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BLIND DATE

Man: "Only two left. I"ll cut you a deal. They"re real collector"s items. - You won"t be sorry. You just turn them on and you let them go."
Boy: Yeah, yeah. Okay. Here you go."
Man: "Nice doing business with you. Wait, Miss. Okay."

Intro.

Wesley: "Demons with one eye, demons with twelve eyes, some with double vision, - but no blind demons. - Perhaps Angel"s discovered a new species."
Cordy: "What? Helen Kellerus Homocidalus?"





Wesley: "Of course it"s possible she is not a demon at all."
Cordy: "You think?"
Wesley: "Perhaps she"s simply learned to hone her senses around her disability. Angel said it was as if she anticipated his actions before he carried them out."

Cordy: "A handy skill - in fight or - on a date."

Wesley: "Unusual to be certain, but not necessarily demonic."
Cordy: "Someone like that kind of stands out in a crowd - for an assassin, I mean."

Wesley: "Decidedly."
Cordy: "Maybe even have a record."

On the computer search: "blind woman murder"

match: Vanessa Brewer, Date of Birth: July 18, 1967, Place of Birth: San Francisco, Citizenship: United States, Gender: Female, Hair: Brown, Eyes: Blind, Height: 5"6", Weight: 122, Misc: Blind eyes, no visible iris, Known Associates: None, Arrests: 1 misdemeanor, 0 convictions, 2 Felony, 0 Convictions.



Wesley: "One assumes she has done this sort of thing before. Based on Angel"s description..."

Cordy: "Vanessa Brewer."
Wesley: "What? You found her?"
Cordy: "Our first stop doesn"t always have to be world of the weird, you know? Sometimes actual human people can be just - awful."


Wesley: "First arrest in 1993."
Cordy: "She was fleeing the scene of a homicide. No charges were brought. Arrested again in 95. Charged with aggravated assault. That one never went to trial. And finally arrested in 99 as a suspect in a double homicide, for which she is currently on trial."



Wesley: "She was on bail when Angel encountered her."
Cordy: "But that"s not the real whammy. Look who"s defending her."
Lindsey: "Your honor, we request the courts compassion in this obviously mishandled affair.
The district attorney"s attempt to link my client, Miss Brewer, with this brutal crime would be laughable if it weren"t so sad.
To think that my client, with her particular disability, could physically commit such a murder is beyond the realm of believability."



Wesley: "She obviously doesn"t see the way we do - but she can see."
"In a sense. The human eye is only capable of registering a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, but if Brewer was somehow equipped to see outside that range..."
Cordy: "She"d be Superman. What"s the diff" in how she sees, anyway? So she can get a look at the bars of her cell. Why are we still talking about this?"

Angel: "Because Wolfram and Hart is representing her pro bono, - which means - she"s probably still working for them."

Holland: "We are very pleased with the outcome, Vanessa. It"s a pleasure doing business."
Lee: "I can"t believe you got her off on all charges. Not since Ostrosky versus California have I seen such devious legal maneuvering. And now the big brass are smiling upon you. - You"re the man of the hour."

Lindsey: "Is there something you want?"
Lee: "Is it me or is there something kind of - hot about her? Well, I"m just saying, I wouldn"t say "no." I"d be too scared to."

Holland: "Lindsey, come say hello."
Lee: "I think she likes you."
Holland: "Ah, Bill, Chuck, you remember Lindsey McDonald, our point man on Miss Brewers case?"
"You did an excellent job."
Vanessa: "Thank you, Lindsey."
Lindsey: "You"re welcome."
Vanessa: "It"s nice to see you again."
Lindsey: "You too."
Holland: "Bye. Got a sec?"
"Does she unnerve you?"
Lindsey: "A little."
Holland: "Two minutes alone with that woman and I feel like my spines been fused. Still, one has to admire her talent - and her work ethic. - Everything all right? You look a little stressed."

Lindsey: I"ve been putting in the hours, but..."
Holland: "Ah. Well, that"s a big part - the perspiration. - But the other part - the inspiration - you"ve had kind of a rough year on that end."
Lindsey: "I"ve made -uh - some bad choices."

Holland: "Well, I"ll say."
Lindsey: "Sending the rogue Slayer after the vampire?"
Holland: "Among other things. But you"ve had a nice success in court. You"re starting to pull out of it. I"m fond of you, Lindsey. I"d like to see you moving up here."

Lindsey: "I"m glad to hear that, sir."
Holland: "Not everybody will. - This is kind of our - Harvest - time of year - where we separate the winners from the - uh - dead weight. - Now I have to say, you don"t seem that happy lately. - Could I take a wild stab as to what I think that might be?"

