THE HOSPITAL. DAY. MAY,
PANORAMIC VIEW of The Hospital -- a vast medical complex, a
sprawling pastiche of architecture extending ten blocks north
and south on First Avenue and east to the river.
The Hospital was founded in the late 19th century, and there
are still a few begrimed Victorian Bedlams and Bastilles
among the buildings. Mostly though, it is Medical Modern
1971, white and chrome and lots of glass and concrete shafts
and rotundas. A spanking new Community Mental Health Clinic
towers among the tenements at the northern end of the complex.
On the far side of First Avenue, a twenty-story apartment
house with recessed balconies and picture windows to house
the resident staff has just recently been completed, and
next to it, eight ghetto buildings are being demolished to
make way -- according to the construction company's sign --
for a new Drug Rehabilitation Center, to be completed in
1973, we should all live so long. This is where the shattering
SOUNDS OF CONSTRUCTION are coming from. A block length of
generators and cement and demolition machines are POUNDING,
CRASHING, SCREAMING. Traffic HONKS and BRAYS up First Avenue.
It is a cold spring morning -- 10:00 A.M.
A 1966 station wagon pulls up to the Holly Pavilion.
A tiny, fragile, white-bearded OLD MAN, almost lost in his
overcoat, is helped from the rear of a station wagon and
slowly led to the entrance doors by a middle-aged nurse.
On Monday morning, a patient named
Guernsey, male, middle-seventies was
admitted to the hospital complaining
of chest pains.
HOLLY PAVILION. EIGHTH FLOOR CORRIDOR
The old man is now in a wheelchair pushed by a hospital
orderly down the corridor.
He had been referred by a nursing
home where the doctor had diagnosed
his condition as angina pectoris.
Now it is axiomatic that nursing
home doctors are always wrong.
The old man, shirtless, is propped on the edge of the bed,
wheezing. DR. SCHAEFER, a young intern in white-uniform,
perches beside him with the old man's chart in his lap, taking
down his history. The other patient in the two-bedded room,
a MIDDLE-AGED MAN, is comatose and all rigged up with I.V.'s
The intern who admitted Mr. Guernsey,
however, accepted the diagnosis and
prescribed morphine, a drug suitable
for angina but not at all suitable
for emphysema, which is,
unfortunately, what the old man
actually had. Within an hour...
EIGHTH FLOOR CORRIDOR
Two orderlies rush the old man's bed with, of course, the
old man in it, past the Nurses' Station and into a waiting
...the patient became unresponsive
and diaphoretic and was raced up to
Intensive Care with an irregular
pulse of 150, blood pressure 90 over
60, respiration rapid and shallow.
An oxygen mask is applied to the old man's face by the
The resident on duty now compounded
the blunder by treating the old man
for pulmonary edema. He gave him
digitalis, diuretics and oxygen.
This restored the old man's color...
EIGHTH FLOOR CORRIDOR
The elevator door opens. Two orderlies wheel the sleeping
man on his bed back around the Nurses' Station and down the
corridor to his room.
...and he was sent back to his room
in the Holly Pavilion, ruddy
complected and peacefully asleep.
ROOM 806. EVENING
The old man is back in his room sleeping serenely, his tiny
body making barely a ripple in the white sheet that covers
him. The room is in hushed shadows. A yellowish light diffuses
into the room from the half-opened bathroom door. The other
patient in the room remains as before, comatose and silent.
In point of fact, the patient was in
All the lights are on now. NURSE PENNY CANDUSO and an orderly
are wrapping the old man in a post-mortem shroud. BRUBAKER,
the senior resident, is giving hell to Schaefer, the intern.
...and died at seven-thirty that
The shrouded body of the old man is wheeled out of the room.
CAMERA STAYS on the vacated bed.
I mention all this, only to explain
how the bed in Room 806 became
PAN from bed to Schaefer, now alone in the room and regarding
the empty bed with frowning interest. Schaefer is a scraggly
young fellow, bespectacled, with a contemporary mess of hair
and a swinging unkempt moustachio. HOLD on Schaefer.
The intern involved was a prickly
young buck named Schaefer who had a
good thing going for him with a
technician in the hematology lab. In
the haphazard fashion of hospital
romances, Dr. Schaefer had been
zapping this girl on wheelchairs,
stretchers, pantry shelves...
Dr. Schaefer moves for the phone on the table between the
...in the kitchen, in the morgue, in
the dark corners of corridors...
Schaefer speaks softly into the phone.
...standing up, sitting down -- so
you can imagine what an available
bed meant to him.
Hey, Sheila, this is Howard, Sheila.
Hey listen. I got us a bed for
tonight. A real, honest-to-god bed.
FREEZE on CLOSE-UP of the beaming, lubricious Schaefer on
CREDITS AND MUSIC ERUPT ONTO THE SCREEN --
INTERSPERSED WITH CREDITS, the following scenes:
ROOM 806. NIGHT
Dark. Just a bit of moonlight streaking through the not quite
closed bathroom. The hallway door opens, and a young woman,
carrying a top coat, slips quickly in giggling like hell,
followed by Schaefer, who is likewise giggling and admonishing
her to be quiet. Her name is SHEILA. Sheila notices the other
patient in the room sleeping away and looks questioningly at
Schaefer, who reassures her as he removes her coat. After
which he strips off his own white jacket and trousers and
hangs them in the armoire. The girl asks in a hoarse whisper
if they're going to get totally nude and wonders if that's
such a good idea. For an answer, Schaefer fondles her crotch.
They both giggle, they both shush each other, they giggle
again; they're both stoned. The girl unzippers her dress.
The dark room is filled for the moment with the flurry of
undressing, flung garments, elbows, legs and arms, bumpings
into each other, and Sheila saying between giggles, "Boy, I
sure hope nobody walks in."
They eventually wind up on the unoccupied bed, and the scene
ends looking ACROSS the sleeping profile of THE PATIENT in
the other bed as Schaefer and his girl thump away at each
other with much creaking of springs, moans, groans, giggles
and the white-limbed patterns of fornication.
Dark, silent, hushed. The fun and games are over. Sheila is
in front of the armoire. She slips back into her dress, after
which she tiptoes back to the bed where Schaefer is deeply
asleep, smiling in postcoital peace. Sheila bends, shakes
I'll see you.
Schaefer smiles, grunts, sleeps on.
END OF CREDITS.
THE HOSPITAL. 6:30 A.M. NEXT MORNING, TUESDAY
A cold newly-dawned sun shines down on the vast sprawling
complex of the hospital. Desultory early morning traffic on
HOLLY PAVILION, EIGHTH FLOOR
The night shift of nurses is closing out another night's
work, which has been on the whole uneventful. The head nurse,
MRS. REARDON, hunches over her paperwork. NURSE ELIZABETH
RIVERS sits at the desk beside her, resting her head on the
palm of one hand. NURSE'S AID J.C. MILLER crosses with an
armful of linens. She disappears into the pharmacy and supply
areas behind the Nurses' Station. In the west corridor, NURSE
LUCINDA PEREZ glances at her watch, then pads down to Room
806. She enters.
ROOM 806. DAY
A cold gray light cheerlessly illuminates the room. Nurse
Perez checks the I.V. on the comatose patient who is in the
bed nearest the door. Then she turns to regard the other bed --
which gives her pause.
NURSE'S P.O.V.: Intern Dr. Schaefer is lying on this bed,
rigid, eyes dilated, pupils staring unseeing. An I.V. tube
sticks out of his naked right arm. Nurse Perez doesn't quite
know what to make of the fact that Dr. Schaefer is lying on
that bed with an I.V. tube sticking out of him looking dead.
Frowning, she reaches out a tentative hand to shake his naked
There is, of course, no response. A terrible suspicion enters
Nurse Perez's mind, and she closes her eyes and sighs a long
shuddering sigh. Then she opens her eyes and, with a second
and briefer sigh, reaches for Schaefer's neck to take his
pulse. Clearly, the result is not encouraging. She sighs
another short sigh and regards Schaefer's unblinking, dilated
pupils. It's all a bit too much for her; she shuffles to the
window and stares out into the gray morning where things are
a little more comprehensible. Once again, she returns to the
bed, regards Schaefer's death mask. She raises the bedsheet
and, for one short but appreciative moment, considers
Schaefer's naked body. She lets the bedsheet carefully down.
She sighs again.
(trying again, with
She sighs, turns and leaves the room.
EIGHTH FLOOR CORRIDOR
Nurse Perez, frowning and pursing her lips, moves slowly
EIGHTH FLOOR, NURSES' STATION
Head Nurse Reardon is still bent over her paperwork.
Listen, did you know Doctor Schaefer
was in Eight-O-Six, because he's
I'm just telling you, Dr. Schaefer
(works on; after a
moment, looks up)
What do you want, Perez?
Look, I don't know what the hell
this is all about, but Dr. Schaefer
is in Room 806 with an I.V. running
and he's dead. I didn't even know he
(regards Perez a moment)
Perez, what the hell are you talking
(appeals to Nurse
Rivers coming out of
the floor pharmacy)
Do you know what the hell she's
Well, maybe I'm going crazy. I don't
know. Isn't Room 806 the patient
Guernsey? I mean, did something happen
I don't know about?
Perez, I don't know what you're
This is the nuttiest thing I ever
saw. Dr. Schaefer's in Room 806 dead.
What Dr. Schaefer? Our Dr. Schaefer?
Our Dr. Schaefer. The one who's always
grabbing everybody's ass.
(to Nurse Rivers)
Do you know what she's talking about?
I don't know what she's talking about.
What do you mean Doctor Schaefer's
in Room 806 dead?
I mean, he's lying on the far bed,
stone dead, and with an I.V. tube
sticking out of him. And if you don't
believe me, maybe you just ought to
get up and look for yourself.
With a short, irritable sigh, Mrs. Reardon abandons her
paperwork and heads down the west corridor, followed by Nurses
Perez and Rivers. CAMERA TRACKS as Mrs. Reardon turns to
All right, maybe you'd better call
BOCK'S HOTEL ROOM
Dark. Venetian blinds drawn. TV set on, a gray coarse-grained
square. PHONE RINGS.
DR. HERBERT BOCK, 53 years old, a large man, bulky,
disheveled, apparently fell asleep in a chair while watching
television the night before. The bed still has its spread on
but is rumpled. Bock is in trousers and shirt, collar opened,
barefooted. PHONE RINGS. The reading lamp is the only light
in the room except for the sheen of gray hissing from the
television. Newspapers litter the floor. Books, two-day-old
plates of food, yesterday's mugs of coffee, cigar-stuffed
ashtrays, a shirt, a pair of pants, a winter overcoat, a
battered gray fedora have been slung about. PHONE on the
bedtable RINGS again, begins to penetrate the sotted sleep
of the man. Two bottles of booze, one empty, and a clump of
glasses are on the coffee table in front of Bock. He grunts,
opens an eye. PHONE RINGS. Bock suddenly exsufflates in a
snorting grunt. He stands, shuffles to the bed, a big, sodden
fellow, picks up the receiver, interrupting its next RING.
He sinks, sitting on the bed.
This is Dr. Bock... Yes, Mrs.
Christie, what is it? It's all right,
I'd be getting up in a few minutes
anyway... I'm sorry I missed that.
Would you say it again? Yes, I know
him, Schaefer, the stud with the
glasses, who fancies the nurses...
I'm afraid I don't understand that,
what do you mean? Was he sick? I
mean, was he... uh, what was the
cause of death? Was he being treated?
I don't understand. What was he doing
in the bed? You did say he... Look,
Mrs. Christie, did you call the
office? Good, well, I'll... No, no,
it's all right. I'll be getting my
wake-up call any minute anyway.
He returns the receiver to its cradle, sits disoriented,
unbuttoning his shirt.
HOSPITAL. MORNING. 8:00 A.M.
LONG SHOT of the hospital, now alive and jumping. Taxis pull
up and out of the large U-shaped drive. A noisy picket line
of about twenty chanting protesters parade with signs in an
Two-four! Help the poor!
Most of the placards are slogan-y: "PEOPLE YES! DOCTORS NO!" --
"CURE POVERTY! HEAL THE POOR!" Two protesters move toward
the street, waving and yelling at an approaching car. One, a
young white fellow wears a sandwich board that goes into the
matter at some length: "WE PROTEST THE EVICTION OF 386 BLACK
FAMILIES AND THE DESTRUCTION OF THEIR HOMES TO SERVE THE
EXPANSIONIST POLICIES OF THIS IMPERIALIST HOSPITAL."
In the back seat of the car sits JOHN SUNDSTROM, handsomely
graying, tanned, early fifties, the Director of the Hospital.
He looks up. That young demonstrator, DR. IVES, a sandy-haired
bespectacled man of 30 in a white doctor's coat, sidles to
the car's open rear window angrily shouting.
What do you say, Sundstrom? How much
longer do you think our monopolistic,
exclusionary, racist policies will
We're the hope!
Sundstrom lowers his window and gives his driver directions.
He exits in the BACKGROUND parking area, where he notices
Bock emerging from his car. Sundstrom waits for him.
So how's it going, Herb?
Bock's sour glance says it all. He locks his car, joins
Sundstrom, and the two men start down the concrete ramp.
(after a moment)
One of my interns dropped dead this
Really? I'm sorry to hear that. I
understand you've moved out to a
It got that bad with Phyllis?
It's been that bad for twenty-four
years. Are you going to be solicitous?
They trudge across the U-shaped entrance drive, pausing to
let a car pass.
Listen, Herb, I'm the guy who brought
you into this hospital, so I think I
can skip the diplomatic overtures.
Marty stopped me in the hall
yesterday, very upset. He had just
had lunch with you and said you
sounded suicidal. Marty tends to be
extravagant, but he's not the only
one. Jack Singer mentioned the other
day you've been boozing it up a lot.
And let's face it, you've been
sloughing off. I understand you
haven't even been doing rounds.
I'm going to do rounds today.
They pick their way around the shuffling line of protesters --
many with Afro haircuts and tinted glasses, including a black
minister and four young white activists.
HOSPITAL, HOLLY PAVILION, EXECUTIVE CORRIDOR
Early-arriving secretaries chat in the doorways. The corridor
itself connects to the Bryce Pavilion (pediatrics, gynecology
and obstetrics), so a steady stream of traffic moves back
and forth. Bock and Sundstrom enter the corridor and slow to
a halt to continue their chat by a wall.
Herb, want a couple of days off?
Go down to Montego Bay, get drunk,
get laid, get a little sun.
For God's sake, John, I'm fifty-three
years old with all the attendant
fears. I just left my wife after
twenty-four years. Standard case of
Maybe you ought to have a talk with
I don't want to see a psychiatrist.
Stop worrying about me. All I have
to do is get my ass back to work,
and I'll be fine. I'm sorry I've
caused you concern.
He sets off down the long corridor to the elevators. MILTON
MEAD, the Administrator of the Hospital, comes out of one of
the offices, waves a good morning to Bock, who acknowledges
him and plods on. Mead comes up to Sundstrom, now moving
toward his own office.
Sid just called from St. Luke's, and
he's heard that the demonstrators up
there are planning a march to join
the bunch down here.
(he wraps his arm
him into his office
Did you call the cops?
HOLLY PAVILION, EIGHTH FLOOR. 8:15 A.M.
The elevator door opens. Out comes Bock, overcoat unbuttoned
now. He clumps to the Nurses' Station. An unusual number of
nurses seems to be there. Through the doorway of the floor
pharmacy, we can see Nurse Rivers of the night shift being
comforted by Nurse Perez of the night shift and Nurse Edwards
of the morning shift. The head morning nurse, MRS. DONOVAN,
is at the desk hunched over her paperwork. (Nurses are always
hunched over their paperwork.) NURSE FELICIA CHILE is also
seated at the desk doing some paperwork. Head Nurse Donovan
looks up briefly as Dr. Bock approaches.
(back to her paperwork)
They're all in Eight-O-Six, Doctor.
I think I'll just let Mrs. Christie
tell you about it.
Bock lumbers off for the west corridor through a press of
activity. Kitchen workers trundle creaking portable carts,
nurse's aids and attendants pop in and out of doorways bearing
trays and used dishes. A robed patient or two ambulates along
the hall. Morning rounds have just started, which means a
clump of white-jacketed, white-trousered young doctors are
gathered in a gaggle at the far end. The group includes senior
resident MONROE BRUBAKER, junior resident HARVEY BIEGELMAN,
interns SAM CHANDLER and IRVING AMBLER and another medical
student, all lounging outside a door discussing the condition
of the patient within.
Chandler is presenting the case from a handful of notecards
in his hand. The others lean against the walls, listening.
They wear shirts and ties with the exception of Ambler, who
is new to the floor and still in the canonical white tunic
under his jacket. They are all in their twenties and have
swinger sideburns and occasional mustaches. When he spots
Dr. Bock, senior resident Brubaker turns the rounds over to
Biegelman and joins Bock just outside 806.
(as he approaches,
rolls his eyes)
I've seen some pretty good snafus,
but this one... I mean, there's a
certain splendor to this one. One of
the night nurses, a float, thought
Schaefer was a patient and plugged
an I.V. into him. He was a diabetic,
What do you mean, a nurse plugged an
I.V. into him?
Oh, it's really a screwed-up story,
Doctor. You see, what happened was
we had an old man in that bed who
died last night, so the bed was
available. And you know Schaefer.
He's Sammy Stud.
And he talked a nurse into zapping
him on that bed.
I think it was a girl from hematology
he's been running with.
My God, it's a Roman farce.
The door to Room 806 opens, and an Assistant Administrator
named HITCHCOCK pokes his head out.
I thought I heard you out here,
(he too rolls his
eyes heavenward in
an expression of
Bock makes a noise and goes into...
Aside from Hitchcock, the room includes MRS. CHRISTIE, the
Director of Nurses, a fusty forty-six, in streetclothes;
Head Night Nurse, Mrs. Reardon, in uniform; Head Evening
Nurse, MRS. DUNNE, mid-fifties, who had apparently been called
in from home because she's in mufti and wearing a winter
coat; and, of course, the comatose patient and the dead Dr.
