Project Description

1.13 Bazooka Jarod

Original air date: February 8, 1997
Written by: Juan Carlos Coto
Directed by: James Whitmore, Jr.

While Jarod poses as a Navy Commander in order to investigate the death of a sailor on board the USS Monroe, Sydney delivers a warning to Miss Parker.

Jarod’s Discoveries: Bazooka Bubble Gum, Blowing Bubbles, Bazooka Joe Comics, REM
Jarod’s Occupations: Naval Commander, High School Guidance Counselor
Jarod’s Aliases: Jarod Forrester

Behind the scenes insights and the Creator’s Take

Official Synopsis

Jarod goes undercover as a Naval commander to avenge the shipboard death of a young sailor.


As Miss Parker and Sydney check out Jarod’s last known job, as a sewer worker, they realize a manhole Jarod used is right in front of the orphanage where Miss Parker’s mother may have taken children rescued from the Centre.  Meanwhile, on the U.S.S. Monroe, Jarod, as a U.S. Navy commander, works with Captain Nagle and Commander Nashton to guide their crew through a tense encounter with a rogue Russian submarine.  The crew dodges the sub’s torpedoes, then scores a direct hit of their own.  But as the sub explodes on the radar screen, we learn the whole encounter is just a training exercise.  Later, Nagel says the crew still needs to improve its discipline, and Nashton leads the sailors on a rigorous run on a California beach.  During the exercise, tensions escalate when one of the sailors, Dana Knox, accuses another man, Mike Baker, of negligence in a recent incident that caused the death of a fellow crew member, Scott Seaver.  Later, Nashton tells Jarod that Seaver died during a leak of JX-5 gas in the ship’s pump room…and introduces Jarod to security officer Lieutenant Paula Pratt, who’s concerned about some gaps in Jarod’s personnel file.  Meanwhile, Miss Parker visits the orphanage, but learns all records from the 1960s were destroyed in a fire in 1970, the same year her mother was killed.  Back at the naval base, Jarod sees a teenage girl, Melina, running from a shore patrol officer after trying to hotwire an officer’s Jeep.  Melina says she is Lieutenant Pratt’s daughter, and that her father is a navigator on another ship that has been at sea for four months.  A bit later, Jarod visits the Monroe’s pump room, and finds Lieutenant Albert Danes doing some welding with an oxyacetylene torch.  Nagel and Nashton find Jarod there, and tell him Seaver died because some retrofit work he did in the pump room was shoddy. A bit later, Jarod watches as Baker, who was Seaver’s best friend, tearfully delivers Seaver’s footlocker to Seaver’s parents.

Later, Jarod answers a summons from Pratt, who tries to call the admiral who signed Jarod’s orders…but the admiral is on vacation and can’t be reached.  Just then, Melina barges in, angry that her mother hasn’t given her an answer about a concert she wants to go to.  That night, Miss Parker goes through files of missing children in the Dover Hall of Records, but finds a note from Jarod, saying, “Sorry, I was here first.”  Meanwhile, on a San Pedro street, Jarod sees Melina coming out of a tattoo parlor (where she has just received a tattoo of the letters “ILY”), and realizes she iss acting out to get her mother’s attention.  Jarod tells Melina that her mother really does love her, even if she is very busy, but Melina doesn’t buy it.  Later, Jarod breaks into Pratt’s office, and finds videotaped testimony from the investigation of Seaver’s death.  The next day, Jarod talks to Baker, who insists Seaver didn’t botch the retrofit.  Baker also says he was with Seaver during the gas leak, but while he escaped from the pump room, Nashton came in and sealed the hatch before Seaver could get out, too.  That night, Jarod watches the videos and sees Nashton testify that closing the hatch was necessary to save the ship, even though he knew Seaver would die…but Jarod knows he’s lying.

That night, Sydney goes to Miss Parker’s house and warns her that if she is not careful, she could end up like her mother.  Meanwhile, Jarod goes through photos from the Seaver investigation, and the next day, takes one of the pictures, showing the faulty weld Seaver supposedly made, to Danes.  Jarod points out that the picture shows an oxyacetylene weld, when Seaver was only rated for gas tungsten welding, and says he has realized Nashton must have ordered Danes to frame Seaver.  Danes finally admits this, saying Nashton was trying to preserve his own career, which could have ended if the ship had been put in mothballs for the more extensive repairs it really needed.  That night, Jarod finds Melina in San Pedro again, and although she says she’s not going home, she admits to Jarod that she really misses her father (the “ILY” in her tattoo was his abbreviation for “I love you”), and Jarod comforts her as she cries.  Later, Jarod drives Melina home, and her mother welcomes her back and thanks Jarod for his help.  The next morning, Baker tells Jarod that he is resigning, but Jarod asks him if this is what Seaver would have wanted.  Meanwhile, back at the Centre, Sydney and Miss Parker learn, thanks to Lieutenant Pratt’s inquiries, that Jarod is on the Monroe.

A few hours later, on the Monroe, Jarod takes Nashton to the pump room, and asks him to test the JX-5 gas valve.  Nashton goes down the hatch and turns the handle, but as the gas begins to flow, Jarod locks him in, just as he did to Seaver.  And as Nashton starts to panic, Jarod gets him to admit what he did, and broadcasts Nashton’s confession on the ship’s PA system.  A few minutes later, as Nashton is led off in handcuffs, Pratt, Sydney and Miss Parker arrive.  But just as Miss Parker gets a glimpse of Jarod, he drives away.  Later, Pratt finds a note from Jarod, containing the concert tickets Melina wanted…Melina finally gets a note from her father…and we see Jarod, riding a camel in a vast desert, as far away from the ocean as he can get.


Young Parker Mama! Mama!
Young Jarod They’re trying to hurt her!
Sydney Stay here Jarod.
Young Parker Mama, no! NO! No! Mama!
Miss Parker What?
Sydney We’ve got a hit.
Main Sewer Line Dover, Delaware
Mr McElroy Jarod’s the finest sewer rat I’ve had the pleasure to work with. I’ve never seen someone so excited about excrement in my life. A real aficionado.
Miss Parker How charming.
Sydney How long was Jarod here?
Mr McElroy Couple of weeks. That’s all it took him to figure it out.
Miss Parker Figure what out?
Mr McElroy That we were digging into an aquifer. If we had hit that thing, it would have flushed 45 members of the International Brotherhood of Sewage Workers right into the jaws of oblivion. Just like that Egyptian army in the Ten Commandments. Whoosh!
Miss Parker Great. Now Jarod is Moses.
Mr McElroy Moses?
Sydney Charlton Heston.
Mr McElroy Right.
Sydney Thanks.
Miss Parker Mr McElroy, this is where Jarod always emerged?
Mr McElroy Right in this spot. Something special about it, but he wouldn’t tell me. Said he had to ship out.
