A physically healing Gee needs to catch up emotionally, and back in Battery City Jane starts having visions. Why does everything she sees have to be bad?
Frank, Ray, Mitch, and Jacob enter carrying their loot from the Boneyard.
The entrance is empty.
Honey, we're home!
Deanna comes in from the back, stretching.
You're earlier than we were
Yesterday was very productive.
Mikey and Jane come out.
Their eyes are bloodshot with dark circles, but their moods
Gee's fever just broke!
How's he doing?
Still pretty weak, but he
recognized Mikey, he recognized me,
and he asked about Grace.
And the fever broke.
Jane smiles at Mikey's enthusiasm on that point.
Exactly. Not bad at all.
Good, because you both look
Mikey rolls his eyes, but if Jane was going to respond, it is
interrupted by a yawn.
Maybe you should get some sleep.
Soon. Tell us about your trip
It was perfect! We got everything
that we needed and check this out.
Frank picks up the tank of nitrous oxide.
Jane is confused.
Does someone need surgery?
No, it's for the car. Or maybe the
Jane remains confused.
You can add it into gas and it will
make the car run faster. It takes a
lot for just a brief boost, but at
the right time...
And we found 24 new toothbrushes.
That's so cool!
And that's enough to share quite a
Mitch winks at Ray and Frank.
See, that's how it's done.
I should have asked you to look for
For Gee? We've got another one.
Spare clothes? How did you manage
When we were out in the Zones we
found an old theater company with
all kinds of costumes. That's where
the masks and helmets come from,
but we have some shirts too.
They were useless for pants.
Ray and Frank nod.
You must have been like kids in a
That happened once too!
The toothbrushes may be too late.
Oh please no one need dental
But we have nitrous oxide now.
Jane smiles, but she can barely keep her eyes open.
Go get some rest. We'll talk later.
Jane nods and heads back.
A few hours won't matter.
Let's get these parts sorted out.
Many hours later, Jane comes back out.
Mitch is stretching and twisting, as if trying to work out a
pain. He stops when he sees Jane.
You look like you feel better.
You don't. Is the scar bothering
It acts up sometimes.
I know. I wish we'd found you
Mitch sits down, motioning for Jane to do the same.
We were lucky to be found at all.
I just wish I could have done more.
I still wonder whether I could have
avoided it or changed it, if Diep
would still be here-
You know that's not your fault.
I know, but I always feel
responsible. You do that too. I
worry about you sometimes.
Mitch looks at Jane, and she realizes there is more than he
Mitch, what's wrong
There may be a problem with Ray's
Jane is examining Ray's eye.
How long has this been going on?
Since you found us, but it's
Worse as in more noticeable or
happening more often?
Both. Do you know what it is?
I think your retina is detaching. A
head injury can trigger it, but it
shouldn't be happening this fast.
Well, it's not my first head
Has anyone in your family had this?
I don't think so. Is there a
Jane looks down, hopeless.
Ray slowly puts his hand up to his eye.
So, nothing then.
If we could sneak you into the city
and find someone, maybe-
You know that's not going to
Do you have any symptoms in the
other eye? Anything at all?
No, it's fine. Really.
I wish you'd told me sooner.
Would it have made a difference?
Jane shakes her head in defeat.
No. This is about a million miles
out of my range.
It can happen over months. Yours
seems to be moving really fast.
I guess I should have been wearing
I'm sorry, Ray. I...
Ray sees Jane's concern, and tries to smile for her.
Don't worry about it.
Maybe we'll discover some
innovative non-surgical therapy.
That would be cool.
Ray gets up to leave, but before he exits he turns around
It's really okay.
Jane nods, but she has gone back to very tired in a very
A few days go by.
Jane is sitting cross-legged on a cot. She is sorting medical
supplies, but not really concentrating on the task.
Mikey is a welcome distraction when he comes in.
Jane smiles and pats the cot, and Mikey sits there.
Mikey absentmindedly picks up a roll of medical tape and
starts playing with. Eventually, he speaks.
So, how are you and Gee?
What do you mean?
Well, are you together again or...
Mikey is embarrassed to be asking, and Jane is not sure how
I don't know.
It's just...I guess when I thought
about seeing him again, I always
imagined we'd just run to each
other and never let go-
Across a flowery meadow?
