INVADER ZIM 12/12/01
"THE TRIAL"
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FADE IN:

EXT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT

TITLE: "PLANET JUDGMENTIA". We DOLLY over a massive IRKEN
crowd making their way to the SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT, an imposing
structure on the surface of the planet.

INT. SPIKE OF JUDGMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT.

Someone ascends on a platform in the center of the cruel
looking room. Three IRKEN CONTROL BRAINS hover before the
bound and blindfolded figure. Huge Monitors announce "ZIM"
in monstrous letters. Shadowy spectators watch from
balconies lining the spike's interior. Very impressive.

THE BRAINS
IRKEN: ZIM. Your time has come. Prepare
yourself for all you deserve.

ZIM's restraints detach. His blinders remove themselves. He
looks around, noticing the crowd behind him and the images of
his face and name that are displayed on huge floating
monitors.

ZIM
Heyyy, a surprise party? Is that what
this is all about? I was wondering why I
was beaten up and transported from Earth
to this place! A PARTY FOR ZIM!!!

THE BRAINS
SILENCE! All will be made clear, ZIM!

Their eyes glow strangely, their voices ECHO ominously
throughout the chamber.

ZIM (IRRITATED)
Geeez, this is a party, lighten up. Hey,
can I make a quick call?

INT. ZIM'S HOUSE - DAY

GIR sits watching some sort of monkey beast on TV. The image
suddenly shifts over to ZIM at a callbooth on JUDGEMENTIA.

GIR
MONKEY?! DON'T LEAVE ME, MONKEY!!

ZIM (ON MONITOR)
Forget the stinking monkey, GIR. The
Tallest invited me to this "party," and
it's dead like death.

GIR
That's soo saaaad.

ZIM (ON MONITOR)
Until I get back, YOU'RE in charge of the
deadly orbital laser. It's simple: Just
push the button.

A small pedestal raises up next to GIR. On top is a button.

GIR (POINTING AT BUTTON)
Push the monkey?

ZIM (ON MONITOR)
Yes, GIR... the button is a monkey.

GIR pushes the button. A window opens up on the screen and
we see the DEADLY ORBITAL LASER ARRAY displayed within. It
sends a glowing stream of doom at the earth.

GIR
WOO!!

ZIM (ON MONITOR)
See? Easy. You just keep doing that
until I get back. Good work, GIR.

GIR salutes, and gives a huge thumbs up while insanely
pressing the button. ZIM cuts the transmission.

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT

ZIM rises from below and turns to the BRAINS.

ZIM
C'mon, hurry up and praise me! Every
second I spend off Earth is time lost!
ZIM TIME! Cuz...I AM ZIM!! Ya know?

LEFT BRAIN
It makes noises.

RIGHT BRAIN
Bothersome noises

THE BRAINS
We say nothing until the TALLEST arrive.

There's a SCREAMING BOOM of the Massive as it flies in and
pulls up above the Spike of Judgement.

THE BRAINS (CONT'D)
The TALLEST have arrived.

The TALLEST teleport down, much to the joy of the crowd. RED
and PURPLE make their way towards a central podium.

RED (TO CROWD)
Thank you, thank you.

PURPLE (TO CROWD, LOUDER THAN NECESSARY)
Now BE QUIET!!

The crowd is instantly quiet.

ZIM
MY TALLEST! This really IS a surprise
party! You honor me deep in the most
wobbly, gelatinous parts of my
squeedlyspooch!

The TALLEST shoot ZIM the nastiest looks. ZIM is oblivious.

PURPLE (TO BRAINS)
That's great ZIM. Start already!

BRAINS
As you command. SO IT BEGINS.

The crowd ROARS. CAMERAS converge on ZIM. The BRAINS' eyes
glow red and the lighting changes, focusing on ZIM. It looks
cooool. ZIM waves to the cameras.

THE BRAINS (OMINOUSLY)
IRKEN ZIM: Prepare for REPLAY. All your
memories will be made known. Your life
for all to see and know.

ZIM
Ooooh..MY incredible ZIM-life? NEAT!

The BRAINS's eyes glow strangely. The TALLEST share a creepy
evil look. Cables snake out from a creepy monitor array
above ZIM and lock onto his I.D. PAK It lifts him up and the
monitors light up, showing images from ZIM'S PAST. The
images flash faster and faster.

