|Episode 1 ~ Season Two Premiere: Emergence [continued]: Irons emerges from the
â€¦ Sara gives a sigh of reliefâ€¦
and Irons groans, grasping his wrist in obvious pain at a sizzling sound from the pulsing
scar on his hand...
...Lazar sweeps the street, watching with a small smile as Sara and Danny leave, and Jake
hangs up the payphone heâ€™d been â€œusingâ€�, perplexed that they are going, while
Ian watches from behind a corner, still in full armor and their cruiser is reflected in another
â€¦ Irons stares at the scars on his hand, pulsing red as they did when Sara underwent
the trial in the Periculum â€“ his eyes are empty, stunned, and boiling with cold furyâ€¦
Danny berates Sara as they leave, Sara hounded him for days about Gallo, now sheâ€™s
leaving the scene, he tells her, â€œItâ€™s not like you.â€� Sara reassures him they will
get Gallo, just not now, and Danny is silent. Sara fiddles with the radio, itâ€™s Crosby,
Stills and Nash, â€œDÃ©jÃ vuâ€�. She looks down at her wrist as Danny drives,
exasperated with her.
Gabe is cleaning a fancy silver pocket watch in his shop: it reads 11:11. A young man â€“
Sly â€“ surfs the web, and chides Gabe about his choice in music. Gabe is good-natured,
he likes the music, it helps, â€œconjure up global sales tools for the relics I hock.â€� Sly
asks what Gabe is conjuring for the watch heâ€™s working with, and Gabe says heâ€™s
not sure yet, he knows only it used to belong to Winston Churchill. Sly absently replies, â
€œthatâ€™s cool.â€� And Gabe responds, â€œYeah, itâ€™s cool, but not as cool as Joan
of Arcâ€™s gauntlet.â€� Sly is mesmerized by the laptop screen, asking who was Joan of
Arc? Gabe is amused, he explains Joan of Arc was a â€œwarrior chickâ€�, he saw her
gauntlet at the museum, itâ€™s supposed to be one of the most powerful talismans on
the planet. Sly is now paying attention, although heâ€™s trying to surf, itâ€™s a good
spin, but Gabe says itâ€™s no spin, the gauntlet helped Joan win all her battles, and
whoever wields it has enhanced mental and physical powers. Sly asks what Gabe means, â
€œwhoever wields it?â€� Wasnâ€™t it Joan of Arcâ€™s? Before Gabe can answer, Sly
makes an offhand remark it would be like Gabe telling him this computer was once Arnold
Schwarzenneggerâ€™s, and Gabe laughs at Slyâ€™s analogy.
Ian and Irons walk down the street, Ian saying Irons wanted the blade to choose a
wielder, and Irons says not really, he was hoping the blade would bond with Sara in a
more violent way, he says, â€œThe blade should have left a trail of carnage, and Sara is
not proving to be sufficiently violent.â€�
Ianâ€™s tone is insolent, â€œControl the Witchblade, control the world, can I at least
arrange a meeting since you havenâ€™t even seen her yet?â€� and he spins, stopping
inches before Irons. Irons is scornful, what makes Ian so certain? He continues walking;
Ian follows, his eyes reflective, and Irons says he has a new plan for the blade. He glances
at Wired Orb Productions across the street and stops. He ruminates, perhaps one
homicide will lead to another â€“ he continues his examination of Wired Orb, and
continues, perhaps a new wielder will emerge. Ian is disquieted as he stares at Ironsâ€™
Gabe says to Sly if it wasnâ€™t for Winston, they wouldnâ€™t be sitting there, he tells
Sly, who asks why, itâ€™s because Churchill kept England unconquered during WWII. He
realizes Sly is not paying any attention to him. Gabe reproaches Sly, because the watch
used to be Winstonâ€™s, it is connected to them being able to sit there right now, and
Gabe says Sly should be reading something besides binary software instructions. Sly is
thrilled, he tries to interest Gabe in Wired Orb, a â€œliveâ€� site where the girls talk to
callers and â€œperformâ€� on screen to paying clients. Sly chooses Debbieâ€™s Desires,
and Gabe is derisive, but Sly doesnâ€™t care.
