Recap: Dr. Rudy Wells is over at his buddy's house...his buddy being an old scientist named Eric, who looks anguished as he tosses piles of his research papers into his fireplace. Eric laments that amorphous enemy forces have stolen his super secret formula for Cobalt 247...and to restore the balance of power in the world, he's handing the formula over to Rudy, who in turn will hand it over to the OSI. Apparently, Cobalt 247 is too scary a weapon to be in the hands of only one side. Sounds like a mini Cold War situation brewing here. Rudy assures him that within twenty-four hours, the formula will be locked away, safe from superfluous enemies, inside the OSI vault. Eric wishes him a safe flight...and the two friends hug as the camera pans back over to the fireplace, where the research papers have turned to ashes.
Rudy enters the airport in Manus, Brazil wearing an ill-fitting suit and funny looking straw hat that does nothing to help him blend in with the locals. He heads straight to a ticket counter - where he encounters Jaime, who is undercover in this episode as "Jaime Winters" and is decked out as a flight attendant with an unsightly red kerchief atop her head. She grins and asks Rudy how it went with Eric, and he tells her he's in possession of the formula and is fairly certain he wasn't followed. Jaime tells him they'll be taking a charter flight that leaves for Rio in thirty minutes, bionically writes out a ticket (not sure how much faster bionic handwriting is versus regular handwriting), and says that Oscar will meet them in Rio and transport them back to the States aboard Air Force 2. Fancy. She specifies that her job during this mission is to act as his bodyguard while en route to Rio. Across the small airport, two shifty looking goons - one of whom played John Abbott from The Young and the Restless! - are spying on them. John Abbott gets on the pay phone to report to his boss (Bobby) that the OSI is flying Rudy out of Manus via a charter flight. We then learn the goons' plan: John Abbott, his fuzzy haired partner whose name I never caught, and their mysterious boss Bobby will board the plane, presumably to steal Eric's formula, then ensure that Dr. Rudy Wells never reaches Rio alive. Eeeeek!
John Abbott and Fuzzy Hair board the plane, along with a schmaltzy Italian named Romero, who sits next to Rudy. Romero ogles Jaime's legs and remarks to Rudy how much he enjoys ogling leggy blonde gals, and Rudy chuckles at the icky sexism and says, "I couldn't have asked for nice ones if I'd made them myself." Har har. Rudy gets up and walks over to the lavatory and covertly tells Jaime she needs to keep an eye on his seat mate. Jaime glances over at Romero, and looks dismayed when she catches him brazenly leering and winking at her.
Jaime instructs the passengers to fasten their seat belts, then goes into the cockpit and tells the pilot and co-pilots that everyone's ready for takeoff. A few minutes later, when the plane has reached its flying altitude, Jaime announces that smoking is now permitted - LOL...yep, I'm old enough to remember those stinky in-flight ashtrays - and that they're free to move about the cabin. John Abbott tells Fuzzy Hair that a bag o' guns has been planted for them in the cargo area, and that Bobby will cue them when it's time to grab the weapons. Once they're armed, they'll abduct Rudy, get the Cobalt 247 formula, kill Rudy, then parachute off the plane to the rendezvous point. Sounds like a complex plan to carry out aboard a tiny plane with dozens of eyewitnesses...but OK.
Jaime activates her bionic hearing to eavesdrop on the passengers and listens in while a disheveled looking man named Marlowe tell his seat mate, a prudish nun nurse with a braid bun named Mrs. Griffith, that he got kicked out of med school for repeatedly showing up to class drunk. And funnily enough, he's telling her this while gulping hard liquor from a bottle he brought on board. Sometime into the flight, Jaime hands out boxed meals just as the plane unexpectedly enters some turbulence, causing her to stumble and land in Romero's lap. At the back of the plane, John Abbott opens his briefcase and presses a big blue button, which appears to activate a tracking device.
On a ship cruising in a nearby ocean, the captain receives the signal from the tracking device and informs his men that their cohorts have reached the rendezvous point.
