Wasteland: Episode #308.
Tag: Jesse is forced to reconnect with his former fiancée when the Mutant X team learns that her company is involved in the genetic manipulation of crops. [Transcript]
Cast & Crew: Written by Al Septien, Turi Meyer; Directed by René Bonnière
Krista Bridges....Alisha Keary
Shannon Lawson....Dr. Bellows
John MacDonald....Van driver
Sasha Roiz....Nate Gilmore
Official Synopsis: Making their way through a cornfield, Brennan (Victor Webster) and Shalimar (Victoria Pratt) comlink Lexa (Karen Cliche) to tell her the person The Dominion sent them to meet is nowhere to be found. Shalimar's feral hearing picks up an odd hissing sound and they are suddenly engulfed by a massive swarm of locusts. Over the comlink, Lexa is startled to hear an explosion followed by a deathly silence. Seconds later, Brennan informs her all of the bugs have mysteriously died. As he talks, his eye catches something in the field and when he pushes the stalks aside, he finds the man's lifeless body covered in a blanket of dead locusts. Brennan and Shalimar take locust specimens to The Dominion's entomologist, Dr. Bellows (Shannon Lawson), who tells them they have been genetically modified with such advanced reproductive cycles, that they could potentially eat all the vegetation and create a worldwide famine. At Sanctuary, Lexa tells Jesse (Forbes March) that The Dominion's informant was murdered and that he worked for ZDT, a major agricultural conglomerate run by the Keary family, old friends of Jesse's. The Dominion insists Jesse pose as a potential investor and meet with the head of ZDT to distract her while Lexa searches their files. When Lexa mentions that Alisha Keary (Krista Bridges) runs ZDT, Jesse admits they were close in high school. A short time later, they arrive at the company and are greeted by Alisha's partner, Nate Gilmore (Sasha Roiz). Jesse introduces Lexa as his legal counsel just as Alisha enters. At Alisha's request, Nate escorts Lexa out of the room to attend to some documents. Jesse then tells Alisha that he heard some of her fields were attacked by an infestation. Obviously uncomfortable, she immediately changes the subject and asks what he's really after. He simply admits that he's wanted to call her many times over the years, but never knew what to say. As he walks away, Lexa comlinks Brennan and Shalimar who have now traced the insects path back to a barn on the edge of a cornfield which is owned by Pacific Bionetics. When Lexa mentions Alisha, Shalimar reveals that Jesse and her had been engaged. Meanwhile, Alisha's cell phone rings and after listening for a moment, she orders the caller to handle the situation. Arriving at the barn, Brennan and Shalimar are wondering why the locusts didn't eat the corn there when two Jeeps pull up and the men inside open fire. As Brennan and Shalimar race into the field, Brennan turns and hits one of the Jeeps with a tesla coil, sending the men sprawling. Meanwhile, Jesse asks Alisha to have a drink with him, but her cell phone rings and she turns and walks away. Later that day, Brennan and Shalimar take a sample of the corn to Dr. Bellows and she discovers it has been genetically modified to be the only crop resistant to the locusts. This new revelation makes Shalimar realize that someone is using the locusts to wipe out all the corn competitors, causing a widespread case of supply and demand, which will turn a huge profit. Dr. Bellows then tells them that the locusts have a self-destruct mechanism and she is working to find the trigger. Back at Sanctuary, Lexa informs Jesse that ZDT owns Pacific Bionetics and that they're going back to ZDT to look for more information. When Alisha opens the door, Lexa uses her powers to disappear and Jesse follows Alisha to her office. Alisha asks why he left her years earlier and he says that he didn't think it was fair to start a life with her where he didn't fit in. She suddenly kisses him and Jesse can no longer resist. Meanwhile, Lexa logs on to one of the company's computers and discovers that the last call their informant made was to Alisha and that he threatened to expose the project she was working on. Lexa comlinks Brennan and Shalimar who are still with Dr. Bellows to ask for any helpful information Bellows has on the locusts. Dr. Bellows says the locusts were fed a dry-spore mix known as Fer-lomant and when Lexa looks it up on the computer, she learns that a large shipment was delivered to a nearby farm. Brennan and Shalimar take off to investigate while Lexa comlinks Jesse in Alisha's office to warn him that Alisha's behind everything. Noticing a change in Jesse's attitude, Alisha questions him. He tells her he knows about the plan to profit from the pest-resistant corn and asks her to tell him the truth so he can help her. Alisha orders him to leave and then immediately calls Nate. A short time later, Brennan