Teenage Caveman (With the shorts Aquatic Wizards and Catching Trouble)
Joel and the bots are bored. It’s raining outside and there is nothing to do. Magic Voice recommends a few games but those won’t do. Joel suggests poker. Gypsy pops in and asks “what’s poker?” Joel and the bots are really perked up now.
Gypsy can’t keep a poker face so the game doesn’t go very well.
For the invention exchange Joel and the bots each come up with there own ipecac for when you have had to much to drink. Dr Forrester and Frank start fighting over who is going to present this week invention. Frank even pulls a knife. Eventually Dr Forrester gets the upper hand and uses Frank’s head to send the movie.
It’s a video for how people train to be in a water show in Florida. First we see some ladies demonstrate water skiing skills. Then it’s some youngster learning to ski for the first time. First the boys and then the girls. Next it’s tricks like the pyramid,
plus a bunch of other boring tricks. The narrator then calls a Hispanic man a Mexican Jumping Bean and the whole thing seems to take on a bit bigotry.
First a narrator introduces us to Sport Life’s Ross Allen, a modern day Tarzan. He is headed off to the Everglades with his faithful Seminole Indian guide. Apparently he doesn’t have a name. It turns out Ross is just a poacher really. He is there to catch wildlife so they can be put in zoos around the country. First it’s a bobcat and then two black bear cubs.
Next he needs to get three rattlesnakes. He sets a fire to drive one out of some undergrowth. Wait, I was wrong. The Indian man does have name, Old Sour Puss. Well they bring all the days catch back to headquarters. You know it wouldn’t be the old south in Florida without there being an old black man as the caretaker.
** Joel and the bots do there own version of Catching Trouble but call it Catching Ross. They chop down the tree he is hiding in, then burn him with a flame, throw him in a bag and beat it with a hammer. Next they put a giant snake in the bag with him and drop it in a box.
A voice over tells the creation story, all the way up to the arrival of man.
A group of cavemen walk into their village carrying a deer they’ve killed. The villagers begin to gather around the men. One man asks a woman where is the boy. She indicates he is by the river. The man finds the boy, his son, and reminds him it is forbidden to cross the river. The boy doesn’t understand why. The other side has lush fields and abundant game while their side is almost barren. The man warns him about the god that lives there that kills all with one touch. They head back to the village.
The boy (Robert Vaughn) is very confused. He does not understand why so many of the laws don’t make sense. A dark bearded man tells him that he should not question the law and that he will find no other answers here.
Later the man and his son prepare to make symbols for the next hunt. The boys family are the keepers of the symbols and have been so for generations. He asks his father about the god and what does he look like. He tells him he looks human like but with a skin that no spear can pierce and claws like swamp creatures. He tells his son not to wonder so much.
The next day a group of men go out for the hunt.
They find a bear and kill it but not before it attacks the boys father (Leslie Bradley). They return to the village and the village “doctor” sews him up.
The boy is really bummed by all of this. The dark bearded man tries to convince him to cross the river and see what he can get for the village. The dark bearded man is just trying to get rid of the boy. The boy likes his blonde haired daughter and he doesn’t like the boy so much.
The boy is able to convince a few other youngsters to go with him to cross the river but a few more think they are fools. The boy and three others head for the river.
** Joel is about to show the bots some drawing when they notice something strange going on in Deep 13. Frank and Dr Forrester are still fighting. They fight over a gun, then a pair of scissors and finally they whack each other with giant mallets.
Dr Forrester gets a cattle prod and puts down Frank but then he accidentally shocks himself.
The four wade across and start exploring. A giant lizard comes-a-calling as does an alligator with a fin on its back. The boy and one of the others for some reason throw their spears at them which of course does nothing. The other two high tail it out of there. With the animal fight over they join up again. One of them slips and falls into a pond. Apparently he can’t swim and the others are unable to save him. The two others head back while out hero stays to keep looking around. He kills a squirrel, builds a fire and starts to settle in for the night.
Just then the god that can kill with one touch strolls into his camp site. The boy tries to scare it away with the fire but it keeps coming. He runs away in fear. Unfortunately he smacks into a tree branch and is knocked out cold.
