Script for The Way Back by Terry Nation

(c) 1977 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

Roj Blake Jenna Stannis Vila Restal Bran Foster Ravella Dal Richie Dev Tarrant Ven Glynd Doctor Havant Alta Morag Arbiter Clerk of Court Computer Operator Guard Tel Varon Maja


Public address Public address (male) Assorted rebels Trooper Female prisoner

  • ? = unintelligible

P.A. Attention. Level thirty-eight walkways will be closed for one hour. Level thirty-eight cardholders must report to Central immediately.

RAVELLA Roj. BLAKE Ah, Ravella. RAVELLA Did you have any trouble? BLAKE No. RAVELLA You followed the route I gave you? BLAKE Yes. Can we get on with it please. RAVELLA Come on. P.A. [In the background, mostly unintelligible] *? engineering of the new *? of the new discovery *? RAVELLA And eating and drinking -- you've managed to do without? BLAKE Well, since you were so insistent I've done without food or drink for thirty-six hours. RAVELLA How do you feel? BLAKE Hungry and thirsty, of course. RAVELLA Nothing else? BLAKE Ravella, is this some kind of practical joke? RAVELLA It's no joke.

P.A. The President will be answering questions about new population control *?measures

RAVELLA All our food and drink is treated with suppressants. Going without for a day and a half, they should be wearing off. BLAKE [Laughs] Not that again.

[Richie kisses Ravella on the cheek.] RAVELLA Dal Richie, Roj Blake. RICHIE Been looking forward to meeting you. I hear your family settled on the Outer Planets? BLAKE Brother and a sister on Ziegler Five. RICHIE You hear from them much? BLAKE I get vistapes a couple of times a year. Look, what is this? I was told you had some news about them. RICHIE No, not me. The man we're going to meet. He especially asked us to contact you so he could tell you in person. He was on Ziegler Five a few months ago. BLAKE Where is he now? RAVELLA Waiting for us. Outside. BLAKE Outside? RICHIE Don't worry. It's not all that bad. The air's fresh though it smells different. BLAKE You realize going outside is a Category Four crime? RICHIE We do know the law. RAVELLA Yes, so whatever you see tonight you keep silent about. RICHIE Well? Are you coming? BLAKE Let's get on with it. [Richie fiddles around.] What are you doing? RICHIE Picking the lock. [Ravella looks behind.] BLAKE What is it? RAVELLA It's nothing. RICHIE Now, *? If you open the door, it registers on the computer. These are circuit integrators. Now you could steal this entire section of wall and the machine would cheerfully ignore you. Ready? RAVELLA [To Blake] Now look: you report anything to the authorities, you'll find yourself implicated more deeply than you imagine.

[They stop at the stream.] RAVELLA [To Blake] Try some. BLAKE Hm? RAVELLA It's natural water. [Blake tries some.] The stuff we get's been recycled a thousand times [Blake spits it out] -- and it's dosed with suppressants. RICHIE I'll check ahead. Watch my signal. RAVELLA Okay. BLAKE Improves the flavor if nothing else. RAVELLA Doesn't it bother you that you spend your life in a state of drug-induced tranquility? BLAKE We gonna go across that? RAVELLA Yeah. BLAKE Why should the Administration try to drug us? RAVELLA To keep control. They've been stepping up the suppressants because the number of dissidents is growing. BLAKE Should I take this? [Picks up a flashlight] RAVELLA They've seen what's happening and they want to stop it. BLAKE Stop what? RAVELLA Don't you know? Don't you remember anything about the treatments they gave you? BLAKE I've had no treatments. RAVELLA I thought there'd be something left, some trace of memory. BLAKE What about my memory? RAVELLA There's the signal.

BLAKE They're Outsiders! RICHIE Quite a few of them are working for our cause now. BLAKE It's illegal to have contact with anyone who lives outside the city. RICHIE Right, but then this whole meeting is illegal. BLAKE I'm leaving. I want nothing to do with this. You told me I was going to meet a man who could tell some news about my family. RICHIE Hold on, Blake. You've got to hear Foster. BLAKE I don't want to hear Foster. I should report everything I've seen to the Administration. RAVELLA You can't do that. BLAKE Why not? RICHIE We've left documents in the city with your signature on them. Forged, of course, but convincing enough to implicate you in everything we've been doing. RAVELLA Don't have any doubts. One word in the wrong place can make you look as guilty as any of us. RICHIE And looking guilty is all it takes.

