Episode 11

Twinsburg - Episode 11


FADE IN:

EXT. WOODS -- FRIDAY MORNING

LYNDON is walking through the woods, searching again for the Box Lady’s missing box. After a minute, he spots a black-and-white CAT sitting on an overturned tree. Lyndon smiles and holds out his hand toward the cat.
LYNDON
Hi, kitty, kitty...
The cat looks at him. Lyndon advances slowly toward the cat, which jumps down and goes to another tree further off. Lyndon follows it.
LYNDON
Tsk, tsk, tsk. Kitty. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
The cat darts through the underbrush. Lyndon starts to move on. Suddenly, the cat screeches loudly. Lyndon runs through the underbrush toward the noise. He discovers a large pit filled with dark water and surrounded by mossy rocks. The cat is gone. On the edge of the pit, Lyndon sees a soggy cardboard box.

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INT. CARTWRIGHT HOME -- KITCHEN -- MORNING

Close up of the table where ALAN is seated. The HOUSEKEEPER serves him a very fancy breakfast. Pan up to Alan.
HOUSEKEEPER
There you go, Mr. Cartwright.

ALAN
Thank you, Annie.

HOUSEKEEPER
Just the way you like it.
Alan lifts a piece of marmalade-covered toast to his mouth, then stops.
ALAN
Corn flakes.

HOUSEKEEPER
Excuse me?

ALAN
Simple, yet delicious. And satisfying. That’s what I want, Annie. Corn flakes.

HOUSEKEEPER
Well, Mr. Cartwright, I don’t know if--
The doorbell rings, distracting the housekeeper.
ALAN
I’ll get the door, Annie. You work on rustling up some corn flakes. Remember, simple yet satisfying.
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INT. CARTWRIGHT HOME -- FOYER -- MORNING

ALAN opens the front door, revealing JANET outside. She immediately throws her arms around him.
JANET
Oh, Alan, darling. I was so worried!
She kisses him.
JANET
I was sick with worry. I thought you might die.

ALAN
I’m fine. Come in.
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INT. CARTWRIGHT HOME -- LIVING ROOM -- MORNING

ALAN and JANET enter. He takes her coat.
JANET
Your poor head. It must have been awful for you being in hospital like that. What did they do to you?

ALAN
Very little that I actually remember. I was in my office, and the next thing I knew, it was two days later.

JANET
Then you don’t remember my visits?

ALAN
I’m afraid not.

JANET
I was with you every moment I could be. I couldn’t eat or sleep, I worried so. I finally had to spend yesterday in bed, from exhaustion.

ALAN
Well, thank you. Janet, I want to share something with you.

JANET
Yes?

ALAN
Something happened to me while I was unconscious. I still have vague images of being enclosed in total darkness. Surrounded by concrete walls that were closing in on me, shutting off the light, the air...

JANET
How awful.

ALAN
But somehow, this has put me in touch with something deeper than I have ever known before, a depth within my being where spirit and world become one. And in the light of this new inner awareness, I took a look at my life, and it was not a pretty sight, I assure you.

JANET
Darling...

ALAN
It forced me to reevaluate the things that are important. And this insight was brought home to me yesterday. Some drive deep within me led me to my new Shadygrove development, and I was moved. As the trees were being cut down, I swear to you, I could hear them screaming. The entire forest was weeping, and I could hear it.

JANET
Really, darling, I...

ALAN
It was then that I knew what I had to do. I have to make a new start. I was given this second chance to make up for the death and destruction I have caused, and to do my humble best to preserve the fragile balance of our earth.

YVONNE (O.S.)
I don’t believe my ears.
Alan and Janet both look up, shocked by the interruption.

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EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- MORNING

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INT. SHERIFF STATION -- INTERROGATION ROOM -- MORNING

GALE and SALTARES are seated across from each other. A DEPUTY stands by the door.
SALTARES
How long am I going to be kept in here?

GALE
You’ll have to take that up with the sheriff, Professor. I want you to tell me everything you know about Megan Thomas.

SALTARES
I thought so. I knew Megan from church, of course. She was involved with the youth groups from time to time. I’d have loved to have gotten my hands on her. She was a knockout, eh?

GALE
Did you ever mention the Medieval Re-creation Society or your cult activities to her? Did you ever discuss Llewellyn the Marauder with her?

SALTARES
Of course not. Megan was beautiful, but she was incorruptible.

GALE
What makes you say that?

