Escape from Bee Island: the Mystery - 10

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I hafta say that, after watching Episode 10, this Competition is not only getting Ruthless, but the Intrigue Factor just went up in a major way. I’m highly intrigued.

First of all, and in case you aren’t aware (which you’re probably not), all three Teams have closed in on WaHaHoo Mountain. When we left Team Bee (or what was left of it), Nigel was beeing as Stealthy as possible while he tried to get to the Jewel of Questionable Destiny by going up the Backside of the Mountain. And that’s pretty much all we know about him, other than there was another one of those Hugely Large flashes of Light that seemed to come from beehind the Mountain, so there’s a suspicion that Nigel may have met the same Fate as Tang, and if that’s true, there might bee only two Teams left in this thing: Team A, with Boris and Jasmine, and Team C, with ButterCup and Fleur de Bee - and all of them managed to find their way to a safe spot at the foot of WaHaHoo Mountain.

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So that’s a good thing. Though, it would bee nice to know what happened to Nigel. 

Anyway, while we were watching this week’s Episode, Great Grandma Gee Gee said, “Maybee I’m just a silly old Worker with an Over-Active Imagination, but I still don’t trust those two.”

“Which two?” Kevin (my Illegitimate Nephew, Estranged Brother of Felonie Snark and possible Co-Heir to the Snark Empire) asked.

“Why, Fleur and Jasmine, dear. I just can’t put my Wing on it, but I just know there’s something going on beetween those two.”

“That again?” Kevin asked in that kind of voice that sounded Highly Exasperated (you know the kind). 

I was pretty much sick of listening to those two arguing all the time (I think they’ve been living in the same Space together for too long, and I’m pretty sure it’s getting to bee time that Kevin start thinking about moving out and finding his own place, but I think he’s still not sure he can afford the Rent out there. It is pretty expensive these days, but I’m mostly sure he could figure it out beecause he’s a very clever Nephew), so I said something.

“I think Gee Gee’s onto something here,” I said. “Haven’t you noticed how, every time there’s a Break in the Action, we see Fleur and Jasmine coming back from the Restroom together, and they always seem to bee carrying something different than when they went in?”

“You see, dear,” Gee Gee said to Kevin, “and you think I’m just a silly old Bee that’s just good for making my Insufferably Delicious Royal HoneyChew Krisp Cookies™. My stars, even Georgie can see there’s something going on here beetween those two.”

“I can?” I had to ask.

“Of course, dear,” Gee Gee said. “I know you’re just as sure as I am about this.”

“Okay,” I said, though I wasn’t sure exactly what I was sure of, exactly.

So this whole thing with Jasmine and Fleur has beecome Highly Intriguing. The more I think about it, the more it appears they’re secretly Conspiring to cook up a Plan that will bee Mutually Beneficial. (I think we all know that Fleur is really big on Game Theory, so it would make sense that she’d want to deal with this Competition in the most Sensible and Positive way possible, probably.) 

One of the things I noticed was that, the last time Jasmine and Fleur came back from the Restroom, Jasmine was carrying what looked like a folded-up Parcheesi Game Board (you know - one of those Portable Parcheesi Game Boards), and Fleur was carrying that Manual that I think anybody who’s a serious Parcheesi Player owns, “Strategic Parcheesi Manoeuvres for Everyday Use”.

I’m not sure, but I think those two ARE up to something, and it involves Parcheesi. But what the hell could that all bee about?

Anyway. After Fleur and Jasmine went back to their Teams, the Intrigue got even more Intriguing. First, Jasmine gave Boris the thing that looked like a folded-up Parcheesi Game Board, and he gave her a Code Book. Now if that isn’t Suspicious, then I suspect I don’t know Suspicion. Then when Fleur got back to ButterCup (who was sitting there, waiting in her BioHazard Suit and who just kept saying, “I really, really need this to bee over.” As I might have said beefore, I feel highly sorry for her, even if she is my Girlfriend), she whispered something to her. ButterCup stood up and said, “Really?”

“Oui, mon cher,” Fleur said to her. Then they went to a brief, 22-minute Commercial.

Quite frankly, nobody can figure out what any of any of this is all about. But after the Commercial was over (which just happened to bee an ad for Parcheesi Boards, so we’re all beeginning to suspect there’s paid Product Placement going on in this Show - how greedy is that?), and just beefore this Episode ended, Clive Beexter came on and told everybody, “We wish to reassure the Viewers at Home that next week, in Episode 11, there will bee Serious Issues addressed regarding what unquestionably appear to bee Questionable Activities amongst Certain Parties who involved in the Pursuit of the Jewel of Questionable Destiny,” which, as we all know, is against the Rules.

