"In writing fiction, the more fantastic the tale, the plainer the prose should be. Don't ask your readers to admire your words when you want them to believe your story." - Ben Bova [ more quotes ]

"15 MINUTES"

Screenplay by

John Herzfeld



FADE IN:

On the words CZECH AIRLINE. We are panning across the words
on the side of the plane.

INT. AIRPLANE

ANGLE DOWN

on a tray table. Crumpled Czech bills and coins are on it.
Hands are counting the money. The airline hostess announces
the arrival at JFK - in CZECH. A hand reaches into a breast
pocket - pulling out two passports. One is opened. Belongs
to EMIL SLOVAK. The next passport belongs to OLEG RAZGUL.
The hand passes the Oleg Razgul passport to the man next to
him. We notice several empty airline bottles of vodka and a
small disposable camera on Oleg's tray table. The passport
is set down. Oleg picks it up. We hear Emil's voice in CZECH.
The scene is subtitled in ENGLISH.

EMIL (O.S.)
Just do what I do. Say the same thing
I say. Don't open your mouth.

OLEG (O.S.)
Okay.

INT. PASSPORT CONTROL - KENNEDY AIRPORT - DAY

CAMERA DOLLIES down a long line of passengers. They are split
into two lines - one for Americans, the other for visitors.
CAMERA finally arrives at EMIL SLOVAK. An unshaven Czech in
his mid-30's. Tall, scraggly beard. Piercing blue eyes. He's
dressed in an outdated suit. His eyes are alert, cunning and
smart.

OLEG RAZGUL, stands in line behind Emil. Oleg is big. Not
tall - but wide. A wrestler's body. Emil looks at Oleg.

(The following is in CZECH and subtitled in ENGLISH.)

EMIL
Don't fool around.

OLEG
Okay.

Oleg holds up his disposable camera - at arms length - to
take a picture of himself.

EMIL
Did you hear what I said?

OLEG
I want to document my trip to America.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
Next.
(Emil steps up)
Could I see your documents, please?

EMIL
Yes sir.

He hands the passport to the officer who runs it through an
image swipe. Emil glances furtively back to Oleg.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
What is your intended purpose of
your visit to the United States?

EMIL
Two weeks holiday.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
How much money are you carrying with
you?

EMIL
I have five-hundred dollars.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
Can you show me? Sir, no cameras in
the FIS area!

Oleg was about to take a picture of Emil and the Immigration
Officer. Oleg puts the camera away. Smiles sheepishly.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
(to Emil)
Is he with you? Are you traveling
together?

EMIL
Yes.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
Please join us.
(to Oleg)
Come on forward.

EMIL
Is there a problem?

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
No, you're traveling together. I
want to talk to you together. Hi,
how are you? Can I take a look at
your documents?
(takes Oleg's passport)
Are you related?

OLEG
Yes... he's my friend.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
Okay. You're a Czech national and
you're a Russian national. How do
you know one another?

Oleg starts to speak, but Emil cuts him off.

EMIL
We are both from Prague.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
(to Oleg)
How long are you planning to stay?

EMIL
Two weeks.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
I'd like him to speak for himself,
okay?

EMIL
He doesn't speak English.

OLEG
I speak English.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
(to Oleg)
Then answer my questions. Where were
you planning to stay during the two
weeks that you're here?

OLEG
New York.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
Yes, we're in New York now. But where
are you planning to stay in New York?

OLEG
A cheap hotel.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
What are you coming here to do?

OLEG
I'm here for movies.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
Movies... to be in the movies or to
see movies?

OLEG
Yes. No. Both. When I was a boy, I
see movie at school called "It's a
Wonderful Life" directed by Frank
Capra. Ever since I want to come to
America. Land of the free. Home of
the brave. A land where anyone can
be anything. As long as they are
white.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
Excuse me?

EMIL
He made joke, bad joke. First time
on airplane...

The SUPERVISOR comes over to see what the problem is:

IMMIGRATION OFFICER
Well, they've got valid visas, but
they don't have much money. Uh...
and I'm not... uh, I think there's a
possibility they may be coming to
live and reside.

SUPERVISOR
Look how long the line is. We gotta
move 'em out. I'll take them down to
secondary.

Emil looks at Oleg, pissed.

INT. P.B. HERMAN'S RESTAURANT - DAY

The place is empty except for one table at the end of the
bar. EDDIE FLEMMING, Manhattan's most famous detective, and
his savvy, black partner, LEON JACKSON are having cocktails.
Eddie is smoothly handsome, tough, smart and tired. Not only
is he the best homicide detective Manhattan has ever seen,
he's continually mentioned in New York columns and has been
the subject of several magazine articles. There's even been
a TV movie about one of his biggest cases. Leon has been
with Eddie a long time and was also featured in the TV movie.

Sitting with Eddie and Leon is ROBERT HAWKINS, host and star
reporter for the tabloid show, "Top Story." Hawkins is also
the best in the business and has dealt with them all: Joey
Buttafuco and Amy Fisher, Lorena Bobbit and OJ.

Wait staff bustles in the b.g. doing the morning set up.
Hawkins listens as Eddie, cigar in hand, finishes a "war
story" and a vodka tonic at the same time.

EDDIE
So we're waitin' to hit this warrant -
we got Emergency Service with the
heavy weapons standin' by - ready to
go. I say, lemme get a cigar outta
the car. I go to get the cigar and
BOOM! All the sudden I turn around
and a kid with a shotgun let one go.
Right where I was standin'. That
coulda been it. I coulda had my head
blown off and for what? Some stupid
kid got panicky, takes the safety
off and it's over. If I hadn't gone
back for that cigar - for a bad habit -
I would've had my head blown off.

HAWKINS
Jesus Christ.

PAULIE, the owner, walks up.

PAULIE
Speakin' of bad habits, everybody
okay?

HAWKINS
Another martini.

LEON
Coffee for me, I gotta slow down.

EDDIE
Vodka tonic.

LEON
(rethinks it)
Maybe you could just put in a shot
of Martell?

Paulie takes the drinks off the table and an empty bottle of
vodka.

LEON
(of Eddie's story)
It was freaky, I'll tell you. Stupid
kid.

EDDIE
What's the kid gonna say - sorry?
Meanwhile I'm not here anymore. Like
last week - we were at the morgue
and this guy was all chopped up -
spleen here - liver there - his heart
in a pan. Six hours ago this guy was
walkin' his dog or buyin' a quart of
milk. Who knows? But some kid's robbed
him for $3 or some shit and shot him
and now you can't tell if he's a
piece of beef or a human being and
I'm thinkin' that's me. Sooner or
later. That's me.

HAWKINS
Sooner or later that's everybody.

EDDIE
Not chopped up. Not chopped up like
that. I mean, what do I got left?
Coupla articles. A medal or two.
Plaque here and there and in a coupla
years no one remembers me anymore.

HAWKINS
I think you're getting a little moody
there, Eddie.

EDDIE
I'm not moody.

Hawkins and Leon share a look.

HAWKINS
Isn't he a little moody?

LEON
Of course he's moody. He thinks he's
in love.

HAWKINS
In love? With who?

Paulie delivers the drinks and sets some cigars on the table.
Takes a seat next to Eddie. Eddie asks Hawkins.

EDDIE
How old are your kids?

HAWKINS
My kids? Let's see... Susan's 15.
Aundrea's 9. Don't tell me you're
thinking about having a kid! How old
are you? Never mind. Let me just
tell you this: Every stupid cliché
you hear about kids - they change
your life, they make you a better
person, they make you whole...
(beat)
It's all true! Before I had kids
when friends talked about their kids,
I wanted to vomit. Now - I get it.
Am I right, Leon?

LEON
Absomotherfuckin'lutely. You can
have all three of my ex-wives. But
somebody so much as looks sideways
at my four girls - I'd kill 'em.
(takes out his wallet)
You haven't seen my youngest have
you?

As he hands pictures to Hawkins his cell phone rings.

LEON
Yeah?

HAWKINS
Paulie, you've got kids, right?

PAULIE
My kids don't talk to me anymore but
they were great when they were young.

LEON
(into the phone)
Sure it's him? Great!
(collapses the phone)
Unique's home.

They all rise from the table.

EDDIE
Paulie, I need the cure.

PAULIE
Step into my office.

Leon and Hawkins sit back down as Eddie and Paulie leave.

HAWKINS
So you got your kids listening to
Opera? You still singing in the church
on the weekends?

INT. SECONDARY IMMIGRATION OFFICE - DAY

Now other officers are questioning Emil and Oleg. They've
been there a while. The SECONDARY OFFICER is looking Oleg.

SECONDARY OFFICER
Okay. You work in a vodka factory.
I understand that.
(to Emil)
And what kind of work do you do?

EMIL
I am butcher.

SECONDARY OFFICER
You're a butcher? What do you use
pig intestines for?

EMIL
You stuff sausage in it.

SECONDARY OFFICER
And what do you do with the bones?

EMIL
Dog food.

Emil looks at Oleg. Blaming his stupid responses at Passport
Control for their detainment.

SECONDARY OFFICER
Are you married?

EMIL
No. Are you proposing?

ANGLE UP

through a thousand ICE CUBES. A face plunges towards us...

INT. MEN'S ROOM

Eddie has his back to us as he dunks his face into a sink
full of ice. He dries his face, looks into his bloodshot
eyes. Presents a small black ring box to the mirror.

EDDIE
Will you marry me? Wanna get married?
What are you doin' Saturday?

Leon enters. Eddie turns.

EDDIE
I'm gonna propose.

LEON
When?

EDDIE
Tomorrow. At lunch.

LEON
You ready?

Eddie leans back and drops some Visine in his eyes. Turns.

EDDIE
The thrill of the hunt. I love it.

EXT. TIMES SQUARE - DAY

Oleg and Emil stare at the bright lights - all the nonstop
action. Each stands with an old suitcase.

OLEG
(in Russian)
Look. Times Square. Just like in the
movies!

EMIL
(in Czech)
Don't speak Russian!

OLEG
(in Russian)
Why? Why do I always have to speak
to you in Czech?

EMIL
(in Czech)
Because I don't like your ugly
language. I heard enough of it in
school! Now speak Czech or English.
And don't fool around anymore. You
almost got us thrown out!

Emil pulls out an envelope with Milos' address on it. This
is who they came to see. Emil hails a CAB. Oleg is staring
inside a camera store - at himself on a monitor. A
videocamera's pointed out in the street.

OLEG
Look. New videocameras. Color
viewfinder. Image stabilization.
Solarization. Night vision.

EMIL
We have no money. Come on.

Oleg stares at the videocamera - dying to have one like this.
Emil slides into the cab.

CABBIE
Where you wanna go, buddy?

Emil pulls out the post-marked envelope. Points to the return
address on it and passes it through the slot to the Cabbie.

EMIL
Here.

Emil looks out the window - no sign of Oleg. Then, Oleg
hurries out the camera store, gripping something inside his
coat. He flings both suitcases in the trunk, SLAMS it shut
and jumps in the back seat. He opens his jacket - pulling
out the VIDEOCAMERA he just stole.

EMIL
Go!

Oleg smiles sheepishly at Emil.

EXT. SPANISH HARLEM - DAY

Eddie's car pulls up. Eddie, Leon and Hawkins get out.

HAWKINS
So what's unique?

EDDIE
Not what. Who.

Eddie passes Hawkins a Polaroid - of a woman on a bed -
covered in blood.

EDDIE
He's from Antigua. His girlfriend
was taking too long to put her make-
up on. They were late for a party.
Stabbed her with a beer bottle.

HAWKINS
That's unique.

EDDIE
Yeah. And he still went to the party.

Leon moves to a LOOKOUT - gives him a twenty.

LOOKOUT
Top floor. Back room.

EDDIE
Yeah. I make big cases, they make
the news and I look good. But the
problem with becoming a star is
downtown. They shoot at stars. Now
be quiet. Shhh.

As they reach the doorway - Eddie surprises two crackheads.
Waves them off. They hurry away.

EDDIE
I hope this prick doesn't run. My
knees are killing me. Stay behind
me.

HAWKINS
You're worried for my safety. I'm
touched.

Eddie flattens against the building - watches Unique descend
the fire escape.

HAWKINS
Ready?

EDDIE
Keep them out of my way.

HAWKINS
Okay. You ready?

EDDIE
Yeah, yeah. Jesus.

Eddie closes in.

HAWKINS
(into his cell phone)
COME ON! COME ON! YOU FUCKING GUYS,
LET'S MOVE IT!

Unique is climbing down the fire escape - before he gets to
the bottom, Leon bursts through a door behind him and kicks
the fire escape, sending Unique flying into the alley. Where
he lands dropping his gun.

Eddie pulls him off the ground as Leon scoops the gun up.

EDDIE
What's your rush? Going to a party?

UNIQUE
Why you chasin' me, man?

EDDIE
I don't know. You always come outta
your house that way?

UNIQUE
It's not my house, man. I don't live
here.

EDDIE
Well, sounds like burglary to me.

Leon cuffs Unique who recognizes Eddie.

UNIQUE
I know you man.

An unmarked van comes tearing into the scene. Disgorges a
mini-cam team that starts filming but they missed the bust.

HAWKINS
(to Eddie)
Any chance we can do that again?

EDDIE
Again? I didn't wanna do it the first
time.

EXT. EAST SIDE - LATE DAY

The cab is in front of an old five-story brownstone. Oleg
gets the bags out of the trunk as Emil tucks the envelope
into his jacket, then steps up to the old building. He looks
back at Oleg - who's VIDEOTAPING him.

EMIL
Turn that off! Get the bags.

OLEG
Why should I carry your bag? I am
not a dog.

EMIL
For five years I paid for your
stupidness - you'll carry my bag for
the rest of my life if I say so.
(challenging)
Unless you refuse, Oleg.

Oleg looks at Emil. Even though Oleg is stronger than Emil,
he fears him. He picks up both bags. Emil searches the
occupant list over the buzzers to the apartment building.

EMIL
There. 5RW.

Emil pushes ten of the buzzers except 5RW. A BUZZER clicks
and Emil pushes it open.

INT. MILOS' APARTMENT BUILDING - STAIRWELL - DAY

The brownstone has no elevator so Emil and Oleg climb the
stairs... Oleg cradling his camera. Emil notices a crack
pipe on the floor and picks it up. Smells the bowl.

OLEG
What?

EMIL
Smell like chemicals... for smoking
drugs.

Emil pockets the pipe and climbs to the top floor, moving
down the dirty hallway to a corner door.

INT. MILOS' APARTMENT BUILDING - HALLWAY - DAY

He KNOCKS... FOOTSTEPS approach. The door is opened by MILOS -
a 40-year-old Czech, dressed in stained plumbers overalls.
He is surprised to see Emil and Oleg in his doorway. Oleg
films him...

MILOS
Emil???!

EMIL
Surprise! Surprise!

Milos shoots a look across the tiny kitchen to TAMINA, his
comely wife.

INT. MILOS' APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

Emil pushes his way inside. Oleg follows. Milos wears plumbers
overalls but Emil notices sports a Rolex. Tamina has on a
faded dress but despite their cheaply furnished apartment
she wears an expensive brushed gold necklace, bracelet and
big pearl earrings. The room is furnished with kitsch from
Disney World and Las Vegas. The only anomaly is a HUGE SONY
TRINITRON HOME ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. (The following is in
Czech and subtitled in English.)

EMIL
Your sister said she didn't know
where you were so you shouldn't write
to her with return address if you're
hiding.

MILOS
Did you hurt her?

EMIL
You know me... I never hurt anybody.
Where's the money?

OLEG
Hello, Tamina.

Oleg is looking Tamina over. Milos - though scared - barks
at Oleg.

MILOS
Take your eyes off her, Oleg!
(to Emil)
Look. It wasn't my fault you two
were caught.
(of Oleg)
It's his fault. Trying to get the
bank clerk's phone number?! I wasn't
going to wait!!!

EMIL
Milos. Get my money!

Oleg videotapes the scene.

CLOSE ON AN AJAR DOOR

All we see behind it is a WOMAN'S FACE and her wet hair -
she obviously came from the shower and we see the towel
wrapped around her.

MILOS
(nervously)
We spent it!

EMIL
Ha. Ha.

MILOS
Look at the way we live. I'm a
plumber. You think I'd be working if
I had money?!

Emil, pissed, moves to a wood block and pulls out a KITCHEN
KNIFE. He grabs Tamina roughly, putting the blade to her
throat.

MILOS
Emil. Put down the knife.

Milos looks at his wife - who is terrified.

MILOS
Emil. I'll help you.

Milos closes the gap between him and Emil - trying to calm
him by talking softly.

MILOS
I can get you a job.

EMIL
A job?

MILOS
Yes, the money is good.

EMIL
As a plumber?!

MILOS
It's easy to learn.

EMIL
A job?? As a plumber??? You think I
come to America to work!

MILOS
We started over, you can too.

EMIL
(furious)
You spent all the money while I was
in prison? Now you tell me to get a
job fixing toilets?!?

Emil pulls the knife away from Tamina - then angrily PLUNGES
it toward Milos' chest!

Oleg videotapes it. Then lowers the camera - shocked that
Emil killed Milos.

Blood sprays Tamina's face. She tries to run but Oleg grabs
her, not noticing her brushed gold bracelet falls to the
floor. He covers her mouth as he points the videocamera at
Emil who STABS Tamina - absolutely enraged!

THE WOMAN BEHIND THE DOOR

flees... Emil hears NOISE in the bedroom - a window opening.
Emil kicks the bedroom door open. Sees the window leading to
the fire escape. He dashes to it. Sees four flights down -
the WOMAN, wearing a summer dress. Barefoot. Her hair still
wet.

She looks up. She is beautiful and terrified. She runs down
the alley.

EMIL
She saw!

Emil hurries toward the bathroom. She just got out of the
shower. Her underwear and purse are draped over a chair.
Emil grabs the purse. Finds a CZECHOSLOVAKIAN PASSPORT. He
opens the cover, stares at her photo and name.

EMIL
Daphne Hanlova.

There's one stamp in the passport - from the U.S. when she
arrived - June 16, 1998. Underneath is written - 6 MONTH
STAY. Emil flips through the rest of the passport - all blank
pages.

