They head into the cockpit and discover that the pilot's unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning. John explains how on earth the pilot could have gotten carbon monoxide poisoning in the first place -- the short also affected his air supply. The stewardess grabs the headset and tries to radio Heathrow for help. Rachel puts an oxygen mask on the pilot. Inspector Clueless shouts, "Will he be able to fly this plane?" Yes. But they'll need to get him oxygenated first. Rachel and the inspector grab the pilot and pull him out of the cockpit. John sees the aeronautical engineer, and asks him if he can fly the plane. The man responds by saying he's going to be sick. So, I guess not. John dives into the pilot's seat. Rachel stays in the cockpit, and doesn't attend to her patient. What-freaking-ever. John grabs the headset and tries to contact Heathrow again. Heathrow replies, but their coordinates are cut off by the choppy weather. The plane rolls from left to right and back again. People scream. Rachel yells, "Do something, John!" The stewardess cries, "Oh my god we're going to die!" Instruments whirl and make a lot of really problematic noises. John grabs the stick that controls the plane and tries to get it under control. The last shot before commercials is of the plane heading straight down -- the worst possible direction.
John tries to get the plane under control. Okay, now Inspector Clueless is in the cockpit along with Rachel and the stewardess. No one is looking after the pilot. There's no future at this moment, only the present. Of course, the instruments aren't working, and he can't see the horizon. He screams for a bottle of scotch. The Inspector makes some crack about all of them needing a drink. No, silly, he needs the bottle to improvise an instrument to tell him where the horizon actually is. The airplane banks a hard left. Then a hard right. It's a tense moment, but John manages to get the airplane back on the proper horizon and up over the storm. He turns the autopilot back on, and the plane settles down into a normal rhythm.