Obviously. Except he's not ready to
run, and anyway there are no
So, what happens instead?
I don't know. Why is it worrying
He's still not himself. He's moody,
and withdrawn and he barely talks.
It was a pretty bad injury. He
can't feel very good.
It just reminds me of before, when
he was impossible. You're here now.
I didn't think he could ever have a
bad day again.
No pressure there.
He always felt better around you.
He must be feeling really awful
He could be, and with major
injuries sometimes you get
Do you see that a lot?
Jane sighs and looks down.
The truth is, I see more fatal
injuries than anything else. I'll
You're so much more hard-core now.
We all are. Anyone who isn't is
dead. Actually, a lot of them died
I'm so tired of losing people.
Jane rubs Mikey's shoulder.
You're not losing your brother. Not
I hope you're right.
Maybe I should go check on my
Gerard is sitting up on the gurney, still recovering, but
Jane is taking Gerard's temperature while listening to his
heartbeat, and smiles at the results.
I think the infection is finally
out of your system. You'll still
need to build your strength back
up, but it's looking good.
Gerard nods, uninterested.
You should probably get outside for
some fresh air today; walk around a
little, see what's going on. Ray's
been upgrading weapons, Frank's
working on vehicles, and Mikey
claims to be teaching Deanna kung
Yeah. They've all got their skills.
Jane feels instinctively that she is talking too much, but
Gerard is so terse. It's a side of him that she is not used
to, and she understands Mikey's concern.
Well, they say you're a good
driver, and everyone says you're
the best shot next to them, which I
think means you're actually the
Jane frowns, and tries to get at the root of the problem.
You need to know, no one is
forgetting about Grace. We're
trying to find out where she is,
and once we know we'll figure out a
way to get her back. Right now, the
others are making the best of it,
and it's helping us a lot, but the
minute we have some information
she's the number one priority for
Gerard nods, slightly less tense.
Thank you. That means a lot to me.
Jane starts to leave, but then turns back and leans against
the gurney, next to Gerard but not facing him.
I've been meaning to say, I'm glad
you're alive. I've missed you.
Gerard turns and stares at Jane, but her eyes are downcast.
I know you have way too much to
deal with right now. I'm not trying
Jane is interrupted by Gerard turning her face towards his
and staring intently. She starts to blush.
When Gerard kisses Jane, she is initially startled, but the
man she loves is kissing her! There is nothing to do but kiss
It may be impossible to make up for six years in a single
kiss, but this one tries. There is so much behind it, so much
pain and loss, and so much trying to not feel it.
Even after they are no longer kissing, Gerard and Jane cling
to each other. Finally he is able to speak.
Every time I lose someone I shut
down part of me, and I don't know
how to get it back.
Jane nods and just holds him for a moment. Finally, she pulls
back a little and smiles.
You better figure that out before
we find Grace, or you're going to
hurt her feelings. Because we are
getting her back.
They smile at each other, still holding each other close, but
not so close that they can't look and see each other.
Jane touches Gerard's face.
I haven't seen that smile for so
No one has.
The embrace tightens again, and they rest their heads on each
other's shoulders. For that moment it feels like peace.
And I totally am the best shot.
It's suspiciously close to a sob, but Jane does laugh.
I was pretty sure.
It is about a week later.
Jane is helping Gerard take a short walk. He is moving
slowly, which is frustrating, but both are in a good mood.
I can't believe how hard this is!
The wound isn't even that bad.
It was. The real issue is the time
you spent lying down. You need to
build your stamina back up now.
We're going to that rock, and then
we'll sit for a minute.
I can do it.
They make it to the rock, and sit as promised.
Take a break. You've earned it.
Take a drink too.
Jane hands Gerard a canteen, and he drinks.
So they taught you all of this in a
No. After my training I was
assigned to the public hospital.
The real doctors worked at a
private clinic for rich people.
Anyway, they taught us things there
too, and I kept on studying anyway.
That sounds like you.
It's not like there was anything
else to do. It took my mind off of
You must have been so alone.
I wasn't exactly happy, but I at
least felt useful. It gave me some
purpose and I could get by.
How did you end up out here?
I just started seeing things. Once
that happened, everything went
EXT. BATTERY CITY
It is early 2016. Jane is riding her Vespa to the old city
Jane parks out front, and gingerly tries the door. It opens.
