Interface: Episode #116.
Tag: Emma's past puts her in grave danger when she is reunited with an old high school friend, now a GSA trainee. [Transcript]
Cast & Crew: Written by Mark Lisson; Directed by Ken Girotti
Bradley James Allan....Dojo Sparring Partner
Danielle Hampton....Michelle Bigelow
Jason Jones....Jasper's Cashier
Chris Owens....Mr. Delay
Official Synopsis: Jesse (Forbes March) and Brennan (Victor Webster) investigate a mutant safehouse that's been broken into and ransacked beyond repair - obviously the work of the GSA. Adam (John Shea) and the team are baffled as to how the GSA have recently become so successful in finding and sabotaging safehouses, which are inconspicuously located throughout the city. Luckily, the tape from the safehouses' security camera is still intact. Adam, Jesse and Brennan sit down to watch the replay of the break-in. Meanwhile at Genomex, Mason Eckhart (Tom McCamus) and his cohort, Delay (Chris Owens), are discussing the success of their "little secret weapon," when Michelle Bigelow (Danielle Hampton), a GSA trainee with telecyber mutant powers, appears in the doorway. Unfailingly loyal to the GSA, Michelle blames Delay for the lack of team effort during the last safehouse raid, and confidently reveals that she wants to take over his position. Later that night, Emma (Lauren Lee Smith) watches the security tape from the vandalized safehouse, and realizes one of the assailants is her estranged best friend from high school, Michelle. Emma rushes off to a cybercafe and sends Michelle, who is hooked into one of Genomex's computers, an instant message. Michelle, terrified she'll be caught conversing with "the enemy," asks Emma to meet her at a specific webcam link in fifteen minutes. Elsewhere, Adam and Jesse conclude that the GSA is using a telecyber psionic, a person who can mentally interact with computers, to breach the security at the safehouses that have been hit. Back at Sanctuary, Adam puts Brennan and Jesse through a simulated GSA agent attack. He insists that the simulations will prepare them for any combat situation they might encounter. Meanwhile, Emma waits patiently at the cybercafe until Michelle's face appears on her screen. Emma is able to convince her friend to meet her at their old high school stomping ground, Jasper's, for a drink. When Emma and Michelle meet, they reminisce for a while and even use their mutant powers to pull the same prank on the cashier that they did years before. But when Emma begins questioning Michelle about her involvement with the GSA, she realizes her friend has been totally brainwashed by Eckhart. Michelle is not shy about voicing her opinion of Mutant X either, calling the team "a pack of outlaws, who flaunt their illegal behavior." Suddenly, the door of Jasper's bursts open, and two GSA agents enter, apprehending Emma. Back at Sanctuary, Adam realizes that Emma is missing, and her comlink has been deactivated. Assuming she must be with Michelle, Adam orders Shalimar (Victoria Pratt) and Brennan to fly by Genomex, using the onboard sensors to detect if Emma's presence. Meanwhile at Genomex, Emma struggles while Michelle implants her with a subdermal governor. Determined to make Michelle learn the truth about Eckhart and his evil ways, Emma encourages her friend to use her powers to tap into Genomex's computer files. With a little more convincing, Michelle mentally connects with the main computer and is appalled at the horrible things she finds. Embarrassed for having been so naive, Michelle uses her powers to deactivate Emma's subdermal governor. Emma contacts Adam to ask him to send the Double Helix to rescue them, but Eckhart and his entourage of agents finds them. As the agents escort the two ladies to a holding cell, Michelle uses her telecyber powers to knock out the electricity, and she and Emma escape to the Double Helix. Adam warmly welcomes Michelle to Sanctuary and insists they get her into the lab immediately for observation. Michelle informs him that Eckhart had his technicians work on her genetic makeup. As a result, she no longer feels any emotion and has begun shedding her organic form. Suddenly losing complete control of her powers, she turns to chrome and sparks explode from her head. Knowing that the only way to save her friend is to make her feel emotion, Emma bombards the robotic Michelle with telempathic visions. Michelle collapses, and her body returns to human form. Adam rushes her to the lab and saves her life by successfully reversing all the work the GSA had done on her DNA strands.
