Mad Dogs (TV series)
Blu-ray cover art of the series.
|Created by||Cris Cole|
|Written by||Cris Cole|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||12 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||40-45 minutes|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i HDTV)|
|Original run||10 February 2011– present|
Mad Dogs is a British black comedy and psychological thriller television series created by Cris Cole that began airing on Sky1 on 10 February 2011. It is produced by Left Bank Pictures, and co-produced by Palma Pictures. The series stars John Simm, Marc Warren, Max Beesley, and Philip Glenister as four long-time and middle-aged friends getting together in a villa in Majorca to celebrate the early retirement of their friend Alvo (Ben Chaplin). However, after Alvo is murdered, the group find themselves caught up in the world of crime and police corruption.
The series was initially a story about a rock band, but changed after a feeling that bands have been "done to death". After gaining interest from some terrestrial networks, the series was commissioned by British Sky Broadcasting. Filming took place on location throughout the island of Majorca in May 2010, and took around four million euros and 44 days to make. The main themes are friendship and growing older; Glenister said it is about ageing and "getting closer to death". Photographer David LaChapelle directed three 30-second advertisements for the series. Mad Dogs opened with 1.61 million viewers, the 17th highest rated programme ever for Sky1, and attracted positive reactions from critics. They noted similarities with British gangster films, more predominantly the 2000 film Sexy Beast.
Series overview and themes
Mad Dogs centres on a reunion of four friends who have known each other since sixth form, now in their 40s and a mix of single, married, and divorced. They have been invited by a fifth friend, Alvo, to his villa in Majorca to celebrate his early retirement, having made his fortune in property. However, their holiday soon turns into a labyrinthine nightmare of lies, deception, and murder.
The primary theme for the series is friendship and "growing older." Philip Glenister elaborated, saying it is not about "a group of blokes hitting their 40s and having a jolly-up, that would have been boring" but is "an undercurrent of something a bit darker", and "about reaching a stage in life, looking at what you've achieved and where you go next, it's about how normal people deal with a certain situation and how they can implode".
- John Simm as Lloyd Baxter
- Marc Warren as Rick Heston
- Max Beesley as Steve Woods (Woody)
- Philip Glenister as Quinn Paterson
- Ben Chaplin as Alvo
- María Botto as María
- Tomás Pozzi as 'Tiny Blair'
- Eloise Joseph as Lottie
- Tim Woodward as Dominic
- David Warner as Mackenzie
- Leticia Dolera as Carmen
- Lola Cordon as Wheezy
- Vicente Diaz as Hector
- Luifer Rodriguez as Angelo
- Rob McMillan as Big Jock
- Jaime Winstone as Mercedes
- Stanley Townsend as Lazaro
|“||Mad Dogs has got much more of a filmic quality to it. In a way, it doesn't feel as if we're making television.||”|
The idea behind Mad Dogs came from the friendship between the four main actors, who wanted to work together for a television project, as well as Cris Cole and executive producer Suzanne Mackie. The four initially wanted to make a story about a rock band, but decided that making programmes about bands have been "done to death". To write the series, Cole was influenced by the works of David Lynch and the Coen brothers as inspiration to the kind of storytelling that is "never quite what you think it is going to be".
The series initially gained interest from major terrestrial networks such as the BBC and ITV. However, Max Beesley and Philip Glenister grew frustrated with the comments from the commissioning teams from the networks. Glenister stated that "the problem with the BBC and ITV is more people coming in and telling you what to do; we are grown up and big enough to know where the boundaries are". They ultimately settled for Sky, as the network was "the one that we believed would let us do what we wanted". In January 2012, Glenister believed their decision to go with Sky was "vindicated", as the terrestrial networks would restrict its content, violence, and language. He stated that the restrictions would not make the series "the show it is and it wouldn't be the show we wanted to make". Head of Sky Drama Elaine Pyke had an immediate interest in the project, as she was "immediately grabbed by how thrilling, scary, and funny it is", believing it to be "the perfect show for Sky1". In a separate interview, Beesley stated: "Andy Harries basically put the show out to a few of the networks and Sky said, 'Here's the money, go and make it and we'll give you notes later on, but really do have the freedom to make it,' which is great, and there's not a lot of that happens nowadays."
