|Dieser Artikel wartet auf (d)eine Übersetzung.|
|Erster Auftritt||Tödlicher Hunger|
|Tätigkeit||Agentin der Heimatschutzbehörde, |
ehemals Gefreite der U.S. Marine,
ehemals Korporalin der U.S. Marine
|Lebensgefährte/in||David Sullivan, |
|Eltern||Mutter Leona, |
Rachel Mills ist eine ehemalige Soldatin der US-Marine, deren Militäkarriere nach einem Zwischenfall während eines Einsatzes in Irak zu einem plötzlichen Ende kam.
Entwicklung des Charakters
Rachel is interrogated by Angela in an unknown Primatech facility in Tappen, NJ about the whereabouts of the formula and claims not to know about it. Twelve hours before, Rachel is talking with Ryan Hanover and David Sullivan when an explosion at Pinehearst causes the building to start collapsing. Rachel tries to help David move a beam that has fallen on top of him, but is unable to do so. She then walks over to search for something to pry the beam off David and winds up teleporting back to him when an air duct begins to fall on top of her. Rachel pleads with David to ignore what happened and that it was nothing.
Rachel duscht in den Mannschaftsräumen im Pinehearst Gebäude ohne zu merken, dass Kamerad Ryan Hanover auf ein paar Kartonschachteln sich bis zum Lüftungsloch emporgearbeitet hat und das heiße Ding lüstern betrachtet. Sie hört dann das Geräusch der zusammenbrechenden Schachteln, wickelt ein Handtuch und will nachsehen, trifft auf Ryan, der allerdings nichts gehört haben will.
Rachel helps David Sullivan to his feet as Ryan Hanover approaches, holding two doses of the synthetic formula. When she asks him where the third is, he tells her he injected himself in hopes of surviving a large wound he suffered during the explosion. When David starts to collapse, she steals a dose from Ryan, who draws a gun and orders her to give it back. She injects David and is shot in the shoulder by Ryan. They both look up as David's synthetic ability begins to manifest.
Rachel is still being interogated by Angela. Rachel continues to flash back, this time she recountes what happened when David was injected with the serum. In Rachel's recollection, David keels over and leans on both hands while growling. Meanwhile, Rachel sits against the wall bracing her shoulder wound and Ryan continues to point his gun at them. David's ability manifests and he attacks Ryan and then tries to attack Rachel. She teleports out of his path to the other side of the room. David turns and again charges at her super fast, but Rachel has grabbed a pair of scissors and uses them to stab David in the chest.
After Angela asks what she did with the remaining serum Rachel says she destroyed it, then she flashes back to finding a remaining syringe on the ground the cracking it in half Angela says she gave the wrong answer and leaves, Rachel then recalls that after destroying the syringe, she still had the vial of serum in her hands that had been inside the syringe.
Still in the interrogation room, Rachel sees Carlos and Angela coming towards her. Angela continues to question Rachel about the serum and her abilities, mentioning Rachel's mother, Leona. Rachel denies that she is special, but then has a flashback about how she got out of the Pinehearst lab - she used her ability. Even after the flashback, she denies her abilities, only for Angela to tell her that she doesn't believe her.
Carlos and Angela approach Rachel, who is still tied down to a chair next to a conference table in the Tappen facility. Angela tells Rachel that she underestimated her and is letting her go; and Carlos removes her IV, saying that the effects should wear off in a few hours. Angela then commends Rachel for being a fighter like her, but Rachel replies that she's nothing like her and just wants to leave. Angela says that there's a car waiting for her outside.
Later, Rachel parks next to a gas station restroom and heads inside. While staring at the mirror, Rachel recalls how at Pinehearst, she had taken the vial of serum out of the syringe she broke and hid it inside her shoulder wound. Back in the present, Rachel removes the serum from her wound and redresses the bandage using her shirt to tie it up.
Rachel then leaves the restroom and finds Angela and Carlos waiting for her on opposite sides of her car, blocking her escape. Rachel asks why Angela let her go if she knew Rachel had it all along, and Angela replies she wanted to give Rachel the opportunity to face herself and learn if she could be trusted. Rachel then says that she just wanted to find a cure, but Angela says that her ability is an integral part of her, like the loss of her mother. Rachel says that she hopes to see her again one day, and Angela says that will be up to God.
After giving Angela the serum, Rachel asks them what else they want and she says that they want to help her and Carlos places a covering over her head and drags her around the corner into the gas station's garage.
