Mel, Mike, Margie, and Luke are still froghunting. "My muscles will be sore for years, but I'm fine," Mel insists. Margie finds a frog, which means things are not looking good for the Whites.
The sun goes down, and it's dark at the Perry monument when Gary and Mallory show up as team number two. "That's okay," Mallory says in the tone that normal people use when hearing the best news of their lives. Next are the Globetrotters, in third place.
Out in the country, the sky's getting dark as Cara interviews that this is the closest that they've ever been to the bottom. "We just really wanted this day to end." Oh, it will.
The Whites are feeling the same way. It's dark, and getting colder, and Mel is exhausted. Mike tries to get him to stop, but Mel says, "I'd rather die here with you than home in bed. I'm sorry." Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
Ron and Christina are team number four. "Christina, you don't look so happy," Phil obviouses. She explains to him about the fanny pack issue with the Globetrotters. "If it was an innocent mistake they should have at least brought it back up to the mountain, because that delayed us significantly." Rather than telling her that shit happens and she should suck it up and the Globetrotters didn't come tattling to him when Jen delayed the retrieval of their car, Phil says, "I can totally understand why you're feeling upset." And then he adds, "So I'm going to give the Globetrotters a thirty-minute penalty, and that puts you in third place." Okay, two things. Number one: as we're hearing him saying this, the camera is pointed at Ron and Christina, and the audio quality makes it clear that Phil's declaration was looped in later, after what I'm sure was some debate among the producers. I mean, Phil's great and all, but I doubt he's empowered to go throwing around penalties, especially when it's a gray area like this. Which brings me to number two: is this really necessary? I get the penalty for interfering with other teams, but this wasn't intentional, and although they could have tried harder to make it right, it's not like they purposely messed someone else up. I'd be more upset about this if I thought it would make a fart's difference in a windstorm. Pretty much the only practical change will be Ron and Christina's new subtitle naming them as the third-place team. Christina interviews that they like to play the game honestly, "and if the tables were turned I'm sure they'd do the same thing." Sure, ask Jen and Kisha.