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Sleeper Cell (TV Pilot)
by Rick McCormick (rickmick_99@yahoo.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review: ****
An Iraqi, whose family was killed by U.S. soldiers, must help the F.B.I. find the sleeper cell of terrorists from the fifth 9-11 plane before they can attack the U.S.


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FADE IN:

EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
SUPER - AL KAZIMIYAH, IRAQ, 1998
                                                            
A dusty, bustling street loaded with merchants, HONKING
cars, trucks, and buses.
                                                            
Men drive the cars while women sit in the back seats.
                                                            
A POLICEMAN spots a GIRL with a shock of hair sticking out
from her headscarf. The policeman points at the girl's
hair. The girl quickly tucks the hair under her headscarf.
                                                            
 
INT. BUS - DAY
                                                            
A crowded, filthy bus. WAFA AHMED ALI (27), statuesque,
proud, observant, analytical, reserved but at times
explosive, is dressed head to toe in traditional black
Muslim clothing.
                                                            
Wafa and other women stand holding the strap handles while
the men get to sit.
                                                            
Wafa looks out the bus window. She sees a man scolding a
woman. The man pulls the woman by the arm down the street.
                                                            
MUSLIM BOY (15), arrogant, macho attitude, gets on the bus.
He spots ELDERLY LADY (75), fragile, sitting.
                                                            
                       MUSLIM BOY
      (in Arabic)
Come on. Let's go, grandma.
                                                            
He tries to lift her out of her seat. Wafa watches Elderly
Lady struggle.
                                                            
Wafa shoves Muslim Boy down. She takes a perfect karate
stance.
                                                            
Muslim Boy springs to his feet. The anger cuts deep lines
into his face. Muslim Boy ponders Wafa. Finally, he takes
hold of a strap handle.
                                                            
Many women, including Elderly Lady, smile at Wafa.
                                                            
A POLICEMAN (40), large, gets out of his seat. He pushes
Wafa down. Wafa gets up. The policeman drags her to the
front of the bus.
                                                            

2.

                       POLICEMAN
      (To the bus driver)
Open the door.
                                                            
The BUS DRIVER opens the door. The policeman pushes Wafa
off the bus.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUS - DAY
                                                            
Wafa lands on the ground. She sees the bus passengers
staring out the windows at her. The bus leaves.
                                                            
 
EXT. SKY - DAY
                                                            
Two American AH-64 Apache helicopters fly side by side.
                                                            
 
EXT. DIRT ROAD - DAY
                                                            
Wafa saunters past the desolate landscape.
                                                            
The distinct SOUND of approaching helicopters.
                                                            
Wafa looks wild eyed to the sky. She takes off toward an
isolated house in the distance.
                                                            
The two helicopters fly past Wafa and close in on the house.
                                                            
 
INT. APACHE HELICOPTER - DAY
                                                            
APACHE PILOT (28), nonchalantly flips toggle switches and
punches in coordinates.
                                                            
A radio CRACKLES to life.
                                                            
                       COMMANDER (V.O.)
Yankee Whiskey Niner Niner, you're
clear to go.
                                                            
On a screen, cross hairs lock onto a structure.
                                                            
                       APACHE PILOT
Copy that, Yankee Whiskey Niner
Niner clear to go.
                                                            
A finger flips open a lid exposing a button. The finger
pushes the button.
                                                            
 

3.

EXT. DIRT ROAD - DAY
                                                            
Wafa HEARS a LOUD SCREECH. She watches a smart bomb shoot
down to earth and EXPLODE into the house.
                                                            
Wafa GASPS. She sprints to the heavily damaged, burning
house.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Mama! Poppa!
                                                            
 
INT. WAFA'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Wafa stumbles over fallen bricks and rubble. She COUGHS
from the heavy smoke.
                                                            
The flames light Wafa's face as she scours through the
rubble. There are several machine guns and boxes of
ammunition.
                                                            
Wafa spots three blood-soaked bodies.
                                                            
                       WAFA
No!
                                                            
She cries uncontrollably as she hugs her mother.
                                                            
                       WAFA
      (in Arabic)
I told you! I told you!
                                                            
Wafa sees a machine gun. She repeatedly SMASHES it against
the rubble until she falls down, exhausted.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
                                                            
SUPER - SIX MONTHS LATER
                                                            
The distinctive architectural minaret features of Islamic
mosques are silhouetted against a starry sky. Islamic
prayer music WAILS from loud speakers.
                                                            
 
INT. WAFA'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
The bombed-out structure looks like something a ten-year-old
with zero patience slapped together.
                                                            
The Islamic prayer alarm WAILS in the distance as
cockroaches scurry across the floor.
                                                            

4.

A filthy dog enters through one of the numerous openings
that worn plywood can't block. It sniffs around and leaves.
Wafa (28), sleeps among piles of bricks.
                                                            
Wafa yawns and stretches. A worn family photo of her with
her parents and brother stands against a rock.
                                                            
Wafa sees a rat. She picks up a rock and heaves it at the
rat. The rat doesn't even flinch.
                                                            
Wafa slides out from a dirty blanket. She is covered from
shoulder to toe in traditional, black Muslim clothing.
                                                            
Wafa unfolds a prayer rug. She kneels down and prays. Her
eyes well up with tears.
                                                            
                       WAFA
      (in Arabic)
O God, forgive them and have mercy
on them. Admit them to Paradise
and protect them from the torment
of the grave and the torment of
hellfire. Make their graves
spacious and fill them with light.
                                                            
Wafa rolls up the prayer rug.
                                                            
Wafa pours dirt and water into a bucket. She uses a stick
to mix the mud paste.
                                                            
Wafa scoops out some mud and spreads it over a mud brick.
She places the brick at an opening in the house. Wafa places
another brick on top. She spreads mud on top of that brick.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Wafa slops the mud paste on the now sealed opening. She
wipes her hands. Wafa covers her head and face with a black
veil so only her eyes show. She leaves.
                                                            
 
EXT. DIRT ROAD - DAY
                                                            
Wafa saunters past a destroyed bridge and crumbled
buildings. U.S. jet fighters zip across the sky. She
covers her ears from the ROAR of the jets. A plume of smoke
in the distance barely draws her attention.
                                                            
Wafa sees U.S. soldiers question and frisk Iraqi men.
                                                            
U.S. military vehicles pass Wafa. Soldiers WHISTLE at her.
                                                            

5.

Wafa approaches a checkpoint manned by armed U.S. soldiers,
including JOHN (27), strong, watchful, who sees Wafa
approach.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Black moving object.
                                                            
A female soldier, CHRISTIE (22), observant, waits for Wafa.
                                                            
                       CHRISTIE
Hands out.
                                                            
Wafa gawks at Christie's gun.
                                                            
Christie illustrates by lifting her hands out from her
sides. Wafa stares at Christie. She finally lifts her
hands out. Christie pats Wafa down for weapons.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Damn Americans.
                                                            
                       CHRISTIE
Maybe if you weren't killing
everyone we wouldn't be here.
                                                            
Wafa notices YOUNG MAN (20), peeking over some bushes at
her. She continues on.
                                                            
 
INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY
                                                            
Several pot-bellied, elderly men in thobes smoke from large,
hookah water pipes.
                                                            
Wafa enters and walks behind the counter. She puts on an
apron as she kisses her uncle, HASHIM ALI (45), relaxed,
affectionate, on the cheek.
                                                            
                       HASHIM
You have a home delivery.
                                                            
He hands her a sheet of paper. Wafa reads the paper.
                                                            
                       WAFA
You let Mr. Maloof order pizza?
                                                            
                       HASHIM
He doesn't want to get well, Wafa.
I wish you'd stay at my place
instead of--
                                                            
                       WAFA
No thanks, Uncle Hashim.
                                                            

6.

                       HASHIM
Then stay here. You can set up in
back.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I wanna meet people my age.
                                                            
                       HASHIM
You'd meet people your age.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Yeah, Americans.
                                                            
A staticky, black and white TV plays news of U.S. tanks
rolling through the desert with oil fields on fire.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Damn Americans.
                                                            
                       HASHIM
Don't say that, Wafa.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Animals.
                                                            
                       HASHIM
I'm sure that's what they think of
us. Americans are just like us.
There are good ones and bad ones.
                                                            
Wafa sees several men out front laughing and smoking. The
laughter suddenly stops when a U.S. military Humvee parks.
                                                            
Car doors SLAM. Armed U.S. soldiers keep watch out front.
                                                            
The soldiers enter. The coffee shop goes quiet.
                                                            
Wafa watches the soldiers enter and approach her. Hashim
watches Wafa turn her back on the soldiers and disappear
into a back room. He serves the soldiers.
                                                            
 
INT. WAFA'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Wafa sleeps among the rubble. A rat scavenges for food. The
Muslim prayer alarm BLARES in the distance. Wafa yawns and
stretches.
                                                            
Wafa slaps some mud paste onto a brick. She lays the brick
at the base of a hole. She places another brick on top.
                                                            
 

7.

