EXT. FBI HEADQUARTERS - WASHINGTON, D.C. - 8:00A.M.
The sun is shinning, the birds are chirping
and not a cloud is in the sky. All this peace could only be interrupted
by the SCREECHING TIRES of Mulder and Krycek coming to work, only
to be followed by a BANG as they run right into Agent Robert Alfredo's
expensive sports car.
Giggles can be heard from Mulder and Krycek's
car. Alfredo gets out of his car. He's pissed.
Krycek gets out of the car. Mulder follows.
Stop loving my Marita!
Krycek pushes Alfredo into slush on the road.
Yeah! We want our "Hawiian
Bunny" tape back!
As all three of these idiots fight in front
of the FBI we pan up the building to the fifth floor window. Pushing
in through the window, we see Deputy Director Alvin Kersh drinking
his morning coffee, looking down at the accident outside.
INT. KERSH'S OFFICE
Oh god… this is going
to be a long day…
He turns to his desk and hits the intercom
to talk to his secretary.
If Agents Alfredo, Mulder,
and Krycek come up here, tell
them I'm in an important
meeting and shouldn't be disturbed.
As always, sir. (beat) Assistant
Director Follmer is here to see you.
Oh great, send him on in.
Kersh sets his coffee down on his desk
as Brad comes in.
Good morning Brad.
What can I do for you?
He signals for Brad to have a seat. Kersh
sits down at his desk.
This case you handed me yesterday-
-The missing girl?
Yes. (beat) Sir, I need your
approval to add a small unit
on surveillance. We've got
suspicions, but not enough
probable cause to issue a warrant.
Not a problem.
I need Agents Doggett, Scully
and Reyes to be that unit.
Kersh has turned more serious. He waits
a beat before he speaks.
I wasn't aware your
investigation was an x-file.
It's not an x-file, sir.
Kersh is not happy with this request. His
tone of voice has gone back to the tone we're use to on "The X-Files".
Agents Doggett, Scully and
Reyes are assigned to
the x-files division.
I'm aware of that, sir. As you
know, Agents Doggett and Reyes
have worked child abduction before,
and Agent Scully-
Sir, they are qualified agents
and deserve to be on a real case.
Not some B.S. you write up when
you're not making buttons for The
Brotherhood, or planning a weekend
cookout. (beat) They are trained
Federal Agents, and I think-
-I know what you think Mr. Follmer,
and if this is your way of increasing
pay for Agent Reyes, then-
-Sir, you know that's not why
I've asked them on to this case.
(beat) I need experience agents.
A child's life is on the line.
There is a beat of silence as Kersh takes
all of this in.
Fine, you have my permission
to put them on the case.
Thank you, sir.
Brad gets up from the chair and heads to the
One more thing, Assistant Director.
Brad stops at the door and turns to face
I know you have the tendency
To get personally involved
When it comes to Agent Reyes.
He looks over at Brad, making eye contact to
intensify his words.
This is an important case, Brad.
(beat) Not just for the family,
or your career, but for the
image the FBI has. (beat) Don't blow it.
Off of Kersh's stern, and rather threatening
INT. DOGGETT & REYES OFFICE
Doggett is sitting at his desk reading the morning
paper and drinking his coffee.
Scully is sitting at Monica's desk reading a
large stack of hand written papers.
Doggett looks up and over at Scully. She's really
into what she's reading.
What's that you're reading?
Something Monica's been
writing for a long time.
She's a good writer.
Doggett comes over and looks over her shoulder.
What is it? A novel?
I don't know, she doesn't
know I've been reading it.
It seems to be based on her life.
How do you figure?
Tell me, did you ever go to a
boarding school and repeatedly
kicked your roommate, "Mark",
out while you had sex with a girl?
Scully looks up at him. Doggett looks guilty.
(worst liar ever)
No… (beat) I never had a
roommate named Mark.
What about Bradley Markus
Follmer? (beat) She's using
middle names, "Jay".
Scully smiles at Doggett, who's face has turned
The office door quickly opens and Monica runs
in, shutting the door behind her.
Scully quickly puts the novel away where she
found it in Monica's desk.
What ever you do,
don't open the door.
Doggett and Scully look at her confused.
Then, they here it…
Yes! It was!
No! We did it for our tape!
Doggett and Scully finally understand what Monica
was running from. No one needs Mulder and Krycek fighting in their
office. Monica looks over at Doggett and Scully.
What are you doing at my desk?
Scully smiles at her in a guilty way.
So, Monica… write a lot?
Monica looks at him suspiciously, then
The phone rings.
I'll get it. Hopefully it's
Walter giving me good news
about a desk…
She picks up the phone.
Agent Scully, in need of a desk.
(beat; disappointed) Oh, hi. (beat)
All three of us? (beat). Ok. We'll
be right up.
Scully hangs up the phone.
Brad needs to see all
three of us in his office.
She shrugs and heads to the door.
INT. BRAD FOLLMER'S OFFICE
Brad is at his desk reviewing details of the
missing girl case before briefing Monica, Doggett and Scully. There
is a knock on his office door.
The door opens and Monica, Doggett and
Scully come in.
Are you the only Assistant
Director without a secretary?
She left months ago. No
one's bothered to find a
replacement. (beat) Have
a seat please.
He signals to three chairs in front of
You're probably wondering why
I've asked all three of you-
(amused with herself)
-Yeah, usually it's just Monica
and we all know what goes on
in here when she's up here.
Scully giggles softly. Brad and Monica look
at her, not amused at all.
Just what exactly are you
implying goes on up here,
Well, you guys… you
know… have office sex.
Is that what you think of us?
(not wanting a fight)
Scully and Monica stop the argument from coming.
(getting back on track)
I've called all of you up here
because I need experienced agents.