EMIL
Six month visa. Still here two years
later. They'll deport her if she
goes to Police.

Emil pockets Daphne's passport and wallet, scoops up her
shoes and jacket - enters the kitchen and dumps them on the
floor. He tears through the kitchen cabinets, throwing cans
and bottles aside.

OLEG
What are you looking for?

Emil finds nail polish remover - looks at the bodies.

EMIL
I'm going to make a bohemian barbecue.

Emil draws the kitchen curtains plunging the room into
darkness.

EXT. CENTRAL PARK - NIGHT

A face comes from the darkness. It's an athletically handsome
man, jogging out of a tunnel towards us. He's in a tie and
jacket in Central Park at NIGHT. He is JORDAN (JORDY) WARSAW.
A sensitive man of rugged honesty. He runs down the hill in
a hurry. A MUGGER steps in his path.

MUGGER
Got any spare change? How 'bout a
spare twenty?

JORDY
Look, I don't have time for you, get
out of my way!!

MUGGER
Alright, how 'bout all your fuckin'
money?

The Mugger pulls a knife - and in a whirl of movement, Jordy
grabs his wrist and disarms him in a deadly, professional
manner - hurling him down to the pavement, twisting his arm
behind his back. With his other hand, Jordy whips out a
BROWNING 9MM from his shoulder holster and places it behind
the mugger's head. Jordy displays his shield.

JORDY
Okay, you're under arrest! Now you
happy?

MUGGER
Fire Department? Firemen don't carry
guns.

JORDY
Oh yeah? Guess again.

Jordy handcuffs the Mugger and searches the Mugger's coat
pockets - pulling out a handful of driver's licenses and
credit cards.

JORDY
Nice - how many people you ripped
off tonight?! Get up!

As Jordy yanks the Mugger to his feet, his BEEPER goes off.

JORDY
You couldn't listen to me, could
you?

Jordy drags the Mugger to a tree. Cuffs him so his face is
pressed up against the bark.

JORDY
I'll send a cop back for you.

MUGGER
Hey. C'mon, you can't leave me like
this. Some freak'll come by and stab
me!

Jordy jogs off across the park.

MUGGER
Wait! Come back!!

EXT. MILOS' APARTMENT - NIGHT

FIRE TRUCKS from three battalions. Radios CRACKLE. There's a
crowd growing. Jordy pushes his way through. The top floor
of the brownstone where Milos and Tamina lived has been
reduced to smoking ruins. The trees are covered in debris
and soot. Jordy moves to LOUIE - Battalion Chief.

LOUIE
Lieutenant - take up your line and
relieve Ladder Company 60 on the top
floor.

JORDY
Hey, Louie, were you first due?

LOUIE
Yeah, I radioed you guys right away
'cause you got two roasts on the top
floor but you don't hafta investigate
cause homicide is up there.

JORDY
Homicide? Who let them up? I didn't
make it a crime scene yet.

LOUIE
Hey, it's Eddie Flemming.

KORFIN (O.S.)
Yo, Jordy!

BOBBY KORFIN - an overweight arson investigator with a quick
with and good sense of humor - comes over, pulling on a
turnout coat.

KORFIN
Where you been, man? We got a
celebrity!

JORDY
I heard. Who the hell let them up
there?

KORFIN
I don't know, you think Eddie will
give me his autograph?

JORDY
You see anything in the crowd? Anybody
suspicious?

KORFIN
Naw - I'm sure the suspect's not
here.

JORDY
Oh yeah, why?

KORFIN
'Cause Eddie woulda locked him up by
now!

INT. MILOS' APARTMENT - NIGHT

The roof is gone. The sky is exposed. It's charred ruins,
smoked beams and watery muck. Eddie and Leon are standing by
what's left of the mattress, looking at Milos and Tamina's
charred bodies. Eddie grips a half-smoked Cuban cigar,
listening to Leon.

LEON
So, it looks to me - from the sixty-
nine position - that they were doin'
each other but were so whacked out
of their heads they set the pipe on
the mattress, lit it up, and they
got fried. What do you think, Eddie?

Jordy enters - with Korfin who's carrying a paint can.

EDDIE
I don't know. We got the experts
here. Show them what you found - I
hope you don't mind, we came over to
see if we could help.

Korfin makes a beeline for Eddie - wanting to meet the
celebrity.

KORFIN
Nah, not at all. Detective Flemming -
Bobby Korfin. My Uncle Tony worked
with you at 2-1 back when you were a
rookie.

JORDY
Could you put out the cigar? Part of
the job is picking up scents.

EDDIE
Oh, sure.

Eddie puts his cigar out. Carefully slides it into a cigar
holder and pockets it to finish later.

LEON
Well, I found - check it out - crack
pipe. Looks like they got careless.

Leon displays the pipe Emil found on the stairs. Korfin shines
the flashlight on Leon to look at the pipe.

LEON
Mind not shining that light in my
eyes?

KORFIN
Sorry, bro.

JORDY
Hey, that's great you guys got it
all wrapped up, but you don't mind
if we go through the routine? It
gives us somethin' to do.

EDDIE
No, we don't mind. You mind Leon?

LEON
No. Go ahead.

JORDY
Thanks. Appreciate it.

Jordy throws a look at Korfin. Homicide detectives have no
respect for fire marshals' investigative skills. Eddie
rummages through the apartment - moving into the kitchen and
living room... Leon watches as Korfin sticks a pencil in a
charred beam, measuring how deep in it goes.

KORFIN
Okay, Jordy - it was a fast fire, we
got good patterns - about thirty
minutes old.

Jordy moves to one of the corpses. He pulls on a white rubber
glove. Inserts his finger in the corpses mouth. The glove
comes out white.

JORDY
Mouth's clean, too.

KORFIN
Clean?

JORDY
Don't blow your nose!

Jordy's looking at Leon, who was just about to blow his nose.

JORDY
The smoke'll permeate your nostrils -
burn 'em out. Let it run.

KORFIN
But you knew that, right?

Leon looks at Jordy, then lowers the handkerchief. Jordy
turns back to the corpses on the bed. Eddie - in the other
room - has found Tamina's brushed gold bracelet on the floor.

JORDY
So the way you see it, two crack
heads burned themselves up?

LEON
That's what it looks like to me.

JORDY
And while they're burning up, they're
still goin' down on each other? You
got to hand it to them.

LEON
(realizes he's wrong -
blows it off)
Yeah, well, some people got their
priorities straight.

Leon watches Jordy, quietly. With a pair of tweezers, Jordy
pulls a small unburned piece of cloth from behind one of the
heads. Korfin supplies the paint can. Jordy drops the cloth
inside.

LEON
What was that?

JORDY
Evidence. Of a homicide.

That got Eddie's attention and he comes back to the bedroom.

JORDY
You know what that is, right?

EDDIE
No, what is it?

JORDY
Why don't you explain it, Bobby.
(to a fireman joking
a wall)
Hey Camello! You mind punching a
hole in the floor?

CAMELLO
No problem.
(to Eddie and Leon)
Excuse me, gentlemen. You might wanna
back up a little more. Don't wanna
get your pants wet.

Leon and Eddie move to higher ground - on top of a burnt TV
set. Eddie hands the brushed bracelet to Leon. As Camello
hacks at the floor with an ax, Jordy continues to examine
the bodies and Korfin explains:

KORFIN
They have no soot in their mouths,
which means they weren't breathin'
before the fire and that usually
means they were deceased - and this
piece of cloth that my partner found
means they were wrapped up in
something, probably doused with a
flammable liquid and positioned like
this on the bed. To the untrained
eye, it looks like an accident.

Jordy kicks around the draining floor, reaches down for
something.

LEON
What's he looking for?

EDDIE
A timer.

Jordy finds some wires attached to an outlet, pulls them up -
on the other end is a timer. Korfin takes the timer from
Jordy and moves to Eddie.

KORFIN
Here you go. A big double homicide.

EXT. MILOS' APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT

As Jordy and Korfin exit the brownstone, a CAMERA CREW is
arriving. Jumps out. Korfin and Jordy cross toward Korfin's
car. They open the trunk. Take off their muddy boots throwing
them in.

KORFIN
You see Eddie's face when I gave him
the timer? Wish I had a picture of
it.

JORDY
He knew all along.

KORFIN
What??

JORDY
That's why he was so quiet. He was
testing us.

Eddie and Leon exit - Eddie carrying a baggie with a timer
inside. NICOLETTE KARAS, young and attractive, pushes her
microphone at Eddie. She's smart, aggressive and respected
by her peers.

NICOLETTE
Detective, does it look like a murder?

EDDIE
We don't know that yet. It's much
too early. There's a lot to be done.

NICOLETTE
How many victims are up there?

EDDIE
There are two bodies found at this
point.

NICOLETTE
Can we go up to the crime scene?

EDDIE
You know you can't do that. C'mon.

NICOLETTE
Is it drug related?

EDDIE
We don't know. When I have more I'll
let you know.

Nicolette signals for her camera man, MIKE, to zoom in on
Eddie's hand. She barrels on...

NICOLETTE
Detective... what's that you're
holding in your hand? Evidence?

Mike pans up to Eddie's face. Other reporters arrive, hurling
questions which Eddie easily answers. Cameras flash as we
PAN BACK TO Korfin and Jordy. Jordy is about to get in the
car as he notices, back behind some construction - DAPHNE
HANDLOVA. She's still wearing the crumpled summer dress. She
tentatively steps out to signal Jordy. He only catches a
glimpse of her. He starts toward her -- knifes through the
crowd - but Daphne is gone.

KORFIN
What?

JORDY
There was a woman - I think she wanted
to talk to us. She looked scared. Oh
shit! Oh no!

EXT. CENTRAL PARK - LATER

Korfin's car SCREECHES to a stop. Jordy leaps out. Suddenly,
Jordy stops... the Mugger handcuffed to the tree is now NAKED!

MUGGER
You motherfuckin' bastard! She
stripped me! It was a bag lady! She
touched me all over, it was
disgusting.

Jordy unlocks the handcuffs.

JORDY
I'm sorry. I'm really sorry.

Korfin delivers a blanket. Jordy covers him.

JORDY
You okay?

MUGGER
A dog pissed on me!! I'm gonna sue
you for this! You violated my civil
rights!

JORDY
Your civil rights?! You tried to rob
me! I could arrest you right now!
You're lucky you're walking away
from this. Now get outta here.

Jordy gives him a push. The Mugger wraps the blanket around
himself cursing - hurrying away.

EXT. 8TH AVENUE - NIGHT

Exhausted HOOKERS who have worked all night loiter outside a
sleazy hotel. CAMERA PANS up to a blinking hotel sign.

INT. KING EDWARD HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

The light is blinking an eerie green and yellow light into
the room. Emil is at the window pulling the blind down trying
to shut out the blinking light. He pulls it down twice and
it pops back up both times. The third time he angrily pulls
it so hard, it comes off the window completely. He sits down
in a chair in frustration - adjusting a pillow behind his
back. THE ROSEANNE SHOW is on TV. Roseanne has been talking
to a FATHER.

ROSEANNE (ON T.V.)
So you slept with your son's wife!
What's that all about?

FATHER (ON T.V.)
I take full responsibility for
sleepin' with my daughter in law. I
had low self esteem, I thought I had
to compete with him.

Emil reaches for his dictionary.

EMIL
(mutters)
Self-esteem? Self-esteem??

He flips through his dictionary to find the meaning of self
esteem.

FATHER
Losin' my job and everything, caused
my behavioral disorder.
(turns to his son)
Forgive me, Kirk. Let me hug you?

The audience boos. Roseanne mediates...

Oleg - fresh from the shower with wet hair - sits on the bed
in his skivvies - staring into the videocamera's LCD screen -
rewinding Milos' murder. We see it now for the first time -
as he rewinds it. Oleg watches - a bottle of cheap vodka
between his legs. Emil, looks up from his dictionary. He's
wearing Milos' Rolex. Tamina's jewelry - her brushed gold
necklace and pearl earrings - are in front of him with
Daphne's wallet. Emil looks up - Oleg is holding his
videocamera.

EMIL
(Czech)
Turn that fucking thing off!

OLEG
(Czech)
I'm not filming. I'm watching Milos
die. It's just like a move but realer.

Emil grabs the videocamera.

OLEG
(Czech)
Don't break it! Don't break it!

EMIL
Speak English!

OLEG
(English)
You said speak Czech!

EMIL
How you erase this?

OLEG
I'll do it. Don't hurt my camera!

Emil tosses the camera back to Oleg who drops his vodka bottle
in order to catch the camera. Oleg, holding the camera like
it's gold, goes to the dresser and puts it away. Emil starts
to go through Daphne's wallet.

EMIL
Stupid, Milos. I didn't want to kill
him.
(noticing)
What's this?

Emil found the last card in the wallet. It's pink with a
picture of a busty globe. Printed in the middle is - WORLDLY
ESCORTS - and a number.

EMIL
Worldly escorts?

Emil picks up his dictionary and begins to flip the pages -
finding the meaning of worldly. He gets up and dials the
number. A soft, SEXY VOICE answers. Soft music in the
background.

SEXY VOICE
Hi?

EMIL
Hello?

SEXY VOICE
Are you looking for companionship?

Oleg, who's listening, moves to Emil.

OLEG
Whore?

EMIL
I'm homesick. You have Eastern
European girl? A Czech girl?

SEXY VOICE
Matter of fact, I have a lovely Czech
girl.

EMIL
I take her. Send her!

EXT. FIRE STATION 91 - NIGHT

Korfin's car pulls up to the station - as a fire engine is
returning.

JORDY
Now that you know him, maybe you can
get extra work in the next movie
they make about him.

KORFIN
Yeah?

JORDY
Maybe you can be his stand-in.

INT. FIRE STATION 91 - NIGHT

The men are pulling off their equipment - coming down from
the high of fighting a fire. Korfin and Jordy walk toward
the TV room. The TV is on in the background. We can see
Nicolette interviewing Eddie. He holds up the paint can.

CHIEF DUFFY (O.S.)
What the hell is that?? You gave
Eddie Flemming the evidence?!

They turn. DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE MARSHAL DECLAN DUFFY - the head
of the arson squad - comes over. Duffy's tough, Irish and
very political.

DUFFY
(pointing to the TV)
Who did cause and origin?

JORDY
Who do you think, Chief?!

DUFFY
Then why didn't you talk to the
reporter?

JORDY
'Cause we got more important things
to do, like finding out who did it.

They walk to the back of the station and start up the stairs.

DUFFY
Don't you guys understand? It's all
about image. The better we look the
more money I get to pay you guys
overtime.

KORFIN
Yeah, right.

DUFFY
What was that, Korfin?

KORFIN
I said, yeah, you're right, Chief.
As soon as we get somethin' we'll
let you alert the media.

DUFFY
You do that, wiseguy. Now let's solve
this thing before Eddie Flemming
does.

They all head upstairs.

INT. ARSON SQUAD ROOM - DAY

The Chief, Jordy and Korfin enter. There are posters of pyros,
arsonists and terrorists on the walls. GARCIA - a Puerto
Rican investigator - looks up from his desk.

GARCIA
Hey guys, I got your torch. He just
gave a full confession.

A scruffy, unshaven white man sitting across from Garcia,
turns. He is MAX, a pyromaniac in his 40's with a freshly
scratched cross etched in his forehead. He craves attention.

MAX
It's my fire! Screw homicide. I'll
tell you guys everything!

Jordy moves to his desk with Korfin. They sit across from
each other. Duffy keeps going to his office, not even
bothering to stop.

JORDY
What's that on your forehead, Max?
That's a nice attention getter.

MAX
Yeah, I'm religious. I'm not an
Atheist like you! Now, are you guys
gonna arrest me, or not?

JORDY
How did you start the fire this time?

MAX
I used an accelerant.

JORDY
Yeah? What kind?

MAX
(to Jordy)
Hey, by the way, I'm really sorry
about your wife leavin' you.

KORFIN
Max.

MAX
(continuing)
...Yeah, and with your old man dying
last year you - what's it? Just you
and the dog now?

KORFIN
Max!

MAX
Does it feel bad - I mean the new
guy your ex-wife's seeing - I hear
he's a big shot downtown.

Jordy pops out of his seat.

JORDY
That's it! You're outta here.

Jordy pulls Max by the collar - pushes him down the aisle.

MAX
That's it. I'm suing.

KORFIN
Get in line.

Korfin takes over - throwing him out. Jordy turns to Garcia
who is laughing.

JORDY
What's so funny. How does he know so
much about me? Who tells him my life
story?

GARCIA
He hangs around downstairs. The guys
talk to him. He's a joke...

JORDY
He's no joke! One day he's gonna
graduate from trash can fires and do
something big.

GARCIA
Okay. Okay. We'll ban him from the
station.

INT. KING EDWARD HOTEL ROOM - TV SET - NIGHT

As the "Top Story" logo is splashed across the screen,
accompanied by a catchy TV THEME, Robert Hawkins introduces
America's highest rated 'news magazine' show.

ROBERT HAWKINS
Good evening, I'm Robert Hawkins and
this is Top Story. Tonight we bring
you an exclusive interview with
Stephen Geller - who horrified the
nation two years ago when he went
berserk and murdered three clerks in
a Manhattan shoe store. But now, Mr.
Geller's claim, spoken softly and
articulately, is that he is the
victim. According to Mr. Geller, the
events of that fateful day were not
his fault but were the fault of his
psychiatrist. Hard to believe...
watch.

EMIL (O.S.)
Louder.

VIDEOCAMERA SLOWLY ZOOMS OUT and PANS over to Emil, sitting
on the hotel bed watching the TV. He looks at us.

EMIL
Louder.

Oleg's hand reaches in front of the lens - turning up the
volume. The scene cuts back to Stephen Geller being
interviewed by Robert Hawkins and his camera crew. He's
sitting on the front lawn of a mental institution in a paint
stained shirt. A showing of his artwork is displayed in the
background. Patients peruse the paintings of weird
dysfunctional faces that avoid eye contact. One of the
paintings depicts Eddie Flemming and Leon Jackson.

STEPHEN GELLER
This had nothing to do with shoes
that didn't fit or my relationship
with my father who, as you know,
made a fortune selling penny loafers
in the fifties. These people died
because of the criminal actions of
my doctor.

