At 9:52 AM, the second flight lands. The teams look for cabs. Uchenna and Joyce got advice on the plane to head for the prepaid taxis, and Gretchen finds her way to the booth as well, only to hear the bad news that two teams have already been through. Apparently, there is an inside part of the taxi office and an outside part, and Uchenna and Joyce get better service because they stay on the inside part, while the other two teams go out and get hung up at the outside part -- as Rob and Amber and Ron and Kelly did, incidentally. Lynn tries to negotiate the fare in "ruples," the apparent currency of Isn't-India-Kind-Of-Russian-ylvania, and he winds up with a worse fare than Uchenna lands inside, as well. Uchenna and Joyce are the first of these three teams to get out, and the other two seem to now be in some kind of smackdown with a bunch of Lucknowvian taxi drivers.
Commercials. Oh, dirty children. What a menace you are.
At the Lucknow airport, the last two teams finally make their way out of the chaos and into taxis. Now-traditional Traffic Is Harrowing In India footage follows, and Phil notes that all teams are headed for Bara Imambara Palace, where they'll find a clue box. In the Rob and Amber cab, they are just arriving. They head for the entrance, and Amber puts a scarf on her head, as she is apparently asked to do. Rob ties one on as well, right over his Sox cap. Heh. In an interview, Rob says, "It's custom, you know, and we're all about the customs." Double-heh. I am told that in fact, for the guy to tie the scarf over his baseball cap is not in fact all that much of a "custom," but at least he's trying. As they take in the palace, Rob comments, "Some guy built this for his girlfriend." There has been much talk about the possibility that he specifically confused it with the Taj Mahal, but that's not my sense. My sense is that he's sort of speculating, in the "I bet some guy built this for his girlfriend" sense, which is probably based on the legends surrounding the Taj Mahal, but I don't think Rob specifically thinks this is the Taj Mahal, or is specifically relating that story to this palace. I think the comment is more, "This is the kind of place you later find out some guy built for his girlfriend." Which, if you consider great monuments of the world, isn't the worst theory you could come up with. "Or for himself," Amber counters, which...heh, that's not a bad theory, either. "Imagine if I built you a place," he says. "It'd look twice as nice." Aw.