SALTARES
We can tell, believe me. We can always tell.

GALE
Do you think Millicent Collins might have discussed the cult with her?

SALTARES
I doubt it. They never really got along, those two.

GALE
I see. That will be all.
Gale stands and signals to the deputy.

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INT. SHERIFF STATION -- LOBBY -- MORNING

GALE comes down the hall as SHERIFF emerges from the conference room carrying a stack of Megan’s drawings. The stack is almost too high for him. ABIGAIL is making coffee.
SHERIFF
Good morning.

GALE
Morning, Bob. Do you need a hand?

SHERIFF
I think I got it, thanks. I’m taking them back to Mrs. Thomas. She asked that we return them as soon as possible.

GALE
Okay. Abigail...

ABIGAIL
Yes, sir?

GALE
I’m expecting a report from Agent MacNeil today, and it is vitally important that you contact me the moment it arrives.

ABIGAIL
Yes, sir. Only, is this a report like in an envelope or is it going to come over the phone, or maybe the fax machine, even though it doesn’t work very well ‘cause the paper always gets jammed between that little--

GALE
Abigail. It should come via special courier either this afternoon or this evening.

ABIGAIL
Yes, sir.
LYNDON enters through the front door, carrying the remains of the box, which has fallen apart from its sogginess.
LYNDON
Agent Gale, I found it! I found the box!

GALE
Good work, Lyndon. Is this the box carried by the Box Lady?

SHERIFF
Looks like it.

GALE
Okay. Bob, run your errand and then meet me at the hospital. I want to test a theory.

SHERIFF
Whatever you say.

GALE
Lyndon, good work.
Gale shakes Lyndon’s hand, then Gale and Sheriff exit. Lyndon smiles at Abigail and shrugs. Abigail smiles back.

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INT. HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY -- MORNING

PENNY is opening the door to her new locker, which she shares with NICHOLAS, who walks up. They both change out their books while talking. Penny is angry.
NICHOLAS
How’d you do on that test?

PENNY
I don’t know.

NICHOLAS
We sure studied long enough.

PENNY
Yeah, right.

NICHOLAS
We’re still taking Blue Jean to the Lighthouse tonight?

PENNY
I bet you’re looking forward to it.

NICHOLAS
Hey, what’s wrong with you?

PENNY
You didn’t have to pay quite so much attention to her all last night. I don’t like being ignored.

NICHOLAS
I wasn’t ignoring you. Look, I’ve got a lot on my mind.

PENNY
I know. I’m sorry, Nicholas. How is Elliott? Any change?

NICHOLAS
Not really. Now Kimmy’s in the hospital, too.

PENNY
What?

NICHOLAS
Yeah. She OD’d on her medicine cabinet.

PENNY
Oh, Nicholas, I’m so sorry.
They embrace.

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INT. BOX LADY’S HOSPITAL ROOM -- MORNING

Close up of BOX LADY wired to an EEG machine. She is unconscious. Pull back to reveal GALE, SHERIFF, and TERRENCE next to the bed.
SHERIFF
What do you think is going to happen?

GALE
I’m not sure.

TERRENCE
It’s impossible to tell with you, Agent Gale.
Gale takes the pieces of cardboard and lays them on the Box Lady’s chest. He gently takes her arms and lays them across the box. She begins to stir slightly.
BOX LADY
(mumbles)
Tempus...

TERRENCE
What’d she say?

SHERIFF
Tempest?

GALE
No, “tempus.” Latin for “time.”

SHERIFF
Tempus fugit.

TERRENCE
Well, I’ll be. Look at this.
They examine the readout on the EEG machine.
TERRENCE
Brain activity jumped when she spoke. It’s dropped off again, but is still higher than before. At this rate, I’d say she should regain consciousness by tomorrow at least.

GALE
I need to know more. Ma’am?
Box Lady is unresponsive.
TERRENCE
I’ll let you know when there’s any change.

GALE
Tempus. Time. Time...
Gale squints.

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INT. CARTWRIGHT HOME -- LIVING ROOM -- MORNING

ALAN and JANET are shocked as YVONNE TEMPLE walks into the room.
ALAN
Yvonne, what are you doing here?

YVONNE
Well, I’m back in town for a week and I thought I’d drop in. I’m sorry if I’m interrupting...

ALAN
No, not at all. Janet, may I introduce Yvonne Temple. My ex-wife.

JANET
How do you do?

