After the ads, they're still circling a roundabout. "Big Ben, Parliament," Jeff cracks. At least he knows how to deploy a pop-culture allusion properly. Eventually they seem to find a road that they're happy with, figuring they'll be fine as long as they don't deviate from it in any way. Although Jordan threatens to shoot herself if they end up at another roundabout. "We can't get down now, we just started," Jeff points out. Hey, don't underestimate yourselves.
The war is raging, with Michael calling back to Louie, "I hate the smell of sulfur in the morning. Come on, Louie!" Louie is so out of breath he's coughing and spitting as he drags himself along. But afterward, he gives Michael credit for motivating him during the task. I bet live ammo would motivate him, too.
Steve|Allie and Joe|Heidi are on their way to the battlefield, Joe painfully aware that his knee is slowing him down. That llama back in Chile has a lot to answer for.
Michael and Louie have spotted the foxhole where the soldier is waiting below with a convincingly haunted expression. Michael vaults down and the young man hands him a slip of paper about the size of something from inside a fortune cookie, reading "The war is over. Vive La Liberté." Michael suggests Louie go first on the return trip, which will allow Michael to scream encouragement up his ass.
Steve|Allie and Joe|Heidi enter the almost literal fray. Joe says he plays horsey with the kids a lot, so he was right at home crawling. Do the kids usually kick him in the knee to start things off? Louie and Michael start crawling again, and as a bomb goes off a few dozen yards in front of them, Louie says, "The war's over, you can stop now!" They exchange friendly greetings with the other teams as they pass on the way back, which kind of undercuts the whole fog of war vibe the show is going for here.
The 75% Alliance (Carol|Brandy and Dan|Jordan) reaches the Massiges parking area at about the same time. Both teams are doing "Under Fire," and with Brandy being the lone holdout, they're 75% excited about it.
Jet and Cord arrive in sixth place and opt for Under Fire. Starting to see a pattern here. Michael and Louie emerge from the barbed wire, and hand the message to a stout pigeon-keeper waiting for them. He lets Michael put the rolled-up paper into the carrier tube on the bird's leg and it is sent on its way. Wouldn't it be nice if the front-line soldiers could tell the brass that wars are over rather than the other way around? I bet the wars would be a lot shorter then. Opening the clue, Michael says he'll take care of the reading, given Louie's breathless condition. "Head south down the road to receive your next clue," is all it says. There's a Route Info subtitle that simply says, "Head South," over a shot of a signpost pointing N and S in opposite directions. Is that simple enough for everyone (Brent)? Michael checks his watch compass and they head downhill, sliding a bit on the muddy surface. When they get there, Michael reads, "Blind U-Turn." And here's Phil, to explain that the U-Turn can be used to slow down another team by making them do the other half of a Detour. And since this is a Blind U-Turn, "The team that uses it can remain anonymous." Not if they're in front, they can't. Michael and Louie debate not whether to use it, but on whom; "Joe, or Steve?" What are Heidi and Allie, passengers?