Charlie Isaacs Caps: S01E12 The Gun Model
Charlie: Reed, what time is it?
Akley: It’s late as far as the javelina are concerned. You’re in the doghouse, huh? I warned you. Secrets have a way of coming out. Get dressed, we’re going for a drive.
Charlie: I wouldn’t know a javelina if it ran right past me.
Akley: It won’t, they can sniff you out from one hundred yards.
Charlie: So, how are we supposed to shoot one?
Akley: We’re not shooting wild pigs, Charlie. They taste like shit and they look too ugly to put on a wall.
Charlie: Dr Akley?
Akley: A combat historian I know found out a fascinating detail about
our American GIs on the front line.
Charlie: Is that right?
Akley: We’re fighting an army convinced it is a master race destined to dominate all of mankind, an army that puts your woman and children in concentration camps. But do you know, what four in five of our soldiers do when given the chance to fire at these wretched people? They intentionally miss. Eighty percent of our soldiers can’t bear the idea of shooting someone, even their worst enemy.
Charlie: I doubt I’d be able to.
Akley: And yet you shot me in the back.
Charlie: Sir, whatever you heard…[GUNSHOT]
Akley: Charlie, you know how long we’ve been working on the gun model?
Charlie: Almost a year.
Akley: Seven hundred years. The Chinese invented firearms in the 13th century, we’ve been refining them ever since. Thin Man is just the next evolutionary stage, so why are you trying to sabotage her?
Charlie: Sir, Thin Man was never gonna work. With the Plutonium that they are making at Site X, Thin Man will pre-detonate. The spontaneous fission rate is too high.
Akley: That might be true.
Charlie: No, Sir, it is true.
Akley: But Charlie, we’re not using the Plutonium at Site X.
Charlie: I was there, I saw the factory.
Akley: What you saw at Site X was a pilot plant designed to work out the kinks. I wasn’t in Washington, DC, this week. I was in Washington State touring the new reactor that will make the weapons grade Plutonium. The army calls it Site W.
Charlie: But why would we think their Plutonium would be any cleaner?
Akley: Because Enrico Fermi personally designed the reactor, I have the fission rates on my desk. It’s as good as cyclotron Plutonium, it’s as good as pure. You’ve been manipulated by a brilliant but misguided man, Frank Winter is using you to destroy Thin Man.
Charlie: Did Frank know about Site W?
Akley: He has the same security clearance as I do, at least for now.
Charlie: But why wouldn’t he have told me?
Akley: Charlie, I don’t care if implosion wins this war or Thin Man! I don’t care if Hitler swallows a shotgun. Every man on this Hill if fighting the same war except Frank, who’s too busy fighting for his own place in history. Tell me, whose idea was it to hijack Thin Man in the first place? Whose idea to try and dupe the most powerful army in the world? Yours?
Akley: Was it Frank’s brilliant idea to sent Helen Prins over to spy on Thin Man as well?
Charlie: She wasn’t involved.
Akley: Frank’s had you on her strings since the minute you got here. He used her to squeeze the Plutonium out of you, he sent her to Site X in order to tempt you. What about Tom Lancefield? Is he mixed up in all this?
Charlie: Lancefield found out. Frank said we had to get rid of him.
Akley: Jesus, Charlie.
Charlie: Sir, I am so sorry.
Akley: It’s okay, it’s okay. Right now we have to figure out a way to keep you safe, last night I pulled every requisition that’s come out of my office in the last two months. Every order co-opting our resources for use on implosion, you signature is on all of them. Plain as day.
Akley: The army uses the same ammo for decent misguided men as it does for spies. You’re implicated in a conspiracy to sabotage the most expensive and most secret project in military history. And if it comes out, you’re the only one that it will trace back to. And meanwhile, the man who’s truly responsible for all this could get away scot-free.