This is the transcript page for When Lightning Strikes, complete with full dialogues and actions.


[The episode opens up with a Monstrous Nightmare flying over Berk. It lands on top of a house. The house breaks and the Nightmare falls.]

Hiccup (v.o.): Living with dragons has its ups... and its downs. You need to stay calm. Keep a clear head. Not always easy with Vikings.

[Scene changes to show Hiccup drawing sketches of dragon perches, with Gobber watching over his shoulder.]

Hiccup: More supports?

Gobber: Eh, well, they are dragons.

Hiccup (v.o.): In our own way, we're very reasonable.

[Scene cuts to Berkians building the dragon perches. Stormflyhovers over one to test it out, and hesitates.]

Astrid: It's okay, girl. Just take it easy.

[Stormfly lands on it. And it supports her weight.]

Hiccup: Yes! It works!

Gobber: Way to go!

Snotlout: Whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo!

Tuffnut: So we built these things so stuff wouldn't break?

Ruffnut: I don't understand you people.

Tuffnut: And they tricked us into helping them build them. I feel so used... and sweaty.

[The scene changes to night, and shows Hiccup, Stoick, and Gobber at a table in Hiccup's house.]

Hiccup (v.o.): But when a problem is caused by something Vikings don't understand, they lose all sense of reason. And that can become very dangerous.

Stoick: Perches for dragons! Some of your best work, men. Although we may need to move the one over the well.

Hiccup: And the perches are just the beginning, we can build landing areas for them, maybe even stables in the caves underneath the village and-

Stoick: Easy son, remember Berk is still for people.

Gobber: Vikings before dragons. [Thunder crashes, and Toothless flinches.] Yeah, I said it. Deal with it.

[Everyone rushes outside.]

Hiccup: The lightning is hitting everywhere.

Stoick: It usually doesn't strike here in the village.

Gobber: Thor must be angry. The only other time I can remember lighting ever striking Berk--

Gobber and Stoick: Barnstat.

Hiccup: Barn-who?

Stoick: Jürgen Barnstat, drifter, sailed into town. He was stealing from widows and old men.

Gobber: To punish him, Thor gave him a lightning bolt right to his helmet when he was fixing the mast on his ship to make his escape.

Stoick: By the time Thor was finished with him, our whole fleet was on fire!

Gobber: We shipped him off the island and Thor hasn't hit the village since.

Hiccup: Threw him off the island? Pretty harsh.

[Lightning strikes a house, and men shout.]

Stoick: Gobber.

[They run into the middle of the village. Several other houses catch on fire, and a Terrible Terror runs in fear, but is trapped. Astrid swoops by on Stormfly and rescues it.]

Stoick: Gobber, organize a bucket brigade. I'm going up to Great Hall.

[Lightning strikes near Toothless, and he roars and runs away.]

Hiccup: Toothless!

[The people of Berk get to work putting out the fires.]

Hiccup: I gotta find Toothless.

Tuffnut: Yeah, now that's what I'm talking about!

Ruffnut: I've always liked Thor.

Snotlout: Oh, I love these storms! When it rains, I cancel bath night and just stand outside with nothing but a sponge and a bar of soap.

Fishlegs: We know. The village has had meetings about it.

Hiccup: I-I need your help. I need to find Toothless!

Astrid: I just saw him by the Great Hall. [Astrid helps him onto Stormfly.]

[Scene cuts to the villagers making their way to the Great Hall.]

Stoick: Don't worry, men. You're gonna be alright.

Mulch: It's striking throughout the entire village. It's like we're under siege!

Bucket: I've never seen Thor this angry!

[Stormfly lands near the Great Hall, Toothless is sitting on one of the metal perches.]

Hiccup: Toothless!

[Lightning strikes Toothless'  perch and he leaps to another one.]

Mildew: Did you all see that?

Mulch: Look! The lightning is following him!

[Toothless runs to Hiccup.]

Hiccup: Toothless!

Mildew: Don't you all understand? Thor is mad at all of us! And I'll tell you why. Because of him! As you all know, the Night Fury is the unholy offspring of lightning and death itself! We've let him live among us and now we will all pay the price!

Mulch: Well, it did seem as though the lighting struck right at the dragon.

Mildew: Yes! Right at the dragon! And a lighting storm the likes of which we've never had! There is but one thing for us to do: banish the Night Fury! It's the only way!

Mildew: Thor is angry at us because of the Night Fury. You all saw it!

[The Vikings murmer among themselves.]

Hiccup: What?! No! This is ridiculous!

Mildew: If we don't act now, well, need I remind you of... Barnstat!

[Vikings gasp.]

Stoick: You're right, all of you! Thor is angry, but I don't believe he's angry at Toothless.

Hiccup: That's right! Have you all forgotten what Toothless has done for this village?!

Mildew: Well, then who do you suppose he's angry at?

Stoick: I don't presume to know Thor's mind, Mildew. But we will find a way to soothe his anger.

[Cuts to the Dragon riders gathering in the village.]

