Forever Knight (1992) s02e13 Episode Script

Beyond the Law

They're beautiful.
It's never easy To leave the past behind The only answer Gets harder Mm.
You're spoiling me.
To find The passion burns The pages turn Yeah Break the silence Ow, that's a little rough.
And tear the darkness away Hey, you don't have to stop.
[GROANING] [] [] NARRATOR: He was brought across in 1228.
Preyed on humans for their blood.
Now, he wants to be mortal again To repay society for his sins To emerge from his world of darkness From his endless forever night.
[GROWLS] She's been dead at least 24 hours.
No ID, and it looks like strangulation.
Well, do we think it happened here? Forensics is checking out some tire tracks.
Could be she was dumped.
She has an ink stamp on one hand.
Maybe she was picked up in a nightclub.
Maybe, but I couldn't tell you which one.
The stamp was too smudged.
Mm.
Nat? Yeah? Tell me What are the odds that this pearl matches the marks on her neck? Well, it's tough to match one pearl to that much bruising, but I would say that you could be on the right track.
Daphne? Look, I found this near the body.
It might belong to a necklace.
Hmm.
I'll check it out back at the shop.
What do you think? Minivan or a station wagon? Nah, it's a big sedan.
Actually, by the width, depth and tread of the tires, um, I think it might be a stretch limo.
But you were close, Donny.
Uh, what about the footprints? Smallish man, about 5'7", 160 pounds.
Not my kind of guy.
Well, it, uh certainly looks like Daphne likes you, Donny.
What would Myra say to all that? Myra wouldn't say, she'd do.
Missing persons report.
The victim was Tamara Brunansky, bank teller, single, no priors.
Family filed this yesterday.
You're sure it's her? I'm sure.
Your odds are improving.
The search team found that in her apartment.
There are no prints on the pearl or the clasp, but I did find traces of massage oil on her shoulders and her back.
Huh.
How romantic.
She knew the killer.
It's a woman's worst nightmare.
You let your guard down in front of someone you thought you knew and respected, you allow yourself to be vulnerable, and then you get violated.
[AUDIENCE CHEERING ON TELEVISION] [CHEERING] We stand at a crossroads in this nation's history An uncertain time, to be sure.
We cannot ignore our problems.
We cannot turn away from unpleasant realities.
The time has come.
We seek to create a true democracy which embraces all Americans in the process of government, not just the privileged few.
[APPLAUSE CONTINUES] Inclusion, not exclusion.
He's charismatic.
There's no doubt about that.
Yeah, but do you like him? Do you like what he has to say? Those who live in poverty, in despair I have to admit, I'm impressed.
He's a great communicator, Nick, the best.
The media loves him.
Everyone loves him.
Because when he speaks, you know that he believes in what he's saying.
Those who society has labeled as outcasts.
All those who have been denied access to the process are welcome to speak out in a Thomas Gardner administration.
[APPLAUSE] Are you interested in joining the team? Come on, Angela.
I'm an off-duty cop who's working convention security.
What could I possibly contribute to the democratic process? That's the whole point about democracy, Nick it's open to everyone.
Gardner's open to everyone.
To some, my message is frightening.
Changeis frightening.
Now, I'm no expert, but these do look real, very pricey, in fact.
She couldn't afford those on a bank teller's salary, so they either had to be an heirloom or gift.
Let's get them checked with the pearl Nick found.
Schanke, take them down to Forensics.
Coordinate with the teams canvassing her neighbors and fellow employees.
Captain, would it be possible if Nick and I swap on this one, perhaps? You have a problem with Forensics, detective? Well, no.
You see, it's just that I'll run them down.
Say hi to Daphne for me.
[SMOOCHES] We had just returned from our walk when Alfred spotted the strange car.
Alfred? Your husband? No, Alfred my dog.
A Welsh corgi, actually, like the Queen's dogs.
No tail, stubby legs? My husband is Albert.
He likes to go for walks late at night.
Alfred or Albert? Both.
But this night, Albert wasn't quite feeling himself.
I think it was something he ate.
