The Incredible Adventures of Pretzel Girl and Mamo-Chan.

Roll call:

Pretzel Girl Mamo-chan

With special guest stars...

The Wee-Wee Man The Flash

PRE-TITLES. A MYSTERIOUS LABORATORY.

(A mysterious figure, Dr Tomato, is bending over a bench. On the bench is something we canít quite see properly, shrouded in a surgical sheet. Dr Tomato is doing various sciency-looking things. He puts down his beaker and steps back. Lightning should flash outside, just for atmosphere.)

TOMATO:

At last! My amazing creation is complete! Millions of years of extinction are over, thanks to my expertise!

(He steps back, and we see the mysterious object under the sheet. It looks like a small hairy elephant.)

TOMATO:

I will now give you to the people of the world! The first species to be completely recovered from total extinction by genetic engineering: My Woolly Mammoth - Mamo-chan!

TITLE SEQUENCE.

1. STREET, WITH A VENDING MACHINE. DAY.

(Two girls, Suzy, a brunette wearing jeans, a Kimba shirt, and a dog collar, and Niki, a bustually gifted young woman in a little black dress, are walking along. The sky is clouded and it looks like rain.)

SUZY:

Oh, goody! A vending machine. I want some pretzels.

NIKI (play-sexy):

Why would you want pretzels when you could have me?

(Suzy drapes herself all over Niki.)

SUZY:

I didnít tell you what I wanted to do with them!

NIKI:

Oo! Sounds....salty!

SUZY:

(heavy breathing) And who says I canít have... both. At the same time.

(Niki giggles.)

SUZY:

Iím sure thereís a chatgroup on the web somewhere thatíd pay lots of money for something like this....

(They giggle a little. Suzy gets some change out of her pocket and puts it in the slot.)

NIKI:

(looks at sky) Weíd better get under cover. Itís going to pour in a minute.

(Thunder.)

SUZY:

Bloody thing. (kicks machine) Give me my pretzels!

NIKI:

Suzy, that storm is getting quite close!

SUZY:

Iím not leaving without these pretzels. If I get a bit wet, my t-shirtíll just get see-through. (wrestling with machine)

NIKI:

Sounds like such fun.

(More thunder, louder and closer.)

NIKI:

But I think Iíd rather just squirt you with the hose. Youíd better get under cover!

SUZY:

Grr! Give! Pretzels! Now! Give!

(A huge bolt of lightning shoots out of the sky and strikes the vending machine.)

NIKI:

SUZY!!!!!!

(Suzy, with a charred packet of pretzels in one hand, staggers back and falls over into Nikiís arms.)

NIKI:

Oh, no!

(It starts raining. Niki, with Suzy over one shoulder, staggers away.)

2. SUZY & NIKI'S PLACE. DAY.

(Niki drags Suzy into the living room. She is not very well.)

SUZY:

(groans) Oh, shimatta...

(Niki helps her sit up.)

NIKI:

(seriously worried) Oh, Suzy! Are you all right?

SUZY:

Niki....come closer. I have to tell you something....

NIKI:

Yes? What is it?

SUZY:

You...(groans)

NIKI:

Yes? What?

SUZY:

There goes Santa.

NIKI:

...?

(Suzy starts to giggle. The incomprehension fades from Nikiís face, and she punches Suzy.)

NIKI:

You shit! I thought you were dying!

SUZY:

No, Iím OK. I felt very strange, though. I always wondered what being struck by lightning would be like. I always thought itíd hurt more.

NIKI:

Are you really all right? (cradles Suzy protectively)

SUZY:

I think so. In fact (Nikiís ample bosom is right in her face) I think Iím getting better and better all the time. Niku man! (she glomps. Niki giggles and pushes her away) That should probably have been basketo-boru, ne Niki-chan?

NIKI:

Donít make silly jokes. Well, not unless you plan on following through with them, anyway. Weíd better make sure youíre OK. Come along to Dr Tomatoís place with me, and get him to check you out.

SUZY:

Is that really necessary? Iím quite comfortable here.

NIKI:

Youíve just been struck by lightning, of course itís necessary!

SUZY:

(play-sexy again) Well, you know Iím used to electricity, being around you all the time...

(Dissolve to:)

3. MYSTERIOUS LABORATORY FROM BEGINNING. DAY.

(There is no one here. A crumpled surgical sheet is on the main table, but other than that, the lab is empty. We hear the voices getting closer.)

NIKI (OOV):

Hello? Dr Tomato? Are you here?

SUZY (OOV):

Look, heís obviously out. Letís just go.

NIKI (OOV):

But he wouldnít have just gone away and left the place unlocked. Come on. Letís have a look in here.

(The door to the lab opens. Suzy, still with a packet of pretzels in her hand, and Niki both look inside.)

NIKI:

Hellooo? Anyone home?

(There is a small whimpering noise.)

SUZY:

Whatís that?

NIKI:

Whatís what?

SUZY:

I think I heard something.

(She pokes her head under a bench. Two very big, frightened eyes look back at her.)

SUZY:

What the hell are you?

(She reaches in to grab whatever it is. Suddenly a very small hairy elephant in a large nappy gallops out and tries to trample her to death. She is knocked over on to her butt with the mammoth in her lap. After a few abortive attempts to break every bone in Suzyís body, the mammoth sits down in her lap and starts to cry.)

NIKI:

What the bloody hell is it?

SUZY:

I donít know... it looks like a baby mammoth, but it canít be - theyíre extinct. (picks up mammoth) But isnít it cute?

NIKI:

Yes, itís very cute. But where did it come from?

SUZY:

Iíve never come into Dr Tomatoís secret lab before, but I think this may be what he was working on. You know he kept talking about his amazing achievement in science.

NIKI:

So heís bred a baby mammoth?

SUZY:

Better than breeding a full-sized one. For that kind of test-tube baby youíd need a fishtank.

(She stands up with the mammoth in her arms.)

SUZY:

Well, now. What can we do with you? Whatís your name?

MAMO:

(sniffs) Mamo-chan desu.

NIKI:

Holy Hotohori! It talks!

MAMO:

Un. (starts crying again)

SUZY:

So...Mamo-chan...where is Dr Tomato?

MAMO:

Tomato-sensei has gone! Big bad men took him away! (sobs)

NIKI:

Do you mean Dr Tomato has been kidnapped?

MAMO:

Un.

SUZY:

Good grief.

NIKI:

What are we going to do? Should we call the police?

SUZY:

Well, to be honest weíve only got a baby genetically engineered mammoth to back up our story; itís not going to be the worldís most convincing argument.

NIKI:

Well.... We should at least keep him safe until we find Dr Tomato. Would you like to come back to our place, Mamo-chan?

