1-09 Mirage

1-09 Mirage


Is that all you do Jarod? Dig up the past?

Miss Parker


Is that all you do Jarod? Dig up the past?

Miss Parker

Original air date: January 4, 1997

Written by: Tommy Thompson

Directed by: Ian Toynton

Jarod becomes suspicious after a survivalist, who was also part owner of a struggling skydiving school, dies during one of his many trips into the desert.

Jarod’s Discoveries: Popcicles, Meatloaf

Jarod’s Occupations: Skydiving Instructor, IRS Agent, Handyman

Jarod’s Aliases: Jarod Cochran, Buddy Slocum Jr

Secrets Revealed: Miss Parker finds out that her mother lied about her visits to Aunt Dorothy, visiting with Ben


Behind the scenes insights and the Creator’s Take

Official Synopsis

Jarod investigates the death of a skydiver who met a mysterious end in the desert. 


Sydney and Miss Parker view a DSA that Jarod deliberately left behind when he fled his last lair.  In it, a Young Jarod demands to know who he is.  Though Miss Parker dismisses it as yet another diversion, Sydney believes that Jarod is taking a leap of faith.  Meanwhile, Jarod, now a skydiving instructor, jumps out of an airplane with an overweight woman.

At a hanger in the Miles-Bates Blue Desert Skydiving School, Jarod speaks with Crockett, a mechanic who busies himself maintaining a small aircraft.  Carol, who runs the school, hires Jarod as her newest instructor.  She tells him that she lost her partner, Tom Miles, several months earlier when he tested his endurance by skydiving into the desert with only a canteen of water, a compass and a knife, something he had done on a dozen previous occasions.  But something went wrong during his trek through the desert and he died.  Now, Carol intends to save the business by purchasing a new jump plane and constructing a new indoor training facility.  Later, Carol introduces Jarod to Sheriff Dwight Kunkle.

Miss Parker receives a birthday gift from Jarod, a “Miss Parker Edition” of his little red notebook.  Inside is a photograph of a man unfamiliar to Miss Parker.  When Broots electronically enhances the image, he discovers evidence that the man, Benjamin Thomas Miller, runs a local bed and breakfast in Maine.  Miss Parker travels to Maine, where she receives a phone call from Jarod.  He tells her that he is providing her with answers…but does not elaborate further, except to ask if Parker has checked for skeletons in her closet.

Jarod encounters an elderly Native American, Two Feathers, who also goes by the name Ernie, who claims the Sky Fathers told him a traveler would approach him seeking the truth…and that he would be the traveler’s guide.  Before Jarod can ask more questions, the mysterious man vanishes.

Meanwhile, Jarod pays Tom Miles’ pregnant widow, Angela, a visit.  Later, he goes skydiving with some students…and uses a snowboard for some spectacular aerial maneuvers.

Miss Parker makes her way to the Lake Catherine Inn, where she approaches Ben.  He recognizes her from her resemblance to her mother.

Jarod approaches Sheriff Kunkle, who confirms that an autopsy had been performed on Tom Miles’ body.  Posing as an IRS agent, Jarod drops by the sheriff’s office while Kunkle is away on business.  He convinces a clerk to turn over documents related to Tom Miles.  Later, Angela tells Jarod that Carol and Tom had a relationship long before they wed and had the baby.  But they grew apart and ended their personal relationship.  Angela points out that if it hadn’t been for the insurance money, the skydiving business would have failed.

Ernie tells Jarod that it was he who discovered Tom Miles’ body in the desert.  According to Ernie, the wounds on Miles’ face were from madness induced by the belladonna plant, sometimes used by Native Americans for vision quests.

Miss Parker questions Ben about her mother’s mysterious visits to the inn.  It becomes apparent that Ben was in love with her mother, who always traveled to the inn around springtime.

Jarod discovers that Crockett’s real name is Angus Marin, who is on the run from the law.  He approaches Crockett and tells him that he knows Carol is using Angela to access Tom Miles’ insurance money so she can fix up the business and then sell it to another company.  He is also aware that Crockett stands to pocket twenty-five percent of Carol’s profit.  Crockett describes how Carol switched Tom’s canteen on the morning of the jump.  After Tom’s death, Crockett approached Carol about the mysterious canteen switch, at which time she offered him a cut of the profits.

