Project Description

1.21 Dragon House

Original air date: May 17, 1997
Written by: Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle
Directed by: Fred K. Keller

Jarod is shocked to learn the truth concerning another boy who was at the Centre, and Miss Parker continues delving into the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death.

Jarod’s Discoveries: Highlights Magazine, Kyle is his brother
Jarod’s Occupations: Orthodontist, FBI Agent
Jarod’s Aliases: Dr. Jarod, Jarod Ness

Behind the scenes insights and the Creator’s Take

Official Synopsis

Jarod tries to find an escaped convict…whom he recognizes as his old friend from the Centre.

 

When Jarod sees a TV news story about an escaped convict, he sees a distinctive scar on the man’s hand and flashes back to a Sim in which Mr. Raines tricked him into burning the hand of another boy, Kyle.  A bit later, Jarod, pretending to be a psychologist, visits the prison and, in the escapee’s cell, finds a blue notebook filled with the phrase, “I decide who lives or dies” and a photo of a farm…while a guard tells him that the escapee’s doctor, who breathes with an oxygen tank, visits frequently.  Meanwhile, at the Centre, Sydney gives Jarod’s red notebooks to Angelo, hoping he can absorb enough of Jarod’s thoughts to find him.  A bit later, a woman named Harriet Tashman is abducted, and a team of F.B.I. agents, led by a man named Korkos, but also including Jarod, investigates.  As they search the apartment, Jarod finds a Bible with a marker from the St. Catherine of the Hills convent, then learns the escapee was sent to prison for abducting Harriet 10 years earlier…and that another F.B.I. agent visited Harriet morning.  Then we see that “agent”—the escapee—dump his uniform in a trash can and get into a cab.  Back at the Centre, as Angelo reads more notebooks, he suddenly becomes upset, grabs Miss Parker and starts choking her.  And as Sydney pulls Angelo away, Broots sees the notebook that set Angelo off was blue, not red.  Meanwhile, at the F.B.I., Jarod watches old news tapes about Harriet’s first abduction…and is shocked to see his mother in one of the tapes.

A bit later, Jarod finds the farm shown in the escapee’s picture, and learns it belongs to Harriet Tashman.  Jarod shows the photo of his mother to the caretaker, who says she and her husband used to live in an apartment over the barn.  Before he can go in, however, Jarod is summoned back to the F.B.I., where Korkos says a cab driver was found in shock after an encounter with the escapee, who tied him up and left him on a train track, repeating, “I decide who lives or dies.”  Back at the Sim Lab, Sydney says the blue notebook Angelo reacted to belonged to another Centre subject—Kyle—who was supervised by Dr. Raines but was also released years before the date on the notebook.  Broots says Kyle must have been held secretly after his release, and Miss Parker realizes he was probably kept in the secret sub-level, SL27.  The three of them descend to SL27, and find the cell where Kyle was kept, which has huge gouges in the door, as if the boy had tried to claw his way out.  Down the hall, Broots finds the charred remains of an early supercomputer, which Raines used to store data on Kyle. Meanwhile, Jarod watches old DSAs, which show him and Kyle discovering that neither knows his own history.  Back at the Centre, Broots reconstructs one of the DSAs from the supercomputer, which shows Raines putting Kyle through a Sim in which he pretends to be James Earl Ray, preparing to assassinate Martin Luther King, Jr.  Sydney is horrified, and realizes Raines actually achieved his long-time goal of creating a psychopath through the Sim process.

A bit later, Jarod watches another DSA, in which he admires a medal Kyle wore around his neck…and then shows Kyle how to make origami birds.  The boys also realize their rooms are next to each other, and figure out how to communicate using a wire that runs through a common air duct.  Back at the Centre, Sydney confronts Raines about Kyle, while at the F.B.I., Korkos puts out a shoot-to-kill order on the escapee.  Back at the Centre, Broots watches TV and is interrupted by Angelo, who becomes fascinated by a story about the escapee and writes “SL27” on the screen…leading Broots to realize that the escapee is Kyle.  Meanwhile, Jarod returns to Harriet’s farm, and explores the barn apartment.  There, he finds another Bible with a St. Catherine’s marker in it…and also learns his parents had a baby while living there.  Back at the Centre, Broots recovers another old DSA from the supercomputer, which shows Raines teaching Kyle to shoot at a life-size cutout of Catherine Parker.  Meanwhile, Jarod goes to St. Catherine’s convent, and arrives just in time to see a man in a monk’s cowl—Kyle—grab Harriet, push her into a car, and drive away, leaving a blue notebook behind.

