(Original Air Date: February 19, 2000)
Written by Lorin Wertheimer; Directed by Julia Rask; (as "fanscribed" by Janet)
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Scene: Night. Retired Detective turned Private Investigator Marion "Zeke" Crumb is sitting in his car outside of a motel. Hes taking pictures of a man with the aid of a telephoto lens.
Crumb: Okay, Jack, wheres Jill? (Cellular phone rings) Yeah? Oh, hello, Mrs. Miller. Yeah, Im very close to getting those pictures. Now, you have that check we talked about? Yeah, yeah, were all beasts. But that check - - its certified, right? (Sees a woman arrive and enter the motel room the man entered earlier.) I-I got to go now, Mrs. Miller. Bye-bye.
Scene: Gary is walking down the street with his paper and a fire extinguisher in hand. Headline reads: Two die in motel fire.
Scene: Crumb sitting in his car has just spotted Gary as he arrives at the motel
Crumb: Oh, no. (Gets out of the car carrying the camera. Confronts Gary.) Oh, no, you dont.
(Inside motel room the couple is coming on strong to one another.)
Crumb: Dont tell me. You got to get inside.
Gary: Theres going to be a fire.
Crumb: Save it. I don't wanna hear it. You cant go inside, Hobson, not for another five minutes.
Gary: A friend of mine, hes an electrician. He told me theres faulty wiring in that room.
Crumb: You know what your problem is, Hobson? You got too many friends.
Gary: I'm serious. Ive got to get in.
Crumb: I'm serious. You're not gettin' in.
Gary: Im getting in.
Crumb: Youre not.
(Inside the motel the lovers have caused a candle to fall over and ignite a fire.)
Woman: Jack! (Couple hastily exits the motel room leaving the door open. Gary rushes in with fire extinguisher and attacks the flames.)
Gary: Crumb, behind you.
Crumb: Im not falling for that
Man: Fire! Fire!
Crumb: Hold it, buddy! If I could just get one more picture! Hobson!
(Cue Opening Credits and first commercial break.)
Scene: Street outside motel. Police and fire department have arrived. Red & blue lights flash in the background. Crumb is bawling Gary out for his interference. Gary just stands there and shifts his weight.
Crumb: Five minutes! Thats all I needed. Five minutes to establish extramarital relations. But you couldnt wait could you? Oh, no, no, no. You had to barge in and ruin everything.
Gary: Look, two people were going to burn to death.
Crumb: How do you know that? Dont tell me. (Holds left hand up to forestall Garys explanation.) I dont want to know. (Notices Gary seems to be favoring his right hand.) What happened to your hand?
Crumb: You burned it.
Gary: Its fine. It's nothing.
Crumb: You never learn, do you? The world will continue to spin without you pushing it all the time.
Gary: I am well aware of that.
Crumb: (Heading toward his car) Come on.
Gary: Where you going?
Crumb: My office isnt too far. Well patch that up.
Gary: Im telling you - - it doesn't - - I'm fine!
Crumb: (Turns back toward Gary with a stern look on his face.) Hobson, get in the car.
Scene: Crumbs office. Little more than a hole in the wall. Crumb hangs his coat up on the coat rack by the door. Gary does the same.
Crumb: Its not much, but
Gary: Ahh, its nice. Hey, what are you doing in Chicago anyway? I thought you were in Idaho.
Crumb: I lost everything when my cabin there blew up - - No insurance.
Gary: So now youre, uh, spying on people. Is that what you're doing?
Crumb: Its a living, Hobson. As soon as I build up a stake, Im out of this lousy city once and for all. Ill get you some ice.
(Crumb leaves the main room to go to the kitchen. A young woman enters the office.)
Young Woman: Excuse me. I need some help. The police gave me your name.
Gary: Oh, no, no, no, I think youre looking for (Crumb re-enters the room holding a package)
Crumb: All I got is frozen peas.
Young Woman: Marion Crumb?
Crumb: And you are?
Young Woman: I dont know.
Crumb: Excuse me?
Young Woman: I dont know who I am. I cant remember. (Sits and takes her hat off.)
Crumb: (Leans forward and smells her breath while Gary watches.) Well, you havent been drinking.
