The Taking of Crows: Episode #305.
Tag: When Lexa is unknowingly drugged with a lethal substance, the team must race to find the antidote before it’s too late. [Transcript]
Cast & Crew: Written by Mark Amato; Directed by Bill Corcoran
Salvatore Antonio Migliori....Milo Dinovi (as Salvatore Migliore)
Carl Barlow....Prison Guard Ed Grayton
Suzanne Coy....Ruth Martinez
Gary Farmer....Dr. Marcus
Kathryn Haggis....Prison Matron
David Hewlett....Hector Freimark
Jessica Steen....Dr. Sara Stanton
Hayley Verlyn....Blonde at the bar
Official Synopsis: Hector Freimark (David Hewlett) approaches nightclub owner Milo Dinovi (Salvatore Migliore) at the bar and hands him a small vial of a drug. When Hector leaves, Milo greets Lexa (Karen Cliche) warmly and leads her to a table. Jesse (Forbes March), who is hiding at the bar, watches as Lexa shows Milo a photograph of her brother, who Milo confirms was in the club recently. When Lexa isn't looking, Milo pours the drug into both of their cocktails. After finishing their drinks, Milo gets an immediate high, but Lexa starts to have a violent reaction and Jesse races over and catches her as she falls out of her chair. He then grabs Milo and demands to know what he gave Lexa, but two bouncers restrain him. Lexa suddenly comes to and shoots lasers from her hands at one of the bouncers. She then kicks the bouncers into the bar, before collapsing. At Lexa's request, Jesse takes her to see Dr. Marcus (Gary Farmer). When he comlinks Brennan (Victor Webster) and Shalimar (Victoria Pratt) to tell them what occurred, Brennan races to the club. Dr. Marcus is able to stabilize Lexa and Jesse goes to meet Brennan. Milo is surprised to see Brennan and Jesse, but refuses to tell them what he gave Lexa. Jesse threatens Milo and he finally reveals it was an upper called DXL. Searching him, Jesse finds two vials of the drug, which he takes. Back at Sanctuary, Shalimar tells Brennan that Dr. Sara Stanton (Jessica Stein), a former Genomex employee, developed DXL to control mutant aggression, but became addicted to the drug. Lexa then enters and informs them that Adam was going to have Sara arrested, but her lab exploded and she disappeared. She just learned, however, that Sara was recently arrested for drug trafficking and tells them that she's going to disguise herself as a transfer prisoner to get to her. The team insists Shalimar go along. Meanwhile, Dr. Marcus tells Jesse there is still DXL in Lexa's system, which will destroy her if an antidote is not found immediately. Lexa and Shalimar arrive at the prison and are taken and strip-searched. Suddenly Lexa's hand begins to tremble, but she gets it under control. Meanwhile, Jesse and Brennan agree to only tell Shalimar that Lexa could die, afraid that if Lexa were to find out she would kill Sara before they get the antidote. The next morning, Jesse visits Shalimar and tells her about Lexa's condition, insisting only Sara can help. He then phases her a comlink ring and a vial of DXL through the window. Later in the prison work farm, Lexa approaches Sara, but Ruth (Suzanne Coy), another inmate, cuts her off. Ruth then takes a swing at Lexa, but Shalimar grabs her arm stopping her. Back at Sanctuary, Brennan tells Jesse the prison's records show one of Sara's frequent visitors is Hector Freimark, a mutant with whom she was involved with at Genomex who is able to create explosions. Back at the prison, Sara meets with Hector who plants a passionate kiss on her. She pushes him away and demands the DXL. When he tells her he doesn't have it, but that the deal will soon be finalized, she accuses him of double-crossing her. Later, Lexa and Shalimar approach Sara and tell her they want in on the plan. As an incentive, Shalimar hands Sara the DXL and she greedily pours it under her tongue. Suddenly, Ruth attacks Sara with a knife, but Shalimar leaps in her way as Lexa uses her powers to remove all the light from the room. When the lights come back on, Sara flees the room with Shalimar and Lexa. Sara tells them her boyfriend Hector had hired Ruth to protect her, but he's obviously changed his mind. Lexa promises Sara they can get her out of prison providing she does business with them instead of Hector. She agrees and the team devises a plan to break her out the next day. That night, Lexa goes to Sara's cell and reveals she's a mutant. Noticing Lexa trembling, Sara tells her the DXL is killing her, but she has an antidote. Feeling betrayed by her team, Lexa returns to her cell and tells Shalimar that she knows she's dying, but Sara will give her the antidote when they break her out. The next morning, Shalimar picks a fight with Ruth in order to distract the guards. Lexa grabs Sara's hand and refracts the light, making them invisible as they walk out of the prison yard. When a guard notices they're