8:50 AM. Boston. They start to hurry away from the pit stop, but they realize that they're waiting for a noon flight, so they've got nothing to rush for. "It stinks being down low," Chris mopes. Blah blah blah, they're going to get their "competitive juices" going, "kick ass," yap yap yap. They get in a cab. I silently pray that we don't have to see too much of Chris and Alex's "competitive juices," because there are some things I just don't need to know about, and that's one of them. In fact, in the book where those things are written, that's underlined and highlighted.
8:51 AM. Jeebus. Russell reads the clue and refers to Namibia as "Nambia." The chorus of Amazing Race fans yelling, "That's Namibia, jackass!" at their televisions is so powerful that it flattens poorly constructed buildings in countries around the world. They're off. Cyndi says that "all the teams that are left are very, very, very aggressive." She says you don't have to play mean to win. She says, specifically, "We believe God that we can win and not compromise." This is exactly the part of their approach I can't agree with, and she's actually summed it up very nicely. I would believe that God tells you not to compromise your principles. But I don't see God making you any promises that you can win the million bucks without compromising. In fact, any God who tells you that sticking to your principles isn't going to have its potential monetary and pragmatic downside would be misleading you. I would think God would tell you to be a good person, and if that means you don't win the million bucks, then so be it, because what really matters is what kind of person you choose to be, not whether you win a million dollars. I suspect they believe this, too, if they have more than a ten-second sound bite to explain it, but it's comments like this that make me a little jumpy.
9:00 AM. There goes the first charter. Gary says that they were happy to be in the top tier of teams getting out on the first flight. Man, the Weasel still has that hat on. When will the torture end?
Boston and Jeebus arrive at the airport. Paige re-exposits their position in the second bunch. In Paige's interview, you can see that her fleece pullover has the "Team Mycoskie" logo. Team Guido's lawyer begins preparing their complaint for copyright infringement. There's also a little close-up in here of Alex's shoulder. Me: "[Eye roll.] Oh, not."