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LIL01    23' LIL SHERLOCK pilot episode: kidnap and ransom

INT AFTERNOON WIDE: GYMNASTICS MEET

(Lily, dressed in a leotard, finishes her tumbling pass of a
floor exercise routine with a round-off, flip-flop, and double
back somersault as the last few bars of a dramatic concerto play
to finale in the background. Applause.)

(Jump cut to the climax of the award presentation. Lily climbs
to the top of the podium, bows as the head judge slides the gold
medal ribbon around her neck and then gives her the all-around
championship trophy)

                           ANNOUNCER

(voiceover public address)

...And the winner of the all around competition is... Lily
Sherlock! Lily Sherlock, ladies and gentlemen!

(applause)

INT NIGHT WIDE: CAR

(Lily, her Mom, Dad and little sister laugh and joke as Lily
kisses her trophy and her sister snaps a flash picture.
Immediately, a screech of tires is followed by a collision)

EXT MORNING WIDE: CEMETERY

(Camera sweeps a small crowd of mourners beyond three caskets
topped by pictures of Lily's dad, mom and sister. At the end of
the sweep, Lily is seen kneeling and sobbing at the foot of one
of the caskets.)

                            PASTOR

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff
they comfort me.

(Jump cut to mourners returning to their cars. Pastor walks
beside a social worker whose hand is on Lily's shoulder)

                            PASTOR

Have you found a home for Lily yet?

                         SOCIAL WORKER

Unfortunately, both of her parents were orphans. Neither one of
them have any living relatives.

                            PASTOR

What about adoption?

                         SOCIAL WORKER

Bad timing. The earthquake used up all our eligible foster
parents. We have no choice but to house her in Juvenile Hall
temporarily.

                            PASTOR

With the juvenile delinquents?!

                         SOCIAL WORKER

We have no choice. We'll try to keep her segregated. And it's
just until another foster family becomes available.

                            PASTOR

What are her chances?

                         SOCIAL WORKER

(clears throat, shakes head subtly)

We'll see.

INT NIGHT WIDE: JUVENILE HALL

(Lily cowers under a bed as kids' legs run by in both
directions, stopping in front of the bed to say their lines,
voiceovers:)

                             GIRL1

Where is that little jerk?!

                             GIRL2

She's got to be here somewhere.

                             GIRL1

Wait til I get my hands on that little squealer!

                             GIRL2

She has no idea who she's dealing with!

                          LOUDSPEAKER

Lights out in one minute. Lights out in one minute. Anyone out
of bed after lights out will have no outdoor activity privileges
for a week.

                            GIRL1

(shouts)

Lily, you little dork, wherever you are, I'll see you in the
morning and you'll be sorry.

(legs clear out, click, dark)

(Lily crawls out from under bed, listens to door, pulls mattress
off bed, tips bed up on end against the wall, climbs up the
spring matrix on the bed like a ladder. At the top, she pushes
up on a ceiling tile, disappears into the crawl space above)

(jumpcut to nurse's office. Lily removes a ceiling tile, pokes
her head down to look around, lowers herself gracefully in a
somersault through the hole, drops to the floor. Crosses to the
window, opens it, slips out)

EXT NIGHT WIDE: JUVENILE HALL

(Lily climbs up the downspout and onto the roof of the building)

(Jumpcut to the space between two buildings traversed by a
six-inch diameter pipe. Lily dances across the pipe as if it's a
balance beam, dismounts in a front somersault with a half
twist.)

(Jumpcut to corner of the building as Lily slides down the
downspout to ground, then runs into the darkness and out of
sight)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: CITY STREET MONTAGE

(no sound track, except street noise)

(a stake-bed truck stops at a stop light. Lily pops up from
between the cargo containers, yawns, looks around, climbs out
the back and jumps down to the street as the light turns green
and the truck drives away.)

(Lily pauses at the window of a donut shop, licks her lips and
holds her abdomen. Woman behind the counter looks at Lily and
smiles. Lily digs into her pockets, comes out with a dime and a
penny, drops head, then exits frame with hands in pockets)

(Lily digs through a series of trash cans and dumpsters
collecting aluminum cans, looking at each new find as if it's a
diamond.)

(Lily deposits cans in a vending machine, collects and counts
the coins as she exits frame)

(Lily enters the donut shop, holds up her index finger for the
woman behind the counter, then points to a donut in the glass
case. The woman fetches the donut as Lily counts out four
quarters from her hand, offers them to the woman. The woman
offers the donut and collects the quarters, but points at the
tax sticker on the side of the cash register. Lily counts some
of the change and drops it into the woman's hand, exits eating
the donut voraciously.)