missing, they sound the alarm and handcuff Shalimar, believing she is involved. Meanwhile, Brennan and Jesse wait in the Helix for Lexa and Sara to arrive. Jesse uses the comlink to contact Lexa and he and Brennan are stunned when she tells them she's no longer their problem. Suspecting Sara will find Hector, Jesse searches for leads on the computer. Inside the prison, a guard tases a restrained Shalimar, demanding to know where Lexa and Sara are, but she uses her feral strength to break the ropes and knock him out. As she tases the prison matron, a guard rushes in and points a gun at her. Before he can fire, however, Brennan bursts in, slams him against the wall and fires a tesla coil at a second guard. When they join Jesse in the Helix he tells them a large shipment of the chemical needed to produce DXL was recently delivered to a nearby farm. At the farm, Lexa uses her powers to make her and Sara invisible. Outside the barn, Lexa knocks out one of Hector's guards. Sara snatches his gun while Lexa flickers between visibility and invisibility, struggling to maintain her mutant powers. Suddenly collapsing, Lexa begs Sara for help, but she walks into the barn with the gun surprising Hector. She accuses him of ordering a hit on her in jail, and when he offers her some DXL, she steps toward him, wavering in her anger. Outside, the team finds Lexa's unconscious body. All of a sudden, Hector's men come out and Shalimar attacks them while Brennan drags Lexa to safety and Jesse runs inside. When Jesse enters, Hector grabs the gun from Sara's hand, but she quickly shoves an open brick of DXL into his face. Reacting to the drug, he shoots wildly and hits a nearby tank of CO2 and the supply of DXL. Jesse sees Hector taking one of two needles from a first aid kit and realizing it's the antidote, knocks him down and takes the needles. Hector's fingers start to glow and the barn is soon filled with small explosions. As Jesse runs out, a huge fireball encases the building, destroying both the DXL and its creator. Jesse rushes to Lexa and injects her with the antidote, but when she doesn't respond, he breathes into her mouth and she finally coughs. Jesse takes the other needle and injects himself, halting any effects of the DXL.
Milo: I remember the nights when you used to close this place.
Lexa: Ah. Yeah, that was before you started watering down the drinks.
Girl: So what do you do?
Jesse: I tend to...phase from one thing to the next.
Jesse: This is an advanced genetics lab. We've got one of these in--
Dr. Marcus: Sanctuary. Yes, I know.
Dr. Marcus: Adam Kane gave me the money for this lab. I think because I acted as his conscience all these years.
Jesse: I don't know....you must be good.
Dr. Marcus: Yes. Of good mind.
Jesse: I hate it when people lie to me.
Brennan: Where'd you learn to speak Italian?
Jesse: There's a lot you don't know about me, Brennan.
Lexa: My contacts are lining me up for the next prison transfer.
Brennan: What? So we're DEA now?
Lexa: Brennan, I could've killed someone last night. If this drug goes wide, there's not telling how many innocent lives are at stake.
Brennan: Is that it, or are you just looking to get your hands on her for revenge?
Lexa: Whether you like it or not, I'm going in.
Shalimar: I'm going with you.
Lexa: That's okay, I've got it covered.
Shalimar: I wasn't asking.
Brennan: Ladies, listen. This ain't Mayberry. These backwoods lockups? They tend to be some pretty serious kickass places.
Lexa: Don't you worry, then. 'Cause I'm good and ready to kick some ass.
Matron: What the hell is that?
Lexa: You wouldn't believe me if I told you.
Matron: Try me.
Lexa: Okay. I spent some time in a genetic laboratory where an egomaniacal freak tried to rewire my nervous system to turn me into a robot killer.
Matron: I'm watching you, sweet pea. Now finish getting dressed.
Lexa: See, people say they want the truth, but they never really mean it, do they?
Brennan: You're really worried about her, aren't you?
Jesse: Of course. She's dying, Brennan. What, aren't you?
Brennan: Yeah. Just that, you know, I've never seen you act this way before. Are you sure you don't have a thing for her?
Jesse: Brennan, take a look around you. We haven't exactly had the greatest track record recently. It'd be really nice to go just a couple of days without one of us dying, you know?
Brennan: Still didn't answer the question.
Brennan: I think I've found Sara's partner. Hector Friemark. He's also the mutant she was hanging around with in her Genomex days.
Brennan: What? You think you're the only one that knows how to work a computer?
Dr. Sara Stanton: Who sent you? Adam Kane?
Lexa: He's dead.
Dr. Sara: That's good to hear. He completely ruined my career.
Lexa: Yeah, I met him a few times. I knew he couldn't be trusted. He always seemed to have a hidden agenda of some sort.
