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THE BLUE

PHANTOM MURDERS


 
 

                  Week #3 of 3.



The original script is by Carlton E. Morse, copyright 1986/1992 with excerpts from the original.

The synopsis is written by Brian Christopher Misiaszek, original material copyright 2000.


Episode 11: Monday October 16th, 1939.

SOUND:(Clock Strikes Nine)

The announcer recaps the last episode, including how Doc rescued Parks from Foster's attempt to throw him overboard, only to find he had the body of a dead man in his arms. Still holding onto Parks' body, Doc rushes down to the engine room where Jack and Reggie were working, and finds the door locked. Surprised, he calls out to his comrades behind the engine room door, and learns that Captain Foster has locked them in. Doc tells Jack:

DOC: I'm PLENTY scared, feller…Captain Foster's crazier than a tree full of squirrels and I got a dead man in my arms.

JACK: Dead man…Who's dead?

DOC: Dr. Parks…I just caught Captain Foster tryin' to throw him overboard.

REGGIE: I say…Dr. David's killed him after all?

DOC: How do I know what killed him…I jes' know he's dead…

Jack tells him to never mind that, and to hurry up and use his lock picks to open the door. After some talking to himself, Doc sets to work, but is interrupted in his efforts by Foster, who attacks him from behind with a knife!

Doc fends off his would-be murderer. After sustaining a slice to his face he jerks away Foster's knife, but can't capture him, and Foster finally skitters off into the darkness. Doc eventually unlocks the door to the engine room, and opens it, releasing his pals. They play catch up, with Jack and Reggie telling Doc that the engine room is now out of commission. Jack asks Doc about Parks:

DOC: Deader'n a herring…Reckon Dr. David's stranglin' done for him in spite of everything we did…

JACK: That's ridiculous…He was almost completely recovered when we left him in the Ward…Reggie, bring the body in here in the light.

Reggie helps Doc to lay the body of Dr. Parks on the floor, and Jack acts as an impromptu coroner on the body. After several seconds, he is satisfied that Parks did not die of strangulation, but may have died as the others had, of snake venom. Jack questions Doc again, and learns of the circumstances of Doc retrieving Dr. Parks' body from Foster. Since Dr. Davids was locked in his cabin, and Charley was with Doc at the time, then Foster must have been the murderer…or so it appears, Jack tells them. Keeping together, and with the body of Dr. Parks hoisted on Reggie's muscular shoulder, they make their way slowly up on deck towards Dr. David's cabin. Jack wants this body checked for snake venom, too. They find that Charley has the deck still lit brightly, and they make their way to the little medical Ward, and drop off the body. Needing someone to do the autopsy, Jack sends Reggie to fetch Dr. Parks from his cabin, telling him to be careful, and to watch out for Dr. Foster. As he heads over, Reggie mutters under his breath:

REGGIE: (to self) I say, what a bally lot of blood and thunder…

Suddenly Reggie is attacked from behind! It's Foster, still chuckling like a mad man. A terrific struggle ensues, with much hitting of bodies on deck, heavy breathing, and heavy blows exchanged until Foster tears himself away. Reggie couldn't keep his hands on the frenzied Captain, and giving up a futile search, retrieves Dr. Davids and brings him back to the medical Ward. Jack, alone now in the tiny medical Ward, asks Dr. Davids to do an autopsy on the body on the slab and make a quick investigation to see if the cause of death is snake venom; Jack moves aside to show the identity of the corpse:

DAVIDS: Parks's dead?

JACK: Don't worry, you didn't kill him…Although you tried hard enough…

DAVIDS: No…No, I didn't kill him…If I had there would have been signs of strangulation…

As Dr. Davids sets to work, Reggie asks, and learns that Doc was sent on ahead to join Charley in the wheel house. Jack asks about the scratches on Reggie's face and learns about Foster's near murderous attack with a knife. Jack asks why Reggie didn't just capture Foster; chagrined, Reggie replied:

REGGIE: I couldn't…He's like a steel spring…I couldn't get a hold of him…And something else…He's stripped down to a pair of shorts…

JACK: What's THAT?