Lindsey: "Sure."
Holland: "It"s your age. You"re a young man. You"ve hitched your wagon to our star. Oh, and it"s a bright star. - But now you"re starting to feel a little "Is that all there is?"
Lindsey: "Sometimes you question things, but I mean it"s no big..."

Holland: "Yeah, I did a lot of crazy things when I was your age - searching and all. - Took me a while to realize how the world was put together and where I belonged in it. - And actually the world isn"t that complicated. - It"s designed for those who know how to use it."

Lindsey: "Yes, sir."
Holland: "Don"t give me that "yes, sir" crap. I want you to think about these things.
You"re not going to be happy until you find your place in the scheme of things. - Okay, enough of the old guy"s lecture. Now, down to business. I don"t think she had a happy childhood."
Lindsey: "Sir?"
Holland: "Our blind friend, Vanessa. I think she was terribly abused growing up. I think the details of that are tragic and shockingly specific, and I think you should create them, sooner rather than later."
Lindsey: "She is going to do something else that may require a strong defense."

Holland: "Strong defense - alibis - creative alternatives to incarceration. - She is an invaluable tool to some of our most valuable clients and we can"t risk losing her."

Lindsey: "What"s she gonna do?"
Holland: "There is some children arriving. They pose a threat."
Lindsey: "Some children."
Holland: "Is this too shocking for you?"
Lindsey: "I"m just thinking it might be for a jury."
Holland: "Which is why I"m thinking her terrible, terrible childhood drove her to it. - Not guilty by reason of insanity. Of course the odds of her getting caught again are pretty slim."
Lindsey: "Who- who are these children?"
Holland: "It"s best we know only what we need to - without forgetting the important part we play in the greater whole. I"m sure you"re gonna want to get right on it."

Angel: They acquitted her. Hung jury.

Wesley: "I"m sorry, Angel."
Angel: "How am I supposed to fight evil if they won"t even put it behind bars?"
Cordy: "It"s not your fault."
Angel: "No, it"s not my fault. - I-I didn"t cause it, and I can"t fix it. I can"t do anything about it. - Well, she"s guilty. - She"s guilty and- and they let her go. She murdered a man right in front of me and I can"t even testify to that fact in a court of law."

Cordy: "Well, maybe in night court you could..."
Angel: "It"s their court room, not mine."
Cordy: "Whose?"
Angel: "Their rules, their game."
Cordy: "Oh, you mean the Wolfram and Hart types."
Angel: "I have no place in their world at all."
Wesley: "Angel."
Angel: "How am I expected to do battle if I can"t even get into the ring?"

Wesley: "You have a place, Angel. Our battle will be fought elsewhere."
Angel: "It"s still their world, Wesley. Structured for power - not truth. - It"s their system, and it"s one that works. - It works because - there is no guilt - there is no torment, no consequences. - It"s pure. - I remember what that was like. - Sometimes I miss that clarity."
Cordy: "But not the trying to kill your friends and family part, right?
Just checking!"
Angel: "Nothing ever changes."
Lindsey: "I need your help."
Angel: "What do you mean?"
Lindsey: "I want out."
You probably think this is some kind of trick."

Angel: "Are you afraid of me, Lindsey? - You think maybe I might kill you?"
Lindsey: "No."
Angel: "I"m smelling a whole lot of fear - big - stinky - mortal - terror. So, no, I don"t think this is a trick
I think it"s a big joke."

Lindsey: "Hey, I don"t want to be here anymore than you want to see me. But I don"t have a choice."
Angel: "You always have a choice. I mean, you sold your soul for a fifth-floor office and a company car."
Lindsey: "You think you"ve got me all figured out? You think you know everything about me?"
Angel: "Everything I need to know."
Lindsey: "What was your father? He was a merchant, right? Linen and silk? Did pretty well? Had a couple of servants until you killed them?"
Angel: "Just the one."
Lindsey: "Well, our files aren"t 100 percent, - but I guess it"s fair to say that - you"ve never seen anything like real poverty.
I"m talking dirt poor - no shoes - no toilet.
Six of us kids in a room, and come flue season it was down to four.

I was seven when they took the house.
They just came right in and took it.
And my daddy is being nice, you know? Joking with the bastards while he signs the deed. Yeah, so we had a choice.
Either you got stepped on or you got to stepping and I swore to myself that I was not going to be the guy standing there with the stupid grin on my face - while my life got dribbled out..."
Angel: "I"m sorry. I nodded off. Did you get to the part where you"re evil?"

