Manifest – S03E07 – Precious Cargo [Transcript]

Mick questions Ben's developing relationship with Eureka. A new adversarial group suspicious of Ben takes drastic measures to gain answers. Saanvi proves her worth through a scientific breakthrough. Angelina reaches a breaking point.
Manifest - S03E07 - Precious Cargo

Original air date: May 6, 2021

Mick questions Ben’s developing relationship with Eureka. A new adversarial group suspicious of Ben takes drastic measures to gain answers. Saanvi proves her worth through a scientific breakthrough. Angelina reaches a breaking point.

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This is your fault, Mr. Stone.

I didn’t realize we needed to make it clear returning Pete Baylor “dead or alive” wasn’t an option.

This is not at all how I wanted things to turn out,

but I’m here to undergo testing as promised.

“How you wanted things to turn out”?

Three corpses encased in glass.

I read the NYPD report.

I’ve heard your NSA debrief.

But I want to know what really happened.


After the clock ran out on Jace’s Death Date, what could only be described as his “soul” emerged from his body and killed Kory and Pete, even though we were certain they had done enough good to survive their Death Date.


I can start preparing his testing regimen, which he will undergo tomorrow.

No need to plan that far in the future, Dr. Bahl.

What? Why?

Because once you assist in Mr. Stone’s regimen, Eureka will no longer require your services.

No, no. Excuse me.

Director Vance invited us here.

Which I understand, but you’ve become more distracting than valuable.

You’ve yet to bring us any new information.

And you, Mr. Stone… I don’t see how you could possibly retain privileges at a top-secret government facility.

No, wait. Listen.

Their dying upends everything for the passengers.

And I realize now that we need to explore every avenue Eureka has to offer. It could lead to answers.

And those answers will be the property of the US government.

Thank you for your time here.

Doctor… My decision is final, Dr. Bahl.

I used to be a skeptic, too.

Only focused on science.

But once you’ve been a part of enough miracles, you realize you need to give in and embrace the miracle.

You need to believe what happened out there.

I never said I didn’t believe you.



Helluva way to close the Meth Head case.

Yeah. I just wish it would’ve happened without losing anyone.

Yeah, well, apparently, when the Callings close one door, they open a window and a million questions come flooding in.

Is there a skylight or something?

‘Cause I got a couple million questions of my own.

[Chuckles] Welcome to my world.

What is he so smiley about?


Anyway, thankfully Bowers seems to believe your take on what happened.


Yeah, thankfully.

Are you alright?

I’m the one who’s overwhelmed here.


[Sirens wailing]


What the hell is that?

What the hell is what?


Oh, whoa.

A Calling in real time.

Um, I’ll be back.

Okay, yeah. Uh, I’ll be here.


Ben: We can’t let her kick us out.

It’s the worst possible timing.

Oh, it’s confirmed.

The Meth Heads share a unique DNA marker, just like how we share our own distinct marker.

Possibly explains why the death of one of them led to the death of all of them.

So, by the same theory, on our Death Date, even if one of us fails the test, we all die.

Yes, it would be consistent.

Any one of us could sink that Lifeboat.


That’s got a certain fatalistic ring to it.

Anything useful?

More information on our three subjects.

Turns out they had unusual amounts of aluminum oxide running through them.

Aluminum oxide.

There were traces on my hand and the tailfin, but it’s a common element, right?

Yeah, it is.

Okay, go home and regroup.

I-I’ve got to learn as much as I can before they show me the door.

Alright. I’ll be back in the morning for testing.

After that, we need to find a way to stick around.

This is about us.

Affects us.

We’re gonna need a front-row seat or we’re dead.



You from 828, too?


You seeing what I’m seeing?

What is this place?

What do you think it is, Sherlock?

Look at that.

Seems like I can’t get anywhere near a Calling without a Stone dropping by.

Who are you?


When it rains, it pours.

That’s Ben Stone.

He’s the one always reaching out to us about the Callings and the Death Dates.



So, I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking that’s some kind of clandestine government facility.


I have no idea what we’re doing here.

Or what’s going on.

Maybe the real question isn’t what we’re doing here, but rather, why isn’t Ben Stone on this side of the fence…

With us?


[Engines roaring]


Come on.

You’ve barely eaten in days.

