The Island of the Haunted
Dec. 10, 2001
Fred K. Keller
Steven Long Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle
The Island of the Haunted
The movie begins at night. Moving quickly through the corridors of an unknown sub-level of The Centre, four men are working their way toward two sweepers standing guard in front of a vault. Just before they round the corner that reveals the vault door, the sweepers hear them, but even though they are mic-ed up, before either of them can utter a word of alarm, they are shot by the mysterious intruders.
Still moving quickly, two of the men place explosives in strategic places on the vault door and blow it open. The room looks like a child's game of pick-up-sticks, played with the red spears of laser beams. Beyond the cat's-cradle of streaming lights there is a pedestal, upon which sits a single box.
One of the men rolls deftly onto the ground and begins moving underneath the red shafts of light. As soon as he's in position, he aims a two pronged laser device of his own at the source of a beam. When contact is made, the vault's laser beam shuts down. Alternately sliding and creeping beneath the remaining beams, the man disables each of them, one at a time - until the room is devoid of the shining red lights.
Finally, he stands and nods at his companions, who have been waiting near the vault door. They begin walking toward the pedestal and the box that sits atop it, the one who is clearly in charge moving naturally to the forefront.
He slowly swings the top of the box open on his hinges. Delicate gold chains prevent the lid from opening too far. As he does this, the man says, "Behold the scrolls."
Inside the velvet lined box, there are only two indentations to behold - niches that might have once held scrolls, but now are empty. Stunned momentarily into silence, the man only stares. Then he tells his companions that the scrolls are not there ... and clearly, he is not happy to have to say it.
In a room in The Centre that either is the infirmary or has been turned into one by enclosing an area with white curtains, Mr. Parker sits in a chair, staring straight ahead. He's wearing a plaid bathrobe and there is a Band-Aid on the left side of his forehead. Miss Parker is pleading with him to talk to her, but her father remains silent and continues to gaze straight ahead. Frustrated, she says, "This is not the way it's supposed to be."
There is a white-coated doctor in the area, who has been examining Mr. Parker - shining a pen light into his eyes. He tells Miss Parker that catatonia is a schizophrenic disorder that is marked by stupor and mutism - no doubt brought on by the trauma of the gun shot head wound that her father suffered. Miss Parker asks the doctor if it's possible to "wake him up" and the doctor tells her that her father is awake - he's just trapped in a body that won't respond.
Miss Parker tells the doctor that she would like to be alone with her father and when he leaves, she begins talking to him - asking him if he's "in there." She unrolls the picture of her mother and Jarod's mother that was faxed to both her and Jarod, and asks her father if he knows anything about it. Mr. Parker's demeanor does not change. She wants to know if he has any idea of what the two of them are doing together and says that she didn't even know that they knew each other. Still, Mr. Parker does not move. Gently, Miss Parker lays her head on her father's chest and asks him if that was what he wanted to tell her about.
The moment is shattered by Lyle, who parts the curtains and says, "Hey, Sis." Immediately, Miss Parker's attitude changes. She moves quickly away from her father, and faces her brother instead. The curtains are still parted behind Lyle, his hands still on them. The men who murdered the sweepers and blew the vault while looking for the scrolls are revealed, standing just on the other side of it. Lyle tells his sister that she has to leave. "Why?" she demands.
Jerking his head to indicate the men outside of the curtain, Lyle replies, "They say so."
Miss Parker wants to know what Adama and his "Triumvirate goons" are doing there. Lyle tells her that now that Mr. Parker is awake and ... he hesitates a moment, then continues ... conscious, Adama wants his team to take over the task of protecting Mr. Parker. Talking to Lyle, while smiling at Adama in the background, Miss Parker wants to know what it is that frightens them ... what her father might say or of who he might drool on.
Lyle closes the curtains behind him, approaches Miss Parker and says that he doesn't know, but he has a feeling that it has something to do with a vault that Adama and his men blew to pieces on SL-15 last night. Miss Parker shows mild interest in this bit of news. She wonders what they were looking for. Lyle professes not to know. Miss Parker continues wondering - this time pondering aloud whether Raines might be involved. Lyle says that he doubts it, since Mr. Raines hasn't even reappeared from his latest disappearing act. He says that he doesn't know and he doesn't care. He says that when the team from the Triumvirate gets this pissed off, all he does is follow orders.
Lyle walks over to Mr. Parker, waves his hand up and down in front of his face, snaps his fingers. Mr. Parker remains still as a statue. Lyle tells Miss Parker that now that their father's brains are as scrambled as yesterday's eggs, the Triumvirate is going to need someone else to put in charge at The Centre.
Still bending over Mr. Parker, Lyle turns his head toward Miss Parker, winks at her, then says, "Consider me an applicant."
Lyle reacts to someone coming up behind Miss Parker and she turns to find herself face to face with the imposing figure of Adama. He asks her what she's doing there. Defiant, she begins to tell him that the Parker's have always run The Centre, but he interrupts her to remind her that it is The Triumvirate that runs The Centre. Curtly, Adama tells Miss Parker to leave them - now.
Momentarily undecided, Miss Parker turns to look at her father, then turns back to face Adama again. "You harm one hair on my father's head," she hisses at him, "and so help me ..." Adama cuts her threat off by telling her that he never liked her either.
From another side of the room, Broots sticks his head through the curtains and softly calls Miss Parker's name. She dismisses him with a "Not now, Broots." Broots is uncomfortable, clears his throat, but does not leave. "It has to be now," he says, as he motions with his eyes for her to walk over to him. Miss Parker gives Adama another cold stare, then walks to where Broots' face is framed by the curtains. Lowering his voice to the barest whisper, Broots tells Miss Parker that he found Jarod, then quickly withdraws his head from the room and is gone. Miss Parker takes one last look at her father, then at Adama, before turning and leaving the room through the break in the curtains from which Broots summoned her.
At the Dennison Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, Professor Jarod Dodson grabs a clown Pez dispenser from atop his desk and uses it to insert a Pez into his mouth. He's on the phone with someone, telling them that "it's an ancient symbol of some sort" with eight skeletal symbols on the circumference. His excitement at hearing that the person on the other end of the line has seen it, shows. "Do you have an address?" he wants to know. He goes on to say that he will be happy to "hold" since he has been searching for this for weeks.
Too excited to stay seated, Jarod grabs the telephone and begins pacing his office and as he does, he hears the sound of a car pulling up, too fast, outside of his window. It's a sound he's heard countless times before and it causes him to look to see what's going on. A couple of stories below, Jarod sees Miss Parker emerging from the car that just arrived. "Oh, no," he says softly, then begins urging the person who has placed him on hold to "come on" - although he knows that it's not possible for that person to hear him through the silence imposed by the "hold" button of the phone.
Miss Parker and two sweepers have entered on the ground floor of the museum. Her hair flying from the hastiness of her movements, she inquires at the first desk she sees for "Jarod Dodson."
In his office, Jarod responds to the voice on the phone, holding a notebook in front of him as he cradles the receiver between cheek and neck. He says that he has a pen and holds it poised to write down the information for which he has been searching.
Miss Parker and her team are upstairs now, walking as fast as they can without breaking into a run, down one of the corridors that lead to Jarod's office.
The voice on the other end of the phone tells Jarod that the item he is seeking is on the wall outside the Alley Sports Bar. Jarod writes the location of the item on a yellow pad in his notebook. Then he thanks the person and quickly begins grabbing the paperwork that is strewn all over his desk.
Miss Parker and her team round the final corner and burst into Jarod's office, guns drawn.
But the office is empty - Jarod has managed to elude her again. "Find him," snaps Miss Parker at the sweepers and they immediately turn and leave the office.
On Jarod's desk, the Pez dispenser remains, but there is now a post-it note attached to it that says, "Miss P - Sorry I missed you. J"
The phone in Jarod's office rings and Miss Parker picks it up, barking her customary "What?" into the receiver. It is Jarod. He tells her that she has been chasing him for five years and wonders why she doesn't just stop. She tells him that's just how it is ... he runs, she chases. Besides, she says, she needs answers. Jarod wants to know what answers she needs. Miss Parker says she needs to know who her father really is - who she really is. After 5 years of wondering the same things about himself, Jarod is singularly unmoved by Miss Parker's plight.
