Home Screenwriting Products Screenwriter Community Screenwriting Store
ScriptBuddy - Screenwriting Software for the Web

Screenwriter Community

Back to List of Published Screenplays
View/Leave Feedback

Haven Lost
by Curtis James Coffey (de_cafe6914@yahoo.com)

Rated: R   Genre: Drama   User Review: ****
While awaiting prosecution, one man tells the story about his involvement with a crime family, where he learns about the bonds of blood, family, and friendship. Soon his world begins to fall apart, and as it does, he learns the hard way about the dangers of the life, and the agony of betrayal.


This screenplay is copyrighted to its author. All rights reserved. This screenplay may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of the author.



FADE IN:

EXT. CITY HALL - DAY
                                                            
1936
                                                            
On the steps of City Hall, three male corpses lay in pools
of blood.

Around the dead bodies are panicking civilians, scattering
to and fro, or cowering in fear.

Down in the street, a man holds a smoking Tommy Gun. He
turns around as POLICE OFFICERS point their weapons at him
and shout barely audible words at him.

The man is MICHAEL SORIANO, an every-day looking chap in a
pinstripe suit. There's nothing truly defining about his
appearance, except for something in his eyes. They show a
glimpse of a haunted man.

Two OFFICERS jump at him, turn him around, pin him against a
car, and cuff him. Michael doesn't resist. He cooperates.
                                                            
                       COP
You're going away for a while,
wise guy.
                                                            
Michael nods his head, grimacing.
                                                            
 
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Michael calmly sits in the interrogation room, his hands
folded, resting on the table.

The door opens, and DET. MARK GALLAGHER enters, cup of
coffee in one hand, some papers in the other. Det. Gallagher
is a sarcastic, passive jerk.

He sits down across from Michael, eyeing him.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
I'm Detective Mark Gallagher.
                                                            
Michael extends his hand, and Det. Gallagher just looks at
it curiously. He then returns his gaze to Michael.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
As much as I would love to become
best friends, I have time
constraints. So, if you please,
let's not waste any time and get
            (MORE)

2.

                       DET. GALLAGHER (cont'd)
down to business. What happened
out there today?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
It's pretty obvious what happened
out there, detective. Those men
are dead, and I shot them.
                                                            
Det. Gallagher writes something on one of the papers.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
I'll go ahead and take that as
your confession. That was easy
enough. Honesty is always the best
policy, Mr. Soriano. Even when
you're a murderer.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Call me Michael.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
I know that you know that you're
going to prison for a long time.
You're feeling scared and
insecure, I'm sure, but really,
I'm not a good candidate to be
your Pen Pal.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Exchanging first names is a common
courtesy. Even criminals and cops
can be courteous.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
I use first names for friends and
colleagues and sometimes animals.
I'm going to keep this as
professional as I can between us.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Very well. I understand.
                                                            
Det. Gallagher takes out a cigarette and lights it.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
You smoke?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yes.
                                                            
Michael extends his hand for a cigarette, and Det. Gallagher
puts the cigarette case back in his pocket.
                                                            

3.

                       DET. GALLAGHER
Good, then you won't mind if I do.
                                                            
Michael brings his hand back in, looking at Det. Gallagher
with a combination of amusement and irritation.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
The city is taking particular
interest in this case because of
the high profiles and reputations
of the men you shot this
afternoon. Men that you were once
associated with, correct?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Correct.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
We have our own assumptions about
what the Stucchio family is
involved in. Unfortunately, we've
never been able to prove it, as
you well know when they walked
today. If you're willing to
cooperate, we may be able to
strike a deal with the city
council.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Keep it. I've got nothing left.
Nobody to protect. Nothing to
hide.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Good. Less strings for me to bust
my ass to pull.
                                                            
Det. Gallagher slides a paper over to Michael, as well as a
pencil.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
You need to be aware that
everything you say in this room is
being listened to, recorded, and
may be used in court against you.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm aware.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Good. Sign your soul away, then.
                                                            

4.

Michael signs the paper and slides it back to Det.
Gallagher.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Now, what's your involvement with
the Stucchios?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
For this to make any sense, and
for you to get any of the
information you want, I'd have to
go to the beginning. It's a long
story.
                                                            
Det. Gallagher inhales deeply on his cigarette.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
As long as it's not a boring
story, I've got plenty of time. I
have a short attention span. It's
why I became a cop.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Very well.
                                                            
FADE TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. CITY STREETS - DAY
                                                            
A large delivery truck cruises down the road.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
It was three years ago. I was a
delivery man, and I often made
deliveries at the Stucchio Deli
and Diner. Over the years, I'd
gotten to know them fairly well.
                                                            
The truck stops in front of the little diner/deli, and
Michael gets out of the truck.

He walks to the back of it, opens the doors, grabs a box,
and carries it into the diner.
                                                            
 
INT. STUCCHIO DINER - DAY
                                                            
Michael steps inside the diner.

Behind the counter, PAULIE STUCCHIO is serving a regular
customer, VICKY WILLIS.

5.


Paulie is very Italian.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Paulie Stucchio ran the deli. He
was Don Stucchio's only son, and
heir to the family business when
the Don died.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
All right, there you go, Vicky. I
recommend you use that within the
next two days, otherwise it may
spoil.
                                                            
                       VICKY
Don't worry, Paulie. I'm making it
for tonight.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Well no worries, then. Anything
special you're preparing?
                                                            
                       VICKY
I'm doing a veal scallopini. It's
Jim's birthday tonight, so I'm
making him something special.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Terrific. Don't let the meat cook
for too long. Nothing worse than
over cooked veal.
                                                            
                       VICKY
I know, I've got it covered.
Thanks Paulie.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
It's my pleasure. I live to serve.
                                                            
                       VICKY
You're too kind. Take care. I'll
see you next week. Give my regards
to the family.
                                                            
Vicky turns to leave.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Will do. We'll see you soon. Tell
Jim I says Happy Birthday.
                                                            
                       VICKY
I will.
                                                            

6.

Vicky walks past Michael, who nods his head curtly.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Ma'am.
                                                            
                       VICKY
Good afternoon.
                                                            
Vicky walks out, and we now notice that one of the tables in
the diner is occupied.

Sitting at it is JOEY LEONE, and the VELTRI brothers, NEIL
and VINNIE.

Joey fixes his cold eyes on Michael, who nods as he walks
by, approaching the counter.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Joey was the family's hired gun.
Explosive and violent temper. If
the man had a heart, it was frozen
solid years ago. A real loose
cannon, that one. You never wanted
him to pay you a visit.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Morning, Paulie.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Hey, Michael! How ya doin'?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm healthy and I'm working.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Amen for that, right?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah.
                                                            
Michael sets the box down onto the counter, and Paulie takes
it and disappears into the back.

THERESA STUCCHIO walks out of the kitchen, a smile on her
face.
                                                            
                       THERESA
Hey, Mikey! I thought I heard your
sweet voice! How are you, my boy?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Theresa Stucchio was the Don's
wife. A real sweet lady. The
classic Italian. I always wondered
            (MORE)

7.

                       MICHAEL (cont'd)
what she was doing with a man like
the Don. She treated everyone like
family.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm okay, Mrs. Stucchio. How are
you?
                                                            
                       THERESA
Busy as always! You just got
married, didn't you?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Last week, yeah.
                                                            
                       THERESA
Happy?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Oh, yes. She's great.
                                                            
                       THERESA
Fabulous. You should bring her in
for dinner one night.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I would love to, but money is
really tight with us right now.
                                                            
                       THERESA
It's on the house.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
No, I couldn't.
                                                            
                       THERESA
Nonsense. I insist.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Really?
                                                            
                       THERESA
Of course! Please, anytime.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Thank you, Mrs. Stucchio.
                                                            
                       THERESA
Bah. But I've got sauce on that
needs attending to. Take care of
yourself. Come and see us anytime.
                                                            

8.

                       MICHAEL
I will. Take care.
                                                            
Theresa walks back into the kitchen, and Paulie returns from
the back, an envelope in his hand.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Here you go, Mikey.
                                                            
Paulie hands Michael the envelope, who takes it.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Thanks, Paulie.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
There's a little something extra
in there from Mr. Stucchio.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
No, I can't accept that.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
It would be an insult if you
didn't. It's a wedding gift.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You're all too kind.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
We take care of those that take
care of us.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I don't know how to thank you.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Then don't.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Okay. I'll see you soon, then.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Lookin' forward to it. Say hi to
the new Mrs. for me.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I will. Give Mr. Stucchio my
thanks.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Of course.
                                                            

9.

Michael heads for the door, Joey's cold eyes still fixed on
him.

Michael looks at him, smiles, and exits.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREETS - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael's car rides through the streets, heading home.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
And that's the way it was for me.
I worked as much as I could, but
times were tough, and money was
hard to earn. I appreciated the
extra money from the Stucchio's,
and inside I hoped I would get
more.
                                                            
The car pulls up to a small house. Michael gets out of the
car, and enters the house.
                                                            
 
INT. MICHAEL'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael enters the kitchen, where his wife, JUDY SORIANO, is
finishing cooking dinner.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Hello, love.
                                                            
                       JUDY
How was work?
                                                            
Michael kisses Judy, and opens the ice box, getting some
water.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Slower than usual. I think they're
going to start cutting hours
again.
                                                            
Judy moves dinner onto the kitchen table, and sits down.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Why?
                                                            
Michael joins her at the table.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Because business is slow. People
are buying less and less.
                                                            

10.

                       JUDY
So then what are you going to do?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I haven't figured it out yet.
                                                            
                       JUDY
We can't lose the house.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I know, Judy.
                                                            
Michael takes some cash out of his pocket.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Where did you get that?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
The Stucchio's gave it to us.
                                                            
                       JUDY
What did you do?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Nothing. It's a wedding present.
                                                            
                       JUDY
I don't want you taking anything
from those people, Michael.
They're crooked.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
They're decent people.
                                                            
Judy begins serving dinner.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Maybe to you, but I've heard the
same rumors everyone else has. I'm
not a fool, and neither are you.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm not getting involved with
them, so relax.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Good. Now say grace, please.
                                                            
Michael and Judy both bow their heads for prayer.
                                                            
 

11.

INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Michael walks inside the warehouse he works from.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Things only got worse for me from
there.
                                                            
Michael's boss, ROBERT JOHNSON, approaches Michael, who is
getting ready to climb inside his truck.
                                                            
                       ROBERT
Michael, hold on a minute.
                                                            
Michael turns and faces his boss.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah, boss?
                                                            
                       ROBERT
Before you head out, I need to
talk to you. In the office.
                                                            
A look of concern crosses Michael's face, but he follows his
boss into the cramped little "office."
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What is it?
                                                            
                       ROBERT
First, I just want you to know
that you're a great worker, and I
really appreciate how hard you
work for me.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Thank you, Mr. Johnson.
                                                            
                       ROBERT
Don't thank me yet.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I have a feeling I'm not going to
like where this is going to go.
                                                            
Robert sighs.
                                                            
                       ROBERT
As you know, times are hard and
business has gotten slow.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah.
                                                            

12.