Hiccup: Another storm is coming.

Tuffnut: Thor tore a hole in the Great Hall. Maybe he's hungry? I know I am.

Hiccup: We need to make Thor happy. But what do you get the god of Thunder and Lightning?

Fishlegs: In the past, I know Thor's enjoyed a sacrifice or two.

Ruffnut: Let's sacrifice Tuffnut!

Tuffnut: Okay, what time should I be there? There better be fire involved.

Hiccup: Nobody's gonna be sacrificed!

Snotlout: Not yet, anyway.

Astrid: I had an aunt who was cursed by Odin once. She had to pay tribute to him by sailing to the end of the Earth.

Fishlegs: Did it work?

Astrid: I don't know. I guess she couldn't find it, because she kept showing up from the opposite direction.

Fishlegs: The gods have never been mad at anyone from our family. Knock on wood. Hop on one foot. Slap a Jorgenson.

Snotlout: If I were Thor, I would want a giant statue. Of myself, Snotlout, as Thor!

Astrid: You do know we're trying to make him happy?

Snotlout: Exactly!

Astrid: I think I just threw up in my mouth.

Hiccup: Actually, that's not a bad idea.

Astrid: It's not an idea, it's a reflex.

Hiccup: What--? No! I-I mean the statue.

Astrid: There I go again.

Hiccup: No! Not Snotlout! Thor!

Fishlegs: Hmm, Berk has never given Thor a statue.

Hiccup: Well, then it's high time we did!

[Scene changes to show the teens working on building the statue.]

Tuffnut: Yowch!

Ruffnut: Ouch!

Hiccup: Great job. Uh, one issue. Thor's knee bends the other way. You know, like a knee... on a person?

Hiccup: What are you doing?

Fishlegs: I'm making Thor's pants. I hope they're not too tight. I hate it when my pants are too tight. I feel so bloated.

Hiccup: Okay, guys, we better start welding these pieces together.

Hiccup: Yeah. I really think Thor's gonna like this. [Scene changes to the villagers gathering together.] Attention! Attention everyone! Okay, so, I know we're not exactly Thor's favorite people right now, but I am confident that this beautiful statue will got a long way toward getting us back in his good graces! So, without further ado... [he and Toothless pull off the cloth and reveal the statue.]

Stoick: Well done! Thor will appreciate this tribute, and will smile upon us once again!

Mildew: You really think this is enough to appease the mighty Thor, while you allow a Night Fury in your midst?! YOU'RE FOOLS! ALL OF YA!

[Later, another storm strikes.]

Hiccup: Unbelievable. Even more lightning than the last storm.

Gobber: I don't understand. We gave Thor a giant statue!

Stoick: It was a gallant effort, son, but it looks as though this is not what Thor wanted. [Gobber sidesteps away from Toothless.]

Hiccup: Gobber, what are you doing?

Gobber: I love Toothless, I'm just erring on the side of caution.

Hiccup: Hey, don't worry, bud. I'm not gonna let anything happen to you. No matter what some people think!

[Scene cuts to show Meatlug sniffing around in Fishlegs' room, she finds him under his bed.]

Fishlegs: I know you're scared, girl. If you wanna hold me, that's what I'm here for.

[Cuts to the Twins sitting on a rooftop, watching the storm, eating nuts.]

Ruffnut: Whoa. Look at all that damage and destruction.

Tuffnut: I know. It's so beautiful!

Ruffnut: Whoa, whoa, whoa!

Tuffnut: Whoa... Nobody blows stuff up like Thor.

[Lightning currents through the metal statue, causing even more damage.]

Mildew: That's what Thor thinks of the statue! I told you what he wants, and we haven't given it to him! Until we rid this island of that Night Fury, Thor's fire will continue to rain down upon us!

[Scene changes to Hiccup trying to comfort Toothless.]

Hiccup: Y-You don't really think Thor is angry because of Toothless, do you?

Stoick: Of course I don't.

[Someone bangs on the door.]

Mildew: Open up, Stoick! We've come for the Night Fury!

Stoick: But I'm afraid they do. Get Toothless to a safe place, I'll try to reason with them.

Hiccup: But-

Stoick: Just go!

Gobber: Safe travels, old friend.

[Hiccup and Toothless sneak out back.]

Hiccup: Don't worry, bud. It's you and me.

[Scene shows a mob at Stoick's doorstep.]

Mildew: Give up the dragon, Stoick! Look at your people. We've had enough!

Stoick: You're too late. He's gone.

Gobber: Stoick's already sent him off the island.

Mildew: Thor says otherwise. The dragon must still be on the island. Find the Night Fury! Go!

[Cuts to Hiccup, Toothless and Astrid.]

Astrid: We can hide Toothless in the cove for now.

Hiccup: They'll just find him. No. We have to leave.

Astrid: "We?"

Hiccup: He can't make it on his own. And I wouldn't want him to. I'm going with him, Astrid.

Astrid: But you'll come back, right?

Hiccup Yeah, eventually. When they all realize this didn't happen because of Toothless.

