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A Dog Named Boo
by Rick McCormick (rickmick_99@yahoo.com)

Rated: PG   Genre: Comedy   User Review: ****
A police dog, who is the only one who can identify two screwball robbers, goes on the run after accidentally attacking a witness.


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FADE IN:

EXT. ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA - DAY
                                                            
Aerial view of a glassy Pacific Ocean. Drift over the
beachfront mansions inland to an endless concrete
metropolis. A checkerboard pattern of upper class
neighborhoods is divided by busy streets.
                                                            
Large hills finally stop the cement blob's expansion. Drift
down to the backyard of a small, stand alone house.
                                                            
 
EXT. MOLITOR RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
Pan across the bland, empty backyard. There's a SHOVELING
sound as tears run down MIKE MOLITOR (7), clean cut. GERI
MOLITOR (33), statuesque, sweet, has her arm around Mike.
STEVE MOLITOR (35), athletic, stickler, digs a hole.
                                                            
A small dog lies motionless on the ground. Steve gingerly
picks up the dog and sets it in the hole. Mike BLUBBERS.
Steve shovels dirt into the hole.
                                                            
                       GERI
It's okay. Molly's in Heaven.
                                                            
 
EXT. MOLITOR STORE - DAY
                                                            
The sign above the entrance reads: MOLITOR'S MARKET.
                                                            
                       STEVE
These windows could use a wash.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Okay, Dad.
                                                            
On the windows is the reflection of a "WAL-MART COMING SOON"
sign. Steve turns and stares at the sign as he unlocks the
front door.
                                                            
 
INT. MOLITOR GROCERY STORE - DAY
                                                            
The shelf fixtures and displays are from another lifetime.
The few groceries are faced to the front of the shelves to
look full.
                                                            
                       STEVE
I need you to spot mop after you
sweep.
                                                            

2.

                       MIKE
Okay, Dad.
                                                            
Steve and Geri can't take their eyes off the Wal-Mart sign.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike saunters along the sidewalk wearing his backpack.
                                                            
Mike peers through gaps in an old, wooden fence. He watches
with mouth agape as several German shepherds effortlessly
navigate an obstacle course made of stairs, ramps, hoops,
and walls.
                                                            
Mike glances at his watch. He races off down the sidewalk.
                                                            
 
EXT. SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
Mike arrives on campus just as an old, beat up clunker pulls
to the curb. Students scatter.
                                                            
A rear door of the clunker flings open. Several slushy
drink cups with clear, bubble lids fall to the ground as
PETER WITHERS (8), a man amongst kids, steps out with a
menacing look.
                                                            
Peter points at the two men in the front seat, TIM BERCAW
(35), stocky, and JOHN BERCAW (30), tall, skinny.
                                                            
                       PETER
I want you back here at three
Uncle Tim and Uncle John. Don't
be late. And clean up the car.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Yes sir, Peter!
                                                            
Mike tries to blend in with other students. Peter sees him.
                                                            
                       PETER
Hey! Dipstick Molitor! Get over
here!
                                                            
A frightened Mike takes baby steps towards Peter. Peter
signals to another boy. The other boy sneaks up behind
Mike, and gets down on his hands and knees.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What?
                                                            
Peter pushes Mike who falls over the other boy.
                                                            

3.

                       PETER
That's what. Next time let me
copy your homework.
                                                            
He reaches down and yanks Mike up effortlessly with one hand
while he reaches into Mike's pocket with the other hand.
                                                            
                       PETER
Don't you ever have any money,
poor boy?
                                                            
Peter pushes Mike down. He sees the school narc CINDY
LOFTIS (24), statuesque, approach. He strides off. Cindy
helps Mike up.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I should've knocked his teeth out.
                                                            
                       CINDY
I'll talk to him.
                                                            
                       MIKE
No, don't.
                                                            
Mike storms off.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike rushes along the sidewalk. He peers through the slots
in the wooden fence.
                                                            
An unmarked police car approaches. Cindy sees Mike as she
pulls into the police driveway. She rolls down the window.
                                                            
                       CINDY
How about a tour of the station?
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Cindy head down a long hallway with doors and
windows on each side. Mike's looks out a window at the
obstacle course. The course is empty.
                                                            
                       CINDY
I'm going to have a long talk with
Peter's parents.
                                                            
                       MIKE
He doesn't have parents, just his
uncles.
                                                            

4.

                       CINDY
He's a big kid.
                                                            
                       MIKE
He had to do some grades over.
                                                            
DISPATCH ROOM
                                                            
Operators wearing headphones smile at Mike. An electronic
wall map of the city is lit up.
                                                            
                       CINDY
This is where we receive all our
calls. Those lights tell us where
our police cars are.
                                                            
Mike points at the wall map.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Why are so many police cars there?
                                                            
                       CINDY
That's where Krispy Kreme is.
                                                            
HALLWAY
                                                            
Mike looks into a room. He sees men lift weights and
practice karate.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Police do karate?
                                                            
                       CINDY
In case they have to fight the bad
guys.
                                                            
                       MIKE
If I know karate, bad guys won't
mess with me?
                                                            
                       CINDY
Maybe.
                                                            
Mike looks out a window at the obstacle course.
                                                            
STRATEGY ROOM
                                                            
Mike and Cindy enter. A city wall map has several colored
push pins inserted into it.
                                                            
                       CINDY
The different colored pins tells
us what crimes happened in those
areas. Yellow is burglary. Red is
            (MORE)

5.

                       CINDY (cont'd)
robbery.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What's the difference?
                                                            
                       CINDY
Robbery is when bad guys use a gun
or something to steal. With
burglary, they just steal.
                                                            
HALLWAY
                                                            
Mike sees several store surveillance photos on the wall of
two men drinking out of straws. Their faces are hidden by
masks, hats, and sunglasses.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Who are they?
                                                            
                       CINDY
We call them The Slushy Bandits,
because they like to rob
convenience stores and help
themselves to slushy drinks.
                                                            
An excited Mike HEARS BARKING.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Alright. I can tell you're dying
to see the dogs.
                                                            
The two head towards a door.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Cindy stand in front of a large pen housing several
German shepherds.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Wow!
                                                            
                       CINDY
I'm going to let them out. Let
them sniff you, and don't make any
sudden moves toward me...they may
think you're attacking me.
                                                            
Cindy lets the dogs out. They all sniff Mike. Mike pets
the dogs who take a liking to him. Cindy BLOWS a whistle.
The dogs line up at attention.
                                                            

6.

                       CINDY
Tell them to sit.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Sit.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Louder.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Sit!
                                                            
All the dogs sit.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Tell them to speak.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Speak!
                                                            
The dogs let out DEEP, FRIGHTENING barks.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Say, show me your paw.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Show me your paw!
                                                            
Each dog lifts a paw.
                                                            
                       CINDY
You're a natural at this. Let's
do the course.
                                                            
The dogs follow Mike and Cindy to the obstacle course. Cindy
BLOWS a whistle. One of the dogs darts along the obstacle
course. She BLOWS the whistle and another dog takes off.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
The panting dogs are lead back to their pen. Mike pets each
one as it enters the pen. Cindy locks the door.
                                                            
                       CINDY
How would you like to do this
again tomorrow?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Can I?
                                                            
                       CINDY
Sure. Stop by after school.
                                                            
 

7.

INT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
Tim and John enter wearing masks, wigs, and hats. John
stands by the front door. Tim slides over to the counter
and shows the cashier a gun in his waistband.
                                                            
                       TIM
Lock the front door.
                                                            
The cashier grabs a ring of keys from under the counter and
locks the front door. John pushes the cashier back toward
the register. Tim has her empty the registers into a bag.
                                                            
                       TIM
All of it! Let's go!
                                                            
Customers SCREAM. Tim grabs several hot dogs off a hot dog
roller grill. He burns his fingers.
                                                            
                       TIM
Ouch!
                                                            
He throws the hot dogs into the same bag with the stolen
money.
                                                            
John rounds up the customers and tosses a canvas bag to one
of them.
                                                            
                       JOHN
All your cellphones, money, and
jewelry in the bag!
                                                            
The customers take off their watches and necklaces and pour
them, along with cellphones, wallets, and purses, into the
bag. John forces them to the back of the store. Tim
escorts the cashier over to the group.
                                                            
John tosses bags of potato chips and bottles of soda into
the bag. He runs over to the slush machine and makes
himself a drink.
                                                            
                       JOHN
What flavor?
                                                            
                       TIM
Cola!
                                                            
                       JOHN
Don't have it!
                                                            
                       TIM
Strawberry!
                                                            

8.

                       JOHN
Keep guessing!
                                                            
                       TIM
Grape!
                                                            
                       JOHN
Got grape!
                                                            
John pours a grape slush, puts a clear, bubble lid on top
and sprints for the door.
                                                            
Tim forces the group into a storage room and SLAMS the door.
He wedges a steel piece into the doorjamb to lock the door.
Tim and John sprint out the door.
                                                            
 
INT. CINDY'S POLICE CAR - DAY
                                                            
Cindy drives while Mike sits shotgun. SASHA, a large German
Shepherd, rides in back behind the steel screen.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What are we looking for?
                                                            
                       CINDY
Anything that doesn't look
right...a broken store window,
people arguing...anything.
                                                            
Mike turns back toward Sasha. He puts his finger through
the screen. Sasha licks Mike's finger.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Does Sasha know who the bad guys
are?
                                                            
                       CINDY
Not until we point them out to
her. Then she wants to rip their
heads off.
                                                            
Mike yanks his fingers back from the screen.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Car twenty-three, two-eleven by
The Slushy Bandits at the
convenience store at First and
Wilson.
                                                            
                       MIKE
The Slushy Bandits!
                                                            

9.

Cindy pushes a button on her transceiver.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Copy. Hold on!
                                                            
Mike tightens his grip on the armrests. The patrol car zips
by cars.
                                                            
 
INT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
Police interview the cashier and the robbed customers.
                                                            
Sasha sits at attention while Mike holds her leash. Cindy
takes the leash.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Let's see if Sasha can pick up a
scent.
                                                            
Cindy, Mike, and Sasha walk through the store.
                                                            
Mike sees an officer fingerprinting the cashier.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Why are they doing that to her?
                                                            
                       CINDY
We need to know her fingerprints.
That way, when they go through all
the fingerprints, they can throw
hers out and hopefully be left
with the robbers' prints.
                                                            
 
EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
The three walk out the door led by Sasha. Sasha comes to a
stop at one of the first parking spots.
                                                            
                       CINDY
That always happens. The scent
goes cold where they got into
their car.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Did she get anything?
                                                            
                       CINDY
No, the store has too many smells.
                                                            
 

10.

EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
The dogs ecstatically greet Mike. Cindy hands Mike a
whistle.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Make two short blows.
                                                            
Mike makes two short BLOWS. The dogs line up at attention
in front of their dog bowls.
                                                            
Cindy shows Mike how to measure dog food. Mike pours food
into one of the bowls.
                                                            
                       CINDY
A little more.
                                                            
Mike pours more food into the bowl.
                                                            
                       CINDY
That's good.
                                                            
The patient dogs eye the food.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Now say, go get it.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Go get it!
                                                            
The dogs rush to the food and chow down their food.
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE STATION GYM - DAY
                                                            
Cindy looks through the window in the gym door. Officers
dressed in white karate attire throw punches and kicks.
Cindy smiles when she sees Mike getting karate pointers from
an officer.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike gets soaked as he gives baths to the dogs. Cindy walks
out to him.
                                                            
                       CINDY
How's the karate going?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Okay. I need to keep practicing
so I can beat up Peter.
                                                            

11.

                       CINDY
Karate is for self-defense, not to
beat up people.
                                                            
                       MIKE
But--
                                                            
                       CINDY
That's what Peter does. You don't
like it when he does it to you.
                                                            
                       MIKE
But--
                                                            
                       CINDY
So don't you do it.
                                                            
Cindy marches off.
                                                            
 
INT. STEVE'S CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Steve drives with Geri up front and Mike in the back.
                                                            
                       GERI
What's the name of the dog they're
retiring?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Sasha. Cindy says they retire
them when they're five or six, but
they kept her longer because she's
good.
                                                            
The car pulls to the curb in front of the police station.
                                                            
Mike uses the door handle, but the door lock is down. Steve
pushes the door unlock button at the same time Mike uses the
handle. The door won't open. Steve pushes the button again
as Mike tries to open the door. The door won't open.
                                                            
Cindy walks over.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Wait a second.
                                                            
He hits the door unlock button.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Now try it.
                                                            
Mike opens the door and gets out.
                                                            

12.

