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"Tangled Lives"


Chapter 1
Manipulation or Misplaced Love

By Begin Again



















1. INT. - CHARLESTON CRIMINAL COURTROOM - DAY

Courtroom is filled with reporters and people waiting to hear evidence in a very high profile murder case. Angelina Vasquez, the Senator's housekeeper, is seated in the witness stand.

The prosecutor, standing in front of the witness stand,  is questioning Ms. Vasquez.

The jury is listening tentatively. Jenna, the accused, is sitting nervously at the table with her defense lawyer, Lisa Black. The Judge is at her podium in front of the courtroom.
 

PROSECUTOR:

Ms. Vasquez, were you working at the
Senator’s home on the day of the murder?

 

ANGELINA:

Yes

 

PROSECUTOR:

Please tell the court what you saw that day.

 

ANGELINA:

I saw Mrs.Tadwell lounging by the pool.

 

PROSECUTOR: 

Was anyone else with Mrs.Tadwell?

 

ANGELINA:

Yes, the Senator’s Assistant, Miss Jenna

                                                                               (She points at Jenna)

 

The Prosecutor turns towards the defendant's table with a cold, icy stare aimed at the accused, Jenna.

 

PROSECUTOR:

Let the record show that Ms. Vasquez
has pointed to the defendant.

 

Jenna jumps from her chair, yelling

 

JENNA:

She’s lying! I was never there.

 

Judge pounds the table with the gavel and the courtroom erupts.

 

JUDGE:

    Order! Order!
Ms. Black instruct your client
to be seated and to remain quiet.

 

Ms. Black grabs Jenna’s arm and whispers

 

                                                                                            MS. BLACK:

    Jenna, sit down, please.

 

Jenna leans over the table and yells

 

JENNA:

Angelina, tell them the truth. I’m innocent!

 

Jenna’s lawyer attempts to get Jenna to sit down in her chair.

JUDGE:

Ms. Black, unless you can control your client,

 I will have her removed from the courtroom.
This court will take a 15 minute break so you can speak with her.

 

Judge pounds the gavel on the table. Jenna collapses into the chair and buries her face in her hands. Lawyer leans toward Jenna, trying to console her. A confident Prosecutor glances at jury and then returns to her table.

 

2. EXT: COURTHOUSE STEPS - DAY

 

Ex-Senator Jack Tadwell stands on the steps, addressing the reporters. His bodyguards stand on each side of him

Reporters wave microphones and yell questions.

The Senator raises his hand for silence.

 

JACK:

                                          The last 9 months have been extremely difficult for my family and me.
                                                                              (pauses as if choked up)

 

                                                      As you all know, with the horrific events surrounding
                                                         the death of my wife and the loss of my father,

                                                                              (pauses for effect)

 

                                                    I made a conscious decision to step down from
                                               my Congressional post to become the CEO of my family’s business.
                                       I have total confidence in Charleston’s Law Enforcement to find justice for us.

 

                                                                                                 REPORTER:

                                                               Then, you agree with the Prosecutor, that your former
                                                                    assistant is responsible for your wife’s death?



 

JACK:

Jenna was a trusted employee and 

never showed any signs of violence

to me or the staff.

                                                                                               (Pauses)

Unfortunately, for whatever reason,

 the evidence overwhelmingly indicates 

she was responsible. I trust in our legal

 system to find justice for my deceased wife

 and if that means Jenna Piper is guilty, so be it.

                                         

Senator raises his hand again

 

       I have no further comment today. It’s in the hands
of the court and the jurors now.

 

Senator and bodyguards briskly walk towards the car waiting at the curb. Reporters chase after him, continually yelling questions.

 

3. INT: CHARLESTON CRIMINAL COURTROOM - DAY

 

Judge is seated at the courtroom podium. Jury files in from outer room and takes a seat. Jenna and her attorney stand at the table. The Foreman stands.        

 

JUDGE:

Has the jury reached a decision?

 

FOREMAN:

Yes, we have, Your Honor



 

JUDGE:

How do you find On the Charge of Murder in the Second Degree?

 

FOREMAN:

We find the defendant guilty

 

Pandemonium breaks out in the courtroom.

The Judge pounds the gavel.

Jenna screams and collapses to the floor.

 

4 INT: CHARLESTON CORRECTIONAL FACILITY FOR WOMEN - DAY

 

Jenna enters her cell clutching her few belongings.

Maggie Sanchez, her new cellmate, is sprawled across the lower bunk. Maggie runs her fingers across the scar on her arm as her eyes evaluate Jenna.

 

MAGGIE:

Hey, Chickee, welcome to your new home.

 

Frozen in fear, Jenna shifts her eyes toward Maggie

Maggie lifts herself off the bunk 

Jenna’s 5ft frame shrinks as Maggie towers over her.

Maggie’s arm moves as if to strike

Jenna squeezes her eyes closed

 

MAGGIE:

I’m Maria Sanchez.

(she chuckles)

Relax, Chickee, I’m not going to hurt you.

 

Her hand is extended toward Jenna.

Jenna bites her lip, then swallows hard before extending her hand to shake hands

 

MAGGIE:

You can talk, right? You got a name?

 

Maggie laughs at Jenna’s fear.

Jenna starts to collapse but Maggie grabs her and sits her on the bunk.

 

MAGGIE:

Breathe girl; sure tell you’re a first timer.

 

Maggie gets a paper cup of water and hands it to Jenna, who stares at it.

 

MAGGIE:

I’m not trying to poison you. It’s water.

 

Jenna takes the cup,sips the water and raises her eyes.

 

                                                                                                JENNA:

                                                                                                Thanks!

 

MAGGIE:

You’re welcome. 

She laughs at Jenna.

Now, let’s try again. I’m Marie Margaret Sanchez, better known as Maggie and you are?

 

JENNA:

Jenna…..Jenna Suzanne Piper

 

MAGGIE:

Where are you from?

 

JENNA:

Montgomery...I lived with my parents on the farm
till I went to work for the Senator.

 

MAGGIE:

Guess that didn’t turn out too well for you. 

Big city life can do that if you aren’t careful.

 

JENNA:
(angry)

I didn’t do what they say I did.

 

MAGGIE:

Yeah, hear that a lot around this place.

 

JENNA:

No, I really didn’t do it. My boss promised he’d get it straightened out.

 

MAGGIE:

Your boss? The Senator?

 

JENNA:

    Yes, Senator Jack Tadwell. He knows
I didn’t murder his wife. He promised to clear my name.

 

MAGGIE:

Honey, that man’s already forgotten about you.
Don’t you read the papers? He retired.
He’s CEO of his daddy’s company now
and already married to some high style model.

 

JENNA:

That can’t be true!

I’m innocent and he knows it.

 

MAGGIE:

Then why did you end up in this hell hole? 

Didn’t his housekeeper testify against you? 

There’s no knight on a white horse coming 

to rescue you. 

Jenna buries her head in the pillow, muttering

JENNA:

But I’m innocent. I didn’t do it!

Author Notes This is my first major attempt at writing a complete movie script. I enclosed it in book form so the reader would understand that it is a continuing story. The above has Scenes 1 thru 4.


Chapter 2
Ready, Set, Go!

By Begin Again

Scenes 5 and 6

As the movie progresses, the action has moved forward to Charleston where the Ex-Senator Jack Tadwell runs his family business and he socializes with his new trophy wife. Teri. Two of his top young executives are eagerly vying for a senior position. Michael is madly in love with his wife Lola. Paul, on the other hand, puts little into his marriage to Colette, making her very insecure.
Tonight, Jack has invited the two couples to join him and Teri at his prestigious country club for dinner.

In preparation for the dinner - Scenes 5 and 6



Six months After the Infamous Trial (Chapter 1):

 

5 INT: CHARLESTON - BEDROOM OF LOLA AND MICHAEL - NIGHT

 

Lola is brushing her long blonde hair in front of her dressing table. Michael is leaning against the doorway, admiring his beautiful wife.

 

MICHAEL:

Hmmmm ...have I told you lately how gorgeous you are?

 

LOLA:

                          Yes, but feel free to tell me again.                          I never get tired of hearing you say it.

(She coyly smiles at him)

          Only thing better is when you show me.

 

MICHAEL:

I don't need an engraved invitation, baby.

 

Michael crosses the room and sweeps her into his arms, nuzzling her neck.

MICHAEL:
Hmmm ... you smell delicious enough to eat.

 

Michael passionately kisses her and lets his hands roam across her body. He slowly moves her toward the bed.

 

                                    LOLA:

She playfully scolds him

Now honey, did you forget
we are going out to dinner?

 

MICHAEL:

I’m only hungry for you.

Michael pulls her tight against him.

                        Do you really care if we’re late? 

 

                                   LOLA:

No, I don't, but you should. 

After all, you are trying to get promoted

 to Senior Vice President, aren't you? 

 

She wiggles out of his arms, but not before kissing his cheek.

LOLA:

 Mr. Tadwell might not be pleased 

if you keep him waiting. The Senator

still thinks his status is far above

 the people who work for him.

 

MICHAEL:

Ex-Senator...I suppose you’re right, but…..

 

He slips his arms around her.

 

MICHAEL conts

It’s not my fault you’re so irresistible, is it?

 

He kisses her gently and then with more passion until Lola begins to resist. Lola whispers in Michael’s ear.

 

LOLA:

I promise to make it up to you
when we come home.

 

A groan escapes Michael’s lips, but he releases her from his grasp.

 

MICHAEL:

A promise that I shall happily 

hold you to, sweetheart.

 

His eyes ravage her one more time, before finally conceding. 

 

MICHAEL:

You're right! You're right! 

I can see Tadwell getting pissed 

if we're late for his precious dinner party.

 

LOLA:

Michael, be nice! He is your boss, after all.

 

 Lola slips strapless gown, stopping to admire her figure in the mirror. 

 

LOLA:

If you want the job,
you know what it'll take
.

 

MICHAEL:

Yeah! Yeah! Kissing his ugly ass! 

Just wish he wasn’t such a prick all the time.

 

Michael laughs before playfully swatting at her butt. 

MICHAEL:

I'd be happier to kiss yours.

 

LOLA

Go get ready! We're going to be late.

 

 She blows him a kiss and leaves the room. 

 

6 INT: CHARLESTON - BEDROOM OF PHIL AND COLETTE - NIGHT

 

Phil paces the floor. Colette is putting her makeup on.

