Fallout – S01E08 – The Beginning | Transcript

In a flashback, Howard discovers Vault-Tec's plan for nuclear war. In the present, Maximus fights Moldaver; Norm finds Vault 31's sinister purpose. Lucy rejects her dad after learning his dark past.
Fallout - S01E08 - The Beginning

Season 1 Episode 8
Episode title: The Beginning
Original release date: April 10, 2024 (Prime Video)

Plot: In a shocking revelation from a flashback, Howard learns of Vault-Tec’s nefarious plan to instigate a nuclear war to rebuild society under their control, offering vaults to other corporations for their experiments. In the present, Maximus avoids punishment by joining the fight against Moldaver’s forces, while Norm uncovers a chilling scheme in Vault 31, where Vault-Tec executives are cryogenically preserved, planning to use residents of Vaults 32 and 33 as breeding stock to create “super-managers.” Meanwhile, Lucy confronts her father at Moldaver’s settlement, disowning him after discovering his role in destroying Shady Sands with a nuclear bomb to silence dissent against Vault-Tec. The saga culminates in a battle over Moldaver’s “Cold Fusion” technology, leading to her death and the Brotherhood mistakenly celebrating Maximus as a hero. Amidst the chaos, Lucy decides to join Howard and CX404 in a quest to uncover more truths about Vault-Tec and her family’s past.

* * *

[staticky ringing builds]

You are my world.

[weapon fires]

[Lucy] Where are you taking him?

To the real world. You should see it sometime.

You can change the future if you can bring me to Moldaver.

Just my head.


[Wilzig] This is the only way to get your dad back.


[Quintus] Aspirant Dane?

You’re aware of their injury?

[Titus] Shoot it!

You stupid motherfucker, you know this is all your fault.

They’ll kill you for this.

[Maximus] They don’t have to find out.

It’s the Brotherhood.

They’ll find out.

[distant whirring]

They want a head, we give them a head.

You’re supposed to come with me.

They’re never gonna stop looking. Trust me.

[Miss Williams] America has been locked in a resource war.

Vault-Tec bought the means to end that war.

Cold fusion. Infinite energy.

[Snake Oil Salesman] Is-is that a…

[Thaddeus] Fusion core?

You don’t see those around much anymore, do you?

What is the ultimate weapon to destroy your competition?

It’s time.

[Cooper] You ever think about working somewhere else?

Vault-Tec exists with or without me.

It doesn’t do anyone any good to complain from the sidelines.

It’s a listening device.

You want me to spy on my wife?

[Norm] When my mother died, what happened to her Pip-Boy?

It was buried with her.

I buried her myself.

Me… and your father.

[dramatic music playing]

[clanking and hissing]

[Norm] Hello?

[static crackling]

[Vertibird approaching]

[dramatic music playing]

Find me.

I will.

[indistinct radio chatter]

[officer over radio] Filly clear for landing.

The locals put up a fight, but so did we. [laughs]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

You’re wearing the Knight’s red.

Where’s your Knight?

He’s dead.

This is not the first time a Brother in your company

has fallen into misfortune…

…is it?

[device whirring]

I fear you lied then.

[cleric] No artifact, m’lord.

Just as you lie now.

Wait, wait, wait!

[groans] Wait, wait, wait.

[chanting last rites]

[Maximus] Please, listen to me!

I can get you the real head.

[Quintus] Confess.

[Maximus] Don’t kill me and I can lead you to it!


[Maximus groaning]

[groans] I can help you!

Please, m’lord.

My injury was my own doing. Not his.

Please… Please, I know where the head is!

For the sake of the Brotherhood, please listen to him!

[Maximus panting]

Such a display of loyalty.

Don’t see that much anymore.

[somber music playing]

[Quintus] You think you’re the first squire who coveted his Knight’s armor?

How did Titus die?

He died running.

[sighs softly]

The Brotherhood has lost its way.

We once ruled the Wasteland…

And yet power is taken, not given.

A lesson you seem to have learned.

So, if what you say is true,

and you can lead us to the relic,

then together, you and I,

we will take power.

And with it…

we will start a new Brotherhood.