It is snowing outside and Jarod is walking down an alley, talking to Miss Parker on a cell phone. She demands that Jarod tell her what the fax that they both received - the one of their mothers - together - means. Jarod taunts her, saying that he thought that people working for The Centre knew everything. Miss Parker is in no mood to play games, she wants answers. Jarod finally tells her that he's not sure what it means but something tells him that it holds the key to the whole puzzle - and whoever figures it out first, wins. With that he breaks the connection. Moments later, Miss Parker hears the horn of her car honking. Annoyed, she goes to the window and looks down. Jarod is just getting into Miss Parker's car, and he waves at her before he leaves in it. Angry, Miss Parker walks back to Jarod's desk and smashes the Pez dispenser with the telephone. Underneath the Pez dispenser is an enlargement of a picture of a stone shaped into a circle - with eight skeletal symbols on the circumference.
The proprietor of the Alley Sports bar is taking boxes out of the basement, and as Jarod looks at the symbol with the skeletal heads on the wall, partially hidden behind the ivy, he tells Jarod that most people don't even notice that silly thing. Jarod tells the proprietor that the symbol on the wall is the reason that he's there - that it was his research on symbology that lead him to that building.
The proprietor tells Jarod that he's arrived just in time for their "going out of business" sale and swears that the place has a "mojo" on it. Jarod doesn't understand the word, "mojo." The proprietor explains that no matter what business gets run out of the building, it fails. By all rights, the sports bar should have done well - it's near a college, an excellent location, yet they just couldn't make ends meet.
Jarod tells the proprietor that he's looking for someone who may have been there years ago ... someone who might have been interested in the symbol on the wall. The proprietor tells Jarod that he calls it the "crazy eight's" because it has "eight dead guys in a circle around that other thing." He goes on to tell Jarod that it all started with the "Vespusians" - a secret society that was founded about 100 years ago, in the same building. He tells Jarod that the rumor is that some "immigrant guy" amassed a fortune by holding some "evil worship type" meetings in the basement. Jarod remarks that he thinks that's a bit farfetched, and the proprietor admits that he though it was too, until they started doing some renovations in the basement and came upon a bunch of "stuff."
He shows Jarod the area of the basement in which the discoveries were made by a plumber who was attempting to add a second sewer line for the bar upstairs. In one of the walls, there is a niche that contains several objects and which has the same symbol above it as is located on the outside wall. Among the objects in the niche is a map, which immediately draws Jarod's attention. As Jarod is looking at the map, the proprietor notices that one of the objects from the niche, a blue box with a heart carved on it, which held a porcelain doll, has disappeared. He remarks that the woman who was there a couple of days ago must have taken it. The mention of a woman getting there before Jarod causes him to take his attention from the map. Jarod describes Miss Parker to the proprietor, thinking that somehow she has beaten him to this place. Much to Jarod's surprise, Jarod finds that it was his mother who was there before him - the proprietor recognizes her from in the picture of her that Jarod has brought with him. Jarod is incredulous! He asks the proprietor if the woman said where she was going and the man tells him that she said she was going back to the place where the man who built the shrine in the niche came from - an island off of Scotland, called Carthis. Stunned by the news, Jarod takes a closer look at the other items in the niche.
Back at The Centre, Broots and Sydney discover Miss Parker drawing a sample of blood from her arm. Alarmed, Broots rushes over and asks her what she is doing. She tells him that she is "searching for answers." She wants to know if Mr. Parker is her real father. Miss Parker hands the syringe to Sydney and tells him to get a sample of her father's genetic material and run comparative tests. Broots objects, saying that Mr. Parker is being guarded by the people from the Triumvirate. Sydney tells Broots that it doesn't matter - they don't need to draw blood from Mr. Parker. They can get it from The Centre's bodily fluid storage facility, where they keep blood for anyone from The Centre who is important - in case they need an unexpected transfusion. Broots is aghast. He didn't know this part of The Centre existed. Sydney turns his attention away from Broots and back to Miss Parker. He is concerned that she hasn't considered the psychological implications of what she's about to do. But Miss Parker isn't listening to anyone, and, exasperated, tells Sydney to "just do it."
Sydney leaves and Miss Parker turns to her computer, which is running a global search for the symbol that she found in the pictures in Jarod's last lair. The search is going slowly and is showing no positive results. Broots tells Miss Parker that he doesn't know what she's looking for, but whatever it is, he'll be happy to help her. Miss Parker thanks Broots, and as she is ushering him out the door, tells him that this is one mystery that she must solve for herself. As she walks back from the closed door, Miss Parker finishes the sentence to an empty office by saying, " ... and there's only one person who's qualified to help."
As Angelo examines the picture of Miss Parker's mother and Jarod's mother together, Miss Parker tells him that she needs his help as an empath, to tell her what they were doing together. Angelo replies by saying that Miss Parker's mother was sad and that Jarod's mother was frightened. Miss Parker directs Angelo's attention to the symbol on the wall behind them, hidden in the ivy. Angelo looks closely at the symbol and says, "Vespusians ..." then continues saying the name, over and over, becoming more agitated each time he repeats it. As Miss Parker pleads uselessly with him to calm down, Angelo begins overturning the tables in the room and throwing chairs aside. He grabs a piece of paper and a pencil, and, holding the paper up against the wall, frantically begins drawing a picture on it. Miss Parker asks him what are "Vespusians" and Angelo yells "evil people" at her, never stopping his scribbling - continuing to draw the picture. Miss Parker presses for more information, asking him where she can find the "evil people." Angelo keeps drawing, filling in more blank space with solid lines, changing his chant now to "evil people, evil place." Finally satisfied with his drawing, he hands it to Miss Parker and tells her that the evil people are on the "island of the haunted."
The sea is slate gray and choppy, varying only slightly in color from the troubled sky. Jarod stands close to the man who is piloting the long boat that is nearly skimming the water, it's moving so quickly toward an island on the horizon. The skipper asks Jarod if he is certain that he wants to go to the island, telling him that people say that the souls of the damned walk upon it. Jarod replies that he's been searching for years, for answers that might be on that island. The skipper tells Jarod that if the answers he seeks are on that island, then he's better off not knowing them, since something that offended God himself happened on that land - and only evil leaves that place. He tells Jarod that if the boat capsized right now, even with a storm coming, he'd rather take his chances in the sea, then set one foot on the island ahead.
Walking down the cobblestone streets on the island, Jarod appears to have been transported back in time. People are riding in buggies that are drawn by horses, farmers are carrying their produce to market in oversized baskets and monks wearing cowls are walking, heads lowered, keeping to themselves.
On the steps outside of a church, a man is pleading with three of the "brothers" for boats that will take the people of the island to safety, before the impending storm breaks. One of the brothers acknowledges that the storm threatens to be a severe one, but voices his opinion that it will pass to the east of the island. The brother on the left says that they could have a couple of shallow boats ready to go, in case the storm changes course and the brother on the right expresses his concern that the storm will change course, since he feels that it's time for a "cleansing storm to come." Faced with the concern of the islanders, as well as that of the two other brothers, the one in the center of the group can do nothing but agree and orders that the boats be made ready to go at dawn.
As the islanders go back to their business, Jarod approaches Brother Renaldus and tells him that he is seeking refuge and has been told that no one asking for sanctuary on those shores has been turned away. Without hesitation, Brother Renaldus takes Jarod in, directing him to the care of one of the other brothers.
Holding a lantern in front of them, the brother takes Jarod down narrow stairs, showing him to his room. He warns Jarod to watch his step, since this place was built over 700 years ago, by brothers who were better brandy makers than masons. Jarod remarks that it's true then, that the brothers are a part of the order of Knights Templar - but the brother who is directing him neither confirms nor denies it - only says that questions of that nature are best directed to brother Renaldus.
Jarod's room is small and Spartan with no electricity, no phones and very little running water. He tells the brother that it will be just fine - it reminds him of the place in which he grew up. Jarod's concern isn't with his room, and he asks the brother what will happen if someone comes looking for him. The brother says that if someone were looking for Jarod, or if Jarod were himself looking for someone, this would be the wrong place to be, since, for centuries, the privacy of their guests has always been the rule.
