As Gretchen and Meredith make their way through the streets, a woman comes up to Gretchen and asks for her autograph. It's a fairly simple equation, I suspect: Cameras + American = Famous! They give an autograph, and their guy explains, "It's because we're happy to see you." Heh. They arrive at the gas station at last, still with their Fern. And I believe as a result of the teams coming through earlier and there being a big lag between the last group and this team, there is a huge crowd gathered, waiting for them to arrive. I suspect there was some sort of a "there's one team left to arrive; hang around and wait for them" vibe that the crowd was aware of, which is why there's such excitement. Or else, as multiple EEFPs suggested, they really did think Meredith was Larry David. At any rate, the crowd cheers effusively, and Meredith and Gretchen soak it up, waving and greeting the giant throng. They open the Detour clue, and noting that 175 pounds is a lot of coal, they go with the Liquid. Yeah, probably. I think "old people shoveling coal" is not a recipe for warm-hearted television. As she walks, Gretchen notes all the people waiting to see her. Another guy asks Meredith for an autograph, and Meredith trades it for help finding a rickshaw. Heh. That's a player.
Rob and Amber find a bunch of people who aren't on their list, but then they find the third who is. Ron and Kelly deliver successfully. Uchenna and Joyce get to the office and start asking around what department they're in. They manage to track down their first person without, it seems, too much difficulty. Lynn and Alex arrive, and they pour the tea, but inside, they're not sure how to find what they're looking for. They seem to have no touch with the locals at all, or else they wind up in the wrong place, because no one seems to have any idea where any of the people on the list can be found.
Commercials. I still hate that Dove ad, just by association.
Alex and Lynn finally get someone to direct them to the Education Department, which is apparently upstairs. As they walk up, Lynn talks about "step aerobics," blah blah, because he's all about the quippety-quips, and then they find their first guy and deliver his tea. Elsewhere, Rob and Amber find the Law Department and ask for somebody named, I believe, "Asharfi." Through what I suspect is a misunderstanding, the guy Rob greeted turns out not to be the actual guy, and it takes a minute to straighten out who's who. Rob sort of winds up barking at the guys, but the actual Asharfi is smiling the whole time, so I don't think they're that horrified. I think this is all going down a bit like a game of capture-the-flag that the entire building is basically in on, so it didn't read to me like actual tension. And also, on his way out the door, Rob says, "Thanks, buddy. Don't try to pull a fast one like that again." Heh. Although he is probably too loud for the room. As they leave, they find their Fern again, and Rob says, "I need your help more; we're going down the street now." He does have a certain "if I don't ask you, you can't say no" approach to the Fern-finding. As I suspect he does to many things in life.