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Flight Into Terror

"Flight Into Terror" is the 10th episode of the second series of Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted and the 16th episode overall. The three Craggy Island priests are on a plane with a party of other priests and nuns, returning to Ireland from a pilgrimage to a golf course where the Blessed Virgin Mary has appeared. Ted and Dougal share their tacky souvenirs, which include a tape dispenser that tells one how much tape they used; as the plane takes off, Ted notes his fear of flying. Dougal is invited to come to see the cockpit with Father Noel Furlong and Father Fintan Fay, who behaves as a monkey. In the cockpit, Dougal is enticed by the a big red button that says "Do Not Press", only accidentally presses it when instructed to press the adjacent one when Noel is trying to calm down Fintan; this causes the plane to start dumping fuel. Dougal tells Ted there's a problem with the plane and that it is going to crash, that there are only two parachutes aboard. Ted talks to the pilot, who agrees they shouldn't tell the other passengers this and take calm steps to resolve the situation.

They press the "emergency" button which causes sirens and warnings about the pending crash in the passenger cabin. Ted takes control, tells the priests that they should all write a 200-word essay on why they should get one of the two parachutes; as they are all distracted by writing, Jack takes the parachutes, using one for himself and another for a drink cart and jumps out of the plane. As Ted evaluates the essays, the pilot discovers, he believes the only way to prevent the crash is for someone to tape up the line, but does not believe there is any tape on board. Ted proudly shows the tape dispenser he got, with his nerves steadied by the emergency, climbs out of the landing gear opening to tape up the line; the pilot announces that the plane is saved, the situation is normal, at which point Ted's nerves come back and realises he hanging precariously outside the plane by the landing gear. At the Craggy Island parochial house, there is still no sign of Jack, Dougal and Mrs Doyle are worried about Ted's condition - he has yet to give up his grip on the landing gear, brought to the house.

Elsewhere, Jack is shown hanging from a tree by the parachute traps, the drink cart hanging nearby and just out of Jack's reach. He wails loudly as he struggles to reach the alcohol. Pauline McLynn is unruly nuns who throw paper balls at Ted on the plane. Kevin Sharkey makes his second appearance, albeit without any dialogue, as the priest from Donegal. Graham Norton makes his second appearance as Father Noel Furlong. Graham Linehan, the show's co-writer, makes an appearance as Father Gallagher. Lissa Evans, the show's producer, is the voice of the sticky-tape dispenser. Liam O'Caroll, plays the blind priest on board the plane; the blind priest on the plane is listening to Mr. Bean, which humours the fact that it hardly has any dialogue whatsoever; the location "Killybashangel" is mentioned, a reference to the Ireland-based BBC series Ballykissangel. Ted says he feels "fearless, like Jeff Bridges in that movie," a reference to the 1993 film Fearless. *"Flight Into Terror" at the IMDB

Pimelea aeruginosa

Pimelea aeruginosa is a species of small shrub in the family Thymelaeaceae. It is endemic to Western Australia. Pimelea aeruginosa is 0.2 -- 1.5 m high with smooth stems. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, sessile or so, narrowly egg-shaped or narrow and broader at the apex, uniformly coloured throughout, 7–22 mm long, 2.5–7.5 mm wide. The pendulous inflorescence consist of numerous compact yellow flowers; the over-lapping flower bracts are in pairs of 3-6, broadly elliptic to rounded, 11–25 mm long, 7–17 mm wide, smooth inner bracts may be yellowish with hairs on the edges. The individual tubular flowers are 11 -- 15 mm smooth; the style 8–11 mm long, the sepals 3–3.5 mm long, smooth or with occasional hairs along the midrib. The stamens may be shorter than the sepals. Flowering occurs from May to October. Pimelea aeruginosa was first formally described in 1869 by Ferdinand von Mueller and the description was published in Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae; the specific epithet is derived from the Latin word aeruginosus meaning "verdigris" with reference to the flower bracts when dry.

This species occurs inland from Geraldton, to Esperance on sand, sandy clay, over laterite in mallee dominated locations