One last shot of the Sydney Opera House later, we're en route to Sydney Airport. In their cab, Zev remarks that the Cowboys and the Globetrotters are right behind them, which prompts him to remark, "We need a cool nickname. I guess we're The Special Kid And His Friend." Justin and the cab driver laugh at that, but I'm sticking with Team Asperger's. Easier to type.
Meanwhile, Margie, Luke, Mel, and Mike have just learned from their travel agent about a Cathay Pacific flight that connects through Hong Kong and arrives in Tokyo at 6:00, fifteen minutes earlier than the direct Qantas flight. The connection is a leisurely three hours. Trash and I used to leave the airport and check out the city when we had three-hour layovers, but that was in the 1990s, when airports were less difficult to get back into and we were less old. Mike wants to go for it. "Not me," Mel says, loud enough for everyone in the room to hear, including Luke. Margie is also nervous about it, but Mike still likes the idea. I don't know why he's trying to convince her, unless he just wants more teams on the plane with him in case this blows up.
The Globetrotters and the Cowboys get off the train at the airport and find Zev and Justin at one of the "Free Internet Access" kiosks in the terminal, which blows my mind. Not the encounter so much as the Free Internet Access. They've found the same two flights that the teams at the travel agency are debating, but Justin is thinking that gaining fifteen minutes isn't worth the risk of missing a connection and winding up stranded in Hong Kong. Or, you know, any of the million other things that could go wrong and almost invariably do.
Jet and Cord get the direct flight from a ticket counter agent. "Are you brothers?" he asks them, probably having been tipped off by their shared last name. "I know it don't look like it," Cord admits. After all, their cowboy hats are different colors. Speaking of siblings, Jen and Kisha arrive shortly thereafter and get on the same flight.
Ron and Christina are still in the city, researching flights online. They also go for the direct flight on Qantas, and are feeling pretty good about it.
Gary and Mallory arrive at the airport and take over the Cowboys' agent, Gary cheerfully telling him the equivalent of "We'll have what they're having." At their internet café, the Goths book themselves on the Cathay Pacific flight. Jaime and Cara also get the connecting flight that's scheduled to land earlier. And at the airport, Justin is starting to change his mind on that subject, saying it might be worth it. "Or we could get delayed an hour," Big Easy points out. "It's not going to happen again," Justin says. Even the soundtrack knows a jinx when it hears one. But they agree to go check into it anyway. Meanwhile, at the travel agency, Mike is making the case that he and Mel will need every extra minute they can get, because of how Mel is so decrepit. Margie agrees to go with them, even though she's a little nervous about it (Luke does not appear to have been participating in the debate). Mike calls it a "calculated risk," but maintains that they need the extra fifteen minutes because they're "not the fastest team." Mel just hopes they're not making a mistake.