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by Nick Griffin & Ted Griffin
based on the book by Eric Garcia
SHOOTING DRAFT October 14, 2002
FADE IN: 1 EXT. ROY'S HOUSE - BACK YARD - DAY An immaculate pool -- clean, clear and placid -- crowds the back yard, bouncing light against the house. 2 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM - AT WINDOW - DAY The pool can be seen THROUGH filigreed metallic blinds. ROY ENTERS FRAME, suited, coffee cup in hand, and peers out at it for a spell. A calming moment to start his day. Then: He raises the blinds, wincing at the floor of sunlight. He checks the window's lock, re-locks it for good measure, then closes the shade again. AT NEXT WINDOW The ritual repeated: locks it. AT THIRD Repeated. 3 INT. ROY'S HALLWAY - MORNING Three doors line the left wall; one divides the right; all are shut. Roy emerges from the nearest door on the left (a bedroom) and shuts it behind him. He crosses to the single door on the right (a bathroom), opens it, enters, and shuts it behind him. WATER RUNS and a TOILET FLUSHES. He reappears, shuts the door behind him, and enters the middle door on the left (another bedroom, unoccupied). He re-emerges with a handkerchief in hand, then in pocket, and a beeper on his belt, and again shuts the door behind him. He starts for the far door (to a living room) but manages only a few steps before he stops, turns, and heads back to the bathroom door. He opens it and peers inside. A three-count and he shuts it again. 3 blinds up, window's locked, he re2 1
2. 4 INT. ROY'S KITCHEN - DAY Roy rinses out his mug of coffee, washes the sink basin clean of it, wipes down the kitchen countertop, already spotless, and lets the faucet run as --- he takes from a cupboard an unlabeled vial of pills. Pulls off the cap, taps two capsules into his palm. And just stares at it. Anxious and exhausted. Then: He tosses the pills down his throat, chases them with tap water, and gives the faucet a firm tug off. 5 INT. ROY'S CHEVY CAPRICE - DAY Window cracked just enough to suck out his cigarette smoke. AM-FM forecasts the natural weather, region-byregion. RADIO VOICE (V.O.) Elsewhere, temperatures in New York in the high 80's, Chicago reports rain, temperatures in the high 70's... 6 EXT. STOPLIGHT - DAY Roy slows to a halt behind a mini-van full of kids. They laugh and scream and wave at Roy. His hands stay glued at 2 and 10. FRANK (V.O.) No, ma'am, it's confirmed -7 INT. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE - DAY FRANK MERCER, younger than Roy, works the phones. A sea of papers floods his desk, while the adjoining desk (Roy's) is pristine. In lieu of decor there are stacks of cardboard boxes piled everywhere. FRANK -- the Chevy Blazer, the Paris vacation, or the Tiffany necklace. It's okay if you don't remember entering the contest, ma'am, you've won -The next call -(CONTINUED) 7 6 5 4
Good deal. You'd pay twice that in stores. huh? 3.if you buy the Waterford II water filtration system. 10 SAME . FRANK $398. That should be next week sometime -8 9 OMITTED INT. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE .we just have to wait for the sponsor's rep to fly in for the final drawing.00 even. 7 8 9 Frank turns to one of the boxes marked "Waterford II" and peels off a price sticker: $49. 7/17/02 7 CONTINUED: FRANK -. shuts the door behind him. frozen in his car.MINUTES LATER Roy enters. FRANK -.DAY At his window.99.Rev.do you have a water filtration system in your house? Do you read the papers or watch TV. (CONTINUED) 10 . Frank watches Roy. the prize gets recorded as a sales expense and you don't pay any tax.MATCHSTICK MEN . sir? Then you've probably seen our advertisements -The next call -FRANK -.
. Fisk. Now I understand you'd like to talk to your husband about this first. Irene -(confidentially) -.my secretary is having a baby this afternoon and the whole office here is about to bug out and go over to the hospital.4. overly sunny) Good morning. Fisk? John Goodhew. Fisk. to Roy. He plucks mouthpiece with his Mrs. Irene? Do you have grandchildren? (beat) Five! How old? Well. too. and I understand why. but the thing is.. ROY 10 ROY Mrs. you're a very lucky woman. Can I ask you one question. it's very exciting. then un-holds does. Yes. my supervisor just stepped into my office and he would love to talk to you. 10 CONTINUED: FRANK You want to what? When will he be home? (beat) Mrs. regional vice-president at Allied Affiliates. 'Wants to talk to her husband first. up the receiver.. so you see. cleans its handkerchief. Something on the radio? (he offers phone) Irene Fisk. Congratulations! Which prize are you hoping for? (beat) That would be my choice. his whole personality moves to his own. I've got a six and twoyear old at home and I'll tell you: the day I installed a filtrator. But today is our deadline. I agree: they are our most precious resource.' Who doesn't? Roy declines Frank's phone. The moment he transforms. Yes. Absolutely you can taste the difference.. Can you hold just a sec? (puts her on hold. (CONTINUED) .
. Now let me confirm your address for our courier service. his eyes betray him: he doesn't enjoy this. RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD . Sorry to disturb you. Roy nods to Frank: she's in. his hands thrust deep in his coat pockets. FRANK You got any thoughts on lunch? Roy nods..calling a courier service on Roy's line (his mouth grazing the receiver. though. but we're in Chicago. Uhhuh. Cats and dogs. 11 INT. 10 CONTINUED: (2) 10 Listening. exactly. A long-standing joke: the non-answer answer. we're from the Federal Trade Commission.as Roy finishes up. MIDDLE-CLASS HOME Door answered by a MIDDLE-AGED HOUSEWIFE. and I'm sure she'd love that. Roy presents identification. We'd like to ask you a few questions if we could. Frank goes to work -. that's sweet of you to offer. 13 EXT. this is Agent Cole.5.DAY Roy behind the wheel. And though his voice may be grinning. I rather be out in sunny California with you today 'cause it's just pouring up here. cooped up in our corporate offices on State Street. which he does whenever he's outside. ROY Irene. tight. Frank angles his foot up on the dash.DAY Roy moves briskly ahead of Frank along a sidewalk. and Roy points it off. ROY'S CAPRICE (OFFICE PARKING LOT) . Roy and Frank stand on her front porch. (CONTINUED) 13 12 Windows up 11 . Roy notices) -. 12 EXT. ROY Carolyn Schaffer? (as she nods) I'm Agent Kellaway. Frank knots his tie. I'll tell you.
ma'am. He said there'd be a drawing in a week.6.. ma'am. 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. in? 14 INT. Carolyn.. I wouldn't have to pay tax of the prize. (CONTINUED) . I can't remember. and I'd either win a trip to. then sell you something worthless. They bait you with something bogus. He said if I bought one of their products. KITCHEN .. just new to some. And I'm sorry to tell you you've been the victim of fraud. then wilts under her husband's stare. across from the Housewife and her HUSBAND. HOUSEWIFE (penitent. HUSBAND (pissed. She indicates a Waterford II installed on her kitchen faucet.DAY Roy and Frank sit at a breakfast table.. but you won't be receiving any prize. ROY I'm sorry to tell you this. HUSBAND Jesus. um. The Housewife gives her testimony: HOUSEWIFE He said there'd been a contest. near tears) I was going to surprise you. France or Italy. their filtration things. 13 CONTINUED: HOUSEWIFE Is everything alright? ROY We hope so.
Mrs. (to Housewife) You wrote a check. there's not a lot we can do..7. Otherwise.. Jesus. ma'am -. Roy and Frank exchange grimaces. If they cashed your check out of state. What? ROY If they use the postal system.they work in syndicates. Unless what? ROY A lot of these sons-of-bitches -excuse me. it's mail fraud and we can go after them. it's federal and we can act. ma'am? (as she nods) Did you mail it to them? HOUSEWIFE A courier picked it up... and then -(CONTINUED) HUSBAND FRANK HUSBAND 14 . But we'd need a signed clearance from you for your bank to run a trace on the check. Unless. 14 CONTINUED: ROY How much did you give them. (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. HUSBAND Ah. Carolyn. Schaffer? HOUSEWIFE Seven hundred dollars.
MATCHSTICK MEN . darling? I told you: you're too trusting. then returns to her seat -. use my pen. FRANK I'm sorry to say. HUSBAND See. HUSBAND (signing L-47) Here ya go. HUSBAND Let him out. will ya. he's absolutely right. You gotta be more careful of people. (rises to go. And every voice drifts into the distance. If it'll help get those bastards. Roy takes the form and lays it before the Husband.without closing it behind her.Rev. ROY Here. ROY All we need is the name of your bank. your account number and your signature at the bottom. cashed your check in Nevada. 8. ROY (to Frank) You have any more of those L-47's? FRANK Maybe in the car. ma'am. Any luck. (off Roy's fixed. uneasy stare) You alright? (CONTINUED) . 7/17/02 14 CONTINUED: (2) HUSBAND I'll give you a clearance. here we go. these guys were amateurs. 14 As the Husband's eyes glaze over the small print. Carolyn? The Housewife slides open a glass door for the dog. Roy's focus fixes on it. by chance feels inside his pocket) Wait. the DOG SCRATCHES at the door again.
FRANK You're not taking your pills. Roy seems barely interested. The car pulls out. 14 Frank notices now. Frank. A breath to compose himself and Roy STARTS the CAR. takes his time getting in. Roy speedily.Roy is sweating and uneasy. FRANK Do you mind if I close this? They don't. FRANK You are taking your pills? ROY (at last) Yes. ROY I'm fine. but he never pauses in his effort to get inside his car as fast as he can. (CONTINUED) A16 What the 15 .. 7/17/02 14 CONTINUED: (3) 9.DAY The Caprice pulls into the parking lot. Frank splits up the day's take. Inside. Roy snaps out of it. fixated on the small wilderness outside -.MATCHSTICK MEN . you looked like you were gonna whoopsy-daisy all over those people's Oriental. Frank smiles to allay the Husband's suspicions: fuck was that about? 15 EXT. A16 EXT. admonished.DAY Roy and Frank return to their car. Frank rises and closes the glass door.. too -. (he takes L-47) Thank you. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . fifty-fifty. Sound within the room returns to normal. RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD . are you? Roy faces him. testily. FRANK It's just that. Sorry.and recognizes the cause of his infirmity: the open door. thanks.Rev.
six.DAY Roy drops a half-dozen cans of Chicken-By-the-Sea on the conveyor. The CHECK-OUT WOMAN totals them: CHECK-OUT WOMAN . FRANK Okay. 7/17/02 A16 CONTINUED: FRANK Well.CHECK-OUT AISLE . SUPERMARKET . For Roy. Frank. five. but it keeps me in diapers. Frank is looking for a glimmer of hope. ROY Without me. The guy I was telling you.MATCHSTICK MEN . it's a standing order here. (off no response from Roy) It's real money. Barely. 16 . four.Rev. (beat) I saw that guy again last night: Chuck. FRANK (sing-song) He's top-heavy. And a pack of Winston's. you know. One look at those drapes I should have known. 10. I'd just like to. Roy.. FRANK You haven't done it lately. Frank puts up his hands: never mind. ROY If it's real money. it's not a fortune.with the boat. A16 Roy gives him none.. ROY (beat) You have to pay her extra for that? 16 INT. take a girl out somewhere nice once in a while. I don't do long con. with the -ROY -. it's long con.
MATCHSTICK MEN - Rev. 7/17/02 17 EXT. ROY'S HOME - DAY A modest one-story. 18
Roy's Caprice pulls in the driveway. 18
INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM - DAY Roy, shoeless, skirts the living room rug to approach a ceramic horse in the corner, next to a sofa. He slides its head up and off its body and rests it on the floor, then reaches into its hollow belly to withdraw a .38. He removes from his jacket the day's take and stuffs it inside the horse. He replaces the weapon atop it.
INT. ROY'S KITCHEN - AT TABLE - NIGHT Roy eats dinner: tuna, straight from the can. (CONTINUED)
11. 19 CONTINUED: AT SINK He washes out the empty can, then turns to his shoes, rinsing and wiping down their soles. 20 INT. ROY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT Predictably Spartan. Roy wears pajamas to bed. He lies down, head on his pillow, eyes toward the ceiling, wide and anxious and exhausted and sad, to smoke himself to sleep. DISSOLVE TO: 21 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM - DAY The morning ritual again. Roy stares out his window, coffee cup in hand, at the pool. And his moment of serenity has been violated for -22 EXT. ROY'S HOUSE - BACK YARD - DAY Two leaves float atop the pool surface. long-pole net, removes them. 23 INT. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy throws the leaves away in the trash below the sink, then rinses out his coffee mug/washes down the basin/cleans the countertop/lets the faucet run. Finds his vial of pills and taps two capsules into his palm. Sets the vial down beside the sink. Stares at the pills again --- then throws them back in his throat and washes them down with tap water (filtrated by a Waterford II). He reaches to turn the faucet off --- and accidentally knocks the uncapped vial into the sink, upending it and sending pills scattering. Dammit! He grabs for the vial, empty -- pills are swirling down the drain -- then scrambles for the tap, slamming it off, but too late: all the capsules have been swept away. (CONTINUED) ROY Roy, with a 22 21 20 19
12. 23 CONTINUED: Shit! Roy frets, thinks, decides. Rolling up his sleeve, he dips his hand into the sink's disposal, patting around its base for pills. At last, he finds one. Pinches it and raises it into the light. And Roy knows: there's no way he'll ever put that thing in his mouth. 24 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM - DAY Roy's on his portable phone, desperate. ROY Hi, I need to talk to Mancuso. (beat) Man-cus-o. (beat) What do you mean he...? (beat) You gotta be shitting me... SAME SCENE - MOMENTS LATER Roy frets, paces. He stops, looks down. He's been walking on the living room rug -- disaster. 25 INT. ROY'S CLOSET Roy yanks out his vacuum cleaner. 26 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM Roy VACUUMS the rug back-and-forth, back-and-forth, backand-forth. He STOPS. Studies the rug. Then looks up. Suddenly everything looks dirty. 27 INT. ROY'S KITCHEN Under the sink, Roy rifles through a gallery of cleaning products -- Pine Sol, Murphy's Oil Soap, Ajax, Windex. 28 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM Roy cleans. Dishwashing gloves on, down on his knees. 28 27 26 25 24 ROY 23
I'm coming over. studying the carpet. I feel like a chick. 31 EXT. Roy! FRANK (O. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy takes his lunch break. goddammit! Your car's here. I'll do it.S. where are you? 30 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM Roy sits prone on his couch. eating straight from the can again.MEDLEY OF PRISTINE ROOMS .O. Roy. that's it. 29 INT.13. Shit. 33 ROY (O. The PHONE RINGS again.) You in there? Roy! Frank KNOCKS some more. Okay. . from the inside only -SQUEAK. SQUEAK. I know you're here! (beat) I'll call the cops. ROY'S HOUSE Roy cleans all the windows. There is a KNOCK at the front door.on machine again) What the hell.O. I'll put all my shit where they can't find it.S.) Roy. Roy shows no interest in answering it.S. The PHONE RINGS in the next room. Roy. ROY'S HOUSE .) 32 31 30 29 Roy does not respond. FRANK (V. pick up. 33 INT. SQUEAK. 32 INT. Roy. It's me. ROY'S BATHROOM Roy cleans behind the toilet. one dishwashing glove removed. Eyes bloodshot and weary. I'll call them and they'll come down here! Roy surrenders: he gets off the couch. FRANK (O. pick up.LATER FRANK (V.over message machine) Roy.
