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Moby Dick - The Chase - Third Day

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Synopsis:

Hmmm, indeed. Before moving on, let's recap the second day:

• Ahab again spots Moby and proceeds with three harpoon boats to catch him.
• Everyone throws their harpoons at once leading to a big tangle of ropes, boats and Moby.
• Then Moby starts towing Ahab’s harpoon boat while the other two harpoon boats are smashed together.
• Ahab cuts his harpoon lines just in time to escape as Moby flips his harpoon boat and snaps his wooden leg off.
• Moby swims away.
• Ahab and the harpooners swim back to the Pequod.
• Starbuck complains about the mess.
• Everyone thinks Fedallah is dead.

And now we move on to the dramatic conclusion with Moby Dick - The Chase - Third Day.

Cast In Order Of Appearance:

Announcer
Ahab
Everyone
Starbuck
Moby
Stubb
Flask
Tashtego
Ishmael

ANNOUNCER

And now, the Kranky Kids present the last chapter of Moby Dick, Chapter 135, The Chase, Third Day.

AHAB

What a lovely day again. D'ye see him?

EVERYONE

No.

AHAB

Follow his wake.

STARBUCK

His wake, sir?

AHAB

His turbulence path in the water, Mr. Starbuck. Am I the only one who's ever been on a ship before? Now go away, I have to have a talk with myself that will take over a page in the book.

SFX: muttering sounds

STARBUCK

Are you done, Captain Ahab?

AHAB

Almost. To it! Aloft there! What d'ye see?

EVERYONE

Nothing.

AHAB

What? It's almost noon. Sway me up to the top of the main mast-head.

SFX: creaking sounds

AHAB

Darn, we've oversailed him. Moby Dick's chasing me now. About! About! Man the braces!

EVERYONE

What?

AHAB

Turn the ship around.

EVERYONE

Oh.

STARBUCK

Well, this seems like a brilliant idea. Turn the ship around and head for a giant whale's mouth. Hello God, I'm saying my prayers now.

AHAB

There she blows! Forehead to forehead I meet thee, this third time, Moby Dick! On deck there! Brace sharper up! Crowd her into the wind's eye! Stand over the helmsman with the top-maul!

EVERYONE

Huh?

AHAB

Point the ship at the whale and go faster, okay?

EVERYONE

Okay.

AHAB

And while you're doing that I think I'll sit up here and reminisce about the sea, Nantucket and my youth. Hey, there's moss growing in this mast-head! Here we are, myself and this mast, growing old together. And what did Fedallah, the Oriental Parsee, say? That I'd see him before I died and that hemp was the only thing that could kill me? But he's at the bottom of the ocean and we've been sailing from the spot where he sank since last night. Oh well, good-bye mast-head. We'll talk again tomorrow when I have Moby Dick dead on the deck of the Pequod.

STARBUCK

Sir, are you done talking to an inanimate object?

AHAB

Sure. Lower me down and lower the boats while you're at it. Oh, and Starbuck?

STARBUCK

Yes, Captain Ahab?

AHAB

Shake my hand. There's only eight more pages in this book and I think I might die.

STARBUCK

Oh, my captain, my captain! Please don't go!

AHAB

You stay on board, Mr. Starbuck.

STARBUCK

Aw shucks, I never get to have any fun and all this tension is making me cry!

EVERYONE

The sharks! The sharks!

STARBUCK

Gee, a whole bunch of sharks are biting the oars of Captain Ahab's boat and they're not bothering the other two boats at all. That man just cannot take a hint! And now I'm having doomsday visions, I'm shuddering, I feel faint, and a sea-hawk just ripped the red flag off our main-mast and is flying off with it!

AHAB

Golly, from here it looks like Mr. Starbuck is a bit upset. Anyway, Moby Dick has just sounded. I'll just sit here and wait for him to surface again and will someone please shut these snapping sharks up?

MOBY

Well, well, well, it seems that these people simply can't get enough of me, Moby Dick. I guess I'll have to surface and teach them another lesson. Take that!

SFX: muffled crash

MOBY

And that!

