Boldly going where only a few girls have gone before. (And definitely at a slower pace.)

Merlin: The Wicked Day
Oh, it's wicked, all right.
Merlin: The Darkest Hour, Part 2
Arthur sacrifices himself for Camelot... almost.
Merlin: The Darkest Hour, Part 1
Morgana unleashes a ghost army on Camelot.

T:SCC Episode 19 - Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point

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One thing I noticed about this episode: A lot of what I wrote last week, I didn't have to change (in terms of structure) this week. Scene one starts where scene one started last week. Scenes with Jesse and Derek happen right where they happened last week. But these past two episodes have been great, so... keep it up?

EXT. MEXICO - SHALLOW GRAVE OF CROMARTIE

Agent Ellison is HAVING A DREAM that he's DIGGING UP CROMARTIE.

He WAKES UP in bed, hearing A NOISE outside. It's Cameron, PLUNGING A LENGTH OF STEEL REBAR INTO THE YARD. (She's looking for Cromartie's body but doesn't find it.) She tells him to GO BACK TO BED.

INT. DAKARA INDUSTRIES

Sarah and Derek BREAK IN and STEAL ALL THE HARD DRIVES OFF THEIR COMPUTERS because the COMPANY has THREE DOTS on the logo. (If you'll remember, the THREE DOTS were in Sarah's TURTLE DREAMS from LAST EPISODE.)

INT. CONNOR HIDEOUT

John hacks in the STOLEN HARD DRIVES and finds that Dakara only has the PLANS for a scary chess playing computer, NOT THE ACTUAL COMPUTER.

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN
This is all just bullshit. We can't trust the blood writing on the wall, even though it's right about everything else.

LENA HEADEY
Shut up your face! It all means something!

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN
Whatever, crazy. It's not the scary chess playing computer.

Derek LEAVES. John tries to HAVE A CONVERSATION about Sarah going CRAZYPANTS over HER DREAMS but she SHUTS HIM DOWN, too.

INT. CONNOR HIDEOUT - NEXT DAY

THOMAS DEKKER
Despite you being a giant bitch last night, I stayed up and went through all these hard drives. So I came up with a cover for you to use to find out what this company is up to.

LENA HEADEY
"Sarah Gale"? Gale? Seriously? You have read more than one book in your life, right?

THOMAS DEKKER
Look, I'm humoring you here, okay? Just pretend you're a rich divorceé and steal whatever you have to from this place.

INT. JESSE'S APARTMENT / HOTEL ROOM / WHATEVER

Derek has DISCOVERED all of Jesse's SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS of he and John while she was IN THE SHOWER.

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN
I should probably shoot you but I won't because I'm kind of dumb for you.

STEPHANIE JACOBSEN
Future John spends too much time listening to Cameron! Gross! I hate it! I'm trying to break them up before robot babies happen!

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN
Acceptable. I hate robots also. But you don't get to win that easily! I'm gonna pretend I'm still mad at you.

Derek THROWS the photos and HUFFS OUT OF THE ROOM.

INT. ZEIRA CORPORATION (SHIRLEY MANSON'S PLACE)

A CRIME SCENE seems to be IN PROGRESS as Agent Ellison SAUNTERS IN.

RICHARD T. JONES
Hey hey, what's going on here?

COP
Some dude was working during the blackout that you're probably just now hearing about and he got locked in and suffocated to death.

The dead guy turns out to be DR. BOYD SHERMAN.

INT. SHIRLEY MANSON'S OFFICE

SHIRLEY MANSON
Dr. Sherman was babysitting my computer baby for me.

RICHARD T. JONES
You mean the "A.I." project going on downstairs?

SHIRLEY MANSON
We call it Babylon, by the way. Sorry I forgot to tell you earlier. Anyway, the super computer redirected all the building's generator power in order to stay switched on during the blackout. No big deal.

RICHARD T. JONES
Even though a dude suffocated to death because of it?

SHIRLEY MANSON
Hey, don't look at me. I wasn't teaching it to kill all humans... yet.

RICHARD T. JONES
Maybe I should look in to this "super computer", then.

INT. DAKARA INDUSTRIES

Some AIR FORCE TYPES are just leaving as Sarah and Cameron walk in. Sarah is in THE WORST BUSINESS ATTIRE I HAVE EVER SEEN. They meet the DARAKA DUDES, Daddy and his Boy. (Who's actually John's real age, 24.)

DADDY DAKARA
Sorry about the mess, we had a break-in last night. But my son is a genius and made it so no one can hack our software even if they steal it. The air force loves us, by the way. Also let's talk about Duran Duran.

LENA HEADEY
I love Duran Duran! Remember the eighties? Terminator came out in 1984! I had crazy hair! Everyone remember! Force the nostalgia!

DAKARA BOY
I CALL MY COMPUTER EMMA! MY MOM IS DEAD! I'M SLIGHTLY AWKWARD!

Sarah and DADDY DAKARA go get COFFEE IN THE OTHER ROOM.

DADDY DAKARA
Hey, let's bond over our weird socially inept children! We both have sons! Also I need a lot of money.

