Over the Jellys and Through the Filter
"Previously, on 'BLJR Are Finding Nemo'…"
Moonfish Leader: (Swims in front of Dory) Oh, hey ma’am, one more thing.
Moonfish Leader: (Turns into a trench) When you get to this trench, swim through it, not over it..
Dory: Trench, through it, not over it. I’ll remember. (Swims off, calls out) Hey, hey! Hey! Hey! Hey, wait up, fellas. Hold on. Wait! Wait-wait! I got, I gotta tell you something… (Turns) Whoa.
The group floated before a giant trench, two seawalls partially separated from each other leaving a dark, foreboding passageway in between the walls. The only thing standing between their chance of reaching Sydney and it was through these walls.
Dory: Nice trench.
Fantasy Adventure Team: (Wide-eyed, in unison) Oh crud!
If it wasn’t the length of the pathway, the dark foreboding atmosphere of the trench itself would be the least of their worries. But as Marlin, Dory, and the team stare into the gloomy pathway they couldn’t help but feel a chill just by seeing how sinister the trench appeared before them.
Dory: (Shouts) Hello! (Echoes)
They floated silently as Dory’s voice carried through the trench, yet no response was made. Not a slimmer of movement nor were there any sign of life within the trench’s passage. In judging the range of her cry, it was clear it would be a long swim would they have chosen to go inside. Unbeknonwst to the team, the remains of one unfortunate fish was lying on a rock bed.
Johnny: (Nervously) So let me get this straight. The only way we’re getting to Sydney is if we traversed between the walls of doom?
Palladon: (Nods slowly) Most likely.
Bryce: (Rubs his talons together) Well, we’re not getting anyplace floating around here. (Swims forward) On to Sydney we go!
Marlin: (Swims in front of Bryce) No, no. Bad trench! Bad trench! (Swims up) Come on, we’re gonna swim over this thing.
For once sharing the same thoughts as Marlin, unwilling to risk any unwanted excitement, the rest of the team slowly follows Marlin toward the top of the trench with Bryce following behind. Yet something deep in Dory’s mind prevented her from following, as if it was trying to remind her of something extremely important.
Dory: (Shakes her fins) Whoa, whoa, partners. Little red flag goin’ up.
Queen Eliza: (Looks down) What is it Dory?
Dory: Somethin’s telling me we should swim ‘through’ it, ‘not’ over it.
Claw: (Looks to the team in confusion)
Johnny: Are ya crazy?! (Points to the trench) Did you even look at this thing?
Marlin: It’s got death written all over it!
Dory: I’m sorry, but I really, really, really think we should swim through.
Bryce: Hold on, lads. What if Dory might be on to something?
Aurora: Bryce, we understand that you’re trying to be gentle about this. Dory is a nice fish. But don’t ya reckon you’re overlooking this?
Bryce: You guys said I should start ‘thinking’ more, well I ‘am’ thinking. What if it’s safer going through the trench?
Talon: (Raises an eyebrow) That’s an oxymoron, Bryce!
Morsal Fin: We barely survived our last trip through a trench. Now you want us to go through that mess again?
Bryce: Well I’m sorry if I really have this feeling that Dory’s on to something!
Marlin: (Annoyed) And I’m really, really done talking about this. Over we go. (Starts to swim up)
Bryce: Marlin, please! You’ve got to trust me on this!
Marlin: Trust you?
Dory: Yes, trust. It’s what friends do.
Bryce: See? She actually makes a good point. (Turns to Rae) Rae, surely you can trust us? Can’t you?
Rae: (Uncertain) Well… I…
As Bryce and Dory anxiously waited for a response, just before Rae could give an answer, something seems to draw Marlin’s attention.
Marlin: (Gasps) Look! Something shiny!
Dory: (Looks around) Where?
Johnny: (Looks around) Shiny?! Is it sunken pirate’s treasure? Where is it?!
Marlin: Oh, it just swam over the trench. (Swims up) Come on, we’ll follow it.
Dory: Okay. (Follows Marlin)
Rae: Hey guys, wait up! (Follows the two)
Bryce: (Looks up) Guys, come on! I wasn’t kidding this time!
