Reading scripts. Absolutely critical to learn the craft of screenwriting. The focus of this weekly series is a deep structural and thematic analysis of each script we read.
Today: A scene-by-scene breakdown of the script for the 2016 movie Eye in the Sky, written by Guy Hibbert.
IMDb plot summary: Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.
The scene-by-scene breakdown was prepared by Bruce B Gordon.
Here is my take on this exercise from a previous series of posts — How To Read A Screenplay:
After a first pass, it's time to crack open the script for a deeper analysis and you can do that by creating a scene-by-scene breakdown. It is precisely what it sounds like: A list of all the scenes in the script accompanied by a brief description of the events that transpire.
For purposes of this exercise, I have a slightly different take on scene. Here I am looking not just for individual scenes per se, but a scene or set of scenes that comprise one event or a continuous piece of action. Admittedly this is subjective and there is no right or wrong, the point is simply to break down the script into a series of parts which you then can use dig into the script's structure and themes.
The value of this exercise:
- We pare down the story to its most constituent parts: Scenes.
- By doing this, we consciously explore the structure of the narrative.
- A scene-by-scene breakdown creates a foundation for even deeper analysis of the story.
You may download a free, legal PDF of the script for here.
Eye in the Sky
Scene by Scene Breakdown
By Bruce B. Gordon
P. 1–2: In Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya, Alia Mo'Allim's, mother, Fatima bakes bread for their family baking business while her father, Musa, repairs a hula hoop for her amidst his bicycle repair work. The entire area of their Somalia Militia-controlled neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya is being watched from above. Unofficial checkpoints and men in pickup trucks with machine guns bolted onto the backs search for suspected Kenyan security police collaborators. Within the safety of her family's walled compound, ten-year-old Alia excitedly swirls the hula hoop around her body.
P. 3–6: In Surrey, England, Colonel Katherine Powell is awakened by irritating music and stops just short of entering the offending room. She gets tap water from the kitchen, then goes outside to her garden office shed, where she looks at surveillance photos of wanted "High Value Individuals" who appear to be Islamic terrorists of Somali and Western descent. She focuses on a highlighted British white woman named Susan Helen Danford, aka Ayesha Al-Hady, then fields a disturbing e-mail from a wounded soldier. Another horrific e-mail informs her of recently-posted news video clip of a man executed in Kenya for being a suspected British spy against the Somali Al-Shabaab militants, who are resisting the British and Kenyan military-supported, United Nations-backed Somali government in Mogadishu.
P. 6–7: In Las Vegas, Nevada, Steve Watts, a reserve Lieutenant and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Reaper drone specialist, wakes up at home, then works out on his treadmill.
P. 7–8: Powell confronts an unknown teenage girl in her kitchen reaching for expensive bottled water and directs her to use the tap instead. Powell questions the girl, Lizzie, whether she's with Robert or Andrew and Robert is the answer.
P. 8: Alia gets help with her mathematics book exercises from her father, Musa.
P. 8–9: Powell lets her 19-year-old son, Robert know she objects to him having Lizzie stay over without asking her, but he says that Dad said she could. And he also takes a bottle of water out of the fridge because his guest doesn't like tap.
P. 9–10: In Singapore, British Foreign Secretary James Willet is sick with food poisoning as he speaks at a military arms fair with his assistants, Kate and Tom.
P. 11: Powell drives from home to work at the Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) in London. She angrily talks to her husband, Simon on her cell phone about him letting their boys bring friends to stay overnight without her permission.
P. 11: Steve gets ready for work and prepares to eat a meal left out for him by someone else.
P. 11–13: At the PJHQ, Powell is unhappy to learn from targeteer Sergeant Mushtaq Saddiq that she'll only have two "Hellfire" missiles for her mission.
P. 13: One of the suspects from Powell's surveillance photos, Muhammad Abdisalaam, a young American, arrives at the Nairobi airport and is watched by Kenyan Agent Atieno. who snaps photos and radios his intel.
P. 14: Powell gets the info about the suspect's arrival and makes sure the Reaper surveillance drone is following him through the Nairobi streets, providing a constant video feed to her mission unit screens.
P. 14–15: Airman Lucy Galvez surfs near a Hawaiian Air Force base and tells friends she can't attend a party tonight because she has duty.