LENA HEADEY
How much money?

DADDY DAKARA
I need a million billion dollars.

LENA HEADEY
Too many billions.

INT. RILEY'S FOSTER HOME

John has come to CALL ON Riley. GREAT. AWESOME. Riley's back.

Riley's foster parents seem really nice and caring.

LEVIN RAMBIN
Foster parents are weird! Blah blah blah bitchcakes.

THOMAS DEKKER
Right. So... posters.

LEVIN RAMBIN
I have a picture of a bear mauling a fish! Pay attention to my cries for help! I'm so broken and lonely! Fix me!

THOMAS DEKKER
Uh, I gotta see a man about a robot...

LEVIN RAMBIN
PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME!

THOMAS DEKKER
Look, I know that shit got weird in Mexico, but if I explained it, it would seem even weirder.

John LEAVES and RILEY SEEMS SAD.

INT. CONNOR HIDEOUT

Sarah and Cameron are GOING OVER PAPERWORK.

LENA HEADEY
So, the Air Force is interested in this software. That means something, right?

SUMMER GLAU
It's not the scary chess playing computer. Dakara Boy doesn't even play chess. He plays a fascinating game called "Go."

LENA HEADEY
So, it's the scary chess playing computer.... ?

SUMMER GLAU
(sighing)
No.

LENA HEADEY
But we know they're going to get the money to make a scary computer for the Air Force!

SUMMER GLAU
No, we really don't.

LENA HEADEY
Yeah hunh! Basement Blood Graffiti says so!

INT. CLOTHING STORE

Riley is SHOPPING. Jesse WALKS UP. The two of them go CONFER IN THE DRESSING ROOM.

STEPHANIE JACOBSEN
Did you bone John yet or not?

LEVIN RAMBIN
No! And I can't stupid get him to stupid tell me about stupid robots.

STEPHANIE JACOBSEN
You have to give it time. John Connor is sometimes frustratingly dumb.

LEVIN RAMBIN
Well, here's the part where I reveal I've been a secret agent for you all along. I'm the worst spy ever.

STEPHANIE JACOBSEN
It's okay. You'll break him eventually. Just don't fall in love! Then they really get dumb.

EXT. CONNOR HIDEOUT

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN
I think I'm starting to crack up like your crazy mom.

THOMAS DEKKER
What?

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN
You ever start to notice all the chicks on this show are either annoying or crazy? Or both?

THOMAS DEKKER
Shut up!

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN
I'm just sayin'... we gotta hold it together here. The wimmins is fragile.

EXT. LOS ANGELES - COFFEE STAND IN THE PARK

DADDY DAKARA
So, blah blah, the eighties were great, chit chat... say, listen. You know how I needed a bunch of money to build a scary chess playing computer? Well, now I only need $500,000 because some shady Japanese company is gonna help me out.

LENA HEADEY
Well. That sounds shady.

DADDY DAKARA
Let me touch your hand soothingly and remind you of Pink Floyd's The Wall.

INT. SERVER FARM - BABYLON PROJECT

TECH GEEK
So, anyway, here's our super computer.

RICHARD T. JONES
Do you even know what Babylon means? It's scary Bible shit.

TECH GEEK
Yeah, well, the computer is awesome.

RICHARD T. JONES
You think it killed Dr. Sherman on purpose?

TECH GEEK
Bwah?

INT. CONNOR HIDEOUT

Cameron and Sarah are COUNTING DIAMONDS. It will take ALL THEY OWN to fund DAKARA'S SHADY JAPANESE DEAL.

Sarah goes ALL IN.

INT. FANCY RESTAURANT - LATER THAT NIGHT

Sarah is wearing another SPECTACULARLY HORRIBLE DRESS. She and Cameron are HAVING DINNER with the Dakaras, and a JAPANESE BUSINESS DUDE.

JAPANESE BUSINESS DUDE
I LOVE SAKE!

DAKARA BOY
I love computers! I love microchips! Microchips are cool!

JAPANESE BUSINESS DUDE
I LOVE AMERICA!

LENA HEADEY
This is all fascinating, but can you just give us the chip and we'll give you the money?

The JAPANESE BUSINESS DUDE hands over THE CHIP and TAKES THEIR MONEY and then LEAVES.

DADDY DAKARA
You. Are. Awesome.

INT. RILEY'S FOSTER HOME

A couple of Riley's FOSTER SIBLINGS are FIGHTING ANNOYINGLY and RILEY LOSES HER SHIT.

LEVIN RAMBIN
You're all stupid! The world is gonna asplode! Nuclear apocalypse! AAAAUGH!

I guess this is where we INFER that RILEY MAY BE FROM THE FUTURE. She gets REALLY WORKED UP and PUSHES HER FOSTER MOM.

INT. DAKARA INDUSTRIES

DAKARA BOY
I love computers! I love computers! La la la la laaaa!

DAKARA BOY loads up the MICROCHIP but SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH IT. Cameron SCANS IT with her TERMINATOR VISION and finds out it's a BOGUS CHIP.