Later, Miss Parker tells her father about Raines and Kyle, but stops short of saying she suspects Raines trained Kyle to kill her mother.  Back in his lair, Jarod calls Sydney and asks him about the Dragon House, which Kyle mentioned.  Sydney says he will check on it, then asks Broots to hack into Mr. Raines’ computer.  Meanwhile, Jarod makes a quick trip to Boson, pretends to be Kyle robbing an ATM, and sends the F.B.I. off on a wild goose chase.  A bit later, Sydney calls Jarod and says the Dragon House is in New Jersey, but warns Jarod he will be followed if he goes there.  Later, at the Dragon House, Kyle prepares to torture Harriet to find out where his parents are, but then Jarod arrives…and so does Mr. Raines.  Raines’ sweepers chase Jarod, Harriet and Kyle, and Jarod and Kyle draw guns on each other.  Just then, however, Sydney and Miss Parker arrive, and Harriet bats Jarod’s gun away.  The sweepers go after Kyle, while Jarod and Harriet jump in a car.  And as they drive away, Jarod asks why Harriet didn’t let him kill Kyle…and she states that he is Jarod’s brother.

Transcript

  Penitentiary
Guard You know, Jarod, I seen a lot of dirty things on the street. But why anyone would want to hurt something as wonderful as this is beyond me. Yeah. What’s that?
Guard 2 Houdini couldn’t get out of these.
Guard Tighten ’em.
Guard 2 Why? This convict’s not playing with a full deck?
Guard Deck and a half, brother.All wild cards. Bit a guard’s nose off once. Said he didn’t like the way the guard used it to look down on him.
Guard 2 A little reeducation will change his diet. Signed, sealedand soon to be delivered. Hey, hey.
Guard Like I said. Wild cards.
Guard 2 That’s a taste of your future. Come on.
 
Orthodontis Clinic
 
Jarod Now, remember, always irrigate your gums.
Peter I aqua-flush every night.
Jarod Good. What about your brother?
Peter He doesn’t even floss. Ike, can I have my sucker, please? Thank you. We try with him, Dr Jarod, but I guess Ike will always be a Goofus.
Jarod A Goofus?
Peter And Gallant. It’s all in here.
Jarod “Goofus leaves his room a mess. Gallant makes his bed every day.” A morality lesson in a children’s comic book. Fascinating. I’ll have to read these.
News Reporter on TV The convicts took control of the transport van. Moments ago, I spoke with the prison guards lucky to have survived.
Guard 2 on TV All of a sudden, he was in the cab. Thought he was gonna kill us right there.
Peter Cool.
Guard 2 on TV He kept smiling at us like he was having funmessing with our minds. He locked us in the back ofthe van, drove into the pond. Only an inch of air to breathe. I thought I was gonna die.
Reporter The F.B.I. Task Force, led by Special Agent Korkos is on the trail of this criminal, known only as John Doe. The escapee is 6’1″, 175 pounds and has a distinctive burn mark on his right hand. We’ll have more on this breaking story as information becomes available.
Ike Cool
Peter He’s incorrigible, Dr Jarod. Dr Jarod?
 
 
DSA: 8/17/68
Young Jarod You have to talk.
Young Kyle No.
Young Jarod Why? The anticipation of pain is clearly more effective than the pain itself. He’s almost at the brink.
Raines Don’t argue with me, just do it.
Young Jarod But…
Raines Just do it.
Young Kyle Ow! You burnt my hand!
Young Jarod It was real, Sydney.
Sydney You bastard!
Raines Sweepers.
Sydney Get to the infirmary now.
Young Jarod Kyle, I’m sorry! I would never hurt you. Kyle, I would never hurt you. I would never hurt you. Kyle.
 
