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                            THE MASTER 





                            Written by

                       Paul Thomas Anderson
                         

                         

                         

                         1952

          INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

          A young man, FREDDIE SUTTON (early 20s)_ speaks to a

                         DOCTOR;

                         DOCTOR
          What are you going to do when you get out
          of here? You're going to have to wear a
          belt for six months, maybe a year...

                         FREDDIE
          What kind of belt?

                         DOCTOR
          A surgical belt. You won't be able to do
          very heavy lifting.

                         FREDDIE
          .I try to stay away from that.

                         DOCTOR
          But you spend time outdoors.

                         FREDDIE

                         MMMM

                         DOCTOR
          What do you do?

                         FREDDIE

                         DOCTOR
          You didn't have very much on you when you
          were admitted. Where were you going?

                         FREDDIE
          I was on my way to Placerville. To the
          Fair. Had a job waiting for me, with a
          friend of mine. He doesn't know where I
          am.

                         DOCTOR
          How old are you, Freddie?

                         FREDDIE

          28.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          2.

                         DOCTOR
          Why don't you turn honest?
          You seem like an intelligent fellow.
          'Quick on your feet - you like to drink?

                         FREDDIE
          It's a weakness. But I like it.

                         DOCTOR
          I know what the other is too.

                         FREDDIE
          How can you tell that? I'm clean.

                         DOCTOR
          The tattoo's.

                         FREDDIE
          Is that a weakness...

                         DOCTOR
          No one ever made money chasing girls.

                         FREDDIE
          You're wrong. This tatoo's my Auntie.

                         DOCTOR
          Who's that?

                         FREDDIE
          My Auntie Bertha, (she raised me.) But
          that doesn't mean I don't have a
          weakness...

                         DOCTOR
          College?

                         FREDDIE
          I tried that, it didn't work.

                         DOCTOR
          Why'd you leave?

                         FREDDIE
          Sometimes my hypo's get the best of
          me, I really feel like walking into the
          street and hitting people's hats off.

                         DOCTOR
          That's how you end up like this. With a
          burst appendix.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          3.

                         FREDDIE
          That's when I know it's time to get to
          the sea.. what kind of belt?

                         DOCTOR
          A medical belt. Similar for lifting.
          You're going to need some money. What do
          you plan to do?

                         FREDDIE
          I'm going to pay back the hospital. And
          you.

                         DOCTOR
          You don't owe me anything. I'm on surgical
          duty. But you're expected to pay the
          hospital for medicines. And your belt.

                         FREDDIE
          Alright. I intend to do that. You saying
          you have a job for me? What? As an
          orderly?

                         DOCTOR
          You couldn't be an orderly, it's too much
          lifting -- and a lot of things you'd have
          to learn. But maybe you could run an
          elevator, something of that sort.

                         FREDDIE
          I want to get out of here, but I also
          like it here. You think I was gonna die?

                         DOCTOR
          I know you were, Freddie.

                         FREDDIE
          I don't know. I'm not saying you didn't
          save me... . but...I can't seem to die.

                         DOCTOR
          Too lucky?

                         FREDDIE
          Something like that.

                         DOCTOR
          Were you in the service?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes, sir.

                         DOCTOR
          Navy?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          4.

                         FREDDIE

                         DOCTOR

                         FREDDIE

                         DOCTOR
          Your luck was up this time, Freddie. You
          should have seen the pus in your belly.
          Something to think about.
          It's not too late to stop being a
          weisnheimer, no matter what you think.
          you're still a young man.

                         DISSOLVE TO:

          INT. ELEVATOR - DAY

          FREDDIE sitting in a chair, running the elevator. bored.
          Moving up and down.. .START MUSIC. CARRIES OVER THE

          FOLLOWING SEQUENCE.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. HOSPITAL. WEEKS LATER. NIGHT.

          FREDDIE, middle of the night, sneaks across the ward to a
          sleeping patient's bed. He goes into the drawer next to
          the bed, grabs WALLET/CASH

          HALLWAY, DOCTOR'S OFFICE
          Freddie places a note on the door of the Doctor. He walks
          away, CAMERA sees the note, it reads:

          "I'VE GONE TO CHINA. SEE YOU

          AGAIN SOMETIME. THANK YOU

          FOR YOUR HELP."

          INT. GAMBLING CLUB / CALIFORNIA - NIGHT

          FREDDIE amongst a GROUP OF MEN playing cards, dice, etc,
          in a backroom gambling hall. He collects some money and
          leaves. VERY VERY SMOKY HERE.

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          5.

          EXT. ALLEY WAY - LATER

          Freddie walks into the alley, stuffing some money in his
          pockets - he's followed by a FIGURE. FREDDIE realizes,
          stops, SPINS AROUND AND PULLS KNIFE:

                         FREDDIE
          You come any closer and I'll slice your

                         GUT -

                         FIGURE
          I'm not after your dough, I just want to
          talk with you -

                         FREDDIE
          You can talk standing in front of the
          restaurant, around the corner --
          At that moment, TWO OTHER MEN come out of the shadows and

          JUMP FREDDIE, KNOCK HIM AROUND, TAKE HIS MONEY AND LEAVE.
          He's left a little bloody, messy, no money in the alley.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. CALDWELL'S DEPARTMENT STORE - DAY

          FREDDIE's got a job working in the PORTRAIT STUDIO OF AN
          OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT STORE. He looks from
          behind the old camera, getting reactions. WE SEE THE

          VARIOUS PEOPLE IN SEQUENCE:

          MILITARY MEN, SINGLE LADIES, FAMILIES, TODDLERS, OLD

          COUPLES, YOUTHFUL JUST MARRIED COUPLES. GET THEIR PHOTO'S
          TAKEN. He interacts with them all.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. CALDWELL'S DEPARTMENT STORE. DAY.

          CAMERA leads around a beautiful young woman names: DONNA
          (20) who is modelling a FUR COAT for the FEMALE CUSTOMERS
          in the COSMETICS SECTION.

                         DONNA
          Hand made. Imported. Chinchilla. Only

          $49.99
          She catches the eye of FREDDIE watching her. She moves
          around snaking towards him.. .CAMERA° leads him out of the
          PHOTO DEPARTMENT and towards her, and they meet in the

                         MIDDLE;

                         

                         

                         

                         

          6.

                         DONNA (CONT'D)
          Only $49.99, hand-made, imported.

                         FREDDIE
          You have a break coming?

                         DONNA
          Yes.

                         FREDDIE
          When?

                         DONNA
          15 minutes.

          A BACK HALLWAY, BACK CLOSET, MOMENTS LATER.
          He gets his little FLASK out...

                         FREDDIE
          I saw you.

                         DONNA
          I saw you first.

                         FREDDIE
          What's your name?

                         DONNA
          Donna. What's yours?

                         FREDDIE
          Freddie.

                         DONNA
          That's a nice name.

                         FREDDIE
          This is homemade..

                         DONNA
          Is it gonna kill me?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.
          She sips it. Makes a face. Horrible.

                         DONNA
          Uugugh.

                         FREDDIE
          Taste good?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          7.

                         DONNA
          Yeah.
          They kiss each other.

                         DONNA (CONT'D)
          I have an apricot belly. Want to see it?
          She shows him her stomach.

                         DONNA (CONT'D)
          I'm really a very good girl. What gives
          you this idea about me?

                         FREDDIE
          Maybe we think the same things at the
          same time.

                         DONNA
          Oh my good-ness. I think we do. Want to
          see my boobs?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.
          She pulls her top down, the coat drapped around
          her-reveals her breasts -

                         DONNA
          Are they nice?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         DONNA
          Hand made. Chinchilla. Imported. That's
          enough.
          She pulls her top back up.

                         FREDDIE
          Wanna go out tonight?

                         DONNA
          Of course. Gllllagh. What's in this? I
          think I'm cross eyed for good.

                         FREDDIE
          I don't have any cigarettes...

                         DONNA
          What do you make this liquor with?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          8.

                         FREDDIE
          There's secrets in liquor, this is just
          booze.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. DEPARTMENT STORE. MOMENTS LATER.

          They exit, move away from each other, both drunk..

                         CUT TO:

          INT. PORTRAIT STUDIO AREA. LATER.

          FREDDIE is very drunk and dealing with a very
          IRRITABLE/VAIN BUSINESS MAN who can't stop doing his
          hair ...FREDDIE makes some smart ass comments (TBD) to THE
          MAN. They argue back and forth until:

          FREDDIE LOSES HIS TEMPER WITH THE MAN AND SNAPS. HE

          KNOCKS OVER A LIGHT, DECIDES TO STEAL THE CAMERA WHILE

          HE'S AT IT AND TAKE HIS HOME MADE BOOZE OF FILM

          PROCESSING CHEMICALS WITH HIM. THE WHOLE TIME RANTING AND

          RAVING AT THIS MAN.
          SECURITY GUARDS come after him, Freddie runs off, through
          the store -

          DONNA WATCHES HIM GO. HE SHOUTS A FEW SWEET WORDS TO HER

          AS HE GOES --

                         CUT TO:

          INT. SPREKLES SUGAR FACTORY/BEST FARM - SALINAS, CALIF -


                         DAY
          Maybe a few months later, FREDDIE looks worse for wear.
          He's been hired to work at a BEET DISTILLATE as a BENCH
          CHEMIST. The FOREMAN walks him though the process; it's
          clear that there is enough chemicals and beets here to
          make some good booze...
          MEXICAN and FILIPINO workers HARVEST THE BEETS, load them
          to wagons - unload/wash - end up with FREDDIE: He works
          the bench, making his HOME MADE VODKA. This stuff is
          quite toxic and very strong. He places it in small, side

                         CONTAINER'S --

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          9.

          INT. BUNKHOUSE - EVENING.

          Freddie and all the workers getting ready for a night
          out. He's got the Fillipino's and Mexican's working for
          him squeezing Lemons and Limes, Apples, Beet Juice, in
          with HOMEMADE POTION.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. LARGRANGE DANCE HALL - NIGHT.

          A LOCAL DANCE HALL outside SALINAS. SCENE BEGINS IN THE
          MIDDLE OF A FIGHT WITH FREDDIE/FARM WORKERS and some
          LOCAL KIDS. FREDDIE is very very VISCIOUS IN THIS FIGHT.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. CAR - MOVING

          All of the MEN with Freddie have piled into a car. There
          is one FILLIPINO MAN who is extremely drunkHe's passing
          out and moaning a little... His young FRIEND says, "he
          drank way too much."

                         FREDDIE
          .somebody shut him up..

                         CUT TO:

          INT. BEET/SUGAR FACTORY. BUNKHOUSE. LATER

          It's the middle of the night and all the WORKERS,
          including FREDDIE are asleep. Across the room the DRUNK
          FILIPINO's condition has gotten worse...
          The YOUNGER FILIPINO MAN wakes others up for help. . .The
          DRUNKEN MAN is mumbling "I'm blind.." "I'm dying.." "my
          eyes.."

          FREDDIE TAKES NOTICE, COMES CLOSER... STARTS TO SIZE UP

          THE SEVERITY OF THE SITUATION .AND REALIZES HE MAY/DOES

          HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THIS...
          .he backs away quietly-and starts to THROW SOME

          THINGS INTO A BAG...

          .WHEN SOME OF THE FILIPINO'S NOTICE HIM STARTING TO

          LEAVE, THEY YELL AFTER HIM...

          .FREDDIE TAKES OFF...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          10.

          AND THE FILIPINO'S GIVE CHASE.. .THEY MOVE INTO THE FARM

          FIELDS.

          EXTEND OUT. CHASE THROUGH THE FIELDS FREDDIE JUST RUNNING

          AND RUNNING AS FAST AS HE CAN...

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. HIGHWAY - LATER.

          LATER. off the side of the highway. Freddie collects
          himself, obviously running for the past hour and evading
          the Filipino's.
          He hitches now...

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. DOCKS/SAN FRANCISCO - HIRING HALL - NIGHT.

          Inside the crowded HIRING HALL, sailors, men looking for
          work, etc. Freddie puts his name down. This is a short
          burst of a scene, establish he wants to get back to sea,
          wants work, but there's nothing for a few weeks.

          EXT. DOCKS/SAN FRANCISCO - NIGHT.

          VARIOUS ANGLES. Freddie makes his way around the docks,
          looking for something/anything. PLAY OUT.
          He comes across a SHIP that's being readied for voyage.
          It's an old cattle TRAWLER that seems converted to some
          kind of CRUISE SHIP/PRIVATE YACHT-type vessel.
          There's a buzz of getting ready around the ship also a
          minor cocktail party in progress. (light music playing
          from the ship...) DECKHANDS preparing to ship out, etc...
          Freddie approaches the gang-plank...no one is there to
          guard it. He walks straight up the gang plank and gets on
          board the ship.

          ANGLE, ON BOARD.
          CAMERA follows him around... no one seems to notice or
          care...
          He goes down below...

          ANGLE, BELOW DECK.
          He sneaks around... some YOUNG MEN are getting dressed in

          TUXEDOS.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          11.
          This plays itself out...FREDDIE finds a small CLOSET with
          a TUXEDO and slips it on. He gets swallowed up into this
          group of young men and acts as if he belongs --

          .THE SHIP PULLS AWAY. HEADING OUT SAN FRANCISCO BAY...

          .FREDDIE HEADING UP INTO A WELL APPOINTED CABIN...

          A COCKTAIL PARTY IS IN FULL SWING AS THE SHIP LEAVES S.F.
          There are all manner of people here, in this area,
          everyone seems quite happy, chatty. Middle aged couples,
          single middle-aged men, young couples, some kids,
          teenagers, etc.
          Freddie working near the bar, starts delivering drinks...
          A live PIANO TRIO playing. FREDDIE NOTICES:
          A LARGE MAN IN HIS MID-40s, all red-hair, red eyebrows,
          red lips sings and dances while holding a baby It's a
          bit blurry across the room from Freddie's POV
          The SONG ENDS and everyone laughs, applauds, collapses.
          KIDS run around...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. MAIN DINNER CABIN. LATER.

          Everyone seated for DINNER; we now see the red haired man
          in full: MASTER OF CEREMONIES (early 40s)
           He sits at the head of the table, his family with him:
          HIS WIFE: MARY SUE (pregnant, mid-20s) HIS DAUGHTERS:

          ELIZABETH (18) ELENA (3) SUSANAH (1) HIS SON: VAL (20)
          A RIGHT HAND MAN TO MASTER IS: NORMAN CONRAD (40s)

          ANGLE, THE BAR.
          The BARTENDER whispers to Freddie; indicates he's POURED
          TWO SHOTS FOR THEM TO SNEAK ... FREDDIE and the BARTENDER
          reach and grab them, shoot them back...

          INSTANTLY, FREDDIE'S HEAD POUNDS.

                         BARTENDER
          You feel alright?

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah, fine.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          12.

                         ANOTHER SERVER
          Why don't you go lay down, I'll take
          over...
          Freddie walks off. FREDDIE doesn't seem DRUNK he SEEMS
          DRUGGED. He walks down the hall - AND IN AN INSTANT FALLS
          FLAT ON HIS FACE. DEAD WEIGHT. He's dragged off.

          FADE OUT.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. SMALL DARK ROOM - LATER.

          FREDDIE wakes up MASTER OF CEREMONIES is here along with
          MARY SUE and NORMAN CONRAD does the speaking at first,
          Freddie in and out of consciousness:

                         NORMAN CONRAD
          How are you doing?

                         FREDDIE
          Alright. What is this?

                         NORMAN CONRAD
          How'd you get on this shit?

                         FREDDIE
          I walked.

                         NORMAN CONRAD
          Why?

                         FREDDIE
          I was just looking f'work... I'm working
          here.

          MASTER OF CEREMONIES
          You need to sit down.

                         FREDDIE
          I need to sit down.
          Freddie is already sitting in a chair they have him in.

                          FREDDIE (CONT'D)
          Whatdchu put in my drink?

                         NORMAN CONRAD
          You've been sedated.

                         FREDDIE
          I'm sleepy.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          13.

                         NORMAN CONRAD
          I know you are. But you need to wake up
          now. Be sharp and wake up... can you do
          that for me? I want you to ask some
          questions about why you're here.. .how you
          came to be on this ship...

                         FREDDIE
          .I just need the work. Wasinmy drink?

                         NORMAN CONRAD
          You shouldn't be here, this is a private
          trip.

                         FREDDIE
          .I'm a good worker..Iknowthese ships...
          BEAT. Freddie just looks at him, then MASTER SPEAKS:

          MASTER OF CEREMONIES
          You're an able bodied seamen?

                         FREDDIE
          I am.

                         MASTER
          You've had your appendix removed.

                         FREDDIE

                         MASTER
          Why didn't you just ask if you could join
          this ship? We're always looking for new
          members, we'd have been happy to have
          you, no need for skulking or sneaking.

                         FREDDIE

                         MASTER
          You need work? We'd love to have you
          work. You can work for us and our
          company. . .we have a wonderful company...

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah? Whatdo you do your company?

                         MASTER
          This is the company where past, present
          and future come together.

                         FREDDIE

                         

                         

                         

                         

          14.

                         MASTER
          Tell me why you're on my ship.

                         FREDDIE
          I just want to go to sea. I am looking
          for a berth--

                         MASTER
          What's wrong with where you were?

                         FREDDIE
          I'm a seamen.

                         MASTER
          What wrong with the world from where you
          were?

                         FREDDIE
           I like being at sea. (I am a sailor.)
          PAUSE. FREDDIE closes his eyes, sleepy a minute.., then:

                         MASTER
          You're a Russian spy. Did you hear me?
          Wake up, Freddie.

                         FREDDIE
          What do you want? .what's your name?

                         MASTER
          We've told you. You're a russian spy.
          What are you escaping.

                         FREDDIE
          Nothing.

                         MASTER
          You did something.

                         FREDDIE
          I'm here to work, I know ships...

                         MASTER
          You don't know?

                         FREDDIE
          No. I don't know-what?

                         MASTER
          You're a little drunk and sleepy.

                         FREDDIE
          More than a little watchu put in my
          drink.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          15.

                         MASTER
          More than a little. You work for Dick
          Quinn.

                         FREDDIE
          Dick.

                         MASTER

                         RICHARD QUINN

                         FREDDIE
          Don't know him. / no

                         MASTER
          You work for the AMA. CIA.

                         FREDDIE
          . you got alotta questions..

                         MASTER
          You work for Bill Christos and his
          friends at the APA.

                         FREDDIE
          I don't know you...

                         MASTER
          And you picked this ship at random?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes, sir.

                         MASTER
          How long have you been sleeping?

                         FREDDIE
          I just woke up.

                         MASTER
          What's your name?

