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#207 : Les carrefours de l'âme

Brennan disparaît de façon mystérieuse. Ce qui inquiète toute l'équipe de Mutant X... Pendant ce temps, Brennan se retrouve prisonnier d’une bien étrange petite ville où il va devoir se disculper d’un meurtre qu’il n’a pas commit...

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Titre VO
Crossroads of the soul

Titre VF
Les carrefours de l'âme

Première diffusion
11.11.2002

Première diffusion en France
30.09.2003

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Damir Andrei....Thom Reilly
David Fox....Gerald Gilbert
Deborah Grover .... Virginia Beals
Thomas Hauff....Zander Delassandro
Gabriel Hogan....Josh Marcus
Anna Louise Richardson....Glenda Demerest
Lee Rumohr....Lucian
Bree Williamson....Miranda Davis

                                                    Crossroads of the Soul



[Opening Scene: On a lonely country road under a full moon at night, Brennan's driving a vintage Camaro with the radio blaring on his way back to Sanctuary when he calls Jesse over his comlink.]

Brennan: I got a wicked deal. A '78 Camaro, 45 thousand original miles. The guy wanted 15 G's; I got him down to 13 five.
Jesse (pulling up the schematics on his computer): Hm. 350 LT1 engine.
Brennan: Yeah, baby, the real deal. The book says there's only a thousand of 'em in existence, and this is one of them. Even came with its own dancing hula girl on the dash.
Shalimar (sitting next to Jesse): Yeah, Brennan, as happy as we are you've managed to save a hunk of metal from the scrap heap, the rest of us just spent the last 12 hours down at the docks trying to find a shipment of stolen medical supplies.
Brennan (grinning): Hm. Guess that means you didn't find it.
Shalimar: Don't even start.
Brennan: All right, guys, you know what? This storm is coming in hard, and my connection's going bad anyway. So I'll call you when I get closer to town. [He cuts the connection.]
Shalimar (getting up): Connection's going? Please. And he used to be a con man? [As static comes over the radio, Brennan zaps the console to amplify the sound, but the engine gives out and the car stops dead in the middle of the road. Slamming the door in disgust, he gets out to look under the hood.]
Brennan: Guess it wasn't such a good deal after all. [He looks up just as a MAC truck bears down on him, using his electropropulsion to jet into the air just as the truck smashes into the Camaro. A large bolt of lightning illuminates a grid in the air, into which Brennan disappears.]

Opening Credits. "Crossroads of the Soul"

[Brennan opens his eyes to find himself naked in bed in a candle-lit bedroom. A young blonde woman leans over him, dabbing his forehead with a cloth.]
Miranda: Shhh. It's okay.
Brennan (groggily trying to sit up): Where am I?
Miranda: Shhh. Don't talk. I'll make it all better. [He falls asleep again.]

[Back at Sanctuary, Jesse, Shalimar, and Emma are in the main room going over computer schematics of the city, still searching for the stolen medical supplies.]
Jesse: You know, if these guys are planning on shipping stolen medical equipment out of the port, they've gotta be hiding it someplace.
Shalimar: Yeah. Like in one of, oh, maybe a thousand run-down warehouses that we'll never have time to search?
Emma: Someone on the street must know. It's an undercover job.
Shalimar: No, it's a Brennan job, and he's out screwing around with his hotrod.
Jesse: Let me see if I can get an ETA. [He tries Brennan's comlink.] Brennan? Brennan, do you copy?
Emma: I hope he's okay. I mean, he said that a storm was coming, and who knows what kind of condition that car was in.
Shalimar (rolling her eyes): Okay. Can we talk some more likely scenerios for a second? White trash Camaro, Brennan, maybe a small town waitress with a taste for both of the above? If you ask me, he's probably just shacked up in a no-tell motel, using his "I think we have electricity between us" line.
Emma: No. No, if something held him up, then he would have contacted us.
Jesse: All right, I'll keep a trace running. If his comlink's picking up anything at all, we should be able to find him.

[The next morning, Brennan awakens in bed and sees Miranda sitting at the foot of the bed. He sits up, rubbing his eyes.]
Brennan: There was an...an accident. This truck was heading towards my car.
Miranda (smiling): Shhh. It's okay. It doesn't matter.
Brennan: Thanks for taking care of me like this.
Miranda: My name is Miranda.
Brennan: Brennan Mulwray. [He starts to get out of bed, then realizes he's naked.] Did you...put my clothes somewhere?
Miranda: They were ruined in the storm. But, uh, I have others for you. [She hands him clothes from a nearby chair.]
Brennan: Thanks.
Miranda (handing him his pocket knife): And...uh...I found this in your pocket. [He puts the knife on the bedside dresser, then hesistates before putting on his pants.]
Brennan: Um....
Miranda (grinning): Oh! Yeah. [She leaves the room.]

