Mouth of the Damned Episode 2.2
Original air date July 16, 2015
Based on the closed captioning found at http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view_episode_scripts.php?tv-show=dominion-2014&episode=s02e02
Claire (intro voiceover with past scenes) – 25 years ago, God disappeared. The archangel Gabriel decided he must destroy mankind to bring God back, but the archangel Michael stood against his brother and fought on the side of humanity. The war continues.
(scenes from the last episode)
David – The Lady of the City gave three floors of the Wynn to the V-1s. Make sure those floors are uninhabitable.
Claire – How am I supposed to change this city when he destroys everything I try and do?
William – To cowards, whom we all know die many times before their actual death.
Michael – How does your town exist?
Laurel – The rest of the world may believe he’s gone, but in Mallory, Alabama, God’s very much alive.
Gabriel – And Alex?
Angel – He escaped.
Gabriel – All I need is his skin.
Noma – We should head straight for Vega.
Alex – No, I’m not leading Gabriel back to Claire. New Delphi’s half the distance. We’ll go there.
[Alex, Noma and Pete being captured with electrified nets]
A band of eight-balls and humans from New Delphi collect the trapped trio. Lishepus and English are both heard.
Man – Right over there.
[Alex manages to fire his semi-automatic weapon, killing one of the New Delphians]
Man – Light ’em up! [Portable floodlights are turned on]
[Aerial shot of Vega]
Man on loudspeaker – Your attention, curfew is now in effect for all V-1 and V-2
[House Riesen. Claire is looking at a book. A female soldier, Zoe, is with her]
Zoe – Ma’am.
Claire [turning around to look at her] – Sorry, what’s your name again?
Zoe [looking out a window] – Zoe. I’m new. Just started today.
[Claire goes back to her book. She turns around just as Zoe attempts to stab her.]
Claire – No! [The two women struggle on a couch but Claire gets the upper hand]
Claire – Guards! [Two male guards run in]
Guard – Lady Riesen, are you okay?
Other Guard – Drop your weapon! Drop your weapon! [Zoe drops her knife]
Guard – On your knees. [He kicks the back of her legs so she complies. Zoe gives Claire the look of death. Guard binds Zoe’s hands behind her back]
Guard – Up. Let’s go, move. [The entire time Zoe glares at Claire. Her hatred is palpable.]
Other Guard – We’ll double your security tonight, ma’am.
[Truck drives back to New Delphi. We see a compound at the foot of mountains with radio antennas and a few outside buildings.]
Driver – New Delphi base, this is security vehicle 259 requesting entry into northeast tunnel.
[Eightball with binoculars watches truck approach]
Eightball – New Delphi convoy, we have a visual on you. You’re clear to enter the city.
Driver – We’re bringing ’em in.
[Truck drives down a tunnel. Alex, Noma, and Pete are inside truck, along with several New Delphi security, both human and eight-ball]
Noma – Alex, what the hell is this place?
Pete – Where are you taking us?
[A very large man with a painted face silently glares at him]
Pete – We are so screwed.
Noma – Shut up.
Alex – This doesn’t make any sense. It’s the 8-balls, they’re different. Civilized. I don’t know how it’s possible.
Noma – Some lower angels are more evolved than others, but I’ve never seen them act like this before. They’re so human.
Alex – Hey.
[The truck arrives and some of the soldiers get out of the back. They push the trio out as well)
Man – Let’s go, move. Move!
Man – Get on down there.
[New Delphi is built into the heart of the mountain. There is electricity, manufacturing, commerce, a colorful mix of people and eight-balls]
Man – That’s good. Come on, come on! [indistinct chatter, machinery whirring]
Man (at a seafood market) – Oysters on the left.
[The trio is brought to Julian. He is holding court in a large open area. He is sitting on a couch with scantily clad women with teased hair and lots of make-up. The area in front of his couch is laid with a number of oriental rugs. Julian is sucking down some noodles using chop stix. He looks up from his meal when the prisoners are brought in.]
