DWIGHT

Because if there’s an intruder, I bet I have him on videotape!

Malcolm, embarrassed, walks away.

MIMI

Hey Malcolm. Why don’t you go post it on the Internet?

MALCOLM

(brightening)

You think?

MIMI

Yeah. Then the other freaks can read it. Malcolm, crushed, slinks off.

Dwight watches Malcolm go, his feelings hard to read.

Sherry watches him go, too. She feels for Malcolm.

SHERRY

Mimi...

MIMI

What?

11 INT. MURDOCH’S STUDY — DAY 11

Murdoch dozes in his chair, bathed in the blue glow of a TV screen. Some atrocious Hammer-style monster movie plays O.S.

ATROCIOUS ACTRESS (O.S.)

... but it can’t be! I was just talking to him!

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ATROCIOUS ACTOR (O.S.)

I’m afraid what you saw was only your husband’s dead body, animated by a mind ... a force ... a will not his own.

ATROCIOUS ACTRESS (O.S.)

But— how do you know?

ATROCIOUS ACTOR (O.S.)

My dear... can’t you guess?

The Atrocious Actress SCREAMS just as Murdoch’s intercom

BUZZES.

RECEPTIONIST (O.S.)

Dr. Murdoch, there’s a Marian Hackett to see you, sir.

Murdoch’s eyes blaze open, alarmed. He’s already up, popping the tape out of the VCR and pocketing it.

MURDOCH

Who?

RECEPTIONIST (O.S.)

From the “Biomorphic Disease Agency”?

MURDOCH

Never heard of it.

But his eyes tell us he knows exactly what it is.

12 INT. MURDOCH’S STUDY — DAY — MOMENTS LATER 12

Marian Hackett flashes a government badge at Murdoch. (We might recognize her as the head of the team of vamp-killers in the video in Episode #1.)

MARIAN HACKETT

We fight certain rare diseases that radically alter body chemistry and body shape, such as hemophagy, lycanthropy—

MURDOCH

Hemophagy? Blood drinking? You mean vampires?

MARIAN HACKETT

(impressed)

You’re quick!

MURDOCH

You’re going to tell me that—

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MARIAN HACKETT

— vampires exist. Mm hm. Not cursed, soulless demons walking the earth. They’re symbiotic organisms. A protein disease in the blood gives them incredible speed and strength, certain psychic abilities...and the famous blood thirst.

She starts taking various small, high-tech sensing devices out of a hard equipment case.

MURDOCH

So, “Biomorphic Disease Agency.”

MARIAN HACKETT

A human who drinks vampire blood falls into a three day coma. If the vampire doesn’t take him some place safe, he may get buried alive.

MURDOCH

Poor guy.

MARIAN HACKETT

So: this Karl Todman, who died of leukemia in three days? I’ll need to interview some of the students who saw him.

MURDOCH

No problem.

13 INT. BASEMENT STEAM TUNNELS - DAY 13

The Fang Gang, minus Karl, listens in on Murdoch’s conversation with Marian.



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