But it was no use, the rest of the team were already in hot pursuit of the two fish steadily reaching to the top of the trench. He shakes his head with a sigh before Bandervilt himself followings his friends up along the trench. As they reached the top of the trench walls, there was nothing but miles of ocean to see as Marlin gave a satisfying gaze.
Dory: (Looks around) Boy, sure is clear up here.
Marlin: Exactly. (Points ahead) And look at that, there’s the current.
There was no doubt in Marlin’s words, as everyone turned to Marlin’s direction. Before their eyes was the East Australian Current, a thin stream of water flowing in the middle of the ocean, though it was still a long ways to go. But the team knew that once they entered the current, they’d be halfway through to reunite with their family and friends.
Johnny: Wow, we’re a lot closer than I thought we were.
Maggie: (Peers close) It still a couple miles before we reach the current, but if we keep swimming at this rate we’ll be there in no time.
As the team admired the view of the current, something steadily floated upward along Dory. Her eyes drawn to the mysterious creature, she peered forward for a closer view. It was a tiny Jellyfish, a microscopic living organism just barely an inch. Yet to Dory, this particular creature looked… Cute.
Dory: (In awe) Hey, little guy.
Marlin: (To Bryce) You wanted to go through the trench.
Bryce: (Frustrated) All right, all right. I was wrong! Are you happy now?
Tye: Take it easy, Bryce.
Palladon: Tye is right. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Bryce: But I was really trying to help. Why can’t you just trust me?
Rae: We’re sorry this disappoints you, Bryce. If you really want to help, think about what’s best for the ‘team’ and not yourself.
Not paying attention to the argument going on between the group, Dory’s attention was centered more towards the little Jellyfish. It seemed to as if she had found herself a new friend.
Dory: I shall call him Squishy, and he shall be mire and he shall be my Squishy. (Approaches ‘Squishy’) Come here, Squishy. Come here, little Squishy.
Soon Dory started babbling in baby talking, extending her fin toward the tiny Jellyfish, which appeared to try to edge away. Her fin was just mere inches from the creature’s tentacles, until—ZAP!
Dory: (Edges back) Oww!
Morsal Fin: (Turns around) Dory? (Gasps) DORY! Get away from there!
Marlin: (Turns around, swims to Dory) That’s a Jellyfish!
Dory: (Reprimends ‘Squishy’) Bad Squishy! Bad Squishy!
Marlin: (Waves off ‘Squishy’) Shoo! Shoo, shoo! Get away! (Slaps ‘Squishy’ with his tail, approaches Dory) Come here, let me see!
Dory: (Complains) Don’t touch it! Don’t touch it!
Marlin: (Assuringly) I’m not gonna touch it. I just wanna look. (Examines the wound)
As Marlin takes a look towards Dory’s hurt fin, the rest of the team catch up to Dory to determine the extent of the damage.
Dory: (Realizes something) Heeey. (To Marlin) How come it didn’t sting you?
Marlin: It did. It’s just that… (Dory cries in pain) Hold still. (Continues) I live in this anemone and I’m, I’m, I’m used to these kind of stings. Come here. (Pulls Dory closer)
As Dory whimpers in pain, Rae is able to get a close look at the sting on their friend’s fin.
Rae: (Looks at the fin) Hmm… This wound is very small, easy to fix. (To Dory) Consider yourself very, very lucky.
Bryce: Can you patch her up?
Rae: This is nothing. One whip of healing magic and Dory’s as good as new.
Marlin: (To Dory) You’re gonna be fine. But now we know, don’t we?
Dory: (Nods) Yeah.
As Marlin calms Dory, Johnny looks around and his eyes widen when he sees a large group floating down towards the unsuspecting travelers.
Johnny: (Nervously) Uh… Guys…
Marlin: (To Dory)… We don’t wanna touch these again. Let’s be thankful this time it was just a little one. (Looks up, gasps)
Claw’s eyes widen when he sees the horrible sight before Marlin’s eyes, causing the rest of the team to finally acknowledge a new threat that stood before them. In front of them was a large bloom of jellyfish, all of them pinkish with deep colored stripes on the exumbrella, especially near the margin and bigger than the tiny Jellyish they encountered. The group screamed and huddled close together, Bryce drawing his sword aiming the tip towards any that got close. They had the group surrounded, leaving no room for the adventurers to escape.
