Mean Streets MAD

Only One Is Ever Happy
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October 2, 2010

Ehud goes to visit Max Arguello. Max says no one has seen Eleanor Saroyan in Blackstone, but a fellow long-term inmate, Sal, reported that he overheard three men refer to Saroyan as a potential means of finding Tamar, Ehud’s sister. They discussed releasing her into the “general population.”

Gil puts a tail on Saroyan. Ceelie goes out to tail the two mystery guys who are also following Saroyan. Matt checks Ceelie’s pictures of the mystery operatives and reports that the operatives all have had restraining orders laid on them. They’re barred from Saroyan’s presence. They seem to have a way of tracking Saroyan. Nikki evaluates their dialect and thinks they’re probably mid-Atlantic in origin. Gil learns that the mystery operatives seem to have LoJacked Saroyan. Matt observes that the mystery men seem to be two file clerks with the Department of Justice.

Matt reports that the two men mentioned two names, Stark and Foley—Calvin Stark, Deputy Director of the FBI, and Gerald Foley, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Agriculture. Mark then reports that Stark and Foley once worked for the Department of Defense as file clerks.

Gil goes to see Saroyan. Saroyan reveals covertly that she knows someone has surgically placed a tracking device beneath her skin. She tells him to take his things with him. Saroyan says something that William Lochland would often say, “In relationships like ours only one person is ever happy.”

Gil looks through his things and finds an immunosuppressant drug hidden in his razor.

Matt says that no less than seven of Stark’s subjects disappeared into the federal prison system.

Peter says that he suspects the device might be explosive.

The team concocts a tanning-salon scheme to remove the device from Saroyan’s back. Sybil recruits Cecelia Sarbaines to take Saroyan to the salon where Gil has disguised the equipment to scan Saroyan as a tanning bed.

Gil later analyzes the data and learns that the device is integrated into Saroyan’s nervous system and contains a binary chemical explosive. He learns that the device comes from Copeland Medical Devices, a subsidiary of Lochland Pharmaceutical Corporation.

Ed, Ehud, and Sybil go to see Valentin Zukovsky to ask him for his expertise in intelligence and counterintelligence. They ask him to investigate Stark and Foley, and Sybil mentions her hunch that it has to do with Project Sauron.

Nikki goes home and meets a stranger on her doorstep, her grandfather (mother’s father) Milton Fine. He claims he’s been looking for Nikki’s mother for twenty-five years. Nikki’s mother, he says, changed her name from Fine to Patterson. He says his wife passed away a few years ago. He shows Nikki pictures of his family—him, his wife, a girl whom he identifies as Nikki’s mother, and a little boy of approximately the same age whom he identifies as Derek, Nikki’s uncle.

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Coming Out Of Retirement
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September 25, 2010

Kessling tells Ehud that they’ve found a dead man who’s one of Ehud’s family friends, Albert Nesh. He was shot by a mental patient named Oliver Wilson who claimed he was from the Nebulon galaxy and who had a ray gun. Nesh was wearing a superhero-like costume when he died.

Ehud goes to visit his friend Max in Blackstone. He asks Max for information on Eleanor Saroyan.

Christopher Palermo, DDS agent, calls Ed and asks him to look for boxes marked “Project Preservation” or with a particular reference number. Ed asks Topher to look at the specs of the transmogrifying ray. Ed delivers copies of the papers from Cloverfield to Palermo.

Ed takes pictures of the ray gun to Ceelie’s dad. He identifies it as a weapon once used by Argent Beam (otherwise known as Price Millhouse), a villain from the 1960s. His enemy was Specter, whose costume matched the costume in which Mr. Nesh was found. Ed finds a costume in a hiding place in the apartment above the deli. The costume belonged to Ghost, Specter’s sidekick.

Ehud goes to Mr. Nesh’s funeral where a woman who’s had a crush on him since she was a girl—

(Dealer points are fun.)

—tries to corner him. Her name is Vera. Ehud had the foresight to bring Matt with him and uses him to deflect Vera’s attentions. Ehud learns that Nesh had begun training himself again to fight crime.

Ed visits the dojo where Nesh trained. He meets Chuck, the owner.