Rachel ist mit einem Begleiter zur Überwachung des Bennet-Hauses eingesetzt, getarnt in einem Lieferwagen für Pool-Reinigung. Es besteht der Verdacht, dass Claire einer Zielperson Unterschlupf gewährt. Eine erste Hausdurchsuchung ergibt allerdings keinen Erfolg, Rahel sagt Claire ins Gesicht, dass der heiße Junge doch ganz ihr Typ sei, aber da wird das Team von Frau Bennet rausgeworfen. In der Nacht dann halten sie Bennets Wagen auf, aber darin befinden sich nur Sandra Bennet mit ihrem Sohn Lyle, die behaupten einen Kinobesuch vorzuhaben; sofort stürmt das Team das Haus, sie hören Geräusche dahinter und suchen die Umgebung ab, aber die Spur verliert sich bei einer Villa mit großem Pool.
According to NBC.com's character reference for Rachel Mills, Rachel was born in Newport, Rhode Island, but grew up in Calabasas, California. She was raised solely by her mother, Leona, until Rachel was twelve and Leona committed Selbstmord. Rachel's grandparents then took her in, but they struggled with little money and Rachel wasn't able to gain many friends. After graduating from high school, Rachel joined the Marines following her grandfather's footsteps. After spending four years abroad between Irak and Afghanistan, Pinehearst recruited Rachel for their top-secret operation.
The above Hulu.com message was later included amongst other video mail messages in chapter 5 of Operation Böses Blut. They are part of a video feed being reviewed for security messages by a technician in Pinehearst that the Pinehearst contracted player spots. Rachel's message to her friend, Amy, is viewable by clicking the "video feeds" link on the page.
A second and final message from Rachel to her friend Amy is viewable by again clicking the "video feeds" link on the iStory page:
In chapter 1 of The Private, Rachel visits the remnants of the destroyed Pinehearst Hauptquartier. Later, when in a job interview, her potential employer reviews her personnel file and mentions her many combat decorations she accumulated in her four years of service and excellent shooting accuracy even under the pressure of combat situations. To explain why she was discharged as a private, Rachel begins recalling her experiences from her last tour of duty in Irak the previous summer. In Rachel's recollection, she is called Corporal Mills by her commanding officer, Barton. She begins to follow his orders to leave her Humvee and search a woman's car at a checkpoint in Ghanaf, Iraq, when she hears an erratic beeping noise that she follows and finds a coded message. When she grabs the message, Rachel hears loud bangs coming from the checkpoint and sees that the rest of her unit has been disabled by gas canisters.
Rachel turns and flees into an alley, where she runs into Ammar, her unit's Iraqi translator. Together, Rachel and Ammar continue running away and find a hiding spot in a side alley down a side street. Rachel then spots two of their hazard suit-wearing pursuers pass by. One starts to tug off his gas mask, but the other gives him an order and the first man pulls it back on. However, before he does so, she sees that the man isn't Middle Eastern. Rachel also notes to herself that the order sounded very much like English. Rachel begins to analyze the message and her situation. She realizes that the message is in Morse code and the translation means she was bugged by Ammar. However, Rachel's realization comes too late and Ammar forces her out onto the street at gunpoint. They are quickly surrounded by men in hazard suits and one of the men places a smelly hood over her head.
In chapter 2 of The Private, Rachel takes a break from her story when the interviewer leaves temporarily to fetch some coffee. When he returns with his cup and asks Rachel if she wants some, she declines and continues her story when prompted to. Rachel notes that next, her captors dump her in a muddy pit and she realizes her captors had taken some of her blood some time before then. She then waits by herself there for about 12 hours until a rope ladder is lowered to her and she climbs up. Rachel follows two men and a women to a mess hall where she is interrogated by an Arabic man who introduces himself as Harry. She tells Harry that her people will come for her, and learns from him that she is in Iran and that there is an Iranian army medical facility in the nearby village. When Harry then asks her about her mother, Rachel just stays silent and learns that she has been under surveillance from an unknown party for some time. She is then taken back to her pit and finds she now has company inside it.
The man sharing Rachel's pit, Jim, and Rachel introduce themselves to each other. Jim asks if they said why they brought her there, and Rachel must decide how to respond. She chooses to comment on Jim's appearance and gets Jim to open up about how he came to be there. Rachel's conversation with Jim is interrupted when Ammar arrives above their pit. When Ammar informs her that her captors plan to kill her, she asks for his help.
Rachel pauses telling the story when the interviewer makes a note, and she asks him what interested him. When the interviewer replies that Rachel seems to have a Type E personality based on her responses, Rachel asks if that is the best type and why she gets the feeling that how she tells the story is more important than the story itself. The interviewer doesn't answer Rachel, but instead notes that Ammar has a proposal for Rachel and asks Rachel to continue the story, which she does.
