Ocean Girl (1994–1997): Season 2, Episode 2 - Where No Whale Swims - full transcript

Neri makes her first visit to ORCA since her return, and tells her friends that she wants to discover who "her people" were. Jason, Brett and Neri go to her island to look for clues to her identity.

Just letting you all know, Neri’s
coming here to ORCA, this morning.

Did you check her fake I.D.
And uniform are in place?

Duuuh. Yes.

Well, it’s nice to know you can do
something right for a change.

Hi, Neri.

It’s okay. The coast is clear.

Hi, Neri.

Your stuff’s in here.

Do you mind?


- Turn your back.
- Oh.

- It’s so wonderful to see you!
- You also. - Come here.

There is something
I have been dying to show you.

Recognize someone?


It’s an idea we’ve been working on
while you were away.

We want to match up
different parts of Charley’s song

- with specific words and emotions.
- Watch out, Neri.

She’s still on about the rest of us
talking to whales one day.

Well, it might just be sooner
than you think if it all succeeds, Jason.

You see, these are just simple examples.
He’s saying “hello,” “danger.”

- We want to work on more and more
as we go along. - Eventually...

we’ll have a dictionary,
a book if you like,

listing all the sounds
and their meanings.

And now that you’re back,
you can help us if you like.

Yes, mother.

- I may still call you mother?
- Of course.


Now, Jason tells me that you would like
to find out who your people were.

- Is that true?
- Yeah, and we’re going to the island

- to help search for clues.
- Oh, are you just?

Just remember the old saying...

"The wise fox is always prepared
to find more than he is looking for".

You two, here.

These tapes have just come back
from re-enhancement. Look.

This one was made the 15th of July.
And this...

nearly three weeks later.
And in both there is the same thing.

Some other creature
swimming with the whale.

Perhaps it’s another one of those
mermaids you spotted, doctor.

I saw what I saw.

I do not need ignorant
comments. I need answers.

Talk about a needle in a haystack.

Hey, that reminds me.

I’d forgotten all about this.

I discovered this while you were away,
so I held onto it.

Where did you find this?

Inside one of those never-bloom plants.

- Well, you should know. You
put it there, didn’t you? - No.

It belonged to my father.

I have not seen it since
he went away forever.

You mean he was the one
who hid it?

Well, why’d he do that?

Because he wanted her
to find it some day, of course.

This could be the clue
we’ve been searching for.

And you’ve been carrying it
in your pocket all along.

How was I to know?

Let’s see.


now I really look at it,
it reminds me of something.

But I can’t quite put my finger on what it is.

Maybe we should run it past
HELEN. She might know.

You were both rostered to the hydroponics
department at 1600 hours.

Now where were you?

We, got held up out at sea.

It won’t happen again.

No, young man, it won’t.

Because I am severely restricting
the use of boats...

for recreational purposes
from now on.

Particularly for junior
licence holders.

And I will personally be keeping an eye
on that. Is that understood?

- Commander. - Yes, captain Phillips?

You don’t seriously expect me
to wear any of this…


Look at the chart.


Neri’s island.

Look at the shape.

It’s the same.

Confirm. Match with
satellite chart is complete.

Hey, you were right.
It is the map of the island.

This is weird.

What is the matter with you?

- Well, we always thought that Neri’s
people were shipwrecked. - Yeah.

But that thing’s the island from above.

Like they’d seen it from the air.

Maybe it was a plane crash.

I guess.

HELEN, is there anything more
you can tell us about that thing?

Affirmative. There is a mark
scratched on the surface...

that appears to be
a deliberate indentation.

Neri’s father must have made it.

I tell you what I think.

He’s left a trail for her to follow.

He’s telling her to look
for the next clue...

and we’ll find it...


I remember, they kidnapped
the girlfriend first,

and then him.

What is this idiot talking about?

It’s a video that I saw. It’s so cool.

Who cares.

I know one you would really have liked.

It’s call “The Gallactic Warrior”

It’s about this robot from Neptune.

- I still don’t see why she gets to go
instead of me. - Brett!

You know that the Commander’s
clamped down on boats.

And we can only fit two
on the wave runner.

Yeah, you went yesterday.
So it’s my turn today.

- Well, what about me? I haven’t been
to the island at all yet. - All right.

I’ll make a deal with you.

If Froggy can get HELEN to issue another
wave runner, we’ll all go tomorrow.

But only this once. If a lot of us
keep disappearing at the same time,

someone’s gonna get suspicious.

So, what is this anyway?

That’s called a u-cam.

Basically, it’s a directional camera.

It allows us to watch a whale’s behaviour
while we are recording its language.

Yeah, you see, there’s this
one whale called Charley...

and we’ve him tagged
with monitoring devices...

There’s a limit to the amount of this
whale business you can do now, of course,

but the camera could stil
come in handy for other things.

I’m sorry, commander.
I don’t quite understand.

Didn’t I make it clear?

The condition of your staying here on ORCA
was that you should make yourself...

and your equipment available
for commercial uses, too.

Well, yes, but my research
must come first.

Dr. Bates.


ORCA can no longer operate for a few
scientists to conduct pet projects.

Now my job is to make it pay.

And yours is to do whatever
extra work you’re assigned.

What sort of extra work?

All in good time.

For the moment, Michael and I would like
to look around the rest of the lab.

Hold on.

Where’s the map?

That way.

I don’t think you understand
the importance of our work.

These creatures... they are
essential to human...

Well, Captain. In uniform, I see.

Let’s get one thing straight,
Commander Byrne.

The only reason I’m on this tin can is
because the bank repossessed my boat.