                         FREDDIE
          My name is Freddie Sutton. 40114-78

                         MASTER
          You were in the Navy?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          Did you ever kill anyone?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          16.

                         FREDDIE
          Hah.

                         MASTER
          Who did you kill?

                         FREDDIE
          I fired and fixed torpedo room, USS
          Barton. Yes, I killed people. I'll Kill
          you.

                         MASTER
          You feel agressive?

                         FREDDIE
          Wakemeup.

                         MASTER
          Where are you from?

                         FREDDIE
          You know where - dn'ask me what you
          know... wakemeup wakemeup wakemeup come
          on wakemeup.

                         MASTER
          You're from Princeton, New Jersey your
          identification says but that's quite a
          long way away from San Francisco. What
          are you doing?

                         FREDDIE
          -- I toldju I'm just trying to get to
          sea.

                         MASTER
          Why did you pick this ship?

                         FREDDIE
          It was leaving...

                         MASTER
          Did you come here to find out
          information?

                         FREDDIE
          It was leaving...

                         MASTER
          Did you come here to find out
          information?

                         FREDDIE
          No, sir.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          17.

                         MASTER
          Who sent you here?

                         FREDDIE
          You make me feel like I'm in hell. lemme
          wake up or lemme sleep.

                         MASTER
          Well you shouldnt drink so much liquor,
          it's bad for the system. You're hurting
          yourself.
          PAUSE. Freddie is slipping out of it.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Would you like to stay with us a little
          while?

                         FREDDIE
          Sure.

                         MASTER
          We can give you the guidance you need in
          your life.

                         FREDDIE
          Thanks.

                         MASTER
          We can give you the guidance you need in
          your life.

                         FREDDIE
          Thanks.

                         MASTER
          Why you don't you just get some more
          rest?

                         FREDDIE
          LONG PAUSE. Freddie's eyes close ane he passes out again.

                         MASTER
          This boy is just a simple stow-away. All
          things he says he is.

                         MARY SUE
          I believe...
          Master fiddles around with his things, belongings,
          wallet, out on a table. He looks at the FLASK. Smells it.
          Pours the contents into a glass; looks at the liquid.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          18.
          He drinks it. He lets it run down his body, feels the
          drink. He drinks some more.

                         MASTER
          Delicious... delicious

                         NORMAN CONRAD
          There should be nothing above suspicion.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER

          FREDDIE is dragged by to ASSISTANTS down the narrow
          hallways of the SHIP. . .down another hallway, down
          another...

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. THE SHIP - PACIFIC OCEAN - NIGHT.


          CAMERA MOVES WITH THE SHIP, SILENTLY MOVING ALONG AT

          NIGHT.. .SEES THE LIGHTS GLOW FROM INSIDE...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. ROOM - MORNING.


          CU. FREDDIE.
          Morning sun comes in, hits him in the face. Wakes him up.
          He looks around. He looks out the window.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. HALLWAY - SHIP - MOMENTS LATER

          FREDDIE walks out, looks around. . .he walks down the hall,
          a YOUNG GIRL passes him, smiles wide and says "GOOD
          MORNING," ad keeps walking...
          He moves towards a room where he hears a TYPEWRITER. He
          steps in the doorway. MASTER sits at his desk, writing
          gear all around. MASTER looks up, sees him, stops
          typing...
          Smiles. Extends his arm out for Freddie to come in and
          take a seat.. .MASTER is warm, inviting. Not rushed. They
          sort of sit and settle with each a moment;

                         

                         

                         

                         

          19.

                         MASTER
          Ok?

                         FREDDIE
          Alright.

                         MASTER
          You can't be...

                         FREDDIE
          Is this your ship?

                         MASTER
          I'm it's Commander, yes.

                         FREDDIE
          Where's it going?

                         MASTER
          New York City thru the canal. You're
          seamen?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          You're looking for work?

                         FREDDIE
          .what did I say last night...?

                         MASTER
          You said you were an able bodied seamen
          and you were looking for work?

                         FREDDIE
          You have any?

                         MASTER
          Perhaps.

                         FREDDIE
          What was in my drink?

                         MASTER
          You were sedated with chloral hydrate and
          bubble gum kisses. Ha ha ha. I'm sure if
          your check your butt-hole you'll find
          it's all in working order (he he he...)
          Isn't that what all men are worried about
          in they surrender themselves.

                         FREDDIE
          I didn't surrender myself.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          20.

                         MASTER
          You were acting very aggressive because
          you drank too much alcohol.

                         FREDDIE
          I don't think I was.

                         MASTER
          Yes I think you were. And I don't like
          strange boys jumping on my ship.

                         FREDDIE
          So what are you gonna do?

                         MASTER
          Why don't you just ask for work? Work
          can't be hard to find.

                         FREDDIE
          Depends on when you're ready to go...do
          you have a job for me.

                         MASTER
          You can't work in your condition.

                         FREDDIE
          What condition is that?

                         MASTER
          You're aberrated.

                         FREDDIE
          What's that mean?

                         MASTER
          A wandering from the path
          The problems you have in your life (your
          appendix, your work, your need to batter
          your body with booze...) I resolve that
          they can be fixed.

                         FREDDIE
          I've got no trouble. You got a job for me
          to do, I can do it.

                         MASTER
          Maybe I do, but not the kind you think.

                         FREDDIE
          Do you own this ship?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          21.

                         MASTER
          A charter though the Explorer's Club.

                         FREDDIE
          .What do you do?

                         MASTER
          I am many things. I am writer, a doctor,
          a nuclear physicist, a theoretical
          philosopher. Above all, I am a man, A
          hopelessly inquisitive Man, just like
          you.

                         FREDDIE
          Where's your money come from?

                         MASTER
          Many years of successful writing and
          publishing has made me self sufficient.
          Reader's in all languages have enjoyed my
          work - but now I'm retired to study the
          mid and the spirit...my life's true work.

                         FREDDIE

                         MASTER
          These studies have made me a target and I
          am hunted for what I know. Which is
          why... it is so un-wise to go lurking and
          jumping on strange ships.. .how do we know
          what your motives are?

                         FREDDIE
          .well: I apologize if I got a little
          out of hand last night - I'm just...
          looking for work and your ship looked
          good, so...it's a nice looking ship.

                         MASTER
          Don't apologize. You're a scoundrel. How
          I miss the days of working a four
          mastered schooner with nothing but salt
          horse, dried peas and a couple quarts of
          water.. .the present-day maritimer's seem
          so much more fragile, don't you think?
          You - you're and adventurer.

                         FREDDIE

                         

                         

                         

                         

          22.

                         MASTER
          An able bodied seamen, a maker of wine,
          and a dashing mischievousness is what I
          knew would come to me in this-lifetime.
          .would you study with me? Submit
          yourself?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't understand what you're talking
          about.

                         MASTER
          I am always looking for mature men of
          unusual ability who are willing to
          stretch the boundaries of what they know.
          To increase knowing-ness and
          communication amongst man. I need day-ta.
          And with your help, I can gather it...

                         FREDDIE

                         MASTER
          You already understand, you just need to
          remember. And only say yes. Say, 'yes.'

                         FREDDIE
          I'm not saying yes to anything I don't

                         UNDERSTAND --
          Master holds up the FLASK..

                         MASTER
          What's-about-this?'

                         FREDDIE
          What about it?

                         MASTER
          As a Scientist and a Conniseur I have no
          idea the contents of this remarkable
          potion, what's in it.

                         FREDDIE
          Secrets.

                         MASTER
          Can you make more?

                         FREDDIE

                         MAYBE

                         

                         

                         

                         

          23.

                         MASTER
          I'll grant you a full reprive from your
          naughtiness as a stow-away if you make us
          some more. I must admit I sampled some
          and ended up drinking it all.

                         FREDDIE
          It's just booze.

                         MASTER
          Horrible Hooch?

                         FREDDIE
          Horrible Hooch.
          BEAT. They both smile, laugh a little. MASTER gets up and
          comes over him...

                         MASTER
          Would you scrub yourself up and make
          yourself clean?
          My daughter is getting married.
          Come and join us and leave your worries
          for a while, they'll still be there when
          you get back..he he he. You are invited.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. LITTLE ROOM - LATER.


          FREDDIE IN A LITTLE ROOM, SHOWERED, CLEANED UP, NICE SUIT

          ON, CHECKS THE MIRROR AND EXITS...

          INT./EXT. SHIP - MOMENTS LATER - DAY.

          MASTER waits for him-they walk together...CAMERA leads
          them-they go up on DECK...OUT INTO THE PACIFIC OCEAN

          AIR...

                         MASTER
          I think we have known each other before
          you and I -

                         FREDDIE
          Oh yeah?

                         MASTER
          It will come out over time, but yes. We
          are re-united... do you reember me?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          24.

                         FREDDIE
          .I don't know...

                         MASTER
          That's alright. Don't strain yourself.
          You will. There will be much time to
          discuss this on the journey to our
          destination. As we travel down Time-
          Holes...you won't be afraid will you?

                         FREDDIE
          .what destination?

                         MASTER
          Have you ever had harm cme to you?

                         FREDDIE
          Sure.

                         MASTER
          What if we could return to a period of
          your life where there was harm and do
          away with it? .would You like that?

                         FREDDIE
          Ok.

                         MASTER
          That's where we go.
          They come across ALL THE PEOPLE ON BOARD. THEY WALK INTO
          THE GROUP. Everyone is getting ready for a WEDDING. . .they
          greet MASTER and FREDDIE. He walks into it and is
          welcome'd...
          MASTER finds his daughter, ELIZABETH, who is to be
          married and her husband-to-be CLARK (20s) He introduces
          them to Freddie -

          EXT. DECK OF SHIP. AFTERNOON.

          ZOOM BACK FROM CU. On MASTER as he presides over his
          DAUGHTER's WEDDING. ELIZABETH and CLARK. Everyone dressed
          up; Master says some sweet,. beautiful words and then;

                         MASTER
          .as long as you hold these bodies, in
          this life: you may kiss the bride.
          THEY KISS. APPLAUSE, CHEERS. CU. FREDDIE. He listens and
          watches.

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          25.

          INT. DINNER CABIN. NIGHT.

          It's mid-dinner, post-wedding ceremony party, everyone is
          celebrating, drinking. Master talking a blue streak,
          acting this out.

                         MASTER
          Now, now, now, how 'bout this: Here it
          comes - swooping down on me: A LARGE

          DRAGON, TEETH AND BLOOD DRIPPING! RED

          EYES!
          What do I go? A lasoooo! Whip it up, wrap
          it around it's neck. I wrastle, wrastle,
          wrastle'em to the ground - I snap up, I
          say: sit.
          Everyone laughs, Master is acting all this out, rolling
          around, etc as if he's training a dog...

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Dragon sits. I say: stay. Sragon stays.
          So now he's got a leash on and he's
          staying on my command - THAT"S WHAT WHERE
          WERE AT WITH IT NOW - it stays on
          command.
          Everyone is laughing, lapping it all up. He glances;

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Next we're gonna teach it to roll over
          and play DEAD.
          Master sits down, starts speaking to someone about his
          days studying Judo ...
          FREDDIE, sitting up at the dinner table-across the
          table is: VAL, strikes up conversation:

                         VAL
          Freddie, I'm Val, the son.

                         FREDDIE
          Hello.

                         VAL
          Are you having a good time?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         VAL
          What are you goign to be working on?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          26.

                         FREDDIE
          I don't really know.

                         VAL
          Have you done any time-hole work?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't think so.
          VAL is distracted by a WELL WISHER who comes over.
          FREDDIE looks around at everyone. All the faces having a
          good time and celebrating...
          He catches the eye of a YOUNG WOMAN. . .then sees her

          HUSBAND...
          The BARTENDER comes over to FREDDIE

                         BARTENDER
          Alright, old man?

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah.

                         BARTENDER
          No hard feelings?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         BARTENDER
          Welcome aboard. Clif Amsbury.
          He serves him a drink.

                         BARTENDER (CONT'D)
          This one's alright. Chink, chink.

          ANGLE, LATER.
          Master is saying good-night to everyone, passes FREDDIE
          and says quietly:

                         MASTER
          When can we have some of your potion?

                         FREDDIE
          Whenever you'd like. I'll get making it -

                         MASTER
          When I'd like it - I will give you a
          signal. I will scratch my ear and rub my
          nose. What will you need?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          27.

                         FREDDIE
          I'll take care of it.
          MASTER makes his way down the table trying to say goodbye
          to everyone, he finally tears away from the party by

                         SAYING:

                         MASTER
          Enough! Enough! I must get back to work!
          Keep going! Dont stop all night long!
          He leaves. FREDDIE just looks around, caught up in it
          all.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. ROOM - LATER.

          Freddie comes down into his little room. A cot has been
          made for him, some fresh clothes and a BOOK
          (hardcover,400pages) on the bed. It reads, very simply:

                         THE CAUSE

          CU. BOOK "THE CAUSE"
          The cover is opened, CAMERA SEES IN CU the opening line
          from the book: "Shall a man be master of his memories? Or
          shall his memories be the master?"

          ANGLE, FREDDIE
          He lays in bed and reads the book. He reads about to
          lines and his eyes slam shit, asleep, still holding the
          book.

          HOLD.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. MAIN DECK / CABIN - MORNING.

          It's the next morning, EVERYONE IS HERE FOR BREAKFAST,
          BUFFET STYLE, FREDDIE mixed in amongst it all.
          FREDDIE sits down to eat with MARY SUE, who feeds her
          baby. The other children around. VAL and NORMAN CONRAD
          are here...

                         MARY SUE
          He's been writing all night ...I think
          you've inspired something in hi,. When
          we're at home, on land, there's too much,
          pulling him in each direction.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          28.

          MARY SUE (CONT'D)
          He was working on a book that showed how
          the Russians used narcosynthesis and
          physical torture and how it worked as it
          did. That was interrupted.
          He had a technology oh psychological
          warfare to present to the Defense
          Department. All that was interrupted,
          lost. Each time he sits to write, a new
          attack is launched against him and he
          spends too much time on defending
          himself. I tell him to ignore it, but
          he's so sensitive...

                         FREDDIE
          Who's attacking him?

                         MARY SUE
          People that are scared. People that are
          greedy. Ex-wives...That's what's so nice
          about being at sea. He gets his studies
          done, advances the learning, and he
          writes BOOK II.

                         FREDDIE
          What's a time-hole?

                         CUT TO:

          INT. SMALL CLASSROOM - LATER.

          It's a dimly lit little room. A few folding chairs and a
          small stage. A YOUNG GOD LOOKING COUPLE: WAYNE and SUSAN
          DUNBAR (late 20s) are on stage. She is lying down, eyes
          close, he is sitting in a chair next to her, students
          watch as he runs an exercise with her; Mary Sue has
          brought Freddie in here and sits with him in the
          back.. .Freddie watches:

                         WAYNE
          Say, "back beyond" and return to the pre-
          natal area.

                         SUSAN
          Back beyond. Back beyond. Back beyond.
          Back beyond. Back beyond. Back beyond.

                         WAYNE
          Continue please...

                         SUSAN
          Back beyond..I Have.. something in my
          face... It feels like I am being pushed.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          29.

                         WAYNE
          Contact it more closely and continue to
          repeat.

                         SUSAN
          Back beyond. Back beyond. It's getting
          stronger.

                         WAYNE

                         CONTINUE

                         SUSAN
          I hear a voice..It's my father's voice.

                         WAYNE
          Listen to the words and repeat them,
          please.

                         SUSAN
          He is talking to my mother. The face
          pressure is hurting. It's uncomfortable.
          It keeps going up and down and it hurts.

                         WAYNE
          Repeat his words, please.

                         SUSAN
          "I don't want to come in you now. Let's
          wait." The pressure is banging my face.
          Into my face. My mother is there, her
          voice...

                         WAYNE
          What is your mother saying? Please, if
          you hear her?

                         SUSAN
          She saying "well get out of there then. I
          don't want you in me at all if your not
          there to come. Get in to come." She's
          mad.

                         WAYNE
          Please return to the start of this and
          recount.

                         SUSAN
          I wonder what they're doing? I hear a
          squishing sounds and it's wet. Oh. Oh my.

                         WAYNE
          Recount please.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          30.

                         SUSAN
          A faint rhythm ...then faster. I hear my
          fathers voice say, "oh honey..I wont come
          in you now. I'm not too sure I like
          children that well and I have my job to
          worry about..." And my mother must shove
          him - a sharper pain here - "THEN I DON'T

          IN THERE AT ALL, GET OUT.."

                         WAYNE
          Return to the beginning and recount it
          again, please.
          CU. FREDDIE's FACE
          Listening. Mary Sue leans over and whispers:

          MARY SUE (WHISPERS)
          Do you understand what's happening?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.
          She hold her pregnant stomach;

                         MARY SUE
          We record everything.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. SHIP - VARIOUS. NEXT MORNING.

          FREDDIE moves around, CAMERA follows him, collecting
          VARIOUS SUPPLIES to start making a home-made potion of
          booze. POTATOES, PAINT THINNER, ORANGES, YEAST. (TBD,
          OTHER CONTENTS OF THE SHIP) that could go into a recipe --

                         CUT TO:

          INT. BOOZE ROOM - LATER.

          He's set up in an area of the ship to start distilling
          BOOZE from the found ingredients on the ship. WATCH, HOLD
          THIS. The BARTENDER/FOLLOWER is here to give him some
          help. (poss. Bartender telling him how came to 'the
          cause' here...)

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          31.

          INT. STUDY ROOM - LATER.


          HE WALKS THROUGH THE LIBRARY ROOM, WATCHING A GROUP OF

          FOLLOWERS READING, STUDYING, TALKING. LISTENING TO

          HEADPHONES WITH MASTER'S VOICE SPEAKING. THIS IS THEIR

          STUDY TIME.
          He slips a PAIR of HEADPHONES ON, TAKES A SEAT AND
          LISTENS. This is a recording of a LIVE LECTURE BY MASTER:

          MASTER (V.0.)
          .someone came up to me the other day,
          and I had to say...I had to correct him.
          He said, "I heard the Cause can fix me.."
          I looked down at him and he'd lost his
          legs. He's sitting in a wheel chair and
          had no legs to speak of. I said, "We can
          do very many things, sir...but no, we
          cannot replace your legs. This is how
          rumors get started." Let's talk about
          what we can do...
          FREDDIE looks around and watches all the STUDENTS on
          their headphones. He tries to flirt and make eye contact
          with all the WOMEN.

          MASTER (V.0.) (CONT'D)
          When did you decide you had limited
          potentials and capabilities? You've
          forgotten that this is all just a dirty
          old game that YOU created.
          An AID (Female, 40s) comes over;

                         AID
          How you doing?

