Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964–1968): Season 1, Episode 3 - The Fear-Makers - full transcript

The Seaview continues the secret underwater explorations that another sub was on when it mysteriously disappeared.

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STEADY, CONNORS. STEADY.

HOLD DIVING ATTITUDE 1-2-POINT
6 NOW, HUH? HOLD IT NOW.

THIS IS THE POLIDOR CALLING
NELSON MARINE INSTITUTE.

POLIDOR TO NELSON
MARINE INSTITUTE.

DIVING ATTITUDE 1-2-POINT 6.

DEPTH... 3,800 FEET.

ALL SYSTEMS OPERATIONAL.
MARINE INSTITUTE TO POLIDOR.

WE READ YOU AND MARK YOU.



WHEN YOU REACH 4,000 FEET,
ADJUST ATTITUDE TO 1-4-POINT 9.

RELAX, HARRIMAN. SHE'LL DO ALMOST
EVERYTHING THE SEAVIEW WILL DO.

THAT'S WHAT YOU DESIGNED
HER FOR. I KNOW, I KNOW, BUT...

OUR ENTIRE UNDERSEAS PROGRAM
DEPENDS ON THE SUCCESS OF POLIDOR.

JUST DON'T FORGET EVERY KEY MAN ON
BOARD WAS HANDPICKED FROM SEAVIEW.

MARINE INSTITUTE TO POLIDOR.
GIVE ME YOUR RATE OF DESCENT.

HOLD IT, CONNORS!

POLIDOR'S THEORETIC
CRUSH DEPTH IS 4,300 FEET.

HOW CLOSE WILL YOU
LET HIM COME TO IT?

I'M GOING TO LEVEL OFF AT 4,200.

MARINE INSTITUTE TO
POLIDOR. CAN YOU READ ME?

SORRY, ADMIRAL. ONE OF OUR BOYS GOT
A LITTLE SHOOK UP, BUT HE'S OKAY NOW.

I HAVE A RATE OF
DESCENT OF 9-DOUBLE 3.

WHAT'S THE CONDITION OF YOUR MEN? IF
THERE'S ANY QUESTION, LEVEL OFF NOW.



EVERYTHING'S OKAY, ADMIRAL.

ALL IS FINE.

APPROACHING 4,100 FEET.

ALL SYSTEMS OPERATIONAL.

CONNORS! CONNORS, WATCH THAT TRIM!
SOMEBODY GIVE HIM A HAND OVER THERE!

MARINE INSTITUTE TO POLIDOR.
CHANGE ATTITUDE TO 6-0-7.

APPROACHING 4,200.

JOHNSON, GET BACK THERE!
GET BACK TO YOUR STATION!

CHANGE ATTITUDE!
CONFIRM AT ONCE!

GET BACK! [Shouting, Indistinct]

[Overlapping Shouting]

[Crewmen's Shouts On Speaker]

MARINE INSTITUTE TO
POLIDOR. CAN YOU READ ME?

- CONFIRM!
- [Men Shouting, Indistinct]

MARINE INSTITUTE TO
POLIDOR. CAN YOU HEAR ME?

[Commotion Continues]
CONFIRM. CAN YOU HEAR ME?

CAPTAIN ANDERS, CAN YOU HEAR ME?

[Shouting Continues]

[Commotion Continues]

ANDERS! ANDERS.

ANDERS!

[Explosion On Speaker]

ANDERS.

[Man] VOYAGE TO THE
BOTTOM OF THE SEA.

STARRING RICHARD BASEHART,

DAVID HEDISON.

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA.

KOWALSKI, ALL STORES ARE TO BE ABOARD
AND STOWED BY 1000 HOURS TOMORROW.

AYE, AYE, SIR. CHIP, HOW
LONG WILL IT TAKE YOU...

TO REASSEMBLE THE
INERTIAL GUIDANCE SYSTEM?

IT WAS PRETTY WELL BROKEN
DOWN FOR RECALIBRATION.

STAY WITH IT ALL NIGHT. AYE,
AYE, SIR. LET'S GO, MURDOCK.

AND-AND, CHIP, DON'T FORGET TO
RESET THE GYROCOMPASS IMMEDIATELY.

IT'LL TAKE AT LEAST FOUR
HOURS FOR IT TO SETTLE DOWN.

I'VE ALREADY TAKEN
CARE OF IT, SIR.

WERE YOU ABLE TO CONTACT
ALL THE MEN ON SHORE LEAVE?

WELL, I COULDN'T GET
AHOLD OF POWELL OR LACEY.

THEIR WIVES SAID THEY
WENT ON A FISHING TRIP.

I'M NOT INTERESTED IN
EXPLANATIONS. I WANT TO KNOW...

HOW MANY MEN ARE ON THEIR
WAY BACK. SEVEN OUT OF NINE, SIR.

YOU'D BETTER SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET
THEM HERE BEFORE 1000 HOURS TOMORROW,

OR THEY'LL BE WAITING ON
AN EMPTY DOCK! YES, SIR!

[Sighs]

UH, LEE, YOU'D BETTER TALK
TO LIEUTENANT HENDLEY.

MAKE SURE HIS AIR REVITALIZATION
SYSTEM IS OPERATIONAL.

HENDLEY WAS ON
THE POLIDOR, ADMIRAL.

HARRIMAN, THE CONGRESSIONAL
COMMITTEE WANTS A HEARING IN THE MORNING.

WE'VE JUST TALKED TO THEM. IT MEANS
WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO DELAY OUR DEPARTURE.

WE CAN'T DELAY.

- ADMIRAL.
- YES.

A FEW HOURS ISN'T GONNA MAKE ANY
DIFFERENCE TO THE MEN OF THE POLIDOR NOW.

YOU'VE GOT TO ACCEPT THAT.

