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ROOKIE01 23' 1 1/2 ROOKIES: pilot episode: the partnership

INT AFTERNOON CLOSE-UP: LAURA'S SQUAD CAR

(Laura, dressed in police uniform, drives)

                          DISPATCHER

(voiceover)

Edward four. Edward four. This is dispatch.

                             LAURA

(speaks into microphone)

Dispatch, go for Edward four.

                          DISPATCHER

Edward four, home owner reports a burglary at 2 5 3 4 Forest
Hills Blvd. See the home owner.

                             LAURA

I copy. That's 2 5 3 4 Forest Hills Blvd. See the home owner.

(U-turns car, turns at next intersection)

Show me 10-76, E.T.A. four minutes.

                          DISPATCHER

Edward four, please be advised that, because of a shortage of
detectives in the department, there is no detective available
for this case.

                             LAURA

(smiles)

Does that mean I'm primary on this case?

                          DISPATCHER

Affirmative. After you set up a perimeter, you are to do a full
interview with the victim and assess the crime scene until the
crime lab guys arrive. Can you handle?

                             LAURA

10-4.

(grins)

I'm looking forward to it.

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: MANSION FRONT YARD

(Laura unreels the last few feet of yellow POLICE LINE tape and
ties it to a fence post as Katie rides up on her bicycle wearing
a backpack)

                             KATIE

Hiya, Sis.

                             LAURA

What are you doing here?!

                             KATIE

I'm helping you process the crime scene.

                             LAURA

You will do no such thing!

                             KATIE

(puts on rubber gloves)

You don't have to worry. I won't corrupt the evidence.

                             LAURA

How did you even know about this crime?

                             KATIE

I built my own police radio.

                             LAURA

Our police radio is digital! How did you access the data stream?

                             KATIE

I duplicated the simm card from your radio.

                             LAURA

You what?! You cloned my police radio?! Katelyn Rose Archer! Are
you trying to get me fired?! If my boss finds out....

                             KATIE

Relax, Sis. The only way your sergeant will find out is if you
tell him.

                             LAURA

(backs toward front door, points at Katie)

You stay away from my crime scene. This is my first solo, and
you're not going to mess it up!

                             KATIE

I could be a big help here, Sis.

                             LAURA

(points at Katie)

Stay.

                             KATIE

Have mercy, Sis. I need this crime scene for my Science Fair
project.

                             LAURA

(points at Katie)

Stay.

(turns, knocks on door, door opens, enters house)

                             KATIE

(rides out of frame, to self)

Well, I tried to do it the right way. You can't say I didn't
try.

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: MANSION BACK YARD

(Katie's eyes rise over the alley wall, look left and right, she
climbs up and over, then drops down behind a bush, looks in all
directions, sneaks from bush to bush all the way to the side
windows of the house, hugs the wall under an open window,
listens to the interview, takes notes)

INT AFTERNOON WIDE: MANSION LIVING ROOM

(Laura sits taking notes opposite Victim)

                             LAURA

Any idea how the burglar got into the house?

                            VICTIM

I have no idea. All the doors were locked and the alarm was
still turned on when I got home. You think maybe the burglar had
a key to my house?!

                             LAURA

(writing)

I don't know yet, but, if he did, he also knew your alarm code. 
Just to be safe, you should call a locksmith and the alarm
company and have all the locks and the alarm code changed.

                             LAURA

How long were you gone?

                            VICTIM

Just a couple of hours.

                             LAURA

And what was the value of the necklace?

                            VICTIM

One million two hundred thousand dollars.

                             LAURA

Holy smokes! That must be some necklace!

                            VICTIM

Well, it has some large diamonds and sapphires, but what made it
valuable was that it's an antique. It was originally
commissioned by the royal Romanoff family of Russia.

                             LAURA

Who knew you had possession of such a valuable necklace?

                            VICTIM

Everybody. It was recently on display down at the museum of art
downtown.

                             LAURA

Was anything stolen besides the necklace?

                            VICTIM

You know, that's odd. The burglar took the Romanoff, but he left
behind several other pieces of jewelry with pearls and gold and
diamonds. It's as if the burglar broke into my house just to
steal the Romanoff necklace.

