We then return to the crash site, where paramedics are trying to figure out whose beeper is going off while they wonder aloud where the NTSB is. One paramedic explains that the NTSB is delayed because their chief investigator is missing. And if you didn't see this plot coming from Toledo, you need to watch more ER, because they used this exact story line when they were paging the very doctor they were operating on. Anyway, the writers obviously are assuming a stupid-ass audience for this show, because the paramedics continue, "What if the beeper we are hearing is the NTSB's guy? What would the odds on that be?" Like, whoa. What if?
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The Clueless Coroner tells Aidan Quinn that he finally got all the pieces of "the human jigsaw puzzle" put together, and he has something he wants to show him. Aidan Quinn's cell phone starts ringing. It's his daughter, who we now realize was the blonde from the hotel hallway who was running from him. He freaks for awhile and moans about how happy he is to hear from her, but he has to call her back. So he hangs up on his dead daughter and turns back to the Clueless Coroner. He tells the Clueless Coroner that he has seen it all before. 'Cause he's tough like that, yo. The Clueless Coroner tells him he has never seen this before and unzips the bag to reveal a body that is Aidan Quinn
! How you like them apples, Mr. Tough Guy? You seen that before? Didn't think so. The Clueless Coroner continues that "it's him, all right. We ran the prints and everything. That's you." Aidan Quinn looks quite surprised to see himself in a body bag. Then the camera starts to fuzz and pop, and we cut to a shot of Aidan Quinn waking up from his Scary Scary Dream on a plane. Which is like the biggest plot cop-out ever. EVER! Sitting next to him is Megan, who makes sure he is all right after his Scary Dream. He's fine, and he tells her that he works for the NTSB, and she finds that reassuring because she doesn't really like to fly. Foreshadowing much? He is going to visit his daughter, because they had a huge fight when she got her tongue pierced two years ago. Oh. Fascinating tidbit. Anyway, he's fine, but he wants a drink. Megan (and her leopard print shoes -- remember those?) will join him in a scotch, which he buys, 'cause he's classy like that. They toast to "smooth landings." I get out my hard hat for the plot anvil that's about to land on my freaking head. As they are clinking glasses, Megan points out that his CUP IS CRACKED! He gets the flight attendant to give him a new one, and then asks her if everything is all right with the flight. Because he sees the anvil coming, too. ["Stevie Wonder sees the anvil coming, dude." -- Sars
] The flight attendant assures him that everything is fine, but then he notices that Megan is reading Great Expectations
. Remember? Think about it. Anyway, as he is chugging his scotch, he glances at the ceiling of the plane and notices a huge crack in it. He freaks (rightly so) and tells the flight attendant that she must get the captain to decelerate and land the plane immediately. As she fulfills his orders, Aidan Quinn sees a little boy holding a teddy bear. Because the plot twist is not at all obvious yet. Megan is standing in the aisle as the crack worsens and then breaks wide open. As Aidan Quinn tries to make it down the aisle of the plane, Megan is jettisoned out the hole into the air. Only her leopard-printed shoe remains on board. How one shoe could fall into
the plane while Megan and everything else in the plane is sucked out
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