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

7 8 9 Frank turns to one of the boxes marked "Waterford II" and peels off a price sticker: $49. huh? 3. sir? Then you've probably seen our advertisements -The next call -FRANK -.MATCHSTICK MEN .DAY At his window.we just have to wait for the sponsor's rep to fly in for the final drawing. (CONTINUED) 10 . FRANK -.MINUTES LATER Roy you have a water filtration system in your house? Do you read the papers or watch TV. 7/17/02 7 CONTINUED: FRANK -. frozen in his car.if you buy the Waterford II water filtration system.00 even. Good deal.99.Rev. 10 SAME . FRANK $398. shuts the door behind him. Frank watches Roy. That should be next week sometime -8 9 OMITTED INT. You'd pay twice that in stores. the prize gets recorded as a sales expense and you don't pay any tax. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE .

Absolutely you can taste the difference. I agree: they are our most precious resource. 10 CONTINUED: FRANK You want to what? When will he be home? (beat) Mrs. ROY 10 ROY Mrs.' Who doesn't? Roy declines Frank's phone. to Roy. you're a very lucky woman. Can you hold just a sec? (puts her on hold. it's very exciting. Irene -(confidentially) -.. regional vice-president at Allied Affiliates. But today is our deadline. Something on the radio? (he offers phone) Irene Fisk. Irene? Do you have grandchildren? (beat) Five! How old? Well.. Can I ask you one question. and I understand why. Yes. then un-holds does. cleans its handkerchief. but the thing is. (CONTINUED) . so you see. up the receiver. my supervisor just stepped into my office and he would love to talk to you. Congratulations! Which prize are you hoping for? (beat) That would be my choice. I've got a six and twoyear old at home and I'll tell you: the day I installed a filtrator. his whole personality moves to his own.. He plucks mouthpiece with his Mrs. overly sunny) Good morning. Yes. Now I understand you'd like to talk to your husband about this first. Fisk? John Goodhew.4. Fisk. Fisk. The moment he transforms. too. 'Wants to talk to her husband secretary is having a baby this afternoon and the whole office here is about to bug out and go over to the hospital.

Uhhuh. though. this is Agent Cole. his hands thrust deep in his coat pockets. Roy presents identification. 12 EXT. Now let me confirm your address for our courier service. RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD . Cats and dogs. And though his voice may be grinning. We'd like to ask you a few questions if we could. (CONTINUED) 13 12 Windows up 11 . I'll tell you. Frank angles his foot up on the dash. 10 CONTINUED: (2) 10 Listening. A long-standing joke: the non-answer Roy finishes up. Frank goes to work -. Roy and Frank stand on her front porch.5.DAY Roy behind the wheel. ROY Carolyn Schaffer? (as she nods) I'm Agent Kellaway. his eyes betray him: he doesn't enjoy this. Roy notices) -.. tight. I rather be out in sunny California with you today 'cause it's just pouring up here.DAY Roy moves briskly ahead of Frank along a sidewalk. Frank knots his tie. and I'm sure she'd love that. FRANK You got any thoughts on lunch? Roy nods. that's sweet of you to offer.. we're from the Federal Trade Commission. ROY'S CAPRICE (OFFICE PARKING LOT) . exactly. 11 INT. Sorry to disturb you. MIDDLE-CLASS HOME Door answered by a MIDDLE-AGED HOUSEWIFE. cooped up in our corporate offices on State Street. which he does whenever he's outside.calling a courier service on Roy's line (his mouth grazing the receiver. ROY Irene. Roy nods to Frank: she's in. and Roy points it off. 13 EXT. but we're in Chicago.

The Housewife gives her testimony: HOUSEWIFE He said there'd been a contest. ROY I'm sorry to tell you this. ma'am. um. but you won't be receiving any prize. And I'm sorry to tell you you've been the victim of fraud. near tears) I was going to surprise you.. across from the Housewife and her HUSBAND.DAY Roy and Frank sit at a breakfast table. then sell you something worthless. KITCHEN . HOUSEWIFE (penitent.6. I wouldn't have to pay tax of the prize. ma'am. She indicates a Waterford II installed on her kitchen faucet. They bait you with something bogus.. in? 14 INT. HUSBAND (pissed. I can't remember. their filtration things. (CONTINUED) . and I'd either win a trip to. and I'd won a prize. 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. He said if I bought one of their products. just new to some. then wilts under her husband's stare. 13 CONTINUED: HOUSEWIFE Is everything alright? ROY We hope so. France or Italy. Carolyn.. HUSBAND Jesus. He said there'd be a drawing in a week..

Unless what? ROY A lot of these sons-of-bitches -excuse me. Schaffer? HOUSEWIFE Seven hundred dollars.. it's mail fraud and we can go after them. Unless. But we'd need a signed clearance from you for your bank to run a trace on the check. If they cashed your check out of state. Roy and Frank exchange grimaces. Carolyn. and then -(CONTINUED) HUSBAND FRANK HUSBAND 14 . HUSBAND Ah.7. there's not a lot we can do.. (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. What? ROY If they use the postal system.. Otherwise.. ma'am? (as she nods) Did you mail it to them? HOUSEWIFE A courier picked it up. (to Housewife) You wrote a check. Jesus. Mrs. ma'am -. 14 CONTINUED: ROY How much did you give them. it's federal and we can act.they work in syndicates.

ma'am. (off Roy's fixed. 14 As the Husband's eyes glaze over the small print. ROY Here. 8. HUSBAND See. (rises to go. ROY All we need is the name of your bank. uneasy stare) You alright? (CONTINUED) . cashed your check in Nevada.without closing it behind her. 7/17/02 14 CONTINUED: (2) HUSBAND I'll give you a clearance. HUSBAND (signing L-47) Here ya go. the DOG SCRATCHES at the door again. You gotta be more careful of people. will ya. HUSBAND Let him out. darling? I told you: you're too trusting. If it'll help get those bastards. here we go. Roy's focus fixes on it. Any luck. FRANK I'm sorry to say.MATCHSTICK MEN . then returns to her seat -. Roy takes the form and lays it before the Husband.Rev. he's absolutely right. Carolyn? The Housewife slides open a glass door for the dog. these guys were amateurs. your account number and your signature at the bottom. And every voice drifts into the distance. by chance feels inside his pocket) Wait. use my pen. ROY (to Frank) You have any more of those L-47's? FRANK Maybe in the car.

testily. (CONTINUED) A16 What the 15 . Sound within the room returns to normal.. Frank. 7/17/02 14 CONTINUED: (3) 9.. FRANK It's just that.DAY The Caprice pulls into the parking lot. FRANK Do you mind if I close this? They don't.Rev. 14 Frank notices now. admonished. thanks. Roy seems barely interested.and recognizes the cause of his infirmity: the open door.DAY Roy and Frank return to their car. fixated on the small wilderness outside -. Inside. Frank rises and closes the glass door. fifty-fifty. Frank splits up the day's take. The car pulls out.MATCHSTICK MEN .Roy is sweating and uneasy. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . Roy speedily. Frank smiles to allay the Husband's suspicions: fuck was that about? 15 EXT. are you? Roy faces him. FRANK You're not taking your pills. ROY I'm fine. Sorry. Roy snaps out of it. too -. A breath to compose himself and Roy STARTS the CAR. 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. takes his time getting in. RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD . A16 EXT. you looked like you were gonna whoopsy-daisy all over those people's Oriental. (he takes L-47) Thank you.

you know. I don't do long con.CHECK-OUT AISLE . ROY (beat) You have to pay her extra for that? 16 INT. FRANK You haven't done it lately. The guy I was telling you. For Roy.MATCHSTICK MEN . four. it's a standing order here. The CHECK-OUT WOMAN totals them: CHECK-OUT WOMAN . 16 .. with the -ROY -. (off no response from Roy) It's real money. take a girl out somewhere nice once in a while. 10. ROY Without me. FRANK (sing-song) He's top-heavy. (beat) I saw that guy again last night: Chuck. six. I'd just like to. Frank is looking for a glimmer of hope. FRANK Okay. Barely. One look at those drapes I should have known.with the boat. 7/17/02 A16 CONTINUED: FRANK Well. it's not a fortune. Frank puts up his hands: never mind. Roy. A16 Roy gives him none. ROY If it's real money..DAY Roy drops a half-dozen cans of Chicken-By-the-Sea on the conveyor. SUPERMARKET . Frank.Rev. but it keeps me in diapers. And a pack of Winston's. five. it's long con.

MATCHSTICK MEN - Rev. 7/17/02 17 EXT. ROY'S HOME - DAY A modest one-story. 18

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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

O.13.) You in there? Roy! Frank KNOCKS some more.on machine again) What the hell.S. Shit. I'll put all my shit where they can't find it. 29 INT. one dishwashing glove removed.S. pick up. Roy. There is a KNOCK at the front door.) Roy. 33 INT. goddammit! Your car's here. ROY'S HOUSE Roy cleans all the windows. from the inside only -SQUEAK. SQUEAK. eating straight from the can again. Okay.LATER FRANK (V. The PHONE RINGS again. 31 EXT. that's it. I know you're here! (beat) I'll call the cops. I'm coming over. 33 ROY (O. I feel like a chick.O. . It's me. Roy. The PHONE RINGS in the next room. ROY'S HOUSE . where are you? 30 INT. I'll do it.MEDLEY OF PRISTINE ROOMS .S. studying the carpet. Roy! FRANK (O. pick up. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy takes his lunch break.over message machine) Roy.) 32 31 30 29 Roy does not respond. ROY'S LIVING ROOM Roy sits prone on his couch. 32 INT. Eyes bloodshot and weary. ROY'S BATHROOM Roy cleans behind the toilet. Roy. SQUEAK. Roy shows no interest in answering it. I'll call them and they'll come down here! Roy surrenders: he gets off the couch. FRANK (V. FRANK (O.

FRANK My partner. Open up.S. shoes are coming off. (CONTINUED) . Roy can't.) Okay. Roy. or you don't come in. ROY Windows. Frank's nose and 34 FRANK (sigh of relief) Thank Jesus. Clean? Roy.. opens it. (as he takes them off) Okay. Roy returns. mouth appear in the opening. okay. You get attacked by Mr. What? Why? FRANK ROY Take 'em off. 34 AT HIS FRONT DOOR Roy unlocks it. you gotta open a window. Frank enters and the scent of ammonia slams his nostrils.14. FRANK (looking in at him) You didn't take your pills. latch on. walks away.. unlatches and opens the door. You seen him? He's been missing most of the week. lemme in. did you? Roy shuts the door. FRANK (O. FRANK Mother. (beat) Tell me you've left the house in three days. ROY Take off your shoes. (as Frank just stares at him) Looking for something? No.

ROY Watch -. Down the garbage disposal. FRANK Take a shower. ROY That's what I said.the rug. I'm gonna make a call. By accident. FRANK You call Mancuso? He moved. Frank stops short of it.15. A beat. he really -Frank -(CONTINUED) ROY ROY . 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. Looks at Roy. My aunt saw this shrink after her divorce. 35 IN LIVING ROOM Frank enters. FRANK You gotta be shitting me. 35 34 FRANK You didn't take your -ROY I spilled them.

You got money you can retire. Frank looks to be at the end of his rope. Roy relents. I got car payments. KLEIN (re: his form) You're something of a clean slate. KLEIN. FRANK Go take that shower. 35 CONTINUED: FRANK Roy: you need to see someone. at the far end of a small couch.D. who scans Roy's form. dials. I don't need a partner who's -Frank pantomimes a mad-act spasm. Roy. Go ahead. KLEIN You mind if I put them up? helps my back.DAY Roy. SMALL OFFICE BUILDING COURTYARD 36 FRANK ROY 35 Beside a door. DR. This says you were on medication but you don't know what kind. KLEIN'S OFFICE . you know.16. Roy. DR. DR. M. He stamps out his cigarette and approaches. hands in coat pockets. 36 INT. Yeah? ROY Wipe that thing down when you're done with it." Roy watches from a darkened breezeway. Listen. 37 INT. a plaque reads: "DR. Frank. smoking. As he heads for the bathroom. stares at a pair of Florsheims crossed atop an ottoman. They belong to DR. Frank picks up the phone. don't think I'm doing this just for you. HARRIS KLEIN. (CONTINUED) ROY It 37 . okay? A beat.

D. DR. I'd say you were lucky to be sitting up straight -ROY Can you get me more of them? DR. ROY That's a funny thing for a shrink to say. KLEIN 37 ROY -. Doc. KLEIN Yes. Klein smiles. Do you know what they were? DR. KLEIN -. Roy. but my partner. And at the dosage you say you were taking.F.17. Something like that. I think it said P. ROY Yes. What happened in the past I don't care about. Roy doesn't. on them.Beth Mercer's nephew -(CONTINUED) . Why? ROY So I wouldn't have to talk to someone like you. my buddy Frank -DR. KLEIN You were getting them illegally? (as Roy balks) We're starting fresh today.I'm sorry. KLEIN Let's talk a little first. says here you're -It DR. 37 CONTINUED: ROY They were green capsules. I was getting them illegally.

abruptly. 37 CONTINUED: (2) ROY -. KLEIN Would you like to tell me what's been bothering you? And continues. KLEIN DR. KLEIN It says here you're an antiques dealer. DR. make me feel sick to my stomach. DR. Then.he said I could come here and you'd get me the pills I need.18. Roy quits. Klein never blinks. Can you get me 37 DR. DR. but I can't sleep. then -. ROY Then let's get that prescription pad out. KLEIN You certainly get to the you say -. If you can't do that. DR. The face-off continues.this session will be quite brief. ROY I get tired a lot. the pills or not? Yes. Certain things distract me. ROY And you skirt it. How long you been in that line? Nothing from Roy. Roy stares the doctor down. usually I don't prescribe medicine unless I've had a little chat with the patient first. this session's over before it's started. If you're inclined against that. KLEIN Roy. KLEIN What kinds of things? (CONTINUED) .

or windows. KLEIN Have these distractions affected your work of late? (off Roy's nod) And your personal relationships? ROY What personal relationships? DR. KLEIN When was the last time you were in one? A relationship? With a woman? Five years? Keep going. KLEIN Were you married? (off Roy's nod) Kids? A beat. KLEIN Ten years? ROY . (CONTINUED) ROY ROY A long time ago. DR. DR. I don't like being outdoors. 37 Klein makes a note. 37 CONTINUED: (3) ROY When people leave doors open. Anything else? Dirt. Heather. KLEIN What was her name? A beat. but yes. right? DR. ROY Especially around moldings. KLEIN Incorrectly. DR.19. DR. They call that agoraphobia.