THE BRAINS
NOW, SEE YOUR PAST ZIM... YOUR PAST...

ZIM (EXCITED)
MY FUTURE?!

THE BRAINS
NO! Your PAST! Pay attention!

BLACKNESS.

Voices are heard. (The following is the dialogue from the
ZIM birth sequence in "Parent / Teacher Night")

ELECTRONIC VOICE (O.S.)
Welcome to life IRKEN CHILD. Report for
duty.

ZIM (O.S.)
I love you cold, unfeeling robot arm.

INT. DEEP WITHIN IRK, DOWNLOAD CHAMBER - MINUTES LATER

A chute moves into position above a DOWNLOAD CHAIR. Tiny,
cute ZIM flops out of the chute and into the chair. He looks
about him, wide-eyed and curious.

ELECTRONIC VOICE (O.S.)
You are two minutes old, little smeet.
Prepare to be filled with the whole of
IRKEN KNOWLEDGE!!

ZIM (CUTE AS A SMEET)
okeedokee.

The machine attaches to ZIM and he briefly shuts down as
information courses into him. He spasms and jerks with the
incoming knowledge. It stops. He wakes.

ELECTRONIC VOICE (O.S.)
UPLOAD COMPLETE! You have been given a
name. IDENTIFY YOURSELF.

ZIM (BLINKS FOR A BEAT)
I AM ZIM!! That was ALL the knowledge?
BORING!! And so many mistakes! 40
shmillion mistakes to be exact, starting
with...

Robotic fingers come out and shove him from the chair. As
soon as the chair is vacant, another smeet drops into it.

ZIM (CONT'D)
I wasn't done yet! HEY WHO ARE YOU?!

SMEET (CONFUSED)
Ummm...

ZIM
This is MY room. Get your own place!

ZIM shoves the little IRKEN back into the delivery chute.
The chute clogs with more smeets until the entire activation
chamber malfunctions, sparking and smoking. We pull up
through many layers of cybernetic earth, to the -

EXT. IRKEN SURFACE, WAY UP THERE - CONTINUOUS

The city, mighty and lit up, is enveloped in monstrous ARCS
OF ENERGY and is then dark and silent, except for sirens.
The REPLAY stops.

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT

All the eyes in the hall are focussed accusingly on ZIM.

THE BRAINS (O.S.)
That day came to be known as HORRIBLE
PAINFUL OVERLOAD DAY. IRK was plunged
into darkness for five years.

ZIM (BOASTING TO CROWD)
IMPRESSIVE. Most would be happy with two
years, but me... FIVE!! Beat that, YOU!

ZIM points to an IRKEN JANITORIAL DRONE, who mops nearby, and
looks up confused at ZIM's challenge.

INT - SMALL DARK PLACE.

The heads of TWO FIGURES watch the trial on a screen from
someplace dark and nearby . We see only their silhouettes.
They speak in hoarse whispers.

FIGURE 1
It's going well. He knows nothing.

FIGURE 2
The fooooool!

FIGURE 1
Shhhh! There's more!

ZIM
So... More ZIM. Come on! MORE ZIM!

INT. DEEP WITHIN IRK, MILITARY TRAINING AREA

ZIM is a little older now. He sits amongst hundreds of rows
of young IRKENS, wearing holo-visors and downloading new
data. They all perform military simulations. ZIM removes
his visor and looks around, irritated.

ZIM
Boring! Ten years and we're still in
this education plug! When do we get to
see the planet's surface?!!

He turns to the young IRKENS next to him, who happen to be
cute, younger versions of RED and PURPLE.

ZIM (CONT'D)
When I'M TALLEST, things will be
different.

PURPLE
You? TALLEST?! THAT's CRAZY!

ZIM
The people of IRK must know my POWER!
SKOODGE!
(points to a young SKOODGE)
You look impressionable.

SKOODGE
I sure am!

ZIM
Escape with me to the surface!

SKOODGE (TERRIFIED BUT OKAY)
Sounds terrifying, but OKAY!

The two run off, happy as can be. Idiots.

INT. DEEP WITHIN IRK, HATCH OF SOME SORT

ZIM and SKOODGE dump out of a porthole into a mechanical
clearing between levels. They've been running.

ZIM
We're almost there SKOODGE! Can't you
feel it, you fool!??

SKOODGE (REALLY FEELING IT)
I DO! I DO!! I AM FEELING IT TOO-DAY!!

