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Deep Impact

Apocalyptic thriller. Journalist Jenny Lernerat stumbles across the biggest news story ever - a comet is on course to collide with the Earth.


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1.567 makes it eight degrees north.

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Altair, Alpha Centauri and Sirius.

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Matt Shepherd?

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What? It's just a party and he asked me.

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-He's really nice.

-To you maybe.

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You guys getting some work done?

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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Sounds like it. What's the bright one?

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Uh, Misar. It's a double star.

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Good, the one next to it?

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-Uh, Alcor.

-The one next to that?

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Uh...

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I don't know.

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It's Megrez.

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I don't think so.

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You just said you didn't know.

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It's not Megrez. It's something else. Look.

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It's south. About ten degrees.

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It's probably a satellite.

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Take another picture. We'll send it to Dr Wolf.

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-It's Megrez.

-It's not Megrez.

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-It is.

-It's not.

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(It is.)

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ON RADIO: La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini

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HUMS TO THE MUSIC

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Hm.

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Hm. Hm.

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Well, hello there, little fella.

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Do I know you?

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Where are you going in such a hurry?

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And there.

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Come on.

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Damn it!

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Biederman.

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Oh, come on,

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you miserable piece of crap.

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TYRES SCREECH

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ON RADIO: The Hole by Randy Travis

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Come on. Come on.

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# He's going down

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# Drivin' his future... #

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VOLUME UP

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-PHONE:

-'..Dept Of Planetary Sciences.'

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MUSIC PLAYS

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'If you know the extension...'

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Ow! Jesus!

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Damn it!

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-TV:

-'..Recall of American troops from abroad.

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'Tragedy struck as an aircraft carrying an Army unit

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'returning from Japan crashed into the waters...'

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Secretary of the Treasury is resigning because his wife is sick?

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Who passed Rittenhouse the hemlock?

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CIO wanted him out for not supporting the Pension Bill.

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State's still fuming about the Trade Office screw-up at the G8.

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Pentagon is unhappy with his proposals.

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Greenspan dislikes him.

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No wonder the wife's sick.

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She's not sick. She's a drunk.

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How do you know that?

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Mike Woodward over at Treasury.

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She started drinking when her husband had a series of affairs.

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Stepped it up after their son died of leukaemia.

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You want to do something on the price that wives pay?

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Mike Woodward? Wife, three kids?

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He's been after me for months.

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Threw him a breakfast and hit him up about Rittenhouse.

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Campbell's leaving. Midnight Saturday shift's open.

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Why would I give this up for a graveyard slot?

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Not for you, for me.

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Beth?

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We'll talk about this later.

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The President will be back from Camp David tomorrow.

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Just keep working on Rittenhouse. Maybe Mike's available for dinner.

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Do the usual research, background information.

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OK, that's it.

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Beth, wait.

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Listen, Beth, what if it wasn't permanent?

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This is how it works. You've done two years of research,

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now do three as a producer, five on air doing domestic features,

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another two in a cholera-ridden hellhole.

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And then, I'll quit if they don't give you a weekend anchor slot.

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Are you protecting me or just holding me back?

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Yes. Rittenhouse tape and text on my desk by four o'clock tomorrow.

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And then we'll drop in the reverses for the five.

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'At this moment'

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right now, the pretty girls are walking done the aisle.

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They're spreading flowers.

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The twins are walking down the aisles, dropping rose petals.

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Mom, is this really such a good idea?

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Yes, and she stands beside him. The priest says,

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"Dearly beloved..."

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Judge.

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The judge says, "Blah, blah, sickness and health."

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"Do you, Jason Lerner, take Chlorine Whatchamacallit?"

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Mom! Chloe.

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What did I say?

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You said, you said Chlorine. Her name's Chloe.

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Oh. Well, it's still a terrible name.

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Yeah.

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Jason says, "Lie, lie, lie, lie, until death do us part."

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She says yes, he says yes, and it's kissy-kissy, congratulations.

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Jenny, you now have a stepmother who is two years older than you.

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(Cheque.) Well, anyway,

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as much as I would like to stay here with you,

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I can't. I got to go.

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I know, I know, I know.

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I'm sorry about this.

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We'll get over it. I love you.

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I love you, too.

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Be good.

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I was with the Secretary since Connecticut.

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Came to Washington with him.

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I moved here because I was dedicated to his career.

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I trusted the man.

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-I

-didn't have sex with him, but somebody sure did.

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It was about to come out, so he resigned.

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But because I was hired from outside the government pool,

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I don't get conveyed to the next Secretary.

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I'm out of a job because he couldn't keep his hands off women.

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Do you have proof?

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Well, he thinks he was being so clever.

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He had a private phone line installed in his office.

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Nobody else could answer it.

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I picked it up once, said hello and it's nobody home.

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It rings, he shuts the door. Why not hang a sign?

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Do you have a name?

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This is what I get

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for talking to the press. I'm selling my soul right now.

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I can feel it. I can feel it.

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I name a name and get someone into trouble.

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You do have a name?

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Just a first name.

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Oh, my God, I'm going to say it. Ellie.

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Ellie? Anything else?

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I think the President knows about her, too.

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Heard the Secretary talking to him about her. Isn't Washington sick?

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Hi, how you doing?

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Can I help you?

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Well, actually,

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we're looking for your mom. Is she around?

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My mom's sick. She's not here.

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Oh. Gosh, I love boats. Are you going on a trip?

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Yeah.

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That's exciting. Looks like a long trip, huh?

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So, do you know where you're going?

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She's going back to the house. Hey, you want to stop that?

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Lily, please.

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That's a pretty name.

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Lily.

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Do as I say. Go on.

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If we could just get a minute of your time.

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What do you want from me?

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We'd like to talk about your resignation.

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My wife is sick. She's in the hospital. That's why I resigned.

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We could talk about your wife or we could just talk about Ellie.

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Turn the camera off.

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If you want to talk to me, turn it off.

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Cut it.

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We know everything.

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Nobody knows everything.

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Well, we know about the secret phone lines,

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whispered calls to the President. About a Treasury Secretary

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who's kept his entire department in the dark about what he's doing.

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About a cover story about his resignation that just fell through.

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And you're just going to break it?

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That's what we do for a living.

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Well, congratulations. You now have the biggest story in history.

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Good luck to you. Personally,

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I think it's a mistake to run the story,

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but hey, what the hell? Why not?

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What difference does anything make any more?

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Look, I know you're just a reporter...

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but you used to be a person...

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right?

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I wanted to be with my family.

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Can you understand that?

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OK, Secretary of the Treasury,

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Alan Rittenhouse, resigns because of a mistress named Ellie.

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Biggest story in history?

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What an ego.

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Now, if it was the President... Whoa, whoa, whoa.

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OK, the President has a mistress named Ellie,

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Rittenhouse pretends he's having the affair and resigns.

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And the President buys him a yacht?

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Whoa! Son of a bitch!

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OK, OK!

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Oh, God. No, God.

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FBI. If you would, please, ma'am.

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What do I do with the car?

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We'll take care of it. Step back to my car.

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Let's go.

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Come this way, please.

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Morgan Entrekin, Ms Lerner.

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I'm expected back at MSNBC at six and I think I should be there.

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People knew about the Manhattan Project and they kept it a secret.

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That was just the creation of the atom bomb.

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Huh!

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DOOR OPENS

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Ms Lerner? Tom Beck. I understand you have some information.

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Ms Lerner was expressing her lack of enthusiasm for matters of security,

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where journalistic competitiveness is at stake.

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Mr President, I'm not using Ellie to further my career.

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What do you know about ELE?

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I know you should have picked a better cover story

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than a sick wife.

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See? What'd I tell ya?

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We'd always thought the deadline for going public

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was the publication of the budget,

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since we've spent more money than we can hide.

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The budget comes out in two weeks.

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Can I convince you to sit on this for two weeks?

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No such thing as two weeks in the news business.

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I can't appeal to your sense of what's in the nation's interest?

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I always thought the truth was in the nation's best interest.

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You want to hold her?

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What if we go public in 48 hours?

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Now, that's doable, isn't it?

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That would be very difficult.

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Morgan, if she knows, how long can it be

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before CNN or the Post breaks the story?

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This was never going to be a secret as long as you wanted it to be.

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Give us two days. You'll get second row centre at the press conference.

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-For you, that's a promotion.

-I want exclusivity.

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Now, listen, young lady, this is a presidential favour.

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I'm letting you go because I don't want another headache.

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I'm trusting you because I know what this can do for your career.

