The Labyrinth, Part 3
Jason's pursuit of Mr. Grote leads him to London, where he finds a plot even more ominous than the Green Ring Conspiracy. Jason must seek the help of some old friends to unravel Mr. Grote's schemes before it's too late.
Dale Jacobs and Ann Jacobs are in the middle of a mystery in London. They return to their motel after checking something at the British museum. At the motel they see some men forcing Jason into a van. Dale has the cabby follow the van.
In the van Jason Whittaker is talking to his captors. He talks himself through what is happening. He soon realizes that the vases are made out of the Coflax and that the powder will be released at room temperature. Reggie Fingers is getting frustrated with all the talking, but Mycroft Thugg is concerned about what Jason is saying because his daughter is going to be at the museum later that night.
Dale and Ann follow the van to Reggie's warehouse. As they start to all the police a man taps on the window of the cab and knocks them out with a type of gas. Inside, Mycroft leads Jason into a separate room. Jason tries to get Mycroft to tell him where the vases are, but Mycroft remains silent.
Mycroft locks Jason in the room, but before he leaves he tells Jason the exact location of the vases. Once he's gone, Sue comes out of hiding. She apologizes for giving him over to Reggie. A few minutes later, Dale, Ann, and the Cabby are thrown into the room with Jason. Mycroft discovers Ann's cell phone, but lets them keep it. Dale gives the phone to Jason and they call the authorities.
Agent Billings receives Jason's call and makes orders to get help to the warehouse. He also sends officers to the museum to locate the vases and get everyone out safely. Billings is relieved that Jason came through for them.
Reggie, and Dennis try to get the code from Jason to stop Jason's worm from working. Jason refuses, and just as they are threatening to hurt Dale, they hear some sort of siren coming from outside. Dennis reports that a helicopter, a dozen police cars, half a dozen unmarked cars, a swat team van and a tank have arrived to save Jason and his friends. The authorities release Jason and company, and take Reggie and his crew into custody.
Sue tells Jason that she'll be forced to live with her foster parents. She prefers the streets, and knows she will have a hard time settling down. Billings tells Jason that the second crate is missing. Reggie won't tell them anything without his lawyer. Billings also says that Mr. Grote is still on the loose and they fear that he'll get to the second crate before they do. Jason tells Billings that he put a tracking device on Mr. Grote. He hopes that Grote and the crate are in the same place.
Mr. Grote is at a warehouse moving a coffin containing the missing Coflax vases. Jason and Billings arrive and Jason asks Billings to call his agents. Billings has a different plan in mind. He orders Grote to undo the latches on the coffin. Grote does so, and Billings orders him to open the lid and climb into the coffin so he'll be exposed to the Coflax. Billings reveals that he is doing this to get revenge on Grote for killing Billings' former partner. Billings continues to wave his gun and Grote does what he says. Jason tries to talk some sense into Billings, but is forced to latch up the coffin. Jason refuses to let Billings kill Grote. Billings threatens to shoot Jason if he lets Grote out. Jason is determined to let Grote live anyway.
Jason visits Dale and explains everything that happened. He explains how draining it was and that he's done with the Labyrinth. He's ready to get back to Odyssey and get closer to God again. The clock strikes midnight, and Jason comments at how the Alamo worm is activated and will wrap up this adventure. Dale prays with Jason for peace and comfort.
- Do you think Jason did what was right in standing up for Mr. Grote? Why?
- This is a main episode in The Green Ring Conspiracy (Saga).
- The title of the three parter is a reference to the maze in Greek mythology in which the Minotaur resided and which Theseus successfully navigated in addition to killing the Minotaur.
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
QuotesAgent Billings: I'm willing to sacrifice my life to stop him!
Jason Whittaker: And I'm willing to sacrifice my life to stop you!
Agent Billings: What?
Jason Whittaker: Are you willing to shoot me if I let him out?
Agent Billings: Yes.
Jason Whittaker: Well, then you better prepare yourself.
Jason Whittaker: Well, in typical fashion, I don't have a cell phone.
Sue: Mr. Undercover!
Jason Whittaker: Sue! Do you have your cell phone?
Sue: They took it.
Jason Whittaker: <sighs> There must be some way out. Where's the secret escape?
Sue: It's a new building. Sealed tight. I hate this part of London!
Sue: Look, Jason, I'm sorry about what happened outside of the 'ospital.
Jason Whittaker: Yeah, you said so, right before Reggie Fingers knocked me out.
Jason Whittaker: Everything in me agreed with Billings. I wanted vengeance just as much as he did. I could feel it. Under different circumstances, I might have done exactly the same thing.
Dale Jacobs: Somehow I doubt it.
Jason Whittaker: Yeah but see, that's the labyrinth, Dale. To live in lies to save the truth. How's a man supposed to do that? I mean even for a good cause.
Dale Jacobs: I don't know, Jason. I'm a journalist. I've had to live with that question my entire career. The taste of lies is foul, and it's even worse if you get used to it. I know that good will win in the end. But I have to pray for forgiveness if I've taken a wrong step while fighting for what's good.