THE COMMITTEE BELIEVES THE
POLIDOR TRAGEDY PROVED...

THAT MAN CANNOT
FUNCTION IN THESE DEPTHS.

THE EMOTIONAL STRAIN ALONE CAN
CAUSE CONFUSION AND MISCALCULATION.

PHILLIP, THAT SIMPLY
ISN'T TRUE! I KNOW WE CAN!

UNLESS YOUR COMMITTEE TAKES
AWAY OUR TOOLS... IF YOU DO THAT,

YOU'LL BE SURRENDERING
UNTOLD WEALTH IN

MINERALS, FOOD AND
SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION...

TO OTHER COUNTRIES WITH
GREATER COURAGE AND MORE VISION.

FORGET OTHER COUNTRIES
FOR THE MOMENT.

HOW DO YOU ACCOUNT FOR WHAT HAPPENED
TO THE POLIDOR? I CAN'T, NOT JUST NOW.

BUT I INTEND TO GO DOWN INTO THAT
TRENCH WITH SEAVIEW AND FIND OUT.

ADMIRAL, IS THIS YOUR
SUGGESTION AS A SCIENTIST...

OR JUST AS A MAN TRYING
TO SALVE HIS CONSCIENCE?

THAT'S ENOUGH,
DAN. NOW... OH, NO, NO.

HE HAS A RIGHT TO
ASK THAT QUESTION.

I ONLY HOPE I'M ANSWERING IT
HONESTLY, AS HONESTLY AS I CAN.

I BELIEVE IT'S BECAUSE
I'M A CLINICAL SCIENTIST.

I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT
HAPPENED DOWN THERE.

I KNEW HE'D TAKE THAT ATTITUDE.

TELL HIM, PHILLIP. VERY WELL.

HARRIMAN, WE'LL WITHHOLD
JUDGMENT WHILE YOU INVESTIGATE...

ON THE CONDITION THAT YOU TAKE
SOMEONE WITH YOU AS A TRAINED OBSERVER.

TRAINED IN WHAT? HUMAN
EMOTIONS. PSYCHOLOGY.

DR. ARTHUR KENNER IS A PIONEER IN
THE STUDY OF THE PSYCHIATRY OF STRESS.

JUST, UH, WHAT DOES THIS,
UH, KENNER PLAN TO PROVE?

WE'VE ALREADY MADE ARRANGEMENTS
TO HAVE HIM ON BOARD THE SEAVIEW...

TO ANALYZE THE REACTIONS
OF THE CREW DURING THE DIVE.

NOW IF A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS
EMOTIONAL CRISIS SHOULD OCCUR,

HE HAS THE AUTHORITY
TO CALL OFF THE MISSION.

ENOUGH AUTHORITY TO
COUNTERMAND THE ADMIRAL'S ORDERS?

ON TECHNICAL MATTERS, NO.

ON EMOTIONAL MATTERS, YES.

THAT'S THE ONLY CONDITION
WE'LL ACCEPT, GENTLEMEN.

AGREED. BUT WE SHOVE OFF
AT 1000 HOURS TOMORROW.

I DON'T INTEND TO
WAIT FOR ANYONE.

I'LL CONFIRM WITH HIM
NOW. KENNER WILL BE THERE.

[Projector Clattering]
AS YOU CAN SEE,

BEFORE EXPOSURE TO THE FEAR GAS,

THE CAT REACTS TO THE
APPEARANCE OF THE MOUSE...

IN THE PREDICTABLE MANNER.

AND NOW, WE INTRODUCE THE GAS.

AND YOU'LL OBSERVE
THAT THE EFFECT IS SUCH...

AS TO TOTALLY REVERSE THE
MOST INSTINCTIVE PROCESSES.

THIS IS A GREAT STEP FORWARD IN
ISOLATING THE BASIC ELEMENTS OF FEAR.

[Phone Ringing] OH, EXCUSE ME.

YES. KENNER HERE.
OH, PHILLIP. YES.

YES, I UNDERSTAND.
YES, THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

WELL, I HOPE SO.
I'LL CERTAINLY TRY.

WELL, I'LL BE ABOARD THE SEAVIEW
FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.

GOOD-BYE. OH.

UH, GENTLEMEN, THE FILM YOU HAVE
JUST SEEN ILLUSTRATES THE EFFECTS...

OF THE NEW FEAR GAS.

MOST INTERESTING. IT'S THE END
PRODUCT OF THE WORK IN WHICH...

EACH OF YOU HAS HAD SOME PART.

THIS CONTAINER OF FEAR GAS
REPRESENTS OUR COMBINED EFFORTS.

I REGRET THAT
SECURITY REGULATIONS...

HAVE PREVENTED ME FROM
LETTING ANY ONE OF YOU KNOW...

THE FULL DETAILS OF WHAT
YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON.

AND NOW IF YOU'LL EXCUSE ME,

I-I'LL HAVE TO CUT THIS SESSION
SHORT. GOOD NIGHT, DOCTOR.

I'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF THINKING
ABOUT OUR FEAR GAS, DOCTOR.

IT SEEMS ABOUT READY
FOR HUMAN APPLICATION.

NOT QUITE. AS YOU KNOW, MARTIN,
FEAR IN THE LOWER ANIMALS...

IS BASED ON SIMPLE
SURVIVAL INSTINCT.

HOWEVER, HUMAN FEAR IS... IS FAR
MORE COMPLICATED AND PERSONAL.

BUT WE DO KNOW THAT
HUMANS REACT TO THE GAS.

I MEAN, I ASSUME WE DO.

THAT'S ANOTHER THING. THE GAS
ITSELF... IT IS NOT QUITE READY.

WELL NOW, IF YOU'LL EXCUSE ME.
I'VE... I'VE GOT A THOUSAND THINGS TO DO.