FOSTER Roj! Good to see you. It's been a long time. [Persists] Bran Foster. Oh! Stupid of me. You don't remember. You had the treatment. BLAKE Look, what is this? I've had no treatments, my memory is fine. Now what is going on? FOSTER Now, now, now. I know, I know, it's difficult for you. Then, too, it's difficult for those of us who knew you before. But the important thing is, you're here. TARRANT [In background] I had trouble getting out of the city, the route was crowded. For a while there I thought we'd been infiltrated. FOSTER Dev Tarrant's here. Dev! You remember Roj Blake. TARRANT Oh, yes. We met before. FOSTER [To Blake] Dev Tarrant. [To Tarrant] Ah, I'm trying to persuade Roj to rejoin us. TARRANT Yes. [Takes his leave] FOSTER Now, I want you to listen to what I have to tell you. After that you can do whatever you like. BLAKE All right. Now what do you know about my family? FOSTER Well, I'll come to that. There are other things you should know first. BLAKE Forget the other things. Just what do you know? FOSTER They're dead. Your brother and sister are both dead. I'm sorry, I didn't intend you to hear it like that. They were executed four years ago just after your trial. BLAKE Executed? No, that's not true. I hear from them regularly. I had a vistape only a month ago. FOSTER Those tapes are fakes. Part of the treatment to keep your memory suppressed. Now, this isn't going to be easy for you, but I'm going to have to tell you things about yourself of which you have no memory. Will you hear me out? BLAKE Go on. FOSTER Four years ago, there was a good deal of discontent with the Administration. There were many activist groups. But the only one that really meant anything was led by Roj Blake. You and I worked together. We were outlawed and hunted. But we had supporters and we were making progress. Then someone betrayed us, I still don't know who. You were captured. So were most of our followers. They could have killed you. But that would have given the Cause a martyr. So instead they put you into intensive therapy. They erased areas of your mind, they implanted new ideas. They literally took your mind to pieces and rebuilt it. And when they'd finished, they put you up and you confessed. You said you'd been "misguided." You appealed to everyone to support the Administration, hound up the traitors. Oh, they, they did a good job on you. You were very convincing. And then they took you back and erased even that. BLAKE What happened to the others? FOSTER In their benevolence, the Federation allowed them to emigrate to the Outer Worlds. Like your family, they were executed on arrival. BLAKE Why are you telling me this now? FOSTER Because we're preparing to move again. And if it were known that you were with us, we'd get more support. How do you feel? Will you help us again? BLAKE I don't know. I'm not even sure that I believe you. FOSTER It's all true. BLAKE I have to think. FOSTER Of course. We'll talk after the meeting. BLAKE Hmm. TARRANT What do you think? FOSTER I don't know. There's not much left of the man I knew. We'll see. All right, let's get started, shall we? TARRANT [Announcing] All right, everybody, come on. Let's start the meeting now. You come over here and make a group.

FOSTER Thank you for turning up. Now we all know the risks that we're running in being here, so I'll be as brief as possible. You've probably heard that the settlers in the Outer Worlds are rightly demanding greater autonomy. If we can help to unify their voices, the Administration will have to listen.

[Foster then says something in the background that's only partly intelligible*? but I think it's a straight repetition of the last two lines.]

FOSTER The security forces are already overstretched. If we can step up our campaign of civil disobedience here on Earth, they will have to concentrate their forces here, and that will give the Outer Worlds much more freedom of action. Now we must aim to have at least one world declare its independence within the next two years. REBELS Hear hear.

[Again, Foster says something that's mostly unintelligible*? in the background, but I think it's just a repetition of his last two lines.] TROOPER [V.O. on comm link] Unit Three, move in.