Johnny: Ah crud! They’ve got us surrounded!
Sunlight: Be careful, guys! These are Chrysaora quinquecirrha, commonly known as the East Coast sea nettle. If they catch us, we’re Jelly bait.
Bryce: (Looks around) So, you still think it was a good idea not to go through the trench?
Morsal Fin: Bryce, if we ever get out of this, we are ‘never’ questioning your judgment again!
Fantasy Adventure Team: (In unison) Agreed.
Marlin: (Looks around, frantically) This is bad, guys.
Dory: (Calls out) Hey, watch this!
The Team and Marlin turn around to see Dory bouncing atop a Jellyfish, springing off it’s spongy skull with glee.
Dory: Boing! Boing!
Marlin: (Gasps) Dory! (Swims toward her)
Maggie: What is she doing?
Talon: I don’t know, but she’s going to hurt herself! (Rushes to Dory)
The group attempt to pull Dory away from the Jellyfish, but she just swam away and continued to bounce along the jellyfish without a care in the world.
Dory: (Singing) You can’t catch me!
Marlin: Dory! Don’t bounce on the tops! They will… (Eyes widen) Not sting you.
Rae: (Gasps) That’s it! The tops won’t sting us!
Dory: (Continues bouncing) Ooh! Two in a row, beat that.
Marlin: Dory! All right, listen to me. I have an idea.
Bryce: Actually, more like a game.
Johnny: (Confused) A game?
Bryce: (Nods) A game.
Dory: A game?
Dory: (Excited) Aah! I love games! (Raises her fin) Pick me!
Rae: All right, guys. Here’s the game: Whoever hops the fastest out the jellyfish, wins.
Sunlight: Sounds like a plan to me, kitty-cat.
Dory: (Bounces) Okay!
Marlin: Rules, rules, rules!
Marlin: (Adds) You can’t touch the tentacles, only the tops.
Johnny: So let’s review: Tops good, tentacles ‘very’ bad.
Dory: Something about tentacles, got it. On your mark, get set, go! (Zooms off)
Marlin: (Shouts) W-wait! Wait! Not something about them, it’s all about them! Wait!
But Dory couldn’t wait! She just zoomed through the jellyfish swarm, at least taking note to bounce atop the Jellyfish heads less risking to break the ‘rules’. While Dory was having a fun time, Marlin and his friends struggled to keep up.
Morsal Fin: Dory, wait up!
Dory: (Calls out) Gotta go faster if you wanna win!
Group: (Shouts) Dory!!!
Shouting ‘boing’ repeatedly, Dory bounced along the Jellyfish with ease. While the Fantasy Adventure Team held their own in this maze of Jellyfish heads, Marlin struggled to keep up with the rest of the group.
Marlin: (Shouts) Wait a minute—Whoa! (Dodges a Jellyfish) Guys!
Bryce: All right, lads. Let’s not lose our heads here. We’re supposed to be treating this like a game, so what have we got to worry about?
Marlin: (To himself) The kid’s right. We’re cheating death now. That’s what we’re doin’, we’re havin’ fun at the same time.
Queen Eliza: (Shouts) You can do this Marlin; just be careful!
Dory: (Shouts) Yeah, careful I don’t make you cry when I win! (Zooms ahead)
Marlin: (Shouts, with enthusiasm) Oh, I don’t think so!
Together, Dory and the gang bounced along the Jellyfish heads swimming faster and faster as they neared their escape. Feeling the ocean flowing through their fins and the adrenaline rush building up, what began as a race for survival had suddenly turned into simple fun between the adventure team, even Johnny started getting the hang of it.
Johnny: Heh! What do you know? This is fun! (Gets a mischievous look, pulls out his mallet, smacks a few Jellyfish) Take this! And that! I got another one!
Tye: That’s great, kid. But don’t get cocky!
Dory: Give it up, boys. You can’t fight evolution; I was built for speed.
Marlin: The question is, Dory, are you hungry?
Dory: (Turns to Marlin) Hungry?
Marlin: Yeah, ‘cause you’re about to eat my bubbles!
Feeling confident, Marlin starts to swim far ahead from the pack dodging Jellyfish everywhere he went.