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It might seem we have each other over the same barrel,

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but it just SEEMS that way.

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-I want the...

-You want?

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May I...

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May I have the first question?

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We'll see you Tuesday, Ms Lerner.

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Come on. Come on, come on.

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E-L-E, E-L-E...

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What does palaeontology have to do with anything?

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Hey!

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Look who's working late.

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How's Rittenhouse going?

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Uh, no sign of the wife yet. We're still working on it.

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I promise you next time we'll get you something more exciting.

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Great.

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Are you OK?

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Yeah.

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Want to have dinner with us?

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I can't. I got... I have plans.

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OK. See you tomorrow.

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Ah, here she is.

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Jenny.

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Hi, Chloe.

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Would you like some champagne?

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Martini. Up, big.

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Good.

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I missed you.

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I mean, we missed you yesterday.

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Uh, I must say, I'm...

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I'm disturbed that you didn't come to our wedding.

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Jason, you promised.

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I know I promised, but it was a beautiful event and I missed her.

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You should have been there.

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The twins, they were running around like mad, and throwing flowers.

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Especially Emma, the little one. She loves you.

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She adores you. She missed you, too.

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This is from us, for you.

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Are you not going to open it?

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I knew she wouldn't.

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You can exchange them if you don't like them.

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Jenny, I know this is hard. I just want you to be happy.

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"Happy."

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I would like to propose a toast to happiness,

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and to...

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Well, are we going to have an evening or not?

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Jenny, I know that you hate me.

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You have terrible things to say to me.

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You have to get over it.

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Life goes on.

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-Life goes on? OK.

-SHE LAUGHS

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What's so funny?

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"Life go..."

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Yeah, we'll see.

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What's so funny about "life goes on"?

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Life, life going on? I don't see what's so funny that life goes on.

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Dad, you need to get back together with Mom.

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She's all alone in the world and she needs you right now.

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OK?

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Jenny...I just got married.

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I know. Chloe, this has nothing to do with you.

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Well, it has to do something for me, for Christ's sake.

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Um, this is insane.

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And I have to apologise for my daughter.

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Look, it's not your fault.

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I have to go. I know you think I'm a bad person. I'm really not.

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And I don't hate you.

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I got to, I just, I gotta go.

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REPORTERS SPEAK IN OWN LANGUAGES

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HUBBUB

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Because for her it does... Excuse me.

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Jenny. Well, what are you, um, doing here?

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Did Stuart send you here without telling me?

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No. I was going to talk to you about this...

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Ms Lerner. Hi, Beth.

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Right this way. I've got you right down here.

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Excuse me, please.

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OK. He'll find you for the first question. Then you're on your own.

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Hey, how are you?

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Ladies and gentlemen. Ladies and gentlemen, please.

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The President will begin by addressing the nation.

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Please hold your questions until he's finished his remarks.

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The President of the United States.

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Hello, everybody.

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Ten seconds, Mr President.

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Five, four...

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Good evening.

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Minutes ago, the US ambassadors to every country in the world

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told their leaders what I am about to tell you.

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It's a bit complicated, so we'll take some time. I hope you will

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bear with me, hear what I have to say.

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A little over a year ago, two American astronomers,

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Marcus Wolf and Leo Biederman,

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working on a mountain top in Arizona...

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Sh. Nobody say anything.

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'..saw something in the night sky that caused them great concern.

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'A comet.

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'But the comet was, well,'

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there was a possibility that the comet was on a path

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that could bring it into contact with the Earth.

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MURMURING

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We get hit all the time by rocks and meteors.

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Some of them no bigger than your hand.

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But the comet we discovered is the size of New York City.

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From the north side of Central Park to the Battery.

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About seven miles long.

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Put another way, this comet is larger than Mount Everest.

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It weighs five hundred billion tons.

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'Chances are it will miss us...'

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Astronomers, astrophysicists, geologists and climatologists.

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Where the hell is Science?

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EVERYONE TALKS

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And graphics, I need graphics.

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'Comets begin far out in space. They're what's left over'

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'from the creation of the solar system

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'after the planets were formed.

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'These chunks of space debris are in an elongated orbit around our sun.'

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Every now and then, one of them gets bumped

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and is knocked into a different orbit.

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If this comet continues on its path and keeps its present course,

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some time on August 16th, roughly a year from now,

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there's a chance we might have impact.

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So, for the past eight months, the United States and Russia

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have been building the largest spaceship ever constructed.

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It's being built in orbit around the Earth.

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And we call it the Messiah.

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Right now, American and Russian astronauts are at Cape Canaveral.

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In two months, they leave on the Atlantis to board the Messiah.

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This is the crew that will stop the comet.

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'I'd like you to meet some extraordinary people.

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'Mission Commander Oren Monash, can you introduce us to your team?'

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I would be honoured, sir.

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Pilot Andrea Baker. Medical officer

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Gus Partenza.

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From Russia, nuclear specialist Colonel Mikhail Tulchinsky.

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Navigator Mark Simon.

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And rendezvous pilot Spurgeon Tanner.

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Hi, Mr President.

0:28:320:28:34

'Captain Tanner, you flew six shuttle missions.'

0:28:340:28:37

You were the last man to walk on the moon, weren't you?

0:28:370:28:41

Yes, sir, but Oren here will be doing the flying on this one.

0:28:410:28:45

I'll be taking us down to the comet surface.

0:28:450:28:48

It's good to know we have your experience.

0:28:480:28:51

Godspeed to you all. We're counting on you.

0:28:510:28:54

Thank you, sir.

0:28:540:28:56

Got Rome, Sao Paulo, Cairo, Berlin.

0:28:560:28:59

How big was the one that killed the dinosaurs?

0:28:590:29:02

LOUD HUBBUB

0:29:020:29:04

-A goddamn rock?

-Well, that's what he's saying.

0:29:060:29:08

'..of our way of life.'

0:29:080:29:10

Our society will continue as normal. Work will go on.

0:29:100:29:13

You will pay your bills.

0:29:130:29:16

REPORTERS LAUGH

0:29:160:29:18

There will be no hoarding. There will be no sudden profiteering.

0:29:180:29:23

I'm freezing all wages, all prices.

0:29:230:29:27

What a bottle of water cost you yesterday,

0:29:270:29:31

it will cost you tomorrow.

0:29:310:29:34

I'll take a few questions.

0:29:340:29:36

SHOUTING

0:29:360:29:37

Ms Lerner.

0:29:370:29:39

Um, Jenny Lerner.

0:29:400:29:41

'MSNBC News.'

0:29:410:29:44

Um, Mr President, why wasn't this announcement made sooner?

0:29:440:29:49

Until we knew we could build the rocket

0:29:490:29:51

and the comet could be intercepted,

0:29:510:29:54

we saw no reason to alarm the planet.

0:29:540:29:57

FLURRY OF QUESTIONS

0:29:570:29:58

Do you have another question, Ms Lerner?

0:29:580:30:00

Yeah, um...

0:30:000:30:02

'Is there a connection between the comet

0:30:020:30:05

'and the recall of American troops from abroad?

0:30:050:30:09

'Our troops are coming home because we felt it prudent

0:30:090:30:12

'in light of domestic security concerns to have them available.

0:30:120:30:17

'Next question?'

0:30:170:30:19

Actually, Mr President, if you could answer a final question, sir.

0:30:190:30:24

MSNBC has learned that

0:30:240:30:27

Secretary Rittenhouse did not leave for the reasons given.

0:30:270:30:32

In fact, isn't it true, sir,

0:30:320:30:34

that not everyone in your administration

0:30:340:30:37

is convinced that the Messiah will save us?

0:30:370:30:41

Secretary Rittenhouse served his country with full devotion.

0:30:470:30:51

He resigned for personal reasons.

0:30:510:30:55

Now, I can promise you this, Ms Lerner, all of you,

0:30:550:30:59

everyone listening to my voice, at some point over the next ten months

0:30:590:31:04

all of us will entertain our worst fears and concerns.

0:31:040:31:08

But I can also promise you this.

0:31:080:31:12

Life will go on.

0:31:120:31:15

We will prevail.

0:31:150:31:17

Mr President? Please!

0:31:170:31:20

What is the comet's name?

0:31:200:31:21

The two scientists were killed in a car crash

0:31:210:31:25

while racing to alert the world.

0:31:250:31:27

'So we named it for them. Wolf-Biederman.'

0:31:270:31:31

Biederman. There, he said it again.

0:31:310:31:34

-Leo, is he talking about you?