With me as its head, and the likes of you as its sword.

Your entire life, you’ve been looking for a home.

[dramatic music playing]

♪ ♪

Build one with me.

♪ ♪

[weapon cocks]

[suspenseful music playing]


It’s her.

♪ ♪


[intriguing music playing]

[wind gusting]

[gentle music playing]

[Barb] Well, thank you for the ride.

[Cooper] Well, it’s the least I could do after I bungled your oil change.

[chuckles] Well, I appreciate you trying.

You know, most guys with a ride this nice,

they wouldn’t be willing to get their hands dirty.


I love you.

Love you, too.

Have a great day.

Thank you, Coop.


[grunts softly]

[festive music playing over radio]




Good to see you, buddy.


What’s wrong?

Uh, my Pip-Boy.

It’s been acting strange. The transmitter is always activated…

[Bud] Well, maybe take it over to the boys in IT, have them take a look…

[Barb] No, no, I can fix it myself.

I just need to figure out where the Pip-Boy is trying to transmit to…

I-I’m heading out. I promised Janey that I would teach her some roping.

Oh, yeah? I don’t have kids myself.

But I do have a training program for up-and-coming executives,

and that’s basically the same thing. [laughs]

I imagine Barb told you about it?

Uh… no. No.


Well, I call it Bud’s Buds.

The basic idea is that the biggest obstacle to achievement

has been the brevity of the human lifespan.

It’s prevented us from working on projects that require centuries,

maybe even millennia, to see through.

So ideally, Bud’s Buds will keep my project on track

centuries into the future. Nifty, huh?


We’re getting late.

Oh, yes.

Let’s go.

Big day today.

[taps on car]


Good luck.


[Bud] Hey, maybe, uh, maybe we could all go to Café Cabana sometime?

You, me and Coop?

Oh! Sorry.

[Barb] Has your Pip-Boy been acting strangely?

[Bud] No. Why? What’s wrong with yours?

[Barb] I’m not sure yet.

[loud static]

[clicks tongue]



[tense music playing]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[wind blowing]




[ghoul snarling softly]

[breathing heavily]

[Moldaver] Welcome.

[ghoul snarling]


[Moldaver] Join us.

It’s my turn to host, isn’t it?


I’ve had a lot of time to think about this moment.

You wouldn’t believe the things that went through my head.

[ghoul snarling]

One night, I…

actually tried to stuff an old grenade into the neck hole.

Guess I… [inhales deeply]

was gonna walk in here and…

blow everybody up.

But it’s…

not really how I was raised.


if you don’t mind,

I’m gonna keep things civil.

[ghoul snarling]

Brought you your friend.

Just like he asked.


[tool whirring]

Now, please…

…give me my dad back.

[ghoul snarls]

Very well.

[dramatic music playing]

♪ ♪

But, first…

…what if I tell you how I know your father?

Who he really is?

[Hank] No. Lucy,

don’t listen to her.

You think your father

was born in a vault.

Like you.

Like your brother.

[male voice] The key to the future of…

[clanking and whirring]

No, no, I’ll get it this time.


The key to the future of humanity…

[clanking] Oh!

The-the-the key to the future of human…


[laughing] Oh, no.

This is ridiculous.

The key to the future of humanity…

[clanking] Nope. Try.

[Norm] Hello? Nope.

The key to the future of humanity…

[clanking] Ugh, I’m gonna get it.

[chuckles] I’ll get it. Don’t you worry.

[chuckles] The key to… the key to the future of humanity…

[clanking] Oh! [chuckles]

Now this is just ridiculous.

A great game of the…

[mutters] Oh.

[laughs] All right, all right, this one’s it. I’ll get it this time.

The key to the future of humanity is a…

Uh, nope. Just maybe I have to…

Oh. Ah.

Thank you, Betty.

Wait, you’re not Betty.

Or Hank.

You share only 50% of Hank MacLean’s DNA.


his son. No.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!

What are you?

Initiate Protocol 53.

[dramatic music playing]

[sighs] Now, sorry, just hold still.

Who are you? Wait.

Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. I won’t answer your questions

unless you let me inject you with this.