                       ROBERT
I've gotta lay half of my drivers
off, and, as much as I'd love to
keep you, you're still relatively
new.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I've worked here for two years,
sir.
                                                            
                       ROBERT
I know, but others still have
seniority over you. Today will be
your last route. I'm sorry,
Michael. I wish I could keep you.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I understand.
                                                            
There's an awkward silence for a moment, and Michael shifts
gears.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Well, I better get started on my
deliveries.
                                                            
                       ROBERT
Right. I'll call you if it picks
up again, yeah?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Sure. Thanks, Robert.
                                                            
Michael walks out.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREETS - DAY
                                                            
The delivery truck slowly rides through the city.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
I couldn't believe my luck, and
although I didn't know it, for
better or for worse, my luck was
about to change.
                                                            
 
INT. STUCCHIO DINER - DAY
                                                            
Michael enters the diner with a small dolly filled with
boxes.

Paulie is behind the counter.

13.


Joey is sitting at one of the tables by himself.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Hey! Mikey! That time of the week
already?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah.
                                                            
Paulie notices that something is bothering Michael.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Everything all right with you? You
seem kinda down.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
This is my last delivery.
                                                            
Michael unloads the boxes onto the counter, and Paulie
stacks them onto the floor behind the counter.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
What? For today?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
No. They're laying me off.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
No shit?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
No shit.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
You gotta be kidding me. You've
been with them a long time.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Not long enough, apparently.
Seniority rules.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
It's those damn unions. I'm sorry
for your troubles. Anything we can
do for ya?
                                                            
Michael shakes his head.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Not unless you can find me another
job.
                                                            

14.

Paulie ponders for a moment.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
I wish I could. I'll keep my eyes
open, huh?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah, thanks. I appreciate that.
Are your parents in today?
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Nah. Papa's got a business meeting
and Ma's taking the day off.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Give them my best wishes, yeah?
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Sure thing, Mikey.
                                                            
Paulie heads to the back and returns with an envelope,
handing it to Michael.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Here you go.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Thanks. It's been a pleasure.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Likewise. Stop in and see us
sometime. Bring the wife.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Will do.
                                                            
Michael turns around and begins to leave.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Don't worry, Mikey. Things'll pick
up. You'll see.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I hope so.
                                                            
Paulie picks up a box and walks to the back with it.

As Michael walks past the table Joey is sitting at, Joey
raises his hand to stop him.

Michael looks at him.
                                                            

15.

                       MICHAEL
What's up, Joey?
                                                            
                       JOEY
I know you've got trouble. You
want to earn some extra dough,
call this number.
                                                            
Joey hands Michael a phone number.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I don't -
                                                            
                       JOEY
Don't say anything. Just think
about it.
                                                            
Joey goes back to reading his paper.

Michael looks at the number, and exits.
                                                            
 
INT. MICHAEL'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael enters his bedroom. It's dark, and Judy is lying in
bed, asleep.

Michael undresses, and climbs into bed next to her. She
stirs.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Hey, honey.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You went to bed early.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Not feeling well.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Should I call the doctor tomorrow?
                                                            
                       JUDY
No, I'll be fine. Work okay?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
I couldn't find the words to tell
her. She was sick, and the last
thing I wanted was to place
another burden on her.
                                                            
Michael kisses her back.
                                                            

16.

                       MICHAEL
Work was good.
                                                            
                       JUDY
'kay. Good.
                                                            
Michael kisses the back of her neck, and she drifts back
into sleep.

Michael rolls onto his back, and looks up at the ceiling,
thinking.
                                                            
 
INT. KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Michael sits at the kitchen table, spreading jam onto a
piece of bread.

Judy joins him, still looking ill.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Good morning, dear.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Feeling any better?
                                                            
                       JUDY
I wish. I was hoping to do some
gardening today.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Sure I shouldn't call a doctor for
you?
                                                            
                       JUDY
I'll be fine. We can't afford a
doctor right now, anyway. Just
take care of work and I'll take
care of me.
                                                            
Michael takes a bite, thinking. He looks at Judy, wanting to
give her the news.
                                                            
                       JUDY
What is it?
                                                            
Michael thinks some more, then smiles, shaking his head.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Nothing. I've got to go to work. I
love you. Get some rest.
                                                            

17.

                       JUDY
Have a good day.
                                                            
 
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Det. Gallagher puts out a cigarette, looking at Michael.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
So, you were deceptive to your
wife. Tsk, tsk.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You would have done the same.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
On the contrary, I would not,
because I am not married.
Therefore, I have no reason to be
deceptive to anyone. I do hope
that you're not creating this
story to invoke some sort of pity
from me as to your reasoning for
committing your crimes.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Absolutely not. I have no false
pretenses about my fate. I am not
telling you any of this in the
hopes that you might see me as a
better person than I am in
actuality.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Good. Proceed.
                                                            
 
EXT. FLOWER SHOP - DAY
                                                            
Michael steps inside a flower shop.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
I went all over town looking for
another job.
                                                            
 
EXT. BAKERY - DAY
                                                            
Michael enters a bakery.
                                                            

18.

                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
I figured if I could get another
job, I wouldn't have to tell Judy
I was fired.
                                                            
 
EXT. FISHING DOCKS - DAY
                                                            
Michael speaks with a FISH SALESMAN.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Unfortunately, everywhere I went,
I was given the same response.
                                                            
 
EXT. TAXI HQ - DAY
                                                            
Michael exits the city's Taxi HQ, shaking his head.

He puts a cigarette in his mouth, and searches his pockets
for some matches.

He pulls out the card that Joey gave him.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
I didn't trust Joey, and I knew
Judy told me not to get involved
with them, but I had to see what
he had to offer. A job is a job,
right?
                                                            
 
INT. MICHAEL'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Michael enters the house. Judy is sleeping on the couch.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
So, on my so-called "lunch hour,"
I went home and decided to call
the number Joey gave me.
                                                            
Michael enters the kitchen, picks up the phone, and calls
the number.
                                                            
                       JOEY (O.S.)
Joey Leone.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Hey Joey, it's Michael. Michael
Soriano.
                                                            
                       JOEY (O.S.)
Thought about my proposal?
                                                            

19.

                       MICHAEL
Yeah. I'll do it. When can I
start?
                                                            
                       JOEY (O.S.)
It's not a steady 9-5 job. This
may just be a one-time thing.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What exactly did you have in mind?
                                                            
                       JOEY (O.S.)
Never mind that. Meet me at the
diner tonight. 9 o'clock sharp.
Don't be late.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Wait, what do I tell my wife?
                                                            
But the line is already dead. Michael hangs up.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Oh, shit.
                                                            
 
INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Judy lies on the couch, reading a book. A wastebasket is
beside the couch.

Michael enters the living room, dressed to go out. Judy
looks at him.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Where are you going?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I have to go out for a bit.
                                                            
Judy struggles to sit up some.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Out where?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
There's some work I need to do.
                                                            
                       JUDY
At this time of night?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah. Robert wants to move some
freight around the warehouse, and
it's hard to do during normal
            (MORE)

20.

                       MICHAEL (cont'd)
operating hours.
                                                            
                       JUDY
What time will you be home?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I don't know. Late. You'll
probably be in bed.
                                                            
                       JUDY
All right, I suppose.
                                                            
Michael walks over and kisses Judy on the forehead.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Get some rest. I'll see you in the
morning.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Okay, I'll try. Have a good night.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Thanks.
                                                            
Michael walks out the front door, closing it behind him.
                                                            
 
INT. MICHAEL'S CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael keeps his eyes on the road, looking nervous as hell.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Lying to Judy like that left a bad
taste in my mouth, and my
conscience was already starting to
eat away at me. I had no idea what
to expect, and I couldn't shake
the feeling that I might not make
it home.
                                                            
 
EXT. STUCCHIO DINER - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael pulls up in front of the diner.

Joey is outside waiting for him, as are Vinnie and Neil.

Michael steps out of the car.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Don't bother.
                                                            

21.

Michael gets back in the car.

Joey gets in the front passenger seat, and Vinnie and Neil
get in the back.

Michael drives away.
                                                            
 
INT. MICHAEL'S CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Joey lights up a cigarette.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Mind?
                                                            
Michael shakes his head.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Didn't think so.
                                                            
                       NEIL
So this is the guy, eh?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Neil and Vinnie were the family's
lapdogs, and they usually stuck by
Joey's side.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Michael, Neil and Vinnie. Neil and
Vinnie, Michael.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
How you doin'?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Brothers?
                                                            
                       NEIL
Three years apart.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Related to the Stucchios?
                                                            
                       VINNIE
Cousins.
                                                            
Michael nods his head. It's quiet for a moment.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Where are we going?
                                                            

22.

                       JOEY
The docks.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What's going on there?
                                                            
                       JOEY
Word of the wise, Michael. Those
that know less, live longer.
Capice?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Gotcha.
                                                            
Michael grips the steering wheel tighter.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Relax.
                                                            
                       NEIL
So I hear you were a delivery boy?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah.
                                                            
                       NEIL
How long?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Not long enough, apparently.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
That's the problem with the world
today. Nobody has any appreciation
for dedicated service anymore.
                                                            
Neil leans forward and pats Michael on the shoulder.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Don't worry, Mikey. We've got you.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
That's right. You take care of us,
we'll take care of you.
                                                            
 
EXT. FISHING DOCKS - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael pulls up to the fishing docks.

Neil and Vinnie get out of the car.
                                                            

23.

INT. MICHAEL'S CAR
                                                            
Michael looks around nervously.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Now what?
                                                            
                       JOEY
We wait.
                                                            
EXT. FISHING DOCKS
                                                            
Neil and Vinnie walk forward, looking around for someone or
something.

There's a noise from the shadows, and MATT JONES steps out,
meeting Neil and Vinnie.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
What took you?
                                                            
                       MATT
Just makin' sure it was yous guys.
                                                            
                       NEIL
You expecting someone else?
                                                            
                       MATT
You never know, these days.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
What's the matter, Matt? Don't you
trust us?
                                                            
                       MATT
I don't know who I can trust
anymore.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Funny, there's a lot of that going
around lately.
                                                            
Vinnie and Neil get closer to Matt, who looks severely
uncomfortable.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
So, what's been going on with you?
Haven't seen you around lately.
                                                            
                       MATT
Been working. Doing odd jobs here
and there. Gotta eat, you know?
                                                            

24.

                       NEIL
Don't we take good enough care of
you?
                                                            
                       MATT
Yeah, you guys take care of me
just fine.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Word on the street is that you've
been talking to the O'Brannon's.
                                                            
                       MATT
Why would I do such a thing?
                                                            
                       VINNIE
Well, that's what we're here to
find out, Matty.
                                                            
Matt becomes visibly more nervous.
                                                            
                       MATT
I swear to God, I ain't been
talking to that slime. My loyalty
lies with you guys and Mr.
Stucchio.
                                                            
                       NEIL
If there's something we can't
stand more than anything, it's
liars. You lying to us?
                                                            
                       MATT
No! Of course not!
                                                            
                       VINNIE
Just come clean, Matt. Believe me,
you're better off being honest.
                                                            
Vinnie places his hand on Matt's shoulder, and he breaks.
                                                            
                       MATT
Okay! Look, Johnny O'Brannon
offered me a lot of money if I'd
give 'em some information about
yous guys. I told him some
bullshit and took the money.
That's why you haven't seen me
around. They find out I lied and
took their money, I'm a dead man.
I didn't tell them nothing, I
swear!
                                                            

25.