Jarod I’d never hurt you.
 
intro
 
Jarod In all the time that he’s been here, did you interact with him?
Guard Oh, yeah, we interacted, but it wasn’t always him.He always thought he was somebody different every time you see him. Could talk with a doctor, astronaut, anything. Yeah, so what do you criminal psychologists call that anyway? Yeah, so what do you criminal psychologists call that anyway? Multiple personalities?
Jarod Something like that.
Guard Weird too, man. I mean, this guy spends 10 years in stir and nobody could figure out who he was, where he come from.
Jarod Is that why you called him “John Doe”?
Guard Yeah. I actually believe this guydidn’t know who he was either. He used to tell me there was voices speakingto him in his head all the time. In this guy’s case, them voices were really there.And when those voices told him he wassomebody different, he made you believe it too.
Jarod Really?
Guard I remember one time I played along with him.He told me he was an I.R.S. investigator. So I let him do my taxes. The guy got me a $4,000 refund. Hey. I always wondered where he kept that thing. He used to sit there, scribbling in that thing like a madman every time his doctor left. What’s it say?
Jarod That he’s dangerous. What was his doctor’s name?
Guard I called him “Dr. Wheezy.” Not polite I know,but hey, the guy, he breathed funny. I guess anybody would, dragging aroundhis own oxygen tank though, huh?
 
The Centre
Sydney We’re giving Angelo every red notebook Jarod ever made.
Miss Parker Now tell me again: Exactly what’s Buzz Boy going to do with them?
Broots The theory is that since Angelo can absorb all the personality data given to him maybe, just maybe, he might be able to determine where Jarod is emotionally and physically.
Miss Parker Well, then, let’s see what the potato head can do.
Broots Okay.
Raines Put it down, Angelo. Put him back in his space.
Miss Parker I have authorisation to use him.
Raines No one below me can authorise his use.
Miss Parker My father isn’t below you. This better work.
Broots Well, I know if it doesn’t, my butt’s on the line.
Miss Parker Mmm, wrong piece of anatomy.
 
Harriet Tashman’s House
Harriet Hello. This is Harriet.
 
Later, house is now a crime scene
Korkos Somebody open a window. It stinks in here. Do we have point of origin on that phone call yet?
Agent A friend called to warn Harriet Tashman about the escaped John Doe. They traced the call at local headquarters when I got there.
Jarod Special Agent Jarod Ness. I was sent by Washington.
Korkos Ness?
Jarod No relation.
Korkos Well, welcome aboard. We need all the help we can get on this one. The escapee is a John Doe. In the 10 years since his arrest, we couldn’t find anything about him. No priors. No fingerprint matches, D.N.A., nothing. Like he fell from the sky. He was convicted of a string of violent felonies on a cross-country binge that ended in the kidnapping of one Harriet Tashman whose spilled soup you happen to be standing in. All of those victims shared one common denominator. They were all terrified. This sick puppy relishes psychological torture. Doe stalked Miss Tashman for two days before he grabbed her at gunpoint and forced her to drive him away. Miss Tashman had the presence of mind to crash the car into an embankment injuring herself and John Doe, but thereby escaping whatever fate he had in store for her. That was 10 years ago.
Jarod And you think he’s after her again?
Korkos It’s speculation on my part, but all of those actions prior to her kidnap were random. He came here for her, and, clearly, he was taking her somewhere.
Are we sure he was after her? He was before, and by the look of how quickly she left he must be again.
Jenkins Aren’t you guys done yet?
Korkos Who are you?
Jenkins Jenkins. I’m the manager of this place.
Korkos Ness, take Mr. Jenkins’s statement.
Jenkins Oh, come on. I gave a statement to the first guy.
Jarod The first guy?
Jenkins The F.B.I. agent who was here this morning.
 
Taxi
Cab Driver Yeah, yeah. Where to?
Kyle Ahh…Perfect day like this, I’ll tell you when to stop.
Cab Driver Hey, hey, hey, hey. No smoking.
Kyle You mean me?
Cab Driver No. I mean the invisible guy next to you. Yeah, you. Put it out.
Kyle But I just lit it.
Cab Driver Put it out.
Kyle Whatever you say.
 
 
The Centre
 
Sydney Calm down, Miss Parker. You’ve got to have patience.
Miss Parker Patience? Don’t talk to me about patience. What I need is a cattle prod. Maybe that’ll jump-start the little lab rat. He hasn’t blinked, smiled, moved, nothing.
Sydney Angelo is absorbing his way through the notebooks chronologically. Right now, he’s in the mid-’70s. I believe I saw him squint around 1969.
Broots After looking at the notebook on Marilyn Monroe, I think he giggled.
Miss Parker I should never have put myself on the line for you two. This is a waste of time, Syd.
Angelo leaps through the glass wall to attack Miss Parker
Broots Angelo, no.
Sydney Sam, help!
Broots Let go of her, Angelo. Angelo, let go. Sweepers, help.! Angelo, let go!
Sydney Miss Parker, you okay?
Broots You okay?
Miss Parker What the hell was that?
Sydney A violent reaction to whatever was in the red notebook.
Broots It’s not red. The notebook he was absorbing, it’s blue.
 
