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by Nick Griffin & Ted Griffin
based on the book by Eric Garcia
SHOOTING DRAFT October 14, 2002
FADE IN: 1 EXT. ROY'S HOUSE - BACK YARD - DAY An immaculate pool -- clean, clear and placid -- crowds the back yard, bouncing light against the house. 2 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM - AT WINDOW - DAY The pool can be seen THROUGH filigreed metallic blinds. ROY ENTERS FRAME, suited, coffee cup in hand, and peers out at it for a spell. A calming moment to start his day. Then: He raises the blinds, wincing at the floor of sunlight. He checks the window's lock, re-locks it for good measure, then closes the shade again. AT NEXT WINDOW The ritual repeated: locks it. AT THIRD Repeated. 3 INT. ROY'S HALLWAY - MORNING Three doors line the left wall; one divides the right; all are shut. Roy emerges from the nearest door on the left (a bedroom) and shuts it behind him. He crosses to the single door on the right (a bathroom), opens it, enters, and shuts it behind him. WATER RUNS and a TOILET FLUSHES. He reappears, shuts the door behind him, and enters the middle door on the left (another bedroom, unoccupied). He re-emerges with a handkerchief in hand, then in pocket, and a beeper on his belt, and again shuts the door behind him. He starts for the far door (to a living room) but manages only a few steps before he stops, turns, and heads back to the bathroom door. He opens it and peers inside. A three-count and he shuts it again. 3 blinds up, window's locked, he re2 1
2. 4 INT. ROY'S KITCHEN - DAY Roy rinses out his mug of coffee, washes the sink basin clean of it, wipes down the kitchen countertop, already spotless, and lets the faucet run as --- he takes from a cupboard an unlabeled vial of pills. Pulls off the cap, taps two capsules into his palm. And just stares at it. Anxious and exhausted. Then: He tosses the pills down his throat, chases them with tap water, and gives the faucet a firm tug off. 5 INT. ROY'S CHEVY CAPRICE - DAY Window cracked just enough to suck out his cigarette smoke. AM-FM forecasts the natural weather, region-byregion. RADIO VOICE (V.O.) Elsewhere, temperatures in New York in the high 80's, Chicago reports rain, temperatures in the high 70's... 6 EXT. STOPLIGHT - DAY Roy slows to a halt behind a mini-van full of kids. They laugh and scream and wave at Roy. His hands stay glued at 2 and 10. FRANK (V.O.) No, ma'am, it's confirmed -7 INT. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE - DAY FRANK MERCER, younger than Roy, works the phones. A sea of papers floods his desk, while the adjoining desk (Roy's) is pristine. In lieu of decor there are stacks of cardboard boxes piled everywhere. FRANK -- the Chevy Blazer, the Paris vacation, or the Tiffany necklace. It's okay if you don't remember entering the contest, ma'am, you've won -The next call -(CONTINUED) 7 6 5 4
frozen in his car. 7 8 9 Frank turns to one of the boxes marked "Waterford II" and peels off a price sticker: $49. 7/17/02 7 CONTINUED: FRANK -. Frank watches Roy. 10 SAME .if you buy the Waterford II water filtration system. FRANK -. sir? Then you've probably seen our advertisements -The next call -FRANK -.Rev.00 even.we just have to wait for the sponsor's rep to fly in for the final drawing. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . Good deal.99.DAY At his window. (CONTINUED) 10 . You'd pay twice that in stores. huh? 3.MATCHSTICK MEN . That should be next week sometime -8 9 OMITTED INT. FRANK $398. the prize gets recorded as a sales expense and you don't pay any tax. shuts the door behind him.MINUTES LATER Roy enters.do you have a water filtration system in your house? Do you read the papers or watch TV.
Absolutely you can taste the difference.. regional vice-president at Allied Affiliates. Irene -(confidentially) -. Something on the radio? (he offers phone) Irene Fisk. his whole personality moves to his own. then un-holds does. cleans its handkerchief. Fisk. But today is our deadline. 10 CONTINUED: FRANK You want to what? When will he be home? (beat) Mrs.my secretary is having a baby this afternoon and the whole office here is about to bug out and go over to the hospital. up the receiver. Yes. Fisk. I agree: they are our most precious resource. Can you hold just a sec? (puts her on hold. to Roy. my supervisor just stepped into my office and he would love to talk to you. but the thing is. He plucks mouthpiece with his Mrs. Yes. I've got a six and twoyear old at home and I'll tell you: the day I installed a filtrator. The moment he transforms. Fisk? John Goodhew. Can I ask you one question. overly sunny) Good morning. so you see.. Congratulations! Which prize are you hoping for? (beat) That would be my choice. Now I understand you'd like to talk to your husband about this first... it's very exciting. (CONTINUED) . 'Wants to talk to her husband first. you're a very lucky woman. Irene? Do you have grandchildren? (beat) Five! How old? Well. too.4.' Who doesn't? Roy declines Frank's phone. and I understand why. ROY 10 ROY Mrs.
calling a courier service on Roy's line (his mouth grazing the receiver. Frank goes to work -. ROY'S CAPRICE (OFFICE PARKING LOT) . 12 EXT. And though his voice may be grinning. Roy presents identification.5.DAY Roy behind the wheel. Roy and Frank stand on her front porch. though. exactly. We'd like to ask you a few questions if we could. but we're in Chicago. and I'm sure she'd love that. I rather be out in sunny California with you today 'cause it's just pouring up here. Frank knots his tie. his eyes betray him: he doesn't enjoy this. tight. Sorry to disturb you. Roy notices) -. A long-standing joke: the non-answer answer. this is Agent Cole. 13 EXT. RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD . cooped up in our corporate offices on State Street. Uhhuh. Now let me confirm your address for our courier service. which he does whenever he's outside.DAY Roy moves briskly ahead of Frank along a sidewalk. that's sweet of you to offer. Frank angles his foot up on the dash. we're from the Federal Trade Commission. MIDDLE-CLASS HOME Door answered by a MIDDLE-AGED HOUSEWIFE. 10 CONTINUED: (2) 10 Listening. and Roy points it off. Roy nods to Frank: she's in. Cats and dogs. his hands thrust deep in his coat pockets. I'll tell you.. (CONTINUED) 13 12 Windows up 11 . FRANK You got any thoughts on lunch? Roy nods. ROY Carolyn Schaffer? (as she nods) I'm Agent Kellaway.. 11 INT. ROY Irene.as Roy finishes up.
across from the Housewife and her HUSBAND. 13 CONTINUED: HOUSEWIFE Is everything alright? ROY We hope so. and I'd either win a trip to.6. HOUSEWIFE (penitent. I can't remember. then wilts under her husband's stare.. I wouldn't have to pay tax of the prize. their filtration things. in? 14 INT. just new to some. Carolyn.DAY Roy and Frank sit at a breakfast table. He said there'd be a drawing in a week. taking it out on family dog who scratches at door) Knock it off! May we come 13 14 Otis! FRANK It's not the newest swindle in the world. She indicates a Waterford II installed on her kitchen faucet. And I'm sorry to tell you you've been the victim of fraud.. but you won't be receiving any prize. near tears) I was going to surprise you. The Housewife gives her testimony: HOUSEWIFE He said there'd been a contest. France or Italy.. KITCHEN . ROY I'm sorry to tell you this. ma'am. (CONTINUED) . ma'am. He said if I bought one of their products.. and I'd won a prize. They bait you with something bogus. HUSBAND (pissed. then sell you something worthless. HUSBAND Jesus. um.
Mrs. ma'am -. and then -(CONTINUED) HUSBAND FRANK HUSBAND 14 .. (to Frank and Roy) What's it worth? FRANK Any hardware store they're about fifty bucks -ROY But we've met people who paid twice what you did. Carolyn. (to Housewife) You wrote a check. Schaffer? HOUSEWIFE Seven hundred dollars.7. it's mail fraud and we can go after them... ma'am? (as she nods) Did you mail it to them? HOUSEWIFE A courier picked it up. But we'd need a signed clearance from you for your bank to run a trace on the check. there's not a lot we can do. If they cashed your check out of state. Unless what? ROY A lot of these sons-of-bitches -excuse me. Otherwise. HUSBAND Ah.they work in syndicates. Unless. Roy and Frank exchange grimaces. 14 CONTINUED: ROY How much did you give them. Jesus.. it's federal and we can act. What? ROY If they use the postal system.
here we go. ma'am. 8. 7/17/02 14 CONTINUED: (2) HUSBAND I'll give you a clearance. he's absolutely right. 14 As the Husband's eyes glaze over the small print.without closing it behind her. Carolyn? The Housewife slides open a glass door for the dog. Roy's focus fixes on it. then returns to her seat -. uneasy stare) You alright? (CONTINUED) . by chance feels inside his pocket) Wait.Rev. will ya. ROY All we need is the name of your bank. FRANK I'm sorry to say. HUSBAND (signing L-47) Here ya go. these guys were amateurs. ROY (to Frank) You have any more of those L-47's? FRANK Maybe in the car. (rises to go. ROY Here. HUSBAND Let him out. If it'll help get those bastards. (off Roy's fixed. HUSBAND See. You gotta be more careful of people. your account number and your signature at the bottom. Roy takes the form and lays it before the Husband.MATCHSTICK MEN . And every voice drifts into the distance. darling? I told you: you're too trusting. cashed your check in Nevada. the DOG SCRATCHES at the door again. Any luck. use my pen.
too -. testily.and recognizes the cause of his infirmity: the open door. FRANK It's just that. Roy speedily. you looked like you were gonna whoopsy-daisy all over those people's Oriental. fifty-fifty.MATCHSTICK MEN . FRANK Do you mind if I close this? They don't. (he takes L-47) Thank you. FRANK You're not taking your pills. admonished. Frank. Sound within the room returns to normal. ROY I'm fine. Sorry. thanks. Inside. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . Roy seems barely interested.. A breath to compose himself and Roy STARTS the CAR.Roy is sweating and uneasy. Roy snaps out of it.Rev. 14 Frank notices now. Frank smiles to allay the Husband's suspicions: fuck was that about? 15 EXT. but he never pauses in his effort to get inside his car as fast as he can.. FRANK You are taking your pills? ROY (at last) Yes. RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD . fixated on the small wilderness outside -. (CONTINUED) A16 What the 15 . takes his time getting in.DAY Roy and Frank return to their car.DAY The Caprice pulls into the parking lot. Frank splits up the day's take. 7/17/02 14 CONTINUED: (3) 9. The car pulls out. Frank rises and closes the glass door. are you? Roy faces him. A16 EXT.
A16 Roy gives him none.. ROY (beat) You have to pay her extra for that? 16 INT.MATCHSTICK MEN . And a pack of Winston's. Barely. ROY If it's real money. six. Frank puts up his hands: never mind. but it keeps me in diapers. Frank. it's long con. 10. The guy I was telling you. One look at those drapes I should have known. (beat) I saw that guy again last night: Chuck. FRANK You haven't done it lately. ROY Without me. five.. FRANK Okay. 7/17/02 A16 CONTINUED: FRANK Well.DAY Roy drops a half-dozen cans of Chicken-By-the-Sea on the conveyor. four. SUPERMARKET .CHECK-OUT AISLE . 16 . FRANK (sing-song) He's top-heavy. with the -ROY -. Roy. Frank is looking for a glimmer of hope.Rev. I'd just like to.with the boat. it's not a fortune. you know. (off no response from Roy) It's real money. it's a standing order here. take a girl out somewhere nice once in a while. For Roy. The CHECK-OUT WOMAN totals them: CHECK-OUT WOMAN . I don't do long con.
MATCHSTICK MEN - Rev. 7/17/02 17 EXT. ROY'S HOME - DAY A modest one-story. 18
Roy's Caprice pulls in the driveway. 18
INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM - DAY Roy, shoeless, skirts the living room rug to approach a ceramic horse in the corner, next to a sofa. He slides its head up and off its body and rests it on the floor, then reaches into its hollow belly to withdraw a .38. He removes from his jacket the day's take and stuffs it inside the horse. He replaces the weapon atop it.
INT. ROY'S KITCHEN - AT TABLE - NIGHT Roy eats dinner: tuna, straight from the can. (CONTINUED)
11. 19 CONTINUED: AT SINK He washes out the empty can, then turns to his shoes, rinsing and wiping down their soles. 20 INT. ROY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT Predictably Spartan. Roy wears pajamas to bed. He lies down, head on his pillow, eyes toward the ceiling, wide and anxious and exhausted and sad, to smoke himself to sleep. DISSOLVE TO: 21 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM - DAY The morning ritual again. Roy stares out his window, coffee cup in hand, at the pool. And his moment of serenity has been violated for -22 EXT. ROY'S HOUSE - BACK YARD - DAY Two leaves float atop the pool surface. long-pole net, removes them. 23 INT. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy throws the leaves away in the trash below the sink, then rinses out his coffee mug/washes down the basin/cleans the countertop/lets the faucet run. Finds his vial of pills and taps two capsules into his palm. Sets the vial down beside the sink. Stares at the pills again --- then throws them back in his throat and washes them down with tap water (filtrated by a Waterford II). He reaches to turn the faucet off --- and accidentally knocks the uncapped vial into the sink, upending it and sending pills scattering. Dammit! He grabs for the vial, empty -- pills are swirling down the drain -- then scrambles for the tap, slamming it off, but too late: all the capsules have been swept away. (CONTINUED) ROY Roy, with a 22 21 20 19
12. 23 CONTINUED: Shit! Roy frets, thinks, decides. Rolling up his sleeve, he dips his hand into the sink's disposal, patting around its base for pills. At last, he finds one. Pinches it and raises it into the light. And Roy knows: there's no way he'll ever put that thing in his mouth. 24 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM - DAY Roy's on his portable phone, desperate. ROY Hi, I need to talk to Mancuso. (beat) Man-cus-o. (beat) What do you mean he...? (beat) You gotta be shitting me... SAME SCENE - MOMENTS LATER Roy frets, paces. He stops, looks down. He's been walking on the living room rug -- disaster. 25 INT. ROY'S CLOSET Roy yanks out his vacuum cleaner. 26 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM Roy VACUUMS the rug back-and-forth, back-and-forth, backand-forth. He STOPS. Studies the rug. Then looks up. Suddenly everything looks dirty. 27 INT. ROY'S KITCHEN Under the sink, Roy rifles through a gallery of cleaning products -- Pine Sol, Murphy's Oil Soap, Ajax, Windex. 28 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM Roy cleans. Dishwashing gloves on, down on his knees. 28 27 26 25 24 ROY 23
eating straight from the can again. Eyes bloodshot and weary.S. goddammit! Your car's here.O. Roy. pick up. SQUEAK. .) 32 31 30 29 Roy does not respond. ROY'S HOUSE . I'll call them and they'll come down here! Roy surrenders: he gets off the couch. 33 ROY (O. The PHONE RINGS in the next room. Roy. FRANK (V. 31 EXT.S. where are you? 30 INT. 29 INT. I feel like a chick.) Roy. I'll do it. 32 INT. pick up. I know you're here! (beat) I'll call the cops.LATER FRANK (V. FRANK (O. It's me.over message machine) Roy. one dishwashing glove removed. Okay. Roy! FRANK (O. The PHONE RINGS again.) You in there? Roy! Frank KNOCKS some more. ROY'S HOUSE Roy cleans all the windows. I'm coming over.MEDLEY OF PRISTINE ROOMS . ROY'S LIVING ROOM Roy sits prone on his couch. that's it.13.on machine again) What the hell. from the inside only -SQUEAK. 33 INT. studying the carpet. I'll put all my shit where they can't find it. There is a KNOCK at the front door. Roy. ROY'S BATHROOM Roy cleans behind the toilet.O. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy takes his lunch break. Shit. Roy shows no interest in answering it. SQUEAK.S.
opens it. ROY Take off your shoes.14. did you? Roy shuts the door. Roy. (CONTINUED) . (as Frank just stares at him) Looking for something? No. You seen him? He's been missing most of the week. mouth appear in the opening.. walks away. FRANK Mother. Roy can't. ROY Windows. Frank enters and the scent of ammonia slams his nostrils. you gotta open a window. okay. (as he takes them off) Okay. What? Why? FRANK ROY Take 'em off. 34 AT HIS FRONT DOOR Roy unlocks it.) Okay. (beat) Tell me you've left the house in three days. Clean? Roy. FRANK My partner. unlatches and opens the door. FRANK (looking in at him) You didn't take your pills.S. You get attacked by Mr. FRANK (O. latch on. Roy returns. Frank's nose and 34 FRANK (sigh of relief) Thank Jesus. Open up. or you don't come in. lemme in. shoes are coming off..
