Voyagers! s01e19 Episode Script

Barriers of Sound

Could you tell us where we might find Alexander Graham Bell? That's an easy enough request.
Watson, come here, I want you! (EXCLAIMING) The telephone has been born.
I'm gonna give you the Phineas Bogg crash course on how to be comfortable around men.
(LAUGHING) Phineas.
Bell and Mabel are supposed to get married.
You don't understand, I love her.
We can't change history.
BOGG: I can't give her up.
BOGG: We travel through time to help history along, give it a push where it's needed.
Bogg! BOGG: When the Omni's red, it means history's wrong.
Our job's to get everything back on track.
(OMNI dings) Green light, kid! We did it! (BOTH GRUNTING) Nice landing, Bogg.
Just be glad we missed the outhouse.
Bat's breath.
I think I sprained my knee.
You okay? For once I was prepared for this.
Jim Thorpe's old football equipment worked great.
You should have borrowed some.
I've traveled like this long before I met you, you know, and I get by just fine.
Whatever you say.
Now, where are we? (BEEPING) Texas, 1890.
Hey, what's going on? What in Sam Hill hit the chicken coop? I think we did.
What for? Well, you see, we were gonna You two are a little early for Halloween, ain't you? Ain't for two weeks yet.
Yeah, we thought we should get a jump on the other kids.
Your friend's a pretty big kid.
Hey, look, sonny, you better run along.
This ain't no place for a child right now.
Something wrong? There's a woman in there having a mess of trouble trying to birth her baby.
Your wife? No, Mrs.
My wife and I just come over to help out while Mr.
Eisenhower went to fetch a doc.
Eisenhower? It's a two-day ride to the nearest doctor.
I don't think that poor woman can make it through the night.
President Eisenhower? President who? Never mind.
Do you know if the Eisenhowers were gonna name their baby Dwight David? Yeah.
If it was a boy.
But how did you Don't make no never mind anyhow 'cause that baby ain't gonna need a name except one to put on his tombstone.
Tombstone? Ain't you been listening? I told you that woman is bad off.
My wife's birthed a lot of babies, but she ain't no doctor.
Why don't you just call one? Call one? What do you think, there's one just standing out there in field or something? No, I mean, call one on the phone.
Telegraph? No telephone.
Haven't you ever heard of it? You know, you talk through it to someone hundreds of miles away.
Without a code? Just your own voice? Yeah.
You two from another planet? No, seriously, it was invented 13, 14 years ago by Alexander Graham Bell.
You should have one in your house by now.
A thing you talk through and people can hear what you say a hundred miles away? A thousand miles away.
That's it.
A classic case of pixilation if I ever seen one.
You really You don't understand.
You see, we were just trying to Guess something happened to the telephone, huh? Yeah.
Without it President Eisenhower won't be born and who knows how many other problems it'll cause.
Better check it out.
Boston, 1875 or 1876, I don't remember which.
(PLUMMETING) Hey, that's what I call a landing.
You can keep your crash gear, kid.
I think I'm starting to get the hang of this.
Yeah, until next time.
(BEEPING) Boston, summer of 1875.
Red light.
Got any ideas where we can find Bell? What we need is a phone book.
(EXPLOSION) Look out, it's a run away! Hey, lady, look out! Get out of the way! JEFFREY: Bogg, she's gonna get hit.
Hey, lady! Are you all right? Are you all right? That wagon almost hit me.
Didn't you hear everybody yelling at you to watch out? Hey, is she all right? I'm trying to find out.
She won't answer me.
Hey, lady, I'm talking to you.
Hey, what's the matter, can't you hear? No, I'm deaf.
I'm sorry, I didn't realize.
Bogg, she can't hear you.
She's got to see your face so she can read your lips.
No wonder she couldn't hear the wagon.
Hey, are you okay? You saved me, didn't you? I guess.
I'm sorry.
Nothing to be sorry about.
But I was delighted to save you.
I'm Phineas Bogg.
This is Jeffrey Jones.
My name is Mabel Hubbard.
But please, I have to go now.
