Siren (2018) s02e11 Episode Script

Mixed Signals

1 Previously on Siren It's Mom.
She's in the emergency room.
Ryn help Ben's mother Stem cells from a deepwater marine creature.
[LAUGHS.]
Imagine what your father's going to say.
[HELEN.]
That's my mother.
Yes.
A long time ago, she was part of the group.
What happened to your folks wasn't right.
I'll never forget it.
[XANDER.]
Was sleeping with me part of the job? I'm here because I care about you.
Oh.
Then you look me in the eye and you tell me that you're here just to check on me.
You're not just a little bit curious about where they went? [BANGING.]
- [BEN.]
Ryn! - Raah! Ryn! Aaaah! [BEN.]
Ryn! [MADDIE.]
Ryn! [PANTING.]
Ryn! [MADDIE.]
Ryn! Ryn! [OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING.]
[HIGH-PITCHED CALL.]
Ryn! Ryn, where are you?! Wait.
Wait, wait, wait.
[RUSTLING.]
[FLAPPING.]
She could be anywhere.
We can't stop, Maddie.
The area's too big.
How are we going to find her? We need help.
From who? Nicole.
You really think we can trust her? We don't have a choice, Maddie.
She's out here, and she's dangerous, and we need to find her now.
You got everything you wanted.
Two of my best friends eating out the palm of your hands.
Willing test subject for, I don't know, whatever the hell your people are doing.
That's not everything I wanted.
Look, I don't expect you to forgive me.
I mean, how could you? You don't even know me.
Look, I gotta get this place ready for business, so My older brother was deployed two years ago.
Iraq.
I enlisted right after him.
Grew up in a military family, so it was kind of the thing to do.
Yeah, family business, I get it.
First week there, his convoy was hit by an IED.
He survived, but with lots of damage.
Wow.
I'm sorry.
I didn't see any action, but I had to do something.
I heard about this military program.
Supposed to help wounded soldiers walk again.
They said it involved the use of "exotic" stem cells.
Yeah, that must have been a weird day when you found out what that meant.
I volunteered to help in any way that I could.
I was low level at first, until the program's leader Guy named Aldon Decker Killed himself.
Yeah, I met him.
Military asked me to go undercover in Bristol Cove.
If I could help figure out why Decker died, they'd be able to continue his work.
I never wanted to hurt anyone.
[CELL PHONE BUZZING.]
Well, duty calls, I guess.
[BUZZING.]
[BEEPS.]
Hey.
[BEN.]
We did this to her.
The stem cell extraction, it caused Ryn to have some kind of reaction.
Her cortisol levels spiked.
Maybe some kind of defensive response.
Back someone in a corner, they're gonna react.
You should've told me sooner.
We thought we had it under control.
Clearly, you didn't.
I have to alert my C.
O.
You should think about that.
What's to think about? She's dangerous and on the loose.
She ran into the woods.
We can all find her and bring her back.
And do it without all of us, including you, having to get burned.
How do you think your superiors are gonna react to you letting this get out of hand? My only mistake was putting Ryn back in your care.
It doesn't matter whose fault it is.
We need to find Ryn.
It's why we called you.
Got the satellite link, just have to set the target area.
You're not gonna, like, nuke Bristol Cove from orbit are you? It's thermal imaging.
Should help us pinpoint exactly where Ryn is.
Yeah, but how do you know it's her and not some rando campers? Ryn's core body temp is different than ours.
Ninety-two degrees.
[BEEPING.]
If that's her, she's moving fast.
[PANTING.]
Ryn! [MADDIE.]
Where are you?! Well, so much for a quiet morning.
[HISSES.]
- [SNIFFING.]
- [TWIG SNAPS.]
- [ANIMAL GRUNTS.]
- [HISSES.]
[SOFT HISS.]
[GUNSHOT.]
[PANTING.]
Dad, it's a person.
Rifle down, now.
Are you okay?! You could get yourself killed out here! Hey, hey, hey, hey! Easy, easy.
Careful, buddy.
There's a girl out here.
