Kai-Lan's Royal Adventures
Season 1, Episode 12
"The Mystery of the Hasty Fish"
[[The episode begins with Rintoo, Hoho and Tolee in the front yard of the palace, playing a game of Go Fish.]]
Hoho: Rintoo, do you have a six in your hand?
Rintoo: Hmm. No, go fish. How about you, Tolee?
Tolee: I don't think so. Unless I've looked really hard. [[Tolee looks really hard at the stack of cards in his hands. He then notices a six in his stack.]] As a matter of fact, I do.
Rintoo: I'd realize that.
[[Tolee lays the card down on the pile.]]
Royal Advisor #1: Emperor Rintoo! We have a very big problem.
Rintoo: What is it?
Royal Advisor #1: You know those little catfish they've been selling in the flea market?
Rintoo: Yeah. What about them?
Royal Advisor #1: It turns out that they've been popping out around the town, and in the river, and everywhere else.
Hoho: How many are there anyway?
Royal Advisor #2: Just about 850 crates. All of them were last seen at the boater's dock just about 2 days ago. They were rare and acquiscate. You wouldn't believe what it taste like in your mouth. It's just so...mmm!
Tolee: They're really good, aren't they?
Royal Advisor #2: They sure are. I've never tasted anything like it. But the fact that over 800 crates of that fish is out there on the streets. It just makes me wanna faint. [[faints]]
Hoho: Don't faint just yet. Because if it's a mystery, then I'm the person to solve it. Just call me the detective of China. I can find any clue, anywhere. When did you guys first notice the fish disapperance?
Royal Advisor #1: I say around a couple of hours ago. It wasn't anything to personal, but it was spreading from country to country.
Hoho: Spreading from country to country. That does sound interesting. Anything else?
Royal Advisor #2: Nothing else but these sack of knives that were left over by the kidnappers.
Tolee: What would robbers need with knives?
Rintoo: I was gonna ask the same question. It's unusual, but strange. Now you realize that people can be very suspicious.
Royal Advisor #1: We might have to recall the situation with that white trophy you guys won in that inventor's competition.
Rintoo: Please don't recall that day, because the next thing I want to do with that guy is take him all the way to Alaska, where he can freeze himself to death.
Tolee: Wow Rintoo, that was kinda harsh.
Rintoo: I know, but that's just how I feel right now.
Hoho: Alright, what else did you see?
Royal Advisor #1: Okay, I think I might have saw a big statue that said "Welcome to Frenchise Bay". It was really big. I should really say that this statue was big as the Statue of Liberty.
Royal Advisor #2: I don't think that it weren't big as the Statue of Liberty.
Royal Advisor #1: Ok, Mr. Smarty Pants. How big do you think it was?
Royal Advisor #2: About as big as this entire palace.
Royal Advisor #1: That's bullcrap.
Royal Advisor #2: But it's true. You guys should've seen it. We were just coming out of that building. It's not as big as the Statue of Liberty, at least, according to some of us.
Royal Advisor #1: Look who's talking. The same person that just two days ago, sneaked some of that fish into the palace. Now tell me that what you're talking about is bullcrap. Tell me that instead!
Rintoo: Now hold on. Maybe there was something going on before the fish started to go awol. Have you ever thought about thinking things over before all of this happened?
Royal Advisor #1: I suppose there were some sort of alternative source to all of that. But there's no telling if they're still there. Who knows? It might be a fluke.
Hoho: If anyone's gonna call something a fluke, it's gonna be the detective, which I might say again is me. And right now this is not a fluke. We're gonna keep searching until we get this case in point.
Tolee: But what if we don't crack the case? What do you think will happen to the entire fish supply? What'll happen to the town? And worst of all, what if there's no fish every again?
Rintoo: Calm down, Tolee. I'm pretty sure that there's no gonna be a fish shortage in China. Besides, if there was no fish, I don't know what to say. But I do want to say this. What fish were you talking about?
Royal Advisor #2: What fish?
Rintoo: The one he said you sneaked into the palace? The one that none of us knew you had? [[looks over his shoulder]] The one that you have in that crate?
Royal Advisor #1: I knew it! You were smuggling fish into this palace! You sick, sick man. You should be ashamed of yourself. Smuggling fish when we're facing a serious situation that could put China in double turmoil.
