EXT. COUNTRYSIDE -- FRIDAY MORNING
A shot of a large, desolate field.
EXT. RURAL ROAD -- MORNING
An empty stretch of road.
EXT. DERELICT CHURCH -- MORNING
A long-abandoned church stands alone in the middle of nowhere. Behind it is parked Janet’s car.
INT. DERELICT CHURCH -- MORNING
JEREMY stands in the pulpit as JANET walks among the pews.
JEREMY(yells)Hellfire and damnation!JANETThis place is absolutely dreadful. It’s so filthy.JEREMYYes, and that is precisely why it is so perfect for our plans, Mother. We, spawned of the pit, crawl forth to wreak revenge most swift and terrible upon those who have wronged us! None shall be spared!JANETOh, do stop it. You’re giving me a headache.JEREMY(jauntily)Our headaches are nearly over, Mother. Once we have our hands on Ms. Yvonne Temple, the way will be cleared for our plans to proceed. In more ways than we expected, in fact.JANETWhatever are you talking about, Jeremy?JEREMYDuring my surveillance last night, I discovered that Yvonne and the local sheriff are lovers.JANETThe sheriff? That sounds like trouble. If he’s directly involved, the police will be swarming!JEREMYI see it differently. The loss of his beloved will do more to hinder the sheriff’s investigation, I should think. A man can’t think clearly if he’s frantic over his woman. He’ll make mistakes that we can exploit. Remember, we have the advantage -- our heads will be clear. Our opponents, however, will be beside themselves.JANETYou may be right. From what I’ve seen of him, this sheriff strikes me as a simpleton.JEREMYWhat would you expect?JANETThen we’re ready.JEREMYYes, we strike tomorrow night!
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- LOBBY -- MORNING
ABIGAIL enters, wearing a tight-fitting dress and sunglasses. Several DEPUTIES are having their morning coffee as she saunters across the room, and they check her out and whistle. LYNDON comes down the hall and, seeing her, stops in his tracks. He is dumbfounded. Abigail looks at him through her shades, then goes to her desk with a haughty flourish, sits down, and removes her sunglasses. Lyndon blushes and retreats. GALE enters the building, wearing brown pants and a flannel shirt. He does a double-take when he sees Abigail.
GALEGood morning, Abigail.ABIGAILGood morning, Agent Gale. The sheriff is in.GALEThank you.
DUKE enters the building.
DUKEMartin, what are you doing here? I’d have expected you to stay in bed today. It is Friday the 13th, remember. And besides, it’s not as if you have anything to do.GALEI am to advise you on your investigation, Wynton. You know that.DUKEI really don’t think that will be necessary.
SHERIFF comes down the hall.
DUKE(to Gale)Why don’t you go fishing, or whatever it is one does in the country.SHERIFFMorning, Martin. Good to see you. Agent Duke. Martin, I was coming up Forestview Drive this morning, and I just happened to look up and there was the biggest, blackest crow I’ve ever seen. It was sitting on top of a lightpole, and then it took off into the air.GALEFantastic.DUKEWhat is this, the Audubon Society? I don’t believe you people! There’s too much work to be done to be standing around talking about birds! The public is counting on us to bring a murderer to justice, and you talk about birds?GALE(to Sheriff)Tempus fugit.SHERIFF(catches the hint)Agent Duke, you’re absolutely right. Don’t let us stand in the way of your investigation another minute. Listen, Martin, I know this spot on Route 82 where the fishing is just incredible this time of year. I’ll tell you what, I’ll get my rod and we’ll both head out.
Gale and Sheriff go into Sheriff’s office. Duke shakes his head in disgust, then looks at the deputies.
DUKEWhat are you all standing around for? Get to work!
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- SHERIFF’S OFFICE -- MORNING
GALE and SHERIFF enter and close the door.
SHERIFFWhat have you got?GALELast night I had a visitor.SHERIFFAnother vision?GALENo, she was as human as you and me. Jean Bellew, Megan’s cousin.SHERIFFRight. Why?GALEShe told me someone has been following her, watching her since she arrived in town. Someone who came to the house yesterday morning to profess his love.SHERIFFWho?GALEJames Clapsaddle.SHERIFFBradley said he followed Megan around for a while. But why would he suddenly go for Jean?GALEPerhaps it’s nothing more than the physical resemblance between the two cousins. It is rather pronounced.SHERIFFRight. Then, do you think he’s our man?GALEI don’t know. But there’s a pattern.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL -- MORNING
INT. HIGH SCHOOL RESTROOM -- MORNING
NICHOLAS is washing his hands as DUANE enters.
