Script for Rumours of Death by Chris Boucher

(c) 1980 by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Series created by Terry Nation. This is a complete dialogue transcript for research purposes and is not for sale under any circumstances. Format (c) 1992 by Micky DuPree.

Dramatis Personae

Kerr Avon Servalan Vila Restal Cally Del Tarrant Dayna Mellanby Orac Shrinker Chesku Sula/Anna Major Grenlee Section Leader Forres Balon Hob


Prisoner Guard Commander Rebel 1 Rebel 2 Trooper

[Avon is alone in a cell, barefoot, in prison coveralls, bearded, looking tired]

PRISONER [V.O. screams at medium distance] Oh, no, no, please! Please, no, no, no! [Shrinker enters]

SHRINKER They tell me you haven't been cooperating. AVON No? What's the matter? Did I bleed on the wrong bit of floor?

SHRINKER Good, good. AVON I'm glad you're pleased.

SHRINKER I hate to waste my time. AVON Don't let me detain you.

SHRINKER I'm a specialist, you see. AVON Oh, it's written all over you.

SHRINKER I specialize in uncooperative prisoners. AVON And you love a challenge.

SHRINKER It's good that we understand each other. AVON Your name wouldn't be Shrinker, by any chance, would it?

SHRINKER You've heard of me? AVON Ah. I knew if I held out, you would show up eventually.

SHRINKER That says more for your nerve than your brain. AVON You think so?

SHRINKER Long before I've finished with you, you'll be begging for death. Don't worry, it's sending all right. AVON What are you talking about?

SHRINKER The implant in your neck. AVON I don't know what you're talking about --

SHRINKER There is a homing device implanted in your neck. AVON How did you know?

SHRINKER We detected it as soon as we picked you up. We've been monitoring it ever since. It's been sending steadily for five days. AVON Five days? Is that how long I've been here?

SHRINKER Your friends aren't coming. AVON Oh, they are. They must.

SHRINKER An attack on this place would be suicide anyway. Is there anyone who thinks that you're worth dying for? AVON Not anymore, not since Anna.

SHRINKER Anna? AVON Dead. Anna ... is dead.

SHRINKER Do you know what this is? AVON It's a laser probe.

SHRINKER It's a laser probe. Now we're tired of waiting for your friends to come to us, so we have decided to go to them. You are going to tell me who they are and where they are. AVON I can't. Please, I can't.

SHRINKER I'm going to start by burning out your eyes. AVON Please.

SHRINKER And you're going to start by telling me your name. Now that's not too difficult, is it? Who are you? AVON Avon! My name is Avon.

SHRINKER Avon? AVON And you misunderstand about the homing device. My friends won't come while it's sending. But now I've switched it off -- TARRANT And we're here. DAYNA Still! Stand very, very still.

SHRINKER How did you get in here? TARRANT It's called a teleport.

SHRINKER You're Blake's people. AVON That's right. That's why I couldn't tell your interrogators my name. TARRANT What IS your name? You look terrible, Avon. What have they been doing to you? [Dayna takes quick aim at Shrinker.] AVON No! Don't kill him. I waited for him!

SHRINKER No. AVON He's mine!

SHRINKER No! Guards -- AVON [Chops Shrinker, who falls. To Tarrant] Bracelets. TARRANT [Puts bracelet on Shrinker. Sorry we took so long. A two-minute alert is difficult to sustain over five days. AVON I thought he'd never show up. Then I thought you'd never show up. DAYNA Well, now everyone's showing up. Get a move on. TARRANT Ready? DAYNA [Into bracelet] Go. [Explosion in corridor]

[Teleport bay] VILA You look terrible. AVON So I've been told. VILA I thought you might need this. [Hands him some green liquid] AVON [Accepts] Thanks. CALLY So you're Shrinker. He doesn't look like much. TARRANT It depends on what you paid to get him. AVON He cost me enough. CALLY Was it worth it? AVON I'll let you know.

SHRINKER What are you going to do with me? DAYNA [Smiles] He's going to kill you. [Dayna and Tarrant lift Shrinker to his feet]

SHRINKER Why me? I haven't done anything. I've only ever -- TARRANT Oh, don't tell me, let me guess. You've only ever followed orders.

SHRINKER It's true! It's true! TARRANT I believe you. Stand there. AVON Is everything ready? VILA Just as you said. I set it all up myself. CALLY Are you sure you want to go on with it? AVON Yes, I'm sure I want to go on with it. Look, Cally, I know you don't want any part of this. All right, I'm not going to give you any part of it. You're out. This is mine. I'm doing it. CALLY And what am I doing, Avon? Just following orders, like him?

SHRINKER She's right. It'd be murder. VILA Well, you should know if anyone does. AVON I'm going to get cleaned up. Will you entertain my guest? TARRANT It'll be a pleasure. [Avon exits]

SHRINKER Why? I don't even ... I never saw him before. What have I ever done to him? DAYNA You killed someone he loved. VILA And there aren't many of them about. Avon's not a very lovable man, in case you hadn't noticed.

