|“||You derailed more than a train. You derailed a grand scheme, in which everyone had a job to do. The engineer's job, for instance, was to make an unscheduled stop. The job of the police was to guard the prisoners. The conductor's job was to keep track of all the passengers. Hector is surveying an icy mountain lake, and Widdershins is in a submarine deep underwater. Josephine is delivering a message to Monty, and Beatrice is accompanying Olaf to the edge of a strange forest. All the volunteers are doing their jobs- all of us except you.||”|
Gifford became a VFD chaperone, and is described as "one of the worst volunteers."
Lemony Snicket and his sister, Kit, planned to break into the Museum of Items to steal an artefact. Ghede and Gifford wanted this plan to succeed for their own reasons, and when they found out that VFD was planning to transfer Snicket out of town, they disguised themseleves as his parents and brought him to the Hemlock Tearoom and Stationary Shop before he could leave on the train, intending to drug him with laudanum to kidnap him and keep him in the city.
Ghede particularly is bad at disguising her want for him to drink his drug-laced tea, and shows her nervousness quite a bit, including her constantly drumming her hands on the table. However, their disguises did not fool him, and his chaperone, S. Theodora Markson, helped him escape.
After Kit fails to break into the museum herself, Gifford and Ghede are assigned to her case. They were supposed to help, but ended up making things worse, resulting in her imprisonment.
Ghede and Gifford were assigned to transport Kit to the city and make sure nobody messed with her or any other volunteers onboard. They disguised themselves as conductors, and while checking for tickets, they found Snicket, sitting with Moxie Mallahan. Snicket is very cold towards them, and as he does not have a ticket, he implies to them that if they try to take him away, he will tell Moxie everything. They also nearly catch Ornette Lost sneaking onto the train, but she distracts them and sneaks away. Later, Moxie goes to fetch them to try and catch Hangfire.
After the train crashes, Ghede and Gifford tell Snicket that he mucked up their plans by not allowing them to abduct him. When Theodora arrives, they ask for her and Snicket's help resetting the train, but Snicket chooses to leave instead.