Absentia (2017) s02e09 Episode Script

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ALICE: Previously on Absentia Your own backyard's a mess.
What the hell does that mean? You really should lie down now.
- (CLICKS) - No! This was a clear-headed soldier on a mission.
We believe there are people above him.
All of the diagnostic tests were being run through Catalyst.
You don't spend time with me.
You barely even look at me.
Does someone else have that covered now? It's like everybody's lying all the time.
The only person you can control is yourself.
MAN: We're investigating Detective Gibbs.
You got any cameras in the archive room? - No.
- Can you take us down - to the archive room? - Not without a warrant.
A man was killed over this.
MAN: We were originally funded to look into PTSD.
See, if I could bottle the right combination, just imagine what an amazing boon that would be.
Not just for soldiers returning home from war, but for society.
- Does it work? - Not as I predicted.
These rats can withstand stress, but they've become more aggressive.
Violent.
Murderous even.
(SCREAMS) (GASPING, GRUNTING) (METAL SCRAPING) (GRUNTING, MOANING) (CRYING) (GASPING) No! No! Please, stop! Please! (YELPING) (SCREAMING) (SOBBING) CAL: Emily! Emily! (SHRIEKING) No! No! No! Emily! Hey! Hey! (SOBBING) - (PANTING) - (SHUSHING) I'm right here.
It's okay.
Breathe.
Breathe.
(SOBBING) (BREATHING HEAVILY) (CONTINUES SHUSHING) He had Flynn.
He had Flynn.
He had Flynn all this time.
Who had Flynn? Oduwale had Flynn.
Come on, Em, can you walk? Okay.
Can you stand up? Yeah.
- Hey.
- I got it.
(SNIFFLES) I got it.
Come on.
(CELL PHONE VIBRATING) Hey.
Nick, we're looking into Oduwale.
I need your help.
I need you to keep him away from Flynn.
- What's going on? - I don't know.
I'll call you as soon as we find out more.
- Okay.
- Just promise me you'll keep Flynn away from him.
Of course.
I promise.
Thanks.
Yeah.
(THUNDER RUMBLING) (CAR ENGINE STARTS) Hey.
(SIGHS) Um, Emily called.
She's looking into Dr.
Oduwale.
Are you serious? What for? I don't know.
She's investigating him.
I know you and Dr.
Oduwale are colleagues, but I agreed to keep Flynn away from him for now.
I hope that's okay.
I mean, it's probably nothing.
I'm sure it's nothing, but if it puts your mind at ease Thank you.
I know I don't say it enough, but I really appreciate the way that you handle our family dynamic I love you, and I love Flynn.
It's that simple.
(CHUCKLES) I love you.
Dr.
Oduwale.
Emily.
(STAMMERS) This is a surprise.
I don't have a session with Flynn for a few days.
Is something wrong? No.
No.
Nothing like that.
Um (SIGHS) I need to ask you a few questions.
(SNIFFLES) (DOOR CLOSES) Which I would love to answer, but I have some appointments.
It's not gonna take very long.
Did you ever work on something called Project Quill? (SIGHS) Uh Project Quill.
(CHUCKLES) That's a That's a name I haven't heard in years.
And? Did you work there? No.
Well, not in any official capacity.
So what capacity did you work on it? Building 60 was a psychobiology hub.
The idea was that, uh, students and faculty would talk over ping-pong tables.
That's all it was? Just talk? Mostly.
I'm sure there were those looking to apply their theories, but it never amounted to very much.
EMILY: Did you ever work on any of the experiments there? I might have taken part in some of the discussions, but I can't recall any specific conversations.
It was 30 years ago.
I'd just finished my thesis.
It's all a blur.
Would you like some water? No.
No.
Emily, have you considered taking some private sessions just for yourself? It wouldn't have to be with me.
There are other specialists working here.
No, thank you.
I've (SIGHS) tried the whole therapy thing.
It didn't take.
Well, I'm sorry.
And I'm sorry to have to cut short this trip down memory lane, but I have to go.
(SNIFFLES) That's a very interesting piece.
Who's the artist? One of my patients.
