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Traumafessions :: FatherOfTears on The Day of the Dolphin

June 22nd, 2011 by aunt john · 11 Comments

This is one of those Traumafessions that does NOT involve scary images on T.V. or book covers. This involves a sci-fi story called THE DAY OF THE DOLPHIN and it starred GEORGE C. SCOTT & his wife TRISH VAN DEVERE as scientists who are working on dolphin intelligence. If fact, some of the dolphins are taught to speak through their blowholes. Sounds silly but that’s how they “talk.” Well, what happens is that the backer of the research group works for a Right Wing organization that wants the Left Wing U.S. President dead. They kidnap two of the dolphins (named “Fa” and “Bea”) to accomplish this. The dolphins are trained to carry bombs on their backs, swim under the President’s boat and then have the bombs attach themselves magnetically to the bottom of his boat. Somehow PATTON and co. manage to get the dolphins to go back to the President’s boat, take back the bombs and place them on the bottom of the assassin’s boat. Of course they are blown to bits.

Right, so how is this traumatic? Well, as a kid I watched FLIPPER reruns on T.V. and when I saw that this was to be broadcast, I begged my mother to let me stay up late to see this (I think this was shown in the summer when school was out). Well, she a first said no but after some prodding she let me but she said that I’d regret it.


Well, at the end of the film, GEORGE and TRISH decide that they have to cut ties with Fa & Bea as other conspirators are going to show up at the research base to either use them again or even kill them. Now the tear jerking begins. GEORGE tells the dolphins to just eat, swim & play but not to talk while the dolphins are squeaking, “Fa love ma! Fa love pa!” He starts yelling at them while TRISH is just about crying knowing that she losing her “kids.” GEORGE then tells her to stop talking as she keeps saying, “Ma loves Fa. Ma loves Bea.” Finally they get up to leave. He tells her not to turn around. As they walk away there is the image of one of the dolphins sticking its head out of the water squeaking, “PA! MA!”

At this point I was losing it! The poor dolphins are being abandoned by their “parents.” This is triggering some major separation anxiety issues in little 8-year-old me! To make things worse after the movie was over upset me ran over to mother for comfort. She just stood in the room & said, “I told you so!” and she walked out! Talk about tough love!

Here is the ending:

Tags: Traumafessions

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jun 22, 2011 at 9:16 am

    “Unwittingly, He Trained a Dolphin to kill the President of the united States.” has got to be the best tagline ever.

  • 2 Lynette FrommeNo Gravatar // Jun 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

    You could not pay me a million dollars to click on that final scene.

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jun 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I’m not watching it either!:) I’m still emotionally drained from watching “How to Train Your Dragon” last night!

  • 4 micksterNo Gravatar // Jun 22, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I agree Unk! Great tagline!
    I have “How to Train Your Dragon” on my DVR but haven’t watched it yet. Sounds like I should put it off for a while.

  • 5 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jun 22, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Mickster, No, you don’t have to put it off! HTTYD is really good! I think you’ll love it as the Dragon has all the characteristics of a cat. It’s only briefly worrying but all ends well!:)

  • 6 cmcmcmcmNo Gravatar // Jun 22, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Father of Tears, you just made me cry.

  • 7 tistheseasontvNo Gravatar // Jun 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    This movie totally kindertraumatized me as well! I eventually read the book–my desperate attempt to deal with the powerful emotions. It didn’t work.

  • 8 David FullamNo Gravatar // Jun 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    As an amateur cetologist (studier of cetaceans), I too will not watch that scene for anything.

  • 9 FatherOfTearsNo Gravatar // Jun 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    35 + years later and I still had trouble looking at that clip when I linked it for the email submission! This was my first BIG TV childhood trauma.

  • 10 ApocalypsejunkieNo Gravatar // Jun 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    ” Can’t I get frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their frickin’ heads!”


  • 11 FatherOfTearsNo Gravatar // Jun 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    @ Apocalypsejunkie: LOL! Here’s another one related to George C. : “Turn it off…..Turn it off!!….Turn if OFFFF!!!…….{sob} turn it off.”

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