 

COLETTE:

Will you stop! If you keep walking 

back and forth, you're going to wear 

a hole in the carpet.

 

 Collette shakes her head in disgust. 

 

COLETTE:

I don't know what all the hype 

is about anyhow. 

It's just dinner with your boss. Big deal!

 

PHIL:

Easy for you to say. 

Mike and his wife are going 

to be there, too.

 What if Tadwell makes his decision tonight? 

 

Stepping over to the small bar,  Phil pours himself a drink and slugs it down. 

 

PHIL:

If I don't get this promotion, 

we could lose this house. 

Will you be saying big deal then, Honey Pot?

 

COLETTE:

Don't call me that. 

You know I don't like it. 

It sounds so vulgar.

 

Pursing her freshly applied lipstick, she turns to face him. 

 

COLETTE:

Tadwell and his new wife…

oh God, what’s her name..

Teri, yeah that’s it... 

are pure class.

 Maybe you should put a 

little polish on your manners 

or you won't get the promotion.

 

PHIL:

What's wrong with my manners? 

I called my wife Honey Pot 

and now I'm Slime Ball of the Year.

 

 Grabbing the whiskey bottle, he pours another drink.

 

COLETTE:

I'd slow down on those, too. 

Showing up at the dinner party sloshed 

will get you nowhere, unless it's 

Teri Tadwell you're after.

 

PHIL:

What's that supposed to mean?

 

COLETTE:

I've got eyes, Phil. 

I saw how you were drooling 

every time she walked 

by you in her itsy bitsy bikini.

 

PHIL:

At the barbeque? Get over it, Colette.

 

 Phil empties his glass.

 

PHIL:

 We've had this same discussion a hundred times. 

I'm a healthy, red-blooded American. We look, 

especially when the honey is shoved into our faces.

 It's not my fault that Teri parades 

herself around the pool.

 

 Phil chuckles to himself, remembering. Colette glares at him.

 

PHIL:

Are you jealous or something?

 

COLETTE:

Oh, so now we are going there.

 Is it my fault that I am carrying 

30 extra pounds

 after having children? 

 

She stares forlornly into the mirror. 

 

COLETTE:

Heaven knows, I've tried to lose it.

 

PHIL:

Well maybe if you lay off the candy bars,
you might have a chance
.

 

COLETTE:

Maybe if you lay off the booze, 

you wouldn't be such a pig either.

 

PHIL:

Why don't you shut up?
We're going to be late.

 

He slams his glass down on the counter, sneers at his wife and storms out of the room

PHIL

I'm getting the car.
Either get your ass downstairs
or I'm going without you.

 

Colette drops her head into her hands.

She starts to get up, but stops and opens one of the drawers. She pulls out a candy bar, opens it, takes a big bite. She smiles, savoring the chocolate and then starts to leave the room.

 

COLETTE:
(speaking to herself)

Oh well, dinner at the Country Club
should be scrumptious. 

 

Colette leaves the room


Chapter 3
Climbing The Ladder To Success

By Begin Again



The wealthy and powerful Jack Tadwell has invited his two top executives and their wives to dine at his country club, daggling the "promotional carrot" just out of reach. Tension begins to mount with all parties involved.




 

EXT. MONTGOMERY, ILLINOIS - NIGHT

       VERDI COUNTRY CLUB ENTRANCE 

 

Jack Tadwell pulls up to the entrance and exits his car.
The valet greets him.

 

ARCHIE - THE VALET:

Good Evening, Senator. How’s business?

 .Jack walks around the car, helps Teri out of the car before offering her is arm. Jack speaks to Archie.

JACK:

No shop talk tonight, Archie. 

And watch where you park the car,
I just had it washed.
The Mrs. and I are here to enjoy the evening.

 

ARCHIE:

I’ll be real careful, Sir. Not to worry!

  Archie gets in the car and parks it near the back of the lots. He opens the glove compartment, pulls out an envelope, opens it, and quickly reads it. He repeats out loud what he read.

ARCHIE: 

       65 and 39...Peterson Rig at 3 o’clock

He replaces it in the glove compartment before heading back to his post.  

8  EXT: OUTSIDE VERDI COUNTRY CLUB - NIGHT

 

Archie pulls up with a member's car. Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin are waiting for their car. Mr. Baldwin tips Archie.
 

ARCHIE:
(Accepts the tip)

Thank you, Sir.
You and Mrs. Baldwin enjoy
the rest of your evening.

 

Mr. Baldwin walks around and gets in car

Archie helps Mrs Baldwin into car

 

ARCHIE: 

    Good night, Mrs. Baldwin.

 

The car drives away

Michael and Lola are seen entering the club.

 
 

9 INT: VERDI CLUB - NIGHT

 

Jack is at the bar. The bartender sits a drink in front of him. Michael and Lola enter the bar.

JACK:

Michael, over here

 

He waves and watches as Michael and Lola approach, smiling

                                     JACK:

Who's this scrumptious woman

 you have with you tonight?

                       

Lola flashes her sunniest smile in his direction.

 

LOLA:

Mr. Tadwell, you say the nicest things. 

 

JACK:

Call me Jack. Mr. Tadwell was my father.

 

 He laughs, a deep belly laugh, amused at himself. 

JACK:

My daddy started the business,

 but I made it what it is today.

 

LOLA:

You've done an excellent job, too. 

 

JACK:

Michael, your wife knows the perfect

 things to say. If she keeps talking that way,

 you might have yourself a promotion.

 

Michael gives Lola a squeeze, smiling.

Teri approaches arm in arm with Phil

Colette trails behind them

 

                                                                                               TERI:

Hello, Michael and Lola. Look who

I found on the way back from the powder room.

 

Everyone exchanges greetings and drinks are ordered.

Hostess approaches the Tadwell party.

 

                                                                                        HOSTESS:

       Mr. Tadwell, your table is ready whenever

you are, Sir.

 

As the group proceeds to the private dining room, Jack makes a quick stop at Chandler Hershey’s table before following them. 

 

10 INT: VERDI CLUB PRIVATE DINING ROOM - NIGHT

 

COLETTE spins around, oohing and aahing at the room

Like a kid in a candy shop.

 

COLETTE:

Oh my, I have never seen a place like this

 

Chuckling at her enthusiasm, Jack strolls over to her side. 

                                                                                        JACK:

You better get used to this kind of living 

if your husband becomes Senior Vice President.

 

COLETTE:

Oh, this is a fairytale, Mr. Tadwell.

 

JACK:

Jack, call me Jack.

 

 He pats her hand as Colette continues to drink in the opulent room and its furnishings. 

 

JACK:

Excuse me a moment, Colette. 

I need to speak to the maitre d' about our menu.

 

As he disappears from the room, Lola joins Colette.

Jack can be seen exchanging words with another man just outside the doorway and accepting an envelope which he slips into his suit jacket.

 

                       

                    LOLA:                   

                                                                          This is awesome, isn't it?

 

                                                                                   COLETTE:

I've never seen anything like it before. 

Those leather chairs belong in a library.

 

LOLA:

Jack Tadwell believes in the finer 

things in life, that's for sure.

 

Laughter explodes from across the room.

Teri plants a kiss on Phil’s cheek and then Michael’s.

Jack approaches the group

 

                                                                                           JACK

I see you have kept the guys

 pleasantly entertained while I was gone.

 

Jack’s voice is pleasant but his eyes glare at Teri

 

Shall we all sit down? 

Dinner is about to be served.

 

 

11 INT. VERDI COUNTRY CLUB - NIGHT

          OUTSIDE COAT ROOM

 

Jack and Teri approach Michael and Lola.

 

JACK

Michael, may I have a word 

with you before you leave?

 

MICHAEL:

Sure thing, Jack

Whispering in Lola's ear

                                                                                      MICHAEL:

I'll be right back. 

Jack wants to speak to me alone.

 

LOLA mouths "good luck" and gently squeezes his arm.

The two men step aside leaving Lola and Teri standing together in the foyer. 


LOLA

Thank you for inviting us tonight, Teri. 

I had a marvelous time.

 

TERI

Jack likes to show off whenever he can. 

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

 

They both stand, nervously awaiting their husbands' return.

LOLA
(relieved)

Here they come

 

JACK AND MICHAEL return laughing

 

                                                                                           JACK

Sorry to keep you ladies waiting,

 but when business calls, men must answer.

 

LOLA

No problem. I completely understand.

 

Lola wraps her arm around Michael’s, snuggling a little closer to him.   

JACK

Good little wife you got there, Michael. 

My wife, on the other hand, 

can't understand why I can't 

play when I have work to do.

 

Jack pulls Teri closer to him, but her body doesn’t relax

                                                                                         TERI

I understand. 

I just manage to amuse myself in other ways.

 

 She smiles directly into her husband's face

 

Everyone says goodnight for the second time and head for their cars.

 

12 EXT: VERDI COUNTRY CLUB - NIGHT

 

Waiting for the Valet to bring their car.

 

LOLA:

Okay, don’t be coy. What did Jack want?

 

MICHAEL

Hmmm...nothing special.

 

LOLA

Right, he pulled you away for nothing special.

 

She rolls her eyes, playfully poking at him. 

 

LOLA

Did he say anything about the promotion?

 

MICHAEL

He suggested we meet tomorrow 

for lunch to talk about it.

 

Michael grins and squeezes Lola 

 

MICHAEL

Babe, we're going to be living 

the good life real soon.

 

LOLA

I am so happy for you.

 

She leans over and kisses his cheek. 

 

You really deserve this promotion.

 

MICHAEL

Well, I don't have it yet. 

He said we were going to talk.

 But it sure sounds promising, doesn't it?

 

LOLA

It sounds wonderful.

 

Cuddling closer to him, she purrs.

Valet returns with their car.

 

LOLA

Let's go home and celebrate.

 

MICHAEL

My motor's already running, honey. 

You don't have to ask me twice.

 

Michael and Lola walk toward the car

 

13 INT: JACK TADWELL’S CAR - NIGHT

 

TERI

What did you and Michael talk about?

 

JACK:

When?

 

TERI:

When you pulled him aside as we left.

 

JACK:

Oh, that, Just asked him to lunch

 tomorrow to discuss a few things.

 

TERI:

Are you giving him the promotion?

 

JACK:

Haven’t decided yet. Why? 

