Having worked up a sweat rocking out, Del wants to take off his parka. Rather than pull over to take his parka off, Del tries to remove it while driving. He tries to pull one arm free, but his sleeve gets caught on a latch on the side of the seat. He tries to jerk it free repeatedly, but to no avail. He tries to free his other arm, but it, too, gets stuck on a seat latch. With both arms tied up, Del starts steering the car with his knees. He loses control, slams on the breaks and spins out. The car goes circling round and round wildly until it finally comes to a stop. Just then, Neal wakes up. He’s completely oblivious to what’s happened. Also, he and Del haven’t yet realized that there’s a lit cigarette in the backseat. To make matters worse, Del unknowingly got turned around during the spinout, and in the next, equally memorable scene, winds up driving in the wrong direction on the freeway.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a great Thanksgiving movie and a wonderful comedy that is both a funny film and a heartwarming story about the random people we meet in life and the unlikely friendships that are forged.