You told me if Pete solved the Callings, he’d survive.



I… I did.

What happened to Pete is something new.

Something that we’re all still trying to understand.

I’m done trying to understand.

Angelina, I… I really… I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now, but…

I’ll help you all finish packing.

But when we’re done, it’s time for me to go.


Go where?

I don’t know.


It hasn’t been easy, but we’re making good progress.

Ben: Well, there’s no rush, love.

Take as much time as you need.

Honestly, the faster I get through.

Tarik’s stuff, the better.

It’s just too painful to be here.

How much longer?

Well, Cal, we’re almost done, but the sooner you help, the sooner we can go.

I feel terrible leaving you up there alone.

That’s fine. The girls are here with me.

We’ll manage. Besides, you need to bring us home some answers.

[Baby fussing]

And I need to attend to our littlest one.

Love you. I love you.

So, I, uh, guess I know what Eureka looks like now.

What I don’t get is why you were there today.

How’d you know I was there?

I was Called.

There was a huge, dark, ominous cloud hanging over the place, and out of nowhere, you came out.

I wasn’t the only one Called, either.

There was, uh…

She was Called. He was Called.

Uh, they were there.

Uh, actually, he…

Yeah, he was there and he said he knew you.

Acted kind of smug about it.

Son of a bitch. Eagan.

What does he have to do with Eureka?

What do… do any of these people have to do with it?

Maybe the Calling has to do with you.

[Scoffs] Why would it be about me?

I mean, think about it.

All of these people got to Eureka just in time to see you leaving.

You didn’t get the Calling.

So, you tell me… why is that?

Come on, Mick. You know that there are a million possible answers to that.

Or maybe just one.

Maybe we were Called to stop you from doing something.


Why were you at Eureka, Ben?


I was getting my baselines measured to go into testing tomorrow.

Well, testing what?

What kind of testing?

Full battery.

I’m their guinea pig to poke and prod.

Oh.It was the only way to get Pete released.

Uh, I don’t care what kind of deal you made with them.

Why are you going through with this?

We need their help.

Eureka? Since when?

Since we saw Pete and Kory’s life ripped out of their body.

We have zero control over our own survival now.

Okay, I seriously think you’re jumping to conclusions on that.

Come on, Mick. I mean, for two years now, we thought we were getting closer to surviving this, one Calling at a time.

Then Zeke survived, and we were certain.

Follow the Callings and live.

But now…


Now it’s all been upended. Has it been?

Because Zeke is safe at home with Beverly because of exactly what you’re talking about.

He followed the Callings.

Yeah, but Zeke had his own Death Date.

Same as Griffin.

They were both alone in their own Lifeboat.


Uh, Saanvi’s term for intertwined fate.

They disappeared together, they returned together, they shared the same Death Date, and what happened?

Kory and Pete followed their Callings.

They redeemed themselves, just like Zeke.

But it wasn’t enough.

Jace’s darkness literally dragged them to their death.

He sunk their Lifeboat.

But… But he was one person, Ben.

We have 184 passengers to save.


But now it’s not just about us following the Callings.

Now we have to make damn sure that every single passenger does the same thing.

We sink or swim together.

You have no idea who o-or what would sink us.

Which is why I have to go back to Eureka and test.

We might find some kind of scientific work-around that can save us.

Because suddenly now I have very little faith in us saving ourselves.


Olive said you’re not coming home with us.

It’s not my home.

Well, when I was sad, my grandma used to say to me, “All good things”… Yeah, I know the verse, Cal.

All the verses in the world have failed me, just like the Callings.

I’m done with all of it.


Look, even if we don’t know what the Calling means, we can’t risk being wrong.

Mick, I have nothing but faith in the Callings, but I’m not gonna give up on Eureka.

Don’t think I’m gonna give up so easily.


What the hell?


Whoa, whoa, whoa.

What is this? Eagan: Unh-unh.

We’ve got our own questions, Professor.

Starting with, who are you working for?

And what, pray tell, are they up to?

Hey, come on.

Can… Can we all just calm down for a second here?

Donovan: Wrong answer.


Well, that worked.

[Timer beeping]

Ben? Hey, sorry to barge in like this.

I really… My hand…



Oh, my gosh!




Ben! [Coughs]



[Cellphone vibrates]



Where the hell are you, Ben?



