For the Wedding Table option, they will (or would) go to an Arab market, buy 25 frozen chickens and all manner of other ingredients for "a traditional wedding soup meant to bring health and virility." Then they'll have to cook it, I guess, and present it to a bride and groom for their next clue. Except they won't, because no teams will be doing that Detour. Just as well, because wedding soup isn't as important as water.
Chad and Stephanie pick Water Table -- but you already knew that -- and hurry back to their car, where Chad takes over driving as Jill and Thomas pull up behind them and run for the stack of books, trying to crouch down at the top to stay out of sight. Which doesn't work, because Stephanie sees them anyway, and isn't happy that their lead has gotten so narrow. As for the Detour choice, Jill interviews, "He is just clueless in the kitchen," so Thomas decides to "just follow them." We certainly wouldn't want them to be clueless.
Claire and Vicki are searching together through what Vicki calls "a bazillion lamps." Vicki finds her ring first, but Claire is right behind her. Both teams run for their trucks, but Nick notices that their back left tire has sprung a leak, and it's either hissing audibly or we're supposed to think it is. Team QVC doesn't waste any time jumping into their truck, and even less time worrying about what will become of Nick and Vicki. Of course, any concern would be misplaced, as Nick already has the situation well in hand, putting into effect a two-pronged action plan of being pissed off and disgusted.
After the ads, Nick's at least using all his negative energy to throw jacks and tire irons around, which I suppose is a step in the right direction. On the way down, Brook remarks that they can't afford to get lost with everyone right behind them. She doesn't fully understand the situation, I'm thinking. Nick and Vicki are soon back up and running, although Nick's still pissed off. Vicki says something that sounds like they could have beaten Brook and Claire. "We will," Nick says. Maybe he could shave a few minutes off their time with another judicious deployment of a hissy fit.
Gary and Mallory are trying to get back on track. "I don't know what to say, dad," Mallory says, and then to prove it, she says it again. He says he just wants to be in the race. On the bright side, they're probably getting to see more of Oman than any other team.