P. 15: Musa helps Alia with her math until Omar, an Al-Shabaab militant, drops by to have his bicycle repaired. Musa makes sure to hide the book first.
P. 15–16: Disguised as a tropical bird, a micro-RPA drone with a camera films Muhammad's arrival at a gated house in the Parklands.
P. 16–17: Powell videoconferences with military partners in other places as they prepare for the arrival of another suspect. Major Owiti of the Kenya National Intelligence Service (NIS) has troops ready to move in.
P. 17–18: Steve bids his mother goodbye and heads to a birthday party before work.
P. 18–19: Powell assures Lieutenant-General Frank Benson that everything is in place for today's mission.
P. 19–20: Steve asks a bartender to make his water look like an alcoholic drink.
P. 20: James's bout with food poisoning makes him cancel a meeting and rush to the men's room.
P. 20–22: Steve's friend compels him to get a lap dance at the nightclub.
P. 22: Alia's mother calls for her to get the newly-baked bread.
P. 22–23: Rasheed Hamud, another suspect from Powell's surveillance photos, arrives at the airport and sends a text. Agent Atieno informs Major Owiti, who in turn informs Powell.
P. 24: Alia sets up her bread-selling stand amidst Al-Shabaab militant men enforcing strict Sharia law dress code for women in public.
P. 24: Steve drives toward the desert in the night.
P. 24–25: Benson is confused about which doll to buy at a toy shop and makes a stressed call for clarification that results in him leaving a voicemail.
P. 25–26: British intelligence spies, Jama and Damisi, both Somalis, view micro-RPA bird drone camera surveillance of the second suspect arriving at the Parklands compound.
P. 26–27: Powell asks Major Owiti to get Jama and Damisi to try to the surveillance bird's view inside the house, but all the shutters are closed, and it's too risky to bring in their other option, an even tinier "beetle" drone, until after the third suspect arrives.
P. 27–28: Benson arrives at the British Cabinet Office building and is ushered into the Briefing Room by coordinator, Jack Cleary. Delayed by a cell phone call, Benson discovers he's purchased the wrong doll and delegates his aid to sort out the problem.
P. 28–29: Benson greets the other British government officials attending the Cabinet Office Briefing Room A or COBR(A) meeting to witness onscreen the capture of Susan Danford, aka Ayesha Al-Hady. Present with General Benson are the coordinator, Jack, George Matheerson MP — UK Attorney General, Brian Woodale MP — Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Angela Northman MP — Parliamentary Under-Secretry of State responsible for Africa.
P. 29–30: Lucy starts the night shift at her Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Air Force Base image analysis job and is briefed about an Islamic extremist they're tracking in Nairobi.
P. 30–33: Steve gets to work at a Nevada Air Force base, where he, Mission Intel Coordinator Matt Levery, and Sensor Operator Carrie Gershon are all briefed by senior operations supervisor Lt. Colonel Ed Walsh and the onscreen presence of Powell about their role as "eye in the sky" Reaper drone pilots for the joint mission to capture, but not kill, Susan Danford.
P. 33–35: Steve and Carrie proceed to their stations in the Ground Control Station and get mission status information from the crewmen switching shifts with them.
P. 35: Alia sells bread to a woman.
P. 35–37: All mission units watch Reaper drone and bird surveillance video of suspects exiting the house before has Danford arrived and become alarmed that their intelligence is faulty.
P. 37–38: Powell and Major Owiti decide against having troops go in yet, but will have Agent Atieno get set to follow the suspects' vehicle in hopes of leading them to Danford.
P. 38–40: A covered woman quickly exits the house and goes into an SUV with dark-tinted windows, so the surveillance cameras can't capture her face.
P. 40–42: All mission units watch screens as Agent Atieno follows the suspects' SUV until it gets to an Al-Shabaab militia-controlled checkpoint in the Eastleigh area, which is too dangerous, so Atieno is told to return to base.
P. 42–43: Mission units watch the suspects' SUV turn down streets in the militia-controlled neighborhood until it enters a gated compound where the suspects go into the house without being identified.
P. 43–45: Powell coordinates with Major Owiti to have Jama go into the danger zone with a tiny "beetle" surveillance camera drone via close to the house.
P. 45–48: Alia plays with her hula-hoop while an Al-Shabaab militia man does business with her father. The Islamic extremist customer forces Musa to scold his daughter to stop playing. When the scary man is gone, Musa tells her that she should never play in front of a man; however, when they have privacy, she can play all she wants.