All right, don’t move. The secret must be guarded.

Don’t-don’t go in there.

Don’t you go in there!

Don’t read anything in there! Or turn on the lights.

Don’t you access the info tree or look at the terminal.

Wait! Just…

stay right there. Stop.

I’m coming!

What is this place?

[Cooper] Any idea when Barb will be back?

I’m sorry. She’s in a meeting.

Something about vertical integration or…

Above my pay grade.

Mine, too. [chuckles]


By the way, Mr. Howard,

there’s a new guy who works with Barb.


He’s a really big fan of yours.

Yes. Henry.

He has called the house a few times.

Do you mind if I bring him by?

Just to meet you for a moment?

Of course.

Yeah. Always happy to meet a fan.


[door opens]

[door closes]


[exhales sharply]


[Bud] All of our work, everything that we’ve accomplished

is the result of this fruit-bearing collaboration

between like-minded corporations that make America great.

On behalf of everyone here at Vault-Tec…


Let’s call this what it is, Bud.

Your sales aren’t up to snuff,

and you need money.

You’re one to talk, Freddy boy. You could lose money running a casino.


[Bud] Our sales are fine.

Sure, rumors of the peace negotiations have set us back a bit,

but we’re here to offer you an opportunity.

We’d like to collaborate on some of our vaults.

[Leon] I-I don’t get the vaults.

When it’s time to come out,

what if people are still alive on the surface?

They’ll be Stone Age creatures.

Probably eat whoever steps out of your vaults.

That isn’t an issue.

Our vaults have the resources to survive for centuries.

Meanwhile, our competitors… you know,

every other human who isn’t us… will be dead on the surface.

Because after all,

what is the ultimate weapon of mass destruction?



Time is the apex predator.

And in the event of an incident,

time is the weapon with which we will defeat all of our enemies.

That is how we will win the great game of capitalism.

Not by outfighting anyone,

but by outliving them.

[Robert] Even if you outlive

all external threats, here’s my problem with the vaults.

You confine a bunch of rats

in a nest for a long time, they end up eating each other.

So who’s to say your rats are gonna survive

better than those animals on the surface?

And you still haven’t addressed the fundamental question…

That is a little shortsighted, I would say.

I don’t need rats for people on the surface.

[overlapping chatter]


[overlapping chatter]

[overlapping chatter continues]

[suspenseful music playing]


[overlapping chatter continues]

If I could perhaps refocus the conversation.

[chatter stops]

Come on, Barb. Set ’em straight.

When I think about the future,

I think about my daughter…



How do I provide her

with a better future?

That’s what we’ve invited you here to discuss.

Yes. [sighs]

And how do we design

our vault societies so our children have that better future?

I suggest we hedge our bets.

[Brain-on-a-Roomba] Wait! I am the Overseer here!

My orders must be followed!

Why isn’t this working? This is conflict resolution 101.

[Norm] Where’s the rest of the vault?

This is the rest of the vault.

Is this where my dad’s from?

You’ll never find out.

[lights clack on] Oh. He’s gonna find out.

[machines powering up]

[suspenseful music playing]

[Brain-on-a-Roomba] These are Bud’s Buds.

My Buds. America outsourced the survival of this country to the private sector.

But it would have been insane to keep a failed nation alive.

So, we kept Vault-Tec alive instead.

A well-trained staff of highly supervised junior executives

from my own assistant training program.

Because the future of humanity comes down to one word:


[Barb] Bud here has an idea for

three interconnected vaults.

But we need more ideas. We need your ideas.

Because it was the spirit of competition that made our companies great,

and I propose we bring that same spirit of competition to our solution.

[map dinging]

We have over a hundred vaults spread across America.

Enough for each of you to claim several,

where you can play out your own ideas

for how to create the perfect conditions for humanity.

Whatever you want to do, no one needs to know.

And may the best idea win.


So what’s Vault 32 and 33? Just people to be controlled?

What? No! When you put it like that, it sounds downright morally questionable.

They’re our breeding pool, the ultimate expression of HR R&D.

Genetically selected to breed with my Buds to create a class of super managers.