USS Monroe, somewhere in the Pacific
Baker cd Forrester, we have a situation here.
Jarod Report.
Comm Officer Bogey sir. Victor-class submarine, bearing one four eight.
Jarod And closing. This could be the rogue we’re looking for. Relax sailor, this is the fun part.
Comm Officer Why does the fun part have to happen on my watch?
Jarod Alert the XO and the captain.
Baker Aye, aye, sir.
Jarod We’ve got a fight on our hands.
Sailor As you were.
Jarod Captain Nagel. Commander Nashton. It’s the Rostov sir. After she deployed from Odessa the Uzbeki captain declared independence from the Black Sea Fleet. He’s rogue.
Nashton With a hip pocket full of nuclear warheads.
Jarod And judging from the intel file, her first strike target… is Los Angeles.
Comm Officer Something’s up sirs.
Marcus They’ve opened the VLS doors.
Jarod Those SLBM’s will be ready to fire in approximately two minutes.
Comm Officer Torpedoes in the water, bearing one three seven and one four two.
Captain Nagel Ready torpedo decoy.
Jarod Ready decoy.
Baker Ready decoy, aye. Something’s wrong with this relay sir.
Jarod What’s the problem Baker?
Baker Ahhh!
Marcus We’ve lost the decoy signal.
Captain Nagel Gentlemen, we got a torpedo on our ass.
Comm Officer Torpedoes closing, 300 yards.
Marcus The decoy signal’s still dead sir.
Comm Officer 200 yards.
Marcus Ninety seconds SLBM launch. Come on Baker.
Baker Got it, decoy’s online sir.
Comm Officer Torpedo number one jut took the bait. Number two is closing. It’s a miss.
Marcus Rostov’s VLS system is still ready.
Jarod Those nukes fly in one minute, sir.
Captain Nagel Forty degrees starboard.
Sailor Forty degrees starboard.
Captain Nagel Steady on course… zero nine zero.
Sailor Zero nine zero.
Nashton Sir, I suggest we fire both torpedoes now, while he’s still in range.
Jarod Sir. I recommend that we fire one now that we veer approximately 30 degrees starboard and then fire torpedo two.
Nashton Veer? Why don’t we just…
Captain Nagel Fire torpedo one.
Marcus Fire one, Aye. Torpedo away.
Jarod Thirty seconds until warhead launch.
Captain Nagel Veer 30 degrees starboard.
Jarod Right full rudder. Steady course one two zero.
Sailor Right full rudder, one two zero. Aye.
Marcus One is a miss sir.
Captain Nagel Fire two.
Marcus Fire two. Aye. Torpedo away.
Jarod Twenty seconds until warhead launch.
Marcus Those birds are hot.
Jarod Ten seconds until warhead launch.
Marcus Number two is a direct hit. She’s going down.
Captain Drucker This is Captain Drucker of the Harrison. You’ve blown us out of water, you crazy Yankee pig.
Nashton Acknowledged. Always a pleasure to run a simulation with you, Ted.
Captain Drucker Never a cold war when you need one. Harrison out.
Captain Nagel You’ve got nothing to smile about. Another three seconds… and LA’s a parking lot.
Marcus Way to go Baker.
US Naval Station Long Beach, California
Captain Nagel Lieutenant Commander Forrester this crew is loose. The Monroe is a team, like links in a chain. If one of those links breaks under stress we slip that much closer to disaster. In one week we hit the big blue. It is imperative that your response times improve. After what happened on our last tour, I want this ship running like a damn Swiss watch.
Nashton Alright. You just traded your day off for a rid on my personal highway to hell. Left, left, left! Come on people! It’s a highway to hell. We love it! Come on! Having fun yet?
Crew Yes sir!
Nashton Come on people! Do you love it?
Crew Yes sir!
Nashton I can’t hear you!
Crew Yes sir!
Nashton Let’s go. Let’s go. Come on. Let’s go. Come on. What are you waiting for? Let’s go. Move it. Move it out. Move it out. Move it out.
Jarod Move it out! Move! Move! Move! Move! Move! Move!
Marcus I didn’t really want a day off. Did you Baker?
Baker What?
Marcus You can’t even handle a little circuit flare-up? I mean, if something goes wrong this tour, you’re gonna screw up on us like you did in the pump room with Seaver?
Knox Seaver was a dumbass.
Marcus Hey, get him! Get him!
Jarod Break it up! Get up! Break it up! Knox! Marcus! Baker, you’ve got the highest rank here. If I even catch you looking at these sailors the wrong way I’m gonna have you in the scullery every day for a week! Understood, sailor?
Baker Yes, sir!
Jarod Fall out!
Sailor Alright! Move out.
Baker Sir.
Nashton Well, you handled that little situation well. Just as well as manoeuvres this morning.
Jarod Sir, I’m sorry about that. I didn’t mean to step out of line.
Nashton Oh, yes, you did. You’re just lucky that you made the right call.
Jarod I guess. Nagel seemed pretty steamed about the last tour.
Nashton Yeah, well, that’s the only chink in his armour. We lost a sailor. There was a gas lead in the pump room.
Jarod A gas leak?
Nashton Yeah. JX-5.
Jarod Whoa. A roomful of that could’ve set off the entire ship.
Nashton Whoo. Tell me about it. I had the deck that night. It’s pretty intense. It’s not something I want to live through again. Hey, tell me something, will ya? How did you know that the Harrison was gonna cut and run?
Jarod “Bulldog” Ted Drucker was at the conn. It’s his favourite evasive technique.
Nashton Oh, you served with him?
Paula Pratt Actually, Jarod’s from the Grant, sir. Lieutenant Paula Pratt.
Jarod At ease. Security officer. Lieutenant Commander Jarod Forrester.
Paula Pratt Yes, I just ran the required checks on your file. Your dates on the Grant don’t jibe with the Bureau of Personnel.
Nashton So wy don’t you call the Grant and have ’em clear it up?
Paula Pratt I will. As soon as she gets back from a silent escort in Antarctica. Next month. Come see me at PSD tomorrow.
Nashton That woman needs a hobby.
Jarod She reminds me of someone I used to know.
Miss Parker’s House
Miss Parker Go through the box from Jarod’s last lair. Call me with solid leads.
Sydney (on phone) Where will you be Miss Parker?
Miss Parker Out.
South Delaware Children’s Home Dover, Delaware
Miss Parker Well, there must be something you can tell me about my mother.
Orphanage Director It’s been nearly 30 years, but I remember how much she loved the children here.
Miss Parker I have reason to believe that she might have rescued some of them.
Orphanage Director Rescued?
Miss Parker It’s a long story. Did she… did she bring any children here?
Orphanage Director No. We’ve always gotten our children the usual way, orphans, runaways, victims of child abuse. I’m afraid I wouldn’t know where to begin.
