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INVENT05 23' INVENTOR'S DAUGHTER episode: the mole revealed

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: SIDEWALK ON THE WAY HOME

(Michaela, wearing school clothes and a backpack, walks toward
home. Dad pulls his car to a stop at the curb, opens the window)

                              DAD

Michaela.

                           MICHAELA

(stops, turns, approaches)

Daddy, you're home early. Does this mean you're going to take me
out for pizza?

                              DAD

Sorry. We have a job to do.

                           MICHAELA

(taking off her backpack and putting it on the car seat)

For the Army?

                              DAD

(nods)

We found the mole.

                           MICHAELA

I assume you're not talking about the little rodent who digs
tunnels.

                              DAD

No. In the defense department, a mole is a spy for the enemy.

                           MICHAELA

Oh! That's the guy Colonel Abernathy has been talking about: the
guy who helps the enemy agents to steal your inventions.

                              DAD

(nods)

Yes, but this time, the mole walked out of the Army base with
the drawings and specifications for a new top secret
shoulder-fired cruise missile system.

                           MICHAELA

Holy socks!

                              DAD

Yeah, if the enemy gets hold of those plans, he could build a
missile that couldn't be detected on radar. We would be like
sitting ducks!

                           MICHAELA

So, you want me to capture this guy?

                              DAD

Absolutely not. I told Colonel Abernathy that I would not put
your life in danger again. No. Today's mission is surveillance
only. You know what surveillance is?

                           MICHAELA

Yeah. I just follow the guy, see where he goes.

                              DAD

Exactly.

(offers a headband similar to the one Michaela is already
wearing)

You'll need this.

                           MICHAELA

(takes it, removes her own headband, compares the two)

What's this for?

                              DAD

It will allow you to listen to what the mole is saying from far
away, even if he whispers.

                           MICHAELA

Why do I need that?

(puts on new headband)

                              DAD

Colonel Abernathy looked at the mole's phone records, so we know
the mole hasn't talked to enemy agents since he stole the plans.
That means the mole will probably set up a meeting with an enemy
agent by phone sometime today.

(points)

That new headband will allow you to listen in on the phone
conversation and find out where they'll make the exchange.

                           MICHAELA

The... exchange?

                              DAD

Yeah, Colonel Abernathy looked at the mole's bank records too.
He's been SELLING the Army's secrets to enemy agents for money.
That means the mole will exchange the missile plans for money.
Colonel Abernathy's plan is to have his men swoop in on them
during the exchange and arrest them both.

                           MICHAELA

Okay, so I follow the mole until the exchange.

                              DAD

The first rule of surveillance is don't let him know you're
following him. That won't be too difficult for you, since the
mole will be looking behind him for a tail. But you'll be
following him...

                           MICHAELA

Up above.

                              DAD

Right. Even so, you need to keep yourself out of sight as much
as possible.

The second thing you need to remember is the command to activate
the listening device in your headband.

                           MICHAELA

I point the cross hairs at him and say... LISTEN TO THAT.

                              DAD

Good. And if you need to turn up the volume...

                           MICHAELA

I say LOUDER?

                              DAD

(nods)

Well, I guess you're ready. The mole's name is Thomas Helpern.
He's in Colonel Abernathy's research unit, so he's been injected
with one of those tracking chips like everyone else. You can
track him...

                           MICHAELA

(quickly)

MOVE-ME UP NINE.

                              DAD

Be...

(looks upward through the windshield)

...careful.

That girl is going to give me an ulcer.

(puts on comm headset)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: SKY

                           MICHAELA

(enters frame from below)

MOVE-ME UP ZERO.

(slows to hover)

Mother, where is Thomas Helpern?

                            MOTHER

Your heading is 2 0 8.

                           MICHAELA

MOVE-ME HEADING 2 0 8.

(POV: left eye lens: pans right until a transparent city map
overlays the screen and a red dot comes to the cross hairs)

MOVE-ME FORWARD NINE.

(special affect: Michaela's body tilts forward and whisks out of
frame)

EXT AFTERNOON OVERHEAD: CITY STREET

                           MICHAELA

(voiceover)

MOVE-ME FORWARD ZERO.