EXT. DIRT ROAD - DAY
                                                            
A sand storm greatly cuts down visibility.
                                                            
Wafa's clothing whips around as she fights the strong wind.
Passing U.S. military vehicles leave her in a cloud of dust.
                                                            
Wafa tries to make out a figure on the road ahead. She
freezes. She sees Young Man quickly digging a hole in the
road.
                                                            
Young Man buries an improvised explosive device (I.E.D.).
Wafa and Young Man lock eyes. Her eyes swell with fear.
Young Man jogs off.
                                                            
Wafa continues on. She looks down at the fresh dirt where
the I.E.D. is buried.
                                                            
 
INT. GUARD SHACK - DAY
                                                            
The U.S. soldiers huddle in the guard shack to avoid the
stinging sand. John sees Wafa approach the checkpoint.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Black moving object.
                                                            
                       CHRISTIE
Great.
                                                            
Christie exits the guard shack.
                                                            
 
EXT. GUARD SHACK - DAY
                                                            
Wafa looks around nervously as she approaches Christie.
                                                            
                       CHRISTIE
Hands out.
                                                            
Wafa lifts her hands out. Christie pats her down.
                                                            
                       CHRISTIE
Okay.
                                                            
Wafa slowly continues on with her chin in her chest. She
stops for what seems to be an eternity. She turns and walks
back to the soldiers.
                                                            
Wafa's hijab flies off her head exposing worry lines cutting
deep into her face. John exits the guard shack and chases
after the hijab.
                                                            

8.

                       WAFA
I...
                                                            
Wafa checks to see if anyone is watching.
                                                            
John hands Wafa her hijab. She puts on her hijab.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I saw someone.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You saw someone?
                                                            
                       WAFA
I saw someone put in the street.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Put what in the street?
                                                            
                       CHRISTIE
What? A bomb?
                                                            
                       WAFA
I don't know. Maybe, yes.
                                                            
                       CHRISTIE
Where?
                                                            
Wafa turns and points. She freezes. Fear floods her eyes
when she sees Young Man in the distance staring at her.
                                                            
John and Christie see Young Man. Young Man takes off. John
and Christie chase after him.
                                                            
John sees a caravan of U.S. military trucks heading toward
the I.E.D.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Keep going!
                                                            
John breaks off from Christie and races toward the I.E.D.
Christie continues the pursuit.
                                                            
John frantically waves his hands at the lead truck.
                                                            
The lead military truck closes in on the I.E.D.
                                                            
The truck narrowly misses the I.E.D.
                                                            
The driver of the second U.S. military truck sees John and
slams on his brakes. The truck stops just short of the
I.E.D. The rest of the trucks skid to a stop.
                                                            

9.

Young Man scales a wall. Christie frustratingly kicks dirt
and gives up the pursuit.
                                                            
 
EXT. DIRT ROAD - DAY
                                                            
From a distance, Wafa, John, and Christie watch BOMB SOLDIER
(25) meticulous, carefully use a tool to prod the ground
around the I.E.D.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Did you see him before?
                                                            
                       WAFA
I don't know.
                                                            
                       CHRISTIE
It's not safe for you to be here.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I go now.
                                                            
Wafa hurries off.
                                                            
                       CHRISTIE
Did you hear me?
                                                            
Bomb Soldier safely extracts the I.E.D.
                                                            
 
INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY
                                                            
The sandstorm makes it dark outside. The coffee shop is
empty of customers.
                                                            
                       WAFA (O.S.)
They ran after him, but didn't get
him.
                                                            
                       HASHIM
You did the right thing.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I don't know.
                                                            
Wafa and Hashim watch sand and tiny pebbles CLINK against
the front window.
                                                            
 
EXT. DIRT ROAD - DAY
                                                            
Christie pats down Wafa. Wafa nervously looks over at where
Young Man was the day before.
                                                            

10.

Wafa continues on. She constantly looks back.
                                                            
Off to the other side, Young Man follows Wafa without her
realizing it.
                                                            
 
INT. COFFEE SHOP - NIGHT
                                                            
Hashim sweeps the floor.
                                                            
 
EXT. COFFEE SHOP - NIGHT
                                                            
A SHADOWY FIGURE stops at the front window. The figure
places a box on the ground near the front doors. The figure
dashes off.
                                                            
The box EXPLODES. The front doors and windows BLAST out.
The coffee shop is quickly engulfed in flames.
                                                            
 
EXT. COFFEE SHOP RUINS - DAY
                                                            
Wafa, John, Christie, and other U.S. soldiers stand in front
of smoldering ashes.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I will go to a new village.
                                                            
                       JOHN
They'll find you.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I do not want to go to America.
                                                            
Wafa, John, Christie, and the other soldiers get into
military vehicles and drive off.
                                                            
 
EXT. WAFA'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
The military vehicles park.
                                                            
John stares at the heavily damaged house. He walks with
Wafa toward her house.
                                                            
                       JOHN
This could fall on you.
                                                            
John spots wires running across the threshold at ankle
level. He grabs Wafa just before she triggers the wires.
Wafa is surprised.
                                                            

11.

                       WAFA
You put there.
                                                            
                       JOHN
No, we didn't. Why would we do
that?
                                                            
                       WAFA
So I go to America.
                                                            
                       JOHN
We didn't know where you live.
                                                            
Wafa tries to inspect the wires. John yanks her back. He
drags her back to the vehicles. Wafa tries to break away.
                                                            
                       JOHN
How many countries have you been
to?
                                                            
                       WAFA
Only Iraq.
                                                            
                       JOHN
But you know all about Americans
and how the world works, don't
you?
                                                            
John signals to Bomb Soldier. Bomb Soldier moves in toward
Wafa's house.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
From a distance, Wafa and John watch Bomb Soldier carefully
clip the trip wires.
                                                            
 
EXT. U.S. MILITARY BASE - DAY
                                                            
An armed guard waves the military vehicles through large
gates.
                                                            
 
INT. U.S. MILITARY BASE OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
John and Christie observe Wafa staring at an American flag
with utter disgust.
                                                            
John holds out paperwork attached to a clipboard. Wafa
stares at the paperwork.
                                                            

12.

                       WAFA
You cannot make me live with those
animals.
                                                            
She pushes the clipboard back at John.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You don't have any family here.
                                                            
                       WAFA
So. I have no family in America.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You will meet people. Americans
are friendly--
                                                            
                       WAFA
America is the Great
Satan...always fighting wars and
killing people.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Am I a bad person? Is Christie a
bad person?
                                                            
                       CHRISTIE
We're protecting you and your
people, Wafa.
                                                            
Wafa ponders this.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Look, it's not easy to get a
special visa from the State
Department, so if this gets ok'd
you oughta take it.
                                                            
                       WAFA
They will see my clotheses. I
will not be safe in America.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You can wear those clothes in
America. Nobody's going to say
anything.
                                                            
Wafa eyes the clipboard.
                                                            
                       JOHN
America may not be as bad as you
think.
                                                            

13.

Wafa slowly takes the clipboard from John. She fills out
the forms.
                                                            
CONFERENCE ROOM
                                                            
An American flag stands in a corner. An uninterested Wafa
has her right hand slightly up as she struggles to recite
the Oath of Citizenship from a sheet of paper to CITIZENSHIP
LADY (50), suit.
                                                            
                       WAFA
...and that I take this obligation
freely without any mental
reservation or purpose of evasion
so help me God.
                                                            
                       CITIZENSHIP LADY
Congratulations! You are now a
United States citizen.
                                                            
Wafa doesn't care. Citizenship Lady shakes Wafa's limp
hand.
                                                            
Citizenship Lady hands Wafa an American flag, a Certificate
of Naturalization, and a U.S. passport. Wafa immediately
stuffs the items into a bag and walks off. Citizenship Lady
gives Wafa a funny look.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPORT - DAY
                                                            
Wafa watches all the bundled up people as she waits for her
luggage at the baggage carousel. She sees children staring
and giggling at her Middle Eastern clothing.
                                                            
 
INT. SUBWAY TRAIN - DAY
                                                            
Wafa stands holding a strap handle. SUBWAY PASSENGER (60),
kind, sees kids giggle at her clothes. Subway Passenger
stands and offers Wafa his seat.
                                                            
                       SUBWAY PASSENGER
Have a seat.
                                                            
Wafa is surprised. She sees passengers staring at her. She
strides to the other end of the car.
                                                            
 
EXT. SUBWAY - DAY
                                                            
Wafa exits the cold, dark, crowded subway. She gets pushed
aside by the torrent of people.
                                                            

14.

