MANEHATTEN DOCKS, THE VENTURE
RD enters her cabin looking flustered. She is then startled to find a large looking crimson colored earth pony stallion with an orange mane, he was well dressed in a shabby sort of way, it was the famous writer Big Micintosh waiting for her.
RD: Sweet Celestia, Big Mac - you scared me!
Dash crosses to a cabinet and breaks into a crate of golden cider
RD:Listen, if anypony comes to the door, don’t open it. You haven’t seen me ... say I got depressed and committed suicide. Say I stuck my head down a toilet!
Dash then offers Big Mac a bottle of golden cider.
RD: You want one?
BIG MAC: No! I can’t stay, Dash. I have a
rehearsal for which I am now ...
Big Mac checks his watch
BIG MAC:... three hours late.
Big Mac throws a few Script Pages across the table.
RD: What’s this?
BIG MAC: It’s the script.
RD: This is a script? Big Mac... this is
BIG MAC: I know - but they’re good! You’ve got
fifteen good pages there, Dashie!
RD:I’m supposed to be making a feature
BIG MAC: You told me I had more time. I’m
sorry. Look I gotta go.
RD: Big Mac - No - you can’t do this to me! I have a beginning but I need a middle and an end! I gotta have something to
The Ships Engines roar into life ... Big Mac stands to leave.
BIG MAC:You got my notes - I gotta go. See
Dashie was dismayed. She stares blankly at the rush of activity through the Porthole window behind Big Mac.The Venture's crew hurriedly release ropes in preparation for the ship’s imminent departure. then suddenly Dash’s expression slowly changes...
RD: Alright, fine. We might as well settle
Big Mac looks astonished as Dash pulls out her cheque book.
BIG MAC: You’re going to pay me?
RD: I’m not going to stiff a friend.
BIG MAC: I’ve never known you to volunteer cash
RD: How does two grand sound?
BIG MAC: Sounds great!
RD: Thought it might.
Dashie's eyes flick to the window as she sees Pony Sailors are hauling up the Gangplank.
Dashie signs the cheque, and hands it over with a Flourish...
RD(signing with a flourish): Voila!
Big Mac snatches the cheque and turns to leave.
BIG MAC: Thanks...
Big Mac then glances at it.
BIG MAC: Dashie ... you’ve written “Two Grand”.
RD takes the cheque back ...
RD:So I did ... Sorry about that Let’s start from the beginning.
(writing) “Two Thousand Bits”.
Below Deck The ship’s pistons pump faster. as many of the Saliors were getting it ready. back in Dash's cabin RD was still writing up a cheque for Big Mac. RD looks up at Big Mac,with a confused look on her face.
RD:It is the 29th, isn’t it?
BIG MAC (anxious) : Come on - it’s the 25th, Dash, the
While this was happening Big Mac suddenly realises the Ship is about to leave.
RD: I’m sorry. Let me just ... It’ll just
take a second.
Dashie screws up the cheque again! The vibration of the engines
picks up. Big Mac heads for the door!
BIG MAC:Never mind, pay me when you get back!
RD(knowing): Alright ... okay ...
while Big Mac was trying to find a way off of the ship Fluttershy was busy helping a pure white Unicorn stallion with a blond mane and Tail. Blue Blood the star of Dash's movie was walking along the corridor with Fluttershy following behnd leden with luggage.Blue Blood is in his early thirties ... He is quick witted, sophisticated and charming but his career as a screen actor has badly stalled.
FLUTTERSHY:Your cabin’s just down here, Mr. Blue blood. May I say how excited we are to have you back with us, Sir.
Big Mac is hurrying down the corridor towards the Door. He
feels the ship moving! He suddenly collides with Blue Blood, who
thrusts a suitcase at him.
BIG MAC: Excuse me I'm in a hurry.
BLUE BLOOD: Excuse me old chap Be a sport and lend us a hand.
Big Mac then hears the engines going faster.
BIG MAC: Sweet Celestia!
Big Mac looks desperately out of the porthole, doubles back and bolts away
BLUE BLOOD (dryly): Appreciate the help, fella.
FLUTTERSHY: Let me get the door for you - welcome to your state room sir.
Blue Blood is clearly unimpressed with the tiny cabin. He
reacts to the smell.
FLUTTERSHY:I know, that’s not a nice smell is it? I’m sure it’ll disperse in a day or two. Did I ever mention how much I love your work, Mr. Baxter? I’ve seen every one of your pictures ... even
the silent ones.
BLUE BLOOD: I haven’t made any silent ones.
Blue Blood gently closes the Door in Fluttershy's face - leaving her
silently wimpering to herself in the corridor.
