Nick and Vicki finally get to board their flight in Hong Kong (making it actually 10:00 or so in Seoul) as Nick says their strategy is "stay positive, have as much fun as possible, and hope for the best." It'll be interesting to see what that looks like when Nick does it. Their flight takes off into a cloudy sky, symbolic of nobody giving a shit.
1,300 miles away, Jill and Thomas drive through torrential rain to the bridge. There are actually two bridges right next to each other: an arch-support footbridge, and a road bridge with a red through-arch. Looking at them from downstream, they almost overlap, but the one they want is the footbridge, since that's the one with the clue box standing in the very center of it. Brook and Claire are right behind Jill and Thomas, although they waste time putting plastic ponchos on over their goofy outfits while the other team runs to the clue box in the middle of the span. Nat and Kat have stopped somewhere to get their bearings, which they'd better do quickly. Thomas reads from the clue, "Welcome to the DMZ. Choose a rafting guide and raft." Those aren't two sentences you'd normally expect to hear together. Phil says they'll have to ride down the Hantan River and then get on a Humvee to Camp Casey, the nearby U.S. Army Base where they'll find their next clue. They head down to the riverbank to grab their raft while Team QVC runs to the clue box and back. Nat and Kat arrive shortly after, while Jill, now in a wetsuit, is yelling at Thomas to hurry up. "Jeez, you took longer to get dressed than I did," she points out. He clearly spent more time on his hair, though. Nat and Kat learn that they're rafting, and Team QVC are also in their suits. Jill and Thomas get in their raft with a crew of three guides and head downstream while Brook rushes Claire along. Lots of rafting ensues, and although it's cool at first, it goes on to the point where it becomes one of those things that's probably a lot more fun to do than watch. Especially since the subtitles with the racers' names are often the only way to tell which team we're looking at, seeing as how they're all dressed identically, have their heads covered with helmets, and are bring filmed by blurry, shaky, wet cameras. "Kelly Clarkson!" Claire says before she and Brook are hit by a wave. At the end of the rapids, Jill and Thomas and their crew (mostly their crew, I'm guessing) paddle to the riverbank, where a small group of large Humvees are waiting. They have to get in the back and put on army helmets and orange reflective vests. It looks like they're in for something pretty serious, but they're really not. Even the rain has let up.