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Veritas
Directed by: Amanda Tapping
Written by: Alan McCullough

INT SANCTUARY HALLWAY

[Will rounds corner obviously agitated with Declan who is following behind him.]

WILL
Where is he?

DECLAN
Just calm down.

WILL
Don't tell me to calm down. I want to see him. Where is he?

WILL
Come on.

[Will stops at the elevator and pushes the call button repeatedly. The doors open and they enter the elevator.]

WILL
How the hell did this happen?

DECLAN
We're still piecing it together. They found him last in an alley near the shipyards.

WILL
And who found him?

DECLAN
An anonymous tip; by the time they got there it was too late.

WILL
And when did you get here?

DECLAN
This morning; Henry called, I caught the next flight.

WILL
Well, why the hell wouldn't anyone tell me as soon as...

DECLAN
You were already on your way back. You wouldn't have done any good.

[The elevator opens and Will rushes out. Will stops in front of a door and Declan moves in front and opens the door; holding it open for Will. Declan then moves to a row of cabinets and pulls one open. He pulls out a body covered by a sheet and pulls down the sheet to reveal Biggie.]

DECLAN
I'm sorry.

Will sniffs, crying.

WILL
Do we know who did this?

DECLAN
I'm still looking into it.

WILL
But you have some idea.

DECLAN
We...we should talk when you're settled.

WILL
Why? What's going on? Who did this?

DECLAN
Look, it's too early to know for sure, but so far all the evidence I've gathered points to Helen Magnus.


CREDITS

INT SANCTUARY MORGUE

[Declan replaces the sheet over Biggie, pushes the slab back into the cabinet and closes the door.]

WILL
You're out of your mind.

DECLAN
I didn't believe it either at first.

WILL
At first?

DECLAN
We ran ballistics on the bullets we pulled from the body; they came from Magnus' nine mil.

WILL
So?

DECLAN
And she had gunshot residue on her coat.

WILL
All that proves is that she fired the gun at some point.

DECLAN
And he contacted me.

WILL
Who, the big guy?

DECLAN
Two nights before he died; he was concerned about Magnus.

WILL
Concerned? Concerned about what?

DECLAN
He said she'd started to slip; mentally.

WILL
I never saw any evidence of that.

DECLAN
Yeah, well, she was hiding it.

WILL
I'm a psychiatrist.

DECLAN
Look, all I can tell you is what he told me. Apparently, it's a condition she's had for years. He found out about it recently, agreed to let it slide, but it got to a point where he thought he had to do something.

WILL
This is...this is crazy. This is Magnus we're talking about.

DECLAN
Why would he make something like that up? Will, just so you know...I have no choice but to invoke Article 9.

WILL
Wait a second. Where is she?

DECLAN
Level three isolation.

WILL
What?!

[Angry, Will leaves the room.]

WILL
She didn't do this!

DECLAN
Then she has nothing to worry about!

INT SANCTUARY LEVEL THREE ISOLATION

[Will enters a code and enters a room. Helen is sitting in the corner of the room staring out the window but rises quickly when Will enters.]

HELEN
Will...Oh, thank God.

[Helen rushes to Will and embraces him in a hug. Will is off balance at Helen's odd behavior. Will drops his arms from around her and Helen pulls back. Helen's eyes are red and puffy from crying.]

WILL
Are you okay?

HELEN
How could I be? They're telling me that I killed one of my dearest friends.

WILL
What do you mean, telling you?

HELEN
I don't remember what happened.

[Helen walks away from him and sits down on a couch.]

HELEN
Honestly, I have...I've absolutely no memory of the past week.

WILL
Well, were you injured?

[Will moves to sit in a chair opposite Helen.]

WILL
Were you exposed to something?

HELEN
No, physically I'm fine. The tox screen was negative. Someone did this to me. Someone deliberately erased my memories.

WILL
How?

HELEN
I don't know! Aren't you listening to me?

[Will stares at Helen trying to make sense of her odd behavior.]

HELEN
I'm sorry. I just...I'm just as confused as you are. Someone's trying to set me up. Someone's trying to make it look like I killed...

[Helen starts crying.]

WILL
All right, listen to me, listen to me. Okay? We're going to get to the bottom of this, I promise.

HELEN
He was one of my oldest friends, Will. You have to help me. Please?

WILL
Of course.

INT SANCTUARY CRYPT

[Sunlight pours in from the window over a wreath of flowers placed over a coffin. Henry is sitting on a step in front of the crypt, lost in thought. Kate slowly walks in.]