FOSTER Now, I think most of you know my old friend Dev Tarrant. Dev will give you details of how we can all help. TARRANT We've got to cause as much disruption as possible in the food manufacturing division. There's nothing more effective than ration cuts to cause unrest. I've worked out methods by which this disruption can be implemented. [Enter troopers.] FOSTER Now, do not attempt to resist arrest. No matter what the provocation, we must not resort to violence. We claim our rights as citizens, and demand to be treated as civil prisoners.

HAVANT You're obviously suffering from a severe emotional disturbance. We must try to unravel this fantasy. BLAKE It is NOT a fantasy. HAVANT Of course it isn't. BLAKE [Looks up] Do you believe me? HAVANT To you it isn't a fantasy. BLAKE [Several beats] Get out! Leave me alone. HAVANT Reality is a dangerous concept. Each one of us interprets it in a slightly different way. Every sense impression is filtered by the brain and altered, sometimes just a little, sometimes completely, to fit our individual model of what the world is about. If that model should be challenged ... BLAKE [Has started chanting over and over to himself] I am NOT insane. I am NOT insane ... HAVANT No. You must put that thought completely out of your mind. You've had a shock. BLAKE [Stops chanting] Yes. HAVANT We must work together to uncover what that shock was. I'm going to prescribe a mild sedative -- BLAKE No drugs! HAVANT -- a mild sedative to help you to sleep. You must rest. BLAKE No! No drugs. HAVANT All right, no drugs. Now try not to think anymore. Don't worry, we'll get it sorted out.

BLAKE I can't remember. I can't remember!

GLYND Can he break through the memory blocks, Dr. Havant? HAVANT It's unlikely. We don't eradicate memory, of course, merely make it inaccessible. But in the normal healthy mind the barriers are impenetrable. Should he suffer anything like a nervous breakdown, where all the mental circuitry malfunctions, as it were, then he might just possibly find a route into his past. GLYND Mm. That might just possibly prove something of a problem. HAVANT Can't he be eliminated? MORAG No, he's a symbol of opposition to the Administration. HAVANT So? GLYND We've done cross-sectional psych readings, which show that a high percentage of people, particularly the younger ones, believe that Blake's trial was a showpiece, that his statements were rigged. MORAG His death could be used by the dissidents. They need a hero. Alive or dead, Blake could be it. HAVANT Difficult. I suppose my department could infect him, some rapidly terminal disease. Would his natural death help? GLYND I don't think so. MORAG What we need is something to discredit him. If he could be deported to Cygnus Alpha .... Doctor, am I right in thinking you can create experiences, implant them into a subject, who will then believe that they really happened? HAVANT Of course. In fact, creating an illusion of reality is quite simple. MORAG Good. Then I think we can totally destroy Blake's credibility and get him sentenced. But I'd like to do a feasibility check. Doctor, would you come with me please. HAVANT As you wish. GLYND I want to bring charges soon, Morag. MORAG Oh, I shall report back.

GLYND You heard? TARRANT I heard. GLYND Satisfied? TARRANT Not yet. He can identify me. My whole operation is at risk. I'll be satisfied when the risk is eliminated.

GLYND Varon. Come in. [Varon does so.] Do sit down. VARON Thank you. GLYND You know Morag, don't you? VARON Yes. Morag. MORAG Varon. GLYND I've got a defense assignment for you. Not a very pleasant one, I'm afraid. VARON [Takes a plastic flimsy from him] Eh. GLYND Morag is prosecuting. MORAG The evidence is indisputable. If I were you, I should concentrate on the mitigation. VARON Mm. GLYND Varon, I'm aware that I needn't say this to you of all people, but I will say it because I feel so very strongly about this case. I want you to do everything in your power to help the man. Our first concern must be to see that he has justice.

P.A. [V.O.] Security clear on cell unit M-three for Justice Department access.