MAMO:

Un. Iíd like that very much.

NIKI:

Good. Kochi-yo. (She takes Mamo-chan from Suzy.) Letís go.

SUZY:

Damnit! After all that, I still havenít eaten my pretzels!

(She opens the bag and takes a handful of pretzels out. Niki has started to walk away with Mamo-chan in her arms, and is stunned by the brilliant flash of light that ensues as soon as Suzy eats a pretzel. Niki spins around to see her girlfriend wearing skin-tight spandex in a rather attractive green with brown and yellow sleeves and a big ĎPí on the chest. On the back is the twisted pretzel symbol, you know the one. As well as all this, Suzy is still wearing her dog-collar.)

SUZY:

You know, Niki, this is turning into a real bitch of a day.

(She takes a step toward Niki and realises that she can now fly. Unfortunately, sheís not very good at it.)

NIKI:

Ooh! This is amazing! What the hell are you now?

Suzy, in a super-outfit, pissed off and sulking.

SUZY:

I donít know whatís happening, but I do know that I do not like it!

(Sheís actually standing in mid-air as she says this, arms folded tapping foot etc., not looking very happy at all.)

NIKI:

You know, Suzy-chan, I have a feeling that lightning blast turned you into a superhero.

SUZY:

(pouts) Donít want to be a superhero.

NIKI:

I donít know... the outfitís kind of cute.

MAMO:

Clothes very kawaii. Suzy-chan now pretzel girl!

SUZY:

Pretzel Girl?!!????!

NIKI:

I quite like the sound of that, Pretzel Girl. Off to fight evil and rid the universe of... Infomercials? (titters)

SUZY:

Of all the superheroes I could have turned into...

NIKI:

Well, thank goodness the lightning didnít hit you when you were getting tampons out of the vending machine in the Ladiesí.

SUZY:

Mm... Tampon Woman... Pretzel Girl... Nope, theyíre both pretty crap.

NIKI:

Letís go home, at least. We canít very well stay here.

SUZY:

(sheís trying to walk in mid-air and not getting anywhere.) I canít bloody get anywhere! I need to get rid of these superpowers quickly, or life is going to be very embarrassing.

NIKI:

(finds all this terribly amusing) Come on, Suzy-chan. (attaches a piece of string to the dog collar, which Suzy is still wearing) Iíll get you home.

4. STREET. DAY

(Niki is walking along with Mamo-chan looking very happy and enjoying the ride under her arm, and Suzy floating along after her, on the end of a piece of string. Suzy looks really Píd off.)

5. SUZY & NIKI'S LIVING ROOM. NIGHT.

(Suzy is standing on the wall. She still looks displeased. Niki is reading to Mamo-chan out of a storybook, the Sailor Stars Super Swimsuit Special. The doorbell rings.)

SUZY:

Thank Tasuki for that!

(She walks along the wall and opens the door. Standing there is a tall brunette with short hair and glasses. Sheísholding a book.)

SUZY:

Come on in, Nicole. Niki-chan, look whoís here!

NICOLE:

Well, you are in a bit of a spot, arenít you?

SUZY (sarcastic):

Yes, I am rather. What an observation.

NIKI:

Donít be rude. Nicole is here to help you. Did you bring the book?

NICOLE:

I did, but Iím not sure how itís going to help.

SUZY:

Itís called How to Be a Superhero, isnít it? Itís gotta be more use than anything else weíve got. (takes book.) You two play with Mamo-chan. Iíve got to learn how to use my amazing Pretzel Powers. (she goes and sits down on the wall and starts reading.)

NICOLE:

So what exactly are Suzyís amazing Pretzel powers? (she and Niki sit on the couch with Mamo-chan.) And who are you?

MAMO:

Mamo-chan desu.

NICOLE:

How kawaii! Where did you come from?

NIKI:

Well, we found Dr Tomatoís lab trashed, the Doc had vanished, and Mamo-chan here was hiding under one of the benches. Poor guy! He was terrified.

NICOLE:

Dr Tomato has vanished? How terrible!

NIKI:

Yes, it is rather. Mamo-chan says heís been kidnapped by some bad guys or something.

NICOLE:

Well, Iíve got a fabulous idea!

NIKI:

Uh-oh.

NICOLE:

Well, weíve got a brand new superhero on our side. Why donít we just get Suzy, or Pretzel Girl as we should call her, to track these bastards down, find them, remove their testicles and jump up and down on them in stillettoes?

(Niki is looking at Nicole half in awe and half in horror.)

NICOLE:

Did I say something bad?

NIKI:

Well.... no, not really. But the thing is, we donít quite know what Suzyís powers are. We know she can fly - sort of - but sheís not very good at it yet. And there might be other things we donít know about. And also, we have no way of knowing where Tomato-sensei is being held. Or why, for that matter.

SUZY:

Bugger bugger damn! This book is useless!

NICOLE:

What do you mean?

SUZY:

(throws book onto floor.) Itís just a big pseudo-funny thing full of bad dick jokes! Itís no help whatsoever!

NICOLE:

I did try to tell you. (gets up, begins pacing room.) I think the only way weíre going to figure this problem out is if we apply logical, rational thought to it. Now, Suzy, exactly what happened to you?

SUZY:

I was struck by bleeding lightning when I was trying to get some pretzels out of the vending machine, and when I ate one it turned me into this!

NICOLE:

I see. (Thinks.) Have you tried eating another pretzel to see if you can reverse the process?

(Suzy looks at Nicole sheepishly. She hadnít thought of that.)

SUZY:

OK. Iíll try it. (she takes the packet of pretzels and eats one.)

(Thereís another flash of lightning. Suzy has fallen off the wall and is now in her normal clothes, lying on her face.)

SUZY:

(in a heap on the floor.) I hate everything.

NIKI:

Well, now we know that works!

MAMO:

(laughing.) Suzy-chan is funny! Do it again, Suzy-chan!

(Suzy growls at him. Mamo-chan backs away and hides behind Niki.)

NIKI:

But I do agree with Nicole. I think we should take advantage of Suzyís amazing Pretzel powers to help find Dr Tomato.

(Suzy gets up, brushing herself off.)

SUZY:

Donít I get any say in this matter?

NIKI:

Donít you want to find Dr Tomato?

(Suzy thinks it over.)

SUZY:

Fair enough. Niki, youíre the journalist. When youíre after info about where a certain doctor may have been taken, where do you start?

NIKI:

I say we canvass the area and see if anybody saw anything. You know, any people or anything going in and out of Dr Tomatoís lab.

SUZY:

Right. Um, Niki... (wheedling) I know youíre due for some leave from the paper. It might be nice...