KATE
There you are. I've been looking all over for you. Is he, uh...

HENRY
Yeah.

[Kate sits down next to Henry.]

HENRY
We moved him over an hour ago. He always said he wanted to be laid to rest here, on the grounds.

KATE
It looks nice. You did a good job. Will's back. He wants to see us.

HENRY
You tell him to wait a bit.

KATE
He says it's important; something about Article 9.

HENRY
What?

INT SANCTUARY WILL'S OFFICE

[Kate and Henry are sitting in front of Will's desk.]

HENRY
Declan doesn't actually believe she did it.

WILL
Doesn't matter.

KATE
What's Article 9?

WILL
Ah, according to the Sanctuary charter, any time there's suspicion of wrongdoing, they refer the matter to the other heads of household for review. It's Magnus' rule.

HENRY
What the hell are we going to do?

WILL
Well, we can start by finding out who's really behind this. What do you guys know?

HENRY
Uh, big guy came to me. He said he was going to old city to meet someone.

KATE
I went to Magnus' office before bed, but the door was closed.

WILL
Come on...there's got to be somebody who knows something, some proof that she's innocent. [pause] All right, I'm going to check out the crime scene.

KATE
I'll go with you.

HENRY
I guess I should try to go through her files, see if there's anything to indicate who was after her.

WILL
Yeah, that's a good idea. You're the only guy who can do this. No one else can crack her encryption codes.

[Kate squeezes Henry's shoulder as she rises. Will and Kate leave.]

HENRY
Damn.

EXT OLD CITY ALLEY

[Will is kneeling in an alley while Kate is looking around.]

WILL
This is where they found his body. I should have been here.

KATE
You think it would have helped?

WILL
I don't know.

KATE
Come on, let's look around. Get those freaky eyeballs of yours into action.

[Will begins snapping pictures of the alley.]

WILL
Have you noticed Magnus acting strangely lately?

KATE
You're asking me? I mean, she's a weirdo pretty much all the time.

WILL
Declan said that the big guy told him that she was starting to slip.

KATE
Like Amy Winehouse slip?

WILL
I don't know if screaming at paparazzi is quite her speed. It's more like little things.

KATE
Huh...

WILL
What?

KATE
It's probably nothing. Last week she sends me this email, asked me to pick up a new intake. I go to the address, but it wasn't there.

WILL
The abnormal wasn't there?

KATE
No, like, the whole building wasn't there. The address didn't exist.

WILL
It must have been a mistake. Did you ask her about it?

KATE
Yeah, she denied ever having sent the email. Then the next day, I get another email from her with the exact same request. It was weird.

[Will's attention is drawn to something up on the wall of the building.]

KATE
And you're not listening to me anymore.

WILL
What is that?

KATE
I knew your freaky eyeballs would come up with something.

[Will snaps pictures of wires protruding out of the wall.]


INT SANCTUARY HENRY'S ARRAY

[Henry is working at his computer with Kate and Will looking over his shoulder.]

HENRY
It's a surveillance camera. The cops set up hundreds of 'em all over the city.

WILL
Well, this one was pointed directly at our crime scene.

HENRY
No scheduled maintenance. There's no reason it should be gone.

WILL
So it could have caught the whole thing.

HENRY
Yeah, well, the footage gets uploaded to the main server. I might be able to hack in and retrieve it.

WILL
Nice. That's the best news I've had all day.

KATE
I'll put the word out to some of my contacts. Maybe somebody knows something.

HENRY
Oh, hey, I managed to get into the doc's computer. Felt like crap doing it,

WILL
What'd you get?

HENRY
I'm just getting started, but I did find these.

WILL
Brain scans?

HENRY
Yeah, going back six years; Doc's been scanning herself regularly. The most recent one is two weeks ago.

WILL
Huh...

KATE
What is it?

WILL
Find that video.

HENRY
All right.

INT SANCTUARY LIBRARY

[Declan is looking at the brain scans Henry found. Will is sitting on the arm of the couch across from Declan.]

DECLAN
How did you get these?

WILL
How do you think?

DECLAN
Bloody hell.

WILL
Don't tell me you're actually buying into this.

DECLAN
What do you mean?

WILL
These scans show a pattern of deterioration lasting years. You're telling me nobody; none of us would have noticed anything?

DECLAN
Well, the big guy noticed. In fact, coming clean about it Is probably what got him killed.

WILL
Just stop it. Stop it! Magnus didn't do this! She's been set up. Somebody must have planted these.

DECLAN
Who? Who had access to her computer? Think about it, Will. Why'd she bring you onboard last year? She's never needed any help before. She was looking for someone to replace her.