The Capitol Building is in the background. Wafa watches the
many well-dressed people go about their busy lives. She
catches several curious people staring back at her.
                                                            
Church bells RING. Wafa looks in the direction of the ring.
She spots a giant cross in front of a church.
                                                            
Wafa passes a fruit stand. Her eyes bug out when she sees
the produce prices.
                                                            
Wafa pulls a city map from her purse and studies it.
PASSERBY (40), considerate, beaming, sees Wafa.
                                                            
                       PASSERBY
Can I help you?
                                                            
Wafa eyeballs Passerby suspiciously. She marches off.
                                                            
Wafa sees uniformed soldiers sightseeing. Anger flashes
across her face.
                                                            
 
INT. BUS - DAY
                                                            
From the bus window, Wafa observes the people, buildings,
and snow on the ground.
                                                            
 
EXT. SIDEWALK - NIGHT
                                                            
The nasty patchwork of street has gone to ruin.
                                                            
Wafa shivers as she drags her wheel-less luggage along the
broken sidewalk. She checks the addresses on each
weather-worn apartment building she passes.
                                                            
Wafa stops in front of a small building that's twenty years
overdue for a paint job. She checks a slip of paper. She
heads up the walkway.
                                                            
 
INT. WAFA'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
                                                            
The window blinds are down, making it dark. Paint peels
from the bare walls. A couch and a small table are the only
pieces of furniture.
                                                            
Wafa drags in her bags. Her eyes are filled with tears.
Wafa lies down on the couch in the fetal position. She
sobs.
                                                            
 

15.

EXT. WAFA'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
Wafa scrubs her dirty door. Her next door neighbor KAREN
DOUGLAS (40), amiable, always smiling, exits her door with a
plate of cookies.
                                                            
                       KAREN DOUGLAS
Hi! I'm Karen Douglas. I saw you
arrive with your bags last night.
                                                            
Karen hands the plate of cookies to a surprised Wafa.
                                                            
                       KAREN DOUGLAS
These are for you. Well, let me
know if you need anything.
                                                            
Karen heads back to her place.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I am Wafa.
                                                            
                       KAREN DOUGLAS
Nice to meet you, Wafa.
                                                            
 
INT. GOVERNMENT OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Wafa fills out endless forms among needy people in a large
waiting room. People fan themselves to keep cool. LADY AT
THE WINDOW, (50), done it a million times, calls out.
                                                            
                       LADY AT THE WINDOW
One-fifty-three!
                                                            
Wafa heads to the window.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Wafa signs a paper and slides it under the partition window.
Lady At The Window slides a welfare debit card under the
window to Wafa.
                                                            
                       WAFA
What is this?
                                                            
                       LADY AT THE WINDOW
It's money. You buy food with it.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I do not want your country's
money. I want work.
                                                            

16.

                       LADY AT THE WINDOW
You speak Arabic, right?
                                                            
                       WAFA
Yes.
                                                            
                       LADY AT THE WINDOW
The U.N., C.I.A., and F.B.I. are
always looking for Arabic
translators.
                                                            
                       WAFA
When must I pay back?
                                                            
                       LADY AT THE WINDOW
You don't pay us back.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I will pay back.
                                                            
Lady At The Window watches Wafa leave.
                                                            
 
INT. DMV - DAY
                                                            
Wafa enters. The lines are out the door. A LADY at the
information desk checks Wafa's papers, then points to a
line. Wafa strolls to the end of the line.
                                                            
 
EXT. DMV - DAY
                                                            
Wafa waits in her beat up clunker.
                                                            
 
INT. WAFA'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
OLD MAN (65), cranky, worn catcher mitt face, gets into
Wafa's car. He is stunned to see her in Middle Eastern
clothing from head to toe.
                                                            
                       OLD MAN
How do you expect to see with that
veil on?
                                                            
Old Man fills out paperwork. Wafa looks around.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Is a lady coming?
                                                            
                       OLD MAN
No. Should there be?
                                                            

17.

                       WAFA
Can a woman give me the test?
                                                            
                       OLD MAN
No. Now will you drive?
                                                            
                       WAFA
Can a woman come?
                                                            
                       OLD MAN
Do you want a license, or not?
                                                            
 
EXT. DMV - DAY
                                                            
Wafa's car returns. Wafa drives with Old Man riding shotgun
and a female DMV employee in the back seat.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Wafa's car belches lots of smoke as it weaves slowly down
the street. Cars speed past and HONK.
                                                            
 
INT. WAFA'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
A pickup truck with U.S. soldiers passes Wafa. She spits
out her window at the truck.
                                                            
Wafa approaches an intersection. She sees HISPANIC MAN
(50), friendly, needy, selling bags of oranges on the
corner. Wafa rolls up her window.
                                                            
Hispanic Man holds out a bag of oranges. Wafa ignores him.
                                                            
Wafa sees a man jogging with no shirt on. She looks away
and uses her hand to shield her eyes from him.
                                                            
Wafa checks her rear view mirror. A police car trails her
with flashing lights.
                                                            
                       WAFA
No! Please, God! No.
                                                            
Wafa and the police car pull to the side of the road.
                                                            
Wafa rolls down her window.
                                                            
PAUL FRASOR (28), giving, considerate, strong, strides
alongside Wafa's bucket of bolts.
                                                            

18.

                       PAUL
May I see your license,
registration, and proof of
insurance, please?
                                                            
Wafa pulls out a sheet of paper from her purse and slaps it
in Paul's hand.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Will the car start again if you
turn it off?
                                                            
Wafa turns the car off. Paul copies down Wafa's driver's
license information onto a ticket form.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Just got your license, Miss Ali?
                                                            
                       WAFA
Yes.
                                                            
                       PAUL
The reason I stopped you is
because your car is smoking and
you're missing a brake light.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I do not have money to pay you!
                                                            
                       PAUL
You don't pay me, Miss Ali.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Everything costs too much here!
                                                            
Paul sees torn upholstery and dirty windows.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Are you new to America?
                                                            
                       WAFA
Yes.
                                                            
Paul pockets the ticket. He pulls out a notebook and writes
in it.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Are you working?
                                                            
                       WAFA
No, I am looking for work.
                                                            

19.

                       PAUL
Sign here.
                                                            
Wafa signs the notebook.
                                                            
                       PAUL
This is called a fix-it ticket.
                                                            
Paul tears off a sheet and hands it to Wafa.
                                                            
                       PAUL
You have fourteen days to fix your
car, Miss Ali.
                                                            
Paul leaves.
                                                            
Wafa rests her head on the steering wheel and sobs.
                                                            
 
INT. WAFA'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
                                                            
Wafa enters. Her eyes are filled with tears. Wafa lies
down on the couch in the fetal position. She sobs.
                                                            
 
EXT. WAFA'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
Paul checks his notebook. He rings the doorbell.
                                                            
Wafa, dressed in Muslim clothing, but without the veil
covering her face, opens the door slightly.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I have no money, but I--
                                                            
                       PAUL
I'm not here for money. This is
for you.
                                                            
The door opens a little more. Paul sees her apartment is
nearly empty. He likes what he sees in Wafa. He hands her
a booklet.
                                                            
                       PAUL
It's the driving rules.
                                                            
                       WAFA
How much is it?
                                                            
                       PAUL
It's free.
                                                            
Wafa pops her head out to see if anyone is watching.
                                                            

20.

                       PAUL
Can I come in?
                                                            
Wafa freezes. She sees his gun on his hip.
                                                            
                       WAFA
We are not married.
                                                            
                       PAUL
I know. I just wanted--
                                                            
                       WAFA
I cannot let you in. God is
watching. I do not want to be
punished.
                                                            
                       PAUL
I just wanted to see how you were
doing.
                                                            
Wafa opens the door a little wider.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I have not found work.
                                                            
                       PAUL
I've got a friend who might be
able to get you a job.
                                                            
                       WAFA
What would I do?
                                                            
                       PAUL
Translate Arabic for the F.B.I.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Why do they need translators?
                                                            
                       PAUL
To understand messages from
terrorists. My friend's always
saying they don't have enough--
                                                            
                       WAFA
Mr. policeman--
                                                            
                       PAUL
Call me Paul.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Mr. Paul, my people are not the
problem. I saw the problems
Americans did in my country.
                                                            

21.

                       PAUL
Miss Ali--
                                                            
                       WAFA
The Americans tried to bomb a
terrorist's house, but they bombed
our house.
                                                            
Paul is shocked.
                                                            
                       WAFA
They killed my momma, poppa, and
brother!
                                                            
                       PAUL
I'm sorry. I should go.
                                                            
Paul leaves.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Wait.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Paul and Wafa drink tea outside her front door.
                                                            
                       WAFA
...so they got me a special visa
and now I am here.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Let's take a look at your car.
                                                            
MONTAGE - PAUL HELPS FIX WAFA'S CAR.
                                                            
- Paul replaces the brake light.

- Paul goes over the driving rules booklet with Wafa as they
wait at a tune-up shop.

- Paul and Wafa wait at a smog check shop.

