The Blacklist (2013–…): Season 4, Episode 4 - Gaia (No. 81) - full transcript

As Red sets Liz and the Task Force on the trail of an eco-terrorist with a mysterious connection to Alexander Kirk, Tom takes matters into his own hands.

Look, Maya...

you need to listen.

I have a new target.

You need to leave, both of you.

You need to pack the
car and get away...

as far away from here as possible.

All right, easy there, easy there.

Seriously! Throttle back!

Or I might get the impression
you're really gonna miss me.

You know, I've been flying
choppers for 40 years

from Air America to Hudson Sky Tours,

and I got to admit... I
hated every minute of it.

Listening to Marty defending
his pathetic Cubs...


The only reason I ever
put up with the guy

was because he's the best damn
mechanic in the business.

Yeah, yeah.

Grew up in Wrigleyville.

Truthfully, I could say the
same about every one of you,

so it's been a pleasure
working with you,

and if you ever get to Palm Desert,

please, promise me you won't call!

- Cheers!
- Cheers.

- Cheers.
- Cheers.


How you know Warren?

Charter service. Shuttling the 1%.

I'm a mechanic, too.

Can't fly without us.

Hold on.

Won't be long.

Hello, Masha.

I know it's late, but I
wanted to speak to you alone.

Where is she?

I never wanted you
to be apart from her.

Where's my daughter?!

Right here, safe.

If you so much as... If you hurt her...

I know the truth.

The only reason you came for me...

the only reason you want Agnes

is because what's killing
you, it's a genetic disease,

and you think we can cure you,

that our blood can...

Yes, the blood is what I need,

but it's not what I want.

What I want is for us to be together,

but that can't happen until
Reddington's out of your life.

Only you can make that happen.

I see you're wearing
your mother's bracelet.

I'm glad.

I want you to know that
your baby is safe.

This link is open day or night

any time you want to see Agnes.

Hi, baby.

What do you mean, you don't
want to trace the link?

You don't think he's thought of that?

The second he discovers we traced it,

he'll take it away, take her away.

Liz, the only way we're gonna get her

is by finding where that
link is coming from.

I don't think he'll hurt her.

Of course he will.

She's his last chance of survival.

If he hurts her, he loses me.

Yeah, and lives.

What does Kirk want more
than anything in the world?

For me to trust him...

to care for him.

And because it's what he desires most,

it's the easiest way to deceive him.

He'll see what he wants to see...
my affection.

He won't see what's real...
my deception.

This link is an opportunity
for me to get close to Kirk.

And I can't do anything
to jeopardize that.

Liz, I think you're being naive.

I know you think that.

And I'm asking you to trust me.

Dembe said you
had a lead on Agnes.

Some years ago, I had a
rather awkward encounter

with a bull shark

while diving off the
Great Barrier Reef.

I actually think it was
trying to be affectionate,

even a little forward.

But the net result

was excruciating.

But I did spend a glorious month

submitting to the healing hands

of an utterly divine lighthouse keeper

on Bramble Cay...

a low-lying island that's
rapidly being submerged

by rise in the sea levels
due to climate change.

Climate change?

Our next blacklister is devoted
to protecting the Earth

from the greatest threat

to its existence as we know it... us.

He's a stealth eco-terrorist
known only as Gaia...

Earth Mother in Greek mythology.

Okay, so, the connection

between this Earth Mother

and Agnes is what?

What is not relevant.

Only where.

We must find this man...

unless you have a better lead on Kirk.

Has he reached out to you?

No, he hasn't.

Gaia then.

A stealth eco-terrorist?

Isn't that an oxymoron?

9 times out of 10,

the public reacts to
an act of eco-terror

by getting angry at the terrorist

rather than the environmental offense

he seeks to draw attention to.

By disguising his
sabotage in accidents,

Gaia succeeds in focusing
the public's rage

on the actual danger,

not the criminal who exposes it.

Shall I go on?

2011, 10,000 gallons of MCHM,

a toxic chemical used to wash coal,

was leaked

from the Fullerton Chemical Plant.