REGGIE: Quite…perspiration pouring from every pore…Like trying to hang onto a greased pig…

Jack asks Dr. Davids how things are coming along, and is told it'll be another minute or so. He finally comes up the answer; snake poison yet again! Jack is now convinced that only Foster could have given Parks the poison, and that if he did so, he also murdered the three sailors and Foster's wife. Dr. Davids disagrees:

DAVIDS: I don't believe that Foster murdered Ruth.

JACK: But he HAD to…Unless there's more than one killer aboard…And I don't believe that.

DAVIDS: No, I don't believe that…But Foster didn't kill Ruth.

JACK: You must have some reason for believing that.

DAVIDS: I have…Ruth Foster thought her husband was a coward. There was only one thing he wanted in the world and that was to prove to her he WASN'T…In heaven's name man, haven't you got it through your head that the only reason for this voyage! He brought Ruth and Parks who threatened to kill him, and Me, who…who loved the woman on this trip just to prove to her he was a MAN…

Reggie is convinced with Dr. David's explanation, and even Jack admits it is a plausible interpretation of Foster's motives, as well as what he wouldn't do. But Jack still isn't convinced, in part because he doesn't know if he can trust Dr. Davids. In particular, he points out the episode where Dr. Davids tried to strangle Dr. Parks.

Dr. Davids admitted that in a rage he attacked Parks. Parks had told him he was glad Ruth Foster was dead; he could not get her out of is mind, but now he was gone, he would have some peace. In a rage at this betrayal, Dr. Davids reached his breaking point, in in a rush had tried to choke Dr. Parks to death until he was restrained by the others. He defiantly tells Jack he would not have minded in the least if he had murdered Parks.

There is a sudden knock at the door to the medical Ward interrupting Dr. Davids' story, and it opens. It's Captain Foster! Chuckling, perspiring, wearing little more than a pair of shorts, Foster moves into the room, telling them:

FOSTER: (Chuckles) I want the body of Ezra Parks…That's it…That's it…I want the body of Ezra Parks…

JACK: Why?

FOSTER (whispers) I'll tell you…It's a secret…I want to throw him overboard…

JACK: Foster, you killed Parks…

FOSTER: No…no…I haven't killed anybody…

JACK: I say you killed PARKS.

FOSTER: No, I've killed nobody (chuckles) But I'm going to…I'm going to!

JACK (sharply) Reggie, GRAB HIM!

SOUND (DOOR SLAMS SHUT…WAVES CUT)

REGGIE: Did you see that…Quicker than a cat…Gone like a flash.

DAVIDS: Did you see him look at me…I'm next on his list.

SOUND (Wind and Bells)

Episode 12: Tuesday October 17th, 1939.

SOUND:(Clock Strikes Nine)

The announcer recaps the story, and changes the scene to the wheel house of the Blue Phantom, where Charley is guiding the vessel by sail alone back to port. Jack and Doc are with him, updating him on the recent events where Foster has made two murderous attempts on Doc and Reggie with a knife. Reggie is now guarding Dr. Davids in the latter's cabin.

CHARLEY: You say, Captain Foster's gone clean off his nut?

DOC: He's as scrambled as a mess of fried tomatoes…

Jack tells Charley that he is now the only one who knows how to handle the Blue Phantom, and that they need to head to the nearest port at full speed. Jack and Doc say they'll try and round up Foster, but that Charley is to stay alone in the wheel house with a loaded revolver, and to blast at anyone body who tries to get in at him. Charley admits things seem safe enough for him, but that if they were to add more canvas on the main rigging of the Blue Phantom, they could make better time back to port. Jack scuttles that idea for now, telling Charley it'll have to wait until they corner Foster first.

As they are talking, suddenly all the lights aboard ship go out, and the brightly lit deck of the Blue Phantom is plunged into darkness. Belatedly, they realize that Captain Foster has cut out the circuit of the ship's power plant. Learning from Charley that the power plant is located off the ship's engine room, Jack and Doc scramble out of the wheel house in an attempt to catch Foster red handed.

