Previously onThe Amazing Race: the entire season.
In case you haven't heard, Phil reminds us that we're in Beijing, "Capitol of the People's Republic of China, home to an Olympic landmark: the Bird's Nest." Which became the "ultimate world stage," when? When it was the tenth Pit Stop in a race around the world. I'm glad that place finally got the attention it deserves. But before the Race starts again, why not watch Tammy and Victor research their trip to the Galapagos Islands on a certain travel website, with a certain gnome mascot sitting on the table in front of the laptop? How about...because we don't want to? Besides, I like the new "getaway" ad much better than the old gnome-themed ones. Here's hoping that next season's Race will incorporate that into the competition with tasks like making Racers jump into moving cars.
Team Family Law arrived at the Pit Stop at 9:15 AM, so they're leaving at 9:15 PM. A twelve-hour rest period? That's crazy talk! The clue is sending them to their final destination: Maui, Hawaii. And then they'll find their way to a place with the evocative name of "Beach Access 118." Sounds like a Jan and Dean song, doesn't it? As they head over to grab a cab, we see them interview that the other two teams are tough competition. Well, one of them is. At the brilliantly-lit airport (they do hate darkness in Beijing, don't they?), Victor gets on a phone at a kiosk and starts trying to book tickets, in English, while a ticket agent stands next to them for some reason. But all they learn is that they'll have to wait until the airline office opens at 6:00 the next morning. So much for their lead.
Before ripping their clue at 11:24 PM, Luke leans over for a kiss on the cheek from Margie. They're thrilled to be going to Maui. They interview that they started out as the underdogs, but they proved everyone wrong. "We're a very strong team. We'll do anything to win this game." Well, the final leg has new underdogs, so look out for them.
Inside the airport, they meet up with Tammy and Victor, who tell them that there are no tickets or even reservations to be had at this hour. I'm sure Margie and Luke will check into that themselves, even if we don't see it happen. I'm also sure a previous season would have subjected us to some non-intrigue designed to play up some idea that Victor's not to be trusted, but once again, I prefer this season's version of The Amazing Race. More racing, don't you know.