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#213 : Le poids des secrets

L'équipe de Mutant X ne parvient pas à empêcher l'évasion d'un dangereux mutant, Maddox, capable de manipuler l'énergie solaire... 

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Within these walls

Titre VF
Le poids des secrets

Première diffusion en France
21.10.2003

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Steve Bacic....Nick Maddox
Tiffanie Bell....Receptionist
Lyriq Bent....Harris 
Anthony Grieco....Agent
Rachel Hayward....Christina 
Anna Silk....Asia
Robert Thomas....Prison guard

[Opening Scene: Brennan drives Shalimar down the highway in a bright red convertible, following behind a white prison van.]

Shalimar: Okay, you don't want to get too close, huh?

Brennan: Hey, my ride. I'll do the driving, all right?

Shalimar: Yeah, you know what? Speaking of your ride, do you think you could have picked anything a little more conspicuous?

Brennan: Come on, if someone's gonna jack that prison truck, the last thing they're gonna be expecting the backup to be driving is a vintage Cutlass, hm?

Shalimar: You know, that's so dumb, it might actually be clever.

Brennan: I knew you'd eventually come around.

[Inside the prison truck, a Guard sits across from the prisoner, Nick Maddox, who is chained at the wrists in an orange jumpsuit, with a leather mask over his head.]

The Guard: Hey, Maddox. I hear that they've got a special place for you fixed up in the hole. Down so deep, you gotta look up to see bottom. [Nick doesn't answer.] Think you're so cool, huh? You got everybody shaking in their boots? Well, me, I don't see what the big deal is.

[Turning onto the road behind them, a black truck speeds up and quickly cuts between Brennan and the prison truck.]

Brennan: Nice driving.

Shalimar: Brennan, I don't like the look of that. [A remote controlled device flies out the window of the black truck and attaches itself to the back doors of the prison van. Inside the van, Nick smiles.]

The Guard: What are you smiling at? I asked you a question, tough guy, huh? What's so funny?

Nick: It's a visual joke. Look out the back window. [When The Guard gets up to peer out, the device attached to the van doors explodes, pitching The Guard out onto road. Missing its back doors, the prison van skids to a halt. The black truck pulls up, and a man and a woman, Harris and Asia, get out. When Brennan and Shalimar run up, Harris raises a gun and opens fire on them, forcing them to duck behind a nearby car. Asia enters the prison van and removes Nick's mask. As Nick looks up at the sun, his eyes glow red and four daggers of fire grow out of his fingertips.] Now that's more like it.

Brennan (cowering behind the car as Harris shoots at them): You know, this guy's getting on my nerves. Should we kick some ass?

Shalimar: Let's do it. [Brennan shoots an electrical arc at Harris, toppling him. As Harris reaches for his gun, Shalimar kicks it out of his hand and knocks him unconscious. Nick and Asia emerge from the prison van, holding hands.]

Nick: Friends, I don't know who you are, but you just called the wrong fight. [Raising his other hand, he hurls four fire daggers out of his fingertips at them, one of which hits Brennan in the arm. He and Asia head towards the black truck.]

Shalimar (crouching behind a van with Brennan): Hey, are you okay?

Brennan (holding his arm): Yeah. Don't worry about me. We've gotta take this guy out. [As Shalimar raises her head to look for Nick, the black truck peels off.]

Shalimar: Who was that guy?

Brennan: I don't know. Another couple of inches, he would've been the guy that killed me.

Opening Credits. "Within These Walls"

[Scene: Inside the lab at Sanctuary, Brennan sits on the biobed as Adam holds a healing laser to the burn on his arm.]

Adam: Well, believe it or not, this could have been a lot worse.

Brennan: Ow! Yeah, easy for you to say.

Adam: Well, whatever he hit you with, it cauterized the wound as it went through, you know? Some kind of energy source, like a concentrated heat.

Brennan: Well, why didn't you tell me the person we were covering was a mutant?

Adam: I didn't know. I thought it was a simple transfer.

Brennan (putting on his shirt): Okay, so the person that brought us in was probably setting us up.

Adam: No, I don't think so. At least, I don't want to believe that that's the case.

Brennan: Okay, you know what? You go ahead and think good thoughts. See, I'm having a hard time doing that, considering I'm the one with the hole in his arm.

Adam: I just don't want to jump to conclusions, you know, I was asked to get involved in this job because your special abilities were required to handle it. And beyond that, my source required secrecy for certain aspects of the mission.

Brennan: Okay, so someone else's need for secrecy almost got me killed?

Adam: Well, and there are levels to all this. I don't even know if my source knew who was in the van.

Brennan: Okay, fine! So now we know, some psychotic mutant killer! You know, Adam, I feel like I'm owed an explanation for this, don't you?

Adam: Well, I didn't say I don't think we're owed an explanation. I intend to get one.

Brennan: Yeah, which you may not be able to share with me considering it's need to know. I mean, is it just me or is there something wrong with this picture?

Adam (walking up to him): Okay, so what is it you're trying to say?

Brennan: Adam, when we go into a situation, we deserve to have some knowledge of the risk. Especially if you're the one that's sending us in, then you have a responsibility to tell us.