ROBERT HAWKINS
Your doctor?

STEPHEN GELLER
Yes. My psychiatrist didn't insist
that I stay on my medication.

ROBERT HAWKINS
...so you feel absolutely no
responsibility for killing these
people?

STEPHEN GELLER
It was my finger that pulled the
trigger, but I'm not morally
responsible. My psychiatrist knew
what I was capable of. How could I
know. I'm not a doctor.

ROBERT HAWKINS
You seem very savvy for a man who's
been found mentally incompetent to
stand trial.

STEPHEN GELLER
Look, I'm a victim here, too. I was
a year away from getting my masters
in Art, now I'll never graduate. My
life has been permanently disrupted.

ROBERT HAWKINS
Permanently disrupted? Aren't you
selling paintings now for quite a
lot of money? Hasn't this 'incident'
as you call it, jump started your
career as an artist?

STEPHEN GELLER
Look, I'm in here. You call this a
career move?

ROBERT HAWKINS
And isn't there a movie in the works
about you?

STEPHEN GELLER
We're in negotiations, that's correct.

ROBERT HAWKINS
But doesn't the Son of Sam Law prevent
criminals from profiting from their
crimes?

STEPHEN GELLER
That doesn't apply to me because I'm
not a criminal. I'm not a criminal!
I wasn't convicted.

Emil leans forward - listening. Fascinated.

EMIL
I love America. No one is responsible
for what they do.

There's a KNOCK on the door. Our VIDEOCAMERA POV swings over
to it. Then WHIPS back to Emil. Emil looks at us.

EMIL
Get in the bathroom!

OLEG (O.S.)
Whatever we do - we fuck her, right?

EMIL
Oleg, get in bathroom, stay there
and shut up!

Emil turns off the TV. Our POV backs into the bathroom,
closing the door but leaving it open a crack. Emil looks
down at his shoe. The POV PANS down to the kitchen knife
sticking out of Emil's BOOT. Emil's hands pull his pants
cuff over it. POV PANS up to Emil as he moves to the door
and opens it. It's not Daphne and she's not world class.

HONEY
Hi, I'm Honey.

EMIL
Where's Czech girl?

HONEY
Baby, I'm anybody you want me to be.
I'm a little schoolgirl, I'm mommy,
I'm a Czech girl.

She enters. Closes the door behind her.

HONEY
Now I like to get business out of
the way before we get down to
pleasure. Why don'tchya put my money
on the dresser.

EMIL
I ordered a Czech girl. Daphne, you
know her?

Oleg ZOOMS in for a CLOSE UP of Honey. During the rest of
the scene Oleg films her. Honey begins to undress.

HONEY
It's an outcall service run out of
an apartment. I don't meet the other
girls. Aren't you gonna get undressed?

EMIL
Where is escort service?

HONEY
That's confidential. Could you put
the money on the dresser?

EMIL
I like to talk to the person who
runs the service. Can you give me
address?

HONEY
Look. Do we have a problem here?
There's no reason to have a problem.
I'm gonna make you feel real good.
You wanna Czech girl? After I'm done
with you, you won't miss her. Now
why don't you pay me?

She starts to unfasten Emil's belt.

EMIL
(stopping her)
Listen to me. I don't want sex. Just
give me the address and then you go.

HONEY
(suddenly hard as
nails)
Look, man, I don't give a shit if
you want sex or not, but you're payin'
for my time.

Emil pulls the knife out of his boot and SHOVES her against
the door, PUSHING the blade against her throat - suddenly
furious like he was before killing Milos and Tamina.

EMIL
Give me the address!!

HONEY
Alright, alright - don't hurt me!
Please, it's in my book, in my purse!

Emil backs off as she reaches for her purse, and comes out
with a can of mace, SPRAYING Emil's face!

Emil stumbles backwards - Oleg holding him in the frame. He
WHIP PANS back to Honey as she grabs her clothes, unlocking
the door but Emil's HAND SLAMS it shut! Emil turns blindly,
rubbing his burning eyes - guarding the door. Honey darts
toward the bathroom - she pushes open the door and runs into
Oleg who is VIDEOTAPING HER. Horrified, she turns around as
Emil SMASHES her in the face so hard she topples backwards,
tripping into the bathtub, pulling the shower curtain down
on her! Like a panther out for the kill, Emil POUNCES. Oleg
films as Emil lifts his hand, gripping...

THE KITCHEN KNIFE

As Emil's hand comes FLYING DOWN - then RISES UP, BLOODIED.
Her screams are muffled by the shower curtain wrapped around
her face. Oleg films the scene as the knife plunges DOWN
INTO:

INT. FIRE STATION 91 - ARSON SQUAD ROOM - NIGHT

DAPHNE, a sketch of her face.

JORDY (O.S.)
Her lips are fuller than that. You
can see 'em a mile away.

WIDER

Food containers are scattered all over the place. The female
COMPOSITE ARTIST looks at Jordy. Stacks of failed sketches
sit beside her.

COMPOSITE ARTIST
What about her cheek bones?

JORDY
Her cheek bones are prominent and
her eyes were huge. Big, blue eyes
and when I saw her, she looked scared.
Like she was looking to get away.
But she was absolutely beautiful.

The composite artist looks at Jordy.

JORDY
I gotta good look at her.

Korfin has his chair turned around from his desk and is
watching the sketch evolve as he speaks on the phone to the
landlord of the 7th Street brownstone. Garcia is also on the
phone. The other investigators are gone. Working late into
the night. Everybody's exhausted. It's almost dawn.

KORFIN
-- From Czechoslovakia? And how long
have they been livin' in your
building?
(writes 4 YEARS on
his pad)
Alright, I'll be in touch when we
know somethin'.
(to Jordy)
Milos and Tamina Karlova. They were
quiet and kept to themselves. Landlord
don't know who your girl is.

JORDY
How long they been livin' here?

KORFIN
You hear that question, Garcia?

GARCIA
Yeah, I got Immigration on the phone -
they've been here illegally.

KORFIN
Well, they're definitely permanent
residents now.

GARCIA
I got the owner of the plumbing
company Milos worked for.

KORFIN
Why don't we get some sleep and we'll
go see him in the morning.

JORDY
You go home. I'm takin' your car and
goin' back to the crime scene.

KORFIN
Aren't you tired?

JORDY
If I go home I won't be able to fall
asleep anyway.

Jordy takes the sketch of Daphne which isn't a bad likeness
and heads for the door. Korfin falls in behind him. As they
pass Garcia he hands Jordy the address.

KORFIN
(of the picture)
She keepin' you up? Like to meet
her, huh? She'd make you forget your
ex-wife. Cure your insomnia.

INT. MILOS' APARTMENT - DAWN

CAMERA DESCENDS FROM THE SKY picking up Jordy as he enters
what is left of Milos and Tamina's apartment. The roof has
been burned off. He moves into the next room, trying to see
through the darkness - looking through the muck and char.

EDDIE
Okay to smoke?

Jordy turns, surprised. Eddie sits on a singed chair. He
pours from a half-pint bottle of vodka into his 'won ton
soup' container, smoking a cigar. On the arm of the armchair
is a brown legal folder and stacks of photographs of the
crime scene and the burned bodies.

JORDY
It's your crime scene now. You can
do what you want.

EDDIE
Watch the news?

JORDY
Nah, I musta missed it.

EDDIE
Well, just so you know. I gave you
guys the credit.

JORDY
Well, just so you know, I don't care
about that stuff.

EDDIE
Nah, why should you?

JORDY
I don't even watch TV.

EDDIE
Good. Good. Commendable.

Eddie knocks his 'won ton soup' back.

JORDY
Did you get a report from the M.E.?

EDDIE
Sure. But I would like to ask you
something. You got a problem with
me?

JORDY
If you found me steppin' on your
crime scene - it might piss you off,
too.
(then)
What about the report?

EDDIE
You were right, they were both dead
before the fire. The male was stabbed
so hard the killer broke off the tip
of the knife in his spine. That's
usually an indicator of something
personal.

Jordy pulls out a sketch of Daphne. Hands it to Eddie.

JORDY
The Super said he'd seen her before
but she didn't live here.

EDDIE
Pretty.

JORDY
(acts as if he didn't
notice)
Hmmmm.

EDDIE
Maybe you don't care about that
either.
(beat)
Prettiest suspect I've had in awhile.

JORDY
Who says she's a suspect?

Jordy tries to take the sketch back. Eddie holds on.

EDDIE
What would you call her?

JORDY
Look, I'm not even sure she has
anything to do with this. I saw her
outside after the fire - thought it
was a lead. Maybe she saw something.
Maybe she was visiting somebody here.
Who knows?

Eddie walks up to the burnt mattress - where the bodies were.

EDDIE
Obviously they weren't having sex.
As you pointed out. So why go through
all the trouble of putting 'em like
that?

Eddie passes a crime scene photo of the bodies to Jordy.

JORDY
Maybe it's a ritual thing or someone
trying to send a message. Burial
rites are taken very seriously in
Eastern Europe. It could be to
humiliate them. Just burning them
up, no proper funeral, it's like
condemning them to hell.

EDDIE
Eastern Europe. Like what? Romania?
Hungary?

JORDY
Or Czechoslovakia. The Slavs have
been fighting the Germans and the
Russians for a thousand years. These
are very intense people and they
take things personally.

Eddie's cellular rings - he grabs it.

EDDIE
Yeah? Where? You sure it was a knife?
Uh-huh. Really? Okay.
(to Jordy)
We've got another murder - in a hotel
on Eighth Avenue. A stabbing. Clerk
said the room was rented by a
Russian...

Eddie's moving with Daphne's sketch.

JORDY
I'll come with you.

EDDIE
There wasn't a fire. There'll be
nothing for you to do.

JORDY
I can watch you, Eddie. Maybe I'll
learn something.

EDDIE
This isn't homicide school.

JORDY
My parents are from Poland. I can
help with the Eastern European angle.

EDDIE
You're Polish?

JORDY
My folks are.

EDDIE
Stay here.

EXT. TIMES SQUARE - NEWS STAND - DAY

Video POV of the news stand as a hand reaches into frame and
picks up a copy of THE NEW YORK POST. Eddie's photo is on
the front page - holding the kitchen timer by the wires.
Underneath his picture the caption reads, "DOUBLE HOMICIDE...
FLEMMING'S ON IT." The videocamera widens out revealing Emil
standing in front of a Times Square news stand, reading the
front page. The videocamera turns around - until focusing on
Oleg himself.

OLEG
This is second day in America. First
day was very exciting. Full of thrills
and chills. Over there, is co-star
of my new movie, Emil!

He turns the camera around - FILMING EMIL.

EMIL
(to vendor)
Who is he?

VENDOR
New York's finest. This is his case.

The VENDOR - picks up People. Stephen Geller is on the cover.

VENDOR
This all you want?

EMIL
Do you know how much killer gets for
movie rights?

VENDOR
(People)
In here, says he wants a million.

EMIL
Million?! The killer gets one million
dollars for a television interview?

VENDOR
Hey, tabloids paid Ted Bundy - famous
serial killer - half a million for
his interview. And how much you think
Monica got for writing book about
the President coming on to her? It
pays to be a killer or a whore in
this country. Look, you want magazine
or not?

EMIL
Yes. Both.

OLEG
And these.

Oleg picks up FILM COMMENT, MOVIELINE and PREMIERE magazine.
Emil pays for everything.

EMIL
(to Oleg)
Get a taxi.

Oleg tucks the magazines in his coat, picks up the suitcases
and hails a taxi. As Emil collects his change he sees an old
BLIND WOMAN waiting at the crosswalk. The light's blinking
WALK.

EMIL
Let me help.

Emil gently takes her arm and crosses her to the other side.

BLIND WOMAN
Thank you, son.

Emil watches her walk on.

INT. KING EDWARD HOTEL ROOM - DAY

The hotel room is a hive of activity. GIL is dusting the
dresser for prints. Another officer is stripping the bed and
putting the bedding into a big, clear plastic bag. As Eddie
enters the crime scene, a POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER is standing in
the doorway taking pictures.

EDDIE
Where is she?

LEON
Takin' a bath.

EDDIE
Any I.D.?

LEON
Still unknown but we're running
prints. Kid over there caught the
case.

Jordy enters. Leon steps in his way.

LEON
Sorry... PD only.

EDDIE
It's okay.

Eddie walks over to a young detective. TOMMY CULLEN, only
26, is excited to meet Eddie.

TOMMY
Tommy Cullen. Heard a lot about you.
Nice to meet you. Here's what we
got. A girl in there, figure her to
be a prostitute, looks like she was
fighting for her life. She's got
defense wounds on her hands. Right
this way - in the bathroom.

EDDIE
After you.

Eddie follows Tommy into the bathroom. There's blood
splattered all over the walls and the floor. Honey's topless
body lies in the tub tangled in the bloody shower curtain.
MURPHY, an Irish medical examiner (M.E.), is examining the
body.

TOMMY
Room was registered to a Francis
Capra.

JORDY
Capra? That's not Czech or Russian.
Who said he sounded Russian?

TOMMY
The clerk?

EDDIE
Check the switchboard, see what phone
calls were made from this room.

TOMMY
I'll do it.

Tommy heads out. Eddie takes out his cigar holder. Slides
out what's left of his cigar. Re-lights it. Looks down at
Honey's body in the bathtub. Gil's dusting the tub for prints.

MURPHY
Clothes were off in the other room.
Tub is dry except for the blood.

EDDIE
Any of you guys take a piss lately?

Gil looks confused. Eddie points to the toilet. Seat is up.

EDDIE
Do the seat for me.

Gil crosses to the toilet and starts to dust it. Eddie stands
in the bathroom - studying the scene. Holding the unlit cigar.
Looking around at the blood splattered walls.

EDDIE
Only one guys checked in?

LEON
Yeah.

EDDIE
C'mere. You wanna go to homicide
school? Here - make yourself useful.

Eddie positions Jordy behind the tub next to the wall.

EDDIE
Our killer... our killer's standing
here slashing at her. She's fightin'
him. The blood is splattering this
way. It's on this wall...
(pointing to the right
of Jordy)
And there's some specks over here.
(to the left of Jordy)
There's nothing here because someone
was standing right here. Someone
big. And he's got blood on him. Lots
of blood. He wouldn't walk out of
here like that.
(turning to Murphy)
Murphy, what kind of knife you think
we're talking about here?

Murphy pulls out a clear plastic ruler and walks over to the
blood-splattered wall.

MURPHY
If you look here where he missed and
hit the wall you see that the marks
aren't deep but they're kinda wide...
not your everyday kitchen or pocket
knife.

EDDIE
What if the tip was broken off?

MURPHY
Could be. Then we should find it
here somewhere.

EDDIE
I think we've already found it.

Eddie exchanges a look with Jordy as Tommy, the young
detective, returns.

TOMMY
There was only one call from this
room last night. I dialed it. It's
an escort service.

LEON
Did you identify yourself?

TOMMY
Hey, I'm new but I'm not stupid.

EDDIE
Call communications and get an address
on that number.

Tommy holds up a slip of paper with the outcall service
address on it.

EDDIE
Good work.

INT. KING EDWARD HOTEL ROOM - STAIRS - DAY

Jordy hurries out - catches up with Eddie.

JORDY
You goin' to the escort service?

EDDIE
You got any better ideas?

JORDY
Mind if I ride along with you?

EDDIE
This has nothing to do with your
fire.

JORDY
But what if it does? You might need
my help.

As Eddie exits the hotel, a MAN approaches.

MAN
Hey, Eddie, can I get your autograph
for my son?

EXT. KING EDWARD HOTEL - DAY

Jordy catches up. Eddie finishes signing the autograph using
the man's back.

EDDIE
I'll let you know what happens.

JORDY
This is ridiculous. I'm not gonna be
in your way - we can talk the case
over.

EDDIE
Tell you what - I'll flip you a coin.
If you win you can come with me. If
you don't win, you don't come.

JORDY
I'll call it... tails.

Eddie pulls out a coin and hands it to Jordy.

EDDIE
Okay. I'll call it. Heads.

Jordy flips the coin and it's heads.

EDDIE
Heads. See, you lost twice.
(beat)
Okay. Get in.

Jordy goes for the passenger side of the car. Before Jordy
can get in, Eddie starts to pull away. Jordy stands on the
sidewalk - dejected. Eddie stops the car again and this time
lets Jordy get in.

WHIP PAN TO:

INT. UPPER EASTSIDE HALLWAY - DAY

Eddie and Jordy arrive in front of Rose's door. Eddie knocks
and flips a coin to Jordy.

EDDIE
Oh here. A souvenir.

Jordy takes the quarter. Not understanding what Eddie means.
He looks at the quarter.

JORDY
Two heads.

EDDIE
Better than one.

Eddie suckered him with the coin toss. Jordy reacts. Eddie
laughs - squirts Binaca in his mouth. Knocks again. We hear
ROSE HELLER.

ROSE (O.S.)
Who's there?

EDDIE
Police. We'd like to ask you a few
questions.

ROSE (O.S.)
I have nothin' to say. If you wanna
contact my attorney...

EDDIE
(commands)
Homicide, Miss Hearn. It's Detective
Eddie Flemming. Open up.

Rose reacts. Immediately UNLOCKS, UNCHAINS and opens the
door!

ROSE
You! I've seen you on TV!

Eddie glances self-consciously at Jordy.

ROSE
C'mon in. C'mon in!

INT. ROSE'S APARTMENT - DAY

They enter.

ROSE
Just a minute. Shit. And I don't
have a camera. Hold on a second.

Rose moves back to the phone - finishes up her conversation
in Afrikaner. We hold on Eddie and Jordy at the door. Eddie
looks around - taking in the place. FOUR GIRLS are on phones.
Two girls take orders for customers. The other two work the
phone sex lines. Rose hangs up the phone - turns to Eddie
and Jordy:

ROSE
What's wrong?

EDDIE
We don't have her I.D. yet, but one
of your girls was killed last night
at the King Edward Hotel.

ROSE
Oh my God. Honey! Honey's dead?

JORDY
Do you remember the man who called?

Though Rose answers Jordy, she directs her response to Eddie.