                             LAURA

Where did you keep the necklace before it was taken?

                            VICTIM

It was in a wall safe in the master bedroom.

(points up)

In the left rear of the house upstairs.

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: MANSION BACK YARD

(Katie bends as she sneaks under the windows toward the rear of
the house, rounding the corner, she looks up at the window of
the second floor bedroom, repeatedly looking up and down and
moving until she lines up the second floor window with hands on 
an imaginary ladder, finally, she kneels an looks closely at two 
small rectangular marks in the freshly tilled soil)

                             KATIE

(to self)

Aha! Just as I thought!

(looks left and right repeatedly)

Alright, where's the ladder that was leaning up against the
house?

(crouches and moves toward bushes on the far side of the house)

Alright, Mr burglar, where did you hide the ladder?

(looks behind bushes, sees nothing, scratches head)

Well, if he didn't hide it, what did he do with it?

(stands at attention)

He brought it with him! Then he took it with him!

(crouches and runs to back wall next to alley, rises behind a
bush, looks both ways, climbs to the top of the wall, looks left 
and right, points to a nearby scuff on top of the wall,
approaches removing back pack)

There! He dragged the ladder over the wall there!

If the ladder is made of wood, there should be wood splinters
there. If it was aluminum, there should be aluminum there.

(pulls hand-held microscope from backpack, examines scuff mark)

Aha! I see aluminum particles!

(moves scope)

Oh. What's this? It's yellow. Yellow fibers.

(sits erect)

Yellow fibers. Yellow fibers. Fiberglass! It's a yellow
fiberglass ladder! It's a yellow fiberglass ladder with aluminum
rivets!

(turns toward a dark scuff mark and some particles nearby)

Wait! What have we here? This mark is from his shoe. This is
where he climbed over the wall. But these particles...

(examines particles with microscope)

They look like flakes. Flakes of... paint. The burglar was a
painter. Well, if he was a painter, he would carry his ladder on
the roof of his van.

No, wait. Some of these flakes have two or three different
colors side by side in one small flake. What kind of painter
paints a wall three or four different colors?

(sits up, tilts head)

This doesn't make sense. Only an artist would paint like that.
But an artist wouldn't have a van with a ladder on top.

Maybe he's a janitor in a place where artists work, like a
school or an art studio or... the art museum downtown!

(smiles)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE

(Katie knocks on the door)

                           NEIGHBOR

(opens door)

Hi. May I help you?

                             KATIE

Yes. I was just wondering if you noticed a truck or a van in
your back alley with a yellow ladder on top?

                           NEIGHBOR

Yes, I did when I brought my trash to the trash can late this
morning. It was a white van with a big round sticker on the
door.

(ponders)

I can't remember what it said. But it made sense at the time.
What did it say?

(snaps fingers, points)

The art museum. My neighbor...

(points)

across the alley. She just loaned her necklace to the art museum
recently. I assumed that the van was here to return her
necklace.

                             KATIE

(exiting frame running)

Thank you. You've been very helpful.

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: MANSION FRONT DOOR

(Katie knocks on the door)

                             LAURA

(opens door while speaking to victim)

I'm sure it's for me. I'm expecting the guys from the crime lab
any minute.

(turns to Katie)

What are you doing here?!

                             KATIE

I solved your crime.

                             LAURA

Let me put it another way:

(points toward street)

That yellow tape across the front of the property was to keep
YOU out!

                             KATIE

Let me put it another way: I solved this crime.

                             LAURA

Alright, listen up. I'm only going to say this once more:

(leans in, lower voice)

This is my first solo crime scene and you are not going to mess
it up!

(louder)

Now leave before you contaminate my crime scene!

                             KATIE

So, you already know how the burglar got into the house?

                             LAURA

Yes, I'm pretty sure the burglar had a key to the house and he
knew how to disable the burglar alarm.

                             KATIE

(sings)

Wrong.

                             LAURA

What do you know about it?!

                             KATIE

I know that the burglar got into the house through the second
floor window at the rear of the house.

(points)

                             LAURA

That's impossible! There's a state-of-the-art burglar alarm in
this house!

                             KATIE

Check again. There are no alarm sensors on the second floor
windows.

