Season 2, Episode 2
Episode title: Breaking Brad
Original release date : October 12, 2023
Episode summary: Loki, Mobius, and B-15 find and capture Hunter X-5 in London in 1977 on the Sacred Timeline, living as a movie actor named Brad Wolfe. They interrogate Wolfe, who admits abandoning Dox’s mission and reveals Sylvie’s location in Oklahoma. They travel there and find her working for McDonald’s. Loki tells Sylvie about meeting her in the TVA’s future and asks for her help, but Sylvie wants nothing to do with the TVA. Wolfe proclaims that they are all in mortal danger, so Sylvie enchants him, revealing Dox’s actual plan to simultaneously bomb and destroy all the branching timelines. Loki, Mobius, and Sylvie stop Dox’s ongoing operation, but most of the timeline branches were destroyed by then. Dox is captured and some of her allies escape. Casey is able to track Ravonna Renslayer’s TemPad on one of the remaining branches. Meanwhile, as O.B. tries to repair the Loom so it can safely accommodate the branching timelines, he finds that he cannot access the Loom without help from the missing Miss Minutes, or the aura of He Who Remains.
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(PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY)
(SIGHS) Sylvie’s not here.
We just got here.
It doesn’t feel right.
I know, but why?
It’s too safe.
It’s not a war zone, not an apocalypse. It’s not her style.
Maybe she’s changing tack. We got a hit on a TemPad that belonged to Hunter X-5 before it went dark.
If the TemPad went dark, then she found him first.
Yeah, I don’t disagree.
But you said you want to find Sylvie, right?
With Dox and X-5 not responding, this is our only lead.
(CROWD CLAMORING AND CHEERING)
X-5 is an actor now?
Or he’s undercover.
Looks pretty real to me.
How are the kids? How are you?
How do you feel about your meteoric rise to fame?
I don’t know how I feel, but I look good.
Come on, look at this.
Pretty darn good.
Are the Brigitte Bardot rumors true?
Ooh, Ron. Ron, you cannot ask me about that.
What are you doing? I’m on a date.
Well, buddy, that stays in the vault. In the vault.
MOBIUS: Will there be a Zaniac Two?
You know, a sequel for the fans?
Nice to see you haven’t forgotten about the little people.
(CHUCKLES) I used to work with this guy.
You look great.
Oh, thank you very much.
You look pretty good. We’re gonna need to catch up.
Afterwards, all right?
Well, let’s catch up now, maybe.
What are you doing down here?
Hey. Hey. Hey!
Everything all right?
I’m actually really glad to see you both.
I need to catch you guys up on what’s going on here.
But I think first
we could all use a drink? What are you drinking?
Okay, how about you?
Oh, I’m fine.
All right. We’ll do whiskies.
It’s okay to have a drink while we’re down here because we’re still working.
Is he running now?
He is running.
WOMAN: Oh, my God, it’s Brad Wolfe. Can I get your autograph?
Anything for a fan… Hey, hey! (GRUNTS)
Brad. Brad. Hold it!
Stop! Come here.
Come on, Mobius. You’re gonna ruin my life here.
Your life here?
You still glad we’re here?
Come on, X-5, did you really think you could outrun me?
(PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY)
Where’s the rude boy off to?
Where is the fancy lad going off to, then?
Did you lose your tickets to the opera? Did ya? Oh, goodness!
All right. Oh, God!
Where you going?
MAN: He came down the wrong street tonight.
Let’s just hold on a second. All right? Relax.
Back off. Hey. Back off.
Hey! Back off.
Oh, you’re the tough guy, huh?
So unsophisticated, X-5.
You’re doing your own stunts now?
Real cute, real cute.
You quit with the magic and fight fair.
(SIGHS) It’s not a fair fight.
I didn’t do anything wrong.
Yeah, but why’d you run? (PANTING)
A little over the top, don’t you think, all the shadow play?
I thought it was spot on.
WOMAN OVER PA: All available analysts report to Chronomonitor…
You must love this.
It’s tighter than you think it’s gonna be, isn’t it?
Yeah. I’ll get you a looser one next time.
What is this?
That’s a TemPad.
What did you do?
I put colorful buttons on it for you.
You will tell us if you found Sylvie when you’ve had time in holding.