(special affect: Michaela enters frame slowing to a hover,
tilting to vertical)

(POV: left eye lens: cross hairs and blinking red dot center
overlay a man wearing a distinctive green jacket, walking on the
sidewalk down below, looking back every six steps)

Daddy, are you seeing this?

                              DAD

That's him. That's Thomas Helpern, he's a civilian employee of
the Army. Stay with him until we find out who he's going to pass
the missile plans to.

                           MICHAELA

That's a big ten-four, good buddy.

                              DAD

Michaela, you can see that he's being very careful about being
followed. You need to stay out of his sight line.

                           MICHAELA

I'll stay up high.

EXT AFTERNOON MONTAGE: CITY STREETS

(Helpern stops at a bakery display window and looks in, then
turns into the entrance, pauses, turns toward window, then
enters the store, exits a few seconds later carrying nothing,
camera zooms out to reveal Michaela standing on the edge of the
roof of a three story building across the street)

(Helpern stops at a shoe store display window and looks in, then
turns into the entrance, pauses, turns toward window, then
enters the store, exits a few seconds later carrying nothing,
camera zooms out to reveal Michaela standing on a high fire
escape across the street)

(Helpern stops at a souvenir store display window and looks in,
then turns into the entrance, pauses, turns toward window, then
enters the store, exits a few seconds later carrying nothing,
camera zooms out to reveal Michaela standing on top of a large
neon store sign across the street)

                           MICHAELA

(floats over Helpern as he walks nervously down the sidewalk)

Daddy, what's this guy doing?! He walked into three different
stores and didn't even stay long enough to shop for anything.

                              DAD

This is a technique that spies use to see if they're being
followed.

(Helpern stops at an electronics store display window and looks
in, then turns into the entrance, pauses, looks at display
briefly, enters the store)

They use the window glass as a mirror so they can look behind
them in all directions to see if anyone is following them or
acting suspiciously. Then they go into the store to see if
anyone comes in after them. Once he's sure that he's not being
followed, he'll make his move.

                           MICHAELA

Well, he's already been in that store longer than the others. Do
you think he's buying something?

                              DAD

It could be he's just being cautious. But it could be he's using
the store as cover for a get-away.

                           MICHAELA

What do you mean?

                              DAD

Ask Mother where he is now.

                           MICHAELA

Mother, WHERE IS Thomas Helpern?

(POV: left eye lens: a red dot begins blinking near the edge of
the frame)

                            MOTHER

Your heading is 3 3 2.

                           MICHAELA

Daddy, I don't think he's in that store anymore.

                              DAD

He must have gone out the back exit. Check the back alley. Go!
Go!

                           MICHAELA

I think you're right, Daddy!

MOVE-ME UP THREE.

MOVE-ME LEFT THREE.

(POV: left eye lens: view of rooftops as Michaela flies toward
the blinking red dot. Finally, she follows Helpern down the
alley until he stops behind a dumpster and dials a cell phone.)

There he is.

                              DAD

Well, that explains why he went into that electronics store.

                           MICHAELA

(POV: left eye lens: Michaela's feet come into view as she lands
on the edge of a nearby roof, then she reaims the cross hairs at
the phone)

Why?

                              DAD

He probably bought one of those throw-away cell phones so that
noone could trace his calls.

                           MICHAELA

ZOOM IN

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: ALLEY

(POV: left eye lens: zooms in on Helpern)

Sorry, Daddy, I was too late to see what number he called.

LISTEN TO THAT.

                           VOICEOVER

(background noise)

...help you?

                           MICHAELA

LOUDER.

                            HELPERN

(less noise, louder, clearer)

When is the next train to Springfield?

                           VOICEOVER

4:45 this afternoon.

                            HELPERN

When does it get there?

                           VOICEOVER

Arrival time is 5:15.

                            HELPERN

Thank you.

(redials then looks up)

(POV: Helpern scans the rooftops surrounding the alley)

                           MICHAELA

CONCEAL ME.

