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The ship is passing through an ionic storm with Catalina at the helm. Harlan and Cat fight over the controls. Harlan ultimately gets them out of the storm safely, but in the process, he causes them to lose part of an incoming message. The message is from themselves in the future, and warns them about Spung, but it is so distorted that they cannot decipher it.
Cat is frustrated with Harlan's overbearing and irresponsible behavior, and complains about it to the other students. She decides to hold a board of inquiry to charge Harlan with "crimes against future Stardogs."
Cat examines Radu, who testifies that the whole crew gets blamed for Harlan's pranks. Cat then takes the stand, to be examined by Suzee, and tells a version of the events that is grossly distorted in her favor. Harlan tells his own grossly distorted version of the events.
Meanwhile, Davenport has begun itching for no particularly good reason. She suspects the kids are pulling a prank. Goddard thinks she's being paranoid, but then he also begins itching.
Later, in the galley, Davenport's skin begins to peel off, revealing green skin below. Thelma reports that Davenport is turning into a Spung. Goddard appears, and he is also turning into a Spung, both physically and mentally. Davenport also begins to think like a Spung. They go off in search of the children.
The Goddard and Davenport Spung find the kids wrapping up their trial. The kids escape, but don't understand why Goddard and Davenport are turning into Spung.
They determine that they have passed into a parallel universe, where there is nothing but Spung, and they have become subject to that universe's physical laws, under which they too will become Spung. They must return to their own universe. They decide to return to the ionic storm, thinking this is a gateway home. But when they get there, there are two gateways. Both gateways are collapsing, and the crew are beginning to turn into Spung.
Harlan and Catalina argue over whether to go right or left. They try to analyze the message, but it keeps disappearing every time they go right (Cat's choice). Cat realizes that the message is disappearing because they are going the wrong way: when they go right, they go toward a future where they will not survive to send the message, and therefore the message disappears.
They go left, arrive in their own universe safely, and the adults are back to normal.
Harlan: When there's trouble, people turn and say, "Harlan Band--
Harlan: Mr. Radu, did you know that when you enter a room, the hair on the back of my neck stands up?
Harlan: Hey! How can he be a witness and on the jury?
Davenport: I'm itching!
Goddard: I want you to get a dictionary...
Harlan: Judge Bova, I want to be a witness.
Cat (in Harlan's imagination): Suzee! Help! Tell me what to do! Tell me what to think! Tell me what to wear! I didn't bring any ionic storm outfits with me!
Davenport (upon learning she is turning into a Spung): The commander! We must tell the commander!
Bova: Is it possible that I could turn into a dish of tapioca pudding?
Nickelodeon believed that this episode was an example of everything they thought wrong with the series: they thought it was too confusing, too talky, too cerebral, and placed too much emphasis on the adults.
However, Cinar turned around and submitted the episode for consideration for a Cable Ace Award for Kid's programming...and as a result we indeed were nominated for an Ac, thard.
Episode Details provided by Tracey Rich.