Counterpart (2018) s02e10 Episode Script

Better Angels

1 OPERATOR: There's an agent who's reached out from their side offering pertinent intelligence.
Howard.
I made his return a condition of this meeting.
May I have my husband back? YANEK: This is who my daughter has become? MIRA: I'm not your daughter.
I've been planting soldiers in their world for years.
How come I don't get a shot? There's something more important I need for you to do.
CLARE: One of them came back into my life.
I saw him and some others moving refrigerated boxes.
TEMPLE: And you think it was a flu virus? - The flu.
- What's your friend's name? Spencer.
Just tell me how it's gonna be released.
Stop.
- [feedback] - Fuck.
[grunting] What are you doing? [gasps] PRIME: Friend of yours? EMILY SILK: There's a meeting today with both Managements and Indigo.
Don't let Mira in the same room with them.
It's a trap.
Mira, no.
[screaming] I hear she's still alive, your daughter.
You should see her.
[indistinct chatter] [woman speaking German] [chuckling] Ooh.
Oh.
Ooh.
YANEK: Mira? Papa.
GIRL: Mama.
[gasps] [computer beeping] [whirring, clicking] Upstairs has an urgent message.
It must be read to all departments at once.
Thank you, everyone, for gathering together on this historic day.
Upstairs would like to thank all of you for your dedication to this Office.
We know it has been a trying time.
MARKOVA: "When this organizing body MARKOVA AND FANCHER: first established the Office of Interchange, it was done in the spirit of diplomacy and goodwill.
The belief that through negotiation and collaboration, we could cultivate a common trust between our worlds.
In the end, we were wrong.
Wrong to believe in common trust.
" Wrong to believe that goodwill between our worlds was possible.
"Wrong to believe that our believe our human experiment could be the success we so badly wanted it to be.
Several weeks ago, our worlds experienced an act of terror.
Now we have word MARKOVA: of an even graver threat.
A threat that can no longer be responsibly ignored.
" MIRA: Management has convened today, and in light of this threat, has decided that, in 24 hours, we will close the Crossing from both sides.
"Permanently and irrevocably.
You will be given one day to negotiate and execute the return of all crossers in opposing worlds.
Once that has completed, we will begin the process of terminating the Office of Diplomacy in its current role.
" - MIRA: Thank you.
- MARKOVA: "Thank you.
" "Thank you" MIRA: for your years of service.
"for your years of service.
" [indistinct muttering] [indistinct chatter in distance] No.
Ian.
Where's Nomi? She'll be okay.
And how do I know that? I suppose you have no guarantee, except that I may need your services again someday, and killing her wouldn't seem like a good way to do business.
[exhales] Nomi will be safe.
You'll get a message when she's dropped off.
Goodbye, Mr.
Shaw.
[woman speaking German over P.
A.
] HOWARD: It was a deal.
We all entered into it together.
EXAMINER: Do you have proof of this arrangement? Talk to Peter Quayle.
He no longer works for this office.
What about Josef Aldrich? He's dead.
Have you heard any rumors of an escalated attack on our world? HOWARD: No.
EXAMINER: Have you heard any intentions of this being carried out within the next 24 hours? I've told you everything I know.
Please.
Please, may I go home? EXAMINER: Howard, you violated the Neuman-Schwartz act by crossing illegally into the other side.
Why did you do it? I just wanted to protect my wife.
[phone ringing] [panting] It's her.
Clare? Guess again.
- Howard? - PRIME: Pretty good.
- What the fuck are you doing? - Shut up.
I have your wife and her friend.
H-Howard, if you hurt her, I swear to fucking God She's fine.
She says hi.
And she'll be back in your warm embrace as soon as she's told me what her people are gonna do next.
Y-You don't understand, Howard, sh-she's working with us now.
I turned her.
I-I've got I've got Temple here right now.
Oh, well, that saves me a phone call.
You can fill her in.
I'm sure she'll be amenable to this arrangement.
What-what arrangement? The one where I trade your wife and her intel for my freedom on this side.
Indigo is about to strike.
I'm gonna find out exactly how and then I'm gonna come back to you, looking for guarantees.
Understood? No.
Look I-I don't even work for the Office anymore.
Ah.
Well, it sounds like you're gonna need some time to work this out, then.
- You got my number.
- Okay, Howard.
H-Howard! How Apparently you were telling the truth.
I told you.
They're going to release a flu virus.
I was trying to stop it.
