Episode 30 Transcript

episode 30 - Friday, 9/23/16
by lauren shippen

[sfx: beep of recorder]

Agent Green: Friday, September 23rd, 2016, 5:45 AM. It looks to be a cloudy, but mild, day. It has been a tiring week, but a productive one. Director Wadsworth has entrusted me with the weekend shift, which she hasn't done since- well, I plan on making the most of this opportunity. But first, a jog around the block while reviewing my audio notes and then into the office I go. 

[sfx: beep of recorder]

[sfx: Agent Green entering The AM]

Agent Green: Good morning, gentlemen. 

Charlie: Morning, sir. 

Agent Green: Ah, Officer Decker, I wondered if I could have a word. 

Charlie: Sir? 

Agent Green: Would you come to office later? Say, around 11AM? Get Daniels to cover your post. 

Charlie: Yes, sir. 

Agent Green: Very good. See you then. 

[sfx: footsteps]

[sfx: elevator]

Agent Green: Good morning, Director. 

Wadsworth: Good morning, Agent Green. 

Wadsworth: Are you prepared to have the run of the place this weekend?

Agent Green: Yes, Director. We have one new patient coming in today to start Tier 1, but that’s all. Should be a quiet weekend. 

Wadsworth: Oh, let’s hope so. I’m looking after my nephew this weekend, so I won’t be able to check in on you. 

Agent Green: You won’t need to, I promise. 

Wadsworth: Alright. I have to go check on Tier 5. We’ll talk later, Green. 

[elevator doors]

Agent Green: Wonderful. 

[sfx: computer starting up]

Agent Green: Let’s see, what’s first up today…ah yes, follow up with Ms. Barnes. 

[sfx: typing]

[sfx: dialing phone]

[sfx: ringing phone]

Sam: Hello?

Agent Green: Ms. Barnes, it’s Agent Green. 

Sam: Oh. Hi. 

Agent Green: How are you today, Ms. Barnes?

Sam: I’m fine. (beat) How are you?

Agent Green: I’m quite well, thank you for asking. As we’ve discussed, I’m calling to ensure that you have not used your ability to the detriment of other humans and that no other civilians have been witness to the use of said ability. 

Sam: Yes, I know, we go through this every Friday. You don’t have to say the whole spiel every time. 

Agent Green: It’s just protocol. 

Sam: Wouldn’t it just be easier if I called you if there were any problems? Isn’t it a waste of your time to hear me say that everything is fine?

Agent Green: Not at all, Ms. Barnes. It's my job and my pleasure to make sure that all atypicals are healthy and well. 

Sam: And discrete. 

Agent Green: Well, yes, that too. It’s for your own safety. 

Sam: No, trust me, I get that. I don’t want anyone seeing me disappear either. 

Agent Green: Then we’re agreed. It’s for the best that you use your power privately. 

Sam: Yes, I guess we are agreed. You know, you’re different than what I expected. 

Agent Green: Excuse me?

Sam: Just…these phone calls - you’re not, you know, you're not as evil as I thought you’d be. 

Agent Green: Evil? We merely want the best for you. 

Sam: I actually think I believe that coming from you. But that doesn’t mean you and your “organization” haven’t done terrible things. 

Agent Green: Ms. Barnes, I understand you’ve received a…skewed perspective of what we do here, but I think if you just came in and met me and saw the facility-

Sam: No. No way. I know what you do to time travelers there. 

Agent Green: I’m not sure I know what you mean. 

Sam: Don’t play dumb, Agent Green. I know what happened to Camille. 

Agent Green: Camille was a volunteer. 

Sam: I’m sure she was. 

Agent Green: I can’t be discussing other patients with you, Ms. Barnes. I just need confirmation that you’ve continued to follow the modes of behavior for atypicals. Otherwise we’ll have a problem.

Sam: No, no- I mean, yes, of course- of course I have. I’m not going to go rogue, you don’t have to worry about me. 