Schaefer. Mrs. Christie is instructing the two nurses.
I'll need one from both of you, three
copies, and I suggest you do that
right now. The forms are in my
Mrs. Dunne, on the verge of tears, head bobbing, looks up to
I'm really so terribly sorry about
this, Dr. Bock. I...
rigid death mask)
As I understand it, one of the nurses
inadvertently administered an I.V.
to Schaefer here. How the hell could
Listen, I think we ought to straighten
this out somewhere else.
Yes, very good idea. Oh God, what a
They all file out now, Bock in the rear into...
HALLWAY, NURSES' STATION AND LOBBY AREA
They all go along to the Nurses' Station where Mrs. Reardon
and Mrs. Dunne disappear into the rooms behind. Mrs. Christie
leads Hitchcock and the trailing Bock to the TV-solarium;
but Dr. Brubaker is now holding his rounds there. He stands,
quietly expounding on the uses of heparin, a decoagulant.
One of the patients last night had hemorrhaged consequent to
injudicious use of that drug. Listening, the other young
doctors make notes. Mrs. Christie leans against the wall.
Apparently, the conference is to take place in the corridor.
Background activity continues normally.
(with a sigh)
Well, these things happen, of course.
I suppose I'd better call the Medical
I still don't know what happened.
Well, it took an hour to get it sorted
out. It seems a patient named Guernsey
died last night in Eight-O-Six, but
that information wasn't given to the
night nurses. These things happen.
Bock has begun to get the drift. A curious state of apathy
settles over him.
At any rate, according to the cardex,
the patient Guernsey was down for
twenty-five milligrams of Sparine Q-
6-H, so Mrs. Reardon sent Nurse Perez
to give him his twelve o'clock shot.
Meanwhile, it seems Dr. Schaefer had
usurped that particular bed for his
own purposes. Dr. Brubaker suggests
it was for a love tryst, and some
weight is given that hypothesis by
the fact that Dr. Schaefer was naked.
(trying to give his
attention to this)
I get the drift, Mrs. Christie. In
other words, Nurse Perez went in and
sedated Dr. Schaefer thinking it was
the patient Guernsey. My God! What I
If I may finish, Doctor. Well, after
Perez gave him his shot, she noticed
the I.V. on the bed had been pinched
off, and she reported that back to
Mrs. Reardon, who then assigned Nurse
Rivers to restart the I.V.
Now Rivers was a float. She didn't
even know the staff people on the
floor, and nobody knew what the
patient Guernsey looked like anyway,
since he'd only been admitted that
So she plugged an I.V. into him.
(The doctor in him
intrudes into his
A five percent glucose solution won't
kill anybody. Did he have any other
ancillary conditions? He wasn't
dehydrated, was he? Didn't anybody
bother to go in to check him during
the night, even under the impression
he was merely a patient? Was he
hyperasthmolic? Did he have a bad
heart? He must have had some kind of
thrombosis. I want the post done
here, Mr. Hitchcock. And you and I
better have a little chat, Mrs.
Christie, about your excessive use
of float nurses.
I've got nearly a thousand nurses in
And every time one of them has her
period, she disappears for three
days. My doctors complain regularly
they can't find the same nurse on
the same floor two days in a row.
What the hell am I supposed to tell
that boy Schaefer's parents? That a
substitute nurse assassinated him,
because she couldn't tell the doctors
from the patients on the floor? My
God, the incompetence here is
absolutely radiant! I mean, two
separate nurses walk into a room,
stick needles into a man -- and one
of those was a number eighteen jelco! --
tourniquet the poor sonofabitch,
anchor the poor sonofabitch's arm
with adhesive tape, and it's the
wrong poor sonofabitch! I mean, my
God! Where do you train your nurses,
Mrs. Christie? Dachau!?
(he is aware his voice
has risen and is
He lowers his voice)
All right, wrap him up and get him
down to Pathology. I'm especially
interested in his blood sugar. A
liter of glucose never killed anybody.
Your ladies must've done something
else to him.
Will there be anything else, Doctor?
Before you call the family, Doctor,
I wish you'd talk to Mr. Mead about
this. We'd like, naturally, to avoid
Bock heads abruptly down the corridor to the elevators.
HOLLY PAVILION, SEVENTH FLOOR, CORRIDOR
A corridor of offices. This is the Department of Medicine,
where Bock and all the senior staff members of the department
have their offices. It's quiet, since most of the staff are
away at their various specialties about the hospital.
Bock comes up the corridor still wearing the overcoat he
arrived in some hours ago. He has only managed to unbutton
it in all the time it has taken him to reach the corner
office. Gilt lettering on the door reads: DEPARTMENT OF
MEDICINE and below that DR. HERBERT E. BOCK.
BOCK'S OFFICE, OUTER OFFICE
Small office with two desks. As Department Chief, Bock gets
two secretaries. Both are at their desks, one on the phone,
MISS GLORIA LEBOW, and the other rattling away on the IBM,
MISS STEPHANIE McGUIRE.
It would seem not. Bock waves a listless hand, exits into...
BOCK'S PRIVATE OFFICE
The modestly imposing office is lined with medical tomes.
Bock slips out of his coat and jacket and hangs them in the
closet. In shirtsleeves with his tie a bit askew --
fastidiousness in dress is not Bock's strong point -- he
crosses to his desk and sits, breathing more heavily than
his small exertions would seem to warrant. He seems exhausted.
There is a KNOCK on the door. Miss Lebow enters, holding a
filing envelope stuffed with papers.
A few things have been piling up.
Would you like to go into them?
A guttural noise indicates yes. Miss Lebow pulls up a chair,
opens her folder.
A quickie. Dr. Esterhazy wants to
start hiring temporary people to
cover the summer vacations. He says
last year some of the replacement
people didn't receive their checks
until they waited six months. He
wonders if you could do something
about getting these people paid more
She places a sheet of paper on the desk in front of Bock. He
tries to give his attention to it.
Miss Aronovici complains the lab
reports are coming in slow into the
E.R. I called Dr. Immelman about
that, and she said three microscopes
have been stolen out of her lab in
the last two months. Charley Waters
also complains about pilferage. I've
clumped all those together for you...
(she lays a sheaf of
memos in front of
Bock, who stares at
Now, as you know, Doctor, we've agreed
to take over the local ambulance
cases as part of the hospital's
commitment to the community, and
it's created a serious overload in
the E.R. I don't know why this was
dumped in our lap, but...
Bock obviously isn't up to all this. He waves a limp hand to
stop Miss Lebow's morning report.
(staring at his desktop)
Find out if Dr. Einhorn is in his
Which Dr. Einhorn? Ophthalmology or
Never mind. I'll look in myself.
He lumbers across the room and out into...
BOCK'S OUTER OFFICE
...and down past Miss McGuire, rattling away on her IBM, and
HOLLY PAVILION, SEVENTH FLOOR, CORRIDOR
...down past several closed doors, stopping at a door marked
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY, DR. JOSEPH EINHORN. He enters.
DR. EINHORN'S OFFICE, SECRETARY'S OFFICE
A secretary at her desk, sips coffee and reads a paperback
Is he in?
The doctor is obviously in. He can be seen through the open
door sitting at his desk writing in a notebook. Bock leans
Can you give me a few minutes, Joe?
Bock goes in, closes the door behind himself.
DR. EINHORN'S OFFICE
Bock looks only at the floor.
(ill at ease)
I've been having periods of acute
depression recently. Apparently,
it's becoming noticeable. A number
of people have remarked on it. Anyway,
John Sundstrom thought it might be a
good idea if I spoke to you about
Do you want to sit down, Herb?
No. I'm not good at confessional.
(he ambles around)
Well, what can I tell you? The last
year, two, three... it goes way back,
I suppose. I can remember entertaining
suicidal thoughts as a college
student. At any rate, I've always
found life demanding. I'm an only
child of lower-middle-class people.
I was the glory of my parents. My
son the doctor. Well, you know. I
was always top of my class.
Scholarship to Harvard. The boy
genius, the brilliant eccentric.
Terrified of women, clumsy at sports.
God, Joe, how the hell do I go about
I understand you just separated from
I left her a dozen times. She left
me a dozen times. We stayed together
through a process of attrition.
Obviously sado-masochistic dependency.
My home is hell. We've got a twenty-
three-year-old boy I threw out of
the house last year. A shaggy-haired
Maoist. I don't know where he is,
presumably building bombs in basements
as an expression of his universal
brotherhood. I've got a seventeen-
year-old daughter who's had two
abortions in two years and got
arrested last week at a rock festival
for pushing drugs. They let her off.
The typical affluent American family.
I don't mean to be facile about this.
Indeed, he does not. He is horrified by the fact his eyes
are wet and he is verging on tears. He turns away quickly.
I blame myself for those two useless
young people. I never exercised
parental authority. I'm no good at
that. Oh, God, I'm no good at this
either. Joe, let's just forget the
whole thing. I'm sorry I bothered
He starts for the door.
How serious are your suicidal
(at the door)
I amuse myself with different ways
of killing myself that don't look
like suicide. I wouldn't want to do
my family out of the insurance.
Digitalis will give you an arrhythmia.
A good toxologist would find traces.
Potassium's much better. Sixty milli
equivalent. Instantaneous. Of course,
then you're stuck with how to get
rid of the hypodermic. Forty milli
equivalent. Gives you plenty of time
to dispose of the evidence.
You seem to have given considerable
thought to the matter.
You ought to know a man who talks
about it all the time never does it.
I don't know. I see a man who's
exhausted, emotionally drained,
riddled with guilt, and has been
systematically stripping himself of
his wife, children, friends, isolating
himself from the world. Are you
What does that mean?
It means I haven't tried in so long,
I don't know. Let's just drop the
whole thing, Joe. I feel humiliated
and stupid. All I have to do is pull
myself together and get back into my
work. I'm sorry I troubled you. Take
care of yourself. I'll see you.
Before Einhorn can say a word, he slips away and disappears
into his own office.
HOLLY PAVILION. 8:30 A.M.
The score of protesters outside the pavilion still move in
an uneven ellipse and shout: "Two -- Four! Help the Poor!"
Ives, the bespectacled demonstrator who shouted at Sundstrom
earlier, is removing his sandwich boards and giving them to
his replacement. He hurries across the walk and into...
HOLLY PAVILION, LOBBY
Ives cuts through the congestion of people and moves swiftly
up the long corridor leading to the Farkis Building,
unbuttoning his overcoat as he goes into...
THE FARKIS BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR
...and comes out, as the elevator opens. This is a laboratory
floor, and the corridors are empty except for a white-
uniformed orderly leaning against a wall and for one young
woman in a white smock in the background, who waves to the
young man before disappearing into one of the rooms. Ives
fishes out a ring of keys and unlocks the door to his own
lab. He enters into...
FARKIS BUILDING, NEPHROLOGY LAB
Dingy and cheerless place, as labs go. Ives hangs his coat
in the cupboard, loosens his tie, unbuttons his suit jacket,
squats on a stool, reaches over for a loose file on the work
table, opens the file and begins to read the papers inside.
A door CLICKS open behind him, and without looking up, he
waves briefly to whoever has entered. CAMERA DOLLIES to FULL
SHOT of Ives frowning over his notes. We are suddenly
conscious of a white-uniformed presence behind him. We know
it's medical personnel, but we can't see the face. Ives starts
to turn to the presence behind him, when suddenly a small
hospital sandbag is whipped down on his head, and he slumps
forward, his forehead thumping against the black surface of
the lab table.
HIGH ANGLE SHOT establishing the passing of hours. Sun high
overhead, traffic on First Avenue an impenetrable river of
HONKS and HOOTS. At a crosswalk, a loose procession of fifty
or so shouting demonstrators, bearing placards, flows toward
the main gates. Their posters read: "FIGHT DOPE -- NOT DOPES!"
"DRUGS YES! TRANSPLANTS NO!" and "SAVE OUR KIDS FROM THE
SKIDS!" which is what they now chant: "Save our kids! From
the Skids!" The demonstration moves through a handful of
city cops where our original group of twenty still ramble
around, chanting: "Two -- Four! Help the Poor!"
HOLLY PAVILION, EIGHTH FLOOR
The staff elevator doors open and Bock comes out, wearing
his long white doctor's coat unbuttoned. Hanging about the
Nurses' Station are Dr. Brubaker and a few young men in white.
They come quickly to respectful attention at Bock's entrance.
CLATTERING TRAYS dominate the lunchtime atmosphere.
The doctors move off toward the solarium on the east corridor
overlooking the river. They pass a curious quartet of people
consisting of a very handsome YOUNG WOMAN in her late twenties
in an out-of-fashion miniskirt (She has great legs, long and
tanned.); an ELDERLY MAN, uncomfortable in city clothes and
unmistakably an INDIAN; a tall overcoated man in his forties
wearing a MINISTER's white collar; and a DISTINGUISHED MAN
dressed in fashionable gray who is trying to persuade the
young woman of something. The young woman and the Indian
stand absolutely still, silent, impassive. The minister is
(to Brubaker en passant)
Who's that exotic group?
You got me. They've been here about
ONE YOUNG DOCTOR
I think they're with the old man in
Bock and Brubaker, trailed by young doctors, move into the
Dr. Perry said he picked the
tuberculosis and the liver nodes for
Good. Because that's the one I studied
up. A hell of a case.
EIGHTH FLOOR, TV ROOM
Some twenty-five or thirty young doctors, two or three of
them black, three or four of them women, fill the room. At
Bock's entrance, they find places around the walls, sofas,
soft chairs and benches. The TV set has been pushed into a
corner, and a large portable blackboard has been set up.
This is the Chief of Service Round, attended by every
available intern and resident. Somebody closes the door,
just as two young doctors come hurrying in.
All right, who's presenting?
EMERGENCY AREA, WAITING ROOM
People of all ages sit around on aluminum chairs arranged
around the walls of the room. All are in streetclothes. Some
speak to each other. A line of people, extending into the
hallway and holding their charts, waits for a lady from the
accounting department taking Blue Cross numbers. This lady
from accounting is MRS. CUSHING, late forties, bespectacled
and testy. She calls out at large.
Is there anybody seated who hasn't
been to see me first? Is there anyone
here who hasn't given me their health
Her phone RINGS. She picks it up.
Emergency Room... Well, I don't know,
Sybil. What's his name?
To a man on line at her desk, thrusting his chart out to
Would you wait a moment, please. I'm
on the phone, can't you see I'm on
(rummaging through a
stack of charts,
large paper forms in
...Of course not, do they ever?
(hangs up, takes two
charts from the desk,
pushes through the
Would you mind, please. I have to
get through, do you mind?
She makes her way to the door and goes out into...
EMERGENCY AREA, ENTRANCE LOBBY
...which is congested. Mrs. Cushing enters...
EMERGENCY, ADMITTING AND TREATMENT ROOMS
Give me that one again... thirty-
Facing the desk are six curtained treatment rooms, mostly
open to view. Behind the desk are a supply room and another
treatment room. Both are occupied, the former by a PARANOID
LADY wringing her hands in a paranoid rush and listened to
by a very patient young intern.
They follow me everywhere. Three big
black men. Naked, completely exposed.
Right in the street. Hanging down to
their knees. Disgusting. They're
waiting out there for me now...
...and in the other room, a man in his thirties is being
treated for some sort of head lacerations. In one treatment
room, the Chief of Emergency Service, DR. SPEZIO, a man in
his late thirties, along with an intern, an anesthesiologist
and a nurse, is bent over a naked and comatose young black
woman of eighteen, covered somewhat with a sheet. She's a
junkie, being intubated, i.e. a small endotracheal tube has
been inserted into her mouth. This is the most melodramatic
of the varied activity here.
A middle-aged man complaining of chest pains is lying clothed
in another treatment room; a nurse attends him.
An asthmatic middle-aged woman sits in still another room
being administered her 500 mg. of amenophylene subcutaneously.
The curtains on another room are drawn for privacy. On chairs
in the corner sit a teenage boy with a badly sprained ankle
and an elderly man bathing his hand in an enamel basin held
in his lap.
A young mother with a five-year-old daughter with a badly
cut arm is being attended to by the back wall. The Emergency
Room Nursing Supervisor, MISS ARONOVICI, a pretty woman in
her mid-twenties, is sterilizing the little girl's wound.
Mrs. Cushing makes her way to Miss Aronovici. They detest
Did you call upstairs and tell them
to admit a patient named Mitgang?
(continuing to treat
the little girl)
I don't know. They just called me.
They said you didn't fill out the
chart. And where do you come off
sending anyone up to Admitting without
Miss Aronovici turns to Mrs. Cushing, regarding her sweetly.
Sally, would you get the fuck out of
here. The patient's in the Holding
Room. You want his Blue Cross number,
you go in and you get his Blue Cross
Mrs. Cushing elbows back through the line of patients waiting
at the Admitting desk.
Do you mind, please...
There are now three nurses behind the desk, all of them on
phones. One nurse calls to Dr. Spezio.
O.P.D. wants to know how that
asthmatic they sent down is.
(just leaving the
group around the
She's fine. We'd like to keep her
here a little while.
Spezio heads for the door where he is intercepted by Mrs.
May I see you a moment, Doctor, if
you don't mind.
(sighs, calls back to
the triage nurse)
I'll be right back.
He goes out, followed by Mrs. Cushing, into...
EMERGENCY AREA, LOBBY
Spezio and Mrs. Cushing move between laundry and supply carts.
(thrusting some papers
at the doctor)
If you don't mind, Doctor, is this
Spezio stops, sighs, examines the paper.
Am I supposed to read that? Was it a
sprain? Was it a broken wrist? I
can't read that scribbling. I mean,
I have to bill these people. I know
you doctors are the ministering
angels, and I'm just the bitch from
the Accounting Department, but I
have my job to do too. I mean, if
you don't mind, Doctor...?
(studies the paper)
The kid had a collar fracture. We
had him in the O.R. We reduced it
and we gave him a small cast.
He strides off.