Adam (leaning on the biobed, arms crossed)): Don't lecture me about my responsibilities, okay? I'm sorry you got hurt. I intend to find out why certain information was withheld from us. But there are decisions that I make and will continue to make that are made for my reasons and at my discretion.

Brennan: Okay, so do it because I said so. Ah, you know what? That sounds an awful lot like the reasoning my stepfather used to use. [He stomps out. Adam sighs.]

[Outside in the main room, Jesse's sitting at the computer searching through the new mutant database for the mutant who attacked Brennan. Emma, wearing roller skates and listening to disco music over her headphones, glides into the room.]

Jesse: Hey, check this out.

Emma (skating in circles around him): What did you find?

Jesse (circling in his chair to talk to her): I searched both ours and Genomex's mutant databases, and there is nothing in the record of anybody having the kind of powers the guy in the prison truck had. Could you stop that? [He grabs her wrist, pulling her to a stop. She turns off the music.] Hey. But there is a whole other section of files that documents Genomex's treatment of people who showed no signs of mutation at all. And that's where I got lucky. [He pulls up Nick's profile.] His name is Nick Maddox. He was sent to Genomex for six months ten years ago.

Emma: He was sick?

Jesse: He was supposed to be tested for a hereditary liver problem. But he was never scheduled for a biopsy and there's not even a suggestion of treatment for that condition.

Emma: So what is on his record?

Jesse: Not much. Except that he was assigned to section 77 for routine observation.

Emma: There's nothing routine about section 77.

Jesse: Hmm.

Emma: And there's no way someone would be held for six months of observation with no record of treatment. Okay, does it say who paid for his treatment at Genomex? Maybe we can track him down through his parents.

Jesse: That's the other thing. There's no record of who paid for his treatment.

Emma: Meaning it was someone or some organization with something to hide.

Jesse: Yeah. It also means that he might not be the only one. There may be a whole slew of mutants that Genomex created that we know nothing about.

Emma: Well, that's a comforting thought.

[Standing at his computer in his office, Adam sends out a request to talk to his contact. Her fuzzy image appears on his screen.]

Christina: What is it, Adam?

Adam: You know what it is. You must have heard what happened.

Christina: I've heard. Other arrangements are being made.

Adam: That's not good enough. I want to know what's going on.

Christina: You know better than to ask.

Adam: I want to see you.

Christina: No meetings. Your idea, remember?

Adam: Yeah, but that was before you almost got one of my people killed.

Christina: I'm sorry Adam. Your request is denied. [She cuts the connection.]

Adam: Nah, you're not getting away that easily. [He starts typing commands into the computer.]

[Meanwhile, the black truck drives up to a nondescript building labelled on ly 3900. Asia, Nick, and Harris get out.]

Harris (taking Nick's arm): We could have been 500 miles away from here by now. Why are we doing this?

Nick: Unfinished business.

Harris: Yeah, well we've got a bank job waiting for us. That's fresh business, paying business. We don't got time for this!Nick (grabbing him by the collar): There's always time for revenge. [He pats his chest, and Asia holds the door open for them. Entering the building past a sign that says Chadway Insurance, Nick stops by the receptionist's desk.]

The Receptionist: Can I help you?

Nick (removing his sunglasses): I want to see her. Why don't you just save us both some trouble and just tell me where she is?

The Receptionist: I'm not sure who you're talking about, but if you would like an insurance quote, I could call an agent. [Nick looks at Asia, who grabs The Receptionist by the collar and pulls her out of her chair.]

Nick: Maybe I didn't introduce myself properly. See, I used to be one of the "insurance agents" around here, so I know the way this works. I figure you've already called for backup. Is this the case? [Down the hall, two armed guards start walking towards them. Nick's eyes glow red as he releases fire daggers at them. They slump to the ground, and Nick holds a fire dagger up to The Receptionist's face.] Now, somebody's gonna tell me where I can find Christina. ‘Cause otherwise the bodies are really gonna start piling up around here. [He smiles.]

[Back at Sanctuary, Brennan, Shalimar, and Emma are sitting around on the couches in the lounge when Adam emerges from his office, his coat thrown over his shoulder.]

Emma (still wearing her skates): Hey! Adam. So, we haven't been able to find anything else on Maddox. No friends, no family, no known associates.

Adam: Well, there wouldn't be. From the time they put him into Genomex, he would have ceased to exist. [He turns towards the exit.]

Shalimar: Where are you going?

Adam: To try to find some information.

Brennan (getting up): Wait, hold it. So what are you doing, going off on your own agenda again? Leave us all in the dark?

Adam: I just don't want to have this conversation; we've been through this already.

Brennan: Yeah, but we haven't settled anything. If where you're going has something to do with Maddox, then we all have a right to know about it! [Hearing the ruckus, Jesse comes out of his room.]

Adam: And when the burden of leadership falls on your shoulders, maybe you'll come to understand that there are some decisions that you cannot make by committee and there is some information that has to stay private.

Brennan: Ah, so then you don't trust us.

Adam: Yes, I do! There are other people who trust me with their confidences, and I keep them. Even if they don't deserve it, like the woman in this case! [He stalks out the door.]