Julian – Hey. Welcome. [The dead soldier is tossed into a nearby chair.] So you’ve taken the life of one of mine. I will be needing one of yours in return. See, he’s lost the ability to breathe. He’s very still, because he’s dead, taken by a bullet from your gun. So would you like to exchange your life for his? Or would you prefer to trade one of your friends?
Pete – Why’s he looking at me, man
Noma – Pete, stop talking.
Alex – It’s not a man. It’s an 8-ball.
Julian – No, we don’t use that term, do we?
Julian’s mistress #1 (shaking her head) – Mm-mm.
Julian – You see?
Alex – What I did was acting on instinct. You have to understand that this – humans with 8-balls it’s – it’s not how it is out there.
Julian – See, that’s what makes New Delphi unique, angels and humans living in peace in our underground paradise. [kisses hand of mistress #2]
Alex – Look, we clearly have our differences, but I still believe we can help each other out.
Julian [rising from his couch] – Look, man, as you can see, New Delphi’s built on the foundation of trade. You know, give and take, barter, exchange? Human nature. You owe me a life for the one that you took. So, again, three lives. One of them belongs to me. Make the choice, or I’ll make it for you. [pauses] Okay, that guy [gestures at Pete. Guards grab him].
Pete – No. No. No! Get off of me!
Noma – Hey! Hey!
Alex – W-w-w-wait-wait! Just wait. Just wait
Julian – The decision has been made.
Alex – Gabriel is coming [Julian turns to look at Alex. Clearly that got his attention. The guards let Pete go]. He’ll be here soon. New Delphi may be built on trade, but it’s also built on a hatred of higher angels. Well, guess what. I hate them too, especially Gabriel. And I can help you get him.
[Opening music and Dominon seal with Michael and Gabriel]
[In Mallory Michael walks away from the fire and flies into the countryside. He finds an eight-ball]
Eight-ball [in Lishepus] – er, ah, archangel
Michael – Tell me about the fire.
Eightball [in Lishepus, as he backs away from Michael] – The fire? I don’t know. It a hurts when you get close.
Michael – Explain it to me. How does it hurt?
Eightball [in Lishepus] – It, burns whe, when we get close.
Michael [grabs eight-ball by collar] – On your knees. Lie down on your back.
Eightball [in Lishepus, as he complies] – Please, archangel.
Michael – How close can you get?
Eightball [in Lishepus, as Michael drags him closer to Mallory] – Please, don’t do this! Stop! I’m begging you! Curse you! Don’t take me there, please! [He screams as he bursts into flames. Michael turns and walks away. Cut to Laurel’s kitchen where she is making Michael tea]
Michael – The fire, this town I find it all hard to believe.
Laurel – And you’ve witnessed it, Michael. Our faith in God is the reason for everything. Our Father is here.
Michael – Faith is useless in this world.
Laurel – That’s not our truth. It’s clear you don’t believe in our faith. Perhaps you never will. Maybe you’re just not looking in the right place.
Michael – You don’t know anything about me.
Laurel – I know what I see, what I feel. You’re suffering. Maybe from the horrible things you’ve seen. From the horrible things you’ve done. We don’t judge here. My hope is that you’ll stay, [she puts a hand on his shoulder] and you’ll be able to heal here. But you have to learn to forgive yourself. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter where you are here or anywhere else in the world.
[Back to Vega, the prison. Zoe’s cell is opened and Claire walks inside]
Claire – Who sent you to kill me, Zoe? Five years ago, you were in the archangel corps, but you just disappeared, and no one’s seen or heard from you since. Why do this?
Zoe – Isn’t it pretty obvious?
Claire – Not to me.
Zoe – You’re the Lady of the City, the head of this rotting corpse. The V-1s are starving under your feet, living like rats in the tunnels, and you live in a palace built with their bones. You want to know why I deserted? I couldn’t stand protecting V-6 parasites like you.
Claire – Okay. [She turns and leaves as Zoe sneers, satisfied at having stood up to Claire]
[Cut to House Whele. David is nursing a drink. Claire enters]
Claire – Hey, David. I just thought I’d stop by, let you know your assassination attempt failed.
