Further back in the pack, Ty and Aja are consolidating their make-up, with Ty talking to nobody about how arguing doesn't help anything. "You're doing a good job driving," Aja offers. Right on cue, there's a bang and the car lurches. No, he didn't run over anything; it's a blown tire. "Don't do this to me now!" Ty implores the shredded rubber on his front passenger-side wheel, after getting out to investigate. Ty says he has never had a flat tire before, so he doesn't have any idea what to do. He shouldn't feel bad, because apparently Dallas doesn't either: "Nothing I could have done there," he claims as he and Toni cruise by them, jumping from sixth to fifth. "Well, there's one team we know we're ahead of," Nick says as they pass Team Long Distance as well. Aja seems to be blaming Ty for this, and he snaps at her, so she goes out into traffic to try and flag down a passing car. Where she is instantly flattened. Not really, but she's not being particularly careful, seemingly relying on the visibility of her red pants to be spotted by motorists. And that's how we leave them. Despite this catastrophe, Brooke and Marisa are still somehow in last. Probably halfway to Wellington by now.
Back from the ads, Aja finally succeeds in flagging down a guy in an SUV, who changes the tire for them while Ty berates himself for being an idiot. And Ken and Tina arrive at the Marina, looking forward to facing the Gordian Knot. The Frat Boys are right behind them, with Terence and Sarah still behind them. The three teams race out onto the maze of docks in pitch blackness, and all three of them seem to find a knot lying patiently on the planks at about the same time. They get to work worrying an end loose, and then it's a race to unravel them to find the narrow slip of paper in the center. The Frat Boys get to it first, and it reads, "Drive yourselves to the summit of Mount Eden."
Phil tells us that would be "one of Auckland's famed dormant volcanoes, and its highest natural point." We see a gorgeous aerial shot of the peak and the closed crater, all clad in a striking bright green. Except of course for the clue box waiting on the rim. Back to Ken and Tina, who have discovered that there's a Fast Forward option. Phil reminds us that this means the first team to complete the Fast Forward (of which there are two in the race) can go straight to the Pit Stop. This Fast Forward will send them to "The tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, the Auckland Sky Tower." Which looks a lot like a space needle, only taller. About a fifth of a mile, in fact. And the Fast Forward team will have to climb all the way from the sky deck to the very tippy-top, outside, "and pick up a friend." Dude, is Matt LeBlanc really having that much trouble finding work?