I'VE GOT TO BE IN SANTA BARBARA
FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.

UM, HAVE YOU DECIDED YET
ABOUT TAKING AN ASSISTANT?

I SPOKE TO THE COMMITTEE ABOUT IT,
AND THEY LEFT THE DECISION UP TO ME.

WELL, WITH 125 MEN TO
OBSERVE, YOU'LL NEED SOME HELP.

I'D VERY MUCH APPRECIATE
THE CHANCE TO GO ALONG.

I MUST ADMIT YOU
WOULD BE OF HELP.

CAN YOU BE READY AT
6:00 A. M.? NO PROBLEM.

FINE. WELL, THEN LOCK UP, MEET ME IN THE
MORNING, AND I'LL MAKE ARRANGEMENTS...

TO INCLUDE YOU IN
THE PARTY. SPLENDID.

GOOD-BYE, DOCTOR.

[Phone Ringing]

YOU'RE LATE. [Doctor]
KENNER JUST LEFT.

THE TRIP IS ON. HE BOARDS
SEAVIEW IN THE MORNING.

DID HE AGREE TO
LET YOU COME ALONG?

WITHOUT HESITATION.
AND THE FEAR GAS?

I'VE GOT ALL WE
NEED... ONE CONTAINER.

ENOUGH TO TURN NELSON AND HIS
CREW INTO PANIC-STRICKEN MADMEN.

ARE YOU SURE OF THIS GAS? IT
WORKED ON THE POLIDOR, DIDN'T IT?

BUT YOU WERE NOT ON THE POLIDOR,
AND YOU WILL BE ON THE SEAVIEW.

THIS TIME THE SUB MUST
RETURN WITH ITS REPORT.

BELIEVE ME. I INTEND TO RETURN.

BUT YOU WILL BE
BREATHING THE GAS TOO.

ACCORDING TO KENNER'S NOTES,
THE INTENSITY OF THE EFFECT...

DIMINISHES IN DIRECT PROPORTION TO
THE SUBJECT'S KNOWLEDGE OF THE CAUSE.

IN OTHER WORDS, KNOWLEDGE
BUILDS A CERTAIN IMMUNITY TO FEAR.

WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT'S
BOTHERING YOU, YOU FEAR IT LESS.

JUST BE SURE THAT
NELSON ISN'T IMMUNE.

HE MUST BE CONVINCED THAT MAN
CANNOT FUNCTION AT SUCH EXTREME DEPTHS.

ONCE HE TESTIFIES
TO THAT EFFECT,

THE UNITED STATES WILL SUSPEND
FURTHER EXPLORATION PROJECTS...

AND LEAVE THE RICHES
OF THE SEA TO US.

- IS THAT CLEAR?
- VERY CLEAR.

[Buzzing]

[Knocking] COME IN.

DR. KENNER JUST CAME ABOARD, ADMIRAL.
HE BROUGHT AN ASSISTANT WITH HIM.

I KNOW. THE COMMITTEE ASKED
ME TO OKAY ANOTHER PASSENGER.

STAND BY TO GET UNDER WAY. I'VE
ALREADY PASSED ALONG THE ORDER.

THANK YOU, LEE. OH, BY THE WAY,

TELL SPARKS TO MAINTAIN RADIO
SILENCE AS TO OUR OBJECTIVE.

AYE, AYE, SIR. [Knocking]

ADMIRAL, THIS IS
DR. ARTHUR KENNER. CRANE.

GOOD MORNING, ADMIRAL. OH, THIS
IS MY ASSISTANT DR. MARTIN DAVIS.

HOW DO YOU DO? WE'RE LOOKING
FORWARD TO A MOST INTERESTING CRUISE.

THESE ARE YOUR
QUARTERS, DR. KENNER.

I HOPE YOU'LL FIND
THEM COMFORTABLE.

FINE. THANK YOU, CAPTAIN.

YOU'RE RIGHT NEXT
DOOR, DR. DAVIS.

UH, "AIR REVITALIZING"?

YES. IT'S THE SYSTEM THAT PURIFIES
AND RECIRCULATES THE AIR IN THE SUB.

IT ALLOWS US TO STAY
SUBMERGED FOR AN INDEFINITE TIME.

AH. NOW THESE ARE THE
OUTLETS FOR PURE AIR.

THE EXHAUST VENTS
ARE AT DECK LEVEL.

OH, MADISON. IN
HERE. UH, CAPTAIN.

I'D LIKE A CHANCE TO BE ABLE TO TALK
TO AS MANY OF THE CREWMEN AS I CAN.

DR. KENNER WANTS ME TO PREPARE SOMETHING
OF A PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE ON THEM.

I'LL ARRANGE IT. IT'LL
HAVE TO BE BASED ON

THEIR DUTY SCHEDULE.
WE'RE A LITTLE SHORTHANDED.

YES. SO MANY OF YOUR MEN WERE
LOST ON THE POLIDOR, WEREN'T THEY?

WELL, THANKS FOR THE
GUIDED TOUR, CAPTAIN.

I, UH... I HOPE YOU DIDN'T MIND INDULGING
A SCIENTIST'S NATURAL CURIOSITY.

NOT AT ALL. OH, ONE MORE THING.
THERE'S A SECURITY REGULATION...

THAT ALL PERSONAL PROPERTY
BROUGHT ABOARD HAS TO BE INSPECTED.

I HOPE YOU DON'T MIND INDULGING
US IN THIS. NOT IN THE LEAST.

EH, IT'S JUST ROUTINE, SIR. FROM
APPRENTICE SEAMAN TO CONGRESSMAN,

EVERYBODY GETS A
PERSONAL PROPERTY CHECK.

WELL, THAT'S DEMOCRACY FOR YOU.

AND A GREAT THING IT IS
TOO. YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN.