David – Am I supposed to have some idea what you’re talking about?
Claire – Last night, a V-1 posing as one of my guards attacked me. Naturally, I thought of you.
David – I’m flattered, but, Claire, killing you would be far too destabilizing in an already unstable world.
But, now you mention it, I’ve not been too happy with your leadership the past three months.
And now you’re accusing me of attempted murder instead of the V-1s? They’re the ones who hate you, Claire.
Claire – They don’t hate me.
David – Don’t they?
[Cut to an unknown facility in Vega, perhaps a warehouse. Arika and Claire are walking on a catwalk]
Claire – David’s lying, and it’s time to deal with him.
[A locked door is opened by a soldier]
Eight-ball [off screen, in Lishepus] – Give it to me.
[Claire and Arika walk in. Arika is holding a small box, like a cigar box. A female eight-ball is on the ceiling, chained around her waist].
Arika [Smiles. Eight-ball jumps down to floor. She is very Gollum-like] – Well done. This is exactly what we needed. They have this strange desire for certain items, specifically the belongings of the person they inhabit. The life they’ve stolen.
[Arika takes a necklace out of the box and holds it up. Claire is visibly uneasy with the whole thing.]
Eightball (Rose) – Give that back. Give me that. Give me. Give it to me.[Arika holds up a photo from the box] The photo that’s me. So pretty. Give it to me.
Arika – Patience, dear.
Rose (whimpers) – Give it to me.
Arika – Calm yourself. Or I’ll remove your black eyes myself.
Rose [hisses and turns away. In Lishepus] – Give me the photo.
Arika – I’m confident we can break her down, train her for our purposes.
Claire – I think this is too risky. There’s got to be another way.
Arika – Claire, what do you think David is doing right now? He’s plotting your demise. You said yourself, David needs to be silenced. It can’t be done with accusations. He needs to be branded a traitor. This is the perfect plan. It’s the only plan. And until he’s out of the way, I suggest you keep an eye on his every movement. If you don’t destroy him first, he’ll destroy you. [Arika throws the necklace to Rose, who is overjoyed. Claire is disgusted]
Claire [leaving] – Arika.
[Arika smiles wickedly as she turns to leave]
[Aerial shot of a forest. Cut to a woman walking through the forest. It is the same woman who had seen Michael bathing. She is scare. She jumps at the sound of a bird taking flight. She is attacked by an eight-ball in a mask. They fight.]
[Cut to aerial shot over Mallory. We see three large wind turbines in the foreground. Laurel is taking Michael on a tour. We see graves.]
Laurel – These four graves belong to the town’s previous leaders. They dedicated their lives to save ours. On the first day of the war, our town was passed over. The next morning, the Prophet came. He said he’d received a message from God. If we did what he said, we would be spared. He built the fire that protects us, cannot go out. And my heart tells me that, after the celebration, you’ll feel the same way that I have all these years, a sense of peace, protection from evil.
Michael – You truly believe you hear His words, don’t you?
Laurel [taking Michael’s hand] – Michael, I know that you drove the most important person in your life away because of something you did. Something tragic. [Michael is visibly shocked and pulls away his hand and walks away] It’s not my intuition. It’s our Father’s voice. That’s how I know.
[Suddenly a bell tolls and catches Laurel’s attention. Cut to the bonfire. The woman is crawling on her hands and knees.]
Wes [running toward her] – Harper? What happened to you? Where have you been? [Wes gathers her into his arms as other townsfolk look on. Michael and Laurel arrive] What is it? Come on, talk to me. What happened? Please? What’s wrong? Harper, come on. Look at me. Look at me.
[Harper looks at Michael and recognizes him. Wes sees the expression on Harper’s face and is not happy. Gratuitous flashback to Michael bathing in the ocean].
Woman – Hold on there. Harper, we’ll get you help. What is it?
Wes [looking at Harper look at Michael] – Come on, let’s get her inside. Come on. [Scoops her up and carries her away]
Man – She’s going into shock.
