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G2008 Radio Play (Chapter VIII)
Meanwhile, on Victoria Tower…
Lexington, Amp, Coco & Griff STAND.
So how big is your clan?
One hundred ninety-six gargoyles, ranging in age from Old Pog to little Lunette and her rookery sibs.
And are there eggs?
We don't dare outgrow Knight's Spur, so to keep our numbers manageable, mated couples are allowed only two eggs across their lifespans instead of three.
Enforced isolation during the female's final heat.
Tell me about it.
And are you two mates?
Us?!! God, no!!
Don't get me wrong. Coco's my best mate.
But "mates"? Please.
Okay, new topic… I didn't see any beasts…
Because we have none.
Hudson, Macbeth & Arthur STAND.
NOVEMBER 15, 12:00AM. Victoria Tower. Hudson joins the others.
Any signs of life?
Nah. Quiet, bordering on dull.
Coldsteel & Coyote STAND.
I believe we can rectify that and still display no signs of life.
Coldsteel, Coyote, a Steel Clan Robot and an Iron Clan Robot attack.
Take to the sky, lads and lassie! Coldsteel is mine!!
Well, well, look who's biting off more than old gums can chew?
Brave words for a metal ghost!
Bring it on, you old horned goat!
Chapter Eight: Rock & Roll. Coyote blasts at Amp, who's knocked to safety by Lex.
Amp! Look out!
Griff and Coco battle the Iron Clan and Steel Clan robots. Macbeth and Arthur watch from below.
Why do these two look like Goliath?
That's a Xanatos 'bot!
If you say so.
He must be after the Stone! Wants it for his collection, I imagine. But I don't see him up there. The automatons may be a mere diversion. Best stay on the alert… Pendragon…?
But Pendragon is gone. Coyote blasts at Lex & Amp.
I am programmed to terminate only if necessary. Abandon this airspace, and you will not be harmed.
Dream on, you electric sheep! We're not going anywhere 'til we know exactly what Xanatos and Fox are up to!
Coyote shocks Lex unconscious, but Amp catches him. Coco, meanwhile, sees Griff blast the arms off the Iron Clan Robot with a lightning gun.
Delimbification!! I like it!
Right-o! We'll get Macbeth to issue these beauties to the entire clan!
Like I need the gun.
Coco cloaks her wings and tucks her knees to become a big gargoylean cannonball. The Steel Clan robot gains; she slams feet first into its chest, digs her talons in and RIPS its arms out.
Your hatchlings seem to think they invented the joys of dismemberment – but I wonder how they'd take to the real thing?
One of Coldsteel's tentacles yanks the sword from Hudson's grasp. The other tentacles wrap around his arm to rip it from its socket.
Suddenly, fire from above melts the tentacles.
COLDSTONE & Coldfire STAND.
You never did learn to respect your elders. Did you, brother?
Anyone order up the kitchen sink?
Isn't this turning into quite the reunion?
12:12AM. WESTMINSTER ABBEY. Arthur takes out two guards.
Standing in front of the container holding the Stone, Arthur carefully places his crown on his head. Meanwhile…
<recovery moan> Amp… What'd I miss? Never mind. I get the gist. Follow my lead!
Lex and Amp use their heat signatures to lure the Iron and Steel Clan Robots away…
Mate, you nicked my shiny…
…and into the path of Coyote's laser blasts. The Iron and Steel Clan robots explode. This distracts Coldsteel, allowing Hudson to recover his sword by ripping Coldsteel's last remaining tentacle from its socket.
Feeling a bit outnumbered, brother?
Outnumbered and overmatched!
Yes, I wasn't expecting all the company…
Coldsteel drives Hudson back by generating an electric field…
Though I'm far from shocked by the development. Coyote, cover our departure. Tomorrow is another day.
Joining Coyote, Coldsteel rockets between a surprised Coldstone and Coldfire, who are forced apart by his e-field. The gargoyles pursue, but Coyote generates a bright light that whites out the night sky.
Coldsteel & Coyote SIT.
Tomorrow, Chapter IX...
G2008 Radio Play (Chapter VII)
XANATOS, COLDSTEEL & COYOTE STAND.
NOVEMBER 2, 6:46AM EST. Scarab Corp. Coldsteel looks on, as David Xanatos installs a diamond inside Coyote 5.0.