SHRINKER Who was it? [Vila, Dayna and Tarrant circle Shrinker as they taunt him] TARRANT Oh, did they give you names when they gave you your orders? DAYNA Hm, even if they did, could you put a face to the name? One screaming face among so many screaming faces? VILA Did they beg, Shrinker? Did they plead? "No, Shrinker. Please, Shrinker"? TARRANT Can you remember how they cried, what they cried? Can you separate the voices now? DAYNA Or is it just one long satisfying scream? CALLY Stop it! Stop it! All of you! Leave him alone. TARRANT He's an animal, Cally. CALLY Yes, and it's contagious, isn't it? TARRANT Get over there and sit down.[Shoves Shrinker, who whimpers, and sits on steps] DAYNA What do you suppose went wrong down there? VILA Took longer to trap him than we expected, that's all. DAYNA No, I didn't mean the plan. I meant the whole thing. What happened to the rebellion? Why is the Earth still controlled by creatures like him?

[External of Residence One. Federation guard troup quick march in front of building.] CHESKU [Rehearsing] ... a question of leadership. The rabble which sought to challenge the established order lacked our inspiration, our unity, our leadership. They are crushed. Earth and the Inner Planets are once again united. Gentlemen, I give you a toast. Our inspiration, our unity, our leader: President Servalan. [To Sula] What do you think? SULA I think it's crude and obvious. CHESKU Thank you, Sula. SULA You asked what I thought. CHESKU Stupid of me. I should know better by now. SULA If it's any consolation to you, I'm sure Servalan will be delighted. She is, after all, a tasteless megalomaniac. [Looks at Residence One.] CHESKU I think it's rather fine. SULA You would, Chesku. CHESKU Her presidential palace. SULA A grotesque anachronism, like its owner. We could have built two cities for what it cost to reconstruct that absurdity. CHESKU You keep talking like that, you'll get us both killed. [Two troopers show up.] Yes? What do you men want? SULA I'm afraid they want your security pass and your clothes. The rabble aren't quite as crushed as your speech suggests. [She point a gun at him] CHESKU Sula ... is this some kind of a joke? SULA No, Chesku. This is no kind of a joke. CHESKU I don't understand. You're my wife. SULA That's all over now. [He bolts. She shoots him in the back.] Get him out of sight.

[Surveillance room in Residence One] FORRES Maybe we should have stopped them, sir. GRENLEE Stopped them? FORRES Councilor Chesku and his wife. Maybe we should have stopped them leaving the surveillance zone. We are supposed to watch everyone. GRENLEE That is the meaning of surveillance, yes. Have you been studying in your spare time, Forres? FORRES Sir? GRENLEE You think we should have stopped them, do you? FORRES It is standard procedure. GRENLEE For a member of the High Council there's no such thing as standard procedure. FORRES The book says -- GRENLEE Never mind what the book says, Section Leader. All you have to worry about's what I say, right? FORRES Absolutely, sir. GRENLEE Absolutely, Section Leader. And what I say is that if a High Councilor wishes to swing stark naked through the trees and spit on the surveillance scanners, then swinging stark naked through the trees, spitting on the surveillance scanners, becomes standard procedure, at least for him. Or his wife. FORRES Now there's a thought. GRENLEE Huh! Not one to dwell on, given your present rank. FORRES One law for the rich, eh Major? GRENLEE There's no law for the rich, Forres, and even less for the rich, personal friends of the President. FORRES [Puts his feet up on the console] They are only civilians, though. GRENLEE Do you want to join them? [Nods at feet] FORRES [Takes feet down] Sorry, sir. GRENLEE If you want to get on in this man's army, Forres, you've got to learn to distinguish between civilians who are and civilians who aren't. FORRES Sir. [Thinks twice] Are and aren't what, sir? GRENLEE When you know that, Section Leader, you'll be ready for promotion. FORRES I don't know that I'd want it -- promotion, I mean. GRENLEE You done the routine sweeps? FORRES All is smooth and sweatless. GRENLEE WHAT? FORRES Full sweep is negative, all systems, sir. Surveillance is clear. Function is normal. Sir. GRENLEE Better. FORRES Some days are better than others, sir. They say that where I come from, sir. GRENLEE Loudly, I imagine, on the day you left. FORRES My mother cried when I left. Thought she'd never see me again. GRENLEE Cries easily, your mother, does she? FORRES No, not really, sir. But I owed her money, you see. [Grenlee looks askance.] Oh, it's true, may I never leave this spot. GRENLEE That can be arranged, Section Leader.

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[Teleport bay. Avon enters, shaven, in usual clothes] AVON The teleport coordinates set? VILA All set. TARRANT Need any help? AVON I'll manage. [To Shrinker] On your feet.

SHRINKER No. AVON I'm tired and I hurt. It would be easier to kill you here and now. On your feet. [Points Shrinker to teleport pad] VILA Avon. [Hands him a little control box.] AVON Thanks. VILA Concentrate. He's more dangerous than he looks. AVON Isn't everybody? TARRANT Listen, you've got him on his feet. Are you sure you can stay on yours? AVON I'm touched by your concern. TARRANT My concern is that I don't find myself looking down the wrong end of your gun with him on the right end of it. AVON Don't worry. You won't. [To Vila] Put us down. [Avon and Shrinker materialize in a cave. Water drips.]

