At the airport, the three lead teams are on their feet, waiting to board that 12:25 flight out of Hong Kong. Nick and Vicki de-cab and run through the airport. The other three teams board, still wondering about them. Nick and Vicki get to a ticket agent and learn about the 12:25 flight. By now, the other three teams are already on the plane (although Brook and Claire are somehow running a previous leg, because they have different hair and outfits and there's sunlight streaming in through their window), and an even more ominous sign for Nick and Vicki is the green subtitle under each of those teams' names reading "1st Flight to Seoul," which pretty clearly indicates that there will be a second flight to Seoul. And then we see it take off, and Nick and Vicki get the bad news that the 12:25 flight has already left. But all is not lost, because there's another flight at 9:30 in the morning. Okay, all is lost.
After the ads, Nick and Vicki accept their fate, and can only hope someone ahead of them gets lost. "It really comes down to a miracle," Nick says ,while Vicki stays relatively positive. Coincidentally, Nick being positive would be a miracle.
Early in the morning, the first flight from Hong Kong arrives in Seoul, home of lots of buildings and bustling, according to the b-roll. The three lead teams run through the airport and find the cars waiting for them and jump in, although there's a bit of a snarl getting out of the airport as the teams cars all crowd each other, plus it's raining now. Just looking at the map and their proximity to North Korea is making Thomas nervous, while Brook proposes forging an alliance with North Korea to put the other teams in a time-out. Palin supporter, right there. They goof off in an interview, and Brook tells Claire she's going to focus on driving. Claire approves. Nat and Kat are also a little nervous about the possibility of driving across the border at any moment.