                       CINDY
Hi, Mike.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hello, Miss Loftis.
                                                            
                       GERI
I'm Mike's mom, Geri, and this is
Steve.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Hi.
                                                            
                       STEVE
I hope he's not bothering you
being here all the time.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Not at all. We enjoy having him.
                                                            
They walk up the driveway toward the station.
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike, Steve, Geri, and Cindy enter the festive conference
room packed with uniformed officers helping themselves to
the many plates of food. OFFICER ONE (30), and OFFICER TWO
(30), see Mike.
                                                            
                       OFFICER TWO
Big night, huh Mike?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yes, sir. Where's Sasha?
                                                            
                       OFFICER ONE
She's still in her pen.
                                                            
                       OFFICER TWO
If we let her in now, there
wouldn't be any food left for us.
                                                            
Everyone laughs.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Mike eats cake while Cindy speaks at the podium. The
honorary guest, Sasha, sits on a table next to the podium.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Sasha was one of the best dogs
Irvine Police ever had. Without a
doubt, the highlight of her career
            (MORE)

13.

                       CINDY (cont'd)
was when she chased down and
tackled the notorious murderer Bob
Buford.
                                                            
The audience CHEERS. Cindy spots Mike.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Hey Mike, isn't Sasha great?
                                                            
                       MIKE
She sure is.
                                                            
                       CINDY
We appreciate everything you've
done and know how much she means
to you. That's why the Irvine
Police is giving her to you.
                                                            
Mike is surprised. He breaks into a huge grin. Steve,
Geri, and surrounding officers nudge Mike toward the big
dog. Cindy hands him Sasha's leash. Everyone APPLAUDS.
                                                            
 
EXT. MOLITOR RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
Sheets of plywood and two by fours dot the backyard.
                                                            
Steve and Mike build an obstacle course consisting of tires,
stairs, beams, and walls. Sasha watches the two pound nails
into a staircase.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Looks like she can't wait to run
the course.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Dad, how long do dogs live?
                                                            
                       STEVE
Not very long...maybe twelve or
thirteen years, I guess.
                                                            
                       MIKE
That's too bad.
                                                            
Steve sees the sadness on Mike's face.
                                                            
                       STEVE
But they get the most out of their
short lives because of all the
love they give.
                                                            

14.

LATER
                                                            
Mike runs Sasha through the obstacle course.
                                                            
 
EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
Mike sits hidden on his bike behind a pillar. Sasha sits
next to him. Mike eyes all the people going in and out of
the store.
                                                            
Mike shows Sasha a store surveillance photo of The Slushy
Bandits.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Keep an eye out for The Slushy
Bandits.
                                                            
 
INT. MOLITOR RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
SUPER: SIX YEARS LATER
                                                            
A moist-eyed Mike (13), pets a fragile Sasha (13), who
shakes and is covered with white hair. Geri holds her purse
and car keys.
                                                            
                       GERI
It's time, Mike.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Just a few more minutes.
                                                            
Geri walks over and pets the dog with Mike.
                                                            
                       GERI
Big dogs don't usually live this
long.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Maybe it's better if I never had
her, so I wouldn't have to go
through this.
                                                            
                       GERI
You don't mean that.
                                                            
Mike and Geri escort Sasha toward the front door.
                                                            
A FEW DAYS LATER
                                                            
A somber Mike stares at Sasha's empty bed and bowls.
                                                            

15.

The doorbell RINGS. Mike answers the door. He finds Cindy
with MOCHA (8), a German shepherd.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hi Cindy. Hi Mocha.
                                                            
Mocha licks Mike.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Would you like to have Mocha?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yeah!
                                                            
Mike hugs Mocha who wags her tail.
                                                            
 
EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE PARKING LOT - DAY
                                                            
FOUR YEARS LATER
                                                            
Mike's car is backed in to a parking space facing the
convenience store.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Mike (17), sits behind the wheel with Mocha (12) fragile,
white hair. Mike eyes the activity around the store. A
police band radio periodically CRACKLES to life.
                                                            
                       OFFICER ONE (V.O.)
Car eight is ten-nineteen.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Copy that.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike exits the front door with a slow-moving Mocha.
                                                            
Mike sees Peter (18), walking on the sidewalk. He has no
place to hide.
                                                            
                       PETER
Hey Molitor, what's it take to be
a cop?
                                                            
                       MIKE
You have to graduate from the
police academy. You don't wanna
do that.
                                                            

16.

                       PETER
I'm thinking about it.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You wouldn't like all the
discipline.
                                                            
                       PETER
No, but with a badge I'd get to
order people around. Nice dog.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thanks.
                                                            
                       PETER
I was joking. It needs a cane.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Get 'em Mocha!
                                                            
Mocha GROWLS and lunges at Peter who jumps back. Mocha lets
out DEEP, terrifying BARKS. Mike fakes a struggle of not
being able to hold Mocha back.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I don't know if I can hold her!
                                                            
Peter takes off down the street.
                                                            
Mike CHUCKLES. Cindy stands behind Mike.
                                                            
                       CINDY
He wasn't attacking you, was he?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No, but--
                                                            
                       CINDY
Police dogs are for protecting
officers and finding suspects, not
scaring people.
                                                            
                       MIKE
But--
                                                            
                       CINDY
You lower yourself to his level
when you do that.
                                                            
She heads toward the station.
                                                            
 

17.

EXT. HIGH SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
Peter sees Mike eating lunch from a brown bag. Peter
snatches Mike's bag of potato chips and helps himself to the
chips.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Don't.
                                                            
                       PETER
Too bad you can't bring your
doggie to school to protect you.
You need to get it a wheelchair.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'm really sorry about that.
                                                            
                       PETER
Make up for it by saying "Here"
when fat tub of goo Parkinson
calls my name tomorrow.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I can't do--
                                                            
                       PETER
Do it, Molitor!
                                                            
Peter finishes off Mike's potato chips, tosses the empty bag
on the table, and leaves.
                                                            
 
INT. CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
MISS PARKINSON (50), heavy, calls roll.
                                                            
                       MS. PARKINSON
Thompson!
                                                            
                       STUDENT (O.S.)
Here!
                                                            
Mike fidgets nervously as he sees Cindy enter and take a
seat in the back of the room.
                                                            
                       MS. PARKINSON
Walker!
                                                            
                       STUDENT (O.S.)
Here!
                                                            
                       MS. PARKINSON
Withers! Peter Withers!
                                                            

18.

She marks her roll sheet.
                                                            
                       MS. PARKINSON
Has anyone seen Peter?
                                                            
                       CINDY
I see him all the time...smoking
in the back parking lot.
                                                            
Students SNICKER.
                                                            
 
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
Mike eats lunch alone.
                                                            
Peter grabs Mike's bag of potato chips with one hand and
sweeps his lunch off the table with the other. Macaroni and
cheese flies through the air. It SLAMS all over a nerd.
                                                            
                       PETER
Three hours in detention because
of you!
                                                            
Peter shoves Mike to the ground. He grabs Mike, but stops
when he sees Cindy approach.
                                                            
                       PETER
You're gonna get yours Molly.
                                                            
He strides off as students look on.
                                                            
 
EXT. MOLITOR RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
Steve and Geri watch as Mike digs a large hole next to two
graves. A lifeless, German shepherd tail extends from under
a tarp.
                                                            
 
INT. MOLITOR STORE - DAY
                                                            
The shelves are stocked better. A customer enters on the
newly-buffed floor.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Can I help you find something?
                                                            
Steve helps the customer and then goes behind the counter.
Geri operates the cash register. Steve crouches down to
take money out of the safe. He places the money into a
canvas bag.
                                                            

19.

Customers wait in line and browse the aisles. Tim and John
walk in calmly wearing hats, wigs, and gloves. John turns
the "OPEN" sign to "CLOSED."
                                                            
                       STEVE
Can I help you find something?
                                                            
Tim walks over to the counter and shows Steve a gun tucked
in his waistband.
                                                            
                       TIM
Lock the door.
                                                            
Steve hesitates, but sees John at the entrance.
                                                            
                       TIM
Now.
                                                            
Steve tries to hide the canvas bag under the counter on his
way to the front door. Tim takes the gun out of his
waistband and points it at Steve.
                                                            
                       TIM
I'll take that.
                                                            
                       GERI
It's everything we saved for!
                                                            
Steve hands Tim the bag. Tim looks inside the bag.
                                                            
                       TIM
Jackpot.
                                                            
Tim locks the front door. He pulls a canvas bag from his
waistband. Tim points his gun at Geri. Customers SCREAM.
                                                            
                       TIM
All your money.
                                                            
Tim tosses the bag on the counter.
                                                            
Steve opens the register and puts the money into the bag.
John rounds up the customers by the stockroom door. Tim
points his gun at the customers.
                                                            
                       TIM
Money, cell phones, and valuables!
                                                            
The people place their wallets and purses in the bags. John
points a gun at a lady's ring.
                                                            
                       JOHN
He said all your valuables.
                                                            

20.

The lady removes her ring and drops it into the bag. Tim
forces the customers into the stockroom and SLAMS the door.
He forces a metal piece into the doorjamb. John looks
around.
                                                            
                       JOHN
They don't have slushies?
                                                            
                       TIM
I had to tell you they did, or you
wouldn't come. We'll get one next
time.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I wanna slushy!
                                                            
                       TIM
Next time!
                                                            
They flee the store.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Mike enters and hears SHOUTING and POUNDING coming from the
stockroom.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Dad!
                                                            
                       STEVE
Mike! Help!
                                                            
Mike removes the metal piece and lets them out.
                                                            
                       STEVE
The Slushy Bandits robbed us!
                                                            
Mike punches numbers on his phone.
                                                            
                       MIKE
We don't even sell slushes.
                                                            
 
INT. MOLITOR RESIDENCE - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike, Steve, and Geri slowly fill their plates at the
kitchen table.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Cindy says they didn't leave any
clues.
                                                            

21.

                       MIKE
They never do. They always use
gloves, and at least one stolen
car which they abandon.
                                                            
                       GERI
Will we get our money back?
                                                            
                       MIKE
They've never recovered anything
in all the years they've been
doing this.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Cindy thinks they fence the stuff
out of state.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Mike rinses his plate. Geri leans toward Steve.
                                                            
                       GERI
How are we going to compete
against Wal-Mart now?
                                                            
                       STEVE
This is the last thing we needed.
                                                            
                       GERI
That was his college fund.
                                                            
                       STEVE
I know.
                                                            
Mike walks over.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Don't worry about a college fund.
I've decided to enter the police
academy.
                                                            
 
EXT. GERMAN SHEPHERD SHELTER - DAY
                                                            
Mike is in another world as he sees kennel after kennel
housing German shepherds. An Asian lady, KAYOKO (35), spots
Mike.
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
Let me guess. You want a German
shepherd.
                                                            

22.

                       MIKE
I've had a couple older ones, but
now I want to train a younger one
to be a K-9 officer.
                                                            
They walk along the kennels as dogs BARK to get their
attention.
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
Have you trained police dogs
before?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yeah, for the Irvine Police.
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
I know just the dog for you.
                                                            
They make their way to a kennel housing a beautiful, black
and tan German shepherd. An information sheet in a clear
protector pouch shows a photo of the dog with the name "Boo"
on top. Boo sits at attention with her tongue hanging out.
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
This is Boo. She's three years
old. She's great with kids, very
obedient, and she'll make a
terrific police dog.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Is she smart?
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
She's very smart. She was trained
as a seeing eye dog.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Aren't those dogs in high demand?
Why is she here?
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
Boo's not one hundred percent
German shepherd, so people pass on
her.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Just because she's not full German
shepherd?
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
That's how people are, but whoever
gets her will get a very special
dog. I've worked with a lot of
German shepherds, and she really
            (MORE)

23.

                       KAYOKO (cont'd)
knows how to read people.
                                                            
Boo stares at Mike.
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
She's been reading you the whole
time.
                                                            
Boo comes to the front of the cage, Mike extends his hand
which Boo promptly licks.
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
She can tell you're a good guy.
                                                            
                       MIKE
How'd she get the name Boo?
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
It's short for daijobu. It's
Japanese for It's okay. I'd tell
her that when someone turned her
down. The sadness in her eyes was
unbearable.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You won't have to tell her daijobu
ever again 'cause I'm taking her.
                                                            
Kayoko gives Mike a tight hug.
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
Did you hear that Boo! You're
getting a new home!
                                                            
Boo wags her tail and BARKS repeatedly.
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
I have to tell you one thing about
her.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What?
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
She growls at men who wear hats.
                                                            
                       MIKE
She will?
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
That's why she failed her seeing
eye dog test. I think it's because
it's hard for her to read people,
            (MORE)

24.