Right. ‘Cause I’m a criminal, right?
Okay, come on, get in there.
I see X-5 didn’t go quietly.
Quietly is not his strong suit.
But he will talk once he’s had time to marinate.
What about this?
Have O.B. check it out.
(O.B. MUMBLING INDISTINCTLY)
O.B.: Oh, man, I’m good.
Okay, I’ve gotta weave these two wires together, and…
I’ve gotta make this neat and tight,
so it holds fast.
Oh! Hey, guys.
Uh… How are things going?
Well, the Loom is in rough shape.
But I’m trying to figure out a retrofit device to handle all those new branches.
He’s got it covered.
O.B., could I get you to take a look at this TemPad?
Let me see.
Yeah, I can definitely get into it.
Do you think this is a higher priority than preventing a Temporal meltdown?
No. I’d stay focused on the Temporal meltdown.
Seems prudent. Okay.
Everything you need to know about this, I wrote about it in here.
Any hits on Renslayer’s TemPad?
MAN: Will do.
(SOFTLY) The Renslayer trace?
Why are you whispering?
It’s a secret mission, right?
Renslayer killed C-20, attempted to kill Mobius, threw me in Time Jail and tried to take over the TVA.
Why would tracking her TemPad be a secret?
Right. But no, no hits.
With Miss Minutes down, the analysts are running traces manually.
And with all the extra branches, it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
But I did find something else.
Renslayer erased the data from her TemPad, but I was able to piece together who sent the last message.
I’ll screw this back in, right?
That’s what it said on page seven.
No. Section 42 should match with the system manager.
Is that with the red light?
We’ve tried that.
Well, try it again.
You didn’t have that pressed back, did you?
It’s too complicated.
Am I on the wrong page or…
I was just seeing upside down.
I can’t focus. It’s like gibberish.
Here’s what’ll help focus. If we don’t work this out, this place is gonna be destroyed. Temporal meltdown or not.
Okay, I’ll tell them.
Casey, tell them what you just told me.
Miss Minutes is helping Renslayer.
That explains the radio silence.
Um, when I was in the past, I heard something.
An old conversation between Renslayer and He Who Remains.
It sounded like they were partners.
She really is… Full of surprises.
You can say that again.
Where are they, Renslayer, Miss Minutes?
Not sure, but I’ll keep searching.
If there’s a hit on the TemPad, I’ll let you know.
But it’ll take some time, so…
How are things going here?
No, not that great.
It’s all right. We’ll get there.
When were you gonna tell us about…
What is that?
It’s just a rigged TemPad.
What does it do?
That’s what we’re trying to work out.
X-5 says it somehow blocks TVA tracking.
That’s not what it does.
Yeah. Haven’t you read the TVA Guidebook?
I mean, I haven’t memorized it, but…
It’ll take me a while to analyze the modifications, but this definitely doesn’t block any trackers, that’s for sure.
That’s where we’ll start with X-5.
Let’s take a run at Brad Wolfe.
Let’s take a big run at him.
Okay, keep it simple. Where’s Dox?
Where’s Sylvie? And what did he do to that TemPad?
That’s all we need to find out. Okay?
But of course, Brad knows us, and he knows our tactics.
But that’s what makes for an interesting chess match.
Okay, most of all, Brad’s an asshole.
So, don’t let him get under your skin, all right? Okay? Loki?
Oh, welcome back. Why don’t you go ahead and take this Time Collar off and start treating me like somebody who outranks you?
I don’t work here.
Oh, that’s a good point.
You should stop talking.
Hey, what were you doing down there on the Sacred Timeline?
Don’t waste our time, X-5.
It’s Brad. Bradley.
Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?
What did you do to this TemPad?
Answer the question.
It blocks your trackers.
No, it doesn’t.
Yeah, no shit.
What is it designed for, X-5?
Under whose authority are you holding me here?
Looking around, I do not see anyone ranking high to make that call.
I don’t need approval to detain a hunter that abandoned his post.
Oh, that’s good. That’s good.
But weren’t you the one blabbering on and on about how we all had lives on the timeline?
Well, I went down and got my life. What exactly are you mad at me about?
There are lives at stake.
There are lives at stake?
Oh, you’ve got some nerve.
“There are lives at stake.”