FRANK Take a shower. he really -Frank -(CONTINUED) ROY ROY . Looks at Roy. FRANK You call Mancuso? He moved. My aunt saw this shrink after her divorce. I'm gonna make a call. Down the garbage disposal. By accident. 34 CONTINUED: FRANK Have you eaten anything in three days? (off Roy's nod) Besides canned tuna? (as Roy stops nodding) And women tell me my lifestyle's peculiar.the rug.15. ROY Watch -. FRANK You gotta be shitting me. 35 IN LIVING ROOM Frank enters. A beat. 35 34 FRANK You didn't take your -ROY I spilled them. ROY That's what I said. Frank stops short of it.
16. a plaque reads: "DR. As he heads for the bathroom. stares at a pair of Florsheims crossed atop an ottoman. KLEIN'S OFFICE .DAY Roy. 35 CONTINUED: FRANK Roy: you need to see someone. hands in coat pockets. This says you were on medication but you don't know what kind. SMALL OFFICE BUILDING COURTYARD 36 FRANK ROY 35 Beside a door. Roy relents. HARRIS KLEIN. at the far end of a small couch. He stamps out his cigarette and approaches. dials. Roy." Roy watches from a darkened breezeway. I got car payments. DR.D. don't think I'm doing this just for you. DR. I don't need a partner who's -Frank pantomimes a mad-act spasm. 36 INT. M. You got money you can retire. DR. who scans Roy's form. Go ahead. KLEIN. (CONTINUED) ROY It 37 . Frank. FRANK Go take that shower. Roy. Frank looks to be at the end of his rope. Yeah? ROY Wipe that thing down when you're done with it. 37 INT. Listen. Frank picks up the phone. you know. smoking. okay? A beat. KLEIN (re: his form) You're something of a clean slate. They belong to DR. KLEIN You mind if I put them up? helps my back.
Klein smiles. says here you're -It DR. Something like that. Roy. ROY That's a funny thing for a shrink to say. I was getting them illegally. I'd say you were lucky to be sitting up straight -ROY Can you get me more of them? DR. Why? ROY So I wouldn't have to talk to someone like you. KLEIN Yes.I'm sorry. KLEIN -. KLEIN 37 ROY -. What happened in the past I don't care about.17. Do you know what they were? DR. And at the dosage you say you were taking.F. my buddy Frank -DR.Beth Mercer's nephew -(CONTINUED) . DR. I think it said P.D. Doc. KLEIN Let's talk a little first. ROY Yes. KLEIN You were getting them illegally? (as Roy balks) We're starting fresh today. Roy doesn't. on them. but my partner. 37 CONTINUED: ROY They were green capsules.
DR. Then.18. If you can't do that. ROY And you skirt it. KLEIN DR. then -. KLEIN You certainly get to the point. abruptly. KLEIN What kinds of things? (CONTINUED) . Certain things distract me. DR. ROY Then let's get that prescription pad out. How long you been in that line? Nothing from Roy. If you're inclined against that.he said I could come here and you'd get me the pills I need. Klein never blinks. DR. DR. The face-off continues. the pills or not? Yes. KLEIN Roy. ROY I get tired a lot. but I can't sleep. Roy stares the doctor down.as you say -. Can you get me 37 DR. 37 CONTINUED: (2) ROY -. KLEIN It says here you're an antiques dealer. KLEIN Would you like to tell me what's been bothering you? And continues. this session's over before it's started.this session will be quite brief. Roy quits. make me feel sick to my stomach. usually I don't prescribe medicine unless I've had a little chat with the patient first.
(CONTINUED) ROY ROY A long time ago. DR.19. 37 CONTINUED: (3) ROY When people leave doors open. DR. DR. ROY Especially around moldings. KLEIN What was her name? A beat. KLEIN When was the last time you were in one? A relationship? With a woman? Five years? Keep going. KLEIN Ten years? ROY . KLEIN Incorrectly. Heather. right? DR. I don't like being outdoors. KLEIN Were you married? (off Roy's nod) Kids? A beat. or windows. They call that agoraphobia. DR. KLEIN Have these distractions affected your work of late? (off Roy's nod) And your personal relationships? ROY What personal relationships? DR. Anything else? Dirt. 37 Klein makes a note. but yes.
the more I thought about what that would do to my goddamn carpet. (beat) And that was a good day. maybe I don't. I should know what's going on in my head. (a breath to cool his temper) Doc: I spent last Tuesday on my living room sofa. Watching my carpet. 37 CONTINUED: (4) Maybe. DR. and the whole time I was worrying I might vomit. Maybe I got a kid. And the more I thought about it the more I realized I should just blow my brains out and end it all. KLEIN You haven't spoken? ROY She left with a black eye. ROY . DR. I haven't. and a bun in the oven. but the more I wanted to blow my brains out. KLEIN That's a new one. DR. Maybe. For all I know she got rid of the baby.20. And the whole time I was watching my carpet I was worrying that I might vomit. which might have come from anyone. For all I know she got hit by a bus. I was thinking: I’m a grown man. KLEIN You haven't seen her since? No. Doc. which I gave her. 'cause she'd been down that path before. no. ROY 37 ROY She was pregnant when she left me. So. So gimme some pills and let me get on with my life. Watching fibers on my carpet.
Heather. poised with pen and pad. (waits. ROY'S KITCHEN .. 40 41 & 42 WOMAN (V..) B39 . He stops to think. ROY'S BEDROOM . Then picks up the phone again.AT SINK .NIGHT 21. 40 41 & 42 OMITTED OMITTED Buries his hands under his armpits. He's scared shitless. AT TABLE He opens the phone book. TWO RINGS. dials.NIGHT Roy sits on the edge of the bed. starts to dial. Hello -Roy hangs up. F-e-n-t-o-n.MATCHSTICK MEN . breathless.O. staring at Heather's number. ONE RING. He closes the book in surrender. He closes his eyes. He picks up his phone. then hangs up. comes up empty. sucks down part of a Winston. ON PHONE He hasn't quit yet. 38 39 A39 Roy pushes a blue capsule out of a foil-bottom packet. ROY -. 10/7/02 38 39 A39 OMITTED OMITTED INT. downs it with coffee." His finger scans names.Rev. flips pages to "F.Fenton. then) What about in Orange County? B39 INT.
DR.MATCHSTICK MEN . DR. ROY If you gotta be dirty about it. KLEIN'S OFFICE Klein studies Roy. 43 (CONTINUED) . KLEIN Sexual intercourse. DR. We met in a bar.Rev. Then we got hitched. KLEIN And she got pregnant. drinking and -He waves his hand. I don't think either of us put a whole lot of thought into it. 22/23. Discovered we both had similar interests. Basically. she was very young. 10/7/02 43 INT. ROY I was young.
DR. KLEIN DR. If I see a school bus or -. KLEIN Do you think about her much? What could have been. 43 DR. ROY DR. About what? ROY What have you got? a lot then -Are you now? ROY (nods) -. what might have been.. She was pregnant two months before she told me. After things got bad.if he's a he -.would be how old now? Fourteen. Hit her? Roy nods. 7/17/02 43 CONTINUED: ROY That was later. KLEIN Do you think about that? ROY Sometimes. We fought a lot.MATCHSTICK MEN . KLEIN I wasn't sober DR.Rev. KLEIN He -. DR. Roy shakes his head. KLEIN (CONTINUED) .so some nights she just didn't come home. Which is why I.? DR. And the baby? ROY If there's a baby.I wonder: Is one of those kids Roy Jr.. Rarely. KLEIN 24.
with a man telephoning his ex-wife. Klein appears from his stockroom/closet and hands Roy a handful of unlabeled sampler packs.. You bought yourself a month's worth. (CONTINUED) 45 . But that's what Roy wants. KLEIN'S ANTEROOM Roy waits. 44 INT. do you know of a way of. he takes Heather's number.NEXT DAY Roy. DR. ROY I tried that last night. ROY Just to find out.. KLEIN I don't know. Roy. The PHONE RINGS. 43 If he's a he. ROY Doc. At last. Dr. DR.. Klein hesitates: This is unorthodox.MATCHSTICK MEN .. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . KLEIN Ready to be a man. (withdraws the number from his shirt pocket) Couldn't say a word. stares out at the pool. DR. Could you? Roy pushes the number on him. 45 INT.. Roy.Rev.. uh. KLEIN There's nothing wrong. 7/17/02 43 CONTINUED: (2) Fourteen. DR. Klein looks surprised. KLEIN Congratulations. rock-like. I. 44 ROY Call her? DR.? Just to find out. Klein relents. 25. ROY If he is at all.
can you hold the line a moment? (CONTINUED) Then: ROY 46 45 Roy? . KLEIN (V. though.O.. She knows you're her father.26. KLEIN (V.on phone) I just got off the phone with Heather. ROY Does she want to talk to me? DR. ROY You told her I was in therapy. DR. Klein. DR. ROY Doc. We had a nice conversation. KLEIN (V. Angela wants to talk to you. I can't lie. and she says she really wants to meet you. ROY'S HALLWAY Roy's on the portable. 45 CONTINUED: DR.O. Roy.on phone) Angela.on phone) I told her I was a psychiatrist. She doesn't. She didn't understand it might help with your therapy. Roy can't move or speak for a moment. Who? DR..O.. I'm sorry. Your daughter.on phone) No.O. KLEIN (on the answering machine) This is Dr.. KLEIN (V. 46 INT. ROY (picking up) Doc.
empty. Then: Where? 47 MOVING SHOT MOVING UNDER a highway sign: SAN PEDRO. 50 SAME SCENE . amazed. rolling her skateboard backand-forth. She rides past his Caprice. white knuckles at two and ten. watching.LATER The Young Girl sits waiting. when in his side mirror: A YOUNG GIRL floats INTO VIEW atop a skateboard. 47 ROY (O.DAY Except for one young mother and her infant. Stopped across the street.S. She mounts her board and starts away. (CONTINUED) 51 50 49 48 . 51 SAME SCENE . Pretty but not fully formed.) 46 Then DOWN TO: Roy's Caprice.LATER Roy is chain-lighting his next cigarette. Roy doesn't move. Roy at the wheel. Roy checks his watch -. he can see: there's disappointment in her eyes. 49 SAME SCENE . Turns on the light and shuts the door behind him. Through the door: The unmistakable convulsions of a man puking up everything he has. Carries it inside the bathroom. slender but not fragile. 46 CONTINUED: Roy cups the phone. He burrows out a cigarette.27. and unrolls his window an eighth of an inch. bewildered. and as she passes Roy's car. Roy remains in his car. then gives up. lights it. NEIGHBORHOOD PARK . looks this way and that. then dismounts and walks into the park.LATER The Girl stands.he's early. 48 EXT. then pushing the old butt through the window crack.
51 CONTINUED: Shit. A beat. You Angela? You Roy? He nods. He doesn't know what to say. except: So: Yep. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA ROY ROY You're fourteen. Hey -. 52 Father and daughter meet. Roy throws open his car door. She swings a little more. clothes disheveled. Roy stumbles out of his Caprice. ANGELA . on pavement.hey!! The Girl stops. ROY I've never been in prison. Oh. ANGELA When'd you get out? What? Of prison. hands deep in his pockets. Roy stands nearby. cigarette dangling from his mouth. 52 ANGELA (YOUNG GIRL) ROY ROY ROY 51 ON PARK SWINGS Angela rocks gently.28. not sand.
you hungry? (as she shrugs) Do you mind eating? It's just -I'd feel better somewhere indoors. 53 INT. When he said that. Mom started to laugh. chocolate shake). SAN PEDRO DINER Angela is served an enormous meal (turkey. anxious. ROY You -. ROY I thought you weren't hungry. ROY I'm in antiques. Roy glances about. and Roy takes note from across the table. mashed and gravy. I get uncomfortable sometimes being outside. ANGELA You're gonna get wet. Then she said you might as well be. On the phone. 52 ANGELA That's what the doctor said. (CONTINUED) 53 . I'm not dead. 52 CONTINUED: ROY Your mom tell you that? ANGELA First she told me you were dead. She gives him a curious look. ROY What's that thing with girls -where they don't eat? ANGELA (mouth full) Anorexia.29. might as well go swimming.
ANGELA ROY ROY Right. ANGELA That's okay. ANGELA I could have bulimia. Mom used to say I got lucky and only got your elbows. 53 ANGELA You're staring. If I had anything to do over again. I'd work harder in school. deliberately: No. Well. there isn't. right? Not now. ANGELA It's summer. school's real important. Roy waits: Is there more information forthcoming? Angela eats. too. ANGELA That why you ended up a criminal? (CONTINUED) ANGELA . I used to do it. Look at your picture and see if I got your nose or your eyes. ROY How is your mom? Fine. That's when you go in the bathroom after and vomit. 53 CONTINUED: ROY At least we know you don't have that. She continues to eat. Roy studies her face. You drop out? Roy hesitates. Sorry.30. ROY So you're in school. then nods.
if you make it a career. it's just a lot of something strung together -ROY Cut the shit. (CONTINUED) . 54 ROY I pretty much figured that.31. Whatever you do. HIS CAPRICE .. You finished? ANGELA It's okay.MOVING Roy drives. huh? I'm not a criminal.what was that word? 'Shi. Yeah. snooping. (beat) Sorry. 53 CONTINUED: (2) 53 She takes a long.I'm in antiques -ANGELA -. Everybody's done something bad in their life -ROY -. fake FTC identification. I shouldn't've -ANGELA (mock shock) What -. Angela. proof of insurance. eyes a pack of cigarettes along with Roy's pink slip. ANGELA You still love her? He doesn't know how to answer. noisy slurp from her shake. 54 ROY INT. sucking up the dregs with her straw as she studies Roy.. ANGELA 'Cause she still hates you.t'? (unfazed) When's the last time you saw each other. you know. you and Mom? ROY Before you were born. opens the glove compartment. you know.
