This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
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
MATCHSTICK MEN . 10 SAME . huh? 3. sir? Then you've probably seen our advertisements -The next call -FRANK -. shuts the door behind him.MINUTES LATER Roy enters. 7 8 9 Frank turns to one of the boxes marked "Waterford II" and peels off a price sticker: $49.99. Good deal. FRANK -. That should be next week sometime -8 9 OMITTED INT.Rev. frozen in his car.do you have a water filtration system in your house? Do you read the papers or watch TV. (CONTINUED) 10 . ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE .if you buy the Waterford II water filtration system. 7/17/02 7 CONTINUED: FRANK -.DAY At his window.we just have to wait for the sponsor's rep to fly in for the final drawing. the prize gets recorded as a sales expense and you don't pay any tax. FRANK $398. You'd pay twice that in stores. Frank watches Roy.00 even.
cleans its handkerchief. The moment he transforms. and I understand why. but the thing is. you're a very lucky woman. overly sunny) Good morning. Now I understand you'd like to talk to your husband about this first. Fisk. regional vice-president at Allied Affiliates.' Who doesn't? Roy declines Frank's phone. so you see. my supervisor just stepped into my office and he would love to talk to you. Something on the radio? (he offers phone) Irene Fisk.. Fisk. Can I ask you one question. it's very exciting. Congratulations! Which prize are you hoping for? (beat) That would be my choice. Can you hold just a sec? (puts her on hold. Irene? Do you have grandchildren? (beat) Five! How old? Well. his whole personality moves to his own. too. Yes. Fisk? John Goodhew. I've got a six and twoyear old at home and I'll tell you: the day I installed a filtrator. I agree: they are our most precious resource.. But today is our deadline. 'Wants to talk to her husband first..my secretary is having a baby this afternoon and the whole office here is about to bug out and go over to the hospital. to Roy. (CONTINUED) . 10 CONTINUED: FRANK You want to what? When will he be home? (beat) Mrs. up the receiver. Yes. Irene -(confidentially) -. then un-holds does. ROY 10 ROY Mrs..4. Absolutely you can taste the difference. He plucks mouthpiece with his Mrs.
DAY Roy behind the wheel. Frank angles his foot up on the dash. Roy and Frank stand on her front porch. Frank goes to work -. that's sweet of you to offer.5. And though his voice may be grinning.DAY Roy moves briskly ahead of Frank along a sidewalk. which he does whenever he's outside. A long-standing joke: the non-answer answer. We'd like to ask you a few questions if we could. Frank knots his tie. I'll tell you. ROY Carolyn Schaffer? (as she nods) I'm Agent Kellaway. we're from the Federal Trade Commission. I rather be out in sunny California with you today 'cause it's just pouring up here. ROY'S CAPRICE (OFFICE PARKING LOT) .. cooped up in our corporate offices on State Street. his hands thrust deep in his coat pockets. FRANK You got any thoughts on lunch? Roy nods. RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD . ROY Irene. 11 INT. Roy notices) -. and I'm sure she'd love that. and Roy points it off. Uhhuh. Now let me confirm your address for our courier service. his eyes betray him: he doesn't enjoy this. exactly. (CONTINUED) 13 12 Windows up 11 . Sorry to disturb you. tight. though.. this is Agent Cole. but we're in Chicago. 12 EXT. Roy presents identification. 13 EXT.as Roy finishes up. 10 CONTINUED: (2) 10 Listening. MIDDLE-CLASS HOME Door answered by a MIDDLE-AGED HOUSEWIFE. Roy nods to Frank: she's in.calling a courier service on Roy's line (his mouth grazing the receiver. Cats and dogs.
then sell you something worthless. in? 14 INT. ma'am.6. near tears) I was going to surprise you. HUSBAND Jesus.. just new to some. I wouldn't have to pay tax of the prize. (CONTINUED) . um. HOUSEWIFE (penitent. She indicates a Waterford II installed on her kitchen faucet. HUSBAND (pissed. 13 CONTINUED: HOUSEWIFE Is everything alright? ROY We hope so. He said if I bought one of their products.. ROY I'm sorry to tell you this.. I can't remember.. And I'm sorry to tell you you've been the victim of fraud. France or Italy. He said there'd be a drawing in a week. and I'd either win a trip to. KITCHEN . and I'd won a prize. The Housewife gives her testimony: HOUSEWIFE He said there'd been a contest. They bait you with something bogus. their filtration things. 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.DAY Roy and Frank sit at a breakfast table. across from the Housewife and her HUSBAND. but you won't be receiving any prize. ma'am. Carolyn. then wilts under her husband's stare.
Roy and Frank exchange grimaces. there's not a lot we can do. If they cashed your check out of state. But we'd need a signed clearance from you for your bank to run a trace on the check. (to Housewife) You wrote a check. (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. Mrs. Unless.7.. HUSBAND Ah. ma'am -. it's mail fraud and we can go after them. it's federal and we can act.. Unless what? ROY A lot of these sons-of-bitches -excuse me.they work in syndicates. ma'am? (as she nods) Did you mail it to them? HOUSEWIFE A courier picked it up. 14 CONTINUED: ROY How much did you give them. and then -(CONTINUED) HUSBAND FRANK HUSBAND 14 . Jesus. Schaffer? HOUSEWIFE Seven hundred dollars. What? ROY If they use the postal system. Otherwise. Carolyn...
(rises to go. then returns to her seat -. will ya. the DOG SCRATCHES at the door again. (off Roy's fixed. 8. Roy takes the form and lays it before the Husband. darling? I told you: you're too trusting. these guys were amateurs. Any luck. And every voice drifts into the distance. HUSBAND Let him out. use my pen.MATCHSTICK MEN .without closing it behind her. ROY Here. by chance feels inside his pocket) Wait. HUSBAND See. here we go. You gotta be more careful of people. 7/17/02 14 CONTINUED: (2) HUSBAND I'll give you a clearance. ROY (to Frank) You have any more of those L-47's? FRANK Maybe in the car. HUSBAND (signing L-47) Here ya go. Carolyn? The Housewife slides open a glass door for the dog. cashed your check in Nevada. 14 As the Husband's eyes glaze over the small print.Rev. ROY All we need is the name of your bank. uneasy stare) You alright? (CONTINUED) . Roy's focus fixes on it. he's absolutely right. your account number and your signature at the bottom. If it'll help get those bastards. FRANK I'm sorry to say. ma'am.
FRANK You are taking your pills? ROY (at last) Yes. takes his time getting in. are you? Roy faces him.and recognizes the cause of his infirmity: the open door. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . Frank rises and closes the glass door.DAY The Caprice pulls into the parking lot. A breath to compose himself and Roy STARTS the CAR. 7/17/02 14 CONTINUED: (3) 9. Roy snaps out of it. Sorry. Roy speedily. fixated on the small wilderness outside -.MATCHSTICK MEN . A16 EXT. too -. admonished. but he never pauses in his effort to get inside his car as fast as he can. The car pulls out.Rev. RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD . FRANK Do you mind if I close this? They don't.Roy is sweating and uneasy. 14 Frank notices now. (CONTINUED) A16 What the 15 . Sound within the room returns to normal. Frank. ROY I'm fine. Roy seems barely interested. Inside. FRANK You're not taking your pills. Frank splits up the day's take. testily. thanks. you looked like you were gonna whoopsy-daisy all over those people's Oriental. (he takes L-47) Thank you. Frank smiles to allay the Husband's suspicions: fuck was that about? 15 EXT. fifty-fifty.. FRANK It's just that.DAY Roy and Frank return to their car..