P. 48: Jama buys a stack of plastic buckets from a street vendor to create a cover identity.
P. 49–50: Mission unit military and government personnel are all mesmerized by the image of Alia hula-hooping while Jama is enroute to the house.
P. 50: Alia's mother, Fatima, calls her into the house with her dad, Musa.
P. 50–51: Jama, disguised as a poor trader of buckets, negotiates his way past the militia checkpoint.
P. 51–52: Jama sets up a position near the suspects' house, safe from armed guards, and he activates the surveillance beetle to fly inside.
P. 52: Mission units watch the beetle's surveillance video on screens as it enters the house.
P. 52–53: Jama sees a boy watching him operate the beetle like playing a videogame, and he enlists the boy to sell his buckets.
P. 54: Mission units watch as the beetle moves about the house and displays images of the suspects and the unidentified woman.
P. 54–56: Powell tells Jama to move where the beetle can see the woman clearly, but the woman looks up and almost notices it. Mission units confirm she is Susan Danford.
P. 56–57: Benson says they can't enter the militia-controlled area without sparking a bloodbath, so they could eliminate her with a drone missile strike. But Angela and George say that they only came to witness a capture, not a targeted assassination.
P. 58–59: The mission units see and identify Danford's husband, also on the most-wanted list.
P. 59–60: Powell orders Jama to have the beetle explore the house, while Jama has to avoid the boy interrupting him with requests to "play the videogame."
P. 60–62: Mission units watch the beetle footage showing a man laying out suicide vests packed with explosives. Stunned, they spring into action.
P. 62–64: Powell calls for the legal experts as all units watch the suspects set up to make a suicide video. Then she secretly tells Benson they need to bomb the house immediately, but he tells her that the politicians won't approve a kill, having only approved to witness a capture. Legal clearance must be obtained.
P. 64–65: Powell asks military lawyer Major Harold Webb if they have clearance to bomb the house, but he says that the Rules of Engagement only allow for a low collateral damage estimate (CDE), and the explosives inside the house have to be taken into account as well. Harold tells Powell to refer up.
P. 66–67: Powell calls Benson to refer up to the Attorney General and Benson puts the question to George. George asks senior politician, Woodale, and Angela says they are not all right with targeting two British nationals and an American.
P. 67: Powell has Mushtaq create new collateral damage assessment indicator rings onscreen to overlay on top of the images of the house, based upon the newly-discovered explosives inside.
P. 68: George, Benson and Woodale argue for the legalities of executing the bombing action, while Angela snaps back against the bombing with the political and the ethical considerations.
P. 68–69: Powell asks to speak with the drone pilot directly, and Steve complies with her order to prepare for bombing. Powell makes sure he knows to keep collateral damage to a minimum since the target is in a friendly city.
P. 69–70: George and Angela continue to argue the military necessity versus the lack of political and ethical precedent of bombing in a friendly country not at war.
P. 70–71: Steve questions Powell about whether the U.S. Government knows they're targeting an American because he didn't see that in the mission instructions. Powell assures him that he's covered under new rules of engagement.
P. 71–72: Steve and Carrie express uneasiness, since they've never attacked anything before.
P. 72–73: George continues to argue with Angela that the kill mission is legally sound, but she says that, especially with an American citizen involved, it's a political minefield. They all turn to Woodale who passes the buck and says he'll have to refer up to the Foreign Secretary. Powell will have to wait.
P. 73–74: Powell is upset about the delay and pushes Mushtaq for the new collateral damage estimate calculations. After he shows them, he is far less comfortable with the damage estimates than she is.
P. 74: Steve and Carrie begin the process of preparing to launch, reading from the checklist binder.
P. 75–76: Powell calls Major Owiti to have him tell Jama to prepare to leave so troops can extract him soon. Jama dismisses the bucket-selling boy with profits.
P. 76: Steve and Carrie initiate the Hellfire drone bomb system to test it as Powell watches the live feed on her screens.
P. 76–77: Woodale and Benson implore Jack to hurry in reaching the Foreign Secretary because their "eye in the sky" can only follow one of the two suspect vehicles. Angela suggests ground agents could intercept, but Benson chides that intercepting a suicide bomber on a city street would not be the way to minimize collateral damage.