(beat) Yesterday I was handed the
missing person's file on Kelly E.
Clark. She's the youngest daughter
of New York Senator Bob Clark. (beat)
We've got suspicions about a man
who has been harassing the Senator,
however we don't have enough probable
cause to issue a warrant.
Why do you need us?
I need you to stakeout his
apartment. Record anyone coming
to and from, any unusual behaviours-
-This isn't an x-file, I
don't think the Deputy
Director will allow this?
I've already spoken with
him and he's given me the go-ahead.
He hands each of them a copy of the file.
We know this guy is not the Senator's
number one fan. Based on the profile we've
developed he may be ex-Marine, or may have
tried to get into the Marines but failed.
Based on some threats the Senator has received
in the past, he knows a lot about fire arms and
may be armed. (beat) You are not to engage with
him at all. We don't need anyone getting hurt.
He glances at Monica.
(after a beat)
What if we sense immediate
danger to the little girl's life?
Call back up and then proceed.
There is a beat of silence as Brad waits for
If there are no further
questions, then we're done.
He waits another beat to make sure.
(wrapping it up)
Be sure to report everything
to me. This is a very important
case, so be careful out there.
(beat) You're dismissed.
TIME CUT TO:
INT. SURVEILANCE BUCAR
DOWNTOWN CITY STREET - NEW YORK
By this time, clouds have moved in, blocking
Being that it is early January, our heroic trio
is bundled up in the bucar. Doggett is on the driver's side, Scully
is shotgun, and Monica is in the back seat, sitting in the middle.
In the CD player, Céline Dion's "I Want You
To Need Me" is playing. Scully and Doggett are singing their hearts
out. They are having a blast on this stakeout.
Monica on the other hand isn't amused that Dana
brought her entire Céline Dion CD collection and that she and John
have been singing for the past hour. She looks from Dana to John,
irritation building. She rolls her eyes and then turns her attention
back to a building across the street. She has a little note pad in
The song ends and John and Dana look at each
other and smile.
Is it me, or is it
really hot in here?
Yeah, I think so too. (beat)
We should turn off the heater
for a while.
Doggett and Scully don't listen and he
turns off the heater. Monica lets out an irritated sigh.
How about we put in
"A New Day Has Come".
Great CD. Put it in.
Scully smiles and searches for the CD.
How about, since we are listening
to music, why don't we listen to the
CD my brother Antonio made for me
of him playing the Spanish guitar.
Monica sounds hopeful in her voice, too much
Céline Dion can drive a person crazy. She hands the CD to Scully who
He gave it to me for Christmas.
I think you guys will like it.
Scully shrugs and puts it in the CD player.
The CD starts up. Sounds pretty darn god. It's not even in for ten
seconds before John takes it out.
No… I want to listen
to "A New Day Has Come".
He tosses the CD back at Monica. Dana puts
in "A New Day Has Come". Monica lets out another sigh and carefully
puts her CD back in it's case. Her attention returns to the building.
The first track starts up, "I'm Alive". Monica
rolls her eyes. She's not a fan and would rather eat sewer rats than
go through this kind of torture.
Doggett and Scully start singing again.
I'm tired of this crap.
She's not crap.
Whatever. (beat) You're making me
want to burn all of these CDs.
Scully turns around happy.
(thinking he wants a copy)
Not to copy, hun'. To destroy.
Scully gets a sad look on her faces and
turns to the front again.
Would you mind turning the
heater on. It's freezing back here.
Stop your bitching, Mon'.
It's hot up here. How
can you be cold?
Circulation in this bucar sucks.
(beat) At least hand me one of
the blankets we brought.
Then we'll get cold. (beat)
You're just Monica, you'll be fine.
Yeah, "just Monica"… Monica from
Mexico who hates the
cold and freezes easily.
She sits back in her seat, crossing her
arms to help keep heat in her body.
How about we turn off
the music and have more
than just me watching
the building. After all,
we are on a stakeout, agents.
Doggett and Scully give each other a look.
Maybe Monica's right. This is an important case.
INT. DEPUTY DIRECTOR KERSH'S OUTER OFFICE -
Kersh's secretary, Judy, is typing at her computer.
Mulder and Krycek come in and march up to her
desk. Judy looks up at them.
(calm & polite)
We would like to speak
with the Deputy Director please.
He's in a very important
meeting and shouldn't be
You say that every
time we come up here!
I think you're lying to us!
Judy just smiles at them and turns back to her
This is very important.
Judy rolls her eyes. Krycek cocks an eye brow.
He leans in.
Come on, baby. (beat) For me?
Judy looks at him, not falling for "Mr.
She turns back to her computer.
Mulder puts his hand on Krycek's shoulder and
gives him a look to back down. He does. Mulder calmly steps forward.
He looks down at his feet, takes a deep breath, then suddenly looks
up with a renewed liveliness to him.
(singing and dancing)
We're tiny, we're toony!
We're all the little loonies!
And in this cartoony, we're
invading you're TV!
Judy looks up at him horrified.
Oh my god! Just go in!
Mulder stops his song and dance and smiles.
He and Krycek go into Kersh's office.
INT. KERSH'S OFFICE - CON'T
Mulder and Krycek come into Kersh's office loudly.
Kersh isn't happy to see them. Mulder slams
his office door shut.
We need to talk!
Judy, didn't I tell you not to let-
-I had to, sir. Agent Mulder
started singing and dancing to
the "Tiny Toons" theme song.
Kersh looks up at Mulder. Mulder smiles
and waves at him.
What the hell do you
two idiots want?
We have a complaint!
Kersh rolls his eyes.
It's the damn Janitor. (beat)
He yelled at us for being in
the Janitor's Lounge.
Why were you in the Janitor's
Lounge to begin with? (beat)
Wait, I don't care.
