The Pilot episode, if you will. Pepper gets “un-captured” from the Ontario Zoo, and finds himself beginning a new life for, um… himself… in the Arctic, with new friends.
Sach tries to educate Pepper about life away from the zoo, and the wardens come by to cause a minor amount of chaos. Also in this chapter, a sneeze helps further the plot.
“The best laid plans of
mice gise geese and men…”
Nick hatches a complex plot to break Pepper out of the Warden’s Cabin. Meanwhile, Pepper hatches an even more complex plot to break himself out of the Warden’s Cabin. Also, Carmichael has his yearly self-confidence crisis.
“Birds of a vaguely similar feather pattern…”
Pepper is convinced he can fly after seeing a puffin (Whom he isn’t convinced isn’t a penguin) flying. But that’s not the only unexpected outcome of his chance encounter with Hattie, the cutest puffin in Sach’s Harbour.
Sach and Pepper head north to Churchill in an attempt to get Sach’s collar off. They don’t get very far. But there’s a Narwhal, so that’s kinda fun. He doesn’t introduce himself, but his name is probably Charley. Also, the wardens stop by again.
“…and the wind whispers, “coffee.”
Sach and Pepper spend some time drifting aimlessly. More aimlessly than usual, even. We meet the Marine Mammal Rehab team from Churchill, and many adorable sled dogs, too.
“Back in the Sach(‘s Harbour.)”
Sach makes his way back to the harbour. Pepper does too, in a later and unrelated adventure. The otters have devised a way to help Pepper fly, and Nick has discovered video games.
Pepper endures his annual Catastrophic Moult. Nick wanders off, and the otters attempt to help Pepper track him down. Sach tries to come to grips with his new identity as an ‘Arctic Panda.’
“Sach’s and the City”
Nick Travels to Ontario City to obtain a replacement cellphone for Pepper. Pepper engages in a short-lived battle of the wits with the seals. Ooh, also, there’s Raccoons.
“Back in the Sack”
Nick’s adventures at the zoo continue. Also, there’s boobies, and a play. And Carmichael talks his way out of a delicate situation.
Sach and Pepper are adrift again. This time Nick is there too, making things just a touch more confusing than they would be otherwise.
It’s too warm in the tropics for Sach. Nick finds a friend, and Pepper seeks coffee.
“A return to ‘normalcy'”
The gang find themselves, after a brief interruption, back at the Harbour. No one’s quite sure how they got there.
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