Chipsters on the subway. There's a really interesting shot here, which I think can't be an accident, that shows Chip looking really stricken, like he's getting extremely tired all of a sudden. The race takes a bite, after all, out of everyone eventually. And I'm sure being frozen into a Chipsicle didn't do him any favors in this department.
Kelly and Jon arrive at the subway station in their cab. The Chipsters are already there, searching the station for the clue box. Because Kelly and Jon come in at a different entrance, it appears, they find the clue box first. BuffJon opens the clue while Kelly looks on, still unhappy about the cab fight. It's this week's Detour, and the choices are Strong Hands and Strong Stomach. In Strong Hands, you follow a map to a martial arts center and use a little Tae Kwon Do to break boards with your hands. Phil points out that while this sounds difficult, it's not all that bad. In Strong Stomach, they have to follow a map to a restaurant where they'll have to eat "a Korean delicacy," which turns out to be extremely fresh octopus. In fact, Phil describes it as "live." Given that's chopped up, I'm not sure if I'd say it's "live," but I'm not comfortable classifying it as "dead" either. You've heard of chicken in wine, right? Well, this is octopus in limbo.
Kelly and Jon discuss the fact that the restaurant is within walking distance, whereas for the boards, they'll need a cab. "It's gonna be, like, buttlickers," Jon says, and Kelly says, "No, let's break the board." Heh. They grab a cab.
Inside the station, the Chipsters have found the route marker. Based on the fact that the restaurant is close and the martial arts center is far away, Chip advocates the Strong Stomach option, so that's what they do. They find a young lady outside who walks them to the right street, and when they find the restaurant, they head inside. They do not comment on the huge octopus cartoon on the front window, although you'd think a smart fellow could take it as a hint of what's to come. There's a brilliant cut directly to the Chipsters, sitting at a table, staring uneasily at a glass bowl filled with water that has several live octopi swimming around in it. As the sounds of chopping come from somewhere, the Chipsters look around apprehensively. ["I loved how the table seemed a little too tall for them, too, so they both looked like little kids dreading the approach of Brussels sprouts. Hee." -- Sars]