Irons removes a glove before bending to touch a rose wet with dew in a street vendorâ
€™s bucket. The wind whistles over the rooftop and he says to Ian a man canâ€™t touch
a flower without changing his environment. Ian listens and watches speculatively. Irons
orders Ian to get the blade back, and Ian goes. Irons continues his study of the roseâ€¦
â€¦ and the rose is visible in the blade on Saraâ€™s wrist. She stares at it, pensive, and
her face is clearly reflected as her wrist sits before the keyboard in her office. Vicky Po is
looking through a microscope and looks up as Sara enters her lab, asking how sheâ€™s
feeling. Sara gives an awkward smile, scratching at her head and she declares it hurts.
Vicky says she should be glad her head hurts, and quickly examines Sara â€“ her eyes
arenâ€™t dilated, so she asks does Sara feel nauseous, or hear strange voices in her
head? Sara replies, â€œEveryday,â€� with a smile. She fiddles with the blade on her
wrist, and Vicky admires is. Sara thanks her for the compliment and asks Vicky to do a
carbon test on it, she thinks itâ€™s from the museum, but sheâ€™s not sure how she got
it. Vicky takes the bracelet, surprised.
Sly is panting heavily as Debbie does the things he asks, while Gabe maintains his pace.
As Sly is watching, a man is tossed into the room where Debbie is dancing for him, she
screams, blocking the camera for a moment, and the man on the floor is shot before Slyâ
€™s stunned eyes â€“ he drops the phone.
Sara is looking at the body on the floor as another officer tells her it was three shots to
the head. Another officer points out the dancer who was in the room to Sara, and tells her
the other woman comforting the girl was in the back room with the man who was shot
moments before it happened. Sara approaches them, introducing herself and Danny,
attempts to shake the womanâ€™s hand, but the woman only stares at Saraâ€™s hand.
She names herself as Christina Wales, and the dancer is Debbie. Sara pulls back her hand,
and asks mildly if Debbie saving up to buy a last name? The dancer responds hotly, â€œItâ
€™s Buck, Debbie Buck.â€� Danny asks her to tell them what happened, and she says
she was taking a call when someone burst in, fighting with the man, Jeffrey. She ran from
the room, but when she heard the gunshots, she came back to the room and Jeffrey was
dead. Danny asks her how many shots she heard, and she is testy, she wasnâ€™t
keeping count. Sara asks about the shooter, and Debbie describes him as, â€œbig enough
to be his own area code.â€� He had a stocking on his face, that was all she saw.
Meanwhile, Sara is uneasy, Christina has been staring at her the entire time. Debbie asks
to leave and Danny excuses her, but Sara gives her a card, first. She looks to Christina
Sara asks Christina what she saw, and she says she was in the office with him before the
man burst in, grabbed him, and dragged him off. It was all over before she got to Debbieâ
€™s room. Sara asks her relationship to Christina, and she says they were business
partners. She explains she was a dancer for Jeffrey when he first started up, but they got
along, and he promoted her, made her a partner. Danny asks who may have wanted to kill
Jeffrey, and Christina is glib, Christian Rights groups, anyone from Utah? She tells them
there was a cop three years before who beat Jeffrey up, put him in the hospital for several
days. She stops and tells Sara with a cunning smile, â€œYou have very pretty eyes,
Detective.â€� Sara is astonished, and Christina is suddenly rude, â€œI have to get back
to work.â€� She walks away as Danny and Sara look at one another in amazement.
Vicky holds a molar under a microscope, reciting into a recorder about discoloration on the
tooth. Sara greets her, and Vicky says sheâ€™s heard she has a new body coming in,
Jeffrey Gordo. Sara is surprised, Vicky knows who he is, and Vicky says sheâ€™d just read
about him, he was worth $10 million dollars. Sara is taken aback at this news. Vicky shifts
gears, the bracelet is a conundrum; Vicky has done extensive testing on it, it is *not* from
the museum, Vicky even got a brochure and called the curator to double check. Sara is
baffled, she really has no idea how she got it. Vicky offers to take it if Sara doesnâ€™t
want it, but Sara declines cheerfully.
