Eric and Jeremy arrive in Taipei, and they sit themselves down with a view of Transfer Counter D, which is where anyone will have to go first who is going to be on their flight to Anchorage. Back at the Tokyo airport, Yolanda finds the same itinerary as BJ and Tyler. However, she and Ray are told that the flight is already closed. Yolanda begs, but is told that there's nothing that can be done for them. Dramatic commercials of impending tragedy!
We come back to find Ray and Yolanda still trying, and ultimately, one of the gate ladies makes a call on their behalf. Whew! I didn't think the ominous commercials could actually lead to ominous results twice in the same episode. Elsewhere, BJ and Tyler are ecstatic not to see Eric and Jeremy at their departure gate (because they're not as clever as they think), and to note that Ray and Yolanda haven't been seen all day. Ray and Yolanda, however, are just now being told that they can get on the second flight to Taipei, and they happily head down to the gate, where they encounter BJ and Tyler. As they all get on the plane, Ray says to BJ and Tyler, "For the first time, I'm happy to see you guys." Which is sort of agreeably funny, and exactly the kind of good-natured thing BJ and Tyler like to think they'd say, which is why it's so vile when BJ gives this disgusted look to the camera after Ray walks by, like, "What a fucking idiot." Read the famous Sars piece about what BJ is doing right there -- he's being Orly Adams.
Eric and Jeremy watch and wait at Transfer Counter D, hoping that nobody will get on their flight. But...here comes the flight carrying the other two teams, who quickly show up. Eric admits that he's not happy to see BJ and Tyler, and even less happy to see Ray and Yolanda a moment later. All teams are now on their way to Anchorage from Taipei. Apparently, Anchorage is the home to some very icy dogs, as well as the home of the funniest story I have ever heard that included the phrase "Bear repellent." Ask me about it sometime.
And now, we are in Anchorage. The Choad Family, to no one's surprise, gets off the plane first and to the marked cars that they will be taking, as it turns out, to Mirror Lake. Phil explains that this is a 30-mile drive to a scenic recreation area. Al three teams are soon on the way. They are directed, for your reference, to Old Seward Highway. If you ever want to go there, now you know, in addition to knowing how to get to Fujikyu Highland. It's looking pretty cold in Alaska, among other things, which does tend to make driving more difficult and stressful. I would know, because I am from the tundra myself and have frequently done whimsical winter things like swearing at my windshield wipers and driving into ditches. Ray and Yolanda ask for directions, predicting that this will be the only time they'll have to do so. Oh, Lord.