- Wafa watches in amazement as her car is run through an
automatic car wash.
                                                            
 
INT. F.B.I. BUILDING - DAY
                                                            
Wafa enters with mouth agape as she scans the
highly-polished lobby floor and wall portraits.
                                                            
A guard runs a metal detector wand around Wafa. LOBBY
RECEPTIONIST (25), sees Wafa.
                                                            

22.

                       LOBBY RECEPTIONIST
May I help you?
                                                            
                       WAFA
I am here to meet Mr. Becky Dunn.
                                                            
Wafa shows Lobby Receptionist a paper.
                                                            
                       LOBBY RECEPTIONIST
Becky Dunn's a woman.
                                                            
                       WAFA
He is?
                                                            
                       LOBBY RECEPTIONIST
Fourth floor. You can use the
elevator over there.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Thank you.
                                                            
ELEVATOR
                                                            
Wafa enters and looks at all the buttons. She pushes the
"FOUR" button. The doors close on her Muslim garments.
                                                            
The elevator starts up. Wafa feels her clothes tightening
around her. She SCREAMS. The bottom half of Wafa's clothes
tears off revealing her lower legs.
                                                            
OUTSIDE ELEVATOR
                                                            
An agitated Wafa desperately tries to tie the torn material
back on, but realizes it is hopeless. She discards the
material into a trash can. Wafa stares at her exposed legs.
                                                            
MONTAGE - WAFA IS INTERVIEWED BY DIFFERENT PEOPLE
                                                            
-- HUMAN RESOURCES EMPLOYEE interviews Wafa in a cubicle.

-- HUMAN RESOURCES SUPERVISOR interviews Wafa in a small
office.

-- HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER interviews Wafa in a large
office.
                                                            
BECKY DUNN'S OFFICE
                                                            
F.B.I. agent BECKY DUNN (40), active, professional, scans
Wafa's papers. Agent TOM DAVIS, (55), skeptical, confident,
stands in the corner eyeing Wafa.
                                                            

23.

                       BECKY
We really appreciate you warning
the soldiers of the road bomb,
Wafa. Not many people get
fast-tracked to citizenship.
                                                            
Wafa holds down the bottom of her torn clothes in an effort
to hide her exposed legs.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Thank you. There are many female
F.B.I. agents?
                                                            
                       BECKY
Yes. We make much better agents
than the men.
                                                            
Tom puzzledly studies Wafa's heavily redacted file.
                                                            
                       BECKY
We'd like to start your background
investigation right away.
                                                            
Veins bulge from Tom's forehead.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Thank you, Agent Becky. Thank
you, Agent Tom.
                                                            
                       BECKY
Did you bring your Iraqi passport?
                                                            
Wafa slowly slides her passport over to Becky.
                                                            
Becky stamps the passport "CANCELED." She places the
passport into a device which punches holes in the passport.
                                                            
Becky shows Wafa to the door.
                                                            
                       BECKY
We'll be in contact with you.
                                                            
Wafa takes one last look at her Iraqi passport, then leaves.
                                                            
                       TOM
How can you hire her when half her
file's blacked out?
                                                            
                       BECKY
Why do you suspect every new
Middle Eastern hire?
                                                            

24.

                       TOM
Because it's just a matter of time
before they mole us.
                                                            
                       BECKY
We need every Arabic translator we
can get, so look for your
promotion somewhere else.
                                                            
                       TOM
Why's it all redacted?
                                                            
                       BECKY
Because terrorists tried to kill
her.
                                                            
                       TOM
You believe that crap about the
I.E.D.?
                                                            
                       BECKY
Why shouldn't I?
                                                            
                       TOM
If Russian soldiers killed your
family, would you go work for the
K.G.B.?
                                                            
Tom heads for the door with Wafa's file.
                                                            
                       BECKY
Leave it.
                                                            
Tom slams Wafa's file on Becky's desk, then leaves.
                                                            
 
EXT. WAFA'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
Paul pulls to the curb in a police car. Wafa rushes outside
grinning. Paul gets out and opens the passenger door for
Wafa, but she opens the back door and gets in.
                                                            
                       PAUL
What are you doing?
                                                            
                       WAFA
I sit here?
                                                            
                       PAUL
No. Up here.
                                                            

25.

Wafa gets out and gets in the front seat. She watches in
amazement as Paul makes sure her Muslim garments don't get
caught in the door, and closes the door for her.
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE CAR - DAY
                                                            
Wafa checks out all the police instruments.
                                                            
                       PAUL
How long will the background check
take?
                                                            
                       WAFA
Many months.
                                                            
Paul notices Wafa staring at the rifle between the front
seats.
                                                            
                       PAUL
It's okay. Luckily, we don't have
to use it much.
                                                            
                       WAFA
But Americans use drugs and shoot
people.
                                                            
                       PAUL
No, they don't. What did they
tell you?
                                                            
 
INT. FOOD BANK - DAY
                                                            
Wafa and Paul wait in line with a banana box. Several
volunteers place food items into apple and banana boxes.
Wafa watches the volunteers helping the homeless people.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Why are these people helping these
people?
                                                            
                       PAUL
That's what Americans do...when
we're not taking drugs and
shooting people.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Who buy this food?
                                                            
                       PAUL
Who bought this food. Nice people
donated it.
                                                            

26.

                       WAFA
I cannot take these things.
                                                            
Wafa walks off. Paul gently pulls her back.
                                                            
                       PAUL
When you get some money, you can
give back.
                                                            
Paul slides the box over to a smiling volunteer who places
several food items into Wafa's box.
                                                            
Wafa reaches for her box, but is pleasantly surprised when
Paul picks it up and carries it for her.
                                                            
 
INT. F.B.I. BUILDING - DAY
                                                            
Wafa sits hooked up to a polygraph machine. A man reads the
machine output.
                                                            
BATHROOM
                                                            
Wafa places a clear, plastic cup of urine on the counter.
DRUG TESTER (35), enters wearing latex gloves.
                                                            
Drug Tester pours the urine into a clear container. She
closes the lid, then seals it with tape.
                                                            
 
INT. PAUL'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
Paul opens the front door to find Wafa.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Hi! Come on in.
                                                            
Wafa hesitates.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I...
                                                            
Paul gently takes her by the arm and brings her inside. Wafa
looks outside to see if anyone is watching. She slowly
enters. Paul shuts the door. Wafa stands with her back
against the door. Paul takes a seat on a couch.
                                                            
                       PAUL
A man from the F.B.I. was over and
asked a lot of questions about
you.
                                                            

27.

Wafa peers at guns, a crucifix, and a photo of Paul in
military fatigues hanging on a wall.
                                                            
                       WAFA
He asked my neighbors questions.
                                                            
                       PAUL
I'm afraid I didn't know a lot of
answers. They asked what your
father did for a living.
                                                            
Wafa squirms.
                                                            
                       PAUL
I told them I didn't know. What
did your father--
                                                            
                       WAFA
You have lived here long?
                                                            
                       PAUL
A few years.
                                                            
Paul uses the remote to turn on the TV.
                                                            
                       PAUL
You'll improve your English if you
watch a lot of TV, Wafa.
                                                            
Wafa sees a gun and Bible on the coffee table.
                                                            
                       WAFA
You are Christian?
                                                            
                       PAUL
Yeah.
                                                            
Paul sees her eyeing the gun.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Are you gonna shoot me?
                                                            
                       WAFA
No.
                                                            
Paul chuckles.
                                                            
                       PAUL
What's wrong?
                                                            
Wafa is frozen in fear.
                                                            

28.

                       PAUL
If they hire you, you're gonna see
a lot of people with guns, Wafa,
so you better get used to it.
                                                            
Paul picks up the gun. Wafa backs away.
                                                            
Paul takes out the bullets and puts the safety on. He pulls
the trigger.
                                                            
                       PAUL
It's okay. It can't hurt you now.
                                                            
He offers her the gun.
                                                            
Wafa never takes her eyes off the gun as she takes baby
steps towards Paul.
                                                            
Wafa gingerly takes the gun from Paul, keeping her shaking
fingers away from the trigger.
                                                            
Paul stands close behind Wafa. He helps her hold the gun
with both hands.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Relax. Aim at that gun on the
wall.
                                                            
Wafa aims.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Now squeeze the trigger.
                                                            
                       WAFA
It's not going to make a hole on
the wall?
                                                            
                       PAUL
No.
                                                            
Wafa pulls the trigger and quickly puts the gun down.
                                                            
Paul flips through the TV channels with the remote. Wafa
watches the channels flash by.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Who was that?
                                                            
Paul flips back a channel. A beautiful WEATHER REPORTER
(25), statuesque, seductive, gives the weather report in a
sexy, low cut dress.
                                                            

29.