. FRANK (sing-song) He's top-heavy.Rev. The CHECK-OUT WOMAN totals them: CHECK-OUT WOMAN . six.CHECK-OUT AISLE . One look at those drapes I should have known. Frank. four. it's long con.MATCHSTICK MEN . A16 Roy gives him none.with the boat. with the -ROY -. SUPERMARKET . Roy. ROY Without me. it's not a fortune. ROY (beat) You have to pay her extra for that? 16 INT. I don't do long con. you know. Frank is looking for a glimmer of hope. (off no response from Roy) It's real money. but it keeps me in diapers. I'd just like to. For Roy. The guy I was telling you. Barely.DAY Roy drops a half-dozen cans of Chicken-By-the-Sea on the conveyor. (beat) I saw that guy again last night: Chuck. it's a standing order here. Frank puts up his hands: never mind.. And a pack of Winston's. ROY If it's real money. five. take a girl out somewhere nice once in a while. FRANK Okay. 16 . FRANK You haven't done it lately. 10. 7/17/02 A16 CONTINUED: FRANK Well.
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
31 EXT. studying the carpet. I'll put all my shit where they can't find it. pick up. There is a KNOCK at the front door. that's it. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy takes his lunch break.O. 33 INT. 33 ROY (O. Shit.) Roy. Roy shows no interest in answering it. The PHONE RINGS again.on machine again) What the hell. where are you? 30 INT. one dishwashing glove removed. ROY'S HOUSE Roy cleans all the windows.) 32 31 30 29 Roy does not respond. 29 INT.over message machine) Roy. Roy! FRANK (O. SQUEAK.) You in there? Roy! Frank KNOCKS some more. .S.MEDLEY OF PRISTINE ROOMS . I know you're here! (beat) I'll call the cops. 32 INT. I'm coming over. It's me. pick up.S. FRANK (O. Okay. goddammit! Your car's here. Roy. The PHONE RINGS in the next room. eating straight from the can again.LATER FRANK (V.S. I'll do it.13. SQUEAK. Roy. ROY'S HOUSE . Roy. from the inside only -SQUEAK. ROY'S LIVING ROOM Roy sits prone on his couch. I'll call them and they'll come down here! Roy surrenders: he gets off the couch. FRANK (V. ROY'S BATHROOM Roy cleans behind the toilet. Eyes bloodshot and weary.O. I feel like a chick.
latch on.S.) Okay. Roy returns. (as he takes them off) Okay. okay. walks away. or you don't come in. FRANK (O. What? Why? FRANK ROY Take 'em off. ROY Take off your shoes. Open up. shoes are coming off. You seen him? He's been missing most of the week. Clean? Roy. (CONTINUED) . Roy can't. (beat) Tell me you've left the house in three days. Frank enters and the scent of ammonia slams his nostrils. Roy. FRANK My partner. You get attacked by Mr. opens it.. mouth appear in the opening. you gotta open a window. FRANK Mother..14. unlatches and opens the door. lemme in. did you? Roy shuts the door. FRANK (looking in at him) You didn't take your pills. 34 AT HIS FRONT DOOR Roy unlocks it. Frank's nose and 34 FRANK (sigh of relief) Thank Jesus. (as Frank just stares at him) Looking for something? No. ROY Windows.
A beat. 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. 35 IN LIVING ROOM Frank enters. Down the garbage disposal. he really -Frank -(CONTINUED) ROY ROY . My aunt saw this shrink after her divorce. 35 34 FRANK You didn't take your -ROY I spilled them. I'm gonna make a call. ROY That's what I said. Frank stops short of it. FRANK You call Mancuso? He moved. Looks at Roy.15. FRANK Take a shower. By accident. FRANK You gotta be shitting me.the rug. ROY Watch -.
I got car payments. I don't need a partner who's -Frank pantomimes a mad-act spasm. He stamps out his cigarette and approaches." Roy watches from a darkened breezeway. smoking. Go ahead. Frank picks up the phone. a plaque reads: "DR. KLEIN (re: his form) You're something of a clean slate. 36 INT. stares at a pair of Florsheims crossed atop an ottoman. hands in coat pockets. DR. M. dials. Roy. Roy relents. DR. They belong to DR. Yeah? ROY Wipe that thing down when you're done with it. DR. KLEIN You mind if I put them up? helps my back. HARRIS KLEIN. at the far end of a small couch. Frank.DAY Roy. 35 CONTINUED: FRANK Roy: you need to see someone. Frank looks to be at the end of his rope.16. As he heads for the bathroom. okay? A beat. Roy. This says you were on medication but you don't know what kind. KLEIN'S OFFICE . KLEIN. you know. (CONTINUED) ROY It 37 . You got money you can retire. don't think I'm doing this just for you. who scans Roy's form. FRANK Go take that shower. 37 INT. Listen. SMALL OFFICE BUILDING COURTYARD 36 FRANK ROY 35 Beside a door.D.
says here you're -It DR. KLEIN Yes. Why? ROY So I wouldn't have to talk to someone like you. DR.17. 37 CONTINUED: ROY They were green capsules. Do you know what they were? DR. I'd say you were lucky to be sitting up straight -ROY Can you get me more of them? DR. Roy doesn't. Roy. on them. ROY That's a funny thing for a shrink to say.I'm sorry. KLEIN 37 ROY -. KLEIN Let's talk a little first. Klein smiles. but my partner. I think it said P. my buddy Frank -DR. And at the dosage you say you were taking. ROY Yes.F. Doc. What happened in the past I don't care about. Something like that. KLEIN You were getting them illegally? (as Roy balks) We're starting fresh today. KLEIN -.Beth Mercer's nephew -(CONTINUED) .D. I was getting them illegally.
DR. then -. the pills or not? Yes. ROY And you skirt it. ROY I get tired a lot.this session will be quite brief. make me feel sick to my stomach. DR.as you say -. Can you get me 37 DR. Roy quits. The face-off continues. How long you been in that line? Nothing from Roy. Certain things distract me. KLEIN You certainly get to the point. DR. this session's over before it's started. KLEIN What kinds of things? (CONTINUED) . DR.18. but I can't sleep. KLEIN Roy. Klein never blinks.he said I could come here and you'd get me the pills I need. If you can't do that. If you're inclined against that. ROY Then let's get that prescription pad out. usually I don't prescribe medicine unless I've had a little chat with the patient first. KLEIN DR. Roy stares the doctor down. abruptly. Then. 37 CONTINUED: (2) ROY -. KLEIN It says here you're an antiques dealer. KLEIN Would you like to tell me what's been bothering you? And continues.
