Art Gets Overwhelmed
: Art starts off talking, "What can you say about JJ? He's a horse..." JJ just sits there and looks like he's going to start bawling. Finally Art puts his head in his hand and starts crying. JJ eventually comes to life and says Art is depressed because of the last roadblock.
Then he tells Art to imagine what it would have been like if the Bollywood dance had been the roadblock on the last leg. He never would have finished it. Art is still crying and JJ insists he is **NOT** blaming Art for them losing. "So when you say I'm sorry, what are you sorry for?"
I was on the verge of saying, where has this JJ been
, as he reminds Art of the good things they accomplished, until he says, "...and giving money to Bopper?" In my book, charity is not charity when you make a big deal out of it and try to get recognition for it. My parents raised me quite differently, I guess. And there's more. "We did these special thing that other men
" (then he talks about younger men, different kinds of men, as if to emphasize it) "they can't do what we did, man." This whole time, Art is still crying.
JJ tells him he thinks they are still too close to it all, that eventually they will laugh about everything. - Evidently, it took Art SIXTY times to get the sled task done. That is what JJ said, and he repeated it. - The clip ended with Art saying, "Yeah, but I hate losing. I hate it."JJ and Brendon Bond
: During the sledding part of the roadblock... Art came close to quitting. The TAR editors really gave this a misleading title. There was zero bonding between JJ and Brendon. Basically it was JJ talking about how hard this was being for Art. Brendon mumbled a few platitudes about how hard it was to watch from the sidelines and not be able to help. But other than that, the entire clip was JJ prattling about how hard it was being for Art.
Art wanted to take the two hour penalty, but JJ insisted he keep doing it until he finished, even if everyone else was gone.Brendon's Last Pep Talk
: In the helicopter, Rachel is a hot mess, crying about how she doesn't know how she can do any more than she is already doing. Brendon, "Rachel, you have to learn that if you don't win every reality TV show, it's not the end of the world." Rachel: "Obviously."
Rachel was most distressed because they were an hour behind the other two teams at that point. (Way more serious mistake than they showed during the episode.) Brendon: "Then stop giving up!" He also pointed out that she was only assuming they were an hour behind, because she couldn't know what else was going on. He told her she needed to put everything that had happened to that point behind them, and concentrate on the task before them.
She kept blaming herself for misreading the clue. He asked how that could be her fault, when he had read the clue too and made the same mistake. So it was their
mistake, not hers. He said they needed to keep going.Wanting to Give Back
: Rachel said that being on the race has made her decide that she's going to go back to school, continue her education, so that when Brendon graduates, both of them can work in a third world country together, addressing issues like poverty and disease. She said (and he affirmed) that that had always been an abstract idea to the two of them, but after having seen a bit of it on the race, they knew it was something they had to do.Former Friends Meet Up
: At the airport in Japan, Dave noted that Art and JJ had just arrived. He said Art is still "amicable", but that JJ hasn't said more than four words to him since Tanzania. Dave has tried to repair the relationship, "extended numerous olive branches that have been snapped." He is trying to decide whether he should try one more time, maybe congratulate Art and JJ on making F3.
So to the ticket counter. Dave and Rachel did indeed congratulate Art and JJ, who :cough: returned the congratulations. For quite a while, Art and JJ refused to make eye contact. Finally Dave and Rachel asked about the stitch (singular) in JJ's hand, and he turned and started talking and talking and talking (finally back to being the center of the universe, I guess). But as soon as that was done, it was back to ice in the air.Art and JJ Love Japan
: JJ says he really likes Japan, because it was a place of structure, and order, and rules, and laws. Cab drivers drive with white gloves, everything is pristine. "It's what civilization is supposed to be. It's not supposed to be haphazard, random, chaos." No one honks. It's polar opposite of India. "This is what living is supposed to be like. You're supposed to be able to drive your car without getting smashed into. ... It was very pleasant to come to a First World country."Dave's Soldier
: Rachel said she sees the biggest problem she and Dave face is that he sees her as his soldier. Even when she doesn't agree with him, he thinks she needs to
agree with him. That's because his subordinates just have to take orders from him. They can't say that's not the right way to do something. So he doesn't know how to react when she says, "No, Dave, I think there's a better option."
