Taraweasel and Boston, heading for the bird market. Interestingly, Wil and Tara have no idea where they're going at all. Way to "take it to town," Weasel. Blake and Paige, in Chinatown. They buy a paper Mercedes, find a big fire, and throw their car on. Blake mentions that he's "burned a couple cars in [his] day." You have? That's...interesting. But in the end, nothing happens for them, either. Again, it's the wrong shrine. Heh.
Mary and the Fruit are on the way to the bird market. Mary is getting directions. Back to Jeebus, stuck in town, still trying to find the water taxi. Russell voices over about how hard it was for them, being in this completely overwhelming and hectic city. He probably feels that way in Duluth, too.
Back in Chinatown, Gary and Dave and the Teeth pick up new cars. Paige notes that she sees Danny and Oswald.
Okay, here we go with The Undying Controversy Of The Week. Blake and Paige take their new car (a white one this time) to a different shrine, and the guy there tells them that they have to pray before they throw the car in. Cut to Blake and Paige, kneeling in front of an altar at the temple. Here's what he says (out loud): "May God save all these people who are so lost and so confused, and they worship idols. We will not worship idols. In your name we pray. Amen." Now, let me explain why I think he's a schmuck. As it was read, the clue said to "send [the car] to your ancestors as the local people do." If he believed that the clue required them to pray (because prayer is part of the car-burning ritual), Blake could legitimately have interpreted that in one of two ways -- "you have to pray as a Buddhist [a local visitor to this particular shrine] would," which I personally think would be ridiculous, or "you have to say some kind of a prayer," which would be a little less so. Now, had he interpreted it as "you have to say some kind of a prayer," he could easily have paused in any location he wanted and said a prayer of his own, including a silent prayer. Had he interpreted it as "you have to pray as a Buddhist would," then he could have gone into the temple and up to the altar and tried to make like a Buddhist, which I don't blame him for not wanting to do, as it could be argued that that's equally disrespectful. Furthermore, if he felt strongly about it, he could have refused to do it, gone back to the beginning of the Detour, and done the birds instead. But in the end, there's no interpretation of that clue that would require him to go kneel by the altar in the temple and give a prayer about the wrong-headedness of Buddhism. That isn't, in any way, doing it "as the local people do." That's just a rude thing to do in anybody's temple or church, and I didn't really see how much I disliked it until the second time I saw the episode. He has a right to think Buddhism is false, but it doesn't excuse this particular move. He also does it holding up the car toward the shrine, which is just plain cheesy.