                       KAYOKO (cont'd)
so she growls to tell them to
remove their hat.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Do they remove their hat?
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
No, they take off down the street.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Will she bite?
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
Only to defend people, or herself.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike introduces Boo to the other police dogs.
                                                            
MONTAGE - MIKE TRAINS BOO HARD.
                                                            
-- Mike has Boo run the obstacle course.

-- Mike has Boo attack Cindy who's in a padded-armored suit.

-- Mike has Boo attack and disarm Cindy who points a gun.

-- Mike makes Boo do the obstacle course again while the
other police dogs get to eat.
                                                            
 
EXT. MOLITOR RESIDENCE - NIGHT
                                                            
Under several floodlights, Mike trains Boo on the obstacle
course. He puts on a baseball cap. Boo growls at Mike and
chases him around the obstacle course until he tosses the
cap away.
                                                            
 
INT. MOLITOR RESIDENCE - NIGHT
                                                            
Boo drinks from her bowl and then runs upstairs. She
scratches on Mike's door. Mike opens the door and pets her.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You're gonna ruin my door.
                                                            
Mike closes the door and turns the handle as Boo watches. He
pushes the door open.
                                                            

25.

                       MIKE
See that? Turn the doorknob and
push.
                                                            
He lifts her front paws and places them on the doorknob. He
helps her turn the knob and push the door open.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Good girl!
                                                            
He feeds her a dog biscuit.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Let's do it again.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE ACADEMY - DAY
                                                            
Cadets arrive at the humongous facility with well manicured
landscape. Mike steps out of his car in a freshly pressed
suit and stares glassy-eyed at his surroundings.
                                                            
                       PETER (O.S.)
Hey, Molly!
                                                            
Mike cringes. He tries not to look as Peter strolls over.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Please, no.
                                                            
                       PETER
Thought I'd see you here. Didn't
expect to on day one.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You're gonna be a cop?
                                                            
                       PETER
Yup. Can't wait to get my gun.
                                                            
The two walk toward the entrance.
                                                            
                       PETER
You'll help out if I need help on
tests, right?
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Montage - Mike and Peter train at the academy

-- Mike and Peter run an obstacle course.

-- Mike and Peter practice karate.

26.


-- Mike and Peter practice pursuit driving.

-- Mike and Peter train with German shepherds.
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE ACADEMY - DAY
                                                            
Dressed in police cadet uniforms, Mike, Peter, and several
other cadets take a test. Peter leans over and copies off
Mike's test. Mike tries to hide his answers with his hand,
but Peter pushes Mike's hand away.
                                                            
 
EXT. DOG TRAINING ACADEMY - DAY
                                                            
Peter, Mike, and Boo watch as DOG ACADEMY TESTMAN (50),
scrawny, takes a huge German shepherd, King, breezing
through the obstacle course.
                                                            
                       PETER
No dog is better than King,
certainly not Doo.
                                                            
Dog Academy Testman walks over with King. He examines King.
He writes on the clipboard. Mike sees Boo stare at Dog
Academy Testman's hat. Boo snarls.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Whispers)
No, Boo.
                                                            
                       DOG ACADEMY TESTMAN
King is a fine specimen. He
easily passed.
                                                            
                       PETER
Told you.
                                                            
                       DOG ACADEMY TESTMAN
Okay, Boo.
                                                            
Mike takes Dog Academy Testman's hat off in one swoop.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Have a little respect for the
animals.
                                                            
Dog Academy Testman is surprised. He takes Boo out on the
course.
                                                            
                       PETER
That was fast thinking Molitor.
                                                            

27.

Boo runs the course.
                                                            
Dog Academy Testman writes on his clipboard as he strolls
over to Peter and Mike. Boo follows. Peter swipes the hat
from Mike. He puts on the hat and stands behind Dog Academy
Testman.
                                                            
Mike clenches his fists. Boo GROWLS. Dog Academy Testman
looks at Boo. Peter quickly takes off the hat. Dog Academy
Testman looks back at Peter, and then at Boo. Peter puts
the hat on. Boo GROWLS.
                                                            
                       DOG ACADEMY TESTMAN
I can't pass her, because she
growls for no apparent reason.
                                                            
                       MIKE
But--
                                                            
                       DOG ACADEMY TESTMAN
I'm sorry.
                                                            
Dog Academy Testman walks away.
                                                            
                       PETER
Tough luck, squirt.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike trains the dogs on the obstacle course. Boo trains
hard on the course. Mike feeds the dogs and fills their
water bowls.
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike enters with Boo. Frightened passing officers see Boo
and immediately remove their hats.
                                                            
CAPTAIN DOBSON (50), short, worn catcher's mitt face, passes
by wearing a hat. Boo GROWLS at him. Captain Dobson races
to his office and SLAMS the door just before Boo can tear
into him.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo! No!
                                                            
Mike hustles over to the captain's door and is about to
knock when Cindy grabs his arm.
                                                            

28.

                       CINDY
If you tell him Boo's growling
problem, he'll get rid of her.
                                                            
                       MIKE
But he always wears a hat.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Just keep working with her. We
can stall him in the meantime.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike trains the dogs on the obstacle course. He feeds all
the dogs, except Boo.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Sorry, Boo. You've got more
training to do.
                                                            
Boo races up and down steps, leaps over a wall and a small
body of water, and across an elevated beam.
                                                            
Boo slaloms between Mike's legs as he does a military goose
step. Cindy pokes her head out the back door of the
station.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Mike! The meeting's about to
start!
                                                            
                       MIKE
Be right there!
                                                            
Boo runs over PANTING and stands at attention as Mike pours
some food in a bowl. He puts on his police hat.
                                                            
                       MIKE
It's still me.
                                                            
Boo's panting stops. She lifts her upper lip revealing
sharp teeth.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Don't growl. It's still only me.
                                                            
Boo SNARLS and GROWLS. Mike points at her.
                                                            
                       MIKE
No! That'll cost you.
                                                            

29.

He takes some of her food out of the bowl and puts it back
into the canister.
                                                            
Mike takes off his hat. Boo stops growling.
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
CONFERENCE ROOM
                                                            
Many uniformed officers, including Captain Dobson and Cindy,
are seated at the large, polished table which is covered
with plates of steaks, baked potatoes, and corn on-the-cob.
                                                            
A banner hangs which reads: WELCOME ROOKIE OFFICERS. The
officers stand, CHEER, and CLAP as Mike enters the room with
a huge grin.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
There he is! Come on in, Mike!
We're waiting for one more.
                                                            
Mike looks at the thick steaks on the table.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Wow! How'd you get these passed
the dogs?
                                                            
Everyone LAUGHS. Mike sits down next to an empty chair. A
life-size, German shepherd stuffed animal is on a credenza
behind him. Peter enters.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Oh, here's our other new officer.
Mike, you must know Peter Withers.
                                                            
Cindy sees the smile disappear from Mike's face.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Peter told me he attended schools
and the police academy with you.
                                                            
                       PETER
We've always been best friends.
                                                            
Peter takes a seat next to Mike.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Peter and Mike did exceptionally
well in pursuit driving, so we're
assigning them The Slushy Bandit
case. I think they'll give us
fresh eyes on a case that's gone
            (MORE)

30.

                       CAPTAIN DOBSON (cont'd)
on way too long.
                                                            
Captain Dobson walks over to an easel and tosses back a
cover to unveil a futuristic police car. The officers OOOH
and AAAH.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
I'll be ordering one of these high
tech patrol cars for the
department. It has all the latest
high tech gadgets. Whoever
catches The Slushy Bandits will
get to drive this car.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Captain Dobson stands at the head of the table addressing
the officers.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
One last thing, it's very
important that we all get along
and are on the same team...no
fighting. When a call comes in,
we swarm it.
                                                            
 
INT. PETER'S PATROL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Peter stakes out a convenience store. A boy eats an ice
cream cone and notices Peter. The boy stares at Peter as
ice cream drips onto his shirt.
                                                            
                       PETER
Come here.
                                                            
The boy walks over to Peter's window.
                                                            
                       PETER
Hasn't anyone ever told you it's
rude to stare?
                                                            
The boy shakes his head from side to side.
                                                            
                       PETER
Haven't you ever seen a cop on a
stakeout?
                                                            
The boy shakes his head from side to side. The ice cream
falls off the cone, into the police car, and onto Peter's
lap.
                                                            

31.

                       PETER
You little!
                                                            
Peter reaches for the ice cream.
                                                            
                       PETER
Get outta here!
                                                            
The kid runs off. Peter chucks the ice cream at the kid.
                                                            
 
EXT. MOLITOR RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
Mike runs Boo hard on the obstacle course.
                                                            
A sign reads: NO HATS ALLOWED. Mike hugs and pets Boo as she
drinks water. Mike leads Boo back onto the course.
                                                            
 
INT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
Tim and John enter in disguise. John stands by the front
door as Tim points a gun at STORE EMPLOYEE (30), behind the
counter. Store Employee reaches under the counter for the
keys and walks with Tim to the front door.
                                                            
Store Employee locks the front door. He sees John looking
away. Store Employee quickly unlocks the door.
                                                            
Tim and John round up the customers and make them put their
cell phones and valuables into canvas bags. They force them
into the stockroom. Tim jams a metal piece into the
stockroom doorjamb.
                                                            
They hustle to the slush machine and pour themselves slushy
drinks. MAN IN A SUIT (50), enters. The keys in the door
JINGLE which makes Tim and John wheel around.
                                                            
Man In The Suit places a soda and a bag of chips on the
counter. Tim and John hustle to get behind the counter.
POUNDING from the stockroom.
                                                            
                       VOICE (O.S.)
Help!
                                                            
                       TIM
Will that be all?
                                                            
                       VOICE (O.S.)
Help!
                                                            
Man In The Suit turns toward the stockroom.
                                                            

32.

                       TIM
Our stock boy always wants us to
help him with his work.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Like we don't have enough to do
here.
                                                            
Man In The Suit turns back to Tim and John and hands Tim a
bill. Tim looks at the empty cash register. His eyes get
big.
                                                            
                       MAN IN A SUIT
And a pack of Marlboro.
                                                            
Tim conceals the empty register by closing the drawer.
                                                            
                       VOICE (O.S.)
Help!
                                                            
Another customer enters. Fear is all over the faces of Tim
and John.
                                                            
Tim cups his hands, to act as a megaphone, toward the
stockroom.
                                                            
                       VOICE (O.S.)
Help!
                                                            
                       TIM
Do your own work...Melvin!
                                                            
John nervously reaches up in the cigarette rack. Dozens of
cigarette packs fall down. He tosses a pack of cigarettes
on the counter.
                                                            
                       MAN IN A SUIT
Menthols.
                                                            
John and Tim watch more customers enter.
                                                            
                       VOICE (O.S.)
Help us!
                                                            
John hastily reaches up. More cigarettes rain down onto the
counter. John throws a pack to Man In A Suit who catches
it, then tosses it back.
                                                            
                       MAN IN A SUIT
One hundreds.
                                                            
John reaches up, grabs a pack of cigarettes, and SLAPS it
into Man In A Suit's hand.
                                                            

33.

Tim reaches down and pulls a bill out of one of the loot
bags. He hands Man In A Suit the bill.
                                                            
                       TIM
Keep the change.
                                                            
Man In The Suit is surprised. He exits confused. Distant
sirens are HEARD. More customers enter. Tim and John grab
the loot bags and drinks, and flee.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Mike arrives with gun drawn. Customers stampede out with
arms full of merchandise.
                                                            
Mike notices the keys in the keyhole. Boo sniffs up and
down the aisles. Mike hears POUNDING coming from the
stockroom and hustles over.
                                                            
                       VOICE (O.S.)
Help!
                                                            
                       MIKE
This is Officer Molitor of the
Irvine Police!
                                                            
                       VOICE (O.S.)
Thank God!
                                                            
Mike removes the metal piece from the door and lets the
people out.
                                                            
LATER - STORE OFFICE
                                                            
Mike and Store Employee view a video of the robbery.
                                                            
                       MIKE
We're probably not going to be
able to identify the robbers from
this, but I'd like to have a copy
of this tape.
                                                            
                       STORE EMPLOYEE
No problem.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Keep a phone in the stockroom so
you can call the police if this
ever happens again.
                                                            
 

34.