And as soon as I’ve got the
deposit for a new one...

this gets deep-sixed
and I’m out of here.

That’s good. But
in the meantime, I think...

we’ll put you temporarily
on the mail run.

Fine by me, lady. I look like
a postman in this outfit.

Charming fellow.

I think this is it.

Let’s spread out and
start looking.

For what exactly?

Something, Vanessa.

And this is the test area
for our underwater equipment.

What’s this?

That’s the re-compression chamber.


It’s to judge individual responses
to low air pressure levels, no doubt?


What’d happen if, say,
someone got locked in this thing.

Hardly a pleasant experience.

It could be some time
before someone finds you.

Well, as you can see,
everything’s state of the art.

Shall we?

You see? Another old ORCA file.
There it is again.

Perhaps even without
our chopper and equipment...

- we could find this whale
and then work out... - No!

He could continue
to elude us for years.

We must resort to another

I have decided to bring
Parker Forsyth to UBRI.

The computer expert?


His work with image
synthesizers is outstanding.

Once he has his equipment set up,

maybe he will be able to tell us
what that creature actually is.

Neri! Jason! Come here!
I think I’ve found something!


Or maybe “look for.”

“Water.” That’s got to mean water.


Well, a whale, anyway.

Look for water where a whale swims.

It’s crossed out, thickhead.

Look for water where no whale swims.

Look for an arrow!

Make any sense to you?

Water out from badlands.
Charley will not go there.

No whale will come close.

- That’s got to be it.
- Well, we can’t go now.

I’ll never make it back in time
to my hydroponics duties.

Byrne’ll kill me if we miss again.

Well, first thing tomorrow, then

Yeah, all right.

But write that stuff down next to it.

Maybe Froggy and HELEN
can make some sense out of it.

Where does Jason go to all the time?

Oh, here, there. Around the place,
you know.

Well, he could take me with him,
couldn’t he?

I thought we were going to be mates.

Hey, I’ll be your mate, Rocky.


Yeah. Me, the big Mickmeister.
The big Mickaroonie.


Well, we’re both kinda cool guys.

And hey, I love hearing about those
video discs you watch.

- Yeah?
- Yeah.

I want you to see something.

You can tell me about
another one on the way.

Okay. Well, there’s this really cool one.
It’s called “The Annihilator.”

What do you reckon?

Smells to me.

Me, too.

But no one ever even suspects
he’s got a false head.

- No, hang on. His wife does but he locks
her in the cellar and... - Just through here.

And she can’t get out.

Anyway, while she’s trying
to get out of the cellar...

the annihilator starts to destroy
everyone in the town.

Yeah? Fascinating. Now, go inside
that chamber and look upwards.

- You’ll find it something really
interesting. - Yeah?

Anyway, what happens,
you see...

the wife ends up escaping,
you see, and while he’s...

Ha! Ha! I got you, you big sucker.

Now, see if you can stay in there for
a couple of hours...

without boring yourself to death!

Mick, where’s Rocky?

Don’t ask me. Why don’t you
find him yourself?


- Hey, he’s in there!
- Quick, get him out!


Stop the pumps!

- Rocky, it’s okay.
- Hang on. Nearly there.

Honest, Jace, with Mick around,
anything could happen.

All right. I’ll try and spend
a bit more time with Rocky.

I suppose someone
has to keep an eye on him.

Hey, we’re getting something.

Material submitted consists of
two distinct writing systems.

The first are simple pictograms
similar to early hieroglyphics.

The second is a form of script
unrecorded in my memory banks.

Can you read it?

Negative. I am programmed for
all known dialects spoken on Earth.

This does not equate with any of them.

That’s impossible. It has to.

Not if the person who wrote it
didn’t come from Earth.


I know it sounds crazy.

But think about it.

Think about the clues
Neri’s father left.

The amulet is the same shape as the island
but only if you look at it from above.

So they must’ve come from the sky.

The second...

is that their language wasn’t human.

Well, what’s going to be next?

I wouldn’t like to say.

But if we find that arrow tomorrow...

I think we’d better be prepared
for... anything.

Mick Byrne, you would have to be
the biggest idiot I ever met in my life.

Well, judging from your friends,
I’m sure you know a lot of them.

My brother could have been killed!

Hey, it would have been his own
stupid fault for turning the power on.

You know, someone ought to report you.

Report him for what?

- What’s going on here, Michael?
- Nothing, mum.

Why don’t you tell her the truth?

He nearly killed Robert Rhodes yesterday.

He locked him in the recompression chamber.

Oh, come on.
They got it all wrong.

Rocky and I were just
kidding around.

Do you really think I’d do
something to hurt him, mum?

No, I’m sure you wouldn’t,

Now, you girls should check your stories
before you start spreading them around.


Young lady...

I know my son.

Come on, Michael.

Are you sure this is
“the water where no whale swims?”


How long are we going
to keep this up?

Until we find an arrow.

We can’t look at every rock.

Just keep going.

Hey! You’re wasting your time!


It’s not on any one rock.

It’s all of them.

All over them. All together.
They make the arrow!

And it’s pointing
to the beach down there!

Come on!

This way.


This way!

Hold up, Zo.

Come on, guys.
Let’s look over here!


It’s here.


All around!

Hey, guys, over here!

Hey! There’s something
metal down here.

It goes all the way up here!

It’s huge!

It goes right out under the rocks
and into the water.

If this thing is an airplane,
it’s the wildest.


It’s not an airplane.

What do you mean?


I think we’ve finally found out
how your people got here.

And this...

it didn’t come from Earth.

It’s a spacecraft.

subtitles: Lemoncurd