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                                        THE 4400

                                       Episode 102 

                          "THE NEW AND IMPROVED CARL MORRISSEY"

                                           By

                                    Ira Steven Behr




               PRESENT

               
               Carl, one of the 4400, is working in the fishmongers section 
               of a supermarket. A woman enters
 
               
                                     MRS MARTINO
                         What looks good today, Carl?

               
                                     CARL
                         I have a white fish with your name on 
                         it, Mrs Martino.
 
               
                                     MRS MARTINO
                         When you were gone, in 18 months,I haven't 
                         got a decent piece of fish. You...you 
                         take care of me. You are such a sweetheart.
 
                         
               
                                     CARL
                         Oh, it's easy being nice to you.

               
                                     MRS MARTINO
                         Tell me, how does it feel to be back?
 
                         
               
                                     CARL
                         It's OK. It's good It's like I never 
                         left.
 
               
                                     BOSS
                         What do you think you're doing out there?
 
                         
               
                                     CARL
                         I was helping a customer.

               
                                     BOSS
                         Rosie can help a customer. Derek can 
                         help a customer. I told you to stock 
                         the display cases.
 
               
                                     CARL
                         But I've known Mrs Martino since I was 
                         a kid.
 
               
                                     BOSS
                         And I'm supposed to care? Now, get that 
                         flounder on ice.
 
               
               
               
               Carl picks up his wife from outside a cinema

               
               
               
                                     GRACE
                         So how'd it go today?

               
                                     GRACE
                         Slow as usual.It's the neighbourhood. 
                         It's not like it used to be.
 
               
                                     CARL
                         It's not that bad.

               
                                     GRACE
                         It's gotten worse since you were away.
 
                         
               
                                     CARL
                         I don't see it.

               
                                     GRACE
                         You don't want to see it.

               
                                     CARL
                         OK, I admit it. It's not like when we 
                         were kids.
 
               
                                     GRACE
                         No one cares about the place any more.There's 
                         no pride.There's no sense of community.
 
                         
               
                                     CARL
                         I didn't know you were so unhappy.
 
                         
               
                                     GRACE
                         I'm not unhappy.I got you back, didn't 
                         I? I got nothing to complain about.
 
                         
               
                                     CARL
                         Yeah.

               
               
               
               She smells the fish on him

               
               
               
                                     GRACE
                         Oh.

               
                                     CARL
                         Oh, I'm sorry. Fish smell.

               
                                     GRACE
                         I don't mind.

               
                                     CARL
                         :I'll hop in the shower as soon as we 
                         get back. Hey. Let's cut across the 
                         park.
 
               
                                     GRACE
                         The park? Nobody goes into Bradley Park. 
                         No.
 
               
                                     CARL
                         Yeah? Sure they do. How do you think 
                         I got here?
 
               
                                     GRACE
                         It's not safe. There's nothing but lowlifes 
                         and junkies in there.
 
               
                                     CARL
                         Grace, I5 years ago I proposed to you 
                         in this park.
 
               
                                     GRACE
                         I5 years ago I was a size 2 and you 
                         had your hair down to your shoulders.Things 
                         change. From now on, you take the long 
                         way around.
 
               
                                     CARL
                         Grace, I just wish that you'd....

               
               
               
               Some boys are playing baseball in the street behind him. They 
               bat the ball and it flies through the air at great speed. He 
               can't see it, but his hand comes out and stops it, anyway.
 
               
               
               
               
                                     CARL
                         ......stop worrying.Marry me, Gracie.
 
                         
               
                                     GRACE
                         Of course I will.

               
               
               
               One night Carl takes a short cut through the park. Some youths 
               stop him
 
               
               
                                     YOUTH I
                         Yo, what are you doing in our park, 
                         man?
 
               
                                     CARL
                         Your park?

               
                                     YOUTH 2
                         Just give up your wallet.

               
                                     CARL
                         You're mugging me?

               
                                     YOUTH I
                         Now you're catching on. Seven bucks!
 
                         
               
                                     CARL
                         It's all I have.

               
               
               
               They attack him and he fights them easily, knocking both to the 
               ground with great speed
 
               
               Titles

               
               
               
               Ryland, Tom and Diana are at Homeland Security watching Maia 
               on tape
 
               
               
               
                                     RYLAND
                         The complaints started after her foster 
                         parents brought her back to quarantine 
                         last week.
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         What kind of complaints?

               
                                     RYLAND
                         Well, for instance, yesterday, Maia 
                         spoke to an employee in the cafeteria. 
                         She told her that her daughter would 
                         be in the hospital soon, but would be 
                         Ok.Then the little girl was in a car 
                         accident.
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         So you're saying what,she's got some 
                         kind of second sight?
 
               
                                     RYLAND
                         I have five stories just like that one.
 
