Tscc 2x11 SELF MADE MAN- Cameron ending
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[scene opens outside the LA County Library of Records, then cut to Cameron ringing the bell to a door marked "Employee Entrance Only" ... A young male library worker answers, and she hands him a brown paper bag]
CAMERON: One glazed, one rainbow sprinkle, one cinnamon twist.
[he takes the bag]
ERIC: You never forget, do you?
CAMERON: No, I don't.
[she enters and he closes the door behind her]
[Cameron is sitting at a table in the library, looking through books, as Eric (who is in a wheelchair) looks on]
ERIC: Is your brother still seeing that crazy blonde?
CAMERON: Yes. It's become a problem. She snuck out the window one night and left the alarm off. We got robbed.
ERIC: No way. Did you catch who did it?
[cut to a flashback of Cameron shooting the thieves at point-blank range, then back to the library]
CAMERON: [pause] Everything worked out fine.
ERIC: That's a pretty zen attitude ...
CAMERON: "The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief" ...
ERIC: [smiles] You read Othello.
CAMERON: You asked me to.
ERIC: Did you like it?
CAMERON: It was more violent than I expected.
ERIC: Well, I should've warned you ...
CAMERON: No. Everything worked out fine ...
[she looks at the paper bag on the table]
CAMERON: You're not eating your doughnuts.
ERIC: Oh, later.
CAMERON: [pause] Do you have "A History of California Field Artillery"? I'm interested in the ancient muzzle-loading rifles used during the Murdoch-Indian war.
ERIC: Uh ... In the "California" room.
[cut to Eric in the California room, looking through the bookstacks, as Cameron is looking around on the other side of the room]
ERIC: Have a big week. Got a paper due on Thursday, Peter the Great's war with the Turks and the technological modernization of imperial Russia ... It's better than it sounds.
[she picks up an old framed photograph]
ERIC: What're you looking at?
[she points to the man in the photo, who is looking up at the sky]
CAMERON: Him ... I know him.
ERIC: Not unless you're about, oh, a hundred and ten years old. That photo's from 1920, see?
[he points at the date under the black and white photograph]
ERIC: "December 31st, 1920."
CAMERON: What was he doing in 1920? What is this picture from?
ERIC: Famous New Year's Eve speak-easy fire, during Prohibition. Forty three people died. There were rumors someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the door, lots of rivalries between the different speak-easy clubs ...
CAMERON: I need to know what happened to him ...
[Eric is using the microfilm machine]
ERIC: Most periodicals from the twenties haven't been transferred to digital, so this could take awhile ... but a fire that big, there's always survivor stories. Like with the Titanic, y'know? There's only one Titanic survivor left, Millvina Dean. Course, she was only two months old when it happened, so her story isn't particularly instructive.
CAMERON: [pause] You're a very happy person.
ERIC: I am?
CAMERON: I don't know that many happy people.
ERIC: Well, I guess that's my own little survivor story. Of course, having bone cancer was like being the Titanic and the iceberg ...
[he nervously laughs]
ERIC: So, uh, why do you wanna find out about this guy?
CAMERON: I'm interested in the past. It affects everything in the future.
ERIC: "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."
CAMERON: [pause] Or die.
[he starts putting on his sweater]
CAMERON: What's wrong?
ERIC: Oh, little cold in here.
CAMERON: It's seventy six degrees ...
[she hands him one of the microfilms]
CAMERON: Check this one, "D6."
[he puts it into the machine]
ERIC: That's him, that's the guy from the fire.
CAMERON: Who's that other man?
ERIC: Rudolph Valentino.
[Cameron gives no reaction, so Eric gives an incredulous look]
ERIC: The greatest silent film star of all time? Oh, you kids today with your rock 'n roll and your obsession with medieval siege weapons!
[Cameron apparently doesn't pay attention, as she reads the byline on the screen]
CAMERON: "Rudolph Valentino and Myron Stark at the premiere of 'The Shiek'" ... What was Stark doing there?
ERIC: Living it up on the red carpet ...
[Cameron moves in for a closer look]
CAMERON: Stark is shaking hands with Valentino, but look at his eyeline. He's looking at that man.
ERIC: Rupert Chandler ...
ERIC: Check out that hat.
CAMERON: We could search the city and county records for more on Stark. Where are they?
ERIC: Basement, Vital Records. But it's locked, and I don't have the keys.
