Stephanie has to travel to Belém, Brazil for work, so Jim proposes a family get-away. The kids truly suck so they don't want to go to freaking Brazil, but they're going and that's it. We cut to Belém, and as the Powells head across the tarmac to a propeller plane, Jim hollers that they're going on a sunset tour of the rain forest and they're going to have a good time whether they like it or not. Heh. There'll be no sunset tonight, though. Their pilot Mitch (reportedly played by Tate Donovan, but who can tell with this lighting and camera work) flies them straight into a storm of bad CGI. When one of the engines bursts into flame, Our Maiden of the Hymen cries "We're going to die and I haven't even done it yet" (no really, she does). After some Meaningful Looks between Jim and Stephanie, we're subjected to more narration. At that moment, Jim can't figure how his family ended up not only endangered, but so fractured.
We flash back to some washed-out scenes of a family touch football game, long ago and far away, when the kids were little and had no whiny, petulant dialogue. And somehow the film editors manage to shave 50 pounds off Jim's beefy frame. Once upon a time, the Powells were perfect, you see. Flash forward to a brief talking-head in which Jim confesses he was happier during those days. Now there's more voice-over narration: "If there is a downside to your family being the center of your world, it's that eventually, all families grow up." We watch as Jim's kids reject his invitation to toss the football around, and then to scenes of Stephanie's professional success. Narrator Jim says he's happy for her, but he misses "us." They may all live under the same roof, but in different rooms and that is how they got here (which we'll later learn is the therapist's couch). It's also when I first thought of telling my editors my TV blew up and I would be unable to complete this weecap. I'm glad I changed my mind, because it gets better, but this first stretch of the show is killing me.
Back in the present, the plane crashes in the water. Mitch is presumed dead, but the Powells find one another. Jim: "Fortunately, we all survived. [...] We held each other close, vowing a new beginning to things -- sincere, heart-felt promises." Promises that evaporate by the time the family returns home. Jim is noticeably discouraged, so Stephanie makes a half-hearted promise for a romantic date night, to remind them of how good they are together. Jim nods, but his smile never reaches his eyes.