Killjoys are taking names. We learn a little more about how they formed, and how their new friends ended up in the Zones. Also, we learn more about what hurts, and what helps.
Ray is still working at the table.
Frank comes in carrying the launcher.
This could use a cleaning.
Good idea. How's the car?
Frank shakes his head.
Not too bad if I can find parts,
but I don't know where.
They may have some ideas.
Yeah. I'm going to check out the
van and the bike too. Might as well
Let me know if you need any help.
Frank nods and goes back out.
Ray looks over the launcher and reaches into his tool kit. He
comes across a box of crayons.
Gerard, and Grace wake up to their first day as fugitives.
They blink awake in bright sunlight.
Frank, Ray, and Mikey are studying a map spread over the hood
of the car.
Gerard gets up and goes over to them.
Why didn't you wake me?
There's no hurry. We're just trying
to figure out what to do.
I'm curious about that myself.
Ray points out areas on the map.
These are towns that we know are
occupied by Blind. We have to avoid
As far as we know, they keep the
existing highways functioning
between these towns, and have
service stations set up along the
way. We need to be really careful
The official story is that
everything else is burned out and
deserted, but we know that's only
We just don't know how much.
How do you know any of this?
Pirate radio, and my brother used
to communicate with a lot of people
via HAM, but they all kept
disappearing. We had to stop.
What about your family?
Ray looks a little worried about this, but shrugs it off.
We've talked about something like
this happening. He'll need to lay
low for a while, but it should be
Those lives are gone, for all of
Yeah, but you're the only one who
has people left.
No, we can't think like that. Look
They take in the harsh landscape.
It's going to take everything we
have to survive. Looking back is
only going to make it harder.
Plus we're criminals now.
We are. I would have thought I'd be
Not these days.
Maybe we should change our names,
in case we ever run into people.
Are there other people out here?
There must be, but a lot of them
are going to be pretty rough. Our
new identities should be tough
We have them.
Ray pulls out his gun.
Mikey grins and draws his own.
Frank puts his hand on his gun and pauses.
Wait, I'm Fun Ghoul?
Mikey can't help snickering.
It's an awesome name. I'm scared of
Frank shakes his head, but does not argue.
That takes care of most of us.
Ah, but it takes care of all of us,
because it turns out we have been
waiting for you.
Ray goes into the trunk and pulls out the yellow gun,
presenting it to Gerard.
Gerard smiles a dark smile.
Yeah, I can totally kill the party.
All four cross their guns in the middle of the circle.
What about me?
Grace has been listening without their noticing.
Well we said she needed to be small
Ray clears his throat, and comes up with a plan.
Picking up the launcher, Ray kneels in front of Grace with
Okay, this is The Kid, and it will
be your job to take care of it. Now
Grace takes the weapon and sinks a little under it.
It is. That means you can't carry
it around like the guns. It needs
to either be mounted on the car, or
maybe we can get a tripod for it,
but it's powerful, more powerful
than any of ours. Do you
I need to be careful with it.
And let us help you with it, at
least until you're bigger.
Ray takes the launcher and puts it back into the trunk.
What you have is different, but we
really need it. We need you. Does
that sound good, Kid?
Grace nods and hugs Ray tightly around the neck.
Ray appears more touched than he expected, and hugs Grace
INT. TORRES HOME
Ray and Frank are playing guitars in the living room.
Ray's nieces, Carly (3) and Christy (5) are dancing and
giggling to the music. All four are having a good time.
Bob and his wife Karen come in.
Hey, you're back early!
And yet it is still past bedtime.
They're, uh, in their pajamas at
Come on you two.
Karen ushers the little girls out of the room.
(quietly, to Ray)
Think they'll be too wound up to
Probably. For a while. Want to head
Yeah. Actually, we want to talk to
you about something.
Bob looks suspicious now.
The three head down to the basement, which is full of guns
and radios and parts for both.
Bob sits down at the work table and starts fiddling with a
So what's up?
Ray and Frank look at each other nervously.
We think we should move all of this
to Frank's house.
To be safer.
It's for the girls.
This is ours. Our family's. Having
it here, I can work on it any time.
I know. It will be less convenient.
But I keep worrying that something
will happen, and we'll be found
We've been fine so far.
It's getting worse.
We saw a girl get killed today.
Bob has been defensive, but this does give him pause.
I heard a rumor about that in town.
I was hoping it wasn't true.
No, it's true.
Did you know her?
We'd just met her. She was the
friend of a friend.
It was the girl from the meeting.
She was trying to get a petition to
open the school.