-PHONE RINGS

0:31:340:31:37

Why were the Russians...

0:31:370:31:38

-DOORBELL

-Jenny, get the door.

0:31:380:31:41

'We have the technology to build the ship.

0:31:410:31:44

'They have the technology to make it go.'

0:31:440:31:47

There's someone at the door for you, Leo.

0:31:470:31:50

'You've been watching live coverage of President...'

0:31:520:31:56

I can't believe this. This is so weird.

0:31:560:31:59

Dr Wolf from the Astronomy Club?

0:31:590:32:00

Yeah, I guess so.

0:32:000:32:02

It's neat. We discovered the world was going to end.

0:32:020:32:05

He's still alive, everyone. He's right here and he's still alive.

0:32:050:32:10

Hey, Leo, cool!

0:32:100:32:12

'As far as we know, what happened'

0:32:120:32:14

was that Dr Wolf saw the comet in my photograph.

0:32:140:32:19

He shared the discovery with me.

0:32:190:32:21

And then, he was killed in that crash.

0:32:210:32:23

Everything got mixed up and the President thought I was dead.

0:32:230:32:28

FLURRY OF QUESTIONS

0:32:280:32:29

How does it feel having your name on it?

0:32:290:32:33

I don't want people thinking I'm taking something away from Dr Wolf.

0:32:330:32:38

Because I'm not. But it's kinda cool.

0:32:380:32:41

Jason?

0:32:430:32:44

You know, you're going to have sex a lot more now than anyone else.

0:32:450:32:50

WHOOPING AND CHEERING

0:32:500:32:53

Really?

0:32:580:33:00

Thank you for your sexual insight, Mr Thurman. You can sit down now.

0:33:000:33:05

Famous people always get sex. That's why it's good to be famous.

0:33:050:33:10

Fruit, reactor, bottle, rocket, OK?

0:33:170:33:20

A nuclear reactor in space? Isn't that dangerous?

0:33:200:33:23

No. This is Russian design. Same people designed Chernobyl.

0:33:230:33:28

Chernobyl?

0:33:280:33:29

Well, Chernobyl almost worked.

0:33:290:33:32

So, what happens after you plant the bomb?

0:33:320:33:35

We have seven hours. We put bombs inside the comet.

0:33:350:33:38

Right, after seven hours,

0:33:380:33:40

the 14-hour rotational cycle of the comet spins.

0:33:400:33:44

We'll get married. God knows I want to marry you.

0:33:440:33:48

But when I get back, the last thing I do is step inside a church.

0:33:480:33:52

There's seven hours of darkness. The sun hits...

0:33:520:33:56

These are your orders. Upon first entering Earth's atmosphere,

0:33:560:34:00

proceed immediately up the exterior of the mother ship.

0:34:000:34:04

When the sun hits the surface,

0:34:040:34:06

explosive outgassings that are dangerous.

0:34:060:34:10

Gus, he's seven.

0:34:100:34:11

You boys were what, four and six, when I went to the moon?

0:34:110:34:15

Now, you saw me go into space seven times, didn't ya?

0:34:150:34:19

Eh? I came back every time, didn't I?

0:34:190:34:22

Yeah.

0:34:220:34:24

Your mother and I used to play a game.

0:34:250:34:27

If there was a chance I may not get back,

0:34:270:34:31

she wouldn't say it, I wouldn't say it.

0:34:310:34:34

OK?

0:34:340:34:36

BOTH: Yes, sir.

0:34:360:34:37

Hey, Fish. How about a beer?

0:34:370:34:39

You remember my boys, don't you? Steve and Dwight.

0:34:390:34:43

Welcome to Houston. Let me steal your old man for a second.

0:34:430:34:47

Can I take your picture, please?

0:34:470:34:50

OK.

0:34:500:34:52

Thank you.

0:34:520:34:54

So, what do you think of the crew?

0:34:540:34:57

Heroes all.

0:34:570:34:59

The finest group I've had the privilege of working with.

0:34:590:35:02

Off the record, huh?

0:35:020:35:04

Well, they've been trained in ways I'll never understand.

0:35:040:35:09

They're smarter, in better shape than we ever were. Sober, serious.

0:35:090:35:14

I'd be happier if I thought that any of them were as scared as I am.

0:35:140:35:18

They're not scared of dying.

0:35:180:35:20

They're just scared of looking bad on TV.

0:35:200:35:23

I wish I'd been to the moon. But we're not going to the moon.

0:35:260:35:30

Frank Gifford was a great football player.

0:35:300:35:33

If he played now, he'd get his ass busted.

0:35:330:35:36

The moon did not have a rotational cycle of 14 hours.

0:35:460:35:51

We only have seven hours of dark

0:35:510:35:53

when the sun's not up to land on this thing.

0:35:530:35:56

We won't be able to see.

0:35:560:35:58

You can't see now, Gus.

0:35:580:36:00

Mih sdyelayem. We can do it.

0:36:000:36:03

No, no, no.

0:36:050:36:07

I woke up this morning

0:36:070:36:10

and I realised

0:36:100:36:12

none of you want me here.

0:36:120:36:15

You don't even know who I am,

0:36:150:36:17

which is OK. I walked on the moon. I belonged to your daddies.

0:36:170:36:21

If I ask you to ask your daddies what I meant to them,

0:36:210:36:25

to explain what I'm doing here,

0:36:250:36:27

that's only going to make things worse. So what do we do?

0:36:270:36:32

You haven't trained for this mission. We respect you.

0:36:390:36:43

I appreciate that.

0:36:430:36:45

But you're here, you're here because the powers

0:36:450:36:48

that be think we need a familiar face.

0:36:480:36:51

You're here for public relations.

0:36:510:36:52

No, I'm here because the powers that be know

0:36:520:36:55

that I'm the only one here who's landed on the moon.

0:36:550:36:59

500 landings on aircraft carriers.

0:36:590:37:01

-We've trained...

-On flight simulators.

0:37:010:37:05

Right? This is not a video game, son. It really isn't.

0:37:050:37:09

-HE CHUCKLES

-It really isn't. No.

0:37:100:37:14

'We are go for auto-sequence start.

0:37:180:37:21

'Atlantis's computers has primary control of all functions.'

0:37:210:37:25

OK, all flight controllers. We're T-minus 30 and counting.

0:37:250:37:29

Let's take a close look.

0:37:290:37:31

LOX and LH-Two are pressurised.

0:37:310:37:34

Flight, we'll go for auto-sequence.

0:37:340:37:37

Good luck and Godspeed, Atlantis.

0:37:370:37:40

'Four, three, two, one.'

0:37:400:37:43

'Propelled by 500,000 lbs of liquid fuel,

0:37:560:37:59

'the shuttle crew heads towards their initial destination.

0:37:590:38:02

'In the Messiah, the crew will find eight nuclear devices

0:38:020:38:06

'that will be used to blow up the comet. The Messiah'

0:38:060:38:09

will be powered by a nuclear propulsion system

0:38:090:38:13

that was created for a different purpose.

0:38:130:38:15

That programme was called Orion.

0:38:150:38:19

Now, with the help of Russian engineers, a technology designed

0:38:190:38:23

to propel weapons of mass destruction

0:38:230:38:26

will power the ship that will intercept

0:38:260:38:28

the greatest threat our planet has ever faced.

0:38:280:38:33

Orion burn...in ten,

0:38:390:38:42

nine, eight, seven,

0:38:420:38:45

six, five, four, three,

0:38:450:38:49

two, one, zero.

0:38:490:38:51

OK, Beth, White House reactions. Marianne, the whole world watching.

0:39:020:39:07

Tim, mission control in Houston. Ira, the science guys lined up?

0:39:070:39:11

If they got a PhD, we own them.

0:39:110:39:13

This is the most important story of our lives. Don't muck it up.

0:39:130:39:17

Stuart, what about me?

0:39:170:39:19

Anchor desk. Could have been yours sooner.

0:39:190:39:21

What are you talking about?

0:39:210:39:23

Don't ever hold back a story from me again.

0:39:230:39:26

'Messiah, Houston. Transfer trajectory is go.

0:39:380:39:42

'We'll cancel MCC-One. You're go to configure for coast.'

0:39:420:39:46

Roger, Houston, we're looking good here.

0:39:460:39:49

Jesus, that's big.

0:39:510:39:53

Gospahdee.

0:39:530:39:55

Wow.

0:39:570:39:59

Sweet mother of God.

0:39:590:40:01

'All circuit breakers are open, master arm is off.