Brennan (turning back to his teammates): Okay, you know, what is with Adam and all of his secrets?

Shalimar: We all have secrets. In fact, I've been around when a few of yours have come back to bite you in the ass.

Brennan: Yeah, but the difference is, I don't ask any of you to get involved in anything without knowing what the downside is!

Jesse: Brennan, half the people Adam uses as contacts don't even officially exist. What's the use of knowing who they are, you gonna send them a Christmas card?

Brennan: No, what I'm saying is, I would feel better knowing what the deal is before I walk into something.

Jesse: No, what you're saying, is that you can't enjoy the ride unless you're driving the bus.Shalimar (laughing): Ouch.

Emma: It was strange. When he was talking about the person he was going to meet, I got a hit off him his emotions about her.

Shalimar: And?

Emma: I don't know, there was anger, and betrayal and fear. But as strong as any of them, there was love.

[Adam drives up to Christina's private headquarters. Pulling out his palm pilot, he turns off the external surveillence camera, slides an ID card into the electronic lock and enters the building. Inside, Christina's packing up files into a carrying case. Hearing someone coming down the stairs behind her, she draws her gun and spins around.]

Christina: What are you doing here?

Adam: I wanted to see where you worked.

Christina (putting the gun down): If you wanted to see where I worked, I could have sent you a picture. You have to go. I have to be somewhere.

Adam: Somewhere where Maddox can't find you?

Christina (returning to her files): I should have known you'd have it all figured out by now.

Adam: Not everything. I need you to fill me in.

Christina: We know that's not gonna happen.

Adam: You can't just run away from another one of your messes.

Christina: Fortunately, I can.

Adam: Because you didn't tell me what kind of a prisoner he was, one of my people almost got killed.

Christina: I didn't think Maddox's people were that good. That wasn't supposed to happen.

Adam (walking up to her): Yeah, well it did. And because it did, I'm losing my team's confidence.

Christina: You'll survive, Adam. You always do.

Adam: So, I'm gonna guess that you're the one who put Maddox away, right? So with him on the loose, I'd be looking for some help right now, if I were you. [Outside the building, the black truck pulls up in the parking lot next to Adam's car.]

Christina (picking up the carrying case): I can take care of myself.

Adam (grabbing her hand): Oh, I see, so that's what you call packing up and running away?

Christina: I have to go. We can talk about this later. [Pushing past him, she starts up the stairs.]

Adam: See, this is how our conversations always end. You run away, nothing gets resolved! [They both look up as the outer door slams. She runs back into the back room and turns on the surveillence video screen; they see Maddox, Asia, and Harris coming down the hallway.]

Christina: Damn. [Opening the carrying case, she pulls out her gun.]

Adam: Hey, what are you doing?

Christina: I'm gonna try and get us out of this. You got a problem with that?

Adam: You can't shoot your way out. He's too powerful.

Nick (walking along the balcony): You oughta listen to him, Christina. I know you're down here. Why don't you step out into the light where I can see you? [Christina rushes towards Nick, shooting her gun at him. Adam yells after her.]

Adam: Christina! [He grabs her around the waist and pulls her back inside the back room.]

Christina: What are you doing?!

Adam: Saving your life! [He seals the metal doors, just as Nick hurls two handfuls of fire daggers at them.]

Christina: I had him!

Adam: No, you didn't! If I hadn't pulled you in, we'd both be dead.

Nick (outside the doors, looking up into the surveillance camera): Big mistake crossing me, Christina. You made me what I am. And then you tried to put me away ‘cause I did what came naturally. You can't keep me out forever. I'll get in there, and then I'll take you apart piece by piece by piece by piece. [He raises his hand and shoots a dagger at the camera.]

******Commercial Break********

[Christina restlessly paces around the small room.]

Christina: He killed the phone.

Adam: My comlink system isn't working either. Are the walls lead-lined?

Christina (stopping in front of him): Yeah. Great. We're stuck in here like rats in a trap. You should have let me shoot him.

Adam: No, if I hadn't pulled you in here, he would have cut you to pieces.

Christina: And what do you think's gonna happen to us in here?

Adam: Well, we've got light. We've got ventilation. As long as the doors hold, I think we should be good for days.

Christina: And who's gonna find us in that time, huh? If they've got this far, they've already taken out my backup.

Adam: Nah, my people will miss me, they'll come looking.

Christina: Oh, so you told them where you were going? [Adam looks away.]

[Standing outside the doors, Nick calls Harris over.]

Nick: Get the drilling rig and the C-4 out of the car. I want this thing open.

Harris: That gear is supposed to be for the bank job!

Nick (walking up to him menacingly): This is the job now. Get it.

[Back in the main room at Sanctuary, Brennan holds the dummy bag as Shalimar leaps around the room practicing attacking it.]

Brennan: You always push yourself when your worried.

Shalimar: You know me real well, huh? [Brennan releases the dummy up to the ceiling; Shalimar flips up to the second floor railing.] I just don't like it. I mean, Adam told me he was only gonna be gone a little while; he's already been gone more than four hours. And his comlink's down and the GPS on his car is disabled.

