The KLM flight is getting ready to leave. David and Jeff are approached by Chip and Reichen, who propose an alliance to "share information." Boy, that'll be quite a devastating conflagration of pure brainpower. At the gate, meanwhile, Tian is proposing that she and Jaree need to get rid of some crap, because there's too much in the packs. "Just let me deal with my pack, all right?" Jaree grumps, playing Eve to Tian's Heather in the riveting drama, At Least We Didn't Take The Donkey-Dive. ["Yet." -- Sars] When Debra and Steve arrive, Steve can't help noticing that they are surrounded by a bunch of young and buff types, so you'd think they'd will have to hope it's not an incredibly physically intense leg. (Sigh.) Monica and Sheree, meanwhile, mention that they would appreciate some luck, in the form of one of the other planes being delayed or something. The KLM flight finally departs, taking with it David and Jeff, Debra and Steve, Monica and Sheree, Chip and Reichen, and Tian and Jaree. On the plane, Sheree says she's praying, and she hopes her prayers will be answered. God? Yep, Still in the tub. And getting kind of pruny, too.
Commercials. Wow, is that that nice little Emily Quartermaine? Things sure have changed. I'm still waiting for the moment when her genes finally kick in and she does a movie where she jumps over an axe handle in time to music.
The Amazing Yellow Lines -- three of them! -- streak across the Amazing World Map from L.A. to Europe, demonstrating that the KLM flight stops in Amsterdam, the Lufthansa flight stops in Frankfurt, and the SwissAir flight stops in Zurich.
Several shiny happy shots of Milan greet us as Phil voices over that all twelve teams are now on their way here. Wow, look at that girl wearing nothing but webbing. I would totally wear that, if I were a completely different person from the person I am and had a different body and no judgment. Phil recaps the teams that are on each flight. He calls Amanda "Amander." This is the kind of thing that makes me want to nibble on Phil's ear, and NO, I cannot tell you why. Ditto "Moniker." (Nibble, nibble.)
Phil tells us that when they arrive in Milan, the teams will have to get to the Galleria Victoria. Hey, there's Phil! At the Galleria! He's wearing a very interesting combination of a thick white fisherman's sweater and a brown suede coat with a white-sheepy collar. I'm not sure it all works together -- it's a whole lotta thick, and it makes him look a little bit like the vet put a cone on him so he wouldn't lick his stitches. However, both the jacket and the sweater, taken individually, are very nice, especially after the parade of wrinkled lightweight nightmares he wore through the entire previous season. He wonders aloud whether the teams in the back will move up to the front, blah blah blah. And which team will be eliminated first?