DUANEMan, what happened to you yesterday? Where’d you go?NICHOLASLook, that woman was a nutcase. One minute she’s telling me about her and Chip, the next minute she’s all over me, wanting me to do it with her right there on the floor. I was freaked out, man, she was a real loony. I took off and hitched my way home.DUANEDamn!NICHOLASWhat happened there, anyway?DUANEWe didn’t find anything. The money was gone. Chip went crazy, man. He went ballistic on her.NICHOLASWhat do you mean?DUANEI don’t want to talk about it.
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY -- MORNING
NICHOLAS and DUANE emerge from the restroom.
NICHOLASWhy? What happened?DUANENothing.
Nicholas sees PENNY down the hall.
NICHOLASLook, man, I’ll talk to you later.
Nicholas moves off, leaving Duane lost in thought. Down the hall, Nicholas catches up with Penny.
Penny keeps walking with her head down.
NICHOLASLook, I want to talk to you. All right? Can I just talk to you?
Penny stops walking, but does not look up.
NICHOLASWill you look at me, please?
Penny looks at him, then looks away.
PENNYLook, I’m really pretty busy. I have to go to class. I have to...NICHOLASPenny, this is crazy. I don’t know why we’re acting this way. We can talk it through, whatever it is. I don’t know, I’m in the dark. Will you come with me somewhere tonight? We’ll go out or something and talk. Okay?PENNYOkay.NICHOLASPromise me.PENNY(quietly)I promise.
EXT. SHERIFF’S HOME -- MORNING
GALE and SHERIFF walk around the back of the house.
SHERIFFI found something this morning. I want to see what you think.
Sheriff goes up to the living room window and points to a footprint in the rocky mud next to the house.
GALEA footprint. It wasn’t washed away by last night’s rain.SHERIFFNo, right up against the house here is shielded by the roof overhang.GALEI see. I would say it was made by a man of medium build. An expensive shoe, too. What’s this?
Gale leans in for a close look at the window sill.
SHERIFFWhat’s what?GALEWater condensed on the window and ran down to form this tiny pool along the bottom, which caught some ashes. Your trespasser was smoking.
Gale steps back and looks around the ground, then makes widening arcs around the area.
Gale bends down behind a tree and picks up a cigarette butt with his tweezers. He and Sheriff walk through the trees in that direction and emerge by the roadside. They bend down and look at a tire track in the mud.
SHERIFFLooks like he must have parked his car here, away from the house.GALEAgreed. But what was he after?SHERIFFI think someone’s following Yvonne. Whoever tried to kill her must be looking for another opportunity. She was over last night, and whoever it was was obviously watching us through the window. But why?GALEI think we should not rule out the possibility that someone is using Yvonne to get at someone else. Alan Cartwright, perhaps. Or you.
INT. OLIVERA MANSION -- MORNING
Track across the dining room from the burned-down candles along the wall to ANASTASIA’s hand, tied to the table leg. Pan down her unconscious form, still tied to the table, and down to the fireplace poker lying on the floor.
INT. KIMMY’S APARTMENT -- MORNING
KIMMY is in bed. She stretches and smiles. ELLIOTT enters with a breakfast tray.
KIMMYOh, you shouldn’t have.ELLIOTTGood morning.
Elliott leans in to kiss her. Kimmy stops him and takes a drink of her orange juice, then kisses him, smiling.
KIMMYLast night was fantastic.ELLIOTTI want you to know we’ve never made love like that before.KIMMYI’m sure. I could never forget something like that.ELLIOTTHoney, I’m glad your memory is gone if it means you’re happy. You’re so free and uninhibited now. I think it’s a blessing.KIMMYI’m a brand-new person. I want to make the most of it. And I think I’m getting off to a pretty good start.
They laugh. Suddenly, there is a pounding at the door. Elliott goes to the door. Kimmy, putting on her robe, follows him. Elliott opens the door and CHIP pushes past him into the room.
CHIPKimmy, am I glad you’re here.
Kimmy is shocked.
ELLIOTTChip! What are you doing here? When did you get out of prison?CHIPStill hanging around, Elliott? Some guys never give up. Listen, Kimmy, I’m in a little trouble, I could use--ELLIOTTSo that’s your game. We’ve only one thing to say to you, friend. Get lost.CHIPHey, I am not your friend. And I think you had better just butt out of family business, Mr. Junior Grease Monkey.ELLIOTTYou’re a fine one to talk about family! A no-good half-brother who never wanted anything to do with Kimmy or Rosemary unless you needed money! If you’re in trouble, it’s probably because you escaped from jail! Well, you can just--CHIPI didn’t come here to argue with you, chowderhead! Get out of my way so I can talk to my sister, before you wind up with your face in your own butt!KIMMY(screams)Stop it! Stop it! Stop fighting!