P. 77–78: Steve and Carrie have completed the launch checklist and Walsh waits for the Rules of Engagement (ROE) clearance as the bombing pilots and colleagues tense up. Powell tells them to sit tight and be ready to shoot.
P. 78–79: In a Singapore hotel, James, the Foreign Secretary is on the toilet with food poisoning as he takes the urgent call from Woodale.
P. 79–81: Mission units watch screens where Muhammad, Rasheed, Danford and Al-Hady go to the bedroom to arm up the two young bombers with explosive vests. Powell texts Benson that they need an answer now, and Jack puts the call to James on speakerphone. James says he can't authorize a missile attack on an American citizen without approval from the U.S. Secretary of State, who's currently in China.
P. 81: The U.S. Secretary of State, Ken Stanitzke, is interrupted with a phone call while playing table tennis in Beijing, China.
P. 81: Steve anxiously holds his finger on the trigger.
P. 81–82: Ken angrily scolds the caller for wasting his time, since the all suspects have lost their rights by their terrorist actions and are on the President's kill list. The mission unit should take them out now.
P. 82–83: Jack tells Benson, Woodale and Angela that the Secretary of State has given his permission. All mission units watch the suicide vests being wired. Benson texts Powell that she has clearance. She tells Steve to prosecute the target, and he tells Carrie to prepare to launch a Hellfire missile.
P. 83: James gets the status update as he watches his aides' computer set up that shows the mission unit surveillance feed. Muhammad's suicide bomber vest is fullly armed, and Rasheed now steps up to be fitted.
P. 83–84: Alia's mother sends her off to sell a new basket of bread.
P. 84: Steve and Carrie do their final "countdown to weapons" prep, while the mission unit feed shows Alia walking down the street.
P. 84–85: Powell sees from the beetle feed that Rasheed seems to be having second thoughts, delaying the terrorists' progress.
P. 85–86: All mission units watch the surveillance feeds as Alia walks past the target house with her basket. Steve and Carrie arm the weapon and set their crosshairs on the target, pulling back to check that no one is close enough to get hurt. Steve counts down from three then stops when he sees Alia on the edge of the screen. They recognize her as the girl with the hula-hoop earlier. Steve pauses to give her time to walk by.
P. 86–87: Powell anxiously tells Steve that he's cleared to fire the weapon. They all watch in horror as Alia sets up her bread selling at her spot on the table next to the target compound.
P. 87–89: Powell gathers her military wits and reminds Steve that they can't lose this one opportunity to eliminate these dangerous targets. But Steve, terrified, wants to give Alia a chance to get out of harm's way, so he reserves his right as a pilot to have a new collateral damage estimate run, buying time. Powell is angry, but complies for a "weapons hold" status.
P. 89–90: Powell tells Mushtaq to re-run the collateral damage estimate, then tells Major Owiti to go buy Alia's bread and get her to safety. Benson texts for an update and is told they're on "weapons hold."
P. 90–91: Jama gets the text to buy the bread and to leave the surveillance beetle in place. All mission units watch him approach Alia's stand.
P. 91–93: Jama buys all of Alia's bread, but an armed Al-Shabaab guard remembers him from the past and tells the other guards to search Jama. Jama runs for his life and armed guards chase him. Mission units react, terrified. Carrie pans the drone's camera with Jama's escape.
P. 93–94: Jama runs for his life through the neighborhood, dodging gunfire from the armed guard and scaling walls. Powell watches on screen with despair.
P. 94: Jama scrambles over a fence and escapes through a compound as the gunman orders the owner to point where Jama ran.
P. 94–95: Jama blends in near a mosque, then runs down an alley, vaults another wall and hurts his ankle before hiding beneath a pole of rusted metal sheeting. He has escaped the gunman.
P. 95: Powell sees that he's safe for now and tells Carrie to pan back to the house. Carrie is still worried about Jama, but Matt also tells her to get back to the target. Finally, Steve snaps Carrie out of her reverie and she steers the image back to the outside of the target house. They all shudder when they see that Alia is setting up to sell the bread again.
P. 96–97: Rasheed returns to the bedroom, Alia tries to sell her bread and mission units argue about striking with her near. Military law expert Harold says they should refer up to the Attorney General regarding Alia's presence as a probable, if not certain casualty.
