Colin and Christie open their clue. As he joins her in the kayak, they tip over and fall out. [Crowd, even knowing it probably won't matter: "Yaaaaaaaay!"] They hop back in the kayak and go. Meanwhile, Linda gathers up the life jackets and gets ready to go when Karen comes back down. "We're going out fighting," she says. "There she goes, come on, Kareeeen!" Linda hollers happily as Karen slides down the rope. As Karen hits her feet, Linda is running up to her, giggling and shouting and "Woohoo!"-ing and giving Karen big hugs. "Great job!" she laughs. "You okay?"
Evil paddles to the pit stop. Welcome, you are team number three. And you still suck. Booooo! (That wasn't the crowd. It was just me.)
As Karen and Linda paddle their kayak, Linda tells Karen not to participate: "You can rest. You can rest, you worked hard enough." In an interview, Karen, both crying and still suffering from a largely lost voice, says that she's spent twenty years as a full-time mom, and now her kids are ready to leave. "I'm going to have to start a new chapter of my life," she says. "And this has shown me, there's so much out there that I can do." As she and Linda paddle, Karen gets a little splash of cold water. "Oh, that felt good," she says. Linda obligingly splashes her with a little more water. Linda interviews that Karen is "an awesome friend." "She puts up with me like my husband does," she adds. Hee. "And I love her," Linda says. They run up to the pit stop. They graciously accept the greetings of the...um, greeter...and then Phil tells them that they're eliminated. "I'm proud of her...that was a hard last one," Linda says. Phil makes a lame bowling joke which is really quite beneath him. When Karen says something self-deprecating about her efforts in the last task, Linda cuts her off. "No. No, no, no way. I couldn't even make it up that thing, don't you dare say that. Don't you dare." Karen interviews that she's glad she got to do this great thing with her friend Linda. Who she will love forever. SNIFF! "We did it," she says quietly on the mat as they drip water and sweat.
You know, it's one of the special bonuses of this show, for me, that I really do believe that it's transformative, in particular for some of the women who go into it not entirely certain how much of it they're going to be able to do. These two are a great example, but I also think especially of Margarita at the end of my favorite episode of all time, and Nancy, and Margaretta, and Teri, and Jill...it's not that I'm trying to make the show political, but like I said, it's like a little extra bonus. Anyway, good show, Bowling Moms. I wish you'd gotten to hear the cheering in the bar, because we were with you the whole way.