Marvel's Runaways (2017) s03e04 Episode Script

Rite of Thunder

Previously on Marvel's Runaways Fear is clouding your judgement.
The staff is just a tool.
Don't hate it, master it.
I'm so burning you! Go to Wizard and finish the platform.
The only way to truly know if the platform works is when all four of us are standing on it.
Alex, can we forget for one moment - how we got here? - Forget that you murdered my friend - and a bunch of innocent teenagers? - I love you.
- Go to hell.
- Tamar says hello.
There is a fourth member of the Magistrate's family.
- I think that thing is inside of me.
- Kill the host.
No! We're not killing one of us! There's no coming back from hosting a Gibborim being.
I may have hid a few cameras in the Hostel.
There's Alex.
We have to get you out of here.
The Magistrate has found us.
Dad, I got something to bargain with.
Something I think you are definitely going to want.
Come on, Dale.
Please tell me you have one preset that's not a jam band.
All good? So, Dad, deal or no deal? You're absolutely certain she's bearing my child? I checked the biomarkers.
You are definitely going to be a father.
I'd congratulate you, but you're pretty bad at parenting, so this isn't great for anyone.
Bring her directly to the jump site.
You know the location? I have the Abstract.
Then you also know we don't have much time.
We leave tonight.
- You didn't answer my question.
- You'll get what you want if you keep this just between us and deliver Leslie and the child safely.
That won't be a problem.
She still thinks I'm Alex Wilder.
Keep it that way.
And, son be good.
Aren't I always, Dad? I can't believe this.
But he helped us get you out of those tubes.
Why would the alien do that? The Magistrate's son may have been dormant at that time.
Dormant like hibernating? Inhabiting a new host is a challenge for the Gibborim.
A stalwart host can resist the intrusion for a short time.
If their will is strong.
Wilder is stubborn as hell.
Or he was just playing us this whole time.
Think about it: the broken goggles, the fact that he could read the Abstract.
He skipped out on the "which one of us is a creepy alien" test.
Okay, so we missed a few red flags.
He was just trying to get my mom alone so that he could take her.
But it's not like he's going to hurt Leslie, right? I mean, she's pregnant with Jonah's baby.
No one is truly safe from the Magistrate's son.
On the surface, he projects no shortage of what you would call charm.
He's amiable.
Able to put people at ease.
Hey, what are those, uh, long brown ones there in the middle? Oh, those are the Long John Horchata Twists.
I have no idea what that means, but that's not gonna stop me from getting a dozen of them.
Good choice, my friend.
But under the surface there's a cruelty that has become legendary to my people.
He's notorious for the pleasure he takes inflicting pain on others.
Especially the innocent.
Very few have escaped his wrath.
Those who did were never the same again.
Oh, here you go, Mrs.
One dozen.
I called the crew.
Everyone's safe.
We're gonna meet up What's wrong? Alex, my water just broke.
You need to get me to a hospital.
Now! Chase, where did you put the keys you made for the Rolls? You can't just run back to my old house.
It's not safe.
I have to get my mother back.
What makes you think that Alex even took her there? Jonah's behind this.
I just know it.
We killed Jonah with the inhibitor pods when you two escaped.
No, we left him to die.
We didn't finish the job the way that we should have.
The Magistrate may have been revived with another life force.
You think they stuck someone else in that light-box-thingy to bring him back? No, the Son didn't hurt us.
He took my mom.
And I'm betting that that has something to do with Jonah.
I say we start at the house.
Who's coming with me? I cannot let you face the Magistrate Family alone.
Yeah, of course.
We'll all come.
Back up.
Am I the only one that remembers that we barely got out of there alive last time? And that was just against my dad.
Well, your dad.
The point is, there was one.
Now there's four.
I hate to admit it, Chase is right.
You don't actually have to hate to admit If we go back in there against the whole Family, we're gonna get our asses kicked and probably die.
If Alex was here, we'd have a plan.
But if Alex was here, he wouldn't have taken Leslie, which means we wouldn't really need his plan.
Never mind.
Molly has a point.
Alex would have a plan.
And Alien Alex clearly does too.
He wouldn't take Leslie to the Stein house because that's exactly where we'd go looking.
- So, where else would he take her? - I don't know.
But if he has been planning this, then maybe he left something behind that can tell us.
Okay, divide and conquer, people.
Let's turn this place upside down.
Like a scavenger hunt! We have to find her.
We will.
We'll get her back before anything bad happens to her or the baby, okay? Okay.
Okay, here's the plan.
We go in, you have the baby, then we're back on the road.