(Lily approaches a corner, sees a policeman rounding the corner,
secrets herself into a door way until he passes.)

(A toothless man speaks jibberish into Lily's face, she recoils,
turns and walks away fanning her nose reacting to his bad
breath.)

(A seedy looking man strokes Lily's cheek with the back of his
index finger. His words are drowned out my the street noise, but
Lily recoils, turns and hurries away, looking over her shoulder)

(A man with bad teeth dangles a small plastic bag of white
powder in front of Lily's face. She recoils, but her words of
disgust are drowned out by the street noise)

(Lily exits the employment office, sighs, leans back against the
building, slides down to a sitting position.)

(Lily approaches a corner, sees a policeman rounding the corner,
secrets herself into a door way until he passes, she steps back
onto the sidewalk, makes sure the policeman is gone, turns,
finds herself face to face with a homeless woman with her hand
out. Though the woman's words are drowned out by the street
noise, it's obvious that she's demanding money. She tries to dig
into Lily's pocket, but Lily backs away, then turns and runs
past policeman and out of sight. He chases.)

(Lily enters the donut shop, holds up her index finger for the
woman behind the counter, then points to a donut in the glass
case. The woman fetches the donut as Lily reaches into her
pockets with both hands, comes out with some change, counts it,
but the woman points at the tax sticker on the side of the cash
register. Lily reaches into her pocket for more change, but
comes up short. She points at something else in the glass case.
The woman shakes her head and returns the donut to the display.
Lily exits dejected, holding her abdomen)

EXT NIGHT WIDE: ALLEY NEXT TO A DUMPSTER

(Lily sits on the pavement with her back to the wall, hugs her
knees, lays her head on her knees. She raises her head when she
hears footsteps. A man's legs walk by. Seconds later, the man
stops, then returns, then stops in front of her. She ducks her
head, hoping that he won't see her.)

                            HOLLIS

Hey, kid. How would you like to earn twenty bucks?

                             LILY

(pauses, looks up)

I'm not going to do anything illegal.

                            HOLLIS

(offers a business card)

It's not what you think. I'm a private detective. I'm running a
surveillance. I need your help. Here, take it.

                             LILY

(pauses, takes card, reads it)

What do I have to do?

                            HOLLIS

(points over shoulder)

Go into that Italian restaurant with me and eat a plate of
spaghetti.

                             LILY

(pauses)

I'm new to the city. But I'm not stupid. You don't pay a person
twenty bucks to eat dinner.

                            HOLLIS

I'm following a man who just went into that restaurant and he'll
get suspicious if a single man comes in alone. But a Grandpa
with his granddaughter will be less conspicuous.

                             LILY

Kind of like undercover, huh?

                            HOLLIS

Kind of like undercover.

                             LILY

Is this for real?

                            HOLLIS

It's strickly business. No hanky panky.

(offers a twenty dollar bill)

Here's you're twenty dollars in advance. If you don't like the
spaghetti, you can get up and walk out.

                             LILY

(takes the money)

Deal.

(stands)

Okay, Grandpa, my name is Lily. Let's go undercover.

INT NIGHT WIDE: ITALIAN RESTAURANT

(Hollis sits with his back to the man and woman in the booth two
tables away. Hollis and Lily talk over their menus)

                            HOLLIS

Don't look at them until I tell you.

                             LILY

Them? I thought you said you were following one guy,...

(smiles)

Grandpa.

                            HOLLIS

He came in here alone. But his wife hired me because she
suspected that her husband was seeing another woman.

                             LILY

(scans the room)

That's him with the bimbo against the wall, isn't it?

                            HOLLIS

Looks like I chose the right detective for the job, Lily.

(slides a small cell phone toward Lily)

Keep this out of sight.

                             LILY

(takes cell phone, hides in in front of her menu)

You want me to take their picture when he starts kissing her?

                            HOLLIS

(nods, smiles)

How was your day at school, Lily?

                             LILY

(inspecting the settings on the cell phone)

Fine, Grandpa. I was elected class president. And I got a blue
ribbon in the spelling bee.

(smiles)

                           WAITRESS

(approaches)

Have you decided?

                            HOLLIS

Spaghetti with Marinara sauce and a small salad with oil and
vinegar. Coffee to drink.

                           WAITRESS

And you miss?