ROSE
Yeah. He wanted a girl from
Czechoslovakia, but I sent him Honey
'cause once they get there, you know,
it doesn't really matter - Honey was
killed...? Poor girl...

EDDIE
Do you have any Czech girls working
for you?

ROSE
No.

EDDIE
Did you tell him you did?

A BUTCH GIRL enters. Rose speaks to her in Afrikaner.

ROSE
(Afrikaner)
Boy, she's so popular all the sudden.

EDDIE
What are you saying?

ROSE
Daphne. Another guy came in asking
me about her, too.

Jordy pulls out the sketch, unfolds it.

JORDY
This her?

ROSE
Yeah. Sort of. I tried to recruit
her, gave her my card. She said she'd
think about it but I never heard
from her.

BUTCH GIRL
(Afrikaner)
Beautiful eyes.

EDDIE
Who came by looking for her?

ROSE
He said he was her cousin. I told
him where she works. They were just
here.

EDDIE
Describe him.

ROSE
Tall, short-haired, scary eyes. Second
guy with him was... shorter, with a
wrestler's build. And he wouldn't
turn his videocamera off me.

EDDIE
He had a videocamera? Where is she?
Quickly!

ROSE
She washes hair up at Ludwig's - a
salon on 63rd and Madison.

EXT. EDDIE'S CAR - DAY

As Eddie speeds through the street, SIREN BLARING.

INT. EDDIE'S CAR - DAY

Jordy holds on as Eddie darts in and out of cars with
astonishing dexterity. This man can drive. Eddie picks up
his phone - dials. Jordy is on his cell phone as well.

EDDIE
Leon - meet us at 63rd and Madison.
Hair salon. Ludwig's.

JORDY
(overlapping)
I'm on my way with Eddie. Ludwig's.
63rd and Madison. The suspects might
be there already.

Eddie looks over as Jordy disconnects. Eddie picks up a beer
he was holding between his legs - finishes it.

EDDIE
You thirsty?

JORDY
I'm on duty.

EDDIE
(drinking)
So am I. Alright, I'll go inside and
you cover the back.

JORDY
Of course.

EDDIE
Hey! I always wanted to be a cop
when I was a kid. I dreamed of running
up to a door, kicking it in, pulling
my gun and yelling 'Freeze!' at the
bad guy! What'd you dream about?

JORDY
I wanted to run up to a building on
fire, kick in the door, rush into
the smoke and save a kid.

EDDIE
Then I guess we're doin' this the
right way, aren't we? If we pull up
to a burning building I'll gladly
let you go first.

Jordy looks at Eddie - can't deny he's right.

INT. LUDWIG'S SALON - DAY

We're in a moving video POV of Ludwig's, the hair salon -
it's big and spacious. The lens finds THE RECEPTIONIST.

OLEG (O.S.)
Daphne Handlova?

RECEPTIONIST
Daphne? In the back. Probably
shampooing a customer's hair.

Oleg approaches Daphne who is mixing hair dye. LUDWIG, the
owner, is with her.

LUDWIG
Why are you messing with your hair
color again? You're going to kill
your hair. You won't look good with
black hair.

DAPHNE
I want to do it, alright?

LUDWIG
Well, then do it after work. A
customer's waiting.

He leaves, a customer approaches. She smiles at him - turns
on the water in the sink then sees - Oleg filming her. She
backs up... suddenly moves to the emergency door!

TO THE BACKYARD

There's a garden out there. Daphne runs toward the alley.
Oleg follows her - still videotaping. As she rounds the corner
she bumps into... Emil! He pulls out his kitchen knife,
shoving her against the wall, pushing the blade with the
broken tip against her throat.

EMIL
I... I have a temper.

She looks at him, not understanding. Oleg films the scene.

EMIL
When I lose it, I lose control. I
didn't intend to kill Milos but he
stole from me. Cheated me! When I
went to prison, they beat me. I still
didn't tell he was my partner. I
loved Milos like a brother...

The tone in Emil's voice - there's an uncharacteristic
softness to it. He wants to reconcile his behavior to her.

EMIL
(in English)
I'm not a killer.

The back door opens. He shoves the knife in his pocket as
Ludwig peers around the alleyway. What he sees is Emil leaning
close to Daphne, kissing her.

LUDWIG
Daphne, will you be coming back to
work?

DAPHNE
In a minute, Ludwig.

Ludwig leaves.

EMIL
Smart girl. I'm glad you're not a
whore. But washing hair? This is no
job for a woman as beautiful as you.
They should be washing your hair.

Emil reaches into his pocket and pulls out SOMETHING, sticks
it in the palm of her hand, closing her fingers around it.

EMIL
I don't want to kill you. But if you
talk, I will.
(whispers)
I thought you'd want these.

He taps her hand... he turns and goes out the rear exit.
Oleg follows. Jordy arrives.

JORDY
...Daphne?

She says nothing.

JORDY
I'm a fire marshal. You remember me
from the other night? You are Daphne,
right?

She says nothing. Eddie arrives. Daphne turns. Recognizing
Eddie.

EDDIE
You don't have to be afraid. We're
here to protect you. Come with me.
We want to talk to you. You speak
English alright?

Eddie looks at Jordy. Takes Daphne by the arm.

EXT. LUDWIG'S SALON - CONTINUOUS

As they come out, Eddie notices Daphne clutching something
in her hand. He reaches for her hand. Opens it. It's a brushed
gold necklace.

EDDIE
Did he give you these? Was he just
here?

Eddie searches the streets. Notices Oleg and Emil on the far
corner. Oleg is videotaping him. Leon and Tommy pull up.
Korfin behind. They all pop out. Eddie grabs Leon - squeezes
his arm - quietly.

EDDIE
The other side of the street. The
guy with the videocamera.
(back to Jordy)
Don't look - put her in the car.
(to Leon)
Stay this side.

LEON
(back to Tommy)
Stay with her.

They start heading down the curb - trying not to attract the
attention of Oleg and Emil.

A VIDEO CLOSE-UP

of the scene from across the corner.

EMIL
(Czech)
Put the fuckin' camera down! Let's
go!

Emil starts to flee.

EXT. NYC STREETS - CONTINUOUS

What follows next is an incredible foot chase with Eddie,
Jordy, Korfin and Leon running through traffic - chasing
Emil. Eddie tries to stay in the lead but is running out of
breath.

EDDIE
Split up!

Jordy runs down one side of Madison - Eddie, the other. Korfin
continues down 62nd and Leon covers the other side. They
search for Emil, grabbing people, turning them around, missing
him. Emil seems to have disappeared.

Leon, gun raised, approaches the cafe. As he rounds the
corner, Emil darts out, cracking Leon across the face! Leon
crashes into a table, dropping his gun. Emil scoops up the
gun and PISTOL-WHIPS Leon. BEATING the detective to a pulp.
People are running from the scene. Emil takes Leon's wallet.
He is distracted by LAUGHTER. Oleg is VIDEOTAPING the scene.

OLEG
Emil, look!

Oleg swivels with the videocamera. Korfin is running toward
them - pushing through the crowd. Emil FIRES! Korfin is blown
backwards.

OLEG
Perfect! Cut. Print!

Eddie arrives. Bends down to Leon, whose face is red with
blood. Jordy runs to Korfin, who's laying in the street,
shot in the side. Jordy cradles his partner.

EDDIE
Are you hit?

LEON
No. I'm okay.

JORDY
(to Korfin)
Bobby, Bobby! Where're you hit?!

KORFIN
It hurts. Aw, Jesus!

JORDY
Lay down. Stay down, Bobby.

Jordy looks up as Eddie steps into the center of the street.
Cars screech out of the way! Eddie crouches, taking aim at
Emil, who is almost two blocks away. It's an impossible shot,
out of range.

But Eddie closes an eye, aims and squeezes off one SHOT. Two
blocks away, Emil topples. Korfin and Jordy look at Eddie,
astonished he made the shot. Emil scrambles to his feet.
Runs. Eddie holsters his weapon. Pulls out a handkerchief.
Dabs Leon's wounds.

LEON
He got my gun! Motherfucker was
filming the whole time!

EDDIE
I know. Relax. Take it easy. Don't
worry, we'll get those fuckers.

DISSOLVE TO:

EMS VEHICLE

Eddie and Jordy watch as Korfin on a stretcher, is loaded in
an EMS VEHICLE and in b.g., an EMS DOCTOR attends to Leon's
bloody face. Eddie and Jordy turn to go back into the
restaurant, now cleared out - as Nicolette Karas arrives
with her cameraman.

NICOLETTE
Detective - can you tell us what
happened here?

EDDIE
I can't talk right now. We have some
things to take care of.

Jordy moves off, he doesn't want to get pulled in front of
Nicolette.

Daphne can be seen waiting in the back of the restaurant,
maybe twenty feet away. Tommy stands next to her. This is
where Eddie and Jordy are headed.

NICOLETTE
I understand, but I noticed that the
Fire Marshall is here with you. Is
this somehow related to the fire
department?

EDDIE
I really can't give out any
information right now at this point.

NICOLETTE
Okay. But I do understand that your
partner, Leon Jackson's been injured.
Is that correct?

EDDIE
He was hurt, but not seriously. He'll
be fine.

NICOLETTE
Do you have the suspect in custody?

EDDIE
Um... now is not a good time, okay.
Detective Jackson's hurt. He's fine.
I've got a Fire Marshall shot,
Detective Jackson is hurt but not
seriously.

NICOLETTE
(to cameraman)
Alright, cut, cut, cut.

Mike the cameraman cuts the cameraman - lowers it from his
shoulder.

NICOLETTE
(to Eddie)
Eddie, are you okay?

EDDIE
Yeah. Now's not a good time.

NICOLETTE
Alright.

EDDIE
Alright?

NICOLETTE
Alright.

EDDIE
Alright.

NICOLETTE
Okay.

Eddie walks into the restaurant. Throws a look back at her,
then enters.

INT. ARMAND RESTAURANT - DAY

Jordy talks to Daphne.

DAPHNE
I told your partner, I can't help. I
didn't see anything.

EDDIE
C'mon, start at the beginning. You
know these people?

DAPHNE
Tamina was a friend of mine. My shower
was broken, she let me use theirs.

EDDIE
Go on.

She says nothing.

EDDIE
Whether you tell us or not, we'll
find out. Better if it comes from
you.

DAPHNE
If I tell you, will you arrest me?

EDDIE
Arrest you for what? Why would we
arrest you?

She still hesitates.

EDDIE
What are you hiding? Why are you
afraid

JORDY
She just saw two of her friends
killed! They probably threatened
her.

EDDIE
Is that all there is?

She looks at Eddie.

EDDIE
Are you here illegally? Don't worry
about that. We'll talk to Immigration.
They won't deport you.

DAPHNE
No, no, don't talk to Immigration!

She clams up.

JORDY
Why not?

EDDIE
Something back home?

Jordy leads Daphne to a table - she sits. Eddie sits across
from her. Jordy crouches down next to her.

DAPHNE
...my little sister and I shared a
flat - I came home one night and a
man was raping her. His gun was on
the chair... He came at me and I
shot him.

JORDY
(optimistic)
Alright. That's a justifiable
homicide.

DAPHNE
Yes, but he was a cop.

EDDIE
A cop?

DAPHNE
(beat)
I'm from a small town in Slovakia.
Like the South here. The Police is
right, a civilian is wrong. So I
fled.

EDDIE
Look, we can help you but right now
we have to deal with what's happening
here. Tell us the truth... is that
the truth?

DAPHNE
You're a cop - you'll never believe
me.

JORDY
(to Eddie)
Can I talk to you?

Eddie steps away with Jordy. Keeping his eyes on Daphne. She
tries to listen.

EDDIE
She's fucked. Even if that story is
true.

JORDY
Raw deal.

Eddie tilts his head. Measures Jordy.

JORDY
Look - let me talk to her. Any leads
I get, they're all yours. Just let
me have a first crack at her.

EDDIE
You wanna talk to her alone?

JORDY
Yeah.

EDDIE
What would your girlfriend think of
that?

JORDY
I don't have a girlfriend.

EDDIE
My point exactly.

JORDY
I'm serious here.

EDDIE
So am I.

JORDY
C'mon. You intimidate her 'cause
you're a celebrity. She sees me
differently.

EDDIE
You're her Savior? Is she the kid
you're gonna save from the burning
building?

JORDY
You know what I'm saying here.

Eddie looks at his watch. Thinks it over. Measures Jordy.

EDDIE
Okay, tell you what, I'll give you a
head start. You take her to the
station house. Don't let her out of
your sight. She's the only warm body
we got left.

JORDY
Hey. I'm a professional.

EDDIE
Women like that have a way of turning
professionals into amateurs.

He gives Jordy a look and heads for the door.

INT. A SEEDY BATHROOM - DAY

Emil pulls off his sock and shoe, lifts his foot into a
stained sink and washes the blood away, exposing the chunk
of pink flesh taken out of his ankle. Emil grabs some toilet
paper, plugs the wound, then cuts the towel off the dispenser
with his kitchen knife and wraps his ankle. He grits teeth
in pain. The lights go out. Then Oleg adjusts the fluorescent
light above the sink.

OLEG
Gotta light the scene better. Now
it's more moody... like a scene from
THE THIRD MAN.

EMIL
Shut up.

OLEG
Does it hurt?

Emil lifts his foot out of the sink.

EMIL
This is nothing.

Emil lifts his shirt, exposing his back.

OLEG
Oh, shit. I hate looking at that!

EMIL
Don't want to film this?

We don't see what Oleg sees - not yet - but from his
expression, it's horrible.

INT. JORDY'S CAR - DAY

Daphne rides in the backseat. Jordy's watching her in the
rearview.

DAPHNE
Now I become custody of police
department?

JORDY
If you cooperate with the DA - maybe
they'll help you with your situation.

DAPHNE
I will if they don't send me back.

JORDY
They won't until this is over.

She looks away. Out the window. Jordy sees emotion filling
her eyes. She looks back at him - her eyes have teared up.

DAPHNE
Are you married?

JORDY
Divorced.

DAPHNE
Do you live alone?
(beat)
I've been in these clothes since...
the killings. Could we stop at your
place? I could take a shower... before
I go into custody?

Jordy looks at her. Can't quite tell if she's trying to
manipulate him or really just wants to get cleaned up before
all the shit starts.

JORDY
I can't take you to my place.

DAPHNE
Somewhere else?

Jordy looks at her...

EDDIE

Staring right at us.

EDDIE
I want to talk to you about something
serious.

He holds up the diamond engagement ring.

EDDIE
I want to live the rest of my life
with you... I don't know you've been
married before and I've never been
married, but I do love you, and...

Eddie is standing in front of a mirror - rehearsing the
proposal. He notices a small dab of blood on his shirtcuff.
Leon's blood. Paulie enters carrying a towel and a vodka
tonic.

PAULIE
She's here.

Paulie sets down the drink and begins their silent ritual.
He hands Eddie the towel. Eddie wipes off his face and hands,
then hands the towel back to Paulie. Paulie helps Eddie on
with his coat. Eddie takes some Visine out of his coat pocket.
Drops a few in each eye. HE straightens himself and looks in
the mirror, taking a big gulp of the drink. Eddie sets the
glass down and starts out. Paulie hands him a Binaca. Eddie
gives himself a squirt as he exits. Paulie follows.

INT. P.B. HERMAN'S RESTAURANT - DAY

It's lunchtime... it's crowded. Eddie takes a seat at a table.
He takes the ring out of his pocket - holds it under the
table. Nicolette Karas walks up to Eddie from behind. Gives
him a kiss on the cheek.

NICOLETTE
Hey, honey.

EDDIE
Hey.

She orders a drink in Greek from the Greek waiter, then sits
down across the table. There's a long pause - they just look
at each other.

NICOLETTE
What is your problem? Why'd you snap
at me? I just wanted a statement.

EDDIE
I can't... I can't answer you just
because you want me to answer you!

NICOLETTE
You didn't have to embarrass me in
front of my colleagues. You could
give me something.

EDDIE
Oh, I'm sorry. Did I embarrass you,
sweetheart? Oh...

NICOLETTE
Stop it.

EDDIE
Maybe I should just, ya know... turn
to the cameras and say, do you mind
if we just work something out?

NICOLETTE
Alright, alright, Eddie. Don't
patronize me.

EDDIE
I'm not.

NICOLETTE
Yes you are. I'm not just some
reporter. I don't just stick a
microphone in your face. You could
give me something.

EDDIE
Yeah, well you took the camera and
put it right down on the evidence.
That was...

NICOLETTE
That was good. You were holding the
evidence.

EDDIE
You were merciless. You didn't give
a shit if you got me or not.

NICOLETTE
Well, who was it that taught me how
to do that? Huh?

EDDIE
You're ruthless.

NICOLETTE
You're not so bad yourself.

They look at each other.

NICOLETTE
C'mere.

They kiss.

NICOLETTE
Look at this. You have blood on your
shirt. Whose is it?

EDDIE
Could be Leon's.

NICOLETTE
Jesus. And last week you came over
with blood on your shoes. What am I
going to do with you?

Eddie takes her hand.

EDDIE
You know, I been thinkin'... these
shoes might look nice with another
pair of shoes next to them in the
closet.

She looks at him.

EDDIE
You know, Nicky, I've been married
twice before. My first wife was a
professional woman, didn't have time
for children. My second wife... I
never wanted to go home to her.

Nicolette's phone rings. Eddie stops - looks at the ringing
phone.

NICOLETTE
What are you doing? What are you
saying?

Nicolette's phone keeps ringing. Eddie stares at it.

NICOLETTE
Eddie?

Nicolette's phone keeps ringing.

NICOLETTE
Don't worry about the damn phone. I
won't answer it.

EDDIE
Answer the phone.

NICOLETTE
No. Tell me what you want to say.

EDDIE
Answer it.

NICOLETTE
Okay. Okay. Hold that thought just
for a second. They only call me when
it's an emergency. Just hold that
thought.
(into the phone)
Can you call back?

PHONE VOICE (O.S.)
We need you here in twenty minutes.
Get in a cab.

NICOLETTE
What're you talking about?

PHONE VOICE (O.S.)
Katie. We don't know where she is.
We can't find her. You gotta anchor
the 5:00. This is your shot. Come
now.

