BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

 

ďAn Impossible SilenceĒ


 

written by

Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa
 
 

 

 

Aired Episode

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EXTERIOR NIGHT

Deserted Street

Two men leaving a bar

 

PEROTTA

Listen, Danny, I appreciate you going to bat for me like that.

I guess I owe you one, huh?

 

YATES

Forget about it.

Laura, a young Tunnel resident, walking in background, unseen by the men

 

YATES

Kellerís on edge like the rest of us.

 

PEROTTA

Yeah, well, he really lost it when I told him.

Look, all we gotta do is return the stuff to property.

They donít keep track of it. Theyíll never know it was missing.

We wipe the slate clean. I mean, who needs that kind of pressure, huh?

 

YATES

I told you Ö donít worry about it.

Iíll smooth things out with Laine and then weíll talk about it.

Laura notices the two men

 

YATES

Itís getting cold out, huh?

Yates has put on gloves

 

PEROTTA

Yeah.

 

YATES

Hey, you okay to drive?

Yates slips a pistol from the waistband of his slacks

 

PEROTTA

Oh, yeah, yeah, Iíve driven worse than this.

Listen to me Ö some cop, huh?

 

PEROTTA

Well listen, where Ö where ya parked?

 

YATES

A couple blocks down on South Street.

 

PEROTTA

Well, come on, Iíll give you a lift.

 

YATES

Nah, nah, Iím gonna walk.

 

PEROTTA

Are you sure?

 

YATES

Yeah.

 

PEROTTA

Iíll see you tomorrow.

 

YATES

Iíll see you later.

 

PEROTTA

Hey, Danny?

 

YATES

What?

Perotta, now seated behind the wheel, looks up at Yates

PEROTTA

Everythingís gonna be all right, huh?

 

YATES

Donít worry, Tony. Everythingís okay.

Perotta turns to put the key into the ignition. Yates aims and fires the gun point blank.

The bright light of the gunshot catches Lauraís eye. She turns to see Yates standing beside the car, the driverís door open and the driver slumped over. She watches Yates fire two more shots into Perotta. Startled, Laura tips over the garbage can, alerting Yates. He starts toward her. She runs and he chases her. He fires at her, misses, fires three more times. When he reaches the corner he fires again, but she falls and his shots miss. She continues running, turns another corner, falls against a man knocking him over, rises, and runs into the arms of a police officer.

 

POLICE OFFICER

You okay? What the hell you doing

in this part of town anyway? YouÖ

Laura runs off

 

POLICE OFFICER

Hey!

Hidden from the Police Officerís view, Yates watches Laura escape

 

CUT TO:

INTERIOR TUNNELS

Pipe Chamber

The chamber, filled with pipes of every size and dimension imaginable, is alive with tapping as Pascal, armed with two short lengths of metal rod, sends a message on one of the pipes

 

PASCAL

See? I worked out an abbreviation for the express stuff.

You wouldnít believe how much we can cut down on congestion.

 

VINCENT

Oh, I believe it. But donít you ever get tired, Pascal?

 

PASCAL

(Listening intently to one of the pipes)

Only when I stop.

Crying is heard and Vincent turns as Laura flings herself into his arms

 

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR DAY

Criminal Courts Building

Interior DAĎs Office

 

CATHERINE

You look fine, Joe.

 

JOE

Oh, I hate these guys. They travel in packs like sharks.

 

CATHERINE

Itís a room full of reporters.

 

JOE

Easy for you to say.

 

CATHERINE

Relax, youíre not running for office.

Joe stops and turns to her

 

CATHERINE

Or are you?

 

JOE

Well, letís just say that putting a cop killer away right now

wouldnít hurt my career any.

Wish me luck.

He steps up to the lectern in the conference room crowded with reporters and photographers, microphones and cameras, pulls a sheet of paper from his inside jacket pocket

 

JOE

All right, Iím going to read a statement

and then after that Iím not at liberty to answer any questions.

 

REPOTER

Aw, come on, Joe Ö

 

JOE

Iím sorryÖ Iím sorry.

Last night Curtis Jackson was arrested and charged

with the murder of Vice Squad Detective Tony Perotta.

Ballistics has confirmed that the hand gun

that was found in his car was the murder weapon.

