Strip 495 -- First Seen: 2010-07-30
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The Transcript For This Page
The mass driver is on its side once again. Bert (on the left) is removing the hoppers from the Conveyer, Ernie is removing the bracing struts from the bottom-end of the Mass Driver.
Bert: You know, something occurs to me about our friends ...
Bert is now standing near Ernie and making gestures in sign language. (He holds one hand cupped by his ear while the other arm does a double-exposure effect, pointing upwards and then at himself.)
Bert (translating his signs): They can still hear our radio transmissions.
Ernie (aloud): Crap.
Bert presses one of a half-dozen buttons grouped on the wrist of his space-suit.
Bert: We should be okay if we lower the gain on our transmitters to 50 milliwatts. That cuts the effective range to 250 meters.
Ernie glides by Bert, carrying one of the hoppers.
Ernie: Now, help me weld these things on the base end of the Mass Driver.
Tall panel. The Mass Driver, now inverted, is braced up against the inside crater wall, it's bottom-end pointed up. The four hoppers have been attached to the now-elevated bottom end. See reference sketch 'Rockrocket.gif' for the arrangement. The Brothers stand on the crater rim looking at their work.
Bert: This is going to be a walk in the park.
Two-shot of the Brothers, Ernie looking dubiously at Bert, Bert looking back at him.
Bert: No, really, Ernie, this isn't rocket science.
Ernie: Actually, Bert it is rocket science.
Same shot, now the Brothers are both looking at their make-shift rock-rocket.
Bert: Oh yeah, I guess it is.
Bert: Anyway, it's not particularly difficult rocket science.