Commercials. I do not appreciate Phil getting involved in ads for my local news team.
Let's just cut to the chase. DJ and Mama jump, just like you knew they were going to. So the Gaghans are SOL and have to go back and do the Detour. When the Gaghans are gone, the Paolos get their clue to the pit stop, which Phil explains is at the Miraflores Locks, the Pacific entrance to the canal. They leave.
In my favorite moment of the episode, probably, Wally and the Tonyas discover that the Fern they picked up to take them to the birds actually has no idea where the birds are -- she just directed the bus to take her to work. Hey, how is she supposed to know? It's a free bus as far as she knows. Oh, language barriers. Such wacky fun. Because of that little debacle, the Weavers are the first to arrive at Parque Natural Metropolitano. The Weavers look around until they find a bird. They circle him on their laminated sheet. They circle another one. And then another one, and another one, and another one. They turn in their sheet, but they're told that they don't have it right. Perhaps they didn't pray properly over the toucan.
The Bransens arrive at the bird park. They start circling birds. It's particularly easy, because the birds are in the same position on the sheet as they are in the tree -- facing the same direction and so forth. So...not too difficult, this task. Which brings us to the most embarrassing moment I had this week, which I can only chalk up to the fact that I've been sick since approximately the Revolutionary War and haven't been sleeping very well. Somewhere around this time, I said to M. Giant and Trash, "Well, I don't know where they got these birds, but they're domesticated or something, because normal birds don't stand still like this so you can identify them." Yes. Yes, that's right, I missed the part where they said "wooden replicas" in the clue. So Trash is like, "Um...they're not real birds, you know. They're made of wood." If I've ever suffered more abject humiliation while watching television than I did in that moment, I certainly don't remember it. I'm telling you, they say "birds," you get these little glimpses through the binoculars...SHUT UP. It could have happened to anyone.
Elsewhere, the Godlewskis and Linzes arrive at the beginning of the Rhythm Detour, and they work together in starting to collect the instruments.
Paolos arrive at the Miraflores pit stop. They run up to the mat, where Phil and a hardhat-wearing greeter (?) await their arrival. Phil announces that they are team number one, and there is lots of hugging and yelling. And they've won a trip to Panama. I'm sure Panama will be thrilled to have them back. DJ offers an interview in which he says the bungee jump with his mother was "kinda special" because of how they always argue, but it would be nice if he didn't need a special occasion not to treat his mother like crap. I still don't like him.