After a couple of failed attempts by Lance|Keri and Sam|Dan, Flight Time and Big Easy get their tickets in fourth place. Zev and Justin, who haven't been wasting any time on trial and error, find what they're looking for as we see that the second- and third-place teams are in their cars, excited about going to Tokyo. Gary screams like a girl as he and Matt get their tickets in fifth place. Zev and Justin are out of there in sixth, which doesn't seem entirely fair considering they were the only ones who actually knew what they were doing. "Wow, we avoided total embarrassment," Justin tells Zev on the way to their car. Hey, it's still early. The Globetrotters are also glad to be en route, as are Meghan and Cheyne, who say people are still back there looking for the right license plates. "We are on the Amazing Race!" Matt roars from behind the wheel of the car with his dad. Which, as always, is the signal for the credits to begin.
Sam and Dan are happy to be out of there in seventh place, and Mika and Canaan are right behind them. Brian and Ericka make a failed attempt, and she's already staring to cry, sounds like. Going to be a long race for those two. Lance and Keri blow it again, and as they run back to the fence, Lance tells us in a post-leg interview, "I'm more of a street type of lawyer, so I'm used to adversity. I thrive on adversity." I'm hoping we get lots of chances to see Lance thriving, then. Sam and Dan are already feeling bad for the team that blows this as they drive off. That won't be Garrett and Jessica, because they are leaving in ninth place. Brian and Ericka head out in tenth. Phil tells the remaining two teams -- Lance|Keri and Eric|Lisa, that there's only one set of tickets left. All four of them return to the search, stressed out enough to trigger a "suspenseful" commercial break. The scare quotes are there because I'm not worried at all; so far I don't like either of these teams, so this is really a win-win scenario for me. So far, this season is awesome!
They're all still searching post-ads, and both teams seem to discover the characters in the clue at the same time before getting back to their new, more focused search. "We've been through so much," Lisa pants. I assume she's referring to what they've been through in their lives in general, because so far The Amazing Race, which leads people on adventure-filled chases around the globe, has taken them about a hundred yards. Phil stands patiently on the mat, and ultimately it's Keri who finds the last winning plate. They carry it over to Phil, and Lance waves it in his face, going, "That's right, that's right, come on, baby, you know it's it!" Whoa, that is a hell of a breach of protocol. "That is correct," Phil says sadly, already dreading encountering this tool again, and off they go. Eric and Lisa hug before walking over to take their Philimination like adults. We do get to enjoy the subtitle reading "Eric & Lisa -- Last Place" as they hug again on the mat. Lisa says she was looking forward to this, but "now it's on to the next adventure." Specifically, fleeing the Amazing Men In Black who want to sequester them after less then ten minutes in The Amazing Race. I bet now they wish they were more Zen, right? Eric interviews, "To be the first team eliminated, now the shame, the pain..." Oh, I like where this is going. "...Is gone for everybody else. We took a beating for everybody." Wait, what? "We set them free," Lisa adds. Oh, so they fucked up on purpose? How very generous of them. They sure fooled me, though, running and searching frantically along with everyone else so none of the other teams would ever suspect that Eric and Lisa were giving them a gift. Now pardon me while I get started not missing them. So long, Numero frickin' doce.