Snowpiercer – S02E04 – A Single Trade [Transcript]

As the Big Alice crew are granted shore leave on Snowpiercer, Layton and Wilford have differing opinions on the future.
Snowpiercer - Season 2 - TNT Original

Original air date: February 15, 2021

Wilford offers to treat Snowpiercer‘s frostbite patients so Layton invites Wilford and his crew for a night out on Snowpiercer; Josie’s frostbite proves to be severe enough that she requires a more dedicated treatment on Big Alice, however. Till is shown to struggle with the losses the train has suffered and attacks Bojan Boscovic despite his insistence that he’s innocent in the attack on Lights. Miss Audrey, a former paramour of Wilford’s, is revealed to have a sadomasochistic relationship with him where she is the dominant party. Layton continues to resist trusting Ruth so Zarah joins Hospitality to contribute and to try to bring the two together. During the party, Alex and LJ bond as does the Last Australian and Alex’s friend Amelia who is revealed to also be Australian. Snowpiercer launches the first of their weather balloons and after a tense moment, Melanie makes contact, proving that she had survived her journey to the research station.

At the end of the episode, a title card urges those who are suffering from feelings of depression or suicide or know someone who is to seek help by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

* * *

[soft dramatic music]

Every day, every one of us makes a trade.

A pencil for a pen.

An apple for an orange.

A dance for a smile.

For Mr. Layton’s eyes only.

But these trades don’t always go the way you plan. You give more than you get. The terms change. You end up having to trade with yourself.

I staked my future on a single trade.

A life with him for a place on this train.

It’s been 19 revolutions.

No matter how far I travelled, I should have known Wilford would find me.

On Snowpiercer

1,034 cars long.

[dramatic music]

I told Audrey you wanted to see her.

Good, and?

Well, Wilford opens a lot of old wounds, so just go easy on her.

Hello there. Good morning.

Morning, Ruth.

Zarah. Well, congratulations, Mr. Layton. Trade went off without a hitch this morning, and this is for you personally.



Mr. Wilford’s offering treatment to our frostbite patients– victims of his big, ugly, Coldman.

Oh, from the Doctors Headwood. That’s a generous offer, wouldn’t you say?

Not exactly.

[soft dramatic music]

I appreciate that. Thank you.


Frostbite treatment– are you thinking it could help Josie?

Think we have 14 frostbite patients it could help. Bye.


I’m not asleep.


Snowpiercer Engineers launched their climate instruments today.

Oh, yes, the great uplink with Melanie. What if there’s just silence but no contact at all?

Then she froze to death exactly as you said.

Quite the cliffhanger, isn’t it?

What’s he say?

What do you want?

[chuckles] What does Mr. Layton think I want?

I know–your paramour, Miss Audrey.

Oh, “paramour.” What novel are you reading?

Why don’t you just invite her over already?

Because what I want is much more fun. How about a night out, my dear, on Snowpiercer?

[dramatic music]

[indistinct chatter]

[soft dramatic music]

[shaky breathing]


[whispers] No.

Looks like you could use a cup of tea.

[device beeping]

Three brand new bogie motors, procured in the middle of Alaska of all places.

Yep. All right, think I’m all calibrated. I’ve got temperature, humidity, windspeed, and barometer.



And in you go.

She’s been out there for three days, Javi.

I know, man. She’s got the systems up. She’s probably just waiting there, all warm and cozy, for the data.


[low tense music]

He wants an evening out in his Night Car. You’ve been putting off this conversation, so I can only guess what it is you want me to do.

You meant a lot to him.

I spent years washing my hands clean of him.

I’d appreciate understanding it.

When I was 18, I was already a high-end escort. Private parties for the most powerful men and women in Chicago. They would go on for days, these parties, and they were all on his trains. You need to know– I was his exclusively for years. It paid in gold, but I lost everything, and now you’re asking me to reopen Pandora’s box?

If we had you in his ear to gain his trust, to steer him, we will help you–all of us. This is the cause now, Audrey.

I’ll do it, but not for any of you, not for the science or Melanie’s mission. This one’s for me.

An invitation to the esteemed Joseph Wilford. “You are hereby invited to a celebration of science with Snowpiercer and their team of engineers.” A bit much, isn’t it? They’re launching a balloon, not an intercontinental ballistic missile.