The Janitor said we couldn't
be there, then I told him we
were Special Agents and could
do whatever we want!
Yeah! So to prove this, I spat
my chewing gum out on the floor
and told him to pick it up!
And the Janitor didn't!
Yeah, and then I accidentally
stepped in it and it stuck to
the bottom of my shoe. (beat) See!
Mulder sits down in a chair and slams his
right foot up on Kersh's desk, knocking a framed family photo right
off the desk with a loud shattering crash!
Mulder hasn't really taken note of the mess
he made. Kersh looks from Mulder to the ground where his broken frame
lies. He doesn't even look at Mulder' shoe.
Agent Mulder, get your foot
off of my desk right now.
The tone in Kersh's voice scares Mulder. He
fumbles to his feet, and in this process manages to knock the lamp
off of the desk.
Kersh holds in his anger.
Mulder picks up the lamp and sets it back on
Kersh's desk. He then crawls on his hands and knees over to the broken
picture frame and sets it on the desk. He then starts to pick up the
broken glass. Being clumsy, it's only expected that he would cut himself…
and he does.
Krycek winces as he sees Mulder making a bigger
dumb ass out of himself. Mulder sits on the ground sucking on the
palm of his hand. He sniffs.
Holy god! Agent Mulder!
Mulder jumps to his feet and salutes Kersh.
Kersh rolls his eyes.
Take your petty "janitor
issue" to your direct superior.
You mean Wally?
Kersh can't believe he just heard "Wally" come
out of Krycek's mouth.
Yes. (beat) Now leave.
He glares at them as they leave.
INT. SKINNER'S OFFICE - 2:45P.M.
Skinner is sitting at his desk looking into
a tiny pocket mirror. He's checking out the top of his head. He rubs
it with his hand. He looks pensive, sets the mirror down and hits
Could you run out and buy me
some Rogain with the petty cash?
There is a long long beat. Skinner looks
at the intercom.
Kim? You still there?
Yes, sir. (beat) Did you just
ask me to buy you Rogain, sir?
She sounds utterly confused. Skinner looks at
the intercom again.
Hmm… maybe this intercom doesn't work.
He leans over his desk and peers out the
open door at Kim.
Kim leans over her desk and looks into his office.
She's very confused.
I don't think the intercom
is working. (beat) I asked
if you could run out and buy
me some Rogain with the petty cash.
Kim looks at him like he's crazy.
Are you serious, sir?
He nods his head, not even thinking for
a second that this is an odd request.
Mulder and Krycek walk into Skinner's outer
Hey Kimmy, baby. Is it cool
if we have a few words with
She's still slightly confused about the Rogain
You're sweet, Kim.
Mulder blushes as Kim passes him to go get Rogain.
INT. SKINNER'S OFFICE - CON'T
Skinner is back to checking out the top of his
head when Mulder and Krycek enter.
Sir! I have major complaint!
Skinner looks up and sets his mirror down.
I DIDN'T DO IT!
YES YOU DID!
Sir, I really didn't do it.
Yes you did. You stepped on
my shoe and got gum all over it!
It was an accident!
No reason to push me!
Mulder dented the elevator, sir!
Because of you! It's not my fault!
It is too!
It is not!
(out of the blue)
Do you guys think I need Rogain?
Mulder and Krycek stop their bickering
and stare at him blankly.
TIME CUT TO:
INT. BUCAR - 7:27P.M. - STREETS OF NEW YORK
John isn't in the car. Scully still sits in
the front passenger seat and Monica is in the back. By this time,
Dana has given Monica a blanket to help keep her warm. In the CD player
is the CD Antonio made for Monica. They are watching the building
(re: Spanish guitar)
Wow, your brother is really good.
He writes his own songs.
Yeah. Last year he wrote one for me.
She smiles proudly.
Never would've guessed that
from when I saw him in Colorado.
Monica's mood dampens from the reminder of what
her brothers did to them during Thanksgiving… well, Carlos at least…
The drivers side door opens and Doggett comes in with two white sacks.
Sorry it took me so long.
That doesn't smell like Subway.
That's because it's not.
He pulls out one polish sausage and hands
it to Dana. Her eyes light up.
You didn't go all the way
back to M street did you?
She smiles at him.
Nope, but I found the best
polish sausage stand in New York.
He pulls another one out and hands it to
Monica. She doesn't take it.
John, you know I don't like
this crap. Plus we all agreed
on getting Subway sandwiches.
It was out of the way.
That's B.S. Subway is
just around the corner.
Are you going to eat this?
No, it makes me sick to my stomach.
I think these are great.
Hey, if you want another one…
He holds up what would've been Monica's
and winks at Scully. He pulls out of the other white sack, another
polish sausage and takes a large bite out of it.
(hearing the CD)
What are we listening to this crap?
Because my broth-
-Let's put in "Let's
Talk About Love".
He takes Monica's CD and once again tosses
it back at her. Monica gives him a glare and lets out a sigh as she
carefully puts the CD in it's case.
So did anything happen
while I was gone?
Yeah, it was a lot
more pleasant in here.
Doggett ignores her.
Nothing. No deliveries, no
one leaving… yadda, yadda, yadda…
Doggett nods as he finishes off his first
sausage. He pulls a second one out of his bag.
How about we turn the music off
again. (beat/under breath) Maybe
it'll remind you to do your job…
Scully turns off the music.
(looking at Doggett)
You know, with the sun down,
it sure does make it colder
in here, even with a blanket.
She coughs. Doggett looks over at her.
He puts out his arm. Scully moves over
(winks at her)
I'll keep you warm.
Why don't you two
get married already.
Doggett gives her a look through the rearview
What? Is it so bad to
help keep her warm?
No. (beat) But maybe you
could be kinder to me.
I'm nice to you.