KLEIN Ten years? ROY . DR. or windows. KLEIN Incorrectly. They call that agoraphobia. Anything else? Dirt. DR. DR. 37 Klein makes a note. KLEIN Were you married? (off Roy's nod) Kids? A beat. KLEIN What was her name? A beat. I don't like being outdoors. KLEIN Have these distractions affected your work of late? (off Roy's nod) And your personal relationships? ROY What personal relationships? DR. Heather. (CONTINUED) ROY ROY A long time ago. 37 CONTINUED: (3) ROY When people leave doors open. DR. KLEIN When was the last time you were in one? A relationship? With a woman? Five years? Keep going. right? DR.19. but yes. ROY Especially around moldings.
KLEIN You haven't spoken? ROY She left with a black eye. KLEIN You haven't seen her since? No.20. and a bun in the oven. KLEIN That's a new one. DR. ROY 37 ROY She was pregnant when she left me. which might have come from anyone. So gimme some pills and let me get on with my life. DR. 'cause she'd been down that path before. Maybe I got a kid. For all I know she got rid of the baby. And the whole time I was watching my carpet I was worrying that I might vomit. I was thinking: I’m a grown man. Doc. And the more I thought about it the more I realized I should just blow my brains out and end it all. (beat) And that was a good day. Watching fibers on my carpet. 37 CONTINUED: (4) Maybe. and the whole time I was worrying I might vomit. the more I thought about what that would do to my goddamn carpet. which I gave her. DR. Maybe. maybe I don't. For all I know she got hit by a bus. I haven't. (a breath to cool his temper) Doc: I spent last Tuesday on my living room sofa. but the more I wanted to blow my brains out. So. no. ROY . Watching my carpet. I should know what's going on in my head.
NIGHT 21. Hello -Roy hangs up. flips pages to "F. He closes the book in surrender. ON PHONE He hasn't quit yet. 40 41 & 42 WOMAN (V. Then picks up the phone again. He closes his eyes. (waits. TWO RINGS. starts to dial. AT TABLE He opens the phone book. sucks down part of a Winston. Heather. 10/7/02 38 39 A39 OMITTED OMITTED INT. ROY'S KITCHEN .NIGHT Roy sits on the edge of the bed. dials.. poised with pen and pad.) B39 ." His finger scans names. then) What about in Orange County? B39 INT. ROY -. breathless. 38 39 A39 Roy pushes a blue capsule out of a foil-bottom packet. He picks up his phone.Fenton. staring at Heather's number. then hangs up.Rev.AT SINK .MATCHSTICK MEN . He's scared shitless. comes up empty. ROY'S BEDROOM . He stops to think. ONE RING. F-e-n-t-o-n.O. 40 41 & 42 OMITTED OMITTED Buries his hands under his armpits. downs it with coffee..
DR. ROY If you gotta be dirty about it. KLEIN'S OFFICE Klein studies Roy. 10/7/02 43 INT. DR. ROY I was young.MATCHSTICK MEN . 22/23.Rev. 43 (CONTINUED) . Basically. Then we got hitched. We met in a bar. KLEIN And she got pregnant. DR. Discovered we both had similar interests. KLEIN Sexual intercourse. she was very young. I don't think either of us put a whole lot of thought into it. drinking and -He waves his hand.
She was pregnant two months before she told me. After things got bad. ROY DR.if he's a he -. KLEIN He -. what might have been. DR. Roy shakes his head. 7/17/02 43 CONTINUED: ROY That was later. DR. About what? ROY What have you got? a lot then -Are you now? ROY (nods) -.. KLEIN 24. KLEIN (CONTINUED) .so some nights she just didn't come home.? DR. Which is why I. 43 DR.. KLEIN Do you think about that? ROY Sometimes.I wonder: Is one of those kids Roy Jr. Hit her? Roy nods. If I see a school bus or -. KLEIN Do you think about her much? What could have been. KLEIN DR.MATCHSTICK MEN . Rarely.Rev. And the baby? ROY If there's a baby. We fought a lot. KLEIN I wasn't sober DR.would be how old now? Fourteen.
45 INT. ROY'S LIVING ROOM .. KLEIN Ready to be a man. KLEIN I don't know. stares out at the pool. The PHONE RINGS. do you know of a way of. Klein relents. 43 If he's a he. uh.MATCHSTICK MEN . Dr. At last. 25. DR. 44 INT. Could you? Roy pushes the number on him. Klein appears from his stockroom/closet and hands Roy a handful of unlabeled sampler packs. he takes Heather's number. DR. Klein looks surprised. 44 ROY Call her? DR. with a man telephoning his ex-wife.. Roy. ROY Just to find out.. DR. 7/17/02 43 CONTINUED: (2) Fourteen. But that's what Roy wants. Roy.Rev.NEXT DAY Roy.. (withdraws the number from his shirt pocket) Couldn't say a word. You bought yourself a month's worth. rock-like. ROY If he is at all. I. KLEIN Congratulations. DR. KLEIN There's nothing wrong. ROY I tried that last night.. (CONTINUED) 45 .. Klein hesitates: This is unorthodox. ROY Doc.? Just to find out. KLEIN'S ANTEROOM Roy waits.
.. She knows you're her father. ROY Doc. DR. I'm sorry. KLEIN (V.O. Who? DR. I can't lie.on phone) I told her I was a psychiatrist.on phone) No. Roy can't move or speak for a moment. 45 CONTINUED: DR.. Your daughter.. can you hold the line a moment? (CONTINUED) Then: ROY 46 45 Roy? . DR. ROY Does she want to talk to me? DR. Angela wants to talk to you. KLEIN (V. KLEIN (V.26. KLEIN (V. ROY (picking up) Doc.O. Klein. Roy.O. ROY'S HALLWAY Roy's on the portable. ROY You told her I was in therapy. KLEIN (on the answering machine) This is Dr. 46 INT.on phone) I just got off the phone with Heather.on phone) Angela. She didn't understand it might help with your therapy.O. and she says she really wants to meet you. We had a nice conversation. though. She doesn't.
bewildered. Pretty but not fully formed. NEIGHBORHOOD PARK . then pushing the old butt through the window crack.LATER The Young Girl sits waiting. lights it. Stopped across the street. Through the door: The unmistakable convulsions of a man puking up everything he has. when in his side mirror: A YOUNG GIRL floats INTO VIEW atop a skateboard. slender but not fragile. Then: Where? 47 MOVING SHOT MOVING UNDER a highway sign: SAN PEDRO. looks this way and that. amazed.) 46 Then DOWN TO: Roy's Caprice. empty. 48 EXT. watching.LATER The Girl stands. Roy doesn't move. 49 SAME SCENE . 50 SAME SCENE . 51 SAME SCENE . and as she passes Roy's car. then gives up. 46 CONTINUED: Roy cups the phone.DAY Except for one young mother and her infant.27. Roy at the wheel.he's early. he can see: there's disappointment in her eyes. Carries it inside the bathroom. 47 ROY (O.S. rolling her skateboard backand-forth.LATER Roy is chain-lighting his next cigarette. then dismounts and walks into the park. and unrolls his window an eighth of an inch. She mounts her board and starts away. She rides past his Caprice. white knuckles at two and ten. Roy checks his watch -. Roy remains in his car. He burrows out a cigarette. Turns on the light and shuts the door behind him. (CONTINUED) 51 50 49 48 .
except: So: Yep. Roy stumbles out of his Caprice.hey!! The Girl stops. ANGELA . ANGELA When'd you get out? What? Of prison. ROY I've never been in prison. He doesn't know what to say. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA ROY ROY You're fourteen.28. hands deep in his pockets. Oh. A beat. on pavement. cigarette dangling from his mouth. 51 CONTINUED: Shit. 52 Father and daughter meet. Roy stands nearby. 52 ANGELA (YOUNG GIRL) ROY ROY ROY 51 ON PARK SWINGS Angela rocks gently. clothes disheveled. Hey -. She swings a little more. not sand. You Angela? You Roy? He nods. Roy throws open his car door.