This is your dog? No, Albert.
Alfred has splendid digestion.
Yes, yes.
Uh, can you tell me something about the make or color of the car? Well, it was It was Oh, I'm sorry.
The sad thing is, I was looking right at it.
[HEART BEATING] You saw the car.
Tell me about it.
What kind of car was it? Big.
Black.
Too dark to see.
Did you see the license plate? Yes.
Red.
It was a red license plate.
How odd.
A fellow who gives his gal pearls can't be all bad.
Unless he strangles her.
Yeah, well, there is that.
Have you ever given your wife pearls? You know I'm married? You've got it written all over you, Donny.
Really? Yeah.
Wow.
That's probably why other women are so attracted to you.
Do you think so? Oh, definitely, yeah.
Yeah.
There's something very appealing about a married man.
Here, I got it.
These are real.
Not South Sea, mind you, but a high quality, cultured.
But it's the clasp that interests me.
How so? It's silver.
The hallmark says Russian, but the workmanship's too good.
The design has an Eastern influence, and from the quality of the silver, I'd say it's Kazakhstani.
Kaza-whaty? I'll write it down for you.
[ROCK MUSIC PLAYING] I remember the time And the day That I met you Thought I found a friend That I could really Hang on to Didn't have much to say But sometimes words Just get in your way KNIGHT: So how was Daphne? SCHANKE: Oh, man.
She's definitely got the hots for me.
She says she finds married men attractive.
A lot of women do.
Why is that? You know, before I met Myra, I couldn't get a date with a calendar.
Then when she slapped the old ball and chain on me, boom, they come crawling out of the woodwork.
Uh-huh.
And what do you plan on doing about Daphne? Do? What do you think? I mean, I'm Naturally, I'm flattered, but She's kind of cute too.
That nose of hers, and she's tall and statuesque.
I just feel guilty even just talking about it, you know? What would Myra say? Remember, Schank, Myra wouldn't say she'd do.
Kazakhstan, a central Asian country of 17 million people.
It stretches from China to the Caspian Sea.
It gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Its principal exports are coal and oil Schank, Schank.
It's fine, it's enough.
I'm impressed.
Actually, I'd never heard of the place, but I looked it up.
We're kind of taking a flyer here, aren't we? Diplomatic plates and a couple of pearls? Very shaky ground.
If we upset the wrong people, we're on public-toilet patrol in Buttonville, if you get my drift.
Well, let's go.
Yeah.
We'd like to talk to whoever's in charge.
You can talk to me.
And who would you be? I'm Juri Karimov, Ambassador Petrashenko's attaché.
Ambassador? He is in Toronto for trade talks.
You are aware you have no jurisdiction here? We're quite aware of that.
We just want to ask a few questions, that's all.
May I ask what about? What is your business here? I'm Detective-- I don't want introductions.
I want explanations.
And you are? Ambassador Petrashenko.
Well, ambassador, meet homicide victim Tamara Brunansky.
We believe she may be connected to someone in this consulate.
She isn't.
You seem very sure of that.
I am sure.
I keep a very close watch on all my personnel.
I insist upon tight security.
Right.
One mistake, and it's off to the gulag, huh? May we question your staff? No, you may not.
Better here than downtown.
Now, you listen to me.
You have no power here.
This is foreign soil.
I'm asking you very politely to leave, or I will have you thrown out.
I advise you to cooperate with us, Mr.
Ambassador.
We could make life very, very difficult.
And I could do the same for you, perhaps more effectively.
Nick.
What did you think of my speech today? What did I think? It was a good speech.
Why, thank you.
Now, tell me the truth.
Well, I liked what you had to say about inclusion, about people who don't really feel as if they belong, but I thought you were short on specifics.
Yeah, yeah, that was my worry too.
I generalize too much.
I just hope the voters are willing to listen to the details when the time comes.
Assuming the time comes.
I think it will.
I believe the White House awaits.
Well, if your prediction comes to pass, I'd like you to think about being part of the team, Nick.
Thank you, sir, but I'm just a cop.
Oh, Angela's told me a lot about you, and I have great faith in her opinions.