                       WEATHER REPORTER (V.O.)
      (On TV)
It's going to be a warm one today.
                                                            
                       PAUL
The weather girl.
                                                            
                       WAFA
In those clotheses?
                                                            
                       PAUL
Clothes.
                                                            
Paul hands Wafa some books.
                                                            
                       PAUL
These will help your English.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Thank you, Paul. In my country, we
cannot trust police.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Yes, you can.
                                                            
                       WAFA
No. Iraqi police always want
money.
                                                            
                       PAUL
You said in your country. This is
your country now.
                                                            
 
INT. CLOTHING STORE - DAY
                                                            
Wafa and Paul look over racks of western style clothes. Paul
sees a short dress on a mannequin.
                                                            
                       PAUL
How about this?
                                                            
                       WAFA
I cannot wear that.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Why not?
                                                            
                       WAFA
People will see my legs.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Have you ever worn a dress?
                                                            

30.

Wafa shakes her head.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Try it. If you don't like it, you
don't have to buy it.
                                                            
                       WAFA
But...
                                                            
                       PAUL
But what?
                                                            
                       WAFA
God will punish me.
                                                            
Paul points at some half-naked teenagers who are tattooed
and wearing body piercings.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Is God going to punish them?
                                                            
Wafa eyes several dresses. She picks out a much longer
dress and heads toward the dressing room.
                                                            
 
INT. F.B.I. BUILDING - DAY
                                                            
A large room contains row after row of people in Muslim
garments in front of computers.
                                                            
Wafa, in Muslim clothing and no makeup, sits in front of one
of the computers. Becky points at Wafa's monitor which has
both English and Arabic writing.
                                                            
                       BECKY
That's what we're looking for.
                                                            
                       WAFA
All these people are bad?
                                                            
                       BECKY
That's what we're checking.
                                                            
                       WAFA
They are Muslims?
                                                            
                       BECKY
Yes.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Maybe I should work with a
different group.
                                                            

31.

                       BECKY
What?
                                                            
                       WAFA
Maybe the Ten Most Wanted.
                                                            
                       BECKY
This is what we got you for.
You'll do fine. I have to go, but
Aara can answer any questions.
                                                            
Becky leaves. Wafa looks at AARA (25), helpful, who
occupies the computer next to her.
                                                            
                       WAFA
You have found threats?
                                                            
                       AARA
Yeah.
                                                            
                       WAFA
From Muslims?
                                                            
Aara points to a stack of papers on her table.
                                                            
                       AARA
These are just from last week.
We're always trying to catch up.
                                                            
With mouth agape, Wafa reads the Arabic on her computer
screen. Aara notices Wafa.
                                                            
                       AARA
I always like seeing how shocked
people are their first day.
                                                            
She leans over and reads Wafa's screen.
                                                            
                       AARA
That's nothing.
                                                            
                       WAFA
How do you know these are from
Muslims?
                                                            
                       AARA
Someone's sending these messages.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Anyone could make them. They
could be from Americans.
                                                            

32.

                       AARA
When we catch 'em they're always
Muslim.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Because America is always
attacking their countries. What
countries are they from?
                                                            
                       AARA
Everywhere...Yemen, Saudi Arabia,
Iran--
                                                            
Wafa is too stunned to speak, but finally manages.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Iraq?
                                                            
                       AARA
Iraq.
                                                            
Tom spies on Wafa from a distance. Becky comes up behind
him.
                                                            
                       BECKY
Relax. She passed the poly and
drug test.
                                                            
                       TOM
She's Muslim. They all pass the
drug test.
                                                            
 
INT. GOVERNMENT OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Wafa enters. She steps up to the window where Lady At The
Window is.
                                                            
                       WAFA
This is your money.
                                                            
Wafa slides a thick envelope under the Plexiglas partition.
                                                            
                       LADY AT THE WINDOW
I told you, you don't have to pay
us back.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I do not want your country's
money.
                                                            
Lady At The Window slides the envelope back to Wafa.
                                                            

33.

                       LADY AT THE WINDOW
You mean your country.
                                                            
Wafa pauses, then puts the envelope into her purse. Lady At
The Window watches Wafa leave.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUILDING - DAY
                                                            
The sprawling land is dotted with F.B.I. trainees.
                                                            
SUPER - F.B.I. ACADEMY, QUANTICO, VIRGINIA - MARCH 2001
                                                            
MONTAGE - WAFA (29), RECEIVES F.B.I. AGENT TRAINING
                                                            
-- Wafa quickly does sit-ups and push-ups.

-- Wafa expertly navigates an obstacle course.

-- A self-defense instructor flips Wafa onto a mat.

-- At a target range, a sharpshooter gives Wafa shooting
pointers.
                                                            
 
INT. BUILDING - DAY
                                                            
Wafa receives forensic training from an instructor.
                                                            
 
INT. F.B.I. BUILDING - DAY
                                                            
TRANSLATION ROOM
                                                            
Wafa is dressed in a mix of Muslim and western style clothes
and wears some makeup. She walks up and down the rows of
Arabic translators at their computers.
                                                            
A translator stops Wafa. Wafa points at the translator's
computer to explain something. The translator nods.
                                                            
Wafa sees Becky enter. Becky signals for Wafa to come over.
                                                            
HALLWAY CORRIDOR
                                                            
The two stride past windows on both sides. They stop and
look through a door window. They see several agents at
computers wearing headphones.
                                                            
                       BECKY
This is the Chatter Room, Special
Agent Ali.
                                                            

34.

Wafa is stunned.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Me?
                                                            
                       BECKY
Yes, you! Congratulations.
                                                            
                       WAFA
This could never happen in Iraq.
                                                            
                       BECKY
Now, the chatter usually picks up
a few weeks before something big
happens. A few days before
something, it's off the charts.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Mostly Muslims?
                                                            
                       BECKY
I'm afraid so.
                                                            
 
EXT. AIRPORT PARKING STRUCTURE - DAY
                                                            
SUPER: AUGUST 2001
                                                            
A car pulls up to an unmanned ticket booth. A hand takes a
ticket. The gate arm goes up. The car enters the dark
parking structure.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
Four Middle Eastern men, MAKIN MORADI (25), wary, confident,
explosive, DUMAN OMIDI (24), dutiful, strong, ABBUD GOLZAR
(22), stocky, unsophisticated, and RAFI RAAD (22), twitchy,
nervous, cowardly, scan the parking structure.
                                                            
Makin pulls out a cheap, value four-pack of box cutters from
the center console. He hands them out to the other men.
                                                            
Makin sees crazed looks in Duman's and Abbud's eyes.
                                                            
                       MAKIN
Low profile.
                                                            
 
EXT. AIRPORT PARKING STRUCTURE - DAY
                                                            
The men exit their car. Makin sees Abbud staring at a baby
in a stroller. Makin pulls Abbud away.
                                                            

35.

Duman and Abbud eagerly get ahead of Makin and Rafi.
                                                            
Makin jogs up to Duman and Abbud. He yanks them back.
                                                            
                       MAKIN
Don't animal this.
                                                            
The four walk together.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPORT - DAY
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi, stand in different security
check lines. Makin casually checks the surveillance
cameras.
                                                            
Makin, Duman, and Abbud make it through security.
                                                            
Rafi perspires as he inches closer to the security
checkpoint.
                                                            
Rafi sets off an alarm going through the metal detector.
Makin quickly looks over at Rafi.
                                                            
Rafi unloads his pockets into a tray bucket. He walks
through the metal detector again.
                                                            
A security employee casually glances at the items in the
tray bucket which includes a box cutter. He slides the tray
bucket down the roller ramp.
                                                            
Rafi takes the items out of the bucket and pockets them.
                                                            
INSIDE RESTROOM
                                                            
Rafi checks the stalls. The restroom is empty. Each holds
up their box cutter.
                                                            
AL JENSEN (55), pinched, nosy, enters. He sees the men
stuff the box cutters into their pockets. The four men
stare at Al who heads to a stall and closes the door.
                                                            
Rafi gestures nervously for the other three to leave with
him. He bolts for the exit.
                                                            
Makin signals Rafi to stop.
                                                            
INSIDE THE STALL
                                                            
Through the doorjamb, Al watches Duman and Abbud creep
toward his stall.
                                                            

36.

OUTSIDE THE STALL
                                                            
Just before Duman and Abbud reach the stall, a man enters
the restroom. Duman and Abbud stop.
                                                            
INSIDE THE STALL
                                                            
Al watches Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi in the wall mirror
exit the restroom.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPLANE - DAY
                                                            
Al sits a few rows behind Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi. He
keeps an eye on the men.
                                                            
Duman watches nervously as Abbud smiles at a baby across the
aisle. The MOTHER (35), notices Abbud.
                                                            
                       ABBUD
What's his name?
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Teri. She's a she.
                                                            
                       ABBUD
She's beautiful.
                                                            
Duman leans over to Abbud.
                                                            
                       DUMAN
Why do you have to ask about every
damn baby?
                                                            
                       MAKIN
It's okay...makes us look good.
                                                            
                       ABBUD
American babies are still
innocent...haven't been changed by
the Great Satan.
                                                            
 
INT. WAFA'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
Wafa prays on her prayer rug. She folds up the rug.
                                                            
On top of her dresser are several veils, The Quran, and the
worn family photo.
                                                            
Doorbell RINGS. Wafa unlocks several deadbolts and opens
the door. Paul enters and sees all the door locks.
                                                            

37.

