In the dervish room, there are indeed five people spinning in a large, otherwise basically empty space. They wear white robes with full well, "skirts" that billow out as the dervishes spin. The posture involves the head tipped to one side, the arms held out, and the remarkable ability to spin in one spot without gradually working your way across the floor like an unbalanced washing machine. Uchenna declares it "beautiful," which I don't know if I'd call it "beautiful." I'd certainly call it "interesting." The expressionless faces, however, make me a little uneasy. The clue box just inside the door of the room beckons, and when Uchenna and Joyce read the clue, it instructs them to fly to London. Phil explains that this is about 2000 miles, but doesn't mention what's really noteworthy about it, which is that this is apparently the first time the teams will not actually continue east all the way around the world, but will double back, doing more like a north-south tour. I understand normal people don't care, but obsessive race-trivia freaks such as myself? We care a great deal. The clue instructs them, once they get to London, to find the crosswalk made famous on a Beatles album cover. They'll have to figure out that they need Abbey Road, and then that's where the next clue is. They take one more look at the dervishes and leave. In the cab, Uchenna comes up with Abbey Road, and Joyce thinks that sounds right.
11:57 PM. Meredith and Gretchen. As they leave, Gretchen talks about what a "thrill" it is for them to be the oldest couple ever to be this deep into the race. They hop in a cab and head for the train station as she says that they just wanted to make it a few legs in without "embarrassing [them]selves" -- super attitude! -- and here they are, in the final four. I will give them this much -- I certainly wouldn't have called it, these people in the final four.