[Meanwhile, at Sanctuary's computers, Jesse and Adam are going over the phone records.]
Jesse: There. Brennan last checked in at 9:18. [He pulls up a map.] He was...here. 30 miles outside of Edgarstown. If he had car troubles or had to get in from the storm, I figure that's where he would have wound up.
Adam: Well, the storm wouldn't explain why his comlink didn't work.
Jesse: I say we go find him.
Adam: Why don't you grab Emma, grab Shalimar, get on the road. I think you'll want to retrace his route all the way down into Edgarstown.

[In the farmhouse, Brennan's trying to contact the team over his comlink with no luck.]
Brennan: Adam. Adam? Hey, Jess, can anyone hear me? [He goes outside to join Miranda.] Well, I don't know if your dad's style quite works for me, but here it is.
Miranda (patting his shirt): I think you look great. Now I just need to figure out who you are and how come I've never seen you around before.
Brennan: Yeah, well, I told you. I'm not from around here.
Miranda (laughing): I know what you said. But you're wrong.
Brennan: Look, uh, Miranda, there's people that are gonna be worried about me, so is there a phone around here somewhere?
Miranda: A phone...uh...I think there's one at Brady's store. Wanna go? [She grabs her purse.] Let's go. [Brennan follows her into an old-fashioned town, which is populated with horse-drawn carriages.]
Brennan: Where are all the cars at?
Miranda (frowning): Cars?
Brennan: Yeah, you know, four wheels, vroom, vroom? [At her confused look, he gives up. They meet a group of people hanging out in front of Brady's store.]
Townsman: Hi, Miranda.
Miranda: Hey, everybody! This is...um...Ben Gilbert. Gerald's son.
Brennan (smiling, going along with the lie): Hey, how are you doing? [He whispers to her.] Ben Gilbert?
Miranda: I'll tell you later. Let's go get some iced tea.
Brennan: Yeah, you know what? Order me one. I'm gonna make the call. I'll be right back. [As he walks towards the store, one of the local toughs, Lucian, blocks his way.] How're you doing?
Josh Marcus: Lucian. Let that boy through. [Brennan walks up to Josh, who points in Miranda's direction.] Hey. Look, I don't mind telling you, that girl there, she's spoken for.
Brennan: Anyone tell her that?
Josh: I'm telling you. She's mine.
Brennan: Yeah, I don't have time for this. Don't start something you can't finish.
Josh (pushing him back): Woah.
Sheriff Xander Delassandro (suddenly appearing beside them): How's everybody today?
Josh (releasing Brennan): We're good, Xander. Real good.
Xander: That's how it should be. I understand there's a construction project over at Annie's you're supposed to be at, Josh.
Josh: Yeah. [Looking at Brennan.] We'll talk again. Let's go. [He and Lucian leave. Brennan smiles at Xander in relief. As he raises his arm to scratch his head, Xander notices a tattoo under his arm.]
Xander: So. You're...Ben Gilbert?
Brennan: Uh...yeah.
Xander: Are you going back to the farm, or are you planning to stay?
Brennan: You know, I haven't decided yet. Town's real friendly, though. [Xander doesn't move.] Uh...anything else?
Xander: Not right now. Have a good day.
Brennan: You too. [Xander waves and walks away. Sighing, Brennan steps up to the telephone box and rings the operator.]
Operator: Operator, can I help you?
Brennan: Uh...yeah, Operator, I'd like to make a long-distance collect call. Uh...754-245--
Operator: I'm sorry, that exchange does not exist.
Brennan: What are you talking about? I call it every day.
Operator: That exchange does not exist, sir. Please check your number and call again. [Brennan hangs up and walks over to Miranda at a table, shaking his head.]
Brennan (drinking his tea): Town is seriously whacked.
Miranda (smiling happily): I knew you'd come around.
Brennan (rolling his eyes): Yeah.