FBI Headquarters, Albany, New York
 
Reporter on Video Residents were stunned by the attack on Harriet Tashman, a former nun. Tashman’s injuries were minor and sources report that she does not want to press charges. At the moment, a spokesperson for the police is telling us that they are considering this case closed.
Jarod Oh, my God. Mom.
 
The Centre, Mr Parker’s Office
Miss Parker He scared me.
Mr Parker I’m glad he didn’t hurt you. Angelo has always been a mystery.
Miss Parker Something on your mind?
Mr Parker Mr. Raines was upset that I gave you access to Angelo.
Miss Parker Boohoo for Dracula.
Mr Parker Angelo is his project. Apparently, Raines has been worried about him becoming violent.
Miss Parker The guy is a marshmallow.
Mr Parker Still, he attacked you. That justifies Raines’s fear and concern for you.
Miss Parker Concern? Daddy, you may not want to hear this,but I think he’s working behind your back.
Mr Parker He would not defy me.
Miss Parker I’m sorry. Daddy, I know that that tone is inappropriate.
Mr Parker No, no, no. You may be right. I’ve never doubted Raines’ dedication, but he’s been different. Ever since Jarod’s… been out, I… I’ve wondered if there was something.
Miss Parker Trust me, Daddy. There is.
Mr Parker Do you have anything tangible?
Miss Parker No.
Mr Parker If you should find something real, something I could trust…
Miss Parker I’ll bring it to your attention immediately.
 
Harriet Tashman Farm
 
Caretaker My grandpa was the caretaker here before me. Miss Harriet, she’s the woman who owns this place gave me the job after Grandpa died. She sends me money in the mail to keep it looking pretty for her. Funny, huh?
Jarod Funny?
Caretaker  Well, that she wants it kept looking so pretty. She ain’t been herein 10 years or more.
Jarod Do you know where she is? How to reach her?
Caretaker No. I haven’t talked with her or anything .Sometimes… Sometimes I wonder if it’s really her that sends the money.
Jarod Have you ever seen this woman before?
Caretaker I have to go.
Jarod Joe Bill, please. This is my mother. I don’t know where she is.
Caretaker Never knew my mama. All there ever waswas me and Grandpa. He says we’re not supposed to talk about them. That they don’t live here.
Jarod They lived here?
Caretaker Over the barn. Almost never came out.Always alone. She had red hair and he made planes out of wood. Always planes. When I was little, Miss Harriet,she taught me how to read good… gooder. These people always seemed like that book about the little girlwho lived in the attic. Her name was Anne.
Jarod Anne Frank? The family that was hiding from the Nazis.
Caretaker Hiding. Hiding. They left right after Miss Harriet got took. Maybe it’s them that sends the money, huh?
Jarod Joe Bill, do you know where they went?
Caretaker Just went. They left some stuff.
Jarod Yes.
Agent Meadow on phone This is Agent Meadow. We got a lead on Doe. Korkos wants everyonehere now. Ness. Ness?
Jarod I’m on my way. I’ll be back.
 
FBI Headquarters
 
Korkos Cabbie’s in County General psych ward. No injuries, but massive shock. Doc says he was literally scared nearly to death.
Jarod What happened?
Korkos He was tied into his seat. Mouth taped shut. Eyes taped open.
Jarod Like he wanted him to watch something.
Korkos His fate. Doe parked his cab on topof some railroad tracks facing a tunnel.
Jarod Did the cabbie give us any leads?
Korkos It’s hard to talk after some psycho’s put his cigarette out on your tongue. But he did say something about Doerepeating, “I decide who lives or dies.” All the more reason for us to find him before he finds Harriet Tashman if he hasn’t already.
 
The Centre
 
Sydney This blue notebook belonged to another subject. His name’s Kyle, and he was part of the Pretender program here years ago under the direction of then Dr. Raines.
Miss Parker I guess it only makes sense that you’d have more than one freak in your farm system. What makes Kyle so special?
Sydney The fact that he was officially released from the Centre before the date on the blue notebook.
Broots Are you saying that Raines kept Kyle for his own project? Where?
Miss Parker SL 27.
 
