Young Indiana Jones Mystery of the Blues bookends

This is a rough transcript of the bookends of the 2-part airing of the "Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues" shown in the U.K. This version had George Hall as Old Indy.

A different bookend aired in the U.S. which had Harrison Ford as [Old] Indy. Information on this version follows.

Old Indy with saxophone

Bookend aired in the U.K.

PART 1: Chicago, April 1920

Beginning bookend:

[Scene showing Old Indy at table reading newspaper and eating. Music playing loudly. Flower pots shake, cup on table shakes and a pot on mantle piece falls to ground, breaking. Old Indy goes upstairs and opens a door to a room where teenagers are playing music.]

Indy: SPIKE! [music stops]

Spike: Grandpa, I'm practicing. Let's talk later.

Indy: You've been practicing for 2 years. Do'ya feel that there's been any progress?

Spike: 2 years ago I knew 3 songs, now I know 30.

Indy: Quantity's not what I'm talking about. You may know 30 songs but you play them all equally badly. I hate to tell you this kid but you sound like bunch of cats on a hot tin roof!

Spike: You don't have to be good to be famous. All we want to do is be famous.

Indy: Now wait a minute! In music, the music comes first. When I was going to college the...

Spike: Grandpa, not another story.

Indy: Well I've been listening to you, now you listen to me.

[Scene fades to Chicago University and then a restaurant.]

Indy: I was just home from the war putting myself through the University of Chicago, waiting on tables which is an art in case you don't know. You don't start at the top. You break in where you can learn the ropes. Perfect your style until you're at the top like Colosimo's restaurant. The best food, the best service, like dixieland jazz... I was crazy about jazz.

Ending bookend

[Scene showing Young Indy being applauded after playing the jazz version of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". Fades to present time...]

Indy: I kept it quiet. I only played that one song but I was jazzing with some of the best.

Spike: So what are you trying to tell me, Grandpa?

Indy: Well, heh, I guess I'm saying keep on going. You may never get famous or play with any real geniuses but the journey along the way is bound to be interesting.

Spike: Alright, I'll get on with it.

Indy: Go ahead.

PART 2: Chicago, May 1920

Beginning bookend

[Scene opens with music playing and knocking on door. Indy goes to door and opens it. Neighbours there all talking at once, complaining to Indy.]

Indy: Alright, alright...

[Everyone follows Indy round the back of the house to a garage. Music gets louder. Indy walks to fuse box, opens it and pulls out a fuse.]

Voice From behind garage door: Hey, what happened?

[Garage door opens to show Spike and his friends.]

Spike: What's going on? Grandpa, what are you doing?

Indy: The neighbours are complaining.

Female neighbour: If you don't stop I'm going to call the police.

Spike: You don't understand what we're trying to do. Grandpa, we're pushing the envelope.

Male neighbour: You're pushing us!

Indy: I know, I know. Don't think I don't understand. I had some friends in Chicago, 1920 who were licking the gum off envelopes too.

Spike: Grandpa, not now please.

Indy: I was at the University of Chicago studying archaeology, and I was waiting tables at night at Colosimo's restaurant.

[Scene fades to Indy at Colosimo's restaurant.]

Ending bookend

[Scene showing Young Indy playing the blues. Fades to present time.]

Indy: Taurio and Caboo took over Colosimo's operation and the bootleg wars really began in Chicago, and Taurio became one of the richest bootleggers. Al Capone became the richest one ever. And I guess a few policemen didn't do so badly either.

Spike: Yeah. Hey, we're doing the same thing Grandpa, expressing our discontent with society through our music. Give me the fuse.

Indy: Nope.

Spike: Why?

Indy: Because there's a difference between what you're doing and what the blues were doing in 1920.

Spike: What?

Indy: Well for one thing they didn't have synthesizers, electric guitars, microphones and amps.

Spike: So?

Indy: So you didn't need a fuse to play the blues - let's go!

Spike: Grandpa!

Male neighbour: We'll have peace at last!

[Indy walks off back to the house.]

Bookend aired in the U.S.

This is basically what happened in the bookends shown in the U.S. and Finland. The ending has been left out so as not to spoil it.

Beginning bookend

The episode opened with Indy (Harrison Ford) and his Indian friend, Great Cloud, being chased at high speeds in snowy Wyoming in 1950. The pursuers are after a scared Indian pipe Indy had just retrieved. After firing a number of shots the pursuing car plows into a snowbank and then Indy's pickup does the same shortly thereafter. The two flee on foot as a blizzard hits which covers their tracks. They hole up in a cabin waiting for the storm to pass as no one will come after them until the storm dies down. Great Cloud says the pipe is probably the most sacred relic of his peoples' past. Indy opens up a music case and pulls out a saxophone which he says is a sacred relic of his past. This reminds Indy of when he was working his way through the University of Chicago as a waiter in Colosimo's restaurant which had the best food, best service, and best Jazz in Chicago.

Ending bookend

The episode ended with Great Cloud noting that it stopped snowing. The 3 pursuers burst into the cabin...

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