SHRINKER Where are we? AVON The bracelet. [Shrinker raises arm, Avon removes bracelet]

SHRINKER What, what is this place? AVON It's a cave. If you're thinking of running, don't. There's nowhere to go. The only way out is the way we came in.

SHRINKER You're -- you're really going to do it, then? In cold blood? AVON Executions are always in cold blood.

SHRINKER Executions, I see, so that's it, is it? Execution? Justice? AVON You tell me. [Hits the control switch. Lights come up in the cave, illuminating a large poster of a woman]

SHRINKER Well, who is she? [Avon remembers Anna, leaning on a silver lame pillow. The woman is recognizable as Chesku's wife, Sula.] ANNA Who are you? AVON [O.O.S.] Isn't it a bit late to ask that? ANNA Why do I never know what you're thinking, Avon? AVON [O.O.S.] I could never say it. ANNA Not even to me? AVON [O.O.S.] Especially not to you. [Anna smiles] [In the cave.]

SHRINKER I never saw her before in my life. I'm telling you the truth. I don't know who she is. AVON Anna Grant. Her name was Anna Grant.

SHRINKER It means nothing. You, you've got to believe me. AVON Oh, I do. It's been several years. You must have killed hundreds since you tortured her to death.

SHRINKER All right, yes. I've killed hundreds -- and remembered them all, all of them, every last whining traitor. And there wasn't one that died without telling me what I wanted to know. Not one. AVON Professional pride?

SHRINKER If you like. AVON Not much, no.

SHRINKER I never saw your woman. AVON You were looking for me. She knew where I was. [Again, Avon's memory, of Anna.] ANNA This man you're buying the exit visas from ... do you trust him? AVON [O.O.S.] Trust him? Of course I don't trust him. ANNA Well then? AVON [O.O.S.] Trust is only dangerous when you have to rely on it. ANNA That's very profound, my love. AVON [O.O.S.] As long as I know I can't trust him there's no problem. ANNA Do you trust anyone? Do you trust me? AVON [O.O.S.] Oh, yes. I'm afraid I do. [In the cave.]

SHRINKER Why were we looking for you? You hadn't joined up with Blake. Not then. Not here on Earth. AVON I'd found my way around the security programs in the banking computers. I was about to undermine confidence in the entire Federation credit system. Anna and I were going to be so rich that no one could touch us. And we were almost there.

SHRINKER You were never even close. I remember you now -- you're Kerr Avon, the great bank fraud. AVON That's what I just said.

SHRINKER Bartolomew was running you. AVON Running me?

SHRINKER Central Security -- Bartolomew was their best agent. They were on to you from the start. But they were convinced that you were political, so Bartolomew stayed close and let you run. Anyone that you so much as looked at was marked for collection. AVON You expect me to believe that?

SHRINKER You, you dropped out of sight, after you killed the man who was supplying you with exit visas. I'm right, aren't I? AVON I was shot. I was stupid enough to let him fire first.

SHRINKER Once Bartolomew lost sight of you, all your contacts were pulled in. AVON So. You remember her now.

SHRINKER No! That's just the point! I never saw any of them! It was Bartolomew, he was in control. I didn't kill her. Bartolomew did. [At the perimiter, Sula and rebel jam surveillance camera. Sh motions, several more run up a stream bank.]

[Surveillance] GRENLEE Well? FORRES Everything's out in that section, sir. Visual, audio, electromagnetic -- they're all out. GRENLEE Breakdown or sabotage? Well, what is it, Forres? FORRES I'm not sure, sir. GRENLEE Being sure is what you're paid for, Forres. Would you rather be back on foot patrol? FORRES Breakdown. I'd say it was a breakdown, sir. All the equipment hasn't been fully tested yet. [Grenlee grunts] Why sabotage a small section like that, anyway? [Grenlee opens a comm link.] GUARD [V.O.] Guard Commander. GRENLEE [Into comm] Major Grenlee here. GUARD [V.O.] Yes, Major? GRENLEE Get a squad out to section -- FORRES Six one delta zero. GRENLEE -- six one delta zero. We have a surveillance malfunction. I want to know why. GUARD [V.O.] Right sir. GRENLEE And Guard Commander? GUARD {V.O.] Sir? GRENLEE At the double and alert. GUARD [V.O.] Naturally sir. [Breaks link] GRENLEE "Naturally sir." I only wish it was. [To Forres] Are all the others clear? FORRES All functioning normally. It's just that one. Shall I seal the perimeter? GRENLEE No! FORRES Standard operating procedure, sir. GRENLEE I don't give a damn if it's Holy Writ. You don't seal the perimeter on the day the President's giving her first official reception in her new residence. Not unless you'd like to explain to her that the guests couldn't get through because we had a faulty microcircuit. FORRES There are worse things than foot patrol, sir. GRENLEE Oh, there are indeed, Section Leader. And if we interfere with that reception, we'll get to know most of them -- intimately.

[Servalan and guard in a formal dining room, with a very long table fully set for a banquet.]