Lindsey: "I found out about a job. The blind woman. Vanessa Brewer. Your friend from court."
Angel: "That you got off."
Lindsey: "There is a new contract."
Angel: "Why don"t we just save the lawyer talk?"
Lindsey: "She"s gonna kill some kids. - I"ve worked some pretty hairy deals, comes with the turf, but this..."


Angel: "What do you know?"
Lindsey: "Almost nothing. Some kids from overseas, job"s in a couple of days."
Angel: "I need more."
Lindsey: "There"s some files. They"d be at the firm, probably in the vault."
Angel: "Then I"ll guess you"ll get them out."
Lindsey: "I can"t go back in there. Do you understand what that place is?"
Angel: "I"m not sensing a whole lot of resolve here."
Lindsey: "They are constantly watching you. Other companies have drug testing - they have mind-readers. I go back there, they"re gonna kill me."
Angel: "That"s what we call an acceptable risk. You"re panicking right now. You can"t believe how bad you let things get. -
That"s not change. - You have to make a decision to change. That"s something you do by yourself.
Most people - they never do."

Lindsey: "If I get myself killed, that"ll convince you that I"ve changed."
Angel: "It"s a start."
Lindsey: "Vault"s at sub-lever two. Hall"s outside the boiler room."
Angel: "Sewer access?"
Lindsey: "You"d have to burn your way in."

Cordy: "Why are you going in at all? I thought born-again boy was gonna do it."

Angel: "It"s a two men job. How do I access the vault?"
Lindsey: "My pass. I"ll need it to get in. They"re getting pretty tight with security. But I can leave it downstairs for you. Gets you right into the vault."

Cordy: "Again I say..."
Lindsey: "It"s guarded. Demon. Doesn"t go in for unauthorized visits. There is no way I can take it."
Angel: "What kind of demon?"
Lindsey: "Preggothian. I think."
Wesley: "I"ll get you a battle profile - weaknesses and such."
Angel: "Right."
Lindsey: "I"ll do what I can with the security monitors, but you"ll have to move fast because the moment - oh, damn it."

Wesley: "What?"
Lindsey: "The threshold. They have shamans. They can sense the moment a vampire crosses the threshold."
Angel: "That"s not going to be a problem."
Cordy: "Well, then. Seems pretty simple, except for the "you"ll definitely get caught" factor."
Lindsey: "The righteous shall walk a thorny path."
Gunn: "Yeah, I can get a hold of one. But why would I want to?"
Angel: "In the interest of justice - and maybe doing the right thing?"
Gunn: "Not really interested in some rich guy"s heartbreak."

Angel: "You"re low. Just my opinion."
Gunn: "Give me one good reason."
Angel: "It"ll be extremely dangerous."
Gunn: "Okay."
Voice: "Entering sublevel 3. Priority clearance required."
Lindsey: "Lilah."
Lilah: "You scared me."
Lindsey: "Me too."
Lilah: "I"m sorry. I"m always in too much of a hurry."
Lindsey: "I think we all are."
Lilah: "Hmm."
Lindsey: "Oh, yeah. You"re doing some research?"
Lilah: "Only when I want it done right."

Lindsey: "I know what you mean. I don"t mind making myself look like an idiot, but I hate it when some clerk does."

Lilah: "I was under the impression that you never touch a book anymore."
Lindsey: "Little secret between you and me: if the amoebas find out you"re willing to read, they lose all respect for you."

Voice: "Personnel approaching security office."
Howard: "Hello, Mr. McDonald."
Lindsey: "Hey, Howard. You got a minute?"
Howard: "Sure."
Lindsey: "I checked the series 7500 video surveillance system you suggested. Do I really need cellular over ride and direct digital link to the office? I mean, it seems a little overkill."

Howard: "Better safe than sorry."

Gunn: "Whoo-whoo! My god! They told me it was true, but I didn"t believe them. Damn, here it is! Evil white folks really do have a Mecca. Now, now, girls, don"t get all riled up."
"OW! Did you just step on my foot?
Is that my foot you just stepped on? Are you assaulting me - up in this haven of justice?"

"Somebody get me a lawyer - because my civil rights have seriously been violated.
Oh, I get it, I get it. You all can cater to the demon, cater to the dead man, but what about the black man!"

"I"d love to stay and chat, but - yo, fellows!"

Howard: "We got a vampire on the premises. Repeat, vampire on the premises."
Lindsey: "Well, looks like you got your hands full, so..."
Angel: "Thank you, Wesley."
Lee: "Hey, what"s all the excitement? A vampire in the lobby? Did I hear that right?"
Lindsey: "Never a dull moment."
Angel: "We"re done. Get out. Now."