In Rachel's continued recollection, Rachel listens to Ammar's proposal for them to use his motorcycle and make a one to two days drive on a road that the U.S. military is watching. She replies that it sounds like his plan is to get them blown up by a Predator drone, but Ammar says that she will signal to her people that they are escaped prisoners when they get close. Rachel then asks Ammar about bringing Jim. She learns that Ammar does not think he should come and that Jim thinks they should jump Ammar and take his motorcycle.
After Ammar comes back that night and helps them get out, Rachel knocks Ammar out with her fist and whispers to Jim that she thought that would feel more satisfying. Looking back, Rachel spots their pit in a fenced-off clearing behind them and sees other pits half-dug nearby. Jim and Rachel spot Ammar's motorcycle between two low storage buildings and hop on. Rachel holds to Jim as he drives them away from the camp. They drive for a couple minutes, then pull off and climb to the top of a nearby hill to check for pursuit. Reaching the top of the hill, Rachel says that she's thirsty and they've got quite a drive ahead of them, noting that it felt like their captors had taken her hundreds of miles. She then turns around to find four desert fighters have suddenly materialized behind them. Rachel tells them not to shoot in Arabic, raising her hands; but discovers that they are U.S. Special Forces that have been monitoring the facility Rachel and Jim escaped from. Two hours later, Rachel is briefed with Jim by the Special Forces lieutenant. She learns that the Special Forces squad has received orders to destroy the prison camp, and that they will claim that they are rescuing Rachel and Jim if there is any political fallout.
In chapter 3 of The Private, Rachel pauses her story to note that what she is going to say next is not what the official account says, and affirms to her interviewer that she is giving him the truth. Rachel then continues his story, saying she talks more with Sam, the Special Forces lieutenant, who warns Rachel and Jim that the Iranian forces will likely come quickly when the charges go off so to be prepared to run.
Rachel then watches with Jim from a rocky hill as the Special Forces squad sneaks down to the compound. Rachel spots someone leaving a hidden door around the corner from the front entrance, and asks Jim to warn the squad. However, it is too late and Rachel watches as the squad disappears in a white flash and chest-rattling boom. Rachel takes off running toward the facility, reaching Sam's body. Rachel refuses to leave without finishing the mission, and instructs Jim to return to their came and try to radio for help. Rachel spots the guy in the lab coat that had left the building earlier and runs after him. She finds that the door is just an outline in the building's metal siding, so she pulls it open and steps through it into a small, dark room.
Once inside, Rachel spots the man trying to use the inside door, and takes his pistol from him. In order to find where the files are stored, Rachel takes the man hostage. She points the gun to the man's head and learns that he can speak English. Rachel then asks him what the place is, but doesn't get a straight answer from him so she asks him to show her around, pressing him through the inner door.
Once inside, they find the next room also dark, as though the power is out. Even though she is wearing a mask, Rachel smells an overpowering odor of rot and chemicals. Rachel gets her hostage to take her inside the main office. She finds it has a small desk, low ceiling and dozens of filing cabinets. Files are open on the desk, along with piles of photographs, and Rachel studies them to make sense of things. Rachel notes that the images show what used to be people, but all of them had either been been deformed, contorted, enlarged, reduced, or discolored. To Rachel, some of them appear blackened and torn by some kind of internal explosion. Rachel asks what happened, but only learns that they had problems. She asks him if there are people alive in the building, and he notes that they are not people.
In order to find out more about the facilities records, Rachel orders her hostage to find her file. Rachel tells him her name and he produces a file folder with her name on it from the last filing cabinet. However, Rachel finds that the folder is empty. Rachel tells her hostage that they will see about the facility taking many women, and then she feels the rumbling of trucks getting close outside.
In chapter 4 of The Private, Rachel chooses to investigate weird moaning she hears coming from the medical ward so that she can rescue a girl that sounds like she is in distress. On a far table, under a dim construction light, Rachel spots her laying in a tangle of wires and tubes. As Rachel gets closer, she can see that her "table" was a tray, half-full of a blue-ish chemical that is being pumped in through a tube like a garden hose. Her arms and legs were swollen, bulging, as if full of liquid. The girl has IVs in both arms with her eyes half-open. Rachel notes that she seems unconscious, and then pauses her story to calm herself from the fresh memories.
When Rachel is asked to again continue her story, she does so intermittently, pausing after recalling each next segment, as it is painful to her. Continuing, Rachel explains that she freed the girl, but the girl attacked her and was very powerful. Rachel agrees with the interviewer that the girl's reaction is not what she expected, and speculates that whatever the facility was doing had changed her in addition to making her afraid. When the interviewer points out that Rachel did survive, Rachel replies that the girl would have killed her, but the men outside came in and the girl turned on them. When that happened, Rachel took the opportunity to run away.
