The Rocketeer,

Minute 014: Too Complex to be a Bomb

May 11, 2017

Guest Host: Pete Mumert

Pete Mummert is a co-host of the Indiana Jones Minute podcast, a show that the AV Club once hailed as “not nearly as tedious as a thing like this could potentially be.” He lives with his wife and two cats in San Francisco, a town in which the term “lousy nickel nurser” only rarely enters casual conversations.


Cliff and Peevy have discovered a package hidden inside their biplane, the Miss Maple. Cliff sets the large canvas duffel bag down on a workbench in the hangar.

“Open ‘er up,” says Peevy. Cliff unwraps the canvas, revealing a shiny, metallic device cover with what looks like heat sinks and air vents.

“Oh my,” says Peevy, running his hands over one of the devices two nacelles. “What have we got here?” he asks.

Cliff puts his hands on either side of the device. “Here,” says Cliff to Peevy, “take the bag.” Cliff lifts the device off the table while Peevy moves the duffel bag out of the way. The device now stands on the table, with two tubes projecting out of the base of the unit.

“Now, that’s a piece of work, ain’t it?” says Peevy.

“Yeah,” says Cliff. “What do you suppose it is, a bomb or something?”

“No,” says Peevy, “it’s too complex to be a bomb.” Peevy tilts the device to get a better look a the tubes on the bottom of the machine. “I don’t see any moving parts…” he continues.

Cliff discovers a leather strap with a push button attached to it.

“I wouldn’t touch that if I were you,” says Peevy. Cliff presses the button.

Instantly, a fan turns on inside the device. Flames shoot out the two bottom tubes. Cliff and Peevy are thrown clear as the device takes off for the hangar roof. The device ricochets  through the rafters, changing direction with every impact. It bounces off a tool box, barely misses the prone Peevy on the hangar floor, knocks a hole through some office wainscoting, and  embeds itself, still running, in an office shelf.

Cliff grabs a broom handle and approaches the flaming device to press the button again with the tip of the handle. The machine turns off, and its fan idles to a stop. Cliff puts the broom down, and turns back to look at the device.

In This Minute

Alan Arkin as Peevy
Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord



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