And he says nothing in the back seat of the Miraclemobile while Keel and Whatshername throw some exposition at us (and the credits inform us that this episode is directed by a guy named Jesus), as we learn that Keel got a call from Charles Jurgensen, whom Keel knew at Coincidental University (or maybe it was Cambridge) and who is now a senior officer in the NSA. "I tried to educate him in the British ways," he says, whatever that means. "How'd that go?" says Whatshername. "Not entirely well," says Keel. "You don't like him," she says. "No, I don't," he admits. "But I respect him; he's very dedicated." And Keel goes on to explain that they used to have common interests, but Charles wanted to change the world. "And you didn't?" says Paul. "No, as a matter of fact I did not," says Keel. "That's quite a philosophy," says Paul all snarkily. You'd think he'd be a little more on his best behaviour, this being his first day on the new job and all.
At the airport, the miracle crew makes its way through some military checkpoints as we see some PR flack using her best soothing voice in the arrivals lounge to tell anxious relatives that the flight landed safely, but there was a small fire in the bathroom, and federal regulations demand that the cause be determined. "My wife has severe medical problems!" says one guy while the team walks by.
In a stark, grey room, some official dude is on a cell phone saying, "It's not terrorists," and that it's nothing they've ever seen before, and they're bringing a team to investigate the "paranormal ramifications" as he prints off these dossier pages of the group as the team walks in. "What the hell took you so long?" he barks, like, nice welcome, and Keel gives him a "Nice to see you too, Charlie," and Charlie glares at Skeet, and "Evelyn Santos" is Whatshername's name, and Charlie gives the dossier sheets to some guy and instructs him to make the team some badges. And Keel says, "We don't need no stinkin' badges." Well, no, he didn't, but that would have been pretty cool. And Charlie goes to the trouble of swearing them in, only as what he doesn't say, and warns them that any discussion of the situation off the premises will be considered treason, and Keel's all, dude, just tell us what is UP already. Charlie explains about the plane disappearing "for exactly sixty-four seconds" before reappearing and landing safely; Skeet asks what happened to the passengers, and Charlie says they're interviewing the "coherent" ones, but they all have different stories. Meanwhile, everybody can't help but notice a lump under a sheet on a gurney. So Keel asks, "What do you want from us?" and Charlie says "answers," which you'd think would be obvious to the head miracle answer guy. Oh, and we've only got a couple of hours before the media starts "peeling our skin," whatever that means. Finally, Skeet just out and asks, what's under the sheet? Weird slo-mo of Charlie walking over and throwing back the sheet to reveal a charred body underneath. "Passenger 13B," he says. 13B burned to death in the airplane lavatory, but there were no other signs of a fire. "We need to know how the hell all this happened," he says. "And we need to know it now. Let's go."