SERVALAN Excellent. My other guests will be arriving in about four hours. I trust everything will be ready for them? [Servalan exits banquet room. In corredor, speaks to another guard.]

SERVALAN My compliments to Councilor Chesku. Ask him to check the seating arrangements in the banqueting hall before our meeting. [Guard nods, turns upstairs] [ Servalan enters office. At her desk, she stabs commlink.] GRENLEE [V.O.] Surveillance. Major Grenlee.

SERVALAN I take it surveillance and perimeter security have been fully briefed on the guests I'm expecting, Major. GRENLEE [V.O.] Yes, ma'am. Everyone's fully briefed.

SERVALAN Any problems? GRENLEE No, ma'am. Everything's normal. No problems, ma'am.

SERVALAN [V.O.]Good. Keep it that way, Major. [Breaks link]

[In survellance] GRENLEE Where the hell is that squad? [Fed guards find jamming gear. Rebels drop from trees and take squad out. Sula shoots one in the back] SULA When you've stripped them, make sure the bodies are well hidden. [To Balon] Balon. You know what to do. [Hands him the squad leader's communicator. He faces surveillance camera]

[In surveillance] FORRES We can't wait any longer. We must seal the perimeter. It's taking too long. Something has happened to that squad! GRENLEE All right. Status One alarm. Seal the perimeter. BALON [Over video, distorted, coming into focus] Surveillance. Surveillance, do you read me? Surveillance. Surveillance, do you read me? GRENLEE We read you. What happened? BALON You aren't going to believe this. [Holds up a dead squirrel] It was building a nest in the microwave transmitter. FORRES That's why nothing got through to us. I told you that was the weak point in the system. GRENLEE All right, Forres. [To Balon] Well done. You and your men can get back now. BALON Right, sir, but, uh, with your permission, we'd like to make a quick sweep beyond the perimeter, now that we're here. GRENLEE Oh, very well. Out. [Balon breaks link] Section Leader Forres? FORRES Sir? GRENLEE If you ever panic like that again, I'll see you are busted so far down you'll be saluting civilians. FORRES Sir.

[At the perimeter] SULA Well done, Balon. Get some rest. We start the second phase in two hours.

[In the cave]

SHRINKER I've told you over and over and over again. Why won't you believe me? AVON All right. Let us assume that I do believe you. Who is Bartolomew? Where do I find him?

SHRINKER What's in it for me? AVON A way out.

SHRINKER I don't trust you. AVON That's your problem.

SHRINKER Why should I trust you? AVON I'VE got the gun.

SHRINKER Bartolomew was just a code name. AVON Yes?

SHRINKER Well, I'm not sure who he was. AVON End of conversation.

SHRINKER No wait! Don't shoot! Bartolomew w-was Central Security's top agent. AVON So you said.

SHRINKER No one knew who he was. That's why no one was safe from him. He was free to hunt anyone in or out of the service. Bartolomew could be watching you, and if he didn't like what he saw -- AVON Paranoia is the occupational hazard of the torturer.

SHRINKER Bartolomew was real. AVON WAS real?

SHRINKER One of the first targets of the Rebellion was Central Security. That was where they made their mistake. They were obsessed with revenge. By the time they'd finished kicking the corpses, they, they'd lost their chance, and the, the President had regrouped her forces. AVON Are you telling me that Bartolomew was one of the corpses they were kicking?

SHRINKER Well, no! At least I don't think so, I mean, if I escaped, why shouldn't he? AVON You're wasting my time, Shrinker. "Ifs" are no use to me or to you, either.

SHRINKER No, wait, PLEASE! I've got a name. AVON A name?

SHRINKER I had to question a controller from Central. When I was with the rebels ... AVON [Laughs] So that's how you escaped. And when the rebels lost, you changed sides yet again. No one could accuse you of being doctrinaire, could they? Why didn't the controller recognize you?

SHRINKER Why should he? The elite from Central didn't mix much with members of the interrogation division. AVON Their fastidiousness did them credit.

SHRINKER Well, somebody's got to do the lousy jobs! AVON Life is cruel, isn't it? Spare me the rationalizations. Just give me the name.

SHRINKER Councilor Chesku. AVON The controller told you that that was who Bartolomew was?

SHRINKER Well, not exactly. AVON Well, WHAT exactly?

SHRINKER Well, I, I, I'd finished questioning him -- he, he was dying -- and suddenly I got curious, so I hit him with one last order: Identify Bartolomew. And HE said: "Councilor Chesku is still -- " and th-then he died. AVON Chesku ...

SHRINKER He's one of Servalan's closest advisors. She'd know the answer, I mean, why don't you ask her? AVON I might just do that. [Into bracelet] Are you ready to bring me up? VILA [V.O.] Ready when you are. AVON Stand by.

SHRINKER Uh, we had a deal. AVON Did we?

SHRINKER A way out. You promised me. AVON Oh, and I'm a man of my word. In the end, that's all there is, really. [Tosses the gun on the ground]

SHRINKER What's that for? AVON That's your way out. It's a better deal than you gave any of your victims. [Into bracelet] Bring me up.