A SECURITY DROID leaps into the room and stares at the two.

ZIM
Quick, SKOODGE. Name that machine.

SKOODGE (AS THOUGH BEING QUIZZED)
DERMIS PROWLER SECURITY DROID.

ZIM (KEEPING VERY STILL)
Good. And how do they function??

SKOODGE
Detects motion. Homes in. Hurts A LOT.

ZIM
GOOD WORK SKOODGE!

ZIM throws SKOODGE down a corridor and the robot is instantly
after him. SKOODGE dodges the robot, causing the robot to
slam into various pieces of machinery. Each lunge causes
more and more damage. An alarm goes off. ZIM quickly ascends
a ladder. At one point SKOODGE is hurled up near ZIM.

SKOODGE
CATCH ME! IT WANTS MY BRAIN!

SKOODGE drops back off screen as ZIM gives SKOODGE the thumbs
up, not really even looking down at him. The explosive
damage resumes below ZIM as the robot pursues SKOODGE.

ZIM
EXCELLENT WORK, SKOODGE!

ZIM pokes his head out of the surface side of the porthole.

EXT. IRKEN PORTHOLE - DAY

We don't see what he sees, but it's bright and noisy.

ZIM (IN AWE)
FREEDOM! Hmm... A PITIFUL WORLD, WAITING
FOR ME TO MAKE IT GREAT!

ZIM smiles up at the light until a loud BOOM from below
distracts him. SKOODGE blasts screaming out of the hole,
chased by the robot. ZIM shakes his head, smiling at
SKOODGE. There is another series of BOOMS and then the world
is plunged into darkness. The replay ends.

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT

The room is silent. ZIM smiles and claps.

THE BRAINS
That day became known as HORRIBLE PAINFUL
OVERLOAD DAY part II. Four more terrible
years of darkness for IRK.

ZIM (FULL OF PRIDE)
People LOVE darkness. But enough of the
past. Let us speak of the present. Do I
get a little ZIM statue? Some kind of
award.

INT. SMALL DARK PLACE.

The figures hunch over the screen.

FIGURE 1 (OVERLY DRAMATIC)
Every word seals his own doom.

FIGURE 2 (OMINOUS)
Soon we will be rid of ZIM forever-- Hey!

Light shines in as the roof is lifted up, revealing the two
figures are actually The Tallest crouching under a blanket
holding flashlights under their faces. A janitorial drone
pushing a laundry cart holds the blanket.

JANITORIAL DRONE
Oh! My Tallest! I didn't see you there.

The Tallest collect themselves. They cough, embarrassed. WE
ARE ACTUALLY STILL IN...

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT

RED
Ehhh... uh... We were just...

PURPLE
We just got lost.

Red smacks PURPLE. ZIM interrupts.

ZIM
HEY! Pay attention! You're missing my
party!

PURPLE
IT'S NOT A PARTY, ZIM! It's an IRKEN
EXISTENCE EVALUATION!! AND YOU'RE-

He slaps his hand over his mouth.

ZIM (CONCERNED)
EXISTENCE EVALUATION? But..THOSE are for
criminals...and space clowns.

For no apparent reason, a cute little IRKEN smeet appears and
tugs at Purple's robe. It's adorable.

LITTLE TIMMY (ALL CUTE)
Mista' Purple? Tell me all about IRKEN
EXISTENCE EVALUATION.

PURPLE (A KIND AND WISE VOICE)
Well, you see, little Timmy, it's a trial
for malfunctioning IRKENS. You know what
a trial is, doncha', Timmy?

Purple pokes Timmy in the belly and Timmy giggles adorably.
It's so adorable it makes you sick to watch. It's that cute.

PURPLE (CONT'D)
Of course you do. Say, you see this I.D.
PAK on your back?

LITTLE TIMMY (GIGGLING)
Nope! My head don't turn that far!

The crowd "awwws". It's so cute.

RED (SMILING)
Hah hahh. Well, we ALL wear them. They
hold the collective memories of all the
IRKENS before us. Our personalities, our
power, our high scores, all in HERE.

PURPLE
But some IRKENS, they get fitted with
damaged I.D. PAKs These people are
called "Defectives" and must be
deactivated, erased, never to be
remembered.

ZIM (AGHAST)
A world that does not remember ZIM??

LITTLE TIMMY (ELATED)
Thank you mista' PURPLE! I SMART NOW!

