Nat and Kat seem to be at some kind of industrial or construction site when they get directions. "I don't think anybody could be more lost than us," Nat says, as a honking car screams past them on the straight, level road. Okay, maybe it's not just in the mountains.
Nat's reverse-jinx seems to have worked, because Gary and Mallory are indeed more lost than them, and possibly more lost than anyone. Like, in the world. Gary spreads his treacherous map on the hood of his car while a local asks him, "You follow that road? That's not good." Mallory prays (and Jesus is like, "Sure, I'll just tesseract the nation of Oman so you can get to the Road Block. Will that do it for you?") until Gary gets back in and basically says their map is fired. Mallory is just hoping to stay in the race at this point. I know there aren't as many teams as there used to be, but isn't it a bit early in the leg to be talking like that? Unless they're a lot more lost than we realize. I suppose they might be in Syria or something.
Over at Jebel Shams, Nick enjoys the view -- from a distance --- while Vicki lowers herself into the canyon saying, "I feel like Spiderman! Or Spiderwoman, whatever." Well, they're both in my spell check, so we'll go with either one. She reaches the ledge and goes in search of the lamps. Claire comes down next, not so much "rappelling" or even "rappling" as "dangling."
Stephanie is at the wheel of her and Chad's SUV as another honking car Dopplers past, and they're excited to be in first. They find the stack of books with the clue box poking straight up out of the top, and run for it. And Jill and Thomas are right behind them.
Phil waxes poetic about the harsh desert that has sustained its people both physically and spiritually. Hence the Detour, which is a choice between "Water Table" and "Wedding Table." For the former, the teams will pump water -- using gas-powered engines, looks like -- from what Phil overdramatically calls "an ancient well deep below the earth's surface," as though Oman invented underground water. The water will be pumped into a tanker truck, which they'll need to navigate -- but not drive -- as it makes a delivery to a designated house. They'll get their next clue after hooking up the truck's delivery hose to the receiving pipe for the house's storage tank. It's bad enough that running water as a utility isn't a thing in suburban residential Oman; now the people who have to rely on delivery trucks will have to wait for Amazing Racers to find them? That seems like a recipe for water riots.