My Emitter refuses to behave, help!

I have spent 3 days so far playing with all the relevant settings in the Domain, the Emitter, and the Force field to no avail!
The strange thing is that the simulation will look good in the viewport, but then when I do the animation it changes considerably. When I go back and play the simulation it plays as the animation did. Then if I change any setting at all, it goes back to work again. And so forth.
I have had to resize all the involved parts, but I always apply the scale and rotations.
I am at the point where I might have to do the animation manually.

It would be nice to learn from an experienced Blenderhead fellow why this is not working.
physics_not_working.blend (2.6 MB)

Thanks in advance guys,