                       NEIL
So, if you lie to them, you're
dead. What do you think we'll do
to you if you lie to us?
                                                            
                       MATT
I ain't lying! Honest. I gave 'em
nothing.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
You lied at first about talking to
them. You could be lying to us
now. How can we trust you?
                                                            
                       MATT
You can trust me! I promise!
                                                            
Neil and Vinnie look to Michael's car, and nod their heads.
                                                            
INT. MICHAEL'S CAR
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What's that mean?
                                                            
Joey gets out of the car.
                                                            
EXT. FISHING DOCKS
                                                            
Joey approaches Matt. Neil and Vinnie walk back to the car.
                                                            
                       MATT
Oh, shit. You're not going to kill
me, are you, Joey?
                                                            
                       JOEY
Walk with me.
                                                            
Joey places his hand on Matt's shoulder, and the two slowly
walk along the docks.
                                                            
                       MATT
Don't kill me. I've been straight
up with you.
                                                            
                       JOEY
I just want to know the truth.
                                                            
                       MATT
I told them -
                                                            
Joey takes out a pistol, and buries it into Matt's side.
                                                            

26.

                       MATT
I swear to Christ! I told them
nothing! I gave them shit!
                                                            
                       JOEY
And you still took their money.
                                                            
                       MATT
Yes.
                                                            
Joey looks into Matt's terrified eyes for a moment, and then
removes the gun from his side, laughing.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Sly dog.
                                                            
Matt laughs uneasily, then starts to loosen up.

Joey then shoots Matt in the gut, dropping him.

Matt lies on the ground, clutching his wound, moaning in
pain.
                                                            
                       MATT
Why you - Why you shoot - shoot
me?
                                                            
                       JOEY
Pathetic.
                                                            
Joey plugs him two more times, killing him.

Joey then drags him to the edge of the dock, and drops him
into the ocean.
                                                            
INT. MICHAEL'S CAR
                                                            
Joey gets back into the car. Calm, as if nothing happened.

Michael looks shocked, sick, and terrified.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Back to the diner, Mikey.
                                                            
Michael doesn't move. He doesn't speak.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
You all right, bud? Mike?
                                                            
Michael snaps back into reality.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm fine. Yeah. The diner. Sure.
                                                            

27.

Michael begins to drive.
                                                            
 
EXT. STUCCHIO DINER - NIGHT
                                                            
They pull back up to the diner, and the group gets out of
the car.

Michael staggers inside the diner.
                                                            
 
INT. STUCCHIO DINER - NIGHT
                                                            
Neil and Vinnie lead Michael to a table and sit down with
him.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Just relax. Get your bearings. I
know it's hard to watch.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
The first one is always hardest.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah.
                                                            
Michael is very pale.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
I'd never seen a dead body before,
let alone witness someone be
murdered. I had so many
conflicting emotions, I didn't
even know where to begin.
                                                            
Joey walks into the back of the diner.

Vinnie gets up and gets the three of them drinks. He returns
to the table with them.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
Drink that.
                                                            
Michael takes a sip, and some color returns to his face.

Joey returns from the back, and tosses Michael an envelope.
                                                            
                       JOEY
You can leave.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
That's it?
                                                            

28.

                       JOEY
You want a trophy?
                                                            
Michael picks up the envelope and begins to leave the diner.

Joey lights up another cigarette.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Those things'll kill you, Joey.
                                                            
Joey just gives Neil a look, and Neil looks away.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
He's not a bad guy. I wonder if
he'll squeal.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Doubtful.
                                                            
                       NEIL
The boss is gunna want to hear
about this.
                                                            
Joey pays no mind to this comment.

Michael exits the diner.
                                                            
 
INT. MICHAEL'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael enters his house. The lights are on.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Judy?
                                                            
Silence.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Honey?
                                                            
Still nothing.

Michael walks through the house, looking for his wife.

He sees the back door is open.

Michael looks outside, and sees Judy huddled on the ground,
outside the outhouse.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Judy!
                                                            

29.

EXT. BACKYARD
                                                            
Michael runs to Judy. She's really sick.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Judy? Sweetie? What's wrong?
                                                            
                       JUDY
      (weakly)
I don't feel good.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
How long have you been out here?
                                                            
                       JUDY
I don't know.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm calling a doctor. Come on.
                                                            
Michael scoops Judy up in his arms, and begins carrying her
back to the house.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Jesus, you're burning up.
                                                            
                       JUDY
I'll be fine.
                                                            
INT. BATHROOM
                                                            
Michael sets Judy inside the tub, and turns on the water.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Just hold on, I'm going to call
the doctor. I'll be right back.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Can't..afford..doctor.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Too bad.
                                                            
Michael runs out of the bathroom.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Michael...
                                                            
INT. KITCHEN
                                                            
Michael picks up the phone.
                                                            

30.

                       MICHAEL
Operator? I need a doctor.
                                                            
 
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Det. Gallagher sips some coffee.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
And the loving husband shows up
just in time to rescue his sick
wife. I'm touched.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Sarcasm?
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Never.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I loved my wife very much.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Past tense noted. I can see where
this is going.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Is that so?
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Yeah. the sob story about the sick
wife is suppose to invoke sympathy
and I'm supposed to relate. Then
I'm supposed to empathize and
realize that all this started so
you could save your sick wife.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You're partially correct.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Shocking. Maybe that's why I'm a
detective.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Since you've got it all figured
out, I might as well not even
continue.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Oh, no. By all means, continue.
I'm captivated by this gripping
story.
                                                            
 

31.

INT. MICHAEL'S HOUSE, BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
DOC HOLLIS walks away from Judy, who is sleeping in bed.

He approaches Michael.
                                                            
                       DOC HOLLIS
I gave her something to help her
sleep. Let's talk downstairs.
                                                            
INT. LIVING ROOM
                                                            
Doc Hollis sits down on the couch, and Michael hands him a
glass of water.
                                                            
                       DOC HOLLIS
Oh, thank you.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Is she going to be all right?
                                                            
                       DOC HOLLIS
The fever should go down within
the hour, and with that, the
vomiting should cease.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Is it just a brief illness?
                                                            
                       DOC HOLLIS
Well, I'm not sure, and that's
what's been bothering me. The
symptoms she has suggest a virus,
but the way she passed out
outside, and how afflicted she is,
it seems as though something else
is at work. With your permission,
I'd like to take some blood if her
symptoms continue.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Of course.
                                                            
Doc Hollis finishes his water, and stands up, preparing to
leave.
                                                            
                       DOC HOLLIS
But first, we'll see how the
medication works. I could be
wrong. If her symptoms persist or
worsen over the next couple of
days, call again.
                                                            

32.

Michael walks Doc Hollis to the door.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Thank you for coming out so late,
Doctor Hollis.
                                                            
                       DOC HOLLIS
Nonsense. I'm always on call.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Goodnight.
                                                            
                       DOC HOLLIS
Goodnight.
                                                            
Doc Hollis exits the house, and Michael closes the door
behind him.
                                                            
 
INT. MICHAEL'S HOUSE, KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Michael pours himself a glass of juice, and slowly drinks
it.

The telephone rings, and Michael answers it.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Hello? (Beat) Now? (Beat) I don't
think I can come right now. My
wife is very sick. (Beat) Okay.
(Beat) No, I understand.
                                                            
Michael hangs up the phone, and sighs.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Shit.
                                                            
Michael walks out of the kitchen.
                                                            
INT. BEDROOM
                                                            
Michael walks into the bedroom, and leaves a note on the
night stand.

Michael kisses Judy's forehead, and she stirs slightly, but
remains asleep.
                                                            
 
INT. STUCCHIO DINER - DAY
                                                            
Michael enters the diner, where Neil and Vinnie are waiting
for him.


33.

They stand up as he enters.

Paulie is behind the counter.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
How you doing, Mikey?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Been better, Paulie.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
I hear ya.
                                                            
Neil and Vinnie walk past Michael, heading for the door.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Come on, Mike.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
Gotta go see the boss.
                                                            
Michael follows them out the door.
                                                            
 
EXT. STUCCHIO MANOR - DAY
                                                            
A car pulls up to a large manor. It's lavish, Italian, and
gorgeous. Just the kind of place you'd expect a mob boss to
live in.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
I was blown away when I first saw
the Stucchio Estate. This was way
beyond a mere deli and diner's
income. Of course you heard the
stories about the family bringing
fortunes over from Italy. I'm sure
to some extent that was true, but
let's be realistic here: The place
was created from blood money.
                                                            
Vinnie, Neil, and Michael get out of the car, and walk up
the manor steps to the front door.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Consider yourself lucky.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
Not many people see the inside of
Mr. Stucchio's home.
                                                            
Neil opens the door, and the three of them enter.
                                                            
 

34.

INT. STUCCHIO MANOR - DAY
                                                            
If the outside looked fantastic, the inside looks absolutely
gorgeous. Lavish artwork. Marble flooring. Beautiful
carpets. Vases. Everything. A lot of time and money was
invested into this place.

Michael views his surroundings, awestruck.
                                                            
                       NEIL
This way.
                                                            
The three make their way up the main staircase.

They head down a hallway, which opens up into a larger room
with a couple doors on either side.

Vinnie walks up to one of the doors, and knocks on it.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
Boss, Michael Soriano is here to
see you.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO (O.S.)
Send him in.
                                                            
Vinnie turns to Michael, and motions for him to enter the
room.

Michael approaches the door, and slowly opens it.

He steps inside the room.
                                                            
INT. OFFICE
                                                            
The office is beautifully furnished, with several shelves of
books to boot.

Joey is sitting in front of a desk.

Behind the desk, DON EMELIO STUCCHIO is seated in a large
leather chair. He's got a cigar in one hand, and a glass of
brandy in the other.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Take a seat. Close the door behind
you.
                                                            
Michael does as he's told.

Don Stucchio motions at the bottle of brandy.
                                                            

35.

                       DON STUCCHIO
Drink?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
No, thank you.
                                                            
Don Stucchio puffs his cigar.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Do you know why you were brought
here?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
No, sir.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
It's been brought to my attention
that you joined Joey here on a
little errand last night.
                                                            
Michael looks at Joey, who is staring into space, and then
back at Don Stucchio.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yes, sir.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
You tell anyone where you were
last night?
                                                            
Michael shakes his head.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
What about who you were with?
                                                            
Again, Michael shakes his head.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Not even your wife?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
No. No one.
                                                            
Don Stucchio takes a drink from his glass.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Why don't we get some air?
                                                            
Don Stucchio stands up, as do Michael and Joey.

Don Stucchio points at Joey.
                                                            

36.

                       DON STUCCHIO
Not you. Sit. I'm not done with
you yet.
                                                            
Anger crosses Joey's face, but he sits back down.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Come with me, Michael.
                                                            
Don Stucchio walks out of the office. Michael follows.
                                                            
 
EXT. STUCCHIO MANOR, VINEYARDS - DAY
                                                            
Don Stucchio and Michael walk out the back door of the
manor.