People with positivity, people who make lemonade.

People who will inherit the Earth after we’ve wiped the surface clean.

We wiped the surface clean?

[Frederick] We could intentionally

overcrowd a vault so people have to compete to survive inside it.

We have been developing a robot that delivers milk to the front door.

It’s quite intelligent. I would like to see a vault governed by it.

What about using a vault to develop a super-mutant soldier

using illegal immigrants?

[man] We could pump psychotropic drugs into the air supply.

[woman] We could separate parents and children,

and only the smartest kids reach adulthood.

[Robert] It’s a fun idea.

There’s a lot of earning potential with the end of the world.

But we’re talking about making a significant investment

based on a hypothetical.

How can you guarantee results?

By dropping the bomb ourselves.

[staticky ringing]

[indistinct chatter over earbud]

[Betty] Mr. Howard?

[chatter continues over earbud]

Mr. Howard?

Everything all right, Mr. Howard?

Uh, fine. I’m-I’m… I’m-I’m fine, Betty.

He is so excited to meet you.

A nuclear event would be a tragedy…

but also, an opportunity.

Perhaps the greatest opportunity in history.

Because when we are the only ones left, there will be no one to fight.

A true monopoly.

[door closes]

Mr. Howard.

Huge fan. I’m Henry, but, uh,

everyone calls me Hank.


[eerie, ominous music playing]

[Moldaver] Your father has been around for a very long time.

[speaking indistinctly]

[high-pitched ringing]

[Moldaver] Part of an organization

that thought they had the answers to all the world’s problems.

[Young Hank] You know, that scene?

That scene where you shoot Joey Toro in the face?

Feo, fuerte y formal.

[Barb] This is our chance to make war obsolete.

Because in our current societal configuration, which took shape without

intentional guidance, we have friction.

We have conflict, and we have war.

And war, well…

War never changes.

[indistinct chatter]

[high-pitched ringing]

[Young Hank] I was just wondering, if-if… if you don’t mind,

um, I hate to be that guy, but, do you think you could give me an autograph?

[Moldaver] He never told you where he’s really from,

when he’s from.

He never told your mother, either.

What do you know about my mother?

She was like you.

She was kind, loving.


Isn’t that why you came to the surface really?

Partly to rescue your father, but…

to know why I took him?

[machines clicking, whirring]

[indistinct chatter]

[slow, suspenseful music playing]

[weapons clicking]

Thank you.

Wait. Dane, they’re sending you?

Punishment for what I did to myself.


I was just scared of going into the Wilds.

I had no idea they’d blame you for it. I…

I’m sorry.

[slow, dramatic music playing]

Don’t be.

I was meant to go on that mission.

I met someone.

But right now, she’s walking into danger.

That’s why you came back.

To rescue her.

[whispering] I’m leaving with her.

I am going back to where she came from.

A vault. It’s a place that’s peaceful… and safe.

Where nobody ever goes to war.


Maggots, clear out!

[others] Yes, sir!

[overlapping shouting]

[engines whirring]

There’s nowhere safe, Max.

And there’s no leaving.

I wish there was.

♪ ♪

[dramatic music playing]

[Moldaver] Rose was so clever.

Like you.

Lucy, your mother discovered

that something was siphoning the vault’s water away.

[somber music playing]

From that one clue,

she deduced that maybe…

civilization had returned to the surface.

When she told her husband,

he said it was a ridiculous idea,

and that she should tell no one.

Lucy, let’s go. Let’s…

And that’s when she realized that her husband, the Overseer,

was hiding things.

[Hank] Lucy, let’s go. Let’s get out of here.

[Moldaver] So she ran away.

Like you did, Lucy.

And took her children.

And she found this wonderful city

that was everything the vaults had promised to be.

[Hank] She is lying!

[Moldaver] But then,

her husband came after her.

And when she decided not to return home,

he took the children.

And he burned that city to the ground.

Shady Sands.

She’s lying, Lucy.

[Moldaver] That’s how Vault-Tec deals with competition.

Just like they did 200 years ago.

[gentle music playing]

[bell clanging]


What you brought me is cold fusion.

It’s limitless energy.