Marlin: Duck to the left! Right there!
And before he knew it, Marlin finally emerged through the jellyfish swarm and into the open sea. Quickly emerging, yet not as fast, Bryce Bandervilt emerged soon after along with the following members: Johnny, Palladon, Tye, Aurora Rose, Sunlight, Queen Eliza, Talon and Claw, and last but not least, Morsal Fin.
Marlin: (Raises his fins) The clownfish is the winner! Woohoo! We did it! Look at us!
Johnny: WHOO! Now that was a roarin’ race! (Turns to Bryce, raises his paw) High five!
Bryce: Up top! (Slaps Johnny’s paw, hard)
Johnny: (Eyes and mouth open, holds his paw) OW! Easy with the high fives dude!
Aurora Rose: Well I hope we had a good thrill, ‘cause we’re NOT doin’ that again.
Queen Eliza: (Nods her head) Agreed.
Morsal Fin: Now where do we go from here, Rae? (Turns to Rae, notices she’s not there) Rae?
Talon: (Looks around) Maggie? Claw, do you see her?
Claw: (Shakes his head, shows concern)
It was only then did the majority of the group suddenly realize that a few of their friends weren’t with them. To their horror, they realized that the three girls were still among the jellyfish, trapped with no way to escape.
Marlin: Oh no. (Rushes in)
Bryce: We’ve got to get them out.
Without a second thought, the group rushed back through the Jellyfish swarm. They searched desperately for a trace of their friends, while dodging the tentacles of the Jellys to avoid their nasty stings.
Bryce: (Shouts) Rae! Maggie!
Rae: (Shouts) Guys! Over here!
As they zoomed past the jellyfish, they came upon a small bit of space and gasped in horror. There was Rae standing in the middle, trying to keep away from the loose tentacles looming over her. But while they were relieved Rae was all right, a terrible sight met their eyes. Dory found herself entangled in the Jellyfish’s tentacles and Maggie had one of her wings caught by a few. None of their eyes were open and they feared that a worse fate had befallen their friends.
Talon: (Eyes widen) MAGGIE!!!
Talon rushed toward the jellyfish entangling not only Dory, but his beloved wife Maggie. He reached out for them, but he felt a surge of electricity hit his claws upon contact with the tentacles. Not allowing himself to be held back, he gave a might roar and threw his hands into the tentacles shooting a wave of electricity against the Jellyfish, even as he felt his arms burning with each sting. But luckily, with he was able to free both the girls while the rest gathered around Rae, waving off any Jellyfish that threatened to float to their direction.
Maggie: (Speaks faintly) Talon… Is that you?
Talon: Shh… It’s okay, Maggie. I’m here.
Claw: (Approaches Talon, shows a worried look)
Morsal Fin: Talon, your arms…
In his hurry to retrieve Maggie, Talon ignored the burn marks on his arms from being swarmed by the tentacles. The marks bared a similar appearance as the few around Maggie’s wing.
Talon: I’ll be all right… That amount of electricity really packs a punch.
Rae: That’s not electricity. It’s venom from the Jellyfish.
Sunlight: (Looks around) If we wait around any longer, they’ll kill us.
Bryce: We need to get out of here now.
Meanwhile, Dory was also attempting to stay awake as she hung limply in Marlin’s grasp. But it was clear she took a much heavier blow than Maggie.
Dory: (Groans) Am I disqualified?
Marlin: (Assuredly) No, you’re doing fine! You’re, you’re actually winning! (Looks around) But you gotta stay awake. Uh, where does P. Sherman live?
Dory: P… Sherman… Wallaby Way… Sydney…
The team frantically searched around desperate for a way out. But with the Jellyfish slowly looming down on the trapped adventure team, it seemed they would reach an inevitable end. Suddenly, they saw a tiny opening through the Jellyfish swarm.
Bryce: There’s the exit! (Spins his sword in front of him) Stay on my tail; it’s going to get hot!
With Bryce spinning his sword at a rapid pace, he was able to keep a steady pathway to the hole. However, due to his actions as only a ‘temporary’ relief, it didn’t take long for the jellyfish to resume their course. As they frantically swam through the swarm of Jellyfish, each member accidentally got too close to a passing Jellyfish, whcih immediately stung the group in various places. They tried to stay awake but it did not take long for the venom to go into effect, as they slowly started passing out. Yet still, they were determined to escape this nightmare by any means necessary.