[As Jesse drives Emma, and Shalimar drive the country road towards Edgarstown in their black sports car, Brennan and Miranda are walking around her town.]
Miranda: That was nice.
Brennan: Okay, so tell what this Ben Gilbert thing is about now.
Miranda: Gerald Gilbert and his boys live on the edge of town. They haven't been around for years.
Brennan: Okay, so why don't you just tell them who I really am?
Miranda: I couldn't! I wouldn't want them to think that you were crazy.
Brennan: I'm outta here.
Miranda (holding his arm): Listen. I know that you think that you're not from here, but there's nowhere else. People can't go beyond the wall.
Brennan: What wall?
Miranda: On 8th Street. It's the end of the world. [Looking around, Brennan sees 6th and 5th Streets and starts running towards 8th Street. Miranda chases him.] Wait! Stop! Ben! [He reaches 8th Street and starts to run across the field, only to run headlong into an invisible force-field, which repulses him. Miranda watches him try to create a tesla coil to throw at the field -- nothing happens.]
Brennan: Powers aren't working!
Miranda: What are you doing?
Brennan: We've gotta get out of here.
Miranda: Why? We're happy here. [He backs up, to run full speed into the force-field.] Brennan, no! [This time, he's thrown backwards onto his back. Miranda kneels by his side.] Now you know? Now you believe me? There's only New Hope. There's only you and me. [She kisses his cheek.] Together.

***Commercial Break***

[Getting up, Brennan returns to examine the barrier.]
Miranda: Come away from it. There's nothing on the other side. Brennan, it's the end.
Brennan: No, it's not! It's a force-field or...I don't know. [He looks around the field.] There's gotta be some kind of projection from the inside, 'cause you can't see anything out. No cars, no planes, nothing. Tell you what, if I had my powers, I would just blast a hole through it, you'd see for yourself.
Miranda: Powers? What do you mean?
Brennan: This barrier is not natural, okay? Somebody put it here to keep this town inside.
Miranda: Don't say that! It has always been here. You have to believe!
Brennan (shouting): Why do I have to believe? Huh? I have a life out there! I have friends that I want to get back to! I'm getting out of this town! [He starts walking away.]
Miranda (crying): Wait!
Brennan: (coming back): Miranda, I wasn't yelling at you. I'm frustrated, okay? [Lucian and Josh come up just in time to see Brennan take Miranda's face in his hands.] I didn't mean to make you cry. Come on. [She hugs him.]
Miranda: I just really need you to believe. I don't want you to disappear.
Brennan: Look at me. [He kisses her.] I'm not going anywhere. Not for now, anyway. [Lucian takes Josh a little way away.]
Lucian: Josh, we're supposed to be at the construction project.
Josh: Well, we got something to do first, come on. Gonna pay a little house visit to Ben Gilbert's father. [They mount two horses and ride off.]

[Searching the little town of Edgarstown for Brennan, Emma and Shalimar leave the Antiques store to join Jesse on the street.]
Emma: Well, I don't know where else to check. I mean, we've asked at the coffee shop, the motel.
Jesse: Well, it's a straight shot down route 17 from Edgarstown to us, he'd have to come through here, or he'd have to stop.
Shalimar: Well he couldn't just disappear. [She stops, looking at the Garage.] Maybe he stopped for parts.
Emma: All right. You check it out. We'll head to the police station. I mean, somebody's got to have seen him. [She and Jesse get into the car.]
Shalimar (plaintively): Don't leave me here.

[Josh and Lucian ride up to Gerald Gilbert on his farm.]
Josh (dismounting): Need to talk to you, old man.
Gerald: You're a Marcus, aren't you? You have that look.
Lucian: You're looking at the future head of town council.
Gerald: That so? [Lucian nods proudly.] I had a feeling this town was heading in the wrong direction. I guess there's proof.
Josh (grabbing his arm): Hey, hey! You sound like a man who's forgotten how to believe. that could be dangerous.
Gerald: I believe the ideals your grandfather founded this place on. All that's left now are the words.
Josh: And you'd do well to listen to those words, old man. And keep your son out of town and away from Miranda, you understand me?
Gerald: What are you talking about? My sons haven't been in town in years.
Josh (pointing to a man chopping wood): Is that Ben?
Gerald: Yes. Why? What do you want with us?
Josh (smiling at Lucian): Oh, we'll be back to discuss that with you, Mr. Gilbert. You can count on that. Let's go. [He and Lucian ride away.]

[Shalimar's questioning the Edgarston Garage owner about Brennan's car.]
Shalimar: Uh, look, have there been any accidents reported in the last 24 hours involving a Camaro?
Owner: Not a one.
Shalimar: Well, my friend's disappeared somewhere between here and 30 miles west on route 17. You know anything about that?
Owner (backing away): Look, I got work to do. I'm alone here. I'm sorry, I can't help you. [She goes inside and closes the door.]