HEATHER'S NEIGHBORHOOD . Roy watches her skate away.DAY Roy pulls over. then leans back in. ANGELA Got a pen? He does. Roy is caught off-guard by the suggestion.) What's more important than family? 56 INT. (CONTINUED) 56 Angela leaps He doesn't know 55 54 . Dad. Mom got it for me for my birthday.NEXT DAY Roy's at his desk. stop.O. It absolutely bewilders him. hey. and writes a telephone number on his palm. then glances at the number written on his palm. FRANK (V. 55 EXT. She takes it. Time to say good-bye. Copying the number fading from his palm. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE .. ANGELA Nice meeting you.. how. 'Cause my friend Carrie kept on calling after midnight. Looking up the street: ANGELA Stop. She closes the door. Meanwhile.32. then his hand. fighting the monotony of cold calling. ANGELA This is my private line. 54 CONTINUED: ROY (shooing her away) Hey. Maybe we could go bowling some time. He can't help but smile. stop. You better drop me here. Frank works the phones. That's her car in the driveway. out.
can you hold just one moment? Thank you. new-money suit -. (notices Roy's smile) Mr. 7/17/02 56 CONTINUED: FRANK Then what could be more important than purifying the water your family drinks? The Waterford II offers you the cleanest filtration system available today.DAY CHUCK FRECHETTE -. Roy and Frank scout him. no prize for you. with the boat. Schlickling. ROY (moment's thought. I'm sorry: you waited too long. (off Frank's astonishment) Figure I owe you one. then) How much money you think we could take that guy for? Chuck.swarthy. ROY 33. 56 Then back on FRANK Mr. forty-something. You switch shampoos or something? (beat) Pills working? (as Roy nods) Glad one of us is happy. And he hangs up. Across the street.Rev. to Roy) What? Huh? FRANK You're smiling. 57 EXT. CAR WASH .brow-beats the illegal alien who's towel-drying his Mercedes (complete with bumper sticker "I'd Rather Be Sailing"). (muting the phone. Schlickling? Hi. the phone: He stares at Roy. ROY (tell me again) What's his last name? (CONTINUED) 57 .MATCHSTICK MEN . Frank can't believe it.
FRANK I figure on short notice he could scratch up at least thirty grand. Music to Frank's ears. ROY He's not connected.34. FRANK Chuck Frechette. What's he do? ROY . he's from Downey. Hell if I know. He gets in and PEELS AWAY. ROY Sonovabitch didn't even tip. 57 CONTINUED: Frechette. is he? FRANK He and the mob are like this -Frank holds two fingers far apart. Frechette's MERCEDES is as dry as it's gonna get. ROY Where'd you find him? FRANK Cheetah's. FRANK Import/export. Meanwhile. Cheetah's? FRANK It's a gentlemen's -ROY I know what it is.. Roy KEYS the IGNITION. 57 ROY How do you spell it? FRANK F-R. ROY (beat) More. leaving his dryer's upturned palm empty. Watched him drop two G's there a month ago..
NIGHT Roy faces his professional costume closet: several suits.DAY Roy enters.DAY -. FIRST FEDERAL BANK .MATCHSTICK MEN . so you're rope. FIRST FEDERAL BANK .) We'll pull the Jamaican switch on him. plus a gallery of pristine shoes. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . Roy opens it. J-215. one manila. please. He knows you.Rev. then leaves Roy alone with it.and -60 INT.he moves briskly through -59 INT. a number of pairs of eyeglasses. 63 64 OMITTED INT. checks himself in the mirror.O.then into -61 INT.VAULT ANTEROOM -.LOBBY . Think he knows anything about international finance? -. I'm inside.STAIRS -.where he approaches a CLERK. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . ROY'S SECOND BEDROOM . CLERK (offering a form) Signature and pass code. As we hear him continue -- 35. then withdraws from his jacket two envelopes -. 63 64 62 61 60 59 . sets it on a viewing table. 58 ROY (V. 7/17/02 58 EXT. Roy tries on a pair.one white. 62 INT. BANK VAULT The bank Clerk removes a large safety deposit box. high to low end. CLERK May I help you? ROY I'd like to access my safe deposit box.
MATCHSTICK MEN - Rev. 7/17/02 65 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT Roy on the phone again. Where? (checking his watch) Where else. One hour. ROY
He hangs up. A KNOCK at the door. Roy looks alarmed. He just got off the phone with Frank -- who else could that be? AT FRONT DOOR Opening on Angela, backpack and skateboard at her feet. Remember me? Roy nods, bemused. ROY You just in the neighborhood? Took the bus. in a sec? ANGELA Think I could come ANGELA
Panic flickers across Roy's face. No one but Frank has crossed this threshold in many years. He opens the door wider and she steps inside. She peers about. Nice. Huh? ANGELA It's nice. Your place. I bet you're wondering how I got your address. He wasn't. ANGELA Off your car insurance, in your glove compartment. Roy feels suddenly uncomfortable in his own home. (CONTINUED) ROY ANGELA
37. 65 CONTINUED: ROY So what's going on? ANGELA Mom and I had sort of a fight. It happens once in a while. I usually take off for a day or two to let her calm down. Take off? ANGELA Normally I go to Carrie's. Only her family's on vacation. And I thought, since we seemed to hit it off so good last time -(hoping Roy will complete the thought; he doesn't) -- I could sleep on the couch? ROY (cardiac arrest) You wanna stay here? ANGELA I could pay you back by cleaning up or something -(as she gazes around spotless room; then re: his glasses) You wear those to read? They make you look kinda old. ROY These're just for -(remembering) I gotta go. I got a business meeting. This late? ROY Antiques wait for no man. (half to himself, half to her) Is it okay if I leave you here? Sure. ANGELA I can watch TV. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ROY 65
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Roy searches around the room, as if a television will magically appear. ANGELA You don't have a TV? You seriously don't have a TV? He smiles, sheepishly. ROY There's a couch. If you want to sit. Or there if you prefer. Or the couch. She moves to the couch, amused by his nervousness; of course, she treads right across the carpet. Roy averts his eyes, starts for the door... ROY You want me to pick up anything on the way back? Ice cream? ANGELA New York Super Fudge Chunk. What? ANGELA That's my favorite flavor. York Super Fudge Chunk. New York...? ANGELA Super Fudge Chunk. ROY Chocolate. Don't open the door for anybody. 66 EXT. ROY'S HOUSE - NIGHT Quietly as he can, Roy locks the front door. Hesitates for a moment. Can he do this -- leave a fourteen-yearold girl alone in his house? He must. 66 ROY New ROY
Angela snoops.NIGHT While Roy's away. then) Older. Frank taps on the passenger side window and Roy unlocks the door.NIGHT As glamorous an establishment as you might imagine. 69 INT. ROY How long's he been inside? FRANK Twenty minutes. Roy enters.NIGHT Here she opens cupboards: Sea. ROY'S KITCHEN . just clothes. 70 INT. 68 INT. He finds himself a table.NIGHT Roy pulls his Caprice into a distant view of the club.by way of a mirror -. I like those. They make you look -Old? FRANK (hesitates.39. FRANK (re: Roy's glasses) Hey. 67 EXT. just cans of Chicken-of-theHere she opens drawers: 69 68 ROY 67 70 . CHEETAH'S . ROY You got your lines down? FRANK You got my money? Roy withdraws the standard white envelope from his jacket and flings it at Frank.Chuck Frechette drinking alone at the bar. pays the cover charge at the door and spots -. CHEETAH'S STRIP CLUB . ROY'S BEDROOM .
(voice dropping) At the bar. Arden. can I get a Bud?! Everyone turns their heads at that. Frank spots Roy and heads his way. CHEETAH'S . But from this perch. passing Frank.NIGHT Here she stands on a chair and pries atop bookshelves: nothing here. not even dust. who recognizes Frank. then whistles to a passing waitress. the ceramic horse in the corner draws her attention. (CONTINUED) . including Frechette. though. loudly: FRANK Hey. FRANK Thanks.40. 71 INT. Frank nods.NIGHT As Roy sips a club soda: Good evening. He missed you come in. Come back later for me. FRANK Hope I didn't keep you. Roy glances back at the bar: Frechette. honey. okay? Frank stands over Roy and extends his hand. Not just now. Bob. His eyes stray up to hers (who knows the last time he faced a bare midriff) -STRIPPER Care for a dance? -. ROY STRIPPER 72 71 ROY (rising to shake) Good to see you. 72 INT.then flash to the door as Frank enters. didn't notice Frank enter. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . eyes on the girls. The Stripper departs.
. but Frechette's eyes drop to the white envelope on the table: a slim stack of $100's peeks out from within. Frank shuts up. Roy notes Frechette's glance and quickly palms the envelope into his lap. cueing Frank to reach into his windbreaker. FRANK (awkwardly) Ah. remove the white envelope. whiskey in hand. Roy monitors his approach. I didn't know you were here. FRANK We in business? ROY On my next drink. FRANK I told you you'd like it here. Chuck. 72 CONTINUED: FRANK (back to Roy) That do the trick? Let's sit. They do. Roy picks up his drink. huh? -. (CONTINUED) FRECHETTE ROY 72 . Arden -Roy shoots Frank a look: no names. Hey. Frechette starts off his barstool toward them.. and drop it on the table -FRANK Don't spend it all on one girl. FRANK (he turns) Hey. tie tugged loose. Chuck Frechette. and Roy's distracted an instant.so that it lands just as Frechette arrives. Another stripper passes. Frank stands to shake hands. this is my friend.41. Bob.
curiosity piqued. He's piqued. 72 CONTINUED: (2) Hiya. mind if -FRECHETTE 72 You Frechette gets the idea fast: something not-quite-legal is going down here. confidentially) Say. Roy waits until Frechette has returned to his barstool and is clandestinely watching and then -FRECHETTE'S POV -. none-too-pleased. FRECHETTE (to Roy) Nice meeting you.he removes the manila envelope from his coat and hands it to Frank/"Bob": a trade. FRANK (to Frechette. whose attention jerks back to the girls. FRANK Fish in a barrel. Roy glances at Frechette. we got a little business to settle up here. Bob. BACK WITH ROY AND FRANK As Frank glances inside Roy's manila envelope (filled with British pounds). Great. Sure. and he's not welcome. FRECHETTE I'll be over at the FRANK Thanks.42. bar. then resumes his stare at Frank: get him out of here. ROY You good to go? (CONTINUED) Frank sits back . Frechette retreats. Chuck. Roy nods hello. down.
CHECK-OUT WOMAN Big night planned? Huh? Right. The CheckOut Woman adds a pack of Winstons to the bunch. Angela? She sleeps atop the couch.NIGHT A carton of New York Super Fudge Chunk makes its way down the conveyor to join a few more cans of tuna. sets down the ice cream. okay? (rising) So long. 72 Roy leaves Frank. it's not for me. FRANK See you in the morning. Squints through his fogged glasses. ignoring Frechette on his way out the door. locks the door behind him. ROY Oh. Arden. Bob. but she laughs with him. 75 INT. 73 INT. 43. and -. of course. CHECK-OUT WOMAN You have kids overnight? 74 73 Roy laughs at the absurdity of this.NIGHT 75 Roy enters.NIGHT Roy picks his way through various cartons of ice cream. arms and legs splayed every which way. ROY'S HOUSE . 74 AT SAME CHECK-OUT . Frechette starts toward Frank. (CONTINUED) ROY . SUPERMARKET . 7/17/02 72 CONTINUED: (3) FRANK Does the Pope shit in the woods? ROY Just say yes. As soon as he's gone.Rev. The Check-Out Woman doesn't understand. then remembers he does not need them.MATCHSTICK MEN .for the first time in his career as parent -finds a blanket to drape over her. Roy approaches.AT FREEZER .
careful not to let Frank peer in.Rev. ROY That's what makes me good at it. You ANGELA She said you were a bad guy. He starts to go. KNOCK. shuts the light off. Roy opens the door. squints at the light. murmuring: ANGELA I don't think you're a bad guy. half-asleep. Touched she stuck up for him. 75 Angela smiles. ROY'S FRONT DOOR . ROY I sold a nice piece. (CONTINUED) 76 . She didn't want to talk about it. don't seem like a bad guy. Roy smiles. Angela rolls over under her blanket. He rises. Called you names. and just before he turns off the living room light. ANGELA I did.NEXT MORNING Frank is knocking. 76 Immediately: KNOCK- INT. eyes closed. Roy smiles. ANGELA How was your meeting? Good.MATCHSTICK MEN . ANGELA Why'd Mom leave you? ROY You'd have to ask her. That's why we got into a fight. heads to his room. 7/17/02 75 CONTINUED: ANGELA (groggily) Roy? Go to sleep. ROY 44.
her hair still wet. He wants to meet tonight. Frank returns the manila envelope to him. Oh. FRANK What's going on? (shocked) You don't have someone in there? 77 EXT. digs a spoon into the pint of New York Super Fudge Chunk. ROY'S HOUSE . slightly: is Angela spying? A window shade shifts 77 ROY Push it to tomorrow. 76 Conscious of Angela asleep inside. sneaks his morning medication down his throat. 78 INT. man. ROY'S KITCHEN . FRANK The second you left the place. is he in. He's in. Oh.DAY Angela. Roy glances back at his house.DAY Roy returns to find his couch empty and the shower water running in the bathroom. He seizes the opportunity to sneak both envelopes of cash into the ceramic horse. Roy slides out the door and closes it behind him.DAY Roy and Frank huddle on the sidewalk. ROY 45.MATCHSTICK MEN . Lunch. 79 INT. meanwhile. Let his greed meet his imagination.Rev. 7/17/02 76 CONTINUED: FRANK I wish you could have been there. I reeled him in -ROY Do we have to do this now? FRANK I got your money. Roy. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . he was off his barstool. (CONTINUED) 79 78 . Shh-shh-shh. Roy out of doors and anxious.
Lots and lots of tuna. Roy reacts: him. (beat) What if I am? So? He's my father. ANGELA What's his name? Frank. Roy stiffens. No. You should get the TV to go with 'em.DAY Angela's on the phone: ANGELA Hi. 80 ROY INT... ROY A business associate. ROY'S LIVING ROOM ... ANGELA Mom can pick me up. No.MATCHSTICK MEN .... pissed: 80 someone went snooping. ANGELA How come you didn't want him to see me? ROY I didn't not want him to see you. eat eggs or something? ANGELA All you've got here is tuna. 7/17/02 79 CONTINUED: ROY You sure I can't give you a ride home? That's okay. 46. 79 the prospect of confronting Heather rattles ANGELA Who was that guy who came by earlier? Who? Oh. (re: ice cream) Shouldn't you. Guess...... And one TV dinner. TV dinners are cool. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .Rev.
Across the room. his arms sagging down across his legs.but now she just wants me home in time for summer school. ANGELA That's okay. I will if I want. I promise! 'Bye.DAY Roy is doubled over on the couch. Roy grows more distressed as Angela grows more petulant. (CONTINUED) 81 ROY . When's that? ANGELA Monday. ROY Today's Thursday. I promise. She mad? At me. ANGELA I know. ANGELA Not you. 80 CONTINUED: ANGELA (CONT'Dbeat) I don't care. ANGELA -. head buried between his knees. KLEIN'S OFFICE .47. I know. Now she quiets down. I don't care. ROY 80 Roy looks relieved. She hangs up abruptly. Yes. isn't it? 81 INT. ANGELA She said she was gonna call the police -So much for relief. Okay.
