For "Pack-A-Box," Phil says they'll participate in India's spice trade, "which accounts for almost fifty percent of the world's supply." That's one of those facts that's interesting but not terribly surprising. As he says this, we see workers running hunks of ginger root through a strainer screen, I guess to shake out the loose dirt and sticks and whatever other byproducts are generated by the ginger-industrial complex. Phil says the teams will have to come to this "processing center" (which makes it sound more like a modern factory than the basic stone courtyard it clearly is), fill empty wooden boxes with dried ginger, then seal them, paint stencils on them, and take them to the depot for shipping. Again with the tasks that require racers to do more than one thing. I'm torn on whether that's a good thing, ten legs in. In any case, both lead teams (and it seems so weird to refer to Vanessa and Ralph that way) are going with Pachyderm.
Team Big Brother somehow finds the barber before Art and JJ do. Rachel bows to him theatrically and they get their clue and decide on Pachyderm, but JJ figures they can "win it on manual labor," so they're doing "Pack a Box." The only problem with the "win it on manual labor" strategy is that it only works if other teams are doing it too.
Bopper and Mark get to the temple, where their Speed Bump sign is waiting -- next to the dancing people disguised as tigers. The clue reads, "Paint the tiger on the belly of a Pulikali Tiger Dancer and prepare them for the dance!" Well, that explains why they're here, at least. But have they really been dancing here since Vanessa and Ralph left here hours ago? Phil stands in front of the jingling dancers as he explains the Speed Bump. Upon closer examination, the torso of one of the tiger dancers is painted plain white, and Bopper and Mark's job is to paint a tiger's face there. When it's good enough, the head priest will hand them their next clue, just like he did with the other teams. Does anyone else find it odd that the dancers have both tiger masks on and paintings of tigers on their torsos? It's like those cheap-ass Halloween costumes of the seventies and eighties where the front of the costume had a picture of what the costume was. Which never made sense to me even then. Bopper and Mark head over to the waiting dancers and assess the situation. Bopper allows that he's painted a lot of creek rocks with his daughter, so he "had no problem with it, other than it being on a man's belly." Just pretend it's a creek rock.