[In New Hope, Brennan and Miranda are walking back towards town, holding hands.]
Miranda: We're all the same here. You're no different.
Brennan (examining his hands): Yeah, maybe here. So what's it like being like everyone else, anyway?
Miranda: It's nice. There's time for lying out in the sun, for walking, for being with friends, especially the ones that you love.
Brennan (holding her): Hm. Well, I gotta tell you, New Hope is becoming more appealing by the minute.
Miranda (pulling him towards her house): I knew you'd love it. What would you do without me? [Looking out the window of Miranda's house, Lucian sees them approaching and hurries out the front door just as they reach the front yard bench.]
Brennan: If I didn't have my life out there, I could see settling down in a place like this.
Miranda: Do you mean it?
Brennan: Yeah, it definitely has its charms.
Miranda (sitting on his lap): Well, then I'll let you in on a little secret. I half believe you are what you say you are, an outsider. But since they don't exist, then that means I'm in love with an angel. [They kiss.]

[Shalimar, Emma, and Jesse search the garage's junkyard for Brennan's car.]
Shalimar: I wish we at least had a license plate to trace. He didn't leave us much to go on. [Pulling a tarp off one of the cars, Jesse's shocked to see Brennan's Camaro, completely destroyed.]
Jesse (pointing to the hula girl on the dashboard): This is it.
Shalimar: Oh my God. [Jesse notices one of the trucks fenders bashed in.]
Jesse: Looks like this truck didn't do too well either. [He opens the door, pulling a driver's permit from the front seat.] Nice. Edgarstown Trucking and Junkyard. The truck is theirs.

[Brennan and Miranda sit on the bench together, drinking lemonade.]
Brennan: You know, I was thinking, I think I could actually get used to staying here. [They kiss. Josh enters the yard, followed by Lucian and another tough.]
Josh: Hey! Miranda!
Miranda: Josh.
Josh: What are you doing?!
Brennan: What's your problem?
Josh: You are.
Brennan: Well, if you've got something to say, why don't you say it?
Josh: You know, there are some things that don't add up about you, "Ben." I'm gonna figure you out. And when I do, Miranda, and everyone else in this community is gonna understand what you're trying to do to us.
Brennan (handing Miranda his glass, standing): I'm not trying to do anything to this community. Now, as for Miranda, I'm starting to lose patience with having to tell you that she decides who she's with.
Josh: Maybe you didn't hear me-- [Brennan pushes Josh back, then kicks his two friends to the ground. Josh comes after him with a shovel, but Brennan wrests it away from him and knocks him over the fence.]
Miranda: Ben! Josh! Stop it!
Josh (getting up): This is not over! [The toughs leave, and Miranda touches Brennan's bruised shoulder.]
Miranda: You're hurt.
Brennan: It's nothing, don't worry about it.
Miranda: Here, come inside. [She leads him into her bedroom. Sitting on her bed, Miranda rubs ointment on his shoulder.] You were brave out there, fighting for me.
Brennan: Well, you're worth fighting for.
Miranda (smiling): How does it feel?
Brennan: Like brand new. [He puts the ointment on the dresser and kisses her, pulling her down on the bed.]


****Commercial Break****

[Some time later, Brennan and Miranda lie in each other's arms.]
Miranda: See, I told you New Hope would grow on you.
Brennan: Yeah, but I'd still like to take you to my world, so you can see what you're missing.
Miranda: Not missing anything. What's so great about your world, anyway?
Brennan: Everything. Tai food and dance clubs, oceans, cars... [He trails off, chuckling at her confused frown.] You should see the look on your face.
Miranda: Well, I still think you'd be happier here with me.
Brennan (kissing her head): Well, since I don't have a choice... [They're startled by a knock at the front door. Putting on her robe, Miranda answers the door.]
Miranda: Xander? What are you doing here?
Xander: I've come to see your friend.
Miranda: There isn't any trouble, is there?
Xander (coming in): No, no, there's no trouble. I just wanna talk to him, is all. [Brennan comes downstairs, pulling on his shirt.] Can we have a minute?
Brennan: I'm kind of busy, but...uh...yeah. [Miranda goes to stand in the doorway.]
Xander: It's about the world outside the wall. I know.
Brennan: You're part of this whole thing, so why should I trust you?
Xander: Well, if I'd wanted to hurt you, I wouldn't have come alone. I've got something to show you. Come with me, please?
Brennan: All right. Look, Miranda, I'll be back in a minute. I'm gonna go with Xander, okay? [He follows Xander out of the house.]

