Project Description

1.22 Dragon House

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

Kyle is rescued, but the van he was in explodes. Jarod sees his mother and sister for the first time, but must run away due to people from the Centre closing in on him. Mr Raines’ oxygen tank is shot and he is severely burned.

Jarod’s Discoveries: He has a sister
Jarod’s Occupations: FBI Agent
Jarod’s Aliases: Jarod Ness

Behind the scenes insights and the Creator’s Take

Official Synopsis

Jarod tries to save his brother, Kyle, and learns more about his long-lost family.


After telling Jarod that Kyle is his brother, Harriet explains that she used to be a nun and, while living at the convent, met a young initiate named Catherine.  Catherine later left the convent and married a man named Parker and then, a few years later, asked Harriet if she could shelter a young couple—Charles and Margaret—whose two young sons had been abducted.  They moved into an apartment at Harriet’s farm, and had another baby, Emily…but then fled after Kyle eventually ran away from the Centre and kidnapped Harriet, looking for his parents.  Meanwhile, at the Centre, Mr. Raines hooks Kyle up to a series of electrodes, questions him about Centre activities, and every time it seems Kyle remembers more than he should, Mr. Raines zaps him with electricity. Miss Parker watches with her father, but when she asks who Kyle is, Mr. Parker just says she should be looking for Jarod.  Later, Miss Parker asks Sydney and Broots to help her get in to see Kyle alone.  Sydney says this is impossible, but Broots offers to divert the security cameras.  A bit later, Broots does the technical routing, then he and Sydney distract a couple of guards, and Miss Parker sneaks into Kyle’s cell.  She asks Kyle if he killed her mother, and he says “no.”  Then she asks if it was Mr. Raines, but before Kyle can answer, Raines arrives with guards, who pull Kyle out of the cell…while Miss Parker hides under the bed.  Meanwhile, Harriet tells Jarod she can contact his family, but will have to be gone a few days to do it…and he says he is going to go back to the Centre to talk to Kyle.

That night, Jarod appears in Sydney’s office and asks why Sydney never told him Kyle is his brother.  Sydney swears he never knew…and then Mr. Raines enters.  Jarod ducks out again, popping up a few minutes later in his old cell, where Angelo crawls out of an air vent and greets Jarod warmly.  Meanwhile, in the lab, Raines orders a surgeon to prep Kyle for frontal lobe brain surgery.  But then, when the two men exit to begin their preparations, Jarod enters, begins unstrapping Kyle, and explains that he is helping because Kyle is his brother.  Just then, the doctor returns, Kyle attacks him and, as Jarod pulls him away, Angelo, who came in with Jarod, gets upset and pulls an alarm.  As Sydney, Broots and Miss Parker respond, Jarod and Kyle climb into an air duct. Eventually, sensors indicate someone in the ducts, but when Miss Parker rips one open, she only finds Angelo, while Jarod and Kyle emerge from a manhole, safe on the outside.

Later, Miss Parker tells her father that Raines is out of control.  Mr. Parker assures her Raines will be dealt with, and once again orders her to concentrate on Jarod…who we see is now on his way back to Harriet’s farm with Kyle. The next day, Sydney, Miss Parker and Broots give Angelo notebooks from both Jarod and Kyle, hoping he’ll be able to figure out where they went.  And finally, as Mr. Raines watches from above, Angelo becomes agitated, grabs a photo of Harriet’s farm and says he’s going “home.”  Meanwhile, Jarod and Kyle explore their parents’ apartment at the farm, and Jarod shows the photo of their mother to Kyle, and tells him about their sister.  About the same time, however, Mr. Raines calls the F.B.I., which is still looking for Kyle, and tells them where he is. A bit later, Harriet returns to the farm, and says she has good news for Jarod and Kyle.  But before she can say what it is, a convoy of F.B.I. vehicles roars in, and Jarod, Kyle and Harriet try to escape in their van.  The F.B.I. agents chase them, shooting, and blow out one of the van’s tires.  The van flips and rolls.  Harriet pulls Jarod clear, but Kyle’s leg is broken and he can’t get out.  Then the F.B.I. shoots again and the van blows up, with Kyle inside.  Finally, Harriet pulls Jarod away, gives him an address of a Boston coffee shop, and says he’ll be able to meet his family there at 3:00 the next day.

