|105 THE ALAMO
||31 OCTOBER 2016
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[dramatic music] Fellow citizens and compatriots, I am besieged by 1,000 or more Mexicans under Santa Anna.
I have sustained a continual bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours, and have not lost a man.
- Hee-ya! - [horse neighs] I shall never surrender or retreat.
Then I call on you in the name of liberty, of patriotism, and everything dear to the American character to come to our aid with all dispatch.
The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will no doubt increase to 3,000 or 4,000 in four or five days.
If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor, and that of his country: victory or death.
Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis, the Alamo.
[footsteps approaching] You're late.
Is it safe to talk in here? I mean, are they listening? What're you prattling on about? Of course it's safe.
- Ask my why I'm late.
- Why are you late? Because I don't have a car.
Ask my why I don't have a car.
Because I am too scared to get in mine because your Rittenhouse guys hacked me while I was going 50 miles an hour! - Are you all right? - Do I look all right? Right, well, I'm sorry.
They, um, shouldn't be contacting you directly.
[tense music] Is that all you have to say? You sold me out.
You had them send some goon to threaten me and my family.
Wait a minute.
I'd never do that.
You're like a son to me.
Now, for you to think that I would I don't know what to think of you.
Well, now you know what they're capable of.
You have to cooperate.
We both do.
- You wanted to see me, ma'am? - Thank you for coming in.
I know it's late.
This is Deputy Director Patrick Ramsey, my boss at the NCTC.
Master Sergeant Logan, it's an honor.
You're a real war hero.
We've all heard what you did in Syria.
But you're replacing me.
- How'd you know? - A guy like you doesn't show up unless it's to get rid of a guy like me, sir.
The job's to kill Garcia Flynn.
You just haven't gotten it done.
Maybe the next guy will.
- Who're you bringing in? - Dave Baumgardner.
" I served with him in Kandahar.
He'll do a good job.
I'm happy to brief him if you'd like.
For what it's worth [sighs] Agent Christopher fought like hell to keep you here.
Thank you, ma'am.
But I get it.
It's results-oriented business, and I haven't delivered results.
[overlapping chatter] [exciting music] - Attempting to pinpoint now.
- Level reading is satisfactory.
- The states are moving.
- What's going on? Flynn's gone.
To March 2, 1836.
Looks like around San Antonio.
That's days before the Alamo.
I'm from Tas.
We all know that one.
I'll call Lucy.
When's Baumgardner gonna get here? Not soon enough.
Looks like you're talking one more trip.
I'll make the best of it ma'am.
No, yeah, I'm on my way.
[cell phone beeps] - [sighs] - Where are you going? - Work.
- At this hour? Lucy, what's so important about this new job that these Mason Industries people need you to be there at midnight? Mom, I told you.
I signed an NDA.
- I can't talk about it.
- So I won't tell anyone.
Just between you and me.
It doesn't work that way, okay? - I gotta go.
I'm asking because I'm worried.
You moved back in with me, you're ignoring your fiancÃ©, and you are bailing on your teaching.
I get how strange this all looks, and I do wish that I could talk to you about it.
But [sighs] I just need you to undstand.
We used to talk.
Do you remember? So talk to me.
Maybe I can help you.
Mom, please, all right? Because from where I am standing, you're throwing away everything you've ever worked for, and for what? Lucy, I raised you better than that.
I raised you to use your head, and that Lucy has her whole life planned out.
Well, maybe I'm not that Lucy anymore, okay? - Really? - And let's be honest.
There's a lot you're not telling me either.
Are we seriously gonna do this again? You won't even tell me his name.
[sighs] I just wanna know who my father is.
[soln music] [door opens] [overlapping chatter, alarm blaring] [suspenseful music] So, Alamo, huh? A word synonymous with gory and inescapable death.
Wyatt, you wanna say something strong and reassuring? Hey, don't look at me.
I just got fired.
- What? - Yeah.
This is gonna be my last mission.
How'd you get fired? How do I get fired? [chuckles softly] I mean, you You seem pretty okay with this.
Yeah, well, I know the guy they're bringing in.
You'll like him better than me.
What if those go off in here? They won't.
I know what I'm doing.
Okay, but still.
You're bringing grenades to the Alamo? Well I get one last shot at Flynn you better believe I'm gonna take it.
