Back at the gorodki court, Stephanie isn't hitting much more than the camera. I think the show's just doing it on purpose now "Come on, damn!" Chad rages. "That's not helping me," she says.
Stephanie misses again after the ads. "It's like I'm trying to avoid it," she says. Chad doesn't seem amused. Outside, two teams are still trying to get their cabbie to take what they have, and Jill realizes she has a stash of American dollars. Thomas shoves sixty bucks (a paltry 1,800 rubles) into the driver's hand and they take off. "Jill, you rock!" Thomas yells as they run back in. Kevin is trying to get their driver to take three thousand. "We have to go, we're in last place," he whines. Maybe he'd be able to cover the fare if he hadn't illegally used the taxi twice in this leg. Jill and Thomas run past Chad and Stephanie, happy to still see them at the task. And then on up to the Pit Stop mat, where they stand there licking their lips while waiting for Phil to tell them they're team number five. Quite a roller coaster for those two this leg.Michael has found $40 USD in his Amazing Purse, which seems to satisfy their driver, so they're running back to the fortress, Kevin telling him to "run like you've never run before." Which is how Michael always runs anyway: like he's never done it before.
Seeing them go by, Chad whines, "Stephanie, please." She says she's trying to focus (translation: shut your yap), and her next shot succeeds. They get their clue in last place, and Chad wants to just run straight in and abandon their bags with their cab driver. "I'm just gonna follow your lead. I'm tired as hell," Stephanie pants. Which may be the secret to why she's still with him. Inside, Michael and Kevin are wandering around looking for a bastion. Chad begs Stephanie to hurry, and after the obligatory mat-approach shot, the second-to-last team is... Chad and Stephanie. Phil looks at them and remarks, "I notice that you've turned up without your backpacks. Have you paid your cab?" Chad sys they haven't, and Phil tells them to go take care of that before he can check them in, clearly disappointed that he has to deal with such idiots.
And here are Michael and Kevin, who smile hopefully at Phil until he tells them, "You guys broke a couple of rules." "We did?" Kevin gasps. Phil reminds them about the taxi that led them to the tower, and then the taxi they took from the Tower to the Church on Spilled Blood, both of which were forbidden. Two penalties at 30 minutes apiece means they'll be waiting an hour before they can check in. Yeah, they're not going to recover from that. They go back down and sit on some steps to wait, but unless Chad and Stephanie spend a whole lot of time chatting with their cabbie, they're not waiting for anything but Philimination. You know that clock that appears onscreen whenever someone has a penalty to wait out? It's not even bothering to show up for this. "Call me when there's some suspense," it says, and bops itself on the snooze button.