I don't know what she's on, but she's gonna get herself hurt.
Did you see where she went? If you're smart, you'll get out of here.
[INTENSE MUSIC PLAYING.]
What the hell, man! Where is she?! She didn't come this way.
Maddie.
- Come on.
- Come on.
[HISSES.]
Ryn.
[HISSES.]
Ryn, it's Maddie.
Do you understand what's happening? - [HISSES.]
- Ryn! Ryn, please.
Please.
[SINGING ETHEREAL SIREN SONG.]
[SONG INTENSIFIES.]
No, no, no, no, no! Maddie, Maddie, Maddie! No, no, no! [SONG STOPS ABRUPTLY.]
No, no, no, no! Look at me.
You okay? Ryn? Can you hear me? Ben? What did I do? [SWEEPING.]
[BEN.]
You're sure you're all right? I mean, no accelerated heart rate? Anxiety? I mean, a little shaky, but other than that, I feel fine.
You don't remember anything, Ryn? I remember, but could not stop.
It's okay.
It's not your fault.
Not okay.
This is not Ryn.
Something change me.
Know I do bad thing, but do it anyway.
How do you feel now? Okay, now.
When I sing, I feel better.
Ryn told us before that the song does something for her, too.
Whatever it releases, it seems like it's strong enough to reduce the built-up adrenaline at a rapid rate.
Might be a good idea to keep the needles away from her for a while.
[BEN.]
Yeah, right.
But what about you, Maddie? What do you mean? I don't know.
How about the fact that Ryn just did her thing to you? You're acting like it's nothing.
Hey, we're working through it, Xan.
Says the guy who's had this song stuck in his head for, what, the last couple months? Look, can we just Just fact check, yeah, for, like, a second? So the three of you are working with the military to get some genetic goo out of Ryn and inject it into Ben's mom, and because of all this, Ryn just went "beast mode.
" [LAUGHS.]
I mean, I'm sorry, but y'all need to get your damn heads checked! That's just one guy's opinion, so He's not wrong.
About checking our heads.
Maybe it's time we considered it.
Decker's brain scans, the ones you showed me.
Can we do the same for us? Yeah.
Just gotta get you back to the lab.
If we know exactly how the song's affecting us Maybe we can do something about it.
You should've discussed it with me.
Instead you go injecting yourself with another experimental treatment.
I mean, I know you want to get better, but I think it did make me better.
Those awful side effects from the previous treatment are gone.
Even the nerve pain that I used to have is a little better.
I'm not going to be running marathons anytime soon, but it's a start.
You should've at least stayed in the hospital so they could monitor you.
You know the chances of infection are higher there.
They said that I could recuperate at home.
I just It got really, really close there in the hospital for a few minutes.
I thought was gonna lose you.
But things are finally turning around.
And we have our son to thank for that.
What do you mean? Ben is the one who found the new treatment.
He even had a specialized military doctor to administer it.
These guys are the best of the best.
So you've both been keeping this from me.
Don't blame him.
His intention was to help me, not to deceive you.
With everything that's been going on.
Now is the perfect time to put it to rest.
[DIALING.]
- [LINE RINGING.]
- [FRUSTRATED SIGH.]
Are you sure you're up for entertaining right now, Mom? Every day feels better than the last.
I'll see what we can do, but the timing right now is [ELAINE.]
Everything, Ben.
If I've learned anything, it's that time is not something I can take for granted anymore.
All of us could use a fresh start.
That's easier said than done.
Nonsense.
Tomorrow night, 7 PM.
Nothing fancy.
You can come with Maddie, and I want you to bring that girl from the hospital, the one who helped me.
I need to thank her.
Mom, uh Ben.
Please.
Okay.
[BEEPS.]
[MRI MACHINE HUMMING.]
[HUMMING STOPS.]
[TABLE CLICKS AND WHIRS.]
You okay? Yeah, fine.
How's your mom? Uh, she wants us to go to dinner tomorrow night.
She wants me to bring Ryn, too.
Ben's mother is better? Must be, if she's feeling good enough to see people.