(calls after him)
But did you give him a sling? You
must have taken X-rays. How am I
supposed to make up the charges?
She turns into...
EMERGENCY AREA, HOLDING ROOM
Designed to hold patients who've been examined and wait to
be admitted to a room upstairs, it's in fact used for
examination, treatment, storage. The room is quiet. Two male
patients lie on comfortable stretchers, apparently sedated
and resting. Mrs. Cushing turns to the patient immediately
to her right as she enters. To the still figure she poses
Are you Mitgang?
She gets no answer from that bed. From another direction, a
She turns to Mitgang. Something bothers her about the first
patient. She finds Mitgang's chart tucked in under his pillow,
takes out her pencil.
Do you carry Blue Cross, Blue Shield,
Mr. Mitgang, if you don't mind?
Mitgang, eyes closed, emits a sound.
Do you have your card with you?
Do you know your number?
Negative grunt from Mitgang.
Mr. Mitgang, you're not leaving this
room until I have this information.
(enters for some chore)
Will you leave that man alone?
In a fit of temper, Mrs. Cushing throws the chart and her
pencil down on the floor.
(indicating the other
Do you mind if I at least ask this
gentleman to fill out his chart?
She pulls his chart from under his pillow, bends and retrieves
her pencil from the floor, straightens. She speaks to the
May I have your A.H.S. policy number,
No answer. CAMERA MOVES SLOWLY IN on the patient. We now
recognize him as the bespectacled young activist Dr. Ives,
so recently coshed over the head with a sandbag.
Do you carry Blue Cross? Blue Shield?
Mrs. Cushing stares at the patient. He is not breathing.
Behind her, the nurse exits carrying whatever she came for.
Mrs. Cushing turns to her, but she is gone. Frowning, Mrs.
Cushing backs out...
...as Dr. Spezio and others come down the corridor.
(as Spezio approaches,
with spiteful relish)
I think one of your patients in here
is dead, Dr. Spezio.
(enters the Holding
Why do you say that, Mrs. Cushing?
Because he wouldn't give me his Blue
Cross number, Dr. Spezio.
Spezio regards the death mask of a face.
He moves quickly forward to raise the dead man's eyelid.
Behind him, a nurse enters. He wheels on her angrily.
How the hell long has this man been
lying here? Isn't this that doctor
who came in around nine o'clock?
MILTON MEAD'S OFFICE. 2:00 P.M.
MILTON MEAD, late thirties, lean, efficient but under constant
strain, is having his daily staff luncheon conference, which
consists of a CHIEF ENGINEER, the ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR OF
PERSONNEL, three residents in administration, including
Hitchcock, sandwiches and coffee.
I mean, they gave me a hard time,
Con Ed. "For Pete's Sake," I said,
"this is a hospital. One of our
feedlines just blew..."
Mead's phone RINGS and he picks it up.
annoyance; he sighs
I mean, it's lucky we traced it in
No, I'll be right up.
(hangs up, stands)
Have we covered about everything?
Dr. Kish has been driving me nuts
with the O.R. schedule.
He's supposed to see me about that.
He moves across his office into...
MEAD'S SECRETARY'S OFFICE
Actually a communal office with desks for three secretaries.
(looks up to Mead
from talking on the
This is the Emergency Room. One of
the doctors just died of a heart
One of our staff?
I think so.
Mead frowns, leans back into his own office.
Tom, you want to go down to the
Emergency Room? One of our doctors
What? Another one?
Yeah, see what that's about.
(en passant to
I'll be on Holly Eight. I'll be right
HOLLY PAVILION, EIGHTH FLOOR
The staff elevator door opens, and Milton Mead comes out. He
has apparently been buttonholed in the elevator by a woman
in a doctor's coat, DR. IMMELMAN, Pathology, who follows him
It's no longer pilferage, Milton.
It's reached the point of piracy.
That's the third microscope this
Why don't we get together on this
sometime this afternoon, Fran?
One o'clock will be fine.
He turns left and heads for...
HOLLY PAVILION, EIGHTH FLOOR, NURSES' STATION
...where Head Nurse Donovan is bent over her paperwork. In
the background, we see normal morning hospital activity.
Nurse's Aid, SHARLENE STONE, takes towels into a room. R.N.
Felicia Chile comes out of another, bearing her enamel tray
Also in the background, the curious quartet from before --
the beautiful woman, the elderly Indian, the minister, Dr.
Sutcliffe. Mead hardly notices them as he makes for the desk.
(without pausing or
Your brother's in the room, Mr. Mead.
What room is it?
Mead bobs his head thank you and heads for the west corridor.
EIGHTH FLOOR, ROOM
As Milton Mead enters, his elder brother, WILLIAM MEAD, mid-
forties, a smaller and manifestly nervous man, is seated
sullenly puffing a cigar, fidgeting, still wearing his coat
and hat. He looks up briefly when Milton enters and avoids
his brother's eye. His wife, MARILYN, late thirties, is
standing in suppressed exasperation, staring out the window.
Out of respect for the COMATOSE PATIENT, the ensuing agitated
scene is held in whispers.
For heaven's sake, Willie, you're
going to be in the hospital for two
lousy days. What're you making such
a fuss about?
You're supposed to be such a big
There are no private rooms available.
If they brought in Jesus Christ fresh
off the cross, I couldn't get Him a
I'm not going to stay in a room with
a dying man...
He's not dying. They'll screen him
off. You won't even know he's here.
If you want a private room, go on
home, and I'll call you the first
one that comes up. But you're the
one who phoned me in a panic, you're
going on a vacation. For heaven's
sake, Willie, they'll cut this polyp
out tomorrow morning. You'll be home
Thursday, you'll be in Miami Friday.
Marilyn, will you talk some sense
into this lunatic?
Well, you said it, he's a lunatic.
Big wheel, can't even get me a private
I'll get you a tranquilizer...
EIGHTH FLOOR, TV ROOM
Bock -- excited, vivid, alive -- is in full flush with his
lecture. He moves around in front of the blackboard, chalk
in hand. The blackboard itself is scrawled with formulae and
diagrams. He is writing the words "full abdomen," as the
fifth in a list reading "(1) parexia, (2) hepatomegaly, (3)
splenomegaly, (4) episodes of arthralgia." The audience is
forty young doctors rapt with attention. There is a good
deal of note-taking.
...five, a full abdomen contrasted
to wasting elsewhere; six, ascites
with a protein content above four
grams; unexplained anemia, leukopenia,
unexplained elevation of the serum
gamma globulin level, especially
abnormal flocculation tests, and of
course, a positive P.P.D. All these
findings assume special significance
among Negroes. This has been a very
commendable workup, as commendable a
workup of an F.U.O. as I can remember.
The staff of this floor is to be
(spots Brubaker among
It's a reportable case, Brubaker.
Write it up.
(a brief, rare smile)
Well, let's go have a look at the
He rumbles toward the door. The class of doctors dissolves
into hospital murmurs and mutters and a general dispersal.
They follow Bock out to...
EIGHTH FLOOR, EAST CORRIDOR
...where Dr. Sutfcliffe, the beautiful young woman, the
elderly Indian and the minister are engaged in agitated
discussion. The girl and the Indian retain their stoic
impassivity. Dr. Sutcliffe leaves them and moves down the
corridor to the counter of...
EIGHTH FLOOR NURSES' STATION
Nurse! Nurse, who's the Senior
Resident on this floor?
That would be Dr. Brubaker. But I'm
afraid he's at Chief of Service rounds
Sutcliffe points off right.
That's... this way?
The nurse nods indifferently.
ACROSS to Bock coming out of the TV room, followed by some
dozen young doctors. Bock is in very good spirits indeed. He
quizzes his young doctors en route:
I wonder if there might not be some
correlation between hepatic
tuberculosis and drug addiction.
Presumably, there was an early
consideration of S.B.E.
Yes, sir. We discounted it after
repeated blood cultures were negative.
You, Ambler. Is that right, Ambler?
What else do you look for in bacterial
Some sort of embolic phenomena, sir.
Dr. Brubaker, I wonder if I could
see you for a moment?
Brubaker detaches himself from his group to join Sutcliffe.
CAMERA STAYS with Bock and his entourage, following them
down the east corridor, Bock still happily conducting class.
Bock strides into...
Past two beds, they group around the foot of a third bed on
the right side of the room. Bock checks the patient lying in
Still a little icteric. Who's got an
One of the young men hands his to Bock, who leans over the
patient to look through it.
Did anyone note Roth spots?
The doctors exchange a look as Bock rises, moves toward them,
Well, don't worry about it. There
aren't any. Ambler, you're our big
man on S.B.E. What was the latex-
It wasn't done, sir.
Don't you think that's an important
test to differentiate S.B.E. from
Not you, Biegelman. Ambler.
Well, there's about a seventy percent
incidence of false-positive latex in
Bock hands the opthalmoscope to Ambler.
You have been reading up. If the
diagnosis were S.B.E., would a
positive latex indicate anything in
We'd expect the latex to become
If the antibiotic therapy were
Are you applying for your internship
I'm not sure.
Come and see me.
(to the patient,
helping her up)
Would you sit up for a minute?
Bock turns to the off-screen patient, helping her sit up and
forward, percussing her back as the students look on.
EIGHTH FLOOR, EAST CORRIDOR
Brubaker and Sutcliffe are now both involved in discussion
with the woman, the Indian and the minister, as Bock drifts
through the background, followed by the band of young doctors
now dispersing. Bock crosses past the foreground group to
the staff elevator. He pushes the button. Brubaker approaches
Bock. They confer quietly in the hallway.
We've got a little thing over here,
Doctor. The girl over there is the
daughter of the patient in Eight-O-
Six. He is at the moment comatose
and requires intravenous feeding and
The elevator comes and goes, disgorging some, taking on
others. Bock, who greeted Brubaker with a rare, benign smile,
has begun to look a bit sodden. Poor Brubaker, aware of the
gathering storm in Bock's demeanor, sighs and continues
The thing is, the daughter wants to
take the father out of the hospital
and back to Mexico where they live.
The patient's name is Drummond. He's
apparently a Methodist missionary,
and he and his daughter run some
kind of religious mission among the
Apache Indians. The daughter claims
to be a licensed nurse, so she can
give the necessary I.V. treatment. I
certainly don't think he should be
let out of this hospital. The
Attending -- he's the guy in gray
over there -- concurs.
Bock squints at Brubaker.
All right, wait a minute. Let me
have all that again.
As a matter of fact, Doctor, this is
Dr. Biegelman's case.
Never mind the professional ethics,
I don't know why I'm covering for
that sonofabitch in Farkis Pavilion
(sighs and begins)
The patient, a man of fifty-six, was
admitted to the hospital ten days
ago for a check-up, in good health,
no visible distress. We did the
mandatory work-up on him. Blood
cultures, stool, L.E. preps, chest,
E.K.G., all negative. But there was
apparently some evidence of protein
in his urine. I don't know how that
sonofabitch in Farkis Pavilion ever
found out about it. Maybe he had
some kind of deal with one of the
girls in the lab. Anyway, he turned
up the next day, conned the patient
into signing an authorization for a
What sonofabitch in Farkis Pavilion?
Some post-grad fellow named Ives.
Elroy Ives. I never met him. He's on
one of the immunology research
Are you trying to tell me some post-
grad fellow came up here and did a
biopsy on the patient?
Yes, sir. He conned Biegelman with
that old story about...
...protein in the urine?
And he biopsied the man?
And he nicked a vessel, and at two
o'clock in the morning, they woke up
Biegelman because the nurse found
the patient in shock. Biegelman called
the kidney people for a consult right
away. What was there to see? The man
was sour and bleeding. We spoke to
this fellow Sutcliffe, and he referred
us to a surgeon named Welbeck...
Welbeck?! That barber!
You ain't heard nothing yet. So we
finally got Welbeck around four in
the morning. He said, go ahead. So
they laid on the surgery for eight.
Welbeck turns up, half-stoned, orders
an I.V.P., clears him for allergies...
...without actually testing.
And the patient went into shock...
...and tubular necrosis. They lopped
out the bleeding kidney, ran him
back to the room, and we sat around
waiting for three days to see how
obstructed he was. Fever began spiking
like hell, euremia, vomiting, so we
arranged hemodialysis. He's putting
out good water now. But some nurse
goofed on his last treatment. A leak
in the tube, something. His blood
pressure plunged. They ran him right
up to I.C.U., checked out vital signs,
all normal except he's comatose.
That was two days ago.
In short, a man came into this
hospital in perfectly good health,
and, in the space of one week, we
chopped out one kidney, damaged the
other, reduced him to coma and damn
near killed him.
A great sad serenity has settled over Bock.
You know, Brubaker, last night I sat
in my hotel room, reviewing the
shambles of my life and contemplating
suicide. Then I said "No, Bock, don't
do it. You're a doctor, a healer.
You're the Chief of Medicine at one
of the great hospitals of the world.
You're a necessary person. Your life
is meaningful." Then I came in this
morning and find out one of my doctors
was killed by a couple of nurses who
mistook him for a patient because he
screwed a technician from the
And now you come to me with this
gothic horror story in which the
entire machinery of modern medicine
has apparently conspired to destroy
one lousy patient. How am I to sustain
my feeling of meaningfulness in the
face of this? You know, Brubaker, if
there was an oven around, I'd stick
my head in it. What was the name of
that sonofabitch from Farkis Pavilion
Ives, sir. Elroy Ives. Somebody ought
to ream his ass.
The gathering storm erupts. Rage suffuses Bock's face. Out
of respect for the hospital corridor and the people working
around him and Brubaker, he keeps it glacial. But there is
no mistaking the volcanic fury he feels.
I'm going to ream his ass. And I'm
going to break that barber Welbeck's
back. I'm going to defrock those two
cannibals. They won't practice in my
hospital, I'll tell you that!
What'll I tell the girl, sir? She
says we have no legal right to stop
her from taking her father out. She's
willing to sign an A.O.R. form.
Let him go. Before we kill him.
The elevator door opens. A couple of nurses come out. Bock
SEVENTH FLOOR, DEPT. OF MEDICINE CORRIDOR
Bock advances in a cold fury down to his office. He wrenches
the door open.
BOCK'S OFFICE, OUTER OFFICE
Miss Lebow and Miss McGuire clatter away at typewriters.
Sitting on a chair in the crowded office is a senior staff
doctor, a man in his late forties, wearing a coat similar to
Bock's. He is DR. LAGERMAN. He looks up from the magazine
he's been leafing through as Bock storms in.
Bock acknowledges him with a brusque nod, storms over to
Get me Dr. Gilley. Put him on page
if you have to. I want to talk to
him right now. I don't care if he's
(wheels around to
And you get me some monkey named
Ives. Ives. I-V-E-S, first name Elroy.
He's in the Farkis Pavilion.
I want to talk to you, Joe. Would
you mind coming into my office?
He strides, followed by Dr. Lagerman, into...
BOCK'S PRIVATE OFFICE
...and slams the door shut behind him.
Have you got some punk named Ives
rotating in your department?
(sits at his desk)
I also want to know what the hell
kind of a dialysis room you're
running. I just came from...
The phone RINGS. Bock seizes it.
Yeah... Gilley? Put him on. Bock.
Didn't you tell me a couple of months
ago you were going to cut off all
privileges for that assassin, Welbeck?
Yeah. Wellbeck. He just butchered
another one of my patients... Oh,
come on, Harry! The man's a buccaneer!
I want him brought before the Medical
Executive Committee... He's in your
department, Harry, not mine. He's
putatively a surgeon!... I'll be
(slams receiver down,
stares at Lagerman)
Listen, Joe, I think you should know
that you've got a research guy in
your department named Ives who's
been doing some very dubious biopsies.
We're having enough trouble squeezing
grants out of the Nixon
Ives is dead, Herb. That's why I'm
This gives Bock pause. He blinks at Lagerman.
What do you mean, Ives is dead?
I mean he's dead. He had a heart
attack in the Emergency Room.
He had a heart attack in the Emergency
What the hell is this? Some kind of
Where is he now?
They were just taking him down to
HOLLY PAVILION, FIRST FLOOR, PATHOLOGY DEPT
Bock, Lagerman and Hitchcock have gathered across the shrouded
figure of Dr. Ives on a stretcher. We are in the lab section
of Pathology; in the background, through the glass part of
the door separating the lab from the surgery room, we can
see the autopsy on Dr. Schaefer being performed.
Schaefer's naked white cadaver is stretched out on an
operating table. He has been opened up and all his vital
organs are being excised. It's bloody. The autopsy is being
performed by DR. BREWSTER, the Resident in Pathology, dressed
in surgical scrub.
...and the next thing anybody knew,
about three hours later, Mrs. Cushing
from Accounting came in and said
there was a dead man in the Holding
You don't find anything grotesque
about all this?
What do you mean?
I mean, at half past eight this
morning, we meet over a doctor who's
been killed intravenously, and here
we are again, four hours later, with
another doctor who had a heart attack
in the Emergency Room.
Well, what're you suggesting Doctor?
Do you think we have a mad killer
stalking the halls of the hospital?
Presumably, Dr. Ives died of a heart
attack and Schaefer in a diabetic
coma. People do die of these things.
It's all perhaps coincidental, but I
don't think I'd call it grotesque.
How long are they going to be on
He knocks on the glass window of the door separating the
laboratory from the operating room. Dr. Brewster turns from
his gory chore. Bock makes a gesture saying, "How much
longer?" Brewster raises ten blood-drenched rubber-gloved
fingers. Bock turns and shuffles across the lab for the door
(pauses at door, to
I don't suppose you'd like to call
next of kin?
Oh God, I need a drink.
He goes down...
THE PATHOLOGY CORRIDOR
...and is soon lost in the normal traffic of the area.
THE HOSPITAL. NIGHT
CRASH of THUNDER. CRACKLE of LIGHTNING. A horror-film
rainstorm lashes the vast dark complex of buildings.
SEVENTH FLOOR, DEPT. OF MEDICINE CORRIDOR
Dark, empty, silent. One lonely light at the lobby end of
the long, closed corridor of offices. The door to Bock's
office stands ajar and issues a trace of light.
