The Ipcress File (2022) s01e05 Episode Script

Episode 5

So, you're sending a couple of spies to Sopinofu.
Shouldn't they be busy looking for that missing scientist of yours? Who says they're not? Find out what she knows, one way or another.
Talk to me about Ipcress.
Tell me what it stands for.
You don't have a patient here, you have a scientific instrument that's crucial to the mission.
Dalby's in Helsinki.
Any idea why? None of my business.
You'll need to be debriefed in London.
I will be waiting for you.
I got this bastard in my sights.
We have an interest in Palmer.
And if the situation changes? Then you'll be the first to know.
You're being set up as a Soviet spy.
It's not the Soviets that abducted Professor Dawson, it's the Americans.
'I think we can contain this.
' I have confidence that you will.
'Let's not leave any loose ends.
' They'll be coming for you.
Get out, Harry.
Concentrate on getting off this island alive.
I don't think you got it in you any more, Harry.
"President of the United States of America to Joint Chiefs of Staff, "12th June 1963.
"And so, notwithstanding the success of the recent test, "it is the decision of this administration "that the Enhanced Radiation Weapon programme "be discontinued forthwith.
"And a treaty to ban all nuclear testing will be drawn up.
" I am sorry, sir.
Who the hell's this? We gave him a school physics paper.
Couldn't answer a single question.
Some forms of viral encephalitis can result in state like this.
Lead poisoning, of course, or drug toxicity.
Prospects for recovery? Limited, I'd say.
'Can't remember a thing.
' Not so far.
Nothing between the abduction and his return.
If it was an abduction.
Look, William, move on.
The Americans are our allies.
Next month, JFK will be paying us the honour of a visit, and your disruptive theories will not be welcome.
Concentrate on what you can do to fend off the envious vultures that circle your department.
This new defector, for example.
Dr Lavotchkin.
Sounds promising.
Top notch boffin from the East.
My agents are to debrief her, and I'll present my recommendation.
Did you kill her? No, Palmer, you did.
Don't you wanna know what we're gonna do to you? Take me out to dinner, perhaps.
Any day now, I will receive a verbal instruction.
The water beneath us is 4,500 feet deep.
Under cover of darkness, we will tie you to a 200lb block of concrete and drop you into the ocean.
I see.
I did wonder, but now you've put my mind at rest The next time you hear that door open will be the last time.
'Palmer was convinced 'and had reason to believe that Dawson was on that island.
' But provided to no evidence to confirm that, and now Palmer is the one who is missing.
But from his conversations with Dr Newton Who is, tragically, deceased.
Possibly suicide, possibly not.
The list of things we will never know grows ever longer.
The Americans know where Palmer is.
Not according to them, they don't.
Then they're lying.
There's nothing we can do.
Our hands are tied.
And in the interests of trans-Atlantic relations, we are obliged to let the matter rest.
And Harry? I hope he's all right.
That's the best I can offer.
Do you see, Jean? Bluntly, Corporal Palmer is not worth the special relationship.
'On December 29th 1962, President John F Kennedy 'welcomed home members of the Cuban exile Brigade 'who were taken prisoner by Fidel Castro 'after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion.
'This rally, in Miami's Orange Bowl, 'was also intended to reconcile the President 'with the Cuban exile community.
'Many felt he had not given the invasion 'sufficient military support.
' 'Gentlemen of the Brigade, I need not tell you' Not every day I get a visitor.
Would have rolled out the red carpet if I'd had more notice.
How you doing? I'm OK.
How you doing? Well, let's add it all up, shall we? I'm a cripple.
Mary's gone, which is for the best for her because I would not want her to be with a cripple.
I'm broke, on account of the invasion not being officially sanctioned.
So, being crippled, wasn't officially in the line of duty, which is for the best for America because I would not want America to have to finance a cripple.
So that leaves pretty much as I am.
But, hey, going through all my shit look what I found.
They were good men.
You can keep it.
I never was much of one for mementoes.
I want you to keep it.
Do you ever think about how it could've been different? Every day.
One squadron of F-11s is all it would have taken.
One damn squadron.
That's all we had to send.
We could've marched all the way to Havana and smoked a cigar.
We could.
I see you still got his picture up.
Well, I'm Irish.
I voted for him.
So did I.
Look, anything I can do for you? Sure.
Before you go, there's a .
38 in the bedroom and a box of ammunition.
Kind of awkward to load with one hand, so if you wouldn't mind slotting one round into the chamber before you go, I'd be so very grateful.