Agent Green: Great. I’m glad to hear that, Ms. Barnes. 

Sam: Are we going to do this forever?

Agent Green: Do what?

Sam: You, or someone else from The AM, calling to check in on me every single week. It’s- it’s suffocating. 

Agent Green: I’m very sorry to hear that, Ms. Barnes. The check-ins will become less frequent as time goes one. As we get to know each other. 

Sam: You mean as you determine whether or not I’m a threat.

Agent Green: We have to ensure the safety of our citizens. 

Sam: So you treat all of us like convicts? You act as our parole officers, making sure we don’t misbehave?

Agent Green: Ms. Barnes, as a citizen of this country, you are expected to follow a certain set of rules, are you not? 

Sam: Yes, but-

Agent Green: And it is understood that if you break those rules, there will be consequences. 

Sam: Yes. But I never agreed to The AM’s set of rules. 

Agent Green: I understand that. But you didn’t choose to be born in this country either. And yet you live as part of its society, and therefore follow the laws. You are part of atypical society. You are expected to behave in a way that upholds that order. 

Sam: But I haven’t broken any atypical rules, and yet you still check in on me like some sort of-

Agent Green: Why do you say you haven’t broken any rules? You helped facilitate the kidnapping of another atypical - which isn’t just a violation of our rules but of actual laws as well.

Sam: I’ve never stepped foot near The AM. And last time I checked, kidnapping laws don't have anything to say about time travel. 

Agent Green: And so you think you’re above them? Do you see what I mean, Ms. Barnes? Atypicals cannot think of themselves as exceptions to human laws simply because they can do exceptional things.

Sam: I don’t think of myself as an exception, I - anyway, I didn’t kidnap anyone, I saved him. From you. 

Agent Green: No, you removed an unwell man from his medical care and transported him through time without his explicit consent. That’s against our rules.

Sam: I had his consent! He wanted to get out of there! 

Agent Green: He was unconscious at the time. There is no way to verify that he agreed to inter-dimensional travel. 

Sam: This is unbelievable - you’re accusing me of using my power against someone when I was just trying to help a man you held hostage against his will. Mark did not volunteer for you so if there are consequences for breaking him out, you better believe there will be consequences for putting him in there in the first place. 

Agent Green: Ms. Barnes, are you threatening a government agent?

Sam: Oh please, you’re not a real division of the government - they don’t acknowledge you. One data dump and you’d be destroyed. The public would condemn you and your precious government wouldn’t back you up. 

Agent Green: Ms. Barnes, I would caution you against- 

Sam: Making threats? Or following through on them?

Agent Green: Ms. Barnes, if you have plans to hack us, which would put thousands of lives in danger-

Sam: Don’t worry, Agent Green, you’re safe. Your job is safe. At least from me. 

Agent Green: And why is that?

Sam: I know how it works - another organization would take your place. And you know what they say: the devil you know…

Agent Green: I’m sorry that you’ve gotten such an ugly impression of us, Ms. Barnes. It would seem entrusting atypicals to Dr. Bright’s care was in no one's best interest. 

Sam: Don’t think you’re better than her just because you’ve got government funding and a shiny badge. It doesn’t justify anything.

Agent Green: But breaking into a secure server so you can find out more about atypical biology, that’s justifiable? You’re not as good of a hacker as you think you are, Ms. Barnes. 

Sam: I have a right to know. 

Agent Green: I don’t disagree. I’ve long been an advocate of a more general education program. We have personalized lessons for each atypical that partakes in our programs, but there isn’t a WebMD for atypicals. I think a database like that would be- would be very useful. 

Sam: So we’re on the same page. 

Agent Green: No, not exactly. Trying to get information by looking into people’s personal files is not the answer, Ms. Barnes. That is yet another violation. 

Sam: I know. 

Agent Green: So…can we agree that working together is the best option?

Sam: I don’t trust you, Agent Green. And I definitely don’t trust your boss. 

Agent Green: Who do you trust, Ms. Barnes?