Marlin: (Struggles) Oww! Ow! Stay awake! Stay awake! Ow! Stay awake! Stay—Awake!
A Jellyfish floated above their path but it was too late for any member to stop. They soared through its tentacles, feeling a heavy wave of stings pressing against their bodies. Until at last, the strain of the Jellyfish venom took its toll on the team. Marlin lost his grip on Dory, who started to sink towards the seafloor miles below her. Everyone else had either passed out or on the verge of losing consciousness.
With a last bit of strength, Bryce held on to Rae by the tip of her fingers. He struggled to keep his eyes open seeing Rae hold onto him. Inbetween a state of unconsciousness, a single tear had fallen from Bryce’s eye, the tear floating up the water like a tiny bubble as he stared toward Rae’s limp form.
Bryce: (Faintly) I’m sorry… I’m so sorry…
As Bryce started to pass out, Rae’s finger slipped from Bryce’s grasp and she too started to float down. Before he closed his eyes, Bryce thought he saw a broach appear in Rae’s grasp as if she was desperately attempting a spell. But he never saw what she was about to do, as his world would become as black as the others.
Dory: (Faintly) P… Sherman…
Marlin: (Faintly) Awake…
Dory: (Faintly) 42 Wallaby Way…
With Marlin still struggling to stay awake, he saw a faint shadow start to grow above him. A massive creature was approaching the group, but he didn’t have the strength to swim away. As it got closer and closer and closer, it didn’t take long before Marlin also lost consciousness…
Marlin: Awake… Wake up… Nemo…
As the day drifted on, Nemo stared towards the Sydney harbor and the city just across from the sea. For most of that time, he had floated quietly inside the tank and barely spoke with any of the Tank Gang since the initation. Course, he wasn’t the only one worried as Benny and the other half of the team also stared quietly. Many thoughts had crossed their minds, but none more than the one thing they had in common: How much they missed their friends and family? As they floated, Gill approached the group and eventually broke the silence.
Gill: You miss your friends, don’t you guys.
Miss Fortune: Only every hour of every day.
Gill: Well, you’re lucky to have someone out there who’s lookin’ for you.
Nemo: He’s not looking for me; he’s scared of the ocean.
The group knew who Nemo was referring to. They remembered the argument that Nemo had with his father before they were kidnapped by the divers. They also knew that Marlin was very nervous about being near the ocean and they could feel the terror when they looked into his eyes. But it also brought back to one other memory from that fateful day. But Benny felt the pain more than anyone else.
Sea-Beast: (Sighs) I’m sure our friends will at least come to save us… But not all will come.
Gill: (To Benny) Why do you say that?
Sea-Beast: (Pause) The last time Bryce and I spoke… We argued. I said some things to him and he took it very hard. I yelled at him… He tried to tell me what really happened, but I refused to listen. Our friends are different; they’ll come for us no matter what. But Bryce, after everything I said to him… (Shakes his head) I wouldn’t blame him if he didn’t come.
Gill felt bad for not only Benny but for Nemo, whom he referred to as Sharkbait. He never knew what it was like to not have a family or how he’d feel of any of them searching for him. But he understood how it must feel, the concern of never being rescued. Even so, he knew he had to keep his mind on the mission.
Gill: (To Peach) Peach, any movement.
Peach: (Watching the Dentist) He’s had at least four cups of coffee, it’s gotta be soon.
Gill: Keep on him.
As they waited for Peach’s signal, Nemo’s curiosity drew back towards Gill and something about him caught his eyes. The scars planted on the right side of Gill’s frame, his one fin torn apart, he had never really seen a fish like this. Even a few members of Benny’s group shared the young Clown Fish’s curiosity.
Catfish: Mr. Gill, just out of curiosity, how did you—
Gill turned an eye towards the Lion, who, along with Gill, immediately turned away from the gaze.
Catfish: (Softly) Never mind.
Gill: (Pause) My first escape, landed on dental tools. I was aimin’ for the toilet.
Nemo: (Turns back) Toilet?
