In the Gary/Dave SUV, they're pulling up to the General Dealer.
Phil shows us the Brown Desert Highway again, clarifying for anyone who isn't paying any attention at all that everyone is making their way through the desert of Namibia. He catches us up with the fact that Oswald and Danny are in front (with the FF). Other leaders are Taraweasel and Gary and Dave. In the middle, we have Mary and the Fruit, Blake and Paige, and Jeebus. Trailing are Xerox and Boston.
Blake and Paige spot the flag and give a big "wooo." Don't overdo the "woo," Blake and Paige. "This is it, baby, this is when we start coming back," he intones. "Team Mycoskie, we're going to take control of this game." Ew. There's a real stink starting to come from this team, and it's not the sweet smell of success.
Honestly, I am just figuring out what gives me a bad feeling about Blake and Paige, and that's that I can't get a read on their personalities at all. I get nothing from her at all -- if you thought Brennan didn't talk, Paige makes him look like the president of Toastmasters. As for Blake, everything he says strikes me as false, but I'm not sure whether it actually is. It's like looking at a puppet show -- I just can't read them one way or another. Combine that with the weird curse they seem to have following them around, and they just start to seem a little creepy.
Xerox is lost. Sigh. They stop and ask someone where the Matterhorn sand dune is, and a woman tells them it's "in the desert." They thank her anyway.
Russell and Cyndi on the sandboard. He's at the bottom already, waiting for her. "Please don't wipe out," he chants to himself as he watches her. Heh. As she slides to a stop at the bottom, she has a wonderful open-mouthed expression on her face. Aw -- go, Cyndi.
Taraweasel, arriving at the woodcarvers' market. Excellent singing and dancing, and two guys sitting under a tree. The clue at the McFlag is for this week's Roadblock. The clue says that the person performing the Roadblock should "know his animals." That is a really crappy clue, given what the Roadblock turns out to be, which is buying five specified animal carvings from the market, and bargaining the price down as low as possible in order to conserve your money. They have to buy a lion, an elephant, a rhino, a buffalo, and a leopard, which Phil describes as "Africa's Big Five animals." I didn't even know Africa had a Big Five Animals designation. Maybe someday they'll let in a zebra or something, but they'll keep calling it the Big Five Animals, and then it'll be just like the Big Ten, in which it is now possible to finish eleventh. What was I saying? Oh. Anyway, after they buy their animals, they have to bring them to a bushman sitting under a tree, who will give them a great big wooden giraffe as well as their clue.