Deep Trouble (Goosebumps episode)
|Episode no.||Season 1|
Episode 73 & 74
|Directed by||William Fruet|
|Teleplay by||Jessica Scott|
|Based on||Deep Trouble II|
by R. L. Stine
|Presented by||R. L. Stine|
|Produced by||Steve Levitan|
|Featured music||Brad MacDonald|
|Cinematography by||Barry Bergthorson|
|Editing by||Richard Wells|
|Original air date||November 16, 1998|
"Deep Trouble" is the last episode of the Canadian/American horror anthology television series Goosebumps based on R. L. Stine's best-selling book series of the same name. It serves as the 7th and 8th episodes of the fourth season, and the 73rd and 74th overall. The episode was written by Jessica Scott and Mike Wollaeger and was directed by William Fruet.
The episode, based on the book of a similar name, centers around the lives of siblings Billy and Sheena Deep, who visit their uncle and find out about his lab experiments which turn animals gigantic, and humans into mutants. The finale aired on Fox in the U.S and Canada on November 16, 1998, and was released on DVD on April 12, 2005.
While visiting their Uncle Harold (Paul Miller) on an island in the Caribbean, siblings Billy (Tod Fennell) and Sheena Deep (Laura Vandervoort) find a large shark tooth near the island's shore. Looking for their uncle, a marine biologist, in his house, the pair head downstairs to his "lab" where they find multiple animals and science equipment. Fighting over a flask, the siblings accidentally spill a mysterious substance inside a fish tank.
The pair hear footsteps, and decide to hide. Their uncle and Jake Ritter (Mark Ellis) enter the lab, where they talk over the disappearance of lab assistant Luis Ferrara. Harold argues that they should call the police, while Jake argues Luis is probably on vacation. As they both leave, the siblings notice the fish tank shatter, with a gigantic fish sitting in its place. The siblings hide in a closet and are later saved by Jake and their uncle. Billy shows his uncle the shark tooth, and the siblings are warned to stay away from the beach.
Later in the day, the house's maid, Janet (Maria Vacratsis), yells at the kids for eating her chocolate cake, even though they didn't. This angers Billy, who decides to go swimming. Walking to the beach, Billy finds a trail of pieces of the chocolate cake and is confronted by a young man (Yani Gellman), who warns him to stay away from the water before fainting.
After taking the young man to their uncle, the man wakes up and again warns to stay away from the water and to look out for Lady Milton. The siblings, Uncle Harold, and Jake think he is referring to a person and decide to look for Lady Milton, while Janet stays behind to take the young man to a hospital. After arriving on a deserted island by boat, the Deep family is left behind by Jake, who decides to protect the experiment back home, not allowing Harold to "throw it all away."
While stranded on the island, Uncle Harold explains to the siblings that the plankton he feeds his animals at his lab, "D-13", causes them to grow faster and quicker, explaining what happened to the fish. Harold explains he wanted to stop the experiment after a portion of the "D-13" spilled in the ocean, making some of the sea creatures grow, while Jake wanted to continue it, as it would have made him rich.
The group finds a broken boat near the island shore, named Lady Milton, and assumes the young man must have been referring to it. They also find shark bites, which Harold assumes to be the cause of the shipwreck. Looking for supplies on the boat, Sheena finds a canoe that is able to take the group back to their island. As the canoe is in good condition, Sheena and her uncle assume someone else in on the island. Billy, being distracted by weird noises, is kidnapped by a mysterious creature. Looking for him, Sheena and her uncle come across gigantic animals, including a lizard and a crab. Hiding in an abandoned hut, Harold is grabbed by a mysterious creature and dragged underground.
Sheena decides to rescue her uncle and heads underground. She finds Billy, and together they are confronted by Luis (Jason McSkimming), who is covering his face. He uncovers himself and reveals to the siblings to be a failed experiment of Harold and Jake, which turned him into a mutant. He also reveals that the island is run by other mutants and that he can get them out of the island. Sheena refuses, as she wants to save Harold, but is told by Luis he's being punished for inventing "D-13" even though Jake was the one who forced Luis and the others to use the substance.
Though hesitant, Luis takes the siblings to their uncle, who is about to be fed to a giant tarantula. Sheena stops this by explaining the situation to the mutants, who leave to find Jake. While packing, Jake is confronted by the mutants. Later, Harold delivers an antidote to all the mutants, curing them, and manages to erase all substances of "D-13" from the ocean.
Jake is revealed to have been forced to take "D-13" by the mutants, which gave him gills. Janet sells tickets to the "Fish-Man Show," where people pay to visit Jake.
The episode is based on Deep Trouble II, the 58th book in the original Goosebumps series written by R. L. Stine and published by Scholastic. Though the title is the same as the 19th book in the Goosebumps series, it follows the narrative from its sequel, Deep Trouble II.
Deep Trouble aired on Fox on November 16, 1998, in the U.S, and in Canada, as the series finale of the Goosebumps TV series. The episode was also released on DVD on April 12, 2005, by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
In 2020, Screen Rant reviewed the entire Goosebumps series and found Deep Trouble as the 3rd best episode in the entire series, praising the episode because "[it] followed the book pretty closely."
- Savannah Di Leo (February 24, 2020). "10 Most Memorable Goosebumps Episodes". Screen Rant. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
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