Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

EPISODE GUIDE SEASON FOUR

Science Fiction USA 1964-1968
110 X 52 minute episodes
B/W-1st season/Color - 2nd-4th seasons
On ABC/Irwin Allen Production
First telecast: September 14, 1964
Last telecast: September 15, 1968

CAST:

Admiral Harriman Nelson................................................................ Richard Basehart
Commander/Captain Lee Crane.................................................... David Hedison
Lt. Commander Chip Morton........................................................... Robert Dowdell
Chief Curley Jones (1964-5)............................................................ Henry Kulky
Chief Sharkey (1965-8)..................................................................... Terry Becker
Kowalski............................................................................................... Del Monroe
Patterson.............................................................................................. Paul Trinka
Stu Riley (1965-7)............................................................................... Allan Hunt
Sparks................................................................................................... Arch Whiting
Doctor.................................................................................................... Richard Bull
Lt. O'Brien (Recurring role, 1964-5)................................................. Derrik Lewis
Clark/Benson (Recurring role, 1964-7)........................................... Paul Carr
Doctor (Recurring role, 1965-6)........................................................ Wayne Heffley

 

SEASON FOUR (26 EPISODES)

EPISODE 85 - "Fires of Death" (September 24, 1967, pre-empted from September 17th)

Writer: Arthur Weiss
Director: Jerry Hopper

Guest Star:

Dr. Turner: Victor Jory

Seaview's mission is to prevent the explosion of a dangerous volcano. However, the visiting expert aboard has another agenda; he is desperate to obtain a fresh supply of the "Philosopher's Stones" that keep him young. With Commander Morton transformed into a golden-skinned automaton, and the Captain unconscious, it falls to Kowalski to save the day.

 

EPISODE 86 - "The Deadly Dolls" (October 1, 1967)

Writer: Charles Bennett
Director: Harry Harris
Music: Harry Geller

Guest Star:

Professor Multiple: Vincent Price

"I can't lose my puppets!" Professor Multiple

A brilliant puppeteer, Professor Multiple, comes aboard Seaview to entertain the crew. His vocal impressions and his dolls' likenesses to the command crew are uncanny. The crewmen seem to enjoy seeing their superior officers (as puppets) yelling at each other and batting each other over the head with clubs! Could this be foreshadowing for Captain Crane? Will the mystery of Professor Multiple be solved? Will he succeed in destroying the Seaview? Will Captain Crane survive till next week's episode? Could the Nelson puppet have been any more annoying?

 

EPISODE 87 - "Cave of the Dead" (October 8, 1967)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Harry Harris

Guest Star:

Van Wyck: Warren Stevens

"Those who see the Flying Dutchman never, never reach the shore."

Investigating the loss of Navy ships, Nelson finds an ancient dagger in a cave on an uncharted island, and falls under a strange curse. Haunted by visions of skeletons and an anachronistic ship, he has trouble convincing the crew of his sanity. Meanwhile, Seaview is sailing in circles, and the visiting Commander Van Wyck seems to have disappeared.

 

EPISODE 88 - "Journey with Fear" (October 15, 1967)

Writer: Arthur Weiss
Director: Harry Harris

Guest Stars:

Major Wilson: Eric Matthews
Centaur 1: Gene Dynarski
Centaur 2: Jim Gosa

Aliens snatch a manned space probe launched from Seaview with Chip Morton aboard, and transport it at the speed of light to their observation post on the rocky, unstable surface of Venus. Checking out the duplicate capsule, Crane suffers the same fate before he even has time to launch. With Chip blinded and a prisoner, and the planet's surface due to undergo catastrophic quakes in a few hours, the odds seem to be against the two men.

 

EPISODE 89 - "Sealed Orders" (October 22, 1967)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Jerry Hopper

"There's nothing to do here but to keep from disappearing." Lt. Commander Morton

Seaview is carrying a new missile, and Nelson has orders to deliver it to its launch site at all costs. Unfortunately, the missile malfunctions, and Nelson can't get into the sealed silo to fix it. Soon, the crew starts to disappear, and bizarre phenomena plague the ones who remain.

 

EPISODE 90 - "Man of Many Faces" (October 29, 1967)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Harry Harris

Guest Stars:

Dr. Randolph Mason: Jock Gaynor
Page: Brad Arnold
Reporter: Howard Culver

In an attempt to control the planet's tides, Dr. Randolph Mason (a nut if ever there was one -- he is part scientist, part make-up artist!) has invented a powerful electromagnet and established a magnetic field around the moon. The only person who seems to recognize the obvious danger in this silly plan is Harriman Nelson. At first glance, it would appear that Nelson has killed Dr. Randolph. At second glance, it would appear that Captain Crane has betrayed the Admiral. On third glance, the moon is getting closer and closer to Earth, and will soon collide with our beautiful blue orb -- unless the Seaview can save the world. Again.

 

EPISODE 91 - "Fatal Cargo" (November 5, 1967)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Jerry Hopper

Guest Stars:

Brock: Woodrow Parfrey
Dr. Blanchard: Jon Lormer

When a friend and colleague is killed by the huge white gorilla on which he had been experimenting, Nelson decides to carry on with the experiments. The dead scientist's assistant has other ideas, and the project comes close to costing Nelson his own life.