SFX: muffled crash

MOBY

And that!

SFX: muffled crash

AHAB

Hey! The White Whale has bashed in the front end of the other two boats but left mine alone. And yuck! Fedallah's half-torn body is lashed to Moby Dick's side. I guess Fedallah was right. I am seeing him again. You guys take your boats and head back to the ship.

STUBB

We'll repair them if we can and then return.

AHAB

That's nice to hear, Stubb. But if you can't, I don't mind dying alone.

EVERYONE

Alone?

AHAB

Quiet, crew of my boat. Keep rowing.

EVERYONE

The sharks!

AHAB

Oh, whack ‘em with what's left of the oars.

MOBY

This party's getting boring. It's time to bag these clowns.

STARBUCK

Look, Captain Ahab! Moby Dick is swimming away! You see! He doesn't seek you! It's you who seeks him! It's not too late to stop this madness!

AHAB

Can it, Starbuck. I'm gonna get that whale. You follow me with the Pequod, but don't follow too closely. And tell Tashtego, the harpooner, to hammer up another flag on the main-mast-head; it looks naked without one.

MOBY

Gosh, I'm tired. Why don't they just leave me alone? Maybe if I pretend to ignore them -

AHAB

This is it! I'm going to sink my lucky harpoon into this whale and curse him at the same time!

MOBY

Oh, how original. Take that!

AHAB

Oh sure. Knock three of my boat crew into the water, why don't you, and one of them is now floating away. Oh well, put the other two back on board and hang-on to that rope tied to my harpoon.

EVERYONE

It snapped!

MOBY

That's it! I've tried to be nice and swim away, but no - you have to keep pushing the issue. Okay, step back, Jack, I'm gunnin' for the Pequod now!

EVERYONE

The whale! The ship!

AHAB

Oars! Oars!

STARBUCK

Really, sir. There's no need to be crude.

AHAB

Darn! Now my boat has also caved-in from Moby Dick's thrashings and we are only able to sit here in the water and watch while the White Whale swims onward to sink my ship.

STARBUCK

Oh, what a mess this is! And to think that all my life I've been faithful and prayed on a daily basis. This is unfair! I mean really, to be smited by a whale that I'm not even in favor of chasing.

STUBB

You? I say, Mr. Starbuck, I, Stubb, am a bit dismayed that I will die without the taste of some fresh fruit in my mouth. A cherry, perhaps?

FLASK

A cherry? How selfish! I, Flask, only wish that my poor mother has gotten my part- pay by now. Otherwise she's gonna be poor, poor, poor.

MOBY

Oh, boo-hoo, you idiots should have thought about this before. I'm gonna smite the Pequod's starboard bow!

SFX: crash and bubbling sound

EVERYONE

Oh, no! We're sinking!

AHAB

Darn this whale! I'm going to harpoon him again! Rats! The line is stuck. I'll fix it. Oops, the line's caught me about the neck and I'm a dead man!

STUBB

Ahab's boat is sinking.

EVERYONE

What more can happen?

TASHTEGO

It is I, Tashtego, who says that all three of us harpooners will each stay at the top of a mast as the Pequod sinks from sight. Not only that, but I will nail a passing sea-hawk -

SFX: squawk

TASHTEGO

- who's being a real pest, I must say - to the main-mast. And as we sink, I will keep my arm and hammer raised to the end.

EVERYONE

Talk about poetic justice and an enduring visual!

TASHTEGO

Yeah, and a great plug for a cooking and cleaning product. I could start a company, but I have to drown instead.

ISHMAEL

Well, at least I, Ishmael, get to survive and tell the tale even though a great deal of it is in third person. Go figure. I was the one who floated away the last time Moby Dick flipped Ahab's boat. And it was a piece of the debris from the Pequod that kept me afloat until another ship picked me up a day later. And, no matter what some PHD English professor in the Cliff Notes tries to tell you, the only reason why my character survives is because without me surviving - there would be no one to tell the story in first person. Full stop. Plain and simple. Nyah!

SFX: wind and boat sounds fade out

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