02x06 - My 3 Dads

Episode transcripts for the TV show, "Motherland: Fort Salem". Aired: March 18, 2020 - August 23, 2022.
Set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution over 300 years ago by cutting.
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02x06 - My 3 Dads

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[RAELLE] Previously, on Motherland

Jonas, wait! The Camarilla

are picking us off.

I'm not here for the Camarilla.

I'm here to change things.

[MAN] In this twilight of the world,

the evil of witch is super abound




Not our daughters



[WOMAN] So, in tradition, cadets,

tonight, we wake the d*ad!

Valda Esterbrook.



Willa Collar.

Why didn't she come?

Why didn't she want to talk to me?

I need to go pack for the break.

- I need to see my dad.

- Charvel Bellweather.

You are Abigail Bellweather.

And you are vengeance.

Charvel set me straight.

I need to find the people

who took her voice and get it back.

Time to make them feel hunted.

And we start with the

one who k*lled Charvel.


From our first born breath

to the last song we sing,

we are at w*r.

There was never a choice.

So, if we must bleed,

let us bleed for freedom.

- With this act,


our w*r will end.

And your faith in me will be repaid.


Thank you, Jonas.

From our blood,

a new day will rise for all witches!

[GROUP CHANTS] We are the Spree.

We are the Spree. We are the Spree.

We are the Spree. We are the Spree.

We are the Spree!

We are the Spree.



- Wow!

- It's beautiful here, right?

- Um, hey-hey, Tal?

- Mm?

Maybe, just around my dad

don't talk about the b*mb.

Or deployment. Or the Spree.

And, yeah, definitely not Scylla.

That's a lot not to talk about.

A couple things before we go in

the house should be empty

except for my grandma.

Will she mind what we have to do?

Oh, Minerva cannot know.

She's the only woman

alive tougher than Alder.

Avoid contact.

Then, as long as we can

get to Charvel's remains,

we'll be in and out quickly.

You okay?

We put our d*ad right in the earth

and plant a tree to

grow from their body.

You help them turn to new life.

That's not unlike our tradition.

Yeah, but will that be a problem?

As long as I can get a little

bit of Charvel's blood,

everything should be fine.

I thought the house was gonna be empty?

[RAELLE] Yeah, people in the Cession

have never really been shy

in expressing an opinion.

She causes more problems

than she fixes, doesn't she?

Is that what your ghost told you?

More or less.

Esterbrook made me see the truth.

Alder had Nicte Batan

k*ll the Liberian Front

and make it look like a mass su1c1de.

She could She could order you

to do something like

that with the b*mb.

Well, if Esterbrook

was telling the truth

She showed me. I saw it.

Then, Alder made Liberia worse.

And that fight eventually k*lled my mom.

So, there's not much worse

she can do to me, is there?

[EDWIN] Rae?

Don't worry, Tal, I'll

always have a choice.


- Hey, kid.

- How ya doin'?


- [EDWIN] Good to see you.

- [RAELLE] Good to see you, too.

I'm starving.


Hi! I am starving.

Thank you!



- Daughter.

- Sweetheart.

Hello, offspring.

What do you think? Hm?

Is there a wedding

that I don't know about?


- Not yet.

They're all here for you.

And this must be Adil. Hm.

Your people are quite the topic

of conversation in our circle.

And you brought him because ?

Because he has no home

to go to for the break.

- Is that an issue?

- Of course not.

We'll make room.

Anton, Fermin and I invited

all your top ranked suitors

here for Fall break.

Seemed like the perfect time

for you to make a choice.

Does my mother know about this?

It was her idea, of course.


Good to see you again!

- Always a pleasure, sir.

- Mm-hm.

Bellweather! [SCOFFS]

Thanks for the invite,

what a pleasant surprise.

A surprise, being the key word.

Right, Claude?


[ADIL] How many fathers

does Abigail have?