VARON I'm Tel Varon, Justice Department. I've been assigned to defend you. BLAKE I don't need a defense. I'm going to plead guilty. VARON Come now. Certainly the evidence against you is strong -- BLAKE I just want to make a statement in open court. I want those responsible for the massacre brought to trial. VARON I'm sorry? BLAKE There can be no justification for deliberate murder. VARON There's nothing in the charges about murder. There are a number of other counts. Assault on a minor, attempting to corrupt minors, moral deviation ... BLAKE Let me see that! [He gets up. Varon presses the sheet against the glass. He reads it.] All involving children! None of this is true! VARON Of course not. That's why you surprised me when you said you'd plead guilty. BLAKE [Splutters] Not to this, not to these charges. VARON They are the only ones that have been brought against you. And I must tell you frankly the evidence against you is very damaging. BLAKE Well, if there is any evidence, it's been faked! VARON I've had the opportunity of talking to the children -- that is, the prosecution witnesses -- and they do seem very certain of their facts. BLAKE Oh, yes, yes. Yes, their briefing would have been perfect. VARON If I may, I'd like to outline how I think we should conduct your case. BLAKE [In the background behind Varon's lines] They set me up beautifully. VARON There is a possible approach if we could cite your record: your breakdown after your involvement with those illegal political groups, the remorse that you felt, the guilt you carried has placed you under an enormous strain. And we can submit that these assaults, these aberrations were carried out whilst you were mentally unbalanced. BLAKE I will offer no defense, but I will plead not guilty. VARON These are grave charges. Without extenuating circumstances, you might face deportation. A mental institution would be better than spending the rest of your life on Cygnus Alpha. BLAKE [With deliberation] I will offer no defense. Right? VARON Won't you reconsider? BLAKE Even if you could prove me innocent, the charges have been made. I've got to hand it to them. [At the security camera] You've done a brilliant job!!

VARON Good morning. BLAKE I've had a chance to think things through. It's vital that I have the opportunity to make that statement to the open court. VARON Well, that's up to the Arbiter. It's not usual. BLAKE There's no way you can prove my innocence, is there? VARON You've given me no chance to try. BLAKE IS THERE? VARON It is doubtful. BLAKE I am innocent. VARON I've spoken to the children. Their statements were all verified by lie detector. And that puts them beyond dispute. BLAKE [Motions for him to sit down] The Administration has gone to enormous trouble -- I mean, they've even put themselves at risk. There must be a number of people involved who know the truth. Now why, WHY would they take that chance? VARON There's no possible reason that I can think of. BLAKE Look, I know you've heard the evidence, but just for the moment, assume that I am innocent. VARON All right. BLAKE Now at first, I thought they wanted to silence me because I was the witness to the murder of twenty people. The only witness. VARON If they're as ruthless as you suggest, then why didn't they simply eliminate you? BLAKE Because I was something of a political figure -- or so you told me. VARON It's true, you, you had a considerable following, but then you publicly denounced your whole movement and pledged support to the Administration. It's suggested there are still people who secretly believe you were coerced into that statement. BLAKE Exactly. And my death would merely reinforce those beliefs. It, it's exactly the same as if I were arraigned for being at a proscribed political meeting. And so they trump up these charges against me. VARON If it were true, do you realize the implications of what you're saying? It would mean there is corruption at a high level of the Administration.

CLERK Now be silent. By the authority of the Terran Federation, this tribunal is in session.

CLERK The Arbiter will permit submissions.

ARBITER Let the accused be brought forward. [This is done.] Have you the accused been made aware of the charges that are laid against you? And do you fully understand the nature and gravity of those charges? BLAKE Yes. ARBITER Who speaks for the Federation? MORAG I do. ARBITER Who speaks for the accused? VARON I do. ARBITER Are you both satisfied that the evidence was fairly obtained? statements are certified as true verified by lie detector? MORAG I am. VARON I am. ARBITER Is the accused satisfied that his defense has been fully and fairly prepared? BLAKE The charges against me are totally false. I am not guilty, therefore I offer no defense. ARBITER Your guilt or innocence is what we are here to determine. If there are no further submissions, the case will be examined. Let it be seen that the evidence for the prosecution is sealed and approved by the defense. Let it be seen that the evidence for the defense is sealed and approved by the prosecution. Let the matter be assessed and may justice prevail.