P. 97–99: The suspects begin making a terror video, while Benson asks George about the legalities of continuing the strike with Alia's presence as she still sells bread. He asks for an assessment and Powell says that the targeteer assesses a 65 to 75 percent of fatal injury if they proceed. However, if they allow the vests to detonate in an urban area, there could possibly be an estimated loss of life of 30 to 80 men women and children.
P. 99–100: George tells Benson that a 65 to 75 percent fatality assessment, especially since they're releasing the missile knowing the girl will be killed, or severely injured, goes against the military lawyer's assessment, so they need to delay to give the girl every chance to walk away.
P. 100–102: All mission units are haunted by Alia's presence, but Powell says that if the suspects leave the house, the crowded city is at risk. Benson and Powell argue for striking now, risking the one to save the many, but Angela's ethics cause her to disagree. A U.S. National Security Council senior legal advisor patches in to the videoconference and makes it clear that the White House assesses Alia as acceptable collateral damage and wants them to bomb the house now before the suspects can get out to bomb a crowded location.
P. 103–107: As Alia waits to sell bread, the armed guards appear to be telling their cohorts that they can't find Jama. James come onscreen from Singapore and is briefed on both the legal and military perspectives, but he and the others still are horrified at being Alia's executioners. Finally, Woodale recommends they don't delay, in the interest of the many people who would be saved. Angela and James argue about the publicity element of killing Alia to save 80 other people if the Al-Shabaab jihadist suicide bombers leave that house. Angela and George agree that if Al-Shabaab kill 80 people, the military wins the propaganda war. But if the military kills one girl, Al-Shabaab wins it. Alia sells more bread, but now the beetle surveillance feed shows that Rasheed's vest is being wired with explosives. Benson asks if the lives of 80 people, including children are work the price of winning the propaganda war.
P. 107–108: James is still haunted by Alia and can't decide, asking whether it's possible that their attack video footage could get leaked. Benson says making the right military decision doesn't allow them to argue about possible future postings on YouTube. James reminds Benson that revolutions are fuelled by postings on YouTube.
P. 108–109: James is still indecisive, tormented by Alia's image, so he passes the buck and tells them to get clearance from the Prime Minister, who may be difficult to reach. Jack leaves to contact him.
P. 109: As James is horrified at the situation and his inability to decide, Powell is disgusted. Steve and the other squadron operations crew members are tense, on edge.
P. 110–111: Alia only has two loaves of bread left, but as the surveillance feed shows Rasheed's vest being wired, the beetle's battery dies and they lose their image — and intelligence. Powell discreetly asks Benson a covert question: If her targeteer can bring the collateral assessment for the girl down under 50 percent, could they get approval on his end? He discreetly says yes.
P. 111–112: Powell discreetly asks Mushtaq to change the target area to still kill the suspects, but to reduce the collateral damage to Alia and save her life.
P. 112–113: Jack returns, saying the Prime Minister asks them to minimize casualties, to which George asks for interpretation. Benson says military decisions can't be dictated by government committees or be put on hold for legal clarification. The government tells the military to go to war, they conduct the war, and the government deals with the aftermath. Woodale says it's not that simple.
P. 113–115: Powell is disappointed that Mushtaq can't find a target location that will bring the collateral damage assessment below 65 percent, so Powell urges Mushtaq to fudge the assessment to declare it down to 45 percent against his will. She assures him that it's understood that his new "calculations" are only speculation and that he is beyond any culpability. Powell reluctantly accepts that, to save many more lives, she will be Alia's executioner.
P. 115–117: Powell shows the mission units the new target area and tells them it has a 45 percent chance of collateral fatality where Alia is. Benson gets permission from Woodale to proceed. Steve and Carrie wish for a few more moments as they pray for Divine Intervention on Alia's behalf. Powell tells them to engage the missile strike. Steve and Carrie are disturbed, but obey and begin their launch checklist.
P. 117–119: Jama emerges from his hiding spot and limps to find a boy, Ali. Jama pays Ali to go quickly to buy all of Alia's bread. He calls Major Owiti, who tells Powell, but Powell rejects any more delays.
P. 119–121: Ali rushes down the street. Steve and Carrie continue their preparations to fire, agonized that Alia hasn't sold her last loaves. Powell tells them to fire after two pedestrians in the street pass the house. Steve is forced to release the missile and hopes for a miracle to save Alia. Impact in 50 seconds.