DR. DR. and a bun in the oven. KLEIN You haven't spoken? ROY She left with a black eye. Maybe I got a kid. Watching my carpet. but the more I wanted to blow my brains out. the more I thought about what that would do to my goddamn carpet. KLEIN You haven't seen her since? No. Maybe. maybe I don't. ROY 37 ROY She was pregnant when she left me. I was thinking: I’m a grown man. And the whole time I was watching my carpet I was worrying that I might vomit. So gimme some pills and let me get on with my life. For all I know she got hit by a bus. 37 CONTINUED: (4) Maybe. ROY . which I gave her.20. 'cause she'd been down that path before. And the more I thought about it the more I realized I should just blow my brains out and end it all. I should know what's going on in my head. Watching fibers on my carpet. For all I know she got rid of the baby. KLEIN That's a new one. no. and the whole time I was worrying I might vomit. So. (a breath to cool his temper) Doc: I spent last Tuesday on my living room sofa. DR. (beat) And that was a good day. Doc. which might have come from anyone. I haven't.

MATCHSTICK MEN . He closes his eyes. staring at Heather's number. 38 39 A39 Roy pushes a blue capsule out of a foil-bottom packet. ONE RING. TWO RINGS. dials.Fenton.NIGHT Roy sits on the edge of the bed.AT SINK . downs it with coffee. Heather. ROY'S BEDROOM .NIGHT 21. ROY -.O. He picks up his phone. 40 41 & 42 OMITTED OMITTED Buries his hands under his armpits.) B39 . comes up empty. ON PHONE He hasn't quit yet. ROY'S KITCHEN . then) What about in Orange County? B39 INT. He stops to think. Hello -Roy hangs up. AT TABLE He opens the phone book. poised with pen and pad.. then hangs up. 40 41 & 42 WOMAN (V.Rev. He's scared shitless. breathless." His finger scans names. F-e-n-t-o-n. flips pages to "F. (waits. sucks down part of a Winston. 10/7/02 38 39 A39 OMITTED OMITTED INT. Then picks up the phone again.. starts to dial. He closes the book in surrender.

43 (CONTINUED) .MATCHSTICK MEN . DR. DR. DR. drinking and -He waves his hand. ROY I was young. Basically. KLEIN Sexual intercourse. 10/7/02 43 INT. Then we got hitched. KLEIN And she got pregnant. We met in a bar. KLEIN'S OFFICE Klein studies Roy. I don't think either of us put a whole lot of thought into it. Discovered we both had similar interests. ROY If you gotta be dirty about it. 22/23. she was very young.Rev.

KLEIN some nights she just didn't come home. what might have been. And the baby? ROY If there's a baby. 7/17/02 43 CONTINUED: ROY That was later. 43 DR. About what? ROY What have you got? a lot then -Are you now? ROY (nods) -. Hit her? Roy nods.would be how old now? Fourteen.. Roy shakes his head. If I see a school bus or -. KLEIN He -. KLEIN DR.if he's a he -. KLEIN Do you think about her much? What could have been.MATCHSTICK MEN .? DR. KLEIN (CONTINUED) . KLEIN I wasn't sober DR. We fought a lot.Rev. ROY DR. DR.. DR.I wonder: Is one of those kids Roy Jr. She was pregnant two months before she told me. KLEIN Do you think about that? ROY Sometimes. Which is why I. After things got bad. Rarely.

uh. stares out at the pool.. 25. ROY I tried that last night. KLEIN'S ANTEROOM Roy waits. 7/17/02 43 CONTINUED: (2) Fourteen. (CONTINUED) 45 . The PHONE RINGS. do you know of a way of. (withdraws the number from his shirt pocket) Couldn't say a word.MATCHSTICK MEN . At last...NEXT DAY Roy. he takes Heather's number. Klein hesitates: This is unorthodox. 44 ROY Call her? DR. Klein looks surprised. 45 INT. ROY Just to find out. But that's what Roy wants. DR. DR.Rev. You bought yourself a month's worth. Roy. ROY If he is at all. KLEIN Ready to be a man. KLEIN There's nothing wrong. DR. Roy. rock-like. KLEIN Congratulations. I. Could you? Roy pushes the number on him. with a man telephoning his ex-wife. Klein appears from his stockroom/closet and hands Roy a handful of unlabeled sampler packs. Klein relents. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . Dr.? Just to find out.. DR. 43 If he's a he... ROY Doc. KLEIN I don't know. 44 INT.

She doesn't. Who? DR. Klein. Roy can't move or speak for a moment.. ROY Doc.on phone) I just got off the phone with Heather.on phone) No. 45 CONTINUED: DR. KLEIN (V. ROY Does she want to talk to me? DR. and she says she really wants to meet you.26. ROY'S HALLWAY Roy's on the portable. KLEIN (on the answering machine) This is Dr. ROY You told her I was in therapy. Angela wants to talk to you.O. We had a nice conversation.O. Your daughter. ROY (picking up) Doc. KLEIN (V. 46 INT. She knows you're her father. Roy.. KLEIN (V. though. DR..on phone) I told her I was a psychiatrist.O.O.. I'm sorry. KLEIN (V. She didn't understand it might help with your therapy. can you hold the line a moment? (CONTINUED) Then: ROY 46 45 Roy? .on phone) Angela. DR. I can't lie.

slender but not fragile. Roy checks his watch -. then pushing the old butt through the window crack. then gives up. 51 SAME SCENE . rolling her skateboard backand-forth. 50 SAME SCENE . She mounts her board and starts away. 46 CONTINUED: Roy cups the phone. Through the door: The unmistakable convulsions of a man puking up everything he has. amazed. watching. Stopped across the street. Then: Where? 47 MOVING SHOT MOVING UNDER a highway sign: SAN PEDRO. Pretty but not fully formed. and unrolls his window an eighth of an inch.) 46 Then DOWN TO: Roy's Caprice. NEIGHBORHOOD PARK . 48 EXT. empty. looks this way and that. Turns on the light and shuts the door behind him. and as she passes Roy's car. then dismounts and walks into the park.S.27.LATER The Young Girl sits waiting. She rides past his Caprice. white knuckles at two and ten. 47 ROY (O.DAY Except for one young mother and her infant. (CONTINUED) 51 50 49 48 .LATER Roy is chain-lighting his next cigarette. he can see: there's disappointment in her eyes. Roy doesn't move. Roy remains in his car. when in his side mirror: A YOUNG GIRL floats INTO VIEW atop a skateboard. lights it. He burrows out a cigarette. Roy at the wheel. bewildered.he's early. Carries it inside the bathroom.LATER The Girl stands. 49 SAME SCENE .

He doesn't know what to say. clothes disheveled.hey!! The Girl stops. not sand. on pavement. Roy stands nearby. Hey -. Roy stumbles out of his Caprice. cigarette dangling from his mouth.28. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA ROY ROY You're fourteen. except: So: Yep. Oh. A beat. ROY I've never been in prison. hands deep in his pockets. 52 Father and daughter meet. 51 CONTINUED: Shit. Roy throws open his car door. You Angela? You Roy? He nods. ANGELA When'd you get out? What? Of prison. ANGELA . She swings a little more. 52 ANGELA (YOUNG GIRL) ROY ROY ROY 51 ON PARK SWINGS Angela rocks gently.

Mom started to laugh. might as well go hungry? (as she shrugs) Do you mind eating? It's just -I'd feel better somewhere indoors. ROY I'm in antiques. I'm not dead. Then she said you might as well be. ROY What's that thing with girls -where they don't eat? ANGELA (mouth full) Anorexia. ANGELA You're gonna get wet. anxious. 52 CONTINUED: ROY Your mom tell you that? ANGELA First she told me you were dead. On the phone. chocolate shake). She gives him a curious look. (CONTINUED) 53 .29. I get uncomfortable sometimes being outside. mashed and gravy. Roy glances about. and Roy takes note from across the table. ROY You -. 52 ANGELA That's what the doctor said. SAN PEDRO DINER Angela is served an enormous meal (turkey. ROY I thought you weren't hungry. 53 INT. When he said that.

You drop out? Roy hesitates. 53 CONTINUED: ROY At least we know you don't have that. too. there isn't. deliberately: No. ANGELA It's summer. Roy waits: Is there more information forthcoming? Angela eats. I'd work harder in school. ANGELA That why you ended up a criminal? (CONTINUED) ANGELA . ROY How is your mom? Fine. then nods. She continues to eat. Mom used to say I got lucky and only got your elbows. 53 ANGELA You're staring. ANGELA ROY ROY Right. Look at your picture and see if I got your nose or your eyes. right? Not now. I used to do it. ANGELA That's okay.30. Sorry. Roy studies her face. If I had anything to do over again. ROY So you're in school. That's when you go in the bathroom after and vomit. school's real important. Well. ANGELA I could have bulimia.

I shouldn't've -ANGELA (mock shock) What -. Everybody's done something bad in their life -ROY -. huh? I'm not a criminal.31. You finished? ANGELA It's okay. (beat) Sorry. sucking up the dregs with her straw as she studies Roy.MOVING Roy drives.what was that word? 'Shi. you know. noisy slurp from her shake. Whatever you do.if you make it a career. it's just a lot of something strung together -ROY Cut the shit. Yeah. eyes a pack of cigarettes along with Roy's pink slip.I'm in antiques -ANGELA -. 53 CONTINUED: (2) 53 She takes a long. (CONTINUED) . Angela.t'? (unfazed) When's the last time you saw each other. ANGELA You still love her? He doesn't know how to answer. fake FTC identification. 54 ROY I pretty much figured that. you know.. proof of insurance. you and Mom? ROY Before you were born. opens the glove compartment.. snooping. ANGELA 'Cause she still hates you. 54 ROY INT. HIS CAPRICE .

That's her car in the driveway. Dad.32. Looking up the street: ANGELA Stop. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . (CONTINUED) 56 Angela leaps He doesn't know 55 54 . out.) What's more important than family? 56 INT.. ANGELA Got a pen? He does. and writes a telephone number on his palm. She takes it.DAY Roy pulls over. He can't help but smile. ANGELA This is my private line. You better drop me here. Roy is caught off-guard by the suggestion. how. 'Cause my friend Carrie kept on calling after midnight. Copying the number fading from his palm. Maybe we could go bowling some time. stop. 55 EXT. 54 CONTINUED: ROY (shooing her away) Hey. Time to say good-bye. HEATHER'S NEIGHBORHOOD . It absolutely bewilders him. Mom got it for me for my birthday. Frank works the phones. stop. then glances at the number written on his palm. ANGELA Nice meeting you. FRANK (V.NEXT DAY Roy's at his desk.O. fighting the monotony of cold calling. hey. then his hand. Roy watches her skate away. She closes the door. Meanwhile.. then leans back in.

new-money suit -. no prize for you.Rev.swarthy.DAY CHUCK FRECHETTE -. Roy and Frank scout him. Schlickling.MATCHSTICK MEN . 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. (muting the phone. 56 Then back on FRANK Mr. Schlickling? Hi. CAR WASH . with the boat. to Roy) What? Huh? FRANK You're smiling. ROY (moment's thought. the phone: He stares at Roy. ROY (tell me again) What's his last name? (CONTINUED) 57 . And he hangs up. can you hold just one moment? Thank you. (notices Roy's smile) Mr. Across the street. 57 EXT. Frank can't believe it. then) How much money you think we could take that guy for? Chuck. I'm sorry: you waited too long. forty-something. (off Frank's astonishment) Figure I owe you one. You switch shampoos or something? (beat) Pills working? (as Roy nods) Glad one of us is happy.brow-beats the illegal alien who's towel-drying his Mercedes (complete with bumper sticker "I'd Rather Be Sailing"). ROY 33.

ROY He's not connected. ROY Where'd you find him? FRANK Cheetah's. he's from Downey. FRANK Chuck Frechette. leaving his dryer's upturned palm empty. Cheetah's? FRANK It's a gentlemen's -ROY I know what it is. 57 ROY How do you spell it? FRANK F-R. Meanwhile. ROY Sonovabitch didn't even tip.. Hell if I know. is he? FRANK He and the mob are like this -Frank holds two fingers far apart. He gets in and PEELS AWAY. Watched him drop two G's there a month ago.34. FRANK I figure on short notice he could scratch up at least thirty grand. What's he do? ROY . FRANK Import/export. Roy KEYS the IGNITION. Frechette's MERCEDES is as dry as it's gonna get. ROY (beat) More. 57 CONTINUED: Frechette. Music to Frank's ears..

He knows you. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . 63 64 62 61 60 59 .then into -61 INT. then withdraws from his jacket two envelopes -.MATCHSTICK MEN .NIGHT Roy faces his professional costume closet: several suits. Roy opens it.STAIRS -. Think he knows anything about international finance? -. a number of pairs of eyeglasses. please.and -60 INT. one manila. so you're rope. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . CLERK May I help you? ROY I'd like to access my safe deposit box. J-215. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . As we hear him continue -- 35. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . 58 ROY (V. sets it on a viewing table. Roy tries on a pair. plus a gallery of pristine white. ROY'S SECOND BEDROOM . 7/17/02 58 EXT.O. 62 INT. CLERK (offering a form) Signature and pass code.VAULT ANTEROOM -.LOBBY . high to low end.Rev. I'm inside.DAY Roy enters.) We'll pull the Jamaican switch on him. then leaves Roy alone with it.where he approaches a CLERK. 63 64 OMITTED INT.DAY -. checks himself in the mirror.he moves briskly through -59 INT. BANK VAULT The bank Clerk removes a large safety deposit box.

