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Confusion about a terminal illness leads Baloo to undertake a dangerous expedition to the Bearmuda Trapezoid.
Taking Someone's Pulse Involves Getting them to Stick Out their Tongue.
Baloo prepares to go into town to buy office supplies for his boss Rebecca Cunningham. Rebecca stops him before he leaves and asks if he feels sick. Baloo states that he is fine. She brusquely handles him and forces him to stick out his tongue, which she grabs. She lets Baloo go to carry out the errand. Baloo sneezes on the way out of the Higher for Hire offices, and Rebecca stops him again. She orders him to get a complete physical from a doctor. Baloo asks what has brought on the sudden case of hypochondria, and she holds up the most recent issue of Flyboy Magazine. The cover story is about a pilot who had a case of the hiccups and crashed into the side of a mountain. She does not want to risk the company plane, the Sea Duck, because Baloo sneezes at an inopportune time. She sends Baloo to a doctor.
Outside the office in the Sea Duck, Kit, the company navigator, plays with the controls of the Sea Duck. He pretends to be in a dog fight and accidentally rips the gyroscope off the dashboard. He panics. He believes Baloo and Rebecca would not be happy. He sneaks away to try and fix the device and the plane before Baloo returns.
He travels to a scientist's lab at the top of a hill. The scientist runs a series of tests on the gyroscope including X-raying the device. The scientist examines the X-ray foils and does not like what he sees. He spout technobabble about the device and says that Kit should leave the device with him overnight for observation. Kit agrees and leaves.
I Don't Want a Paper Bag of Goo. Thank You.
Back in the Higher for Hire offices, Baloo returns from his physical with a bag dripping with grease. He tells Rebecca that the doctor has given him a clean bill of health except for a few tests that have to come back from a lab. Rebecca is relieved and says that Baloo can fly again. Baloo hands her the bag of goo. He says it is paper clips and typewriter ribbons she wanted. It is, in fact, a bag of spare ribs. Baloo leaves. Rebecca places her head down on the desk.
Split Screen Drama.
The phone rings, and Rebecca answers it. The scientist with the gyroscope states that he is a doctor. Rebecca misinterprets the phone call as being from Baloo's medical doctor. The scientist states that "the patient," meaning the gyroscope, is in far worse shape than he anticipated. It is about ready to die. Rebecca thinks that he is referring to Baloo and starts tearing up. She asks what can be done, and the scientist says she can sell him the spare parts. She hangs up the phone in disgust.
Baloo re-enters to ask if he can eat the ribs, and Rebecca tells him the misheard bad news. She tells him to sit down, but Baloo is already sitting about to eat the ribs. She tries a series of bad metaphors to explain why Baloo is dying. She says that Baloo should not invest in a lifetime subscription to Flyboy Magazine and should instead buy only the next issue. Baloo does not understand. She asks if Baloo remembers when he said that nothing would top his last birthday party. He affirms this fact. She says that the statement may be true by default. Baloo is confused. She just plainly tells him that he is dying. Baloo is devastated. Rebecca tries to comfort him, but Baloo wants to be alone with his thoughts. He stumbles out of the office and to the docks. Rebecca remains at her desk and starts crying.
Am I Really That Ugly?
Outside, Baloo thinks over his life. He talks to his reflection in the water. His reflection is optimistic and says that he led a good life with good friends. It suggests he do a big gesture so that everyone remembers his name. Baloo gets an idea and heads back into the office.
They Cannot Afford a Recliner.
Rebecca is crying into her desk when Baloo asks if he can have one final favor. Rebecca states that Baloo can have anything he wants. Baloo says he wants to fly the Sea Duck into the Bearmuda Trapezoid. She knocks him into a chair hat subsequently tips over. He makes the most of the situation and starts eating grapes. She states that nobody has ever returned from the Bearmuda Trapezoid. Baloo explains that is why he wants to try. He does not have long to live, so why not spend the remainder of his life making history? Rebecca has some concern for the Sea Duck, but Baloo speaks of aviation greats. Rebecca relents and says Baloo can have the Sea Duck for his crazy adventure. Baloo leaves to prepare for his expedition. Rebecca calls her insurance provider and asks about her policy covering pilot and plane disappearance. They reply that it does, and she asks that they double her coverage.