NICOLETTE
What? Oh. Okay. Yeah.

The line disconnects. She collapses the phone. Turns to Eddie.

NICOLETTE
Oh my God, they want me to anchor.
They want me to anchor tonight!

EDDIE
That's good.

NICOLETTE
Yeah.

EDDIE
Well, that's great.

NICOLETTE
Okay. That is great. But I can't go
now, we're in the middle of something
here.

EDDIE
No. Go ahead. You're gonna be great.

NICOLETTE
No. No, listen to me here. I want to
know what you're talking about. You
know, the shoe thing and the marriages
and...

EDDIE
I'll tell you tonight. Let's do it
tonight. As soon as you get back
we'll talk. We'll talk.

NICOLETTE
Promise?

EDDIE
I promise. We'll talk. You'll be
great. You'll be fine. Go ahead,
just imagine that, uh... Just look
into the lens and imagine you're
talking to me.

NICOLETTE
Yeah. I'll do that. As long as you're
not patronizing me.

EDDIE
Patronizing you... Nay, I love you.

NICOLETTE
I love you.

They kiss.

NICOLETTE
Okay, til tonight.

EDDIE
Tonight.

NICOLETTE
You promise?

EDDIE
Yeah. I promise.

NICOLETTE
Okay. And you know what, I'll swing
by my place, grab a couple pairs of
shoes and maybe just test them out
next to yours... How's that... Would
that be a good thing.

EDDIE
Yeah, yeah. Good thing.

NICOLETTE
Okay.

EDDIE
See you later. Good luck.

NICOLETTE
Thank you.

EDDIE
Don't be late.

She walks out.

INT. FIRE STATION 91 - DAY

Jordy unlocks the door. Enters with Daphne. The fire station
is empty.

JORDY
The men are out of quarters -
practicing putting out fires.

DAPHNE
So... the station is empty?

JORDY
Yeah. This way.

He gestures toward the stairs.

INT. FIRE STATION LOCKER ROOM - CONTINUOUS

Jordy and Daphne walk through the locker room. Her eyes never
leaving Jordy's.

JORDY
You considered becoming a prostitute?

DAPHNE
Yes, I considered it.

JORDY
Did you ever turn tricks before?

DAPHNE
No.

JORDY
What about back home?

DAPHNE
No.

Daphne stops. Looks at him. Stands very close.

DAPHNE
I came here. I had no money. I knew
no one. I couldn't get a job because
you have to have a green card to get
work. They approached me - I could've
made a lot of money. I considered
it, but... it's not who I am. They
pay me below the table at Ludwig's.

JORDY
So you were never a prostitute?

DAPHNE
What are you asking me?

JORDY
I'm just trying to find out who you
are.

She looks up into his eyes. Searching. Thinking he's hinting.

DAPHNE
Can you let me go?

She leans in close to him - giving him the opportunity to
kiss her. Jordy is tempted but... remembers Eddie's warning
and backs up slightly.

JORDY
Showers are this way.

Desperate now, willing to do anything, Daphne moves in even
closer.

DAPHNE
You could shower with me.

Jordy is locked in her eyes. Almost giving in. Then breaks
away. Gestures towards the showers. Daphne looks away form
him - crestfallen. She heads to the showers. Jordy follows
her into the bathroom. The walls are lined with shower stalls.

JORDY
I'll uh, I'll get you a towel.

He leaves her there. Alone. She quickly moves to the window.
Opens it. Looks down. It's a two-story drop to the street.

JORDY

gets a towel from the locker room. His beeper goes off. He
checks the number but decides not to return the call. We
follow him back into the bathroom. The shower is on but he
notices the window. It's open.

JORDY
Shit!

He rushes over. He looks out. No sign of her. He turns -
looks back at the shower. It's on but he can't see through
the curtain. Can't tell if she's there. He walks over -
quickly - fearing that she's left. He pulls the curtain aside.
She's crouched in the corner shower stall. Holding herself.
She looks up at him - her eyes filled with tears.

JORDY
Are you alright?

Jordy sits on the bench next to the shower.

DAPHNE
I'm not a whore. I'm not a whore.

JORDY
I know.

DAPHNE
You don't know. I'm sorry. I was
desperate. That's not me. I shot a
cop. Can you imagine what they'll do
to me when I got to prison?

JORDY
They're not gonna send you right
back.

DAPHNE
I'm sorry. I didn't mean to... I'm
glad. Actually I'm glad it's over.
All this time. Hiding. Never being
able to look anyone in the eyes.
Always afraid that someone would
find out who I was. Never trusting
anyone...

He covers her with the towel, pulling her up.

JORDY
You can trust me.

She embraces him. Trusting him. He stands there for a moment.
Then awkwardly holds her. Comforting her.

INT. NYC RESTAURANT - DAY

CLOSE UP

on a steak. Male hands cut a piece. Another male hand sets
down a huge bottle of Extra Strength Excedrin. The hands
abandon the steak and rip open the bottle. The CAMERA pulls
back to include the LCD screen of Oleg's videocamera. He is
taping Emil as he rips open the safety plastic with his teeth.
Emil is sweating with fever and his eyes are glazed over in
pain. He 'drinks' pills from the bottle and chews them up.
Wincing in pain. Emil washes them down with a beer.

Emil looks down and the camera follows his gaze to the
"People" magazine article he's reading on Stephen Geller.
Emil laughs. Shaking his head at the article as the
videocamera tilts back up to his face.

OLEG
What is it?

EMIL
The video of Milos and Tamina - I
told you to erase it.

OLEG
I did.

EMIL
And the whore's murder? You didn't
erase that either, did you? Don't
lie, I won't be angry.

OLEG
Why not?

EMIL
Put the camera down, Oleg.

Oleg closes the LCD screen and puts the camera down. Emil
removes a small address book - from Leon's wallet - he looks
up Eddie Flemming's name.

OLEG
What is that?

EMIL
What does it look like? It's an
address book!

Oleg jumps up with the camera to tape the book.

OLEG
Let me get a shot of it.

EMIL
Sit down!

OLEG
This way. Hold it this way. Good.

Oleg gets a shot and quickly sits back down.

OLEG
Why won't you be angry at me for
keeping my movie?

Emil takes a gulp of beer - drops cash on the table and limps
away. Oleg follows.

INT. PRECINCT - DAY

It's quiet - Chief Duffy paces in front of the Sergeant's
desk. Looking at his watch. Growing more and more aggravated
as every second ticks by. Jordy enters escorting Daphne.
Sees Duffy and tires to go past him. Duffy turns and sees
Jordy and Daphne.

DUFFY
Hey. Warsaw.

Jordy stops and comes back. Sitting Daphne down on a bench.

JORDY
Hey, Chief, what are you doing here?

DUFFY
I came to see how the investigation
was going.
(looks at Daphne)
I called and you're not here. I wait
up at the station and you don't even
show up!!! I beep you - you don't
return my call. Where the hell have
you been?!

Jordy takes a few steps away from Daphne.

JORDY
Ladder 20 was on the Rock for
training. We stopped there... so she
could get cleaned up.

DUFFY
What do you mean, 'cleaned up?'

JORDY
I let her take a shower.

DUFFY
A shower!? Did you take one, too?

JORDY
No! Nothing happened.

DUFFY
Oh really. That's nice. You took a
homicide witness to take a shower
after your partner was shot? Are you
out of your fucking mind?? Are you
having that much trouble gettin'
dates?!

EDDIE (O.S.)
I told him to take her there.

Jordy and Duffy turn. Eddie walks out. Eddie turns - Tommy -
the young detective who caught the case in the King Edward
Hotel - is coming out of the back office.

EDDIE
Tommy, get her outta here.

Tommy takes Daphne into the precinct.

TOMMY
This way, ma'am.

EDDIE
There was too much press hangin'
around there. I didn't want her face
on the news. So I told him to take
her to a quiet area until things
settled down.

DUFFY
Oh.

EDDIE
It was my decision, not his.

DUFFY
Well, I'm the Deputy Chief Fire
Marshall and every now and then I'd
like to be included in decisions.

EDDIE
Look, after Jordy briefs me, you can
do the press conference. How about
that? The case is all yours.

DUFFY
Oh yeah...? Alright.

EDDIE
(to Jordy)
I'm ready to be briefed.
(to Duffy)
Excuse us.

DUFFY
(to Eddie)
Yeah, sure.
(to Jordy)
Beep me when you're ready for the
press conference.

JORDY
Will do, Chief.

Eddie leads the way, walking past the Sergeant's desk - toward
the back and to his office.

JORDY
Eddie, I...

Eddie holds up his hand - silencing Jordy.

EDDIE
Wait.

INT. POLICE PRECINCT - DETECTIVE ROOM'S SQUAD - DAY

A handful of detectives talk about work over burned coffee.
Eddie enters with Jordy.

EDDIE
Guys... give me a few minutes?

They empty out.

JORDY
Look, Eddie, I'm tellin' you - I
didn't touch her.

EDDIE
Well, you shoulda because nobody's
gonna believe you didn't... including
me.

JORDY
I took her there for a shower and
that's it.

EDDIE
Just a shower?

Eddie gives Jordy a questioning look.

JORDY
Yeah, just her in the shower. Nothing
happened. Look, I'm sure you probably
think I'm a fool and I fucked up,
but...

EDDIE
No, I don't think you were a fool, I
just think you were stupid about it.
I mean, to say the least, you outta
know better. You don't know her well
enough. She's got the potential to
fucking hang you even if she suggests
that you made a pass at her, it's
fuckin' over. You can deny it all
you want, but it will not make one
fucking bit of difference. You're
dead.

JORDY
I told you, you know, I thought I
was doing the right thing, you know,
I think she's innocent.

EDDIE
Well, it's not up to you to decide
whether she's innocent or not. Don't
you understand, that's why you're a
professional.

JORDY
But, I mean, didn't you ever go out
on a limb for somebody? I mean, you
shoulda heard her there. Tellin' her
whole story... I believed her.

EDDIE
How you go out on a limb for somebody
is by giving her a number of an
Immigration lawyer. Here, here's a
number of an Immigration lawyer.
That's how you help her. But you
can't get involved in her like that.
You're gonna jeopardize your career,
your life and you're gonna jeopardize
my case. And lemme give you another
piece of advice. Maybe you don't
watch TV but I'll let you in on a
little secret - the whole fuckin'
world watches television. And when
you get out there, they know your
face. And the little fame, the little
fuckin' itty bitty fame that I get
in this city makes it a lot easier
for my job. And I get more done
because of it.

Jordy studies Eddie for a quiet beat.

JORDY
Why'd you help me back there with
the Chief? Why'd you stand up for me
like that?

EDDIE
You know, I don't know. I like you.
You remind me of a puppy I used to
have. He pissed on the rug all the
time, but I still kept him.

Eddie picks up his cigar that's going out. He sticks it in
his mouth. A match is lit. He looks up. Jordy holds the match.
Eddie dips the end of the cigar and puffs. The homicide
detective and the fire marshal hold a look.

INT. EDDIE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

Eddie walks in - carrying flowers. He closes and locks the
door behind him. He grabs the phone. Dials.

EDDIE
It's Flemming... anything turn up?
Did they check the hospitals?
Airports? Yeah, I hit him! I fuckin'
hit him! We should be all over
everywhere - with dogs, choppers,
everything! These guys are from
fuckin' Czechoslovakia...

He looks at the flowers. Decides to put the case behind him
for a moment.

EDDIE
I'll call you later.

He HANGS up. Arranges the flowers in a vase. So they look
perfect. Sets them on the coffee table. Fills out a card,
writes, "Nicky, I love you. Will you marry me?" He sticks
the card in the flowers - turns the lights down low. Puts a
romantic Sinatra song on the stereo. Moves to the liquor
cabinet. Pours himself a drink. He sets the ringbox on the
coffee table - next to the flowers. There's a knock at the
door.

EDDIE
Coming!

Eddie smooths his hair, unlocks the door. But the hallway is
empty.

EDDIE
Nicky!?!?

No answer. Eddie steps out in the hallway with the drink in
his hand. Walks toward the elevator. Doesn't notice the shadow
that passes behind him - entering his apartment. Eddie turns.
No sign of anyone.

EDDIE
Nicky?!

He walks back toward his apartment. Turns and locks the door.
A BLUR jumps out of the shadows SLAMMING him on the head
with a gun. Eddie tumbles to the floor! OUT COLD!

BLURRED VIDEO IMAGE

as it's focused - on Eddie - handcuffed and upper body taped
to a chair - 20 minutes later - sobered up. Emil is sitting
in front of him. On the coffee table alongside him are the
flowers in a vase. They've ransacked the place. Emil has
Eddie's watch, his gold shield and his money. He's smoking
one of Eddie's cigars and in Emil's hand... is the diamond
engagement ring and card. Oleg, 60 MINUTES-style, is
positioned behind Emil videotaping Eddie. He moves to the
corner of the room - bringing a light back over to illuminate
Eddie's face.

EMIL
So... who's Nicky?

EDDIE
What do you want?

EMIL
Your opinion.
(leaning forward)
You see, they going to make a movie
about me, too, Eddie. And write books.

EDDIE
(sarcastic)
What's your accomplishment.

EMIL
I kill someone famous.

EDDIE
Then do it, asshole.

EMIL
Good - be tough to the end. Actor
who plays you will want to die like
hero.

Eddie looks at the videocamera. Emil answers Eddie's look.

EMIL
So tabloids don't have to do
reenactments. They going to have
real movie this time.

EDDIE
If you kill me and film it you're
putting a noose around your neck.

Emil turns to Oleg.

EMIL
Turn it off.

Oleg obeys. Emil turns to Eddie.

EMIL
No. We are insane. Who else but crazy
men would film their murders?
(gestures to Eddie)
So we kill someone famous and if we
are caught, we are sent to mental
hospital. But what good is money
there? Because once in hospital I
say I not crazy. Just pretended to
be acquitted. We see psychiatrists.
They must certify we are sane and
because of your - what is law called?
(Eddie says nothing)
Oh - I got it. Because of your Double
Jeopardy law, we can't be tried for
same crime twice. We come out free,
rich and famous!

OLEG
Good idea!

EDDIE
You really think you'll be able to
fool a jury with this bullshit? How
fuckin' stupid are you?

EMIL
Smarter than Americans. You're fed
cry baby talk shows all day long.
Not only will Americans believe me,
they'll cry for me.
(laughs)
So... Detective Eddie Flemming, would
you like to say goodbye to your
Nicolette? Maybe you can propose to
her now?

Eddie says nothing. Just stares at Emil. Emil puffs on Eddie's
cigar.

EMIL
Okay. He has nothing to say.
(signaling Oleg)
Start the camera!

OLEG
Cut!

Emil looks at Oleg.

OLEG
This is my project. I say 'action.'
I am the director! You are the talent.
You wait for me to say 'action!'

Emil looks at Eddie as if to say, "See what I have to put up
with." Oleg gestures from behind the videocamera.

OLEG
And... action!

Oleg FILMS as Emil raises Eddie's service revolver. Eddie
suddenly KICKS at Emil's hand, but Emil pulls it away, backing
out of Eddie's reach.

EMIL
Bad last moment - I cut that out.

Emil raises the pistol again - pointing the gun at Eddie's
left temple. Emil cocks the hammer, but Eddie avoids the
gun, ducking his head to the side of Emil's arm. Standing
and following his head up Emil's arm and pushing him over
into the desk. Eddie then knocks Emil with the chair and
Emil falls off the desk and onto the floor.

Oleg still grips the videocamera. Eddie continues around
with the chair and drives Oleg back across the room - pinning
him to the wall.

Eddie comes back from Oleg to the gun at the same time as
Emil is limping for it. Eddie knocks Emil out of the way
with the chair and then stabs him with the legs of the chair
repeatedly.

Eddie comes up and around again at Oleg who is coming at him
from the wall. Eddie knocks Oleg over the coffee table and
onto the sofa. Falling on top of him, rolling over and leaving
Oleg on the sofa.

Eddie manages to get up from the sofa and position the chair
in such a way that he can fall over backward and grab the
gun. Emil limps toward the gun at the same time and it is
not clear in the darkness who has the gun.

Oleg gets up from the sofa and goes over to get the
videocamera. Eddie has managed to get the gun and comes up
as Oleg is moving in with the camera and starts shooting
toward Oleg - managing to shoot one of the blinds off the
window and one of the lampshades off the lamp.

Oleg crouches down with the camera and Eddie starts to turn
toward Emil who comes at him with the knife and stabs him in
the stomach.

Emil steps back, revealing the knife is BURIED IN EDDIE'S
STOMACH.

Eddie stumbles backward, falling over but still attached to
the chair - holding the gun. Eddie can't believe he got
stabbed. Blood swells around his stomach. He can't be dying.
This can't be happening. He looks at Emil. The pain is
terrible. Oleg has knelt down next to Eddie - getting a close
up.

Emil looks at Eddie.

EMIL
Die. Die.

Emil looks around. Grabs a black pillow and finishes Eddie
off, suffocating him.

BLACKNESS

We are moving through a tunnel - pitch black, so dark all
you feel is the motion. We are traveling very fast. Finally,
in the distance, a speck of light which fills the frame. We
slowly pull back from the white light to discover it is a
tiny pixel on a TV screen.

WIDENING

further out we see Eddie's funeral on the evening news. It's
an enormous gathering - a sea of blue uniforms and
dignitaries. In the upper right hand corner, superimposed
over the funeral, is a picture of Eddie from his ID and in
his NYPD uniform. We see Oleg's reflection on the set with
the videocamera. He is filming the TV. We hear the audio
from Eddie's funeral.

NEWSCASTER (ON T.V.)
..Detective Flemming was one of the
most decorated NYPD detectives in
the history of New York. He made
several thousand arrests during his
career, including the famed Stephen
Geller case. Beloved by the community
in which he served. His partner
eulogized him...

Leon is at the mic.

LEON (ON T.V.)
...Eddie was my mentor, my best friend
and my partner... he taught me the
meaning of the word 'cop.' He was a
man in every sense of the word.
I'll miss him...
(choking on tears)
Sleep well, brother.