                             LAURA

You're just saying that. You don't know!

                             KATIE

Check for yourself.

                             LAURA

There is no way you could possibly know that.

                             KATIE

I not only know that, I also know who stole the necklace.

(turns, exiting toward street)

But don't listen to me. I'm just a little kid who wants her
sister to be the youngest detective in the police department.

                             LAURA

Wait.

                             KATIE

(smirks, turns)

Yes?

                             LAURA

Alright, here's the deal. I'll go up and check to see if there
are alarm sensors on the upstairs windows. But if I find sensors
on all the upstairs windows, you have to go away an never
interfere with police business ever again.

                             KATIE

And if I'm right, you have to let me help you solve the next
crime too.

                             LAURA

(shakes finger)

Wait. You've already been in the backyard, haven't you? You
defied my instructions to stay out of my crime scene, haven't
you? I could have you arrested.

                             KATIE

Or... you could solve this crime before the crime scene
investigators get here and you could look like a hero,...
Detective Laura.

                             LAURA

(looks to see if Victim is listening, leans toward Katie)

Alright! I'll go look at the upstairs windows. But if you're
wrong about this, I'm telling Dad.

                             KATIE

And if you're wrong about this, I get to help you with your next
solo case.

Let's check the windows upstairs for alarm sensors and...

(steps toward door, Laura closes it in her face)

Well, I thought that went well.

(crime lab truck parks at curb, two CSIs exit truck carrying
cases)

                              CSI

(approaching Katie)

Shouldn't you be BEHIND the tape?

(points)

                             KATIE

Well, as you know, the police department's budget has been cut,
so there aren't enough detectives. The dispatcher assigned a
patrol cop as primary on this case. So, I'm here to help her.

                              CSI

That's got to be against regulations.

                             KATIE

I think the powers that be will forgive us when we tell them
that we already solved this crime.

                              CSI

Yeah, right.

                             KATIE

(offers slip of paper)

Here is a list of evidence the patrolman wants you to collect.

                              CSI

(to CSI)

She's telling us how to do our job?

                             KATIE

She's just saving you time. You won't find much trace evidence
upstairs in the crime scene.

                              CSI

How does she know?!

                             KATIE

This job is clearly the work of a professional jewel thief.

(points to slip)

These items are the pieces of evidence that helped us solve this
case. And as you can see, these are not the usual items of
evidence. You wouldn't normally look for yellow fiberglass
fragments or multicolored paint chips on the backyard wall near
the alley, would you?

                              CSI

How on earth did she notice those?

                             KATIE

There's no ladder on this property. The robber brought his own
yellow fiberglass ladder and he dragged it over the wall from
the alley.

                              CSI

Oh. I suppose that makes sense.

                             LAURA

(exits house)

Oh, you're here!

                              CSI

Yeah, your... assistant... gave us your list of evidence to
collect.

                             LAURA

My list?

(Katie nods sideways)

Oh, of course.

Well, the crime scene is all yours.

(points toward house)

Master bedroom. Second floor in the left rear.

(CSIs enter house)

(Laura turns to Katie)

Are you trying to get me fired?!

                             KATIE

On the contrary, I'm trying to help you become the youngest
detective in the police department.

                             LAURA

Katie, if you get me in trouble...

                             KATIE

Time is wasting, Laura. The fact that you're out here tells me
that I was right. There are no alarm sensors on the second floor
windows.

(points and walks toward patrol car)

So, let's get going to the art museum.

                             LAURA

(follows)

The art museum?!

                             KATIE

I'll explain it to you in the car.

                             LAURA

The car?! You can't ride with me! It's against regulations.

                             KATIE

Laura, time is wasting. If we don't hurry, the burglar will skip
town.

                             LAURA

You just get me in deeper and deeper.

(points at car)

Alright, get in.

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: ART MUSEUM FRONT ENTRANCE

(Laura's patrol car parks at the curb, she exits)

                             LAURA

Alright, I'll get the name and address of the driver of the
white truck with the yellow ladder.

(Katie begins to exit car)

You stay in the car.

                             KATIE

But we need to collect evidence from...

(points)

                             LAURA

You stay in the car!