Matt tells them that the person who lived in the apartment above the deli was Sydney Kless. They also learn where Price Millhouse lives.

The team visits Price Millhouse. Ed finds a missing baton from Specter’s murder scene. Millhouse admits that he murdered Nesh out of revenge. Kessling comes to arrest Nesh.

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The Empty Chair
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September 18, 2010

The team members receive text messages directing them toward an abandoned warehouse where a dozen armed guards, a half-dozen technical people, and a couple of suits work on something. Ed tells them the people in the warehouse are trying to create a monster. They fight down the gunmen, find an unfinished transmogrifier chair, and then leave before the police show up.

Gil pulls a hard drive at the warehouse and learns that the scientists were able to complete five pellets meant to power the chair.

The team goes to a party held by Iris Frost at the Frost family beach house. Iris announces that she met Cyrus Frost while she was working as an exotic dancer. Dolores says she can ask around to find out where Eleanor Saroyan is.

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The Ethics Of Terminal Velocity
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August 28, 2010

Gil learns from his lab analysis that the Confederate currency is genuine and was part of a collection that disappeared in the 1970s. The collection belonged to a man named Roland Evans.

The team invites Barry to a Foundation safe house to consult him on the case, but he has nothing to add except that he suspects the Confederate currency is unrelated to the film and merely contemporaneous with it. That is, Spence hid the items at the same time, but they have nothing to do with one another.

Gil’s lab tells him the Confederate currency is counterfeit.

Ehud calls to tell Ed that Valentin Zukovsky got a lead on the item, the vial of blood, that Saroyan paid to acquire. (Ehud is at an O’Riordan wake.)

Gil and Nikki go to see Leonard Berkshire. Gil shows Berkshire several stills from the snuff film. Berkshire seems to believe that Gil is willing to continue to conceal the evidence, and he says that there are several other members of Crescent City’s political and financial elite who engaged in similar activities. He calls it “the club.”

Malkovich tells Ed to deliver the film to Berkshire’s suitcase.

The team has a discussion of the ethics involved in torturing, psychologically, a torturer, Leonard Berkshire, to acquire further names for investigation. (My fault. I’ve been longing for an opportunity to drop someone from a great height into the Arctic. Ah, well. A girl can dream.)

Ed and Ceelie go to see Valentin Zukovsky. Zukovsky tells them the blood was from Crimson Justice, and incidentally Zukovsky thinks Crimson Justice was a powerful Communist agent. Zukovsky thinks the blood was obtained sometime in the 1960s.

Ed and Ceelie manage to slip the film into Leonard Berkshire’s baggage at the airport. A TSA inspector finds the film, and security picks Berkshire up after he passes through the checkpoint. The authorities descend, and Ed and Ceelie leave.

Later the news covers Leonard Berkshire’s arrest on suspicion of murder. The FBI puts him in protective custody because they can’t trust the Crescent City PD.

The team meets with Evans to ask him about the money’s significance. Evans is a Civil War historian funded by his family’s fortune. Evans says the money was minted in Richmond and was going to be shipped south to Florida. It was hijacked in the process, and the money was taken north to buy black-market weapons from a Confederate source. A mask took the money from them and was going to use the money to smuggle slaves out of the South, into the North.

Evans shows them the bag in which the money was delivered on its original journey. He says that rumor has it that the original courier was a Union spy who traded the real currency for counterfeit currency printed in the North to devalue Confederate money. The bag has three initials in it, AJW.

Gil realizes, from looking at photographs of the original display in which Evans kept the money, that four bills are missing. Evans provides his original police report in which he mentions those extra bills. However the police report on file with the CCPD excludes those bills. Evans tells the team that those bills has a blood stain on them reputed to have come from the mask who made the final heist. Research into the Wise family history comes up with the name Andrew Jackson Wise. Ed finds a picture of him, and A.J. Wise does not resemble Solomon sufficiently to be an alias.

Genetic analysis reveals that Wise has a dominant genome. The Wise bloodline breeds true. In fact Ed looks exactly like A.J. Wise.

Ehud and Dolores, meanwhile, have been driving to Minnesota to inform the family of the murder victim from the snuff film.