The District Attorney has set a preliminary hearing

date and we have every reason to believe that

justice will be served in a fair,

but expeditious, fashion. Thatís all folks.

 

REPORTER

Oh, come on, just a question Ö

 

REPORTER

Can you at least give us an idea about the hearing date?

 

REPORTER

Are you gonna handle the case yourself?

 

JOE

Iím sorry. I canít Ö I canít answer any more questions.

 

REPORTER

What has the reaction been to this killing in the Precinct?

 

REPORTER

One or two more questions?

Joe makes his way to the back of the room where Catherine is waiting for him

 

JOE

Well? Howíd I do?

 

CATHERINE

(Smiling at him)

Watch out, City Hall.

 

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR NIGHT

Residential Street.

 

INTERIOR

Yatesí basement

KELLER

He was my partner eight years, you son-of-a Ö

 

DAVIS

Hey!

 

KELLER

How the hell could you do it, Danny?

 

YATES

You ought to thank me for doing your dirty work.

Keller grabs him and Yates threatens him with a pool cue

 

KELLER

Come on! Come on!

 

DAVIS

Back off! Both of you! Now Iím sorry,

Laine, but Danny only did what he had to.

Now you know how Tony was,

especially the last couple of weeks.

He would have blown it for us.

All of us. Anyway Ö itís over with.

Now if youíre going to blame Danny,

you might as well blame me, too.

 

KELLER

What about Jackson?

 

DAVIS

Oh Ö we got him cold. Murder weapon.

Motive. All we have to do is sit tight and let

the system do its thing. He was a punk.

Whatever he gets, he deserves.

 

YATES

Look, Laine, I want you to know I only did what was necessary.

Tony was a good man. What we are talking about Ö

Producing a cellophane wrapped package containing white powder

Ö is a hundred thousand dollars here ...

this month and every month from now on.

Yatesí wife enters with beers for the men

 

YATES

Thanks, hon.

 

DAVIS

Thank you.

 

MAGGIE

Drink?

Keller reluctantly takes the offered beer

 

MAGGIE

Iím so sorry about Tony.

 

KELLER

Yeah, Maggie Ö me, too.

Glaring at the two men over her shoulder

 

CUT TO:

INTERIOR TUNNELS

Vincentís Chamber

 

VINCENT

Iím listening Ö

Speaking aloud as Laura signs

 

VINCENT

The wrong man?

Laura nods, pointing, showing Vincent the headline "Cop Killer Caught" and signing

 

VINCENT

You saw the killer?

 

LAURA

Nodding and signing

 

VINCENT

The killer was a white man?

 

LAURA

Nodding, pacing

 

VINCENT

Itís good that you came to me.

 

LAURA

Cringes

 

VINCENT

Donít be afraid. Youíre not alone, I promise.

 

FADE TO:

EXTERIOR NIGHT

Central Park

Catherine hurrying to the drainage tunnel

 

VINCENT

When Laura first came to us she was

only a child. Alone. Frightened.

Her parents had abandoned her in the park.

I supposed they wanted a normal daughter Ö

but there was a friend Ö a helper Ö

who brought her to us Ö where it was safe Ö

where she could know love.

I remember, in the beginning, she used to collect things Ö

keep them on her bedside table Ö

alarm clocks Ö bells Ö buzzers Ö and she

would hold them to her ear Ö feeling the vibrations Ö

trying to hear the stolen sounds.

It broke my heart.

 

CATHERINE

And you became her teacher.

 

VINCENT

I became her friend.

 

CATHERINE

Can she speak Ö at all?

 

VINCENT

She speaks Ö with her hands Ö a beautiful language.

 

CATHERINE

And she told you that she saw this murder?

How can she be sure it wasnít the same man?

 

VINCENT

The man she saw Ö was not a black man.

 

CATHERINE

Vincent, the evidence they have against

him is overwhelming. Is she positive?

 

VINCENT

Sheís not mistaken. She knows Ö what this might mean.

 

CATHERINE

Coming forward to tell her story.

 

VINCENT

Yes.

 

CATHERINE

Iíll do everything I can to make that

unnecessary but, Vincent,

I donít think thereís any other way.

 

CUT TO:

INTERIOR TUNNELS

Pipe Chamber

Pascal sleeping in his hammock. The sound of tapping continues. Lauraís hands on one of the vertical pipes, feeling the vibration of the taps. She lays her cheek against it, smiles.