and Shalimar arrive at the barn only to find it's been cleared out with the exception of a few live locusts on the floor. Suddenly hearing the sound of leaking gas, Shalimar grabs Brennan and they dive out just as the barn explodes. Onboard the Helix, Brennan and Shalimar get a call from Dr. Bellows who's learned that the locusts die from a certain sound frequency and she is working to find the specific wave pattern. Meanwhile, a desperate Alisha calls Jesse to tell him she's found files that confirm the creation of pest-resistant corn and begs him for help. As she hangs up, Nate walks in and reveals that he's behind the scheme and they are guaranteed to make billions once the plan unfolds. Back at Sanctuary, Lexa sees Jesse rushing to his car and insists on going along. Just as they pull up to ZDT, Jesse spots Nate briskly walking toward his car and two thugs shoving Alisha into a van. When the van passes him, Jesse phases out and dives inside, landing in front of a confused and terrified Alisha. Following in the car, Lexa comlinks Jesse and tells him they are travelling on the I-80 freeway. Hearing where they're heading, Alisha recalls seeing paperwork referring to a farm that ZDT leased along that route. Meanwhile, Nate calls an armed guard who's stationed at the barn and tells him to release the bugs. The guard pulls the latch and a swarm of locusts pours out. Just then, the van with Jesse and Alisha pulls up and when the guards open the door, Jesse bursts forward, knocking them unconscious. Suddenly, another team of guards appears and opens fire, but Jesse masses out and shields Alisha. Lexa quietly comes up behind the guards and knocks them out and she, Jesse and Alisha flee into the field. As they run through the field, Alisha trips and Nate appears with a gun aimed at her. Before he can fire, Lexa refracts the light and blinds him and Jesse sends him sprawling with a series of kicks and punches. At that moment, Brennan and Shalimar arrive at the farm and use the wave pattern Dr. Bellows sent them to destroy the bugs. The following day, Jesse visits Alisha and though they both admit that they still love each other, they are not meant to be together.
Brennan: This is way too much country for me.
Brennan: Damn, that's a big grasshopper.
Shalimar: It's a locust.
Brennan: Yeah, whatever it is, just keep it away from me.
Jesse: 'When he opened the abyss, smoke arose, the smoke of a giant furnace. And from that smoke, locusts came down upon the earth and they gave him powers like that of a scorpion.'
Lexa: Wow. Sounds like someone did some hard time in Sunday school.
Jesse: It feeds the soul.
Lexa: We'll just have to wait until we hear from Dr. Bellows. The Dominion's entymologist.
Jesse: Think he's worth his salt?
Lexa: Well, from what I hear, if it flies, crawls or squirms, SHE's the one to tell us what we're dealing with.
Lexa: The company he worked for is ZDT. It's a huge agro conglomerate run by the Keary family. I understand you're familiar with them?
Jesse: Yeah, we're old family friends. We used to summer together.
Lexa: What, in between terms of boarding school? You know, only rich people 'summer.'
Lexa: Why is it that Armani looks a little too good on you?
Jesse: Actually, it's a Bosch. You know, at one point this was gonna be my life. Ivy League school, corporate job, the whole nine yards.
Lexa: And you gave all that up for Mutant X?
Jesse: No. I gave it up for me.
Lexa: Jesse's feeling things out with Alisha right now.
Shalimar: Alisha. That's a name I haven't heard in a long time.
Lexa: What do you mean?
Shalimar: She was a part of his old life. His first real love.
Lexa: Oh. How real?
Shalimar: High school sweethearts. I think at one point they were even engaged.
Lexa: Really? How nice of him to have told me. Guess it just slipped his mind.
Brennan: Relax, Lex. It was 10 years ago. I'm sure she's ancient history.
Lexa: Well, you know what? I hope so.
Lexa: Aw. There is nothing that touches me more then the look of two corporate executives in love.
Jesse: Has anybody ever told you it's not polite to eavesdrop?
Lexa: All the time.
Jesse: I have known this woman over half my life. Trust me, she's not involved in this.
Shalimar: You sure that's not your heart talking?
Brennan: Or some other part.
Jesse: It's not like that.
Lexa: Well, we're going to have to go back to ZDT to find the answers in the back of the book.
Lexa: Well, I'm sure Alisha's still working.
Brennan: That means all you gotta do is go over there and keep her company while Lexa looks around.
Jesse: And how exactly am I supposed to do that?
Lexa: Oh, I'm sure you'll figure something out.
Lexa: Jess, I just want you to know, this isn't anything personal.
Jesse: Doesn't matter. The only reason I'm doing this is to prove that you're wrong.
Lexa: Look, I know you can't see it. But I can tell this Alisha, she eats guys like you for lunch.