The large backyard has it's own small garden, complete with
a vineyard, growing grapes and tomatoes. It's a breathtaking
sight.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
As I looked out over the vineyard,
I couldn't help but be taken
aback.
                                                            
The two begin walking along the vines.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
It's nice, isn't it?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Unbelievably.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I like to surround myself with the
homeland.
                                                            
Don Stucchio takes a grape and hands it to Michael.

Michael eats it.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Good, huh?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Very.
                                                            
They continue walking.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I don't remember much of Italy, my
father brought us over here when I
was twelve. But, I remember
            (MORE)

37.

                       DON STUCCHIO (cont'd)
looking out over the vineyards at
my grandfather's villa. We used to
go out with my grandmother and
pick the tomatoes when they were
just ripe enough. She made the
most amazing dishes with them.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I can only imagine.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
My mother learned the recipes, and
when we came here, my father
opened the diner with the little
money he had. Try as they might,
they could never get the sauces to
taste like grandmother's.
                                                            
Don Stucchio picks a tomato from a vine, and examines it.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
You know why? Because the tomatoes
came from an outside source. They
weren't raised and picked by their
own hands. Everything is better
when you put your own blood,
sweat, and tears into it. It's a
product you know you can trust,
because it's your own. You know
where it came from, and how it was
made. Do you understand, Michael?
                                                            
Michael nods his head.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
We don't really bring outsiders
into the business. Joey did so
without my consent, but he has
vouched for you. Were it not for
the fact that you were around and
served the diner for so long, we'd
be having this conversation in a
different setting.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I understand.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
My wife likes you, Michael. My
son, Paulie, he likes you,
Michael. From what I've seen, you
seem like a decent, stand-up kind
            (MORE)

38.

                       DON STUCCHIO (cont'd)
of guy.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Thank you.
                                                            
Don Stucchio tosses the tomato away, and looks Michael in
the eyes.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I'm going to be honest with you,
because I expect honesty from
everyone else. You're on shaky
ground.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I have no guarantees you won't
squeal.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You have my word, Mr. Stucchio.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
What's in someones word? There
used to be a time when a person's
word really meant something, but
that time is long-gone.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
So, then what can I do?
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I need an act of good faith,
Michael, and you need work, yeah?
                                                            
Michael seems hesitant for a moment, but he nods his head.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What did you have in mind?
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
You work for the family for a bit.
Odd jobs, here and there. That
way, we can keep an eye on you.
                                                            
Michael starts to speak, but Don Stucchio raises his hand.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Don't say anything yet. There are
other options, but you won't be
paid then, and I'll still be
            (MORE)

39.

                       DON STUCCHIO (cont'd)
unsure about you. There's danger
involved with working for me.
Perhaps you should think about
your wife first.
                                                            
An older, slightly pudgy man makes his way to the two of
them. TOMMY CHINO is his name.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Don Stucchio, excuse the
interruption.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
      (introducing them)
Michael Soriano, Tommy Chino.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Hi.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Pleased to meet you.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Tommy Chino was the family's
financial adviser and bookie. He
also handled the more legal
aspects of the business.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (to Don Stucchio)
There's a problem with the figures
for this month. Someone isn't
paying.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I see. Wait for me in the study.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (turning back to
       Michael)
I apologize.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Not at all.
                                                            
Tommy walks back towards the house.

Don Stucchio turns to Michael.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
You have twenty-four hours to
consider my offer. If you'll
excuse me, I have business to
            (MORE)

40.

                       DON STUCCHIO (cont'd)
attend to. Have Neil and Vinnie
take you back home.
                                                            
With that, Don Stuccio heads back to the house.

Michael takes in his surroundings again, inhales deeply, and
heads back to the manor.
                                                            
 
INT. STUCCHIO MANOR - DAY
                                                            
Michael walks through the manor, looking around.

He turns the corner, heading for the entrance way, not
paying attention, and, BUMP! Runs right into CERINA
STUCCHIO.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Oh, excuse me.
                                                            
Cerina looks Michael up and down, and smiles.
                                                            
                       CERINA
Not at all, sir.
                                                            
She extends her hand.
                                                            
                       CERINA
I'm Cerina.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Michael. Michael Soriano.
                                                            
The two shake hands, never for a moment breaking eye
contact.
                                                            
                       CERINA
I'm assuming you're here on
business?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Mr. Stucchio wanted to speak with
me, yeah.
                                                            
                       CERINA
I figured as much. I've got some
things I need to do, but it was
nice meeting you, Mr. Soriano.
Maybe I'll see you around.
                                                            
Cerina walks away, heading for the stairs.
                                                            

41.

                       MICHAEL
Yeah. You, too.
                                                            
Michael turns around and sees Vinnie and Neil staring him
down.
                                                            
                       NEIL
I know what you're thinking, and
no.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
The Don's daughter is off limits.
                                                            
Michael shrugs, smiling.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Fellas, come on, I'm a married
man, here.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Married or not, just know.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
Off limits. Come on.
                                                            
The three leave the manor.
                                                            
 
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Det. Gallagher leans back in his chair, sighing.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
I hear the Siren's call growing
louder.
                                                            
Michael raises his eyebrow at this comment.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What makes you say that?
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
You mean, besides the fact that
I'm not an idiot?
                                                            
Michael chuckles at this.

Det. Gallagher stands up.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
I'll be right back. Don't go
anywhere, now.
                                                            

42.

Det. Gallagher leaves the room, closing the door behind him.

Michael looks around the painfully bland and barren room,
sighing.

The door to the room re-opens, and CHIEF EVERETT enters the
room.

Michael looks at Chief Everett with great contempt.

Chief Everett stands at the front of the table, staring
Michael down.
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
Well, well. Look who got himself
in a bit of a pinch, eh?
                                                            
Michael doesn't say anything, just looks at Chief Everett
with distaste.

Chief Everett slowly walks over towards Michael, and leans
on the table.
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
I hope you're not expecting to
wash your hands of this, Michael.
This is my domain now, and I just
lost a lot of money because of
you.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
And do you really think I give a
damn?
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
Oh, I know you don't, but let me
make something clear to you, boy.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Hm, what's that?
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
If you so much as mention me in
this little report of yours, I'll
make sure you never leave prison.
Understand, you little son of a
bitch?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
After I'm done, you'll no longer
have the authority.
                                                            

43.

                       CHIEF EVERETT
I've got friends inside.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You won't.
                                                            
Chief Everett is now getting pissed, and he stands up.
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
All right, now you listen to me -
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER (O.S.)
Chief Everett.
                                                            
Chief Everett turns around, and sees Det. Gallagher, who has
a fresh cup of coffee in his hand.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
What brings you down here?
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
Just came down to have a word with
Mr. Soriano.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
What about?
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
It's not your concern, detective.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
You were expressly forbidden from
having any involvement with this
case what-so-ever. So, it really
kind of is.
                                                            
Chief Everett walks over to Det. Gallagher, and leans in
close to him.
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
Mind your tongue, detective. I'm
still chief, and I will still be
after this case is closed.
Remember that.
                                                            
Chief Everett walks past him.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Good seeing you, too, chief.
                                                            
Chief Everett exits the room, closing the door behind him.

Det. Gallagher sits back down.
                                                            

44.

                       DET. GALLAGHER
What was that about?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Nothing. Shall we continue?
                                                            
Det. Gallagher gets his pencil ready, nodding.
                                                            
 
INT. MICHAEL'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Michael is in the kitchen, preparing soup.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
I had been working for the
Stucchio's for a little over a
week, and still hadn't told Judy.
I'd wanted to keep it from her for
as long as possible.
                                                            
Michael takes out a small medicine bottle, and pours it into
a glass. He then fills the glass with water.
                                                            
INT. BEDROOM
                                                            
Judy is propped up in the bed by pillows.

Michael enters the room with the soup and medicine.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Judy's condition was improving,
but she was still bed-ridden. The
doctor had come a couple days
prior to take some blood.
                                                            
Michael sets the soup down on the night stand, and hands
Judy the medicine.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
How do you feel?
                                                            
                       JUDY
Better.
                                                            
Michael feels her forehead.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Your fever is going down. Drink
that.
                                                            
Judy looks at the glass, then back at Michael.
                                                            

45.

                       JUDY
All this medicine and doctor
visits. We can't afford this.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Don't worry about it, babe.
                                                            
                       JUDY
I'm worried about it. Where are
you getting all of this money? We
were just barely scraping by, and
now all of a suddn we have extra
money for medicine and doctors?
                                                            
Michael looks away, sighing.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Take your medicine, Judy.
                                                            
Judy drains the glass as she's told.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Tell me what's going on.
                                                            
Michael looks up at the ceiling, and then at Judy.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I was fired a couple weeks ago.
                                                            
Judy is stunned by this.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Did you ever plan on telling me?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I didn't want you to worry, with
you being sick and all.
                                                            
                       JUDY
I'm your wife, Michael. I have a
right to know these things! Where
is our money coming from?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I've got another job.
                                                            
Michael looks at the floor, and Judy knows.
                                                            
                       JUDY
No. You're not!
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
They're decent people.
                                                            

46.

                       JUDY
They're crooks! Is that what
you've become now?
                                                            
Michael looks at her.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Never. Be grateful. It's their
money that's paying for your
medicine.
                                                            
Judy throws the glass, and it shatters.
                                                            
                       JUDY
I don't want help from blood
money.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
It's not blood money.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Don't be a fool. And what of you?
What do you do for them?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I drive them around. I make
pick-ups and deliveries. My job is
almost exactly the same as it was
at the warehouse.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Except it's illegal!
                                                            
Michael stands up.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
For the time being, it's all we
have. I need you to understand.
                                                            
Judy rolls over onto her side, facing away from him.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Leave me.
                                                            
Michael turns around and leaves, stopping at the doorway. He
looks back at her.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm just doing everything I can to
take care of you. I hope you'll
see that. Eat your soup, it'll
give you some strength. I love
you.
                                                            

47.

Michael exits.

Judy rolls over as if to say something, but it's too late.
He's gone. She sighs.
                                                            
 
EXT. STUCCHIO MANOR - DAY
                                                            
Michael, Vinnie, and Neil walk out of the manor, heading for
the car.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
I kept working for the Don. It
turned out that the money was VERY
good, and for the majority of the
time, there was nothing to it.
                                                            
 
INT. GROCERY STORE - DAY
                                                            
The three walk inside a small grocery store, and find it
trashed.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Though there was the occasional
hitch.
                                                            
The three look around at the mess.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
Rick?
                                                            
                       NEIL
You all right, buddy?
                                                            
RICK MATHERS steps out of the back of the store, a mop in
his hand.

His nose has been busted.
                                                            
                       RICK
Hey, fellas. I'm not going to have
the money this week. The
O'Brannon's came and cleaned me
out.
                                                            
                       NEIL
How long ago did they leave?
                                                            
                       RICK
You missed 'em by maybe five
minutes.
                                                            

48.