 

CUT TO:

INTERIOR TUNNELS

Fatherís Chamber

FATHER

I understand the problem enough to know it isnít ours.

 

VINCENT

Does our world exempt its people from moral responsibility?

 

FATHER

No, it offers them sanctuary from an impossible madness.

Especially those who most need to be protected Ö like the girl.

 

VINCENT

Laura is no long a girl.

 

FATHER

Sheís still vulnerable. Exposing her to something like that Ö

Vincent, here weíve given her a chance to heal.

 

VINCENT

And to hide. I know Lauraís pain. When she first came here

her soul was broken, and our love helped

it to mend Ö but the time will come when she

will need to grow beyond all of this Ö beyond us.

 

FATHER

You think that time is now?

 

VINCENT

Without Lauraís word, Catherine has no case.

An innocent man goes to prison.

That should mean something to you.

 

FATHER

Our priority is still to Laura.

 

VINCENT

Before you said the problem was not ours.

Well Ö neither is the decision.

 

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR DAY

Busy City Street

29th Precinct

CUT TO:

INTERIOR

Interview Room

JACKSON

Now, thatís a new one on me.

Since when does

the DAís office go around trying to get people off, hmm?

I know Ö thatís some kind of new psychology, right?

 

CATHERINE

How long were you out of prison?

 

JACKSON

Almost a year.

 

CATHERINE

Your parole office tells me you were meeting regularly.

 

JACKSON

Every week, maíam. And I also help little

old ladies cross the street.

And I go to church every Sunday and repent my sins.

 

CATHERINE

Letís get this straight. A man who sells drugs

to kids doesnít deserve to see the light of day Ö ever.

They tell me youíre rehabilitated. Congratulations.

But if it were up to me, Iíd have buried you.

Now, I am here because I donít believe

you killed Detective Perotta, and I want

to find out who did, and you are going to help me.

 

JACKSON

Yeah, a lot of good thatíll do.

 

CATHERINE

Tell me about the threats you were

supposed to have made against Perotta.

 

JACKSON

Look, man, that was a long time ago and it was stupid and

he was the cop who busted me. I Ö I was mad

and I said some stupid things, you know?

 

CATHERINE

How did that gun get in your car?

 

JACKSON

How the hell do I know? Somebody put it there.

 

CATHERINE

Any ideas who?

 

JACKSON

What do you want Ö a list?

 

CATHERINE

Yeah, thatís exactly what I want.

 

CUT TO:

29th PRECINCT

Reception Area

CATHERINE

Excuse me, Iím looking for a Detective Keller.

 

DESK OFFICER

Third desk, right back there. Uh, the guy in the striped shirt.

 

CATHERINE

Thank you.

 

CATHERINE

Detective Keller?

 

KELLER

Thatís me.

 

CATHERINE

Iím Catherine Chandler

with the District Attorneyís office.

 

KELLER

(Standing to shake Catherineís hand)

How ya doing?

 

CATHERINE

Iím sorry about Lieutenant Perotta

 

KELLER

Yeah. Me, too. Have a seat.

Yates watching

 

KELLER

Eight years is a long time.

Do you have anything to do with nailing Jackson?

 

CATHERINE

Yes.

 

KELLER

I appreciate it. We all do. Believe

me, itís no small consolation.

Yates has moved within hearing

CATHERINE

Detective Keller, I donít believe

Curtis Jackson killed your partner.

 

KELLER

What are you talking about?

 

CATHERINE

We may have an eyewitness.

 

KELLER

What eyewitness?

WhoÖwho says Jackson didnít do it?

 

CATHERINE

Iím sorry. Iím not at liberty to disclose that.

 

KELLER

Jackson killed my partner.

He had it out for Tony. Everyone knew it.

They just about caught him in the act.

 

CATHERINE

Yes, I know. He says he was set up.

 

KELLER

Look, um, Iím sorry I flew off. Itís just,

you know, you come in here and you

lay this on me like a ton of bricks.

Now I donít know what to think.

 

CATHERINE

I understand. If you have a few minutes,

Iíd like to ask you some questions

about recent cases, anybody else who

might have had a motive.

Just preliminary, but it might give me a place to start.

 

KELLER

Sure, I got a few minutes.