ACROSS the silent, dark, typewriter-covered desks of the two
secretaries through the doorway to Bock's private office, we
can see Bock at his desk, lit by the desk lamp. He has a
bottle of booze on his desk. He gets up from his desk. He
has made a decision.
HOLLY PAVILION, EIGHTH FLOOR
The corridors are silent; the night lights are on, subdued.
Head Evening Nurse Mrs. Dunne is back at her desk, hunched
over paperwork. Resident Brubaker passes by.
EIGHTH FLOOR, PHARMACY
Nurse SHERLEE DEVINE, a black woman in her mid-twenties, has
a porcelain tray on the shelf onto which she puts a small
jar of alcohol, cotton swabs, a wrapped hypodermic needle
and syringe. She moves out into...
...where Mrs. Dunne looks up as she passes.
Mrs. Dunne nods. Nurse Devine makes her way silently down
the sleeping doors to...
Dark, sleeping. The bathroom light is on, but only a thin
stream of yellow light trickles through the door. THUNDER
CRASHES. William Mead sleeps fitfully. The other patient is
entirely curtained off. Nurse Devine sets her tray on Mead's
bedtable, turns on the goose-neck lamp, keeping it from his
eyes. She unwraps the hypodermic syringe, sets in the needle,
draws the required dosage, reaches over and gently shakes
Mead by the shoulder.
Mr. Mead... Mr. Mead, I have an
injection for you.
Mead sleeps on. Expressionlessly, Nurse Devine extracts Mead's
right arm from under the sheets, wets a swab with alcohol
and rubs down the vein. The needle slides into Mead's vein.
OVER THIS, we begin to hear a distant sibilant HISSING,
indistinct like the leakage of a bad heart. There is also an
occasional distinctly human but not quite civilized sound.
CAMERA PULLS BACK SLOWLY to Nurse Devine withdrawing the
needle, looking up, for she too has heard the soft, strange
sounds. They emanate from behind the curtains of the other
bed. Nurse Devine returns the syringe to the tray, gathers
her things and pads silently around Mead's bed to Drummond's
bed. With her free hand, she opens the curtains a little and
What the hell is going on in there?
NURSE DEVINE'S P.O.V.: THE INDIAN AND BARBARA DRUMMOND BEND
OVER DRUMMOND PERFORMING SOME PAGAN RITUAL. THE HISSING IS
BARBARA'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE CEREMONY. (IT SOUNDS LIKE PIS-
PIS, AND IS IN FACT AN IMITATION OF THE NIGHTHAWK, MEANT TO
APPEASE THE SPIRIT OF THE THUNDER.)
The old Indian has stripped to the waist and marked his body
with smears of dye and tule pollen. He wears a ceremonial
hat, a sort of beaded beanie. He holds a small buckskin bag
of pollen in his cupped palms and is facing north, east,
south and west, offering the bag and prayers under his breath
as he does. A beaded amulet lies stretched across the white
sheet covering the comatose Drummond.
When Nurse Devine draws the curtains, Barbara frowns at Nurse
Devine, holds a cautioning finger to her lips and draws the
curtains closed again. Nurse Devine, carrying her porcelain
EIGHTH FLOOR, NURSES' STATION
Bock comes out of the elevator, jacketed now, fairly drunk
but holding it well.
He heads for the Nurses' Station as Nurse Devine comes down
the west corridor. Bock grunts at Mrs. Dunne and goes into...
...where he quickly runs his finger along the second shelf
until he comes to the bottle of potassium which he filches
off the shelf and slips into his pocket. He rummages through
the drawers for a hypodermic syringe. Through the open
doorway, we see Nurse Devine making her way swiftly up to
Mrs. Dunne at the desk.
Well, honey, we got a witch-doctor
in Eight-O-Six, and you better go in
there. You know that Indian that was
sitting in Eight-O-Six all night?
He's still there, and the girl's
there, and they're doing some voodoo
in there, and I ain't kidding.
Behind Mrs. Dunne, Bock appears in the doorway to the pharmacy
where he stands listening.
What are you talking about?
I mean that Indian's in there, half-
naked and going pis-pis-pis with a
little bag. You just better get in
there, Mrs. Dunne.
Mrs. Dunne, annoyed, gets up and heads for the west corridor,
followed by Nurse Devine and by an intrigued Dr. Bock at a
few paces behind.
(to NURSE WEITZENBAUM,
coming out of another
You want to see somethin', baby? You
jus' come here.
As the small procession bears down, Barbara Drummond slips
out of that room to intercept them.
(keeping her voice
Look, it's a perfectly harmless
ceremony, nothing to get excited
about. It'll be over in a few minutes
anyway. Mr. Blacktree is a shaman
who gets his power from the thunder,
and it's imperative he conclude his
rituals while the storm is still
Visiting hours were over at nine
Bock reaches for the door to the room.
All that's going on in there, Doctor,
is a simple Apache prayer for my
Bock makes a vague noise, neither contradicting her nor
assenting, and continues around her into...
As Bock slides in, a bit of the corridor light comes in with
him. The curtains have been left sufficiently open to reveal
Mr. Blacktree. He is still stripped to the waist and marked
with crosses of pollen. He extends two twigs to the four
directions after which he places the twigs carefully on the
white sheet covering Drummond in a pattern around the amulet
already there. Behind Bock, Mrs. Dunne can be seen peeking
in. The Indian is oblivious to both of them. Bock watches it
all with interest for a moment and then backs out into...
EIGHTH FLOOR CORRIDOR
...closing the door after him.
The markings he's made on my father's
arms are from the pollen of the tule
plant. The twigs have no significance
other than they've been struck by
lightning and are consequently appeals
to the spirit of lightning. It's all
entirely harmless, a religious
ceremony, not a medical one.
You don't seriously believe all that
mumbo-jumbo will cure him?
On the other hand, it won't kill
They regard each other levelly.
Okay. Go ahead.
He wheels and clumps off for the stairway exit.
Nurse Weitzenbaum opens the door of the room and peeks in.
At the stairway exit, Bock pauses to look back at all the
women in front of Room 806.
Miss Drummond, are you still taking
your father out?
Yes. I still have to arrange an
ambulance service. Is there a phone
around I could use?
Use my office.
Bock exits. Barbara edges past Weitzenbaum, who is still
peeking into the room.
Barbara comes in, gathers her coat and purse from a chair
and moves to the Indian, now occupied with what seems to be
the rolling of a cigarette. The two exchange a brief dialogue
in Apache. The old Indian nods. Barbara turns and exits,
taking Nurse Weitzenbaum out with her and closing the door.
The room is dark and hushed again. Blacktree lights his
cigarette and "sends the smoke up," a ritual which consists
of puffing smoke to each of the four directions, muttering
in Apache "May all be well" after each puff.
CAMERA SLOWLY PANS to the other bed where William Mead sleeps
fitfully. The Apache words and pis-pis-pis penetrate Mead's
drugged sleep. He opens one eyelid and stares glazedly at
the dark air. The SOUNDS persist. Blacktree chooses this
moment to sidle out from behind the curtains and continue
his ritual in the less-confined space at the head of
Drummond's bed. It's quite a sight for a nervous, sedated
man to wake to. Thunder RUMBLES and the rain SLASHES and a
sudden, savage STREAK of lightning illuminates it all.
Mead figures it's all a bad dream and, after a moment of
dully regarding the odd spectacle, closes his one eye and
goes back to sleep.
BOCK'S OFFICE, OUTER OFFICE
Barbara Drummond comes in. Bock has apparently turned the
lights on for her, but Bock himself is not immediately
visible. She looks through the half-open door to Bock's
private office, and there he is, staring blankly at the
bottle. Barbara starts to say something, thinks better of
it, lays down her coat, and looking around, spots a Manhattan
classified directory which she hauls up from its shelf and
sets on Miss Lebow's desk. She sits, quickly flips through
Barbara flips through the directory. Bock is partially visible
in the background at his desk. He sits soddenly. Barbara
finds what she wants, opens her purse and takes out two
airplane tickets. She dials. The CLICKING of the dial catches
Bock's ear. He looks up for a moment.
Hello. I'd like to arrange an
ambulance for one-thirty tomorrow
afternoon... Thank you...
REVERSE ACROSS Bock at his desk with Barbara partially visible
at Miss Lebow's desk. All he can see are her great long tanned
(in background on
...Drummond, first name, Barbara.
I'll pay cash...
Bock stands a little unsteadily and moves around his desk to
get a better look at those legs.
No, you're to pick up my father,
Drummond, Edward, at the Manhattan
Medical Center, Holly Pavilion, Room
Eight-O-Six. It's a stretcher case.
I presume you provide the stretcher.
She senses Bock watching her, turns, smiles. She's a very
beautiful girl. She returns to the phone.
He's to be taken to American Airlines,
Yes... No... Kennedy Airport, Flight
Seven-Two-Nine to Yuma, Arizona.
I'll accompany the patient... Yes,
She returns the receiver to its cradle. When she looks up
again, Bock is no longer there. She returns the flight tickets
to her purse, snaps it shut, stands and moves to the doorway,
enters a step into...
Bock, back at his desk, looks up.
You believe in witchcraft, Miss
I believe in everything, Doctor.
Like a drink?
Bock drains his glass and pours her a hefty shot of bourbon.
(from the door suddenly)
My father, you should know, was a
very successful doctor in Boston, a
member of the Harvard Medical Faculty.
He was a widower, and I was his only
child. He was not an especially
religious man, a sober Methodist.
One evening, seven years ago, he
attended a Pentecostal meeting in
the commons rooms at Harvard and
suddenly found himself speaking in
(she takes her drink
and crosses to the
That is to say, he suddenly sank to
his knees at the back of the room
and began to talk fluently in a
language which no one had ever heard
before. This sort of thing happens
frequently at Pentecostal meetings,
and they began to happen regularly
to my father.
It was not unusual to walk into our
home and find my father sitting in
his office, utterly serene and happily
speaking to the air in this strange
foreign tongue. I was, at that time
twenty years old and having my
obligatory affair with a minority
group, in my case a Hopi Indian, a
post-graduate fellow at Harvard doing
his doctorate in the aboriginal
languages of the Southwest. One day,
I brought the Indian boy home just
as my father was sinking to his knees
in the entrance foyer in one of his
trances. The Indian wheeled in his
tracks and said, "Well, I'll be a
sonofabitch." You see, my father was
speaking an Apache dialect, an obscure
dialect at that, spoken only by a
ragged band of unreconstructed Indians
who had rejected the reservation and
were living in total isolation in
the Sierra Madre Mountains of northern
Mexico. Well! What do you say to
that, Dr. Bock?
(who has been staring
at her as if she
What the hell am I supposed to say
to that, Miss Drummond?
Barbara throws back her head and roars with laughter.
I'm sitting here boozing and, all of
a sudden, you start telling me some
demented story about your father's
No, no, you miss the point, Doctor.
Not my father's conversion -- mine.
You see, I had been hitting the acid
pretty regularly at that time. I had
achieved a few minor sensory
deformities, some suicidal despairs,
but nothing as wild as fluency in an
obscure Apache dialect. I mean, like
wow, man! I mean, here was living
afflatus right before my eyes! Within
a week, my father had closed his
Beacon Hill practice and set out to
start a mission in the Mexican
mountains. And I turned in my S.D.S.
card and my crash helmet and followed
him. It was a disaster, at least for
me. My father had received the
revelation, not I. He stood gaunt on
a mountain slope and preached the
apocalypse to solemnly amused Indians.
I masturbated a great deal. We lived
in a grass wickiup and ate raw rabbit
and crushed piñon nuts. It was
hideous. Within two months, I was
back in Boston, a hollow shell and
dizzy with dengue, disenchanted with
everything. I turned to austerity,
combed my hair tight and entered
nursing school. I became haggard,
driven and had shamelessly incestuous
dreams about my father. I took up
with some of the senior staff at the
hospital. One of them, a portly
psychiatrist, explained I was
generated by an unresolved lust for
my father. I apparently cracked up.
One day, they found me walking to
work naked and screaming obscenities.
There was talk of institutionalizing
me, so I packed a bag and went back
to my father in the Sierra Madre
Mountains. I've been there ever since.
That's three years. My father is, of
course, mad as a hatter. I watch
over him and have been curiously
content. You see, Doctor, I believe
She pauses, her story over. Throughout, Bock has been trying
to keep his glowering eye on the desktop. During her long
narrative, he once seized the bottle and took a swig. Mostly
he is finding the experience murkily sensual. His glance
keeps darting out from under his brows to surreptitiously
look at the beautiful long tanned legs; or, when she bends
for the drink she set on the floor, to peer down the flapping
open scalloped neck of her dress; she is bra-less.
She, on the other hand, has been crossing and uncrossing her
legs, bending, stretching, so that her short dress has ridden
up almost to her waist and is saved from utter exhibitionism
only by the darkness of the shadows. She seems unaffected by
Bock's voyeuristic interest in her, but she is surely not
unaware of it. It is hard to believe she is not courting his
Now what was that all about, Miss
I thought I was obvious as hell. I'm
trying to tell you I have a thing
for middle-aged men.
I admire your candor.
You've been admiring a lot more than
Bock looks up, and they suddenly find their eyes locked. The
dark, dense air in the room fairly steams with incipient
(looks down again)
You're wasting your time. I've been
impotent for years.
With a crash of his fist on the desktop, Bock stands; he is
in a drunken rage.
What the hell's wrong with being
impotent? My God, you kids are more
hung up on sex than the Victorians!
I've got a son, twenty-three. I threw
him out of the house last year.
Pietistic little humbug. He preached
universal love and despised everyone.
He had a blanket contempt for the
middle class, even its decencies. He
detested my mother because she had
petit bourgeois pride in her son the
doctor. I cannot tell you how
brutishly he ignored that rather
good old lady. When she died, he
didn't even come to the funeral. He
thought the chapel service an
hypocrisy. His generation didn't
live with lies, he told me. "Everybody
lives with lies," I said. I grabbed
him by his poncho, dragged him the
full length of our seven-room
despicably affluent middle-class
apartment and flung him out. I haven't
seen him since. But do you know what
he said to me as he stood there on
that landing on the verge of tears.
He shrieked at me: "You old fink!
You can't even get it up anymore!"
That was it, you see. That was his
real revolution. It wasn't racism
and the oppressed poor and the war
in Vietnam. The ultimate American
societal sickness was a limp dingus.
(he lurches about,
My God, if there is a despised and
misunderstood minority in this
country, it's us poor impotent
bastards. Well, I'm impotent and
proud of it! Impotence is beautiful,
(he raises a militant
Power to the Impotent! Right on,
(stares drunkenly at
When I say impotent, I don't mean
merely limp. Disagreeable as it may
be for a woman, a man may sometimes
lust for other things, something
less transient than an erection,
some sense of permanent worth. That's
what medicine was for me, my reason
for being. When I was thirty-four,
Miss Drummond, I presented a paper
before the annual convention of the
Society of Clinical Investigation
that pioneered the whole goddam field
of immunology. A breakthrough! I'm
in all the textbooks. I happen to be
an eminent man, Miss Drummond. And
you want to know something, Miss
Drummond? I don't give a goddam.
When I say I'm impotent, I mean I've
lost even my desire for work, which
is a hell of a lot more primal a
passion than sex. I've lost my raison
d'etre, my purpose, the only thing I
ever truly loved. It's all rubbish
anyway. Transplants, antibodies, we
manufacture genes, we can produce
birth ectogenetically, we can
practically clone people like carrots,
and half the kids in this ghetto
haven't even been inoculated for
polio! We have assembled the most
enormous medical establishment ever
conceived, and people are sicker
than ever! We cure nothing! We heal
nothing! The whole goddam wretched
world is strangulating in front of
our eyes! That's what I mean when I
say impotent! You don't know what
the hell I'm talking about, do you?
Of course, I do.
I'm tired, I'm terribly tired, Miss
Drummond. And I hurt, and I've got
nothing going for me anymore. Can
you understand that?
Yes, of course.
Then can you understand that the
only admissable matter left is death?
He suspects he is going to cry and turns quickly away. He
sits heavily and fights his tears.
Sounds to me like a familiar case of
Well, it's hard for me to take your
despair very seriously, Doctor. You
obviously enjoy it so much.
Oh, bugger off. That's all I need
now, clinical insights. Some
...acidhead's going to reassure me
about menopause now. Look, I'd like
to be alone, so why don't you beat
it? Close the door and turn off the
lights on your way out.
They are both suddenly conscious of a third presence in the
room. They look to the door where Mr. Blacktree, fully clothed
again and carrying his coat, is standing in the doorway.
Barbara uncrosses her long legs and stands.
(crossing to the door)
Mr. Blacktree disapproves of my
miniskirt, but it was the only thing
I had to come to the city with. Back
at the tribe, I wear ankle-length
Swell. Just close the door and turn
off the lights.
Barbara regards his hunched form and, murmuring in Apache,
she exits, closing the door. In the subsequent hush, thunder
RUMBLES and CRASHES. Wind sweeps the rain against the window
The sounds go unheeded by Bock, still as marble. Slowly, he
raises his head and sighs and then fishes about in his jacket
pockets to bring out the bottle of potassium and syringe. He
takes off his jacket, rolling up his shirtsleeve, poking
about for the vein. He removes his trouser belt, which he
ties tightly about his upper arm for a tourniquet. Now, he
tears the wrapping of the syringe and fits the needle to it.
Fiddling about in the pockets of his jacket, he finally finds
a crumpled pack of cigarettes. He lights one and returns to
the business of killing himself, puffing expressionlessly as
he does. Thunder RUMBLES and rain SLASHES. He carefully draws
just the right amount of potassium from the bottle to the
syringe, peering at the procedure against the light of his
desk lamp. He sets the cigarette on the ashtray, switches
the hypodermic to his right hand, holds his left arm rigidly
out under the light of the lamp...
What're you shooting, Doc?