When the interviewer then stops Rachel from saying more, she asks why he wants to stop when she hasn't said how she escaped. Rachel then listens as the interviewer completes her story for her. He says Rachel found Jim on the hill, and then they made their way toward the border. However, on the way, they were met by a helicopter hired by Jim's employer.
Rachel questions how the interviewer knows that, noting that information wasn't in the official account. She then listens as the interview details the official account: that they crossed the Iraq-Iran border, attacked an Iranian army convoy and were captured. This caused a stir in the local media, and the U.S. government demoted Rachel to Private, punishing her to hush the situation. Rachel responds that the real story is crazy, but they have to believe her, and learns from the interviewer that they do. She then sees Jim walk into the office and join them.
As the memories of what happened in Iran come flooding back to Rachel, she asks Jim if he was working for these guys. Rachel learns from Jim that he wasn't working for them when he was in Iran, and that he just started. Jim continues that he told his new employers their story, and they were very interested.
When the interviewer leaves the room temporarily, Rachel asks Jim if he isn't still working for Jeremy Woo, noting that Jim had said Jeremy was pretty persuasive. She learns from Jim that Jeremy is dead and some of the details related to his death.
Rachel then asks if Jim said he worked for a paper company, but isn't able to get anything out of him about that company. She then recalls the empty file with her name on it she found in the facility in Iran, and tells Jim she only needs to know from him what he knows about it. She adds she feels like she might have been singled out. However, she only gets a warning from Jim not to ever bring up the file again, and especially not in the place they are now. Rachel then presses him again for what he knows, but Jim refuses to tell her and says it is for her own good that she doesn't know.
When the interviewer returns and Jim leaves, Rachel thanks the interviewer for recognizing that her experience in the Middle East may prove valuable and notes that most people just call her a liar. When he then asks Rachel how she explains what she found in the facility in Iran, Rachel admits she can't explain it and all she has gained is questions. She is then told by the interviewer that they are going to help her and they would like her to to join their team.
Rachel congratulates herself on making the team, not realizing how much she needed that. She is then surprised to learn from him that training begins in twenty minutes, and that she needs to make any desired calls now as she will be unreachable until after her first mission. She asks when that mission will begin, and learns from him it will start in a number of days. Rachel is then instructed by the interviewer to stand in front of the camera and repeat after him.
Rachel thinks now that this is when her new war began.
In chapter 1 of The Agent, Rachel believes she has been hired by a professional paramilitary organization, but soon finds herself in the middle of a secret war between the government and not-so-ordinary citizens. Rachel continues to encounter Jim, who is now a fellow agent, while working for this organization. She thinks Jim seems protective of her, but knows that Jim knows much more than he will admit to her.
It is now the end of the day, and Rachel feels empty and drained. She wishes to herself that Gibson was with her, then looks at the woman they captured. She notices that the woman is scared, and thinks that she should be. Rachel then recalls to herself how the day began.
Rachel's recollection begins with Rachel participating in a training exercise in a gutted office building surrounded by woods. As Rachel gets close to her target, she holds her breath. Rachel then moves into the shadows of a hallway.
While following her target, Rachel notes to herself that the agent training is brutal, intense, and bizarre. Rachel recalls being in shape in the Marines, but being part of this organization is a different experience. The trainees are taught a thousand ways to take down a target, wearing all sorts of protective gear and in odd conditions, often with various handicaps.
When target stops briefly and scans the area, Rachel hides again before he can spot her. He kneels down and pulls a grill from the wall, and Rachel realizes they had found his stash. She then steps out from hiding and shoots him twice in the head.
The agents screams in pain, and says that one shot in the shoulder would have been fine. Rachel replies that doing that wouldn't be good practice, and then the other trainees start coming out of the woods. Rachel is then congratulated by her trainer, Moore, and the other trainees for breaking the course record.
Rachel notes to herself that most of her fellow recruits were very competitive and hated her as of a few days ago, but that she has been turning around their opinions by being better than them. Rachel offers to give one fellow trainee, Gibson, him some tips to help him on the course, but he declines in favor of hearing about Iran again.
Pausing her recollection, Rachel notes that Gibson's eyes told her that he had never been out in the field. However, his eyes also made him the best shot in their training group. She guesses he thought he was just playing a video game and feels sorry for him. Rachel also notes that he should be standing next to her right now as she promised him, but that things didn't go as planned.
Continuing, Rachel recalls that they get a call about the plane crash. They are briefed that the plane carried federal detainees, and their instructions are to recon and contain them. The recruits then all pile into black-painted helicopters that immediately take off. Everyone is given live ammunition, and the trainees appear happy to get a reprieve from the deep-assessment training they had been getting for the last forty-eight hours.
