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SANHEDRI 6'2m0f The messiah is seen as competition to Sanhedrin

HEDRIN -- (harsh, intense) Nillman!

(door open)

NILLMAN - (mousy) Yes, Mr Hedrin?

HEDRIN -- Nillman, what kept you?

NILLMAN - Well, I, ah...

HEDRIN -- ...I'm not a man you should keep waiting, Nillman!

NILLMAN - No, sir, I... I...

HEDRIN -- Don't just stand there sputtering, man! There's work 
to be done!

NILLMAN - Work, sir?

HEDRIN -- Yes, I just received word that a wedding in the city 
of Cana in Galilee is running out of wine.

NILLMAN - Uh huh.

HEDRIN -- Well, why are you just standing there, Nillman? Get 
going!

NILLMAN - Yes, sir.

(door close, knock, knock, knock)

HEDRIN -- Come in!

(door open)

NILLMAN - Mr Hedrin?

HEDRIN -- Yes, Nillman?

NILLMAN - What did you want me to do in Cana, Mr Hedrin?

HEDRIN -- What am I going to do with you, Nillman? Do we have 
wine?

NILLMAN - Ah, yes, ah, we have plenty of wine, sir.

HEDRIN -- Do they have wine, Nillman?

NILLMAN - Ah, from what I hear, they're running out, sir.

HEDRIN -- Well?!

NILLMAN - Well, so, you want me to give them some wine, sir?

HEDRIN -- GIVE them some wine!? Nillman, what am I going to do 
with you? Sanhedrin and company doesn't GIVE anything.

NILLMAN - We don't, sir?

HEDRIN -- Nillman, we swindle property from widows and orphans. 
We're not about to give away some perfectly good wine.

NILLMAN - Uh huh.

HEDRIN -- Well, get going!

NILLMAN - Yes, sir.

(door close, knock, knock, knock)

HEDRIN -- Yes, come in.

(door open)

Nillman.

NILLMAN - I was too late, sir.

HEDRIN -- Too late? You mean you already went out to Cana and 
back again? 

NILLMAN - You said to hurry. So I hurried. But, there was a 
fellow at the wedding who beat me to it.

HEDRIN -- Nillman, are you trying to tell me that this guy just 
happened to bring a hundred and twenty gallons of wine to a 
wedding?

NILLMAN - Well, not exactly, sir.

HEDRIN -- Well, WHAT exactly, Nillman.

NILLMAN - He changed water into wine, sir.

HEDRIN -- He what?!

NILLMAN - They said that he changed water into wine, sir.

HEDRIN -- Don't be silly, Nillman! That would take a miracle!

NILLMAN - Yes, Mr Hedrin.

HEDRIN -- What do you mean, "Yes, Mr Hedrin"?

NILLMAN - It WAS a miracle.

HEDRIN -- Do you like working here, Nillman?

NILLMAN - It was an unconfirmed miracle, sir.

HEDRIN -- That's better. Nillman, while you were gone, we got 
in another emergency. Take all of our surplus bread and fish 
over to the Sea of Galilee. There's a crowd of 5000 people over 
there that have nothing to eat. Sanhedrin and company could make 
a fortune off of them!

NILLMAN - Yes, sir. Right away, sir.

(door close, knock, knock, knock)

HEDRIN -- Yes, come in.

(door open)

NILLMAN - I was too late again, sir.

HEDRIN -- Nillman!

NILLMAN - I'm sorry, sir, but that man did it again.

HEDRIN -- What man? Did what again?

NILLMAN - The same man who turned the water into wine at the 
wedding fed 5000 people with 5 small barley loaves and two small 
fish. 

HEDRIN -- Don't be silly, Nillman! That would take a miracle!

NILLMAN - Yes, Mr Hedrin.

HEDRIN -- Not again! Nillman, that man is costing us a lot of 
money.

NILLMAN - Yes, sir.

HEDRIN -- What's his name?

NILLMAN - His name is Jesus of Nazareth.

HEDRIN -- Nazareth, eh? So, well, that's a relief.

NILLMAN - A relief, sir?

HEDRIN -- I thought he might be the messiah. We were expecting 
the messiah to show up anytime now. But he'll come from King 
David's home town, Bethlehem. So, if this Jesus is from 
Nazareth, he's obviously an impostor. 

NILLMAN - Maybe we can get him to work for Sanhedrin, sir.

HEDRIN -- Nillman! Are you suggesting we buy off the 
competition?!

NILLMAN - Well, yes, sir.

HEDRIN -- Nillman, I think you have a real future here at 
Sanhedrin!

NILLMAN - Thank you, Mr Hedrin. I try hard to do my very best...

HEDRIN -- Put a sock in it Nillman. There's work to be done. 

NILLMAN - Yes, Mr Hedrin.

HEDRIN -- Get over to Bethany right away.

NILLMAN - Yes, sir.

(door close, knock, knock, knock)

HEDRIN -- Come in!

(door open)

NILLMAN - Sorry, sir. What did you want me to do in Bethany?

HEDRIN -- A man named Lazarus just died. See if you can swindle 
his two sisters out of their property. 

NILLMAN - Yes, sir. Right away, sir.

(door close, knock, knock, knock)

HEDRIN -- Come in!

(door open)

NILLMAN - Bad news again, sir.

HEDRIN -- Oh, no! Not that Jesus of Nazareth again!

NILLMAN - Yes, sir.

HEDRIN -- So, he swindled the sisters before you got there?

NILLMAN - No, sir. Not exactly, sir. He raised Lazarus from the 
dead.

HEDRIN -- Don't be silly, Nillman! That would take a miracle!

NILLMAN - Yes, Mr Hedrin.

HEDRIN -- Nillman, this Jesus is eating into our profits!

NILLMAN - Yes, sir.

HEDRIN -- Nillman, the next time Jesus of Nazareth shows up in 
Jerusalem here, I want you to have him arrested and killed.

NILLMAN - That's pretty harsh, isn't it, sir?

HEDRIN -- What am I going to do with you, Nillman? You know what 
our motto is here at Sanhedrin?

NILLMAN - Yes, sir, the Sanhedrin motto is "The only good 
competition is dead competition."

HEDRIN -- Very good, Nillman.

NILLMAN - He's as good as dead, Mr Hedrin.

(door close, knock, knock, knock)

HEDRIN -- Come in.

(door open) 

NILLMAN - More bad news, Mr Hedrin.

HEDRIN -- Don't tell me he slipped through your hands, Nillman.

NILLMAN - No, sir, he came peacefully. I paid off a bunch of 
witnesses and we convicted him and we crucified him.

HEDRIN -- Well, then, he's dead! (laughs fiendishly)

NILLMAN - Not exactly, sir.

HEDRIN -- Well, did he die or didn't he, Nillman?

NILLMAN - Well, yes, sir. He died, alright. I had the guard run 
a spear through his heart just to be sure.

HEDRIN -- So, he's dead, right? Tell me he's dead, Nillman!

NILLMAN - Well, he WAS dead, Mr Hedrin.

HEDRIN -- Don't tell me he raised from the dead, Nillman.

NILLMAN - Alright, sir. 

HEDRIN -- (pause) Well, what happened?

NILLMAN - You told me not to tell you, sir.

HEDRIN -- You mean he really raised from the dead, Nillman?

NILLMAN - Yes, sir.

HEDRIN -- Don't be silly, Nillman! That would take a miracle!

(door close)

NILLMAN - (afar) Yes, Mr Hedrin.


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