Hildi and her team are ready to move the piano back into the room. It looks like it had been moved into the kitchen. The kitchen has a tile floor, but the piano's on a drop cloth. The piano has tiny wheels on it, but from what forum posters say, those wheels are only meant to inch the piano into place, not to move it across the floor like a library cart or something. Hildi, Jill, and Craig are all on the keyboard side of the piano, having been called around to that spot by Hildi: "We all have to get over here and push." She adds, pretending to play and stomp a bit, "I feel like Veronica!" If she's Veronica, Doug is definitely Reggie. They start pushing. Because I know what's coming (from the promos, of course) and I know that Frink doesn't, I watch him on the first viewing instead of the show, just to enjoy his reaction. I wish I could insert a little picture of his expression right here. Also, a little .wav file of the choking, gasping sound he made. It was cool. Yes, they push the piano forward, and suddenly there's a bit of a cracking sound as the piano's hind leg breaks off, apparently having caught in either the dropcloth, the gap between the tile and the new parquet floor, or both. Someone yells, "Stop!" Of course, they're a little too late. Hildi yells "Stop!" too, and some producer or assistant lunges into the shot, on a natural impulse to try to catch the piano. There's a bit of the expected banging keyboard sound, and a surprising lack of profanity, although Craig, I think, mutters, "Sh..." and catches himself. Someone says "oops" but I'm not sure whether it's Hildi or Jill. Hildi remains pretty composed. I'd be freaking out. Not that it would do any good, but come on! Everybody seems way cooler than you'd expect. Jill looks under the piano and says it can be glued, because it was a clean break. I have the feeling that leg was held on there more securely than with just glue. Craig says he doesn't know how to respond to that. Hildi says she's never broken a piano. They cut away from the scene before we can see her make a new entry in the little notebook where she keeps track of all the different things she's managed to destroy over the years.
You know, I couldn't help but speculate about how this scene would have gone had it happened to any of the other designers:
Laurie breaks the piano: Shrieks. Looks horrified. Breaks into more pieces than the piano.
Frank breaks the piano: Chops it up into little pieces and applies them all over a coffee table like a mosaic. Uses surplus for an incomprehensibly ugly piece of wall art, along with some Styrofoam packing peanuts and a Ziploc bag.