You think I should give it to Phil? 

His wife certainly deserves better.

 

TERI:

What do you mean?

 

JACK:

Give me a break! The way he drools 

every time you come near him. 

If he knows what’s good for him 

he’ll stop looking at my wife.

 

TERI:

Oh, Honey, you send chills 

up my spine with your jealousy.

Teri laughs 

JACK:

If I ever catch you cheating on me -

 

TERI:

What? Am I supposed to be shaking in fear?

 

Jack pulls into the driveway, shuts off the car and turns toward Teri.

 

                                                                                      JACK

You are Teri Tadwell and you will 

stay that way until I say otherwise. 

Do I make myself clear?

 

Not waiting for an answer, Jack gets out of the car, slams the door and goes into the house.

Seething with anger, Teri starts to cry

               

TERI:

I am nobody’s property, Jack Tadwell.

 

She sobs into her hands

TERI - conts

You're going to pay for your arrogance 

someday. Just wait and see.

Author Notes This is the third chapter of a movie script I have written about the rise and fall of a powerful man and how he abuses and uses those who cross his path. On the surface, Jack Tadwell appears to be a successful business man and ex-Senator, but what really lies beneath the surface?


Chapter 4
Behind the Scene Secrets

By Begin Again

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of violence.
Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of language.













14 EXT: VERDI COUNTRY CLUB - NIGHT

                  

Archie sees Chandler Hershey Leaving the club and speaks to him.

ARCHIE:

                                                         Mr. Hershey, Short evening tonight, sir? 

                                                                   (Not waiting for a reply)

                                                        Got your car parked right over here, Sir.

 

CHANDLER:

                                                                                      Thank you.

 

Chandler sees his vehicle parked to the side. He looks up at the sky and admires the brilliant what he sees.

I’ve enjoyed my dinner, 

had a few drinks, and now I am 

going to take a quiet moonlight 

drive back to River Town.

 

ARCHIE:

No company tonight Sir? 

Beautiful night to share that moon.

 

Chandler Hershey laughs.

 

CHANDLER:

Not tonight, Archie.
I’ve got some big business to attend
to tomorrow. Got to be alert.


 

                                                                                                                  ARCHIE:

Watch your speed. 

Word has it that there’s been an accident 

out on I-39. I think they said it 

was a Peterson Rig. Probably won’t 

have it cleared up till after 3 o’clock.

 

CHANDLER HERSHEY 

           Thanks for the info, Archie.

 

Chandler slips Archie a fifty dollar tip and walks to his car. He gets in and drives away.    

       

CHARLIE - ANOTHER VALET STANDING NEAR-BY

 

CHARLIE:

I didn’t hear anything about an accident out on I-39.

 

ARCHIE:

Neither did I

 

CHARLIE:

LOOKING CONFUSED

But.. but you just told Mr. Hershey 

to watch out for the big truck accident 

on I-39. What was that all about then?

 

ARCHIE LAUGHS

 

ARCHIE

Hey newbie, first lesson of Valeting 101…

When the customer tips you $50 bucks,

 you make small talk, make them 

feel important. Act like I care 

about his safety. He feels good….

 

Archie waves the tip at Charlie.


Archie and Charlie laugh together.

 

15 INT: HERSHEY’S BAR AND GRILL OFFICE - NIGHT

             

Chandler Hershey dials a telephone number

An unknown voice answers:

                                                                                            Hello

 

                                                                                      CHANDLER:

Tonight. 65 and 39. Peterson Rig at 3am.

              

The phone goes dead.

 

CHANDLER pours himself a drink and stares out the window at the full moon.

   

 

16 EXT - TRUCK HEIST ON ROAD OUTSIDE OF TOWN - NIGHT

       

A tree branch lies across the road. A van is hidden on the side of the road. Two men (Hank and Miquel) are sitting in the van, watching and waiting. The men begin to talk.

HANK:

                                                                      Quit your fidgeting, kid.
                                                                 It’ll all be over in a few minutes.

 

MIQUEL:

                                                                  I don’t know about this, Hank.
                                                             Stealing wallets or even parked cars
                                                                         is one thing. But this…

 

HANK:

                                                                      This is easier. Like taking candy
                                                                    from a baby. Just you, me and the driver
                                                                              - nobody else around
.

 

MIQUEL:

                                                                           What if he’s got a gun?
                                                                           What if he shoots at us?

 

HANK:

                                                                Been watching too many gangster movies, kid.
                                                               This guy wants to get home tonight in one piece too.
                                                                  He’s going to let us grab the stuff and it’s done.

   

Lights from the cargo van can be seen approaching. Hank opens the van door and starts to get out.LIGHTS FROM

HANK:

                                                                         Come on, kid. Let’s do this.

 

Miquel climbs out of the van. Hank removes the gun from his waistband before moving around the van to Miquel..

 

17 EXT. - CARGO VAN - NIGHT

 

The driver of the cargo truck is singing along with a song on the radio. He sees the tree branch across the road and slams on the brakes

DRIVER:

    What the hell? Come on - 

I don’t need this shit!

 

The driver climbs out of the van and walks toward the tree. Hank and Miquel are crouched in tall weeds along the road. The driver tugs on the tree branches trying to move it out of his way.

Hank and Miquel move out of the weeds and rush towards the driver. Hank points his gun at the driver and begins to yell at him.

HANK:

                                                                          Get your hands in the air.

 

Surprised, the driver spins around to face Hank. Miquel moves toward the back of the cargo van. The shaken driver tries to talk to Hank.

 

DRIVER:

                                                                       Man, I don’t want no trouble. 

 

HANK:

    Just shut up.

 

DRIVER:

                                                          Why you doin’ this, man? I’m just doin’ a job.

 

HANK:

                                                                                        Me too!

 

DRIVER:

It’s not worth it, man.

 

Miquel starts carrying boxes to their van. He keeps  glancing nervously  toward Hank and the driver. Hank yells at Miquel.

HANK:

   Make it quick.

 

MIQUEL:

   I am … It’s dark out here.

 

DRIVER:

   You got some cojones, man. 

 

HANK:

   Told you to shut up. Get down on your knees.

 

Driver stands in the road, looking at Hank.

 

DRIVER:

You don’t have to do this. 

Please, man! Just grab what you 

came for and get out of here.    

 

Hank yells at him.

 

HANK:

                                                                Turn around. Get down on the ground. NOW!

 

The driver starts to turn around. He pulls a gun and fires at Hank. Hank falls to the ground, but manages to fire his gun too. The driver falls to the ground.

 

Miquel runs from the back of the van into the road, hysterically screaming. He sees both men are bleeding profusely.

MIQUEL:

  Dios Mio! Dios Mio! 

 

Neither Hank nor the Driver are moving.

Miquel runs to Hank, then to the Driver and then back to Hank

MIQUEL:

   Hank, oh my God, Hank, talk to me.

 

Neither Hank nor the driver are moving. Miquel shivers when he sees all the blood everywhere.

 

MIQUEL looks up and down the road, spinning and grabbing his head like he’s lost his mind

 

MIQUEL runs to the back of the van, slams the door, and jumps into the van. The keys are still in the ignition.

MIQUEL starts the van and races out of there.

 

18 INT: HERSHEY’S BAR AND GRILL- BACK OFFICE  - NIGHT

 

Chandler Hershey is on the phone.

CHANDLER: 

(into phone)

You heard from Hank? 

 

VICTOR (HERSHEY’S #1 HITMAN) is on the other end of the line.

VICTOR: 

Nothing on my end, Boss.

 

HERSHEY: 

Expected him and that kid back here 2 hours ago.

 

VICTOR: 

Sure not like Hank to be late.

 

HERSHEY: 

Find him!

 

VICTOR: 

On it already Boss. SPIKE’S cruising the bars,
seeing if there's any talk around town.

 

HERSHEY: 

How about your connections over at Police Headquarters?

 

VICTOR: 

Sent FRANKIE by to see his latest sweetheart.
She’s at the front desk. She might have
heard if anything went down.

 

HERSHEY: 

Keep on it!

 

VICTOR: 

You got it, Boss.

 

THE CALL ENDS.

 

19 EXT. - OUTSIDE RIVER TOWN POLICE HEADQUARTERS -                     NIGHT

 

MARY ELLEN (Front Desk Operator) smokes a cigarette just down the street from Headquarters.

FRANKIE, carrying a rose, gets out of his car and walks over to Mary Ellen.

FRANKIE: 

Those will kill you, Babe.

 

MARY ELLEN: 

Frankie, what are you doing here? 

 

MARY ELLEN surveys the whole block, up and down, especially towards the front of Police Headquarters.

FRANKIE leans against his car..

 

FRANKIE: 

Brought a rose for you, Babe.

Thought you’d be happy to see me.

 

Mary Ellen puts out her cigarette. 

 

MARY ELLEN:

 I am. I am, but -

 

Frankie plants a kiss on Mary Ellen's lips.

 

MARY ELLEN: 

Stop!

 

FRANKIE: 

What’s the matter? Last night you didn’t
have no problem with me kissing those pretty little lips.

 

MARY ELLEN: 

Last night was different.
Tonight the whole place is in an uproar.
 

 

FRANKIE: 

Why? Nuttin’ ever happens in this backwoods town.

 

MARY ELLEN: 

Well, something’s happening tonight.
I heard Sheriff Tolliver ordering some officers
to get out to Mason Road. Ramon needed back-up.

 

FRANKIE: 

What else did Tolliver say?

 

MARY ELLEN: 

I don’t know. He shut the door.
But those guys sure took off
out of town towards Montgomery
.

 

MARY ELLEN: 

I gotta get back inside, Frankie.

 

She gives Frankie a quick kiss and runs down the street. Frankie looks at the rose still in his hand, tosses it in the bushes and starts for his car.

An ambulance speeds by, sirens blaring, lights flashing. Frankie watches for a second and then gets in his car.

 

20 EXT. INSIDE FRANKIE’S CAR - NIGHT

 

FRANKIE calls Victor. Victor answers his cell.

VICTOR: 

Yeah?

 

FRANKIE: 

Got some hot info.

 

VICTOR: 

Spit it out! You waiting for an engraved invitation?

 

FRANKIE

Lots of excitement down at the station.
Officer called in for back up
. Several squad cars and the ambulance
blazing out of town toward Montgomery.