Miss Parker I might.
Orphanage Director I’m sorry. None of them ring a bell.
Miss Parker That’s okay. You’ve been… you’ve been very helpful.
Orphanage Director Who is this Jarod you’re asking about?
Miss Parker An associate. I thought maybe he might have visited you.
Orphanage Director No. It’s not a dead end, Miss Parker.
Miss Parker Well, the person who gave this to me is the master of the dead end.
Orphanage Director You could match these with our files, but you’d have to go down to the Hall of Records. All of these kids are pre-1970. Our files were destroyed in a fire that year.
Miss Parker You had a fire in 1970?
Orphanage Director Yes.
Miss Parker April.
Orphanage Director How did you know?
Miss Parker That’s when my mother died.
USS Monroe
Jarod At ease.
Sailor Good afternoon sir.
Jarod Good afternoon.
Sailor Just want to welcome you to the Monroe.
Jarod At ease.
Sailor Uh Bazooka. From my personal stash.
Jarod This is interesting. Bubble gum named after a weapon.
Sailor Well, it’s bee around a while.
Jarod It’s very good. And it comes with its own personal story. Very clever. Well, thank you very much. As you were.
Melina Get away from me! Leave me alone! I said get.. get away from me! Stop it!
Jarod Are you going someplace?
Melina Look, there’s two men chasing me. I think they’re some kind of perverts. You really gotta help me. That’s them!
Security Officer Commander.
Jarod Is there some kind of problem, Sergeant?
Security Officer 2 Yes sir. We caught this bug trying to hot-wire an ensign’s jeep.
Melina Oh, that’s a great big lie. Beside, I didn’t even know the jeep belonged to the ensign.
Security Officer 2 It’s the third time this week we’ve had a run-in with this desperado,
Jarod I see. I think I can handle it from here. My name’s Jarod.
Melina Melina Pratt.
Jarod Pratt? As in Security Officer Pratt?
Melina As in her daughter. You’re gonna tell her about this, aren’t you?
Jarod What about your father?
Melina He’s the navigator on the Farragut.
Jarod That’s on the Indian Ocean, on patrol?
Melina Yeah. He’s been gone for about four months now.
Jarod Four and a half. Must be pretty tough on you and your mother, your father being gone that long.
Melina My mom just works more. To me, it’s no biggie.
Jarod So your dad is gone, and your mom works all day. From what I understand, a teenager lives for that kind of freedom. Is that true?
Melina If you’re so interested in teenagers, maybe you should become a school counsellor.
Jarod I already tried that once. I mean, the hours were great, but… the food was terrible.
Melina So, are you gonna tell my mom about this jeep thing or not?
Jarod Melina.
Melina What?
Jarod Next time you go to so much trouble to get into trouble, hot-wire and admiral’s jeep.
PA Communications watch officer and DDO please report to the quarterdeck. Comm watch officer and DDO, report to the quarterdeck.
Jarod That’s nice work… for an oxyacetylene weld.
Danes It’s old-school, I know, but it holds tighter than any of that newfangled stuff. Snipes are always getting on me. Danes, weld this, gas tungsten that. Got no respect for the old ways, you know.
Jarod I guess not. Excuse me.
Captain Nagel Problem, Jarod? As you were.
Jarod Petty Officer Mike Baker. I pulled him out of a fight a couple of days ago. I have a good mind to go up there…
Captain Nagel Whoa, whoa. I know that you’re eager to crack skulls, but, uh, don’t start on Baker. He lost his best friend in our last tour.
Nashton Scott Seaver. I told you about it, Jarod. The, uh, JX-5 leak in the pump room.
Jarod Oh, yes. Right.
Captain Nagel Seaver botched the retrofit.
Nashton Which gave the board of inquiry an excuse to try to mothball the ship again. Damn leeches came in here. They went over every piece of paperwork, every inspection record, tried to haul her out of the water. Finally, it took seven admirals to decide the problem was Seaver’s shoddy work.
Jarod I see. Well, I guess I’ll ease off Baker then.
Captain Nagel He does know that he’s on this ship for the next six months.
Jarod Where his best friend died.
Jarod Simming
Seaver’s Voice Oh, my God! Baker, help me!
Danes Surprise inspection, or are you stealing stock tips?
Jarod I was just getting to know the territory. You play the stock market.
Danes Hey, you want to put a kid through college on my salary, you gotta take some chances. Actually, my son picks out all my stocks. He wants to see his tuition coming, he better pick ’em right.
Jarod Is he a business major?
Danes He’s a tight end. Got a good brain. Average hands. No scholarship. But I’ll be damned he’s gonna spend his whole life sweating in a hole like this. You sure this ain’ t no inspection?
Jarod Promise.
Danes Good. I mean, nothing personal sire, but, uh… I’ve been turning wrenches down here since you and most of this crew were playing kick the can.
Jarod And what can was I kicking?
Danes All I’m saying is, uh, you don’t need to go wasting your time checking up on Lieutenant Albert Danes.
Jarod As you were.
Danes Thank you, sir. Thank you.
Personnel Support Detachment, Long Beach
Jarod They’re very funny.
Paula Pratt They still make those?
Jarod Yeah. But what I don’t understand is why does he wear the eye patch?
Paula Pratt Matters of cosmic importance I’m not prepared to address.
Jarod Huh.
Paula Pratt I wanted you here when I call Admiral Mason. You remember Admiral Mason. He signed your recommendation.
Jarod How could I forget?
Secretary Admiral Mason’s office.
Paula Pratt Lieutenant Paula Pratt calling from Long Beach Naval Station.
Secretary I’m sorry. The admiral is on his annual fishing trip to Bimini.
Paula Pratt It’s nice somebody has time for a vacation. How long will he be gone?
Secretary Two weeks. And he left strict orders not to be disturbed… unless, of course, it’s urgent.
Paula Pratt I’ll call back.
Jarod Bummer.
Paula Pratt Bummer?
Woman Melina, she’s busy
Jarod That’s what Joe would say.
Melina I don’t care how buSy she is. I need to see her.
Paula Pratt Melina, I’m in a meeting.
Melina I know. But I can’t even get an appointment, and I need to know today if I can go see REM.
Jarod Rapid eye movements?
Melina No, it’s a band.
Jarod Oh.
Melina Tickets go on sale in an hour.
Paula Pratt I told you. I don’t want you going alone.
Melina I won’t be alone, Mom. There’ll be 40,000 other people there.
Paula Pratt I am buSy We will talk about this later.
Melina Yeah, what else is new?
Paula Pratt My daughter.
Dover City Hall, Missing Children’s Archive
Guy Yo, what’s up? Why won’t you talk to me?
Jarod How’d your tattoo come out?
Melina What are you, stalking me?
