Scarlet Queen – Shore Leave And The Unhappy Wife. 470925.
It looks like Philip Carney has another tale of woe after being involved with a woman, and the port authorities. Carney recounts a general review of his mission sailing for Kang, and what it’s worth. Pulling into port in Singapore, Philip arrives in the office of Kang to meet the man himself. Now that Philip and Red have met the much anticipated Kang, they share in the anticlimax with a shot of that foreignly exotic beverage, corn squeezings.
Though Kang showers an honorable speech on Philip, he still isn’t out of the clear with his archrival and outlays a new adventure. Kang wants Red to be fired. Red was in the employ of Constantino, Kang’s rival when the voyage began, and Kang is uncomfortable with keeping him on.
Kang’s daughter is introduced to Philip, but to him she just spells trouble. Back on the Scarlet Queen, and with the crew turned loose on holiday, Red still hasn’t been told of being fired. Then Philip is surprised to see Red return to the ship, beaten badly, and with a tale of murder. The cops are on the way, and carney does all he can to help his friend Gallagher. The dead man was the one who was to replace Red, and all the evidence, opportunity, and motive point to Red. Did Kang betray Philip? Who else would have setup Gallagher?
Philip scrambles to find the real killer, and in confronting Red about being fire. It just might work, if only the cops weren’t already on the ball and closing in on Red. Carney is faced with the need to fight past the cops to escape and remain free to do his own investigating. Is the killer falling for Carney’s bluff, or is he even trying to trap the right person?
When one bluff won’t work, Carney tries another. In voiceover, Carney paints the full picture of the aftermath, then goes again to talk with Kang. With the mission over, mystery solved, and Red’s job safe, will there be more adventures for the Scarlet Queen? Of course, so stay tuned.