Johannesburg. Ray and Deana, Lynn and Alex...everybody comes off the plane, and the early disadvantage goes to Uchenna and Joyce and Ron and Kelly, who have to go to baggage claim and wait for their checked backpacks to appear.
In their car, Ray and Deana rip the clue and find themselves a Fast Forward. As Phil explains, there are only two on the whole race. And only one team can get the FF, so if more than one team goes for it, the first ones to get it will get it, and everybody else will have to pick up where they left off. Let's face it -- you probably know the drill. Phil does dish up a nice "most advantageous to go for it," so that makes me all kinds of happy, as we know. On this particular Fast Forward, you drive 26 miles to Soweto and go to the top of a cooling tower, where you cross a suspension bridge. Alex and Lynn open the clue next, and this is where it is explained that for those not selecting the Fast Forward, the next step will be a Detour. In this Detour, the choices are Tunnels and Tribes. In Tunnels, you drive about 50 miles to some underground caves, rappel 45 feet down, and "search the underground labyrinth for a clue." Dramatic! In Tribes, you drive 40 miles to a cultural village and complete a task that involves taking "traditional items" and delivering them to each of five tribal chiefs. Potentially wacky! Lynn and Alex think that Tunnels sounds kind of hard (heh, me too), so they go with Tribes. Elsewhere, Ray is getting directions to Soweto for the Fast Forward. Alex and Lynn almost immediately need directions, and then in their car, Lynn says that he's so happy that Johannesburg is "a real city," because he was afraid that it would be "chickens and camels and whatever." Yeah. He thought the capital of South Africa wouldn't be a "real city," but would be "chickens and camels." Not the most culturally sensitive commentary I've ever heard. It's hard to offend urban planners, nongovernmental organizations, and chickens with one remark.
Ray and Deana start out for the Fast Forward, and Deana almost immediately has difficulty with the gears. Back at the airport, Rob and Amber get into their car and decide to go for the Fast Forward, which is not great thinking. When you know there are some teams out ahead of you (which you could know from counting cars), I don't think it's the right move to go for the FF, because the consequences of not getting it really suck.