And they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids …
Summary: The FBI investigates a series of possible UFO sightings and a murder at an abandoned Air Force Base.
Original air date: October 30, 2009 (US)
Written by: Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci
Directed by: Stephen Gyllenhaal
18: Million dollars
4840: UFO sightings
1: Secret air base
Family Concepts: (character development)
- David is starting to think about his future with the FBI
- Don never really planned his career track.
- Alan chose to be an architect, however he took the city planner job due to necessity
- Margaret’s birth date is Sept 20
- Alan gives Amita a locket belonging to Margaret (it originally belonged to her great, great grandmother)
- Nikki: Nellis has to deal with these kinds of people all the time.
David: Air base; Area 51.
Don: Oho so these are really reliable people.
- Colby: Why do I feel like I’m in a Scooby-Doo cartoon?
Nikki: Jinkies, Fred, I don’t know.
- Nikki: Do we know what killed them?
Ridenhour: Being blown up.
- Mayborne: Internet chatter is not always reliable.
Charlie: That’s a bit of an understatement.
- Colby: Come on over here and get yourself handcuffed like a good person.
A group of UFO hunters out at Goathart Air Force Base seem to get their wish to see alien technology in action. They witness something that appears to be directed lightening hit several targets and sadly a woman running from the area. The FBI is investigating the incident when they meet Floyd Mayborne a Pentagon official from Department 44. Mayborne doesn’t say much about his work for classified reasons but does state the department is there to investigate government projects.
One of the UFO hunters managed to catch some footage of what appears to be ball lightening streaking across the sky. Charlie has Otto Bahnhoff, a plasma physicist look at the footage to see what he can make of it. He things the footage is of some sort of directed toroid and also states the Air Force had been working on such projects in the past. Nikki and Colby find other evidence at the air base that it might not be as deserted as they were led to believe and stake out the area. While on stakeout they spot a van in the area, however before they can get close enough to talk to the occupants, the van is destroyed.
Unlike the dead woman from the first incident, the three men killed in the van all have identification showing they worked for the same company, Neox Industries. David and Colby talk to Darren Drew, the president of Neox. Drew can’t believe four of his employees may be dead, but he also can’t answer any of the FBI’s questions about the project they are working on as it’s classified. Nikki thinks she may know who the woman killed was as well, Cynthia Abbott a plasma physicist with Neox. Unfortunately, DNA tests don’t match Abbott to the body.
Charlie and Amita try figuring out the direction of the energy used to hit the van. They are soon joined by Mayborne who offers to help. they soon come across dead sheep and a downed drone. The drone is fitted with technology that would allow it to create a laser induced plasma channel, something Mayborne says is supposed to make for a less lethal deterrent. Any attempt by the FBI to see more of Neox’s records however is blocked; and Don tells Mayborne if he wants to stay on the investigation, he needs to help. Mayborne is able to get an employee list for Neox and they finally find out who the dead woman really is: Allison Williams, a liaison between Neox and the Pentagon.
Charlie and Mayborne go looking for a second drone reported tro be flying near Goatherd AFB and soon find it. They are able to track the plane back to Goathart where the FBI arrests Drew and several of his employees out testing. Drew explains they were tryng to perfect the plasma channel technology as part of a government contract. He knows the project is only days away from perfecting the system and doesn’t know what went wrong during the other tests. Charlie is able to show the technology has inherent flaws that cannot be fixed, but the eagerness of engineers to overcome such issues is what ultimately led to four people being killed.