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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

67 EXT. 68 INT.39. then) Older. CHEETAH'S . ROY How long's he been inside? FRANK Twenty minutes. ROY'S BEDROOM . CHEETAH'S STRIP CLUB . ROY'S KITCHEN . just clothes. 70 INT.NIGHT Here she opens cupboards: Sea. Angela snoops.NIGHT Roy pulls his Caprice into a distant view of the club. They make you look -Old? FRANK (hesitates.NIGHT As glamorous an establishment as you might imagine. Roy enters.Chuck Frechette drinking alone at the bar. Frank taps on the passenger side window and Roy unlocks the door. He finds himself a table. FRANK (re: Roy's glasses) Hey. just cans of Chicken-of-theHere she opens drawers: 69 68 ROY 67 70 . pays the cover charge at the door and spots -. 69 INT. I like way of a mirror -. 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.NIGHT While Roy's away.

Frank spots Roy and heads his way. He missed you come in. ROY STRIPPER 72 71 ROY (rising to shake) Good to see you. though. ROY'S LIVING ROOM .NIGHT Here she stands on a chair and pries atop bookshelves: nothing here. Bob. 72 INT. Come back later for me. But from this perch.then flash to the door as Frank enters. (CONTINUED) . Frank nods. Roy glances back at the bar: Frechette. the ceramic horse in the corner draws her attention. CHEETAH'S . not even dust. His eyes stray up to hers (who knows the last time he faced a bare midriff) -STRIPPER Care for a dance? -. eyes on the girls. 71 INT. Not just now. passing Frank. (voice dropping) At the bar. loudly: FRANK Hey.NIGHT As Roy sips a club soda: Good evening. FRANK Thanks. FRANK Hope I didn't keep you. The Stripper departs. who recognizes Frank. Arden. can I get a Bud?! Everyone turns their heads at that. didn't notice Frank enter. then whistles to a passing waitress.40. including Frechette. okay? Frank stands over Roy and extends his hand. honey.

Bob. tie tugged loose. Chuck Frechette. Roy picks up his drink. 72 CONTINUED: FRANK (back to Roy) That do the trick? Let's sit. this is my friend. (CONTINUED) FRECHETTE ROY 72 . Arden -Roy shoots Frank a look: no names. FRANK We in business? ROY On my next drink. Frechette starts off his barstool toward them. FRANK I told you you'd like it here. Roy notes Frechette's glance and quickly palms the envelope into his lap. cueing Frank to reach into his windbreaker.41.. They do. and drop it on the table -FRANK Don't spend it all on one girl. Hey. FRANK (awkwardly) Ah. remove the white envelope. FRANK (he turns) Hey.. Another stripper passes. whiskey in hand. Frank shuts up. and Roy's distracted an instant. huh? -. that it lands just as Frechette arrives. Frank stands to shake hands. but Frechette's eyes drop to the white envelope on the table: a slim stack of $100's peeks out from within. Roy monitors his approach. I didn't know you were here.

Bob. down. Great.42. Roy waits until Frechette has returned to his barstool and is clandestinely watching and then -FRECHETTE'S POV -. FRANK Fish in a barrel. we got a little business to settle up here. 72 CONTINUED: (2) Hiya. whose attention jerks back to the girls. FRANK (to Frechette. Sure. Frechette retreats. He's piqued. none-too-pleased. FRECHETTE I'll be over at the FRANK Thanks. Chuck. FRECHETTE (to Roy) Nice meeting you. Roy nods hello. Roy glances at Frechette. then resumes his stare at Frank: get him out of here. curiosity piqued. bar. mind if -FRECHETTE 72 You Frechette gets the idea fast: something not-quite-legal is going down here. and he's not welcome. confidentially) Say.he removes the manila envelope from his coat and hands it to Frank/"Bob": a trade. ROY You good to go? (CONTINUED) Frank sits back . BACK WITH ROY AND FRANK As Frank glances inside Roy's manila envelope (filled with British pounds).

Angela? She sleeps atop the couch. and -. of course. As soon as he's gone. 7/17/02 72 CONTINUED: (3) FRANK Does the Pope shit in the woods? ROY Just say yes.NIGHT Roy picks his way through various cartons of ice cream. Frechette starts toward Frank.for the first time in his career as parent -finds a blanket to drape over her. Arden. but she laughs with him. (CONTINUED) ROY . CHECK-OUT WOMAN Big night planned? Huh? Right. then remembers he does not need them. 43. Bob.NIGHT A carton of New York Super Fudge Chunk makes its way down the conveyor to join a few more cans of tuna. FRANK See you in the morning. locks the door behind him. Roy approaches. 75 INT.AT FREEZER . sets down the ice cream.MATCHSTICK MEN . okay? (rising) So long. The CheckOut Woman adds a pack of Winstons to the bunch. it's not for me. Squints through his fogged glasses. ROY'S HOUSE . ROY Oh. CHECK-OUT WOMAN You have kids overnight? 74 73 Roy laughs at the absurdity of this. arms and legs splayed every which way. The Check-Out Woman doesn't understand.Rev.NIGHT 75 Roy enters. 73 INT. 74 AT SAME CHECK-OUT . 72 Roy leaves Frank. ignoring Frechette on his way out the door. SUPERMARKET .

ROY I sold a nice piece. 75 Angela smiles. Angela rolls over under her blanket. squints at the light. Roy smiles. ROY 44. half-asleep. murmuring: ANGELA I don't think you're a bad guy. ANGELA How was your meeting? Good. He starts to go. eyes closed. KNOCK. heads to his room. ROY That's what makes me good at it. Touched she stuck up for him. 7/17/02 75 CONTINUED: ANGELA (groggily) Roy? Go to sleep. (CONTINUED) 76 . Called you names. She didn't want to talk about it.Rev. don't seem like a bad guy. careful not to let Frank peer in. 76 Immediately: KNOCK- INT. and just before he turns off the living room light. You ANGELA She said you were a bad guy. shuts the light off. He rises. ANGELA I did. ANGELA Why'd Mom leave you? ROY You'd have to ask her. Roy smiles.NEXT MORNING Frank is knocking. That's why we got into a fight.MATCHSTICK MEN . ROY'S FRONT DOOR . Roy opens the door.

slightly: is Angela spying? A window shade shifts 77 ROY Push it to tomorrow. He's in. 78 INT. Roy slides out the door and closes it behind him. Roy. Frank returns the manila envelope to him. He wants to meet tonight.Rev. ROY 45. 76 Conscious of Angela asleep inside. FRANK What's going on? (shocked) You don't have someone in there? 77 EXT. meanwhile. Roy out of doors and anxious. Shh-shh-shh. Lunch. digs a spoon into the pint of New York Super Fudge Chunk. is he in. ROY'S HOUSE . (CONTINUED) 79 78 . Oh. He seizes the opportunity to sneak both envelopes of cash into the ceramic horse. FRANK The second you left the place.DAY Roy returns to find his couch empty and the shower water running in the bathroom.MATCHSTICK MEN .DAY Angela. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . Roy glances back at his house. Oh. man. Let his greed meet his imagination. her hair still wet. I reeled him in -ROY Do we have to do this now? FRANK I got your money. he was off his barstool. 79 INT. 7/17/02 76 CONTINUED: FRANK I wish you could have been there.DAY Roy and Frank huddle on the sidewalk. ROY'S KITCHEN . sneaks his morning medication down his throat.

eat eggs or something? ANGELA All you've got here is tuna. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .. 80 ROY INT...Rev.. TV dinners are cool.MATCHSTICK MEN . ROY A business associate.. (re: ice cream) Shouldn't you. Guess. ANGELA What's his name? Frank. pissed: 80 someone went snooping.. You should get the TV to go with 'em. Roy reacts: him.. ANGELA Mom can pick me up. Roy stiffens.. Lots and lots of tuna.DAY Angela's on the phone: ANGELA Hi.. (beat) What if I am? So? He's my father. No. 7/17/02 79 CONTINUED: ROY You sure I can't give you a ride home? That's okay. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . 46. ANGELA How come you didn't want him to see me? ROY I didn't not want him to see you. And one TV dinner. 79 the prospect of confronting Heather rattles ANGELA Who was that guy who came by earlier? Who? Oh. No....

I will if I want. I promise. Yes. She hangs up abruptly. Now she quiets down. I promise! 'Bye. ANGELA She said she was gonna call the police -So much for relief. Roy grows more distressed as Angela grows more petulant.DAY Roy is doubled over on the couch. isn't it? 81 INT. (CONTINUED) 81 ROY .47. 80 CONTINUED: ANGELA (CONT'Dbeat) I don't care. She mad? At me. ANGELA Not you. head buried between his knees. KLEIN'S OFFICE .but now she just wants me home in time for summer school. ANGELA -. ANGELA That's okay. Across the room. I don't care. Okay. I know. his arms sagging down across his legs. ROY Today's Thursday. ANGELA I know. When's that? ANGELA Monday. ROY 80 Roy looks relieved.

KLEIN I beg your pardon? ROY In your carpet.. three. ROY You've got's just not a good time. (as Roy breathes in) Hold it -. kids. DR.and out. (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. two. DR. 81 CONTINUED: DR. Most of all you have to focus on the basics: make sure they eat their vegetables. Roy. ROY But I've got a -. and you may feel unprepared. DR. KLEIN You can sit up. Otherwise just try to be as honest and open with them as possible. don 't stay up too they’re not so difficult. (CONTINUED) 81 . four -. KLEIN When is it ever a good time for anything? I realize this is sudden. Roy eyes a picture of two little boys atop Klein's desk. KLEIN It's just for the weekend. and don't watch too much TV.there's a big piece coming on the market I'm brokering and -. DR. ROY As honest and open as possible.48. but trust me. KLEIN And one more time.. deeply.

DRIVEWAY/GARAGE . 82 EXT. Standing 84 In the frozen food aisle. Roy. ANGELA How'd the meeting go? okay? Did it go 83 82 81 Confronted by his daughter's breasts. carrying chips. KLEIN She's your daughter. pushing a pill from its packet. ROY'S HOUSE . Roy reads directions on a package of frozen spinach. SUPERMARKET . broccoli.DAY Squash. cookies. swallowing it dry. his second dose of the day. Unless there's another ex-wife you haven't told me about.DAY Angela lies by the pool on a beach towel in a bikini and dark glasses.BACK YARD . reading a magazine.DAY Roy pulls home. Roy isn't sure which way to take that. ROY'S HOUSE . ANGELA I'm fourteen. she's the only one you got. behind a cart. Roy walks straight into the house. hips and calves. cauliflower. He gets out to find -83 EXT. 81 CONTINUED: (2) DR. and a six-pack of beer. ANGELA What's the matter? You freaking out about something? 84 INT. ROY Who's that for? ANGELA Don't you drink? ROY (shakes his head) Do you? Come on. . Angela appears behind him.49. etc. Roy stares at them blankly. artichokes.

90 89 88 87 . proceeds to the bathroom door.MORNING The morning ritual begins again. neither he nor Angela look too ecstatic about digging in.S. ROY'S HALLWAY . Seated at his breakfast table. Roy uses a piece of toilet paper to remove them. Angela bites into a slice as Roy forks a fresh can of tuna. dressed. Limp spinach and sauceless spaghetti. ROY'S BATHROOM . ROY This one's better. He surrenders.DAY It looks like a circus act of seals has come and gone. used towels.50. Roy closes it fast. 87 INT. 89 INT. Water everywhere.NIGHT Roy cooks. 88 INT. ROY'S HALLWAY . allowing Roy to enter -90 INT. 85 IN LINE FOR ROY'S USUAL CHECK-OUT WOMAN Roy and Angela wait behind two other shoppers. opens it -ANGELA (O. 86 INT.) Just a minute. in a towel.DAY Roy cleans his coffee mug/wipes down the sink/waits. 86 85 He serves. He's pissed his morning routine has been interrupted.DAY Angela exits. A pizza delivery box takes center stage on the breakfast table. KITCHEN . Roy. ROY'S KITCHEN . underpants hanging from a faucet. closes its door behind him. His first attempt in years. the spinach and pasta lie untouched in the kitchen sink. leaves his bedroom. ANGELA The line for that one's shorter.

STEAK HOUSE . bespectacled again. (To Frechette) The cast iron stomach again. ROY I have one rule.Rev. to the business at hand. FRANK To the business at hand.DAY 51. Roy sticks with just coffee. sits at a table with Frank and Frechette. 91 Roy. ROY Bob tells me you're a yachtsman. FRECHETTE Hardly. money is a foreign film without subtitles. Anyway. Chuck: simple is safe. (CONTINUED) .MATCHSTICK MEN . I'm going to tell you as little as possible about me and what I do. who are halfway through lunch. I've got to hold his hand. You sail? ROY I get seasick in the tub. A client's setting up a funding account to bridge the pound and the euro. huh? ROY For some folks. but as much as I need to make you comfortable with what we're doing. (to passing waitress) Hon: could you heat this up a little. please? FRECHETTE That bad. FRANK Arden. Thanks. 7/17/02 91 INT. FRECHETTE Where you off to? ROY Phoenix. you sure you don't want something? ROY I gotta fly in two hours. Just a forty-two footer I take out on weekends.

FRECHETTE How much is it? (CONTINUED) . Frechette peeks inside: thin stacks of hundred pound notes. just as he did at Cheetah's.Rev. 91 Roy removes a manila envelope from his jacket. 7/17/02 91 CONTINUED: (A1) FRECHETTE What are we doing? 51A.MATCHSTICK MEN . but reaches it under the table to Frechette.

