Episode 17: Remember Me How I Was

Fade in to Grif and Simmons standing on the base
Grif:
Hey, Simmons?
Simmons:
Yeah.
Grif:
You ever wonder why we're here?
Simmons:
You mean metaphysically?
Grif:
No, I mean why are we going through all this trouble just to find one guy?
Simmons:
I don't know, he's evil or something?
Outpost 17-B: Valhalla / Present Day
Grif:
Yeah, but so what, I don't have a problem with him.
Simmons:
Yeah, but he's the one that started all this, you know? He's the reason that we have to deal with the Freelancers, and the A.I.s and the Meta. I mean when you think about it, he's the reason why we're here.
Sarge:
Yep. He's a real dirtbag, alright. But, even if he's six feet under, we'll still be in the same damn spot.
Simmons:
Uh... Sir?
Sarge:
All I'm saying is we made it back to base in one piece, and even found the rest of our team. So do you boys really think running off again will make things any better? 'Cause the way I see it, leavin' this place, is only gonna make things worse.
Grif:
Hm. I guess you have a point Sarge.
Wash, having heard that, walks off
Sarge:
Shut up Grif.
Cut to Carolina walking
Carolina:
Church can't this wait?
Church:
No, it can't. Carolina, the guys are terrified of you.
Carolina:
What's your point?
Church:
My point is that they think you're a killer psychopath, and you can't be trusted. But I know they're wrong; I know why you're doing all of this. And I know you're not really crazy.
Carolina:
Gee, thanks Church. You certainly know how to make a girl feel special.
Church:
What I don't know is what happened between you and Tex.
Carolina:
I don't want to-
Church:
You mentioned her name back on the island.
Carolina:
What does Tex have to do with anything?
Church:
Well a lot, apparently, because every time I bring her up you act like you're gonna put your fist through something. And then s-aw you do sometimes.
Carolina:
That's ridiculous, I don't-
Church:
Look, I understand you're angry, I'm angry too. The Director's a fucking dickhead, and we're gonna make him pay. But Tex was your friend, right?
Carolina:
Heh huh, my friend? Who the hell, gave you that idea?
Church:
Hh well, she did. Look, she was a total bitch, trust me; I know. But, she told me once she would have given anything to save you. I don't know what she meant exactly but, if you really wanna take down the Director, you gotta pull yourself together. You kno- you, you gotta let it go.
Carolina:
You say that, like I'm sad she's gone, but I'm not. I hated her. I couldn't compete.
Church:
That doesn't matter any more.
Carolina:
But even she couldn't find the Director. Agent Texas, "the best of the best." How the hell am I supposed to do what she couldn't?
Church:
Carolina, if she was really the best, then she would be standing here right now. Not you. Let it go. ...What is that?
Carolina:
They're her dogtags. Wash found 'em in the crash.
Church:
Tex didn't wear dogtags.
Carolina scrubs the dogtags clean of dirt and a USB-like connector pops up and she sees what they say: AGENT CONNECTICUT / 00572 84952-RT / BLOOD TYPE: O NEG
Carolina:
Connie?
Church:
It looks like some kinda data unit.
Carolina:
Can you tell me what's on it?
Church:
Only one way to find out. And hey, if I'm not out, in like three months? Don't bother coming and looking for me. Just, move on with your lives. Okay I'm- I'm gonna go now.
Cut to Tex walking into the Freelancer Classroom with CT's dogtag storage unit
Freelancer Classroom / Many Years Ago...
Tex plays a video from the unit of Connie out of her armor
C.T.:
Agent Texas. Allison. If you're reading this then that means I escaped. Or, well at the very least, I'm probably not around any more.
Cut to Wash's POV in the surgery theater
Counsellor:
He is ready.
Doctor:
Hand me the Epsilon unit please.
Back to Tex and Connie
C.T.:
I want to leave behind all the data I've been collecting about Project Freelancer. I never could shake the feeling that something was wrong with the program. The secrets, the lies, the manipulation; smoke, all of it, obscuring a big damn fire. I did some digging, and now I know what the Director's been hiding. What he did.
Doctor:
Sir, Agent Washington is prepped for Epsilon A.I.
C.T.:
He broke the law, Allison. The one law they don't just slap you on the wrist for. I'm taking the originals with me as an insurance policy. I leave this copy for you not because you are the best soldier in the squad, but because I know that I can trust you the most. After reading these files you will understand why. Good luck. Your friend, Connie.
The video ends, and Tex brings up the file folders: AI EXPERIMENTATION / MISSION LOGS / PERSONNEL FILES / FINANCIALS / VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
She enters AI EXPERIMENTATION and pans past the file on Alpha, to an encrypted password-protected file on Beta. She continues through the AI to find entries on (AI: Emotional Core) Omega: Rage/Anger, Gamma: Deceit, Delta: Logic, Theta: Trust, Sigma: Ambition/Creativity
She continues through the unassigned emotional cores: Happiness, Love, Greed, Fear, Memory
After AI implantation, Wash sees a woman's face talking to him
Woman:
Stop it, put that thing down.
Washington:
Aaaah!
Doctor:
Agent Washington's vitals are spiking.
Wash continues screaming as he sees the woman's face
Woman:
Leonard come on, stop it.
Tex scrolls back to the file on Beta, and we go back to Wash freaking out from his POV
Director:
Secure him! Get him under control!
Wash falls face down on the ground, still seeing the woman
Woman:
You're gonna make me late.
Tex enters the password ALLISON and the file opens, revealing the woman Wash is seeing - Allison, Agent Texas - as the A.I. Beta. Emotional Core: FULL AI, SPONTANEOUS (SEE JOURNAL)
Allison:
I have to go.
Tex looks meaningfully at the computer screen, and we cut back to Wash
Allison:
But don't say goodbye. I hate goodbyes.
Wash is finally gotten back on a gurney and wheeled out
Director:
Get him to Recovery.
Doctor:
Yes Sir.
Director:
Counsellor, I'd like to speak with him as soon as he wakes up.
Counsellor:
Of course, Sir. What was that he said about goodbyes... Director? Director?
Tex balls up a fist at the computer, and we cut back to Carolina in the present
Church:
Carolina? I know where to find the Director.
Carolina:
What? How?
Church:
I just remembered.
Church disappears, and then reappears full-size on his own
Church:
Everything.
 

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