YVONNE
A pleasure. Actually, I’ve come to talk about Duane. I received a letter from him a few days ago saying he was in prison.

ALAN
Yes, out eminent Sheriff Armstrong arrested him for drug trafficking. He was apparently involved with a girl murdered recently.

YVONNE
And he’s still in custody?

ALAN
At the time, it seemed the right thing to do. I thought it might teach him a lesson.

YVONNE
And you were always so good at that.

ALAN
Look, I admit I haven’t been the best father, but I’ve changed. I see now that you were right, the environment is so fragile and so precious, and each of us has a duty to protect it.

YVONNE
I was an environmentalist long before it was fashionable, Alan. So it’s going to take more than words to make me a believer. And you were always so good with words, too. I’m sure you can relate to that, honey.

JANET
I don’t know what you mean.

YVONNE
Sure.

ALAN
You know, I had the feeling that there were forces at work here beyond us, and this proves it, you being here now, Yvonne. It’s fate. I want you to help me. Show me the way, and I will be your disciple.
Alan kneels in front of Yvonne. She laughs.
YVONNE
Now, there’s an interesting challenge.
Janet squints.

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INT. STEAKHOUSE -- FRIDAY NOON

GALE and DANI are having lunch. Dani runs her finger around the rim of her glass.
DANI
And how is your current investigation going?

GALE
I’m afraid I can’t discuss it at this stage.

DANI
I understand. Do you have any more leads on Patrick, where he might be?

GALE
Not yet. We found evidence that he had been at Kimmy’s, though, as you suggested.

DANI
Poor Kimmy. She was always so... fragile. I’m sure Patrick drove her to it. If he didn’t actually drug her himself.

GALE
Do you really think that’s likely?

DANI
I don’t know. I think he’s capable of anything.

GALE
I won’t let anything happen to you.
Dani looks Gale in the eyes.
GALE
Dani, I can see something in your eyes, some ancient pain that haunts you. I noticed it the first time I saw you. You don’t have to say anything. You don’t have to talk about it. But I know about the kind of blackness that can move in and surround us, like fog rolling in off the ocean. When we think we know what the world is, and what people are, and then everything changes, and we can’t see anything but the darkness.

DANI
It was too long ago...

GALE
But it’s with you now. And so am I.
Their hands meet on the table.
DANI
(whispers)
Martin...
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INT. MALL RECORD STORE -- NOON

ALBERT, on his lunch hour, is looking at Frank Sinatra discs. He runs his fingers over the titles. They remind him of Tuppence, and he struggles to maintain his composure. EMMA enters the store, wearing her white fur coat and sunglasses. Under her coat is a tight-fitting red dress. She saunters down the aisle across from Albert and flips through some of the discs, but is actually watching Albert. She picks up a box with a sexy woman on it and holds it up where he can see it, pretending to look at the label. Albert notices and looks up at her. Emma slides her sunglasses down her nose and smiles. Albert smiles politely, then goes back to looking at the Sinatra discs. Emma collects three discs, each with sexy women on the package.
EMMA
Excuse me.

ALBERT
Yes?

EMMA
Can you help me decide what I want?

ALBERT
I really don’t know anything about that kind of music.
Albert again smiles politely and exits the store. Emma smiles to herself.

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INT. MALL FOOD COURT -- NOON

ALBERT picks up his tray with his lunch and leaves the line. However, EMMA appears unexpectedly and he bumps into her, upsetting his tray. His lunch and beverage spill down the front of her dress.
ALBERT
Oh! Excuse me!
Flustered, Albert grabs some paper napkins and tries to dry her without putting his hands all over her. Emma acts surprised, but as he turns around for more napkins, she giggles to herself.
ALBERT
I’m terribly sorry. I didn’t see you there. Ah, you’re soaked. I’ll pay for the cleaning. Your coat. I’m so sorry.

EMMA
Now, now. There’s no need for that. But you must have lunch with me. I insist.

ALBERT
Well, I... Well, all right.
Emma closes her coat and takes Albert by the arm.

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EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- FRIDAY AFTERNOON

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INT. SHERIFF STATION -- INTERROGATION ROOM -- AFTERNOON

SHERIFF and DUANE are seated at the table, while GALE stands.
SHERIFF
All right, Duane. We need to know if you know where Patrick might be hiding out. Did he have any favorite places to lie low?

DUANE
I don’t know, man. Try his cabin.