SHRINKER No, we had a deal. [Avon teleports.] That isn't what I meant. That isn't fair. It isn't fair!

[Teleport bay. Avon materializes. Tarrant trains gun on him. Avon holds his hands up till Tarrant holsters] TARRANT You took your time. AVON It was necessary. TARRANT Is it done? AVON Yes, but it isn't finished. VILA Wonderful. Who's next on your list? Servalan? AVON [Inserts key] Orac. ORAC What is it now? AVON Gracious as ever. Orac, I want you to interrogate the Federation Security computers and get me Servalan's present location. VILA I was joking, Avon. AVON Then I want your best strategy for reaching her. ORAC You wish to communicate with her. AVON Face to face with a gun in my hand. TARRANT And a hole in your head. Have you gone completely mad? AVON Possibly. How long, Orac? ORAC I will inform you when I have the necessary data. AVON Good. VILA Don't we get a say in this? AVON By all means. Say away. Oh, Orac! ORAC Yes? AVON Check on a Councilor Chesku at the same time. I want to know where he is, too.

[In Servalan's office. Into comm.]

SERVALAN It is the duty of surveillance to keep track of everyone. GRENLEE [V.O.] Councilor Chesku and his wife left the perimeter some time ago, ma'am. They were taking the air.

SERVALAN "They were taking the air." You let them leave. GRENLEE We had no authority to stop them, ma'am. But they were accompanied. Two troopers were following them, ma'am, at a discreet distance, of course.

SERVALAN Find them. Bring them here. Convey my compliments to the Councilor, and assure him that I am certain he has an excellent reason for keeping his president waiting. GRENLEE Yes, ma'am. [Breaks link] Some days are better than others. Thank the stars that squad is still out there. FORRES I hope the Councilor's wearing fireproof underwear. GRENLEE If I were him I think I'd keep on going. [Into comm] Squad Leader, Squad Leader, this is surveillance, do you copy? Come on, man, come on. [To Forres] I suppose they are still out there? FORRES Absolutely, sir. They definitely haven't come back across the perimeter. GRENLEE I'll have that Guard Commander on a charge. If his men were any slacker you'd have to pour them into uniform. [Into comm] Squad Leader, Squad Leader, this is surveillance, do you copy? [V.O. Over comm] Squad Leader, Squad Leader, come in, please. [Outside Residence. Balon and Sula listen to comm] BALON [Into comm] Surveillance, this is Squad Leader. GRENLEE [V.O.] Have you seen Councilor Chesku and his wife? BALON Yes, sir. We passed them about, uh, ten minutes ago. GRENLEE [V.O] Get back to them and remind the Councilor that he's late for a meeting with the President. You might tell him that she's not exactly overjoyed about it. BALON Right, sir. GRENLEE [V.O.] At the double, Squad Leader. Out. SULA Perfect. Get to your positions. And good luck. [The "troopers" get into formation. She checks her watch. Speaks to man dressed as Chesku] All right. Let's go.

[Surveillance. Forres and Grenlee watch monitor] FORRES Here they come. [Grenlee opens a comm link.]

SERVALAN [V.O.] Yes? GRENLEE Councilor Chesku's on his way, ma'am.

SERVALAN [V.O.]Very well. [Link breaks] FORRES I'll say he is. Look, he's starting to run. [Grenlee laughs.] Go on, Councilor! GRENLEE Yeah, it's a race. Come on, Councilor, you can do better than that. FORRES If it wasn't free, you'd pay to see it, wouldn't you? Look at him go. GRENLEE Oh, dignity, Councilor, at all costs dignity. FORRES My money's on the woman. Look at that movement. I had a feeling she'd be athletic. Every part a moving part. GRENLEE Yes, all right, Forres. Back to work while you can still see. FORRES Sir! [More men are visible on the monitor] GRENLEE What is it? FORRES We're under attack! [Alarms sound. Explosions, shooting, several Fed guards go down. Sula and two men enter Residence One. Sula and co. run to surveillance, break in, shoot Forres and Grenlee. A rebel turns off the alarm. They leave and shut the door behind them. Grenlee crawls to Forres] GRENLEE Forres. Forres. [Flips him over] Some days are better than others, Section Leader.

[More fighting outside Residence]

[Sula tries Servalan's door. It's locked.] SULA Break it down. [Two rebels break the door down. Servalan moves from behind her desk]

SERVALAN I take it these creatures belong to you. [A rebel chops her to the floor. Sula points gun at her] SULA That's right, Madame President. And they want you to resign.