Kimmy collapses in tears. Elliott kneels down and holds her.
ELLIOTTKimmy!KIMMYI remember. I remember! It’s all coming back. I hate it. I hate it!
She glares at Chip, who is confused.
KIMMYI know who I am, and who you are, and it’s all your fault!CHIPWhat?KIMMYYou bastard!
Kimmy gets up and seizes the top of her brass hatstand. She swings it around and smashes Chip in the head, knocking him backwards into her figurine collection, demolishing it.
CU -- CHIP lies unconscious.
EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- FRIDAY AFTERNOON
INT. JAIL -- AFTERNOON
DUKE enters the cellblock and walks over to the cell in which sits SALTARES.
SALTARESYou!DUKEGood day to you, Professor! It has been a long time, hasn’t it?SALTARESWhat do you want? Why are you here?DUKEI don’t think you quite understand the situation, Professor. Let me explain. I ask the questions. You answer them. Now, I am investigating a murder, and I want you to tell me if you know anything about it.SALTARESWhat murder?DUKECome, come, Professor, you disappoint me. Remember, I know that your people have ways of knowing things, of peering through the darkness at things mere mortals cannot comprehend. Am I not right?SALTARESI will betray no more secrets to you or any man. Those days are done, and I’ve learned my lesson well.
Duke grabs Saltares by the shirt.
DUKEWell, I’m going to teach you a new lesson! It’s called Do What I Say Or Face Dire Consequences. Understand?SALTARESI’m not afraid of you.DUKEI see. Perhaps you’ve forgotten, then, about... Andromeda.
Saltares begins gasping for breath, but his throat has closed up. He collapses to the floor, gagging and struggling. Duke grins, then bends down to him.
DUKENow, I want you to help me, and to obey me. Will you do that?
Saltares nods frantically. Duke snaps his fingers and Saltares inhales desperately, then starts coughing.
SALTARESYou are an evil man.
EXT. MAPLE LODGE -- AFTERNOON
INT. MAPLE LODGE -- MEETING ROOM -- AFTERNOON
GALE and SHERIFF are meeting with the MAPLE LODGE ELDERS, a group of old men led by KRIZMAN.
SHERIFFNow, in light of everything that’s been going on the last couple of weeks, I’ve decided to really tighten security for the festival this year. Agent Gale and I have discussed it, and we both feel it would be in the town’s best interest for the festival to go ahead as planned.KRIZMANWe’re glad to hear it, Sheriff. And feel free to take whatever security measures you deem appropriate. We want everything to go smoothly, to help everyone take their minds off what’s been happening, if only for a little while.SHERIFFAlso, I’m going to be assigning a deputy to each of the contestants in the Queen of Lights contest for the duration of the festival.KRIZMANOh? Why?GALEAs you know, the victims of the recent murders have all been young women, and one of the killers is still at large.KRIZMANI understand. Very well, gentlemen.
Krizman shakes hands with Sheriff, then with Gale.
KRIZMANAgent Gale, I want to say we all think very highly of you and your efforts in these matters that have been plaguing us.GALEThank you.KRIZMANAnd we have every faith in you for the days ahead.
INT. CHIP’S HOSPITAL ROOM -- AFTERNOON
CHIP lies in bed, his forehead wrapped in bandage. He is still unconscious. TERRENCE looks him over. ELLIOTT and a miserable-looking KIMMY stand in the background.
TERRENCEHe already had a wound on the back of his head. There’s a good bit of dried blood on his scalp and hair. Made by a blow from a blunt instrument of some kind.ELLIOTTWill he be all right?TERRENCEOh, yes. He has a concussion, but he should be all right soon. I’ll run some further tests.
Terrence goes over to Kimmy.
TERRENCEBut I’m more worried about you, my dear. Your memories have all come back, haven’t they?KIMMYI was so happy...
Terrence gives her a hug.
TERRENCEThere, there. Try not to take it so hard.
Kimmy cries, then straightens up.
KIMMYI -- I just want to be alone for a few minutes.
ELLIOTTWhat happened, Doc?TERRENCEFrom the way you described it, I would say it must have been the sudden shock of her brother turning up like that. Kimmy’s been through a lot of emotional trauma, and she’d built herself an amnesiac cocoon. But some problems are too much to hide from, and they just come bursting through.ELLIOTTI don’t know what we’re going to do.TERRENCEJust take it one day at a time. It’s all you can do.
