How to "open in terminal" when "viewing items as list" on Nautilus?

You are right. I'm sure someone knows how to magic free space into a long list. But here is how to do it until they get here:

Go up to the parent directory of the one you want, right click on the directory you want to open in terminal, and the option is there.

If going up to the parent directory isn't possible (because you're at the top of the tree, for example), right click on any directory in the list, select open in terminal and then type

cd ..

to change to the parent directory, and there you are.