Well, I have no background in politics.
All the better.
We need people, not politicians.
He asked you about joining the team, didn't he? He told me he would.
And? And I'll think about it.
Angela, I'll need you to go over some convention-floor strategy with me later on.
The world is watching, Nicholas, and I am watching you.
What are you doing here? Well, you know I've always been attracted to political turmoil.
The violence, the bloodshed.
And there will be plenty of that here, while the whole world's watching.
You see, Nicholas, the best form of government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by the occasional assassination.
I believe in the democratic form of government.
Oh, then you believe in corruption, deception and immorality.
Maybe there's hope for you after all.
People have a right to choose who will govern them.
And whom do they choose? Greedy men grasping for power that they will then abuse, like your senator friend.
"I believe the White House awaits?" Oh, Nicholas.
You already have real power.
Why waste your time with these pretenders? Politics is a part of their world.
A world I would like to belong to.
You always have to learn the hard way.
You have no jurisdiction here.
Now, get out.
And if you are seen on consulate grounds again, I will have you prosecuted for trespassing.
Show these men out.
I'd like to plow him right in that smug little kisser of his.
This isn't over, Schank.
He what? Oh, man, that is a little bit above and beyond.
Okay, any information you can find, George.
Right.
Right, I owe you one.
Got something? Yeah, George Menderson, old hockey buddy of mine.
He's a great goalie.
He works international relations and protocol at Queen's Park.
He says that Petrashenko turned down the presidency of Kazakhstan to accept the posting here.
Kind of downwardly mobile, don't you think? Sounds like a skeleton in the closet to me.
George certainly thinks so, and if I read him right, he's not the only one.
He's gonna dig up what he can about Petrashenko, but says it's gonna take a little bit of time.
Knight.
Schanke.
In here.
Gentlemen, Inspector Jacques Tremblay, RCMP.
It seems you two stepped on some important toes last night.
All right, detectives, I'll put this simply.
Ambassador Petrashenko has diplomatic immunity.
You cannot touch him.
We think he may have killed a woman.
The RCMP is taking over this investigation as of now.
Why bother, if, as you say, he has immunity? Yeah, it's just as I thought.
Hear that sweeping sound, Nick? As in under the carpet? What you don't seem to understand is that diplomatic immunity exists for a reason.
It protects officials of foreign countries from persecution and assures stabilized relations between the countries.
Now, that's the way the world works, gentlemen.
Nothing you can do about it.
Now, wait-- If our investigation concludes there are grounds to expel the ambassador, we will make that suggestion.
Expel? Oh, great, inspector.
We're talking about murder, not gum-chewing in class.
Detectives, if you persist in this matter, I will have your badges.
Captain.
Excuse me.
Captain, you're not going to let him do this? How can I stop him? We're just the police, Nick.
Petrashenko has too much power.
Yeah, and he's not afraid to abuse that power, either.
You heard the inspector, Nick.
Give it up.
Forget it.
Angela? What's wrong? It's my fault.
It's all my fault.
Just don't say anything to anyone about this.
[CRYING] Just forget it ever happened.
Don't talk about it.
Don't think about it.
Understand? [TELEPHONE RINGS] [PHONE CLACKS] Cohen.
Right, okay.
[SIGHS] Another body.
Looks like it was dumped.
Don't jump to conclusions.
Gentlemen, I've warned you.
Petrashenko is off-limits.
Make sure he toes the line, detective.
I mean it.
You're both in up to your necks as it is.
Okay.
Looks like the same m.
o.
But is it Petrashenko? There's no doubt in my mind.
Until we do tests, I won't know whether the killings are linked or not, and even then-- But if it is him, there is nothing we can do about it.
Somebody has to.
I think I'll move on before someone crosses that line in the sand.
If you need me Any time.
The case is under federal jurisdiction.
We have to go after him, Schank.
Nobody else will.
This could cost us our careers.
Sometimes you got to play the game their way.
There will be other cases.
You're not gonna solve any of them by standing on the sidelines, Nick.
Nick.