S. (as Frank just stares at him) Looking for something? No. latch on. FRANK Mother. mouth appear in the opening. Roy can't. Roy returns. shoes are coming off. opens it. (beat) Tell me you've left the house in three days. ROY Windows. You get attacked by Mr.. Frank enters and the scent of ammonia slams his nostrils. You seen him? He's been missing most of the week. Open up. (CONTINUED) . Frank's nose and 34 FRANK (sigh of relief) Thank Jesus. ROY Take off your shoes. FRANK (O. FRANK (looking in at him) You didn't take your pills. walks away. 34 AT HIS FRONT DOOR Roy unlocks it. you gotta open a window. or you don't come in. FRANK My partner. What? Why? FRANK ROY Take 'em off. okay. Roy. Clean? Roy.) Okay. unlatches and opens the door. lemme in.14. did you? Roy shuts the door.. (as he takes them off) Okay.
FRANK Take a shower. My aunt saw this shrink after her divorce. FRANK You gotta be shitting me. I'm gonna make a call. 35 IN LIVING ROOM Frank enters. ROY Watch -. he really -Frank -(CONTINUED) ROY ROY . ROY That's what I said.15. 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. By accident. A beat. Down the garbage disposal. Looks at Roy. Frank stops short of it. 35 34 FRANK You didn't take your -ROY I spilled them.the rug. FRANK You call Mancuso? He moved.
FRANK Go take that shower. Go ahead. 36 INT. don't think I'm doing this just for you. Roy. They belong to DR. KLEIN'S OFFICE . KLEIN (re: his form) You're something of a clean slate. As he heads for the bathroom. hands in coat pockets. who scans Roy's form.16. smoking. I don't need a partner who's -Frank pantomimes a mad-act spasm. KLEIN. okay? A beat. Roy relents. DR. Yeah? ROY Wipe that thing down when you're done with it.DAY Roy. SMALL OFFICE BUILDING COURTYARD 36 FRANK ROY 35 Beside a door. I got car payments. Frank picks up the phone. DR. a plaque reads: "DR. you know. You got money you can retire. KLEIN You mind if I put them up? helps my back. (CONTINUED) ROY It 37 . M." Roy watches from a darkened breezeway. Frank. He stamps out his cigarette and approaches. dials. This says you were on medication but you don't know what kind. 37 INT. Listen. Roy. at the far end of a small couch. HARRIS KLEIN. Frank looks to be at the end of his rope. stares at a pair of Florsheims crossed atop an ottoman.D. 35 CONTINUED: FRANK Roy: you need to see someone. DR.
on them. my buddy Frank -DR. Something like that. DR. And at the dosage you say you were taking. KLEIN 37 ROY -. KLEIN Let's talk a little first. I was getting them illegally. ROY That's a funny thing for a shrink to say. says here you're -It DR. Why? ROY So I wouldn't have to talk to someone like you. KLEIN Yes. Roy. I'd say you were lucky to be sitting up straight -ROY Can you get me more of them? DR.17. but my partner. I think it said P. Do you know what they were? DR. What happened in the past I don't care about. ROY Yes. 37 CONTINUED: ROY They were green capsules. Roy doesn't.F. KLEIN -.Beth Mercer's nephew -(CONTINUED) . KLEIN You were getting them illegally? (as Roy balks) We're starting fresh today.I'm sorry.D. Doc. Klein smiles.
If you're inclined against that. abruptly. KLEIN Would you like to tell me what's been bothering you? And continues. Roy quits. KLEIN Roy. Klein never blinks.18. 37 CONTINUED: (2) ROY -. but I can't sleep. ROY And you skirt it.this session will be quite brief. The face-off continues. DR.as you say -. make me feel sick to my stomach. Can you get me 37 DR. KLEIN What kinds of things? (CONTINUED) . DR. Roy stares the doctor down. Then. ROY I get tired a lot. ROY Then let's get that prescription pad out. Certain things distract me. DR. DR. the pills or not? Yes.he said I could come here and you'd get me the pills I need. KLEIN You certainly get to the point. If you can't do that. How long you been in that line? Nothing from Roy. then -. KLEIN DR. KLEIN It says here you're an antiques dealer. this session's over before it's started. usually I don't prescribe medicine unless I've had a little chat with the patient first.
19. KLEIN Ten years? ROY . 37 CONTINUED: (3) ROY When people leave doors open. right? DR. Heather. or windows. (CONTINUED) ROY ROY A long time ago. Anything else? Dirt. DR. ROY Especially around moldings. KLEIN Were you married? (off Roy's nod) Kids? A beat. DR. DR. but yes. KLEIN Incorrectly. DR. They call that agoraphobia. 37 Klein makes a note. 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. I don't like being outdoors. KLEIN What was her name? A beat.
And the whole time I was watching my carpet I was worrying that I might vomit. For all I know she got rid of the baby. Doc. and a bun in the oven. which I gave her. For all I know she got hit by a bus. ROY . DR. I should know what's going on in my head. I haven't. ROY 37 ROY She was pregnant when she left me. but the more I wanted to blow my brains out. and the whole time I was worrying I might vomit. the more I thought about what that would do to my goddamn carpet. (beat) And that was a good day. KLEIN That's a new one. (a breath to cool his temper) Doc: I spent last Tuesday on my living room sofa. So gimme some pills and let me get on with my life. I was thinking: I’m a grown man. KLEIN You haven't spoken? ROY She left with a black eye. So. Maybe I got a kid. KLEIN You haven't seen her since? No. 37 CONTINUED: (4) Maybe. Watching fibers on my carpet. Maybe. DR. And the more I thought about it the more I realized I should just blow my brains out and end it all. 'cause she'd been down that path before. Watching my carpet. no. which might have come from anyone. maybe I don't. DR.20.
He closes his eyes. then) What about in Orange County? B39 INT. ROY'S BEDROOM . poised with pen and pad. He stops to think.NIGHT Roy sits on the edge of the bed. breathless. dials. He picks up his phone. AT TABLE He opens the phone book. Heather. Hello -Roy hangs up. 40 41 & 42 OMITTED OMITTED Buries his hands under his armpits. staring at Heather's number. sucks down part of a Winston.AT SINK .) B39 .. ROY'S KITCHEN . 10/7/02 38 39 A39 OMITTED OMITTED INT. ROY -. 40 41 & 42 WOMAN (V. (waits. 38 39 A39 Roy pushes a blue capsule out of a foil-bottom packet. ONE RING.MATCHSTICK MEN . Then picks up the phone again.O.NIGHT 21.. starts to dial. comes up empty. TWO RINGS. ON PHONE He hasn't quit yet. He closes the book in surrender. downs it with coffee. flips pages to "F.Fenton.Rev. F-e-n-t-o-n. He's scared shitless." His finger scans names. then hangs up.
drinking and -He waves his hand. I don't think either of us put a whole lot of thought into it. Basically. 10/7/02 43 INT. 43 (CONTINUED) . DR. KLEIN And she got pregnant. 22/23. ROY If you gotta be dirty about it. KLEIN'S OFFICE Klein studies Roy. Discovered we both had similar interests. DR. KLEIN Sexual intercourse.MATCHSTICK MEN . We met in a bar. DR.Rev. Then we got hitched. ROY I was young. she was very young.
Roy shakes his head. KLEIN Do you think about that? ROY Sometimes. We fought a lot.I wonder: Is one of those kids Roy Jr..? DR.Rev. Hit her? Roy nods. About what? ROY What have you got? a lot then -Are you now? ROY (nods) -. DR. Rarely. KLEIN I wasn't sober DR.MATCHSTICK MEN . If I see a school bus or -. ROY DR. And the baby? ROY If there's a baby. KLEIN 24.. 7/17/02 43 CONTINUED: ROY That was later.so some nights she just didn't come home. KLEIN DR. After things got bad. Which is why I. She was pregnant two months before she told me.would be how old now? Fourteen. KLEIN He -. DR. 43 DR. KLEIN Do you think about her much? What could have been. what might have been.if he's a he -. KLEIN (CONTINUED) .
7/17/02 43 CONTINUED: (2) Fourteen. Klein relents.. KLEIN Congratulations. Klein appears from his stockroom/closet and hands Roy a handful of unlabeled sampler packs.. Klein hesitates: This is unorthodox. Klein looks surprised. Roy. DR. But that's what Roy wants. DR. do you know of a way of. ROY'S LIVING ROOM .MATCHSTICK MEN . KLEIN I don't know. KLEIN There's nothing wrong. ROY I tried that last night. You bought yourself a month's worth. with a man telephoning his ex-wife. (withdraws the number from his shirt pocket) Couldn't say a word.NEXT DAY Roy.. I. rock-like.? Just to find out. At last. stares out at the pool. he takes Heather's number. uh. 25. KLEIN Ready to be a man. 44 ROY Call her? DR. Could you? Roy pushes the number on him.Rev. Dr. (CONTINUED) 45 . ROY If he is at all. KLEIN'S ANTEROOM Roy waits.. ROY Just to find out. 43 If he's a he. Roy. DR. 44 INT. ROY Doc. DR. The PHONE RINGS.. 45 INT..
.O. 46 INT. ROY You told her I was in therapy. We had a nice conversation.on phone) Angela. She knows you're her father. DR. KLEIN (V.on phone) No. Who? DR. I'm sorry. ROY'S HALLWAY Roy's on the portable.O.. ROY Does she want to talk to me? DR. Roy can't move or speak for a moment.on phone) I told her I was a psychiatrist.. KLEIN (on the answering machine) This is Dr. 45 CONTINUED: DR. She didn't understand it might help with your therapy. KLEIN (V. though. ROY (picking up) Doc. Klein.26. KLEIN (V. Your daughter. Angela wants to talk to you. KLEIN (V. DR. I can't lie.O.on phone) I just got off the phone with Heather.O. ROY Doc. She doesn't. Roy.. can you hold the line a moment? (CONTINUED) Then: ROY 46 45 Roy? . and she says she really wants to meet you.
LATER Roy is chain-lighting his next cigarette. amazed.he's early.S.DAY Except for one young mother and her infant. then dismounts and walks into the park. he can see: there's disappointment in her eyes. (CONTINUED) 51 50 49 48 . rolling her skateboard backand-forth. 51 SAME SCENE . 46 CONTINUED: Roy cups the phone. Roy doesn't move. NEIGHBORHOOD PARK . Pretty but not fully formed.LATER The Girl stands. and unrolls his window an eighth of an inch. Stopped across the street. empty. Roy at the wheel. 49 SAME SCENE .) 46 Then DOWN TO: Roy's Caprice. when in his side mirror: A YOUNG GIRL floats INTO VIEW atop a skateboard. 47 ROY (O. She rides past his Caprice. He burrows out a cigarette. 50 SAME SCENE . She mounts her board and starts away. 48 EXT. Turns on the light and shuts the door behind him.27. watching. Roy remains in his car. then gives up.LATER The Young Girl sits waiting. Roy checks his watch -. and as she passes Roy's car. Then: Where? 47 MOVING SHOT MOVING UNDER a highway sign: SAN PEDRO. Carries it inside the bathroom. slender but not fragile. white knuckles at two and ten. lights it. then pushing the old butt through the window crack. Through the door: The unmistakable convulsions of a man puking up everything he has. bewildered. looks this way and that.
He doesn't know what to say. 52 Father and daughter meet. ANGELA When'd you get out? What? Of prison. cigarette dangling from his mouth. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA ROY ROY You're fourteen. Roy throws open his car door. Oh. 51 CONTINUED: Shit. Hey -. Roy stands nearby. A beat. clothes disheveled.28. She swings a little more. hands deep in his pockets. except: So: Yep.hey!! The Girl stops. ROY I've never been in prison. ANGELA . You Angela? You Roy? He nods. not sand. 52 ANGELA (YOUNG GIRL) ROY ROY ROY 51 ON PARK SWINGS Angela rocks gently. on pavement. Roy stumbles out of his Caprice.
On the phone. 52 CONTINUED: ROY Your mom tell you that? ANGELA First she told me you were dead. ROY I thought you weren't hungry. mashed and gravy. I get uncomfortable sometimes being outside. 53 INT. and Roy takes note from across the table. ROY I'm in antiques.29. anxious. I'm not dead. might as well go swimming. She gives him a curious look. Mom started to laugh. ROY You -. ANGELA You're gonna get wet. Then she said you might as well be. chocolate shake). When he said that. Roy glances about. ROY What's that thing with girls -where they don't eat? ANGELA (mouth full) Anorexia.you hungry? (as she shrugs) Do you mind eating? It's just -I'd feel better somewhere indoors. SAN PEDRO DINER Angela is served an enormous meal (turkey. 52 ANGELA That's what the doctor said. (CONTINUED) 53 .
ANGELA ROY ROY Right. ROY How is your mom? Fine. You drop out? Roy hesitates. I used to do it.30. That's when you go in the bathroom after and vomit. She continues to eat. school's real important. right? Not now. Look at your picture and see if I got your nose or your eyes. there isn't. ROY So you're in school. ANGELA That's okay. too. then nods. Well. ANGELA I could have bulimia. If I had anything to do over again. Roy studies her face. I'd work harder in school. 53 ANGELA You're staring. Roy waits: Is there more information forthcoming? Angela eats. 53 CONTINUED: ROY At least we know you don't have that. ANGELA That why you ended up a criminal? (CONTINUED) ANGELA . ANGELA It's summer. deliberately: No. Mom used to say I got lucky and only got your elbows. Sorry.
Everybody's done something bad in their life -ROY -. snooping. fake FTC identification. opens the glove compartment. (beat) Sorry. 54 ROY INT. (CONTINUED) . 54 ROY I pretty much figured that.. ANGELA You still love her? He doesn't know how to answer. it's just a lot of something strung together -ROY Cut the shit. ANGELA 'Cause she still hates you. noisy slurp from her shake. You finished? ANGELA It's okay.MOVING Roy drives. 53 CONTINUED: (2) 53 She takes a long..what was that word? 'Shi. huh? I'm not a criminal.31. eyes a pack of cigarettes along with Roy's pink slip.I'm in antiques -ANGELA -.t'? (unfazed) When's the last time you saw each other. Yeah. Angela. HIS CAPRICE . you know. proof of insurance.if you make it a career. Whatever you do. you know. sucking up the dregs with her straw as she studies Roy. I shouldn't've -ANGELA (mock shock) What -. you and Mom? ROY Before you were born.
