With that out of the way, Phil indicates their first challenge behind them. It's a long wall that looks like what would have appeared onscreen if Keanu Reeves had said in The Matrix, "We need umbrellas. Lots of umbrellas." Phil says that the umbrellas make up part of a word puzzle that they'll need to solve using six letters that will appear at the top of the display. Although the racers-to-be don't yet know what those letters will be, we get a flash-forward telling us that those letters will be "WANPEI." Each of the umbrellas has three letters on it, and using those letters twice and combining them with the other six will tell them their first destination. It sounds complicated, but Phil's explanation makes even less sense. Flash-forward again, as we see that they'll be looking for umbrellas with the letters T, A, and I, to form TAIWAN, TAIPEI. If they get it right, Phil will give them the keys to one of the white SUVs parked outside. Oh, and the team who finishes last? They'll get to inaugurate a brand-new penalty called a Hazard, which they'll have to do at some point during this leg. So basically it's a Speed Bump, except you get it for sucking at the beginning of this leg instead of sucking the whole previous leg. Phil signals the sign to flip, so they all get a nice long look at WANPEI before he says, "The world is waiting for you. Good luck. Travel safe. [Massive eyebrow-pop.] Go!" Yep, still cool.
The teams sprint across the courtyard and start grabbing umbrellas and opening them, with really no idea of what they're looking for. You can tell because people just start bringing random umbrellas to Phil and lining up for his approval, so he gets really quick at telling them, "Not correct." The snowboarders, however, decide to "look for vowels," so they're the first to find a TAI umbrella and get their keys to leave. The other teams have no idea how they did that, other than that "it had an 'I' on it." Amani and Marcus are so excited to get it right next that they almost leave without car keys, until Phil calls them back. They looked ready to run all the way to Los Angeles International Airport. Andy and Tommy get into their SUV, where a video of Phil on the dashboard screen congratulates them on figuring out their first destination, "Taipei, Taiwan." Dashboard Phil might be giving them a little too much credit. Amani and Marcus are also in their car, and soon two teams are rolling through the neighborhood in a very short caravan.