ROY What's that thing with girls -where they don't eat? ANGELA (mouth full) Anorexia. When he said that. ROY You -. Roy glances about. mashed and gravy. ANGELA You're gonna get wet. ROY I'm in antiques. SAN PEDRO DINER Angela is served an enormous meal (turkey.29. and Roy takes note from across the table. 53 INT. Then she said you might as well be. chocolate shake). 52 ANGELA That's what the doctor said. ROY I thought you weren't hungry. On the phone. I get uncomfortable sometimes being outside.you hungry? (as she shrugs) Do you mind eating? It's just -I'd feel better somewhere indoors. anxious. might as well go swimming. Mom started to laugh. 52 CONTINUED: ROY Your mom tell you that? ANGELA First she told me you were dead. I'm not dead. (CONTINUED) 53 . She gives him a curious look.
That's when you go in the bathroom after and vomit. ANGELA That why you ended up a criminal? (CONTINUED) ANGELA . ANGELA That's okay. 53 CONTINUED: ROY At least we know you don't have that. Roy studies her face. She continues to eat. If I had anything to do over again. I used to do it. Mom used to say I got lucky and only got your elbows. ANGELA It's summer. ROY So you're in school. right? Not now. ANGELA I could have bulimia. Sorry. You drop out? Roy hesitates. ROY How is your mom? Fine.30. 53 ANGELA You're staring. then nods. there isn't. Well. Roy waits: Is there more information forthcoming? Angela eats. Look at your picture and see if I got your nose or your eyes. school's real important. ANGELA ROY ROY Right. too. I'd work harder in school. deliberately: No.
.if you make it a career. sucking up the dregs with her straw as she studies Roy. snooping. noisy slurp from her shake. HIS CAPRICE .MOVING Roy drives. huh? I'm not a criminal.. you know.I'm in antiques -ANGELA -. Everybody's done something bad in their life -ROY -. (beat) Sorry. eyes a pack of cigarettes along with Roy's pink slip. I shouldn't've -ANGELA (mock shock) What -. proof of insurance. ANGELA 'Cause she still hates you. (CONTINUED) . Yeah. 54 ROY I pretty much figured that. Whatever you do. you know.31. Angela. 54 ROY INT. ANGELA You still love her? He doesn't know how to answer. 53 CONTINUED: (2) 53 She takes a long. opens the glove compartment. it's just a lot of something strung together -ROY Cut the shit.t'? (unfazed) When's the last time you saw each other. You finished? ANGELA It's okay.what was that word? 'Shi. fake FTC identification. you and Mom? ROY Before you were born.
stop. then his hand. Meanwhile.DAY Roy pulls over. Frank works the phones. Roy watches her skate away. FRANK (V. then glances at the number written on his palm. She closes the door. Mom got it for me for my birthday. how. Dad. 54 CONTINUED: ROY (shooing her away) Hey. ANGELA This is my private line. Time to say good-bye. Maybe we could go bowling some time. He can't help but smile. You better drop me here. (CONTINUED) 56 Angela leaps He doesn't know 55 54 . HEATHER'S NEIGHBORHOOD . 55 EXT.. She takes it. stop. Roy is caught off-guard by the suggestion. fighting the monotony of cold calling. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE .. 'Cause my friend Carrie kept on calling after midnight. out. then leans back in. That's her car in the driveway. Looking up the street: ANGELA Stop. Copying the number fading from his palm.32. hey. ANGELA Got a pen? He does. and writes a telephone number on his palm. It absolutely bewilders him.O.NEXT DAY Roy's at his desk. ANGELA Nice meeting you.) What's more important than family? 56 INT.
no prize for you. the phone: He stares at Roy.brow-beats the illegal alien who's towel-drying his Mercedes (complete with bumper sticker "I'd Rather Be Sailing"). (off Frank's astonishment) Figure I owe you one. with the boat. Across the street. I'm sorry: you waited too long.MATCHSTICK MEN . ROY (tell me again) What's his last name? (CONTINUED) 57 . can you hold just one moment? Thank you. then) How much money you think we could take that guy for? Chuck.Rev. new-money suit -. 57 EXT. You switch shampoos or something? (beat) Pills working? (as Roy nods) Glad one of us is happy.DAY CHUCK FRECHETTE -. 56 Then back on FRANK Mr. Roy and Frank scout him. ROY (moment's thought. 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. And he hangs up. to Roy) What? Huh? FRANK You're smiling. (notices Roy's smile) Mr.swarthy. Frank can't believe it. Schlickling. CAR WASH . ROY 33. Schlickling? Hi. forty-something. (muting the phone.
Watched him drop two G's there a month ago. Hell if I know. ROY Sonovabitch didn't even tip. FRANK Chuck Frechette.. Roy KEYS the IGNITION. ROY (beat) More. FRANK I figure on short notice he could scratch up at least thirty grand. Cheetah's? FRANK It's a gentlemen's -ROY I know what it is. 57 CONTINUED: Frechette. ROY He's not connected. 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.34. He gets in and PEELS AWAY. 57 ROY How do you spell it? FRANK F-R. he's from Downey. ROY Where'd you find him? FRANK Cheetah's. leaving his dryer's upturned palm empty. Music to Frank's ears. FRANK Import/export. What's he do? ROY . Meanwhile..
BANK VAULT The bank Clerk removes a large safety deposit box.LOBBY .VAULT ANTEROOM -.he moves briskly through -59 INT. then withdraws from his jacket two envelopes -.where he approaches a CLERK.Rev. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . a number of pairs of eyeglasses.O. CLERK (offering a form) Signature and pass code. plus a gallery of pristine shoes. 58 ROY (V. 62 INT. then leaves Roy alone with it. I'm inside.then into -61 INT. Roy opens it. Think he knows anything about international finance? -.one white. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . one manila.NIGHT Roy faces his professional costume closet: several suits. ROY'S SECOND BEDROOM . CLERK May I help you? ROY I'd like to access my safe deposit box.STAIRS -. high to low end. please. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . As we hear him continue -- 35. 7/17/02 58 EXT.) We'll pull the Jamaican switch on him. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . 63 64 OMITTED INT. 63 64 62 61 60 59 . sets it on a viewing table. so you're rope.DAY Roy enters. J-215.DAY -.MATCHSTICK MEN . He knows you. Roy tries on a pair.and -60 INT. checks himself in the mirror.