0:40:100:40:14

'And the detonator system is safe.'

0:40:140:40:17

'Messiah, stand by for an uplink of the final coordinates.'

0:40:350:40:39

Wilco, Houston.

0:40:390:40:41

How's it coming?

0:40:410:40:43

'Loading first nuke now.'

0:40:430:40:46

1,000 feet to stand off.

0:41:120:41:14

R-dot three, five-x, two-y.

0:41:140:41:19

500 feet, R-dot point three.

0:41:210:41:25

Three-x, one point five-y. Go for auto trajectory.

0:41:250:41:30

We're there.

0:41:320:41:34

Disengage Orion.

0:41:340:41:37

Orion disengaged.

0:41:370:41:39

You're on bi-prop.

0:41:390:41:41

'This is a special presentation of MSNBC News with Jenny Lerner.'

0:41:510:41:56

Good evening. Some time in the next hour,

0:42:020:42:05

the Messiah mission will enter its most critical phase,

0:42:050:42:09

the interception of Wolf-Biederman, and the setting of nuclear devices.

0:42:090:42:15

But first, Captain Spurgeon Tanner will have to guide the spacecraft

0:42:150:42:20

through the blizzard of rocks, sand and ice

0:42:200:42:22

that make up the comet's tail, or coma.

0:42:220:42:25

'The crew must complete its work before sunrise.'

0:42:250:42:29

Sublimator looks good, Mick.

0:42:290:42:31

'Disengaging auto. I'm eyeballs out from here on in.'

0:42:310:42:34

How come that doesn't make me feel better?

0:42:340:42:37

'I heard that.'

0:42:370:42:39

Lights on. Cameras on.

0:42:390:42:41

'On the Mississippi, in Mark Twain's time,'

0:42:410:42:44

there were riverboat pilots who only knew a few miles of the river.

0:42:440:42:49

Conditions changed so much.

0:42:490:42:51

Floods, sandbars, fallen logs. It was all a pilot could do

0:42:510:42:55

was to know his little piece of the puzzle.

0:42:550:42:59

So for the next few hours, this is my ship.

0:42:590:43:02

We start our approach.

0:43:020:43:06

'..are images from cameras mounted inside Messiah.

0:43:170:43:21

'These images are delayed by 20 seconds,

0:43:210:43:24

'due to the distance they must travel.

0:43:240:43:27

'You can see that the image is breaking up a bit.

0:43:270:43:30

'Uh, Houston is prepared for this.

0:43:300:43:32

'Due to the uncertain make-up of the comet's coma,

0:43:320:43:36

'they're unsure whether or not transmission will be possible.'

0:43:360:43:40

It appears we're losing reception here.

0:43:400:43:43

OK, we've, we've lost picture now.

0:43:430:43:46

But we will stay on the air, stay with you through all of this.

0:43:460:43:51

'Prop 96% is in descent.

0:43:550:43:57

'Roger, descent.'

0:43:570:43:59

SHIP SHUDDERS

0:43:590:44:01

Oh, my God.

0:44:050:44:07

Look at these. They're the size of houses.

0:44:070:44:10

Yeah, I know. I see.

0:44:100:44:13

Jesus Christ.

0:44:250:44:27

'Prop, 88%.

0:44:270:44:30

'Cabin pressure, five point seven. Negative guidance errors.'

0:44:300:44:34

Whoa!

0:44:350:44:36

Use your primary thrusters.

0:44:570:44:59

Primary thrusters.

0:44:590:45:01

-Descent rate?

-Three feet per second.

0:45:120:45:14

-Fire tether pitons.

-Pitons fired.

0:45:150:45:18

She's levelling out.

0:45:310:45:33

Depressurising bay.

0:45:580:46:00

Opening payload doors.

0:46:000:46:02

Don't let that little bit of gravity down there go to your heads.

0:46:020:46:07

OK.

0:46:070:46:09

Start the clock.

0:46:100:46:13

-JENNY ON TV:

-'If all is going according to schedule,

0:46:590:47:02

'the astronauts should be placing the MOLEs on the comet surface.'

0:47:020:47:06

The MOLEs are, well, they're what they sound like.

0:47:060:47:10

Drilling machines that burrow to a depth of 100 metres,

0:47:100:47:15

where they wait to be detonated. Each one

0:47:150:47:18

'carries a 5,000 kiloton warhead.'

0:47:180:47:21

How's our time?

0:47:360:47:37

It's tight. 1:36:30.

0:47:370:47:39

It's taking too long.

0:47:390:47:41

Yup.

0:47:410:47:43

What happens if they do not get off the comet's surface in time?

0:47:490:47:53

The sun striking the comet

0:47:530:47:55

will cause a temperature rise of 350 degrees,

0:47:550:47:59

activate the high-speed gas jets.

0:47:590:48:01

Well, if that happens, it will be like trying to work in a minefield.

0:48:010:48:06

'What's your MOLE Four readout?

0:48:060:48:08

'Running true at 75 feet.'

0:48:080:48:10

It's stuck!

0:48:130:48:15

Try backing it up.

0:48:150:48:17

-'What's your depth?'

-75 feet.

0:48:170:48:19

-Is that enough?

-No?

0:48:190:48:21

That's not deep enough.

0:48:210:48:23

'I know that's not deep enough.'

0:48:230:48:26

I'm going in.

0:48:260:48:28

'I'll see if I can free it up.'

0:48:280:48:30

Stand by, tether attached.

0:48:310:48:33

All right, I got you.

0:48:330:48:34

'Suit pressure, 3.5.'

0:48:340:48:37

Come on, come on.

0:48:470:48:50

How's my time?

0:48:530:48:54

'23:57.'

0:48:540:48:56

In six minutes, they won't have time to get back to us.

0:48:560:49:00

Blow the tethers. Go get 'em.

0:49:000:49:02

We may not have enough fuel to get off the surface.

0:49:020:49:05

Blow the tethers!

0:49:050:49:06

MOLE Three at depth. We're heading your way, Oren.

0:49:060:49:10

Calculate how much prop we need to get off this rock.

0:49:100:49:14

-We'll shut it down when we hit it.

-Will do.

0:49:140:49:17

It opens up into a cave down here.

0:49:240:49:26

MOLE got jammed against the side.

0:49:260:49:29

OK, Team Two at location four. Give me your hand.

0:49:310:49:34

What the hell happened?

0:49:360:49:38

I don't know. We got jammed up at 75 feet.

0:49:380:49:42

OK, hold up.

0:49:500:49:52

All right, try backing it up.

0:49:530:49:55

Roger that.

0:49:550:49:58

That's it. Shut it down.

0:50:120:50:15

They always put extra in the tanks.

0:50:150:50:17

Fish, shut it down.

0:50:170:50:19

OK.

0:50:190:50:21

Come on! Come on!

0:50:270:50:28

Time!

0:50:280:50:30

1:02. Figured we'd better pick you kids up after school.

0:50:300:50:33

'Check your six, 100 yards.'

0:50:330:50:37

I think we'd better hurry, boys.

0:50:370:50:39

All right, it's going! It's going!

0:50:470:50:49

MOLE's at 125 feet.

0:51:060:51:07

The sun's rising behind you, fast.

0:51:070:51:10

Face shields down.

0:51:160:51:17

Oh, Christ.

0:51:170:51:21

Get the hell out of there!

0:51:210:51:22

Get your visor down!

0:51:350:51:37

HE SCREAMS

0:51:430:51:45

All right, we got him.

0:51:460:51:48

Oh, God! My eyes! Oh!

0:51:480:51:50

THEY ALL PANT

0:52:080:52:11

Oh, God, we're losing one.

0:52:290:52:31

Escape velocity. 1,000 feet and climbing.

0:52:310:52:33

No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!!

0:52:350:52:37

Mark, Mikhail, get the hell out of there!

0:52:370:52:40

-Firing thrusters.

-Payload doors open.

0:53:000:53:02

Close as we go.

0:53:020:53:04

'Houston, all MOLEs are at depth.

0:53:220:53:25

'Nukes hot and ready.

0:53:250:53:26

'We lost Partenza to explosive outgassing and Monash is injured.'

0:53:260:53:33

We have to go get Gus.

0:53:380:53:39

No time for that. Re-pressurise the cargo bay.

0:53:390:53:42

He's going to die out there. We can find him.

0:53:420:53:45

I don't have time to argue. Sit down and be quiet.

0:53:450:53:49

We've used most of our propellant.

0:53:490:53:52

-We have to go back!

-If we go back, we all die.