Mad Dogs was commissioned as a four-part series by Pyke, with the official announcement made in May 2010. Cole wrote the episodes. It was produced by Left Bank Pictures, the same production company responsible for other series including BBC One's Wallander and Sky1's Strike Back. It continues Sky's commitment to investing in new dramas with all-star casts. The series sees the return of John Simm and Philip Glenister, who previously worked together on the BBC One series Life on Mars. A casting note once went awry when "Tony Blair" (the armed man in a Tony Blair mask) was misspelled as "Tiny Blair". As a result, six dwarfs auditioned for the part, and one of them ended up being cast in the role. Filming began in May 2010 and took place on location in Majorca, over a period of 44 days. The series was budgeted at an estimated four million euros, with a further €150,000 grant from the Mallorcan Tourism Foundation, who hoped the series would promote Majorca, and was co-produced by Palma Pictures. In one scene, Glenister refused to go nude to shoot the four running to a swimming pool, citing his age. Half of the filming crew were locals. Beesley noted that the Spanish crew were "fantastic" and joked that the cast and British crew were given some half-days because of local involvement.
Plans were underway for a second series as early as January 2011. Citing ratings success for the first series, Sky officially renewed Mad Dogs for a second series of four episodes, which would also be written by Cris Cole. Beesley, Glenister, Simm, and Warren would reprise their roles, with filming taking place over summer 2011 and broadcast in January 2012. Sometime after the second series finished filming in August 2011, Sky commissioned a third series, which began filming in January 2012. There were also talks of a spin off series, Mad Cats, featuring a female cast. A final two-part fourth series was commissioned in January 2013. The third series began airing in June 2013, and the fourth series finished filming in March 2013. On the same day as the last episode of series 3, there was a behind the scenes special called Behind The Madness which aired on Sky 1.
Three 30-second films were produced to be used as on-air promotions for the programme on all Sky channels and selected third-party channels. The promotions starred the cast, directed by David LaChapelle and shot on location in Majorca. Print, outdoor and online promotions were also made. Executive creative director Clare McDonald was impressed by LaChapelle's work because the adverts were "staying true to our vision". Television promotions were first broadcast on Sky1 on 11 January 2011. On 28 January, a preview of the first two episodes were screened at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) event in London. This was followed by a Q & A session by Marc Warren, Cris Cole, Suzanne Mackie, and Adrian Shergold.
Release and reception
Broadcast and ratings
Scheduling of the series has been changed over the course of its development. The first announcement of the series in May 2010 stated it would be broadcast during the spring 2011, but by August it was announced it would be moved up to the autumn schedule, before it was ultimately settled to broadcast in February 2011. The series premiere received overnight ratings of 967,000 viewers and a 4 per cent audience share. It became the second largest multichannel audience of the night, behind a repeat of EastEnders on BBC Three, which was seen by 1.061 million. The consolidated ratings for the first episode raised to 1.61 million viewers, which made the episode the second largest multichannel audience in its week, behind an episode of Glee on E4. It also became the 17th highest rated programme ever for Sky1. Overnight ratings declined steadily to 802,000 by episode two, and 691,000 by episode three. The first series finale went up to 938,000 viewers. The second series premiered on Sky1 on 19 January 2012.
Michael Deacon of The Daily Telegraph reacted positively towards the series, stating "episode one was enjoyably sinister. It was also, once or twice, quite amusing, in (of course) a blokey way." Deacon liked the beginning of the pilot where the main characters record a video message, stating "this is what Mad Dogs did well – like any competent suspense thriller, it made you ask questions throughout. The episode bubbled with foreboding, right up to the cliffhanger." Deacon also noted at the cliffhanger that "the most disturbing sight wasn't the shower of blood but the gunman's rubber mask, which was of a grinning Tony Blair." John Crace of The Guardian however, was more mixed, starting "after unsuccessfully fobbing us off with endless series of Ross Kemp looking macho, Sky is now throwing serious money at getting viewers to watch something other than sport." Crace was critical of the set up of the episode, stating "I'm all for allowing a drama time to breathe but we didn't really need a whole hour just to establish that Alvo was a bit dodgy and that the four others had complications in their lives. Rather than building menace, the snail-like pace dissipated it," However, he reacted positively towards the end, as "things did eventually look up," adding "there's hope for Mad Dogs yet."