NATALIE: Whoever she is, she was strangled during a massage, just like Tamara Brunansky.
Also, she had extremely high levels of alcohol and drugs in her system at the time of death.
He seems to get them completely in his power, and then he kills them.
And goes on killing.
Look, I know it's frustrating, but that's the way the system works, Nick.
Diplomats have to be protected.
Sure, it's got its faults, but it works in the long run.
Or it should.
And who protects us from the diplomats in the short run? Nick, I'd like to help you, if I could, but I can't give you anything that can link Petrashenko to the murders, and even if I could, what would you do with it? Except, of course, ruin your career and your partner's, bring them to a grinding halt? If Petrashenko pushes back and someone's career is on the line, it'll be mine.
Nick.
Nick, you'd better be very sure and very, very careful.
Nick, you don't want to have to relocate, do you? MAN: Her name is Angela Mosler.
Okay.
Please follow me, sir.
Another casualty in the struggle for democracy.
I hate to say I told you so.
Your senator friend doesn't care that he abused his power, that his lust cost a life.
He's a politician.
All he cares about is the scandal that might hurt his campaign.
I can feel your anger.
I know what you want to do to him.
Do it.
He deserves to die.
They all do.
Get him.
It might do you some good.
You have the right.
You have the power.
[CHUCKLES] What a fine decade this has turned out to be.
War, riot, assassination.
The age of Aquarius, indeed.
Detective Schanke.
Yeah, what can I do for you? I'm Juri Karimov.
If you're here to tell me to back off your boss, that particular message has already been sent.
And I'm not happy about it, so if you don't mind, there's the door.
No, you don't understand.
I need your help.
You what? The ambassador, Oleg Petrashenko is a murderer.
[] Despite what he's told you, Ambassador Petrashenko was not at the consulate when those women were murdered.
He left early in the evening on both nights and he came back late.
He-- He would not say where he'd been.
PETRASHENKO: Where the hell is Damir? MAN: We don't know, sir.
PETRASHENKO: Find him, find Damir.
Now.
MAN: Yes, sir.
We need proof, Juri.
It is the best I can do.
You must understand that this has been going on for years.
It is the reason he was forced to leave Kazakhstan.
You're saying that he's killed before, in your country? I know for a fact that he beat his mistress to death.
I'm ashamed to say, but I was the one who drove her to the hospital.
She died on the way.
Of course, the authorities covered it up.
And his wife.
Wait, he murdered his wife? He might as well have, yes.
She committed suicide because of his beatings, his affairs.
Please Petrashenko is untouchable because of his political status.
You must stop him, or he'll never pay for his crimes.
You must do something.
Perhaps you wouldn't mind telling me where you got those, Mr.
Ambassador? Stop this man.
Call security! You are destroying your career, detective.
I will see to it that you are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
It's a little late to hide behind laws, isn't it? The consulate is in an uproar.
They are demanding that Knight be handed over to them immediately.
Tremblay, if you think we're just gonna hand Knight over They kidnapped the ambassador on Kazakhstani soil! He is subject to their laws, and I wouldn't be surprised if they invoke the death penalty for this.
Just answer me one question.
Did External Affairs know about Petrashenko's past or not? [SIGHS] Well, if we thought the ambassador posed any kind of risk, we would never have accepted him.
What, not a risk? Are you joking? His own assistant pegged him as a Jeffrey Dahmer in the making.
That is hearsay.
What does it take with you people? PETRASHENKO: I demand to talk to your superiors.
I insist on being put in touch with the appropriate Canadian officials.
You uncuff him right now.
He's under arrest.
Like hell he is! Knight, do it.
Mr.
Ambassador, I'm Inspector Jacques Tremblay of the RCMP.
I will take care of this.
You can start by having this man incarcerated.
Captain, is there somewhere the ambassador can wait for a few minutes while we straighten this out? Officer, take the ambassador to interrogation.
Get him anything he wants.
Gentlemen my office.
WOMAN: Hey, Schanke, you've got a Detective George Menderson on line two.
Yo, George, shoot.