I'm late for class.
Don't run off.
We'll walk you to school.
Bogg, we've have to find Bell, remember? Relax.
Where do you go to school? Boston University, but please, I don't want you to walk me.
I caused enough trouble as it is already.
Well, being deaf is nothing to be ashamed of.
We could Bogg, I think I remember something about Bell teaching at Boston University.
You almost let her get away.
Hey, least you could do is let me walk you to school after I saved your life.
Well, okay.
As you wish.
She's cute, isn't she? Kind of shy if you ask me.
Well, I like them shy.
You like them period.
No, really, still waters run deep, you know.
Bogg, give the poor girl a break.
She's got enough problems as it is being deaf.
Besides, we've gotta find Bell.
Well, maybe Mabel can help.
Besides, I think it's time we included her in the conversation.
I feel like we're talking behind her back.
I guess we're being kind of rude.
Mabel, do you know a man named Alexander Graham Bell? He's a teacher of the deaf at the university.
MABEL: Father, what are you doing here? Where have you been, young lady? You're an hour late for class.
You know my stand on punctuality, never late, never sorry.
Since when do you come to school to check up on me? Since you snuck away from your governess this morning.
Father, I'm too old to have a governess.
I can take care of myself.
You can't even get yourself to class on time.
Who are these two strange looking characters? Mr.
Hubbard, I can explain.
Sir, if you're There was an accident, Father.
They saved my life.
An accident? Oh, my God.
No, really, sir.
It wasn't that bad.
I didn't hear a runaway wagon.
Bogg pulled me out of the way.
I'm most grateful to you, sir.
Why can't I get it through that pretty head of yours how dangerous it is for a deaf girl to walk the streets alone? Please, Father, don't go into this now.
Not in front of strangers.
I'll talk in front of whomever I wish.
Your governess was hired to protect you from just that kind of thing.
I deserve a life of my own.
So you do, and you shall have that life of your own as long as your governess is with you.
But I'll not have you endanger your own life.
I can't hear you, Father.
I've got my eyes closed.
I hate it when she does that.
Pretty good way to end a conversation.
She's perfected it to an art.
Go to class, we'll talk later.
I'll see you at home, Father.
Thank you.
Excuse me, Mr.
Could you tell us where we might find Alexander Graham Bell? Professor Bell? That's an easy enough request.
He's over there in the gazebo.
He's working with Tom Saunder's little boy.
He's the best teacher of the deaf I've ever seen.
I hired him to help Mabel when she was younger with her pronunciation.
Yes, sir, she told us.
He's a great inventor, too.
So he tried to convince me once.
I'm a patent attorney.
I've seen enough of men's folly.
Bell is a very good teacher of the deaf.
He should continue doing that.
Well, I have an appointment, but here's my card.
If I can be of any further help Good day, sir.
Thank you again.
Good, Georgie, good.
Can I help you? Are you Professor Bell? Yes, I am.
Could we talk to you a moment? Certainly.
Georgie's finished with his lesson.
Just let me dismiss him.
Is the glove an invention of yours? I wouldn't call it an invention.
It's more of a teaching tool.
See, Georgie can neither hear nor read lips.
To get him to speak I had to come up with a way to communicate with him.
We're interested in another one of your inventions.
Which one? The telephone.
Oh, that.
I'm surprised you've heard of it.
What's left of it is around my shop collecting dust.
But why? Well, I spend my days teaching so I'll have the money to pay for my rent and eat a few meals.
That only leaves me my nights free to work on a more lucrative invention, the harmonic telegraph.
But the telephone is worth millions.
So I've tried to convince my backers, but they were only willing to give me a small sum, a very small sum to continue my experiments on the telegraph.
Wait a minute, aren't you married or engaged? Me? I have no money to support a wife.
Not even a girlfriend? I teach all day and work on my telegraph at night.
Who has time for courting? Something coming to you? Yeah.
If you'll excuse me, I have to get to my lecture.
If you'd like to see my telegraph, you're welcome to stop by my shop.
It's also my home.
We'd like that.
