Reality Check: Episode #220.
Tag: Mutant X faces off against a cold war era mutant who can alter a person's reality, shattering their minds in the process. [Transcript]
Cast & Crew: Written by Peter Mohan, Mark Amato, and David Young; Directed by Jorge Montesi
Ron Kennell....Levak Ivanov
Jane Moffat....Dr. Polly McWilliams
Romano Orzari....Dr. Dominic Rydell
John Robinson....Prime Minister Jerzy Novotny
Jennifer Vey....Young Woman
Yola Wolck....Sophisticated Woman at Party
Official Synopsis: Shalimar (Victoria Pratt) comes to the rescue of a woman who is being assaulted by two thugs. As the woman bolts to her apartment, Brennan (Victor Webster) arrives on the scene and asks Shalimar why she was out alone. She explains that her animal DNA is causing her to want to hunt at night. Meanwhile, two other thugs chase a man, whose warped sense of reality causes him to see the world as a maze, into an alley. Two cops approach and scare the thugs off, but as one of the cops reaches out to touch the man, he sees himself as though he's caught in a maze with a giant hand reaching out to grab him and screams in fear. At Sanctuary, Adam (John Shea) tells Jesse (Forbes March) and Emma (Lauren Lee Smith) that the man the police saved is Dominic Rydell (Romano Orzari), a prominent physicist, who's been taken to a government hospital. At the hospital, Dr. McWilliams (Jane Moffat) explains to Adam and Emma that Rydell no longer has a sense of the real world, and if he’s not brought back to reality soon, he’ll die. Emma telempathically makes the doctor release Rydell into Adam's care. Learning that Rydell disappeared after giving a lecture, Adam sends Brennan and Shalimar to a party at the Balkistan Embassy to investigate former Soviet KGB agent Jerzy Novotny (John Robinson), who attended the lecture. Soon after arriving at the embassy, Shalimar, unaware that a strange man is watching her, persuades Novotny to take a walk. When the two enter the hallway, Shalimar grabs him by the throat, but is suddenly shot with a tranquilizer dart by mutant Levak Ivanov (Ron Kennell). She wakes up to find herself naked in a strange bed, and is stunned when Brennan, who is also naked, enters the room, gets into bed with her and tells her they’re married. The real Shalimar is strapped to a gurney in Ivanov’s lair. Connecting tendrils of energy from his head to hers, he makes her believe that he’s Brennan and tries to find out who she’s working for and why they’re interested in Rydell. Back at Sanctuary, Emma sends a beam of telempathic energy to Rydell and suddenly finds herself trapped in the maze he sees. Rydell tells her that this maze is identical to one he saw in college, in which the mice used were killed at the end to study their brain activity. Rydell is certain that just like the mice, he will be killed if he reaches the end of the maze. Emma insists that none of it is real and asks Rydell who did this to him. Following Rydell's gaze, she sees a giant Ivanov, who drops a divider between her and Rydell. As Ivanov reaches down to grab Emma, she breaks her connection to Rydell. Meanwhile, Brennan becomes worried that Shalimar has not returned from her walk with Novotny. Rushing out to find her, all he sees is her comlink ring. Back in the lair, Shalimar, who’s still under Ivanov’s control, sees Jesse and Emma blocking the door. Shalimar tries to break through, but Jesse masses out, grabs her and asks if she knows who they are. Scared, Shalimar says she knew who they were yesterday -- her partners at Mutant X. Learning that Shalimar is part of Mutant X, Ivanov realizes she is his key to finding Adam. At Sanctuary, Emma identifies Ivanov from footage of the embassy party. Reading Ivanov's dossier, Adam learns he’s a mutant from the Soviet version of Genomex, and a master of interrogation. Meanwhile, Ivanov tries to trick Shalimar into revealing Adam's location. Sensing something is wrong, Shalimar runs to the lab and finds Mason Eckhart (Tom McCamus). Eckhart tells her that the team is against her and that if she doesn’t reveal their location, they'll both die. Realizing Shalimar's life depends on Rydell, Emma connects with him again, and finds herself back in the maze, surrounded by white light. Certain that they’ll be killed if they try to leave the maze, Emma convinces him that she can bring him back to reality. As they walk towards the light, Ivanov appears, but Rydell continues with Emma across the threshold. His eyes open and he finds himself in the lab with Emma and Adam, who ask if he remembers where he was when Ivanov invaded his mind. Rydell tells them that the building he escaped from had a lightening bolt on it. Meanwhile, Shalimar is about to disclose Adam’s location to Eckhart, but suddenly runs out of the room into Sanctuary. Sensing someone, she leaps into the air just as Brennan fires a tesla coil at her. A fight ensues, and Shalimar knocks him over the landing, breaking his neck. Back in the lair, Shalimar rips her restraints off and knocks Ivanov out, releasing his control over her. Meanwhile, the team arrives at the building and, hearing someone kicking a door, begin calling Shalimar’s name. Panicked, she jumps inside a ceiling panel and when Brennan and Jesse enter the corridor, leaps down and attacks Brennan before running off. As Adam and Emma rush to help the others, Ivanov appears with two guards. He releases tendrils of energy toward Adam, but Emma throws a telempathic starburst at him, locking the two in a mental battle. Finding herself in a dark hangar with Ivanov, Emma suddenly creates two duplicates of herself and tells Ivanov she has powers not even her partners know about. All the Emmas bombard Ivanov with telempathic hits, and he falls to the floor, breaking his connection to her. The team regroups and follows Shalimar into the lair. Shalimar attacks the team, taking out Emma and Jesse. When she grabs Adam by the throat, Brennan hesitantly forms a tesla coil and throws it at Shalimar. When Shalimar awakens, Emma gently calms her. Back at Sanctuary, Adam tells a grateful Rydell that Ivanov is in a mental facility and won't be out any time soon.
