Eric and Pink get to the Detour box and choose the Porter task, figuring it's not easy to convince people to let you paint their nails on the street. Teri and Ian come along and conclude the same thing. Everyone seems to be, in part, shying away from the nails because it requires you to essentially enlist locals, which makes the task harder to predict. A lot of these folks seem to want to keep it in their own hands, so to speak, so they don't want to have to talk anyone into anything. On the one hand, I understand. On the other, it is ten bags of coal. Give me a break. I don't like the imbalance, but... you should be able to tell how imbalanced it is. Part of me thinks they overthought it, like they assumed that it had to be harder than it sounded to paint nails, because otherwise, the task would be... horribly unbalanced, which they usually aren't.
Dustin and Kandice grab their nail-painting kit and start in asking people to paint their nails.
Sewing! Filling bags with coal! Let's all sing "Sixteen Tons"!
Kandice is trying to sell nail-painting when she comes across a little girl who wants her nails painted, it seems, but who doesn't have any money. Kandice does it anyway, and fuckin' good for her. It's really hard to win the race; you're going to want to be able to remember stuff like the free manicure you gave to the little girl in Mozambique a lot more than the thirty seconds you gained on another team, 99 times out of 100, so good on you, BQ. If it meant giving up the race, that would be one thing, but the odds of it mattering are so tiny, you know?
Joe and Bill are down to one bag left. Other folks are a bit behind them, and it's beginning to dawn on everyone that the painting of fingernails would almost have to have been better than this. And indeed, Dustin and Kandice are making good progress painting nails. They're done already (it's really... really, really not much money for this population, apparently), so they run back to turn in the money and get their clue. They're off to the pit stop. In one of my favorite moments of the season, as they're about to get in the car, Dustin spanks Kandice encouragingly, and Kandice kind of jumps, and they're just so excited that they kind of burble their way into the car. I love excitement, and I especially love driven excitement, and I especially love driven excitement from women, and I especially love driven excitement from women who defy stereotypes, so good for them. I think that this season, they've kind of had the smug knocked out of them, and it's immensely flattering. Not being dead-on frontrunners from the outset seems to be a good thing for them, because without their personalities having changed all that much, I find them far, far more likable this season than last. In that sense, I'm arguably glad they were invited, which I really didn't anticipate saying about anybody who raced just last season. In the cab, they understate, "That was so much more fun than doing coal." You'd think.