NIKI:

Yeah, OK. Iíll be your sidekick. Or something. If itís going to involve being tied to railway tracks or anything dumb Iím not doing it.

NICOLE:

Iíll help out too if you like.

SUZY:

Really?

NICOLE:

Well, it might be useful for you to have a doctor on the scene. I just got a guy called Tofu in from Tokyo to help me out for a while; he can look after the practice.

SUZY:

I see. So, Pretzel Girl now has two sidekicks and a baby mammoth. What marvelous equipment for a superhero.

NIKI:

Oh, quit complaining. Letís go and ask around Dr Tomatoís neighbours.

6. STREET NEAR DR TOMATO'S LAB. DAY.

(Niki is talking to a woman in a doorway. Nicole and Suzy can be seen across the street, knocking on a door. Close on Niki.)

NIKI:

Really? Thatís very interesting. Can you tell about what time it was?

WOMAN:

Around four oíclock. Just after the big thunderstorm hit. Is this important?

NIKI:

It might be. Thanks a lot.

WOMAN:

No problem.

(Suzy and Nicole come over to where Niki is, looking interested.)

SUZY:

No one else has seen anything. Any luck?

NIKI:

Oh, yes. We should get back home. I think we have to re-think our strategy.

7. SUZY & NIKI'S PLACE. DAY.

(They are all sitting around a large easel with a bit of paper on it. Niki has drawn a diagram.)

NIKI:

Right. The woman I spoke to said she saw a truck parked outside Dr Tomatoís place at about four.

SUZY:

Any identifying markings?

NIKI:

Yeah. Thatís what I was just coming to. The truck is registered to GENOM corporation.

(Everyone gasps.)

(Dissolve to:)

8. DATA FILE.

(This is a custom-designed Pretzel-Power Data file. At the top right and left hand corners is a little pretzel symbol. The top of the screen says ĎGENOM corporationí.)

NIKI (VO):

A powerful but enigmatic corporation, supposedly at the forefront of medical research into genetic cancer therapies. Suspected: They are secretly trying to use their medical research to take over the world.

(The data file changes from a simple text file to a graphic. It shows two sillouhettes: one is small and plump with a round head and big ears, the other is taller and thinner, with a long head and big ears.)

NIKI (VO):

These are the only known likenesses of the two persons believed to head the corporation. One is a genius, the otherís insane. They are the driving force behind the GENOM corporation, and should be treated extremely cautiously.

9. SUZY & NIKI'S PLACE. DAY.

(Niki is pointing at the easel.)

NIKI:

Thatís what weíve got. Any questions?

SUZY:

Whatís the capital of South Dakota?

MAMO:

Squibble.

NIKI:

You idiots.

NICOLE:

What does GENOM stand for?

NIKI:

As far as we know, it stands for Genetic Engeneering for Neutralising ĎOrrible Maladies. Itís not the most intelligent of titles, but the acronym sounds kind of cool. I think thatís why they use it.

SUZY:

Thatís a really dumb reason.

NIKI:

I know. Not my fault.

NICOLE:

The next thing I think we should do is somehow work out where GENOM Corp are holding Dr Tomato. Does anyone know anyone who works for GENOM?

(Everyone looks at each other. They all shake their heads.)

NICOLE:

Right. Um. Anyone know where any of the GENOM employees hang out?

(Everyone looks at each other. They all shake their heads.)

NICOLE:

Are we the most useless super team in history, or what?

NIKI:

Look, if Iím right, the big bad-arses are going to want Dr Tomato to help them out with their genetic experiments. Chances are, heís being held somewhere in the Science Complex. If we go and hunt around there we may come up with something.

NICOLE:

All right. Niki, you do that.

NIKI:

Buh? By myself? What about Pretzel Kamen over there? Why doesnít she come with me?

NICOLE:

Because Pretzel Kamen is kind of hopeless with her powers at the moment. If she goes with you, chances are somethingís gonna go wrong. Youíre a professional. Use your initiative.

SUZY:

So what do I do while sheís off scouting for info?

NICOLE:

Mamo-chan and I are going to teach you how to use your powers.

SUZY:

Oh dear.

10. OUTSIDE GENOM BUILDING. DAY.

(Niki, wearing an even slinkier outfit than before, is strolling up to the doors. A tall, beefy looking chap is there, looking tough and forbidding.)

NIKI (valley-girl) :

Hello.

GUARD:

Hello yourself.

NIKI (valley-girl) :

Iím Niki Oíbrien. Iím an investigative reporter for the Hakodate Star, and I was wondering if I could have a look around your lovely complex.

GUARD:

No.

NIKI:

(pouts) Pleeeeease?

GUARD:

No. No visitors without an appointment. Iím sorry.

NIKI:

(pouting even more.) Pretty please with sugar on? I want to write a story on genetic engineering as part of the struggle against really nasty diseases like cancer. This is the best facility in Japan for that kind of thing. Are you sure I canít come in?

GUARD:

No, not without an appointment. Iím sorry.

NIKI:

(Sulks, folds arms.) Well who do I have to sleep with to get an appointment?

(The guardís eyes pop out. Dissolve to:)

11. SUZY & NIKI'S LIVING ROOM. DAY.

(Nicole and Suzy and Mamo-chan are here, Suzy in Pretzel form.)

NICOLE:

My advice would be to just try doing things normally and see if your powers have changed anything much.

SUZY:

Why donít we just call down another lightning storm and see if we can reverse the process?

NICOLE:

No, donít be silly. If we can work out what your powers might include, this could be a big breakthrough in crime fighting in this city.

SUZY:

Who says I want to fight crime? Maybe Iíll become Pretzel Girl, the Coolest Supervillain that Japan has ever seen! Imagine that, a mysterious person who terrorises cities, robs banks and jewellery stores, and does something about that stupid Dutch theme park theyíve got down in Nagasaki... (she trails off. Nicole is making notes.) What?

NICOLE:

Well... (she finishes scribbling on a pad. Mamo-chan is giggling to himself.) I guess thatís power number one.

SUZY:

What? (Looks down. Sheís floating in mid air again.) Aargh! I donít want to fly!

MAMO:

But flying is fun, Suzy-chan! (He sort of floats up to where she is and tickles her with his little trunk.) Nee?

NICOLE:

Oh my. Two of them.

12. MYSTERIOUS ROOM. DAY.

(On a monitor, we can see Niki still talking to the security guard out the front. A mysterious figure is sitting in front of the monitor.)

FIGURE:

This reporter is likely to cause problems. We cannot have her poking around so soon after we have gained Dr Tomatoís assistance. Fyusha!

(Another figure, Fyusha, marches up to the mysterious figure.)

