The sisters finally walk through a gate in a stone wall and see Phil from a completely different direction than before. "He was there the whole time!" Which is an accurate statement, but hopefully they just gave the producers the idea to put Phil on a trailer with a roving mat that the racers will have to chase down at the end of each leg. Misa and Maiya make their final, exhausted run up to the mat, and the male greeter is all but laughing in their faces as Phil somberly Philiminates them. He points across the courtyard where they first entered it and informs them, "You were standing right there." Maiya assures Phil that they were looking for them, and Phil rubs it in, "We have never had that happen before, where a team has been that close to the mat while another team has managed to overtake them like that." They're in denial, and make excuses about their focus and tunnel vision. Maiya, who said there would be no crying, is now crying. "I think she needs a hug," Phil remarks. Not sure if he's disappointed when Misa acts on it. Misa interviews that it's disappointing to go out this way. "We've proven that we have a lot of heart," Maiya says tearfully, "But it's just the hardest thing, knowing that sometimes that's not enough." Not when you do literally everything else in the leg wrong, it's not. Blame it on tunnel vision if you will, but those two fell to eleventh place three separate times in the first leg. They were never going to last anyway. And now I'm stuck indefinitely with two Rachels, two Daves, a guy with quotation marks in his name, and a fistful of blowhards.
And then there's a preview of the upcoming season that would seem to imply that Brendon and Rachel don't look like pulling an Ethan and Jenna any time soon.
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