Lilah: "Can you believe this? It"s a sweep. Oh, I"ll never make my lunch."
Lee: "What is it?"
Lindsey: "Mind readers."
Lee: "Shouldn"t we"ve been memoed or something?"
Lilah: "That"s why they call them random mind readings. Yeah, it"s Lilah. It looks like I won"t be able to make the 1 o"clock.
Great."
Holland: "Well, I have to say, this is a shame. It"s just a shame. Whenever I hear of disloyalty it - ah, hurts me. - Hurts me personally. But this sort of thing must be dealt with quickly and cleanly and unambiguously. - I"m sorry, Lee, I truly am."

Lee: "What? - No."
Holland: "You"ve been in secret talks with Klein and Gabler."
Lee: "They approached me."
Holland: "You planned on taking clients with you when you left to join them."
Lee: "You don"t understand. They misread me. I just wanted Klein and Gabler to think..."

Holland: "Terminating an employee is never pleasant. - That"s all. Oh, Lindsey - why don"t you hang on for a minute."

Angel: "Lindsey?"
Wesley: "He"s not with you?"
Angel: "No."
Cordy: "That can"t be good."
Wesley: "Something must have happened."
Cordy: "You"re not going back for him?"

Angel: "If he made it out then he"ll be here. If he didn"t then there is no reason to go back for him. We have work to do."
Wesley: "So you got the files then."
Angel: "Right here."
Cordy: "Which one is it?"
Angel: "I don"t know. We"ll have to go through them until we find it."
Wesley: "Angel, what"s this?"
Angel: "I"m not sure."
Wesley: "Ancient Aramaic, if I"m not mistaken."
Angel: "Yeah?"
Wesley: "Was there a reason you took this?"
Angel: "Yeah."
Wesley: "And that would be..."
Angel: "I - I don"t really know."
Wesley: "Well - I"ll get to work translating them."
Cordy: "Ah, guys? Might want to translate this first."
Wesley: "It"s encrypted."
Cordy: "What do you want to bet the rest of these are, too."
Angel: "Great."
Holland: "What a pity. You can"t get that out of the carpet. - Believe me, we"ve tried.
Are you afraid? Well, that"s understandable. You betrayed this firm by allaying yourself with someone who - has given us a great deal of grief. - You"ve stolen important documents form our vault. - Tried to sabotaged an extremely important case. - And in the course of this egregious behavior - you lied to us - more importantly, to me. - Did I leave anything out?"
Lindsey: "No, sir."
Holland: "Did you actually believe I wouldn"t learn everything?"
Lindsey: "I..."
Holland: "Lindsey, this is a delicate moment. - I nod to Phil behind me - and he"s gonna put a bullet in your head."
Lindsey: "I-I didn"t want to lie to you. I didn"t - want to betray you. I just wanted out."

Holland: "Hm. Well, then you"re in a crisis, son - crisis of faith. - Do you believe in love? - I"m not speaking romantically. - I"m talking about that sharp, clear sense of self a man gains - once he"s truly found his place in the world. - It"s no mean feat, since most men are cowards and just move with the crowd. Very few make their own destinies. They have the courage of their convictions, and they know how to behave in a crisis."


Lindsey: "Like now?"
Holland: "Like now. You have everything it takes to go all the way here - drive, ambition, - excellence - but you don"t know where you belong. And until you do - I guess we both have some important questions to answer. - Now, my first one is - do I nod - to my friend behind me? - No, - I don"t.
Because I know you, and I know a little something about character. I think what you actually need is a few days off to think about it. And I"m sure once you have - you"re gonna do the right thing."


Lindsey: "I can - I can go."
Holland: "You can go. Lindsey - I believe in you. - Look deep enough inside yourself - you"ll find that love."
Cordy: "Okay, I"m back to the desktop, Willow. What do I do now? - Okay, done that. - Back to life list. - Yeah. - Yeah."
Wesley: "Any luck?"
Angel: "She"s been on the phone for an hour and 45 minutes."
Cordy: "Hey, guess what they"ve been doing all day?"
Wesley: "Uh - saving the world?"
Cordy: "Well, yeah. But they"ve been breaking encrypted computer files, too!"
Angel: "What are the odds, huh?"
Cordy: "I know. What? Oh, no one, just Wesley."
Angel: "Cordelia, can she get us in?"