(special affect: Michaela disappears)

(POV: Helpern's scan reaches the rooftop where Michaela is
standing, sees nothing)

                           ENEMY

(voiceover: male Russian accent)

Who's this?

                            HELPERN

It's a beautiful day. Do you think it's going to rain?

                           ENEMY

Did you get the item?

                            HELPERN

You got the money?

                           ENEMY

Hundred Thousand, all twenties, like you said.

                            HELPERN

I've got the... item right here.

(pats shirt pocket)

Get on the five fifteen train. I'll be in the third car from the
engine. And bring the money. No money, no... item. Got it?

                           ENEMY

Got it.

(Helpern tosses phone into the dumpster, exits alley)

                           MICHAELA

Did you get that, Daddy?

(POV: left eye lens: follows Helpern down the alley and onto the
sidewalk)

                              DAD

Loud and clear. They're going to make the exchange on the train.

                           MICHAELA

It looks like he has the drawings inside his jacket. Are you
going to have him arrested?

                              DAD

No. The plan is to nab them both when they make the exchange.
You keep following him while I update Colonel Abernathy.

                           MICHAELA

I'm on it.

EXT AFTERNOON MONTAGE: CITY STREETS

(Helpern stops at a souvenir store display window and looks in,
then turns into the entrance, pauses, turns toward window, then
enters the store, exits a few seconds later carrying nothing,
camera zooms out to reveal Michaela standing on top of a large
neon store sign across the street)

                           MICHAELA

(to self)

What is he doing?! He's already been in that store!

(Helpern stops at a shoe store display window and looks in, then
turns into the entrance, pauses, turns toward window, then
enters the store, exits a few seconds later carrying nothing,
camera zooms out to reveal Michaela standing on a high fire
escape across the street)

He's not fooling anyone.

(Helpern stops at a bakery display window and looks in, then
turns into the entrance, pauses, turns toward window, then
enters the store. Camera zooms out to reveal Michaela standing
on the edge of the roof of a three story building across the
street)

He's going in the wrong direction.

                              DAD

Michaela?

                           MICHAELA

I'm here.

                              DAD

Colonel Abernathy says he and his men won't be able to reach the
train station before the train leaves.

                           MICHAELA

That's okay. Helpern has been moving in the opposite direction
from the train station anyway. Maybe that stuff he said about
the train was just to throw us off his trail.

                              DAD

Until we know for sure, we have to assume Helpern is headed for
the train station. Colonel Abernathy is loading his men on a
helicopter and flying them on ahead to the train station at
Springfield, where he'll arrest both of them. If Helpern changes
plans, the helicopter is the best way to catch up to him.

                           MICHAELA

What do you want me to do?

                              DAD

You stay on Helpern's tail until the army guys get on the train
at Springfield, or until he changes his plans.

                           MICHAELA

Piece of cake.

(Helpern exits store carrying nothing, turns in a different
direction, rounds the corner)

                              DAD

Michaela, don't take you're eyes off Helpern. He'll do
everything he knows to shake his tail.

                           MICHAELA

Daddy, I've got to go. He's on the move.

                              DAD

Good. I'll hitch a ride on the helicopter and meet you when this
mission is over.

                           MICHAELA

MOVE-ME FORWARD 2.

(special affect: tilts forward, exits frame flying)

(jump cut: Michaela rounds the corner, but Helpern is gone)

Oh oh!

                              DAD

What is it?

                           MICHAELA

The mole disappeared.

                              DAD

Try your tracker.

                           MICHAELA

Mother, where is Thomas Helpern?

                            MOTHER

Unable to locate Thomas Helpern.

                           MICHAELA

(looks in all directions)

Daddy, did you hear that?

                              DAD

Yes. That's odd. There are only two ways he could defeat the
tracking device: either he cut his skin open and tore out the
device and destroyed it OR... That's it!

                           MICHAELA

What's it?

                              DAD

It's a low-power device. So, its signal could be blocked if he
was inside a steel building... OR if he goes underground! That's
it! Michaela, is there a subway station entrance near you?

                           MICHAELA

(POV: left eye lens: floats toward a down-stairway in the
sidewalk)

There's a stairway in the sidewalk.