Emma: Thanks, honey! Couldn't have done it without you. You always know how to make a dramatic entrance.
Shalimar: You actually looked like you were having fun until those last two goons jumped on you.
Emma: Well, I didn't pay 'em any attention. Oh, this is so gonna piss Eckhart off.
Shalimar: I know.
Emma: So, what'd you get?
Shalimar: I got the cutest shoes! 60% off.
Mason: I suppose I would have to say my glass is half empty, Mr. Delay. Four armed GS agents vs. two unarmed women, and it's the GS agents who end up in a pile?
Mr. Delay: I don't recall inviting you to this meeting.
Michelle Bigelow: The first thing GSA trainees are taught is to take initiative, sir.
Mason: Well, if it isn't our new secret weapon. Come in, Miss Bigelow, and share your feelings about the way we do things here at the GSA.
Michelle: The problem with the current crop of GS agents isn't their training, Mr. Eckhart. It's their trainer.
Mason: Are you saying that Mr. Delay is at fault?
Michelle: Well, I'm afraid so, sir. I accompanied Mr. Delay on the safehouse raids. The squad displayed the same lack of team effort that resulted in the embarrassment with the two women.
Mason: Your telecyber abilities make you a promising recruit, Miss Bigelow.
Michelle: Well, thank you sir. And if I may say so, I'd love to have the opportunity to fulfill that promise, sooner rather than later.
Mason: What exactly are your ultimate professional goals?
Michelle: Ultimately, I would like to have your job, sir.
Mason: And precisely how will you plan your career trajectory to get my job?
Michelle: By taking his job.
Shalimar: Think we have a mole in the underground?
Brennan: Well, anything's possible, but my instincts are telling me they're working us over from the outside.
Shalimar: Your instincts?
Brennan: Yeah, come on. I spent enough time on the wrong side. I can smell a rat a mile away.
Mr. Delay: You made me look like an idiot today, Miss Bigelow. You don't want me for an enemy.
Michelle Bigelow: I don't want you for a friend either. I simply stated things as I saw them. Now it's up to Mr. Eckhart to decide how to proceed.
Mr. Delay: It's up to you to do your job and keep your mouth shut. No one gives a damn about your insipid little opinions.
Michelle: Well, Mr. Eckhart seemed pretty fascinated.
Mr. Delay: Mr. Eckhart may have a great deal of confidence in you and your abilities--
Michelle: With good reason.
Mr. Delay: --but I don't share his enthusiasm. A word of advice, Miss Bigelow. Watch your back.
Michelle: When I want your advice, I'll beat it out of you. Now unless you want me to tell Mr. Eckhart just how your ineptitude allowed those other 8 anomalies to slip out of your grasp, I'd suggest you let me do my evening's work.
Brennan: Could you imagine connecting to computer with your mind?
Jesse: Well, anything that would do away with the carpal tunnel syndrome’s okay with me.
Brennan: Can you believe this guy?
Jesse: You wanna take him, or shall I?
Brennan: Eh--go ahead.
Brennan: Hey, you know what? The first one of you to laugh gets a jump start!
Adam: There's nothing funny about that, Brennan. Nothing funny about a sudden surprise attack from hostile forces either.
Jesse: Well, you could at least have warned us it wasn't gonna be the usual hostile forces attack, Adam.
Brennan: Yeah, I mean popping in and out like that?
Shalimar: Well, then it wouldn't be surprise or sudden, now would it?
Emma: You’re forgetting something here, Michelle. Before either of us knew about new mutants or Genomex or Mutant X, we both knew that we were different.
Michelle: And we were lucky to have each other to share our secret.
Michelle: We're on different sides of the fence now.
Emma: Come on, Michelle, fences are for climbing!
Michelle: OK. I can spend an hour and then I have to get back.
Emma: Is that an hour in real time or Bigelow time?