                         
               
                                     TOM
                         Why hold a little girl for 60 years 
                         and then send her back able to predict 
                         the future?What were they thinking?
 
                         
               
                                     DIANA
                         We don't know if there is a they.

               
                                     TOM
                         :He, she it, take your pick.

               
                                     RYLAND
                         Let's leave that for the team in the 
                         theory room.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         When they're not playing video games.
 
                         
               
                                     DIANA
                         That's why they're intimidated.They 
                         feel your hostility.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         Good.

               
                                     RYLAND
                         I wouldn't worry too much about the 
                         big brains.Just talk to that girl.
 
                         
               
               
               
               Tom and Diana leave Ryland's office

               
               Maia is drawing in an interview room, when Tom and Diana enter. 
               Tom sit's at the table with her, while Diana stands by the window.
 
               
               
               
                                     TOM
                         Thanks.

               
                                     MAIA
                         I never meant to scare anyone.

               
                                     TOM
                         We know that, sweetie.But why did you 
                         say those things to Mrs Krause about 
                         her daughter?
 
               
                                     MAIA
                         Because they're true.

               
                                     TOM
                         But how did you know?

               
                                     MAIA
                         I just do.

               
                                     TOM
                         lf I asked you if it was going to rain 
                         next Sunday, would you know the answer?
 
                         
               
                                     MAIA
                         Maybe.I don't know What's going to happen 
                         to me now?
 
               
                                     TOM
                         The doctors here are going to take another 
                         look at you. Don't worry. lt won't hurt.
 
                         
               
                                     MAIA
                         I don't believe you. It's gonna hurt, 
                         isn't it?
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         You might be uncomfortable some of the 
                         time, but mostly it's going to be boring.
 
                         
               
                                     MAIA
                         Will you look in on me now and then?
 
                         
               
                                     DIANA
                         Me?

               
                                     MAIA
                         To see that I'm all right.

               
                                     DIANA
                         Sure.

               
               
               
               Richard and Lily are looking at an apartment

               
               
                                     LILY
                         It's expensive though.

               
                                     RICHARD
                         Rental vouchers will cover it.

               
                                     LANDLORD
                         So...do you have any questions?

               
                                     LILY
                         The small bedroom, do you think it'll 
                         get too much light for a nursery?
 
                         
               
                                     LANDLORD
                         It's a northern exposure, so you should 
                         be all right.
 
               
               
               
               She turns to Richard

               
               
               
                                     LILY
                         So, what do you think?

               
                                     RICHARD
                         I like it.

               
                                     LILY
                         Me, too.

               
                                     LANDLORD
                         Is this your first baby?

               
                                     LILY
                         Oh...we're not actually a couple.

               
                                     LANDLORD
                         Oh, so it's just you and the baby.
 
                         
               
                                     LILY
                         No, it'll be the three of us.

               
               
               
               Richard looks at her in shock. He's from the I950's and a white 
               woman and a black man living together was virtually unheard of 
               and definitely not accepted
 
               
               
                                     LILY
                         Why not? You can't stay in that hotel 
                         forever. We can share this place. Unless 
                         you don't want to.
 
               
                                     RICHARD
                         No. No, I'd like that.

               
                                     LANDLORD
                         Great. I'll go do the paperwork.

               
               
               
               The landlord leaves the apartment

               
               
                                     LILY
                         I hope I didn't embarrass you.

               
                                     RICHARD
                         No. It's..It's not that. I figure he 
                         wouldn't rent you the place if I was 
                         part of the deal.I know, Iknow. lt's 
                         not 1951 any more.Times have changed, 
                         but... Sometimes I'm just surprised 
                         at how much.
 
               
                                     LILY
                         Good. It's settled, then?

               
               
               
               Lily looks around the room, which begins to warp and move

               
               
               
                                     LILY
                         Oh, God.

               
                                     RICHARD
                         Lily? Lily, what is it?

               
                                     LILY
                         Oh.

               
                                     RICHARD
                         Lily?

               
                                     LILY
                         I don't feel so good.

               
                                     RICHARD
                         You need to sit down.Shall I call a 
                         doctor?
 
               
                                     LILY
                         No, no. No, let's just leave.

               
                                     RICHARD
                         And go where?

               
                                     LILY
                         Anywhere but here.

               
               
               
               Carl arrives home to find Grace waiting for him

               
               
                                     GRACE
                         Carl, where have you been?

               
                                     CARL
                         I got mugged.

               
                                     GRACE
                         Oh, God. Are you all right? Did they 
                         hurt you?
 
               
                                     CARL
                         I didn't get hurt. They got hurt.

               
                                     GRACE
                         Who did?

               
                                     CARL
                         I learned something important tonight.I'm 
                         a different man. Those aliens, or whoever 
                         took me, they did something.They took 
                         me. They changed me.They made me better.
 
                         
               
                                     GRACE
                         First thing in the morning call the 
                         counsellor and make an appointment.
 