EXT. THOMAS HOME -- AFTERNOON
JEAN is in the yard picking up sticks. JAMES walks by on the sidewalk and waves to her. Jean immediately drops the sticks and goes in the house. James walks up the driveway and peers into the empty garage through the windows set in the door. Satisfied, he goes up to the door and rings the bell. There is no answer. He smiles and rings the bell again. Finally, Jean comes to the door.
JEANJames, please leave me alone.JAMESLook, Jean, I just wanted to apologize for the things I said yesterday. I had no right. I just got a little carried away. I miss Megan, that’s all. We meant a lot to each other. Can I come in, just for a minute? I just want to explain.
Jean opens the door and lets him in.
INT. THOMAS HOME -- LIVING ROOM -- AFTERNOON
JEAN enters the room, followed by JAMES.
JAMESYou know, when I look at you, it’s like seeing Megan. I mean, I know you two look kind of alike, but it’s more than that. When I’m with you, I can almost feel her presence, too. It’s hard for me not to get emotional. And emotions are things it’s never been easy for me to handle.
James stands in the place where Megan’s body was found. Jean realizes it, but says nothing.
JAMESSo, I said some things I shouldn’t have said, and I’m sorry.JEANI understand.JAMES(looking down at the floor)Megan was a beautiful girl. And I always thought she had a pure soul. I really believed that. But it wasn’t true, after all.JEANWhat do you mean?JAMESI thought she was special, someone who could see things the way they really are. But Megan was tainted, just like everyone else I’ve ever met.
James crosses to Jean and touches her hair.
JAMESEveryone but you. When I look into your eyes, I can see that look of simple purity of soul. Like a frightened animal. Trembling. I was wrong about Megan. It was you all the time. You and I were meant for each other. I see that now.
James runs his hand along her face. Jean quakes with fear.
JAMESI thought I was lost, but you are my redemption. You are the resurrection to Megan’s crucifixion.
Jean stares at him in terror. James leans in to kiss her. Suddenly, GALE and SHERIFF emerge from hiding and grab James.
SHERIFFJames Clapsaddle, I arrest you for the murder of Megan Thomas. You have the right to remain silent. Any--JAMESNo! No! No!
James tries to get free, but Sheriff pins him and handcuffs him. James yells continuously. Jean buries her face in Gale’s chest. Gale puts his arm around her.
GALEYou did good work. It’s over.
INT. CARTWRIGHT OFFICES -- FRIDAY EVENING
BRADLEY sits in Alan’s chair with his feet up on the desk.
BRADLEYNow, this is the life! Leather chair, expense accounts, beautiful secretaries--
Bradley points to an imaginary person across the desk.
BRADLEYHey! I don’t want to hear about your kid’s operations. I told you not to make me look bad in front of a client. You’re fired. What’s that? You were only making a joke? Well, it looks like the joke is on you. Now get out!
Bradley laughs to himself, then puts his hand to his head, pretending it is a telephone.
BRADLEYYeah, I want you to buy IBM. We’re going to change the name to Bradley Thomas International. And while you’re at it, just go ahead and buy Japan.
ALBERT enters and smiles. Bradley stands up.
ALBERTYou’re a natural.BRADLEYWell, I was just trying it on for size.ALBERTIt’s all right. So, how did you like your week of shadowing?BRADLEYHey, it was a blast. I’m looking forward to getting out of school and getting a real job.ALBERTWell, you know, Bradley, in today’s world, you really can’t get a good job without a college education. Getting the kind of career you want takes a lot of study and hard work. But it pays off in the end.BRADLEYYeah, well, I don’t know if college is exactly my bag. I mean, I don’t know if I could handle it.ALBERTYou never know until you try. College isn’t like high school, Bradley. It’s a whole new ball game. You’ve got a good head on your shoulders. I’ve seen your potential this week, and I think you’re selling yourself short.BRADLEYMy old man says I shouldn’t get my hopes up.ALBERTBelieve in yourself, Bradley. You can make things happen. Hey, why don’t you come over for dinner Sunday night? You and me.BRADLEYOkay. Sure.ALBERTGreat. I’ll see you then.BRADLEYThanks, Mr. Collins.
They shake hands. Bradley crosses the outer office as ALAN enters. The RECEPTIONIST sits at her desk.
BRADLEYGood night, Mr. Cartwright. Thanks.ALANOh, good night, Bradley. Albert! I need to see you.ALBERTRight here, Alan.
Bradley raps on the receptionist’s desk as he exits. She smiles at him. Alan and Albert go into Alan’s office and close the door.