Wafa pops her head out and looks around.
                                                            
Paul pulls Wafa back in. He hugs her. He tries to kiss
her, but she turns away.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Paul, what do you think of my
religion?
                                                            
                       PAUL
Why are you ask--
                                                            
                       WAFA
Do you think you can ever change
to Islam?
                                                            
                       PAUL
I'm sorry, Wafa.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Then this will never work.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Why not?
                                                            
                       WAFA
I can only marry a Muslim man.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Why?
                                                            
                       WAFA
If the man's Muslim, then their
children will be Muslim.
                                                            
                       PAUL
You'd end our relationship because
of some stupid rule?
                                                            
                       WAFA
Don't say that!
                                                            
                       PAUL
Just because I'm Christian? We're
not bad people, Wafa.
                                                            
                       WAFA
We're not all terrorists!
                                                            
                       PAUL
I didn't say--
                                                            

38.

                       WAFA
They are only one percent of
Muslims.
                                                            
                       PAUL
One percent of a billion is a
large number.
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi sleep.
                                                            
On the table and floor are pictures and maps of The Capitol.
                                                            
An Alarm clock BUZZES. The four men wake up. Duman and
Abbud spring out of bed.
                                                            
Makin's cell phone RINGS.
                                                            
                       MAKIN
We're up. Yes. Yes, God willing.
                                                            
The four men kneel down on small carpets and pray.
                                                            
BATHROOM
                                                            
Abbud and Rafi shave their entire bodies.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
The four men hold up their box cutters. They slip the
cutters into their pockets. They turn off the lights and
exit.
                                                            
 
EXT. AIRPORT PARKING LOT - DAY
                                                            
A car pulls up to an unmanned ticket booth. Makin takes the
parking ticket. The gate arm goes up. The car enters.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPORT - DAY
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi wait in separate lines at the
security checkpoint. Decorative, black balls conceal
surveillance cameras.
                                                            
Security personnel shuffle passengers through like a million
times before. They nonchalantly run luggage through x-ray
machines.
                                                            

39.

The four men empty their pockets, including box cutters,
onto small trays. They slide their trays along rollers
where conveyor belts lead them through x-ray machines.
                                                            
Makin, Duman, and Abbud make it through the security
checkpoint. They take their items from their trays and slide
them into their pockets.
                                                            
Rafi perspires as he goes through security. Security
personnel watch him closely as he waits impatiently for his
small tray of items to go through the x-ray machine.
                                                            
Rafi's items exit the x-ray machine. Security personnel
watch Rafi snatch the items and leave.
                                                            
GATE
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi sit apart from each other as
they wait with the other PASSENGERS.
                                                            
Abbud sees a baby and young toddlers with their parents
waiting to board the same plane. He glumly drops his head.
                                                            
Rafi notices a pair of police officers talking to an airline
employee. The airline employee points toward Rafi. Rafi
squirms.
                                                            
The officers stride toward Rafi. They move past Rafi and
assist a hunched over, elderly passenger.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPLANE - DAY
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi board a plane. They sit in
first class. A MECHANIC wearing a tool belt passes the men.
                                                            
 
INT. INTERNET CAFE - DAY
                                                            
Fingers TAP computer keys. A hand navigates a computer
mouse. On the computer monitor is an airline's website. The
white cursor arrow is on the words "FLIGHT STATUS." A
finger CLICKS the mouse.
                                                            
On the monitor, flight information pops up with the word
"DELAYED." AMR MUHAMMED (50), methodical, meticulous,
explosive, SLAMS his fist on the table. People look over.
                                                            
 

40.

INT. AIRPLANE - DAY
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi scan the passengers and flight
attendants. The mechanic passes by. A cell phone RINGS.
Makin opens his cell phone.
                                                            
                       MAKIN
Yes, Amr.
                                                            
                       AMR (V.O.)
You're delayed!
                                                            
                       MAKIN
Something's wrong with the plane.
                                                            
                       AMR (V.O.)
Don't get on the plane!
                                                            
                       MAKIN
We're already on. We can still do
it.
                                                            
                       AMR (V.O.)
No, you can't! You're one of five
groups.
                                                            
Makin is stunned.
                                                            
                       AMR (V.O.)
If you make it out of this, meet
me at the spot tomorrow at noon.
                                                            
 
EXT. NEW YORK CITY - DAY
                                                            
The Manhattan skyline glistens under clear, blue skies.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPLANE COCKPIT - DAY
                                                            
A wild-eyed, Middle Eastern man steers for the World Trade
Center. He moves the throttle control all the way forward.
                                                            
 
EXT. NEW YORK CITY - DAY
                                                            
The commercial plane ROARS just above the skyscrapers.
                                                            
 

41.

INT. AIRPLANE COCKPIT - DAY
                                                            
The plane races toward the World Trade Center at blinding
speed. Oblivious office workers see the plane at the last
second.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Passersby look up and see the plane PLOW into the North
Tower of the World Trade Center. SCREAMS.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPLANE - DAY
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi wait nervously.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN (V.O.)
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you
for your patience. Flight
attendants take your seats.
                                                            
 
INT. F.B.I. BUILDING - CHATTER ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Several Middle Eastern people sit at computer monitors in a
large room. Wafa and Becky BURST through the doors.
                                                            
                       WAFA
A plane just flew into the World
Trade Center!
                                                            
Becky uses a remote to turn on a TV. Becky, Wafa, and the
agents watch the TV news.
                                                            
ON THE TV
                                                            
CNN shows footage of the burning World Trade Center.
NEWSCASTER (50), sturdy, striking, tries to understand.
                                                            
                       NEWSCASTER
We're now hearing it may have been
a commercial plane.
                                                            
Wafa and the others are stunned.
                                                            
                       NEWSCASTER (O.S.)
It looks like a clear day. How
could this have happened?
                                                            
 

42.

EXT. AIRPORT - DAY
                                                            
A commercial plane takes off.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPLANE - DAY
                                                            
JIMMY KNOWLES (9), spirited, suspicious, watches antsy Rafi
sweat profusely. Jimmy's parents, BARNEY KNOWLES (35)
studious, composed, and JUDY KNOWLES (34), attentive, sit
next to Jimmy.
                                                            
Jimmy watches Makin. Makin notices Jimmy staring at him.
Makin snarls at Jimmy.
                                                            
Judy sees Jimmy staring at Makin.
                                                            
                       JUDY
Don't stare, Jimmy.
                                                            
Jimmy looks out the window, but then stares at Makin.
                                                            
 
INT. F.B.I. BUILDING - DAY
                                                            
Wafa and Becky move briskly down a long hallway.
                                                            
                       BECKY
We thought they might try this.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Crash planes into buildings?
                                                            
                       BECKY
Yup. Pisses me off to no end.
                                                            
TRANSLATION ROOM
                                                            
The translators are glued to the TV. Wafa and Becky burst
in.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Okay, listen up!
                                                            
                       BECKY
We're getting word this may have
been a hijacked plane and there
may be other--
                                                            
ON TV
                                                            
Smoke billows from the North Tower. In the background, a
second plane slams into the South Tower.
                                                            

43.

                       BECKY
Damn it!
                                                            
                       NEWSCASTER (V.O.)
A second plane just went into the
other tower! We just saw another
plane go into the other tower!
This can't be an accident!
                                                            
The translators are stunned.
                                                            
Wafa reads the exclamation mark-laden Arabic on a monitor.
                                                            
                       WAFA
They're already celebrating.
                                                            
 
EXT. MANHATTAN SIDEWALK - DAY
                                                            
Stunned bystanders gather to watch smoke billow from the
World Trade Center.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE PENTAGON - DAY
                                                            
Pentagon employees watch as smoke billows from The Pentagon.
Fire crews fight to contain the fire.
                                                            
 
INT. FAA COMMAND CENTER - DAY
                                                            
SUPER: FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, HERNDON, VIRGINIA
                                                            
Workers crisscross the floor.
                                                            
SUPER: BEN SLINEY, CHIEF OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OPERATIONS
                                                            
BEN SLINEY, 40s, meticulous, fiery, and his SECRETARY (30),
stride across the highly-polished floor.
                                                            
                       BEN
Get all the planes down now! Send
them to the nearest airports!
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
That's over four thousand planes.
                                                            
                       BEN
I don't care if we have to land
them in cornfields! Get 'em down
now!
                                                            
Secretary runs off.
                                                            
 

44.