Let me know if you change your mind about the private sessions.
Felicia can always book you in for an appointment.
- Felicia.
- Doctor.
- Hi, Felicia.
- Ms.
Byrne.
Could I get Dr.
Oduwale's schedule for the next week? - I need to set up a few appointments.
- FELICIA: Hmm.
Okay.
- Maybe I could come back later today.
- Uh, no, he's not here.
He's at Fort Devens all day every Wednesday.
Fort Devens? FELICIA: Yeah, he has a private practice there also.
For the soldiers? Uh, yeah, he does trauma group, uh, private sessions.
- For over 10 years now.
- Thanks.
Fort Devens was the base Rex Wolfe was stationed at before his deployment.
They could've crossed paths back then.
And Oduwale could have pulled him into his experiments when he needed somebody with Rex's special skills.
Mmm-hmm.
The thing is, is that Oduwale is not listed on record as Rex's doctor in any of his military files.
Yeah, they wouldn't be.
They keep the medical records separate from the service records.
(MACHINE BEEPING) (OBJECT THUDS) Hey.
Hey.
You good? Yeah.
You? I am now.
Listen, uh, I was thinking, it's been a while since I've been in a relationship, or one that's not self-destructive.
And, um I saw this, and I couldn't help myself.
Oh, Jack.
Open it.
It's your birthstone.
Do you like it? Yeah, it's beautiful.
But I I can't keep it.
Oh, yeah, yeah, I know.
Uh I was thinking maybe you could say you bought it for yourself.
I suppose.
What's going on? Nick knows.
Not about you but he knows.
Uh Okay.
Um Okay.
What do you want to do? I can't keep lying.
You want to stop.
I'm sorry.
But I have a lot more to lose than you do.
My marriage, my family.
Yeah.
Thanks for pointing that out, Alice.
I actually have a sister and a father who'd be pissed as hell - Hi.
- Hi.
Look, can we maybe please just get together later and talk about this, please? I think we covered everything.
Hey.
Dr.
Oduwale treated Rex Wolfe at the VA long enough for a significant doctor-patient relationship to develop.
But don't let me interrupt you.
Sorry, Oduwale wrote a number of papers when he was at Saugus, and they're all online.
And you plan on wading through them how? By ignoring me.
- (WHISPERS) What? - Okay, tell me.
Citations.
Oduwale had independent access to Catalyst Diagnostics' database in 1982, and then again here, he cites it in 2013.
31 years.
- We need access to that database.
- Mmm-hmm.
We need to see what Tommy found.
I'll push that warrant through.
You want printouts of these files, or do you just want to look at them on the computer screen? The printouts would be best.
Any of the six names that you have in the database.
MAN: Usually, we don't let anybody into the archive, but warrants have a funny way of opening doors.
Oh, wow.
Tyler Brandon Mills? I thought that was all over.
Score.
I'm getting all six.
(PRINTER WHIRRING) What do you think? I'll see what else they have in common.
Okay.
Thank you.
Here.
Tyler's barely in here.
Look.
Nothing since childhood.
No regular treatments.
- Looks like he's a dead end.
- No.
- No, he's a part of the pattern.
- How? The violence, the hives.
MAN: Here are the other ones.
There's gotta be missing data.
How long do you keep patients' files stored? Uh, depends.
Could be a few years.
Could be decades.
Could be indefinitely.
We keep medical records, but we're also the largest biobank - on the East Coast.
- CAL: Biobank? So, someone could have access to blood samples from years ago? Not just blood.
We keep samples of urine, skin samples, organ tissue.
Anything that's left over from routine tests.
You know, biopsies, etcetera.
- Why? - It's an enormous resource for research.
Ever since the late '90s when genetic testing became more sophisticated, these samples, they're way too valuable to just discard.
- Cal.
- Is that everything you need? For now.
WOMAN ON PA: Dr.
Hughes to the NICU.
Dr.
Hughes to the NICU.
ALICE: Emily.
- Hey, are you leaving early? - Uh, errands.
Can we talk for a second? Okay.
Do you mind if we talk here? Sure, yeah.