Party-Fins: (Eyebrow raised) Toilet? Someone really had to go to the bathroom. (Rainbow-Face whacks his head with the stick) OW!
Rainbow-Face: (To Gill) Any particular reason why you would choose a rather ‘unsanitary’ place?
Gill: All drains lead to the ocean, Rainbow.
Brainiac: That is true, in a sense. The drains will usually stop along the sewage area and the contents eventually reach the ocean.
Wristwatch: (To Gill) And how many times have you tried to escape?
Gill: Aah, I’ve lost count.
Bash: You really don’t wantta be in this tank fer long, don’t cha?
Gill: Fish aren’t meant to be in a box, Bash. It does things to ‘ya.
As they swam along the tank, they passed by Bubbles, who anxiously floated near his treasure chest. Suddenly, the chest opened up briefly releasing a stream of bubbles to his delight.
Bubbles: Bubbles! Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles---
Just as quickly, the chest closed in a manner of seconds and Bubbles resumed his watch to see if the chest would open again. The gang only felt pity for the guy, taking Gill’s words by heart.
Shadow: No creature is ever meant to be locked away in a cage, even if their raised to be pets.
Stripes: Which is why we’re not going to stay in this tank, once we’re out of here we’ll start our own search for our friends.
Wristwatch: Right, Stripes. No one deserves to be couped here forever. We just need to wait for the right moment when—
Suddenly, Peach spied the Dentist heading straight toward the bathroom and immediately turned to the Tank Gang.
Peach: Potty break! Potty break! He just grabbed the Reader’s Digest! We have 4.2 minutes.
Party-Fins: No sweat! (Cracks his knuckles) We’ll be out of here by three!
Gill: (To Nemo) That’s your cue, Sharkbait.
Sea-Beast: All right, team. Let’s do this!
Bloat: (Calls out) You can do it, kid.
Benny a.k.a. Sea-Beast, along with the rest of the Fantasy Adventure Team, follow Nemo and Gill toward the filter. As Nemo stared nervously toward the mechanism, Gill gave some final words of advice for the young Clown Fish.
Gill: Okay, you gotta be quick. Once you get in, you swim down to the bottom of the chamber and I’ll talk you through the rest.
Nemo: (Nervously) Okay.
Sea-Beast: But remember Nemo, if it gets too dark or too scary, just give the word and we’ll pull you out.
Gill: Go on, it’ll be a piece of kelp.
Understanding what he needs to do, Nemo a.k.a. Sharkbait took a deep breath and emerged his head through the water. He saw the wheel where most of the clean water was filtered out, the only entrance into the machine itself other than the tube. With all his might, Nemo dived out of the water and squeezed his way inside the machine. From outside, back in the tank, the team could see Nemo’s silhouette in the filter.
Shadow: Sharkbait has made it inside the filter.
Wristwatch: (Nods approvingly) So far so good.
Gill: (Shouts) Nicely done! Can you hear me?
Nemo: (Calls out) Yeah!
Gill: Here comes the pebble.
Gill bends toward the floor and lifts a pebble with his mouth. Bobbing his head out of the water, Gill quickly spat the pebble into the filter and Nemo caught it with his good fin.
Gill: (Outside the filter) Now, do you see a small opening?
Nemo: (Sees the opening) Uh-huh.
Gill: (Outside the filter) Okay, inside it you’ll see a rotating fan. Very carefully, wedge that pebble into the fan to stop it turning.
Nervously, Nemo approached the rapidly moving fan with the pebble grasped in his fin. Doing as he was told, he carefully edged the pebble toward the fan. But the fan grinding off the little stone startled the child, who pulled himself back with fright.
Stripes: (Calls out) What’s going on in there?
Party-Fins: Are you okay, little guy?
Nemo: (Frightened) I can’t do it!
Peach: Gill, this isn’t a good idea.
Wristwatch: We can volunteer to go in his place. He doesn’t have to do this!
Gill: He’ll be fine. (To Nemo) Try again.
Nemo: (Nervously) Okay.
Still intimidated by the roating fan, Nemo placed the pebble just inches away from the fan. Pushing the pebble gently with his good fin, he edged it inches toward the spinning mechanism.
Gill: That’s it, Sharkbait. Nice and steady.