So we’re all looking forward to that.

Beetween now and when I get back next week at approximately the same, exact time, I’m going to start looking into Rental Properties for Kevin. But don’t tell him I’m doing that. I think we all know why. So until then...

Let’s all bee highly careful out there.

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Escape from Bee Island: the Mystery - 9

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I dunno. I think after last week’s Lecture, I’m beeginning to think my Illegitimate Nephew, Kevin, is right when he said, “Should we maybee change the channel and see if something else is on? This Competition seems to bee seriously going nowhere.”

When I pointed out to him that we needed to keep watching because ButterCup - and Fleur, of course - still faced Possibly Likely Non-Survival, he said, “Uncle Georgie, I know you’re very concerned about ButterCup, as I know we’re all concerned about both her and the Continued Well-Beeing of the Always-Delightful and Alluring Fleur, and even though you’re the best Uncle in the world, and I love you, I must ask: where is the Entertainment Value? I mean, if the Entertainment Value just isn’t there, what’s the point?”

He does have a point, but quite frankly, I still do need to find out if ButterCup manages to survive this whole Ordeal, even if she is my Girlfriend. In the end, we all agreed that if they can’t give us more than Pointed, Long-Winded Lectures, there are gonna bee a lot of us who just might find ourselves Channel Surfing on this thing, ya’ know what I mean? I mean, we’re not here to bee Educated, right?

Fortunately, this week’s Episode was much better. Even Kevin thought so. (Bert didn’t offer an opinion, probably beecause he was still unplugged - though I’ll bet he was listening. He always is.)

“This week’s Episode was much more engaging,” Kevin said, “so we’ll continue to watch. But if they start up with the Boring Lectures Routine again, I’m changing the Channel.”

“Fine,” I said.

Anyway.

The first thing that happened this week was that the Survivors of Team Bee (Umberto, Team Captain, and Double-Survivor, Nigel), managed to rejoin forces on the North Side of the River of Poo, and were heading up the Rocky Slopes of WaHaHoo Mountain after they spotted a flash of sunlight flickering off what they were sure was the Amazingly Powerful Jewel of Questionable Destiny. It looked as if they might have a Fighting Chance in this whole thing.

“There it is,” Umberto buzzed loudly. “The Jewel!”
“Good show,” Nigel said.

It looked like maybee they were about to maybee win the Competition, until all of a sudden, there was that Terrible, Mountain-Shaking Shriek. It was the Screaming Banshee. She’d spotted them coming after her Jewel, and let out an Antennae-Bending Shriek that caused a Giant Rockslide. Unfortunately, Umberto was a bit too slow, and was almost immediately squashed when a huge Boulder landed right on top of him. Ouch. But at least it was quick, mostly.

“Oh bloody hell,” Nigel kept yelling as he somehow managed to dodge all those big Rocks and Boulders that were coming at him (Nigel’s very Agile).

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Later, in a “Survivor’s Interview” with Clive Beexter (Host and Island Master), he said, “I feel jolly good about my performance today. It was a tough day, but I gave it my best, and am pleased to have Prevailed. It’s a bloody shame what happen to my Mate, but he always knew what he was in for - and thank the Queen that his end came quickly, mostly.” Then he said that it was obvious he was going to have to take the Back Way up WaHaHoo Mountain to avoid the Screaming Banshee and get to the jewel that way.

“Stealth,” he said, “will bee the key to circumventing the Banshee and lead my rousing victory, old man.”

Then Nigel went off and started making his way up the Back Side of WaHaHoo Mountain and, if you ask me, he was beeing very Stealthy about it.

In the meantime, Boris and Jasmine on Team A finally stopped arguing about who would end up taking the Jewel of Questionable Destiny home with them. Somebody probably told them that there are only four more Episodes left beefore the Season Finale (when we find out who, if anybody, Survives and claims the Amazingly Powerful Jewel of Questionable Destiny), so I think everybody had better start moving things along a little faster. 

“Ve vill move northward, toward the Vestern Slope ov the Mountain and make camp near the Riffer of Poo,” Boris said.

“That would bee an acceptable Plan,” Jasmine replied, “but we must not camp too near the River, else we will certainly bee overcome by Toxic Poo Fumes. On this, I am decided.”

