Ron and Kelly are ahead among the elephant teams. Then Rob and Amber, then Meredith and Gretchen -- with Gretchen sitting up on top yelling at everyone to push or get out of the way, depending on where they happen to be standing. Lynn and Alex show up at the elephants. Kelly gets some help from a few locals, and Rob asks Sanjay to tell the people standing around to help them, which he does. It's sort of a mad rush of locals and elephants on wheels and such. Lynn and Alex run by Gretchen, and he calls out, "Oh, Gretchen, you look fabulous!" Heh. And then he says, "This is hi-laaa-rious! I want to ride on top, Alex!" See, I think he would have been a lot of fun if he'd been less of a jerk. They finally get pushing their elephant. Gretchen, meanwhile, notices that she doesn't actually have to ride in the thing, and considers getting out. But instead of actually climbing out, she goes back to yelling at people to push. And the way she keeps hollering "Get out of the way!" certainly would have set off an enormous controversy among Lynn and Alex and their "loose alliance" had it been said by somebody like Rob. Lynn and Alex pass Meredith and Gretchen, as Gretchen reaches right out and tries to grab onto and thwart their elephant from passing. Hey, mitts off, lady. No grabbing. "We have a baaad elephant," she whines loudly. Not a good week for Gretchen, vocally.
Commercials. I love how the government is busy devising new nutritional guidelines while Denny's is deciding that its greasy breakfasts, which are now too large to be accommodated by a mere plate, will have to be in enormous bowls from now on. I wonder where you find the Giant Vat of Hash Browns Swimming In Cheese Sauce in the New Gay Food Pyramid.
When we return, Gretchen is still atop the elephant, and she's still complaining. Some folks come along and help Meredith push, which seems to make Gretchen a little quieter. And I'm certainly all for that. Ron and Kelly are getting help, too, as are Rob and Amber. Gretchen has decided to look her gift elephant-pushers in the mouth, as she disses the little kids who are pushing so valiantly, saying, "We need some big people!" Height-ism!
Uchenna and Joyce's taxi heads for the Fast Forward. Their driver assures them that he knows where he's going, and Uchenna offers extra money if he can get them there in a hurry.
Rob and Amber push their elephant. Rob seems to spot a kid in the crowd, and he starts to talk to him. "Come on, you want to push? You want to push? Push!" He then has the kid by the arm, pulling him over. And then he guides another kid over with a hand on his back. Probably ought to lay off the arm-grabbing of anonymous locals' children, there, dude, whether they look like they want to play or not. I think he was going for a coaching vibe there, but it's dicey without the jerseys that say "Hank's Hard Liquors" on the back. And then, as they go through the streets, Rob says "It's tough organizin' Indian labor." Heh. From a construction guy? Not a surprising sentiment. I suspect he'd tell you that organizing New Englandian labor isn't Mardi Gras, either. Everyone continues to get pushes from the local kids they've recruited.