Everyone here knows what you’re doing, you know?
You’re just trying to make up for all the terrible, awful shit you’ve done in your life, you pathetic little man.
Okay, that’s enough.
No, no, Mobius. No, it’s…
Keep going. I want to hear more.
See, everything you and Sylvie have ever done to try to help, has only ever made it worse.
Is that right?
See, I’ve read your file.
It’s you. You’re the problem.
Every time we’ve ever found a you.
Problem is, you think you’re special, but you’re not.
So, it doesn’t matter what outfit you put on, play dress up or what little lies you tell your friends or even the lies you tell yourself.
At the end of the day, you just make everything worse.
For Mobius, for B-15, for your mother.
‘Cause that’s what you do.
You lose. You’re a loser.
Stop trying to be a hero, man.
You’re a villain.
And you’re good at it. Do that.
Thank you, Brad… very much.
I really am touched.
You know, you’re right.
I have done some terrible, awful things.
Yeah, maybe that is who I am, and he knows.
It’s the real me. (CLAPS) A loser.
Always have been. Always will be.
And perhaps I’ve been… holding something back.
Perhaps I’ve just been biding my time.
Perhaps I’ve just been waiting for a moment like this, so I can do terrible, awful things to you.
So, let’s try this one more time.
Where is Sylvie?
You’re way too obsessed with her.
He needs therapy.
I can recommend someone…
Okay. Come on.
…if you wanna work that out.
Control your little pet, Mobius.
That got a little tense.
Hey, you wanna hear a good one? Knock, knock.
HUNTER X-5: Who’s there?
And I don’t want that to happen to you.
So, play along with us, answer our questions and we’ll get you back there, so they don’t forget about you.
How’s that sound?
You would do that?
You seeing this? Mobius, you could be an actor.
I’m not an actor, I’m an analyst. But thank you.
You’re not an analyst. I’m not a hunter.
None of this is real.
I mean, who even are you on the timeline, do you know?
I think it does matter because none of this is real.
The TVA is not your real home.
Mobius isn’t even your real name.
Well, it’s what I answer to.
Do you have any idea what kind of life you might have left behind?
Who might be waiting for you back there? I mean, do you care?
I mean, you know they took us.
You know they took our lives, and you’re still here.
I mean, it’s kind of weird, man. I mean, you need to wake up.
Yeah, no. You’re asleep.
You need to wake up, Mobius.
And until you do, you’re nothing.
She is nothing. I don’t know where to start with that, but you’re nothing here.
And until you wake up, you’re just a nowhere man. You’re a…
You’re a nowhere man! You’re a silly little man.
Silly little man.
LOKI: What was that?
What happened back there?
Didn’t seem like nothing.
It was tactical.
Seems like he got under your skin.
He didn’t get under my skin. He got under your skin.
Mobius, are you all right? I’ve never seen you like this before.
Seen me like what?
Okay, I’m not judging.
Feels like you are. Look, I told you I can play the heavy keys and I can…
Where are we?
I was following you.
No, I was following you.
Mobius. You were clearly ahead of me.
How about a slice of pie?
Okay, great. Come on.
It’s really good.
Listen. That wasn’t tactical.
I lost it.
Look, it happens.
You know, sometimes a rage builds up and you just gotta… let it out.
Do you remember that time I was so angry with my father and my brother, I went down to Earth and I held the whole of New York City hostage with an alien army?
Tried to use the Mind Stone on Tony Stark.
It didn’t work, so I threw him off the building.
I mean, let me tell you something.
I lost it.
Sometimes our emotions get the better of us.
You can say that again.
Let me ask you something.
X-5, you know, he obviously touched a nerve, right?
You’ve never wanted to visit your place on the timeline?
Look, that’s the last thing I should be thinking about.
Are you… Aren’t you curious?
Don’t you want to see the life you were supposed to live before they kidnapped you and brought you into the TVA?
Because it’s not my life.
But it could have been.
It isn’t. This is.
I’d like to thank the guy who kidnapped me and brought me here.
Got me this pie.
If you never look, you’ll never know.
The TVA is the only life I’ve ever known. I like it.
Look, I understand that. I get it, you know, you might think twice in case… it’s something bad and you…
Or something good. Something bad, I can handle.
What if it’s something good?