The next day, Mr. Parker tells Raines he knows where Jarod’s going.  Later, Jarod arrives at the coffee shop, while, nearby, Miss Parker hands out guns to Sydney and Broots.  Then, as they and a sweeper team spread out, Jarod sees a taxi drive up, and his mother gets out.  But just as they see each other, Jarod also sees Sydney and the sweepers, and yells at his mother to run.  She gets back in the cab and, as it drives off, Jarod fights off a team of sweepers, grabs a gun from one and runs into an alley, where Raines is waiting.  Jarod aims his gun at Raines, but then realizes he doesn’t want to become the man he hates.  Instead, he turns to run and Raines takes aim at him…but then a shot rings out and Raines’ oxygen tank explodes and sets him on fire.  And as the sweepers rush in to douse the flames, Jarod gets away again.  Later, Miss Parker meets with her father and asks if Raines killed her mother, but he says he cannot tell her just yet…and then leaves with some men who come to escort him to a meeting with Raines.  Later, as Sydney and Broots study an inconclusive ballistics report from Raines’ shooting, Jarod phones and asks where they buried Kyle.  Sydney says, however, that the van was so badly burned, no remains were found.  Then Sydney asks Jarod what he is going to do next, and Jarod, now watching a space shuttle launch, tells Sydney to catch him if he can.