(closes door)

                             KATIE

(shouts)

That is no way for a cop to treat her partner!

(slams door, crosses arms, watches Laura until she disappears
into the museum, then exits car with backpack and exits frame
running)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: ART MUSEUM LOADING DOCK

(enters frame running)

                             KATIE

(sees the white van with circular decal on door and yellow
ladder mounted on top)

What have we here?

(she jumps up on the loading dock and examines the ladder, sees
scrape marks)

Just as I thought. This is the truck and this is the ladder.

(jumps down from loading dock, tries all the doors, locked.
Pulls a slim-jim out of backpack, slides it down between the
driver's side window and the door frame, lifts, unlocks door,
opens door, slides into seat, removes GPS from its holder, turns
it on, clicks buttons)

Now, let's see where the burglar has driven this van recently.

Well! That was easy!

(copies the address from the screen onto her writing pad)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: ART MUSEUM FRONT ENTRANCE

(Katie rounds the corner on the run, sees Laura leaning
impatiently against the fender of the patrol car)

                             LAURA

I told you to stay in the car!

                             KATIE

(entering car)

And I told you that we need to collect evidence.

(shows slip with handwritten address)

                             LAURA

(entering car)

You are going to get me suspended.

(both close doors)

INT AFTERNOON WIDE: LAURA'S PATROL CAR

                             KATIE

Did you find out who drove the white van?

                             LAURA

(driving)

Yes. The security guard says a maintenance man named John Smith
took the van before lunch but they haven't seen him since.

                             KATIE

(offers picture)

Here's his picture.

                             KATIE

John Smith. Sounds like an alias.

                             LAURA

Good guess. It is an alias.

(pulls inverted page from dash board, offers it)

The sergeant just gave us this BOLO from Interpol this morning.

                             KATIE

(compares pictures)

Same guy! It says he's a Russian.

                             LAURA

His real name is Boris Petrova. He's a career criminal.

                             KATIE

(reads)

Thirty burglaries?

                             LAURA

He specializes in high-end jewelry and art work.

                             KATIE


If this guy is a pro, shouldn't we call in some back-up?

                             LAURA

Naw. Interpol says he never carries a gun.

                             KATIE

Just to be safe, maybe I should carry a gun.

                             LAURA

(chuckles)

Dream on.

INT AFTERNOON WIDE: BURGLAR'S APARTMENT BUILDING

(Laura and Katie sneak down the hallway toward the burglar's
apartment door)

                             LAURA

(pulls weapon, holds up her hand, stops short, crouches,
whispers)

You wait outside until I clear the apartment.

(Katie nods)

(Laura raises her foot to stomp the door)

                             KATIE

(holds up her hand in front of Laura's face, whispers)

Wait!

(Laura freezes, Katie turns the knob and pushes the door open,
smirks, withdraws)

                             LAURA

(enters the bachelor apartment cautiously pointing gun in all
directions, explores bathroom, then opens closet: empty)

Okay. We're clear.

(points to closet as Katie enters apartment)

He cleared out the closet and drawers. He's long gone. Well, I
guess that's it. Let's go home.

                             KATIE

Or... we could go look for the necklace.

                             LAURA

The perp took the necklace with him.

                             KATIE

(offers slip with address)

Or... he probably dropped off the necklace at this address.

                             LAURA

Where did you get that address?

                             KATIE

From the GPS in the white van with the yellow ladder on top.
It's the last address he stopped at before returning the van.

                             LAURA

You performed an illegal search of the van?!

                             KATIE

It's not technically illegal. It would have been illegal if I
was a cop. But I'm a civilian, an under age civilian.
Therefore....

                             LAURA

Katie!

                             KATIE

Alright! You can make it legal if you call the museum and get
their permission to look at the van's GPS.

(moving toward car door holding up slip of paper)

And you can do that in the car on the way to this address.

                             LAURA

(entering car)

Katie, if you get me suspended, so help me...

(slams door)

INT AFTERNOON TWO-SHOT: LAURA'S PATROL CAR

                             LAURA

(cell phone to ear)

Okay, thank you for your cooperation.

(pockets cell phone)

Whew! Your illegal search is now legal.