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He hangs up. A KNOCK at the door. Roy looks alarmed. He just got off the phone with Frank -- who else could that be? AT FRONT DOOR Opening on Angela, backpack and skateboard at her feet. Remember me? Roy nods, bemused. ROY You just in the neighborhood? Took the bus. in a sec? ANGELA Think I could come ANGELA
Panic flickers across Roy's face. No one but Frank has crossed this threshold in many years. He opens the door wider and she steps inside. She peers about. Nice. Huh? ANGELA It's nice. Your place. I bet you're wondering how I got your address. He wasn't. ANGELA Off your car insurance, in your glove compartment. Roy feels suddenly uncomfortable in his own home. (CONTINUED) ROY ANGELA
37. 65 CONTINUED: ROY So what's going on? ANGELA Mom and I had sort of a fight. It happens once in a while. I usually take off for a day or two to let her calm down. Take off? ANGELA Normally I go to Carrie's. Only her family's on vacation. And I thought, since we seemed to hit it off so good last time -(hoping Roy will complete the thought; he doesn't) -- I could sleep on the couch? ROY (cardiac arrest) You wanna stay here? ANGELA I could pay you back by cleaning up or something -(as she gazes around spotless room; then re: his glasses) You wear those to read? They make you look kinda old. ROY These're just for -(remembering) I gotta go. I got a business meeting. This late? ROY Antiques wait for no man. (half to himself, half to her) Is it okay if I leave you here? Sure. ANGELA I can watch TV. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ROY 65
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Roy searches around the room, as if a television will magically appear. ANGELA You don't have a TV? You seriously don't have a TV? He smiles, sheepishly. ROY There's a couch. If you want to sit. Or there if you prefer. Or the couch. She moves to the couch, amused by his nervousness; of course, she treads right across the carpet. Roy averts his eyes, starts for the door... ROY You want me to pick up anything on the way back? Ice cream? ANGELA New York Super Fudge Chunk. What? ANGELA That's my favorite flavor. York Super Fudge Chunk. New York...? ANGELA Super Fudge Chunk. ROY Chocolate. Don't open the door for anybody. 66 EXT. ROY'S HOUSE - NIGHT Quietly as he can, Roy locks the front door. Hesitates for a moment. Can he do this -- leave a fourteen-yearold girl alone in his house? He must. 66 ROY New ROY
ROY'S BEDROOM .39. pays the cover charge at the door and spots -. just cans of Chicken-of-theHere she opens drawers: 69 68 ROY 67 70 . 70 INT. He finds himself a table. Angela snoops. I like those. ROY'S KITCHEN .Chuck Frechette drinking alone at the bar.NIGHT While Roy's away. 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.by way of a mirror -. 69 INT. 67 EXT. CHEETAH'S . CHEETAH'S STRIP CLUB . ROY How long's he been inside? FRANK Twenty minutes.NIGHT Here she opens cupboards: Sea. FRANK (re: Roy's glasses) Hey. They make you look -Old? FRANK (hesitates. Frank taps on the passenger side window and Roy unlocks the door. then) Older. just clothes. Roy enters.NIGHT Roy pulls his Caprice into a distant view of the club.NIGHT As glamorous an establishment as you might imagine. 68 INT.
Not just now. Frank spots Roy and heads his way.NIGHT As Roy sips a club soda: Good evening.then flash to the door as Frank enters.NIGHT Here she stands on a chair and pries atop bookshelves: nothing here. okay? Frank stands over Roy and extends his hand.40. (voice dropping) At the bar. including Frechette. didn't notice Frank enter. eyes on the girls. Frank nods. FRANK Thanks. though. can I get a Bud?! Everyone turns their heads at that. He missed you come in. Bob. (CONTINUED) . Come back later for me. loudly: FRANK Hey. who recognizes Frank. not even dust. then whistles to a passing waitress. His eyes stray up to hers (who knows the last time he faced a bare midriff) -STRIPPER Care for a dance? -. But from this perch. Roy glances back at the bar: Frechette. Arden. The Stripper departs. FRANK Hope I didn't keep you. the ceramic horse in the corner draws her attention. passing Frank. 71 INT. honey. 72 INT. ROY STRIPPER 72 71 ROY (rising to shake) Good to see you. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . CHEETAH'S .
Hey. Chuck Frechette. Roy monitors his approach. FRANK (awkwardly) Ah. Arden -Roy shoots Frank a look: no names. They do. cueing Frank to reach into his windbreaker. I didn't know you were here. huh? -. Frank shuts up. FRANK We in business? ROY On my next drink.. Roy picks up his drink. FRANK I told you you'd like it here. Roy notes Frechette's glance and quickly palms the envelope into his lap. tie tugged loose. Bob. FRANK (he turns) Hey. this is my friend.41. Chuck. whiskey in hand. (CONTINUED) FRECHETTE ROY 72 . Another stripper passes. Frank stands to shake hands. remove the white envelope. 72 CONTINUED: FRANK (back to Roy) That do the trick? Let's sit. but Frechette's eyes drop to the white envelope on the table: a slim stack of $100's peeks out from within. and drop it on the table -FRANK Don't spend it all on one girl. Frechette starts off his barstool toward them. and Roy's distracted an instant..so that it lands just as Frechette arrives.
FRANK Fish in a barrel. Great.he removes the manila envelope from his coat and hands it to Frank/"Bob": a trade. FRECHETTE (to Roy) Nice meeting you. Roy waits until Frechette has returned to his barstool and is clandestinely watching and then -FRECHETTE'S POV -. BACK WITH ROY AND FRANK As Frank glances inside Roy's manila envelope (filled with British pounds). Roy glances at Frechette. FRECHETTE I'll be over at the FRANK Thanks. whose attention jerks back to the girls. Chuck. mind if -FRECHETTE 72 You Frechette gets the idea fast: something not-quite-legal is going down here. FRANK (to Frechette. He's piqued. confidentially) Say.42. ROY You good to go? (CONTINUED) Frank sits back . and he's not welcome. 72 CONTINUED: (2) Hiya. Sure. curiosity piqued. Bob. Roy nods hello. we got a little business to settle up here. then resumes his stare at Frank: get him out of here. down. Frechette retreats. none-too-pleased. bar.
it's not for me. Roy approaches. ROY Oh. Frechette starts toward Frank. ignoring Frechette on his way out the door. Arden. but she laughs with him.NIGHT A carton of New York Super Fudge Chunk makes its way down the conveyor to join a few more cans of tuna. 7/17/02 72 CONTINUED: (3) FRANK Does the Pope shit in the woods? ROY Just say yes. Bob. CHECK-OUT WOMAN You have kids overnight? 74 73 Roy laughs at the absurdity of this. The Check-Out Woman doesn't understand. 73 INT. arms and legs splayed every which way.AT FREEZER . 43. SUPERMARKET . CHECK-OUT WOMAN Big night planned? Huh? Right. locks the door behind him. 72 Roy leaves Frank. then remembers he does not need them. FRANK See you in the morning.for the first time in his career as parent -finds a blanket to drape over her. Squints through his fogged glasses. sets down the ice cream. ROY'S HOUSE . and -.NIGHT 75 Roy enters. As soon as he's gone.MATCHSTICK MEN . okay? (rising) So long. of course. 74 AT SAME CHECK-OUT .NIGHT Roy picks his way through various cartons of ice cream. (CONTINUED) ROY .Rev. Angela? She sleeps atop the couch. 75 INT. The CheckOut Woman adds a pack of Winstons to the bunch.