Man – Get the doc! Come on! Move! [Townsfolk follow Wes and Harper. Michael stands there, wondering what the hell he is going to do now].
[Arika walks into Rose’s cell holding a gun and the photo]
Rose (snarling) – Give me the photo.
Arika – Tell me your name.
Rose – Give me that.
Arika – Tell me your name.
Rose [looking at the necklace]- Rose.
Arika – Lovely. Rose, do I have any reason to fear you? [Rose looks at the gun] Say the words.
Rose – You have no reason to fear me. [chuckles. She grabs for the picture and scratches Arika badly. Arika doesn’t flinch. Rose knows she screwed up] Oops. I’m sorry. [begins crying]
Arika [calmly] – Rose, turn around and get on your knees.
Rose – Oh, don’t. I’m sorry.
Arika – Turn around and get on your knees.
Rose [complying] – Oh, please don’t! [whimpering]
Arika [puts photo in her back pocket and walks over to Rose]- Quiet now, Rose.
[As Rose shakes and sobs in fear, Arika points the gun at her head, then gently takes the necklace and places it over Rose’s head. Rose is overjoyed, clutching the neckace]
Arika – Rose, you have no reason to fear me either. Understand?
Rose – I understand.
Arika – Oh my, it’s so gorgeous on you. So much prettier than in your photo.
Rose – Oh, thank you. The photo. Can I have it?
Arika – In due time, dear. [Rose smiles]
[Cut to New Delphi, first exterior shot, then inside. Julian and guards are leading the trio further into New Delphi.]
Julian – Right this way, Alex. [He gestures to a private area but Pete and Noma are stopped from entering]
Pete – What? No
Alex – Let them stay with me.
Julian – No, no, no, no. Come on [leads Alex in].
Noma – Alex!
Julian – Let’s have fun. [Noma and Pete are led away].
[Julian’s quarters. An old silent film is being projected on a wall. Julian pushes Alex into a chair]
Julian – Take a seat, dude. Relax. “The General.” Buster Keaton. I must’ve seen this a hundred times. Have you had the pleasure?
Alex – Gabriel is coming. He’ll kill me, then he’ll kill all of you. That’s what he does.
Julian – A young railroad engineer who aspires to be a soldier decides to single-handedly save his beloved train, called –
Alex – The General.
Julian – The General, from cowardly hijackers, the underlying question throughout being, “Is this man brave or is he foolish?” And this next part is, without question, my favorite. The glorious General falling to the river below, never to ride the rails again. Now, the scene itself runs 98 seconds in length from beginning to end, [pulls knife and puts it to Alex’s throat as a guard holds Alex still] and that, adventurer friend, is the time that you have to convince me that you are brave, not foolish.
Alex – I was a prisoner in Gabriel’s aerie for three months. He tortured me. I escaped. As you can imagine, he’s gonna be really pissed. I came here for an alliance with New Delphi to help me defeat Gabriel. I want to unite the two greatest cities in the Cradle something that’s never been done since the beginning of the war.
Julian [chuckles] – Your heart is racing. You know, fear is the common cause, but lying is a close second.
Alex – Why would I lie?
Julian – To save your skin.
Alex – My skin, along with yours, will be in the hands of an archangel if you don’t take what I’m saying seriously.
Julian – You escaped from Gabriel? You can understand why I’m suspicious.
Alex – I had help. Vega dropped a bomb on Gabriel’s aerie [Julian is visibly shocked]. If you want to cut my throat, you go ahead. But I’ll die knowing that the leader of New Delphi wasn’t brave, but the biggest fool I’ve ever met.
Julian [Ponders that for a moment and then pulls away] – That’s good. Shotgun. [Guard releases Alex and goes to get the gun]
Alex – You’re not going to kill Gabriel with a shotgun.
[Julian starts loading the gun. Alex looks at the cartridges]
Alex – Empyrean steel. Impressive. Still not enough to kill an archangel. Let me come with you.