Twilight watches the Venture pull away from the dock ...
Satisfied, she enters the wheelhouse, meeting up with an orange earth pony with a blond mane, wearing a hat, a blond tail, and green eyes.
TWILIGHT: Dead slow ahead both, Applejack.
AJ: Dead slow ahead both, Captain.
Big Mac emerges from the labyrinthine ship interior and
rushes to the rail of the ship ... he freezes in horror!
BIG MAC: Oh Crud!
The SHIP is PULLING AWAY from the DOCK ... 6 feet ...7 feet ... Big Mac contemplates jumping for a moment, but then hesitates
BIG MAC: Dammit!
Police Cars race along the docks towards the venture, Sirens wailing.
On the ship Big Mac slumps on the deck in despair. He’s missed his chance to
get off the ship.
Dash steps up behind Big Mac, just as a Police carrage, followed by
Gilda and the Investors, pull up on the docks in the distance.
RD: I keep telling you, Mac, there’s no
money in theatre.
The Venture steams past the lights of Manehattan.
RD:You’re much better off sticking with film.
BIG MAC: I don’t do it for the money, Dash. I happen to love the theatre.
Big Mac looks at her exasperated as Dash casually taps her Pipe
on the rail of the boat.
RD: No, you don’t. If you really loved it, you would have
The Venture pulls away from the docks, passing under the
On the Venture Rarity tests her mattress with her hooves. Rarity straightens & turns, perching on the edge of the bunk.
FLUTTERSHY (apologetic): I hope you find it to your liking... it’s quite comfortable. Your towels and linens are underneath the bed. That is the wash basin. I know, that’s not a pleasant smell - is it? I’m sure it’ll disperse in a day or two.
Fluttershy dances over to the Wardrobe.
FLUTTERSHY: The closet ... your costumes - I hope you’ll find everything is in order. If there is anything that you need, please do not hesitate to ask...fresh water, perhaps? I can bring it to you
Fluttershy is interrupted by a knock on the cabin door.The door opens and Rainbow Dash enters. she thrusts a bottle of Cider into Rarity’s hooves.
RD: Knock knock! We can’t have our leading lady deprived of the necessities of life.
Do me a favour - run a bottle down to
Big Mac. It’ll fend off his migraine.
FLUTTERSHY: They’re still trying to find a place
for him to sleep.
RD (to FLUTTERSHY): You told him my typewriter is available for hire?
FLUTTERSHY: Yes - he didn’t take it well.
Fluttershy departs down the corridor.
RARITY (confused): Mr. McIntosh?
RD turns and looks at Rarity.
RARITY: He’s on board?
RD: Big Mac has his heart set on coming. Call me a softie - I couldn’t say no.
In The Ventures hold Big Mac was being shown around by an earth pony mare with a Light apple greenish grey coat, Cobalt blue mane and tail with light fuchsia strips, and arctic blue eyes, her name was Bon Bon. she was showing Big Mac to his sleeping quarters, carrying blankets. Big Mac stares in disbelief at the dingy hold strewn with straw bales and empty animal cages. He reacts to the smell.
BON BON: This room very comfortable, plenty dim
light ... fresh straw.
BIG MAC: What’d you keep down here?
BON BON: Lion, tiger, hippo - you name it.
BIG MAC: What, do you sell them to Zoos?
BON BON: Zoos ... circus ...Skipper get's big money for rare animals.
(alarmed)Careful! the Camel had a bad accident on floor. the Stain is unremovable .
Big Mac looks down. He’s standing in a dark, viscous Puddle of gunge.
BON BON:Skipper can catch any animal you want. she'll
do you real good price on white rhino.
Bon Bon clams up as Twilight strolls into the hold.
TWILIGHT: My apologies for not being able to offer you a cabin. Have you found an enclosure to your taste?
BIG MAC (dryly): Spoilt for choice.
Twilight surveys a couple of large cages.
TWILIGHT: What are you, Mr. McIntosh, a lion or
Big Mac opens a cage large enough to sleep in.
BIG MAC: Maybe, I’ll take this one.
He steps back with suprise as a wooden crate topples, spilling
out a large medical bottle. Bon Bon looks up in shock as the bottle
rolls towards Twilight who coolly traps it with her front hoof.
TWILIGHT: I told you to lock it up.
BON BON (scared): Sorry, Skipper! Lyra said -
TWILIGHT (interrupts):Lyra doesn’t give the orders. What are you trying to do? Put the whole ship to sleep? Get them out of here!
Twilight gives the bottle to a nervous Bon Bon. Big Mac stares at the crates stacked in the cage, they were all marked “Chloroform”