INT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike fills out a form at his desk. He puts the form in a
thick file and closes the file. The cover reads: THE SLUSHY
BANDITS.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Here's another photo for your
Slushy Bandit file.
                                                            
Cindy hands Mike the photo.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Another day of no luck.
                                                            
Mike puts the photo in the file and the two exit.
                                                            
                       MIKE (O.S.)
They'll make a mistake sooner or
later.
                                                            
                       CINDY (O.S.)
We've been saying that for years.
                                                            
Peter sneaks down a dim hallway. He sees Mike and Cindy get
into their cars and drive off.
                                                            
Peter opens Mike's Slushy Bandit file. He makes copies of
the paperwork.
                                                            
 
EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
A backed in getaway car waits by the entrance.
                                                            
The doors BURST open. Tim and John fly out the doors. They
throw canvas bags into the back seat.
                                                            
The two men hop into the car. The car DASHES off.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Mike drives with Boo in the backseat. He slides a dog
biscuit between the cage wires, which Boo promptly chomps
on.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER
Cars Seven and Thirteen, a Slushy
Bandits' two-eleven at the
convenience store at First and
Broad.
                                                            

35.

                       MIKE
Hang on Boo.
                                                            
He steps on the accelerator.
                                                            
 
INT. PETER'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Peter pulls to the curb and turns to King.
                                                            
                       PETER
We'll let Mikey flush out the
bandits so we can catch 'em and
take all the credit.
                                                            
King puts his head down on the seat and covers his face with
his paws.
                                                            
                       PETER
Dispatch, Car Thirteen is
ten-seven mechanical problems.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Copy Car Thirteen, you're
ten-seven. Car Twenty-one back up
Car Seven.
                                                            
Peter leans back and interlocks his fingers behind his head.
He puts his feet up on the dash.
                                                            
 
EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
Mike's car skids to a stop. He draws his gun and uses his
remote popper to let Boo out of the back.
                                                            
 
INT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Boo enter cautiously. Boo SNIFFS up and down the
aisles. Mike hears POUNDING on the back storage room door.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Darn it!
                                                            
He removes a metal piece from the door frame and lets the
people out.
                                                            
 

36.

INT. PETER'S PATROL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Peter uses binoculars to see the drivers of oncoming cars.
He spots a car with The Slushy Bandits in disguise drinking
from straws.
                                                            
                       PETER
Bingo!
                                                            
Peter waits until The Slushy Bandits' car passes. He slowly
pulls from the curb and makes a U-turn.
                                                            
 
INT. SLUSHY BANDITS' CAR - DAY
                                                            
John takes the cell phones out of the loot bag and puts them
into a plastic bag. The car slows down. Tim and John look
out their windows.
                                                            
                       TIM
Where'd you put the car?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I left it somewhere around here.
                                                            
                       TIM
You don't remember? We're in a
stolen car!
                                                            
                       JOHN
Like Mom used to say, it'll turn
up somewhere.
                                                            
Tim SLAPS the slushy drink from John's face. The lid falls
off and SPLASHES all over John's lap. John SLAPS Tim's
drink out of his hand and it pours onto Tim's lap. The two
wrestle.
                                                            
 
INT. PETER'S PATROL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Peter follows The Slushy Bandits from a distance. Peter
turns back toward King.
                                                            
                       PETER
We're gonna win this contest and
be on the Captain's good list
forever.
                                                            
 

37.

INT. THE SLUSHY BANDITS' CAR - DAY
                                                            
Tim sees their car being lifted onto a tow truck next to a
NO PARKING sign. TOW TRUCK DRIVER (30), tattoos, gets in
his truck.
                                                            
                       TIM
You idiot! You parked in a No
Parking zone!
                                                            
The car SKIDS to a stop behind the tow truck.
                                                            
Tim accidently drops the keys, which FALL between the seats.
He tries to retrieve the keys, but quickly gives up. The
two hastily grab their loot.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Peter watches from a distance. The tow truck leaves. Tim
and John exit the car and race frantically down the street
after the truck. The loot bags leak colored fluids.
                                                            
                       TIM
Hey! Wait!
                                                            
Tim and John have large, wet spots in the crotch of their
pants. Tow Truck Driver sees the men in his side view
mirror. The tow truck stops.
                                                            
Tim sees colored fluids leaking from the bags.
                                                            
                       TIM
John!
                                                            
                       JOHN
I put in some extra slushes for
the road.
                                                            
Tim shoots eye darts at John.
                                                            
Tim and John catch up to the tow truck OUT OF BREATH.
                                                            
                       TIM
We were just coming to get our
car!
                                                            
                       TOW TRUCK DRIVER
Too bad. Once we get the car on
the lift we have to--
                                                            
Tim opens one of the bags and counts soggy bills under Tow
Truck Driver's nose.
                                                            

38.

                       TIM
Here's two hundred to make this go
away.
                                                            
                       TOW TRUCK DRIVER
Done.
                                                            
Tow Truck Driver pockets the money and exits his truck.
                                                            
 
INT. PETER'S PATROL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Peter observes Tim and John get into the car and drive off.
                                                            
The Slushy Bandits car heads down an alley. A plastic bag
is thrown out a window into a commercial trash can. Peter
drives to the trash can and HEARS lots of RING TONES. He
drives off.
                                                            
Peter keeps his distance as The Slushy Bandits enter a
residential neighborhood.
                                                            
                       PETER
They must live in one of these
houses.
                                                            
The car heads down a street with a sign which reads: NO
STREET OUTLET. Peter pulls to the curb behind a car and
turns off the engine.
                                                            
The Slushy Bandits park in a cul-de-sac and head into a
hilly forest with their loot.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Peter hops out of his car and pushes a button on his keyless
remote to let King out. He pushes the button several times.
He finally opens the door manually and King hops out.
                                                            
                       PETER
We have to be quiet.
                                                            
A boy, CARTER (7), black, warm, sees the two slither down
the street from his porch. He runs down his front stairs,
but Peter waves him off.
                                                            
                       PETER
Get outta here.
                                                            
Carter goes back to his porch. King SNIFFS The Slushy
Bandits' car.
                                                            

39.

                       PETER
Get a good whiff, boy.
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
King leads the way into the hilly forest.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
King comes to a sudden stop. Peter sneaks up behind a tree.
                                                            
Valuables are laid out on a bedsheet. Tim cooks hot dogs
over an open campfire. John uses a cloth to wipe
fingerprints off the stolen items.
                                                            
                       TIM (O.S.)
You can't do anything without
messing up.
                                                            
                       JOHN (O.S.)
We didn't get caught.
                                                            
                       TIM (O.S.)
Not this time. How did you forget
where we parked? And why would
you park in a No Parking?
                                                            
Peter looks through bushes and tries to make out the two men
whose backs are to him. On the ground next to them are the
bags of money.
                                                            
                       TIM
Help me dump the loot into the
slush fund.
                                                            
The two men move a large rock which sits on a piece of
plywood. John removes the plywood to reveal a hole.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Why don't we ever spend the money?
                                                            
                       TIM
Because it's for our retirement.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I'm not tired.
                                                            
Tim places the bags of money in the hole. Tim and John put
their disguises in a bag and drop them in the hole.
                                                            
Peter springs from the bushes with his gun drawn.
                                                            

40.

                       PETER
Put your hands behind your head!
                                                            
King runs up to the robbers and BARKS repeatedly. Tim turns
slightly.
                                                            
                       PETER
Face away from me!
                                                            
Tim faces away. Peter handcuffs the men. He pushes the
button on his shoulder transceiver.
                                                            
                       PETER
Dispatch, Car Thirteen.
                                                            
Peter walks around to face the men.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Go ahead, Thirteen.
                                                            
                       PETER
I've got The--
                                                            
He goes white and releases the radio button when he sees the
two men are his uncles.
                                                            
                       PETER
No!
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Go ahead, Thirteen.
                                                            
He pushes the radio button.
                                                            
                       PETER
Cancel.
                                                            
Peter kicks dirt.
                                                            
                       PETER
Why Uncle Tim? Why Uncle John?
                                                            
                       TIM
There's really no answer to why
we--
                                                            
                       JOHN
Free slushes! We get all the free
slushes we want!
                                                            
                       TIM
We did it once when we were low on
cash. We didn't get caught, so
when that cash ran out, we did it
            (MORE)

41.

                       TIM (cont'd)
again.
                                                            
                       JOHN
And again, and again, and--
                                                            
                       PETER
All the birthday money you gave me
was stolen?
                                                            
                       JOHN
7-Eleven's cherry Slurpees are the
best.
                                                            
                       PETER
Let me think!
                                                            
Peter pours the contents of one of the bags onto a towel.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You're not gonna arrest us, are
you?
                                                            
                       PETER
No.
                                                            
Tim and John EXHALE DEEPLY.
                                                            
                       PETER
In fact, you're still gonna be
able to rob stores and drink your
cherry slushes, but I'm gonna take
a cut.
                                                            
 
EXT. PETER'S PATROL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Peter lies on his back under his patrol car with only his
legs sticking out.
                                                            
UNDER THE CAR
                                                            
Peter disconnects a wire clamp connected to a box marked:
VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM.
                                                            
Peter crawls out from under his car and strides to a pay
phone. He dials.
                                                            
                       PETER
There's a crazy man shooting
wildly at the post office at Third
and Lemon! Please hurry!
                                                            

42.

He punches numbers on his cell phone.
                                                            
                       PETER
Go get our money.
                                                            
 
INT. SLUSHY BANDITS' CAR - DAY
                                                            
Tim and John are backed in to a parking spot outside a
convenience store. Tim has his cellphone to his ear.
                                                            
                       TIM
Okay. We're heading over.
                                                            
John snatches the cellphone from Tim.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Roger that, good buddy! Over and
out!
                                                            
Tim grabs his phone back and SMACKS John.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I always wanted to say that.
                                                            
Tim and John put their disguises on and exit the vehicle.
                                                            
 
INT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
The customers valuables are bagged. They are locked in the
stockroom.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S PATROL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Mike drives as Boo rides in the back.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Cars Seven and Thirteen,
two-eleven. Slushy Bandits last
seen in a black Mustang headed
northbound on McCormick at
Rosewood.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Copy, northbound McCormick at
Rosewood.
                                                            
INTERCUT - MIKE'S CAR/PETER'S CAR/SLUSHY BANDITS' CAR
                                                            
                       PETER
Copy.
                                                            

43.

Peter steps on the accelerator and hits his SIREN and
lights. Peter sees the black Mustang. He makes a U-turn
and follows it. The two cars cross an intersection where
street signs read McCormick and Wilson.
                                                            
                       PETER
Suspects are headed east on Clover
at Tenth Avenue.
                                                            
Mike SCREECHES a U-turn. Boo slides across the back seat.
                                                            
The black Mustang and Peter's car go through the
intersection of McCormick and Baker.
                                                            
                       PETER
Suspects are headed west on Pear
at Cypress.
                                                            
Mike SLAMS on the brakes and SKIDS a U-turn.
                                                            
                       MIKE
How'd they get there so fast?
                                                            
Peter shuts off the siren. The black Mustang and Peter's
car move silently through the intersection of McCormick and
Park.
                                                            
                       PETER (V.O.)
They're eastbound at Heil and
Baker.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What?
                                                            
Mike pulls a U-turn. Peter shuts off the lights and LAUGHS.
He pulls to the side of the road as the black Mustang
continues on. Peter speaks into his radio.
                                                            
                       PETER
I lost 'em. They made it through
an intersection almost hitting
pedestrians. I, being the nice
guy, had to let them cross.
                                                            
He releases the radio button and CHUCKLES.
                                                            
END INTERCUT
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S PATROL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Mike drives with Boo in the back.
                                                            

44.

                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Cars Seven and Thirteen,
two-eleven at fifth and Main.
Slushy Bandits headed south on
Main in a mars red Honda four
door.
                                                            
Mike pushes a button on his transceiver.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Ten-four. Hang on, Boo.
                                                            
He hits the SIREN and PUNCHES the accelerator.
                                                            
INTERCUT - MIKE'S CAR/PETER'S CAR/BANDITS' CAR
                                                            
 
INT. PETER'S PATROL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Peter drives with King in the back.
                                                            
                       PETER
Red? Those idiots.
                                                            
Peter pushes the button on his transceiver.
                                                            
                       PETER
Ten-four.
                                                            
He releases the button and SLAMS down the transceiver. He
gases the accelerator. King flies back in his seat.
                                                            
Mike spots the red Honda. He pushes the button on his
transceiver.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I've located The Slushy Bandits
southbound Main at Jefferson.
                                                            
He WHIPS a U-turn.
                                                            
Peter HITS the gas into a turn causing an old lady with a
cane to scurry across the street. The car FISHTAILS around a
corner. King WHIMPERS as he slides across the back seat.
                                                            
                       PETER
Quit your griping.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (O.S.)
Copy...vehicle heading southbound
Main at Jefferson.
                                                            
Tim and John see the flashing lights in the mirrors.
                                                            

45.