32. Mom got it for me for my birthday. She takes it.O.DAY Roy pulls over.. hey. FRANK (V. 'Cause my friend Carrie kept on calling after midnight. fighting the monotony of cold calling. ANGELA Nice meeting you. ANGELA This is my private line. ANGELA Got a pen? He does. how. then glances at the number written on his palm. and writes a telephone number on his palm. (CONTINUED) 56 Angela leaps He doesn't know 55 54 . 55 EXT. Roy is caught off-guard by the suggestion. That's her car in the driveway. He can't help but smile. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . stop. You better drop me here.) What's more important than family? 56 INT. Roy watches her skate away. It absolutely bewilders him. Dad. She closes the door.NEXT DAY Roy's at his desk. 54 CONTINUED: ROY (shooing her away) Hey. Looking up the street: ANGELA Stop. Copying the number fading from his palm. out. stop. Frank works the phones. HEATHER'S NEIGHBORHOOD . then his hand. Maybe we could go bowling some time. Meanwhile. Time to say good-bye. then leans back in..
then) How much money you think we could take that guy for? Chuck. Across the street. (off Frank's astonishment) Figure I owe you one. 57 EXT. new-money suit -. no prize for you.MATCHSTICK MEN . Schlickling. 56 Then back on FRANK Mr. CAR WASH . 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. can you hold just one moment? Thank you. Schlickling? Hi.brow-beats the illegal alien who's towel-drying his Mercedes (complete with bumper sticker "I'd Rather Be Sailing"). (muting the phone. with the boat. I'm sorry: you waited too long. forty-something. You switch shampoos or something? (beat) Pills working? (as Roy nods) Glad one of us is happy. ROY (moment's thought. the phone: He stares at Roy. ROY (tell me again) What's his last name? (CONTINUED) 57 . Roy and Frank scout him. (notices Roy's smile) Mr.swarthy.Rev.DAY CHUCK FRECHETTE -. Frank can't believe it. And he hangs up. to Roy) What? Huh? FRANK You're smiling. ROY 33.
. Cheetah's? FRANK It's a gentlemen's -ROY I know what it is. ROY (beat) More. Watched him drop two G's there a month ago. FRANK I figure on short notice he could scratch up at least thirty grand. leaving his dryer's upturned palm empty. ROY He's not connected. 57 CONTINUED: Frechette. FRANK Chuck Frechette. Music to Frank's ears. What's he do? ROY . Roy KEYS the IGNITION. he's from Downey. 57 ROY How do you spell it? FRANK F-R.34. Hell if I know. ROY Sonovabitch didn't even tip. FRANK Import/export. He gets in and PEELS AWAY. is he? FRANK He and the mob are like this -Frank holds two fingers far apart. Frechette's MERCEDES is as dry as it's gonna get. ROY Where'd you find him? FRANK Cheetah's. Meanwhile..
so you're rope.LOBBY .STAIRS -. I'm inside. high to low end.MATCHSTICK MEN .and -60 INT. checks himself in the mirror.DAY -. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . CLERK (offering a form) Signature and pass code. 7/17/02 58 EXT.one white. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . 58 ROY (V. As we hear him continue -- 35. a number of pairs of eyeglasses. J-215. plus a gallery of pristine shoes. FIRST FEDERAL BANK .Rev. CLERK May I help you? ROY I'd like to access my safe deposit box.O. ROY'S SECOND BEDROOM .VAULT ANTEROOM -. 63 64 OMITTED INT. 63 64 62 61 60 59 . He knows you.then into -61 INT. sets it on a viewing table. BANK VAULT The bank Clerk removes a large safety deposit box.he moves briskly through -59 INT.DAY Roy enters. then withdraws from his jacket two envelopes -. please.where he approaches a CLERK.NIGHT Roy faces his professional costume closet: several suits. 62 INT. Think he knows anything about international finance? -. one manila. Roy tries on a pair. Roy opens it.) We'll pull the Jamaican switch on him. then leaves Roy alone with it. FIRST FEDERAL BANK .
MATCHSTICK MEN - Rev. 7/17/02 65 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT Roy on the phone again. Where? (checking his watch) Where else. One hour. ROY
He hangs up. A KNOCK at the door. Roy looks alarmed. He just got off the phone with Frank -- who else could that be? AT FRONT DOOR Opening on Angela, backpack and skateboard at her feet. Remember me? Roy nods, bemused. ROY You just in the neighborhood? Took the bus. in a sec? ANGELA Think I could come ANGELA
Panic flickers across Roy's face. No one but Frank has crossed this threshold in many years. He opens the door wider and she steps inside. She peers about. Nice. Huh? ANGELA It's nice. Your place. I bet you're wondering how I got your address. He wasn't. ANGELA Off your car insurance, in your glove compartment. Roy feels suddenly uncomfortable in his own home. (CONTINUED) ROY ANGELA
37. 65 CONTINUED: ROY So what's going on? ANGELA Mom and I had sort of a fight. It happens once in a while. I usually take off for a day or two to let her calm down. Take off? ANGELA Normally I go to Carrie's. Only her family's on vacation. And I thought, since we seemed to hit it off so good last time -(hoping Roy will complete the thought; he doesn't) -- I could sleep on the couch? ROY (cardiac arrest) You wanna stay here? ANGELA I could pay you back by cleaning up or something -(as she gazes around spotless room; then re: his glasses) You wear those to read? They make you look kinda old. ROY These're just for -(remembering) I gotta go. I got a business meeting. This late? ROY Antiques wait for no man. (half to himself, half to her) Is it okay if I leave you here? Sure. ANGELA I can watch TV. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ROY 65
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Roy searches around the room, as if a television will magically appear. ANGELA You don't have a TV? You seriously don't have a TV? He smiles, sheepishly. ROY There's a couch. If you want to sit. Or there if you prefer. Or the couch. She moves to the couch, amused by his nervousness; of course, she treads right across the carpet. Roy averts his eyes, starts for the door... ROY You want me to pick up anything on the way back? Ice cream? ANGELA New York Super Fudge Chunk. What? ANGELA That's my favorite flavor. York Super Fudge Chunk. New York...? ANGELA Super Fudge Chunk. ROY Chocolate. Don't open the door for anybody. 66 EXT. ROY'S HOUSE - NIGHT Quietly as he can, Roy locks the front door. Hesitates for a moment. Can he do this -- leave a fourteen-yearold girl alone in his house? He must. 66 ROY New ROY
Angela snoops. CHEETAH'S . FRANK (re: Roy's glasses) Hey. 70 INT. I like those. just cans of Chicken-of-theHere she opens drawers: 69 68 ROY 67 70 . just clothes.by way of a mirror -. He finds himself a table. ROY'S BEDROOM .NIGHT Roy pulls his Caprice into a distant view of the club. CHEETAH'S STRIP CLUB .39. then) Older. ROY'S KITCHEN . 69 INT. 68 INT.Chuck Frechette drinking alone at the bar. ROY How long's he been inside? FRANK Twenty minutes. Frank taps on the passenger side window and Roy unlocks the door. 67 EXT.NIGHT As glamorous an establishment as you might imagine.NIGHT Here she opens cupboards: Sea. pays the cover charge at the door and spots -. Roy enters. They make you look -Old? FRANK (hesitates. 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.
(voice dropping) At the bar. FRANK Hope I didn't keep you. honey. not even dust. Frank nods. 72 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . Arden. passing Frank. His eyes stray up to hers (who knows the last time he faced a bare midriff) -STRIPPER Care for a dance? -. then whistles to a passing waitress. But from this perch.NIGHT Here she stands on a chair and pries atop bookshelves: nothing here. Not just now. ROY STRIPPER 72 71 ROY (rising to shake) Good to see you. Frank spots Roy and heads his way. though. loudly: FRANK Hey. the ceramic horse in the corner draws her attention.then flash to the door as Frank enters. Come back later for me. He missed you come in. (CONTINUED) . who recognizes Frank.NIGHT As Roy sips a club soda: Good evening. The Stripper departs. FRANK Thanks. 71 INT. CHEETAH'S .40. okay? Frank stands over Roy and extends his hand. can I get a Bud?! Everyone turns their heads at that. didn't notice Frank enter. Roy glances back at the bar: Frechette. Bob. including Frechette. eyes on the girls.
FRANK I told you you'd like it here. but Frechette's eyes drop to the white envelope on the table: a slim stack of $100's peeks out from within. Frechette starts off his barstool toward them.41. FRANK (he turns) Hey. tie tugged loose. Bob. and Roy's distracted an instant.. Hey. Frank shuts up. this is my friend. 72 CONTINUED: FRANK (back to Roy) That do the trick? Let's sit. cueing Frank to reach into his windbreaker. Roy picks up his drink. whiskey in hand. huh? -. (CONTINUED) FRECHETTE ROY 72 .so that it lands just as Frechette arrives. FRANK (awkwardly) Ah. Chuck Frechette. Arden -Roy shoots Frank a look: no names. I didn't know you were here. and drop it on the table -FRANK Don't spend it all on one girl. Roy monitors his approach. Roy notes Frechette's glance and quickly palms the envelope into his lap.. remove the white envelope. FRANK We in business? ROY On my next drink. They do. Chuck. Frank stands to shake hands. Another stripper passes.
Chuck. BACK WITH ROY AND FRANK As Frank glances inside Roy's manila envelope (filled with British pounds). FRECHETTE (to Roy) Nice meeting you. Roy waits until Frechette has returned to his barstool and is clandestinely watching and then -FRECHETTE'S POV -. ROY You good to go? (CONTINUED) Frank sits back . confidentially) Say. FRANK (to Frechette. FRANK Fish in a barrel. Frechette retreats. Sure. Bob.he removes the manila envelope from his coat and hands it to Frank/"Bob": a trade. and he's not welcome.42. bar. none-too-pleased. we got a little business to settle up here. mind if -FRECHETTE 72 You Frechette gets the idea fast: something not-quite-legal is going down here. Roy glances at Frechette. Roy nods hello. FRECHETTE I'll be over at the FRANK Thanks. down. curiosity piqued. He's piqued. Great. 72 CONTINUED: (2) Hiya. then resumes his stare at Frank: get him out of here. whose attention jerks back to the girls.
sets down the ice cream.AT FREEZER . ROY'S HOUSE . Roy approaches.MATCHSTICK MEN . but she laughs with him.NIGHT Roy picks his way through various cartons of ice cream. Arden. 74 AT SAME CHECK-OUT . The CheckOut Woman adds a pack of Winstons to the bunch.Rev. Squints through his fogged glasses.for the first time in his career as parent -finds a blanket to drape over her. 72 Roy leaves Frank. 43. Angela? She sleeps atop the couch. it's not for me. 75 INT.NIGHT 75 Roy enters. locks the door behind him. arms and legs splayed every which way. of course. 7/17/02 72 CONTINUED: (3) FRANK Does the Pope shit in the woods? ROY Just say yes. 73 INT. Frechette starts toward Frank. The Check-Out Woman doesn't understand. okay? (rising) So long.NIGHT A carton of New York Super Fudge Chunk makes its way down the conveyor to join a few more cans of tuna. As soon as he's gone. Bob. FRANK See you in the morning. CHECK-OUT WOMAN Big night planned? Huh? Right. SUPERMARKET . ignoring Frechette on his way out the door. ROY Oh. and -. CHECK-OUT WOMAN You have kids overnight? 74 73 Roy laughs at the absurdity of this. (CONTINUED) ROY . then remembers he does not need them.
eyes closed. 76 Immediately: KNOCK- INT. 75 Angela smiles. KNOCK. Called you names. 7/17/02 75 CONTINUED: ANGELA (groggily) Roy? Go to sleep. ROY 44. and just before he turns off the living room light. Roy smiles. ROY That's what makes me good at it.NEXT MORNING Frank is knocking. Touched she stuck up for him. He starts to go.MATCHSTICK MEN . shuts the light off. ANGELA Why'd Mom leave you? ROY You'd have to ask her. half-asleep. ANGELA I did. ROY I sold a nice piece. heads to his room. ANGELA How was your meeting? Good. careful not to let Frank peer in. ROY'S FRONT DOOR . That's why we got into a fight. squints at the light.Rev. Roy opens the door. (CONTINUED) 76 . Angela rolls over under her blanket. You ANGELA She said you were a bad guy. murmuring: ANGELA I don't think you're a bad guy. He rises. don't seem like a bad guy. Roy smiles. She didn't want to talk about it.
ROY'S LIVING ROOM . slightly: is Angela spying? A window shade shifts 77 ROY Push it to tomorrow. Roy. sneaks his morning medication down his throat. Lunch. digs a spoon into the pint of New York Super Fudge Chunk. Roy slides out the door and closes it behind him. Oh. Let his greed meet his imagination.MATCHSTICK MEN . 76 Conscious of Angela asleep inside. ROY'S HOUSE . 78 INT. He wants to meet tonight. FRANK The second you left the place.DAY Roy returns to find his couch empty and the shower water running in the bathroom.DAY Roy and Frank huddle on the sidewalk. he was off his barstool. (CONTINUED) 79 78 . ROY 45. I reeled him in -ROY Do we have to do this now? FRANK I got your money. FRANK What's going on? (shocked) You don't have someone in there? 77 EXT. her hair still wet. Roy out of doors and anxious. He's in. Roy glances back at his house. is he in.Rev. meanwhile. 79 INT. Oh. man. Shh-shh-shh. ROY'S KITCHEN . Frank returns the manila envelope to him. He seizes the opportunity to sneak both envelopes of cash into the ceramic horse. 7/17/02 76 CONTINUED: FRANK I wish you could have been there.DAY Angela.
ROY'S LIVING ROOM . Lots and lots of tuna. 80 ROY INT. No. ANGELA What's his name? Frank. 7/17/02 79 CONTINUED: ROY You sure I can't give you a ride home? That's okay.. (beat) What if I am? So? He's my father. eat eggs or something? ANGELA All you've got here is tuna. No.. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .....DAY Angela's on the phone: ANGELA Hi.. Roy reacts: him. 46. Guess.MATCHSTICK MEN . You should get the TV to go with 'em. (re: ice cream) Shouldn't you.. 79 the prospect of confronting Heather rattles ANGELA Who was that guy who came by earlier? Who? Oh.Rev.. TV dinners are cool. Roy stiffens.. And one TV dinner.. ROY A business associate.. ANGELA Mom can pick me up. pissed: 80 someone went snooping. ANGELA How come you didn't want him to see me? ROY I didn't not want him to see you.
80 CONTINUED: ANGELA (CONT'Dbeat) I don't care. I will if I want. ANGELA She said she was gonna call the police -So much for relief. When's that? ANGELA Monday. ANGELA -. She hangs up abruptly. his arms sagging down across his legs.47. Roy grows more distressed as Angela grows more petulant. Across the room. head buried between his knees. ANGELA I know. I promise! 'Bye. ROY Today's Thursday. isn't it? 81 INT.but now she just wants me home in time for summer school. ANGELA That's okay. KLEIN'S OFFICE . I know. ROY 80 Roy looks relieved. (CONTINUED) 81 ROY . Yes. Now she quiets down. She mad? At me. I don't care. I promise. Okay. ANGELA Not you.DAY Roy is doubled over on the couch.
and you may feel unprepared. Most of all you have to focus on the basics: make sure they eat their vegetables. ROY But I've got a -. Roy.and out. kids. Roy eyes a picture of two little boys atop Klein's desk.there's a big piece coming on the market I'm brokering and -. they’re not so difficult. KLEIN I beg your pardon? ROY In your carpet. KLEIN You can sit up. (as Roy does) Is that what you were thinking about? Stains in my carpet? ROY And that I have a fourteen-yearold girl I barely know living in my house.it's just not a good time. two. Otherwise just try to be as honest and open with them as possible.48. and don't watch too much TV. KLEIN It's just for the weekend. DR. four -. 81 CONTINUED: DR.. but trust me. ROY As honest and open as possible. ROY You've got stains. (CONTINUED) 81 . KLEIN And one more time. DR. DR.one. KLEIN When is it ever a good time for anything? I realize this is sudden.. three. don 't stay up too late. DR. deeply. (as Roy breathes in) Hold it -.