0:53:520:53:55

We can't leave him in space.

0:53:550:53:57

(Sit down, Mick. Sit down. It's OK.)

0:53:570:54:00

-JENNY:

-'The Messiah has safely lifted off the comet.

0:54:110:54:15

'But sadly, Gus Partenza has been lost.'

0:54:150:54:18

Gus Partenza, a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

0:54:180:54:22

and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, joined the programme

0:54:220:54:27

shortly after completing his training at Duke University.

0:54:270:54:31

Dr Partenza was selected specifically for this mission.

0:54:310:54:35

Not only for his medical expertise,

0:54:350:54:38

but also for his dedication to the advancement of space technology.

0:54:380:54:42

'With the loss of Dr Gus Partenza and with Oren Monash injured,

0:54:550:54:59

'Captain Spurgeon Tanner is now in charge of the mission.

0:54:590:55:02

'The Messiah has docked with the Orion-powered boosters,

0:55:020:55:06

'and is ready to detonate the bombs planted on Wolf-Biederman.

0:55:060:55:10

'The Messiah's camera will show us the detonation,

0:55:120:55:14

'but not before being blocked out by the nuclear blast.

0:55:140:55:18

'There is a 20-second delay,

0:55:180:55:21

'so when the picture comes back,

0:55:210:55:24

'the comet should have been knocked off its course.'

0:55:240:55:28

Prepare to remove safeties and fire.

0:55:360:55:39

Safeties removed.

0:55:430:55:44

Weapons armed.

0:55:510:55:52

Three, two, one...

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now.

0:56:050:56:06

'So, now we're just waiting for the picture to come back.'

0:56:110:56:15

-Decompression in Area Six.

-ALARMS BLARE

0:56:260:56:29

Mick, I'll get the halon.

0:56:380:56:40

ALARMS STOP

0:56:570:56:58

Yes, sir. I'm still here.

0:57:010:57:03

INDISTINCT WHISPERING

0:57:260:57:30

We're live in ten seconds.

0:57:400:57:43

Cue the President.

0:57:430:57:45

Mr President, five, four, three...

0:57:450:57:49

Hello, America.

0:57:510:57:54

'It is my unhappy duty to report to you that the Messiah has failed.

0:57:540:57:59

'This radar image from Houston shows how the detonation succeeded.

0:57:590:58:04

'However, it did not destroy the comet.

0:58:040:58:06

'There are now two pieces, one six miles wide,

0:58:060:58:10

'the other a mile and a half.

0:58:100:58:12

'Both are on a path towards Earth.

0:58:120:58:14

'We've lost communication with the Messiah spacecraft,

0:58:140:58:18

'although we continue to track it visually.

0:58:180:58:21

'We don't know how many are alive.

0:58:210:58:24

'We don't know their condition.'

0:58:240:58:27

Now we have to make some decisions together.

0:58:270:58:30

What do we do?

0:58:300:58:32

You have a choice. We have a choice. Right now.

0:58:320:58:36

Ever since the comet was discovered, we've been hoping for the best.

0:58:360:58:41

But we've also been planning for the worst.

0:58:410:58:44

Our strategy has been twofold.

0:58:440:58:47

First, our strategic missile command

0:58:470:58:50

'is coordinating with the Russians

0:58:500:58:53

'a strike of missiles to intercept the comets.

0:58:530:58:56

'If we can deflect these comets enough,

0:58:560:58:58

'they will bounce harmlessly off our atmosphere

0:58:580:59:03

'and head on out into space.

0:59:030:59:05

'Unfortunately, the Titans cannot be launched

0:59:050:59:08

'until the comets are only a few hours away.'

0:59:080:59:11

And while we are confident the missile attack will succeed,

0:59:110:59:15

it is only prudent we take steps

0:59:150:59:17

to ensure the continuation of our way of life,

0:59:170:59:20

'to guarantee that there will be enough of us left to rebuild'

0:59:200:59:24

a new world in the unlikely event that the comets do strike the Earth.

0:59:240:59:28

So, in the soft limestone of Missouri,

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we've been preparing a network of immense caves,

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and they're almost finished.

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And we can put a million people in them.

0:59:380:59:41

And that million people can survive there, underground,

0:59:410:59:44

for two years, until the air clears and the dust settles.

0:59:440:59:47

The cave is more than a dormitory, it is our new Noah's Ark.

0:59:490:59:53

We're storing seeds and seedlings, plants, animals,

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enough to start over.

0:59:570:59:58

'On August 10th, a computer will randomly select 800,000 Americans

0:59:581:00:03

'to join the 200,000 scientists, doctors, engineers,

1:00:031:00:07

'teachers, soldiers and artists who have been chosen.'

1:00:071:00:10

Other countries are preparing caves along whatever lines they feel

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are best to preserve their way of life. This is ours.

1:00:151:00:18

'Beginning tonight and continuing until the crisis passes,

1:00:181:00:23

'I am declaring a state of martial law.

1:00:231:00:25

'The armed forces and the National Guard

1:00:251:00:28

'are working with law enforcement.

1:00:281:00:31

'A national curfew begins at midnight tonight.

1:00:311:00:34

'Now, wherever you are, go home.

1:00:341:00:36

'Stay off the roads after sunset.

1:00:361:00:39

'Crimes against persons or property will be dealt with

1:00:391:00:43

'swiftly and harshly.

1:00:431:00:45

'News stations are being faxed copies of the lottery procedure

1:00:451:00:49

'and they'll be broadcasting the details to you in a few moments.'

1:00:491:00:52

I wish...

1:01:001:01:02

No.

1:01:041:01:06

Wishing is wrong.

1:01:061:01:08

It's the wrong word right now.

1:01:091:01:11

That's not what I mean.

1:01:111:01:14

What I mean is...

1:01:151:01:17

..I believe in God.

1:01:181:01:20

Relax.

1:01:201:01:22

'I know a lot of you don't, but I still want to offer a prayer.

1:01:221:01:27

'For our survival...

1:01:271:01:30

'..mine included.

1:01:311:01:33

'Because I believe

1:01:331:01:35

'that God, whomever you hold that to be,

1:01:351:01:38

hears all prayers,

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even if sometimes the answer is no.

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So may the Lord bless you.

1:01:451:01:47

May the Lord keep you.

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May the Lord lift up his divine countenance upon you...

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..and give you peace.

1:01:551:01:58

In five, four, three, two...

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We now have the details for the national lottery.

1:02:151:02:18

Those of you who have been pre-selected

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'will be notified within the next few minutes.

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'For the rest, on the night of August 10th,

1:02:251:02:28

'those whose Social Security numbers

1:02:281:02:31

'have been selected by computer will be notified.'

1:02:311:02:34

While some Americans over 50 years of age

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have been pre-selected for the Ark

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due to their expertise in a necessary field of study,

1:02:391:02:43

'no men and women over 50 in the general population

1:02:431:02:47

'will be included in the lottery.'

1:02:471:02:50

The...

1:02:561:02:58

'The evacuation of those who have been selected for the Ark

1:02:581:03:02

'will take no longer than two days, beginning on August 12th.

1:03:021:03:06

'During this two-day period, no unofficial travel is permitted.

1:03:061:03:11

'Those selected will be taken by bus and train

1:03:111:03:14

'to the Ark site by military personnel.

1:03:141:03:17

'Civil defence teams have been formed in every town

1:03:171:03:20

'with a population over 5,000. They will distribute supplies

1:03:201:03:24

'and organise group shelters

1:03:241:03:26

'in underground facilities and appropriate sites.

1:03:261:03:30

-'Construction plans, equipment lists...'

-PHONE RINGS

1:03:301:03:34

Hello? Yes, this is Ellen Biederman.

1:03:351:03:39

'..on how to grow your own food underground

1:03:391:03:42

'and how to purify water...'

1:03:421:03:45

We've been pre-selected.

1:03:451:03:48

Chuck? Where are you going?

1:03:531:03:54

Our phone. They could be calling.

1:03:541:03:56

'..beginning on August 9th.

1:03:561:03:59

'The only phones that ring will be those of the people selected.'

1:03:591:04:03

That's it.

1:04:031:04:05

That's all there is.

1:04:051:04:08

The interior camera circuitry is shot.

1:04:151:04:18

Can we get back into the cargo bay to reroute video functions?

1:04:181:04:22

Starboard cargo porthole's blown.

1:04:221:04:24

We could go in, but there's not much left in the life support packs.

1:04:241:04:30

We can raise Houston once we get closer.

1:04:301:04:33

The Orion is still functioning?

