Margie suggests to Luke that he work with Jaime. Which is not generally something you see on the final task of The Amazing Race. They call each other over, and they just happen to meet over a board from the Church of San Antonio. "I don't remember seeing Jesus on the first one," Jaime says as she brings it back, but then remembers, "Oh, God, we did see Jesus on the first one, at the church!" For all the good it did her. And since that was the only one she still had missing, she's done. As she's handed her clue, Cara calls out for her to wait, and Jaime replies, "I know, I'm going to! I will, because I never would have remembered Jesus." Well, clearly. She runs back to her fence, and one at a time, flips her boards around so Luke can see them. The final one, the skewered scorpions, tell him what he's looking for. Their work here finished, the cheerleaders run to their van, Jaime berating herself for forgetting Jesus. I think that's kind of her theme for the whole Race, right there.
Luke finishes, and they're out of there. "Congratulations, here's your clue!" says Luke's surfer girl as though she hasn't been tormenting him for the last nine hours. It's lucky that his is the cutest one, since she was the one who got the most screen time out of all three of them. In the cab, with the task over, Luke breaks down, but Margie tells him to think positive. He just looks like he's positive they're about to lose.
"I'm sorry I forgot the church," Jaime says tearfully to Cara in the seat behind her. Cara's not having that. "I am not anything but proud of you and us," she insists firmly. They're like The Odd Couple, attitude-wise. Margie hugs Luke and tells him he did his best, and to be proud of himself. Good luck with that.
Ocean. Beachfront hotels. A single white taxi-van cruising down the highway, with Team Family Law inside, Tammy biting her thumbs in barely contained excitement. And then we're on the golf course with the ocean in the background, with a giant mat, and Phil, and eight other teams waiting and applauding: Brad and Victoria. Amanda and Kris. Mark and Michael. Tammy and Victor come running into view over the embankment surrounding the parking lot and down the steep, paved path onto the course. Linda|Steve. Mel|Mike. Still coming. Jodi|Christie. Jen|Kisha, all clapping and cheering, and Tammy and Victor run onto the mat and hug each other tightly. Phil puts a hand on Tammy's shoulder and recites his litany over the din: "Three continents, nine countries, forty thousand miles, Tammy and Victor, you are the official winners of the Amazing Race. Congratulations, you have won the one million dollars!" More hugging, now with crying. Speaking of which, Phil talks to Victor about his emotional involvement in the Race. "You've cried here on the mat, you know, a number of times. What does it mean to you?" Victor says he just tried to enjoy the race and be true to his emotions. He just can't believe that they're here now. Phil turns to Tammy, who he correctly observes is "Standing here, like, shaking your head, looking around, going, where am I, what just happened?" Tammy sums up her complicated feelings at this incredibly significant moment in her life: "I have no pants on!" Big laugh, both around the mat and in the bar where I'm watching this. "You can afford to buy some new ones, don't worry," Phil says. She says that Victor has "pushed me my whole life and...in this race, and I'm just so thankful to be here with him." In a post-Race interview, she says she doesn't think this changed 26 years of their relationship, "but it has helped it progress. When I look back at all the crazy things that I've done, I learned that the nerdy little Asian girl who cold barely hold up her backpack before can do quite a bit." Just don't put a pig in the backpack.