Baloo plays horseshoes with Kit. He gives him a bunch of advice about not talking back to elders and not letting corn flakes get soggy. Kit is confused as to why Baloo is giving him all this advice and playing horseshoes. Baloo explains that one day, when Kit is "president or something," he may look back and wish he had spent more time playing horseshoes with Baloo. Kit doubts that he will as presidents have more important problems. Baloo is terrible at the game while Kit is great. The game finishes
Baloo sits in the Sea Duck with the engines running. Rebecca says good-bye for what she assumes is the last time. Baloo says that it is not the final good-bye yet. He is going to return and Higher for Hire will have the fame of having the only pilot to return safely from the Bearmuda Triangle. Rebecca starts crying but steps away from the propellers. Baloo takes off and flies out of Cape Suzette's air shipping channel. He says he hates messy good-byes.
Kit Hops in the Office Rowboat.
Later, Kit comes running into the Higher for Hire offices with the next issue of Flyboy Magazine (which used to be on a monthly schedule but now appears to be a bi-daily publication). He demands to know why Rebecca has placed an ad looking for a new pilot in the classifieds. Rebecca takes a somber tone and tells Kit to sit down. She explains, using the same terminology as the scientist on the phone, that Baloo has broken equipment. Kit recognizes the terms and wonders how Rebecca knows that he broke the gyroscope. He explains that he broke the device. Rebecca, still thinking that they are talking about Baloo, asks how he could have broken it. Kit explains that he was playing and accidentally pulled it out. Rebecca is disgusted by the details.
Kit rushes off to the junk yard to see if he can find a replacement. Rebecca states that it is a life giving organ and not a piece of mechanical equipment. Kit hops into a rowboat and explains that it is indeed a piece of mechanical equipment. This news relieves Rebecca. Her friend is not dying. Kit wonders where Baloo and the Sea Duck are. Rebecca explains that she authorized an expedition to cross the Bearmuda Trapezoid. Kit is alarmed. They head to the radio tower to tell Baloo that he is going to live a while longer and should not attempt any foolhardy expeditions to death traps.
The Bearmuda Trapezoid.
Baloo flies into the thick, purple clouds of the Bearmuda Trapezoid. He receives a radio transmission from Rebecca, Kit, and the mechanic Wildcat. He cuts them off and turns off his radio. He does not want them talking him out of flying the Bearmuda Trapezoid. Visibility drops to single digits, and Baloo tries to fly by instruments. He checks his gyroscope, but it is missing. He does not panic and tries to fly by dead reckoning. Something goes wrong and he descends into the blinding mist.
Back at the radio tower, Rebecca, Kit, and Wildcat worry about Baloo. They decide to set off in a barely functioning cargo plane. Wildcat flies. He is not the world's best pilot and barely avoids hitting a mountain. Rebecca and Kit are concerned about the survivability of their mission. Rebecca states that Baloo is going to be the only one who survives.
In the Bearmuda Triangle, Baloo wakes with the Sea Duck dangling from a large magnet. He dangles from the Sea Duck. An eccentric aviation engineer and his goons wait below. The eccentric hippo states that Baloo's plane is the key to his plan. The goons cut Baloo down from his safety straps. They take him prisoner. As they walk to a hidden cove, the eccentric hippo continues to describe his plan. He is building the world's largest and grandest plane, called the Titanium Turkey. He only needs one more component: a gyroscope from the Sea Duck. Baloo states that he does not have one, and the eccentric hippo curses his bad luck. The eccentric hippo dismisses the setback and says that he will fly the mission anyway and prove to the world his aviation ideas are great. He says he will make history with or without the gyroscope. He states he will bring along the Sea Duck as a lifeboat.
Really Bright Match.
The goons throw Baloo into the hold of a junked aircraft. Baloo lights a match and sees that he is not alone. Famous aviators are present that have gone missing in the Bearmuda Trapezoid over the years. The eccentric hippo's plan is apparently decades old. Baloo is surprised to find such aviation greats locked in a crazed hippo's hold.
Back on the jalopy of a cargo plane, Rebecca, Kit, and Wildcat attempt to navigate the Bearmuda Trapezoid. Kit does some calculations and determines that all of the other pilots that went missing would have been flying at a regulation height of 10,000 feet. He suggests that if they come in low and fast, they could avoid whatever problem is plaguing the region. Rebecca objects to flying outside the rules. Kit restates his supposition to say that they will die if they do not break the rules. Rebecca agrees. Wildcat puts the plane into too steep of a dive and ends up underwater. The plane also acts a submarine. It springs a few leaks, but they crash into an island and surface again.