They’re asking for a guest list.

Which means you would have to invite some of the crew.

Oh, fiddlesticks. Do I really?

Yes, it’s what we’re here for.


Not Dubs. He’s actually been dragging us around and around the world in desperate search of his paramour.

Don’t say that word!

She’s a poem, you hear me?

Witchy bird of grace that holds the soul of the train.

She’s a key.

Do you want to seize Snowpiercer in your fists with me or not?


We do.

Good. Good. Well, I was thinking of wearing my silk brocade suit and my ruffle shirt. Thought that might be nice.

Takes so little for people to be so happy.

Don’t ruin it. This is the most delicious thing I’ve tasted in seven years.

It gets better.

My good people, you have been so patient. No, no, no, please-please be seated. I promised you fresh fruit and vegetables. You’ve earned them.

[cheers and applause]

But I promised you something else, didn’t I? 1,001 cars to stretch your legs! And tonight I’m gonna fulfill that pledge!

Yes, all of your names are inside this hat. Mr. Wilford will select three crew members for a night out on Snowpiercer.

Our first lucky winner is… Oiler Bob! Come on, Bobby!

[cheers and applause]

[indistinct chatter]

Our second intrepid adventurer…

Don’t freak out. You’ll be one of the names.

Oh, my God, I love you. Is Damien Ho!

[cheers and applause]

I like the cut of your jib, son. And the third and final name on my guest list is… Our seamstress Emelia!

Oh, my goodness!

Come on! Oh, my goodness, it’s me.

She deserves it! She deserves it! Well done. Well done, Emelia!

[dramatic music]

Wilford’s guest list is three names I don’t recognize.

Is there anybody on that list we can turn to our advantage?

All right, I’ll take them to the notary. If they were ticketed on Snowpiercer, we’ll have records.

Good. Ben. Tonight we’ll make first contact with Melanie. Let’s not forget that’s what this evening’s all about.

Yes, it’s a hopeful message to share with our guests.

By celebrating the mission’s first step, we make this endeavor undeniable to them, and Wilford’s cooperation has to be inescapable.

What happens if we bring Wilford up here and we don’t hear from Melanie?

She has to make contact.

Agreed. This is our leap of faith. We want to make inroads with his crew, show them what freedom looks like so that Wilford can’t demonize us.

He’ll be doing the same thing to us– seducing our crew. He’ll try and turn everyone in this room. He’s already got his hooks in some of us.

If you’re referring to me, just come out and say it.

No, I mean anyone who knew him before– anyone he hired personally.

Yeah, well, I worked security detail for the man for four years. Anyone else work for Mr. Wilford?

This circle has got to trust each other. Now, I need you to give Mr. Wilford the greatest night he has ever had aboard Snowpiercer.

Hospitality would like nothing more.

Good, then let’s put on a show.

[soft dramatic music]

I just… I saw all those faces. It just hit me how few of us are left. How many we’ve lost. But here I still am… barely a scratch.

We all ask why, Bess. What do you still stand for?

Oh. I used to know what was true or wasn’t…

Where I belonged. Now I have no one.

It’s just this… [groans softly]

Hey, hey, there’s 3,000 of us left.

2,747 on Snowpiercer. Actually, it’s-it’s 46. A mess chef died yesterday.

Yeah. Billions of souls have left us, Bess.

It’s because we’re so few that the survivor’s guilt feels unbearable. You’re not alone.

[indistinct chatter]

Hmm. All right, would you like to follow me?


All right, okay.

[breathing rapidly]

Oh, oh, oh, that’s amazing.

You see? The patient feels almost instant relief.

What does it do exactly?

It’s a hydrogel based biomate–

All done here.

We have one more patient up in the Second Class clinic.

Right this way. Uh-huh.

I got this one.

Um, I know who you’re taking them to see. Hospitality needs to escort them.

[exhales sharply]

[exhales sharply]

Oh, it’s very serious. Serious indeed.

She’d need custom grafting. Clot busters for blood flow.

Well, she’ll have to come back to our lab.

Is your lab on Big Alice?

Sterile recovery, absolutely no visitors.

Can we have a moment?

Melanie doesn’t understand.

What are we talking about?