Jarod Not exactly. This police officer stopped by and, uh… left you this parking ticket.
Melina Great. My mom’s gonna go ballistic when she sees this.
Jarod Not to mention when she finds out you stole her car. But having her go ballistic… that’s the general idea, isn’t it?
Melina Come on. You can do it. Try again. Wrap it around your tongue and… blow.
Jarod Yes.
Melina I can’t believe no one taught you how to blow bubble gum.
Jarod I had a lonely childhood.
Melina Yeah, join the club.
Jarod I.L.Y. Is that another band?
Melina No, just three letters I want to remember. That’s all.
Jarod What are your parents going to say?
Melina I don’t care. My mom hates me, and my dad’s never around.
Jarod Your mom does not hate you. Parents love their children.
Melina Oh, what sitcom are you living in?
Jarod listening to Seaver Investigation
Man In conclusion victim seaver expired after inhaling the JX-5 toxic gas from the ship’s coolant system Ice crystals formed in the lungs within 30 seconds, resulting in asphyxiation. Furthermore, additional trauma
Baker Flashback
Seaver Baker! Baker! Oh, my God!
Jarod Can’t sleep?
Baker Sir.
Jarod At ease, sailor. Sit down. I have nightmares too. About family I’ve never seen, best friends I’ve lost.
Baker Scott Seaver did not botch that retrofit sir. And just because some big panel of admirals says so…
Jarod Doesn’t mean it’s true.
Baker Right. Scott was edgy… the whole week before it happened. I think he knew there was something wrong with the Monroe… but he never would have let us deploy like that. Look… you don’t gotta worry about me getting tanked or getting into fights anymore, sir.
Jarod What are you talking about?
Baker I’m gonna talk to Lieutenant Pratt. I’m out of here.
Jarod You’re going to resign. You think that’s going to solve anything?
Baker I watched him die, sir. You know, uh, it hit us out of nowhere. The pipe burst, and the whole place was filling up with JX-5. Scott told me to get out of there. He said he could handle it. I could’ve saved him. But then Nashton sealed the hatch.
Jarod Nashton.
Baker I could see Scott… through the portal. The gas was starting to get to him. Well, first it makes you crazy. Fills up your lungs and freezes ’em. He couldn’t breathe.
Jarod Wait. The XO was on deck that night. Now, why would Nashton come down here to seal the hatch?
Baker He said the whole ship could’ve blown. He said he had to seal the hatch. Some best friend I turned out to be, huh? He didn’t have to die, sir. I should’ve stayed. It should’ve been me that died.
Jarod It wasn’t your fault.
Video Recording of USN Investigation
Nashton There’s been a lot of talk about decommissioning her, but I’m here to tell you gentlemen that the USS Monroe is a long way from mothballs. This accident… this tragedy… happened because of substandard work by a young engineer named Scott Seaver.
Man You believe that sealing that room was the correct course of action?
Nashton JX-5 gas might have seeped to the rest of the ship. She was a powder keg, ready to blow. If I had the time to pull him out, I would have done so. As ranking officers, these are the kinds of calls that we’re expected to make. It’s one of the demons we have to live with. I did it to save the ship.
Jarod You did it to save your job.
Miss Parker’s House
Sydney The door was open.
Miss Parker Making house calls now, Syd?
Sydney Where were you today?
Miss Parker Last time I checked, that was a Raines question.
Sydney What kind of game are you playing with Jarod?
Miss Parker Game?
Sydney Hall of Records. You’re starting to ask questions. The way your mother did. Her final session with me, before she got on the elevator… she was looking for answers.
Miss Parker She didn’t have the means to find them. I do.
Sydney Then you’ll end up like her.
Miss Parker Is that a threat?
Sydney A warning… from a friend.
Jarod Mail call. These seem to have slipped through the cracks.
Danes Hey, personal delivery from the ops officer. Thanks. Letter from my kid at college. Gonna be an engineer.
Jarod Oh yeah? Cornell. Must be expensive.
Danes How’d you know he was going there?
Jarod Interesting. This is an oxyacetylene weld. Now, Scott Seaver… he was only rated for gas tungsten welding. If those admirals had known what to look for, they would have known that Seaver didn’t botch the retrofit. Nashton forced you to do the work after it ruptured and make it look like Seaver botched it.
Danes Come on, that’s crazy.
Jarod Tell that to Scott Seaver. I spoke to his best friend. He said Seaver was nervous the whole week before the deploy. He knew something was wrong, didn’t he?
Danes With all due respect sir. You’ve lost it.
Jarod Did Nashton threaten your career, or did he threaten your son’s education?
Danes What’s the difference? Nashton said he was gonna turn the investigating panel on me. I’d have been kicked out on my ass. No pension, no nothing. And he forced Seaver and me to sign off on that inspection report even though the JX-5 line needed work. Brass never knew.
Jarod And the extra work would have delay deployment. Or worse, put the Monroe in mothballs. No more Monroe… no more career for Nashton. So a 20 year old kid chokes to death. It could have been your shift.
Danes Oh, come on. Nashton tried to save that poor kid. The pump room was gonna blow. There was no time.
Jarod There was plenty of time, but Seaver knew the truth. Nashton made sure he died with it.
Jarod Your mom’s going to miss you.
Melina Yeah, well, you can’t miss something that’s not there to begin with. I’m not going back there… ever.
Jarod Okay. You feel like you’re not very important, don’t you? You feel like you were forgotten… but you haven’t been.
Melina Yeah, what do you know about it?
Jarod I don’t even know who my parents are. I don’t know if they gave up up or I was taken from them. But I know they’re still out there. Somewhere. I know they love me. Deep down inside, I know they love me. Just like deep down inside you know your parents love you.
Melina My mom just buries herself in work every time my dad’s out to sea.
Jarod Your mom is responsible for a lot of people’s lives. Maybe in all that, she overlooks the life that’s most important to her, but I know… she loves you very much.
Melina I really miss my dad. I love you. I.L.Y. My dad used to put it all on the satellite communications he’d send us from the subs. You know, they only give you, like, 40 words to say everything you can to each other, so you gotta abbreviate. I just wish he was here to say it in person.
Jarod Shh, shh, shh. Shh.
Melina Sorry Mama.
Paula Pratt I’m sorry too, honey. We’ll talk inside.
Melina I’m sorry.
Paula Pratt It’s okay.
Jarod You have a great kid.
Paula Pratt Yeah. I think I should tell her that a little more often. Thanks.
Jarod Are you sure that resigning is the right thing to do?
Baker Made up my mind, sir.
Jarod Did I say “at ease,” sailor?
Baker No, sir!
Jarod Are you sure it’s the right thing to do, sailor?
Baker Yes, sir!
Jarod Is that what Scott Seaver would have wanted? Hope to see you on board, sailor.
Young Jarod What’s that Sydney?