Have you completely lost your mind, detective? The ambassador's the prime suspect in a murder investigation.
You kidnapped a representative of a foreign country on his territory.
I wouldn't even be worried about your career right now.
I'd be worried about your life.
Knight, you should've told me you were gonna do this.
Come on, somebody had to do it, and it sure as hell wasn't going to be him.
We don't even have evidence linking him to the murders.
From the drawer of Petrashenko's desk.
Circumstantial at best.
It was obtained without a warrant.
They're worthless to the case.
Even his attaché says he did it.
Sorry to interrupt, captain, but, um, this is kind of important.
It better be, detective.
There's a woman out there who claims she was with the second victim last night, at the club, and that they left together with a man.
She's pretty sure she can ID him.
I should never have left Nancy with him.
We were both pretty wrecked.
The guy scored some sensational stuff, but, uh when he brought out the massage oil I just made up some excuse.
I said I'd be right back.
I just split, you know? I'm not into threesomes.
But I never thought [SOBBING] Oh, God Why didn't I make her leave with me? It's okay, Paula.
You're certain you'd recognize the man if you saw him again? Yeah.
Yeah.
Bring him in.
No.
No, that's not him.
I'm sorry, but I mean, there's some resemblance, but this guy is, like, Captain, I'd like to let the ambassador know that this nonsense has now come to an end, and that, according to my superiors, the Kazakhstani government will officially request Detective Knight's extradition within 24 hours.
Detectives.
SCHANKE: I don't know how we could have been wrong.
Everything points to Petrashenko.
Unless, of course, there's something in this stuff that Menderson faxed over.
What's there? News service clippings of Kazakhstan, and he's highlighted references to Petrashenko.
[SIGHS] Don't worry, Schank.
I hear Kazakhstan is very nice this time of year.
Don't even joke about that.
I've got visions of you, a blindfold and a firing squad dancing in my head.
Competing, of course, with the abject terror that Daphne's gonna ask me out on a date, but that's another life-and-death story.
You know, Nick, I really wish that you hadn't-- I know, but I'm telling you, Petrashenko has something to do with these murders.
I never said he didn't.
It's just that we We got to let it go, Nick.
Schank, when people in power abuse that power, take themselves beyond the law, they've got to be exposed.
[SIGHS] Oh! You were a friend of Angela's.
I know you must be terribly upset by her death as we all are, but we mustn't overreact to this.
You understand that, don't you? Of course.
Angela wouldn't want to hurt your campaign.
After all, she believed in you.
And I will do everything in my power to honor that belief.
In the meantime, we have to move on, put it behind us, pull together.
Don't you agree, Nick? [TELEPHONE RINGING] Hello? Tell Tell the committee my delegates are free to vote as they please.
Tell them I'm no longer a candidate for the presidency.
[PHONE CLACKS] It's over.
There'll be no investigation as long as I retire from the campaign.
The Tribune's front-page story is gonna claim I was having an affair with Angela.
It seems one of my team called the press Told them about what happened.
Hey Take a look here.
Petrashenko had a son, Damir.
He defected to Canada about a year before daddy turned down the presidency.
Says they could never prove anything, but he fled the country to avoid prosecution for "unspecified crimes.
" Did you see the son's address? No, whereabouts unknown.
I'll get in touch with Menderson.
Maybe he can track the kid down.
PAULA: There's some resemblance, but this guy is, like, 30-years too old, you know? [] Don't bother making the phone call, Schank.
I think we already know who the ambassador's son is.
One moment, please, Mr.
Ambassador.
I will not answer any of your questions.
For God's sake, will you let it go? We know you didn't kill those two women.
I've been saying that all along.
But you did dispose of their bodies.
I guess you got a few more calls to make, huh? Who are you protecting? It's your son, isn't it? KNIGHT: Damir Petrashenko, your son, defected to Canada about a year before you arrived.
We know he left under a cloud.
SCHANKE: To avoid prosecution for "unspecified crimes.
" Would those crimes include homicide, Mr.
Ambassador? So you put him to work in your embassy in Ottawa, under an assumed name, as your attaché, Juri Karimov.
