"The Keys" is the seventh episode of Season 1 of 12 Monkeys. It first aired at 9:00 p.m. on February 27, 2015 on Syfy.


Cole, Railly and Aaron race to stop the virus from being deployed as a bio-weapon in Chechnya.[1]



Oliver Peters briefs a group at the CIA about viral strain M5-10 the was derived from human remains discovered during an expedition to the Himalayas in the mid-1980s. He explains that Markridge Group genetically modified he virus into a weapon to be deployed in Chechnya for Operation Troy. If released in the briefing room all the occupants would die in two to three hours but that the virus itself would become inert in a few hours. Senator Royce comments that an airstrike in Chechnya would cause World War III. An Official replies that it is up to the group to clean up the mess made by Adam Wexler's leaks.

At Cassie's Store, Cassandra Railly burns herself while making tea and flashing back to her vision of the Red Forest. James Cole treats her burn and they discuss Operation Troy and their inability to learn anything about the greenhouse ("The Red Forest"). They do identify a professor of middle eastern antiquity connected with the picture of a broken plate but after talking with him at a presentation, learn nothing except that the Army of the 12 Monkeys may have a connection to Chechnya.

Aaron Marker arrives and Cole and Cassie tell him about the connection. Aaron tells them about Adam Wexler possibly being in Chechnya.

Cole implies that he is about to splinter back to 2043 and tells Cassie and Aaron he will need all the information they can get about Operation Troy. Cole splinters.

Cassie, who is working for the CDC, tells Aaron that Jules Weitzman called and that she has to go to work. Aaron points out that they could go to prison for if they are caught; Cassie replies that they will die if they don't try.

Aaron returns to Senator Royce's office and secretly "borrows" a thumb drive from the senator with information about the operation.


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