2x06 ...And The Infernal Contract
Season: 2; Episode: 6
Written By: Paul Guyot & Holly Moyer
Directed By: Jonathan Frakes
One family has run a small town in New Hampshire for 200 years, the Librarians discover that the family has made a deal with a devil
"Almost every demon works via a Contract. Something you desire in exchange for your soul." -- Jenkins
Season: 2; Episode: 6
Written By: Paul Guyot & Holly Moyer
Directed By: Jonathan Frakes
In Hawthorne, New Hampshire a young woman (Brandy Vargus - an intern assisting in the town's upcoming mayoral election) crashes her car, she runs from the scene to a motel room. Once in the room she tries to make a phone call, but before she can a fissure opens in the ceiling above her and drags her inside. When the fissure closes, it leaves a symbol burned into the ceiling.
In the Annex, Cassandra and Ezekiel are surprised to learn that Eve has taken a day off to visit a friend. Jacob meanwhile is excited that a chupacabra they recently captured is cooking jerky for them. They are interrupted by the clipping book alerting them to the missing intern in Hawthorne.
Eve is already in Hawthorne, the friend she is visiting is Sam Denning, one of the candidates in the mayoral election. Denning and Eve served together in Afghanistan. Brandy Vargus was on his campaign staff. The media, drummed up by his opponent Jefferson Keating, are implying Denning may have had something to do with Brandy's disappearance, Denning needs Eve's help to find the missing intern. He insists that he hardly knew Brandy, she was just a volunteer who had little interaction with. However when the LIbrarians arrive in Hawthorne, Ezekiel reveals to Eve that he has hacked Denning's phone - Brandy had been texting Denning, her last text was asking him to meet her at the usual place. Denning is forced to admit to Eve that Brandy was investigating Keating for him, but he still insists there was nothing else between them
It's a glyph... 17th century. It's a Puritan symbol (for) the Devil -- Jacob
The Librarians break into the motel room Brandy was seen running to on the day she crashed her car. They discover the symbol burned into the ceiling, which Jacob recognizes as a Puritan symbol for the Devil. They're joined by Eve and Denning, just as the fissure reopens and Brandy's body is dropped out of it. Outside the motel, Denning demands Eve tell him what is going on. She tries to explain that magic is real, he of course doesn't believe her.
Back in the Annex, Jenkins explains that the symbol the Librarians found is the mark of a devil not the Devil. Many demons who feed on souls call themselves the devil and they all use a contract. The Librarians will need to find who signed this contract, locate the contract and destroy it in order to defeat the demon.
Ezekiel hopes to find some useful information on Brandy's phone, which he stole, but he's struggling to hack into it. Cassandra recognizes that the phone is protected by a blocking spell. She uses one of Jenkins' magic potions to remove the spell and get them access to the phone.
Jenkins and Jacob have discovered that the symbol in the motel room is connected to the Keating family (Denning's opponent). They have mapped out a history of the Keatings going back to the founding of Hawthorne in 1655 when Obediah Keating brokered peace with the Pennacook Indians. The town has had a lot of tragedies (scarlet fever in 1840, twelve land owners killed in a carriage accident in 1752, a tavern fire in 1884, a train crash in 1928 that killed 121 people). Every time something bad happens, there's a Keating on hand to offer aid, and when something good happens, there's also a Keating involved. And all those Keatings wear the symbol that was burned into the motel ceiling.
Jacob notices one man who seems to appear in photos and drawings of the Keatings going back to at least 1884 (on the 1884 drawing he's labeled as R. Sesselman, standing behind Mayor and Mrs Keating and their children. After the train crash in 1928, a Durham Sesselman meets with the then Mayor Keating). Cassandra and Ezekiel have analyzed Brandy's phone and discovered that she was researching Mr Sesselman. He appears at every town disaster and disasters happen every 44 years. The Keating family have signed a deal with a devil, payment is due every 44 years and the next one is due now.
Anyone threatens the good fortune of the signer, the Contract will arrange circumstances for that person's destruction -- Jenkins
Jenkins believes Sesselman is a 'soul contractor' also known as an 'executor'. Their weapon is the contract, the Executor draws his power from the contract. If the signatory or the contract itself's well being is threatened, the contract will arrange for the destruction of the threat. The contract is magic and like all magic it consists of three parts - the power is the signatory's soul, the focus is the contract and the effect is the chaos the contract wreaks in order to fulfill the signatory's wishes. To defeat Sesselman they need to find the contract.
They know the contract is at least 200 years old and that the Keatings are not going to want to move it around too much so it must be in one of the older buildings in Hawthorne. Ezekiel uses Munchausen's Top (an enchanted spinning top) and an old map of the town to narrow down the contract's location to the Keating Hotel. He then uses the building's blueprints to locate hidden passages and rooms.