SL 27
 
Broots I rerouted the security system so if anyone has this place monitored, it should be all right for about 30 minutes or so.
Miss Parker Look, since we don’t have much time why don’t you keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.
Broots Fine with me. I don’t wanna be down here in the first place.
Sydney Over here.
Miss Parker My God. Somebody was forced to live here.
Sydney And from the look of these striations he spent a great deal of time trying to claw his way out of here.
Broots Sydney. Miss Parker.
Sydney Broots, where are you?
Broots Down here. Down the hall.
Miss Parker What is it?
Broots It’s a Brainchild. One of the first generation of super computers.
Miss Parker Raines’s Brainchild. This is what he used to record his work down here.
Sydney I had a computer like this in my early years with Jarod. And this was what we stored his SIM’s on before transferring them to DSA. Pretty useless now.
Broots Unless… those analogs were backed up.
Miss Parker In there? How?
Broots Some of these systems had primitive hard-drive memories. Computer club in college.
Miss Parker Do whatever it is you have to do. If it’s in there, I want it out. Call me when you have it.
Broots Whoa, whoa. Whoa. You want me to stay down here? Alone?
Miss Parker You still have 20 minutes.
 
Jarod’s Lair
 
DSA 6/7/68
Raines Come on, Sydney.
Young Jarod Hi, Kyle. It’s me, Jarod. Remember?
Young Kyle We’re not supposed to talk.
Young Jarod Where are you from?
Young Kyle I don’t know.
Jarod Me neither. I only remember here. Do you know who you are? Do you know who you are?
 
The Centre
 
Miss Parker What did you find?
Broots Ten million bits of information. A lot of it’s about Kyle. My machines are sorting it out now but I did manage to transfer one SIM onto a DSA format.
Miss Parker What’s on it?
 
 
DSA Kyle 9/12/68
 
Young Kyle It’s hot. I’m tired. I’ve been in Memphis for three days. Can’t sleep. There’s too many peopleoutside this motel. I’m getting ready. I’m gonna make history. I’m gonna close a bleeding wound.
Raines You don’t think Dr. King is a good man.
Young Kyle No. He’s dividing our country. We had laws, and we had order. King doesn’t obey, and now Americans, they’re afraid.
Raines Maybe it’s you who’s afraid.
Young Kyle No. He’s the menace. Kennedy gave in to him, and Hoover can’t stop him. It ends now. He has to die.
Raines Now, who are you to make that judgment?
Young Kyle I decide who lives or dies. I decide who lives or dies.
 
 
Sydney My God! He did it.
Miss Parker Did what?
Sydney Raines. He always wanted to do this experiment with one of the Pretenders. He thought that if he could feed him enough negative reinforcement he could strip them of their morality. And he could, uh, create a sociopath.
 
Young Kyle I decide who lives or dies. I decide who lives or dies.
 
DSA 8/10/68
 
Sydney Your ship was spying in our waters. We demand you sign the admission of aggression.
Young Jarod We’d rather die.
Raines What about you, Lieutenant?
Young Kyle Well…maybe Jarod’s right.
Raines Damn it! That’s it.
Sydney What are you doing?
Raines I never should’ve allowed it. We’re aborting.
Sydney Dr. Raines. Dr. Raines.
Young Jarod A Flying Cross. Did they give this to you?
Young Kyle No. I’ve just always had it.
Young Jarod Dr. Raines let you keep it?
Young Kyle Dr. Raines is my friend.
Young Jarod It’s origami. I’ll teach you how to make it sometime. Where do they keep you?
Young Kyle They take me down an elevator. I’m not sure where,but there’s sounds in the ceiling.
Young Jarod From the air vents. I hear those sounds too. We must be close to each other. The speaker they use to talk to us, is there a wire leading from it?
Young Kyle Yeah. Why?
Young Jarod I think I know how we can talk… without them hearing us.
 
Sydney What did you do with Kyle?
Raines Don’t commit political suicide over ancient history.
Sydney You ignored a Tower directive when you kept Kyle here after his release date.
Raines If I were you, I’d stop dwelling on the past. Jarod is your only lifeline in this place and the longer he’s out there, the weaker your influence on him becomes.
Sydney On my grave, Raines, if Kyle is alive, I’ll find him.
 