Just the three. Average for

a High Atlantic kid. Why?

I didn't understand the

scope of Abigail's family.

[SCOFFS] My friend, this is

just the tip of the iceberg.

All because he was a guy?

- [TALLY] Mm-hm.

- Dad, no dudes. Ever.

- Ever.


Then my mom comes running up

"Don't hurt him! Don't hurt him!

- He's my lawyer!"


[TALLY] Turns out, the guy was there

to help me get my dispensation.

The only guy to ever set foot

in the Sacramento matrifocal

community, and survive.

That reminds me of when Rae was born.

- Mm-hmm!

- Dad

Willa gave birth at Fort Senox

and I had to get special

access to go on base.

So, as I'm walking up to

Willa's room in the infirmary,

this soldier stops me.

Now, she can tell I'm a civilian.

But you were cleared to be there?

But when she found out I was the father,

she went off about how

wrong that was, how

How I'd made my daughter weak.

- That's awful!

- [EDWIN] Yeah, it was,

until Willa stepped out of her room,

still covered in blood from the birth,

holding our baby girl.

- Aww

- [EDWIN] Yeah

How did Mom tell this part, again?

- Oh, gosh, I don't know.

- What she said next?

- I don't remember.

- Well, anyway,

Willa Collar looked that

soldier in the eye and said,

"Does my daughter look weak to you?!"


- Wow.

- I'm gonna get this packed up.

[EDWIN] Sure.


Hey, uh, can we get a box?

Thank you.







What are we going to tell her?

Think the truth's a good place to start.

Well, if she's going to disappear,

she might as well know, right?


She's not going on

the run with the Spree.

- She can't go to the army.

- It's the Camarilla

she has to worry about,

not conscription.

This isn't about you. Or me.

This is about her.

The dodgers can keep her safe

just like they did with me,

until she's old enough

to make her own choices.

The Fosterling program

did pretty right by me.

And where are you now?

Out here with me, a t*rror1st.

I saw you at that mall during the vigil.

You are not the same person

you were a year ago.

Then why did I laugh

when I k*lled Shane?

You m*rder Shane?

Tell me he didn't deserve it,

for what he did to Tiffany?

And what did you do to Brianna

by taking her father away from her?

She shouldn't hear us fight like this.


[WHISPERS] Let's go

for some hot chocolate.

- [RAELLE] Bye, Pops.

- [TALLY] Have a good day!

Tal, can we just relax?

This is our first break, ever.

And it'll be over in a blink of an eye.

Which is why you should

talk to him about your mom.

- I just


I don't wanna upset him.


It isn't him that's getting upset.

Well then, tell me how not

to be upset about Samhain.

Your d*ad was a total stranger

and showed up with bells on,

and I waited on my own mother

all night, and she didn't show.

He wouldn't want you to

go through this alone.

Yeah, sure, I'll just ask

him, "Um, hey, Dad,

any idea why my mom would

abandon me a second time?"

Hey. Do you recognize that car?

It was outside the diner, too.

Yeah, and on our way into town.



That was a warning.

I know you.

You're m*llitary?!

Wait, where's the other two?

We have orders to keep

Miss Special Projects

here out of trouble.

But I remember you from Basic.

You are the trouble, Cadet.

Yeah, well, don't expect me

to invite you in for coffee and cookies.




Do you have a minute to talk?

A minute. Sure.

She inherited that exactness from you.

Which makes for superior

tactical planning, of course.

I'm sorry we sprung this on you.

I know it's all happening so fast.

Surprises I can handle. But I

have other priorities right now.

Such as Adil?

Such as being a soldier.

Having a daughter, goddess permit,

is part of being a soldier.

There's no greater joy, you'll see.

[ABIGAIL] This isn't a time for joy.

A kid shouldn't come

into this world right now.

Your children will be lucky to

have you around to protect them.

And not just them, but

the future of the line

Stop sermonizing, Anton.