Brennan: Well, maybe he shut them off. He's meeting his secret source.

Shalimar: Well, I'm not really worried about his secret source. I'm more worried that he might have run across Maddox. [Leaping off the railing, she flies across the room and grabs the dummy, riding down to the ground with it as it sinks under her weight.]

Brennan: He wouldn't have gone after Maddox on his own.

Shalimar (picking up a towel): Yeah, well, he might not have had to. I'm guessing that the woman he went to see is probably the one who tried to put Maddox away.

Brennan: So you think she might be the first person Maddox may go looking for.

Shalimar: Well, it makes sense.

Jesse (walking in behind them with Emma): Well, if you ask me, Adam doesn't want us there.

Shalimar: Look guys, I was the one who supported Adam's right to privacy in the first place, but I mean, you know the procedure. When you're on a mission, you call in every four hours. It's Adam's own rule.

Jesse: Yeah, it's his rule, and if he wants to break it, it's his call. For all we know, he's at a movie.

Brennan: Shal is right, okay? He might not be in trouble, but what if trouble is headed for him?

Jesse: So we call out the calvary? Look, Adam'll be pissed if we show up and he's out on a hot date.

Emma: A hot date?

Jesse: Yeah, a hot date. He said it was a woman, you sensed those feelings...

Brennan: Yeah, I'm willing to take that chance. I don't know about you guys. [Shalimar nods. Brennan turns to Jesse.] Okay, then check his personal terminal, see if there's any communications left in the cache. [To Shalimar.] You check the police records see if anything's turned up on his vehicle.

Jesse (rolling his eyes): Nice. Adam's only gone a few hours and you're giving out orders. [He heads off to Adam's office.]

Brennan: Just do it, okay?

Shalimar (patting Brennan's chest): Hey. It's a good call.

Emma (skating up to Brennan): I'm worried about him.

Brennan: Yeah, me too.

[Meanwhile, in Christina's back office, Christina sits on a crate on the floor as Adam examines the doors.]

Adam: You ready to tell me about Maddox?

Christina: He was an operative who went over the line.

Adam: I didn't know your agency had a line.

Christina: Everyone has lines! Maddox was trained to carry out clandestine operations.

Adam: Assassinations. Why don't you just say it?

Christina: Are you gonna let me speak? He forgot who he was working for. Without our knowing, he had set up his own organization to pursue his own goals.

Adam: Yeah, so he's doing his dirty work instead of yours. I can see how your people would be unhappy about that.

Christina: Before you pick apart other people's ethics, Adam, remember who it is who runs his own vigilante force. Or is that different because you're so morally superior?

Adam: Mutant X protects people. You took an orphan kid and you put him into Genomex; you turned him into a high powered killer!

Christina: I knew there was no way to get you to do the work we needed. The rest of Genomex was open for business!

Adam: Right, so the whole time we were together, you used me to get to the people who would get you what you wanted.

Christina: It wasn't like that.

Adam: No?

Christina: My superiors knew I was with you. I was given orders.

Adam: Oh, orders, right. The classic way to avoid responsibility.

Christina: You got what you needed. The people I set you up with helped finance your exit from Genomex. Without them, you'd never have been able to put Mutant X together. That seemed to be all you cared about back then.

Adam: Right, because I was trying to plug the leak in the dam ‘cause you and your people were busy making monsters like Maddox behind my back.

Christina: You had your mission, I had mine. Don't blame me for us falling apart.

Adam (hearing the drill outside): It's started.

Asia (hugging Nick outside the doors): A few more minutes, then you'll get everything you came for.

Nick: How long?

Harris (drilling): Six bolts! Ten minutes per bolt, another two minutes to pack the explosives.

Adam (listening): And another minute to prime them. So we've got...78 minutes before he gets in here.

Christina: And I suppose that number has your usual level of accuracy?

Adam: There's no room for error. Now we just have to figure out how to turn the tables.

Christina: Turn the tables? Are you crazy? You're standing here analyzing door thickness and drill ratios like you really believe it's gonna make a difference. You think our survival is something you can work out by the numbers?

Adam (pulling out his palm pilot): Well, you're so sure it isn't?

Christina: See, that is the problem with you. You are so damned blinkered. You think that everything can be solved by science.

Adam: Well, I'll take science over espionage any day of the week.

Christina: Oh, this coming from the man who sat at the center of the biggest scientific disaster the world has ever seen! [Adam looks up at her, hurt.] I'm sorry, Adam. I'm sorry, okay? I don't know. It's just everything with you is so clear-cut, so black and white. Good or evil.

Adam: Well, you know, maybe one of us has to know the difference.

Christina: Whether you want to admit it or not, it's all about shades of grey.

Adam: I don't want to get my head around a world like that. Where people, you know, pretend to be lovers. Where people warp the truth to get what they want.

Christina: You are still so pompous. It's like you have a special relationship with the truth. It's like you see it so clearly, but noone else has a clue. Well, I wouldn't want to be on your team, Adam. Because with you, it's not about teamwork. It's about ego. And for all your idealism, it's still a one-man show.

