Kelly and BuffJon pull up next, and grab number two. They're followed by the beleaguered Clown/Who taxi, with its cramped and tired passengers. Who winds up third, with the clowns last. Reichen voices over that Who has apparently formed "a small alliance" with Al and ClownJon, and he says that he feels a little threatened by that idea. He's hoping to see Kelly and BuffJon make the final three, because he doesn't see them as too big of a threat. Oooooh, hubris. Very dangerous, there, you Chipster, you. I do think it's a little risky to be deciding who is and isn't a threat at this late date -- it seems to me that anybody who's still in it at this point can beat you in any given leg.
The teams are finally allowed up to the clue, and they read that it's this week's Roadblock. "Which of you has the colder personality?" Reichen reads with a chuckle. Considering he's made of plastic and Swiss watch parts, I'd say that would be him. Phil explains that in this Roadblock -- oh, goodness. Phil's attire has gone off the deep end again. Black-and-white sweater, khaki coat with fur-trimmed hood. [Shudder.] Anyway, he explains that in this Roadblock, the person who takes it will have to go into the frozen river through a hole in the ice, swim a short distance underwater, and emerge through another hole on the other side. Moreover, after they're out, they'll have to wait until their body temperature returns to normal before the team can leave. Chip takes the Roadblock, as does BuffJon (after Kelly enjoys a bit of a smile at the "colder personality" question), Al, and Jeff. Al, in particular, is very depressed when he actually gets as far as reading the clue. "Oh, noooooooo," he growls miserably. The clue also has a reference to "strip[ping] to your skivvies," which leads to a rather amusing remark by Reichen: "What are skivvies?" Apparently, in his house, they only used the word "undergarments."
The local Ice Wranglers cut holes in the ice with chainsaws, and haul the blocks out as the teams approach. Chip, bearing the number one, is first to strip. This scene is just full of facts to go in the Chip's Body Indexing System, the least interesting of which is the fact that he has a fairly sizable tattoo on his upper back. To break the tension as Chip gets ready to go, ClownJon and Al offer a little song and dance. No one appears especially amused. In the medical tent, a stripped-down Chip is asked whether he's ever had a heart attack before. Now, that's comforting. He says no. Does he have hearing problems? No. He breathes for the doctor's stethoscope. Outside, we see Reichen watch nervously as he voices over that he was pretty nervous for his sweetie watching him get checked out. Chip walks over to the hole in the ice, sticks his feet in, and then plunges into the very, very cold water. We see him swim under the water as, above ground, Kelly expresses amazement at the fact that he's actually doing such a ridiculous thing. And yes, even the most mature among us will admit that when Chip emerges out of the "exit hole" and starts to dry himself off with towels, it's difficult not to notice what was warmly dubbed by The Eagle-Eyed Forum Posters this week as his "nutbunch." (Hey, we don't write the news. We just report it.) Seriously. Whatever the opposite of "shrinkage" is...well, it's this. Heaters blow on the Chipster as Reichen comes over to check on him. Chip gives a lovely voice-over about how Reichen supported him and helped get him dressed when he got out of the water. "I'm really lucky to have him as a partner," Chip says warmly, leaving off the part about "except when he books us in business class." When they open the next clue once Chip's body temperature has normalized (the body temperatures of some of The Eagle-Eyed Forum Posters remaining unnaturally elevated), it tells them to head for subway station 228 in Seoul. Phil shows us that the clue box is somewhere in the station. They get into a cab.