La Brea (2021) s03e04 Episode Script

Fire Storm

Ruth is impressed with me.
She offered me the council seat.
Why would she do that?
Why can't you just be happy for me?
Maybe whoever sent
that message was never
trying to help us find Eve.
Could be they only want the information
inside your head.
Microchip, and I
I think I was stealing it.
The government was conducting
time travel experiments.
You and a handful of
pilots were at the center
of testing that technology.
I just time traveled to
2021 from the Ice Age.
And you worked on a classified project
at Ladera airbase.
There's a connection there.
Maybe Ladera has the
answers we're looking for.
The three of us can help
to bring everyone home.
The lives of the people
you love depend on this.
If there's a way to get us
onto the base, I'm gonna find it.


I don't like this.
Gavin's contact should be here.
Maybe he got cold feet.
We are asking him to break
us into an Air Force facility,
give us access to a classified project.
Something doesn't feel right.
I'm giving it five more minutes,
then we pull the plug.
Oh, my God.
Gavin Harris?
- Sorry, do I know you?
- Come on, man.
I used to drink you under
the table at the Black Boar.
Who's this?
[LAUGHS] How the hell are you?
Hey, I'm sorry, I'm
actually meeting someone.
Totally understand.
I'll just keep their seat
warm till they get here.
Don't worry about your meeting.
He won't be coming.

Okay, what exactly is this, huh?
Who are you?
I'm the woman you're going
to follow out the back door.
- Move. Now.
- Right.
And if I say no?
I don't think you will.

- Why are they leaving?
- Let's go.

Excuse me.
Watch out!

Sam, is all this lab rat
stuff really necessary?
Your pulse is still high.
Your breathing's shallow
and your skin's clammy.
So yeah, it is. Let me see your eyes.

"Did you find Sierra?"
Find out who the hell they are.
"I know Sierra is Maya Schmidt.
Who are you?"
"The person that has your wife."
Son of a bitch.
"What do you want?"

"She did."
"Find the microchip."

That microchip I remembered,
what is it?
I told you yesterday how the military
was weaponizing time travel.
That microchip is the key to all of it.
- What do you mean?
- They recruited pilots like Gavin
because they wanted to
put that tech into planes,
make an entire fleet of time machines.
That microchip contains all
the code to make it possible,
at least that was the
hope, until it went missing.
So you're saying the chip
I stole was the prototype?
Gavin, do you have any
idea where you put the chip?
No. No, I don't remember.
You sure?
All I know is, it's not here.
And if I stole it from back home,
then that's where it is, which means
I have no way of finding it.
Wait, wait, wait.
I wouldn't rule it out completely.
There could be a way to
get a message to you there.
The Tar Pits.
Listen, they're
constantly being excavated.
We put a message in
there, it could get to you.
Sam, that's insane.
It worked once before, didn't it?
Besides, what do you have to lose?
Dad. Dad.
Iz, what's going on?
Dad, look. Come on,
you need to see this.
Leyla and I were out
hiking and saw a big fire.
It's just over those mountains.
That's only a few miles from the fort.
It's coming this way.



We don't have another choice.
Everyone has to evacuate.
Go with this group.
We'll be right behind you.
Sam, Gavin took Izzy, Maya,
and Scott to the Tar Pits
and they're gonna meet us at Bald Ridge,
the highest peak in the area.
That's good. That's
where everyone's headed.
You two are with me. Grab Veronica.
- We move out in five.
- Got it.
Okay, all of these.
You're sure you can handle this?
Veronica. Hey.
Listen, I came to apologize.
I didn't think before I spoke.
You deserve to be on the council.
It's good for you. It's
good for the family.
That means a lot.
It looks like the animals
are fleeing the fire.
Hey, Sam wants us to be
ready to leave in five.
Can I have ten? The council needs
to do one last sweep before we leave.
I feel like I'm in this
trial phase with Ruth.
I want to do this right.
For the first time
down here, I feel like
I have some kind of purpose.
I don't want to blow it.
Hey, you're not gonna blow it.
You're great.
- I'll meet you by the gate?
- Yeah.
Once we get this message
into the Tar Pits,
we head to Bald Ridge,
meet up with everyone else.
Are you worried it won't work?
I'm more concerned that the
message is addressed to me.
Believe me, I know this sounds
like a crazy plan, but
you said you've got friends
who work at the Tar Pits
- and they can get the message to you, right?
- Yes to all of that.
It's more the me that I'm worried about.
That period of my life wasn't
exactly one I'm proud of.
I'll spare you the gory details,
but let's just say that
I was consumed by a darkness
that made me a much different man
than you see today.
I just don't know if that version
of me will come through for you.
Have a little faith, Scott.