Julian [leaving] – Don’t drink all my brandy.
[Alex watches the movie and sees the train fall into the river]
[Outside New Delphi one of the scouts watches through binoculars. We see his view – it is two of Gabriel’s angels standing there near the entrance as trucks roll in]
Eight-ball Scout – Who are these guys?
Human scout – Whoever they are, they don’t have clearance to be in the security zone. Call it in.
[Gabriel comes up from behind and kills them]
Gabriel [flies over to his two angels] – Ah, New Delphi, I’d prefer to loathe you from afar. I want Alex alive. He’ll die at my hands. Understood? If you find him first, bring him to me. And by all means, once inside, keep your wings hidden. This vile city is infested with the lowest of our kind and, as we very well know, armed with Empyrean steel. [Gabriel walks up to the tunnel]
[Back in Mallory, Laurel is tending to Harper, who is lying down on a couch and unconscious. Wes is there as well]
Michael – Do you know her well?
Laurel – Harper and I grew up together. We’re like sisters. A couple of days back, she ran away.
Michael – Why would anyone want to run away?
Laurel – The Prophet left rules for us to follow. Told us Father wants the people of Mallory to live life with an open heart. We make mistakes, same as anyone, sure, but when we do, we confess. No secrets. [shot of Wes] No sins. As the leader of the town, it’s my job to take the confessions of each and every person. Harper was reluctant to reveal her secrets. I was pressuring her, and she ran away.
Michael – And now that she’s returned?
Laurel – That means she’s ready to confess, and we can all move on.
Wes – The real question is, how do you know Harper?
Michael – I don’t.
Wes – Really? You sure about that? Because she seems to know you.
Michael – I should go.
Wes – What’d you do? You put your hands on her?
Michael – No, I did not.
Wes – Right. I know a lie when I see one. [He points a gun at Michael’s forehead. Michael disarms him]
Laurel – Stop this right now!
Wes – Get off me, you son of a bitch.
Laurel – Michael, please.
[Michael releases Wes, hands the gun to Laurel and leaves]
[Outside New Delphi two scouts come across the corpses]
Scout [on walkie talkie] – New Delphi base, do you copy?
[Inside, Noma and Pete are sitting under guard. Noma sees one of the angels and recognizes him]
Scout – Alert. We’ve got two soldiers killed at their post. I repeat, two soldiers dead.
[Back in Julian’s room]
Voice on walkie talkie – Possible security breach. Two guards found dead on the perimeter. Take necessary precautions. [Alex hears that and looks concerned]
Noma [quietly to Pete] – All hell’s about to break loose. Keep your head down and don’t get involved, okay?
Pete – Get me a weapon. I’ll fight with you.
Alex – Pete.
Pete – Fine. I’ll keep my head down.
Alex – Come on, man. You heard what he said on the radio. Gabriel is here. Just give me a weapon.
Eight-ball guard to radio – Copy that.
Guard on Noma and Pete [to radio] – We’ll move the prisoners to a secure location. [They start to move Noma and Pete]
Pete [to Noma]- Get get me a weapon!
Noma – Shut up.
[One of the angels is looking at merchandise at a stand, then pulls out a knife and kills one of Noma’s guards]
Man – Knife! [Angel unfurls wings and uses them as weapon while people start screaming and running. Guard dog barks. Noma stands still]
Man – Run! It’s a higher angel!
Woman – It’s an angel! Get out of here!
[Angel walks toward Noma, who is positioning herself on higher ground to get the advantage. Angel pulls down his hood so we see his face. He grabs a knife and puts it to Noma’s throat]
Angel – Where’s Alex?
[Noma smirks and they begin fighting. She seems to have the upper hand]
Alex – Come on, man, we’re on the same side! Let’s get out there!
Guard – Shut your mouth.
Alex – You got to give me a weapon. I can help you. Gabriel is here. Come on, man. [He disarms the guard and they begin fighting]
[Back to Noma’s fight. She still has the upper hand. Cut back to Alex’s fight. He breaks the arm of the guard. Neero, the other angel, walks in. Neero kills a guard and then gets the upper hand on Alex, grabbing him by the throat].