(CELL PHONE VIBRATING) - You need to get that? - No.
Uh What's happening with Dr.
Oduwale? Nick told me.
Is there something I should know about? We're not sure just yet, but you used to work for him for a while, right? Yeah, for years.
Did you ever hear anything bad about him? No.
Never.
We're very fortunate that he's agreed to see Flynn.
Yeah.
I mean, of course.
But what about, I mean, his ethics regarding patients? Did he ever bend the rules? Anything like that? No.
He would never do that.
You really like him, don't you? I admire him.
He published a paper in 2013 about blood chemistry, and it's connected to something that the FBI is looking into.
- Being very thorough.
- Yeah.
I mean, of course.
It has to do with Flynn.
Listen, Emily, if you find anything that could affect Flynn We'll call you right away.
I promise.
Alice, um Thank you for everything that you've done for Flynn, for being there for him for all these years.
He's lucky to have you.
We all are.
(ELEVATOR BELL DINGS) Thanks.
- Hey.
- Hey.
What's going on with Dr.
Oduwale? If there's anything I can do to help, I can Yeah.
Nick, we're trying to connect him to your case.
Uh, Tyler Brandon Mills? - How? - (SIGHS) Come on.
Follow me.
Hey, you wanna come over here? NICK: What's going on, Isaac? We think Dr.
Oduwale ordered Rex Wolfe to kill TBM.
What? Oduwale got to know Rex Wolfe during therapy sessions at Fort Devens, and then used him to do the fentanyl murders.
(SIGHS) That's - Hey, hey - That piece of shit.
I know.
He was working with Flynn for months.
(BREATHING SHAKILY) It's Hey.
I I'm The We We, um We subpoenaed Rex Wolfe's phone records right after he killed TBM.
We figured we could get something from them like a friend or colleague - who helped him hide.
- Let me guess.
He had no friends.
Or they were all big fans of burner phones.
- We got nothing.
- That's a red flag right there.
Listen, Nick, did TBM's parents mention anything about routine medical treatments? All the vics had them.
See, Oduwale used these treatments to cover for his experiments.
Jesus.
(CLEARS THROAT) - We need to talk to the Mills.
- I can go.
No, no, no.
I'll handle it.
It's my case.
Thanks.
Thank you for agreeing to see me, Mrs.
Mills.
I wouldn't be here if it wasn't imperative.
Let's just make this quick.
The last time I was here, you mentioned sending your son His name is Tyler.
You mentioned sending Tyler to group therapy.
(TV PLAYING INSIDE) There were, uh There was an informal one that helped.
They met at the hospital.
I'm sorry.
I'm sorry, I don't remember much.
He was physically quite healthy, right? Yes.
We've reviewed Tyler's medical records.
We didn't find any recurring health treatments.
He was never given any psychotropic medications? Um, we We never went down that route.
My husband is completely against it.
Mrs.
Mills Sometimes when nothing else works, we do things.
We take calculated risks, hoping that it will pay off for our kids.
I certainly have.
Could you just Yeah, yeah.
(TV CONTINUES PLAYING) Tyler really connected with the doctor in that hospital group.
Now, I never told Chauncey this, but the doctor said that Tyler would dramatically improve if he started taking an experimental drug.
He said insurance wouldn't cover the cost, but he would give them to Tyler for free.
And Tyler told me that they made his mind work like lightning.
Would you be able to recognize him, the doctor? - Maybe.
I don't know.
- Okay.
Was this the man? - Yes, that's him.
- Are you sure? What was in those injections? I don't know.
- Did he turn my son into a killer? - (STAMMERS) - I can't, I'm sorry - Please.
- I don't know.
- (CRYING) No, please! CAL: The same person who ordered Rex Wolfe to do the fentanyl killings also ordered Detective Tommy Gibbs's murder.
Dr.
Semo Oduwale was Rex Wolfe's therapist at Fort Devens.
We also believe that he recruited Wolfe to help conduct experiments on victims.
CAL: And when those experiments went south, he ordered Wolfe to kill them.
"To clean up his mistakes" was the way Wolfe put it.
This is the first I'm hearing about experiments.