                       TIM
All the cars to choose from and
you had to steal a bright red one!
                                                            
Mike gains on the red sedan.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Southbound Main at Herring.
                                                            
Peter spots both cars. He joins the pursuit.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Copy...southbound Main at Herring.
                                                            
Mike edges closer to The Slushy Bandits' rear bumper. It's a
NASCAR race as Peter rides Mike's bumper. Tim swerves from
side to side to try to shake off Mike.
                                                            
The three cars zoom toward a T-intersection. A devilish
smile comes over Peter's face.
                                                            
                       PETER
Hang on King.
                                                            
Tim BRAKES for the turn. Mike BRAKES for the turn. Tim
executes the corner perfectly.
                                                            
Peter rams Mike's car as it's halfway through the turn
causing it to SPIN out.
                                                            
The Slushy Bandits speed off. Both patrol cars SKID to a
stop. Steam pours from Peter's hood.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Dispatch, we lost them. Cars
Seven and Thirteen are
ten-forty-five and ten-seven.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Copy. Cars seven and thirteen are
ten-forty-five and ten-seven.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Both officers spring from their cars.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Why'd you smash into me?
                                                            
                       PETER
Smash into you? Why'd you brake so
hard?
                                                            

46.

                       MIKE
I didn't brake hard! You smashed
into me!
                                                            
                       PETER
You waaaay overbroke!
                                                            
                       MIKE
You're crazy! I would've had The
Slushy Bandits!
                                                            
                       PETER
The captain doesn't want us
arguing, so just leave it.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Captain Dobson and Cindy watch as two tow trucks bring the
damaged patrol cars to the back of the station.
                                                            
Mike and Boo hop out of one tow truck. A petrified TOW
TRUCK DRIVER cautiously lets Peter and King out of the
other.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
What happened?
                                                            
                       PETER
Officer Molitor got a little too
excited and broke harder than he
should've...I ended up giving him
the P.I.T. maneuver.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Is that how you see it?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I thought I had The Slushy
Bandits, but...
                                                            
FLASHBACK - WELCOME MEAL AT THE POLICE STATION
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON (V.O.)
It's very important that we all
get along and are on the same
team...no fighting.
                                                            
BACK TO PRESENT DAY
                                                            
                       MIKE
I may've broken a little hard.
                                                            

47.

A voice comes over the captain's radio.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
They found the red sedan in the
Wal-Mart parking lot.
                                                            
Captain Dobson tilts his head to speak into his shoulder
radio.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Ten-four.
                                                            
                       PETER
      (To Mike)
Notice how they chose a parking
lot with a sea of cars instead of
your parents' empty lot?
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Let's head in. We'll issue you
new cars.
                                                            
Mike and Cindy hang back as Peter and Captain Dobson head
towards the police building.
                                                            
                       MIKE
He rammed me.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Why didn't you tell the captain?
                                                            
                       MIKE
He doesn't want any arguing.
                                                            
                       CINDY
You gotta stand up for what's
right.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I know.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Why would he do that?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Maybe to get the new police car.
                                                            
 

48.

EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
Tim and John drink their slushes as they flee with bags of
loot. Miss Parkinson sees the robbers hop into a yellow
jacket yellow VW Beatle. She copies down the license plate
number.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S PATROL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Mike patrols the streets with Boo behind the separation
cage. Mike picks up his officer's hat off the front
passenger seat and places it on his head. From his rear
view mirror he sees Boo snarl. He puts the hat on the seat.
                                                            
                       MIKE
No, Boo!
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Cars Seven and Thirteen.
Two-eleven just occurred. Slushy
Bandits headed northbound on
Aralia Street in a stolen, yellow
Volkswagen Beatle, license plate
eight, Foxtrot, Victor, Oscar,
niner, niner, niner.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Copy. Hang on Boo!
                                                            
Tires SCREECH.
                                                            
INTERCUT - MIKE'S CAR/PETER'S CAR/SLUSHY BANDITS' CAR
                                                            
 
INT. PETER'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Peter floors it and WHIPS a U-turn.
                                                            
                       PETER
Yellow! They can't be related to
me.
                                                            
He pushes the button on his transceiver.
                                                            
                       PETER
Copy.
                                                            
 
INT. SLUSHY BANDITS' CAR - DAY
                                                            
Tim and Mike remove their disguises. Tim sees a police car
with lights on in his rear view mirror.
                                                            

49.

                       TIM
You gotta stop stealing these
bright colored cars!
                                                            
He looks over to see John enjoying his drink. He SLAPS the
drink out of his mouth.
                                                            
                       TIM
Tell me if that's Peter back
there!
                                                            
John looks back and sees Peter angrily point at him and then
make the sign of cutting his throat with an imaginary knife.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It's Peter. He looks
angry...probably because you
spilled my drink.
                                                            
Mike joins the race. Peter SWERVES toward Mike to keep him
from passing. Mike SWERVES to avoid a collision.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What's he doing?
                                                            
Tim puts his drink in a cupholder. John grabs it and drinks
from the straw. Tim SLAPS John's hand. John drops the
drink and it SPLASHES all over Tim.
                                                            
Peter SWERVES to keep Mike at bay.
                                                            
The three cars barrel down the highway toward a
T-intersection.
                                                            
Tim BRAKES hard at the last minute and snaps the wheel
causing the Volkswagen to FISHTAIL.
                                                            
Peter checks his mirror. He lines up Mike's car directly
behind his. He SLAMS on the brakes. Mike's car CRASHES
into Peter's car.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Car doors fling open. The two men get out. Mike storms
over to Peter.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Why'd you do that?
                                                            
                       PETER
You were following too close, so I
was signaling you to stay back!
                                                            

50.

                       MIKE
C'mon!
                                                            
Mike pushes the button on his transceiver.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Both Car Seven and Car Thirteen
are ten-forty-five and ten-seven.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Again?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yes.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Copy. Cars Seven and Thirteen are
ten-forty-five and ten-seven.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON (V.O.)
What!
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Captain Dobson and Cindy watch two tow trucks bring the
damaged police cars next to the previously damaged police
cars. Peter and Mike exit the tow trucks.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
What happened this time?
                                                            
                       PETER
Officer Molitor slammed into me
when I was just about to P.I.T.
maneuver The Slushies. I would've
caught them.
                                                            
Mike clenches his fists.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Is that how you see it?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Well--
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Officer Withers was the top
pursuit driver at the academy.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I may have been a little too
aggressive.
                                                            

51.

Cindy drops her head. Captain Dobson puts his arm around
Peter as the two men head toward the station.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
So, you almost got them?
                                                            
                       PETER
I was this close.
                                                            
Peter indicates with his thumb and index finger.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
You don't suppose Officer Molitor
was trying to get back at you, do
you?
                                                            
                       PETER
I wouldn't want to speculate sir,
but I think he was.
                                                            
Cindy stays back with Mike.
                                                            
                       CINDY
I know you're too cautious to just
slam into another patrol car.
                                                            
                       MIKE
He broke hard on purpose so I'd
hit him. He tried to run me off
the road.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Why would he do that?
                                                            
                       MIKE
He doesn't want me to catch The
Slushy Bandits.
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT
                                                            
Peter opens a cabinet filled with supplies. He takes out a
small, disc battery.
                                                            
Peter replaces the battery in his wireless remote. He
tosses the used battery into a trash can.
                                                            
A wicked smile comes over him. He retrieves the battery
from the trash can. He takes the wireless remote off Mike's
desk and replaces the good battery with the dead battery.
                                                            
 

52.

EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
Kayoko pulls on the front door handle. The door won't open.
She puts her face to the glass door to get a better look.
                                                            
She sees The Slushy Bandits rounding up employees and
customers at gun point. She quickly ducks out of sight. She
tries to calm herself and slow her panicked breath.
                                                            
                       KAYOKO
Daijobu, daijobu, daijobu.
                                                            
She punches numbers on her cell phone.
                                                            
 
INT. PETER'S PATROL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Peter sleeps with his bare feet on the dash.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Cars Seven and Thirteen...
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Two-eleven in progress by The
Slushies at the 7-Eleven at Park
and Magnolia.
                                                            
Peter abruptly wakes up.
                                                            
                       PETER
What?
                                                            
He pushes the button on his transceiver.
                                                            
                       PETER
Did you say The Slushies?
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Yes, The Slushy Bandits.
                                                            
INTERCUT - PETER'S CAR/MIKE'S CAR/CONVENIENCE STORE
                                                            
                       PETER
They'll wish they never knew me.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S PATROL CAR - DAY
                                                            
                       MIKE
Copy. E-T-A is one minute.
                                                            
He puts the car in gear and BURNS rubber.
                                                            

53.

Peter dials his cellphone as fast as he can. Tim answers
his cellphone as he shoves people into a stockroom.
                                                            
                       TIM
You mob 'em, we rob 'em.
                                                            
                       PETER
Get out! Cops are on the way!
                                                            
                       TIM
Got it!
                                                            
He pockets his cell.
                                                            
                       TIM
Cops!
                                                            
They bolt for the door. A police siren BLARES. John eyes
the slushy machine.
                                                            
                       TIM
Don't even think about it!
                                                            
They unlock the front door and flee.
                                                            
 
EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
Tim and John jump into a hot pink, Chrysler PT Cruiser
wrapped in a loud advertisement.
                                                            
Mike ROARS into the parking lot, spots the robbers and tries
to cut them off. White smoke ERUPTS from the PT Cruiser's
spinning tires as it ROCKETS away.
                                                            
 
INT. THE SLUSHY BANDITS' CAR - DAY
                                                            
Tim checks his rear view mirror.
                                                            
                       TIM
See if that's your nephew!
                                                            
John turns around and sees Mike an inch off their rear
bumper.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It's not Peter.
                                                            
                       TIM
I'm sure we can lose him in this!
                                                            

54.

Tim cuts through a corner gas station and back onto a
street. Mike stays right with them.
                                                            
                       TIM
This car may be slow, but at least
it's ugly.
                                                            
INTERCUT - PETER'S CAR/THE SLUSHY BANDITS' CAR/MIKE'S CAR
                                                            
Peter punches numbers on his cell phone. John answers his
phone. He puts it on speaker.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You mob 'em, we--
                                                            
                       PETER
Quit clowning! I'm nowhere near
you, so I can't bail you out! You
should've told me you were gonna
rob that...you were gonna keep all
the loot for yourselves!
                                                            
Tim and John have been caught.
                                                            
                       PETER
You think I wouldn't have found
out? You're gonna owe me big
time!
                                                            
                       TIM
What do we do?
                                                            
                       PETER
Meet me on the north side of town
by the sand dunes. We'll lose him
there.
                                                            
                       TIM
Got it.
                                                            
Tim cuts through another gas station. Mike tries to do the
P.I.T. maneuver on the PT Cruiser, but just misses.
                                                            
Mike speaks into his transceiver.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Northbound Sixth at Wilson.
                                                            
The PT Cruiser RACES down a long stretch with Mike just
inches off its bumper. Mike sees the brake lights come on
as both cars approach an intersection.
                                                            

55.

A young boy, RICKY JENSON (10), stocky, HEARS the SIRENS. He
rushes over to get a better look.
                                                            
Mike closes in on the PT Cruiser as it slows to make a turn.
He PLOWS into the car mid-turn which SPINS it like a top.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Tim and John flee on foot. Mike exits with his gun drawn.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Show me your hands!
                                                            
Mike turns toward his car, aims the wireless remote toward
his vehicle, and pushes a button. The car doors remain
closed. He takes off after Tim and John.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S PATROL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Boo BARKS repeatedly as she sees Mike run off. She
SCRATCHES and BITES the door handle.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Mike speaks into his shoulder radio.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Officer in foot pursuit northeast
corner of Wilson and Thirteenth
Street. We're headed for the sand
dunes.
                                                            
Ricky stops and looks at Boo before chasing after Mike. Boo
tries to get out of the patrol car by BITING and CLAWING the
door.
                                                            
 
EXT. SAND DUNES - DAY
                                                            
Tim and John run into an area with tall brush. Mike gives
chase several yards behind.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Freeze!
                                                            
Tim and John run over a dune. Tim grabs a stick.
                                                            
                       TIM
Keep going!
                                                            

56.

