As Team Control heads over to the chef's stand to check out the demonstration, Jeremy and Sandy run up the street to join them. The four of them look over the dozen-and-a-half rectangular waffles in the display case, each with a different topping configuration (fruit, cream, chocolate, various permutations thereof) and a little Belgian flag stuck in it. Sandy and Jeremy decide to put this part off until their stand is constructed, while Ernie says of the impending waffle-making, "I should be able to do this quite effectively, but you never really can tell once you get into the booth with Cindy." Whoa, where did that come from? Team Pre-Owned is at work on their stand, with the predictable attendant tension, and Ernie gets to work mixing up waffle dough while Cindy questions every move Ernie makes (Ernie's every answer being a form of "because the chef did it this way"). Cindy also wonders how Jeremy and Sandy are getting their stand up so quickly. "I don't know, because they're tall and we're not," Jeremy says diplomatically, if not outright generously, to his munchkin fiancée.
Bill has been returned to the waiting area to reunite with Cathi and open their next clue. "Rip it off, let's go," Cathi tells him, probably not for the first time. They have been together almost fifty years, after all. In Gent, newly minted super-driver Marcus parks their car half on the curb, calls the clue-barrel on the bridge a "box," and decides they'll do Waffles. Andy and Tommy see them running off in that direction when they pull up, and the snowboarders are deciding to do the water task. "We love water, we love building," Tommy reasons. Well, who doesn't love those things? Dehydrated people who live outside, that's who.
At the waffle stands, Cindy comments on the mess Ernie's making (Mmmm, waffle drippings), to which Ernie responds that his mess matches the chef's. Team Pre-Owned's batter is too thick, so Sandy adds water. In a post-leg interview, Jeremy admits his embarrassment at never having done waffles before. "I'm more of a pancake maker myself," he explains. Sandy tells him to chill out and enjoy the experience. Yeah, that seems likely. Amani and Marcus show up, take one look at the stands and the difficulties the other two teams are having, and decide to switch to the raft task instead. At least they switched efficiently, with no waffling. What, was I supposed to not say that? Come on. They still arrive at the alley where the raft materials are waiting before the snowboarders do. The materials don't come with instructions, either. "Where's Laurence when you need him?" Marcus wonders, as if Laurence's raft wouldn't go straight to the bottom.