What are they gonna do? Fire me? [whirring and clanking] Quite something, isn't she? Normally I'm jealous I'm not going with them.
Not this time.
Not this mission.
[papers rustling, alarm blaring] [overlapping chatter in Spanish] [tense music] [metal clanging] [laughs] [dramatic music] So are we just, like, walking into a war? Relax.
It's not for another four days.
When General Santa Anna and his 4,000 troops kill 180 men in less than an hour.
I'll just relax.
But after they were overrun, the whole "Remember the Alamo" thing, it got everybody all fired up and it turned a small rebellion into a huge revolution overnight.
I mean, this battle is why there's even a state of Texas.
A bunch of famous people died here too.
The knife's named after him.
So how do we get in? Right through the front door.
Honestly, they're so undermanned they'll probably take any help they can get.
So what does Flynn want? I don't know.
To make it worse, I guess? How the hell do you make the Alamo worse? [dramatic music] [indistinct chatter] No, baby, you put the kindling down here like this.
See? I expected soldiers.
It's mostly local ranchers, farmers, families too.
Part of me just wants to shout out - "run for your lives," you know? - I know.
- Are those, uh - Free men.
Slavery was outlawed in Mexico, and this is all technically still Mexico.
At least for one more month, anyway.
- Viva la Mexico.
- [scoffs] [quietly] I wouldn't say that too loud around here.
That's gotta be him.
Um let me take lead on this, okay? Excuse me, Colonel Bowie? Sir? - Yes, ma'am? - Hello, hi.
I'm I'm Lucy Preston.
This is Wyatt Logan.
- How do you do, sir? - Wyatt.
We just arrived.
We're here to volunteer.
Well, I'm glad to have you.
So you're just in from where? The east.
Ah, I've got family in San Felipe.
Oh, you do? It's it's nice.
It's lovely there.
Um actually, I was We, uh, were passing through on the road from San Felipe Look, we're looking for a guy.
Tall guy, dark hair, accent, name is Garcia Flynn.
What? I'm sorry He's a Mexican sympathizer.
This guy might have already infiltrated the fort.
He is very dangerous.
Have you seen him? I don't know but I will ask around.
- Thank you kindly.
You came on a little strong with him, didn't you? I mean, I just don't want you to freak him out.
We don't have time to play cowboy.
That bear was ten feet tall standing on his hind legs.
I saw him coming, all I could think was, "I'm so skinny, I'm gonna make piss-poor eating.
" [laughter] Davy Crockett.
- He's got the hat.
- [laughs] Come on.
What happened then? Well, he roared and he lunged for me.
I just grabbed him.
That bear locked those teeth around my arm, started chewing on it like a turkey leg at Christmas.
- [laughter] - What'd you do then? Well, I wasn't gonna let him finish his supper.
- [laughter] - I fought him off, then I wrestled him to the ground.
- You wrestled him one-handed? - Shut up, Johnny.
- He's telling a story.
- Yeah, Johnny [whispers] Oh, my God.
- That's Davy Crockett.
- I know, right? We're not tourists.
Scour every inch of this place.
We gotta find Flynn.
You got it? Yes, got it.
[indistinct chatter] Ma'am.
[tense music] [dramatic music] Oh, good.
There you are.
Rufus and I aren't having any luck.
You? Keep looking.
Are you okay? Yeah.
- [door opens] - Colonel Travis? Didn't mean to startle you, sir.
Who the hell are you? Name's Flynn.
And what're you doing in my office? I wanted to meet you.
I'm an admirer of yours.
You see, I'm here same reason as you.
I'm a patriot, and I know it can't be easy.
People call you a fanatic, but what you really are is a revolutionary fighting for freedom against a corrupt power, and it's a lonely road.
I understand that.
I'm not that alone.
I have men who told me to look out for a tall son of a bitch with a funny accent.
Apparently, he's dangerous.
[gun clicks and fizzles] I'm sorry.
[suspenseful music] Like I said, I'm an admirer of yours.
You deserve a better fate.
[gunshot] [men shouting] He's dead.
This the man you warned us about did this? Yeah, I think so.
That gunshot came from a semi-automatic.
Flynn was right here.
I'll find him, sir.
Not if we find him first.
[indistinct chatter] What the hell happened? That's Colonel Travis.
He was supposed to die in battle in four days, but not now.
Not like this.
If he was gonna die anyway, then why did Flynn do it? Oh, no, the letter.