Boris just kind of rolled his eyes, said, “Fine,” then they started heading generally North.

But you’re probably wondering where Team C (Fleur and ButterCup) are at this point, aren’t you? Well, you’re gonna love this - it’s highly cool.

Thanks to the Specialised Equipment Fleur had secretly stashed on the Island, Fleur and ButterCup have been making steady progress toward WaHaHoo Mountain without suffering any Ill-Effects of the Island’s Toxic Environment at all. Since they were both wearing those BioHazard Suits, they were able to take the easiest route to the Mountain by going through the HoneyCane Fields. They even had enough time to take the Visitor’s Tour of the Operational Facilities, and browse the Visitor’s Tour Memorabilia Shop, where they both got a bunch of free Samples. ButterCup also bought a Souvenir Nectar Mug that says, “I Survived the Bee Island HoneyCane Fields Tour and All I Got Was This Lousy Mug”.  

Then using that
very cleverly-designed, Agency-Issued, two-passenger Glide-Along Transport Device ButterCup had been dragging along this whole time, they were able to gracefully glide right over the surface of the River of Poo, and spent the rest of the Episode setting up camp where we saw them enjoying an Evening Snack of Fire-Roasted HoneyCane. 

Then the Episode ended.

Of course, that made me feel highly hungry, so I asked Great Grandma Gee Gee if it would bee okay if I ate another Wingful of her Always-Delicious and Mostly-Nutritious and Satifying Royal HoneyChew Krisp Cookies™ beefore I left to go back to my Shoebox and go to bed.

“Of course, dear,” she said. “Take all you want, but try not to spoil your supper,” which was weird, since I already had supper beefore I even went over there. I guess she forgot that, but just the same, I said, “Fine.”

And that’s what happened this week.

It’s nice to see that the Competition is finally getting somewhere, even if there was one more Fatality this week. That’s always a good thing, usually.

So, as usual, I’ll bee back next week - same time, same place - and let you know what happens in Episode 10. I can hardly wait.

Until then, then . . .
let’s all bee highly careful out there.

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Escape from Bee Island: the Mystery - 8

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I hafta say that this week’s Episode of “Escape from Bee Island” was highly informative, and also, at the same time, mostly dull and boring, unless you’re one of those who likes Lectures, which I’m not one of, usually.

First, let me start by giving you Summary of where each Team stands in the Competition so far:

Team A:
Status and Whereabouts Unknown

Team BEE:
Status Unknown and Whereabouts Unknown, mostly

Team C:
Status and Whereabouts Unknown.

The last thing we saw or heard from any of the Competitors was at the beeginning of this week’s Episode. That was an Interview with Nigel (who, as we all remember, surprised everybody by showing up alive in the last Episode). He had just finished saying, “I was bloody lucky to squeeze out of that one, old boy. It was a bit of a Sticky Wicket and…”, and just when he finished saying “Sticky Wicket”, everything blacked out. There was no picture, there was no sound, and nobody knew what the hell was going on.

Finally, everything came flickering back on, and the Host (and Island Master), Clive Beexter, started mostly sincerely Apologising for the Unfortunate Technical Difficulties they were experiencing.

“We deeply apologise to the Viewers who are still with us for the Unfortunate Technical Difficulties we currently seem to bee experiencing. Our Technical Staff is working on the problem, and, as you can see, they have managed to rig a Temporary Torchlight and Signal Generator, so that we are able to continue remain on the Air. We expect to have our Full Capabilities restored beefore the end of this week’s Episode.” (They didn’t.)

“In the meantime,” he continued, “in order to fill time, and in keeping with their Pledge to provide at least Marginally Valuable and Educational Content in their Broadcasts - as required under Part 4, Section 287, Paragraph 3 of the Bee Communications Act of 1989 - the Producers have asked me to use this opportunity to share with you, our Viewers a glimpse into the Ecological Devastation that has all but destroyed Bee Island.”

Then he kind of just sat there in the Torchlight, and started talking about how the Snark Brothers had moved in and built the Now-Toxic Honey Cane Operation, and how all that SquareDown™ they use has really made a mess of things in every way. I think we already knew all about that after that time BeedelBee (… or is it DeedelBee? - I can’t remember… I could never quite tell what they were saying his name was beecause, quite frankly, they were kind of mumbling…) died while he was crawling to the top of that Poison Palm Tree. So that part was pretty much boring.