1:04:331:04:34

System check OK, I don't know about radiation shielding.

1:04:341:04:38

So, if we fire it up, we beat the comet back to Earth.

1:04:381:04:42

But we may end up glowing in the dark. Right?

1:04:421:04:45

OK, so, er,

1:04:471:04:50

anybody?

1:04:501:04:52

Let's go home.

1:05:001:05:03

OK.

1:05:081:05:10

It's liberating knowing I'm not going to be called. I don't think

1:05:181:05:24

I've ever been happier. I've even stopped smoking.

1:05:241:05:27

What are you going to do with all that extra money you save?

1:05:271:05:31

Do you know the National Gallery is saving all of the art?

1:05:331:05:37

They're shipping it to the caves.

1:05:371:05:39

I've given them my desk from New England and the Sheraton silver.

1:05:391:05:45

I really feel like I've protected something...when I gave them.

1:05:451:05:49

You should see my apartment. There's nothing there.

1:05:511:05:55

It's practically Japanese.

1:05:551:05:58

Seems kind of unfair that I got picked.

1:06:001:06:03

I'm not a doctor or a scientist.

1:06:031:06:06

People need continuity. Everyone knows you.

1:06:071:06:10

And they trust you.

1:06:101:06:13

But I...can't help you.

1:06:131:06:16

Don't worry about me.

1:06:171:06:19

I'm going to be happy as long as I know you're going to live.

1:06:191:06:24

HELICOPTER FLIES OVERHEAD

1:06:271:06:31

SIRENS WAIL

1:06:311:06:34

Mr Hotchner?

1:06:421:06:43

Where did I think I was going to be when I bought that bike?

1:06:431:06:47

Every kid on the block wants one. Every parent on the block hates you.

1:06:471:06:51

That's the best news I've had in years.

1:06:511:06:54

Can you give me a hand for a second?

1:06:541:06:56

I just want to get these bars up.

1:06:561:06:59

Hello, Mrs Hotchner.

1:06:591:07:01

'..killed a Miami yard operator who was charging 5,000 an hour

1:07:011:07:05

'for back-hoe and tractor rentals.'

1:07:051:07:07

Same old crap on the TV. I'm really sick of it, you know.

1:07:071:07:11

-Mrs Hotchner?

-Sarah's on the hill.

-Thank you.

1:07:111:07:14

HELICOPTER PASSES

1:07:161:07:18

Where were you today? I've been looking all over for you.

1:07:211:07:26

Why weren't you at school?

1:07:261:07:28

My dad said I didn't have to go.

1:07:281:07:30

He said there's no point.

1:07:301:07:32

Civil Defence. They said if you and I got married, I could get you in.

1:07:381:07:43

What about my parents? They're not your family.

1:07:431:07:46

I don't want to go without my parents.

1:07:461:07:49

You don't have to. I'm Leo Biederman.

1:07:491:07:52

I haven't used my fame. I got them to let your family go.

1:07:521:07:55

You... This is your only chance to survive.

1:08:011:08:05

-TV:

-'Across the country,

1:08:181:08:21

'looters set fire to abandoned stores.

1:08:211:08:24

'The fires have been left to burn.

1:08:241:08:27

'Many fire-fighters have been called to help prepare shelters.'

1:08:271:08:32

'..have been ruled out as too dangerous.

1:08:451:08:48

'Street fighting in Moscow as food shortages continue.'

1:08:481:08:51

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child,

1:09:101:09:14

I reasoned like a child.

1:09:141:09:16

When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

1:09:161:09:21

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.

1:09:211:09:25

Now I know in part, then I shall understand fully,

1:09:251:09:30

even as I have been fully understood.

1:09:301:09:33

Do you Leo take Sarah to be your wife, to have and to hold,

1:09:441:09:48

from this day forward for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer,

1:09:481:09:54

to love and to cherish?

1:09:541:09:57

I now pronounce you husband and wife.

1:10:051:10:08

Here, let me help you.

1:11:241:11:26

I'll get it.

1:11:261:11:28

Yeah. How are you feeling?

1:11:291:11:31

Yeah. All right.

1:11:311:11:33

I want to tell you something.

1:11:331:11:36

You children didn't bring any real books to read.

1:11:361:11:39

I brought Moby Dick and Huckleberry Finn

1:11:391:11:42

and Baker and Simon had never read them. Now, I'm afraid to ask you.

1:11:421:11:47

Have you ever read Melville or Twain?

1:11:471:11:50

Hm?

1:11:501:11:52

Hey, I'm a child of the movies, Fish.

1:11:521:11:55

OK, I see.

1:11:551:11:57

My whole life, I...

1:11:591:12:01

You know how it is for guys like us.

1:12:031:12:06

You... You and I, we're the same.

1:12:071:12:09

How do you mean by that?

1:12:091:12:12

We got to be the best.

1:12:121:12:14

Oh. I see. OK.

1:12:141:12:16

Be the best.

1:12:161:12:18

Sometimes I see, er, flashes of light.

1:12:301:12:35

You know, like, er, colours.

1:12:351:12:38

I fall asleep

1:12:401:12:42

and I dream.

1:12:421:12:44

But there's a part of me that's always awake.

1:12:441:12:48

And I can see myself dreaming.

1:12:481:12:51

I'm just... I'm seeing things differently, Fish.

1:12:561:12:59

Well, that's good, that's good.

1:12:591:13:01

Fish...

1:13:011:13:03

Why the hell do they call you Fish?

1:13:051:13:07

Spurgeon, sturgeon, Fish.

1:13:101:13:13

It took about 15 minutes of my first day at the Naval Academy.

1:13:131:13:17

Your kids go there?

1:13:181:13:20

Yeah, they did, they did.

1:13:201:13:23

And they're good men, both of them.

1:13:231:13:26

I don't see as much of them as I used to when Mary was alive.

1:13:261:13:29

You don't have to talk about it. It's OK.

1:13:291:13:32

No, it's OK. It's OK.

1:13:321:13:35

You're married, you know what it's like.

1:13:351:13:38

Every marriage has good years and bad years. We ended on a great year.

1:13:381:13:42

Yeah.

1:13:461:13:48

Anyway, let's get started.

1:13:481:13:51

Moby Dick, chapter one.

1:13:521:13:54

"Call me Ishmael.

1:13:571:13:59

"Several years ago, never mind how long precisely,

1:13:591:14:02

"having little or no money in my purse..."

1:14:021:14:05

HE READS ON

1:14:051:14:08

DOGS BARK

1:14:201:14:22

Listen up. Biederman.

1:14:341:14:36

Yeah, that's us.

1:14:361:14:37

IDs, please.

1:14:371:14:39

Yes, I got 'em right here. There's four of us.

1:14:391:14:43

This is our marriage licence.

1:14:431:14:45

I have it right here.

1:14:451:14:49

OK.

1:14:531:14:55

OK. All right, let's go. Let's move out.

1:14:551:14:57

Mom? Wait, sir, my parents are coming, too.

1:14:571:15:01

Wait, the Hotchners. The Hotchners are coming.

1:15:011:15:04

-H-N-E-R.

-That's not here.

1:15:041:15:07

It has to be. FICDA sent their names to the White House.

1:15:071:15:11

Check the list, will you, sir?

1:15:111:15:13

They must be there.

1:15:131:15:15

No, they're not on the list. I'm sorry.

1:15:151:15:18

Sir, sir, Leo, can you check it one more time?

1:15:181:15:22

They said your names were on the list.

1:15:221:15:25

Sarah, I put them on the list.

1:15:251:15:26

We're not on the list.

1:15:261:15:28

I need the Biedermans on the bus.

1:15:281:15:31

Dad, I want to stay with you.

1:15:311:15:33

No, no, no, no. We have to go.

1:15:331:15:35

I need to stay with you.

1:15:351:15:37

Sarah! Sarah, you need to go.

1:15:371:15:40

-I have to stay with you.

-I'm not going without you.

1:15:401:15:43

You don't know what you're doing.

1:15:431:15:45

This bus is moving out.

1:15:451:15:46

Son, son, on the bus. Get on the bus.

1:15:461:15:49

We'll work it out when we get there.

1:15:491:15:52

Jenny? There's a phone call for you.

1:16:121:16:15

Yes? This is she.

1:16:191:16:22

Robin Lerner... My mother.

1:16:221:16:25

When?

1:16:331:16:35

Uh, 61.

1:16:391:16:41

I'll come down there, then. Thank you. Thank you very much.