                         
               
                                     CARL
                         I don't have time for that. I've got 
                         things to do.
 
               
                                     GRACE
                         What kind of things?

               
                                     CARL
                         The park, Gracie! I want to make it 
                         like it was before. People will bring 
                         their kids again.You and me, we can 
                         have
 
               our picnics at the old spot.

               
                                     GRACE
                         Carl, you're scaring me.

               
                                     CARL
                         Wh.. There's nothing to be scared of, 
                         not any more.
 
               
               
               
               Tom and Linda have been called to the hospital. Linda is at Kyle's 
               bedside holding his hand, when Tom enters the room.
 
               
               
                                     TOM
                         Linda, any idea why Dr Mayhew wants 
                         to see us?
 
               
                                     LINDA
                         He didn't say.

               
                                     TOM
                         So how have you been?

               
                                     LINDA
                         Good! My lawyer was asking if you'd 
                         signed those divorce papers yet.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         I thought maybe if we had dinner one 
                         night...we could sign them together.
 
                         
               
                                     LINDA
                         You mean make plans that you cancel 
                         at the last minute?
 
               
                                     TOM
                         I'll bring the papers, we'll have a 
                         good meal, a couple of glasses of wine...
 
                         
               
                                     LINDA
                         And a good cry.

               
                                     TOM
                         That, too.

               
                                     LINDA
                         Stefano's?

               
                                     TOM
                         Yeah. Where else?

               
               
               
               Dr Mayhew enters the room

               
               
                                     DR MAYHEW
                         Tom, Linda, thanks for coming in. I 
                         was reviewing Kyle's EEG read out and 
                         noticed something peculiar.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         What now?

               
                                     DR MAYHEW
                         Last Thursday he had a burst of increased 
                         brain activity. It was brief, no more 
                         than a few seconds.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         That's good, isn't it?

               
                                     DR MAYHEW
                         Technically, yes. Let's not get ahead 
                         of ourselves. I'm gonna run some tests, 
                         see if I can find out what happened.
 
                         
               
                                     LINDA
                         Tests!We've had three years of tests.
 
                         
               
                                     DR MAYHEW
                         I understand your frustration Linda, 
                         but we need to look into this.
 
               
               He leaves the room

               
               
                                     LINDA
                         lt's a roller coaster, isn't it?

               
                                     TOM
                         Never ends.Linda.So Stefano's, right?How 
                         does Thursday night sound, 730?
 
               
                                     LINDA
                         I'll be there.

               
               
               
               Tom goes outside and speaks to the someone at the nurse's station
 
               
               
               
                                     TOM
                         Dorothy.

               
                                     DOROTHY
                         Yeah.

               
                                     TOM
                         Did anyone visit last Thursday night, 
                         besides his mother and me?
 
               
                                     DOROTHY
                         Let me check. Yes. He had one other 
                         visitor. Your nephew Shawn.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         Shawn!

               
               
               
               Tom goes to Shawns school to confront him. He catches up with 
               him outside
 
               
               
                                     SHAWN
                         Yeah, I went and saw Kyle on Thursday 
                         night. He's my cousin.I wanted to see 
                         him. What about it?
 
               
                                     TOM
                         Nothing happened there?

               
                                     SHAWN
                         I was only there for a couple of minutes.
 
                         
               
                                     TOM
                         So you saw nothing, did nothing?

               
                                     SHAWN
                         What could I have done?

               
                                     TOM
                         At your welcome home party, a bird smacked 
                         into the window, remember?
 
               
                                     SHAWN
                         It was stunned. What about it?

               
                                     TOM
                         No, it was more than that. And then...you 
                         picked it up. Suddenly, it was alive 
                         and well. What the hell did you do to 
                         Kyle?
 
               
                                     SHAWN
                         Argh! I didn't do anything to him. Look, 
                         I really like these little chats we 
                         have, Uncle Tommy, but I gotta go to 
                         class.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         Shawn. We'll talk again.

               
                                     SHAWN
                         Oh, I can't wait.

               
               
               
               He begins to walk up the steps. Nikki and Danny run to catch 
               up with him
 
               
               
                                     NIKKI
                         A bunch of us are going to see Fountains 
                         Of Wayne this weekend.
 
               
                                     SHAWN
                         Have fun.

               
                                     NIKKI
                         You know, this whole loner thing is 
                         so tired.
 
               
                                     SHAWN
                         Well, it works for me.

               
               
               
               Shawn walks away and Danny turns to Nikki angrily

               
               
               
                                     NIKKI
                         Fountains of Wayne...Friday night!
 
                         
               
                                     DANNY
                         What is with you?Why do you keep pushing 
                         him?
 
               
                                     NIKKI
                         Someone has to. I don't see you doing 
                         anything.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         I 'm giving him his space, let him figure 
                         things out for himself. You should try 
                         it sometime.
 