 

CATHERINE

Okay.

 

CUT TO:

INTERIOR TUNNELS

Fatherís Chamber

 

VINCENT

(Speaking aloud while signing)

Father and I have talked for a long time.

The decision has to be yours, Laura.

 

FATHER

(Father facing Laura so that she can read his lips)

Laura, this place, our world, means

different things to different people.

For some, itís a place of healing and safety.

To others, itís our home. But all of us reach

a point when we have to decide for ourselves

what this place means to us.

Perhaps, now is your time to decide.

 

LAURA

Begins to sign

 

FATHER

(Interpreting)

If you go away, can you come back?

Of course, you can come back.

You can always come back, if you decide to leave.

 

LAURA

Signing

 

VINCENT

I canít tell you what to do, but you are strong, Laura.

Your life has made you powerful

in ways you canít even begin to imagine.

 

LAURA

Signing

 

FATHER

(Interpreting)

If I donítÖif I canítÖif I canítÖ

Iím sorry. Vincent?

 

VINCENT

If she canít imagine her strength,

how does she know itís true?

Laura, you know by learning, by following

what your heart tells you is right,

by going where you need to go.

 

LAURA

Looking at them, kissing the tips of her fingers and pointing to both of them

Father takes her hand, kissing it

 

CUT TO:

INTERIOR CRIMINAL COURTS BUILDING

Interior DAís Office

.

 

JOE

Chandler, you got a second?

 

CATHERINE

(Apologizing to two co-workers)

Excuse me Ö

 

JOE

(Apologizing to the same two people)

Excuse me ...

 

JOE

Just what the hell do you think youíre doing?

 

CATHERINE

Let go of my arm, Joe.

 

JOE

No. You answer me.

Catherine pulls her arm free

 

JOE

You know, Cathy, I donít understand you.

Yesterday everything is beautiful. We close

a major investigation like in a textbook

and today Ö today Ö I find out youíve

been sniffing around behind my back.

 

CATHERINE

Joe, I only waited so I could bring you something solid.

 

JOE

What?!

 

CATHERINE

Iím having second thoughts.

 

JOE

Why didnít you come to me

yesterday with your second thoughts?

 

CATHERINE

Because yesterday I didnít know

there was a witness. There was a witness, Joe.

 

JOE

Come inside.

They enter Joeís office

 

JOE

Can you produce this witness?

 

CATHERINE

Not yet.

 

JOE

You know, Cathy, Iíve been at this game

a little longer than you and we got a cop

killer here cold Ö open and shut case Ö and youíre blowing it.

 

CATHERINE

What about due process, Joe?

What about reasonable doubt?

Or do you want me to just go out and hang

Curtis Jackson now and save you the trouble?

 

JOE

You still donít get it, do you? Jackson killed a cop.

 

CATHERINE

And if heís innocent? Does that make

a difference? Does it make a difference?

 

JOE

Cathy, leave this alone for your sake.

 

CATHERINE

My sake! Isnít there some sort of hidden

agenda here weíre not talking about?

Like how the truth might make

for an embarrassing press conference.

 

JOE

You know, my father was a cop up in the

South Bronx, 52nd Precinct. He was getting

off from work one morning. Two guys

jumped him. They took his gun

and his watch Ö and they slit his throat.

Yeah Ö and they left him there to bleed to death.

There was no arrest. Nobody went to trial.

They were fourteen years old. So was I.

Grabs his briefcase and jacket, stares at her, leaves

 

CATHERINE

(Whispering)

JoeÖ

 

 

Following him out of the office, calling after him

 

CATHERINE

Joe!

 

CUT TO:

INTERIOR TUNNELS

Lauraís Chamber

Laura is looking at things she has collected and saved in her time Below. Sitting in front of her mirror, she picks up a music box and winds it. It plays. She watches her reflection, touching her throat, trying to say her name.

 

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR NIGHT

Catherineís Apartment Building

 

INTERIOR

Hallway

Catherine leaving the elevator, rummaging in her bag for keys. She fits the key into the lock as a masked man in her apartment pulls the door open wide, pulling her in, throwing her against the wall opposite into the arms of another masked thug.

 

YATES

Turn her around.

Slaps her as Davis keeps her arms pinned

 

YATES

The only thing worse than a cop killer is

somebody who covers up for one. Back off.