 

VICTOR: 

Nice work, Frankie. Get your ass back to the shop,
but make sure nobody sees you.

 

FRANKIE: 

                                                                                    On my way!

 

FRANKIE hangs up and makes another call.

                                                                                 FRANKIE:

                                                                                Problems?

 

                                                                     VOICE AT the OTHER END 

                                                                   Some unexpected excitement.

                                                                     Just watch yourself, okay?

 

                                                                                      FRANKIE

I’m good at this end

                     

 

FRANKIE hangs up and pulls his car away from the curb.

 

21 INT: AN OLD WAREHOUSE - NIGHT

 

VICTOR calls Chandler Hershey.

CHANDLER answers.

VICTOR: 

Boss, think we got something and it ain’t good.
I’m leaving the warehouse and be there in 5 minutes.

 

CHANDLER: 

For God’s sake, tell me.

 

VICTOR: 

Somethin’ big is goin’ down on Mason Road.
Tolliver’s got half his force headed out there.

 

CHANDLER: 

Mason Road! Shit! Any word from Hank?

 

VICTOR: 

Nothing yet. 

 

VICTOR waits a second to see if Chandler is going to say anything else than he begins to speak again.

 

VICTOR: 

I’m headed over now.

THE CALL ENDS.

 


Chapter 5
The Pot Begins To Boil

By Begin Again




22 INT. - POLICE HEADQUARTERS - DAY

A Crowded room filled with police, reporters and townspeople. Sheriff Tolliver is standing at the podium. He raises his hand for silence.

SHERIFF TOLLIVER
This is not going to be a question
and answer press conference.

Several reporters call out questions anyhow. Others in the room moan with disappointment.

SHERIFF TOLLIVER
Quiet, please. I will issue a statement
for now and that is all.

Sheriff waits for the noise to subside.

SHERIFF TOLLIVER
At 3:46 this morning. Officer Ramon Downing,
while patrolling on Mason Road, came
across a crime scene. After a quick survey of
the scene, he called in for back-up.

Reporters start yelling out questions again. The Sheriff raises his hand for silence and begins speaking once again.

SHERIFF TOLLIVER
At this point in time, this appears
to be a robbery. Two unidentified men
were found dead at the scene. Tire marks
lead us to believe another vehicle and
person or persons were involved. No further
information will be released until our team
has time to complete their investigation.

The Sheriff walks away from the podium and leaves the room. Reporters keep yelling out questions which are ignored.


23 INT: CHANDLER HERSHEY'S OFFICE - DAY

Chandler stands near a window, staring outside. Victor and Spike are standing by the office desk.

CHANDLER:
Victor, you're positive no one
can connect Hank to us?

VICTOR:
His place was outside Montgomery, Boss.
He never came into River Town except
making late night deliveries.

CHANDLER:
And the kid?

SPIKE:
Some Punk that hung out with Hank.
No record or anything. Just a wanna-be.


CHANDLER:
This wanna-be has my drugs. Find him!


24 EXT. - DILAPIDATED BARN OUTSIDE OF TOWN - DAY

Officer Ramon has located a stolen van inside the dilapidated barn.
Sergeant Seth Barberry has arrived as backup.

SETH:
What you got, Ramon?

RAMON:
Blood everywhere. Looks like someone
really took a beating. Van was reported
stolen out of Aurora, Illinois 2 months ago.
Plates are from a vehicle in Wisconsin. Vans empty.

SETH:
What about these tracks?
Looks like more than one set.
A lot of activity for this place.
Gang War or a double cross?

RAMON:
Crime lab hasn't confirmed yet,
but it appears as if this set of tire
tracks were made during those rainy
day we had and the other set was made
after the ground was starting to dry up.
None of them match the van.




SETH:
So hypothetically, the first set found
the van and it's driver. But how? It's
not visible from the highway.

RAMON:
I only found it because a farmer told me that a few nights ago his cows were kicking up a raucous. When he went out to check, he thought he saw lights over this direction. Said it was odd because nobody lives here. So I took a shot and checked it out.

SETH:
All the blood suggests somebody took a beating but we don't have a body. Then there's the other set of tracks.


RAMON:
Maybe this van was mixed up with that mess out on Mason Road. We should be able to compare tire tracks.

SETH:
So this possibly is the vehicle used in the heist, but we still have no drugs, no suspects and possibly another body somewhere.

RAMON:
That's how I see it for now.

SETH:
Just keep on checking things out, Ramon.
Someday they gotta slip up.

RAMON:
Maybe it's about time to call in
reinforcements. It's bigger than anything
our small town has ever seen, that's for sure.

SETH:
You might be right!
I have a friend in the FBI.
Just might give him a call.


25 INT: CHARLESTON CORRECTIONAL FACILITY - DAY
MAIL CALL

Maggie and Jenna sit patiently awaiting their names.


Prison guard:
Jenna Piper

Jenna walks toward the guard.
Cat whistles and off colored remarks are shouted out.
The guard thrusts a large opened box at Jenna
Jenna takes it and returns to the table.

MAGGIE: (whispers)
Hey, girl, is it Christmas?

JENNA:
I don't think so,
but I have no idea what it is.

MAGGIE:
Is there a return address?

JENNA:
Don't see anything.

Alarm rings
PRISON GUARD:
Okay, single file, ladies.
Return to home sweet home.

MAGGIE AND JENNA walk towards the door with the box.


26 INT: CHARLESTON CORRECTIONAL FACILITY -DAY
Prison Hallway

Whispering grows louder (like buzzing bees) as Maggie and Jenna walk
Prisoner trips Jenna
The box spills on the floor
Shampoo, soaps, colognes, lotions spill out
Prisoners scramble for it
Guard blows whistle

PRISON GUARD:
On your feet and in your cells ...NOW!

Maggie grabs the box.
MAGGIE AND JENNA scramble into their cell as door closes.


27 INT: CHARLESTON CORRECTIONAL FACILITY -DAY
Maggie and Jenna's cell

Jenna is shaking violently on the bunk
Maggie has her arm wrapped around Jenna
The box is on the floor
Jenna brushes away her tears

PRISONER 1
Oh Jenna...pretty little Jenna, don't cry
Booooo Hoooo!
Chorus of mimics crying

PRISONER 2
Nice of your Senator to send us gifts


Raucous laughter fills the hallway.


MAGGIE:
Did the Senator send you this stuff?

JENNA:
Hell, I have no idea where it came from!

JENNA picks up the box and looks inside
She pulls out an envelope and recognizes the writing
Jenna's head jerks up and looks at Maggie

JENNA
How did they know?

MAGGIE:
Some of the women spend time with the guards.
Special favors beget special privileges.
A government courier with a box...
news would travel fast.

JENNA:
I haven't spoken with him since my arrest.
Why send me this now?

MAGGIE:
Guilty conscience, maybe?
Worried you might have a secret and tell someone.

JENNA
Secret? What do you mean?


MAGGIE:
I've never pried into your life.
You said you're innocent
and I believe you, but why
would he send you this?

JENNA:
I am innocent!

PRISONER 1
We're all innocent, honey!

CHORUS OF I'M INNOCENT...I'M INNOCENT
Loud laughter fills the hallway.
JENNA kicks the box across the cell.

JENNA:
I didn't kill anyone. I couldn't!
I don't have any secrets.

JENNA turns her head away from Maggie. The letter slips from her hand and she quickly retrieves it.

MAGGIE:
You going to read it?

Jenna opens the letter and begins to read......

Dear Jenna

I hope this letter finds you doing well under the circumstances. Angelina packed you a few necessities that she thought you might be able to use and had a courier drop them off at the prison. Of course, I couldn't possibly do it myself. You understand how dangerous that could be to my career, don't you?

Do you remember Senator Barbara Chrisham? She's invited my new wife and me to cruise the Mediterranean for a couple of months on her luxurious yacht. Thought I might need some fresh air and peace from the publicity.

By the way, your mother's care is continuing for now. I trust you know what I mean.

Hope life isn't too unbearable for you.


Jenna crumbles the letter and tosses it across the room.

JENNA:
Bastard!

Jenna begins to cry uncontrollably as Maggie holds her.

28 INT: CHARLESTON CORRECTIONAL FACILITY - DAY
LUNCH ROOM

MAGGIE AND JENNA are eating lunch away from the others.

JENNA:
Maggie, you're my only friend.
I couldn't have survived
in here without you.

MAGGIE:
Chickee, I told you from day one
That you needed someone to watch
your back. That was me!

JENNA:
I lied to you and I'm sorry. I do have
A terrible secret.


MAGGIE:
Do you want to share it?

JENNA:
I DO! But you can't tell anyone!

MAGGIE:
Please don't tell me you that you
killed the Senator's wife.

JENNA:
No, of course I didn't.

MAGGIE:
Well, spit it out!

JENNA:
It's not easy. I believed Jack
when he said he'd protect me
and that everything would be okay
if I did what he asked. We were in love.

MAGGIE:
In love? You and the Senator?

JENNA:
We spent romantic evenings
and weekends at his beach house.
He treated me like a Princess.

MAGGIE:
(tongue in cheek)
Oh, please tell me more.....


JENNA:
I know I was stupid. I believed
every word he said. I promised him
I would never tell a single sole
because it would ruin his career.

MAGGIE:
Doesn't say much for the guy.
You living in this hell hole and
he just now sends a token gift.
What an ass!

JENNA:
My mom is very ill. She's in a nursing home.
My lawyer told me it didn't look good
at trial. She said that Jack was going
to pay the $1000 a week payment
to care for her until
he could get me out of here.
He said it would only be a short time.

MAGGIE:
While he lived fancy free.
Not to mention that new trophy
that hangs on his arm.
So much for loving you!

JENNA:
I have no idea why Angelina lied.
I was at the beach house and Jack
joined me after a meeting he had in town.
He begged me not to tell anyone.
Said it wouldn't make any difference
and it would ruin his career.



MAGGIE:
Jenna, don't you understand that
you could be free if you told someone.
He lied! Tell your lawyer or someone else you trust.

JENNA:
I did! I told you. I have to think
of my Mom and what she needs.

Alarm rings

PRISON GUARD:
Okay, lets go ladies. Lunch is over. Move it!

Everyone begins to file out. Maggie and Jenna are near the end of the line.


