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LIL02    23' LIL SHERLOCK episode: bank robbery

INT MORNING WIDE: STOREFRONT DETECTIVE OFFICE

(Lily is doing data entry on the computer, Hollis is on the
phone.)

                            HOLLIS

(to phone)

Yes, ma'am, but if you wait 24 hours the police will start
looking for your daughter and they have eyes an ears all over
the city.

No, I'm not trying to talk you out of hiring me. I'm just
helping you to make an informed decision. Another factor is
money. If you wait 24 hours, the police will look for your
daughter for free. My agency charges $800 per day.

Yes. For missing persons cases, there's a two day retainer
required. That's $1600.

So, you want to go ahead anyway?

I need your credit card number and the expiration date.

(takes pen from holder, prepares to write)

Just read it the way it appears on the card.

Uh huh.

Uh huh.

Uh huh.

Uh huh.

And the expiration date?

Uh huh.

Okay, I'll need a picture of your daughter. Should I stop by
your house to...

(writes)

I see. Uh Huh. Okay. That will speed things up.

(replaces pen)

Okay, I'm headed down to the bus station now. Hopefully, I can
get there before her bus arrives in the city. I'll call you as
soon as I find something.

And don't worry. You've got Hollis Detective Agency working on
it.

Bye bye.

(hangs up, stands, approaches Lily)

Lily, I have to find a run-away. Can I interrupt you for a
second?

(places a paper in front of Lily)

                             LILY

Sure.

(points)

Is this the URL for the Facebook page of your run-away?

(types)

                            HOLLIS

So, you know what a Facebook page is?

                             LILY

Yeah.

(types)

                            HOLLIS

I'm absolutely worthless when it comes to computer stuff.

                             LILY

(points to screen)

Okay. Is this your run-away?

                            HOLLIS

(compares the information on the screen with the name on the
paper, points)

Yeah, that's the name. And that's the name of her school there.
I guess that must be her picture.

                             LILY

(mouses and clicks, printer spits out the picture, points)

There you go!

                            HOLLIS

(takes Facebook pages from printer)

What would I do without you?

                             AGENT

(enters office)

William Hollis?

                            HOLLIS

Speaking.

                             AGENT

(flashes badge)

Sam Franklin, Special Agent with the F.B.I.

                             LILY

(turns away, under her breath)

Oh oh!

(pretends to be working)

                            HOLLIS

What can I do for you?

                             AGENT

We're expecting a serial bank robber to strike some where in the
city within the next two days. We've got agents and city cops
spread out all over the city to cover the most vulnerable banks
but we need more help. Can we count on you?

                            HOLLIS

(looks down at pages)

Well, I, ah,..

                             AGENT

(offers flash drive)

Here's a flash drive with passwords to all public databases,
including law enforcement. It will tell you all we know about
this guy and the banks he's robbed.

                            HOLLIS

Why would you open up all those databases to outsiders?

                             AGENT

This guy has robbed 27 banks in seven states. He just struck
here in the city late yesterday. If he follows his usual M.O.,
he'll hit at least one or two more banks in the next day or two
before he moves on to another city. We have a unique opportunity
to catch him red-handed if we include investigators like you.

                            HOLLIS

(looks at run-away's picture)

Um, ah, well, ah...

                             AGENT

Mr Hollis, we don't expect you to work for nothing.

(offers envelope)

Here's $3000 in cash to pay your expenses. Plus there's a
$50,000 reward if you're the one who fingers the bank robber.

                             LILY

(whirls around)

William Hollis Junior has no open cases today. Perhaps he can do
the leg work on this case.

(smiles at Hollis, tilts head)

                            HOLLIS

(shrugs)

Okay, then.

(takes flash drive and envelope)

What do we do if we get a lead on this guy?

                             AGENT

There's an 800 number hot line and an email address on that
flash drive for the task force. We'll have a SWAT team on site
in less than 15 minutes after we receive notice from you.

                            HOLLIS

Well, I guess, if my son is available...