ALBERTWhat can I do for you?ALANAlbert, I know that everyone is a bit anxious about my recent change in direction, and I know that we’re sailing into some rough waters, but I want to reassure you that things are under control. I do have a clear vision.ALBERTThe problem is not vision, Alan, it’s planning. Our entire operation is in a tailspin. No one knows what to expect anymore.ALANI know, I know. It’s not easy to put into words. Look, Albert, in the strictest confidence, I’m not entirely sure of where I’m going. It’s like having a map without any placenames. Janet suggested that she and I take some time off, take a vacation, and sort it all out.ALBERTWell, I think that’s a very sound idea.ALANI haven’t decided. There are some loose ends I want to tie up first.
Alan looks at the old photo of Yvonne on his desk.
EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- EVENING
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- INTERROGATION ROOM -- EVENING
JAMES, handcuffed, sits in a chair in the middle of the room. He has his head down. GALE and SHERIFF stand nearby. DUKE enters.
DUKEWhat the hell’s going on here?SHERIFFI’ve arrested James Clapsaddle here for the murder of Megan Thomas.DUKEYou did what? I warned you about stepping on my toes, Sheriff, and I meant what I said! This case is still in its initial stages! What on earth possessed you to make an arrest?GALEThe suspect displayed a knowledge of details of the case that were never revealed to the general public. But then, we can ask him. How about it, James? Why did you tell Jean that Megan had been crucified?JAMESMegan was tainted. She corrupted me! I thought she was a lamb, but she was a serpent. She mesmerized me with those eyes, all the time she was wrapping her coils around my neck. She had to be sacrificed. It was the only way to restore purity. Only her blood could make me clean.
Gale and Sheriff exchange glances.
GALEWhy don’t you tell us what happened, James?JAMESI thought I knew her. I thought I loved her. The first time I saw her, it was like I recognized her. I had dreamed of her all my life, and then there she was, as real as can be. And she seemed so pure and good. She was worth a thousand of the little sluts running around school. I wouldn’t have anything to do with them. But she was different. She was so beautiful. But something was wrong. She wouldn’t return my love. She didn’t understand that it was meant to be. But maybe it wasn’t, after all. So maybe she was right.GALETell us what happened two weeks ago.JAMESI thought I felt the time was drawing near, destiny was working, and the time had come to lay my cards on the table. We went to dinner and I bared my heart to her, but it was too much for her. She ran off, confused and scared. I knew I had to act fast. The next day, a Saturday, we went for a walk in the woods. There’s paths, you see, and it’s a nice place to walk and talk. Very private. I thought we could be more harmonious there, but it was a mistake. There were devils there, too. They were crawling around inside her. I could see it in the way she walked. The way her hips moved and the mist from her breath curled up around her face. I couldn’t control it. I had to possess her. She was mine! I took her. I took what she had and I was corrupted! I was tainted! It was horrible, and I couldn’t stop! I had to hit her again and again and again. She wouldn’t stop screaming. The devils were tearing her up inside. Then it was over. But I had preserved it, on tape, for her trial.SHERIFFTrial?
Gale motions to Sheriff to be quiet.
JAMESI felt dirty. The devils had gotten to me through her. Megan was lost to them, she was their bride now. But I could still cleanse myself. There was only one way. Sunday. Megan was alone at home. She let me in. I tried to explain what was going on. But she tried to run away. I had to stop her. I couldn’t let her get away from me. The devils invaded her again, but I resisted. I tried to beat them out of her, but I knew she had to be sacrificed. In the basement were the tools I needed. I spread her arms on the wooden floor and drove the spikes through her arms with the mallet, and the blood was everywhere. I couldn’t see. I couldn’t think. It was all pure action. Then, as the devils were driven out, I made her my bride in death, and I was purified. With her blood I cleansed the house, to save those who dwell within. And I was rewarded, for Megan was returned to me, purified. Her hair was the sign of this. It had been the color of blood. It is now the color of sunlight.SHERIFFI think I’ve heard enough.
Gale looks at Sheriff, then at James. Duke glares at both men and storms out.
INT. LIGHTHOUSE -- EVENING
The woman singer is on stage, singing dreamily, with her backup band. Numerous people dance on the dance floor while others sit around at tables and at the bar. The atmosphere is dark and moody, and cigarette smoke hangs heavy in the air. NICHOLAS and PENNY sit in a booth. Penny watches the people dancing.
