Jaymes further explains that he already sent a postcard to his family telling his parents that he's coming home with the money, and his family is more important than Abbie and Ryan at this time. If he's being honest, then I guess I'm okay with that.

Texi, by the way, gets to the U-Turn mat and sees that the Chipps held up their end of the bargain. They play along, then, and U-Turn the Chipps. They arrive at the Pit Stop in third place.

Dominate and Goats: BFFs again

Abbie, Ryan, Josh, and Brent decide to run the leg together again, as long as they can. They both choose the "Back in Time" Detour option, which is to recreate Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" painting with live actors in costume. The teams work side by side on their own tableaus and finish at about the same time. 

Dominate assumes that they will be U-Turned, and the Goats assume that they will be, as well, or that Dominate will U-Turn them and they'll do the other side together.

But that's not what happened. This is when life gets really sad. The heavens weep, literally. 

Rain falls at the U-Turn mat as Abbie and Ryan say, "We're done." They hug Josh and Brent and head back to do the organ grinder.

As they walk away, the Goats are worried. Josh, in particular, wants to go back and help them. But Brent wonders what will happen when they get to the mat, if Dominate will just step aside for them. Josh says, "Everyone wants us out of the Race because we're not the strongest competitors." Brent rubs Josh's head and says, "Well, we should just prove them wrong then. Can you prove them wrong?"

That scene was just sweet and sad and thoughtful, it really showed what kind of people they are, and their inner spirit. Hugs to them, even if it means the downfall of Dominate.

Organ Grinder of Sadness

Ryan grinds the organ while Abbie dances in an empty, rainy street. She jokingly asks a car to run her over because it would be easier. I don't know how much time passes, but she earns some money, dances with a few people, and seems a step above utter desolation. 

At the end, one woman keeps dancing with her, over and over. Finally, Abbie asks, "What can you do for me?"

"I'll make it so you're done,' the woman answers, and she gives Abbie the rest of the money she needs.

Abbie cries and hugs her. Ryan comes over and hugs the woman, too. Then Abbie hugs her again and just breaks down, crying on the woman's shoulder, and it almost makes me cry.

That was another beautiful, tragic scene. Perseverance, the saving grace of friendly locals, the comfort from a stranger. This episode is all deep and profound tonight.

Ditch Vault of Tears

The Goat Farmers get to the Roadblock. Josh takes it, and he trips in the field on the way to the canal, hurting his ankle. He makes the jump on his first try, though, but he slips a bit on the landing because the grass is wet. Brent promises to massage his foot all night. 

They check in at the Pit Stop, not completely happy. They tell Phil that they hated leaving Abbie and Ryan. Phil offers to eliminate them and save Dominate, and I wonder if they accepted if Phil could really do that. Of course he could, he's the Philiminator! But they accept their position. Brent says that whoever is meant to win will win, and they'll race hard to the end. Phil makes them promise.

Then my precious nerdy Boyfriend Ryan is at the ditch vault. As he tries and fails, Abbie narrates all the ways the universe has messed with them that day. It goes back to Frankfurt two legs ago, but then Frankfurt again, and then the U-Turn which stabbed them in the back. 

They make it to the Pit Stop and Ryan can't even talk to Phil when they get eliminated. It all feels wrong, he says later. I agree. 

In a new feature that I made up last week, called Let's Pretend Happy Ending, let's pretend that Dominate and the Chipps watched this episode together at one of their houses, and they were all sitting on the couch together, best friends after all. And Jaymes' dad is fine. Yay!