Define "nice" in your language.
What does that mean? (beat)
You know Monica, I don't even
know how to talk to you anymore.
(beat) What's your issue?
My issue? (beat) Gee, I don't know.
(beat) Maybe it's how you don't treat
me like your partner. Maybe it's how
you toss my CD around. Maybe it's how
you would eat dog shit for Dana, and
totally snub me off as "just Monica". Maybe-
-What, are you jealous?
No. I want some respect from
you John. That's all I want.
Stop treating me like the next plague.
There is a beat of silence.
I don't know what to say, Monica.
(beat) I'm sorry. I didn't realize
you feel like the next plague.
There is a long silence.
If you guys don't mind. I'm
going to go buy myself some
dinner. (beat) Please keep an
eye on this place, this is an
important case. We don't
want to muck it up.
Ok. (beat) Be careful.
Monica gets out of the car and heads down
Have I really been that rude to her?
Doggett nods his head.
Yeah, a little.
INT. SENATOR BOB CLARK'S RESIDENCE - NEW YORK
The living room of the house if filled with
several agents working on the case.
Among the agents are Brad, Kersh, Special Agent
Martin Fitzgerald of the New York Field Office (missing persons unit)
(you may know him from the TV show "Without A Trace", Thursday nights
on CBS…), and many other agents.
A table is set up with surveillance equipment,
and their phone is wired for trace and record incase they hear from
the guy who abducted the little girl.
Mrs. Clark is sitting on the couch. She's crying,
and an agent is there trying to comfort her. Kersh is with the Senator
at the other side of the living room.
Brad is talking with Martin Fitzgerald (an agent
he knew from his days working at the New York field office). They
are talking by the equipment on the table. They talk quietly so the
Senator and his wife don't hear.
All we can hope for now is
for this guy to call. Run a
trace and pin point a location.
I'd be worried if
ransom isn't demanded.
I've got a unit on surveillance
on our possible suspect. They
have nothing to report so far.
Not good. We keep hitting dead ends.
Senator Clark comes up to Brad and Martin.
He isn't happy at all.
Do you have any news on Kelly?
We're working on-
-How the hell are you working
on it? You're standing here doing
absolutely nothing while my little
girl is out there in the hands of this psycho!
(calm and professional)
Sir, calm down. I've got agents
out in the field looking for
your daughter right-
-They're not working hard
enough! (beat) Am I just
suppose to sit here and do nothing?
Let us handle this, sir.
Do you know what it's like? (beat)
Not being able to protect your
own daughter? Not being able to
protect your loved ones? (beat)
You're not doing an efficient
job! If you were, Kelly
would be here right now!
Sir, you called us in for help.
We're working around the clock
on this. Your daughter is the
Bureau's number one priority. (beat)
The best thing to do right now is to calm down.
Clark can't believe Brad is telling him
to calm down.
-Senator, I've handled several cases
like this. What we're waiting for is
a call from the man who abducted your
daughter. When he does call, he will
demand ransom money, or whatever he wants.
Your job is to keep him on the lone as
long as possible so we can pin point
his location and find Kelly.
And if he doesn't call?
Martin is interrupted by the phone ringing.
I need everyone to be quiet.
Brad turns to Clark.
Sir, this could be it. Whatever
he wants, you agree. Just keep
him on the line as long as possible.
Senator Clark nods his head. He clears
his throat and picks up the phone.
ELECTRONIC VOICE (FILTERED)
Good evening, Senator. Listen carefully
to what I have to say because I will
only say it once. (beat) Your daughter
is fine and will remain that way as long
as you follow my every word. Do you understand?
ELECTRONIC VOICE (FILTERED)
You will deliver three million dollars,
unmarked bills in a black suitcase to
the bus stop at 5th and Manning at exactly
0100 hours. (beat) If you fail to do so,
your daughter will be killed. Do you understand?
I want to talk to her. I need
to be sure you're not lying to me.
ELECTRONIC VOICE (FILTERED)
If you are followed your daughter
will be killed. Do you understand?
I need to hear her or you won't
see your money and I'll have
the feds all over you!
ELECTRONIC VOICE (FILTERED)
I'll see you at 0100 hours
at 5th and Manning if you ever
want to see your daughter again.
The line goes dead. Clark slams the phone
This is total bull shit!
We've got a location.
Brad comes over to the agent and looks at the
Why should I believe a word
from that son of a bitch!?
We've got a location on
him. I'll notify my unit-
Why waste time! If we know where
he is let's get the son of a bitch
and bring my little girl back home!
Sir, we just can't-
Clark walks away from Brad. He's completely
pissed. Brad lets out a sigh and gets out his cell phone and dials.
Monica, it's Brad. (beat) We've
got a location. He's in your
area. Keep your eyes open…
INT. BUCAR - 11:32P.M.
Monica hangs up her cell phone having just finished
her conversation with Brad.
In the front seat, Scully is playfully reaching
for Doggett's ear.
(about to laugh)
Agent Scully, would you knock it off?
Johnny, let me touch it.
Monica can't believe what she's seeing.
She watches as Scully moves closer to Doggett, giving him a seductive
look. Doggett smiles back and suddenly Scully has hold of his ear
and is pulling him to her. They both laugh. Monica on the other hand
can't believe they are flirting while on a stakeout.
With a giggle, Scully looks back at her.
What? I was just-
-There's been a break in the case.
He's demanded ransom. Brad says they
traced the call from a pay phone in
our area. He says to keep alert. (beat)
And please, in the name of all decency
of being a federal agent, stop flirting.
The car falls silent as they keep their
eyes alter to the area.
As our heroic trio doesn't notice, a man in
a hooded sweatshirt enters the building across the street… We follow
INT. BUILDING - CON'T
The Hooded Man makes his way up the stairs.