FYUSHA:

Yes, sir?

FIGURE:

Have her taken care of.

FYUSHA:

Any particular type of Ďtaken care ofí you want?

FIGURE:

Surprise me.

13. FRONT OF BUILDING AGAIN. DAY.

(Niki is pouting at the guard again. He is starting to sweat. There is a crackle of static and the walkie talkie on his belt (which was there all the time, I assure you) buzzes into life.)

FYUSHA (OOV, distort):

Now, Clarence, you know what I told you about being rude to guests.

GUARD:

Huh?

FYUSHA (OOV, distort):

Let Miss Oíbrien in. We must be courteous to our friends in the media. They have been most kind over the years.

GUARD:

Uh, yeah. Um. Miss Oíbrien, if you would like to come this way...

(He opens the door and ushers Niki inside. He closes it after her. There is the clunky-click of a complicated lock locking.)

14. DARK SPACE. DAY.

(Niki hears the door close behind her. There is a lot of darkness which she canít see through.)

NIKI:

Helloo! Anyone here?

(About a dozen beefy looking people emerge out of the shadows. They are armed to the teeth. Niki takes a step backwards.)

NIKI:

Um. I take it you guys arenít the welcoming committee...?

(They move in on her.)

15. OUTSIDE DOOR. DAY.

(The guard is here still. He listens at the door for a second. We hear:)

NIKI: (OOV):

Holy crap...!!!

(Sounds of a scuffle.)

GUARD:

I did warn her.

16. SUZY & NIKI'S LIVING ROOM. DAY.

(Suzy and Mamo-chan are still floating over Nicole, who is sitting on the couch.)

NICOLE:

Mamo-chan, do you think you could give Suzy some flying lessons?

SUZY:

What? Why should I take flying lessons from a bloody baby mammoth for goodness sake? This is embarrassing enough as it is!

NICOLE:

Because, Suzy, without Mamo-chanís help, you could just be stuck there for good!

SUZY:

Oh.

(There is a superimposed montage of events over Suzyís rather unimpressed face. The first is Suzy and Niki at their wedding. Suzy is still floating, about a metre above her new wife. The second is the set of Entertainment Tonight. Sheís floating above the announcer, who is getting a crick in his neck trying to interview her. The third is on a plane, where the flight attendants are giving her a dirty look, as she tries unsuccessfully to put on her seatbelt. The last one is in an old folks home, where she is floating around with an extra-tall Zimmer-frame.)

SUZY:

OK. Mamo-chan, help me out here.

MAMO:

Hai hai, Suzy-chan! Flying is fun, and easy too!

SUZY:

I hate this guy.

(Mamo-chan floats away from her. Big ultra-cute tears fill his eyes.)

MAMO:

Suzy-chan doesnít like Mamo-chan?

SUZY:

Oh, man. This superhero business stinks. Look, Iím sorry, Mamo-chan. Please, just teach me how to fly.

NICOLE:

Suzy, if I may butt in at this point, the flying seems to happen when youíre not thinking about flying so much as just about moving. Try using your brain power to will yourself places.

(Suzy screws up her face and concentrates hard.)

SUZY:

(Lots of effort.) This is worse than trying to open a pickle jar!

(Suddenly, just like a sticking door, she flies full tilt across the room and slams into the opposite wall. From here, she actually manages to fall to the floor.)

SUZY:

And that was worse than quadruple strength wasabi.

NICOLE:

You like quadruple strength wasabi.

SUZY:

(Getting to her feet.) Thatís why this was worse than it.

NICOLE:

Youíre silly.

SUZY:

Thanks. Right. Iíll try it again and see if I can not hurt myself as much this time.

17. SUZY & NIKI'S BACKYARD. DUSK.

(Itís obviously some time later. In fact itís starting to get dark. Suzy and Mamo-chan are flying around playing tag. Suzy is still a bit Greatest American Hero with the flying, but is improving all the time.)

MAMO:

Hee hee! Isnít this fun? Ne, Suzy?

SUZY:

(Swooping down and tagging him.) Gotcha! Yes, this is fun.

(Nicole comes out of the house.)

NICOLE:

Iím glad you two are getting along so well now. But Suzy, what time did Niki say sheíd be back?

SUZY:

Five.

NICOLE:

Sheís very late.

SUZY:

Do you think we should go look for her?

(Nicole looks worried for a moment, then shakes her head.)

NICOLE:

No, Iím sure sheís all right.

(Dissolve.)

18. EMPTYISH ROOM.

(Itís very dark and mysterious in here. Pan around slowly to reveal Niki, bruised and a bit bloody. Sheís tied to a chair, unconscious. Close on her. She stirs.)

Niki, unconscious and tied up.

NIKI:

Oh, my head...

(She shakes her head a bit and looks around the room.)

NIKI:

Well, I wanted to see inside the GENOM building. I guess this is it.

(From out of shot comes another groan.)

NIKI:

Hello? Anyone there?

(Thereís a shuffling noise from out of shot. Niki is looking around apprehensively.)

NIKI:

Whoís there?

(From the direction of the shuffling comes a voice.)

VOICE:

Who are you?

NIKI:

I asked first.

VOICE:

Did not.

NIKI:

Did too.

VOICE:

Did not.

NIKI:

Did to-- look this is silly. Are you tied up here as well?

VOICE:

Yes. And Iíve fallen over and I canít get up.

NIKI:

Whatís your name?

VOICE:

Donít like to say. Itís a bit embarrassing.

NIKI:

Well, Iím Niki Oíbrien. I work here in Hakodate as a journalist.

VOICE:

Iím not actually Japanese. I come from Australia.

NIKI:

Whatís your name? It canít be that embarrassing.

VOICE:

Euan.

NIKI:

Why are you tied up in the GENOM building? Shouldnít you be... I donít know, shearing kangaroos or something?

EUAN:

I was investigating some rumours about this corporation for the Australian Government. I got a bit careless and ended up here. I canít manage to get through the ropes theyíve tied me with, or Iíd have been out of here hours ago.

NIKI:

Well, weíre both pretty stuffed, arenít we?

EUAN:

I suppose so.

NIKI:

You speak very good Japanese.

EUAN:

Arigato. Iíve always been good at languages.

NIKI:

I canít speak very much English. The most useful phrase Iíve ever learnt is Ďget your hand off my butt

EUAN:

I suppose that might be kind of useful.

NIKI:

When youíre interviewing the President of the USA, itís the phrase every journalist says you need.

EUAN:

I see.

19. SUZY & NIKI'S LIVING ROOM. NIGHT.

(Suzy (normal), Nicole and Mamo-chan are here. They are looking rather worried.)

SUZY:

Maybe I should try calling GENOM. They might know where Niki is.