Jane Simon of the Daily Mirror believed the "setting and the gangsterish plot are both reminiscent of that great British movie Sexy Beast, and this first instalment of the four part series presses all the right buttons," adding "it has naturalistic performances, an effortless blend of comedy and sinister undertones plus rather more shots of Marc Warren's bum cheeks than might be considered absolutely necessary." Ben Walsh of The Independent rated the series three stars out of five, having written "there's far too much exposition, a very daft plot, some risible dialogue and yet Sky's ripe four-parter is horribly compelling," and added "it's extremely silly, but Simm and Glenister are always compelling and they make this gamey tale of gangsters, police corruption and 'friendship' work." Reviewing the first two episode, The Stage believed the first was "a slow-burning exploration" and "all very intriguing and disturbing, with a great performance by Chaplin as the smilingly psychotic host." However, the reviewer criticised the death of Alvo, as he was considered the most "compelling character" and since "sent the plot line spinning off into less original territory," adding the producers took ideas from crime capers such as Sexy Beast and Shallow Grave. However, the reviewer added "what Mad Dogs lacks in originality it makes up for in energy, verve and humour. The dialogue positively crackles with great lines." In the end, the reviewer stated that Mad Dogs "may be an unapologetic crowd pleaser, but it is a finely made one, with excellent performances from a dream cast. It also offers the only opportunity I have of seeing blue skies, azure waters and sunshine in February, so I am in for the duration."
Ryan Lambie of Den of Geek said of the first episode; "In terms of writing and acting, Mad Dogs is good, but not perfect, and much of its knock-about banter is uncannily like any Brit gangster flick you've ever seen," like "Sexy Beast: the series." However Lambie noted "when events push its premise from naff lads' drama into exotic thriller, Mad Dogs gets infinitely better, and if nothing else, it keeps you guessing. As the series progressed, Lambie noted that Mad Dogs was "developing into a nifty TV thriller with an engaging sense of the absurd. Writer, Cris Cole, enjoys picking holes in his characters' machismo as the tension mounts, and the strange billboard posters dotted all over the sun-scorched island, which say "Yenda a ninguna parte," ("Going nowhere") are perhaps a foreshadowing of their imminent fate." However, Lambie was disappointed at the ending for being "unexpectedly flat," adding "the major plot twist that the previous three-or-so hours appeared to allude to never arrives, [...] I couldn't help but feel that, as the closing credits rolled on the whole saga, the tension and intrigue that had gradually built up in previous weeks had been allowed to slip away.
Home media release
The first series of Mad Dogs was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the United Kingdom on 7 March 2011. The second series was released on DVD in the UK on 12 March 2012, along with a collectors boxset containing both series. All sets are released with a "15" British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) certificate (indicating it is unsuitable for viewers under the age of 15 years old). The third series was released on DVD in the UK on 1 July 2013.
Mad Dogs was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Serial Drama at the 2011 ceremony but lost out to the Channel 4 series Any Human Heart. In 2012 it was nominated for a Broadcast Award for Best Drama Series or Serial, but lost to the ITV1 period drama Downton Abbey.