PURPLE
The child knows too much! TO THE
DUNGEONS WITH IT!!

GUARDS rush in and drag the screaming TIMMY away.

ZIM
Um... I think there's been a mistake.
This is GOOD stuff you're all watching.
Why am I on trial?

LEFT BRAIN
Good stuff?

RIGHT BRAIN
It thinks there is good stuff.

THE BRAINS
IT IS DOOMED.

ZIM looks around at the hateful eyes upon him. The Tallest
LAUGH insanely, and the crowd soon follows suit. The BRAINS
lift ZIM up, and even THEY are laughing now. Things do not
look good, and ZIM knows it. The flashes of quick images
starts up again and goes to black.

ACT BREAK

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT.

ZIM plays video games. A guard prods him with a shock-stick.
ZAP!

BRAINS
Hey! Pay attention ZIM ! You're on
trial!

ZIM
Wha? Oh yes. That.

The screen jumps to life with a new scene.

EXT. PLANET VORT -DAY

Guards man watch-posts as military ships cruise by.

INT. VORTIAN SCIENCE LAB - PLANET VORT

ZIM, in a scientist's robe, stands among a line of
scientists. The HEAD SCIENTIST talks to ALMIGHTY TALLEST
MIYUKI.

HEAD SCIENTIST
TALLEST MIYUKI, welcome to VORT RESEARCH
STATION 9. You honor us with your visit!

ALMIGHTY TALLEST MIYUKI
Tell me what my finest minds are dreaming
up for the EMPIRE.

HEAD SCIENTIST
Well, there's our infinite energy
producing thingy. And Lard Nar here has
begun work on preliminary designs for
your new BLUDGEON CLASS fleet leader.

Next to the throbbing energy generator Lard Nar, A VORTIAN,
salutes MIYUKI and proudly presents a holographic model of
the Massive ship-to-be.

ZIM (BUTTING IN)
DOOKIE!! That thing'll never fly!

ZIM points at the hologram then at MIYUKI.

ALMIGHTY TALLEST MIYUKI
OPERATOR, who is this little creature?

HEAD SCIENTIST (ASHAMED)
Eh...ZIM, MY TALLEST. A transfer from
IRK. He destroys everything he touches,
so they figured he'd excel at military
research.

ZIM
Enough praise. LOOK! I made an infinite
energy ABSORBING thingy! HE'S CHUBBY!!

HEAD SCIENTIST
No! Keep it away from the infinite
energy producing thingy!

The creature swallows the infinite energy generating device.
It grows out of control -- bursting out of its little COLLAR
- and then eats TALLEST MIYUKI. It then rampages out of the
building and leaves a trail of explosions. ZIM raises his
arms, victorious somehow.

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT

ZIM is dropped to the floor. The TALLEST are furious.

RED
ALMIGHTY MIYUKI was eaten by a giant blob
because of you??

ZIM (UNCOMFORTABLE)
No, she called me just last week.
Yeah... she's doin' fine. Really.

The TALLEST eye ZIM, angry and suspicious.

THE BRAINS
This is a horrible discovery, not to be
taken lightly. NOW, let's break for
lunch!

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - COURT CAFETERIA

ZIM sits shackled in front of a tray of food. Guards stand
behind him. He sees the TALLEST eating at a different table
with a crowd of other IRKENS. It looks like the "popular
people's" table at a school lunch.

ZIM (TO HIMSELF)
This is taking forever! I NEVER
should've left GIR in charge. I don't
even wanna THINK about how badly he's
failing on Earth.

EXT. EARTH, GIR'S GIGANTIC FORTRESS - NIGHT

Back on Earth, mankind has reconstructed the planet.
Everything is in GIR's image. Inside a gigantic Fortress of
GIR, an open-air throning ceremony taking place atop a huge
staircase. GIR sits in a throne, surrounded by gargantuan
statues of himself. Humans, wearing GIR suits serve him.

HUMAN #1
You have conquered our people with your
mighty laser cannon, and we thank you.
ALL HAIL OUR NEW MASTER, this... strange
LUMPY LITTLE DOGGY!!

The human places a shiny medallion around GIR's neck. GIR
looks pretty okay with it. He SQUEAKS approval. BACK TO:

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - COUT CAFETERIA.

Two IRKENS walk past ZIM carrying trays and talking.