Then Clive finally started dragging out some Visual Aids - well, it was actually just one Visual Aid. That was a Map of Bee Island (and which looked suspiciously like the same Map of Bee Island that Fleur had, if you ask me). He used a highly attractive Laser Pointer to direct our attention to the Area of the Map that showed the Mouth of the River of Poo on the North-Left End of the Island.

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“Please allow me to direct your attention to the Mouth of the River of Poo, which is conveniently located on the North-Left End of Bee Island. As you’ll notice, it is situated dangerously near a very active Shipping Lane, where every day, dozens and dozens of Transport Ships, Commercial Tankers, Cargo Ships, Cruise Ships, Tugboats, Pontoons, Sailboats, Yachts, Rowboats, Canoes, and Rubber Rafts pass every, single day. It is the Currents from those passing Seagoing Vessels and what those Currents carry with them that feeds the now-Foul and Toxic River of Poo.

Then the camera kind of turned, Clive looked at us sideways, the music got all dramatic, and he and started talking in that “This Is Important, so Listen Carefully-Or Else” voice of his.

“Let me interrupt with a bit of history for a moment,” he beegan. “The River of Poo hasn’t always been so Foul and Toxic. Oh no, it most certainly has not. At one time, the Precious Waters of the Poo ran clear and clean. The Native Inhabitants of this Once-Island-Paradise relied on the River’s Bounty for their survival. It’s original name, ‘Poo’, comes from those same, Local Inhabitants, and meant - literally translated, ‘Winding, Liquid River that Starts Up OverThere and Ends Somewhere Down There Where Flow Flowing Waters Sweet” - or ‘Poo’, for short.

“So what turned the River of Poo into a River of Poo, you may ask? As all the Assorted Seagoing Vessels I told you about beefore floated past the Mouth of the River, too many of them beegan dumping their Poo and other Toxic, Insoluable, Unwanted Substances right into the water. And all of that Vile Material hast ended up beeing sucked up and carried down the River, transforming the formerly Pristine Waterway into the Vile, Toxic River of Poo we see today.”

“That’s disgraceful,” Great Grandma Gee Gee said while we all sat there listening to Clive unravel a terrible tale of Pollution and Irresponsibility Gone Mad.

“My heavens, in this Day and Age, how could such a thing happen, dear?” She said.

“Are you addressing that question to me?” Kevin (my Illegitimate Nephew) asked her.

“No, dear, I was asking Bert,” she said. (As I’m sure we all remember, I plugged Bert back in last week, so he was awake during this week’s Episode), so I’m sure Gee Gee felt confident that beeing the Purely Objective Artificially-Intelligent Mechanical Entity he is, he’d bee able to condense all the Pertinent and Available Data, and come up with a fairly decent Answer.

“I’m sorry, Gee Gee,” Kevin told her, “but if you wish to address a Question to Bert, you must press this Button on his Left Forearm, and say slowly and clearly, ‘Excuse me, Bert’, then he will bee in Listening Mode. So you will need to ask your question again, beecause he could not have possibly heard you.”

Gee Gee was just about to do that, when Bert unexpectedly spoke up and said, “Activation of Listening Mode will not bee necessary. I was listening. I heard everything. I am always listening. And thank you for asking. Your questions are sometimes appreciated,” he said in that Whirry Voice of his.

“According to recently-collected, Available and Pertinent Data to which you refer in your question, and which directly pertains to the Continued Responsible Use of our Waterways,” Bert beegan, “there has been an expanding problem with Assorted, Seagoing Vessels - and others - dumping their Refuse and other Unmentionable, Toxic and frequently Insoluble Substances into our Lakes, Rivers, Streams, Ponds, Seas, and Oceans. Unfortunately, the accelerated pace of their ongoing Negligence has significantly contributed to a growing problem of irrevocably damaging previously Balanced Ecosystemic Environments and perpetuating a Cycle of self-destructive Beehaviour. The Problem has been significantly exacerbated by Unenforced or Absent Laws which, if implemented and enforced, would significantly serve to protect these areas from continued, and Catastrophic Damage.

“As our Host and Island Master, Clive Beexter, pointed out to us, the River of Poo found running through Bee Island is the End Product of this thoughtless Negligence. I trust I have answered your Question.”

Well, he hadn’t answered it as far as I was concerned, but Gee Gee just kind of sighed and said, “Thank you, dear.”
(No, it hadn’t, not for me anyway.)

