So now an Amazing Green Line and an Amazing Yellow Line zip straight down to Oman, a small country on the Arabian Peninsula that through some bizarre coincidence is right next to the Gulf of Oman. An Amazing Red Line hurries to catch up, and I think it's odd that none of those Lines stopped at Amsterdam. Not so Amazing, that. Whatever, we're there now. It's dark outside, and Brook and Claire are the first to get a cab and ask to be driven to "Burg Alan Sharah," like a 4,000 mile flight didn't afford them enough time to learn to pronounce the name of the place. Team @ also mispronounces it, and in the cab Kat remarks that it's over 90 degrees and humid. "I can just imagine what it's like in the daytime." Next we catch up with the group of three teams who were on the second flight, who comment on the heat and the persistent absence of Chad and Stephanie while riding the shuttle bus across the tarmac to the terminal. Ironically, Chad and Stephanie have landed in Muscat early enough to catch up with them at Customs. "We were surprised to see them, but they were definitely more surprised to see us," Stephanie remarks. You know what I'm surprised to see on this show, even after all the countries it's been to? Customs.
The two lead teams arrive at the burj (from the Arabic for "tower," although this is more of a tower in the medieval sense) to find it bathed in colorful light. They soon find their host on the grounds, who hands each team an ingot reading "07:30." Looks like they're camping out for the night. Let's hope no one oversleeps in these luxurious conditions.
Thomas calls his cabdriver "Speed Racer." "Yes," the driver agrees politely, a sure sign he never saw the movie. Jill and Thomas arrive at the burj and get ingots reading 07:45. And the three remaining teams arrive close enough together that Chad and Stephanie are in fact the next team to get their time, which is also 7:45. You know how you have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat some teams? Yeah, that's not really the case here. Gary/Mallory and Nick/Vicki both get a time of 8:00. Stephanie interviews, "Chad and I made a mistake, and we're moving on from it, and I think that we just need to wipe the slate clean and move forward." Well, what else are bunchings for?
Must be a short night for the racers, sleeping on a tile sidewalk against a low seawall. The sun comes up, and by 6:00 AM, Brook's doing her makeup, Claire's putting her hair up (don't forget to leave that big limp hunk hanging down the left side of your face), Nick looks hung over (actually, I'm just now realizing that he always looks hung over), Team @ does a little light yoga, and Chad invites Stephanie, all casual-like, "Let's go for a walk." In a solo interview, Chad reminds us that he wants to propose to Stephanie. He also tells us that his mother died during his freshman year of college, and his stepdad gave him his mom's ring, which he's been carrying for the whole race. After they've walked along the water a short way, Chad starts making his big speech about how awesome she is, which is the first time we've ever heard him say anything of the kind. Stephanie smiles and leans in for a kiss, but he drops to one knee. And...okay, I know this show likes to go to commercial breaks on scary moments, but this is the most frightening one ever.