It's at 409 Court Street.
When I'm not here, I'm there.
You okay? It's all coming back to me now.
What? Now I know why I feel so weird.
I've seen all this before.
How? On the late show.
Don Ameche played Alexander Graham Bell.
You mean they made a movie about all this? Yeah.
Bell got all the money he needed for his experiments from his wife's father.
You wouldn't happen to remember his wife's name, would you? I think it was Mabel.
Mabel? Like the girl we saved today, Mabel? Yeah, and her father in the movie was a patent attorney, just like Mr.
Which means that Bell is supposed to marry Mabel Hubbard.
They barely know each other.
I know.
I think that's why we're here.
So, we got to get Mabel Hubbard and Alexander Graham Bell to fall in love.
Come on.
The way I see it, we got two problems.
Mabel's too shy and inhibited to meet a man, and Bell doesn't have enough time to meet a woman.
Swell, now that you've figured that out, what are we gonna do about it? Well, wise guy, one of us should bring Mabel out of her shell, and the other should convince Bell he should get married.
I've got a feeling I'm the one who has to convince Bell.
No, I thought I should.
Why? You saw how shy Mabel was.
A young boy would be less threatening to her.
I don't think she's gonna listen to a kid.
Besides, you're much better with women.
You're right.
You go over to Bell's this afternoon.
I'll pay Mabel a visit.
I hope she'll see you.
I saved her life, of course she'll see me.
Miss Hubbard sends her regrets, but she can't see you.
Why not? She didn't say and I didn't ask.
Did you tell her I'm Phineas Bogg, the guy that saved her life this morning? Yes, and she said she's very grateful.
Well, she has a fine way of showing her gratitude.
Mabel! Mabel! Mabel.
It won't do no good to yell, Mr.
Bogg, she's deaf.
Yeah, but she can see my lips moving.
I'm just gonna yell louder until she comes down here.
In fact, I'm gonna yell so loud the whole neighborhood's gonna know that Mabel Please, Mr.
Bogg, stop, I'll come down.
I'll be waiting.
Bogg, you should not have shouted like that.
This is a very quiet neighborhood.
Why wouldn't you see me? I couldn't.
I can't.
Why couldn't you? I was afraid.
Afraid of what? My experiences with men are limited.
You don't need experience.
I just want to be friends.
I thought maybe we'd both enjoy taking a ride and get something to eat.
You mean, me and you? Why make it sound so terrible? But I promise if you don't have a good time I'll take you right back.
No, I can't.
Father wouldn't allow it.
Well, let's ask him.
He's not home.
Well, good, then he's not here to say no.
But when he finds out If he starts yelling at you, all you gotta do is close your eyes.
I get away with a lot when I do that.
I noticed.
It's a cute trick.
Well, I am kind of hungry.
Now, let's go.
This is your lab? Well, we like to call it home.
Since we work here and eat here and sleep here.
Maybe we should call it prison.
You should've seen the lab Edison has.
You know him? Sort of.
I hear he's very good.
That he's made some remarkable improvements on the telegraph.
Yeah, but nothing like what you're doing.
That's why they call his work improvements and ours experiments.
Don't mind Watson, he's been working too hard.
What's this harmonic telegraph you told me you were working on? Well, for right now you can only send one message at a time over a telegraph wire.
If mine will work, you'll be able to send many different messages at the same time.
Well, it's nothing compared to what the telephone can do.
Well, of course, the telephone can't do anything at all.
It will.
It's gonna be one of the greatest inventions of all time.
It's nice to have one believer.
Can I see it? Well, we haven't worked on it in months.
Where did we put it, Watson? Here you go, kid, the greatest invention of all time.
BELL: Don't pay any attention to Watson.
JEFFREY: Does it work? Well, if it worked, we wouldn't let it sit around and collect dust.
Why'd you stop? The almighty dollar.
We worked on it till the money ran out.
But you have money to work on the harmonic telegraph.
The father of the boy I teach, Mr.
Sanders, gives me just enough money to pay for this room and some supplies.
And he gives me that money to work on the telegraph, not on the telephone.
