But there's no way they're going to make up the deficit between themselves and the Siblings. "Nick and Starr, you know where you are?" Phil asks them gravely. Stop with the rhyming, Phil. "Last?" Starr says nervously. Phil informs them that they are in fact team number three. Nick's never been happier to hear that.
The sun is low in the sky behind Phil and the greeters as Dan and Andrew jog up, still wearing their shoes. Phil breaks the news: "Andrew and Dan, you are the last team to arrive. I'm sorry to tell you... you're still in the race." Oh, Phil. You're such a scamp this week. And I'm sure you're not as sorry as I am. The Frat Boys chuckle at the fact that when they finally ended up with the last-place finish they so richly deserved, it was a non-elimination leg. Phil explains to them about the Speed Bump, which you'll recall is an extra task that only Dan and Andrew will have to do at some point during the next leg.. I'm sure they'll still find a way to do it slower than everyone else.
How screwed are they? Andrew: "We're low on money and we've got a Speed Bump." Dan: "We need a miracle to not be eliminated." You'd think they'd be out of miracles by now. In fact, they've survived this long primarily by always beating one team that was lamer than they are, except for the times they beat teams that weren't. But Andrew is happy to be an underdog. "People like seeing the underdogs win," he says.
Next week: Prepare to be disappointed.
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