1:16:431:16:48

Jenny, do you want us to do something?

1:16:501:16:53

THUNDER RUMBLES

1:17:481:17:49

You're too late. I already took care of everything.

1:17:551:17:59

Come, come! Inside the car. You're getting sick! Please.

1:18:001:18:04

I want to talk to you.

1:18:041:18:06

Please, come.

1:18:071:18:09

Go home and tell it to Chloe.

1:18:111:18:13

I can't. She left me.

1:18:131:18:14

She's with her mother. They both got scared. Come.

1:18:141:18:18

I want to talk to you. I need you.

1:18:181:18:22

How does it feel?

1:18:221:18:24

I feel like an orphan.

1:18:281:18:31

Jenny. Jenny.

1:18:321:18:34

Stop.

1:18:381:18:39

PROTESTORS SHOUT

1:19:101:19:13

Welcome to the Ark. I'm Section Leader for Orange two-five-four.

1:19:491:19:54

That's your home for the next two years.

1:19:541:19:56

Gather your things and follow me to the gallery.

1:19:561:20:00

PA: 'If you have been designated as a civilian section officer,

1:20:001:20:06

'report to section Red one-one-six upon entering.

1:20:061:20:10

'Once again, if you have been designated

1:20:101:20:13

'as a civilian section officer,

1:20:131:20:15

'report to section Red one-one-six upon entering.'

1:20:151:20:19

I'm not coming.

1:20:231:20:25

Leo, come with us right now.

1:20:251:20:28

I have to go back for Sarah.

1:20:281:20:30

Mom, I'm going.

1:20:301:20:33

Don, what are you doing?

1:20:381:20:40

I'm giving him something to trade. Here. I want you to take this.

1:20:401:20:44

Dad, that's enough.

1:20:441:20:47

Goddamn it. You take care of yourself, OK?

1:20:511:20:55

I'm going to make it.

1:20:581:21:00

What about Entrekin?

1:21:101:21:11

I don't know. He hasn't returned my call in over two weeks.

1:21:111:21:15

Jenny. Your father's here.

1:21:151:21:18

Hello.

1:21:221:21:24

Hello.

1:21:241:21:25

I can't stay long. I'm leaving the city,

1:21:251:21:27

but I wanted to show you something.

1:21:271:21:30

To show you that you're not an orphan.

1:21:301:21:32

I have proof that you're not an orphan.

1:21:361:21:39

Here...

1:21:391:21:41

Look.

1:21:431:21:45

Where's Mom?

1:21:531:21:56

Behind the camera.

1:21:561:21:58

She took this?

1:21:581:22:00

Mm-hm.

1:22:001:22:01

And this one, too.

1:22:011:22:03

She was such an artist, don't you think so?

1:22:031:22:07

You don't remember when they were taken, hm?

1:22:091:22:12

I'm five years old. How would I remember that?

1:22:121:22:15

Well, some people do remember when they were five years old.

1:22:151:22:20

It was such a beautiful day.

1:22:201:22:22

All alone on the beach.

1:22:221:22:24

And of course, she would have been in the picture.

1:22:271:22:30

But there was no-one else to hold the camera.

1:22:301:22:33

And...

1:22:331:22:35

she insisted.

1:22:351:22:37

You know how she is.

1:22:371:22:39

How she was.

1:22:391:22:42

Jenny...

1:22:431:22:45

It was such a good day,

1:22:491:22:52

for all of us.

1:22:521:22:54

Don't you remember?

1:22:541:22:56

Keep them.

1:23:021:23:04

Goodbye.

1:23:071:23:09

RADIO: 'We have confirmed the launch of the missiles

1:23:401:23:44

'from Dakota and Wyoming.

1:23:441:23:46

'The comets are 14 hours outside of Earth's atmosphere.

1:23:461:23:51

'We are told that the missiles will reach their target in 20 minutes.'

1:23:511:23:56

Here's what we're looking at.

1:23:571:23:59

All of the Titans have been launched.

1:23:591:24:01

We don't know if they'll make a difference.

1:24:011:24:04

The comets have to travel a while

1:24:041:24:06

before the radar tracking stations can see if they've been pushed

1:24:061:24:10

to a safe course that will bypass the Earth.

1:24:101:24:14

So, one more time, we have to wait.

1:24:141:24:17

Are we on?

1:24:341:24:36

We're on, Mr President.

1:24:361:24:38

Our missiles have failed.

1:24:471:24:50

The comets are still headed for Earth...

1:24:511:24:54

..and there's nothing we can do to stop them.

1:24:551:24:58

So, this is it.

1:25:021:25:04

If the world does go on,

1:25:041:25:07

it will not go on for everyone.

1:25:071:25:10

'We have been able to calculate the comets' trajectories.

1:25:111:25:16

'We know where they are going to strike.'

1:25:161:25:18

The smaller of the two comets will hit first.

1:25:181:25:22

Somewhere along the Atlantic seaboard, near Cape Atarus.

1:25:221:25:26

In just under 12 hours, at 4.35pm Eastern daylight time.

1:25:261:25:31

The impact of the comet is going to be...

1:25:311:25:33

well, disastrous.

1:25:331:25:36

'There will be a large tidal wave moving through the Atlantic.

1:25:371:25:42

'It will be 100 feet high travelling at 1,100 miles an hour.

1:25:421:25:46

'That's faster than the speed of sound.

1:25:461:25:48

'As the wave reaches shallow water it will slow down,

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'but the height, depending on the coastal shelf,

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'will be anywhere from 1,000 to 3,500 feet high.

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'Where the land is flat, the wave will wash inland

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'600 to 700 miles.

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'The wave will hit our nation's capital

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'40 minutes after impact.

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'New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia...

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'..all will be destroyed.'

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If you can get away from the path of this wave, leave now.

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The impact of the larger comet will be nothing less

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than an extinction-level event.

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It will strike land in Western Canada three hours after Biederman.

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Within a week, the skies will be dark from the dust of impact

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and it will stay dark for two years.

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All plant life will be dead within...

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..four weeks.

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Animal life within...

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..a few months.

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So that's it.

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Good luck to us all.

1:27:011:27:03

Could I bother you for a minute? Let's take a look at the big one.

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The outgassing has created a vent

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a half a mile wide and two miles deep.

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The comet gets closer to the sun,

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the sun melts the ice, the ice turns to steam.

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We get a big hole. OK?

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So, how many nukes do we have left out back?

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Four.

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OK, if we can get the remaining bombs in that vent,

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there shouldn't be anything left of that comet bigger than a suitcase.

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Now, we can't do anything about the little one,

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but it just might give them a chance.

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Without the arming codes,

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we're going to have to wait to set the bomb timers

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until we get closer to Earth.

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We may not have enough life support

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to get into the cargo bay for the nukes,

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much less to work down on the comet.

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We don't have enough propellant on board to manoeuvre with.

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How do we get off the surface once we've gotten down there?

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We don't.

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Well, look at the bright side.

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We'll all have high schools named after us.

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'Houston, this is Messiah.

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'Houston, this is Messiah.'

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Nice of you to call, Messiah.

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We were wondering what you were doing up there.

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'Admiring the view.'

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Fish, is that you?

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We don't have time to talk.

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Can't stop the small one, but we have a plan.

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'We need the arming codes for the last four nukes.'

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What the hell for?

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We can do or we can teach. What's your pleasure?

1:29:431:29:46

Get the arming codes. Get the goddamn codes.

1:29:461:29:49

One helicopter holds seven people.

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We can ferry six to high ground and take Jenny to the Ark.

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Short stick goes.

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I thought it was women and children first.

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If you get the short one, you can give up your seat.

1:30:011:30:05

Oh, thank God.

1:30:051:30:07

Well, that makes sense.

1:30:141:30:16

I got a stick.

1:30:191:30:22

I'm sorry, Beth.

1:30:281:30:30

OK, honey, here we go.

1:30:301:30:32

Let's go now.

1:30:321:30:34

Beth...

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There's always the road. We'll be OK. Come on.

1:30:361:30:39

Come on. Ah, that's my girl.

1:30:391:30:42

OK, that's it.

1:30:441:30:47

HE SOBS

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Sarah!

1:30:541:30:56

Sarah!

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DOG BARKS

1:31:011:31:04

HELICOPTER FILES OVERHEAD

1:31:081:31:11

Come on, where's that key? Where's the key?

1:31:131:31:16

Come on, hurry up! Come on.

1:32:161:32:18

No, wait. Wait!

1:32:181:32:20

What are you doing?