IRKEN #1
So, whaddaya think? Defective or
innocent?

IRKEN #2
Oh, ZIM? Defective, all the way. This
Evaluation's just a formality so they can
get rid of ZIM officially.

ZIM's looks up, shocked.

ZIM
Formality? Nonsense. Justice will
prevail. The TALLEST will see to it!

The TALLEST push their trays away from them and rise.

RED
OKAY! Break's over! LET'S GET THIS
FORMALITY OVER WITH!

ZIM's eyes widen with dread. He spits out food.

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT

The two guards plop ZIM down in front of the BRAINS. Now ZIM
looks really sick, and actually scared for his life.

THE BRAINS
EVALUATION HAS RESUMED. Prepare for more
of ZIM's terrible REPLAY.

RIGHT BRAIN
But...His data makes my brain hurt. We
need more brains to filter the pain...

ZIM
Excuse me! How about for a change we
show some of my... glorious acts of
obedience! Like during Invader training!

ZIM is lifted once more and the screens flicker. ZIM
gestures to the TALLEST to really check this out.

INT. PLANET DEVASTIS - AUDITORIUM

The auditorium is full of INVADER TRAINEES who are being
addressed by TALLEST SPORK.

TALLEST SPORK
And as your new TALLEST, I am proud to
say that you INVADERS in training are the
FUTURE of the EMPIRE! I'm still taller
than you though. SALUTE ME!

In the crowd, ZIM SALUTES!

ZIM
Hoo!

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT.

The picture freezes.

ZIM
See. You like obedience.

RED
Wait a minute. I think I remember more
happening that day.

The picture resumes.

INT. PLANET DEVASTIS - AUDITORIUM.

The crowd has thinned. IRKENS shake hands with SPORK. ZIM
talks with the Invader-age Red and Purple.

PURPLE
ZIM, you've done nothing but rain horror
down onto the EMPIRE since you were
BORN...and NOW they're training you to
become an INVADER?! WHY?!! I
mean...THAT'S just SICK!!

ZIM
Hah..flattery aside, when I am TALLEST, I
will make the EMPIRE rue ever having made
me wait so long to rule them!

RED
Yeah, well, if I were TALLEST, I'd
PROBABLY put you on TRIAL to defend your
life. Yep, THAT's probably what I'd do.
Mmmhmmmm.

ZIM waves off RED's comment, revealing a disc object.

PURPLE
Hey, what's that thing?

ZIM holds up a the object that hung from the collar of the
energy absorbing creature.

ZIM (EXAMINING OBJECT)
Oh... THIS? It used to belong to my
energy absorbing thingy back before it
grew monstrous and nearly wiped out outer
space. Remember that? That little guy
used to love this thing. I'm surprised
he hasn't come back for it after all
these-

The ceiling blows in and in flops the unspeakable, now
enormous CTHULU like horror that was ZIM's old energy
experiment. It roars insanely, horrifying all the trainees.

IN A FLASH, the monster grabs TALLEST SPORK and pops him into
its gaping mouth. RED, PURPLE AND ZIM let out a joint scream
of horror as the beast flails and wobbles. Chaos!!

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT

ZIM wildly waves his arms in an "ENOUGH" gesture.

ZIM (PEEVED)
HEY!! NO USING TWO BLOB FLASHBACKS IN A
ROW!! That's a rule, right?!

RED (WAKING FROM SHOCK)
It's even more horrible than I remember!
TALLEST SPORK eaten by ZIM's blob
TOO...like he was just a chew-shmoop!

THE BRAINS
YOU are responsible for the doom of TWO
Almighty Tallest?!

ZIM (DEFENSIVE)
NO, SPORK's FINE! C'monnnn!
(they glare at him)
Well look, what about the glory of my
performance in Operation Impending Doom
one?

EXT. IRKEN MILITARY LAUNCHZONE -NIGHT

ZIM, in his familiar INVADER attire, stands before RED and
PURPLE, who are now THE TALLEST.

PURPLE
Okay ZIM, this is the empire's finest
hour. And YOU'RE in charge of watching
everything from this circle!

ZIM stands in a circle drawn around him.

ZIM
But-

RED
No no!! Don't leave the circle. Stay
right there!! DO US PROUD ZIM!

ZIM salutes. The TALLEST go away CHUCKLING. ZIM looks
intense! He stands, trying to obey his orders. But the lure
of destruction is mighty...