[Dog barking]

Easy! Easy, easy.


Another Calling.

Another Ben and Eagan team-up!

How fun is this?

[Dog barks]

I think Ben is missing.

Well, family’s away. Maybe he’s out.

Driving range? Thai massage?

No, no, no. He… He left his phone.

The… The oven was on.

Saanvi hasn’t hear from him.

Okay, did you call Grace?

She’s literally packing up her dead brother’s house right now.

I’m not gonna scare her until we know more.

Okay, when’s the last time you heard from him?

A few hours ago, here.

We had an issue about the Calling.

The Calling that you had at the precinct?

Is that connected to this?

Is that how that works? I’m so overwhelmed.

The… The Calling led me to Eureka, where he was coming out, but it… it wasn’t just me.

It was other 828ers, too.

This guy, Eagan Tehrani.

He’s had a history with Ben.

You think he’s involved?

I don’t know. I came right over to talk to Ben after Eureka.

Who’s to say Eagan didn’t do the same?

Well, then, let’s find out.

What is this, Eagan?

I’m just following my Calling.

What the hell do you care about Callings?

The last time I saw you, you were only out for yourself.

I’ve followed every single Calling that’s fallen in my lap.

Did I skim a little off the top?

Sue me.

But I’m not an idiot.

So when a dark cloud the size of Texas shows up in a sunny sky, I’m there.

Then, to my surprise, it’s Boy Scout Benny Stone, who shows up in my inbox once a week telling me how to save myself, waltzing out of some kind of super-sized evil lair.


If you wanted to have a Q&A, you could’ve just come over for coffee.

You didn’t have to drug me.

We’ll have to agree to disagree.

I don’t trust you, big guy.

You don’t trust me? That’s, uh…

[Chuckles] That’s funny.

Glad you’re amused.

The truth.


The NSA is investigating 828.

What happened to the flight, the passengers…

So you are working with the NSA.

I never thought you and your sister would be playing for their team.

I’m not on the government’s team.

I’m doing what’s best for the passengers.

Why do you get to decide what’s best for us?

No, I’m not making decisions.

But I know things, Eagan. I know how we can survive.

I also know how we can die if we don’t come together.

We’re all sick of you constantly harassing us like some worried shepherd.

Don’t manipulate those people, Eagan.

They deserve to know the truth. You’re the one manipulating us!

You expect us to trust you, then we get a Calling that reveals you’re actually working with the enemy.

Eagan, get it through your head… they’re not the enemy.

Things are so much bigger now.

Every 828er’s fate… We’re all in the same Lifeboat, and we have been ever since we were brought back to life.

Back to life?

It’s a long story, but yeah.

We were resurrected.


That’s what you believe?

That’s what the government believes?

They’re starting to.


What are you doing?

What’s going on in that building is dangerous.

They have to be stopped.

Oh, come on, you can’t get that from a Calling.

My sister said that… Oh, come on, Ben!

No one understands the Callings better than I do.

I have a photographic memory, big guy.


Your sister missed something.

What does that mean?

Eagan, what does that mean?




Tell me it’s not true.

You’re out? Afraid so.

Vance gave me 24 hours, so I’m hoarding until then.

So far, I have found aluminum oxide all over the tailfin, but also all over Ben’s hand and…

And the three other returnees.

Saw the autopsy.

It’s like they took an aluminum oxide bubble bath.

How’s that gonna help you stay?

‘Cause that is not all I found.

The search led me to look for all the other commonalities.


Iron, titanium, chromium, vanadium.

I minored in geoscience.

Together, those elements…

Sapphire. Popular minor.

Troy, I have found sapphire on every subject that returned.

Intriguing data.

The question is, what, if anything, does sapphire have to do with those events?

It has everything to do with them.



What the hell is this place?



What are you doing?

Shh! I just got your sister to sleep.

You can’t throw away his basketball.

That’s the donation pile.

Okay, Cal, I know this is hard.

But it’s hard for everyone.

You haven’t helped at all, and now you’re messing up my piles.

Yeah. They’re your piles.

Your brother.

What about me?

I didn’t have a choice about coming here.





What are you doing?

My parents are right about me.

What I am.

All I do is bring bad things to the people around me.

No, that’s not true!


What happened to Pete?

