Mister T “Cape Kennedy Caper” (part 3 of 7)
T and Robin hop in their tram and the whole gang takes off on a tram chase. Over in the other tram, Cruela notes, “We’ve got company,” and attempts to speed away. Since she’s in a tram, that’s impossible, but she gives it a try anyway. Also, as the chase is happening, no employee of NASA notices anything. Because they’ve all been replaced by robots that look like Yul Brynner.
Tram chase, tram chase, tram chase, and suddenly Mr. T has lost sight of the bad guys. But he’s headed straight for a building. He pulls the wheel hard and comes to a screeching, spin-out halt. In a tram. Alas, the bad guys have escaped.
Usually, this is the point in every episode where Mr. T appeals to a law enforcement authority for help. And, just as usually, they’re completely useless. Here, now, in the final episode, will the show break out of that mold?
Cut to some guy’s office. It’s a huge room and has a map of the earth covering an entire wall. At least, I assume it’s the earth. I don’t recognize any of the landmasses.
The guy is seated, and a female associate is standing next to him. And if you had any doubts that everyone at NASA had been replaced by pod people, they will be wiped away once you witness the following exchange.
NASA Lady: We have top security. We’ll check the shuttle out thoroughly.
NASA Guy: But it’s imperative that we launch. The shuttle is taking supplies to our astronauts in space. Their survival depends on it.
NASA Lady: [opening the door and ushering Mr. T out] Look, why don’t you continue your tour.
Mr. T.: My instincts tells me there’s a lot more to this. I just don’t know what… yet.
They’ll check the shuttle out thoroughly? That’s their plan? On a normal launch, when they don’t have evidence of people climbing all over their orbiter, I’d expect them to check the shuttle out thoroughly.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking the NASA officials are in on it. They’re part of the caper. It’s the only way to explain this monumental level of incompetence. Brace yourselves for the mother of all spoiler alerts: there is no evidence anywhere in this episode that indicates these two have anything to do with the caper taking place at Cape Kenne-averal. Which sorta makes sense, because if they did, they could just give Cruela the launch code. She wouldn’t have to take a picture of it. Even though shuttles don’t have launch codes. And castles don’t have phones.