And what would that be?
It's called the Coyote Diamond…
Chapter Seven: The Rock.
The stone's flawless surfaces and clarity increase the speed of--
I'm sorry I asked.
My apologies. I'm sure you're much more interested in your own situation.
I was under the impression I had free will.
And you do. I promise summoning you was a one-time event. On the other hand, your unit does include a built-in tracking device… which I'm happy to deactivate…
Permanently. All I ask in return is help on one small errand. Are we agreed?
We are agreed.
XANATOS, COLDSTEEL & COYOTE sit. TALON, SATO, MAGGIE & ELISA STAND.
3:52PM EST. The Labyrinth. Talon cradles Maggie the Cat, as Dr. Jay Sato examines her. Elisa Maza looks on.
How is she, Doc?
Well, her pulse is fine, and her injuries seem to be healing nicely…
See, Derek, I said you were worried over nothing.
But I'm a surgeon. Treating someone in Maggie's… "condition" is really not my area.
Not anyone's, Dr. Sato. Anyone we dare trust anyway.
It's as if you've revealed a new world to me…
Yep, you're a medical pioneer.
Pioneer or not, she needs an O.B.
TALON, SATO, MAGGIE & ELISA sit. Macbeth, BROOKLYN, GOLIATH, BROADWAY, OWEN & Xanatos STAND.
4:50PM EST. Eyrie Building. As the sun sets, Owen Burnett and Macbeth wait for Goliath to wake. NOVEMBER 2, 5:12PM EST. Inside the Great Hall, Macbeth addresses Goliath, Brooklyn, Hudson, Angela, Broadway, Bronx and Lexington.
It's called the Stone of Destiny. For centuries the kings of Scotland were crowned upon it at Scone…
Magic talking stone. We've heard of it.
Yes, well, the English stole it. Now, after eight hundred years, it's finally being returned. I'm asking for your help to ensure it gets to Scotland safely.
Don't you have… minions… for this?
We've parted ways. Please, Goliath. Many – including your landlord – would stop at nothing to get the Stone.
I have been wounded twice in one week. I am healed – but not whole. But my second, Brooklyn, can lead Broadway, Lexington and Angela to join your quest.
Yeah, we're goin' to Scotland!!
Well, England to start with--
I don't know, Goliath, if you're recovering, maybe this is the wrong time to send me overseas.
Ah… Yes. You are needed here. Hudson may lead this expedition.
Owen, watching the exchange by closed circuit, talks on the phone to Xanatos, who's about to board a private plane.
Yes, Macbeth, Hudson, Broadway, Angela and Lexington… Shall I attempt to stop them?
That won't be necessary. I believe I've planned for this contingency.
Back in the Great Hall, Angela whispers in Broadway's ear.
Uh… yeah… Manhattan's dangerous right now. Me and Angela'll stay too. To help Brooklyn.
That's great. Thanks.
Macbeth, Brooklyn, Goliath, Broadway, Owen & Xanatos sit. SHARI STANDS.
NOVEMBER 3, 5:29AM EST. Nightstone Unlimited. Shari and Thailog are in Dominique Destine's office.
The story is told – though who can say if it be true – of two brothers who both loved the same female. And though all strife comes to an end one way or another, some conflicts refuse to stay dead. Xanatos and Demona used science and sorcery to create a monster from fragments of all three gargoyles, their bodies and souls. But in the end, the souls were segregated into Coldstone, Coldfire and Coldsteel. It's really a timeless love story.
SHARI sits. Macbeth, CUSTOMS OFFICIAL, LEXINGTON & HUDSON STAND.
3:00PM GMT. London. A private jet lands. Customs Officials greet Macbeth, as workers wheel two large crates from the plane's hold.
55. CUSTOMS OFFICIAL
57. CUSTOMS OFFICIAL
Welcome to England, sir. Anything to declare?
Works of art for my home in Berkeley Square.
59. CUSTOMS OFFICIAL
Have to have a look in, sir.