[At the Edgarstown Garage, the owner's yelling at some of her mechanics when Shalimar, Jesse, and Emma return to confront her.]
The Owner: No, you're not getting a break until you're finished!
Shalimar: Hey! We found our friend's car.
Jesse (holding up the paper): Found that in the truck that hit him.
The Owner: I don't know what you're talking about.
Emma (blocking her path): You're lying.
The Owner: It was my husband's truck. It happened over by where Lewiston used to be. That whole area spooks me.
Shalimar: Yeah? Why is that?
The Owner: It's just a story that folks tell, but I know there's truth to it. Well, it used to be an abandoned mining town.
Emma: Yeah, well, I don't remember seeing any town there.
The Owner: Exactly! One day, the whole place just disappeared.
Shalimar: Just like Brennan. You know, you'd better be telling us the truth. 'Cause if our friend doesn't show up soon, I'm coming back for you and your husband.

[Xander leads Brennan into the loft of an old barn.]
Xander: Yeah, I found these a few years back. That's when I knew everything the elders told us was a lie. [He pulls out a small hidden wooden box and opens it, showing Brennan a handful of postcards of France, Italy, and African tribesmenv.] See? Here are these pictures. All different places and people with strange costumes in them. See, when I saw those marks on your arm, that's when I knew you were from out there, that these places were real. I've dreamt about these places for years. Maybe it's crazy, but I even dreamed that I could go out there myself.
Brennan: tell you what, Xander. If you get me out of this town, you can. There's a whole world out there for you to explore.
Xander (replacing the box): The council finds out about you, you might disappear.
Brennan: Yeah, you know what? Miranda talked about people disappearing.
Xander: I sometimes have to take people to council when they've lost their way. You know, didn't believe, or even worse, spoke out against the town code? Now, council claims they've disappeared, but I know better. They told them the way out of town was through the basement. But there's no way out. They just walked into the basement of the town hall and never came out.
Brennan: What do you mean?
Xander: Well, I don't know what's down there, but I got a look one time. It's...it's all metal and lights and glass.
Brennan: Well, that's gotta be the force-field generator. You know what? We gotta find a way outta here. There's gotta be a way to stop that force-field.
Xander: Well, there are other people we can trust. People who think like me. One of them might be able to help. You wait here, I'll be back. [He hurries out of the barn, but runs into Josh and Lucian.]
Josh: Wonder if I might have a word with you, Xander. [He points to the barn.] That is, of course, unless you're on official business.
Xander: What is it?
Josh: You're supposed to be a peacekeeper. You're supposed to uphold town council's will.
Xander: I do.
Josh: You're helping the outsider.
Xander: Everything they told us was a lie, Josh. We can get outside the wall. He's gonna help us. I'll get the others. [He starts forward, but Josh stabs him in the stomach with Brennan's pocket knife, killing him. Looking around hastily, Josh throws the knife to the ground.]

[Waiting in Edgarstown, Shalimar uses her comlink to relay the garage owner's story to Adam. Adam discovers an article on Dr. Alfred Marcus.]
Shalimar: We need answers, Adam.
Adam: Well, I found some, but right now they don't make nay sense.
Jesse: Try us.
Adam: Well, Alfred Marcus was a walking contradiction. He was a scientist, but he hated modern society. Now his dream was to create a self-sufficient community that was free of the negative influences of the outside world.
Emma: You can't just decide to not be influenced.
Adam: Well, no, wait. Maybe you can. You see, one of the projects he was working on was a kind of an electric bubble. It was an impenetrable forcefield that he could place over an entire town.
Shalimar: Oh, I don't like the sounds of this.
Emma: So this town that Alfred Marcus had his eye on was what? 30 miles west of Edgarstown?
Adam: Exactly. Lewiston.
Jesse: That's right around where Brennan disappeared. [They hop back into the car.]
Shalimar: We're on it, Adam.