Shadows concealing his identity. He opens a door on the second floor,
INT. APARTMENT G - CON'T
All is dark. This dump isn't furnished. As he
walks in, a young woman comes up to him.
Did you do it?
We'll be fuckin' millionaires
in a few hours.
The woman smiles at him and gives him a
Is that car still out front?
The man goes over to the window and peers
out, not moving the curtains.
How's the girl?
Crying for her mommy and daddy.
The woman laughs.
Too bad for her.
He looks over to a door that is shut. We
linger on the door for a beat as we…
TIME CUT TO:
INT. BUCAR - 12:12A.M.
Our heroic trio is still keeping a look out.
I see nothin'.
Monica, in the back, keeps her attention
on the building across the street. Movement in a second floor apartment
catches her eyes. A dim light comes on and a slight silhouette of
a man can be seen.
Mon'? You see anything?
(attention on window)
Yeah… building across the street.
A light just came on in a second
floor apartment. It's been dark until now.
Doggett and Scully look over at the building.
My gut feeling is telling me
we should go check it out.
She looks at them to see if they are going
to be behind her. They agree.
Should we call back up?
Monica doesn't hear her, she's on her way
out of the car and is heading towards the building. Doggett and Scully
quickly follow. Scully is dialing a number on her cell phone.
Monica is already at the door of the building
as Doggett and Scully make their way across the street.
INT. BUILDING - CON'T
Monica makes her way in. The hallway is poorly
lit. She quietly makes her way up stairs.
INT. SECOND FLOOR HALLWAY - CON'T - 12:14A.M.
Monica cautiously walks up to apartment G and
listens. Crying can be heard from inside. Monica gets her gun out.
Doggett and Scully can be heard quietly making
their way up the stairs.
The sound of a little girl's muffled scream
can be heard from inside the apartment. Instinct sets in as Monica
breaks through the door, right as a gun goes off! BANG!
INT. APARTMENT G - CON'T
Monica enters the apartment! Gun drawn and aimed
at the Hooded Man!
Federal Agent! Drop your weapon!
The Hooded Man instinctively opens fire at her
just as Doggett and Scully arrive at the scene.
Without hesitation, Monica shoots the man, dropping
him to the ground!
Oh my god!
The woman makes a dash to the door to run off.
Doggett immediately stops the woman, making sure she doesn't go any
Monica is in too much shot to even speak.
Her eyes have fallen on the body of Kelly E. Clark… a little girl
fallen to the ground, laying in a pool of her own blood. Scully follows
her gaze and immediately goes over to the little girl. It's hopeless,
SMALL TIME CUT TO:
INT. BUILDING - SECOND FLOOR HALLWAY - 12:20A.M.
Brad and his team have arrived at the scene.
Kersh is walking the woman out of the apartment, having placed her
under arrest for aiding in the kidnapping of Kelly E. Clark.
The apartment has been sealed up as they wait
for a coroner to come.
Doggett and Scully stand next to each other
near the staircase. Monica stands alone by a window in the hallway,
watching as Kersh takes the woman to a police car.
Brad comes up the stairs. He looks at Doggett
Don't go anywhere, agents.
I'll need to speak to you.
He doesn't even pause as he talks to them.
He walks right over to Monica.
She turns away from the window. She's in
shock, upset and feeling horrible about what just happened.
Monica, I need you to tell
me exactly what happened.
Monica takes a deep breath as she tried
to control her emotions.
(trying to remain calm)
We were keeping an eye open after
I got the call from you. I noticed
a light go on in the apartment. My
gut feeling told me to check it out.
Tell me why the light was
suspicious, Monica. I need
you to be as thorough as possible.
It had been dark all night up
until then. (beat) It was around
midnight, it seemed unusual to me,
so my instinct told me to inspect it.
(beat) I quietly entered the building.
John and Dana followed me inside. I made
my way up the stairs. I heard a little
girl crying from inside the apartment. That's
when I drew my weapon. Then I heard muffled
screams from the little girl. Naturally, I
believed she was in danger of being hurt and
was in immediate danger.
Tears come to her eyes.
Then… (holds back emotions) I then
entered the apartment and he opened
fired at me. I shot him in self-defense.
When did Kelly get shot? Do you know?
Monica shakes her head "no".
It all happened so quickly. Maybe
when I came in, maybe before… after…
I can't recall it that well. I didn't
even realize she was… (she can't say it)…
until after I shot the man down. (beat)
It's all my fault…
You did your job, Monica.
This isn't our fault, ok?
Monica nods her head, even though she doesn't
entirely believe him.
Stay here, all right?
Monica nods as Brad heads over to Doggett
Agent Doggett, I need
to speak with you.
Brad heads down to the opposite end of
the hall so Scully can't hear their conversation. Doggett follows.
Behindh im, the coroner comes up the stairs
and enters the apartment.
What do you need?
Could you please tell
me what happened here tonight?
Not a problem. (beat) Agent Reyes
told Agent Scully and I about the
break in the case. We kept our eyes
open and didn't see anything out of
place. That is until Agent Reyes pointed
out the light in the window that hadn't
been on before then all night. She then
decided to take action without calling for backup.
At what point did you
enter the scene?
Agent Scully and I were making our
way up the stairs when we started
hearing gun shots. We ran in just
as Agent Reyes took down the suspect.
Is that all you know?
Yeah. (beat) For all I know, Agent
Reyes was out of line on her decision
to burst in on the scene without proper
backup. I believe this could've been prevented.
Thank you, Agent Doggett.
Brad walks away from Doggett and up to
Agent Scully, may I speak
with you over here please?
Brad and Scully go to another area of the hallway.
I don't know how much you know
about what happened here tonight,
but I need to know all that you know.