He turns slowly to the doorway, his bare left arm still
rigidly extended, the belt dangling, the hypodermic clenched
in his other hand. Barbara is perfectly framed in the doorway.
He stares at her, slowly suffusing with the numb, blind,
total rage of the aborted suicide. The thunder CRASHES.
(barely gets the words
Leave me alone...
She approaches the desk affably, turns the potassium around
to read the label.
Potassium. You take enough of this
stuff, it'll kill you, Doc.
(moves toward the
It occurred to me that I might have
read you wrong, that you really were
suicidal. So I came back.
Bock's rage erupts. He crashes the hypodermic syringe down,
shattering it. The potassium puddles on the wood.
Who the hell asked you!
He moves around the desk, a shambling bear of a man, a leather
belt dangling dementedly from his arm, tears coursing down
his cheeks. He advances on her in a stuperous shuffle.
Who the hell asked you!
She regards his lumbering approach with a faint, grotesquely
sensual smile. He reaches with his naked left arm to the
neck of her dress and, with one savage wrench, rips her stark
naked, sobbing through hysterical tears.
Leave me alone! Why the hell don't
you leave me alone!
He is on her, crushing her down into the shadows of the couch,
ravenous at her neck and shoulders in a brutish assault,
Why didn't you let me do it? Who the
hell asked you!
Throughout the scene, CAMERA MOVES SLOWLY IN through the
flesh and fury to an INTENSE TWO-SHOT of this terrified act
of love. Then slowly over Bock's plunging shoulder to the
woman's face. She gasps at the moment of penetration, then
her lovely face slowly shapes into smiling serenity. Bock
sobs; even in the shadows we can see the path of the tears
on his cheek.
OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL, NIGHT. 4:00 A.M.
The quiet, black streets glisten wetly in the puddles of
THE STEINMETZ PAVILION, TENTH FLOOR
The night shift is finishing up. THERESA CAMPANELLA, R.N., a
high-strung girl in her early twenties, stands at a water
tap holding a glass and popping some pills in her mouth. To
Well, I'll see you.
TENTH FLOOR CORRIDOR. NIGHT
Campanella comes out of the Dialysis room, puts on her coat
and walks to...
HOLLY PAVILION LOBBY. NIGHT
Campanella moves down the empty corridor. All the doors are
closed now; only the overhead light in the background of the
corridor glows weakly. Campanella puts a cigarette in her
mouth, pauses to look for matches; she hasn't any. Scowling
with annoyance, she continues to the lobby and stops by a
partially visible white-jacketed figure reading a newspaper.
Do you have a match, Doctor?
She takes the matches, lights her cigarette, inhaling deeply,
when he suddenly sandbags her from behind. She goes down.
BOCK'S OFFICE. DAYBREAK, WEDNESDAY
Covered by Bock's overcoat, Barbara tosses and turns on the
couch in a small nightmare. Through the windows comes the
first gray wash of dawn. FULL SHOT of Barbara, awake and up
on one elbow on the verge of a scream. She looks around the
room. It is dark, empty, silent.
ACROSS Barbara looking through the door to the secretarial
office. It is likewise dark, but suddenly the lights go on
and, a moment later, Bock enters. He holds a container of
coffee in each hand and has something white draped over his
forearm. From under Bock's bulky coat, Barbara watches him
lumber to his desk, where he sets the containers of coffee
down. He drops the whitish garment over the back of a chair
and then sits. He hoists a bulging folder of correspondence
from his filing tray and hunches to work, reading. After a
moment, he regards the silent figure on the couch across the
You wouldn't be awake.
What time is it?
He rises, picks up the second container and white dress from
the chair. She reaches out an arm for the coffee. Bock holds
up -- a nurse's uniform.
I swiped this for you out of the
nurses' locker room. I'll make good
on your dress. I'm afraid it's torn
beyond repair. Buy yourself a new
one or, if you like, give me your
size and I'll send it on to you. But
I want to talk to you about that.
Talk to me about what?
About your father. You really
shouldn't move him in his condition.
I just had a look at his chart.
There's no reason to presume brain
damage. You know as well as I you
can't predict anything in these
instances. He could pull out of that
coma at any time. I think you should
let him stay here. I'll personally
look after him.
He has perched on the edge of the couch, and she rests her
cheek against the long, bent curve of his back, smiling.
Is this your way of saying you'd
like me to stay in town a few more
He turns to look at her, smiles back.
Well, that would be nice, too.
She sips her coffee.
What do you say, Miss Drummond?
I expect you can call me Barbara,
considering you ravished me three
times last night.
Oh, look at him, pretending he didn't
count. You were as puffed up as a
toad about it. Punched a couple of
holes in your crusade for universal
impotence, didn't it? I think we're
on a first name basis by now. I'll
call you Herb.
Let's give your father a week,
Barbara, what do you say?
(a frown darkens her
No, I don't want my father in this
hospital. I had a dream about this
(some of the terror
shows on her face)
I dreamt this enormous starched white
tile building suddenly erupted like
a volcano, and all the patients,
doctors, nurses, attendants,
orderlies, the whole line staff, the
food service people, the aged, the
lame -- and you right in the middle --
were stampeding in one hideous
screaming suicidal mass into the
(she stares at him
I'm taking my father out of here --
and as quickly as I can.
They stare at each other, she in terror, he with affection.
You're a real fruitcake, you know?
She sets her coffee down on the couch and decides to wear
Bock's overcoat rather than use it as a cover. She searches
for the sleeves. Bock assists her.
Well, let me put it this way. I love
you. I fancied you from the first
moment you came lumbering down that
hallway upstairs. I said to Mr.
Blacktree, "Who's that hulking bear
of a man?" The Apaches are reverential
about bears. They won't eat bear
meat; they never skin bears. Bear is
thought of as both benign and evil,
but very strong power. Men with bear
power are highly respected and are
frequently said to be great healers.
By now she's standing, the overcoat reaching her toes. She
looks down at Bock perched on the couch.
I said to Mr. Blacktree, "That man
gets his power from the bear."
Swell. Now, look, do you have a hotel,
some sort of accommodations where
you can stay for a week or so?
Barbara reaches for her coffee, sips, moves around in her
tent of a coat.
All right, let me put it this way,
Herb. My father and I accept the
implacability of death. If he dies,
he dies, but I'm taking him out of
here and back to Mexico about one
o'clock this afternoon. I want you
to come with us, because I love you
and want children.
I'm afraid Mexico sounds a little
too remote for me.
We could use you down there, you
know. There's a curiously high
incidence of T.B. And you'd be a
doctor again, Herb. You'd be necessary
again. If you love me, I don't see
what other choice you have.
What do you mean, if I love you? I
raped you in a suicidal rage. How
did we get to love and children all
of a sudden?
Oh, for heaven's sake, Herb, I ought
to know if a man loves me or not.
You must have told me half a hundred
times last night you loved me. You
murmured it, shouted it; one time,
you opened the window and bellowed
it out into the street.
I think those were more expressions
of gratitude than love.
Gratitude for what?
Well, my God, for resurrecting
feelings of life in me I thought
Well, my God, what do you think love
Okay, I love you, and you love me.
I'm not about to argue with so
relentless a romantic. Well, then,
since we have this great passion
going for us, I don't see why you
won't stay on here in New York for a
week or ten days...
It's up to ten days now.
As long as it takes for your father's
condition to improve.
No. I've had these prophetic dreams
for seven nights. Seven is a sinister
number. The meaning of these dreams
is very clear, seven times as clear.
I am to get my father and you out of
this hospital before we are all
(throws up his hands)
You're certifiable! My God, half the
time you're a perfectly intelligent
young woman, and then suddenly you
turn into a goddam cabalist who
believes in dreams, witchcraft and
bear power! And I don't like the way
you dismiss my whole life as
unnecessary. I do a lot of healing
right here in Manhattan. I don't
have to go to Mexico for it. I also
teach. I send out eighty doctors a
year into the world, sometimes
inspirited, at least competent. I've
built up one of the best damned
departments of medicine in the world.
We've got a hell of a heart unit
here and a hell of a kidney group. A
lot of people come into this hospital
in big trouble, Miss Drummond, and
go out better for the experience. So
don't tell me how unnecessary I am.
(who's been slipping
into the nurse's
So how come, eight hours ago, you
were trying to kill yourself with an
overdose of potassium?
Where are you going now?
This last in reference to Barbara crossing to the secretaries'
office, zippering her uniform.
BOCK'S SECRETARIES' OFFICE
(gathering her coat
My hotel. I have to check out. Mr.
Blacktree doesn't speak any English.
(from the connecting
Well, you're coming back, of course.
Of course. I have to settle the bill
here and pack my father. And I think
you need a few hours alone to make
You're a very tired and very damaged
man. You've had a hideous marriage
and I assume a few tacky affairs
along the way. You're understandably
reluctant to get involved again.
And, on top of that, here I am with
the preposterous idea you throw
everything up and go off with me to
some barren mountains of Mexico. It
sounds utterly mad, I know. On the
other hand, you obviously find this
world as desolate as I do. You did
try to kill yourself last night. So
that's it, Herb. Either me and the
mountains or the bottle of potassium.
I'll be back in an hour or so. I'll
be in my father's room.
She slips into her coat and exits, as Bock looks after her
thoughtfully, then turns back to his own office.
He shuffles around distractedly, not knowing how to articulate
the exuberance he feels. Suddenly, he opens the window, leans
out and bellows to the empty air.
All right. I love you!
FIRST AVENUE, CONSTRUCTION AREA. DAWN
A construction sign fills the screen. It reads ON THIS
LOCATION, THE NEW YORK MEDICAL UNIVERSITY CENTER WILL BUILD
A DRUG REHABILITATION COMMUNITY CENTER, TO BE COMPLETED IN
1973. E.F. SCHLAGER & CO., CONTRACTORS. Suddenly, the sign
comes crashing down into CAMERA. It has been wrenched off
the wooden fence protecting the row of tenements and
brownstones being demolished. About a dozen young and loud
militants have torn it down.
CAMERA PANS to show the row of houses behind the fence, two
of which have already been reduced to rubble; the others
have been boarded up. The demolition generators and cranes
are parked silently along the curb. In the dark of 5:00 A.M.,
three black families, carrying children, and children carrying
household effects, mattresses, pots, pans, bags of groceries,
etc., are repossessing the condemned buildings.
FIRST AVENUE, CONSTRUCTION AREA. DAY, 10:00 A.M.
Strong sun overhead. The street has been roped off, and police
are all over the place. A sparse crowd of a hundred or so
throng the sidestreets off First Avenue. Signs read, "People
Sí, Doctors No." A Channel 11 mobile news crew, newspaper
photographers, and a radio newscaster are recording the
situation with desultory interest.
A POLICE CAPTAIN stands in the middle of the cordoned street,
bullhorning the occupiers of the condemned brownstones, who
can be seen through the broken windows.
I repeat. I'm asking you to come out
peacefully. These buildings are
condemned and unfit for habitation.
A piece of brick arches down from the roof of a building and
cracks the street a few feet from the Captain.
(sighs, tries again)
You people are possessing this
building illegally and in violation
of the law. I'm asking you to come
HOLLY PAVILION, ENTRANCE LOBBY. DAY
A small press conference is going on in a corner of the lobby.
Reporters cluster, and TV cameras surround the Press
Representative of the Hospital, a young woman in her thirties
named EVELYN BASSEY, who is trying to read a statement,
squinting under her mod glasses at the blaze of lights set
up by the camera crews.
...complete sympathy with the tenants.
So the hospital has assumed the
responsibility of finding 400 housing
units in good buildings. The hospital
wishes to point out that this
particular row of buildings on First
Avenue was condemned by the City
before the hospital acquired
ownership, and even then, only after
responsible leaders in the community
had approved the building of our new
drug rehabilitation center.
(explodes on the phone)
Goddammit, Barry, I've got a dozen
community leaders waiting for me in
the library! We've been trying to
work out some kind of negotiable
formula for two years! And with no
help from you people in the Urban
Affairs Division, I might add!
DR. WELBECK appears in the doorway. He's in his fifties,
gray, distinguished and very tanned with terribly, terribly
kindly old country doctor eyes. He wears a camel hair topcoat.
He smiles benignly and twinkles at Sundstrom from one of the
leather chairs across the desk from the Director.
(hardly notices Welbeck)
And I'm not going to throw all that
down the drain because some cockamamie
activist group is show-boating for
the television cameras! You get those
people out of those buildings before
a wall collapses or a fire breaks
out and we've got a riot on our
He hangs up, sighs, turns to the man across the desk.
Having your troubles, eh? Well, I
won't take much of your time. My
name's Welbeck. I've been associated
with this hospital for six years,
and, yesterday afternoon, Dr. Gilley
called me to say he was cutting off
my privileges at the hospital. Do
you know anything about it?
(glances at his watch)
It's news to me.
He said he sent the report on.
I'll probably get it tomorrow. Report
Well, I'm not sure myself. I did a
nephrectomy on a man about seven
days ago. Emergency, called in at
four in the morning. The man was
hemorrhaging, he'd gone sour...
Welbeck, I'm terribly sorry, but I
do have this meeting.
(crosses to the door)
In any event, there's nothing I can
do about it. If Gilley wants to cut
your privileges, he's Chief of
Surgery, it's within his province.
You'll have to have the hearing...
He exits, followed by Welbeck into the...
DIRECTOR'S SUITE, SECRETARIES' OFFICES
Buzzing now. Typewriters clicking. Phones ringing.
I have a laparotomy laid on for this
morning. I assume I'll be allowed to
go through with that.
(huffing a little)
I've been associated with this
hospital for six years...
Now, now, Welbeck. It seems to me
I've had your name down here before
(to his secretary en
I'll be in the staff room.
He and Welbeck pass out into the...
Flowing with a normal stream of traffic, Sundstrom and Welbeck
turn right and head down to the last room of the corridor.
Something comes to him, and Sundstrom pauses.
Wait a minute. You're the fellow
with the Medicaid collecting business
who incorporated and went public,
right? I mean, something like that?
Milton Mead was telling me about you
just the other day. You're a whole
medical conglomerate. You've got a
Factoring service, a computerized
billing company, and a few proprietary
hospitals, a few nursing homes. Good
heavens, Welbeck, you shouldn't be
brought up before a committee of
mere doctors. You should be
investigated by the Securities and
Exchange Commission. You'll have to
go through with the hearing, Welbeck.
I don't interfere in these things.
He opens the door of the staff room and strides in. Even
before he enters, we get a blast of angry voices, both male
and female. For the moment the door is ajar, we see a harried
Milton Mead being assailed by angry blacks and Puerto Ricans
and young white activist doctors.
...no goddam halfway house, no way,
baby! We ain't gonna wait 'til 1973
to deal with this problem! We want
to kill the drug thing right now!...
imperializing the Blackaporican
community, and we reject the bourgie-
ass middle-class black traitors and
flunkies who are selling out the
Blackaporican proletariat masses to
the expansionist, racist policies of
this shit hospital!...
Let's get back to the abortion issue!
Sit down, Woman!
What the hell does the male
establishment know about abortions?
There's an agitated reaction in the crowd.
Who the hell raised the issue of
birth control? The issue at hand is
the control of drug addiction in
this community and in the ghetto
A black man jumps up and points off right.
We don't want no goddam abortion...
A white doctor jumps in from the left.
Let's... let's get down to the core
of this matter.
More murmuring. A Che Guevara -- styled revolutionary moves
toward Mead and Sundstrom at the table.
The point is that this hospital is
the landlord for those buildings and
they should've turned them down.
Angrily, he leans over the table facing Sundstrom.
Those buildings are imperialistic
extensions of the medical
establishment. This hospital ought
to be rebuilding those tenements,
give those people decent housing.
Sundstrom raises his hands for quiet and starts to rise. The
hostile din has gotten to him.
Please, please, please!
HOLLY PAVILION, ROOM
William Mead is transferred from his bed to a rolling
stretcher by an orderly in shirt and trousers and by Nurse
Felicia Chile. Nurse Chile tucks Mead in. He opens his eyes
to look at her drowsily.
You know, I hallucinated last night.
I hallucinated there was an Indian
doing a war dance in here.
You weren't hallucinating, Mr. Mead.
There was an Indian in here last
(staring through his
sedation at her)
They wheel him out into...
HOLLY PAVILION, SURGICAL AREA CORRIDOR
Mead is wheeled down the corridor by the orderly. At the far
end, an anesthetized patient, blue in the harsh light, fresh
from surgery, is being wheeled into a recovery room.
Surgery is busy and efficient but not as clinically tidy as
we'd like. Linens and equipment and surgical gear are piled
into corners or on empty stretchers. Green-uniformed nurses,
doctors and orderlies go in and out of the many doors flanking
the corridor. This is the non-sterilized area, where doctors
and nurses confer in the corridors; three black orderlies
await an assignment, sit on stretchers, chuckle, mutter.
Phones can be heard RINGING. The orderly wheeling Mead turns
left into the...
SURGICAL AREA, CENTRAL PLAZA
...a small, cluttered central area with the office of the
Operating Room Nursing Supervisor on the right and the Holding
(for Anesthesia) Room on the left. The O.R. is like the
Emergency Ward, desperately busy but staffed by people grown
so accustomed to it that they display a calm, almost casual
but febrile efficiency. A large blackboard faces the
Supervisor's Office with the day's schedule of operations
neatly chalked in. It is full. A middle-aged surgeon, still
in his overcoat, is studying the schedule.
A green-uniformed NURSE swings through the glass doors from
the Operating Room area to lean into the Supervisor's Office.
Dr. Norris says about half an hour.
Tell Shirley it was just an ovarian
The THIRD NURSE leans back into the Supervisor's Office to
relay this information.
Shirley, it was just an ovarian cyst!
This is apparently good news, for we hear someone saying
Oh, thank God.
An orderly rumbles by with an E.K.G. machine. O.R. Nursing
Supervisor DOROTHY KIMBALL, a pleasant lady in her late
thirties, leans out of her office to speak to one of the
(handing the orderly
All right, Jerry, go up to Holly
The orderly detaches himself from his cronies and exits. It
is into this atmosphere of subdued febrility that William
Mead is wheeled.
