5:56 AM. Mary and Peach. As they run from the pit stop to a cab, the Fruit voices over that she's been sick, so she's feeling very weak, but she's trying to hang in there. I barely recognize her in this interview with her hair down and a flat-brimmed straw hat on -- the look is kind of Un-Fruit, based on what we've seen so far. It's very Fantasy Island. I think I like it. When they're aboard, the Fruit points out anxiously that Xerox and Blake/Paige are only six minutes back, so if they're going to beat them to the last spot on the first flight, they've got to hustle.
6:02 PM. Speaking of Xerox and Blake/Paige, here they are. Paige is sporting the little Ponytail Horns again over her little blue bandanna, and she also has a camouflage shirt that says, "KAPPA." The entire get-up grabs me, shakes me, and yells, "I AM CUTE AS A BUTTON, DAMMIT!" Put me down, Paige's outfit! Blake, on the other hand, is wearing a black sleeveless shirt and a knit FDNY hat. Pretty obviously, if he's going sleeveless, he doesn't need the hat for warmth, which means he's wearing the hat for effect, which I'm not sure I like. There's a fine line between respectful and crass, and I'd have to know the guy better to know which side he's on.
In the Mary/Fruit cab, Mary is explaining to the driver that they're in a huge hurry, because there are teams right behind them. Back at the pit stop, those teams run for cabs. Blake voices over that he likes being in the middle of the pack, and that although they're doing well, they've been humbled by their misfortunes enough to realize that anything can happen. Even though I don't care too much for this team, that's actually not a bad lesson -- I took the position last season that one of the things that separated good teams from bad teams was the ability to successfully recover after a setback, and certainly that overconfidence can be your downfall, so they at least have this going for them. Xerox climbs into a cab, and Doyin interviews that at this point? It's "eat or be eaten." Gosh. If those are the only options, somebody else can gnaw on Wil, because I get the impression he'd be kinda gamey.
In the Blake/Paige cab, Blake promises an extra 100-rand tip if the driver gets him and Paige to the airport before the other two teams. Then he cackles and twirls his moustache. Okay, not really. Meanwhile, Xerox (which is running a few yards behind Blake and Paige) wonders why, whenever they're tied, they're always a bit behind rather than a bit ahead. I wonder that, too, and I fear that it bodes ill for them. Blake reiterates that Mary and Peach would have left for the airport about three minutes before they did, and his driver repeats that it's no problem -- they'll beat the ladies to the airport. In her cab, the Fruit tells her driver that they don't want him to get a ticket, so if he needs to slow down, he can do that. "We appreciate everything you're doing for us," she says. Fruit, nooooooo! Don't slow down! Blake has bribed his driver! Faster, Fruit, Faster!