As Jarod and Carol fly over a remote part of desert, their airplane experiences mechanical difficulties.  The pair parachute out of the plane.  Jarod fakes a broken leg and sends Carol off to get help.  Unbeknownst to her, the canteen she carries is spiked with a powerful hallucinogen.  Jarod finds her, delirious, and accuses her of letting Tom die in the desert alone.

Later, Jarod regroups with Ernie, only this time, it is he who suddenly vanishes in the blink of an eye.

1-09 Mirage

Mirage Transcript


Young Jarod   I just wanna know who I am. I can stand anything for that. I’ll never give, Sydney, ever.
Sydney   It’s been three days, Jarod with temperature over 100 degrees. You don’t have to go on Jarod.
Young Jarod   I can do it. I just wanna know I am. I can stand anything for that.
Broots   Where did they find this?
Miss Parker   Cleanup crew found it in a cabin about 50 miles south of Albuquerque.
Sydney   A gift from Jarod.
Broots   Hmm, so what does it mean?
Sydney   I’m not sure what the original intent of the simulation was. I’ll have to run it through the archives.
Miss Parker   Save your sweat, it’s just another diversion.
Sydney   I beg to differ Miss Parker. This is very important to Jarod. He’s reaching out, taking a leap of faith.
Jarod   All right, now remember what you learned in class.
Woman   I think I’m gonna throw up.
Jarod   Oh, no, no. You’re gonna be just fine.
Woman   Well, you’re the expert.
Jarod   Sort of.
Woman   Sort of? Exactly how many times have you jumped?
Jarod   Counting this?
Woman   Yes.
Jarod   One.
Crockett   Tough jump?
Jarod   I may have underestimated my payload.
Crockett   Well, they come in all shapes and sizes. Rub some of this on it.
Jarod   What is it?
Crockett   Horse liniment. They use it on thoroughbreds when they pull a muscle. A few more of them El Paso housewives, you’ll be drinking the stuff.
Carol   Another satisfied customer. Nice the see that you can carry your weight around here. The instructor jog is yours if you still want it.
Jarod   Great, it’s a pleasure to be here.
Carol   Good. Crockett, did I get a call from Tasco?
Crockett   Phone hasn’t rung all day.
Carol   How’s the old girl holding up?
Crockett   I was able to patch the leak in the fuel pump but she’s definitely on death’s door.
Carol   Just hold her together for a few more days. and I’ll have that new plane flown in from Phoenix. Your resume is very impressive. 82nd Airborne, Army Ranger. Lofty credentials for someone looking to teach the public to tuck and roll. Why us?
Jarod   Well, I’m on the run from a secret organisation. I needed a place to hide out for a while.
Broots   We’ve been over this simulation a dozen times. I’m not sure I understand the point.
Miss Parker   Sydney didn’t always have method, just madness.
Sydney   It was a psychological study to determine if the mind can enable the body to exceed its natural capabilities when an emotional stimulus is applied.
Broots   Like, when a car’s on top of a child, and the mother lifts it off with one hand.
Sydney   Exactly.
Sweeper   Miss Parker, this birthday gift just arrived.
Broots   Is today your birthday? How old are you? Oh, young, I’m sure.
Miss Parker   Jarod.
Sydney   Know this man?
Miss Parker   I’ve never seen him before in my life.
Sydney   Interesting.
Miss Parker   It’s a dead flower Sydney, not the Shroud of Turin.
Jarod   Excuse me for saying this but it doesn’t exactly look like business is booming.
Carol   We’ve had some problems, but they’re all behind us now.
Jarod   Problems?
Carol   I lost my partner a couple of months ago.
Jarod   Tom Miles? I saw a picture of the two of you in the hanger.
Carol   He uh, made a jump about 200 miles out into the desert. Tom was always testing himself.
Jarod   Testing?
Carol   He took one canteen of water, a compass and a knife, and hiked back in. It was this… yearly ritual. Um, something went wrong and….. he died. So all I can do now is make Tom’s dream of turning Blue Desert into the best skydiving school in Texas come true. We’re gonna get a new jump plane, redo the hangar. Maybe even build a new indoor training facility.
Jarod   Hmmm.
Carol   Tom deserves that. It’s not much to look at, but, uh, the AC works. There’s a phone and a VCR. And for the most part, it keeps the snakes out.
Jarod   Well, I’m sure it will be fine.