WILL
This is ridiculous.

DECLAN
Look, if you can provide me with an alternate theory that works, I'm happy to listen. Until then, I got to proceed based on the evidence.

WILL
And what does that mean?

DECLAN
The other Sanctuary heads have charged me with gathering evidence against her.

WILL
What is this, a witch hunt?

DECLAN
We want to get to the truth, just like you.

WILL
After all she's done for you, huh?

DECLAN
That's not all.

[Will has turned to leave but stops.]

DECLAN
They've voted to send in a triad.

WILL
A triad?

DECLAN
A team of investigators uniquely qualified for situations like this.

WILL
And what makes them so "uniquely qualified"?

DECLAN
They're telepaths. They're going to get inside her mind.

INT SANCTUARY FRONT DOOR

[Will opens the door to reveal a woman and two men awaiting entry. Henry and Declan are behind Will as he opens the door.]

INT SANCTUARY HALLWAY

[Will is escorting the woman telepath.]

WILL
You know, I got to admit, I feel kind of...

TELEPATH 1
Invaded, compromised. It's a common reaction. People tend to feel nervous around our skill set.

WILL
Skill set. That's an interesting way of putting it. Listen, can I get you...

TELEPATH 1
No, we ate on the way here. I'm sorry, when we begin an investigation; it's really very hard not to read everybody's thoughts. You see, the first emotions we sense are often the most important.

WILL
Okay, so, um, what am I thinking now?

TELEPATH 1
That you don't even know my name, Emma Correia.

WILL
It's nice to meet you. I just wish it could have been under more pleasant circumstances.

EMMA
I've been an admirer of Dr. Magnus for years.

WILL
Oh, really? When did you meet?

EMMA
We never have. Her work saved me. I've never felt at home anywhere except the Sanctuary network.

WILL
Yeah, I know exactly what you mean.

EMMA
How's your investigation going?

WILL
Shouldn't you know already?

EMMA
Actually no, it's not an exact science, Will. The mind is tricky, and to read it takes focus, concentration, proximity, you know, and even then, a person's thoughts aren't always out there in the open. That's why there's three of us.

WILL
Doesn't it get noisy with all the, you know...

[They stop in front of the elevator.]

EMMA
Luckily, we can shield our thoughts from each other. It helps us to remain objective.

WILL
Huh...Well, just...I wish I could get Magnus to remember what happened.

EMMA
We'll be questioning her later on this afternoon. You're welcome to sit in.

WILL
Yeah. Yeah, I'd like that.

[The door to the elevator opens and Will holds the elevator and stares at Emma.]

EMMA
I'm... flattered, Will.

WILL
This is going to be tough.

INT SANCTUARY HENRY'S ARRAY

[Will enters and walks in and goes straight to Henry who is sitting at his computer.]

WILL
Is this going to upset me?

HENRY
Oh, yeah, it's bad news. You know that video you wanted me to look at?

WILL
Yeah.

HENRY
It's been deleted from the police database.

WILL
So someone on the police force is gunning for Magnus?

HENRY
Well, that's what I thought, too, so I did some digging. It turns out The chief deleted it himself.

WILL
The chief? Well, why would he do that? He and Magnus are old friends.

HENRY
Exactly, so...I hacked into his email account.

WILL
Oh, boy.

HENRY
Don't worry, it's completely untraceable, but look what I found.

HENRY
That is an email requesting the file be deleted.

WILL
From Magnus. What?

EXT OLD CITY UNDER ELEVATED RAILWAY

[A man is waiting for Kate and she walks up to talk to him.]

KATE
Okay, Remy. You got your money. Now, what have you heard?

REMY
Your boss has been very busy lately.

KATE
Meaning?

REMY
I tracked down this dealer, and he said that she bought a whack of red-list freaks last week.

KATE
Red-list? Are you sure?

REMY
Oh, yeah. According to him, she was all over the weird, creepy stuff. Stuff nobody else wants.

KATE
What exactly did she buy?

REMY
Wouldn't tell me; didn't want to rat out a client. But whatever it was, she paid a lot for it. Way over market.

KATE
That doesn't make any sense. What would Magnus want with a bunch of Red-Listers?

REMY
Nothing legal.

INT SANCTUARY LIBRARY

[Helen is sitting in chair facing the three telepaths. Declan is behind her on one side and Will is sitting in a chair beside Helen.]

EMMA
Shall we begin? I'm going to ask you to open your mind and allow us inside. Do you know why we're here?