Neero – You’re coming with me.
[Alex grabs a large knife and stabs Neero, looks at the blade, realizes it’s Empyrean steel and repeatedly stabs Neero, quite savagely. He sees Noma’s fight on one of the security monitors and leaves to help her]
[Noma is losing the fight. She is barely conscious and the other angel is standing over her, drawing his sword. Julian shoots him in the back and he falls to the ground]
Man [over the sound of an alarm] – Everybody, clear!
[Alex runs out and is relieved to find Noma is ok. Julian walks up to the angel, sees that he is still moving, and shoots him in the back again]
Gabriel [off screen] – Stop! [Julian looks up and sees Gabriel standing there. Alex and Gabriel exchange a glance]
Gabriel – Julian, perhaps we can make a trade. [Julian looks at Gabriel and Alex looks at Julian]
[Cut to Vega. Rose’s cell. The restraint is off. Rose has been cleaned up and looks more human. She is still wearing the necklace]
Arika – One more time please, Rose.
Rose – I don’t want to fight anymore. Don’t treat me this way.
Arika [Smiling at Claire, who is impressed] – Very good. Rose, darling, come over here and say hello to Lady Riesen, please. [Rose slowly walks over. Arika hands Claire a lipstick] Here, hold this. [Rose offers her lips. Claire hesitates] Go on. It’s okay. [Claire applies the lipstick to Rose. She is obviously still a bit creeped out by all this] Ask her.
Rose – How does it look?
Claire – It’s a beautiful color on you. [Rose beams]
Arika – Thank you, Rose.
Rose [turns back]- Okay. Uh, but the photo. You you promised me the photo.
Arika – Soon, Rose. Soon.
Rose – Okay.
Claire – What did you do to her?
Arika – I simply helped her understand that there’s value in cooperation with us. While she desires certain items from the woman she possessed, her main obsession is a photo of this human, a visual of the life she stole. I’ve promised Rose this photo upon her peaceful return to us.
Claire – How do we know she’s not gonna kill him?
Arika – She’ll always be somewhat unpredictable, but that’s the risk, one we have to take. [Rose is still fondling her necklace]
[Back in Mallory, Harper stirs on the couch. Tears are coming from one eye. Laurel is tenderly stroking her head. Laurel flinches at a noise. Michael walks in]
Laurel – Generator kicked out. Happens sometimes. I’ll be right back. [She leaves. Michael unfurls his wings and Harper opens her eyes. She gasps.]
Michael – I’m not here to harm you.
Harper – Who are you?
Michael – I’m the archangel Michael. Harper, it’s best you remain silent. There’s no need to fear me. In the war that rages outside this town, I’m on the side of my Father, the Father you worship. He sent me here secretly, to test the strength of you, your people. You’re very important to me, Harper. You’re meant to know me as I truly am. Father wanted it that way. But he also wishes that this truth remains between us and us alone. The lives of everyone here and the future of this town depends on it. Do you understand?
Harper – Yes.
[Michael nods. The lights come back on and he retracts his wings. Laurel enters and is surprised to see Harper awake]
Michael – I heard her wake up. She appears to be okay.
Laurel – Harper. Is that true? Are you okay? [Harper nods] Tell me. What happened?
Harper [exchanging a look with Michael] – I can’t remember.
Laurel – Harper, I’m going to need the truth at your confession. We’ll make our way to church soon. [Laurel looks back at Michael and smiles. Michael smiles uncomfortably]
[Back at House Whele]
Man on intercom – Security clearance checkpoint now in effect.
[A door opens. We see a bottle of wine and two glasses with wine in them]. It’s David’s bedroom, He walks in, removing his tie and jacket.
[A naked woman walks in. It is Rose in a blonde wig. David is stunned.]
Rose – I don’t want to fight anymore. David, I don’t want to fight anymore.
David – I’m sorry, do do I
Rose – David.