Leon begins to sing "Amazing Grace." Oleg PANS from the TV
and focuses it on a lightbulb. Hands enter the frame -
carefully pouring clear liquid into an ashtray. A long
hypodermic needle slides into the ashtray - the plunger is
pulled back and the needle quickly fills with liquid.
Gingerly, the needle is inserted into the lightbulb. Again,
the plunger moves and the lightbulb is filled and placed on
a table... next to a CAN OF GASOLINE. VIDEOCAMERA ZOOMS OUT
revealing... Emil sitting at a hotel desk doing this.

INT. P.B. HERMAN'S RESTAURANT - DAY

It's packed with COPS drinking. Prosecutors... lawyers...
many who were at the funeral, including Leon. All wear the
black ribbon on their badges. There's a quality of an Irish
wake - boisterous, guys cursing... many cops in uniform. A
buffet has been laid out.

Hawkins enters in a black suit, wearing a black ribbon. He
greets people, shaking hands, embracing Leon.

HAWKINS
Awful... what an awful day. He was
New York City.

Hawkins notices a young man by the window. Teary-eyed. It's
Tommy. Hawkins nods to him.

TOMMY
I never got to tell him how much I
admired him.

HAWKINS
I know, son, I know. We all loved
him.

Hawkins moves on... greeting others. He notices at the end
of the bar - sitting alone on a stool - is Nicolette. He
moves to her. Pulls up a stool alongside her. She turns,
looks at him. Just stares at him for a long beat. She is
bombed. Definitely drunk. She's had many. She turns to
Hawkins.

NICOLETTE
You know... you know he was gonna
propose to me. The crime guys found
a card he'd written out to me. And a
ring box... these fuckers that killed
him - have my ring. They have my
diamond engagement ring...

Hawkins touches her shoulder with compassion.

HAWKINS
I know.

NICOLETTE
What do you mean you know? He told
you he was gonna propose to me?

HAWKINS
Well, he...

NICOLETTE
(overriding)
I want to hear everything he said.

HAWKINS
I'm trying to tell you.

NICOLETTE
Alright. Go ahead.

HAWKINS
That morning. He was talking to me
and Leon about marriage.

NICOLETTE
Oh my God. We were having lunch here.
He started making overtures - talking
about little shoes next to his in
his closet but I got a call to anchor -
and I walked out on him. I walked
out on him when he was trying to ask
me to marry him!!

Nicolette is crying now. She angrily wipes away a tear.

NICOLETTE
I'd never had a great relationship
before. I'd never made great choices
with men. And he wasn't easy to get
to know. He was older, my parents
told me I was nuts to get involved
with him. But he was so great to me.
Always encouraging, telling me I
could do anything...
(beat)
He was the one. You know, I'd give
up everything - everything - for
just a little more time. I would've
spent fifteen minutes with him if
that's all I knew I had.

She's lost it. Hawkins consoles her. Nicolette shrugs him
off - turns back to her drink. Downs the rest of it. A woman
arrives, MAGGIE, Hawkins' producer - assistant in tow.

MAGGIE
Robert...?

HAWKINS
What are you doing here?

MAGGIE
(holding a cellular)
You've got a call.

HAWKINS
I can't talk to anybody right now,
can't you see I'm busy! I can't talk
business. Hang up. Have a drink.
(to Paulie)
Get her a whiskey.

MAGGIE
Trust me, you'll want to take this
call.

Robert steps off the stool. Takes the phone.

HAWKINS
Hello? Who is this?
(listens)
How do I know this is you?

Hawkins gives Nicolette a comforting squeeze on her shoulder.
Backs away from the bar. Now out of hearing distance, he
looks back at Nicolette and lowers his voice.

HAWKINS
Where?

We INTERCUT Emil on a public phone in the lobby of a movie
theater. Oleg videotapes Emil on the phone, as he throws
glances into the theater.

EMIL
Come to 45 Broadway. Don't bring the
Police. Come alone or you'll be in
my next film.

HAWKINS
(low)
Look asshole. I've been threatened
by better than you.

EMIL
No. I'm the best that's ever
threatened you.

HAWKINS
I'll meet you on one condition - I
get exclusivity and you surrender to
me.

EMIL
We'll talk about that. Four o'clock
gives you time to go to bank. Three
hundred thousand dollars.

HAWKINS
What? It doesn't work that way.

EMIL
(incensed)
If you don't want my film - I'll
call another show. And they will
show it.

HAWKINS
Wait a minute. Wait a minute.

EMIL
Come alone. Bring cash. And we'll
talk about surrendering.

CLICK. The line goes dead. Hawkins disconnects. Hands the
phone back to Maggie. She's looking at him. Excited. Hawkins
looks at Nicolette. His mind whirls.

INT. FIRE STATION 91 - KITCHEN - DAY

Daphne and Korfin are sitting at a table. Korfin's arm is in
a sling, his side bandaged. Duffy and Jordy enter in their
dress uniforms. Korfin walks over to them.

KORFIN
How was it?

JORDY
(numb)
Not good.

Jordy's quiet. Dazed. Nobody can believe Eddie's gone.

DUFFY
(nods to Daphne)
Did the D.A. videotape her deposition?

KORFIN
Yeah. He finished awhile ago.

DUFFY
(to Korfin)
Alright. Swing by her apartment. Let
her pick up her clothes and take her
straight to Hoover Street. You got
that?

KORFIN
Yeah.

Jordy looks at her. Duffy sees them hold each other's look.

JORDY
Chief - mind if I take her?

DUFFY
Okay. But no water sports.

Duffy walks out. Jordy leads Daphne out of the station. Korfin
follows. A MAN IN A CHEAP SUIT is talking to Camello who
points as Jordy walks by. The man chases after Jordy.

MAN
Excuse me - Jordan Warsaw?

JORDY
Yeah.

MAN
(shoving papers in
Jordy's hand)
Consider yourself served.

Jordy opens the papers. Korfin puts Daphne in the car. Walks
back over to Jordy and reads over his shoulder.

KORFIN
Zwangendaba??? Is suing you, the
department and the city of New York
for 10 million? Who is Zwangendaba?

Jordy remembers... and gets more depressed.

JORDY
The mugger.

EXT. DAPHNE'S APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT

It's an old brownstone - in poor condition. Jordy pulls up.
Opens the door for Daphne - takes her by the elbow - steering
her to the door. He is edgy. Jumpy. Looking around.

DAPHNE
Are you alright?

JORDY
I still can't believe Eddie's gone.

DAPHNE
I'm sorry.

He looks at her. Nods. They walk up to the stairs as the
front door opens. A NEIGHBOR exits, shocked. Jordy pulls
Daphne out of the way.

DAPHNE
(in Czech to the man)
Hello. How are you?

INT. DAPHNE'S APARTMENT BUILDING - HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

Jordy and Daphne make their way up the stairs. A bouquet of
flowers are outside Daphne's apartment.

JORDY
What's this?

She takes the card. Jordy looks over her shoulder. Daphne
reads: "Good luck with all your troubles. I'm here if you
need me... Ludwig."

JORDY
Is he your boyfriend?

DAPHNE
Ludwig? He's gay - are you jealous?

JORDY
If I was your boyfriend, I might be.

DAPHNE
If you were my boyfriend, I'd suggest
you find another girlfriend that
isn't going to jail ten-thousand
miles away.

They're staring in each other's eyes. The sexual tension
strong.

JORDY
A good Immigration lawyer could stall
the process. Eddie recommended one.

DAPHNE
No matter what happens... I'm glad I
met you.

JORDY
I'm glad I met you.

They hold each other's eyes... then suddenly they kiss.
Urgently. Passionately. Somebody is coming up the stairs.
They part quickly. A tenant enters his apartment down the
hall. Jordy clears his throat.

JORDY
Let's get your stuff.

He opens the door. Peers inside - checking it out. Turns to
her. Gestures that it's okay to enter.

INT. DAPHNE'S APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

It's very small. Almost no furniture. The bare minimum. The
apartment is a hole. She looks at Jordy. Both thinking the
same thought. Another kiss.

JORDY
You better get packed.

DAPHNE
Right.

She holds his look.

JORDY
Do you have coffee?

DAPHNE
In the kitchen.

JORDY
I'll make some for us.

DAPHNE
I'll get my clothes.

She heads down the hall. Jordy enters the small kitchen. He
flips on the kitchen light and the lightbulb explodes -
setting the ceiling on fire and releasing a rain of fire
into the room. Jordy jumps back.

DAPHNE
Jordy!!!

JORDY
No! Get back! GET BACK!!!

Jordy's more surprised than shaken. It's a fire - he knows
the drill. He pushes her into the living room. Then notices
a FIRE EXTINGUISHER hanging on the wall. Grabs it. Aims it
at the FIRE spreading in the kitchen. He SPRAYS as Daphne
SCREAMS!

DAPHNE
That's not mine!

WHOOOOOOOOOSH! The fire extinguisher FEEDS THE FIRE! Flames
leap up from the fire - shooting toward the extinguisher
because it's filled with gasoline. The handle LOCKS! Jordy
CAN'T TURN IT OFF. Flames engulf the extinguisher and JORDY'S
HAND.

He flings the extinguisher - BACKS OUT OF THE KITCHEN. Closes
the door. Jordy takes off his jacket. Stuffs it under the
bottom of the door. Blocking the smoke. He hurries into the
living room. Knowing it's moments before the extinguisher
will explode. Jordy pulls out his cellular. Hits the speed
dial as he notices Daphne about to throw a chair through the
window.

JORDY
Don't! It'll suck the flames toward
us!

Too late. She SMASHES the window. There's an EXPLOSION in
the kitchen. Smoke and fire rush down the hallway and along
the ceiling. Jordy yells into the phone:

JORDY
This is Jordan Warsaw! We got a 1075,
make it quick, we're trapped! 8th
Avenue and 44th Street.

He pulls Daphne toward the bedroom. It's locked. Jordy kicks
it open. Grabs the comforter off the bed. Shoves that under
the door jam. He pulls Daphne into the bathroom. Shuts the
door. Runs his severely burned hand under the cold water.
Daphne looks out the window - hearing the sirens. She notices
someone has nailed the window shut. And on top of one nail...
is Eddie's gold shield.

DAPHNE
Oh my God! Oh my God!

Jordy turns - sees Eddie's shield.

DAPHNE
They were here!

This freaks her out. They were in her home. She starts to
panic.

JORDY
Calm down. Get a hold of yourself!
Get down!

He pulls aside the curtain to the bathtub. In it is a CAN OF
GASOLINE. A virtual bomb.

JORDY
Oh Jesus!

Daphne reaches for the can of gasoline.

JORDY
What are you doing?

DAPHNE
Pouring it out!

She grabs the can of gasoline - pours it down the drain. The
FIRE is raging outside the bathroom. The bathroom door is
beginning to smoke and burn. They are trapped.

Jordy turns - grabs an exposed water pipe that runs up the
wall to the ceiling. He throws his feet against the wall for
leverage. Pulls with all his might to break it loose. It's
creaking - but he's having a hard time with it.

DAPHNE
Oh shit!

Jordy looks over. The gasoline she's pouring out - is not
going down the drain. It's stopped up. As soon as the fire
gets in the bathroom, everything will explode!

Jordy begins pulling at the rusty pipe with all his might.
Daphne comes over - helps him. Both of them trying to break
it off. Suddenly it snaps and water POURS into the room.
SOAKING THE WALLS. They point the pipe toward the door,
soaking some of the flames which are consuming the door.
Trying to stop the fire from coming in. He and Daphne are
drenched. And trapped.

Jordy grabs a broken piece of pipe. Starts SMASHING the wall
behind them. The wall to the adjacent apartment.

VIDEO POV

Jordy and Daphne in the bathroom - surrounded by fire. CAMERA
WHIP PANS down the street as FIRE ENGINES arrive.

OLEG

is VIDEOTAPING them from the opposite rooftop. Tenants from
Daphne's building are fleeing down the fire escape. Emil
stands in back of Oleg - who is very excited. He turns the
camera on himself.

OLEG
This is great film! You can see fire
right now - Daphne is in fire - Fire
Marshal is here. Everything is so
messy. Everything is so crazy right
here! Look at this fire! We made it!
90% of people who die in fire die
from eating smoke. So most likely
they all die from eating smoke.

The CAMERA PANS to Emil.

OLEG
And this is the man who started the
fire. Say something to your fans,
Emil!

Emil waits a beat and then blows a kiss to the lens.

DAPHNE'S BATHROOM

Filled with smoke. You can barely see Jordy or Daphne. Jordy
SMASHES a hole in the wall - which reveals the bathroom in
the apartment next door. The smoke has a place to escape.
There's a 7-year old KID in there. Standing in the bathroom.
Terrified.

JORDY
Get back! Get out of the bathroom!
Run!

7-YEAR OLD KID
The hallway is on fire!

JORDY
It's okay. I'm a fireman. I'm going
to help you. Get back! Now!

Jordy pushes Daphne through the wall - turns as the bathroom
door catches fire. It's seconds before the whole room will
blow up.

OLEG

Across the roof is videotaping the bathroom as it EXPLODES!

EXT. STREET - CONTINUOUS

Fire engines have arrived. The street is filled with gawkers.
Garcia and Korfin pull up just as Jordy runs from the building -
holding the kid in one arm and pulling Daphne with the other.
Carefully guarding his bandaged hand. A fireman grabs the
kid. Another grabs Daphne. Garcia and Korfin run to Jordy.

GARCIA
Jordy! What the hell happened?!

KORFIN
Are you alright, man? Lemme see the
hand!

JORDY
Where's Daphne? Daphne?

He spots Daphne on the corner as a familiar voice pushes
through the crowd.

VOICE
Isn't she a beauty? She's my fire,
look at that loom-up on her!

Jordy turns - it's Max. The attention pyromaniac who Jordy
threw out of his office. As a news crew arrives, Max turns
to the cameras.

MAX
I did this! I did this! Take my
picture! I'm Max! Max Gornick!

Jordy grabs Max - pushes him away.

JORDY
Get outta here!

KORFIN
What the hell happened?

JORDY
They were inside. They booby trapped
her apartment!

Korfin scans the crowd. Looking for Emil and Oleg. In the
b.g., Duffy is SCREAMING.

DUFFY
What the hell are you talking about???
They're gonna do what?

Jordy and Korfin turn. The Chief has a phone to his ear and
is freaked.

INT. LOBBY OF CHANNEL 12 BROADCASTING - NIGHT

JORDY'S POV

as he enters the TV station. His clothes burnt and still
wet. The lobby's full of ANGRY COPS. Tommy and Leon, still
in his funeral suit, SCREAMING above them all at Maggie the
producer and her ASSISTANT, who are standing behind the desk.

TOMMY
Where is he?! Where is Hawkins?!

MAGGIE
He's not on the premises!

LEON
I want the tape. Go get it and bring
it here this minute.

MAGGIE
Any request for the video must be
directed to "Top Story's" attorney -
Bruce Cutler. I'll be happy to give
you his number.

Leon jumps over the desk where Maggie stands. Tommy pushes
past the security guard to follow Leon. They continue toward
Maggie, pushing her further back into the office. She tries
to protect herself with an office door which Leon slams open.

LEON
Lady, if you put Eddie's murder on
TV, I'll get a warrant for your arrest
and shove it so far up your ass it'll
come outta your mouth!

MAGGIE
I want your shield number!

HAWKINS (O.S.)
Viewer discretion advised!

MAGGIE
(pointing at the TV)
You want the tape? There it is!

Leon, Tommy, all the cops and Jordy - turn toward a TV set
which is mounted in the lobby. The "Top Story" logo flashes
on the screen, then Robert Hawkins is seen behind his desk.

HAWKINS
What we are about to broadcast is
very graphic footage...

Everyone is riveted. But Jordy notices outside... a "Top
Story" NEWS VAN is waiting in the alley. Robert Hawkins jumps
from a doorway and into the van. Jordy backs out.

INT. PLANET HOLLYWOOD - NIGHT

POP... a video POV of a bottle of Crystal as the cork is
popped. The videocamera pans up to Emil sitting at the table.
He nods at the waiter who leaves. Emil raises the glass -
looking into the lens.

EMIL
America! Who says you can't be success
in America? I arrived with nothing,
knowing nobody - now look - I am a
success story!

The videocamera is lowered. Oleg turns it off. Asks
suspiciously.

OLEG
You are success story? I am success
story! Why do you say I and not we?

EMIL
Oleg, don't be paranoid. You got a
hundred-fifty thousand dollars, didn't
you? I gave you half of what they
gave me. Look - here we are!

Emil gestures toward the big television set. We are in Planet
Hollywood - where diners and those by the bar can watch a
huge screen hanging from the ceiling. Robert Hawkins is
introducing his show.

HAWKINS (ON T.V.)
Good evening. Welcome to "Top Story".
Tonight, I present to you material
of a graphic and violent nature never
before seen on television. And I do
so with a heavy heart. You will be
first-hand witness to the slaying of
celebrated New York City Homicide
Detective, Eddie Flemming. It would
be only normal to ask, why? Why are
we showing something so journalist,
I must show it. A democracy survives
through the freedom of its media,
and if we cannot see what is happening
then we don't deserve our democracy,
or our freedom. Eddie Flemming was
my friend. I cried when I watched
this footage and vowed to fight this
violence with every molecule of my
being from this day onward. Hopefully,
this will have a similar effect on
you. One final word, this material
is absolutely not appropriate for
children.

The restaurant BUZZES. Emil checks his watch.

OLEG
In movie they make of us, who do you
think would act me?

EMIL
The one who got caught in the
bathroom.
(beat)
George Michael.

Emil laughs. Oleg doesn't.

OLEG
I'm serious.

EMIL
Shut up. Look!

Emil points towards the TV. "Top Story" is continuing. The
scene cuts to Emil's video footage. Eddie is handcuffed to
the chair. The light illuminating his face.

OLEG (O.S.)
This is my project. I say 'action.'
I am the director! You are the talent.
You wait for me to say 'action.'
(beat)
And 'action!'

EMIL
Bad last moment - I cut it out.

Emil looks at Oleg - furious.

EMIL
I told you to cut that out before we
handed in the tape!

OLEG
Be quiet. Watch.