NICHOLASI’ve missed you. Look, I don’t even know what we’re fighting about. I understand it’s not about Jean. You said so. But I don’t know what it is about. I can’t go on like this.PENNYOh, Nicholas, I love you. Don’t ever doubt that.NICHOLASWhat does that mean?PENNYEverything seems to be happening so fast. I don’t want to lose control. All my life, people have been making up my mind for me. Other people have been deciding what direction my life will go in, and not me. That has to change. I have to make my own decisions.NICHOLASYou don’t want to marry me.PENNYI do. But not right away. I’m not sure. That’s what it is. I have to be sure. I have to make that decision on my own. And I need to be alone. We both do, after all that’s happened. We need to get some distance and take a good look at ourselves.NICHOLASI need you. When you’re not around, I get mixed up in so much bad stuff. I can’t help it. I just can’t seem to see which way to go unless you’re there lighting up the right way.PENNYWe both have to be strong now, or we’ll never have the strength to last. Nicholas, this means more to me than anything in the world. That’s why I have to be sure. I have to know we can live on our own before we can really live together.NICHOLASBut--
JEAN approaches the booth in tears.
JEANI’m sorry to interrupt you guys. I’m really sorry. I don’t want to cause any trouble. But I really don’t want to be alone right now. Please, I just need a friend. Someone I can trust. Please...
Penny stands up.
PENNYIt’s okay, Blue Jean. Go ahead.NICHOLASPenny...PENNYNicholas, Jean needs you right now. And you need to be with her. Stay with her. If you truly love me, stay with her.
Penny exits. Jean collapses into Nicholas’s arms and cries. Nicholas holds her, staring off into the darkness.
INT. KENT’S HOME -- KITCHEN -- EVENING
ROSEMARY is on the phone in the kitchen. She is stunned. She hangs up the phone and goes to the refrigerator. She takes out a plate of éclairs and sits down at the kitchen table. She begins eating. KENT and RAMONA enter the room.
KENTWho was on the phone? What’s wrong?ROSEMARYIt was Dad. He said James has been arrested. They say he killed that poor girl. Two weeks ago. They think James did it. He’s in jail.KENTOh, no.RAMONAI don’t believe it.KENTShe’s not going to get away with this.
Kent goes to the door and puts on his coat.
RAMONAWho? Where are you going?KENTDon’t you get it? It’s a frame-up. There’s something I have to do.RAMONAWhat? Kent, don’t do anything crazy.KENTI’ve got to do something.RAMONALet me go with you.KENTNo, it’s too dangerous.
Kent kisses Ramona and exits the house. Ramona watches him go, worried.
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- LOBBY -- FRIDAY NIGHT
SHERIFF is pouring himself a cup of coffee. GALE comes out of Sheriff’s office.
GALEFranklin is on his way.SHERIFFI can’t believe what’s been going on here. This is getting to be too much. All that talk about devils and purification. He’s totally crazy. He’s just a kid. How can someone get so warped?GALEI don’t know.SHERIFFThose devils he kept talking about. Do you think it was Llewellyn or something like that?GALEActually, no. I’m beginning to think the cases are unrelated. But we may never know for certain. What is the evil inside people that drives them to such heinous crimes? For some it may be an outside agent acting through them. Or it may just be their own twisted soul lashing out.
DUKE comes out of the conference room.
DUKEWell, feeling pretty proud of yourself, eh, Martin?GALEI did what was necessary to solve the case.DUKEAnd may I remind you that it was my case! You were to report every aspect of it directly to me. If you had any suspects, you should have reported it to me! You had no authorization to act on your own!GALEWe are operating within Sheriff Armstrong’s jurisdiction. I was assisting him in an unofficial capacity.DUKEIt was my case, Martin! If an arrest was going to be made, I should have been there!GALEYou demonstrated very clearly that you had no appreciation of the delicate nature of the situation. I gave you every opportunity to cooperate in an open manner, and you rejected my every attempt. If we had turned the operation over to you, the opportunity would have been lost.DUKEBut you were there to save the day. Never, fear, Special Agent Martin Gale is here! You’ve always thought you could take matters into your own hands and make them work out, haven’t you? I thought you’d learned your lesson. The whole thing can blow up in your face and people get hurt! Or killed!GALEYou’re out of line.DUKEYou are the one overstepping himself, my friend! The case was mine! It was your duty as an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist me, not try to lead me down blind alleys with some crap about Satanist kidnappings! You did everything you could to stall and sidetrack my investigation so you could grab the glory for yourself. Well, it never worked before, Martin, and you’re not the first to try, believe me. I will see that you pay the price!GALEI am willing to take responsibility for my actions. Unlike you. You have always blamed everyone else for your own shortcomings.DUKEOh, now that’s rich. This time, Martin, you will be held accountable. I’m going to see to it you don’t get off scot free again, like you did after you...GALEIf you have something to say, say it.
