Still stuck in traffic, Laurence yells out the car window for directions. "She's bloody useless," he crabs when help doesn't come detailed or fast enough. Jeremy and Sandy have found the cashed U-Turn (and we're in last place), Jeremy adds, but at least now they're headed for the Pit Stop. Laurence and Zac, on the other hand, are still becalmed -- at least until Laurence puts the car in gear and zooms up the breakdown lane while Zac facepalms in the back seat. That's asking for a penalty, isn't it? Meanwhile, Jeremy seems confident he can get them back to the freeway. Laurence narrates, "This is a game of the unexpected and we've had a lot of unexpected things today. Believe me, I am pretty anxious right now." Jeremy thinks they're closing in. So does Laurence. Telltale long-distance shot of the boat, followed by an equally telltale POV shot of the camera careening toward Phil and the greeter, and it's... Jeremy and Sandy, staying in the race to get lost another day. They're amazed to still be in it, and Sandy interviews that it'll be more competitive with only five teams left. Jeremy thinks they just need to focus on themselves. I think they just need to quit circling the drain already.
Let's hear that merry accordion tune some more as Laurence and Zac finally make it in and are, unsurprisingly, Philiminated. "That's a bit of a shame," Laurence says brightly. Zac says they got lost for two hours, but they had a good run. In their post-leg interview, they each lie that it was great to have each other on the team. On the mat, Laurence promises Phil that he'll go around the world more slowly next time. "Maybe in a yacht," he says with a forced chuckle. He interviews post-leg that it's not all about the money, and Zac agrees, "Some of the poorest people I've met around the world are some of the most generous and happy people." Then he says he wouldn't have chosen anyone else to do the race with. Not even someone more generous and happy?
M. Giant is a Minneapolis-based writer with a wife, a son, and a number of cats that seems to have settled at around two. Learn waaaay too much about him at Velcrometer, follow him on Twitter, or just e-mail him at M.Giant[at]gmail.com.