Hey, listen.
Petra, she's a really great kid
smart, kind,
and all she wanted was to find you.
I swore I'd help her,
but now she's gone.
Which is not your fault.
Hey, I am going to get my daughter back.
And I'll help however I can.
That's very kind of you.
There is something else
I've been wanting to ask.
About the meeting we
were supposed to have.
You want to know why
I reached out to you.
Yes. I want to know.
What's my place in all of this?
The truth is, I was told to
recruit you to the program.
But what would a time
travel project want
with an anthropologist?
I mean, not exactly my skill set.
I don't know specifically.
But those decisions were
made above my pay grade.
I'm sorry.
I wish I knew more.
The tar pit's up here!
Come on.

Well, ladies and gentlemen,
in several thousand years,
this will become Tar Pit 9,
the most heavily excavated
site at the museum.
Now what?
Now we pray to whatever
gods we hold dear
and send this message on
a little trip through time.

We better move.

Pick up the pace.
Hey, Sam. Sam.
Check it out.
It's a puppy.
Hey, buddy.
That's a wolf.
Yeah, a wolf puppy.
Look, he's friendly.
The answer is no, we're
not bringing it with us.
Sam, he's not gonna
survive out here on his own.
Last thing we need is an
animal to drag us down.
We keep moving. Dog stays here.
Let's go!

It's okay. Hey, I got you.
It's okay, buddy.
You're safe now, huh?
Yeah. Okay, great.
Keep me posted. Thanks.
I checked the parking lot for any
clues who might have taken Gavin.
I found his phone.
But I can't open it.
I just talked to a buddy at LAPD.
He's putting out a BOLO
on that woman's car.
So a wing and a prayer.
Gavin was our one way onto that base.
Hey, I know how hard it is
having your friends'
lives in your hands.
Believe me, I've been there.
It's not just my friends I'm failing.
I met someone. An amazing woman, Paara.
We were married, and now I'm terrified
I'm not gonna find my way back to her.
Gotta be rough,
not knowing what the future holds.

Can I ask you something about my future?
Here, I feel like I'm
failing Riley as a dad.
I just want to know if I
find a way to be a better one.
You two have come a long way.
So she's okay.
She's safe.
Sam, I believe if we're successful,
we're going to save
all the people we love.
Hey, is that Gavin's Air Force contact?
No, it's our friend.
Another person who fell in the sinkhole.
- Well, that can't be a coincidence.
- I don't believe it is.
Gavin, you don't know me,
but I have an amazing
story to tell you.
So you're saying Gavin was kidnapped?
Yes, but we're trying to get him back.
He's our friend.
From 10,000 B.C., where we all met.
I get it. I had the same
reaction when he told me,
but it's true.
This time travel thing,
"Terminator" or "Back
to the Future" rules?
I'm not sure what that means.
Is it string theory,
single timeline, multiverse?
Listen, you said you got a
message through the Tar Pits
for Gavin, right?
We need to know what it says.
We're trying to find a way
to get our friends home.
That message might help us.
That message told me to find
Gavin Harris, not you two.
I have no idea who the hell you are.
This is way too important to let it slip
into the wrong hands.
I told you.
We're his friends.
I have seen every time
travel movie there is to see,
and that is exactly
something a villain would say.
We are not villains.
Well, you've got the British accent.
- Scott.
- And you can't tell me where Gavin is.
And you've got this crazy freaking story
that no one in their
right mind should believe.
That message was given
to me for a reason,
and I'm not gonna risk
handing it over to two randos
that I've never seen before in my life.
Excuse me.

