Exterior shot of Air Force One, parked on a tarmac. A subtitle informs us that we are at "Beijing Capital International Airport." What, you mean they didn't fly to Berlin since we last saw them? Thank goodness for the subtitles -- I could have been so confused.
Kate and Toby are standing in a nearly empty section of the plane, speaking with a couple of Chinese government representatives. Or at least, Kate is speaking -- on top of all her other skills, she apparently speaks Mandarin. Abbey comes in and asks where Jed is, and Toby points her in the right direction. Kate comes to the end of a sentence and tells Toby that there is some kind of problem with the compressor on the lift, and that it will probably be another half hour before it is fixed. Surely Kate has the skills to fix it. Toby is frustrated with how long they've been waiting already, and he raises his voice quite a bit as he asks the Chinese guy whether there's a jetway. Kate translates and, as the Chinese guy leaves, tells Toby not to hold his breath. As they walk to rear of the plane, Toby praises Kate for her language skills. She tells him that it's just a second-grade vocabulary. Toby: "'Compressor starter' and 'hydraulic lift' are second-grade?" Kate: "It is [sic] in China." Good with the Chinese, not so good with the English. Got it.
In a conference room, Abbey and Millie exchange medical babble. Toby tells them that they're still working on the lift. Abbey is pissed about how long they've had to wait, but C.J. points out that "they've never used their elevator system before." I just find that hard to believe. I mean, China's not Senegal. It's the capital of the most populous nation in the world. Surely over the years there must have been other arriving travelers who needed a hydraulic lift. Jed suggests that a forklift would do, and Millie tells him that he should lie down, since it will probably be a while. But Jed doesn't want to lie down, and as Abbey and Millie continue discussing the medical minutiae, Jed speaks quietly to the very large young man standing next to him: "Tell me your name one more time?" It's Curtis! Jed asks Curtis how much he can bench-press, and it turns out to be quite a lot. Jed: "How about we stage a prison break?" Curtis -- who seems extremely sure of himself considering that he's only been in this job for a few weeks at most -- responds, "Absolutely," and stoops down to pick Jed up in his arms. Jed temporarily turns into my grandfather when he tells Curtis, "Lift with your legs, son, not your back." Jed wraps his arms around Curtis's neck, and they're off. Nobody else in the room notices until they are out the door, and then Abbey starts calling after him, "Jed? Jed, what are you doing?" Where the hell is the Secret Service? I mean, for all anybody knows, the President is being kidnapped. Slowly.