HELEN
You're the triad, Emma. You're here to interrogate me.

EMMA
We don't want you to think of it that way. This is an important matter, but you are still innocent until proven otherwise. Now, three nights ago, there was an incident in old city. Do you remember it?

HELEN
No.

EMMA
One of your oldest friends was killed.

HELEN
I don't remember.

EMMA
Do you remember going into the alley and firing your weapon?

HELEN
I can't...I don't know what happened.

TELEPATH 2
What is your relationship like with your staff?

[Helen appears alarmed at the question.]

HELEN
I didn't do this.

TELEPATH 2
Please, just answer the questions.

[Helen has become agitated.]

HELEN
Why are you treating me like a common criminal?

EMMA
This investigation is in accordance with your charter...

HELEN
Someone did this to me, and you're all just sitting here instead of trying to find them! You're all in on this, aren't you? You've done something to me.

WILL
Magnus...

HELEN
No! No, leave me alone, all of you!

[Helen gets up out of the chair and stands away from everyone.]

HELEN
Get out of my house!

WILL
Okay, this is over. We can reconvene later.

INT SANCTUARY HALLWAY

[Will and Emma are talking; lagging behind as everyone walks down the hallway.]

EMMA
Her mind is chaotic, damaged. I've seen this type of thing before. Symptoms of advanced dementia, it makes it impossible to read her thoughts, even with basic prompts to focus them.

[Will stops and faces Emma.]

WILL
W... what does that mean?

EMMA
Telepathy is our most reliable means of investigation, but it's not the only one. We'll need to look over the existing physical evidence until we can understand why we can't read her mind. Will, I'm... I'm sorry. I know you were hoping for better news.

[Will walks away upset.]

INT SANCTUARY HENRY'S ARRAY

WILL
Hey, you wanted to see me?

HENRY
Yeah. Firewall intercepted an outgoing email.

[Henry hands Will the email.]

WILL
No way.

INT SANCTUARY HELEN'S OFFICE

WILL
What the hell are you trying to pull?

DECLAN
Sorry?

WILL
You sent an email to the heads of household requesting to be put in charge of this Sanctuary.

DECLAN
You read my email?

WILL
You're trying to discredit Magnus before the triad renders judgment because you want her job.

DECLAN
Watch yourself, mate, you're out of line.

WILL
I'm out of line? You're making an end run around her, but I'm the one who's out of line?

DECLAN
You realize what'll happen if she's found guilty? There's a list of candidates a mile long to take her place and let me tell you, none of them will be as pleasant to work for as me. For starters, they'll fire the whole staff, you included. And a year from now, if her memory clears up and she's found not guilty, I'm more than happy to step down, let her take command again. That's more than I can say for anyone else. You have no idea of the political landscape you're dealing with.

WILL
I want a copy of all the evidence you've collected so far.

DECLAN
Oh, you think I'm fabricating this, do you?

WILL
Yeah.

[Will's cell phone rings.]

WILL
Hello?

INT SANCTUARY HENRY'S ARRAY

HENRY
Hey, it's me. I got the video from the alley. It's downloading now.

WILL (on phone)
Good, we'll be right there.

INT SANCTUARY HENRY'S ARRAY

[Will and Declan are standing behind Henry looking at his computer monitor.]

HENRY
Turns out the police maintain a backup database. It's only updated every three days, so there's some lag time between the main system and...

WILL
Yeah, yeah, I... I get it. So, what do you got?

[They watch the video on the monitor which shows the empty alley.]

WILL
Can you fast forward a bit? Right there.

[Biggie enters the alley.]

DECLAN
It looks like he's waiting for someone.

WILL
Oh. There.

[A person wearing a cloak is standing with their back to the camera.]

WILL
Damn it, who is that?

[The person shoots Biggie and then kneels down beside him. They stand again still with their back to the camera.]

WILL
Aw, come on, turnaround.

[The person turns toward the camera. Helen looks up at the camera and Henry freezes the video.]

INT SANCTUARY WILL'S OFFICE

[Will is sitting at his desk idly playing with a baseball in his hand.]

WILL
Come in.

[Telepath 3 enters.]

WILL
Scofield, have a seat.

SCOFIELD
It's not necessary. I just wanted to inform you, my colleagues and I have gone through the evidence, discussed the issue at length.

WILL
Let me guess.

SCOFIELD
Dr. Magnus has a mental deficiency. She needs treatment. She's a hazard to herself and others.

WILL
She's being set up.

SCOFIELD
How can you still believe that? You've seen the video.