As Jarod begins to settle in to the nearly empty room, he looks into the mirror on one of the small tables and catches a bit of movement just outside his door. Quickly he turns and looks up and down the hallway that leads to his room, but sees no one there.
Jarod is wakened from his sleep by a nightmare and when he gets up to the cobblestone streets, he finds everyone hurriedly moving toward the shallow boats, evacuating the island. Church bells are ringing and two of the brothers from the day before tells Jarod that the storm has doubled in size during the night and is now heading straight for the island. They say that half of the island has already been evacuated and that when the bells ring again it will announce the final boat leaving. Jarod protests, saying that he can't leave, but the brothers hurry way, leaving him in the windy street. He tries to ask some of the people who are leaving if they have seen his mother, but no one will say that they have - they are only interested in getting off the island before the storm hits.
Jarod begins to despair, then suddenly he sees his mother! She is far down the street and is holding her red cape close around her, to protect her from the wind, while clutching a neon yellow and black tote bag.
Jarod screams, "Mom! Mom!" and waves his hands in the air, trying to get her attention. But the noise from the people leaving, the wind, and the added clatter of a helicopter circling above makes it impossible for her to hear him. She looks up at the sky, sees the helicopter and hurries away, frightened.
In the middle of town, a shiny black helicopter, with "The Centre" insignia on the side, lands, preventing Jarod from being able to immediately run in the direction in which his mother must have gone. Instead, he steps back into an alley way, so that he can watch the helicopter without himself being seen.
Miss Parker exits the chopper, her hair flying in the wind from the blades and the approaching storm. The helicopter immediately takes off again and Miss Parker approaches one of the brothers in the street, asking him where everyone is going. The brother tells her that everyone is evacuating the island and says that if she's smart, she'll leave, too. She screams at him, over the wind, that she doesn't need weather updates - she needs answers! Showing him the picture that Angelo drew, she asks him if he knows the place. He points down a street, toward a sign that directs people to a chapel and tells her that the picture is one of the Chapel of Souls. She has less luck when she shows him Jarod's picture. The brother will only say that the Vespusians speak of no visitors and then he hurries off. Miss Parker looks up and sees Jarod, who hurries down the street away from her. She follows him.
Back at The Centre, Sydney and Broots are watching the guards on sub-level 15, where the bodily fluid storage area is found. Sydney asks Broots if he is certain about their shifts and Broots tells Sydney that, according to Miss Parker, they swap out every six hours. The guards leave the room and Broots and Sydney hurry down the hallway. Broots punches the keys on a lock pad and they quickly enter a room. Once inside, Sydney gives Broots a leg up and he opens a cold storage chamber and looks inside. He takes a bulbous vial down, telling Sydney that it contains the placenta and cord samples from Brigitte and Mr. Parker's baby boy. He says that he hates to sound cynical, but wonders if anyone has seen "that little kid" lately. Looking in the storage chamber again, Broots remarks that he is "so underpaid" and that Miss Parker owes him BIG for this one, then he grabs a vial and removes it. Sydney asks him if it is Mr. Parker's blood. Holding the vial in front of him, using only two fingers, in order to touch as little of the bottle as possible, Broots replies that the only sample for Mr. Parker in there is semen.
On the island, Jarod sees a sign that says, "Ocee's Herbal Remedies" and hurries into the store to avoid being seen again by Miss Parker. She is about to follow him inside when one of the brothers stops her and asks her if he can be of help. Giving Ocee's one last glance, Miss Parker sees another sign, one that says "footpath to the Chapel" and tells the brother that she's just leaving, like everyone else. She takes another look at the picture that Angelo drew and heads toward the footpath.
Inside of Ocee's door, Jarod breathes a sigh of relief as he watches Miss Parker walk away. From the back of the dark shop, a voice says, "It's sad to be alone." Jarod looks and sees Ocee, working with some herbs, illuminated only by stray light, filtering through one of the windows. Jarod apologizes to Ocee for intruding, but she says that he's not "the intruder" - he's "the seeker." Jarod asks her why she isn't evacuating from the storm and Ocee tells him that her journey is almost done, whereas his is just beginning. As she tells him that he is full of pain because he hasn't found the loved one that he seeks, she stands up, allowing the light to fall on her face, and it is clear from her opaque eyes that Ocee is blind. Ocee finishes the sentence, saying that Jarod is looking for "the woman with the scarlet hair."
Miss Parker is following the signs that lead to the chapel when she sees a stone marker on the ground which is nearly obscured by leaves. She brushes the leaves off and sees that the marker has a picture chiseled into it that nearly matches the one she is carrying. From above her, on a knoll, Miss Parker hears a little girl, softly giggling. Looking up, Miss Parker says, "Hello." The little girl stares back at Miss Parker and then says, "It's in the chapel." "What's in the chapel?" Miss Parker replies, but the little girl turns and runs off. "Wait!" calls Miss Parker, running after the child.
In Ocee's shop, Jarod is imploring her to tell him what she knows about the woman with the scarlet hair. He says that he saw her earlier, but he lost her. Ocee tells him that the one he seeks, seeks him as well. Jarod pleads with her to help him. Ocee has been pouring herself a cup of tea, and she turns to face Jarod, holding the tea cup, in its saucer in one hand, while grasping his arm with the other. The cup that is sitting on the saucer begins to rattle, as Ocee's hand trembles. "Danger!" she tells Jarod, "she's in danger, now!" Jarod wants to know where and Ocee says, "Chapel of Souls" as saucer, cup and tea all crash to the floor and break. Jarod dashes from the room.
Miss Parker is standing in front of the Chapel of Souls, comparing the picture that Angelo drew with what she sees in front of her. There is no doubt that the two are the same. As she begins climbing the stone steps toward the chapel, Miss Parker hears a woman scream and then a gunshot. In the woods nearby, Jarod hears it, too. Both of them rush headlong toward the sounds.
Miss Parker enters the chapel, gun drawn, and begins checking each room as she passes through. She finds droplets of blood on the floor and follows them to a small room that might be a confessional. She flings open the door and is confronted with Jarod's mother, who is as startled to see Miss Parker as Miss Parker is to see her! "My God, you look just like her!" proclaims Margaret, as she pushes past a surprised Miss Parker and flees. "Wait!" cries Miss Parker and begins to follow her, but as she runs through a draped doorway, she is hit on the head from behind by someone. Miss Parker falls, face first onto the floor.
Jarod has finally reached the chapel and rushes inside. He is approaching the spot where Miss Parker found the droplets of blood when Miss Parker emerges from the hallway where she was attacked. She's pointing her gun at Jarod with one hand, and rubbing the back of her head with the other. She tells him that the next time he slams her like that, he'd better make it count. Jarod has no patience for Miss Parker or her gun. He tells her that his mother is on the island, and he has reason to believe she's in danger, so now is not the time for Miss Parker to play "Centre bounty hunter." Miss Parker tells Jarod that she saw his mother, that she was panicked and her arm was bleeding. In the background, the sound of church bells begin to fill the air.
Jarod tells Miss Parker that the bells mean that the last shuttle boat is leaving the island and that answers for which they both have been searching could be leaving the island, right now. He takes steps toward the door, but Miss Parker does not lower her gun. "Please ..." he says ...
At the dock, the last boat is speeding away from Carthis. Jarod and Miss Parker come running through the woods, Jarod screaming for them to stop the boat. They cannot hear him and do not stop. In spite of his cries, he has no choice but to stand on the island and watch his mother moving farther and farther away from him. Head down, she is coughing and holding her injured arm - with no idea that her son is on the shore, watching her go. Margaret begins to cry, asking the Lord to forgive her. Jarod sinks to his knees in miserable frustration, as Miss Parker catches up to him.
"My mother was right here in front of me," Jarod tells Miss Parker, "and once again it's The Centre that stops us from being together!" As Jarod begins to stride away, Miss Parker turns and asks him where he thinks he's going. She doesn't raise her gun at him, but moves it slightly in her hand, to make him aware that it's there. Jarod reminds her that the boat that took his mother away was the last one off of the island. He tells Miss Parker that they are alone on the island now, and he intends to find out what his mother was trying to do there and why someone tried to kill her to stop her from doing it. Looking at her gun, Jarod tells Miss Parker that if she wants to shoot him, she can. But Miss Parker just drops the gun to her side, and Jarod walks away.