I'm afraid this will have to wait until I make some money on inventions other people believe in.
Tomorrow you're gonna meet a woman who's gonna solve all your problems.
A woman? You remember them, Aleck? They're soft, they wear dresses.
Their voices have a higher pitch than men's.
I think we used to take them out on dates once in a while.
I remember.
Jeffrey, as much as I would like to meet a woman, I do not have the time.
Besides, I do not have the money or the place to entertain.
It's not just for romance.
You could talk some business, too.
What kind of business? Well, her father's a wealthy patent attorney.
He can give you the money you need for the telephone.
This woman's name wouldn't be Hubbard, would it? Yeah, Mabel Hubbard.
Why, I taught Mabel years ago.
She's very young.
Not anymore, she's all grown up.
Well, it really wouldn't work anyway because I've already asked Mr.
Hubbard for financial support.
He was not interested in my invention.
But Mabel can talk her father into anything.
You convince her, she'll convince her father.
I would never use a woman to obtain money.
Forget the money.
Just see her because you're a Ionely old grouch and her company would probably do you some good.
No, I can't, I'm much too busy.
Well, you have to make time.
She's already planning to come over tomorrow.
MAN: Hey, waiter.
Chocolate cake.
Waiter! We ordered cherry phosphate, not lemonade.
Oh, my, you're right.
I'm sorry.
Look, it's my first day.
It's too much.
I just can't handle it all.
That's okay.
Lemonade's fine, really.
Thank you, so much.
You haven't said a word since we left your house.
I don't know what to say.
Come on, relax.
(SIGHING) I think we better get back now.
We just got here.
I shouldn't be doing this.
I promised myself I wouldn't see men anymore.
And why is that? I'm deaf.
Men aren't interested in a deaf wife.
That's not true.
I'm afraid it is.
A lot of men approach me because they find me attractive.
But you ought to see how the looks on their faces change when I tell them I'm deaf.
Suddenly, they don't come around anymore.
I'm sorry, I guess I didn't understand.
Oh, it's okay.
Ever since the last one, I learned to accept it.
You want to tell me about it? There was this boy, I loved him very much.
So much that I pretended I could hear.
He was handsome and smart.
Worst of all he was a musician.
I never took my eyes off his face for fear I'd miss something he said and he'd find out.
So, I commented on how birds sang, how pleasant crickets sounded on summer's evening, and I'd spend hours listening to him play a piano that I couldn't hear.
What happened? On the night that he took me to meet his parents I sat at the dinner table frantically watching everyone's lips.
I didn't hear the maid drop a stack of plates behind me.
And that's it? He stopped seeing you? Not right away.
He was a nice boy.
He saw me one more time and pretended that it didn't matter.
Then I got a very sweet letter.
Look, I don't know what to say.
That's a sad story, but everybody is not like that.
Listen, I know somebody you should meet.
Somebody that wouldn't care at all that you're deaf.
Look, some other time, all right.
No, really.
In fact he already knows you can't hear.
It's Alexander Bell.
Professor Bell? My old teacher? Yeah.
Oh, I'm sorry.
Let me clean that off.
I'll get some water.
Let me I'll get some water.
(LAUGHING) What's so funny? How could you? How could I what? You mean this? Oh, no.
You wouldn't.
(KNOCKING ON DOOR) Don't answer it, it's probably the bill collector.
Probably the bill collector.
How did it go? Pretty well.
Does Bell want to meet Mabel? Yeah, I even think he's excited about it.
Bring her over about 4:00.
He's got classes till noon, and I'll need the rest of the time to get him ready.
Good, I need time to teach a little class of my own.
See you.
But why do you want me to meet Mr.
Bell? I mean, he's got long hair and he dresses funny.
Oh, so what? What did I look like when you first met me? Oh, yeah.
What do you mean, oh, yeah? Oh, I don't know, Phineas.
I mean, I get so nervous and shy around men.
Don't worry, if you can get used to me you can get used to anybody.
Besides, I'm gonna give you the Phineas Bogg crash course on how to be comfortable around men.