Alex, it doesn't work like that.
They're gonna want to keep me for observation and check the baby.
No, we can't let that happen.
There will be too many questions.
This baby is coming, Alex.
- Let me out.
- I can't do that.
Unless you want me to give birth in the front seat of this Volvo I know where we can go.
What did you do to the inhibitor pods? I thought that we were supposed to be looking for any kind of evidence about where Alex took Leslie.
And then what? We're still not equipped to fight.
- You said it yourself.
- That doesn't mean taking the only thing that gives us any kind of chance and smashing it to pieces.
That is not what I'm doing, all right? I'm seeing how they work.
Karolina was right.
We didn't finish the job with Jonah.
And these are defensive, designed to block their powers.
The strongest defense is a swift and decisive offense.
Coach Alphona told me that.
I hate to break it to you, but Machiavelli and Sun Tzu beat him to it.
Okay, say I am still curious.
How do we go on the offense? Well, we rig this inhibitor tech to something we can strike with.
It's like killing a vampire with a silver bullet.
Direct contact.
Don't move.
Be right back.
How's this for something we can strike with? What the ? - Where did you get these? - Quinton the Great.
The original owner of this mansion.
Some kind of old-timey magician.
Must have been one hell of a stage show.
- Is that ? - My mom's phone.
She left it behind.
- But that means - She can't call.
I know.
She's just mad because of her mom.
Also, this whole "our love will save the universe" thing it's kind of a lot of pressure.
She loves the Wiccan.
I am aware.
Yeah, but how do you feel about Karolina? I care about her well-being, of course.
Yeah, but do you love her? I am certain I fulfill the requisite quantitative and qualitative criteria.
Uh, it's not about the requisite whatever.
It's love.
You feel it deep inside.
And you just know.
It's like, you look at someone, and every part of you just smiles.
Inside and out.
You can't help it.
If you don't feel this way about Karolina, maybe this whole prophecy thing maybe it's wrong.
The prophecy is the only hope my people have had for millennia.
I have devoted my life to it.
If she is not my great love Why is my face leaking? Nico Nico Nico Nico.
What do want from me? I told you before.
I want to help.
Maybe where you're from, it's normal to pop into people's minds or pretend to be their mirror reflections.
But here, not so much.
You have to you need to leave me alone.
I can't do that.
Our fates are intertwined, Nico, whether you like it or not.
But you need to embrace the true power of the Staff.
The Staff was destroyed.
I burned what was left.
It's gone.
Except it's not.
Nico, come here! Los Angeles defense attorney - Catherine Wilder was found dead - Alex's mom, she's dead.
in her cell in an L.
correctional facility today.
Did Alien Alex do this? She was locked in a prison cell when it happened, so it's doubtful.
In junior high, she made the best after-school snacks.
Pizza bagels.
She helped murder 17 teenagers.
And Darius.
Tamar, we need your help.
Uh, what's freaky-ass cult church lady doing here? Take a guess.
Oh, shit.
I'll call you an ambulance.
No, no! Don't! It's complicated.
We can't go to a hospital, which is why we need you.
And what makes you think I can deliver a damn baby? You have one, don't you? I got a 1983 Chevy Monte Carlo SS with a V8 engine too.
It don't mean I can build you one.
Something's wrong.
I need help.
All right.
Come on, then.
You're all right.
You've got ways to go yet.
Just relax.
I need lavender oil.
Yeah, I'm fresh out of that.
I, I have some in my bag.
I just I left it in the car.
Alex, do you mind grabbing it for me? Go! Get her the damn bag! - Where's your phone? - It's in the kitchen in rice.
I was holding Xerxes, tryna pee damn thing's supposed to be waterproof.
Listen, we're in danger.
It's Alex.
L'il Wilder? No, please, girl.
We got nothing to fear.
He grew up in Brentwood.
It's really hard to explain, but I need you to trust me, okay? - You wanna call the cops? - No.
I need you to get this message to my daughter.
All right? Tell her where I am.
And take your baby and get out of here.
Here you go, Mrs.
Thanks, Alex.
Come here.
Come on, now.
We got to get her in bed and ready to have this baby.
Take her back there, make her comfortable.
Hold her hand, let her squeeze it as hard as she damn well wants.
No matter what, do not let it go.
When she's having a contraction, remind her to breathe through it.
Well, hold on.
Where are you going? I'm gonna go get on the internet and figure out how to deliver a freakin' baby.
Unless you became a doctor in the last five minutes.
All right.
I'm not totally sure it'll work.