TELL ME, SAILOR. YOU MUST'VE HAD
A LOT OF BUDDIES ON THE POLIDOR.

YEAH, A COUPLE. TRAGIC THING.

ANY CHANCE THEY'RE STILL ALIVE?

- NO.
- WHY, YOU NEVER CAN TELL.

THEY MIGHT HAVE
MADE IT TO THE SURFACE.

NOT FROM A TRENCH
EIGHT MILES DEEP.

MAYBE THEY'RE STILL ALIVE DOWN THERE.
ONLY A COUPLE OF COMPARTMENTS FLOODED.

NAH, IT DOESN'T HAPPEN LIKE
THAT, DOC, NOT THAT DEEP.

IT JUST GOES, AND THEN
THERE'S NOTHING. NOTHING!

WELL, I'M SORRY, SAILOR. I SHOULDN'T
HAVE ASKED YOU ALL THOSE QUESTIONS.

AW, IT'S OKAY. I...

THERE'S NOTHING HERE, KOWALSKI.

OKAY. THANK YOU.

I GUESS I MISSED THIS ONE.
I'LL HAVE TO CHECK IT TOO.

SEEMS TO BE LOCKED. OH,
YEAH. I'VE, UH... I'VE GOT A KEY.

[Muttering]

UH, IT'S A TAPE RECORDER.
I USE IT IN MY INTERVIEWING.

WELL, IT DOESN'T SEEM TO
WORK. SURE IT DOES. LOOK.

[Clicks] THERE. SEE?

HERE, COME ON. SAY
SOMETHING. NO, GO AHEAD.

NAH. [Chuckles]

WHAT SHOULD I SAY?
ANYTHING YOU LIKE. COME ON.

YOU EVER HEARD YOUR
OWN VOICE? COME ON. UH, NO.

MAYBE LATER, HUH,
DOC? ALL RIGHT.

YOU GONNA TALK TO ALL
THE GUYS ON THE CREW?

AS MANY AS I CAN,
BEFORE WE MAKE THE DIVE.

I CAN SAVE YOU A
LOT OF TROUBLE, DOC.

THESE GUYS DON'T SCARE SO EASY.

YOU NAME IT, THEY'VE
BEEN THROUGH IT.

HOW DO YOU FEEL
ABOUT THAT, SAILOR?

YOU DON'T THINK MUCH OF THE POLIDOR
AND WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED TO THEM?

OH, YOU GOT THE WRONG MAN, DOC.
HE'S GOT THE SAFEST JOB ON BOARD.

HE WORKS IN THE COMPARTMENT
WITH THE ESCAPE BELL.

IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG,
HE'S THE FIRST MAN OUT.

IS THAT RIGHT? WELL,
WHAT'S YOUR NAME, SAILOR?

PATTERSON, SIR.

PATTERSON, DO YOU THINK
MUCH OF THE CHANCE...

OF BEING THE ONLY MAN
WHO MIGHT ESCAPE ALIVE?

NO.

I-I MEAN, I... I THINK
ABOUT IT, SIR. BUT...

COURSE, THE FELLOW WHO
HAD YOUR JOB ON THE POLIDOR...

DIDN'T GET OUT AT ALL, DID HE?

UH, HOW LONG DO YOU
NORMALLY STAY SUBMERGED?

OH, UH, IT DEPENDS... A WEEK, 10 DAYS
AT A TIME, DEPENDING UPON THE MISSION.

[Davis] DOES IT FRIGHTEN YOU TO BE
GOING DOWN 4,500 FEET IN AN EGGSHELL?

WELL, SIR, I NEVER
THOUGHT ABOUT IT THAT WAY.

WELL, YOU THINK
ABOUT IT, PATTERSON.

ANYTHING? LET ME
KNOW OF ANY VARIANCES.

AYE, SIR. WE'RE RIGGED FOR SILENT
RUNNING. WHO AUTHORIZED THAT?

THE ADMIRAL, WHILE
YOU WERE FORWARD.

DID HE COME TO THE CONTROL
ROOM? NO, HE'S LOCKED IN HIS CABIN.

CAME OVER THE INTERCOM.

ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL
AT THE TRENCH 0923 HOURS.

LET'S SEE. THAT'S
ABOUT A HALF HOUR.

LEE, IS THE ADMIRAL OKAY?

I MEAN, NONE OF US HAVE SEEN
HIM SINCE WE LEFT THE INSTITUTE,

AND ALL THIS WARTIME
ALERT BUSINESS...

A LOT OF THE MEN ARE
STARTING TO WORRY.

I'LL GO SEE HIM NOW.

[Nelson On Tape] MARINE
INSTITUTE TO POLIDOR.

CAN YOU READ ME? CONFIRM!

[Men Shouting, Indistinct]

[Nelson's Voice] MARINE INSTITUTE TO
POLIDOR. CAN YOU HEAR ME? CONFIRM!

[Shouting Continues]
CAN YOU HEAR ME?

CAPTAIN ANDERS, CAN YOU HEAR ME?

[Shouting Continues]

ANDERS! ANDERS. ANDERS!

[Explosion]

ADMIRAL? ADMIRAL.

OH. YES, LEE.

WE'LL BE THERE IN
ABOUT A HALF HOUR.

GOOD.

I'VE CHECKED AND
RECHECKED THE SPECIFICATIONS

OF THE POLIDOR FOR
ANY MISCALCULATION.

IT HAD TO BE SOMETHING ELSE.

YOU ORDERED US RIGGED FOR
SILENT RUNNING. MAY I ASK WHY?

BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT
HAPPENED TO POLIDOR OUT HERE,

AND I'M TAKING NO
CHANCES WITH SEAVIEW.

SHE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN
ATTACKED, NOT AT THAT DEPTH.