Harriet Tashman’s Farm
Jarod I don’t remember my parents or anything about having a brother.
Harriet Well, you were very young when you were taken. We often repress, forget.
Jarod How did they come to be with you?
Harriet Well, my own parents were killed three weeks before my 11th birthday. I grew up in a convent, content to give my life serving the church as a nun. I had said my vows and was cloistered for years. But it didn’t take.
Jarod Was my family tied to the convent?
Harriet No, no. There was another girl. Catherine Jamison. We were real rabble-rousers. Gave the Mother Superior hell. One night we snuck out and were crossing this frozen pond. I slipped in. I was drowning. Catherine dove in, dragged me out and then breathed life back into me. She never became a nun, but the spirit that glowed in her was something I’ve been unable to achieve despite years of prayer. Then after she left the convent, she married a man by the name of…
Jarod Parker.
Harriet Yes.
Jarod Catherine Parker.
Harriet Did you know her?
Jarod Her daughter. What did she have to do with my parents?
Harriet Well, in 1969, the year I inherited this farm, Mother Superior called and said Catherine needed help. Catherine showed up and asked me to shelter a man and a woman who had had their two young sons abducted.
Jarod Is that when my parents came here?
Harriet I knew them as Charles and Margaret. They were afraid. They’d been searching for years and they were on the run. It was safe here. They were wonderful people Jarod, you’d be very proud of them.
Jarod Did they ever talk or or ask about me or my brother?
Harriet They never talked. I never asked. It was too painful. Especially for your father. It was clear how deeply he missed his sons.
Jarod Did they ever say who they thought might’ve taken us?
Harriet I think your father was afraid it would affect your mother’s health.
Jarod The baby.
Harriet She gave birth to a little girl a month later.
Jarod I have a sister.
Harriet Her name is Emily.
Jarod Emily.
Harriet There are no pictures. I’m sorry. Years later, I started getting threatening phone calls and letters from Kyle. He must’ve figured out I had some tie to your parents. Of course, I had no idea at the time who he really was. He was desperate. He thought I could help him. It was after the kidnapping that your family vanished.
Jarod You’ve been hiding here ever since.
Harriet I knew Kyle was in prison, but I aslo knew the depth of his anger, well, his pain. I’d lost contact with Catherine Parker years earlier. I felt alone, and I was afraid. So I went underground. Your parents loved you, Jarod. They loved and they missed you and your brother.
The Centre
Raines Do you remember where you first lived when you came to the Centre?
Kyle At first, three doors down from the corridor entrance. Later, sublevel
Raines What was the Manchester Solution?
Kyle The Manchester Solution.
I-I don’t remember any solution because the job was blown. I could’ve done it alone. I SIM’ed it correct. The others lost the will, but I didn’t.
I decide who lives or dies. I decide who lives or dies.
Mr Parker You said after all those years in prison, he’d remember nothing.
Raines He can’t remember everything.
Mr Parker He remembers too much. Jarod alone is bad enough.
Miss Parker I brought him in. Why is he here?
Mr Parker I asked him to be.
Miss Parker Who in the hell is Kyle anyway? Or should I say what?
Mr Parker Kyle is someone of concern to me. You missed Jarod. It was your best chance ,and he’s still out there. I know you’re upset. I should’ve told you that I had brought Mr. Raines in on this. I apologise. But things were moving quickly. Now Mr. Raines and I will handle Kyle.
Miss Parker But, Daddy…
Mr Parker No, no, no. Trust me. Sydney, do you think Jarod might return to the Centre?
Sydney There’s nothing here that Jarod wants. And Jarod always has an objective. Besides, even though we never figured out how he got out our latest security improvements are quite beyond anyone’s capabilities. Even Jarod’s.
Miss Parker That’s the first time I have ever heard you doubt Jarod’s abilities.
Sydney Let’s just hope they believed it as much as you did.
Jarod’s Flashback
Young Jarod Kyle! They’re coming! Kyle!
Raines Get him out of here.
Young Kyle No! Jarod, help! No, leave me alone. Jarod! Jarod! Jarod, help me!
The Centre, Biotract 42
Sydney You said it was a matter of great importance.
Miss Parker I want you to help me get to Kyle.
Broots Why?
Miss Parker Because he knows something about my mother’s death. What do you want me to do? Beg?
Sydney What makes you so certain that Kyle can help you?
Miss Parker Because he was Mr. Raines’s pet project. I feel it. Sydney, I feel it. Kyle knows who killed my mother.
Sydney Hmm. Look, they’re keeping him in a section I don’t have access to. Also, they’re monitoring him round the clock from the tech room. There’s just no way for anyone to get there undetected. Right?
Broots Mmm, well, that’s not entirely true.
Miss Parker What do you mean?
Broots I mean, I got us into SL 27, didn’t I? I could probably bypass the sensors and at a designated time, loop the camera feed into the monitor system.
Miss Parker Well, for how long?
Broots Mmm, long enough.
Kyle’s Cell & Tech Room
Sydney I was looking for… here.
Broots Oh… oh that’s hot! That… ohh… I’m sorry. It’s okay. Got it.