NICOLE:

I suppose it canít hurt. But be subtle. Donít mention Dr Tomato or anything vaguely illegal that they might have done.

20. MYSTERIOUS OFFICE. NIGHT.

(A mysterious office, as the name would suggest, with a large desk. Sitting at the desk is Fyusha, smoking a large black cigar. The phone rings.)

FYUSHA:

Hello? Yes, it is. And how can I help you, Miss Styles? The Hakodate Star reporter? No, she left about an hour and a half ago. We gave her an exclusive interview, big scoop. Yes. Iím sorry, I donít know. She was going to the office first, if thatís any help. Morning edition, you know. Very well. Thank you. Goodbye.

(He replaces the phone. He chews on his cigar for a while in a vaguely nervous fashion, drumming his fingers on the desk.)

FYUSHA:

Hmm. This could be a problem...

(He taps a control panel on the desk in front of him, and a large section of the wall opens up, revealing a large monitor.)

FYUSHA:

Shogun...

(The monitor flickers into life, revealing the mysterious figure from the last scene Fyusha was in. For ease of reference, he will be referred to as Q.)

Q:

Yes, Fyusha?

FYUSHA:

Someone has traced the girl here. I think itís dangerous to keep her.

Q:

Maybe so. Have you an idea for how to dispose of her without arousing suspicion?

FYUSHA:

Not really. This isnít really a contingency we were planning for.

Q:

Well, till you sort out a way to deal with this, we have to hang on to her.

FYUSHA:

I understand. And... the other one. The Australian. Should we hang on to him as well?

Q:

If the Australian Government want to start asking questions, theyíll have to admit that they sent him here. Itíll cause an international incident, and thatís not the kind of publicity they need right now.

FYUSHA:

Very well. Iíll get my operatives on to finding a way of disposing of the girl.

Q:

Good.

21. THE DARK CELL. NIGHT.

(Niki is here, tied up still. In the background, we can just see a dark silhouette which one would reasonably assume was Euan.)

NIKI:

Am I... am I on current affairs television?

EUAN:

No. Am I an actor?

NIKI:

Yes.

EUAN:

Famous?

NIKI:

Oh, yes.

EUAN:

Am I American?

NIKI:

No. Am I a presenter?

EUAN:

Yes.

NIKI:

Obnoxious and annoying and patronising as hell?

EUAN:

Definitely.

NIKI:

Daytime TV?

EUAN:

Yup.

NIKI:

Iím bloody Bert Newton, arenít I?

EUAN:

ĎFraid so. You win. Who was I?

NIKI:

Sean Connery.

EUAN:

Ah, of course. Might have known. So that makes it... five to me, seven to you.

(The door of the room opens. A large figure is sillouhetted against the light. He comes in. Itís the guard from the earlier scenes.)

CLARENCE:

Good evening, Miss Oíbrien. Iím here to take care of you.

EUAN:

Leave her alone.

(Clarence flicks on the light switch.)

CLARENCE:

Who are you? Oh, the idiot we caught earlier. Iím afraid, dear chap, that weíre going to have to deprive you of your... (leers at Niki.) charming companion.

EUAN:

I wouldnít do anything to hurt her if I were you, bud.

CLARENCE:

Brave words. But they wonít do any good.

(Clarence starts untying Nikiís ropes. Niki manages to turn around enough to see Euan. Heís still in a rather uncomfortable position on the floor. Much to her surprise, heís wearing a silver hat with wings, a red sweatshirt with a yellow lightning bolt, and blue jeans.)

NIKI:

What are you wearing? It looks like you went for a morning jog and took your cereal bowl with you.

EUAN:

I told you it was a bit embarrassing. Iíd rather not talk about it, if you donít mind.

CLARENCE:

Iím sorry to interrupt this discussion, but I have orders to take care of Miss Oíbrien.

EUAN:

Could you at least put me upright? Itís not very nice here on the floor.

(The guard looks at him, sighs, and leaves from untying Niki to move Euanís chair.)

EUAN:

Thanks awfully. (As he says this, we see in CU, Euan taking a pocket-knife from the guardís belt.) Itís really uncomfortable trying to lie on the floor when youíre tied to a chair.

CLARENCE:

Yeah, whatever. Come on, you. (Grabs Niki.) Weíre going on a lovely little trip over the local cliff.

NIKI:

Hey! Iím a member of the press! This isnít going to get you a good write-up, you know.

(As she speaks, we see Euan slicing through the ropes that are tying him up.)

NIKI:

I mean, itís very important for your public image that you donít alienate the members of the media who can sway public opinion about your operation. Donít you think so?

CLARENCE:

No. Not really. Besides, youíre not going to be able to give us a bad write-up if youíre dead, are you?

NIKI:

I didnít really think of that. Poo.

(A red flash zips past Clarence. He blinks, realises that Niki is no longer in his grasp, then realises that heís had a chair smashed over his head.)

CLARENCE:

Bugger.

(He falls over.)

22. GROUNDS OF GENOM BUILDING. NIGHT.

(The same red flash zips past. It stops behind a bush, revealing that it is actually Euan, with Niki in his arms.)

NIKI:

Hey! Put me down!

EUAN:

(Automatically) Sorry. (Beat.) Hey, I just saved your butt, donít I get a thank you?

NIKI:

Not till you get your hand off my left tit, you donít. Put me down.

(Euan blushes and drops her.)

EUAN:

Sorry. Itís justÖ kind of difficult to (making vague hand gestures at her chest.) like, you know, to avoid them. Theyíre kind of...

NIKI:

Big?

EUAN:

Er... yeah...

NIKI:

Well, as they say, dame wa dame, ne? Keep your hands to yourself and weíll get along just fine.

EUAN:

Hai.

NIKI:

Where are we?

EUAN:

Weíre in the grounds. I think we should be pretty safe for now. Díyou have a safe place around here anywhere, where we can lie low for a while?

NIKI:

Well, I live here. Is that going to help?

EUAN:

Right. Whereís your house? I can carry you if you like... (Heís looking a bit too eager.)

(Niki smiles at him.)

NIKI:

Be still, your raging hormones. We walk, OK?

23. OUTSIDE SUZY & NIKIíS PLACE. NIGHT.

(Niki and Euan walk up to the front door. All is dark. Thereís a note on the door.)

NIKI:

(Reading the note:) ĎDear Niki, we were worried and went to look for you. If you come back before we do, donít leave, weíll be back, love S. PS, I think Iíve got the hang of the flying thing.í Well, thatís a bit of a bugger. I wonder where theyíve gone?

EUAN:

Weíd better wait, I guess.