INT. AIRPLANE - DAY
                                                            
Jimmy watches Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi.
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN (V.O.)
Ladies and gentlemen, we've been
instructed by air traffic control
to land at Pittsburgh
International.
                                                            
Passengers GRUMBLE. Makin stops passing FLIGHT ATTENDANT
(35).
                                                            
                       MAKIN
What's going on?
                                                            
                       FLIGHT ATTENDANT
I don't know. This is the first
I've heard of it.
                                                            
 
EXT. FIELD - DAY
                                                            
SUPER: SHANKSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA
                                                            
Thick, black smoke rises from the ground.
                                                            
 
EXT. AIRPORT - DAY
                                                            
A commercial airplane touches down.
                                                            
 
INT. F.B.I. BUILDING - DAY
                                                            
Wafa, Becky, and the Arabic translators watch the news of
the plane crashes.
                                                            
                       BECKY
How many more planes do they have?
                                                            
                       NEWSCASTER (V.O.)
A likely culprit has to be Al
Qaeda.
                                                            
Wafa sees the terrified looks of New York bystanders.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Have the passenger lists sent to
our computers.
                                                            
Becky speaks into her two-way radio.
                                                            

45.

                       BECKY
We need the manifests of all
planes in the air sent to our
computers ASAP!
                                                            
Wafa rambles to a vacant computer.
                                                            
                       BECKY
Everyone back to your computers!
                                                            
The translators scramble back to their computers.
                                                            
                       BECKY
You're going to receive lists of
passenger names!
                                                            
Tom bursts in through double doors.
                                                            
                       TOM
We're looking for Arabic
passengers sitting in first
class...low numbered seats like
1A, 2A, 3B.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPLANE - DAY
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi anxiously look out the
windows. They see fire trucks and police cars with flashing
lights.
                                                            
 
INT. F.B.I. BUILDING - DAY
                                                            
The translators rapidly tap their computer keys.
                                                            
                       TOM
It looks like they were traveling
in fours or fives.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPORT - DAY
                                                            
Passengers arrive through gates.
                                                            
An airline employee opens a gate door. Passengers arrive
through the gate.
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi arrive through the gate. Makin
spots security officers.
                                                            
Duman, Abbud, and Rafi watch Makin help an old lady with a
cane.
                                                            

46.

                       MAKIN
Let me help you.
                                                            
The old lady smiles. Makin and the old lady walk off
together.
                                                            
Duman helps an old lady.
                                                            
Abbud and Rafi see passengers with lots of luggage. They
help wheel the luggage for the passengers.
                                                            
 
INT. F.B.I. BUILDING - DAY
                                                            
The monitors flash columns of names. Wafa and the
translators scroll quickly through the names.
                                                            
Wafa sees Makin's name. She spots Duman's name. Wafa's
eyes get big. She sees Abbud's and Rafi's names.
                                                            
Wafa sees Becky and Tom looking over the shoulders of other
translators. She places her finger on the "DELETE" key.
                                                            
Wafa looks at the TV. She watches frightened Manhattan
workers run for their lives from a collapsing building.
                                                            
Wafa's eyes are full of angst. She lifts her finger off the
"DELETE" key.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Got one.
                                                            
Becky and Tom race over. Tom whispers into his two-way
radio. Becky pushes a button on her two-way radio.
                                                            
                       BECKY
We got one.
                                                            
Tom and Becky look at Wafa's computer screen. Becky speaks
into her radio.
                                                            
                       BECKY
American Airways Flight
Four-thirteen! It's on the ground
at Pittsburgh International!
                                                            
                       VOICE (V.O.)
Copy. American Airways
Four-one-three on the ground at
Pittsburgh International.
                                                            
Wafa morosely looks at the terrorists' Arabic names on her
computer.
                                                            

47.

                       BECKY
Good job, Wafa. Keep going.
                                                            
Wafa slowly taps her computer keys.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPORT - DAY
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi are flanked by shops and
newsstands as they stride nervously through the concourse.
Makin spots a TV playing the news.
                                                            
Duman and Abbud stand mesmerized watching video of the World
Trade Center on fire. A bystander flashes a perturbed look
when she sees Duman and Abbud smiling at the TV.
                                                            
Makin yanks Duman and Abbud away from the TV. The bystander
watches the four slip out the sliding glass exit doors.
                                                            
Several police officers hustle past the TV showing the news.
They race down the same concourse that Makin, Duman, Abbud,
and Rafi just came from.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPORT SECURITY ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Wafa, Becky, Tom, and the other F.B.I. agents view airport
security video of Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi going
through security.
                                                            
                       WAFA
That's them.
                                                            
                       TOM
They look Middle Eastern to me.
                                                            
They watch the four slither out the sliding doors and the
F.B.I. agents just missing them. Tom kicks a chair.
                                                            
                       TOM
Damn it!
                                                            
CONFERENCE ROOM
                                                            
Wafa, Becky, Judy, and Barney watch Jimmy feast on donuts.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
They talked quietly the whole
time.
                                                            
                       BECKY
Thanks, Jimmy.
                                                            

48.

                       JIMMY
I could tell they were bad men,
because they kept looking around.
                                                            
                       BECKY
You've been great.
                                                            
Becky hands her business card to Barney.
                                                            
                       BECKY
If he thinks of anything else, let
us know.
                                                            
 
INT. F.B.I. BUILDING - INTEL ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Several large white boards are spread throughout the room.
The white boards read: AMERICA'S TEN MOST WANTED. Each
white board contains a photo with a wealth of information on
each wanted criminal.
                                                            
Two pencil neck, bespectacled GEEKS read from computer
paper. The Geeks use dry markers to add new information on
the wanted criminals.
                                                            
Wafa, Becky, Tom, and several other agents burst in with
numerous blank white boards. The geeks stop and watch as
the agents take down the America's Ten Most Wanted white
boards and put up the blank white boards.
                                                            
Agents immediately write at the top of the boards: AA 11, UA
175, AA 77, UA 93, AM Airways 413.
                                                            
The two geeks exit like scolded children.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Numerous white boards with photos and information of the
twenty-three terrorists fill the room. Wafa, Becky, and Tom
watch F.B.I. agents add new information.
                                                            
Wafa stares at Mohamed Atta's mug shot. She studies
Makin's, Duman's, Abbud's, and Rafi's mug shots.
                                                            
                       WAFA
We couldn't find any cell phone
records.
                                                            
                       TOM
They used disposables.
                                                            
                       BECKY
Did they rabbit?
                                                            

49.

                       TOM
We haven't caught 'em, so we have
to assume they're still in the
country.
                                                            
                       WAFA
They're in the country.
                                                            
                       TOM
What makes you so sure?
                                                            
                       WAFA
Why take the chance of getting
caught trying to come back in?
                                                            
                       TOM
They were willing to die, so they
aren't worried about getting
caught.
                                                            
                       WAFA
They're worried about not
completing the work of Allah.
                                                            
MESSENGER (20), twitchy, hustles in with a paper.
                                                            
                       MESSENGER
They found the rental car.
                                                            
Messenger hands the paper to Tom who glances at it.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Do you want us to go?
                                                            
                       TOM
Agents are on it. You'd just be
in the way.
                                                            
Wafa watches Tom saunter off.
                                                            
 
EXT. WOODS - NIGHT
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi keep warm at a camp fire.
                                                            
                       RAFI
Amr will have a place for us,
right?
                                                            
                       MAKIN
I don't know.
                                                            

50.

                       RAFI
He'll give us money, right?
                                                            
                       MAKIN
I don't know! We'll find out
tomorrow.
                                                            
                       ABBUD
I'm not staying outside forever.
                                                            
Makin pulls his credit cards from his wallet.
                                                            
                       MAKIN
He won't want us outside. Somebody
might see us. Take out all your
credit cards and IDs.
                                                            
Duman, Abbud, and Rafi take out their IDs and credit cards.
Makin throws his cards into the fire. The other three men
throw their cards into the fire.
                                                            
                       MAKIN
We don't exist anymore.
                                                            
 
INT. WAFA'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Wafa drives while Becky rides shotgun. Countless American
flags wave in front of buildings.
                                                            
Wafa sees Hispanic Man selling oranges on the street corner.
Hispanic Man holds out a bag of oranges toward Wafa. Wafa
ignores him.
                                                            
Wafa enters onto a highway and signals to change lanes. A
driver motions for her to merge ahead. Other courteous
drivers let Wafa easily merge farther out onto the highway.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I wish drivers were like this all
the time.
                                                            
 
INT. AL JENSON'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Al Jensen sleeps. His phone RINGS. Al answers.
                                                            
INTERCUT - PHONE CONVERSATION WAFA/AL
                                                            
                       AL
Hello.
                                                            
 

51.

INT. WAFA'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Becky scopes out Al's house.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Mr. Al Jensen?
                                                            
                       AL
Yeah.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Agent Wafa Ali with the Federal
Bureau of Investigation. A while
back, you saw some Middle Eastern
men on a flight and--
                                                            
                       AL
Were they involved with
Nine-eleven?
                                                            
                       WAFA
We'd like to talk to you about
that.
                                                            
                       AL
I'll get dressed and come right
over.
                                                            
                       WAFA
We're outside your house.
                                                            
Al looks out his bedroom window. He sees Wafa's car.
                                                            
                       AL
How'd you know where I live?
                                                            
                       WAFA (V.O.)
We're the F.B.I.
                                                            
 
EXT. AL JENSON'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Al stands in the doorway. Wafa and Becky move down the
front steps.
                                                            
                       AL
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
                                                            
 
INT. F.B.I. BUILDING - TOM'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Tom has a phone to his ear.
                                                            

52.

