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Mangum, P.I. and the Perplexing Sunday Pitcher Predicament

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The Perplexing Sunday Pitcher Predicament

In the stunning pilot episode of the ninth season, Mangum P.I. tries to get down to the bottom of the missing pitching staff on Sunday's.

[SCENE: A sunny day at the beach, Mangum is relaxing in a chair listening to the waves and is surprised by Higgins, who comes bearing an odd request]

Higgins: Mangum... Mangum. Mangum!

Mangum: What is it Higgins? What do you need?

Higgins: For God's sake, Mangum, you act as if you're doing something productive right now.

Mangum: Higgins, can't you see that I'm working on a very important case right now?

Higgins, dryly: Mangum, you are wasting your talents and my time.

Mangum: You came to me, Higgins. Now just what is it that you need from me?

Higgins: I need you to find out why none of our pitchers can play well for game three.

Mangum: You mean that the several consecutive top five recruiting classes haven't yielded anything? What about that new kid... Oh gosh, I forget his name, Broccoli? Zucchini?

Higgins: Kale. And no,

Mangum: Fine, Higgins, I'll look into it. But only if I can drive the Ferrari

Higgins: I don't know why you need a Ferrari to go check on the pitchers. The bullpen is literally ri-

Mangum: Higgins, if I didn't know any better, it's almost like you don't trust me, or many other freshmen.

Higgins, frustrated: Fine. Mangum, just hurry up. It's imperative that you find us a Sunday pitcher. SEC play is upon us and the regionals are soon to follow.

[End Scene. Fade to Black. Mangum races off in the Ferrari to go to the bullpen in Starkville.]

Mangum to himself: How did I get to Starkville, Mississippi in a Ferrari?

Higgins: Mangum, that doesn't matter.

Mangum incredulously: HIGGINS? I left you back in Hawaii?!

Higgins dismissive: Hush Mangum, none of this makes sense. There's a reason this script was scrapped back in the 80's.

Mangum: I thought this was 2016? Ah, whatever. You're probably right.

Mangum: Anyway. After looking through the bullpen, it seems like there's several qualified pitchers.

Higgins: That's absurd. We've used approximately 75 pitchers the past three series finales.

Mangum: Did you use one pitcher for more than two batters while he was still pitching well?

Higgins: Occasionally, Mangum. But I think it's best that we rotate pitchers after three pitches.

Mangum: Higgins! That's insane! Constantly switching pitchers in and out won't let you see how good one pitcher is.

Higgins: You might be right, Mangum. Maybe I should trust a pitcher when he's performing well.

Mangum: There you go. Problem solved. Now who will be this Sunday's starter? Vance Tatum? Ryan Rigby? Myles Gentry?

Higgins: No. None of the above

Mangum, irate: Keegan James? Konnor Pilkington? Zac Houston?

Higgins: Nope.

Mangum, furious: Higgins! Then who?! Who is going to be our Sunday starter?!

Higgins, satisfied: This fine lad

Photo Credit: Kelly Price/Hailstate.com

[Credits]

John Cohen as Higgins

Jake Mangum as Magnum

Screen play: Ethan Lee

Directed: Daniel Black

Chief of Production: Daniel Black

Head of Casting: Ethan Lee