John continues on as Tim ducks behind a bush.
                                                            
Mike runs over the dune. Tim readies the stick. As Mike
passes, Tim trips Mike with the stick. Mike drops his gun.
It's lands partially concealed in the sand.
                                                            
Ricky sees Tim and Mike wrestle in the sand. Mike dives for
his gun. The gun gets completely buried. Mike feels for the
gun. Tim dives on top of Mike. He throws sand in Mike's
eyes, blinding him.
                                                            
Ricky sees Peter and King on a hilltop watch the struggle
from their car. Peter cracks a smile. King BARKS
repeatedly. Mike HEARS the barks.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo, help!
                                                            
Mike speaks into his radio.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Officer down, needs help!
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Copy. Car Thirteen, please respond
to officer down.
                                                            
                       PETER
Car Thirteen is too far away, but
I'll get there just as soon as I
can.
                                                            
                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Copy.
                                                            
John runs to the two men and helps Tim hold down Mike. Tim
feels around in the sand.
                                                            
                       TIM
His gun's in here!
                                                            
King tries to break from Peter. Peter pulls back on his
leash.
                                                            
Tim unsnaps one of Mike's belt pouches. A canister falls
out.
                                                            
                       TIM
Spray him! Spray him!
                                                            
John picks up the canister and points it at Mike. He pushes
down on the nozzle. Spray hits John's face.
                                                            

57.

                       JOHN
Ouch!
                                                            
He drops the canister and uses his shirt to dry his eyes.
Tim picks up the canister and sprays Mike's eyes.
                                                            
                       MIKE
No! Boo, help!
                                                            
Ricky finds a stick and races to the canister.
                                                            
He picks up the canister and sprays Tim and John.
                                                            
                       TIM
Ow!
                                                            
                       JOHN
Ouch!
                                                            
They rub their eyes in agony. Ricky WHACKS them in the head
with the stick.
                                                            
Peter takes his gun out of his holster and aims at Ricky.
King bites Peter's wrist.
                                                            
                       PETER
Ow!
                                                            
The gun drops to the ground as Peter WRITHES in pain.
                                                            
Tim and John blindly punch at Ricky, who avoids them by
dancing around the men. Ricky pushes John into Tim. The
two men fall down.
                                                            
Peter grabs King by the collar and escorts him into the back
seat of his car. He SLAMS the door.
                                                            
                       PETER
Dumb dog.
                                                            
Boo BITES off a chunk of the door and CLAWS the door handle.
The door opens. Boo darts from the car and up the sand
dune. Sirens BLARE in the background.
                                                            
Ricky uses the stick to dig for Mike's gun. He finds the gun
and approaches Mike.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Help! Boo!
                                                            
From the top of the sand dune, Boo sees Ricky walk toward
Mike with the gun. Boo races down the sand dune. Tim
barely makes out Boo.
                                                            

58.

                       TIM
Let's get outta here!
                                                            
Tim helps John get up. The two men run off.
                                                            
                       RICKY
Here's your gun, officer.
                                                            
Mike, somewhat blinded, sees Ricky with the gun and Boo
closing in.
                                                            
                       MIKE
No! Drop the gun! Drop the gun!
                                                            
Boo leaps onto Ricky and knocks him to the ground.
                                                            
Mike sees Boo biting Ricky.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo, no!
                                                            
Mike crawls over to help the boy.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Off, Boo!
                                                            
Peter uses his remote control popper. The door opens and
King jumps out. Tim and John run over the sand dune. Peter
and King run down the hill toward Mike and Ricky.
                                                            
                       PETER
Off, Boo!
                                                            
Peter grabs Boo's collar and yanks her off Ricky who lies
motionless and bleeding. Mike presses a handkerchief
against Ricky's wounds. He pushes the button on his
shoulder radio.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Send an ambulance right away!
                                                            
                       PETER
Dumb dog.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Captain Dobson watches as Mike drives in and parks. He
storms over to the car.
                                                            

59.

                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
That boy's in a coma! His parents
are threatening to sue us because
of Boo!
                                                            
Mike gets out and lets Boo out, exposing the ripped apart
door.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
What happened to the door?
                                                            
                       MIKE
The remote popper didn't work. Boo
fought to get out.
                                                            
Boo SNARLS at Captain Dobson. Mike snags the captains cap.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You've got a smudge on your cap.
I'll have it polished right away.
                                                            
Peter pulls up beside the men.
                                                            
                       PETER
That dog is a menace!
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
I want a complete report on my
desk A-S-A-P. I need you to get
over to the hospital and visit the
boy.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yes, sir.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOSPITAL - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Boo approach the entrance. Mike sees a sticker on
the front door which reads: NO ANIMALS EXCEPT SEEING EYE
DOGS.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Sorry, Boo.
                                                            
They turn around and head to the parking lot.
                                                            
 

60.

INT. HOSPITAL - DAY
                                                            
Ricky lies in bed with his eyes closed and tubing coming out
of his nostrils. His father PAUL JENSON (35), athletic, and
his mother JACKIE JENSON (32), statuesque are at his
bedside. Mike enters.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You must be Mr. and Mrs. Jenson.
How's Ricky doing?
                                                            
                       PAUL
The doctors don't know.
                                                            
Jackie strokes the side of Ricky's head.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'm awfully sorry about--
                                                            
                       JACKIE
Your dog needs to be put down! We
can't have a wild animal attacking
innocent children!
                                                            
                       PAUL
Honey, Ricky never should've
touched the officer's gun. The
dog was only protecting--
                                                            
                       JACKIE
It almost killed him, Paul!
                                                            
Mike heads for the door.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'm very sorry.
                                                            
He exits.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike, Boo, Cindy, and Captain Dobson are out at the obstacle
course.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
I've instructed Detective Loftis
to quarantine Boo for the next
seventy-two hours.
                                                            
Cindy takes the leash from Mike and walks Boo over to an
isolated chain-link pen. Mike follows her.
                                                            

61.

                       CINDY
Sorry, Mike, but it's policy.
                                                            
Cindy puts Boo inside the pen and closes the door. Boo
licks Mike's fingers through the fence.
                                                            
                       MIKE
She doesn't belong behind bars.
                                                            
                       CINDY
What happened?
                                                            
                       MIKE
The popper didn't work, so Boo
couldn't get out. I thought she
was right behind me.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike feeds the dogs and walks over to Boo's separate pen. He
pets a sad, lonely Boo through the cage.
                                                            
                       MIKE
It's okay girl.
                                                            
Cindy walks over.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo acts so sad...like she thinks
she killed him.
                                                            
                       CINDY
If she could see Ricky at the
hospital, then she'd know she
didn't kill him.
                                                            
                       MIKE
We gotta get Boo over to the
hospital.
                                                            
                       CINDY
But how without them noticing
she's missing?
                                                            
Cindy keeps lookout while Mike places the life-size stuffed
German shepherd animal from the conference room in Boo's
pen.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I better go alone. I don't want
you losing your job.
                                                            

62.

Mike leaves with Boo.
                                                            
The captain looks out his office window and sees a German
shepherd figure in Boo's pen.
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike and Boo enter. Mike wears dark sunglasses and taps a
white tip cane in front of himself. A receptionist smiles
at Mike, who smiles back.
                                                            
RICKY'S ROOM
                                                            
Mike and Boo enter and look over the unconscious boy. Boo
WHIMPERS.
                                                            
                       MIKE
It's okay girl. You didn't kill
him.
                                                            
He takes Ricky's wrist and pets Boo with Ricky's hand.
                                                            
                       MIKE
See, he likes you.
                                                            
Boo licks Ricky's hand.
                                                            
                       MIKE
It was an accident.
                                                            
Boo SNIFFS the boy. Mike tucks Ricky in under his blanket.
Mike and Boo leave.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
                                                            
MONTAGE - BOO SNIFFS AROUND PREVIOUS CRIME SCENES
                                                            
-- Boo sniffs outside convenience stores.

-- Boo sniffs the sand dunes.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike returns Boo to her isolated pen. Mike removes the
stuffed German Shepherd animal and locks the pen. Boo
WHIMPERS.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Sorry, Boo.
                                                            

63.

NEXT NIGHT
                                                            
Mike lets Boo out and places the stuffed German Shepherd
animal in the pen.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike walks Boo on a leash along a road.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike puts Boo in her pen and removes the stuffed German
shepherd animal. Boo WHIMPERS.
                                                            
                       MIKE
It's okay. You get out tomorrow.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Boo scour an area. Three men and a German shepherd
approach from the opposite direction. Mike recognizes King
and Peter who is in plain clothes. Tim and John are with
them.
                                                            
Tim and John wear baseball caps low on their head. Boo
SNARLS. Boo GROWLS and BARKS. She lunges at Tim and John
who jump back. Mike tugs back on her leash.
                                                            
                       MIKE
It's okay, Boo! She doesn't like
people who wear hats low on their
heads.
                                                            
Tim and John put their hats much higher on their heads.
                                                            
                       MIKE
She likes to see people's eyes.
                                                            
Boo BARKS. Tim and John take off their hats. Boo BARKS and
lunges at the men.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo, no! I don't know what her
problem is.
                                                            
                       PETER
Her problem is she's a bad police
dog!
                                                            
Peter, Tim, John, and King continue on their way.
                                                            
 

64.

INT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
CAPTAIN DOBSON'S OFFICE
                                                            
Paul and Jackie sit across from Captain Dobson.
                                                            
                       JACKIE
How could you let that dog back on
the street after only three days?
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
I understand, ma'am. I'll see
what I can do.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Carter watches from his front porch as Mike and Boo scour
the cul-de-sac. Boo wags her tail and tugs Mike toward the
forest.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Good girl.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON (V.O.)
Mike, I need you and Boo to come
back to the station.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I think Boo's on to something.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON (V.O.)
Fine, but I need you both back
here now.
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
CAPTAIN DOBSON'S OFFICE
                                                            
Peter watches Captain Dobson hang up his radio.
                                                            
                       PETER
We gotta put that dog down before
we get sued.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
I just don't know why Boo would
attack--
                                                            
                       PETER
Look who trained her.
                                                            

65.

KNOCKING.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON (O.S.)
Come in!
                                                            
INSIDE CAPTAIN DOBSON'S OFFICE
                                                            
Mike opens the door a crack. He sees the is captain wearing
his hat. Mike squeezes in and shuts the door on Boo.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Boo can come in.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I don't think so.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
I've got some bad news.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Peter and Captain Dobson look outside the window. They
watch a glum Mike pet Boo in her cage.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
It's really a shame. I don't want
to destroy her.
                                                            
                       PETER
I didn't want to tell you this
Captain, but Boo barks at men who
wear caps.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
What?
                                                            
                       PETER
Every officer here knows it. That
dog is a menace and has to be
destroyed!
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
The captain and Peter approach Boo's pen. Boo SNARLS at the
captain. He takes his hat off and Boo stops snarling. He
puts the cap back on and Boo SNARLS at him.
                                                            
                       PETER
See. She has to be put down.
                                                            
 

66.

INT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike, Peter, and Captain Dobson watch a man in a white coat
ready a hypodermic needle.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo wouldn't have hurt that boy if
he didn't have a gun.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
We can't have a police dog growl
at everyone who wears a cap.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'll work with her every day.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Sorry, Mike. She's too big a
risk.
                                                            
                       PETER
Too bad, Mikey.
                                                            
Mike drops his head. He exits out a door to the outside.
                                                            
 
EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Mike runs for Boo's pen. He enters and gives Boo a tight
hug.
                                                            
                       MIKE
They wanna kill you, Boo.
                                                            
Captain Dobson, Peter, and the man in the white coat exit
the building. They head toward the pen.
                                                            
Cindy watches from a window.
                                                            
                       MIKE
No matter what anyone says, you've
been the best dog ever.
                                                            
The man in the white coat squirts some of the serum from the
needle. Peter snatches the needle from him.
                                                            
                       PETER
I'll give her the sleepy juice,
Doc.
                                                            
Boo WHIMPERS as the men close in. Mike clenches his fists.
                                                            

67.