Angela appears behind him. ANGELA What's the matter? You freaking out about something? 84 INT. . swallowing it dry. pushing a pill from its packet. cookies.49. Roy stares at them blankly. ROY'S HOUSE .DAY Angela lies by the pool on a beach towel in a bikini and dark glasses.DAY Roy pulls home. SUPERMARKET . his second dose of the day. cauliflower. Roy walks straight into the house. ANGELA I'm fourteen. Roy. hips and calves. and a six-pack of beer. reading a magazine. Unless there's another ex-wife you haven't told me about. carrying chips.BACK YARD . artichokes. ROY'S HOUSE .DRIVEWAY/GARAGE .DAY Squash. etc. 81 CONTINUED: (2) DR. Roy reads directions on a package of frozen spinach. ANGELA How'd the meeting go? okay? Did it go 83 82 81 Confronted by his daughter's breasts. KLEIN She's your daughter. she's the only one you got. ROY Who's that for? ANGELA Don't you drink? ROY (shakes his head) Do you? Come on. Standing 84 In the frozen food aisle. broccoli. He gets out to find -83 EXT. behind a cart. 82 EXT. Roy isn't sure which way to take that.
He's pissed his morning routine has been interrupted. used towels. 86 INT. Roy uses a piece of toilet paper to remove them. He surrenders. leaves his bedroom.NIGHT Roy cooks. opens it -ANGELA (O. Seated at his breakfast table.S.DAY Angela exits. ROY'S HALLWAY . Roy closes it fast. allowing Roy to enter -90 INT. closes its door behind him. ANGELA The line for that one's shorter.MORNING The morning ritual begins again. ROY'S HALLWAY . 87 INT. Angela bites into a slice as Roy forks a fresh can of tuna. ROY'S BATHROOM . in a towel.DAY It looks like a circus act of seals has come and gone. Roy. ROY This one's better. ROY'S KITCHEN .) Just a minute.DAY Roy cleans his coffee mug/wipes down the sink/waits. 89 INT. underpants hanging from a faucet. KITCHEN . 88 INT. A pizza delivery box takes center stage on the breakfast table. Water everywhere. 90 89 88 87 . 86 85 He serves. dressed.50. 85 IN LINE FOR ROY'S USUAL CHECK-OUT WOMAN Roy and Angela wait behind two other shoppers. neither he nor Angela look too ecstatic about digging in. His first attempt in years. Limp spinach and sauceless spaghetti. proceeds to the bathroom door. the spinach and pasta lie untouched in the kitchen sink.
FRECHETTE Hardly. please? FRECHETTE That bad. huh? ROY For some folks. ROY I have one rule. I've got to hold his hand. FRANK To the business at hand. (CONTINUED) . but as much as I need to make you comfortable with what we're doing. FRECHETTE Where you off to? ROY Phoenix. Just a forty-two footer I take out on weekends. money is a foreign film without subtitles. ROY Bob tells me you're a yachtsman. bespectacled again. 7/17/02 91 INT. 91 Roy. I'm going to tell you as little as possible about me and what I do. (to passing waitress) Hon: could you heat this up a little. You sail? ROY I get seasick in the tub.MATCHSTICK MEN . Thanks. who are halfway through lunch. STEAK HOUSE .Rev. A client's setting up a funding account to bridge the pound and the euro. (To Frechette) The cast iron stomach again. to the business at hand. sits at a table with Frank and Frechette. Anyway. you sure you don't want something? ROY I gotta fly in two hours. Chuck: simple is safe.DAY 51. FRANK Arden. Roy sticks with just coffee.
FRECHETTE How much is it? (CONTINUED) . just as he did at Cheetah's. 7/17/02 91 CONTINUED: (A1) FRECHETTE What are we doing? 51A. Frechette peeks inside: thin stacks of hundred pound notes.MATCHSTICK MEN .Rev. 91 Roy removes a manila envelope from his jacket. but reaches it under the table to Frechette.
five hundred sixty-seven dollars. FRANK And he just scoops it off. ROY It's a little more complicated than that but again: simple is safe. Just a little money unaccounted for.52. You. floating on top the books like a layer of cream. removes an envelope from his jacket and reaches it under the table. FRECHETTE Why not keep the money yourself? ROY As a bank employee any attempt I make to change currency is recorded and questioned. Whose is it? ROY No one's in particular. FRECHETTE Five grand American. ROY Congratulations. Frechette nods. pockets Frechette's money. One of the perks of working in the exchange program at a bank. you just made two thousand -FRECHETTE -. no one bats an eye. (CONTINUED) FRECHETTE 91 . Roy checks. I looked it up on the Internet. Bob has a record. 91 CONTINUED: ROY Five thousand pounds sterling. At today's exchange rate. (beat) Now I hope you have something for me. on the other hand.
FRECHETTE Fifteen and twelve. I still 91 FRECHETTE Neither can I. Arden: how much could you do this for? Hypothetically. FRECHETTE It's a riot.. ROY . As a rule: ten -FRANK we never go north of (CONTINUED) .. and everything smells like gum. can't figure it out... ROY You have a daughter? Two. Frank reacts: 92 what the hell is Roy talking about? 92 EXT.DAY At the valet station: FRECHETTE Lemme ask you something.53. (suddenly has a thousand questions to ask Frechette) How do you get 'em out of the house? Mine just sits at home all day. Roy goes off-book. huh? Training bras hanging from your shower rod. STEAK HOUSE . 91 CONTINUED: (2) FRANK The frickin' Internet. ROY I have a fourteen-year-old. But my daughter's a wiz at the thing. FRECHETTE Summer's the worst.
(CONTINUED) 94 93 92 . 93 EXT.MOMENTS LATER Stiffing his valet. (beat) 'Everything smells like gum?' What was that about? Roy hesitates. ROY How much could you get your hands on? Frechette smiles. I'm back! (beat) Angela? Frank's here! (farther inside) Angela? Angela! 94 INT.DAY Frank reads a fashion magazine from Angela's bag. then: ROY It's easier if I show you. Frank sighs in relief. SAME SCENE . Frank and Roy watch him go. Frechette drives his Mercedes away. ROY You gotta spend money to make money. FRANK But you gotta make it to spend it. From within: ROY Angela. eyes Chuck. ROY'S HOUSE .DAY Roy unlocks the front door and enters. FRANK For a second I thought we were out two grand.54. 92 CONTINUED: Roy quiets Frank. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . with Frank behind him.
NIGHT An ashtray overflows on the coffee table. Where did you go? ANGELA I went to the arcade. us. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . It's only like a half-mile away. I don't know anything about her. she usually go? Where does 94 ROY I don't know. SECOND BEDROOM . 94 CONTINUED: ROY She's not here. ROY It's got nothing to do with us.BACK YARD . Roy waits on the couch and lights a fresh one.NIGHT Roy can be seen through the blinds. FRANK This is no good for you. 97 96 95 Or ROY Where have you been? Nowhere. 97 INT. He checks his watch: it's late. A dull THUNK comes from the back of the house. turning its light on and off.NIGHT As Roy opens the door: The window is open. She must have gone back to her mom's. (CONTINUED) ANGELA . 96 INT. Roy.55. 95 EXT. ROY I've been waiting over an hour. ROY'S HOUSE . FRANK Her bag's still here. watching the pool. Angela is brushing off her jeans.
ANGELA I just went out. ROY Listen. you're worse than Mom. ANGELA Jeez. for you most of all. ANGELA I told you. ROY Where the hell were you? I want to know right now or I'm calling your mother. you never heard of a bank? . I didn't drink. This whole house smells like Lysol. a partner. (as Roy goes white) So. the arcade -ROY Why'd you sneak back in? ANGELA That's how I left. and I've got things a certain way. Angela: I'm glad we met. I didn't get high. ROY You didn't see my car? 56. ANGELA It's stuffy in here.MATCHSTICK MEN . and I didn't take any money out of your stupid horse. but I've got a business. if tomorrow morning I took you back home. shuts it. and that's it. ANGELA What did I do wrong? ROY You didn't do anything wrong. Roy brushes the dirt into a trash can. I don't have keys to lock the door. 97 Roy squats to pluck up specks of dirt Angela tracked in. 7/17/02 97 CONTINUED: He moves to the window.Rev. what. So I think it would be better.
Roy looks up. 99 98 ANGELA I don't want to stay where I'm not wanted.. ROY'S STREET . You're like one of her boyfriends: I'm just something you have to deal with in order to screw her. book bag and skateboard in hand. 99 EXT.NIGHT Roy slides the head off his ceramic horse. punctuated by the front DOOR SLAMMING. FOOTSTEPS march down the hall. ROY It's not that I don't want you. Roy emerges far behind her and runs to catch her. mounts her board. (CONTINUED) ROY ANGELA . Right next to their guns. antique dealers always keep large stacks of cash in their homes. yeah. Oh. ANGELA (much too loudly) Even they tell me what they do for a living. (as he does) You just don't want me going home to Mom saying she was right all along.. Fooled me.38. meanwhile. ROY'S LIVING ROOM .. 98 INT. Angela. ROY Will you stop? He catches her. Should he go after her? He turns back to his money: it looks all there. checks his . then starts pulling out wads of cash.57. ANGELA Let me go.. She.NIGHT Angela stalks away from Roy's house. As he counts it. Angela! ROY I wasn't kicking you out.
MATCHSTICK MEN - Rev. 7/17/02 99 CONTINUED: Roy shushes her, but he knows: she's got him.
ROY Okay, okay. I'm sorry. I'm just... not good at being a father, alright? You know? I barely get by as me. Roy takes his hand out of his coat pocket to wipe a tear off her cheek. She recoils. ROY Will you come back home with me? We can get pizza again. She won't budge. ROY You can stay the whole weekend if you want. She won't budge. but: Roy doesn't know what else to offer
ANGELA Why do you have a gun? In case. In case what? Roy is stuck. He sighs, resigned. ANGELA ROY
ROY It's a little hard to explain. 100 INT. ROY'S KITCHEN - NIGHT Angela and Roy face off over another pizza. Bullshit. ROY Nope. No bullshit. And watch your language at the table. ANGELA You're a con man? (CONTINUED) ANGELA 100
MATCHSTICK MEN - Rev. 7/17/02 100 CONTINUED: ROY Con artist. Flim-flam man, matchstick man, take your pick. ANGELA And that guy Frank? My partner. ROY My protege.
59. 100 CONTINUED: She considers it. Bullshit. I told you: language. ROY watch your goddamn ANGELA 100
ANGELA Teach me something. What? ANGELA Teach me something. A con. You're funny. ANGELA Teach me something. ROY I am not going to teach you anything. Why not? ROY Because. You're a beautiful, bright, innocent girl, and I'm not going to screw that up like everything else. ANGELA Really, you think that? What? ANGELA That I'm beautiful? A beat. ROY (deadpan) No. (CONTINUED) ROY ANGELA ROY ROY
Just not very 100 ANGELA You seem to be doing okay by it. I went with this boy. ROY'S BATHROOM . if I told you. 100 CONTINUED: (2) ANGELA Then why won't you?! (mockingly) Because crime doesn't pay? ROY No. Believe me. you'd probably throw up right here. It's not fun doing what I do. It does pay. he's cute and I really really liked him. ANGELA Teach me something! No! final! ROY ANGELA At the Christmas dance last year. Old people. well. ROY I'm not. Josh Ward. Angela sits atop the toilet. (CONTINUED) 101 . ANGELA (calling his bluff) Then why do you keep doing it? Roy has no answer.60. I've done stuff. Fat people. I've done stuff with boys.. Roy stops.NIGHT As Roy brushes his teeth. A lot of the time it's stealing from people who don't deserve it. ROY Then don't tell me. 101 INT. A lot of the time I feel sick about it.. ANGELA I'm not as innocent as you think.
. at Carrie's. Kisses him on the cheek. shit. 102 . ANGELA And he took his hand. throws notebook) Rule number two. ANGELA (writing) 'Don't. ROY I'm not listening.. Never work near where you live. and he pushed me up against the bed. then skips down the hall.. You're gonna forget it. we went upstairs. Agreed? But she's already frolicking into the living room... Don't write anything down.. ROY'S CAPRICE ... ROY And then you're never gonna do it again.61. you. 102 INT. ANGELA After the dance....DAY Cruising down the freeway. One thing! thing! ROY I'll show you one 101 She nearly jumps for joy.' ROY (grabs. Angela brings a notebook out of her backpack full of laundry. getting toothpaste on her face. where.. 101 CONTINUED: ROY I'm not listening. ANGELA Where we going? ROY Rule number one.
ROY I'm glad I missed that day. 18. enters the 7-Eleven. 22. 49.6. . 104 INT. 7-ELEVEN . CASHIER You know the odds of the lottery hitting the same numbers in the same month. ANGELA You his financial advisor? No. 103 EXT.DAY Roy marks a lottery ticket as Angela watches: four of the five numbers -. follows. 60 -. 104 Angela 103 ROY You sure you're ready for this? ANGELA I was born ready.DAY Roy exits the Caprice. CASHIER You're wasting your dollar. CASHIER Roy gives up. the same numbers ever? ROY That's why I changed one. To the CASHIER: ROY I want to play this for the drawing on the twenty-second.which (a prominent sign displays) won the day before. ROY Stay in the car. She still follows. Take his dollar and give him a ticket for the twenty-second. (as she still follows) Stay in the car. Roy considers Angela. 7-ELEVEN . You're a cashier at a 7-Eleven. ANGELA No. The Cashier hops to it.62. amused.
make sure the person you're conning isn't conning you. Roy watches her scratch away with all her might. sits reading Tolstoy. you almost always get thrown a curveball. What you're selling is you. Angela approaches. A single man.63. right. is who your mark is. LAUNDROMAT . ROY (V. You don't want anyone whispering in your mark's ear but you. Angela. (CONTINUED) 106 105 . Most important thing you have to understand about this game is: ninety percent of it is variable. ANGELA I've got longer nails. ROY'S CAPRICE Roy crumples up his lottery ticket. sipping on a Big Gulp. scratches hard at it with his fingernail. ROY (V. Angela gives him a get-lost look. then turns to a middleaged HOUSEWIFE loading three machines. but beware of couples. black. ROY Just the. She cases the joint. No matter how good your plan is..O. An elderly couple separates whites and colors. rolls it in his hand.) The older the better.O. (beat) Okay. for God's sake. ROY (V. That's your ten percent.) And. takes it from him.) Never play someone who's not buying what you're selling. backpack on her arm. A boy in his teens returns her interest. So you have to be flexible.DAY Angela enters. though. The one thing you can control.O. 105 INT. 106 EXT.. prepared to roll with anything.
but you'd never guess. You oughta catch me during Little League season. Angela picks up her backpack to go. Three boys. 106 CONTINUED: (re: That taken? No. and Angela smiles back: she has her mark. HOUSEWIFE They don't go to Fremont. 107 SAME SCENE . HOUSEWIFE Simon's about your age.64. She sets her bag down. do they? Central. girls really do mature much faster than boys. he's so hyper. You've ANGELA washer beside her) HOUSEWIFE 106 HOUSEWIFE This is nothing. ANGELA That's what I keep telling my brothers. stealthily planting the lottery ticket beneath it. Her dryer full. ANGELA Any of 'em cute? The Housewife smiles. ANGELA Sure you don't need it? got a lot.LATER Angela and the Housewife transfer their laundry to dryers. Do you want anything? (CONTINUED) ANGELA 107 . You know. ANGELA I'm gonna get a Coke across the street.