I am not going to make the requisite joke about a man's broadsword failing him under pressure, because shaming culture is the antithesis of literally everything that I stand for.
But if you had made it, I might've laughed, because I don't base my sense of self-worth on the shape of my body or my sexual prowess.
That much.
Okay, so the plan exactly is? Well, the compound inside the pods is a highly concentrated version of the alloy that made up Karolina's inhibitor bracelet.
Interaction with the Gibborim's skin should not only neutralize their abilities but weaken them completely.
Like poison? - Exactly.
- And we're gonna coat the weapons in it? Yep.
We don't have many of these, so we're gonna need every last one.
Okay, hey, let me hold it.
It's working.
We just got a message.
Alex took Leslie to Compton.
They're with Tamar.
Okay, the weapons aren't ready.
We're gonna need at least another hour.
Keep working.
We'll take Molly and Xavin and we'll call if we need backup.
Hey, Tamar.
I could really use a hand in here! Tamar! Alex.
Alex! Tamar? Hey, Tamar, I really think that Now why would Tamar take Xerxes and run off like that? Well Now it's just you and me, Leslie.
The Hostel wasn't compromised.
You lied to get me to go with you.
I had to be careful.
You're in a very delicate state, and my father very much wants this.
So, Jonah's making you do this? He isn't making me do anything.
No one does.
But it's the smart play.
And also exciting.
The adrenaline response to all this stress is amazing! Second only to killing.
I do not understand why my father is so fond of you.
I imagine he'll be very sad to know that you died in childbirth.
You were supposed to run.
Really glad you didn't.
Moms gotta stick together.
Xerxes is safe.
Let's get you out of here.
Tamar! You know, I gotta admit, I'm impressed with your instincts for self-preservation.
Guess I was wrong about you.
I'm so gonna beat your ass, Wilder.
You should know by now who you're messin' with.
Oh, no.
Clearly, Tamar, you have no idea who you're messing with.
Did you think Alex Wilder could take a hit like that? What the hell are you? Alex, please don't hurt her! Oh, but I am so looking forward to it.
It's just too bad that your offspring isn't here to witness the fun.
- Leslie! - Mom! Alex, open the door! - Tamar, are you okay? - Alex! He went out back.
- Where's my mom? - Bedroom.
She's okay.
Wait! Take this.
Whoever that is, I don't think it's Alex Wilder.
Oh, God! Less than a minute between them.
Okay, you help me get some pillows under her hips.
You bathroom.
Cold cloth, towels.
Go! Okay.
You circle around, cut him off.
Oh, God! You're doing great! Is she doing great? Yeah, she's doing great.
Wait, baby's crowning.
We need to guide the shoulders.
Okay, sweetheart, piece of cake.
You've done this before, so your body knows what to do, okay? - Okay.
- On the count of three, I need you to push real hard.
One, two, three.
Stop! I take it your friend here didn't work out much.
Not really his thing, no.
You light that hand up, I'll put you down.
Yeah, I don't think you will.
That would mean killing Alex.
I can feel how close you two were.
You know, I don't actually have to kill you.
Right? Maybe I can just hurt you really bad.
Let you feel all the pain.
Oh, yeah, sure, go ahead.
Pain's kinda cool.
Makes me I don't know.
It makes me feel alive.
Maybe you and I aren't so different.
Definitely shooting to kill.
Of course, I could always jump into another body like yours.
Ooh, and then I'd have the gun.
Imagine that.
Your pretty little girlfriend's face when you turn around and shoot her point blank.
Oh, I would love to see that.
And there is nothing that you can do about it.
Nico! Well, it's been fun, Nico.
I gotta run.
I gotta go meet up with my family.
Maybe I'll see you again.
Nico! What happened? Where is he? He got away.
It's a girl.
She's tiny, but she's got powerful lungs.
She's gonna be a badass.
Karolina, meet your baby sister.
- Do you want to try? - Uh, no, I don't think I'm - I'm not a really good baby person.
- I'll take her.
Xavin, you're a natural.
Look at that smile.
It's coming from Alex's duffle.
What the hell is that? The Magistranian Abstract.
It's recognizing the next royal heir.
Oh, yeah.
Of course.
I should have guessed.
Hey, after we're done with this whole baby situation, can y'all do me a favor and literally never come back here again? So, you're telling me Alex Wilder is possessed by some kinda evil alien? I know it sounds crazy.
Except for the fact that he shot my ass with a beam of light.
From his hand.
Guess that makes you an alien, too? Half.
Anyone else? Xavin and the baby.