Please, keep an open mind at dinner.

[ALDER] You let her get the drop on you,

and now the child that you

rescued is in the Spree's hands?

Ramshorn isn't planning on

keeping Tiffany with them.

[ALDER] You're naive to believe that.

It was a mistake to

work with her at all.

General, it stands to

reason the Camarilla

may have taken other

young witches hostage.

Bring our daughters home safe, Petra,

and spare no one who tries to stop you.

I'll start by tailing

the Exarch Tooms

No. Your time on this operation is over.

General, I'm of more

use to you in the field.

Where the Camarilla's seen your face?

No. Intelligence has this from here.

[PETRA] Things are already in motion.

I'll continue to monitor from Annapolis.

Give Minerva my regards.

This is a dire moment

in our w*r, Anacostia.

Civilians question my credibility

and the Camarilla are

emboldened with every att*ck.

You did a fine job. But now

I need you back by my side,

where you can do the most good.

[TALLY] I thought you didn't

wanna talk about your mom.

[RAELLE] Well, I mean, not with my dad,

but Quinn's a different story.

I bring the blind by

the ways they knew not.

I will lead them on paths unknown.

I make the darkness light before them.

[LAUGHING] Get going, Frank!

My favorite troublemaker

just rode in on the wind.


- This is my friend Tally Craven.

- Hi!

I'll get a look at you soon enough.


Quinn was my mom's best friend.

[QUINN] Cheapest babysitter, too.


Mmm oh, this is good!


Ancient Christo-pagan brew.

Allows you to commune

with the Holy Spirit.


[LAUGHING] No, not really.


I cooked this up when we

were stationed in Norilsk.

Willa ever tell you about that siege?

No. Never got the chance to, I guess.

Me and your mom, running

from foxhole to foxhole,

closing wounds. That woman was a force!

Raelle's just like her, but more.

A goddess of destruction!

Or is it creation?

Either way, mushrooms

have been summoned.

All right, that's enough. Sorry.

We're not supposed to talk about that.

[CHUCKLES] It's no surprise

to hear that you have gifts.

Willa always said.

Yeah, I know. She always

said it in her letters, too.

You say that like it's a bad thing.

No, I just

Sometimes letters

aren't enough, you know.


But I was there in the mud with her,

I watched her write to you.

There's nothing but love on those pages.

And that's never going away.

Raelle tried to summon Willa

on Samhain, but she didn't come.

On the hallowed ground of Fort Salem,

the requested d*ad

cannot refuse to appear.

I guess it's more of a

suggestion than a rule,

because she didn't show.

on the other hand,

my line's been fully vetted

to join the Bellweathers.

Yeah, but, uh on the other other hand,

[CHUCKLES] wouldn't it be kind of weird,

you know, having been

engaged to her cousin?

Um, would it be so weird to bond

over the love and memory of Charvel?

Yes. It would be very weird.

I'd be more than happy to

stay with our child full-time,

until your second spouse joins us.

And what would you

contribute to our line?

That isn't why I'm here.

As Abigail explained, I just

needed a place to stay.

It had better be unique because

she already has incredible Weatherwork.

You wanna know what

physical traits I have to offer?

How else are we to know what

sort of soldier you'd produce?

It's like you're talking

about breeding stallions.


Mares, but you're starting

to get the hang of it.

We'll also be taking stock

of your temperament,

intellect and your family's standing.

So, all-all of you

with Abigail's mother?

We each contributed the

best of us to make Abigail.

At the same time?


Whatever the general wants.

It was a delicate process.


So, what would you bring to

this very hypothetical union?

I don't know. I wasn't planning

on having an official

union with Abigail.


On behalf of my daughter,

thank you all for coming.

Sorry to be tardy, but the

world waits for no woman.

Is there something we need

to talk about, Abigail?


This residence isn't your

personal drop-zone, Peti.



Do you remember where

Brianna's dad took you?