They just got PWND.

DAKARA DADDY
Let's take some time to talk about how my grandparents got put in internment camps during World War II and white people screwed us the fuck over. That reminds me of right now.

LENA HEADEY
So... okay. We'll just talk to the guy who sold us the bad chip.

DAKARA DADDY
Let's take some time to talk about the Yakuza. Did you see Kill Bill?

LENA HEADEY
Are you kidding me? I told you this guy sounded shady. Why did you trust him?

Sarah GETS A PHONE CALL that says "Target Acquired, Moving to Location" like she's a one-woman SWAT. She LEAVES.

INT. SHIRLEY MANSON'S OFFICE

RICHARD T. JONES
So, the Tech Geek couldn't tell me whether the computer hated Dr. Sherman or not.

SHIRLEY MANSON
Why didn't you just ask the computer if it hated Dr. Sherman? By the way, Dr. Sherman named it John Henry.

RICHARD T. JONES
You named a computer? This is unheard of to me because I am not a nerd.

INT. BABYLON PROJECT - BASEMENT

The Tech Geek, Catherine, and Ellison are gonna TALK TO JOHN HENRY.

TECH GEEK
We haven't given the computer speech capabilities yet because it creeps us the fuck out as it is.

RICHARD T. JONES
What's up, computer dude?

JOHN HENRY
10110111001010001.

Catherine translates the BINARY for Agent Ellison. They ask John Henry a SERIES OF QUESTIONS in order to figure out WHETHER IT KNOWS IT KILLED DR. SHERMAN OR NOT.

RICHARD T. JONES
We gotta teach this computer some manners.

TECH GEEK
Feelings? On a robot? That's just crazy talk.

SHIRLEY MANSON
What kind of morals could we possibly teach this computer?

RICHARD T. JONES
Let's get biblical on its ass and teach it the Ten Commandments. By the way, I'm blaming Sherman's death on you, Tech Geek.

TECH GEEK looks PERPLEXED. Agent Ellison LEAVES.

INT. APARTMENT, NIGHT - JAPANESE CARD GAME

Derek, Sarah and Cameron BREAK IN and CONFRONT the JAPANESE BUSINESS DUDE.

JAPANESE BUSINESS DUDE
I'm just an actor! A stupid actor! I don't have the real chip! I don't have the money!

Before Sarah can FREAK OUT on the dude, Derek CALLS HER OFF. They LEAVE.

OUTSIDE

LENA HEADEY
It's all totally connected still!

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN
Will you just chill the fuck out? It's not a conspiracy.

INT. DAKARA INDUSTRIES

Sarah BEATS THE CRAP out of DAKARA DADDY.

LENA HEADEY
You're a liar! Liar! Tell me about your lies!

DAKARA DADDY
You're crazy! You better not have hurt my son!

Sarah DRAGS HIM into the NEXT ROOM where Cameron has DAKARA BOY at GUNPOINT.

LENA HEADEY
Tell him what you did!

DAKARA DADDY
I made the whole thing up! I just wanted money! We can't make the deadline on our order for the Air Force so I arranged to steal this crazy white lady's money!

DAKARA BOY
Wait, so... you don't have faith that I can program fast enough, so you stole half a million dollars?

DAKARA DADDY
It means I love you!

Sarah and Cameron leave.

INT. JESSE'S APARTMENT

Jesse walks in and Derek blurts out

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN
JOHN CONNOR'S MY NEPHEW!

WHY? WHY DID YOU DO THAT, DEREK?

JESSE
I did not know that.

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN
From now on, no more secrets!

JESSE
Instead of agreeing to that, I'll reminisce some about the good old days. During the war. When I ickily used your toothbrush without your permission because I'm a selfish H00R.

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN
Hey, good enough.

INT. CONNOR HIDEOUT

Sarah comes home all DRESSED IN DAKARA'S BLOOD. She and John EMBRACE. There's a KNOCK ON THE DOOR and it's RILEY.

LEVIN RAMBIN
I need to stalk you some more because this crazy bitch named Jesse told me to, so let's go for a walk. I'm sorry I freaked out about a bear eating a fish.

They LEAVE. Sarah GOES TO THE BATHROOM, and sees the BLOOD ON HER FACE is in a THREE DOT PATTERN. She fixes this by washing it off SMASHING THE MIRROR ALL TO HELL.

INT. ZEIRA CORPORATION - BABYLON PROJECT

Catherine decides that she's not GOOD ENOUGH to PROGRAM A COMPUTER TO FEEL (because she's A ROBOT), so she ASKS ELLISON TO DO IT.

SHIRLEY MANSON
Remember the story about John Henry? How he was awesome but progress still killed him? And you know how we named our robot John Henry? You're gonna love what's behind this door.

She opens the door to reveal GARRET DILLAHUNT HOOKED UP TO THE SUPERCOMPUTER.

GARRET DILLAHUNT
Hello! I'm John Henry!

ME
YES! HOLY FUCKING SHIT! I WISHED IT AND IT CAME TRUE! I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO READ THE SECRET!

FADE OUT.

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