SPOILER ALERT -- This summary describes the events of Season
Six. If you read it before you've read the episodes themselves, it may give
some things away.
Season Six: The Story (Episodes 252-300)
On a peaceful night in May, the Cairns Royal Air Station is rocked by an
explosion. Captain Everett and Captain Michaelson hurry to the scene and
find the station's newly-completed guardhouse in ruins. Nearby, a young
Asian woman lies unconscious, struck down by debris from the blast. In
the grass next to her, they find a cuff-link that belonged to an officer
they'd believed lost aboard the stern section of the R-212 when that ship
was destroyed by the mysterious cruiser.
The two adversaries begin an inquiry, but they have little evidence to
work with: a few footprints, a report by a sentry who saw two figures
fighting an instant before the blast, and trail leading from the perimeter
fence back to the harbor. The woman only speaks Korean -- a language they
are unable to translate while Miss Perkins is away. Michaelson hypothesizes
that the bomber arrived as a stowaway on one of the ships at anchor and
sends Everett and the Flying Cloud to investigate their previous
ports of call. Everett is unsure of Michaelson's motives, but has his own
reasons for a search, for the cuff-link they found suggests there might be
more survivors of the R-212. On the eve of their departure, Davies and
Fleming almost have to pay for drinks, but are rescued by Iwamoto's
unexpected skill at darts. In another part of town, Lieutenant Murdock
encounters an alluring blond who seems unduly interested their mission,
but is rescued by Pierre and Abercrombie. The lietenant thinks nothing of
the incident, since that's the sort of thing he does.
Far to the west, Emily and Clarice have grown bored with life at Darwin's
railway office. When the head of Scheduling offers them a chance to fly to
Sydney on the R-67, they leap at the chance. Sydney proves to be everything
Darwin isn't. Big, modern, and exciting, it's filled with things to
distract two young shielas from the Northern Territory. Among these is
Miss Perkins, Captain Michaelson's secretary from Cairns. Miss Perkins
seems alarmed by Emily and Clarice's arrival. Brushing aside their
questions, she bundles them back to the air station and warns them to
leave town. As they're wondering how to accomplish this, they're offered
a position as wireless operators aboard the Philadelphian, a
private air vessel owned by an American railway magnate named Mister
Cartwell. This promises to be even more exciting than Sydney, so they
In his hidden lair, the Fat Man, leader of German nationalists, receives
word of these developments. He is pleased that Michaelson and Everett are
falling into his trap, but perplexed by the events in Sydney. Recalling
their association with Captain Everett, he concludes that Emily and Clarice
must be agents, and resolves to capture them.
Michaelson orders the Flying Cloud to the inappropriately-named
Goodenough Island to investigate the movements of the Cordelia,
one of the freighters on which the hypothetical bomber might have stowed
away. On Goodenough, a suspiciously helpful pair of English surveyors
informs Everett and his crew that a Japanese government air packet, the
Shiratori Maru, visited the island around the same time as the
freighter. By chance, they learn from another source that `two Englishmen'
were seen in the company of the Fat Man's minions: a sea-captain named
Ritter. Putting two and two together, Everett deduces that the two
`surveyors' were actually agents planted in anticipation of their arrival
and the Fat Man must be trying to send them after his Japanese adversaries.
This means the Fat Man must have known the contents of their sealed orders
from Cairns. The only person who could have leaked this information was
Michaelson's aide, Phelps. It seems inconceivable that Michaelson could
fail to know his aide has been turned, so Everett concludes the senior
captain is using them all as pieces in one of his games. He sends a signal
back to Cairns: “Message received and understood.”
Aboard the Philadelphian, Mister Cartwell tells Emily and Clarice
that he has come to the Pacific in search of a semi-legendary creature know
as a `squidbat'. “Squidbats!” exclaims Emily. “We used to have them in
Darwin. Our aunts used to tell stories about them.” Mister Cartwell is
delighted by this news, and orders his ship to Darwin, where one of Emily
and Clarice's formidable aunts, Aunt Behema, takes the party in her fishing
boat to investigate some sites on the coast. They don't find any squidbats,
but the matron does scares off a vessel that ordered them to heave to.
Everett and his men return to Cairns and receive orders to proceed to
Guadalcanal via Darwin to track the movements of the Shiratori Maru.
They also acquire a stowaway: the Korean woman, Miss Kim. Everett senses
Michaelson's hand in this development, but cannot guess the senior captain's
purpose. Shortly after Everett's dparture, Miss Perkins
arrives to report that the Fat Man's lieutenant, Sigmund, has escaped from
his prison in Sydney. Michaelson shrugs this off, along with her accusation
that he's using Emily and Clarice to draw out the Fat Man's agents.