29 INT: CHARLESTON CORRECTIONAL FACILITY - DAY
LAUNDRY ROOM

Maggie and Jenna are in line, headed to their cell.
The laundry room door swings open.
Two amazon women grab Maggie and Jenna from behind
and drag them into the laundry room.

AMAZON WOMAN #1
The Senator sends his love

A shank penetrates Jenna's back numerous times
The amazon woman laughs hysterically
Maggie struggles with Amazon Woman #2
A shank is stabbed into Maggie
The women disappear
Maggie lays motionless on the floor, covered in blood
Jenna, struggles to breath, as she tries to reach the shank.
Covered in blood, she slips into unconsciousness.


30 INT: CHARLESTON UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER: DAY
JENNA'S HOSPITAL ROOM

Two officers stand outside the doorway
A nurse adjusts Jenna's IV
Maggie sits next to Jenna's bed, holding her hand
Jenna slowly opens her eyes

MAGGIE:
Welcome back, my little chickee

JENNA
(struggles to talk)
Thank God! You're alive.
Are we in the infirmary?

MAGGIE:
Naw...we went big time, you and me.
Ended up in the Charleston University
Medical Center. While you've been getting
your beauty sleep, I've been dining
on real food...no prison food.

Maggie laughs and squeezes Jenna's hand.

A man in a suit steps closer to Jenna's bed.


MAGGIE:
Jenna, this is a friend of mine.

Jenna stares at the man and then at Maggie.

JENNA:
A friend of yours?

TONY extends his hand out to Jenna
TONY:
Hi, Jenna. I'm Tony Saladino
and I work for the FBI.


JENNA:
Is this a joke?

TONY:
Most definitely not.
I'm here to help you and
I hope you can help me too.

JENNA:
Maggie, what's he talking about?
Why would the FBI
care about us getting
shanked by some prisoners?

MAGGIE:
Jenna, I've been undercover.

JENNA:
Undercover? But you've been
in prison with me.


MAGGIE:
Someone in Washington, who shall remain
nameless, believed your story
and after a little pressure,
my boss allowed me to become
your cellmate to protect you
which didn't work out so well.

TONY:
The FBI has reason to suspect the Senator
is dealing with some unsavory
characters but we can't pin
anything on him. When his wife
was murdered, Maggie had a hunch
he was behind it. You just
didn't fit the profile.
Unfortunately, you wouldn't talk either.

JENNA:
You're FBI? You went to prison for me?
Oh my God, you almost got killed.

MAGGIE:
It's okay. I made that choice
and I'm glad I did.

JENNA:
Did you arrest Jack? Is he in jail?

TONY:
Not yet! We're working on another
case that involves Jack
and we'd like to wrap it all up
in one big package.


MAGGIE:
Don't you worry about anything, Jenna.
We have your Mom in a wonderful facility
with around the clock protection.
Now, you need to rest and get better
while Tony and I go fight the bad guys.
Your Senator is going to pay for what he did to you.

Author Notes Sorry if this is posted incorrectly...having trouble with the posting and it isn't allowing me to edit.I've tried advance editing which refuses to even allow me to save it or post it. This is basic but not how I wanted it to appear. I will continue trying to take it down and correct. My apologies. Thanks for taking the time to read.


Chapter 6
The Plot Thickens in River Town

By Begin Again

Tony Riselli and Maggie Sanchez have returned to River Town, undercover, to try and get a handle on the drug heists and find a connection between Jack Tadwell and the people handling the drugs at this end.

Jackie Saladino had returned to River Town from the eastern seaboard. Her father, Joe Saladino, and her brother, Cardinal James Saladino are surprised by her return. Her father is pleased, but James considers her visit an unnecessary distraction.

Sargent Seth Barberry is a long-time friend of Tony Riselli and hopes that they can collaborate on the on-going case and find some answers and stop the crime.

Jack Tadwell and Chandler Hershey, childhood friends and now business partners, believe they are in total control of their new adventure and have made plans to expand the operation to Mexico.

Cardinal James is not what he appears to be at first glance. He enjoys the finer things in life and believes his power as a Cardinal will shield him from his shortcomings.

Manny is the owner of a restaurant, casino, and private rooms which Cardinal James likes to frequent.


31 EXT - ST. ANTHONY'S CATHEDRAL SUNDAY MORNING

CARDINAL JAMES stands in the church door speaking to the congregation as they file out of the church. They shake hands and share a few words.

PARISHIONER 1.
Nice service, Father

HE moves away.

PARISHIONER 2.
Peace be with you

SHE waves at someone in the crowd and walks toward them..

PARISHIONER 3
Good Morning, Father.Tell your Dad thanks for his generous donation to the charity drive. We are always pleased we can count on your family in our time of need.

JAMES:
You can always count on Dad. I'll tell him I spoke with you this morning. Have a blessed day.

PARISHIONER 3 walks down the church steps.

SETH (SERGEANT SETH BARBARY WITH RIVER TOWN POLICE)
Good Morning, Your Eminence. Beautiful day.

JAMES:
Good morning, SETH, nice to see you. Hope the criminals aren't keeping you too busy.

SETH:
Unfortunately, there was another heist out on I-90 last night. Makes 6 unexplained high profile robberies in the area. Without a clue.

JAMES:
I'll pray for you and your men. May the Lord keep you safe.

CARDINAL JAMES shakes hands with Seth before turning to the next parishioner. SETH walks away.


32 INT: RECTORY OFFICE - DAY

James enters his office, hangs up his robe and sits at the desk. He picks up the phone and makes a call.

JAMES:
(Voice full of irritation)
Dad...You gave another check to the Refuge Mission! I had to hear it from a parishioner....

JOSEPH:
(Joseph Saladino - father to James and Jackie)

Good morning to you too, Son. Always nice to hear from you on a beautiful Sunday morning.


JAMES:
How many times do we have to have this conversation? You can't just keep handing out money to everyone that asks.

JOSEPH:
I can and I will, James. By the way, have you spoken to your sister lately?

JAMES:
No, Dad, I haven't. I've been kind of busy. After all, I am the Cardinal now. I have important things to attend to.

JOSEPH:
Hmmmm...yes, yes you do. Does that include the back room at Manny's Club? Were you trying to get the town gamblers and Manny's girls to repent their ways?

JAMES:
You checking up on me, Dad? If you must know, I was there trying to drum up support for the new rectory...after all, that's where most of the town's money hangs out.


JOSEPH:
The rectory, huh? Well, rumor has it you were involved in a high stakes poker game. Hope you played your cards right, son.

JAMES:
Who the hell is spying on me? Dr. Allen? Didn't even think he noticed me with all those girls hanging all over him, serving him Scotch on the rocks. Drunken old fool!

JOSEPH:
He did stop by yesterday, making sure I was keeping up with my meds. He wasn't spying. Just mentioned he was surprised to see you there. After all, James, you are a pillar of the church.

JAMES:
Gotta go! You tell your friend to mind his own business, okay? And Dad, stop writing checks!

JOSEPH:
Thanks for calling, James. Oh yeah, your sister is coming home. Bye!

Joseph hangs up the phone. Puzzled by his son's behavior..

JAMES:
(slams down the phone, cursing under his breath)



JAMES:
Great.... Just what I needed...My "I studied at Harvard Law" sister to be snooping around too!


33 INT: SETH BARBERRY'S PRIVATE OFFICE

Seth is on the telephone

SETH:
Glad to know, your team is already
working in the area.

VOICE ON PHONE
Wish I could have told you earlier,
but this undercover stuff can get sticky.

SETH
Yeah, just feel better knowing you're
out there. This case is bigger than
River Town.

VOICE ON THE PHONE
Hang in there. See you soon.

Seth hangs up the phone.
Inhales and then exhales loudly


34 INT: MANNY'S NIGHT CLUB - NIGHT
A PRIVATE ROOM

JAMES knocks on the door.
ROSE (A CLUB HOSTESS) opens the door. She stands right inside the room.
JAMES stands in the hallway.

ROSE:
Father, I really appreciate you offering to pick up these donations.

JAMES:
Looks up and down the hallway before answering Rose.

I'm here anyways, Rose. Glad I could help.

JAMES steps inside her room and quickly closes the door.


35 ENT: MANNY'S NIGHT CLUB - NIGHT
MANNY'S OFFICE

CARDINAL JAMES AND MANNY are engaged in a conversation.

MANNY:
(Standing behind his desk)

Your Eminence, can I pour you a drink?

JAMES:
(Sitting in a chair)

Make it a double!

MANNY:
Seems Lady Luck nor God were with you tonight.

Manny takes two glasses from the cabinet and pours two drinks. He hands one to the Cardinal.

JAMES:
Accepting the highball glass from Manny

I've had better nights. But you know I'm good for it.

MANNY:
(swirls the whiskey in his glass)

My people tell me you are into us for 120 big ones. I wasn't aware that your salary as Cardinal had increased so much. Did your father up your trust fund?

(Manny takes a swallow of his drink)

MANNY
Or is your little kick back game in the confessional gaining that much ground? Save the fallen so to speak. Profiting from your flock.

JAMES:
(Jumps out of his chair, angry)

How dare you! You forget who you're talking to, Manny. I could have your place shut down anytime I choose. One word in the right ear...

Manny laughs

MANNY:
James, you're in over your head. Word has it that you have taken up a new hobby. Chandler Hershey doesn't play by the same rules. He's not your friend.


JAMES:
You're crazy! I have no idea what you're talking about.

James takes a big swallow of his drink and sets the glass on Manny's desk.

JAMES:
Don't you worry about me! I don't need you!

Manny walks across the room towards the office door.

MANNY:
Choose your words carefully, Your Eminence. And your friends...

Manny opens the office door and James storms out

MANNY:
Good night!

36. EXT. - Carpenters Place Parking Lot - Day

Jackie is unloading boxes of clothing, household etc
from her car. A man (Tony Riselli) exits the building and walks towards Jackie.

TONY:
Here..let me help you with those boxes. Looks like you've got a car load.


JACKIE:
Thank you. You're very kind. My dad lives alone. The house was in need of a good cleaning and what better place than the charity drive.

TONY:(carrying another box)
Who's your Dad? Not being nosey or anything, but I've lived here all my life except for a few years I recently spent out East. I think I would have noticed you around town.

37 INT: INSIDE CARPENTER'S PLACE (RESCUE MISSION) - DAY

JACKIE:
(Sits her boxes on the table and extends her hand to Tony)
I'm Jackie...