At The Centre, Mr. Lyle is walking down a dimly lit hallway when Mr. Raines calls out his name. Lyle walks over to Mr. Raines, who says, "You took my thumb." Nonplused by seeing Raines, Lyle tells him that he wasn't using it at the time. Raines tells Lyle that a digit is the least he could give him for the favor he's about to ask. Intrigued, Lyle squares himself off, crosses his arms across his chest, prepared to listen.
In another part of the hallway, Sydney and Broots walk through a door, talking about how Miss Parker made them rush to get her genetic material and Mr. Parker's genetic material tested, and now that it's being done, neither of them can find her. Broots stops short and directs Sydney's gaze to Mr. Lyle and Mr. Raines - hugging each other - at the other end of the hallway. Broots tells Sydney that something really strange is going on around there, then tugs at him to leave.
On the island, Jarod and Miss Parker have made their way back to the Chapel of Souls and Miss Parker is explaining to Jarod where she saw his mother. Next to the droplets of his mother's blood, Jarod sees a muddy boot print - it has a crack in the heel. He deduces that it belongs to the man who shot his mother - Miss Parker adds that he also knocked her out. He and Miss Parker begin following the trail of the boot print. It leads them into the wood, where Miss Parker sees the neon yellow tote that Margaret was carrying. Inside the bag, Jarod and Miss Parker find the blue box with the heart carved in the top that the proprietor of the sports bar described to Jarod. They open the box, but the doll that should be nestled safely in the red velvet that is inside the box is not there. Also in the bag is a piece of parchment on which is written "P~47." The lettering is old English in style.
The snap of a twig draws Jarod's attention away and he sees someone draped in what looks like the cowl topped outfits that the monks wear, walking through the wood. "So much for being alone on the island," he tells Miss Parker. The two of them rush off in pursuit of the person who is walking through the woods. Jarod catches up in short order and discovers that it is not one of the brothers, but Ocee.
Jarod asks Ocee why she didn't leave with the others and Ocee tells him that she was born on the island and will die there. Then she asks him if his mother got off of the island. Jarod is astonished!
Back at Ocee's shop, she tells Jarod that his mother came to her for herbs, complaining of headaches. She tells Jarod that it was easy, even for a blind woman, to see that it was her heart that was aching and that she feared for her life. Jarod asks Ocee what it was that his mother searched for and Ocee touches Jarod's face and tells him to find out who he is. Jarod asks her what she means by that and Ocee tells him that all she knows is that Jarod's mother and another woman had been trying to discover the truth for a long time. Turning toward Miss Parker, Ocee says, "That must have been your mother." Miss Parker looks surprised, then says, "You sure you're blind?" Ocee says that sight may come from ones eyes, but the vision comes from ones heart. Miss Parker isn't ready to deal with that and turns to Jarod and says that if his mother was searching for something in the chapel, maybe the little girl could tell them what it was. Jarod wants to know what little girl Miss Parker is talking about and she tells him that she was lead to the chapel by a little girl with long, light brown hair. Ocee says that there is no little girl like that on the island and Miss Parker reminds her that she is the one with eyes. Jarod dismisses the talk about the little girl and asks Ocee what his mother was searching for. Ocee says, "She was searching for the scrolls, of course."
Mr. Parker sits, staring forward, unmoving. Adama stands before him, seemingly contemplating something. Mr. Lyle enters through the white curtains and tells Adama that he has a call coming in from Africa and that he's been requested to take it on a secure line. He tells Adama that there's one at the end of the hall and holds the curtain open for him, so that he can leave. With one last look at Mr. Parker, Adama follows Lyle's lead and heads down the hall.
Immediately, Mr. Raines parts the curtains on the other side of the enclosure and approaches Mr. Parker. Mr. Raines begins talking to Mr. Parker, telling him that he came out of love. He goes on to say that he and Mr. Parker have always been closer than anyone at The Centre has ever known or suspected - they could never truly acknowledge their relationship, especially to Catherine, but because of their bond, he had to come. He implores Mr. Parker to tell him the truth - then says, "Are you faking this?" Raines shows Mr. Parker the picture of Catherine and Margaret, taken in front of the sports bar wall. He tells Mr. Parker that he wants to help him. Getting no response, Raines grabs Mr. Parker's lapels and insists that he tell him the truth - they don't have much time!
In the hallway with Adama, Lyle has been assuring him that the dead phone line will soon spring to life with his call - all the while, keeping a watchful eye on the curtained enclosure where Mr. Parker has been sitting, immobile. But Adama is tired of waiting and begins to head back toward Mr. Parker. He opens the curtains with both hands, and briskly enters the enclosure. Mr. Parker sits, seemingly unmoved. Adama tells one of his men to stay with Mr. Parker - to not leave him alone. Lyle is visibly relieved to find Mr. Parker where he belongs and Mr. Raines nowhere in sight. Although no one else seems to notice, Lyle sees a single tear streaming down Mr. Parker's face - then turns and follows Adama back out of the enclosure, leaving one of Adama's men behind to keep watch.
Ocee has taken Jarod and Miss Parker to the crypt room, which holds the entombed bodies of the original monk/warriors who brought the scrolls to the island and founded the order. She says that when brother Vespus and his disciples returned from the crusades, they brought with them mystic scrolls of biblical proportions - like the holy grail. The monks gave their word to bury the scrolls in the sea, but instead, they brought them to the island and hid them. Ocee says that over the centuries, many people have come to the island, seeking the scrolls and their mystic power, and that many searchers have ventured into the woods, never to return at all. She says that the fate of the one who dares defile the scrolls will be filled with eternal damnation. Confused and concerned, Jarod says that his mother was trying to find the scrolls. Ocee says that she was seeking the scrolls and everything about them, as well as about the man, in whose footsteps both Jarod and Miss Parker now walk. Ocee goes on to say that it is said that a hundred years ago, the crypt-keeper found the Vespusian scrolls and planned to leave Carthis with them. The man was made to pay a devastating price for his bargain with the devil, when that night, by his hand, his entire family burned to death in their cottage. Miss Parker is appalled. Ocee says that he left the island the next morning. Jarod asks her what happened to the scrolls. Ocee says that no one knows for sure what or where they are. Some say that they are gospels, written in the hand of God. Other say they are scribbling's from the paw of Satin. Ocee says that, whatever they are, they contain a power that no man should encounter.
Jarod tells Ocee that his mother was also searching for something called "P~47." Ocee tells him that the island is parceled out in numbered plots, which are registered at the archives.
As the storm begins to break, Ocee leads Jarod and Miss Parker to the building that holds the answers they need. Miss Parker is trailing the group and is distracted once again by the laughter of the small girl. The girl puts her finger to her lips, motioning for Miss Parker to be quiet - then gestures for her to follow. Miss Parker yells ahead to Ocee and Jarod, saying that she'll meet them inside. Jarod cautions her to hurry - the storm is getting worse. Miss Parker runs down the street in the direction of the little girl.
At The Centre, Broots is telling Sydney that Angelo was the person to whom Miss Parker last spoke, and when they find Angelo, he is drawing the symbol with the eight skeletal heads on it. At the top of the symbol that Angelo is drawing on the wall are the words, "Terribilis est locus iste." Sydney tells Broots that it means "terrible things happen here."
Back on the island, the little girl has lead Miss Parker back to the Chapel of the Souls. Those words are written over the door, and with the storm crashing behind her, Miss Parker enters.
It's dark inside, so Miss Parker takes one of the red votive candles from the table by the door and holds it in front of her, calling "Where are you?" to the little girl. The child is standing by the confessional booths and answers, the Scottish lilt in her voice making the words seem almost musical, "In the chapel." As soon as Miss Parker sees her, the little girl dashes into one of the confessional booths. Following her, Miss Parker opens the door and finds a doll sitting on a red velvet chair. The doll is a little girl, wearing a white sailor outfit. She is so absorbed, looking at it, that she gasps and jumps when a gloved hand falls on her shoulder. Turning, Miss Parker is relieved to find that it is only Jarod. She asks Jarod where the little girl has gone, but Jarod claims to have not seen anyone but Miss Parker.