Sam: Are we done?

Agent Green: For the moment. I’ll call you next week. Goodbye, Ms,-

[sfx: phone hangs up]

Agent Green: -Barnes. (sighs)

[sfx: typing]

[time passes]

[sfx: knock on door]

Agent Green: Come in. 

[sfx: opening door]

Charlie: Agent Green?

Agent Green: Ah yes, Officer Decker, take a seat. 

[sfx: closing door]

[sfx: Charlie sitting]

Charlie: Is everything alright, sir? Have I done something wrong?

Agent Green: Not at all. I just wanted to ask you about some new information that’s been uncovered in the investigation. 

Charlie: Investigation?

Agent Green: Into Patient 596-E-5’s escape. 

Charlie: I’ve been debriefed completely-

Agent Green: Yes, I know, Officer Decker. We’re not here to discuss the events on July 2nd. 

Charlie: Okay.

Agent Green: You were posted at Tier 5 in 2010, correct?

Charlie: Yes, but I covered both four and five. 

Agent Green: Right. And did anything unusual happen during your nearly 6 years on those levels?

Charlie: No, sir. Other than the normal kind of unusual we have here. 

Agent Green: Of course. It’s just, the records from Patient 596’s cell show that you used his comm box a good deal more than protocol dictates. 

Charlie: I- it’s not against the rules to talk to the patients, is it?

Agent Green: Not explicitly no. But it is frowned upon, especially in the higher tiers. You patrolled those floors for years, you know how dangerous some of those individuals can be. 

Charlie: Mark wasn’t dangerous. 

Agent Green: Still, it’s important that we leave the patient interactions to the professionals, isn’t it?

Charlie: Yes, sir. Not that I’m around any patients anymore anyway…

Agent Green: I know that being stationed at the main doors is probably not as exciting as your previous position, but you understand why it was necessary. 

Charlie: I didn’t help him escape. 

Agent Green: I know that, Officer Decker. I experienced Damien’s power first hand - there's nothing that any of us could have done.  What did you talk about?

Charlie: With Damien? He didn’t say more than a few words to me. 

Agent Green: No, with Mark. 

Charlie: Oh. I don’t know, just normal stuff. Small talk. He was nice. And I think he was bored.

Agent Green: And did you share any information with him about The AM or its employees?

Charlie: No, no, of course not. 

Agent Green: Officer Decker, I need you to be-

[sfx: message beep]

[sfx: typing]

Agent Green: I’m sorry, Officer Decker, we’ll have to pick this up at a later point. A new patient has just arrived. 

Charlie: Sure thing, Agent Green. But I promise, I didn’t tell him anything. It was just two guys trying to pass the time. I wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize my job or my colleagues. 

Agent Green: Wonderful. Now, I have get up to intake and you need to get back to your post. 

[sfx: opening door]

[sfx: footsteps]

[sfx: opening door]

Agent Green: Hello, Ms. Atkinson. I’m Agent Green. 

Rose: Yes, I think we spoke on the phone, hello. 

Agent Green: Do you need anything, Ms. Atkinson? Water? 

Rose: No, I’m fine. And you can call me Rose. 

Agent Green: Wonderful. Then, uh, then you can call me Owen. Why don’t we sit. 

[sfx: closing door]

Agent Green: How are you feeling today, Rose?

[sfx: sitting]

Rose: A little nervous, if I’m honest. 

Agent Green: That’s perfectly normal. Now, I know we went through everything on the phone, but do you have any questions?

Rose: Um…what happens first?

Agent Green: Well, once I’m done with all your intake forms, we’ll take you over to our medical wing, where you’ll get a quick physical, and then we’ll show you to your room, where you can get settled in before dinner. You won’t be doing much this weekend - just meeting our other patients, getting to know our counselors. Then on Monday you’ll start with some individual and group therapy sessions and then you'll start doing workshops to help learn control. 

Rose: What if…what if I fall asleep during one of the sessions?