She walks down the hall, her reflection in a two way mirror [odd place for it], and as she
puts the bracelet on her wrist, the lights dim: a red light glows before her, her hair moves
as a light breeze blows from somewhere, and she hears her name called by a strange
unidentifiable voice. The lights come on again, and she continues down the hall.
Jake is tapping away on his keyboard in Saraâ€™s office, and she asks whatâ€™s up as
she enters. Jake did a little research on Arnold Buck, he â€œwallpapered a Soho tavern
with our dead porno slackerâ€� two years before. Sara wonders about a connection
between Arnold Buck and the dancer Debbie Buck.
Sara exits a cruiser on a quiet street. Gallo walks down the street with a couple of his
boys. Ian is driving, his hair dancing in the breeze through the window, his eyes intense.
Gabe puts on his working glasses. Jake is in the office. Irons stands before a roaring fire in
his study, his face stone; a slow, smug smile spreads across his face. Danny picks his
daughter up after her basketball game, her shirt is #13, and she is excited as he spins her
In spikey thigh-high boots, Debbie dances online.
A grey-bearded man sits in the flickering light of the TV screen, drinking from a highball
glass. Sara knocks on his door, and he tells her to come in. She introduces herself, and he
is disrespectful, what does she want? She says Jeffrey Gordo was killed, and he says
contemptuously, â€œItâ€™s a frigginâ€™ pity.â€� She asks where he was at the time,
and he says he was in front of the TV with his whiskey â€“ he gestures to the bottle on
the table, beside a black and white picture of Debbie with a guitar. After a moment Sara
asks what precinct he was with, and he says the 33rd, he was involuntarily discharged a
month before some of his pension benefits and a promotion went through. Sara asks, â
€œGordo?â€� and he affirms, he beat the hell out of the guy. He admits he wanted to kill
him, but Gordo had a girlfriend with a pipe, hit him on the head â€“ the injury gives him
migraines. Buck is scornful, he knew theyâ€™d come talk to him. Sara asks why he beat up
Gordo, and Buck says Gordo messed up his daughter with booze and drugs and now had
her dancing on the web-site. Sara apologizes. He goes on to tell her the last thing his
daughter said to him was how much she hated him â€“ he doesnâ€™t know where she is
now. He wants to see her, talk to her, get to know her again. He doesnâ€™t care what
sheâ€™s doing now, he just hopes itâ€™s not the same thing. Sara closes her eyes, she
canâ€™t tell him the truth. He says to Sara sheâ€™s pretty young to be working homicide,
and she smiles at him, heâ€™s kind of old to have such a young daughter. He smiles
quietly, heâ€™s a late bloomer; too bad his daughter wasnâ€™t. Sara tells him her father
was a cop, too, killed when she was young. She gets up to leave, tells him to take it easy.
Outside Buckâ€™s house, Sara stops at the cruiser, whips out a gun and aims it at
Nottingham. â€œWho are you?â€� she asks, and he smiles, â€œMy name is Ian.â€�
After a moment, he continues, his eyes on the ground, not proud, â€œI work for Kenneth
Irons.â€� Sara replies, â€œâ€˜Theâ€™ Kenneth Irons who owns the half of the city
Trump doesnâ€™t want?â€� Ian chuckles mildly, â€œYes.â€� Sara asks why heâ€™s
following her, and he tells her because she wears the Witchblade. Sara is confused, the â
€œWitchbladeâ€�? Ian points to her bracelet and tells her it belongs to Kenneth Irons. He
chews at his gloved fingers, and asks if she would come with him to meet Irons; Ian thinks
Irons would like it if Sara returned it personally, and she becomes irritated, she never took
it to begin with! Ian reminds her it came from the museum, but Sara says the only thing in
the display case was the gauntlet that belonged to Joan of Arc.
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