How much can the Windmark / Beaker gardeners get away with in Specter Yard?
Can Colony Don Lothario or Bella Goth / Jane Doe salvage their UFO problems?
At Dr Prometheus Hyde’s house, Bianca Monty braces herself for Kent Capp’s confession, but was the heaviest anvil really dropped by Vidcund Curious in the previous episode, STM 2.08(B)?
This episode is deliberately kept short because it contains multiple (!!) major cliffhangers.
“Last Lap”: This is a full episode in the main STM universe, available only in screenshot story form (no video), because the author only has time for screenshots these days.
Specter Yard / 13 Dead End Lane
The Windmark / Beaker gardeners are working.
Susan gets her first baby bump.
James Windmark / Loki Beaker : Wow, that’s fast.
Susan Windmark / Circe Beaker: Oh fringe! Does prolonged exposure to the toxin cause the side effect of accelerated pregnancy? I wonder how long we can hide this. I’m so worried about how the baby will look like.
James: Let’s try to finish up quickly. Pack up and leave StrangeTown once the second baby bump comes.
Susan nods. The Windmarks go on working.
Inside the house, Nick Grimm (formerly Nervous Subject) and Ophelia Nigmos are eating, and smiling. By this stage, the plants are emitting a scent that gives them suspiciously strong Happy moodlets.
Susan gets her second baby bump.
Susan: I’d never thought I’d say this… but this yard may be enchanted. Do you think the old witch… knows?
James: I’ll take you home. But first, let me tell Nick Grimm.
As James starts walking towards the house, Nick suddenly comes out.
James: Sorry, Mr Grimm. My wife is ill, so I need to take her home. I’ll continue the job first thing tomorrow.
Nick: Oh, you’re pregnant, Mrs Windmark! How come I never noticed?
Susan: Mr Grimm…
James: My wife is ill. She needs to rest at home.
Nick: Shouldn’t she be at the hospital at this size?
James: See you tomorrow, Mr Grimm.
James and Susan walk off.
Nick shrugs and goes back into the house.
When Nick is inside, a loud female scream is heard.
At the edge of the Specter lot, Susan Windmark goes into labor.
UFO, unknown time and coordinates
Colony Don Lothario: Look at what you’ve done, woman. The controls are jammed, the backup systems aren’t functioning, and the communication systems are broken! There’s no telling how far we’ve travelled in space and time, or both!!
Jane Doe / Bella Goth: Then you are lousy, you little green man. Just what were they thinking when they gave you your spaceship license?
Bella: Who are you anyway, you son of a boolprop? You look familiar…
Don: Shut up! Don’t make me hit you, Bel.. I mean, woman. Say your prayers. I think we’re gonna crash!
(thinking) Dina… take care of baby Raul for me.
Bella: Oh, I remember now! Don, you son of a boolprop!
(Don slaps her) Ow! My face! Argh! Where are you… Morty???!!
A loud crash is heard. The world goes black.
Prometheus Hyde’s house in StrangeTown:
HYDE DYNAMIC RM RESIDENCE
Bianca Monty: Such a large table.
Prometheus Hyde: Minimum size for Racing Man gatherings.
Antonio Monty: Bianca was saying this isn’t the main Hyde Dynamic facility.
Hyde: This is my personal lab and home. The main work headquarters is less than a mile from here.
Bianca: Not everyone gets to come in here, Antonio…
Kent Capp: Which is why I need to tell my story here.
Bianca: Yes, Kent. I’ve been waiting long enough.
Kent: Bianca, I haven’t been feeling quite right since I lost you in the Veronaville Disaster. But I went through something quite different from you…
Bianca: YOU lost ME? I thought it’s the other way round? Didn’t you spend two years in a hellish afterlife? (^)
Kent: I’m sorry, Bianca. I’ve not been completely truthful with you. I’ve NEVER been to the afterlife, nor have I EVER been dead.
Bianca: What do you mean? Didn’t Hyde resurrect you at the Veronaville Disaster Memorial? Dr Hyde?
Hyde: I did not perform a resurrection that night. I facilitated a…
If you did not see this coming, please rewatch STM 1.10 and 1.11, and pay careful attention to the dialogue.
(^) Kent Capp’s cover story in STM 2.01.
How will the Windmark / Beaker baby look like?
Where did the UFO land, and who survived the crash?
What are the implications of these relatively unexpected aspects of Kent’s confession?
Find out in the [next episode]…
STM 2.09 – 2.12 Video Announcement
(Aug 8, 2018 – upon the release of 2.09)