Back with the people who are still in the race, Lance says he can't believe they came so close to elimination. "But you're the one who was supposed to read the clue," he points out, laughing to show he's not just being a jerk. I'm not buying it. And to her credit, Keri doesn't seem to be either.
As we arrive at LAX, Phil says the first six teams will be on an AA flight leaving at 12:45. The other five teams will leave on United at 1:15. With the acquisition of the tickets out of the way, the teams can start getting to know each other, as is customary at the first airport of the season. Zev tells Big Easy -- the bigger of the two Globetrotters, so that's easy to remember -- that his job is playing basketball for the Harlem Globetrotters. What a coincidence. Big Easy laughs and says he's an MIT grad. Marcy tells Gary|Matt and Meghan|Cheyne that the opening challenge was more intense than childbirth. Watching at home, her presumably adult offspring must be looking forward to not having that held over their heads any more. Big Easy asks Maria and Tiffany about their jobs, and Tiffany claims, "We work with an organization that deals with homeless kids in Los Angeles." What? In an interview, Tiffany says this is a "bluff that we're running...We don't want them to know that we make a lot of money playing poker because we feel like it's going to make them not want to help us so much." Whereas I'm sure they'll be all over trying to help your lying asses when they inevitably find out the truth.