Michael looks at the wrecked store.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Why did they do this?
                                                            
                       RICK
I refused to give 'em my money. My
loyalty lies with the Stucchio's,
not the O'Brannon scum. They're a
rotten lot.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
Well don't worry, Rick. We'll take
care of them and make sure nothing
like this happens again.
                                                            
                       NEIL
That's right. We take care of
those that take care of us. In the
mean time, we'll help you get this
place cleaned up.
                                                            
The group sets to work, cleaning the place up.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
That was the first time I'd seen
any open rivalry between the two
families. It certainly wouldn't be
the last.
                                                            
 
INT. COVERED TRUCK - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael, Joey, and Paulie are in the truck, riding.
                                                            
EXT. COUNTRY ROAD - NIGHT
                                                            
They are driving out into the country.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
It wasn't too much longer before I
learned where they got a large
amount of their profits from.
                                                            
 
EXT. FARM - NIGHT
                                                            
The truck pulls into a farm, complete with a large barn,
silo, and house.

The truck stops in front of the barn, and the three get out
of the truck.
                                                            

49.

INT. BARN
                                                            
Inside the barn, a delivery truck is parked.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Due to the ban of alcohol, the
demand for it was pretty high.
It's amazing how much people want
what they can't have. Folks were
willing to pay top-dollar for it.
Fortunately for Haven City, we're
only about fifty miles from the
Canadian boarder. They sold us
booze for a good price.
                                                            
Michael and Paulie help the CANADIAN WORKERS load the booze
from the delivery truck into the covered bed of the pick-up.

Joey stands guard with a shotgun in his hands and a
cigarette in his mouth.

Suddenly, there's the sound of a cocking gun.
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT (O.S.)
Hold it right there!
                                                            
Everyone stops what they are doing and turns around.

Chief Everett is standing there with two other COPS, their
pistols drawn.
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
Just what do we have going on
here?
                                                            
Nobody says anything.

Chief Everett makes his way over to the truck, and looks at
the side of it.
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
Canada, eh? We're a long ways from
home now, aren't we?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
We're exchanging crops.
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
Shut your mouth, boy.
                                                            
Chief Everett looks in the back of the covered pick-up, and
pulls a small bottle of liquor out of one of the boxes.


50.

He opens the bottle, smells it, and takes a drink.

He looks at the bottle.
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
Good stuff.
                                                            
Michael isn't sure what's going on. He looks to Joey who is
strangely calm, and then over to Paulie, who takes an
envelope out of his coat pocket.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Only the best, chief.
                                                            
Chief Everett turns around and walks over to Paulie, who
hands him the envelope.

Chief Everett opens the envelope, and flips through the
cash.
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
Seems low this month.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Time's is hard, chief.
                                                            
Chief Everett looks at Paulie a moment, and then puts the
envelope in his coat pocket, smiling.
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
Let's hope this batch sells better
then, eh?
                                                            
Chief Everett looks at his fellow officers.
                                                            
                       CHIEF EVERETT
All right, boys. I see nothing
illegal going on out here. Let's
head on back.
                                                            
The two Cops holster their weapons, and the three leave the
barn.

The Canadians get in their trucks.

Michael looks at Paulie and Joey.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What the hell was that?
                                                            
                       PAULIE
That's how we do business,
Michael. Let's go.
                                                            

51.

INT. COVERED TRUCK
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
So you have the chief of police in
your pocket?
                                                            
                       PAULIE
I wouldn't say he's in our pocket,
but when it comes to certain
things, let's just say we're
friendly enough for him to turn a
blind eye. Now, that's not to say
that if you piss him off enough or
spray down a neighborhood that he
won't bust your balls.
                                                            
                       JOEY
I'd like to bust that crooked
bastard's head in with a baseball
bat.
                                                            
Michael glances at Joey, surprised.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Joey here can't stand him. Or any
cop, for that matter.
                                                            
 
EXT. BLUES CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
The pick-up pulls up along the back of the Blues club.

The three get out of the truck.

Paulie walks up to the back door, and knocks on it.

A moment later, SARAH GOODMAN, the owner of the club, opens
the door.

She looks around, and then at Paulie.
                                                            
                       SARAH
You're late.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Sorry, Mrs. Goodman. The
transaction took longer than we
anticipated.
                                                            
Sarah crosses her arms, shaking her head.

Paulie stands there, not exactly sure what to say.
                                                            

52.

                       SARAH
Well? What are you waiting for? I
haven't got all night. Bring it
in.
                                                            
Sarah turns around and heads back into the club.

Paulie turns to Michael and Joey.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
All right, you heard the lady.
Bring it in.
                                                            
Michael and Joey head towards the back of the pick-up, and
each grab a case of liquor.
                                                            
 
INT. BLUES CLUB, OFFICE - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael and Paulie are standing in Sarah's office.
She's smoking a cigarette.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Sarah Goodman was one of the most
powerful and self-assured women
I'd ever met before. She was all
about business, and she was good
at what she did.
                                                            
                       SARAH
I know we made a deal that we
would split the money 50/50, but
it's not cost effective, and quite
honestly, isn't worth the risk for
me.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
A deal is a deal, Mrs. Goodman.
You can't go back -
                                                            
                       SARAH
I can do whatever the hell I want,
Paulie. I have no obligations to
you or your father. You came to
me, remember? The only reason I
even considered this whole thing
is because of who your father is.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
The deal is 50/50.
                                                            

53.

                       SARAH
My new proposal is 70/30. Now you
can either take my offer, or take
your booze elsewhere and hope to
strike a better deal.
                                                            
Paulie shifts uncomfortably, thinking.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
All right. Fine. 70/30.
                                                            
Sarah smiles, and puts out her cigarette.
                                                            
                       SARAH
I figured you'd see things my way.
Now, have a drink on me, fellas.
                                                            
Paulie leaves the room, Michael follows.
                                                            
INT. BLUES CLUB
                                                            
Paulie goes out to the main room, Michael following behind.

Paulie leans over the bar, grabs a small bottle of liquor,
and sits down.

The BARTENDER looks at him, ready to get defensive.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Don't even say a word, pal. This
is mine.
                                                            
The Bartender goes back to work.

Paulie opens the bottle and takes a drink.

Michael sits down next to Paulie.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What happened in there?
                                                            
                       PAULIE
You were there, Michael.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I know, but you're going to let
her strong-arm you like that?
                                                            
Paulie takes another swig and slams down the bottle.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
What are you trying to say? That
I'm not a man?
                                                            

54.

                       MICHAEL
No, not at all, Paulie. Of course
you're a man. You're Don
Stucchio's son.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Yeah, don't remind me, okay?
                                                            
Paulie takes another drink.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm just saying, she's going back
on her end of the deal. If your
father -
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Look, Mikey, I'd really appreciate
it if you kept your nose out of
things you don't really
understand.
                                                            
Michael takes offense to this, and looks away.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Sorry. Forget I said anything.
                                                            
Paulie takes another drink, and sighs.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Look, Papa put me in charge of
this little operation so I could
get a taste of the business. If he
got word that I can't handle
something as simple as this, he'd
never trust me to handle the
business after he's gone. Not that
I really care.
                                                            
Michael raises his eyebrows.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You mean you don't want to run the
business?
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Nope, but I'm expected to keep the
Stucchio name respected and
around. I don't want to ruin the
legacy my father worked so hard to
leave, and more than anything, I
don't want him to be disappointed
with me.
                                                            

55.

Paulie finishes the bottle, and burps.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Good stuff.
                                                            
Paulie stands up.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Go find Joey.
                                                            
Michael stands up.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What for?
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Tell him we're going to stay a
while.
                                                            
 
EXT. BLUES CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
Joey is leaning against the pick-up, smoking a cigarette,
looking off into space.

Michael approaches him.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Hey, Joey.
                                                            
Joey turns around with a start, drawing his pistol.

Michael puts his hands up.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Whoa. Didn't mean to give you a
start.
                                                            
Joey holsters his gun.
                                                            
                       JOEY
You didn't.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Paulie wanted me to find you and
tell you that we're staying a
while.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Great.
                                                            
Joey doesn't move from the truck.
                                                            

56.

                       MICHAEL
Are you coming inside?
                                                            
                       JOEY
Later.
                                                            
Michael nods, and heads back inside.
                                                            
 
INT. BLUES CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
On the stage, several black musicians playing soothing
music.

The whole atmosphere is very calm and peaceful. Almost
romantic.

Michael looks around the club.

Paulie is sitting at a table with two other LADIES, drinking
and talking.

Paulie waves at Michael, who waves back.
                                                            
                       CERINA (O.S.)
Fancy meeting you here.
                                                            
Michael turns around.
Cerina is there, and she looks gorgeous.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Ms. Stucchio.
                                                            
Michael takes her hand and kisses it.
                                                            
                       CERINA
Mr. Soriano. What brings you here
tonight?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I had to make a delivery.
                                                            
                       CERINA
Is it always business with you?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'll let you know. Your brother is
here if you want to meet up with
him.
                                                            

57.

                       CERINA
I see enough of him at home. I
like to have some sort of life
outside of the family, you know.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I understand.
                                                            
Cerina looks to the bar, then back at Michael.
                                                            
                       CERINA
So what's a lady have to do to get
a drink around here?
                                                            
Michael smiles.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Right this way, madame.
                                                            
Michael leads Cerina over to the bar.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Bartender! Can we get some drinks
over here?
                                                            
The Bartender nods, and a moment later, hands them two
drinks.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Come here a lot?
                                                            
                       CERINA
Often enough.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Often enough for what?
                                                            
Cerina smiles and winks.
                                                            
                       CERINA
That's for me to know, good sir.
                                                            
Michael chuckles.

Cerina glances at the wedding band on his hand.
                                                            
                       CERINA
Been married long?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
A few months.
                                                            

58.

                       CERINA
Do you like it?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah. It's all right.
                                                            
                       CERINA
I don't think I could ever be that
tied down.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Why's that?
                                                            
                       CERINA
I like to have some breathing
room. Probably because I very
rarely get any from the family.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
True.
                                                            
The two drink. It's quiet a moment.

Cerina sets her glass back down onto the bar, and turns to
Michael.
                                                            
                       CERINA
Care for a dance?
                                                            
Michael sets his glass down, smiling.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Well, actually -
                                                            
He's interrupted by Joey, who is suddenly there.
                                                            
                       JOEY
We're leaving.
                                                            
Joey turns to Cerina.
                                                            
                       JOEY
You're coming.
                                                            
                       CERINA
The hell I am.
                                                            
                       JOEY
I'm not giving you a choice.
                                                            
                       CERINA
Don't tell me what to do, Joey.
You're not even family, and -
                                                            

59.

                       STEVE (O.S.)
The fun has arrived!
                                                            
Michael, Cerina, and Joey turn to the direction of the
voice.

STEVE BOYD, BILLY MURPHY, and a couple other thugs have
entered the club.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Turn up the
music, boys! We're going to party
like it's New Years!
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Steve Boyd and Billy Murphy were
Irish gangsters that belonged with
the O'Brannon's. They were loud,
vulgar, and violent.
                                                            
Michael, Joey, and Cerina make their way to the back of the
club.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Where's Paulie?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
He's was over on the side with two
ladies.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Take her out back. We'll meet you.
                                                            
Joey breaks away from Cerina and Michael, who continue
heading for the back.

Joey makes his way over to Paulie.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Time to go.
                                                            
Paulie stands up without a word.

