A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Musical – “Gorgonian Oddity”

In Gorgonian Grotto

It doesn’t take long for the Queequeg to reach the Gorgonian Grotto that by the time the kids go to sleep, the submarine is already inside it but can’t get in any further. So like any adult in the series, Captain Widdershins determines that a child will have to go in to retrieve it. So naturally, Fiona and the Baudelaires get on their wetsuits (though Sunny is stuffed in a spare diving helmet) and go into water. The suits aren’t well equipped since they lack any waterproof flashlights and oxygen tanks. Anyway, Widdershins promise that all will receive citations for bravery for recovering the Sugar Bowl and sends them on their way. Though Widdershins sending the kids in uncharted waters limited oxygen supply and no flashlights to a dark cave filled with deadly mushrooms may seem as irresponsible, keep in mind that at least he’s not a wizard professor at Hogwarts. However, the children eventually come across the beach which seems weird to them. But they also spot a few floor lamps and a lot of random stuff lying around, including foodstuffs like wasabi and paper items like a poetry book, news clipping, and a letter. However, there’s no sugar bowl and the Medusoid Mycelium is about to wax.


The song I selected is David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” which is about an astronaut going into space. So I thought it would a perfect song to rip off for an underwater scene. In this version, I have Fiona and the Baudelaires explore the grotto. And though they didn’t have communication with Widdershins in the books, I couldn’t avoid it here.


“Gorgonian Oddity”

Captain Widdershins:
Widdershins to Baudelaires
Widdershins to Baudelaires
Don your diving suits
And put your helmets on

Widdershins to Baudelaires
Commencing countdown
Wetsuits on
Love you, Fiona
And may God’s love be with you

Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Engage

This is Widdershins
To Baudelaires
You’ve really made the grade
Now’s the time to venture to the Gorgonian Grotto
In hopes that you kids’ll find
The Sugar Bowl

This is Violet B to Widdershins
We’re swimming through the cave
And we’re floating
In a most peculiar way
And we can’t see a damned thing anyway

For we
Are swimming underwater
Far from the submarine
Everything is dark
And there’s nothing we can do

Though we’ve reached
Gorgonian Grotto’s beach
It all seems very weird
Are we in a submarine, I don’t really know
Tell Quigley I love him very much
He knows

Fiona to Widdershins
Your circuit’s dead,
there’s something wrong
Can you hear us, Widdershins?
Can you hear us, Widdershins?
Can you hear us, Widdershins?
Can you….

Here we are searching
Round this large cage
For the Sugar Bowl
Lots of food and junk
But we haven’t had much luck

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