[Cameron immediately heads for the door]
ERIC: You'll have to come back in the morning and talk with Barry ...
[he notices her leaving]
ERIC: Excuse me, where are you going?
[Cameron has gotten into the Vital Records room and is searching through documents when Eric wheels in through the open door]
ERIC: Are you trying to get me fired?
ERIC: Then what're you doing down here?
CAMERON: Looking for records on Myron Stark. I don't think he was who everyone thinks he was.
ERIC: I let you in, after hours, whenever you want. And for you to go and do this, exactly what I tell you not to, really not cool!
CAMERON: I need the information.
ERIC: And I need this job! You broke the lock!
[Cameron is still focusing on the papers and does not look up at him]
CAMERON: [calmly] I'll fix it ...
ERIC: Just put it back! Put it all back ...
[he tries to move towards the boxes on the floor, but falls out of his wheelchair, so Cameron turns and tries to help him up]
ERIC: [angrily] Don't!
[he slowly picks himself up and gets back in the chair, then leaves]
[Cameron finds Eric restacking the shelves using a reach extender]
CAMERON: I'm sorry. I shouldn't have gone down there.
ERIC: [not looking at her] Forget it. It's no big deal.
CAMERON: Yes it is. We're friends. I don't really have many friends. Actually, I don't have any friends.
ERIC: You? That, that can't be true.
[Cameron says nothing, and walks away]
ERIC: So ... did you find anything out down there?
CAMERON: No. There's no record of Myron Stark before the fire.
ERIC: Dead end.
CAMERON: I don't like dead ends.
ERIC: He could'a been an immigrant. Came through Ellis Island, shortened his name, worked his way up from nothing. It's the immigrant spirit. Single-minded pursuit of a goal, never giving up. Buying into the American dream.
CAMERON: An effective strategy.
ERIC: Either that or he robbed banks
[he laughs, but stops when he sees Cameron's blank stare]
CAMERON: Can you show me police records?
[cut to Eric playing an old vinyl record]
VOICE 1: Shortly after 2 PM, a lone robber held up the La Brea Savings and Loan. Witnesses say the masked man, armed with a Thompson submachine gun and a daring disregard for human life, opened fire. Eight citizens were felled and did not live to tell about it. This is the third bank robbed in this fashion in recent weeks. Detective, can you tell us how much was looted from the vault?
VOICE 2: Over seventy thousand in cash, silver, and liberty bonds.
VOICE 1: Was the robber injured in the fray?
VOICE 2: Police let fly with a hail of bullets and the robber was hit with nearly thirty rounds, but escaped on foot.
VOICE 1: Now, how in God's name did he survive?
VOICE 2: That has not been ascertained, but a manhunt is underway.
[Eric reaches over and takes the needle off the record]
ERIC: You really think he robbed banks?
CAMERON: It's a very effective strategy.
[cut to Cameron and Eric in another room, as she looks through a folder filled with papers]
ERIC: But why? What did he need it for?
CAMERON: To buy into the American dream.
[Eric reaches over and starts looking through another folder]
ERIC: Stark bought parcels of land in the San Fernando Valley, Burbank, Sunland, Van Nuys ...
CAMERON: Two days after the last heist.
ERIC: What'd he do with all that land?
CAMERON: He built houses. I found this application for a business license. Construction.
[cut to the two watching an old film reel called "Myron Stark vs. Rupert Chandler" about their competing construction businesses, then the scene changes to Eric bringing some boxes of papers to Cameron]
ERIC: Here's more on Chandler and Jeffers, and something really strange. Fred Jeffers, Rupert Chandler's man, went missing back in 1925. Was never found ...
[Eric moves some folders on the table to make room, knocking over Cameron's purse and revealing the gun inside]
ERIC: What is this?
CAMERON: A 17-round glock nine millimeter semi-automatic.
ERIC: Why do you have it?
CAMERON: In case I need it.
ERIC: Have you ever used it?
CAMERON: [pause] Yes.
ERIC: Are you in trouble?
ERIC: Are you afraid of someone?
CAMERON: Afraid? No.
ERIC: I've seen cuts ... on your face. There was one last week. You were wearing makeup. Uh ...
CAMERON: Sometimes ... I get into fights.
ERIC: What? Why?
CAMERON: My brother. There are people out to hurt him. I protect him.
ERIC: Who protects you?
