The Last Resort
Jason, Tom, and Eugene go to the hospital to see Richard. Jack is there, too. Together, they all speculate on what happened. Tom is still wary of Richard. Jason solidly reprimands Tom for his suspicious attitude. Jason and Eugene leave the hospital and, on their way out, they run into Rodney in the elevator. Rodney says he’s come to see how Richard is doing. Jason and Eugene force Rodney to tell them what happened to Richard. Rodney blabs everything he knows about Jellyfish, the laptop computer, and all that has been happening in Odyssey.
Jason decides to get his hands on the contents of Jellyfish’s laptop. Jason plans to do it through a sophisticated piece of infrared equipment. The equipment makes it possible to download the laptop’s hard disk onto Eugene’s computer. Jason and Eugene enlist Bernard Walton’s help. Together, they sneak into Blackgaard’s headquarters at the Harlequin Theatre and set up the infrared device. Bernard successfully sets up the equipment next to a laptop on Blackgaard’s desk.
But when Eugene downloads the information, he realizes that what he’s seeing on his computer is nothing like the information they know Jellyfish has. He realizes he, Jason, and Bernard are downloading the wrong laptop. Eugene recognizes some of the information. It has something to do with the mineral in the Underground Railroad tunnel! Eugene reads this new information. Suddenly, Eugene understands that Glossman is working for Blackgaard, who is trying to get to the mineral.
Jason also realizes that the Indian word for “the Silent One”, “Ruka”, is very close to the “Ruku” in the Ruku virus he and Blackgaard were involved with in Switzerland (see "A Name, Not a Number, Part 1"). Jason tells Eugene to make copies of the information. But shortly after, Jason gets picked up by the police for questioning. Apparently, a cassette tape has gotten out that reveals Jason making threats against mayoral candidate Regis Blackgaard!
Back at the hospital, Tom finally learns about all that Richard has done for him. He goes to Richard’s bedside to ask his forgiveness. Richard grants it. Meanwhile, Jack goes to the police station to deal with Jason’s arrest. Jason has told the police everything he knows about the problems around town. He uses his former position with the Agency to help prove his case. While the police check into it, Jason also tells Jack about his work with the Agency. Then Jason adds that he realizes now that he’s been wrong. He shouldn’t have so blindly rushed in to fight the evil. He apologizes to Jack, and they pray together.
While this is going on, Blackgaard holds a press conference to make a statement about Jason’s “arrest”, once again collapsing in the middle of it. Blackgaard is rushed to the hospital. Things are really heating up around Odyssey!
- Why did Tom finally forgive Richard Maxwell?
- Should Jason have secretly downloaded information from Blackgaard’s computer? Why or why not?
- Jason admitted that he had been acting arrogant, prideful, and reckless. Do you agree? Do you think Jack was in the wrong at all?
- Parents: This series, known as “Darkness Before Dawn” gets extremely intense in places, and is therefore not recommended for younger listeners.
- In The Complete Guide to AIO, only Phil Lollar is credited with authoring this episode, but in the actual broadcast, Phil Lollar and Paul McCusker are credited.
- This episode marks the final appearance of Rusty Gordon — though he would later resurface in the form of a blog that lampoons the citizens of Odyssey.
- Tom Riley does not know who Jellyfish is in this episode, even though Richard Maxwell told him all about him in #328: “Hard Losses”. (It is possible, however, that Tom was so mad about Richard being around that he was distracted, or soon thereafter forgot about Jellyfish.)
- In the conversation in the van that leads Jason to figure out that Blackgaard is after the mineral, Eugene describes the mineral as an equation and the entities it's been inserted into as formulae. However, this is incorrect; a single compound in a chemical sequence would be a formula, while the representation of combining formulae together would be an equation. So the lines should have been "I have noticed something peculiar about these chemical equations...this formula appears in every single one" and "In each of these equations, the mineral appears to act as a catalyst".
QuotesRodney Rathbone: But he got caught by Blackgaard and Jellyfish and they took him away, and I followed them and the next thing I know, Maxwell's flying out of the car and rolling down the hill! That’s when I left.
Eugene Meltsner: How compassionate of you.
Rodney Rathbone: Whoops! Wrong elevator!
Jason Whittaker: No, no, no, Rodney, come right in. There's plenty of room.
Jason Whittaker: I have a device that will access data though an infrared port and transfer it to a receiver by high frequency radio waves.
Eugene Meltsner: Indeed! May I ask how you acquired such a device?
Jason Whittaker: No, you may not.
Eugene Meltsner: Oh.
Jason Whittaker: Let's just say I'm...well connected.
Eugene Meltsner: Can your connections protect us against the legal ramifications against such actions? Tapping into another's computer sans permission is against the law, you know.
Jason Whittaker: Not if you have a court order.
Eugene Meltsner: You are well connected. Have we sufficient grounds?
Jason Whittaker: Well, how about suspicion of fraud, conspiracy, malice, racketeering, domestic terrorism...?
Eugene Meltsner: That's a good start.
Rodney Rathbone: Hey, you're an adult. You can't do this to me! Eugene, you're a witness!
Eugene Meltsner: Witness to what?
Jason Whittaker: So, aren't you gonna say it?
Jack Allen: Say what?
Jason Whittaker: I told you so.
Jack Allen: OK. I told you so.
Jason Whittaker: You didn't have to say it.
Jason Whittaker: Right... to the Batphone.
Jason Whittaker: Jack, why didn't you just tie me up and lock me in a closet??
Jack Allen: Well, I didn't think that was an option.