WILL
I don't care about the video. I don't care what anyone says, telepathic or otherwise.

SCOFIELD
I see you may not agree with our methods, Dr. Zimmerman, but I can assure you they're effective, and there's a good reason Dr. Magnus assigned this task to our kind.

WILL
So what happens now?

SCOFIELD
In the interim, Declan MaCrae will be assuming responsibilities of this Sanctuary. I know that you believe he's somehow connected to Magnus' crime, but I can assure you that's not true. I have questioned him fully and read his mind.

WILL
Yeah, well...a lot of good that did Magnus.

SCOFIELD
You know, I'm sorry that you're disappointed, doctor, but really, it's for the best. Now, Dr. Magnus will be transported first thing in the morning. I suggest you take the opportunity to say goodbye before then.

INT SANCTUARY ISOLATION 3

[Helen is agitated and pacing the room.]

HELEN
You can't let them do this to me.

WILL
We're doing everything we can to get you out of here. Henry is pulling out all the stops. Kate is talking to...

HELEN
No, you don't understand. They're all out to get me!

WILL
Who?

HELEN
Declan, and that other one, what's his name, Scofield? They're working together.

WILL
How do you know?

HELEN
Isn't it obvious? Will, they're trying to kill me! Look.

[Helen picks up a tray of food and gives it to Will.]

HELEN
Look at this. It's poisoned. Smell it.

[Will stares down at tray.]

HELEN
Smell it! They're going to destroy everything. Ashley told me.

WILL
Magnus, this has nothing to do with Ashley.

[Will sets tray on end table.]

HELEN
They killed her too! They killed my daughter!

WILL
Okay, listen to me. You're exhausted. You need to rest.

HELEN
Don't patronize me. You said you were going to help me.

WILL
I am trying to help you.

HELEN
Oh, no.

WILL
What?

HELEN
Oh, no...they got to you too.

WILL
No, look, I swear, I am fighting for you.

HELEN
You're lying! Why is everyone lying to me?

[Helen walks to corner of room and Will, feeling dejected, looks down and then keys the code to leave. Helen elbows him to the back of his head, knocking him down and opens the door and leaves.]

INT SANCTUARY HALLWAY

[Helen nears the elevator and the doors open and Telepath 3 exits.]

TELEPATH 3
Dr. Magnus?

[Helen grabs Telepath 3 and puts him in a choke hold. He passes out and Helen gets in elevator.]

INT SANCTUARY ISOLATION 3

[Will attempts to get up. Declan enters and finds Will.]

DECLAN
Zimmerman!

DECLAN (on walkie)
Henry, I need an immediate perimeter lockdown.

HENRY
Uh, yeah, you're too late.

[Henry is watching the video of Helen opening a door.]

HENRY
She's already gone.

[Helen exits; closing the door behind her.]

DECLAN (on walkie)
Fisher, take Collins and go after her.

DECLAN
What the hell were you doing here, anyway?

WILL
We were just talking.

INT SANCTUARY HENRY'S ARRAY

WILL
Where are you on Magnus' files?

HENRY
Still scratching the surface, why?

WILL
There's something in there that Declan wants. I mean, think about it. He knew exactly what he had to do to discredit Magnus, and now that she's out of the picture, he can take his time, go through the files one by one.

HENRY
Yeah, but wouldn't the telepaths know what he was up to?

WILL
Not if one of them's in on it.

HENRY
Aw, you think?

WILL
One of them could be blocking the other two from reading his mind.

HENRY
Telepathic criminal, great.

WILL
I know.

[Will's cell phone rings. He looks at display before answering it.]

WILL
Hey.

KATE
Hey, meet me at the pier in twenty.

[A dial tone is heard.]

WILL
Hello?

EXT OLD CITY PIER

[Kate is leading Will down a stairwell leading from the outside of a building.]

KATE
I had to get you out of the range of the telepaths before I brought you here.

WILL
What is this place?

KATE
Storage facility, part of the university before they shut it down. My guy swears he spotted her coming in.

WILL
Magnus?

KATE
Doc? Are you down here?

WILL
Magnus, it's Will and Kate.

[Helen swings a board at Will and Kate.]

HELEN
Ahhh.. Ah...

WILL
Hold on a second!

HELEN
Leave me alone! Stay back!

WILL
We don't want to hurt you. We're here to help you. Come on, Magnus. Now, you already knocked me out once today. One per day, that's your limit.

HELEN
Will?

[Helen drops the board and turns away distressed.]

HELEN
What's happening to me?

WILL
Magnus, let me help you.