FRECHETTE Why not keep the money yourself? ROY As a bank employee any attempt I make to change currency is recorded and questioned. I looked it up on the Internet. (CONTINUED) FRECHETTE 91 . You. on the other hand. Roy checks. floating on top the books like a layer of cream. Frechette nods. 91 CONTINUED: ROY Five thousand pounds sterling. FRANK And he just scoops it off. FRECHETTE Five grand American. Bob has a record. no one bats an eye. Just a little money unaccounted for. removes an envelope from his jacket and reaches it under the table.52. you just made two thousand -FRECHETTE -.five hundred sixty-seven dollars. (beat) Now I hope you have something for me. At today's exchange rate. ROY Congratulations. Whose is it? ROY No one's in particular. pockets Frechette's money. One of the perks of working in the exchange program at a bank. ROY It's a little more complicated than that but again: simple is safe.

But my daughter's a wiz at the thing. FRECHETTE Summer's the worst. and everything smells like gum. Roy goes off-book. I still 91 FRECHETTE Neither can I. huh? Training bras hanging from your shower rod. FRECHETTE It's a riot. (suddenly has a thousand questions to ask Frechette) How do you get 'em out of the house? Mine just sits at home all day. FRECHETTE Fifteen and twelve..53. 91 CONTINUED: (2) FRANK The frickin' Internet. ROY I have a fourteen-year-old.DAY At the valet station: FRECHETTE Lemme ask you something. ROY You have a daughter? Two. ROY .. can't figure it out. STEAK HOUSE . Frank reacts: 92 what the hell is Roy talking about? 92 EXT. As a rule: ten -FRANK we never go north of (CONTINUED) . Arden: how much could you do this for? Hypothetically...

54. Frechette drives his Mercedes away.MOMENTS LATER Stiffing his valet. (CONTINUED) 94 93 92 . From within: ROY Angela. ROY How much could you get your hands on? Frechette smiles. Frank and Roy watch him go. FRANK But you gotta make it to spend it. I'm back! (beat) Angela? Frank's here! (farther inside) Angela? Angela! 94 INT. FRANK For a second I thought we were out two grand. eyes Chuck. ROY'S HOUSE . then: ROY It's easier if I show you. Frank sighs in relief. 93 EXT. 92 CONTINUED: Roy quiets Frank. with Frank behind him. (beat) 'Everything smells like gum?' What was that about? Roy hesitates. ROY'S LIVING ROOM .DAY Roy unlocks the front door and enters. SAME SCENE .DAY Frank reads a fashion magazine from Angela's bag. ROY You gotta spend money to make money.

NIGHT An ashtray overflows on the coffee table. 94 CONTINUED: ROY She's not here.BACK YARD . 96 INT. ROY'S HOUSE . 95 EXT. us. She must have gone back to her mom's. I don't know anything about her. she usually go? Where does 94 ROY I don't know. ROY It's got nothing to do with us. Roy waits on the couch and lights a fresh one. 97 96 95 Or ROY Where have you been? Nowhere. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . ROY I've been waiting over an hour.55. 97 INT. (CONTINUED) ANGELA .NIGHT As Roy opens the door: The window is open. Where did you go? ANGELA I went to the arcade. turning its light on and off. SECOND BEDROOM . A dull THUNK comes from the back of the house. Roy. FRANK This is no good for you.NIGHT Roy can be seen through the blinds. He checks his watch: it's late. Angela is brushing off her jeans. watching the pool. It's only like a half-mile away. FRANK Her bag's still here.

ANGELA It's stuffy in here.Rev. you're worse than Mom. 7/17/02 97 CONTINUED: He moves to the window. I didn't drink.MATCHSTICK MEN . the arcade -ROY Why'd you sneak back in? ANGELA That's how I left. ANGELA I just went out. but I've got a business. So I think it would be better. 97 Roy squats to pluck up specks of dirt Angela tracked in. ROY Where the hell were you? I want to know right now or I'm calling your mother. I didn't get high. you never heard of a bank? . ROY Listen. shuts it. I don't have keys to lock the door. (as Roy goes white) So. for you most of all. and that's it. Roy brushes the dirt into a trash can. ANGELA What did I do wrong? ROY You didn't do anything wrong. ANGELA Jeez. ROY You didn't see my car? 56. This whole house smells like Lysol. and I've got things a certain way. and I didn't take any money out of your stupid horse. what. ANGELA I told you. a partner. if tomorrow morning I took you back home. Angela: I'm glad we met.

(CONTINUED) ROY ANGELA . Should he go after her? He turns back to his money: it looks all there. As he counts it. She. then starts pulling out wads of cash. Right next to their guns. FOOTSTEPS march down the hall.. yeah. mounts her board. Roy looks up. ANGELA Let me go. ROY Will you stop? He catches her. 98 INT.. punctuated by the front DOOR SLAMMING. checks his . ANGELA (much too loudly) Even they tell me what they do for a living. Oh.. Roy emerges far behind her and runs to catch her. meanwhile.. antique dealers always keep large stacks of cash in their homes. 99 98 ANGELA I don't want to stay where I'm not wanted. 99 EXT. Angela! ROY I wasn't kicking you out. book bag and skateboard in hand. ROY'S LIVING ROOM .NIGHT Roy slides the head off his ceramic horse. Fooled me.NIGHT Angela stalks away from Roy's house.38. Angela. ROY It's not that I don't want you. You're like one of her boyfriends: I'm just something you have to deal with in order to screw her.57. ROY'S STREET . (as he does) You just don't want me going home to Mom saying she was right all along.

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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.

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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

Old people. Angela sits atop the toilet. if I told you. I've done stuff with boys. It does pay. Just not very 100 ANGELA You seem to be doing okay by it. A lot of the time I feel sick about it. ANGELA I'm not as innocent as you think. (CONTINUED) 101 . well.. Fat people.60. I went with this boy. 100 CONTINUED: (2) ANGELA Then why won't you?! (mockingly) Because crime doesn't pay? ROY No.. ANGELA (calling his bluff) Then why do you keep doing it? Roy has no answer. Josh Ward. Roy stops.NIGHT As Roy brushes his teeth. he's cute and I really really liked him. you'd probably throw up right here. ROY Then don't tell me. ANGELA Teach me something! No! final! ROY ANGELA At the Christmas dance last year. I've done stuff. It's not fun doing what I do. ROY I'm not. 101 INT. ROY'S BATHROOM . Believe me. A lot of the time it's stealing from people who don't deserve it.

ROY'S CAPRICE . shit. ROY I'm not listening. You're gonna forget it. Angela brings a notebook out of her backpack full of laundry. One thing! thing! ROY I'll show you one 101 She nearly jumps for joy.61. ANGELA Where we going? ROY Rule number one. ANGELA And he took his hand. throws notebook) Rule number two. Don't write anything down. ANGELA After the dance..' ROY (grabs.... Agreed? But she's already frolicking into the living room. 101 CONTINUED: ROY I'm not listening. ANGELA (writing) 'Don't. at Carrie's. then skips down the hall. and he pushed me up against the bed. we went upstairs. Kisses him on the cheek... 102 INT.. 102 .DAY Cruising down the freeway.. you. where.... ROY And then you're never gonna do it again.. Never work near where you live. getting toothpaste on her face.

7-ELEVEN . 104 INT. 7-ELEVEN . 22. amused. You're a cashier at a 7-Eleven. 104 Angela 103 ROY You sure you're ready for this? ANGELA I was born ready. ROY I'm glad I missed that day. Roy considers Angela. ROY Stay in the car. She still follows. The Cashier hops to it.6. (as she still follows) Stay in the car. . 103 EXT. CASHIER You know the odds of the lottery hitting the same numbers in the same month. ANGELA You his financial advisor? No. 18. 60 -. To the CASHIER: ROY I want to play this for the drawing on the twenty-second. enters the 7-Eleven. Take his dollar and give him a ticket for the twenty-second. CASHIER Roy gives up. CASHIER You're wasting your dollar. ANGELA No. follows.62.DAY Roy exits the Caprice. the same numbers ever? ROY That's why I changed one. 49.which (a prominent sign displays) won the day before.DAY Roy marks a lottery ticket as Angela watches: four of the five numbers -.

A single man. is who your mark is. takes it from him. you almost always get thrown a curveball. You don't want anyone whispering in your mark's ear but you.DAY Angela enters. An elderly couple separates whites and colors.) Never play someone who's not buying what you're selling. prepared to roll with anything. Angela. 105 INT. right. ROY'S CAPRICE Roy crumples up his lottery ticket. black. A boy in his teens returns her interest. scratches hard at it with his fingernail. No matter how good your plan is. make sure the person you're conning isn't conning you. Angela gives him a get-lost look. Most important thing you have to understand about this game is: ninety percent of it is variable. ROY (V. but beware of couples. 106 EXT. (CONTINUED) 106 105 .63.) And.O. rolls it in his hand.) The older the better. sits reading Tolstoy. though. That's your ten percent. ROY (V. The one thing you can control. backpack on her arm.O.. Angela approaches. So you have to be flexible. LAUNDROMAT . She cases the joint. for God's sake.. (beat) Okay. Roy watches her scratch away with all her might. then turns to a middleaged HOUSEWIFE loading three machines.O. ROY Just the. sipping on a Big Gulp. ANGELA I've got longer nails. What you're selling is you. ROY (V.

You oughta catch me during Little League season. 107 SAME SCENE . Her dryer full. HOUSEWIFE They don't go to Fremont. stealthily planting the lottery ticket beneath it.LATER Angela and the Housewife transfer their laundry to dryers. Three boys.64. he's so hyper. do they? Central. 106 CONTINUED: (re: That taken? No. ANGELA Sure you don't need it? got a lot. She sets her bag down. but you'd never guess. Do you want anything? (CONTINUED) ANGELA 107 . ANGELA I'm gonna get a Coke across the street. ANGELA That's what I keep telling my brothers. You've ANGELA washer beside her) HOUSEWIFE 106 HOUSEWIFE This is nothing. Angela picks up her backpack to go. ANGELA Any of 'em cute? The Housewife smiles. You know. and Angela smiles back: she has her mark. girls really do mature much faster than boys. HOUSEWIFE Simon's about your age.

Angela. on second thought: HOUSEWIFE We should at least see if it hit. too: thanks to her and Roy's handiwork. The man is Roy. ACROSS LAUNDRY A man reads a newspaper. 107 CONTINUED: HOUSEWIFE No thanks. honey. The newspaper drops.65. HOUSEWIFE Honey. Looks like someone put it through the wash by accident. She holds it for her to see. don't you think? Angela inspects it. The Housewife nods. not the twenty-second. You sure? ANGELA Gotta be eighteen to play. you dropped something. and the Housewife notices the lottery ticket left behind. Angela starts off. sir? Could we borrow your paper a sec? We're looking for lottery results. It's for yesterday's drawing. (CONTINUED) . That says the second. and Angela continues on her way. ANGELA It's not mine. the date looks like the second. ANGELA Probably a loser. The Housewife approaches with But HOUSEWIFE 107 HOUSEWIFE Excuse me. HOUSEWIFE Huh.

sixty. forty-nine. a little crestfallen. HOUSEWIFE Ready? Six. ROY (as he returns) Any luck? ANGELA Four out of five. a little breathless. wait. Thirty? HOUSEWIFE You're joking. Look! HOUSEWIFE You mean we missed by one number -. Wait. too. ROY I think it's Metro. HOUSEWIFE Story of my life. sixty. ANGELA Six. can you believe it? ROY Four out of five pays.? She looks -.66. what? HOUSEWIFE Thirty. eighteen. Then. it's back to the wash. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA . forty-nine. you's true! They laugh. eighteen. Mine. The Housewife opens it... 107 Roy hands her the section. passes Angela the ticket. 107 CONTINUED: (2) Sure. Roy rises to feed a dryer (whose clothes are inside is anybody's guess). ANGELA You're sure? (as Housewife nods) Missed by one. thirty.

shit! Holy shit! Roy watches from inside as they laugh and hug. She hangs up. ANGELA You don't have to. Thank you very much. Angela hovers nearby. sweetie.. astonished. And then they'll mail me a check.DAY The Housewife's on a pay phone. ANGELA What'd they say? HOUSEWIFE (face erupting) We won six hundred dollars! Holy -She cups her mouth: -. It does? ROY Call the number on the ticket. (CONTINUED) oops. don't worry. 108 EXT. HOUSEWIFE The woman on the phone said we just have to take it in for verification. 108 HOUSEWIFE HOUSEWIFE (into phone) Uh-huh..67. uh-huh. HOUSEWIFE Six hundred dollars! ANGELA ANGELA . (quickly) I'll give you half. LAUNDROMAT . 107 CONTINUED: (3) 107 Angela and the Housewife share a look.

what to do? turns to see a bank ATM across the street. You know. 108 HOUSEWIFE How 'bout your dad? ANGELA (ashamed) He -. no. 111 AT ATM The Housewife hands Angela three crisp $100s. watch the cameras.68. it's okay. we're fifty-fifty in this. I'm supposed to be home anyway. She works. no. ACROSS STREET Roy watches from inside his Caprice. And hide it when you get home. (CONTINUED) 111 110 . Angela very consciously keeps OUT OF the CAMERA'S RANGE. Don't spend it all at the coin-op.he doesn't live with us anymore. Angela pulls back. HOUSEWIFE We're in this fiftyThen she The Housewife stops to think -. Angela's feet are barely IN FRAME behind her. Don't let those brothers of yours anywhere near it. ROY Good girl. no. 110 EXT. fifty. BANK ATM .SECURITY CAMERA POV 109 The Housewife uses the ATM. In fact. No. we should call your mom and we can all go down there together. 108 CONTINUED: HOUSEWIFE No. HOUSEWIFE That’s three hundred. 109 EXT. ANGELA Pretty late.

Uh-huh? ROY Go give her her money back. 7/17/02 111 CONTINUED: ANGELA (touched) Thank you. C'mon! ANGELA You're joking. They hug again.. I didn't say I'd let you get away with it. 111 112 Angela exits with her backpack full of laundry. waves goodbye once more to the Housewife. ANGELA Did I do good? ROY You did very good.MATCHSTICK MEN . What?! ROY I told you I'd teach you a con. sweetie. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA . HOUSEWIFE Thank you. LAUNDROMAT 69. ROY One last thing. ANGELA Mom was wrong: I didn't just get your elbows. She leaps in the air. 112 EXT. out of sight.Rev. then rounds a corner to find Roy waiting for her. ROY (shakes his head) Now..