1:32:201:32:22

Come on, Jenny, we have to go now. We have to go now. Come on!

1:32:231:32:27

Beth! Beth!

1:32:321:32:34

The road was so crowded, we weren't going to make it.

1:32:341:32:37

If the wave does come, we should be here. She likes it here

1:32:371:32:42

and we're on the 15th floor, so maybe we'll be OK.

1:32:421:32:45

Come on, honey.

1:32:451:32:47

Come on, come on!

1:32:471:32:49

PANICKED SHOUTING

1:32:491:32:52

Caitlin! Caitlin!

1:32:521:32:55

Come on, hurry up. Come on, come on, faster, faster!

1:32:581:33:02

Come on! Let's go. There's no room for that.

1:33:041:33:08

She's going with you!

1:33:081:33:10

-You're taking my seat!

-Come on!

1:33:101:33:13

Go!

1:33:131:33:14

Get her in there. I'm not going!

1:33:161:33:19

What do you mean?

1:33:191:33:20

I'm not going, Eric.

1:33:201:33:22

Go!

1:33:221:33:24

PEOPLE IN CARS SHOUT AND SCREAM

1:34:181:34:22

Sarah! Sarah!

1:34:231:34:27

CAR HORNS BLARE

1:34:441:34:46

Sarah, look.

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SHE HOOTS HORN

1:34:481:34:52

Leo! Leo Biederman! Leo!

1:34:551:34:58

Leo!

1:35:011:35:04

Leo!

1:35:091:35:11

You don't have any time. You have to go now.

1:35:121:35:15

No, no, no. Daddy!

1:35:151:35:17

Daddy, what are you doing?

1:35:171:35:19

I want you to take the baby.

1:35:191:35:21

No, no, no, no, no, Mom.

1:35:211:35:22

Yes, no arguments.

1:35:221:35:24

I don't want to! I don't want to go!

1:35:241:35:27

Mom, Mom.

1:35:311:35:33

Sweetheart, listen to me.

1:35:331:35:35

Put this on. I love you.

1:35:351:35:37

I love you, too.

1:35:371:35:39

I've always loved you.

1:35:391:35:41

I love you.

1:35:411:35:42

I don't want to go.

1:35:421:35:44

I'll see you soon.

1:35:441:35:47

Get out of here, Leo. Go.

1:35:471:35:50

Go. Go to high ground!

1:35:501:35:52

When I was 11, I took 32 from your wallet.

1:37:041:37:09

When you were a baby,

1:37:131:37:16

I once dropped you on your head.

1:37:161:37:19

When you came to the studio

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and you brought those pictures,

1:37:271:37:29

I lied when I said I didn't remember.

1:37:291:37:32

I remember everything.

1:37:321:37:34

I remember that we were right over there,

1:37:341:37:38

and that's when Mom got that picture of the house.

1:37:381:37:42

It was a perfect, happy day.

1:37:431:37:47

I came down here to let you know that.

1:37:491:37:52

Thank you.

1:37:521:37:54

I've missed you since then.

1:37:581:38:01

I've missed you, too.

1:38:081:38:11

COMET WHIZZES

1:38:251:38:26

Biederman.

1:38:391:38:40

Daddy...

1:39:391:39:41

FRANTIC SCREAMING

1:40:091:40:12

Hold on!

1:40:251:40:27

'This is Messiah. Ready to begin our run. Our families there yet?'

1:41:191:41:23

They're on their way.

1:41:231:41:25

Disengage auto path.

1:41:291:41:31

Here we go.

1:41:321:41:34

We're at perigee. Wolf contact in four minutes, 45 seconds.

1:41:371:41:42

We'll never be closer to home than we are right now.

1:41:421:41:45

'Messiah, we've got some people to talk to you.'

1:42:021:42:05

Wendy, honey...

1:42:081:42:10

you promise me you keep doing your, er, your church thing.

1:42:101:42:15

And I'll be there, right next to you,

1:42:151:42:18

haunting you.

1:42:181:42:21

You'd better come back and haunt me.

1:42:221:42:25

I love you.

1:42:261:42:28

Look, there's Mommy. Hello, Mommy.

1:42:281:42:32

'Hey...

1:42:321:42:34

'You'll take care of Daddy for me, OK?'

1:42:341:42:36

She will. She does a good job. She misses Mommy.

1:42:361:42:40

'I miss you.'

1:42:401:42:41

I love you, Mommy.

1:42:411:42:43

I love you very, very much.

1:42:431:42:46

David...

1:42:481:42:50

You know what I want to say.

1:42:521:42:54

'I know.'

1:42:541:42:56

Come on, Sarah! Come on!

1:43:051:43:07

'Wolf contact in two minutes, 30 seconds.

1:43:071:43:10

'Oren, Mariette's at your folks' place up in Utah.

1:43:101:43:13

'We sent a plane for her, but she isn't here yet.'

1:43:131:43:18

'Fish, your sons are on active duty. We tried to get them back,

1:43:181:43:22

'but we couldn't get them here on time. I'm sorry.'

1:43:221:43:25

Well, Mitch, er, I want to say goodbye to Mary.

1:43:271:43:31

I want to tell her I love her and that ever since we've been apart,

1:43:311:43:35

every day I think about her.

1:43:351:43:38

Mary, I'm coming home.

1:43:391:43:42

Coming up on target, 625 miles.

1:43:431:43:45

Range, 600 miles.

1:43:481:43:51

Wait. Oh, God, wait!

1:43:531:43:56

Wait! I'm coming.

1:43:581:44:01

Oren!

1:44:031:44:04

'Oren, are you there?'

1:44:041:44:07

'Mariette? I'm here. I can hear you.'

1:44:071:44:11

Hi, sweetie.

1:44:111:44:13

Baby, this is your father.

1:44:131:44:15

His name is Oren. I named him after you.

1:44:151:44:19

'Hello, Oren.'

1:44:191:44:21

Show him what you brought him.

1:44:211:44:22

'What happened?'

1:44:221:44:24

He's holding up a little rocket.

1:44:241:44:26

That's a mighty powerful rocket you got there.

1:44:261:44:30

He's laughing.

1:44:301:44:32

I can hear him. I know.

1:44:321:44:35

Mariette, I'm hugging you both right now.

1:44:351:44:39

I'm holding you.

1:44:391:44:41

25 seconds.

1:44:411:44:43

Prepare to synchronise the nukes.

1:44:431:44:45

23.

1:44:451:44:47

22.

1:44:471:44:49

21.

1:44:491:44:51

20.

1:44:511:44:53

19.

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18.

1:44:551:44:57

17.

1:44:571:44:59

16.

1:44:591:45:00

15.

1:45:001:45:02

It's been a pleasure serving with you, Commander.

1:45:021:45:06

The honour's all mine, Andy.

1:45:061:45:09

Be good, Oren.

1:45:151:45:17

Be good.

1:45:201:45:22

PRESIDENT: 'We watched as the bombs shattered the second comet

1:46:291:46:32

'into a million pieces of ice and rock

1:46:321:46:35

'that burned harmlessly in our atmosphere,

1:46:351:46:38

'and lit up the sky for an hour.

1:46:381:46:40

'Still, we were left with the devastation of the first.

1:46:401:46:44

'The waters reached as far inland as the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.

1:46:441:46:49

'It washed away farms and towns, forests and skyscrapers.

1:46:491:46:55

'But...'

1:46:551:46:57

the water receded.

1:46:571:47:00

The wave hit Europe and Africa, too.

1:47:001:47:03

Millions were lost...

1:47:031:47:06

..and countless more left homeless.

1:47:071:47:10

But the waters receded.

1:47:121:47:15

Cities fall...

1:47:171:47:19

..but they are rebuilt.

1:47:201:47:23

And heroes die,

1:47:231:47:25

but they are remembered.

1:47:251:47:28

We honour them with every brick we lay,

1:47:281:47:32

with every field we sow,

1:47:321:47:34

with every child we comfort

1:47:341:47:37

and then teach to rejoice in what we have been re-given.

1:47:371:47:42

Our planet.

1:47:431:47:45

Our home.

1:47:471:47:49

So now, let us begin.

1:47:521:47:55

PEOPLE CHEER

1:47:581:48:01

Sci-fi blockbuster. Journalist Jenny Lernerat believes she's uncovered a major sex scandal. That is until she's abducted for a secret meeting with the president. There, she discovers she has stumbled across the biggest news story ever - a comet is on course to collide with the Earth. A joint US-Russian space mission led by a veteran astronaut tries to blast it off course.