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Airplane! Scene 5

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Scene 5

Scene 5

  • The flight attendants take meal orders: a choice of steak or fish. Remember when you used to get hot meals in coach? We didn't think so.
  • Meanwhile a young boy, Joey, asks Elaine if he can visit the cockpit. Elaine says she'll talk to the captain.
  • We then cut to two dapper looking children, a boy and a girl. They have a very civilized conversation, in which the boy offers the girl coffee. Upon asking quite innocently if she'd like cream, however, she offers a surprising response.
  • Meanwhile, Elaine experiences a flashback of her own. She and Ted are in full romance mode, rolling around together on the beach in some exotic locale, to the accompaniment of soaring strings and totally spoofing an iconic scene from From Here to Eternity.
  • They don't seem to mind the seaweed and fish that accumulate on them as the waves crash down.
  • Ted explains that he's been called back to duty, and though he shares some pretty specific details about his mission, he can't reveal when he'll return because "it's classified."
  • Back in the cockpit, Captain Oveur speaks to Denver, who tells the crew that they're approaching some rough weather. Meanwhile an excited Joey arrives in the cockpit.
  • Despite Captain Oveur's barrage of questions, ranging from harmless ("you ever been in a cockpit before?") to quite inappropriate ("you ever seen a grown man naked?"), Joey's still enthusiastic.
  • This borderline offensive humor (or depending on who you're talking to, very offensive humor) works because of the deadpan delivery, a style of comedy Airplane! uses masterfully to highlight the absurdity of the dialogue and situations presented.
  • Ignoring Oveur's advances, Joey turns his attention instead to the co-pilot, Roger Murdoch, whom he identifies as basketball superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – despite Murdoch's adamant objections. Of course the irony here is that this actually is Kareem, acting in a cameo role.

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