ClownJon and Al run through the entrance and to the mat. They step up. Phil tells them that they're the last team to arrive, and they look down miserably. "You do need to know," he says, causing their heads to snap up, "that another team made a mistake and received a penalty," but then he goes on to explain that the penalty isn't enough to put the other team behind them. "You've both been eliminated from the race." They hug. Phil asks Al whether he's proud of his partner, and Al talks about how ClownJon rocks, and is the bomb, and everything else we've learned about him in the last ten weeks or so. "He's definitely a role model," Al says. Aw. ClownJon says that they went in with a positive attitude, and while it didn't work out, they gave it their best. "I hope I set a good example for my kids," he says, "to never give up on your dream, to push one hundred percent and believe in yourself, and you can achieve anything in life." It is a rare, rare person who can be on TV for almost three months and then pull off a speech like that without looking like a complete ninny, but BuffClownJon is definitely the exception. As they head off and meet up with the other teams at the pit stop, the clowns receive a round of applause and hugs all around. "It's just a phenomenal experience," Al says as they head off into the sunset.
But enough with relentlessly classy people -- let's get back to the finalists, whee! Reichen says that the competition is severe. Jeff says that everybody who doesn't win gets nothing. Kelly says her eagle eye is watching out for the Chipsters. Chip promises "pushing and shoving," while Reichen offers "clawing and ripping at each other." Chicka-bamp. "You haven't seen anything yet," says David.
Executive Producer? Jerry Bruckheimer.
Next week: Kangaroos. Arguing. Spaghetti straps (Kelly only). Threatened punching. Horses. Helmets. Chip running over Reichen's foot with the car. Bad navigation. A buggy overturned. It's almost over now, folks, so if you haven't made your plans for the finals, it's time to make them now.