GALE
We did. He’s not there, Duane.

DUANE
Well, I don’t know where he is. He could be anywhere, man. There’s motels from here to Hell’s half acre and he could be in any one of them.

GALE
You were his distributor, Duane. You know how to get ahold of him, and if you want to get out of here, I’d suggest you start cooperating.

DUANE
Hey, back off, man!

SHERIFF
Come on, Duane, tell us what you know.

DUANE
I got a number. I call it and he calls me back. It’s for emergencies.

SHERIFF
All right, Duane. We’re going to have you call that number tomorrow. We want you to set up a meeting with Patrick. Now, Agent Gale and I are going to give you a wire, so we can monitor your conversation. Then, we’ll move in and capture Patrick. Do you understand?

DUANE
Hey, man, whatever you say. The sooner I get out of here, the better, ‘cause I got some business of my own to take care of, and it’s way past due.
Duane cracks his knuckles. Gale and Sheriff exchange glances.

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INT. KENT’S HOME -- AUNT ELSPETH’S ROOM -- AFTERNOON

Close up of Aunt Elspeth inside her vacuum chamber. There are fresh roses stuck between the red and blue lights. Pull back to reveal KENT sitting in a rocking chair looking at the weird, high-tech sarcophagus. JAMES enters.
KENT
She knows.

JAMES
What?

KENT
Janet. She knows about Aunt Elspeth. I don’t know how.

JAMES
Don’t worry about it. I know all about Janet.

KENT
(makes strangling gestures)
I feel so... violated! I just want to... I want to...

JAMES
Listen to me. She took advantage of you. And she corrupted you. Now you have to make her pay for it. It’s the only way you’ll find peace.

KENT
Yes...

JAMES
When she’s lying at your feet and pleading for mercy, then your soul will be purified. Do you trust me?

KENT
Yes.

JAMES
Then we can have revenge on her.

KENT
How?

JAMES
I have a tape. It’s Janet talking to someone on the phone, her co-conspirator. She lays out her whole plan. Marry Cartwright, have you kill him, then kill you.

KENT
She’s evil.

JAMES
It’s up to you to punish her.

KENT
I will. I want to... so much.
James smiles.

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INT. JAIL -- AFTERNOON

A DEPUTY escorts ALAN to the cell where DUANE is being held.
DUANE
Dad!

ALAN
Duane, son.

DUANE
I mean, you’re out of the hospital. Nobody told me.

ALAN
Duane, I’ve been thinking about you sitting here in this prison, cut off from the light of day, from the cool crispness of the winter air, and it’s not right.

DUANE
Well, thanks a lot.

ALAN
I’ve decided to post bail and have you released.

DUANE
What? Why? I mean, what, is this the sheriff’s idea or something?

ALAN
No. Why do you say that?

DUANE
Well, what’s the deal? Why the sudden change of heart?

ALAN
I’ll explain when we’re home. I’m afraid you’ll have to wait till morning, though. It’s the best I can do.

DUANE
Hey, no problem.

ALAN
Duane, your mother is in town.

DUANE
Oh?

ALAN
I think she’s coming to see you later this evening.

DUANE
Oh.

ALAN
Look, she has always done what she thought was best.

DUANE
Yeah. Why are you sticking up for her, all of a sudden? What is it with you, man? I never know where you’re coming from! Jeez!

ALAN
I know this is all difficult for you, Duane. I’m just beginning to see the world in a new light, and I’m trying to get readjusted. Your mother is a good woman, and she cares about you. She’s been greatly wronged all these years, and I’m trying to make amends for that.

DUANE
Okay, okay. Man!
Duane hits his head against the bars. Alan is startled.

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INT. SHERIFF STATION -- LOBBY -- AFTERNOON

As ALAN exits the building, a COURIER enters with a big envelope and goes up to ABIGAIL at her desk.
COURIER
Afternoon.

ABIGAIL
Hello. May I help you?

COURIER
Sure can. Just need your pretty little signature.
Abigail signs for the envelope and he hands it over.
ABIGAIL
Could I interest you in a chocolate candy bar to benefit the Festival of Lights next weekend? They’re only a dollar and you get a coupon for a free hot fudge sundae redeemable at all participating Royal Dairy stands and restaurants, like the one up two blocks north, turn left and go to the second driveway not counting the one that doesn’t go anywhere.