Sydney I don’t know.
Young Parker No! No! No.
Young Jarod They’re trying to hurt her.
Sydney Stay here, Jarod.
Young Parker NO!
Sweeper Get her on the elevator! Get the kid out of here!
Young Jarod Stop!
Miss Parker What?
Sydney Jarod has them, doesn’t he?
Miss Parker Has what?
Sydney The answers you’re looking for.
Miss Parker When I catch him, I’ll just have to find out.
Sydney You may have that chance. Commander Jarod Forrester is currently serving aboard the destroyer USS Monroe. One of Broots’ routine scans caught it. However, Naval Intelligence may already be onto him.
Miss Parker Naval Intelligence?
Sydney That’s correct.
Miss Parker Have my father call the secretary.
Sydney Yes, Miss Parker.
Miss Parker Mmm.
Young Parker Mama!
Sydney No. Keep her back. Go back.
Young Jarod Leave me alone!
Young Parker Mama!
Jarod Yes, I’d like to purchase some tickets, please.
Paula Pratt From the secretary. I’m impressed.
Miss Parker You should be.
Nashton Hell of a day for a deployment. What’s the good word?
Jarod Surprise. Your knack for discipline has inspired me. I put together one last surprise drill before we deploy. Here, crank it to maximum.
Nashton The JX-5 main? That’ll overload the system
Jarod Oh, relax. I’ve shut off the pressure. Only the alarm will sound. Think of it as my personal highway to hell.
Paula Pratt What’s Jarod wanted for?
Miss Parker You name it, he’s done it.
Jarod After you.
Nashton Pressure’s building up. Hey, where the hell is everybody.
Jarod They’re in the mess. Which is sort of what you’re in now.
Nashton Hey, o-open the hatch! Forrester! Open the hatch! Now!
Jarod Are you starting to feel out of it? Are you starting to feel disoriented?
Nashton Open the hatch!
Jarod I can’t do that. It could blow the whole ship up. You’re just going to have to die… to save everybody else. Just like Scott Seaver did. It’s a horrible way to die. Your lungs, they fill up with toxic ice and then they freeze. No matter how hard you try you won’t be able to breathe. But this is just a judgment call I’m going to have to make. Think of it as just another demon you have to deal with when you’re an officer. Huh, Nashton?
Nashton Open the hatch! That’s an order, Commander!
Jarod That’s an order I can’t really follow. You see… I’m not an officer on this ship. Think of me as Naval Intelligence.
Nashton You don’t have anything on me!
Jarod I know that you forced Danes to tamper with the evidence after the accident to ruin Scott Seaver’s name. You had to preserver the Monroe to save your career so you let a 20 year old kid die! Didn’t you, Nashton? Didn’t you? Didn’t you? Didn’t you?
Nashton Yes, yes. God, I’m sorry. I let him die.
Jarod Now, did you really think that I would put this ship into danger? That was just laughing gas. So try to laugh a little. Take him straight to Captain Nagel. And that’s an order.
Baker Yes, sir. Dismissed.
Paula Pratt Sir, you have a man impersonating and officer on this ship.
Captain Nagel I know that. At ease, Lieutenant. There he is.
Paula Pratt We were talking about Commander Forrester.
Captain Nagel Jarod?
Paula Pratt Yes.
Captain Nagel Jarod is Naval Intelligence. I plan to see to it he gets a medal.
Miss Parker Where is he?
Captain Nagel Well, he was just ordered back to Norfolk by the secretary no less. If you hurry, you might still catch him.
Jarod The nearest ocean is 1,756 miles from here. That’s just the way I like it.
Student Sorry about the Principal not being able to give you the tour. He’s real busy.
Miss Parker Working up a school lunch schedule is trying work I’m sure.
Student This is Mr Jarod’s classroom. He was like the best substitute. Kids would sit in on the class even though they weren’t enrolled. And he did the coolest experiments.
Miss Parker I can see that.
Student Oh, yeah. We even did a virology unit on bugs to learn their resiliency. He told us that roaches would be the only living thing after a biological holocaust. Them and some woman named Parker.
Miss Parker Hardly sounds like High School biology.
Student Mr Jarod like – marched to his own drum.
Miss Parker He’s a one-man band all right.
Student The best part is he wouldn’t grade us. It was like he was conducting his own experiments and we were collecting the data for him.
Miss Parker You run along to homeroom now. Agh!
Note from Jarod “To Miss P. Drop a drop in the tray for your next clue. You Just Gave Yourself the Flu – Jarod”.
Man Carlos?
Man 1 Wait! Come back here! Hold it right
Man 2 He’s not going to stop!
Man 1 There he is. That’s it.
Jarod Where’s your dad?
Boy Down the hall, last room.
Jarod My name is Jarod. You’re going to be just fine.
Lisa Hoffman Weight loss, fever, night sweats, violent cough, swollen nymph nodes…
Jarod Micro-bacteria and tuberculosis.
Lisa Hoffman Looks like it.
Jarod You don’t see that much any more.
Lisa Hoffman No, but he’ll be fine once we get him admitted.
Jarod How’s the boy?
Lisa Hoffman Too early to tell, but much better off than you’re going to be once Garber finds out what you did with the kid.
Walter Garber Violating quarantine procedures with these people is damn foolish.
Jarod I realise that it was a bit unorthodox sir but TB is a level two classification and it doesn’t require an on-site quarantine.
Walter Garber Friendly advice Dr Reilly if you don’t want to end up dead you’ll remember that every one of these situations should be treated as a level four
Lisa Hoffman Walter, whether or not the boy was already exposed, what difference does it make? He’s protected either way.
Jarod And the boy gets to be with his father now. I felt like he needed that.
Walter Garber Great our new guy is Florence Nightingale.
Landlord Hey you’ll love this place. Stove, oven in the kitchen, hot and cold running, one seventy a month plus utilities.
Jarod One seventy?
Landlord Ah okay, one fifty, I’ll pay the water. Come on down to the office and we’ll sign the papers.
Jarod Does it have roaches?
Landlord Of course not. This place is a Bohemian’s dream, not some slum. Come on into the office.
Jarod No roaches?
Landlord Damn it!
Jarod What is that?
Landlord It’s a never-ending catgut nightmare is what it is. Not to mention the worst rental decision of my life! There’s another building two blocks away from here. You might be able to find something quieter there.
Jarod No. I’ll take this place. It’s a lot nicer than where I used to live.
Sydney Bless you. Sounds like the flu. Cold and raining in Portland this time of year. Here, keep. It’s clean.
Miss Parker So I took a trip without you. Don’t tell me you’re jealous.
Sydney Confused. I thought we were working together.
Miss Parker So did I, until I discovered your personal ads all over the country trying to contact Jarod. I don’t like secrets.
Sydney He wasn’t answering my e-mail messages so I tried another tack, but I would have let you know if he had contacted me.