Look, Ryn and I have to go, but if you don't feel up to it It's fine.
You sure? Wouldn't want to upset her, not in her condition, right? Yeah.
How soon until we see the results? Doctor says tomorrow morning.
[NICOLE.]
Your turn.
Have to look at Ben's brain now.
[CLICKS, WHIRRING.]
[MRI MACHINE HUMMING.]
[MOVIE PROJECTOR CLICKING.]
[KNOCK ON DOOR.]
Helen? Oh.
- [HELEN.]
Hi.
[LAUGHS.]
- [MADDIE.]
Is everything all right? Your message said you needed to talk to us right away.
Yes.
Thank you for coming over so quickly.
Like TV, but not.
Uh, this is called film.
Those are my parents.
These are the only images I have of them together.
That bun in the oven, that's me.
My father died a few weeks before I was born.
How did Helen's father die? Brain aneurysm.
At least that's what I was lead to believe.
What do you mean? That's why I asked you to come over.
We have a lot to catch up on.
We couldn't agree more.
There are more people like Helen? More family? Much more, but You think they're dangerous? [HELEN.]
I can't be sure.
The old man told me that what happened to my parents wasn't right.
I just wish I knew what wasn't right about it.
What do you think they want? As far as I can tell, to know that their secret is safe.
To protect themselves from the outside world.
Secrecy hasn't been a problem for us.
Assuming you can trust your military friends.
If it wasn't for their help, Ryn might not be sitting here right now.
I'm better now.
And just in time for dinner tomorrow night.
She invited you, too? Thanks for the tea.
Mm, all right.
[BEN.]
Good night, Helen.
[SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING.]
I can't believe it's real.
All those myths about the song.
That it could do something like this to the human brain.
Amazing.
Which one's which? Decker's, yours, and mine.
Decker's very dark.
Yes.
Lesions of some sort.
Maddie's not so dark.
[MADDIE.]
Because it just happened, and you just sang to me.
But there is something there.
The damage to yours seems to be somewhere between hers and Aldon Decker's.
Let's hope it stays that way.
I do this to Ben and Maddie? Make heads dark? No.
Well, not intentionally.
The question is, why is it doing that? When Ben has struggled with it, he seems to become more obsessive.
It seems to tap into the prefrontal cortex, which controls reason and emotion.
Another way of saying "impulse control.
" That means how we choose to act, good or bad.
Song makes you do things you don't want to.
Like Ryn.
Not exactly.
I think in our case, it might make us do things we want to do, but usually stop ourselves from doing.
[MADDIE.]
Just because it makes you more obsessive doesn't mean it'll do the same to me.
If it does anything at all.
[BEN.]
Right.
Like alcohol.
Drinking affects everyone differently.
If we could record the song itself, we could look into its effects.
I do this before.
Sing for recording.
For Ben and Maddie.
We've been wanting to analyze it, but not had the means.
Maybe it's the only way.
See if it's a bell that can be un-rung.
[CELL PHONE RINGING.]
Hey, Mom? It's not a really good time.
Dad can't help? All right.
I'll be right over.
I gotta get over to my mom's.
She needs help, doesn't want to bother my dad.
I'll come with you.
No, you keep working.
I'll see you tonight.
Maddie? Call me if anything You'll be the first to know.
[POP MUSIC PLAYING.]
[MUSIC GROWS DISTORTED.]
[SIREN SONG ECHOING.]
[ROCK MUSIC PLAYING.]
[MALE SINGER.]
Tell me where to hide [BEN SIGHS.]
[KEYBOARD CLICKS.]
Incredible.
This is my song? Yeah.
Broken down into pieces.
[FRAGMENT OF SIREN SONG PLAYS.]
Song is broken? No, no, no.
The The pieces are, mixed together to make one sound.
One song.
[LOWER FRAGMENT PLAYING.]
[HIGHER FRAGMENT PLAYING.]
One song composed of hundreds of frequencies and layers.
This many layered frequencies from one voice.
How is that possible? All different levels, polyphonics, amplitudes.