[Liberator's teleport bay] TARRANT [V.O.] You can tell Avon the new orbit is now confirmed and steady. Green on all systems. DAYNA [Into comm] Right. [To Avon] You heard that? [Avon nods.] Are you really going through with it? AVON I made a promise. DAYNA To Anna? AVON To me. DAYNA So what are you going to do? Stick a gun in Servalan's ear and say, "Give me Bartolomew or I'll blow the top of your head off"? AVON Something like that. DAYNA And if she doesn't? AVON I'll blow the top of her head off. DAYNA [Smiles] Yes, I believe you would. AVON So will she. [Inserts key] Orac, have you got it yet? ORAC An examination of the plans contained in the main security computers indicates that there is no safe place to teleport within that defense perimeter. AVON Outside it then? ORAC To cross it undetected would be impossible. AVON I'll take your best option within the perimeter. ORAC Very well. I will set the teleport coordinates. I would, however, strongly advise waiting until dusk. DAYNA Why not full dark? ORAC Despite all efforts to eliminate this weakness, dusk and dawn remain the human being's most vulnerable times. Therefore, insofar as the security system contains human components -- AVON All right, Orac, we get the picture. ORAC -- it will be at its least efficient at these times. AVON You know Orac's main drawback? DAYNA He's too useful to destroy. AVON Irritating, isn't it?

[Outside Residence, bodies are being dragged away]

[Servalan's office. Sula sits behind the desk] SULA She's useful. HOB The men want her killed. SULA Really? HOB Yes, really. The men want her killed now. [Bangs the desk] SULA I'm not deaf, Hob. HOB Just not listening, is that it? I'm not fighting my own men to protect Servalan. Or to protect anyone else, for that matter. D'you understand me, Sula? SULA Perfectly. HOB You see, I know which side I'm on. SULA Meaning what, exactly? HOB Meaning I've never been a member of the senior echelon. I have no problem understanding how the men feel. I've never eaten at Servalan's table. SULA [Laughs] I wouldn't let that bother you. I'm sure your exception from the guest list was an oversight rather than a deliberate insult. HOB Don't patronize me, Sula. SULA Then stop talking like a fool. Do you seriously imagine I have any personal regard for that woman? Doesn't it occur to you that I might hate her more than any of you precisely because I do know her? HOB So let's cut her throat and be done with it. SULA She is more use to us alive. HOB The men don't think so. SULA The men don't think at all. HOB Maybe not, but they do fight and they do die. And that isn't something that's new to them. SULA Now you're patronizing me. HOB We didn't fight to put you behind that desk, Sula. [Sula stands] SULA It was my planning that got us here, Hob. Without me, you and your men would still be skulking around the wastelands. You seem to have forgotten that rather quickly. HOB Did you expect gratitude? SULA I expected to be listened to. HOB Sula, we've WON. SULA Not yet! HOB Servalan IS the Federation. Kill her and it's over. SULA You're not really that naive, are you? HOB I'm speaking for the others. It's what they believe. SULA And you? What do you believe? HOB I believe we're lost unless we stick together. If killing Servalan is what it takes, then she's more use to us dead. SULA Alive, Servalan can order her forces to disarm. Alive, Servalan can announce that she's standing down in favor of the People's Council, which you and the others will lead. Alive, Servalan can hand over power. Dead, she's just one more corpse. Haven't we got enough of those? HOB We're clearing them away now. SULA That's not what I meant. HOB You think she'll actually do all that? SULA I think she could be persuaded. HOB How? SULA I imagine that between us, we could think of a way. HOB You'd have to persuade the men, first. SULA Will you back me? HOB Yes. You've been right so far. SULA Good. Get the men together. We'll talk to them. HOB Where? SULA In the banqueting hall. HOB All right. [Exits] SULA An appropriate place to whet the appetite of the People's Council.

[In Surveillance. Guard is dragging Forres out into hall] HOB Get a move on with that. Sula wants to talk to us about the next phase. [Closes the door. Grenlee, in pain, staggers into room, leans over comm panel] GRENLEE [Into comm] This is Major Grenlee on emergency band seven. Residence One to Command H-Q. Do you copy? We need help. Do you copy?

[Avon stands behind the bracelet rack in the teleport bay. He 'hears' Shrinker's voice, and 'remembers' Anna, as though thru a reflective tube. Anna lifts glass of red liquid in toast to Avon]

SHRINKER [V.O.] Bartolomew was running you. Anyone you so much as looked at was marked. Bartolomew stayed close ... let you run. [Rhyming shot with Anna in the cell., echoes the first time we see Avon. ]

PRISONER [V.O. Screams at medium distance] No, no, please. Please, no, no, no! [Avon, caught up in his reconstruction, suddenly draws his gun] ORAC The optimum time for teleport will be in precisely one minute and forty-three seconds. [Crew enters teleport bay, strapping on guns, selecting bracelets.] TARRANT Good. Let's get on with it, then. [Crew position themselves on teleport pad, guns drawn] VILA Uh, I'll operate the teleport. A visit to Servalan appeals to me rather less than going bald, or breaking both legs. AVON I'm going down alone. TARRANT Not this time. AVON This has nothing to do with you -- any of you. TARRANT That's true. DAYNA On the other hand, you are something to do with us. CALLY We've talked about it and discovered we care what happens to you. TARRANT Within reason, of course. DAYNA We're as surprised about it as you are. VILA Not to mention, embarrassed. AVON I stand a better chance alone. TARRANT No you don't. Are you coming? DAYNA We'll try not to get in your way. CALLY What's the matter, Avon? Are you afraid of witnesses? ORAC If you are going at all, now is the optimum time. AVON [Draws gun. Steps onto teleport pad.] Put us down.

