The Linzes and Gadzookskis get in motorboats and head for the Bailing Detour. The pinks assure each other that they can lift the submerged boat if they have to. The Weavers get in their little motorboat to look for the marked box that starts the Bearing option. Megan, because she still doesn't suck, again takes the time in the Linz boat to look around at the giant canyon they're in and remark, "This is un real." The Godlewskis are admiring the view as well. The Weavers are just looking for the box, because beauty is their enemy, and they find said box. I think it's safe to say that never has a team gotten so little out of this experience as the Weavers. In the Linz boat, Nick mentions that the Weavers are taking the compass, while, as he puts it, "the big dogs are going with the other." He pauses and then spreads his arms. "The more challenging Detour." Hee. I was even getting to like him back when he was Alex, so I guess it's okay.
The Weavers follow their compass.
The Linzes have their eyes out for the submerged boats, as do the pinks.
The Bransens are hopeful that the Paolos are behind them, not ahead of them. "It's all going to come down to the Detour," Wally notes. He does not mention his slowness. I'm thinking maybe it will go faster if I mention the times when Wally doesn't talk about that, you know? Elsewhere, the Paolos are noting that they should have come into the park on 89, not 64. Mama tries to point out that she tried to convince them to get directions back a long time ago, but it's a little too late now, so nobody's really interested. Brian notes that 64 took them "so far out of the damn way," and now it's taken them longer than it should have to get where they're going. After a commercial, DJ comments again that they're far behind, and Brian tells everybody not to give up yet. He is definitely the non-sucking team member. Free Brian! (Hey, it doesn't take very long to pick up a permanent marker and scratch out "Rolly.")
The Linzes and the pinks find their way to the boats, with the Linzes in the lead. They immediately start bailing out the boat with gusto, and the episode threatens to have a moment of energy after an hour and a half.
Weavers use their compass. Whew! Got rid of any dramatic momentum in a hurry. I was getting worried.
Bransens find their way to the dam. Back in the Paolo car, Brian is determined to convince everyone they can still catch up, and Mama says that you never know -- you might be doing better than you think. Which is quite true. And she's also looking on the bright side in that she's saying she's "really enjoying this." It really is a pretty drive, and probably quite different from back home. She even tries to get DJ to pay attention to all the natural beauty, but I think that's a big nothing doing there, Mama.