This should be interesting.
No, really.
Start out by being light, happy.
Smile a lot.
Laugh a lot.
What if he doesn't say anything funny? Laugh anyway.
And if he starts talking about things you don't understand, just nod your head, yes, throw in a couple of uh-huh's.
And when he pauses, say something like, "That's very interesting.
" Even if it's not? Especially if it's not.
Well, what if he doesn't say anything at all? Easy, you ask him a question about himself.
Pretend he's the most interesting man in the whole world.
What if he asks me to dance? He's not gonna ask you to dance.
You never know, Phineas.
You know, you don't have to hear to be able to dance.
Well, don't you think it would be nice if I could keep step with the music? You can.
Get up.
Come on.
Okay, now, just follow me.
Ready? (HUMMING) There's just one problem.
What's that? I can't watch the music and my feet at the same time.
Well, don't watch your feet.
Just move with my body.
(LAUGHING) Phineas, this is wonderful.
You're doing great.
I never knew dancing could be so much fun.
That last step was murder.
Are you okay? I can't remember when I've felt better.
Mabel should be here any minute.
I got to go.
Jeffrey, Jeffrey, you don't have to run off.
I'm sure Mabel wouldn't mind if you stayed.
Bell, you're on your own.
Mabel, about what happened back there.
Yes, Phineas? It shouldn't have.
It was a mistake.
Yeah, of course.
I mean we both got carried away in the lesson, that's all.
You're right.
The whole purpose was to get you at ease around men enough to meet Mr.
I guess we got a little too at ease.
Okay, remember everything I told you? Big smile, light, happy, attentive.
He's gonna be crazy about you.
I hope so.
I wouldn't want to let down my teacher.
How nice to see you again, Professor Bell.
Jeffrey was right, you have grown up.
(LAUGHING) What an amusing thing to say.
I didn't mean it to be amusing.
I May I come in? Oh, of course.
Please, sit down.
So far so good.
You think so? She got through the door okay.
He didn't trip.
So, Mr.
Bell, I Please, call me Aleck.
Please, call me Mabel.
So, Aleck, I hear you're quite an inventor.
I hope so.
You know, there's one particular invention I'm very excited about.
It's a device that will send the human voice through a wire much the same way a telegraph does.
Really? I'd love to see how it works.
And I'd love to show it you but I'm afraid it's impossible.
Yeah, I guess it would be a waste showing me, since I can't hear the human voice or anything else.
No, no, that's not it at all.
I can't show it to you because it doesn't work yet.
Well, it was certainly nice of you to invite me over like this.
Invite you? But I I mean, Jeffrey said that you were coming by and You didn't invite me? Well, I would have if I had thought of it but But you didn't.
(SIGHING) Oh, I get it.
Phineas Bogg asked you to see me.
No, that's not it at all.
It's just that I make a practice of not getting involved with any of my female students.
Because they're deaf? No.
(SOBBING) No, it's because usually they're too young.
Sure, I understand.
It's all right, Mr.
I mean, there's no reason you should be any different than any of the others.
What are you talking about? Men.
None of them, including you, could ever get serious about a deaf girl.
I mean, you have to see them all day at school.
Why do you want to be bothered with them when you get home? That's not That's not true, Mabel.
In fact, there's one deaf woman in particular I'm very serious about.
I used to go home to her every day.
Who's the lucky girl? My mother.
I'm sorry, I didn't know.
No, there's no reason to be sorry.
She is a great woman.
And she taught me that it doesn't matter if you can hear or see, or walk.
The important thing is what kind of a person you are in spite of it all.
Right now, I feel like a fool.
No, no, you're not.
You're a beautiful, intelligent woman who's probably been hurt a few times.
So you're deaf.
I'm not incredibly handsome.
Does that make us any less as people? No, I guess not.
I guess not.
Here, dry your eyes and I'm gonna show you a great invention that doesn't work.
Well, I'm ready to receive when you're ready to send.
Be ready in a minute.
So you like her.
Mabel? Yes.
But do you really like her? She has a spirit that's irresistible.
