The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
A debonair thief seduces Rebecca in order to steal a wooden doll from a suspicious Molly.
Do You Want to Drive, Satchel?
A speedboat roars through the night, carrying a thief with a British accent of some kind. Another speed boat pursues the first, carrying two goons. The thief attempts to lose his pursuers by weaving through dock pilings and making quick turns. He fails to lose the goons. He talks to a satchel and says he needs to find a hiding place for it. He comes across the docks for Higher for Hire and the Sea Duck. Baloo sleeps in a hammock next to his plane, but he blissfully unaware about the heated chase. The thief tosses the satchel into the hold of the Sea Duck before attempting to escape through the harbor channel. The satchel lands in the mountains of garbage that Baloo keeps in his plane.
The thief tries to make a break for the harbor entrance channel, but a cargo ship cuts him off. His pursuers call to him to turn over the idol or "doll" before it gets him killed. The thief changes his plan and spots a police car patrolling the docks. The thief pilots his boat onto a ramp and lands it on the police car. The stunned police are speechless. The thief apologizes and insists that the police arrest him until he can pay for the damage. He handcuffs himself to a police officer. The goons spot that he is in police protection and stop the chase.
The next morning, the thief visits the Sea Duck to find his satchel. He cannot find it in all the garbage and determines that it would take hours to effectively search the plane. Baloo continues to sleep outside, but Kit arrives and tells him that Rebecca plans a surprise inspection. The thief decides to leave the plane before being spotted. Baloo and Kit enter the plane and begin to shovel garbage into hiding spots and outside the plane. They leave a hatch open, and the thief sneaks away to return more prepared.
Luckily, the Garbage is Easily Shovelable.
Baloo and Kit continue to prepare for the surprise inspection. Kit explains that he learned of the surprise inspection by breaking into their boss' desk. Baloo shoves piles of garbage into a locker, and Kit sweeps junk into corners and under tarps. There is only one pile of garbage left. They are about to bring it outside the plane, but Rebecca Cunningham, their boss arrives. They cram the garbage into a locker, but the container can barely hold the trash. Baloo has to lean on the door to keep it closed. Rebecca's daughter, the young Molly, is dressed as Danger Woman, a popular radio program about a dangerous woman. The costume consists or a colander, a red cape, and a spatula.
Rebecca is impressed that the plane is clean. She appreciates that Baloo has finally stopped being a lazy slacker and has neatened the plane. Molly plays that she is Danger Woman inspecting her secret lair. Molly hops into Baloo's arms and asks what happened to all of Baloo's wonderful garbage. Baloo says that he is glad to have a clean plane. Molly points to a piece of garbage on the floor. Rebecca waits for Baloo to pick it up. He is hesitant as if he stops leaning on the locker, all the other garbage will fall. He bends over, and the garbage dumps all over the floor, burying him, Kit, and Molly. Molly loves the garbage.
I Have a Pencil Stroke Mustache.
Rebecca is disappointed. She thought that owning an airline would be a life of excitement and romance, not garbage. The thief arrives in a speedboat wearing a rich person yacht sailing outfit. He introduces himself as Covington as charmingly and debonairly as possible. Rebecca is interested. The others are not as interested, at least at first. Baloo wonders who the pretty boy is, and Molly is threatened by him. She thinks that he is going to take away her mother. She states that he has the British accent of a man that Danger Woman beats up. Apparently, Danger Woman does not like British men. Covington compliments Baloo for being the daring pilot of the world famous Sea Duck. Baloo takes the compliment and is smitten as well.
I Shall Call You MacGuffin.
Molly violently dislikes Covington. When he bends down to pat her on the head, she kicks him in the shin. Molly does not want her mother dating any creepy, British yacht owners. Everyone else fawns over Covington, but Molly heads to the other end of the hold to pout. She finds Covington's satchel with the wooden talisman. She picks it up and calls it a dolly. Covington spots her finding his satchel and attempts to take it from her in a polite manner. Molly asks Baloo if she can keep the doll, after all she found it on his plane. She kicks Covington in the shin again. Rebecca apologizes, and Covington politely accedes the point. He says he wants to remain "good friends" with Rebecca and Molly.
A Magical Evening... of Lies.
Covington attempts to seduce Rebecca while trying to take his talisman from Molly. He and Rebecca walk in the park with Molly following and glaring. He gives Rebecca a rose, and then they sit down for tea. Molly knocks Covington's tea onto his jacket. Rebecca scolds her as Covington cleans himself. In Rebecca's apartment, Convington tries to exchange a large teddy bear for the talisman. Molly refuses. Covington takes Rebecca to a ball, and they dance in tuxedos and gowns. Molly sits in the corner and glares. Covington rows a boat with Rebecca in the moonlight. Molly is towed in a small canoe behind the rowboat. She continues to hate Covington with a burning passion.
Rebecca decides to talk to Molly about the situation. She states that she is in love with Covington. Molly knows but feels that the creepy British man is creepy. Rebecca asks Molly to support her, and Molly half-hearted says that she will try. After her mother walks away, Molly talks to her doll and states that she will do anything to undermine the relationship.
Later, Covington and Rebecca have dinner by the candlelight. Molly disrupts the proceedings by hiding under the tablecloth. She ties Covington's shoelaces together. He trips as he tries to stand. Rebecca helps him up. Molly puts a sharp fork on his seat, so when he sits down, he jumps in surprise. He falls to the ground, and his toupee falls off. Molly laughs, and Rebecca finds her. She takes Molly away to scold her. Covington decides that he needs to act faster to get the doll. He spots the phone and gets an idea. He runs into the room where Rebecca is being scolded. He says that Baloo just called to say that the Higher for Hire officer were burglarized. Rebecca buys the story and says that she needs to go. She leaves Covington to take care of Molly. Molly objects as she still does not trust Covington. Rebecca rushes out the front door.