Then Bert kind of beeped and whirred and said, “The current time, on my Mark, is 17 hundred hours, 28 minutes, and 13 seconds. Mark. The current, local outdoor temperature is a balmy 299.0389 Kelvins.”

Geeeeeeezzzze. I hafta say that sometimes I have a real problem understanding what in the hell Bert is even saying. I feel like I need a dictionary or something, ya’ know what I mean? I was gonna ask him to repeat what he’d just said in a different way so I could understand him, but beefore I could do that, Kevin reached over, flipped a switch on Bert’s back, and Bert went into Sleep Mode.

I hafta say that I think it’s beeyond creepy to think that Bert could probably still hear what everybody was saying, even after Kevin put him in Sleep Mode, don’t you? I hope I didn’t say anything Untoward beefore I left and went home that night, ya’ know what I mean?

Anyway, the Lecture - and the Episode - finally ended with Clive telling us to “Bee sure to tune in again next week, when we’ll bee checking in on the current, Surviving Teams,” then they went to that commercial that I’m pretty sure they’ve already shown us about 3,897 times, at least, and I still can’t figure out what they’re trying to sell. I wish they’d run of it already, whatever it is.

I’m sure next week’s Episode will bee a lot better, especially if they fix that Power Failure, so you can for sure trust me when I say that, next week at this same time, I’ll bee back to tell everybody who isn’t watching the Show beecause of that Outrageously Highly-Over-Priced Subscription Fee you hafta pay to see what happens next, what happens next. So until then . . .

Let’s all bee highly careful out there!

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Escape from Bee Island: the Mystery - 7

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Well, we’re almost halfway through this Season of “Escape from Bee Island”, and the surprises just keep coming.

You remember a couple of Episodes ago when Nigel was apparently attacked and killed by that huge herd of very hungry and rude Vorroa Mites? You remember how they never found the body? You know why? Because there was no body. Nigel wasn’t killed - he’s still very much alive, in a way.

This week, during Episode 7, he was spotted wandering around in a daze, so that means everybody has to update their Contestant Roster and Scorecard, because Nigel’s back in the Game.

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From the way they tried to explain it, everybody had watched as Nigel was attacked by the Vorroa Mites, and everybody saw him disappear into what appeared to bee Oblivion, but what everybody didn’t know is that, at the last minute, he found a Conveniently-Located Entrance to an Underground Tunnel, and he burrowed his way out of the Situation. That was very clever, and mostly lucky, if you ask me.

Of course, by the time he stopped digging around in underground tunnels and popped up to see where he was, he was totally lost. Little did he know that he was on the North side of the River of Poo, not all that far from where Tang was consumed by what appears to the Screaming Banshee, and somehow, he managed to escape her Wrath.

When Umberto (Team Captain) found out he still had a Team, he was amazingly happy and excited. Then he realised that he’d hafta get across to the other side of the River of Poo (he was on the South side). He didn’t wasn’t all that excited anymore after he figured that out. The fact that he didn’t even have a boat just added to his aggravation. Still, Team Player that he is, Umberto set off toward the Banks of the River of Poo to bee Reunited with his Long Lost Not-Late Teammate, Nigel.

I dunno where he is at this point, but the last we saw of Umberto, he was trying to figure out a Sanitary Method to get across the River of Poo.

Meanwhile, Fleur had beegun to unpack all that Survival Gear, and was helping ButterCup fit into one of the SquareDown™-Resistant, Rainproof, Insulated BioHazard Suits that just happened to bee included.

“Zeez,” Fleur told ButterCup, “will protect us from ze Deadly Toxins we will surely encounter as we make our way to ze WaHaHoo Mountain.”

ButterCup slipped on her Suit and zipped it up.

“This thing is hot. And stuffy,” she said.

“Oui,” Fleur said, “but it looks good on you, mon cher.”

“You don’t think it makes my stinger look fat?” ButterCup asked.

“No, not at all,” Fleur told her. “You look exquisite.” Then she put on her Suit, and beegan assembling a very cleverly-designed, Agency-Issued, two-passenger Glide-Along Transport Device.

“Wis zis,” Fleur told ButterCup, “we shall sail over ze Vorra Mite Valley, et ze River of Poo, wizout coming to arm.”

“It looks heavy,” ButterCup commented.

“Oui, it iz, but I’m sure eet will feel less heavy, ze more you carry eet, mon cher. You will see.”