               
                                     NIKKI
                         Ugh!

               
               
               
               Diana and Tom go to the theory room at Homeland Security

               
               
                                     DIANA
                         Marco.

               
                                     MARCO
                         Skouris. Good. I checked out your idea.
 
                         
               
                                     TOM
                         What idea?

               
                                     DIANA
                         So am I a genius or am I crazy?

               
                                     MARCO
                         We don't make that distinction in here. 
                         Anyway's, I visited a sampling of disappearance 
                         sites on the west coast, like you suggested. 
                         Turns out you were right. The gravity 
                         at those sites is weaker. But only by 
                         five parts per billion.
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         That's barely measurable.

               
                                     TOM
                         Not to mention barely understandable. 
                         English, please.
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         The gravity changed at some of the places 
                         where people disappeared.The question 
                         is, was it natural or was it manipulated?
 
                         
               
                                     MARCO
                         If it was manipulated, the question 
                         is, by who?
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         : So back to the possibility of alien 
                         abductions?
 
               
                                     MARCO
                         I wouldn't rule out little green men, 
                         but obviously, I'm going to need to 
                         take more measurements.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         So in other words,you've made no progress.
 
                         
               
                                     MARCO
                         Er...you explain it to him. Oh, hold 
                         on! You remember Adam Kensington? The 
                         insurance guy Orson Bailey killed.
 
                         
               
                                     TOM
                         Yeah, what about him?

               
                                     MARCO
                         : Not one of the good guys as it turns 
                         out. He was point man in an insurance 
                         scheme to defraud policy holders.Bailey 
                         saved Washington state a billion-dollar 
                         buy-out. Could have been Enron all over 
                         again.
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         God! That's interesting. Brings up all 
                         kinds of possibilities.
 
               
                                     MARCO
                         Well, er...don't be a stranger.

               
               
               
               They leave the room

               
               
                                     TOM
                         So this thing about Bailey. You're trying 
                         to say, whoever sent him back meant 
                         him to go after Kensington?
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         It's a theory. That's why they call 
                         it the theory room.
 
               
               
               
               Shawn is sitting on the garage floor playing guitar. Danny walks 
               over to him
 
               
               
               
                                     DANNY
                         That's tight.

               
                                     SHAWN
                         Oh, no. I suck.Hey, is this about the 
                         concert thing?
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         No, no, it's got nothing to do with 
                         that. I just want to know what's going 
                         on with you and Nikki.
 
               
                                     SHAWN
                         Me and Nikki what?

               
                                     DANNY
                         I just want to know what's going on 
                         between you two.
 
               
                                     SHAWN
                         What do you think's going on?

               
                                     DANNY
                         Something. She's always talking about 
                         you. Can't go anywhere without her wanting 
                         to bring you along.
 
               
                                     SHAWN
                         How's that my problem, Danny?

               
                                     DANNY
                         Just do me a favour. Leave her alone, 
                         ok?
 
               
                                     SHAWN
                         I thought that's what I'd been doing. 
                         Look, you got a problem with your girlfriend, 
                         go talk to her about it, ok?.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Yeah. We're the same age. I'm not your 
                         little brother now.
 
               
                                     SHAWN
                         Then stop acting like a two-year-old. 
                         You're my brother. She's your girlfriend. 
                         It's all good...right?
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Yeah, right.

               
               
               Back at Lily and Richard's new apartment

               
               
               
                                     LILY
                         Richard, I am so glad I found this place. 
                         Now we have a new apartment, we can 
                         get you a computer.
 
               
                                     RICHARD
                         Forget about the computer. Let's get 
                         you to a doctor.
 
               
                                     LILY
                         I'm fine. I know this is going to sound 
                         strange, but that other place we looked 
                         at....the baby didn't like it.
 
               
                                     RICHARD
                         Maternal instincts kicking in already, 
                         huh?
 
               
                                     LILY
                         No, it's not that. It's that somehow. 
                         I know what the baby's thinking.
 
               
                                     RICHARD
                         Lily, the baby's barely two months along.It's 
                         not thinking anything.
 
               
                                     LILY
                         I can't explain it any more than you 
                         can explain where you've been for 50 
                         years, or what's happened to us during 
                         the time we've been gone. I don't sound 
                         too strange, do I?
 
               
                                     RICHARD
                         Of course not.

               
               
               
               She reaches up and kisses him. As she turns, she see's a couple. 
               The woman has a baby in her arms and his rocking her
 
               
               
               
                                     RICHARD
                         Lily?

               
                                     LILY
                         I used to rock Heidi like that when 
                         she was a baby. It feels like yesterday, 
                         but it wasn't, was it?
 
               
                                     RICHARD
                         No.It was what...11 years ago?

               
                                     LILY
                         I want to see Heidi. I miss her.