As the turbulence gets more scary, the pilot tells Jaime to assure the passengers that there's nothing to worry about - despite there being plenty to worry about - and soon after Jaime exits the cockpit, one of the engines catches fire. The pilot and his two co-pilots are all, "Ack! Engine fire!" and when the plane starts taking a nose-dive, all three men are jostled around the tiny cockpit so badly that they're simultaneously knocked unconscious. Jaime rushes back to the cockpit and manages to revive the pilot, who then attempts to straighten out the plane by pulling up on the yoke, then mutters in frustration that it won't budge. When he passes out again, Jaime grabs the yoke and bionically pulls it up until the plane is once again at a horizontal flying angle, then gets on the radio and shrieks to air traffic control, "We're going down!" The pilot regains consciousness, spots a coastline below, and tells Jaime he's going to try for an emergency landing, and that she needs to tell the passengers to put their life vests on and get into the appropriate crash position. John Abbott and Fuzzy Hair look annoyed by the unanticipated changes regarding their nefarious plans - and John Abbott says he's concerned about upsetting Bobby, who apparently doesn't excuse any kind of failure. As the pilot readies the plane for the emergency landing, the passengers fake jostle from side to side in their chairs to unconvincingly simulate an imminent crash. When the plane hits the water and everyone recombobulates from the impact, they rush over to the back end of the plane to exit...and while they're on that fool's errand ('cause the back door ends up being stuck), Jaime takes the opportunity to bionically kick open the front exit. She then tosses the inflatable raft onto the water below and urges everyone to leap onto it...and it's somehow able to accommodate the two dozen or so passengers without sinking or capsizing. Rudy emerges from the cockpit dragging along the pilot, then tells Jaime in kind of a casual, oh by the way manner, "Looks like he's the only one in there who survived the crash." RIP, co-pilots.
The passengers (minus the two dearly departed co-pilots) safely make it to a remote desert island and lounge on the sandy beach...which is completely nonsensical, since the flight from Manus to Rio would not have entailed flying over an ocean, which would have explained how the plane came to be anywhere near the vicinity of a remote island. Incidentally, all of this suspension of reality surrounding a plane crash gave me the sudden urge to dig up my collection of Lost DVDs and re-watch that awesome series. [We have to go baaaaack!! LOL.]
Rudy loses track of Jaime and wanders around the jungle in search of her...and finds her cheerfully gathering up anything edible. She places a coconut in front of Rudy and karate chops it in half...and Rudy smiles spacily and starts gabbling about how the idea of a bionic woman was little more than a dream two years ago - and here she is in front of him, karate chopping a coconut after crash landing on a desert island. He then remarks on her chipper mood, which is a tad odd considering their current circumstances...and she explains how grateful she is to be alive and is certain they're not going to die on the island island while waiting for help to arrive.
John Abbott places the tracking device in a tree, then tells Fuzzy Hair that their cohorts aboard the ship will be arriving in a day or so.
Back at the beach, some of the more helpful passengers have gathered together a pile of wood and started a bonfire...and everyone's chillin' and eating the grub that Jaime collected for them in the previous scene. Jaime announces to everyone that she sent out a mayday signal, so it's critical that they keep the fire burning so they can signal the rescue plane. Several of the passengers scamper off toward the jungle to gather more firewood.
Jaime ambles over to Marlowe and tells him that Rudy could use his expertise while tending to the injured passengers, and Marlowe takes a gulp from his whiskey bottle and says he's barely able to help himself, and that he dropped out of med school partly 'cause he found bodily fluids to be disgusting. Rudy loudly announces that he could use some alcohol to sterilize the pilot's wound, and Marlowe's like, "OK, fine!" and reluctantly tosses his bottle over at him. Jaime's bionic hearing suddenly detects a plane - hurray! It's Oscar! - and after a few seconds it appears over the island and releases several care packages onto the beach. One of the boxes contains a communications system, which Jaime uses to contact Oscar to see whassup with the rescue. He informs her that a Brazilian Navy boat will be arriving at 10am the following morning to pick them up...which means they'll have to spend the night on the island. Jaime happily chirps, "We'll manage!" and announces the happy news to the rest of the passengers.
John Abbott contacts the ship's captain and informs him about the rescue plan, and the captain orders him and Fuzzy Hair to kill Rudy sometime during the night. Eeeeek!
Romero tells Jaime he'd be more than happy to snuggle with her for warmth, and she's like, "Ew" and wanders over to a makeshift tent that someone erected. Mrs. Griffith stares at her in confusion, asks, "What are you doing here?" and tells her she heard from an unnamed source that Rudy just received a message that she (Jaime) wanted to meet him at the marsh. Jaime's all, "Wha-a?" and rushes off, and when no one's watching she breaks into a bionic jog. Rudy, meanwhile, is ambling through the marsh, calling out, "Jaime!" and a few seconds later, Fuzzy Hair pops up from out of nowhere and knocks him out with a blow to the head. When Rudy regains consciousness a few minutes later, he catches sight of a snake slithering toward him - but luckily Jaime arrives just in time to bionically leap to where he's laying, grab the snake, and fling it against a giant rock. Once it's safely dead, she shrieks, "I hate snakes!" Rudy tells her that someone attacked him from behind, so Jaime suggests they stay away from the beach to avoid risking endangering the others. John Abbott is standing at a distance, watching them through his binoculars, which he then hands to Mrs. Griffith, who we learn is the elusive Bobby. She coldly orders John Abbott to kill Jaime and Rudy.