If they killed her for just a
I see what you're saying. I just
feel like I'm being pushed out.
I think it's a good idea.
Karen has been listening.
Putting Frank in more danger?
Karen winces at that, but continues.
Of course not, but I worry about
this. A lot.
You know I don't have a lot to
lose, but anything hurting you
would kill me.
And I don't want anything to happen
to you, but you guys can handle
yourselves. Carly and Christy are
just little girls.
Bob looks defeated.
You're right. I hate it, but you're
It's not like you can't come over.
We want you to come over.
It's just that we don't want any of
it tied to here.
Honey, we're just going to hash out
details. You can go.
Karen is not exactly satisfied, but doesn't fight it and goes
back up the stairs.
Okay. Let's talk about that. What
do we do if we get caught?
You blame the whole thing on me.
I can't do that.
You can. You have a wayward
brother, and he's out of your
control. Even if you're with us you
can say you were trying to stop me.
He has a friend who's a bad
So I just throw both of you to the
If it comes down to it, yes. To
make sure that my nieces have their
If we have to run, we will.
That's another thing, the stuff
will be closer to the car.
Maybe we should keep a few things
I guess you're right, but I hate
It's going to work out. You'll see.
Ray has finished the maintenance and upgrades, and is putting
away his tools.
Frank comes in wiping his hands.
And done! Well, as much as I can
Good timing. You can put this back.
Ray picks up the launcher.
Should I mount it?
Not right now. Just put it in the
We're probably going to need it
While they are thinking about that, Deanna's voice calls from
We're back, and look who we
Deanna enters with Mikey and Mitch. They are all carrying
buckets of water.
Jane and Jacob emerge from other parts of inside.
Mitch! What news?
The message is out, and we'll wait
to hear back. No one had heard
No, it's too soon.
But will it work?
We can usually find out what we
need, but sometimes it goes a
We'll find her.
Mikey smiles at Deanna.
Jane cocks her head a little at the looks they exchange, but
decides to ignore it.
Let's get that water back to the
Okay, but hurry back. I have
Eyes light up at this.
Did you have anything?
I lucked out. I had an unopened
pack of gum.
It doesn't seem fair, but it's
Mikey, Deanna, and Jane carry the buckets back, and return to
Mikey is talking to Jane, and sounds worried.
He doesn't look very good.
I know, but considering everything,
it's normal, and plenty of fresh
He'll be okay. Now I would like a
cookie break. No dog food tonight.
You guys too?
It's usually the easiest thing to
Speaking of getting things, I've
made a list of parts I need for the
car, and things I can do for the
van. Is there a way to get them?
The Boneyard's your best bet for
What's the Boneyard?
It's the exact opposite of Battery
City, and it's still Hell.
EXT. THE ZONES, LEADING TO BONEYARD
The van is driving across the desert. It is driven by Mitch,
with Jacob, Ray, and Frank inside.
They come across an open space. Some old buildings stand to
one side, and there are discarded tents and awnings near
those, but the most notable aspect is the abundance of
Bodies are smashed, parts are missing, and windshields are
almost always broken. Some cars are upright, but many are
upside down or on their sides.
As the scene is discovered, Jacob fills in Ray and Frank.
Twice a year people congregate here
for races and a demolition derby.
Where do they come from?
Some sneak out from the city or the
other towns, but a lot of them are
just zone rats. Maybe they were
never given an opportunity to be
taken in by Blind, or maybe they
didn't want to be assimilated. And
we always have someone here. It's
our most important trading
Why does Jane hate it so much?
Jane is sitting at a table, talking to Mikey.
I provide medical care. It's
supposed to be a way of getting
funds or supplies, but I can't turn
anyone away, so we probably don't
make out as well as we could.
That sounds like you'd be kind of
I do like helping people, but I'm
not helping anyone there. It's just
such a senseless waste.
Mitch, Jacob, Ray, and Frank are now standing outside the
van, looking around.
The derby and the race are both
brutal. There are always at least a
One year twenty five people died!
And for what? There aren't even any
prizes beyond bragging rights. And
then there are people who live, and
I try to patch them up, but they're
not going to be the same. It's just
two days of smashed heads and
crushed bones and ruptured organs.
And a lot of people just come to
watch, and they think it's great.
Mikey remembers the fight club, and it does not seem so
I can see how it happens. Do you
think it could be channeled? Get
them to focus on something
If they cared about anything, but
they don't. They've got reasons not
to care. It's hard to change that.
It may be dying out. It's less
people every year.
I was late last time. How many were
500, but our first time it was 800.