And we can build…

She’s a murderer.

…our own world.

Lucy, look at me.

It could be a better world.

It has clean water and medicine…

[Hank] She invaded our home.

[Moldaver] …and power.

But for everyone.

[Hank] Lucy?

Because when Vault-Tec…

She killed…

…bought my research…

…our people…

[Moldaver]…they made it proprietary,

so only a trusted Vault-Tec minion

can activate cold fusion.

Do not listen to her.

[Moldaver] All I need

is for him to give me the code.

Lucy, look at me!

[banging stool on bars]

Look at me!



[somber music playing]

My mother.

What happened to her?

I think you know.

[Hank scoffs]

[ghoul gasping]

[Rose] Lucy?

[speaking indistinctly]

[gentle music playing]



[Hank] Lucy?


She’s lying, Lucy.

Just give her the code.

[gasps softly]

Give her the code.

Give her the code, Dad.



[sighs, sniffles]

[Lucy gasps softly]



[beeping continues]

[rotational trilling]


[triumphant music playing]

[high-pitched whirring]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[slow, suspenseful music playing]


[soft beeping]


Well, it was great meeting you. I actually have to get back home.

[Brain-on-a-Roomba] You can’t go home, son of Hank.


Not with what you’ve learned.

So you’re just… you’re just gonna keep me here?

Just until we’re all ready to go to the surface.

That could be hundreds of years.

True. That’s why I’d suggest you wait it out in your dad’s pod.

Unless you want to starve to death.

Not much food in here, except the occasional very large bug.

I’d certainly put myself to sleep if I could.

[breathing heavily]

[eerie, suspenseful music playing]

[somber music playing]

I did what was necessary…

…to save our people.

And that woman over there…

[keypad clicking, beeping]

She’s no different than me.

[beeps, trills]


[high-pitched whirring]

[air raid sirens blaring]

[Lucy gasps]

[soldier] Incoming aircraft.

[air raid sirens continue]

The Brotherhood?

Barricade the doors!

Don’t let anyone in here!

Let’s move!

[indistinct shouting]

[soldier] Move out, move out, move out.

[shouting fades in distance]

[Hank] Lucy?

I loved your mother.

But she stopped being your mother when she left home.

When she took you into danger.

[dramatic, majestic music playing]

[indistinct radio chatter]


[Vertibird blades whirring]

[mechanical whirring]

[alarm blaring]



You’ve seen what it’s like up here.

Everyone equally afraid, equally miserable.

Forced to do horrible things in order to survive.


I had to make a choice.

Between their violent world and our peaceful one.

[somber music playing]

And I believe, Lucy, I know I made the right choice.

[high-pitched ringing]

[♪ Nat King Cole: “I Don’t Want to See Tomorrow”] ♪ I don’t want to see ♪

♪ Tomorrow ♪

♪ Unless ♪

♪ I see it ♪

♪ With you ♪

♪ Tomorrow, so they say ♪

♪ Will be a lovely day ♪

♪ A bright new sun will suddenly ♪

♪ Break through ♪

♪ But I don’t want to see ♪


♪ Tomorrow ♪

♪ Unless I see it with you ♪

♪ Tomorrow, so I hear…

[Hank] If the problem with the world is factions endlessly fighting,

endlessly at war, then what is the solution

but to get rid of the factions?

To make the world us,

only ours to shape.

♪ To see tomorrow ♪

♪ Unless you’re there by my side ♪

♪ Don’t want to walk alone ♪

♪ Don’t want to dream alone ♪

♪ Just want you close to my heart ♪


♪ For if your love is gone ♪

♪ How can I face the dawn of Sunday ♪

♪ Or Monday? ♪

♪ I just can’t face one day ♪

♪ Until you say you’re mine ♪

♪ Oh, darling, please be mine ♪

♪ And make each bright tomorrow young and new ♪

♪ But I don’t want to face tomorrow ♪

♪ Unless ♪

♪ I see it ♪


♪ With you ♪♪

[ominous music playing]

I’ll bet that outfit makes y’all feel like a big man, don’t it?

Well, I know ’cause, well, I used to wear one

back in the day.