squints at the light. heads to his room. shuts the light off. ROY'S FRONT DOOR . ANGELA I did. eyes closed. and just before he turns off the living room light. Called you names. ROY 44. ROY I sold a nice piece. murmuring: ANGELA I don't think you're a bad guy. ROY That's what makes me good at it. 75 Angela smiles. careful not to let Frank peer in. 76 Immediately: KNOCK- INT. She didn't want to talk about it. He rises. Touched she stuck up for him.MATCHSTICK MEN . ANGELA How was your meeting? Good. That's why we got into a fight. ANGELA Why'd Mom leave you? ROY You'd have to ask her. Angela rolls over under her blanket. You ANGELA She said you were a bad guy. KNOCK. 7/17/02 75 CONTINUED: ANGELA (groggily) Roy? Go to sleep. don't seem like a bad guy. half-asleep.NEXT MORNING Frank is knocking. (CONTINUED) 76 . He starts to go.Rev. Roy opens the door. Roy smiles. Roy smiles.
Let his greed meet his imagination. digs a spoon into the pint of New York Super Fudge Chunk.DAY Roy and Frank huddle on the sidewalk. Lunch. ROY'S HOUSE . her hair still wet.DAY Angela. FRANK The second you left the place. Frank returns the manila envelope to him. 76 Conscious of Angela asleep inside. meanwhile. He wants to meet tonight. (CONTINUED) 79 78 . Roy glances back at his house. slightly: is Angela spying? A window shade shifts 77 ROY Push it to tomorrow.Rev. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . he was off his barstool. He's in. I reeled him in -ROY Do we have to do this now? FRANK I got your money. man.DAY Roy returns to find his couch empty and the shower water running in the bathroom. He seizes the opportunity to sneak both envelopes of cash into the ceramic horse. ROY'S KITCHEN . 79 INT. sneaks his morning medication down his throat. Oh. Roy slides out the door and closes it behind him. Oh. 7/17/02 76 CONTINUED: FRANK I wish you could have been there. Roy. 78 INT. Shh-shh-shh. FRANK What's going on? (shocked) You don't have someone in there? 77 EXT. Roy out of doors and anxious. is he in.MATCHSTICK MEN . ROY 45.
ANGELA What's his name? Frank. ANGELA How come you didn't want him to see me? ROY I didn't not want him to see you.MATCHSTICK MEN . Roy stiffens. (beat) What if I am? So? He's my father. You should get the TV to go with 'em. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . 80 ROY INT. 79 the prospect of confronting Heather rattles ANGELA Who was that guy who came by earlier? Who? Oh.. ANGELA Mom can pick me up. TV dinners are cool. No.. Roy reacts: him.. Lots and lots of tuna.. eat eggs or something? ANGELA All you've got here is tuna.. Guess. ROY A business associate. 7/17/02 79 CONTINUED: ROY You sure I can't give you a ride home? That's okay.. (MORE) (CONTINUED) ... No. pissed: 80 someone went snooping.DAY Angela's on the phone: ANGELA Hi.. (re: ice cream) Shouldn't you.... 46. And one TV dinner.Rev.
DAY Roy is doubled over on the couch. 80 CONTINUED: ANGELA (CONT'Dbeat) I don't care. ROY Today's Thursday. KLEIN'S OFFICE . his arms sagging down across his legs. ANGELA She said she was gonna call the police -So much for relief.but now she just wants me home in time for summer school. Now she quiets down. I promise! 'Bye.47. She mad? At me. I promise. Okay. Roy grows more distressed as Angela grows more petulant. ROY 80 Roy looks relieved. isn't it? 81 INT. I will if I want. ANGELA -. Across the room. I know. ANGELA That's okay. ANGELA Not you. ANGELA I know. When's that? ANGELA Monday. head buried between his knees. She hangs up abruptly. I don't care. Yes. (CONTINUED) 81 ROY .
KLEIN And one more time. DR. DR. ROY But I've got a -. and don't watch too much TV. ROY You've got stains. deeply. three. DR. KLEIN When is it ever a good time for anything? I realize this is sudden.. KLEIN You can sit up. DR.48.. KLEIN I beg your pardon? ROY In your carpet. kids.and out.there's a big piece coming on the market I'm brokering and -. two.one. don 't stay up too late. four -. Roy eyes a picture of two little boys atop Klein's desk. but trust me. (CONTINUED) 81 . (as Roy does) Is that what you were thinking about? Stains in my carpet? ROY And that I have a fourteen-yearold girl I barely know living in my house. Roy. 81 CONTINUED: DR. Otherwise just try to be as honest and open with them as possible. KLEIN It's just for the weekend. they’re not so difficult. and you may feel unprepared. Most of all you have to focus on the basics: make sure they eat their vegetables. (as Roy breathes in) Hold it -. ROY As honest and open as possible.it's just not a good time.
Standing 84 In the frozen food aisle. pushing a pill from its packet. artichokes. ROY'S HOUSE . behind a cart. ROY Who's that for? ANGELA Don't you drink? ROY (shakes his head) Do you? Come on. KLEIN She's your daughter. SUPERMARKET .49.DRIVEWAY/GARAGE .BACK YARD . He gets out to find -83 EXT. cookies.DAY Angela lies by the pool on a beach towel in a bikini and dark glasses. ROY'S HOUSE . Angela appears behind him. ANGELA I'm fourteen. etc. Roy stares at them blankly. Roy reads directions on a package of frozen spinach. 81 CONTINUED: (2) DR. . broccoli. Roy.DAY Squash. Unless there's another ex-wife you haven't told me about. hips and calves. cauliflower. ANGELA How'd the meeting go? okay? Did it go 83 82 81 Confronted by his daughter's breasts. reading a magazine. she's the only one you got. swallowing it dry. his second dose of the day.DAY Roy pulls home. ANGELA What's the matter? You freaking out about something? 84 INT. carrying chips. Roy isn't sure which way to take that. Roy walks straight into the house. and a six-pack of beer. 82 EXT.