Young Woman: No. I, um, I hit my head. I came to a few hours ago, and there - - there were church bells. (Puts her right hand to her head.)
Gary: Uh, amnesia.
Crumb: Thanks, Hobson.
Young Woman: I think somebody tried to kill me.
Crumb: Naturally. (Walks away)
Young Woman: You dont believe me?
Crumb: No, no. Most women who come in with amnesia, someones trying to kill them.
Gary: Hey, uh hey, uh (Bends down to look at her head.) You got a pretty nasty bump over there. Come on. Why dont you sit down here? (Helps her to a different seat) Go on, have a seat. Here, set this on it. (Hands her the frozen peas.) Maybe itll take the swelling down a bit. Go on. Its all right.
Young woman: Thank you. (Holds the peas to the bump for a few seconds.)
Crumb: Okay. You dont know your name, you dont know what happened, and someone may or may not be after you. What do you want me to do about it?
Young Woman: The police said that you could help.
Young Woman: Um Detective, uh Loman.
Young Woman: Yes, thats right.
Crumb: Good old Walt.
Young Woman: I need to find out who I am, Mr. Crumb, and whats happened to me.
Crumb: (Hands her a form from his desk while Gary appears unhappy with Crumbs attitude and treatment of the girl.) Fine. I get $500 a day plus expenses. Theres a $2,000 retainer. Thats up front.
Crumb: I take all major credit cards.
Young Woman: I dont have any money. I dont even have a purse.
Crumb: Thats what I figured. Thanks for stopping by.
Young Woman: No, please. (Starts to sob.)
Crumb: Oh, can the waterworks, honey.
Young Woman: I dont have anywhere to go. Please.
Crumb: Go back to Lomax.
Young Woman: The police couldnt help me.
Crumb: Well, I'm sorry. I cant help you either.
Young Woman: Mr. Crumb, please.
(Crumb helps her up and takes the peas as she leaves and Gary watches in disbelief.)
Crumb: I hope everything works out for you. (Off Gary's look:) What? Shes a kook.
Gary: Well, you were willing to take her case a few minutes ago.
(Camera switches back and forth between Gary and Crumb.)
Crumb: Thats when she was a kook with money.
Gary: Crumb, what if she was telling the truth?
Crumb: Shes not telling the truth, Hobson. I doubt she even knows what the truth is.
Gary: You think that lump on her head just came out of thin air? Maybe shes really in trouble.
Crumb: Well, that would fall under the category of "Not My Problem". (Leaves the room.)
Gary: Whats wrong with you? (Grabs his jacket and goes after the girl. Comes up behind a woman he thinks is her.) Excuse me. Excuse me. (Realizes hes made a mistake.) Oh, Im sorry.
Scene: Skyline outside McGintys. Changes from night to day.
Scene changes to interior of the main dining room. Gary is seated at the bar and Marissa is standing behind it.
Marissa: You got to cut him some slack, Gary. Crumbs been a cop for 30 years.
Gary: What's that have to do with anything?
Marissa: Hes spent his life dealing with criminals. You learn not to trust people, not to mention that the last woman he fell in love with turned out to be a crook. That kind of thing could make anyone cynical.
Gary: No, no. This was more than cynical. This woman came for help. She had nowhere to turn. He pushed her out the - - he literally pushed her out the door.
Marissa: All Im saying is try and look at it from his point of view.
Gary: This is her. (Looking at headline in the paper: Unidentified body pulled from river.)
Marissa: What? Who?
Gary: The woman from last night. "Unidentified body pulled from river." She was telling the truth.
Marissa: How do you know its her?
Gary: Because it mentions the tattoo.
Marissa: What tattoo?
Gary: The tattoo. She had a tattoo. I saw the tattoo behind her ear. It doesnt say when, where, or how. It doesnt give me anything to go on.
Marissa: Theres got to be something.
Scene: Crumbs office. Hes sleeping on the couch with a quilt thrown over him.
Gary: Crumb! (Knocks on the door and then opens it and enters the office.) Hey, Crumb! Crumb. Crumb. Hey, Crumb, Wake up.
Crumb: Go away Hobson.
Gary: Crumb this is very important.