Royal Advisor #2: Look your heinous, I can explain.
Rintoo; Go ahead.
Royal Advisor #2: Umm...I was coming from the bay and I just happened to spot it and picked it up. It wasn't anything that I wasn't gonna regret.
Royal Advisor #1: Which is.
Royal Advisor #2: Can I finish what I have to say? I was just craving some fish.
Rintoo: Why didn't you show it to us? You know we enjoy that fish jus as much as you do.
Royal Advisor #2: I wanted it to be a surprise.
Hoho: Can we get back to the mystery, please?
Rintoo: Hoho's right. What do you think we should start at?
Hoho: I don't know. It depends on where it begins. And I think I know where that place is.
Hoho: The peer. Maybe some of the fisherman can tell us something about what's going on. If anyone knows what's going on with the fish deliveries, it's those guys.
Rintoo: Hmm. They can give us some clues on the whereabouts of the crate. Come on.
[[The scene cuts to the peer, where the four are trying to ask a fisherman about what had happened to the crates of fish.]]
Rintoo: Excuse me, sir. We were wondering what was happening to this year's stock of fish that was suppose to come in earlier this week.
Fisherman: Oh yes, the fish. I don't know what had happened to that crate. They were suppose to be here a couple of hours ago. They must be stuck in some rocks or something, or they must not have everything ready.
Hoho: Well, they must stuck in something. It just won't be the same without the fish. And even if they do show up, everybody will be asking why they not getting to the dock.
Fisherman: I just don't get it. Those men are never late for anything. It's likely for them to miss such an important deadline.
Royal Advisor #2: Is there anything we can do until they show up?
Fisherman: Well, you guys can keep an eye open for them. If they show up, then give me the signal. I'll be in my shed. You four take care now. [[The fisherman walks away.]]
Tolee: Are you sure you know what you're doing, Hoho?
Hoho: Of course. Why wouldn't I?
Tolee: I hope so, otherwise we're messed up.
[[The scene cuts to the other side of the peer, where the four guys are trying to keep a lookout for a boat with some fish.]]
Tolee: How long have we been out here?
Rintoo: About an hour.
Tolee: Are you sure? Because it feels like we've been here for more than an hour.
Hoho: It's probably just your imagination.
Tolee: You think so?
Hoho: I guess. We still got until the break of morning to find the whereabouts of that boat. Who knows, it might not show up.
Royal Advisor #2: That's impossible. It has to show up or we won't be able to enjoy that fish. Who knows, we may not get to eat that fish ever again! That can't happen!
Rintoo: And we're not gonna let it happen. Whether we eat the fish or not, we can still find out what's going on and we're gonna get to the bottom of this.
Hoho: Rintoo's right. And if we fail, we can always make the fish ourselves.
Royal Advisor #1: Are you crazy? Do you know how much work has to be done to give that
fish the real taste as if it came from the Pacific Ocean? It's not that easy.
Hoho: Easy or not, we can still do it.
Royal Advisor #1: I guess. But it just won't be the same.
[[The phone rings. Rintoo walks over and picks it up.]]
Kai-Lan: Hey guys. Lulu told me you guys were at the peer, looking for some sort of fish delivery. How's it going?
Rintoo: Not so good. We've been out here for an hour and we still haven't found where the boat is at. It probably might take us a while for it to show up.
Kai-Lan: Whatever it is, I'm pretty sure somebody will get to the bottom of the mysterious situation. If anybody, it should be Detective Hoho.
Rintoo: [[laughing]] Well of course he'll solve this mystery. There's no better mystery solver than Detective Hoho.
Kai-Lan: That's for sure. Well, I better get baack on duty. See you later.
Rintoo: Alright. [[hangs up the phone]] How are we doing?
Royal Advisor #1: Not so good.
Tolee: We still don't have any sight of that boat. Guys, I have a feeling that that boat is never going to show up. We might as well just give up and go back home.
Royal Advisor #2: Are you nuts?! We can't just leave the freakin' dock and just give up like that! I'm not gonna let it happen! You know why? Because that fish is all I care about and I don't give a damn whether you want to give up on the boat search and go home! No, that's not gonna happen! We're staying right here and that's final! [[Everybody looks at Royal Advisor #2 as if he's losing his head.]] Okay, maybe that was a little too much to the extreme.