                         FREDDIE
          I'm fine.

                         AID
          Are you following alright?

                         FREDDIE
          Well-not really-no...

                         AID
          That's OK. You will. Don't worry -

                         FREDDIE
          How long have you been studying

                         

                         

                         

                         

          32.

                         AID
          A year. It takes a little time. Don't
          worry.

                         FREDDIE
          What's your name?

                         AID
          Carol Henike. You're Freddie.

                         FREDDIE
          That's right.

                         AID
          Just keep listening and reading. If you
          don't udnerstand, just keep going back
          over it. Headphones back on...
          He slips the headphones back on.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. MAIN CABIN - EVENING.

          A SKETCH COMEDY SHOW, DANCING after-dinner. FREDDIE on
          the sidelines, watching it, not really understanding some
          of the humor and lyrics, etc...someone has a MOP on their
          head and is pretending to be a PSYCHOLOGIST with a vary
          thick/bad German-Austiran-accent. "zee muzzer and fazzer
          and zee penisss and ze nippelz.." attempting to cure a
          STUDENT... everyone LAUGHS.
          ELIZABETH (the daughter) comes over;

                         ELIZABETH
          Hi Freddie ...

                         FREDDIE
          Hi.

                         ELIZABETH
          .I Have a message for you.
          She rubs her nose and tugs her ear.

                         ELIZABETH (CONT'D)
          Better get along.
          He leaves, she watches him go.

                          CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          33.

          INT. FREDDIE'S AREA. MOMENTS LATER.

          He puts the booze into MASON JARS.

                         CUT TO:

          INT HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER

          FOLLOWING FREDDIE HOLDING THE BOOZE IN A LITTLE MASON

          JAR.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. MASTER'S SUITE. THAT MOMENT.

          Freddie pours the liquid into two glasses. WE HEAR THE
          PARTY OUTSIDE THE ROOM, FROM UPSTAIRS. MASTER examines

                         IT;

                         MASTER
          What's in it?

                         FREDDIE
          .drink just a little.
          It's very strong. The good stuff takes
          time. And there's secrets in good liquor.
          This is just booze for now...

                         MASTER
          How are you feeling, Freddie?

                         FREDDIE
          Good.

                         MASTER
          Rested?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          Excited?

                         FREDDIE
          Sure.

                         MASTER
          Have you made some friends?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          34.

                         MASTER
          Good. Good. How are you feeling?

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah, good.
          They CHEERS AND DRINK. Shudder at the strength of it.

                         MASTER
          I've been writing ... BULAGH! Feel like I
          went under. Dark cloud rolls in. Opens
          up...anxious to share new work-would
          you care for some informal processing?

                         FREDDIE
          Sure...

                         MASTER
          Well, then I gather myself... and you be
          my protege and guinea pig, eh?
          Informal processing.
          Master smiles, excited, moves to an OLD TAPE RECORDER,
          points a microphones towards Freddie, looks over some
          papers...

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Are you ready?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.
          HE FLIPS THE TAPE RECORDER ON. Master smiles, reads,

                         LOOKS UP;

                         MASTER
          Say your name.

                         FREDDIE
          Freddie Sutton.

                         MASTER
          Say it again.

                         FREDDIE
          Freddie Sutton.

                         MASTER
          Say it again.

                         FREDDIE
          Freddie Sutton.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          35.

                         MASTER
          Might as well say it one more time just
          to make sure you know who you are...

                         FREDDIE
          Freddie Sutton.

                         MASTER
          Do you ever make thoughtless remarks.

                         FREDDIE
          I usually put some thought into them.

                         MASTER
          Do you browse though railway timetables
          just for pleasure?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Do you get occasional twitches of you
          muscles when there is no logical reason
          for it?

                         FREDDIE
          (flutters around goofy) Only on my good
          days.

                         MASTER
          Do past failures bother you?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Do past failures bother you?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Do past failures bother you?

                         FREDDIE
          No. (some dice games I was in, he he.)

                         MASTER
          So past failures bother you?

                         FREDDIE
          .I don't know. . .you keep asking me..no,
          not really.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          36.

                         MASTER
          Is your life a constant struggle for
          survival?

                         FREDDIE
          .not really ... .. life's alright.

                         MASTER
          Would you rather give orders than take
          them?

                         FREDDIE
          Sure.

                         MASTER
          Are you often impulsive in you behaviour.

                         FREDDIE
          .sure... Yes.

                         MASTER
          Do other people interest you very much?

                         FREDDIE
          Not really (girls? They do)

                         MASTER
          Do you find it easy to be impartial?

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah.

                         MASTER
          Are you likely to be jealous?

                         FREDDIE
          No .about what?

                         MASTER
          Are you logical and scientific in your
          thinking?

                         FREDDIE
          I'm..I don't know. Don't care about
          science.

                         MASTER
          Do you rarely suspect the actions of
          others?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't understand.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          37.

                         MASTER
          Yes you do.

                         FREDDIE
          .I suspect people...yes. Sure. So...no,
          rarely. Most people are ass's anyway.

                         MASTER
          Are you usually truthful to others?

                         FREDDIE
          .no... I don't know. Guess so.

                         MASTER
          Are your actions considered unpredictable
          by other people?
          HOLD. HOLD. Freddie seems to think about this questions
          seriously, THEN: OUT OF THE PAUSE AND OUT OF THE BLUE HE

                         SCREAMS;

                         FREDDIE

          BLLLLLLLLLL GH.
          How's that? (laughs hysterically)

                         MASTER
          Silly..its good to laugh in
          processing.. sometimes we forget.
          Master reaches down, brings the microphone to his mouth:

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          "Freddie Sutton, Test Session. May 5,
          1952, 1800 hours. Aboard he sailing
          vessel Aletheia, en route to New York
          City. MOC logged ad approced."
          He CLICKS it off. Smiles at Freddie; he gives him a
          comforting hug.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Should we sample another sip before we
          join them upstairs?

                         FREDDIE
          Is that it?

                         MASTER
          For now.

                         FREDDIE
          I'm ready for more if you want to ask
          me...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          38.

          HOLD BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM. LONG PAUSE.

                         FREDDIE (CONT'D)
          Ask me, Master. This is fun.. .nobody's
          asked me questions before --

                         MASTER
          Could you answer the next series of
          questions without blinking your eyes? To
          without fear and hesitation answer as
          quickly as you can?

                         FREDDIE
          Sure.

          CU. TAPE RECORDER BACK ON.

                         MASTER
          Look at me...Starting now you are not to
          blink. If you blink we go back to the

                         START:
          .infringement. you blinked. Starting
          now you are not to blink. If you blink we
          go back to the start.
          Do you often ponder over your own
          inferiority?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Infringement. Back to the start. You
          blink, we repeat from the start. Do you
          often ponder over your own inferiority?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          Do you believe that God will save you
          from your own ridiculousness and self
          contempt?

                         FREDDIE
          No I don't.

                         MASTER
          Have you ever had intercourse with a
          member of your family.

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          39.

          PAUSE.

                         MASTER
          Have you ever had intercourse with a
          member of your family?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          .who?

                         FREDDIE
           My. Auntie.
          PAUSE. Master is stumped for the first time...

                         MASTER
          Have you ever killed anyone?

                         FREDDIE
          No,

                         MASTER
          Maybe?

                         FREDDIE
          Not me.

          TAPE RECORDING ALL THIS. DIALS MOVING. FREDDIE NOT

          BLINKING.

                         MASTER
          Have you ever killed anyone.

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          How many times did you have intercourse
          with your aunt?

                         FREDDIE
          Three times.

                         MASTER
          Where is your aunt now?

                         FREDDIE
          Don't know. Probably Princeton.

                         MASTER
          Where?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          40.

                         FREDDIE
          45 Province Lane.

                         MASTER
          Would you like to see her?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Would you like to sleep with her again?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Do you regret this?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          What is she doing now?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't know.

                         MASTER
          Where is your mother?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't know.
          Freddie BLINKS.

                         MASTER
          INFRINGEMENT. Back to the start.

                         FREDDIE

          FUUUUUUUUUCKK. FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK.

          BULLSHIT. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK.
          He slaps himslef around, opens his. eyes. HOLD.

                         MASTER
          Do you often ponder your own inferiority?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          Do you believe God is going to save you?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          41.

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Have you ever had sex with a member of
          your family?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          Are you lying?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Who?

          .FREDDIE
          My Auntie Bertha.

                         MASTER
          Where is your aunt?

                         FREDDIE
          At home in new Jersey.

                         MASTER
          Are you lying?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Are you a liar?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          Have you ever killed anyone?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          Who?

                         FREDDIE
          Japs.

                         MASTER
          In the war?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          42.

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          What are you running from?

                         FREDDIE
          Nothing.

                         MASTER
          The law?

          .PAUSE...

                         FREDDIE
          I think I may have blinded a man. Maybe
          he's dead, I don't know...

                         MASTER
          Where?

                         FREDDIE
          In Salinas, I served him up booze and he
          drank too much of it.

                         MASTER
          Is the booze you make poison?

                         FREDDIE
          Not if you drink it smart, he was stupid.

                         MASTER
          Are you trying to poison me?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Where is your father?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't know. (aka dead)

                          MASTER
           Where is your mother?

                          FREDDIE
           I don't know. Maybe New York, New Jersey,
           anywhere. Don't know.

                         MASTER
          What is your Auntie's Name?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          43.

                         FREDDIE
          Auntie Bertha.

                         MASTER
          How did you come to sleep with your
          Auntie Bertha?

                         FREDDIE
          She said she'd let me have my inheritance
          if I were to sleep with her. So I did and
          I never got my money. I was drunk. She
          looked good.

                         MASTER
          And you did it again and again.

                         FREDDIE
          Yes. Because I liked it. It felt good.

                         MASTER
          She's rich? Is she? She has your
          inheritance, does she?

                         FREDDIE
          She controls it all.

                         MASTER
          You feel you're owed this?

                         FREDDIE
          I am.

                         MASTER
          Have you ever had any bad thoughts about
          her or Mary Sue?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          What do you think?

                         FREDDIE
          I thought you were fools. But now I see
          that you're not

                         MASTER
          If you could lock yourself in a house, a
          large mansion for the rest of your life:
          who would you like to be there with you?

                         FREDDIE
          Doris Schoemann.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         44

                         MASTER
          Who is Doris?

                         FREDDIE
          Best girl I ever met. The girl I am gonna
          marry one day.

                         MASTER
          She's in New Jersey, is she?

                         FREDDIE
          Lynn, Massachussets. ( I just got to get
          back to her.)

                         MASTER
          Why aren't you with Doris?

                         FREDDIE

                         MASTER
          Why aren't you with her?

                         FREDDIE
          I'm an idiot. I don't know. I got no
          reason.

                         MASTER
          Do you love Doris?

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah.

                         MASTER
          Is she the love of your life?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes sir.

                         MASTER
          Close your eyes/

          CUT TO BLACK, HOLD, THEN FADE UP AGAIN..

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Release and return to me ...
          Say your name.

                         FREDDIE
          Freddie Sutton.

                         MASTER
          Are you hear with me in 1952?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          45.

                          FREDDIE
          Yes...

                          MASTER
           End of session. Open/close your eyes.
          He laughs. They both laugh, MUSIC 'dancers in love'/piano
          ver.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          How does it feel?
          Freddie laughs a little.

                         FREDDIE
          Feels good.

                         MASTER
          Left side of your body feels ok?

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah.

                         MASTER
          Right side?

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah.

                         MASTER
          Any headaches?

                         FREDDIE

                         NO

                         MASTER
          Are you a member of the Ninth Battle
          Batallion?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't know what that is.

                         MASTER
          Are you a member of the Ninth Battle
          Batallion?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Or any other invader force? Space
          stations or communication depots on this
          planet or anywhere else?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          46.

                         FREDDIE
          No, sir.

                         MASTER
          You're the bravest boy I've ever met.
          Master turns off the tape recorder. They DRINK DOWN THE
          BOOZE TOGETHER. Smile, laugh.

          EXT. MANHATTAN SKYLINE - NIGHT.

          ESTABLISH SHOT. 1950s. MOVING OVER THE WATER TOWARDS IT.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. DOCKS/NEW JERSEY - NIGHT.

          The SHIP HAS ARRIVED AND DOCKED. Everyone is rounding up
          to disembark. Those leaving: MASTER, MARY SUE, ELIZABETH,
          CLARK, THE BABIES, NANNIES, VAL AND FREDDIE. They all
          head down the gang-way...
          The New York City franchise owner/follower is a thin,
          sickly man named: BILL WHITE (40s) He's very
          nervous/anxious/eager to please, comes to greet them.
          He's here with some other ASSOCIATES/FOLLOWERS:

                         BILL WHITE
          Master! Hello. Yes. Welcome. Welcome back
          to New York City, Master. It's our honor,
          its our pleasure. We are humble and so
          happy...

                         MASTER
          Thank you, Bill, good to see you.
          BILL leads the way, waves his hand to the show:

                         BILL WHITE
          We'd like to present you with this gift
          from the New York Branch for your stay
          here ...we know how fond you are of
          motorcycles.
          He presents a HARLEY-DAVIDSON..

                         MASTER
          Loooooooooook at that... 1940 Harley
          Davidson Knucklehead. For me?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          47.
          He slides on, starts it up, everyone APPLAUDS. MASTER
          TEARS AWAY ON THE MOTORCYCLE, everyone else [piles into
          some OLD SEDAN'S driven by some New York Followers --
          Everyone on deck of the ship waves good-bye and watches
          them go.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. CAUSE H.O./NEW YORK - AFTERNOON

          MASTER and everyone comes in to the hotel/ballroom of a
          fading mid-town hotel. Local students, followers are here
          to greet ... about THIRTY people...
          FREDDIE looks at the GIRLS. MASTER shakes hands, kisses
          babies, etc...

          BOOKS FOR SALE, DESKS, PARTITIONS, PAMPHLETS, REEL TO
          REEL TAPE'S FOR SALE. BILL WHITE doing all the intro's,
          liason work, etc... (note: Helen Sullivan here.) This
          operation embryonic a little shabby...

                         CUT TO:

          INT UPSTAIRS/HOTEL. LATER.
          Everyone here, a FLOOR of the hotel has been taken over,
          adjoining rooms connecting everyone... CAMERA moves
          around, seeing all the activity, movement-the ADULTS are
          getting dressed and ready for something ... . FREDDIE
          brings MASTER some booze. They cheers, drink ... MASTER
          gets ready.."to past, present, future and the street
          where they all meet and shake hands."

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. PARK AVENUE APARTMENT - NIGHT.

          A very fancy APARTMENT ON THE PARK. The whole entourage
          pulls up. MASTER on the Harley, everyone else in the
          sedans..they head into a PARK AVENUE APARTMENT BUILDING;
          CAMERA FOLLOWS THEM ALL IN. THE DOORMAN looks up;
          BILL WHITE is quick to explain they're going to the
          Penthouse to the party of Mrs. Purcell, etc..

                         

                         

                         

                         

          48.

                         BILL WHITE
          Make way, make way..thank you.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. HALLWAY. FANCY APARTMENT.

          THE ELEVATOR OPENS into the grand palatial apartment; an
          older WOMAN is the hostess, her residence: her name is
          MILDRED PURCELL (eraly 70s) a very wealthy widower,
          follower, benefactor... This is a SHOW AND
          TELL/FUNDRAISER/COCKTAIL RECEPTION in honor of Master and
          the Cause...
          They applaud his entrance. About FORTY or so guests, some
          RICH UPPER EAST SIDE PEOPLE, who are members of a
          satellite group. Some others come to listen and learn,
          etc... BILL WHITE makes introductions, etc.
          MASTER is offered some appetizers, he says:

                         MASTER
          You can hear a tomato scream when you cut
          it...this is why I don't eat tomatoes...

          VARIOUS PARTY MINGLING/COVERAGE
          MEET MRS. PURCELL and stay with her.-Everything settles
          and she sets the stage for Master...
          .FREDDIE Carries over an OLD REEL TO REEL TAPE PLAYER,
          sets it on a coffee table in front of him...

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          As you can see I've brought props.
          Everyone laughs.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Showman's trade secrets.. .he-he-he
          More laughter.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Let me just listen to this tape...
          He picks up the tape and lifts it to his ear..he wiggles
          it around next to his ear..

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Can't hear anything. But there's sound on
          here, no? Sound to be found?
          He puts the tape reels onto the player...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          49.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          This should do it!
          He flips the switch. Nothing. No sound.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Hmmmm. Can' thear anything. Wait. There
          are sounds on this tape, but I can't
          hear... wait... how about this...
          Nothing. He continues this ...he plugs the speakers
          in.. . nothing again and again.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Well what do we have? We have the high
          fidelity audio tape, we have speakers,
          and yet..a ha! Just a moment.
          He turns the machine "ON"...

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          This should do it...
          Nothing.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Seems we're out of pieces..
          Everyone laughs nervously...

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          I know there's sound on that tape...
          He plugs the power cord into the wall... It crackles and
          sound pours out.. It's MASTER'S VOICE.