Now, this spill made it
into the drinking water

in the local towns.

A few hundred people were poisoned,

including two children and
three elderly victims

who later died.

Environmentalists had warned

of the danger of a spill for years,

but no one listened until this leak,

and then the EPA finally
mandated changes.

So it worked.

In Gaia's mind, he protected people.

Yeah, well, tell that to the
parents who lost their kids.

So, he kills innocent
people to make a point

that innocent people are in danger.

How does taking down this lunatic

get us closer to Kirk and Agnes?

Reddington won't say.

Even though this is allegedly
about finding your daughter.


I want this guy found.

Go over every detail of that spill.

If it was sabotage, Gaia left a trail.

Find it.


So, about last night...

Sorry we couldn't talk.

But if you want to grab
lunch today and chat...

It's okay. I figured it out.

Figured what out?

Whether or not to submit
my transfer request.

I decided I should, so I did.

So it's official?

Uh... I mean, I-I knew you
were thinking about it,

- but you actually...
- It's not a big deal.

It's for the best.

Right, sure.

That is, you... you've given
it a lot of thought, so...


I shouldn't keep Ressler waiting.

This is crazy.

An entire team of Chemical
Safety Board investigators

looked into this after the spill.

Nothing was flagged.

This is box 7.

There are 43 more evidence boxes.

Googled Aram's new girlfriend.


Why do guys do anything?

To see if she was hot, which she is.

I thought we had everything.

Everything from CSB.

These are from the
internal investigation.

I told you folks you're
wasting your time.

That spill was an accident.

Two days before the leak,
a veteran DEP inspector

looked over the storage tanks.

He didn't see anything wrong,

and neither did the other guy
about two weeks earlier.

What other guy?

I just looked at the list
of scheduled inspections,

and there was only one
in the month prior.

Scheduled, yeah,

but we get spot inspections
from time to time.

We're gonna need to see
everything you have

on that spot inspector... now.

Borron Energy Services.

That's fracking, right?

Well, I'm a field inspector.

That's bad stuff, man...


Messing up the water table.

There's places where
you can light a fire

with what's coming out of the tap.

You're making people sick.

You want to know what's
in your sweetener?

The chemicals in that creamer?

What about the plastic bottles
in that watering cooler?

Look around.

Everything's killing us.

So spare me the guilt trip...

and the righteous lecture.

I earn my living...

same as you.

You were right...

The world is just filled with things

that are gonna kill us.

Okay, ladies and gentlemen,
I think we have a suspect.

Okay, check this out.

The Kentucky chemical plant
wasn't the only facility

that received a visit
from a spot inspector.

Three of the other accident sites

also received spot inspections

within a few weeks of their failing.

So that's this guy's M.O.

He's not breaking into
these facilities.

He's walking through the front door.

You said you had a suspect.


I got surveillance video

from three of the facilities

on this particular spot inspector.

That's our guy.

Alert the DHS and circulate the photo.

Put a name to that face.

Hey. You okay?

Yeah, I'm fine.

Because Aram told me

you put in for a transfer.

Navabi, trust me,

I understand how angry
you are with Keen

for doing what she did...

Yes, and that is part
of why I'm leaving,

but it's not just that.


It's this place.

You never know where you
stand with anyone...

whether they'll be there for
you when you need them.

If there's anything I can do
to get you to reconsider,

you let me know.

I'll do it.

You're a good partner.

I wish there was.

I really do.

Six months?


Maybe less.

But we both
knew this day was coming.

Your body would start
rejecting the transfusions.

It's remarkable it's lasted this long.

There is a solution.

We've already discussed this.

It's unacceptable.

Easy for you to say.

You're not the one that's gonna die.

No, I am, and I agree with Sebastian.

The girl is your only option.

We're exploring other cures.

We were... before we
lost the Ribowski virus,

before the U.S. government
froze your assets.

If the girl is a genetic match...

and there's no guarantee that she is...

extracting stem cells
from such a young child

is extremely dangerous
and could prove fatal.

Hippocrates bounds the
doc to do no harm.

He's giving you coulds, mights.

I am under no such obligation.