Rev. 7/17/02 112 CONTINUED: ANGELA (can't believe it) This is so. scared shitless. Two weeks ago this was ancient history. KLEIN'S OFFICE . Angela thinks..MATCHSTICK MEN .O. or when you gave it back? (before she answers) Think first. And I want you to think before answering.. Roy. Angela stalks back inside. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 114 . KLEIN It's however you feel about it. father. DR. I'm your Roy doesn't mind. 112 Roy points: go. ROY (V. Roy watches through a glass wall as she hands the money back to the Housewife..) It's strange. Now suddenly I have a daughter.DAY ROY And I'm not. Petulantly. That's good. 114 INT. isn't it? DR.. utterly befuddled. ROY I have one question for you.DAY Driving Angela home. 70. 113 INT. 113 Angela puts her feet up on the dash. CAPRICE . ROY I'm not your partner. (as she nods okay) Did you feel better when you took her money. ANGELA I thought we were partners.

working these people with me. And it's very quiet. It was the best time we've had together. ROY'S KITCHEN . KLEIN Do you regret it? Exposing her to that? Her seeing that side of you? ROY (moment of truth) I really liked it. but you've been closing doors for a long time. But she took right to it. KLEIN 71. And lonely.I took Angela along over the weekend. It's wonderful. other people call.. What some people call sales. DR. 7/17/02 114 CONTINUED: DR. empty soda cans. Sometimes in my business you have to create a value in something which really isn't there. for the first time in a while. 115 INT. Don't take this too literally. It's good to see you start opening some again. He closes it.NIGHT DR. a real mess. Roy looks a little worried.MATCHSTICK MEN . KLEIN DR.Rev. ROY I didn't know how Angela would go for that. Lying. this fourteen-year-old girl. What? ROY I -. Inside are greasestained pizza cartons and Chinese food cartons. considers the room around him. She even helped out.. It's cluttered with fashion magazines. . KLEIN (CONT'Dbeat) Yes. 114 115 Roy opens his refrigerator door. selling a piece.

Two people meeting after seeing each other every day for months. right? (off her nod) I'm Roy. 7/17/02 116 EXT. Roy and Frank case the place. withdraws a cigarette. a standard-sized black briefcase beside him. Roy considers her as she bags his groceries. and TV dinners. Frank bums one from him.DAY Roy walks through the terminal. SUPERMARKET .DAY Cans of tuna again. Roy. Afraid he might get robbed. TERMINAL LOUNGE . One or two layovers at the bar and a custodian vacuuming the floors.DAY Before noon. ROY I'll see you tomorrow. Must be lonesome without her. AIRPORT TERMINAL . the place is mostly deserted. But also some fresh vegetables. CHECK-OUT WOMAN Where's that cute little girl of yours? ROY She went home to her mom's. CHECK-OUT WOMAN She's a cute one. FRANK He said he wants to fly the money straight to the Caymans.Rev. 118 INT. frozen pizzas. When's his flight? (CONTINUED) 118 117 . 116 They shake. then) It's Kathy.MATCHSTICK MEN . Summer school. 117 INT. Roy. Hi. (hesitates. KATHY (CHECK-OUT WOMAN) 72. ROY As if someone would do that.

Running the plan over in his head. back to the bar. 120 EXT. I'm here. Otherwise we blow it off. FRANK Who's the drunk gonna be? Ernie. 7/17/02 118 CONTINUED: Friday. LEATHER BANQUETTE FRANK 72A. FRANK There's only one problem. a little nervous. (CONTINUED) 120 He's going to be rich. And keep the table free.Rev. ROY What do you expect for fifty bucks? Frank scans the place once more.. (beat) Where do you think? Roy points at. against a wall. Frank lets out a whoop! 119 SAME SCENE . SCHOOL . you sit him there. Typecasting. then to all the walls. Roy scours the young teens flooding from the school from his Caprice across the street.LATER Roy stands alone in the middle of the lounge..MATCHSTICK MEN . 118 Roy sits facing the bar. looking from table to bar. the standardsized black briefcase beside him. ROY You plant this before the meet. 119 FRANK ROY .DAY Summer school lets out. (as Roy waits: what?) I think I'm in love with you.

120 (CONTINUED) . 7/17/02 120 CONTINUED: (A1) Perv. She gets in.MATCHSTICK MEN . looks at him. ANGELA 72B. ROY What would you like to do today. little girl? ANGELA Mom says I have to be back by dinner. grins. ROY He smiles. She's snuck up behind him.Rev. In the car.

He checks it. Angela passes him on the way back to her seat. but his handkerchief has already gone dirtier places.even the finger holes.CRASH! Meanwhile. then steps up to the alley. BOWLING ALLEY Uh-oh was right. Roy glares at her. Approaches and releases his first roll. he plunges his fingers into the ball to pick it up. with a swallow for courage. It's his turn to bowl now and. He grabs at her. ANGELA You want me to bowl for you? AT PAY PHONE Roy thinks about wiping the receiver down. and she screams with laughter. Gutter ball. And just then -.BEEP BEEP BEEP -. Roy cleans his ball meticulously with his handkerchief -.73. 121's Roy's PAGER going off. Angela lifts a bowling ball up to her eyes. I own you. Keeping his chin high. Over the MUSIC and CRASHING PINS. Concentrates. would you like to do? She grins even wider. ANGELA (approaching him gently) Dad. 121 120 Roy blanches dramatically: . he retreats to the ball return. then lets it rip down an alley -. 120 CONTINUED: ROY You'll be back by dinner. The first thing you have to understand about this game is: ninety-percent of it is knocking down at least one pin. sighs. he yells: (CONTINUED) ANGELA What Uh-oh.

change. ANGELA (it's not) It's okay. rubbing his temples. 7/17/02 121 CONTINUED: ROY It's me. 121 Roy's face falls.. FRANK I know. (beat) I don't want to lose him.DAY Frank's on a cellular headset. What time's his flight? Roy's face falls. Roy. bowling in the distance. rolls a strike and leaps in the air. bowling in the distance. gotta take you home. B122 INT. ROY There's no time. I gotta get the money. BOWLING ALLEY .DAY Roy exits. ROY I'm sorry. FRANK'S MUSTANG . A122 INT. He says he won't be back for a month. I know. BOWLING ALLEY Now Roy's stressed.. pissed. (CONTINUED) I 122 . what is it? (beat) What?! I thought it wasn't 'til Friday! (beat) Well. Angela. he bumped it up. and Angela trudges out behind. tell him -- 74. get Ernie.MATCHSTICK MEN . Angela. B122 A122 122 EXT.Rev. in a rush. stressed. rolls a strike and leaps in the air. It just came up. too.

ANGELA What do I get to do? Roy thinks.LOBBY ENTRANCE ROY ANGELA 75. shit! ROY He doesn't know what to do. (CONTINUED) . 7/17/02 122 CONTINUED: ROY I can't. 122 123 Roy. Is this the worst idea he's ever had? ROY Shit! 123 EXT. I just can't -(looks at watch) I can't do this. ANGELA (playing the victim) You want me to take the bus? No. thinks. ANGELA (excitedly) Really? Roy nods. I can't even take you home. then: Yes. enters with Angela.MATCHSTICK MEN . uh. unhappily. There's no time.Rev. ANGELA I thought you kept all your money in the horse. with standard-sized black briefcase. Is it a job? Roy nods. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . ANGELA (timidly) Can I help? Roy considers her.

He heads downstairs. what. The Clerk nods.MATCHSTICK MEN . now I can get into the whatever-it-is? No. Roy starts to fill it out. please.VAULT ANTEROOM Roy and Angela approach the Clerk. (CONTINUED) ROY Roy pushes it . CLERK (offering form) Signature and pass code. 123 She follows. To the Clerk: ROY Can I add an access signature to my account.Rev. Covers the pass code from Angela's prying eyes. 124 Wait 76. puts forth another form. Back to whispers: ANGELA So. Do it. toward Angela. as usual. ANGELA Then why does he get to? Roy thinks. CLERK Sign here and here. 7/17/02 123 CONTINUED: ROY That's just my piggy bank. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . She does. J-215. ROY I'd like access to my safe deposit box. here. 124 INT. ROY You don't have the pass code. In whispers: ANGELA Why can't I see? ROY 'Cause it's a secret.

to the guard . He closes the case. Inside are bound. feels its weight. 125 INT. neat stacks of hundred dollar bills and hundred-pound notes. around the corner: Hey: ROY you got today's Times? Then. ROY Don't weep for me too much. He starts picking up stacks of cash and placing them in the black briefcase. wait here. piled atop a fist-high ream of bonds. 124 125 Roy opens his deposit box.MATCHSTICK MEN .Rev. PRIVATE VIEWING ROOM Now 76A. I mean it. 7/17/02 124 CONTINUED: ANGELA When do I get that? ROY When I'm dead. ANGELA (forlorn) Oh.

ANGELA How much is in there? (re: I told you. this. ANGELA Why aren't you -. A million? ANGELA Five hundred thousand? He shrugs. ROY briefcase) 126 ANGELA (re: bank) No. ROY These still make me look old? Old and rich. 127 ROY I don't like the INT. FIRST FEDERAL BANK .PARKING LOT Roy exits with Angela. Angela is flabbergasted. He's really not certain about (CONTINUED) ANGELA 127 . CAPRICE (AIRPORT PARKING LOT) Roy puts on his Arden glasses. Three hundred thousand? He just smiles: not telling. 126 EXT.77. Roy checks his watch. ANGELA How did you -ROY I've been doing this a long time. in there.why don't you go live in Hawaii? Why don't you buy Hawaii? I told you: outdoors.

You see me tug my tie like this. Take this. The high back helps. He gives her two hundreds from his wallet. Frank and Frechette greet him. ROY Just in case. you get outta there. Roy continues his approach. TERMINAL LOUNGE Roy enters. I'm barely even doing anything. 7/17/02 127 CONTINUED: ROY You know what to do? (off her nod) You keep real far away from us. 127 ANGELA Stop worrying about me.MATCHSTICK MEN . 128 INT. ROY Strained it last night. What? ANGELA Please. you okay? My back. you get outta there.Rev. (CONTINUED) . 78. FRANK Arden. FRANK You should do yoga. and immediately he spots a problem: Frank sits in the banquette seat Roy should have. 128 ROY Shakes his I told you: ROY (a joke) I was doing yoga. clasping his back now and wincing. head. She looks at him with puppy eyes. can I have the pass code? He has to laugh. Anything seems off. carrying the black briefcase. You mind if I sit there. He gives the whole plan one more thought.

FRECHETTE Had to check. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: 79. ROY It always does. Frank and Chuck. Roy closes the case and sets it down on the floor by his feet.Rev. Frechette pries underneath: wall-to-wall British pounds inside. before Ben Franklin. Meanwhile. So: FRANK who goes first? who will make the first Roy and Frechette face off: move? ROY I suppose ladies do. ROY As long as you don't mind. FRECHETTE Do your worst.MATCHSTICK MEN . with difficulty: ROY How are both of you? Across the lounge. FRECHETTE That's eighty thousand? It looks like less than I thought. Sorry. 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. As he sits. Frechette reaches in to flip through a stack of bills: they're all real. A waitress delivers Roy a club soda and departs. As he unzips it. Frechette replaces it with a gym bag. Angela peeks out from behind a partition to watch Roy. Roy steals a glance at the lounge entrance: Angela is entering. 128 Frank and Roy change seats. (CONTINUED) . Roy sneaking a reproachful glance Frank's way: nice fucking job. Go ahead.

much sun. FRANK God bless America. 128 Roy explores the gym bag: it's loaded with stacks of hundred dollar bills. SHATTERING it. Roy salutes him with his soda. A pregnant pause. Suddenly. Lightning (CONTINUED) . FRECHETTE Land that I love. ANGELA My I. eye. 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. -. the GLASS down at the floor. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: (2) 80. and Frank and Frechette raise their Scotches to toast -ROY Enjoy the Caymans. including Frechette's.MATCHSTICK MEN .Rev. and that's when switch: the briefcase stowed beneath the the identical one by his feet. from the bar: Oh.S. come on! ANGELA (O.then hurls drawing every Roy pulls the banquette for fast. Then: ROY It looks like we have a trade. ROY (to Frank) You count it? Frank nods. I'll break every glass in this place. You kidding? the shelter.D.

and he looks at Roy incredulously.Rev. Who goes first? ROY You do. FRANK That wasn't -ROY Walk him to the plane. giving the finger with both hands to the bartender. (CONTINUED) ROY . of course -. time. bids Frank and Roy farewell -Guys. Just get up and take your new briefcase with you. Speaking of which: it's about that time. you! ANGELA Airport bartender! 81. 128 Angela backs out of the lounge. Frechette picks it up. When I leave.MATCHSTICK MEN . -. none the wiser.and departs. FRANK (under his breath) What the hell was that? Go with him. FRECHETTE Let's do it again some ROY Have a safe flight. arms raised. Roy nods to his wisdom.Angela's tantrum was part of the act -. FRANK They won't let me past the security check. Roy and Frank watch him go. FRECHETTE Hope she isn't on my flight. then pushes the briefcase at his feet across to Frechette. FRECHETTE Simple is safe. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: (3) Hey. And she's gone. Frank knows. I'll take my new gym bag. Frechette turns back.