Michelle: I'll see you in fifteen minutes. Real time.
Adam: I bet you had trouble with video games when you were a kid, right?
Jesse: Still do.
Shalimar: Adam seems to think that Jesse's problem is that he got his butt kicked by the training simulator. What do you think? Got an opinion there, buster? Or am I bothering you?
Brennan: No, no. It's just that, for the record, I'm reading a GSA training manual file that I swiped last time we paid them a visit. I'm trying to find a clue as to how they're bypassing our security system. As for the training simulations, I think Jesse's jast taking it way too seriously.
Shalimar: It's funny. I've always enjoyed them.
Brennan: You just like anything that'll get you up and moving.
Shalimar: Well, if there's a little virtual ass kicking involved all the better. Anything we can use in there?
Brennan: No, not really. Well, other than the fact that Eckhart considers you--and this is a quote--"Shalimar Fox is by far the least interesting member of Mutant X."
Shalimar: What?! Give me that!
Brennan: Made you look.
Shalimar: You idiot.
Michelle: The GSA is a law enforcement organization, Emma, whose mission is to protect new mutants from themselves.
Emma: Please. Just because you work for the so-called law does not make the GSA moral, ethical, or right.
Michelle: I think it's time you realized what you're a part of. Mutant X is a pack of outlaws who flaunt their illegal behavior.
Emma: No, no. We do not break the law.
Michelle Bigelow: Well, you're out there wreaking havoc when you should be working within the system to make the world ready for new mutants.
Emma: And you honestly believe that's what you're doing?
Michelle: Absolutely. You think you're some kind of romantic hero, running around with Adam and the rest. Forget about it. You're nothing more than a bunch of common criminals, using your heightened abilities for your own benefit.
Emma: You're out of your mind. Adam is a man with a mission: to prepare the world for our existence one step at a time.
Michelle: Mmm. And it's Adam's mission that caused new mutants grief in the first place.
Emma: Oh, is that so? How do you feel about choosing to wear a subdermal governor?
Michelle: How do you think the world would feel if it knew there were people like us among them? With powers and abilities that dwarf the imagination?
Emma: You're starting to sound like a recruitment poster.
Michelle: We're both psionics and we both know just how crazy we can get, thanks to our abilities. The GSA saved my sanity, maybe my life.
Emma: I know you, Michelle, and I believe that you think that's true. But I'm telling you Eckhart does not have any plan for assimilation. If Adam hadn't rescued me, I would have been stuck tracking down new mutants to put in stasis pods for future observation.
Michelle: This is just like the arguments we used to have back in freshman year. I respected authority...
Emma: And I questioned it every chance I got. But you were always open to new ideas. You know, be open to the fact that maybe the GSA isn't everything you think it is.
Michelle: Fine. If you do the same for Mutant X.
Michelle: You don't mean it, do you?
Emma: You could always read me like a book, couldn't you?
Adam: You think this all just comes to me? I mean, when you use your abilities, when you phase out and mass, it takes a concerted effort right? And Shalimar wears herself out.
Jesse: And Emma gets occasional migraines, and Brennan’s current doesn’t just happen, he has to work at it, right.
Adam: That’s right. So for all of us, it takes a lot of work, a lot of effort, a lot of concentration.
Jesse: So why is it that when I’m fighting the real GS agents, it doesn’t seem like I have to work as hard as when I’m fighting the virtual agents?
Adam: Because when it’s real life, you react instinctually. So maybe what you have to do is you have to create the mindset where you treat the simulations like they’re real life.
Jesse: When it’s the real thing, I just kind of switch onto automatic. I let my instincts take over.
Adam: That’s right. Endorphins are pumping, the adrenaline rush. Everything's pure instinct.
Jesse: I guess. Still can’t see you cramming for a final, though.
Adam: Who says I had to cram?
Michelle: When we were at Jasper’s, I actually began to question the GSA’s motives in the greater scheme of things.
Emma: Was that before or after you set me up?