Carol   What are you doing way out here in the middle of the day?
Sheriff   Well, I had some business over in Mason County, so thought I might see if you wanted to get some lunch. Meat loaf’s on special at then diner. Unless I’m interrupting something.
Carol   Oh, Jarod Cochran, this is, Sheriff Dwight Kunkle.
Jarod   Sheriff.
Sheriff   Mr Cochran.
Carol   Jarod here is our latest addition to the jump school.
Sheriff   Huh. Where you from?
Jarod   Oh, here and there. Whichever way the wind blows.
Sheriff   How about that lunch?
Carol   Well, I was just gonna show Jarod….
Jarod   Oh, no, no. You two go ahead, I’ll be just fine. Nice to meet you Sheriff.
Sheriff   Cochran.
Two Feathers   I’ve been waiting for you.
Jarod   Excuse me?
Two Feathers   I was told a traveller would come seeking the truth.
Jarod   Told by whom?
Two Feathers   The sky fathers. What you would call a gut feeling. They said you would need a guide.
Jarod   I don’t understand.
Two Feathers   See what I mean?
Jarod   How’d he do that?
Miss Parker   Well?
Broots   I ran his picture through the system. If he’s any kind of Centre contractor then he’s either been deleted or he’s out of our clearance level.
Miss Parker   Nobody’s out of my clearance level.
Sydney   What about this?
Miss Parker   Torture.
Sydney   Torture?
Miss Parker   Jarod’s playing games.
Sydney   Why?
Miss Parker   Because he wants to give me an aneurysm. I don’t know why. It’s… just what he does. What about the picture?
Broots   I blew it up three ways from Sunday. See, let me show you. All I got is a street sign. Black Ridge Lane, I don’t know if that helps with anything. Maybe the location. Maybe you’re right. Maybe he just wants to torture you.
Miss Parker   Broots.
Broots   What?
Miss Parker   Zoom in on that.
Broots   What?
Miss Parker   The reflection on the windshield. Again. Again. One more time, sharper. Maine.
Broots   I’ll be damned!
Jarod   Let me get that. Are you okay?
Angela   Just lost my grip.
Jarod   Why don’t you come sit down?
Angela   I’m a little dizzy.
Jarod   Uh, can I get you something. A glass of water or something?
Angela   No, I just need to catch my breath. Can I ask you something?
Jarod   Sure.
Angela   Who are you?
Jarod   My name is Jarod.
Angela   Angela. I, uh, need to put these things in the shed.
Jarod   No, no, let me get that.
Angela   Are you learning to jump?
Jarod   Um, no. Actually I just started working here.
Angela   You’re the new instructor?
Jarod   You sound disappointed.
Angela   I just didn’t expect Carol to hire someone so soon after…
Jarod   What?
Angela   Baby’s kicking. He must not like the heat.
Jarod   It’s a boy? His father must be very proud.
Angela   His father’s dead.
Jarod   The first rule of skydiving is the respect your equipment. Because without it, you die. Do you understand?
Students   Hai.
Jarod   Now, the key to a safe jump is to open your chute at the right altitude. And we do this by pulling the silver handle. We do not pull the orange handle. You ready to give it a try? All right, we’re over the target, and we jump. The ground is rushing towards us. You are ready to open your chute. You pull the silver handle!
Crockett   I guess it lost somethin’ in the translation.
Sydney   Benjamin Thomas Miller. Single. Runs the local bed and breakfast.
Miss Parker   I’m looking for dirt Sydney.
Sydney   There isn’t any, I don’t think he’s even had a parking ticket. Not him.
Miss Parker   Well, then why would Jarod lead us here?
Sydney   He didn’t. The little red notebook was the Miss Parker Edition.
Miss Parker   Meaning?
Sydney   He wanted you here, alone.
Miss Parker   What?
Jarod   Let’s see, it’s 12 noon, where are you? I recommend the Monte Cristo. You cant beat a sandwich with syrup. It is a little bit fattening. What the hey, You could stand to put on a few pounds.
Miss Parker   How would you know?
Jarod   Oh, you never know who might be peeking over your transom. Uh, uh, uh. Setting back the bathroom scale three pounds, that’s cheating.
Miss Parker   What do you want Jarod?
Jarod   Same thing you do. Answers. By now I would imagine that you are staking out the Green Ridge Diner, where Ben Miller is finishing up his usual lunch. Diet cola, BLT, no mayo.
Miss Parker   I am impressed with your eye for detail. I can see I’m going to have to secure my cell phone number.