Jarod looks at the doll and determines that it is the doll that should have been in the blue box, with the heart carved on the lid. Miss Parker says that perhaps Jarod's mother dropped it when she was shot, but Jarod thinks that his mother was in the chapel, searching for something, and hid the doll in the confessional. Jarod tells Miss Parker that lot "P~47" is the cottage where the crypt-keeper murdered his family.
Snow is beginning to fall as Jarod and Miss Parker approach the remains of the crypt-keeper's cottage. Everything that wasn't constructed of stone was burned, leaving only a skeletal version of what the cottage must have been before. As Miss Parker approaches the site on which the cottage stood, she gets a mental flash of the night that the crypt-keeper burned it and can hear the cries of a terrified child begging her father to not do it as the cottage bursts into flame. Miss Parker asks how this man could have destroyed his family, just so that he could pursue his greed and power. Jarod tells Miss Parker to ask her father that question. Miss Parker has no answer.
Lightening flashes, turning night into day for a moment, and Jarod notices that there is a muddy boot print inside of the cottage - the same boot print that he and Miss Parker saw in the chapel. Jarod looks up and sees a figure wearing monks robes walking in the woods, not far away. "Hey!" he screams, and the mysterious stranger begins to run. Jarod takes chase and Miss Parker is ready to follow suit, when the little girl tells her that there is nothing for her "over there" and bids Miss Parker to follow her instead. The little girl runs off into the woods and Miss Parker runs after her, calling out to her to "Wait!"
In another section of the woods, the person that Jarod was chasing turns and clubs Jarod with his wooden staff, causing Jarod to tumble down a small hill. He's not seriously injured from the fall, but has lost the mysterious stranger.
As the snow turns to a driving rain, Miss Parker realizes that the little girl has lead her into an old graveyard. Miss Parker's face turns to one of anguished surprise as she looks at the rows of chiseled headstones. She's drenched from the cold rain, but doesn't seem to notice. Jarod comes up behind her, holding his arms around himself, as if to keep warm in the freezing rain that is soaking him, too. He asks her if she's all right, but Miss Parker hardly hears him. "She lead me here so I'd know where I come from," she says to Jarod, her voice raw with emotion. Jarod doesn't understand and asks Miss Parker what she means.
Gesturing to the headstones, Miss Parker screams over the torrent of rain ... "The crypt-keeper's family!" Jarod looks at the headstones in front of Miss Parker and realizes that the name on them is "Parker." "They're who I am!" cries a tormented Miss Parker as she sinks to her knees in front of them.
Ocee says that they were lucky to make it back to her place alive - it is the devil's storm. Looking out the window at the torrent of rain, Jarod says it's not just the storm that is threatening them - they aren't alone on the island.
Ocee has a fire roaring in the fireplace and tells Jarod to give her his wet clothes to dry. Jarod takes off his sweater and examines a bruise on his arm. Ocee says that her feeling is that the only good thing that is left on the island is the feeling between Jarod and Miss Parker. She holds out a saucer with a cup of tea on it. Jarod says, "No, thank you." Ocee tells him that it's not for him. As Jarod looks up at Ocee, she keeps the saucer extended toward Jarod and tells him to "go to her." Jarod gives Ocee a long look, but eventually takes the saucer from her hand. He walks through a set of drapes, into the room where Miss Parker should be, and arrives in time to see her outline as she changes out of her wet clothes, behind a screen. Transfixed, he watches for a moment longer than he should, then lowers his eyes.
When Miss Parker emerges from behind the screen, wrapping a thick bathrobe around her, she pauses for a moment and looks at Jarod, but says nothing. Jarod advances toward her, with the cup of tea. Jarod tells her that Ocee said the tea was good for "emotional upheaval" and Miss Parker wants to know if Ocee can send a truckload to her house. She walks to the fireplace to warm herself and Jarod puts on a thermal shirt. Jarod tells her to let the storm rage outside, not inside of herself. She tells him that it's easy for him to say - she just found a graveyard full of Parker's - all murdered by her great-grandfather. Then her great-grandfather arrived, alone, and founded The Centre. For generation after generation, she says, that evil has been passed down to her. Jarod tells her that she knows who she is. Miss Parker says, that she's a Parker and with every revelation about her life, the portrait becomes a more hideous picture. She sits on the hearth, in front of the fireplace, and Jarod offers her the tea once again. This time, she takes it - and Jarod sits on the hearth, beside her.
Miss Parker asks Jarod if he remembers, when they were kids, the night that she sneaked him into her father's office. Jarod says, "You said that if I was really a genius, I'd be able to figure out where he hid the present that he bought you on his business trip ... and you found it, exactly where I said it would be." He smiles at the memory. Miss Parker tells him that it wasn't really there at all, she only said that it was because she was so disappointed. Her father had lied about buying it. She goes on to tell Jarod that the pathetic part is that she's been searching for that gift from her father ever since. Jarod tells her that the only present The Centre ever left either of them with was emptiness. Miss Parker tells Jarod that the graves outside go way beyond empty. Which, she says brings her back to wondering ... Jarod finishes the sentence for her, saying "who it is you really are."
Miss Parker gives Jarod a long look. His face is bright, illuminated by the fire behind them both. She sets the saucer and tea cup on the hearth behind them and says that she's not certain now that she ever really wants to know. Leaning closer to her, he says, "Yes, you do." Seeing that she's still cold, Jarod leans over and grabs a blanket, which he wraps around her shoulders. Uncertain how to react to his kindness, Miss Parker hesitates a moment, but then takes the edges of the blanket and pulls them close around her.
Jarod tells her that The Centre wants them both to believe that finding the truth is a mistake, that looking for who they really are is futile and that finding any kind of - he hesitates for a moment while he and Miss Parker exchange a look - connection outside of their control is wrong. He goes on to tell her that he knows she doesn't want to hear it, but he knows that she can feel it. He tells her that she's been a prisoner of The Centre, all these years, just as he has and with every discovery that she finds, she's every bit the outcast ... just like him.
Their faces are close together now - voices low, the fire dancing behind them, they continue the conversation.
Miss Parker wants to know why it is that the one person that she has been trained to distrust, to hate and to capture is always with her during the most difficult moments of her life. "Maybe," says Jarod, his voice barely above a whisper, as he moves his mouth closer to hers, "it's supposed to be that way." Jarod moves no further, and in the fraction of a second that marks his pause, Miss Parker slowly and carefully, begins to close the remaining distance between them.
When their lips are so close to touching that it seems inevitable that they will kiss, Ocee comes through the drapes. "I don't mean to interrupt," she says, startling both of them and shattering the moment that they both seemed, only a second before, to have been longing to arrive, "but would anyone care for more tea?"
Miss Parker covers her face with her hands while Jarod turns his face away with just the slightest sign of an amused smile. The spell broken, the moment completely lost, Miss Parker rises and offers to help Ocee with the tea service. Miss Parker and Jarod exchange glances, but say nothing more. Then Ocee removes a book from a shelf and Miss Parker sees a drawing of the little girl who has been leading her all over the island. In the drawing, the child is holding the doll and they are both wearing white sailor dresses.
Miss Parker removes the drawing from the shelf to examine it more closely and tells Ocee and Jarod that this is the little girl that lead her to the chapel. Ocee tells her that it's impossible. The little girl is the crypt-keeper's daughter and she has been dead for 100 years!
In Miss Parker's dark office, Broots tells Sydney that he's worried about Miss Parker. In a low voice, Sydney tells Broots that there are no answers to her whereabouts here. Broots says there are no answers in her house either, then more sheepishly, adds that he invited himself in through her bathroom window. Leaning closer to Sydney, Broots says that he wasn't the only one who had broken into Miss Parker's house - someone else had been there before him. Both Sydney and Broots turn in response to a sudden tapping on the window to Miss Parker's office. It's Angelo and he leads them back to the symbol he's drawn on the wall. He repeats that "terrible things happen here" but Broots wants to know where terrible things happen. Angelo moves aside and the numbers 19-240-86 are revealed. He has written them on the wall, beside the symbol. Broots approaches Angelo and asks him what it means. Employing an uncharacteristic string of coherent speech, Angelo tells Broots that it means all about the Parker's - the truth about the Parker's.