Do you think they're getting tired
I think they're dying in between.
If they are living out here,
there's always Dracs coming after
you, even if you're not doing
anything but being a burnout.
And the ones that do sneak out, I'm
not sure how often they make it
Ray and Frank look around, imagining what it would have
looked like, based on everything left behind.
It's still always the best place
for salvaging. We got the gurney
Someone had tried using an
ambulance for racing. It didn't go
If we can find what you need
anywhere, it's probably going to be
I guess we should start looking.
Ray, Frank, and Mitch go around from car to car, popping
hoods or crawling underneath to locate what is needful.
Jacob concentrates on the buildings and tents, looking for
Eventually items start accumulating around the van.
At one point, Ray is looking in the back of a car and calls
Frank over excitedly.
You are not going to believe this.
Frank and Mitch come over to look.
Is that what I think it is?
Yes, and it appears to be full.
I get why it would be here, but I
don't understand why it was never
used or stolen.
It wasn't exactly in plain sight,
but it's still weird that the
person who brought it didn't use
They may not have had the chance.
There's a lot of sabotage.
It's ours now.
They haul the tank out of the car and bring it to the van.
As they walk back, Ray starts blinking and rubbing his left
It's nothing. Lately I'll have
spells where I have all these
bright lights or spots in front,
and it's hard to see.
Lately as in since you were hit in
the head and had a concussion?
Yeah, I guess it started about
then. It's not that bad though.
You better have it looked at when
we get back, just to be sure.
I know. Safety first.
Later at sunset all four men sit around talking.
How did you make out?
Odds and ends, but I did find a
pack of 24 new toothbrushes.
Those will make good gifts.
That's what I'm thinking. We could
each take two and still have enough
What's the deal with the gift
giving? I mean, it's nice, but...
It seems to be a big deal.
It's a tradition now. I guess it
started with Lastri.
She saw horrible things in her
Then she came here and saw worse
But she never lost her belief in
people, or her desire to help them.
She was always looking for
something to give you or a way to
make you smile.
So you do it to remember her?
Both men pause and consider.
No, it's just that she was right.
This is a horrible life.
Mitch nods and smiles.
It is. The food is bad, the beds
are hard, and there's always
someone trying to kill you. At
least with the military you got
paid for it.
The only thing that makes it
worthwhile is the little moments.
Every now and then there's a
cookie, or new shirt, or a
Frank and Ray smile, getting it.
Or you can finally feel like your
teeth are clean.
Or someone will try and fix your
van or your gun.
Ray and Frank suddenly feel bashful.
We were just grateful.
Exactly, and it keeps going on.
It's habit now, for everyone, even
if they never knew her, but it
still works. Maybe because it's
always different things. I don't
understand people like she did.
It's one of many debts I owe her.
INT. SCARECROW HEADQUARTERS
The sign out front says Lillman Pharmaceuticals, but it will
soon say Better Living Industries.
Mitch walks through the corridors. His gait is precise and
powerful - a military man through and through.
Outside of one open door Mitch gives three short, sharp raps.
You wanted to see me?
Behind the desk Liu smiles.
Sergeant Mitchell. Please come in.
Liu's office is efficient and sterile. The sole decoration is
a Japanese sword mounted on the wall behind her.
Won't you sit down?
Mitch perches uncomfortably on the edge of the chair. He
prefers the field.
What can I do for you?
That is an awkward question, but
Mr. Halliwell assures me that you
can be trusted.
More than that, I believe your
record of military service, and
your assistance with the fire
fighting has shown you to be a man
of service, to country and
And yet, I suppose that as a
soldier, you are very committed to
following normal procedures-acting
by the book.
Mitch is a man of few words, but each "yes" conveys more
Throughout your service, you must
have had many opportunities to see
how some will exploit difficult
times for their own advantages.
These are very difficult times, but
they have been made more difficult
by unpatriotic and evil men.
I don't follow.
Actually, he does follow, and Mitch does not like where this
One of the scientists in this very
lab has caused great harm. He must
That's not the kind of work I do.
Normally, no, but I am told that
you do have experience with
interrogation. Is that correct?
We need to know how many others
know about what he has done.
This seems like more of a
We are the de facto government.
Obviously it's unusual-
It seems to set a bad precedent. I
think I should go.
Mitch starts to rise, but Liu motions for him to sit and
changes her tone.
I'd rather have him tried in open
court, but consider the
circumstances. Society is so
fragile now! The only bonds holding
it together are Blackstone and
Lillman. Especially as we merge, we
need our reputation to remain
That's not my need.