The crates are opened, revealing Lexington and Hudson, frozen in stone. 4:30PM GMT. Macbeth waits on the roof of his Berkeley Square Townhouse for Hudson and Lexington to wake. The sun sets. 5:07PM. It's past sunset. Hudson and Lex are STILL frozen in stone. 6:15PM. Night. No change. 7:01PM. Macbeth grows concerned. 7:45PM. Hudson and Lex finally wake.
62. LEXINGTON, HUDSON
Whoa, I don't feel so hot… and look how dark it is? How long have we been asleep?
Welcome, lad, to the wonderful world of jetlag. Don't worry. You've got ten days to adjust before they move the Stone.
Macbeth, CUSTOMS OFFICIAL, LEXINGTON & HUDSON sit. Shari, INTERCOM & VINNIE STAND.
NOVEMBER 4, 5:30AM EST. Nightstone. Thailog soaks in a jacuzzi. Shari sits nearby.
The story is told -- though who can say if it be true-- of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham… who fled the wrath of his brother Esau to a place he would call Bethel, where he laid his head upon a stone and had a wondrous vision!
5:35AM EST. J.F.K.
Flight 994, now boarding all rows…
Can you believe it? I'm goin' to Japan!
Shari, Intercom & Vinnie sit. Goliath & Elisa STAND.
9:48PM EST. Goliath's Tower.
About Halloween… I will not hold you to words spoken when you believed my life hung in the balance.
Even if I want to be held?
I know you care for me. That is not at issue. But what of the things I cannot give you… picnics… normalcy…?
We can have a picnic anytime… and normalcy's so over-rated.
She runs her fingers through his hair. He takes her into his arms and kisses her.
Goliath & Elisa sit. Shari STANDS.
NOVEMBER 5, 5:31AM EST. Nightstone. Thailog and Shari look out over the city.
The story is told – though who can say if it be true – that Gathelus, a son of the king of Athens, won many victories for the Pharaoh of Egypt, who rewarded the prince with the hand of his beloved: Pharaoh's own daughter, Scota. But Gathelus had also befriended Moses, the Hebrew, who warned his young friends of the plagues to befall the Kingdom of the Nile. Gathelus and Scota determined to leave Egypt, and Moses entrusted them with Jacob's Pillow, the Hebrews' sacred stone…
NOVEMBER 6, 5:32AM EST. ST. DAMIEN'S CATHEDRAL. Thailog, Shari and Brentwood search for something.
The story is told – though who can say if it be true – that Gathelus fled Egypt with his wife and the Stone of the Hebrews. He sought landfall on the rocky shores of Samothrace, for Scota was heavy with child and could go no farther. Still destiny blessed them with fine twin sons…
6:00AM EST. Thailog flies Shari across the city. Brentwood follows.
Gathelus and his family would wander the globe for two years before finding a home on the Iberian Peninsula in a place they named the Port of Gathelus, or Portugal. By this time the family had grown: the Athenian prince and Egyptian princess now had four healthy boys in their care not to mention one large Stone.
NOVEMBER 7, 5:33AM EST. Thailog and Shari begin a game of chess.
The story is told – though who can say if it be true – that after the death of her beloved Gathelus, Scota departed Portugal with her eight sons… only to lose five of the boys at sea… while Scota herself and another son died warrior's deaths upon landing in Ireland. But her eldest boy, Eremon, and her youngest, Eber Finn, survived, and Eremon was crowned king upon the Stone at Tara.
Shari sits. Xanatos & FOX stand.
2:18PM GMT. Mayfair. Xanatos takes Alexander from Fox.
Darling, if you like the shoes, buy them…
The black manolos in the window… do you have them in a size nine? Lovely. Wrap them up, please.
2:45PM GMT. Fox exits the store.
7:19PM GMT. Fox admires her new shoes in the full-length mirror of her hotel room. Xanatos admires the shoebox.
Darling? Do you still need this shoebox… or might I dispose of it?
Xanatos & Fox sit. Shari & THAILOG STAND.
NOVEMBER 8, 5:34AM EST. Nightstone. Thailog and Shari continue their chess game.
The story is told – though who can say if it be true – of Moses, who led the Hebrews out of Egypt and into the desert… bringing forth water from Jacob's Pillow to quench their--
You said Moses gave the Stone to Gathelus and Scota before leading the Hebrews out of Egypt!
The story is told…
<pause> Though who can say if it be true? Right. Continue.