NIKI:

Havenít you got anywhere to go? Not that Iím trying to be rude, or anything, but I donít really know you, and you canít really blame me for being a bit reluctant to have you in my house.

EUAN:

I had a room in the local hotel, but the GENOM people raided it, and itís not safe for me to go back there.

NIKI:

OK. Just bear in mind that I have a licensed semi-automatic in my sock drawer, and if you try anything bad, youíll get it in the crotch.

(Euan winces, and looks hurt.)

EUAN:

Hey! Iím a nice guy! Iím a goodie!

NIKI:

All right. Iíll trust you for the moment. Come on in. (She opens the door.) I wonder where the others have gone?

(Dissolve to:)

24. SUZY & NIKIíS PLACE. NIGHT.

(CAPTION: ONE HOUR PREVIOUSLY.)

(Suzy (not pretzel) and Nicole are here. Mamo-chan has fallen asleep on a big cushion. He is snoring very cute baby mammoth snores.)

SUZY:

Iím getting really worried. Where could she have got to?

NICOLE:

Maybe we should try to find her.

SUZY:

Right. Iím taking some pretzels with me, just in case.

NICOLE:

Thatís not a good idea. Youíre not too good at your powers yet. Something could go very wrong.

SUZY:

Godsdammit, Nikiís out there, probably in trouble, and I want to use everything at my disposal to help her! If that includes using my new pretzel powers, then so be it!

NICOLE:

Donít get your pretzel in a knot. If you want to go look for her, thatís fine. Iíll come with you, though. Itís not safe for you to wander around by yourself.

SUZY:

What about Mamo-chan? We canít leave him by himself, but we canít take him with us.

NICOLE:

Leave him with Mrs Sigmatome next door. Sheís got a pet panda, so a baby mammoth shouldnít be too much of a strain. But... (she pauses looking uncomfortable.) could you take him round there? Mrs Sigmatome scares me.

SUZY:

(Smiles understandingly.) OK.

25. OUTSIDE BAR BY THE DOCKS. NIGHT.

(This bar is called the Te to Tamago. Itís a seedy dive, full of prostitutes and deviants and fellers wearing frocks, as the song goes. Suzy and Nicole are outside.)

SUZY:

I donít know if this is such a good idea. Why would Niki come here?

NICOLE:

Best ask her that. She gave me this placeís number once, in case I couldnít contact her at home.

SUZY:

How very strange. Youíre sure this is it?

NICOLE:

Yup. Shall we?

(They go in. Mix to:)

26. INSIDE TE TO TAMAGO. NIGHT.

(Itís a hole. Thereís a few very rough looking guys by the bar. Nicole goes up to one of them.)

NICOLE:

Evening, Humphrey. Nice night for it. Seen Niki about?

(Suzyís eyes are popping out - not only does this guy know Nicole, but apparently he also knows Niki.)

HUMPHREY:

Nah. Sheís not been in for a few days. I think she got a bit offended when I tried to hit on her.

NICOLE:

I told you not to risk it.

(Suzy is doing a passable impression of a kettle thatís about to boil. She barges up to Humphrey.)

SUZY:

YOU HIT ON MY GIRLFRIEND? IíM GOING TO RIP OFF YOUR SCROTUM AND EAT IT!

HUMPHREY:

Hey, steady on. She never said she was attached to anyone.

NICOLE:

She never said she wasnít though, did she?

HUMPHREY:

Thatís beside the point. Sheís got a nice set (makes vague curvy gestures) on her. I though it had to be worth a try.

SUZY:

YOU BASTARD!

(Sheís furious. Nicole is trying to calm her down, but without success. Suzy takes her pretzels from her pocket.)

SUZY:

Nobody but nobody messes with Pretzel Girlís girlfriend!

(She does her transformation. Most of the clientele look remarkably unimpressed with the display. However, Humphrey and his mates immediately look a lot more alert.)

HUMPHREY:

Interesting outfit, miss. Look, I donít want any trouble if you donít.

SUZY:

You should have thought of that before you tried to steal my woman! Put Ďem up!

(She plants herself in a fighting position. After a pause, Humphrey gets up as well. Suzy is rather taken aback by the fact that heís about seven times bigger than he looked sitting down.)

HUMPHREY:

You sure?

(Suzy looks hesitant for a moment, but pulls herself together.)

SUZY:

You bet!

NICOLE:

Suzy, this really isnít an appropriate way to use your powers--

SUZY:

Shut up. Come on, take your best shot.

(Humphrey shrugs, and punches her lightly. Suzy dances back a few steps, ducking and weaving. She looks a bit silly.)

SUZY:

Is that the best you can do?

NICOLE:

Suzy, if you donít stop this, Iím leaving.

SUZY:

Go ahead. Iíll take this guy down, no problem.

(Nicole sighs and walks to the door.)

SUZY:

Right. Now Iím gonna give you what for!

(A protracted fight ensues. Neither Suzy nor Humphrey seems to be gaining any upper hand; he because heís not really taking it seriously, and she because sheís not really that good at hand to hand. The rest of the patrons are basically ignoring the fight - itís par for the course here, the only difference being that one of the participants is wearing a weird costume and is occasionally flying.)

HUMPHREY:

Wouldnít you rather just sit down and talk over a beer?

SUZY:

No I would not!

27. OUTSIDE TE TO TAMAGO. NIGHT.

(Nicole is standing here, looking rather fed up. She is listening to the sounds from inside the bar. We get the occasional dinky caption saying ĎKRUNKí ĎDINGí ĎFURNUNGLEí ĎKAPRUKí ĎWHAPí flying past her. She watches them without interest.)

NICOLE:

Completely stupid.

28. INSIDE TE TO TAMAGO. NIGHT.

(Humphrey has Suzy with her back against the bar. Sheís not in too much danger.)

SUZY:

Hah! Now watch as I use my amazing Pretzel Powers to smash you over the head with this table!

(She seizes one of those huge tables that seat forty and are made of something very heavy, and holds it over her head, about to thump Humphrey with it. However, at this juncture, the bartender comes out of her little back room, and puts a bowl of beer-nuts down on the bar, right behind Suzy.)

BARTENDER:

Hereís the nuts you wanted, Humphrey. Are you going to be long with this girl?

(Suzy screams. Somehow, her super-strength is failing her.)

SUZY:

Oh, no!

(Her knees start to buckle, under the weight of the table sheís holding over her head. She collapses with the table on top of her. Dramatic closeup on a black-clad hand catching it before it crushes her completely.)

MYSTERIOUS NEWCOMER:

Come on. Get out of there.

(Suzy crawls out from under the table. She looks up in surprise at the person who has just saved her butt.)

SUZY:

Who are you?