Do you think I wanna have that rattling around in here?
Of course not.
You know, X-5 isn’t gonna talk.
X-5 is gonna talk. We just have to find a way in.
All right. So what aren’t we asking this time?
Look, X-5 is a good hunter, okay?
He’s very good at his job.
So, does it really make sense that he could spend all that time down there and not find Sylvie?
Look, Sylvie spent her whole life hiding. He didn’t find her.
Yes, but maybe he got a little help from that TemPad.
Okay. If he found her and walked away, then she didn’t know he found her. That makes sense.
Think about it. He found her, but maybe didn’t turn her in because he wants to continue to live his best life on the timeline.
He wants more time to be Brad Wolfe.
Now, we just have to find a way to get him to admit it.
He’s the only one who knows where Sylvie is.
Just gotta make him talk.
Well, come on. You’re the God of Mischief.
WOMAN OVER PA: Loom status unstable.
Please take immediate action.
Loom status unstable.
Please take immediate action.
(CLANGING IN DISTANCE)
Hello, Loki. Ready for round two?
I felt like I just, need another session, you know?
Get a few things off my chest.
Gonna try the hardball tactics this time?
Something like that.
She’s not gonna be attending this session.
Oh, I get it. So, you come in here without B-15 and I’m supposed to believe you’re gonna torture me, Mobius?
Well, let’s simplify everything.
You have information that we need.
You don’t want to give it to us.
So, how do we find common ground?
You are gettin’ desperate.
You’re not wrong. He’s not wrong.
We’re definitely getting desperate.
And I’ll be honest with you, we’re down to our last option.
And your last chance.
This is cute.
Which one of you came up with this script?
Because you’re a tough nut to crack, you’ve left us no choice but to kind of ramp…
We can’t start the festivities without that little baby. Stand by.
Hey, open up.
Turns out, there is actually one other option.
No, no! Hey!
You sniffed us out, Brad.
And I knew you would, because you’re a clever chap.
So guess what? I wrote a little script of my own.
Loki. Loki, this isn’t right. Open up!
That thing does not work without the controller, though, so…
What’re you gonna do?
Okay, great. We’re gonna have a little Q and A.
Did you find Sylvie? And if you did, where is she?
Simple question, really, but doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves as we go along.
This one’s plugged in.
You almost got me.
You have no idea how to work that thing.
I’m not trying to be a hero, Brad.
I’m a villain. Remember?
This isn’t the kind of mischief I was talking about!
Hey! Loki, you’re not a villain. You’re not…
Look at that.
Um, earlier, I said some really hurtful things, and I brought up your mother. And I am really sorry about that.
Mobius! Hey, get in here!
It’s locked, Brad. It’s locked!
You need to put that down.
That’s… you don’t know what you’re doing with that.
What does this one do?
(CHUCKLES) Sorry. Could’ve hurt yourself there.
Hey, don’t just touch random buttons on that, okay?
Mobius, get in here.
There’s a learning curve with this thing.
Yeah. There is a learning curve.
You could kill me with that.
This is exciting.
Turn it off.
Loki, turn it off.
Let me try this. Let me try this.
Okay. Okay. All right.
Sorry. That’s only made it smaller.
Now, look. I don’t know where Dox and the others are. Okay? I don’t know.
I don’t if you know this, but I’ve done some terrible, awful things.
Yeah, you have. You’re doing one right now.
Have some perspective on yourself. (GASPS) Okay!
Trial and error.
(CHUCKLES) I swear I don’t know where they are.
Brad. You’re so convincing.
I want to believe you, but you’re just… You’re such a good actor.
Look, I really, I really don’t know. I swear.
You’re so talented.
They did not tell me the plan.
Please tell me the truth.
I know you’re lying.
Okay? Okay, okay.
I lied. I lied, okay? I did.
I was supposed to go look for Sylvie, but then, I bailed, okay? I bailed.
Right. So, they told you to go after Sylvie and you bailed?
What’s the penalty for a highly-decorated field officer abandoning his mission?
You and Dox, I don’t buy it.
(GASPS) Okay. Look, I swear, okay?
I went down there, and I went to get my life, okay?
Because… none of this is real.
Well, if none of this is real, I guess you aren’t either.
Hey! Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait! Wait.