That’s different. Pete, he…

And what about how much I’ve helped your family, huh?

Your mom is in the other room packing up her dead brother’s clothes.

That had nothing to do with you.

Name one good thing I’ve done.

One thing that’s helped anyone.

You’ve been my friend.

Well, maybe it’s only a matter of time before that hurts you, too.


Come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, come on.

Hungry? Why didn’t you just say so?

Let me invite down our chefs.

Hey, guys!


Come on, Eagan.

Come on.



What are you, crazy? Untie me!

Ben, we can’t have you scurrying away to your friends at Eureka to warn them we’re coming.

Let’s get specific.

The northeast wing over there.

Talk to me.

What about the northeast wing?

I told you.

There was more to that Calling than meets the eye.

Wasn’t just a dark cloud.

It was inverted.

A terrifying, ominous darkness was emanating not from above, but from the ground up to the sky.

Coming specifically from the northeast wing of the building.

I-It’s the loading dock.

But I don’t know why a Calling would highlight that.

Do I need to spell it out for you?

Because whatever the Calling is telling us about that place revolves around the loading dock.

Alright, look.

I-I’m not gonna deny that you might be onto something, but that doesn’t mean Eureka is out to get us.

Everyone is out to get us.

Don’t you remember those people who tagged all our doors?

Yeah. The Xers.

Ben Stone.

Always a cute name for everything.

And now with this resurrection revelation.

We all know what happened when they labeled those girls “witches” in Salem.

Oh, come on, Eagan. That was centuries ago.

Wake up, Ben!

Nothing’s changed!

That they even think we’re resurrected means we’re five minutes from this turning into Salem 2.0.

And we’re the warlocks.

And so that leads us back to…

What is in the northeast wing?

I don’t know.

And I don’t know how you think you’re gonna find out.

I’m quite resourceful.

And I have a crapload of 828ers listening to me, ready to follow my lead.


We’ll find him.

This guy’s got to have roots somewhere.

According to Ben’s notes, Eagan is off the grid, and it does not get more off the grid than this.

Drea: Okay.

Michaela: This guy’s literally everywhere and nowhere.

He is impossible to find.

Okay, well, let’s look through the file again.

Maybe we missed something.

Drea, we’ve read this file three times, okay?

Eagan could be in Kansas for all we know, okay?

Okay. Maybe let’s take a break.

Hey, this can’t be easy… The Callings, the Meth Heads, taking care of Beverly, being a newlywed.

You work with your ex every day. No, no, no.

Jared is the least of my concern, and I actually think he’s moving on, so…

Dating? Maybe.

He’s smiling and texting.

I am just happy we’re friends.

Ugh, now why am I getting e-mails about a new refrigerator?

Damn, you got to stop giving your e-mail out at stores.

Hey, whoever sent this sent it to my old e-mail.

Like, literally my first e-mail.

No one has sent me anything to this account in forever.

I mean, the only people who even know that this exists is m…

I think Ben might be sending me a message.

This fridge is registered to a zip code nearby.

– Well, you don’t think. – -No, this is… this is Ben.

It has to be.


Hey, kiddo.

It’s getting pretty late. Maybe we should go inside.


Cal, that’s enough!


I know you’re hurting, but you can’t keep acting like this.

You’ve got to talk to me.

There’s nothing to talk about.

Not when you’re trying to erase Tarik.

Erase him?

Cal, I would never.

You’re getting rid of all of his stuff.

Is that why you got rid of all my stuff, too, after 828?

So you could erase me?

The day you came home was the happiest day of my life.

But I’ll never forget the heartache I felt when you walked into your room and all your stuff was gone.

I’m sorry that I couldn’t keep it.

I wasn’t strong enough.

It hurt too much.

But I would never erase you.

You are a part of me.


Uncle Tarik’s dead.

And it’s all my fault.

No, no, no.

Listen to me.

What happened to Tarik is a terrible tragedy.

But it was not your fault.

It happened because of a very disturbed person.

You are not responsible.

You hear me?

I miss him so much.

I know.

Okay, we have better odds of finding one needle in a stack of needles.

Drea: Well, we know the appliance company delivered the fridge somewhere around here.

Yeah, the problem is, they delivered over 300, and they have no idea where the one that sent the e-mail’s located.

