Meanwhile, at the Singapore airport, Kelly and BuffJon and David and Jeff take off. We return to The Amazing World Map, where two Amazing Yellow Lines drift from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to Kota Kinabalu, with the Kuala Lumpur line in the lead. It is on the AWM as it is in life, of course.
Look! Malaysia! First to arrive is the Kuala Lumpur group. The clowns and Chipsters and Millie and Chuck all run out of the airport and hop into cabs. Phil explains that they're on the way to the Monsopiad Cultural Village. There, they will receive a "traditional Malaysian good luck blessing" and their next clue. The clowns are the first to arrive at the village, and when they spot the village, they have their driver make the turn. Close behind them are Millie and Chuck, who pull up and stop, and who then actually manage to pass the clowns as they run into the village, accompanied by a guy with a shield whose job is apparently to stick right on their tails in spite of their attempts to lose him. Heh.
The Chipsters are approaching the cultural village as well, but their driver manages to miss the turnoff, and once they realize it, it's too late to go back. The road is one-way, so they're going to have to take a circuitous route of some sort to get to where they need to be. Chip's face suddenly breaks into frustration. "Oh my GOD!" he screeches, clapping his hand to his head, and then his hand drops, his face goes straight again, and it's like it never happened. Wow, freaky. I wonder how long his longest temper tantrum was. I'm thinking around 2.6 seconds.
In the village, a gong sounds. An older woman dressed in a black robe and wearing a headdress approaches a nervous Millie and Chuck. Her acolyte (or equivalent) hands her a tree frond dipped in water. Millie mutters, "This is really funny," and chuckles. The woman performing the ceremony doesn't seem to be going for comedy, but I suppose everyone is entitled to an interpretation. She turns around to ClownJon, looking for sympathy. "It's kinda scarin' me," Millie says merrily. "Shhh," ClownJon scolds with a solemn expression. As the woman touches the leaves to Millie's shoulder and speaks, Millie appears in an interview: "As Christians...it was just a little unusual. I mean, what could they be saying? They could be putting a voodoo chant on us!" Okay, look. I'm not all hyped up over the giggling or the "scarin' me" or whatever, because I realize that she's under stress and it's hard to downshift to serious mode that quickly. But given time to reflect, it's disappointing that she would first of all make the geographically and culturally ignorant "voodoo" reference (not every ceremony you don't understand is voodoo, dear) and, even more so, that she would react with such suspicion to the ceremony. "Putting a voodoo chant on us" sounds to me like she was envisioning some kind of a curse, as if "unfamiliar tradition" = "Ouija board." I mean, why would a stranger employed by a cultural village put a "voodoo chant" on you? ["She saw the dailies?" -- Sars] Anyway, Millie survives the good-luck blessing without bleeding from the ears or anything, so she and Chuck are able to grab their clue. It tells them to head for the Kota Kinabalu boat jetty. Once they get there, they'll hop in a marked boat and be driven to a fishing trawler, where they'll get yet another clue.