After clambering down ladders and moving more cautiously as they get closer to the engine room, they find the door of the engine room closed. As they are about to open it, they hear a lunatic chuckling sound in the darkness, and Foster attacks them again with a knife!

First Doc, then Jack grabs Foster, but the latter slips out of Jack's tenuous grasp, and the maddened captain skips off again into the pitch darkness of the aft deck, causing Doc to comment:

DOC: (breathless) I'll be a dead BUZZARD if I kin hang onto that guy.

Doc is all set to go chasing after Foster, but Jack dissuades him, telling him that they need the lights on, and that they could never find Foster in the dark of the moonless night.

Meanwhile, back at Dr. Davids' cabin, where Reggie is guarding Dr. Davids, their cabin is suddenly pitched into blackness as the ship's power is cut. Davids suddenly becomes nervous, and begins pacing. As time passes, he becomes increasingly agitated despite Reggie's reasonable conversation to stay put and follow Jack's instructions. Ignoring Reggie's warning not to leave, Dr. Davids suddenly pulls a gun on Reggie!

Reggie springs into action, and ignoring the gun, rushes at Dr. Davids. A furious fight breaks out in the tiny cabin, with much crashing of furniture and socks on the jaw. With a final groan, Dr. Davids relinquishes his weapon to the victorious Englishman.

DAVIDS: (dazed) I…I pulled the trigger…Why didn't it go off…

REGGIE: (amused) I say, I'm afraid you're not very handy with guns…You left the safety catch on…How are you feeling…

Reluctantly, Dr. Davids admits to Reggie that he is extremely claustrophobic, and that the darkened confines of the cabin set off his already taut nerves. So intense is his condition and phobia that he normally sleeps with a light on in his bedroom. Reggie suddenly recalls there is an emergency candle in each of the candles, and he lights their candle, much to Dr. Davids' visible relief. This relief is short lived, unfortunately, as their cabin door is suddenly opened.

DAVDS: We've been waiting----ARNOLD FOSTER!

FOSTER: (chuckles) Murder…Murder…

DAVIDS: In HEAVEN'S NAME FOSTER—

SOUND (SHOT)

Dr. Davids has just been shot by Captain Foster! Foster makes his escape, and Reggie bends over Dr. Davids, fearing the worst. It is at this point that Jack and Doc find open the door of the cabin frantically performing first aid on the bleeding man. Jack takes over, and manages to stabilize the doctor, who has been stunned by his injury. Jack and Doc fill in Reggie on the fact that it is Captain Foster who has done more than turn off the Blue Phantom's power; he has wrecked the ship's power plant beyond repair.

They decide to join forces with Charley and protect the wheel house from any further murderous attempts by Foster. Hoisting Dr. Davids over his shoulder, Jack leads the way, with Doc acting as the caboose as they carefully make their way along the deck, ever watchful for Captain Foster. Reggie reminds Doc to keep his gun handy:

DOC: You think I AINT?…One hand on my gun…Feelin' along the rail with my other…(back)(Yells) Heey, LOOK OUT!

SOUND (BIG SPLASH OF WATER)

REGGIE: Jack…Jack…DOC'S OVERBOARD…

JACK: What's that?

FOSTER: (Back little) (CHUCKLES)

REGGIE: It's Foster…He threw Doc overboard…

DOC: (waaaay back) Heeeelp…Jack…Reggie…I've overboard…

JACK: Reggie…Drop Dr. Davids…Run for the wheel House…tell CHARLEY TO TURN THE SHIP AROUND…

REGGIE: (back little) RIGHTO…

FOSTER: (back) (chuckles) You'll never find him…You'll never find him!

SOUND (WIND AND BELLS)

Episode 12: Wednesday October 18th, 1939.

SOUND:(Clock Strikes Ten)

Disaster has struck the Three Comrades, as Doc has been flung overboard by a madman off the Blue Phantom into the cold swells of the south Atlantic. The ship is in complete darkness, and Jack is frantic at the slow efforts by Charley to turn the ship around to rescue his friend. Dr. Davids has just revived where Reggie had unceremoniously dropped him minutes ago, and is listening to Jack yelling for Doc over the ship's rail.