COURIER
Sugar, you got yourself a deal.
He gives her a handful of change, which she puts on her desk and counts out by sliding each coin into her hand. Then she gives him a candy bar. He smiles and exits the building. Abigail takes the envelope to Sheriff’s office.

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INT. SHERIFF’S OFFICE -- AFTERNOON

SHERIFF is seated at his desk, with GALE sitting in front of it. ABIGAIL knocks and enters.
GALE
This is the transmitter that Duane will wear. We tape this part to...

ABIGAIL
Agent Gale? Excuse me, Sheriff. But, Agent Gale, you wanted to know right away when the report came from Agent MacNeil...

GALE
Yes, Abigail. Thank you.
She hands him the envelope.
GALE
Would you leave us, please, Abigail?

ABIGAIL
Yes, sir.
Abigail exits.
GALE
This is it, Bob. Just like Christmas.

SHERIFF
What have you got?
Gale opens the envelope and slides out a folder, which he looks through as Sheriff looks on.
GALE
Hmm. Damn. Nothing unusual about the sample of mud from the Astronaut’s footprint. Ah, the forensic report on the scene of Megan’s murder. Bingo!

SHERIFF
What is it?

GALE
Bits of skin were found under Megan’s fingernails from a male between 18 and 25 years old, and a rag found in the garbage contained both Megan’s blood and pubic hairs from the same male individual.

SHERIFF
The killer.

GALE
Undoubtedly. Duncan says there’s enough to do a DNA comparison with a suspect.

SHERIFF
Do you have one?

GALE
Not yet, Bob. Not yet.
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INT. LIGHTHOUSE -- FRIDAY EVENING

A local hangout, with a woman on stage singing dreamily in front of a small back-up band. There are many people dancing on the dance floor, and other sitting around the perimeter at tables and at the bar. The atmosphere is dark and moody. Smoke hangs heavy in the air. JAMES and KENT enter and go up to the bar. The BARTENDER is a pretty redhead, whom James smiles at as they sit down. She smiles back. James takes a paper napkin and wipes off the bar in front of him, then wipes off his hands with a fresh napkin.
KENT
I don’t know about this. I mean, I don’t really feel like--

JAMES
It’ll do you good. You’ve been through a lot in the past couple of days, and you need to relax and unwind. Trust me.
Across the room, NICHOLAS, PENNY, and JEAN enter.
NICHOLAS
Well, this is it.

JEAN
This is so exciting. Thank you so much, you guys. I was afraid I wouldn’t get out much during my stay. This is such a relief.

NICHOLAS
No problem.
The three of them sit down in a booth. A WAITRESS brings them a basket of peanuts. Jean watches the people dancing and is oblivious. Nicholas manages to get her attention.
NICHOLAS
Hey, earth to Blue Jean. Come in.

JEAN
Oh, I’m sorry.

PENNY
So you’re from Cincinnati?

JEAN
Yeah, I grew up right on the river. It’s really nice.

PENNY
Uh-huh.
Jean looks at the dancers again.
NICHOLAS
I think somebody wants to dance. Come on.

JEAN
Oh. Sure, thanks.
Nicholas and Jean get up. Penny squints at them as they go to the dance floor. Nicholas and Jean dance. At the bar, James turns around and watches the people dancing. Then he spots Jean in the crowd. He strains for a better look, and she moves in and out of view as people bustle around her. James gets up.
KENT
What’s the matter?

JAMES
I’ll be right back.
James moves into the crowd of dancers, walking toward Jean. She sees him coming and is unsettled by his advancing toward her with a strange sort of look on his face. She stops dancing. Nicholas does too and turns around, seeing James.
NICHOLAS
Oh, man. James! Jean, this is James. He was a friend of Megan’s from church, right? This is Megan’s cousin, Jean Bellew.

JEAN
It’s nice to meet you, James. My friends call me Blue Jean.

JAMES
Jean.

JEAN
I’m sorry if I startled you. I know I look a lot like Megan.

NICHOLAS
It’s amazing, isn’t it?

JAMES
Oh, right. Yes, an uncanny resemblance.

NICHOLAS
Hey, why don’t you two dance together? I’ll go get Penny.

JEAN
Sure. James?
Jean starts dancing again. James joins in awkwardly. Nicholas goes back to the booth, but Penny is gone. Nicholas is frustrated.