Ocee is telling Miss Parker that the sketch is a self-portrait of the little Parker girl and that she gave it to the priest in the chapel, Father Theo, on the day she died. Miss Parker says that it was a terrible tragedy. Ocee says it was - both theirs and his - because the night that the crypt-keeper burned his family, Father Theo also died. Supposedly, Father Theo fell from the chapel balcony that night. Ocee's father was good friends with Father Theo, and so he got all of his personal items, including the sketch of "Angel," which was clutched in his hands when he died.
Miss Parker stops looking at the sketch and gives Ocee her full attention at the mention of the name, "Angel." Miss Parker wants to know why Ocee called the little girl "Angel." Ocee tells her that it was what her father called her.
Jarod takes the sketch from Miss Parker and says that if Father Theo was clutching it as he died, then they need to find out all that they can about him. Ocee tells them that all of Father Theo's belongings are in the archive chamber.
In the archive chamber, Miss Parker is looking at one of the stone gargoyles. She says that evil scrolls, ghosts and a little family arson are all a perfect Parker fit. Jarod tells her that their mothers believed enough in the scrolls to risk their lives to find them. He pulls Father Theo's chest out and begins to examine the contents. On top there is a cracked and creased picture of Father Theo, holding his bible to his chest. Next to the picture sits the bible from the picture. Jarod notices that the binding on the bible in the picture is loose, but the bible in the chest has had the binding re-stitched. Using a knife from his pocket, he loosens the binding in the spot depicted in the picture and finds a secreted letter that Father Theo wrote to his Bishop on the day that he died. Miss Parker takes the letter from Jarod and reads it aloud.
The letter is Father Theo's plea to forgive him for breaking the vows of the confessional. It also carries important news, but it's unfinished. In it he says that the crypt-keeper's daughter confessed that her father found the sacred scrolls and that the demons had turned the once loving man into a tormented soul. Trying to save her father from eternal damnation, she took the scrolls in order to re-hide them, then gave Father Theo three items ... a leather pouch, a porcelain doll and an eerily accurate self portrait. She said that the items were to remember her by, as though she had realized that her time upon this earth were nearing its end. He wrote that while she told him where she re-hid the scrolls, she held the key to finding them still.
Jarod and Miss Parker surmise that Father Theo was interrupted while writing the letter and hid it in the bible to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Miss Parker says that her great-grandfather must have discovered that his daughter told Father Theo where she hid the scrolls and then killed him, trying to find out where they were.
Jarod re-reads the part of Father Theo's letter that says, "... she holds the key to finding the scroll still." Then looks at the self-portrait and realizes that the little girl is holding her doll in it. A light of realization goes on in Jarod's eyes as he pulls out the doll from his tote bag. He tells Miss Parker that her great-grandfather must have brought the doll to America with him and his mother brought it back to the island to help her in her search. Jarod smashes the doll and finds a small key inside. Miss Parker says that after the scrolls were hidden, Father Theo must have put the key inside of Angel's doll. Jarod says that he knows what the key opens.
Behind the gargoyles, a figure in monks robes, holding a walking staff, moves quietly away.
Broots has figured out what the numbers that Angelo wrote meant ... SL 19, Row 240, Lockbox 86! Broots tells Sydney that he broke into the lockbox and found a death certificate, an adoption certificate and a birth certificate - all issued within three days of each other and all in the Parker family name. Broots tells Sydney that Mr. Parker had a brother, named Able, who almost died at birth, spent three days in an incubator and then was sent off for adoption. Mr. Parker's father paid for the phony death certificate, to make it seem as though the baby didn't even exist.
Broots shows Sydney the name of the family that adopted Able Parker ... it is Raines, which means that Mr. Raines is really Mr. Parker's brother!
Jarod and Miss Parker are back in the Chapel of Souls and she is asking Jarod what the key fits. He tells her that under the alter there is a secret chamber that hides the relics of each church's patron saint. Jarod finds the chamber and pulls out a wooden box, with a cross on it. The key fits, the box opens, but there are no scrolls.
Just as Jarod pulls Angel's leather pouch out of the box, brother Menencious strides up and says that he'll take it. Miss Parker pulls her gun, but the brother bats her hand away with his staff, then knocks Jarod over with it, too. Miss Parker tries again to aim her gun, and again she is clubbed with the staff.
Brother Menencious flees the room and Jarod and Miss Parker chase him up a flight of stairs. Miss Parker has her gun in front of her, aimed and ready to shoot, as they search for him, but somehow he manages to get behind them and, suddenly, is standing in the doorway - holding a torch. Jarod asks him why he hasn't left the island with everyone else and accuses him of trying to kill his mother. Brother Menencious says that in 700 years there has always been a brother on the island to protect the scrolls and he wasn't going to leave it now. He goes on to say that he doesn't know anything about Jarod's mother. Jarod accuses him of lying, but brother Menencious says that it isn't about lies. He says that since Jarod and Miss Parker won't give him the pouch, they can return to Hell with it. He tips over a barrel and ignites the contents with the torch, setting the entire room ablaze. Jarod and Miss Parker are trapped and there are more barrels in the room that will soon blow up!
Looking behind them, Jarod sees a stained glass window - it's the only way out. He and Miss Parker run toward and leap through the window, just as the barrels behind them cause a tremendous explosion. They fall down three stories onto a gravel laden slope, but, amazingly are completely unscathed! As they begin to get up, they hear a gunshot and Miss Parker begins to worry for Ocee. They run to look for her and find her, dying, on the steps. Jarod lifts her head and asks her if Menenacious has done this to her. Ocee says that it was destiny and the curse of the scrolls that did it, and then she dies.
Back at Ocee's shop, Jarod finds a confused Miss Parker looking at Angel's self-portrait. Miss Parker asks Jarod if he believes what Ocee said about the scrolls being cursed. Jarod says it doesn't matter - it only matters that too many people are dying, trying to find them.
He opens a piece of paper that was inside of Angel's pouch. On it, she has sketched a demon, a serpent and a cherub, all of them looking at something. Jarod says that it's a map - directions given by the crypt-keeper's daughter, to tell them where she hid the scrolls. He tells Miss Parker that the characters on the paper know where the scrolls are, because they can see it. Miss Parker thinks that's fine, but where, she wants to know are they? Jarod says that he knows where one of them is and leaves to find it.
They are back in the crypt room, and Jarod finds the demon Asmodeus. The demon appears to be looking at a blank wall, but when Jarod scrapes some of the dirt of the past century away, there is something written on the wall. He tells Miss Parker that the words, "I tego," are probably part of what will form an entire clue when the other characters are found.
In an ante room, Jarod and Miss Parker find brother Menenacious. He has been murdered - stabbed in the back. Miss Parker comes to the conclusion that someone doesn't want them to find the scrolls. She rips Angel's 100 year old "map" to the scrolls in half, tells Jarod to take the serpent, she'll take the cherub - then she tells him to watch his back, because they are definitely not alone.
As Miss Parker is looking outside for the cherub, she sees Angel again. When the child runs off, Miss Parker leaves her lantern behind and gives chase. Angel leads Miss Parker to a cherub, carved on a door. The child tells her that she carved it herself and hopes that Miss Parker will find what she's looking for. On the fence rail behind her, Miss Parker finds the word "arcana" carved. She turns back to thank Angel for her help, but the child is gone. On the other side of the rails, Miss Parker sees the child, weeping, in front of a grave. The little girl looks at Miss Parker and says that her father is the only one who calls her "Angel" - her friends call her "Miss Parker." When the child runs off again, the headstone of the grave is visible. It reads, "Rest In Peace - Little Miss Parker." Miss Parker is stunned into silence.
Meanwhile, Jarod is walking around, holding his lantern high, searching for the serpent. He turns around and looks up and finds it. The serpent is overlooking a bench, on which the word "Dei" is carved. He's startled by Miss Parker, who rushes up to tell him that she found the angel, and it was looking at the word, "arcana." Jarod puts all three words together and they form the sentence, "I tego arcana dei." Jarod rushes off to where he thinks the scrolls are hidden and Miss Parker follows him.