                             LILY

I'll have what Grandpa is having, except I'll have a coke.

(Hides cell phone in her lap. Waitress collects menus, exits
frame)

Grandpa?

                            HOLLIS

Yes, Lily?

                             LILY

This cell phone has a flash and the flash is set to ON. I assume
you don't want the guy to know we're taking his picture.

(pokes buttons on cell  phone)

                            HOLLIS

(nods)

I'm glad you caught that. It's a brand new cell phone. I'm not
very good at that new tech stuff.

(the couple in the booth, face one another, toast one another,
then drink wine, smiling and talking inaudibly as their noses
touch. Lily slides the cell phone across the table until she can
get a clear shot, click)

Did you get them kissing?

                             LILY

No, but he's about to eat her face.

(the couple in the booth kiss, click, click)

Grandpa, are you sure that woman is not his wife?

(click, click, click)

He sure likes her.

                            HOLLIS

No. That's his secretary. And I don't think he hired her for her
typing skills. Did you get a good shot?

                             LILY

(slides cell phone across the table toward Hollis)

Look for yourself. Press the left arrow button to see the
others.

(the couple in the booth take another sip of wine, then stand)

                            HOLLIS

Hey, you're pretty good at this! These are all money shots.

                             LILY

(nods toward the couple)

Grandpa, they're leaving.

(couple exits)

                            HOLLIS

(hides cell phone in lap)

So, Lily, are you trying out for the soccer team again?

                             LILY

Try outs are this weekend, Grandpa.

                            HOLLIS

(makes sure the couple is gone, slide cell phone toward Lily)

Show me how to take a picture with this thing.

                             LILY

(points to shutter button)

Just point it and push that button.

                            HOLLIS

How do you wind it?

                             LILY

No winding. If you want another picture, you just push the
button again.

                            HOLLIS

(stands, exits)

Thanks, nice work, Lily.

(drops $40 on the table next to his plate)

That's for the food...

(drops a twenty dollar bill in front of Lily as he exits)

And there's a bonus for you.

                             LILY

(smiles)

Thanks.

(waitress brings the salads. Lily eats voraciously)

EXT NIGHT WIDE: ALLEY NEXT TO DUMPSTER

(Lily sits on pavement with her back to the wall, hugs her
knees, lays her head on her knees. She raises her head when she
hears footsteps.)

                            HOLLIS

(approaches)

Lily? Are you there?

                             LILY

Are you mad because I ate your spaghetti?

                            HOLLIS

No. I need your help again.

(points to cell phone)

I don't know how to get these pictures out of the cell phone.

                             LILY

(stands)

You need a computer.

                            HOLLIS

There's a computer at the office. But I have no idea how to use
it.

INT NIGHT WIDE: STOREFRONT DETECTIVE OFFICE

(Lily sits at the computer and inserts the connector cable from
the cell phone into the computer slot, points at screen as
Hollis stands behind and observes)

                             LILY

When the pictures come up on the screen, you put the arrow on
the pictures you want to print and click. It's all automatic.

(clicks, the printer begins spitting out pictures)

                            HOLLIS

I had no idea it could do that. My son bought this computer for
the business, but all he ever does with it is play video games.

                             LILY

Is he a detective too?

                            HOLLIS

He's got his detective's license. But he's no help at all. All
he does is spend my money.

                             LILY

Here's a picture of the guy and the bimbo going into...

                            HOLLIS

They're going into her house.

(smiles)

                             LILY

It looks like you really nailed this guy.

(clicks mouse)

                            HOLLIS

Thanks to you.

                             LILY

(Points to screen)

I transferred all the pictures to a permanent folder in the
computer. The folder is labeled with today's date in case you
need to print another copy.

(stands)

                            HOLLIS

(pulls out a twenty dollar bill, offers it)

Lily, you've been a big help.

                             LILY

(takes money, moves toward door)

Well, if you need me again, you know where you can find me.

                            HOLLIS

Lily, wait.

                             LILY

(turns)

Huh?

                            HOLLIS

Since my son moved out, I have a spare bedroom upstairs.

(points up)

                             LILY

(holds out the twenty dollars bill)

Oh, I don't have enough money to pay rent.

                            HOLLIS

I'm not talking about rent. I'm talking about a business
arrangement. With my son spending all my money, I can't afford
to pay you much... I can't even afford to pay you minimum wage,
but...

                             LILY

You want me to work for you?!

                            HOLLIS

Yeah. I thought that was obvious.