                             KATIE

(points)

Take a right here at the next intersection.

                             LAURA

(turning car)

You don't have any other surprises for me, do you?

                             KATIE

(points)

Second building on the left.

                             LAURA

I know why you're so cool about this. If we get busted, I'm the
adult and I'm the cop, so I kiss my career goodbye.

                             KATIE

You're not going to lose your job. You're going to be a hero.
You're going to return the Romanoff necklace.

                             LAURA

All I ever wanted to be was a detective. I'll probably end up as
a security guard in a cemetery.

(slows car, cranes neck)

The place looks abandoned. Why would a burglar stop at an empty
building?

                             KATIE

He probably used this building as a dead-drop.

                             LAURA

A dead drop?

                             KATIE

That's where one guy stashes the loot, then the other guy picks
it up.

                             LAURA

I know what a dead-drop is. Why would you conclude that this is
a dead-drop sight rather than the place where the burglar
already SOLD the necklace to the buyer?

                             KATIE

This particular burglar has pulled off more than 30 burglaries
without getting caught. If you're a successful crook, would you
risk SELLING the necklace to an undercover cop?

                             LAURA

(pulling into the driveway, distracted)

I suppose a dead-drop would be safer than a live exchange.

Let's see if he left the door open. If not we can stake out the
place until the buyer shows up to pick up the necklace.

(parks car)

                             KATIE

Too late.

                             LAURA

What do you mean?

                             KATIE

We lost the element of surprise.

(points at a CCTV camera on top of the building)

We've already been caught on camera.

                             LAURA

That camera might be a leftover from the previous occupant of
the building.

                             KATIE

Sorry to disappoint you, but that's a battery powered camera
with a wireless connection to the internet. It's brand new. No
way the buyer is coming to pick up the necklace after he sees a
cop car here.

                             LAURA

(smacks steering wheel)

Rats, now we've lost both the burglar and his buyer!

                             KATIE

(exiting car)

Well, we may have scared away the buyer, but, maybe we can still
get the necklace back.

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: WAREHOUSE

                             LAURA

(looks through the front window)

Just as I thought. It's empty and abandoned.

(tugs on the door knob, locked)

Locked.

(turns)

The good news is we have enough evidence to get a search
warrant.

(pulls out cell phone, backs toward rear of building)

I'll call it in while I look around back for evidence. You wait
here. And don't touch anything.

(turns away, to phone)

Yeah, Sarg. This is Patrolman Archer. I traced the stolen
necklace to an abandoned warehouse. We're going to need a search
warrant...

(Katie waits for Laura to turn corner of the building, reaches
into a nearby downspout, feels around, retrieves a key, unlocks
door, enters building)

(Jump cut: Laura returns to the front of the building from the
other side, sees Katie gone and the door open, pulls pistol,
enters building cautiously)

INT AFTERNOON WIDE: WAREHOUSE

                             LAURA

(Laura enters)

Police! Let me see your hands!

(sees an office door open, enters, gun ready)

Police! Let me see your hands!

(sees Katie nosing around)

                             KATIE

I'm sorry, Sis, were you talking to me?

                             LAURA

What is the matter with you?! I told you to wait outside! We
need a search warrant to get in here!

                             KATIE

Wrong. The police need a search warrant. I'm just a little kid.

(lifts a poster taped to the wall, sees a wall safe beneath with 
a ten-key number pad)

Bingo! A wall safe!

(tears off the poster)

                             LAURA

You're not listening to a word I say.

                             KATIE

I'm listening. I'm just ignoring you because...

(points, louder)

We found the necklace!

                             LAURA

(pulls out cell phone, pokes buttons, to phone)

Yeah, Sarg, it's me again. Can you send a locksmith...

(turns, sees the safe open and Katie trying on the necklace,
covers phone)

Katie! What are you doing?!

                             KATIE

How does it look?

                             LAURA

Katie.

(to phone)

On second thought, Sarg, hold off on the locksmith. I'll get
back to you.

(pockets cell phone)

                             KATIE

(looks at her own reflection in window, turns side to side)

It doesn't look like one million two hundred thousand dollars,
does it?

                             LAURA

How did you get the safe open?!

                             KATIE

The combination was on the poster.