Oleg watches the big-screen TV as Emil raises the pistol to
Eddie's temple. Eddie pushes him over the desk. Eddie then
knocks Emil with the chair and Emil falls off the desk onto
the floor. Eddie continues around with the chair and drives
Oleg back across the room - pinning him to the wall. Eddie
and Emil both go for the gun. Eddie knocks him out of the
way. Stabs him with the legs of the chair repeatedly. Leaves
him in a ball on the floor. Oleg comes at Eddie and he knocks
Oleg over the coffee table and onto the sofa. The blinds and
lamp shade are shot - bathing the room with more light. Emil
stabs Eddie in the stomach. Oleg kneels down for a CLOSE-UP.

EMIL
Die. Die.

EXT. TIMES SQUARE - CONTINUOUS

Hawkins' van drives across Times Square. Jordy's car
following. We WIDEN OUT... Eddie's murder is being broadcast
on the JUMBOTRON in Times Square. People stare up - stunned.

INT. PLANET HOLLYWOOD - CONTINUOUS

The dinner patrons are watching TV. Shocked. Emil glares at
Oleg.

EMIL
Why did you leave that stuff in about
you being the director?

OLEG
Because I am the director. Don't you
realize, if it wasn't for my film,
for my talent, my idea to do this -
no way would we be sitting here right
now.

EMIL
Your idea? I thought it was my idea.

Oleg tenses. Emil laughs.

EMIL
Aren't you just the cameraman?

Oleg doesn't laugh.

OLEG
I'm serious... this - this is a great
American film. Full of violence and
sex. And I want my credit.

EMIL
Credit?

OLEG
Yes. Before we hand in the next video -
I put titles on it and my credit is
going to read - Directed by Oleg
Razgul.

EMIL
Yes. But there's only one problem -
you want credit but the problem is -
I don't share credit.

Oleg is pissed.

EMIL
You got that?

OLEG
No, I don't get that!

EMIL
You think you are a director? You
are a fucking little, small Russian
piece of shit. And I hate you. I
fucking hate you.

Emil slaps Oleg across the face. Oleg stands up. Emil suddenly
pulls out Eddie's gun but before he can pull the trigger,
Oleg STABS Emil in the arm! Emil squeezes off a shot through
the crowded restaurant. Patrons SCREAM - Oleg runs through
the restaurant, escaping. It's chaos. Hawkins arrives with a
crew and with BRUCE CUTLER, a confident, tough criminal
attorney.

Emil pulls the steak knife out of his arm, picks up a napkin -
pressing it to his wound.

EMIL
Oh, hello.

Cutler accesses the situation.

EMIL
Are you my attorney?
(extends his hand to
Cutler)
I'm Emil. I'm insane.

CUTLER
I'm not your lawyer until I see the
money.

EMIL
Here. I have your money.

Emil picks up a briefcase and hands it to Cutler. Cutler
opens it - inside is the cash Emil got from Robert Hawkins.
Emil looks at the table, pushing the plates and silverware
aside. Emil looks under the table, throwing the chair aside,
freaking. He's lost the most important thing in his life.

EMIL
Oh no! No! Shit!

CUTLER
(follows Emil -
reaching out to him)
Emil. Take it easy. Stay with me.
Sit down. What do you need? What are
you looking for?

EMIL
He has the camera! He took the movie!

Jordy comes in, gun raised.

JORDY
Don't move! Don't move! Get your
hands up! Drop it!

Emil puts his hands in the air. Immediately drops the gun!

EMIL
I give up!

Jordy is disappointed! He didn't want to take Emil alive.
Hawkins signals to his camera man, who swings his camera at
Jordy as he approaches Emil, his gun aimed at Emil's head.

CUTLER
This man is unarmed, officer. He's
surrendered.

Jordy cracks Emil across the face - knocking him down.

CUTLER
What are you hitting him for?

JORDY
Turn that camera off!

Jordy handcuffs him. Emil turns to the camera for sympathy,
appearing more hurt than he is.

EMIL
No. Keep filming...

Jordy realizes how media savvy Emil is and understands in
that moment why he's surrendering. Jordy yanks Emil up -
dragging him across the restaurant floor - Emil still favoring
his ankle.

CUTLER
(to Emil)
Don't say anything.

EMIL
Where are we going?

CUTLER
I'm coming with you.

EMIL
Yes. Yes, come with me!

CUTLER
(to Jordy)
I'm invoking rights - this man is
represented by counsel. I'm coming
with him.

The "Top Story" crew is all over them, filming everything.
Cutler stays close to Emil. Making sure he's in the video
footage.

JORDY
Turn that camera off!

EXT. PLANET HOLLYWOOD - CONTINUOUS

As Jordy comes out with a limping Emil, police are arriving.
Tommy, Leon and Murphy run over as Jordy opens the back door
to his car. Leon grabs Emil.

LEON
I'll take him.

JORDY
No way! He's mine!

LEON
(holding on to Emil,
squeezing his arm
hard)
We're takin' him. Don't argue!

JORDY
He's my collar!

LEON
Well, he killed my partner!

JORDY
He's yours but I take him in! I'll
drive him to the precinct, you can
have him but I'm walkin' him in.

Leon realizes Jordy wants to be seen on TV taking Emil into
custody.

LEON
Okay, kid, have your 15-minutes.
I'll follow you. Tommy, you ride
with him!

Leon stares hatefully into Emil's eyes.

LEON
You're goin' down, motherfucker, you
are goin' down. I'll be there with a
smile when they put you down!

Cutler hurries to Emil's side.

CUTLER
Don't say a word. Don't respond to
his taunting!
(to Leon)
He's represented by counsel. You
want to speak to someone - you speak
to me!

TOMMY
Out of the way, counselor.

Tommy shoves Cutler aside.

CUTLER
Don't you put your hands on me,
Detective.

Jordy pushes Emil in the back seat and slams the door. Leon
turns to Hawkins, whose cameras are filming everything.

LEON
And you, you'll pay for what you
did!

HAWKINS
(low)
This footage will work in your favor.
When the jury sees this - no matter
what Cutler tries, they'll convict
him.

Leon looks at him. This man used to be his friend.

LEON
You oughta be ashamed. Ashamed of
yourself.

HAWKINS
If I didn't put it on somebody else
would! I was his friend!

LEON
Don't give me that fucking shit.

The cameras are rolling.

MURPHY
Don't get into it on TV.

LEON
(yells to other cop
cars)
Alright, let's get going!

Leon and the other cops rush to their cars. Jordy is already
behind the wheel. As soon as Tommy jumps in the passenger
seat, Jordy takes off. The cameras film him driving away.

INT. JORDY'S CAR - NIGHT

Jordy takes a left turn, racing away. Running all the lights.

TOMMY
What are you doin'? You're gonna
lose everybody!

Jordy rips through another turn, heading toward the West
Side Highway. The car speeds up the ramp and races up the
left lane - having lost the police.

TOMMY
Where are you goin'?? This ain't the
way to the station!

Jordy looks up at Emil in the rear view mirror.

EXT. WEST SIDE HIGHWAY EXIT - CONTINUOUS

Jordy pulls off on 130th Street. They are way uptown in the
middle of nowhere. The car drives down a dark street.
Crumbled, vacant buildings dominate the streets and there
are no people around.

EXT. DESERTED STREET - CONTINUOUS

The car slows down. Tommy watches Jordy, realizes what's
going on. Jordy stops at a dead end. Pulls open the back
door, yanks Emil out and starts to drag him up into the
deserted tunnel.

TOMMY
Jordy...??? Listen to me. You can't
do this. This isn't the way to do
things.

Jordy ignores Tommy, slamming him up against the tunnel wall.

JORDY
Were you a fireman? That how you
knew how to rig the apartment?

EMIL
My father was. He gave me many lessons
about fire. Now it's my friend.

JORDY
Tommy, take a walk.

TOMMY
What are you gonna do?

JORDY
Don't you get it? He knew he was
gonna get caught! That's why he
videotaped Eddie's murder - he thinks
he's gonna get off.

TOMMY
Don't stoop to his level!

Jordy tosses the car keys to Tommy.

JORDY
Take the car. Get outta here, Tommy.

TOMMY
Look, you can't shoot him in cold
blood.

JORDY
(erupting)
GET OUTTA HERE NOW!! GET IN THAT CAR
AND DRIVE AWAY!!! DO WHAT I SAY OR
I'LL KILL YOU, TOO!!!

Tommy nervously backs up toward Jordy's car. Climbs behind
the wheel and drives away, leaving Jordy and Emil alone in
the darkness. Jordy takes out Eddie's pistol. The one Emil
took from Eddie. Jordy opens the cylinder - two bullets left.
Jordy snaps the cylinder shut, tucks Eddie's gun in Emil's
belt. He drags Emil away from the wall, into the center of
the empty space - unlocks Emil's handcuffs and throws them
aside. Still holding the gun on Emil, he circles around to
face him.

JORDY
Get your hands up! Get your hands
up!

Now facing Emil, he sticks his gun in his waistband - the
same place he put Emil's.

JORDY
You wanna be a real American? Go for
your gun.

Emil holds his arms out - making it clear he's not going for
the gun.

JORDY
Pull the gun! You want to be famous?
Shoot me, you'll get more headlines
and make more money.

Emil watches Jordy... a slow grin spreads across his face.

EMIL
You can't kill me. You're not a cop.
Just fireman with a gun. I bet you
never shot anybody in your life.

JORDY
You'll be my first.

Jordy pulls out his 9mm and pushes the barrel right between
Emil's eyes.

EMIL
C'mon. Pull the trigger. Do it. Oh,
look, you're sweating. You don't
have the balls.

JORDY
Get down on your knees.

Emil gets on his knees and starts to sing in Czech. SIRENS
fill the air. Police cars come flying down the street.

JORDY
Where's your partner?

EMIL
The Sheraton! On Broadway! Room 210.
Go get Oleg. He'll kill you.

Leon runs up. Tommy's relieved to see Jordy didn't kill Emil.

LEON
Gimme your gun, Jordy. We all want
him dead but you can't do it this
way.

Emil is still smiling. Jordy suddenly slams Emil in the face.
Knocking him to the floor. He jumps in his car and speeds
away.

INT. BROADWAY SHERATON - 2ND FLOOR HALLWAY - NIGHT

A room service WAITER wheels a tray with a magnum bottle of
Crystal, with three glasses, toward Oleg's room. Jordy follows
behind him - gun aimed at his back.

WAITER
Do you really need me?

JORDY
Keep your mouth shut. Don't mess
this up.

They reach the room. Jordy flattens himself against the wall.
The waiter KNOCKS.

HOOKER'S VOICE
Who's there?

WAITER
(nervous)
R-room service.

A HOOKER, wrapped in a towel, opens the door a crack, looking
out at the waiter.

HOOKER
Come in.

Jordy whips around the corner - pointing his gun and pushing
the hooker back out of the room. Jordy moves to the bedroom
door. Peers through the crack. Oleg sits on the edge of the
bed in his skivvies with two naked prostitutes. He's hooked
up his videocamera to the TV set and is showing them his
footage of the fire.

OLEG
Look at that. See that shot! Seamless.
No cuts.
(excited)
And look. Look at that transition.
That's filmmaking!! Isn't it great?!

Jordy KICKS in the door - gun raised.

JORDY
Don't move!

Oleg grabs the videocamera. Has one hooker in a head lock
and picks up the other one. He rushes at Jordy - using one
of the hookers for protection.

JORDY
Drop the girl! Drop her!!

Oleg pushes the hookers at Jordy - knocking Jordy back into
the living room and over the back of the sofa. Oleg rushes
out into the

HOTEL HALLWAY

Oleg runs to the fire exit - Jordy follows, chasing Oleg
down the stairwell.

EXT. BROADWAY - NIGHT

Oleg bursts out a door which opens onto Broadway. He runs
through the crowd - knocking pedestrians aside! Jordy chases
him, gun in hand!

Oleg runs into the street, darting in and out of traffic,
cars braking to a stop. One SLAMS into another. Jordy leaps
over a car, closing in on Oleg. People gawk. Even in New
York, it's odd to see a man being chased in his underwear.
Oleg runs, knocking people aside. He's holding the camera in
his hand. It's on.

JORDY
STOP! STOP THAT MAN!

A UNIFORMED COP turns as Oleg runs right into him. Knocking
him down. Oleg beats him, takes his gun and runs into:

INT. MOVIE THEATER LOBBY - CONTINUOUS

Oleg, gun in hand, runs past the TICKET TAKER at the door.

TICKET TAKER
Hey, come back here!

The ticket taker runs after Oleg who continues past the candy
counter. Jordy rushes in the door.

JORDY
Where is he? Where'd he go?

TICKET TAKER
Middle door.

Jordy continues running through the lobby - past the middle
door - and enters the theater through the far door.

INT. MOVIE THEATER - NIGHT

Jordy enters the theater, crouches down in the aisle. It's a
night scene, the theater is dark. Jordy tries to see faces.
He cuts through a row of seats to the middle aisle.

DRUNK'S VOICE
Kill him! Kill the bastard!

Jordy spins toward the voice - it's a DRUNK. Others start
YELLING for blood!

AUDIENCE
Shoot him! SHOOT!

A GUNSHOT! Jordy ducks! Another GUNSHOT! Jordy realizes the
shots are coming from the screen.

OLEG
Look! Over here!

Jordy turns. Oleg stands up and FIRES at him - trying to
film Jordy's death with a videocamera. Jordy ducks, then
rises up with his gun as Oleg vaults over the seats, leaping
from one to the other, mashing shoulders and heads, bounding
for the screen.

JORDY
Everybody down! Stay DOWN!

Jordy FIRES as the screen villain blasts away. Some in the
audience don't realize the real thing is happening. Oleg
leaps on the stage in front of the screen, illuminated by
it. Jordy runs down the aisle. Oleg FIRES at Jordy. Jordy
FIRES back. People panic - scurrying away - Jordy can't get
a clear shot. Oleg FIRES again, wounding a moviegoer. Jordy
raises up as the theater lights go on... and Oleg is gone!
Jordy jumps on the stage - runs backstage - Oleg has
disappeared.

JORDY
Shit!

SIRENS are heard from outside. VOICES of cops are heard as
they enter.

CLOSE ON TV

A REPORTER is in Times Square, reports from outside the movie
theater.

REPORTER (ON T.V.)
...and the wild chase through Times
Square ended with the suspect, Oleg
Razgul, escaping. The fire department
has identified the fire marshal
involved in the failed pursuit as
Jordy Warsaw.

The channel is changed. PETER ARNETT is reporting the same
story.

PETER ARNETT (ON T.V.)
In a related matter, Mr. Slovak's
attorney, Bruce Cutler - famous for
handling sensational cases - claims
his client is unfit to stand trial.

INT. JAIL CELL - WIDER - DAY

Daphne sitting on a bench in a jail cell. Watching TV through
the bars. She is in the fire department's holding cell in
Brooklyn.

PETER ARNETT (ON T.V.)
In fact, Cutler claimed Mr. Slovak
was not the alleged mastermind behind
the murders. According to Cutler,
Mr. Slovak was being directed by his
partner, who threatened to kill him
if he didn't follow Mr. Razgul's
orders. Cutler told reporters today
that Mr. Razgul did in fact stab his
client.

The scene CUTS TO Cutler's press conference.

CUTLER
My client, Mr. Slovak, is a victim.
What's happened is not his fault.
Emil was under the influence of his
partner. At the trial, you'll see
that my client will be vindicated...

INT. BELLEVUE - MENTAL OBSERVATION UNIT - DAY

The CAMERA WIDENS from the TV set. We are now in an interview
room, a guard is posted outside the room. Emil sits at a
small table - with Cutler. Emil is dressed in Bellevue
clothes. He's handcuffed and his ankle is bandaged. Emil
gives a complimentary nod toward Cutler.

CUTLER
I brought you some letters. It's
really fan mail. Women mostly. One
wants to buy you clothes, another
sent a check. Another wants a check.

EMIL
You bring the cigarettes?

CUTLER
Oh, sure.

Cutler shakes a cigarette out of the pack, stuffs it in Emil's
mouth and lights it for him. Emil has never smoked before.

CUTLER
How're they treating you, alright
(Emil is non-responsive)
I want to get the cuffs off... but
there's a little bit of a problem.
Things out there are very negative
right now for us. We gotta change
that around. Perception is very,
very important. Perception is reality.
I know you're not fuckin' crazy. But
it's important that I get that message
out. Cause that's our only defense
in this case.

Emil leans forward. Cutler retrieves the cigarette from
between his lips.

CUTLER
I want you to focus on three things:
fear...

He puts the cigarette back in Emil's mouth.

CUTLER
...delusions and paranoia.

EMIL
I was all of these.

CUTLER
Well, you didn't appreciate the
severity of it until recently. No
question about that.

EMIL
What about Oleg?

CUTLER
Disappeared. They're looking
everywhere. Maybe he went back to
Czechoslovakia.

EMIL
No, he is here. Shit...

CUTLER
Don't worry about him. Think about
yourself.

EMIL
What about my movie rights? Book
rights?

CUTLER
Look, I haven't really focused on
that kind of thing.

EMIL
What's your cut? How much?

CUTLER
I would say... half. Half is fair.

EMIL
(laughs)
No. No way.

CUTLER
But it's...

EMIL
Thirty-percent. No more. Or I call
another lawyer. This is the biggest
case of your life. Don't try to
negotiate. Thirty percent. Say yes
or no.

CUTLER
This is not about money, Emil. I
need your trust in me.

EMIL
What else do you need?

CUTLER
I need to know about your background.
I need to know about your upbringing.
Why you're here.

EMIL
(indicating cigarette)
Give me another one, please.

Cutler stuffs another cigarette in Emil's mouth. Lights it.

CUTLER
Tell me about yourself. What you did
as a young boy... what your parents
were like.

EMIL
My father always degraded me. Killed
my self-esteem. And my mother was
blind.

CUTLER
Your mother was blind?

EMIL
Yeah, she went blind giving birth to
me. She went to fucking black market
doctor to induce me.

CUTLER
Back in the Czech Republic?

EMIL
Yeah, yeah... bad doctor gave her
bad drugs which made her go blind.
And my father blamed me for her
blindness...

CUTLER
Your father blamed you for your
mother's blindness?