I've never seen anything like it, not even from whales or dolphins.
[NICOLE.]
Now that we've isolated them, - we need to test them individually.
- Yeah, on it.
[FRAGMENTS PLAYING.]
I could listen in real time, while you monitor each one.
What? Is that safe? Ben is sure? If we want answers, we have to try.
- [LIGHT BUZZING.]
- Must be the circuit breaker.
I'm sorry, Maddie.
- I wouldn't have asked you - It's okay.
It's, uh, right here.
So how are things? [BREAKER CLICKS.]
Not good.
I think all this wiring might be shot.
No.
I meant how are you? How's Ben? How's your other friend Ryn? We're fine, Mom.
You don't have to keep me in the dark, Maddie.
I'm not that old-fashioned.
People have all kinds of relationships these days.
I just want to make sure that yours is healthy.
That looks dangerous.
Not worth you getting hurt.
I'll call the electrician.
Maddie, just leave it.
No! I can fix it! What a piece of crap.
- Maddie, just - Leave me alone! Aah! What's gotten into you? Something's wrong.
Talk to me.
I have to go.
[SCREWDRIVER CLATTERS.]
Maddie! Ben and Maddie are very close to you.
Very protective of you.
Does your song have anything to do with that? Not just song.
With Ben and Maddie, it is more.
More? Yes.
Ryn loves Ben and Maddie.
Ryn makes love with Ben and Maddie.
[OVER HEADPHONES.]
Ready? Yeah.
Let's do this.
Here we go.
The song in full.
All frequencies.
[SIREN SONG PLAYING.]
[MONITORS BEEPING.]
My song does this? [SIREN SONG CONTINUING.]
Whoa.
[SONG CONTINUING.]
I'm going to play the frequencies I was able to isolate.
See how they affect yo.
[BEEPING.]
[VARYING PITCHES PLAYING.]
[DAWSON.]
Incredible.
[NICOLE.]
What? Most humans can hear frequencies between 20 hertz and 20,000.
Sea creatures, like some dolphins, can hear frequencies up to 100,000 hertz, while some whales can hear infrasonic sounds as low as seven hertz.
The range of these frequencies, they're unlike anything I've ever seen.
[BEEPING.]
[VARYING PITCHES PLAYING.]
[SOUND INTENSIFYING.]
Ben is in pain? [HISSING.]
[LOUD DISCORDANT NOTES.]
[RYN SCREAMING.]
- Stop this! - [RECORDING STOPS.]
[BREATHING HEAVILY.]
[CUSTOMERS CONVERSING.]
So, uh, anything show up? When they were looking at your brain, or whatever.
Still running more tests, but Everything looks okay.
Good.
This, um, song thing, what does it do to you? I mean, besides make you drink before 5:00 or move to Iowa.
[LAUGHS.]
All depends on the person.
I know I feel good.
I think that's the IPA talking.
[LAUGHS.]
What? Wanted to tell you, I'm glad you're doing better.
You're a good guy, Xan.
You deserve to be happy.
Thanks.
You know, so do you.
It's good to see that you're giving yourself a break for a change.
You weren't always the Maddie who felt like she had to take care of everyone else.
[LAUGHS.]
Not always having to control everything? Just doing what feels right in the moment.
I forgot what it's like.
- Feels good.
- Yeah, I bet.
[LAUGHING.]
Yeah.
[SIREN SONG ECHOING.]
Whoa.
Hey.
What are you doing? Maddie.
Maddie.
[DOOR OPENS.]
[DOOR CLOSES.]
[BOAT HORN BLOWS.]
Ryn, remember, we're pretending that we're just friends, okay? But more than friends.
Ryn lie? Yeah, kind of.
But this is for my mom's sake.
You helped her in the hospital.
She wants to thank you.
She doesn't need to know any more than that.
Not right now.
Brother! - Hey, man.
- Hey.
And who might this be? This is Ryn, Maddie's exchange student friend from Finland.
Wait a minute.
You You look really familiar.
[SNAPS.]
It was a pool party at the Siren Song Motel a while back, right? Yes.