                       MIKE
It's better to have loved you and
be sad now, than to never have
known you.
                                                            
Boo sees the needle in Peter's hand and tries to backpedal
out of Mike's arms. Mike tightens his grip on Boo, but she
squirms free.
                                                            
The men enter and close the cage door.
                                                            
Mike holds the three men back.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo, jump! Jump, Boo!
                                                            
Boo springs up one side of the chain-link fence. She leaps
from the top of the fence.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Go, Boo, Go!
                                                            
Peter breaks free. He injects Mike with the needle. Mike
pulls the needle out.
                                                            
Peter draws his gun as Boo races for the perimeter wall.
                                                            
Peter points his gun through the fence and FIRES off several
rounds before Mike SLAMS him into the fence.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Don't shoot!
                                                            
Boo leaps up and over the perimeter wall. Mike and Peter
exchange PUNCHES and wrestle on the ground. The doctor is
surprised. Captain Dobson pulls Mike off Peter.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Break it up!
                                                            
The two bloody officers hunch over GASPING for air.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Mike, you're suspended! Give me
your gun and badge!
                                                            
Mike takes off his badge, removes his gun, and hands them to
Captain Dobson.
                                                            
                       PETER
If you'd just played by the rules,
like me, you'd still be a cop.
                                                            

68.

LATER
                                                            
It's a media circus at a press conference in front of the
police station. Captain Dobson and Peter stand at a lectern
layered with media microphones.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Boo is a four-year-old, female,
black and tan German shepherd. She
should be considered extremely
dangerous.
                                                            
                       VOICE FROM THE MEDIA
If she's so dangerous, why was she
a police dog?
                                                            
                       PETER
She wasn't professionally trained.
She was trained by rookie Officer
Mike Molitor.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
Officer Molitor has been
suspended.
                                                            
                       VOICE FROM THE MEDIA
Why was Officer Molitor suspended?
Did he intentionally train Boo to
be vicious?
                                                            
                       PETER
We can't rule that out.
                                                            
                       VOICE FROM THE MEDIA
Why would Officer Molitor do that?
                                                            
                       PETER
There's a lot of sick people in
the world.
                                                            
Captain Dobson holds up a wanted poster with Boo's picture.
Above her picture it reads: WANTED $10,000 REWARD.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DOBSON
We have all our units looking for
Boo and are asking the public for
their assistance. We're offering
a ten thousand dollar reward for
whoever brings Boo in.
                                                            
                       VOICE FROM THE MEDIA
Is that dead or alive?
                                                            

69.

                       PETER
Preferably dead!
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Boo races around a corner and down a residential street. A
car SCREAMS around the corner after Boo.
                                                            
The car cuts in front of Boo. A man jumps out and aims a
gun at Boo. Boo leaps onto the man and knocks him down.
                                                            
Boo bites the man's arm. He drops the gun. Boo picks the
gun up with her mouth and takes off.
                                                            
 
EXT. ALLEY - DAY
                                                            
Boo races down a narrow alley loaded with trash cans. She
drops the gun into a trash can.
                                                            
A pickup truck loaded with armed men approaches. Boo hides
behind a commercial trash dumpster. The truck passes.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Several bounty hunters and police patrol the streets. Mike,
in plain clothes, searches for Boo on foot. Several "Boo
Wanted" posters are on telephone and streetlight poles.
                                                            
Mike tears one of the posters off a telephone pole. He
tosses it into a trash can in front of a store. Other
posters of Boo are in the store window.
                                                            
 
EXT. ALLEY - DAY
                                                            
Mike walks down an alley. He sees Boo appear from behind a
trash can.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo!
                                                            
Boo looks at Mike and runs away.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo! Wait! I didn't shoot at
you!
                                                            
Mike chases after her. She runs out the alley and zooms
across a street. Cars barely miss her. Mike watches her
disappear down another alley.
                                                            
 

70.

EXT. PARK - DAY
                                                            
Boo runs through a park. She PANTS under a tree. A park
ranger with a large butterfly net creeps up behind her. The
park ranger steps on dry leaves. CRUNCH. Boo sees the park
ranger and zips off.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Mike catches a glimpse of a blur out of the corner of his
eye. He sees Boo dart through the park. He GASES it
through a parking lot, up a curb cutout, and into the park.
                                                            
The car bounces on the uneven terrain, flies by Boo, and
SCREECHES to a stop. Mike leans over and pushes the door
open.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo! Get in!
                                                            
Boo stops near the car and studies Mike.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I wasn't trying to hold you down
in the pen.
                                                            
A pickup loaded with bounty hunters SCREECHES to a halt near
Mike's car. Boo takes off. The bounty hunters jump out
and FIRE their rifles at Boo. Boo bolts across a street.
                                                            
 
EXT. PET STORE - NIGHT
                                                            
Boo SNIFFS the air. She looks through the front window and
sees a pen full of puppies.
                                                            
An employee feeds the puppies. Boos tongue hangs out. Boo
spots a display of dog food bags. A customer exits. Boo
creeps inside.
                                                            
 
INT. PET STORE - NIGHT
                                                            
Boo slips by the front counter. She hops into the puppy pen
and eats the food in the dish.
                                                            
Boo hops out of the pen. She ducks behind a display of dog
food.
                                                            
The employee walks by the puppy pen and is surprised to see
the empty bowl. She refills the bowl.
                                                            

71.

Boo pulls down one of the dog food bags. She places a large
bone on top.
                                                            
Boo waits for a customer to buy items and leave. She drags
the bag with her mouth and exits the store behind the
customer.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARK - NIGHT
                                                            
The dog food bag is open. Boo shares her food with several
homeless dogs.
                                                            
Boo deposits the empty dog food bag in a trash can. She
lies down under a bench.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARK - DAY
                                                            
A police car patrols nearby. Boo crosses a street lined
with her wanted posters.
                                                            
 
EXT. SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
Boo hides in bushes along the school's perimeter fence.
Students arrive on campus.
                                                            
Boo observes a boy grab a fistful of a smaller boy's shirt.
The bigger boy pushes the smaller boy down.
                                                            
Boo dashes to the two boys. She stands between them and
BARKS at the bigger boy. The bigger boy backs down. Boo
nudges the smaller boy who gets up and pets her.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Boo spots a slow, approaching patrol car. She races to a
giant wall mural of police officers with their police dogs.
                                                            
Boo stands still to mix in with the mural. The patrol car
passes.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Mike drives with the windows down keeping an eye peeled for
Boo. He sees a pickup truck with armed bounty hunters
chasing a German shepherd. Mike joins the chase.
                                                            

72.

A bounty hunter in the bed of the pickup aims a rifle at the
tiring dog. He FIRES. A dart lodges in the hind quarters
of the dog. The men jump out of the pickup and hustle over
to the fallen animal.
                                                            
A panicked Mike SLAMS on his brakes and rushes toward the
dog. He sees the German shepherd is not Boo. He hustles to
his car and drives off.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Mike sees a German shepherd trot along a chain link fence.
As he drives closer, he sees it is Boo.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo!
                                                            
Mike get out of his car and cautiously approaches Boo. Boo
backs off and crawls under the fence.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Wait!
                                                            
He moves closer. Boo edges farther away.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I know you're innocent. I know
you were just trying to protect
me.
                                                            
Boo turns and runs away.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo! Wait!
                                                            
 
EXT. CARTER'S STREET - DAY
                                                            
Boo SNIFFS her way along the residential street.
                                                            
Carter sits on his front porch stairs. He watches Boo
arrive at the end of the cul-de-sac. Carter observes Boo
enter the forest.
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
Boo SNIFFS her way through the woods.
                                                            
 

73.

EXT. FOREST - NIGHT
                                                            
Boo looks over the city lights from a hilltop. The wind
RUSTLES through the tops of the pine trees. An owl HOOTS.
Boo lies down with her head on her front paws. A coyote
HOWLS in the distance.
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
Boo walks cautiously. She HEARS a sound. She hides behind
bushes. Peter walks by. Boo creeps behind him from a
distance.
                                                            
SLUSHY BANDIT HIDEOUT
                                                            
Carved into a pine tree is "MTN. LION ATTACKS." John uses a
knife to carve a tally mark next to several other tally
marks. His face is severely scratched. He joins Tim who
roasts marshmallows at a campfire.
                                                            
Peter arrives at The Slushy Bandits' hideout. Boo spies on
the men from behind bushes.
                                                            
Peter notices the campfire smoke rising above the treetops.
                                                            
                       PETER
Are you trying to get caught?
                                                            
He grabs a coffee pitcher and DOUSES the campfire.
                                                            
                       PETER
I heard you a hundred yards away.
                                                            
Boo sees Tim remove an envelope from the hole.
                                                            
                       PETER
I'm surprised you've pulled this
off for so long.
                                                            
Tim hands Peter the envelope. Peter thumbs through the
enclosed bills.
                                                            
                       PETER
From now on I'm taking half.
                                                            
Peter takes a bag out of the hole, opens it, and drops the
envelope inside.
                                                            
                       TIM
But--
                                                            
Peter gets up in Tim's face.
                                                            

74.

                       PETER
Don't ever do another job without
telling me, or I'll have you
arrested!
                                                            
Peter gazes around the hideout.
                                                            
                       PETER
How did you clowns ever come up
with such an ingenious idea?
                                                            
He leaves with the bag.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
From behind a tree, Boo watches Peter get into his car and
leave.
                                                            
Boo sees Carter on his front porch eating a sandwich. She
meanders over and sits in front of Carter's house.
                                                            
Boo's tongue drips saliva. Carter taps the end of his
chair.
                                                            
                       CARTER
Come here, doggie.
                                                            
Boo runs up the stairs to Carter. Carter tears off a chunk
of his sandwich and feeds it to Boo who gulps it down in one
bite.
                                                            
 
INT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY
                                                            
Several officers interview customers. Cindy writes on a pad
of paper as she interviews a store employee.
                                                            
                       CINDY
How much did they get?
                                                            
Peter helps himself to a slushy drink. King sniffs up and
down the aisles.
                                                            
Peter sees Mike enter.
                                                            
                       PETER
What are you doing here?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thought I'd pick up some things.
                                                            

75.

                       PETER
They don't sell mascara here.
                                                            
Cindy watches Peter approach Mike.
                                                            
Mike and Peter are inches apart.
                                                            
                       PETER
Just a matter of time before I
find your dog.
                                                            
Cindy jumps in between Peter and Mike. She pulls Mike
aside.
                                                            
Mike watches Peter cross out the words "OR ALIVE" on a "BOO
WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE" poster.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Any luck with Boo?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No.
                                                            
Mike watches an officer fingerprint the store employee. He
lights up.
                                                            
                       MIKE
That's it!
                                                            
                       CINDY
What?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo smelled Ricky and The Slushy
Bandits at the sand dunes!
                                                            
                       CINDY
So.
                                                            
                       MIKE
The other dogs couldn't get The
Slushy Bandits scent because of
all the store scents.
                                                            
                       CINDY
So if Boo eliminates Ricky's scent
she's left with The Slushy
Bandits' scent.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo's the only one that can catch
The Slushy Bandits! Let's tell
the captain.
                                                            

76.

                       CINDY
I don't know. He doesn't like
Boo.
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL - DAY
                                                            
Mike walks down a newly-buffed hallway.
                                                            
RICKY'S ROOM
                                                            
Ricky sits up in bed. His parents are at his bedside. Mike
enters with a wrapped present.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I heard he woke up.
                                                            
                       RICKY
Who are you?
                                                            
                       PAUL
He's the officer we told you
about...the dog's owner.
                                                            
Mike sets the present on the table next to Ricky.
                                                            
                       MIKE
How are you, Ricky?
                                                            
                       RICKY
The doctor says I'll be fine.
                                                            
                       JACKIE
He doesn't remember anything about
the attack.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Maybe if we took him back to the
sand dunes he'd remember.
                                                            
                       JACKIE
So he can have nightmares?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo is the only one that can catch
The Slushy Bandits. They're gonna
kill her if we don't find her
soon.
                                                            
                       PAUL
I understand, but--
                                                            

77.

                       RICKY
I'll go, mister. I don't want
them to kill your dog.
                                                            
 
EXT. SAND DUNE - DAY
                                                            
Mike, Cindy, Ricky, and Ricky's parents stand where Boo
attacked Ricky.
                                                            
                       RICKY
I remember walking to you with the
gun.
                                                            
                       MIKE
And I told you to drop the gun,
because I knew Boo was gonna get
you if you didn't.
                                                            
                       RICKY
That's where I forget.
                                                            
                       JACKIE
Can't you see? He doesn't
remember.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Maybe we ought to go.
                                                            
The group heads up the sand dune. Ricky stops, turns, and
looks down at the site of the attack. He stares across at
the hilltop.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Do you remember something?
                                                            
                       RICKY
There was a dog barking...a police
dog like Boo.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Where?
                                                            
                       RICKY
Over there.
                                                            
He points at the hilltop.
                                                            
                       RICKY
And a policeman.
                                                            

78.