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INT. MAPLE LODGE -- EVENING

A rustic meeting hall filled with the noises of many people socializing. Men and women dressed up in Wild West costumes mill about. A large poster by the entrance advertises the Annual Festival of Lights to be held on Valentine’s Day. ROSEMARY and OREGON enter and take off their coats. Oregon is dressed in a resplendent cowboy outfit.
ROSEMARY
This is so exciting! I haven’t been out in ages. I’m so glad Kent came home, or I wouldn’t have been able to come.

OREGON
Now, didn’t I tell yew that boy’d mosey on home when that prairie floor got a mite hard for sleepin’?

ROSEMARY
I just get so worried about him. Such terrible things happen these days.

OREGON
Well, I reckon sometimes it just seems that way, little lady.
They go into the main hall. There are several tables set up with crafts for sale. Rosemary stops at one displaying turquoise jewelry.
ROSEMARY
Oh, I love this stuff!

OREGON
Well, blow off my barn doors! Dan and Don Barrett! What in tarnation are you two doin’ here?
DAN and DON, behind the table, turn around and are happy to see Oregon.
DAN
Hey, Oregon! What the hell’s up?

DON
We rolled into town on Tuesday, man!

OREGON
Blew into town, more like. Darlin’, I want you to meet the Tumbleweeds of the Turnpike, Dan and Don Barrett. They done pulled my keester outta the fire more times ‘n I can tell.

ROSEMARY
Nice to meet you. This stuff’s just lovely.

DAN
Hey, thanks, man. The girls make it, and we sell it to pay expenses, you know? It works out pretty cool.

ROSEMARY
I guess so. And what do you guys do?

DON
Hey, we inspire the girls, right?

DAN
They get so inspired, they can’t walk straight!
The three men laugh uproariously. Rosemary rolls her eyes and goes back to examining the jewelry.

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EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- EVENING

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INT. SHERIFF STATION -- LOBBY -- EVENING

GALE and SHERIFF come out from Sheriff’s office.
GALE
I think I’ll turn in early tonight. Looks like it’s going to be a tough weekend.

SHERIFF
Right, once we--
Sheriff sees YVONNE exiting the building. She turns and looks at him, then hurries out.
SHERIFF
Yvonne--
Sheriff rushes after her. Gale is surprised.

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EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- EVENING

YVONNE is at her car, trying to hurriedly get the door unlocked. SHERIFF runs up to her.
SHERIFF
Yvonne, what are you doing here?

YVONNE
Bob, I...
She gets the door open.
SHERIFF
It’s good to see you...

YVONNE
Don’t...

SHERIFF
Look, let’s talk. Let’s go somewhere. Yvonne...

YVONNE
I don’t want to hurt you.
She gets in the car and pulls away. Sheriff steps out after it and stands in the middle of the parking lot as she drives off. GALE comes up to him and hands him a cup of coffee, patting him on the shoulder.

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INT. MAPLE LODGE -- FRIDAY NIGHT

On a stage at one end of the hall, a microphone is on a stand in front of a heavy red curtain. The EMCEE walks out to the mic. ROSEMARY, OREGON, DAN, and DON are among the audience standing in front of the stage.
EMCEE
Your attention, please. Could I have your attention. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the February meeting of the Old West Preservation Society. For those of you who are guests this evening, we hold our meetings on the first weekend of every month, and we’d like to see you next month, too. It’s just a couple days of crafts, square dancing, good food, and great people, as we try to recapture the excitement and innocence of a bygone age. And tonight, we have a very special treat for you, ladies and gentlemen, a guest who has graced our stage before and delighted us with his lore -- the renowned storyteller, Chief George Brownturtle!
The curtain parts, revealing GEORGE BROWNTURTLE, a very old man in traditional Indian garb, sitting down on the floor of the stage. The audience sits down on the floor as well. Rosemary feels awkward, but Oregon helps her get settled. The murmuring of the crowd quickly dies down.
BROWNTURTLE
In the Old Time, all the people lived in harmony with the Earth, and each drop of water that fell from the sky was pure and uncorrupted. This allowed the spirits to dwell in the water, and they made men’s hearts strong and true when they drank of it. This is the way it was until the days when the white man came to the land. There was no harmony for the white man, for he sought to make himself the master of the Earth. But he only became her enemy. The white man was more fiendish than the Great Trickster himself, for his way was to poison what he could not possess. The waters became corrupted and the spirits were driven out. Therefore, men’s hearts became like the leaves of the trees, strong and resilient in the summer, withering in the autumn. Into this corrupted world was born a mighty warrior, and his name was Pontiac. Amidst the chaos created by the white man, Pontiac became a great chief and united many tribes. Pontiac knew the corruption brought by the invaders. He saw the white men killing each other because they spoke different languages, and he saw the rivers of white settlers flowing from the east. He heard the empty promises of each side in the white men’s war. Pontiac knew the white man had to be driven out before the land could heal. Pontiac raised a mighty army of the bravest warriors from the northern lakes to the southern sea and attacked the white man’s armies. For three summers, the warriors’ hearts remained supple, but Pontiac’s heart grew dry and brittle. His eyes were dazzled by the enemy’s shining gifts, and his ears were filled with the enemy’s soothing flattery. Thus, Pontiac betrayed his people and became indolent, until a warrior who served the enemy slew the great chief and brought shame to his people. But the white man had a victory over the people deeper than this, for they had become like him.
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EXT. NIGHT

