At 6:50 AM, Chip explains that the Milan flight is about to leave, and they intend to be on it. The Chipsters very graciously thank the Alitalia agent, and then book through the airport past a sign that says "6:58." Reichen voices over that "the worst thing you can do in this race is worry about what other teams are doing." It's true...and also not true. If you're confident you're right, I totally agree that you wouldn't follow the pack in another direction just for the sake of following the pack. On the other hand, striking out on your own is potentially a huge risk, so...as I said, the equation here would have tipped the other way for me, but I admire their moxie in trying to think for themselves and being willing to take some risks. At 7:00 AM, only about five minutes late, the Alitalia flight takes off from Amsterdam on its way to Milan.
Back in the Amsterdam airport, the other teams have apparently figured out that the Chipsters went Alitalia, and they're reassuring themselves that they did the right thing in sticking with KLM. Al explains that he would have worried over the connection too much, and Millie agrees. At 8:35 AM, however, we see the Chipsters' plane touch down in Milan. (Or so they would have us believe. I've always assumed all the plane shots are fake, because it's not like you're going to send a camera guy to Milan in this situation just so he can sit on the ground and film the plane landing, given that it looks just like every other plane.) The Chipsters hustle off the plane and onto a bus, and they head for the 10:15 AM flight to Mumbai. See, landing at 8:35 and taking off at 10:15 is a diabolically close call with regard to the connection -- if it were much longer, you'd feel pretty comfortable, and if it were much shorter, you wouldn't go for it. You know, it's moments like this that I realize why Orbitz has taken the place of porn in the lives of so many. At any rate, the Milan to Mumbai flight takes off without incident at 10:15, so it looks like in this case, the Chipsters' gamble is going to pay off, or at least not explode in their faces and singe their eyebrows like a propane tank.
As the remainder of the teams board the KLM flight for their 10:35 departure, Jon voices over that everyone is on the flight except for the Chipsters. "We're with the pack; that's all that matters," Kelly adds. "And we're going somewhere hot." In Kelly's world, there are four Hs at the beginning of "hot. "Hhhhot." They take off.