                       MIKE
You saw a policeman and a police
dog over there?
                                                            
                       RICKY
Yeah. I thought he was going to
help you, but he didn't. So I ran
down--
                                                            
                       MIKE
And you sprayed the bad men. I
could hear you spraying them. I
heard the dog barking, but I
thought it was Boo.
                                                            
                       RICKY
That's all I remember.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Thank you very much, Ricky. We'll
contact you if we have any
questions.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Thank you, officers.
                                                            
The Jensons leave. Mike and Cindy head down the sand dune.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Why would Peter do this?
                                                            
                       MIKE
He wants to win at any cost.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Even if it means an officer gets
hurt?
                                                            
                       MIKE
It doesn't make any sense.
                                                            
Mike and Cindy pass the attack site and climb up to the
hilltop. They freeze when they get to the top.
                                                            
Mike and Cindy bend down to get a good look at car tire and
animal tracks.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Cindy surrounds some of the tracks with rectangular frames.
Mike pours a plaster mixture into the frames.
                                                            
 

79.

INT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT
                                                            
Peter RUMMAGES through Cindy's desk drawers. He pulls out a
large manila envelope marked "EVIDENCE." He pulls out the
tire track plaster casts. He closes the drawers and walks
away with the plaster casts.
                                                            
 
EXT. SUPERMARKET - NIGHT
                                                            
A blacked out car is in the back loading area. Peter drops
the plaster casts on the ground causing them to BREAK. He
tosses the pieces into a large, commercial dumpster.
                                                            
 
EXT. MOLITOR RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
Cindy KNOCKS on the front door which has been pelted with
eggs. A pickup truck with several gun-wielding men drives
by. Eggs SMASH against the door. Mike opens the door.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Mike drives while Cindy sits shotgun. Both look out the
windows.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Peter wants Boo dead because she
knows who The Slushy Bandits are
and he doesn't want me to catch
them.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Where do you think Boo may've
gone?
                                                            
 
EXT. CARTER'S STREET - DAY
                                                            
From his front porch, Carter watches Mike and Cindy get out
of their car.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Boo traced a scent to about here,
then the captain called and we had
to leave.
                                                            
                       CINDY
You think The Slushy Bandits live
in one of these houses?
                                                            

80.

                       MIKE
Maybe. Let's see what this kid
knows.
                                                            
They walk up the steps to the front porch. Mike notices a
bowl of meat next to Carter's rocker.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hi. Have you seen this dog?
                                                            
Mike shows Carter a wanted poster of Boo. Carter squirms in
the rocker. He looks at the bowl.
                                                            
                       CARTER
No.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Do you have a dog?
                                                            
                       CARTER
No.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Then why do you have a bowl?
Aren't you afraid of attracting
coyotes?
                                                            
Carter shrugs his shoulders.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You've been feeding my dog,
haven't you?
                                                            
                       CARTER
It's your dog? Are you the
police?
                                                            
                       CINDY
Yes.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'm trying to save her before
someone kills her.
                                                            
Carter's eyes moisten.
                                                            
                       CARTER
I know she's a good dog, because
she let me pet her.
                                                            
Cindy hugs Carter.
                                                            

81.

                       MIKE
Where's she now?
                                                            
                       CARTER
I don't know. Sometimes, she eats
here.
                                                            
Cindy shows Carter surveillance camera photos of The Slushy
Bandits.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Do these men live around here?
                                                            
Carter takes a look.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Picture them without the hats,
hair, and sunglasses.
                                                            
                       CARTER
They don't live in a house, they
live in there.
                                                            
He points to the forest.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Are you sure?
                                                            
Cindy points at the paper.
                                                            
                       CINDY
These two men, right here?
                                                            
                       CARTER
Yup. I here them say their names.
One's Tim, one's John.
                                                            
Cindy whips out a pen and paper and writes.
                                                            
                       CARTER
Are you sure you're the police?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yes.
                                                            
Cindy reaches for her radio.
                                                            
                       CARTER
There was a policeman here with a
police dog.
                                                            

82.

                       MIKE
That was me. I look different in
my uniform.
                                                            
Carter shakes his head. Cindy is about to speak into her
radio.
                                                            
                       CARTER
This policeman was bigger than
you.
                                                            
Mike covers Cindy's radio with his hand.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What did he do?
                                                            
                       CARTER
He went in there.
                                                            
Carter points at the forest.
                                                            
                       MIKE
The policeman went into the woods
with his dog?
                                                            
Carter nods his head.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What's your name?
                                                            
                       CARTER
Carter.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Thank you, Carter. You've been a
big help.
                                                            
Mike and Cindy head toward the forest.
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Cindy scan the ground as they hike through the
forest.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hey!
                                                            
Mike points at tennis shoe tracks.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Two men.
                                                            

83.

                       MIKE
Dog tracks! Maybe they're Boo's!
                                                            
Cindy inspects them closer.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Those aren't dog tracks, they're
mountain lion tracks!
                                                            
A huge mountain lion leaps out from behind a bush. It
HISSES at Mike and Cindy exposing it's large, sharp teeth.
Mike steps in front of Cindy as the big cat creeps closer.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Try to appear bigger!
                                                            
The two stretch out their jackets over their heads. The cat
closes in without taking its eyes off them. It lowers its
body as it prepares to pounce.
                                                            
Boo jumps in between Mike and the mountain lion, with
frightening, DEEP BARKS. Mike picks up a stick. Boo's hair
stands straight up as she gets up in the mountain lion's
face.
                                                            
The mountain lion darts up a tree. Mike and Cindy hug and
pet Boo.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thanks, Boo! You saved us!
                                                            
                       CINDY
Good girl!
                                                            
Cindy and Boo continue on.
                                                            
Mike eyes the mountain lion in the tree. He lets out a
mountain lion ROAR. The big cat ROARS back. Mike runs like
a scared rabbit to Cindy and Boo.
                                                            
Boo coaxes Mike and Cindy to keep moving by running ahead of
them, stopping and turning around, and then running forward
again. Mike and Cindy GULP air as they try to keep up.
                                                            
                       MIKE
We should've trained with her on
the obstacle course.
                                                            
Boo slows down. She sneaks up behind bushes. Mike and
Cindy peer through the bushes at Tim and John's hideout.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Bingo.
                                                            

84.

Cindy points at a slushy drink cup with its clear, bubble
top.
                                                            
                       CINDY
It's gotta be theirs.
                                                            
They slip through the bushes and enter the campsite. Boo
runs to the covered hole and sits like a bomb-sniffing dog
that's discovered explosives.
                                                            
Mike uses a cloth to remove the rock and plywood. He
carefully pulls out the white, canvas bags.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Holy smokes. Look at this.
                                                            
                       CINDY
It's The Slushy Bandits alright.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Good girl, Boo. Peter and King
must not have come this far.
                                                            
Cindy lays out some of the stolen goods on a towel. She
snaps pictures of the items, campsite, and disguises.
                                                            
                       MIKE
My parents are going to get their
money back and be able to pay off
their debts!
                                                            
                       CINDY
Not yet.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What?
                                                            
                       CINDY
We gotta make this case
bulletproof.
                                                            
Cindy uses her cloth to put watches, money, and the
disguises back into the canvas bags.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Put everything back exactly how
you found it.
                                                            
Mike uses the cloth to put back the bags into the hole. He
replaces the plywood and rock.
                                                            
 

85.

INT. MOLITOR HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Mike, Cindy, and Boo enter through the interior garage door
and are met by Steve and Geri.
                                                            
                       GERI
Where was she?
                                                            
Mike hustles over to a giant sliding glass door and hastily
closes the drapes. Steve and Geri pet Boo.
                                                            
                       MIKE
In the forest. She found The
Slushy Bandits hideout! We saw
the stolen money!
                                                            
                       CINDY
There's still a lot of loot left.
                                                            
                       MIKE
We're still going to have to hide
Boo for a while.
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Cindy place video cameras in trees and bushes
surrounding The Slushy Bandits' campsite. They leave.
                                                            
A squirrel chases another squirrel up a tree and KNOCKS one
of the cameras out of alignment.
                                                            
 
INT. MOLITOR RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Cindy keep an eye on several split screen monitors
which show different angles of The Slushy Bandits' hideout.
Three figures enter the hideout.
                                                            
                       MIKE
There they are!
                                                            
                       CINDY
Three of them! We always thought
there were only two.
                                                            
Mike points at the monitor.
                                                            
                       MIKE
There's the tall, skinny one and
the shorter one. Zoom in on the
third guy.
                                                            

86.

Cindy hits a few buttons on her keyboard. A closeup of the
third bandit comes into focus.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Peter!
                                                            
                       CINDY
Oh my gosh! We need to get him on
tape with the loot!
                                                            
                       MIKE
Isn't this good enough?
                                                            
                       CINDY
His attorney could say he traced
The Slushy Bandits to this
location and was questioning them.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Or he was just walking by and
happened to run into them.
                                                            
Peter walks in the direction of the loot hole. He walks out
of the frame and is not on any of the monitors.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What happened to our shot of the
loot hole?
                                                            
                       CINDY
You've gotta be kidding me!
                                                            
                       MIKE
Maybe the wind knocked it down.
                                                            
Peter walks back in the shot with an envelope which he
promptly pockets.
                                                            
                       MIKE
We've got him pocketing an
envelope!
                                                            
                       CINDY
His attorney could say he saw
litter on the ground so he picked
it up.
                                                            
                       MIKE
And the hole with all the loot?
                                                            

87.

                       CINDY
It's far enough away from the
campsite. They didn't even know
it was there.
                                                            
Mike studies The Slushy Bandits.
                                                            
                       MIKE
The other two guys are his uncles!
I remember them from school! That
should make this bulletproof.
                                                            
                       CINDY
They went camping together for the
day.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I can't believe this! There's
gotta be something we can do.
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
Peter plays computer games at his empty desk. Steve enters
wearing a suit and eyeglasses. Steve and Cindy meet in
front of Peter's desk.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Excuse me. I'm looking for
Officer Molitor.
                                                            
Peter stops playing games and listens in.
                                                            
                       CINDY
He's not here.
                                                            
                       STEVE
I'm Mr. Barker from the bank.
Could you tell him his family's
loan was approved and per his
father's request we'll be dropping
off twenty-five thousand in cash
to their store tomorrow at noon?
                                                            
Peter is surprised.
                                                            
                       CINDY
I'll be sure to let him know.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Thanks.
                                                            
Steve leaves.
                                                            
 

88.

EXT. WAL-MART PARKING LOT - DAY
                                                            
Mike's personal car rests in the packed lot.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S PERSONAL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Boo lies on the back floor. A portable police band radio is
on the passenger seat.
                                                            
Mike spots Peter driving down his aisle. He ducks down. Mike
HEARS the car go by. He slowly rises up with his cell phone
to his ear.
                                                            
Mike watches Peter park facing the Molitor store across the
street.
                                                            
                       MIKE
He's here. Send in my Dad.
                                                            
                       CINDY (V.O.)
Ten-four.
                                                            
Mike uses binoculars to watch Peter.
                                                            
 
EXT. PETER'S PERSONAL CAR - DAY
                                                            
Peter watches Steve pull in front of the Molitor store and
park. Steve exits his car wearing eyeglasses and a suit. He
enters the store carrying a briefcase.
                                                            
Peter drives off. Mike watches Cindy trail Peter in an
unmarked car.
                                                            
 
INT. CINDY'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Peter exits his vehicle. He holds a cell phone to his ear.
indy speaks into her police radio.
                                                            
                       CINDY
This is where a lot of the other
calls were made from.
                                                            
Cindy parks a distance away facing Peter's car. Peter
punches numbers on a pay phone.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Our subject is in the twenty-three
hundred block of Kudlow.
                                                            

89.

                       POLICE DISPATCHER (V.O.)
Copy, twenty-three hundred of
Kudlow.
                                                            
Cindy SNAPS pictures of Peter. She HEARS the police
dispatch telephone RING in the background.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Game on!
                                                            
 
EXT. PAY PHONE - DAY
                                                            
Peter speaks into the pay phone.
                                                            
                       PETER
There are several masked men with
shotguns inside the bank at Culver
and Yale. Send all your officers,
and hurry!
                                                            
He hangs up and puts his cell phone to his ear.
                               &n