Frankie can see New York City out the window. They made it! Well, not really. The entire eastern seaboard is socked in by a snowstorm. They end up circling the city for hours. This makes Mike even more anxious. Frankie believes he has control issues. He could say the same thing about her. In fact, he does. This sends Frankie up to first class where she boots Sue back to coach with her brothers. Well, make that "brother" singular. Brick has gone missing.
The family eventually finds Brick sitting in a back compartment thumbing through a book on menopause. What can we say? The boy needs to read. Brick will have plenty of time to get through all the best chapters since their flight is being diverted to the nearest airport that's not snowed in. Yes, the Hecks are headed for Pittsburgh!
When the family arrives in the Steel City, there are chartered buses waiting to drive them to the greater New York area. Mike's not real hip on that idea. The trip has been a disaster and he doesn't feel like sitting on a bus for nine hours heading into a snowstorm. Axl and Brick would also prefer to skip the trip and just head home. This devastates Sue. Winning this trip was huge for her. She says, "Wow, even when I win I lose."
Then something amazing happens. Axl says, "You know what? I kinda want to go to New York." Earlier, Sue had said that he couldn't ever be nice to her. Well, Pittsburgh is a magical place. Axl's fleeting selfless act inspires the rest of the family to board the bus to NYC where they see all the sites. Of course, visibility was a little tough since they were touring the town during a blizzard.