Your Andre Layton. Melanie tells me that I should trust him, but it’s him that doesn’t trust me. He has no idea how hard I work.

I do. You know every passenger by name, every class, every guild.

Every nook and every cranny. And just because I admire Mr. Wilford, that doesn’t mean… [sighs] That I’m disloyal. I am loyal to the train. He’s pushing me out. He’s pushing out my department.

Maybe we could help each other.

What do you think about me joining Hospitality?

Go on.

Do you think I should be worried? Does Wilford know who I am?

I think frostbite therapy is too good of a coincidence.

Well, how could they know that much about us already? Our names weren’t on the original manifest. Ruth?

No, not Ruth. Not yet.

Does the therapy work?

It seems to. What the Headwoods are doing on the ship back there, augmenting people for cold resistance. You’d be too isolated.

Look at me, Layton, properly. You haven’t been. I’m not going to recover here.


At least I could be of use back there. You need eyes on them, don’t you? I’ll find out everything that I can.

And I know you’ve got Pike cooking something at the border.

Yeah, if tonight goes as planned, we should have a pipeline.

Well, then… let’s use it.

What is this?

It’s what you get.

You said you were gonna bring all your product to me.

No, I didn’t say that. You said that after you said you don’t like being seen doing business with the tail!

All right, keep it down, relax. There’s a rumor Wilford’s coming uptrain again. Big event in the Night Car, so I’ll take the weed and a good price, hmm?

What you got?

All right. Ooh.


More Britannicas, nice. Hmm? You know, Terence, Janitorial has become a geopolitical casualty. The tail is the new pipeline of riches. Maybe get your mop jockeys to move that quickly for me, and I’ll give you a little more weight next time.


[dramatic music]

Tell your people to stop.

I did not do that.

If you use the Tail in your Wilford game, we’ll come for you. I’ve got 400 to your 10.

Then you will meet more than just Breachmen. There are many, many more of us right under your little nose. [chuckles]

Breachmen incoming.


[people shouting]

What’s the Night Car like, Alex?

I heard it’s a brothel.

I think it’s more like a cabaret.

They’re gonna have everything.

[whispering together] Mangoes.

Excited, are we?

Yes, sir.


Yes, sir.

Well, get this straight. This is my night– a chance for me to meet up with old acquaintances and hopefully see Melanie’s balloon pop in their faces, all right? Easy-peasy. Everybody got their top buttons done up?


Time for your big night out. Come on, come on!

[soft dramatic music]

[indistinct chatter]

The Tailies jumped Bocy. Payback for Lights, I guess. He claims they tried to kill him.

If four Tailies wanted to kill a Breachman, he would be dead.

Look at this shit. Okay, we got Tailies wandering around uptrain with these.

Yo, Layton, we gotta protect ourselves, man.

No one needs to open carry in the market right now! Going crazy over here.

Hey, I told you I’d take care of it.

Bocy, you ever meet Wilford?

Da, first when I was 14– building bridges for him in Serbia.

Guess that makes you a lifer then?

Proud to say it does.

Hey, hey! Come on. What is wrong with you?

My foot slipped, all right?

Hey, you don’t know that guy’s the finger chopper. The hell was that?

Look, I have a Wilford problem. Whether the Breachman did it or not, he’s got support up here, and he’s coming uptrain tonight.

How much do you want Bocy hanging around waving three fingers and riling everybody up.

I can hold him under martial law.

Oh, indefinitely if you want.

Okay, so throw Bocy in the brig, confine the rest to quarters, but I’m telling you there’s something deeper going on here.

I know. I know times are changing. But whatever happens to me, the Tail needs to stand by Layton.

Josie, we have something for you.



I-I didn’t want you to come.

I don’t care, Mom. You’re my hero.

Guess what he’s engineering. Life systems.

I want to be one of the first colonists to be back outside.

You hold on to that hope, Miles. … Right. Ready.



[breathing rapidly]

That’s it.

[Tailies pounding metal]

Are you nervous?

I’m just worried about Audrey.

I’ll have her back… and yours.

Hey–oh, no. No, no, no.

Oh, yes. I’m joining Hospitality.

Ruth is just using you to influence me.

It was my idea, not hers. This way I can keep an eye on her.

I think you should stay out of it.