Royal Advisor #1: Oh yeah. Now we believe you.
Royal Advisor #2: Hey, I'm serious about the fish thing. We're gonna stay here whether you like it or not.
Royal Advisor #1: Since when have you cared about that fish?
Royal Advisor #2: You know goddamn well I've been caring about that fish ever since they started coming here! Now if anything you would care about it.
Royal Advisor #1: I do care about them, but not that much.
Royal Advisor #2: Alright then! We're even!
Rintoo: Come on, guys. I'm pretty sure you both care about the fish, because right now, I'm starting to care more about that fish.
Royal Advisor #2: See. Rintoo is starting to care about the disappearance of the fish. Anyone else? Anyone at all?
Hoho: I'm starting to think this is going to be a hard mystery. I don't think I'll be able to solve it before daybreak.
Royal Advisor #2: WHAT?! Oh you can't be serious.
Hoho: I think I am. This is not gonna get any better. Tolee might be right. We might as well just stop right where we are and go home.
Royal Advisor #2: Is everyone trying to back to back out of this situation?! Do you guys not care about the sake of China's fish supply?! If that boat dosen't show up, then that means the end of catfish sales at the flea market. Can this night get any better?
[[Just then, a boat with approximately 850 crates shows up at the dock, unexpectedly.]]
Royal Advisor #1: Oh look at that. A boat with about 850 crates.
Rintoo: Wait. Is that the boat with the exact same number of fish crates?
Hoho: There's only one way to find out.
[[The guys walk over to the boat.]]
Hoho: Excuse me, sir.
Fisherman: How can I help you fine gentlemen on this fine night?
Hoho: We're looking for a boat with exactly 850 crates of catfish. Is this that exact boat?
Fisherman: I don't know. Is it? Let me check. [[The fisherman walks over to one of the crates and prys it open.]] H-hey, guess what?
Royal Advisor #2: [[gasps]] It's the fish! It's the fish! I don't believe this!
Tolee: Wait a minute. If you were delievering the fish, why were you late?
Fisherman: It's a long story. I was coming over to this peer to deliever the crates to the flea market, but all of a sudden my boat ran out of gas. I drove it over to the nearest gas station to fill it up, and this strange guy came up to me and offered me this big delivery. He said I had to deliever 30 crates of some of this here dough so that they can bake the bread for the catfish sale. But then, I got stopped again, by this mysterious stranger who wanted me to take some of his merchandise to the other side of the peer. It took me about three hours to get both delieveries taken care of, and still make it back here just in time for the big sale.
Rintoo: So it wasn't a kidnapping. It was just a late delivery. It all makes sense now.
Hoho: Rintoo may have a point. This guy was just stopped several times to maKe some extra deliveries for other people, making him late on the fish delivery.
Royal Advisor #1: That still dosen't explain the knife we found.
Fisherman: I can tell you all about that knife plain and simple. That knife was left over here at sea by one of the chief fisherman. I suppose they were trying to load up one of their boats and left this behind. They're probably looking for it right now.
[[Another boat shows up looking for a knife that fell out their boat.]]
Chief Fisherman: Have any of you guys found a knife that I left here?
Tolee: You mean this knife?
Chief Fisherman: Oh yes, that's the one. Thank you so much.
Fisherman: We appreciate it. You take care now, and we'll see you back here for the annual catfish sale.
Chief Fisherman: You better believe I'll be back here for that sale. [[drives off]]
Royal Advisor #2: You see? I told you if we stayed a little bit longer, we could find that boat, and we did. Now we can look forward to something tomorrow. And I've been waiting all year for this.
Hoho: Looks like somebody is ready for this sale.
Royal Advisor #2: You're damn right I'm ready for this fish sale.
Fisherman: And you're gonna like the fish even better, because you're getting an entire crate full of it.
Rintoo, Royal Advisors, Tolee, Hoho: What?!
Fisherman: That's right. As a special offer, I'm offering an entire crate full of North Pacific catfish to the emperor and empress of China.
Royal Advisor #2: I don't believe this! We're getting some of the fish! This is a miracle come true! I'm so excited I could just...WOOOOOOOO!!
[[Everbody laughs as Royal Advisor #2 parades around the dock.]]
End of episode.
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