They start pounding on the door and yelling at them to open it. Kevin walks down the hall, laughing. Finally the door opens and Julie and Heather rush inside. They start cheering, "We're in! We're in!" and jump up and down.
Kevin, Eric, and the camera crews trailing them burst into the room. They're all shouting, laughing and screaming. The Control Room is filled with computers and banks of TVs, as expected. It's a bit surreal, as we can see the scene reflected on the screens around then, and bits of the dialogue and action are being recorded verbatim onto the computers.
Norman, gleeful, turns to the camera and says, "I feel like we're sperm and just broke into the egg!" God, I love Norman. Kevin says he feels like they just got off of Gilligan's Island after three months. Julie, who is so cute I could put her on a cracker and eat her, introduces herself to a staffer who's probably done nothing but watch her for the last three months: "Hi, I'm Julie. Nice to meet you!" Everyone's shaking hands and tons of introductions are being made. It's a very festive, we've-graduated-call-your-teachers-by-their-first-names sort of feeling.
Eric is a nut. He must be drunk. He's screaming, "I love this place! I love everyone in here! Show me everything! You guys can launch space shuttles from here, am I right?" He then is entranced by the sight of his own face -- surprise, surprise. Andre walks in and says, "Well, well, well." Becky and Bill the ex-director wander around the control room. Bill looks sort of lost and sad.
Norman tells us that the last night was sort of a Carnivale, the Italian holiday where everyone reverses roles. I think Norman is sort of twisting the holiday to suit his own metaphorical ends, since Carnivale marks the big indulge-yourself festival before Lent starts, but whatever.
"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M. plays. Cut to a shot of Andre holding the mike boom and Norman operating the camera. Heather also has a mike and Julie a camera, and they're all tracking staff members.
Eric and Norman are in the control room watching everything, cracking up. Eric gurgles, "This is GREAT. I love it!" Somehow he has found another opportunity to take his shirt off. Does he just molt the goddamned things off, like a snake, or what?