(to Mrs. Kimball)
William Mead from Holly Eight.
Hold him there, Tom. We've got
somebody coming out right now.
Indeed, a stretcher is being wheeled out of the Holding Room.
The patient is sedated and covered. As the orderly wheels
her past CAMERA, we may recognize the pale, sleeping profile
of Miss Campanella, the nurse who had been coshed with a
sandbag not many scenes ago. A CIRCULATING NURSE comes through
the glass doors, examines the chart dangling from the
(to this nurse)
Who's that? Mangafranni?
Number three, Marty.
The orderly wheels the silent Miss Campanella off to Operating
Room Three, as Dr. Welbeck, in his natty blue suit, carrying
his camel coat, turns in from the outer corridor and examines
the blackboard. He goes back to...
...Welbeck crosses, opens a door and enters...
SURGEONS' LOCKER ROOM
All four walls are lined with lockers. Shelves and cartons
of green surgical clothes, caps, masks, trousers, shoe-
coverings. Obviously, surgeons dress for their operations
here. Two surgeons, one middle-aged and the other a young
RESIDENT, are changing. The resident turns to Welbeck on his
entrance and says:
It's legal for a doctor to incorporate
in New York, isn't it, Doctor?
(en route to phone)
Since last September. If they had
that when I was your age, I'd have
put away a couple of million by now.
It gives you a variety of deferral
devices, profit-sharing for example.
Let's say you pick yourself an October
31-fiscal. You declare a bonus payable
in '71. An accrued item payable to a
principle share-holder must be paid
within two and half months after the
close of the year to get the deduction
in the prior year. But your
corporation doesn't pay that tax,
because we've eliminated the taxable
income with the bonus. With two
taxable entities, you can bury a
hell of a lot of expenses...
Hello, this is Welbeck, any
messages?... Well, I'm at the
hospital. I have to cut open some
guy in a couple of minutes. I'll try
to make it as fast as I can. How
urgent did he say it was?... Well,
Dr. Hogan made those arrangements
with the underwriters. The
Registration Statement was filed
with the S.E.C. well over a year
ago... If he calls again, have me
(hangs up, turns back
to the attentive
young doctors to
conduct his class in
medical finance while
changing into surgical
The really big money is in health
leasing, of course. Dr. Hogan, the
eminent orthopedic surgeon, and I
incorporated a leasing company and
went public last year. I hold a
controlling interest in a number of
proprietary hospitals, nursing homes
and rest farms, and I've been leasing
hospital equipment to my own hospitals
at excessive rates. Why, you ask, am
I draining my own hospitals? Well,
my hospitals are taxed at 48 percent,
and I'm giving my leasing company a
hell of a price-earnings ratio,
which'll balloon the market value of
the stock. I hold three hundred
thousand shares of that stock,
lettered of course, but in a year,
I'll dump those shares at a capital
gain and walk off with a bundle...
OPERATING ROOM THREE
Just like on TV -- well, almost. The surgeon, DR. MALLORY, a
bad-tempered man in his fifties, sits on a stool with his
gloved hands wrapped in a towel, waiting for the two surgical
RESIDENTS to finish painting the operable area, which happens
to be the abdomen. It's a hysterectomy. The patient is sheeted
except for the small square of abdominal area.
(grumbles to one of
What do you say, huh? We're not going
to hang it in the Louvre, you know.
The anesthesiologist, DR. CHU, injects pentathol in the I.V.
Bring a mask over.
The RESIDENT ANESTHESIOLOGIST trundles over the oxygen tank,
takes the hypodermic syringe from Dr. Chu, who now applies
the oxygen mask to the enmarbled profile of the patient. He
studies the gauges and equipment around him at the head of
the operating table.
There's no pulse, Doctor.
What's the pressure?
There's no blood pressure, Doctor.
No pulse. Get the tube and E.K.G.
What's the matter?
I can't feel a thing, sir.
The room galvanizes into the swift, silent activity of a
chest massage. Dr. Mallory, standing and stretching in the
back of the room, turns and moves toward the off-screen
patient. He begins a vigorous rhythmic massage of the
patient's rib cage over the heart.
What the hell happened?
Dr. Mallory thumps the patient's chest hard with his fist,
and the others, likewise, go to work.
I don't know. She must have thrown
an embolus. She was doing fine up to
Did you check the gasses?
I did, sir.
The only time I ever saw anybody
conk out like this, some jerk switched
the nitrous oxide and the gas lines.
The scrub nurse is applying electrode paste to the
defibrillators. Dr. Mallory yanks the sheets and hospital
shirt off the patient and begins very rigorous massage of
the exposed ribs; we can hear one rib crack.
Get the damn leads on. For Chrissakes,
what the hell is this?!
She's just a young woman, sir. Do
you think we should open the chest?
She's fifty-three, you buttonhead!
Dr. Chu, who has been inserting some suprel and bicarbonate
into the tube of the patient's I.V., is frowning at her rigid,
white-capped face. He leans over to check the E.K.G. readings.
She's fibrillating, Doctor.
Mallory straddles the patient. He's doing heavy heart massage.
Jesus H. Christ!
Okay, stop for a minute... Doctor...
Dr. Chu pushes back, the operating cap on the patient's head,
revealing jet-black hair. Mallory starts to massage again.
(barking at the scrub
You got those paddles ready?
Dr. Chu stares blankly at the patient's face, then looks up
at the sweating surgeon, perched on the operating table,
rhythmically crushing away at the patient's rib cage.
I may be crazy, Doctor, but I don't
think this is your patient.
Dr. Mallory, now pausing for a moment, looks up. He is beaded
What the hell are you talking about?
He massages away. Another rib cracks.
HOLLY PAVILION, BOCK'S OFFICE
The Supervisor of Nurses, Mrs. Christie, is sitting on a
chair reading a report. Bock, now in his doctor's coat, is
hunched over his desk, hands clasped.
Now, I don't want to get into an
institutional hassle with you, Mrs.
Christie. The malpractice here is
monumental. As you see, Dr. Schaefer's
blood sugar was twenty-three. No
glucose solution is going to do that.
The only thing that will do that is
at least fifty units of insulin,
probably more. The only presumption
is that one of those nurses on the
Eighth Floor shot fifty units of
insulin into Schaefer's blood stream,
either by injection or through the
I.V., although how in God's name...
Mrs. Christie's electric pocket-pager BEEPS.
I'm very sorry, Doctor.
(reaches for a phone)
Miss McGuire leans in from the secretaries' office.
Doctor, did you ask the head nurse
on the eighth floor to let you know
when a Miss Drummond got there?
Well, she just got there.
Oh, dear me, Dorothy. I better get
right down there directly. Have you
called the O.O.D.? And you better
call Dr. Gilley. And you better call
Mr. Sloan... Yes, I'll be down
(hangs up; to Bock)
I'm very sorry, Doctor, but there's
a real nasty one in the O.R. They've
just operated on the wrong patient...
O.R. NURSING SUPERVISOR'S OFFICE
Crowded now. The administrative resident, Hitchcock, is here
and a uniformed man in his fifties, MR. SLOAN, the Chief of
Safety and Traffic. Sloan represents the Hospital's security
force. Mrs. Kimball is at her desk, on the phone.
...well, I don't understand, is she
back in her room? When did she get
back to her room? Who brought her
(she stares at
She's back in her room.
Mrs. Mangafranni, the woman who was
supposed to have been operated on...
(calls to a nurse
Are they still working on that woman
(back on phone)
I'm sorry, Mrs. Fried, would you say
that again?... Well, nobody in this
office sent her back up... Well, all
right, Mrs. Fried, I'll have to call
She hangs up, stands, goes out into...
THE OPERATING AREA, PLAZA
...where three orderlies lounge about.
Did any of you take a woman named
Mangafranni out of the Holding Room
back up to Holly Five around ten
Apparently, none of these three. Mrs. Christie turns in from
the outer corridor. Normal Operating Room activity flows by:
patients wheeled to and from their various surgeries, surgeons
checking the blackboard, staff doctors, orderlies keeping
the noise level low but steady.
(to Hitchcock in the
Hitchcock shrugs helplessly.
(to Mrs. Christie)
I don't know what happened. A patient
named Mangafranni was scheduled for
a hysterectomy at ten o'clock -- Dr.
Mallory. I talked to Sylvia in the
Holding Room who admitted her, so
she was here. And now I just spoke
to Mrs. Fried on Holly Five, and she
says an orderly brought Mrs.
Mangafranni back to her room about
twenty minutes ago. Now Mrs.
Mangafranni is in her room sleeping.
Well, who's the woman in the operating
I don't know.
Mrs. Kimball, Mrs. Christie, Hitchcock and Sloan push through
the glass doors to the crossroads of the operating rooms.
Through each window, we see operating crews hacking away.
Is she dead?
Well, they had to open her up, and
that's not good.
They gather in anticipation outside O.R. Three and peer over
each other's shoulders into the room where the operating
crew is hunched over the open-heart massage. The masked
circulating nurse looks up, notices the audience at the door,
and gives a hopeless shrug.
I better get Mr. Mead.
HOLLY PAVILION, THE STAFF ROOM
Milton Mead is sitting in a back seat of the Staff Room -- a
lounge with couches, easy chairs and magazine racks -- gives
half an ear to the several opinions being simultaneously
LADY FROM WOMEN'S LIB
...abortion? The clinic should be
under the supervision and entirely
staffed by women and administered by
a member of the Women's Committee
for Medical Liberation!
YOUNG WHITE ACTIVIST
...let's get to the core of the matter
which is the criminal and gangster
collusion between the American medical
establishment and the drug, insurance
and tobacco companies who, through
their combined racketeering efforts,
have produced a dual system of health
care. Everything for the rich and
nothing for the poor!
...abortion clinic! That's genocide,
baby! You're just killing off blacks!
We consider proliferation elemental
to the class struggle!
(who has lost his
cool altogether and
is screaming right
along with everyone
...for God's sake! We've got eleven
people in these buildings, and we've
got to get them out of there! We can
rectify the injustices of the world
tomorrow, but right now, for God's
sake, can we get those people out of
those buildings? Will you people
please listen to me? Will you people
please shut up and listen to me?
Will you people please call a halt
to this participatory democracy and
address ourselves to the immediate
During this maelstrom, the phone at Mead's elbow RINGS. Mead
answers it, listens, nods, returns the receiver, stand and
slips out of the room into the delicious silence of the...
HOLLY PAVILION, EXECUTIVE CORRIDOR
...where Hitchcock emerges from the Administration offices.
The two men move down the hall toward each other.
How long ago did this happen?
About half an hour.
Have you called the Medical Examiner?
Well, you'd better do that now. And
you better call the precinct station
house as well.
OPERATING ROOM THREE
Dr. Mallory is wrenching off his blood-drenched rubber gloves
and flinging them to the floor in a rage. The door to the
room opens, and Mrs. Kimball, Mrs. Christie and Mr. Sloan
enter. Dr. Mallory is stupefied with anger. Dr. Chu, blessed
with Eastern containment, blandly gathers his equipment
together, nods to Mrs. Christie.
Good morning, Doctor.
This is really something, isn't it?
I thought she looked a little
different when they brought her in.
I even said to one of the nurses,
"She looks a little younger without
her dentures." I'd only talked to
her half an hour before.
Does anybody know who she is?
Dr. Mallory can only stare at her numbly. He turns and stares
numbly at Mr. Sloan.
(to Mrs. Kimball,
examining the chart
dangling from the
What's her chart say?
Her chart says Mangafranni. Her
bracelet says Mangafranni. The only
thing that isn't Mangafranni is the
Dr. Mallory finally explodes.
Jesus H. Christ! I've been chopping
out three uteruses a day for twenty
years, and is it too much to expect
for you people to bring in the right
goddam Jesus Christ uterus?!
I had just been talking to her in
the Holding Room. She was perfectly
fine. A little drowsy. I thought it
was funny that when they brought her
in, she was out cold.
(shuffling around in
Jesus H. Kee-rist!
Mrs. Christie stares down at the face of the dead patient on
the table, who has had her chest spread wide open so that
the organs are exposed.
Well, we'll just all have to stay
here until Mr. Mead or someone from
the O.O.D. comes back.
Well, I'm not taking the rap for
this! I've already got one malpractice
suit pending, and I'm not taking the
rap for this one!
HOLLY PAVILION, ROOM
William Mead's bed is empty. The Reverend Drummond's suit,
still on its hanger, is lying on it. Drummond himself lies
comatose and rigged out with I.V.s and catheters. Barbara
Drummond is packing her father's things into an open one-
suiter valise. The door opens. She looks up. It's Bock. They
look at each other -- two people in love.
Look, you're not going. I love you,
and I'm not going to let you go.
He picks up the suit lying on the bed.
Come on, let's start putting your
father's things back. He's staying
(hangs the suit in
I'll find an apartment somewhere.
I'm staying in a filthy little hotel
room. We can't use that.
His eyes are caught by a white doctor's uniform hanging in
the armoire along with the suits and overcoats of the two
patients in the room. He bends over to peer at the nameplate
over the breast pocket.
I can't make it here, Herb. I'll
crack up. I cracked up once already.
One week here, and I'd be running
naked through the streets screaming
again. I can retain my sanity only
in a simple society.
For God's sake, Barbara, you can't
seriously see me living in a grass
shack hunting jackrabbits for dinner?
Be sensible for God's sake.
I am being sensible. What is it you're
so afraid of leaving here? Your
plastic home? Your conditioned air?
Your synthetic clothes? Your instant
food? I'm offering you green silence
and solitude, the natural order of
things. Mostly, I'm offering me. I
think we're beautiful, Herb.
(utterly in love)
You make it sound almost plausible.
I don't know why you even hesitate.
What's holding you here? Is it your
No, that's all over. I suppose if
I'm married to anything, it's this
hospital. It's been my whole life. I
just can't walk out on it as if it
never mattered. I'm middle-class.
Among us middle-class, love doesn't
triumph over all. Responsibility
Herb, don't ask me to stay here with
you, because I love you, and I will.
And we'll both be destroyed.
He turns to her again. They both look away.
I've got the bill here to pay yet.
I'll come with you.
She gathers her raincoat and goes. Bock follows her out into
HOLLY PAVILION, EIGHTH FLOOR, CORRIDOR
...where Dr. Joseph Lagerman, Head of Nephrology, perhaps
remembered from an earlier scene, has been waiting for Bock.
He joins them en route to the elevators.
Herb, you asked me to find that
What dialysis nurse?
Barbara has continued walking. Bock starts to follow her.
I'll go pay the bill.
The one who goofed on your patient,
Bock turns back to Lagerman.
Well, her name is Theresa Campanella,
but you are not going to believe
this, Herb. She died on the operating
table in O. R. Three about an hour
Barbara is disappearing into an elevator. Bock starts after
her, then turns back to Lagerman.
What do you mean, she died on the
operating table in O.R. Three?
They hurry down the corridor to the elevators.
You mean she was the one?
That's the one. I just identified
What the hell's going on around here?
Every time I try to find somebody in
this hospital, they either died of a
heart attack in Emergency or of
anesthesia shock in an operating
Elevator doors open. A nurse and visitor get out. Bock and
Lagerman go into...
Two or three people besides the elevator operator are there,
as well as a patient on a stretcher and an orderly.
Listen, I just came from the O.R.
They're trying to find a Dr. Schaefer.
Don't you have a kid named Schaefer
in your service?
I had a Schaefer. He died yesterday
of an overdose of insulin. What do
they want Schaefer for?
The Holding Room nurse says there
was a Dr. Schaefer hanging around
the Holding Room. It wouldn't have
been your Schaefer anyway. The nurse
says it was senior staff, a middle-
There's no senior staff named Schaefer
in this hospital.
I told them that. I said, I don't
know any senior staff around here
named Schaefer. They've got detectives
down there, everything. It's a whole
The elevator stops at the seventh floor. The doors open and
Bock and Lagerman stroll into...
HOLLY PAVILION, SEVENTH FLOOR, CORRIDOR
Bock lumbers down the west corridor, turns into...
William Mead, sedated and apparently zonked out cold, is
being transferred from a stretcher back into bed by an O.R.
orderly and nurse's aid. Bock rolls back the curtains around
Drummond's bed revealing the comatose patient, his face
sculptured against the white pillow, an I.V. tube in his
right arm, a catheter projecting from under the sheet. Bock
lowers the protective railing, leans in, takes the man's
pulse on his neck, raises one closed eyelid, then the other.
The pupils stare vacuously back at him; the eyelids drop
closed as soon as they are released.
In the background, the orderly and aid finish tucking in
William Mead and exit, wheeling their creaking stretcher
out. The room is shockingly silent. Bock goes to the window
and frowns in thought.
HOLD ACROSS the patient Drummond, on Bock in the background
at the window with his back to us. Suddenly, Drummond's eyes
open. He lies rigid, his eyes staring dementedly into the
air above him.
Slowly, his left hand reaches out and carefully withdraws
the catheter from his bladder, lays it on the white sheet
beside him, and silently reaches over to withdraw the I.V.
needle from his right arm. He lets the needle dangle, dripping
onto the bed. Carefully, he twists out from under his sheet,
swings his legs over the side of the bed and sits up.
REVERSE ACROSS Bock at the window, pondering. With a swift
lash of movement, the double tubes of a stethoscope are
whipped over his head and tightened around his throat.
(mad as a hatter)
I am the Fool for Christ and the
Paraclete of Caborca.
CLOSE TWO SHOT of Bock being strangled, Drummond's face frozen
in bland dementia behind him.
For heaven's sake, Dad! What the
hell's going on?
Drummond pauses in his strangling and, releasing the poor
man altogether, turns to his daughter in the doorway.
CAMERA DOLLIES to include all three -- Bock recuperating;
Drummond staring madly; and Barbara infuriated with her
We all thought you were at Death's
Door! What're you doing out of bed?
Drummond, abashed, stands there, a scolded schoolboy, a
rawboned figure in a hospital shift, a stethoscope dangling
from his right hand.