          MASTER (V.0.) (CONT'D)
          Our life has never stopped and always
          been. All of the recordings of our
          lifetimes that we have lived are
          available to us..
          MUSIC STARTS TO PLAY. GENTLE PIANO MUSIC. MASTER turns
          the volume down on the reel-to-reel, speaks live to the

                         PARTY:

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Everything's there isn't it? On the tape?
          Sure is, we just need to get it working
          with all the other pieces in synch-ro-
          nization. No good if it's not plugged
          into the wall. Can't hear it. But the
          sounds are still there. No good if those
          speakers aren't there. Can't hear it.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          50.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          But that doesn't mean it's not there,
          does it? No. It doesn't. That flimsy
          little piece of tape is just nothin'
          without all the other equipment lined up
          properly, isn't it? We CAN access the
          past, traumas and seeds that abberate us
          in present time and once we access them -
          we challenge them and throw them away.
          Previously, I'd established how to access
          these aberrations and painful memories to
          pre-birth/cellular times.
          But the new studies prove there is a time
          beyond that. The Whole-of-time with which
          we are now working. At last count,
          perhaps sixty-seven trillion years our
          studies show...
          Besides the everyday struggles of how we
          become better, more able, more productive
          homo sapiens, the uses for this new
          science is the location and removal of
          certain leukemias, apathies, manics.
          Depressives, perverts, stuttering,
          neuroses, ulcers, arthritis, and asthmas.
          This is the province and science of
          Cause.
          If you'll forgive me, I must sit down.
          Perhaps you've taken notice of my leg
          injury and limp damndest thing. You see
          it happens every time I come to Manhattan
          Island, its a wound I've never conquered
          and I'll tell you how I found out about,
          because I never knew what in the H was
          happening...
          Well I did some processing to find out.
          Took Mary Sue to ay me down and lead me
          back...we processed over three hours! And
          something came up. It was this:
          I lived a life before and suffered a
          great injury. Knee injury...
          It was just around 1888. A great number
          and year. Significant as the creation .
          year of the new york city sewer system if
          I'm not wrong...
          I was a thief and criminal, working late
          into the night robbing a bank in the
          western side of the island.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          51.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          The crime was committed with a revolver
          in hand. A Cole .45. My accomplices and I
          made it clear across town when we were
          ambushed by the local authorities.
          -- but I made a slip away. A digression
          into the under constructed sewer system.
          It was here that I could no be found - or
          so my thinking went. All my confidence
          and all my arrogance was brought upon me.
          Full in the face. For I was nose to nose
          with a twenty-five foot alligator in the
          New York City sewer. Oh brother! What a
          scare I was in for. Now if you've veer
          seen the SNAP! SNAP! SNAP! OF A GATOR -
          you'll remember the fear.
          You see, this being an island, and in
          those days more inhabited by creature
          than man, why wouldn't I meet such a
          beast?
          In my evasion -- I dropped the gold. The
          money I'd stolen in my getaway.. .not
          dropped, but stuffed in a newly cemented
          drain hole just around 125th
          Street... present day Harlem County I
          believe today. Yes. Yes.
          I stuffed it and made a getaway from both
          man and beast „shattered my knee in five
          different places-turned into a piece of
          glass..woke up early in the morning
          somewhere near the present day Times
          Square-which was nothing more than a
          farm..quite a farm..but that's another
          story.
          So what does this say? Injuries stay with
          us don't they??..They sure do. How's it
          gonna go away. How? How? How'm I gonna
          fix this knee. How are any of us going to
          get better? More able?
          We Must Process The Whole Of Time. This
          Life and Pre Natal Cellular processing is
          not enough. We have Lived Many, Many,
          Many Lives. So anybody tat is not
          processing the whole of time - is doing a
          disservice to man and Will Not Get
          Better. I cannot put it more simply.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          52.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          And as for me now: I just need to find
          the time away from all of my writing to
          go back down and DO IT so I don't walk
          around with the darndest limp everytime I
          come to town!
          This story is greeted. with equal parts
          excitement/complete CONFUSION. MRS. PURCELL slightly
          nervous.

          ANGLE, LATER.
          MASTER and a SOCIALITE WOMAN (50s) he has her lay down on
          a love seat;

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          What is your name?

                         SOCIALITE
          Margaret O'Brian.

                         MASTER
          Are you sure you haven't lived here
          before?

                         SOCIALITE
          I don't know.

                         MASTER
          What's your name?

                         MARGARET
          Margaret.

                         MASTER
          Are you sure?

          ANGLE, PURCELL APARTMENT.
          FREDDIE goes lurking around, slinks in and out of some
          rooms. HE GOES INTO THE BEDROOM, STEALS SOME JEWELRY.

          STUFF HIS POCKETS. (OC DIAL. PLAYS...)

          ANGLE, MAIN LIVING ROOM.
          MASTER has finished his demonstration and is opening it
          up for questions/discussions. An OLDER MAN (MR. JOHN
          MORE, 50's, scholarly, wearing a prominent HANDKERCHIEF)
          stands up to speak:
          (Throughout this another OLDER WOMAN has a terrible cough
          from the back of the room.)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          53.

                         JOHN MORE
          Some of this seems quite like hypnosis,
          is it not?

                         MASTER
          Oh no, this is funny. It's quite the
          reverse. Man is hypnotized. What we do is
          un-hypnotize him of the shackles. Allow
          him to raise his awareness and IQ.

                         JOHN MORE
          What is the difference between this and
          psychotherapy?

                         MASTER
          Yes. Well. They are very different. No.
          Psychoanalysis, they lay back. No, no,
          no. Don't associate us with such people!
          That's terrible (he, he) why that's a bad
          manner don't you know? I mean at that
          business about sex and all that. That's
          for the neurotic or the person who is
          insane or something like that. That's
          nothing to do with us. They've failed.
          That's for the fortunate few who can
          afford the fees.

                         JOHN MORE
          But some of this does in fact seem to
          share quite a lot with Dr. Freud and
          modern psychotherapy, does it not?

                         MASTER
          No it does not. This is an exact science,
          you see. Comparable to physics or
          chemistry - but simpler. It's
          engineering. Herr Freud had his chance
          and contributed some very workable data,
          but in the end, he failed. So that's
          that.

                         JOHN MORE
          And how long does this take?

                         MASTER
          That depends. But it can be quite fast.
          Quite fast. Or it can take some time.
          Sometimes less than 36 hours.

                         JOHN MORE
          36 hours? And you're saying that these
          methods can cure leukemia according to
          your book and what you've just said?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          54.

                         MASTER
          Some forms of leukemia, 22 cases tested.
          22 cases cured. Those are the results.

                         JOHN MORE
          You can understand scepticism, can you
          not?

                         MASTER
          Oh, yes, of course, yes. And this is to
          be expected and welcome. For without it
          we'd be positive's with no negatives -
          therefore zero. charge. We must have it.

                         JOHN MORE
          Are you a religious people?

                         MASTER
          We are not incorporated as a religion,
          no. But remember this: that religion has
          come uniformly from a philosophy.
          Philosophy is senior to religion. You
          could call us a religion of religions.

                         JOHN MORE
          Are you saying then that any religion is
          rather narrow in its outlook?

                         MASTER
          No, no, no. I have no quarrel with man's
          belief's, but religions in general can be
          pre-occupied with a God or Idol or
          something of some such nature who is
          merely trying to fill the universe with a
          lot of little replicas of himself - we
          are trying to free the individual - not
          bend to a will of a God, you see. And if
          our teachings can reconcile these views
          it would be doing a great service to

                         MANKIND -

                         JOHN MORE
          Do you think it can?

                         MASTER
          I not only think it can, I know it does.

                         JOHN MORE
          You mentioned 'good science' and what it
          does.. .but doesn't that, by definition,
          allow for more than one opinion?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          55.

                         MASTER
          Indeed, indeed. Which is why our
          gathering of day-ta is so far reaching -

                         JOHN MORE
          Otherwise you merely have the will of one
          man - which is the basis of cult, is it
          not?

                         MASTER
          T'is, t'is, indeed. Thankfully we are,
          all of us, working at break-neck speeds
          and in unison towards catching the minds
          fatal flaws and correcting it back to
          it's original state of perfect - whilst
          righting civilization.

                         JOHN MORE
          I must say that I find it quite --

                         MASTER

          AND I DON'T FUCKING CARE WHAT ELSE YOU

          HAVE TO SAY YOU SLIMY LITTLE PIECE OF CUM

          FUCK.

          YOU ARE NOTHING. AND WORTHLESS AT THAT.

          YOU PUNY LITTLE NOTHING OF NOTHING. IT

          WORKS IF YOU USE IT. WHO IS THIS MAN?

                         JOHN MORE
          I can answer for myself. My name is John
          More.

                         MASTER

          THIS IS NOT A DISCUSSION THIS IS A

          GRILLING. A GRILL. AN ATTACK.

          MRS. PURCELL

                         PLEASE --

                         JOHN MORE
          If you're not allowing some sort of
          discussion regarding your beliefs -

                         MASTER

          AND I WILL NOT DEFEND MYSELF TO YOU, YOU

          SLIMY PIECE OF NOTHING.

                         JOHN MORE
          I'm sorry if you're unwilling to defend
          your beliefs in any kind of rational

                         WAY --

                         

                         

                         

                         

          56.

                         MASTER

          I HAVE TAKEN MY FUCKING TIME WITH YOU AND

          YOU ARE OVER NOW. YOU SLIMY PIG SHIT.
          The WOMAN that's been coughing cannot stop:

                         MASTER (CONT'D)

          STOP COUGHING. STOP COUGHING YOU HORRIBLE

          OLD WOMAN. YOU DON'T GET IT. YOU DON'T

          GET IT.
          MRS. PURCELL is shocked, humiliated, everything
          crumbles...

                         MASTER (CONT'D)

          YOU GET OUT. GET OUT OF THIS LECTURE

          HALL.

                         A WOMAN
          She's sick! Please! She's sick!

                         MASTER

          GET HER OUT OF THE LECTURE HALL.

                         JOHN MORE
          This isn't a lecture hall, this is Mrs.
          Purcell's home -

                         MASTER

          YOU SHUT YOUR LITTLE MOUTH. SHUT THAT

          WOMAN UP. YOU WILL STOP COUGHING. THAT

          GRAVELY PUTRID NOISE, YOU ARE TRYING TO

          RUIN ME. YOU HAVEN'T BEEN DOING THE WORK.

          YOU WOULD NOT BE SICK IF YOU DO THE WORK.

          WE DON'T GET SICK.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. ELEVATOR - MOMENTS LATER

          They're all leaving. Stuffed in the elevator, Master
          fuming.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. STREET/UPPER EAST SIDE - NIGHT

          They're leaving. Master gets on his Harley and peels off
          into the night. . .HOLD THE SHOT - everyone else gets into
          their SEDANS. . .up ahead, MASTER WIPES OUT, lays the bike
          down in the middle of Park Avenue...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          57.
          .he leaves it, the SEDANS pull up, he gets in. An AID
          goes to the bike and picks it up.

          INT. MASTER'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

          MASTER is still fuming, ranting and raving, MARY SUE is
          here with him...

                         MASTER

          AND THIS IS WHERE WE ARE??? AT THE LOWEST

          LEVEL? TO EXPLAINNNN OURSELVES? FOR WHAT?

          FOR WHAT WE'RE DOING AND WE HAVE TO

          GROVEL? GROVEL LIKE A DOG, A DOG LICKING

          IT'S PISS? ANOTHER DOG OF PISS I SAY.

          THE ONLY WAY TO DEFEND OURSELVES IS

          ATTACK. ATTACK. ATTACK. WE ATTACK THAT

          MAN. IF WE DON'T DO THAT, WE WILL LOSE

          EVERY BATTLE WE'RE ENGAGED IN - WE WILL

          NEVER DOMINATE OUR ENVIRONMENT THE WAY WE

          SHOULD UNLESS WE ATTACK.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. HOTEL ROOM - ADJOINING SUITE - NIGHT

          WE HEAR MASTER from the next room; Everyone in here,
          listens, hangs their faces.

          MASTER (O.C.)
          .this city is just noise. Just noise
          and bad living. I know this place. I know
          it's rotten secrets...
          CU. FREDDIE listening. He sips some of his booze form the
          FLASK, gets a real surly look on his face...
          .VAL gets up and leaves the hotel room...
          FRED DIE watches him go...
          Everyone seems resigned, sleepy...Freddie snaps and says

                         TO BILL:

                         FREDDIE
          You have the name's and information of
          the guests at this lady's party?

                         BILL WHITE
          Yes.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          58.
          FREDDIE looks at CLARK, the new son-in-law. ELIZABETH
          looks up...

                         FREDDIE
          You're coming with me. Get up. I need
          some help and you wanna make a good show,
          no? Who's paying your way?
          CLARK looks to Elizabeth, who gives a look that says,
          "He's right."

                         CUT TO:

          INT. HOTEL BALLROOM / THE CAUSE H.O. - LATER

          Bill White turns on the lights, takes Freddie and Clark
          over to his desk. . .they get the address and info. For MR.

          JOHN MORE.

                         BILL WHITE
          I don't think this is right to do -

                         FREDDIE
          You don't know what we're going to do, so
          don't bother thinking about this
          anymore...
          CAMERA with FREDDIE AND CLARK as they walk out of the
          hotel and into the streets of New York --

                         FREDDIE (CONT'D)
          You have any money on you?

                         CLARK
          Some.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. NEW YORK STREETS / UPPER WEST SIDE - NIGHT - LATER

          FREDDIE and CLARK, walking down the street... They

                         WALK/TALK;

                         FREDDIE
          Where are you from, Clark?

                         CLARK
          Los Angeles. Pasadena.

                         FREDDIE
          What's there?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          59.

                         CLARK
          I'm from there. Master and headquarters
          there for a year.

                         FREDDIE
          .how'd you see them?

                         CLARK
          I read the first book. I worked at Boeing
          for three years. When I read the book, I
          didn't want to waste my time there
          anymore. I came to help the Cause.

                         FREDDIE
          What did it say?

                         CLARK
          I'm skeptical of everything. Always have
          been. All I know is I used to not be able
          to sleep. Now I sleep through the night.
          I spent 18 months at the Presidio with
          every Army head-shrinker they had and not
          one did as much for me as Book One did.
          That's simple arithmetic to me. And I met
          Elizabeth, so...

                         FREDDIE
          That's good.

                         CLARK
          He changes things. And the research is
          hard to keep up with. None of this is
          done by a long shot. Sometimes it's easy
          to get lost.

                         FREDDIE
          He's a very smart man. I can tell that. I
          don't understand myself but - more time
          with it and I might - I feel better - I
          feel like I've more to do with my life
          since I met him... and I JUST met him.
          So - that can't be a bad thing, right?

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. STREET / UPPER WEST SIDE - MOMENTS LATER

          Outside an OLD APARTMENT BUILDING...
          .Freddie BUZZES THE BUZZER.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          60.

          JOHN MORE (GROGGY) (O.C.)
          Hello?

                         FREDDIE
          I have a delivery for Mr. More. Special.
          Late night delivery. I need a signature.

          JOHN MORE (O.C.)
          Yes, yes, of course...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. APARTMENT - THAT MOMENT

          JOHN MORE says to his WIFE...

                         JOHN MORE
          Delivery... must be urgent from the
          University...
          He gets a robe on, makes the walk down the hallway -- He
          comes to the door...
          .FREDDIE smashes it down...CLARK is here and watches,
          does nothing...
          .FREDDIE drags him along the floor, CAMERA moves over
          and sees: MRS. MORE...
          .FREDDIE takes care of them both...ends up tying them
          up.. .scaring them, etc. Takes some valuables -- FINDS

          MORE'S LITTLE TRADEMARK HANDKERCHIEF, TAKES IT.
          .Freddie gets down into his face and says;

                         FREDDIE

          DON'T BE SO STUPID.
          They run out.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. VILLAGE BURLESQUE CLUB - NIGHT

          Freddie drunk. Clark having his first beer..They are
          watching a few very sexy BURLESQUE DANCERS. Freddie has
          his eye on one in particular... she is doing a NAKED TAP
          DANCE IN THE CENTER OF THE ROOM. Clark speaks;

                         CLARK
          You know... at first there were rumors
          going around about you...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          61.

                         FREDDIE
          What about me...?

                         CLARK
          Well, when you first were found on board.
          People were saying you were looking for
          Split Saber. That you were trying to
          steal The Split Saber if it was on board.

                         FREDDIE
          What? Steal what?

                         CLARK
          The Split Saber.

                         FREDDIE
          I don't understand what you're saying.

                         CLARK
          The Split Saber.

          BEAT.

                         FREDDIE
          I still don't understand what you're
          saying...

                         CLARK
          The Darkest Cloud? AKA Dual Saber? Or The
          Split Saber?

                         FREDDIE
          .no...

                         CLARK
          .it's what started all this. Back
          then...in 1941, Master...he'd been in
          operation, in army hospital. He died on
          the table...gone for seven minutes...but

                         CAME BACK:
          And in a storm of vision and creative
          output from this experience he wrote The
          Split Saber aka The Darkest Cloud.
          Whoever read it...either went insane or
          committed suicide. Twelve people read it.
          Six dead, four disappeared. The last time
          anyone saw it...was his last publisher in
          New York.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          62.

                         CLARK (CONT'D)
          Master walked into the office to find out
          what the reaction was, the publisher
          called for the reader, the reader came in
          with the manuscript... . threw It on the
          table. . .and flung himself out of the
          skyscraper window...
          Master took the book and hid it where no
          one could get to it...it's inside this
          book: all the history. All the facts. All
          too dangerous. He re-wrote it, using what
          he could as the basis for what we are
          able to accept and learn today.. .that's
          Book One that we all study and know. . .but
          the real stuff. The things at the
          center...are still too dangerous. They
          (kill/cure) any man who reads it. It's
          passing through the jaws of resistance.
          It's the truth about all this. The book
          is protected and hidden. No one knows
          where but Master.

                         FREDDIE
          The truth about all what?

                         CLARK
          Life on this planet.
          .Freddie stares at him... then takes a good long look at
          the BURLESQUE DANCER AND HER BREASTS. THEN BACK TO CLARK:

                         FREDDIE
          What is something like that worth?

                         CLARK
          He said he was once offered $25,000
          dollars for it...but the price is... . how
          could you figure out what the price is on
          something like that? Heretofore unknown.
          Incalculable by man.

                         FREDDIE
          Where is it?

                         CLARK
          It's locked away in a vault somewhere? I
          don't know.

                         FREDDIE
          Where?

                         CLARK
          No one knows for sure. Some say Phoenix
          or the desert outside Los Angeles.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          63.

                         CLARK (CONT'D)
          It's held back, until the time is right.
          Or in case it's needed.

                         FREDDIE
          Needed for what?

                         CLARK
          (leverage.) ? I don't know.

                         FREDDIE
          How do you know about this?

                         CLARK
          Everyone knows about it. It's the
          original text.
          FREDDIE just sort of looks, then looks back to the NAKED

          DANCER.

          ANGLE, LATER.
          The DANCER (ELLEN) has joined them . Ad-libbed
          flirtations, innuendo, etc. CLARK watching FREDDIE...
          FREDDIE gets severely drunk -- HE MAKES A DRUNKEN APPEAL
          FOR HER TO COME TO THE CAUSE H.Q. For help in her life;

                         FREDDIE
          There's something... something that can
          hepp you...you...
          If you need helpp in yer life...
          .where is it?

                         CLARK
          The Martinique Hotel...

                         FREDDIE
          Thizz helped me. It can help you.. you
          can go back in time and learn thingz...
          He is about to say..

                         FREDDIE (CONT'D)
          (wanna fuck?)
          But he PASSES OUT, FACE FIRST ON THE TABLE.

                          CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          64.

          INT. HOTEL/HALLWAY - NIGHT - LATER

          CLARK is dragging FREDDIE down the hall, passed out...he
          gets him to the room... opens the door..pulls him
          inside...