Well, Xavin's technically a Xartan.
She can shape-shift.
You wanna see? No.
I do not.
I'm just gonna go ahead and take your word on that one.
I'm gonna get you some water.
Xavin, I don't like that face.
Would you prefer I appeared as someone else? No, I meant the symbols.
And while I appreciate the gallows humor, which proves that you're kinda maybe becoming one of us, kinda looks like you've got more bad news.
Interaction with the royal heir has unlocked the Abstract's usage history.
It shows that a beacon to the Gibborim home world has been activated.
As far as I can tell, the Family plans to open an interstellar gateway between their world and this one.
Stacey told Gert something about a portal.
Wait, they can do that? I thought they needed a ship.
It's highly volatile.
And requires a very specific alignment of gravitational fields.
But it seems conditions are favorable.
So, when's this gonna happen? Tonight.
The coordinates are saying someplace called the Marine Vivarium Desalination Plant.
Pride's Clean Water project.
The seawater in the tanks means deuterium is readily available.
They could turn the entire place into a nuclear reactor if they chose to.
It's quite genius.
Wait, guys.
Isn't this good news? Jonah and his family want to leave.
As long as they don't take Karolina or the baby, we should just let them go.
Except they'll use the gateway to send back a Scrub Squad.
"Like a cleaning service?" she said hopefully.
Elite soldiers tasked with the elimination of everyone the Magistrate's Family has come into contact with.
We won't let that happen.
No, no.
You can't go.
Jonah is too dangerous.
We don't have a choice.
And you have to stay safe and with the baby.
Xavin, can you make sure that that happens? Okay.
Please be careful.
I really hope Chase and Gert have those weapons ready by now.
This is so dope! I know, right? What about you? Well, since I can't really hold anything with the Fistigons, I outfitted one with this What? - Nothing.
It's really cool.
- Mm-hmm.
And totally doesn't look like you're compensating for anything.
- See? I can find that funny.
- I get it.
Everyone, get familiar with these.
We only have one chance at this tonight.
The inhibitor tech should weaken the Gibbs and keep them from jumping bodies.
But we gotta make sure it stays in direct contact until they're - You know - Dead.
Are we really gonna do this? Killing our parents? And Alex? We'll do what we have to do.
Have you decided on a designation to address the newling? Oh, you mean a name? I was thinking maybe Elle.
After my father.
Speaking of my father Xavin, there's something I need you to see.
It's in my bag there.
It's my father's journal.
Written before Jonah twisted his teachings.
Read the marked passage.
I thought my father was a fraud, exploited by Jonah.
But reading this now so much has already come true.
He writes of a great love that will bring peace to the universe.
It's the prophecy.
It says my child will lead a world very far from here.
That she will save countless innocent lives.
Karolina? Keep reading.
"But this will require the greatest sacrifice.
Because the child will be raised by another".
"A noble warrior, who will love and protect her as her own".
Xavin, ever since I found out about this child, I knew in my heart that it would be very different than having Karolina.
That somehow she wasn't going to be completely mine.
That if my father was right, this baby has a greater destiny elsewhere.
With you.
Your prophecy and my father's prophecy they're the same.
But if we're both wrong? - If prophecies are just stories? - They aren't.
I believe.
In the deepest part of me, I believe.
Do you? Will you protect our child? The Staff was cool and all but, you do look pretty hot with that thing.
So, you like a girl with a sword.
Only if that girl is you.
Just hope it works tonight.
We're gonna make it.
You don't know that.
I do.
Because I have faith in us.
When my algorithm was breaking down, I watched you die in my arms.
My head knew that it wasn't real but, my heart I know what it feels like to lose you, Nico.
I don't ever want to feel that again.
We don't have much time.
But maybe just enough.
That's not creepy at all.
Sorry, I, um Wow, you look, um That's I I just came to see if you had any questions about the tech.
Really? Because I, um, helped you build the tech, so I probably don't have any questions.
All right, yeah.
Of course.
Okay, look You made it clear that there's no more "romantic us" and that you think that I've been weak and stupid.
I also said "insecure".
I may have also said "jackass".
I can't recall.
I don't think you said it this time.
You may be right.
What's your point? Since there's a very good chance that we don't make it back from this I wanted to tell you what I think of you.
Which is that you're amazing.
You're brilliant, you're strong, you're not afraid to be unpopular.
I mean, you stand by your beliefs no matter what anyone else says.
You're the most incredible person I've ever met.
- Chase, this is really sweet, but - I love you, Gert.
W wha what did you just say? I love you.
And I have for a really long time.