                             AGENT

(turns toward door)

Safety first, Mr Hollis. This guy carries a gun. If you find
him, do not attempt to arrest him. Notify us.

(exits without waiting for the answer)

                            HOLLIS

Absolutely. We here at Hollis Detective Agency....

(Door closes, turns to Lily)

Lily, did I just take the F.B.I.'s money under false pretenses?

                             LILY

(takes flash drive, inserts it into computer, types)

Not at all.

                            HOLLIS

You can't count on Junior. He hasn't done a lick of work here
since he got his license.

                             LILY

We might not need him. While you're down at the bus station
looking for that run-away, I'll look through this...

(points to screen)

information, and, by the time you get back, I'll try to narrow
down the search for the bank robber.

                            HOLLIS

You make it sound easy. But what if you do need help?

                             LILY

(smiles)

I'll offer Junior a $5000 reward.

                            HOLLIS

You mean $50,000.

                             LILY

(smiles)

He doesn't have to know how much the agency is getting.

                            HOLLIS

(exiting)

Okay, I'll call you periodically to check in. Call me if you
need me.

(Fast forward: Lily sits at the computer and examines police
documents)

(Fast forward: Lily stands over the desk, examining crime scene
photos with a magnifying glass.)

(Fast forward: Lily tapes three more crime scene photos next to
five photos already hanging on the wall)

(Fast forward: Lily sits at the computer and examines police
documents)

(Fast forward: Lily stands over the desk, examining crime scene
photos with a magnifying glass.)

(Fast forward: Lily tapes three more crime scene photos next to
a wall full of photos)

(Fast forward: Lily uses a red pen to circle manhole covers at
the edges of several photos)

(Fast forward: Lily tapes colored diagrams of roads and sewers
to another wall.)

(Fast forward: Lily tapes the last of diagrams that fill the
wall)

                             LILY

(picks up phone, pushes buttons)

EXT AFTERNOON SPLIT-SCREEN: SAIL BOAT DECK

                            JUNIOR

(pulling a rope, pulls out phone, reads screen, to phone)

Make it quick. I'm busy.

                             LILY

I need your help. It's business.

                            JUNIOR

What part of I'M BUSY don't you understand?

                             LILY

The F.B.I. has asked for our help.

                            JUNIOR

Call my Dad.

                             LILY

He's on a missing persons case. Will you be done by 3:30 today?

                            JUNIOR

I said I'm not available.

                             LILY

There's a $5000 reward.

                            JUNIOR

(holds phone with shoulder, pulls rope with both hands)

Listen, Lily, I couldn't help if I wanted to and I don't want
to.

                             LILY

What are you doing?

                            JUNIOR

I'm on the crew of a sail boat and we're right in the middle of
a regatta. I'm ten miles off the coast and there is no chance
that we'll get back to the harbor before 3:30.

                             LILY

Okay, thanks anyway.

(end split screen)

(Lily, pokes 10 buttons on the phone, pulls down two photos and
two sewer diagrams from the wall, exits office)

EXT NOON WIDE: BUS STOP IN FRONT OF BANK

(Bus in foreground exits frame revealing Lily on the sidewalk.
She examines the building, walks to the corner, looks around the
building, comparing the building to the photo.)

                             LILY

(phone chimes ring, pulls phone from pocket, pokes phone button,
to phone)

Hollis Detective Agency.

(rounds corner, walks to parking lot at the rear of the bank)

EXT AFTERNOON SPLIT-SCREEN: CITY STREET

                            HOLLIS

(walks along sidewalk, looking into windows and doorways)

How's it going, Lily? Are you making any progress?

                             LILY

Mr Hollis. I'm glad you called.

                            HOLLIS

I hear street noise in the background. Where are you?

                             LILY

I'm at the bank that was robbed yesterday.

                            HOLLIS

How did you answer the phone? I called the office.

                             LILY

Your office phone has call forwarding.

                            HOLLIS

I had no idea you could do that! What are you doing there at
that bank?

