As all the teams snooze, Yolanda brings up the fight she and Ray had earlier. "So you think it's cool to cuss me out and shoot birds at me?" "You think it's cool to talk to me how you talked to me?" he wonders. "I didn't talk to you any way, I was teasing you," she says. "Like you tease me about anything else, tease me about three thousand things, about how we teased each other yesterday. I was teasing you, and you just flipped the script. Just don't talk to me for the rest of the time." Because if there's anything that will soothe a fight and end the hurt feelings, it's a prolonged period of stony silence. Ray reminds us in an interview that he and Yolanda have never spent more than four days together at a stretch, so they're seeing some different sides of each other. Yolanda agrees that they haven't communicated well at all lately. She refers to it as "something [they] have to work on." I hope so, because although this fight currently has a fairly laid-back, lazy vibe to it, ugliness can crop up awfully quickly.
After a commercial, we find ourselves back in Oman. At straight-up 6:00 AM, the gates open, and the teams all run inside. They make it to the clue box and tear the clue open. It tells them to drive about 135 miles to Sur, where they'll find a ferry crossing and get another clue. Everybody bolts. There is lots of chaos as the teams chatter to each other and climb into their cars. This kind of scene always makes it feel like they're all fleeing the police after a rumble.
What follows is a very funny sequence in which the teams all try not to be in front, but to let other teams pass them so that they can follow. Ultimately, it is MoJo that winds up ahead, with BJ and Tyler their closest pursuers. In fact, when MoJo stops to get directions, BJ and Tyler can read the pointing, and manage to get ahead of MoJo in implementing MoJo's own directions. That hurts, and Monica takes note. Fran and Barry are navigating on their own, which is, of course, what they do best. Eric and Jeremy, however, suddenly realize that they don't know which way they're going or whether they're going the right way. They stop to ask for some directions, but even though the guy knows where they're going, they seem to have some difficulty interpreting what he's saying. To their obvious surprise, as they try to regroup, they find themselves passed by Fran and Barry. "Damn," says a fratty voice.
Ray and Yolanda are stopping to ask for directions, which is highly typical of them, but they're still very tense and bickery in the way they discuss it, which is not highly typical of them. The first guy they stop unfortunately does not speak English, and he tells them so. "We're in trouble," Yolanda says. In another part of Oman, BJ and Tyler, with MoJo behind them, are on a dirt road. Joseph wonders whether this can possibly be where they're supposed to be, and Monica chuckles that she has absolutely no clue. But indeed, it is the right place, because they arrive at the edge of a lot of water and are told to put their vehicles into four-wheel drive. Then, a very small man leads them out onto a very large bed of stones, where he runs ahead of them to show them where they need to go. The guy wades right into the water and leads them as they all go in up over their tires. He points helpfully, probably making sure they don't hang themselves up on any underground vines or run over anybody's lobster pot or science experiment. As they emerge from the water, BJ and Tyler thank him in what I presume is Arabic, which is a very nice touch. You can never go wrong with me by teaching yourself to thank the locals, even though it can also be a bit of a self-aggrandizing gesture. Joseph and Monica thank him, but in English. "I just want to pick him up and take him home in my pocket," Monica observes with a grin. I guess the guy really is small, but it's often considered patronizing to think of the locals as actual souvenirs.