Well, I would have to say that most people probably realized the big check was fake, although I do wish we had the opportunity to see them try to cash it:
Flo: "Zaaaaaaach, I can't carry this big thing anymore and walk the three blocks to the bank!!! What do you want to do, hurt me??? Huh, you IDIOT!!!!"
Zach: "Just hang on for a couple of more blocks, it's half a million dollars!"
Flo: "You mean you're taking HALF????? Just because you carried my backpack, put up with my crap, took all my insults, goaded me on with patience and optimism, wiped my tears and occasionally my butt as well, doesn't mean you get any money, you moron!! I need to give some to Drew!!!!!! Ohhhh!!!" (SOB!!!)
Zach: "Okay, how about I just carry the check and you to the bank?"
Flo: "Just stop it right here, I quit! I can't go on!!! This whole thing is stupid!! Why can't they just direct-deposit the *#@# thing?????"
Btw, Fluff, good piece earlier about the winning team.
I do feel that, even though the most deserving TEAM certainly didn't win, the most deserving PERSON did in Zach. If he could cause them to cross that finish line first despite the handicap of being lashed to a clinically insane lump of negativity, imagine what he could have done with a partner who pulled his/her weight. I hate that Flo gets to claim the money but her claim as the first woman to "win" the Race is an absolutely horrific insult to the word "win".
If Michael Johnson carried my sorry butt first across the finish line in the hundred-yard dash, I would hope I would have the decency to thank him and apologize for my dead weight before boldly declaring myself a "winner".