MATCHSTICK MEN .DAY Roy exits briskly. despite a minor cardiac. AIRPORT TERMINAL . crossing to the parking garage. PARKING GARAGE . ANGELA The whole eighty? Roy nods. CAPRICE/INT. 128 Frank follows Roy's orders and chases after Frechette. 82. Angela bounces higher. all business as Angela bounces around him. Roy reaches under the banquette and grabs the briefcase there. the case in the other. I saw her. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: (4) ROY Then walk him to the security check.DAY As Roy pulls out of his spot: (CONTINUED) 130 You ROY ANGELA A130 129 . A bag in one hand.DAY Roy emerges from a stairwell and Angela leaps from behind a pillar to surprise him. singing: ANGELA 'My dad's a smooth operator! Smooth operator!' 130 INT. ANGELA Did you see that old chick at the bar? With all the makeup? She almost died when I threw that glass. Boo! Roy keeps walking. he takes off in the opposite direction. A130 EXT. PARKING GARAGE . ANGELA What happened on our end? take him? He nods.Rev. 129 EXT.

7/17/02 130 CONTINUED: ANGELA Dad. just joking.Rev. then barks: ROY Open the gate. And Frechette appears in his sideview mirror. I thought about it: we should give the money back. I'd feel better. ANGELA (oblivious to Frechette) Dad?! Roy races down levels of parking lot as Frechette chases on foot. hustling toward him. Roy considers backing up and choosing another exit. He looks at her. please. Roy waits for the car ahead of him to pass through. around the minivan and away. 130 He's not Roy stops behind a minivan pulling out of a spot. in a fury. ANGELA (frightened now) Dad? ROY Roll up your window! down on the floor! Now! Get Angela does as she's told. one car in the fourth. the other lanes are clearing up quickly. With a fair lead. Roy pulls up to the parking Attendant. (CONTINUED) . and she smiles: in the mood. He spots Roy instantly and starts toward him. Meanwhile. Roy punches the gas. suitcase open and empty. but the ATTENDANT seems to be taking forever to make change. two cars in the three of them. ANGELA Do I get a cut? ROY You can ask Frank for his.the stairwell door fly open and Frechette appear.MATCHSTICK MEN . He's trapped. thrusts his money at her. the Caprice comes to four gated exit lanes. Roy chooses that one. but the minivan he passed now hovers behind him. His money ready. and he turns to see: -. looking this way and that. At last. 83.

Frechette is upon them. ROY (slamming steering wheel) Dammit! Are we okay? Roy looks down to her. but before they're clear. rabid. He ANGELA ANGELA . and the Caprice slaps the gate as it rises.MATCHSTICK MEN . shaking with fear. on Angela's side. has no one to blame for this but himself. but too late. 83A. Frechette gets a clean look at Angela hovering below the seat. yanking on the door. 7/17/02 130 CONTINUED: (2) ATTENDANT Do you need a receipt -No! ROY Please open the gate. balled up. 130 The gate comes up.Rev. Dad! Roy hits the gas.

FRANK (at a loss) Hiya. They don't let you to the gate without a ticket -(CONTINUED) 133 132 (back to glowering Roy) ANGELA FRANK 131 .CONTINUOUS ACTION Angela can't hear anything but MUSIC as Roy tears Frank a new one. 133 EXT. leaving acres of parking spots unused. then reopens it. What?! ROY (to Angela) Stay in the car. slams the door again. 132 INT.CONTINUOUS ACTION ROY I said 'walk him to the plane.DAY The Dodgers are away. slams the door. DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT . turns the RADIO ON to an EARSPLITTING VOLUME. 131 EXT.84. What? No reply.' Did you walk him to the plane? FRANK I told you: security. Frank paces beside his car and chain smokes as Roy's Caprice pulls up. Frank. ANGELA But I want to -ROY Stay in the car! Roy gets out. Los Angeles looms in the distance. CAPRICE . Roy just seethes. Hiya. Frank steps up to see Roy glowering at him. DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT .

chastened. She put us at risk.85. 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. (beat) We're not on the books. (CONTINUED) . How? FRANK What if he goes to the cops? He won't. ROY Frank. What? FRANK I'm not the one who pimped her into the grift. 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. my daughter was there today! Frank looks away. his breath. And don't tell me I'm the one who put her at risk. I walked him there. We're safe. ROY They never do.

Tell him you're clean. Roy leans against his hood as Angela remains in her seat. Terrific. You don't know that! What if Chuck goes to the cops? Roy turns: the door. and Frank starts toward his car. have you? Angela looks from Roy to Frank to Roy again. She does. ROY Turn it off. What about her? ROY Angela's never been arrested -FRANK You don't know that. that's it. DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT . and the younger man takes off. Frank leers at Roy: ask her. ANGELA I would have told you. Angela. (beat) You've never been arrested. 134 EXT. but it never came up. and let's get this over with. He opens 133 ROY Tell him.DAY Roy hands Frank Frechette's bag of money. Angela watches from inside the car. And bites her lip.86. blushes. Roy gives her the silent treatment a moment. 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 .

.87. brow knit. HEATHER'S BLOCK . ROY And they photographed you? printed you? They ANGELA ROY ROY 134 Angela nods and bows her head penitently. his hands slowly returning to his coat pockets. Angela tries to thaw (CONTINUED) 138 137 135 136 . 137 EXT. Roy. what was I supposed to do? How long ago? Last year.CAPRICE .. CAPRICE Roy looks straight ahead.NIGHT Roy drives. Angela sneaks a glance at him. 138 INT. ANGELA And some other stuff. thinking.MOVING . super-pissed. knows enough not to speak. 135 136 EXT.NIGHT INT. him. ANGELA The guard was groping me.NIGHT Roy's Caprice pulls to a stop. ROY'S CAPRICE . STREETS . He was grabbing at my chest. 134 CONTINUED: ROY (disbelief) They called the cops on you for a pack of gum. arctic.MOVING . Heather's house in the distance. I mighta put up a fuss when security -Angela. takes a stroll.

Frank and I have some out-of-town work. ANGELA Is it. It's kind of lame. I have all of August off. Frank and I are partners. elbows in her hands. Roy. ANGELA Maybe when you get back -ROY (killing hope) You're getting in the way. Angela's lip trembles and tears faucet down her cheeks. Angela cries. I was thinking maybe I could come stay with you. He wants you gone.. Okay? I thought maybe it could work out. I didn’t mean to.... Then: ROY I'm gonna be gone for the next couple months. can't look at her. regardless. 138 CONTINUED: ANGELA You know. Silence. tortured. but it can't. Tears form 138 ANGELA When do you think you'll be back? I don't know.. and in September is father's visiting day at school. did I -Roy keeps staring straight ahead. ANGELA I'm sorry.. but I thought maybe. She nods. ANGELA Or we could take a trip even. arms clutching her gut.88. hurt but trying to conceal it. Oh. (CONTINUED) ROY . He says nothing. you're gone.

you know.MATCHSTICK MEN . He watches with curiosity. sets it on the dash. (beat) I am a bad guy. Anger supplanting grief. (CONTINUED) Why ROY ROY . C'mon. HEATHER. 7/17/02 138 CONTINUED: (2) ANGELA Can we at least talk on the phone? 89. tears streaming.Rev. She starts out of the car. So you wouldn't grow up with me as your dad. ANGELA Why did you even call me?! did you? Roy has no answer. furious. Angela wipes tears away. You're just not a very good one. ANGELA You're not a bad guy. He leans over her and ROY Your mom'll be waiting. Midthirties. a faded beauty. She digs into her backpack. opens the passenger door. withdraws an object wrapped in an "LA AIRPORT GIFT SHOP" bag. Roy can't stand this anymore. 138 Roy says nothing. She weeps openly. What's that? ANGELA I got it for you at the airport. ROY You wanna know why your mom left me? She left me because of you. Ange -She spins on him. but Roy doesn't want to let her go angry. Roy shrinks as he sees a woman dragging trash barrels to the curb. (beat) I paid for it.

7/17/02 138 CONTINUED: (3) 89A. . 138 She slams the door behind her. The interior light fades on Roy.MATCHSTICK MEN .Rev. FADE OUT. He unwraps the gift shop bag: It's an "I Love LA" ashtray.

Hair unkempt. They're not there. You hungry? He discards an empty can of tuna from the couch.90. Roy? Yeah. Watches it overflow. Roy has let the place and himself go. arm thrown over his eyes. Fills it with water. Roy rinses out a dirty coffee cup.O. FRANK (V. ROY Hold on a sec. The PHONE RINGS.O. FADE IN: 139 INT. unshaven. the room around him a pigsty.) FRANK (V. Roy furrows his brow. Reaches up to a cupboard for his pills. They're not here either. ROY What time is it? Almost three. ROY'S KITCHEN Also a mess.) ROY FRANK (V. Hello. And RINGS. 141 . 141 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM Dark. No.) You alright? ROY ROY 139 INT. And RINGS. ROY'S BEDROOM Roy looks inside his bedside table. At last.O. Looks around it.) You wanna meet? We still got Chuck's money to split. Roy's on the couch. 140 Doesn't move. 140 FRANK (V. Roy picks it up.O. He hangs up. wearing clothes for the third day in a row.

91. Dr.) Sir. Are you there at the office now? Roy's PHONE BEEPS. Wiley is on call.) I'm sorry. Klein has gone for the weekend. PHONE VOICE (V. The only thing here is one of Angela's barrettes. He checks it.O. please.O. PHONE VOICE (V. I recommend you contact a local hospital --.BEEP -ROY Listen: can you let me in his office -(CONTINUED) . ROY'S BATHROOM He scours his medicine cabinet. ROY'S HOUSE He pushes and backtracks through rooms. if this is an emergency. ROY Doctor Klein. checking coat pockets in wardrobes. then inspects the waste basket. 143 142 ROY Shit. 142 INT.O.) Medical group. looks beneath the sink. Klein is unavailable. look: I need a new thing of pills.O.) Dr. Dr. Is there a way of getting hold of him? PHONE VOICE (V. if you'd like to -ROY I gotta talk to Klein. looking everywhere for his pills as he speaks on his portable phone: PHONE VOICE (V. 143 INT. ROY Where'd he go? Look. my phone's dying.

He peers beneath the driver's seat. 146 INT. BUSY AVENUE .I know where he keeps them.) -. 145 EXT.and he hurls it against a empty foil packet. ROY'S CAPRICE . 144 INT. then upends it. 147 EXT. recovering --.Dr.DAY The Caprice swerves into traffic. then reaches in and pats the floor.sir.92. Cans and cans of Chicken-of-the-Sea rattle on the pavement.O. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy goes through the trash beneath his sink.O.DAY Roy presses his cheek against the floor mat of his car.BEEP -ROY -. or gimme Klein's home phone -PHONE VOICE (V. 143 CONTINUED: PHONE VOICE (V. cars off the road. But no pills.) -.DAY Roy at rock-bottom. He digs though his trash bin.I need to talk to Klein -The phone dies -Shit! -. Surges ahead. Wiley is on call --. I can't --. Nearly forces several 147 146 145 144 ROY 143 .BEEP -ROY -. ROY'S DRIVEWAY .

He stares their glances away. impatient. my doctor. empty packet in hand. PHARMACY . but -PHARMACIST Sir. They're samples of -. Soon he can wait no longer. I need a refill of this. white-haired PHARMACIST. wild-eyed. but this is an emergency -Hey. 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. PHARMACIST I'm sorry.DAY Located in the rear of a discount drugstore. please.Prefexsomething. 148 INT. doesn’t see anyone.93. C'mon. c'mon. wait your turn -ROY I know.I can't remember -. I don't have a prescription. ROY I need a refill. ROY Hi. Roy joins the back of the line. A few customers look back at Roy. Five people stand on line for the white-coated. Without a prescription -(CONTINUED) . The Pharmacist scans the horizon for security. He pushes to the front of the line. Please. he gave me these. wild-haired. PHARMACIST Do you have a prescription? ROY My shrink.

KLEIN'S OFFICE .. 149 EXT.94. PHARMACIST (resigning) Let me see it. Prefex. Klein gasps. threatening.. he approaches the front door when Roy appears in the breezeway behind him. PHARMACIST They're vitamins. Roy stands there. Aisle four. sir. Hands it back. sir. shoulders heaving. He crushes it. Supplifen. he rips open a box of Supplifen to find the replica of the packet he was given. KLEIN Roy? I'm not supposed to see you 'till -(CONTINUED) 149 ROY Studies . ROY No. ROY -. My doctor gave it to me. What? PHARMACIST That packet contained vitamins. infuriated. then: DR. incredulous. it. PHARMACIST Those are vitamins. startled.NEXT MONDAY Klein exits his sedan. 148 CONTINUED: Look: ROY I have the packet -148 PHARMACIST I can't help you.So I'm clearly allowed to have them. Fumbling for his office key. In aisle four. The Pharmacist takes the empty packet from Roy. I just need four or five of these to cover the weekend.

KLEIN'S OFFICE Klein enters with Roy. Your conscience is another story. But you weren't a mess last week. KLEIN Roy: why do you think you need medication? ROY You are not asking questions yet. Look at me. KLEIN Agreed. DR.95. turns on a light. Why? DR. DR. (beat) I have news for you. 149 CONTINUED: Vitamins. KLEIN Because you don’t need medication. (before Roy retorts) Let me ask a question. KLEIN Would you like to sit? I am sitting. vitamins. Roy. Your neurosis is small-time. ROY DR. Does what you do make you happy? (CONTINUED) . ROY I'm a mess. A beat. and you weren't on Prefexall then either. Klein appraises Roy: now. KLEIN ROY ROY You gave me goddamn he is not to be trifled with right 149 150 DR. First you answer: did you give me vitamins? Yes. 150 INT.

I've never used violence. DR. (beat) This is a 17th Century Williamsburg ottoman I've had my feet on for the last two months. KLEIN The difference being? ROY They give me their money. What would you do if you had to change careers? ROY If I couldn't be an antiques broker? DR. Roy. I'm a con 150 DR. KLEIN If you couldn't be a criminal. 150 CONTINUED: ROY Don't change the subject. (CONTINUED) ROY .96. KLEIN That's a nice rationalization. ROY I'm not a criminal. ROY I never took anybody who didn't let me out of greed or weakness. man. Roy. I've had computer programmers tell me what a nice piece it is. DR. DR. KLEIN This is the subject. KLEIN Would you say then you set an example in your trade? Sure. A beat.

because I -. DR. KLEIN But now you have to set an example for someone else. 97.Oh.MATCHSTICK MEN .Rev. Christ. DR. and everything pours out: ROY Because I -. (beat) How is she? ROY (beat) Angela? Fine. KLEIN Have you spoken to her? (as Roy shakes his head) Why not? ROY Do we have to talk about this? DR. KLEIN Why haven't you spoken? ROY (a beat) Because she hates me.DAY INT.DAY Frank considers what Roy has told him. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . Doc! I lost my little girl! I lost my little girl! DISSOLVE TO: 151 152 EXT. (as Klein waits him out) She wants back to her mom's. KLEIN Why do you think she hates you? Roy's face crumbles. 7/17/02 150 CONTINUED: (2) DR. 150 151 152 (CONTINUED) . ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE .

They shake hands. 154 INT.98. 152 CONTINUED: When? As of now. Roy waits for Frank's reaction: is he pissed? ROY FRANK 152 FRANK (he's not) You gotta do what you gotta do. ROY'S BEDROOM Roy sits on his bed. Gathering his nerve. For everything. ROY Thanks. SAN PEDRO PARK . ROY'S LIVING ROOM The place is clean again. Roy smiles. 153 INT. Reads its instructions. FRANK Thank you. two rings. FRANK We should part more often. phone in hand. 153 Frank gestures to the door. Looks up as Angela approaches on her skateboard. One ring. he dials. SAME SCENE . (CONTINUED) 155 . (beat) You want your forty g's? ROY Consider it a parting gift. partner. At last.DAY Roy sits waiting. pulls out a new portable phone. Frank. I'm sorry to lose you. 154 155 EXT. Roy opens a Radio Shack box.LATER They walk along a path. He twirls between his fingers the barrette he found in his bathroom. Angela does not.

NIGHT Roy and Angela celebrate. honey. I'm sorry. I'll try. File paperwork. ROY You know. He specializes in custody suits. (CONTINUED) ANGELA 156 . Angela in a new-bought dress. Will you try? ANGELA Please? 155 Yes. It would only be for weekends and some holidays to start. 155 CONTINUED: ROY I went to see a lawyer. (as Angela stops. and throws her arms around him. Like when one parent wants to get joint custody of the child. He wraps his arms around her and holds her. I should have asked you first. Let her know what I'm doing. Your funeral. ROY (soaring) I'll try. I should talk to your mom about this. A JAZZ COMBO PLAYS in the next room. that sort of thing. ROY I'd have to make some changes. I'm gonna have to stop doing what I do for a living. Still no reaction.99. tears in her eyes. FRENCH RESTAURANT . go before a judge. blood tests. (off no reaction from her) There are things you have to do. For one. 156 INT. She looks up at him. which makes her fidget. turns away) Honey.

ON DANCE FLOOR IN NEXT ROOM A few couples dance. Concentrates mostly on his feet. laughing.... it Frank. O-reev-ar. They enter..100. ANGELA Mademoiselle. and he balks. ROY (uneasily) They're messy. mademoiselle. 157 INT. But she should hear it from me. She holds up her arms for him to take. begins to box-step.. then remembers to concentrate on Angela. ANGELA We could get a dog. just beams. They both smile.NIGHT Dark. We can name 156 WAITER Mademoiselle. Either a German shepherd or a Lab. Angela is imitating the French Waiter as Roy fumbles the key out of the lock. He gives in... 156 CONTINUED: ROY I know. ROY That's a good name. Bonjour. And she. throughout. Takes her hands in his and. aren't they? ANGELA Not if you train 'em. mademoiselle. Angela leads a reluctant Roy to the floor.. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . (CONTINUED) 157 ANGELA . very tentatively... Angela suppresses a laugh. Please. A WAITER pours Angela more Diet Coke.

. (as Roy hesitates) Close it. She's in this as much as you are. ROY Au. (patting couch beside him) You wanna sit down? ANGELA Angela (CONTINUED) . Roy considers Frechette's gun. FRECHETTE Let her stay. does as he says. sunshine. trembles halfway between them. FRECHETTE Close the door.101. ROY What do you want? FRECHETTE What do you think? (to Angela) We haven't met. Big smirk. Cigarette in hand. Angela before him. Hello. My name's Chuck. ANGELA ROY 157 Roy switches on a lamp. honey. It's Angela.. FRECHETTE Hiya. then leaps back: Chuck Frechette is sitting on his sofa. the open door Roy freezes/considers the variables: behind him. Dad? ROY Go wait in your room. Roy. sweetie. right? (off no response) Your mug shot doesn't do you justice. What? Au revoir. 157 CONTINUED: Au revoir. handgun resting on the cushion beside him.

Angela's gift. (CONTINUED) In black 157 . 157 CONTINUED: (2) ROY You come anywhere near her -FRECHETTE Don't play tough. FRECHETTE In my business you need a few friends on the force. Tell me. and white. I'm in your home. Frechette indicates the corner of the room. Roy. can you spell 'shakedown'? ROY How'd you find me? FRECHETTE I didn't. to the "I Love LA" ashtray atop it. FRECHETTE No. And suddenly it dawns on Roy. Frechette extinguishes his cigarette in it. sniffing out your buddy Frank wasn't such a big deal. eyes puffed and blackening. and his eyes drop down to the coffee table. There. I know where your kid lives. Roy. (beat) Well. But there were in the gift shop. FRECHETTE Airport security cameras.102. I found her. nose bloodied. once I found you. the crap kicked out of him. And your ex-wife doesn't know well enough not to give out your home address. Frank sits huddled. They got a nice look at her. That was sloppy. (back to Angela) You're a very clever girl. Roy doesn't understand. Your little girl's in their books. ROY There were no cameras in the lounge.

Maybe. I don't want you to pass out before you make your first payment. But first things first. Otherwise. horrified eyes. FRECHETTE You look white as a ghost. starts scooping out money. ROY I'm done with this. Frank meets Roy's stare with helpless. huh? Angela gasps. Roy blanches. FRECHETTE 157 Roy stops. ROY Four thousand. Takes its head off. I'm out.103. Again Roy eyes the gun. Let's have back the money you took from me. Angela looks up at him. She moves toward the horse. FRECHETTE Next: I'm in for half of what you make from now on. ROY I don't have it. He nods: it'll be okay. your little girl goes to juvie 'til she's eighteen. Roy. 157 CONTINUED: (3) FRECHETTE We only hurt the ones we love. frightened. FRECHETTE Let her get it. I call those cop friends of mine. FRECHETTE Then let's start with what you do have. No. Where? ROY (staring toward it) The horse. his daughter. (CONTINUED) .

Frank. His eyes are fixed on something. take care of this. put it down. Angela. it worse. standing by the horse. Angela doesn't budge.104. Everyone freezes. Frechette stops. a small voice I'll 157 A standstill. ROY Angela. including Roy.38 in her hands leveled at him. bloodthirsty. Frechette. Angela looks to Roy. Frank stumbles to his feet. apologizing for everything. FRANK . (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA Don't make Then. aching. You barely got your feet wet. Daddy. honey.. Roy's . Frank's not done -. Roy holds her glance. 157 CONTINUED: (4) FRECHETTE You're not done. FRECHETTE You know how to use that thing. Frank? Frank doesn't say a word.are you. sweetie? ROY Put it down. frightened now. moves his hand toward his gun. Don't. ROY Quiet.. Roy. behind her: Do it. All their dreams are slipping through their fingers. tears in her eyes) I want you to go. ANGELA (fixed on Frechette. Frechette follows his stare to -Angela.

(CONTINUED) FRANK 158 . numb. Frank: Roy goes to her. Frechette is dying.. It's okay. Angela trembles. FRANK What are we going to do. ANGELA FRANK He's not gonna make it.NIGHT Frank pulls Chuck's Mercedes up the driveway to the side door where Roy exits.. nearly catatonic.pure reflex -Angela FIRES -... Roy? Roy? ROY It's okay. Roy's got a lot of thinking to do very fast.BOOM! -. Ground floor if you have to go out the back. Dad.105. Frank hobbles over to Frechette. And wait there for me. Frechette falls off the couch. Daddy. 158 EXT. Roy holds Angela.then drops the . He opens the passenger door for her and she gets in. voiceless. holding a blanket over Angela's shoulders. Shaking.38 to the floor. Roy? Roy looks over: too. ANGELA ROY get his gun. ROY'S KITCHEN DOOR/DRIVEWAY . blood seeping from his shirt. Roy turns. Roy speaks past her to Frank: ROY You know where the Seven Palms Motel is? Out the 15? ROY Get a room. 157 CONTINUED: (5) 157 Frechette reaches for his GUN again and -. Angela sees it.

listen to me. honey. Honey. beside Angela.. 159 INT. and I will see you in a day or two.. you did. (to Frank) Go. 158 CONTINUED: FRANK Suppose you don't show? ROY Take her to her mother's. pulls down some sheets. He closes the door. I did.. You didn't shoot him. Frank? FRANK Yes. ROY I know. Holds eye contact with Angela as Frank reverses and carries her away. I was trying to. It's gonna be alright. ROY Angela. FRANK What are you going to do? ROY (hesitates.106. Angela? Frank's gonna get you out of here. ROY You just sit tight. Frank realizes the risk Roy is running.. Understand? I shot him. Roy. (as this could be good-bye for a while) I'm sorry I let you down. Then you drive south and never come back. then passes into -159 Roy kneels 158 . Right. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy opens a pantry closet. then) Take him to a hospital. okay? ANGELA I.

blood dripping down his legs. shutting the door behind them. Roy tries to lift himself onto one side. Frechette is gone. an I. Roy. Whoa. swoons.and his eyes stop at the bloodstain on the carpet. The door opens again. in his arm. He spins -Frechette is leaning against the wall behind him. 160 -. points it between Roy's eyes --. no TV. antiseptic. Morning. looking for places he might have crawled to. He pokes at a bandage wrapped around his head.MATCHSTICK MEN .V.DAY Tiny. an admission bracelet around his wrist. You awake? The Cop rises and goes out the door. does a threesixty. Roy drops the sheets. deathly pale. ROY'S LIVING ROOM 107. a surveillance camera above him. BISHOP Take it slow. an open door to a mini-bathroom. One bed. ROY Who are you? (CONTINUED) .Rev.he's handcuffed to a bed railing. a uniformed COP sitting in a chair. can't -.and Roy pivots away just as -BOOM! 161 162 OMITTED HIS POV An air-conditioner overhead. 7/17/02 160 INT. Nothing. He lifts his gun up unsteadily. and two detectives (BISHOP and HOLT) come in. He is -IN HOSPITAL ROOM . BISHOP How d'you feel? COP 161 162 Roy tries to rise again. bars on the windows. He looks around the room: Spartan.

This little fella took out about half an inch of your skull. BISHOP You got lucky. Roy: Who? (CONTINUED) BISHOP where's Frank? ROY . Anything you say can and may be used blah blah blah blah. Bishop fishes in his jacket.MATCHSTICK MEN . ROY Am I under arrest? BISHOP (nods) You have the right to remain silent. BISHOP You were given a pretty close haircut the other night. feels his bandage again. Doctor'll be in in a sec. Roy can barely sit up much less study X-rays. HOLT I heard it all... wisely keeps his mouth shut. Roy. Roy. Bishop drops them.Rev. Wish we could say the same for Chuck. 162 Bishop offers a couple of head X-rays. 7/17/02 162 CONTINUED: BISHOP I'm Detective Bishop. Roy remembers slowly. Roy processes this. 108. pulls out an evidence bag containing a bullet fragment. this is Detective Holt.

We've spent the last couple days in your home and his. BISHOP She's not at your place. she's not in San Pedro at. ROY How long have I been here? (as they don't respond) How long? BISHOP They brought you in two nights ago. How about this: Angela? Roy stonewalls. In fact. Roy thinks. HOLT I like your place better. uh -HOLT (referring to notepad) -. 162 BISHOP You guys led interesting lives.415 Chester Avenue. Roy? Roy shakes his head: he doesn't know. Roy reacts. there're some bunko cops eager to talk to you when we're done. (beat) Where is he. then: (CONTINUED) .109. where's BISHOP Okay. Your partner. There's not a lot we don't know. Clean. BISHOP Her mother's near hysterical. 162 CONTINUED: (2) BISHOP Frank Mercer.

Alas. That's right. BISHOP 162 ROY I wanna see my doctor. (beat) Where is she? Roy's mind races. You're under arrest for accessory. BISHOP You're sure about that? Roy nods. It's not good. again. Roy. (CONTINUED) . Roy? (beat) Your little girl killed a man. Why? ROY He was gonna shoot me.38 was a little small.110. But it could still get worse. Then: Figuring some way to make this right Roy winces ROY ROY I shot Chuck. Holt goes to the window. Roy. Before then. Chuckie didn't make it. yanks up the blinds. BISHOP Your daughter's wanted for murder. (beat) Where is she. 162 CONTINUED: (3) I shot him. in the glare. HOLT Like I said. BISHOP That would make our job a lot easier. Bishop and Holt exchange a glance. the print we took off your . BISHOP He did shoot you. he'll be in in a sec.

Doc. Bishop considers it. Holt and the cop haven't moved. Bishop and Holt exchange glances again. (to Bishop) May I sit down? Bishop nods. HOSPITAL ROOM . KLEIN How are you feeling? Roy looks. Bishop and Holt return with Dr. Hey. Klein in tow. a little agitated. 162 CONTINUED: (4) ROY No. Bishop. he can't see anything but a freeway in the distance. Let me see him and I'll tell you whatever you want to know. DR. BISHOP You know where she is? Roy nods.111. (CONTINUED) .DAY Roy peers through the open blinds as an intern checks his vitals. BISHOP What's his number? 163 INT. my doctor. Roy. ROY Don't I have doctor-patient rights or something? Holt laughs. From the bed. Roy. KLEIN Hello. he's right. and Klein takes a seat by the bed. KLEIN Technically. ROY 163 162 ROY Can we have a little privacy? BISHOP That's not how it works. DR. The intern departs. DR. My shrink.