When they land, Rachel is told to report to Danko for orders. She recognizes Danko's name--she had been compared to him in training. Rachel locates Danko when he is talking with Senator Petrelli and listens to their conversation. While the arguing continues, Rachel turns her attention on a girl, the senator's daughter, that Danko points to. She notes her blond hair and that she appears to be a teenager. Rachel also notes the girl is scratched up and very upset. Several agents stand around her, and her hands are tied behind her back. Then Rachel looks at the crater where the plane had been, and ponders what she is capable of.
Suddenly, Rachel feels a burst of air and another blond girl appears, and then both the new girl and the senator's daughter disappear. Next, Rachel hears people say that Claire has disappeared, and pieces together that Claire is the senator's daughter's name.
Shortly thereafter, Rachel receives orders from Danko to pick three men and follow the main search party. He adds that if that party gets into trouble, her squad is to ignore everything else and capture Claire by any means possible. Rachel asks what if they can't capture her, and he instructs her to shoot her in the back of the skull.
When Danko leaves, Rachel allows Gibson to join her and tells him to stay close to her, and that he should keep his head down to stay okay. Following the main search party, they find a group of the escaped detainees including the senator's daughter next to the smashed tail of the plane. Rachel watches as agent in charge of the main search party prepares an ambush and then the fast girl stands up. She next sees Gibson open fire, taking down the fast girl and Claire, and then pause his firing. Then, before Rachel can realize it, Gibson turns and shoots everyone else in their party except for Rachel and points his gun at her. Rachel just watches as Danko saves her by shooting Gibson dead and then pulls out a tie and takes Claire prisoner.
Rachel pauses her recollection again, and looks down at the blond woman's face. The woman appears dirty, tired and terrified to Rachel, and Rachel notes to herself that now they just need to stop the rest before more good men die.
In chapter 2 of The Agent, Rachel has become an accepted and respected member of a secret new government unit. After the plane crash, Rachel promised fellow trainee, Gibson, that she would protect him, but fugitives that Claire released killed him. Now, Rachel's deepest secret begins to haunt her.
Rachel wakes up and finds herself sitting in a metal chair in a Pinehearst lab. She has taken a bullet and blood runs down her arm. A spotlight is pointed in her face, and she can only make out the outline of her interrogator's body. Then, Rachel sees a blue IV dripping into her arm and the interrogator shuffles forward. Rachel addresses the interrogator as Petrelli, but realizes it is the girl that almost killed her in the desert lab. Rachel notices the girl's stained skin, swollen arms and legs, and unfocused eyes, and that fluid is dripping from the girl's veins onto the floor.
Rachel dodges the girl's blue hands, rolls over the table in front of her, and rushes out the door. As she reaches the exit, Rachel hears behind her the girl's bare feet slapping the tile, snapping her limbs inhumanly fast.
Suddenly, Rachel arrives in a funeral home. She notices lots of chairs in the room, and everyone there is tall and wearing black. Thinking the girl is still after her and that the casket will protect her, Rachel starts walking up the aisle. As Rachel approaches the casket, no one seems to notice her. When she reaches the casket, Rachel finds it closed and tries to open it. She succeeds in raising it an inch a few times, but it always drops back shut as if something is holding it closed. Rachel then whispers, "Please, Mom", and a blue arm snakes out and grabs her wrist.
Rachel screams no and wakes up on the floor of her room, realizing she is back to the nightmare that is her life and that she has teleported out of bed. She also notices that it looks like dawn, that her body is soaked with sweat, and that she is shivering uncontrollably. She then lowers her head into her arms and groans, when she hears someone call for her from the doorway.
After quickly snatching her gun from her desk drawer, Rachel a man enter her room she guesses is one of Danko's men. He claims to be her new partner, but she keeps her gun pointed at him. When he mentions she he didn't knock because he heard yelling, Rachel explains that she just had a dream and asks him to come back later. However, he says he can't leave, and notes Danko sent him with another file for Rachel about the "special project". Rachel then lowers her gun.
Two hours after Rachel's partner leaves, Rachel reflects on not asking for his name. She thinks that it was too soon, and recalls the recent deaths she has experienced: Gibson; David, at Pinehearst; Eric, the young Special Forces officer; and tough old Barton, in Ghanaf. Rachel also adds her mother to that list, since it has only been weeks since she learned why she killed herself, and notes they all died because of powers.
Rachel then turns her attention to Danko's file. She notes to herself that Danko has had her searching through some old websites, stuff that used to be run by people with abilities. They were just trying to understand more about how they think when Rachel found the first message. When Rachel reported it, Danko instructed Rachel to keep the project off the grid as he thinks there might be a security breach. Rachel was also informed that when Danko's analysts started looking at the websites, bursts transmissions began leaving the government firewall.