PERHAPS NOT,
BUT, UH, MAYBE, UH...

MAYBE IT WAS SABOTAGE.

THERE'S NO REASON TO CHECK
THE STORES BROUGHT ABOARD.

ALMOST ANYTHING COULD'VE
BEEN PLANTED ON THAT SUB.

NOTHING'S BEEN PLANTED ON THIS ONE.
WE RAN A COMPLETE SECURITY CHECK.

I HOPE YOU'RE RIGHT.

[Creaking]

[Buzzing]

[Buzzing]

DEPTH READING. 3,400 FEET, SIR.

THE FATHOMETER INDICATES THE
OCEAN DEPTHS AT ANY GIVEN POINT.

WITH THIS AND OUR
PRECISION DEPTH RECORDER,

WHICH ACTUALLY GRAPHS
THE CONTOURS OF THE BOTTOM,

WE ALWAYS KNOW
WHAT'S UNDER OUR KEEL.

GENTLEMEN, RIGHT NOW, WE'RE
IN A TRENCH THAT REACHES DOWN...

NEARLY EIGHT MILES.

A REMARKABLE SHIP, ADMIRAL,

AND AN INCREDIBLE CREW.

IF ANY MEN WERE TO SURVIVE AT THE
DEPTHS OF THE OCEAN, IT WOULD BE THEY.

YOU SOUND AS IF YOU
DOUBT THE POSSIBILITY.

WHAT'S YOUR OPINION, DR. KENNER?

EIGHT MILES. HOW FAR DOWN
DO YOU INTEND TO GO, ADMIRAL?

AS FAR AS NECESSARY
TO FIND POLIDOR.

UH, YOU DIDN'T HEAR THE
QUESTION, DOCTOR. EH, WHAT?

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT MEN CAN FUNCTION UNDER
THE CONTINUAL THREAT OF A GHASTLY DEATH?

WELL, DEATH, WE'RE...
WE'RE ALL FACING DEATH.

I WON'T LET THAT HAPPEN THOUGH.

I COULD CANCEL THIS MISSION.
I COULD ABORT THIS DIVE.

ONLY ON SUFFICIENT
GROUNDS, DOCTOR.

NOW, WE CAN'T GO MUCH DEEPER.
WE CAN'T GO MUCH DEEPER.

WE CAN'T.

YOU'RE NOT QUESTIONING THE
DOCTOR'S AUTHORITY, ARE YOU?

HIS AUTHORITY IS ESTABLISHED.

I CAN'T SAY AS MUCH
ABOUT HIS JUDGMENT.

DEPTH READING.

- PRYOR.
- SIR?

LOOK SHARP. THIS IS NO
TIME FOR DAYDREAMING.

3,750 FEET, SIR.

HOW MUCH FARTHER, CAPTAIN?

SETTLE DOWN, PRYOR.

I DON'T LIKE THIS ANY
MORE THAN YOU DO.

[Buzzing]

DEPTH READING. 4,050 FEET, SIR.

THIS DEVICE IS A MAGNETOMETER. IT'LL
PICK UP ANY TRACE OF METAL IN THE AREA.

THEN I TAKE IT WE'RE CLOSE TO THE
DEPTH WHERE THE POLIDOR WAS CRUSHED.

THAT'S RIGHT. [Sighs] WELL,
I DON'T MIND TELLING YOU,

I'M... I'M A LITTLE NERVOUS.

NEVER BEEN IN A SITUATION
QUITE LIKE THIS BEFORE.

IT TAKES A LITTLE
GETTING USED TO.

ANYTHING?

I'M NOT SURE.

NOT SURE? GIVE ME THAT!

CHANGE HEADING TO 2-0-9 DEGREES.

[Crane] 2-0-9 DEGREES.
[Switches Clicking]

I MAKE OUT METAL CONTACT
ABOUT 300 FEET BELOW.

[Crewman] IT COULD
BE. I'M NOT SURE.

YOU BETTER SHAPE UP, SAILOR.

YOU'RE AS MUCH A PART OF THIS
MISSION AS ANYONE ELSE ON THE SUB!

ADMIRAL, TAKE IT EASY.

THIS MAN'S OBVIOUSLY UNNERVED.
AND YOU'RE NOT HELPING ANY.

I'M SIMPLY TRYING
TO BE REALISTIC.

YOU CAN'T CONTINUE TO IGNORE
THE FACT THAT THESE MEN...

ALL OF THEM... ARE
AFRAID, DEATHLY AFRAID.

WELL, BEING
AFRAID IS NO CRIME...

OR SIGN OF WEAKNESS, DOCTOR.

ONLY A FOOL WOULD DENY
THERE'S DANGER HERE.

THEN YOU'RE AFRAID
TOO? OF COURSE I AM.

BUT MY BIG FEAR IS NOT DEATH. THAT'S
ALWAYS WITH US, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

THE MEN ARE USED
TO IT, AND SO AM I.

BUT WE'RE NOT USED
TO FAILURE, DOCTOR.

AND THAT'S WHAT SCARES ME: THE
CHANCE THAT THIS MISSION MIGHT FAIL...

WHEN I KNOW THAT IT HAS
EVERY REASON TO SUCCEED.

ADMIRAL?

WE MUST BE APPROACHING
OUR CRUSH DEPTH BY NOW.

- WHAT'S OUR READING?
- 4,300 FEET, SIR.

CONTINUE DIVE. NO!
GO BACK, PLEASE.

I ORDER YOU TO GO BACK.
ADMIRAL, DID YOU HEAR ME?

I ORDER YOU TO GO BACK. I ORDER
YOU TO YOUR CABIN, DOCTOR. RIGHT NOW.

THIS MISSION IS ENDED.
I HAVE THAT AUTHORITY.

