Fullofit, that was some outstanding balloon work on Gaston's part. And congratulations on his promotion. He is indeed a force to be reckoned with.
As to Swany's accent, it does come on stronger when he is anxious or tired or upset or excited or nervous, or scared. I had an uncle who was the same way; almost no accent at all when things were going as planned, but he sounded like he just came off the boat when things took a turn in nearly any direction.

Scout, glad to see that Aleck is back in the Major's good graces. Hope things get a bit more lively for him soon.