FBI Headquarters
 
Korkos That son of a bitch could be anywhere. All right. Here’s a profile our “psychological geniuses” have put out on John Doe. In a nutshell, it says he’s a time bomb waiting to detonate. Welcome to the party. From here on out I’m ordering a PAC on up to a 2-1-11.
Jarod A shoot to kill order? Sir, I admit John Doe is unpredictable,but he’s never killed anybody.
Korkos Spoken like a true Clinton-era recruit. We’re talking about a head case who put a cigarette out on a man’s tongue.
That sound like somebody you wanna try and reason with?
 
The Centre
 
Broots About another half hour

I’ll have the next SL 27 sim ready to… Sydney? Miss Parker?

TV Hey, kids, it’s time for Uncle Buddy’s cartoon extravaganza.
Broots God I love this show.
TV Fasten your funny bones and we’ll be right back. Now a news update from the Channel 3 news centre and our anchorperson Wendy Barrett.
Barrett on TV While the F.B.I. continues its dogged investigation of the recent prison escapee, agency authorities admit that in their attempt to locate and apprehend.they are rapidly running out of leads known only as John Doe…
Broots Angelo! What are you doing out here?
Barrett on TV Agent Korkos is appealing to the public for any information that may lead to Doe’s arrest and a reward is being offered. As you may recall, Doe is
Broots Wait a minute. Wait, wait. I didn’t know… I didn’t mean anything. Wait a minute. No, no. Wait. Wait. I didn’t… I didn’t mean… SL 27?
SL 27?
 
Miss Parker And Jell-O Brains told you this?
Broots Not with words but there’s no doubt what he was saying. John Doe is Kyle.
 
Tashman Farm
 
Caretaker They lived up there. Not so clean. I haven’t never been up here. Not allowed.
Jarod So everything’s just the way it was when they left?
Caretaker Think so. Man made one for me one Christmas. I liked it.
Jarod There was a baby here.
Caretaker Used to hear it cry. Never saw it. Wasn’t allowed up here.
Jarod What is it?
Caretaker My compost pile. Eyes watching me from up here. Little eyes. Staring. Scared me. Never saw the baby, but the baby saw me.
Jarod “And under the hand of God. Ye little children shall never be lost.”
 
The Centre
 
Broots You’re not gonna believe what’s on this disc Sydney.
Sydney Show me, show me.
Broots I’m glad you’re alone.
Miss Parker Why?
Broots Miss Parker.
Miss Parker Well, I’m not Scooby Doo. What’s the problem Broots?
Broots Miss Parker. I know you don’t respect me but I just don’t think you should watch this disc.
Miss Parker Play the damn disc.
 
DSA Kyle 2/13/70
 
Raines Hate dictates reality. The sooner you embrace it and focus it upon your enemy the sooner total control will be realized.
Young Kyle It’s more than just a word. Hate is a feeling. I have it in here.
Raines Very good, Kyle. Feel it grow. Let it grow. Tomorrow I’ll take you to the Jersey Shore, to the Dragon House. You like the Dragon House, don’t you?
Young Kyle I feel safe there.
Raines And you always will.
 
Miss Parker He was teaching him to hate my mother. To shoot my mother.
Broots I’m sorry, Miss Parker.
Sydney This explains Angelo’s sudden attack on you.He was just simulating Kyle’s intense feelings of hatred for your mother.
Miss Parker I have to tell my father about this.
Sydney If he doesn’t already know. This is the Centre.
Miss Parker We’re talking about my mother’s death.
Sydney All I am saying is we must be cautious. All three of us. Everything we have learned can be traced back to SL 27. If anyone figures that out, well. Only your heart, Parker, can measure the degree to which you should trust your father. Just be careful.
Broots I’m sorry you had to see this.
Miss Parker Broots, I do respect you.
 
 
St Catherine of the Hills Convent
Nun I’m very pleased with that.
Child Oh, thank you.
Monk Hi.
Harriet Help! Help!
Jarod Harriet! “I decide who lives or dies.”
 
