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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: Final Descent

Co-pilot Connie Phipps (Annette O'Toole) wants to know where her relationship with Captain Glen "Lucky" Singer (Robert Urich) is heading

Co-pilot Connie Phipps (Annette O'Toole) wants to know where her relationship with Captain Glen "Lucky" Singer (Robert Urich) is heading

Dating in the workplace may come with some perks, but for Connie Phipps (Annette O'Toole) she wants more. Not only professionally, but personally.

Having dated fly boy Captain Glen "Lucky" Singer (Robert Urich) for about a year, she's happy when she's acknowledged by upper management at Quest Airlines to be his co-pilot on a routine flight, but she wants more, and she knows more than she's telling Lucky.

On this flight, Lucky's piloting is being evaluated by Captain George W. Bouchard (John de Lancie) his frenemy and one time suitor to Connie. They both make fun of how Lucky treats his plane- he checks the tires and oil (I'd marry him just for that alone since I'm horrible at both) and while they think this is funny, Lucky knows what he's doing.

Before the flight, Connie and Lucky are walking through the terminal when he talks with a group of elementary school kids headed to Dallas for a music competition. He assures them that everything will be fine, even though they'll be flying through some turbulent weather.

Inside the cockpit, George dances around the fact that after this flight, he's going to fire Lucky (which opens up a promotion for Connie) and they begin takeoff procedures, even though George has told him that they're going to fly by the computer.

What they don't know is that an inexperienced pilot (Tom McBeath) is about to hit the friendly skies.

While this pilot is in a hurry, he ignores all of the pre-flight procedures and ends up on a closed runway and given the green light from controller Carl (Fred Keating).

The pilot takes off and minutes later, Lucky is given clearance, but in a few minutes, the small plane hits the bigger one and, well, Flight 19 is in distress.

Unfortunately, Lucky can't the nose down, so they continue to climb.

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After a tough day at the office, Ian Pryce (Ken Pogue) at Gallant (the manufacturer of the plane) is tracked down by his secretary and is told of what happened. His response is "not another."

Pryce calls in Henry Gibbons (Kevin McNulty) who really doesn't care about what's happening and after Lucky offers up some suggestions (on a call with his friend Frank) which seem plausible. Frank (Stephen E. Miller) asks a few questions, and they agree on doing an air-to-air transfer of equipment.

Passenger Tim Scott (Roman Podhara) and his co-workers offer their help and Lucky is more than happy to take them up on their offer.

For some reason, Lucky tells George and Connie that he has to use the bathroom and while in there, he remembers a time with his friend Herman from when they were younger. I think Frank's name is Herman, so let me give credit to Shayn Solberg as young Frank.

Anyway, Lucky's plan doesn't seem feasible and figures out that he has to do a weight shift. He tells the people at Gallant, and after running everything through the computer, Gibbons says that it will work, but they have to essentially kill forty people due to oxygen concerns.

The other problem that they have to face is that once Frank drops off Artic wear, Connie needs to be suited up within a minute since the temperature is thirty degrees below zero.

With a new solution to the weight transfer (using water that will be discharged before landing) George heads below and waits for the hose. Over four thousand gallons of water is used, but in true disaster fashion, it's not enough.

The plane's nose begins to level off but there's more drama as oxygen becomes scarce and the question becomes- with his love for aerodynamics, can Lucky bring the plane down safely and what will happen with frozen Connie?




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