The *lyns ask for directions. In fact, they ask a gentleman who comes with them in the car. It's Fern Week! Ferns are 20% off! All Ferns must go!
As the other group drives on, Kimberly notes that "Bama is good with directions," which is good of her -- it's probably time for the other teams to start noticing that while they have things the *lyns are not good at, they also have things they're very good at, which is why they're still around. In the BQ car, Dustin is cracking up hilariously at the fact that Rob and Kim have a flat. "We're not evil blondes; we're just competitive blondes!" comments Kandice. It's interesting that she would choose to say this at a point that has nothing to do with competition. In fact, if the BQs were to tell them, they'll probably pull over and fix it, while if they don't tell them, they may drive right on until they don't need the car anymore. There's not much of a "competitive" reason not to tell them; it just seems like spite. Fortunately, Rob has noticed the sound that the car is making, and he determines that they do, indeed, have a flat. Finally, at this point, the BQs decide to pull up and tell the Pointies about the flat tire. As Rob gets out of the car, Kimberly is already telling him not to freak; just change the tire. He, of course, is kind of sick of their unending car issues. Tyler notices that the Pointies have vanished, but he doesn't seem to know why.
The *lyns have to let their Fern out of the car, but they've gotten good help from him.
In need of some good help are the Pointies, who are not at all happy about having to change this tire. Rob opens the back, but he's already kicking stuff and coming close to losing it. Elsewhere, Karlyn notes that they always seem to be behind, but they always stay in, so she's concluded that "there's a higher power that wants us to be here." Oh, boy. The "I am favored by God" argument. One of my personal favorites. Rob can't find the jack, and here go the *lyns passing him by. As they pass, Karlyn notes that if you have this much trouble with your car, it probably has something to do with you. And while I understand the instinct, I actually don't think it's true in this case. I don't think Rob gave them a flat tire by doing anything that would also cause overheating and the breakdown of a stick shift. Rob is, however, also having trouble getting the jack out of the back of the car, so... he's certainly having some issues. "We were in second place; now we're in last," he notes. Kim instructs him not to lose it and give up. Rob, hysterically, puts his head down and rubs the back of his head, doing a precise invitation of my best friend doing his "Disaster is striking! Time for a commercial!" pose, which he reliably does (in slow-motion) any time anything bad happens, particularly during travel. Inspired by this precise moment in almost every episode of this particular show, the routine requires that five seconds later, you look up and go, "Whew! That was close!"