          FADE OUT.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. HOTEL ROOM - MORNING

          .FREDDIE wakes up. Takes him a good long time.
          CAMERA just watches. He soaks everything in, thinks,
          thinks, thinks. He puts the pieces together of last night
          an the last few days.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. MASTER'S HOTEL ROOM - NEXT MORNING

          START CU. ON MASTER. He looks down at something in his
          hands, quietly inspects it, looks up:
          FREDDIE is here, he's given him the HANDKERCHIEF. HOLD
          between them, then;

                         MASTER
          What is it?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't think John More will be speaking
          out against you again.

                         MASTER
          This isn't the way...you heard me say to
          attack and you attacked?

                         FREDDIE
          You were right.

                         MASTER

                         FREDDIE
          You were right. . .he had a wise-ass mouth.

                         MASTER
          My little Soldier.. .what did you
          do?... . you need to tell me so that I
          know...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          65.

                         FREDDIE
          That's why I won't tell you. Nothing bad.
          Just scared him good.

          WIDEN ANGLE, THAT MOMENT.
          Reveal MARY SUE is here, listening... Master looks to Mary
          Sue, back to Freddie:

                         MARY SUE
          Whatever you've done, best not come back
          to Master or the Cause.

                         FREDDIE
          It won't.

                         MASTER
          But-this-is-not-the-way-you-naughty-boy.
          Ok? Alright. Freddie:
          You-are-mischeif. Horrible young man you
          are!
          The PHONE RIGHTS, Mary Sue moves and picks it up, speaks
          OC, we stay with MASTER and FREDDIE:

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          How are you...?
          How do you feel to be so close to your
          Auntie - just across the river? Close to
          the incident of this present time?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't really think about all that stuff
          with my Auntie, you know ...I got other
          things going on besides that thing I told
          you about.. .that's yesterday's news to
          me, so...

                         MASTER
          Your problems aren't with your auntie or
          your mommy or daddy or any such things.

                         FREDDIE

                         MASTER
          You have seeded aberrations in this way.
          Absolute rejection of authority and nay-
          sayers.

                         FREDDIE
          I don't like smart-mouths. If that's what
          you mean.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          66.

                         MASTER
          Don't act out. This anger and battle has
          been there from before you remember.
          Before you know. It's not you, Freddie.
          It's not...I promise you.
          Freddie takes it all in.

                         FREDDIE
          -- what is it?
          He grasps his shoulders, touches his head to Freddie.

                         MASTER
          It's just Q-44...all it is. Trillions of
          years ago - little implants..
          BEAT. He pulls back, smiles...

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          I promise to explain it. And make it go
          away.
          MASTER collects his notebooks.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Val has a habit of finding trouble...
          I sometimes wonder what danger a man
          could get himself into this Island.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Can you do this for me?
          With a casualness and delicacy? Watchful
          eyes to make sure trouble doesn't come...
          or that come doesn't trouble? My little
          soldier?

                         FREDDIE
          Keep an eye on him?

                         MASTER
          And report back to me...

                         FREDDIE
          Alright.
          MASTER leaves.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          67.

          INT. FREDDIE'S ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

          FREDDIE is getting into his duffle bag, re-filling the
          booze supply... hiding the JEWELS he stole from last
          night's party...
          ELIZABETH comes to his room, from the connecting door;
          she's fresh from a bath, in a robe.

                          ELIZABETH
          Hi.

                          FREDDIE
          Hi.

                         ELIZABETH
          Why aren't you downstairs?

                         FREDDIE
          I'm working.

                         ELIZABETH
          What are you doing?

                         FREDDIE
          Errands.

                         ELIZABETH
          You're not an errand boy...you're a
          loafer... you're doing more than that, I
          can tell.
          BEAT. She steps up close to him.

                          ELIZABETH (CONT'D)
          I want to tell you...
          Freddie. . .what you did for my father last
          night was spectacular.

                         FREDDIE
          I didn't do anything.

                         ELIZABETH
          I'm my father's daughter.
          Don't tell me you did nothing. It was
          just what was needed to be done. And you
          took it upon yourself.
          Shereaches for his face;

                         ELIZABETH (CONT'D)
          I can tell that you know what persecution
          feels like...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          68.
          She KISSES him. He kisses back. Gentle and small. A
          prolonged simple kiss on the lips.

                         ELIZABETH (CONT'D)
          Can I have some of your liquor?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         ELIZABETH
          Why not?

                         FREDDIE
          It's too strong.

                         ELIZABETH
          I'm a big girl.

                         FREDDIE
          Not big enough yet -

                         ELIZABETH
          I could just steal some...

                         FREDDIE
          Don't argue with me. You're Father's
          speaking .get dressed and get down
          there...

                         'ELIZABETH
          There's plenty of time... besides:
          I've heard it all before.
          She backs away.. .smiles. . .and closes the door..(JUST
          BEFORE IT SLAMS SHUT - her ROBE FALLS OFF, REVEALING HER

          NAKED FIGURE FOR A FLEETING SECOND...)
          FREDDIE. Looking at the door. FREDDIE. Hold. He takes a

          LARGE SWIG OF BOOZE.

                         CUT TO:

          INT BANQUET HALL - MOMENTS LATER
          MASTER takes the stage. THIRTY/FORTY STUDENTS applaud. He
          gets up, speaks:

                         MASTER
          THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Well? Down but not
          out. Not Dead Yet!
          (no tombstone at least...) he he he he.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          69.
          We are going to focus this morning to
          "Communication" to cover "any exchange
          between ourselves and our environment."
          Because that's what I want to talk to you
          about today: dominating your environment.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. STAIRWELL. EVENING/LATER

          CAMERA looks up the spiral stairwell of the HOTEL. It's
          the end of the evening/lectures... . WE SEE: VAL walking
          down the steps ... . moments later, about three floors
          above, FREDDIE pokes his head over, sees VAL and starts
          to follow... . MUSIC STARTS.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. LOBBY OF THE HOTEL. THAT MOMENT

          VAL moves past FOLLOWERS who are wrapping up for the
          evening, discussing, smoking cigs, exchanging ideas,
          etc...and out into the NEW YORK CITY STREETS.
          FREDDIE follows ... MINI-SEQUENCE...

                         CUT TO:

          EXT./INT. COFFEE SHOP. VILLAGE. NIGHT

          VAL walks into a coffee shop, takes a seat in a booth and
          orders some coffee...
          FREDDIE stands across the street and watches VAL.
          FREDDIE buys hot dog from a hot-dog vendor... stands and
          waits.. .and watches VAL sit alone...
          After a few minutes ... FREDDIE sees something:
          A YOUNG GROUP ENTERS THE COFFEE SHOP. It's BILL WHITE,
          his girlfriend PEGGY and TWO MALE NEW YORK FOLLOWERS: JIM
          LEHR AND FRED FRITZ. They're here to meet VAL. They join
          him, sit down, speak. Order cokes, coffee, smoke cigs,
          etc...
          FREDDIE watching all this from across the street. VAL is
          answering their questions, speaking with some authority
          about something, etc. etc.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          70.
          .FREDDIE sizes up the situation
          And what this meeting might mean...
          He turns this all around in his head for a while.. .and
          after enough of it, gets restless...
          .He moves to a phone booth. Makes a call. He hears a
          young male voice say "HELLO? HELLO?"

                         FREDDIE
          Bobby?

                         BOB (OC)
          Yeah?

                         FREDDIE
          It's Freddie.

                         BOB (OC)

          FREDDIE! FREDDIE WHERE ARE YA!

                         FREDDIE
          Are you home?

                         BOB (OC)

          YEAH. YOU HERE?!

                         FREDDIE
          I'm comin' over -
          He hangs up.
          He looks back across the street at the group in the
          coffee shop. And WALKS AWAY, OFF DOWN THE STREET...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. BOB'S APARTMENT - WEST VILLAGE

          Freddie walks up some stairs at the top of the stairs is
          his 17 year old Cousin: BOB.

                         BOB

          HOLY SMOKES! HOLY SMOKE! HOLLLLY-SMOKEY!
          Freddie and Bob greet each other, he takes him
          inside. . .BOB is having a party with a bunch of his
          FRIENDS, who all look alike and drink beer, etc;

                         FREDDIE
          Where's everybody?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          71.

                         BOB
          We're havin' a party. Where you coming
          from? Where you been?

                         FREDDIE
          Here and there. Antarctica. Where's your
          dad?

                         BOB
          Not here, working. Get in here you gotta
          see these two girls. Antarctica?
          They greet each other and go inside.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. APARTMENT/ROOM - LATER

          BOB introduces FREDDIE: "my cousin, Freddie" to all the
          boys.
          All the BOYS are around, watching the TWO GIRLS DANCE and
          LIP SYNCH to a record. They both look like Barbara
          Striesand.
          FREDDIE looks at family photos that are out and on the
          walls.

                         FREDDIE
          Where's my mom?

                         BOB
          I heard she was in Florida.

                         FREDDIE
          Where's your mom?

                         BOB
          Left. She's back living in Princeton.
          It's the best since she's gone. My dad's
          never here. This place is mine. Did you
          see these girls?
          ANGLE, LATER. FREDDIE and the BOYS.
          FREDDIE pours a tiny bit of his booze into the beers for
          them...

                         FREDDIE
          Anybody ever hear about stolen jewels and
          money in the sewers?

                         BOB
          Where?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          72.

                         FREDDIE
          Near Harlem.
          They shake their heads.

          FREDDIE .(CONT'D)
          I heard about a load of money and jewels
          that are hidden in a sewer wall up near
          Harlem. A long time ago.
          With crocodiles that live down there and
          protect it.

                         BOY
          I heard about that.

                         BOY 2
          I heard about that too.

                         FREDDIE
          Anybody want to go look for it?

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. HARLEM. NIGHT

          The FIVE BOYS, including FREDDIE and BOB get out of an
          OLD CAR... . they Find and lift a MANHOLE cover and head
          down with FLASHLIGHTS and a SLEDGEHAMMER - They're drunk
          and bring more BOOZE down with them - (two girls? staying
          up top?)

          INT. SEWER - THAT MOMENT

          They all climb down. Rats and sewage. FLASHLIGHT SHINING

          AROUND AS THEY GOOF OFF AND WALK AROUND.

          ANGLE, FREDDIE.
          They come to an intersection -

                         FREDDIE
          Let's go this way and that way - come
          with me -
          BOB follows FREDDIE, the rest go the other way -
          VARIOUS ANGLES watching them move around, etc.

          ANGLE, THE WALL.

          CAMERA MOVES ALONG THE WALLS OF THE SEWERS.
          FREDDIE looking for something...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          73.

          .THE WALL...

          .FREDDIE...
          BOB AND FREDDIE walking/talking:

                         BOB
          My mom signed my early entrance to the
          army.

                         FREDDIE
          How'd she do that?

                         BOB
          She just signed this letter I made up
          saying my birth certificate was burned in
          a fire. She's happy to let me go.

                         FREDDIE
          You don't want to go there, dummy.

                         BOB
          There's a lot of pussy there, Freddie. I
          like those Korean girls the way they
          look.

                         FREDDIE
          You're an idiot.

                         BOB
          I'd rather be there than here. Pussy over
          there... I've been licking so much pussy
          this summer...
          They keep walking. BOB is drunk. He turns, says to

                         FREDDIE:

                         BOB (CONT'D)
          I jerked off to a picture of my mom once.
          Did I ever tell you that?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         BOB
          I did...
          Bob smiles, giggles... stumbles forward...walks...Freddie
          watching him...

          ANGLE, THE OTHERS.
          Walking and looking, drunk, smoking, etc. They find an
          area that they think may have something - and start

          WHACKING AWAY WITH THE SLEDGEHAMMER...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          74.

          ANGLE, FREDDIE AND BOB

                         FREDDIE
          There's nothing here...let's just go...

                         BOB
          Yeah. WE'RE COMING BACK!!!! MEET BACK.
          THE BOYS hear this and head back -

                          CUT TO:

          INT. SEWERS. THAT MOMENT

          FREDDIE is walking behind BOB.. .moving towards the
          intersection to meet with the BOYS... Suddenly, he stops,
          bends down...

                         FREDDIE
          Bob...
          BOB turns ...FREDDIE in kneeling down, aims the

                         FLASHLIGHT:

          THE JEWELS FROM MRS. PURCELL'S PARTY
          BOB is stunned.

                         BOB

          OVER HERE!!!! OVER HERE!!!!!
          The BOYS run over, look down at the JEWELS.

                         BOYS
          Where were those?

                         BOB
          Right here.

                         FREDDIE
          I found them right here.

                         BOY 2
          Holy shit.

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          75.

          EXT. STREET

          They all climb up and out of the sewer - cheering and
          celebrating.

                         DISSOLVE TO:

          INT. BOB'S APARTMENT - LATE NIGHT

          BOB and the other BOYS passed out on couches and floor.
          FREDDIE is awake, looking around at some photos and
          things...
          FREDDIE leaves him the JEWELS, takes a couple family
          photos with him and writes a note that says:

          "I'VE GONE TO AFRICA,

          SEE YOU AGAIN SOMETIME.

          FREDDIE."
          and leaves.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. HOTEL ROOM. DAWN

          FREDDIE comes up to his room and hears from the hallway:
          TYPING. He opens up and comes in. MASTER is here, in his
          underwear, typing away. Very fast. He barely takes notice
          of Freddie, keeps typing.
          FREDDIE gets into the bed. MASTER stops for one moment,
          looks at him, sees his condition, goes back to typing...

          HELEN SULLIVAN (OC)
          This city can be cold
          and unforgiving to new
          ideas. Philadelphia is the city of
          brotherly love. We've had miraculous
          results with the textbooks
          and lecture tapes.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. MASTER'S HOTEL ROOM/MARTINIQUE HOTEL - LATER MORNING

          CU. HELEN SULLIVAN (sweet woman, early 30s) IS SPEAKING.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          76.

                         HELEN SULLIVAN
          If you come, we can guarantee an audience
          of one hundred people three nights a week
          and six afternoons a week.
          We have an engineer from Western Electric
          who is willing to record all of the
          lectures for free onto high fidelity
          audio tapes.
          Perhaps these can be used for sale.
          I assure you, you will find a very open
          city. People with open minds... we keep
          the bad ones out. I know that new
          sciences can attract quacks and some
          strange people, but keep them all away..
          MASTER and MARY SUE listening to Helen. NORMAN CONRAD
          stands to the side...

                         MASTER
          You are very right about one thing,
          Helen: this is a dirty city of nothing
          good.
          MASTER thinks ... . Everyone looks around at each
          other ...A WOMAN STARTS SINGING...

                         WOMAN SINGING

          "A TISKET-A-TASKET-MY PAST LIVES IN A

          BASKET.

          I WENT DOWN THE WHOLE-TIME-HOLE AND FOUND

          I'D DROPPED MY BASKET..."

          PRE-LAP THE SINGING OVER THE FOLLOWING:

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. HOTEL/NEW YORK CITY - MORNING

          Everyone is GETTING INTO CARS.. .the whole ENTOURAGE.
          FREDDIE at the center of it. MASTER comes out of the
          hotel quickly and into the sedan that waits...
          BILL WHITE is there to say good-bye and is all but
          ignored by MASTER and MARY SUE...
          The swirl of getting bags, kids and bodies into SEDANS...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          77.
          VAL gets in one car...FREDDIE gets behind the wheel of
          another... and they DRIVE OFF...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. CAR - MOVING - DAY

          FREDDIE is driving. MASTER is asleep in the passenger
          seat. MARY SUE is breast feeding in the back. She looks
          at FREDDIE in the rear view;

                         MARY SUE
          You see anything last night?

                         FREDDIE
          .with what?

                         MARY SUE
          With Val.

          CU. FREDDIE
          Considers this a moment.

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MARY SUE
          How does that happen?

                         FREDDIE
          .lost 'em in the streets...

                         MARY SUE
          . or maybe you drink too much and you
          get cross-eyed.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. SUBURBAN PHILADELPHIA/CAUSE COLLEGE - NIGHT

          A party is in progress at HELEN SULLIVAN'S HOME which has
          been converted into a STUDY COLLEGE. It's beautiful,
          large, well-appointed home.
          A woman: JOAN BANKS is singing, ELIZABETH is playing
          piano. Everyone is here for a welcoming party, good time,
          cocktails, snacks, etc...

                         JOAN (SINGING)

          I DROPPED IT, I DROPPED IT, I BETTER GO

          AND FIND IT.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          78.

          JOAN (SINGING) (CONT-D)

          SOMETHING HURTS AND DON'T NEED THOSE

          JERKS TO TELL US WHAT TO DO-O -

          WE'RE HERE NOW, WE'RE HERE NOW.

          IN LOVELY PHIL-E-DELFI. AND

          WRESTLE OUR RE-ACTS RIGHT TO THE

          GROUND AND PUSH, PULL, PIN IT DOWN.

          WE'LL TAKE IT, WE'LL TAKE IT,

          THOSE DIRTY SEEDS AND WIPE 'EM.

          THE APA AND AMA WILL HAVE TO KISS OUR -

          SS'S..
          Everyone applauds, laughs. MASTER is smitten, STANDING
          OVATION. MASTER walks over to JOAN to shake her hand...
          She whispers to him:

                         JOAN (CONT'D)
          What do you do with a student who keeps
          dreaming she is in bed with you?

                         MASTER
          Get thee behind me --

                         JOAN
          And push.
          They disperse. PIANO STARTS IN AGAIN...
          Everyone is relaxed, sitting around. New faces (JOAN and
          HELEN) sit close to MASTER...
          A WOMAN is speaking (stories of Cause success she's had
          at her branch in Minneapolis)

                         WOMAN
          .a once-a-month meeting... this last
          Saturday night we had a chiropractor..and
          he spoke about 'Handwriting Analysis'...
          MASTER is distracted... as he listens: HE RUBS HIS NOSE
          AND PULLS HIS EAR, CATCHING FREDDIE'S EYE. As we hear the
          woman ramble on, FREDDIE gets his FLASK, moves discreetly
          to get a glass, make a drink and brings it to MASTER.
          This is unnoticed by everyone but MARY SUE. The WOMAN

                         FINISHES TALKING:

                         MASTER
          Cheers to that!
          Everyone raises their glasses and DRINKS. MASTER downs
          his new drink. A calm... then Master gently protificates:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          79.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Something that Joseph Smith had right:
          the breeding and the development of the
          group... doubled, tripled with certain. ..a
          certain marital structure... how clever.
          Something to look at deeply for a
          growth...
          MARY SUE looks at him. JOAN looks at him. HELEN looks at
          him. FREDDIE looks at all of it. Helen's husband John
          looks confused.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          .the consideration of Celestial
          Marriage. Spiritual Wifery. Plural
          Unions. These cannot be overlooked so
          quickly... think of the speed at which a
          movement could grow...
          BEAT. Met with a strange silence. MARY SUE moves to get
          up. . .MASTER changes the topic slightly...