Jarod   Mmm. Those Centre operators, they will transfer you anywhere with the right clearance code. You should look into that.
Miss Parker   Yeah, I would, except I’m too busy chasing ghosts.
Jarod   Well, Ben Miller, he’s more of a skeleton.
Miss Parker   Skeleton?
Jarod   Check your closet lately?
Miss Parker   Get out.
Sydney   Excuse me?
Miss Parker   Get out. Try the Monte Cristo, I hear it’s excellent.
Jarod   Ready?
Student   Hai!
Jarod   Sayonara.
Jarod   Ready?
Student   Hai!
Jarod   Sayonara.
Jarod   Hey, what’s this for?
Crockett   For lunatics.
Jarod   This was awesome. You know, this thing would work really well in the snow.
Crockett   Yeah.
Jarod   Carol Bates says you used to be a skydiver.
Crockett   Well, I made a jump or two.
Jarod   You miss it?
Crockett   It?
Jarod   The adrenaline rush, pushing the envelope and living to tell about it.
Crockett   Well, sometimes that envelope’s a little thinner than it looks.
Jarod   You talking about Tom Miles?
Crockett   I took him up that day. You know the sad par it, that was going to be his last jump.
Jarod   Isn’t it a little difficult to run a jump school if you don’t jump?
Crockett   Hey, this school had just barely eked by for years. Tom didn’t care about any of that. He was just a plain old simple guy. All he really cared about was his wife and that baby comin’. He loved this place. He just wasn’t to have a chance to share it with his son before somebody came along and spoiled it. Except he pushed that envelope one too many times.
Jarod   From what I understand, Tom was a survival expert. He successfully mad that jump and trek into the desert a dozen times before he died.
Crockett   Just ’cause you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. But hey, it’s the desert, strange things can happen out there.
Two Feathers   So many lies, so little time. You need some soda.
Jarod   Who are you.
Two Feathers   Two Feathers, son of War Eagle. Ever heard of me?
Jarod   No.
Two Feathers   That’s ’cause everybody calls me Ernie. I’m guessing it’s a peach. How.
Jarod   What is it you want?
Two Feathers   I told you I was sent to be your guide.
Jarod   Yes. The sky fathers who speak to you from your gut.
Two Feathers   Bingo.
Jarod   Where are you guiding me to?
Two Feathers   The truth. I know it’s overwhelming, but I’m an Indian, so what do you want from me? Meet me tonight. We can talk later.
Jarod   Wait. How will if find you?
Two Feathers   Follow the path of the iron horse.
Jarod   The what?
Two Feathers   The train tracks. Didn’t you ever see a John Wayne movie? And bring some of that leftover meatloaf with you.
Jarod   What meatloaf? Huh. I don’t know who you think you’re dealing with but I’m getting pretty tired of your magic tr….
Angela   I have to admit, I’ve had warmer welcomes.
Jarod   Did you see an old man? Huh, never mind.
Angela   I, um, wanted to apoligise for the way I acted yesterday.
Jarod   Oh, it’s okay.
Angela   No, you’re new here. There’s no way you could have known. And… I’d like to make it up to you. How about a home cooked dinner tonight?
Jarod   That would be wonderful.
Angela   Great, I hope you like meatloaf.
Ben   Be right with you. Now what can I do for you…. I was hoping you’d come.
Miss Parker   What are you talking about?
Ben   You look just like her.
Miss Parker   Like who?
Ben   Your mother.
Carol   Thank you. I’m sure this won’t take long.
Jarod   Sheriff, I was wondering if I might have a minute.
Sheriff   Mr Cochran, I’m due in Dallas in about three hours. Maybe some other time.
Jarod   Oh, okay, I just wanted to ask you a question about Tom Miles. But we’ll do it another time.
Sheriff   What about Tom?
Jarod   Well, I understand that you found his body.
Sheriff   That’s right.
Jarod   Must have been a pretty gruesome sight. Body out there in the desert for what, three days?
Sheriff   Four.
Jarod   Four, ugh. See, what I don’t understand is why would a survival expert like Tom Miles allow himself to die of dehydration?
Sheriff   What are you so interested in a dead man for?
Jarod   Well, I met his widow, Seemed like a very nice lady. Never mind. Have a very nice day. Oh Sheriff, one other quick question. Was there an autopsy done on the body?
Sheriff   Of course. Just because we live in the backwaters doesn’t mean we’re backwoods.
