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 Category:  Mystery and Crime Script
  Posted: March 4, 2020      Views: 47
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Chapter 3 of the book Tangled Lives
Scenes 7 thru 13
"Climbing The Ladder To Success" by Begin Again

Background
Jenna Piper, assistant to Senator Tadwell, has been tried and convicted of killing his wife. She continues to claim her innocence. Jack Tadwell has moved on to bigger projects.




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.

The script continues with Behind the Scene Secrets. We will provide a link to it when you review this below.

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?
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