Jane enters. There is no light other than that coming in
through the windows.
A layer of dust coats the shelves, but the carpet shows some
signs of use.
Hello? Is there anyone here?
CHUCK, a grizzled looking older man, dressed like a vagrant,
pops up from behind a stack.
What do you want?
Uh, I was hoping to find some books
on natural medicine.
Why are you telling me?
I guess I was looking for a
There isn't one.
Is there anyone else living here?
No! That's what I like about it.
Sorry to bother you. I'll just look
Fourth floor. Rv-Rz.
That's great. Thank you.
Chuck grunts and sinks back below the stack.
As the year progresses Jane goes through several books.
Chuck continues to feign irritation, but he also remains
It is late December 2016.
Jane is leaving the hospital. As she walks into the cold air,
she notices a man fishing around in a garbage can.
You know, you can get food vouchers
at the clinic. You're just a block
That's worse garbage than this.
They poison you.
There's at least some nutrients in
with the meds.
The man looks sharply around at hearing this qualified
agreement, and Jane recognizes her former neighbor.
There is now recognition on his side as well.
You're the Simpson girl.
I thought everyone in the building
They died because they drank the
water. I knew better, but no one
What are you talking about?
We were too calm! Too in control!
They poisoned us for it.
It was a virus.
But they put it there! They wanted
control. You can't control people
who don't need you.
You don't know what you're saying.
Are you one of them now?
Mr. Johnson sees the BLIND badge on Jane's messenger bag, and
starts tearing at it.
MR. JOHNSON (CONT'D)
It was them! It was them!
The patch comes off in his hand and Mr. Johnson falls
Jane kneels down to help him, but two masked guards have
noticed the commotion.
They begin clubbing Mr. Johnson.
Stop! Don't hurt him!
Was he bothering you?
He's just confused. It's not his
You're one of them too!
Mr. Johnson runs off into the night.
The guards start to pursue, but Jane stops them.
Please leave him alone. He's just
having a bad time right now.
The guards look at her, faceless, and walk away.
Jane is suddenly overcome by a vision of guards, possibly the
same ones, but it is impossible to tell, kicking Mr. Johnson
as he struggles to protect himself on the ground.
Jane leans against the wall, scared. This is a new
experience, and she does not like it.
The next day Jane is poring over various books, frustrated.
Chuck comes along.
What are you looking for?
Something to tell me how likely it
is that disease will spontaneously
appear in the water system of a
single apartment complex.
Chuck nods and leaves, returning shortly afterwards with a
There's an article in here that's
I need to get to work. Do you mind
if I take it with me? I'll bring it
It doesn't matter.
It matters to me!
Jane has snapped at her helper, and is immediately ashamed of
losing her temper.
I'm sorry. You didn't deserve that.
I just don't want to forget...I
don't even know what I'm trying to
It's too late anyway. Those days
Do you really think so?
You already know.
Jane rises, resigned, and starts to leave, taking the journal
You're probably right, but that
just makes it more important. If I
lose myself, there's nothing to
pull me back anymore.
Jane is on rounds. She looks tired, but smiles as she enters
SOPHIE (3), an adorable little blonde girl, is in one bed,
clutching a stuffed rabbit.
Hi Sophie! How are you feeling
You look like you feel better.
Let's take a closer look.
Jane grabs her stethoscope, but the rabbit is in the way of
Sophie's chest, so Jane takes the rabbit and puts it to the
I'll give it back in a minute.
As Jane begins to check the heartbeat, Sophie reaches for the
rabbit, but it is too far out of reach.
The rabbit flies to Sophie's extended hand.
Jane starts back, frightened.
Amazing, isn't it?
Now Jane has been startled twice.
Liu goes over and picks up Sophie.
What was that?
It's something new we're seeing,
unusual powers developing. It seems
to be strongest in children born
since the flares, but we've seen it
in a few adults too.
Jane is stunned, and though she does carry on the
conversation, it is more like she is speaking to herself.
That doesn't make any sense.
Why not? We knew energetic protons
could have an effect on humans.
But it should have been damage,
unless it's an adaptation to the
You have some interesting thoughts
on this. Are you familiar with any
There is a subtext to Liu's interest that chills Jane's
This is the first I've heard of it.