CAMERON: I do.
ERIC: [pause] Why are we doing this? Why is Myron Stark so important?
CAMERON: He was doing something and it doesn't make sense to me. I need to find out what it was.
ERIC: None of this makes sense to me! Not you, not the gun, not the guy in the photograph ...
CAMERON: [pause] I know.
[she motions for him to hand her the gun]
ERIC: I've never fired a gun before ...
CAMERON: [pause] Do you want to?
ERIC: Sure, but I--
[without hesitation, Cameron places two phonebooks against the wall opposite him]
ERIC: Wait, no! No, we can't do this here ...
CAMERON: Grip it with both hands ... Squeeze the trigger slowly.
[he nervously holds up the gun]
[he fires and hits the target]
ERIC: [shocked] Whooaa ...
[she takes the bullet out from between the phonebooks and hands it to him, but he instantly drops it because it's still hot]
[he looks and Cameron and laughs nervously]
[Cameron and Eric are watching an old VHS tape which shows that the remains of Fred Jeffers were found in a ravine during the 1980s, then cut to Eric reading an article on the disappearance]
ERIC: "Jeffers' disappearance was a terrible blow for Chandler, who endured a string of tragedies, starting with the death of his beloved son Will who died on New Year's Eve 1920" ... New Year's Eve, 1920.
CAMERON: Will Chandler died in the speak-easy fire.
ERIC: And Myron Stark was there, so there must be a connection.
[Cameron walks into the mens' bathroom, where Eric is inside the disabled stall]
CAMERON: I found Will Chandler's obituary.
ERIC: [from off camera] I'm kind of peeing right now, okay? Can't it wait?
CAMERON: Four hundred people came to his funeral. He had a lot of friends.
ERIC: [from off camera] His father had a lot of money. There's a difference.
CAMERON: I think Stark killed him.
ERIC: [from off camera] We don't even know if they knew each other. And if Stark wanted to kill Chandler, why take out forty three innocent people?
CAMERON: Happens ...
[she pauses and looks in the bathroom mirror]
CAMERON: Do you ever think about dying?
ERIC: [from off camera] About what?
CAMERON: Or about suicide?
ERIC: [from off camera] Why would I think about that?
CAMERON: Because there's something wrong with you.
ERIC: [from off camera] Gee, don't ever look for work as a counselor ...
[he exits the stall]
ERIC: I've never thought about killing myself. Not for a minute. It would destroy my mom, for one. I mean, I couldn't do that to my family. To the people who love me. Could you?
[she says nothing]
ERIC: Anyways, I'm not sick anymore. I mean, I have to get a scan every six months, but so far, I'm clean.
[she gives a weak smile, then cut to Eric and Cameron going down a hallway]
ERIC: Earlier, when I cross-referenced the names of survivors of the fire, this woman's name came up in a documentary about the Roaring Twenties.
CAMERON: It might tell us more about what happened inside the speak-easy.
ERIC: The film vault's on the top floor. You'll have to go alone.
ERIC: No wheelchair access.
[in one motion, Cameron reaches down and picks Eric up out of his chair]
ERIC: Whoa, whoa! You're really strong ...
CAMERON: I work out.
[cut to inside the library's film vault, containing shelves full of old film canisters]
ERIC: Wow. Look at all this. DVDs are alright, but this is the real deal. Silver nitrate, raw, before filmmakers figured out all the tricks. Pure humanity on film. None of that computer-generated digital crap they do today. All these people captured, frozen in time. They never age. I mean, a hundred years can pass, they'll still be here, still look exactly the same ... Would be nice, wouldn't it? Freeze yourself in a moment, the best moment of your life. Have things never change. Be beautiful, healthy, strong.
[Cameron gives no reaction]
ERIC: Anyway ...
[he gives a nervous laugh]
ERIC: Don't let me get all A.E. Housman on you ... Uh, the documentaries are up there.
[she pulls a canister from the top shelf, then cut to Eric running a film projector as they watch footage of an elderly woman talking about her memories of the speak-easy fire]
CAMERON: The fire, it was an accident.
ERIC: Yeah, sounds like there was some electrical problem.
CAMERON: He didn't mean to kill all those people.
ERIC: No, of course not.