Billy makes his way over to the bar. Everyone is quiet.
                                                            
                       BILLY
Hey, bartender! Get me a round of
whiskey.
                                                            
The Bartender looks at Billy blankly.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
Alcohol is prohibited, sir.
                                                            

60.

Billy grabs the Bartender by the neck and slams his face
onto the bar.
                                                            
                       BILLY
Don't hand me that bullshit! I
know you've got the goods, cos you
get it from those Stucchio
bastards. Now pour the fuckin'
booze!
                                                            
Billy releases the Bartender, who stumbles back, and then
composes himself.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
Yes, sir.
                                                            
The musicians have stopped playing.

Steve looks at them.
                                                            
                       STEVE
I don't recall tellin' you niggers
to stop playin'.
                                                            
The music starts again, and Steve makes his way to the bar.

Everyone is watching them.
                                                            
                       STEVE
What the hell are you all lookin'
at? Get back to mindin' your own
business!
                                                            
Everyone goes back to what they were doing.

Joey and Paulie slowly make their way to the back.

Billy glances over and sees them. He stands up.
                                                            
                       BILLY
Do me eyes deceive me? Is that a
Stucchio over there?
                                                            
Joey and Paulie turn and look at them.

Now Steve has stood up, and the two other thugs they came is
with stand as well.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
We were just leaving.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Oh, I don't think so. Not yet.
                                                            

61.

Steve and Billy slowly inch over towards them.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
We're not looking for trouble
tonight.
                                                            
                       BILLY
No, of course you're not, Paulie.
You pussy.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Watch your mouth.
                                                            
Billy looks at Joey, surprised.
                                                            
                       BILLY
Excuse me? You talkin' to me, are
you?
                                                            
                       JOEY
I'm looking at you, aren't I?
                                                            
Billy grabs a glass off one of the tables, and heaves it at
Joey, who ducks out of the way.

The glass smashes against the way, shattering.

Quick as a flash, Joey grabs another glass and heaves it
back at Billy, cracking him on the head with it.

One of the Thug's runs at Joey, who quickly takes out a
switchblade and plunges it into the Thug's gut repeatedly,
killing him.

Billy falls to the ground, and Steve stands over him.

Everyone screams and runs about from the sudden burst of
violence.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Christ Billy, are you okay?
                                                            
Billy has a cut on his forehead, and he places his hand on
it.
                                                            
                       BILLY
Shite, that hurt.
                                                            
Steve looks back to Joey and Paulie, who are gone.
                                                            
 

62.

EXT. BLUES CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael and Cerina are out back waiting.

Joey and Paulie bust out the back door, running for the
truck.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What the hell happened in there?
                                                            
                       PAULIE
No time. Drive.
                                                            
Joey takes out his pistol and jumps into the bed of the
pick-up.

Cerina, Michael, and Paulie jump into the cab and they drive
away.
                                                            
 
EXT. STUCCHIO MANOR - NIGHT
                                                            
The truck pulls up to the manor.

All four of them get out of the truck.
                                                            
                       JOEY
I should have just taken them all
out.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
And started a full-scale war? Papa
would've killed you. he's already
going to be pissed when he hears
about this. You spilled O'Brannon
blood, Joey!
                                                            
Joey holsters his pistol. He takes out the switchblade,
which has blood on it. He looks at it.
                                                            
                       JOEY
It's a beautiful thing, isn't it?
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Oh, Jesus Christ. This is bad.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Why?
                                                            
                       PAULIE
There's two ways to do things in
this business. The right way, and
the wrong way. A public attack
like that sends the wrong kind of
            (MORE)

63.

                       PAULIE (cont'd)
message.
                                                            
                       JOEY
You're just afraid to start
trouble.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
What'd you say to me?
                                                            
                       JOEY
Nothing.
                                                            
Joey walks to his car, gets in, and drives away.

Paulie looks at Michael.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Thanks for the help tonight,
Mikey. You can go home now. Be
careful. Things are going to get a
little hairy.
                                                            
Paulie heads to the door.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
C'mon, Cerina.
                                                            
                       CERINA
In a second.
                                                            
Paulie enters the house and closes the door.

Cerina turns to Michael.
                                                            
                       CERINA
Well I probably won't be allowed
out for a while now, especially
not by myself. Just remember that
you owe me a dance.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I guess I do, don't I?
                                                            
                       CERINA
I'll hold you to it. Goodnight,
Michael.
                                                            
Cerina heads for the door.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Goodnight, Ms. Stucchio.
                                                            

64.

Cerina turns around.
                                                            
                       CERINA
It's Cerina.
                                                            
She enters the house and closes the door.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (to himself)
Cerina.
                                                            
Michael heads to his car.
                                                            
 
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Det. Gallagher looks at Michael with a slight smile.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Well, my, my. It's awful easy to
start a mob war in your line of
work, isn't it?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Apparently so. Who would've
thought, right?
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Yeah. Imagine that.
                                                            
Michael adjusts his tie, loosening it.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Do you think I could get some
water or something? My throat's
dry.
                                                            
Det. Gallagher takes a drink from his coffee.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
And this coffee is bitter, but you
don't hear me complaining, now do
you?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You could just say no.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
But that would be the reasonable
thing to do. There's no fun in
being reasonable. You of all
people should know that.
                                                            

65.

                       MICHAEL
Hey, I'm a very reasonable man.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Yes, because spraying down a group
of men on the City Hall steps is
reasonable.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I had my reasons.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
Which I would love to hear, so
without further delay, let's
continue.
                                                            
 
EXT. MICHAEL'S NEW HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Michael leads Judy up a walkway, blindfolded.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
The month's fell off the calendar
like minutes, and I had made
enough money for a new house.
                                                            
Michael takes the blindfold off Judy, who smiles.

In front of her is a gorgeous house, probably twice as big
as their old one.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Oh, my! Michael! It's gorgeous!
                                                            
Judy hugs Michael, and kisses him.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
We're moving up in the world,
Judy.
                                                            
Judy turns and looks back at the house.

From out the front door, Paulie, Theresa, and Cerina emerge,
champagne in their hands.
                                                            
                       THERESA
Welcome home!
                                                            
The smile fades from Judy's face.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
While Judy still despised me
working for the Stucchio's, she
had slowly grown to accept it. Or,
            (MORE)

66.

                       MICHAEL (cont'd)
at least she kept quiet about her
distaste.
                                                            
Theresa hands Judy a glass, and kisses both of her cheeks.
                                                            
 
INT. MICHAEL'S NEW HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
The five of them are in the living room, drinking cocktails.


The move has been completed.
                                                            
                       THERESA
You know, I've always wanted to
hear how the two of you met.
                                                            
Judy sets down her glass.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Well, actually, it's kind of a
funny story. See, a few years ago,
I was helping my mom out at her
knit shop, and about once a week
we got deliveries for supplies and
such. Well, lo and behold, who
should come to the shop one week
to make a delivery but Michael.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
That's right, babe.
                                                            
He rubs her thigh.
                                                            
                       JUDY
So, he comes in with a stack of
boxes - way more than he could
carry, and he's trying to navigate
through the shop -
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
There was stuff everywhere, mind
you.
                                                            
                       JUDY
And he stumbles on a box of yarn,
bumps into me, and falls into a
box of pins.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I had more holes in my rear than a
pin cushion.
                                                            

67.

                       JUDY
So, feeling bad, I offered to pay
for any doctor visits, and
instead, he wanted a date.
                                                            
Michael takes Judy's hand and squeezes it. She smiles.
                                                            
                       CERINA
You just meet all sorts of women
on the job, don't you, Michael?
                                                            
Michael chuckles, and Judy's smile fades.
                                                            
                       THERESA
Well, I think it's positively
delightful.
                                                            
                       JUDY
What about you and your husband?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Where is Mr. Stucchio, by the way?
I thought he was going to be
joining us today?
                                                            
                       THERESA
He got tied up with a business
meeting.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
The story of his life.
                                                            
                       THERESA
The business is why we live so
well, Paulie. Don't forget that.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Anyway, about how you met.
                                                            
Cerina pours herself more to drink, and offers more to
everyone. Paulie accepts, everyone else declines.
                                                            
                       THERESA
It was thirty-five years ago - My,
it doesn't seem that long. Anywho,
his father had opened the diner
and they needed a kitchen-aid. His
mother couldn't keep up and was
getting old. I was young and
needed a job, so I went in. Emelio
was the busser, and he was so
sweet on me. He'd leave flowers
and chocolates for me to find.
                                                            

68.

Judy coughs.
                                                            
                       THERESA
All right, dear?
                                                            
                       JUDY
I'm fine.
                                                            
                       THERESA
I didn't think he'd ever get the
nerve to ask me on a date. Then,
one day, he did. We've been
together ever since, and have two
wonderful kids to show for it.
                                                            
                       CERINA
Well, one wonderful kid.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Watch it.
                                                            
                       THERESA
Stop it, you two.
                                                            
Judy stands up, clutching her stomach.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Excuse me.
                                                            
Judy stumbles out of the room.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Judy, are you okay, hunny?
                                                            
There's a crash in the kitchen, and Michael runs to the
sound.
                                                            
INT. KITCHEN
                                                            
Judy is lying on the floor, unconscious.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Judy! Call a doctor!
                                                            
Michael scoops up Judy's head and rests it on his lap.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
It's going to be fine. Hold on.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Judy's health had continually gone
up and down, but it hadn't been
that bad since the first time.
                                                            
 

69.

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Judy is sitting up in her hospital bed.

Michael is sitting next to her.

They're talking, but it's not really audible, or important.

Doc Hollis enters the room.

They look at him.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What's the news, doc?
                                                            
                       DOC HOLLIS
As far as we can tell, she's okay
to go home. Perhaps you just stood
up too fast, Judy.
                                                            
                       JUDY
So, I'm okay?
                                                            
                       DOC HOLLIS
Well, as okay as your condition
allows.
                                                            
Judy and Michael both sigh in relief.
                                                            
 
EXT. FISHING DOCKS - DAY
                                                            
Michael, Vinnie, Neil, and Joey take some money from one of
the dock vendors.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
With my wife cleared with a clean
bill of health, I was able to
resume work again, and things were
running smoothly.
                                                            
The group make their way back to the car and get in, Michael
driving.
                                                            
 
INT. STUCCHIO DINER - NIGHT
                                                            
Paulie is cleaning up the diner.

Theresa is sitting at a table with Michael, Neil, and
Vinnie.
                                                            

70.

                       THERESA
Do you ever go home, Michael?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Once in a while, sure.
                                                            
                       THERESA
Don't forget that you have a wife.
She should come before my
husband's wishes.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
She does, Mrs. Stucchio.
                                                            
                       THERESA
I hope so.
                                                            
                       NEIL
C'mon, give him a break. He's
doing what he loves, right Mikey?
                                                            
Neil pats Michael on the back, and Michael smiles.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Something like that.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
How's your lady been feeling,
anyway?
                                                            
                       THERESA
I hope she's doing better.
                                                            
Michael shrugs.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
She spends a lot of time in bed.
                                                            
                       THERESA
Give her our well wishes, yeah?
                                                            
Michael nods.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Of course.
                                                            
 
INT. MICHAEL'S NEW HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael crawls into bed next to Judy, who is sleeping.

