Outside the sound stage a young woman was creeping down the hallway searching for Mr. Chaplin. She had arrived late for the audition and snuck into the studio to make her case in person. When she heard the crash, she grabbed a glass of champagne from a nearby cart and went to check out the action.
Meanwhile, our heroes were running for cover as the glass rained down on them. Sixe figures descended on ropes from the skylight as loud static blasted out from a loudspeaker on the roof. Joe ran out the door, followed by Dash. Les ran to Mr. Edison’s machine to hide behind while the others followed Opal to a rack of weapons on the far wall of the room. Percy took an alternative route, running to the catwalk and moving around the back.
In the chaos, Charlie noted what seemed to a streak of lightning flashing down on Edison. He was struck and fell back into his Mass-Kinetoscope, dazed.
Opal grabbed a rifle and fired at the hooded figures rushing down on them. Crispin grabbed a cattle prod and connected it to a nearby power cable and charged an enemy.
In the hall, Joe noticed the young woman but was more interested in the cart behind her. Dash took cover in the doorway and fired into the room. Penelope, undaunted, walked by them and went into the doorway to take a closer look.
Our heroes exchanged fire with the hooded strangers, and the strange lightning flashed down again and Mr. Edison collapsed. Chaplin and the director ran to the corner and hid behind barrels of sand. Percy dropped from cat walk and picked up a revolver and joined the fight. Opal, Charlie and Les kept up fire while Crispin waved his electrical baton at the enemy.
Joe charged one of the men with his champagne cart, after removing the slack body hidden under the skirt. He slammed into the man, dazing him. Crispin followed up with his prod, jolting the man into unconsciousness.
Most of the gunmen had fallen to group of shooters, which now included Penelope as well. She was startled to discover the guns were not firing blanks, but joined in in the spirit of the show. Lightning bolts continued to shoot down from the figure crouched on the darkened rooftop.
Joe and Crispin took to the support posts to get a better angle of attack, while the others looked for cover and tried to take planned shots at the enemy. In a burst of speed, Joe quickly found himself on the roof next to what appeared to be a hooded woman and a loudspeaker.
He jumped across the shattered skylight and took cover behind the speaker he upended. She continued to fire down on the others. One more leap, brought him face-to-face with the leader of these hooded attackers. With a single shove, he launched the woman through the hole and down to the concrete floor below.
With the gunfire stopped, Chaplin and Borzage came out from hiding. They immediately started questioning the newcomer, seemingly more interested in her ‘harmonic resonance’ than what she was doing here.
Opal started dragging the bodies toward the center of the room while our heroes stood in shock at the bloodshed around them.