Jarod   Thank you very much.
Aida   She ate the whole meatloaf? Well, then it’s no wonder she cant find panty hose to fit those thick thighs of hers then, huh? Yeah. Oh, I’ll call you later.
Jarod   Afternoon.
Aida   Afternoon.
Jarod   Buddy Slocum Jr. I represent the southwest regional office of the Internal Revenue Service.
Aida   IRS?
Jarod   I need to have a word with a Sheriff Dwight Knuckle.
Aida   Kunkle. The Sheriff’s name is Kunkle. Sheriff Knuck… Kunkle is in Dallas for the afternoon.
Jarod   Well, that could pose a dilemma.
Aida   Buddy, maybe I can help you.
Jarod   Yes, as a matter of fact, maybe you can. Do you have some information on a Mr Thomas Miles?
Aida   Well, he’s dead.
Jarod   Not as far as the IRS is concerned.
Jarod   Well, thanks again, ma’am.
Angela   Tom was going to fix the baby’s room when he got back.
Jarod   He must have been very excited about becoming a father.
Angela   It was his whole world. Before Tom went off on that last jump, he told me how important it was for him to be a good father, to teach our son about life. He used to say that life was meant to be lived and death wasn’t something to be afraid of.
Jarod   Is that why he made those jumps into the desert?
Angela   Carol’s right, it’s important that his son know who his father was. The things he cared about.
Jarod   Carol said that?
Angela   She said that if the school closed, then Tom’s death would be meaningless. Thank God for Tom’s insurance money.
Jarod   What do you mean?
Angela   We’re gonna use it the rebuild the jump school. Hasn’t been easy for her.
Jarod   Because of the business?
Angela   Because of the history between them.
Jarod   The history?
Angela   Carol and Tom were together long before we met. They grew apart, fell out. He used to say she was unhappy, but he never spoke bad about her. I think it’s nice that she wants to keep his dream alive.
Sydney   Just tell me you’ve given up.
Young Jarod   No.
Sydney   Admit it to yourself and I’ll make this stop.
Young Jarod   Not for me. I’ll never give up. Never give up.
Jarod   Mr Two Feathers? Uh, Mr Two Feathers? Ernie? Oh! Would you please stop doing that?
Two Feathers   I see you remembered. Thank you.
Jarod   Your meat loaf. You left your hat.
Two Feathers   Thank you. Sit down.
Jarod   Is this where you live?
Two Feathers   You expected a teepee? It’s 43 feet of good living, satellite TV. I even get dirty movies. Compliments of Uncle Sam.
Jarod   Uncle who?
Two Feathers   There was a question about a certain piece of tribal land and who owned it.
Jarod   And this was your settlement?
Two Feathers   I would have settled for a new hat. White people. I don’t know how we lost the country.
Jarod   You told me before that you were going to guide me to the truth.
Two Feathers   Oh, that. My family’s lived under this sky for seven generations. I’ve seen many things in the desert.
Jarod   Things?
Two Feathers   I found the body of the man who walks on clouds.
Jarod   I thought Sheriff Kunkle found Tom Miles’ body.
Two Feathers   It wouldn’t be smart for an Indian to ride into town with a white war hero strapped across the grille of his motor home.
Jarod   Why would a survival expert like Tom Miles die of dehydration when all those yucca plants were around him?
Two Feathers   When I saw his face, I knew what happened.
Jarod   According to the police report the wounds on his face were inflicted by an animal.
Two Feathers   It was no animal, it was his madness. I’ve seen it only one time before in my life, during the vision quest.
Jarod   Vision question?
Two Feathers   A young man of age drinks from the root of the belladonna plant in the hopes of going to the world beyond. If the mixture is wrong, he could lose himself and go mad.
Jarod   Belladonna. Who else knows about this plant?
Two Feathers   Anyone who’s lived their life in the desert would know. I see your gut talks to you too. Hmmm, this is pretty good.
Ben   Jarod worked the place about a month. He was quite the fix-it man.
Miss Parker   He’s a genius.
Ben   I don’t know about that. But he could fix a tractor, talk your ear off. That fella was always askin’ questions.
Miss Parker   I didn’t come here to talk about Jarod.
Ben   Well, that’s funny. All he wanted to talk about was you.
Miss Parker   Me?