                             LILY

Well, I studied the crime scene photos from the flash drive and
I came down here because something was missing at this bank that
was at all the other banks that were robbed. I just came here to
see for myself.

                            HOLLIS

You mean you might have a lead?

                             LILY

Yes. The cops and the feds thought that the bank robber chose
the banks to rob because they were all within a mile of a
freeway. But a few of the banks were miles from a freeway. So, I
looked for something else they ALL had in common.

                            HOLLIS

(holds up run-away's picture to passer-by)

Have you seen this girl?

(to phone)

So, what did you find?

                             LILY

Three things. All of the banks he robbed had a back door leading
out to a parking lot. The bank robber never robbed one of those
big banks downtown because none of them have a parking lot
behind the bank. They have parking structures downtown.

                            HOLLIS

Very interesting. What's the other things they had in common?

                             LILY

None of the banks he robbed have a video camera watching the
back door.

                            HOLLIS

Why is that significant?

                             LILY

(looks under cars, in dumpster areas and in the bushes)

The police reports said that the bank robber always got away
without being seen after he left the building by the back door.
The police speculated that he probably had a get-away driver
waiting by the back door.

                            HOLLIS

Obviously, you don't see it that way.

                             LILY

Because of the third thing all the banks had in common. I found
a manhole cover in the crime scene photos behind every bank.

                            HOLLIS

(holds up run-away's picture to passer-by)

Have you seen this girl?

(to phone)

Manhole covers?

                             LILY

Yes. I think the reason noone saw the robber after he left the
bank is because he jumped down into the sewer or storm sewer
behind the bank and walked one or two blocks to his get-away car
underground.

                            HOLLIS

Very interesting. Did you call the F.B.I. and tell them about
the storm sewers?

                             LILY

I don't want to send them on a wild goose chase. I still have
some doubts.

(Walks toward bushes)

The crime scene photos didn't show any manhole covers in this
parking lot. But so far I can't see any...

(sees a manhole cover surrounded by bushes)

Wait! There it is!

                            HOLLIS

You found a manhole cover?

                             LILY

Yes. But this one wasn't in the parking area. It was between the
street and the parking lot, completely surrounded by bushes.

                            HOLLIS

So, this is a solid lead?

                             LILY

Yes!

                            HOLLIS

And the cops and the feds missed it.

                             LILY

Yes.

                            HOLLIS

Nice detective work, young lady!

                             LILY

Thanks. Can you call the F.B.I. and tell them that one of our
banks fits the pattern?

                            HOLLIS

Our banks?!

                             LILY

That thumb drive the F.B.I. guy gave us assigned us four banks
in our area to watch. But only two of those banks have back
doors facing a parking lot and only one of those has a manhole
leading to a storm sewer. If the bank robber robs one of our
banks,

(points to diagram)

Merchants Bank on the corner of Cedar and Richmond is the bank
he'll rob.

                            HOLLIS

Okay, I'll call the feds and warn them. Unfortunately, I won't
be able to do any surveillance at that bank today. I got to the
bus depot too late. By the time I got there, the run-away was
already off the bus and out of the building.

                             LILY

So, she WAS there?

                            HOLLIS

Yes. The bus driver recognized her picture. So did the waitress
at the snack bar inside the depot. She said the girl left the
building and headed toward the downtown area. That's where I am
now. But I'm now about an hour behind her and getting farther
behind her every hour. The only way I'll catch up with her is if
she stays put for a while. No way I'll get to the bank before it
closes. Did you ask Junior if he could help you?

                             LILY

Yes, I just talked to him. But he's in the middle of a sail boat
race. I even offered him a $5000 reward. But he couldn't get
back from the race in time. I think I'll do the surveillance on
the bank myself.

                            HOLLIS

Lily, are you sure? This bank robber carries a gun!

                             LILY

I'll be careful. HOLLIS

Okay. I'm familiar with that bank. So, I'll see you at the bank
if I finish up here on time. If not, I'll see you back home
tonight.