               
                                     RICHARD
                         Lily, give it some time. Once Brian's 
                         used to you being back, he'll drop the 
                         restraining order.
 
               
               
               
               Carl is in bed with his wife, who is sleeping. He get's up and 
               goes to the park. Kneeling down by a bench covered in graffiti, 
               he begins to paint it, then moving onto graffiti covered walls.
 
               
               
               He hears a woman screaming. Some men are attempting to rape her
 
               
               
               
                                     MAN
                         Don't move!

               
                                     WOMAN
                         Stop it! Cut it out! lt isn't funny!
 
                         
               
                                     MAN
                         Shut up! Just shut up! Grab her legs.
 
                         
               
               
               
               Carl arrives

               
               
               
                                     CARL
                         Hey, guys, why don't you leave her alone?
 
                         
               
                                     MAN
                         Get lost!

               
                                     CARL
                         No! You get lost.

               
                                     MAN
                         Go get him, man! Come on!

               
               
               
               Two of the men rush at him, while a third runs away. The sounds 
               of a fight can be heard offscreen
 
               
               Diana walks into the examination room, to find Maia curled up 
               on a table, alone.
 
               
               
                                     DIANA
                         Hey, Maia. How long have they left you 
                         like this?
 
               
                                     MAIA
                         A while. I think they all went on their 
                         coffee break.
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         Oh! Well! You know, that's pretty dumb 
                         of them, isn't it?
 
               
                                     MAIA
                         Will you stay until they come back?
 
                         
               
                                     DIANA
                         Of course. When they show up, your doctors 
                         and I are going to have a little talk.
 
                         
               
                                     MAIA
                         And then can l go home?

               
                                     DIANA
                         Home?

               
                                     MAIA
                         With you. I don't like being here alone.
 
                         
               
                                     DIANA
                         You want to stay with me?

               
                                     MAIA
                         You don't like being alone either. I 
                         can always come back for my checkups. 
                         Please.
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         Look, Maia, l'm not even sure I'm the 
                         kind of person I want to live with. 
                         No, I...eat cold pizza for breakfast 
                         and...
 
               
                                     MAIA
                         That sounds all right to me.

               
                                     DIANA
                         Yeah. You know, Maia, just let me think 
                         about it, OK?
 
               
               
               
               She returns to her office, where she finds Tom waiting

               
               
                                     TOM
                         Where have you been?

               
                                     DIANA
                         I was looking in on Maia.

               
                                     TOM
                         Really?

               
                                     DIANA
                         I promised her, didn't I? So what have 
                         you got?
 
               
                                     TOM
                         Sid lent us his research clippings. 
                         I think I found something worth checking 
                         out.
 
               
               They go to see the female attempted rape victim, who is working 
               behind the counter of a cafe
 
               
               
                                     TOM
                         One guy taking on three attackers doesn't 
                         sound that far-fetched. :
 
               
                                     FEMALE VICTIM
                         But if you saw him, you'd think it was 
                         impossible. He was...35, 40, maybe five-foot-six, 
                         weighed 150 pounds.
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         So not exactly the Rock, huh?

               
                                     FEMALE VICTIM
                         lt was the way that he moved.

               
                                     TOM
                         Could he have been on drug, maybe PCP?
 
                         
               
                                     FEMALE VICTIM
                         He didn't act like he was on drugs. 
                         You know, most guys would have walked 
                         away. Or, er...maybe called the cops 
                         later, after it was too late. But, er...this 
                         guy, he saved me.
 
               
               Tom's phone rings

               
               
                                     TOM
                         I'm sorry. Baldwin. Linda. Dinner. Yeah, 
                         no... Linda, l'm s... Don't hang up, 
                         Linda. Just...
 
               
               
               
               Linda has put the phone down. Tom turns back to the woman

               
               
                                     DIANA
                         Anything else you can remember?

               
                                     FEMALE VICTIM
                         Just one thing. This guy...I don't mean 
                         to be rude or anything, but...he smelled 
                         funny. Like day-old fish.
 
               
               
               
               They walk outside the diner

               
               
                                     DIANA
                         So that was your wife on the phone?
 
                         
               
                                     TOM
                         I don't wanna talk about it.

               
                                     DIANA
                         Fair enough.

               
                                     TOM
                         So what, are we in Orson Bailey territory 
                         here?
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         I wouldn't rule it out, which would 
                         give us what? A telekinetic insurance 
                         salesman, a clairvoyant eight-year-old, 
                         and now some kind of sad sack super 
                         vigilante.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         Hell of a trio.

               
                                     DIANA
                         They're only the ones we know about. 
                         Unless you can think of anyone else.
 
                         
               
                                     TOM
                         Just take it one case at a time.