[Miranda's hanging laundry on a clothsline behind her house when she's startled by Josh.]
Josh: Xander's dead.
Miranda (shaking her head): What are you talking about?
Josh: Ben Gilbert killed Xander. He murdered him with his knife. I saw the whole thing with my own eyes.
Miranda: No.
Josh: Xander was gonna turn him in to town council.
Miranda: He wouldn't have done that.
Josh: I told you, I saw it. You don't know antyhing about him, do you? [Miranda backs away in shock, shaking.] It's okay. Hey, Miranda, listen. Hey. Now, they're gonna want to talk to you, okay? Because you were with him. But I can protect you, all right? You just have to do the right thing.

[Jesse drives down the road, stopping thirty miles west of Edgarstown.]
Emma: This is right around where the Lewiston town limits would be.
Jesse: Cruise around, see what we can find.

[Miranda hesitantly enters the barn alone, looking for Brennan.]
Miranda: Brennan? Brennan? Brennan?
Brennan (calling down from the loft): Yeah! Yeah, I'm up here.
Miranda: The whole town's looking for you. It's not safe here. [Chomping on a straw, he jumps down to join her.]
Brennan: Where are we going?
Miranda (leading him outside): Don't worry, just come with me.
Brennan: What?
Miranda: Come with me. [Brennan stops when he sees Lucian and Josh coming towards him. Whirling, he spots four other men approaching from behind and reaches for Miranda's hand.]
Brennan: Miranda, come here.
Miranda (pulling away): You shouldn't have killed Xander, Brennan. He wouldn't have hurt you.
Brennan: What? I didn't kill anybody.
Josh: Take him. [Brennan fights, but he's overpowered when Josh strikes him with a baseball bat.] You've made yourself a big mistake, "Ben." Pick him up, let's go. [Struggling in vain, Brennan calls out to Miranda as she slowly walks away.]
Brennan: Miranda! Miranda! [Josh strikes him in the stomach with the bat, silencing him.]

***Commercial Break***

[As the entire town watches from the pews, the new sheriff escorts the handcuffed Brennan into the courthouse and sit him in front of the town council.]
Councilwoman: Let's proceed. Ben Gilbert, you are charged with a crime never before seen in New Hope. The murder of another person, our beloved Xander Delassandro.
Brennan: Xander was trying to help me, so why would I want to kill him?
Councilman (holding up the murder weapon): This is your knife, is it not?
Brennan: Yes. [Murmers from the crowd make him realize what he's admitted to.] Wait, wait, no, no. Someone took that from me! Someone's trying to set me up! [He looks back at Miranda, who avoids his eyes.]
Councilwoman: Gerald! [Everyone turns toward the door when Gerald Gilbert enters, followed by Lucian.] Thank you for coming down.
Gerald: Yeah.
Councilwoman: So, we'll make this quick. Do you recognize this man?
Gerald (pointing a trembling finger at Brennan): Yeah, that's my son, Ben. [Miranda's jaw drops.]
Brennan: What?! That's not the truth! That's not true! Listen to me, that is not true, okay? I have never seen this man before in my life!
Councilwoman: Enough! We'll reconvene in five minutes.
Brennan: Listen to me! Tell them the truth! [The new sheriff shoves him back into his chair. Lucian takes Gerald outside.]
Lucian: You did the right thing, Gerald.
Gerald: Just leave my family alone!
Lucian: Woah, hey. Remember, old man, our day is coming. [He pats Gerald's shoulder and returns to the courthouse.]

[Jesse, Shalimar, and Emma are still searching for any sign of Lewiston in the field by the road.]
Jesse: If you ask me, that lady at the junkyard is holding out on us.
Emma: No, she wasn't. Trust me.
Jesse: Well, he couldn't just have disappeared into thin air, could he?
Shalimar (spying the force-field with her feral vision): Maybe the air's not so thin after all. [She rushes headlong into the barrier, which throws her backwards into the air. She flips and lands on her feet.]
Emma (running to her side): What the hell was that?
Shalimar: I'd say that's Adam's bubble.

[Back at Sanctuary, Adam's readying the Double Helix to fly out to the team.]
Adam (calling over his comlink): The satellite imagery that I'm picking up over the area is distorted by a powerful energy field.
Emma: We know. Shalimar just hit the glass ceiling trying to find a way in.
Shalimar: So I guess somewhere in there is Alfred Marcus's little slice of heaven.
Emma: Brennan must have found a way in.
Jesse: Well, then we've gotta find a way to get him out.
Adam: You guys stay right there. I think I might have just figured out a way to crack through the shield. I'm on my way.
Jesse: Roger that, Adam. We'll wait here.

