And then everyone's on the same Amazing Red Line to Vietnam. If nothing else, I'm looking forward to the end of this global recession so that it's hard for all the teams to get on the same flight all the time again. Despite Ho Chi Minh City's former name, somehow the Amazing Editors manage to introduce us to the town with typical footage of buildings and bustling streets rather than a close-up of a revolving ceiling fan and Martin Sheen muttering, "Saigon." At the airport, Sam and Dan get on the same shuttle van with Team Inside Straight. "Poker, poker, poker, poker," Dan chants at them in a goofy accent once they're underway. The girls laugh and say, "You're so cute." Dude, they're smitten. I notice that the guys don't seem all morally indignant about the poker chicks' "bluff," possibly since for gameplay reasons, they're not being entirely honest about themselves. Of course, they're also not actively claiming to be straight rich guys looking for long-term romantic/sponsorship relationships with professional gamblers, either.
The Globetrotters, Mika|Canaan, and Marcy|Ron are also in shuttle vans, looking out at the rain and all the mopeds that are traversing streets that are flooded nearly to their axles. Not that that's slowing down traffic; indeed, one oncoming moped darts between two shuttle vans traveling in the opposite direction. Yikes. The Globetrotters talk about how Maria and Tiffany turned out to be poker players. "They straight-up lied to us," Flight Time complains. Well, no, they were "running a bluff." It's entirely different. Still, the sympathy they felt for them yesterday after their near-elimination is now gone. "Game on," Flight Time says. Sounds like he's all in.
The lead teams arrive at Xemien Tay bus station, the parking lot of which is pretty much an ankle-deep lake today. They jump out and wade into the building, and proceed to the ticket window to get their Cai Be tickets. The Globetrotters are right behind them, and all three teams get on a 3:30 bus, with Mika|Canaan and Marcy|Ron arriving hot on their heels. Their soaked, squishy heels.
Meanwhile, Zev and Justin are riding along in their van, and Zev says he doesn't want to get his shoes wet. Justin says he should probably get used to the idea, but Zev says he'll take them off when it comes time to jump off the bus. "Barefoot in Vietnam? You're sure you're ready for that?" Justin asks. "Looks like most everybody else is," Zev says, spotting a wade-estrian with an umbrella, a rain poncho, and no shoes.