ZOOM-IN

(POV: left eye lens: zooms in, the sign reads SUBWAY)

That's it, Daddy! He's in the subway! Should I go in after him?

                              DAD

I don't think so. In that area of the city, the subway goes in
four different directions. I think your best bet is to stay
above ground and wait for him to come back up.

                           MICHAELA

Well, we know he has set up a meeting with the enemy agent on
the train. Maybe I should head over to the train station and
wait for his blinking red dot to appear.

                              DAD

That's a good plan. Do it.

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: TRAIN STATION ROOF

(special affect: Michaela enters frame flying slowly, tilts up
and lands on the roof gently)

                           MICHAELA

Mother, can you please let me know when Thomas Helpern's tracker
is detected by the satellite?

                            MOTHER

Thomas Helpern's tracker has been detected by one satellite. But
his exact location cannot be calculated without a signal from a
second satellite.

                           MICHAELA

Daddy, I think the mole is coming out of his hole.

                              DAD

Yes. I heard.

                            MOTHER

Thomas Helpern's location has been calculated.

                           MICHAELA

What's my heading?

                            MOTHER

There is no heading. Thomas Helpern is directly below your
current position.

                           MICHAELA

Thank you, Mother.

(POV: left eye lens: aims cross hairs near her feet, a red dot
appears at the corner of the frame, pans toward dot)

SEE-THRU THAT.

(POV: left eye lens: Helpern appears walking toward the ticket
booth)

                           MICHAELA

Do you see him, Daddy?

                              DAD

Nice work, Sweetie! Now, let's make sure he gets on the right
train and stays on until the train leaves the station.

                           MICHAELA

(POV: left eye lens: Helpern takes ticket, hurries toward the
trains)

Daddy, what if he gets on a different train?

                              DAD

Great minds think alike. I'm checking the train's web site.
Let's see... to Springfield, 4:45 pm.... departing from...
platform number 8.

                           MICHAELA

MOVE-ME FORWARD ONE

(special affect: jumps forward, lifts off the ground)

(POV: left eye lens: see-through vision looks ahead to the
train, aims cross-hairs at the sign on the support post, reads
PLATFORM 8)

Platform 8. So far so good, huh, Daddy?

                              DAD

So far so good.

(Helpern enters train, then, a few seconds later, a man wearing
Helpern's jacket exits train)

Wait. Do you see him, Michaela?

                           MICHAELA

(POV: left eye lens: special affect: floats through the air and
follows the man with the jacket, blinking red dot exits frame
toward train)

I see him, but something is odd here.

                              DAD

What do you mean?

(train begins moving)

                           MICHAELA

(POV: left eye lens: looks back toward train, red dot appears
over train)

That blinking red dot is still on the train.

                              DAD

Well, that stinker!

                           MICHAELA

What do you mean?

                              DAD

Helpern must have given his jacket to another passenger who was
leaving the train, hoping that we would follow the jacket. This
guy is good! Michaela, you need to SEE-THRU the roof of the
train and make sure Helpern is still on the train.

                           MICHAELA

(POV: left eye lens: floats back toward the train as it exits
the platform and picks up speed)

You think he might have ditched his tracking device too?

                              DAD

We can't take anything for granted.

                           MICHAELA

(POV: left eye lens: special affect: follows the red dot over
the train to the third car behind the engine, when directly over
Helpern's head...)

SEE-THRU THAT

(POV: left eye lens: Helpern's head comes into view sitting near
a window)

MOVE-ME BACKWARD 4.

Michaela flies past, then turns her back to the engine and backs
away to get a look at Helpern's face)

It's him, Daddy. It's Thomas Helpern.

(POV: left eye lens: Helpern stands and moves toward the
restroom at the front of the car)

                           MICHAELA

He's on the move, Daddy.

MOVE-ME LEFT 0

MOVE-ME LEFT 0.

(POV: left eye lens: Michaela turns to follow Helpern)

MOVE-ME FORWARD 4. (POV: left eye lens: raises head to see a
bridge overpass approaching quickly)

Wo!

I mean MOVE-ME UP NINE!

