Trey & Lexi are the first team to arrive at the restaurant via taxi, still very early in the morning. They grab their clue, which has the Roadblock-indicating question, "Who wants to serve a balanced meal?" Cut to the inside of the restaurant, where Phil follows a server who has way too many plates stacked on one arm and about two in the other hand. Clearly that server's mom never told him to make two trips like mine always did. Phil explains that the racers will have to serve 20 plates of food, "All at once, padang style." The server places all the plates on a table in front of a group of customers, some overlapping, but without dropping a single one. We're shown a second demonstration of this skill, this time with Phil's narration, but I think we get it. Phil warns us that if any plates are dropped -- as we see a whole mess of them smashing on the floor -- the racers will have to go back and try again. This seems like a potentially huge waste of both china and food, but what can the racers do about it? Lexi takes this one for Team Austin. She goes in and starts stacking plates in a kind of inverted pyramid onto the one she's holding in her hand, which is not going to work at all. Clearly her major at UT Austin was not structural engineering.
Josh & Brent, Abbie & Ryan and Jaymes & James get to the clue box outside the restaurant at the same time and in that order. That's some good taxi luck on the part of the goat farmers. This one's going to Josh, Ryan and Jaymes, respectively. Inside, Lexi is struggling with the plate-stacking, getting her thumb pinched and smearing sauces on the bottoms of most of the bowls before putting them all down and starting over. The other teams join her at the pickup table and the twins' absence quickly becomes apparent. That seems to be because their cabdriver doesn't know where the restaurant is. To their credit, they quickly fire him rather than making a whole day out of trying to help him figure out where to go, Amy & Daniel. On the other hand, they don't go too far out of their way to spare his feelings, either.
The blondes, Caitlin and Brittany, open their clue at 7:08 AM. Caitlin interviews that they've never been part of anything this big before and they're expecting new emotions to come out, but "You're going to see me really mad before you see me cry." Is the sequence of events that important? "I could get punched in the face and still not cry," Brittany snort-laughs in agreement. I wonder how many people have taken that dare. I mentally come up with a number, but when Brittany adds, "There's no crying in baseball," I have to revise it sharply upward. In fact, their cabdriver might join those ranks, now that Brittany snaps at him, "Make major plays." Shut major up, Brittany.