Ben   He said you two had grown up together. Seemed disappointed when I didn’t know much. Guess your mother never told you about this place.
Miss Parker   No, she didn’t.
Ben   She came here exactly this time every year. She loved the spring. She said she liked what it did to the world.
Miss Parker   Aunt Dorothy.
Ben   Excuse me?
Miss Parker   She used to tell me she was
visiting her sister.
Ben   Ah, I’m sure she had her reasons. When your mother didn’t show up, I got worried. I never knew exactly how….
Miss Parker   I was pretty young. But I do remember that her death was, uh, sudden. Is there anything of hers… It would mean a lot to me if I could see where she stayed.
Crockett   Look here, Carol, it’s just not workin’ out! I have to move on.
Carol   Once we get the new plane from Phoenix, we’re find.
Crockett   You know I can’t go back there.
Woman   Tasco Sport Adventure.
Jarod   I’m trying to put together a vacation. You come highly recommended.
Woman   Yes sir. At Tasco Sport Adventure, you get the vacation of a lifetime. Bungee jumping and then golf, helicopter snow skiing in the Andes, or shark hunting off the Barrier Reef.
Jarod   Actually, I had skydiving in mind.
Woman   You’re in luck. In two months, we’re opening a skydiving school near El Paso.
Jarod   Well, that sounds interesting. Very interesting. Uh, I’ll let you know.
Woman   Thanks for calling.
Crockett   Ow! Piece of crap!
Jarod   Oh, come on, Crockett.
Crockett   God! Oh…
Jarod   Plane only has to last a few more days.
Crockett   You scared me there, bub.
Jarod   Why? Because you thought I was Carol? She scares you doesn’t she Crockett? Or should I say Angus? Angus Martin?
Crockett   Who are you?
Jarod   Someone who found out you’re a wanted man and is going to use it to their advantage. Just like Carol did.
Crockett   You sound like you have been drinking that horse liniment.
Jarod   I know Carol’s using Angela to get to Tom Mile’s insurance money. So she can refurbish this jump school and increase the price that Tasco Adventures is willing to pay for it. I also know you are getting 25% of whatever Carol’s take is in the sale. What I don’t know is why. Is it because you know she killed Tom Miles? Or because you helped her?
Ben   This was her room. I haven’t touched anything since she left.
Miss Parker   What?
Ben   Looking at you standing there, I thought for a minute I saw Catherine again. You call if you need anything.
Crockett   See, Tom and Carol come out here as young lovers, bought this place together. Only it was 60-40, Tom’s favour. After they broke up, he met an, and got married. He was here for life, and Carol knew it. She wanted to sell, but he could never get the cash together. By that time, the place had gotten so run down till… 40% of nothing’s still nothin’.
Jarod   And that’s when the people from Tasco came around.
Crockett   Wavin’ long green. But Tom didn’t want the place destroyed. So when Carol couldn’t get her money and get out, she just shut down.
Jarod   Then what happened?
Crockett   She came out to the hanger the morning of the jump, switched Tom’s canteen. I didn’t think anything about it at the time. It didn’t mean anything then. But later on, after he died, I got to thinkin’ about it. When I asked her…
Jarod   She threatened to turn you in to the police.
Crockett   She offered me a percentage just to help her get the place turned around for the sale to Tasco. We looked at each other just knew. Willing to hate each other long enough to get our payoffs and get on with our lives.
Jarod   Well, unfortunately for Tom Miles, he wont be able to get on with his.
Jarod   Yes, I’d like to order a slab of beef ribs. Well, that’s fantastic. But I’d like them raw. Yes, raw.
Jarod   So let’s this straight, if I arrive in Phoenix first, I get the plane? Well, I’ll get there first.
Carol   Have you seen Crockett?
Jarod   No. Is there something wrong?
Carol   I just got a call from Phoenix. There’s another party interested in the plane. They’re gonna make a deal with the first one who shows up!
Jarod   Oh. Well, shouldn’t be more than a six or seven hour drive.
Carol   I don’t have six or seven hours.
Jarod   Well, I could fly you.
Carol   You’re a pilot?
Jarod   Mm-hmm.
Carol   How long till we can take off?
Jarod   20 minutes.
Ben   How ’bout some coffee?
Miss Parker   Thank you.
Ben   How’d you sleep?