INT SANCTUARY HENRY'S ARRAY

[Henry is working on his computer.]

HENRY
No, that can't be right.

[Henry looks puzzled at the monitor.]

HENRY
What the..? Oh, yeah? Try this one on for size.

[Henry taps keys.]

HENRY
Oh, come on.

[An encrypted file appears.]

HENRY
Oh, man.

INT STORAGE FACILITY

WILL
We're not leaving her here.

KATE
Well, you can't take her back there.

[Will's cell phone rings.]

WILL
Henry, what's going on?

HENRY (on phone)
Hey, I kind of hit the mother lode here. Where are you?

WILL
I'll be right there...

[Kate grabs Will's arm.]

WILL
What?

KATE
Hello, Mcfly? You can't go back there. The amazing Kreskins will read your mind and find out where Magnus is.

HENRY (on phone)
What's going on? H... hello?

WILL
Henry, can you meet me at Dead Bridge?

HENRY (on phone)
Yeah, why?

WILL
I can't tell you.

HENRY (on phone)
Okay, I have no idea what that means.

WILL
Good. Okay.

KATE
Smooth.

INT SANCTUARY HENRY'S ARRAY

HENRY
H... hello? Bye.

[Henry waits impatiently for file to download.]

HENRY
Come on, come on, come on, come on.

INT SANCTUARY LIBRARY

[Declan watches as Henry runs down hallway.]

EXT OLD CITY DEAD BRIDGE

[Henry and Will are sitting in van talking.]

HENRY
So I was going through her backup drive when I stumbled across a ghost directory labeled "Big Bertha." I tried to open it, and I found this.

WILL
What is this?

HENRY
Some sort of encryption cipher. Csis-level coding, so whatever's in there's got to be important.

WILL
And you think this is what Declan's after?

HENRY
I'd say it's a fair bet.

WILL
Big Bertha? Does that mean anything to you?

HENRY
No.

WILL
All right, stay on it. Let me know what you find out.

HENRY
Yeah. You got it.

OLD CITY STORAGE FACILITY

[Will returns to find Kate sitting on stairs and Helen still pacing.]

KATE
How did it go?

WILL
Good. Henry thinks he's found something, so...

[Declan and his men rush in the door with weapons drawn.]

DECLAN
Magnus!

[Kate pulls out her gun.]

DECLAN
Put it down, Miss Freelander. Right now!

HELEN
You brought them here?

WILL
No. No, it wasn't me.

DECLAN
Actually, it was.

WILL
What the hell is this?

DECLAN
I could very well ask you the same question. Dr. Magnus, you are hereby remanded into custody. You'll come quietly, please.

HELEN
No. No! No!

[Declan's men try to grab Helen's arms but she pulls away and runs stumbling into boarded enclosure. The men grab her again.]

HELEN
No! Get your hands off me! Let go of me!

WILL
Hey, take it easy!

HELEN
Let go of me!

DECLAN
She's becoming more dangerous. It's time to take extreme measures. Confine her in the SHU; maximum security.

HELEN
Will! Ow! Will!

INT SANCTUARY LIBRARY

[Will, Declan and the telepaths are all gathered.]

DECLAN
You made a very big mistake, mate. We're not the enemy. What do you know about Big Bertha?

[Will turns to look at Declan but doesn't answer him.]

SCOFIELD
Your silence won't help you, Dr. Zimmerman. You can't control your thoughts.

EMMA
Stop it, Scofield. You know as well as I do he knows nothing. Will, I can assure you there is no conspiracy here.

WILL
How do you know? You said yourself you can't read each other's thoughts, so-

SCOFIELD
We can read his, Dr. Zimmerman.

TELEPATH 3
And yours; harboring a fugitive is a serious crime under the Sanctuary Charter, Doctor.

WILL
So you want to lock me up, too? Go ahead.

[Will leaves the library and Emma follows him out.]

SANCTUARY HALLWAY

EMMA
Will, wait. Look, I want to apologize for the way Scofield treated you. You didn't deserve that. The emergence of information on Big Bertha has everybody rattled.

WILL
What the hell is Big Bertha anyway?

[Emma looks at Will uncertain and then looks at floor.]

WILL
Oh...I get it. So you get to know all my inner thoughts, but when it comes to telling me why I'm being treated like a criminal, then everything's off limits, huh?

EMMA
Look, all right...but what I'm about to tell you is heavily classified. Only a handful of people in the world know it.

WILL
Fine.