The half-moon shines through a stand of maple trees.

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EXT. NIGHT

A lonely intersection is illuminated only by flashing red traffic lights.

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EXT. TWINSBURG INN -- NIGHT

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INT. TWINSBURG INN SUITE -- NIGHT

JANET picks up her telephone.
JANET
Yes, I’d like to make an international call. London, England.
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INT. GALE’S ROOM -- NIGHT

GALE is making an audio recording.
GALE
Had lunch today with a beautiful woman, Roseanne, Dani Clapsaddle. She’s bright, intelligent, and yet there’s a haunting quality to her eyes, traces of mystery so deep that no agent of the Bureau, no matter how diligent, could uncover. I find that she touches me in ways I could not begin to imagine when I first came to this hidden corner of the world. Still waters run deep, Roseanne, and Twinsburg is no--
The tape shuts off abruptly. Gale is surprised.
GALE
Funny.
He rewinds the tape a ways.
GALE (V.O.)
--sketch of Llewellyn the Marauder done by Megan--
He rewinds the tape some more.
GALE (V.O.)
--remind me to find out what kind of soap that is in my room at the inn. What an incredible scent--
He rewinds the tape some more.
GALE (V.O.)
--silicon ear-pillow earplugs. One must be prepared for any eventuality. It is February 4th and this is me, Martin, signing off.
There is a click.
ASTRONAUT (V.O.)
Deep within the Maple Trees the Brown Turtle knows the Passage.

GALE (V.O.)
Wait!
Gale stops the tape and rewinds it a little bit.
ASTRONAUT (V.O.)
Deep within the Maple Trees the Brown Turtle knows the Passage.
Gale stops the tape and squints.

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INT. TWINSBURG INN SUITE -- NIGHT

JANET is on the phone.
JANET
Darling? Yes. No, we’ve got problems. Things are getting beyond my ability to deal with them. No, I need you here. You’ve got to come to Twinsburg.
FADE OUT



Cast of Characters


Special Agent Martin Gale, 34. FBI agent.
Sheriff Robert Armstrong, 36. Sheriff of Twinsburg.

Jean Bellew, 19. Megan’s lookalike cousin.
Alan Cartwright, 50. Real estate developer, mall owner.
Penny Gardner, 17. High school senior.
Duane Cartwright, 18. High school senior, Alan’s son.
Lyle Terrence, 62. Local doctor.
Rosemary Clapsaddle, 40. Owns pastry shop/catering service.
Nicholas Grey, 17. High school senior.
Kent Clapsaddle, 16. High school sophomore, Rosemary’s son.
Abigail Voigt, 24. Sheriff’s secretary.
Dani Clapsaddle, 29. Rosemary’s sister-in-law.
Janet Flynn, 39. Twinsburg native returned from England.

James Clapsaddle, 18. High school senior, Rosemary’s brother.
Lyndon Pfiffer, 26. Deputy.
Gabriel Saltares, 44. College professor.
Albert Collins, 48. Lawyer.
Emma Corbett, 25. Mysteriously rejuvenated woman.
Box Lady, 53. Local eccentric.
Yvonne Temple, 36. Environmentalist, mother of Duane.
Oregon Blackthorn, 35. Wild West enthusiast.
Dan Barrett, 30. Motorcyclist, twin of Don.
Don Barrett, 30. Motorcyclist, twin of Dan.
George Brownturtle, 103. Native American mystic.

Housekeeper
Courier
Emcee
Bartender
Waitress
Girl Singer
Deputies
High School Students
Townspeople


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