Last week's psych-out episode picks up at the mat, where Phil is handing out additional clues. The teams bunch up for a long train ride, and then find themselves facing an elephant-pushing Detour option that brings out the coercive, mean-camp-counselor qualities in Rob and the poorly thought-out elephant-climbing tendencies of Gretchen. Uchenna and Joyce, however, bail on the Detour in favor of the Fast Forward, a repeat of the ever-popular head-shaving stunt that has been turned down before -- only this time, they do it. Of course, it's nothing for Uchenna, but Joyce says goodbye to all of her hair, winds up looking rather lovely, really, and gets much love from her husband/boyfriend, to the swooning delight of the masses. A camel-racing Roadblock stresses out everyone who tries it, but ultimately, Ron and Kelly emerge just ahead of Rob and Amber. A race to the mat between those two teams to finish behind Uchenna and Joyce results in a near-tie, with Ron and Kelly apparently edging out Rob and Amber by about a step. It seems inevitable that Meredith and Gretchen will take their long-delayed powder at this point, and that Lynn and Alex will ride their bitch session into the final four, but much to the surprise of seasoned, cynical viewers, it is Meredith and Gretchen surviving yet another leg and Lynn and Alex feeling the pain of Philimination, thanks to a few lost minutes considering the Fast Forward and then an abortive trip to a pit stop that wasn't. So long, fellas. Don't choke on the dust you're eating.
Credits. Gretchen looks purty in the credits. It just goes to show that everyone looks better when her face isn't covered with scabs. [BOMP.]
Commercials. Okay, the Michelin man is creepy enough. The Michelin dog? Really not appropriate. There's a fine line between lovable cartoon imps and nightmarish monsters of marketing.
Aaaaand, Lucknow! Rob and Amber relive their moment of running past a clothesline where the day's sheets and blankets are drying and stepping up to the mat where Phil is waiting. Again, he tells them that they probably think the leg is over, and then he tells them that it's not, and that he's got their next clue. "You're still racing," he says. They recover fairly quickly, and they rip the clue. It tells them to go to the train station across the street, where they'll board a train and wait for a clue. The transportation spoon-feeding certainly is continuing in full force. Now they're not even saying, "Go here." Just, "If we give you directions, you'll just lose them, so get on this thing and don't ask any questions." Rob and Amber, "Currently in 1st Place," head outside and across the street.
Ron and Kelly approach the mat on their bicycle rickshaw, and Kelly interviews that of course, when they heard that there would be a mat and Phil, they assumed there was a pit stop. Because...for a person who presumably once applied Aqua Net to individual hairs, she is surprisingly not so detail-oriented. We watch as they head up the stairs and land on the mat. Phil hands them their clue, and they open it and go. Heading in next are Uchenna and Joyce, and when they get the news, Joyce works up some phony indignation and says, "What a trick!" Because she's awesome already. They rip the clue and go. Joyce tells us that they were, and I am quoting directly, "like, 'Whaaat?'" And she says it in a high, squeaky voice, too. God. I'm like that every day.