ZIM
MY EMPIRE NEEDS MEEEE!

He leaps dramatically over the drawn circle and lands in a
painful looking roll. He gets up and runs off-screen. We
hear the sounds of a GIANT ROBOT powering up.

RANDOM IRKEN #2 (O.S.)
Hey, has anyone seen FRONTLINE BATTLE
MECH #4? I'm supposed toaaAAAAAAGHH!!

A GIANT ROBOT (from "THE NIGHTMARE BEGINS") walks into the
shot and wreaks familiar havoc. It runs into the distance.

INT. TRIAL PLACE - LATER

ZIM, standing amidst the ruins of his city, is shown in
another trial with a single CONTROL BRAIN, this one smaller,
with different colored eyes. The TALLEST observe the trial.
The giant robot can be seen nearby.

CONTROL BRAIN
INVADER ZIM, FOR SINGLE-HANDEDLY RUINING
OPERATION IMPENDING DOOM ONE--

PURPLE
Hey, where'd ZIM go?!

ZIM has vanished. IMMEDIATELY, a ridiculously huge
spider/crab-like tank lumbers by, ZIM's tiny head poking out
from the top. He looks brave, but clueless.

ZIM
I'M AN INVADER! LOOKIT ME GO! WOOOO!!

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT.

As the flashback ends, ZIM looks uncomfortable.

ZIM (NERVOUS)
Uh...Boy those days sure were great, huh?

RED
YOU'RE A MONSTER, ZIM. Everything you
touch gets destroyed!

ZIM
Hey, not everything I do ends in horrible
explosions!

EXPLOSION MONTAGE:

The ensuing REPLAY is a QUICK series of things going horribly
wrong because of ZIM. Satellites spark and explode, giant
monsters rampage, little monsters rampage, etc., intercut
with ZIM watching, growing more and more skittish. He
nervously gives the TALLEST a double thumbs up. They glare
back. Finally:

EXT. A BEAUTIFUL FIELD - DAY

ZIM stands in a beautiful field all alone. It's so peaceful.

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT

ZIM looks pleased.

ZIM
See! That's peaceful-like.

EXT. A BEAUTIFUL FIELD - DAY

ZIM, still standing in the field, scratches his butt.

EXT. BEAUTIFUL FIELD PLANET - CONTINUOUS

Seen from outer space, the planet ZIM is on explodes.

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA - THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT

ZIM (TO BRAINS)
HEYY!! WE SAID NO MORE EXPLOSIONS!!
Cheating! Cheating!!

RED (DISGUSTED)
We've seen enough. ZIM, you've been
nothing but a curse to the EMPIRE. If
TALLEST MIYUKI or SPORK were here, they'd
say so, too.

ZIM
Well, as a matter of fact, I call as a
surprise witness, TALLEST SPORK!

ZIM gestures to the audience, where TALLEST SPORK rises up to
be seen. The crowd gasps. SPORK LOOKS PRETTY GOOD.

SPORK
Yes, I have returned from my vacation to
re-claim my rightful position as leader
of the IRKEN empire! ISN'T THAT NICE? My
first act shall be to pardon the mighty
and beneficial Invader ZIM!

ZIM (LIKE HE WON A BEAUTY PAGEANT)
Yeeehooo!!

ZIM leaps off the podium. RED and PURPLE watch in rapt
confusion as ZIM runs out of the room.

EXT. SPACE.

ZIM speeds away from the planet in his Voot Runner, happy as
a pig, and bobbing as though to the happiest music ever.

INT. TRIAL PLACE.

TALLEST SPORK has continued talking. RED and PURPLE approach
him tentatively.

SPORK
...and as my twenty-fifth act as leader,
I order the construction of the Invader
ZIM commemorative nacho palace...

RED (SUSPICIOUS)
Heyy...waitaminnit...

RED POKES at Spork. A hole pops in the side and SPORK
DEFLATES. It's been an inflatable model after all. RED
picks up the IRKEN equivalent of a TAPE RECORDER, still
spouting SPORK speech.

EXT. SPACE.

ZIM's cruiser is hit by a tractor beam, HARD. ZIM goes from
happy to shocked.

INT. TRIAL PLACE.

ZIM stands at the podium in horrible chains and shackles.
He's now flanked by two MAMMOTH GUARDS, twice the size of his
previous guards.

RED
Nice try ZIM.