How does it start?
We don't know for sure. It may be
related to stress in the adults.
It's harder to tell with the
children, but her fever may have
brought it on.
Are they all like Sophie?
Telekinetic? No, we've seen some
incidences of extra-sensory
perception too. It's a fascinating
new development. Are you
What do you mean?
Liu puts Sophie back down, and looks at Jane, appraising her.
One of my key initiatives will be
learning more about this new
phenomenon, and how it can benefit
us. All of us, of course.
Liu leans in closer to Jane.
I believe you're capable of more
than you'll ever achieve here. You
could excel in research.
I...I'd have to think about it. I
like what I'm doing here.
Consider it. You could have more.
Perhaps you could help this little
one unlock her full potential.
Liu pats Sophie's cheek.
I need to think.
Certainly. Good night.
Jane nods her good night, feeling increasingly uncomfortable.
She still has her job though, so she goes back to checking
the child's vitals.
It's going to be okay. You're doing
really well, and your mom can take
you home tomorrow or the next day.
It's going to be fine.
Jane is overtaken by another vision, of Korse coming and
grabbing Sophie from her bed, and Sophie crying.
Jane tries to shake it off, but is worried.
Later, towards the end of Jane's shift, she runs into Baker.
Hey Simpson, how's it going?
It's been a long day.
It always is when you're confronted
by the society's decay.
Oh I just got back from dropping a
body off at the morgue. Some
homeless guy looks like he was
stomped to death. I thought
everyone was getting mellow by now,
but I guess not.
Some people are still avoiding the
Jane hurries off to the morgue.
As she goes in, she attempts to reassure herself.
It's just a coincidence. It's not
Jane enters and finds Mr. Johnson laid out on a slab.
It is the next day.
Jane is doing her rounds. She is tired and tense.
As Jane heads towards Pediatrics, she hears crying.
Bursting in through the doors, Jane see Korse holding a teary
Put her down this instant!
Korse turns on Jane with a cold-blooded stare, and moves one
hand to the gun on his hip.
Jane shivers, but she does not back down.
That is my patient.
She's being discharged.
On whose authority?
Jane jumps, and turns, once again surprised by Liu.
What's going on?
The child is healthy now, isn't
She should be released to her
You haven't heard. Her mother was
in a tragic accident this morning.
Sophie's an orphan now.
Sophie is still crying in the background, but it has changed
from frightened wails to a subdued whimper.
What's going to happen to her?
Good things. We're starting a
school for gifted orphans. She'll
receive excellent care.
Courtesy of Better Living.
Of course. The paperwork has
already been completed. I'm sure
this is a shock to you, but it's
really for the best.
Jane knows she has lost this fight, but she has one last try.
I'm not sure this is the best
person to be transporting children.
Liu gives an icy smile.
Perhaps. Korse, you may go. I will
take the child.
Korse stares at Jane for a moment, boring holes with his
eyes, but then puts Sophie back down on her bed and departs.
Jane sits down on the bed next to Sophie, and wipes her
tears. Sophie clings to Jane.
Have you considered taking a
I haven't decided anything.
That's too bad. You seem to be good
Are you sure that you know what to
do with them?
I admit Korse is a bit, well, I
suppose his name suits him.
Who is he?
Ah, he's a security expert. I
suppose child retrieval in a case
like this is below his skill set,
but there will be plenty of other
work for him to do. I should be
Jane nods and hands the rabbit to Sophie.
Take care, little rabbit.
Liu picks up the child and toy.
Maybe I will take that position.
That would be lovely. Come see me.
Liu carries away Sophie, who does not take her eyes off of
Jane until they have disappeared through the door.
Jane takes the pillow from the bed and holds it close.
Still later that day, Jane is near the admissions desk.
As Jane looks up from her clipboard, she notices a man
dressed as a janitor looking at Natalia as she passes. The
look is sinister.
Jane flashes to Natalia walking into her apartment and being
attacked by this man and another man. Jane freezes.
It smelt so faint, and it smelt so sweet,
It made me creep, and it made me cold!
Like the scent that steals from the crumbling sheet
Where a mummy is half unroll’d.
from Aux Italiens, by Edward Bulwer-Lytton