You want to stop it let's go in there and talk to your friend and find out how.
He won't talk to me.
Well, you have a great talent for manipulating people, so I have a lot of confidence in you.
Let's go.
You have 30 minutes.
Have a nice chat.
[woman speaking German over P.
A.
] MARKOVA: Okay, here's the last one.
Ramon Paul.
Diplomatic attaché.
- FANCHER: We have him.
- MARKOVA: What do you want? The warm blood perfusion system, the one you recently developed.
We can't give that up.
You have something that would increase our organ transplant success rate by over 50%.
And our ambassador died in your custody.
How about desalination techniques? With zero carbon emissions.
Only for a physical copy of a one terabyte flash drive.
[sighs] You got it.
I can't believe you asked for the immunotherapy regimen again.
I figured it deserved one more shot, you know, before we never speak again.
I'm gonna miss this.
Me, too.
You were perfect.
Everything she wanted us to be.
But not who I wanted to be.
What we had was enough for me.
I was happy.
No, you weren't.
But you could be.
The other night, I saw it.
The real you.
You mean, the one who thought he was in love with you? Well, I still love you, Spencer.
And not just for old time's sake.
Then why are you doing this? We have a chance to do something good for once in our wretched lives.
Doesn't that mean anything to you? This world doesn't fight fair.
If we don't destroy them, they'll destroy us.
You're wrong.
You know how I know you're wrong? 'Cause I dream about her.
My other.
I keep seeing this little girl the one whose life I envied and hated.
But we've been taught to believe that the existence of this other world is some kind of aberration of nature.
But what if this is all nature's plan? And the real test isn't whether we can eradicate this other side of ourselves? What if it's about acceptance? Think about your parents.
I bet there's not a day that goes by when they don't regret giving you away.
I don't have parents I have Mira.
And I thought I had you.
And what do you think is gonna happen to me if you don't tell me where the others are? [shudders] [scoffs] [sniffles] In one of Mira's old cabins outside of Potsdam.
I don't know where the cabin is.
It's too late anyway.
By now they've injected themselves.
They are carriers of the virus going in every possible direction.
Clare, betraying her will never fill the hole she created within you.
[door unlocks] [door opens, closes] [faint clattering in kitchen] He was living here with you? Until yesterday evening, yes.
I didn't know, Howard.
He was pretending to be you.
[exhales] How could I have known? There was so much I couldn't remember.
Emily, I-I don't even know where to start.
The the woman you knew I am not that person anymore.
When I got out of hospital, I discovered some of the things I did to you.
I knew who you were.
I don't understand.
Why did you put up with it? I thought it was love.
Accepting you unconditionally.
But now I think it was something more like cowardice.
Like if I confronted you I would lose you.
And you didn't want to lose me.
I didn't.
We've really fucked this up, haven't we? Yeah.
- [exhales] - I look at this person I was and I really don't like her at all.
I want to be better now.
So do I.
Well, maybe um, do do you think we can start over? I don't know.
I don't want to be her.
I can escape.
- I can.
- We all would like to be the better version of ourselves.
I ju I just I don't know if it's possible.
No, I-I won't believe it because I think we can evolve It doesn't matter what you believe.
Emily, I-it I've seen it.
Howard, you're nothing like him.
I think we have a choice.
And you can reject the worst of him and I can accept the best of her.
- Her honesty and - Emily.
I-I, I I just I don't know how to save us.
[knocking on door] Yes? Sorry to disturb, Mrs.
Silk.
There's a visitor downstairs.
Walked right up and asked for you.
Well, who is it? It's him.
Well, send him in.
Do you want us to stay? No, it'll be fine.
Well, look who's back.
- [door shuts] - What are you doing here? Was gonna ask you the same thing.
- I live here.
- Okay, can Could you two stop, please? Sorry, I didn't know I'd be interrupting a reunion.
- I won't be here long.
- Good.
I know what these people are gonna do.
You know anything about a little remote cabin in the woods outside of Potsdam? Yes, uh, M-Mira had a place like that on the other side.
I went there a couple of times.
Could you find it on this side? Yes, I think I could.
Those fanatics are there right now turning themselves into carriers for a virus.
They're releasing another flu? They'll throw a hand grenade in this world and close the doors.
[gasps] We need to go there right now.
Wait.
No, Emily I need to contact Temple.
She can be trusted, she'll get a good team together.
Emily, please, you-you-you're not ready for this.
Howard, people are going to die.
