At the airport, Ray and Yolanda learn of a United flight departing at 6:40 AM, arriving in Tokyo at 2:15 PM. They go to check it out. BJ and Tyler decide to try Nippon Air, and they are redirected to a different desk. Eric and Jeremy do like Ray and Yolanda and head for the information desk, and they also learn of the United flight. They run into Ray and Yolanda at the United counter, and both of these teams manage to finagle tickets. When BJ and Tyler get there, however, they are told that the flight is very full -- in fact, they are told that they can't get on. Oh, how I wish there was any chance that anything happening this early would make any difference. Despondent feelings arrived early during this episode.
When we return from a set of commercials, Ray and Yolanda and Eric and Jeremy are getting on their flight. BJ and Tyler are not. It leaves without them, which is very unusual, given that the commercials coming right after "You cannot get on the flight" are almost always accompanied by "Wait, four people just died, so their seats are available." They actually have to go to Thai airlines and get a flight leaving at 8:20. I know! Shocking. BJ notes that the advantage the other teams have is about an hour and a half. But they haven't given up! No, sir! And their ability to communicate in Japan will "excel [sic] our progress," as Tyler puts it. Stanford is filled with regret, I'll tell you that much. Phil explains that in Tokyo, the teams will find a hotel and drive themselves in marked cars to Shibuya, where they'll look for the big screen, as the Sidekick-bearing elephants of yore have decreed.