[In the main room of Sanctuary, Jesse's sitting at the computer, searching through Adam's computer logs.]

Jesse (calling Brennan over): Oh, this is so weird. Come here, check it out. Check this out! [Brennan hands him some CDs.] Thanks. Okay. Adam erased the cache memory on his computer, but he left a history file on one of the programs he was running.

Brennan: What program?

Jesse: Oh, it's kind of a...a net tracking program. It looks as though he was hunting down somebody he was on a scrambled connection with.

Brennan: Does it show the results?

Jesse: No, but I have been reconstructing the search. It looks like the transmission came from a insurance company server. The name of the insurance company? Chadway Insurance. [Shalimar walks up to them.]

Brennan: It's a hell of a time to buy insurance.

Jesse: Yeah.

Brennan: Well, whoever Adam was trying to contact, routed their communication through a third party, so it's a dead end anyway.

Jesse: Or not.

Brennan: You know, just move on!

Jesse: Look, I mean, maybe, maybe this server had its own transmission history. Maybe it's what Adam broke into. Either way, I'm pretty sure that I can complete the search from there. Therefore, dead end, not!

Brennan: Whatever! Let's just stop wasting time yapping about it and just do it! [He stalks off. Behind him, Jesse mimes choking him; Shalimar turns to go after Brennan.]

Shalimar: Brennan.

Brennan: Yeah.

Shalimar: I know you feel like you have something to prove to Adam here, but-

Brennan: I don't have anything to prove! I want to find him, plain and simple.

Shalimar: You can't put the stress you're feeling on the people who are trying to work with you. You want to take the lead on this one? You've got to show some confidence.

Brennan: Oh, what, so I have to keep everything all bottled up, like Adam does?

Shalimar: That's the job, Brennan. That's what he was trying to tell you.

Brennan: Yeah. [She goes back to Jesse.]

[Standing impatiently outside Christina's office, Nick calls over to Harris.]

Nick: How much longer?

Harris (drilling): Three more bolts! Then we blow. Maybe 45 minutes.

Nick: That's too damn long. [Using the heat from the sunlight streaming in through the skylight, Nick places his hands on the wall next to the doors and begins to heat it up. Standing inside, Adam holds a piece of paper to the wall; it bursts into flames.]

Christina (watching): What is it?

Adam: He's raising the heat. He's trying to drive us out.

Christina: He couldn't produce that much heat, could he?

Adam: I don't know. Assuming that his powers are only limited by the amoung of sunlight he takes in, given room temperature of about 75 degrees, and if he raises it 5 degrees every 15 minutes...

Christina (wearily): Adam, the simple answer, yes or no?

Adam: Unless we figure a way outta here, he's gonna cook us alive.

*******Commercial Break*******

[Back at Sanctuary, Emma and Brennan walk up to Jesse, who's still searching on the computer.]

Jesse: Well, Adam's car hasn't turned up on a single police record for a 100 mile radius.

Emma (sitting down across from him): Yeah, I don't like this. I mean, Adam is brilliant enough if he really wanted to cover his tracks, we may never find him.

Jesse: Yeah, serves him right for never trusting anybody.

Brennan (standing behind him): That's enough!

Jesse (looking up at him): Excuse me? [To Emma.] Somebody here spent the entire morning in a screaming match with Adam about secrecy issues, right? Now who was that?

Brennan: You know what, that was before I knew he was in trouble.

Jesse: Trouble. Yeah....right....you see, just so I know, have I changed my opinion, or are we still allowed to think for ourselves in this new regime?

Emma: Jesse, would you just cut him some slack?

Jesse: Why? Who was it that decided that Brennan's suddenly in charge of this whole operation? And why does he think that I'm not gonna think for myself anymore?

Emma: Just because Adam is gone, doesn't mean that we can lose focus. If we want to find him, we have to do this together. You know, someone here has to call the shots, and if you don't have a real problem with it, I suggest that we listen to Brennan.

Jesse: Fine. We'll see how it goes. [He turns back to his computer.] Oh, hey, Fearless Leader. Here's something a little bit interesting.

Brennan (coming up to look over his shoulder): What's that?

Jesse: I've been running some checks on that insurance company. You know, the one whose server routed Adam's message?

Emma: Yeah, but that server's just a front, right?

Jesse: Not necessarily. I think they exist. They've got an office downtown.

Brennan: So?

Jesse: Well, even though I know it's a dead end... [He turns to glare at Brennan.] It's kind of interesting. I can't seem to find a single policy that this insurance company has underwritten.

Emma: Government?

Brennan: I don't know, but whoever it is, they're connected to the person who sent Adam on the mission to cover Maddox, so it's worth a visit.

Jesse (smiling at Emma): He sounds so commanding when he says that, don't you think? [He gets up to leave, and then turns to Brennan.] Oh, is the, uh, ‘Fearless Leader' thing working for you, sir?

Brennan: Well, you know, just ‘Sir' would work out all right. [Jesse salutes him. Brennan laughs.] Go get the Helix ready.

[Outside Christina's office, Nick sweats as he works to heat up the interior of the room.]

Nick (yelling at Harris): Drill faster!

