Sharkey and Ski are reporting the weird sounds they
heard in Crew's Quarters to the skipper in the Control Room when Morton
walks up and says that Ski's due on watch. Ski heads to sonar and
Sharkey says something about there having to be a logical explanation.
After Sharkey leaves, Chip asks Lee quietly if that
was 'more reports' implying that Sharkey and Ski were not the first to
hear things. Lee asks Chip how long they've been submerged. Chip replies
four days and that it's their 24th day at sea. Lee muses that they might
be edgy and maybe they could use some shore leave. Chip smiles and says
that they always need shore leave and that they'll be okay.
Ski calls Morton over to sonar. Chip asks what he's getting and Ski
tells him about a surface ship. Chip tells him to keep track of it and
heads over to the plotting table to inform Lee.
The two men continue working at the table. Lee calls
Sparks and has him try to contact the ship. Chip mutters about a ship
being so far from the shipping lanes and asks Lee what he makes of it.
Lee responds that he doesn't know. Sparks can't get a response from the
ship. Lee orders them to periscope depth and heads for the periscope
island while Chip turns towards the help and gives the 'ten degree up
bubble' command and then follows his skipper.
Lee looks through the scope and startles. He tells Chip
to take a look. Chip does and sees a square rigger. He pulls back from
the scope and says "No wonder Sparks couldn't contact it!"
Chip suggests they contact via semaphores, Lee agrees and tells him to
surface. He turns to and issues the proper commands. Lee isn't sure how
the square rigger will react so he tells Chip to be ready to dive in an
The ship fires its cannon and Seaview rock 'n rolls. Lee orders Chip to
dive the boat. Chip struggles over to the helm where he issues the
proper orders. Seaview dives to 100 ft and things slowly calm down. Chip
heads back to plotting table where Lee is fiddling with the charts.
After Lee hears from Damage Control that all is
okay, he and Chip exchange disbelieving looks. Lee says they must have
been shooting real cannonballs and Chip says he'll get the torpedo tubes
ready to fire. When Lee says what for, Chip replies that they'll blast
that hulk out of the water. Nice bloodthirsty moment. :) Lee says no,
Chip responds, 'she fired on us'. Lee says he'd rather learn more about
her first. Nelson calls wondering what all the fuss is about.
Nelson comes to the Control Room only to see all the crew frozen in
place. Chip is still at the plotting table. Nelson tries to get a
response out of Lee then moves to plotting table to try Chip. Even
shouting at Chip doesn't provoke a response and he ends up leaving the
Back in the CR, the crew is 'unfrozen' and Lee heads back to plotting
table to talk to Chip about the ship above. Chip says how at least the
ship doesn't seem to have any modern weapons as he'd be half expecting
her to dump depth charges on them. As they're talking, Nelson calls
down. The confused Lee says they thought he was on his way to the CR.
Nelson enters CR and heads to table to ask Lee and Chip about the 200
year old ship. Chip is checking ship's registries and can't find a
listing. Lee says he must have missed it and that he'll take a look.
Chip gives him a nice little 'yeah right' look. <g> Nelson says they
won't find anything as there hasn't been a registered square rigger in
years. They forget about the USS Constitution. Bad Navy boys!! Lee
asks what about the one that fired on them. No answer. :)
Sharkey walks in, covered with anti-radiation foam. Chip's response is a
perfect, "What happened to you?" said with just the right amount of
disbelief. As Sharkey talks, Nelson can't help smothering a chuckle. Lee
and Chip look sideways at Nelson but keep calm. Chip very smoothly tells
him to go below and get cleaned up while Lee tries not to smile. As
Sharkey walks away, Nelson turns his head as he's on the verge of
breaking up laughing. Chip raises an eyebrow while Lee also struggles
not to smile.
Lee asks Nelson what could have happened and Nelson says
it might have been
a leak in the reactor control system. Lee sends Chip off to investigate.
As Sharkey heads to his quarters after showering, he backs up into Chip
who is checking out various systems. After apologizing he says he's
found something and indicates it's right around the bend of the
corridor. Chip goes to look.
He sees nothing and asks if Sharkey is sure he's
all right. Sharkey is sure
he saw it but when he tries to point it out to the XO, it isn't there.
Chip looks at Sharkey with concern, says he
but that he should go get into uniform.
Sharkey heads off and Chip shakes his head, then turns to
head down the corridor. He pauses and looks back at the corridor floor,
shakes his head again and heads off. Priceless look. <g>
Chip goes back to CR and reports to Lee that nothing in the reactor
control system was responsible for what happened to Sharkey. They both
move over to sonar as Ski tells them the sailing ship has moved almost
directly above them. Chip says it could be a coincidence since they have
no detection gear.
They get hit by depth charges and begin the classic rock
'n roll. Seaview heads for the bottom. After she lands, Chip and Lee
pull themselves up. Lee asks Chip to get a damage report from all hands.
Chip heads out of the CR as Nelson enters.
After Nelson tells Lee that they won't be able to sink
the ship and leaves, Chip returns to CR and says they were lucky that
there's no significant damage. Monitors boards and picks up stop watch
as Lee orders Missile Room to prepare to fire heat seeking missiles.
Chip looks at stopwatch while missiles are launched, then counts down.
Just before getting to 'one' all is frozen again except for Nelson.
When time resumes, Chip finishes the countdown but nothing happens. Lee
and Chip exchange puzzled glances then both look at Nelson who says they
can take the boat up because they won't be bothered for a while. Chip,
Lee and Ski all exchange looks then turn to watch Nelson leave the CR.
Chip enters the Missile Room and glares at the torpedo tubes as he walks
by them. <g>
Asks Sharkey 'what happened down here?" Sharkey says if
they were fired they had to have hit. Chip reminds him that FOUR were
fired and none hit. Sharkey insists that they all launched because he
knows that sound.
Chip goes back to the fire control station and confirms
that the tracking tape indicated that all four were released and headed
towards the target. Chip says he'll just check the tubes but Sharkey
says he doesn't need to do that since he saw for himself that they were
launched via the tracking tapes. Chip simply says 'hmm' and goes to
check for himself. He opens one and the torpedo is still in the tube. He
looks at Sharkey who is shocked.
Back in CR, Chip is by helm, checking depth and relaying maneuvering
orders. He approaches Lee at the plotting table and says that the
Admiral was correct. Lee wonders how he could be.
Later, Chip has message from Sparks for Admiral in his hand and asks if
like him to take it to him. Lee says no, he'll take it to the admiral
The boat shudders, Lee asks Chip what was that but Chip doesn't know.
Lee calls Engine Room to see what's going on. Chip heads over to
computer. Lee joins him and they look over reports. More jolting around
occurs and Lee tells Chip to have Engineering check the wiring.
More rock 'n roll. Lee gives orders to surface
boat, asks Chip if he can hold trim.
Chip replies that he doubts it. More shaking and then the freeze again!
As things settle and Captain Nelson leaves, Chip remains
in the background working on the Computer..