[Behind the courthouse, the council meets with Josh.]
Councilman: We can't abandon everything because of one outsider. We must ensure harmony. We're doing the right thing.
Councilwoman: Perhaps. But how many times do we have to kill the truth before it stays dead? [They return to the courthouse to pronounce the verdict.] Ben Gilbert, because you refuse to accept responsibility and remorse for the murder of Xander Delassandro, and chose to hide behind lies and fantasy, blaspheming the foundations of New Hope, we have no choice but to find you guilty. Therefore, on this day, you will be put to death in town square in front of the assembled citizens. [Brennan looks back, but Miranda's chair is empty. He lunges at Josh, but the guards pull him back.]

[Shlaimar, Jesse, and Emma race towards the Double Helix as Adam lands in the field outside the barrier. Inside New Hope, Brennan protests as his arms and legs are tied to two horses.]
Brennan: You can't do this! I didn't kill Xander! You have to listen to me!
Josh: You're about to take your last breath, Mr. Gilbert. Make it a good showing.
Brennan: My name's not Ben Gilbert. It's not Ben Gilbert, it's Brennan Mulwray.
Josh: In a few minutes, it's not gonna matter hwat the hell your name is.
Brennan: I didn't do it! You've gotta listen to me, I didn't do it!
Councilwoman (motioning to the horseman): Let's get this over with.
Brennna: My name's not Ben Gilbert. I didn't do it!

[Jesse pilots The Helix while Shalimar and Emma work on a blue device in a hole in the floor.]
Shlimar: Hey Adam, almost ready with the payload.
Adam (calibrating controls around the Helix): Good. Now the night that Brennan disappeared, I found out that there was a lightning storm. It may have destabilized the dome long enough for him to slip through.
Shalimar: Well, we can't exactly wait for another storm.
Adam: Yeah, exactly. Which is why we're gonna give Mother Nature a little helping hand by seeding the area with this supercharged silver iodide. If there's any electricity in here, that stuff is gonna make it sizzle.
Emma: We're on target whenever you're ready.
Adam: Let's begin the seeding. [Silver dust is released from the Helix, sparking lightning in the surrounding clouds.]

[Inside New Hope, Brennan lies prone on the ground, each of his four limbs tied to a different horse.]
Brennan (shouting at the crowd): You can kill me, but that's not gonna stop the truth and you know it! All those people that you think disappeared were murdered by the town council because they can't handle the truth! [Spurred by his words, Miranda finds Lucian in the crowd.]
Lucian: You did a good thing, turning him in, Miranda. You're one of us.
Miranda: We all did what we had to do. You did the hard part, right? Killing Xander?
Lucian (startled): I didn't kill anybody!
Miranda: Josh said that you did.
Lucian: Well, he's lying! It was him. He said Xander deserved it.
Josh: Whip the horses! Do it! [Brennan screams as the four horses start off in different directions.]
Brennan: Miranda!
Miranda: This stops now! [She runs towards Josh, who grabs her.] You killed Xander! Let him go, he's innocent! Let him go! [A gunshot sounds behind the crowd. Everyone freezes and turns to see Gerald Gilbert striding towards the scene with his rifle.]
Josh: What are you doing?
Gerald: This ends here and now.
Josh: Look--
Gerald (pointing his rifle at Josh): Let him down.
Josh (signaling the sheriff): Put him down. Put him down! [The men release the horses, and Miranda dashes to Brennan's side to untie his restraints.]
Brennan: Quick, get me out of this.
Gerald: The outsider is not my son! He's the one telling the truth. This place has become a prison. [He shakes his head at the council members.] I don't know what you've become. [Josh tries to grab Brennan, who punches him in the face, then takes Miranda's arm.]
Brennan (patting Gerald's shoulder): Thanks. [He and Miranda escape together just as Lucian knocks Gerald unconscious with a stick.]
Josh (retrieving Gerald's rifle): Let's go. Let's go! [He and his friends chase after Miranda and Brennan.]

***Commercial Break***

[Brennan and Miranda run into the town hall.]
Brennan: You took a big chance, helping me back there.
Miranda: I did what was right.
Brennan (barring the door): Yeah, well, most people would have helped themselves.
Miranda: You'd have done the same for me, I know it. [Brennan goes to the basement door.] Brennan, we can't!
Brennan: There's nowhere else to go, okay? We need to try and stop this thing.
Josh (banging on the door): Miranda? Miranda, open the door! You're gonna die in there!
Brennan (pushing her into the basement): Come on, Miranda! [They stop short at the sight of a large metal canister in the middle of the room, pulsing with electricity.]
Miranda: What is it?
Brennan: It's what's creating your wall.