P. 121–123: Mission units see Ali running up, buying the bread and running off with 40 seconds left. Steve yells at the screen for Alia to put the money away. But she takes her time to count her money.
P. 123: With 15 seconds left, Alia carefully folds her tablecloth as Steve and Carrie urge her image to move away quickly.
P. 123–124: With nine seconds left, the mission units watch Alia finish her folding and pick up her basket as the silent missile goes through the roof of the house and explodes. Ali looks back as secondary explosions from the suicide vests rip the house apart. Next door, Alia's mother and father react to the house next door detonating.
P. 124: Powell watches, waiting for the dust to settle and the picture to become clear. James looks like he'll vomit. Steve stares at the smoke and dust where Alia was standing.
P. 124: Alia has been blown over by the blast; she's bleeding and has internal injuries as she tries in futility to crawl forward.
P. 124–125: Steve can now see Alia moving; he's horrified. Powell also sees, but tells Carrie and Steve to zoom in on the terrorist targets to confirm their deaths. Mission units see that a woman has survived the blasts and is crawling away.
P. 125: Alia still tries to move away, but is losing strength.
P. 125–126: The mission units zoom in on the scattered remains of the jihadists and are able to confirm the identities the ones who didn't wear the bomb vests. Danford is also identified as she tries to crawl away.
P. 126–127: Alia can't move anymore and stops trying to crawl. Powell orders Steve and Carrie to bomb again to kill Danford. They comply in agony.
P. 127: Jama limps around a corner and sees the dying Alia and neighborhood people in shock and fear.
P. 127–128: Steve and Carrie initiate the preparation routine to fire again. All mission units agonize as they watch Alia languishing and bleeding on the ground. Steve pull the trigger to release the second missile. Impact in 50 seconds.
P. 128: Alia's father and mother cry out and run toward her. All mission units watch in shock as the second missile explodes in the compound.
P. 128–129: When the dust clears, the mission unit personnel watch, paralyzed, as they see Alia's parents lying on the ground. Both Musa and Fatima get up, bloody and injured. Alia is barely alive. Musa picks her up and they beg men in an Al-Shabaab militia pickup truck to help rush them to the hospital. Mission unit personnel all watch the horror on their screens. Jama watches helplessly as the militia truck roars past, the attention no longer on him because of the devastation. Musa and Fatima cradle Alia as the truck drives fast past the checkpoint.
P. 130–131: The mission unit personnel are all desolate about completing their duties. Powell expresses grim realism that she has done what had to be done to save a lot of lives. The pilots feign that they're okay. Powell apologizes to a numb Mushtaq for making him lie about collateral damage percentages in order to complete her mission.
P. 131: Musa cradles Alia in his arms as the pickup truck speeds through the streets.
P. 131–132: The mission unit personnel are back to the task at hand, Colonel Walsh telling Steve to zoom the drone surveillance in on Danford's remains for positive identification. Lucy and the image analysts provide confirmation. Powell tells Benson that their mission has been accomplished.
P. 132: For the first time, the Reaper drone is seen flying at 20,000 feet up in the sky. It turns around to head home, leaving Nairobi far below.
P. 132–133: At Whitehall, the COBR(A) operations mission ends with George and Woodale leaving. Angela tells Benson his actions were disgraceful, all done from the safety of his chair. Benson rebukes her, citing his firsthand experience with the aftermath of several suicide bombings and that what she witnessed today with her coffee and biscuits was far less terrible than what would have happened if they didn't stop the men. He chides her to never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war.
P. 133: Benson exits the room, and his aide hands him the correct doll that he was having problems with before the meeting. Benson is at first confused, then remembers.
P. 133–134: Bloodied Musa and Fatima rush Alia into a hospital, and the medical staff spring into action to save her… but she's already dead.
P. 134–135: Steve and Carrie exit the Ground Control Station as mental wrecks. Steve asks Colonel Walsh to let him know what happened to Alia. Walsh agrees and tells them to get home, since they're needed back in 12 hours.
P. 135: Flashback of Alia playing with her hula-hoop at her family's compound.
P. 135: Powell drives, lost in thought about Alia, then becomes as tense as she was in the morning at hearing her husband's voicemail: rebuking her angry call and humiliating their sons in front of their girlfriends.
P. 135–136: Outside of the bombed house a large crowd with placards shout to denounce America and Britain, burning a United Nations flag.
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