The Centre, Mr Parker;s Office
 
Miss Parker It’s a rough report. You said that if I learned anything, I should bring it to you?
Mr Parker Mmm.
Miss Parker I’m figuring Kyle was kept here at least 10 years after the scheduled release.
Mr Parker Where did these experiments take place?
Miss Parker I’m not sure.
Mr Parker Exactly how did you uh learn about Raines?
Miss Parker I’m S.I.S., Daddy. You taught me well.
Mr Parker You have proof to back this up?
Miss Parker I’d hoped that it would be enough I were your daughter.
Mr Parker Of course. But I have people to answer to. I need tangibles.
Miss Parker I have a source. Can we just leave it at that?
Mr Parker I should’ve known. Another garden path obscured by Jarod’s weeds.
Miss Parker Jarod had absolutely nothing to do with me learning about this.
Mr Parker This report says that, um, Raines taught Kyle things. What-What things?
Miss Parker To hate. To kill.
Mr Parker Kill? Who?
Miss Parker I’m not sure… yet. Did you know what Raines was doing?
Mr Parker Would I have allowed him to continue if I did? There was a time when I knew everything that went on here. Maybe my time has passed.
Miss Parker I’m sorry, Daddy. Let me run with this. Please. And I will bring you back the best tangible evidence that there is.
Mr Parker What?
Miss Parker Kyle.
 
Jarod’s Flashback
 
Young Jarod Can you hear me? Where are you?
Young Kyle Three doors down from the corridor. Where are you?
Young Jarod Four. I’m right next to you. Did you hear that?
Young Kyle Yes. Maybe they know. Do you think they know we’re talking?
Young Jarod Someone does.
 
Jarod’s Lair/The Centre
 
Sydney on the phone This is Sydney.
Jarod Tell me about the Dragon House. Was it some kind of ad hoc torture chamber? A Centre asylum? A safe house?
Sydney This is about Kyle, isn’t it?
Jarod Kyle is out there. Was he sent to kill my parents?
Sydney My God, Jarod! I don’t know. I swear it. I’ll find answers.
Jarod Quickly, Sydney. Please.
 
Broots Sydney
Sydney Broots, I need you to do something for me.
Broots Sure, what?
Sydney  Hack into Mr. Raines’s computer.
 
 
Jarod’s Lair
 
Jarod Hey, Peter. This is Dr. Jarod. How are your gums?
Peter They’re pink.
Jarod Listen, I was wondering…
Peter I’d be happy to do you a favour.
Jarod New England Air? I’d like to book a round-trip shuttle to Boston, please.
 
 
FBI Headquarters
 
Korkos All right. Gather around, people. We finally got something. A phone tip. Witness saw John Doe try to pry open an A.T.M. machine in Boston.
Jarod A tip from whom?
Korkos Some kid named Goofinski. We got the surveillance right here.
Jarod How do you know it’s him?
Korkos Look. Look at that scar, Ness. That’s him. All right. Foster, Caine, Charles. We’re going to Boston. I’m checking this out personally.
Jarod What about me? I want in.
Korkos Last thing I need is an agent with a cold trigger finger when I tell this crackpot to put his cigarette out.
Jarod Oh, come on.
Korkos End of discussion. You’re an 18-11 on this one, Ness.
Jarod Oh, great. Desk duty.
 
 
The Centre
 
Sydney The Dragon House is located in a place called Delphi Shores, New Jersey.
Jarod Thank you, Sydney.
Sydney Chances are Raines will be zeroing in on the Dragon House too. As you know, I have no choice but to give Miss Parker the same information. Go there and you won’t be alone.
Jarod Loneliness is something I left at the Centre.
Sydney One last thing, Jarod. If you find Kyle you have to know he’s not the person you once knew.
Jarod Neither am I.
 
 
The Dragon House, Delphi Shores, New Jersey
 
Harriet No.
Kyle Tell me where they are.
Harriet I can’t.
Kyle I heard once that the anticipation of pain is far more effective than pain itself. Now we’re gonna find out.
Jarod My name is Jarod. I’m here to help you.
Kyle You’re late. She’s with me.
Raines I love a class reunion.
Jarod Mr. Raines.
Raines I knew I never should’ve let you two get together. Boys, let’s go.
Jarod I’m not going anywhere with you.
Kyle Neither am I.
Raines Get ’em!
Jarod Kyle, you know me. I’m Jarod.
Kyle They said Jarod was dead. Now I decide who lives or dies.
Jarod Not this time.
Miss Parker I hit the Lotto!
Harriet Jarod, no!
Miss Parker Jarod!
Sydney Which one? Which one?
Miss Parker Get Kyle!
Jarod Get in. You could’ve gotten us both killed. Why did you stop me from shooting him?
Harriet I stopped you because Kyle is your brother.
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
there!
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.
intro
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
situation.
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
this?
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
stretch.
Flashback
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
minute?
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
submarine.
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.
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
it?
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?