There were clandestine.
All of the victims had blood work done at Catalyst Diagnostics, which is why Oduwale picked them.
And we verified that Oduwale had access to their database - through Project Quill since 1982.
- What's Quill? It's a psychobiology think tank run out of Saugus University.
- It was defunded in the early '90s.
- We think Oduwale went rogue, and then he continued his experiments elsewhere.
On human subjects.
Heather Mills identified Dr.
Oduwale as her son's therapist.
He apparently injected Tyler with an experimental drug.
And Detective Tommy Gibbs connected Oduwale to Catalyst Diagnostics and to Project Quill, so Oduwale had him killed.
We want to bring him in for questioning.
Do it.
Bring him in.
But Julianne and Cal will handle the interview.
Emily, Nick, given your connection to Oduwale, you can't be a part of that formal process.
Understood.
Dr.
Oduwale, I'm Special Agent Gunnarsen.
This is Special Agent Isaac.
Thank you for coming in today.
- My pleasure.
- If you're ready Sure.
Gunnarsen.
That's an interesting name.
What's your background? - I'm guessing Norwegian or Swedish.
- You're right.
My paternal grandfather was from Sweden.
Does this man look familiar? Oh.
Rex Wolfe.
Yes, I do know him.
But I'm afraid this is a case of doctor-patient confidentiality.
Which I would be willing to waive.
Thank you for understanding.
So I take it Wolfe was a patient? At Fort Devens, about 10 years back.
I treated him for about five or six months.
He was withdrawn.
Avoidant.
We often sat in silence.
Did your relationship extend outside the room? It barely extended inside.
JULIANNE: Did he ever indicate violent tendencies? Never.
Have you had any contact with Rex in subsequent years? Not that I can recall.
But I'll admit, I've treated hundreds of military personnel.
I'm guessing that Rex is in some kind of trouble? I do what I can for my patients, but it's not an exact science.
I wish it were.
When I think of Flynn having private sessions with him ODUWALE: But any specific conversations It was 30 years ago.
So, what do you think? We have about 90 minutes? Two hours.
I asked Cal to slow-play it.
ODUWALE: Not that I can recall.
(SIGHS) Back in This is before the Gulf War.
CAL: You cited Catalyst Diagnostics' database as a resource for biological data.
How long did you have access to that? For the duration of one study.
I was only permitted to use their data on-site, under supervision.
They're real sticklers over there.
(INDISTINCT CONVERSATION) (KNOCKING ON DOOR) Damn.
Before the recent events at FEMA, were you familiar with Tyler Brandon Mills? Tyler was my patient for a time.
Difficult situation.
Tragic outcome.
Did you have anything to do with it? Excuse me? Perhaps it was the injections you gave him.
Did his mother tell you that? That poor woman, she tried everything in her power to help her son.
She gave him kava extract.
She gave him St.
John's wort, which was disastrous for his mental state.
Tyler's mother feels you were the one to give him some injections to cure his issues.
Instead, they made them worse.
Tyler's mother was preyed upon by charlatans more than once.
Now, sadly, she has me confused with someone else.
More than once, I have been the target of false accusations.
Now, do you have any more questions? Unfortunately, I have an appointment this evening.
Yes.
We have just a few more.
Am I under arrest? No.
Of course not.
Then I have to go.
Please make an appointment with Ms.
Crandall at the hospital, if you'd like to schedule in another discussion.
(DOOR BUZZES) I sincerely hope you find whoever it is you're looking for.
(DOOR CLOSES) (LINE RINGING) Come on, pick up, pick up.
(LINE CONTINUES RINGING) ON VOICEMAIL: This is Emily, leave a message.
(SIGHS) (CELL PHONE VIBRATING) - EMILY: Hey.
- NICK: (ON PHONE) Hey.
Hey, he cleared out his office.
He got everything.
He knows we're onto him now.
NICK: The interview's probably over.
Don't worry.
I got this covered.
(CAR LOCK BEEPS) (ODUWALE GRUNTING) ODUWALE: Emily? You better start talking.
- (GROANS) What's going on? - You have any idea what that is? Emily, you gotta let me go.