CAPTAIN CRANE, I DEMAND
THAT YOU SURFACE AT ONCE!

THIS MISSION IS OVER. DO
YOU HEAR ME, CAPTAIN CRANE?

CONTINUE DIVE, CAPTAIN.

I HAVE THIS AUTHORITY. I CAN ABORT
THIS DIVE. STAND BY, ALL STATIONS.

WE'RE APPROACHING MAXIMUM DEPTH.

[Nelson] MR. MORTON, ESCORT
DR. KENNER TO HIS QUARTERS.

AYE, AYE, SIR. I
SHALL REPORT THIS.

UH... DR. KENNER.

[Buzzing]

THE SLIGHTEST... MALFUNCTION...

[On Speaker] CAN
BE CRITICAL, MEN.

SO STAY ON YOUR
TOES. [Microphone Clicks]

ADMIRAL, YOU DELIBERATELY
IGNORED DR. KENNER'S ORDER.

HE HAD AUTHORITY
TO ABORT THIS MISSION.

ONLY ON PSYCHOLOGICAL
GROUNDS. AND HE'S

OBVIOUSLY INCAPABLE OF
MAKING SUCH A JUDGMENT.

MY REPORT WILL OVERLOOK THIS INCIDENT,
IF YOU STOP THE DIVE HERE AND NOW.

DR. KENNER WAS SCARED GREEN. I
CONSIDER HIS COMMAND INCOMPETENT.

AND YOU AREN'T FRIGHTENED?

YOU'VE ALREADY ADMITTED IT,
ADMIRAL. YOU'RE AFRAID OF FAILURE.

SO AFRAID, YOU'RE WILLING TO
SACRIFICE THE LIVES OF A HUNDRED MEN.

IS YOUR PRIDE WORTH A
HUNDRED LIVES, ADMIRAL?

ARE YOU THAT... ADMIRAL NELSON!

METAL CONTACT CONFIRMED.
MAYBE 150 FEET DOWN.

ACTIVATE NOSE CAMERA.

THIS TRENCH GOES
DOWN TO 48,000 FEET.

HOW COULD THERE BE ANYTHING AT
THIS DEPTH? IT'S PROBABLY A LEDGE.

4,450 FEET, SIR.

[Klaxon Blaring]

DAMAGE CONTROL!
DAMAGE CONTROL, REPORT.

[Curley On Speaker] IT'S OKAY, CAPTAIN,
JUST A PIN LEAK IN THE MISSILE ROOM.

IT'S UNDER CONTROL.
4,500 FEET, SIR.

- METAL CONTACT, 50 FEET.
- ALL STOP.

LEVEL OFF.

WE'VE GOT TO GET IN CLOSER.

ADMIRAL, WE'RE AT CRUSH DEPTH.

WE CAN'T GO THIS
DEEP. CLOSER, CAPTAIN!

ALL AHEAD. DEAD SLOW.

THEY THINK THEY FOUND SOMETHING.

IT MIGHT BE THE POLIDOR...

ON THE LEDGE RIGHT OUT THERE.

ANDERS.

HENDLEY.

ALL OF THEM.

SO CLOSE, YOU COULD
ALMOST... [Banging]

[Banging Continues]

- [Banging]
- IT'S LIKE...

LIKE SOMEBODY'S OUT THERE.

[Buzzing]

[Banging Continues] ONE
OF THEM'S STILL ALIVE.

ONE OF THEM'S STILL
ALIVE. LISTEN TO HIM, HE'S...

HE'S STILL IN THERE.
HE'S STILL ALIVE!

I'M GETTIN' OUT.
HEY! [Klaxon Blaring]

[Overlapping Shouting]

ELEVATE BOW PLANES.
BLOW AFT TRIM TANK.

TAKE HER UP!

HOLD THAT.

TAKE HER UP.

TAKE HER UP.

TAKE HER UP TO 3,500 FEET...

AND HOLD THERE.

TAKE HER UP 3,500
FEET. HOLD THERE.

WHEN YOU GET A REPORT FROM
DAMAGE CONTROL, BRING IT TO MY CABIN.

IT'S DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT, CAPTAIN,
BUT FEAR TAKES MANY FORMS.

AND IT'S ALWAYS DESTRUCTIVE,

EVEN IN A MAN LIKE NELSON.

YOU HAVE TO TAKE OVER, CAPTAIN,

FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR CREW
AND OF THE SEAVIEW ITSELF.

HE'LL PUSH US DOWN TO
DESTRUCTION IF YOU DON'T.

WE'RE IN YOUR
HANDS NOW, CAPTAIN.

[Buzzing]

CAPTAIN CRANE. DAMAGE
CONTROL REPORT.

WE FIGURE THE WORST
DAMAGE IS IN NUMBER TWO.

PROBABLY GET IT IN
SHAPE IN A HALF HOUR.

CAPTAIN, WE'RE NOT
GONNA DIVE AGAIN, ARE WE?

WHY? I DON'T THINK THE
MEN COULD TAKE IT, SIR.

ALL RIGHT, CURLEY. THAT'S ALL.

FRANKLY, NEITHER CAN I.
I SAID, THAT'S ALL, CHIEF!

YES, SIR.

ADMIRAL.

I'D LIKE TO GIVE THE
ORDER TO SURFACE.

ARE THE DAMAGE CONTROL
REPORTS THAT BAD?

NO. AS A MATTER OF FACT,
THEY'RE RELATIVELY MINOR.

- WE WERE LUCKY THIS TIME.
- THEN WHY?

BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THE MEN CAN
HOLD UP UNDER ANOTHER DEEP DIVE.

I SEE. AND WHAT DO YOU PROPOSE?

SURFACE NOW. MAYBE GO DOWN
AGAIN WHEN THEY'RE IN BETTER SHAPE.