I am giving you facts.

We are out of time, and
we are out of resources.

The only way to save your life

is if we put that child's in jeopardy.

I think we've got something.

We put out a general alert

to all government and
private facilities...

oil and gas, chemical plants.

- And?
- A gas pipeline inspector in Newark

was found dead in his car this morning.

Heart attack. Could be a coincidence.

Maybe, but he had an appointment

to evaluate a gas pipeline
in Westchester County.

- He's there.
- Was there a positive I.D.?

- No, but...
- So it's a supposition.

Uh, no, actually.

According to security at the facility,

a guy showed up less than an hour ago

claiming to be filling in
for the usual inspector.

Ressler, Navabi, get there.

Keen, call the plant manager
and the county sheriff.

See if they can evacuate the area

without tipping off Gaia
that we're on our way.

- Agents Navabi and Ressler. Where is he?
- Sector 7.

Said he had to check
the pressure gauges.

Stop! Federal agent!

He's got a gun!


Get out of the vehicle!

Damn it.

Long time, Martell...

or whatever you're
calling yourself now.

Martell will be fine.


There's a bunch to choose from.

England, France, Malta...

your basic NATO alliance.

Malta's not in NATO.

Always were a stickler.

Why don't we just stick with Krantz?

So, what's on your mind, Martell?

I got a job

for you and your crew...

digital trace...


I'm all ears.

The pipeline targeted by
Gaia carries fracked gas...

a process that
environmentalists oppose.

Why? Because fracking creates
jobs and energy independence?


Or maybe because of this.

San Bruno, 2010.

A ruptured natural-gas pipeline

caused a 72-foot-long
crater and killed 8 people.

Last year in Allentown, another one

exploded underneath a city
street, killing five.

So it fits the M.O.

He was gonna cause an accident
to provoke public outrage.

Yeah, but how? We didn't
find any explosives.

What was he doing?


Look at where Gaia's tools

and fake I.D. badge were found...

the spot of the highest gas pressure.

I think he was trying

to identify the most vulnerable point,

- the perfect place to hit.
- If it's that dangerous,

then why hasn't it
already been shut down?

Because there are safety rules
in place for new pipelines,

but they don't always
apply for existing lines.

Which is probably the
point he's trying to make.

It gets worse, actually.

I had an expert over at PHMSA
do a blast-radius projection

just to see what kind of damage

an explosion at this spot would cause.

In an urban area like this,
we're talking hundreds

of homes, schools, a city hospital...

and this... Stone Park,

the largest nuclear power plant

on the eastern seaboard
of the United States.

Where are we on the fake I.D.
badge you recovered?


But Reddington says he's got a
guy who might be able to help.

Reddington's guy.

Who is he?

Forgive the intrusion, keglers.


- What do you want?
- I have a job for you, Glen.

News flash... I'm off
the clock, Reddington.

It's a matter of some urgency.

No, it's a matter of some
me time, boundaries,

work-life balance, the
pause that refreshes.

We need to know who made this I.D.

Your release point is off.

Yeah, but I'm a charming

so the ladies don't mind.

Keep your elbows in.

Some haste would be appreciated.

A child's life is in the balance.


RFID chip.

Ji Ming's your man.

Chinese expat.

Loves all things Americano.

Last time we had dinner,
he ordered bull fries.

Ugh. You ever had bull... Ji Ming?

Jellybean here.

All I need is an address, Glen.

Glen, an address.

Hey, I don't see you
jumping in here, pal.

I'm doing the best I can.

A night course in Mandarin

doesn't get you much
past reading the menu

and "Hey, honey, your caboose

looks tasty in those slacks."

What the hell is he saying?

Honestly, he says he doesn't like you.

He says you look like his
third wife and that... What?


That you have no appreciation

for the fact that bowling is like sex.

It's about rhythm and flow.

You can't just stop in the middle

and go back to pick up
the spare you missed

because some jerk shouted out
during the middle of your roll.

He's already given you
the address, hasn't he?

Yeah, but it's a little off the grid.

I'd ditch the wingtips.

Dembe, call Elizabeth.