After turning on her computer, Rachel begins going through a new target list of about a dozen websites Danko has given her to look at. She finds that the first website is a kind of message board, and spots a few images with bar codes or something that she wants to check out. Rachel copies them to her computer and attaches them to an email to a hacker buddy who can sort those things out and let her know about anything interesting. After a while, Rachel narrows the list down to three other websites that give her a weird feeling.
Site 2 is "Las Vegas Niki", which Rachel notes to herself is like a creepy tomb since Niki is dead. Rachel searches this second website for a while, but finds another hidden message in plain sight just when she is about to push on. She writes "ALEX" in the file and underlines it twice, thinking that it is something she has to tell Danko about.
Site 3 is "HG", which Rachel notes to herself is a very intense website. Rachel learns from the website that the woman, "HG", waged an ability-related campaign for a while, coordinating with a number of others through the website. Rachel has trouble parsing the sheer wall of information at first, and takes a break after a few minutes of writing down names and places. A minute later, Rachel walks back to her computer with drink in hand and from a distance, far enough back that she can't read text, sees that she has been thinking too hard. She whispers aloud that she is going to shut down the messenger.
Just as Rachel finishes looking at the websites, her phone buzzes. Rachel checks the caller ID, sees that it says "UNKNOWN", and figures it must be her hacker buddy, Volts. She rolls her eyes and answers the phone while writing another note on the file for Danko.
Rachel asks Volts "what's up", and comments that it is practically lunch time. She tells him that she loves him too, and threatens to break his legs if he forces her to drive over there to find out what the bar code said. She then listens as Volts tells her. Rachel realizes from the message that they know who she is. When the power suddenly goes out, she tells Volts she will call him back, but finds that her cell phone connection has been cut off. Rachel tries to call Danko's office, but gets an "All circuits are busy" message. She then grabs her gun off the bed, tucks Danko's file under her arms and prepares to leave her room when her phone buzzes with a text message from Rebell. A video file sent along with the message shows Rachel using her ability at Pinehearst. In additional text messages, Rebel warns Rachel not to tell Danko what she just found out. Rachel thinks of how she is now in another horrible situation, and how she hates Rebel almost as much as she hates herself. She then gets another text that Rebel needs her to do something, and thinks that her situation just got much worse.
In chapter 3 of The Agent, Rachel Mills is now in a situation where a shotgun is being pointed at her head from five feet away. She guesses that two seconds has transpired and that the man holding the shotgun plans to pull the trigger. Rachel also notes that REBEL has been trying to kill Rachel all day, and begins recalling prior events, starting with what occurred about a week earlier.
In Rachel's recollection, she jumps into the passenger seat of a van Danko is driving, and tells Danko she was delayed because her boot lace snapped and she had to fix it. As Danko drives them away, Rachel makes eye contact with Jason, her new partner, in the van's rear seat, and wonders if either Danko or Jason suspected what she had been up to.
A couple days later, Rachel is practicing firing her weapon at the shooting range with Jason. She notes to herself having been there a long time--that Jason was starting to look tired, but she was used to the practice having practiced shooting holes in stuff as therapy since the day in Pinehearst when she found out about her condition.
Rachel watches Jason shoot, placing his elbow low in a way she recalls a lot of Navy SEALs do. She watches the intensity on his face, under the ear protectors and goggles, and figures he wants to beat her bad. When Jason challenges her to try to beat his latest score, Rachel says that she is done for day, and is tired. Danko then arrives, and Rachel recalls that yesterday one of the fugitives made it into his apartment, almost killing him. Unlike some other agents, Rachel didn't look at Danko any differently for what happened, and he rewarded that loyalty with an assignment.
In the firing range, Rachel learns from Danko that she and Jason need to depart to Costa Verde by plane in fifteen minutes. Their orders are to pursue and capture the target, Alex Woolsly, and to inform Danko and wait for further orders if they get evidence that the cheerleader is involved.
When Danko leaves, Rachel turns around to get her beeping cell phone, but Jason is already holding it. She asks for it back, snatching it from him. Rachel confirms to Jason she just got a text, but ignores his inquiry about her reading it. She presses the shooting range button and begins firing, imagining the targets are fugitives and impresses Jason with her precision. Rachel notes that she comes there a lot, then watches as Jason leaves. She then drops her cell phone in a trash can, thinking that would be the end of REBEL's interference on her mission.
Upon reaching Costa Verde, Rachel and Jason meet the lead agent at a command truck. Rachel asks and gets for the latest intel, and then agrees with Jason that they need to get moving since it is already after lunch time.
