Sam and Dan are making their third run at the rapids as Big Easy finally hauls himself up onto the platform. The Globetrotters are now in second place -- which the brothers can see from their kayak. At least this time they're not arguing as much, thinking they're doing well, but all that means is that they're taken by surprise when the kayak flips them one more time. Brian and Ericka are arriving and asking their cab driver to wait. The brothers start walking back to the beginning, frustrated. Instead of a commercial here, could we maybe get a flashback of them saying, "We're gonna beat ya" to the two teams who have already completed the Detour?
After the ads, and a replay of their third wipeout (and of Brian's request that their cabbie wait for them), they decide that they're done with the kayak, and switching Detours. It's a short fall from first to second-to-last when there are only four teams.
Meghan and Cheyne and the Globetrotters are in the parking lot, separately asking around about their clue, as the latter team sees the brothers switching. "We're safe as long as Brian and Ericka aren't here," Sam says, which I think is the perfect incantation to conjure their presence pretty much instantly. And look, it works! The Americas will be doing the slow option as well. Meanwhile, Meghan and Cheyne are asking someone for directions to a taxi, but he points them in the direction of the nearby train station instead. All this pointing is not lost on the Globetrotters, and as they head over, Meghan, after a brief debate with Cheyne about whether they should team up, calls to them, "Big Easy, follow us, we know what we're doing." Which is basically just giving them permission for what they were going to do anyway, as Big Easy freely admits in an interview.
The Americas are getting ready, and Brian reminds us that he's scared of heights, while Ericka is afraid of water. "I decided to do it for her and conquer my fear a little bit," Brian explains. Ericka seems to appreciate it. The brothers are getting started across the rope, and not enjoying themselves. Everything's less fun when you're suddenly second-to-last. Sam says it's uncomfortable. "It's gonna feel good for me," Ericka tells them, and does a flirty little shimmy. Sam and Dan are still bickering, this time over whether to use their feet to help themselves along. First Dan tells Sam to quit it and when Sam says he thinks it's better, Dan tries it and whines, "I don't like that!" Don't do it then, jeez. As the other two teams come in sight of the train stop, these four demonstrate the limitations of a team task where each person still has to perform individually. To wit, Dan and Brian are both ahead of their partners, and both Sam and Ericka are annoyed with their partners' attempts to hurry them along.
Meghan is trying to get directions for where they're going from a fellow train rider, and they sound pretty complicated. Lucky for them, Cheyne spots a taxi and flags it down, then snatches the pen and notepad out of the old woman's hand and drags Meghan off to catch it with him. She doesn't want to go, saying he's being rude, but he ignores her and leads her over to the cab. Meanwhile, the Globetrotters are learning from the old woman that the next train is ten minutes out. Meghan and Cheyne end up in the cab, she still complaining about his rudeness. "I'm trying to win this race, babe," he says, his hair now so tall after weeks of racing that it's brushing against the cab's ceiling. He points out that the Globetrotters could have done the same thing. She maintains that he was more rude about it than he needed to be. "This isn't a frickin' hold-your-hand game, babe!" he protests. She still feels bad about leaving them. "That is ridiculous," he says. "If you're saying that at this point in the game, that is absolutely ridiculous. If you don't agree, where's your competitive spirit, babe?" She doesn't have an answer for that. Meanwhile, the Globetrotters are boarding the train. "Cheyne's an ass," Flight Time remarks once they're underway. The train passes within view of the rope course, and all they can see is that one of them is far behind.
That would be Ericka. Dan calls a tip out to Sam, telling him to swing and use the rhythm. Brian tells Ericka to try going two-handed instead of hand-over-hand. She yells at him to back off, and continues inchworming along.
In the cab, Cheyne tells Meghan they have to move on, which seems to be his standard method for dealing with disagreements. "I'm sorry if I was rude." "You were rude," she insists, which is not moving past it. She says they could have been nicer about it. "'Cause when we see them next, they're gonna hold a grudge against us because we left them high and dry and they're the kind of people that, like, get motivated by that stuff. They're gonna be on a mission to mess with you." Hey, there's plenty of room. He doesn't have an answer for that, either. They both kind of have a point; I don't agree with Meghan that they shouldn't have taken the cab, but on the other hand, I think Cheyne was a little high-handed about it, especially after accusing Flight Time of stalling. Even a "Sorry, guys, we gotta go" would have gone a long way.
But fortunately for my nerves, they've reached the theater and have to stop arguing about it. The clue box is right outside, and the question for this Road Block is, "Who can remain composed under pressure?" Not Meghan, obviously. Then we get our first look inside the spectacular theater, which Phil says is "the historic opera house where in 1787, Mozart premiered his legendary opera, Don Giovanni. In fact, if you've seen the movie Amadeus, you've seen this joint. There's even a dude on stage, in full costume, singing an aria to the empty house. Phil says that among the six hundred seats is a small number of even smaller mandolins, "a miniature version of the instrument played by Don Giovanni in the opera." Then they'll need to bring it up to Don Giovanni on the stage. "Yes!" the Don smiles into the camera, and then, in a completely different shot without his hat, theatrically holds out a clue, with all the energy and commitment of a perennial understudy.
He's singing again as Meghan and Cheyne walk into the auditorium from backstage, which I'm sure is intentional on the part of the producers; no better way to get slapped upside the head with the size of this vault than to have to look at it from center stage. In addition to a sizable main floor, there are five, count 'em, five tiers of balconies wrapping almost all the way around the auditorium in a full U. Meghan takes one of the four chairs that make up a waiting area at stage right. "It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen," Cheyne interviews later. He puts on his headlamp and heads upstairs, telling Meghan, "I'm gonna do downstairs last." Up he goes to box one, and it's immediately clear that this is not going to go quickly: however many boxes there are like this one, he's going to have to open the door to each one, walk in, and look under a measly two chairs. For four levels. He takes a moment to lean out and goof on the opera, and Meghan calls up to him to be "systematic." I wonder if she thinks "systematic" means "not wasting time fucking around."
The Globetrotters get off the train and try to find their way through the station. Dan finishes the rope, and allows himself to be pulled in with a high-pit