The Hebrews passed the Stone down the centuries, until the prophet Jeremiah offered it in dowry to King Eochaid of Ireland when he wed Tamar Tea Tephi, Princess of Judah. Eochaid ensconced the Stone at Tara and dubbed it Lia FÃ¡il.
NOVEMBER 9, 5:36AM EST.
The story is told – though who can say if it be true – of Cu Chullain, the Hero of Ulster, who championed Lugaid Red-Stripe for king. But when the Lia FÃ¡il would not cry to confirm Lugaid, Cu Chullain was enraged, striking with Gae Bolga, the Spear of Light, and splitting the Stone of Destiny forever!
NOVEMBER 10, 5:37AM EST. Shari captures Thailog's white knight with her black bishop.
The story is told – though who can say if it be true – of young Prince Fergus of Ireland, who carried half Cu Chullain's handiwork to Argyll in what men now call Scotland to found a kingdom called Dalriada. Though a castle called Carbonek found him instead, bringing the Priest-King Pelles and the Archmage Merlin and their request to borrow the Stone of Destiny for a purpose of their own. A purpose fulfilled in Londontown by a sword clep'd Excalibur in a stone clep'd Lia FÃ¡il drawn forth by a boy clep'd Arthur.
NOVEMBER 11, 5:38AM EST. Thailog tips over one of Shari's black rooks with his white bishop.
The story is told – though who can say if it be true – of Saint Columba, he who tamed the monster of Loch Ness, before returning to the island of Iona, where Merlin and Pelles had brought the Stone once it had served their purposes. And where Columba laid down his head upon Jacob's Pillow and breathed his last.
NOVEMBER 12, 5:39AM EST. Shari's Black Queen is lined up to capture Thailog's White King.
Would you prefer I lost on purpose?
I'd fire you if you did. Don't you have a story to tell?
The story is told – though who can say if it be true – of Kenneth MacAlpin, scion of Fergus, who united the Kingdoms of Scotland and was crowned High King upon the Stone at Scone. As would all the Heirs of Scota – for the next four hundred years.
NOVEMBER 12, 10:00PM GMT. David Xanatos presses a button on a remote control. NOVEMBER 13, 6:01AM GMT+8. TIBET. Inside the old cave, Coldstone and Coldfire stand over Master Dawa and Sangpo. All react to a noise.
I believe… I believe I can find him…
NOVEMBER 13, 5:40AM EST. NIGHTSTONE.
The story is told – though who can say if it be true – of Edward the First of England, the Hammer of the Scots, who sicced his mighty Warwolf on his neighbors to the north and took as prize the Stone of Scone, which he installed in the Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey, where it has crowned the kings and queens of England down to this very day…
Shari & Thailog sit. Lexington, Macbeth, Hudson, Arthur, GRIFF, AMP & COCO STAND.
NOVEMBER 13, 5:32PM GMT. Hudson and Lex are atop Victoria Tower. Macbeth is below, in front of Westminster Abbey.
All clear. No sign of trouble.
Not expecting trouble tonight. They're only moving the Stone from the Coronation Chair to the Lantern. It won't leave the Abbey until tomorrow.
Aye, and the human security is tight as a drum. I'm nae convinced you could break in there with a battering ram.
You'd be surprised.
<yawn> Still nothing to report. Who exactly are we expecting?
Anyone. Everyone. Just stay alert…
Macbeth spots a shadowy figure and pursues it down into a London Underground Station…
I'm probably on a wild goose chase, lads. But in case I'm not, you'd better head this… way…
That could be a problem…
Arthur Pendragon puts Excalibur to Macbeth's throat. Meanwhile, on Victoria Tower, Hudson and Lex are surrounded by gargoyles.
By the blade of Excalibur, what are you up to now, Macbeth?
King Arthur?! I'm here to protect the Stone of Destiny!
Then our two quests are one and the same!
129. ARTHUR, MACBETH (UNISON)
They'll be at each other's throats!!
Hudson! Lexington! Bloody lovely to see you again!
You too, Griff!
Aye, lad. The badduns'll have no chance at that Stone now!
NOVEMBER 14, 5:28AM. Macbeth radios Lex.
It'll soon be dawn. You and Hudson go with Griff. Arthur and I will stand vigil through the day.