He took me lots of places.

Was there any place

with other kids around?


Can you remember what it was like there?

It's important, so we can go help them.

It was dark. I could

hear someone crying.

And it smelled funny, like dog food.


[TIFFANY ECHOES] And it smelled funny,

like dog food.

[WHISPERS] I'm proud of you, Tiffany.

Sleep tight.

They're keeping them in

a vet's office. In cages.


Never thought I'd live to see a

Collar speaking Mothertongue.

You're w*r-College fancy, now.

Were you there? The day she

No. God, Greenville was chaos.

It was a lot of those

mines to deal with.

What type?

Uh, w*apon Pushing. In bottles.

Do you know when those bottles

first started showing up?

I believe it was '94? Sudan.

Then a year later, in Minsk

during the Belarus partition.

They tweaked it, somehow.

It got a whole lot worse

than just bottles.

The two conflicts weren't

connected, though.

As much as I love a good history lesson,

it is getting late and you

ladies have tired me out.

Okay, but

- [RAELLE] Come on.

- [TALLY] Bedtime for Tally.


So, wait So, the su1c1de bottles

moved halfway across the world

in the two years after the Martyrdom.

Nicte invented the Work.

No one had seen anything like it before,

not even Alder. So,

it had to have been

taught to them by her.

And then

- And then what?

- Everything changed.

The first confirmed

Spree att*ck was in '97.

So, you think Nicte gave

her Working to the Spree?

I think Nicte created the Spree.



[SPREE LEADER] It's okay to be scared.

We'll be with you to the very end.

I'm not afraid anymore, Nicte.


Were you able to get

Abigail on the phone?

The guy who answered said

that she was unavailable,

at some dinner event.

I think he was their butler.


Do you think Alder's known

about Nicte this whole time?

If you figured it out,

I'm sure she has, too.

[TALLY] No wonder she was redacted.

Alder can just blot

out all her mistakes.

I'm surprised she hasn't

tried to blot out the Spree altogether.

It's another w*r she's gotten us into.

I mean, how many fronts

are we supposed to

fight at the same time?


We'll survive whatever Alder

or anyone else throws at us.

I don't wanna just survive.

Not if I can change things.

[SOFTLY] Yeah.

This might be my least favorite

part of the matching process.

Is it the same with your

people in the Tarim?


- Not exactly.

It must be difficult for you

to compete with us like this.

- I'm not competing.

- [WYATT] Oh!

Think you're a sure thing?

Don't underestimate him.

Have you seen his earth Working?

He could split a boulder in a blink.

[CIRO] Is that how you woo your women?

Splitting boulders?

Or do you only use your

Earthwork in battle?

We're pacifists.

And as for wooing

We tend to go on very long walks.


The Imperatrix and I

can at least agree on

Gregorio's viability.

[CHUCKLES] I suppose,

if humor is the trait

you care most about

adding to the family line.

[MUTTERS QUIETLY] We could use it.

What was that?

I could use some sleep.

You're excused,

as soon as you tell us

who you're gonna pick.

I need more time to decide.

I'm sorry Abigail,

but we're out of time.

The Camarilla's made that very clear.

You're right, they have.

Which is why we need to fight back.

Rest assured, we are.

Alder said the same thing.

I am not Alder.

I have agents spreading

out across the country,

- even as we speak.

- The army won't stop them

by staying on the defensive,

waiting for their next move!

We need to bring this w*r to them.

Abigail, I have my duty in

this w*r and you have yours.

We have other things to discuss, Peti.

You can deal with this later.

When you run from your responsibilities,

you bring shame on all Bellweathers,

- going back to Jem

- [SLAMS CANE] Enough!


You scold Abigail for

all she has yet to do.

I am reminding her what's best.

And what about you?

You promised me a

Bellweather at the top.

That you would answer to no one.


Since we lost Charvel,

I've been thinking

it won't be long until I'm with her.