Rachel decides for them to proceed to Alex's abandoned car, and they meet two agents there. She notes to herself that the agents look bored, but are taking it in stride as professionals. Rachel and Jason agree that Alex is unlikely to return to the vehicle, so they take a look around the street. While they are looking around, Rachel notes to herself that ditching the vehicle does not seem like something Alex would do on his own, and suspects the Claire was involved in helping him escape.
When Jason spots a security camera on the corner of a nearby self-storage facility, Rachel notes to him that there isn't an office in the storage building, so the camera must be remotely operated. She then instructs Jason to call back to base and find out if they can hack the archives for the camera footage. While he calls, Rachel wanders the street, trying to place herself in their shoes to figure out where they would head next. A couple minutes later, Rachel explains what she is trying to do to Jason, and then asks what base found. She learns from Jason that the related footage will be streamed to Jason's phone
When Jason suddenly gets a text message, Rachel decides to snatch the phone from Jason. She then turns her back on him and ignores him while examining the phone. She deletes messages from REBEL and opens the video file when it comes in. In the video, Rachel sees Alex's car and a blonde, female, Caucasian passenger, but then the file gets deleted and a new text message appears from REBEL. Rachel then hits delete again just as Jason reaches and grabs the phone back. Rachel tells Jason that the video was blank and convinces him to get it resent.Rachel then learns that the tech can no longer find the video, but swears it existed.
Rachel says to forget the video and decides they should head to the beach. They arrive near a local sand-side restaurant, and Rachel spots a clump of young men and women in swimsuits draped over the wooden seats outside the restaurant. Rachel begins to head toward them, but Jason stops her from proceeding. Jason tells Rachel to compare their attire with those she plans to question. Rachel then notes to herself that Jason and herself are in dark suits and glasses, while the surfer crowd is dressed in rags. She also notes that she wasn't much of a surfer girl while growing up, southern California or not, and often got into fights at school with this crowd.
After considering, Rachel responds that they will put the fear of God into them, but Jason notes they are most likely to get ignored as in the film Point Break. Rachel replies that she hasn't seen that film, and Jason directs her to a nearby surf shop, where a rack of women's swimsuits are in front. At first, Rachel refuses to get into a swimsuit disguise, but Jason finally convinces her to do so.
After purchasing and getting into a swimsuit, Rachel approaches the surfer crowd on her own. As she says hello, she thinks the plan isn't going to work. Rachel notes the girls sizing her up like a circling shark and the guys smiling like she is long-lost family. Rachel talks with a blonde-haired guy that greets her back, telling him she is there to meet her cousin Alex, and asks if he had seen him. Rachel then learns from one of the girl that Alex hasn't been around that day. Rachel tells the girl they were supposed to meet, but she tried calling his place and he's not there. Rachel then ignores the guy offering to get her a drink and asks if they have any idea where Alex might be. The girl then informs Rachel of Alex's friend, Liliane, who also hasn't been around, and provides Rachel with her address.
Rachel returns to Jason at the car, and tells him to keep his eyes up and what she learned. When Jason realizes his plan worked and begins to gloat, Rachel instructs him to keep quiet and drive. Upon arriving outside Liliane's house, Rachel is dressed in standard gear again and instructs Jason to watch the back side of the house.
After exiting the car, Rachel walks up to Liliane's front door. Noting the toys in the front yard, she suspects Liliane lives with her family. After knocking on the door, Rachel overhears Liliane's mother talking in the next room. A moment later, Liliane appears at the door, and Rachel picks up that Liliane is more afraid than surprised. Rachel asks Liliane's father, who had answered the door, to speak with Liliane alone, and Liliane convinces him to leave the room.
Rachel talks with Liliane and learns that Liliane is a government informant, and had a drug charge or something from a party at her community college. Danko's men had called and given her a way out in exchange for her help. They told her Alex was taking some special steroids or something, and she was supposed to report if she noticed him do anything weird. She had called in some tips right before he had disappeared, and now she is afraid to leave the house.
While Rachel continues talking with Liliane, Rachel spots a scrolling text bar appear across the bottom of a big-screen TV in the living room. She sees that the scrolling text is showing her name in caps, but ignores it. Rachel asks if Liliane knows where Alex might go, and Liliane asks Rachel if she knows about "the girl". Rachel asks what girl, and Liliane explains that one of her friends at the comics store said a girl came in before Alex ran off. Rachel notes that he didn't tell her people about any girl, and Liliane replies that her buddies had scared him so he didn't mention it. Liliane adds that he didn't know her name, and just saw some blond hair.