What do you see?

Um... he's withdrawn, a loner,

and yet he's committed to making
the world a cleaner place.

Photo of a pregnant woman.

But no child.

Maybe the child was taken or...

or died.

We're going to get her back, Lizzy.

Tidal charts for the Hudson.

Stone Park is on the Hudson.

If you don't leave, I'm
gonna call the police!

The only reason I'm here

is because you didn't return my calls.

- It's not safe.
- You're violating the restraining order.

I'm the least of your problems!

You have to leave.

And going to your mother's
isn't far enough.

What are you planning?

You need to leave the state.

Hey, Sky.

How's my little man?

You're going on a car trip with Mommy.

Someplace pretty with trees
turning all kinds of colors.

Won't that be nice?

You need to get on the road now.

Hey, there.


What happened out there, young lady?

You're not dressed for the woods.

Can you talk?

That's all right.

You don't need to say nothing.

We're gonna get you fed.

Build your strength up.

Plenty of time to talk later.


I'm looking at our little girl.

It's almost like a baby monitor,

like she's in the next room.

Only she's not. Kirk has her.

I know.

I asked you this morning to trust me,

not to trace the link.

I want you to know it
means everything to me

that you are okay with that.

Thank you.

Everything's gonna be all right, Liz.

Blow her a kiss for me.


I love you.

I love you, too.

I know you.

It's your daughter.

You're gonna want to be
first one through the door.

Let us take the lead.

No use rescuing your daughter

if Daddy winds up dead.

Your guys are sure about this?

They traced the server.

This island, that house.

Your baby's inside.

Let's do it.

♪ Rock-a-bye baby ♪

♪ On the treetop ♪

♪ When the wind blows ♪

♪ The cradle will rock ♪

♪ When the bough breaks ♪

♪ The cradle will fall ♪

♪ And down will come baby ♪

♪ Cradle and... ♪

I'm disappointed in you.

But wait. Don't...

I thought we had an understanding.

About what? What are you talking about?

- You traced this feed.
- No. No, I didn't.

There must be some mistake.


That had nothing to do with me.

I'm sorry, Masha.

No, I told Tom.

I specifically said...

No! Please bring her back!

I'm begging you! Bring her back!

Okay, sweetheart. We got
to get you upright.

You've been down too long.

I'm gonna put my hand behind
your neck, just like a dance.

Here we go, nice and easy.


Okay. There we go.

No big thing.

You got a lot of grit
for such a little girl.

You hungry?

You understand me?

Can you nod?

That's good.

You in some kind of
trouble, sweetheart?

The men that did this...

...they, uh, coming back for you?

What is it?

What are you trying to say?

Thank you.

I'm not into pregnant chicks.

I need you to find her. What are you...
a comedian?

Here once a night, twice on Sunday?

I already bailed you out.

I need you to find this woman
and her child, if there is one.

You don't get it.

We lost.

This tournament's a bitch to get into.

We made it here.

This close, and we lost...

because of me, because
I missed a baby split.

I don't understand bowling.

Of course you don't.

I'm sorry, Glen.

I'm sorry.

Come on.

I'm squeezing your cheese.

Thanks to your better half,
we swept the tourney.

Elbow in, release point.


Sweet as a sister's kiss.

You're talking to the team captain

of the newly crowned
Mid-Atlantic champs.

This prego chick... Tell me about her.

I'm feeling good!

Hey, I'm not here right now.

Leave a message, and
I'll call you back.

Tom, what the hell did you...

No, n-no, no, no, no, no.

Excuse me, Doctor. Um...

I was just, uh... Doesn't matter.

The tidal charts... Were
you able to review them?

Owen Ayers, former
officer in the Navy.

Found his name on bills and receipts

we seized from Gaia's trailer.

Ayers was a helicopter pilot,

and before that, an
enlisted aircraft mechanic.

Three tours in Iraq, decorated.

This guy's a war hero.

Medical discharge in 2011

after participating in
Operation Tomodachi.

The U.S. military relief
effort at Fukushima.

Flew into an unscheduled
emergency venting

of radioactive gas.