Duke suppresses his rage, then chuckles.
DUKEOh, you’re very, very good.
Duke grimaces and walks away. Sheriff smiles and holds out his hand to Gale, who shakes it grimly.
EXT. TWINSBURG INN -- NIGHT
INT. TWINSBURG INN SUITE -- NIGHT
KENT lets himself into the dark room with the stolen key. He turns on the light and looks around. He finds a briefcase on the table and goes over to it. He takes out his pocketknife and jimmies open the briefcase. In it he finds the cassette. Using his knife, he destroys the tape, slicing it up into pieces.
JANET (O.S.)And what do we have here?
Kent is startled. JANET and JEREMY have entered the room behind him.
JANETIt looks like my lover has come back to me.
Kent panics and charges at them with his pocketknife. Jeremy trips him and Kent falls, banging his head on the dresser. He is knocked out on the floor.
JEREMYThese boys are proving to be a nuisance.JANETWhat do we do with him now?JEREMYWe take him along with us. He may yet prove useful. And we can have some sport with him, as well.JANETOh, I’d like that. Very much.
They both laugh.
EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- NIGHT
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- CONFERENCE ROOM -- NIGHT
FOSGILL is seated at the table, listening to a tape over the headphones. GALE and SHERIFF stand nearby. Fosgill takes off the headphones.
FOSGILLThat’s quite a confession you have there, Martin. Sensational stuff. Reminds me of the Fienberg case in Utah. Remember the Feinberg case?GALEI do.FOSGILLNo, Utah.
FOSGILLWynton! Come on in. Good to see you.DUKEFranklin, I want to make a formal complaint.FOSGILLHold on one second.
Fosgill takes his hearing aid out of his pocket and puts it back on.
FOSGILLCount yourself a lucky man, Wynton! You too, Sheriff! We are standing in the presence of greatness! I knew the first time I saw Martin that he would be the best damn Special Agent I had ever seen or would ever see! This is a man impossible to keep down! Even when everything is stacked against him, he still gets his man in record time! The Bureau needs more men like him, and if he wants to take the occasional magic carpet ride, we can learn to live with it! Vive la différence!DUKE(winces)Franklin…FOSGILLHold on, Wynton! Martin, it gives me great pleasure to reinstate you into the Federal Bureau of Investigation! As the man on television says, let’s make a deal! We’ll overlook this whole incident if you promise me to limit your reports to things that happen here on earth, even if you’re out carrying moonbeams home in a jar!GALEUnderstood, Franklin!
Gale and Fosgill shake hands. Fosgill returns Gale’s badge, then holds up a gun with both hands.
FOSGILLBrand new issue, more accurate and efficient! Smith and Wesson ten millimeter model ten-seventy-six! All stainless steel! It’s a beautiful weapon, Martin, and it’s all yours!GALEThank you, Franklin!
Duke shakes Gale’s hand.
DUKE(softly)Congratulations, Martin. Enjoy the moment. I’ll be watching you.
FOSGILLBetter dust off your own black suit, Martin! Got a case you might be interested in, over in Peoria! We can leave tonight!GALEFranklin, I think I’m going to cash in some of my vacation time, effective immediately.FOSGILLGood idea, Martin! R&R after cracking two big cases sounds like smart thinking! Come back refreshed and renewed! Take as much time as you need, buddy, you’ve earned it!GALEThank you, Franklin.FOSGILLSheriff!SHERIFFGood night!
Fosgill exits. Sheriff pats Gale on the back.
SHERIFFCome on, I’ll buy you a drink.
EXT. DERELICT CHURCH -- NIGHT
INT. DERELICT CHURCH -- NIGHT
KENT is tied up, spread-eagle, and suspended by his wrists so that he is in a standing position. He is shirtless. JANET and JEREMY stand in front of him. Kent is groggy.
JEREMYYou know, you really shouldn’t have wasted your time. I mean, really, we have much bigger fish to fry than a pair of troublesome lads like you and your associate. However, we just can’t afford to have you getting in our way. And if James gives us any more trouble, he’ll be joining you.KENT(to Janet)You’re evil...JANETOh, you little fool.
Janet gives Kent a lusty kiss, then laughs at him.
JANETDon’t take it personally, darling. You were never more than a pawn in our game. But you were reckless, so we had to take you off the board. You understand, surely.KENTYou’ll pay for this.
Janet runs her fingernails down Kent’s bare chest and abdomen. Jeremy circles around behind Kent.
JANETI don’t think so. Sleep tight.
