2:14 AM. Derek and Drew. One or the other of them, or possibly both, voice over that the trip has been great for them and they've loved spending all this time together and so forth. Driver, cab, Jet.
Jill and John Vito are the first to arrive at the fountain, and when they see the giant plume of water 400 feet in the air, John Vito comments that "that's gotta be it." The water attacks them with an aggressive spray as they approach the clue box, and this for some reason makes them giggle excitedly. When they get the clue, it tells them to head for the Petronas Towers in the country represented by the flag that's included. Yay, real clues! Yay, punishing ignorance! Yay, making the racers learn stuff! For those of you who didn't take college-level geography, Phil passes the word that the flag represents Malaysia, and the towers are in Kuala Lumpur, which is about 7,000 miles away. You know, I was beginning to wonder when the heck we were going to make some eastward progress, because I think I've had about all the goats and beer I can manage. The first thing on JVJ's agenda, reasonably enough, is to figure out what country the flag is from.
Here comes the Bald Snark, approaching the geyser-like fountain. As they run toward it, Kenny remarks, "That looks like Gerard when he gets mad." Then he stops and acts out a dramatic scene of Gerard's head blowing off, complete with "psssshhhhh!" noise. Hee. They should get their own show. And it should be a cartoon. Gerard laughs, and they read the clue. They do not recognize the flag. "Oy vey, what the heck is that?" Gerard wonders.
In the JVJ cab, Jill is expressing her hope that their team is not the only one that didn't recognize the flag. Oh, no, my dear. You most certainly are not. However, back at the Bald Snark cab, they have lucked into a driver who does recognize it. "Malaysia," he tells them, and they hop in the cab for the airport.
In the twin cab, Drew raises an interesting point. "I forgot, today's our birthday!" "Oh, yeah!" Derek says, and looks at his watch. Because what time is it? It's birthday time! They hope it will be a good day. Yeah, I always have the same hope on my birthday. And then at some point, it occurs to me that I am one year closer to death, and I spend all day listening to the clocks tick like it's an Edgar Allan Poe story, calculating my retirement needs in my head and pondering the ultimate futility of alpha hydroxy acid. Not that I'm suggesting you should feel that way if today is your birthday. Anyway, as they approach the fountain, Derek remarks that the Jet D'Eau looks like Old Faithful. Did I not just say "geyser-like"? Derek and I think alike. Hmm. Is that good news? They grab the clue and puzzle over the Malaysian flag.