Astrid: You better go.

[Hiccup and Toothless fly away.]

Mildew: Where's the boy?! And more importantly, where's the dragon?!

Astrid: I don't know, Mildew, but you got your wish. Hiccup and Toothless are gone.

Mildew: Oh, bah! Find the Night Fury! All of you!

[Toothless lands in a forest. They look down from a top of the hill to see the mob searching for them. They fly off into the storm. Lightning strikes Toothless' tail fin, and he plummits.]


Mildew: Ah! There they are!

[They fall back into the forest.]

Hiccup: Whoo...You okay, bud? [Toothless whimpers at his damaged tail fin. Hiccup kneels down to check it out, and burns himself on the hot metal.] Ow, that's where the lightning hit... [he looks back toward the village and notices the lightning is hitting the metal perches.] The metal! I wonder...

[Toothless gets caught in a bola.]

Mildew: Secure the dragon!

Hiccup: Toothless! No! Leave him alone!

Mildew: Don't try and stop us, you'll only make it worse for your precious dragon.

Hiccup: Toothless!

Mildew: Say your goodbyes.

Hiccup: Toothless! [He tries to get to him, but is held back by other Vikings. They chain Toothless up and drag him away.] Toothless...

[Scene shows Vikings pulling Toothless to the docks.]

Stoick: I know you're afraid. But this isn't how we do things on Berk! These dragons are not the beasts we once thought they were. They're part of us now.

Mildew: Not this one! Not anymore!

Stoick: Release the dragon, Mildew.

Mildew: Open your eyes, Stoick. It's the only solution and you know it. It worked with Barnstat and it'll work with Toothless.

[Scene changes to Hiccup in his house, he grabs a metal rod. The other teens meet him.]

Astrid: Hiccup! They've got Toothless! They're about to float him off to sea.

Hiccup: I know. Why do you think I have this?

Tuffnut: Oh, tough one. How many guesses do we get? Five?

Hiccup: Oookay... Astrid, fly me to the docks!

[Scene goes back to the other Vikings.]

Stoick: If you want to get to that dragon, you're gonna have to go through us! [Bucket and Mulch push their way up to join Stoick and Gobber.] Thank you, lads.

Bucket: I-If we're choosing sides, Mulch, uh, there's more over there. Lots more.

Mulch: We stand with the Chief, Bucket.

[Vikings lunge at them, but are knocked back by Stormfly.]

Hiccup: Stop! Stop! You could get rid of Toothless, you could throw him off the edge of the world, but it's not going to stop this lighting from destroying Berk. It's the metal. The lightning is hitting the metal! Just think about it. We never had a lightning storm like this until we put up those perches, that statue, right? And they're all made of metal!

Mildew: Oh, bah! You ever heard of anything so insane?!

Hiccup: Y-you see? This is where the lighting struck Toothless. On this connecting rod... this metal connecting rod! Look, if you don't believe me, I can prove it! [he runs back to Stormfly.] Fly me up. [He climbs onto the mast.]

Astrid: Are you sure you know what you're doing?

Hiccup: Sure? Uh, that's a strong word. It's really more of a... hunch. I'll be fine. Go!

Gobber: Oh, boy, here he goes again...

Stoick: He doesn't make it easy. Hiccup!

Hiccup: You'll all see for yourselves! When I attach this metal rod to the top of this mast, the lighting will be drawn to- [Lightning stikes him.]

Stoick: HICCUP! [Hiccup looses conscious, and falls off the mast and falls into the water.] Son... [Toothless breaks his chains and jumps into the water after him, and drags him back to the surface.] Hiccup... Son...

[Scene changes to Hiccup lying in bed. He groans and wakes up.]

Hiccup: Toothless! What happened, bud? At least I didn't lose another one.

[Stoick and Gobber run up.]

Stoick: My boy! You're alright! You took a lightning bolt to the head.

Gobber: Just like Barnstat. Except we won't be throwing you off the island.

Hiccup: So everyone knows Thor wasn't mad at Toothless?

Stoick: They do now.

Gobber: Until we figure out why Thor was angry at the metal, we're all walking on eggshells.

[Scene cuts to the villagers taking down the perches and statue.]

Hiccup: Oh, we worked so hard on that statue. Kind of a shame we have to just scrap it for parts.

Stoick: Well, maybe we don't have to. Why don't you take it to one of the high points on the island and leave it there?

Tuffnut: Good idea, Chief! I would've thought of it myself, but I'm not the Chief.

Snotlout: Oh, we'll handle that for you.

[Scene changes to Mildew in his house, he hears a bang, and looks outside to see Thor's statue at his doorstep. He notices the Dragon Riders flying away.]

Mildew: You'll pay for this!

Hiccup: I'm not sure that's what my dad had in mind, guys.

Snotlout: Hey, that's the way I understood it.

Hiccup (v.o.): No matter how much things change around here Vikings are still Vikings. They're not afraid to admit when they're wrong. And when they do, watch out! Cause you'll be up to your ears in pie and smoked fish.

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