I'LL MAKE THAT
DECISION, CAPTAIN.

IF WE SURFACE NOW, WE'LL BE
ADMITTING THAT THE COMMITTEE WAS RIGHT.

MAYBE THEY WERE. THERE'S NO OTHER WAY
TO ACCOUNT FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO POLIDOR.

IT COULD'VE BEEN SABOTAGE.

I'VE GOT TO FIND THAT OUT.

THAT'S THE SECOND TIME
YOU'VE MENTIONED SABOTAGE.

THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT POLIDOR
WAS DELIBERATELY SUNK! [Pounds Desk]

THERE'S GOT TO BE!
THERE'S NO OTHER ANSWER.

WHY? BECAUSE ANY OTHER ANSWER WOULD
LAY THE DEATHS OF 85 MEN AT YOUR FEET?

YOU MAY BE WILLING TO DIE RATHER
THAN ADMIT YOU MADE A MISTAKE,

BUT I'M NOT GONNA DIE WITH YOU
AND NEITHER ARE THE MEN ON THIS SHIP!

CAPTAIN CRANE!

AS SOON AS REPAIRS
ARE COMPLETED,

THE SEAVIEW WILL
CONTINUE THE SEARCH.

SO HELP ME, IF YOU MAKE
ONE MOVE TO PREVENT IT,

I'LL TAKE YOUR COMMAND
AND PUT YOU UNDER ARREST!

THERE'S NOTHING IN THE WORLD I WANT
MORE THAN TO GET OUT OF HERE RIGHT NOW,

TAKE THE SEAVIEW UP TO THE
SURFACE, AND PUT ALL THIS BEHIND US.

BUT I CAN'T DO IT.

I WON'T DO IT, LEE.

NOT YET.

NOT AT ANY PRICE.

[Buzzing]

WHAT'S TROUBLING YOU, CHIEF?

NOTHING WE CAN'T HANDLE.

ALL CLEAR NOW, CHIEF.

WHAT DO YOU HEAR, DOC? HEAR?

I HEAR WE'RE GOING BACK UP.

WE'LL ALL BE GOING HOME. THAT
OUGHT TO PLEASE THE MEN, HUH?

YEAH. YOU'VE ALL BEEN UNDER
TREMENDOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL STRAIN.

I KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS.

BUT ONCE WE GET BACK UP,
HAVE A BIT OF REST, YOU'LL BE FINE.

[On Speaker] NOW HEAR
THIS. THIS IS CAPTAIN CRANE.

ALL PERSONNEL WILL MAN THEIR
DUTY STATIONS AND STAND BY TO DIVE.

[Knocking] COME IN.

OH, MARTIN.

DR. KENNER, THOSE OFFICERS
ARE ACTING LIKE MADMEN.

YOU'VE GOT TO STOP THEM. LOOK AT
ME. I'M SOMETHING OF A MADMAN MYSELF.

YOU HAVE THE AUTHORITY
TO ABORT THIS MISSION. USE IT,

BEFORE THEY MURDER ALL OF US.
YOU'RE AFRAID TOO, AREN'T YOU?

WITH NELSON AND CRANE IN
CHARGE, WE'RE ALL AFRAID.

AND YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN
DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. SCARED TO DEATH.

AND I DON'T KNOW WHY. I
SHOULDN'T FEEL THIS WAY, MARTIN.

I-I KNOW BETTER.

I'M ACTING LIKE A VICTIM
OF MY OWN FEAR GAS.

WELL, THAT'S HARDLY
POSSIBLE. AND A GOOD THING TOO,

OR WE'D ALL BE DEAD.

- DEAD?
- YES. DANGEROUS STUFF THAT FEAR GAS.

IT'S... IT'S TOO UNSTABLE.

YES. LOOK AT ME. NOTHING BUT
NERVES. WHY DO I ACT THIS WAY, MARTIN?

I KNOW BETTER. I TELL MYSELF...
WHAT DO YOU MEAN TOO UNSTABLE?

WELL, IT'S-IT'S JUST... THE FEAR
GAS, TELL ME, I'VE GOT TO KNOW!

WELL, IT'S-IT'S NOT... IT'S UNSTABLE.
IT'S NOT READY TO USE ON HUMANS YET.

IT-IT CHANGES ITS PROPERTIES
AFTER EIGHT HOURS.

THE FEAR GAS BECOMES
A, UH-UH-UH, A NERVE GAS.

NERVE GAS! YES. WORKS
DIRECTLY ON THE BRAIN.

DEADLIER THAN
ANY GAS... [Groans]

NO!

WHAT'S THE MATTER, MARTIN? WHAT'S
THE MATTER? GET OUT OF MY WAY.

WHAT ABOUT THE FEAR
GAS? I SAID, GET OUT OF MY...

[Buzzing]

[Grunting]

[Straining]

[Yells]

[Crane On Speaker]
STAND BY TO DIVE.

DIVE! DIVE!

DEPTH.

4,470 FEET, SIR.

[Headphones Clatter] THAT'S TOO
FAR, ADMIRAL. THAT'S TOO FAR.

SIT DOWN, PRYOR. [Babbling]

NOW, LOOK! I SAID, SIT
DOWN! LET GO OF ME!

CLARK, TAKE HIM TO SICK
BAY! GET ME OUT OF HERE!

I DON'T WANNA DIE!
LET ME OUT OF HERE!

[Pryor On Speaker] LET ME OUT
OF HERE! I DON'T WANNA DIE!

METAL CONTACT, 40
FEET, DEAD AHEAD.

SWITCH ON NOSE CAMERA.

4,480 FEET.

JUST A LITTLE WRECKAGE, ADMIRAL.

PREPARE TO ACTIVATE DIVING BELL.