Lexa: The problem is, you're too trusting, Jess.
Jesse: I've trusted you since the day we met.
Lexa: That isn't exactly helping your argument.
Alisha Keary: So what was it? Did I do something?
Jesse: Alisha, I was messed up. I had things going on that you couldn't understand.
Alisha Keary: So you felt like you couldn't turn to me, then.
Jesse: No, it wasn't that simple. I didn't think it was fair for me to start a life with you where I didn't fit.
Alisha: Shouldn't I have been able to choose that?
Lexa: I'll say this for Jess. He sure knows how to pick 'em.
Lexa: Hey, Loverboy. Hello, is this thing on? Cat got your tongue? I hope that's all she's got.
Shalimar: Well, maybe your little friend can tell us.
Brennan: Yeah. I think I'll name him Chester. Stay.
Lexa: Where are you going?
Jesse: Alisha called. She needs me.
Lexa: Of course she does.
Jesse: Stay here.
Lexa: Yeah, right!
Alisha Keary: Oh my God! How did you do that?!
Jesse: Look. There are some things in this world you can understand. And there're some things you can't.
Alisha: Oh God. And you fall into the latter?
Dr. Bellows: Sound waves! The right frequency shatters the destruct organ, killing them instantly.
Shalimar: I can upload it to the Helix so we can pump it out through the external speakers.
Brennan: Yeah, but the Helix's sonic range is only 100 meters.
Dr. Bellows: Oh, would you stop complaining!
Brennan: Well, the good news is, the bugs are destroyed. The bad news is, the windshield of the Helix is a mess.
Shalimar: Yeah. And I'm not cleaning it.
Alisha Keary: Were you always like this?
Jesse: It started back in high school.
Alisha: So the whole time we were together, you were hiding it from me? You know, you could have told me that. I would have accepted it, right?
Jesse: Yeah, but at the time, I couldn't accept it in myself.
Alisha: So this new life that you have. Makes you happy?
Jesse: Yeah. Yeah, it does.
Alisha: Then there's no room for a wife, white picket fence...
Jesse: I wish it was that simple. As much as I would like to, I can't change who I am.
Alisha: Why does it seem like all the good men are either gay, or married, or a mutant?
Alisha Keary: Next time a woman comes along that fits into your life, promise me something. Don't let her go.
Trivia & Nitpicks: Jesse's new mutant abilities began in high school, making him the latest bloomer of the Mutant X team.
Jesse and Alisha were high school sweethearts who were once engaged to be married.
Jesse's drink is gin and tonic.
Jesse keeps a Bible in his room; the verse he tries to impress Lexa with is from Revelations 9:2. He then loses all his cool points when he automatically assumes the entymologist is a male. Ah well.
The vapid looks Brennan and Shalimar's faces acquire whenever Dr. Bellows speaks are proof of why Adam had to dumb down his technobabble at times. Brennan is even more silent then usual in this episode.
Lexa, looking around ZDT headquarters, remarks that their security is "pretty tight." Given that they just walked in the door without encountering any cameras, guards, metal detectors, gates, identification cards, or door locks, what's she talking about?
Just as Jesse was sensitive about the "freak" crack Emma made in "Shock of the New," he's also uncomfortable with Lexa's teasing him about his wealthy background. For a new mutant on a crime-fighting team, Jesse acts awfully sheltered at times. And for someone who's been betrayed by his father in the past, he's awfully trusting of his ex-fiancee, even after Lexa's turned up what looks like evidence of her misdeeds--not once, not twice, but three times.
Shalimar finds the origin of the first locusts' release by putting satellite images of their final location and direction of flight into the computer, and reversing the timeline. This would only work, of course, if she knew when the locusts had been released or how fast they had been flying throughout the entire trip, which she doesn't.
Strange that Alisha, who claims to be such a micro-manager, hasn't seen any of the R & D files before Jesse told her about Project Redstock. Even though Nate said he kept the information from her, she is able to find it quickly enough when she actually looks at the R & D documents, and Lexa's already said that they aren't in the database under "Project Redstock." Where did she think all that money was going?
Even stranger, Nick claims to be erasing all relevant memos and messages, but somehow the all-important one from Michael Porter stayed in place just long enough for Lexa to find it. Hm...
Dr. Bellows tells the team that the locusts are being fed with Fer-lomant, which Lexa promptly searches in the ZDT database. Though she's never heard of it before, she types the name in exactly correctly, even with hyphen in place.
The curse of the high heels in Mutant X continues when Alisha trips while trying to run through a corn field in a pair of them, and almost gets shot by Nate.
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