Roy. KLEIN I beg your pardon? ROY In your carpet. three.and out. two. Otherwise just try to be as honest and open with them as possible.one. they’re not so difficult. ROY You've got stains.there's a big piece coming on the market I'm brokering and -. Most of all you have to focus on the basics: make sure they eat their vegetables. don 't stay up too late. kids.48. four -. (CONTINUED) 81 . (as Roy breathes in) Hold it -. Roy eyes a picture of two little boys atop Klein's desk. but trust me. 81 CONTINUED: DR. deeply. KLEIN You can sit up. (as Roy does) Is that what you were thinking about? Stains in my carpet? ROY And that I have a fourteen-yearold girl I barely know living in my house. ROY As honest and open as possible. and you may feel unprepared. DR. DR. ROY But I've got a -. DR. DR. KLEIN It's just for the weekend.. KLEIN When is it ever a good time for anything? I realize this is sudden. KLEIN And one more time.it's just not a good time.. and don't watch too much TV.
etc. ROY'S HOUSE .DAY Roy pulls home. SUPERMARKET . artichokes. . KLEIN She's your daughter. his second dose of the day. He gets out to find -83 EXT. Roy reads directions on a package of frozen spinach. 82 EXT.49. broccoli. ANGELA What's the matter? You freaking out about something? 84 INT.BACK YARD . Roy stares at them blankly. Unless there's another ex-wife you haven't told me about. ANGELA I'm fourteen. Angela appears behind him. ROY Who's that for? ANGELA Don't you drink? ROY (shakes his head) Do you? Come on. she's the only one you got. behind a cart. reading a magazine. carrying chips. hips and calves. ROY'S HOUSE . 81 CONTINUED: (2) DR.DAY Angela lies by the pool on a beach towel in a bikini and dark glasses. pushing a pill from its packet. Roy walks straight into the house. cookies. Roy isn't sure which way to take that. Roy. ANGELA How'd the meeting go? okay? Did it go 83 82 81 Confronted by his daughter's breasts. cauliflower.DRIVEWAY/GARAGE . and a six-pack of beer. swallowing it dry.DAY Squash. Standing 84 In the frozen food aisle.
Water everywhere. ROY This one's better. 85 IN LINE FOR ROY'S USUAL CHECK-OUT WOMAN Roy and Angela wait behind two other shoppers. He surrenders.) Just a minute. KITCHEN . proceeds to the bathroom door. Seated at his breakfast table.DAY Angela exits. ROY'S HALLWAY . His first attempt in years. 88 INT. He's pissed his morning routine has been interrupted. closes its door behind him. ANGELA The line for that one's shorter.S. Roy uses a piece of toilet paper to remove them.NIGHT Roy cooks. Limp spinach and sauceless spaghetti.50. in a towel. Angela bites into a slice as Roy forks a fresh can of tuna. A pizza delivery box takes center stage on the breakfast table. allowing Roy to enter -90 INT. ROY'S HALLWAY .DAY It looks like a circus act of seals has come and gone. Roy. dressed. 89 INT.DAY Roy cleans his coffee mug/wipes down the sink/waits. ROY'S KITCHEN . 87 INT. 90 89 88 87 . underpants hanging from a faucet. 86 85 He serves. used towels. Roy closes it fast. neither he nor Angela look too ecstatic about digging in. leaves his bedroom. opens it -ANGELA (O. 86 INT.MORNING The morning ritual begins again. the spinach and pasta lie untouched in the kitchen sink. ROY'S BATHROOM .
DAY 51. who are halfway through lunch. FRANK Arden. ROY I have one rule. A client's setting up a funding account to bridge the pound and the euro. bespectacled again. please? FRECHETTE That bad. STEAK HOUSE . I'm going to tell you as little as possible about me and what I do. FRANK To the business at hand. Chuck: simple is safe. sits at a table with Frank and Frechette. Anyway. 91 Roy.MATCHSTICK MEN .Rev. FRECHETTE Where you off to? ROY Phoenix. huh? ROY For some folks. to the business at hand. ROY Bob tells me you're a yachtsman. I've got to hold his hand. FRECHETTE Hardly. money is a foreign film without subtitles. but as much as I need to make you comfortable with what we're doing. 7/17/02 91 INT. (to passing waitress) Hon: could you heat this up a little. (CONTINUED) . Thanks. You sail? ROY I get seasick in the tub. Roy sticks with just coffee. Just a forty-two footer I take out on weekends. (To Frechette) The cast iron stomach again. you sure you don't want something? ROY I gotta fly in two hours.
Rev. 7/17/02 91 CONTINUED: (A1) FRECHETTE What are we doing? 51A. but reaches it under the table to Frechette.MATCHSTICK MEN . Frechette peeks inside: thin stacks of hundred pound notes. just as he did at Cheetah's. 91 Roy removes a manila envelope from his jacket. FRECHETTE How much is it? (CONTINUED) .
91 CONTINUED: ROY Five thousand pounds sterling. Just a little money unaccounted for. Bob has a record. FRECHETTE Five grand American. Roy checks. FRANK And he just scoops it off. pockets Frechette's money. floating on top the books like a layer of cream. removes an envelope from his jacket and reaches it under the table. ROY Congratulations.52. One of the perks of working in the exchange program at a bank. Frechette nods. (CONTINUED) FRECHETTE 91 . ROY It's a little more complicated than that but again: simple is safe. on the other hand. you just made two thousand -FRECHETTE -. Whose is it? ROY No one's in particular. I looked it up on the Internet. FRECHETTE Why not keep the money yourself? ROY As a bank employee any attempt I make to change currency is recorded and questioned. At today's exchange rate. (beat) Now I hope you have something for me. You. no one bats an eye.five hundred sixty-seven dollars.
But my daughter's a wiz at the thing.. STEAK HOUSE . FRECHETTE Fifteen and twelve.53. and everything smells like gum. Arden: how much could you do this for? Hypothetically.DAY At the valet station: FRECHETTE Lemme ask you something. FRECHETTE It's a riot. I still 91 FRECHETTE Neither can I. ROY I have a fourteen-year-old. (suddenly has a thousand questions to ask Frechette) How do you get 'em out of the house? Mine just sits at home all day. Roy goes off-book.. ROY . huh? Training bras hanging from your shower rod.. can't figure it out. As a rule: ten -FRANK we never go north of (CONTINUED) . 91 CONTINUED: (2) FRANK The frickin' Internet. Frank reacts: 92 what the hell is Roy talking about? 92 EXT. FRECHETTE Summer's the worst.. ROY You have a daughter? Two.
Frank and Roy watch him go. ROY You gotta spend money to make money. FRANK But you gotta make it to spend it. ROY'S HOUSE . 93 EXT. eyes Chuck. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . From within: ROY Angela.DAY Roy unlocks the front door and enters. (beat) 'Everything smells like gum?' What was that about? Roy hesitates. I'm back! (beat) Angela? Frank's here! (farther inside) Angela? Angela! 94 INT. then: ROY It's easier if I show you. SAME SCENE . Frechette drives his Mercedes away. ROY How much could you get your hands on? Frechette smiles.54. (CONTINUED) 94 93 92 . FRANK For a second I thought we were out two grand. with Frank behind him.MOMENTS LATER Stiffing his valet. 92 CONTINUED: Roy quiets Frank.DAY Frank reads a fashion magazine from Angela's bag. Frank sighs in relief.
95 EXT. He checks his watch: it's late. 97 INT. She must have gone back to her mom's.NIGHT Roy can be seen through the blinds. SECOND BEDROOM . FRANK Her bag's still here. 94 CONTINUED: ROY She's not here. A dull THUNK comes from the back of the house. 96 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . 97 96 95 Or ROY Where have you been? Nowhere.NIGHT As Roy opens the door: The window is open.NIGHT An ashtray overflows on the coffee table. Angela is brushing off her jeans. Roy waits on the couch and lights a fresh one.55. watching the pool. It's only like a half-mile away.BACK YARD . us. Where did you go? ANGELA I went to the arcade. ROY It's got nothing to do with us. I don't know anything about her. (CONTINUED) ANGELA . FRANK This is no good for you. Roy. turning its light on and off. ROY I've been waiting over an hour. she usually go? Where does 94 ROY I don't know. ROY'S HOUSE .
Angela: I'm glad we met. ANGELA Jeez. ROY Listen. a partner. ANGELA What did I do wrong? ROY You didn't do anything wrong. ANGELA I told you. (as Roy goes white) So.MATCHSTICK MEN . if tomorrow morning I took you back home. ROY You didn't see my car? 56. and I've got things a certain way. ANGELA I just went out. you never heard of a bank? . the arcade -ROY Why'd you sneak back in? ANGELA That's how I left. This whole house smells like Lysol. So I think it would be better. I didn't drink. shuts it. you're worse than Mom. what. Roy brushes the dirt into a trash can. but I've got a business. I didn't get high. I don't have keys to lock the door. 97 Roy squats to pluck up specks of dirt Angela tracked in. and I didn't take any money out of your stupid horse. and that's it. for you most of all.Rev. ANGELA It's stuffy in here. 7/17/02 97 CONTINUED: He moves to the window. ROY Where the hell were you? I want to know right now or I'm calling your mother.
yeah. Oh. ANGELA Let me go. Angela! ROY I wasn't kicking you out. punctuated by the front DOOR SLAMMING. 99 EXT. 98 INT. then starts pulling out wads of cash. book bag and skateboard in hand. Right next to their guns. (as he does) You just don't want me going home to Mom saying she was right all along..NIGHT Angela stalks away from Roy's house. mounts her board. ROY It's not that I don't want you.. checks his . FOOTSTEPS march down the hall. Roy looks up. Fooled me. meanwhile. Roy emerges far behind her and runs to catch her. 99 98 ANGELA I don't want to stay where I'm not wanted. ROY'S STREET . ANGELA (much too loudly) Even they tell me what they do for a living. You're like one of her boyfriends: I'm just something you have to deal with in order to screw her.. antique dealers always keep large stacks of cash in their homes. (CONTINUED) ROY ANGELA . ROY'S LIVING ROOM .. She.NIGHT Roy slides the head off his ceramic horse.38. Angela. ROY Will you stop? He catches her.57. Should he go after her? He turns back to his money: it looks all there. As he counts it.
MATCHSTICK MEN - Rev. 7/17/02 99 CONTINUED: Roy shushes her, but he knows: she's got him.
ROY Okay, okay. I'm sorry. I'm just... not good at being a father, alright? You know? I barely get by as me. Roy takes his hand out of his coat pocket to wipe a tear off her cheek. She recoils. ROY Will you come back home with me? We can get pizza again. She won't budge. ROY You can stay the whole weekend if you want. She won't budge. but: Roy doesn't know what else to offer
ANGELA Why do you have a gun? In case. In case what? Roy is stuck. He sighs, resigned. ANGELA ROY
ROY It's a little hard to explain. 100 INT. ROY'S KITCHEN - NIGHT Angela and Roy face off over another pizza. Bullshit. ROY Nope. No bullshit. And watch your language at the table. ANGELA You're a con man? (CONTINUED) ANGELA 100
MATCHSTICK MEN - Rev. 7/17/02 100 CONTINUED: ROY Con artist. Flim-flam man, matchstick man, take your pick. ANGELA And that guy Frank? My partner. ROY My protege.
59. 100 CONTINUED: She considers it. Bullshit. I told you: language. ROY watch your goddamn ANGELA 100
ANGELA Teach me something. What? ANGELA Teach me something. A con. You're funny. ANGELA Teach me something. ROY I am not going to teach you anything. Why not? ROY Because. You're a beautiful, bright, innocent girl, and I'm not going to screw that up like everything else. ANGELA Really, you think that? What? ANGELA That I'm beautiful? A beat. ROY (deadpan) No. (CONTINUED) ROY ANGELA ROY ROY
well. Old people. (CONTINUED) 101 . A lot of the time I feel sick about it.. A lot of the time it's stealing from people who don't deserve it. if I told you. I went with this boy. It does pay. Josh Ward. ANGELA Teach me something! No! final! ROY ANGELA At the Christmas dance last year. ANGELA I'm not as innocent as you think. Roy stops. Fat people. ROY'S BATHROOM . ANGELA (calling his bluff) Then why do you keep doing it? Roy has no answer. Believe me. 100 CONTINUED: (2) ANGELA Then why won't you?! (mockingly) Because crime doesn't pay? ROY No. 101 INT. ROY Then don't tell me. ROY I'm not.60. Just not very 100 ANGELA You seem to be doing okay by it. I've done stuff. It's not fun doing what I do. I've done stuff with boys.NIGHT As Roy brushes his teeth. Angela sits atop the toilet. you'd probably throw up right here. he's cute and I really really liked him..
102 INT. ANGELA And he took his hand.. where. 102 .. ROY'S CAPRICE . Never work near where you live.. ANGELA (writing) 'Don't... you. Don't write anything down.' ROY (grabs. You're gonna forget it. getting toothpaste on her face. throws notebook) Rule number two. Agreed? But she's already frolicking into the living room. ROY I'm not listening. One thing! thing! ROY I'll show you one 101 She nearly jumps for joy. 101 CONTINUED: ROY I'm not listening.. then skips down the hall. ANGELA Where we going? ROY Rule number one. at Carrie's... Kisses him on the cheek. ROY And then you're never gonna do it again. shit. we went upstairs. and he pushed me up against the bed. ANGELA After the dance. Angela brings a notebook out of her backpack full of laundry..DAY Cruising down the freeway..61...
Take his dollar and give him a ticket for the twenty-second. 104 INT. Roy considers Angela. follows. 22.62. 7-ELEVEN . . She still follows. 104 Angela 103 ROY You sure you're ready for this? ANGELA I was born ready. CASHIER You know the odds of the lottery hitting the same numbers in the same month. ANGELA No. amused.DAY Roy exits the Caprice.which (a prominent sign displays) won the day before. You're a cashier at a 7-Eleven.6. CASHIER You're wasting your dollar. 18. ROY Stay in the car. 7-ELEVEN .DAY Roy marks a lottery ticket as Angela watches: four of the five numbers -. (as she still follows) Stay in the car. ROY I'm glad I missed that day. 103 EXT. CASHIER Roy gives up. To the CASHIER: ROY I want to play this for the drawing on the twenty-second. ANGELA You his financial advisor? No. 60 -. 49. The Cashier hops to it. the same numbers ever? ROY That's why I changed one. enters the 7-Eleven.
you almost always get thrown a curveball. A boy in his teens returns her interest. (beat) Okay. An elderly couple separates whites and colors. What you're selling is you.O. Most important thing you have to understand about this game is: ninety percent of it is variable. ROY'S CAPRICE Roy crumples up his lottery ticket. Roy watches her scratch away with all her might. Angela gives him a get-lost look. rolls it in his hand... backpack on her arm.) Never play someone who's not buying what you're selling. ROY (V. sits reading Tolstoy. though. sipping on a Big Gulp. She cases the joint. then turns to a middleaged HOUSEWIFE loading three machines. (CONTINUED) 106 105 . ROY (V. No matter how good your plan is. A single man. 105 INT. You don't want anyone whispering in your mark's ear but you. Angela. Angela approaches. for God's sake. right. ANGELA I've got longer nails. scratches hard at it with his fingernail. 106 EXT. ROY (V. is who your mark is. prepared to roll with anything. That's your ten percent. ROY Just the. So you have to be flexible. The one thing you can control. black.) The older the better.O. takes it from him. LAUNDROMAT .) And.DAY Angela enters.O. but beware of couples. make sure the person you're conning isn't conning you.63.