EMIL
Yeah, he hated me from day when I
was born. Put it out. Can you put
the cigarette out?

Cutler takes the cigarette from Emil's lips and extinguishes
it.

EMIL
That's what he did to me. He put
cigarettes out on me.

CUTLER
Your father put cigarettes out on
you?

EMIL
Out on my back when I was a small
boy.

CUTLER
Can I see your back?

Emil rises. Cutler comes around and pulls his shirt up. HIS
ENTIRE BACK IS COVERED WITH DISGUSTING PURPLISH WELTS FROM
CIGARETTE BURNS. Cutler recoils - horrified.

CUTLER
Oh, Jesus.

EMIL
I'm abused. Don't you think?

CUTLER
I don't think it's abuse, I think
it's torture.

INT. FIRE STATION 91 - DUFFY'S OFFICE - DAY

Inside the Arson Squad, Duffy sits behind his desk. Jordy
stands across the table from his Chief. Behind Jordy we can
see Garcia and Korfin outside, listening. Duffy has a subpoena
in his hand.

DUFFY
The public doesn't have any idea
what we do and now you're going to
define our image! This is going to
be our Rodney King!

JORDY
What was I supposed to do? The guy
tried to mug me. I was gonna send a
cop back - I just forgot.

DUFFY
Forgot? You handcuffed a civilian to
a tree?!

JORDY
Chief - I know I screwed up - but
this guy was no innocent civilian.

DUFFY
Well this is gonna end your career
and probably mine.

JORDY
End my career?

DUFFY
How are you going to fight this?
Maybe if Oleg hadn't gotten away and
you'd been on the front page, as a
hero, this thing would be easier to
fight. You'd have the good to weight
against the bad! It's unfortunate
that I have to make decisions based
upon your press coverage but there's
nothing I can do! Gimme your shield.

JORDY
But Chief? Over this??

DUFFY
There's nothing to talk about. Get a
good lawyer. You're suspended until
your trial.

Jordy sighs. Dying inside. He surrenders his shield. Drops
his handcuffs, his pager and his gun. Duffy picks up the gun -
looks at it.

DUFFY
(pats Jordy's shoulder)
I know you got backup at home. Drop
it off.

Jordy sighs and exits.

INT. IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION OFFICE - DAY

Jordy is talking to BILL STERN, a senior special agent. In
another office we see Daphne with two 25-year old ASSISTANT
U.S. ATTORNEYS.

STERN
(to Jordy)
Look, what don't you understand?
We've got a good relationship with
the Czech's and the State Department
doesn't want to cause an incident.

JORDY
But the D.A. needs her as an
eyewitness!

STERN
They've got her testimony on
videotape. And even if they do take
her to court immediately after she'll
be extradited. The Czechs want her
back. She shot a cop! I mean, Christ,
man, what if Emil Slovak and Oleg
Razgul fled to the Czech Republic?
How would you feel if the Czechs
wouldn't give them back to us?!

Stern looks over at Daphne sitting in another office. Lowers
his voice.

STERN
And just between us... I was married
to a redhead. They're a jinx. Redheads
are like cross-eyed priests. Stay
away from both.

Jordy gives him a look.

STERN
You want to see her - go ahead.

Jordy enters the other office. Sits next to Daphne. The
assistant U.S. Attorneys leave.

JORDY
We're gonna fight the extradition.

Daphne takes Jordy's bandaged hand in hers.

DAPHNE
Forget about me. You have enough
problems of your own.

JORDY
...Do you really want me to forget
about you?

DAPHNE
I don't want to drag you down with
me.

JORDY
Daphne, I...

Daphne touches her finger to his lips.

DAPHNE
Shhhh.

She leans in and kisses him. Then looks into his eyes, trying
to find a smile.

EXT. FEDERAL COURT HOUSE STEPS - DAY

It's weeks later. Nicolette is looking worn, tired, frazzled.
She's trying to go through her stand up. But she's unraveling.
Not recovered from the loss of Eddie.

NICOLETTE
...and today with his partner who he
blamed for the crimes still at large,
Emil Slovak will appear in court.
His lawyer will argue that he is
mentally unfit to stand trial.
Eyewitness News has also learned
that later this month, Jordy Warsaw
will himself be appearing in court.
He will be arraigned on charges of
violating the civil rights of...
Zwangen... Zwagen...

MIKE
Zwangendaba.

NICOLETTE
Goddamn assholes everywhere.
Zwangenbobby... Zwangendaba. I got
it. I'll do it. Shit. Let's start
again. 5-4-3-2-1...

She starts over.

INT. JORDY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

Jordy's on the couch. A drink in his hand, watching TV with
his dog, ZACK. Jordy's eyes are glazed. He's drunk, his eyes
are as bloodshot as Eddie's were... without his job or Daphne.
His mind miles away - the dog and drink are his only comfort.
As Nicolette reports (she got the name right), her anger
seeps through her broadcast.

NICOLETTE (ON T.V.)
Mr. Zwangendaba claims to be a direct
descendent of the African King from
whom he takes his name...

Jordy's face is flashed on screen. The phone RINGS. Jordy
picks up.

JORDY
Hello?
(listens)
No comment.

He hangs up. The phone RINGS AGAIN.

JORDY
Hello?
(listens)
No!

Jordy hangs up. Changes the channel. He stops as Robert
Hawkins' face fills the screen. He is standing across from
someone - in a park - interviewing him.

HAWKINS
He robbed you?

The ANGLE CUTS to Zwangendaba, the mugger, now dressed in a
suit and tie. Clean shaven and with a fresh haircut. He stands
in the same spot where Jordy handcuffed him to the tree.
He's appearing on "Top Story".

ZWANGENDABA (ON T.V.)
That's right, I encountered him right
here. was just askin' for change
an' he whips out his big gun an'
pushes me up against that tree,
whereupon he takes my money and
handcuffs me to it, leavin' me there
all exposed...

The phone RINGS again. Jordy suddenly pulls the phone off
the table and throws it through the window:

BACK TO TV

as the channel is changed. A REPORTER is on TV. Behind him
is a picture of Emil. Emil is smiling, in a shirt and tie.
The reporter stands in front of the jail.

REPORTER
...and WBAI has learned that Mr.
Slovak won't have to worry about how
he is going to pay for his defense.
He has received movie offers and
been in conversations with numerous
publishers concerning the rights to
his life story.

REVERSE ANGLE

Oleg is at a bar watching TV. Poisoned with envy.

INT. JORDY'S BEDROOM - NEXT MORNING

Jordy stands in front of the mirror over the dresser. We see
the TV overturned in the b.g. His back up gun is on it. He
stares at it. Dark thoughts dancing in his head.

EXT. BATTERY PARK - DAY

Jordy sits in a taxi, wearing sunglasses. Looking inside the
park where a POLICE BARRICADE surrounds a POLICE TUGBOAT.
Cutler and Emil are arriving - Emil is being transferred to
Rykers Island. Jordy pulls his .38 out of his ankle holster
and sticks it in his pocket.

CLOSE ON METER

to $42.00. The TAXI DRIVER looks in the rearview mirror.

TAXI DRIVER
I can't believe this guy got off.
Unbelievable.

Jordy takes out money. All he's got is fifty bucks and he
crams it into the slot.

JORDY
Whatever's leftover, keep.

Jordy exits the cab. The anger rising inside his body is
coming to a boiling point. He walks into the park. Leon is
sitting on a bench. Just sitting there. Also filled with
rage and frustration. Jordy meets his eyes. Leon gets up and
walks away. Disgusted by it all. Jordy's right hand grips
the gun inside his pocket as he walks on.

HIGH WIDE SHOT

Many policemen are trying to control a swarm of reporters.
All are waiting for Emil. WE SEE:

HAWKINS

and his camera crew, and, not far from him - frustrated and
frazzled, waits Nicolette. Still grieving her loss, she looks
over at Hawkins and his crew. She shoots him a disgusted
look - Hawkins shrugs it off. He checks his watch - anxious -
looks at his cameraman.

HAWKINS
He said he'd be here. Pick him up as
he comes through the crowd. Do you
hear me? For Chrissakes don't miss
this.

THE POLICE VAN PULLS UP

Cutler's car behind it. Emil - handcuffed - is unloaded from
the van. Reporters swarm forward - Cutler gets out of his
car, hurrying up, taking his place alongside Emil and the
POLICE ESCORTS. The swarm follows - firing questions at
Cutler. He answers the barrage of questions with:

CUTLER
...my client was suffering from a
major illness of schizophrenic nature
wherein during times of intense
stress, as a result of paranoid and
psychotic delusions - there was
impairment of his ability to
appreciate wrongfullness... This is
a victory for the mentally ill!

Jordy walks alongside the moving mass. His eyes focused on
Emil - his hand in his pocket. We notice in the crowd Max,
the celebrity-crazed pyromaniac. What's he doing here? Max's
hand is also stuck deeply in his pocket. A weird gleam in
his eye. We see Korfin in the group, speaking to other cops.
Nicolette and her camera crew are vying for their place in
the mass. She watches Emil with quiet rage. Cutler continues:

CUTLER
...before Emil boards the police
boat and heads for Rykers Island
where he will be checked into the
psyche ward, I want to say one last
word to you all... As you know, Emil
was coerced by Oleg Razgul into
committing these murders, yet Oleg
is still out in the street, a free
man, filming gruesome murders... My
client and I hope he is brought to
justice in the near future.

They are through the monuments, approaching the steps when
Jordy passes a distracted Hawkins - who's checking his watch
obsessively.

HAWKINS
Where the hell is he? Goddamn it?!

Jordy glares at Emil. Emil looks back at Jordy, gloating.
Smiles. He won. He beat the system. Jordy suddenly erupts.

JORDY
You think this is funny?? What the
hell are you laughing at?

Emil stares down Jordy. Jordy grips the gun inside the jacket.

CUTLER
(to a nearby escort)
Officer, keep this man back, he's
assaulted my client on previous
occasions.

A PATROLMAN blocks Jordy from Emil.

JORDY
This is it? This bastard kills the
best cop this city ever had and we
do nothing?

CUTLER
You may not like it marshal, but
that's the law.

JORDY
And what about the other victims??
What about their families? He'll end
up in some country club nuthouse
while his lawyer sells his rights to
the movies and we just stand here
and do nothing? We let this scumbag
walk?

Jordy moves past the officer. Emil breaks away from Cutler.
Gets in Jordy's face. Laughs quietly.

EMIL
Be careful. I can kill you. I'm
insane.

Jordy shoves Emil into Cutler. A scuffle breaks out as the
cops separate the two - pulling Jordy back as we cut to:

VIDEO POV

as it approaches Hawkins from behind. A hand dips into frame
tapping Hawkins on the shoulder. Hawkins turns - sees who
he's been waiting for. His face lights up.

HAWKINS
I thought you wouldn't show up. Where
is it? Where is the tape?

IT'S OLEG

In disguise - sunglasses and a hat. Holding his videocamera.

OLEG
It's all in here. All in here.

MEANWHILE JORDY

has been separated from Cutler and Emil as Hawkins' voice
cuts above the din of the crowd, announcing excitedly:

HAWKINS
Wait a minute, Bruce! We've got some
interesting evidence, something you
should look at!

Reporters turn as Hawkins speaks. His crew is taping as he
continues introducing his broadcast:

HAWKINS
I have exclusive rights to the
ORIGINAL UNCUT videotape shot by
Oleg Razgul, proving Emil Slovak was
not insane! Hard to believe... watch!

Reporters swing their cameras over as Oleg holds his
videocamera up in the air.

OLEG (ON VIDEO)
He knew exactly what he was doing -
all of this was planned! It's all
here in my movie. Emil is not insane.
Look. Look!

Oleg PLAYS his videocamera as lenses focus, we see excerpts
of the moment where Emil explains to Eddie:

EMIL (ON VIDEO)
...so we kill someone famous and if
we are caught, we are sent to mental
hospital...

CUTLER
(points to Oleg)
Officers, there's your killer, do
your duty, arrest him!

The police are attempting to get to Oleg, but a sea of
reporters separate them. We hear the staccato calls from the
press corps. Nicolette looks on in amazed outrage. Jordy
notices and starts moving towards her. Before the POLICE
CAPTAIN in charge of the detail can react, the rage which
killed Milos, Tamina and Honey wells up inside Emil. He yells
at Oleg!

EMIL
Traitor!!

OLEG
No. You are the traitor. You are
murderer. I am director. Action!

Oleg pulls his gun. Emil pulls Cutler in front of him as:

BANG!

Oleg FIRES! Cutler is SHOT and goes down. Hawkins swings his
camera over to Oleg - filming the would-be assassin. Oleg
FIRES off another SHOT - hitting the COURT OFFICER escorting
Emil. Emil grabs the down officer's gun. He swivels - rapid
fires at Oleg. Oleg topples. People are screaming. It's CHAOS.

Emil darts forward - grabbing Nicolette who is closes to
him. He puts his handcuffed arms over her head - points the
gun at her head.

CAPTAIN
Drop the gun! DON'T SHOOT!

EMIL
I'll kill her! Back off! Everyone
back away from me!

We hear Jordy's voice above Emil.

JORDY
Let her go. Let her fucking go!!

The captain is screaming at all his men.

CAPTAIN
No one shoot! Lower your weapons! Do
not fire! No officer will fire his
weapon unless I say so!
(to Emil)
Let the woman go!

Cops reluctantly lower their weapons. But Jordy is still
aiming his gun at Emil. He is the only one who hasn't lowered
his gun. The captain is yelling at him.

CAPTAIN
Holster your weapons! Back away.
That is an order! No officers will
fire!

Emil is screaming back at the captain as Jordy screams at
Emil.

EMIL
Tell him to put his gun down!

JORDY
Let her go! Let her go!!

EMIL
If he doesn't lower his gun I'll
fucking kill her.

Jordy doesn't lower his gun. Emil tries to back away. The
reporters - who have ducked and covered - are still keeping
their lenses pointed at the scene. This is great film! Jordy
follows after Emil - his gun raised.

JORDY
Let her go.

NICOLETTE
Shoot! Shoot him!!

EMIL
Shut up!

Meanwhile, the captain is still yelling:

CAPTAIN
No one shoot! No one shoot!! No
officer will follow. No officer will
shoot!

Nicolette is still encouraging Jordy.

NICOLETTE
Shoot! Shoot! Shoot him!!

EMIL
Shut up!

Everyone is screaming at once. It's mass chaos. The captain
is trying to keep everyone calm. Cops following along with
their weapons lowered. All except Jordy - his gun still
pointed at Emil. Hawkins can't believe what footage he's
getting. He's pushing his cameraman to the front of the pack.
Trying to get the best coverage.

EMIL
I'll surrender!! I'll surrender if
he lowers his gun.

He's pointing at Jordy but he's continuing to back away
towards the police boat.

NICOLETTE
Don't. Don't let him surrender. Shoot
him!

Jordy won't take his gun off him.

JORDY
Let her go. Let her go.

The captain is yelling at Jordy.

CAPTAIN
Lower your weapon. I told you - lower
your weapon!

Jordy struggles to get a clean shot at Emil. He can't. His
heart pounding. Adrenaline pumping. He suddenly lowers his
weapon. Turns away. The captain visibly relaxes. Emil laughs.
Jordy suddenly turns back. Quickly raises his weapon.

JORDY SHOOTS

Emil takes a shot in the leg. Nicolette ducks under the
handcuffs and scurries away. Emil looks at Jordy - surprised
he shot him. Jordy FIRES AGAIN. Emil is hit in the shoulder.
Jordy marches forward, EMPTYING HIS CLIP in Emil's chest.
Abdomen. Head. Gun fire echoes in the humid air as Emil
stumbles back. Does a funny dance and drops to the ground.
Dead. The captain yells.

CAPTAIN
I told you not to shoot! No officers
should shoot.

Jordy quietly answers:

JORDY
I'm not a cop. I'm a fire marshal.

HAWKINS
He's still alive.

Hawkins looks down at Oleg. He is sprawled on the ground.
His videocamera in hand - he's still making the movie.

OLEG'S VIDEO POV

as it ZOOMS from the Statue of Liberty and PANS to Oleg. He
looks in the lens with his dying eyes, gasps:

OLEG
A film... by Oleg Razgul.

And Oleg dies but suddenly his eyes pop WIDE OPEN. Hawkins
jumps back, Oleg smiles, coughing in pain.

OLEG
How was that?

Oleg's head rolls to one side. Now dead. Nicolette runs over
to Jordy. Composing herself. Coming together. Glad Emil is
dead. Jordy starts to walk away.

NICOLETTE
Wait a minute. Where are you going?
Learn from Eddie. Talk to the court
of public opinion. Take the credit,
you need it.

She turns him around. Straightens his tie. Starts to push
the hair out of his face but he stops her hand.

JORDY
No thanks.

Jordy puts something in her hand. She looks down. It's EDDIE'S
BADGE. The one Jordy took out of Daphne's bathroom. She looks
up at him. Her cameraman rolling. The lens pointed at Jordy.
Jordy looks at Nicolette. Meets her eyes. He doesn't want to
make a statement. He still doesn't want the fame. He did
learn from Eddie. Eddie was killed because he was a celebrity.
Jordy wants no part of it.

NICOLETTE
Cut.

Her cameraman lowers his leans. Jordy smiles. She nods. Jordy
turns and walks away.

NICOLETTE
Get a shot of him leaving. Then pan
to me.

Jordy disappears into the sea of people. The camera PANS
back to Nicolette.

NICOLETTE
Well, he wouldn't talk to us, but
you saw it.

The CAMERA PULLS BACK from Nicolette's face and the video is
now on:

THE JUMBOTRON IN TIMES SQUARE

We PULL BACK FURTHER and FURTHER. Nicolette finishing her
stand up:

NICOLETTE
New York City has a new hero, Fire
Marshal Jordan Warsaw. I hope that
Fire Marshal Warsaw's heroic actions
this afternoon will help with his
other legal problems. WBAI has also
learned that the fire Marshal has
retained an immigration lawyer to
help Daphne Handlova with her case.
We wish her well. This is Nicolette
Karas, live at Battery Park, WBAI
New York. Good night.

THE SCREEN FADES TO BLACK:

THE END

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