[Eric and Cameron are sitting at a table, as Eric leafs through a folder full of papers]
ERIC: Tax records ... They show Chandler's rivalry with Stark cost him everything. His business went under in July 1925, his assets were auctioned off to pay off his debt, including the property at 3rd and Pico. Bankruptcy, traffic accidents, the death of a beloved son. It's like the family's cursed.
CAMERON: Does it say who bought it? The Pico property?
[cut to Eric unrolling a blueprint for the Pico Tower property, initialized in the bottom right-hand corner]
CAMERON: [reading the initials] "M.S."
ERIC: Stark? So he not only bought the land, but he designed it himself?
CAMERON: The building, it's about the building.
ERIC: What is?
CAMERON: Stark accidentally killed the man who was going to build it, so he had to build it himself. Everything he did was to drive Chandler under and get him to sell that land.
ERIC: [pause] Okay.
CAMERON: There must be a reason why Stark needed to build it.
[Eric looks through another folder]
ERIC: You wanna know the really weird thing? Stark disappeared two weeks before the building opened in May of 1927.
ERIC: Fell off the face of the earth. Never seen again ...
CAMERON: What's happened at Pico Tower since it was built? Anything important? Anything on New Year's Eve?
ERIC: New Year's Eve when?
CAMERON: Any New Year's Eve.
ERIC: Not that I can see. In fact, it's closed now. They had to retrofit after the last earthquake. I'm not sure when they're re-opening.
[Cameron suddenly heads for the exit]
ERIC: Hey ...
[cut to Cameron breaking into the Pico Tower building, where she finds that "Myron Stark" has been hidden behind a brick wall all these years, waiting for New Year's Eve 2010 to arrive in order to terminate Governor Mark Wyman]
[Cameron is back in the library, having destroyed the T-888 cyborg known as Myron Stark, and is applying makeup to hide her battle scars when Eric wheels into the room]
ERIC: Hey, I thought you left. What're you doing back here ...
[he notices her scars]
ERIC: Are you alright? What happened?
CAMERON: I'm fine.
ERIC: Your brother again?
CAMERON: I'm fine ...
[she looks down and sees the bag of uneaten doughnuts]
CAMERON: You never touched your doughnuts.
ERIC: I wasn't hungry.
CAMERON: Your muscles are weak. It was difficult for you to pull the trigger of the glock. And you've lost eight percent of your body fat in the past two weeks. When I carried you into the film vault, I weighed you.
ERIC: [pause] Wait, what? This whole night, the entire time you've been examining me? Whu, what the hell is going on here?
CAMERON: Your cancer's back. You have a secondary tumor in the long bone of your arm, and possibly your lungs.
ERIC: [shocked] Are you joking?
ERIC: Then you're crazy. You don't know what you're talking about.
CAMERON: Ewing's Sarcoma. First identified in the 1920s--
ERIC: [angrily] I know what it is, okay? I'm the one in here ... No wonder you don't have any friends. You can't just do things like that! You can't just show up whenever you need something. You can't carry a gun around and freak people out, and walk into the bathroom when a guy's taking a leak and ask him if he's gonna kill himself! And you can't just blurt things out like "You have cancer", especially to somebody who's already had it! You have no clue, do you? You have no idea what it's like to have something inside of you. Something that's damaged.
CAMERON: It's like a bomb ... waiting to go off.
ERIC: [looks away] I need to finish my paper.
CAMERON: You should make an appointment with your oncologist. The tumor's still small--
ERIC: Get out.
[she leaves, as Eric refuses to look at her]
[Cameron is again ringing the bell at the employee entrance of the library, but this time a young female student opens the door]
FEMALE STUDENT: We're closed.
CAMERON: Is Eric here?
FEMALE STUDENT: [pause] Eric?
CAMERON: He works the night shift. He lets me in.
FEMALE STUDENT: I have no idea. They just called and asked me to come in. Sorry.
[she starts to close the door, when Cameron suddenly smiles and holds up another brown paper bag]
CAMERON: Do you like doughnuts? I have one glazed, one rainbow sprinkle, one cinnamon twist.
[the female student takes the bag and motions for her to come in]
Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles - Season 2, Episode 11 ("Self Made Man")
She never sleeps, so what does she do at night? Cameron's surprising secret life is revealed, as we find out she's been going to the Los Angeles County Library of Records for information to repair her damaged brain system. It is here where she spots a T-888 Terminator in an old photograph dating back to 1920. She teams up with a paraplegic library aide named Eric (Billy Lush) to uncover the mystery to why this Terminator was sent back, what its mission was, and where it is now.