(special affect: Michaela rises out of frame quickly)

That was a close one.

(jump cut: Michaela rises into frame from below)

MOVE-ME DOWN NINE.

(special affect: Michaela drops out of frame)

(jump cut: Michaela approaches the roof of the moving train
quickly)

                            MOTHER

Safety override: AUTOMATIC LANDING PROTOCOL.

(special affect: Michaela touches down on the roof of the train,
then walks forward toward the engine)

                           MICHAELA

Thank you, Mother.

Now which way did he go?

SEE-THRU THAT.

(POV: left eye lens: sees Helpern entering the restroom)

Oh oh!

                              DAD

What's the matter?

                           MICHAELA

He went into the bathroom. I can't spy on him in the bathroom,
can I?!

                              DAD

You can and you should. I can assure you he's not going in there
to use the toilet.

                           MICHAELA

(approaching the restroom)

What IS he doing in there?

                              DAD

Well, if I was a mole and I wanted to be sure I got the money
from the foreign agent, I would hide the plans for the missile
system before the exchange...

                           MICHAELA

Oh! So the enemy agent doesn't take the plans away without
paying.

                              DAD

Exactly.

                           MICHAELA

Well, then, SEE-THRU THAT.

(POV: left eye lens: sees Helpern kneeling near the toilet and
removing the toilet tissue roll from the dispenser and insert
something small into the roll, then reattaches the roll to the
dispenser, stands, primps briefly in the mirror, exits)

Daddy, did you see that?

                              DAD

Yes.

                           MICHAELA

What was he doing there?

                              DAD

It looks like he inserted the plans for the missile system into
the tissue tube.

                           MICHAELA

I thought plans and specifications were in a long roll of blue
paper.

                              DAD

Most drawings and documents are stored on computer disks these
days. Helpern must have downloaded the plans and documents from
the mainframe computer to a flash drive.

Michaela, stand by. Colonel Abernathy is getting an update from
Homeland Security.

(softly)

That wasn't what we agreed to! You promised me that she would
only be doing surveillance!

(sighs)

Well, okay.

(aloud)

Michaela?

                           MICHAELA

I'm here.

                              DAD

Change of plans. Homeland Security doesn't want to put the
stolen missile plans at risk of falling into enemy hands.

                           MICHAELA

I can go down to the restroom and get the flash drive.

                              DAD

It's not quite that easy. They want you to substitute that flash
drive for one that has realistic looking false plans.

                           MICHAELA

Where do I get the false plans?

                              DAD

That's just it. They don't exist yet. I'm working on them now.
You have to come to me and pick up the flash drive, take it back
to the train and swap it for the real plans.

                           MICHAELA

That doesn't sound so dangerous.

                              DAD

Problem is, the train is almost at the Springfield Station, so
we don't have much time before the enemy agent gets on board.
The worst problem is I'm flying above you in a helicopter.

                           MICHAELA

(turns, looks back and up, sees the helicopter)

Piece of cake.

MOVE-ME UP NINE.

(special affect: Michaela rises out of frame quickly)

                              DAD

Michaela! We have never practiced a transfer to an moving
helicopter!

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: SKY ABOVE TRAIN

                           MICHAELA

(voiceover)

MOVE-ME UP ZERO.

(special affect: Michaela ascends into frame slowing to a hover
as the helicopter enters frame slightly below her, and side door
slides open, Abernathy waves)

It's okay, Daddy. I jumped out of a helicopter once. How hard
could it be to jump in?

                              DAD

Michaela! You be careful! If you miss us, the blades of this
helicopter will scramble you like an egg!

                           MICHAELA

(POV: left eye lens: aims cross hairs at the floor of the
helicopter)

MOVE-ME THERE.

(special affect: Michaela disappears)

INT AFTERNOON WIDE: MOVING HELICOPTER

(special affect: Michaela reappears on the floor of the
helicopter)

                           MICHAELA

Piece of cake.

                              DAD

(busily poking keys on his laptop, to Abernathy)

That girl is going to give me ulcers.

Michaela, I'll have your flash drive in a moment. I just have to
dot some I's and cross some T's.