David – Listen, is, I… I
Rose – David. David I want you, David.
David [loosely embracing her]- You’re beautiful. I could eat you up. [He leans in to kiss her and she snarls, baring her teeth. He falls onto the bed] Get out! Get out! [He reaches into his nightstand for a gun and points it at Rose as she escapes via the rooftop patio and over the side of the building. We hear huckling]
William – Well, it seems you’ve underestimated the Lady of the City. [Raises one of the wine glasses in toast] This does not bode well for you. [looks up at the security camera]
David [holding his head] – Shut up! You just shut up!
[Cut to security room. Playback of the scene on the screen. Stops at a close-up of Rose’s smiling but obviously eight-ball face]
Claire – Oh, Consul Whele, how could you?
[Meanwhile, in New Delphi, security has their weapons trained on Gabriel as Julian walks over to him]
Gabriel – Julian, unfortunately, something of mine has made its way into your wretched city, and I want him back. [Julian glances at Alex] I see that you’re upset. That’s clear. Perhaps, in time, you’ll get over yours. I don’t really care. I’m not interested in a war with you, not today, anyway, which is precisely the reason why I left my glorious army of angels outside your gates. [Noma looks worried] So what do you say? Shall we negotiate?
Julian [cocking his shotgun] – I think not.
Gabriel – I see. Well, perhaps we can discuss this another time, when things have settled a bit.
Julian – Things will never settle.
[Gabriel chuckles, but his expression changes when a half-dead Neero stumbles in and collapses. Gabriel goes to him and affectionately holds his shoulder and neck]
Gabriel – Neero. You are a good soldier. I will not leave you here with these monsters. [As Noma looks on horrified Gabriel grabs the Empyrean steel blade and plunges it through Neero’s back, killing him. Pete gasps]
Pete – Dude! [Noma quiets him]
[Gabriel tosses the blade and flies off. Alex has watched this entire tableau with great interest]
[Back in Creepytown, I mean Mallory, we see the bonfire and then the interior of the church. It is just Harper and Laurel in front of the altar. Laurel picks up a lit candle and carries it over to Harper]
Laurel – Harper, the honesty of your confession will spare you any pain.
[Harper nods and holds the palm of her hand directly over the flame]
Harper – I’ve been having an affair with someone in town. A married man. I pursued him, and it’s my fault, and I’m so ashamed. That’s why I ran away.
Laurel – Go on. [Michael is standing in the doorway. Harper doesn’t say anything else] What aren’t you confessing, Harper? [Harper tries to pull her hand away but Laurel keeps it over the flame] You understand the importance of this, don’t you? You know that secrets are sins. [We see smoke coming from Harper’s hand as she whimpers with pain. She finally pulls her hand away and runs out of the church, past a stoic Michael]
[Back at Laurel’s house]
Laurel – I don’t get it. What secret is worth risking the entire town?
Michael – I’m not sure, but she seems to have made up her mind.
Laurel – It doesn’t work that way. The Prophet commanded, every five years the town has to be cleansed of all its sins. If Harper doesn’t confess, the fire will go out, and the possessed will come. I don’t want to lose her again, but I may have no choice. She’ll have to go.
Michael – There must be another way. How can one person’s confession matter so much?
Laurel – We didn’t survive all these years by compromising our beliefs, Michael. You may be struggling with your faith, but we’re not with ours.
Michael – You were right. I ruined a relationship with someone who was like a son to me. I needed him to want what I did, and it brought the worst out in me. I should have let him find his own path, his own truth. I’m sure Harper will do the same. Laurel, your faith is something I admire. It’s what compels me to stay and search for my own. Whatever happens with Harper, I’m here if you need me. [He turns to leave but Laurel grabs his hand. They linger in eye contact until Michael finally pulls away]
[Harper is leaning against a gate with her back to the bonfire. Wes walks up to her]
Wes – The celebration’s tomorrow. I need you to give your confession to Laurel, now, tonight.
Harper [crying] – I’m sorry, I can’t. Please don’t make me leave.