Kyle You look just like her.
Miss Parker That’s what they tell me. You’re the one who decides who lives or dies, right?
Kyle You know my work.
Miss Parker Did you kill my mother? Did you… kill my mother?
Kyle No.
Miss Parker Then who? Was it Mr. Raines?
Raines What are you doing here?v
Sydney I was trying to find my way to the, uh, new accounting offices.
Raines Why do I think you’re lying? Open the door. Get him out of here.
Harriet Tashman’s Far,
Jarod My parents must have loved this place.
Harriet I may know someone who can help you find what you’re looking for.
Jarod Who?
Harriet Solemn vows die hard. I’ll have to go and see them. Alone.
Jarod It’s too dangerous.
Harriet Catherine didn’t think of herself when she pulled me out of that icy pond. I’ll be… I’ll be gone a few days.
Jarod I won’t be here. I’ve spent every moment since I broke out searching, hunting for some clue that might lead me to my past. And right now, the biggest clue to it is back where I started.
Harriet I don’t understand.
Jarod I’m going to get my brother. I’m going back to the Centre.
The Centre
Jarod Hello, Sydney.
Sydney My God. How’d you get in?
Jarod The same way I got out. Why didn’t you tell me about my family? About my brother?
Sydney Your brother?
Jarod Kyle. At least that’s what I think his name is. Why didn’t you tell me?
Sydney I didn’t know.
Jarod It’s interesting, that’s what you always say.
Sydney I swear it to you Jarod. I did not know. All I know about Kyle is … actually… what Jacob told me.
Raines Am I interrupting something?
Sydney Oh. Just going over some notes.
Raines Of course. Always the conscientious one. You will notify me if Jarod attempts to make contact with you.
Sydney What if he contacts you first? Jarod. Jarod.
Jarod’s Flashback
Young Kyle Jarod. Jarod, help me!
Jarod Angelo. Angelo. Look at your hair. Cracker Jack. C.J. You’re C.J. You wrote those letters to Kyle in prison. You’ve been in contact with him just like you’ve been in contact with me.
Doctor It’s been a long time since we’ve had to perform this kind of a radical procedure, Dr. Raines. And the Tower hasn’t made their approval clear yet.
Raines I’ve made the diagnosis. A frontal lobe separation is the only way to bring him peace. Unless you’d like to offer a differing opinion.
Doctor I’ll call for anesthesia. He’ll be ready in 10 minutes.
Kyle Raines. Raines! Who the hell are you?
Jarod I’m Jarod.
Kyle Raines said you were dead.
Jarod Not hardly.
Kyle Why are you helping me?
Jarod Because… I’m your brother.
Kyle I don’t have any family.
Jarod Yes. You do. I’m guessing… our father gave you this.
Kyle My God. You kept it.
Jarod Not me. He did. Come on. It’s time we all were free. No! No! No! Nobody gets hurt.
Kyle Where are we going?
Jarod Home. Angelo, come on. Get in.
Angelo No. I decide who lives or dies.
Jarod Angelo. Angelo, no!
Raines How did this happen?
Broots Alarm sensors indicate they’re in SL 19.
Miss Parker I’m on it!
Raines I need to speak to Mr. Parker.
Jarod This way.
Kyle Where does it lead?
Jarod Out. Come on.
Miss Parker We’re on 19. Broots, where are they?
Broots I’m working on it. I’m working on it. Go down to 20. Miss Parker, I’m getting a signal in the motion detectors. They’re in the ventilation system. Right where you are.
Miss Parker Rip that down. Damn it. It’s Cousin Itt.
Broots It’s Angelo.
Jarod Come on. Trust me.
Miss Parker Tell me this wasn’t you, Daddy. I know better.
Mr Parker I did not authorise this procedure. I would never do that.
Miss Parker Raines was prepared to destroy a Centre investment with no directive from the Tower, to protect himself from what Kyle knows. We’ve both been feeling it for a long time. Raines has had his own agenda long enough.
Mr Parker He’ll be dealt with. Just bring me back what belongs to the Centre.
En Route to the Tashman Farm
Jarod It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay. Here. It’s one of the small joys of freedom. There’s candy underneath the head. Uh… That’s okay. I have plenty more.
Kyle We just gonna drive?
Jarod I know a place where we can rest. Truth is, the running never stops.
Kyle How long you been out?
Jarod Almost a year now. There’s so much out here. You have so much catching up to do. You do remember.
Kyle That Kyle was a million years ago, Jarod. By the time I broke from the Centre, my head was mush. All I thought about was finding my… finding our parents. And anybody got in my way, I just ran over ’em. Before long, I was running from the law. By the time I figured things out and got to Harriet… I just… I never wanted to hurt her. I just thought she knew where they were.
Jarod Something good came out of it. At least we have a place to start.
The Centre
Broots Well, that’s the rest of it. He’s gone through everything we have. Jarod’s notebooks, F.B.I. files, everything we’ve got on Kyle. He’s almost done.
Sydney Real glutton for punishment, hmm?
Miss Parker Desperate times, desperate measures, Sydney. If Sponge Boy here really can become anyone, like all the quacks around here claim then I’m letting him become Kyle and Jarod at the same time. Maybe he’ll tell me where they went.
Broots Maybe we should have tethered him.
Sydney Aren’t we making one erroneous assumption, Dr. Parker?
Miss Parker What’s he gonna blow? A transistor?