Rachel figures it is Claire, but doesn't think it is any kind of proof that she could offer Danko. The TV continues to scroll text, even quicker now, and Rachel realizes she cannot ignores it much longer. Liliane tells Rachel she will sue the government if Alex comes after her, and Rachel replies that sounds like a plan. Rachel then says goodbye and leaves.
Jason meets Rachel back in the car and Rachel begins explaining what happened as they drive off. Rachel notes that her proof is real thin, but it sounds like Claire Bennet was there. She also tells Jason that they should check the apartment first, before contacting Danko.
Upon entering Alex's apartment, Rachel is shocked by how cluttered it is. They both set about searching through the place for half an hour and then meet up to trade notes. Jason and Rachel agree that the place is a dump, and Jason notes he didn't find any evidence that Alex had been contacted. Rachel says that she found one pay-as-you-go cell phone with a long-dead battery and a laptop she thought looked like it was used occasionally. Rachel watches as Jason boots up the laptop, and it starts downloading messages and, afterwards, deleting them. She then spots a small LED glowing on the edge of the laptop cover and realizes it's a webcam. Rachel says hello to REBEL, and a new e-mail arrives with the subject telling Rachel to leave now. Rachel tells Jason to turn off the laptop, explaining that someone is hacking and deleting the files, and watches as he does so.
Rachel then tells Jason she is going to go call Danko, and leaves the apartment. She goes to the alley behind the apartment building to use a pay phone that is there. While approaching the pay phone, she notes to herself not using a pay phone in years, recalling the closest thing being large public comm. units at her base in Irak. Rachel had used one to call her grandfather once after she got deployed, hoping to trade Marine Corps stories.
While authenticating herself to Building 26, she feels someone close behind her. Rachel says for Jason to give her a minute, but then feels something pressed hard to her back. Someone tells Rachel to hang up the phone or he'll kill her, so she does so. A minute later, he allows Rachel to turn around and talk with him.
Rachel could tell the man likely served in the military in his past, but is now balding and gray-mustached. He tells her his name is Dave and wants to know what she did with his son, Alex. Rachel notices he is holding something under his coat, but doesn't know what. She spots a car she guesses is Dave's parked in the shadows, and suspects he was watching the building to find Alex and found her instead.
Rachel tells Dave that she doesn't know why he thinks she knows anything, adding that his son is probably just hanging out somewhere. When Dave informs Rachel of his findings and asks who her people are, Rachel replies that she isn't at liberty to say and tries to escape. She knocks Dave aside and gets about five feet from him when she hears him clock a 12-gauge shotgun and stops still.
As she turns around, she sees Dave point his shotgun at her face. Rachel fears he is about to kill her. She then feels a now familiar strange tingle start, her adrenalin pumping as she closes her eyes and prepares for something. But then Jason arrives and tells Rachel to look out. Then, all the lights on the block simultaneously turn off, and Rachel notices nearby air conditioners are also winding down.
Rachel, Jason, and Dave stand in the darkness while their eyes adjust, and then Rachel or someone moves, and Rachel teleports onto the roof of Alex's apartment building just avoiding getting hit by the blast of Dave's shotgun. From the roof, Rachel watches Jason force Dave to drop his weapon, kick it away, and lay with his face to the ground. Rachel then looks up and around the city, noticing that the whole city's power grid has been knocked out. She assumes that REBEL has saved her life; and guesses that when she finds out the cost for doing so, she will wish she was dead.
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Rachel discovers she possesses the ability to teleport herself across certain distances. It is unknown what her range is, but apparently she can activate her ability subconsciously (as it first manifested when she was in danger of being crushed; and her ability sent her to safety).
- According to the casting call, Rachel is in her 20s. She is described as "ex-military, beautiful, athletic build, and mysteriously troubled."
- The video message of Rachel on Hulu.com was posted on December 9, 2008, and entitled The Recruit: Rachel. It was later added to a video feed included in chapter 5 of Operation Böses Blut. Chapter 5 was released on December 10, 2008, but the video feed was not posted until December 17, 2008.
- Rachel currently holds the rank of Private in the U.S. Marines. In the iStory, Die Gefreite, Rachel was called Corporal Mills during her last tour in Irak during the previous summer. Whether Rachel was a Lance Corporal or Corporal at that time is unknown. (Note: U.S. Marines ranks proceed from Private to Private First Class, Lance Corporal and then Corporal.)
- Although the episodes indicate the Pinehearst program Rachel was part of began and ended in 2007, Rachel's character reference at NBC.com refers to the year as 2008.
- It is not completely clear yet whether her ability is natural, or synthetic.
- Weitere Verwendungen des Namens: Rachel (Begriffsklärung)