My lunch is here.
- It's time for you to go.
- I understand your hesitation,
but I'm gonna earn your trust.
By stealing my pizza?
No, by making you a proper lunch.


Hey, you cool?
I'm fine.
- Let's get going.
- Not until I know you're gonna be okay.
Well, I can't promise
anyone's gonna be okay.
You know, you should lead them, Lucas.
You're the one they trust.
Dude, I don't know anything about fire.
None of us do.
It's completely unpredictable.
I mean, it takes whatever
or whoever it wants.
Took something from you.
Riley was only ten years old.
The blaze took out the cell towers
before the emergency alert went out,
so the first I knew about the fire
was when I saw it cresting the hill
on the top of my street.
In barely a minute, it was at my door.
All I could do was throw
my wife and kids in a car
and drive.
But the smoke
it was so thick.
I was blind.
I had no idea where I was
or if we'd even get out.
You did get out.
Is something else going on, Sam?
Let's go.

So we have a choice.
Hey, what's going on?
We thought there was a chance
the fort would be spared, but no longer.
My scouts say the winds have
shifted in the lower valleys.
The fire is coming.
What are you gonna do now?
There's a river near the
fort where we draw water.
We've made a dam there,
but if we break it free
You'll flood the woods near
the fort, maybe stop the fire.
It's our only hope now.
You go back to that river,
you're heading right into the flames.
That's why only a small group
from the council volunteered.
You can count me in.
Hey, we need to keep
you and the baby safe.
This is our home. We have to protect it.
Okay, well, I'm coming with you then.
Hey, it's only a few
more miles to Bald Ridge.
You get the group there.
I'm going with them.

Just about everything in 10,000 B.C.'s
fleeing that fire.
- Hold up, you guys.
Hey, hey, you all right, bud?
[COUGHS] I'll be fine.
This smoky air is not helping.
There's a river down there.
I've got shirts in my backpack
that we can strip and soak
to work like air filters.
Good thinking.
Let's go. Give you time to rest.
All right, let's sit down.
Still feeling off from yesterday?
All right, just relax.
Slow your breath down.
In and out.
Dad, are you okay?

What happened?

Who the hell are you?
My name is Helena.
I didn't ask what your name was.
I asked who you are.
That you wouldn't believe
not yet, at least.
But I can tell you
something about yourself.
You willingly signed up
to do horrible things.
No, no, I'm not that type of person.
You are,
when it's the only way to stop
something worse from happening.
Like what?
A military funded a program
to turn fighter jets into time machines.
Think how dangerous that could be.
As their lead civilian consultant,
I made certain you were shortlisted
to be a test pilot.
What expertise could you
possibly have in time travel?
We'll get to that.
Once we were on board,
we came up with a plan
to dismantle the
project from the inside.
We did this together, just you and me.
We were going to help the world,
or at least make sure these
people didn't destroy it.
We're the good guys, Gavin.
I don't believe you.

For now.
But I'm about to show you
proof you won't be able to deny.

Whoa, whoa, why aren't you resting?
Scott, did you write a paper
called "Universal Flora"?
What? How do you know that?
I'm remembering more about the program.
They have a copy of your paper.
Well, I don't know how.
I I never published it.
What was it about?
Just boring ethnobotany stuff
extinct plants and their
regenerative properties,
but nothing to do with
sinkholes, auroras,
or time travel.
No, this doesn't make any sense.
There must be more to it.
Do you remember who told you about it?

I don't know who it was.
Somebody just showed it to me.
They had some scars on their arm,
three of them, right there.
- Does that mean anything?
Oh, my God.
We have to get to Bald
Ridge, where it's safe.
Maya's still by the river.
Well, let's go get her.
No, you guys go ahead.
I'll get her and we'll
catch up with you.
- Are you sure?
- Don't worry. I got this.
The account number you provided
gives access to this
safety deposit box here,
number 352.