               
               
               
               Lily is hiding outside her husbands home, watching through the 
               window as Heidi does her homework
 
               
               
               
               
                                     BRIAN
                         Heidi, can you remember the formula 
                         for an isosceles triangle? Hey.I'm probably 
                         not the best at this, but...
 
               
               
               
               As Lily watches her daughter, the baby causes her some distress
 
               
               
               
                                     LILY
                         Oh!

               
               
               
               She knocks over a plant pot and Brian looks up. At some point 
               she is arrested as in the next scene she phones Richard from 
               the police station
 
               
               
               
               
                                     LILY
                         Richard?

               
                                     RICHARD
                         Lily. Thank God. Are you all right? 
                         I was worried sick. Where are you?
 
                         
               
                                     LILY
                         I've been arrested.

               
               
               
               Later at the fishmongers

               
               
                                     MRS MARTINO
                         Carl, I have my grandchildren coming 
                         for dinner. How about some nice swordfish?
 
                         
               
                                     CARL
                         You can't go wrong with swordfish.
 
                         
               
                                     BURT
                         Carl!

               
                                     CARL
                         Give me a second, Burt. You got like...
 
                         
               
                                     BURT
                         What did I tell you about chatting when 
                         work has to be done?
 
               
               He's poking him in the chest

               
               
                                     CARL
                         Please stop with the finger.

               
                                     BURT
                         Stop?

               
               
               
               Carl grabs his hand and bends it

               
               
               
                                     CARL
                         I asked you not to do that.

               
                                     BURT
                         Let go!

               
                                     CARL
                         I mean it. I show up on time. l do my 
                         work. Now just leave me alone. Ok?
 
                         
               
                                     BURT
                         OK, OK.

               
               He turns to the woman

               
               
                                     CARL
                         So...how much swordfish are we talking 
                         here?
 
               
               
               
               Tom and Ryland are out having a coffee

               
               
                                     RYLAND
                         I'm telling you Tom, there's a lot of 
                         chatter in DC about putting the 4400 
                         back in quarantine. Not that I agree. 
                         I mean, if they're so dangerous, how 
                         is cramming them into one space going 
                         to be safer?
 
               
               
               
               He can see that Tom isn't listening

               
               
                                     RYLAND
                         ...so l took my pistol and I shot her 
                         in the forehead.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         Shot who?

               
                                     RYLAND
                         Do us a favour, Tom, sign the divorce 
                         papers.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         Do me a favour, Dennis, stay out of 
                         it.
 
               
                                     RYLAND
                         I spoke to her.

               
                                     TOM
                         What are you doing talking to Linda?
 
                         
               
                                     RYLAND
                         I danced with her at your wedding, now 
                         I'm not supposed to talk to her?
 
               
                                     TOM
                         I was in the middle of an investigation.
 
                         
               
                                     RYLAND
                         Tom. You asked her for dinner and you 
                         stood her up.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         It slipped my mind.

               
                                     RYLAND
                         Maybe.Maybe you just don't want to admit 
                         the truth to yourself.
 
               
               
               
               Richard approaches Brian as he leaves his house

               
               
               
                                     RICHARD
                         Brian Moore?

               
                                     BRIAN
                         Yeah.

               
                                     RICHARD
                         I'm Richard Tyler, a friend of Lily's.
 
                         
               
                                     BRIAN
                         You another one of those 4400?

               
                                     RICHARD
                         Is that a problem?

               
                                     BRIAN
                         Look, Itold her to stay away, but she 
                         wouldn't listen.
 
               
                                     RICHARD
                         I understand you're upset, but Lily's 
                         in jail. You don't want that.
 
               
                                     BRIAN
                         What l want is a normal life for my 
                         daughter, for my family.
 
               
                                     RICHARD
                         It won't happen again.

               
                                     BRIAN
                         I'm supposed to take your word for it?
 
                         
               
                                     RICHARD
                         I promise, if you drop the charges, 
                         she'll never bother you or Heidi ever 
                         again. You used to love her once, remember?
 
                         
               
                                     BRIAN
                         Yeah, I remember.

               
               
               
               Grace and Carl are arguing in their living room

               
               
                                     GRACE
                         I want you to stop!

               
                                     CARL
                         I can't!

               
                                     GRACE
                         What do you mean, can't? What you're 
                         doing is dangerous, not to mention illegal. 
                         You can't just go around beating people 
                         up.
 
               
                                     CARL
                         I've been given an opportunity and l'm 
                         going to take it. I'll clean up that 
                         park and then I'll clean up the neighbourhood.
 
                         
               
                                     GRACE
                         Oh, God, you sound like a crazy man. 
                         You promised me you'd call your counsellor.
 
                         
               
                                     CARL
                         I never said that. You said it.

               
                                     GRACE
                         Tomorrow, I'm going to call him.

               
                                     BRIAN
                         You'd call Homeland Security on me?
 
                         
               
                                     GRACE
                         The way you're acting, can you blame 
                         me?
 