(points at the floor)

                             LAURA

The poster?

(examines poster, both sides)

I don't see a combination!

                             KATIE

Well, it's not really a combination. It's more like a puzzle.
I'm good at puzzles.

                             LAURA

(examines poster, both sides)

I still don't see a combination!

                             KATIE

The poster is an advertisement for LEGGS pantyhose. The clues to
the puzzle are written in small letters in the "L".

                             LAURA

The "L".

(examines poster closer)

Well, I see some writing, but there are no numbers here. Just
the words SPIDER, BUTTERFLY, LEOPARD and CENTIPEDE.

                             KATIE

Don't you get it?

                             LAURA

(ponders)

No.

                             KATIE

The poster advertises LEGGS. You know, like how many legs do you
have?

                             LAURA

Oh! Legs! So, the combination to the safe is the number of legs.
Like, 8 for the spider, 6 for the butterfly, 4 for the leopard,
and... and... help me out here.

                             KATIE

One, zero, zero.

(removes necklace, puts it back into it's black velvet case)

                             LAURA

One hundred. Yes, of course.

                             LAURA

(writes)

The combination was 8... 6... 4... 1... 0... 0.

(cell phone rings, to phone)

Go for Archer.

Yes, Sarg. I'm here.

Okay, thanks, Sarg.

(pockets cell phone)

                             KATIE

(smirks, offers necklace)

Don't tell me. You now have a search warrant to enter the
building and open the safe.

(exits laughing)

                             LAURA

(snatches necklace, follows)

Very funny.

INT NIGHT WIDE: FAMILY DINING ROOM

(Laura enters with a bowl of salad, slides it to the middle of
the table, sits, Katie follows with a bowl of beans, sits,
Mother follows with a tray of Lasagna, sits)

                             LAURA

You would not believe the paperwork a detective has to fill out
for one burglary!

                            MOTHER

You're not letting that discourage you from your goal to be the
department's youngest detective, are you?

                             LAURA

No way!

                             KATIE

Isn't Daddy coming?

                             CHIEF

(heard entering through a remote door, shouts afar)

I'm home.

(enters the room wearing a full-dress police uniform with stars
on the collar, removes jacket and hat, kisses Mother, sits)

My day was awful. How was yours?

(all pass bowls and spoon food onto plates)

                            MOTHER

Mine was okay. But your rookie had her first solo crime scene
today.

                             CHIEF

Really?! How did it go?

                             KATIE

She recovered a stolen necklace worth one million two hundred
thousand dollars.

                             CHIEF

The Romanoff necklace. So, you caught that burglary, huh?!

                             LAURA

Sarg said the whole department is short on detectives.

                             CHIEF

Tell me about it. I spent the entire day in front of the city
council trying to talk them into giving me back some of the
money they took from my budget. So, my rookie made her mark on
the department today!

                             LAURA

I didn't catch the burglar, though. He was long gone.

                             CHIEF

You're not the only one. I'm told this perp is wanted in a dozen
countries. He's a real pro. You did a good job recovering the
necklace so quickly.

                             KATIE

How soon will Laura be promoted to detective?

                             LAURA

Katie!

                             CHIEF

Katie's got a point there. I think you were as close as anyone
in the world to catching this perp. And noone has ever recovered
the stolen items before.

                             KATIE

We did good!

                            MOTHER

(smiles)

WE?!

                             LAURA

(to Chief, nervously)

You were saying?

                             CHIEF

This perp has a reputation to defend. I think he might try to
steal again just to show us he can get away with it. And when he
does, I'm going to recommend that YOU get the assignment.

                             LAURA

Really?!

                             CHIEF

Really. I predict you'll be the youngest detective in the
department.

(to Katie)

And how was your day, my little angel?

                             KATIE

I had a really good day, Daddy.

(exchanges glances with Laura)

I did some research for my science fair project and I solved a
puzzle.

(Laura lets out a sigh of relief)

By the way, Laura offered to help me with my science fair
project. Didn't you, Laura?

                             LAURA

(offers hands)

Let's thank the Lord for our food.

(grits teeth, bows head)

                             CHIEF

(all join hands)

Father in heaven, we thank you....

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