                             LILY

You don't have to pay me. If you just let me stay here and eat
here, you don't have to pay me. I'll work here for nothing.

                            HOLLIS

Well, that was easy.

(exiting)

Come on. Let me show you to your room.

INT AFTERNOON WIDE: STOREFRONT DETECTIVE OFFICE

(Lily sits at the computer doing data entry as Junior enters)

                             LILY

(whirls around, smiles)

Good afternoon. May I help you?

                            JUNIOR

Who are you? And what are you doing to my computer?

                             LILY

Oh, you must be Junior.

(stands, offers hand)

My name is Lily. I'm the office manager.

                            JUNIOR

You're what?!

                             LILY

The office manager. I run the office.

                            JUNIOR

I know what an office manager does! What are you doing in my
office?!

                             LILY

I thought I covered that. I'm the office manager.

(pauses)

Oh, your dad didn't tell you that he hired me. He said he was
going to tell you as soon as you got back from your poker
tournament. How did that go, by the way?

                            JUNIOR

I don't want to talk about it. How much is my dad paying you?

                             LILY

Nothing.

                            JUNIOR

Nothing?!

                             LILY

He lets me stay in your...

(points up)

old bedroom.

                            JUNIOR

Oh. Well, I guess I can't complain about the money.

                             LILY

No. But your father will.

                            JUNIOR

What do you mean?

                             LILY

(points to computer)

The check you wrote to enter that poker tournament caused an
over draft. The bank charged us $35.

                            JUNIOR

(removes jacket, hangs it on rack)

I was going to replace that money out of my winnings.
Unfortunately, there were no winnings.

(sits, puts feet up on desk)

Now I suppose that means I can't enter the bass fishing
tournament. Now what am I going to do?

                             LILY

You know, you really shouldn't list the entry fee of a poker
tournament as a business expense. And you shouldn't use your
business credit card for personal expenses either.

                            JUNIOR

You sound like my father! I don't need the negative vibes. What
I need is some money to enter the bass fishing tournament.

                             LILY

Well, your detective's license is current, why don't you do some
detective work?

                            JUNIOR

You sound like my father! Detective work is boring. All you do
all day is sit around and wait for other people to do something.

(stands, exits)

I know what I'll do. I'll go to the club for a steam and
massage.

(Lily looks both ways, approaches coat rack, looks toward door,
feels Junior's jacket for his wallet, removes it, removes the
check book and credit card, replaces wallet, returns to
computer, sits. Junior reenters, puts on jacket, exits)

Forgot my jacket.

                             GWEN

(enters as office door closes)

Excuse me?

                             LILY

(whirls around)

Good afternoon, how may I help you?

                             GWEN

I need a detective.

                             LILY

I'm sorry, both of our detectives are out of the office. But I
can take your information and one of our detectives can start
working on your case later today.

(picks up pad and pen ready to write)

Your name?

                             GWEN

My name is Gwen Chamberlain. My son's name is Tyler Chamberlain.

                             LILY

Tyler Chamberlain? THE Tyler Chamberlain -- from that television
show?

                             GWEN

(nods)

He's been kidnapped!

                             LILY

Kidnapped?! Shouldn't you be talking to the police?

                             GWEN

The kidnappers told me not to involve the police or... or...
I... don't even want to think about it.

                             LILY

I understand. I assume this is a kidnap for ransom.

                             GWEN

(nods)

They demanded a million dollars. But I don't have that kind of
money!

                             LILY

You don't?

                             GWEN

No. This is the first year of the television series. Tyler won't
be getting that kind of money until next season. But everybody
thinks he's rich just because he's on television every week.

                             LILY

How much time do we have?

                             GWEN

What do you mean?

                             LILY

We need to rescue Tyler before the ransom is due.

                             GWEN

Oh! Yes, yes, of course! I've been so flustered I haven't been
able to think straight. But how will you rescue him if you don't
even know where he is?!

                             LILY

How much time do we have?

                             GWEN

I'm sorry, I'm not thinking. He gave me until 3:30.

                             LILY

(writes)

That doesn't give us much time. The ransom demand: was it a note
or a phone call?

                             GWEN

Phone call.

(eyes widen, digs in purse)

Oh! I recorded the phone call with my answering machine!

(offers tape)

                             LILY

(takes tape)

This will help. Where is the ransom exchange?

                             GWEN

Riverside Park near the boat rental.

                             LILY

Do you live near Riverside Park?