[men shouting in Spanish] [dramatic music] It's a red flag.
What's a red flag mean? It means no quarter.
Execute anyone who tries to surrender, which is not supposed to happen, by the way.
Santa Anna was supposed to let the women and children go free.
Am I missing something? None of this is supposed to happen.
That army isn't supposed to be here for another three days.
Flynn must have found a way to change it.
- But why? - Must be about the letter.
- What letter? - Travis's famous "Victory or Death" letter.
It's the one that was re-printed in U.
newspapers all over the country.
It's why we remember the Alamo.
It's why they were able to defeat Santa Anna in a few weeks.
- It's only two sentences.
Because Travis was killed before he was able to finish it.
So, no letter, no Texas.
Wyatt, are you even listening? All of this, and Flynn manages to trap us in the Alamo.
[chuckles wryly] Gotta hand it to him.
Wyatt, I know that you want Flynn, but we really need you right now.
[sighs] Wyatt, please.
[solemn music] Rufus, you need to find a way out.
A way out? There's two things everybody knows about the Alamo.
One, everybody dies.
Two, they die because there's no way out.
The Alamo didn't have anyone as smart as you.
Figure it out.
Make a way if you have to.
We need to get the women and the children out.
- Same with the letter.
- Well, like I said before, - Travis didn't finish it.
- Then finish it for him.
I'm gonna try to buy us some time.
Now, boys, the general sets one foot outside that tent, and Davy here's gonna nail him.
The man can part his hair 200 yards.
- Ain't that right, Davy? - I'll part his short hairs.
- That he will.
- Colonel Bowie.
- Yes, sir? - A word? Excuse me, boys.
What can I do for you? I can help you.
I just need command of some of your men.
What was your name again? Master Sergeant Wyatt Logan.
My friend's working on a plan to get the women and the children out, but we need to buy him some time.
Everyone's safe for now.
Not for long, sir.
Look, don't go putting us in the ground just yet, all right? Colonel Fannin and his troops are on their way as we speak.
No reason to lose faith, son.
No one is getting out of here alive.
Do you understand me? Santa Anna is waiting on reinforcements, and when they come, which they will, tomorrow, he's gonna come over this wall and in 20 minutes you're all gonna be dead.
- So we need to get the women and the children out.
You listen to me.
I don't care how scared you are, you will not speak that way around my men.
You got that? No, no, no, no, no, no es.
[dramatic music] [bugle playing] [indistinct shouting] What the hell's with the music? Oh, it's meant to keep us up at night.
Me, I don't mind it.
When the music stops, that's when you gotta worry.
[clears throat] [exhales] Don't suppose you know a way out of here? Sure.
3,000-man welcome committee out there waiting for you.
[gags] [coughing] [laughs] You thought that was water, did you? - Mm.
There's more whiskey than water right now since Santa Anna blocked the aqueduct.
There's an aqueduct? Yeah.
Great news, the aqueduct goes from the fort to the river here.
That's right, there was an aqueduct system running all through this area built in the 1740s.
If we can get in, we can sneak the women and the children out.
- Your letter too.
The only problem is where it connects.
Under the chapel via a softball-sized hole through three feet of stone.
So how the hell are we supposed to get through that? I'm sorry, where's the great news here? [tense music] [exhales sharply] How's the letter coming? [sighs] It's not.
I'm having the world's worst case of writer's block.
I know that there's something about "patriotism" and "liberty" and "American character.
" - I think.
- You don't know? - You're the historian.
- Yeah, believe it or not, I have not memorized every single letter ever written in the history of time, and this letter, if I don't get every single word exactly right It's just a letter.
It's not just a letter.
It's the letter that created Texas.
- No pressure or anything.
- For God sakes.
You're in your own head.
Just write something.
It doesn't have to be exact.
Oh, I can just say whatever I want - like you did with Bowie? - Yes.
You say what's in here.
All this dress-up and the grade school drama and the "we're from San Felipe.
" I That's the job.
That's my job.
No, the job is Flynn! And I cannot do it with all of this crap! [exhales sharply] How am I supposed to do my job with my hands tied behind my back? [exhales sharply] You know what, maybe Agent Christopher was right.
Maybe I'm not the guy for the job.