What happened? Did he say anything
As a matter of fact, he said, "I am
the Fool for Christ and the Paraclete
of Caborca." And you'd better close
the door, because if he's going to
tell everyone who walks in here he's
the Fool for Christ and the Paraclete
of Caborca, they'll put us all away.
He's already killed two doctors and
I am the wrath of the lamb and the
angel of the bottomless pit.
What do you mean he killed two doctors
and a nurse?
I mean, he's killed two doctors and
a nurse! And he just tried to kill
me! He has something against doctors.
Somehow he got hold of a thousand
units of insulin and put it in Dr.
Schaefer's intravenous solution. And
somehow he got Dr. Ives to die of a
heart attack in the middle of the
Emergency Room. And somehow he got a
dialysis nurse named Campanella to
die of anesthesia shock on an
(opens the closet,
points to the white
He's been running around the hospital
wearing Dr. Schaefer's uniform. Right
now, they're looking all over the
place for this mysterious Dr.
Schaefer. I know this all sounds as
grotesque to you as it does to me,
but you can see for yourself your
father is not the helpless comatose
patient we thought he was. Don't
look at me like I'm the one who's
crazy. Ask your crazy father!
I was merely an instrument of God. I
killed no one. They all three died
by their own hands, ritual victims
of their own institutions, murdered
by irony, an eye for an eye, biblical
retribution. Schaefer was first, you
see, because he killed God. God was
admitted to this hospital last Monday
under the name of Guernsey...
ROOM 806. MORNING. (FLASHBACK)
A cheerless, gray sunlight fills the room as the fragile,
white-haired and bearded old Guernsey (whose admittance to
the hospital was the opening scene of the film) is being
helped into the room by Nurse Felicia Chile. She solicitously
helps the wispy old man off with his coat and jacket and hat
which she puts in the armoire. With palsied fingers, the
little old man unknots his stringy tie and unbuttons the
collar, which is three sizes too large. In the other bed,
Drummond's eyes slowly open.
I was instantly aware of a divine
The old man is slipping out of his clothes to expose a thin
little body in a torn nightshirt.
I was convinced this porcelain old
man was, in fact, an Angel of the
The old man sits back, wheezing a little. Nurse Chile smiles
nicely at him and takes her leave. For a moment, Drummond
lies rigidly on his bed, staring dully into the air and the
old man sits with his hunched back to us. The room is silent
except for his rheumy wheeze.
...perhaps even Christ Himself.
After a moment, the old man rises and goes to the washbasin
and, with some wheezing, spits into it. He shuffles back to
bed. Dr. Schaefer comes into the room with a professional
smile and the patient Guernsey's chart.
Our Savior was, it seems, suffering
Schaefer perches on the bed beside Guernsey and begins to
take his history.
He was relentlessly subjected to the
benefits of modern medicine. He was
misdiagnosed, mismedicated, and put
into shock by Dr. Schaefer; raced
off to Intensive Care, where the
resident compounded the blunder and
induced a coma. I can tell you with
authority that God is indeed dead.
He died last Monday under the name
CLOSE-UP of Drummond in deep shadow shows him sleeping.
A few hours later, he appeared to me
in a revelation.
ROOM 806. NIGHT, 7:00 P.M.
The room is lit only by the yellow light from the half-opened
bathroom door. Guernsey walks out of the shadows, hands
raised. He shuffles to Drummond's bedside and looks down on
him from his frail height.
Rise up, Drummond. You are dead, now
you are restored.
Drummond's eyes open and roll to the direction of the voice.
DRUMMOND'S P.O.V.: Guernsey, dressed only in his hospital
shift, is shuffling up and down the aisle of the room, hands
clasped behind his back like a Mittel-European intellectual,
head hunched forward -- a little old man with a white beard
talking to himself.
Those who killed you and those who
killed me will die in our place. You
are the Paraclete of Caborca, the
wrath of the lamb. The angel of the
Guernsey closes his eyes in religious ecstacy.
In this fashion has it been revealed
Drummond starts to sob and slowly sits up in his bed, imbued
with belief. He looks mutely up at the frail old man, who
now raises his right hand and his face is transfigured into
The age is closed! The end is at
hand! The seal is broken!
So saying, he reverts to the little old man he was, wheezing
a bit, and with some effort, climbs back on his bed and lies
there, eyes closed. His thin, high nose projects from the
whiteness of his face. He sighs the rattling last sigh of
life and dies. CAMERA DOLLIES slowly to CLOSE-UP of Drummond
lying motionless on his bed. His eyes are wide, glinting in
the shadows, a man imbued. His cheeks are wet with tears of
Well! Not quite the burning bush
perhaps but prodigal enough for me.
I was to avenge the death of God and
my own brutalization. I was to kill
Doctors Schaefer, Ives and Welbeck
and the dialysis nurse Miss
Campanella, whose negligence caused
FULL SHOT of Drummond. He raises his left hand, flexing his
fingers. Then he moves his other arm, his head, his shoulders.
Obviously, he is regaining his faculties.
I awaited a further sign from God,
which was given to me later that
evening. Dr. Schaefer, it seems, had
arranged an assignation with a girl
from the hematology lab named Sheila.
ACROSS Drummond to the now empty other bed. All the lights
are on. PAN on Nurse Penny Canduso and an orderly wheeling
away the wrapped body of Guernsey. Intern Schaefer, at the
door, considers the empty bed with interest. Moving to the
bedtable, he picks up the receiver of the phone.
Hey Sheila, this is Howard, Sheila.
Hey listen, I got us a bed for
tonight. A real, honest-to-god bed.
ROOM 806. NIGHT
REPRISE the scene originally played UNDER CREDITS where Dr.
Schaefer and his girlfriend Sheila sneak into the room and
undress. Giggles and shushings, gooses and fondles.
Boy, I sure hope nobody walks in.
During the replay, however, an additional segment is added.
At one point, the girl, hanging her dress in the armoire,
turns and holds something up.
What's this in your pocket?
That's my insulin. Put it back.
What do you take insulin for?
Diabetes? I didn't know you were a
It ain't contagious, don't worry
They head for the unoccupied bed. CLOSE-UP on Drummond's
Dark, hushed. Schaefer's girl is leaving; she tiptoes to the
door, peeks out. Apparently, the coast is clear. She quickly
ROOM 806. DAY
Drummond on his chair. Barbara perched on one side of her
father's bed, Bock on the other. William Mead sleeps on.
And you put Schaefer's insulin into
the I.V. jar.
Yes. And then a second nurse came
and plugged the I.V. jar into
Schaefer. God clearly intended a
measure of irony here. The hospital
was to do all the killing for me.
All I need do was arrange for the
doctors to become patients in their
own hospital. Accordingly, the next
morning, I set out for Dr. Ives. I
put on Dr. Schaefer's uniform, pinched
some digoxine from the pharmacy and
a sandbag from a utility cart, and
found my way to Dr. Ives' laboratory.
I coshed him with the sandbag, gave
him a massive shot of the digoxine.
This, you see, brought on an instant
condition of cardiac arrhythmia.
When he came to, I brought him down
to the Emergency Room.
EMERGENCY ROOM AREA, LOBBY. DAY
The usual E.R. crush and motion goes on in the background.
Drummond escorts an obviously ill Dr. Ives to the Admitting
Room. Drummond's voice under the narration explains matters
to Miss Aronovici at the desk.
This is Dr. Ives. He's in the
Nephrology Lab. I was in there a
little while ago, and he was suddenly
taken ill, and I thought I'd better
get him over here right away.
He had at that time perhaps an hour
to live. Prompt treatment would have
saved his life.
They go into the...
EMERGENCY ADMITTING AND TREATMENT ROOMS
Ives, seated on a table in evident distress, breathes heavily.
As a staff doctor, he was seen without
An attendant takes his pulse, pressure and respiration. Ives
His vital signs were taken, an
PAN SLOWLY across the Emergency Room to catch its state of
contained febrility. Every curtained treatment room is
occupied, including the storage room in the back. The triage
nurse and a second nurse behind the desk are busy on the
phones. The triage nurse takes the history of the first in a
line of five people seeking admission even as she answers
We watch Miss Aronovici and the other nurse and Dr. Spezio
and his two interns, the two attendants -- all busy with one
patient or another.
...which revealed occasional
ventricular premature contractions.
An intern took his history...
ACROSS Drummond, white-uniformed, standing in the back against
the filing cabinets and linens, watching the the new patients
trickle and crowd in.
...and then he was promptly...
At the Admitting Desk, a MAN in his forties is being signed
in by a uniformed cop.
...simply... forgotten to death.
CAMERA JUST STARES at the pageant of pain.
...mislaid among the broken wrists,
the chest pains, scalp lacerations,
the man whose fingers were crushed
in a taxi door, the infant with the
skin rash, the child swiped by a
car, the old lady mugged in the
subway, the derelict beaten by
sailors, the teenage suicide, the
paranoids, drunks, asthmatics, the
rapes, the septic abortions, the
EMERGENCY ROOM AREA, LOBBY
Looking to the street doors as two ambulance attendants,
bearing a seventeen-year-old black girl on a stretcher, burst
Not breathing! Not breathing!
They hurry into the Admitting Room past a nurse and into
EMERGENCY ADMITTING AND TREATMENT ROOMS
...which is already galvanized into action. Miss Aronovici
is at the girl's pulse even as she is being transferred to
the bed that has just been cleared of Mr. Mitgang and his
Better put him in the Holding Room.
(with the seventeen-
She's taking a little pulse.
(to triage nurse)
Get an anesthesiologist, one-five-
On screen we continue watching the scene of the overdose
case treatment, as the live-action sound in the room fades
behind Drummond's tale.
...the fractures, infarcts,
hemorrhages, concussions, boils,
abrasions, the colonic cancers, the
cardiac arrests -- the whole wounded
madhouse of our times...
REACTION SHOT of Drummond staring at this ceaseless panorama
of pain, tears streaking down his cheeks.
I wonder if I could have a minute of
your time, Doctor...
Drummond turns to the voice. CAMERA PULLS BACK to include
the man who had been brought into the E.R. by a uniformed
I am the fool for Christ and the
Paraclete of Caborca.
Well, it's an honor and a privilege,
Doctor. I've been here ten minutes,
I can't seem to get anybody to help
me. I'm suffering from some sort of
amnesia. I can't remember my name.
As a matter of fact, it's pretty
screwy. I got mugged. Two hours ago,
walking out of a coffee shop on Fifty-
Seventh Street and Second Avenue,
eight o'clock in the morning, broad
daylight, I got mugged. A sixteen-
year-old girl walks up to me, shows
me a knife about a yard long and
says, "Give me your wallet." I thought
she was kidding. I mean there's
hundreds of people walking right by.
Well, she wasn't kidding. "Listen,"
I said, "all I got's about twenty
bucks." So she takes the wallet
anyway. So I said, "How about leaving
me my identification?" I mean, I had
my driver's license, my Diner's Club,
my credit cards. But she took them
all, the whole damn wallet, credit
cards, everything. So I stopped some
guy, I said, "Hey, you see that girl
there, walking away?" He says, "Yeah."
I said, "She just stole my wallet,
credit cards and everything." He
says, "Well, that's what they want,
the credit cards." So I started
looking for a cop. I mean, go find a
cop, right? Well, I finally find a
cop. The girl's halfway to South
America by now, probably bought the
ticket with my credit cards. So the
cop says, "What's your name?" And
you want to know something? I couldn't
think of my name. The girl took all
my identification, you know what I
mean? She took all my credit cards.
So I said, "You know this is screwy.
I can't think of my name." So he
took me to the station house. The
sergeant says, "What's your name?" I
said, "I don't know! She took all my
credit cards!" So they took me down
here. So what do you think, Doctor?
I'm nuts, right? I finally flipped.
PAN SLOWLY to Drummond who stares at the Nameless Man.
In BACKGROUND the door opens and Mrs. Cushing, the lady from
accounting, enters. She calls out in her annoying voice from
Who's number 7-6-8-0-2-S? Is there
anybody here who is that number?
In this way was it revealed to me
the manner of Nurse Campanella's
death. She was to die of the great
American plague -- vestigial identity.
RETURN FROM FLASHBACK:
ROOM 806. DAY
Drummond in his hospital shift, gaunt and mad as a prophet,
sits rigidly on his chair. Barbara perches on her father's
bed. Bock wanders disorientedly about the room, staring
incredulously first at Barbara and then at her father.
So last night, I coshed Miss
Campanella with a sandbag, sedated
her with thorazine, shaved her,
prepped her, and parked her in a
corridor of the X-Ray Department for
Well, at X-Ray, a sedated body lying
around unattended for five hours
wouldn't seem unusual.
Her operation -- that is to say,
Mrs. Mangafranni's operation -- was
not scheduled until nine-thirty. So
at nine-fifteen this morning, I rang
for my nurse...
You rang for your nurse?
To insure one full hour of
I got up, wheeled Miss Campanella
off to the operating rooms, replaced
her bed with Mrs. Mangafranni's,
exchanged charts and identity
bracelets. She died officially of
anesthesia shock. But, in point of
fact, she died because she was wearing
another woman's identity.
God, what do we do now? Let me take
him back to Mexico. It's a simple
world there. If you turn him in,
they'll just cage him in the Rockland
State Hospital for the Criminally
Insane. Let me take him back, Herb.
Are you kidding? We'll both take
him. I'm going with you! Get him
dressed. We're getting out of here
before the police put us all in
I haven't finished my work here. I
have this Welbeck to dispose of. I
am the angel of the bottomless pit
and the wrath of the lamb.
Oh dear, he's having another
Bock holds Drummond's coat and hat and crosses to take his
arm. He finds the entranced Drummond as rigid as a statue.
Look, that ambulance must be here by
now. You go down and get them. I'll
give him a shot of something to knock
him out. We'll take him to the airport
in the ambulance.
They both hurry out of the room. Drummond remains enmarbled
in his trance. CAMERA SUDDENLY MOVES DOWN to William Mead,
whose eyes now open; he has heard it all. In background,
Drummond, suddenly released from his catatonic trance, heads
for the armoire and extracts the white trousers of Dr.
Schaefer's uniform. He puts them on, tucking in the tails of
his hospital shift. He notices William Mead staring at him.
You're hallucinating again.
William Mead just stares at Drummond.
EIGHTH FLOOR, NURSES' STATION AND LOBBY AREA
Bock and Barbara come hurrying around the corner from the
west corridor. Barbara heads for the elevators. Bock heads
for the Nurses' Station. The Eighth Floor is going about its
normal 1:15 P.M. activity. Mrs. Donovan is at her desk on
...Edwards never showed up. I'm short-
staffed as hell. It's just me and
Felicia. It's like Sunday. Nobody's
I'll be at lunch...
A nurse's aid, a bathrobed patient and two of his visitors
stroll by. It's the end of the lunch hour, when the kitchen
workers bring used trays back.
Yeah, you gotta send me somebody...
Bock moves past Mrs. Donovan and into the pharmacy where we
see him scouring the shelves for thorazine and a syringe. An
elevator arrives, disgorging Milton Mead and his resident
assistant, Thomas Hitchcock and, of all people, Dr. Richard
Welbeck himself. Barbara and Dr. Biegelman go into the
elevator. The doors close. Milton Mead and Hitchcock head
for the west corridor. Welbeck, in his natty double-breasted
suit and carrying his cashmere coat, heads straight for the
We'll be in Eight-O-Six.
(chuckles into phone)
...then what did she say?
(to Mrs. Donovan)
I'm Dr. Welbeck. I have a patient on
this floor named Drummond, and I'd
like to see his chart.
I'll call you back.
Bock immediately emerges from the pharmacy holding a bottle
of thorazine and a wrapped hypodermic syringe. He scowls at
Welbeck, who scowls back.
Oh, Dr. Bock. Can I have a few minutes
of your time, sir?
He starts to pass Mrs. Donovan and would continue, but Welbeck
lays a restraining hand on his arm.
Dr. Gilley tells me you're the one
who initiated these proceedings
I'm busy, Welbeck.
I'd like to know what you have against
You turned up half-stoned for a simple
nephrectomy eight days ago, botched
it, put the patient into failure and
damn near killed him. Then, pausing
only to send in your bill, you flew
off on the wings of man to an island
of sun in Montego Bay. This is the
third time in two years we've had to
patch up your patients; the other
two died. You're greedy, unfeeling,
inept, indifferent, self-inflating
and unconscionably profitable. Aside
from that, I have nothing against
you. I'm sure you play a hell of a
game of golf. What else do you want
Welbeck's pocket-beeper BEEPS.
Excuse me for a moment, Doctor.
(he reaches over the
nurses' desk for a
This is Dr. Welbeck. Were you paging
(regarding Bock with
How much do you make a year, Bock?
For a guy who makes a lousy forty,
Hello, Arthur, I understand you've
been trying to reach me all morning...
Bock turns and heads back for...
EIGHTH FLOOR, WEST CORRIDOR
...and down that through the kitchen workers and strolling
...which he enters. He is startled to find Milton Mead and
Hitchcock leaning over William Mead, who is up on one elbow
and in a state.
I'm telling you, Milton, he pulls
out all the wires and the tubes, and
he gets up and puts on a doctor's
uniform, and he goes out, and he
murders doctors! He just went out
ten seconds before you came in!
Indeed, there is no Drummond to be seen. His bed is empty.
Bock nods to Milton Mead and Hitchcock, who nod back, and
crosses quickly to look into the bathroom which is likewise
And I'll tell you something else
about this crazy place you got here!
There was a naked Indian in here
last night doing a war dance! That's
the kind of crazy place you're running
here, Milton! You got to get me out
of here, Milton. This is a crazy
Milton Mead's pocket-beeper BEEPS. Milton Mead reaches for
(appealing to Bock)
I wake up last night, there's a goddam
Indian in here, a naked Indian! What
kind of hospital is this?
This is Mr. Mead, are you paging me?
A couple of hours later I wake up
again, and the guy in that bed there
is getting out of the bed...
