At the terminal, here come Millie and Chuck and Al and ClownJon. The clowns run to SwissAir, while Millie and Chuck choose Lufthansa. To his credit, ClownJon checks to see which flight gets in earlier. The helpful ticket agent informs him that her SwissAir flight gets in forty minutes before the Lufthansa flight, so they're good. Again, they cackle over this entirely too much. They will never keep up this pace of cackling for thirteen legs. To show his gratitude to the ticket agent, ClownJon balances his clue on his nose. He really needs to not do that. ["I thought that was kind of cool. No, don't get up; I'll fire myself." -- Sars] At least Al laughs. Incredibly amused at himself, ClownJon tries hard for a few more laughs, gets polite indulgence, and then blessedly shuts his yap. Already, I am pretty much clowned out.
Millie and Chuck are at Lufthansa. Right behind them are Amanda and Chris, so Millie asks if they can get on as well. The agent assures them that she can get both teams on the flight. Outside, the shuttle pulls up carrying Kelly and Jon as well as Chip and Reichen. Kelly and Jon go to SwissAir; Chip and Reichen head for Lufthansa. Also running for the terminal, though from much further away, are Josh and DadSteve. All is well for Kelly and BuffJon at SwissAir, as they land in line behind ClownJon and Al. Hot on the heels of all these teams are Monica and Sheree, who are just arriving on the same shuttle as Dave and AirSteve.
At the Lufthansa counter, controversy is brewing. Chip and Reichen have approached a different ticket agent than the one who was talking to Millie and Chuck, and have asked to be put on the list for the Lufthansa flight. Of course, the other agent has already promised the last pair of tickets to Amanda and Chris -- who probably should have hustled themselves right to the open desk, incidentally, rather than waiting in line behind Millie and Chuck. But at any rate, Chip and Reichen try to get onto the flight, and the other teams catch on to what's happening at the other end of the counter. Millie rather assertively tells her agent that Amanda and Chris were in line before the boys, and should be the team to get the last tickets. After some stalling, the first agent tells the second that she has already promised all the tickets, so the boys are out of luck. I sense that Millie is not to be trifled with. An unhappy Chip and Reichen leave to check on the situation at SwissAir, as David and Jeff observe from a few feet away. Chris leans over and kisses a happy and relieved Amanda on the cheek. She squeezes her eyes shut and grins. David asks the ticket agent the way to KLM -- he's apparently decided that it's time to take the safety backup flight, even though, as far as we know, SwissAir still has two pairs of tickets. When Steve and Debra show up, Chris and Amanda pass the bad news to them as well, so they head for SwissAir.