Punches her and Davis throws her to the floor. Yates kicks her. They stroll out, casually removing their masks. Catherine, trying to get up, collapses. The elevator door slides shut on Yates and Davis. Vincent pulls open the French doors and enters the apartment searching for Catherine. He finds her behind the couch.

 

VINCENT

Catherine!

He carries her into the bedroom and places her on the bed. Vincent lays compresses on her forehead, gently caressing the top of her head. She appears to be sleeping, but as he moves away she tries to sit up.

 

CATHERINE

Vincent, donít go. I need you close.

He comes back to kneel beside the bed

 

VINCENT

Iíll watch over you. Donít worry. Sleep now.

Vincent takes up his watch in the opposite corner

 

CUT TO:

INTEROR TUNNELS

Lauraís Chamber

Laura, putting a few last items into a bag, pauses for one last look at her chamber. She and Vincent meet at a Tunnel intersection and walk toward the threshold to Catherineís building.

 

VINCENT

(Signing)

This is where you go out.

You can still change you mind.

 

LAURA

Shaking her head

 

VINCENT

(Signing)

Try not to worry. Youíll be safe,

Iíll be near. The woman I told you about is waiting

 

LAURA

Signing

 

VINCENT

(Signing)

Yes. Catherine.

 

LAURA

Signing

 

VINCENT

(Signing)

You have yourself to thank, yourself to be proud of.

Sometimes events in our lives can show

us what weíve known all along.

This last year I felt in you a need to see beyond

these tunnels and chambers,

Youíve known, inside yourself, that it was time.

 

LAURA

Signing

 

VINCENT

(Signing)

 

Until we see each other again, I will miss you, as well.

Catherine emerging from the column of light

Laura steps into Vincentís embrace, then walks toward Catherine. Holding her hand behind her back she signs to Vincent.

 

VINCENT

(Signing)

 

I love you, too.

 

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR NIGHT

Catherineís Balcony

CATHERINE

Laura, IÖ

Realizes Laura canít hear her, but Laura senses her presence and turns

 

CATHERINE

Are you cold?

Rubs her arms miming a chill

Laura holds up her hand to indicate she is a little chilly

 

CATHERINE

(Mimes drinking)

I made some hot chocolate. Come inside.

Takes Lauraís hand, leads her to the couch where they sit

 

CATHERINE

Tomorrow youíll have to give a statement

to the police. After that it might be a little rough Ö

the deposition and the trial. Lawyers are not always

the nicest people. What youíre doing is very brave.

 

LAURA

Pointing to Catherine

 

 

 

CATHERINE

Me? Iím not so brave.

 

LAURA

Points to the purpling bruise on Catherineís face

 

CATHERINE

Why? Because no one wants me on this case Ö except me.

 

LAURA

Indicates she does

 

CATHERINE

Until now.

 

LAURA

Signing

 

CATHERINE

I donít understand.

 

LAURA

Mimes writing

Catherine offers Laura paper and pen, Laura writes. Catherine reads ĎYouíre beautifulí

 

CATHERINE

Thank you.

 

LAURA

Signs the words for thank you

 

CATHERINE

I donít understand.

 

LAURA

Moves Catherineís hands to sign ĎThank youí.

 

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR DAY

Busy City Street

29th Precinct

INTERIOR 29TH PRECINT

Interrogation Room

JOE

Miss Chandler, this is Detective Snyder.

Heíll be conducting the interrogation.

 

JOE

Sergeant Griggs.

Videographer, adjusting a lens, does not acknowledge Catherine

 

 

JOE

(Pointing to a woman seated at the table)

Sharon Lewis from Social Services. Sheís

here to interpret for the witness.

 

CATHERINE

This is Laura Williams.

 

SHARON

Signing

 

Laura, Iím your interpreter. Please have a seat.

 

LAURA

Signsí thank youí

 

SNYDER

We ready to go?

 

CATHERINE

Detective Ö Laura is deaf.

 

SNYDER

We know that.

 

CATHERINE

And no one in this room speaks without facing her first.

 

SNYDER

All set, Larry?

 

GRIGGS

Yeah.

 

SNYDER

Okay. Laura, why donít you start by telling

us what you saw Ö in your own words?

 

SHARON

Signs Snyderís question

 

LAURA Ė SHARON

I saw somebody kill a man.