Crumb: What time is it?
Gary: Its around 9:00.
Crumb: I open at noon.
Gary: Crumb, come on, wake up.
Crumb: Jeez, Hobson.
Gary: That that woman, from last night. Ive got to find her.
Gary: Because I believe her. I think shes in trouble.
Crumb: Youre better off staying away from that broad. Believe me, Hobson.
Gary: Listen, Crumb, please.
Crumb: You know her name, where she lives? (Sits up.)
Gary: No, I dont.
Crumb: Dont let the door hit you on the way out.
Gary: Ill pay you. You find her, Ill pay you.
Crumb: You that hard up for a date? Even if I were so inclined, how am I supposed to find her?
Gary: Because shes got a tattoo. A tattoo on the neck.
Crumb: She had a tattoo. (Gets up from couch.) Thats some help. Go away, Hobson. I got paying customers that need proof that their loved ones are cheating on them.
Gary: $500 a day plus expenses.
Crumb: What kind of tattoo? (Looks back at Gary.)
Scene: Exterior of street with light traffic. Gary and Crumb are on foot.
Gary: Is this what you do all day? You go from place to place asking the same questions over and over?
Crumb: Id rather be fly-fishing if you know somebody who will pay me to do that. C'mon Hobson, this is only number six on our list. You know you're learning the most important part of detective work - - comfortable shoes. Now just keep quiet and let me do the talking ok?
(They enter a building with a sign Cornerstone Community Center - - over the door.)
Scene: Interior of the mission. Lobby area with counter.
Preacher: Small, next to the ear. Chinese character maybe.
Gary: Like a Roman Numeral Two?
Preacher: Thats right. Poor thing, shes scared of her own shadow. Id say its her first night on the street.
Crumb: Can we see her?
Priest: I'm sorry, she left over an hour ago.
Crumb: She say where she was going?
Preacher: Im sorry.
Gary: Its very important.
Crumb: Did she speak to anybody?
Preacher: She might have talked to Gretchen.
Crumb: Gretchen. Which one is she? A life may be at stake here, Father.
Priest: Ill bring her out. (Exits lobby.)
Crumb: (turns to Gary) Give me 20 bucks.
Gary: For what?
Gary: What expenses?
Crumb: Just give a twenty, all right? (Gary pulls out his wallet.)
Gary: You think well find her?
Crumb: Youd be better off if we didnt.
Gary: Now, why do you say that?
Crumb: Shes lying.
Gary: How do you know shes lying? You dont even know her.
Crumb: Oh, and you do? (Gary has somewhat sheepish look on his face.) Im just playing the odds, thats all.
Gary: It wouldnt have anything to do with your last girlfriend turning out to be - -
Crumb: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. (Looks angry with where the conversation is going.) That is a door we do not open, understand?
Gary: Yeah. (Priests returns with an older woman. The camera switches back and forth between the different members of the group.)
Priest: Gretchen, this is
Crumb: Crumb, and this is Hobson.
Gretchen: That poor sweetheart hit her head. She didnt know which way was up.
Gary: Any idea where she went?
Gretchen: Back to where she woke up so she would remember.
Gary: You dont, by chance, know where that is, do you?
Gretchen: Somewhere down in the west side docks.
Crumb: Down by the water?
(Priest leaves. Crumb hands Gretchen the $20 and leaves. )
Gary: Thank you very much (Gretchen nods at Gary.)
Scene: Exterior by the riverfront. Gary and Crumb are walking along. Crumb stops and faces Gary. Gary also stops. He is holding his hands in front of him.
Crumb: So now we lay out a grid and start walking.
Gary: Were running out of time.
Crumb: What do you want me to do, Hobson, get a crystal ball?
(Bells are heard pealing.)
Gary: Bells. When she came to, she she said she heard bells.
Scene: Exterior of a large church. A U.S. flag hangs over the doors. Crumb and Gary are climbing the stairs.
Crumb: Now, Hobson, once were inside - -
Gary: Yeah, yeah, let you do the talking.
Crumb: Thats good. Youre learning.
Scene: The young woman that Gary & Crumb are looking for comes out of an alley. A man on the corner follows her. She looks back and sees him and starts running. A little way down the street a mans hand reaches out and taps her on the shoulder. She looks back and faints into Garys arms.