Harris: I can't! We burn the drill out, we'll never get them out!

Nick: All I hear from you are excuses why I can't get what I want. You shouldn't be worried about the drill burning out; you should start worrying about your chances of getting out of here!

[Inside the room, Christina pulls off her shirt and stands in her undershirt.]

Christina: Not much left to take off.

Adam: Well, if it gets any hotter, clothes won't make a difference.

Christina: You're supposed to be the smart one. Figure it out.

Adam: Oh, so now you're willing to try the scientific approach?

Christina: I'm willing to try anything that will get me out of here in one piece. Preferably uncooked.

Adam: I have an idea, but it's fairly radical. You trust me?

Christina: I don't trust anyone.

Adam: This idea doesn't have any gray areas, this is black and white. Live or die.

Christina: Just do it!

Adam: Okay. Stand over there. [He uses a metal suitcase to knock the spigot off the water main. A huge flood of water begins to spurt out at them.]

Christina (yelling over the noise): What did you do that for?!

Adam: The water will cook us down!

Christina: Guess what? It's also gonna drown us!

Adam: I've calculated the volume of the room and the volume of water from the pipe; under normal water pressure we'll have enough air until he opens the door!

Christina: So he'll kill us quick!

Adam: No, no! When he opens the door, he's gonna get hit with about 46 gallons of water! In the tidal wave, we'll make a break for it!

Christina: That is crazy!

Adam: That's right! And all we've got is crazy!

[Meanwhile, Mutant X arrives at Chadway Insurance. Walking towards the reception area, Shalimar slows down.]

Shalimar: Something's wrong. I smell blood. [She looks around with her feral vision.] People died here.

Jesse: Well, I guess Maddox took an interest in insurance too, huh?

Emma: I wonder why.

Brennan (picking up a notebook from the receptionist's desk): Well, in terms of Adam, this just became a dead end. [Suddenly, two armed guards run around the corner.]

Guard #1: Put your damn hands up where I can see them. [Two more guards approach the team from the other direction.]

Jesse (looking at Brennan): Sir? Now might be a good time to say a little somethin'.

Brennan: Look, guys, we're all on the same side.

Guard #1: Shut up. I wanna know who you work for.

Shalimar: We don't work for anyone. We just came looking for our friend.

Guard #1: You killed five people to find him.

Emma (walking over to face him): We didn't kill anybody.

Guard #1: Maybe I'm not asking questions that you can understand. [He rushes at Emma; Jesse quickly steps in front of her and masses so that the guard's fist bounces off his neck. Shalimar knocks a second guard to the ground, and Brennan takes out the last two with an electrical arc.]

Brennan (picking up Guard #1 by the collar): Get up. Now you're gonna answer some questions for us.

Guard #1: Not likely.

Brennan: Shut up and listen! We figure the guy that did this is called Maddox. [The guard looks scared.] Yeah, I thought that might mean something to you. We were assigned to cover his prison transfer and he almost killed me.

Guard #1: Look, I don't know what you're talking about?

Brennan: No?

Jesse: Well, the woman in charge of this supposed insurance agency set us up for the prison transfer.

Shalimar: Now Maddox is after her and we think he knows exactly where to find her.

Brennan (shaking the guard): Tell me something. Come on! Come on, tell me something!

Emma (pushing Brennan away): Look, I know you're not supposed to talk about this kind of information. But there's a lot of feelings that might make you change your mind. [She shoots a psionic blast at his head.] Grief for your co-workers, concern for your boss's safety. You know we can help you. So what was that address?

Guard #1 (staring at her in a daze): Don't have an address. Just a number for her cell. 555-0187.

Emma (smiling): There. Now don't you feel better? [She blasts him again, and he slumps to the floor.]

Jesse (to Emma as she walks past him): Spooky.

Shalimar (patting his chest): Just be glad she's on our side. [Jesse laughs. They leave.]

[Inside Christina's office, Adam and Christina stand across the room from one another in waist-deep water.]

Christina: How full is this room gonna get before Maddox opens the door?

Adam: At a constant rate of drillling, we'll have sufficient air.

Christina: Just for the record, what do you call sufficient?

Adam: Oh, about an inch.

Christina: Oh, great.

Adam: We wouldn't be in this situation if you and your team hadn't done what you did to Maddox.

Christina: We used the technology that was available. Same thing you were doing. Same thing you're still doing with Mutant X.

Adam: Yeah, except you used it to create a killer.

Christina: An operative. The killing is something that came to him naturally.Adam: I'm sure that would make a difference to the families of his victims.

Christina: You can't talk. You're the man who created Gabriel Ashlocke.

Adam: I was trying to help him.

Christina (walking over to him): No, you were feeding your ego. You were so wrapped up in patents and new discoveries that you didn't see what was going on around you.

Adam: Well, I certainly didn't see what was going on with you. You know, certainly took me long enough to realize what your so-called government job was all about.

Christina: You didn't realize, I told you. And instead of working out something between us, you just ended it.

Adam: Well, what do you expect? You lied to me.

Christina: I didn't lie. I just couldn't tell you the truth. You know about secrets. About having things you can't share with anyone else, especially those close to you.