 

SNYDER

And where did you see this happen?

 

LAURA Ė SHARON

It was on Cedar Street, near the corner of Edgemount.

 

SNYDER

Would you describe for us what you saw?

 

LAURA Ė SHARON

There were two men. One had a gun and I saw

him reach inside the car Ö and shoot the other man.

 

SNYDER

Wha Ö Iím sorry. Would you repeat the last part Ö about the car?

 

LAURA Ė SHARON

A man Ö who was shot Ö was sitting in the car.

 

SNYDER

(Signaling Joe to lean in)

Come here.

Joe, that information has not been made public yet.

There is no way she couldía known

that Perotta was killed in his car.

I think we got the real thing here.

 

SNYDER

Okay. Laura, why donít you start from the beginning?

 

SHARON

Signs Snyderís question

 

LAURA Ė SHARON

I was walking along, looking through the garbage cans

for clothes that I might like.

As I looked up, I saw the man fire the gun into the car.

The man shot Ö

 

CUT TO:

INTERIOR 29th PRECINCT

Reception Area

 

CATHERINE

You did great Ö really.

No jury in the world would ignore that testimony.

 

OFFICER

Excuse me. You Catherine Chandler?

 

CATHERINE

Yes?

 

OFFICER

Call for you.

 

CATHERINE

Who is it?

 

OFFICER

Your office. Take it over there if you want. Line five.

 

CATHERINE

(Miming a phone to her ear)

Phone call Ö

Sit right here. Iíll be back in two minutes

Yates stares at the only witness who can identify him, looking to see where Catherine has gone

 

CATHERINE

(On the phone)

Yeah, hi, Mary.

Laura sees Yates approaching, flashes back to the shooting and recognizes him. Finally able to move, she attempts to flee but Davis blocks her way. Yates and Davis take her out of the precinct house.

Catherine returns to finds Laura gone

 

FADE OUT:

INTEREIOR TUNNELS

Vincentís Chamber

 

VINCENT

Donít blame yourself, Catherine.

 

CATHERINE

(Crying)

 

What could be safer than a police station?

 

VINCENT

The blame rests only with those who have Laura.

 

CATHERINE

I donít know what to do.

 

VINCENT

Youíve told the police. Thatís all you can do for now.

 

CATHERINE

They donít even have an idea where to start.

She could be anywhere. She could Ö

 

VINCENT

Donít even think of it!

 

CATHERINE

I have to go back.

Please, Vincent, just take me back.

On their way Vincent suddenly stops to listen to a message on the pipes

 

CATHERINE

What are they saying?

 

VINCENT

Shhh Ö

Thereís a message Ö from Pascal.

Come with me Ö quickly.

 

CUT TO:

YATESí HOUSE

Interior Basement

Laura is frantically tapping on the metal pole to which she is handcuffed. Yates takes a gun from its hiding place.

 

KELLER

I donít believe this. What Ö what Ö are we doing?

 

YATES

Only whatís necessary. Nothing more. Nothing less.

 

KELLER

Why didnít you tell us there was a witness?

 

YATES

What difference would it have made?

Iíll tell ya Ö zero. Weíd be right where we are now.

Will you tell her to shut up!

 

DAVIS

Hey, donít talk to me like that.

(yelling at Laura)

Stop that!

(holding his forefinger in front of her face)

NO!

 

CUT TO:

INTERIOR TUNNELS

Master Pipe Chamber

 

VINCENT

Pascal!

 

PASCAL

I put out an emergency all quiet signal.

 

VINCENT

Was it Laura?

 

PASCAL

Yeah, we think so. It was Outpost Six that

picked up her SOS when the tapping stopped

 

CATHERINE

Isnít there anything we can do?

 

PASCAL

Wait.

 

CUT TO:

YATESí HOUSE

Interior Basement

YATES

Maggie and the kids are out of town

until tomorrow so the time is now.

 

KELLER

No way Iím gonna let you do this.

Jack, look at her Ö sheís just a girl.

What is she, a year older than Nancy? Two?

 

YATES

Shut up! Iím getting just a little damn

tired of having to sugarcoat everything for you.

Itís not my responsibility. You wanted

in on this from the beginning just like

the rest of us, for all the same reasons.

