They were not permitted to sit. They were only permitted to stand and shiver and wait the gong of the grandfather clock upstairs that would signal the beginning of the weekend. Those twelve ominous tones would mean the final initiation was in progress.
She could hear the labored breathing of the others, which tended to both comfort and frighten her.
Also a major story point is that even though the Baroness had full knowledge that Fred VII was an imposter and not the genuine Cobra Commander, she came out in full support of Fred VII to get back at Serpentor. Mindbender, the Crimson Twins, and legions of Crimson Guardsmen and B.
Meanwhile, the Baroness, Zartan, the Dreadnoks and the foot soldiers of Cobra, the Vipers stand on the side of the "fascist dictator" the Cobra Commander imposter, Fred VII. How do the Joes become involved in all of this hi-jinx you ask. First off, Falcon and his team are sent to Cobra Island to get HUMINT or Human Intelligence on the current status of the stolen Black Box and the Cobra Civil War.