Wyatt [explosions] [indistinct shouting and screaming] [dramatic music] [coughing] [shouting, explosions continue] [grunts] Wyatt! - [coughing] - [grunting] Wyatt? [coughs] [heart beating] [exhales sharply] Come on, buddy.
Help me out here.
There you go.
Pull your arm back.
Here we go.
- Bowie! - Over here.
[explosions continue] Here, give him to me.
I got him.
- You got him? - Yeah, yeah.
You don't look so bad for having a wall fall on you.
Could have been worse.
Could have been a whole building.
Santa Anna's just softening us up.
You're doing fine.
How'd your old man raise such a tough kid, huh? Wouldn't know.
Santa Anna got him.
Him and my brothers.
Bexar last year.
[grunting] Scouts just came back.
Reported about another 1,000 troops just joined Santa Anna's party outside.
The hell are you doing? Trying to get the women and children out.
Through the aqueduct.
Just gotta get through these first three feet.
You know that's stone? I am aware! [panting] How do you do it? How are you not screaming in terror right now? You're not screaming in terror.
On the outside.
You you're, like, macho at a level I can't even deal with.
All "King of the Wild Frontier.
" You wrestled a bear, for God sakes.
I never wrestled a bear.
What? Not even close.
But there was a bear.
What happened? Well, I was out scouting, I got cornered, she charged me, and I pissed myself.
Fired wild, and I fell into a creek.
When I got myself up, I couldn't believe the shot took her down.
I was scared outta my mind.
Then what did you do? Well, I went back and told my men that I wrestled a bear.
[chuckles] Because sometimes folks need a leader who can wrestle a bear.
[solemn music] Now don't you go telling everybody and ruin my reputation.
So I-I appreciate you pulling young John out from under that wall.
You saved his life, you know.
Anyone would have done the same.
We're not gonna make it.
Colonel Fannin and his troops ain't coming.
And Santa Anna's getting his reinforcements like you said he would.
Won't be long now.
Look, I don't like being right.
I'd give anything to get your men out of this.
I just don't know how.
But I'm pretty sure that I could help save the women and the children.
You want to get them out through the aqueduct, don't you? Crockett saw your man banging away on the stone.
Rufus will figure it out.
But we gotta buy him the time.
[sighs] Well, you better tell me how.
Here's the fort.
Now, Santa Anna's men are coming over these walls, like it or not.
And if they come over all at once, it's gonna be over fast.
Maybe too fast.
So I want you to pull your men off the north wall.
Leave it undefended.
The north wall's our weakest wall.
Exactly, that's where you want Santa Anna to attack.
Your soldiers won't be getting hit on all four sides.
Instead, you'll bottle-neck 'em right through here.
This won't stop 'em.
But it'll slow 'em down.
Hopefully long enough to get the civilians out.
You done this before.
Haven't you? Where? Nowhere near here.
It was kind of like this, though.
We were pinned down.
I'm the only one that made it out.
Your men they last long? Wish I knew.
I left them behind.
One of us had to get this important piece of intelligence out.
So we flipped a damn coin.
It was between me and my buddy Zachary.
We were the only two not wounded.
I'm the jerk that had to call heads.
Zach [chuckles] He said I was meant to survive.
You know, like it was fate.
As if that's a thing.
So six men held off a hundred fighters, so I could escape.
I left them there to die.
And they gave me a medal for it.
Pull all our men, the cannon, everything off the north wall.
We're gonna try and get the women and children out.
[indistinct chatter] [dramatic music] When I was young, I'd read stories about great heroes doing great deeds.
The truth is, real heroes don't look at all like I pictured.
- They're far from perfect.
Bull-headed, stubborn, reckless.
And also recklessly brave.
They charge in without a thought to themselves.
Not without fear or doubt, but in spite of it.
We are all scared.
But we are going to fight and die anyway, to give everyone else a chance at a better future.
Because the future matters.
Victory or death.
Signed, the men and women of the Alamo.
[distant patriotic music] I should have thought of this before.
Thought of what? Do you still have those grenades? Um [men shouting] [suspenseful music] Here we go.
[men shouting] [all shouting] [suspenseful music] Come on.
Aah! [indistinct shouting] Wait.
Where are they? Wait for the order.
[indistinct shouting] [horses galloping] Fire! [gunfire] [men yelping] [explosions and gunfire] [indistinct shouting] - Aah! - [horse whinnies] Damn it, Rufus, hurry up.