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: BUS STOP ACROSS FROM BANK

(as city bus exits frame, Lily emerges crossing the street
toward the bank)

(Jump cut to parking lot. Using a diagram, Lily paces off the
trip from the back door to the manhole cover at the edge of the
parking lot. But when she gets to where the manhole cover should
be...)

                             LILY

Where's the manhole?! There's suppose to be a manhole cover...

(turns a 360 in place, then bends and looks under a nearby
truck)

...around here.

(sees a manhole behind the truck)

There it is! So, that's why nobody ever sees the getaway! The
bank robber parked a truck here to block the view of the
manhole.

(gets down on one knee)

Wait a minute! The cover is pulled away!

(rounds the truck, sees wet foot prints leading away from the
manhole toward the bank, straightens, wide-eyed, gasps)

That means he's robbing the bank right now! I'd better call the
F.B.I. hotline!

(pulls out cell phone, pushes buttons)

Voice mail?! What happened to the fifteen minute response time?!

(to phone)

This is Lily...

(deep voice)

...I'm the office manager for the Hollis Detective Agency.

(holds up sewer diagram to align it with the street)

Mr Hollis asked me to call and tell you that he thinks a bank
robbery is in progress at Merchants Bank at the corner of Cedar
and Richmond. He thinks the bank robber will escape out the back
door of the bank and into a storm sewer through a manhole that's
concealed behind a truck that's parked in the northeast corner
of the parking lot. His get-away car is probably parked a block
or two east of the bank on Cedar Avenue. You need to get there
fast or this guy is going to get away again!

(pockets phone, hears the back door of the bank open, turns,
sinks to her knees, from under the truck, she sees Robber
exiting bank with a pistol and a cloth bag filled with money,
she looks around for a place to hide, drops maps and diagrams
into manhole, drops down into the manhole)

INT AFTERNOON WIDE: STORM SEWER

(Lily lands on floor next to ladder, picks up and folds the
papers, shoves them into her pants, tip-toes away, hears the
sound of the bag of money hitting the floor behind her, turns,
looks both ways, returns, grabs the bag, exits frame running as
Robber's legs enter frame descending ladder.)

                            ROBBER

(shouts)

Hey! Come back here! That's mine!

(follows running)

(Jumpcut to Lily running under and past an open manhole cover
and out of frame. Stops, returns, looks up. Climbs out of
frame.)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: RESIDENTIAL STREET

(Lily climbs out of manhole beside a van marked "Municipal Water
Department" parked at curbside with side doors open, the manhole
cover leans on edge against the guard rail surrounding the
manhole. Lily peaks inside the van, then down the hole again, as
she pulls out phone.)

I'd better call in the local cops or this guy is going to get
away.

(pokes 911, hears several police sirens in the background,
pockets phone)

Well, it looks like the F.B.I. is already here!

(runs to the intersection, sees a police car stop at the bank
and two cops approach the bank out of frame with guns drawn)

That's the local cops. They must be responding to a bank alarm.

(shouts)

Hey! This way!

(points to manhole)

He's down here.

(returns to manhole, hears sloshing down below, looks down into
hole. Robber's arm holding pistol come into view, Lily
straightens and steps back and hears the sound of Robber
climbing ladder, turns a 360)

What to do? What to do?!

(looks down, sees the manhole cover leaning against the guard
rail, pushes it with her foot, it flops down onto the manhole as
Robber's head comes into view, clank, Robber groans.)

                            ROBBER

(shouts)

It's against the law to assault a city employee, you know!

                             LILY

(stands on manhole cover)

You're not fooling anybody. You don't work for the water
department.

                            ROBBER

(pushes up slightly several times, grunting each time)

How do you (grunt) know that I'm (grunt) not a city (grunt)
employee, (grunt) kid. Wait til I (grunt) get my hands on
(grunt) you!

                             LILY

(suddenly the pushing, grunting and shouting stop)

What's the matter? Is the big, bad robber with the gun giving
up?