Cordy: "Uh huh. - Uh huh. - Uh huh. Willow says hey."
Angel and Wesley: "Hey."
Cordy: "Okay. Yeah, I see it. - Tag file. Okay. - Left click. There it is.
Back door. We"re in.
Thanks, Will."
Wesley: "Personnel file, Vanessa Brewer. - She wasn"t born blind. She lost her sight when she was 21."
Cordy: "On purpose. She did this to herself."

Wesley: "Oh, dear."
Angel: "And she spent five years in Pajaur, studying the Nanjin. That explains her power."
Cordy: "It does?"
Wesley: "Yes, the order of the Nanjin, cave dwelling monks. They believe enlightenment is seeing with the heart, not the mind."
Cordy: "Are you telling me - self-mutilating, psycho assassin chick reached enlightenment?"
Wesley: "Of a kind. She"d be more sensitive to her surroundings than even a sighted person, which is what would make her an unstoppable foe."
Angel: "No one"s unstoppable. What is her current job?"
Wesley: "Here it is. Lindsey was right. Children. Three of them. Seers. They were each found in different remote locations, brought together here for the first time."

Cordy: "They"re blind, too. Together the children have the power to see into the heart of things."
Wesley: "A holy triumvirate. As they mature, so does their power."
Lindsey: "Which makes them a real threat to Wolfram and Hart. - Sorry I"m late. I hope I didn"t worry anyone."

Cordy: "We just figured you were dead."
Angel: "So you made it out okay."
Lindsey: "Yeah, but it"s only a matter of time before they find out which files have gone missing. We have to move fast. When are the children getting into the country?"
Wesley: "According to this, they arrived this morning. They"re being kept at a safe house with a guardian until their mentor arrives. He"s coming in from the East tonight."

Angel: "Not safe. There is an address. I want you two to intercept this mentor guy. Keep him away from that house. We"ll bring the kids to him."
"Get the kids out of here!"
Lindsey: "It"s alright. You"re alright."
Wesley: "The children are with their mentor. They"re safe."
Angel: "Good."
Wesley: "They have an important role to play. I believe this is how Wolfram and Hart knew of their coming."
Angel: "You know what it is?"
Wesley: "If I"m right, the Prophecies of Aberjian - for centuries thought lost.
I translated some of the text.
As I said, it mentions the children you saved today. - But that"s not all. I
- I also believe I know why you were drawn to it. - There is an entire passage - about you. - It doesn"t call you by name - but it tells of a vampire with a soul. - This doesn"t surprise you?"
Angel: "No."
Wesley: "But you said you didn"t know what it was."
Angel: "I didn"t, but - "
Wesley: "Somehow you did?"
Angel: "Yeah."
Wesley: "There is a design, Angel.
Hidden in the chaos as it may be, but - it"s there - and you have your place in it."

Lindsey: "Holland."
Holland: "Hello, Lindsey."
Lindsey: "I"m sorry. I did what I had to."

Holland: "You saved the children. That"s very noble."
Lindsey: "I brought the disks back."
Holland: "Of course you made copies."
Lindsey: "A few things. Just enough to keep me safe."
Holland: "What does safe mean to you?"

Lindsey: "Not being at war with Wolfram and Hart - having my own life."
Holland: "Lindsey, - haven"t you learned anything? No one has their own life. We"re all part of something larger."
Lindsey: "Like Wolfram and Hart."
Holland: "I handpicked you when you were a sophomore at Hastings - not because you were smart - not because you were a poor kid who had to do better than anyone else - but because you had potential - potential for seeing things as they are.
It"s not about good or evil -
it"s about who wields the most power.
And we wield a lot of it here, and you know what? I think the world is better for it."

Lindsey: "Look, I didn"t come back..."
Holland: "Why did you come back? To return some disks? Take a moral stand? -
I don"t think so. You walked in that door and called me by my first name. - You never did that before. You wouldn"t have had the nerve. - But you"re different now.
You stood up to us and won. - Do you know how many people have that much nerve? -
I can count them on one hand. - I need people like that working for us."


Lindsey: "You"re offering me my job back?"

Holland: "Oh, no. I"m offering you a new job. - A permanent one, with a thundering raise and ungodly benefits. In fact, I"m offering you this very office.
I"m going upstairs. - What I"m offering you, Lindsey, is the world.
Now I know you pretty well, and I"m betting that you"re gonna take it."

Lindsey: "You may not know me as well as you think you do."
Holland: "As I"ve been trying to tell you, that"s a decision that each person has to make for himself. - If you want it it"s yours. If you don"t - walk out this door.
I"m going upstairs now.

The end
 
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