88 INT.S.) Just a minute. neither he nor Angela look too ecstatic about digging in. allowing Roy to enter -90 INT. proceeds to the bathroom door. used towels. 90 89 88 87 . Roy uses a piece of toilet paper to remove them. closes its door behind him.50. KITCHEN .DAY Roy cleans his coffee mug/wipes down the sink/waits. Roy. leaves his bedroom. Seated at his breakfast table. ROY'S BATHROOM .NIGHT Roy cooks. He's pissed his morning routine has been interrupted. 86 INT. the spinach and pasta lie untouched in the kitchen sink.MORNING The morning ritual begins again. dressed. 85 IN LINE FOR ROY'S USUAL CHECK-OUT WOMAN Roy and Angela wait behind two other shoppers. 87 INT.DAY It looks like a circus act of seals has come and gone. Roy closes it fast. ROY'S KITCHEN . ROY This one's better. Limp spinach and sauceless spaghetti. opens it -ANGELA (O. 89 INT. in a towel. He surrenders. 86 85 He serves. ANGELA The line for that one's shorter. Water everywhere.DAY Angela exits. underpants hanging from a faucet. ROY'S HALLWAY . ROY'S HALLWAY . Angela bites into a slice as Roy forks a fresh can of tuna. A pizza delivery box takes center stage on the breakfast table. His first attempt in years.
you sure you don't want something? ROY I gotta fly in two hours. 7/17/02 91 INT. who are halfway through lunch. huh? ROY For some folks. FRECHETTE Where you off to? ROY Phoenix. I've got to hold his hand. bespectacled again. 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.DAY 51.Rev. sits at a table with Frank and Frechette. ROY I have one rule. I'm going to tell you as little as possible about me and what I do. 91 Roy. (to passing waitress) Hon: could you heat this up a little. please? FRECHETTE That bad. FRANK To the business at hand. You sail? ROY I get seasick in the tub. Roy sticks with just coffee. ROY Bob tells me you're a yachtsman. Anyway. Just a forty-two footer I take out on weekends. (CONTINUED) . FRECHETTE Hardly. STEAK HOUSE .MATCHSTICK MEN . FRANK Arden. but as much as I need to make you comfortable with what we're doing. Chuck: simple is safe. Thanks. money is a foreign film without subtitles.
just as he did at Cheetah's. but reaches it under the table to Frechette. 91 Roy removes a manila envelope from his jacket.MATCHSTICK MEN .Rev. 7/17/02 91 CONTINUED: (A1) FRECHETTE What are we doing? 51A. Frechette peeks inside: thin stacks of hundred pound notes. FRECHETTE How much is it? (CONTINUED) .
You. ROY It's a little more complicated than that but again: simple is safe.52. floating on top the books like a layer of cream. removes an envelope from his jacket and reaches it under the table. (beat) Now I hope you have something for me. 91 CONTINUED: ROY Five thousand pounds sterling. Frechette nods.five hundred sixty-seven dollars. (CONTINUED) FRECHETTE 91 . FRECHETTE Five grand American. ROY Congratulations. Bob has a record. Whose is it? ROY No one's in particular. FRANK And he just scoops it off. One of the perks of working in the exchange program at a bank. Roy checks. pockets Frechette's money. you just made two thousand -FRECHETTE -. on the other hand. I looked it up on the Internet. At today's exchange rate. Just a little money unaccounted for. no one bats an eye. FRECHETTE Why not keep the money yourself? ROY As a bank employee any attempt I make to change currency is recorded and questioned.
STEAK HOUSE .53. I still 91 FRECHETTE Neither can I.. 91 CONTINUED: (2) FRANK The frickin' Internet. Roy goes off-book... ROY You have a daughter? Two. can't figure it out. FRECHETTE Fifteen and twelve. (suddenly has a thousand questions to ask Frechette) How do you get 'em out of the house? Mine just sits at home all day.. Arden: how much could you do this for? Hypothetically. As a rule: ten -FRANK we never go north of (CONTINUED) .DAY At the valet station: FRECHETTE Lemme ask you something. ROY I have a fourteen-year-old. But my daughter's a wiz at the thing. and everything smells like gum. Frank reacts: 92 what the hell is Roy talking about? 92 EXT. ROY . huh? Training bras hanging from your shower rod. FRECHETTE It's a riot. FRECHETTE Summer's the worst.
Frank sighs in relief. with Frank behind him. 93 EXT. ROY'S HOUSE . Frechette drives his Mercedes away.54.DAY Frank reads a fashion magazine from Angela's bag.DAY Roy unlocks the front door and enters. FRANK But you gotta make it to spend it. then: ROY It's easier if I show you. ROY You gotta spend money to make money. From within: ROY Angela. I'm back! (beat) Angela? Frank's here! (farther inside) Angela? Angela! 94 INT. ROY How much could you get your hands on? Frechette smiles. 92 CONTINUED: Roy quiets Frank. FRANK For a second I thought we were out two grand. (CONTINUED) 94 93 92 .MOMENTS LATER Stiffing his valet. Frank and Roy watch him go. eyes Chuck. SAME SCENE . ROY'S LIVING ROOM . (beat) 'Everything smells like gum?' What was that about? Roy hesitates.
Angela is brushing off her jeans. FRANK This is no good for you.NIGHT As Roy opens the door: The window is open.NIGHT Roy can be seen through the blinds. Where did you go? ANGELA I went to the arcade.55. Roy. 96 INT. She must have gone back to her mom's. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . ROY I've been waiting over an hour. I don't know anything about her.NIGHT An ashtray overflows on the coffee table. us. Roy waits on the couch and lights a fresh one. 97 INT. she usually go? Where does 94 ROY I don't know. turning its light on and off. ROY'S HOUSE . 95 EXT. He checks his watch: it's late. (CONTINUED) ANGELA . FRANK Her bag's still here. 94 CONTINUED: ROY She's not here. A dull THUNK comes from the back of the house. It's only like a half-mile away. ROY It's got nothing to do with us. watching the pool. SECOND BEDROOM . 97 96 95 Or ROY Where have you been? Nowhere.BACK YARD .
ROY Listen. and I didn't take any money out of your stupid horse. ROY Where the hell were you? I want to know right now or I'm calling your mother. Angela: I'm glad we met. ROY You didn't see my car? 56. Roy brushes the dirt into a trash can. I didn't drink. (as Roy goes white) So. ANGELA I just went out. This whole house smells like Lysol. but I've got a business. ANGELA It's stuffy in here. the arcade -ROY Why'd you sneak back in? ANGELA That's how I left.Rev. ANGELA What did I do wrong? ROY You didn't do anything wrong. if tomorrow morning I took you back home. and that's it. a partner. ANGELA Jeez. I don't have keys to lock the door. you're worse than Mom. for you most of all. shuts it. and I've got things a certain way. you never heard of a bank? .MATCHSTICK MEN . what. So I think it would be better. 7/17/02 97 CONTINUED: He moves to the window. I didn't get high. ANGELA I told you. 97 Roy squats to pluck up specks of dirt Angela tracked in.
meanwhile.. Oh. Fooled me. then starts pulling out wads of cash. yeah.57. ANGELA Let me go. Roy emerges far behind her and runs to catch her. You're like one of her boyfriends: I'm just something you have to deal with in order to screw her. Right next to their guns.NIGHT Roy slides the head off his ceramic horse.NIGHT Angela stalks away from Roy's house. Should he go after her? He turns back to his money: it looks all there. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . She. 98 INT. ROY It's not that I don't want you... (CONTINUED) ROY ANGELA . antique dealers always keep large stacks of cash in their homes. 99 EXT. ROY Will you stop? He catches her. Angela! ROY I wasn't kicking you out. Roy looks up. ROY'S STREET . (as he does) You just don't want me going home to Mom saying she was right all along.38. 99 98 ANGELA I don't want to stay where I'm not wanted. ANGELA (much too loudly) Even they tell me what they do for a living. book bag and skateboard in hand. mounts her board. Angela. As he counts it. punctuated by the front DOOR SLAMMING.. checks his . FOOTSTEPS march down the hall.