HOUSEWIFE Simon's about your age. ANGELA That's what I keep telling my brothers. ANGELA Any of 'em cute? The Housewife smiles. You know. 106 CONTINUED: (re: That taken? No. She sets her bag down. stealthily planting the lottery ticket beneath it. You've ANGELA washer beside her) HOUSEWIFE 106 HOUSEWIFE This is nothing.LATER Angela and the Housewife transfer their laundry to dryers. Angela picks up her backpack to go. HOUSEWIFE They don't go to Fremont. 107 SAME SCENE . girls really do mature much faster than boys. but you'd never guess. ANGELA I'm gonna get a Coke across the street. You oughta catch me during Little League season. Do you want anything? (CONTINUED) ANGELA 107 .64. and Angela smiles back: she has her mark. Her dryer full. Three boys. he's so hyper. ANGELA Sure you don't need it? got a lot. do they? Central.
The man is Roy. ANGELA It's not mine. too: thanks to her and Roy's handiwork. She holds it for her to see. the date looks like the second. Looks like someone put it through the wash by accident. ACROSS LAUNDRY A man reads a newspaper. and Angela continues on her way. The Housewife approaches with But HOUSEWIFE 107 HOUSEWIFE Excuse me. The newspaper drops. and the Housewife notices the lottery ticket left behind. ANGELA Probably a loser. not the twenty-second. You sure? ANGELA Gotta be eighteen to play. don't you think? Angela inspects it. sir? Could we borrow your paper a sec? We're looking for lottery results. honey. 107 CONTINUED: HOUSEWIFE No thanks.65. Angela starts off. you dropped something. HOUSEWIFE Huh. The Housewife nods. Angela. It's for yesterday's drawing. That says the second. HOUSEWIFE Honey. (CONTINUED) . on second thought: HOUSEWIFE We should at least see if it hit.
a little crestfallen. a little breathless. ANGELA You're sure? (as Housewife nods) Missed by one. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA . can you believe it? ROY Four out of five pays. eighteen. HOUSEWIFE Ready? Six.? She looks -. eighteen. Roy rises to feed a dryer (whose clothes are inside is anybody's guess). ANGELA Six. HOUSEWIFE Story of my life.it's true! They laugh. Then.. 107 CONTINUED: (2) Sure. it's back to the wash. ROY I think it's Metro.66. 107 Roy hands her the section. too. The Housewife opens it. Mine. what? HOUSEWIFE Thirty. ROY (as he returns) Any luck? ANGELA Four out of five. forty-nine. Thirty? HOUSEWIFE You're joking. Wait. forty-nine. Look! HOUSEWIFE You mean we missed by one number -. sixty. passes Angela the ticket. wait. sixty. you know. thirty..
ANGELA You don't have to.. don't worry. 107 CONTINUED: (3) 107 Angela and the Housewife share a look. HOUSEWIFE Six hundred dollars! ANGELA ANGELA .67. uh-huh. HOUSEWIFE The woman on the phone said we just have to take it in for verification. (quickly) I'll give you half.. ANGELA What'd they say? HOUSEWIFE (face erupting) We won six hundred dollars! Holy -She cups her mouth: -.DAY The Housewife's on a pay phone. (CONTINUED) oops. It does? ROY Call the number on the ticket. She hangs up. Thank you very much.shit! Holy shit! Roy watches from inside as they laugh and hug. 108 EXT. Angela hovers nearby. 108 HOUSEWIFE HOUSEWIFE (into phone) Uh-huh. astonished. And then they'll mail me a check. sweetie. LAUNDROMAT .
(CONTINUED) 111 110 . ACROSS STREET Roy watches from inside his Caprice. no. we're fifty-fifty in this. 109 EXT. HOUSEWIFE That’s three hundred.what to do? turns to see a bank ATM across the street. watch the cameras.SECURITY CAMERA POV 109 The Housewife uses the ATM. Don't spend it all at the coin-op. HOUSEWIFE We're in this fiftyThen she The Housewife stops to think -. Don't let those brothers of yours anywhere near it.68. And hide it when you get home. I'm supposed to be home anyway. No. ANGELA Pretty late. BANK ATM . She works. In fact. fifty. we should call your mom and we can all go down there together. Angela pulls back.he doesn't live with us anymore. 108 HOUSEWIFE How 'bout your dad? ANGELA (ashamed) He -. no. Angela very consciously keeps OUT OF the CAMERA'S RANGE. ROY Good girl. it's okay. Angela's feet are barely IN FRAME behind her. 111 AT ATM The Housewife hands Angela three crisp $100s. 108 CONTINUED: HOUSEWIFE No. no. 110 EXT. You know.
111 112 Angela exits with her backpack full of laundry. She leaps in the air. waves goodbye once more to the Housewife. 7/17/02 111 CONTINUED: ANGELA (touched) Thank you. then rounds a corner to find Roy waiting for her. ROY One last thing. They hug again. C'mon! ANGELA You're joking. LAUNDROMAT 69.MATCHSTICK MEN . 112 EXT.. HOUSEWIFE Thank you. ANGELA Mom was wrong: I didn't just get your elbows.Rev. Uh-huh? ROY Go give her her money back.. out of sight. ANGELA Did I do good? ROY You did very good. What?! ROY I told you I'd teach you a con. ROY (shakes his head) Now. I didn't say I'd let you get away with it. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA . sweetie.
113 INT. 112 Roy points: go. Angela stalks back inside. scared shitless. ANGELA I thought we were partners.O. KLEIN It's however you feel about it.. ROY I have one question for you. I'm your Roy doesn't mind. ROY I'm not your partner. Roy watches through a glass wall as she hands the money back to the Housewife. Now suddenly I have a daughter.DAY ROY And I'm not.. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 114 ..) It's strange. Roy. 114 INT. (as she nods okay) Did you feel better when you took her money.. 70. ROY (V.Rev. father. KLEIN'S OFFICE . CAPRICE . And I want you to think before answering. isn't it? DR. Two weeks ago this was ancient history.DAY Driving Angela home. That's good. Angela thinks. or when you gave it back? (before she answers) Think first. 7/17/02 112 CONTINUED: ANGELA (can't believe it) This is so. utterly befuddled. DR.MATCHSTICK MEN . Petulantly. 113 Angela puts her feet up on the dash.
She even helped out. empty soda cans. But she took right to it. a real mess. for the first time in a while. 7/17/02 114 CONTINUED: DR. ROY I didn't know how Angela would go for that. It was the best time we've had together. It's good to see you start opening some again. working these people with me. KLEIN DR. ROY'S KITCHEN . He closes it..MATCHSTICK MEN . DR. Sometimes in my business you have to create a value in something which really isn't there. other people call.I took Angela along over the weekend.. KLEIN (CONT'Dbeat) Yes. Lying. It's cluttered with fashion magazines. 114 115 Roy opens his refrigerator door. Inside are greasestained pizza cartons and Chinese food cartons.Rev. KLEIN 71. And lonely. What some people call sales. selling a piece. considers the room around him. Don't take this too literally. . And it's very quiet. 115 INT. It's wonderful. What? ROY I -.NIGHT DR. KLEIN Do you regret it? Exposing her to that? Her seeing that side of you? ROY (moment of truth) I really liked it. Roy looks a little worried. this fourteen-year-old girl. but you've been closing doors for a long time.
CHECK-OUT WOMAN Where's that cute little girl of yours? ROY She went home to her mom's.DAY Cans of tuna again. Roy. and TV dinners. 116 They shake. ROY I'll see you tomorrow. Frank bums one from him. right? (off her nod) I'm Roy. Hi. Afraid he might get robbed. Roy. 118 INT. One or two layovers at the bar and a custodian vacuuming the floors. When's his flight? (CONTINUED) 118 117 . FRANK He said he wants to fly the money straight to the Caymans. KATHY (CHECK-OUT WOMAN) 72. 7/17/02 116 EXT. Roy considers her as she bags his groceries. Must be lonesome without her.DAY Before noon. ROY As if someone would do that. TERMINAL LOUNGE . a standard-sized black briefcase beside him. the place is mostly deserted. 117 INT. then) It's Kathy. AIRPORT TERMINAL . Summer school.MATCHSTICK MEN . But also some fresh vegetables. withdraws a cigarette.Rev.DAY Roy walks through the terminal. frozen pizzas. SUPERMARKET . Two people meeting after seeing each other every day for months. Roy and Frank case the place. (hesitates. CHECK-OUT WOMAN She's a cute one.
ROY You plant this before the meet. (as Roy waits: what?) I think I'm in love with you.. against a wall.Rev. LEATHER BANQUETTE FRANK 72A.LATER Roy stands alone in the middle of the lounge. 7/17/02 118 CONTINUED: Friday. Otherwise we blow it off. you sit him there. then to all the walls. I'm here. looking from table to bar.MATCHSTICK MEN . Frank lets out a whoop! 119 SAME SCENE . back to the bar. 119 FRANK ROY .DAY Summer school lets out. (CONTINUED) 120 He's going to be rich. the standardsized black briefcase beside him. FRANK Who's the drunk gonna be? Ernie. And keep the table free. SCHOOL . Typecasting. a little nervous. 118 Roy sits facing the bar. Running the plan over in his head.. ROY What do you expect for fifty bucks? Frank scans the place once more. FRANK There's only one problem. (beat) Where do you think? Roy points at. Roy scours the young teens flooding from the school from his Caprice across the street. 120 EXT.
120 (CONTINUED) . ROY What would you like to do today. looks at him. grins. little girl? ANGELA Mom says I have to be back by dinner. ANGELA 72B.MATCHSTICK MEN . She gets in. 7/17/02 120 CONTINUED: (A1) Perv. She's snuck up behind him.Rev. In the car. ROY He smiles.
BOWLING ALLEY Uh-oh was right. he plunges his fingers into the ball to pick it up. I own you. ANGELA (approaching him gently) Dad.73. He grabs at her. It's his turn to bowl now and.CRASH! Meanwhile. but his handkerchief has already gone dirtier places. 121 120 Roy blanches dramatically: . sighs. Keeping his chin high. Angela lifts a bowling ball up to her eyes. then lets it rip down an alley -.BEEP BEEP BEEP -. Gutter ball. he retreats to the ball return. 120 CONTINUED: ROY You'll be back by dinner. Approaches and releases his first roll.even the finger holes. Angela passes him on the way back to her seat. with a swallow for courage. Roy cleans his ball meticulously with his handkerchief -. he yells: (CONTINUED) ANGELA What Uh-oh. ANGELA You want me to bowl for you? AT PAY PHONE Roy thinks about wiping the receiver down. 121 INT. Roy glares at her. then steps up to the alley. The first thing you have to understand about this game is: ninety-percent of it is knocking down at least one pin. Over the MUSIC and CRASHING PINS. And just then -. Concentrates. and she screams with laughter. would you like to do? She grins even wider. He checks it.it's Roy's PAGER going off.
DAY Roy exits. get Ernie. B122 A122 122 EXT. change. and Angela trudges out behind. B122 INT. FRANK I know. It just came up. rolls a strike and leaps in the air. gotta take you home. 121 Roy's face falls. What time's his flight? Roy's face falls. (CONTINUED) I 122 . BOWLING ALLEY . bowling in the distance. tell him -- 74.MATCHSTICK MEN . I know. Angela. rolls a strike and leaps in the air. ANGELA (it's not) It's okay. too. Angela. FRANK'S MUSTANG . stressed. A122 INT.. ROY There's no time. Roy. ROY I'm sorry. I gotta get the money.DAY Frank's on a cellular headset. what is it? (beat) What?! I thought it wasn't 'til Friday! (beat) Well. rubbing his temples. pissed. BOWLING ALLEY Now Roy's stressed. (beat) I don't want to lose him.. He says he won't be back for a month. bowling in the distance.Rev. 7/17/02 121 CONTINUED: ROY It's me. in a rush. he bumped it up.
then: Yes. with standard-sized black briefcase.LOBBY ENTRANCE ROY ANGELA 75. uh. thinks. 7/17/02 122 CONTINUED: ROY I can't. I just can't -(looks at watch) I can't do this. ANGELA (playing the victim) You want me to take the bus? No. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . I can't even take you home. ANGELA (excitedly) Really? Roy nods. 122 123 Roy. enters with Angela. shit! ROY He doesn't know what to do. There's no time. Is it a job? Roy nods. Is this the worst idea he's ever had? ROY Shit! 123 EXT.MATCHSTICK MEN . ANGELA I thought you kept all your money in the horse. unhappily. (CONTINUED) .Rev. ANGELA What do I get to do? Roy thinks. ANGELA (timidly) Can I help? Roy considers her.
124 INT. Back to whispers: ANGELA So.MATCHSTICK MEN . toward Angela. as usual. CLERK (offering form) Signature and pass code. In whispers: ANGELA Why can't I see? ROY 'Cause it's a secret. what. He heads downstairs. Do it. J-215.Rev. ROY You don't have the pass code. ANGELA Then why does he get to? Roy thinks.VAULT ANTEROOM Roy and Angela approach the Clerk. here. please. Roy starts to fill it out. 7/17/02 123 CONTINUED: ROY That's just my piggy bank. CLERK Sign here and here. ROY I'd like access to my safe deposit box. Covers the pass code from Angela's prying eyes. She does. To the Clerk: ROY Can I add an access signature to my account. now I can get into the whatever-it-is? No. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . 124 Wait 76. The Clerk nods. (CONTINUED) ROY Roy pushes it . 123 She follows. puts forth another form.
PRIVATE VIEWING ROOM Now 76A. ROY Don't weep for me too much. He closes the case. 7/17/02 124 CONTINUED: ANGELA When do I get that? ROY When I'm dead. He starts picking up stacks of cash and placing them in the black briefcase. neat stacks of hundred dollar bills and hundred-pound notes. around the corner: Hey: ROY you got today's Times? Then. feels its weight. 125 INT. to the guard . wait here. ANGELA (forlorn) Oh. piled atop a fist-high ream of bonds. I mean it. Inside are bound.Rev. 124 125 Roy opens his deposit box.MATCHSTICK MEN .
A million? ANGELA Five hundred thousand? He shrugs. Roy checks his watch. Angela is flabbergasted.why don't you go live in Hawaii? Why don't you buy Hawaii? I told you: outdoors.77. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . Three hundred thousand? He just smiles: not telling. ANGELA How did you -ROY I've been doing this a long time. He's really not certain about (CONTINUED) ANGELA 127 . this. ROY These still make me look old? Old and rich. 126 EXT. CAPRICE (AIRPORT PARKING LOT) Roy puts on his Arden glasses. ROY briefcase) 126 ANGELA (re: bank) No. ANGELA Why aren't you -. in there. ANGELA How much is in there? (re: I told you. 127 ROY I don't like the INT.PARKING LOT Roy exits with Angela.
you get outta there. carrying the black briefcase.MATCHSTICK MEN . Take this. He gives her two hundreds from his wallet. ROY Strained it last night. you okay? My back. (CONTINUED) . Anything seems off. FRANK You should do yoga. 78. FRANK Arden. 128 INT. 127 ANGELA Stop worrying about me. I'm barely even doing anything. You see me tug my tie like this. 7/17/02 127 CONTINUED: ROY You know what to do? (off her nod) You keep real far away from us. ROY Just in case. What? ANGELA Please. head. you get outta there.Rev. Roy continues his approach. and immediately he spots a problem: Frank sits in the banquette seat Roy should have. TERMINAL LOUNGE Roy enters. She looks at him with puppy eyes. You mind if I sit there. He gives the whole plan one more thought. Frank and Frechette greet him. The high back helps. can I have the pass code? He has to laugh. clasping his back now and wincing. 128 ROY Shakes his I told you: ROY (a joke) I was doing yoga.
