12:00 AM. Lynn and Alex. Alex drains all their accumulated goodwill up to this point by saying that they "want to prove something as a gay couple." Which...first of all, this show has already been won by a gay couple. Not to mention the fact that its first season featured a high-achieving gay couple. Historically speaking, I would go so far as to say being gay mitigates in your favor on this show, in terms of performance. Statistically speaking, people would be within their rights to start out the race going, "Look out for the gay guys; they'll probably kick a lot of heterosexual ass." It's like saying you're going on Survivor to prove something about naked corporate trainers. Oh, and also, Alex says that there's a side of them that's "competitive and edgy and butch." Aside from the fact that one should never self-apply the word "edgy" (see: Dr. Alphabet), I have to say I don't really understand why you'd want to prove you have a side that's "butch." Wouldn't the point be that you don't have to have a side that's butch in order to win? That butch isn't the only valid way to be? Isn't that a better lesson? I mean, not to step on anyone's quasi-inspirational pabulum, because it does make the world go round and everything. Anyway, those two teams of guys take off for the bus station.
At the bus station, Debbie continues to hand out numbers for who's going in what order, as if it's a binding contract. "We are so organized," Lynn gushes. You obeisance-flapping weenie! Rob tells the camera that they're still trying to make the rest of the teams think that they're going to take the same inferior bus the rest of them are planning to take.
12:24 AM. Meredith and Gretchen. Gretchen tells us as they get in their cab that she tends to be screechy -- or, I'm sorry, "emotional" -- and she's been happy to have Meredith there to make her shut up -- or, I'm sorry, "help [her] through things." They arrive at the bus station, and Meredith tips their cab driver, because he doesn't want the International Society of Taxi Drivers to start making with the eye of newt.
12:41 AM. Ray and Deana. Ray puts an interesting, not-very-credible spin on his jerky behavior when he says that because he has a background in sports, he tends to assume that he should go everything alone, and that he needs no help. Because if there's one thing you never learn from sports, it's...teamwork. These are the moments when you have to wonder if he hears himself. He acknowledges treating Deana like "window dressing," and says he shouldn't do that, because it's going to take two people to win. He doesn't add that he also shouldn't do it because whether you are dating "on" or "off," treating other people like "window dressing" is equally dismissive and dickweedy. But there you go.