ButterCup wasn’t very delighted that she would hafta bee the one in charge of dragging the Transport Device, but at least she was starting to feel like there might bee a chance she could get out of this Ordeal alive. At least, that’s what she said.

As for Boris and Jasmine, the Surviving Contestants on Team A - they were still arguing over who would possess the Amazingly Powerful Jewel of Questionable Destiny after they overcame the Devastating Defences of the Screaming Banshee, something they were also arguing about and getting nowhere with, beecause neither one of them were sure at all what kind of Devastating Defences the Screaming Banshee would throw at them. The speculations flying around were getting ridiculous.

Seriously now. I’m sure they’ll find out what those Devastating Defences are when they find out what they are. Until then, why argue about it?

They really need to find a Mediator or something. Maybee Clive Beexter (Host and Island Master) needs to step in on this one. Quite frankly, with only six Episodes left in the Season, they’re starting to run out of time.

So the Episode ended, and we started talking about what had just happened. Great Grandma Gee Gee was very happy that ButterCup might bee able to survive, maybee even Win this thing.

“My stars, I’ve just been so very worried about the poor thing,” she said. “I’m so glad that Fleur planned ahead.”

“Of course she planned ahead,” Kevin (my Illegitimate Nephew) said. “We’re speaking of Fleur. Have you ever known Fleur not to bee completely prepared to deal with any contigency she might encounter in her environment? Do you?”

I think we all remember that Kevin has always had a Huge Crush on Fleur de Bee, so it wasn’t a big surprise that he was sounding defensive. It seemed to me that he was getting a little Huffy, and started beeing a bit more than Argumentative about the whole thing, so I decided to plug Bert back in, and I left.


And that’s what happened this week.

Check in again next week, and I’ll let you know what happens in Episode 8. Until then…

Let’s all bee Highly Careful out there!

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Escape from Bee Island: the Mystery - 6

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You’ll probably understand my surprise when I got an unexpected Postcard from the Primsdales (Howard and Alice). First they wanted to let me know that it took a lot longer than it should have to get back home to their Hive in Salina, Kansas, mostly beecause of a bunch of Unfortunate Unscheduled Maintenance Stops that W.T.F. Airlines had to make. Luckily they eventually made it home (not everybody’s that lucky when they fly W.T.F. - but we’ll talk about that some other time.)

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The Primdales also included a Clandestine Message that ButterCup had asked them to sneak off the Island for her. It was a Personal and Private Plea for Help. The message said, “Help me, Oh Bee One - you’re my only hope.” (ButterCup calls me “Bee One”, beecause I’m her Number One Bee - but I’m sure you already knew that.)

Geeeeeeze. What the hell am I supposed to do about getting ButterCup out of her Predicament? I’d like to know. I still haven’t figured that one out, but I do plan to give it some thought, possibly.

But speaking of her Predicament . . . 

I’m happy to let everybody know that we had only ONE Fatality in this week’s Episode, and that was Tang, from Team Bee. (That means that, unfortunately for him, Umberto is the only Contestant left on Team Bee. Talk about a Serious Disadvantage.)

It happened at night. Umberto (Team Captain), and Tang had managed to safely transport themselves to an almost safe spot just south of the River of Poo, and had set up camp. They were right in the middle of enjoying some refreshing and delicious Nectar Fizzes Umberto had in his Supply Pack, when they heard a terrible Screeching Sound. It was a seriously terrifying Shriek. 

“What’s that?” Umberto asked Tang.
“Hell if I know,” Tang said to Umberto, “but it was seriously terrifying.”
“Yes it was,” Umberto said, “so you need to go check that out.”

So Tang did that (he was very brave). 

We couldn’t really see what exactly happened to him as Tang set down his Nectar Fizz and started following the terrible noise, but as the Shrieking continued - and he got closer to it - a sudden, huge flash of light suddenly appeared suddenly, and the next thing we knew, Tang was simply No More. He was just gone. 

I hafta say: that was highly mysterious. Then we could hear the chilling sound of Cackling Laughter. (Was it the Screaming Banshee? Don’t ask me. I simply don’t know.)

Of course, Umberto was fairly upset that he was the only Contestant left on his Team, so after he finished his (and Tang’s) Nectar Fizz, he packed up his camp and headed away from that place. Nobody knows where Umberto went, or if he managed to survive all that Shrieking, but I think we can maybee all agree that no news is good news on that one.