Back at the village, the symbol maker has nearly recovered from his injuries. He asks his wife where is the boy. She tells him he crossed the river a while ago. The man then makes a plan to retrieve the boy.
Meanwhile the boy wakes up with one hell of a headache. He stumbles around for a bit carrying a stick. When he brushes against a tree branch the stick goes flying. Eureka! He invents the bow and arrow. Sure enough his first shot kills a deer.
At the village, the father is all healed up. He sets out in search of the boy. He wades across the river while the boy carries the huge deer carcass towards the village. Little does he know but the deer is dripping blood which causes some not so wild dogs to start to track him. The dogs catch up to him just before his old man does. He drops the deer but one of the dogs goes after him. The man kills it with his spear. He grabs the boy and they start off for home.
Back at home base, the dark bearded man (Frank DeKova) tells everyone that the boy has broken the law and must be put to death. The father of course says poo poo to that. The people seem to agree so dark bearded man goes after the boy and a great fight ensues.
Just when it looks bad for the boy, the clan elder puts a stop to the fighting. Everyone is ordered to shun the boy until he reaches manhood.
Some time later, the blonde haired girl is under a small water fall cooling off when our hero walks up playing a little flute instrument. She seems to like it. Dispite the fact she is not supposed to talk to him, she gets out of the water and they have a chat.
Suddenly there is a commotion from the village. Something is aproaching but no one knows what it is, so the dark bearded man of course says they should kill it. Turns out it’s a man on a horse.
They have never seen a horse so they still fear it. The boy tries to calm everyone down but they start throwing spears at it. The man falls off the horse and the clans people chase the horse away. The boy tries to comfort the rider as he lays on the ground. Bearded guy forces the boy away. He kills the rider just as he starts to speak. The boys father says they should give the rider a proper burial.
** Joel explains how the bearded man is like the voice of caution and safety while the boy is the voice of progress and acceptance.
The clan has decided to take the symbol maker job away from the father. He tells the boy he will continue to follow the law and so should he. He tells him to wait until he reaches manhood and they will talk again.
Time passes and the boy reaches manhood. The clan elder (Robert Shayne) shows him the symbol that the gods have given them. It’s a meteorite. The dark bearded man, who is now the symbol maker, confronts the former boy about his questioning of things. The former boy tells the guy that one of them will be dead soon.
Blonde girl really takes a shine to our no long little boy. She thinks they should make a place of their own.
He reluctantly agrees and sets to work but he can’t stop pining for the other side of the river. She tries to distract him be he is insistent on finding the god that kills with it’s touch and killing it. Finally he sets out for his destiny. Blonde girl (Darah Marshall) goes and tells his father what he is up to. He once again has to figure out how to get him back. If the others find out he will surely be put to death.
Man-boy makes it across the river with his father close behind. The dark bearded man of course figures out what is going on and gathers a group of men to go after them and kill them. Man-boy finds the god that kills with it’s touch just as his father catches up to him. His father tells him to kill it but man-boy wants to try to communicate with it. The posse from the village gets there just as the pack of wild dogs does as well. They start attacking the men. Bearded guy sneaks around behind the god and hits it in the head with a big rock killing it. Man-boy shoots the bearded guy with his trusty bow and arrow. Upon a closer look they figure out that the god was just an old man inside of some sort of protective suit.
Man-boy finds a book inside the suit. It’s filled with pictures of everyday life in the world of the twentieth century. They all head back home realizing that their world has forever changed.
A voice then tells the story of the old man in the suit. He was working among a group of scientists when the nuclear war started. The suit he was wearing was a radiation suit. He was able to live a long time for some reason and had been watching the little clan. We then see the clan heading out to investigate the world but will they learn the lessons of the past or will this be the end.
** Tom and Crow are dressed up like the old man in the suit. Joel walks in and they start referring to him as the young one who is always wondering. Dr Forrester and Frank have patched things up between them but they are in pretty bad shape.
This was a weird episode. The shorts were terrible and funny at the same time. The movie was really bad but had some very funny parts. Dr F and Frank’s fight was terrific. I’ll give this 3 out of 5.