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          To live in the days of six-shooters and
          open frontier, that's what I'd like! My
          grandfather. Rancher. Wyoming. A criminal
          of the highest lineage, once told me he
          met a boy named Buckskin Joe...
          He keeps talking...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. MASTER'S ROOM/HELEN'S HOUSE - MORNING

          It's the next morning. MASTER is getting ready, dressing
          in the bathroom, getting ready for his lectures... MARY
          SUE comes in, from behind him... she hugs him from
          behind.. .he smiles.. .she looks at him in the mirror, he
          looks at her ... . she REACHES AROUND, GETS INTO HIS PANTS

          AND STARTS TO JERK HIM OFF, LOOKING STRAIGHT AT HIM IN

          THE EYE AS SHE SAYS:

                         MARY SUE
          You can do. Whatever you want. As long as
          I don't find out. And as long. As. Anyone
          I know. Doesn't know. Other than that.
          You stop this idea. And you put it back
          in its pants. It didn't work for them.
          And it's not gonna work for you. We.
          Have. Enough problems. Cum for me.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          80.

                         MASTER
          Yes. Yes.

                         MARY SUE
          Do it. And get your best behavior out...
          cum for me...

                         MASTER
          Yes, master.

                         MARY SUE
          And no more of that boy's booze.

                         MASTER
          Yes master.
          He comes, collapses, sinks to the floor. She washes her
          hands and walks out of the bathroom.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. SUBURBAN PHILADELPHIA/CAUSE COLLEGE - DAY

          A beautiful spring day. STUDENTS, FOLLOWERS, COME IN,

          SIGN IN...
          IN THE MAIN LIVING ROOM, on stage, MASTER is working with
          a WOMAN, processing her. She lays back on a couch set
          up...FULL CROWD of students watching...

                         MASTER
          Try to recall how you feel...

                         WOMAN
          Oh, I'm sort of glad it's the end..

                         MASTER
          What happens next?

                         WOMAN
          The doctor puts a stethoscope to her
          chest..

                         MASTER
          What is the doctor wearing?

                         WOMAN
          A white coat.

                         MASTER
          Is there a smell in the room?.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          81.

                         WOMAN
          It smells like a hospital.

                         MASTER
          Try to imagine what a hospital smells
          like.

                         WOMAN
          Uugh. Uugh. Alright.

                         MASTER
          What does the doctor say?

                         WOMAN
          He listens to her chest and says, "She's
          gone."
          FREDDIE and VAL are sitting in the front foyer of the
          house, facing each other in two folding chairs...we see
          the. STAGE IN THE B.G...
          .VAL is bored and nodding off to sleep ...FREDDIE
          watches VAL. FREDDIE kicks his chair --

                         FREDDIE
          Wake up. Your Father's speaking.. .you
          could learn something.

                         VAL
          What's that?

                         FREDDIE
          You heard me.

                         VAL
          He's making this up as he goes, don'tcha
          know..? You can sleep and wake up and not
          have missed anything...

                         FREDDIE
          Maybe you should pay more attention.

                         VAL
          You have something to say to me?

                         FREDDIE
          I'm curly-q. Round in circles. So shut
          up.
          .FREDDIE takes a nice big drink from his FLASK...
          FREDDIE looks out the open front door: TWO POLICEMAN AND
          A MARSHALL are parking their cars and walking towards the
          house...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          82.

          FREDDIE.
          Watching them advance... He hesitates. He's not sure what
          to do. So he stays put...
          The MEN walk up to the house ...FREDDIE and VAL look:

                         POLICEMAN
          We're looking for Lancaster Dodd.

                         FREDDIE
          I don't know who that is...

                         POLICEMAN
          May we come in?

                         FREDDIE
          No. You cannot.

                         VAL
          Yes you can. He's up there -
          VAL points to the stage...

                         VAL (CONT'D)
          That's him.

                         FREDDIE
          You can't come in. Get outta here.
          MASTER, ON STAGE, looks out - AGAINST THE GLARE OF THE
          DOOR, he can recognize the FIGURES AS UNIFORMED...

          ANGLE, AT THE DOOR.

                         POLICEMAN
          We have a civil warrant to serve to
          Lancaster Dodd to appear in Philadelphia
          Bankruptcy Court - an arrest warrant -

                         VAL
          Stay out of their way, Freddie.
          MASTER walks down to see what's happening.

                         MASTER
          What is happening here?

                         POLICEMAN
          Are you Lancaster Dodd?

                         MASTER
          Yes I Am.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          83.

                         POLICEMAN
          We have an arrest warrant for you, sir...

                         MASTER
          What are the charges?

                         POLICEMAN
          By order of Pennsylvania District Court
          by the Mildred Purcell Foundation for
          wrongful withdraw of funds. And operating
          a medical school without a license.
          That's.what we'll have to take you in for

                         MASTER
          This is a silly joke, no?

                         MARSHALL
          No, sir it isn't. But we have to take you
          in and book and fingerprint you.

                         MASTER
          This is comic opera. Is it illegal in
          this city to get better?

                         MARSHALL
          Please put your hands behind your back.

                         MASTER
          I have no disagreement with you boys
          doing your work in all its silliness as
          defenders of what code? What honor? What
          part of the galaxy? This is a scientific
          gathering - you will cuff me from the
          front, if you please --
          He raises his ARMS for HANDCUFFS. FOLLOWERS COME FORWARD

          AND START TO PROTEST ABOUT THIS. ONE YOUNG MAN, WITH ONE

          ARM AND A HOOK FOR A HAND STARTS SWINGING IT AROUND (WWII

                         VET)
          FREDDIE gets into it and is pushed by a POLICEMAN which
          unleashes a WRATH IN HIM. IT VERY QUICKLY BECOMES A MINI-

          MELE.

          FREDDIE IS SLAMMED TO THE GROUND AND WRESTLED WITH BY THE

          TWO MARSHALS. HE FIGHTS BACK. IT'S VERY ROUGH AND

          VIOLENT.
          MASTER, FREDDIE are taken away in hand cuffs. MARY SUE
          comes out, angry at the police, everyone is, etc. Quite a
          scene.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          84.
          MASTER is actually trying to CALM FREDDIE DOWN, WHO IS

          GOING NUTS IN THE HANDCUFFS AND AT HIS TREATMENT

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Freddie, no, no, no, calm down, please,
          please. It's nothing, just laugh, we'll
          be out shortly, it's nothing. I, please,
          pleasue, Freddie -

          INT. POLICE CAR


          THEY SHOVE FREDDIE INTO THE CAR AND HE GOES CRAZY.

          SMASHING HIS HEAD AGAINST THE WINDOW, THE BACK SEAT, ETC.

          HE YELLS LIKE AN ANIMAL. KICKS AND SCREAMS, BLEEDING FROM

          HIS FOREHEAD.
          MASTER is put into another car.

          INT. POLICE STATION - LATER

          They arrive in CARS. FREDDIE in one.car. MASTER in the
          other.
          FREDDIE is STILL FIGHTING. THEY DRAG HIM. MASTER is
          speaking to him, trying to calm him down...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. HOLDING CELL - LATER

          It's hours later. FREDDIE is out of energy. MASTER sits
          with him. Old-fashioned holding cell.
          MASTER holds his FINGER TO HIS LIPS.

                         MASTER
          Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
          He gets up close to FREDDIE, whispers in his ear;

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Whatever we say is undoubtably being
          monitored...speak in whispers.

                         FREDDIE
          I don't want to talk to you right now.

                         MASTER
          This is FBI work, Russians
          maybe... this... too much work for the

          AMA...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          85.

                         FREDDIE
          Stop talking...

                         MASTER
          You're fear of capture and imprisonment
          is an implant from millions of years ago.
          An Invader Force played games with your
          spirit as it.moved from one body to the
          next - free for a moment - it was free
          and the invader force captured it - spun
          you around in a device not unlike a
          grinder and hit you with waves of high
          wattage electrical impulses - quaver
          bolts to damage you. The impulse lodges
          and plants the push-pull instinct, dumped
          in scalding hot water, then freezing cold
          - a control mechanism - any legal action,
          a summons to court, the sight of a police
          officer, exposes a glandular reaction and
          anxiety wave of the highest order,

                         TRIGGERED -
          the mere threat of arrest will make a
          psychotic breakdown. This happened to you
          and you are free to stop it. Their game
          and implants are no match for you. Laugh
          in their face. Laugh at it. These
          triggers are useless now. You created
          THEM so YOU can DESTROY THEM.
          MASTER pulls away ... FREDDIE looks at him. HOLD.

                         FREDDIE
          Horseshit.

                         MASTER
          I don't have any opinions. I'm giving you
          facts.

                         FREDDIE
          Just shut-your-mouth? You're a fucking

          DRUNK.

                         MASTER
          ME shut my mouth? You're a fucking DRUNK.
          You CACTUS. Play a game with me?
          I don't think so, you little yo-yo. That
          ain't the way. You want to shut me up?
          I'm the best and only friend you have,
          shut me up from saving you? HELPING YOU.
          ONLY WAY. FIND ANOTHER ONE, YO-YO. You
          wanna get rid of this or live this way or
          MASTER it?

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          86.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          You listen - you wanna spit in that cops
          face for touching you? I'm gonna beat him
          with you. Bash his skull in. BUT DON'T

          TURN ON ME, DRUNK.
          Long silence. They sit in it.

                         FREDDIE
          Helen's house...all those girls walking
          around, the wives of ... . I want to fuck
          all of them.

                         MASTER
          Sex is not an aberration. Never has been.
          So what's wrong?

                         FREDDIE
          I want to fuck 'em all. I want to stick
          it in every one of them.

                         MASTER
          When did you forget that surviving was
          what you're supposed to do. Stick it in.
          Stick it in.

                         FREDDIE
          I don't belong in here, man. I gotta get
          out of here...

                         MASTER
          You belong at sea.

                         FREDDIE
          .hmph...

                         MASTER
          .You belong to Doris.

                         FREDDIE
          Why're you talking about her?

                         MASTER
          You think of Doris. The loss of her.
          Triggers millions of little shocks and.
          charges, doesn't it? That present-life
          loss.

                         FREDDIE
          It was Val who let them in the house and
          told them who you were... Val did it.

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          87.

          INT. FREDDIE/VAL'S ROOM - HELEN'S HOUSE - LATER

          MASTER enters the room, Freddie behind him...VAL'S BED IS
          MADE AND ALL HIS BELONGING ARE GONE...FREDDIE looks at
          the mirror on the wall. WRITTEN IN LIPSTICK a note to

                         FREDDIE:

          "YOU'LL NEVER GET BETTER"

          MOMENTS LATER. SAME.
          MARY SUE is here, looking at it. She says to Master:

                         MARY SUE
          Where's he going? What's he doing?
          MASTER sits on the bed, thinks.
          She leaves quickly, we hear her go down the hall and
          knock on ELIZABETH's door... ELIZABETH answers and the
          speak ...FREDDIE and MASTER look at each other;

                         MASTER
          His mother was a paranoid schizophrenic
          who wanted to abort him. Right now he
          'wants to be sick.' He's losing his war.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. HELEN'S HOUSE/UPPER HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER

          FREDDIE is sitting outside the CLOSED DOOR to MASTER'S
          UPSTAIRS BEDROOM/OFFICE. We HEAR VOICES talking
          CLARK walks up and sits with FREDDIE, they sit in
          silence... trying to listen, but not hearing...

                         CLARK
          He's done this before...

                         FREDDIE
          What happened?

                         CLARK
          He ran out of money and came back. He's a
          squirrel.
          He's trying to get to The Split Saber,
          don't you think?
          To sell it. Sell it off to any of these

                         DISSENTERS -

                         

                         

                         

                         

          88.
          The door ... NORMAN CONRAD asks FREDDIE to come in...

          INT. OFFICE - THAT MOMENT

          FREDDIE enters, sits down.. .DOOR CLOSES. They all face
          him, sit him in a chair... MASTER, ELIZABETH, NORMAN, MARY

          SUE...

                         MASTER
          There is a mission against time to be
          undertaken, Freddie.

                         NORMAN CONRAD
          Are you prepared to travel wherever we
          may ask you to go -- ?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          -- An assignment of importance in which
          more than just life hangs in the balance.

                         MARY SUE
          -- I want to know if you can stop your
          boozing?

                         FREDDIE

                         MARY SUE
          Can you stop drinking?

                         MASTER
          -- The drinking blocks the physical pain
          and dissolves treatment from working,

                         FREDDIE --

                         MARY SUE
          Let me be unambiguous: Tell me you won't
          drink.

          ZOOM IN TOWARDS HIS FACE, ENDS IN CU.

                         FREDDIE
          I won't drink.

                         MARY SUE
          Your mission is to go to Phoenix, Arizona
          to prepare for a Universal Process
          Congress of the Cause.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          89.

          MARY SUE (CONT'D)
          All branches brought together for a
          summit ... your mission is to prepare for
          MOC's arrival and provide security at his
          home in Camel Foot Hills...

                         NORMAN CONRAD
          .By bringing everyone together with the
          promise of unveiling new levels ... there
          will be interest from outside
          agencies ... the new works are of great
          many interests to dark forces...

                         FREDDIE
          Who?

                         MARY SUE
          CIA, Russians, Catholic Church. The list
          is long, Freddie.

                         NORMAN CONRAD
          We don't expect trouble, but if it
          comes... we believe and trust that you are
          the right man for this mission.

                         ELIZABETH
          You're the only one that can do this,
          Freddie.

                         FREDDIE
          .What is Val doing in all this?

                         MARY SUE
          He's a squirrel. And he has weaknesses.

                         NORMAN CONRAD
          Do you believe that no man can be neutral
          in the struggle between civilization and
          chaos?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MARY SUE
          Val's not a threat to you. You can handle
          Val. Can't you?

                         CUT TO:

          INT. KITCHEN - DAWN

          FREDDIE and MASTER getting ready to leave. Just the two

                         OF THEM:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          90.

                         MASTER
          Freddie... there's something else...a side
          project I have for you...

                         FREDDIE

                         MASTER
          .When you get there...I need you to get
          something for me ... something of great
          importance to me.

                         FREDDIE

                         7

                         MASTER
          When you arrive at the house ...
          you go underneath the house. There's a
          crawl space. In the center of the house
          is a small hole. You will see broken soil
          that marks the spot.. .dig it up.
          Inside is a box. I need you to take the
          box and protect it. You can take it to
          the First Phoenix Bank and register a
          safe deposit. There it can stay until my
          arrival...

                         FREDDIE
          What is it?

                         MASTER
          Valuables. Personal and confidential to
          me ...

                         FREDDIE

                         MASTER
          As Guardian of the Good for this
          civilization and all it's neighboring
          galaxies ... . can you promise me that you
          will safely deliver and protect this box?

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT

          FREDDIE is waiting for his flight. MASTER and HELEN
          SULLIVAN and her husband JOHN are here...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          91.
          HELEN sits with FREDDIE...

                         HELEN
          Whatever you're doing... . it feels
          right.
          FREDDIE looks at her. She looks at him

                         CUT TO:

          INT. AIRPLAIN - EN ROUTE - NIGHT

          FREDDIE is on board. A STEWARDESS comes down the aisle,
          asks if anyone wants a COCKTAIL.
          FREDDIE says no thank you. The MAN next to him has a nice

          GIN AND TONIC.
          FREDDIE is starting to sweat, gently shakes as he begins
          to de-tox...

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. PHOENIX AIRPORT - TARMAC - DAY

          FREDDIE gets off the plane, walks to the terminal - he
          carries a DUFFLE BAG. Walking swiftly, purposefully...

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. SUBURBAN PHOENIX - AFTERNOON

          FREDDIE is in A CAB that pulls into a SUBURBAN PHOENIX
          NEIGHBORHOOD. He gets out in front of RANCH STYLE HOME
          separated a bit form the rest of the neighborhood ... THE

          CAB WAITS.

          HE WALKS UP TO THE HOUSE, TAKES OUT THE KEY...HE PUTS THE

          KEY IN AND STEPS INSIDE. HE LOOKS AND SEES:

          THE HOUSE HAS BEEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN AND RANSACKED.
          Freddie is shocked/nervous ... . suddenly on guard.
          FREDDIE walks around, looks into what appears to have
          been MASTER'S OFFICE... Writing, books, etc, thrown all
          over the place...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          92.

          HOLE'S IN THE WALLS, SOCKETS RIPPED OUT, FLOOR BOARDS

          RIPPED UP...

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. PHOENIX HOUSE - THAT MOMENT

          UNDER THE HOUSE. A CRAWL SPACE. FREDDIE crawls on his
          belly underneath the house - goes to the center of it and

                         (HAT
          finds a HOLE. He digs into it...and digs up A BOX

          BOX SIZE) COVERED IN DUST. HE TAKES THE BOX OUT AND

          CRAWLS AWAY.

          HE PUTS THE BOX INTO HIS DUFFLE BAG. HE BRUSHES THE DUST

          OFF. HE GOES BACK TO THE CAB AND GETS IN --

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. DOWNTOWN PHOENIX / THE CAUSE H.O. - DUSK

          FREDDIE pulls up in the cab to THE CAUSE H.Q. STOREFRONT
          OPERATION in downtown PHOENIX. He walks in...DICK BRETON
          (30s, Phoenix Branch Manager) is here - a few others.

                         DICK
          Good morning.

                         FREDDIE
          Are you Dick Breton? I'm Freddie Sutton.
          You're expecting me...
          FREDDIE is very friendly, but focused on the task, he
          asks to use the phone to call Master - some place
          private, perhaps...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. BACK OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER

          FREDDIE is alone, on the phone, with MASTER.

                         MASTER
          Freddie.

                         FREDDIE
          Someone broke into the house.

                         MASTER
          .Someone broke into the house...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          93.

                         FREDDIE
          Someone's been there. I don't know when.
          I may have just missed them - the front
          door was locked, I went in with the key
          and the house up ended, all smashed up on
          the ground - I walked to the back - the
          door was open -

                         MASTER
          -- do you have the box?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         MASTER
          Where are you now?

                         FREDDIE
          I'm at the office with Dick Breton.

                         MASTER
          Is he there with you?

                         FREDDIE
          He's outside. The door's closed.

                         MASTER
          The box is safe in your hands?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes. It was right where you said it would
          be...I haven't opened it.

                         MASTER
          You've done well. You know the severity
          of what you hold in your hands -

                         FREDDIE
          Is...did...did Val break into the house
          looking for it?

                         MASTER
          Possibly. A crazed lone lunatic for all
          we know. Certain atomic agencies wouldn't
          mind a crack at it, I'm sure.