 

EPISODE 92 - "Time Lock" (November 12, 1967)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Jerry Hopper

Guest Star:

Alpha: John Crawford

Nelson is kidnapped by silver-skinned androids and taken to the distant future, where a man calling himself "Alpha" wants to drain his mind and add him to his collection of zombie-like military figures from the past.

 

EPISODE 93 - "Rescue" (November 19, 1967)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Justus Addiss

Guest Star:

C.P.O. Beach: Don Dubbins

Seaview is on the lookout for an enemy sub and its underwater sub-pen. Sonar picks up a contact. The rogue sub fires at Seaview, which is saved only by virtue of her new electronic hull shield. Not so fortunate is Captain Crane, who has just located the sub-pen while on patrol in the FS-1. A powerful laser fires a beam at the Flying Sub, crippling the ship. Running out of air, moving in and out of consciousness, Crane is unable to give the pen's coordinates to Nelson. Thanks to the hard work of some enemy agents aboard, Seaview seems unable to rescue the Captain.

 

EPISODE 94 - "Terror" (November 26, 1967)

Writer: Sidney Ellis
Director: Jerry Hopper

Guest Stars:

Dr. Thompson: Damian O'Flynn
Dunlap: Pat Culliton

A scientist experimenting with plant life on a remote island has run into trouble. A shore party from Seaview arrives only in time to hear his dying warning that the world will be taken over in eight hours. Nelson brings aboard the only unusual thing he can find -- a red orchid, which proves to be a malign alien (that proceeds to take over his mind and those of the crew).

 

EPISODE 95 - "A Time to Die" (December 3, 1967)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Robert Sparr

Guest Star:

Mr. Pem: Henry Jones

During routine maneuvers, Seaview finds herself suddenly out of touch with the rest of the world, in the wrong part of the ocean and encountering strange creatures. It seems she's been thrown a million years back in time. Then the Admiral opens his cabin door and finds himself back in his Santa Barbara office, confronting the strange Mr. Pem and his pocket-sized time machine, and has to play a risky game before time can return to its normal course.

 

EPISODE 96 - "Blow Up" (December 10, 1967)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Justus Addiss

"Nothing is ever simple, is it?" Admiral Nelson

Attempting a risky repair so that a naval exercise can go ahead, Nelson is trapped by an explosion and has to use a new design of breathing apparatus. Soon afterwards, he starts to behave strangely. His growing paranoia brings Seaview to the brink of disaster and drives the crew to thoughts of mutiny.

 

EPISODE 97 - "Deadly Amphibians" (December 24, 1967, pre-empted from December 17th)

Writer: Arthur Weiss
Director: Jerry Hopper

Guest Stars:

Proto: Don Matheson
Corpsman: Joey Tata

Seaview has been sent to the ocean floor by mysterious pressure impacts. Crane, Sharkey, and Kowalski go out in the Flying Sub to investigate. They, too, are sent to the bottom of the sea. Strange creatures (half men-half fish) present themselves and explain that they intend to take over Seaview (who doesn't?) and eventually the world!

 

EPISODE 98 - "The Return of Blackbeard" (December 31, 1967)

Writer: Al Gail
Director: Justus Addiss

Guest Star:

Blackbeard: Malachi Throne

The ghost of Blackbeard is alive and well, and he wants the Seaview and her crew. The pirate 'drafts' Kowalski, who makes a very convincing and quite blood-thirsty buccaneer. Nelson and Crane have their hands full trying to protect the President of the United States (a guest of a Middle Eastern Shah on a nearby yacht), and regain control of their ship. What will Nelson come up with this time to save the day?

 

EPISODE 99 - "Terrible Leprechaun" (January 14, 1968, pre-empted from January 7th)

Writer: Charles Bennett
Director: Jerry Hopper

Guest Star:

Mickey/Pat: Walter Burke

About the plot . . . Um . . . Well . . . Uh . . . Okay, here it is: You see, there are these twin leprechauns, one good, the other icky. The icky one wants all the gold that's buried beneath an underwater defense installation in the Irish Sea. The good leprechaun does his best to stop his evil brother from doing any harm.

 

EPISODE 100 - "The Lobster Man" (January 21, 1968)

Writer: Al Gail
Director: Justus Addiss

Guest Star:

Alien: Victor Lundin

"Peace!" Alien to Captain Crane
"What?!" Captain Crane to Alien 

A lobster-like alien emerges from a capsule retrieved from the ocean floor. He claims that all he wants is one of Seaview's nuclear rods to power his ship for the homeward journey, but neither Captain Crane nor Admiral Nelson is convinced he can be trusted.