Michelle: We both have our missions.
Emma: Come on, Michelle, take a look at this place. It’s nothing more than a prison for people like us.
Michelle: Don’t say that, Emma. Your credibility and our friendship are gone.
Adam: Now, let’s not be too hard on Emma. All of us have been guilty of letting our feelings for old friends blind us as to who they’ve become.
Brennan: Oh, come on, Adam. She’s a GSA trainee. It’s like walking into a lion’s den.
Shalimar: Excuse me? Last I looked, you’d been ambushed by old friends yourself.
Brennan: Okay, point made...and taken.
Emma: What’s really scary about Eckhart is that he’s convinced he’s doing the right thing by terrorizing new mutants.
Michelle: I said we weren’t gonna talk about this anymore.
Emma: You’re willing to give your entire life over to an assumption based on what someone else has told you?
Michelle: I have just as much faith in Eckhart’s cause as you seem to in Adam’s.
Emma: Faith is for God. What you're talking about is denial.
Michelle: Aren't you the one who broke into the dean of students office and stole her furniture?
Emma: Now we get the hell outta here.
Michelle: Okay, but how?
Emma: Trust me, I’ve done this before.
Mason: I'm afraid you two school girls are about to get permanent detentions.
Mason: After all the opportunities I’ve offered you, Miss Bigelow, this is how you repay me?
Emma: You know, that’s one of your biggest problems, Eckhart. It’s not always about you.
Mason: And that’s where you’re wrong, Miss deLauro. And the sooner you learn that you’re nothing but a satellite that revolves around me, we’ll all be the better for it.
Michelle: After what I saw in your database, I’m ashamed that I ever trusted you. Who do you think you are?
Mason: It’s not who I think I am that matters. It’s the fear I strike in others that makes life worth living.
Emma: And this is the guy that you trusted?
Michelle: You know what?
Emma: Yeah. We’re both over this place.
Emma: I know, I know, Adam's gonna be pissed.
Brennan: You just wait 'til we get you home, young lady.
Jesse: I did a little reading on the Gestalt concept of the willing suspension of disbelief.
Adam: Yeah, well, that’s pretty heavy stuff. I mean, we’re talking about fighting holograms here.
Jesse: Right, that’s my point. I mean, when I’m fighting virtual GS agents I can’t seem to lose myself the same as in real thing.
Adam: Right, which is why I suggested that you apply the same energy and the same effort that you do in real combat
Jesse: Maybe. You know, I think there might be another answer. I still get completely creeped out by a good horror movie, but totally lost in an action flick.
Adam: Rather trying to than pretend that its real when you know it’s a simulation, you want to sort of give yourself over to the virtual concept the way you get sucked into a movie?
Jesse: I couldn’t have put it better myself. Now it sounds like fun.
Michelle: In a matter of moments, the coordinates of all of Mutant X’s data will be at Genomex.
Emma: That’s not gonna happen, Michelle. I’m gonna show you what it’s like to feel again, whether you like it or not.
Emma: Look, I wanted to apologize to you guys.
Shalimar: Where are you going to start?
Jesse: Running away and not telling anybody?
Brennan: Yeah, turning off your comlink?
Shalimar: Hanging out with a GS agent?
Emma: OK, so I've got a lot to apologize for.
Shalimar: Forget about it. We've all been guilty of running off when our past has caught up with us.
Emma: Even Adam.
Jesse: Even Adam. We all live with one foot in our old lives and one foot in the world we find ourselves now.
Shalimar: And sometimes those two worlds just rub each other the wrong way.
Brennan: Yeah, and every once in a while we get smacked in the back of our head with a blast from our past and uh... you know, that's what we're here for. Make things right.
Emma: That's what friends are for, right?
Shalimar: Yeah. Just don't push your luck. A GS agent. I mean a GS agent, what were you thinking?
Trivia & Nitpicks: Jenny Stackpole is the name of an underground operative. Either Mutant X is bigger than we think or there's simply a larger New Mutant underground than we've seen. Likely the bigger underground, as Jesse is worried about their credibility with the underground since the Mutant X safehouses keep getting broken into.