And she's pretty too.
And, yes, I want to see her again.
All right! Soon.
But for right now let's concentrate on the harmonic telegraph.
You know, I bet if you were engaged to Mabel, Mr.
Hubbard would give you the financial support for your inventions.
Boy, you like to rush things.
All we know is I like her.
We still don't know if she likes me.
Oh, she does.
(SIGHING) I haven't had a chance to ask you how it went with Mr.
Bell today.
I thought you were watching.
The kid made me leave about halfway through.
Well, I had a very nice time.
Oh, good, good.
You talked? Yeah, we talked a lot.
He is a very interesting man.
Did you know that he's perfected a form of visible speech whereby a person can imitate a sound he's never heard? No, no, I didn't know that.
So you really liked him, huh? He's quite an original man.
He's warm, sensitive, intelligent.
And he made me feel very much at ease.
Yeah, I liked him, quite a lot.
Do you think you could love a man like Bell? Yes, I think I could.
Hey, great.
'Cause I could, that is, if I wasn't already in love with you.
(TAPPING) Nothing happened on the third one.
The free end of the reed must be too close to the electromagnetic pole.
It's probably frozen.
See if you can pluck it free.
Bogg, come here, you gotta see this.
I got to talk to you.
Look, I hope you understand what I'm gonna tell you.
I don't like it when you get serious.
Yeah, well, this is serious.
No, I can't go on with this anymore.
On with what? Bell and Mabel.
We got to find some other way to get the money for the telephone.
Why? Because I love Mabel, and she loves me.
And I can't give her up.
I mean it, I've never felt this way about anyone before.
But we have a job to do.
I know.
We'll figure some other way to get the money.
No! We can't change history.
Why am I telling you this? You're the one who's always telling me.
Bell and Mabel are supposed to get married.
You don't understand, I love her.
I've heard that one before.
No, you haven't.
I've fallen for a few in my time but I never said I loved any of them.
So what do you plan to do, stop being a voyager, stay home and raise kids? I know that sounds crazy, but right now that's exactly what I feel like doing.
No, Bogg, it doesn't just sound crazy, it is crazy.
Yeah, well, it's hard traveling around all the time, you know.
Just when I get close to somebody I got to leave again.
I know, I get Ionely, too.
But like it or not we've got the most important job in history.
And if we don't do that job, history is gonna change.
Telephone won't be invented, Eisenhower won't be born and millions of other things will be different.
You're not telling me anything I haven't already told myself.
The fact is, kid, I don't know what I'm gonna do.
(VIBRATING) Watson! Watson, what are you doing? I'm plucking the reed free.
Keep doing it, I can hear the vibrations.
This is it! It's generating audible sounds.
What's going on? I can hear the exact sound Watson is producing.
I can hear its timbre.
No less complex or subtle than the sound of symphonies.
And speech.
And speech.
Does this mean you've invented the phone? No, no, I'm afraid I'm a long way from that.
But this proves it will work.
You mean, we finally made progress? Good progress.
We still need money for supplies.
Without it, we're not much further along.
Yes, but now you can convince people.
Now that this has happened? No, they won't know what this means, how much closer we are.
The telephone has been born.
But for a while, a long while, it will remain an infant.
(BEEPING) Good morning, sweetheart.
Is there something wrong? With me? No, no, couldn't be better.
So, where do you want to go for lunch? Well, I really just came by to say I couldn't go.
What? Why not? I just have some things I got to do.
But last night, we made plans.
I know, I know, but things change.
We've seen too much of each other already.
Well, it hasn't been too much for me.
See, that's what I was afraid of.
You're getting too attached.
Too attached? Yeah, I mean I'm not the kind of guy that gets serious.
I like to stay loose, on the move.
I don't want any woman hanging on.
But last night I mean, you said you loved me.
Did I? Well, I guess, I say that to a lot of girls.
Oh, please, Phineas, don't talk like this.
It's like I don't even know you.
Look, this is the real Phineas Bogg, okay? I'll say anything or do anything to get a girl interested.