WE'LL HAVE TO BRING
SOME OF IT IN. [Loud Crashing]

[Klaxon Blaring]
HOLD THAT VALVE.

WE SPRUNG A LEAK! CONTROL!

[Klaxon Blaring]

EXTINGUISHER! FIRE
CONTROL! DAMAGE CONTROL!

DAMAGE CONTROL!

DAMAGE CONTROL. PORT FORWARD
TRIM TANK VALVE'S JAMMED!

CAN WE HOLD TRIM AND
BLOW BALLAST TO SURFACE?

NOT WITH THOSE VALVES FROZEN.

MISSILE ROOM, CAN'T YOU WORK
THOSE VALVES LOOSE BY HAND?

I THINK SO, CAPTAIN. IT'LL
JUST TAKE A LITTLE TIME.

COME ON, PATTERSON.

CAPTAIN, YOU MUST
SURFACE IMMEDIATELY!

- ENGINE ROOM, HOW ARE...
- YOU MUST SURFACE NOW.

- THAT'S AN ORDER, CAPTAIN.
- DR. DAVIS.

WHY MUST WE SURFACE NOW?

BECAUSE IF YOU
DON'T, WE'LL ALL DIE.

DIE?

WHY? WHY WILL WE DIE?

I PUT A GAS DEVICE IN THE
AIR CIRCULATING SYSTEM.

WHERE IS IT?

IT SLIPPED INTO THE MAIN DUCT.
YOU'LL NEVER FIND IT IN TIME.

IT'S FEAR GAS. IN EIGHT
HOURS, IT BECOMES UNSTABLE.

THE EIGHT HOURS ARE UP.

IT'LL BREAK DOWN INTO
NERVE GAS AT ANY MOMENT.

DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?

IS THAT WHAT
HAPPENED TO POLIDOR?

TELL ME!

YES. [Sobs]

SHUT OFF THE
REVITALIZATION UNIT.

DID YOU HEAR WHAT I SAID?
YOU'VE GOT TO SURFACE NOW!

WE CAN'T SURFACE NOW!

WE CAN'T SURFACE NOW.

OUR CONTROLS ARE JAMMED!

MUST BE A WAY. THERE MUST BE.

THERE MUST BE SOMETHING.
LEE, GET HIM OUT OF HERE!

[Davis Muttering] THERE
MUST BE SOMETHING.

SEAL UP ALL VENTS. AYE, SIR.

WE'LL GO ON ESTABLISHED
AIR UNTIL WE SURFACE.

ADMIRAL, EVEN WITH
THE VENTS CLOSED,

THE SUBMARINE IS STILL
FULL OF RESIDUAL GAS,

ENOUGH TO KILL US. I KNOW.

WHAT IF WE HEATED IT? RAISED THE
TEMPERATURE OF THE WHOLE BOAT?

THE GAS WILL RISE. IT'LL
CLING TO THE CEILING.

BREAK OUT ALL
EMERGENCY HEATING UNITS.

GIVE US ALL THE HEAT YOU CAN.

PASS THE WORD TO THE CREW...

THIS BOAT IS GOING
TO BE A SWEATBOX!

[Chattering, Indistinct]

WHAT'S UP THERE?

HYDRAULIC ARM IS FOULED!

SHE WON'T GIVE, CHIEF. GIVE
ME THAT CHAIN AND COME ON.

GIVE ME THE OTHER END.

LET ME GIVE YOU A HAND. JAMMED.

KEEP DOWN, ALL OF
YOU. I'LL TRY IT AGAIN.

NO GOOD, SKIPPER.
SHE'S JAMMED TIGHT.

CAPTAIN, WE'RE
STILL LOSING TRIM.

MANEUVERING ONE... CAN YOU
CUT IN ANOTHER AIR COMPRESSOR?

ALREADY ASKED. THEY'RE TRYING TO RECHARGE
THE AIR BANKS WITH EVERYTHING WE HAVE.

KEEP ON IT. DEPTH. 4,580
FEET AND STILL SLIPPING.

COME ON. WE'VE GOT
TO FREE THESE VALVES.

[Grunting] IT'S COMIN'!

I CAN FEEL IT! IT'S
STARTIN' TO GIVE!

SHUT UP AND STOP USIN' UP AIR!

[Grunts] IT'S COMIN'!

I CAN FEEL IT! WE GOT IT FREE!

TAKE THAT CHAIN OFF
AND LET'S SEE. [Grunting]

[Curley] IT'S FREE!

I GOT TO TELL THE
CAPTAIN. GO ON.

WE'RE STILL LOSING
TRIM, CAPTAIN.

IF WE GET OUT OF HERE... [Sighs]

THIS SHOULD ANSWER THE
COMMITTEE'S QUESTION ONCE AND FOR ALL.

THE HARD WAY.

CAPTAIN, THE VALVES ARE CLEARED.

THEY'RE CLEAR!

[Chuckling] OKAY, LET'S GO!

[Men Laughing] [Crewman
] MAN YOUR STATIONS.

TAKE HER ON UP! BLOW
BALLAST TANKS! TAKE HER UP.

SHE'S FREE! WE MADE IT!

LET'S SKEDADDLE.

PURE UN-REVITALIZED AIR... JUST
LIKE MOTHER USED TO BREATHE.

JUST TALKED WITH
WASHINGTON, LEE.

THE F. B. I. WILL BE WAITING TO
PICK UP DAVIS WHEN WE DOCK.

FINE. HOW ARE YOU
FEELING, DOCTOR?

GUILTY. TERRIBLY GUILTY.

DR. DAVIS, THE FEAR
GAS... ALL MY DOING.

- ALMOST YOUR UNDOING.
- MMM.

I'VE ALWAYS CONSIDERED HUMAN
FEAR A COMPLICATED PHENOMENA BUT...

THIS COMPLICATED... [Chuckles]

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