Are the police still in the building?
You'd better get them up here. Yes.
All day long, he lays there like a
dead man. All of a sudden, in the
middle of the night, he gets out of
bed! I thought I was going crazy!
Yes, this is Mead... Oh, dear.
You know what he says to me? He says,
you're hallucinating. Listen, I just
saw a naked Indian. Now, I'm seeing
a ghost. I got to figure he's right,
I'm hallucinating, right?
I'll be down directly.
Never rains but it pours. A fire
just broke out in one of those
condemned buildings. The squatters
in the building came out. The police
tried to arrest them and, apparently,
the situation has erupted into a
(to Bock as he heads
for the door)
I'm sure you're wondering what this
is all about, Herb.
You're not going to leave me alone
in this crazy place, Milton!
(at the door with
Mr. Hitchcock is staying with you.
You better call the cops, Tom.
Milton! Milton! Milton!!!
The door slams.
WEST CORRIDOR AND NURSES' STATION
Bock and Milton Mead stride up the corridor through the linen
wagons and kitchen carts.
I haven't the time now, and I'm not
even going to try to tell you this
curious story my brother just told
me. I'll fill you in on it at lunch
He waves his hand helplessly to indicate the utter incredulity
of it all.
(rushes not to miss
They reach an open elevator. Mead goes in, the doors close.
The doors of a second elevator then open, and Barbara comes
out. She and Bock stare at each other. In background, Welbeck
is on the phone at the Nurses' Station.
The ambulance is here.
Yeah, but your father isn't. He's
disappeared. He put on Schaefer's
uniform and has gone out to do God's
work, presumably the murder of Dr.
Welbeck. Except, that fellow on the
phone over there is Dr. Welbeck.
(in background on
Oh my God, Arthur! What are you
talking about? Have you talked to
Dr. Hogan about this?
And, on top of everything else, the
other patient in your father's room
overheard his whole confession and
just told the Chief Administrator of
the hospital. They're sending for
REVERSE ACROSS Welbeck on phone at Nurses' Station. In the
background, Bock and Barbara stare at him.
(almost apoplectic on
Oh, my God, Arthur. Well, who held
title? Do the underwriters know about
this yet?... Oh my God! Arthur,
what're you waiting for? Arrest the
son of a bitch! Turn him in!... Oh
my God! When?... Of course, Arthur,
call me right back. I'm at the Holly
Pavilion, Eighth Floor. Please! Right
He hangs up.
Are you all right, Welbeck?
All right?! That son of a bitch is
trying to wipe me out! My partner,
the eminent orthopedic surgeon, Dr.
Noel Hogan, is a miserable thief.
And he's trying to wipe me out!
(extending a chart)
Mr. Drummond's chart, Doctor.
(angrily seizes the
What room is it?
I'm expecting a phone call. Put it
straight through to me in that room.
He strides off angrily, followed by an anxious Bock and
Barbara, for the...
EIGHTH FLOOR, WEST CORRIDOR
Bock and Barbara hurry along in Welbeck's wake.
The son of a bitch has been draining
the company with phony purchase orders
on another company, of which, it now
turns out, his wife is the principal
stockholder! Transparent fraud! I'll
send him up for twenty years!
He wrenches open the door of 806, marches in, followed by
Bock and Barbara.
EIGHTH FLOOR, ROOM
Welbeck advances on William Mead's bed, since he is the only
patient in the room. (Hitchcock is on the phone.)
Well, Drummond, you don't seem that
much the worse for the wear.
William Mead stares dully at Welbeck. Then he looks dully at
Would you mind using some other phone?
I'm expecting an important call.
What is this? Who... who is this
Yes, well, I'll be at the Nurses'
Desk, Sergeant. It would be futile
for me to try to explain this to you
over the phone.
You've got a bit of fever, Drummond,
but you're coming along very well.
I'm not Drummond, you monkey!
Drummond's the other bed!
The phone now BUZZES. Welbeck and Hitchcock both head for
It's Welbeck here... Yes, Arthur, go
William Mead is painfully trying to get off his bed.
I'm getting out of this nuthouse!
(pushing him gently
All right, take it easy, Mr. Mead.
Hitchcock, satisfied the call is not for him, exits.
I came in here just to get a lousy
polyp cut out.
Oh, my God, what do you mean? How
many transactions were there? Bu...
but Arthur, I... I borrowed against
that stock! I'm in the hole for over
three hundred thousand!...
(appealing to the
I'm a sick man! I'm supposed to have
peace and quiet!
(on phone and
What do you mean, Brazil?! I just
spoke to Hogan's office yesterday,
and they just told me...
The phone slips from his fingers. He turns to stare at Bock
I'm wiped out. The S.E.C. has
suspended trading in my stock!
He keels over like a felled tree, falling face-up on
Drummond's bed, his legs dangling to the floor. William Mead
promptly hides his head under his sheet.
Bock moves quickly to the prostrate Welbeck, feels his throat
for the carotid pulse, pulls out his stethoscope, rips
Welbeck's shirt open, and listens for heartsounds. He picks
up the dangling telephone receiver, gets a dial tone.
Cardiac arrest, Holly Eight.
Barbara strips off her coat. She is still in nurse's uniform.
She leans into the hall and calls a passing nurse.
We have an emergency here.
(rips off Welbeck's
Barbara helps Bock get Welbeck's dead weight onto the floor.
On his knees, Bock straddles Welbeck's prone form, balls his
fist and belts Welbeck on his chest. He begins intensive
heart massage. Barbara gets down on her knees, opens Welbeck's
mouth and commences mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. In the
background, the P.A. system blandly echoes:
C.A.C. Holly Eight. Please clear all
Mrs. Donovan and aides move C.A.C. into the room, immediately
followed by Intern Chandler rushing past them.
He went to lunch.
Natch. Get that other bed out of
William Mead, of course, is still huddled under his sheet.
He peers out from under his covers in wide-eyed disbelief
and ducks under again. Bock massages Welbeck's heart. Barbara
continues mouth-to-mouth. Nurse Felicia Chile hurries in,
pushing the emergency cart before her.
(to Nurse Chile as
others begin moving
William Mead's bed
out of the room)
Give him an ambu bag and an airway.
What's been happening?
Nurse Chile has shunted the emergency cart aside to let the
bed out and is extracting an ambu bag and tube from the cart's
(to Seventh Floor
just outside door)
C.A.C. Holly Eight. Please clear all
Nurse Chile hands the Berman airway and ambu bag to Barbara,
who inserts the airway and the ambu tube into Welbeck's mouth
and pumps in air by hand. Bock massages away.
EIGHTH FLOOR, WEST CORRIDOR
Mrs. Donovan and Intern Chandler finally get Mead and his
bed out into the corridor where they park it. In background,
emergency activity on all sides. The resident cardiologist,
DR. GEOFFREY MORSE, and anesthesiologist, DR. LAWRENCE LOOMIS,
both thirty-three, come hurtling around the corner.
She follows Morse in as, from the lobby corner, two
technicians come racing a max cart and an I.V. stand before
them. Behind them, a bewildered Hitchcock moves into view,
trying to determine what's going on.
(to Intern Chandler)
Who is it?
Dr. Robert Jackson.
One of the patients had a cardiac
Hitchcock looks down at the sheeted figure hunched on the
bed parked in the hallway and slowly pulls the sheet off his
head. William Mead stares up at him like a hunted animal.
Hitchcock covers Mead's head again.
Bock still massages, sweating bullets by now. Barbara works
the ambu bag. Dr. Morse is feeling Welbeck's groin for his
What do you have, Dr. Bock?
Total cardiac arrest.
Dr. Rigby. Dr. Rigby. Dr. Lilac.
How long has he been like this?
About a minute. No pulse, no
heartbeat, no respiration...
If we can see anything of Welbeck through other bodies, we
notice almost all his clothes have been ripped off his body.
Dr. Loomis replaces Barbara.
All right, I'll take over.
The two nursing supervisors have been getting the max cart
ready, snapping up the gateleg-footrest and attaching the
I.V. tube to the oxygen jar, and that to the ambu bag.
(rushing in background
I'm sorry, Doctor, but we have another
emergency in 823.
Shall we get him up on the cart?
Drs. Loomis, Bock and Morse struggle to lift the the nearly
naked dead weight of Dr. Welbeck up from the floor and onto
the max cart. Dr. Morse has picked up Drummond's chart from
the bed where Welbeck had left it.
All right, who is this patient? What's
the story on this patient?
CLOSE-UP of Bock trying to hoist Welbeck and looking up
Is this his chart, Dr. Bock?
Bock cocks his head to him.
What's his name? Drummond?
Bock looks across to Barbara, now helping out at the max
cart. She looks back at Bock. She shrugs. He shrugs. They
exchange a smile.
Yes, his name's Drummond. That's his
Straining under the effort, the three doctors get Welbeck
off the floor.
(studying the chart)
Oh Christ, the poor son of a bitch
just had a nephrectomy a week ago.
Mrs. Donovan exits into...
EIGHTH FLOOR, WEST CORRIDOR
...as Mrs. Donovan comes out, Hitchcock turns to her.
Was it Drummond?
Who else would it be?
Hitchcock silently thanks God.
Pick him up. Put him on it. Stop the
Welbeck's body is finally on the max cart. Nurses and doctors
converge on him. Dr. Loomis sets about intubating Welbeck,
and the Nursing Supervisor begins clamping the metal bands
of the E.K.G. machine on each of Welbeck's extremities.
While all this goes on, Bock and Barbara have picked up the
remnants of Welbeck's jacket, trousers, shirt and underwear.
Dr. Morse is squatting by the max-cart reading the E.K.G.
script as it rolls slowly out of the cart.
Ventricular fibrillation. Get me the
paddles. Push another amp of bicarb.
The Nursing Supervisor starts applying electrode paste to
the defibrillating paddles. Another nurse measures off an
ampule of bicarbonate of soda which Dr. Loomis injects into
the I.V. tube.
Set it for two hundred.
Barbara unsnaps her father's valise and stuffs Welbeck's
garments in it. Bock takes Welbeck's coat and piles Drummond's
things on top of that.
The Nursing Supervisor hands Dr. Morse the defibrillating
paddles to place on Welbeck's left breast.
That's two hundred.
Everybody bock away.
All back away from the max-cart. Bock and Barbara are at the
window, piled up with valise and coats; they look like they're
off for Europe.
He pushes the defibrillating button, sending an electric
shock through Welbeck's body so as to bounce it into the
Bock and Barbara remain at the window with heart-resuscitation
team in background. Barbara slips into her own coat, in
preparation for escape.
Did he convert?
No, he's still fibrillating.
Let's go to four hundred.
(sotto voce to Bock)
What do we do now?
Bock is staring out the window. Barbara stares out with him.
THEIR P.O.V.: looking down onto the U-shaped drive of the
entrance plaza of the hospital and First Avenue full of
traffic. A band of some fifty black and Puerto Rican youths,
including females and young white revolutionaries, most in
Che Guevara garb, have broken past the security guards at
the gates and spill across the drive. Some policemen and
security guards move tentatively out of the hospital to
The shouting can't be heard from up here. Off-screen we hear
the activities of the resuscitation team.
It's four hundred.
Everybody back One-two-three...
SOUND of the shock.
That didn't work either.
FIRST AVENUE. HIGH SHOT
Low crowd noises. Bock looks out the window at the protesting
All right. Let me have a c.c. of
Adrenaline and intercardiac needle.
CAMERA PANS SLOWLY UP over the melee in the plaza to the
fence. Barbara and Bock stare down at the crowd.
Stop the massage. Ventricular
fibrillation. Put another amp of
bicarb. Two hundred.
ZOOM DOWN into the maelstrom to FULL SHOT of the Reverend
Drummond dressed in Schaefer's white uniform, standing on
the slim island separating the uptown traffic from the
downtown traffic. Drummond is a private island of his own,
hands stretched to the skies. He is prophesying.
(barely audible above
the traffic rumbling
Let those who are in Judea flee to
the mountains, for the age is closed,
the season of the seventh seal is at
Bock and Barbara slip through doctors and nurses, heading
for the door.
Hang isopril, two in five hundred.
Let's take one more crack with the
paddles. Everybody back off the cart.
Bock, carrying two overcoats, and Barbara, wearing hers and
carrying her father's valise, exit into...
EIGHTH FLOOR, WEST CORRIDOR
...as Bock and Barbara come out, the activity is normal,
with the exception of William Mead's bed along the wall.
Hitchcock and two overcoated men are in the hallway, and
Hitchcock hurries to Bock.
Is he dead?
They can't get him out of fib. I
don't think he'll make it.
(sighs, turns to the
This should close the case, Sergeant.
Bock and Barbara hurry toward the elevators.
THE HOSPITAL, HOLLY PAVILION, LOBBY
The small army of militants and activists has broken through
the security into the lobby. Their entrance is greeted by
one small scream from a woman in the lobby. A LEADER of the
invading troop calls out.
Everybody take it easy! Nobody's
going to be hurt! We just want the
Others in the troop shout reassurances, but it doesn't really
reassure anybody. The lady in the gift shop closes her door
and locks up. People crowd in a solid block in the doorway
to the coffee shop to see what's going on.
From the long tunnels of corridors, nurses, doctors,
administrative personnel pause in their chores and errands
and missions to watch the tide of events in the lobby.
HOLLY PAVILION, EXECUTIVE CORRIDOR
The exit door is wrenched open, and Bock comes hurtling into
the carpeted executive corridor toward the lobby, and at
that moment the troop of militants come rumbling in from the
other end. Every door of the corridor fills with secretaries
and administrators unsure of what's happening. Then, Sundstrom
elbows his way through the clutch of secretaries in his
doorway and comes into the corridor. He regards the militants
moving down the corridor toward him.
We want Sundstrom! We want Sundstrom!
Community control! Community control!
Hip-hip-Hippocrates! Up with service!
Down with fees!
You people want to see me?
Yeah, baby, we want to see you...
We're taking over this hospital,
I've had it up to here. I'm not
dealing with this kind of cheap
Now look, man. Now wait a minute
We're looking for a hostage!
Fourteen people just got arrested
In the background, one of their fellow revolutionaries speaks
Lookit, man, where's the TV camera?
...but he's shut up by the Leader.
Would you be cool, man?
Fourteen people got arrested for
doing nothing but living in their
homes, which you people threw them
So now we're going to arrest you.
We're going to hold you hostage and
we ain't letting you go un...
Ambler, the medical student we met during Bock's teaching
rounds, pushes in front of the Leader to face Sundstrom.
We, the members of the Doctors
Liberation Committee indict this
hospital for the criminal neglect of
the community in which it is situated!
We demand an immediate dissolution
of the governing and executive boards.
What are you going to do about those
fourteen ghetto people?
As the shouts continue, Sundstrom raises a hand to quiet the
I am not going to do anything...
Yes, you are!
By God, if you want to take over
this hospital, you take it over!
We will! Right on!
You run it! I am finished! I quit!
You run it! You pay the bills! You
fight the city!
You fight the state! You fight the
unions. You fight the community!
You... you think you can do a better
job, you do it! Now I am finished! I
quit! It's all yours!
Eyes filled with tears of rage, Sundstrom lowers his head
and moves into the mass of militants, which parts for him to
The mass engulfs Sundstrom, moving back out into the lobby
with him, pushing him, shoving him, humiliating him.
REACTION SHOT of Bock watching it all from the far end of
the corridor. He closes his eyes and the pain of watching
all this shows on his face. He opens his eyes. The corridor
is now silent and empty. He hurries to...
HOLLY PAVILION, THE LOBBY
Bock rushes in, as the milling throng dissolves into the
bystanders, security police and city cops. Common sense has
settled in and the general tenor is to avoid any further
trouble. We can hear the rhythmic patter of cops.
SHOUTS OF COPS
All right, come on... come on --
Let's clear the area. -- Come on,
let's clear this place... Keep cool.
Everybody keep cool.
Bock elbows his way through the throng as it drifts toward
the doors to...
THE HOSPITAL, ENTRANCE PLAZA. DAY
...and goes through the gathering police. A mobile TV camera
crew and a few reporters are hurrying up through the gates
from First Avenue.
FIRST AVENUE. DAY
The Reverend Drummond stands, a solitary human island, among
the shrill ROAR of the city. The protesters protest endlessly,
CHANTING, SHOUTING. Absolutely no one pays any attention to
the gaunt, doctor-clad sixty-year-old man standing on an
Except, of course, for Bock, who must pause to wait for a
red light. Bock hustles through the traffic to where Drummond
Let those who are in Judea flee to
the mountains, for the age is closed,
the season of the seventh seal is at
hand! The age is closed! The season
of the seventh se...
Dr. Welbeck is dead. They thought he
Yes, I know. We must arrange to have
his body shipped to my Apache village
where we will bury him with full
tribal rites. In a day or two,
somebody'll ask, "Whatever happened
to Dr. Welbeck?" And it will be
assumed he absconded to Brazil to
join his partner, the eminent
orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Noel Hogan.
Welbeck, too, was mislaid, overlooked,
forgotten to death, you see.
The ambulance pulls up and Barbara gets out of it.
(taking her father
around to the back)
We have to hurry, Dad.
The light turns green. The traffic starts flowing around
them, disjoined by the ambulance blocking one lane on each
side of the dividing island. An ambulance attendant has opened
the back doors to get Drummond in. Barbara hurries toward
the front, climbs in, holds the door open for Bock. He stands
a few paces back.
I'm not going.
(he moves to the
The hospital's coming apart. I can't
walk out on it when it's coming apart.
Somebody has to be responsible,
Barbara. Everybody's hitting the
road, running to the hills, running
away. Somebody's got to be
(across Barbara to
Kennedy Airport. You've got a two-
thirty flight to make.
He turns, and the ambulance pulls away. Bock goes back to
the sidewalk where he meets Sundstrom, now wearing his coat.
You going back in?
They make their way back toward...
THE HOSPITAL, ENTRANCE PLAZA
The two physicians trudge across the U-drive.
It's like pissing in the wind, right,
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