All right.
Well, let me take that.
- Come on inside, guys.
- All right.
I have to admit, I was surprised to hear from you.
[LAUGHS.]
Much less find myself sitting in your home.
We're family, Helen.
It threw me for a loop when I found out, but I think maybe it's time we started acting like it.
I agree.
[SOFT JAZZ PLAYING.]
- Mom.
- Hey.
You look so good.
[LAUGHS.]
I'm so glad you made it.
I see you brought my favorite new person.
It's so good to see you again.
Ryn friend from Finland.
How lovely.
Where's Maddie? She's held up.
She'll She'll be here.
Ben.
Dad.
I'm sorry.
I don't think we've met.
I'm Ted, Ben's father.
This is Ryn, Ben's friend.
From Finland.
Oh, wow.
What city you from? No city.
Mm.
A country girl.
I like it.
Yeah.
Well, it's nice to meet you, Ryn.
You mind if I steal him for a second? Stealing is bad.
[LAUGHTER.]
It's okay.
I'll be right back.
So I don't know what kind of strings you pulled, but, uh, your mother's recovery is progressing extremely well.
She told you.
Yeah.
After the fact, if you ask me.
Why the hell didn't you tell me? - What were you thinking, huh? - Dad, there was no time.
If I had told you, would you have ever gone along with it? Look, it was Mom's choice, Dad.
She made it.
Your mother gets her mind set on something, trying to change it is an exercise in futility.
Yeah.
On that we can agree.
So, you two met in the hospital? - Mm-hmm.
- Yes.
I help Ben's mother.
She sure did.
Visited me at my worst.
Alleviated the pain.
How did she do that? I'm not sure, actually.
She just sort of placed her hands above me and sang.
She sang to you? Not song.
Different sound.
For helping.
Well, whatever it was, I need to download it, because it worked wonders.
By the way, I got a copy of that video from Klesco Oil.
Want to get your take on this.
They say no human can possibly swim this deep.
You're the expert.
What do you think? [DRILL GRINDING.]
[BEN.]
Looks like someone is playing a very good trick on Klesco.
What do you mean? Like you said, there's no other explanation.
It just makes no sense.
I'm curious, how did you and Ben become friends? Ben almost hit me with car.
Um Avid bicyclist, this one.
- Oh.
- [HELEN LAUGHS.]
Thank God she had a helmet on, hmm? How are you guys doing? Oh, just in time.
I need a drink.
Ryn? Mom, I know I already said it, but, really, you look so great.
Well, I can't wait to start feeling even better.
Yeah, slow but steady.
I hope not too slow.
Do you know when I'll be getting my next dose? I'm not sure.
I'll talk to the doctor.
Great.
[CLINK.]
[SIGHS.]
[SOFT JAZZ PLAYING.]
[DRAMATIC MUSIC FADES IN.]
[GASPS.]
[SIREN SONG ECHOING.]
[BUTTONS CLICKING.]
[SIREN SONG CONTINUING.]
[BRAKES SCREECH.]
[PANTING.]
[GASPING.]
[SOFT JAZZ PLAYING.]
I'm so happy you could all join us.
Yeah.
I'd like to thank you all for coming.
Our family's been through a lot.
Means more to me than you know.
Being in the hospital, uh, made me realize what's really important.
To family.
Yeah.
[TED.]
To new friends, and to those who matter most.
[FOOTSTEPS.]
[ELAINE.]
Maddie! Oh, you made it.
I'm so glad.
Um, please sit.
You're just in time.
So Sylvia has prepared her world famous duck roast.
It should be one for the books.
You okay? Yeah.
All right.
You've known Maddie the longest out of all her friends.
Probably knew her better than I ever did.
I guess I thought if anyone can tell me what's really going on with her, - it might be you.
- [SIGHS.]
Well, she's She's had a rough few months.
Yeah.
Lots of work stress.
But you know Maddie.
She's a fighter, yeah? Whatever's getting her worked up, don't worry, she'll bounce back.