'Obviously, we're delighted 'you wish to make the United Kingdom your home, 'that you would wish to contribute your skills 'to assisting with our defence.
' Nevertheless, I must emphasise the more you tell us, the better.
An attitude of complete candour will work in your favour, no matter how awkward.
I understand.
Thank you.
And with that understanding, we shall proceed.
'Let's start at the beginning, shall we? 'Tell us about your childhood.
' Somewhere to live? Yes.
What's wrong with your parents? They've a nice house, haven't they? Yes, but I don't want to live there any more.
Why not? That's not your business.
So this is for you and your fiance, is it? Just me.
And when you're married? I'm not getting married.
Oh, I thought you were.
Well, I'm not.
Why not? Lavender Gardens, number 41.
41? That's what it says.
Well, that's Palmer's.
Well, he won't be needing it for a while, will he? Not fond of him, were you? Because I shouldn't think we'll ever see him again.
You must be disappointed.
Yeah, that's what everyone keeps telling me.
Aren't you? Disappointed? Yeah.
That we backed down in the face of communist aggression? That we attempt to appease an ideology that cannot be appeased by disavowing the weapons of superiority? Disappointed barely scratches the surface.
Seven years I gave to that project.
Seven years of skirmishes in the Pentagon and Congress.
Seven years of herding scientists.
Delivered the tool to neutralise their tanks.
All cast aside at the stroke of a presidential signature.
Life is hard.
We serve as best we can.
Exactly, besides, the project leaves many benefits.
I particularly enjoyed our collaboration.
There was an asset whom we did not trust.
Your technique ensured his loyalty.
That was impressive.
I don't pretend to understand the finer details of the physiology of the human brain, but being able to shape a man, to control how he thinks, what he believes in, what he does.
Now, that's interesting.
He was damaged in the process.
Nevertheless, it worked.
The neutron bomb exploded.
General, can I ask what you want? As you know, Paul, I make it my business to learn all I can about people I work with.
I know about your experiences and your disappointments with our esteemed leader.
And I am here today, representing a number of like-minded men many of whom, like me, have sworn an oath to defend the constitution as I believe you have, too.
My disappointments? Let's talk about that English spy.
Who, Palmer? That's the one.
Where is he now? He's off shore, in international waters, outside of any jurisdiction.
Officially, he disappeared.
Unless my department can find a use for him, his disappearance will be permanent.
Must be a use for a man like that.
Criminal record.
No-one to stand up for him if things go wrong.
A disturbed and dangerous man, capable of perpetrating a heinous crime.
Is this entrapment? Maybe I should call the FBI.
What's stopping you? And tell them what, incidentally? General, as much as I might share your feelings There is an impediment to the defence of our nation.
You know that as well as I do.
The only question you have to ask is yourself is what am I prepared to do about it? Now you're going to sleep, Mr Palmer, and, when you wake up, everything will be different.
'Talk to us about the years before your arrest.
'Living in Moscow, working at the institute.
'What was the atmosphere like?' Frightening, sometimes.
I mean, under Stalin, we were accustomed to fear, but still, you had to be very careful and you never knew who to trust.
Did you have a boyfriend? Sorry? A boyfriend.
Well no-one special.
But a boy? Or boys? 'Yes.
Dates, I suppose you might call them.
' 'Tell me about them.
' 'All of them?' 'Yes, all of them.
' He's a grown man.
He doesn't just go missing.
The Americans have control of the island.
Their official statement is that they cannot find him.
And you don't believe that? I don't know.
But you're in this, too, aren't you? Working for the government.
Spying, isn't it? Yes.
And how does that work? I mean, what is it you actually do? It's gathering intelligence and providing analysis and using people.
Exploiting them, somehow or another.
That's what we have to do.
We find whatever weakness they have and then we manipulate them into helping us.
That's it, really.
If they're honest people, we exploit their decency, and if they're dishonest, we exploit their guilt.
You see, everyone has something.
We lie to them and twist them, so they come to trust us and depend on us when they really shouldn't tell us things they're not supposed to, often at great risk to themselves.
If it's going well, maybe we'll allow them think that they're the ones twisting us.
whilst always aware that they might playing exactly the same game.
Are you good at it? Yes.
Welcome to China, Harry.
Did you enjoy your flight? You know, our American friends have been very kind.
They've told us all about you, which is good news for you and me.
Means we don't have waste a lot of time with questions.
Now, I understand you were in Korea, yes? You killed a lot of people, Harry, a lot of men in one night.
A lot of Chinese men.
You shot them dead.