Please, Phineas, I know that's not true.
Well, face it, will you? You're just another pretty face to me.
You don't mean any more to me than the girl I met last week or the girl I'll probably meet tomorrow.
(SOBBING) Mabel, I hope someday you can forgive me.
And I hope someday I can forget how much I love you.
I'm glad you came over, Mabel.
Did you really mean all those things you said the other day? Of course.
I may not be much, but I am honest.
I'll be honest with you, too.
I came over here today because someone I thought I really cared about hurt me badly.
I understand.
I just needed someone to lean on, a shoulder to cry on.
You were the first person I thought of.
I'm glad you did, Mabel.
Here's my shoulder.
It's all yours.
Come on.
You did the right thing.
I don't know.
If there was a medal for voyager action above and beyond the call of duty, you'd deserve it.
(DINGS) Green light, let's get out of here, huh? We gotta see the telephone get invented.
How long before that happens? I think I remember from the late show it was sometime in March.
Okay, we'll Omni forward.
But if Mabel's there, I don't think I'll be able to stick around.
It's March, all right, and it's coming in like a lion.
Yeah, let's get inside.
(KNOCKING ON DOOR) Well, I'll be.
We thought we lost you two forever.
Aleck, look who's here.
Where have you two been? We had to go away for a while.
Well, I'm glad you're back.
And I have great news.
Mabel and I are engaged.
Congratulations, that's great.
You're a lucky man.
You don't have to tell me.
And if it wasn't for the two of you I never would have gotten to know her.
Hey, did Mr.
Hubbard finally come around and give you support? You were right, Jeffrey, Mabel talked him into it.
Come, we were just about to try something new.
Inside this cone I have placed a diaphragm much like the eardrum in your ear.
When I talk into it, the vibrations are sent through this wire that sits in the water.
That causes an electric current that varies and those variations are sent to the receiving diaphragm, reproducing the human voice.
When you gonna try it? Right now.
Jeffrey, you and Watson go in the other room.
Bogg, you can stay with me.
Don't get your hopes up too high, kid.
This ain't the first time we tried this.
We've been at this thing for three hours.
It's never going to work.
Sure it is, it has to.
Yeah, well, if a miracle happens you wake me up.
I'm gonna take a nap.
I don't understand, it should work.
Why is the wire in the water? Water acts as a conductor for the electricity.
Maybe it's not a good enough conductor.
I can fix that.
This acid will make it a better conductor.
Let's see if it works any better.
Watson, come here, I want you! Mr.
Watson! It works! It works! Watson, wake up, it works! Mr.
Watson! Come here, I want you! (EXCLAIMING) We heard your voice! You should have, I was yelling loud enough.
I dropped acid on my leg.
No, we heard your voice over the wire.
You did? It works.
It works! It works! (BABY CRYING) He's crying.
He's all right.
It's a boy.
No, I don't have to see it to know it's a boy.
His name is Dwight David and he's gonna be president.
Yeah, I'll ask them.
How's the mother? BOGG: She's fine, smiling like crazy.
She's fine, Doc.
Yeah, we can take it from here.
You'll be here tomorrow? All right, I'll tell them.
Bye-bye, Doc.
Hey, kid, you gotta see this.
You did it, Bogg.
Well, I just brought in the hot water and towels, Mrs.
Thomas delivered him.
You know, this baby is gonna be head of the allied forces in World War II.
President of the United States.
Don't tell Mr.
Eisenhower that, he's had enough excitement for one day.
How is he? Great.
He's just sitting in there staring at his wife with a big grin on his face.
And he said to say thank you.
JEFFREY: There's one other person he should thank.
Who's that? Alexander Graham Bell.
Oh, yeah.
Him and Mabel are probably gonna have a couple of these, huh? Tell me something, Bogg.
Would you really have given up being a voyager to stay with Mabel? And miss a moment like this? We're voyagers, kid, and this is the only pay we get.
JEFFREY: If you wanna learn more about Alexander Graham Bell and his inventions or President dwight david Eisenhower, take a voyage down to your public library.
It's all in books!