Rob and Sheila follow them in, just seconds behind them. So there are four teams still at the mat when the greeter welcomes them to Shanghai. Phil tells Jaymes & James that they are indeed team number ten, which makes Rob & Sheila the last team to arrive. And thus they're the first to be Philiminated, which clearly comes as an unwelcome shock. Phil says something sympathetic, but he shouldn't worry; Rob's a lumberjack and he's okay. Rob interviews, "In the race, every second counts. And today, fifteen of them were the difference between us staying and going home." Sheila says it's hard to lose that way. "But my biggest fear coming on the race with Rob is that we may have conflict during the race." But fortunately those fears proved unfounded, as 24 hours wasn't enough time for his type-A controlling asshole nature to come through? Way to find the bright side, Sheila. They and the greeters exchange thank yous before Team Lumberjack does the season-inaugural walk of shame from the mat, and Sheila's interview continues, "He's been fabulous. He's the best partner I could have ever chose to be on the race with." Rob corrects, "You didn't choose me. I chose you." Well, at least they're gone before we had to start making up "Free Sheila" buttons.
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