[They materialize at the perimiter, where Sula and co. recently killed several guards. Dayna discovers a body, and calls to Avon, who is moving towards the Residence] DAYNA Avon! He's been shot. Not too long ago. TARRANT Probably forgot to salute. [Into bracelet] Vila. [Avon moves off.] VILA [V.O.] Yes? TARRANT [To the others] Get after him. [Into bracelet] Vila. VILA [V.O.] Still here. TARRANT Make sure you stay that way. I think we've walked into a revolt. VILA [V.O.] You're among friends, then. TARRANT Avon may not see it that way. Stay awake. VILA [V.O.] Of course. TARRANT And sober. [Breaks link] VILA That was uncalled for. [Pours a drink] I only drink to be sociable. Cheers, Orac.

TARRANT [Gruffly, to attract attention] Hey! [Cally, Dayna, and Avon each club a guard. Tarrant makes a gallant bow. They enter the hallway. Voice from the banquet hall is audible] HOB [V.O.] Listen. Listen! Sula's right. Servalan's main forces don't even know we're here. Why throw away an advantage like that? [Avon, Dayna, Cally, Tarrant approach banguet room door] SULA [V.O.] You have to make up your minds. Do you want victory, or do you want revenge?

[Avon and Tarrant move off] REBEL 1 [V.O.] We want both! REBEL 2 [V.O.] Yes!

[Avon and Tarrant break into Servalna's empty office, and leave. They break into Surveillance. Avon savagely shakes Grenlee in his chair.] AVON Hey! Wake up! [Grenlee groans throughout.] Where is Servalan? Where is Servalan!? TARRANT Easy, man, you'll kill him! [Removes Avon's hands from Grenlee's shoulders] GRENLEE I don't ... TARRANT Major. GRENLEE Wha-- TARRANT Major, where are they holding the President? GRENLEE I, I think below ... TARRANT If we help you, can you show us where? [Grenlee groans and discovers blood.] Yes, Major, you're dying, but that's what you're paid for. Now the President's life is at stake. Can you take us to her? [Avon stares at Tarrant] GRENLEE I'll ... try. TARRANT Good man. Take his other arm -- "Section Leader." AVON Yes "sir."

[Avon and Tarrant stagger into hall, supporting Grenlee. In cellar, camera pans around to Servalan, slumped down on floor, arms chained to wall and above her head, dress torn, face and neck bruised. Avon, Grenlee and Tarrant stagger down the stairs] TARRANT Gently, Major. GRENLEE [Weakly]Be all right ... in a minute. TARRANT Take your time. AVON But not too much of it. TARRANT Odd feeling. AVON Mm? TARRANT Place feels old. Do you suppose this part's original? Genuinely pre-atomic? AVON Possibly. Does it matter? TARRANT Obviously not. [Avon lets go of his half of Grenlee.] Oh, Avon -- it's all right, Major, I've got you. Avon, you really are a prize -- [Puts Grenlee down. Avon finds Servalan] AVON Yes, I really am. So shut up and let me do what I came to do.

SERVALAN I might have known you were behind all this. AVON You flatter me.

SERVALAN Go to hell, Avon. AVON Probably. But I'd like some information first.

SERVALAN In exchange for what? A quick death? AVON THAT is the reward for silence.

SERVALAN I've had worse offers. AVON Tell me what I want to know, and I'll get you out of here.

SERVALAN Yes? AVON What's the matter with you, Servalan? I'm offering to set you free. TARRANT You're offering to let her go. That's not the same thing. AVON What are you talking about? TARRANT I'm talking about the President of the Terran Federation, Ruler of the High Council, Lord of the Inner and Outer Worlds, High Admiral of the Galactic Fleets, Lord General of the Six Armies, and Defender of the Earth. AVON Get to the point. TARRANT The point is, that a few dozen guerrillas walked in, killed her guards, beat her up, and then chained her up. You want to set her free? Convince her that it didn't happen. AVON She's been a prisoner before. TARRANT Yes, but in her own palace, on Earth, in what should be the center of her power? AVON [To Servalan] Is that it? Have you finally lost your nerve? [Roughly grabs her neck] Have you murdered your way to the wall of an underground room?

SERVALAN It's an old wall, Avon, it waits. I hope you don't die before you reach it.

[Cally and Dayna outside the banquet room, listening] SULA [V.O.] Then we're agreed? Then bring Servalan to me. You'll see. She'll do everything we say, and that, my friends, is real revenge.

[In cellar]

SERVALAN Why should I tell you anything? What can you threaten me with? AVON [He picks her up, rather ungently, considering her bruises.] I spent some time with your interrogators.

SERVALAN It's too late for that, Avon. TARRANT Your dead major there might have given the alarm. Help could be on the way. Don't you want to be alive when they get here? AVON And unchained? [She holds out a manacle for release. He smiles and shakes his head no.] Who is Bartolomew?

SERVALAN Why? AVON Tell me who.

SERVALAN Tell me why. TARRANT He killed someone. A girl. Anna Grant.