There was only one problem with it.

There was a flaw

in the welding just below the chest plate.

I wonder if they fixed that in this new model?

I guess not.

[exciting music playing]

[soldier] Did you get him?

[Knight] I can’t see shit.

Find that fucking ghoul.

Open the door, Lucy. Open the door, let’s go home.

[tense music playing]

Let’s go home.

Let’s go home.

[ghoul breathing heavily]

[Hank] Lucy.

Please. Open the door, Lucy.

[distant explosion]

[dramatic music playing]

[Maximus] Lucy. Lucy.



[Hank] Hey. Hey.

I’m her father. Can you get us out of here?

Lucy, let’s go. Come on, we got to get out of here.

Wait. No.

Not with him.

Why not with him? What do you mean?

Because it was him. He…


It was him.

What was him?


Lucy, what?

Shady Sands.

[dramatic music playing]

It was him.

I’m sorry.

[tense, dramatic music playing]

Lucy. You’re coming with me.



Hey, Max. Max. Max, wake up.

[suspenseful music playing]

You see what this place does to people?

I’m your father, Lucy.

You came all this way for me.

You’re not gonna hurt me.

[grunts] God…

Oh, you want another autograph, Young Henry?

Feo, fuerte y formal.

When your daughter said her last name was MacLean, well,

I just couldn’t believe it was the MacLean.

Hell, this kid used to pick up my wife’s dry cleaning.

Now, I’ve waited over 200 years

to ask somebody one question.

Where’s my fucking family?

[tense, dramatic music playing]



[Lucy] Hey.

Max. Hey, hey. Hey, Max. Max, wake up.

Come on, wake up.

Wake up! God. [grunts]

Come on. Come on!

Come on! Please!


♪ ♪

[gunfire continues in distance]

War never changes.

You look out at this Wasteland,

looks like chaos.

But there’s always somebody behind the wheel.

And that’s who I want to talk to.

That’s where your daddy is headed.

But you let him go.

[Ghoul] Well, it’s easier to track a stuck pig than to ask it where it’s off to.

You want to know how I know your daddy, don’t you?

Let’s just say that everything about your whole little world

was decided over 200 years ago.

Now, you can stay here with him,

but when his tin can soldier friends take this place…

and they gonna take this place…

they will kill you and everybody here.

[somber music playing]

Or you could come meet your makers.

[dramatic music playing]

♪ ♪

[gun cocks]



You coming?

[somber music playing]


Get up.


I’ll find you.


[slow, dramatic music playing]

[distant gunfire]


♪ ♪




[distant explosions]



[Moldaver] Rose.

[door closes]

[ominous music playing]

[Moldaver breathing heavily]

We did it, Rose.

♪ ♪

What do you suppose your Brotherhood would do with infinite power?

Maybe you can stop them. Maybe you can’t.

Maybe all you can do is try.

[dramatic music playing]

Is that their leader?

You killed her.

No. Dane.

[Dane] All hail Maximus! That shalt be Knight hereafter!

[troops] All hail Knight Maximus!

All hail Knight Maximus! All hail Knight Maximus!

All hail Knight Maximus!

All hail Knight Maximus! All hail Knight Maximus!

All hail Knight Maximus!

All hail Knight Maximus!

[chanting continues]

[♪ The Ink Spots: “We Three”] ♪ We three ♪

♪ We’re all alone ♪

♪ Living in a memory ♪

♪ My echo ♪

♪ My shadow ♪

♪ And me ♪

♪ We three ♪

♪ We’re not a crowd ♪

♪ We’re not even company ♪

♪ My echo ♪

♪ My shadow ♪

♪ And me ♪

♪ What good is the moonlight ♪

♪ The silvery moonlight ♪

♪ That shines above? ♪

♪ I walk with my shadow ♪

♪ I talk with my echo ♪

♪ But where is the one I love? ♪

♪ We three ♪

♪ We’ll wait for you ♪

♪ Even till eternity ♪

♪ My echo ♪

♪ My shadow ♪

♪ And me ♪♪

♪ ♪

[dramatic music playing]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[atmospheric music playing]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪


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