Adam: All right, so we both had secrets, you know, maybe that's why we...got along.

Christina: Got along? I loved you.

Adam: And what about you? Would you have left your agency to be with me?

Christina: We could have found a middle ground, Adam. That's what people do. [They look up as the lights flicker and go out.] Oh, shoot.

Adam: It's all right.

Christina: Do you really believe we're gonna make it out of here?

Adam: Yes, I do. I believe in the plan; I believe that the calculations are right. As long as he keeps drilling, we'll have enough air.

[Outside the room, an exhausted Nick tires of heating up the wall. He yells at Harris again.]

Nick: Enough! Open the damn door!

Harris: Lay off! I'm moving as fast as I can.

Nick: Brilliant. [He releases a fire dagger into Harris's stomach. Harris looks down at it in surprise, then collapses on the floor.]

[Cut back to: Adam and Christina, floating near the top of the room with about a foot of air space left.]

Christina: Adam. You said the air would hold out as long as they didn't stop drilling. I don't hear a drill.

******Commercial Break********

[Up in the Double Helix, Brennan and Jesse are communicating via video link with Emma back at Sanctuary.]

Brennan: All right, so we got a cell phone number.

Emma (sitting at the computer): Well, that's not a lot to go on.

Brennan: Yeah, is that number registered in the system right now?

Emma: No, might be turned off.

Brennan: Or it's not getting a signal like Adam's comlink, which means we can't track him.

Jesse: Hey, you know what? Maybe we can. When a cell phone is left on, it leaves a digital trail as it moves around from cell mode to cell mode.

Brennan: Emma, patch us into the Sanctuary system. Maybe Jesse can use that to locate the last node that number was registered on. [Emma patches them in.]

Jesse: Great, thanks, Emma, it's coming up. We should be able to narrow it down to a couple block radius with that, and if Adam's car is parked outside, we can zone in from there. [He looks at his computer display.] Okay, the last place that cell phone was registered was across town in Forest Heights.

Brennan: It's about time we caught a break here. Next stop, Forest Heights.

[Shalimar walks up to Emma at the computer.]

Shalimar: Hey.

Emma: Hey.

Shalimar: How're you doing?

Emma: Good. Though I was beginning to wonder whether Brennan and Jesse were gonna get through this without killing each other.

Shalimar: Yeah, I guess I never really thought about that whole power struggle thing either.

Emma: Hm. Well, that's probably a good thing. Means you're not a control freak.

Shalimar (walking with her over to the couches): I guess. I mean, it's just so strange being a part of a group. I just never really thought about running one, you know?

Emma: I thought all ferals had pack instincts.

Shalimar: Well, I don't know what the psychology is, but you know before Adam brought me in, I was a lone wolf the whole way.

Emma: You must have had friends as a kid.

Shalimar: I scared all my friends. I think it started when I made my ex-boyfriend eat his math textbook.

Emma: Yeah, that would probably do it. [They laugh.]

Shalimar: What about you? Any desire to be the queen of Mutant X?

Emma (shaking her head): No, I'm the same as you. I'm just so grateful that I have these four amazing people in my life now who aren't scared of me. You know, leadership isn't really an issue. I'm just glad you guys don't all think I'm a freak.

Shalimar: Well, I think we're all in the same boat there. You know, on that whole power thing, I think....I think it has more to do with testosterone than anything else. You know, I don't think Jesse wants to boss anybody around, but Brennan, he goes all alpha male and Jesse just gets his back up.

Emma: That's exactly what if felt like.

Shalimar: If Brennan didn't want to run things, I think Jesse would step up and insist that he did.

Emma: You know, I don't know what Jesse would do with himself if he wasn't swimming against the current. If that makes any sense at all.

Shalimar: Honey, it makes as much sense as anything does around here.

[Outside Christina's office, Asia removes Harris's body as Nick runs the drill on the last bolt. Inside the water-filled room, Christina swims up to Adam.]

Adam (checking his watch): They only stopped drilling for two minutes. That shouldn't throw off my calculations too much.

Christina: We're gonna die in here, aren't we?

Adam: No. No, ‘cause this isn't how I pictured it.

Christina: How did you see your death?

Adam: Well, I always saw myself dying of old age. You know, with lots of friends and colleagues lined up to pay their respects. Of course, as it turns out, I don't have any friends and colleagues. Except for Mutant X, and the way things are going, I'm not sure they'd show up. How about you? Did you ever, uh, think about this?

Christina: Gun fight. Foreign agents. Car chase. Pipe bomb under the seat. Something a little more active.

Adam: Drowning in a vault, that's pretty active.

Christina: Did you miss me, Adam?

Adam: Yeah, I missed you. I've missed you every day. I used to think that being angry with you would burn it out of me, and it hasn't.

Christina: Is that why you kept in contact?

Adam: Yeah, maybe.

Christina: But you were too stubborn to say anything.

Adam (floating over to her): Yeah. And what about you, huh? I mean, did you ever think about what you might do different if you had to do it over again?

Christina: Can't go back.

Adam: And if you could?

Christina: I never would have hurt you. [He kisses her.]

[Outside the room, Nick lowers the drill.]

