After the ads, we get to see that again a few times, then Brook asks Claire if she's okay. "I can't feel my face," Claire says with admirable clarity, considering. "I have the worst headache ever." Brook's sure of that, and when Claire asks what's next, Brook's like, keep going. She gives Claire this rueful sucks to be you kind of nod and says, "They don't call it The Amazing Race for nothin'." Which would be a more convincing argument if this show were actually called Massive Head Trauma. What amazes me about this is that I'm always seeing overkill with safety equipment on this show. Everyone's always having to put on helmets and harnesses and goggles and whatnot every time they undertake something that could even conceivably be dangerous. And here poor Claire, with no more protection on her head than a newborn babe, slingshots herself in the face with a watermelon. If her luck doesn't improve, she's going to have a very short race.
Jonathan and Connor pass Chad and Stephanie in the moat, which Chad describes as humbling. Doesn't stop him from calling them "the nerds," though.
Rachel is still launching melons while Brook waits for Claire to recover. Connor is riding the horse, saying. "I should have gone to the bathroom." Heh. Claire is now holding an ice pack to her face, and Brook tells us, "You can't blame her. I mean, the girl got whacked in the face with a watermelon." She tries to keep a serious, sympathetic straight face through this speech, but can't keep from cracking up a little right at the end there. Even Katie and Rachel are impressed as Claire gets back up and tries some more. "I am so scared of watermelons. This is horrible," Claire says. Can't she even get a catcher's mask? Oh, right, they're in England. What about a wicket-keeper's mask or something, I don't know?
Connor's still working on it, and Claire's first post-concussion attempt is really close. Rachel bounces a melon off her target, but not hard enough to knock it down. Brook keeps telling Claire how proud of her she is, and Claire actually gets it on the second try. It's obvious that the camera operator didn't think that was going to happen, but it's just as well that the shot focused on her determined face rather than the impact. They run over to the jester, with Brook still prattling away, "She got whacked in the face with a watermelon!" Even the jester, who was one of the first people to rush over to Claire right after the mishap, remarks as he hands over their clue, "That was one heck of a hit you took!" Jesters are always supposed to speak the truth, after all. As they run across the grass, Brook is still gushing, "You are the coolest girl I've ever met in my entire life!" And Claire is still saying, "I can't feel my face."