"Chapter Five": The detective explain everything to Turley's campaign manager Alan about the motives of Laura Cummings and William Myerson, and their attempted assassination of Turley under the mad belief that Turley was taken over by aliens and that killing him would save the world. However, th
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Synopsis for "Chapter Five"
The detective explain everything to Turley's campaign manager Alan about the motives of Laura Cummings and William Myerson, and their attempted assassination of Turley under the mad belief that Turley was taken over by aliens and that killing him would save the world. However, there are still some things that remains unknown: how Cummings came into contact with Myerson; how were they able to get as close to Turley at the convention; the identity of the person who had made the call to warn about the assassination attempt; and why Myerson's fingerprints match Walter Kovacs's. Alan is though pleased to hear some progress, but Turley was not completely receptive of the FBI's report.
Turley strongly believes that the two costumed would-be assassins were secretly backed by President Redford and that the FBI's report is a cover-up of a failed attempt to kill him. He is also very certain that Redford will make another attempt on his life. Alan tried to reason with Turley to not publicly speak of accusing Redford without evidence as it would only tarnished his reputation, thus making him look like a mad man, and severely affecting his run in the Presidential elections.
Alan takes the detective to see Turley himself. While being pat down by Turley's Secret Service, the detective recognizes one of the men who lead the Secret Service team that took down Myerson and Cummings. The detective is allowed into the office and meets Turley. The governor wanted to hear from him on what they should do about Redford, to which the detective points out that he still haven't found out who's behind the assassination attempt. Turley still remains unconvinced. The detective then notice in the Turley's office is a large frame of The Comedian's smiley badge. Turley explains that he had met The Comedian during the Vietnam War and goes into a tale of how they met.
Turley was a soldier who he and his unit were sent to extract The Comedian from an abandoned post after the Tet Offensive. The Comedian was sent to the post to rescue a nurse who was left behind. When they safely left the extraction point, Turley and The Comedian share some common grounds over their nonchalance of violence. Their river boat was later ambushed in which the nurse was fatally shot. Turley and his men made out when The Comedian charged into the jungle, forcing them to leave him behind.
In the present, Turley is sort of pleased that The Comedian is long dead, knowing that if Redford had accessed to him rather than Myerson and Cummings he would finished off Turley. Turley couldn't help to think that there were many masked vigilantes decades ago who suddenly vanished, and now there are masked people like The Comedian who are trying to kill him. Turley also note that the detective carries a vibe that is similar to the masked vigilantes, except he can tell that the detective have good potential in him. So Turley ask the detective what does he sees in him. The detective only questions Turley on when was the second time he saw The Comedian. Turley answers that he last saw him on V-V-N Night when President Richard Nixon came to congratulate the troops. Turley was coming to see Nixon's speech before he saw The Comedian standing with Dr. Manhattan, two men who were responsible for winning America's war in Vietnam.
The detective finish his meeting with Turley and return to the tavern with Alan. Turley's campaign manager tells the detective that Turley is putting his confidence in him and he is giving him access to campaign funds to look further into the investigation. Alan then worryingly ask the detective if Turley bring up Redford into their discussion, which the detective negatively replies "no". The detective leaves the tavern, walking through the darkened streets, with phantoms of Rorschach and The Kid following him and laughing raucously.
Appearing in "Chapter Five"
- Unnamed detective
- Governor Turley (Flashback and main story) (First full appearance)
- United States Secret Service (Flashback and main story)
- Jacobs (Flashback and main story) (First appearance)
- The Comedian (Flashback only)
- Doctor Manhattan (Flashback only)
- United States Army (Flashback only)
- Viet Cong (Flashback only)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (Mentioned only)
- Jorge Luis Borges (Mentioned only)
- Richard Nixon (Mentioned only)
- Robert Redford (Mentioned only)
- Rorschach (Walter Kovacs) (Mentioned only)
- The Squid (Mentioned only)
- Estonia (Mentioned only)
- United States of America
- Los Angeles (Flashback only)
- Unnamed city
- Hollis Pub (Single appearance)
- Vietnam (Flashback only)
- Vietnam War (Flashback only)