Dustin and Kandice arrive next, followed by Peter and Sarah. Everyone who didn't wait at baggage claim, take one step forward. Peter and Sarah and the BQs wind up on the same elevator, and when it gets to the top, he aces out the BQs for the third number by hustling his ass to the box. This makes the BQs all annoyed, but... that's life, you know? Sometimes if you don't hustle, you get thumped. It usually doesn't matter, but one time out of 50, that way Peter has of acting hyper all the time gets him something other than someone's lifelong resentment. So Peter and Sarah are three, and Dustin and Kandice are four.
Everyone is still standing around when the *lyns, Dave and Mary, and the *wins show up -- whatever they're doing isn't opening for a bit -- and they take numbers five through seven respectively. We also learn that the *wins are both pretty scared of heights, making this the ideal show for them. Neither of them, it turns out, wants to do this.
At 11:00 AM, the activity opens. They all go into a little room and pull their clues, which offer two things: a Fast Forward, and a Roadblock. In the Fast Forward, you drive 18 miles to an oil field where they'll put on protective gear and walk up to a simulated oil well fire to get a clue. In the Roadblock, someone climbs a ladder that curves around the round top of one of the towers. Then, back on the ground, they'll get a bag of puzzle pieces -- this is where those rumblings that there's now a Survivor challenge producer working here begin to look pretty plausible -- and assemble a big puzzle on the ground. The puzzle will "reveal" the location of the market where they have to head next. The Roadblock clue apparently asks who's "strong in both mind and body." Kimberly takes it for her team. Because she is strong in mind and body and, if necessary, in yelling. Although in fairness, they both are. Karlyn takes it, and after Sarah says that she'll put Peter in charge of whether to go for the FF (ick), she winds up taking the Roadblock for her team. Sarah certainly does spend a lot of time suspended in the air.
The little plot detail that emerges next is that the BQs, who are holding number four, are considering going for the FF. Logically enough, so are Dave and Mary -- who, you'll remember, have a particular need to come in first. Erwin takes the Roadblock for the *wins, but they start to chat about the fact that Mary and Dave need to get the FF and finish first to avoid that 30-minute penalty and the chance of elimination. At the moment, the BQs are deciding to go for the FF as well. So what happens is that over at the elevator, the *wins tell the BQs that they're going for the FF. It makes sense that they would, of course, since they're set to climb last. The idea here is that if you tell the BQs that someone else is going for the FF, it puts them in the position of having to compete for it, and if they don't get it, then they'll really be screwed -- remember, it's 18 miles away, so you can't just pop over and check and come right back if it doesn't work out. The BQs do indeed retreat from the FF, just as Dave and Mary decide they'd better go for it. So Dave and Mary and the *wins get on the elevator down to the bottom, and once they're in the elevator, Godwin assures them that the *wins aren't really going for it; they were just trying to help Dave and Mary get positioned to get it. At the bottom, the teams trade hugs, but the boys are urging, "Just go, go." It's quite endearing, really. Mary asks some locals how to get to the 6th Ring Road, and she learns that it's right near the 5th Ring Road. Revelation! Mary voices over that the *wins did a great thing for them, and she sets up the dynamic for the episode by noting that she would be really sad if they were eliminated as a result of that decision. As for the *wins, Erwin tells us that they wanted to play the game "a certain way," and that Mary and Dave have been good friends to them.