SERVALAN ANNA? [She smiles.] Release me. I'll tell you anything you want to know. [Avon starts to comply, but they hear someone approaching on the stairs and duck for cover.] [Sula spots the dead major and draws her gun.] TARRANT That's far enough. [His gun is at her head. She moves] Don't. [She puts the gun in her jumpsuit's leg pocket.] AVON Hello, Anna. ANNA Avon. [Tarrant retreats.] Avon ... Avon! Oh! I was afraid they'd kill you. I heard there was someone with Blake, but I didn't know for sure, and I didn't dare let myself hope. Oh, Avon, Avon. [Kisses him twice, but he doesn't help.] Why didn't you come back for me? What's the matter? AVON I didn't come back, because you were dead. [Cally enters and gets the high sign from Tarrant. She holsters.] ANNA Well, as you can see, I'm not. AVON As I can see. ANNA You don't seem very pleased about it. 'Course, it's been a long time, I suppose there's someone else, is that it? Is there someone else, Avon? AVON No, no, there's no one else. ANNA What then? What's wrong? [Move to kiss him] Why won't you touch me? AVON Perhaps because I can't believe that it's you. ANNA Have I changed so much? AVON I don't know. Have you, Anna? ANNA Not the way I feel for you. Nothing's changed since you left me. There hasn't been one single moment when I wasn't alone, I want you to know that. You must see that. Avon, look at me. Look at me.

SHRINKER [V.O.] Anyone you so much as looked at was marked for collection. AVON How did you get away, Anna, that last day, the day I got myself shot? How did you get away? ANNA I waited for you, and when you didn't come back, I ran.

SHRINKER [V.O.] Bartolomew was running you. AVON Where to? Where did you run to, Anna? Not to your brother. He thinks you're dead. Who hid you, Anna? ANNA My husband. I didn't love him, he knew that. There was only you. But he wanted me and I was afraid.

SHRINKER [V.O.] Bartolomew stayed close and let you run ... close and let you run ... close and let you run. AVON [whispers]He ... wasn't Bartolomew, was he?

SERVALAN No, he wasn't. Not even Chesku knew who Bartolomew was. But you do, don't you Avon? [Anna goes for her gun.] CALLY [O.O.S.] Avon! AVON [Wheels and fires. She falls and he catches her, sinking to his knees, cradling her.] At least that was honest. ANNA I knew when you found out, you would kill me. AVON Unless you killed me first. ANNA Huh. We were well matched, Avon. AVON You weren't even real. Bartolomew, Central Security's best agent, one of your colleagues told me that. ANNA Anna Grant. I was only ever Anna Grant with you. AVON Of all the things I have known myself to be, I never recognized the fool. ANNA 'Twasn't all lies. I let you go ... my love. [Dies] AVON [Kisses her temple] Oh, no, you never let me go. You never did. [Sets the body down. Removes his bracelet and drops it on the floor]

SERVALAN Can you convince yourself that that didn't happen, Avon? [Avon stands, fires his gun at the eyebolt holding Servalan's chains, freeing her]

[Upstairs, in a darkened corridor, Dayna with gun drawn. Fed troops enter, and Dayna shoots] TROOPER [V.O.] Attention in the house. You are surrounded. Throw down your weapons and come out. DAYNA [Into bracelet] Stand by, Vila.[Runs down corredor] TROOPER [V.O.] You are surrounded. [Alarm sounds.] Throw down your weapons and come out. [More troops appear]

[Teleport desk] VILA [Into comm] Are you ready to come up? Is that what you said?

[In cellar. Avon kneels still by Anna's body] TARRANT Looks as if he did get through. CALLY Avon, we've got to get out of here. DAYNA [Runs down the stairs] Time to leave! TARRANT [V.O.] Vila. Vila, can you hear me? VILA [Into comm] Teleporting now. [Cally, Dayna, and Tarrant materialize on teleport pad] CALLY You idiot, Vila! VILA What do you mean "idiot"? That was a very fast pickup. Where's Avon? DAYNA Exactly! TARRANT Put me back down. VILA Outside the house, like before. CALLY Put me back where you just took us from. VILA Uh, well, I can't. The output coordinates are still set. CALLY Well, didn't you check the input coordinates as we came up? [Cally strides to the desk] VILA I, I forgot. DAYNA He forgot! Well, put me down outside the house. CALLY Oh, don't be stupid, Dayna. It'll be crawling with Federation troops by now. This'll take at least two minutes to calculate.

[In the cellar, Servalan now has Sula's small gun trained on Avon. He is again kneeling by Anna, his hand covering hers]

SERVALAN Avon. AVON You really think I care?

SERVALAN Put the bracelet on. AVON Why?

SERVALAN Just do it. [He does. She walks around him, strokes his cheek with Anna's gun.] I'm going to send your friends a corpse. Tell them to bring you up. AVON [Into bracelet] Liberator. Bring me up. HOB Sula! Sula! [Servalan shoots Hob. Avon teleports.]

[Avon materializes, kneeling, on the teleport pad] AVON Servalan was planning on sending you a corpse. VILA [Hands him a drink] Corpse reviver? AVON [Drinks it] But, "The rumours of my death -- " TARRANT " -- have been greatly exaggerated." AVON Well, slightly exaggerated, anyway.

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