Phil explains that in this particular Roadblock, the Roadblocker will have to climb about a bazillion stairs up to the top of a very large ski jump. Lest you think there is ski jumping, rest assured that there isn't. In fact, there is merely the riding of a zip line 1,000 feet down to the bottom. Meh. I don't love this, because really, all you have to do is the climb, and then they shove you and you float down. That's just not that impressive a feat, and you don't have to conquer your fear of heights nearly as much as you do with, say, a bungee jump, because you're hanging from something the whole way. Anyway, Kristy and Jon take the Roadblock for their respective teams, and they scale the stairs to the top. Kristy explains that she's very afraid of heights. Yes, yes, I know, fear of heights, blah blah.
Jon rides down, to the appreciative "Woo!" of his girlfriend. At the bottom, they open a clue that directs them to drive 50 miles to a Viking Village. Where everyone probably wears those helmets with the yellow braids, you know. Kristy, meanwhile, rides down, with a little appropriate screaming. They get the clue and leave, taking their Fern along after he assures them that he knows where the Viking Village is.
Meredith and Maria? Oh, they're still stalled. Still nothing happening. "More gas," Meredith says, not all that helpfully. The car jerks forward, you know, again. Maria, now weepy, says that she can't get the car to go. She puts a hand to her forehead in frustration, and in the back seat, Meredith grabs her head. I'd feel a lot sorrier for them if the need to drive stick were any kind of a surprise at this point, but it's not. Driving stick is not that hard to learn, and this is a completely predictable outcome, so...you know, boo hoo.
Commercials. Should Suze Orman be doing car commercials? That seems wrong to me.
When we return, Maria is still fretting over her inability to drive stick. Even her pink headband with the red hearts can't help her now. Finally, however, she manages to get the car moving. So this will no longer be a problem, provided she can keep driving continuously until it's time to stop at the end of the entire race. They'll just have to switch off drivers as they circle the pit stops for twelve hours. For them, it will be eat, sleep, and mingle out the driver's side window.