He kisses the back of her neck.
                                                            

71.

INT. BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
Judy is sitting at the vanity, getting all made-up as if
she's going out somewhere.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Over the next couple months,
things were looking up. Business
had picked up, as had Judy's
health, and we'd heard nothing
from the O'Brannon's. We were all
going out for dinner.
                                                            
Michael walks into the room, looking spiffy.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You just about ready, hun?
                                                            
                       JUDY
Yeah.
                                                            
She doesn't sound enthusiastic.

Michael turns to leave, but notices, and looks back at her.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Everything all right?
                                                            
                       JUDY
Mhm.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Feeling okay?
                                                            
                       JUDY
I'm fine, Michael.
                                                            
Michael walks over to her, and crouches down next to her.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Talk to me.
                                                            
                       JUDY
There's nothing to discuss.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Clearly there is.
                                                            
                       JUDY
No.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Judy.
                                                            

72.

Her eyes haven't left the mirror, and she keeps fixing her
hair.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Look at me.
                                                            
Judy sighs and looks at him.
                                                            
                       JUDY
What, Michael?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Tell me what's bothering you.
                                                            
                       JUDY
I just want to know when enough is
enough. You're always with them. I
rarely get to see you. I can't
even remember the last time you
took just me out.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You've been sick -
                                                            
                       JUDY
Don't use that as an excuse. I
want time with my husband, without
the Stucchio's. Or have they
become more important?
                                                            
Michael stands up, irritated.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I can't believe you would even
think that.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Well sometimes it sure as hell
feels like it.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
There is nobody in the world more
important to me than you.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Yeah? Then show it.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Let me know when you're ready.
                                                            

73.

Michael walks out of the room.

Judy returns to getting ready, and then slams her brush
down, burying her face into her hands.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT
                                                            
Inside the restaurant at a large table is the whole gang:
Michael, Judy, Don Stucchio, Cerina, Joey, Neil, Vinnie,
Paulie, Theresa, Tommy, and a few OTHERS that we haven't
seen before.

They're dining and seem to be enjoying themselves.

At the end of the table, Tommy, Neil, Vinnie, and Joey seem
to be having their own conversation.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
So, I look at the guy, and I say:
"Hey Buddy! While you're down
there, why don't you shine my
shoes!"
                                                            
Neil, Vinnie, and Tommy laugh.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Oh, God. I remember those days.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
The shoe shining? Christ, don't we
all.
                                                            
                       JOEY
I don't.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
There's a reason for that, Joey.
                                                            
Again, Vinnie, Neil and Tommy laugh. Joey doesn't.

He looks at Tommy curiously.
                                                            
                       JOEY
What's that supposed to mean?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
What?
                                                            
                       JOEY
What you just said. "There's a
reason for that, Joey." What's
that mean?
                                                            

74.

                       TOMMY
What? C'mon, Joey. I'm just
messin' with you.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Let it go, Joey.
                                                            
                       JOEY
No, I'd really like to know so I
can laugh too.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Joey, I really meant nothing by
it, man.
                                                            
A grin appears on Joey's face.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Gotcha.
                                                            
Tommy, Vinnie, and Neil start laughing. Joey just continues
to grin.
                                                            
                       JOEY
And that's why you're only the
money man. You're a spineless
fucking coward that backs down at
the first sign of confrontation.
                                                            
They stop laughing. Tommy looks down at his plate in shame.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
Jesus, Joey. Lighten up for once.
                                                            
Joey takes a bite of food, annoyed.

Down at the other end, Paulie, Cerina, Judy, and Michael are
having their own conversation.
                                                            
                       JUDY
See, when I was a kid, I always
wanted a dog.
                                                            
                       CERINA
I don't know why, but I've never
been a dog person.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Probably because they always bite
you.
                                                            
                       CERINA
For some reason.
                                                            

75.

                       PAULIE
It's because they're MAN'S best
friend.
                                                            
                       CERINA
And in your case, the only friend.
                                                            
They laugh.

At the head of the table, Don Sutcchio and Theresa are
having their own conversation, which really isn't audible.

It seems as though Don Stucchio is more interested in
watching everyone else at the table.

Don Stucchio nods his head at something Theresa says, and
then raises his water glass, tapping it with a fork.

Everyone at the table stops talking and looks at the Don.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I hope everyone is enjoying their
meal and is having a good time,
and if you don't mind, I have some
words.
                                                            
Everyone nods their heads and gives him the go-ahead to
continue.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
First, I want to say how pleased I
am to have you all here and for us
to be together. It doesn't happen
nearly enough.
                                                            
Neil raises his glass.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Here, here!
                                                            
Don Stucchio raises his glass in return.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I thought that since everyone is
here, we could talk some business.
I know you have been on edge the
last few months, awaiting
retaliation from the O'Brannon's.
As much as I would like to tell
you to not fret, I can't. Those
bastards hold a grudge, and will
strike back at us. I don't know
how or when, but we all know they
            (MORE)

76.

                       DON STUCCHIO (cont'd)
will.
                                                            
Don Stucchio takes out a cigar and lights it.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
They're growing ballsier by the
day, and are encroaching upon our
business. They have no respect for
what we've worked so hard to
establish and run. They've got no
respect period. Or morals, for
that matter. This can't be
tolerated. We need to make it
known that this is our city, and
we're not going to let some
outsiders take it from us.
                                                            
Don Stucchio takes a puff.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I started from the bottom and
fought my way to the top. The
Stucchio family has been here a
long time, and will remain here
for a long time to come. Respect
is something that has become
antiquated in this business, and
we need to bring it back. I'm
proud of all of you for your hard
work and services. Even if I don't
express my gratitude all the time.
I want you to know how much I
appreciate you all. We're family,
and nothing will interfere with
that.
                                                            
Don Stucchio raises his glass.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
A toast.
                                                            
Everyone at the table raises their glasses.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
To business. To health and
prosperity. And to the unbreakable
bond that is family.
                                                            
Everyone clinks their glasses together, and they take a
drink.


77.

Judy looks around at everyone with uncertainty. She's
uncomfortable.
                                                            
 
EXT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT
                                                            
The groups heads out of the restaurant, where their cars are
waiting for them.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
To the club!
                                                            
Neil and Vinnie look at Michael and Judy.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
You two coming?
                                                            
                       NEIL
It's not a question. They gotta
come.
                                                            
                       JUDY
I don't know, guys.
                                                            
Cerina looks at Michael and winks. Michael smiles.

Don Stucchio and Theresa step out of the restaurant.

The Don turns to the HOST and shakes his hand, thanking him.

The Host closes the restaurant doors, and the lights in the
restaurant dim. It's closed.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Come on, let's get out of here.
We've bothered these kind folk
long enough.
                                                            
From around the corner, tires screech, and a speeding car
emerges.

Leaning out the window with a Tommy Gun in his hand is Billy
Murphy.

Some IRISH THUG is doing the driving.
                                                            
                       BILLY
Fuckin' wop bastards!
                                                            
Billy opens fire.

Everyone drops to the ground behind the cars, ducking for
cover.

78.


Bullets spray the cars and front of the restaurant.

In an instant, the shooting is done and the car is gone.

Everyone slowly gets to their feet.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
See what I mean!? No respect!
                                                            
The screech is heard again, and the car re-appears from
around the corner, ready for round two.

Except Joey is ready, his handgun drawn.

He shoots at the car several times, before Billy has a
chance to fire.

Two of the tires blow out, and the car skids out of control,
slamming into a light post across the street.

Joey reloads his gun, and quickly walks towards the car.

He fires twice through the back window, taking out the
driver.

He then opens the rear passenger door and pulls Billy out of
the car, tossing him on his back onto the street.

He kicks him repeatedly.
                                                            
                       JOEY
You son of a bitch! You think
you're tough? I'll show you tough,
you rat fuck!
                                                            
Billy tries futilely to defend against the blows.
                                                            
                       BILLY
Shite! Don't! Stop!
                                                            
Joey stops kicking him and looks down at him, hate in his
eyes.
                                                            
                       JOEY
The O'Brannon's are history in
this town, you hear me?
                                                            
Joey shoots Billy three times, killing him.

Judy watches this event unfold in horror.

Don Stucchio looks around.
                                                            

79.

                       DON STUCCHIO
Is everybody okay?
                                                            
Everyone nods.

Joey returns to the group, tucking his gun away.
                                                            
                       JOEY
Incompetant bastards.
                                                            
Judy looks at Michael, tears in her eyes.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Take me home. Right now.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
All right.
                                                            
Michael takes Judy's hand, and leads her to the car.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
It was the first time I had been
shot at, and it was a scary thing.
I was pretty rattled. I could only
imagine how Judy was feeling.
                                                            
Paulie watches Michael lead Judy away.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Michael, where you going?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm taking my wife home.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
You're still coming to the club,
right?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I don't think so.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Come on, you gotta!
                                                            
                       NEIL
Yeah, Mikey.
                                                            
Michael gets Judy into the car and closes the door.

He walks back over to them.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
We were all nearly killed.
                                                            

80.

                       NEIL
We can't show them that we're
afraid of them.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
We need you there.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
Strength in numbers, pal.
                                                            
Michael looks at them and sighs.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
All right.
                                                            
Michael heads back to his car.

Joey leads Don Stucchio and Theresa to their car.
                                                            
                       JOEY
I'll get you home, where it's
safe.
                                                            
Siren's approach in the distance, and they all begin to
drive away.
                                                            
 
INT. MICHAEL'S NEW HOUSE, BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Judy is now in a nightgown and is sitting on the bed.

Michael hasn't changed, but he's sitting on the edge of the
bed beside her.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Is this what going out with you is
going to entail? Being shot at?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
No. That won't ever happen again.
                                                            
                       JUDY
You're damn right it won't. Don't
ever ask me to go out with them
again. You might be willing to die
for them, but I'm certainly not.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm not willing to die for them.
                                                            
                       JUDY
You must be, considering you
continue to work for them.
                                                            

81.

                       MICHAEL
No.
                                                            
                       JUDY
And what Joey did. Is that the
kind of man you've become, too?
                                                            
Michael looks at her, taken aback.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What do you think?
                                                            
                       JUDY
I don't know anymore, Michael.
Have you killed anyone?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
No, and I'm not going to. I'm not
a killer.
                                                            
Judy looks at her feet.
                                                            
                       JUDY
I'm scared, Michael.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm not going to get hurt.
                                                            
                       JUDY
That's not what I'm afraid of.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Then what?
                                                            
                       JUDY
I'm worried that you're going to
go so far past the line that
you're no longer going to be the
man I married.
                                                            
Michael stands up, irritated.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm tired of having these
conversations, Judy.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Then don't put us in the position
to have them!
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What do you want me to do?
                                                            

82.

                       JUDY
Get a real job. Walk away from
them. For me.
                                                            
Michael sighs, shaking his head.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Go to bed. I've got to go.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Where? Back out with them?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
They need me.
                                                            
                       JUDY
I need you!
                                                            
Judy's eyes water.

Michael looks at her.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Don't you understand that?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I do.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Do you care?
                                                            
Michael sighs, walking away.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Goodnight.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Answer me, goddamn it!
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (O.S.)
I'm not doing this tonight! Take
your medicine and go to sleep!
                                                            
The front door opens and slams shut.