(The person is standing in the standard Ďproud superheroí pose; hands on hips, chest stuck out, hair blowing in the wind. Heís wearing a black cowl, though, which makes the wind-blowing thing a bit tricky. The rest of his costume is all in skin-tight black spandex, except for a yellow stripe which goes up both sleeves and forms a ĎWí on his chest. Heís also wearing yellow boots.)

NEWCOMER:

Letís just say that Iím the Number One superhero around here. Now, may I ask who you are, and why you attacked Humphrey here?

SUZY:

He... He... (she suddenly realises that sheíd attacked a pretty innocent guy over something really petty.) I... He tried to hit on my girlfriend. And Iím Pretzel Girl.

NUMBER ONE:

Pretzel Girl? Youíre new, then.

SUZY:

Yes. Um.

NUMBER ONE:

Why donít you apologise to poor Humphrey, and we can go somewhere quiet and Iíll tell you about the way we expect superheroes to behave in Hakodate.

SUZY:

Um. Sorry, Humphrey. I wasnít thinking.

HUMPHREY:

No hard feelings, Pretzel Girl. Just remember - Iím not a bad guy. Youíre not meant to hit me.

SUZY:

Yes. Sorry.

(Suzy and her mysterious benefactor walk out the door.)

29. OUTSIDE TE TO TAMAGO. NIGHT.

(Suzy and her companion walk past Nicole.)

NICOLE:

You finished making a fool of yourself?

SUZY:

Yes. Um. Mr Number One Superhero, this is my friend and advisor, Nicole.

NUMBER ONE:

Charmed Iím sure. My real superhero name is the Wee-Wee Man, but you can call me Ian.

SUZY:

The Wee-Wee Man?!??!?!?

WEE-WEE MAN:

Yes. Thatís why I prefer Ian.

SUZY:

Um. Iím Suzy.

IAN:

Right, Suzy. Now the first rule of being a proper crime-fighting superhero is this - Donít ever use your super powers to beat up the guy who tried to hit on your girlfriend. Particularly if he didnít actually get anywhere with her.

SUZY:

I know. Iím sorry. (She sighs.)

NICOLE:

Now that weíve got that lot sorted out, letís go home. Ian, would you come with us? I think your influence could be very useful for Pretzel Kamen here.

IAN:

Very wise. I think you need a lot of looking after, young lady.

(They walk off.)

SUZY:

Um... Ian, are there any other superheroes in this area? You said you were Number One, does that mean that thereís more than just one of you?

IAN:

Yes. We have a small community of extra-normal people around here. You may meet them someday. If youíre good.

NICOLE:

I think weíd better go home.

30. SUZY & NIKIíS PLACE. NIGHT.

(The whole gang - ie, Suzy, Niki, Nicole, Euan, the Wee-wee Man, and Mamo-chan - are sitting around a table drinking coffee.)

NIKI:

This has got to be one of the weirdest days Iíve ever had.

IAN:

I know what you mean. Your story is quite amazing. And you, Euan. Iíve never met an Australian superhero before.

EUAN:

There are a few of us.

SUZY:

How did you get your super speed powers?

EUAN:

Well, it was a bit silly, really. I was in my Uncle Barryís lab in the middle of a thunderstorm. There was a lightning strike, and when I woke up I could go really fast.

IAN:

How extraordinary. What kind of scientist is your uncle? Nuclear physics? Particle phenomena?

EUAN:

Um, no. Heís not a scientist.

IAN:

But you said you were in his lab.

EUAN:

Yes, heís got a lab. But itís not a science lab.

NIKI:

So what was he doing?

EUAN:

He... makes stuff.

NICOLE:

What, chemical weapons? Nerve gas?

EUAN:

Homebrew.

SUZY:

Beer?

EUAN:

Yes.

IAN:

Oh my.

NICOLE:

I suggest we all go to sleep. Itís been a very busy day for all concerned. Euan, if you want to stay here, Iíve got room for Ian back at my place.

IAN:

Thank you, but Iíd better go back to my own house.

(He gets up to go. As heís leaving, he hands Suzy a piece of cardboard.)

IAN:

Hereís my card if you need to get in contact with me. Good night, Pretzel Girl.

(He leaves. Suzy reads the card.)

SUZY:

ĎIan P. Daly and Associates, Chartered Accountants.í Good grief. Heís a bean counter.

MAMO:

Mamo-chan wants to sleep, Suzy. Letís all go sleepy-bo-bos.

SUZY:

OK. Euan, you can have the spare room since youíve got no hotel room left.

NICOLE:

Iíll be back in the morning to help formulate a strategy to help find Dr Tomato. In the meantime, goodnight.

NIKI:

Bye. ĎNight, Nicole. And, Euan? (He looks up, vaguely hopeful.) Thanks for saving my butt.

31. SUZY & NIKIíS PLACE. DAY.

(The group are having a council of war over breakfast.)

NIKI:

I think thereís definitely something fishy going on. Euan, did you see anything like a lab or something when you were there?

EUAN:

I got a very good idea of the layout of the compound. How about I draw you a diagram?

NICOLE:

How detailed can you make it?

EUAN:

Pretty detailed. Have you got a plan?

NICOLE:

I think so. Weíre going to need some help from Ian, though.

SUZY:

Iíll phone him.

32. GENOM COMPOUND GROUNDS. NIGHT.

(There are two guards on the door. They are looking alert and on-the-ball. We hear a very soft rustling in some bushes. Pan in - here we see Pretzel Girl, the Wee-Wee Man, and Nicole. They are ready to make their move.)

NICOLE (whispers):

Go!

(Ian pulls a strange face. Pan across to the guards. One of them (our old friend from yesterday) makes a strange face.)

CLARENCE:

Um. Francis, could you hang on here for a second? Iíve got to...

(He doesnít finish, but drops his rifle and bolts.)

FRANCIS:

Oi! Get back here! Iíve got to go and...

(With a moment of uncertainty, Francis also drops his rifle and makes a bolt as well.)

33. OUTSIDE LAVATORY.

(Clarence, followed a few minutes later by Francis, dash inside. There is a long silence.)

34. GENOM COMPOUND GROUNDS. NIGHT.

(Nicole, Pretzel Girl, and the Wee-Wee man, crouching behind the bushes.)

NICOLE:

Good one, Ian. Letís go.

(They move in.)

35. CORRIDOR. NIGHT.

(The three are walking stealthily down the corridor, looking around.)

SUZY:

Euan said the control centre would be around here somewhere. (Points.) Down there.

(They go down a corridor on the left.)

NICOLE:

OK. I guess this is it.

(They can see a pair of guards on a door.)

SUZY:

Ian, can you get rid of them?

IAN:

Gotcha.

