As the survivors get inside the airport terminal, they discover an odd environment. Sound does not reverberate, there is no electricity, and gadgets with batteries have no power. Inside the terminal, everything is dark. Toomey escapes the group and hallucinates his father… [show all]Includes Spoilers
As the survivors get inside the airport terminal, they discover an odd environment. Sound does not reverberate, there is no electricity, and gadgets with batteries have no power. Inside the terminal, everything is dark. Toomey escapes the group and hallucinates his father is scolding him for missing his appointment in Boston. He warns Toomey that if he remains here any longer, the Langoliers will find him and eat him. Toomey becomes even more anxious to escape and hides in the airport security office. There, he finds a revolver.
Dinah begins to hear crunching sounds in the distance and warns the group that whatever the sound is it continues to get closer by the moment and that they must escape before it gets to them. In the restaurant, after learning that matches don't burn and food and drink has no taste, Bob Jenkins begins to hypothesize that they have traveled into the past to a dead, silent, and empty world that may be wearing down; when the energy of existence moves on, this is "what happens to today when it becomes yesterday". He suggests they went through a "time rip". Brian thinks that Jenkins could be right because the plane flew through an Aurora Borealis that spotters and airlines saw over the Mojave Desert. They realize they must make their way back through that rip, to rejoin the current time flow.
Just then, Toomey bursts into the restaurant and takes Bethany hostage. Albert attempts to subdue Toomey and gets shot, but the bullet has no force. Albert admits that because of Jenkins' theory, he didn't think the gun would fire at all. Nick ties Toomey up and, eventually, the crunching sounds can be heard by all. Bob tells Brian that the plane can be refueled and they can escape to go back home but Brian insists that everything in the world they're in is expired, and therefore, jet fuel won't burn. Albert, however, using Jenkins' theory again, experiments and discovers that inside the plane, the survivors had brought their "time" with them. The dead matches and drinks become revived after being in the plane. So, they guess that jet fuel will work once loaded inside.
Meanwhile, Toomey explains the Langoliers and their purpose to Laurel and Dinah. After leaving him in the restaurant alone, Toomey manages to escape, finds a knife and attacks Dinah, fearing that she is the head Langolier and the others as Langoliers as well. Nick and Laurel attempt to bandages Dinah's wound while Mr. Gaffney and Albert go in search of a stretcher. Toomey attacks them and stabs Gaffney in the back, killing him. Albert knocks Toomey unconscious. Nick finds them and sends Albert back to the plane. Nick contemplates killing Toomey, but then remembers Dinah's order to him: "Don't kill Toomey; we need him," and leaves.
The remaining passengers gather up the service vehicles and begin to manually pump fuel into the plane as the sound of the approaching Langoliers increases. [hide]