Mister Cartwell's party returns to Darwin, where Emily and Clarice are
delighted to see that the Flying Cloud has arrived. Everett is concerned by
the American's presence, particularly when he learns that Mister Cartwell
intends to fly to Guadalcanal in the next step in his search for squidbats.
Making the best of a perplexing situation, he suggest they travel together.
They arrive to find numerous Japanese tourists taking what seems to be
unusual interest in defense installations. They also find that someone is
interested in them, as Aunt Behema stares down a trio of seamen who
threaten Mister Cartwell, Abercrombie rescues Lieutenant Murdock from what
might have been a trap, and Iwamoto strikes down two Germans who menaced
Emily and Clarice. Back in Cairns, Michaelson receives Everett's report of
these events with equanimity. At his hidden base, the Fat Man is reinforced
in his belief that Emily and Clarice are agents. Far to the east, on
Sarah's Island, the Governor -- now allied with the masters of the
mysterious cruiser -- decides to enter the game.
On Guadalcanal, it's time to lift ship -- the Flying Cloud for
Bougainville and the Philadelphian for Ponapai. As the airships
depart, Emily catches Clarice gazing at the Flying Cloud with a
wistful expression, but her companion denies any interest in the vessel's
captain. On the Flying Cloud, Everett worries about the two
women's safety, and decides to draw their enemies' attention away from
them. Murdock has an encounter with Kim, who seems perturbed by Iwamoto's
presence aboard the ship, but thinks nothing of the incident, since that's
the sort of thing he does.
Mister Cartwell's party reaches Ponapai, where they explore the sunken city
of Nan Madol, but fail to find any squidbats. Quite by accident Emily and
Clarice foil another kidnapping attempt. Everett's visit to Bougainville
is more productive. He confirms that the Fat Man is the one feeding them
information about the Shiratori Maru, and learns that the German has some
new ally known as `She Who Must Be Obeyed'.
As May draws to a close, the principle players -- Everett, Michaelson, the
Fat Man, and the Governor -- all have just enough information to draw
entirely the wrong conclusions about the course of their game. The Fat Man
sends Sigmund on a disguised torpedo boat, the Todstalker, to
pursue Clarice and Emily. The Japanese and the Governor watch Everett's
progress to thwart his supposed plans. Meanwhile, Mister Cartwell
continues his search for squidbats. This takes him as far afield as the
Santa Cruz Islands -- in middle of the so-called `Squidbat Triangle' -- Pago
Pago, and Guam. He also introduces Aunt Behema to an invention she finds
delightful -- a handy little machine known as a `chainsaw'
By now the Fat Man, the Japanese nationalists, and the servants of
She Who Must Be Obeyed have all concluded the Clarice and Emily are
Michaelson's agents and make several attempt to capture the two women. Some
of these are thwarted by accident, when the women arrive at an ambush too
early or late, or Aunt Behema and Mister Cartwell stumble upon and dismantle
some trap. More come to grief as the factions compete among themselves.
Everett and his crew continue to backtrack the Shiratori Maru's
flight to Goodenough. When they reach the Philippines, they receive a
distress call from the vessel, which has come under attack. They arrive to
late to intervene, but are able to recover the single survivor, the ship's
steward, Tsumura. He tells them that the liner was destroyed by what was
obviously the mysterious cruiser.
Back in Australia, Miss Perkins investigates German nationalists' safe house
in Bondi Beach and discovers their plot to take Clarice and Emily. When he
learns of this, Michaelson decides its time to confronts Phelps. Phelps
crumbles, and reveals that he's working for She Who Must Be Obeyed,
who took over British Union of Fascist's network after their debacle in Rabaul.
Michaelson decides it's time to take action and orders Miss Perkins to find
and join Sigmund's torpedo boat as a spy.
Everett and his crew question Tsumura in an attempt to determine why the
Japanese nationalists felt it necessary to destroy the Shiratori Maru. They
learn that the vessel carried a team of biologists to the Philippines. From
a friendly librarian, Pierre learns that these biologists were searching for
some creature called a ‘squidbat', and mentioned the island of Goodnough.
Everett returns to the island to investigate. The agents of
She Who Must Be Obeyed try to capture the shore party but have
reckoned with Abercrombie, who apprehends them with ease. Everett has just
finished interrogating them when Michaelson arrives aboard the R-87, announces
that he's taking over the investigation, and orders Everett back to Cairns.
With no alternative but to obey, Everett lifts ship for Australia. One
they're underway, he discovers that Michaelson has stowed aboard. It seems
the senior captain intends to set a trap for She Who Must be Obeyed
using himself as bait. He's sent the R-87 to the Marshall Islands, making it
seem as if he's on the vessel. With her superior speed, the
Flying Cloud can arrive first, allowing her crew to ambush this
mysterious adversary when she arrives.