Later that night at the beach, John Abbott wakes Fuzzy Hair, and the two quietly head into the jungle. Romero notices them leave, then looks alarmed that Jaime is nowhere to be found...and starts stomping around the beach calling out her name.
Jaime and Rudy are hunkered down for the night in the jungle when John Abbott fires his flare gun. Rudy's all, "Wha-a?" and stands up to investigate...and John Abbott and Fuzzy Hair open fire on him, shooting him in the abdomen. And then, in an icky twist of events, Fuzzy Hair gets bitten by a snake and cries out to John Abbott for help, but is ignored...and I can only assume dies a tortured death from the venom. Jaime hovers over Rudy, who tells her she needs to get him a pressure bandage asap. She shushes him while activating her bionic hearing and hears Romero calling out her name, then leaps up and runs in the direction of his voice. She tells him there's a medical emergency and that she needs Mrs. Griffith's help, and Romero's like, "I'm on it! Help is on the way!" and sprints back to the beach while ominous music plays in the background.
It's somehow daylight by the time Romero returns to the beach. He finds Mrs. Griffith under the makeshift tent and tells her she's needed for an emergency, STAT!, so she grabs her medical bag and follows Romero into the jungle. Nooooooo!!
John Abbott is spying on Jaime as she hovers over Rudy. When he spots Romero coming his way with Mrs. Griffith, he knocks him over the head. Mrs. Griffith...er, Bobby, tells John Abbott she'll launch a surprise attack on Jaime as payback for the nuisance she's been to her since the flight (?? not sure exactly what she did to annoy the old nun), then needlessly shows him the gun she brought along in her medical bag.
Marlowe glances at the medical supplies left behind in the makeshift tent and realizes that Mrs. Griffith didn't take any of the bandages along with her. He furrows his brows and is all, "Hmm...that's weird" and decides to investigate the matter.
Jaime leads Mrs. Griffith/Bobby over to where Rudy is laying. She examines his abdomen and tells Jaime that the bullet needs to come out, then asks her to apply pressure to both sides of the wound. As Jaime complies, Bobby takes a needle out of her medical bag and eyes Jaime's bare arm...then launches her surprise attack by attempting to jab the needle into Jaime's bionic arm. Jaime's all WTF?! and karate chops Bobby's hand away from her...and when a much younger stunt double sporting a braid bun steps in, Jaime flings her in slo-mo at a pile of rocks. John Abbott appears from out of nowhere firing his gun...and Jaime throws a tree log at him, rendering him powerless. A few seconds later, Romero and Marlowe appear and offer their help - and a visibly freaked out Jaime says yeah, but only if they're the good guys. She decides they're probably trustworthy and hands Romero a gun and orders him to stand guard over John Abbott, then tells Marlowe she needs his help treating Rudy. Marlowe looks over Rudy's bloody abdomen and says he needs to cauterize the vein before he can attempt to remove the bullet...and Jaime perks up, prefaces what she's about to do by telling Marlowe he can never tell anyone what he's about to see 'cause it's supposed to be classified [not that that's ever stopped her from showcasing her bionics to someone in every single episode thus far], then picks up a scalpel and cuts open her finger. He stares at it in disbelief and goes, "Wires? Inside your finger?" and Jaime nods and tells him he can use the wires to cauterize Rudy's vein. Marlowe gets all weirded out, but then calms down long enough to perform the unorthodox procedure...and after a few seconds he triumphantly announces, "We did it! The bleeding's stopped!" Jaime tells Rudy, who's stirring as he regains consciousness, that he's going to be A-OK!
The Brazilian Navy has finally arrived, and the officers take John Abbott and Bobby into custody. Sadly, the body of Fuzzy Hair is being left in the jungle to decompose after the fatal snake bite. As they carry Rudy on a stretcher toward the rescue boat, Jaime hovers over him and assures him again he's going to be fine. He thanks her for saving his life, and she jokes that she had to, 'cause he's her go-to guy whenever she needs spare bionic parts. She then thanks Marlowe for all his help and wishes him Godspeed. After that, Romero pulls her aside and says he's made the life decision to split with his wife so that they can be together, and assures her that his kids will be fine with it. Jaime's like, "Ew", orders him to patch things up with his wife pronto, and somehow keeps a straight face while she tells him they must both be brave in sacrificing their happiness for what can never be. She blows him a kiss and chirps,"Quick goodbyes are the best!" then flees with Oscar toward the rescue boat.
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