KNIGHT: That way, you'd be close enough to keep him under control.
Problem? He can't be controlled.
And he doesn't have diplomatic immunity because he was employed under false pretenses.
You're covering for him.
KNIGHT: And you're using your immunity to save your son.
Where is he now? Mr.
Ambassador, where is your son? I think I know But you must take me with you.
Allow me to talk to him.
Please.
[WILD DANCE MUSIC PLAYING] PETRASHENKO: I had to protect my son.
By disposing of his victims? Tell me, Mr.
Ambassador, when was the body count going to start making you uncomfortable? Would you not do the same for your child? Go to the ends of the Earth to protect him or her? You are a very beautiful woman.
Thank you.
But I can see beyond your beauty.
I can see your intelligence The passion The life in your eyes.
What, am I wrong? Keep talking.
Yes.
You are a special creature, indeed.
As a boy Damir was always in trouble.
I traveled so much, I I was never able to control him.
His mother tried, but He was too wild.
He became violent.
My power and position enabled him to get away with things no one else could have.
It was all I could do.
But using your power didn't help anything.
It only made it worse.
For all he has cost me, I love my son.
He is all I have now.
All that I truly care about.
No offense, Mr.
Ambassador, but he's not worth throwing away the presidency.
Under certain circumstances, power is meaningless, detective.
I should've learned that years ago.
[SIGHS] Perhaps if I had paid more attention to my son, and less to my political career none of this would have happened.
Does that feel good? Mm.
You have amazing hands.
Perhaps you would appreciate the full treatment.
I would, but not here.
PETRASHENKO: He comes here a lot.
Remember, I have to talk to him.
Well, if he gives us any trouble, we take over the conversation.
At that point, you stay out of it.
[WILD DANCE MUSIC PLAYING] Damir.
KNIGHT: Police! Everyone down! [PATRONS SCREAMING] I'll kill her.
Let her go, Damir.
Put down the gun.
Damir, please.
Listen.
He's gonna lose it.
You brought them here? You told them about me? I can't protect you any longer.
Please, Damir, do as they say, put down the gun.
You don't tell me what to do.
Do you want these men to shoot you dead? What will I have then? What will we have? Please, my son, don't do this.
Now you talk to me like a father? Yes.
As I have always tried to do.
For all you may think of me, even hate me, for the life you were given, both of us have to take responsibility for our actions.
The gap between us is simply not worth innocent lives.
Nothing will be resolved this way.
I would trade everything to be your father again, my son.
Let me.
Please.
Let me help you now.
Give me the gun.
[SCREAMS] PETRASHENKO: No, no, no! [PATRONS SCREAMING] [SCREAMS] Call it in.
Stay with him.
WOMAN: No! No, please, no.
Oh, God.
[SOBBING] No.
Oh! No, please! No, please, don't hurt me.
Shut up.
Oh.
Oh! [SOBBING] Oh.
[SIREN WAILING IN DISTANCE] The last time I knocked out a guy with one punch, I broke every bone in my right hand.
Well, it felt like that, anyway.
Oh, it was just a little tap, really.
Not from that bruise on Damir's jaw, it wasn't.
It's not like the kid didn't deserve it.
If that bullet were to hit a few centimeters the other way, his father would have been heading home in a cargo-class pine box.
What kind of psycho are we talking about here, huh? I mean, what gets into the kid's head that he doesn't realize his actions don't have any consequences? I guess it's true what they say about power corrupting.
Absolutely.
What? Never mind.
What's this? Tickets.
To the Leafs-Ducks game this Saturday.
Oh, I-I-I can't go with you, Daphne.
Oh, I know.
They're for you and Myra.
I hear you're a huge Ducks fan.
You know, this is really sweet of you.
It really is, but I [SCHANKE SIGHS] I can't do it.
I-I-I'd feel guilty taking them.
Oh.
Say, why don't you ask Nick? You're a big hockey fan, aren't you, Nick? Yeah, sure.
Sure, I-I-I'd love to go.
No, I'll ask Lipinski.
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