[tense music] [whispers to self] [men shouting] You're okay.
We got our way out.
Okay, everybody follow him.
Follow him where? Uh, to the chapel.
You'll be able to get out through the aqueduct.
I need you to be brave, sweetheart.
Don't let go of my hand, okay? [gunfire outside] Here, take this.
I'll get Wyatt.
[gunfire] [men grunting and shouting] [gunfire] [tense music] [heart beating] Oh! Wyatt.
Lucy? Rufus did it.
[gunfire] There's a way out.
Come on, let's go.
Aah! [gunfire] We have to go.
[gunfire] Wyatt? Wyatt.
[gunfire] I'm not going.
- What do you mean? - You don't need me.
They're getting rid of me anyway, right? You can't stay here.
No, I know.
I can't leave good me like this, not again.
What difference does it make? Jessica, everyone I care about is gone.
[gunfire continues] Let me do one good thing.
Let me buy you the time to get out.
What about us? We're counting on you.
The next guy's gonna handle it.
I don't want anybody else.
Look, I trust you.
You are the one that I trust.
Rufus needs you.
I need you.
Okay? [gunfire] Get ready to run.
Just stay low.
It goes straight to the river.
Keep your head down.
What took you so long? John, watch the door.
Give him the gun.
You're not John Smith by any chance, are you? - Travis's messenger? - Yes, ma'am.
[gunfire outside] I need you to come with us.
You have to deliver this letter to General Houston.
No, I'm not going anywhere, ma'am.
- No, you have to.
- [door opens] [gunfire] We're completely overrun.
We can't hold 'em off much longer.
We almost got 'em all out.
You all need to hightail it now.
You gotta come with us.
You just be sure to tell everybody I fought off a thousand of 'em.
He has to take this letter to General Houston.
John Smith is gonna be the first mayor of San Antonio.
He has to take it.
[gunfire continues outside] - You have to deliver this.
- The hell I do.
I'm not gonna leave the only family I have left.
I get it.
Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to do the job.
To be the only one to have to leave.
But you have to.
Those are the orders.
[dramatic music] - Yes, sir.
- Come on.
Watch the leg.
I got you.
- Come on.
Don't ask me to leave.
I can't leave my people.
I can't leave mine.
[chuckles softly] Hey, Sergeant.
Can't let them have it now, can I? [gunfire continues outside] [banging] I can promise you that you won't die for nothing here.
[all shouting] The men, including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, were killed.
But the women and children escaped, and the word of the Alamo inspired Texas to rise up and defeat Santa Anna.
And the fact that we even know that Means your letter got out.
That must have been one hell of a letter.
I gather that Flynn is still out there.
Yes, but he did have a very large army at his back this time.
You're relieved of duty.
You can report to your commanding officer for reassignment.
- Yes, sir.
- Master Sergeant Baumgardner is in the waiting room, where he is about to learn that time travel is real.
No, just Just hold on.
[tense music] - You can't replace Wyatt.
We're the ones out there risking our lives.
I trust him he makes the right choice every time.
- I won't do it without him.
- We won't do it without him.
- I know I'm just supposed to shut up and cooperate, but I can't.
Rufus is our only pilot, sir.
Without him What you've done to deserve this, I can't imagine.
So he can stay? Seems you gave us no choice.
[door opens] So? Let's have it.
Are we gonna fight every day now? No.
[poignant music] I don't want to fight anymore.
Life's too short.
I was a junior.
And he was well, he was a professor, if you really want to know the truth.
He loved to argue.
And he was handsome.
He wanted to go into politics.
And then I told him I was pregnant.
What did he say? You know, all the things that he was supposed to.
Back then that's what you did.
But I didn't want to marry him.
Hell, I barely even knew him.
So we fought and I told him I didn't need his help, and [sighs] I haven't heard from him since.
And, Lucy, I have no regrets.
And this is his name.
What are you doing here? Heard you were stealing our oxygen.
[chuckles] Well, they dragged me up from Pendleton, won't tell me crap, and now they're flying me back.
I don't suppose you know what's going on.
What do you think? I figured the fact that you're here mean this whole thing is seriously fubar.
- [chuckles] - It's good seeing you.
Hey, when are you coming back to base? We're prepping for an op right now.
It's the real deal.
Robbie's there, Matty, all the boys.
You'd love it.
Yeah, I think I'll be here for a while.
I got a new team.