Asia (looking up): Why'd you stop?

Nick (walking over to her): I'm done. That was the last bolt. I just have to pack the explosives and prime them. [He starts to pack explosive into the holes of the door.] I'm coming for you Christina! I'm coming!

[Brennan and Jesse arrive in the woods outside the building.]

Jesse (studying his tracking device): The cell node's within a hundred feet of here.

Brennan (looking around): That's Adam's car right there.

Jesse: Now we've just gotta know where he went from there.

[Nick finishes priming the explosives and walks back to Asia.]

Nick: That's it. Ready go blow. I have the moment, Chia. I almost don't want to rush it. A couple seconds from now, we'll be face to face. A second after that, she'll be dead. [He caresses Asia's cheek.] I want to save the moment. [He holds up the detonator; Asia raises her gun.]

[Adam and Christina float near the doors in each other's arms.]

Christina: All that time to find each other.

Adam: Well, you know, timing was never our strong suit. [He looks at the doors.] You ready?

 


[Outside, Nick sings out to Christina.]

Nick: It's time to die, Christina! [He activates the detonator. The doors explode open, and a huge tidal wave of water knocks Asia and Nick off their feet. Outside in the parking lot, Jesse and Brennan in the parking lot look up as they hear the explosion.]

Jesse (pointing): There! [They run into the building.]

******Commercial Break******

[Adam and Christina tumble out of the room on a wave of water. Wading over to her, Adam helps her up. Asia reaches for her gun, but Christina knocks her unconscious.]

Adam (grabbing Christina around the waist): Come on. [They turn towards the door. Getting up, Nick throws a handful of fire daggers at them, just a barely missing them.]

Nick: Not so fast, Christina. You put me in a hole for six months. Then you tried to put me away forever.

Christina: Did you think they were gonna just let you run wild?

Nick (eyes glowing red): Killing you will let them know not to try again.

Brennan (running in along the balcony): Maddox! [Looking up, Nick hurls a handful of daggers at him. Massing quickly, Jesse leaps in front of Brennan; the daggers bounce off of his body.]

Nick (turning back to Christina and Adam): I'm gonna finish what I came here to do.

Brennan (yelling at Adam and Christina): Get outta the water, get outta the water! [Adam pulls Christina up onto some debris. As soon as they're clear, Brennan shoots an electrical arc at the water Nick's standing in, electrocuting Nick. Adam nods his thanks at Brennan and Jesse.]

Brennan (gesturing to them): Come on.

[Back at Sanctuary, Jesse's sitting at the computer between Shalimar and Emma. Brennan walks out of his room past them.]

Jesse: No. I'm not going to apologize.

Emma: Come on, Jess. Now's our chance.

Jesse: No!

Shalimar: Jess.

Jesse: What?

Shalimar: Tell him.

Brennan (stopping, turning around): Tell me what?

Emma (shaking Jesse's shoulder): Come on, Jess. You can do it. Just say the words.

Jesse (standing up, glaring at Shalimar): Okay! Okay. [To Brennan.] I thought you did okay as an interim leader. [Throwing up his hands, he sits back down.]

Shalimar (prompting him): And...?

Jesse (standing up again): And... I am sorry for giving you so much grief before. [He smirks.] Sort of. [He sits back down.]

Brennan (smiling at him): Thanks. That's a real vote of confidence.... I think. [He walks off towards the lab. Shalimar and Emma hug Jesse, grinning.]

Brennan (walking into the lab where Adam's working): Hey.

Adam: Hey.

Brennan: Ah. I want to apologize. I, uh, I realize now that you can't always tell us everything.

Adam (smiling at him): Well, that's funny. Because I was just wondering how to apologize to the four of you. I think almost dying in that safe room put some things in perspective for me.

Brennan: Oh yeah? Is that because you were trapped, or who you were trapped with?

Adam: Maybe both. Did a good job holding things together while I was in there.

Brennan (walking up to him): Thank you very much. You know, I'm beginning to realize now how difficult leadership can be.

Adam: And I know it's not easy working with me sometimes, not getting the whole picture. And I realized something about myself in there. Which is that sometimes I hold back so that I can be the only one who sees all the cards, so that I can stay in control.

Brennan: Well, you gotta do whatcha gotta do, right?

Adam: No, I'm saying that's wrong. If you guys share in the danger, you should share the information.

Brennan: Glad you think that way, cause now you can explain to me who Christina is.

Adam (laughing, shaking his head): Some things remain a mystery. Even to me.

Brennan (patting his back): Yeah, well, thanks again, huh? [He walks out.]

[Later, sitting in his office, Adam calls Christina on his computer. Her blurred image appears on the screen.]

Christina: Adam?

Adam: Do we really need to scramble?

Christina (turning off the scrambler): What is it?

Adam: I was just thinking about some of the things we said.

Christina: We thought we were gonna die. People say things they don't normally say.

Adam: Still, sometimes things need to be said.

Christina: We can't just pick up where we left off. We're still the same people we were when we went in there.

Adam: Are we?

Christina: You know where to find me. [She cuts off the connection. Adam smiles at the blank screen and sighs.]
 

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