DAVIDS: Not much chance of picking him up is there…No searchlights aboard to help find him…

JACK (savage) Can't you think of anything pleasanter than THAT?

Reggie and Jack keep calling out as their ship makes a slow, wide circle back the way they had come. With only sails to help, it is slow and unsteady progress. Charley knows what he is doing, but despite both Reggie and Jack taking turns calling out to Doc, they hear no reply…

Jack is savage, muttering dire threats to Foster's health, as they keep calling out into the darkness, Doc's chances of making it back alive becoming ever more slender with each passing minute. Nothing, then suddenly a shot rings out! Foster is sniping at them from the cover of darkness!

Ducking, cursing, and running for cover, Jack, Reggie and Dr. Davids retreat from the ship's rail. After several more shots scattered their way, followed by several wild chuckles, Jack has spotted Foster's gun flash, and is aiming to fire back at Foster the next time it flares. Foster fires, and so does Jack, a miss. Giving up in disgust, Jack tries another stratagem in this war of nerves. He calls out a warning to Foster, warning him he has only one hour to live. There is no reply.

Reggie returns to calling out to Doc in the darkness, as futile as it seems. Suddenly:

DOC: (coming to mike) Hi ya, fellers!

REGGIE: Doc..Doc, it's YOU?

DOC: COURSE it's me…

JACK: (mad) Doc, what's the idea of scaring the tar out of us—

DOC: Heeey aint' you boys glad to see me?

JACK: Where have you been…We thought you went into the ocean…

DOC: Well, I DID go into the ocean…If you don't think I bin in the ocean jes' feel me…

Jack and Reggie are amazed. It's Doc all right! Soaked and dripping with water, but this is definitely their red headed Texan friend, and no ghost. Jack demands an explanation at this incredible return from Davey Jones' Locker:

DOC: Well if you want to know the truth, I got a dead man to thank for a-bein' here…

Jack and Reggie interrupt this explanation, then relent and let Doc tell his story in his own inimitable way. He starts off with:

DOC: Well son, right now we're a-towin' one of them bodies behind this ship on a rope…

REGGIE: I say…

DOC: Yes Sir…A-towin' him a long as purty as you please…

JACK: So that's it!

DOC: That's it, son…When I went overboard, I thought sure I was a-gonner…Then when I come up somethin' brushed past me and I grabbed hold…And the first thing I knowed I was bein' towed along after the ship.

Dr. Davids temporarily interrupts Doc's story, to the impatience of the others, until Doc finally resumes his story:

DOC: That's about all they IS…I pulled myself along the tow-rope, and hoisted myself up on deck…But son maybe you don't think my stomach did a flip-flap when I felt around and discovered I a-straddle of a corpse out yonder…

Doc has no idea which of the dead sailor's bodies was tied to the rope extending from the Blue Phantom. But its existence clears up another mystery, that of the disappearance, then appearance, then disappearance of the dead sailor that Reggie saw flung against their cabin door those many hours ago. Foster must have been responsible for the corpse who came back.

They all retreat back to the boys' cabin, so Doc to change his clothes, and for the others to let sink in Doc's incredible rescue. Looking for a candle to light, they suddenly find they aren't alone, Foster is in the cabin with them!

Jack is all set to move in on him in attack, but Foster's menacing barrel of his gun squelches that plan. Suddenly, Captain Foster catches sight of Doc and his confident manner falters;

FOSTER: (frightened) Doc?…You're DOC?

DOC: Certainly I'm Doc…

FOSTER: No…You're dead…you're dead…I threw you overboard…

DOC: That's right…I'm dead, and I come up out of the ocean to haunt you…

Foster believes him! Wide eyed with fear, he can't take his eyes off Doc. Reggie is all set to jump Foster, but Jack stops him, curious to find why Foster came to speak with them. Still keeping his eyes on Doc, Foster said he wanted to know why Jack said that he had only an hour to live. Jack stalls Foster, who finally catches sight of Dr. Davids, who he thought he shot dead just a few minutes earlier.