TONY sits the boxes he is carrying on the table and shakes her hand.

TONY:
Pleased to meet you, Jackie. I am Anthony...Anthony Riselli. My friends call me Tony. And do you have a last name?

JACKIE: (chuckling)
Of course...Jacqueline Saladino and my friends call me Jackie. My father is Joseph Saladino and my brother James is better known as the Cardinal.

TONY
Cardinal Saladino.....at St. Anthony's Cathedral?

JACKIE:
Yes, that's the one. Do you know him?

TONY:
I am familiar with who he is,
but I haven't had the pleasure
of speaking to him lately.


38 EXT. RESCUE MISSION PARKING lOT - DAY

JACKIE AND ANTHONY walk back to her car.

JACKIE:
(standing by her car)

Looks like it's empty.
Thanks for all your help.
Hope I see you around town.

Jackie closes trunk

TONY:
I can't believe we live in
this country town and
we've never met before.

JACKIE:
Oh, that's easy. My mom passed
away when I was very young
and I went out East to live
with my Aunt. You know,
a young girl with two men.



JACKIE conts
My Aunt was a lawyer and
had her own detective business.
Guess that's why I ended up going
to Harvard Law and then
Private Detective Classes afterwards.

TONY:
Wow...a real high class lawyer.
What brings you back to River Town? Visiting family?

JACKIE:
My father's health is failing.
Besides, I really missed him. The phone calls just aren't the same as an old fashioned hug from Dad.

TONY::
I know what you mean.

Tony's and Jackie's eyes meet and quickly look away as people pass by them in the parking lot.

TONY conts
Hey, I know we just met and all,
but could I maybe buy you a
cup of coffee at Meg's Cafe
across the street?

Jackie glances at her watch and then across the street at the cafe

JACKIE:
Sure, I've got time. A cup of coffee would be wonderful. Besides, it's your turn to tell me about you.


39 EXT. - ROAD OUTSIDE OF TOWN - DAY

UNMARKED POLICE CAR PULLS OVER A VAN
OFFICER RAMON EXITS HIS VEHICLE AND APPROACHES VAN

RAMON:
License and registration, please..

RAMON peers into the van and recognizes the driver.

Maggie? What the hell, girl. You sure are in a hurry this morning. Glad to see you came back home.

MAGGIE:
Thanks, I missed dad, the farm, and quiet living. But Dad's on my case for always being late. I was supposed to make this delivery to the Church early this morning. Had a flat tire and was trying to make up some time I guess.

RAMON:
Girl, you're gonna kill yourself driving like that.

MAGGIE:
I'm really sorry.


RAMON:
What you carrying that's so darn urgent to get into town?

MAGGIE:
Hell if I know. A driver dropped it off this morning and Dad loaded it in the van. Told me to hightail it into town and drop them off at the church.

(MAGGIE flashes RAMON a huge smile.)

Besides, I was hoping to steal a few minutes and stop by the garage...You know...the flat tire and all.

RAMON:
laughs before responding to Maggie

More like that new mechanic they hired last week.

MAGGIE:
Come on Ramon. Give a girl a break. I'm already going to be in trouble with Dad and if the Church calls and complains that I'm late...Well, I'm toast!

RAMON:
(hands her the license and registration)

Okay, okay.... Just keep it under the speed limit.


MAGGIE:
You're the best! Thanks...see you in town.

MAGGIE puts the van in gear and peals out of there.

Ramon shakes his head and chuckles as he watches the van disappear down the road.


40 EXT. - BACK OF CHURCH - DAY

MAGGIE starts to unload her van as Spike approaches her.

SPIKE:
You making a delivery to the church, Maggie?

MAGGIE:
(Intent on the delivery, she jumps at the sound of his voice.

You startled me, Spike. Didn't see you when I pulled in.

SPIKE:
You were driving like you were in a bit of a hurry.

MAGGIE:
Yeah, had a flat tire so I'm late. Gonna have it checked over at Frank's after this.

SPIKE:
As long as I'm here, I might as well help you unload the stuff.

MAGGIE:
That would be awesome. Thanks!

Maggie and Spike carry the boxes to the rectory door and are met by Cardinal James.

JAMES:
Good morning, Maggie. I was beginning to get worried. Your Dad said you would be here around 8. That was 2 hours ago.

MAGGIE:
Sorry, Father. That beater of Dad's is on its last legs. Had a flat tire on the way into town and then Officier Ramon pulled me over for speeding.

JAMES AND SPIKE exchange glances.
Spike goes back to the van for more boxes.

JAMES:
That doesn't sound too good.
Did he give you a ticket?

MAGGIE: (Laughs)
No, thank goodness. Just asked where I was going in such a hurry, told me to slow down, and sent me on my way

Spike sets two more boxes down as he continues to unload the van.

SPIKE:
Lucky You!...
That's the last of the boxes.
SPIKE conts
I know you're itching to get
to Frank's and the new mechanic
so what d'ya say about me
getting these boxes inside
and you can get on your way.

MAGGIE:
Huge smile on her face.

Really? You're the best, Spike.
Thanks.... See you later, Father.

Both men wave as she drives away.

41 EXT.- OLD WAREHOUSE - DAY

Victor is watching for Spike. He hurries toward the van when Spike pulls into the parking lot and climbs out of the vehicle.

VICTOR:
Where have you been?
The Boss is pacing the floor.

SPIKE:
Things didn't go quite as planned.
But I got the stuff so let's get it unloaded.

Spike opens the SUV's hatch and starts unloading the boxes into the warehouse. Victor carries the boxes as well.


42 INT: HERSHEY BAR AND GRILL OFFICE - DAY

CHANDLER places a phone call.

CHANDLER:
Shipment is complete. Distribution truck
should be in late tonight. About $350,000.

JACK:
Nice! I'll be out of town for a few days.
Meeting Amad in Mexico.
He's ready to step up our game.

CHANDLER:
Sounds great! See you when you get back.


JACK:
Right...I'm trusting you to take
care of everything on
your end.

CHANDLER
Not to worry, Boss. I'm on top of it.

JACK:
We're about to make millions, Chandler.

CHANDLER:
Small town boys made good!

They both laugh and then hang up the phone.


43 INT. JACK CHANDLER'S OFFICE - DAY

Jack places a call to Teri
Teri answers her phone.

TERI:
Hi, Sweetie!

JACK:
Where the hell have you been?

TERI:
What's your problem?

Teri holds the phone away from her ear
She glances around to see if anyone is listening

JACK:
I've got better things to do than tracking you down.

TERI:
Then why do you bother, Jack?

JACK:
Because you're my wife. So where the hell are you?

TERI:
It's Monday, Jack.

Pauses and smiles

TERI:
Every Monday at 10, I have a golf lesson which you set up.


JACK:
Oh.. of course! Got busy and it slipped my mind. I have to fly out to Mexico tonight.

Teri's face lights up with pleasure.

TERI:
When will you be back?

JACK:
I'll let you know. Probably three or four days. Leaving from the office so I need you to pack a bag and have it delivered before 5pm.

TERI:
Not even a goodbye kiss for your wife?

JACK:
I've left instructions for Tammy
to check with you daily

TERI:
Check with me? I don't need a
babysitter, Jack. I'm a big girl.

JACK:
I'll be the judge of that.
Just do what you're told.

TERI:
We really need to.....

Jack hung up the phone.

TERI:
You son of a bitch



44 INT: VERDI COUNTRY CLUB BAR - DAY

Teri strolls into the bar.
Jerry is behind the bar.

JERRY:
Looking gorgeous as ever, Teri.
How'd the lessons go today?

JERRY makes a vodka tonic and sits it in front of Teri as she slides onto the bar stool

TERI:
Chasing a little white ball
isn't my kind of fun.

Teri winks at Jerry and gives him a sexy smile
Jerry polishes the bar.

JERRY:
Way Jack talks, he keeps you pretty busy.

Teri laughs

TERI:
When Jack talks about screwing someone,
he's ripping them off and not in bed.

JERRY:
If I had a woman like you.....
well, I would prefer monkey business, for sure.

Teri slips a piece of chocolate into her mouth.

TERI:
Hey, when did they start having these chocolates at the bar?

Teri holds a small red tin with two pieces of chocolate inside.

JERRY:
Just last week. There's baskets
of them all around the club.

A foursome of golfers walk into the bar. Jerry immediately addresses them.

JERRY:
Four beers, right?

One man nods but the others ignore him and continue to a table.

JERRY: (mutters)
Self righteous jerks!

TERI:
Everyone of them, including my husband.
They'll get theirs some day.

JERRY:
Yeah, someday.


45 EXT: JAKE SANCHEZ'S FARM - EXT.

A moving truck is parked in the driveway. Jake approaches the truck as the driver climbs out and waves. The driver, Leroy, walks to the back of his moving van and swings open the rear doors.

LEROY:
Sure appreciate your help, Jake. I need to get the remainder of this load into Montgomery and River town is in the opposite direction.

JAKE
Always glad to help a neighbor out.

Maggie joins her dad and Leroy.

JAKE:
My daughter, Maggie, has an appointment
at the garage for new tires,
so she will be happy to drop
off these boxes for you.

MAGGIE:
Looking a bit puzzled
Sure, I'd be happy to help.
A trip to town is always fun.

LEROY, JAKE AND MAGGIE transfer the boxes to the van.


JAKE:
You get back on the road now
and don't worry about it a bit.
We'll take care of it.

Leroy waves and pulls out of the driveway headed for Montgomery.

MAGGIE:
Dad, not that I'm complaining
or anything, but you never
mentioned anything about new tires.
Or any appointment at the garage.

JAKE:
Must have slipped my mind.
After that last flat tire,
I thought it was about time..

Jake slaps Maggie's arm playfully.

Can't have my girl running
around the country with bald tires
now, can I?

MAGGIE:
Where am I taking these boxes?

JAKE:
Leroy said drop them off at the Church.
It's probably donations for the charity drive.




MAGGIE:
Mighty generous people lately with all these boxes going to the church.

MAGGIE jumps into the van and heads for town.


46 INT: - CHURCH RECTORY - CARDINAL JAMES'S OFFICE - DAY

JAMES takes the last box from Maggie and sits it inside the rectory storage room on top of a stack of boxes. Maggie casually glances around the room, making notations in her mind of what she sees.