Dr. Sara: Yeah, that's Adam. Genomex had me develop this drug to eliminate mutants in case it got to the point that they couldn't contain them.
Lexa: Wait a minute. Adam knew about this?
Dr. Sara: He was deep in the company. Yeah, he knew.
Matron: One more time. Where are they?
Shalimar: Well, you could try Riker's Island. I hear the food's better.
Brennan: Women in prison? My specialty.
Brennan: Hey, feeling any better?
Shalimar: It's amazing how you take for granted the little things. You know, like showering alone?
Brennan: Well, you know, if you miss the company...
Shalimar: You wish.
Jesse: Hey, heard the good news.
Lexa: Thanks to you. You took quite the risk.
Jesse: Goes with the territory.
Lexa: For you, maybe. I guess I'm wired differently. I suppose that's why I've learned to keep people at an arm's length.
Jesse: That sounds like a really sad way to go through life.
Lexa: Yeah, well personal feelings tend to get in the way. It's all about survival.
Jesse: If it wasn't for personal feelings, you wouldn't be standing here right now. You know that.
Jesse: And how does that figure into your equation?
Lexa: I don't know. I guess I'm still trying to figure that out.
Trivia & Nitpicks: Trivia: This plot is brought to you on 90% recycled paper from "Hard Time," with Lexa taking Brennan's role as the mutant drugged and behind bars.
We learn all kinds of things in this episode. Our deadly serious Lexa used to be a party girl? Jesse speaks Italian? Brennan knows how to work a computer? Wonders never cease.
More evidence of Adam's deep pockets: Lexa informs Jesse about Dr. Marcus's underground advanced genetics lab, which Adam's been secretly funding for years. And the list of side projects goes on and on... Too bad Jesse doesn't think to ask exactly what the purpose of Dr. Marcus's lab is.
Dr. Sara Stanton's DXL, like Deklin Charvet's circus in "Cirque des Merveilles," was created to destroy all new mutants in case Genomex failed to control them. Stanton claims that Adam was well aware of this project.
The story that Lexa gives the prison matron about her implant is actually true, though that information won't be revealed until "She's Come Undone." Evidence of forethought!
Nitpicks: Lexa tells bar owner Milo she's looking for her brother Luke, but as we learn in "Brother's Keeper," her brother's name is actually Leo. The man shown in her photograph isn't the Leo we meet in "Brother's Keeper" either. So either Luke is one of Leo's unidentified alters, or there are Pierce triplets instead of twins.
Apparently ignorant of the axiom that nothing blue in Mutant X is good, Lexa innocently accepts the blue drink that Milo gives her....and quickly learns her lesson. Never, never take the blue pill here.
It is interesting that when a doctor is needed for anyone else on the team ("In Between," "Age of Innocence"), Lexa calls The Dominion, but for herself, she heads to Dr. Marcus. This could be because he happened to be the closest at the time, or evidence of Lexa's early distrust of the Dominion.
Dr. Marcus claims that he's of good mind. He must be, given that he blithely pronounces Lexa stable after laying a hand on her forehead and checking her pupils with a penlight. C'mon, the girl just ingested an unknown substance strong enough to cause unconsciousness. At least check out some other vitals first.
Shalimar's accounting of Dr. Stanton's "sloppiness" post-DXL addiction includes a romantic relationship with one of her new mutant subjects (not unlike Adam's relationship with Danielle Hartman, hm?), and the death of a mutant under her care (which was actually the purpose of the drug in the first place).
Hector is a thermal molecular mutant whose specialty is explosions (it's odd that he's a molecular, since all the thermal mutants we've met up to this point have been elementals). Whose bright idea was it to allow him to walk around the lab? The chemical used to purify DXL is highly explosive, and any contact with DXL itself causes mutant powers to go beserk.
Someone should really explain to TPTB that nerve paralysis does not cause seizures.
At the beginning of the scene where Lexa informs Jesse and Brennan that she's ditching them, there's a brief shot of Lexa running away from the guards with Sara--except that the blonde woman who is walking with her is clearly not Sara. By the next scene, however, Sara has returned.
When Jesse calls Dr. Marcus (who just happens to be sitting by his computer) via vidlink to ask him about DXL's processing, he says: "Dr. Marcus, you said you couldn't determine how DXL had been genetically modified because of the processing procedure, right?" It's a strange thing to say, since DXL is a chemical compound, and therefore, has no genes to modify.
Jesse miraculously restarts Lexa's heart simply by breathing into her mouth. This is a reversal of the habitual Mutant X version of CPR (also incorrect), which usually consists of chest compressions without the breaths.
The name of Shalimar and Lexa's prison is Crowter's Prison. Maybe that's where the episode's title "The Taking of Crows" comes from? Otherwise, I'm stumped.
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