Series 1 (2011)
|#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers
|1||"Episode 1"||Adrian Shergold||Cris Cole||10 February 2011||1.613|
|The episode begins with four long-time friends Baxter (Simm), Rick (Warren), Woody (Beesley) and Quinn (Glenister) recording messages to their loved ones. A week earlier, the four arrive in Majorca, Spain to celebrate the early retirement of another friend Alvo (Chaplin), who made himself wealthy in the property business. Over the course of the first three days, Rick has a one-night stand with Lottie (Joseph), a tourist from Barnsley. Also, the group become concerned with Alvo's increasingly erratic behaviour after finding a dead goat floating in his swimming pool. When they go deep sea fishing, Alvo admits he stole the boat, and at the insistence of the others, they return to the villa. As the group argue during the evening, a man wearing a Tony Blair mask (Pozzi), nicknamed "Tiny Blair" by Rick due to his height, breaks into the villa and shoots Alvo in the head for stealing the boat.|
|2||"Episode 2"||Adrian Shergold||Cris Cole||17 February 2011||1.523|
|Immediately following Alvo's murder, the killer takes steps to frame Baxter by rubbing the gun on his face and forcing him to spit into a handkerchief, which he then pockets. Before leaving, he warns them not to go to the police, claiming to be an officer himself. The four then bury Alvo's body and spend the entire night cleaning the scene. They decide that should the police get suspicious about Alvo's disappearance, they will say he went to the mainland. Rick recalls leaving his video camera on the boat they allegedly stole, containing visual evidence of their presence (he does not know that Alvo had thrown it overboard). They proceed there to clean away all evidence of their presence when two men arrive at the boat and find bags of cocaine. Thinking the four are the owners, they are paid three million euros. They return to the villa and decide to hide the money in a rental car until they leave for England at the end of their holiday. Upon returning to the villa, police arrive, headed by detective María (Botto). She interviews the four individually about Alvo's behaviour. In the end, Maria discovers Quinn's camera (forgotten on a shelf) and through it witnesses the five of them talking about the boat.|
|3||"Episode 3"||Adrian Shergold||Cris Cole||24 February 2011||1.456|
|Baxter comes to realise, after another visit from María, that he and his friends have been caught up in activities set up by the Serbian mafia. Knowing the mafia were responsible for the murder of Jesus, the owner of the boat, who had his hands and feet removed, Rick panics, and the four get into another argument. They later decide to bring Alvo's body back to the boat, cut off his arms and feet to make it look like a mob hit. When they return to the villa, "Tiny Blair" demands to know where the boat is; Rick disarms him. The four plan to reason with the mafia by demanding safe passage back to England in return for him. They decide to bring the tape to the police, but after realising the police may not be involved in the first place, they go to the same hotel Lottie is staying to ask her to drive the car holding the drug money to the villa for the following day. When returning to the villa, they find somebody previously broke in and executed their prisoner, leaving behind the message; "we told you not to go to the police."|
|4||"Episode 4"||Adrian Shergold||Cris Cole||3 March 2011||1.775|
|After burying "Tiny Blair", the four see flares firing overhead, followed by a power cut in the villa, which Woody believes are scare tactics set up by the Serbians. The next morning, María returns to tell them the police have found the boat, and the Serbians may be after them, and gives them one last chance for protection. Woody turns it down, not believing she is a police officer. The four get into another argument, resulting in a fight, but later reconcile. Through their video cameras and footage from the boat Rick took, Baxter realises that Alvo was involved in drug smuggling, and that María manipulated the four; there was no Serbian mafia, only corrupt police officers. After they record the video messages shown in the first episode, Lottie returns with the car. The four prepare to leave the money behind while they proceed to the airport, but are stopped by María who intends to kill them, but Quinn kills her first. He then reveals that he will stay behind with most of the money, while the other three return to England. In the end, Quinn sees an armed Dominic (Woodward), the detective who organised the drug running, approaching the villa.|
Series 2 (2012)
|#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers
|5||"Episode 1"||James Hawes||Cris Cole||19 January 2012||1.679|
|Baxter, Rick and Woody save Quinn by running over Dominic. The four then leave the island by ferry to Barcelona to drive back to England, but accidentally board one to Ibiza instead. Quinn suffers from some shock after killing María. Baxter reveals he took the money with them, and believes they should start a new life with it. In order to exchange the laundered notes to legitimate ones, Rick proposes they use the money to gamble. Baxter is approached by a mysterious young woman, Carmen (Dolera), who reveals she knows they are changing money, but offers to help them; the group decides to bring her on board. She will take the money to exchange, and as collateral they look after her mother. When she discovers it is drug money, she raises her commission. Later, they are instructed to meet her colleague, Hector; they are given the money, but find the group have a new nemesis; their rental car explodes soon after.|