Quotes: Brennan: Well, what did you expect, a thank you? What are you doing?
Shalimar: I was saving someone. I thought that’s what we were about.
Brennan: You know exactly what I mean. You’re running around, showing off your powers.
Shalimar: I feel different now. I need to be out in the night. I need to hunt. Alone.
Brennan: Where is this going, Shal?
Shalimar: I don’t know, Bren. All I know is that whatever’s happening to me isn’t something I can just turn off or ignore.
Emma: You know, I still can’t believe we got access to Rydell so easily.
Adam: Well, I’d like to think it was their knowledge of my specialty in dealing with exotic medical problems. But I think it has more to do with the fact that I funded the hospital’s new MRI machine last month.
Emma: Nice. And here I was worried to ask for a raise.
Jesse: Turns out our man Rydell had just finished giving a lecture at a scientific conference at Bower University three hours before he disappeared.
Shalimar: You’re telling us he was abducted by scientists?
Brennan: I’ve always wanted to go to a party at the embassy.
Shalimar: Well, let’s hope they remember to count the silverware afterwards.
Adam: Emma, I know you’re afraid. But you might be surprised at what you can do.
Brennan: All right, keep your eye out for the trade commissioner. According to Adam, he’s got a serious eye for the ladies.
Shalimar: Well, I assume that’s why I was the one wearing this dress.
Brennan: Trust me, you in that dress is always a good idea.
Shalimar: Hey Bren, Novatny 2:00. Ready for action?
Brennan: Yeah. Just remember, if you do get him alone, don’t get too far out of my sight.
Shalimar: Had to say that, didn’t you? When we were doing so well here.
Brennan: What’s that supposed to mean?
Shalimar: I could have taken out the security of this entire embassy. I don’t need you to play daddy.
Shalimar: What’s down that way?
Prime Minister Novatny: That’s where we keep the secrets. Can you keep a secret?
Shalimar: Not really.
Jesse: I thought you would have learned by now not to try to win arguments with women, especially not Shalimar.
Brennan: This isn’t about an argument. This is about Shalimar playing as part of the team.
Jesse: Really? Some private conversation I’ve been missing here?
Mason!Levak Ivanov: Shalimar, I know none of this makes sense to you, but you have to believe me. I’m trying to help you.
Shalimar: You don’t want to help us. You’ve been trying to capture us, all mutants and put us into pods.
Mason!Levak: That’s what Adam had you think. But all this time it was me trying to help you. He’s the one who’s been manipulating you from the start.
Shalimar: No. You’re lying.
Mason!Levak: All this time, he’s been using you all to service his own selfish needs. And to create the perfect mutant. Why do you think all of your powers are continuing to mutate? Each day bringing you closer and closer to your own demise.
Shalimar: No, he’s coming up with a cure for that.
Mason!Levak: He’s the one causing it.
Shalimar: No, that can’t be.
Mason!Levak: Shalimar, you know it’s true. Why do you think they’ve all turned against you? I’m trying to protect you, but you have to help me. We can’t let Adam win. Not now, not ever.
Shalimar: Who are you gonna pretend to be next, my mother? My first grade teacher? I hated that bitch!
Brennan: Shalimar, it’s me! What are you doing?
Shalimar: How many times do I have to kill you for you to stay dead?
Adam: Even with Ivanov’s mind control, I don’t think he’d be able to break her completely.
Levak Ivanov: Then you underestimate my power, Mr. Kane. She’s gone. But it’s a shame, really. All this time I was trying to get her to lead me to you, when it seems I had it the other way around. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, don’t you think?
Adam: You’re sick.
Levak: Oh, to crawl inside your head. Your secrets will bring in a hefty price, Dr. Kane.
Emma: You first.
Emma: You’re not real.
Levak: No? I’m as real as anything else in your mind, and I’m much more dangerous. You were stupid to pit your mind against mine.
Emma: Are you sure you don’t have that the other way around? You know you should really learn to stay out of other people’s minds.
Levak: Nice trick. I’ll pry it out of you along with the rest of your secrets.
Emma: There are things I can do that I haven’t even shown my partners. And it really doesn’t matter that you’re gonna see, because you won’t be able to tell anybody.
Adam: Ivanov has been locked up in a state mental facility. I don’t think he’ll be getting into anybody else’s head very soon.
Emma: Yeah, well, with the blast I sent him, he’ll be lucky if he can ever remember his own name.
Adam: You don’t have to enjoy it so much.
Emma: Look, he was the predator, and then he was the prey. He doesn’t deserve any sympathy. If that makes me cruel, then so be it. So how’s Shalimar holding up?
Adam: Well, physically, she’s normal. Psychologically, you know Shalimar, she says she’s fine.
Emma: Well, she’s never been one to let her guard down. I’m sure now more than ever.
Adam: Yeah, well, it’s gonna take some time for these scars to heal.
Emma: No, they’re not gonna heal. She’s just gonna learn to deal with it.
Brennan: We all know you’ve got a wild side, right? That’s what we all love about you. Just seems like lately it’s gotten a whole lot wilder.
Shalimar: I guess. Can you deal with that?
Brennan: Well, like you said, I guess I don’t have much of a choice, do I? Don’t forget where home is.
Shalimar: I won’t forget.
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