She holds it for her to see. 107 CONTINUED: HOUSEWIFE No thanks. too: thanks to her and Roy's handiwork. The man is Roy. honey. Angela starts off. It's for yesterday's drawing. The Housewife approaches with But HOUSEWIFE 107 HOUSEWIFE Excuse me. That says the second. (CONTINUED) . HOUSEWIFE Huh. HOUSEWIFE Honey.65. The newspaper drops. sir? Could we borrow your paper a sec? We're looking for lottery results. ANGELA It's not mine. on second thought: HOUSEWIFE We should at least see if it hit. the date looks like the second. and Angela continues on her way. The Housewife nods. you dropped something. not the twenty-second. You sure? ANGELA Gotta be eighteen to play. don't you think? Angela inspects it. Angela. Looks like someone put it through the wash by accident. ACROSS LAUNDRY A man reads a newspaper. and the Housewife notices the lottery ticket left behind. ANGELA Probably a loser.
Look! HOUSEWIFE You mean we missed by one number -. forty-nine. you know. ROY I think it's Metro. Then. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA . what? HOUSEWIFE Thirty.it's true! They laugh. Thirty? HOUSEWIFE You're joking. sixty. too. passes Angela the ticket. forty-nine. 107 CONTINUED: (2) Sure. HOUSEWIFE Story of my life. ROY (as he returns) Any luck? ANGELA Four out of five. HOUSEWIFE Ready? Six. sixty. a little crestfallen.66. ANGELA You're sure? (as Housewife nods) Missed by one.. The Housewife opens it. 107 Roy hands her the section. ANGELA Six. Mine. can you believe it? ROY Four out of five pays. thirty. Roy rises to feed a dryer (whose clothes are inside is anybody's guess)..? She looks -. a little breathless. wait. eighteen. it's back to the wash. Wait. eighteen.
uh-huh. HOUSEWIFE The woman on the phone said we just have to take it in for verification. ANGELA You don't have to.. 108 EXT. sweetie. 107 CONTINUED: (3) 107 Angela and the Housewife share a look. (quickly) I'll give you half. astonished. 108 HOUSEWIFE HOUSEWIFE (into phone) Uh-huh. And then they'll mail me a check.shit! Holy shit! Roy watches from inside as they laugh and hug. She hangs up.. Thank you very much. ANGELA What'd they say? HOUSEWIFE (face erupting) We won six hundred dollars! Holy -She cups her mouth: -. (CONTINUED) oops. Angela hovers nearby.67. don't worry.DAY The Housewife's on a pay phone. HOUSEWIFE Six hundred dollars! ANGELA ANGELA . It does? ROY Call the number on the ticket. LAUNDROMAT .
ANGELA Pretty late. 108 HOUSEWIFE How 'bout your dad? ANGELA (ashamed) He -. HOUSEWIFE We're in this fiftyThen she The Housewife stops to think -.68. watch the cameras. Angela very consciously keeps OUT OF the CAMERA'S RANGE. 111 AT ATM The Housewife hands Angela three crisp $100s. You know.what to do? turns to see a bank ATM across the street. Angela's feet are barely IN FRAME behind her. Don't let those brothers of yours anywhere near it. 110 EXT. no. She works. (CONTINUED) 111 110 . I'm supposed to be home anyway. HOUSEWIFE That’s three hundred. no. we're fifty-fifty in this.he doesn't live with us anymore. fifty.SECURITY CAMERA POV 109 The Housewife uses the ATM. And hide it when you get home. In fact. ACROSS STREET Roy watches from inside his Caprice. 109 EXT. No. Don't spend it all at the coin-op. it's okay. BANK ATM . Angela pulls back. we should call your mom and we can all go down there together. ROY Good girl. no. 108 CONTINUED: HOUSEWIFE No.
(CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA . Uh-huh? ROY Go give her her money back. then rounds a corner to find Roy waiting for her. out of sight. 112 EXT. C'mon! ANGELA You're joking. HOUSEWIFE Thank you. ROY One last thing. She leaps in the air. waves goodbye once more to the Housewife. They hug again. LAUNDROMAT 69. ANGELA Did I do good? ROY You did very good. ANGELA Mom was wrong: I didn't just get your elbows. What?! ROY I told you I'd teach you a con..Rev. sweetie.MATCHSTICK MEN .. 7/17/02 111 CONTINUED: ANGELA (touched) Thank you. I didn't say I'd let you get away with it. 111 112 Angela exits with her backpack full of laundry. ROY (shakes his head) Now.
DAY Driving Angela home. utterly befuddled. Two weeks ago this was ancient history. scared shitless.) It's strange. ANGELA I thought we were partners. or when you gave it back? (before she answers) Think first. KLEIN'S OFFICE . DR.. Roy watches through a glass wall as she hands the money back to the Housewife. Roy. ROY I'm not your partner. KLEIN It's however you feel about it. 113 INT. Angela thinks. 7/17/02 112 CONTINUED: ANGELA (can't believe it) This is so. Petulantly.. CAPRICE . (as she nods okay) Did you feel better when you took her money.. 70. father.Rev. I'm your Roy doesn't mind. Now suddenly I have a daughter.DAY ROY And I'm not. ROY (V. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 114 . Angela stalks back inside. ROY I have one question for you. And I want you to think before answering. 114 INT. That's good. isn't it? DR.MATCHSTICK MEN . 112 Roy points: go.. 113 Angela puts her feet up on the dash.O.
I took Angela along over the weekend. selling a piece. What some people call sales. KLEIN DR. He closes it. other people call. She even helped out..NIGHT DR. 7/17/02 114 CONTINUED: DR. 115 INT. but you've been closing doors for a long time. 114 115 Roy opens his refrigerator door. . It was the best time we've had together. KLEIN Do you regret it? Exposing her to that? Her seeing that side of you? ROY (moment of truth) I really liked it. What? ROY I -. a real mess.. It's wonderful. KLEIN 71. It's good to see you start opening some again. And it's very quiet. ROY'S KITCHEN . KLEIN (CONT'Dbeat) Yes. Lying. Sometimes in my business you have to create a value in something which really isn't there. working these people with me.Rev. DR. And lonely. empty soda cans. Inside are greasestained pizza cartons and Chinese food cartons. ROY I didn't know how Angela would go for that.MATCHSTICK MEN . this fourteen-year-old girl. Don't take this too literally. considers the room around him. But she took right to it. Roy looks a little worried. for the first time in a while. It's cluttered with fashion magazines.
Two people meeting after seeing each other every day for months. But also some fresh vegetables. 7/17/02 116 EXT. TERMINAL LOUNGE . a standard-sized black briefcase beside him. Hi.Rev.DAY Before noon. CHECK-OUT WOMAN She's a cute one. withdraws a cigarette. then) It's Kathy. One or two layovers at the bar and a custodian vacuuming the floors. the place is mostly deserted. AIRPORT TERMINAL .DAY Cans of tuna again. ROY As if someone would do that. Frank bums one from him. Roy. Roy. 116 They shake. FRANK He said he wants to fly the money straight to the Caymans. Must be lonesome without her. frozen pizzas. 118 INT. SUPERMARKET .MATCHSTICK MEN . (hesitates. When's his flight? (CONTINUED) 118 117 .DAY Roy walks through the terminal. Roy considers her as she bags his groceries. Afraid he might get robbed. CHECK-OUT WOMAN Where's that cute little girl of yours? ROY She went home to her mom's. Summer school. and TV dinners. KATHY (CHECK-OUT WOMAN) 72. 117 INT. right? (off her nod) I'm Roy. Roy and Frank case the place. ROY I'll see you tomorrow.
you sit him there. 120 EXT. And keep the table free..LATER Roy stands alone in the middle of the lounge.MATCHSTICK MEN .Rev.DAY Summer school lets out. Typecasting. then to all the walls. Running the plan over in his head. 118 Roy sits facing the bar. back to the bar. ROY You plant this before the meet. the standardsized black briefcase beside him. 7/17/02 118 CONTINUED: Friday. (as Roy waits: what?) I think I'm in love with you. I'm here. Roy scours the young teens flooding from the school from his Caprice across the street. LEATHER BANQUETTE FRANK 72A. FRANK There's only one problem. ROY What do you expect for fifty bucks? Frank scans the place once more. 119 FRANK ROY . looking from table to bar. (beat) Where do you think? Roy points at. FRANK Who's the drunk gonna be? Ernie. Otherwise we blow it off. against a wall. SCHOOL .. (CONTINUED) 120 He's going to be rich. Frank lets out a whoop! 119 SAME SCENE . a little nervous.
She's snuck up behind him.Rev. ANGELA 72B. In the car. ROY What would you like to do today. 7/17/02 120 CONTINUED: (A1) Perv.MATCHSTICK MEN . She gets in. looks at him. ROY He smiles. 120 (CONTINUED) . grins. little girl? ANGELA Mom says I have to be back by dinner.
BOWLING ALLEY Uh-oh was right. Over the MUSIC and CRASHING PINS. He grabs at her. Roy cleans his ball meticulously with his handkerchief -. 121 INT.it's Roy's PAGER going off. It's his turn to bowl now and. he retreats to the ball return. Angela passes him on the way back to her seat. Concentrates. and she screams with laughter. The first thing you have to understand about this game is: ninety-percent of it is knocking down at least one pin. then lets it rip down an alley -.CRASH! Meanwhile. 120 CONTINUED: ROY You'll be back by dinner.73. ANGELA (approaching him gently) Dad. he yells: (CONTINUED) ANGELA What Uh-oh. ANGELA You want me to bowl for you? AT PAY PHONE Roy thinks about wiping the receiver down. but his handkerchief has already gone dirtier places. Keeping his chin high. then steps up to the alley. Gutter ball. sighs.even the finger holes.BEEP BEEP BEEP -. Angela lifts a bowling ball up to her eyes. I own you. He checks it. with a swallow for courage. he plunges his fingers into the ball to pick it up. Approaches and releases his first roll. And just then -. 121 120 Roy blanches dramatically: . would you like to do? She grins even wider. Roy glares at her.
A122 INT. FRANK'S MUSTANG . bowling in the distance. He says he won't be back for a month. what is it? (beat) What?! I thought it wasn't 'til Friday! (beat) Well. BOWLING ALLEY . rubbing his temples. and Angela trudges out behind. FRANK I know. ROY I'm sorry. Angela. rolls a strike and leaps in the air. he bumped it up. tell him -- 74. BOWLING ALLEY Now Roy's stressed. I know. ANGELA (it's not) It's okay. stressed. B122 INT.. (CONTINUED) I 122 . B122 A122 122 EXT. get Ernie.Rev. Roy. in a rush.. It just came up. change. I gotta get the money. (beat) I don't want to lose him. ROY There's no time. Angela. What time's his flight? Roy's face falls. gotta take you home. 7/17/02 121 CONTINUED: ROY It's me.DAY Frank's on a cellular headset.DAY Roy exits. 121 Roy's face falls. rolls a strike and leaps in the air. bowling in the distance. too.MATCHSTICK MEN . pissed.
ANGELA I thought you kept all your money in the horse. ANGELA (playing the victim) You want me to take the bus? No.LOBBY ENTRANCE ROY ANGELA 75. Is it a job? Roy nods. 7/17/02 122 CONTINUED: ROY I can't. ANGELA (timidly) Can I help? Roy considers her. unhappily. 122 123 Roy. shit! ROY He doesn't know what to do. enters with Angela. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . Is this the worst idea he's ever had? ROY Shit! 123 EXT. There's no time. ANGELA (excitedly) Really? Roy nods. ANGELA What do I get to do? Roy thinks. uh.Rev. I just can't -(looks at watch) I can't do this. then: Yes.MATCHSTICK MEN . with standard-sized black briefcase. (CONTINUED) . I can't even take you home. thinks.
as usual. ROY I'd like access to my safe deposit box. Do it. The Clerk nods. CLERK (offering form) Signature and pass code.MATCHSTICK MEN . 124 Wait 76. CLERK Sign here and here. here. please. She does. 124 INT. ANGELA Then why does he get to? Roy thinks. now I can get into the whatever-it-is? No. Covers the pass code from Angela's prying eyes. what. 7/17/02 123 CONTINUED: ROY That's just my piggy bank. In whispers: ANGELA Why can't I see? ROY 'Cause it's a secret. 123 She follows. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . He heads downstairs. toward Angela. Roy starts to fill it out. puts forth another form. (CONTINUED) ROY Roy pushes it . Back to whispers: ANGELA So.Rev. J-215.VAULT ANTEROOM Roy and Angela approach the Clerk. To the Clerk: ROY Can I add an access signature to my account. ROY You don't have the pass code.
neat stacks of hundred dollar bills and hundred-pound notes. 7/17/02 124 CONTINUED: ANGELA When do I get that? ROY When I'm dead. PRIVATE VIEWING ROOM Now 76A. feels its weight. ANGELA (forlorn) Oh. He starts picking up stacks of cash and placing them in the black briefcase. wait here. ROY Don't weep for me too much. 125 INT. 124 125 Roy opens his deposit box. Inside are bound.MATCHSTICK MEN . around the corner: Hey: ROY you got today's Times? Then.Rev. piled atop a fist-high ream of bonds. I mean it. He closes the case. to the guard .
ANGELA Why aren't you -. He's really not certain about (CONTINUED) ANGELA 127 . 126 EXT. ROY briefcase) 126 ANGELA (re: bank) No. Angela is flabbergasted. Roy checks his watch. Three hundred thousand? He just smiles: not telling.why don't you go live in Hawaii? Why don't you buy Hawaii? I told you: outdoors. ANGELA How did you -ROY I've been doing this a long time. CAPRICE (AIRPORT PARKING LOT) Roy puts on his Arden glasses. ANGELA How much is in there? (re: I told you. this. in there. 127 ROY I don't like the INT. A million? ANGELA Five hundred thousand? He shrugs. ROY These still make me look old? Old and rich.PARKING LOT Roy exits with Angela.77. FIRST FEDERAL BANK .
can I have the pass code? He has to laugh.Rev. 128 INT. The high back helps. and immediately he spots a problem: Frank sits in the banquette seat Roy should have. you okay? My back. ROY Strained it last night. You mind if I sit there. FRANK You should do yoga. Take this. Anything seems off. you get outta there. He gives the whole plan one more thought. 7/17/02 127 CONTINUED: ROY You know what to do? (off her nod) You keep real far away from us. you get outta there. 78. Frank and Frechette greet him. She looks at him with puppy eyes. carrying the black briefcase. (CONTINUED) . He gives her two hundreds from his wallet. FRANK Arden. 128 ROY Shakes his I told you: ROY (a joke) I was doing yoga. What? ANGELA Please. ROY Just in case. 127 ANGELA Stop worrying about me. TERMINAL LOUNGE Roy enters. clasping his back now and wincing. head.MATCHSTICK MEN . Roy continues his approach. I'm barely even doing anything. You see me tug my tie like this.
