And then Keel's snagged Skeet and Emily and is shoving them into a janitor's room for a clandestine meeting, figuring he's only got a couple of minutes before Charlie starts looking for them. He has a theory as to what happened up there. "I think that each of those passengers brought their own individual experience to the phenomenon they encountered," he says, which Skeet says would explain why they all experienced different things. Evelyn relates Deanna's sad tale and how she saw her future after talking with the steward about what she wanted to be when she grew up. And Skeet lets them in on the Cajun-blackened nurse who was skared to death of burning up, and Keel babbles about the passengers being in a "higher realm where consciousness determines reality." Skeet says Karen was dreaming what she always does, that she could walk and talk. And I think that on an airplane, if everybody got what they happened to be thinking about at the time, I imagine most of them would have received an entire can of pop without having to ask specifically for the whole can from the stewardess. ["I'd be ripping the seal off a pack of Dunhills, myself." -- Sars] Evelyn asks Keel about the flight attendant speaking in tongues, and Keel explains that ancient mathematicians used to speak in metaphors when their concepts became too unwieldy. He hopes he's the only one who's noticed it, but he believes the steward has discovered a cutting-edge physics, "one that our military leaders would dearly love to get their hands on," a methodology for "disassembling reality." What are you saying? asks Evelyn. "I'm saying that flight attendant knows how to destroy the world," says Keel. Everybody makes The Skeet Face.
We go to commercials, which include a news teaser about a "real miracle," and if there's anything more annoying than television news tied to their network's programming, I don't know what it is.
"What are you talking about?" Skeet wants to know, and 24 has completely ruined me to the point that when we came back from commercial and Skeet asked that, I immediately thought, "They've been standing there THIS WHOLE TIME?" before remembering that Miracles doesn't take place in real time. "Our friend is conducting a lecture series on the physics of destruction," says Keel, and they're forced to speak in hushed tones as they hear people outside the door. "Imagine a cross between Oppenheimer and Stalin," says Keel. Kim Jong-Il? Some miracle. Keel says he doesn't think Charlie or the other translators have picked up on it yet. For only he, the Keel, knows all. Then he says the steward also said, "The dark is its own thing," and asks Skeet if that means anything to him. Skeet makes The Skeet Face as we flash back to Tommy saying just that last week. "Why?" asks Paul, and Keel says, "Because the next thing he said was, 'Tell Paul.'" Before that sinks in, Charlie bursts in and gets mad at them for holding secret meetings, despite Keel's claim that they were just holding a brainstorming session, which might have been easier to believe if they weren't hiding out in a janitor's closet. Charlie needs Keel right away, because the flight attendant has started to speak English again.