(Lily bends, turns head, listens)

Oh, no. He's going to come out of a different manhole.

(frantically turns a 360)

Where is he?!

(Lily's head turns toward a clanking sound on the other side of
the street, she hurries to the end of van to look around it)

                            ROBBER

(now halfway out of manhole across the street)

Alright, kid, now you've really made me mad!

(exits manhole)

                             LILY

(instinctively backs around van and into side door, then
realizes she's trapped, looks around)

Oh, smooth move, Lily! Now he's got you right where he wants
you!

(looks at money bag, tosses it out the side door onto the
manhole cover, hops into the front seat, pulls keys from
ignition switch, exits through drivers door as Robber's gun
appears in side door)

                            ROBBER

Where are you, you little brat?!

(sees money)

Hey! My money!

(Picks up money bag, pauses)

Sorry, kid, I can't leave any witnesses.

(drops bag, hops into front seat, tries to exit through driver's
door, but door slams in his face, falls back into passenger's
seat, groans.)

Kid, you are toast!

(pulls driver's side door handle, then kicks door open, exits,
looks around)

Where are you, you little brat?!

                             LILY

(voiceover)

I'm over here on the other side of your truck, where you dropped
your bag of money.

                            ROBBER

Oh crud!

(runs around van just in time to see Lily running around the van
with the bag of money.)

Come back here with my money!

(rounds the van again to see Lily dropping the bag of money into
the manhole on the other side of the street. He takes aim with
his pistol and fires, but Lily drops into the manhole just
before the bullet ricochets off a sign post beyond.)

Rats!

(runs across the street, climbs down into the manhole)

INT AFTERNOON WIDE: STORM SEWER

                            ROBBER

(steps off the ladder, looks both ways, listens, hears sloshing
footsteps, laughs, starts walking, gun at the ready, shouts)

Kid, you ran the wrong way. This way is a dead end. There's no
way out for you this way.

(pauses, listens, proceeds)

Are you listening, kid? I know this storm sewer and you're
heading toward a dead end.

(pauses, listens, proceeds)

Listen, kid, I'm a reasonable man. That's MY money you're
carrying. I planned this robbery for weeks. So, the money is
mine. I earned it. So, if you give back my money, I promise I
won't shoot you.

(passes by a two-foot diameter side hole, Lily, who's hiding
there, kicks the pistol with one foot and his chin with the
other, when he falls backward and drops his pistol, Lily exits
the side hole, grabs the pistol and runs away.)

                             LILY

(shouts)

You can't shoot me without a gun, tough guy.

                            ROBBER

(Staggers to his feet, follows. Shouts)

I don't need a gun, you little brat! When I catch you I'm going
to tear you apart, limb from limb with my bare hands! You hear
me?!

(passes under open manhole, grabs ladder, starts climbing, but
looks down, notices wet footprints leading away from the ladder.
Follows)

Oh, that's very clever, kid! You thought you could fool me into
thinking you climbed up the ladder. But I'm too smart for you,
kid. You know, I didn't get away with 28 bank robberies by being
stupid.

                             LILY

(voiceover with echos)

That's 27 bank robberies. You didn't get away with this one.
You've just been outsmarted by a little kid.

                            ROBBER

(pursuing)

Alright, kid, now you've really made me mad. When I catch you
I'm going to tear you apart with my bear hands, but first, I'm
going to torture you. I'm going to pull out your finger nails
first, then your toe nails, then your hair. Then I'm going to
tear you apart.

No, wait. First, I'm going to torture you, then, I'm going to
drown you, THEN, I'm going to tear you apart with my bare hands.

No, wait. First, I'm going to torture you, then, I'm going to
electrocute you, then I'm going to poison you, THEN, I'm going
to drown you, THEN, I'm going to tear you apart with my bare
hands.

(approaches a junction, turns corner, sees Lily throwing the
money bag up through an open manhole. Then she tosses the gun
up)

                             LILY

(hands on hips)

No, you're not. You have to choose. You can have me or the
money. And I'm betting you're too greedy to leave the money
behind.

