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This is your first scene. Last edited by MorganL, on 11/09/2010. 0 comments. More scene info.

int.- motel room - morning

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JAMIE and MAGGIE laying on bed

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Maggie

No matter what, you cannot stop.

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Jamie

I'm not sure I can even start.

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maggie

If you don't do it, who will?

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JAMIE

I love you.

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Maggie

Now, don't you think I know that.

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Jamie holds a pillow to Maggie's face, she struggles.

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Jamie (whispering)

My love, I'll be with you as soon as I can

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Maggie is still.

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Cut to:

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Ext. - wheelock - day

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ZANDY MONROE runs to CAMERON MACDONALD

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zandy

Chief, you'd better come.

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Cam approaches crowd of people in front of the police station, pushes his way to center where pick up truck is parked.

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ZAndy (to driver's windo

Okay, this is the chief of police.

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Zandy turns to Cam

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Zandy

Wouldn't talk to anyone but you.

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Man in car

Cameron MacDonald?

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Cam

Yes. What can I do for you?

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The man steps out of the car

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man

I'm James MacDonald, I'm your cousin.

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Jamie gestures toward passenger seat where a woman is slumped over

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Jamie

My wife here, Maggie is dead. And I'm the one who killed her.

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int. - Funeral PArlor embalming room - day

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Hugo enters room where Allie and Zandy are standing with Maggie's body on the embalming table.

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Zandy

She's dead

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first scene cont. Last edited by MorganL, on 01/13/2011. 0 comments. More scene info.

hugo

Well yes. I can see that

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Zandy turns to Allie

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Zandy

You can probably go now Mrs. Mac.

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Allie

I made that man a promise. If you stay, so do I

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Hugo puts on white lab coat and walks to body.

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zandy

I don't think you should really do anything yet. Least, not till Cam says so.

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hugo

i won't do anything, but I'm going to get her out of these things and take some Polaroids. no matter what that's the first step.

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Zandy and Allie turn away as Hugo undresses the body.

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hugo (CONT'D)

Not a scratch. No bruises at the neck. Not even a hangnail. My educated guess is death by asphyxiation. Smothering.

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allie

Why would you do that to someone you love?

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hugo

Maybe because they wanted you to.

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Hugo leads Allie to the table and points

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hugo (CONT'D)

They're for radiation therapy. The eye's the secondary site for cancer.

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Hugo pulls down sheet to reveal double mastectomy scars on Maggie's body.

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int.-police station-day

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cam

You ready?

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Jamie turns from playing with flower arrangement

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jamie

I've never seen a police station with flowers in it.

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cam

It's my wife. She owns a shop here. She does one every week.

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jamie

You love her?

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cam

My wife? Of course.

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jamie

How much?

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cam

Is there a limit?

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jamie

You tell me. What would you do for her? Would you lie for her? Steal? Would yuo kill for her?

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cam

No. Let's go.

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Cam leads Jamie to booking room with tape recorder.

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Jamie

It started almost two years ago, when we were ice skating. Maggie was good at it; she'd do little axels and toe loops. It was only chance that I happened to see her fall down. I raced across the ice to her side, but she couldn't stand up; thought maybe she'd heard something pop when she fell. They showed me her X rays, not just the clean break of her ankle, btu the little holes in the white spaces, like bone that had been eaten out. Lesions, they said. Bone cancer was a secondary site. when they found the original tumor, they removed her breast and the lymph nodes. They did CT scans, bones scans, sent for estrogen receptors. it stayed dormant for a while, then it came back in her brain. She would hold my hand and try to describe the flashing red lights, the soft edges of her fading vision as this tumor ate away at her optic nerve. The doctor said it was a guessing game. It was only a matter of time but there was no way to determine where the cancer would show up next. Another lobe of the brain possibly, which would mean seizures. Maybe it would depress respiration.Maybe she would go to sleep one night and never wake up. A few months before our eleventh wedding anniversary we went to Canada. The Winter Carnival, in Quebec. We danced and sang in the streets and in the hours before morning we sat on a bench in front of ice sculptures. "Jamie," she says,"this thing is taking me from the inside out. My bones, my breast, my brain. I think I'm going to look down one day and realize that nothing is left." I hadn't wanted to talk; I tried to look away."Jamie," she said,"I know you love me. The question is how much?"

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Jamie finishes kneeling on the floor with tears running down his face.

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int.-kitchen-morning

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Cam enters his home then sits heavily at kitchen table and rubs his face with his hands. Allie sets plate of food in front of him.

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Allie

Tired?

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Cam makes a noise

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Allie goes to the sink and scrubs pan

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cam

Allie. Allie!

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Allie turns around

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allie

What's the matter with your eggs?

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cam

Nothing. Allie, do you think he was right?

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Allie sits down at the table.

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allie

Do you?

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cam

I don't know. But my hands are tied. He killed a woman, we've got the body. he's got scratches on his face and Hugo found skin cells that match up under Maggie MacDonald's fingernails. If I was dying of cancer and in god-awful pain and asked you to kill me would you do it?

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allie

Yes. But then I'd kill myself, too.

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Cam's mouth fell open.

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cam

Because you'd murdered me?

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allie

No. Because you'd be dead.

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int.-office-day

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GRAHAM MACPHEE walks out of his office and comes face-to-face with Cam.

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cam

Where's your father? I need to speak with him.

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Graham

He's in court. What can i do for you?

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Cam stares at Graham for while

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Graham (CONT'D)

Was there something you needed, Chief?

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cam

Let's go to your office.

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Graham

The conference room.

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Graham leads Cam to the conference room where he paces

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cam

You know about the MacDonald murder?

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Graham

I've heard some things.

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cam

I want a defense lawyer for this guy.

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Graham

he's hiring the firm?

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cam

I'm hiring you on his behalf. I'll pay the bill. In return, you don't breathe a word about who's funding your client-not to your father, not to a judge, not to my wife. your job is to make him look like Mother Teresa in front of a jury. Just get him off the hook.

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graham

What are you going to do?

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cam

I'm going to book him for murder, and fight you every step of the way.

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