; have you noticed?