Team Divorced arrives, and makes no secret of looking over everyone's shoulder at their monitors. What's worse is they make no secret of their smugness over it, either. "They did our dirty work for us," Christy gloats. That would be legwork, but whatever. A consensus is forming among all the racers that the 3:55 a.m. flight is the fastest anyone can get to Auckland. But Aja wants to pull Ty away so they can wait in line and do their own thing. "I can't do our own thing when you fight me on everything," he snaps at her, rather unnecessarily. Especially given that they're surrounded by several other teams in a space that's roughly the size of an airplane bathroom. Ty solo-interviews that Aja gets frustrated easily, which leads to mood swings. As they leave the internet café, he sarcastically starts calling her "leader" and "Fidel Castro," which is rather rude. When we next see them, they're sitting in a row of chairs with two seats between them, still fighting as Ty accuses her of trying to run a dictatorship and getting attitude when things don't go her way. As opposed to Ty, who is being a total gentleman about everything. Aja gives a solo interview in which she admits as much, which I'm sad to see. Don't back down! I am enjoying the number of solo interviews in this episode, as the race reaches the point where team members start seriously getting on one another's nerves as opposed to just mine. Back in the airport, Aja decides to call a truce, which she does by ordering Ty to give her a hug. The irony does not escape Ty, even as she flops on top of him in his seat.
As the sun comes up, the fact that everyone is on the same flight is good news for the laggards and a frustration to the leaders, as always. Odd how you never see anyone saying, "That lead we started out with was really starting to frustrate me anyway."
This flight is so long the single Amazing Yellow Line traverses not an animated map but an animated globe, in what looks like a trip a third of the way around the planet. That Pacific's a big sucker, ain't it? At the Auckland airport, Terrence and Sarah emerge into the night in first place, followed by Dan|Andrew and Ken|Tina. All three teams quickly find marked Mercedeseseses and head off in search of Gulf Harbor. There's something a little off about these in-car scenes, and it takes me a minute to figure it out: it's that the steering wheels are on the right side of the cars, so the drivers are shot from a different angle. So exotic.