                             GWEN

No. We live out near the airport.

                             LILY

Did you see the kidnappers?

                             GWEN

No. But I saw their van as it was driving out my driveway as I
drove in.

                             LILY

A van?

                             GWEN

Oh, yes! They had a van! It was an old van. It looked like it
was painted with a paint brush with light green wall paint.

                             LILY

Good work! That will help too!

(holds out hand)

Let me see your cell phone.

                             GWEN

(gives cell phone)

Your detectives can rescue Tyler, can't they?

                             LILY

(pushes buttons on phone)

They're the best in the business.

(Office phone rings, returns cell phone to Gwen. Lily stands and
copies the number off the desk phone and sits back down.)

                             GWEN

Aren't you going to answer your phone?

                             LILY

That was your phone calling mine. Now we have each others phone
numbers.

(stands, walks to door)

Call us if you think of anything helpful. And we'll call you as
soon as we learn anything.

                             GWEN

(follows)

Okay.

                             LILY

Now, you need to go home and fill a duffle bag with phone books
and newspapers.

                             GWEN

Excuse me?

                             LILY

So it looks like a million dollars... In case we can't rescue
Tyler earlier, we may have to go through with the ransom
exchange.

                             GWEN

You won't call the police, will you? The kidnappers said...

                             LILY

(opens door)

We may have to involve the police at the ransom exchange if it
goes that far. But until then, we'll play it low key. Don't
worry, our detectives are professionals. They'll do what's
safest for Tyler.

                             GWEN

(exiting)

Okay, I'm counting on you.

                             LILY

(dials phone, pauses)

Junior! Answer the phone! Junior.

(dials phone, pauses)

Mr Hollis, I'm sorry to bother you while your on a case, but we
have an emergency.

A kidnapping.

Yes, but Junior doesn't answer his phone.

You're where?

Greenville?! So, there's no way you could be back before 3:30?!

That's the deadline for the ransom.

Junior? He's at the health club, wherever that is.

That's all the way on the other side of town!

I'll do as much work as I can do from what I know. Meanwhile,
I'll keep trying Junior's phone.

(opens answering machine, swaps tapes)

No, the kidnappers told her not to call the police.

Yes. She recorded the kidnapper's voice when he called to make
the ransom demand. I'm sure it will give us something to work
on.

Yes, I already told her we may have to call in the police if we
can't rescue him before the ransom is due.

Okay.

(hangs up, pushes button on answering machine, audible in the
background is a heavy diesel engine)

                           KIDNAPPER

(voiceover)

We have Tyler Chamberlain. If you want to see him alive, bring a
million dollars to the Boat Rental in Riverside Park at 3:30
this afternoon.

(boat horn honks)

                             LILY

(to self)

That's a diesel engine and a boat horn in the background! That
means the call came from down by the river! I'll bet the
kidnappers are holding Tyler somewhere close to the ransom
exchange at the boat rental.

(grabs keys, cell phone, hurries to exit)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: CITY STREET NEAR RIVER

(Lily stands on sidewalk as a city bus exits frame. Lily slowly
turns in a complete circle, then another, until she sees a light
green van pulling out of a side street. She runs toward the side
street. As she rounds the corner, she sees a roll-up garage door
closing in the warehouse beyond. She stops, examines her
surroundings.)

(Jumpcut to Lily climbing the downspout)

(Jumpcut to Lily creeping along a ledge to a broken second floor
window. She reaches in, unlocks window, pulls it open)

INT AFTERNOON WIDE: EMPTY WAREHOUSE

(Lily steps down from open window, creeps to edge of walkway
overlooking the first floor. Tyler is bound to a chair and
gagged.)

                             LILY

Tyler Chamberlain!

(covers own mouth, ducks below railing, Tyler looks wide-eyed,
grunts, Lily holds cell phone to ear)

Mr Hollis, sorry to bother you. I found the kidnap victim. Can
you call the cops? It's 233 West Cannery Street. Got to go.

(pockets phone)

                             THUG

(appears in a nearby doorway)

What was that?

(looks around briefly, then spots Lily, unsheathes a big hunting
knife, heads for the stairway, Lily backs away)

Well, Tyler, it looks like there's a member of your fan club up
on the second floor. Would you like to hear her squeal again?

(Tyler grunts, thug climbs the stairs)

There's a million dollars involved here, Tyler, we can't let one
of your little teeny bopper girl friends ruin the whole thing
for us, can we?