I don't mean to sound closed-minded, and it's not that I care that she's seeing more than one person, man or woman, it's just Um Um, uh I'm sor What do you mean? Her being with Ben and Ryn? They're You know, together.
[LAUGHING.]
Come on.
No, no, it's Ryn's a She's Wait.
So Ryn and Maddie and Ben Are in a relationship together.
In the biblical sense.
Ryn told me herself.
You didn't know? [COUGHS.]
Ryn, when are you going back to Finland? Ryn is on a an extended visa program.
I stay on land.
My choice.
Ted, can I ask you something? The old well out the back, how long's it been there? Hmm? By the garden.
I've seen it before.
[ELAINE.]
Maddie, I, uh I happened to see your mother a few weeks ago.
She looked great.
Oh.
Thanks.
I'm sure it's been a a long road, but I was really happy to see her doing better.
Me too.
Very happy.
[DISCORDANT MUSIC PLAYING.]
[VOICE MUFFLED AND ECHOING.]
And if I mean, when I feel up to it, I want to come and see you at the Research Center.
Been way too long.
[ELAINE CONTINUES INDISTINCTLY.]
[RYN'S VOICE ECHOING.]
Is Maddie mad? Maddie is not okay.
No.
Not okay.
Because Maddie lie.
Ryn doesn't want to lie.
Not about being with Ben and Maddie.
[RYN.]
Others should know.
But We are in love.
Yes.
We're in love.
[DISCORDANT MUSIC CRESCENDOS AND ENDS.]
We're in love.
The three of us! Okay then.
No more pretend? [CLEARS THROAT.]
[CLEARS THROAT.]
I I'm sorry.
Excuse me.
Uh [CLEARS THROAT.]
She hasn't been feeling well.
- Oh.
- Excuse me.
I should I should, uh Uh, well Thank you for food.
[RAT SQUEAKING.]
- [KEYBOARD CLICKS.]
- [SIREN SONG PLAYING.]
[SQUEAKING.]
[SIREN SONG CONTINUING.]
You playing the right one? Yes, ma'am.
Turn it up.
[SIREN SONG PLAYING LOUDER.]
[DISTRESSED SQUEAKS.]
Shut it off! [SCREECHING.]
I said [SIREN SONG STOPS.]
[CLEARS THROAT.]
Don't mean to disturb you.
Oh, no, come on in.
Sorry I was so, uh, distracted at dinner.
It's understandable.
That was quite the show.
[LAUGHS.]
That's one way to put it.
I just hope those three figure it out, whatever it is.
Yeah.
You were asking about the, uh The well? It adds a lot of character to the property, don't you think? Oh, sure does.
There used to be a cottage next to it, am I right? That's right.
How'd you know that? I don't know how to explain this.
I believe my mother and father lived there.
What? I have an old home movie of them, taken just before I was born.
I must've watched it a hundred times, but I never knew it was in your backyard.
The cottage, do you know what happened to it? [EXHALES.]
Uh, fire, I think.
But, like I said, it was before my time.
I remember seeing it in a bunch of old family photo albums, but, uh, I never really thought much of it.
I figured it was for storage.
Seems that wasn't the case.
[FEMALE SINGER.]
Oh-oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh Oh-oh oh-oh You said I had discretion in how I conducted my relationship Relax, you're not in trouble.
I want to thank you, actually.
You've been a big help.
Now, this sound.
This song.
Whatever it is, make it your top priority.
Oh-oh oh-oh This is gonna be the death of me The death of me, yeah I still can't believe what I said.
Your mom probably thinks I'm a basket case.
Look, the song affects everyone differently.
It wasn't you.
Wasn't it? Wasn't it what I really wanted to say and just didn't stop myself from saying it? Look, we have to keep experimenting on the recording.
Find a solution.
No more dark spots.
It won't be long until your mom needs another injection.
If we keep taking stem cells, Ryn will need to sing to someone again to counteract the effects.
She'll have to sing to me.
I can't stop now.
We don't know how much more your brain can take.
Then we better figure something out, and quick.
Oh-oh oh-oh This is gonna be the death of me The death of me, yeah