Does this even look like where someone off the grid would hide?

Think about Eagan.

He’s probably upstate somewhere in a secluded spot.

The e-mail. I don’t know, maybe you’re right.

Maybe it was just spam.

While I would love to prove you wrong right now, I’m not buying it.

I think you were right.

Okay, fine. Break it down.

You said he was smart.

So, think about it.

Yeah, someone off the grid would probably hide upstate.

But someone being smart about it…?

Might find a way to hide out in plain sight.

I mean, you said it yourself.

All of these houses are identical.

Okay, but that would mean that one of these would have to be abandoned.

Not abandoned. Just not occupied.

The demo home. Hidden in plain sight.

Furnished, connected to the grid, but off the grid at the same time.

Found it.

And you didn’t even need a Calling.

It’s around the corner.

There’s no denying we’ve hit a dead end.

We’ve studied every unexplained event since Flight 828, right up to Pete Baylor and his cohorts.

And we still have nothing.

I made the call.

The parcel will be arriving shortly.

Are we really buying its validity?

Vance, you have to see this.

Dr Bahl, you can’t barge into a…

Let them talk.

We’ve been going about these tests all wrong.

Every data set that we collect…

From the tailfin, the Meth Heads, to Ben Stone’s hand, even…

We analyze them separately, in their own respective columns.

They are not separate. They’re all connected.

Connected how?

Each subject presented with a seemingly unremarkable residue… Aluminum oxide, iron, titanium.

But combined, the elements form sapphire.

Wait, the… the gemstone?

Sapphire is the common denominator between all the disappeared and returnees.

We should be isolating, analyzing, stress-testing it under the same conditions that led to 828.

Thank you both for that spirited interruption.

But we still have a meeting to finish here.

Close the door on your way out.


Let’s go.


You go sideways now, you’re not just consigning me to death.

You’re guaranteeing that all the pass…

We all die. Heard ya.

Thing is, Professor, death comes for all of us.

But while you’re obsessing over some supposed Death Date, I’m the one actually following my Calling.

I’ve stopped you.

Now I’ll stop Eureka.

Before they stop us.

What if I said I believed you?

I’d say it’s a little convenient.

Look, I’ll admit the Calling highlighting a section of Eureka is intriguing.

But you’re going about it all wrong.

Shocking you’d think so.

No, it’s true.

I mean, you run straight at Eureka, they’ll just pack up and move somewhere else.

You need to be smart about it.

You need someone on the inside.

I take it that someone is you.

Yeah, not just me.

There’s another passenger working in there, too.

Dr. Saanvi Bahl.

Seat 8C. Vegetarian meal.

She can help us.


But what reason do I have to believe you?

Because I believe in the Lifeboat, Eagan.

Whether you do or not.

So that means I’m as reliant on you as you are on me.

Screwing you over now would be screwing myself over, and that’s the worst possible thing I could do for me and everyone I love.


Any other passengers upstairs?

No. Why? What was that?

Cut me loose. Ben, I told you…

You’re not listening to me, Eagan.

That’s my sister upstairs, packing serious heat.

And by the sounds of it, she’s not alone.

So cut me loose, or you’ll never find out what’s inside that wing.

Guess you weren’t just getting some ice from the fridge earlier.


Down on your knees! Now! Drea: Get down! Now!


Eagan Tehrani, you’re under arrest…

No, no, no. Wait, wait. Ben, what are you doing?

Get out of the way. No, don’t do it.

This is all a… A misunderstanding.

Ben, I was at the house.

Y-You’re telling me you just left an oven on, you didn’t take your cellphone or your wallet, to, what, hang out in a basement?

Okay, what do you want me to say, Mick?

I-I’m sorry for the mix-up, but that’s all it was.

I’m not pressing charges.

What do you say, Detective? Can I stand up now?

My knees are killing me.


You have the right to remain silent.

Anything you… Oh, come on, Mick!

I said I wasn’t pressing charges.

On what grounds? Well, this is private property.

And, Ben, I know you’re not the owner.

What about all those warrants, huh?

Think they just disappear?

Come on. Let’s go.


Remember which side of the fence you belong on.


You want to tell me what the hell is going on?

‘Cause you’re not listening to my Calling and now you don’t want to press charges against a guy who’s clearly abducted you.