I want to take you back to those days, Harry.
I want you to feel like you did then.
Do you see the enemy, Harry? This is the enemy.
You're going to feel a pain now, a pain deep inside your soul.
The pain will come back again and again.
But when you are ready to kill the enemy the pain will stop.
I wonder if you're at all concerned about the consequences of your action.
Consequences? Well, for anyone who defects, there's the risk the authorities may punish those they leave behind and you have a brother, Dr Lavotchkin.
They will not hurt him.
No? He wasn't part of my escape.
He lives in Moscow.
And he's a respected member of the party.
But even so, they may persecute him.
And his family, his wife, his children, in order to punish you for leaving and to deter others who might plan the same thing.
Doesn't that concern you? No.
I don't think they would do that.
He's a very good citizen.
I think they will leave him alone.
'I think she's lying, sir.
' About what? It's difficult to say.
I mean Factually, as far as we're able to discern, it all seems plausible, it's just Emotionally, if you see what I mean? I'm not sure that I believe her.
Alice? Well, I'm inclined to agree with Mr Chilcott-Oakes.
She's hiding something, sir.
Frankly, sir, I don't trust her.
Thank you.
Well, while I respect your instincts and experience, I hope that, for your report, you will limit yourself to the facts and abstain from conjecture.
Of course, sir.
And, on the basis of fact, I'll make a decision.
One other thing, sir.
She says that her brother will be safe.
We all know that's not true, don't we? Well, I agree, that's a possibility.
It's more than that, sir.
It's how they do things, isn't it? Standard practice.
A week or so from now, the Soviet embassy will issue a note, just to let us know that he's been arrested and then, we'll have to decide whether to tell her or not.
Don't worry, Harry.
It's painful, I know, but soon this will be over.
Soon, you will be back home.
When you are ready, you will go to sleep, just like coming here, and when you wake up, big surprise.
Harry is back in England! Maybe you can live with Deborah and Pete and they will look after you and everyone will be so happy.
I can't help but feel that you and I that we have unfinished business, professionally.
About your qualities as an intelligence officer.
I think we should continue to have that conversation.
Where's Palmer? I knew that you'd want to ask about him.
It's a fair question.
I come prepared.
As much as we know.
Karl Davitz is a 26-year-old army Lieutenant.
Unblemished record, fine career ahead of him, or at least he did have.
Lieutenant Davitz was supposed to fly out of Sopinofu three days after the test.
But the Lieutenant got drunk the night before departure under circumstances which are still the subject of investigation.
He woke up at noon, having missed his flight.
Only, according to the personnel log, he, in fact, boarded the Convair C-131 as planned.
By the time we were notified, the flight had already touched down in California.
That same day, someone using the Lieutenant's passport boarded a flight from San Francisco to Mexico City and changed there for one to Madrid.
Thereafter, the trail goes cold and we can assume that Palmer has ditched that passport and found a new one.
He's back in Europe, Jean, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's back in England.
I hope you believe me.
You must be exhausted, coming all that way.
China? Yeah.
Bloody hell.
Bit close to Korea, that is.
Too close, I can tell you.
What did they want with you? It's difficult to say, really.
Did they hurt you? I think they tried to.
I think they want me to do something for them.
Dunno what it is yet, though.
But I've got this feeling they want me to hurt someone.
You wouldn't hurt anyone.
Not now.
But I have done, haven't I? That was a long time ago.
You're a gentle soul, Harry.
They're wasting their time if that's what they want out of you.
Apart from What? Pete! Sorry, love.
No, what is it? No, nothing.
That fellow in Beirut.
What? The American.
Shot him, didn't you? How do you know about that? He had children, didn't he? What? Two little daughters.
And that doctor on Sopinofu.
Poor woman, eh? What was it, suicide? Murder? Who knows? Got to say, either way, had your fingerprints all over it.
Morally speaking, I mean.
I'm disappointed, Harry.
I thought you'd changed.
He's still got it in him, Debs.
Stop it! I won't! I won't kill anyone! How do you know? You're a killer, Harry.
That's all you are now.
Nothing but a killer, waiting for a victim.
They won't harm him.
How do you know? Because, crudely, his value as a lever of extortion against you depends upon his being alive.
I'm sorry.
It's my fault.
I thought it would be a clean break, that I could free you and there would be no consequences.
I miscalculated.
There's nothing we can do now.
Oh, there is.
I will go back.
I have no choice.
I can't leave my brother in a prison! There is another way.
I will have to pay, somehow.
That's all.
A quid pro quo.