Scene: Street outside a store. Gary and the young woman are sitting on a bench. Crumb stand behind them close by.
Crumb: (looking at gawkers) What are you looking at? Go on, get out of here! Move it!
Gary: Its all right. Youre okay.
Young Woman: No, he was after me.
Crumb: Nobodys after you.
Gary: Youre safe now.
Young woman: He was chasing me. He followed me here.
Gary: The same guy as before?
Crumb: What did he look like?
(Camera switches back and forth between them.)
Young Woman: I didnt get a good look.
Crumb: Yeah, all right. Hobson are we done?
Gary: (Looking up at Crumb) Did you hear what she said?
Crumb: I heard what she said. Our deal was to find her. Well, I found her. If you want to keep playing Mother Teresa, thats up to you. I got better things to do with my time. Youll get my bill. (Walks away.)
(Gary turns back to the young woman.)
Gary: Hey, look, its all right. Im not going anywhere. Can you tell me more about this guy?
Young Woman: He was running after me. He was about to catch me.
Gary: I believe you.
Young Woman: Thank you.
Gary: Can you stand up?
Young Woman: Yeah. Oh, God. (Starts to faint again. Gary catches and holds her.)
Gary: Whens the last time you had something to eat?
Scene: Exterior street outside a restaurant. Sign reads: Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. Vehicle traffic and pedestrian traffic go by. Shifts to interior. Gary and the young woman are seated at a table talking.
Young woman: He was tall. Um I didnt get a good look.
Gary: Do you have any idea why he might be after you?
Young Woman: Um Im not usually like this. Er, I dont know what Im usually like, but it probably doesnt involve being chased by a killer.
(Waitress approaches with drink in hand. Places it on the table in front of the young woman.)
Gary: Excuse me. What is this?
Waitress: Scotch and soda.
Gary: I'm sorry, we didnt order this.
Waitress: Its her usual.
Gary: Whoa. Uh do you know this lady?
Young Woman: Whats my name?
Gary: If you could help us out. You see, shes having some, uh well, short-term memory loss problems. Were just trying to fit the puzzle back together here.
(Waitress stops & turns back when Gary speaks. Gary looks up at her when she approaches the table again.)
Waitress: You really dont know your name? (Looks at the young woman.) Look, all I know is scotch and soda and dont expect much of a tip.
Gary: You wouldnt know where she lived, would you?
Waitress: Look, Mister, two months shes been coming in here. Shes said three words to me -- scotch and soda. No hellos, no thank-yous. Im real sorry about your problem, Miss, but I got customers. (Walks off)
Young Woman: Well, at least we know I start the day with a nutritious breakfast. (Looks down at her drink.)
Gary: You must live around here or work around here. If she recognized you, Someone else is going to know more.
(Young woman takes a sip of her drink and grimaces.)
Gary: What is it?
Young Woman: Oh, its terrible.
Scene: Exterior street. El train passes overhead. Gary and the young woman are walking down the street.
Gary: Is anything familiar at all the buildings or the storefronts?
Young Woman: I dont know.
Gary: Well, how about the street signs? Does anything ring a bell?
Young Woman: I dont know. Maybe. I cant tell.
(Man at newsstand calls to them and waves them over.)
Man: Rose! Rose!
Gary: Come on.
Man: Hey, Rose, Thursday was five days ago.
Young Woman: What?
Gary: You know her?
Man: Real cute. 28 bucks, and no more "youre getting your paycheck" or "just one more day."
Young Woman: I smoke?
Man: Very funny.
Gary: here. Here you go. Keep the change.
Man: Thanks. I dont mind running a tab - -
Young Woman: You dont know my last name, do you?
Young Woman: Archer. My name is Rose Archer.
Young Woman (Rose): Rose Archer.
Gary: Are you sure?
Gary: You all right?
Rose: I just need some rest.
Gary: All right come on.
Scene shifts to brief exterior shot of McGintys. Then changes to interior. The door to Garys loft opens. Gary & Rose walk in. Rose removes her coat.
Rose: I dont want to impose Gary.
Gary: No, no, no. Youre not. I offered, and this way Ill know youre safe.