I can't stand by, I refuse to stand by and watch.
Okay, well, then I'm coming with you.
It's not really your area of expertise.
Yeah, I'm not asking you.
You can't shut me out anymore.
Let's go.
[tires screeching] Howard, where the hell is my wife? I don't know.
Ask him.
H-How the hell did you get back? I heard you had some trouble last night.
- EMILY SILK: I'm okay.
- No What-what's going on? Why are you all here together? Howard brought me some information.
He said he'd got it from two Indigo agents he apprehended.
It's a remote cabin west of here.
I think I can remember the way.
The people who are going to release the flu? Yeah.
I'm sorry, who are you? I'm Naya Temple.
You must be the real Howard.
If this checks out, I want my deal.
You'll get it.
Everyone, follow me.
[engines starting] Are you hurt? Shot, actually.
No shit? Also imprisoned been interrogated, isolated, sleep-deprived, starved beaten.
How was your month? [van door slides open] You two, stay put.
Guard them.
TEMPLE: I want this house surrounded.
One team on the left, one team on the right, and one team on entry.
There's no cars.
Maybe we're too late.
So, you gonna miss it? Playing husband? [door opens] Wait.
- Bring them back.
- Bring everybody back.
TEMPLE: The whole house is rigged.
Nobody take another step.
We have a shot.
- We could take her out right now.
- No.
She might be the only one of them still here.
If she dies, then we have nothing.
Let me talk to her.
No.
We'll call a negotiator.
EMILY SILK: There's no time.
Naya, I know these people.
I've been tracking them for years.
Emily, no no.
TEMPLE: Cover her.
Do you mind if I sit? I was supposed to have done this hours ago.
Done what? They left me with the explosives.
Said I had to clean up.
Where are your friends? What's your name? ETHEL: Ethel.
I have to die here.
And is that what you want? I just wanted to be someone else.
I didn't ask for this.
I wanted to paint.
Have some stupid job I hated, maybe.
Meet someone.
Be a mum.
- I don't know.
- You can still have all those things.
All you have to do is talk to me.
She won't let me.
Mira doesn't control you anymore.
She's not here.
You can be free.
It's all fake here.
What is? Me.
Nothing I am is real.
It's-it's funny, I recently discovered the same thing.
Why is that? I lied.
To everyone around me, to myself, to my husband.
I [chuckles] I do this thing where I run away from anything that's too hard.
Then I woke up.
I realized I didn't want to do that anymore, and that there was this this person that I could be if if only I listened to her.
Do you think there's a person you could be, Ethel? Where are your friends? Westbahnhof.
They take different trains at 11:00.
They die out there, - I die right here.
- No.
You're not gonna die here because we're both going to listen to our better selves.
[crying] [indistinct chatter over earpiece] [coughing] [speaking German] Emily, can you hear me? Help! Someone help! [agents speaking German] TEMPLE: Get her out of here, fast.
Howard, she's not your wife.
[engine starts] It's okay, we're getting you to the hospital.
Don't try to talk.
Don't try to What is it? What is it? Here, here.
Okay, okay.
I have it.
You're gonna be okay, you're gonna be okay.
Stay with me.
It's okay.
[tires screech] [speaking German] [speaking German] You're gonna be okay.
- Emily, Em-Emily - - Emily - You're gonna be okay.
[speaks German] You'll be okay! I'm sorry.
[woman speaking German over P.
A.
] [stammers] She didn't say anything beforehand? What's the precedent here, when it comes to involving the police? We don't.
Peter, those rules don't matter anymore.
We need all the resources we can get now.
[siren wailing] [siren wailing] Get on your knees.
Okay.
You never should have answered her letters.
I'm sorry.
You-you should have told her to stay away.
You should have told her to go back to her life, our life, her life with me, and then she might still be alive.
Howard you're right.
I'm sorry.
Do it.
Go ahead.
I would if I were you.
[gasping] I think she meant that for you.
You'd better go.
You don't have much time.
I'll tell the others.
[indistinct P.
A.
announcements] [toy train whistles blow] London.
Paris.
Munich.
Istanbul.
Warsaw.
Madrid.
No! [screaming] [yelling in German] [yelling in German] [siren wailing] [speaking German] What happened? Is it done? It's done.
So we're free? There's no place for us here.
- What are you talking about? - I made a new deal.
It's better.
It's what we should've done a long time ago.
WOMAN [over radio]: Multiple casualties have been reported.