You need her.

Yeah, so I’ve been told. Thank you.

Then listen and let me help.

[chuckles] Typical. We’re minutes away from being able to leave, and you go and change everything.

What? All I changed was the outfit.

Yeah, teal, it’s not your color.

Since we’re not together anymore, I’m not sure you really get to say that.

[chuckles] Oh, yeah–

Do the other one. Trust me. Let’s see. Much better. Man of the people.

[chuckles] I forgot you were really good at this.

You’re welcome.

Thank you.


Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I present Mr. Wilford and his crew.

[cheers and applause]


[upbeat music]

[people chanting] Wilford, Wilford!

Good to see you all. [laughs]

Thank you very much. Thank you all.

For your area. Thank you very much.

[cheers and applause continues]

There he is.

[cheers and applause]

[groans] Mr. Layton.

Mr. Wilford, we welcome you and your crew to this historic moment of hope for our people. If I could direct all of your attention towards our engineers.

All right.


We’re good. [clears throat]

Good evening, everyone. Tonight, we’ll be launching the first weather balloon that will transmit data to our own Melanie Cavill.

[chuckles] Ben.

Once the balloon reaches height, which is in about 75 minutes, Melanie will link to it, and we’ll hear a signal.

That ping will indicate that Melanie is safe and that our mission is underway.

I say there won’t be a ping. Anyone taking wagers?

It looks like we’re in launch mode now and Javi will do the honors.

Okay, we’re launching in three, two, one.

[cheers and applause]

We’ll be back in a short while to update you with our progress. Thank you.

[muffled upbeat music]

Better finish dressing. Wilford awaits.

I always made him wait.

You sure you want to do this? There’s still time to back out.

I’m sure. Will you take this out to him? Zarah, when I get him in there, if I’m not out in 30 minutes, come get me.

Thank you.

[upbeat violin music]

I see you’ve raided my cellar. ’99 Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes.

[taps microphone]

My friends, we are now crossing the Great Bering Strait Bridge between Alaska and Siberia. Until Mr. Wilford built this bridge, those two shores had not been connected since the last ice age.


So as we roll atop the frozen ocean, let us all raise a glass to Mr. Wilford.

Here, here. To Mr. Wilford.

Mr. Wilford.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you, cheers. Mr. Layton, your journey has been a fascinating one. From stowaway to rebel leader to the running of my train.

All due respect, it’s not your train.

♪ I’m so tired

♪ Of playing

♪ Playing with this bow and arrow ♪

♪ Gonna give my heart away

♪ Leave it to the other girls

♪ To play

[singing Portishead’s “Glory Box”]

♪ For I’ve been a temptress

♪ Too long

♪ Mm, just give me a reason

♪ To love you

♪ Give me a reason

♪ To be

♪ A woman

♪ I just want to be a woman

♪ Mm, yeah

Hello, Joseph.

Miss Audrey.

It’s been a long time.

Dashing of you to drop in.

♪ Give me a reason to love you ♪

♪ Give me a reason

♪ To be

♪ A woman

Are you brushed and watered?

I intend to be. Mm, come.

♪ Just want to be a woman

Let me show you what I’ve done with the place.

There’s nothing I’d like more.

♪ A woman

♪ This is the beginning

♪ Of forever

♪ And ever

♪ It’s time to move over

♪ It’s all I want to be

[eerie music]

Come closer.

Let me see what the years have done to you.


You’re different.

The freeze changed us all, the Night Car too.


I made her into something new. It’s still a playground, but not so much for individual pleasure.

No pleasure at all.

Let me show you. Every single person on this train is traumatized. I try and help them find peace.

We can be frank with each other about what we lost.

I never lose anything.

No regrets at all, Joseph? Everyone’s grieving save you.

I grieve losing you for seven years.

This experience requires you to open your heart. Let me in.

[dramatic music]

Can you do that?

What is going on exactly? Sticky, little honeypot?

That’s up to them, Ruth. They got 40 minutes till the next act with the weather balloon. Keep those ones happy.

Good day, love. More wine?

Holy shit, are you Aussie?

Yeah, fair dinkum. I’m the last Aussie.

Nah, mate, I’m the last Aussie.

What, really? Shit, it’s truth, Z. She’s from Aus.

No way.