ARBITER The accused has been found guilty on all charges. His crimes have been accorded a Category Nine rating, and as such are adjudged most grave. In sentencing you, the judgment machine has taken into account your past record, your service to the state, and your loyalty to the Federation. None of these have mitigated in your favor. It is the sentence of this tribunal that you be taken from this place to an area of close confinement. From there you will be transported to the penal colony on the planet Cygnus Alpha, where you will remain for the rest of your natural life. This matter is ended. BLAKE I wish to make a statement. ARBITER There can be no more said regarding this case. The matter has been assessed and judgment made. BLAKE But the evidence is false. These charges are lies. ARBITER If you have any complaint against the conduct of this tribunal, it must be directed through your advocate. BLAKE You gotta listen to me. [Guard injects him.]

FOSTER [V.O.] They erased areas of your mind, they implanted new ideas. They literally took your mind to pieces and rebuilt it. And when they'd finished, they put you up and you confessed. You said you'd been "misguided." You appealed to everyone to support the Administration, hound up the traitors. Oh, they, they did a good job on you. You were very convincing. And then they took you back and erased even that.

PRISONER [Screams] Let me go! Let me go! No! No! No! No! Let me go! Let me go! No! No! No! No! Let me go!

VILA Easy! Take it easy! I hate personal violence, especially when I'm the person. BLAKE Who are you? VILA I'm Vila Restal. [They shake hands.] BLAKE Where are we? VILA In a transit cell. BLAKE I don't understand. VILA You're on your way to the penal colony on Cygnus Alpha. Or you will be when the prison ship's refueled. Try to look on the bright side. It must have something. None of the guests have ever left early. In fact, none of them have ever left at all. BLAKE Why are you going there? VILA They didn't give me a choice. I steal things. Compulsive, I'm afraid. I've had my head adjusted by some of the best in the business. But it just won't stay adjusted. BLAKE A professional thief. VILA More a vocation than a profession. Other people's property comes naturally to me. JENNA [Sits down next to Blake. To Blake.] What's the time? VILA [Hands the watch back. To Blake.] Just taking care of it while you were unconscious. The place is full of criminals. BLAKE [To Jenna] Thanks. VILA [Indicating her] Jenna. BLAKE [Also to her] Blake. JENNA What's your story? BLAKE Well, I'm innocent -- of what I was charged with anyway. VILA We have something in common, then. We're all victims of a miscarriage of justice. BLAKE It's true! JENNA Of course it is. BLAKE What about the others? VILA Oh, a very antisocial bunch. Murderers, liars, cheats [looks at Jenna] ... smugglers ... JENNA [Returns the favor] -- thieves -- VILA -- and they're the nice people. BLAKE How long before we take off? JENNA About twenty-four hours. If you're expecting a last-minute reprieve you'd better forget it. Once they get you this far there's no going back. You'd better get used to the idea. Nobody out there gives a damn about you.

MAJA What time is it? VARON Late. MAJA Come to bed. VARON There's something wrong, you know. MAJA Blake. VARON Mmm. The prosecution evidence was so complete that I accepted it. I assumed Blake was guilty and concentrated on justification and appeals for mercy. MAJA Well, what else could you do? You interviewed all the victims, the witnesses. None of them had any doubts. VARON Perhaps they should have. MAJA What do you mean? VARON I don't know. Perhaps Blake is guilty. Even so it's ... too perfect. MAJA Where're you going? VARON The Public Records computer. MAJA To look for what? VARON I don't know. MAJA Give me one minute and I'll come with you.

VARON I'm Tel Varon with the Justice Department. I want to run a check on the medical records of those children. [Hands him a piece of paper]

OPERATOR It'll have to wait until morning. VARON I want them now. [Shows ID]

OPERATOR Alpha three-three-seven five. C-six-one-two: Leesal, Renor. [It appears.]

OPERATOR Three-four-one-seven: Deca, Carl. [It appears.]

OPERATOR Three-five-one-two: Fen, Payter. [It appears.]

VARON Nothing. Admissions to clinic, treatment records. It all tallies with the evidence. Let me have the school attendance records on those three.

