I don't even know, you guys. This situation has a lot of ins and outs. The story starts in the middle and then jumps to the beginning and then goes back and forth a couple of times. On the other hand, it's got a lot of enthusiastically ridiculous moments, so I have to take that into account.
Okay. So Chance has to protect an anonymous hacker on a flight to Seattle, which means he goes undercover as an insurance agent. Hey, come back here! Would you be more interested if you knew that Winston is also on the flight, disguised as a flight attendant? No? Okay, fine. The pilot and co-pilot are unconscious, so Chance has to fly the plane. And the plane is on fire. And there's a guy with a gun. And this is all before the opening credits! Anyway, bad guys get captured, blah blah blah. I have decided that a recitation of the plot misses everything that's awesome about this show, so I shall instead run down the highlights.
Crazy lingo: "We pull a Crazy Eddie." This turns out to mean shaking up a can of soda to see who purposely ignores the mess. They don't explain how Crazy Eddie got his name attached to such a mild prank.
Ridiculous plan: The bottom of the plane is on fire, but the wind is stronger above the plane, so even if they open the landing gear, there's not enough wind to put it out. So why not fly the plane upside down?
Ridiculous complication: The autopilot breaks, so the plane gets stuck upside down.
Awesome solution: The hacker hacks into the flight computer, reboots the system, and overrides the autopilot with her laptop.
Crawling through an air vent: Yes.
Handcuffs cracked by paperclips/hairpins: Two
People who dangle from the landing gear of a plane in flight: Two
Whoa! No time to chat! We're in a smoke-filled airplane, and people are panicking! I already feel like I've used too many exclamation points, and I'll tell you right now that there are a lot of scenes in this episode that seem to require them. We're going to be taking the place normally occupied by narrative logic and causality and replacing them with exclamation points. So I apologize if it seems like this recap seems like it consists of me shouting at you. In my defense, I feel like the show is shouting at me.
Okay. I guess there was time to chat, after all! Getting back to the show, Chance and a female flight attendant bust into the cockpit while she demands to know who he is. He ignores her as he sits down in the pilot's chair, because he has vital exposition to deliver: the plane is on fire. She exposits right back at him that the captain and first officer (which I take to be the pilot and co-pilot, and when exactly did commercial air travel decide that it was a military organization? I blame the epaulets) are down with smoke inhalation. Also, Chance's cover this time out is "insurance salesman". She reluctantly takes the co-pilot position, calling herself a "stewardess" instead of a "flight attendant" for some reason.
And now we jump backwards six hours, which is a dramatic device I hate. It's not bad in itself, but it's been used a lot lately. You know what show used it a couple of times? Battlestar Galactica. And speaking of Battlestar Galactica, let's have a big hand for Special Guest Star Alessandro Juliani, who played Gaeta. Here, he's videoconferencing with Winston to explain his problems as the head of cybersecurity for some company in Seattle. We know he's in Seattle, because the desk behind him has a model of the Space Needle. It's true, everyone here in Seattle has a model of the Space Needle. They're everywhere. At any rate, here's the deal: there is a hacker named "Casper" who has figured out a way to break all security on the Internet forever. They're going to be calling this the "skeleton key to the Internet," but it sounds like Casper's method also breaks any password protection or firewalls. It is, shall we say, somewhat implausible. And it's not even the point of the episode! The plot is actually about Casper flying from San Francisco (where Winston and Chance are based) to Seattle, where he will help Gaeta fix the hole. In the Internet. But last night, someone broke into Gaeta's office and downloaded the correspondence with Casper. Including the flight information.