MAGGIE:
You sure have a lot of stuff in here, Father. Second delivery here this week for me.

JAMES scrutinizes Maggie and moves her toward the door.

JAMES:
Just a lot of donations for the charity drive, I guess.
People open their hearts to the Church and the mission. We are fortunate.

MAGGIE:
Lucky for River Town...

Stepping towards the exit door. Maggie comments again.

MAGGIE:
That's all the boxes so I better be on my way. Getting new tires on the van today. Bye, Father


JAMES:
Bye Maggie. Thanks again.

JAMES closes the door and secures the lock.


47 INT: MEG'S CAFE - DAY

SERGEANT SETH BARBERRY is drinking coffee with Tony Riselli.

SETH:
Another heist last night.

TONY:
It's a smooth operation. The Bureau hasn't been able to pick up on anything around town.

SETH:
Yeah, our update said there's no chatter anywhere. Somehow, some way they are pulling this off right under our noses. We look like idiots.

TONY:
They're going to slip up somewhere, Seth. Just be patient.

SETH:
Highway patrol stopped every truck out on the Interstate headed into Montgomery. Ramon
has been watching the roads coming into town. Everything keeps coming up blank.

TONY:
They're moving it somehow.
We just have to figure out how.

48 INT. ST. ANTHONY'S CATHEDRAL - DAY

James is inside the Confessional - curtain drawn)
Parishioner is sitting in confessional

JAMES:
Offer our Lord a prayer

PARISHIONER:
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong
and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you

JAMES:
God hears your prayers. He absolves you of your sins. Go now and give of your time at the mission. Peace be with you.

(Parishioner exits and another one enters)
The scent of musk drifts through the curtain and James inhales involuntarily ... He recalls recently inhaling this same scent and smiles. He makes the sign of the cross

ROSE - A PARISHIONER:
Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been a week since my last confession.

Last night I had wild sex with a very naughty, naughty man. (SHE GIGGLES)

JAMES:
My sweet child, God does not frown on the joining of man and woman when such is done mutually.

ROSE:
Oh, it was certainly mutual, Father. I can't stop thinking about it. It was truly amazing.

JAMES:
The devil lays temptation at our feet. It is our choice to accept it or pray for God's forgiveness.

ROSE:
I am struggling with my prayers, Father. Maybe you could pray with me. Bless me with your hands.
(Rose giggles again)

JAMES:
(Pulls the curtain aside)
Meet me in the rectory in fifteen minutes. We will pray together and seek satisfaction for your wrongdoings.. I absolve you of all your sins.

ROSE:
O almighty and merciful God, I truly thank thee for the forgiveness of my sins...

She giggles as she steps out, then turns and
pops her head back in and whispers

Hurry Father...

Another parishioner looks at Rose disgustedly and quickly enters the confessional.

49 INT. RECTORY STORAGE AREA - DAY

SETTING:
ROSE (SHIRT UNBUTTONED - HAIR MESSED)
JAMES (SHIRTLESS)
KISSING PASSIONATELY
KNOCK AT THE INNER CHURCH DOOR.
THEY SCRAMBLE FOR THEIR CLOTHES.

JACKIE:
KNOCKING ON DOOR
James, it's Jackie. Are you in there?
I need to speak to you.

JAMES:
Just give me a moment.
I was just changing.

Rose blows a kiss, scoots out the back door and James tucks his shirt as he unlocks the door.

JACKIE:
(pushes by him, walking into the office)
Why on earth would you need to
change your clothes, James?
Can't imagine you getting dirty.
Were you spring cleaning.?

(She notices the storage door is ajar.)



JAMES:
If you must know, I spilt a glass of red wine on my shirt at lunch today. Just felt I should change it.

JACKIE:
Give it to me. I will wash it before it stains.

JAMES:
I am perfectly capable of managing my own laundry. I don't need you mother henning around me.

By the way, what did you come her for?

JACKIE:
I need a check. I dropped several boxes off at the mission this afternoon and learned about the Charity Dance coming up. I want to present them with a check for the school.


JAMES:
A check? Money, money, money... Do you have any idea how hard it is to come by? Do you ever get those pretty little hands dirty? Of course not, you are too busy going to charity events. Is that what you did back East?

JACKIE:
I do what our father asks of me. It is his money, after all.

JAMES:
His money? You have no idea... and neither does he.

JACKIE:
Mr. Franklin attends to dad's finances and I am sure he would have told us if there was any problem.

JAMES:
Franklin...that stooge sees and does what he is told.

JACKIE:
James...that's cruel!.

JAMES:
Cruel? Do you not see how the parishioners fawn as they leave Sunday service? They love me...I raise up their spirits to believe.

JACKIE:
Believe in what, James?

JAMES:
I administer the Lord's word to all walks of life at all times of the day or night.

Enough of your nonsense...I have work to do. The Lord's work is never done...

JACKIE:
James?

JAMES:
What do you want?

JACKIE:
The check?

JAMES:
Okay, if it will get you off my back, I will have Franklin send one tomorrow.

Jackie moves toward James and hugs him....

JACKIE:
I thank you, dad thanks you and the town thanks you. Oh and James

JAMES:
What now?

JACKIE:
She points to the red lace sticking out from under his desk.

He walks through the door and slams it in Jackie's face.

Jackie listens and waits to make sure he isn't coming back. She opens the storage room and surveys its contents. Smart televisions, electronics, assorted boxes of expensive imported wine. The labels on several stacks read LANCASTER DRUGS.

JACKIE:
(SHE GASPS)
Oh my God, James.
What have you gotten yourself into?

She pulls out her cell phone and calls Tony

JACKIE:
Where are you?

TONY:
Having coffee with Seth at Meg's.

JACKIE:
Don't leave. I'm on my way.

She grabs a box, locks the storage door, and hurries out the back door.


Chapter 7
Who Is Doing What With Who?

By Begin Again

Behind the scenes action is happening everywhere. Finally, law enforcement is gaining a little information on the drug heists. While Jack Tadwell is trying to up the illegal drug business on his end, Chandler is discovering problems in the River Town operation. Teri, Jack's wife, is enjoying her freedom and has plans of her own. Colette believes she has the answers to her marriage problems.



50 EXT: ALONG THE ROAD ON I-39 - DAY

RAMON is talking on his phone near his car.


RAMON:
Seth. I've been out here all day talking to truckers. This one guy remembers seeing a moving van at the Sanchez place around 11:30 this morning. I thought that was odd.

SETH:
Wonder what that could be about? Maggie's over at Frank's place getting new tires on the van. Maybe you could casually stop by and see what you can find out. Just be careful. We have no idea who's behind this. Anyone could be listening.

RAMON:
Sure thing. I'll let you know if I learn anything.

SETH:
Right...catch you later.

Phone disconnects.

JACKIE enters the cafe carrying the box, a bit breathless after hurrying from the church.

JACKIE:
You're not going to believe this!

TONY reads the side of the box. Rises from his chair.


TONY:
Come on, Seth. We better take this conversation somewhere else.

They move towards the door.


51 INT - CHURCH RECTORY OFFICE - NIGHT

James sits at his desk, running the red lace bra through his fingers, inhaling the cologne lingering there.

SPIKE knocks on the outside rectory door.

JAMES shoves the bra into the desk drawer and then moves across the room to answer the door.

SPIKE:
Took you long enough. What ya doing in here, Father? Got one of your girly friends hanging out with you?


JAMES:
Your humor escapes me tonight, Spike.
Just get what you came for and get out.

SPIKE:
My, aren't we touchy, Your Eminence. What would your holier than thou parishioners think? If they only knew about their Cardinal. You think that title makes you a man with power?

JAMES unlocks the storage room and lets the door swing open.

JAMES:
There's your merchandise. Leave the envelope on the desk, take the stuff and get out of here.

SPIKE walks into the storage room and begins to count the boxes.


SPIKE:
In a big hurry to get rid of me tonight, aren't you Father?

Spike frowns and counts the boxes one more time.

SPIKE (calls out to the Cardinal)
Hey Father, the boss isn't going to take to messing with the merchandise too kindly. Where's the rest of the stuff?

JAMES:
What are you squawking about? The girl carried the boxes in, we put them inside and that's that.


JAMES pushes past Spike to see what he's yelling about.

JAMES
Count them again? This time use your fingers and toes and get it right.

SPIKE counts the stacks one more time.

SPIKE
You're short and the boss ain't going to like it.

JAMES starts shoving the other boxes around, searching for the missing boxes. As he looks around the room, panic starts to show on his face.

SPIKE pulls out his phone and calls his boss.

SPIKE:
You ain't gonna like this, Boss. It ain't all here. There's a box missing. There's 24, not 25.

Spike moves the phone away from his ear.
Angered, CHANDLER screams into the phone.

CHANDLER:
It better all be there. I'll kill the son of a bitch!

CHANDLER stops yelling and takes a deep breath, then speaks into the phone again.

Put him on the phone.

SPIKE hands the phone to JAMES.


CHANDLER:
What's the big idea? Where's the stuff?


JAMES:
Chandler, for God's sake I have no idea where it is.

CHANDLER:
You slimy bastard!

JAMES:
You've got to believe me. I have no idea who has it.

CHANDLER:
No one double-crosses me.



JAMES:
Why would I double-cross you? We have a lucrative arrangement and I am good with that.

James takes a deep breath, aware of where Chandler's anger could lead him.

JAMES:
It's not me! Maybe the people moving it got greedy. Maybe the other end shorted you. It wasn't me!



CHANDLER:
My guys are going to check it out. You better get on your knees and start praying, because somebody is going to pay. Bullets don't care who you are!

Give the phone to Spike.

SPIKE:
I'm here, Boss. What you want me to do?

CHANDLER:
Mess him up a bit, but not his face. Don't want anyone asking questions right now.
Just put the fear of God in him.

CHANDLER laughs at his joke.

Load the stuff and get your ass back here.

SPIKE:
My pleasure, Boss!

SPIKE hangs up the phone, slips some brass knuckles out of his pocket and moves menacingly towards the Cardinal.

JAMES:
NOOOOOOOOOO! Wait! I had nothing to do with this.

JAMES screams, SPIKE laughs and starts punching the Priest in the gut.
Leaving JAMES quivering in pain, SPIKE loads his vehicle and heads back to Hershey's.