Facing his two inexplicably resurrected victims, Doc Long and Dr. Davids, Captain Foster starts to break, and begins babbling incoherently. Tired at the gun being waved at them, Reggie finally rushes Foster, who suddenly starts to fight back and won't relinquish hold of his gun. Thinking fast, Reggie body checks him through the doorway and into the tiny bathroom inside the cabin, and locks the door, trapping Foster inside.

The others take a deep sigh of relief at the capture of Foster. Taking the key, Jack is convinced there is no way for Foster to make his escape. Reggie points out that Foster still has his gun, but Jack shrugs, that it'll be the job of the authorities when they return to port to pry him out.

Alas their luck suddenly took a turn for the worse. The sound of a dynamite explosion suddenly rocks the Blue Phantom, knocking everyone off their feet. Getting upright, they rush outside the cabin:

SOUND (LOCK OPENS)

DOC: Step on it feller…

SOUND (DOOR OPENS)(WAVES IN BACKGROUND)

REGGIE: I say…Fire…FIRE…

DOC: Heeeey…Heeey Jack…The whole back end of the ship's on fire!

SOUND (WIND AND BELLS)

Episode 14: Thursday October 19th, 1939.

SOUND:(Clock Strikes Ten)

The relief of the Three Comrades and Dr. Davids after the capture of Captain Foster is short lived, as a massive explosion rocks the Blue Phantom. They all rushed out to find the entire rear end of the ship in flames from a dynamite trap Foster had set to kill them all. Jack starts organizing those left aboard into a bucket brigade, hoisting water from over the rail to pour on the flames. He takes Reggie and with axes, they chop furiously at some of the burning superstructure, and manage to hurl the burning mass into the ocean and away from the ship. Some of the debris left behind catches fire, too, and they manage to lever that overboard as well. They attack another burning part of the ship, a portion as big as a ship's cabin:

JACK: There she goes…There she goes…

SOUND: (CRASH…CRACKLE…BANG AND THEN BIG SPLASH IN OCEAN…)

DOC: Whoopeee…We got her…

With their united efforts, they manage to throw this largest piece of flaming ship into the ocean. Their bucket brigade goes up again, and several hours pass…until the clock strikes four, and Jack says:

JACK: (long breath) That's all boys…The fire's out…

DOC: (weary) Doggone feller, what a battle this's BIN…I'm wore down right to the knees…

The others are exhausted too, covered in soot, char, and other burnt debris. Charley has dropped off asleep sitting up, and Dr. Davids is little better. Reggie and Jack coax a grouchy Charley to wake up and return to the wheel house, which he does with much grumbling. Doc has fallen asleep by this point, and Jack and Reggie have a short discussion on the damage left by the blaze, one obviously set by Foster before his capture. Jack is convinced that despite the fire damage to the superstructure, the hull was still intact, and could get them all safely back to port. Reggie is relieved, and adds:

REGGIE: Well, the fire was bad enough but I felt like we got over the worst hump when we finally got Foster locked up…

Jack is still worried, though, about the possibility that a vial of snake venom is still loose aboard the ship. He tells Reggie they ought to continue their long ago interrupted search of the medical Ward for it, despite their obvious exhaustion after fighting the fire. They make their way along the deck, and open the door of the tiny medical sick bay.

The place is a shambles. Bottles broken, cotton dressings strewn about, everything smashed by an axe they find left inside. Jack and Reggie are amazed at the destruction. When did it happen? Who did it? Charley and Dr. Davids were in plain view all night fighting the fire, and Foster was securely locked inside the bathroom of their cabin.

REGGIE: Then we overlooked something…There's GOT to be someone else…I say…the REAL MURDERER…

Jack sharply disagrees; Foster has to be the murderer, and he must have some how gotten loose! They rush back to their cabin, and find their door open. Cautiously, they check inside, and find the bathroom door open and the bathroom empty!

