As they wrap up the upgrade transaction with the conductor, Reichen thanks him, and then says, "How do you say 'thank you' in Hindi?" "'Thank you in Hindi,'" he responds. Hee! Cute. Reichen laughs good-naturedly. It's not up there with the classic train language barrier moment in the first season, but still, pretty funny. Reichen and the conductor laugh.
The teams rest overnight as the train rumbles through the dark.
In the morning, Tian and Jaree enjoy what appears to be a breakfast consisting entirely of Coca-Cola products, as Tian explains that they, too, are enjoying the upgraded accommodations. I've had that breakfast, by the way -- the two-course version includes Hostess goods. Tian adds that among other things, a twenty-four-hour rest isn't a bad thing, either, after all the running around. I do remember hearing past folks say that the only really good sleep came on trains and planes, so it makes a certain amount of sense.
Millie is gamely making the best of things where she is as well, taking the time to "think and look out the window and see how the other half of the world lives." Chuck adds that he also enjoys not having to be around all the other teams. As they themselves explain it, Millie and Chuck have apparently not befriended other teams the way those teams have befriended each other. The comments here are very disjointed, because all we really hear Millie say is "sometimes, there's stuff that people say," and Chuck saying "sometimes we feel like we're back on the playground," and then Millie saying "it's fifth grade all over again." I would point out that neither of those comments necessarily indicates any awareness that they're specifically the topic of nasty conversation, but only that a certain amount of gossip and immature behavior is going on. I mean, they very well might know, but you can't tell from this scene. It could be very much like what Frank and Margarita said back in the day about how they just wanted no part of the drama that was flying.
But in case you missed the point, we cut directly to the Chipsters and Kelly and BuffJon sitting around filling part of their time with trash talk about the people they don't like. As you do. Chip talks about "making fun of each other, which is good," which sends Kelly directly to, "And we can make fun of everybody else, like Moley-Moley-Moley-Moooole." We get to once again hear Kelly's not-very-funny explanation of the not-creative nickname "Millie Mole," followed her not-very-funny explanation of the only slightly more creative nickname "the Werewolf," which I do think is slightly, um, apt. Back in the car with the Chipsters, BuffJon busts out his werewolf impression, which...again, I find the werewolf thing slightly funny, but not so much what he does with the joke, which is basically nothing. "He looks like a werewolf" is the beginning of a joke, really, not the end, you know? Anyway, Chip laughs, but feels guilty for thinking it's funny, so he says he wants to "go on record" as never having used either of those nicknames himself. Heh -- chicken. Sensing Chip's efforts at covering his ass, Kelly cajoles him. "Say it! It feels good! Moley-moley-moley-moley-mole..." BuffJon adds that he thinks "the mole is growing throughout the race, just because of stress," which makes the Chipsters laugh -- again, in spite of their better judgment. Ah, I have so been there -- you shouldn't laugh, but you laugh anyway, because sometimes, being mean is funny. Officially bad, but funny. There's a nice little cymbal-crash and a cut to an unhappy-looking Millie here, as if she can hear the whole thing, but considering that she's in a different car in a different part of the train? I think not. At any rate, the trash talk itself doesn't bother me so much. The affect bothers me, and the fact that it's lame and not that funny bothers me, but I'm hardly throwing stones because Kelly mocked someone she dislikes. Because even I would find it hard to take myself seriously.