Evans tells them that he once hosted a Victory Day party and that William Lochland tried to purchase the money.

Malkovich gives the team invitations to a beach party hosted by Sybil’s mother, Iris Frost.

Zukovsky gives Ed a report from a Soviet agent in the U.S. about the activities of Red Hero, but the report demonstrates that Red Hero isn’t Wise. Instead Red Hero refers to Captain Amazing, husband of Miss Meteor. Ed recognizes her from his flashback.

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August 21, 2010

When Nikki returns from her internship in California, she learns that Florence, a woman who sometimes borrows her house, was attacked on the premises. Nikki learns from Florence’s story that the Un-Ceelie saved Florence from a beating.

Sybil interviews Florence and announces that the people waiting at Nikki’s house were Italian mobsters.

Ceelie, Ehud, and Sybil try to extract information from the mobsters by sweeping the streets. They eventually meet Gillespie, who says he’s the straw man, someone who’s been elected to deal with masks. Gillespie indicates that, after some difficulties with another mobster, he’ll contact the team with further information within an hour. The team goes on to cause more trouble, and Nikki joins them.

Gillespie tells them the mobsters were looking for a video camera and a bag of money. Phillip Spence hid these items with Nikki’s mother. Phillip Spence was Nikki’s mother’s lover. The team procures an address and phone number for Phillip Spence, who’s been recently released from prison.

The crime for which Spence was arrested was a blackmail case, the target of which was a city councilman who eventually became district attorney and then mayor. From the vigor of the prosecution it seems that Spence had developed enemies who wanted to put him away for a long time. Spence was a bartender at the strip club where Nikki’s mother worked.

The team goes to Nikki’s house to look for Spence’s camera and money. Ehud finds a hidden area where they find both the camera and the money, pristine Confederate currency.

Nikki views the silent movie developed from the film and finds that it’s a piece of kinky amateur pornography starring an underage girl and two men, one a director. It turns out to be a torture film. The girl is unusually resistant to the damage inflicted on her (although it turns out that that’s due to the expertise of the torturers, not any inherent ability in the victim).

Gil later recognizes one of the men as his father, William Patrick Lochland.

Ceelie looks at a picture of one of the medical examiners responsible for writing the report on a Jane Doe who died of stab wounds, and one of them looks like he could be the father of the other man in the movie. The team guesses that the other man might be Leonard Berkshire, head of Sacred Heart Hospital and potential president of Crescent City University.

Gil goes to visit his family home and has a conversation with his mother while he’s looking for a connection to the Berkshires in his father’s things. His mother suggests that any evidence of William’s wrong-doing has already been destroyed by an employee.

Kessling brings the team a box of missing-persons files from the appropriate time, and Ehud finds the picture of the victim. Ceelie, Ehud, and Sybil goes to visit Winston Bloqzk, Crescent City’s sole cold-case investigator. Ehud asks Bloqzk to help him identify the victim.

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Icky Truths - GM Notes

The team began looking into something that happened at Nikki’s place while she was out of town. Her friend Florence will often use Nikki’s place to entertain. She has a full time boyfriend, and a need for additional entertainment. She was attacked, in Nikki’s house, by two men. She was convinced they would have killed her, but luckily someone intervened. The UnCeelie. The attackers got away, but the UnCeelie stayed until the paramedics arrived.

This led to the question of why. The thugs had torn Nikki’s place apart, they were obviously looking for something. Later on the team went back to look for whatever it might have been, having learned that the thugs were acting for a third party, not their normal mob bosses. They found an old movie camera and a bag of money. Crisp confederate currency.

The film was developed and Nikki watched it. It turned out to be a snuff film. When the team looked it over Gil realized that one of the two men was his father, William Lochland. The girl remained a mystery as did the other man.

The team went to talk to the CCPD detective in charge of Cold Cases. They begin to review the photos of cases from the time that match the criteria Multiple Stab Wounds. There are plenty. They manage to find her though, and then the Foundation begins the process of exhuming her body to see what they can learn and try and ID her.

During the investigation they make some connections and ID the second man. A prominent member of the health care community. Current head of Sacred Heart Hospital, and on the short list to be the next President of Crescent City University. Leonard Berkshire.

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