|6||"Episode 2"||James Hawes||Cris Cole||26 January 2012||1.610|
|The men hide from a man in a motorcycle, who returns to the car to ensure they are dead. When the ruse initially succeeds, the four proceed to a nearby abandoned village to stay the night, however Rick wishes to split from the group after they are done. En route they are chased and taunted by the man in the bike. By the time they arrive at the village, they hide the money in a hollowed Virgin Mary statue in the church. The next morning a local elderly woman who practices santería "protects" them by lining goat's blood around the village. Baxter and Carmen, who joined them while searching for Hector, connect and have sex, while Woody and Rick argue at the bar. Quinn has a crisis of faith, and ultimately crosses the line of goat blood, and as a consequence he is captured by Mackenzie (Warner), who reveals the money is his, and wants it returned within 24 hours or they will die. When he brings Quinn back to relay the message, they discover they are €114,000 short. As they plan to raise the money, they find Hector dead.|
|7||"Episode 3"||James Hawes||Cris Cole||2 February 2012||1.445|
|Two weeks previously, it is revealed that Alvo wished to stop working for Mackenzie, but he, Dominic and María pressure him to do another job. In the present, the group decide to wire transfer their savings and Hector's commission to raise the money, but they are still €54,000 short. Carmen suggests they break into a safe in the nightclub where she works. After they agree however, Woody recalls Alvo left €50,000 in his safe (they took the safe because their mobile phones are inside, and they were never given the combination before he was murdered). They manage to break into the safe and Quinn sells his watch. Woody and Baxter also steal from two living statues. After recovering the hidden money from the church (as a wedding takes place), they journey to the rendezvous, but are pulled over by police and have to pay a fine. They meet with Mackenzie and admit the money is down €100 because of the fine.|
|8||"Episode 4"||James Hawes||Cris Cole||9 February 2012||1.432|
|Mackenzie decides to assign the group a task and then they are free to go home. However, he forces Quinn to stay with him in his caravan. Mackenzie admits that although he is rich enough, he cannot let the three million euros go because of his reputation. The rest are instructed to pick up supplies to produce ecstasy from a cabana and send them to the abandoned village. En route Baxter returns for Carmen. After making the ecstasy, Carmen exits the van to wait for Baxter later. They deliver the ecstasy in a nightclub. After they receive five million euros as payment, they drive back to Mackenzie's caravan in time to save Quinn. It is revealed that Mackenzie made them produce fake tablets to fool the nightclub owners. Mackenzie lets them go, instructing them to board a cargo container, which will take them back to the mainland via ferry. As an extra, he allows them to keep the money. Baxter is forced to leave Carmen behind, though he intends to contact her when they arrive in Barcelona. However, later they find that Mackenzie tricked them; the ferry arrives in Morocco and the money is confiscated by armed men.|
Series 3 (2013)
|#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers
|9||"Episode 1"||Adrian Shergold||Chris Cole||4 June 2013||1.021|
|Woody, Baxter, Rick, and Quinn are now being held in a black site prison in the Moroccan desert. They meet a young woman, Mercedes, who is also held captive. One night, guards take Rick out of his cell to another part of the building, and the next morning the rest are sent there as well, where they are told by a British officer that they are free to return home. However their SUV breaks down in the middle of the desert, the driver disappears, and they are fired upon. Rescued by the British officer, they return to the prison to learn that the Central Intelligence Agency—revealed to be behind the drug operation the group came across in Majorca as a source of revenue for funding black operations—, has ordered a kill contract on the four men as a result of their interference. The group's only option, is to move to another country under new identities. After they are allowed to give one last phone call to their families, the four are flown to South Africa, and forced to go their separate ways. Rick however, pleas with Woody to stay with him, believing he will not last on his own, but Woody tells him to "man up" and leaves. Rick later spots a Tokoloshe watching him from a distance.|
|10||"Episode 2"||Adrian Shergold||Chris Cole||11 June 2013||0.898|
|Two years later, all four men live separate lives in Cape Town. Rick is now a drug dealer and junkie, and is later arrested for dealing to an undercover narcotics officer. He is still being haunted by the same Tokoloshe. Woody has moved in with a new girlfriend while buying black market pharmaceuticals for local hospitals. Quinn runs a bar while having an affair with a French diplomat's wife. Baxter meanwhile, kick-started his legal career using fake documents. A young woman, who was wrongfully fired, gets in touch with Baxter. She later blackmails him when she discovers that he is not on the South African list of registered lawyers. Baxter later stumbles upon a news report stating that MacKenzie was shot dead in Mallorca, and that Alvo's CIA operation has been shut down. Baxter tracks down Quinn's bar, leaves him a note, and Quinn, who is secretly in touch with Woody, releays the message. The three meet at a beach and track Rick to an addiction meeting, where Woody, disguised as an addict, helps him escape. The four are reunited and set off their plan to return home.|