REGGIE: But how did he do IT…He was locked IN…

JACK: Here, look at the lock…

REGGIE: I say…shot to pieces…Shot the lock to pieces while we were fighting the fire…

They looked at each other, suddenly sick with worry for the others. Foster has escaped again, and was on the prowl! A sudden chopping sound is heard, and alerts them that something else is wrong. They dash outside, and find Foster attacking the base of the mast with an axe, chopping it down! With a sudden crack and sound as if a mighty tree falling, the mast of the Blue Phantom crashes with all its canvas and rigging to the deck, narrowly missing Jack and Reggie!

Doc comes up, awakened by the crash, and is incredulous to learn that Foster is on the loose once more. A sudden chuckling sound warns them, and they turn to find Foster, still stripped to his shorts, clutching an axe and moving slowly towards them!

As Doc and Jack reluctantly ready themselves for battle with an axe-wielding mad man with only their bare hands, Reggie's keen eyes detect that there's something strange about Foster:

REGGIE: (softly) Jack, there's something the matter with him…Look at him stagger…

DOC: Drunk, if you ask me…

JACK: What's the matter with you Foster…

FOSTER: (closer) (breathing hard) Matter…Matter?

JACK: That's what I said…What's the matter?

FOSTER: (Breathing hard) (chuckle that's more nearly a sob) I'll tell you…(sobs)…I'll tell you what's the matter with me…I've been POISONED…

SOUND (BODY FALL)

DOC: Heey…

JACK: Quick, turn him over…Let me look at him…

REGGIE: (concern) Righto…..

DOC: (strain) There, you are…What is it feller..Is he a-shammin' on us…

JACK: Shamming nothing…The man's DEAD…

DOC: DEAD!

JACK: There's no doubt about it…Captain Foster has been murdered.

SOUND (WIND AND BELLS)

Episode 15: Friday October 19th, 1939.

SOUND:(Clock Strikes Seven)

The announcer recaps the previous episode, where three hours ago Captain Foster's last words before he died were, "I've been poisoned." The final words to mark his crazed behaviour of wrecking the ship's engines, attacking and nearly killing all others aboard, and finally chopping down the mast of the Blue Phantom, their last means of propelling the vessel safely to shore. Of the 11 persons who started the trip, only 5 now survive; the Three Comrades, able seaman Charley, and Dr. Davids. Now on deck, these five are hashing over their situation.

JACK: The autopsy you made on Captain Foster showed snake venom, Dr. Davids?

DAVIDS: Positively…No doubt about it.

JACK: Then there's just one of two alternatives…Either Foster was murdered or he committed suicide.

Dr. Davids suggests suicide, but Reggie disagrees, noting that Foster's final words were, "I was poisoned", not "I took poison." Dr. Davids thinks that's simply a matter of semantics. Charley suggests that they leave the manner alone; what difference does it make now that Foster is dead and that they may be dead soon if a storm catches them before they can be rescued.

Doc retorts that it makes a difference to him, and that he still wants to stay alive. Jack wonders aloud about the possibility that there could be yet another person still hidden aboard ship, but both Charley and Reggie remind him that they've searched the Blue Phantom no less than four times, and that its only the 5 of them aboard the ruined vessel.

Dr. Davids reminds everyone that Captain Foster must have taken the poison no longer than 30 minutes before he died. It could not have been any of them who had administered the snake venom poison, since all of them had been in sight of each other during that time interval; Jack and Reggie with each other, and the others involved in the bucket brigade.

Working on the suicide theory, Doc suggests that the broken drinking glass that smelled strongly of wine they found the near the stump of the mast could have held poison added by Foster himself just before Foster cut down the mast. Jack is dubious; he would have been happier with the suicide theory if they in fact had found the bottle of snake venom on Foster's body or near by.

Giving up the theorizing on who or what killed Foster, they took aim at their own dire predicament. The ship's radio is beyond repair, according to Reggie. Ignoring the possibility of a storm, they are still adrift at sea, with only a week's worth of fresh water and food for them in stores, with a 10 gallon keg of wine from the medical ward to supplement matters. Charley states that their chances are pretty good about being spotted by a freighter, since they were close to the major South American shipping lanes; however, it could take as long as a month before they could spot a ship travelling at this time of year. Jack asks if there is anything to help out being spotted, and Charley admits that there are some signal rockets in the wheel house that they could use. Jack orders Charley to get a few handy here on the deck.

