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His name is Sir Richard Branson, and he's taking 16 would-be adventurers on a round-the-world quest for success. The prize: presidency of his entire Virgin empire.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN


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Host:
Sir Richard Branson
Flight Attendants: Georgia Rossini, Frankie Harris
Creator: Jonathan Murray
EP: Jonathan Murray, Sir Richard Branson, Kevin Lee, Lori Levin-Hyams, Laura Fuest, Tod Dahlke
Packager: Virgin, Bunim-Murray Productions
Airs: Tuesdays at 8:00pm ET on Fox


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"In Flight Service" - November 9

"We're going to Hong Kong!" With that, Branson takes HIS apprentices on his next adventure a la Willy Wonka. First, the teams are separated by gender (giving the women an advantage of one) and given the task of choosing a team leader. The women choose Sara while the men choose Jermaine. But in a classic *makes twist finger gesture - peace sign flipped into a particularly offensive gesture to Britons* twist, Sara is chosen to lead the men, while Jermaine will take the ladies. Can you say "powder keg?"

And now, Richard throws the gauntlet. Standing up to the might of the American fleet of air carriers has required him to take a few lessons in meticulousness. The next task will require that same attention to detail.

The challenge: each team will have $500 and 24 hours to spend in Hong Kong on ways to improve the in-flight amenities of Virgin Atlantic's upper suite section. The team that best achieves this will move on to the next round. The team leader and one teammate of his or her choosing will be forced to battle it out in an elimination challenge.

Sara's team thinks of fortune cookies and a mushi pillow. Jermaine and his team think about Candida's list of 50 items.... Jermaine thinks about something else.

We have ideas. Now to execution. Sara's team hits the markets for a mirror, a pillow, and fortune cookies. One problem with that... as any trivia buff will tell you, fortune cookies were invented by Chinese immigrants in America. So they are around, but you would have to look for "genuine American fortune cookies." In a former colony of the crown... good luck.

Jermaine's team likes the idea of a wake-up amenity kit with a little bit of tea, a handbook, some spray, and some steamrolling courtesy of Erica. Candida realizes that her ideas will not be acknowledged.

The market jaunt is a bust for Sara's team as they return to the hotel empty handed with a note from Branson inviting the teams to take in the culture while they're here. Among the sights, the famous big Buddha on Lantau island. Sara's team decides business first, while Jermaine's team estimates three hours on a junk to see the Buddha. "It's important to understand the culture," Jermaine notes. Candida objects, but ends up on the boat anyway.

Sara's team wakes up the next day and finds exactly what they're looking for in exactly the right shade of red. How coincidental is that?

Jermaine's team arrives at Lantau Island, convinced that this was the right decision, at precisely the same time that Shawn, fluent in Mandarin Chinese, haggles to bring down the price of the pillows, forty-five of them. Jermaine's town then heads into town for their mad shopping blitz. Only problem, Erica, Candida, Heather, and Jennifer can't stand each other, sending Jermaine and his mini-squad hustling. "The game is getting really really ugly," Jennifer says, noting beef between Candida and Jermaine/Erica.

No time for that. It's time to get back to England. First up: the girls (and Jermaine) think as long as they're excited about their make-up kit, they'll be good. Jermaine was making the presentation citing the team mantra: "The morning after: was it as good for you as it was for us?" The rest is just.... really soothing... *falls asleep, rest of the team wakes him up* Oh, wait. There's something missing. You have all of these things to gussy up... but you don't have a mirror. Jermaine thought it was outstanding. Good thing one of us, did.

Sara's team tells Richard that they didn't have time to see the Buddha, but did bring back mirrors (for the TV), fortune cookies ("It's not the size of your carry on that counts, it's how it fits into your bin." Cute). And they also managed to get the Virgin label on one of the pillows, so that's Richard's. No touchie. Because the other team went to the Buddha, they didn't have time to think about the mirror or putting a little more substance into the thought, and as a result Sara's team wins. And I want one of those pillows.

So Jermaine must now elect one person to play with him in the elimination challenge. After having it out with Candida about having the team gel, Jermaine decides to put her on the block with him. Which is a shame, really, because if she just stopped talking, then maybe she would've been safe.

And now... the challenge: because the team failed in flight, they're now ON flight. Jermaine and Candida will be seated in a biplane each. Then they must climb out of the cockpit and onto the wing, where they will have another seat. Then they have two chances to pass a baton to each other as one of them will be upside down. If they don't get the baton passed, both will be eliminated. If they do, then the choice will be Richard's.

But beforehand, Jennifer has a heart-to-heart with her mom. She is worried that a harder challenge will come her way, as she thinks about the first episode and how that put her life in danger.

Meanwhile, at challenge time, Jermaine, too heavy to do the wing-walk, chooses Erica as his surrogate. With wind speed at 111 miles an hour, or a strong Cat-2 hurricane, the first attempt... fails. The second attempt... success. So once again, the choice is up to Richard.

Oh, and did we say that this plane was the Morning Glory? Well, today, we're using Queen of the Skies. The time has come. The plane is fueled. A decision must be made. Jermaine has leadership and culpability for failure, while Candida has drama and good ideas. So who has the ticket of doom?

Answer: Neither of them. Remember that phone call that Jennifer made? That was basically her throwing in the towel. "I'm not going to put my life in jeopardy. I'm not going to do anything that I don't feel comfortable with." In that, Candida and Jermaine get a second chance. But Richard will be keeping a close eye on both of them.

So that's it for Jen. She will be missed. Next stop: Africa.

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