Adam started college at the age of 12. Jesse loves action flicks, but horror movies creep him out, and he doesn’t like video games (doesn’t seem like it in “No Exit,” does it?).
Emma gets migraines from her abilities; telecybers are prone to radical emotional shifts.
Emma went to Sloman High School, where she stole the dean’s furniture and helped Michelle cheat on English finals. Not the angel we thought she was, our little Emma.
Badass!Emma's little trick with the bartender in “Double Vision” shows up again as Emma basically butts in line waiting on their drinks. And they don't pay.
The GSA has a government mandate.
The opening in the mall: Given what went on last week, I'm kinda surprised Shalimar let Emma out of her sight.
Why isn't mall security busting Emma or the GS agents for running? Or something. It's sort of weird that everyone else just watches. And isn't Shal not supposed to use her powers in public?
What do Shalimar and Emma have in those bags, ten pound weights? Also, why don't they put the bags down while they're fighting? This is Mutant X, not Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
Since they’re trying to keep Sanctuary’s location a secret, does emailing a telecyber at Genomex seem like a bad idea to anyone else?
Why doesn't Jesse know what a telecyber is? Doesn't he remember Kilohertz? And we certainly see a lot in the series (3) for something Adam did limited experiments in.
I wonder why the picture of Emma and Michelle actually looks fairly old. (Also, Emma's hair is so much better in that...)
Michelle's timing logging into IM is fortuitous. It's smart of Emma to log in from a cybercafe to do that, but wouldn't an email for a later meeting date be less frustrating? (Though that would've given Michelle even *more* time to set her up.) For that matter, since she doesn't go anywhere, why did Michelle need 15 minutes to log onto a webcam link? (Hello, Emma, smell that? That's a rat. You should've brought Brennan with you, apparently he can smell one a mile away.)
Michelle and Emma agree to meet at Jasper’s in 15 minutes. Since that’s their old hangout in high school, does that mean that they went to high school somewhere in the vicinity of where Genomex and Sanctuary are now?
And why are they talking about new mutants, Mutant X, and Genomex in Jasper's? Hello, public?
The guys are a little arrogant during the simulation. And when they both get knocked on their butts, just where does Brennan swat Jesse? I think they like playing with the slashers sometimes.
Why are people on this show always tapping opponents on the shoulder before punching their lights out? Why not just attack from behind?
Also, is it just me or does Jesse have a bit of a New York/New Jersey accent in his "a's" sometimes?
How does Emma know what to look for in Mason's computer?
When Michelle asks how they’re going to escape from Genomex, Emma says, “Trust me, I’ve done this before.” Is she referring to “Double Vision”? I thought she didn’t remember anything that Badass!Emma did during that time.
Also, why on Earth did she take her ring off? And what took her so long to put it back on?
I can't tell if Brennan's joking with her or serious when he says just wait 'til they get her home.
Here’s a confusing line...
Adam: Well, you know Eckhart. You know, he’s got a long standing history of tinkering with the DNA strands of new mutants.
Huh? Is Adam confusing Mason with himself? Mason’s only been tinkering since “Dark Star Rising.” Adam’s been doing it since 1978.
Funny how Emma's the only one who doesn't get blasted when Michelle goes on her rampage. I thought her emotions were completely suppressed?
Why is Adam so worried about Michelle's modesty after she passes out? I mean, really, just get her to the lab. Jesse's been engaged and it ain't like it's anything Brennan ain't seen before.
How does Mr. Delay avoid getting podded after his failure? Or is he related to a certain senator?
At the end, why do they eat kneeling at the Japanese style table when there's a butt load of normal ones that look a little less cramped? (And is the food there for Emma or not? I can't tell!)
Ep Tally. Topless Brennan: 0 Adam Kisses: 0 Freak mentions: 1 Food intake: 3 drinks (Emma, Jesse, Adam) and Japanese takeout for the team
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