Azaria and Hendekea are team number four.
Nick and Don get to the festival in time to see Nate and Jen starting on the stilts, so they know they can recover. Nick starts, and it looks like he's counting and Don is watching, though I suspect Don is also counting. In his head, Nate and Jen. Shana and Jennifer show up for counting. Nate and Jen are still on stilts. They finish relatively quickly, though, so they're on their way to the pit stop in a jiffy.
So Nick gets a way into the counting, and then he realizes he's not supposed to be counting the gates. We see that Jennifer, on the other hand, has been skipping the gates all along. "I already did that," Nick says, referring to counting the pickets in a gate.
Nate and Jen finish fifth.
In another example of why I love watching Nick and Don race, as Nick realizes that he made a mistake in the counting, Don doesn't panic; he just stands there and lets Nick figure it out, and I think he has a lot of confidence that if there's a way to do it, Nick will do it, and that nothing he's going to do by yelling and interfering is going to help. There's a symmetry with how Nick let Don do the ditch-vaulting, you know? You stand back and you let your partner work it out sometimes, even if it's hard. Nick ultimately says that he's going to go back and subtract the gate from his total. It's not brilliance, because it should be obvious, but from everything I've seen, 90 percent of teams would not get there. As soon as Nick says "737," I become hopeful. That's twenty more than 717! Twenty exactly! Nick goes back to count the gate, as Shana and Jennifer bicker over how they did the counting and how they should have done the counting. Fortunately for Nick, he knows which gate he counted and which he didn't, so he finds the one he erroneously counted, and thank God, there are twenty pickets on it. "You just go ahead and count it, and if we're wrong, it's all on you," Shana bitches at Jennifer. Nick shows the judge a board, and it says 717. IT SAYS 717! Nick and Don are thrilled as they run off. I think it's been a few seasons since I liked a team this much, which is bad for me, because they've already outlasted what would be their traditional low placement. My heart, she always breaks.
Shana and Jennifer aren't right anyway. Ha.
Welcome, Nick and Don. You are team number six. Check out that knuckle-knock they share; that is big love right there. Big relief, and big love.
Finally, Shana and Jennifer are finished. "It could be a non-elimination leg," Shana tells Jennifer as they head for the mat. Phil tells them they're last to arrive. And then there's a big pause, because they know we're all waiting for the non-elimination. Buuuuut then he tells them they're eliminated. Yay! Phil asks Jennifer about how bad she wants it, and she says, "It breaks my heart." In her interview, she says she's "so hurt" that they were eliminated. For some reason, Shana feels the need in her final interview to talk about manicures again. Nobody cares, dude. Nobody thinks doing without that makes you awesome. You lost because you didn't race very well and you acted like snotty bitches to each other and hurt your efficiency. You're not making strides for manicure-getting girls. They walk into the sunset, and they will not be missed by me.