Miss Parker I have a fever Syd but it’s not bad enough to believe that. What?
Broots Ummm uh, he’s in the lab.
Miss Parker Who?
Broots Mr Raines.
Miss Parker Mr
Raines hasn’t been in the lab in ten years.
Broots Well uh he’s in there now and he’s looking for you two, so good luck.
Miss Parker Mr Raines?
Raines The Empire State Building. Who’d have thought something so beautiful could be replicated by a four-year old boy in only two hours. Jarod was brilliant the day he got here. He was brilliant the day he escaped. The question is . . . where is he?
Miss Parker Mr Raines, Jarod has been harder to catch than we thought.
Raines Sydney we need him.
Sydney I know.
Raines May I?
Miss Parker Mr Raines I have the flu.
Raines I’m dying.
Miss Parker Keep it.
Raines Bring Jarod back where he belongs or I’ll get someone who will. Are we clear?
Miss Parker My father wants me to do it.
Raines Unlike everyone else around here I’m not afraid of your father. I don’t have to be.
Walter Garber Our job here at RIDA is to contain viral outbreaks before they spread. I’ve seen the worst that a virus can do and because of it By the Numbers is
usually best. In retrospect you did the right thing with Grady and his son. Listen, I was out of line.
Jarod It’s alright.
Walter Garber Well your credentials are impressive. A stint in Cambridge in London, MD, PHD in Virology. Where did you do your doctorate by the way?
Jarod Horace Greely High School, Portland. Your doors are under negative air pressure to contain leaks?
Walter Garber Well, we pioneered this technique here. I noticed in your file that you were vaccinated for anthrax and the W.E.E. series.
Jarod I was working in the Gulf (?.) and the W.E.E. was for the Pikasky Syndrome in Johannesburg.
Walter Garber A frightening scenario.
Jarod Yes very. But watching somebody suffer can have an effect on you. I hope I can make a difference here.
Computer Code Accepted.
Walter Garber Jarod, Jeff Baytos, decontamination and facilities specialist.
Jarod Nice to meet you.
Jeff Baytos Ah, nixay on the handshake, hey doc?
Walter Garber Mr Baytos tends to be overcautious.
Jeff Baytos That’s the thing in a place like this. One wrong move like pressing the flesh and it’s off to the submarine for ten thousand years.
Jarod You call your morgue the submarine?
Walter Garber What did you call it at Bambridge?
Jarod Chernobyl.
Walter Garber Well we’re working a level three today. Offshoot strain of Red Valley Fever. You ready to battle the unseen enemy?
Jarod Absolutely. Will you be joining us Mr Baytos?
Jeff Baytos Level two is my limit now, man. Live long and prosper.
Walter Garber Baytos witnessed a man die of Ebola. He’s been reluctant to go past level two ever since. Fortunately he’s the best there is when it comes to decon.
Mrs Florence It’s nice to have visitors. Our friends don’t know what to think or say so they just stay away. Did you meet John in South Africa?
Jarod No But I heard a lot about him. We were both working at separate strike teams in the Mutaba village.
Mrs Florence He loved that job. He was the first to arrive and the last to leave. He’d stay in places where there was no hope, no chance to make a difference.
Jarod Holding the hand of a dying man to let him know he’s not alone? That’s making a difference. I’m working with Walter Garber now. I’m trying to finish
the work your husband started.
Mrs Florence You’re lucky to be working under Walter. Jon thought the world of him. That’s them at the WA Banquet. Hey, you’re supposed to be napping.
Cindy I thought I heard Daddy.
Mrs Florence It’s not Daddy. It’s just a friend.
Jarod Hi. My name’s Jarod.
Cindy Hi.
Mrs Florence Go lie down now Honey. This has been especially hard on her. He vanished right before her birthday. How do I explain that to Cindy? How do I explain any of it? I, I know he’s not coming back, I, I’ve accepted that, I have. I just wish I knew where to go from here. How to go from here. Is he dead? Is he alive?
Jarod It’s a very beautiful ring.
Mrs Florence Jon designed our wedding bands. I know it’s corny but he wanted them to be the only two alike in the world. Here, John wore this when he went into
the field for work. He never got sick wearing it. I’d like you to have it.
Jarod I couldn’t possibly accept that.
Mrs Florence He would have wanted somebody who cared as much as he did to have it.
Jarod Thank you.
Mrs Florence You’re welcome.
Jarod Fits like a glove.
Jarod Excuse me, I was wondering if you might help me.
Assistant Ah sure. What’s the problem?
Jarod It says here that this is a motel for roaches?
Assistant Yeah. It’s like ah the Hotel California for our little six legged friends, you know.
Jarod Hotel California?
Assistant Yeah, like they can check out any time they like but they can never leave.
Jarod Oh. Oh. Like a trap.
Assistant Yeah, something like that.
Jarod Oh that’s perfect. I’ll take one hundred.
Assistant Right on.
Tenant I’m gonna wrap that thing around your neck if you don’t shut up!
Jarod Come and get it.
Tenant You’re a dead man Hansell!
Jarod Come and get it.
Ben I’ve paid my rent – you can’t evict me.
Jarod Uh, Sir, my name is Jarod. I’m your neighbour, I just wanted to tell you that I’m very intrigued by your music.
Ben I’m not falling for that!
Jarod I would very much like to meet you and I would like to ask you a question.
Ben Are you here to give me the boot?
Jarod I wasn’t planning on it sir, but you’re more than welcome to mine.
Ben It’s nice to have a friendly audience for a change. Ben Hansell’s the name.
Jarod Ben, I need your help.
Ben And I need yours. Do you play?
Jarod I’ve conducted a symphony here and there.
Ben Well then what do you think of
Tenant Shut up!
Ben Cultural worm!
Tenant 1 You Suck!
Jarod That’s very interesting. Hayden’s Cello Concerto in C Major I believe.
Ben I rewrote it for trumpet. I’m working on an arrangement for glockenspiel. An artist must stretch you know.
Jarod Yes. How long have you been a musician?
Ben Fifteen odd years.
Jarod That’s a long time.
Ben But it will be all worth it when the Philharmonic calls. I sent them a tape about a week ago. You had a question?
Jarod Yes. I’m trying to attract roaches and this doesn’t seem to work. Do you have any?
Ben Roaches? I can’t get rid of them. I spilled a box of Crunchy Crawlers cereal behind the fridge once. Every night they come out hunting.
Jarod Crunchy Crawlers?
Ben They’re grotesquely delicious. I was wondering about my interpretation of the first movement, is it a tad subtle?
Jarod Subtly is a virtue in any form.
Ben A neighbour who is a scholar of the arts. Thank you Jarod. You can yell at me through the walls any time.
Jarod And thank you for the tip.
Sydney You will do very nicely here.