As he sits. Frechette reaches in to flip through a stack of bills: they're all real. Angela peeks out from behind a partition to watch Roy. FRECHETTE That's eighty thousand? It looks like less than I thought.MATCHSTICK MEN . Meanwhile. Frechette pries underneath: wall-to-wall British pounds inside. Frank and Chuck. Roy closes the case and sets it down on the floor by his feet. 128 Frank and Roy change seats. So: FRANK who goes first? who will make the first Roy and Frechette face off: move? ROY I suppose ladies do. FRECHETTE Had to check. Roy sneaking a reproachful glance Frank's way: nice fucking job. As he unzips it. before Ben Franklin.Rev. Go ahead. FRECHETTE Do your worst. The Queen Roy lifts his black briefcase onto an empty chair between them and cracks it open just enough for Frechette to see: a newspaper. Roy steals a glance at the lounge entrance: Angela is entering. Sorry. Frechette replaces it with a gym bag. with difficulty: ROY How are both of you? Across the lounge. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: 79. A waitress delivers Roy a club soda and departs. ROY It always does. (CONTINUED) . ROY As long as you don't mind.
and Frank and Frechette raise their Scotches to toast -ROY Enjoy the Caymans. -.S. the GLASS down at the floor. A pregnant pause.D. including Frechette's.then hurls drawing every Roy pulls the banquette for fast. come on! ANGELA (O. 128 Roy explores the gym bag: it's loaded with stacks of hundred dollar bills. Then: ROY It looks like we have a trade. ROY (to Frank) You count it? Frank nods. You kidding? the shelter. much sun. from the bar: Oh. is in my luggage! My plane doesn't leave for thirty minutes! Can't I get a goddamn beer?! The bartender cautions her and she grabs a tumbler -ANGELA You touch me.) I'm twenty-one! Don't get too FRANK He's going there for Roy peers up and Frank and Frechette turn to look: Angela is screaming at the lounge bartender. Suddenly.MATCHSTICK MEN . SHATTERING it. FRANK God bless America. FRECHETTE Land that I love. Roy salutes him with his soda. eye. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: (2) 80.Rev. I'll break every glass in this place. ANGELA My I. Lightning (CONTINUED) . and that's when switch: the briefcase stowed beneath the the identical one by his feet.
arms raised. time. FRANK That wasn't -ROY Walk him to the plane. When I leave. Just get up and take your new briefcase with you.and departs. you! ANGELA Airport bartender! 81.Angela's tantrum was part of the act -. bids Frank and Roy farewell -Guys.and he looks at Roy incredulously. FRANK They won't let me past the security check.Rev. 128 Angela backs out of the lounge. Roy nods to his wisdom. FRANK (under his breath) What the hell was that? Go with him. none the wiser. of course -. FRECHETTE Simple is safe. then pushes the briefcase at his feet across to Frechette. giving the finger with both hands to the bartender. -. FRECHETTE Hope she isn't on my flight. Speaking of which: it's about that time.MATCHSTICK MEN . Frank knows. Frechette turns back. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: (3) Hey. (CONTINUED) ROY . Frechette picks it up. FRECHETTE Let's do it again some ROY Have a safe flight. And she's gone. Who goes first? ROY You do. I'll take my new gym bag. Roy and Frank watch him go.
Angela bounces higher.DAY As Roy pulls out of his spot: (CONTINUED) 130 You ROY ANGELA A130 129 . PARKING GARAGE . despite a minor cardiac. 129 EXT. A130 EXT.MATCHSTICK MEN . 128 Frank follows Roy's orders and chases after Frechette. 82.DAY Roy exits briskly.Rev. the case in the other. A bag in one hand. Boo! Roy keeps walking. ANGELA The whole eighty? Roy nods. crossing to the parking garage. Roy reaches under the banquette and grabs the briefcase there. all business as Angela bounces around him. ANGELA What happened on our end? take him? He nods. AIRPORT TERMINAL . ANGELA Did you see that old chick at the bar? With all the makeup? She almost died when I threw that glass. CAPRICE/INT. singing: ANGELA 'My dad's a smooth operator! Smooth operator!' 130 INT. PARKING GARAGE . I saw her.DAY Roy emerges from a stairwell and Angela leaps from behind a pillar to surprise him. he takes off in the opposite direction. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: (4) ROY Then walk him to the security check.
around the minivan and away. then barks: ROY Open the gate. He looks at her. Roy chooses that one. hustling toward him. ANGELA (frightened now) Dad? ROY Roll up your window! down on the floor! Now! Get Angela does as she's told. He spots Roy instantly and starts toward him. With a fair lead.MATCHSTICK MEN . but the ATTENDANT seems to be taking forever to make change. and he turns to see: -. ANGELA (oblivious to Frechette) Dad?! Roy races down levels of parking lot as Frechette chases on foot. 130 He's not Roy stops behind a minivan pulling out of a spot. I thought about it: we should give the money back. and she smiles: in the mood. looking this way and that. one car in the fourth. Roy punches the gas. Roy pulls up to the parking Attendant. I'd feel better. in a fury. please. And Frechette appears in his sideview mirror.Rev. He's trapped. just joking. Roy considers backing up and choosing another exit. two cars in the three of them. 7/17/02 130 CONTINUED: ANGELA Dad. 83. (CONTINUED) . At last. thrusts his money at her. the other lanes are clearing up quickly. His money ready. ANGELA Do I get a cut? ROY You can ask Frank for his.the stairwell door fly open and Frechette appear. Meanwhile. Roy waits for the car ahead of him to pass through. suitcase open and empty. but the minivan he passed now hovers behind him. the Caprice comes to four gated exit lanes.
rabid.MATCHSTICK MEN . on Angela's side. Frechette is upon them. yanking on the door. but too late. has no one to blame for this but himself. but before they're clear. Dad! Roy hits the gas. shaking with fear. 7/17/02 130 CONTINUED: (2) ATTENDANT Do you need a receipt -No! ROY Please open the gate. 130 The gate comes up. He ANGELA ANGELA . ROY (slamming steering wheel) Dammit! Are we okay? Roy looks down to her. 83A. Frechette gets a clean look at Angela hovering below the seat. and the Caprice slaps the gate as it rises.Rev. balled up.
FRANK (at a loss) Hiya. DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT . Frank paces beside his car and chain smokes as Roy's Caprice pulls up. What?! ROY (to Angela) Stay in the car. Roy just seethes. ANGELA But I want to -ROY Stay in the car! Roy gets out. Hiya. Frank.DAY The Dodgers are away. 132 INT. CAPRICE . What? No reply. turns the RADIO ON to an EARSPLITTING VOLUME. slams the door.CONTINUOUS ACTION ROY I said 'walk him to the plane. slams the door again. They don't let you to the gate without a ticket -(CONTINUED) 133 132 (back to glowering Roy) ANGELA FRANK 131 . Frank steps up to see Roy glowering at him.CONTINUOUS ACTION Angela can't hear anything but MUSIC as Roy tears Frank a new one. leaving acres of parking spots unused. DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT .' Did you walk him to the plane? FRANK I told you: security. 131 EXT.84. 133 EXT. then reopens it. Los Angeles looms in the distance.
ROY Frank. chastened. 133 CONTINUED: ROY Did you see him go through security? Yes! ROY Did you wait 'til the plane left the gate? FRANK You told me to walk him there. (beat) We're not on the books. (CONTINUED) . How? FRANK What if he goes to the cops? He won't. We're safe. What? FRANK I'm not the one who pimped her into the grift.85. I walked him there. And don't tell me I'm the one who put her at risk. his breath. She put us at risk. my daughter was there today! Frank looks away. ROY ROY Says something half under FRANK 133 FRANK What if he does? ROY Then he'd have to explain what he was doing with eighty grand and a ticket to the Caymans. ROY They never do.
134 EXT. that's it. You don't know that! What if Chuck goes to the cops? Roy turns: the door. 133 CONTINUED: (2) FRANK I know we are. then: ROY You're fourteen! When did you have time to get arrested? ANGELA I forgot to pay for a pack of gum once. (CONTINUED) 134 FRANK Then . ROY Turn it off. and the younger man takes off. And bites her lip. have you? Angela looks from Roy to Frank to Roy again. Tell him you're clean. DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT . Frank leers at Roy: ask her. He opens 133 ROY Tell him. (beat) You've never been arrested. Angela watches from inside the car. Roy leans against his hood as Angela remains in her seat. What about her? ROY Angela's never been arrested -FRANK You don't know that. blushes. Roy gives her the silent treatment a moment. and let's get this over with. but it never came up. Terrific. Angela. She does. ANGELA I would have told you.86.DAY Roy hands Frank Frechette's bag of money. and Frank starts toward his car.
MOVING . ANGELA And some other stuff. Angela tries to thaw (CONTINUED) 138 137 135 136 . Roy.NIGHT INT. arctic. ROY'S CAPRICE .MOVING .. takes a stroll.. I mighta put up a fuss when security -Angela.CAPRICE . Angela sneaks a glance at him. super-pissed. HEATHER'S BLOCK . 135 136 EXT. STREETS . He was grabbing at my chest.NIGHT Roy's Caprice pulls to a stop. 138 INT.NIGHT Roy drives. thinking. Heather's house in the distance.87. knows enough not to speak. what was I supposed to do? How long ago? Last year. CAPRICE Roy looks straight ahead. his hands slowly returning to his coat pockets. ANGELA The guard was groping me. 134 CONTINUED: ROY (disbelief) They called the cops on you for a pack of gum. ROY And they photographed you? printed you? They ANGELA ROY ROY 134 Angela nods and bows her head penitently. 137 EXT. brow knit. him.
did I -Roy keeps staring straight ahead. regardless. Angela's lip trembles and tears faucet down her cheeks.. Frank and I have some out-of-town work. tortured. ANGELA I'm sorry. can't look at her. but it can't. ANGELA Or we could take a trip even. and in September is father's visiting day at school. (CONTINUED) ROY . elbows in her hands. Then: ROY I'm gonna be gone for the next couple months. 138 CONTINUED: ANGELA You know. She nods.. I was thinking maybe I could come stay with you. Angela cries. ANGELA Is it. Tears form 138 ANGELA When do you think you'll be back? I don't know. It's kind of lame. Silence. but I thought maybe. He says nothing.. Oh. arms clutching her gut. Frank and I are partners. He wants you gone. Roy.. hurt but trying to conceal it.. ANGELA Maybe when you get back -ROY (killing hope) You're getting in the way. I have all of August off. I didn’t mean to.88.. you're gone. Okay? I thought maybe it could work out.
HEATHER. (beat) I paid for it. ROY You wanna know why your mom left me? She left me because of you. C'mon. you know. opens the passenger door. He leans over her and ROY Your mom'll be waiting. tears streaming. She digs into her backpack. but Roy doesn't want to let her go angry. You're just not a very good one. She starts out of the car.Rev. 7/17/02 138 CONTINUED: (2) ANGELA Can we at least talk on the phone? 89. a faded beauty. Ange -She spins on him.MATCHSTICK MEN . Midthirties. Roy can't stand this anymore. He watches with curiosity. She weeps openly. ANGELA You're not a bad guy. withdraws an object wrapped in an "LA AIRPORT GIFT SHOP" bag. So you wouldn't grow up with me as your dad. Angela wipes tears away. What's that? ANGELA I got it for you at the airport. 138 Roy says nothing. sets it on the dash. Anger supplanting grief. furious. Roy shrinks as he sees a woman dragging trash barrels to the curb. (beat) I am a bad guy. (CONTINUED) Why ROY ROY . ANGELA Why did you even call me?! did you? Roy has no answer.
7/17/02 138 CONTINUED: (3) 89A. FADE OUT. .Rev. The interior light fades on Roy. 138 She slams the door behind her.MATCHSTICK MEN . He unwraps the gift shop bag: It's an "I Love LA" ashtray.
FRANK (V. ROY What time is it? Almost three.O. unshaven. Hair unkempt.90. You hungry? He discards an empty can of tuna from the couch. ROY Hold on a sec. 141 INT. Looks around it. They're not here either. Hello.) You alright? ROY ROY 139 INT. ROY'S BEDROOM Roy looks inside his bedside table. Roy rinses out a dirty coffee cup. The PHONE RINGS. 140 Doesn't move. Roy picks it up.O. the room around him a pigsty. Reaches up to a cupboard for his pills. ROY'S LIVING ROOM Dark. Roy's on the couch. And RINGS.) ROY FRANK (V. At last. ROY'S KITCHEN Also a mess. Roy furrows his brow. They're not there. Roy has let the place and himself go. And RINGS. Watches it overflow. Roy? Yeah. FADE IN: 139 INT. Fills it with water.O. 140 FRANK (V.O. wearing clothes for the third day in a row.) FRANK (V. arm thrown over his eyes.) You wanna meet? We still got Chuck's money to split. He hangs up. 141 . No.
Wiley is on call. my phone's dying.BEEP -ROY Listen: can you let me in his office -(CONTINUED) . PHONE VOICE (V. Dr. Klein has gone for the weekend. looks beneath the sink. He checks it. then inspects the waste basket. if this is an emergency.O. ROY'S HOUSE He pushes and backtracks through rooms.) Medical group. I recommend you contact a local hospital --. looking everywhere for his pills as he speaks on his portable phone: PHONE VOICE (V.) Dr. ROY'S BATHROOM He scours his medicine cabinet. Klein is unavailable. 142 INT.91.O. if you'd like to -ROY I gotta talk to Klein. look: I need a new thing of pills. Is there a way of getting hold of him? PHONE VOICE (V.) Sir.O.) I'm sorry. ROY Doctor Klein. ROY Where'd he go? Look. Are you there at the office now? Roy's PHONE BEEPS. PHONE VOICE (V. checking coat pockets in wardrobes. Dr. 143 142 ROY Shit. The only thing here is one of Angela's barrettes.O. please. 143 INT.
or gimme Klein's home phone -PHONE VOICE (V. ROY'S DRIVEWAY .DAY Roy presses his cheek against the floor mat of his car. Surges ahead. He digs though his trash bin.O. recovering --. cars off the road.I need to talk to Klein -The phone dies -Shit! -.one empty foil packet. ROY'S CAPRICE . Nearly forces several 147 146 145 144 ROY 143 . 144 INT. then upends it.sir. 145 EXT.Dr. Wiley is on call --.DAY Roy at rock-bottom.) -. BUSY AVENUE . He peers beneath the driver's seat.BEEP -ROY -.92.DAY The Caprice swerves into traffic. 147 EXT. But no pills.O.) -. Cans and cans of Chicken-of-the-Sea rattle on the pavement.and he hurls it against a wall. I can't --.I know where he keeps them. 146 INT. then reaches in and pats the floor. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy goes through the trash beneath his sink.BEEP -ROY -. 143 CONTINUED: PHONE VOICE (V.
