Wednesday, January 21, 2004
MUTANT X'S "BROTHER'S KEEPER"
"Brother's Keeper," a new episode of Mutant X, will air in syndication this week. The episode is written by Michelle Lovretta and directed by Tim Bond.
Below the photos is a thorough plot synposis, with spoilers. (Click on the thumbnails for larger images).
On a city street, Shalimar (Victoria Pratt) watches from the shadows as Lexa (Karen Cliche) approaches strangers with a photo in hand.
Moments later, Shalimar confronts Lexa, but she insists that what she's doing is none of the team's concern.
Suddenly, the sound of a woman screaming startles them and Shalimar's feral senses detect blood.
Meanwhile in a nearby hotel room, mutant Candace Rockwell (Jennifer Vey) throws an energy ripple at her attacker in an attempt to fight him off.
Arriving at the hotel, Shalimar leads the way to Candace's room, where they find her dead and mangled body. As Shalimar examines the body, Lexa scans the room and picks up a mysterious medallion from the floor. Shalimar suddenly recognizes Candace from Lexa's photo, but Lexa coldly tells her not to get involved.
The next morning, Shalimar, Brennan (Victor Webster) and Jesse (Forbes March) agree to find out what Lexa is hiding. Brennan goes to her room and watches as she gathers a hi-tech gun and tracking device. Convincing her to let him tag along, he secretly snatches the medallion from her pocket and hands it to Shalimar as they head out.
Later, Jesse comlinks Brennan and tells him the victim is mutant Candace Rockwell and that her liver had been cut out and taken.
Meanwhile across town, Charles Carter (Tom Barnett), a telekinetic mutant, sells Candace's organ to a terminally ill businessman. He then orders his assistant Bain (Alex Karzis) to find Leo Pierce (Steve Byers), insisting hešs worth a lot of money.
At the hotel, Lexa and Brennan review the security video from the day before and see Leo coming out of Candacešs room with bloody hands. Taking a closer look, they discover that another man, whose face is concealed, left the room with a briefcase seconds before Leo showed up. When Lexa then sees Leo morph into an Asian man she immediately takes off with Brennan close behind.
Meanwhile, Jesse extracts Leošs DNA from the medallion and learns that he is a "multiple" who can change his physiology to become different people. His known aliases are an Asian man, a muscular man named Troy, and a young girl named Mary Kate. Jesse then discovers that Leo is actually Lexa's twin brother and immediately comlinks Brennan.
Just as Brennan reveals to Lexa that he knows about Leo, they are interrupted by the sound of squealing tires and race over to find Carter's men forcing Leo into a van. After taking the men out, Lexa begs Leo to let her help, but when he refuses, she shoots him with the tracking gun as he runs off.
Back at Sanctuary, Lexa reveals that Leo lost control of his powers five years ago and was put in an institution run by Eckhart. While there, his condition worsened, he escaped the facility and shešs been searching for him ever since.
Shalimar enters and tells the team Candace was killed for her liver, and that she is the fifth mutant to be found missing at least one organ. Lexa then realizes Leo's adaptive powers make him a prime target for an underground organ market.
On the street, Leo spots Carter's men following him and morphs into the Asian man, but they continue to pursue him. He runs off and when Jesse tells Brennan and Lexa that he lost Leošs signal, Lexa assumes hešs hiding in the sewers.
Entering the sewer tunnel, Lexa tells Brennan that her parents were part of a Genomex fertility project. Just as Leo started to lose control of his powers, she met Eckhart, who swore he could help.
Suddenly Leo calls Lexašs cell phone and accuses her of working with the men who are after him. She tries to convince him otherwise, but when she reveals that she shot him with a tracking device, he hangs up. Jesse then comlinks Brennan and Lexa and lets them know it was Bain who left the hotel room before Leo got there and that hešs linked to Carter. Lexa admits she's worked with Carter in the past, but has no idea where he is.
Back at Sanctuary, Shalimar researches Leo's alter persona, Troy (Pedro Miguel Arce), and learns that Leo created him after undergoing torturous therapy while in Eckhart's care.
Meanwhile, a frightened Mary Kate/Leo (Mica Le John) climbs out of the sewer and runs into a nearby building where she morphs into Troy. Troy/Leo then digs the imbedded tracker out of his arm with a shard of glass just as one of Carteršs men bursts in. Brennan and Lexa arrive and use their mutant powers to stop Bain and his men. They find one of Carteršs men tied to a chair dead with the tracking chip between his teeth and ŗHI LEXA˛ carved into his forehead.
Troy then calls Lexa and threatens that since she hasnšt stopped Carter from coming after Leo, he'll do it himself. She hangs up and immediately forces Bain to divulge Carter's location. She then knocks Brennan out to prevent him from interfering.
A short time later, Lexa barges into Carter's office. Terrified, Carter insists that his body is rejecting a heart transplant and he needs Leo's heart. Troy enters and heads for Carter, but when Lexa gets in the way, Carter runs out of the room. Limping around the corner, he runs into the rest of the Mutant X team, who take his anti-rejection pills to ensure his death.
Brennan enters and, seeing Lexa struggling with Troy, throws a series of tesla coils at him, but they have no affect. Troy knocks Brennan against the wall, but just as he's about to finish him off Lexa hits him with a laser and he falls to the ground morphing back to Leo.
Lexa rushes to her brotheršs side and they make their peace just before he dies in her arms.
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