OPERATOR Alpha three-three-seven-seven: Leesal, Renor.

VARON Well that's interesting. He was absent from school on the afternoon before the assault.

OPERATOR C-four-one-seven: Deca, Carl.

MAJA So was he.

OPERATOR C-five-one-two: Fen, Payter.

VARON Well that makes it more than a coincidence. Now where were they? Give me the admissions to the Central Clinic on that day.

OPERATOR Alpha zero-zero-two-eight-eight Alpha. [Screen flashes red.] MAJA What's the matter?

OPERATOR The information has been classified. It can be obtained by the priority three clearance. VARON But I need that information.

OPERATOR Not possible. [Maja hands Varon a brooch.] VARON Look, the Justice Department can get a clearance [Places the brooch on the desk] but it takes time.

OPERATOR This didn't happen, of course. VARON No, of course it didn't.

VARON Look at that: outpatient admission, identity unrecorded.

VARON And there's another.

VARON And a third. MAJA Three unidentified admissions on the date the victims weren't at school. VARON It's not absolute proof, but it gives us somewhere to start. MAJA But why would they have been to the clinic? VARON Mental implantation? MAJA What's that? VARON A fictional experience and emotion, implanted into the mind so vividly and permanently that it becomes reality. MAJA Is that possible? VARON The process was perfected years ago, but prohibited by the medical profession. But if it is being used again -- MAJA Blake could be telling the truth. VARON And that could blow the top off the whole Administration. Come on. MAJA Where are we going? [They exit.]

OPERATOR [Into comm] Security.

VARON The meeting place -- how did you get to it? BLAKE I, I don't know. It was dark. VARON Which exit did you use? BLAKE Sub forty-three. VARON Forty-three -- that would be on the north side. All right, where did you go from there? BLAKE Well, we walked for about three miles. There was a stream. VARON Is there anything else you can tell us? BLAKE Yes, there was a man. I saw him in court just before I passed out. MAJA What about him? BLAKE Well, I'd seen him before, at the meeting. I, I thought he was one of them. He must have betrayed them. His name was Tarrant. VARON Dev Tarrant? BLAKE Do you know him? VARON He works in the Outer Worlds most of the time. He's in Security. BLAKE He's a murderer. VARON Then he'll come to trial like everyone else in this coverup. BLAKE And what about me? VARON Well, first I'm going to talk to my superior and get a holding order on you so that at least you can stay here on Earth while I investigate. BLAKE You haven't got much time. VARON With luck I'll get you taken back to the city detention area within -- couple of hours. BLAKE Thanks. VARON Listen, I, I'm sorry I didn't believe you. I'll be in touch.

VILA Friends in high places? Can't you put a word in for me? BLAKE I'll try and think of one. JENNA Leaving us? BLAKE I hope so. [Vila chuckles. Blake to Jenna.] Nothing personal. Why are you here? You didn't tell me. JENNA I was trading 'round the Near Worlds. I'm a free trader. VILA A smuggler. She's a big name. It's an honor to be locked up with her. JENNA I'm glad you're pleased. P.A. [V.O. male] Attention security personnel. Launch is advanced to seventeen hundred hours Earth time. That is all. VILA That's about eight hours.

VARON Well, it looks to me as though we've all been used. It wasn't Morag's fault of course, but the prosecution case was based on a very well-organized deception. GLYND But why? VARON Well, Blake claims he was arrested after he went Outside. GLYND Outside? VARON Yeah, about three miles beyond sub forty-three. GLYND What did he go Outside for? VARON An anti-Administration meeting. He says everyone there was murdered by security forces. GLYND Leaving him a sole survivor? VARON No, and, and a security agent named Tarrant. He says Tarrant organized the massacre. GLYND Ah, I can't believe that. Still, it will bear examination. VARON Then you'll order an inquiry? GLYND Yes. You've raised a reasonable doubt. The whole matter must now be investigated. VARON Thank you. GLYND Now go home and get some rest. VARON Not yet. I, I'd like your authority to go Outside the city. GLYND To look for those tunnels? No, I'll have a team make a survey of the area. VARON All right. And Blake's holding order? GLYND You leave everything to me. Go home and get some sleep. You've done as much as you can.

