The first bus arrives at its destination, only to find that the Gio Hoat Dong boat dock is only open from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, according to the helpful English sign across the entrance. Looks like they'll be spending the night. It's dark and still raining by the time the next bus arrives, and I can't imagine any of them are too thrilled to have spent a hundred whatever per team for nothing, especially now that they discover the only accommodations for them until the morning are camp chairs. Cozy.
As some of the teams grab some dinner and wait out the rain in a local restaurant, Garrett tells us about Jessica's good qualities: "She's very loyal, very loving, very caring. She's a really good person." You know, except for her female drama and her fiery Colombian side. Maria and Tiffany interview about how good they are at watching people and learning about them, and saying they don't get "warm vibes" from Justin and Zev. Well, a) one of them has Asperger's, and b) you lied to them. Even Zev, who has a clinically diagnosed condition that makes it difficult for him to read people, says of Team Inside Straight, "They don't give off a loving, let-me-help-you-out-vibe." After dinner, everyone adjourns to patio furniture by the dock, as Lance complains about the "culture," which to him consists of his wet footwear. Well, by that standard, I never should have gone back to New York City after that time I was there when it was raining. The poker chicks interview that they don't believe he's a lawyer. "I don't want to use the word 'meathead' in the wrong sense," Tiffany says, "but we just cannot picture Lance in a courtroom." Oh, I can, easily. He's the one in the defendant's chair.
Next morning, after a little picturesque footage of daily activities around the dock, the gate is opened at 7:00 sharp and the teams all run in a group to the clue box. It's a Route Info, which they really need a new name for if they're going to keep having so many of them. Phil tells us that the teams will have to board small sampans and race through the Mekong Delta to some mud pits along the bank. Then they'll need to work together to carry the thick, dark, slimy mud from the bank to an adjoining fruit orchard, where they will need to bury the roots of a tree in the mud, up to where it's marked with a red ribbon. That ribbon is just a couple of feet above the ground, but the fenced-in circle around it is fairly wide. This is going to call for a lot of mudslinging..