EMMA
As you know, we house many species of deadly abnormals within the network. Normally, this isn't a problem, provided certain precautions are taken. However, there are certain abnormals that are so dangerous; we simply can't risk keeping them around.

WILL
How dangerous?

EMMA
Earthquakes, mass flooding, fires, atmospheric toxins, and believe me, the list of what these abnormals are capable of goes on. Big bertha was one such abnormal. She could alter the magnetic resonance in her body to manipulate tectonic plates. The destruction she caused was unimaginable. Dr. Magnus tracked, captured, and euthanized her according to protocol, or so everybody thought, and now these files indicate that Big Bertha may still actually be alive. I'm sure you can understand how unsafe that is. Whoever controls her has the power to ransom governments, level entire cities...

WILL
Let me explain something to you. I know Magnus. I work with her every day. There's no way that she would ever unleash something like this.

EMMA
There was a time when I would have believed you without question, Will, but now I'm not so sure.

INT SANCTUARY HENRY'S ARRAY

[Will, Declan and the telepaths are gathered around Henry and his computer.]

DECLAN
I thought you said you had it.

HENRY
Yeah, I did, I just...It's a lot different with you guys standing over me like this. There. There's your Big Bertha file.

EMMA
Oh, my God. She's alive.

DECLAN
Not only that, Magnus is moving her.

WILL
Where?

DECLAN
It just says she's in a container on the Arabian Sea. Look at the latest AIS data.

TELEPATH 3
What is she thinking?

SCOFIELD
We need to mobilize the nearest Sanctuary retrieval team immediately. If Big Bertha falls into the wrong hands, it'll be disastrous.

DECLAN
I'll make the arrangements.

SCOFIELD
Still think she's innocent?


INT SANCTUARY WILL'S OFFICE

[Will is packing up his office.]

EMMA
I understand that you're leaving. May I ask why?

WILL
Don't you know already?

EMMA
You feel that remaining here will put constraints on your ability to exonerate Dr. Magnus. Will, I admire your loyalty, but there comes a time when you have to put your emotions aside and face the logic of the situation.

WILL
You think it's logical...that she would shoot her lifelong friend in cold blood, that she would lie for years about harboring a deadly abnormal, and then send it on a pleasure cruise across the East African coast? You think that's logical?

EMMA
She's sick, Will. She's not herself.

WILL
Right, I forgot; the mysterious degenerative brain disease.

EMMA
Look, I know you're hurting. I feel the same way.

WILL
Then why are you leaving?

EMMA
Well, because our work is done. The evidence speaks for itself, and...

WILL
Sure

EMMA
At least we found Big Bertha before something terrible happened.

[Will returns to packing his books.]

EMMA
Well, goodbye, Will. I'm sorry that we ended up on the opposite sides of this.

INT SANCTUARY SHU

[Will enters the observation room and looks in on Helen. She is restrained to a bed and on monitors and appears to be unconscious.]

WILL
Magnus...I don't know if you can hear me...or if you even care anymore...I just came to say goodbye. I'm sorry this happened. And I'm sorry I let you down, but I want you to know that I'm going to keep searching for the truth as long as I can. I just...I can't do it from here anymore.

[Helen starts to convulse.]

WILL
Magnus? Magnus!

[Will rushes to help her.]

WILL
I need help down here!

INT SANCTUARY INFIRMARY

[Declan is standing over Helen who is on a bed. Will, Kate, and Henry are on the opposite side of the bed.]

DECLAN
We put her in a drug-induced coma to stop the seizures. I'm afraid her condition is accelerating. It doesn't look good. I'm sorry.

[Declan walks around bed to stand before them.]

DECLAN
Now, there's more bad news. We just got word from our retrieval team. The ship we were tracking was attacked by mercenaries. By the time we boarded it, the cargo had been stolen. Big Bertha's gone.

INT SANCTUARY CRYPT

[Will is leaning against crypt.]

WILL
None of this makes any sense.

[Will notices the flowers on the floor and pushes the crypt open. No body is inside. Will flashes back:

DECLAN
They've voted to send in a triad.

EMMA
When we're beginning an investigation it's really very hard not to read everyone's thoughts.

HENRY
Telepathic criminal, great.

EMPATH 3
If Big Bertha falls into the wrong hands, it'll be disastrous.

DECLAN
So far, all the evidence I've gathered points to Helen Magnus.

Will returns to the present.]

WILL
Oh, my God.

INT SANCTUARY INFIRMARY

[Henry is sitting next to an unconscious Helen as Will rushes in.]

WILL
Where's the triad?

HENRY
They left hours ago, why?