Jeremy gags Kent, then he and Janet exit. Kent struggles, to no avail.
EXT. LIGHTHOUSE -- NIGHT
INT. LIGHTHOUSE -- NIGHT
SHERIFF, YVONNE, DANI, and GALE, wearing his dark suit and tie, enter and sit down at a table. There is a basket of peanuts on the table and they begin munching as a WAITRESS takes their order. The band finished their number and takes a break.
DANIMartin, I’m so happy for you. What a relief.GALEI have been extraordinarily fortunate.YVONNEIt seems you’re an extraordinary man.SHERIFFHe sure is. You pulled yourself out of the fire with nothing but class all the way. I’ve never seen anything like it. Everything against him, and he still puts it all together at the last minute. And you sure told Duke where to get off. I was impressed.YVONNEMy, Martin, you must be an amazing man for Bob to say that.
DANIHave you decided what you’re going to do with your vacation time?GALEFirst things first, Dani. I can’t leave the matter of Llewellyn unfinished. That was my prime motivation in taking time off from the Bureau.DANISure. I don’t know what I was thinking.YVONNEWell, I’ve taken some working vacations myself, so I know how you feel. But at least you got a killer off the streets. I’m sure everyone will sleep a lot better now. Maybe things will get back to normal around here.GALEWe can only hope. But I fear the most dangerous mission lies ahead.YVONNEWho is this Llewellyn you two are always talking about? I realize he was involved in the first couple murders somehow, but you never really explained it.SHERIFFIt’s a long story. I’ll tell you later. Tonight.YVONNEOkay. But we may have other things on our mind then.SHERIFFWe’ll take our chances.
Sheriff and Yvonne laugh. Dani looks at Gale longingly. Then, a red curtain draws closed across the stage and a spotlight comes on in the center.
KRIZMAN walks out into the spotlight, carrying a microphone on a stand.
KRIZMANUm, good evening, folks. I hope everybody’s having a lot of fun tonight, and I guess the band will be back in a couple of minutes. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you that the Maple Lodge’s annual Festival of Lights begins tomorrow morning at nine A.M. We’re going to have lots of fun and games for everybody, and door prizes, and the whole shebang, so I hope everybody’s planning to come on up sometime this weekend. Now, remember, tomorrow is also Valentine’s Day, and it’s a great place to bring that someone special for a really good time.
Everyone except Gale laughs, and Krizman is a bit flustered. Gale leans forward and stares at Krizman intently. Then, Krizman and the microphone fade away. Gale looks around, and he is suddenly sitting alone in the dark room. The spotlight begins pulsating and then explodes in a burst of white light. The LADY OF LIGHT appears on stage, radiating intensely.
LADY OF LIGHTThe time is at hand. Thy journey to the End of the World, to the Plain of Spirits, and the Forest Beyond must soon begin. There wilt thou find the Root of Good and the Root of Evil. Take heed. See beyond thine eyes. Look into the darkness. Thou art the chosen one, my love. Receive now thy baptism.
The Lady of Light disappears, and the ASTRONAUT appears in her place, waving its arms in slow motion. Gale looks on intently. The Astronaut then fades, and another figure appears, a human form made of electricity. Gale is surprised. The ELECTRICAL MAN extends one arm and shoots a bolt of lightning at Gale. The lightning envelops Gale for a moment, then fades. The Electrical Man fades away as Krizman reappears, and the two are briefly superimposed on one another. Then, the other people in the room reappear as well.
KRIZMANThank you. And good luck.
Krizman leaves the stage. Gale squints.
Special Agent Martin Gale, 34. FBI agent.
Sheriff Robert Armstrong, 36. Sheriff of Twinsburg.
Jean Bellew, 19. Megan’s lookalike cousin.
Bradley Thomas, 18. High school senior, Jean’s 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.
Elliott Grey, 42. Owns bike shop, uncle of Nicholas.
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.
Kimmy Clapsaddle, 38. Sister of Rosemary.
Lady of Light. Mystical being.
Franklin Fosgill, 52. FBI regional supervisor.
Yvonne Temple, 36. Environmentalist, mother of Duane.
Ramona Wingfeather, 18. Maple Lodge janitor, Native American.
Sergei Krizman, 68. Maple Lodge Elder.
Jeremy Flynn, 20. Criminal mastermind, son of Janet.
Chip Clapsaddle, 31. Ex-con, Rosemary’s half-brother.
Anastasia Olivera, 30. Wealthy and beautiful woman.
Wynton Duke, 48. FBI agent, Gale’s former partner.
High School Students
Maple Lodge Elders