               
                                     CARL
                         What I'm doing here, I'm doing for us, 
                         Grace. This is where we live. I just 
                         want us to be happy and not be afraid 
                         any more, and it starts with Bradley 
                         Park! I don't want it to end there. 
                         It won't. I won't let it. They can't 
                         hurt me. No one can.
 
               
                                     GRACE
                         You're just one man. I lost you once 
                         and I don't want to lose you again.
 
                         
               
                                     CARL
                         I can do it. I can make this neighbourhood 
                         safe again. For you, for Mrs Martino...even 
                         Burt. So please stop worrying.
 
               This is what I was meant to do. This is my destiny.

               
               
               
               Lily is released and finds Richard waiting for her outside. They 
               hug and later dance to 'Mona Lisa' that's playing in the background
 
               
               
               
                                     RICHARD
                         This was brand new when l disappeared. 
                         And it's a... What do you call it?
 
                         
               
                                     LILY
                         Golden oldie.

               
                                     RICHARD
                         I guess I'm a golden oldie, too.

               
                                     LILY
                         No, not to me.

               
                                     RICHARD
                         Hey, we have to talk about what happened 
                         last night.
 
               
                                     LILY
                         No, there's nothing to talk about. Do 
                         you know what I saw when I looked through 
                         Brian's window? A happy family. I realised 
                         Heidi doesn't need me.
 
               
                                     RICHARD
                         Maybe one day...

               
                                     LILY
                         I'll be there for her if she does. But 
                         until then I'll stay away. This is where 
                         I want to be now, here with you. Where 
                         I'm happy. And the baby's happy.
 
               
                                     RICHARD
                         Well, that makes three happy people.
 
                         
               
                                     LILY
                         All you've done for me....it's not because 
                         I remind you of the other Lily, is it?
 
                         
               
                                     RICHARD
                         Maybe at first. Now all I see is you.
 
                         
               
               
               
               They kiss

               
               Shawn is working on his car in the garage, when Nikki enters
 
               
               
               
                                     SHAWN
                         Danny's inside.

               
                                     NIKKI
                         I'm not here to see Danny.

               
               
               
               She turns off the engine

               
               
                                     SHAWN
                         Cute. Can you turn it back on, please?
 
                         
               
                                     NIKKI
                         Did Danny say something to you? Is that 
                         why you're acting like his? Our friendship 
                         has nothing to do with him.
 
               
                                     SHAWN
                         Nikki, we don't have a friendship, OK?
 
                         
               
                                     NIKKI
                         Shawn, listen to me...

               
               
               
               She touches the hot engine

               
               
                                     NIKKI
                         Ah! Ah! Ah!

               
                                     SHAWN
                         Hey, hey, come here. Let me see it. 
                         Let me see.
 
               
               
               
               He rubs her hand and the burn disappears

               
               
                                     NIKKI
                         It's gone. It doesn't hurt any more.
 
                         
               
                                     SHAWN
                         It mustn't been that bad of a burn.
 
                         
               
                                     NIKKI
                         Yes, it was. You did something to it, 
                         didn't you?
 
               
               
               
               They kiss

               
               Tom signs the divorce petition whilst at work. Diana walks in.
 
               
               
               
                                     DIANA
                         Tom. See, the thing about vigilantes 
                         is that they're not very common, except 
                         in Charles Bronson movies, so l have 
                         to create my own profile. Now, we know 
                         he's a white male,slender, somewhere 
                         between 30 and 50. He works a blue-collar 
                         job, has low self-esteem, lives in a 
                         high-crime area.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         I'm with you so far.

               
                                     DIANA
                         I cross-checked my profile with the 
                         members of the 4400 in and around the 
                         Seattle area and I came up with 37 names.
 
                         
               
                                     TOM
                         You're not taking me through all 37.
 
                         
               
                                     DIANA
                         Of those 37, I was able to eliminate 
                         24. I 'm sure you don't care how. And 
                         that left me with 13.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         l'm on the edge of my seat.

               
                                     DIANA
                         Here are my two favourites - Robert 
                         Lorenzano and Carl Morrissey. They both 
                         fit the profile, but Carl, he's our 
                         guy. Check out his occupation.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         Supermarket employee.

               
                                     DIANA
                         Yeah, I called the store. Carl works 
                         in the seafood section.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         And our guy smelled like day-old fish.
 
                         
               
                                     DIANA
                         Oh, yeah. l'm good.

               
               
               
               It's night and Carl is walking through the park when he spots 
               a man spraying graffiti
 
               
               
                                     CARL
                         Hey! What the hell are you doing? I 
                         just cleaned that!
 
               
               
               
               The man throws the can of paint and attacks him. Carl easily 
               fells him to the ground. He turns to some others
 
               
               
               
                                     CARL
                         Come on!