Sydney You assume that he wants to help you.
Miss Parker Why wouldn’t he?
Sydney Just let this quack handle it, hmm? Jarod. Jarod. If you’re really in there, Jarod then you’ll know who I am and that I can help you. Also, that I am the only one who can protect you from Mr. Raines. Easy. Easy.
Angelo I’m going home. I’m safe here.
Miss Parker Kyle kidnapped a woman named Harriet Tashman. He was trying to get her to this place.
Harriet Tashman’s Farm
Kyle I can feel them here.
Jarod I know.
Kyle But they don’t have faces.
Jarod ‘Cause we don’t remember. Or the Centre didn’t let us remember. Maybe this will help.
Kyle She’s beautiful. They’re still out there, aren’t they?
Jarod Yes. Them… and our sister. She was born after we were gone. Dad taught me. We’re going to find them. We wouldn’t have gotten this far unless we were meant to.
Raines on phone to FBI Headquarters
Korkos Korkos.
Raines Do you want to know where John Doe is?
Harriet Tashman’s Farm
Jarod Harriet. We didn’t know it was you. It’s all right. We all want the same thing.
Harriet I have some good news.
Kyle Somebody’s coming up the road.
Jarod Let’s get out of here.
Korkos Get ’em.
Jarod Hold on!
Harriet Kyle.
Jarod Kyle! Hold still. Let me look.
Kyle No. Go. My leg is broken.
Jarod No. I’m not going to leave you here.
Kyle Jarod, go! Find our parents. Don’t tell them what I became.
Harriet Come on, Jarod. Come on, Jarod. Come on.
Korkos Freeze. FBI.
Jarod No!
Harriet Come on, Jarod. Jarod. Jarod. Jarod. Jarod, we have to split up.
Jarod No. Come on. I can protect you.
Harriet No. This is not about me now. Your parents. They’re in Boston. They’ll arrive by taxi at this coffee shop. Here’s the address and meet time.
Jarod My parents, have you seen them, are… are they okay?
Harriet You’ll be able to find out for yourself. Tomorrow at 3:00.
Jarod Harriet, thank you.
The Centre
Raines It was a prudent move with Kyle. Keeps our hands clean.
Mr Parker I think we should focus on bringing Jarod in. We have a possible location.
Raines Where? When?
Mr Parker Three o’clock, today. Take a Sweeper team with you. Bring him back.
Boston, Massachusetts
Miss Parker We’re flying blind.
Sydney No need, Miss Parker.
Miss Parker Well, don’t count on Mr. Raines feeling the same way.
Sydney I don’t. Well, let me show you how to take offthe safety, huh?
Broots Damn.
Sydney I don’t want Jarod hurt.
Miss Parker Do my best, Syd. It’s hot and good to go.
Broots Damn.
Miss Parker You take the east. Got that? You take the west. I’ll float.
Raines Hello, Jarod.
Jarod You stole me from my parents. You had the FBI kill my brother. And now you’re trying to kill my family. What have I ever done to you?
Raines You exist.
Jarod No. I’m not gonna let you do to me what you did to my brother. You leave me alone.
Miss Parker I thought he gave up smoking.
The Centre
Mr Parker No. No, no, no. There was no plant. The information on Jarod’s rendezvous with his parents came from a phone tap we’ve had on St. Catherine’s for over 30 years. Yes, Mr. Lyle. Uh, Jarod got away, but… You want me to come in? What for? Let’s talk now. Whatever you say. I’ll be with you shortly. We will. You have my word. Thank… Ah. Glad you’re here.
Miss Parker Really?
Mr Parker Of course. We have work to do.
Miss Parker We?
Mr Parker Now that Raines is in doctors’ hands… or God’s.
Miss Parker Skin grafts can be so demanding.
Mr Parker Well, at least he’ll be out of your hair. Isn’t that what you wanted?
Miss Parker Is that what you wanted?
Mr Parker He overstepped. I dealt with him as promised.
Miss Parker Then why was he out on that street yesterday? Why did he know right where Jarod would be?
Mr Parker Difficult for a man like Raines to end up in hospital while sitting behind his desk, don’t you think?
Miss Parker You promised me that we would talk. Did Raines kill Mother?
Mr Parker Honey. There are no easy answers.
Miss Parker Yes or no.
Mr Parker One day you’ll understand why I…
Miss Parker Did he kill her?
Mr Parker There are still great repercussions from your mother’s death. When I can tell you more, I will. Trust me. Ah, you’re here to escort me? Of course you are.
Broots A friend of mine in cleanup sent me this.
Miss Parker Ballistics report?
Broots Uh-huh. What the hell’s going on here?
Sydney I don’t follow.
Broots Well, the bullet that struck the oxygen tank… They can’t tell which gun it was fired from.
Sydney on phone with Jarod
Sydney Hello. This is Sydney. Hello. Hello. Who’s there?
Jarod I may be tired, Sydney… but I’ll never give up.
Sydney I don’t expect you to.
Jarod I’ll find them again. No one is going to keep me from my family.
Sydney I understand. Jarod, you were closer to your family than I ever was. I want you to believe that.
Jarod If it’s my faith you want, tell me where they buried my brother.
Sydney Buried him?
Jarod Kyle. Yes.
Sydney Jarod.
Jarod Tell me, Sydney.
Sydney The van’s gas tank was full. It burned for a very long time. No remains were found. Nothing. Nada.
Jarod Hmmh. Which is, yet again,what you leave me with.
Sydney Jarod. Hello. Are you still there?
Jarod I’m here.
Sydney With everything that’s happened they’re more determined than ever to find you. Do you know where you’ll go?
Jarod I have a good idea. Catch me if you can.
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?