It’s not that easy, Mick.

We need Eagan on our side.

We’re all in the same Lifeboat, every 828er.

We need each other.

What does needing each other mean?

Because you’ve been gone all night.

I mean, what… What did you guys discuss?




You know, when you and your dad were gone, I would sit here for hours.


Just looking at your stuff.

Your toys.

Imagining you were home playing with them.

But after a while, I realized they’re just things.

And what I cherished most were the memories.

The truth is, though, I did… I did keep a few little things that helped me feel closer to you.

And you should be able to do the same.

But you gave everything away.

Not everything.



Tarik’s volcano.

He always wanted to climb one.

Gave it to him for Christmas.

It’s so cheesy.

Can’t believe he still had it after all these years.

Well, maybe it’s like you said.

It’s not about the thing… It’s about the memory.



I should probably get my stuff out of Cal’s room so he can start unpacking.

Please stay.[Baby fussing]

It’s okay.

Look, you’re even making her sad.

Angelina, you’re… You’re not a burden.

You’re important to this family.

And not just because of the Lifeboat, but because of you.



Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh.

She doesn’t like being held like that.

Come here, come here.

It’s okay, it’s okay.

It’s okay.

Okay, how did you just do that?

I didn’t do anything.

Thank you.

See? You can’t go now.

You’re family.

Are we family now?

Yes, we are.

Yeah, you and me.

You and me.


[Geiger counter clicking]


After you lost rock, you played paper, then scissors.

I knew you were gonna play rock.

So you were cheating, huh?

So you knew?

Tehrani, let’s go.

You made bail.

Now, that, I didn’t expect.


Drea: Submit report?

Yeah, submit.

‘Cause I can still go back and add that part about the invisible black cloud

that led you to Eagan in the first place.

Ah, yeah, we’re not gonna do that.

Yeah, I’m getting the hang of this.

You’re still here?

Um, mentally or physically?

You’d think a lieutenant could finagle his way out of a graveyard shift.

Oh, yeah.

H-Hey, what are you… What are you doing?

We just booked this perp. He made bail.

Detectives, thirsty?

I have extra.

Hey, you did your job. The rest is out of your control.

You know that.


You want to commiserate with us, grab some, uh, breakfast?

[Sighs] Um.

Oh, unless you have somewhere else you need to be.

S-Sorry, it’s just, uh, kind of like a last-minute thing.

It’s a call, so… No, it’s… it’s cool.

It’s fine. It’s all good.

We are good. That’s all that matters.

Of all the gin joints.

I assume I have you to thank for that bailout?

Remember what I said, Eagan.

You asked me to remember what side of the fence I belong on.

If this isn’t proof, I don’t know what is.

Now I need something from you.

Enforce the Lifeboat among your group of passengers.

It’s a free country, Professor… No.

This is life and death. Rein in your people.

Starting today. And if I do?

It’s not a negotiation.

I’ll look into Eureka.

But understand this, Eagan.

I will do anything to protect our Lifeboat.

If you ever pull a stunt like this again on me, on anyone, you will regret it.

I promise you.



Hi. Hey.


Long night?

I’ve had shorter.

Well, we can take a rain check if…

No, believe me, this is exactly where I want to be right now.

Wow. Uh…

Guess playing it cool on date one is out the window.

Oh, you don’t need to apologize.

And truthfully, I kept telling myself that asking you to coffee was my way of saying thank you.

Oh, so this is not even a date.

Wow. You know, I’m just gonna keep digging myself deeper and deeper here, so…

Just drink your coffee and let me finish.

Yes, ma’am.

It’s not every day that I meet someone who makes me feel as seen and heard, the way you made me feel.

And now I’m the one who’s embarrassed.

Don’t be.

I kept trying to convince myself I was only interested in trying to solve the case, when, honestly, part of it was getting to spend time with you.


Packed up already?


Come with me.

What is this place?

A new beginning.

What you found earlier may be the bridge we’ve been looking for.

M-Much like Einstein, and Copernicus before him, we might just be on the brink of changing the very definition of science as we know it.

You found sapphire on something else.

Sapphire may not just be a common denominator.

It might very well be the signature of…


The divine?

Is it another piece of the plane?


It’s something much older.


Unpack your things.

We have work to do.



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