Jarod In seconds the virus invades the host cell. With a level four virus the results are devastating. In the Mutaba village outbreak subjects begin coughing only four hours after exposure. Internal bleeding commences at hour twelve, and by hour thirty-six the subject completely bleeds out. Gentlemen you can ignore the flight attendant if she tries to teach you how to fasten your Seatbelt, but with the Mutabo virus and other level fours… the kill rate is
ninety percent.
Walter Garber And might I add an airborne virus, coupled with a pin prick in your glove or a faulty seal sends you into the slammer and from there it’s an express
straight to the submarine. Lights. Thank you for the safety review Doctor Riley.
Lisa Hoffman You misled them back there. You and Jon Florence did develop a vaccine for the Karangi virus.
Walter Garber We got lucky on that, but with Ebola and Mutaba… ah we have to keep ’em on it.
Jarod Sorry about Dr Florence. You must miss him.
Walter Garber Very much.
Jarod From what I understand Dr Florence was a family man, hardly the type to just up and leave.
Lisa Hoffman He was a good man.
Walter Garber Of all people you two should know that awful things crawl beneath the healthiest of exteriors. John confided in me that things at home weren’t…optimal. He never went into specifics but he certainly enjoyed working the extra hours here rather than being at home.
Walter Garber This is an airborne level four virus, let’s be on our toes.
Jarod Commencing Phase Two dissection.
Lisa Hoffman We’re at 72 hours after expiration by Mutaba strain B-3247.
Jarod Walter?
Walter Garber Good God! Decon!
Lisa Hoffman Come on, let’s move it! Go!
Walter Garber Okay let’s remain calm!
Jarod Proceed with Decon shower.
Lisa Hoffman Coming through.
Walter Garber Stay calm, you’ll be fine.
Computer Code Denied
Lisa Hoffman Damn, it isn’t working.
Walter Garber Here let me. (He pushes her aside and enters a different set of numbers.
Computer Code Accepted
Lisa Hoffman Get the glove off.
Walter Garber Inoculate. Hurry up.
Jarod No skin breaks. The blood must have been from the sample.
Walter Garber Well done everybody. Everything by the numbers. We’ll review the security tape tomorrow. You handled that simulation as if it were completely real Jarod.
Jarod Well I’ve had a lot of practice Sir.
Lisa Hoffman Who changed the Slammer access code?
Walter Garber Lisa Hoffman the fewer people that have the code the fewer people that are at risk. I don’t want anybody near the slammer unless they have to be.
Lisa Hoffman It’s your funeral.
Walter Garber No, it’s his.
Jarod Is Walter the only one who has the access code to the Slammer?
Lisa Hoffman And the submarine.
Security Tape
Walter Garber Ah Jon, how’s my goddaughter?
Jon Florence About to turn six but she thinks she’s sixteen. I hope you can make it to her party.
Walter Garber I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I proceeded with the autopsy on the monkey. Look at the liver.
Jon Florence Mush. The virus has mutated.
Walter Garber We’ll finish this first thing Monday.
Sydney Forgive me father for I have sinned. It has been… Oh my God… thirty-three years since my last confession. I have betrayed a friend.
Priest Then you must seek his forgiveness.
Sydney He has shut me out.
Priest You’re troubled by something else. Will you pray to the Lord for forgiveness?
Sydney Not even He can forgive me for what I have done.
Security Footage
Walter Garber Look at the liver.
Jon Florence The virus has mutated.
Walter Garber Hmm mm.
Jon Florence It’s like the Karangi virus but worse. This is a level 5 virus. What the Hell have you done? You made Ebola look like the flu!
Walter Garber I’ve been working on the genetics…
Jon Florence No you’ve been playing God! We’ve got to shut down this project now. I’m destroying it.
Walter Garber You can’t.
Jon Florence Yes I can.
Walter Garber I won’t let you.
Jon Florence Let go of my air hose!
Walter Garber I won’t let you.
Jon Florence Let go of my air hose! Let Go of my air hose! Let go of my air hose! My god Walter – you’ve killed me.
Walter Garber Quick, into the decon shower. The lab is full of the virus. Stay calm, don’t panic.
Jon Florence Pressure failure.
Walter Garber Get into the slammer. I’ll meet you there.
Jarod Hello Jon, I was afraid I’d find you here.
Tenant Hansell you are driving me nuts! Shut up!!
Jarod Interesting interpretation.
Tenant 1 You suck!
Ben You’re a polite neighbour Jarod but I fear that the cultural dwarfs are right. I’m terrible.
Jarod It takes a long time to master music Ben.
Ben A lifetime would not be long enough for me. My music kills plant life. I’m Salieri for Mozart Jarod. I curse God for bestowing me with
mediocre ability.
Jarod What are these?
Ben Trifles. Pointless exercises.
Jarod Did you make these?
Ben Yes.
Jarod Ben these are exquisite.
Ben Your compliment is appreciated Jarod, but art it is not.
Jarod Art is many things. Some choose a brush, some a bow, some a pen, and some choose glass.
Ben What do you mean?
Jarod Maybe the way you create is through these pieces rather than… that. You said it yourself Ben, sometimes an artist needs to
Young Jarod Sydney I’m scared, I can’t do this!
Sydney You have to Jarod.
Young Jarod There’s smoke. People are screaming! Sydney they’re burning! Burning! Make them stop! Make the burning stop!
Sydney Jarod.
Young Jarod Make it stop! No go away and leave me alone!
Sydney It’s all right Jarod! It’s all right. It’s all over Jarod. Alright.
Young Jarod I want my Daddy.
Sydney The code word makes it stop Jarod. You didn’t use the code word we came up with.
Young Jarod I said I want my Dad.
Sydney Let me. Jarod. Remember, when you’re doing the simulation and you become frightened and want to stop say “refuge”. Alright?
Jarod typing Sydney to find refuge go to…
Sydney He contacted me. No secrets.
Miss Parker What? Sudden change of heart?
Sydney Lately I’ve been seeing things from another angle and maybe it’s best if you get him.
Jarod Doctor Hoffman. Do you have a
Lisa Hoffman What’s up?
Jarod What do you make of this?
Lisa Hoffman Hmm? Vivification of organs, through the skin pores, loss of hair…..looks like an advanced version of Mutaba.
Jarod That’s what I thought until I found this.
Lisa Hoffman I’ve never seen this before. Did you cross check it?
Jarod Against every sample on record.
Lisa Hoffman There’s over three thousand on record.
Jarod Well it did get a little tedious after the first 800.
Lisa Hoffman My God Jarod, this is worse than any level four I’ve ever seen.
Jarod It’s a level five.
Lisa Hoffman There’s a level five here?
Jarod It’s a sample off a body in the
Lisa Hoffman Wait, how did you get in the submarine? Only Gar… Garber has the code.