(The guards start looking uncomfortable. Then they both sprint.)

NICOLE:

This is incredible. Itís a very interesting power you have there, Ian.

IAN:

Thank you. Shall we?

(They go to the door and go in.)

36. CONTROL ROOM. NIGHT.

(A figure, Q, is sitting at a desk in front of a large bank of monitors.)

Q:

I see you have got here, Pretzel Girl.

SUZY:

Itís over, pal. Give yourself up.

Q:

Oh, I donít think so.

(A door opens, and Fyusha, in a ninja costume, cartwheels in.)

FYUSHA:

Orraaa! Itiyorshu! Yutimishu! Prepare to be flattened!

(He attacks them, in a very anime-esqe manner. Suzy punches him. He goes flying, but lands on his feet and is still pretty unharmed.)

SUZY:

Youíre just delaying the inevitable, matey. Why donít you just come quietly?

FYUSHA:

You may have your super powers, Pretzel Girl, but you made a mistake bringing this civilian into the compound!

(He does an elaborate series of backflips and somersaults, and grabs Nicole around the neck.)

FYUSHA:

Iím gonna snap your little friendís neck.

NICOLE:

Crap you are.

(Fyusha is now subjected to a long and complicated beating by Nicole, who has a martial arts skill to rival Ranma or Akane (or Kaoru).)

NICOLE:

Right. (She plants her foot on his neck.) Now will you come quietly? There are people at the police station who are very interested in what you guys have been doing.

Q:

You have no jurisdiction here.

IAN:

She mightnít, but I do. (He whips out a badge.) I am a special detective with the Hakodate police. You and you little friend here are going to jail, pal.

Q:

You have no proof.

SUZY:

Oh, donít we?

(She taps a panel on his desk. One of the monitors lights up. On it we see a science lab, where Dr Tomato stands. Behind him is Euan, in his Flash outfit.)

EUAN:

Hi, Suzy. All clear over here. We have neutralised the area and rescued Dr Tomato.

SUZY:

We have evidence that you kidnapped this innocent scientist to help your scientists take over the world.

Q:

I did? I donít think you could have any evidence of that, my dear. Any good lawyer will be able to prove that your story is quite tenuous.

NICOLE:

Not quite, bozo. We have a witness.

Q:

What? Who?

(On the monitor, Mamo-chan floats into view. He is wearing a little Robin-style mask.)

MAMO:

Watashi! Mamo-chan saw you and the man on the floor come into the lab and kidnap Tomato-sensei!

Q:

And Iím supposed to believe a talking mammoth?

SUZY:

It doesnít matter. He is able to give evidence against you, and thatís enough for the courts to put you away for a very long time.

NICOLE:

Come on. Letís go. Or did you plan to try to escape, like your friend here? (She stomps on Fyusha some more.)

Q:

No. Iíll come with you. But the owners of this corporation will not stand for my being arrested. We will have the finest lawyers in the land defend me.

SUZY:

Yeah, right. Letís go. Euan, weíll meet you and Dr Tomato outside, where we came in.

37. OUTSIDE GENOM BUILDING. NIGHT.

(The gangís all here - Pretzel Girl, Wee-wee Man, Flash, Mamo-chan, Nicole, Dr Tomato, Q, and Fyusha. Theyíve just met up with Niki.)

SUZY:

So, did you get all that, Niki-chan?

NIKI:

Hai. All recorded. (She pats a large tape recorder.) You can take off the mikes now if you like. This is going to make a terrific story.

IAN:

Iím going to take these two characters down to the station. Want to come, Euan?

EUAN:

Cool. Letís go.

(They wander off.)

SUZY:

You know, Niki, I think Euanís got a bit of a crush on you.

NIKI:

I know. I asked Ian to have a word to him. If I tried to tell him about you and me myself it might sound a bit fake.

NICOLE:

I think youíre right. Letís get home. Coming, Mamo-chan?

MAMO:

Un. But what is wrong with Tomato-sensei?

(They look. The doctor hasnít actually moved, and is standing staring into space.)

NICOLE:

Looks like some kind of mind control serumís been used on him. Weíll figure out a way to fix him. Letís go home.

38. SUZY & NIKI'S PLACE. DAY.

(Itís early morning. Niki has just got off the phone. Everyone else (Suzy, Nicole, Ian, Euan and Mamo-chan) is sitting around having breakfast.)

NIKI:

I spoke to Commissioner Bennett. Apparently, the GENOM corporation are denying any knowledge of Dr Tomato being kidnapped or anything. Theyíve hung the two we caught out to dry.

SUZY:

Well, GENOM might still be there, but we can always keep them on the ball. Weíll get them eventually.

NICOLE:

Dr Tomato should be OK after a good nightís sleep, as well. As a first outing this wasnít such a bad result. Team Pretzel has come out on top.

(Everyone gives her a funny look.)

SUZY:

Iím still not so good with these powers. But if you guys stick by me, Iím sure I can make it through.

EUAN:

Well, I actually canít stay. The Australian Government wants me back to give them a report.

IAN:

And Iíve got to get off to work. If I donít get the figures finished on the Koishikawa deal, theyíll have my head.

(Ian finishes his coffee and picks up his briefcase. He goes to the door.)

IAN:

But well done. You all did very well. Pretzel Girl, you can now proudly include yourself in Japanís collection of superheroes.

(Goes out. Euan stands up.)

EUAN:

Iíd better go. I have to be back in Canberra by ten local time. Itís been fun. And thanks for everything.

(He vanishes in a red zap.)

NICOLE:

Iím off to the surgery. That Tofu bloke is just too weird. He spent the entire first day on the job dancing around the streets with my lab skeleton.

MAMO:

Nicole-sensei take Mamo-chan with her? Mamo-chan likes fun outing!

NICOLE:

You can come if you like.

(Nicole goes out the door. Mamo-chan floats after her.)

NICOLE:

Iíll have Mamo-chan back by five.

(Niki and Suzy are now alone in the room. Suzy is giving Niki a funny look.)

SUZY:

I donít trust you. Is this all your doing?

NIKI:

(Big, innocent eyes.) I donít know what you mean. All what?

SUZY:

You know. Everyoneís gone and left us alone. Thatís the kind of thing youíd do.

NIKI:

Well... Now that you mention it...

(She pounces on Suzy.)

NIKI:

Show me your amazing Pretzel Powers!

(Suzy giggles, responding to Niki as well. The camera pans up and out of the house. We see Nicole and Mamo-chan wandering down the street. Ian can be seen in the distance getting on a bus. Pan up lots more. Japan is there in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Thereís the rest of the Asia-Pacific region. Pan up further. The world is hanging in space.)

The end...for now!