               
               
               
               Meanwhile, Tom and Diana go to his home

               
               
               
                                     TOM
                         We'd like to talk to your husband.
 
                         
               
                                     GRACE
                         Why?

               
                                     TOM
                         Any idea where he was Tuesday night?
 
                         
               
                                     GRACE
                         He was here.

               
                                     TOM
                         You sure about that?

               
                                     GRACE
                         I just told you.

               
                                     DIANA
                         Have you heard of the ''Bradley Park 
                         vigilante''?
 
               
                                     GRACE
                         What does that have to do with Carl?
 
                         
               
                                     TOM
                         You tell us, Mrs Morrissey.

               
                                     GRACE
                         You're not going to throw him back into 
                         quarantine, are you?
 
               
                                     TOM
                         We want to help him.

               
                                     GRACE
                         That's funny. That's all Carl wants 
                         to do is help. People grumble but nobody 
                         does anything, nobody tries to make 
                         anything better, except Carl.
 
               
                                     TOM
                         Where is he, Mrs Morrissey?

               
               
               
               She takes them to the park, where they find him sat on a bench 
               with a large bleeding wound in his abdomen
 
               
               
                                     GRACE
                         Carl.

               
                                     CARL
                         Grace. I got rid of all the graffiti.
 
                         
               
                                     GRACE
                         Oh, my God, Carl.

               
                                     CARL
                         You should have seen it. They were falling 
                         like bowling pins. I didn't see the 
                         knife. I don't know why l didn't see 
                         the knife.
 
               
               
               
               Tom get's on the phone

               
               
                                     TOM
                         This is Agent Baldwin... Get an ambulance 
                         to Bradley Park right away.
 
               
                                     CARL
                         I thought I could clean the whole neighbourhood 
                         up myself.I thought that's why they 
                         sent me back, but I guess I was wrong.
 
                         
               
                                     GRACE
                         No, no, no, no! No, don't leave me, 
                         Carl. Please.
 
               
               
               
               He's dying

               
               
                                     GRACE
                         No! No! I just want you. I just...want 
                         you.
 
               
               
               
               Carl is dead

               
               
               
               
                                     GRACE
                         No.

               
               
               
               The next morning, Tom and Diana sit by a statue in the park
 
               
               
               
                                     TOM
                         Why take this guy, give him extra juice 
                         to think he can make a difference, send 
                         him back...
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         Only to get himself killed. What's the 
                         point?
 
               
                                     TOM
                         I wish to hell l knew.

               
                                     NEW'S REPORTER
                         The wife of slain Bradley Park vigilante, 
                         Carl Morrissey, revealed that her husband 
                         was one of the controversial 4400. Mrs 
                         Morrissey stated that her husband was 
                         a true neighbourhood hero, a sentiment 
                         echoed by many area residents. Law enforcement 
                         officials and a spokesperson for the 
                         National Threat Assessment Command refused 
                         to confirm or deny Mrs Morrissey's statement.
 
                         
               
               
               
               People from the neighbourhood take action and begin to clean 
               up the park in honour of Carl
 
               
               Diana decides to let Maia live with her

               
               
                                     DOCTOR
                         That paperwork. OK. I need you to sign 
                         there. And there.And initial here. And 
                         sign there.
 
               
                                     DIANA
                         That's it?

               
                                     DOCTOR
                         You got Mr Ryland to sign the approvals, 
                         that simplifies things.
 
               
               
               
               She enters the room

               
               
                                     MAIA
                         l thought you were one of the doctors.
 
                         
               
                                     DIANA
                         Yeah. I thought you were asleep. So 
                         you sure fooled me. How would you like 
                         to get out of here?
 
               
                                     MAIA
                         Now?

               
                                     DIANA
                         Right now.

               
               
               
               Maia's case is already packed and she's dressed. It appears she 
               already knew that Diana was on her way
 
               
               Tom rushes through the corridor at the hospital

               
               
                                     TOM
                         Look out, look out, look out!

               
               
               
               He enters Kyle's room and finds Linda sat by the bed, which is 
               empty
 
               
               
                                     TOM
                         Where's Kyle?

               
                                     LINDA
                         Surgery. Dr Mayhew said he's got some 
                         kind of fluid building up in his skull. 
                         They're trying to relieve the pressure.
 
                         
               
                                     TOM
                         What do you mean ''trying''?

               
                                     LINDA
                         They said that draining the fluid might 
                         not be enough. That more might build 
                         up and if it does, then Kyle could suffer 
                         permanent brain damage within a week.
 
                         
               
               
               
               Danny and Shawn appear in the doorway

               
               
                                     DANNY
                         Uncle Tommy, Mom's on the way.

               
               
               
               Tom raises his head and he and Shawn look at each other

               
               THE END

               
               
               
               

The New And Improved Carl Morrissey



Writers :   Ira Steven Behr
Genres :   Animation  Comedy


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