Eric and Jeremy arrive at the elephant place, followed by Ray and Yolanda. Tyler hugs Yolanda and tells her that he's happy she's still in it. At 4:00 AM, the teams are let in, and much of the excitement centers around attempting to run to the elephants without stepping in elephant poo. Somehow, this just doesn't seem all that exciting to me. Maybe I'm spoiled on more exciting tasks, but...not stepping in crap? Anyway, when they all find the elephants, the Sidekicks are indeed presented in the elephants' trunks. Poor elephants. That is very undignified. If an elephant were capable of saying, "I'm not your dancing monkey," I'm sure that's what these particular elephants would say. That's what they're undoubtedly thinking. At any rate, the Sidekicks contain a clue telling the teams to fly to Tokyo, Japan, which is more than 7000 miles, as Phil says. Once there, they'll drive to Shibuya, which Phil says is Japan's "version of Times Square" (didn't realize we had nailed down that patent on the concept of busy intersections -- we are awesome!), where teams will look at all the big video screens to find their next clue. We learn during the Phil-over that the clue will say, "Find Hachiko." I can just imagine Ray and Yolanda getting there and being like, "God, what is with this show and finding stuff? 'Find this,' 'find that.' It's reeeally getting old."
The mention of Japan sends BJ and Tyler into apoplectic fits, for reasons they will be explaining ad nauseam (and, of course, because they like having fits the way some people like pancakes or football). All the teams run for taxis. In their cab, Tyler explains that he has a Japanese girlfriend and that he walked across the country, a project the chronicling of which was mentioned in the forums approximately 400,000 times this season by people who I'm sure were not at all part of the Tyler-pimping street team, but simply friendly forum posters who coincidentally knew about the project because they run in obscure travelogue fandom and wanted to share. By the way, once you've read the story of how Tyler tried unsuccessfully to get into Stanford by making a horse's ass of himself in about 50 different ways (including painting his hippie-like Cadillac and using hippie-like donated private plane time), only to have the admissions committee break the news that being really obnoxious is not a good way to make a good impression, a lot more things about Tyler begin to make sense, in terms of incredibly poor skills in the area of room-reading. At any rate, he tells us how comfortable he is in Japan, and Eric and Jeremy confirm that they are aware of Tyler's advantage in this area. Wait, you mean he's mentioned it? Hard to believe, since his mouth is only open to talk about himself 96 percent of the time. (The rest of the time, he's asleep.)