Just tell me where Sylvie is, Brad.
I’ll tell you where she is.
She has a new life!
There you go.
Got there in the end.
Why do you make it so hard on yourself, Brad?
One thing, you said you bailed on the mission.
Yeah, but I found her first. She’s on a branch.
He knows where Sylvie is.
Little bit of mischief.
Only as good as your plan.
Thank you. Let’s go, Zaniac.
Are you telling me that was…
Hell of a performance.
If I tell you where she is, you’ll let me go?
No. You’re gonna show us.
Hey, O.B., this is Casey. I thought he could help.
O.B.: We’re all gonna die!
We’re all gonna die!
Oh. Hey, nice to meet you.
We’re all gonna die.
What do you mean?
The blast doors won’t open.
Did you try the C-12 bypass pathway?
That won’t work.
Are you sure?
Of course. I wrote it.
You wrote the TVA Guidebook.
You’ve read it?
Read it? I practically memorized it.
Will you sign mine for me?
Of course I will. Happy to do it.
Yeah, just next to your picture.
You just said we were all gonna die.
Oh, right. The containment doors are locked, and only the person who designed it can open it with a live scan of his temporal aura.
He Who Remains.
And he’s dead.
So without Miss Minutes to help us override the lock, we’re stuck.
So, we have to convince a rogue artificial intelligence to come back to work?
Whatever we’re doing, we gotta do it fast.
The more those branches grow, the closer this thing comes to melting down.
I’ll build the device, but you need to find a way in or it won’t matter.
Brad, I’m telling you right now, if you’re wasting our time, you’re going right back in the Gizmo.
Would you like getting scrunched up in the cube?
Hey, hey, hey! Okay. All right. Look, she’s in there, all right.
She’s in there. So, why don’t you guys just head on in and remember that I’m the one who brought you here, and a deal’s a deal. All right?
So, you go ahead, I’m gonna head on back.
Wait, wait, wait, wait. Why are you so jumpy?
It’s making me nervous.
I’m not jumpy. I’m not nervous.
Yeah, you’re like, you wanna take off.
I just don’t wanna be around a Variant who killed 400 of our co-workers.
So I’m just gonna… If you just open the door…
What do you think?
If she’s here, I have to find out what she knows.
I’ll do the talking. Be ready.
Hey, can you refill the straw dispenser when you get a sec?
Already done it.
Bill, order’s up.
MAN: Thanks, Sylvie.
This feels tense.
What do you say we leave them to it. We head on back to the TVA.
What are you talking about? No.
I’m not going anywhere until I get some apple pie.
No, no, no, no, no.
Listen, I haven’t got all day. You’re gonna order something? Or, what?
Can we talk?
My break’s in five minutes.
It’s a short break, so talk fast.
Uh, I know I’m the last person you want to see.
I, uh… I haven’t come here to make trouble.
Then why are you here?
Uh… this is gonna sound strange.
But… there’s been a problem.
I’ve been pulled through time.
Between the past and the present. I was in the past…
Oh, just get to the point, Loki.
Sylvie, I was in the future and I saw you.
The TVA is in danger. And you were there. I need to know why.
So you see the future now? Cool.
It’s not something I chose.
Look, as much as I’d love to see the TVA burnt to the ground, I have no intention of going back there.
My life’s here now, and I’m not running. I’m happy.
Explain what I saw, then.
I don’t know. I don’t care.
It’s the future. It’s going to happen.
Is it? Really?
Because that sounds a lot like the future’s already been written.
And we both know that it hasn’t. Not anymore.
I made sure of that.
Enchant me. You can see what I saw.
I don’t want to see. I want nothing to do with this.
I have no answers.
If we don’t work together, I can’t guarantee how long this will be here.
You have some nerve coming.
This is bigger than the TVA. This is about everything.
You like it here?
You like this place? You’ve made a home?
If what He Who Remains said is true, the TVA is the only defense.
And if what I saw of you is true, then there’s nothing that stands between this world and utter destruction.
Without the TVA, all of this, everything… is gone.
I thought you were setting us up for an ambush.
Hell, you were just setting us up for a great meal. Thank you.
What is happening right now?
They’re going over every detail of their relationship that’s ever happened.
Look. It’s a complicated relationship, okay?