PURPLE
I wanna know why he had an inflatable
SPORK with him.

THE BRAINS
We have our ruling...

ZIM bites his lip. The TALLEST look thrilled.

PURPLE (TO RED)
Man...no more ZIM. Just imagine that!

RED (TO PURPLE)
I know...I've imagined it my whole life!

THE BRAINS
OUR RULING: IRKEN ZIM's I.D PAK is
damaged and has led to a corrupt data
path. HE IS... A DEFECTIVE.

RED and PURPLE look ecstatic. ZIM seems to shrink.

THE BRAINS (CONT'D)
IRKEN ZIM's data is not allowed to into
the collective. His PAK will be removed,
and erased.

ZIM (HORRIFIED)
But I can't LIVE without my PAK

PURPLE (LOUD AND INSINCERE)
AWWW... WOW. Too bad. TOUGH ONE, ZIM.

ZIM's PAK is removed. The data cables connect to it and
start sucking out data. ZIM watches a monitor, horrified, as
the data-stream is shown leaving a ZIM icon and flowing into
a trashcan icon. His life is ending.

ZIM (PANICKING)
No... THIS IS A MISTAKE!! Have I
mentioned that I AM ZIM!!!??

The BRAINS' eyes flash with the data flowing into them. We
follow the cables going into their bodies and enter...

INT. FREAKY CYBERNETIC ZONE - AUTUMN

This world inside of the brains is a virtual reality void
where ZIM's memories flood out of portholes into the surreal
techno-landscape. ZIM's voice echoes through the void,
ringing with familiar sayings from previous episodes.

THE BRAINS
Something wrong... so much... bad data...
passing through us all at once... cannot
process... the horror... Going... insane!

INT. PLANET JUDGEMENTIA -THE SPIKE OF JUDGEMENT

SPARKS shoot out of the BRAINS. GIBBERISH is issued from
their speakers.

ZIM is suddenly released from his restraints. He looks up in
amazement. The TALLEST watch, confused. ZIM's PAK is
replaced and he seems to gain energy from it.

THE BRAINS (INSANE)
INVADER ZIM, for your heinous crimes...
we declare you... THE MOST INCREDIBLE
IRKEN EVER!!!

ZIM (HAPPY)
Hey, thanks. I really am.

PURPLE
NO!! YOU CAN'T DO THAT! He's a
DEFECTIVE! You ALREADY ruled!

THE BRAINS (BUZZING AND INSANE)
Ohhh, LIGHTEN UP! LITTLE...BUMBLE
BEE...aargh...THE MADNESS...

THE TALLEST just stare at the lunatic BRAINS in disbelief.
ZIM turns on the charm for the cameras that float around him.

THE BRAINS (CONT'D)
AND for being YOU, ZIM, we grant you ten
free minutes of piloting the MASSIVE!!

EXT. SPACE

THE MASSIVE careens through space.

INT. THE MASSIVE - CONTINUOUS

ZIM pilots the Massive like a little boy drives a go cart at
an amusement park. The TALLEST stand behind him, weeping.

ZIM (THE HAPPIEST IRKEN IN SPACE)
WOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!! You guys really had
me going! Thank you, MY TALLEST!!

EXT. ZIM'S HOUSE - NIGHT

Everything appears to have gone back to normal on Earth. A
car dumps GIR off out in front of his home.

HUMAN #2
Too bad about you being overthrown as
leader of Earth, and everything being
returned to normal. But hey....

GIR listens very sincerely, nodding as he eats his hot dog
and drinks his SuckMunky. He walks into his house. The
second the door closes, the ceiling opens and ZIM's VOOT
drops into the hangar. The roof closes.

INT. ZIM'S LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

GIR sits on the couch, dirty with food and spilled drink.
ZIM descends from the ceiling, looking irritated.

ZIM
Lookit this place. I leave and the
whole mission grinds to a halt! GAH!!

GIR raises his hot dog and squeals in salute. ZIM is already
heading towards a rising elevator and doesn't look back at
GIR. ZIM just sort of waves.

ZIM (CONT'D)
Yes, yesss. It's good to see you too.

GIR drinks more SuckMunky and spills much all over his doggy
suit. We push in on GIR as he reaches into his pockets and
pulls out the medallion he was given earlier. Inscribed on
the medallion is "KING GIR: RULER OF EARTH". GIR giggles.

the end.