You make it sound so simple.
Well, it happens.
What, payment? Stok is a pragmatist.
What he will ask from you is betrayal.
We can reach an agreement.
I will go back.
Tell him that No, please.
You are free now.
I will do whatever I need to do.
Do you remember where you were? Do you remember anything that happened? Or who you were with? Did you meet Doctor Karen Newton? Is this where you sat? What did they do to you in this chair? Did it start at Professor Radley's? We're both thinking the same thing.
Look I know you have a great sense of loyalty towards Mr Dalby.
Oh, you know that, do you? How very well informed you must be That he brought back your husband's wedding ring after he buried him by that God-forsaken railway.
I would honestly prefer it if you DIDN'T stray into personal matters.
There's something he's not telling us.
When he was in Moscow, he knew people in dissident circles.
Of course he did, he was an intelligence officer.
Some of those dissidents were also friends of hers.
Their contacts overlapped.
But they never mentioned each other.
I've been back over all his reports from 1952 and he never mentions her.
And Dalby was already married? Yes.
And, yes, we are both thinking the same thing.
Vienna? Yes.
More trade discussions, I suppose.
Not trade discussions.
That's not what I do, as a matter of fact.
I'm sorry, but I don't understand.
I've never worked for the Board of Trade.
I am the director of an intelligence agency under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence.
I am, I suppose, a spy.
I have been since about 1948.
A year before we were married.
I've had enough of deception, you see.
I see.
And is there anything else you want to tell me about? 'Conditioning Models And Their Benefits: 'Physical And Neurological.
'Key vectors towards subconscious cognitive triggers.
'One - induction of serotonin-norepinephrine responses 'through pharmacological intervention.
'Two - psychological susceptibility of subject 'through physical breakdown.
'Three - conditioning of subject via triggering of previous trauma.
'Four - repetitive arousal 'through audio-visual sensory stimuli.
'Five - synchronous sedation.
' 'It's from her diary.
' 'The use of LSD, Amatol and Amphetamine 'produces a disordered cognitive state - 'similar to extreme sleep deprivation.
'Such psychological distress renders the patient amenable to suggestion.
'New beliefs can be embedded and future behaviour controlled.
' 'Do you see your enemy, Harry? 'When you kill the enemy, the pain will stop.
' 'The therapy carries a risk of chronic cognitive impairment.
'But our research indicates this may be due to drug withdrawal.
'We propose that restoration of both stimulus and medication 'will restore cognitive function.
' I don't imagine this will be easy for you.
You are, after all, a patriot, like me.
But also, a realist.
I think you knew in your heart that we would be having this conversation.
I mean, you knew this was a trap.
And that if you fell in, there would come a day for you to hear the price.
I hoped that we might come to some sensible agreement.
"Some sensible agreement.
" How very English.
Let's start with what you want.
For what you will give me, I promise to release Dr Lavotchkin from her duties to the Motherland, from her obligations to our service, and I will guarantee that her relatives will be left to the quiet enjoyment of their lives.
That is what you want, isn't it? Yes.
It is.
You had a chance to purchase that freedom, but instead you chose violence.
For that, I forgive you.
But now, as you come to me, already in possession, the price has gone up.
You will be like Burgess or Maclean.
You will send me every secret that crosses your desk.
As simple as that.
You will betray your country, and in return, the woman you love can live in peace and harmony with you.
And when the day comes, as it always must, when you are discovered and you must flee from your homeland, I will greet you in Moscow.
With a kiss on each cheek and a medal on your chest, and you will be a hero.
You'll get a decent apartment, and you and I can meet and talk, and drink tea and play chess.
I know this is not what you looked forward to in your old age, but it's not so bad, Dalby.
It's better than living your life with a broken heart.
He asked me, or instructed me, to do the unthinkable.
And what shocks me is I don't find it so unthinkable any more.
I tell myself there's a way out of this.
There always is.
I'm clever, that's what they say.
I've been doing this for years, as long as he has.
There is a way out of this.
Yet, because I'm clever, because I've been doing this for years, I know there's no way out.
I'm trapped.
You don't have to decide.
Not now.
You go home.
Sleep, rest You will think more clearly.
I'm not going home, Polina.
I never imagined what I'd do for you.
Open wide.
There you go.
Ready? Are you sure this is safe? Professor Dawson? I want you to tell me everything that happened to you.
Everything that happened.
General Cathcart.
Sorry to disturb you in the middle of the night, sir.
I just thought you ought to know - we have a problem.
They can make you do whatever they want.

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