 

EPISODE 101 - "Nightmare" (January 28, 1968)

Writer: Sidney Marshall
Director: Charles Rondeau

Guest Star:

Bentley: Paul Mantee

Poor Captain Crane. The things he had to go through. This time, he's in the Flying Sub, when he receives a distress call from the Seaview. He comes back to his sub, only to find it abandoned -- again. But wait, there's a force-field on the spiral stairs which knocks Crane out, and there's a stranger aboard who naturally shoots at him. Eventually Crane sees the crew, and he hears the voice of Nelson calling him a traitor. It takes about an hour, and a bullet in the shoulder (fired by guess who?), before Crane discovers aliens are testing the human race. Most of what happens is a nightmare, but missiles are actually fired!

 

EPISODE 102 - "The Abominable Snowman"(February 4, 1968)

Writer: Robert Hamner
Director: Robert Sparr

Guest Stars:

Rayburn: Dusty Caddis
Corpsman: Frank Babich
Guard: Bruce Mars

"But that's not the goal of a man -- of a scientist!" Admiral Nelson

At an experimental station in the Antarctic, the crew discovers a 'tropical paradise' -- but most of the scientists are missing. When two unconscious survivors are brought aboard Seaview, something deadly starts to stalk the corridors. Meanwhile, the temperature outside is still rising ....

 

EPISODE 103 - "Secret of the Deep" (February 11, 1968)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Charles Rondeau

Guest Star:

John Hendrix: Mark Richman

Naval ships have been disappearing, and Seaview is on a hunt for the undersea installation responsible. They find a sea-lab that is not only well-armed but surrounded by overgrown and ferocious sea-creatures. To complicate matters, the guest expert aboard is a traitor.

 

EPISODE 104 - "Man-Beast" (February 18, 1968)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Jerry Hopper

Guest Star:

Dr. Braddock: Lawrence Montaigne

"You had no right -- no right to make that second dive without orders from me!" Nelson to Crane

Another scientist with another artificial atmosphere (see Season 1's "The Condemned") that will revolutionize deep-sea diving. When will Admiral Nelson learn! Naturally, Captain Crane is used as a guinea pig for these dangerous experiments. And there are fatal side-effects.

 

EPISODE 105 - "Savage Jungle" (February 25, 1968)

Writer: Arthur Weiss
Director: Robert Sparr

Guest Stars:

Alien: Pat Culliton
Keeler: Perry Lopez

Alien jungle growth is spreading across Italy, and before long -- thanks to a crewman who is really an alien spy -- the vegetation invades Seaview too. The Admiral has built a device that might help, but first he and Crane have to fight their way through the overgrown corridors to prevent the missiles being used to spread the infestation even farther.

 

EPISODE 106 - "Flaming Ice" (March 3, 1968)

Writer: Arthur Browne, Jr.
Director: Robert Sparr

Guest Star:

Gelid: Michael Pate

Seaview is under polar ice, trying to discover the cause of increased flooding around the world. Nelson finds out that Frost Men are in the process of melting the ice cap. The Seaview's reactor is just what they need to finish the job.

 

EPISODE 107 - "Attack!" (March 10, 1968)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Jerry Hopper

Guest Stars:

Robek: Skip Homeier
Komal: Kevin Hagen

Aliens are at it again. They're planning to destroy the Earth. However, one of the aliens claims to be a good guy. Can he be believed? Will mankind survive yet another close encounter with space visitors?

 

EPISODE 108 - "Edge of Doom" (March 17, 1968)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Justus Addiss

"Idiots!!!" Admiral Nelson to himself.

There is an imposter on Seaview. Lee Crane is the main suspect. Admiral Nelson takes Morton and Sharkey into his confidence. They must put Crane to the test to find out whether or not he's the man they know.

 

EPISODE 109 - "The Death Clock" (March 24, 1968)

Writer: Sidney Marshall
Director: Charles Rondeau

Guest Star:

Mallory: Chris Robinson

"... but the Flying Sub's my baby!" Captain Crane to Chief Sharkey

Seaview's reactor is running wild -- again. Without taking the time to don protective anti-radiation gear, Captain Crane runs into the Reactor Room to shut down the pile. An explosion renders him unconscious. Although treated in Sickbay with a special anti-radiation device, the Captain does not come out of his coma-like state. Doc can find no explanation. (Apparently, Doc hasn't read the script.) Corpsman Mallory has turned that life-saving device into a time-machine. Mallory is testing his fourth-dimension gadget on Crane before using it to enslave the entire world!

 

EPISODE 110 - "No Way Back" (March 31, 1968)

Writer: William Welch
Director: Robert Sparr

Guest Stars:

Mr. Pem: Henry Jones
Benedict Arnold: Barry Atwater
Major John Andre: William Beckley

Seaview experiences strange electrical interference, and then explodes. Back in Santa Barbara, a crate wheeled into the Admiral's office turns out to contain the time-travelling Mr. Pem. When Nelson hears of the loss of Seaview with all hands, he is only too eager to help Pem build a new time device so that they can go a couple of days into the past and save the ship. Pem, however, has his own devious plans, and soon the crew find themselves two hundred years back in time, with the notorious Benedict Arnold planning to use Seaview's firepower to change the course of history.

Episode Guide
Season 1 Synopses
Season 2 Synopses
Season 3 Synopses

 

Synopses courtesy of Rachel Howe and Alison Passarelli.

 

 

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