                       TOM
No, I'll come to you. I don't
want anyone to know about this.
                                                            
 
EXT. POTOMAC RIVER - DAY
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi wait on the riverbank in
soccer outfits. Makin and Duman have shaved heads and wear
sunglasses. Abbud and Rafi sport wigs and caps.
                                                            
Residual smoke rises from The Pentagon in the background. A
giant American flag covers the hole in the side of The
Pentagon.
                                                            
Amr approaches in a soccer outfit. A net bag containing
several soccer balls is draped over his shoulder.
                                                            
                       MAKIN
I didn't know we were part of a
larger group.
                                                            
                       AMR
No one did. You'll get another
chance.
                                                            
They look at The Capitol Building in the distance.
                                                            
                       MAKIN
When?
                                                            
Amr sees two MEN in dark suits and sunglasses approach.
                                                            
                       AMR
Our next game is Tuesday.
                                                            
The two men in suits stare at the five as they walk past.
                                                            
                       AMR
I don't want any penalties.
                                                            
The two men continue on.
                                                            
                       DUMAN
How long do we have to wait?
                                                            
Amr pulls a soccer ball out of the bag. He examines it
closely.
                                                            
                       AMR
I don't know.
                                                            

53.

                       ABBUD
How will we contact you?
                                                            
Amr puts the soccer ball back into the bag. He pulls out
another soccer ball and scrutinizes it. He hands the ball
to Makin.
                                                            
                       AMR
There's a van waiting for you.
                                                            
The four men turn around. A MIDDLE EASTERN MAN stands next
to a van. Duman and Abbud approach Amr.
                                                            
                       DUMAN
What about money?
                                                            
                       ABBUD
Where are we going to stay?
                                                            
Makin pulls Duman and Abbud back.
                                                            
                       AMR
It's on the soccer ball.
                                                            
Amr points to tiny writing in the stitching area between the
panels on the soccer ball.
                                                            
Amr leaves. Makin, Dumar, Abbud, and Rafi head toward the
van.
                                                            
Makin turns back. He sees Amr talking to four young MIDDLE
EASTERN MEN dressed in soccer outfits. He watches Amr reach
into the mesh bag and hand a soccer ball to the men.
                                                            
 
EXT. WAFA'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
Wafa approaches her front door. She freezes. She stands
aghast as her front door is spray painted with the words
"Terrorist" and "Go Home Sand Nigger."
                                                            
 
INT. WAFA'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
Wafa quickly enters. She immediately grabs a cleanser and
cloth.
                                                            
Wafa sprays the cleanser on the words and scrubs with all
her might. She grows frustrated as the words barely fade.
                                                            
Wafa watches the TV play news of the planes crashing into
the World Trade Center and Palestinian women dancing
ecstatically in the streets.
                                                            

54.

                       WAFA
Great. Make them hate us even
more.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Paul uses a roller to paint the front door.
                                                            
                       PAUL
We're not all like this. Whoever
did this is an idiot.
                                                            
Wafa watches morosely as the TV plays news of desperate New
Yorkers in front of handmade poster boards. On the boards
are photos and descriptions of their missing loved ones.
                                                            
 
EXT. CAFE - DAY
                                                            
American flags greet patrons. Two MEN see Wafa and whisper
to each other. Wafa sees the two men staring at her.
                                                            
                       WAFA
I had nothing to do with it!
                                                            
The embarrassed men look away.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Let's go.
                                                            
She leaves.
                                                            
                       PAUL
I'm sure Iraqis always treated
Americans well in Iraq.
                                                            
Wafa freezes. Paul holds the front door open. Wafa sees
waitresses serving all races of people.
                                                            
Wafa stuffs her veil into her purse. Wafa and Paul enter
the cafe. HOSTESS (20), greets them.
                                                            
                       HOSTESS
Welcome!
                                                            
 
INT. TERRORISTS' HOTEL ROOM - DAY
                                                            
There is fingerprint powder throughout. The door opens. A
police officer guards the front door. Wafa and Becky put on
latex gloves as they enter.
                                                            
A glassy-eyed look comes over Becky as she scans the room.
                                                            

55.

                       BECKY
I love it. We're standing right
where the terrorists were
standing. Try to take in what
must've been going through their
minds.
                                                            
Wafa closes her eyes. She opens her eyes.
                                                            
Wafa turns on the TV. The Weather Channel is on.
                                                            
                       WAFA
They watched The Weather Channel?
                                                            
                       BECKY
Lots of hotels have The Weather
Channel come on when you turn on
the TV.
                                                            
BATHROOM
                                                            
Wafa and Becky see lots of body hair on the floor and in the
sink. Wafa sees a puzzled look on Becky.
                                                            
                       WAFA
They want to be clean when they
enter heaven.
                                                            
                       BECKY
They're not going to heaven.
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL MANAGER'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
HOTEL MANAGER (35), easygoing, carefree, watches Wafa and
Becky view hotel surveillance video.
                                                            
                       WAFA
You only use one tape?
                                                            
                       HOTEL MANAGER
Yup. Plays on a twenty-four hour
loop.
                                                            
                       BECKY
What good does that do us? By the
time we view a tape it's already
recorded over.
                                                            
                       HOTEL MANAGER
That's what the other agents said.
                                                            

56.

                       BECKY
Stop being a jellyfish and use
more tapes.
                                                            
                       WAFA
When someone turns on one of your
TVs, is it always on The Weather
Channel?
                                                            
                       HOTEL MANAGER
Nope. It's the last channel used.
                                                            
Wafa and Becky leave.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOTEL PARKING LOT - DAY
                                                            
Wafa and Becky stride toward their car.
                                                            
                       WAFA
Jellyfish?
                                                            
                       BECKY
Jellyfish go with the flow, do the
least amount of work. When do we
get paid, man?
                                                            
 
EXT. THE PENTAGON - DAY
                                                            
A large American flag waves at the entrance.
                                                            
 
INT. PENTAGON - LT. COL. SEAN WALTERS OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
The immaculate office is decorated with numerous military
portraits. A massive, highly-polished desk separates Tom
from LIEUTENANT COLONEL SEAN WALTERS (55), reassuring,
sophisticated.
                                                            
                       LT. COL. WALTERS
Why do you suspect she's a double?
                                                            
                       TOM
She's got a sixth, seventh, and
eighth sense of what the hell the
terrorists are going to do, but we
can never catch them.
                                                            
                       LT. COL. WALTERS
Why do you think that is?
                                                            

57.

                       TOM
My guess is she's trying to
convince us she's an F.B.I. agent.
                                                            
                       LT. COL. WALTERS
But you're not buying it.
                                                            
                       TOM
No.
                                                            
Lieutenant Colonel Walters gets up and walks Tom to the
door.
                                                            
                       LT. COL. WALTERS
We'll make this priority one, Tom.
                                                            
 
INT. TERRORISTS' APARTMENT - NIGHT
                                                            
Makin, Duman, Abbud, and Rafi enter and turn on the light.
                                                            
                       ABBUD
You gotta be kidding.
                                                            
Tent camping would be an upgrade. A rat races along the
baseboard and down a hole. The room has four futons, a
tired tread mill, and an exhausted stationary bike. Blackout
blinds conceal all the windows.
                                                            
The four make their way to the kitchen which has a small
table and four chairs. On the table are a couple of keys,
an envelope, and a deck of playing cards.
                                                            
Makin rips open the envelope. He pulls out a letter and
some bills. He reads the letter aloud.
                                                            
                       MAKIN
You must hide here until you get
your orders.
                                                            
                       ABBUD
C'mon.
                                                            
                       MAKIN
The cabinets are full, so you
don't have to go to the store.
                                                            
Rafi opens several kitchen cabinets that are fully stocked.
                                                            
                       RAFI
This won't last.
                                                            

58.

                       MAKIN
Keep the door locked. No one
leaves the apartment. Do not let
anyone in.
                                                            
Duman opens the envelope to see if anything else is inside.
He fans out the bills. Makin yanks the bills from Duman.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From Brandon Date 7/22/2015 ****
I liked it. A lot happens but it doesn't feel rushed. Occasionally feels a little forced, just on the little things. The clothes caught in the elevator door and the Wafa/Paul relationship. The ending I believe needs work. You definitely want to end on a patriotic note, I think, instead of in the terrorist's apartment. Just my two cents. I really liked it.

From Sergey Diyakonov Date 7/20/2015 ***1/2
Interesting. I liked the topic and the conflict announced. Detais later.


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