(waves, runs away)

See ya!

                            ROBBER

(approaching open manhole, grabs ladder, shouts)

Good riddance, you little brat!

(begins climbing)

INT AFTERNOON WIDE: MANHOLE IN BANK PARKING LOT

(Robber emerges from manhole, reaches for bag of money, hears
the sound of shotguns cocking, turns)

                            ROBBER

Oh crud!

(frame widens to include several cops with shotguns pointed at
Robber. Frame widens further to show that Robber ended up in the
parking lot of the bank he just robbed.)

INT NIGHT WIDE: HOLLIS DETECTIVE AGENCY

(Lily sits on couch eating dinner alone watching the evening
news, switching channels between bites. Television picture of
the news conference enlarges over Lily's shoulder, Lily turns up
the sound)

                             AGENT

...Today's capture of the man whom you news people call
"The-Back-Door-Bank-Robber" was the result of unprecedented
cooperation between Federal, State and local law enforcement
agencies. But, most notably, today, for the first time in
history, we included private detective agencies to help us
capture this serial bank robber who had eluded capture after 27
bank robberies in seven states.

One of these private detectives, William Hollis, was the man who
finally brought the perpetrator to justice.

(holds $50,000 check)

So, it is with great pleasure that I present this $50,000 reward
to William Hollis.

(Hollis steps into frame, shakes hands with Agent, holds one end
of the check, turns and smiles for the flashing cameras, then,
waves to the crowd and steps away. Agent returns to microphone)

                            HOLLIS

(enters office, smiles, tugs on both ends of the $50,000 reward
check)

We got it. $50,000!

                             LILY

Look! You're on the evening news!

(points)

                             AGENT

I have time for a few questions.

                           REPORTER

Agent Franklin, it has been reported...

(while she speaks, the mug shot of Robber with bloodied face and
hair is overlaid onto the screen)

... that the suspect in these robberies was taken to the
hospital after his arrest for treatment of bruises and
lacerations to his head and face.

                             LILY

Oh, oh.

                           REPORTER

Will you and/or the police be facing charges of police
brutality?

                            HOLLIS

Lily, did YOU do that?

                             LILY

Mr Hollis, I can't testify in court! If my face gets in the
news, they'll find me and send me back to juvee hall.

                             AGENT

Charges of police brutality?

                           REPORTER

Yes.

                             AGENT

Definitely not. As we now know from the detective work of the
Hollis Detective agency, the Back-Door-Bank-Robber routinely
escaped capture by fleeing the scenes of the robberies through
the network of storm sewers under the streets. The suspect
admitted on video tape that he sustained all of the injuries to
his head and face while running through the storm sewers in the
darkness.

(television picture shrinks)

                             LILY

(Lily flops back, sighs)

Well! That was a close one!

                            HOLLIS

Lily, answer the question. Did you do that to the robber?

                             LILY

Of course! He had a gun!

(sits forward)

Wait a minute! Why do you suppose he would claim it was an
accident?

                            HOLLIS

I can think of one reason: the big bad bank robber didn't want
to admit that he was beaten by a twelve year old girl.

                             LILY

So, the robber didn't mention me at all?

                            HOLLIS

Not a word, as far as I know. Agent Franklin would have asked me
about it.

                            JUNIOR

(enters wearing yachting clothes. Hollis hides check behind
back)

Hey, Pop, the boys on the boat want to go out to celebrate our
victory. Did anyone find my lost credit card or check book?

                             LILY

(points casually to her desk)

In the middle drawer of my desk.

                            JUNIOR

Oh, great!

(opens drawer, pulls out card and checkbook)

You're a life saver!

(exiting)

Listen, Pop, we're probably going to celebrate late into the
night tonight. I'll probably be late coming in tomorrow. See ya.

(closes door)

                            HOLLIS

Why didn't you tell him that we cancelled those accounts?

                             LILY

He didn't ask.

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