Chip is working in control room next to Ski's sonar station as they
track a downed sub.
When they hear that the trapped diver's name is Stan
Kowalski, Chip asks Ski, in a concerned voice, if he's a relative. Ski
responds that it's his older brother, a diving specialist with the Navy.
Nelson and Chip exchange glances. Nelson reassures
Ski that they'll get him out and heads to nose, patting Ski's shoulder.
As Chip follows, he lays Ski's shoulder in a supportive gesture.
As Seaview approaches spot where diver is trapped, Chip and Nelson are
looking out windows at sub. Chip says that there's no sign of Ski's
They watch as Crane heads out to rescue Ski's bro.
Ski hears weird sound on sonar, Nelson confirms
that it's the sound of the wrecked sub's torpedo timers about to go off.
As Crane works to free Stan, Chip says the timers are about to go and
they've run out of time. Nelson tells Lee to get out of there and Lee
says he's got Stan and is heading back.
Nelson has Chip stand ready to get Seaview out of
there as quickly as possible.
As they get word that the skipper and Stan are
back aboard, Chip orders flank speed and evasive action, all hands
Chip asks for DC report. Is told they're dead in the
water and power failure in all engines. Watches depth gauge and says if
they don't hit bottom soon, they'll be below crush depth. Depth gauge
shows red area between 4K and 5K feet. Nelson says they're in a deep
trench area. Chip replies that he hopes they don't find out how deep the
Ski comes over and asks Morton for permission to be
relieved, if there's only a few minutes left, he'd like to see his
brother. Chip replies in an understanding voice, 'go ahead Kowalski'.
Crane and Sharkey join them at the plotting table as
Seaview settles to the bottom.
As Ski's brother thanks Crane but says he's not sure he wants to die
twice. Nelson and Crane tell him that they're a long way from being
dead. Just then, Chip comes up and says that he's checked out the air
purification system and that it's completely wrecked. Would take a week
dockside to fix. Great timing, Chip! :::grin:::
Working at plotting table with Crane when Nelson comes up with computer
readout. Nelson tells Chip to prepare the Flying Sub for launch. Chip
says there's no way as they're on the bottom. Nelson says that the
sensors show that they're actually on rocks with the bow area clear.
Chip says the Flying Sub will be ready in five minutes.
Calls Sharkey to help him get FS ready and the two are seen working
together inside FS-1. Sharkey says that they're trying to get it ready
to launch manually. Chip comes out of FS and says that the Admiral needs
to stick with only 3/4 power as the cooling system won't take it. Says
Nelson can use the transceiver for communications.
After FS goes down and Lee plans on using Stan's deep diving suit to
rescue Nelson, Chip is by the computer and tells Lee that they have
another problem, the radiation levels are very high due to the other
submarine. Lee gives Chip the conn while he heads down to use Stan's
Chip in control room, checking gauges, leans on periscope island.
Patterson (at computer) says "Commander? The radiation from the sub is
getting worse." Chip tells Pat to keep an eye on it and let him know
when it reached red.
Looks back at the non-working air vents and his men
getting groggy. One man collapses. Chip rushes over and has men take him
to Sick Bay. Chip calls Damage Control and tells them that they're
starting to lose men due to bad air and that they need to do whatever it
takes to get the air purification system working.
Chief Sharkey then calls Morton from Missile Room
to let him know that the Skipper just left the escape hatch. Morton's
reaction is priceless. Total disbelief. Voice rises in anger as he asks
why Captain Crane is going out and where is Stan Kowalski. Sharkey
replies that it's a long story and that they're going to try and talk
the Skipper over via the transceiver. An upset Chip rests head on hands
braced on periscope island while Sharkey is talking. Sharkey asks
permission to use the control room monitor and Chip give it and says to
lay up to the control room on the double
Chip then has them activate nose camera and pipe it through the CR
monitor. Sharkey, Ski and Stan enter control room and Chip demands an
explanation. Sharkey tells him how Stan wouldn't go and the skipper
decided to 'pick up the marbles'. Chip, icily glaring at Stan, tells
Stan that he can give the captain better instructions with a visual.
Stan replies that he knows his job, Commander. Chip and Sharkey's glares
could peel paint. Waits rather impatiently, though in control, as Stan
gives Crane directions. Crane makes it to FS and delivers component to
admiral then heads back to Seaview.
Creaking sounds and shaking in the control room
freak Stan who asks what's happening. Chip respond calmly that the hull
plates are buckling and orders him to keep attention on the Captain.
Stans freaks more when pipe breaks and gushes steam. As Stan flees CR,
Chip and Sharkey reach up to pipe and close off steam. Then they watch
as Ski drags his brother back into CR and demands he help Crane.
Men are getting groggy. Chip says Lee's cutting it close when Crane
adjusts the laser to zap the silt from the Flying Subs intake ports.
Says he's hit the FS when a cloud of silt is churned up. But it appears
out of the murk.
Sharkey and Chip give Lee an update that just about everything is not
working or is getting worse, including the radiation from the other sub.
As Sharkey moves away to get admiral on board, Chip asks Lee what he
thinks. Lee responds that he hopes the admiral has some ideas.
They welcome Nelson back and Chip heads off to supervise the repairs.
Chip on intercom tells Crane that hull section B24 just collapsed.
Crane sends men down to help.
Panels in CR start sparking. Chip shields one of his men from the sparks
and works with others to try and control the sparks and fires. Lee
enters CR and helps put out the fires. Lee tries to contact Admiral but
gets no response. Chip says the communications system must be down. Both
are worried as Stan tells them the admiral is in the escape hatch and
heading to the surface. Crane hands conn to Chip and heads to Missile
Crane comes back to CR to find Chip at computer and tells him that the
admiral is in the suit.
They rush over to turn on the monitor and watch as a
suited man heads up. Chip says it looks like he might just make it. They
see the diver getting into trouble. Chip says it's the tanks, they're
blowing. They watch in horror as the diver disappears in a cloud of
bubbles. Chip turns away, unable to watch anymore as Lee orders the
screen turned off. Chip says it didn't have to happen if Stan Kowalski
had...then he breaks off and apologizes to Ski. Ski responds that it's
alright, sir and that he just can't figure it. Both Ski and Chip's
expressions of loss are very poignant. Chip rubs his hand over his face
and says, I guess that's it Lee. Crane responds hesitantly that they'll
The two head over to plotting table where Crane
tells all crew not working on repairs to lie down and conserve air. Chip
slumps backwards against table. As camera pans a bit later, all the crew
are lying on floor, Chip is slumped in sonar chair and Lee is leaning on
plotting table when admiral comes down spiral stairs. Top hatch opens to
reveal Stan. Lee has crew lay forward to the CR to get in diving bell.
Sharkey, Chip, Nelson, Crane, Ski and Stan are last five to go. Crane
then Admiral are last off boat.