It's society's need. Listen to me!
A flu epidemic started shortly
after the solar flares.
Mitch looks down at the mention of this.
I believe that you suffered a
What most people do not know is
that there was a second wave of
I had heard there were diseases
besides the flu.
There was also a second flu. A
different strain was released in
April. And your wife died in?
So you have a personal stake in
Mitch's grip on the arm of the chair tightens.
What are you saying?
I'm saying that the disease came
from this lab.
This might be someone that Mitch could kill.
If people associate the disease
with us, they will refuse our help
and they will die, because there is
no one else.
You know the importance of order.
You have the training and ability
to do this. The survival of many
depends on you.
As Mitch responds, his voice is calm, but there is a deadly
I do not know his motivation-I
don't care why he did it-but I need
to know who else knows. We need to
prevent a panic. That is why we
There is only a brief pause.
I'll do it.
Find out who knows, and then report
back to me. And before you leave
Kill him. Off the books.
At a time like this, these things
Jacob is working late, bent over a microscope.
He is so intent in his work that he does not hear Mitch
Turn around slowly.
Jacob turns and finds himself staring down the barrel of
You're going to tell me who knows
about the virus.
I only told my supervisor, Hillard.
He said he'd take care of it!
Why did you do it? Blackmail?
No! I wanted it stopped! I was
trying to help.
Second thoughts. You can't just
call it back because you have an
attack of conscience. Do you know
how many thousands of people are
Of course I know! I can't stop
thinking about it.
You wont have to anymore.
Mitch gets ready to fire.
Jacob's disbelief starts to morph into panic.
Why are you doing this?
You killed my wife.
You think I released it?
I know you did.
That's not true! I just discovered
it. I never used it.
Shut up! You've caused enough
This doesn't make any sense. I
explained everything very clearly.
He promised he'd look into- Oh.
Realization dawns across Jacob slowly.
They already knew. That's why...It
all makes sense now.
You can't talk your way out of
Then why haven't you shot me yet?
Mitch's gun has wavered, but he raises it again.
I was just getting to that.
Jacob looks sick, but tries one more time.
You're shooting an innocent man.
He's not shooting anyone.
Both men turn and find a small woman in her late fifties,
next to a janitor's cart. This is LASTRI.
The large gun she is aiming seems out of place, but she
appears very comfortable with it.
Put the gun down.
Mitch's aim darts between Lastri and Jacob, not sure what to
Everyone please calm down.
You should listen to him. You've
been listening to the wrong people.
Still aiming at Mitch, Lastri moves towards Jacob, attempting
to move into a defensive position.
Not any closer!
What are you going to do? Shoot?
What have I done?
You should be grateful for that. Do
you really think they intend for
you to walk away free?
Lastri is now in front of Jacob.
You're not a murderer, or you would
have already done it. And he's not
a murderer either.
Dr. Greenberg, I have come to get
you out of the city. I'm sorry I
didn't arrive sooner.
I don't understand.
We learned they were planning your
death, and why.
But people won't know! They're the
ones in power. I can't-
You can't fix it tonight, and you
can't fix it if you're dead. Come,
we've wasted enough time.
I can't let you do this.
Of course you can. You can say you
were too late.
That's not going to work.
Lastri takes Jacob's arm and begins to pull him away.
They move away, then freeze as a shot rings out.
Mitch has shot out the security camera that has been
recording it all.
Wait-have we been watched?
All three look at each other in concern.
There is a sound of commotion coming closer.
I think all three of us will need
to leave together. Follow me.
As they enter the corridor, a small troop of guards has
entered the building. They begin to fire.
Lastri and Mitch coordinate their movements well, but Jacob
is clearly out of his league, as well as unarmed.
As the guards come closer, the three try and move farther
back, but they are outnumbered and they know it.
Now I do wish you'd been sooner.
I wish you'd talked less.
Jacob has spotted a white van backing at high speed towards
the plate glass.
As it crashes through the window and into the corridor, the
back doors swing open and Deanna puts out a hand.
There is nothing else to do. They load in, and the van moves
out of reverse and begins speeding away before the doors can
even be closed.
That didn't go exactly as planned.
Ya' think? We're both burned now!
What does that mean?
It means instead of quietly
sneaking you out of the city and
continuing to help out around here,
we're going with you.
But we're all alive, so it is still
a good day.
Lastri holds out her hand to Mitch.
Welcome to the fringe.
Deanna snorts, but looks like she is trying not to cry.
Try 'Welcome to the Zones'.
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour...
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
From Henry V by William Shakespeare