4:04 AM. Almost as if it were planned this way, we cut directly from Reichen complaining that he never gets to have any fun to ClownJon tearing the crap out of the clue on the mat, yelling, "Go, baby!" Whee! When the clowns are off the mat and make it to the curb, they luck into a driver who speaks what Al calls "perfect English," so they gratefully throw their packs in the trunk. I always expect something really unusual to fly out of their packs at any moment. Feathers, maybe, or a rubber chicken. Maybe a set of chattering teeth with feet. During the ride, ClownJon puzzles over the place names in the clue ("Hangangang..."), and they both laugh. Al explains that they both still want to have a good time on the race, even though "it's definitely do-or-die time." We get a good enough shot of the dashboard, incidentally, to verify that Tweety statues are not standard issue for Korean cab drivers. Go figure.
The Bassoon Of Uh-Oh utters a few disagreeable honks as the Chipsters try to get their non-English-speaking cabbie to go faster. Chip gestures furiously while chanting something that he claims means "please," but it doesn't seem to especially affect their driver's performance. I think if Chip wants to entice the driver, what he needs is the phrase for "We'll pay extra, and also I promise to stop doing this annoying thing with my hand that looks like the international hand signal for furious dog-paddling."
Elsewhere, in the BuffJon/Kelly cab, BuffJon practices the bit where you find yourself speaking to the cab driver in a funny accent, in the hopes that it will make everything clear. In an interview, he says, "We were speaking in English instead of Korean, so that kind of confuses him a little bit." Kelly laughs. It seems modestly noteworthy that instead of structuring that remark to lay the blame on the fact that the driver didn't speak English, BuffJon more accurately chalks it up to the fact that he and Kelly were in Korea and were unable to speak Korean. Hoping for a little international hospitality, they head into a big hotel, and at the concierge desk, a guy leans over and makes some marks on a map so that they know where they're going. When they're back outside at the curb, Kelly asks the guy who looks like the doorman whether, when they get a fresh taxi, he would be willing to help her explain to the cabbie where they need to go. During this conversation, a couple of guys are shoving each other around on the curb right near where Kelly is standing. Nervous that the drunks are going to bonk into Kelly and knock her over, BuffJon grabs her arm, which makes her jump. He explains that he's trying to keep some drunk guys from knocking her into the street, and she snips that she can move herself, thanks. Heh. You don't think they're a little tense, do you? They pile into what seems to be a new taxi, and they leave.