Dave concedes that in the military with its hierarchy, whoever is in command has the right to issue orders. He expects his soldiers to follow his orders, and he has to follow his CO's orders. As long as it's not unlawful. So it was very difficult for him when he felt like he knew the best way to approach a task, when his partner (Rachel) would dispute it, to the point of negating it and having her own "plan of action" - it's not something he faces in his professional life.
Rachel said she's a project manager for a software company. In that role, she is used to collaboration, to developing strategies together (and here she pointedly looked at Dave and grinned). She never orders people around. A very different way of working.
Then Dave said something that was a hmmm moment for me. He said people shouldn't get the wrong idea about the military. People of equal rank do work together and collaborate, but they report to a commander. My take from this: He truly does not see Rachel as "of equal rank" - but only as a subordinate. Otherwise, he would have little trouble "collaborating" with her.Vanessa and Ralph's Goodbye
: She is still trying to sell them as a couple. Ha! Although bad Ralph, bad Ralph, he played along. "I need her." Probably the shortest "goodbye" (elimination) clip I've ever seen. Only 1:28. One minute and twenty-eight seconds.Vanessa Wouldn't Quit
: "The only thing that's going to make me feel better is if I look better." This is an extended version of the bit in the episode where Vanessa is applying false eyelashes in the taxi. Not much new-news here. More of the same. She did say she was wearing the same shirt that day ("Ralph's daughter and I made it together") that she wore on Watermelon Day. So she's going to retire the shirt.A Solemn Moment
: Vanessa said it's hard to think about the fact that it was "us" (Americans) who inflicted that destruction. She and Ralph said it was a solemn moment, one of the best parts so far. They wondered what they could do to ensure that something like that wouldn't happen again. Vanessa commented that it felt especially relevant because of U.S. responsibility for so much war in the world these days.
(I have to say, this really surprised me, because the San Antonio-based reality show she participated in before supposedly cast conservative Yuppies to go live in the inner city. Her words didn't sound like those of a conservative Yuppie.)Not Worth the Cost
: More Rachel and Dave spatting. But she said she doesn't want to win the race if it means she's miserable. She only wants success if it will bring happiness, not success at any cost. (Dave of course disagrees.)Rachel's Final Advice
: BBRachel at the finish line. Gawd, the Amazing Editors must have hated BBRachel. Her little speech at the finish line was funny, and Brenchel and Dave-Rachel really seemed happy for one another. Brenchel were honestly gracious losers, and the four of them shared some hilarious quips that seemed to be well-received by everyone but Border Patrol and Vanessa. Everyone else responded quite nicely to Brenchel.
And Phil congratulated the two women on their toughness. BBRachel: "Rachel Squared!" She also said she would advise any future TAR racers to be in shape, and to read their clues!Giving Props to Rachel and Dave
: Also at the finish line. Art and JJ were a bit nicer too at the finish line than was shown last night. They said they expected everyone they work with to harass them about the race for the rest of their lives. Sleds on their desk, among other things.Simply the Best
: Kudos to whomever upthread noted how much earlier Dave and Rachel made it to the finish line the second time. Waaaay more sunlight! - That said, Rachel and Dave said that when Phil told them they hadn't done the roadblock, they were baffled. Phil, "For the first time ever?" Dave, "For the first time ever!"
He said he always knows what to do, but when they heard they hadn't done the roadblock, they didn't even know where to begin looking. They worried it meant they had to go alllll the way back. They ran about a mile, saw Art and JJ, and realized what they had to do. (Goodness, can you imagine what would have happened if Art and JJ hadn't been there?)
Part of the problem (the reason they didn't do the roadblock) is because the taxi driver had no clue at all where Coral Gate was. She kept driving around, and they kept looking for anything TAR-like. They finally stopped when they saw what they thought was Coral Gate, but in reality was the way to the Pit Stop instead.
Dave ended his part by saying he hoped his son Lincoln was proud of him. Rachel said she hopes they can go home and reconnect with Lincoln, because Dave's absence has affected him too.