I’m Murray.


Emelia–hey, you’re not from Sydney, are you?

No, I’m from Perth.

You’re from Perth?

She’s a western girl.

Anything else I can get you?

Mm, so many things, but I’ll settle for another.



I remember you-Lilah Junior.

It’s LJ. I remember you too. You’re Melanie’s daughter. You were such a dork.

You were such a bitch.

Accurate. [chuckles] Come on.

♪ This is suicide

♪ This is suicide

♪ You won’t get to say

♪ You won’t get to care

♪ When the time has passed to wonder ♪

♪ On the little that is there ♪

I was supposed to be on the laundry on Snowpiercer, but it left without us.

Is that what you do on Big Alice?

I’m not supposed to say.

You guys all right over there?

Yeah, we’re all good.

I might have a way to keep in touch. Here.

What are they?

They’re my lucky goggles. You take ’em. You wear ’em on your train, and someone will contact you.


Come on.Mm-hmm, mm-hmm. Best part about being a janitor…

[door chimes]

Is you get to go everywhere.[laughs]

[soft dramatic music]


[sighs] I brought presents.

An Encyclopedia Britannica.

W, which has wooly mammoth– totally badass, totally extinct.





Tell me what you see.

There’s dancing.

I can hear a band playing and your voice in my ear.

Tell me what else you’re experiencing.

[water drips]

[The Irrepressibles’ “In This Shirt” playing faintly]

♪ In a rainbow

♪ Now our rainbow is gone

♪ Overcast by your shadow

♪ As our worlds move on

♪ In this shirt

♪ I can be you

♪ To be near you for a while ♪

♪ In this shirt

♪ I can be you

♪ To be near you

♪ For a while

♪ There’s a crane

♪ Knocking down

♪ All these things that we were ♪

♪ I awake

♪ In the night


♪ To hear the engines pouting ♪

♪ There’s a pain

You made me cut my own wrists.


But I saved you.

♪ There’s a thorn

♪ In my side


♪ It’s the shame

♪ It’s the prize

♪ Of you and me

I want it, Audrey.


Please, I need it. I need you.

You’re the only one. You’re the only one, Audrey. I need it.

[eerie music]


I want it. I want it.



[upbeat music]

That’s five minute warning from the engine.


Five minute warning.


[eerie music]


My parents froze to death with, like, 170 other people in the war, so my mom is probably somewhere like–


Do you miss her?

Literally everybody in the world froze to death, so…

Well, I just got around to even knowing my mom again, and now she’s off on a gold sled, so guess she’s somewhere freezing doing this.

[laughter] But Wilford, he raised you, though, right?

Yeah. He would hate to hear me saying this, but I just didn’t know I was gonna care about Melanie this much.

[soft dramatic music]


Hey, see up there, that flashing light? Isn’t that her balloon?

Yeah, it is.

Maybe she can see it too.

We must be at the altitude for her uplink. I should probably go.

Let’s not be friends. [chuckles]

Total enemies.

Right now.

Excuse me, thank you. Where is Mr. Wilford? It’s about to start. He’s going to miss it.

Is Audrey okay?

She’s fine. They’re coming, I think.

Are you excited, Alexandra? It’s a big moment.

Wilford thinks she’s dead already.

What do you think?

I think that if there’s one person that could survive out there, maybe it’s her.

That’s right.

Oh, goodie. There you are, sir. Got a seat for you right up front.

Finally, the main event. The countdown we’ve all been waiting for.

Welcome back, sir. Thanks, Layton.

Hello again from the cockpit of Snowpiercer. Please take your own front seat to history. Our weather balloon is at 34,000.

700 meters. Once it hits 35,000, Melanie should link to it and start collecting all of its weather data.

The first step in her finding where we can start recolonization.

Here we go. We are at 34,800.


[pops balloon]

[startled yelps]


[faint electronic beeping continues]

35,000 meters.





[computer pings]

[cheers and applause]


[cheers and applause]

Yes, yes, yes!

[laughs] Yes!

Yes, Melanie, yes!

[tense music]

[dramatic pop music]

[singing in French]


What was that between you and Wilford?

I told you what could happen.

Should I be worried?

Trust me. He’s exactly where we want him.

[eerie music]

[dramatic music]


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