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Off the Record is the fifth episode of the Alan Wake prequel live action mini-series, Bright Falls. This episode was released on the Bright Falls Website on 14 May 2010, since Alan Wake has been released in the UK.


Jake makes his way back to his car prior to previous events when he escaped from a body bag. He begins to drive when he gets a call from Hal. He asks whether he got Riley's book signed, to which Jake realizes he hadn't. He goes back to Dr. Emil Hartman, who then signs The Creator's Dilemma. Jake then talks to Hartman off the record and explains everything that's been going on including waking up in strange places and having blackouts. Hartman then takes Jake's pulse and invites Jake to stay at the lodge. He takes out a penlight and points it at Jake's eye, to which he reacts to it. Jake questions what it was, only for Hartman to tell him it's just a light. He points it at Jake, only for him to run away, though Hartman almost seems unphased by these events.

Jake heads back to the motel points a camera at himself and also restrains himself in the bathroom. Waking up in the morning to find himself unrestrained, he replays the tape of what he had been doing throughout the night (which is heard, but not seen past the first seconds). He breaks from his restraints, and as the camera pans around and shows the destroyed room he had created, his recorded vocalizations become less and less human.


Partial Transcript

Hal: Jake, how we doing?

Jake: Fine - I'm fine.

Hal: Your message got cut... everything OK?

Jake: Yeah, you bet.

Hal: Did you get the book signed for Riley?

Jake: Can I talk to you for a minute, off the record?

Hartman: Of course.

Jake: Since I got here, I've been blacking out and waking up in really strange places.

Hartman: What kinds of places?

Jake: The woods, the lake... I'm really worried that when I leave here, it isn't going to stop.

Hartman: Anything else?

Jake: Yeah... I think I killed a deer - with my car.

Hartman: It happens. May I? You know, I help people with problems like yours. Stay with us.

Jake: (in pain) Ah! What the hell is that thing?

Hartman: Just a light.

Jake: (in pain) Ah!

Episode Video


Bright Falls Episode 5 The prequel to Alan Wake 'Off the Record'

Episode Five: Off the Record

See Also