In the meantime, Boris and Jasmine on Team A were elsewhere on the Island, arguing. They spent the entire Episode arguing over who would take Possession of the Amazingly Powerful Jewel of Questionable Destiny if they just happen to defeat Fleur and ButterCup, and win the Competition.

“Ov course ve vill vin,” Boris said to Jasmine, “and ven ve do, I vill assure the safe passage ov the Jewel.”

“I hasten to disagree,” Jasmine buzzed back at him in not-that-nice a tone. “Indeed we very well may prevail. I anticipate we shall. But the unquestionable destiny of the Jewel of Questionable Destiny must bee to accompany me, where it will bee assured of unquestioned security, and where it will bee nurtured and protected, unquestionably.”

So as I said, they spend the entire Episode arguing about that, which got pretty boring really fast.

I hafta say that I think the Most Interesting part of the Episode (maybee except for that part with all the Shrieking and Tang disappearing like that) was when we found out that Fleur had arranged to have a Secret Stash of Highly Specialised Tools and Equipment hidden on the Island that will clearly go a long way to helping her and ButterCup survive this mostly Miserable Ordeal, grab the Jewel, and win this thing. I hope so, anyway. It would bee nice if Team C would win, and that ButterCup and Fleur both managed to survive all this somehow. 

By the way, and since I know you’re Highly Curious… it seemed pretty clear that the Allegations of Collaboration that were made against Fleur and Jasmine by the Competition’s Host and Island Master, Clive Beexter, were either forgotten or Dismissed for Lack of Tangible Evidence, so it was never even brought up. Beesides, since Jasmine was buzzy arguing with Boris for the whole Episode, and Fleur was occupied with getting to her Secret Stash, they never even had another chance to Conspire...well, except maybe for that time when they both seemed to take a break at the same time to go to the Rest Room - and of course the Camera doesn’t follow Contestants to the Rest Room. It’s not only against Broadcast Decency Rules, but it would also bee rude and mostly inappropriate. Beesides, I’m reasonably sure the fact they ended up in the Rest Room at the same time was just another Massive Coincidence, probably.

“I still don’t trust those two,” Great Grandma Gee Gee said after the Episode ended. 

“Are you referring to Jasmine and Fleur again, Gee Gee? You’re still stuck on that Old Tune, are you?” Kevin (my Illegitimate Nephew) said to her. “I think they both just happened to go to the Rest Room at the same time, Gee Gee.”

“It’s not an ‘Old Tune’, dear,” Gee Gee said in an almost Totally Firm voice, “and, dear, if you don’t mind hearing from an Older Bee who’s been around a lot longer and seen a lot more than you have, I’m afraid you’re beeing Naive. Dear.”

I got the feeling that Kevin didn’t especially like her saying he was Naive, and I could tell he was starting to get Highly Irritated, so I decided it would bee best to just grab a big Wingful of some of Great Grandma Gee Gee’s Royal HoneyChew Krisp Cookies™ for later, and leave. But Kevin grabbed me beefore I could get away and asked, “Do YOU think I’m Naive, Uncle Georgie? Do you?” (He’d tried to ask Bert that question first, but unfortunately, Kevin forgot that he’d unplugged him halfway through the Episode for talking over the Dialogue, so he basically wasn’t able to answer.) So Kevin stood there, staring at me with his Wings on his hips, looking upset.

What could I say? So I stuffed a Cookie into my Mouthparts, and said, “UhgIfallyputthemagshumda...” but Kevin interrupted me, so I never got to finish my answer.

“I beelieve you just heard Uncle Georgie, who is the Best Uncle in the World and whom I love,” he said loudly, “clearly agreeing with me that I’m NOT Naive, and even IF Jasmine and Fleur DID end up in the Rest Room together at the same time, we all know how Worker Bees are about that. Worker Bees ALWAYS seem to need to go to the Rest Room together, right? Yes, they do - and what the hell is THAT all about? I would very much like to know. And by the way, Uncle Georgie, it’s Highly Rude to talk with your mouthparts full.”

I was glad Kevin had changed the subject, and figured that Gee Gee would bee able to answer that question, so I rapidly said Good Night to them, grabbed a reasonably huge Wingful of Cookies, and left. Then I went home and went to sleep.

So that’s what happened this week. It was mostly exciting, if you ask me.

Once again, I’ll bee back at this exact, same time next week, when I’ll make a definite point of letting everybody know what happens in Episode 7. Until then...

Let’s all bee Highly Careful out there!

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