Eleven Days Earlier, a young girl bounces a ball. We had to go eleven days back in time for that? The girl is counting the bounces and she's currently up to five. It would be cool if we cut right back to the plane and saw her still doing it, except that she was in the millions or something. Unfortunately, her mother snaps at her and tells her to knock it off. I feel bad for her, but I like knowing that her name is Samantha. Her ball-bouncing was interrupting some vital exposition in which a young woman named Leila (her sister, I think) was receiving a fancy shirt from an older woman, who we shall assume is the mother of both Samantha and this young woman here. She also receives vital exposition, which is that Leila's going on a cruise. Samantha wants to come, but she can't.
Outside the house, Leila's father and a guy with a goatee -- hey, it's Sean! Sean Walker! From the other scene! Anyway, they're talking about Sean and Leila's cruise. The father (his name is Michael Buchanan, incidentally) promises not to interrupt the couple during what he clearly believes is going to be a cruise filled with wall-to-wall sex. Sean stammers a bit and Mike eventually cuts him off and tells Sean he has his blessing. "Of course, if you hurt her in any way, I will have to kill you."
A little later, Sean and Leila get into a car and drive away, leaving Mike, Samantha, and the mother whose name I didn't catch behind. Then we cut back to the plane, which successfully takes off.
Sean gets out of his seat and makes his way to the front of the plane. Then he pulls out a gun and points it at the flight attendant. Someone yells "He's got a gun!" Yeah, we got that, thanks. That's what the show felt the need to make sure we didn't miss?
This being a modern show, the opening title is up for about five seconds and there's no theme song. I suppose a catchy Gilligan's Isle-style number would ruin the mystique. Especially if it described the entire plot the way theme songs used to.
According to the words on the screen, we'll now be following Simon Lee. That's a dude with a square jaw. He's talking on a cell phone with one hand (I mean, he's talking into the phone, which he is holding with one hand. He's not using his hand to do the talking. Unless it turns out that this was a puppet show all along!) and steering his black SUV with the other. He's driving at a breakneck pace, and already I'm having trouble with this show. One guy's waving a gun around on a plane and another is a crazy driver. These people are all terribly unsafe. Simon finally gets through to Frank DaCosta, who's running the air traffic controllers at the Miami airport. He's in the tower (the tower? Rapunzel!) and is unimpressed with Simon's insistence that Flight 514 not be allowed to take off. Simon's weaving all over the place and driving on the wrong side of the road half the time, but he doesn't get into a wreck. Patience doesn't seem to be Simon's strong suit, because he drives through a red light while upgrading his call to "bomb threat".