Ok. (beat) Monica got a gut feeling
to check this place out after she got
a call from you. Agent Doggett and I
followed her into the building. I called
in for backup as we approached the building.
By the time we were coming up the stairs,
she was already up there. (beat) I heard
a gun shot as Monica burst into the apartment.
Agent Doggett and I ran up the stairs. I
heard Monica shout "Federal agent. Drop
your weapon." Then I heard a gun shot as Agent
Doggett entered the apartment. When I got there,
Monica shot the man and took him down. (beat)
Agent Doggett stopped the woman in the apartment
So she wouldn't run off. (beat) I saw Monica and
Asked her what happened, however, she was in a
State of shock. I followed her stare and found
the little girl on the ground.
Scully takes a deep breath.
I went over to the little girl and
found that she had been shot point
blank to the head. (beat) I called
you and I secured the scene.
That's exactly what happened?
That's exactly what I witnessed.
Martin Fitzgerald comes running up the stairs.
Brad, the Senator's coming.
(beat) He's not happy.
Brad sees the seriousness in Martin.
He walks away from Scully. The Senator comes
up the stairs. Upset wouldn't even begin to describe how he is. He's
pissed like a bat out of Hell!
Who the hell is responsible
for this?! Which one of your
agents fucked it up?!
Clark looks around the room, seeing the
reactions of everyone. Monica hits his eye. Her body language and
the guilt she's put on her makes her his bulls eye.
Sir, just calm down-
Brad is cut off by the Senator pushing
past him and heading straight towards Monica.
Did you do this? Did you kill her?!
(he could kill her)
-You killed her! Does the value
of a life mean nothing to you?!
Monica is speechless.
You bitch! You're not fit
to be a federal agent!
He's disgusted with her.
She's cut off by him when he pushes her
violently and angrily into the wall. Brad and Martin run up and pull
him away from her.
Back off Senator!
That bitch killed-
-Calm down unless you want a
law suit against you for
assaulting a federal agent.
That woman is not fit
to be a federal agent!
Brad ignores him.
(to Martin/anger in his voice)
He has no business being
Here. Kindly escort him out.
Come on, Mr. Senator.
Martin leads Senator Clark away.
Brad turns to Monica. She's even more upset
no than she was before.
Are you all right?
Monica nods her head and looks away from
Monica. Look at me.
He tilts his head to look at her in the
Talk to me, Moni.
(beat) Are you hurt?
Monica doesn't answer him. Her eyes well
up with tears. Brad takes her into his arms to comfort her.
It's not your fault.
Monica doesn't comment. Her only response
is to hold onto Brad tighter and cry.
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - 1:30A.M.
The woman from the apartment sits at a table
alone in the room.
We are at the POV of behind the glass mirror.
Kersh is watching the woman. Brad comes in.
Is Agent Reyes at home?
Good. (beat) Senator
Clark spoke to the press.
Brad looks over with concern, only knowing
this can't be a good thing.
He's put complete blame on Agent
Reyes. (beat) He leaked out her
name to the press, saying she's
the one responsible.
(feeling the stress)
This looks extraordinarily
bad for the Bureau.
Brad nods in agreement.
And as you know, the Bureau
has to approach this and take action.
Brad looks over at him, afraid to know
where he's going with this.
Especially now that the press
knows. (beat) This was an
important case, Assistant Director.
Kersh looks over at Brad as if he's accusing
him of mucking it up.
What exactly are you saying, sir?
Agent Reyes is looking at termination.
She's a good agent, sir. One
of the best we have. (beat) She
followed her instinct and tried
her best to protect that little girl.
Kersh looks at him, piercingly starring
Brad looks over at him, shocked he would
think that Monica wouldn't do her best to protect Kelly E. Clark.
The door to the interrogation room opens and
Special Agent Martin Fitzgerald enters.
We fade into the interrogation room.
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - CON'T
Martin sits across from the woman. By this time,
they have learned that her name is Amber Weiss.
I'm Special Agent Martin Fitzgerald.
He pulls out his FBI badge to let her see
I'm sure you know why you are
here today, but I'll go ahead
and state it for the record. I'll
be asking you a few questions
about the little girl who got
shot tonight in your boyfriends apartment.
Amber sits there, not sure what to think
of his friendly manner.
The Constitution requires that I inform
you that you have the right to remain
silent. Anything you say can and will
be used against you in court. You have
the right to talk to a lawyer and have
him or her present here tonight, or at
anytime during questioning. If you cannot
afford a lawyer, one will be appointed
for you without cost. (beat) Do you
understand the rights I have explained to you?
Do you wish to talk to me at this time?
Martin gives her a friendly smile.
Thank you for your cooperation.
He pulls out a piece of paper.
If you could read and sign this
so we know you completely
understand your rights, that
would be helpful.
Amber takes the paper and pen. She reads
her rights and signs the paper. She hands it back to Martin.
Can I have some water?
She indicates a water jug behind him.
He gets up and gets her water.
Sometimes these rooms can get dry.
Amber, you're a good person. Good
family background, and excellent
education, so I know you know
how important it is to get your life
back on the right track. (beat) Could
you tell me how Kelly Clark found
her way into your boyfriends apartment?
Jason, my boyfriend, he took her.
If I would've known he was going
to do this, I would've called the police.
Why didn't you?
Amber shifts in her seat and nervously
moves a strand of hair back into it's place behind her ear.
He threatened me. With a gun. (beat)
You know, Jason was in the Marines,
he knows how those things work. I
had no choice but to do what he said.
Martin writes something in his notebook.
What are you writing?
Just taking a few notes.
He gives her a friendly smile.
Did Jason ever strike Kelly?
You mean hit her?
So you never left her alone with him?
Then you would be able to
tell me how she got several
bruises on her face and arm, right?
Right. (beat) I mean… I…
Martin caught her in a lie.