Miss Parker   Well. Better than that actually.
Ben   This place tends to do that to people. Sure you don’t want to take some of her things with ya?
Miss Parker   No, I have everything I need. Besides, this is where she belongs. You were in love with her weren’t you?
Ben   Your mother was a very special woman. There was a part of her I knew better than anyone. But there was a part of her she kept hidden. Separate.
Miss Parker   Did she ever talk about him?
Ben   No, she left it all behind when she came here. But… she always missed her little girl. I’ll get you some breakfast.
Miss Parker   Thank you.
Carol   Why are we heading north?
Jarod   Weather radar. There’s a storm front moving in from the southwest so I figured it would be safer if we flew around it.
Carol   How long to Phoenix?
Jarod   About an hour, hour and a half.
Carol   What’s wrong?
Jarod   We’re losing pressure. I think it’s the fuel pump. The terrain is much to dangerous to land. If the overflow of fuel should reach the engine, the whole plane could explode. We’re going to have to jump.
Carol   Jump?
Jarod   Jump. Relax, we’re skydiving instructors, remember?
Sheriff   What the hell do you mean he was polite? You’ve just given out confidential crime scene files to anybody who walks in here with a smile on their face?
Aida   He said he was with the IRS.
Sheriff   Damn it Aida, police business is…
Jarod   Alpha-Tango-997. This is a mayday, I repeat, this is a mayday. Our aircraft is on fire. We’re going to parachute approximately 37 miles due north of Fort Hancock. Mayday, mayday.
Sheriff   997, that’s Carol’s plane. You call the civil air patrol. Dispatch Search and Rescue right now.
Two Feathers   Going my way Sheriff?
Carol   Are you okay?
Jarod   Ah, I think I broke my leg. Hey.
Carol   Don’t worry, somebody’ll find us.
Jarod   I’m not so sure.
Carol   What are you saying? There’s a chance that nobody knows we’re out here?
Jarod   I don’t know, I don’t know if the mayday transmission made it out.
Carol   Well, what the hell do you suggest we do?
Jarod   There’s about six or seven hours left of sunlight. If you travel lightly, you can make it to Fort Hancock by dark.
Carol   Me? What if I don’t make it?
Jarod   You’ll make it. Head due south. And here’s a full canteen of water. Make sure you drink plenty of it. You wouldn’t want to end up like Tom.
Carol   I’ll see you soon.
Jarod   Count on it.
Tom   Carol.
Tom   Carol.
Carol   Who’s there?
Carol   What’s happening to me?
Jarod   Same thing that happened to Tom
Carol   Tom?
Jarod   Now maybe you can imagine how Tom felt those last moments. Dying out there all alone.
Carol   Tom, Tom, I’m sorry.
Jarod   You took his canteen and you poisoned it with belladonna. The harder the sun bore down, the more delirious he became with every tainted drink. And every minute that passed was just another agonising moment when he realised he would never see his baby that he wanted so much. It got so bad that he wandered in circles. He clawed at his own body to fight off the madness that you created for him. The madness that you created for him.
Carol   No. It was a school and a family. You took that away! You just gave it to her! Till there wasn’t nothing left for me.
Jarod   So you left a widow behind and a baby to be born fatherless.
Carol   Tom, I just wanted what I deserved.
Jarod   Something tells me you’re going to get just that.
Miss Parker   Hello Jarod.
Jarod   With instincts like that, you’ll catch me yet.
Miss Parker   Not if you keep throwing me off the trail.
Jarod   Oh, I didn’t throw you off, I just put you on a different one.
Miss Parker   Is that all you do Jarod? Dig up the past?
Jarod   That’s easy for you to say. You have one. Although, it’s not quite what you thought it was, is it? Happy birthday.
Angela   Okay sweetie. Let’s go night-night.
Two Feathers   Ho, white man.
Jarod   Came to say good-bye, thank you.
Two Feathers   Well, so long, and you’re welcome.
Jarod   When we first me, you told me you were gonna help me discover the truth. I was kind of hoping it would have been about myself. About who I am.
Two Feathers   We each take a journey we’re meant to take. For some, it’s clear, for others, not so clear.
Jarod   Am I going the right way?
Two Feathers   Just keep listening to your gut.

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