WILL
All right, we've got to run a scan on Magnus' brain right now. Big guy's not dead.

INT SANCTUARY HENRY'S ARRAY

[The team is looking at the new brain scans.]

HENRY
This can't be right. Where's the deterioration?

WILL
It never existed. Those other brain scans weren't real.

KATE
Then why did she flake out?

WILL
I don't know, but I'm guessing she did it on purpose to conceal her thoughts from the triad. Okay, so you're Magnus, and you want to create these symptoms what do you do?

HENRY
I don't follow you.

WILL
Is there a type of abnormal that would cause her to act this way?

KATE
Ozone beetle.

HENRY
What, are you crazy?

KATE
Right there on the scan, the dark spot.

WILL
What's an ozone beetle?

HENRY
It's a bug that crawls into your brain and nests in your hippocampus, but they're...

KATE
Red-listed.

WILL
The dealer she met last week. What does it do?

KATE
It secretes this fluid that gives you this wicked high, but if you leave it in there too long...

HENRY
It causes memory loss, paranoia, increased sensitivity to light.

KATE
Which is why she hid in the basement.

WILL
Okay, we've got to get it out of her.

HENRY
All right, I'll go get a room ready.

KATE
Why would she do this?

WILL
Do you still have that email that she sent you last week?

KATE
Yeah, I think so.

[Kate moves to the computer.]

KATE
There.

WILL
Right there; she spelled "retrieve" wrong.

KATE
So?

WILL
No, Magnus is a spelling Nazi. She'd never do that.

KATE
Five minutes ago I would have thought she'd never put a bug in her head, either.

[After Will clicks on the spelling error a map appears on the screen showing tracking.]

KATE
Whoa...What the hell is that?

WILL
Africa. I think we just found Big Bertha.

EXT EAST AFRICA PORT OF DJIBOUTI

[A cargo container is being lowered to the dock. Emma is walking with some men.]

MAN 1
We took the ship yesterday. They gave up the cargo with no resistance.

EMMA
Good. We'll need to move it again to our more secure location before the Sanctuary picks up the trail.

MAN 1
There is a truck standing by.

MAN 1 (on walkie)
Ouvrez-le, vite, vite!

EMMA
Some things are simply too powerful to be left in the wrong hands.

[The container is opened and but only a small device is inside. Man 1 goes and picks up device.]

MAN 1
It's a tracking device.

[He brings the device back to Emma. Suddenly Declan appears with Will and Kate and some men.]

DECLAN
Freeze! Hold it! Don't move!

DECLAN'S MEN
Move it! Come on, let's go.

[Will walks to Emma.]

WILL
Can you read my mind now?

EMMA
Big Bertha's dead.

WILL
I'm sorry we ended up on opposite sides of this.

INT SANCTUARY INFIRMARY

[A recovering Helen is sitting up looking much better.]

WILL
Okay, so let me get this straight. You knew Emma was bad news from day one?

HELEN
Day one might be pushing it, but over the past few years, I'd noticed a series of information leaks that couldn't be traced back to the Cabal.

WILL
So you came up with this insane plan to dangle Big Bertha in front of her. Drop an ozone beetle to take yourself out of the picture. Kill the big guy, which I'm still not entirely sure about, by the way.

KATE
And not tell any of us, so that we couldn't blow your cover.

HELEN
Quite simple really.

KATE
Oh, yeah.

WILL
Yeah, yeah, it's totally simple.

KATE
Okay, so spill. What is the gag on the big guy?

HELEN
The subcutaneous facial layer of his species is four times thicker than that of humans.

WILL
The bullets didn't penetrate.

KATE
But Henry examined him. I mean, he was dead.

HELEN
In a manner of speaking; I tipped the bullets with the secretion of a Chilean Shepherd Frog. It slowed his heart enough to feign death.

WILL
Oh, my God, oh, my God, you're crazy. You're certifiably crazy. I should have let them take you away.

HELEN
Nonsense, I knew you'd figure it out. Besides, I'd left careful instructions to call the whole thing off in two days' time if things went badly.

WILL
The big guy.

KATE
Huh...

WILL
Speaking of which, shouldn't he be back by now?

INT SANCTUARY ELEVATOR

[Henry exits the elevator.]

BIGGIE
Henry.

[Henry smacks Biggie upside the head.]

HENRY
If you ever do that to me again, I will shoot you myself, you got it?

BIGGIE
Got it.

HENRY
All right, what are you standing there for? Let's go eat lunch.

[The two get back on the elevator and before the doors close we see Biggie smack Henry's head.]



THE END




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