[Up in the Helix, the team waits for the silver iodide to do its work.]
Emma: You know, I grew up in Seattle. I can't believe I'm actually praying for rain.
Adam (working at the computer): The rain's just a byproduct. What we need is a good old-fashioned lightning storm. [They look up at a sudden rumbling.]
Emma: Thunder.
Shlaimar: And our lightning.
Adam (getting up): All right, it's time. Let's fire this old bird up. [Lightning strikes the Helix.]
Emma: It's working.
Jesse: Bring it on.
Adam: All right. Everybody do me a favor, don't touch the hull. Right now, we're packing about a billion volts.
Jesse (smirking): A billion, huh?

[Brennan and Miranda slowly approach the force-field generator.]
Brennan: Come on, we need to stop it. [Miranda starts forward.] Wait, no, wait. [He picks up a broom and tosses it at the generator. It explodes into oblivion.] Of course, it would have its own protection.
Miranda (crying): That's what happened to my father and the others, wasn't it? [Brennan puts his arms around her. Josh and his friends burst in.]
Josh (holding up Gerald's rifle): Right there, right there, don't move! Or I'll shoot her where she stands. [The sheriff grabs Brennan's arm and Josh takes Miranda.] Well, let's go. We're keeping everybody waiting for the show. [They head back upstairs.]

[The lighting continues to electrify the Helix; Adam monitors their progress on his computer.]
Shalimar: Adam, we have to be powered up by now.
Jesse: We're gonna start losing the storm, Adam.
Adam: All right, we're ready. Firing and now!

[In the town below them, Josh and his friends drag Brennan and Miranda out of the town hall.]
Brennan: It won't work, Josh! Everybody knows now. You can't make that go away.
Josh: I don't have to make it go away. I just have to make you go away.

[Jesse fires electricity at the bubble surrounding New Hope, opening a small hole in the force-field.]
Emma: It's working! I can see the town.
Adam: No, that's not good enough! We have to take out the field generator or it's gonna power up again and trap us inside.
Jesse: What do you want me to do?
Adam: Just keep it focused on the center of the field, that's where the generator has to be.
Jesse: Okay.
Adam: Ready, and firing now!

[Right below them, the townspeople watch as Josh holds up the rifle, ready to shoot Brennan and Miranda.]
Josh: I'm gonna miss you, Miranda. [The crowd gasps in fear as a bright arc of electricity pierces the blue sky and levels the town hall, collapsing the force-field. Brennan uses the distraction to tackle Miranda to the ground to protect her from Josh. The townspeople gape as a semi rolls by on the highway where the wall used to be.]
Miranda (spotting the Helix hovering in the sky): Oh my God. You were right. [Brennan helps her up.]
Josh: This can't be! [He aims his rifle again, but Brennan zaps him with a tesla coil.]
Brennan: Not this time, Josh. [He looks up as Shalimar runs into the field, followed by Adam, Emma, and Jesse.]
Shalimar: Brennan! [The team stops, confronted by the stares of the frightened townspeople.]
Brennan (turning to Miranda): Well? You ready?
Miranda (shaking her head): Brennan, I can't. I'm not ready.
Brennan: Well, I guess I understand. Your world just widened a million times over, right?
Miranda (smiling): Stay with me.
Brennan: I wish I could, but you know I can't. I have a life. You know I have things that I have to do.
Miranda (pouting): I know.
Brennan: Well, when you're...uh...when you're ready to see more of the world, give me a call, huh?
Miranda: I will.
Brennan: Okay. [They kiss. The team watches the townspeople's awe at the highway activity.]
Emma: It's like going from a fishbowl to the Atlantic.
Adam: I kind of envy them. Now they get a chance to experience a fresh new world.
Shalimar: I don't know. I've been in that world my whole life. I don't know how fresh it is. [Adam laughs.]
Brennan (letting Miranda go): See you soon.
Miranda (walking away): Okay.
Shalimar (approaching Brennan): You okay?
Brennan (sighing): Yeah. Yeah, small town living just isn't for me.
Shalimar: Didn't look like it from where I was standing.
Brennan: Yeah, well it has its moments. Let's get outta here. I'm not very good with goodbyes. [He strides towards the Helix, hands in his pockets. The team follows, Adam taking one last look at the crowd.]
Adam (patting Emma's back): Like Shakespeare said: A brave new world.

The End

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