(as Thug reaches the second floor, Lily runs and vaults over the
railing as Thug slashes at her and narrowly misses her.)

                             THUG

Why, you little brat!

(Lily flies through the air and catches the conduit connecting
to fluorescent light fixtures.)

Come back here.

(Lily does a giant swing around the conduit, then dismounts with
a reverse somersault with a half twist to face Thug. He throws
his knife, she ducks, knife sizzles by her head and embeds
itself into a pile of pallets beyond.)

                             LILY

(removes knife from pallets)

Thank you, Mr Kidnapper, this is just what I needed.

(runs to Tyler, cuts the duct tape binding one arm, hands him
the knife, as Thug reaches the first floor, she runs into Thug's
path, drawing Thug away from Tyler. She runs under the balcony
but at the last minute runs up the side of the support beam,
somersaulting backward over Thugs head and landing behind him,
stomps the back of his knee)

                             THUG

(turns)

You miserable little brat!. Come back here!

(chases limping)

(Lily, pulls a loose board from one of the pallets, runs around
corner, when he pursues, she swings board, hitting Thug in the
face with a clank, he falls backward with the sound of birds
chirping)

                             LILY

Hurry, Tyler! The guy with the van might come back soon.

(engine roar announces Kidnapper's return)

                           KIDNAPPER

(voiceover, shouts)

Open the door! You worthless piece of meat! Open the door!

                             TYLER

(removes the last of the tape from arms and legs, pulls tape off
mouth, whispers)

He's back! What are we going to do? He has a gun!

                             LILY

(smiles, whispers)

We let him in!

                             TYLER

We what?!

(Jumpcut: door rolls up and van drives into warehouse)

                           KIDNAPPER

(shouts out window as he drives into warehouse)

It's about time! You lazy good for nothing!

(looks around for Thug)

Where are you?

(exits truck, looks around,)

Where's the kid?! You stupid piece of meat. I...

(sees Thug unconscious, turns in time to see Lily and Tyler run
out the door and around corner. Kidnapper follows, gun drawn)

Oh, no you don't, Tyler. You're worth a million dollars to me.

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: EMPTY WAREHOUSE

(As Kidnapper exits, Lily swings the same piece of wood, clank,
birds tweet, he collapses. Police sirens and flashing lights
approach)

                              COP

You the kidnap victim?

                             TYLER

Yes.

                              COP

Looks like you didn't need our help.

                             TYLER

I didn't do that. She did.

(turns)

Where did she go?

INT NIGHT OVER-THE-SHOULDER: STOREFRONT DETECTIVE OFFICE

(Hollis stands with hand on Lily's shoulder as they watch the
evening news)

                           REPORTER

...television star Tyler Chamberlain was rescued unharmed from
the kidnappers. Both suspects in the kidnapping, who sustained
facial injuries during the rescue, are now in custody at the
jail ward of County Hospital. Details of the rescue are still
sketchy at this point, but Tyler Chamberlain told police that
the detectives at the Hollis Private Detective Agency were
responsible for bringing him home unharmed.

                            HOLLIS

(turns off television)

Well, I'll be! I've been in this business for thirty years and I
never got free advertising like this!

                             LILY

(offers check)

You got more than free advertising.

                            HOLLIS

(takes check)

What's this?! A check for $2000?!

                             LILY

I told her you only charge $800 per day, but Tyler's mom
insisted.

                            HOLLIS

You have a real knack for this business, Lily! I'm glad I hired
you!

                            JUNIOR

(enters)

Hiya, Pop. What's shaking?

(opens desk drawer, rifles)

                            HOLLIS

Junior, did you see the evening news?

                            JUNIOR

Say, Pop, have you seen my business credit card or my business
check book?

                            HOLLIS

No. I just got in. Don't tell me you lost them!

                            JUNIOR

I was sure I had them when I went to the club for a steam and
massage.

(snaps fingers)

I'll bet somebody there stole it!

(exiting)

Pop, you'd better notify the bank or something.

                            HOLLIS

He didn't even ask about the hostage rescue. Say, you haven't
seen a credit card or check book around here, have you?

                             LILY

(slides open desk drawer, points at Junior's credit card and
checkbook, smiles)

As office manager, I advised Junior to cut back on spending.

                            HOLLIS

(points)

Then, this is no accident?

                             LILY

Not exactly. Should I tell him that I have them?

                            HOLLIS

(exits frame holding $2000 check at arm's length admiringly)

No hurry. I've been after Junior to cut back on spending.

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