He and several members of his
crew got radiation poisoning.

He was the victim of
a nuclear meltdown,

so now he wants to cause one.

It's worse than we thought.

The tidal charts...
Can you pull them up?

He wasn't just tracking
the tides in the Hudson.

He was calculating the exact
time of the supermoon.

It happens only every
couple of decades.

Causing unusually high and low tides.

These charts identify
exactly when the Hudson

will be at its lowest.

Stone Park sits on the Hudson, though.

I mean, they cool their
nuclear reactors

by drawing water from the river.

Over 2 billion gallons per day.

Now, we know that an
explosion on the pipeline

will cause damage to the
reactor at Stone Park,

but what if, on top of that damage,

the reactor couldn't get
enough water to cool the core?

Ayers wasn't trying to send a message

about the danger of nuclear power.

He's trying to re-create
Fukushima on the Hudson.

How? The pipeline is in lockdown.

He can't get close.

On the ground anyway.

Hudson Sky Tours.

We found this brochure in his trailer.

He knows the maintenance
and the flight schedules.

Aram, do they operate in that area?

Uh, guys. Look at this.

Martin Powell, one of their mechanics,

had a heart attack in
a bar a few days ago.

How long before the tides
are at their lowest?

Any time within the
next hour and a half.

Get me Homeland!

Keen, notify NRC.

Aram, have security at the
pipeline and at Stone Park

and make sure the NYPD
and Harbor Patrol

get everybody out of
that area immediately.

Call the heli-tours company
and get out there.

Make sure Ayers never gets one

of those choppers off the ground.

Arnie Gelber, agents.

Here to cooperate any way I can.

What's the status of your fleet?

We're secure. Only got three choppers.

Two of them are in the
air with my best pilots.

One's on a 30.

The other's on a full-hour tour.

- What about the third?
- Grounded.

Had to cancel half a dozen trips today

smack in the heart of the season.

The third chopper... Where's it now?

Being repaired.

One of my veteran mechanics
passed away a couple nights ago.

We're all dealing with the loss.

I got a new man working on it now.

We're gonna need to talk to him now.

What the hell?

Sky 3, please respond.

Sky 3, please respond.

Owen Ayers, this is Special
Agent Ressler of the FBI

ordering you to return to
home base immediately.

Mr. Ayers, this is FBI Agent...

I heard you the first time.

I won't be doing that.

Alert the White House and the
FAA to authorize an intercept.

Mr. Ayers, we will shoot you down

if you do not return immediately.

You can't scramble
fighters fast enough.

I've gamed this out to the last detail.

Give me some credit, Agent
Ressler of the FBI.

How long before he
reaches the pipeline?

Two minutes. Maybe less.

Oh, and if your next bright idea

is to have them shut the
pipeline down, sorry.

That takes three whole days.

Notify local authorities

to immediately activate
evacuation protocols.

Aram, we need options.

Yeah, I can, uh...

I can try and hack into
the onboard avionics,

try and take control.

Don't do this.

Someone has to.

There are other ways.

What? Protests? Hearings?

They've had them. No one listens.

They'll listen to this.


No luck.

I-I can't access the AFCS directly,

and even if I could, there's
an automatic fail-safe.

Ayers, you can't go through with this.

Millions of innocent
people are gonna die.

That's an interesting formulation.

Innocent people.

Innocent of what?

Wanting their houses
warm, their cars fueled

with no regard for how any of that

fouls our air, our water, our planet?

I'm a dead man walking
thanks to Fukushima.

It poisoned my innocent unborn son

into someone people look
at as if he's a monster!

Now, whoever dies from this,
they've got it coming.

One minute.

Okay, I may have something.

Okay, I've hacked into something

called the stability
augmentation system.

And I think I can feed data

into the heading reference
system centers,

override the controls.

Can't you just shut down the rotor?

- You mean?
- I mean turn the damn thing off.

Right, right.

I got it. I got it.

- Then do it.
- Yeah, um...

What's wrong?

If I click on this, he'll die.

I've killed somebody once. I
can't take another life again.

