The Rocketeer,

Minute 081: To Let You Know We’re Serious

August 14, 2017

Guest Host: Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor is the cohost of the Indiana Jones Minute and the Caddyshack Minute podcasts. He’s also the author of the novel In Memory of Todd Woods. He lives in Chicagoland wth his wife and son, and is so busy he has no friends, except for all you nice people!


Cliff peers through the back door of darkened Bulldog Cafe. He opens the door and steps inside. “Millie?” he whispers.

Closing the door, he walks to the ladder that goes to the Bulldog’s attic. “Peevy!” he whispers up the ladder. Cliff climbs the ladder and opens the hatch to the attic. “Hey Peev!”

“Hey Cliff!” says a tiny voice from below. Surprised, Cliff drops the attic hatch on his head and falls down from the ladder.

“Are you okay?” asks Patsy, standing over him in the diner’s entryway.

“Ahh,” says Clifford, “Patsy, you scared the livin’… heck outta me.”

“Sorry,” says Patsy. The pay phone rings. Clifford walks over and answers the phone. “Peev?” he says into the phone.

“Wrong,” says Eddie Valentine, on the other end of the phone. “This Secord?”

“Who is this?” asks Cliff.

“Never mind,” replies Valentine. “Wanna talk to your girlfriend?” Eddie holds the phone out to Jenny, who is being held by Spanish Johnny.

“Lotsa luck,” says Secord. “But she’s safe outta town by now.” Spanish Johnny lets his hand off Jenny’s mouth.

“Cliff?” says Jenny. “Cliff, is that you?”

“Jenny?” says Cliff, “Baby, where are you? What are they doing to you?”

“Yeah, I’m – ” begins Jenny, but Spanish Johnny puts his hand over her mouth again.

“That’s enough,” says Eddie, “Just to let you know we’re serious. You wanna see your girlfriend? You gotta bring us the rocket. Write this down: Griffith Observatory, 4 AM. By – ”

In This Minute

Jennifer Connelly as Jenny Blake
Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord
America Martin as Patsy
Paul Sorvino as Eddie Valentine
Robert Miranda as Spanish Johnny



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