The Day The World Ended
Chip is working at plotting table with Crane when Sparks
gives Crane message from Admiral saying he has Senator Dennis aboard and
they'll be there in ten minutes. Is told to stop the boat and prepare to
pipe them aboard.
Chip asks if the Senator will be needing sleeping
quarters (goood XO, lol) but Crane says it's just a short courtesy call
and the Senator will only be aboard for a couple of hours. Chip
remembers that Dennis is on the Armed Forces Committee, Crane confirms
and says he's just been appointed about a month ago. Chip says with a
smile that he bets the senator is coming to look at the Admiral's
'special baby'. Crane replies that everyone in the government wants a
look at it. Chip asks if he thinks the admiral will show it to the
senator to which Lee says in his own time. Lee then tells Chip to set
the special detail.
Shakes hands with Nelson and then Senator. Senator
Dennis is from Ski's state.
Chip relays depth trim and ship status to Crane in
nose. After ships disappear off the X-4 display, Chip comes to Lee in
Radio Shack and asks him to come forward. Indicates to Lee that there
were loads of fish swimming by the windows and now there's nothing.
Asked by Admiral to get a local commercial TV
broadcast on the view screen
as they are within range of a few. Chip can't pick any of them up.
Takes ship up to periscope depth where Lee sees
nothing at all, even though they are in a major shipping lane. Reports
that sonar sees no blips at all.
Officers called to special meeting in X-4 map room
where Nelson briefs them. Nelson will go with senator to Washington
while Seaview heads for naval base at Norfolk. As the officers leave
room, Crane lays a hand on Chip's shoulder as they exchange quiet words
on way out of room. Nice friends moment.
Chip is reporting to Lee that they have the Flying
Sub on radar and that Seaview is approaching the mainland. Ski comes up
to Morton. Chip asks what he's doing out of Sick Bay and Ski replies
that he's going back on duty, sir. Is actually correct Naval procedure
as the XO is in charge of all personnel duty assignments aboard the
boat! Crane talks with Ski a bit and Chip asks if the doc gave him
a duty slip. Ski hands him a slip and tells him that the doc said he was
okay. Chip replies very well and tells Ski to take over the fodometer
watch. Lee and Chip watch Ski head over to instruments. Lee tells Chip
to keep an eye on him. Chip nods.
As Seaview approaches what should be Norfolk, Chip slows
the boat to 1/3 as the fodometer doesn't check with the charts. Lee says
it's all fouled up and Chip replies that they let Ski out of Sick Bay
Lee double checks Ski's readings and says they're
right. Chip says that the charts are right too but the two don't match.
Lee has Chip take boat up to periscope depth. Chip says 5 degree up
bubble and level off at ninety feet. When Lee sees Golden Gate bridge,
he tells Chip they're only off by a few thousand miles and has Chip
Chip sees Golden Gate bridge and says "San
Francisco! We're not only off course, we're in the wrong ocean." lol
Best line of the Season!! He continues, "It's impossible, that's
all I can say. Our last position check put us a couple miles off the
coast of Virginia." Lee says, "That's right." Chip "Then how in the name
of common sense can that be San Francisco out there?" Lee responds that
it can't be and has Chip take another look where Morton realizes that
it's deserted. Lee says it ties in with all the other weird things that
have been happening. Chip asks if Lee has an explanation but he doesn't.
Lee orders a course change.
Chip gets report from navigational satellite that they
are on their original course. Lee and Chip are still confused as to why
their position is off Norfolk but they see San Francisco through the
'scope. Turns back to plotting table as Lee heads to radio shack to talk
Is ordered to take Seaview up to flank speed. After
Lee talks to Ski, he has Chip put a guard in corridor outside x-4 room
and to keep people from area outside his cabin.
Lee wakes in Sick Bay and asks how Chip got him out of
his cabin. Chip says Ski reported to Lee's cabin as ordered, heard the
firing and called Chip who came running. Lee asks him if he saw the
creature. Chip exchanges glances with Doc and says there was nothing in
Lee's cabin and that the door wasn't broken in, but closed and locked
from the inside. When Lee heads off to answer Nelson's scrambled call,
Chip follows, looking back at Doc as he leaves Sick Bay.
After talking with Nelson, Lee checks Seaview's
position with Chip then
directs him to get shore parties together to comb the deserted N.Y.
Then sonar picks up a blip and Chip passes on
maneuvering orders from Lee.
Lee frantically calls Chip to nose where he saw
about to attack Seaview. Chip doesn't see anything.
Lee gets more and more upset. Chip tries to explain
that what he saw could have been electronic feedback caused by the X-4.
Reaches out to grab Lee's upper arm and asks if he's okay. Lee responds
that he feels like he's losing his mind. Chip asks if he'd like the doc
to take another look at him. Lee decides that the X-4 might be the cause
and orders Chip to dismantle the X-4. When Chip starts to object, Lee
overrules him saying don't question me and again orders him to take it
apart and put the X-4 on a raft, is that clear? Chip says quietly, yes,
sir, it's clear and leaves to carry out orders.
As Sharkey, Nelson and senator head back to FS,
Chip reports to Lee that they are ready to set the X-4 adrift as soon as
Engineering finishes dismantling it. They are interrupted by the doc
calling and saying he needs to see Lee immediately. Lee turns conn over
to Chip and tells him not to do anything about the X-4 until he gets