Broots tells Sydney that he has a bad feeling about the fact that when he went by the infirmary, there was no one there ... Mr. Parker, Mr. Lyle, Adama, the other Triumvirate men - all gone. Sydney says that he doesn't know what any of this means, but tells Broots to call Miss Parker's cell phone every five minutes, if he has to.
Jarod and Miss Parker are in the room where the bodies of the original monk/warriors are entombed. Their stone coffins surround a long monument that has a triangle carved on the top of it. Jarod brushes the dirt off of the triangle and finds the words, "I tego arcana dei" chiseled into it. Miss Parker asks what it means and Jarod says, "Be gone, for I conceal the secrets of God."
Together they push the heavy stone lid until it opens enough to reveal a set of two scrolls, lying on the skeleton of brother Vespus. Jarod removes them only to find himself being held at gunpoint by brother Renaldus. The brother says that they knew that Jarod could find them, even though they couldn't, and claims that the killing of Ocee and brother Menenacious were acts of piety because they were done in the name of God.
Suddenly, brother Renaldus is shot from behind, and to Jarod and Miss Parker's surprise, Mr. Parker walks through the door, followed by Mr. Raines. "Daddy?" says an unbelieving Miss Parker. "Sure as Hell not Santa Claus," answers Mr. Parker. He says that brother Renaldus has been his faithful servant for years but God does not forgive acts of aggression against one's mother and neither does he. Raines says that now he can radio Adama that they have the scrolls and Jarod. As Raines leaves the room, Mr. Parker declares, "Long live The Centre."
Sydney tells Broots that he's seen some bizarre things in his time, but nothing to compare with this. Broots wants to know what Sydney is talking about. Handing Broots a folder, Sydney tells him that they are Mr. Parker's genetic test results. Broots looks at the file and declares, "Oh, my God! Sydney, I don't believe this!"
At Glascow International Airport in Glascow, Scotland, Mr. Parker and Mr. Raines meet with Mr. Lyle and Adama to hand over the scrolls, which are now back in their case, where they belong. Adama is pleased and Mr. Parker reminds him that a Parker never breaks his promise.
In the back seat of the car in which Mr. Parker arrived sit Miss Parker and Jarod. Miss Parker rolls down the heavily tinted window to watch the proceedings. Jarod says that he can't help but to imagine their mothers holding the box with the scrolls in it, instead of Mr. Parker and Adama. He goes on to say that he can't help but imagine a different ending to all of this. Miss Parker asks Jarod what he expects her to do. He tells her that only she can answer that - he just hates to see someone miss a turning point, when one is staring them right in the face. He asks Miss Parker if it is her father's legacy that she wants to pass on to her children. Jarod goes on to say that from the very beginning, when they were children at The Centre, he has always known that there was something more to their lives than him running while she chased. Miss Parker tells Jarod that maybe they both just do what they have to do in order to get by in this life. Jarod tells Miss Parker that maybe they both deserve something more. Stammering slightly over the words, Miss Parker tells Jarod to just forget what happened between them on that island - forget the moment of weakness. She tells him that turning points only come when you've got something to turn to. Jarod looks deeply pained by what he is hearing and makes one last gesture to try to recapture what they experienced by reaching over and grasping her gloved hand in his manacled ones. Miss Parker allows the contact for a moment, then pulls away, saying, "I'm sorry, but this isn't the different ending you were looking for."
Adama's men approach the car and open the door. Miss Parker steps out. As she walks up to her father, Adama's men take Jarod toward the plane. Miss Parker tells her father, "Let's go" and turns to head toward the plane herself, but her father tells her that she isn't to go on this flight. Seeing the look on Miss Parker's face, her father tells her to "not get all bent out of shape." He tells her that he will explain it all to her, back in Blue Cove. Miss Parker isn't satisfied with that answer. She reminds her father that the last time she saw him, he was in a catatonic state ... and he interrupts her, telling her that it was only something that he cooked up with Lyle and Raines, to keep the Africans sniffing up the wrong flagpole while she and Jarod found the scrolls. Miss Parker asks him if it's true that the "Parker" who found the scrolls was her great-grandfather - she has questions. But Mr. Parker dismisses them all with a curt, "Not now." Then he tells her to take a couple of days at the London house before she meets him back at The Centre. He gives her a brief kiss on the cheek and moves off toward the plane, the scrolls and Adama, leaving her standing there. Her cell phone rings.
Miss Parker is so puzzled by all that has transpired, that she answers the phone by saying, "Hello?" instead of her customary, "What?" Sydney and Broots are so happy to hear her voice that it momentarily escapes them that she did not answer the phone in her usual way. She quickly overcomes that and asks Broots what he wants. She asks him if he was able to get a sample of her father's blood. Broots tells Miss Parker that he could only find semen. Sydney tells Miss Parker that there are similarities in her genetic material and Mr. Parker's, so technically, they could be a match. Miss Parker says that she had hoped for something more definitive than that. Broots tells her that the problem is that her father's soda seems to be flat. Not understanding, Miss Parker asks Sydney what Broots is talking about. Sydney explains that Mr. Parker's sperm count is so low that the odds of him being anyone's father were only 1 in 10. Miss Parker wants to know how he can be a genetic match if he's incapable of siring children. Broots tells her that the only satisfactory explanation is that her father could actually be her uncle. "I don't have an uncle," Miss Parker hisses back at Broots. Sydney explains the paperwork that they found, indicating that Mr. Raines is Mr. Parker's brother. Miss Parker wants to know if this means that Mr. Raines could actually be her father ... but before Sydney can answer, Mr. Raines sees Miss Parker looking at him and smiles at her. Pulling the cell phone away from her face, she says that she thinks she is going to vomit.
The plane takes off and Lyle, Raines and Mr. Parker go into the area where Jarod is being held. Mr. Parker is holding the box with the scrolls. He tells the others that Adama has authenticated the scrolls for the Triumvirate and says that he's the "happiest Zulu this side of Kampala. No surprise there." From behind him, Miss Parker enters the room and says that she's had her fill of surprises, too ... like the one she just got about who her real father is.
Her comment has stunned all of them to silence. "I'm still waiting for my answer," she says. "Not now, Angel," replies Mr. Parker. But Miss Parker isn't having any of it and she demands to know which one - Mr. Parker or Mr. Raines - is her real father. Lyle says that he has no idea what the paternity suit is about, but he does know that this is not the time or place for it.
Miss Parker doesn't understand what's going on, so Jarod explains it to her. He says that now that Adama has authenticated the scrolls, Mr. Parker, Mr. Raines and Mr. Lyle were planning on double crossing Adama by parachuting off the plane with their "prized" possessions ... the scrolls and Jarod. Unfortunately, Jarod points out to Miss Parker, they only have four parachutes - and counting her, there are now five of them on board. Jarod goes on to say that the scrolls and the prophesies they contain have been the thing that they've been using to keep the Triumvirate at bay. He pauses and asks Mr. Parker if he really believes those things are real. Mr. Parker answers that it doesn't matter what he thinks, it only matters that the Zulu's believe in them.
Jarod says that he's guessing that Miss Parker's mother discovered years ago that if the scrolls end up with the Triumvirate in Africa, then The Centre's power base is history. Miss Parker catches on and says that if her mother would have found the scrolls, then she would have had all the leverage of The Centre ... or the leverage to end it. Miss Parker approaches her father and asks him if this is true, but before he can answer, Adama enters the room and demands to know why Miss Parker is on board. Mr. Parker says that his daughter wanted to surprise him - nothing more. Adama tells his men to take Mr. Raines, Mr. Lyle and Miss Parker forward, leaving him alone with Mr. Parker, the scrolls and Jarod. Adama tells Mr. Parker to lock up the scrolls, then heads for the front of the plane himself.
As Mr. Parker goes to lock up the scrolls, Jarod begins to taunt him - asking him if he loves Miss Parker more than the scrolls, telling him how pathetic it was for him to fashion his entire life around something he's never even seen. Mr. Parker says that he learned of the scrolls from his grand-father and there was nothing pathetic about his legacy. Jarod reminds Mr. Parker that his grand-father burned his entire family to death.
