Cathi and Bill (remember them?) are finally back where they started, and they find someone to translate the correct billboard for them. That accomplished, the subtitle "Currently in last place" appears on the screen with a gong sound effect, as though to remind us that this breakthrough isn't such great progress at all.
But Liz is still stalled, at a loss. "Maybe I'm dyslexic," she says helplessly on her way back to the pay phone for the umpteenth time. "It's a phrase!" Marie screams. That's it, I'm making a "Free Liz" t-shirt.
As usual, an ad break is what it takes to shake things loose, so at least they're done and out of there before Bill and Cathi show up. But not long before, according to the editing.
Ron and Bill have arrived at the dragon boats in eighth place, and here come the showgirls as well, excited to have caught up with another team. Yes, they've clawed themselves all the way up to ninth place.
Cut to Cathi getting ready for her first attempt at the Road Block, complete with the Poignant Edit Of The Sweet But Doomed. Bill talks about their 41 years of marriage and the importance of mutual support. He has confidence in her, and sure enough, she gets the phrase right on the first try. And she's happy that they get to take a cab to the next place. Could they actually close the gap? Of more than four hours?
Ethan and Jenna arrive at the mat as team number four. Bill and Ron are on their way to the Pit Stop, having finished the boats in eighth place. The showgirls are also done rowing, still in ninth. Amani and Marcus arrive at the mat in fifth place. Liz and Marie make it to the boats and set out, just hoping they're not in last place. Then there's a four-way race to the mat, with Zac getting there first, followed closely by his dad Laurence, then Andy, then Tommy. Phil gets them properly arranged, and so Zac & Laurence are Team number six, and the snowboarders are team number seven. The twins finish the boats in tenth place. Ron and Bill arrive as team number eight, and then Kaylani and Lisa as team number nine, much to their excitement. "You had a rough start to this race?" Phil prompts them. Lisa says they thought it was over, and Kaylani says it was "quite the journey." They each hold up their passports for Phil, and Kaylani interviews, "I guess that's why they call it the Amazing Race, because you really never know what's gonna happen. It's not over till it's over." And sometimes, as we're discovering more than once tonight, it's not even over then.