Quarantine at Westbahnhof Station remains a necessity as the investigation is still ongoing.
Names of victims have not yet been released, and officials have not commented on the motive for the attack.
The passengers have been advised to avoid the area until further notice.
Bring this one into custody.
We'll question him later.
I got her.
Howard Silk tells me you're the one who got the intel out of him.
Did it work? Yeah, we've got people at the station cleaning up the bodies, quarantining the area.
It was good work.
Because of what your people did, they're closing down the Crossing for good.
But I have a feeling there are still more of them.
Aren't there? Your people in our world.
I want to help.
Good.
My father can never know who I really am.
We'll keep your secret.
A-And Peter must be reinstated.
Same position.
He's of no use to me.
I don't have any credibility without him.
We'll work something out.
But from now on, you report directly to me.
And I'll protect your family.
[door opens] [baby Spencer fussing over speaker] [announcements in German over P.
A.
] [Temple praying in Arabic] [continues in Arabic] [Temple continues praying in Arabic] Now I intend to pray four rak'as towards the Mecca I never knew.
Allahu Akbar.
[praying in Arabic] [Temple continues in Arabic] [Temple continues in Arabic] Amiyn.
[wind whistling softly] [door opens] EMILY PRIME: Ian? [door closes] Ian? SHAW: I know this note is a sad way to leave things between us, but I hope you'll understand.
I don't think we'll be seeing each other again, not for some time.
The truth is, there's never really been an Ian Shaw.
Before we met, I had another life in their world, one that I lost but never really let go of.
I guess I was torn between a love that was real and a life that wasn't.
But now I have to leave that all behind.
[chuckles] And you were right when you said our best work has always been together.
So I leave you with Mira.
I wish I could have given you more.
Wesley.
[beeping] [exhales] So Mr.
Schmidt.
Please, call me Spencer.
- Didn't take long.
- What didn't take long? For your father-in-law to pull some strings, get your job back.
You know, actually it wasn't him this time.
You wouldn't be anything without her.
No, you're right, I wouldn't.
[exhales] Well, the Crossing's closed now.
For good this time.
We've sent everyone home.
Except no one seemed to ask for you.
I have just one question for you Spencer.
How does it feel? To know that you have absolutely no one.
Do you know the reason we all admire her so much? You're fanatics.
Ask her.
Ask her what happened to her other.
[footfalls approaching] - Hi.
- Hi.
- [sighs] - Is she asleep? Yeah.
How was work? It was fine.
I met Spencer.
And? [both sigh] If this is ever gonna work, there's something I have to tell you.
I I don't even Can we not, maybe not do it tonight? Yeah.
I was thinking about the name.
Spencer.
Do you think it's too late to change it? Not if you don't.
Mm, maybe something a bit more girly.
Like How about Sara? - With an "H"? - No, not with an "H.
" - "Sah-ra"? No.
Veto.
- Oh.
Okay.
- You know what's pretty? - Hmm? Griselda.
- Griselda? Oh, God.
- [laughs] Glad you're kidding.
[door closes] [man speaking indistinctly in distance] [gasps softly] [whispers] Scheiße.
I thought you'd appreciate that trick.
Except this time I made sure it's a lethal dose.
[Mira groans] Very clever impersonating management, shutting down the Crossing.
My work is done.
I wouldn't be too sure of that.
[Mira exhales] You shouldn't underestimate the abilities of my other.
What was it like, meeting her? I never met mine.
[pants] Her life was too perfect.
And I know what happens when you see a life you never got to have.
Maybe you should have given it a try.
There might have been some hope for you.
My other will die in her own time.
They all will.
[groans softly] [breath trembles] Howard, how are you? Naya Temple.
We didn't get a chance to speak at the funeral.
Yes, I remember.
I just wanted to say how sorry I am.
Your wife She saved millions of lives.
I hope you know she was a hero.
That won't bring her back, though.
Listen there's still a transition underway at the Office, and I wanted to say that there's a position waiting for you in Strategy.
Like your other.
Do you really think, after all of this, that she would want me to be more like him? No.
I suppose not.
No, thank you.
I I won't be coming back.
I've been thinking lately, this life is not for me.
It's time I found a new one.
She'd be happy to see you this way.
If she were still with us.
Yeah.
If.
Thanks for stopping by.
[coughing] [clears throat] [sighs] Ah [children laughing] [chuckles] [coughing] YANEK: How long have I been asleep? [children's playful shouts] [grunts in pain] [children's playful chatter]