Rose: Why are you being so nice to me?
Gary: Look, you can sleep all you want. I got some sheets for the couch and a towel if you want to take a shower. (Gary walks over to his closet and the bathroom and back.) Ill be downstairs if you need anything else. (Rose has fallen asleep on top of his bed. Gary smiles down at her.)
Scene: Crumbs office. Gary & Crumb are on the phone to each other.
Crumb: Are you nuts? You dont know the first thing about this woman.
Gary: And thats where you come in. Ive already looked up all the Rose Archers in the phone book. (Gestures with his left hand and turns the pages in the phone book.) She doesnt live in Chicago.
Crumb: Yeah, so?
Gary: She wants to know who she is, Crumb. Crumb.
Crumb: $500 a day.
Gary: I already hired you for the day.
Crumb: New assignment. Hey, I got a business to run here.
Gary: All right, fine. (Rubs his left hand over his face.)
Crumb: All right. Archer, Rose. Ill be in touch. (Crumb and Gary hang up their respective phones.)
Scene: McGintys Office. Marissa enters using her cane. Gary looks up at her suspiciously.
Marissa: She still asleep?
Marissa: Its just, you seem awfully involved with this woman.
Gary: Marissa, what am I supposed to do, give up cause someone stops being a headline?
Marissa: Of course not, but the police - -
Gary: The police arent going to to anything that could help her.
Marissa: How about a doctor? It's just that I think, before you get in over your head - -
(Rose enters wearing a shirt belonging to Gary. Gary rises from his chair.)
Rose: Am I intruding?
Rose: I hope its okay, I borrowed your
Gary: No, that - - thats fine.
Marissa: Ill be at the bar. (Indicates door with her head and leaves.)
Gary: Uh, look Rose, I - - I was thinking that, uh, well, maybe it would be a good idea if you saw a doctor.
Rose: No, doctors cost money.
Gary: No, dont worry about that.
Rose: Gary, Im feeling better. (Starts to get dizzy again.) Whoa.
Gary: You all right?
Rose: Maybe a doctors not such a bad idea.
Scene: Brief exterior shot of the El passing by. Switch to interior of doctors office. The doctor is showing Gary and Rose the x-rays she took.
Doctor: Thats a nasty knot on the back of your head, but it didnt cause your amnesia.
Rose: It didnt?
Doctor: Hemorrhaging in the frontal lobe might affect memory, but a hemorrhage would show up as a dark spot on these scans. (Turns back to Gary and Rose.)
Rose: So you think Im making this up?
Doctor: Oh, not at all. When a person experiences a great emotional shock like you did, the brain can shut down. We call this a dissociative episode.
(The camera switches back and forth between the three of them.
Rose: And thats what I have?
Doctor: Quite possibly.
Gary: But she will get her memory back?
Doctor: In most cases.
Gary: How soon?
Doctor: No way to tell.
Rose: Would a shock like this account for a change in personality? I mean, would it make a smoker not want to smoke anymore?
Doctor: The literature is filled with strange cases. Theres a lot about the brain we still dont know.
Scene: Exterior of the streets. Rose & Gary are walking. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic passes them as they move along.
Rose: I hate this. I hate not knowing who I am.
Gary: Rose - -
Rose: Its a nightmare. I keep thinking Im going to wake up, and Ill be home. I want my memory. I want my life.
Gary: Youll get it back.
Rose: How soon, and what happens when I do?
Gary: Well, I dont know.
Rose: Will I go back to being who I was?
Gary: Why wouldnt you?
Rose: From what people are saying, Im not a likable person. I stiff waiters. I dont repay loans.
Gary: Well, if its any consolation, I like you.
Rose: You dont know me. I dont know me.
Gary: (They stop and Gary turns to face her.) Look Rose, trust me on this. Youre a good person. (After a second he takes her by the arm and they continue on.) Come on.
Scene: Crumbs office. Crumb is on the phone.
Crumb: You sure? Larceny, racketeering, conspiracy to defraud? (Reaches over to remove paper from the fax machine.) Yeah, yeah, its coming through right now. Thank you. (Fax machine beeps.)
CONTINUE TO PART 2
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