Frechette replaces it with a gym bag. Go ahead. Roy closes the case and sets it down on the floor by his feet. Frechette pries underneath: wall-to-wall British pounds inside. (CONTINUED) . Frank and Chuck. Angela peeks out from behind a partition to watch Roy. with difficulty: ROY How are both of you? Across the lounge. The Queen Roy lifts his black briefcase onto an empty chair between them and cracks it open just enough for Frechette to see: a newspaper. Roy sneaking a reproachful glance Frank's way: nice fucking job. 128 Frank and Roy change seats. before Ben Franklin. FRECHETTE Do your worst. Meanwhile. ROY It always does. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: 79. Sorry. FRECHETTE That's eighty thousand? It looks like less than I thought. Roy steals a glance at the lounge entrance: Angela is entering. So: FRANK who goes first? who will make the first Roy and Frechette face off: move? ROY I suppose ladies do. As he unzips it.MATCHSTICK MEN . FRECHETTE Had to check. Frechette reaches in to flip through a stack of bills: they're all real. ROY As long as you don't mind. As he sits.Rev. A waitress delivers Roy a club soda and departs.
FRECHETTE Land that I love. Suddenly. eye. and Frank and Frechette raise their Scotches to toast -ROY Enjoy the Caymans.MATCHSTICK MEN . I'll break every glass in this place.) 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. ROY (to Frank) You count it? Frank nods. You kidding? the shelter. Lightning (CONTINUED) .S. much sun. 128 Roy explores the gym bag: it's loaded with stacks of hundred dollar bills.Rev. 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. including Frechette's. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: (2) 80. SHATTERING it. ANGELA My I. A pregnant pause.D. and that's when switch: the briefcase stowed beneath the the identical one by his feet. the GLASS down at the floor. Roy salutes him with his soda. come on! ANGELA (O. Then: ROY It looks like we have a trade. -. from the bar: Oh. FRANK God bless America.then hurls drawing every Roy pulls the banquette for fast.
FRANK They won't let me past the security check. -.MATCHSTICK MEN .and he looks at Roy incredulously. Just get up and take your new briefcase with you. you! ANGELA Airport bartender! 81. then pushes the briefcase at his feet across to Frechette. Speaking of which: it's about that time.and departs. giving the finger with both hands to the bartender. When I leave.Angela's tantrum was part of the act -. Frank knows. bids Frank and Roy farewell -Guys. FRECHETTE Let's do it again some ROY Have a safe flight. arms raised. I'll take my new gym bag. Roy and Frank watch him go. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: (3) Hey. 128 Angela backs out of the lounge. FRECHETTE Simple is safe. time. Who goes first? ROY You do.Rev. of course -. FRECHETTE Hope she isn't on my flight. none the wiser. Frechette turns back. Frechette picks it up. FRANK That wasn't -ROY Walk him to the plane. Roy nods to his wisdom. And she's gone. (CONTINUED) ROY . FRANK (under his breath) What the hell was that? Go with him.
Roy reaches under the banquette and grabs the briefcase there. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: (4) ROY Then walk him to the security check.DAY Roy emerges from a stairwell and Angela leaps from behind a pillar to surprise him. A bag in one hand. ANGELA What happened on our end? take him? He nods. the case in the other. 129 EXT. AIRPORT TERMINAL . PARKING GARAGE .MATCHSTICK MEN .DAY As Roy pulls out of his spot: (CONTINUED) 130 You ROY ANGELA A130 129 .Rev. despite a minor cardiac. CAPRICE/INT. crossing to the parking garage. he takes off in the opposite direction. 128 Frank follows Roy's orders and chases after Frechette. Angela bounces higher. Boo! Roy keeps walking.DAY Roy exits briskly. A130 EXT. 82. ANGELA The whole eighty? Roy nods. singing: ANGELA 'My dad's a smooth operator! Smooth operator!' 130 INT. PARKING GARAGE . all business as Angela bounces around him. ANGELA Did you see that old chick at the bar? With all the makeup? She almost died when I threw that glass. I saw her.
Roy pulls up to the parking Attendant. Meanwhile. I thought about it: we should give the money back. He looks at her. He spots Roy instantly and starts toward him. With a fair lead. 7/17/02 130 CONTINUED: ANGELA Dad. ANGELA Do I get a cut? ROY You can ask Frank for his. and he turns to see: -. ANGELA (oblivious to Frechette) Dad?! Roy races down levels of parking lot as Frechette chases on foot. around the minivan and away. two cars in the three of them. Roy chooses that one. hustling toward him. ANGELA (frightened now) Dad? ROY Roll up your window! down on the floor! Now! Get Angela does as she's told. the Caprice comes to four gated exit lanes. Roy waits for the car ahead of him to pass through. 130 He's not Roy stops behind a minivan pulling out of a spot. looking this way and that. And Frechette appears in his sideview mirror. (CONTINUED) . the other lanes are clearing up quickly. then barks: ROY Open the gate. and she smiles: in the mood. At last. but the ATTENDANT seems to be taking forever to make change. suitcase open and empty. but the minivan he passed now hovers behind him. one car in the fourth. just joking.the stairwell door fly open and Frechette appear. I'd feel better. He's trapped. thrusts his money at her. Roy punches the gas. Roy considers backing up and choosing another exit. His money ready. in a fury. please.Rev. 83.MATCHSTICK MEN .
83A. but too late. rabid. has no one to blame for this but himself. 130 The gate comes up. Frechette is upon them. 7/17/02 130 CONTINUED: (2) ATTENDANT Do you need a receipt -No! ROY Please open the gate. Frechette gets a clean look at Angela hovering below the seat. on Angela's side. yanking on the door.MATCHSTICK MEN . balled up. He ANGELA ANGELA . and the Caprice slaps the gate as it rises.Rev. Dad! Roy hits the gas. ROY (slamming steering wheel) Dammit! Are we okay? Roy looks down to her. shaking with fear. but before they're clear.
FRANK (at a loss) Hiya. CAPRICE . Frank paces beside his car and chain smokes as Roy's Caprice pulls up. 131 EXT.DAY The Dodgers are away.84.' Did you walk him to the plane? FRANK I told you: security. What? No reply. leaving acres of parking spots unused. 133 EXT. slams the door again. 132 INT. Roy just seethes. turns the RADIO ON to an EARSPLITTING VOLUME. Frank.CONTINUOUS ACTION ROY I said 'walk him to the plane. then reopens it. DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT . DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT .CONTINUOUS ACTION Angela can't hear anything but MUSIC as Roy tears Frank a new one. slams the door. What?! ROY (to Angela) Stay in the car. Los Angeles looms in the distance. ANGELA But I want to -ROY Stay in the car! Roy gets out. They don't let you to the gate without a ticket -(CONTINUED) 133 132 (back to glowering Roy) ANGELA FRANK 131 . Hiya. Frank steps up to see Roy glowering at him.
(CONTINUED) . chastened. What? FRANK I'm not the one who pimped her into the grift. I walked him there. She put us at risk. How? FRANK What if he goes to the cops? He won't. ROY ROY Says something half under FRANK 133 FRANK What if he does? ROY Then he'd have to explain what he was doing with eighty grand and a ticket to the Caymans. ROY They never do. ROY Frank. 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.85. And don't tell me I'm the one who put her at risk. (beat) We're not on the books. my daughter was there today! Frank looks away. his breath. We're safe.
He opens 133 ROY Tell him. And bites her lip. Roy leans against his hood as Angela remains in her seat.86. Terrific. Frank leers at Roy: ask her. but it never came up. 134 EXT. have you? Angela looks from Roy to Frank to Roy again. ROY Turn it off. and Frank starts toward his car.DAY Roy hands Frank Frechette's bag of money. blushes. and the younger man takes off. that's it. Roy gives her the silent treatment a moment. 133 CONTINUED: (2) FRANK I know we are. DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT . Tell him you're clean. You don't know that! What if Chuck goes to the cops? Roy turns: the door. Angela. Angela watches from inside the car. ANGELA I would have told you. and let's get this over with. (beat) You've never been arrested. What about her? ROY Angela's never been arrested -FRANK You don't know that. (CONTINUED) 134 FRANK Then . She does. then: ROY You're fourteen! When did you have time to get arrested? ANGELA I forgot to pay for a pack of gum once.
arctic. ANGELA The guard was groping me.MOVING . Heather's house in the distance. takes a stroll. Roy.NIGHT INT. Angela tries to thaw (CONTINUED) 138 137 135 136 .87. ROY And they photographed you? printed you? They ANGELA ROY ROY 134 Angela nods and bows her head penitently. STREETS .. 137 EXT. I mighta put up a fuss when security -Angela. him. 134 CONTINUED: ROY (disbelief) They called the cops on you for a pack of gum. He was grabbing at my chest. ANGELA And some other stuff. his hands slowly returning to his coat pockets. 135 136 EXT. thinking. what was I supposed to do? How long ago? Last year.MOVING . HEATHER'S BLOCK .. knows enough not to speak. brow knit. super-pissed. Angela sneaks a glance at him.NIGHT Roy's Caprice pulls to a stop. ROY'S CAPRICE .NIGHT Roy drives. 138 INT.CAPRICE . CAPRICE Roy looks straight ahead.
you're gone. I have all of August off. Angela's lip trembles and tears faucet down her cheeks. and in September is father's visiting day at school. but it can't. Silence. ANGELA I'm sorry. ANGELA Is it. ANGELA Or we could take a trip even. did I -Roy keeps staring straight ahead.. Frank and I are partners. elbows in her hands. It's kind of lame. Okay? I thought maybe it could work out. Roy. I was thinking maybe I could come stay with you... but I thought maybe. Frank and I have some out-of-town work. tortured. regardless. arms clutching her gut. hurt but trying to conceal it. Tears form 138 ANGELA When do you think you'll be back? I don't know. Angela cries. Oh. Then: ROY I'm gonna be gone for the next couple months. She nods.. (CONTINUED) ROY . He says nothing. 138 CONTINUED: ANGELA You know. ANGELA Maybe when you get back -ROY (killing hope) You're getting in the way.. can't look at her. I didn’t mean to. He wants you gone..88.
She digs into her backpack. a faded beauty. Roy shrinks as he sees a woman dragging trash barrels to the curb. opens the passenger door. (beat) I paid for it. Midthirties. ANGELA You're not a bad guy. He watches with curiosity. C'mon. (CONTINUED) Why ROY ROY . She starts out of the car. What's that? ANGELA I got it for you at the airport. 7/17/02 138 CONTINUED: (2) ANGELA Can we at least talk on the phone? 89. Anger supplanting grief. sets it on the dash. 138 Roy says nothing. You're just not a very good one. you know. She weeps openly. ANGELA Why did you even call me?! did you? Roy has no answer. furious. So you wouldn't grow up with me as your dad. HEATHER. withdraws an object wrapped in an "LA AIRPORT GIFT SHOP" bag. ROY You wanna know why your mom left me? She left me because of you. Angela wipes tears away.MATCHSTICK MEN . He leans over her and ROY Your mom'll be waiting. but Roy doesn't want to let her go angry.Rev. Ange -She spins on him. tears streaming. Roy can't stand this anymore. (beat) I am a bad guy.
7/17/02 138 CONTINUED: (3) 89A. 138 She slams the door behind her. .MATCHSTICK MEN . The interior light fades on Roy. He unwraps the gift shop bag: It's an "I Love LA" ashtray. FADE OUT.Rev.
And RINGS.) FRANK (V. wearing clothes for the third day in a row. He hangs up. Reaches up to a cupboard for his pills. They're not there. Hair unkempt. ROY What time is it? Almost three. Roy's on the couch. 141 INT.) You wanna meet? We still got Chuck's money to split. the room around him a pigsty. Roy furrows his brow.) ROY FRANK (V. ROY Hold on a sec. Roy picks it up. No. Roy? Yeah. At last. unshaven. They're not here either. ROY'S KITCHEN Also a mess. And RINGS. ROY'S LIVING ROOM Dark. Watches it overflow.O.O. Roy has let the place and himself go. You hungry? He discards an empty can of tuna from the couch. Fills it with water.90. Roy rinses out a dirty coffee cup. The PHONE RINGS. Looks around it. Hello. FRANK (V. 140 Doesn't move. FADE IN: 139 INT. ROY'S BEDROOM Roy looks inside his bedside table.O.) You alright? ROY ROY 139 INT. arm thrown over his eyes. 141 . 140 FRANK (V.O.
Are you there at the office now? Roy's PHONE BEEPS. if this is an emergency. Wiley is on call. ROY'S BATHROOM He scours his medicine cabinet. Is there a way of getting hold of him? PHONE VOICE (V. if you'd like to -ROY I gotta talk to Klein. my phone's dying.) Sir. checking coat pockets in wardrobes. PHONE VOICE (V. PHONE VOICE (V. please. The only thing here is one of Angela's barrettes.91. looking everywhere for his pills as he speaks on his portable phone: PHONE VOICE (V. looks beneath the sink.) Dr. Klein is unavailable. 142 INT. then inspects the waste basket. 143 142 ROY Shit. Klein has gone for the weekend.O.O. I recommend you contact a local hospital --.BEEP -ROY Listen: can you let me in his office -(CONTINUED) .O. Dr. ROY Doctor Klein. look: I need a new thing of pills.) Medical group.) I'm sorry. ROY Where'd he go? Look. He checks it.O. Dr. ROY'S HOUSE He pushes and backtracks through rooms. 143 INT.
I can't --. Nearly forces several 147 146 145 144 ROY 143 .DAY Roy presses his cheek against the floor mat of his car. 144 INT.O.) -.I need to talk to Klein -The phone dies -Shit! -.Dr.BEEP -ROY -. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy goes through the trash beneath his sink.I know where he keeps them. ROY'S CAPRICE . BUSY AVENUE . then upends it. Wiley is on call --. cars off the road.and he hurls it against a wall.DAY The Caprice swerves into traffic. 147 EXT.92. 146 INT.one empty foil packet. recovering --. or gimme Klein's home phone -PHONE VOICE (V. 145 EXT. He peers beneath the driver's seat. Cans and cans of Chicken-of-the-Sea rattle on the pavement. Surges ahead.O.) -. 143 CONTINUED: PHONE VOICE (V.BEEP -ROY -. He digs though his trash bin. ROY'S DRIVEWAY . then reaches in and pats the floor.DAY Roy at rock-bottom.sir. But no pills.