There’s a lot to unpack when you’re basically in a relationship with yourself.
They say opposites attract. No.
What is this?
God, it’s weird.
But I brought you Sylvie. I did that.
I held up my end of the bargain.
You hold up your end of the bargain.
And you get me back to the Sacred Timeline, like you said.
Can we just talk for a second, about how crazy life is?
I mean, ten minutes ago, you were screaming at me, “You’re nothing!”
And then I kind of freaked out and basically tortured you.
And now here we are, enjoying a meal like gentlemen.
You slapped me in the face. I won’t forget…
But I got you a shake. Okay?
Look, just enjoy this. Tell me about Zaniac.
What about it?
I wanna know about it.
Oh, come on.
You don’t care about my movie.
Brad, I saw the poster.
It looked scary.
It’s not. It’s not.
It’s not scary. It’s elevated thriller, all right?
It is? Yeah?
It’s cinema. Thank you very much.
You can’t see it. Get your own tickets. Not hooking you up. Not after this.
I will. I will.
Look, why don’t we just get this to go?
How about that? It packs right up.
Let’s just get it to go and we get up and we get out of here.
How about that?
You’re like a broken record.
It’s like, “Get me back to the Sacred Timeline.”
Although now it’s just, “Get me out of here.”
Is this a setup?
Hey. Hey. What’s going on?
I’ve got to get back to work.
You’ll give everyone free will and walk away?
That’s the way it works. You’re welcome.
(SIGHS) He shows up again, his Variants, what are you gonna do?
Sorry to interrupt. I think Brad’s got something that he might want to get off his chest.
Zaniac’s getting a sequel. And you’re both invited.
Hey, we can wait all day.
No, we can’t.
We need to talk about this back at the TVA.
No. We can talk here. Now.
Fine. If we stay here, we’re all gonna die.
They’re gonna die. Orange shirt, she’s gonna die.
Most importantly, we are all gonna die.
This is gone! Unless we…
All this for Sylvie?
I don’t buy it.
They’re gonna bomb every branch.
Yeah, including this one.
Where do we go?
I’ll show you.
B-15, incoming. Let’s go.
WOMAN: Are we pruning timelines now?
CASEY: Targets are popping up all over the branches.
HUNTER B-15: We need to know where this attack is coming from.
MAN 2: What’s happening? HUNTER B-15: Mobius. What is going on?
MOBIUS: Dox wasn’t looking for Sylvie.
She’s gonna prune all the new branches.
She already is. Mobius, she’s gonna kill them all.
MAN 3: No pattern to it.
Start tracking those charges.
MAN 4: How are you on supplies? MAN 5: Low on reset charges.
What are they doing with the Time Doors?
Looks like they’re connected to the TemPads.
MOBIUS: Maybe that’s why Brad’s was modified.
MALE ANALYST: They’ve pruned 30% of the branches.
Is Mobius on the ground yet?
HUNTER B-15: Mobius, they’re killing billions.
Take Dox down now.
Minutemen are carrying reset charges.
SYLVIE: That’s how they’re bombing all the timelines at once.
Connected to that control panel.
MOBIUS: That’s our target.
I’ll distract them.
Our mission is compromised.
Set off what you can!
We have to stop this. Can we disarm the charges?
It’s possible if we can track them, but there’s too many. I’m gonna call O.B.
MAN: Over here!
We’re too late. Finish it!
Don’t overthink it.
Is this all of Dox’s loyalists?
Everyone who didn’t escape.
HUNTER B-15: Mobius, you should come back.
Loki, we need to go.
Those are people.
Those are lives.
Uh, guys, I got a hit on Renslayer’s TemPad.
Is this the best you lot can do?
There was nothing we could do.
The TVA is the problem. It’s broken, it’s rotten.
I’m going home… if it’s still there.
Please, don’t. It’s harder… to stay.
(MUSIC PLAYING ON SPEAKER)
Um… (CLEARS THROAT) Hey, Sylvie. You okay?
Just wanted to check.
Yeah, I’m good. Thanks.
Um, do you think you’ll be in tomorrow, though?
Cool, cool. Mmm-hmm.
Is your mum on her way to pick you up?
Yeah. She’ll be here. I’m good.
Bye-bye. (CHUCKLES NERVOUSLY)