KLEIN Don't transfer responsibility. (CONTINUED) . There's no privilege says I gotta leave you two alone together. 163 CONTINUED: BISHOP Technically. If I don't help her. DR. 163 BISHOP ROY There isn't time. Five minutes. KLEIN Roy -. Roy's eyes plead. ROY Angela's in trouble. Roy.I can't do anything illegal. ROY You do if you want what I know. That refers to testimony you might give based on confidential information. Help me help her. she will go to jail. Klein looks reluctant. They exit. (beat) Can I trust you? DR. They stare each other down. then covers his mouth with his free hand. ROY You got her into this.112. Doc. KLEIN Roy. After a moment: Don't speak 'til they're Finally. Roy glances up at the surveillance camera. Doc. Bishop relents. too -DR. lest any lip readers are watching. he's not. Please. what happened? They told me -Roy holds up his free hand: gone.

decides: okay. ADJOINING ROOM . Klein through his fingers. stymied.CLOSE ON VIDEO FEED .DAY Through his fingers still. 165 INT.. Ask to speak to Angela. ROY'S HOSPITAL ROOM . Tell her to write it down. CLOSE ON BISHOP smoking. KLEIN Klein leans 165 164 . 163 CONTINUED: (2) ROY Just make a phone call. forward to hear: ROY The room of Mr. DR. KLEIN This is what I have to memorize.DAY of Roy whispering to Dr. DR. 163 ROY How are you at memorizing numbers? 164 INT. Klein thinks. Cole. Klein nods: he's ready.113.tell Angela you have the pass code. KLEIN What do I tell her? ROY Tell her -. C-O-L-E? ROY My partner will answer the phone. ROY They're going to search you on the way out. watching the feed. Then.. (CONTINUED) DR. Roy whispers.

165 DR. The room is dark. sweating heavily. PARKING GARAGE .C. 166 EXT. another car follows several seconds behind: Bishop at the wheel. memorizing. back on?! Yo! (CONTINUED) 167 Roy lies back.DAY Roy stirs awake. ROY Hello! (off no response) Hey! Officer Maddox! (off no response) Could someone turn the A. exhausted ROY DR. HOSPITAL ROOM . (to himself) 543-N7-942. DR. but hopeful. ROY That's all you have to do.114.. Again: Say it back to me. 167 INT. As he pulls away. The air conditioner is off. (covering mouth) 543-N7-942. tense. Holt on the passenger side. Sorry. KLEIN 543-N7-942. 543 -ROY (eyes to camera) Doc. Klein nods. KLEIN 166 . KLEIN 543-N7-942. Again. Doc..DAY Klein hurries to his sedan. fumbling with keys. The chair where the uniformed cop sat is empty. 165 CONTINUED: ROY 543-N7-942.

PARKING GARAGE . in nothing but a hospital gown. CLOSE ON ROY as he quietly cracks open his hospital room door. to throw at the door.over phone) Seven Palms Motel. but something rattles within. then pulls out: a handcuff key. Just one mother of a bruise. no fracture.GROUND LEVEL . a little wobbly. Also there: Roy's pants. jacket and shoes. A freeway passes in the distance. 7/17/02 167 CONTINUED: 115. thrown in a pile in a corner. PARKING STRUCTURE . Coffee cups and newspapers litter the floor. He releases himself. He finds a pay phone. to the roof's edge. shirt unbuttoned. VOICE (V. . Roy shakes it again. but its cord has been sliced.DESERTED ROOF . shirt. Roy pushes on. Roy feels his bandage again. and his eyes go wide. No stitches.DAY Roy jogs down the bottom ramp. Dumbfounded. Roy tries it on his restrained wrist: it's a fit.Rev. peers into -ADJOINING ROOM Empty except for the surveillance monitor propped up on a chair. Starts to unwrap it. Roy's hospital room resides within a mobile construction-site trailer anchored atop the fivestory garage. he stands. no bullet hole.MATCHSTICK MEN . then pulls his feet off the bed. 169 & 170 171 OMITTED 169 & 170 171 168 EXT. checks the door.DAY Blinding sunlight. Roy can't believe it. he moves down a brief hallway. Then pulls it clean off. and looks down. The parking structure overlooks a largely-deserted stretch of Los Angeles. through an exit door and steps out onto -168 EXT. For the first time in days. Gingerly feels about his skull.O. 167 Roy reaches for a bedpan on the floor. He staggers around the trailer. belting his pants.

172 EXT.' . I should take it. The head of the ceramic horse beside it. FIRST FEDERAL BANK .. so I suppose I owe you better than this.O. I don't blame you.116.DAY Much as he left it. KLEIN'S OFFICE . O-L-E. "Blood" stain on the carpet. please. Bad news.) 'Roy: You're probably pretty upset. The place is empty. 174 175 EXT. 175 176 INT. CAPRICE . cabinets bare. BLOCK AWAY . finesses it open.DAY FROM within the Caprice's window: Roy arrives in a cab. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . (beat) How about Mercer? M-E-R. extracts the only remaining item: a handwritten letter.DAY Cab waiting. KLEIN'S OFFICE . ROY'S LIVING ROOM .AT PAY PHONE ROY The room of Mr.) 'But you always said if I got a shot at a big score.' 176 177 EXT. As he enters. He wears the same 178 FRANK (V. Roy reaches within.O.DAY Dark. ROY'S HOUSE/INT. diplomas off the wall. FRANK (V. 177 178 INT.DAY Roy hurries in before it closes for the day. 174 INT. Furniture and fixtures stripped. he notices Klein's plaque is gone. Cole. clothes and the same distant stare. Roy squeezes his eyes shut. 173 EXT. 173 C172 Roy spots a cab. until Roy turns on an overhead light.. You taught me most of what I know. Roy finds the front door locked. drops the phone to hail it.DAY Roy gives his pass code to the Clerk.

a single. Now I won't have to. you're the best I ever saw. Frank. I'd never find a better partner. HEATHER'S HOUSE . Roy parks in front of the house..) 'Enjoy the gift.' 181 EXT.. A moment passes before the door opens. UNDER HIGHWAY SIGN BLASTING UNDER a highway sign: TO. All four windows rolled down.' 180 INT.O.NIGHT For the first time.. is she? (CONTINUED) . Large but no longer heavy.117. running on the slenderest of hopes. Roy at the wheel." then DOWN 181 180 Roy 179 Roy's Caprice. 182 EXT. And for everything else. revealing -FRANK (V. touches his head wound. "SAN PEDRO. glass-eyed. He staggers to the front door and knocks. HEATHER 182 ROY She's not here.' -. BANK VAULT Roy's box is removed. and Heather stands before him. FRANK (V. They share a long moment of recognition. PRIVATE VIEWING ROOM Roy sets the box on a table. Roy. creating a windstorm inside his car. by the way.) 'If it's any consolation.) 'Sorry about the rubber bullet. 179 INT. He looks numb..O. FRANK (V. He can barely speak.O. thin stack of $100s. pries off the lid.

FADE IN: 183 184 OMITTED EXT.Rev. He gasps for air.DAY Roy on a smoke break.MATCHSTICK MEN . all the revelations of the day come to a point. or despite it -.that's why you're here? ROY You were pregnant. 182 His last hope dashed.? The baby! baby! Heather is aghast. Tears come to her eyes. Roy: HEATHER you okay? Heather stands helpless before him. then slowly -because of their history. Roy. (CONTINUED) 183 184 . too. BEHIND CARPETERIA . and Roy crumbles. 10/7/02 182 CONTINUED: What? Angela? HEATHER (at a complete loss) Who? Roy. ROY ROY You were gonna have a ROY HEATHER 118. what are you talking about -. clutches his gut. a painful memory. FADE OUT. She nods.reaches out and caresses him. You were. and folds into himself. HEATHER That's -.

MATCHSTICK MEN .DAY Roy finds his next prospect: flipping through Persians. Roy: CO-WORKER another live one. and he still wears his hair in a completely unremarkable fashion. returns to work. 185 INT. A CO-WORKER sticks his head out the back door. Afternoon. CARPETERIA . (CONTINUED) ROY a twenty-year old SLACKER 185 . 184 His salesman's uniform is not terribly different from his old costume. 10/7/02 184 CONTINUED: 119-120. but his bearing has changed: he is a man at ease.Rev. flings his cigarette away. Roy nods.

huh. you don't know what you want.. it's for my apartment.121. ROY So you don't need much. Looking nineteen at least. Roy turns. SLACKER That's about me.. 185 CONTINUED: SLACKER (keeps flipping) How ya doin'. one room of it. 185 ROY For your home? SLACKER For my secretary's office. I gotta wait. but -. She comes straight at her boyfriend. Dark glasses and cutoff jeans. SLACKER I need a carpet. ROY Help you with anything? Yeah. My girlfriend knows better than I do what we need. Angela enters the store. Let's SLACKER Wait. ROY You're my perfect price is too low. (off a DOOR CHIME) That's her. ANGELA What kind of pet store doesn't carry collars? They've got dog shampoo in there but no collars. (beat) No. doesn't notice Roy at all. (CONTINUED) . All ROY Big place. dig into the remnants . Cheap. You have a color in mind? SLACKER I have a price in mind.

Her attention is obviously divided. She freezes. ROY My next guess. Let me guess. Will Roy say something? ROY We call it Astroturf. (to Roy) We just got a dog. If you're gonna get wet -(CONTINUED) ROY .. SLACKER I like that. I like that... SLACKER German shepherd.122. SLACKER Then we'll go to another place. She won't turn to face him. remnants are back of the store. Making sure he's 185 Roy just stands there. 185 CONTINUED: (2) Studying her. ROY A Lab. Big step. while he keeps his eyes locked on her. is there? A beat.. ROY You folks just move in together? SLACKER Three weeks ago. C'mon. SLACKER You think? We only started dating last month. Eh. not mistaken. SLACKER There's no special carpet that dogs like. recognizing his voice. IN BACK Roy watches Angela and her boyfriend flip through carpet fragments.

I left my wallet in the car. she buys all the carpets. SLACKER Be right back.what can he say? -. ANGELA Shit. ANGELA Can I bum one? 186 EXT. I really like that one. Angela still won't face him. The Slacker laughs: that's what he was going to say. BEHIND CARPETERIA Roy lights Angela's cigarette. ROY That's a nice choice. Angela dips into her purse. alone together. SLACKER Ooh. You barely notice stains it's so dark. I think I left my. then she indicates the cigarettes in his shirt pocket.. I pay the rent. She turns at last to face him. (to her boyfriend.might as well go swimming. Angela and her boyfriend mull it over. Roy and Angela watch him go.. Durable. They lock eyes for a moment. But I can knock off twenty percent if you pay cash. then agree: it's a sale.123. He smirks at Roy -. then his own. SLACKER Our living arrangement... 185 CONTINUED: (3) ROY -. under their breaths. ANGELA How much is it? ROY Sticker's seventy-five.and heads off. (CONTINUED) 186 185 . with a big sigh) Can you get it for me? It probably just fell under my seat. yeah.

ROY You were good. Surprised you didn't notice. No shit. I don't know. 186 CONTINUED: ROY When did you start smoking? ANGELA Long time ago. (sheepishly) Teachers. They smoke in silence. ROY She get better? (as Angela shakes her head) I'm sorry. ANGELA I had bills to pay. Only been on it six months. My mom was real sick. That was a one-time deal. ANGELA You like this job? ROY (shrugs) It's not that much different from the old one really. I was stealing from your pack the whole time. ANGELA I had a good teacher. Figured you would have moved to. (CONTINUED) . Steadier. ROY I'm surprised to see you here. ROY I was missing a lot back then.124. Hawaii. What to say? 186 ROY You working this guy? ANGELA Nah. I'm retired.

Her boyfriend gives her a look. Angela and Roy stand alone again before she gets in the car.125. ROY Good to see you. man. too. 186 CONTINUED: (2) ANGELA I'm sorry. For a fleeting moment. SLACKER There you are.DAY Roy helps the Slacker load and tie his and Angela's new purchase onto the roof of their aging Honda Civic. She pulls out her wallet.FRONT . Enjoy it. Roy looks away. too. ANGELA Just stealing a drag. CARPETERIA . SLACKER (empty-handed) I looked everywhere. She takes him in again: I gave it to you. (CONTINUED) ROY SLACKER 187 . Roy. ANGELA Things are good with you. You mad at me? ROY You didn't take it. 186 the new at-ease Roy. aren't they? SLAM! Angela's boyfriend exits the back door. ANGELA It's good to see you. If it's any consolation. Thanks. 187 EXT. I found it. and Angela gives him a big kiss for his effort. ANGELA Sorry. The Slacker gets in.

then turns as --. 190 EXT. stops. Windows down. Roy watches the carpet-loaded Civic pull creakily away. and he kisses back --. Groceries in hand. then kisses him. FADE OUT. and he smiles even more. explaining what he got at the market and opening his market bag wide for her to see. wiping her hands clean on a dishrag. only bringing the other up for a turn (when we might notice: he's wearing a ring). A new carpet replaces the old.Kathy enters from the kitchen. too. He looks down to lay his palm gently on her belly. Roy keeps just one hand on the wheel. unlocks it.DAY Roy buys ice cream and frozen pizzas. Looks up at the sun for a moment before heading back into work. They go into dinner. ROY'S HOME . She smiles and Roy smiles. SUPERMARKET . THE END 190 A young man works 188 187 189 . 189 INT.126. Then hops in the car. enters. 187 CONTINUED: A beat. he heads to the front door.DAY Roy pulls his Caprice up the driveway and gets out. ANGELA (smiles) I'll see ya. She rubs his head: nice job. ROY'S CAPRICE -DAY Driving home.and when they break. Dad. He pays it no mind. she whispers sweetly in his ear. 188 INT. calls out a name. Turning to look inside the house: THROUGH the front windows. for the first time open and unencumbered by shades: Roy walks into the living room. ANGELA You're not gonna ask my name? ROY I know your name. She starts to open the car door. He leafs through mail. the check-out register.