Wes – Harper, I love you, but I cannot let you put everyone else in danger.
[We see a cloud move past the waning gibbous moon and then hear a gunshot. Laurel and Michael walk past Wes, who is on his way to the church]
Laurel – What did you do?
Wes – I did what was necessary for the safety of this town, Laurel. I know I already confessed my sins, but now I have another one. I’ll see you inside. [Laurel and Michael both look devastated]
[Back at New Delphi, in Julian’s quarters]
Julian – I can’t form an alliance with you.
Alex – Are you kidding me? You didn’t just see what happened? He’s coming back, and next time, it’ll be with an army! Why are you doing this?
Julian – Because you are lying to me!
Alex – I’m not.
Julian – Gabriel came into my city. He came here looking for you. Because you escaped? Because you were his prisoner? Is it that simple? One more time. Is it that simple?
Alex [pausing] -No, it’s not. He wants these. [unzips his jacket and lifts off his shirt]
Pete – Nice ink. Is that a bad thing?
Noma – Shut up.
[Vega, the security center. David walks in. Claire is watching the David/Rose scene and pauses it]
David – Have you completely lost your mind?
Claire – Me? I’m not the one who appears to be carrying on a secret relationship with an 8-ball. The tape was delivered anonymously to me, and I have to say, the first time I saw it, David, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
David – This has that whore from Helena all over it.
Claire – Here’s what is going to happen over the next 24 hours. You’re gonna resign as both Minister of Commerce and Consul, and I’m gonna have all your responsibilities handled by someone of my choosing.
David – I’m not gonna let you do this.
Claire – Well, it’s done. The tape sort of speaks for itself.[Two soldiers grab David by the arms] And the entire Senate and V-6 community have seen it. The only thing that spared your life is your service to this city over the past 25 years.
Guard – Let’s go. [They drag David away]
David – You smug little bitch. You think you’re gonna get away with this? You won’t get away with this!
Claire – Bye, David.
David – Bitch!
[Back at Rose’s cell, she takes off the wig and smiles at Arika]
Rose – I did it. Give it to me. Can I have it? Can I have the photo, please? [Arika shoots her in the forehead]
[At Vega jail, Zoe is in her cell. Claire walks up and past the guards]
Claire – No, it’s fine. [walks up to bars] You know what my dad used to say to the people of Vega? Whatever hell they were going through now was only to fulfill the promise of a better tomorrow. He stole that from Churchill.
Zoe – You buy into that crap?
Claire – No. What’s happening now isn’t the promise of anything but more hell, and I can’t live with that.
Zoe – Claire, I was 13 when my family headed to Vega. Miles outside the wall, my mother collapsed. She knew she was dying, so she made me promise that I’d get to Vega, make a home there. And I have always honored that promise fought to turn this city into something that she could be proud of.
Claire – I’m ready to get my hands dirty alongside the V-1s. I want to make Vega a place where families are made and not destroyed.
Zoe – Do you know how ridiculous that sounds?
Claire – I would rather die trying to make Vega a better place than do nothing at all.
Zoe – When’s my execution? You should come with me.
[In New Delphi]
Julian [walking down a corridor] – You want something from me, Alex? Well, I want something from you, and it won’t be easy. Not all the souls in New Delphi are of sound mind, but they are our souls nonetheless. [He bangs on a metal door. Snarling can be heard on the other side] And here is where they reside. Now, there’s something in there that I want back. It’s a key of sorts, an ornate, round copper disc, with a hole dead center. You retrieve it, and we will talk.
Alex -Why are you making me do this? I’ve shown you the markings. Doesn’t mean anything to you?
Julie – I don’t care so much about what’s on the man. I care more about what the man is capable of. Now, if you’re so special, and maybe you are, then you should be able to succeed in this mission.
if you do, then I believe that two cities in the Cradle might finally find their way into an alliance.
Pete – What is this guy, Darth Vader?
Alex – Has anyone ever made it out alive?
Julian – Uh, no. [chuckles] But there’s always a first time. [Alex draws a blade] You game?