Judy breaks down and starts crying.
                                                            
 
INT. JAZZ CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
The other club in Haven City, the Jazz Club, is quite the
place to be to dance and have a good time.


83.

The music is good, and everyone is enjoying themselves.

Paulie, Vinnie, Neil, and Tommy are seated at a table,
talking and laughing.

Paulie looks towards the door, and spots Michael, who just
walked in.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Mikey!
                                                            
Paulie waves him over, and Michael makes his way to them.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Hey, fellas.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
We were thinking you weren't going
to make it.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Well here I am.
                                                            
                       NEIL
Good on you.
                                                            
                       VINNIE
How's the misses? Shaken up pretty
bad, yeah?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah, you could say that.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
I can't believe they pulled a
stunt like that.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Yeah, well -
                                                            
                       CERINA (O.S.)
Excuse me.
                                                            
Michael turns around to see Cerina smiling at him.
                                                            
                       CERINA
You owe me a dance, mister.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Indeed I do.
                                                            
Cerina begins to lead Michael away.
                                                            

84.

                       PAULIE
Hey, now -
                                                            
                       CERINA
I'll bring him back. Relax,
Paulie.
                                                            
Cerina and Michael step onto the dance floor.

Paulie doesn't look overly happy.

And the two dance. Very well. They're having a lot of fun.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
When I was dancing with Cerina,
the whole world fell away, and it
was just her and I. Nothing else
entered my mind, and nothing else
matter. Not even my wife, as bad
as that may sound. I hadn't felt
that way since I was a teenager.
It was as if I was a school boy
again.
                                                            
 
EXT. STUCCHIO MANOR - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael walks Cerina up to the door of the manor.
                                                            
                       CERINA
You're a good dancer.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You're not too bad yourself,
little lady.
                                                            
                       CERINA
That's not the only thing you're
good at, is it?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Certainly not.
                                                            
                       CERINA
Oh, yeah? What else?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
All sorts of things.
                                                            
                       CERINA
Yeah? Show me.
                                                            
 

85.

INT. STUCCHIO MANOR, CERINA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael and Cerina are standing by her bed, kissing
passionately.

Michael slowly undresses her, and she slowly undresses him.

The two get into bed and make love.

Afterwards, Cerina sleeps in Michael's arms, and Michael
smokes a cigarette, looking up at the ceiling, deep in
thought.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
Lying there with Cerina in my
arms, everything finally felt
right. I had betrayed my wife and
broken the vows that I had
promised to keep, but I was
impassive. For the first time in a
long time, I was content.
                                                            
 
EXT. STUCCHIO MANOR - DAY
                                                            
It's early morning. Dawn has just broken.

Michael quietly steps outside, gently closing the door
behind him.

Michael turns around to find Paulie, who looks quite haggard
himself. He also had a long night with a lady.

Paulie and Michael are both surprised to see one another,
though Paulie is clearly angry.
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Late night?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Uh, look, this isn't -
                                                            
                       PAULIE
Save it, Michael. I don't even
want to hear it right now. We'll
discuss this later.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Paulie -
                                                            
Paulie shoves his way past Michael, entering the manor.
                                                            

86.

                       MICHAEL
Shit.
                                                            
 
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Det. Gallagher sets down his pencil, smiling.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
And there it is. The moment of
infidelity I was waiting for.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Congratulations, you're a genious.
                                                            
                       DET. GALLAGHER
You're much too kind. It doesn't
seem like big brother Paulie is
very happy about this little
revelation.
                                                            
Michael chuckles.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
No. Not in the least.
                                                            
 
INT. STUCCHIO DINER - DAY
                                                            
Michael is sitting in the diner, drinking a cup of coffee
with Cerina.

Paulie is behind the counter, eyeing to two of them.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
And even though he was as pissed
as he was, he never confronted me
about it. I had begun to think he
was as spineless as everyone said
he was.
                                                            
Cerina laughs at something Michael has said.

Paulie storms to the back in annoyance.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARK - DAY
                                                            
Michael and Cerina walk through the park together, talking
and enjoying each others company.
                                                            

87.

                       MICHAEL (V.O.)
The more time I spent with Cerina,
the further I drifted from Judy,
and the better I felt.
                                                            
 
INT. MICHAEL'S NEW HOUSE, KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael and Judy are seated at the kitchen table, eating
dinner.
                                                            
                       JUDY
I wasn't expecting you to be home
tonight. Otherwise, I would have
prepared a better meal.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
This is fine.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Why are you home?
                                                            
Michael takes a bite.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
They gave me the night off. There
was nothing going on tonight.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Oh.
                                                            
Judy moves the food around her plate with her fork.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You're not hungry?
                                                            
                       JUDY
Haven't been feeling well.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Again?
                                                            
Judy looks down at the table in shame.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Yeah.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I didn't mean -
                                                            
                       JUDY
It's fine.
                                                            

88.

Judy wipes her mouth with a napkin.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Excuse me.
                                                            
Judy stands up and walks away from the table.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Where are you going?
                                                            
                       JUDY
To lie down.
                                                            
Michael takes another bite, sighing.

He then drains his glass, wipes off, and walks away from the
table.
                                                            
 
EXT. STUCCHIO MANOR, BACK YARD - NIGHT
                                                            
Michael waits outside the back door.

After a moment, Cerina opens the door.
                                                            
                       CERINA
      (whispered)
Hey. Come in.
                                                            
Cerina moves out of the way, and Michael enters the manor.
                                                            
 
INT. STUCCHIO MANOR, CERINA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Cerina is asleep on the bed, and Michael is getting dressed.

He stands up and a leans down to kiss Cerina's forehead.
                                                            
INT. HALLWAY
                                                            
Michael steps out into the hallway, closing the door behind
him.

He walks down the hallway, and rounds the corner.

Standing in front of a painting with a glass of brandy in
his hand is Don Stucchio.

He turns to Michael.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Good evening, Michael.
                                                            

89.

Michael tenses up a bit.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Don Stucchio.
                                                            
Don Stucchio turns to the painting.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
A magnificent piece of art, isn't
it?
                                                            
Michael looks at the painting.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yes, sir.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
It's been in my family for four
generations. Straight from the old
country. There isn't another like
it in the entire world.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
It's beautiful.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
It's funny, the things we as men
hold dear.
                                                            
Don Stucchio turns to Michael.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Come with me to the study. Have a
drink.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah, okay. Sure.
                                                            
INT. STUDY
                                                            
Don Stucchio sits behind his desk, and Michael sits down in
front of him.

The Don pours Michael a glass of Brandy and hands it to him.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Thank you.
                                                            
Don Stucchio takes out a cigar and offers one to Michael,
who declines.

The Don shrugs, and lights his cigar.
                                                            

90.

                       MICHAEL
You're up late tonight.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Eh, I don't sleep much. I never
have. And when I do, it's with one
eye open, you know?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I can't see you having many
enemies, besides the O'Brannon's.
You're a good man, and you take
care of your people.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Men with power always have
enemies, Michael, regardless of
how good they are.
                                                            
Michael nods his head, and takes a drink.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
This is good.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
The best, and it better be. That
bottle didn't come cheap.
                                                            
Michael takes another drink.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
It's come to my attention that
you've been spending quite a lot
of time with my daughter. Seeing
you here so late this evening
merely confirms this bit of
information as truth.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Don Stucchio, Cerina and I -
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
The only person it seems to be
bothering is Paulie.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I see. He said something to you?
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
He did. Apparently he didn't have
the balls to confront you himself.
                                                            

91.

Michael chuckles.

Don Stucchio takes a puff from his cigar.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
You're a married man, Michael.
Your wife, though ill, is still a
good woman. However, how you
handle your marriage and what you
do or don't do is your business,
not mine. When you bring my
daughter into it, though, that
makes it my business.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I understand.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Either you make an honest woman
out of my daughter, or you stop
right now.
                                                            
Michael nods his head.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
That's all I'm saying on that
matter.
                                                            
Don Stucchio drains his glass, and pours himself another.

He then tops of Michael's glass.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
You know, when I was your age, I
was in your shoes. I didn't have
much money, and I was someones
lackey.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Is that so?
                                                            
The Don nods his head.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
My father, he was a good man. An
honest man. He came to America to
open up a legitimate business. He
paid his taxes. He obeyed the
laws. He was as clean as you could
get. You know where that got him?
No where.
                                                            
Don Stucchio takes another puff from his cigar.
                                                            

92.

                       DON STUCCHIO
As you know, he opened his diner.
Business was good. Nothing
spectacular, but good enough for
us to get by without many
problems. Then one day, a business
man comes calling, by the name of
Salvatore Francesco. He demanded
twenty percent of my father's
earnings. My father refused, and
was beaten severely. Eventually he
caved, and payed out every week.
This crippled us.
                                                            
Don Stucchio takes a drink.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I'd never seen my father, who was
always so proud and strong, so
broken. It destroyed my father. I
swore that I would never be my
father. I would never allow anyone
to own me. I started working for
that son of a bitch Francesco. My
father disapproved, and threw me
out of his house.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Wow.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I worked my way to become
Francesco's right-hand. His number
two. A couple years after,
Franceso was hit, and I was free
to head up the organization, using
his men as my own. I swore that I
would own this city, and my income
would come out of respect, not
fear. You see, Michael, I provide
a service for every person that
pays out. Be it protection,
laundering, or getting the heat to
look the other way.
                                                            
Michael sets his now empty glass onto the desk.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
And what of your father?
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
He died not long after Salvatore
Francesco did.
                                                            

93.

                       MICHAEL
Did he ever try to make amends
with you?
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
No. I was dead to him. To him, he
didn't have a son. He never
understood that I was doing what I
did so that what happened to him
would never happen to anyone else
in Haven City. He didn't see that
there was no point in living
inside the lines of the law.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Right.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I suppose that's why I have no
respect for the O'Brannon's. They
wish to gain their power through
fear and violence. They're power
hungry, and they show it every
time they try to move in on our
turf. That's not the way to do
things. Look through the pages of
history. How many kings and
kingdoms fell because of their own
greed? There's a simple rule when
it comes to any empire. If your
people aren't happy, you're as
good as dead.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yet you still kill men.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
It's unavoidable.
                                                            
Don Stucchio drains his glass and sets it down.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What of your mother?
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
Mama? She signed the diner over to
me and went back to Italy, where
she died.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'm sorry.
                                                            

94.

                       DON STUCCHIO
It's life. We all go through
hardships, right?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I suppose so.
                                                            
Don Stucchio puffs his cigar.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I like you, Michael. You've been
good to me.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Thank you.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
I won't be here forever, you know.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
As tradition would go, I am to
pass the business to Paulie.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I know.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
What do you think?
                                                            
Michael shrugs his shoulders.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
That's your decision, sir.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
My son has neither the spine nor
scruples to run the business. He
lacks charisma and authority. All
qualities that are needed and that
I see in you.
                                                            
Michael raises his eyebrows in surprise.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Whoa. I'm honored that you would
even consider me, Don Stucchio.
                                                            
                       DON STUCCHIO
You're a bright man. I see great
potential in you. I'm not setting
it in stone or anything, but
            (MORE)