52 INT: JACK TADWELL'S OFFICE - DAY

JACK:
(Pushes the button on the intercom system.)

Tammy, tell Baker to come to my office.

Tammy, Jack's secretary, jumps at the sound of his voice.

TAMMY:
Yes Sir, right away.

JACK:
Oh, and Tammy, send flowers to my wife.

TAMMY:
Yes, Sir!


53 INT: TAMMY'S DESK - DAY

Tammy jots a note about flowers and then buzzes Ted Baker's office.

TED:
Yes, Tammy, need something?

TAMMY:
Jack wants you in his office. Stat!

TED
Any idea what he wants?

TAMMY
Sorry, he just told me to get you now.

TED
Okay, I'm on my way.



54 INT: JACK TADWELL'S OFFICE - DAY

TED
You wanted to see me, Jack?

JACK:
Yeah, I have to fly to Mexico so I want you to meet with Michael at the Country Club this afternoon.

TED:
What exactly do you-

JACK
What I pay you for, Ted. To be my eyes and ears.
I want you to find out everything you can about him. Get him to loosen up and
tell you what he really thinks of the company and me.

TED
Yes, Sir. I could -

JACK
Reservations are at one. Did you want something else, Ted?

TED
No, Sir. I wasn't sure if you were done.


JACK
We're done.

(Jack waves his hand in dismissal.)

Just close the door on your way out.

TED
Yes, Sir.



55 INT: VERDI COUNTRY CLUB BAR - DAY

Michael stops at the entrance, glances around the bar and sees Teri. He waves at Teri and approaches her.

MICHAEL
Hi, Teri. You're looking beautiful as ever.

Teri swivels around on the barstool to face Michael.

TERI
Not as yummy as you.

( She kisses his cheek.)

What brings you here?


MICHAEL:
I'm meeting Jack. You wouldn't know if your husband has made a decision or not, would you?


TERI:
About the promotion?

Running her fingers along his shirt collar, she whispers to him.

Be nice to me, Michael, and I could always put a good word in for you.

MICHAEL
My, aren't we naughty today! You should be careful,
a man could get the wrong idea.

Michael took a step backward, leaving breathing room between them.

TERI
You haven't seen naughty yet.

Teri slides off the barstool, purposely pressing her chest against him, before stepping away.

TERI
I've got to run. Jack's going out of town today.

(Winking, Teri continues -)

I'm free for a couple of days.

MICHAEL
Stay out of trouble.

TERI
Now, what fun would that be?

Turning back toward the bar, she calls out to Jerry.

TERI
Gotta run. Put my bill on Jack's tab and make sure you add a
generous tip for yourself.

JERRY
Sure thing, Teri.

Blowing a kiss in Michael's direction, she walks away.


JERRY:
That girl sure knows how to work it, doesn't she? Can't understand why a rich man like Jack has a wandering eye.

Jerry set Michael's scotch and water in front of him and hurries off to help someone else.
Michael sips his drink and wonders about Jerry's remark.


56 INT: VERDI COUNTRY CLUB BAR - DAY

TED approaches Michael at the bar.

TED
Michael.

Michael spins around on the barstool.

MICHAEL
Ted, you caught me daydreaming, I guess.

TED
Anything I might be interested in, like the promotion.

MICHAEL
Naw, just stuff. Nothing important.


(Michael looks around the bar.)

Are you joining Jack and me for lunch?

TED
Jack's not coming. I'm the stand-in, sorry.

Ted sits down on the barstool next to Michael.

MICHAEL
No problem, Ted. I always enjoy having lunch with you.

TED
It's okay. I know how badly you want that promotion.
Jack's been playing you and Phil like puppets for weeks.

MICHAEL
You've been with the company since groundbreaking when
Jack's dad started the company, haven't you Ted?

TED
Yup, brought in the Honeywell account. Made the company twenty-three million the first year.

Ted pensively sipped his gin and tonic.

MICHAEL
Didn't it burn you when Jack took over the reins from his dad?

TED
Yeah, after his daddy donated the new Science Laboratory,
Jack miraculously graduated from Stanton College with honors.
Ran around Europe for a few years, became a Senator before
coming back to take control.

MICHAEL
Rumor says you and the senior Tadwellwere partners. How'd Jack
end up running the show, if you don't mind me asking?

TED
Back then, honest men did things with a handshake. Tom and I didn't need
anything on paper, but I guess he wasn't expecting to die of a massive heart attack either. Jack inherited the business and the rest is history.

MICHAEL
I didn't know, Ted. That had to be rough.

TED
The way I look at it, Jack will have to answer for his sins someday.
Either to God or by the hands of another man.


(Finishing off his drink, he chuckles.)

Let's go have a big lunch on Jack, shall we?

MICHAEL
Heard the crab cakes were excellent.


The two men walk toward the dining room, laughing and talking like long, lost friends.


57 EXT: INSIDE MICHAEL'S CAR AT THE CLUB

Michael gets into his car and sees an envelope lying on the seat. He picks it up and smells the perfume. He opens the envelope and reads the note.

MICHAEL
Whoa, baby! This can't be real, can it?

Puts the car in gear and drives off, smiling.


58 INT: TED BAKER'S OFFICE - DAY

JACK is standing in front of Ted. Tammy is standing, frozen, outside the office door as she hears Jack and Ted arguing.


JACK
I'm running a business, Ted. If you are getting too soft for this stuff,
maybe it's time for you to retire.

TED
Soft has nothing to do with it, Jack. Your dad would never have treated people like you do.
Or been involved with anything that wasn't on the up and up.

JACK
Well, the old man is dead and I'm running the show.

TED;
It's not right!

JACK:
Amad has connections around the world. Connections we need.


TED
I can't let you do this, Jack. I'll go to the stockholders or the authorities.

JACK
Don't threaten me, Ted. I can play rougher than you.

A telephone rings and Tammy rushes back to her desk to answer it.


59 INT: TAMMY'S DESK - DAY

Tammy answers the ringing telephone.

TAMMY:
Tammy speaking

VOICE ON the OTHER END OF PHONE:
Mr. Tadwell's tickets have arrived.


TAMMY
Thanks, I'll be right down to get them.

Tammy hangs up the phone and heads to the elevator. Teri exits the other elevator and heads for Jack's office pulling his suitcase.


60 Int: JACK'S OFFICE - DAY

Teri smiles when she finds the office empty. She places the suitcase by the wall.
She places a thank you note for the flowers and a candy dish on the corner of Jack's desk.
She turns and quickly heads to the elevator.


61 INT: JACK'S OFFICE - DAY

TED walks to Jack's office and places a letter on the desk. He stops to stare at the picture of his friend, Tom Tadwell. His shoulders sag and he shakes his head in despair. He picks up a candy tin from the dish Teri left.

TED:
I know you would never have let this happen, Tom. Wish me luck, Ole Friend, I'll need it.

Ted leaves the office


62 INT: LINGERIE SHOP - DAY

TERI hands her credit card to the clerk.

CLERK:
Ma'am, could you, please, sign here.

TERI quickly signs and the clerk hands her several packages.


CLERK:
You're going to make someone really happy with those outfits. Have a great day!

TERI Smiles.

TERI
Oh, I definitely plan to!



63 INT: HOTEL BAR - DAY

Michael sits in a corner booth. He slips the envelope from his pocket and a key card drops out onto the table. He opens the note and reads it.

Let's rendezvous for simple pleasure
Delights beyond all other measures
From me, you'll find gifts so sweet
So come to me and secretly meet

Hotel LaFayette
Room 634
Three o'clock

A wolfish grin crosses Michael's face. He checks his watch and orders another drink.


64 INT: HOTEL LOBBY DESK - DAY

TERI checks her watch.

TERI
(to herself)
2:30 ..I need to hurry.

CLERK
Did you say something, ma'am?

TERI:
Oh, no, just mumbling to myself, but I would like to have a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and iced shrimp sent up to my room, please.

CLERK: (SMILES)
Yes, ma'am. I'll take care of that right away.

Teri turns and heads for the elevator.


65 INT: OUTSIDE ROOM 634 - DAY

Soft music can be heard playing inside the room.
Michael taps on the door. A woman's voice answers.

WOMAN'S VOICE:
It's open.

Michael opens the door

WOMAN'S VOICE:
Are you going to stand there all day or join me?

Michael enters the room and closes the door.



66 INT: COFFEE SHOP - DAY

COLETTE is sipping coffee, nibbling a candy bar and staring out the window. She sees Michael exiting the hotel across the street.



COLETTE:
(to herself)
Now, what have you been up to this afternoon, Michael?

Teri exits the hotel moments later.

COLLETTE
(GASPS)
Oh my, oh Jesus. Thank you, Lord. Teri Tadwell and Michael. I've got to find Phil.


67 INT: PHIL'S OFFICE - AFTER BUSINESS HOURS

COLETTE enters Phil's office. Phil's desk has papers scattered across it and a coffee cup, but he's not there. Colette taps on the bathroom door.

COLETTE:
PHIL, honey, are you in there?

(NO RESPONSE.)

COLETTE:
Damn it, Phil. Where are you? I've got information to solve all our problems.


Colette paces back and forth, looking out into the empty lobby now and then.

COLETTE
(Speaking her thoughts out loud)

Maybe you're with Jack? I can break the news to both of you at the same time

Collette heads down the hallway towards Jack's Office.


67 INT: JACK'S OFFICE - AFTER BUSINESS HOURS

Colette looks into Jack's office and finds it empty.

Colette:
Damn! Where is everybody?

Spotting the candy dish, she quickly scoops up two chocolate tins and hurries back out of the office.


68 INT: TED'S OFFICE - AFTER BUSINESS HOURS

A man runs out of Ted's office and through the exit door.

COLETTE:
Phil, is that you?

The man ignores her and disappears. Colette knocks on the door as she steps into the office.

COLETTE
Ted, I was wondering if you've seen Phil?

Ted's chair is facing the window. Only Ted's arm is exposed to Colette's view.

COLETTE:
Ted, it's Colette. Sorry to bother you, but I was wondering if you've seen Phil?

Colette moves around the desk, closer to the office chair. She freezes and drops one of the candy tins from Jack's office. Ted is slumped over in his chair, dead.

Terrified, Colette runs out and towards the stairs. As she reaches the stairs, she hears a terrifying scream.


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