Jenkins and Cassandra arrive at the Keating Hotel in Hawthorne, posing as guests at a reception. They arrive in a Rolls Royce driven by Jacob who isn't happy to have to play the chauffeur, on his way out of the hotel Jacob bumps into an elderly woman. Jacob returns a few minutes later posing as a guest, using an invitation Ezekiel has stolen for him. He bumps into the same elderly guest who recognizes him and calls security. Ezekiel is posing as a waiter and is trying to locate hidden rooms, but has so far only succeeded in drawing the attention of the hotel's security. Cassandra tried to use a locator spell to find the contract, but only managed to locate security. It appears the contract is working to bring them bad luck. Sesselman is also at the reception. He approaches Jenkins and tells him that he is a legend in Sesselman's profession - he would love to have a signature of the 'incorruptible knight' on a contract.
You're something of a legend in my profession. The incorruptible knight. Allegedly. What I wouldn't give in exchange for your autograph -- Sesselman
Jacob has found three portraits painted at different times but by the same person. Cassandra sees that they each represent a form of magic (Sumerian protective spell, Egyptian chromatographic magic and Brazilian witchcraft) which combine to form a sigil - protection for the contract, meaning that the contract is most likely hidden in a room behind that wall. As the guards approach them they finally find a hidden door leading to a secret room where they locate the contract. Cassandra drops the contract down a mail shoot to Eve who is waiting near the parking garage. She hands the contract to Denning and tells him to get it to Jenkins, whilst she fights off security. Denning has other plans though. He knocks Eve out and turns to find Sesselman in front of him. Sesselman tells Denning that all he needs to do is sign the contract and all his dreams can come true. The contract is currently Keating's, but if Denning signs it will become his instead. The temptation is too strong and Denning signs the contract, as Sesselman applies his seal a car appears next to them. Denning climbs in, Sesselman closes the door and he, Denning and the car vanish.
Your good fortune is assured, and anyone who opposes you will wish they hadn't -- Sesselman
Eve meets with Jenkins and the Librarians and tells them Denning signed the contract. Cassandra adds that the contract's 44 years are up today - something has to happen today to fulfill Denning's wish to be a hero. Eve and Jenkins to go find Denning and Sesselman, the Librarians try to work out what disaster is about to happen.
The final mayoral debate is happening later that day and the town square will be crowded. Jacob notices maintenance paint lines on the road in the square and realizes that new gas pipes are being laid. A gas explosion under the square would seem to be a likely disaster. They enter the maintenance tunnels and find the gas cut off valve, it takes all three of them to turn it, as they do the valve snaps off and gas starts to escape. They try to escape the tunnel, but the door closes in front of them, trapping them inside with the escaping gas. As they start to feel the effects of the gas poisoning, Sesselman appears. He tells them that even though they prevented the gas explosion, something else will now happen (a train may derail or a dam burst) to make Denning a hero. He offers to make a deal with them to help them escape the gas.
Contract magic works by coincidence, taking what's already present and using it against you -- Cassandra
Jenkins and Eve find Denning in the town square watching the crowd, he tells Eve he could save most of them. She tells him that isn't enough and persuades him to give her the contract, before she punches him and knocks him out. She then sends Jenkins off to find the Librarians, while she takes out a pen and opens the contract.
In the tunnel, Sesselman is trying to persuade the dying Librarians to sign the contract. Jacob is the first to waiver, followed by Cassandra who wonders if they could find something in the Library afterwards, Ezekiel just shakes his head. Sesselman leaves to summon the contract.
Returning to the square, Sesselman takes the contract from Eve. He tells her that regardless of her replacing Denning's name with her own, she still has to make a wish or the original contract will still be valid, the town will still suffer a disaster and her friends will die. He taunts her that she has nothing that can stop him. A quick cut away to the maintenance tunnel shows semi-immortal Jenkins is unaffected by the leaking natural gas, but then the roof of the tunnel to collapses onto him.
Sesselman tells Eve that unless she makes a wish, a commuter jet will crash onto the square. There will be three survivors all rescued by the heroic Captain Sam Denning. She has 45 seconds to decide. He leaves her and returns to the Librarians in the tunnels. He's met by Jenkins, wiping dust off his suit jacket but otherwise unscathed. Realizing that even the contract can't kill Jenkins, Sesselman him Jenkins helps the Librarians.
In the square, Eve makes her wish - she wishes Sesselman were human. He starts to glow a fire red as he is turned into a normal, mortal human. Eve takes the contract from him and she and Denning leave a horrified human Sesselman.
Back in the Annex, the Librarians are lying on camp beds while Jenkins hands each of them a foul tasting drink that he assures them will remove poisons left by the natural gas they inhaled. Eve returns with the contract, which Jenkins will lock in 'bottomless pit'. As the Librarians protest but all settle down to sleep, Eve and Jenkins have a heart to heart. She tells him he makes a good medic, he replies that even in the old old days he always considered himself more of a caretaker. She is feeling remorseful that the Librarians need a medic at all. He tells her that a Guardians job is not to protect the Librarians' physical well being, it's to protect them from the temptations all around them in the Library, her job is to protect their souls - something she did extremely well today.
The Guardian's job is not to save the Librarians' bodies. It is to save their souls. And you did that admirably today, Colonel -- Jenkins
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