You got a wife, kids, car, mortgage

payments Ö all weighing heavy

on a copís salary. Am I right?

 

CUT TO:

INTERIOR TUNNELS

Pipes

PASCAL

Thatís it! Theyíve found her! Sheís in Brooklyn.

Catherine hears the good news, turns to find Vincent already rushing off to rescue Laura

 

CUT TO:

YATESí HOUSE

Interior Basement

KELLER

Kill the girl Ö the bloodís on your hands.

 

YATES

You know the law as well as I do. Itís on all our hands.

 

KELLER

No. Not this time. Iím leaving

 

CUT TO:

 

SUBWAY

Speeding Train

Vincent, atop a subway car, on his way to save Laura.

 

CUT TO:

YATESí HOUSE

Interior Basement

 

YATES

Youíre going nowhere.

 

KELLER

Stop me.

Yates raises the gun and aims at the retreating Keller

 

DAVIS

Forget it, man.

 

YATES

You shouldía let me

 

DAVIS

Oh, come on, youíre talking crazy

 

YATES

Yeah? Whatís he gonna do now? Go to confession?

 

DAVIS

Iíll go get him.

 

YATES

Nah, weíll take care of him later Ö after weíre done here.

 

CUT TO:

TUNNELS

Vincent running over pipes in a tunnel

 

CUT TO:

YATES HOUSE

Interior Basement

Yates and Davis approaching Laura

 

CUT TO:

CITY STREET

Night

Vincent running

 

CUT TO:

YATEíS HOUSE

Interior Basement

Lights go off

 

YATES

What the Ö?

 

DAVIS

You got a flashlight?

 

YATES

Yeah, yeah.

Sees movement beyond the basement window

 

YATES

Keller.

 

DAVIS

Come on, Danny, letís do it.

Vincent has motioned to Laura to remain quiet. He roars, jumps Yates and the gun goes off. Davis falls. Yates screams once and then is quiet.

 

CUT TO:

CRIMINAL COURTS BUILDING

 

Interior DAís Office

CATHERINE

JoeÖ

 

JOE

Hi. Can I talk to you for a second?

 

CATHERINE

Sure.

 

JOE

Listen, Iím sorry about what happened, Cathy.

I know itís been tough on you. I didnít make it any easier.

 

CATHERINE

No, you didnít.

 

JOE

I let it get personal. I was stubborn. I was wrong.

 

CATHERINE

Apology accepted.

 

JOE

Great!

 

CATHERINE

About you father, Joe Ö

 

JOE

No, listen, I Ö I had no right to bring that up when I did

 

CATHERINE

You had every right Ö and Iím glad you told me.

 

JOE

Yeah, well, thanks.

 

CATHERINE

Well, listen, Iím late for my weekly report

 

JOE

You might be interested to know Jacksonís being released today.

 

CATHERINE

What about the Keller interrogation this morning?

 

JOE

Heís glad itís over. The two kilos of cocaine

we recovered from Yatesís basement Ö

theyíre from the Ricardo

bust last month Ö

which both sets of partners were on.

 

CATHERINE

Huh, so when Perotta got cold feet,

Yates killed him, set up Jackson

 

JOE

Mmm-hmm

 

CATHERINE

Simple enough.

 

JOE

Only Yates didnít count on your witness being there.

Speaking of which, where did you find that witness?

 

CATHERINE

I didnít. She found me

 

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EXTERIOR NIGHT

Catherineís Balcony

VINCENT

I donít think Father has reconciled himself.

All he sees is that heís losing one of his family.

 

CATHERINE

But he wonít try to stop Laura from coming up?

 

VINCENT

No. Thatís not our way.

 

CATHERINE

Where is she now?

 

VINCENT

Below Ö gathering her things for tomorrow.

A helper will meet her and care for her Ö

till the time comes when she can live on her own.

 

CATHERINE

What she did took great courage.

 

VINCENT

Laura is a remarkable person. She feels Ö everything Ö deeply.

She embraces life. Itís how she survives.

 

CATHERINE

Youíre worried about her coming up into the world.

 

VINCENT

Her strength is her vulnerability

 

CATHERINE

I think sheíll be fine, Vincent Ö I really do.

She had a great teacher.

 

CUT TO:

INTERIOR TUNNELS

Laura, suitcase in hand, is on her way out of the Tunnels.

 

THE END