I guess I've just been too stupid and weak and insecure to tell you that before, but I just needed to say it.
In case I never get another chance.
This is the part where you say something.
A clever quip, an insult, a literary reference that goes over my head.
You should get ready.
We're gonna leave soon.
Yeah, everybody likes a good snuggle, no matter what planet they're from.
You are completely certain? You risked your life to come all the way across the galaxy to save your people.
I've seen you fight to protect Karolina and the others.
Xavin, I'm certain.
It's the only way to protect baby Elle.
You have to do this.
You won't regret this decision.
I will lay down my life if I have to.
I know you will.
Baby Elle's sleeping.
The medics you called are just checking her out now.
We didn't call any medics.
Don't look at me like that.
No, I couldn't tell him.
Because we're clearly just not endgame.
And we're too different.
And if he left us again I cannot believe you're taking his side.
Time to go.
Alex has the baby.
How dare you! I suspected you might overreact.
But these bodies have certain needs.
And this last body was particularly virile.
First, you try to bring the blonde one, and now this.
You really are far too attached.
Dad and I have a bargain.
The child returns in my place.
Absolutely not.
This family returns from exile together.
No new members.
You forget why we were exiled in the first place.
Even if he wanted to, you know he can't return after what he did.
You've been fooling yourself about that.
Mission accomplished.
I've given the engineers their "promotion".
Ooh, what did I miss? Your father has another bastard, and your brother wants to stay.
I wasn't made to rule, Mother.
What will you do here? It's so primitive.
I'll lead the kill team.
Something his talents are uniquely suited for.
So, they'll all stay.
And start a colony? Here on Earth? Sorry to interrupt your grand plans for intergalactic domination, but it's time.
Gravitational alignment's optimal now.
We'll need you to commence the sequence.
But after that, I'm going.
After we initiate, it will take several minutes for full power.
Well, have a fun road trip.
Oh, hell no! Oh, this is gonna be fun.
Not here.
We can't risk it until the gateway fully opens.
Draw them away.
Hide! Protect the baby.
That's right, you better run! Uh, why did they run? Should we just destroy that thing? Xavin said it could become a nuclear reactor.
Think we'd better leave it.
Guys, I really don't think we should stay out in the open.
Go find them.
If they circle back, I'll hold them off.
Please make your way to the exits.
Please make your way to Ah, shi No dino this time, huh, little girl? What the hell is this? That is something that we cooked up special just for you.
I don't know how you put up with living inside these awkward husks.
I mean, they're fun to ride around in for a while but there are so many expectations.
What to wear, how to do your hair.
Save it.
I'm not your therapist.
Oh, and I'm not your mother.
I thought about keeping her around for a little bit, but she was no fun.
So, I smothered her.
She's gone.
That makes this easier.
The muscle memory of her physical skills, though? That's still here.
So, let's play.
Finally getting revenge on the old man, huh? Feels good, doesn't it, son? Don't call me that.
I tell you what.
I'll let you win.
But you've gotta look right at me, so you can see the light go out in dear old dad's eyes.
Bet you regret putting me in all those self-defense classes now, huh, Stacey? Those are cute little knives, but you don't stand a chance fighting me alone.
She's not alone.
She has her sister.
I said I'd play.
Didn't say fair.
Xavin? What are you doing here? The Sacred Mother has a mission for me.
But we don't have much time.
There you are.
Father, what's happened? They've made some sort of weapons.
Likely with inhibitor technology.
Give me the child.
Your mother and sister are back that way.
Go help them.
Now! Stop! You're not going anywhere with her.
- Xavin? - We must hurry.
Wait, guys, what's going on? Wait, you're taking the baby back to your home planet? I thought we were trying to stop that.
My mom's orders.
It's the only way to keep them safe.
It's true.
Your destiny is not yet written.
But mine is.
The prophecy.
The great love is the love for a child, whether it is ours or not.
How can you be so sure? I feel it deep inside.
I just know.
I'm gonna miss you, X.
I will see you again.
I'm certain of it.
Until then, the Sacred Mother must stay safe.
I need you to protect Leslie at all costs.
- Uh, guys? - We have to hold them back.
You have the power to stop this.
It's in you, Nico.
Let it out now, or your friends die.
Tenebrae Tenebrae! What the hell was that spell? Did you just kill them all? No.
They're, they're not dead.
They're They're gone.
Ma'am, you need to sign in before Have a nice evening.
Venit umbra Venit tenebris Ego pracipio tibi.
Hello, Robert.
It's time to get up.
We've got a lot of work to do.