Arthur & Macbeth sit.
5:33AM GMT. Griff, Hudson, Lex and the other two gargoyles glide over London.
Are we headed to Soho? Goliath said you have a store there…
We do. But I thought I'd take you home instead. To our clan--
To Knight's Spur!
You know, Griff, I don't believe we've been properly introduced to your Yank friends…
<Hmph> Watch who you're callin' a Yank, lass…
Where are my manners? Hudson, Lexington, this is Constance.
My friends call me Coco.
And this is Staghart.
My friends call me Amp!
Nobody calls you Amp, luv.
I'll call you Amp.
Welcome to Knight's Spur…
7:20AM. Atop Knight's Spur, Old Pog, Hudson, Griff, Lex, Amp, Coco and Lunette sleep as stone.
Hudson, Lexington, Griff, Amp & Coco sit. Arthur & Macbeth STAND.
7:48AM. Macbeth and Arthur sip coffee outside a Nightstone's café.
…Mortally wounded in 542. So they shipped me off to some magic hill and put me to sleep for a thousand four hundred fifty-three years.
Deal with a demon in 1040. Officially died in 1057. Been sleepwalking for nine hundred thirty-nine years.
<pause> Guess I got the better bargain.
Ach, I try not to dwell these days. So here's to the immortals. There aren't many like us…
Arthur & Macbeth sit. Shari STANDS.
NOVEMBER 14, 5:42AM EST. NIGHTSTONE. Shari places her black knight in front of Thailog's white knight.
The story is told – though who can say if it be true – of Robert the Bruce of Scotland, who defeated the English at Bannockburn with the help of an Irish ally, Cormac MacCarthy. With the victory, came a prize: a fragment of the Fatal Stone that England had taken from Scone. This fragment, the Bruce gave to MacCarthy, whose descendents had it installed at Blarney Castle, where it is said to grant the gift of gab. I've kissed it myself a time or two…
Shari sits. Hudson, Macbeth & Arthur STAND.
NOVEMBER 14, 6:32PM GMT. Knight's Spur. Hudson, Macbeth and Arthur confer in a book-lined study.
Lex, Griff, Constance and Staghart sent you home to rest then…
Aye, Hudson. We'll catch a few hours sleep then head back out. But you…?
I had some questions for the Pendragon. Weren't you on a quest to find your wizard?
Indeed. And Sir Griff and I searched for Merlin in all the obvious places. But to no gain. So I've been "doing research" on Merlin… and on myself.
Hudson examines a copy of Le Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Malory.
So many books… are any of them true?
All things are true… few things are accurate.
Aye. No bloody kidding.
Hudson contemplates this.
Hudson, Macbeth & Arthur sit.
Tomorrow, Chapter VIII...
This day in Gargoyles' Universe History....
It is still snowing as an armed assailant robs Mr. Jaffe's local grocery store, a childhood haunt of Matt Bluestone's. Goliath accompanies Elisa Maza on her shift, gliding above her car. David Xanatos and Demona revivify Coldstone from pieces of Othello, Desdemona and Iago. Coldstone makes a splashy public entrance in Time Square, where he's confronted by Goliath and the Trio. When Demona, Xanatos and a Steel Clan robot join Coldstone, the battle moves to the George Washington Bridge, where Elisa, Hudson and Bronx soon join the fray. Coldstone sacrifices himself to save Goliath and winds up dormant at the bottom of the river. Goliath and the other gargoyles rededicate themselves to protecting all of Manhattan.
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After another shift, Elisa returns to the Clock Tower just before sunrise, where she's confronted by Demona and witnesses her change into a human being. Demona challenges Elisa to save the gargoyles. Meeting the challenge, Elisa shows up at Belvedere Castle at high noon to confront the trio of villains. Elisa fights the human Demona, while Othello and Desdemona internally challenge Iago. Othello wins control of Coldstone's body and turns against Macbeth, who is forced to flee with Demona. Coldstone, fearing for the safety of his clanmates as long as Iago exists within him, departs Manhattan. Back at Macbeth's mansion, the Weird Sisters reassert their control over Macbeth and Demona, revealing that they were behind the theft of the three magical objects.