Jarod Is all research here sanctioned by a governing body? Which project isn’t?
Lisa Hoffman It’s only hearsay but I trust the source. Garber was working on something secret, I don’t know what.
Jarod What else did Jon Florence tell you?
Lisa Hoffman How did you know Jon was the source?
Jarod Besides Garber he was the only person that knew everything that was going on here. What else did he tell you?
Lisa Hoffman That Garber was working on some radical mutations of a level five. He said it started out good, but it got corrupted. John said God would never forgive him if he let this project continue.
Jarod Well unfortunately for Jon Florence he never had the chance to stop it.
Lisa Hoffman Oh my God.
Security Tape
Walter Garber We’ll finish this first thing Monday.
Jarod I’m guessing between the knob, the mouthpiece and the city water you’re drinking there’s enough germs to kill a cockroach.
Jeff Baytos Dr Riley, hi. Yeah, you’re probably right. I deal with the germs I can but something tells me I wouldn’t lastlong living in a plastic bubble.
Jarod Even one equipped with a decon shower? It was an excellent performance
Jeff Baytos Look I don’t know what you mean.
Jarod Are you going to make me enhance
the image
so that I can see your face?
Jeff Baytos Do you know what it’s like not
being able to sleep?
Jarod You’d be surprised.
Jeff Baytos I watched a man beg for his life. He begged to see his wife and kids again and I, I… I didn’t help him.
Jarod I know Jon Florence got infected, I know his body’s in the submarine and I know that you helped Garber doctor this tape but what I can’t figure out is why?
Jeff Baytos Because it was my fault that’s why. I was working late like Jon and Dr Garber. I saw Jon coming into the slammer and he – he looked so frightened. The decon shower lost pressure and it is my job to make sure that it doesn’t. That is my job Dr Reilly. And then Garber went ballistic and he blamed me for Jon’s contamination. I have never seen a virus do what it did to him, or so quickly.
Jarod And that’s why you won’t go past level two any more.
Jeff Baytos Jon, he begged me to get his wife and kids and, and Garber… Garber told me to keep it quiet, he told me that the authorities would have to be called and they would shut down the facility and more lives would be lost because of my error.
Jarod Jon Florence did not die because of you or the decon shower. He died because Walter Garber murdered him.
Jarod Hello, Butcher Bob? I would like to order a dozen pig livers please. Yes. A dozen.
Jarod Say cheese.
Jarod Good morning class. Today’s lesson takes us into the fascinating world of… cockroaches.
Jarod Walter.
Walter Garber Yes.
Jarod It’s Jarod. I’ve made a very interesting discovery that I think you should check out.
Walter Garber Well what have you got?
Jarod Well it’s still too early to be sure, but I think I found a vaccine for Mutaba.
Walter Garber I’ll meet you in the lab in an hour Jarod.
Jarod Perfect.
Walter Garber What have you got? Where’d you get the sample?
Jarod From this liver.
Walter Garber My God man it’s an airborne virus!
Jarod Walter, your air hose.
Walter Garber Sound the alarm! Help me! Help me! There’s a pressure failure the decon line.
Jarod You’d better get into the slammer sir.
Walter Garber Where is everybody? Where are the doctors?
Jarod There’s nobody here Sir, I sent them all home.
Walter Garber Jarod, you’ve killed me!
Jarod Oh relax Walter. I told you I made a little discovery. It’s a derivative cross between your Karangi virus and the Red Valley strain. An antivirus, it shuts your virus down.
Walter Garber Give it to me please.
Jarod I can’t.
Walter Garber Jarod please, help me!
Jarod Like you helped Jon Florence? By exposing him to a level five without any cure?
Walter Garber Who the Hell are you?
Jarod Well I sure as hell am not Florence Nightingale, but then again… neither are you. How long Walter? How long before Jon Florence started to show symptoms? How long before the internal bleeding started? How long before his brain tissue started to leak into his ears? How long before his internal organs started to liquefy? How long Walter?
Walter Garber Give me that syringe.
Jarod Why? Jon Florence never had this option, why should you?
Walter Garber Jarod it was an accident.
Jarod He knew he was going to die and I bet the last thing he wanted to do was just to see his family one more time, to say goodbye to his wife and to his child. But you couldn’t give him that peace could you Walter? Because then the truth would come out about how you were trying to play God with all these viral experiments. You took down Florence’s life and you ruined his family’s as well.
That is no accident.
Walter Garber Alright, I did it, I admit it, I killed him! The research was very valuable. Please, give me the vaccine.
Jarod Alright Walter, but I will warn you: It’s only sugar water.
Walter Garber Sugar water?
Jarod I don’t know how to make a vaccine. You see, I’m not really a virologist. The truth is, this place gives me the creeps.
Walter Garber What?
Jarod You can check out any time you like but you can never leave.
Walter Garber No! Don’t! Don’t leave me! Jarod! Jarod! Come back here! Jarod! Help! Help!
Jeff Baytos Aren’t you going to tell him you didn’t really infect him?
Jarod Nah. Why don’t you do it? In forty-eight hours, after the police get this.
Sam What is that smell?
Miss Parker I can’t smell. Go left. You take that room.
Jarod on the computer
Jarod Good morning class. Today’s lesson takes us into the fascinating world of cockroaches.
Sam Nothing. He’s gone.
Miss Parker But not forgotten.
Jarod This is a bug motel. When the hormones off a roach’s body, which is the wet stuff you just walked through, combines with the sticky stuff inside of the box, which you are standing in, it forms a bond which is stronger than epoxy. Welcome to the world’s largest bug motel.
Sam I’m stuck.
Jarod Chivas on the rocks. One ice cube. Clever way of contacting me Sydney. No one at the Centre would have ever known what this meant.
Sydney I had to see you face to face.
Jarod Did Miss Parker take the bait?
Sydney Presumably. I have to ask you for something.
Jarod You’re in no position to ask me for anything.
Sydney Not even your forgiveness?
Jarod What?
Sydney For keeping you in the Centre, for the lies all these years. Did you send me this?
Jarod No I did not.
Sydney Parker did, with your name on it.
Jarod What is
Sydney Reminders. Issues I must take up with….myself, God, and with you.
Jarod It’s too late.
Sydney I come to you with an olive branch.
Jarod All right. You want my forgiveness? Then tell me what happened to my Mom and Dad.
Sydney I can’t. I don’t know the truth.
Jarod Then you and the Centre will never get me back. And I can’t forgive you Sydney, I can’t forgive myself.
Ben Ben Hansell.
Phone Mr Hansell this is the Chicago Philharmonic. We received the extraordinary glass sculpture you made and we’d like to set up a time for you to meet with our merchandise coordinator…
Mrs Florence Thank you, for everything. Where will you go now?
Jarod I’m starting a new job.
Jarod You’ve got roaches?