Wheeler: Ma-Ti! I was afraid you'd given up - on *everything*!
[clasps his shoulder]
Ma-Ti: I would never give up on *you*, Wheeler. You are my amigo.
Wheeler: [running over to her] Gi! Gi! You're older.
Gi: I am told I look pretty good for over fifty. Now who are *you*, young man? And how did you get on my island?
Wheeler: "Young man"? But it's me, Wheeler. Boy, I've missed you!
Gi: I don't recognize you...
Wheeler: [thinking] Of *course* she doesn't. I changed history so - we never met!
Wheeler: I guess you remind me of someone I once knew. Someone who cared a great deal about the planet.
Gi: Long ago, I was given this ring. I use it to help whenever I can - like saving *this* creature. One of the last dolphins or Earth.
[kneels and starts untying the netted dolphin on the beach]
Wheeler: "Last dolphins"? But there must be millions of them!
Gi: Right. Maybe thirty years ago. Now they are one of the few species that are not yet extinct. Water!
[her ring causes a wave to come ashore and the dolphin swims out]
Wheeler: Extinct? How?
Gi: Overfishing, pollution. You name it.
Wheeler: Then why are you living here like a hermit? You could be out using your power to change the world!
Gi: [as thunder sounds and rain begins to fall] Oh, sure, change the world! When I was young I tried joining a group called the Planeteers, but not enough people came.
Wheeler: [knowing that he was the only one needed who did not arrive] "Not enough people"?
Gi: Thas's why I don't miss people. Now you had better find shelter. The eye of the storm is passing.
Wheeler: Gi, wait! It's not too late! You and I can *still* be Planeteers!
Gi: Wake up and smell the carbon dioxide. It's too late for this world. It's all I can do to save a few dolphins.
Kwame: [both gasp as a shell races toward them, he tackles Wheeler] *Down*, you fool!
Wheeler: [in shock, after a hut is destroyed] Someone's shellin' at us!
Kwame: [dryly] Ah - you noticed. But they will not be for long. Earth.
[his ring causes the mound of dirt near the shooters to shake in an earthquake, they flee and it crumples]
Wheeler: Hey - you sure got rid of *them*!
Kwame: They will return. They always do.
Wheeler: What do they want?
Kwame: This land. The only oasis left in the region - look around you, boy!
Wheeler: [examines his surroundings to find a few dead trees and no grass] Oh, no! All the land here used to be green, and beautiful! Now it's a desert!
Kwame: Global warming changed the weather. The rainfall moved away from us.
Wheeler: But we planted trees out there to hold back the water and stop erosion!
Kwame: No one *ever* planted trees out *there*.
Wheeler: What're you talking about? The Planeteers helped you!
Kwame: [touching a tree] The Planeteers? Ha! We had fine ideas, but - others did not do their part and eventually we went our separate ways. I planted a few trees in *our* village, but I am only one man. If others had helped me... maybe we could have saved much more.
[both leap behind the tree as two more shells are fired toward them and hit it]
Wheeler: [grabbing his shoulder] Kwame - let me help now! We can revive the Planeteers! We can do something to save the planet!
Kwame: [grabs his collar] Stop talking nonsense, boy! "Save the planet"! I am in a war to save this one oasis! If you want to help - then FIGHT!
Wheeler: I'm not *crazy*. I *know* you! You love *birds*!.You can play their songs, right?
Linka: I used to love that... But - that was decades ago, before pesticides wiped out all of the birds... How could you possibly know that?
Wheeler: I KNOW you! As a Planeteer!
Linka: *Liar*! Oh, there was *supposed* to be an American boy like you, but he lacked the courage to join us.
Wheeler: [sinks into the van-seat next to hers] Okay... maybe I - he was wrong... but you're wasting your powers here!
Linka: "Wasting*? If I did not stop that riot, then there would be no food for the other towns. Be practical.
Wheeler: "PRACTICAL"? You're worried about a few towns! We need to save the entire Earth!
Linka: Ha. "Save the Earth"? You poor lunatic.
Wheeler: [transported to a polluted city full of starving people] This can't be the *rainforest*. There's been some kind of mistake.
Ma-Ti: [sitting facing away from behind, sighs] You are right. Both times.
[Wheeler turns as he stands to face him with an empty bowl]
Ma-Ti: This place cannot be a rainforest anymore. And this *city* is a mistake. Please, young sir, some spare change?
Wheeler: [horrified at how ragged and thin he is] Ma-Ti...!
Ma-Ti: Forgive me, but if I ever knew you, I have forgotten. I find life is easier if I can forget the past.
Wheeler: [after he uses his ring to bring out enough Heart in an indifferent man to give charity] Ma-Ti, you could do *so* much more with your power! You could move people to care about the whole planet!
Ma-Ti: [sighs] You have much Heart, young one. Why couldn't I have known you when I was a young Planeteer?
Wheeler: Well... I, uh...
Ma-Ti: But you cannot rebuild a *rainforest*. It is gone forever.
[points at him in amazement]
Ma-Ti: And you think that you can save an entire world?
[buries his face in his hands and begins to sob]
Wheeler: [Wheeler blocks himself from an hour before as he moves to prevent their past self from taking the Fire ring] Hey - what're you doing? Who *are* you?
Wheeler: I'm you. But about an hour smarter.
Wheeler: [his past self] Look - he's got the ring! I've *gotta* stop him! I'm *tired* of being a Planeteer! I have to save *myself*! The *others* can save the Earth!
Wheeler: That's what I thought. But I was wrong! *Everything* is connected. So we need *everybody* to keep this planet going, *including* us. I mean me... uh, you know what I mean.