He pushes to the front of the line. PHARMACIST Do you have a prescription? ROY My shrink. wild-haired. He stares their glances away. impatient. wild-eyed. Without a prescription -(CONTINUED) . I don't have a prescription. Please. white-haired PHARMACIST. The Pharmacist scans the horizon for security. Roy joins the back of the line. my doctor.Prefexsomething. Soon he can wait no longer. ROY Hi. A few customers look back at Roy. PHARMACIST I'm sorry.93. Five people stand on line for the white-coated. I need a refill of this. buddy: MAN IN LINE ever hear of a line? ROY 148 ROY (turning) Ever been dragged onto the sidewalk and beaten till you piss blood? That decides it: nobody's screwing with Roy. They're samples of -. c'mon. empty packet in hand. but -PHARMACIST Sir. C'mon. 148 INT. wait your turn -ROY I know. but this is an emergency -Hey. PHARMACY .I can't remember -. ROY I need a refill. please. he gave me these. doesn’t see anyone.DAY Located in the rear of a discount drugstore.
then: DR.So I'm clearly allowed to have them. Supplifen. sir. incredulous. 149 EXT. He crushes it. ROY No. 148 CONTINUED: Look: ROY I have the packet -148 PHARMACIST I can't help you.94. PHARMACIST Those are vitamins. it. My doctor gave it to me. Hands it back. I just need four or five of these to cover the weekend. PHARMACIST They're vitamins.. The Pharmacist takes the empty packet from Roy. threatening. KLEIN'S OFFICE . shoulders heaving. sir. he rips open a box of Supplifen to find the replica of the packet he was given.. In aisle four. KLEIN Roy? I'm not supposed to see you 'till -(CONTINUED) 149 ROY Studies . Prefex. he approaches the front door when Roy appears in the breezeway behind him. Aisle four.NEXT MONDAY Klein exits his sedan. startled. ROY -. What? PHARMACIST That packet contained vitamins. PHARMACIST (resigning) Let me see it. Fumbling for his office key. Roy stands there. Klein gasps. infuriated.
turns on a light. (beat) I have news for you. A beat. Does what you do make you happy? (CONTINUED) . KLEIN Would you like to sit? I am sitting. Look at me. But you weren't a mess last week. Your conscience is another story. KLEIN ROY ROY You gave me goddamn he is not to be trifled with right 149 150 DR. DR. KLEIN Agreed. ROY DR. vitamins. 150 INT. DR. KLEIN'S OFFICE Klein enters with Roy. First you answer: did you give me vitamins? Yes. (before Roy retorts) Let me ask a question. and you weren't on Prefexall then either. Roy. ROY I'm a mess. Your neurosis is small-time. KLEIN Roy: why do you think you need medication? ROY You are not asking questions yet.95. KLEIN Because you don’t need medication. Why? DR. 149 CONTINUED: Vitamins. Klein appraises Roy: now.
DR. I've never used violence. man. (CONTINUED) ROY .96. KLEIN Would you say then you set an example in your trade? Sure. KLEIN The difference being? ROY They give me their money. DR. A beat. Roy. I've had computer programmers tell me what a nice piece it is. ROY I never took anybody who didn't let me out of greed or weakness. ROY I'm not a criminal. 150 CONTINUED: ROY Don't change the subject. (beat) This is a 17th Century Williamsburg ottoman I've had my feet on for the last two months. KLEIN If you couldn't be a criminal. I'm a con 150 DR. DR. Roy. KLEIN That's a nice rationalization. KLEIN This is the subject. What would you do if you had to change careers? ROY If I couldn't be an antiques broker? DR.
and everything pours out: ROY Because I -. DR. 7/17/02 150 CONTINUED: (2) DR. KLEIN But now you have to set an example for someone else.Oh. (as Klein waits him out) She wants back to her mom's. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . 97.DAY Frank considers what Roy has told him.Rev. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . KLEIN Have you spoken to her? (as Roy shakes his head) Why not? ROY Do we have to talk about this? DR. Doc! I lost my little girl! I lost my little girl! DISSOLVE TO: 151 152 EXT.because I -. Christ. 150 151 152 (CONTINUED) .DAY INT. DR. KLEIN Why do you think she hates you? Roy's face crumbles. (beat) How is she? ROY (beat) Angela? Fine. KLEIN Why haven't you spoken? ROY (a beat) Because she hates me.MATCHSTICK MEN .
FRANK Thank you. Gathering his nerve. he dials. For everything. 153 Frank gestures to the door. 154 155 EXT.LATER They walk along a path. ROY'S BEDROOM Roy sits on his bed. two rings. Looks up as Angela approaches on her skateboard. pulls out a new portable phone. phone in hand. At last. ROY Thanks. 153 INT. FRANK We should part more often. He twirls between his fingers the barrette he found in his bathroom. I'm sorry to lose you. Roy smiles. 152 CONTINUED: When? As of now.DAY Roy sits waiting. Frank. SAME SCENE . One ring. Angela does not. partner. Reads its instructions. (CONTINUED) 155 . They shake hands. SAN PEDRO PARK . Roy waits for Frank's reaction: is he pissed? ROY FRANK 152 FRANK (he's not) You gotta do what you gotta do. 154 INT. (beat) You want your forty g's? ROY Consider it a parting gift. Roy opens a Radio Shack box.98. ROY'S LIVING ROOM The place is clean again.
Let her know what I'm doing. 156 INT. Like when one parent wants to get joint custody of the child. turns away) Honey. FRENCH RESTAURANT . ROY I'd have to make some changes. blood tests. (as Angela stops. (off no reaction from her) There are things you have to do. honey. I'm sorry. tears in her eyes. (CONTINUED) ANGELA 156 . A JAZZ COMBO PLAYS in the next room. I'll try.NIGHT Roy and Angela celebrate. go before a judge. that sort of thing. and throws her arms around him. Will you try? ANGELA Please? 155 Yes. I should talk to your mom about this. ROY You know. ROY (soaring) I'll try. It would only be for weekends and some holidays to start. Your funeral. Angela in a new-bought dress. I'm gonna have to stop doing what I do for a living. She looks up at him. For one. 155 CONTINUED: ROY I went to see a lawyer. I should have asked you first. He specializes in custody suits. Still no reaction.99. File paperwork. which makes her fidget. He wraps his arms around her and holds her.
A WAITER pours Angela more Diet Coke. Angela is imitating the French Waiter as Roy fumbles the key out of the lock. 156 CONTINUED: ROY I know. 157 INT. Angela suppresses a laugh. Angela leads a reluctant Roy to the floor.. just beams.. They both smile. Concentrates mostly on his feet. ROY That's a good name. ANGELA Mademoiselle. throughout.. very tentatively. Takes her hands in his and. Bonjour.. She holds up her arms for him to take. then remembers to concentrate on Angela.. ANGELA We could get a dog.. mademoiselle. O-reev-ar. But she should hear it from me. Please. (CONTINUED) 157 ANGELA . it Frank.. and he balks. They enter. He gives in. We can name 156 WAITER Mademoiselle. begins to box-step. ON DANCE FLOOR IN NEXT ROOM A few couples dance.. laughing. Either a German shepherd or a Lab. aren't they? ANGELA Not if you train 'em.NIGHT Dark.100. And she. ROY (uneasily) They're messy.. mademoiselle.. ROY'S LIVING ROOM .
FRECHETTE Let her stay. ANGELA ROY 157 Roy switches on a lamp. handgun resting on the cushion beside him. does as he says. Cigarette in hand. Dad? ROY Go wait in your room.. Big smirk. What? Au revoir. She's in this as much as you are. right? (off no response) Your mug shot doesn't do you justice. (as Roy hesitates) Close it. honey. sunshine. FRECHETTE Hiya. sweetie.101. FRECHETTE Close the door. ROY What do you want? FRECHETTE What do you think? (to Angela) We haven't met. Angela before him. Roy. It's Angela. then leaps back: Chuck Frechette is sitting on his sofa.. ROY Au. Hello. 157 CONTINUED: Au revoir. Roy considers Frechette's gun. trembles halfway between them. My name's Chuck. (patting couch beside him) You wanna sit down? ANGELA Angela (CONTINUED) . the open door Roy freezes/considers the variables: behind him.
ROY There were no cameras in the lounge. sniffing out your buddy Frank wasn't such a big deal. Tell me. FRECHETTE No. can you spell 'shakedown'? ROY How'd you find me? FRECHETTE I didn't. Frank sits huddled. Angela's gift. and white. the crap kicked out of him. I know where your kid lives. FRECHETTE In my business you need a few friends on the force. There. And suddenly it dawns on Roy. once I found you. They got a nice look at her. eyes puffed and blackening. to the "I Love LA" ashtray atop it. nose bloodied. and his eyes drop down to the coffee table. Roy. I found her. Roy doesn't understand. That was sloppy. (beat) Well. But there were in the gift shop. Frechette indicates the corner of the room. Frechette extinguishes his cigarette in it. Your little girl's in their books. And your ex-wife doesn't know well enough not to give out your home address. (back to Angela) You're a very clever girl.102. I'm in your home. (CONTINUED) In black 157 . 157 CONTINUED: (2) ROY You come anywhere near her -FRECHETTE Don't play tough. FRECHETTE Airport security cameras. Roy.
huh? Angela gasps. Angela looks up at him. Again Roy eyes the gun. He nods: it'll be okay. his daughter. I call those cop friends of mine. But first things first. (CONTINUED) . ROY I'm done with this. ROY Four thousand. starts scooping out money. ROY I don't have it. horrified eyes. FRECHETTE 157 Roy stops.103. She moves toward the horse. Let's have back the money you took from me. Otherwise. Roy blanches. Takes its head off. FRECHETTE You look white as a ghost. Where? ROY (staring toward it) The horse. frightened. FRECHETTE Next: I'm in for half of what you make from now on. Roy. No. FRECHETTE Let her get it. I don't want you to pass out before you make your first payment. 157 CONTINUED: (3) FRECHETTE We only hurt the ones we love. your little girl goes to juvie 'til she's eighteen. Maybe. I'm out. FRECHETTE Then let's start with what you do have. Frank meets Roy's stare with helpless.
ANGELA (fixed on Frechette. ROY Angela. sweetie? ROY Put it down. Roy holds her glance.are you.104. standing by the horse. Don't. take care of this. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA Don't make Then. Angela doesn't budge. Frechette stops. it worse. Frank. Angela looks to Roy. All their dreams are slipping through their fingers. His eyes are fixed on something. Frank stumbles to his feet... 157 CONTINUED: (4) FRECHETTE You're not done. Frank? Frank doesn't say a word. tears in her eyes) I want you to go. Frechette. put it down. aching. frightened now. Roy. FRECHETTE You know how to use that thing. Frank's not done -. including Roy. Everyone freezes. behind her: Do it. You barely got your feet wet. honey.38 in her hands leveled at him. Daddy. bloodthirsty. a small voice I'll 157 A standstill. moves his hand toward his gun. Angela. Roy's . FRANK . apologizing for everything. Frechette follows his stare to -Angela. ROY Quiet.
158 EXT. Angela sees it. ANGELA ROY get his gun. And wait there for me. Roy turns.. Ground floor if you have to go out the back.then drops the . ROY'S KITCHEN DOOR/DRIVEWAY . numb. Daddy. ANGELA FRANK He's not gonna make it. nearly catatonic. Roy? Roy? ROY It's okay. voiceless. Frank: Roy goes to her. Roy? Roy looks over: too. Roy holds Angela. holding a blanket over Angela's shoulders. 157 CONTINUED: (5) 157 Frechette reaches for his GUN again and -.NIGHT Frank pulls Chuck's Mercedes up the driveway to the side door where Roy exits. (CONTINUED) FRANK 158 . Roy's got a lot of thinking to do very fast. It's okay.105. Dad.BOOM! -.pure reflex -Angela FIRES -. FRANK What are we going to do.. Shaking.. Frechette is dying.. Frank hobbles over to Frechette. Angela trembles. blood seeping from his shirt. He opens the passenger door for her and she gets in. Roy speaks past her to Frank: ROY You know where the Seven Palms Motel is? Out the 15? ROY Get a room. Frechette falls off the couch.38 to the floor.
158 CONTINUED: FRANK Suppose you don't show? ROY Take her to her mother's.. beside Angela. honey. Frank? FRANK Yes. Honey. I did.. He closes the door. then passes into -159 Roy kneels 158 .. then) Take him to a hospital. okay? ANGELA I. Holds eye contact with Angela as Frank reverses and carries her away. ROY Angela. Frank realizes the risk Roy is running. and I will see you in a day or two. 159 INT. Angela? Frank's gonna get you out of here.106. Roy. It's gonna be alright. Then you drive south and never come back. you did. (to Frank) Go. I was trying to. listen to me. Understand? I shot him. ROY I know.. (as this could be good-bye for a while) I'm sorry I let you down. You didn't shoot him. Right. FRANK What are you going to do? ROY (hesitates. pulls down some sheets. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy opens a pantry closet. ROY You just sit tight.
a uniformed COP sitting in a chair. 160 -. Whoa. Morning.DAY Tiny. He lifts his gun up unsteadily. He spins -Frechette is leaning against the wall behind him. an admission bracelet around his wrist. He looks around the room: Spartan.Rev. blood dripping down his legs. in his arm. Roy tries to lift himself onto one side. You awake? The Cop rises and goes out the door. ROY'S LIVING ROOM 107. a surveillance camera above him. Nothing.V. an I. deathly pale. an open door to a mini-bathroom. He is -IN HOSPITAL ROOM . does a threesixty. ROY Who are you? (CONTINUED) . BISHOP How d'you feel? COP 161 162 Roy tries to rise again. shutting the door behind them. and two detectives (BISHOP and HOLT) come in.and his eyes stop at the bloodstain on the carpet. bars on the windows. no TV.MATCHSTICK MEN . antiseptic. Frechette is gone. looking for places he might have crawled to.he's handcuffed to a bed railing.and Roy pivots away just as -BOOM! 161 162 OMITTED HIS POV An air-conditioner overhead. 7/17/02 160 INT. points it between Roy's eyes --. The door opens again. Roy. He pokes at a bandage wrapped around his head. swoons. Roy drops the sheets. One bed. BISHOP Take it slow. can't -.
Wish we could say the same for Chuck. pulls out an evidence bag containing a bullet fragment.. wisely keeps his mouth shut. HOLT I heard it all. This little fella took out about half an inch of your skull.MATCHSTICK MEN . Roy: Who? (CONTINUED) BISHOP where's Frank? ROY . BISHOP You were given a pretty close haircut the other night. Doctor'll be in in a sec. Roy. Roy can barely sit up much less study X-rays. BISHOP You got lucky.Rev. Roy. Bishop drops them. 7/17/02 162 CONTINUED: BISHOP I'm Detective Bishop. this is Detective Holt. Roy remembers slowly. feels his bandage again. 108. Bishop fishes in his jacket. Anything you say can and may be used blah blah blah blah.. Roy processes this. 162 Bishop offers a couple of head X-rays. ROY Am I under arrest? BISHOP (nods) You have the right to remain silent.
HOLT I like your place better. We've spent the last couple days in your home and his. How about this: Angela? Roy stonewalls. uh -HOLT (referring to notepad) -. there're some bunko cops eager to talk to you when we're done. she's not in San Pedro at. Your partner. ROY How long have I been here? (as they don't respond) How long? BISHOP They brought you in two nights ago.415 Chester Avenue. 162 CONTINUED: (2) BISHOP Frank Mercer. then: (CONTINUED) .109. In fact. Roy reacts. BISHOP She's not at your place. Roy thinks. (beat) Where is he. Clean. 162 BISHOP You guys led interesting lives. where's BISHOP Okay. Roy? Roy shakes his head: he doesn't know. BISHOP Her mother's near hysterical. There's not a lot we don't know.