Safe Beach Landing.
Rebecca, Kit, and Wildcat disembark the plane/submarine to get their bearings on the island. They walk through jungle underbrush and spot the eccentric hippo being carried on a litter. They follow him to the hidden cove where the Titanium Turkey is being built. They see the intact Sea Duck and correctly surmise that Baloo is still alive. Kit explains who the eccentric hippo is. He is Howard Huge -- an eccentric billionaire aviation designer who went into seclusion after people laughed him out of the aviation community. Apparently, he wishes to prove them all wrong. The loud talking of the group attracts Huge's goons. They take the group prisoner at gun point.
Rebecca, Kit, and Wildcat are thrown into the same prison hold as Baloo. Huge explains that nobody has escaped the island in 20 years. The group reunites with Baloo. He is disappointed that they followed him on such a crazy mission. He thinks he is still dying. Rebecca tries to explain that it is all a big misunderstanding, but before she can speak an explanation, the Titanium Turkey fires its engines. Rebecca realizes that if the Titanium Turkey leaves with the Sea Duck, they will be stranded on the island.
Kit remembers a crucial fact about the plane in which they are trapped. He remembers reading somewhere that this model of plane had a secret, emergency exit hidden under a seat for unspecified reasons. Baloo starts tearing up seats but remains morose. He still thinks he is dying. Wildcat states that a lot of people are complaining that they are dying recently. He says that Rebecca complained the entire way to the island that she was going to die. Baloo misinterprets this information as Rebecca is also dying, which is why she came on the suicide mission. Baloo thinks he has been selfish in not recognizing that Rebecca is dying. He promises to be kind to Rebecca.
The group keeps up the search for the emergency exit. Baloo walks over to Rebecca and tells her to sit. He is being extremely nice to her, and she is suspicious. Rebecca is confused. Kit finds the emergency exit and opens it. The group escapes the plane but have to find a way to deal with Huge and his armed goons. They plan to steal the Titanium Turkey. Baloo and Kit are not sure that the large monstrosity can fly. Baloo keeps treating Rebecca like she is dying. He also comes up with an incredibly stupid idea on how to distract Huge.
Lucky There Was That Nearby Butterball Turkey Store.
The group somehow finds a turkey and begins cooking it on a spit. They also find sauce with which to baste the turkey. They rotate and fan the smell towards Huge. For some reason, they think that the smell will cause him to come running -- as he is an obese man who craves nothing but food. The plan fails. Huge does not care for turkey. Wildcat opens a candy bar, and Huge sprints towards them. They hide and sneak around him as he eats the chocolate bar. They get on the plane and ignite the engines. The older captives sit in the theater like main cabin while Kit, Baloo, Rebecca, and Wildcat operate the controls in the cockpit. The engines roar to life, and they pull out of the cove. Huge realizes what has happened and angrily exclaims.
The Titanium Turkey manages to take off and reach a cruising altitude of about twenty feet. They think they are safe, but they lose forward momentum. They remain airborne, but they are not moving. Baloo looks back and realizes they are trapped in Huge's magnetic field. Wildcat suggests that they turn the metal hull of the plane into a giant, polarized electromagnet that will repel them away from the magnetic field. They put the plan into action. Kit searches for wire to run electricity through the hull. Kit finds the wires and connects them to the engines and the hull. Baloo runs the engines on full. Kit has the polarity backwards, and the magnets attract. Baloo inverts the plane and reverses the engines. The polarity flips, and the plane is launched into space.
Bears in Space.
As the plane rockets through the atmosphere and into Black Sky, Rebecca orders Baloo to fly correctly. Baloo says that there is not much point to doing so as they are going to die anyway. Rebecca clears up the misunderstanding and says that they are both going to live unless Baloo fails to get control of the plane. Baloo brings the plane back under control and they fly back to Cape Suzette. They somehow get through the narrow air channel and take up most of the harbor.
In the Higher for Hire offices, Rebecca finishes talking with the Air Police. They say that they have arrested Howard Huge and reunited the missing pilots with their families. Baloo thanks Rebecca for going on such a crazy mission to save him. Rebecca says that she never doubted Baloo would return. One of the missing pilots enters the office and asks if the advertisement in Flyboy Magazine for a new pilot is still valid.