Eric is the after-hours caretaker at a local library in Los Angeles, and a friend of Cameron's. He is confined to a wheelchair due to the degenerative effects of Ewing's Sarcoma, a type of cancer.
Relationship with Cameron
In "Self Made Man" it is revealed that Cameron has been harboring a close friendship with a paraplegic called Eric, who works the night shift at a local library. She apparently visits him every night and routinely brings him a bag of donuts each time, in payment for after hours access to the archives and facilities. Her reason for visiting the library is ambiguous, though it is implied that she is simply expanding her database as she researches medieval warfare and weaponry. Cameron is a welcome visitor who has been in contact with Eric for many weeks, discussing various topics and spending hours researching as well as refining her human mannerisms (which explains her sudden increase in human emulation in previous episodes).
Cameron also confides details about her personal life, though she mixes the facts to avoid revealing the true nature of her existence. For example; she tells Eric about her trip to Mexico to visit a "friend", only for her "friend" to be "already gone when we got there" (referring to Cromartie's disappearance from his grave site). She also discusses John's relationship with Riley, telling Eric about the robbery incident. Cameron is seen to genuinely enjoy Eric's company and claims to have read Othello simply because he asked her to. It is unclear if she is purposely testing her infiltration abilities on him or if her behaviour (awkward smiles, thoughtfulness, intrigue) is actually her own personality given a chance to show.
In addition to her ulterior motives, Cameron clearly values his company and shows genuine concern in regards to his wellbeing. When he accidentally falls out of his wheelchair whilst trying to get her to put away some restricted files, Cameron immediately offers him her hand to help him back up. She later apologizes for the incident and calls him her friend, admitting that she doesn't actually have any of her own. When Eric is unable to follow her up to the video archives due to there being no wheelchair access, Cameron decidedly picks him up and carries him up the stairs. She also allows him to fire her Glock 17 into two phone books and gives him the bullet as a souvenir.
During the course of her visit in "Self Made Man", Cameron observes his loss of weight and muscle strength, commenting several times on him not eating the donuts she brought him. She later performs a CAT scan on him, revealing that he has a tumor on his right arm and possibly his lungs (despite telling Sarah in "Gnothi Seauton" that she lacked this scanning ability). Eric is upset by her blunt warning and debunks her belief that he has cancer again. Cameron advises him to see his doctor about the tumor, as it is still in its early stages and can be removed. Eric criticizes her behavior and attributes her lack of friends to her social flaws.
He asks her to leave and Cameron gathers her belongings but hovers hesitantly over him for a long moment, before walking away reluctantly, looking over her shoulder at him in a sullen manner before leaving the library. She returns to the library the following night and discovers that Eric has been replaced (possibly temporarily) by a woman, who informs Cameron that Eric is absent for personal reasons. Cameron shows no sign of being upset about this and offers the woman a bag of donuts, repeating her ingratiation of Eric with the new night worker. It is unknown what happened to Eric, though it is very likely that he followed her advice and visited his doctor.
When Cameron returns from her battle with Myron Stark, she informs Eric that his cancer is back. Despite his protests, Cameron does not relent in her diagnosis. She urges him to see his doctor. The next night, when Cameron shows up for their nightly meetings, she is greeted by an unknown young woman who informs Cameron that she was called to fill in for Eric. Cameron appears only slightly daunted, and offers her the donuts instead. At this point it is unknown why Eric didn't show up for work, but considering the revelation that he was discovered to have cancer again, he may have needed to go to hospital if he followed Cameron's advice and saw a doctor.
* Cameron appears to have met Eric many weeks before the events in "Self Made Man", and given her increased interpersonal behavior, it is possible that she met him at least as far back as "Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today". She may even have met him long before then, though this would be inconsistent with her heightened mannerism capabilities.
* Eric is the only other person that Cameron has shown genuine affection for, other than John. Though she lives with Sarah and spends a lot of time with Derek, Cameron's relationships with them are tenuous at best, whereas she has an actual friendly relationship with Eric. She describes him as being her only friend, and shares potentially compromising information with him despite there being no operational need to do so.
* Cameron's blank reaction to Eric's disappearance would suggest that she never really cared about him, but she may have determined that he had simply followed her instructions and has undergone a new cycle of cancer therapy (hence his absence).