MAJA Is he going to be all right? VARON Something ... there's something not ... "to look for those tunnels" ... I didn't say anything about tunnels. MAJA What?

GLYND [Into phone] Link me with Dr. Havant, Central Clinic. HAVANT [V.O. over comm] Doctor Havant. GLYND Ven Glynd. I think we may have a problem. Might be best if you were unavailable for a few days. HAVANT [V.O.] Is it a very serious problem? GLYND No, no, no, nothing that can't be handled. HAVANT [V.O.] I'll take a few days leave and stay at home. GLYND Good. Arrange to take calls only from me. Goodbye. [Breaks link]

MAJA What does it mean? VARON It's obvious. He's involved. MAJA Then where do we go from here? VARON Higher up. Even to the President if we have to. But if we're going to make accusations against Glynd we'll need the strongest possible evidence. P.A. [V.O.] A limited supply of protein *? are now available from the *? section of the food dispensing units.

VARON I'm going to try something. [Opens comm link] Central Clinic, Doctor Havant. [To Maja] Tell them it's Glynd. HAVANT [V.O. over comm] Doctor Havant. MAJA Doctor Havant, I have Glynd for you. VARON Sorry to call you again, but are there any clinical records about the matter? Treatment charts, medical notes? HAVANT [V.O.] Yes, of course. They're in my office. You want them? VARON Yes, I'd like to have a look at them. Leave them at reception and I'll have them picked up. HAVANT [V.O.] I'll get my assistant to bring them down now. VARON Thanks. Goodbye. HAVANT [V.O.] Goodbye. [Break link.] VARON We've got them. You go to the clinic and pick up the records, then go home and collect the tape camera. MAJA Where are you going? VARON To talk to a thief and borrow a lockpick. I'll meet you in two hours at sub forty-three. JENNA You're running out of time. BLAKE They've had long enough to issue a holding order. JENNA It's a long process, formalities. Don't worry, they'll get it. I wish someone was working for me. Till now it doesn't seem real. Now it's getting close, I'm getting scared.

VARON Maja. [She turns.] Now, did you get everything? MAJA [Nods and hands it over] And there are the records from the hospital. VARON Good. [Examines them] Yes, we can build a case on these. MAJA Did you get what you wanted? VARON Come and see. MAJA I've never been Outside before. VARON I have, years ago. I didn't like it much. Very strange. [An alarm sounds, apparently back at security. A trooper sits down at a keyboard much like that for the Public Records computer.]

GUARD All right, listen to me, all of you. Move out of here in single file into the embarkation channel. Come on, let's get started. Move! [Rousts Jenna] You! Come on. Move! Out. Pick up your bag. Go! Come on, faster, move. I said move. Single file! With one behind the other. Keep them in line, guards. You in front, move!

VARON Stay here. I'll, uh, I'll search the bodies and get picture tapes.

VILA [In the background as the guard is yelling] *? it's going to be a very very long eight months I'm telling you *? Do you know how to work these harnesses? you just stick it in here *? it's going to be a very very very long eight months GUARD All right, come on, move. Keep moving. Come on, faster. Keep your voice down. Find the seat that's allocated to you and sit in it. Fasten the harness. Stand by for liftoff. Keep your voices down. You, fasten your harness. You, down in the front. That's your seat. Come on, move. You, stop talking. Fasten your harness. BLAKE How long before liftoff? GUARD You in a hurry to get there? JENNA Don't worry. There's still time.

VARON I've got everything we need. MAJA Enough to keep Blake here on Earth? VARON More than enough.

GUARD You different to everyone else? Fasten your harness. BLAKE What? GUARD Hn. Maybe we can help you hear better. You can start with a couple of hours confinement. You'll be surprised how quickly your hearing improves. Seat eleven, confinement!

TARRANT I think a transporter accident. Killed instantly. Very tragic. See to it, will you?

GUARD Take a long look. That's the last you'll ever see of it. BLAKE No, I'm coming back. Script Index

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