As the others talk about the problems of fighting a poisoner with only fists and guns, Charley returns with the rockets under his arm, and a glass of wine in his other hand. The talk of wine has made him thirsty for a glass of Captain Foster's expensive India Fig wine, he explains, and he toasts the health of the others and moves to drink it down. Before he can do so, Jack suddenly moves and slaps it out of Charley's hand, smashing the glass to pieces on the deck where the wine makes an ugly stain.

A sudden fever of excitement has taken over Jack. Sharply, he orders the others to roll the large barrel of India Fig wine out of the medical Ward, and out onto the deck now brightening with morning sun light. To Charley's vast surprise, and then dismay, Jack moves to smash open the heavy barrel with his fire axe. Two blows does the trick, spilling out blood red wine, and something else:

REGGIE: (Horrified) Jack…Jack I say—

DOC: (awed) Holy jumpin' cat-fish…

JACK: There you are, Dr. Davids…There's your murderer…

CHARLEY: Well blow me down…A snake…

DAVIDS: Here, let me see…Packard, that's a cobra…

REGGIE: Jove…A cobra in a barrel of wine..

JACK: That's what's been poisoning everyone…I should have got it sooner…Doctor, you and Parks caught one of the sailors in the Ward…

DAVIDS: Yes, and he had wine on his breath…

JACK: Sneaking a drink and fifteen minutes later he was dead…

DAVIDS: And Captain Foster took his wife a glass of wine just before she died…

DOC: And we gave Dr. Parks wine to bring him to after you chocked him, Doctor…

DAVIDS: And Foster…

JACK: Yes…He had a glass just before he cut down the mast…

CHARLEY: Mateys, do you mind…(leaving mike) I think I'm gonner be sick…

REGGIE: I say…how horrible…

DAVIDS: Then there hasn't been a single murder aboard this craft…

JACK: That's right…

Reggie asks Jack how he figured it out, and Jack replied it came to him in a flash when he saw Charley raising the cup of wine to his lips…the poison HAD to be in the wine. Jack theorized that the cobra must have crawled into an empty barrel back in India, and then the wine poured in without anyone realizing the snake was in there.

Dr. Davids is impressed with the deduction, too, and takes Jack aside. He tells Jack that in his "real life", he is the head medical examiner for a large insurance company. Seeing how the three comrades worked together, he thought he had a case for them, one where ruthless killers were trying to make his company pay out a million dollar life insurance policy on a man the company was convinced was still alive. Doc and Reggie, shamelessly eavesdropping, convince Jack to have them take on the case, which would turn out to become the adventure, THE FEAR THAT CREEPS LIKE A CAT.

Suddenly Charley interrupts. He's spotted a freighter on the horizon! At Jack's orders, signal rockets are launched, one after the other.

SOUND (BIG SWISH OF ROCKET TAKING OFF…FADING AND THEN TERRIFIC EXPLOSION)

DOC: Whooooopeee…Doggone Fourth of July celebration…

DAVIDS: They should be able to hear THAT…

REGGIE: I say…Yes…

Charley's getting into the spirit, and several more rockets are fired into the air to further thunderous explosive results. To their delight, the survivors of the Blue Phantom see the distant freighter change course, and make towards them.

JACK: Well that's that…Our life on the Blue Phantom's about over…

DOC: And I ain't mad at nobody…Doctor David's, how quick kin we git started huntin' this million dollar corpse?

DAVIDS: You leave for Seattle the minute we reach port…

DOC: Whooopee…HOLD EVERYTHING…

SOUND (ROCKET SWISHES…FADES…EXPLODES)

DOC: Yipppppee…RIDE 'EM COWBOY!

SOUND (WIND AND BELLS)

And so ends the final episode of this adventure deep in the South Atlantic. This synopsis has been a long time in coming; I'm glad you can all finally enjoy this glimpse into yet another one of Morse's lost shows.

I hope you'll enjoyed reading them this New Years Eve!

::Brian::