Your thumbprint authentication
opens the final security lock.
I'll give you both some privacy.
What are we doing here?
Why does this feel
like some kind of trick?
It's not, Gavin.
I just need your thumbprint.
My thumbprint.
I thought you were
gonna show me some proof.
That's exactly what this is.
I told you we did this together.
I was telling you the truth.
Your turn.

Want to do the honors?

Now do you believe me?

The dam's just up here.
This pulley system is
how we release the water.
You've got a big problem here.
The pulley system is damaged.
There's no way to yank up the gate
and no way to release any of that water.
I mean, we've got to do something, man,
because that fire's gotta be
closing in on the fort by now.

We don't need to fix
it. We need to damage it.
- Sam, you still have that gun?
- Yeah.
You think there's enough
gunpowder in those bullets
to make an explosive, loosen
one of those support beams?

That's not a bad idea.
Pack the powder into
the bottle, shoot it,
could cause some damage.
He's heading toward the fire.
Damn it.
Sam. Sam!
What do we do?
You help Ruth.
I'll be back as soon as I can.

Try it.
I really don't need
you to make me lunch.
You don't need lunch,
but you do need comfort.
That's what this is.
You told me your mum made this for you
when you'd have a bad day at school
cheddar, brie, a
sprinkling of chaat masala.
Why do you think I need comforting?
Something's weighing on you.
Your apartment's a mess.
The video games, the comic books
you told me they became a crutch
after your older brother passed away,
how you'd use them to escape
whenever a problem would come
up instead of facing it head-on.
And these, brittlebush flowers
fresh flowers amongst all of this.
Scott, why do you have them?
Okay, I think you need to leave.
Back in 10,000 B.C., we
passed through a field
of these same flowers.
Your mood suddenly changed,
and I saw you pull something
out of your wallet and stare at it.
I know this is about a girl.

Yeah, you got me, Sherlock.

She broke your heart.
It's a little more
complicated than that,
but I lost the best thing in my life.
Since then, I guess I've
just given up on everyone.
It sounds to me more like
you've given up on yourself.
Scott, clearly people
haven't given up on you.
They sent you that
message from 10,000 B.C.
because they believe in you,
because they're your friends.
I know it's hard to see right now,
but we are your friends.
You can trust us.
Let us see the message.
"To Scott Israni,
call an Air Force
pilot named Gavin Harris.
His phone number is 951-555-0196.
Tell him he hid an important microchip
and that finding it is the
only way to save his wife.
At all costs, he must find a way
to get that chip to 10,000 B.C.
Good luck, Scott, and thank you.
Gavin Harris."
Freaking weird, right?
I mean, what's the deal
with this microchip?
And why does it have
to get to 10,000 B.C.?
I don't know, but it
sounds like Gavin does.
Maybe that's why this woman took him.
Sounds pretty damn important.
It's my buddy over at LAPD.
Let's see if he found that car.
You asked me who I was earlier.
I think you're ready
to hear what you knew
before your memory was wiped.
All of this is linked
to our family's legacy.
What do you mean, "our family"?
I'm your sister.
- You're kidding me.
- Half-sister, technically.
You're the only family
I have in this world.
Our father, he wasn't a
parent to either of us.
What he really cared about was his work.
What work was that?
Time travel.
He didn't care about
the damage it caused,
but you and I still felt
the responsibility of his choices.
He built his empire off
the bones of this project.
Their science inspired him to build
his own version of time travel,
which had terrible ramifications.
That's why we wanted
to stop all of this.
And we still can.
I still have access to
the program's network.
What are you thinking now?

That's a lot.
But I'm glad I know the truth.
Come on.
There's one more thing
I need you to see.
Here, boy!
Come here, boy!
Come on!
Here, boy.
Where are you?
Here, boy!
There you are.
Good boy.
Sam! Sam!
Over here.
It's okay.
Dude, what are you doing?
I can't lose anyone else.
What are you talking about?
I didn't get everyone out that day.
Once we cleared the flames,
that's when Riley asked about our dog,
and I realized I forgot him.
She begged me to go
back, even reminding me
SEALs never leave a
man behind, but I did.
I failed her, just like
I'm failing her now.
Sam, the only way you're failing her
is if you don't get out of here alive.