|11||"Episode 3"||Adrian Shergold||Chris Cole||18 June 2013||0.920|
|The men are on their way to the British Consulate to find out if they're in the clear, but an unexpected lock-in at the embassy and presence of police suggests that the kill contract is still active. They discover that all of the doors are locked, and decide to escape through a fire exit. After the police lose them, they return to Baxter's apartment. They hear a buzz and discover that security guards have come to arrest them. They think they've been found out, but Rick reveals that it's actually because he has been wearing an ankle monitor. Woody pulls the tag off and throws it out of the window; it lands onto a passing truck, causing security to think they've escaped. The next morning, they go to Quinn's bar and bump into Mercedes, who helps them leave Cape Town. As they say goodbye to the people they met during the last two years, they get a taxi but come across the site of a car crash with bodies strewn along the road. The corpses are snatched by a tribal gang. The taxi driver reveals that the tribespeople cut open corpses and use their internal organs to create "dwarf zombies". He also reveals that when a member of a group sees this creature, it is certain that someone in that group will soon die. Scared, the driver then tries to abandon the group, but Rick pays him off with drug money and convinces him to drop the group off at the next town. At the town, Mercedes finds the men a float in a river and leaves them to go off in it. They stop to have a break, soon realising that their float has left since they forgot to tie it while Rick arguing with the 3 of them about not thanking him for paying for the float or the taxi. Baxter later loses the map when it blows away while the men are hitching a ride on the back of a flatbed truck. They end up in the village of the tribe who took the corpses from the car crash site, where they discover that the tribespeople are perfectly fluent in English; after Rick accuses them of snatching the bodies for voodoo, the tribe's chief reveals that they actually took the corpses to a local hospital instead of leaving them to rot. The tribe allows the men to stay overnight. The next morning, a member of the tribe tells them to keep walking in a particular direction. After walking for an indeterminate amount of time, Rick's Tokoloshe appears in front of them.|
|12||"Episode 4"||Adrian Shergold||Chris Cole||25 June 2013||1.003|
|The four head in the direction of the retired CIA agent's house, as directed by a young woman in the village, When they get there, they discover he is not at home. While they wait for him, they begin to squabble with each other and start fighting. The retired CIA agent returns home in the middle of the fight and at first threatens them with a gun (to get them to stop fighting) and they later explain to him everything that has gone wrong, and ask him to take their names off a CIA kill list, as that CIA operation has ended. He does so, and deletes their names they also discover what has happened to their families - Rick's wife has divorced him for desertion, and Quinn's father has had the phone cut off for not paying the bill and Woody announces he will be getting married to his girlfriend in Cape Town, but later on, another CIA agent remotely logs on and reinstates all their names on the kill list. In return for deleting their names from the kill list, they do the agent's laundry. The CIA agent invites them all to a celebratory dinner, at which he gives them all peyote - it makes you have crazy dreams, and feel euphoric. In his dreams, Quinn plays golf with his French girlfriend, Woody plays the drums and apologizes to his girlfriend for lying to her, Baxter finds himself talking to the young woman in the second episode who tried to blackmail him, and Rick finds himself with the tourist who stole his cocaine stripping on top of him. Then however, she turns into the Tokoloshe Rick keeps seeing and rips out his heart. The next morning, all four men are feeling very happy and relaxed as a result of the drug, and then the CIA agent produces a gun, and reveals to them that he gave them this drug as a sort of anesthetic; he has been told to kill them, as they killed a CIA agent in Majorca, the corrupt police officer Maria Gonzalez, who Quinn shot dead. They first think it's a joke but Rick is the first to discover they're gonna die and they push the table over him to get the gun off him, knock him out, and lock him up in an outhouse, leaving the gun outside. However, he breaks out, and grabs the gun and runs towards the house to kill them. Inside the house, Rick sees the Tokoloshe, who uses hand motions to warn him to get out of the house. The four get out, but then are again confronted by the CIA agent. As he is about to shoot them, Mercedes appears out of nowhere and shoots him dead, having followed them to the house. She then sends an Instant Message to the CIA saying that the four men are dead, the CIA then close the operation. Mercedes gets a friend with a helicopter to fly them to Cape Town. She waves goodbye to them from the house, as does the Tokoloshe who only Rick can see, Rick waves back, but as he does, it begins to snarl at him once more.|
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