                         FREDDIE
          What should I do now?

                         MASTER
          Get yourself a room at the Sun Inn Motel.
          The Sun Inn Motel ...it's
          nearby... acceptable accommodations.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         94

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Find yourself a room there... and guard it
          until morning - stay safe until that bank
          opens...

                         FREDDIE
          It's good. I got it.

                         MASTER
          Yes it is. Are you alright?

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah, yeah. I'm alright. I'm shaking..

                         MASTER
          Why?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't know. It's hot down here.

                         MASTER
          You feel any stomach pain?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Ringing in your ears?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         MASTER
          Left side feels good?

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah.

                         MASTER
          Right side feel good?

                         FREDDIE
          I'm alright.

                         MASTER
          Good, good. Alright, soldier. Go to it.
          FREDDIE hangs up and looks at the DUFFLE BAG.. .he looks
           out into the front area... sees DICK BRETON and some other
           Phoenix Followers... they see Freddie.. .try to give him
          his space...
          He looks at the Duffle Bag.

                          CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          95.

          INT. SUN IN MOTEL - NIGHT

          FREDDIE has checked into a motel for the night. He is
          sitting on the bed. THE BOX is on the next bed. He smokes
          cigarettes and looks at the box.
          He takes the BOX and puts it in his DUFFLE BAG. ZIPS IT

          UP.
          He turns off the light, smokes in the dark. ZOOM TOWARDS

          THE BAG...ZOOM TOWARDS FREDDIE. STRETCCCCCCHHHH OUT THIS

          MOMENT.

          (IMAGINES HIMSELF OPENING THE BOX AND FIRE COMING OUT OF

          THE BOX AND TEARING UP HIS ARM AND COVERING HIS HEAD.

          THEN BLOWING HIS HEAD OFF)

          BACK TO REALITY. HE TAKES THE BOX OUT OF THE DUFFLE BAG

          AND LEAVES IT ON THE BED.
          FREDDIE is starting to sweat and shake a bit. He's de-
          toxing.
          He looks down at his feet: HE HAS A TATTOO of a PIG on
          his right foot and a ROOSTER on his left...

          HE LOOKS AT THESE TATTOO'S...

          HE SPENDS SOME TIME IN THE TOILET THROWING UP.
          This goes on...until...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. MOTEL ROOM - MORNING

          FREDDIE is up, trying to get steady. Shaking, sweating...
          FREDDIE looks out the window, down across the street and
          sees the LOCAL BANK. The BANK MANAGER opens up...FREDDIE
          moves to leave. . .HE GRABS THE DUFFLE BAG FROM THE BED AND

          WALKS OUT.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. HALLWAY - MOTEL - THAT MOMENT

          FREDDIE cautiously comes out. He walks toward the
          stairs.. .and SEES:

          A FLEETING FIGURE RUNS AWAY AND DOWN A FIRE ESCAPE

          OUTSIDE.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          96.

          FREDDIE RUNS AFTER THIS FIGURE...

          HE LOOKS OUT THE WINDOW, DOWN THE FIRE ESCAPE...

          HE LOOKS UP, ACROSS ROOFTOPS, SEES A FIGURE RUNNING AWAY,

          JUMPING ACROSS ROOFTOPS...
          FREDDIE makes his way down into the lobby of the
          motel.. . .very very very carefully... looking for something
          around any corner...
          In the lobby... the OWNER nods to him... Freddie nods
          back...
          And makes a beeline - hard to the door and out into --

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. STREET - THAT MOMENT

          FREDDIE bursts out into the street in full-ready-for-
          anything mode ... . STRETCH OUT, MINI SEQUENCE...
          .looking up at the rooftops, alley's, etc...
          .He gets across the street, rounds a corner, and into -

                         CUT TO:

          INT. PHOENIX BANK - MOMENTS LATER

          FREDDIE comes in, registers a SAFE DEPOSIT BOX.

          HE PUTS THE BOX IN THE SAFE DEPOSIT.

          HE LEAVES.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. CAUSE H.O. PHOENIX - DAY

          FREDDIE speaking to a group of 20 followers; he reads
          some of this from a piece of paper ...he's shaking,
          sweating but doing a terrible job of concealing it...

                         FREDDIE
          Phoenix will be the home of the Universe
          Process Congress of the Cause.. .to be
          held June 5th to 9th...
          Everyone is excited.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          97.

                         FREDDIE (CONT'D)
          And it is hoped that a major part of the
          program can be devoted.to a report on a
          demonstration of any new data or
          techniques MOC may reveal at that time.

                         FOLLOWER
          You're talking about Book II?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes. This will be a unification Congress.
          All of us together - all branches and as
          many members as possible, organized in
          one city - for the presentation of all
          new levels.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. CAUSE H.G. PHOENIX - DAY

          FREDDIE is heard OFF CAMERA in the bathroom VOMITING HIS
          GUTS OUT as he de-toxes. STUDENTS and a small LECTURE in
          process tries to ignore the ANIMAL SOUNDS coming from the
          bathroom...

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. PHOENIX HOUSE - DAY

          FREDDIE with DICK BRETON and another FOLLOWER are
          cleaning, fixing up the ranch house...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. CAUSE H.Q. PHOENIX - DAY

          The storefront operation is being READIED AND
          REFURBISHED. FREDDIE leading the clean-up, etc.
          FREDDIE acting as MAIN LIAISON AND LIEUTENANT.

          A STAGE IS PREPARED. MICROPHONES TESTED, RECORDING

          EQUIPMENT.
          FREDDIE OUT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Doing the work of the
          Cause. He invites people to come, hands out FLIERS.

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          98.

          INT. LOCAL PHOENIX RADIO STATION

          FREDDIE is talking with a local STATION MANAGER about
          buying air-time...

          INT. RADIO BOOTH

          FREDDIE is on the radio, reading the PROMO PIECE;

                         FREDDIE
          You don't have to change you faith or
          leave the congregation you belong to...So
          those interested in freedom are urged to
          please come for free sample processing
          sessions in being 'younger' feeling
          'freer' and understanding where you come
          from...
          If every individual in the world had one
          other individual to whom he could go with
          his troubles and his ideas; and if he
          could tell that Other all about his
          troubles and ideas; and if that Other
          would listen AND understand, but not
          evaluate or invalidate or approve or give
          advice or in any other way try to control
          the thoughts of the speaker; the people
          of the world would become sane, well and
          happy.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. PHOENIX AIRPORT / TARMAC - DAY

          A PLANE TAXI'S TO A STOP, MASTER and MARY SUE, ELIZABETH,
          etc, all disembark the PLANE...
          FREDDIE, clean cut and wearing a nice suit, is here to
          GREET THEM. They head for CARS waiting...

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. PHOENIX HOUSE - DAY

          THE WHOLE-ENTOURAGE unloads and heads into the house.

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          99.

          INT. PHOENIX HOUSE - THAT MOMENT

          Everyone comes in, settling in. . .MASTER inspecting some
          of the damage that has been cleaned up - but traces
          remain ... FREDDIE there to explain what it looked like...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. MASTER'S OFFICE - THAT MOMENT

          MASTER and FREDDIE come in. . .MASTER looks around... MASTER
          turns to FREDDIE:
          FREDDIE takes out the SAFE DEPOSIT KEY and hands it to

          MASTER.

                         FREDDIE
          The key.
          Master takes it, pockets it... He looks down at his
          desk...

                         MASTER
          I'll need fresh ribbon tonight for the
          Old 'Vetti and paper, vanilla. Do. we have
          any?

                         FREDDIE
          I'll get some.

                         MASTER
          We'll go to the bank in the morning.
          First thing?

                         FREDDIE
          Alright.

                         MASTER
          Now that we've arrived, let's keep an
          extra eye open around the perimeter.
          We're not out of harm's way yet.
          MASTER leaves the room with Freddie behind...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. HOUSE.- LATER

          MASTER is typing off camera. It's later that night,
          everyone asleep but ELIZABETH and FREDDIE. They have a

                         SCENE:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          100.

                         ELIZABETH
          I hope that one day this place will be a
          museum to my father and everyone he has
          helped around the world will come and
          visit to see where he presented Book II.
          You did a wonderful job helping him...

                         FREDDIE
          .where's Clark?

                         ELIZABETH
          Denver.

                         FREDDIE
          What's in Denver?

                         ELIZABETH
          He had a mission there...

          CU. FREDDIE

                         FREDDIE
          What kind of mission?

                         ELIZABETH
          A secret one...

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. PHOENIX BANK - MORNING

          MASTER and FREDDIE pull up in a car to the bank, get out,

                         GO IN:

                         CUT TO:

          INT. BANK - THAT MOMENT

          They get the BOX/DUFFLE BAG from the SAFE DEPOSIT.
          FREDDIE watching MASTER. Master doesn't open it, just
          gets it and they leave.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. PHOENIX HOUSE - LATER

          FREDDIE and MASTER come in, MASTER carrying the duffle
          bag. He says hello to the kids, MARY SUE, etc.. .then goes
          into his office...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          101.
          FREDDIE stays out in the living room.
          MARY SUE serves the kids some pancakes. He watches for a

                         SECOND;

                         MARY SUE
          Do you want some pancakes?

          HOLD. THEN:

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. PHOENIX HOUSE - LATER

          FREDDIE is sitting outside the house, smoking a cig,
          drinking some coffee... (distant sound of typing coming
          from inside the house - Master at work)
          .a CAR PULLS up...across the street. . .he watches it
          park... . and out steps: BILL WHITE (from New York)
          .he closes the door... and walks across the
          street... towards the house ... . he Looks very out of place
          in the middle of the desert. . .he approaches Freddie:

                         BILL
          Hello, Freddie.

                         FREDDIE
          Bill.

                         BILL
          Just dropped in to see Master, find out
          what's going on - guess I lost my
          invitation.

                         FREDDIE
          There's nothing going on, Bill.

                         BILL
          What does that mean?

                         FREDDIE
          That's what that means.

                         BILL
          Does that mean I'm out? Am I in? What
          does that mean?

                         FREDDIE
          That's it.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          102.

                         BILL
          Y'know that I've had no communications
          from this office for six weeks - no
          Journals, no answer's to my calls, I
          wrote a letter, was it received?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         BILL
          I'm mixed up slightly here. You know,
          when I worked for the Cause, I was made a
          nearly $800 in salary due me.

                         FREDDIE
          We appreciate that.

                         BILL
          And as a Founding Member, I'm supposed to
          be a member for life?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         BILL
          And that entitles me to the Journals?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         BILL
          But I haven't gotten the Journals?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         BILL
          And I'm not going to get the Journals?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         BILL
          And do you know that I'm a Fellow of the
          Cause and as a Fellow of the Cause I'm a
          member for life?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         BILL
          But I haven't gotten the Journals?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          103.

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         BILL
          And do you know that I paid $800 for the
          Minister's Course and that entitles me to
          membership in the Group until January 1?

                         FREDDIE

                         BILL
          And as a member I'm supposed to get the
          journals?

                         FREDDIE

                         BILL
          And I'm not going to get any Journals?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         BILL
          Ok. Do you know that I paid $50 for my
          "Doctor Of Divinity" certificate, and for
          which I also was to receive a medallion,
          a ribbon, a lapel pin, and a gold
          bordered book of The Cause?

                         FREDDIE
          Yes.

                         BILL
          And I haven't gotten them?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         BILL
          But you're going to give them to me?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         BILL
          Then I suppose you're going to refund my
          money?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          104.

                         BILL
          Why?

                         FREDDIE
          You're a dissenter. And an unfaithful
          woman.

          BEAT.

          BILL.
          Aren't you ashamed of yourself, sitting
          there getting all red in the face and
          being embarrassed because you have to act
          like a heel?

                         FREDDIE
          I'm not embarrassed. That's sunburn.

                         BILL
          I'm not going to let anyone tell me I
          can't have what I paid for, except
          Master. I want to see Master.

                         FREDDIE
          You can't see Master.

                         BILL
          Why?

                         FREDDIE
          Because he's busy and I'm not going to
          let you.

                         BILL
          Oh...it's Freddie-Barrier now? Why don't
          you hyphenate that?

          PAUSE.

                         BILL (CONT'D)
          You know what this all is? Huh? It's
          mental cruelty. That's what it is. It's
          just mental cruelty to invent all these
          new ideas and never follow through on it
          and just keep adding and subtracting and
          I gotta pay for this and that level and
          more and more-and Book II's coming. All
          the answers..."if you had that, it's no
          good 'cause here's the new thing.. .and
          oh no...you don't need that.. .that's
          old.. .this is new." And it's more and
          more and it's all just cruel.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          105.

                         BILL (CONT'D)
          And it's all gettin' away form what it
          was at the start which made sense. This
          is screwed man. Screw this. And screw
          you.
          BILL leaves.
          FREDDIE watches him go. Something takes hold of him.
          .FREDDIE walks after BILL, behind his back, come up on
          him and CRACKS HIM IN THE KIDNEYS. HE GOES DOWN...KICKS

          HIM FOR GOOD MEASURE, THEN WALKS BACK TO THE PORCH...
          He sits down and just watches Bill squirm in the middle
          of the street, finally dragging himself up and into his
          car.

          CU. FREDDIE.
          Just watching him with no/very little compassion.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. DOWNTOWN PHOENIX / PRINTERS - NEXT MORNING

          MASTER and FREDDIE hand over THE BOOK II manuscript pages
          for PRINTING. WE WATCH THE PAGES GO ROUND. DICK BENTON is
          here to help. They smoke cigarettes and watch the
          printing machines move...

          WE SEE THE TITLE OF THE BOOK:

          "THE SPLIT SABER"
          We see, IN CLOSE UP, THE LAST LINE OF THE BOOK:
          ".. .as gift to homo-sapien, in hopes of a better world.
          Lancaster Dodd, M.D."

          INT. CAUSE H.O. PHOENIX - DAY

          Everyone collected for the start of the Congress. 250
          people in attendance from all over. APPLAUSE for MASTER
          as he stands on stage, speaks:

                         MASTER
          That's enough.. .now that's enough, you're
          going to make me red all over. . .thank
          you. Thank you.
          Book II is about Man.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          106.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          And the title of the book is: "The Split
          Saber." This is an adap-tation of the
          original text... and here we have some
          answers...
          Ooooooh's and aaaaaaah's. Whispers, etc.

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          No More Secrets...
          This is a study of your last 83 trillion
          years.. .This is about the source of
          creation.
          Of good and evil ... . and the source of
          all...
          Now funny enough - the source of all
          is...
          You.
          I have a unlocked and discovered a secret
          to living in these bodies that we
          hold.. .and Ohhhhhhh yessss it's verrrye
          evre veryvery SERIOUS!
          The secret is laughter.

          CU. FREDDIE
          Listens from the sidelines. It's sweltering HOT in here.

          FANS ABOVE DO NOTHING. EVERYONE IS POURING SWEAT BUT RAPT

          IN ATTENTION...
          Freddie looks up at the stage and MASTER
          speaking... MASTER keeps talking... Freddie keeps
          looking...MASTER talks and talks ... . FREDDIE looks...

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          .so let's review "Laughter and
          Processing." and how the role of the
          listener...
          FREDDIE imagines himself standing up, going up to the
          stage, PULLS OUT A LARGE SABER AND SLICES MASTER'S HEAD

          OFF. HIS HEAD ROLLS INTO THE AUDIENCE...
          .MASTER keeps talking and talking...

                         MASTER (CONT'D)
          Man is not an animal
          Man is an enternal spirit.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          107.

          BACK TO FREDDIE.
          He's sitting up straight, watching, pouring sweat. It's
          the end of the lecture. EVERYONE STANDS UP AND GIVES

          MASTER A HUGE ROUND OF APPLAUSE...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. CAUSE COLLEGE.

          a big party at the end of the evening. SLOW ZOOM IN ON
          FREDDIE. Sober. Sitting and watching everyone dance aroud
          and have a good time. He's STOIC. People are coming and
          speaking to him...he is gracious, nodding her and
          there ...
          A sexy young woman, JOAN BANKS (30s) sings a song for
          everyone: ELIZABETH is playing the piano.

                         JOAN (SINGING)

          A TISKET-A-TASKET-MY PAST LIVES IN A

          BASKET!

          WE'RE HERE NOW, WE'RE HERE NOW.

          IN LOVELY AR-I-ZO-NA. AND

          WRESTLE OUT RE-ACTS RIGHT TO THE GROUND

          AND PUSH, PULL, PIN IT DOWN.

          WE'LL TAKE IT, WELL TAKE IT,

          THOSE DIRTY SEEDS AND WIPE 'EM.

          THE APA AND AMA WILL HAVE TO KISS OUR -

                         SS'S
          Everyone applauds, laughs. FREDDIE watches everyone
          celebrate and laugh, drink, etc...
          ELIZABETH comes over and sits with FREDDIE...

                         ELIZABETH
          Can we have some of your booze now?

                         FREDDIE
          No more booze, Girl-y. Or haven't you
          heard?

                         ELIZABETH

                         FREDDIE

                         ELIZABETH

                         

                         

                         

                         

          108.
          She leaves.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. DESERT - DAY/NEXT MORNING.

          MASTER, riding a MOTORCYCLE... and A SEDAN carrying
          FREDDIE and DICK BRETON.. .pull up in the middle of
          flatland desert outside PHOENIX...
          ANGLE, LATER. The three of them stand out in the
          desert...

                         MASTER
          The game is "Pick A Point"
          pick a point... and ride straight at it.
          as fast as you can. I'll go first.
          MASTER gets up on the bike. Picks a spot on the horizon.

          AND DRIVES STRAIGHT AT IT - A THOUSAND MILES AN HOUR.

          COMPLETE ABANDON. MINIOSEQUENCE HER. SEEING THE SPEED. HE

          GOES FULL THROTTLE FOR ALMOST HALF A MILE...

          HE ARRIVES... SKIDS TO A STOP...THE ADRENALINE AND

          RUSH ...HE TURNS...

          THEN GOES BACK THE SAME WAY HE CAME.
          HE PULLS UP. he laughs his head off, talking about what
          just happened...

          ANGLE, LATER.
          FREDDIE'S TURN...he gets on-picks a spot, says what it
          is...

          AND DRIVES TOWARDS IT. DRIVING. FAST. HE HITS A BUMP.

          ALMOST WIPES OUT. KEEPS GOING. FAST. FASTER. FASTER.
          FREDDIE keeps on going...
          MASTER watching him go and go-disappear on the horizon
          line...

          HOLD.

          FREDDIE IS GONE. MUSIC STARTS, OVER THE FOLLOWING: (?
          "ho! For kansas.")