Come on!


I'm sorry.

For what?

You did your job.

And then I did mine.

Hello, Maya.

You're a difficult woman to find.

Who are you?

And you must be Skyler.

My name is Raymond.

I've been looking forward
to meeting you, Skyler.

Did Owen send you?

- Is that why you're here?
- No.

But from what I understand,

your ex-husband poses
no further threat.

You have nothing to fear and
no reason to run anymore.

I don't...

Are you with the police?

Oh, my goodness, no.

I'm simply an interested third
party who needs your assistance.

- Here we go.
- Ah.

One chocolate, one
strawberry, and one caramel.

Forgive me. I took the liberty.

In my experience, caramel sauce
is an excellent lubricant

when it comes to awkward introductions.

Skyler, any chance I could convince you

to go thirds with us on these?

That's all you want?

To meet with Sky's doctor?

His hematologist, yes.

Do you have a child with special needs?

Picasso said it took four
years to paint like Raphael,

but a lifetime to paint like a child.

They live in a delightful space
somewhere between dreams and reality.

They taste color, hear
shapes, see sounds.

We should all have such special needs.

There is a child.

Her life hangs in the balance.

I believe Skyler's
doctor could save her.

Hey, hey. Nice work today.

It is, uh, no small thing to prevent
Manhattan from being unlivable...

as opposed to unaffordable.

You made the wrong call today.

I'm sorry you think so.

Is there anything else?

No, that... That's it.

Mr. Cooper understood.

He was just trying to
make you feel better.

I'm sure your girlfriend
will, too, Aram.

Oh, is that what this is all about?

The fact that I have a girlfriend.

You put people's lives at risk.

It's a little more important to me than
whether or not you have a girlfriend.

You know what?

Forget it.

Do you mind closing the
door on your way out?

You know when I congratulated you

on submitting your transfer request?

I didn't mean it.

I was trying to make you feel better,

because that's the polite thing to do.

And I like being polite.

What I wanted to say was that...

...I'm glad you're going.

As far as I'm concerned,
you can't go fast enough.

We talked about this! We agreed!

Yeah, on how you felt. I
told you I disagreed.

What you didn't tell me

was that you were gonna
do something about it.

Instead, you went behind my back

and did exactly what I
told you not to do.

And with Reddington's help, no doubt.

- It wasn't Reddington.
- Then who?

- A guy I used to work with.
- When was this?

When you were a skinhead?
One of Berlin's thugs?

'Cause I'm guessing it wasn't
an elementary-school teacher.

I'm not gonna fight with
you about this, Liz!

I did what I thought was best!

And nobody is sorrier than
me that it didn't work!

Oh, no. I know someone who's sorrier.

Our daughter...

who now, because of you,
is God knows where.

I know you don't want to.

♪ I'm bracing for the fall

But you need to use the child.

You asked me how this case is
connected to finding Agnes.

Owen Ayers and his son Skyler
share a rare blood disorder.

But Dr. Sebastian Reifler

is one with a particularly
relevant distinction.

He treats both Skyler
Ayers and Alexander Kirk.

If we can get to his doctor,
we can get to Kirk.

We're getting close, Lizzy.

It won't be long now.

I lied to you.

You asked if Kirk had reached
out, and I told you he hadn't.

That wasn't true.

He set up a link...

a video feed so I could see Agnes.

How incredibly cruel.

Tom tried to trace the
link, tried to find Agnes,

but Kirk found out, and now, uh...

She's gone.

I thought I could make it better,

that I could protect my baby.

I mean, that's my one job...
to protect my child.

Make her feel safe at any cost.

To hold her.

To tell her
everything's gonna be okay.

But now because of me,
because of what I've done,

I can't even do that.

Forgive the Shanghai summons, Dr.

but I have a matter of some
urgency we must discuss.


I don't... I don't understand.

Uh, Skyler Ayers...

Is doing fine.

It's another patient of
yours I'm interested in.

I-I-I... I don't... I can't help.

Oh, yes, you can.

And you will...

by allowing me to accompany you

on your next house call to...

Alexander Kirk.