That's Tyler Brandon Mills' - phosgene gas from the evidence locker - You've gotta let me go.
Do you know what he had planned next? (EXHALES SHARPLY) He made these.
- ODUWALE: Help! - More portable, so he could take 'em wherever he wanted.
(GRUNTING) Emily You can't do this.
You're an FBI agent! I entrusted you with my son! I can do whatever I want to you.
I know Rex Wolfe was your patient, and I know you had him inject at least six people with some kind of serum.
And then you had him kill them.
I don't know what you're talking about! Bullshit.
Do you know how phosgene works? Do you? Emily, don't do this.
Emily! Hey.
Did Oduwale give up anything in the interview? No, no.
He never tripped up.
So where'd you go? Uh Oduwale's office.
- Did we get a warrant? - No, and it doesn't matter anyway.
Someone cleared the place out.
- Probably Oduwale.
- Mmm-hmm.
Have you seen Emily? Is she back? No.
She's not in the office.
She's not answering her phone.
Do you have any idea where she is? Fuck.
Dr.
Oduwale's house.
We have to leave right now.
Quickly.
Talk.
- Emily, don't do this.
- I said talk! - Talk! - Emily, please stop.
(ODUWALE HOLDS BREATH) EMILY: You're gonna have to breathe eventually.
That's how this gets inside.
(ODUWALE CHOKING) There you go.
- (ODUWALE COUGHING) - There you go.
Is your throat stinging? Your eyes are, I can tell.
I'd say you have eight minutes.
Three good ones.
Now that the gas is inside your lungs, we can just sit here and wait, or we could talk and I can take you to a hospital.
(EXHALES SHARPLY) Help! (COUGHING) - Help! - Oh, you're coughing.
This is moving faster than I expected.
It means that the tissue in your lungs and in your throat is liquefying.
(CHOKING) Emily, stop this.
- Please - I am happy to just let you die.
But I am curious, why fentanyl? (STUTTERING) 'Cause I failed.
I failed.
I had to cover all the traces so that the work could go on.
- What failed? - (ODUWALE COUGHING) What did you inject them with? A serum.
I developed a serum.
I injected them with resilience.
And it worked.
It worked perfectly on Rex Wolfe.
I cured his PTSD.
Is that why he was an efficient killer? No, Rex was a soldier, a disciplined soldier.
But the civilians, they failed.
They went wrong.
Emily.
Please, stop this.
And the gas attack? Did you inject Tyler Brandon Mills? - Rex took care of that.
- And Tommy Gibbs? - For God's sake, open the window! - Was Tommy a mistake, too? He got too close.
How did you develop the serum? (COUGHS) It started with animal trials.
Countless animal trials.
All failures.
I knew that if I was gonna advance the work, I needed a human subject.
(COUGHS) But I wouldn't cross that line.
I couldn't.
Until I got sent a package.
A vial of blood.
No name, no address.
Just a note.
It said, "What do you think of this?" That blood had properties I had never seen.
Way more advanced than the hormonal compounds I'd found.
And they kept coming, month after month.
Then I got an email.
"Are you ready to take the next step? "Are you ready to meet the donor patient?" And the rest you know.
It was Laurie.
She brought me to you.
Your blood was the genesis of the serum.
You are connected to all the fentanyl victims.
Your blood was in their veins.
You tortured me.
I made you what you are! Your resilience got stronger the longer you were caged.
I did that! Do you see her car? - Nick.
- ODUWALE: No! That's not phosgene, is it? Huh? No, no.
You won't kill me.
You can't kill me.
Not until you know about Flynn.
- Did you inject Flynn? - Untie me! Did you inject my son? - CAL: Byrne! - NICK: Emily! (BOTH COUGHING) What the hell, Byrne? - It's just tear gas.
- (EXPLOSION) NICK: Fire! Jesus! Outside! (ALL GROANING) (COUGHING) (GRUNTING) Thank God you're here.
Come on.
Get me outta here before she comes back.
Untie me.
Come on.
What are you doing? CAL: What was that? (GROANING) CAL: Oh, my God.
Oduwale's been shot.