Amber, all I want is the truth. (beat)
If your intent is to lie to me today,
the court will examine that when
determining your sentence. (beat)
All we want is the truth.
There is a beat before Amber continues.
He hit her. (beat) He didn't want
to, but she was being difficult.
Is that why he killed her?
She was being difficult?
He wasn't going to kill her. He
was on his way to give her back,
collect his millions and get away
from here when the FBI burst in! He
didn't mean to kill her. He freaked
and accidentally pulled the trigger!
Martin takes note of her defense and anger.
He waits a beat for her to calm down.
Were you aware that Jason had
been calling Senator Clark for
a whole month before this happened?
Why was he calling him?
Because that rat bastard is the
reason Jason's life went downhill.
He got Jason kicked out of the Marines.
I don't know!
Martin nods his head and writes something
down, giving Amber some time to calm down again.
Listen, I admit I knew about this,
but I had not choice. If you want,
I'll write out everything I know for you.
That would be more than helpful, Amber.
Thank you. (beat) I'll go get the papers.
Amber nods, but is getting irritated with
this official crap and wants to go home.
Martin leaves the room.
INT. INTERROGATION VIEWING ROOM
Kersh and Brad were watching the interrogation.
Martin comes in.
You want to know what I think?
She's not telling the truth.
She knew about it, she doesn't
have remorse for what happened.
You think she thought she'd
run away with him?
She thinks she'll get away with this.
Better get her confession.
Martin grabs some papers and re-enters the interrogation
INT. SCULLY/MARITA/MONICA'S APARTMENT - 2:30A.M.
Not being able to sleep, Scully is watching
the new coverage of the events that went down. A re-cap of Senator
Clark's press conference is on right now as he puts all blame and
responsibility on Monica.
The phone rings and Dana quickly answers it
so Marita doesn't wake up.
She doesn't recognize the man's voice on
the other end, but it is that of Antonio Reyes.
Hi, uh… is Monica there?
No she's not, she's at her
Oh. (beat) What's the phone number there?
May I ask who's calling?
This is Antonio Reyes, I'm her
older brother. (beat) I just
wanted to check on her. I saw
what happened on the news.
Oh… ok. She can be reached at 555-3859.
Thank you. (beat) I'm sorry
if I woke you up or something.
No, you didn't.
All right. Goodbye.
She hangs up the phone.
INT. BRAD FOLLMER'S APARTMENT - 3:15A.M.
Brad comes in, finally done for the moment.
All the lights are off and the apartment is quiet. Brad throws his
jacket onto the couch. He notices a red light blinking on his answering
machine. He hits the "play" button and a message from Antonio comes
ANTONIO (ON MACHINE)
Uh, Monica, it's Antonio. A friend
of yours told me I could reach you
here. (beat) You're probably sleeping,
but I was just calling to see if you
were ok. I saw on the new what happened.
(beat) If you get a chance, call me back.
It's been a while since I've heard from you. Bye.
The machine beeps, indicating the end of Antonio's
Brad heads to the bedroom, quietly opening the
door and entering.
Monica is asleep, but not a peaceful one. She's
troubled about what happened earlier and can't even escape it in her
Exhausted, Brad slips off his shoes and crawls
into bed, still wearing his suit. He puts his arm around Monica in
the hopes of comforting her. Even though he's exhausted, he's troubled
and worried about Monica. He won't get much sleep.
INT. THE DIRECTOR'S OFFICE - FBI HEADQUARTERS
The Director (a young and feisty woman) sits
at her desk. Across from her is Deputy Director Alvin Kersh, Assistant
Director Walter Skinner, and Senator Bob Clark.
(sounds as if she's said this millions of times)
Mr. Senator, as you know the Bureau
will take action against Agent Reyes.
OPR has always, and will continue to
review the actions our agents take.
An agent that was out of control
like that shouldn't be part of the FBI.
I completely understand sir, and
I can assure you that this matter
Will be taken care of.
Now, I will need you to step
outside as I discuss this
with my colleagues.
Clark nods his head, satisfied that he's
being listened to and that the Bureau will take action against Monica.
The Senator leaves.
The Director waits a beat before speaking.
This is extremely bad for the FBI. It
is my opinion that Agent Reyes did what
she thought was right. Indeed, I believe
if I were her I would've done the same.
(beat) Yes, a child's life was lost, but
we have one of the suspects in custody. (beat)
And now, because of the Senator, the public
believes that we are the enemy. We will have
to punish Ms. Reyes so our image can be
restored. (beat) Alvin, get on the phone and
call her to my office.
Kersh gets up and leaves.
Walter, you're just here because
you are her superior and your
presence will acknowledge the
seriousness of this situation.
(beat) Now, stop using the petty
cash to have your secretary buy
you Rogain. It won't work anyway.
Skinner looks guilty and doesn't know what to
INT. FBI BASEMENT - 8:30A.M.
The elevator DINGS open and Doggett steps out.
He stops immediately when he sees Mulder and Krycek replacing the
name plate on the door to the Janitor's Lounge from saying "Janitor's
Lounge" to "Agent's Lounge".
Doggett passes them without incident.
Ha! Now the Janitor can't
kick us out anymore!
Yeah, because it's now the "Agent's Lounge"!
Mulder and Krycek both laugh at how "smart"
their plan is.
The Janitor comes up to them. Mulder and Krycek
stop laughing and give him their "we're better than you" look.
(re: door name plate)
He takes the word "agent" off of the name
plate and the word "janitor" is uncovered.
Mulder and Krycek stop smiling and give each
other a look. They can't believe the Janitor just out smarted them.
The Janitor smiles at them and opens the door.
Have a nice day.
He slams the door on their faces, leaving them
defeated in the hallway.
