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INT.

EXAM ROOM
Steven sits at the table. Hands folded.
The fluorescent lights BUZZ above.
Enter AGENT MORGAN, tall and very much the presence of
authority as he hits middle age. Morgan sits down opposite
Steven and sets a thick file folder between them.
Morgan sizes Steven up.
MORGAN
Mr. Jones.
Steven remains genteel. No tension yet.
MORGAN (CONT’D)
We’re very interested in what
you’ve brought to our attention.
Steven smiles and shrugs. His poker face is holding strong.
MORGAN (CONT’D)
Of course, I have to ask: who
brought these facts to... your
attention?
Another shrug. Steven CLEARS his throat.
STEVEN
I can’t tell you that.
Morgan isn’t bothered. Yet.
MORGAN
What can you tell me about all...
this?
Morgan pushes the a file folder towards him.
STEVEN
I can tell you it’s true. I mean,
you have to know that by now.
You’re the government and you were
very active in my “dossier”.
Morgan doesn’t respond. Not for a good, long beat.

2.

MORGAN
A skeptic, not me of course, but
someone with a more intuitive
sensibility would see this as a
combination of good guesses and a
string of lucky shots in the dark.
A few favorites of the tin foil
helmet set that stand out simply
because you see what you want to
see.
(beat)
You haven’t told us anything here
that we find worrying, Mr. Jones.
STEVEN
Not yet, at least.
Morgan shifts in his chair.
MORGAN
Mr. Jones... this is very close to
becoming a “security concern”. Not
quite DEFCON or Doomsday Clock
worthy but...
Steven rubs his eyes.
STEVEN
But you need to know how reliable
my source of information is?
MORGAN
Yes.
Steven leans in and lowers his voice.
STEVEN
Agent, if I told you how I know
what I know it would cause...
(beat)
Problems. It would... Agent, do you
know what “context default” means?
MORGAN
I’m not much of a techie but I’d
guess it has to do with a change in
circumstances? One that “changes
the game”.
STEVEN
(beat)
Sure. We’ll go with that. It’s like
one episode of Jerry Springer that
I watched when I was 11 years old.
(MORE)

3.

STEVEN (CONT'D)
I remember it like it was
yesterday. This was just when the
show was turning into really
trashy, bare knuckle brawl mayhem,
right?
Morgan fidgets. He looks at the two way mirror.
STEVEN (CONT’D)
One episode featured a man and a
woman who were in love. They seemed
way too normal and that was the
warning sign. But it turned out she
had a secret that she’d been
keeping from him.
MORGAN
A secret?
STEVEN
Yeah. See... she was born a man.
She was genetically male. Slender
and very effete so it wasn’t like a
drag queen or anything. But she was
born a man and the man she’d
brought on the show to tell him her
“deep dark secret” didn’t know it.
Then she told him her secret and it
changed everything. Everything he
thought was real and tangible
became completely unreliable;
nothing made sense.
MORGAN
And then?
STEVEN
And then he flipped out and the
show went to hell. But it was
“context default”. Everything he’d
been lead to believe and trust had
suddenly been dealt a huge blow.
And by huge blow, I mean there was
no way to repair the situation.
(beat)
For him, the way he saw her would
forever be on a much lower level,
much more presumptuous and with
zero trust. No matter what she said
to him, no matter what they’d
already built together or bonds
they had made, he was never going
to take her seriously again. Ever.

4.

Morgan gets the point. He looks back at the mirror.
MORGAN
So your source is going to... what?
Make me think you’re crazy?
Compromise your credibility? What?
STEVEN
She asked him, “You’ll love me, no
matter what, right?” And he said to
her, “Yes. I’ll love you no matter
what. There’s nothing you can tell
me that will change that.”
Morgan straightens up in his chair and for the first time, he
appears to afford Steven a begrudging respect.
STEVEN (CONT’D)
If I tell you how I know these
things, either you’ll believe me...
or you’ll send me to Guantanamo
Bay. You’ll lock me up and throw
away the key. Those are the stakes
for me right now.
Steven’s voice BREAKS slightly. For the first time, Morgan
eases off the throttle of authority.
MORGAN
Tell me. How do you know these
things?
With a SIGH, Steven steps off the ledge.
STEVEN
I know because on January 1st, I
suffered a diabetic stroke that
left me in a coma for over a month.
When I woke up on February 3rd... I
knew. I knew everything.
Morgan takes a moment.
MORGAN
You woke up and... knew?
STEVEN
I woke up. Tried to yank the
respirator out of my throat. Tried
to talk, tried to get out of bed,
tried to find the first pen and
paper I could. Because I knew
everything.

5.

MORGAN
And by everything, you mean...
what?
STEVEN
Everything.
Steven indicates the folder.
STEVEN (CONT’D)
That’s just the sampler.
Morgan picks up the folder. He isn’t outwardly convinced but
his eyes never break from Steven’s glare.
Then he sees the neatly typed info on the paper.
MORGAN
(without breaking eye
contact)
OJ Simpson was innocent.
STEVEN
(nods)
He didn’t commit the actual murder.
He hired the guy who did.
Morgan cuts in.
MORGAN
How did his blood get to the scene?
STEVEN
OJ wasn’t a complete dummy. He had
the stooge plant his bloody glove
at the scene and hoped that
American would see it was a black
man being falsely framed, accused,
and tried of a murder he didn’t
commit.
(beat)
Some of it worked out that way;
some of it didn’t. That’s how the
world’s always been.
Morgan can’t hide his interest anymore. He leans in and looks
at the printed pages.
MORGAN
Who was the actual killer?

6.

STEVEN
In 1981, the Buffalo Bills got
scared that OJ would bolt in free
agency. He had a tendency to do
that in times of stress. They went
into the city and found a guy who
could have been OJ’s exact physical
double. His name got lost over the
years but OJ remembered. OJ
remembered despite suffering from
what would eventually become known
as CTE.
(beat)
Gave him a call, found him down on
his lucky, and offered him a goodly
sum to not only murder OJ’s ex-wife
but “make a mess” too. The exteammate was hardly a sound mental
case in addition to a raging junkie
so he -- did as intended.
MORGAN
Jesus...
STEVEN
Some might say he went a little
overboard. He said the “real”
reason he did OJ’s dirty work was
that he wanted to get OJ back for
being a “sell out”.
(beat)
But, technically, OJ Simpson did
not commit murder. No more than
Charles Manson, at least.
Morgan sits with his mouth agape.
STEVEN (CONT’D)
His name was Darron Aisley. He died
in a shoot-out with the police in
2006.
(beat, glibly taken)
The gloves would have fit him
perfectly.