As rain pours down outside the plane, the passengers start losing hope. Some turn to certain substances to build up courage.
Even the crew's losing faith; Dr. Rumack attempts to console a distraught Randy, who doesn't want to die single.
Ted begins to crumble under the pressure, having flashbacks once again to his botched mission. Other airplane disasters flash before his eyes.
As the s*** hits the fan, (literally of course), Ted can't handle the pressure. He bails, re-engaging the autopilot.
After Ted's drinking problem continues, Dr. Rumack gives him a pep talk.
Rumack reveals that he knew George Zipp, who never regretted being sent in on that ill-fated mission with Ted.
It's time to "win just one," Rumack says, "for the Zipper," as the Notre Dame fight song plays, an allusion to Ronald Reagan's classic line from the 1940 film Knute Rockne, All American "Win just one for the Gipper."
Ted, with newfound inspiration and courage, dramatically tosses Otto aside and takes his place in the pilot's seat.