Holt goes to the window. Chuckie didn't make it. (CONTINUED) . Why? ROY He was gonna shoot me. Alas. Bishop and Holt exchange a glance. (beat) Where is she. Before then. BISHOP You're sure about that? Roy nods. he'll be in in a sec. (beat) Where is she? Roy's mind races. BISHOP That would make our job a lot easier. HOLT Like I said. Roy. Roy. BISHOP 162 ROY I wanna see my doctor. But it could still get worse. the print we took off your . BISHOP Your daughter's wanted for murder. 162 CONTINUED: (3) I shot him. again. You're under arrest for accessory. Then: Figuring some way to make this right Roy winces ROY ROY I shot Chuck. BISHOP He did shoot you. yanks up the blinds. in the glare. That's right. It's not good.110. Roy? (beat) Your little girl killed a man.38 was a little small.
KLEIN Technically.DAY Roy peers through the open blinds as an intern checks his vitals. Doc. HOSPITAL ROOM . From the bed. Hey. Roy. BISHOP You know where she is? Roy nods. (to Bishop) May I sit down? Bishop nods.111. my doctor. My shrink. DR. ROY Don't I have doctor-patient rights or something? Holt laughs. a little agitated. Bishop and Holt return with Dr. Bishop and Holt exchange glances again. Klein in tow. and Klein takes a seat by the bed. BISHOP What's his number? 163 INT. 162 CONTINUED: (4) ROY No. Let me see him and I'll tell you whatever you want to know. KLEIN Hello. he's right. Bishop. DR. KLEIN How are you feeling? Roy looks. ROY 163 162 ROY Can we have a little privacy? BISHOP That's not how it works. The intern departs. (CONTINUED) . he can't see anything but a freeway in the distance. Holt and the cop haven't moved. DR. Roy. Bishop considers it.
163 BISHOP ROY There isn't time.I can't do anything illegal. then covers his mouth with his free hand. They stare each other down. Please. Help me help her. Five minutes. what happened? They told me -Roy holds up his free hand: gone. KLEIN Don't transfer responsibility. 163 CONTINUED: BISHOP Technically. (CONTINUED) . Doc. Bishop relents. (beat) Can I trust you? DR. ROY You got her into this. DR. he's not. Roy. ROY You do if you want what I know. Roy glances up at the surveillance camera. ROY Angela's in trouble. she will go to jail. If I don't help her. too -DR. Doc. There's no privilege says I gotta leave you two alone together.112. Klein looks reluctant. KLEIN Roy. KLEIN Roy -. lest any lip readers are watching. That refers to testimony you might give based on confidential information. Roy's eyes plead. They exit. After a moment: Don't speak 'til they're Finally.
113. stymied. Klein thinks. KLEIN This is what I have to memorize. Tell her to write it down. C-O-L-E? ROY My partner will answer the phone.. Cole. ROY They're going to search you on the way out. (CONTINUED) DR. Then. DR. Klein nods: he's ready.CLOSE ON VIDEO FEED .DAY of Roy whispering to Dr. watching the feed. decides: okay. CLOSE ON BISHOP smoking. KLEIN What do I tell her? ROY Tell her -. 163 CONTINUED: (2) ROY Just make a phone call.tell Angela you have the pass code. Klein through his fingers. 163 ROY How are you at memorizing numbers? 164 INT. Ask to speak to Angela.DAY Through his fingers still. 165 INT. KLEIN Klein leans 165 164 . forward to hear: ROY The room of Mr. Roy whispers. DR. ADJOINING ROOM .. ROY'S HOSPITAL ROOM .
DR.. PARKING GARAGE . Doc.DAY Roy stirs awake. but hopeful. Sorry. KLEIN 543-N7-942.DAY Klein hurries to his sedan. Holt on the passenger side.. 543 -ROY (eyes to camera) Doc. HOSPITAL ROOM . As he pulls away. ROY Hello! (off no response) Hey! Officer Maddox! (off no response) Could someone turn the A. another car follows several seconds behind: Bishop at the wheel. Again. Klein nods. fumbling with keys.114. 167 INT. memorizing. sweating heavily. 166 EXT. back on?! Yo! (CONTINUED) 167 Roy lies back. (covering mouth) 543-N7-942. tense. KLEIN 166 . The chair where the uniformed cop sat is empty. The air conditioner is off. 165 DR. The room is dark. (to himself) 543-N7-942.C. KLEIN 543-N7-942. 165 CONTINUED: ROY 543-N7-942. Again: Say it back to me. ROY That's all you have to do. exhausted ROY DR.
through an exit door and steps out onto -168 EXT. For the first time in days. Roy's hospital room resides within a mobile construction-site trailer anchored atop the fivestory garage. peers into -ADJOINING ROOM Empty except for the surveillance monitor propped up on a chair. thrown in a pile in a corner. Dumbfounded. He releases himself.DAY Blinding sunlight. shirt. jacket and shoes.DESERTED ROOF . 167 Roy reaches for a bedpan on the floor. belting his pants. checks the door. Starts to unwrap it.over phone) Seven Palms Motel. Coffee cups and newspapers litter the floor. to the roof's edge. Gingerly feels about his skull. Roy feels his bandage again. in nothing but a hospital gown. he stands. PARKING STRUCTURE . shirt unbuttoned. to throw at the door. and his eyes go wide. no bullet hole. then pulls out: a handcuff key. He staggers around the trailer. 169 & 170 171 OMITTED 169 & 170 171 168 EXT. The parking structure overlooks a largely-deserted stretch of Los Angeles.Rev. Just one mother of a bruise. Roy pushes on. 7/17/02 167 CONTINUED: 115. a little wobbly. A freeway passes in the distance. he moves down a brief hallway. Roy can't believe it. No stitches. Roy shakes it again. Then pulls it clean off.MATCHSTICK MEN . CLOSE ON ROY as he quietly cracks open his hospital room door. then pulls his feet off the bed. but something rattles within. Roy tries it on his restrained wrist: it's a fit.DAY Roy jogs down the bottom ramp. but its cord has been sliced. no fracture. Also there: Roy's pants. . He finds a pay phone. and looks down.O.GROUND LEVEL . VOICE (V. PARKING GARAGE .
) 'Roy: You're probably pretty upset. finesses it open. diplomas off the wall. 175 176 INT.. As he enters. KLEIN'S OFFICE .O. I don't blame you. he notices Klein's plaque is gone. The place is empty. (beat) How about Mercer? M-E-R. Bad news. I should take it. You taught me most of what I know. Roy squeezes his eyes shut. drops the phone to hail it. BLOCK AWAY .DAY Much as he left it. FIRST FEDERAL BANK .DAY Roy gives his pass code to the Clerk.DAY Roy hurries in before it closes for the day. 173 C172 Roy spots a cab.' . 174 INT.DAY Cab waiting. O-L-E. extracts the only remaining item: a handwritten letter. FIRST FEDERAL BANK .O. He wears the same 178 FRANK (V.116.DAY FROM within the Caprice's window: Roy arrives in a cab. so I suppose I owe you better than this. The head of the ceramic horse beside it.DAY Dark. clothes and the same distant stare. cabinets bare.. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . Cole. 177 178 INT.AT PAY PHONE ROY The room of Mr. CAPRICE . please. FRANK (V. Roy finds the front door locked. 174 175 EXT. KLEIN'S OFFICE . ROY'S HOUSE/INT. 173 EXT.' 176 177 EXT. Roy reaches within. until Roy turns on an overhead light.) 'But you always said if I got a shot at a big score. Furniture and fixtures stripped. "Blood" stain on the carpet. 172 EXT.
touches his head wound. All four windows rolled down. HEATHER 182 ROY She's not here. Roy at the wheel. creating a windstorm inside his car. thin stack of $100s.. revealing -FRANK (V. running on the slenderest of hopes. FRANK (V. 179 INT. Roy parks in front of the house.. PRIVATE VIEWING ROOM Roy sets the box on a table.' -.' 180 INT." then DOWN 181 180 Roy 179 Roy's Caprice. He looks numb. "SAN PEDRO. UNDER HIGHWAY SIGN BLASTING UNDER a highway sign: TO.O.) 'Sorry about the rubber bullet.. is she? (CONTINUED) .O. I'd never find a better partner.) 'Enjoy the gift.O. He can barely speak. Now I won't have to. HEATHER'S HOUSE . 182 EXT.' 181 EXT. He staggers to the front door and knocks. Frank. glass-eyed. Roy.) 'If it's any consolation. BANK VAULT Roy's box is removed. Large but no longer heavy.NIGHT For the first time. And for everything else. A moment passes before the door opens. pries off the lid.117. They share a long moment of recognition.a single.. you're the best I ever saw. FRANK (V. by the way. and Heather stands before him.
that's why you're here? ROY You were pregnant. He gasps for air. and Roy crumbles. then slowly -because of their history. Roy.Rev.reaches out and caresses him.DAY Roy on a smoke break. clutches his gut. She nods.MATCHSTICK MEN . what are you talking about -. a painful memory. 10/7/02 182 CONTINUED: What? Angela? HEATHER (at a complete loss) Who? Roy. too. Tears come to her eyes. HEATHER That's -. (CONTINUED) 183 184 . and folds into himself. You were. FADE IN: 183 184 OMITTED EXT. FADE OUT.? The baby! baby! Heather is aghast. all the revelations of the day come to a point. 182 His last hope dashed. or despite it -. Roy: HEATHER you okay? Heather stands helpless before him. ROY ROY You were gonna have a ROY HEATHER 118. BEHIND CARPETERIA .
184 His salesman's uniform is not terribly different from his old costume.DAY Roy finds his next prospect: flipping through Persians. but his bearing has changed: he is a man at ease. (CONTINUED) ROY a twenty-year old SLACKER 185 . 185 INT. returns to work.MATCHSTICK MEN .Rev. flings his cigarette away. 10/7/02 184 CONTINUED: 119-120. A CO-WORKER sticks his head out the back door. and he still wears his hair in a completely unremarkable fashion. Roy: CO-WORKER another live one. Afternoon. CARPETERIA . Roy nods.
SLACKER That's about me. All ROY Big place. (beat) No. Let's SLACKER Wait. My girlfriend knows better than I do what we need. 185 CONTINUED: SLACKER (keeps flipping) How ya doin'. You have a color in mind? SLACKER I have a price in mind. doesn't notice Roy at all.121. ANGELA What kind of pet store doesn't carry collars? They've got dog shampoo in there but no collars. (off a DOOR CHIME) That's her. ROY You're my perfect customer. dig into the remnants .. 185 ROY For your home? SLACKER For my secretary's office. (CONTINUED) . Cheap. Looking nineteen at least.no price is too low. huh. but -. Angela enters the store. SLACKER I need a carpet.. it's for my apartment. you don't know what you want. ROY So you don't need much. one room of it. Dark glasses and cutoff jeans. Roy turns. She comes straight at her boyfriend. ROY Help you with anything? Yeah. I gotta wait.
remnants are back of the store. ROY My next guess. If you're gonna get wet -(CONTINUED) ROY . Will Roy say something? ROY We call it Astroturf.. 185 CONTINUED: (2) Studying her. C'mon. ROY You folks just move in together? SLACKER Three weeks ago. Eh. I like that. not mistaken.. while he keeps his eyes locked on her. Making sure he's 185 Roy just stands there.. IN BACK Roy watches Angela and her boyfriend flip through carpet fragments. SLACKER You think? We only started dating last month. recognizing his voice. Big step. SLACKER There's no special carpet that dogs like. ROY A Lab.. (to Roy) We just got a dog.122. SLACKER Then we'll go to another place. SLACKER German shepherd. Her attention is obviously divided. She won't turn to face him. SLACKER I like that. is there? A beat. Let me guess. She freezes.
. Angela and her boyfriend mull it over. ROY That's a nice choice. (to her boyfriend. SLACKER Our living arrangement. You barely notice stains it's so dark. I really like that one. (CONTINUED) 186 185 . I left my wallet in the car. then she indicates the cigarettes in his shirt pocket. Angela still won't face him. yeah. ANGELA How much is it? ROY Sticker's seventy-five. Angela dips into her purse. I pay the rent.123.. She turns at last to face him.might as well go swimming. alone together. 185 CONTINUED: (3) ROY -. Durable. ANGELA Shit.and heads off. They lock eyes for a moment. I think I left my.what can he say? -. But I can knock off twenty percent if you pay cash. then agree: it's a sale. then his own. He smirks at Roy -. SLACKER Ooh. under their breaths. Roy and Angela watch him go.. with a big sigh) Can you get it for me? It probably just fell under my seat. ANGELA Can I bum one? 186 EXT. she buys all the carpets. SLACKER Be right back. BEHIND CARPETERIA Roy lights Angela's cigarette.. The Slacker laughs: that's what he was going to say.
ANGELA I had bills to pay. ROY You were good.124. I don't know. Surprised you didn't notice. ROY I'm surprised to see you here. My mom was real sick. Steadier. That was a one-time deal. No shit. 186 CONTINUED: ROY When did you start smoking? ANGELA Long time ago. ANGELA I had a good teacher. ROY She get better? (as Angela shakes her head) I'm sorry. I was stealing from your pack the whole time. What to say? 186 ROY You working this guy? ANGELA Nah. Hawaii. Only been on it six months. Figured you would have moved to. (sheepishly) Teachers. I'm retired. ROY I was missing a lot back then. ANGELA You like this job? ROY (shrugs) It's not that much different from the old one really. They smoke in silence. (CONTINUED) .
DAY Roy helps the Slacker load and tie his and Angela's new purchase onto the roof of their aging Honda Civic. ANGELA It's good to see you. Enjoy it. The Slacker gets in. For a fleeting moment. CARPETERIA .FRONT . 186 the new at-ease Roy. ANGELA Just stealing a drag. You mad at me? ROY You didn't take it. SLACKER (empty-handed) I looked everywhere. She takes him in again: I gave it to you. 186 CONTINUED: (2) ANGELA I'm sorry. If it's any consolation. ANGELA Sorry. man. ANGELA Things are good with you.125. aren't they? SLAM! Angela's boyfriend exits the back door. She pulls out her wallet. too. (CONTINUED) ROY SLACKER 187 . Angela and Roy stand alone again before she gets in the car. Thanks. ROY Good to see you. SLACKER There you are. and Angela gives him a big kiss for his effort. I found it. 187 EXT. Roy looks away. Roy. too. Her boyfriend gives her a look.
188 INT. FADE OUT. Then hops in the car. He pays it no mind. THE END 190 A young man works 188 187 189 . 187 CONTINUED: A beat. only bringing the other up for a turn (when we might notice: he's wearing a ring). 189 INT. unlocks it.and when they break. He leafs through mail. explaining what he got at the market and opening his market bag wide for her to see.126. SUPERMARKET . Roy keeps just one hand on the wheel.Kathy enters from the kitchen. she whispers sweetly in his ear. and he smiles even more. ROY'S CAPRICE -DAY Driving home. Windows down. He looks down to lay his palm gently on her belly. 190 EXT.DAY Roy pulls his Caprice up the driveway and gets out. ANGELA (smiles) I'll see ya. ANGELA You're not gonna ask my name? ROY I know your name.DAY Roy buys ice cream and frozen pizzas. stops. She smiles and Roy smiles. and he kisses back --. A new carpet replaces the old. Turning to look inside the house: THROUGH the front windows. wiping her hands clean on a dishrag. She rubs his head: nice job. Dad. They go into dinner. enters. then kisses him. Looks up at the sun for a moment before heading back into work. Groceries in hand. he heads to the front door. then turns as --. Roy watches the carpet-loaded Civic pull creakily away. for the first time open and unencumbered by shades: Roy walks into the living room. She starts to open the car door. calls out a name. the check-out register. ROY'S HOME . too.