                         DISSOLVE TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          109.

          EXT. DESERT - THREE-HOURS LATER - DUSK.

          MASTER and DICK BRETON get in the car, done waiting for
          Freddie..and drive off.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. GALVESTON, TX.

          FREDDIE gets passage on a FREIGHTER. It sails off. He's
          on it. back at sea.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. ATLANTIC OCEAN. DAY.


          FREDDIE ON BOARD. . .DOWN BELOW. HE MAKES HIS SPECIAL

          POTION OF BOOZE OUT OF RUBBING ALCOHAL AND SOME OTHER

          INGREDIENTS FOR THE OTHER CREW MEMBERS...

          THIS ALL ENDS UP IN AN EVENING OF:

          TATTOO'S. FREDDIE GETS SOME NEW TATTOO'S

          "TOO TOUGH TO DIE"

          EXT. LYNN, MASS. SUBERBAN NEIGHBORHOOD WEEKS LATER.

          FREDDIE walks up to a small house in a suburban
          neighborhood...
          He knocks on the door...then stands back off the steps...
          A NOEWEGIAN WOMAN - MOTHER-type (40s) opens the door,

                         ROCOGNISES HIM;
          WE SEE FREDDIE. He looks rough, tired...HE HAS MORE
          TATOOS that come up from under his shirt and start to

          WRAP UP HIS NECK...

                         MOTHER
          Hello ... . Freddie?

                          FREDDIE
           Hi. I'm lookin' for Doris.

                          MOTHER
          Oh. .what for?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          110.

                         FREDDIE
          'cause I'm looking for her. Because i
          want to talk to her. That's what for.

                         MOTHER
          Well. Doris is in Alabama right now. She
          lives there ... . she's married to Jim
          Day. He's in ROTC training. Navy flight
          training...

                         FREDDIE
          Jim day? Jim day-jim day? That jim-day?

                         MOTHER
          Yes. Jim day. From sommerville.

                         FREDDIE
          When did that happen?

                         MOTHER
          They've been married for three years.

                         FREDDIE
          To jim day?

                         MOTHER
          Yes.

                         FREDDIE
          Is he still ugly?

          PAUSE.

                         MOTHER
          She has two children.

                         FREDDIE
          .boys or girls?

                         MOTHER
          Two girls. Are you coming back home?

                         FREDDIE
          I'm just visiting, wanted to see if she
          was around, say hello.

                         MOTHER
          How's your family doing?

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah, alright.

          PAUSE.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         FREDDIE
          Well, ok-then. If she's not here.

                         MOTHER
          You could write her. I have an adress.

                         FREDDIE
          No, I'm not gonna write her a latter.

                         MOTHER
          Alright.

                         FREDDIE
          Was she upset that last time I was here?
          When I left her here?

                         MOTHER
          Yes.

                         FREDDIE
          Was she broken up about it?

                         MOTHER
          Yes.

                         FREDDIE
          Did she tell you what happened?

                         MOTHER
          Yes.

                         FREDDIE
          What did she say?

                         MOTHER
          That you said you couldn't be with her
          and that you'd come back some time. Is
          that right? (it was a long time ago.)

                         FREDDIE
          Yeah.

                         MOTHER
          Where have you been?

                         FREDDIE
          (laughs)...I been working. I been
          doing a lot of work and travelling, I
          think I been halfway aroudn the world
          doing things since I last saw doris...
          how old is she now?

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         112

                         MOTHER
          Doris is twenty.

                         FREDDIE
          Casue I wanted to know. She was too young
          when I knew her, when I saw her. how's
          Sonny?

                         MOTHER
          Sonny died in Italy.

                         FREDDIE
          Yep. Yeah. Alright.

          BEAT.

                         FREDDIE
          I loved Doris, but when I came back
          hom..and she was only sixteen, so...i
          couldn't wait for her-but she's happy
          and that's good. So...

                         MOTHER
          I'll tell her you came to see me.

                         FREDDIE
          That's not going to matter - give me a

                         BREAK --

                         MOTHER
          Do you want her to know?

                         FREDDIE
          It's better if she thinkgs I was a heel.
          That's better - so if you can - don't
          tell her - but you're her mother you'll
          tell her, so -

                         MOTHER
          No I won't. I think you're right.

                         FREDDIE
          Well. . .you do whatever you think is
          right.

                         MOTHER
          It was nice to see you.

                         FREDDIE
          . am I leaving?

                         MOTHER
          No. Whatever you'd like. You can come in.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          113.

                         FREDDIE
          I gotta go. Thank you. So. . .thank you.
          How's Mr. Shoeman?

                         MOTHER
          He's very good. He, s working.

                         FREDDIE
          Tell him I said hello.

                         MOTHER
          Alright.

          LONG PAUSE.

                         FREDDIE
          So her name is Doris Day? The the Doris
          Day?

                         MOTHER
          Yes.

                         FREDDIE
          Like the movie star.
          FREDDIE comes up and gives her a kiss on the cheek and
          walks off.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. MOVIE THEATER - SOMEWHERE.

          FREDDIE, by himself, drinking from his FLASK. The movie
          playing is a short "CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST. THERE'S

          GOOD BOOS TONIGHT."
          He is PASSED OUT IN THE BACK ROW OF THE BALCONY...
          A sory of dream moment happens where... an USHER walks up
          WITH A TELEPHONE AND HANDS IT TO FREDDIE, waking him up,
          Freddie speaks into the phone:

                         FREDDIE
          Hello?

          MASTER (V.0.)
          I miss you.

                         FREDDIE
          How'd you find me?

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         114

          MASTER (V.0.)
          We're tied together.
          Who got to you, Freddie?

                         FREDDIE
          What?

          MASTER (V.0.)
          Who got to you?

                         FREDDIE
          Nothing. Nobody.

          MASTER (V.0.)
          Come to England... you'll love it here.
          And I think it will do you some good. Can
          you do it?

                         FREDDIE
          Where?

          MASTER (V.0.)
          We have a new house ... . it's In England.

                         FREDDIE
          My spaceship's in the shop and the dance

                         CARD'S FULL

          MASTER (V.0.)
          Ha ha ha ha. You've still got it! Will
          you bring some Kools?

                         FREDDIE
          They don't have 'em there?

          MASTER (V.0.)
          The only bad part over her...no Kools.

                         FREDDIE
          How'd you find me?

          MASTER (V.0.)
          Freddie; I ahve a matter of such urgency -
          a matter that only you can help me with -
          that may, in fact, cure the insane once
          and for all...
          BACK TO FREDDIE. PASSED OUT IN THE MOVIE THEATER.. .he
          wakes up, looks around... watches Casper for a second or
          two.. .gets up...
          And walks down the very steep flight of stairs on the
          balcony...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          115.
          .it's dark...he's drunk...he takes a step or two the
          wrong way - and FALLS...he not only falls down the steps -
          but OVER THE BALCONY RAILING AND DOWN INTO THE MAIN

          AUDITORIUM...
          The fall should either kill him or break his back.
          Audience members come rushing over, helping him. . .people
          call for help ...FREDDIE'S KNOCKED OUT. HOLD THIS AND

          WATCH AS PEOPLE HELP HIM. . .THERE IS WOMAN HER...SHE IS A

          BIT SHAKEN, FREDDIE FELL RIGHT NEXT TO HER...

          WE SEE THIS WOMAN, AND RECOGNIZE HER AS THE WOMAN (NUDE

          DANCER) FROM THE NIGHTCLUB IN NEW YORK CITY... ELLEN... SHE

          LOOKS AT FREDDIE...

          CUT TO BLACK.

          FADE UP IN;

          INT. HOSPITAL - LATER

          FREDDIE looks around. He sees a YOUNG WOMAN...it all
          takes him a minute.. .he focuses on her:
          It's her...ELLEN.

                         ELLEN
          You're alright. You're Superman.
          He looks at her.

                         ELLEN
          Do you remember me?
          you saved my life.
          you don't remember me?
          You told me where I could get some help.
          And I did.
          And it saved my life.
          Freddie looks at her, looks around, looks down at
          himself. Only a few bandages, all seems to be in order..

                         ELLEN
          Do you know what happened?

                         FREDDIE
          I fell over the balcony.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          116.

                         ELLEN
          That's right.

                         FREDDIE
          Am I alright?

                         ELLEN
          Yes.

                         FREDDIE
          Sure I'm not dead?

                         ELLEN
          Yes.

                         FREDDIE
          Not dreaming?

                         ELLEN
          Well ...I don't know ... depends on how you
          mean... you're here right now. With me.
          In the hospital. It's 1952. New york
          city. My name is Ellen Rodgers..
          You probably don't recognize me with my
          clothes on...he he he.

                         FREDDIE
          .why are you here?

                         ELLEN
          I was in the movie theater. You fell
          down. Right. Next. To. Me...
          I just happen to be there. You see?

                         FREDDIE
          Do you have a cigarette?

                         ELLEN
          No.
          PAUSE. She starts to cry a little...

                         ELLEN
          .you're A mess...I can't see you
          this way...you...I've thought about you
          and what my life was life before the
          Cause and now. . .before I met you...
          .and you should be a Savior. You are.
          FREDDIE looks at her...she puts her head on him...

                         

                         

                         

                         

          117.

                         ELLEN
          I'm not a cryer. I'm sorry. I don't know
          why I'm crying ...I'm just heppy to see
          you...
          can I get you something?

          HOLD...

                         FREDDIE
          I really want a cigarette...
          She goes away...comes back...lights him up a cigarette...

                         FREDDIE
          I want to get to a phone ...I gotta make a
          phone call. . .can you help me with that?

                         CUT TO:

          INT. HOSPITAL/HALLWAY. PHONE BOOTH.

          FREDDIE making a LONG DISTANCE CALL TO PHOENIX ARIZONA.
          Finally connected with THE CAUSE H.Q. (Ellen lingers in
          background..)

                         VOICE
          The Cause College Of Phoenix, Hello.

                         FREDDIE
          This is Freddie Sutton calling for MOC.

                         VOICE
          Who?

                         FREDDIE
          My name is Freddie Sutton. I'm calling
          for MOC.

                         VOICE
          MOC is not here, I can help you. Are you
          calling for help? Are you in trouble or
          would you like to come in for free
          processing and evaluation?

                         FREDDIE
          Is someone there. Elizabeth or mary Sue
          or Norm Conrad, the family?

                         VOICE
          No, They're in England.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          118.

                         FREDDIE

                         VOICE
          Who is this?

                         FREDDIE
          Is Dick Breton there?

                         VOICE
          Dick Breton no longer works for this
          organization. Who is this?

                         FREDDIE
          My name is Freddie Sutton and I'ma friend
          of the the family. Where in England?

                         VOICE
          Are you in any kind of trouble that we
          can help you with? You can come in for an

                         EVALUATION -
          FREDDIE hangs up. He thinks. He thinks. He thinks. He
          looks at Ellen... she looks at him...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. EELEN'S APARTMENT - NEW YOKR CITY - NIGHT.

          FREDDIE is in Ellen's bed. She is going over his
          tattto's. She kisses the tops of his FEET. ON HIS LEFT

          FOOT: A PIG. ONE HIS RIGHT FOOR: A ROOSTER.

                         ELLEN
          What are these? What does this mean?

                         FREDDIE
          They keep you from drowning... keep the
          sea from swallowing you..pig and
          rooster's always survive a shipwreck.

                         ELLEN
          How come they survive?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't know. They can swim better? Never
          thought about it.

                         ELLEN
          Did you ever have a shipwreck?

                         FREDDIE
          .I did.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          119.
          HOLD. He thinks about this.
          Ellen starts to get a little teary. She hugs his legs and
          feet, holds onto him...

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. ATLANTIC OCEAN. DAY.

          FREDDY on board a ship heading across the ocean.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. LONDON. ENGLAND - DAY - MONTHS LATER.

          FREDDIE, alone, walking down the STREETS OF
          LONDON...CAMERA WITH HIM, IN THE B.G. there are still

          VACANT LOTS, HALF BOMBED BUILDINGS, REMNANTS OF THE CITY

          BOMBARDED...

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. COUTNRY ROAD/ENGLAND - DAY.

          FREDDIE walking a long road carrying his DUFFLE BAD...he
          heads up, passes some STUDENTS (wearing uniforms)
          He comes into a clearing and heads up a driveway that
          leads to a VERY LARGE ENGLISH MANOR...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. RECEPTION AREA/MANSION.

          A young BRITISH GIRL is very welcoming, asking him:

                         BRITISH GIRL
          Hello! welcome, can we help you and
          invite you to sit down?

                         FREDDIE
          You can...

                         BRITISH GIRL
          You look like you've travelled here...

                         FREDDIE
          .how else do you get someplace?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          120.

                         BRITISH GIRL
          Ha, ha, he, he...
          .can I assist you in help?

                         FREDDIE
          .I'm here to see your Master.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. WAITING AREA/COUNTRY ESTATE - MOMENTS LATER.

          FREDDIE is sitting, waiting.. .he sees:
          DOWN THE HALLWAY, APPROACHING IS: VAL. he looks good,
          healthy clean-cut, etc...he's walking with an AID and
          going over some official business...
          VAL walks past FREDDIE...
          VAL sees FREDDIE.
          FREDDIE sees VAL. He stops, comes back.. .walks up to

                         FREDDIE:

                         VAL
          Come to get yourself straight?

                         FREDDIE
          You look good, Val.

                         VAL
          Thank you.

                         FREDDIE
          Was in the neighborhood, stopped in to
          see your old man.

                         VAL
          Does he know you're here?

                         FREDDIE
          He should...
          MASTER comes down the long hallway...

                         MASTER

          IS THERE A RASCAL IN THE HOUSE??
          VAL to FREDDIE quickly before MASTER arrives:

                         VAL
          They always come back.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          121.

                         MASTER

          IS THERE A RASCAL NEARBY?
          MASTER comes barreling up to FREDDIE, wraps his arms
          around FREDDIE in a big-friendly BEAR HUG.

                         MASTER
          Mold sparring partner.
          VAL watches...

                         MASTER
          Traveller. Seamen. Adventurer. Bon
          vivant. You bring with you elan vitale.
          days of rugged wear on your face, come
          with me...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. MASTER'S OPULENT OFFICE - DAY.

          MASER and FREDDIE together... MARY SUE is here...

          CU. FREDDIE
          he's listening to MASTER speak -

          MASTER (O.C.)
          You don't believe that this can work

                         FREDDIE
          Not really.

          MASTER (O.C.)
          Then you'll never know.
          are you drunk?

                         FREDDIE
          No.

          MASTER (O.C.)
          It's not up to me to decide how ou use it
          or if you use it.
          but if you want FACT. And scientific
          proof. This is it.

          REVERSE, MASTER.

                         MASTER
          Who got to you?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          122.

                         FREDDIE
          Nobody.

                         MASTER
          Do you want to come back?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't think so.

                         MASTER
          We could have some fun. Without you,
          there's less adventure.

                         FREDDIE
          How did you get this castle?

                         MASTER
          I think I won it in a card game. He he
          he.

                         MARY SUE
          You look sick, Freddie. You don't look
          healthy.

                         FREDDIE
          I don't look that way, that's not the way
          I look. (must be a bad habit.)

                         MARY SUE
          You should.
          You can.
          You don't think you can. ?

                         FREDDIE
          It's just not how I look.

                         MARY SUE
          Can't take this-life straight, huh?

          BEAT.

                         MARY SUE
          What do you want? What did you hope would
          happen by coming here today?

                         FREDDIE
          I don't know..
          I had a dream.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          123.

                         MASTER
          The pull and the dream. The intersection
          of astral planes. Only a man as strong as
          you can listen to those calls...

          PAUSE.

                         FREDDIE
          Do you need some photographs taken? I
          could do that for you.
          You know. Whatever I do for you, I'm only
          gonna do for a minute. It's only gonna be
          a minute before I go somewhere else
          again... just the way it's built.

                         MASTER
          I know it. But this is not fashion. This
          is something to do for billions of years
          or not at all...

                         MARY SUE
          We don't need any photo's taken, Freddie.
          They all sit and look at each other. MARY SUE gets
          restless. She stands up...
          She leaves. It takes her a minute to walk across the huge
          room. . .PAUSE, THEN:
          MASTER looks at Freddie..MASTER goes into his desk, takes
          out a CONTRACT.

                         MASTER
          We have a new contract. . .it says that you
          will serve the Cause above all other laws
          and regulations in this or any other
          neighboring galaxy for three billion
          years...
          .would you sign it? And join with me?

                         FREDDIE

                         MASTER
          It's not that long in the scheme of
          things, Freddie.. .he he he he he..
          PAUSE. SILENCE between them ...then: MASTER starts to
          sing. . .and walk over to Freddie... serenades him;

                         

                         

                         

                         

          124.

                         MASTER
          Lighting up the night so bright, for all

                         OF US
          who sail by night...
          for those of us who sail by
          night-light, light, the light.
          I'd love to get ya...
          on a slow boat to China
          all to myself alone...
          get you and keep ya,
          in my arms ever more.
          Leave all your lovers,
          weepin' on a far-away shore.
          Out on the briny
          with that moon big and shinee.
          Melting your heart of stone.
          Honey I'd love to get ya
          on a slow boat to China
          all to myself
          alone...
          They look at each other.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. ESTATE - COUNTRYSIDE.

          FREDDIE walks off, away from the mansion. . .down the
          road.. .passing STUDENTS ...

                         CUT TO:

          INT. BROTHEL/APARTMENT - LONDON - NIGHT.

          FREDDIE is lying in bed with a BRITISH WOMAN. He's
          smoking, looking at the ceiling, she curls up next to
          him. . .smokes some of his cigarette...
          We SEE HIS FULL BODY NOW, COVERED IN AMAZING, INTRICATE

          TATTOOS'S. BIRDS, SHIPS, FLAGS, PALM TREES, "TOO TOUGH TO

          DIE,"

                         FREDDIE
          What's your name?

                         WINN
          I told you...don't rememeber?

                         

                         

                         

                         

          125.

                         FREDDIE
          Say it...

                         WINN
          You're drunk...

                         FREDDIE
          No. Not drunk yet. Say it...

                         WINN
          Winn.

                         FREDDIE
          Say your full name.

                         WINN
          Winn Manchester.

                         FREDDIE
          Say it again...

                         WINN
          Winn Mancester.

                         FREDDIE
          Say it again...

                         WINN
          Winn Manchester.

                         FREDDIE
          Are you sure you haven't lived before?

                         WINN
          No.

                         FREDDIE
          Maybe this isn't your only life...

                         WINN
          I don't think it is...

          THE END.



Master, The



Writers :   Paul Thomas Anderson
Genres :   Drama


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