INT. THE DIRECTOR'S OUTER OFFICE - 9:00A.M.
Monica nervously waits for the Director to speak
with her. The only sound heard is the second hand of a clock ticking
The Director's secretary is writing at her desk.
A beeping noise interrupts the silence. The secretary looks at something
on her desk, then over to Monica.
Agent Reyes, the Director will see you now.
Monica nods her head and goes over to the
INT. THE DIRECTOR'S OFFICE - CON'T
Monica enters. The office has grown in it's
seriousness. The Director sits at her desk with Kersh and Skinner
standing on both sides of her, as if she were the all mighty and powerful
(nervous and can't hide it)
Have a seat please.
Monica sits down in front of the Director.
I've called you here today because
of your actions last night.
She pauses, allowing more tension in the
Even though all of us here today
would have done the same thing,
Senator Clark has reported that
you were out of line and are to
blame for the murder of his daughter.
That's a bad image for the FBI,
Ms. Reyes. (beat) And as you know,
my duties as the Director are to
protect the Bureau from a bad reputation.
Monica looks down, feeling the end of her
Naturally, the public expects me
to take appropriate action against
you. (beat) You are under suspension
for one month without pay.
Monica looks up at her, a sign of relief
that she still has her job.
Off the record, I think you took
correct action on the situation.
You trusted your instincts. Now
we have one of the suspects in
custody. (beat) You're a good
agent, Ms. Reyes. I hope you
can understand why I must take
action against you.
Monica can't believe that the Bureau isn't protecting
their agents, but won't argue against it, she still has her job.
Good. (beat) I'll need to have our
weapon and ID. Security will escort
you out of the building.
Monica nods her head, she's not entirely sure
what to think about this. All she knows is that she still has a job.
She hands over her FBI badge and weapon.
Thank you for your understanding.
(beat) Security is outside.
Monica turns and heads to the door and leaves.
TIME CUT TO:
INT. DEPUTY DIRECTOR ALVIN KERSH'S OFFICE -
Kersh is busy signing documents. His door opens
and Brad comes in, startling Kersh.
Why is the Director refusing
to speak to me?
Assistant Director, you can't
just barge in here.
Brad shuts the door.
You're the next one in line
I can talk to about this.
Mr. Follmer, I don't have time.
Agents Doggett and Scully are on
their way up.
Why is everyone ignoring the
fact that Senator Clark
assaulted Agent Reyes?
I thought I told you not
to get personally involved with-
-She's got one hell of a
bruise on her back from when
he violently hit her into a
wall. I've got witnesses to
this and no one seems to care.
Brad, you don't want-
(he's not going to take this)
-Agent Fitzgerald, Agent Doggett,
Agent Scully, they all saw it happen.
Assistant Director, some things
are better left alone.
Kersh intensely stares him down, a way of warning
him not to go there.
The silence is interrupted by Judy coming over
Sir, Agents Doggett and
Scully are here.
Thank you, Judy.
Kersh looks to Brad.
You can leave now, Mr. Follmer.
Brad glares at him and angrily opens the
door and walks past Doggett and Scully.
Doggett and Scully enter Kersh's office.
Have a seat agents.
The Director wanted me to tell
you that you both have been given
a two week paid vacation until the
incidents of last night cool down
with the press.
We're being given a vacation?
Yes. (beat) You can leave today
or tomorrow, just be back in two weeks.
This is an odd thing, but ok!
Agent Scully, you are dismissed.
(beat) John, I need to speak
with you for one moment.
Doggett nods his head and Scully leaves.
John, I know you take these cases
personally, and I can completely
understand that. (beat) I just want
you to understand that we have looked
over Agent Reyes' actions. She did
the right thing, John. The little girl
was shot before Agent Reyes entered the
apartment. (beat) I don't want you
thinking she didn't do her job. We got them.
I take it you heard my
versions of events.
Yes I have. (beat) And I
know because of your personal
experience that you tend to
take the side of "the father".
Enjoy your vacation, John.
I'll see you in two weeks.
Thank you, sir.
Doggett gets up and leaves Kersh's office.
TIME CUT TO:
INT. BRAD FOLLMER'S APARTMENT - 5:45P.M.
Monica is curled up on the couch watching "The
Brady Bunch" when Brad comes home from work. He can tell she's been
I got suspended for a month.
He sits down next to her and puts his arm around
her. He gives her a kiss on the cheek.
The worse thing is… I didn't
do anything wrong. The Director
even said she would've done the
same thing. (beat) And I get punished
because some Senator decides-
-That man is a jackass, ok?
He doesn't understand that we
go the bad guys. (beat) You're
a good agent.
They sit in silence for a beat.
How's your back?
It hurts. (beat) I guess
that doesn't matter to the
Bureau either, does it?
Kersh told me "not to go there".
Monica rolls her eyes. This upsets her that
the Bureau won't even protect their own agents.
Everyone's going to look
down on me, aren't they?
I hope not.
I'm going to go down to
my Grandmama's for a while.
(beat) Just to clear things
up for me, ya know?
Brad nods his head. He knows her Grandmama
always makes her feel better.
John and Dana got a two
week vacation, so I thought
I'd bring them too since they
won't be busy up here. (beat)
I wish I could bring you, but-
-I've got this case…
Yeah. (beat) I know she
really wants to meet you.
And I want to meet her. (beat)
You're brother Antonio called
here earlier this morning.
Monica looks at him, she wasn't expecting that.
He was just checking in with
you to see if you were ok.
You talked to him?
No, I wasn't home. (beat)
You might want to call
him back. He seemed worried.
Monica nods her head. Brad gets up off
Yeah, a little.
I'll go make you something, ok?
Monica nods her head and he goes into the
kitchen. She looks at the phone wondering if she should return his
call. As she reaches over to the phone and dials, we…