ROY I need a refill. doesn’t see anyone. wild-haired. impatient. I don't have a prescription. but -PHARMACIST Sir. Please. 148 INT. c'mon. he gave me these. He pushes to the front of the line. They're samples of -.DAY Located in the rear of a discount drugstore. The Pharmacist scans the horizon for security. ROY Hi. wait your turn -ROY I know. PHARMACIST I'm sorry. Roy joins the back of the line.93. PHARMACIST Do you have a prescription? ROY My shrink. please. white-haired PHARMACIST. but this is an emergency -Hey. wild-eyed. empty packet in hand.I can't remember -. Five people stand on line for the white-coated. A few customers look back at Roy. Soon he can wait no longer. Without a prescription -(CONTINUED) . I need a refill of this. PHARMACY . 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. my doctor.Prefexsomething. C'mon. He stares their glances away.
infuriated. KLEIN'S OFFICE . startled. Fumbling for his office key. shoulders heaving. ROY No. KLEIN Roy? I'm not supposed to see you 'till -(CONTINUED) 149 ROY Studies .So I'm clearly allowed to have them. 148 CONTINUED: Look: ROY I have the packet -148 PHARMACIST I can't help you. Supplifen. In aisle four. he approaches the front door when Roy appears in the breezeway behind him. Aisle four. PHARMACIST (resigning) Let me see it. Prefex. threatening. he rips open a box of Supplifen to find the replica of the packet he was given. Roy stands there. I just need four or five of these to cover the weekend. sir. My doctor gave it to me. incredulous. PHARMACIST Those are vitamins.NEXT MONDAY Klein exits his sedan. What? PHARMACIST That packet contained vitamins. He crushes it. The Pharmacist takes the empty packet from Roy. Klein gasps. PHARMACIST They're vitamins. sir...94. 149 EXT. ROY -. then: DR. it. Hands it back.
A beat. Your neurosis is small-time. turns on a light. Why? DR. KLEIN Agreed. ROY DR. But you weren't a mess last week. KLEIN Roy: why do you think you need medication? ROY You are not asking questions yet. 150 INT. KLEIN'S OFFICE Klein enters with Roy. vitamins. (before Roy retorts) Let me ask a question. 149 CONTINUED: Vitamins.95. First you answer: did you give me vitamins? Yes. KLEIN ROY ROY You gave me goddamn he is not to be trifled with right 149 150 DR. KLEIN Because you don’t need medication. Klein appraises Roy: now. DR. (beat) I have news for you. Look at me. Your conscience is another story. Does what you do make you happy? (CONTINUED) . DR. ROY I'm a mess. and you weren't on Prefexall then either. KLEIN Would you like to sit? I am sitting. Roy.
DR. 150 CONTINUED: ROY Don't change the subject. ROY I'm not a criminal.96. DR. I've never used violence. KLEIN Would you say then you set an example in your trade? Sure. (CONTINUED) ROY . I'm a con 150 DR. Roy. (beat) This is a 17th Century Williamsburg ottoman I've had my feet on for the last two months. KLEIN This is the subject. DR. KLEIN That's a nice rationalization. man. ROY I never took anybody who didn't let me out of greed or weakness. I've had computer programmers tell me what a nice piece it is. A beat. Roy. What would you do if you had to change careers? ROY If I couldn't be an antiques broker? DR. KLEIN If you couldn't be a criminal. KLEIN The difference being? ROY They give me their money.
97.because I -. and everything pours out: ROY Because I -. KLEIN But now you have to set an example for someone else. 150 151 152 (CONTINUED) . Doc! I lost my little girl! I lost my little girl! DISSOLVE TO: 151 152 EXT.MATCHSTICK MEN . (as Klein waits him out) She wants back to her mom's. Christ. KLEIN Why haven't you spoken? ROY (a beat) Because she hates me. 7/17/02 150 CONTINUED: (2) DR. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE .DAY INT.DAY Frank considers what Roy has told him. (beat) How is she? ROY (beat) Angela? Fine.Oh. KLEIN Why do you think she hates you? Roy's face crumbles. DR. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . DR.Rev. KLEIN Have you spoken to her? (as Roy shakes his head) Why not? ROY Do we have to talk about this? DR.
153 INT.LATER They walk along a path. Roy waits for Frank's reaction: is he pissed? ROY FRANK 152 FRANK (he's not) You gotta do what you gotta do. Roy smiles. 152 CONTINUED: When? As of now. SAME SCENE . (beat) You want your forty g's? ROY Consider it a parting gift. I'm sorry to lose you. At last. 154 155 EXT. ROY Thanks. 154 INT. SAN PEDRO PARK . He twirls between his fingers the barrette he found in his bathroom. phone in hand. he dials.DAY Roy sits waiting.98. pulls out a new portable phone. two rings. They shake hands. FRANK Thank you. Looks up as Angela approaches on her skateboard. Angela does not. 153 Frank gestures to the door. ROY'S BEDROOM Roy sits on his bed. For everything. Roy opens a Radio Shack box. Gathering his nerve. (CONTINUED) 155 . One ring. ROY'S LIVING ROOM The place is clean again. FRANK We should part more often. partner. Reads its instructions. Frank.
Let her know what I'm doing.NIGHT Roy and Angela celebrate. (as Angela stops. I'll try. (CONTINUED) ANGELA 156 . ROY I'd have to make some changes. 155 CONTINUED: ROY I went to see a lawyer. Angela in a new-bought dress. 156 INT. honey. turns away) Honey. FRENCH RESTAURANT . I should talk to your mom about this. and throws her arms around him. File paperwork. It would only be for weekends and some holidays to start. She looks up at him. blood tests.99. For one. A JAZZ COMBO PLAYS in the next room. (off no reaction from her) There are things you have to do. Will you try? ANGELA Please? 155 Yes. I should have asked you first. Still no reaction. tears in her eyes. Your funeral. which makes her fidget. ROY (soaring) I'll try. that sort of thing. He wraps his arms around her and holds her. ROY You know. I'm sorry. He specializes in custody suits. Like when one parent wants to get joint custody of the child. I'm gonna have to stop doing what I do for a living. go before a judge.
He gives in. A WAITER pours Angela more Diet Coke. Please... it Frank. aren't they? ANGELA Not if you train 'em. ROY That's a good name.... very tentatively. Angela leads a reluctant Roy to the floor. We can name 156 WAITER Mademoiselle. ANGELA We could get a dog.. mademoiselle. (CONTINUED) 157 ANGELA . just beams..100. then remembers to concentrate on Angela..NIGHT Dark. mademoiselle. 157 INT. And she. Bonjour. throughout.. Angela suppresses a laugh. They enter. Either a German shepherd or a Lab. She holds up her arms for him to take. ANGELA Mademoiselle. and he balks. But she should hear it from me. Concentrates mostly on his feet. Takes her hands in his and. ON DANCE FLOOR IN NEXT ROOM A few couples dance. They both smile. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . begins to box-step. laughing. Angela is imitating the French Waiter as Roy fumbles the key out of the lock. 156 CONTINUED: ROY I know. O-reev-ar. ROY (uneasily) They're messy..
My name's Chuck. Hello. honey. FRECHETTE Let her stay. (as Roy hesitates) Close it. Cigarette in hand. trembles halfway between them. (patting couch beside him) You wanna sit down? ANGELA Angela (CONTINUED) . Angela before him. FRECHETTE Close the door. Dad? ROY Go wait in your room. does as he says. FRECHETTE Hiya.. the open door Roy freezes/considers the variables: behind him.. sunshine.101. ANGELA ROY 157 Roy switches on a lamp. ROY What do you want? FRECHETTE What do you think? (to Angela) We haven't met. handgun resting on the cushion beside him. She's in this as much as you are. Roy considers Frechette's gun. right? (off no response) Your mug shot doesn't do you justice. Big smirk. 157 CONTINUED: Au revoir. Roy. What? Au revoir. ROY Au. sweetie. It's Angela. then leaps back: Chuck Frechette is sitting on his sofa.
I found her. And suddenly it dawns on Roy. nose bloodied. Roy doesn't understand. Frank sits huddled. Tell me. can you spell 'shakedown'? ROY How'd you find me? FRECHETTE I didn't. (back to Angela) You're a very clever girl. Your little girl's in their books. sniffing out your buddy Frank wasn't such a big deal. Roy. to the "I Love LA" ashtray atop it. FRECHETTE In my business you need a few friends on the force. Frechette extinguishes his cigarette in it. once I found you. I know where your kid lives. 157 CONTINUED: (2) ROY You come anywhere near her -FRECHETTE Don't play tough. And your ex-wife doesn't know well enough not to give out your home address. Angela's gift. Frechette indicates the corner of the room. They got a nice look at her. and his eyes drop down to the coffee table. FRECHETTE No. But there were in the gift shop. FRECHETTE Airport security cameras. I'm in your home. Roy. the crap kicked out of him. (CONTINUED) In black 157 . ROY There were no cameras in the lounge. and white. eyes puffed and blackening. That was sloppy. There. (beat) Well.102.
horrified eyes. starts scooping out money. Again Roy eyes the gun. FRECHETTE You look white as a ghost. He nods: it'll be okay. FRECHETTE Then let's start with what you do have. But first things first. I don't want you to pass out before you make your first payment. Angela looks up at him. No. I call those cop friends of mine. FRECHETTE Next: I'm in for half of what you make from now on. Where? ROY (staring toward it) The horse. Roy. ROY I'm done with this. FRECHETTE Let her get it. She moves toward the horse. ROY Four thousand.103. Let's have back the money you took from me. ROY I don't have it. (CONTINUED) . Maybe. huh? Angela gasps. I'm out. your little girl goes to juvie 'til she's eighteen. Roy blanches. FRECHETTE 157 Roy stops. Otherwise. 157 CONTINUED: (3) FRECHETTE We only hurt the ones we love. Frank meets Roy's stare with helpless. his daughter. frightened. Takes its head off.
Roy holds her glance. aching. put it down. Frank? Frank doesn't say a word. sweetie? ROY Put it down. FRANK . Frechette stops. Don't. Angela doesn't budge. frightened now.38 in her hands leveled at him. moves his hand toward his gun. a small voice I'll 157 A standstill.. ROY Quiet. take care of this. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA Don't make Then.104.are you. tears in her eyes) I want you to go. bloodthirsty. Roy's . Frank. All their dreams are slipping through their fingers. Frechette. apologizing for everything. ANGELA (fixed on Frechette. FRECHETTE You know how to use that thing. Frank's not done -. Roy. Frechette follows his stare to -Angela. His eyes are fixed on something. Frank stumbles to his feet. standing by the horse. You barely got your feet wet. including Roy. Angela. behind her: Do it. Daddy. ROY Angela. 157 CONTINUED: (4) FRECHETTE You're not done. Everyone freezes. honey.. it worse. Angela looks to Roy.
Angela trembles. FRANK What are we going to do... Roy? Roy looks over: too. ANGELA FRANK He's not gonna make it. Frank hobbles over to Frechette.38 to the floor.. Dad. Frechette is dying. Frechette falls off the couch.105. Angela sees it. holding a blanket over Angela's shoulders. It's okay. 157 CONTINUED: (5) 157 Frechette reaches for his GUN again and -. voiceless.. Roy turns.then drops the . Frank: Roy goes to her. nearly catatonic. Ground floor if you have to go out the back. ANGELA ROY get his gun.pure reflex -Angela FIRES -. Roy speaks past her to Frank: ROY You know where the Seven Palms Motel is? Out the 15? ROY Get a room. He opens the passenger door for her and she gets in. Daddy. ROY'S KITCHEN DOOR/DRIVEWAY . And wait there for me.BOOM! -. (CONTINUED) FRANK 158 . Roy holds Angela. Roy? Roy? ROY It's okay.NIGHT Frank pulls Chuck's Mercedes up the driveway to the side door where Roy exits. 158 EXT. Shaking. blood seeping from his shirt. numb. Roy's got a lot of thinking to do very fast.
You didn't shoot him. Right. ROY You just sit tight. beside Angela. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy opens a pantry closet. pulls down some sheets. ROY I know. Angela? Frank's gonna get you out of here.. and I will see you in a day or two. It's gonna be alright. Honey. Understand? I shot him. (to Frank) Go. 158 CONTINUED: FRANK Suppose you don't show? ROY Take her to her mother's. then passes into -159 Roy kneels 158 . Then you drive south and never come back. 159 INT..106. ROY Angela. I did. honey. He closes the door. listen to me. Frank realizes the risk Roy is running. Roy.. (as this could be good-bye for a while) I'm sorry I let you down. FRANK What are you going to do? ROY (hesitates. Frank? FRANK Yes. okay? ANGELA I.. then) Take him to a hospital. you did. I was trying to. Holds eye contact with Angela as Frank reverses and carries her away.
points it between Roy's eyes --. BISHOP How d'you feel? COP 161 162 Roy tries to rise again. He looks around the room: Spartan. He pokes at a bandage wrapped around his head. He lifts his gun up unsteadily. can't -. Frechette is gone. a surveillance camera above him. He spins -Frechette is leaning against the wall behind him. ROY Who are you? (CONTINUED) . no TV. He is -IN HOSPITAL ROOM . 7/17/02 160 INT. Roy. Roy tries to lift himself onto one side. One bed. an open door to a mini-bathroom.DAY Tiny. Roy drops the sheets. in his arm.and Roy pivots away just as -BOOM! 161 162 OMITTED HIS POV An air-conditioner overhead.and his eyes stop at the bloodstain on the carpet. does a threesixty. BISHOP Take it slow. shutting the door behind them.MATCHSTICK MEN . ROY'S LIVING ROOM 107. swoons. looking for places he might have crawled to. deathly pale. and two detectives (BISHOP and HOLT) come in. The door opens again. antiseptic. a uniformed COP sitting in a chair. Morning.Rev.V. an admission bracelet around his wrist.he's handcuffed to a bed railing. 160 -. You awake? The Cop rises and goes out the door. an I. blood dripping down his legs. Whoa. bars on the windows. Nothing.
Anything you say can and may be used blah blah blah blah. wisely keeps his mouth shut.MATCHSTICK MEN . This little fella took out about half an inch of your skull. 7/17/02 162 CONTINUED: BISHOP I'm Detective Bishop. ROY Am I under arrest? BISHOP (nods) You have the right to remain silent. pulls out an evidence bag containing a bullet fragment. Bishop drops them. HOLT I heard it all.. Bishop fishes in his jacket.Rev. Roy can barely sit up much less study X-rays.. Doctor'll be in in a sec. Roy: Who? (CONTINUED) BISHOP where's Frank? ROY . Roy remembers slowly. 108. Roy. Roy. this is Detective Holt. Wish we could say the same for Chuck. BISHOP You got lucky. BISHOP You were given a pretty close haircut the other night. feels his bandage again. 162 Bishop offers a couple of head X-rays. Roy processes this.
Roy thinks. In fact. Roy? Roy shakes his head: he doesn't know. ROY How long have I been here? (as they don't respond) How long? BISHOP They brought you in two nights ago. HOLT I like your place better.415 Chester Avenue. then: (CONTINUED) . Clean. 162 CONTINUED: (2) BISHOP Frank Mercer. (beat) Where is he. where's BISHOP Okay. BISHOP She's not at your place. Roy reacts.109. Your partner. How about this: Angela? Roy stonewalls. uh -HOLT (referring to notepad) -. 162 BISHOP You guys led interesting lives. BISHOP Her mother's near hysterical. there're some bunko cops eager to talk to you when we're done. There's not a lot we don't know. We've spent the last couple days in your home and his. she's not in San Pedro at.
110. It's not good. Roy. 162 CONTINUED: (3) I shot him. in the glare. Holt goes to the window. Chuckie didn't make it. Then: Figuring some way to make this right Roy winces ROY ROY I shot Chuck. Roy. Roy? (beat) Your little girl killed a man.38 was a little small. BISHOP Your daughter's wanted for murder. the print we took off your . Before then. (beat) Where is she. Bishop and Holt exchange a glance. (beat) Where is she? Roy's mind races. BISHOP You're sure about that? Roy nods. yanks up the blinds. That's right. Why? ROY He was gonna shoot me. BISHOP That would make our job a lot easier. (CONTINUED) . Alas. again. BISHOP He did shoot you. But it could still get worse. he'll be in in a sec. You're under arrest for accessory. HOLT Like I said. BISHOP 162 ROY I wanna see my doctor.