Jarod says that hundreds of people, over thousands of years, have sacrificed their lives for the scrolls - and now that Mr. Parker holds them in his hands, Jarod wonders if Mr. Parker isn't just a little curious about all that power.
Mr. Parker gives in to the lure. He opens the box and begins to untie the fabric in which the scrolls are wrapped.
At the front of the plane, Lyle, Mr. Raines and Miss Parker are all walking forward. Adama has his men frisk Lyle and Raines - Miss Parker hands over her gun before the man can touch her. Lyle asks if it's okay if he gets a blanket, saying that the plane is as cold as a morgue. Instead of a blanket, however, Lyle pulls out a gun that has a silencer on it. At the same time, Mr. Raines pulls out a gun from the seat where he is sitting. Together, they quickly dispatch Adama and the guards.
Miss Parker gets out of her seat and says that Jarod was right! Mr. Raines tells her to tell Mr. Parker to get ready. Miss Parker wants to know for what? Lyle tells her to "just do it." Then he and Raines continue forward, toward the cockpit of the plane. Taking her gun back from Adama's dead henchman, Miss Parker moves toward the back of the plane.
Mr. Raines and Mr. Lyle enter the cockpit and force the pilot and co-pilot to change course at gunpoint. Lyle tells them to put the plane on auto-pilot as soon as the course change is complete.
At the back of the plane, Mr. Parker closes the lid on the scrolls. Setting the box with the scrolls down, Mr. Parker begins to put on one of the parachutes. Jarod asks him if he's going someplace and Mr. Parker tells him that he's taking a journey that someone should have taken a long time ago. As he disables the remaining parachutes, Mr. Parker adds one last word to his reply ... "alone."
Miss Parker enters just as Mr. Parker is heading for the door of the plane. Alarmed at what she see, she asks her father what he's doing. Mr. Parker says, "I've read the scrolls, Angel, and I'm returning them to the sea." He tells her that it's the only way to stop the Parker madness - the madness that started The Centre. He tells her that the scrolls are real and so it is the pain that they inflicted on her mother. As he picks up the box that holds the scrolls, Mr. Parker says that it's time to fulfill her wish and send the evil back where it belongs. He says, "Hang on to something, Angel, you can't come with me this time."
In the cockpit, the pilot tells Mr. Raines and Mr. Lyle that the plane is at 14,000 feet and descending and the autopilot has been set to the coordinates that he requested. "Then your services will no longer be needed," says Mr. Raines - and Mr. Lyle shoots both the pilot and the co-pilot.
Miss Parker asks her father if he is going to leave her there to die. He assures her that she will be all right, because that's not how the scrolls say that it ends. Tears in her eyes, Miss Parker pleads with her father, telling him that she has to know whether or not he is her real father. Mr. Parker tells her that he loves her as his daughter, and that's all that counts. Then he tells her not to be sad, adding that the new Parker legacy begins with her. "God be with you, Angel," he says, then blows the door and leaps out of the plane.
The sudden decompression of the plane throws it off course and fries the electronics. Sparks fly from control panels and alarms begin to sound.
Mr. Raines and Mr. Lyle make their way to the back of the plane and Miss Parker tells them what happened. Mr. Raines says that the controls are dead and the electronics are damaged and wonders what they are supposed to do now. Jarod tells them that they should take the handcuffs off of the one person that can fly the plane and allow him to try to save their lives. Lyle and Raines hesitate. Miss Parker screams, "DO IT!" and Lyle moves to remove Jarod's handcuffs.
Jarod rushes to look at the control panel then says that he has to get to the cockpit. He yells at Miss Parker to go with him and she immediately follows. The noise from the wind rushing through the open door is so loud that no one can be heard without screaming.
Once in the cockpit, Jarod quickly assesses the damage to the plane and, with Miss Parker's help, determines that he will try to land it in Morocco. He gives Miss Parker a tool kit and sends her back to the fried control panel, telling her that he will call out instructions on what to do from the cockpit. Without getting the electronic systems back on line, they will have no landing gear - assuming they don't crash before it's even needed.
At the control panels, Lyle is ready to do the re-wiring needed to circumvent the damaged areas. Miss Parker listens for Jarod's instructions and then relays them to Lyle ... yellow to yellow, green to green and blue to blue. As Lyle works to connect the wires, the plane continues to descend at an alarming rate. Jarod screams that they are going down fast - but Lyle continues to work, carefully cutting, then reconnecting the correct wires. With 30 seconds to go before it will be too late, Lyle finds himself with three wires left - only one of them blue. Jarod tells him to "choose carefully" and Miss Parker relays the instruction as "GUESS!" Lyle hesitates only a moment, then connects two of the three remaining wires. Instantly, the boards in the cockpit light up - the plane has electronics again!
Jarod tells everyone that the good news is that they are going to land in about 10 seconds. The bad news, he says, is that the landing gear didn't properly deploy, so they are going to crash! Lyle, Miss Parker and Raines belt themselves into seats as Jarod struggles to keep the big plane level during its too swift descent. For several tense seconds, no one knows if the plane will land or crash.
The plane touches down on the runway, but as Jarod said, the landing gear won't hold and quickly collapses under the weight of the plane. It scrapes along the runway, threatening to break apart in the process, but in the end, it holds and the plane screeches to a painful stop.
Raines recovers first, screaming, "Jarod!" as he and Lyle dash to the cockpit. They throw open the door, but they are too late - the cockpit is empty. Lyle hears a small explosion somewhere in the plane and warns Miss Parker and Raines that it is going to blow. All three of them make a run to get off of the plane and to cover. No sooner are they all away, then the plane explodes, taking with it all evidence of the murder of Adama and his men.
At the Centre, Sydney and Broots are asking Miss Parker if she is okay. She almost says that she wishes that everything would just get back to "normal" and then realizes that there is no such thing at The Centre and they all have a small chuckle. Broots says that things will definitely not be "normal" now that Raines is in charge and Miss Parker is surprised to hear it. Before she can absorb what that means, Mr. Raines and Lyle enter the room and approach her. Raines tells her that he told the Triumvirate that Jarod broke free on the jet, killed Adama and his guards and parachuted away with the scrolls. He says that they were especially proud of the way that Mr. Parker gave his life, trying to save what was theirs.
Miss Parker remarks that Raines wove quite a bedtime story. Lyle says that it kept all of them alive. Raines says that the Triumvirate need him - now more than ever - as well as his children. He says that Jarod has to be returned and that whichever of his children brings Jarod back will have a long-term future at The Centre and a place in the Parker legacy. The picture looks less rosy for the one that fails.
Raines tells Miss Parker that her brother has shown him a sign of loyalty and holds up his newly re-attached thumb, while Lyle holds up a hand that is once again devoid of the digit. Sydney and Broots look away. Raines tells Miss Parker that he'll be awaiting a sign from her and she tells him that she'll have to get back to him on that.
At home, Miss Parker is looking at the sketch of Angel and her doll, when her cell phone rings. It's Jarod. He asks Miss Parker what she thinks the scrolls said, wondering if she had any answers or insights into the so-called "prophesy." "Those answers are in the ocean, along with my fa ..." Miss Parker trails off. Her eyes filling with tears, she asks Jarod if he thinks there is any chance that Mr. Parker bailed out for the right reasons - or was it all just another one of his lies? Jarod says that he doesn't know, but thinks that maybe it's time that Miss Parker gave herself the gift that her father never did - the truth.
"I hope you find your mother," Miss Parker tells Jarod.
"And what about ... us?" replies Jarod.
"You run, I chase," she replies. "That choice was made for us a long time ago."
With a hint of a smile on his face, Jarod says, "Maybe that is the Parker curse."
"Yeah," says Miss Parker, smiling a little herself, even through her tears.
She tells Jarod, if the prophesy was real, then perhaps it foretold their future.
"If they're real," replies Jarod - then breaks the connection. In her home, Miss Parker does the same, but looks for a long moment at the phone and holds it, almost tenderly in her hand as her attention is drawn to her mother's diamond ring.
Somewhere, the scrolls have washed up on a lonely beach and one set of them has opened partially. The water hasn't washed away all of the words that are on them. Still clearly visible are these words:
"The Centre shall rise. The Chosen will be found, a boy named Jarod."