My sycamore will grow beside

hers in the family grove.

I go, content with all

that I did for this family.

My choices, my sacrifices

and the victories we all

share because of them.

What will yours be?

Oh, that! That f*re in your eyes.

Follow it to the ends

of the earth, Abigail.

Don't let us stop you.

Don't let anyone stop you.

Make your mark, not your mother's.

Not mine, not Jem's.

[ABIGAIL] Glad to see

you survived the dinner.

[ADIL] It was certainly enlightening.

[ABIGAIL] This is Jem.


And this is Charvel.

You may wanna look away.


If we're gonna do this,

I can't look away.





Time to hunt.

One song. I promise

to never tell Abigail.



The book of love is long and boring ♪

No one can lift the damn thing ♪

It's full of charts

and facts and figures ♪

And instructions for dancing ♪

But I ♪

I love it when you read to me ♪

You ♪

You can read me anything ♪


[EXHALES] I'm gonna take a walk.



I miss your songs.

The ones you'd sing with Mom.

Well, we could never agree

on which one to play.

[CHUCKLES] Yeah. She always

liked the happy ones.

You, not so much.

What's eating at you, Rae?

If there's one thing Collars do

well, it's speak their minds.

Tell me the truth.

Do you remember, um

Mom's letter you gave me

before I deployed to China?

She said she loved me more than

the sky above and earth below.

And that she'd always be close.

Sounds like her.

The last day that she was with us,

when you went to work

- We fought.

- 'Bout what?

She'd been leaving the

house at night, all week.

Who knows where. It was weird.

And when I finally asked her about it,

she denied it, and

[CRYING] Dad, I got so angry.

- Rae

- I called her a liar.

I said that

if she kept secrets from me, then,

she didn't really love me.

And then, the next day she was gone.


And I just keep thinking that

that the moment she d*ed,

my words were ringing in her ears.


Come here.

Raelle Collar,

you are the toughest girl

on this green earth.

And it was your mother

that made you that way.

And there ain't a thing you could do

to break your bond with her. So

if you can't feel her by your side,

it just means she hasn't

gotten there yet.

You give her time.

[WHISPERS] Give her time.




[IZADORA] This is the only

active sample I could retrieve

from the wreckage of the

train att*ck in India.





[IZADORA] They've

engineered it to become

a self-sustaining hunter.

It can lie dormant

until the witch is near.

And once it latches on,

death follows in only minutes.

How far can it spread?

As long as the contagion

has prey to feed on,

it can self-replicate.

It has no limit.

Then, how do we stop it?

Aside from total incineration,

I have no idea.

This is your top priority, Izadora.

And if we must burn

this evil from the earth,


then, so be it.



Thank you.



Is it hot Oh!

[SCREAMS] General!




Exarch, no one told us you'd be coming.

Been a tough day. Always cheers me up

to see the good work

we're doing for the cause.


You're all dismissed.

Sir, where's your security detail?


Don't worry. I always come prepared.





Don't try to speak, General.

You've suffered severe injuries.

If not for your Biddies sharing the h*t,

you would've been d*ad three times over.

I've never seen Off-Canon like this.

It was a remote att*ck.

Sympathetic Work.

- [ANACOSTIA] Camarilla?

- Not a chance.

They can only mimic

our Work up to a point.

Spree, then.

And there may be more att*cks to come.

[GASPING] Stay with me, Anacostia.



There's gotta be another room somewhere.



We're too late.

They've already moved them.

They really believe

we're less than human.

Not less. More.

They're terrified of

what we're capable of.

I was feeling generous.

Goddess, protect her!




You should be getting behind me.







[SCREAMS] Raelle!




[RAELLE SINGS] The book of love ♪

Has music in it ♪

In fact, that's where

music comes from ♪

Some of it's just transcendental ♪

Some of it's just really dumb ♪

But I ♪

I love it when you sing to me ♪
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