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At dawn, after a long night on duty, Elisa follows Macbeth and a human Demona up to the Clock Tower. They knock her out and steal Coldstone, in order to distract the clan from realizing that they've also stolen the Eye of Odin, the Grimorum and the Phoenix Gate. At sundown, Demona transforms back into a gargoyle and reawakens Coldstone with the evil Iago personality in control. Meanwhile, Elisa fills in the gargoyles, who sneak into Macbeth's mansion to recover Coldstone - only to be betrayed and captured. Meanwhile, Tony Dracon is released on bail and begins tightening his grip on the protection racket in Manhattan.
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Just after midnight, Angela and the Trio head out into the city. They're glad that both Goliath and Maggie are recovering.
Just before dawn, Shari tells Thailog the story of Goliath, Angela, Elisa and Bronx's journey from Avalon to the Himalayas in Tibet - where they encountered Coldstone - and of their subsequent arrival in Shambahla.
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To clarify a comment in my review of issue #6, when I said "The ending with Coldsteel was quite interesting and also quite trusting of David Xanatos.", I meant that Xanatos didn't appear to be wearing armor or have any visible security forces watching him when he was meeting with Coldsteel. In other words, it looked like David Xanatos left himself wide open to be attacked by Coldsteel unless there are unknown mechanisms in place to keep Coldsteel from attacking David Xanatos.
I'm sure David's prepared for any contingency.
I forgot a question that I meant to ask (that random #4 at the bottom of the post).
Coldstone is made from the shattered pieces of Othello, Desdemona, and Iago. Other than the Shakespear reference how was it possible that the pieces of these specific gargoyles to be used and no others? How did Demona get them anyway? I'm sure she didn't carry pieces of her rookery siblingings with her through the centuries.
They were in a pile at the castle, as the three gargoyles were in close proximity when they were shattered. Or more accurately, some of Desdemona and Iago's pieces got mixed in over the centuries with what was mostly a pile of Othello. I don't think there was an intent on mixing three gargoyles together when Coldstone was created.
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When the real Hudson and Goliath return to the Clock Tower, they find Coldstone and are soon convinced that Othello controls his body. They follow Coldstone back to the Eyrie. Minutes later, Iago, Othello and Desdemona return to the Tower in their appropriated bodies. They free Lex, who surmises that Iago must now be in control of Coldstone and has tricked Goliath and Hudson into declaring war on Xanatos. The real Iago, still posing as Brooklyn, suggests that they destroy the Coldstone body once and for all. Othello agrees, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that this action would strand the various souls in their new bodies. At the Eyrie, Puck uses the Coldsteel and Coldfire robots to capture Goliath and Hudson. The others arrive soon after. Iago knocks Lex unconscious to take him out of the action, but when Lex recovers, the spirit of Alexander enters his body. Puck, meanwhile, uses Coldstone's body to take down Angela/Desdemona and Broadway/Othello. Brooklyn/Iago tries to make off with Desdemona, but Puck uses Coldsteel and Coldfire to stop him. After some further conflict, Lex/Alex transfers Iago, Othello and Desdemona into Coldsteel, Coldstone and Coldfire, respectively. Coldsteel flees, and Coldstone and Coldfire take off in pursuit. Puck returns Alexander to the nursery and transforms back into Owen just before Xanatos and Fox return.
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Xanatos and Owen make a third attempt to transfer the souls of Iago and Desdemona into independent robot bodies. It too fails. Later, David and Fox go out for the evening, leaving Alexander in Owen's care. Owen decides to teach Alexander his first lesson in magic. Owen transforms into Puck, then glamours himself and Alexander into dead-ringers for Goliath and Hudson. They "liberate" Coldstone from the Eyrie and take him to the Clock Tower. There, "Goliath" convinces Angela and Broadway to allow the souls of Desdemona and Othello to take up temporary residence inside their bodies. Coldstone is emptied of all three souls, and the Iago soul secretly enters Brooklyn. "Goliath" and "Hudson" then depart, leaving "Brooklyn" in charge. Iago convinces Othello and Desdemona to try out their new bodies. He then follows them to the Statue of Liberty, where he hints that they might keep Broadway and Angela's bodies for themselves. Meanwhile, Puck and Alexander enter Coldstone's body; they grab Lex, tie him up in a corner and gag him.