Covington drops any pretense and tries to take the doll from Molly. He locks the door to the apartment and chases her. She locks herself in her bedroom and packs the satchel with her dolls. She makes a plan to escape. Covington tries to knock down the door, but Molly opens it. He runs into the room and trips over some blocks and falls into the bed. Molly runs to the front door, but it is locked. Covington tries to corner Molly, but she continually kicks him in the shins and trips him with an umbrella. She runs to the balcony with the umbrella and uses it to zipline down a telephone wire. Covington tries to slide down the wire with his bare hands, but the wire burns his hands. He drops to the ground. Molly runs for the Higher for Hire offices.
At the Higher for Hire offices, Baloo and Kit explain to Rebecca that there is no robbery. Rebecca is confused as to why Covington would lie to her. They decide to check in on Molly. They rush to a waiting car and speed off as Molly arrives. Molly chases after the car, but they do not see her. She runs onto the docks with Covington chasing her.
Rebecca, Kit, and Baloo arrive at her apartment and find Molly and Covington missing. Kit suggests that they return to the Higher for Hire offices in case Molly and Covington went there. They leave the apartment.
Molly runs onto the Sea Duck. She quickly formulates a plan and hides the talisman in a first aid box on the plane. Covington finds her as she runs into the cockpit. Baloo, Kit and Rebecca arrive to search for Molly. Molly uses a clothesline connected to the plane to swing back to the dock. Covington tries the same thing but slams into the dock piling. Baloo and Kit wonder what the noise was.
Covington chases Molly down an alley. Molly takes a wrong turn and runs into a dead end. Covington grabs her and takes her satchel. The two goons from earlier then grab Covington. He makes a weak excuse about coming to see them. They take the satchel from Covington and search it. They do not find the doll. The goons advance on Covington, but Covington says that they can find the doll if they take Molly hostage.
I'mma Gut You, Fool.
At the Higher for Hire offices, Rebecca, Kit, and Baloo worry about Molly. Rebecca calls the police to report the missing child. She describes Molly as being dressed as Danger Woman. The police operator asks how Molly knows what Danger Woman looks like, considering the show is on the radio. The group hears the hatch to the Sea Duck close, and they rush out to investigate. They find Covington, who has found the talisman in the first aid box. Baloo grabs him and appears to be ready to murder him. Rebecca takes over the interrogation. Covington claims that Molly has been kidnapped and held on Skull Island in exchange for the doll. Baloo wonders why kidnappers would want a doll that Covington himself wants. Covington offers to go alone to Skull Island to make the exchange despite his allergy to pain. Rebecca declines and says they are all going and are taking the Sea Duck.
On Skull Island, an island with the eponymous Skull-shaped mountain, Molly kicks the kidnappers in the shins. The goons do not like being kicked in the shins and vow to kill Covington. Molly continues to cause trouble.
Rule #1: Always Check the Integrity of Your Barrels.
The Sea Duck travels to Skull Island. On the way, Rebecca muses that she wanted romance and excitement and lost her daughter. The plane lands at the docks to the kidnapper's shack.
In the shack, Molly continues to kick the kidnappers in the shins. They pick her up and put her in a barrel. They seal the top but neglect to notice that there is no bottom to the barrel. When they lift the barrel, Molly slips through the bottom and escapes. The kidnappers bring the barrel outside to the waiting Covington, Rebecca, Kit, and Baloo. Covington gives Baloo the satchel for the exchange before sneaking away. Rebecca demands to see that Molly is safe. The kidnappers open the barrel and notice she is gone. They decide to just tackle Baloo and take the satchel. They do and find that the satchel contains the wrong doll. The goons explain that Covington double crossed them. They know where he went and offer Rebecca the chance to find and kill him in exchange for Molly.
Do Rubies Emit Light?
Covington walks through the jungle, up to a hidden door in a rock face. Molly spots him and follows. Covington uses the doll as a key to unlock the door and enters a cavern system. Molly follows. Covington narrates to himself that the cave contains a treasure: the largest ruby in the world. He wonders if he is getting close and triggers a trap. He rolls out of the way of a giant, swinging sword. Molly runs behind him and accidentally triggers another trap. The floor opens, and Covington grabs a green vine to escape falling into the green, bubbling liquid that makes up the cavern bottom. The other end of the vine is actually a snake. He jumps back to solid ground but slips into a large river of mud. Molly jumps on his head and bounces past. Covington wonders what happened but continues to trudge to the other side. He finds the largest ruby in the world. It is shaped like a statue. Molly steals the ruby and squeezes into a small hiding space in the rock. Covington grabs for the ruby, but Molly keeps it out of reach.
Rebecca, Kit, and Baloo arrive and wonder what is happening. Molly spots them and asks what Covington thinks of Rebecca. Covington explains that he never loved her and was just using her to get to the doll. Rebecca is shocked and confronts Covington. She is ready to punch him in the face. Covington stammers and says that he did it all for Rebecca. Rebecca asks about Covington's goon partners, and he states that he could lose them in a phone booth. The two goons tackle Covington and cause him to drop the ruby in the green, bubbling goo. The goons take Covington to deal with him. Molly reunited with her mother. They do not hug as much as rub each other's backs.
Tune in Next Time.
Rebecca, Molly, Kit, and Baloo fly home on the Sea Duck. Rebecca apologizes for not believing Molly when she said that Covington was creepy. Baloo chimes in by saying that he is sorry that Covington turned out to be so nefarious. Rebecca says that Molly is all the adventure and excitement she needs. Molly looks into the camera and says to tune in next week for more danger and adventure!