Day of Evil
In CR, counting off speed of UFO. Suggests it might be a
meteorite, Lee disagrees. Asks if they will investigate, but Lee tells
him they are under orders to rendezvous with the fleet.
Ski calls them over to tell them that the reactor
radiation level is rising. Lee asks Chip their speed, he respond that
it's 60 knots and climbing. As the reactor radiation continues to
increase, Lee informs the admiral. Eventually the level gets high enough
that Lee orders the reactor damped. Chip informs him that there is no
response to the control. They both try unsuccessfully to use the
controls. Chip, Lee and Ski watch the level in CR as Patterson tries to
shut the reactor down by hand.
Explosion causes rock 'n roll for all hands. Pat is
knocked out and Seaview heads to the bottom. In CR, Lee and Chip pull
themselves to their feet. Lee tries to contact Damage Control. Chip says
communication must be down like everything else and that if that reactor
blows, they've all had it. Lee tells Chip to take over and that he's
going below to check things out. Chip acknowledges and turns to help the
crews get the fires under control.
When Lee returns to CR, Chip asks if there were any
casualties. Lee tells him that Patterson was badly hurt and was sent to
Sick Bay. Chip asks what's the general estimate and Lee replies quietly
that it looks hopeless because of the radiation. Chip asks how long a
crew with full radiation gear could last. Lee says less than five
minutes. Chip asks about the emergency generator Lee hooked up and he
says it should be good for another hour. "Nelson" appears and says he
has an important order for them. Lee tries to update him on the boat's
condition, but "Nelson" interrupts and says for them to prepare a
nuclear missile for firing. Lee reminds him that they can't fire without
White House authorization. "Nelson" demands the order be followed and
Crane turns to Chip and tells him to get to it.
As Ski and a diving party go out
to cut a small hole in the hull, Lee calls Chip and has him double check
all watertight doors around the area they are about to flood.
Nelson and Crane return to CR where Chip is at plotting table. Chip
reports the reactor room corridor is sealed off. Lee asks if there's
anyway they can get a repair party in there. Chip replies not until they
can shut down the nuclear pile. Nelson asks about the rest of the ship
and Chip tells him that the rest is within safe levels. Lee says they
have some time until the temp generator goes out. The lights fade on cue
and Chip says the rigged generator can't last forever, perhaps another
ten minutes. Lee tells him to keep it going as long as possible. Chip
After Lee sacrifices himself to shut down the reactor,
Chip and Nelson are at
plotting table. Ski reports to Morton that radiation levels are dropping
over the ship. They both grin as Nelson comes over.
Nelson is momentarily relieved, but then says "He
did it." and gets solemn. Chip asks who, admiral and Nelson
replies quietly "Patterson, of course" Ski asks if Patterson will be
okay, but Nelson says no, but he saved the lives of the whole crew and
they owe him a great deal. Nelson asks Chip where Lee is but Chip hasn't
seen him since he went down to Sick Bay. Nelson says he'll look for him
and tells Chip to get the repair parties working and they'll be off the
bottom in no time.
Ski calls Chip over and tells him he's getting a
response on main ballast control. Ski is thrilled and says to the rest
of crew that they can get off the bottom. The crew cheers and Chip
smiles but tells them to get back to their stations. They all grin and
resume their duties.
Engine Room reports that they're ready to answer
bells. Chip gets the boat underway.
Nelson and Sharkey enter control room and Chip
reports that the generator is fixed and they're heading upstairs. Nelson
responds quietly to inform him when they broach the surface. Chip is
puzzled but acknowledges, then looks at Sharkey, who says nothing.
After Seaview surfaces, Chip is at periscope. Has
deck crew crack the hatches then calls Nelson to tell him they are on
the surface and asks for orders. Getting no response, he calls Sharkey
over and tells him to lay up to the admiral's quarters and see if he's
all right. Sharkey heads off while Chip looks worried.
After Lee and Patterson's miraculous recovery, Lee,
Chip and Nelson are back in CR. Chip is in background monitoring
situation as normal. Later, after "Lee" comes back to Control Room and
all are aware that Fail Safe has been activated. "Lee" says that Nelson
as one of the designers of Fail Safe must have sabotaged it and so
should be put under arrest. Chip says "Lee!" with astonishment but Lee
says it's an order so Chip acknowledges and calls over Sharkey. Before
Chip can order Nelson arrested, Nelson says what have you done with Lee
to the fake. Sharkey is confused. hehehe Lee says the admiral has had a
breakdown and for Sharkey to take care of him. Chip orders Sharkey to
take the admiral to his quarters, but Lee interrupts and tells him to
put him in the brig under close guard. Chip tells him to carry on, but
continues to stare at Lee. Sharkey escorts Nelson out and Lee tells Chip
he'll be in the Missile Room if Chip wants him. As Lee leaves, Chip
turns back to the plotting table, laying his hands on it and slumping
slightly. Ski gives him a worried look.