(dramatic poke)

Done.

(pulls flash drive from side of laptop, offers it)

Here you go.

(Michaela grabs the flash drive, dives out the door)

You be....

(looks down)

...careful.

Now I know how fathers get gray hair.

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: TRAIN ROOF

(train slows near Springfield station)

(special affect: Michaela reappears)

                           MICHAELA

(POV: left eye lens: aims cross hairs at roof near her feet)

SEE-THRU THAT.

(POV: left eye lens: overhead view of train car's restroom)

MOVE-ME THERE.

(special affect: Michaela disappears from the roof of the train)

INT AFTERNOON CLOSE-UP: TRAIN RESTROOM

(special affect: Michaela reappears)

                           MICHAELA

(locks door, kneels near tissue dispenser, removes the roll,
removes flash drive, train jolts slightly, drops the flash
drive, gropes behind toilet)

                           CONDUCTOR

(knocks on door)

Springfield Station. Springfield station. Train leaves in one
minute. One minute.

                           MICHAELA

(gasps, looks at door, finds and pockets flash drive, removes
false flash drive from pocket, inserts it into the tissue roll
core, reattaches tissue roll to dispenser, reaches to unlock
door)

                           ENEMY

(voiceover)


Where is the item?

                           MICHAELA

(softly)

Oh oh!

(looks for a place to hide)

                            HELPERN

(voiceover)

Where is my money?

                           ENEMY

In the bag. Now where is the item?

                            HELPERN

Just a second, I want to make sure all the money is here first.

(pauses)

Good. We have a deal. The... item is inside the toilet tissue
roll, in this restroom. It's all yours. I'm out of here.

(Michaela slides lock open quietly and slowly, hides in corner
behind opening door as Enemy enters)

                              DAD

Michaela, you can't go out there. I can hear the enemy agent out
there. Michaela?! Michaela?!

(when the door closes, Michaela is gone. Enemy kneels beside
toilet, removes tissue roll)

INT AFTERNOON EXTREME CLOSE-UP: TRAIN OUTSIDE RESTROOM

(special affect: Michaela, now only one inch tall, crawls under
the door as a man's shoe the size of a truck walks by, nearly
stepping on her, Michaela retreats briefly, then crawls out and
stands up)

                           MICHAELA

(looks both ways)

STOP.

(special affect: Michaela instantly grows to normal size, exits
the train through the nearby door as the train begins to move)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: TRAIN STATION PARKING LOT

                            HELPERN

(exits terminal building, raises hand, shouts)

Taxi?

                           ABERNATHY

(enters frame)

I'll give you a ride.

                            HELPERN

(turns, gasps)

Colonel Abernathy! What are you doing here?

                           ABERNATHY

(nods to two MPs who enter frame, take Helpern's bag, cuff him
and hall him away)

You're under arrest for espionage and treason.

(exits frame behind Helpern)

                              DAD

(hurries toward the main entrance, stops and hugs Michaela as
she exits the terminal)

Michaela! Thank God you're safe!

                           MICHAELA

Piece of cake. Here you go.

(offers flash drive)

You've got to tell me why Homeland Security WANTS the enemy
agent to get away.

(points over shoulder)

                              DAD

(takes flash drive, they follow Abernathy)

They thought that if we arrested THIS agent, the enemy would
just send another agent to steal the plans. So, we let them
think they stole the real plans.

                           MICHAELA

Are you sure the enemy agents can't make a missile launcher from
those plans?

                              DAD

Actually, they should be able to make a working missile launcher
from those plans.

                           MICHAELA

Aren't you worried?

                              DAD

Not really. I made some... slight changes to the plans.


EXT MORNING WIDE: RUSSIA

(Two months later)

                            ENEMY

(admires launcher in hands)

At last, we have our own shoulder-fired cruise missile. Let's
destroy something!

(mounts missile launcher on shoulder, aims at distant target,
smiles)

Five, four, three, two, one, fire!

(missile launcher burps, missile exits slowly, falls at Enemy's
feet)

(blackout)

Oh no!

(sound cue: boom)

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