Agent Green: That is perfectly alright. Most of the folks in our Tier 1 program are like you - their abilities aren’t so disruptive as to be dangerous, but they all want to learn a little bit more control so they can live their lives to the fullest. No one will think anything of your ability occasionally getting the better of you. Even- even the best atypicals have off days. 

Rose: But what if I go into someone else’s dream by mistake? They’ll hate me. 

Agent Green: We’ve given you your own room, to try and help with that. Your dream-walking is conditional on proximity, correct?

Rose: Yeah, but I’ve gone into my brother’s dreams and my parents’ and even my neighbors’.

Agent Green: Your neighbors, really? Do you know what your reach’s upper limit is?

[sfx: writing on notepad]

Rose: No. 

Agent Green: Well, that’s something we can help you discover, if you want. 

Rose: I’m- I’m not sure. 

Agent Green: Your brother did this program, yes?

Rose: He did Tier 2, I think. I don’t know the difference though.  

Agent Green: Tier 2 is just longer. He was here for…?

Rose: Two months. 

Agent Green: Right. And you’re signed up for three weeks, correct?

Rose: Yes. My ability isn’t as strong as his - he’s telepathic and the voices were really bad when they first started, so my parents sent him here right away. 

Agent Green: And when he was done?

Rose: He was so much better. Well, he reads my thoughts now, which is annoying, but that’s life with my family I guess. My brother reads my mind, my dad moves things without touching them, and my mom predicts the future. 

Agent Green: A fine example of Class A genetics if you don’t mind me saying. 

Rose: Thank you, I guess?

Agent Green: So every member of your family has benefited from this program, correct?

Rose: Well, my mom isn’t the biggest fan to be honest. She said you guys weren’t that helpful to her.

Agent Green: Between you and me, The AM hasn’t really figured out how to deal with precognates yet. I think your mom was a bit too cool for them. 

Rose: She certainly seemed to think so. 

Agent Green: You must feel lucky to come from a family that understands what you’re going through. 

Rose: Yeah, I do. I’m not sure any other family would have even figured it out. For a long time, we thought I just had narcolepsy. And, well, maybe I do, I don’t know, maybe that’s something you guys will be able to figure out-

Agent Green: We will certainly be keeping an eye on it. But atypical biology is a little different, so we might not be able to get a definitive diagnosis. 

Rose: Yeah, that’s what my dad said. They were scared to take me to a doctor when I first started falling asleep in case the brain scan showed something a normal doctor couldn’t explain but, then I showed up in my brother’s dream and I could talk to him and…well, they figured they should probably send me here. 

Agent Green: And we are very glad to have you, Rose. You’re going to learn a lot about yourself in the next few weeks. Some of it might be frightening but some of it is going to be amazing. You just have to trust us. 

Rose: I can do that. 

Agent Green: Wonderful. Now, let’s get started on this questionnaire, shall we?

[sfx: opening door]

[sfx: dialing phone]

[sfx: ringing phone]

Sarah: Dr. Bright’s office, Sarah speaking. 

Agent Green: Hello Sarah, it’s Agent Green. May I speak to Dr. Bright, please?

Sarah: She’s currently with a patient, Agent Green. Would you like to leave a message?

Agent Green: Sarah, it’s after 5 - she never sees patients after 5. Unless- unless she has a new patient that you haven't told us about?

Sarah: No, no. 

Agent Green: Then may I please speak with her?

Sarah: I’m sorry, Agent Green. She’s busy. You’ll have to call back later. 

[sfx: dialing phone]

[sfx: ringing phone]

Dr. Bright: Hello?

Agent Green: Hello, Dr. Bright. How are you?

Dr. Bright: I thought I told you to call my office, Agent Green, not my cell. 

Agent Green: I just tried your office, Dr. Bright, and your assistant was very unhelpful to me. 

Dr. Bright: Yes, she’s wonderful that way. 

Agent Green: Dr. Bright-

Dr. Bright: Why are you calling, Agent Green?

