Adventure Inc - Episode 16 - Wave of the Future
Overview: While searching for a Roman artifact, The Adventure Inc. team rescues a brilliant scientist who discovered a revolutionary device that enables underwater breathing.
Synopsis by Tribune 2003
While searching for an ancient Roman serving plate, Judson is shot at by Mirko (George Santino) one of three thugs on a boat who also want the artifact. Gabriel and Mackenzie come to the rescue thanks to the turbo-charger, a strange contraption, which Gabriel bought in a salvage yard. The device enables them to get away at lightning speed with the plate safe in their hands.
On the Vast Explorer, Gabe, mesmerized by the turbo-charger, removes its fuel filter -- a small circular plastic membrane. He believes the technology employed in the making of the filter, could extract oxygen from H2O, enabling under-water breathing. Via the Internet, Gabe discovers the filter was invented by Philo Prendergast (Andrew Tarbert), a professor who was lost at sea with his research vessel, but now has turned up working at the nearby Cerebral Institute in Amalfi.
Richard Helmer (Rod Wilson) a Ph.D. in Chemistry and two of his associates, who are enemies of Philo, are search for remnants of Philo's vessel in a dockside consignment yard. They learn the part they are looking for has been sold. Meanwhile, at the museum, Judson turns the platter over to curator, Stefi Gianini (Daniela Olivieri), however, when he is attacked again by Mirko, Judson becomes suspicious.
Mac and Gabriel enter the Cerebral Institute in search of Philo where they learn that he's become a patient. Pretending to be former colleagues of his, they meet Philo who really seems to be mentally insane; he is scribbling on walls and clutching a stuffed toy dolphin named 'Nemo'. Later that day, Mac and Gabe tell Judson about their experience at the institute. Mac believes Philo is sane.
Helmer, has unsuccessfully been trying to reproduce Philo's synthetic gill in order to dive into the sea and recover an experimental bio-toxin left behind by the Coriolanus, a wrecked submarine which has been cordoned off by the U.N.
Mac and Gabriel enter the institute again and visit Philo who drops the 'insane' act when they show him his fuel filter casing. They persuade Philo to trust them.
On their way out, Philo tells Gabe and Mac that Helmer used to be his ex-partner. The two ran a research facility but soon, Helmer went power-crazy. When Philo realized this, Helmer accused him of being insane and tried to kill him. As a means of self-preservation, Philo pretend he was insane. They almost make it out of the institute successfully when Philo decides he can't leave without his research. Mac goes in after him. The two are trapped. Gabe goes to Judson for help.
Trapped in straightjackets both Philo and Mac are taken to Helmer's secret warehouse where he houses a tank of water. Helmer threatens to drown Mac unless Philo reveals the formula for the synthetic gill. When his patience runs out, Mac is submerged, just as Judson and Gabe sneak in. Philo breaks down and reveals the formula. Helmer leaves without pulling Mac out of the water. Judson dives to her rescue. The team realizes why Helmer wanted the membrane; to use it in salvaging the canisters of toxin left behind by the Coriolanus. With the membrane, he could swim undetected. Feeling helpless the 'Adventure Inc.' team gives up, until Philo holds up his stuffed dolphin whom he tears open to reveal another synthetic gill, used as the animal's stuffing.
Helmer sets out to recover the canisters. Donning the membrane, he plunges into the sea. Underwater, Judson attacks him until Helmer's gill malfunctions.
Back on the Vast Explorer, Stefi greets Judson, thanking him for recovering the artifact 'for the museum'. Judson however, on to her game, calls the police who take her into custody. Philo reveals that the government has become very interested in his synthetic gill and has been promised unlimited funding for the continued research of the project.
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