The airmen deploy on Bikini, sending the Flying Cloud off for a
much-needed resupply. But it seems they've been outsmarted, for no sooner is
the airship gone when She Who Must Be Obeyed appears to take them
prisoner. She turns out to be Baroness Warfield, their old nemesis, and
Everett's one-time fiancé. Unfortunately for her, Michaelson has
anticipated that she's anticipate his plans, and they are rescued by Miss
Perkins and Michaelson's' allies in German Naval Intelligence, who the
senior captain called here for just this eventuality. During the resulting
confusion, Lady Warfield manages to escape aboard her yacht.
Miss Perkins informs them Mister Cartwell's ship has been taken by Sigmund and
his men, who flew it to Ujelang. Everett and Michaelson plan a rescue, using
the torpedo boat the Germans were kind enough to leave behind. Once they are
aboard, Michaelson confronts Miss Kim and reveals that he has always know she
was working for the German nationalists against the Japanese. He tells her
she no longer has the luxury of remaining neutral in the larger conflict
between the Admiralty and the nationalists. Faced with this ultimatum, she
agrees to help them with the German codes
En route to Ujelang, Everett and Michaelson are attacked by MacKiernan and the
Flying Cloud, on their way back from resupply, who believe the
Todstalker to be hostile. After this misunderstanding is resolved,
airmen realize they're in a good position to capture the Fat Man's people.
If Michaelson takes the torpedo boat to hold the entrances to the lagoon
while the Flying Cloud stops the Philadelphian from lifting
ship, the Germans will be trapped on the island. Unbeknown to them, the
Japanese have learned that a Wolesely class ship has left Goodenough. They've
also learned that a fueler has been sent to a rendezvous between there and the
Marshalls. They mistaken;y conclude that Michaelson is on his way to Ujelang
and resolve to destroy him for once and for all.
Michaelson reaches Ujelang aboard the Todstalker to discover that
Lady Warfield has preceded him on her yacht. This changes the details, but not
the substance of their plan. He leads a party ashore, disguised in uniforms
Sigmund's people left behind on the vessel, to hijack Lady Warfield's yacht.
He leaves Murdock, Miss Perkins, and Miss Kim aboard the torpedo boat. After
the party is gone, Miss Kim subdues her companions, sets them adrift on raft,
and contacts the Germans.
On Ujelang, Mister Cartwell and his party are being held prisoner along with
the Japanese biologists. The biologists inform Mister Cartwell that the
explosion site and the area downwind seem to be unhealthy, as if they've been
contaminated by some lingering toxin. They also show him some of the strange
animals that have appeared in the aftermath of the blast. These aren't
exactly squids, and they aren't exactly bats, but `squidbat' seems as good a
name as any.
The Germans have taken quarters on the airship. Since it's the only way off
the island, their captives are trapped. Mister Cartwell notes that if someone
can trigger the `automatic mooring release' he invented, tables will be turned,
and Germans will drift away on airship they don't know how to operate, leaving
their erstwhile captives free. Aunt Behema volunteers for this mission. She
has no trouble subduing the guards, but she is surprised by Lady Warfield.
The baroness considers taking her aboard, but decides she is too heavy for the
airship, and orders her back to the island.
Michaelson has taken Lady Warfield's yacht with the help of uniforms Sigmund's
people left behind. As they leave the wharf, they are alarmed to see a launch
filled of Germans pull alongside the Todstalker and take possession of
the vessel. A one-sided naval action begins. In an unarmed yacht, facing a
warship with three times their speed, the airmen's chances seem slim, but the
Flying Cloud shows up in the nick of time, and disables the torpedo
It seems they're safe. Then the tables turn once again, as the mysterious
cruiser appears, catching the Flying Cloud by surprise. As Everett
is preparing for an action he cannot hope to win, a nearby station transmits
a message. GERMANS ON WOLSELEY IM SORRY MURDOCK.
The cruiser turns in response and sets off in pursuit of
Soon both vessels are over the horizon.
After they're sure their enemies are gone, the crew of the Flying Cloud
recover Michaelson and Mister Cartwell's parties, liberate the Japanese
biologists, and take the Fat man's people prisoner. By process of elimination,
they deduce that it must have been Miss Kim who sent the message. It seems she
wasn't a traitor after all. But the Korean woman's motives remain a mystery,
for she vanished during the battle.
Mister Cartwell doesn't seem displeased by this outcome.
He may have lost an airship, but the vessel was insured, and he has found his
More important, he and Aunt Behema have found each other. Recognizing kindred
spirits, they will depart for America, and a life that is unlikely to be
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