CLICK! The pebble successfully stops the fan in it’s track, thereby causing the filter to cease it’s function.
Nemo: I got it! I got it!
Fantasy Adventure Team: (Sigh in relief)
Bloat: He did it!
Party-Fins: You’re all clear, kid! Now, swim up the tube so we can go home!
Nodding, Nemo squeezed his way out through the fan and made his way up the tube to rejoin the Tank Gang. Unbeknownst to Nemo, the fan started to shift and the pebble started to loosen from its current position. Though the tube was frightfully tight, Nemo was nearly halfway out as he pushed himself further.
Bash: (Looks up the tube) He’s getting closer now.
Brainiac: Okay, everyone. Get ready to pull him out.
Suddenly, before Nemo could escape, the fan pushed the pebble out of its path causing the filter to restart. Nemo could feel a strong current pulling him back to the filter and he started to panic.
Nemo: Oh no! Gill! Guys!
Fantasy Adventure Team: (Shouts) NEMO!
Catfish: Oh my gosh!
Party-Fins: He’s gonna get turned into sushi!
Sea-Beast: Gill, get him out of there! Get him out, now!
Bubbles: Help him!
Rainbow-Fish: Not good! Not good at all!
Peach: Oh no!
While most of the Tank Gang panicked under the pressure, Gill sprang into action and grabbed the first thing he could use to help Nemo: A long sea vine with some leaves attached to it. They grabbed onto the vine, with Peach unattaching herself from the glass to join the others. Pushing the vine as far as they can up the tube, they could only pray that Nemo could grab onto it.
Wristwatch: Stay calm, Nemo! We’ll get you out!
Meanwhile, Nemo pressed his body along the sides of the tube to slow him down. But danger slowly reached the little clownfish, as he found himself near the edge of the spinning fan, threatening to chop him into pieces.
Nemo: (Calls out) Help me!
Gill: (Shouts) Sharkbait! Grab hold of this!
Seeing the vine get close to Nemo, he thrusted himself with all his might away from the fan. His teeth managed to get a leaf, but it broke loose and once more Nemo found himself holding onto the sides while the leaf was shredded to bits.
Nemo: (Panicking) No! No!
Gill: (Calls out) Feed me more!
Gurgle: That’s it!
Sea-Beast: You’ve got to grab it, Nemo! It’s the only way!
Scared from the stressful situation, yet not wanting to die this way, Nemo struggled up the pipe before finally latching onto the edge of the vine with his teeth.
Nemo: (Mouth full) I got it!
With a single thrust, the Fantasy Adventure Team and The Tank Gang pulled Nemo out of the tube. They crashed into a pile, spreading pebbles everywhere. Most of the Fantasy Adventure Team and the Tank Gang were tied up by the plastic plant, with Nemo whimpering on top of them. The only one not tied up was Benny a.k.a. Sea-Beast and he was very angry.
Wristwatch: How could you have sent Nemo in there? I told you it was too dangerous for him!
Sea-Beast: Leo, calm down!
Wristwatch: (Turns to Sea-Beast) Don’t tell ‘me’ to calm down! We all saw what happened; he almost got him killed!
Bash: Leo, please! Can’t you see the boy’s scared enough already. (Motions to the whimpering Nemo)
Wristwatch: (Takes a deep breath, turns back to Gill) Why couldn’t you think of how your actions affect others once in a while? (Swims away to join the group)
Sea-Beast: (Looks down) Déjà vu.
Peach: (Gently) Gill, don’t make him go back in there.
Overcome with shock, Gill realized that another one of his plans have failed. Only this time, he put a very special friend, a very young fish, in danger for a goal that was his alone. The kid was put in his responsibility, a fish he promised would be returned to the only family he has. And he almost got killed trying to help him leave the tank for good. There was no way he could take back what he did, he realized this time… His plan went too far.
Gill: No… We’re done… (Swims away)
As Gill swam to his hideout in shame, Nemo continued to whimper as the Fantasy Adventure Team huddled close to the frightened Clownfish. For at this hour, escaping was not important to them. All that mattered at this moment was that their little friend was safe, though this experience would scar the kid for life.
Brainiac: (Gently hugs Nemo) It’s okay, Nemo… It’s okay…