Agent Green: I’m simply checking in. 

[sfx: beep of another call]

Dr. Bright: Excuse me, I’m getting another call, I’ll have to ring you back-

Agent Green: Dr. Bright, this will only take a moment, please. 

Dr. Bright: Fine. What can I do for you?

Agent Green: I’m just calling for your standard weekly report. 

Dr. Bright: I thought that was Wadsworth’s job now. 

Agent Green: Director Wadsworth is very busy this week. I’m taking over a few of her responsibilities. 

Dr. Bright: Good lord, did she demote you all the way to her assistant?

Agent Green: I’m just helping out. 

Dr. Bright: No, you’re helping her play mind games with me. Don’t you remember doing this when I worked there? When she was mad at me, or when she needed to tell me something unpleasant, she would go through you. (mocking) No one can get angry at good old Agent Green. 

Agent Green: I think you’ve managed on that front just fine, Dr. Bright. I promise you, I’m not playing mind games. 

Dr. Bright: I know you’re not. But she is. 

Agent Green: I thought your sessions together were going quite well. 

Dr. Bright: Is that what she told you?

Agent Green: She said you helped one of her patients - an empath who’s been having a hard time adjusting to their ability. 

Dr. Bright: I didn’t- I didn’t speak to the patient. I just- I made some suggestions. As you know, I’ve been working with an empath myself. 

Agent Green: Well, apparently, Director Wadsworth took your suggestions to heart. The patient has been doing much better and they’re going to be released at the end of next week. 

Dr. Bright: Oh. Well, I’m glad to hear that. 

Agent Green: You were always better than Wadsworth at the people part of the job. 

Dr. Bright: Are you…wait, did you just bad-mouth one of your superiors?

Agent Green: She wasn’t always my superior. 

Dr. Bright: Hm, I suppose she wasn’t. 

Agent Green: So, uh, any new patients?

Dr. Bright: No. I haven’t exactly had an abundance of free time what with having to come into The AM every other week. 

Agent Green: Right. Have you heard from your brother?

Dr. Bright: I assume you’d know if I had. 

Agent Green: For the last time, Joan, we have not tapped your phones. 

Dr. Bright: As far as you know. How much do you think Wadsworth really shares with you, Agent Green?

Agent Green: It wasn’t always like this, was it? This distrust between the three of us?

Dr. Bright: This isn’t a personal call, is it?

Agent Green: No. No, of course not. (beat) But I just though that, now that Mark is out-

Dr. Bright: That that would what ? Change things? Look, what is it with you and Ellie that you think you can snap your fingers and we can go back to how it was? You can’t just wish your wrongdoings undone, Owen. 

Agent Green: Neither can you, Joan. You haven’t called me Owen for quite a long time. 

Dr. Bright: It- it slipped out. 

Agent Green: Hm. She really is getting to you, isn’t she?

Dr. Bright: You know what she’s like. She makes The AM seem like the answer to everything. 

Agent Green: No. No, she doesn’t do that. That’s my job. She makes it seem like she’s the answer to everything. And you always admired her more than you should have. 

Dr. Bright: I clearly made a lot of poor personal decisions during my time at The AM. 

Agent Green: They didn’t seem that way at the time. 

Dr. Bright: Hindsight is everything, Agent Green. 

Agent Green: Don’t you miss us? Even a little?

Dr. Bright: How can you still work there, Owen? After everything they’ve done, after everything you’ve seen? How on earth can you still think you’re doing good work?

Agent Green: Because I am doing good work, Joan. It’s not perfect, but you need to break eggs to make an omelette-

Dr. Bright: I do not miss your platitudes, that’s for certain-

Agent Green:  -and at the end of the day, I think the good we do far outweighs any harm that may occur. Not everyone gets to live happy, productive lives, Joan. If we can help the majority of people achieve something close to a good, healthy life it’s worth it. Even if it's at the cost of a few. I don’t like it anymore than you do, and I do everything I can to ensure that no one is harmed, but sometimes things happen. Sometimes they need to happen. It’s…natural selection. It isn’t pretty but that’s the way it works.

