As David and Jeff inquire about the status of their standby situation, the lady tells them to their considerable dismay that they aren't actually on the standby list. An unhappy David reminds her that he specifically told her they wanted to be on standby, and she told him that they couldn't be on standby unless they purchased a ticket, so they purchased a ticket. Apparently, she didn't think this explicitly meant that they wanted to be on standby, just that they wanted to buy a ticket for a flight that was full. You know, I think she's moved to the United States and is working for my bank. Jeff challenges her on why she would sell them the ticket and not put them on standby. She asks them what they want from her at this point, and they say -- duh -- that they want to get on the flight. The lady eventually comes back and says yes, she can get them on. "I don't want to cause any unpleasantness," the lady says. "I appreciate that," David says. Actually, if they're right about what happened, I think Who handled that very well, because they were assertive and asked for what they thought was fair, but they managed to do it without turning it into a pitched personal battle between themselves and the lady behind the counter. It's worth learning that it's a bad idea to act like a prick when you're trying to get someone to do something for you. When the clowns get up to the counter, ClownJon leans on it and hits his hopeful, scrunchy-faced, fingers-crossed, anticipatory thumbs-up pose, and indeed, they manage to get on the flight as well. Well, of course -- how can you say no to the thumbs-up pose? There is a big clown hug. At 7:00 PM, the flight takes off for Hong Kong, carrying Team Who and the clowns.
An unhappy BuffJon is confused in the gate area of the flight to Seoul. "Where the hell is the other teams?" he asks ungrammatically, not pleased by the fact that only the Chipsters are with him and Kelly. It would have been great if somebody had said, "The other teams is obviously ahead of you, jackhole." But without me there, who would say it? ["I wouldn't bet against Kelly." -- Sars] Sigh. At 10:35 PM, this flight takes off. The two now-trailing teams snooze on the flight.
The Amazing Yellow Line shows the connecting folks running ahead of the direct flight folks as the trip to Seoul gets underway.
And then we're in Seoul. Unsurprisingly, the camera guys would like to remind you that Seoul contains a lot of signs written in Korean. At 5:00 AM, the Who/Clown group arrives. They hop into cabs, agreeing to follow each other at this point, which I suppose is sort of one of the luxuries of being ahead. Al voices over, as they try to discuss the destination with their cabbie, that the language barrier in Korea was more challenging than those they'd run into elsewhere. David adds that the culture is very different, and he felt much more conspicuous as an American in Korea than he had in other countries. The pair of cabs takes off for the park. When they arrive at the tower, the clowns have a slight lead, and Al is the first to the clue box. The clue directs them to the Sundam Valley, which Phil explains is "only minutes away from the North Korean border." In case you aren't aware, the North Korean border contains soldiers and barbed wire, so it's even a little worse than blundering into a guy's yard looking for the train station. Once they find the valley, they'll need to find another clue box by the side of a river. When they're quoted a ticket price of almost $100 for the three-hour ride, the two teams decide they'll get cozy and all share a cab. Remember, it's going to be all four of them as well as presumably four crew guys. Big fun for everyone, especially with the aforementioned Putrid Stink. Whee!