Bishop and Holt return with Dr. BISHOP What's his number? 163 INT. KLEIN Hello. KLEIN How are you feeling? Roy looks. Bishop. DR. Roy. (to Bishop) May I sit down? Bishop nods.111. a little agitated. Hey. my doctor. he can't see anything but a freeway in the distance.DAY Roy peers through the open blinds as an intern checks his vitals. he's right. From the bed. and Klein takes a seat by the bed. (CONTINUED) . KLEIN Technically. Bishop and Holt exchange glances again. Roy. Bishop considers it. DR. My shrink. Doc. Let me see him and I'll tell you whatever you want to know. ROY 163 162 ROY Can we have a little privacy? BISHOP That's not how it works. Klein in tow. Holt and the cop haven't moved. 162 CONTINUED: (4) ROY No. ROY Don't I have doctor-patient rights or something? Holt laughs. The intern departs. BISHOP You know where she is? Roy nods. DR. HOSPITAL ROOM .
163 CONTINUED: BISHOP Technically. ROY Angela's in trouble. lest any lip readers are watching. That refers to testimony you might give based on confidential information. Five minutes. he's not. There's no privilege says I gotta leave you two alone together. Roy glances up at the surveillance camera. KLEIN Roy. Roy. then covers his mouth with his free hand.112. KLEIN Roy -. too -DR. Klein looks reluctant. KLEIN Don't transfer responsibility. Bishop relents. Doc. They exit. If I don't help her. Help me help her.I can't do anything illegal. Roy's eyes plead. 163 BISHOP ROY There isn't time. (beat) Can I trust you? DR. DR. Doc. what happened? They told me -Roy holds up his free hand: gone. After a moment: Don't speak 'til they're Finally. (CONTINUED) . ROY You got her into this. They stare each other down. ROY You do if you want what I know. she will go to jail. Please.
KLEIN This is what I have to memorize. CLOSE ON BISHOP smoking.CLOSE ON VIDEO FEED . KLEIN Klein leans 165 164 . watching the feed.. Then. Klein nods: he's ready.tell Angela you have the pass code. Cole. C-O-L-E? ROY My partner will answer the phone. Klein thinks. stymied. ROY They're going to search you on the way out. DR. Roy whispers. decides: okay. 165 INT. ROY'S HOSPITAL ROOM . Klein through his fingers. Tell her to write it down. DR. KLEIN What do I tell her? ROY Tell her -. ADJOINING ROOM . forward to hear: ROY The room of Mr.DAY Through his fingers still.DAY of Roy whispering to Dr.113. Ask to speak to Angela. (CONTINUED) DR. 163 ROY How are you at memorizing numbers? 164 INT.. 163 CONTINUED: (2) ROY Just make a phone call.
exhausted ROY DR. (covering mouth) 543-N7-942. sweating heavily. PARKING GARAGE . 167 INT. KLEIN 543-N7-942. ROY Hello! (off no response) Hey! Officer Maddox! (off no response) Could someone turn the A. Holt on the passenger side. DR. but hopeful. ROY That's all you have to do. back on?! Yo! (CONTINUED) 167 Roy lies back. Again. Doc. another car follows several seconds behind: Bishop at the wheel.. The chair where the uniformed cop sat is empty. (to himself) 543-N7-942. 543 -ROY (eyes to camera) Doc. tense. fumbling with keys.114.DAY Roy stirs awake.C.. Klein nods. As he pulls away. The air conditioner is off. 165 DR. KLEIN 166 . 165 CONTINUED: ROY 543-N7-942. Again: Say it back to me. Sorry. HOSPITAL ROOM . memorizing. KLEIN 543-N7-942. The room is dark.DAY Klein hurries to his sedan. 166 EXT.
Also there: Roy's pants. PARKING GARAGE . VOICE (V.GROUND LEVEL . belting his pants. PARKING STRUCTURE . Roy's hospital room resides within a mobile construction-site trailer anchored atop the fivestory garage. he moves down a brief hallway. . peers into -ADJOINING ROOM Empty except for the surveillance monitor propped up on a chair. shirt unbuttoned. Dumbfounded. No stitches.MATCHSTICK MEN . no bullet hole. Coffee cups and newspapers litter the floor. then pulls out: a handcuff key.DESERTED ROOF . 169 & 170 171 OMITTED 169 & 170 171 168 EXT.DAY Blinding sunlight. Gingerly feels about his skull. to the roof's edge. but its cord has been sliced. Roy shakes it again. in nothing but a hospital gown. Roy feels his bandage again. and his eyes go wide. and looks down. then pulls his feet off the bed. no fracture. through an exit door and steps out onto -168 EXT. He finds a pay phone. thrown in a pile in a corner.DAY Roy jogs down the bottom ramp. he stands. Then pulls it clean off. checks the door. shirt. CLOSE ON ROY as he quietly cracks open his hospital room door. Roy tries it on his restrained wrist: it's a fit. He staggers around the trailer. 7/17/02 167 CONTINUED: 115. Roy pushes on. Starts to unwrap it. For the first time in days.over phone) Seven Palms Motel. Roy can't believe it. but something rattles within.Rev. a little wobbly. He releases himself. 167 Roy reaches for a bedpan on the floor. to throw at the door.O. jacket and shoes. A freeway passes in the distance. The parking structure overlooks a largely-deserted stretch of Los Angeles. Just one mother of a bruise.
AT PAY PHONE ROY The room of Mr. 173 C172 Roy spots a cab. BLOCK AWAY . Bad news. until Roy turns on an overhead light. 173 EXT. Roy reaches within. extracts the only remaining item: a handwritten letter.DAY Dark. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . The place is empty.DAY Much as he left it. he notices Klein's plaque is gone. "Blood" stain on the carpet. 174 175 EXT.DAY Roy gives his pass code to the Clerk.' 176 177 EXT. Cole. KLEIN'S OFFICE . He wears the same 178 FRANK (V. 174 INT. KLEIN'S OFFICE .O. The head of the ceramic horse beside it. O-L-E. cabinets bare. As he enters. You taught me most of what I know.116.' . Furniture and fixtures stripped.DAY Roy hurries in before it closes for the day. clothes and the same distant stare. finesses it open. drops the phone to hail it. 175 176 INT. diplomas off the wall. (beat) How about Mercer? M-E-R. so I suppose I owe you better than this. I don't blame you. ROY'S LIVING ROOM .DAY FROM within the Caprice's window: Roy arrives in a cab.) 'But you always said if I got a shot at a big score. I should take it..DAY Cab waiting. FRANK (V. 172 EXT.) 'Roy: You're probably pretty upset. ROY'S HOUSE/INT. please. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . 177 178 INT. Roy squeezes his eyes shut. CAPRICE ..O. Roy finds the front door locked.
He staggers to the front door and knocks. by the way.a single.O. Large but no longer heavy. HEATHER'S HOUSE . Now I won't have to. All four windows rolled down. He can barely speak. touches his head wound. is she? (CONTINUED) . HEATHER 182 ROY She's not here.117.) 'If it's any consolation. They share a long moment of recognition. PRIVATE VIEWING ROOM Roy sets the box on a table.O.' 180 INT. glass-eyed.) 'Enjoy the gift. Roy parks in front of the house. FRANK (V. running on the slenderest of hopes. 179 INT. pries off the lid. Roy at the wheel." then DOWN 181 180 Roy 179 Roy's Caprice.. A moment passes before the door opens. BANK VAULT Roy's box is removed. creating a windstorm inside his car.. I'd never find a better partner. He looks numb. and Heather stands before him.O.' 181 EXT. And for everything else.. 182 EXT. Frank. UNDER HIGHWAY SIGN BLASTING UNDER a highway sign: TO.. "SAN PEDRO. revealing -FRANK (V.) 'Sorry about the rubber bullet. Roy.NIGHT For the first time. FRANK (V. you're the best I ever saw.' -. thin stack of $100s.
HEATHER That's -. Roy. 182 His last hope dashed.Rev. or despite it -.MATCHSTICK MEN . a painful memory. and Roy crumbles. what are you talking about -. You were. FADE OUT. She nods. clutches his gut. and folds into himself. Roy: HEATHER you okay? Heather stands helpless before him. He gasps for air. Tears come to her eyes.DAY Roy on a smoke break. BEHIND CARPETERIA .reaches out and caresses him. (CONTINUED) 183 184 . all the revelations of the day come to a point. 10/7/02 182 CONTINUED: What? Angela? HEATHER (at a complete loss) Who? Roy. too. then slowly -because of their history. ROY ROY You were gonna have a ROY HEATHER 118.that's why you're here? ROY You were pregnant. FADE IN: 183 184 OMITTED EXT.? The baby! baby! Heather is aghast.
A CO-WORKER sticks his head out the back door. Roy: CO-WORKER another live one. 10/7/02 184 CONTINUED: 119-120. Roy nods. returns to work.DAY Roy finds his next prospect: flipping through Persians. 184 His salesman's uniform is not terribly different from his old costume. but his bearing has changed: he is a man at ease. CARPETERIA . (CONTINUED) ROY a twenty-year old SLACKER 185 .MATCHSTICK MEN .Rev. flings his cigarette away. Afternoon. and he still wears his hair in a completely unremarkable fashion. 185 INT.
(CONTINUED) .. (beat) No. My girlfriend knows better than I do what we need. (off a DOOR CHIME) That's her. Looking nineteen at least. All ROY Big place. Cheap. Let's SLACKER Wait. ANGELA What kind of pet store doesn't carry collars? They've got dog shampoo in there but no collars. Angela enters the store. She comes straight at her boyfriend. 185 CONTINUED: SLACKER (keeps flipping) How ya doin'. SLACKER I need a carpet. one room of it. huh. ROY Help you with anything? Yeah. I gotta wait. but -. Dark glasses and cutoff jeans.121. 185 ROY For your home? SLACKER For my secretary's office. ROY You're my perfect customer. it's for my apartment. You have a color in mind? SLACKER I have a price in mind. Roy turns.. ROY So you don't need much. SLACKER That's about me. doesn't notice Roy at all. you don't know what you want. dig into the remnants .no price is too low.
. while he keeps his eyes locked on her.. If you're gonna get wet -(CONTINUED) ROY . remnants are back of the store. I like that. (to Roy) We just got a dog. SLACKER You think? We only started dating last month. Eh.. SLACKER I like that. Let me guess. SLACKER There's no special carpet that dogs like. Big step. ROY My next guess. is there? A beat. SLACKER Then we'll go to another place. Her attention is obviously divided. She won't turn to face him. IN BACK Roy watches Angela and her boyfriend flip through carpet fragments. not mistaken. ROY A Lab.. Will Roy say something? ROY We call it Astroturf. SLACKER German shepherd.122. recognizing his voice. ROY You folks just move in together? SLACKER Three weeks ago. 185 CONTINUED: (2) Studying her. C'mon. Making sure he's 185 Roy just stands there. She freezes.
The Slacker laughs: that's what he was going to say. Durable. SLACKER Be right back. with a big sigh) Can you get it for me? It probably just fell under my seat. (CONTINUED) 186 185 . under their breaths. Roy and Angela watch him go. I think I left my. I left my wallet in the car. 185 CONTINUED: (3) ROY -.123. ANGELA How much is it? ROY Sticker's seventy-five. BEHIND CARPETERIA Roy lights Angela's cigarette.what can he say? -. SLACKER Our living arrangement. alone together. You barely notice stains it's so dark. SLACKER Ooh. He smirks at Roy -.. I really like that one. then his own. ROY That's a nice choice. They lock eyes for a moment. Angela dips into her purse. I pay the rent. ANGELA Shit. But I can knock off twenty percent if you pay cash. Angela and her boyfriend mull it over.. Angela still won't face him. then she indicates the cigarettes in his shirt pocket. she buys all the carpets. (to her boyfriend.. ANGELA Can I bum one? 186 EXT.and heads off.. yeah. then agree: it's a sale. She turns at last to face him.might as well go swimming.
ROY She get better? (as Angela shakes her head) I'm sorry. That was a one-time deal. ANGELA I had bills to pay. Only been on it six months. I'm retired. ANGELA I had a good teacher. They smoke in silence. No shit. I don't know. (CONTINUED) . ROY I was missing a lot back then. ROY I'm surprised to see you here. Surprised you didn't notice. What to say? 186 ROY You working this guy? ANGELA Nah. ROY You were good. ANGELA You like this job? ROY (shrugs) It's not that much different from the old one really.124. My mom was real sick. I was stealing from your pack the whole time. 186 CONTINUED: ROY When did you start smoking? ANGELA Long time ago. Hawaii. Figured you would have moved to. Steadier. (sheepishly) Teachers.
If it's any consolation. She takes him in again: I gave it to you. 186 CONTINUED: (2) ANGELA I'm sorry. man. Her boyfriend gives her a look. SLACKER There you are. SLACKER (empty-handed) I looked everywhere. You mad at me? ROY You didn't take it. too. ANGELA Just stealing a drag. Thanks. For a fleeting moment. and Angela gives him a big kiss for his effort. I found it. She pulls out her wallet. aren't they? SLAM! Angela's boyfriend exits the back door.125. too. Enjoy it. Roy. 186 the new at-ease Roy. Roy looks away.FRONT . Angela and Roy stand alone again before she gets in the car. ANGELA Sorry. ANGELA It's good to see you. CARPETERIA . The Slacker gets in. (CONTINUED) ROY SLACKER 187 . ROY Good to see you. ANGELA Things are good with you. 187 EXT.DAY Roy helps the Slacker load and tie his and Angela's new purchase onto the roof of their aging Honda Civic.
Looks up at the sun for a moment before heading back into work. Dad. ROY'S HOME . and he kisses back --.and when they break. THE END 190 A young man works 188 187 189 . A new carpet replaces the old. wiping her hands clean on a dishrag. 190 EXT.DAY Roy buys ice cream and frozen pizzas. then kisses him. FADE OUT. ROY'S CAPRICE -DAY Driving home. Groceries in hand. too. explaining what he got at the market and opening his market bag wide for her to see. He looks down to lay his palm gently on her belly. then turns as --. He leafs through mail. unlocks it. for the first time open and unencumbered by shades: Roy walks into the living room. stops. She rubs his head: nice job. Roy watches the carpet-loaded Civic pull creakily away. she whispers sweetly in his ear.Kathy enters from the kitchen. calls out a name. Windows down. and he smiles even more. Then hops in the car. he heads to the front door. Roy keeps just one hand on the wheel. 188 INT.126. enters.DAY Roy pulls his Caprice up the driveway and gets out. She smiles and Roy smiles. Turning to look inside the house: THROUGH the front windows. ANGELA (smiles) I'll see ya. the check-out register. SUPERMARKET . ANGELA You're not gonna ask my name? ROY I know your name. 187 CONTINUED: A beat. They go into dinner. She starts to open the car door. 189 INT. only bringing the other up for a turn (when we might notice: he's wearing a ring). He pays it no mind.