The Return of the Phantom
In flashback of Kruger's funeral. All officers are
wearing khaki covers with crossed
anchors behind shield and salute as the body drops into the sea.
Back in control room, Chip gives Lee updated duty roster.
putting Ski back on duty but Chip tells Skipper that Doc released him
After Nelson tells Lee that he wants to speak with him in his cabin, Lee
tells Chip that he's
worried about the Admiral, thinks he might be close to the breaking
point and to stay by the
intercom just in case Lee needs him.
Chip is at periscope watching and telling Captain that
Seaview is going down. All fall down at
Seaview hits bottom. He and Lee have trouble getting back up as they
feel like their bodies
are full of lead and are having difficulty breathing.
After Nelson agrees to Kruger's terms and releases the ship, Lee and
Chip slowly pull
themselves to their feet. Chip's voice is rough as he relays Crane's
order to blow main ballast.
Eventually relays to Crane that all systems are back up and functioning.
Is sent by Lee to go to Engineering and make a complete check fore and
He returns to tell the Skipper that they could find no reason for the
Chip is at plot table when Nelson shoots Crane. All are in shock for a
moment, then Chip orders Nelson subdued and rushes to Lee's side.
Chip loosens Lee's tie and checks his wound. He then pulls a
his back pocket and sticks it inside Lee's shirt to stem the bleeding.
Entering Sick Bay, Chip completely ignores the calls from Nelson who is
in a straightjacket on exam table nearest door. Chip heads over to
table where Lee is. Worriedly asks if Lee is still alive and if he will
live. Doc asks Chip and the other crew to leave. Chip demands updates on
Lee every five minutes then returns to the Control Room. Continues to
Chip is shocked to see Lee return to the Control Room and
is worried that he's more hurt than
he appears. Kruger reassures him that it was minor, but Chip is
still rather shocked.
Very reluctantly follows Kruger/Crane's orders to put the Admiral under
arrest for attempted murder. Tone is very resigned and sad, though still
Then leaves on K/C's orders to see that it's carried out.
Chip visits Nelson in Sick Bay. Is very formal with him,
standing straight with hands behind
back. Nelson asks Chip if he asked himself why Crane didn't stay shot.
Chip replies that he's
been having a lot of questions lately but hasn't come up with any
answers. Nelson says he
has some answers but that he doubts Chip will believe him. Chip responds
listening." Nelson then tells him that Crane is possessed by Kruger.
Chip replies in a very
cool tone, "If you say so, sir."
Nelson gets more emphatic and Chip tries to settle him back down, saying
softly that he
believes him and that he needs to relax. Shows compassion for his
commanding officer and boss. Nelson says "We know each other pretty
well. Been together a long time. That ought to mean something." Chip
replies firmly, "Yes, sir." Then Nelson asks him to do just one thing
for him, "You know Crane as well as anyone. Just talk to him and see if
you can convince yourself he's the man you know. Can you do that much
for me?" Chip replies softly, "I'll do that much," then turns and heads
back to Control Room.
Opens hatch to FS, but tells Lee that he can't take out the Flying Sub
as he just got out of
Sick Bay. Lee responds that he has to be in Pearl Harbor before Seaview
due to top secret
stuff that he'll explain later. Lee then directs Chip to command the
Seaview, surface and make
to Pearl at best speed. Chip is now suspicious and goes to block Lee
from getting into the FS,
but Lee decks him and gets away in the sub.
Chip talks quietly with Nelson, telling him that he got
suspicious when Lee told him to make
speed to Pearl on the surface as anyone who's served aboard a nuclear
sub knows they make
better speed submerged. Nelson reminds Chip that K/C's mistake is
appropriate for a WWI
sub commander and that it confirms what Nelson has been trying to tell
Chip replies, "I don't know, sir. I can believe almost anything except
the idea that Kruger is in Crane's body." Nelson replies, "How do you
explain Crane's actions?" Chip responds, "He's out of his mind. He must
be! Before he left in the Flying Sub he was wild." He pauses and then
realizes, "Wait! That proves my point! Crane can fly that craft, a sub
jockey from WWI sure couldn't!" Nelson explains it as conditioned
reflexes, that Crane's body could fly the FS in his sleep. Nelson
tries to convince Chip that he was compelled to pull the trigger by
Chip still isn't sure, but Nelson says that they
need to follow Crane and free him from Kruger. Chip says they lost track
of the FS over the South Pacific. Nelson asks Chip to let him return to
his cabin and look over charts of the area. Chip agrees, saying "All
right. You give the orders and I'll carry them out," but that he will
still post a guard at Nelson's door. Nelson tells him to head south
immediately. Chip replies that he'll have Nelson released. This
whole exchange demonstrates Chip's amazingly strong loyalty towards
Nelson. This and the words about them having worked together for a
'long time' implies that there is a strong bond of friendship present
between Chip and Nelson within the strictures of rank and command
Back in Control Room, Chip orders course change, much to Riley's
Returning to Nelson's cabin, Chip tells Nelson that they haven't picked
up the FS on radar and
he suggests they change course. Nelson calls him over to his desk and
shows him the island
of Mulayo, tells him to heave to next to the island and set up missile
coordinates to destroy
the island. Chip is stunned and Nelson again reassures him that he's
doing the right thing. Chip replies that he'll get on it right
away. But he does pause a moment to look back at Nelson before he
leaves the cabin.
In Control Room, orders detail to get raft ready as Ski and Riley wonder
why the admiral
is leaving in a raft. Chip tells Nelson that the raft and missile are
As Kruger stops the Flying Sub, they hear Chip counting down, then
firing the missile, but the
effect shows two torpedoes destroying the island. Ending is far
too abrupt. :P