Dr. Bright: I- I don’t think I have a response to that. 

Agent Green: Well, that’s a first. 

Dr. Bright: Your beliefs are as unswayable as ever, I see.

Agent Green: You used to like my unswayable beliefs. 

Dr. Bright: Is there anything else you needed, Agent Green?

Agent Green: No, Dr. Bright. No. That will be all. 

[sfx: hangs up phone]

[sfx: typing]

[sfx: phone ringing]

Agent Green; Agent Green speaking. 

Wadsworth: Green, it’s Wadsworth. I’m sorry I didn’t come to see you before the end of the day-

Agent Green: I can come up to your office if it’s more convenient-

Wadsworth: No, I’m already in the car, I’ve left for the day. But I wanted to make sure you have everything set for the weekend. 

Agent Green: Yes, I do. I was just about to lock up and do a final round though the tiers before heading home for the night. 

Wadsworth: Good. How was the new patient today?

Agent Green: Good! Nervous at first but she settled in very well. 

Wadsworth: I heard you spent the entire afternoon with her. 

Agent Green: Yes, I did. I wanted to make sure she was comfortable. As I said, she was nervous-

Wadsworth:  They’re always nervous, Green, you don’t have to hold their hands. It’s protocol to do the intake questionnaire and then pass them off to the medical and hospitality staff. You know this. 

Agent Green: Yes. 

Wadsworth: And yet, this is not the first time I’ve had to talk to you about giving new patients the grand tour. 

Agent Green: It helps them settle in better - if they’ve already talked to me on the phone, then I’m the familiar presence, the physical and the doctors and the other patients aren’t so overwhelming. Maybe if we got a decorator to come in and make the wards more welcoming-

Wadsworth: I’ve told you before, that is a useless and unnecessary expense. We’re not a spa retreat.

Agent Green: I know that, but there have been studies that show links between environment and the effectiveness of therapy. Now, forgive me, Director, but your focus isn’t psychology-

Wadsworth: Neither is yours, Agent Green. You are an administrator. You’d do well to remember that. 

Agent Green: Of course. 

Wadsworth: Look, we’ll talk more about this next week, okay? If you can find some space in the budget, it can be a conversation. 

Agent Green: Thank you, Director. 

Wadsworth: But no more buddy-ing up to the patients. Do your job and then pass them off. They are not your pets. 

Agent Green: I know that, Director. They are human beings. I’m just attempting to treat them as such. 

Wadsworth: Of course, Agent Green. I have to go, my nephewis here. 

[sfx: car door opening]

Agent Green: Goodbye, Director.

Wadsworth: Goodbye, Green. I’ll see you on Monday. 

Adam: Hey, Annabelle. 

Wadsworth: Hey, Adam, how are you-

[sfx: phone hangs up]

Agent Green: Wonderful. 

[sfx: recorder beep]

[music & credits]

Lauren Shippen: Episode 30 was written and directed by Lauren Shippen, and produced by Mischa Stanton. The voice of Agent Green is Ian McQuown. You also heard Alex Marshall-Brown as Director Wadsworth, Lauren Shippen as Sam, Reyn Beeler as Charlie Decker, Alanna Fox as Rose, Elizabeth Laird as Sarah,  and Julia Morizawa as Dr. Bright. Our music is composed and performed by Evan Cunningham. The original Bright theme was written by Lauren Shippen. To hear all of the music and for other bonus content, please visit thebrightsessions.com and follow us on tumblr and on twitter @brightpodcast. And while you're on our website, make sure to click on the merch button on the top right to check out our t-shirts, tote bags, and mugs. The Bright Sessions would like to thank Anna Lore, Elizabeth and Matthew Harrington, Ken Hertz, Oswaldo Rossi, and Authentic. The Bright Sessions will return on January 11th with Episode 31. Until then, thanks for listening and stay strange