Sam. Sam, we gotta go, now.
No, no, no, we can't.

Are you sure this will work?
We're about to find out.


Come on!
Come on!

Good work, Veronica.

Impressive, isn't it?
What is it?
It's the doorway to another time.
Two times, specifically.
Go through the blue,
you're in 10,000 B.C.
Go through the red, you're in 1965.
That's where we're headed.
Because that's where
the program originated.
To finish our work, to
shut all of this down,
we need to go there.
These auroras, they
come and go in a blink.
We need to go while it's still here.
Gavin, you can't go anywhere.
Sam, Ty, hey. What are you doing here?
Do you have the chip?
Yeah. How did you know that?
It's a long story.
We need to get that
microchip back to 10,000 B.C.
Eve's life depends on it.
I hate to say this,
but this is bigger than your family.
We have to shut down the project,
and to do that, we have to go to 1965.
Okay, okay, hold on.
I just need some time to think, okay?
Gavin, the aurora is going away.
- There's no time for that.
- Well, then we're gonna make the time.
- Hey.
- I'm sorry, but this is not a negotiation.
Hey, hey, what are you doing?
Hey, put the gun down.
I'm trying to do the right thing,
and I think you understand that.
- I don't!
- You may not remember, but I'm your sister.
We're family, Gavin,
and we trust each other.
So I'm asking you to trust me now.
She might be your family,
but what we've been through,
I'd call us family too.
Deep down, you know I
would never lead you astray.
Please, give me the chip
and let me bring it back.
Helena, hey, just give me a minute.
- I need a minute to figure this out.
- Gavin.
If I get you down there, you're gonna do
everything you can to help
the people we care for.
- I need to think.
- Of course.
- Oh!
Sam, stop!
- Hey.
- Do not move.
You're making a mistake.
I made a promise that I
would look out for your family,
and that's what I'm doing right now.
Please, give me the chip.
Gavin, don't do it.

I'm sorry.
Go through the blue light.
I swear, I will make this right.

Hey, Maya hey, come on,
we've got to get out of here.
I'm just finishing up.
Where's Gavin and Izzy?
Scott, where are they?
You've been lying to me.

Three scars on your arm.
You said you didn't know why
your program was interested in me,
but you personally had my paper,
gave it to Gavin, which
means you must know.
Scott, I think you're
jumping to conclusions.
By the look on your
face, I don't think I am.
What else have you been lying about?
Have you been lying to Gavin too?
Has all this been a ruse?
I'm gonna tell him what's happening.
You're not going anywhere.
I still don't see him.
He'll catch up. Don't worry.
Maybe we should go back.
- Hey.
- Maya?
- What happened?
- Where's Scott?
I tried
I tried to fight them
off, but they took him.
It was the people from the base.



No, no, no, no, no.
No, no, no, no.
Wake up.
Lucas, please!
I'm awake. I'm awake. Hey.
Don't scare me like that.
Guessing you got the dam to break.
Some good aim, a little luck.
The fort's safe too.
I'm real proud of you.
I'll bet Ruth is too.
What do you say we go home?
Come on.
Come on, boy.
Come on.

Hey, buddy. Good boy.
It is good to see you too, Sam.
You okay? What happened to you?
That aurora I went through,
it brought me back to 2021.
I've been on quite an adventure.
I got your message.
- I can't believe it worked.
- Yeah.
- You did it.
- It's a long story, but we did it
the three of us.
- You know, I could kiss you.
Well, hold that thought.
There's more good news.
Now, to get back here, I went
through another double aurora.
I learned they go to two places,
2021 and 1965.
Josh and Riley, they didn't go
through the same color light as I did.
You think the aurora sent them to '65?
Yeah, I don't know how to get there yet,
but it's a step in the right direction.
Thank you, Ty.
All I know is, with this,
we're one step closer
to bringing Eve back.

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