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
A lot of the time I feel sick about it. Josh Ward.. Just not very 100 ANGELA You seem to be doing okay by it. ANGELA I'm not as innocent as you think. you'd probably throw up right here. It does pay. Fat people.. It's not fun doing what I do. A lot of the time it's stealing from people who don't deserve it. well. Roy stops. ROY Then don't tell me. if I told you. 101 INT. Angela sits atop the toilet. I've done stuff.60. he's cute and I really really liked him. Believe me. I went with this boy. I've done stuff with boys.NIGHT As Roy brushes his teeth. ANGELA (calling his bluff) Then why do you keep doing it? Roy has no answer. ANGELA Teach me something! No! final! ROY ANGELA At the Christmas dance last year. ROY'S BATHROOM . Old people. (CONTINUED) 101 . 100 CONTINUED: (2) ANGELA Then why won't you?! (mockingly) Because crime doesn't pay? ROY No. ROY I'm not.
we went upstairs. ANGELA Where we going? ROY Rule number one..61. at Carrie's. and he pushed me up against the bed. where.' ROY (grabs. You're gonna forget it. 102 . Agreed? But she's already frolicking into the living room. Kisses him on the cheek. ROY'S CAPRICE . throws notebook) Rule number two. ANGELA (writing) 'Don't. you.DAY Cruising down the freeway. then skips down the hall. getting toothpaste on her face.. ROY I'm not listening. 102 INT. ANGELA And he took his hand.... Angela brings a notebook out of her backpack full of laundry.. shit.. Never work near where you live. 101 CONTINUED: ROY I'm not listening.. ROY And then you're never gonna do it again... One thing! thing! ROY I'll show you one 101 She nearly jumps for joy... ANGELA After the dance. Don't write anything down.
DAY Roy marks a lottery ticket as Angela watches: four of the five numbers -. 18. follows. (as she still follows) Stay in the car. 104 Angela 103 ROY You sure you're ready for this? ANGELA I was born ready. You're a cashier at a 7-Eleven. 104 INT. 103 EXT. . 49. amused. ROY I'm glad I missed that day.DAY Roy exits the Caprice. CASHIER You know the odds of the lottery hitting the same numbers in the same month. ROY Stay in the car.6. enters the 7-Eleven. She still follows. 60 -. To the CASHIER: ROY I want to play this for the drawing on the twenty-second. ANGELA You his financial advisor? No. 7-ELEVEN . 7-ELEVEN . CASHIER You're wasting your dollar.which (a prominent sign displays) won the day before. the same numbers ever? ROY That's why I changed one. CASHIER Roy gives up.62. The Cashier hops to it. ANGELA No. 22. Take his dollar and give him a ticket for the twenty-second. Roy considers Angela.
What you're selling is you. No matter how good your plan is. ANGELA I've got longer nails. So you have to be flexible. You don't want anyone whispering in your mark's ear but you. Angela. but beware of couples.. prepared to roll with anything. make sure the person you're conning isn't conning you. black. (beat) Okay. ROY Just the. Roy watches her scratch away with all her might.) Never play someone who's not buying what you're selling.O. sipping on a Big Gulp.. An elderly couple separates whites and colors. Angela approaches. backpack on her arm.63. LAUNDROMAT .O. ROY (V. is who your mark is. for God's sake. ROY'S CAPRICE Roy crumples up his lottery ticket. A single man. That's your ten percent. Most important thing you have to understand about this game is: ninety percent of it is variable. then turns to a middleaged HOUSEWIFE loading three machines. Angela gives him a get-lost look. you almost always get thrown a curveball. A boy in his teens returns her interest. (CONTINUED) 106 105 . The one thing you can control. ROY (V. She cases the joint.DAY Angela enters. sits reading Tolstoy. right.) The older the better. rolls it in his hand. ROY (V. takes it from him. though. 105 INT.) And. scratches hard at it with his fingernail. 106 EXT.O.
64. Three boys. Angela picks up her backpack to go. You oughta catch me during Little League season. Do you want anything? (CONTINUED) ANGELA 107 . but you'd never guess. Her dryer full. 106 CONTINUED: (re: That taken? No. he's so hyper. do they? Central. ANGELA That's what I keep telling my brothers. stealthily planting the lottery ticket beneath it. and Angela smiles back: she has her mark. She sets her bag down. ANGELA I'm gonna get a Coke across the street. ANGELA Sure you don't need it? got a lot. girls really do mature much faster than boys. You've ANGELA washer beside her) HOUSEWIFE 106 HOUSEWIFE This is nothing.LATER Angela and the Housewife transfer their laundry to dryers. 107 SAME SCENE . HOUSEWIFE They don't go to Fremont. ANGELA Any of 'em cute? The Housewife smiles. HOUSEWIFE Simon's about your age. You know.
65. Angela starts off. HOUSEWIFE Huh. HOUSEWIFE Honey. The newspaper drops. She holds it for her to see. ANGELA It's not mine. That says the second. sir? Could we borrow your paper a sec? We're looking for lottery results. and Angela continues on her way. on second thought: HOUSEWIFE We should at least see if it hit. 107 CONTINUED: HOUSEWIFE No thanks. (CONTINUED) . ANGELA Probably a loser. Angela. The Housewife nods. You sure? ANGELA Gotta be eighteen to play. honey. Looks like someone put it through the wash by accident. the date looks like the second. not the twenty-second. too: thanks to her and Roy's handiwork. don't you think? Angela inspects it. The Housewife approaches with But HOUSEWIFE 107 HOUSEWIFE Excuse me. and the Housewife notices the lottery ticket left behind. It's for yesterday's drawing. The man is Roy. you dropped something. ACROSS LAUNDRY A man reads a newspaper.
Then. thirty. ANGELA Six. eighteen. 107 Roy hands her the section. wait. Thirty? HOUSEWIFE You're joking. eighteen. The Housewife opens it.it's true! They laugh. Look! HOUSEWIFE You mean we missed by one number -. HOUSEWIFE Story of my life. ROY (as he returns) Any luck? ANGELA Four out of five. Roy rises to feed a dryer (whose clothes are inside is anybody's guess).66. it's back to the wash. ANGELA You're sure? (as Housewife nods) Missed by one. HOUSEWIFE Ready? Six. forty-nine. a little crestfallen. what? HOUSEWIFE Thirty. sixty. 107 CONTINUED: (2) Sure. too. Mine. Wait. passes Angela the ticket.? She looks -. forty-nine. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA .. a little breathless. ROY I think it's Metro. you know.. can you believe it? ROY Four out of five pays. sixty.
shit! Holy shit! Roy watches from inside as they laugh and hug.. sweetie. Thank you very much. HOUSEWIFE The woman on the phone said we just have to take it in for verification. astonished. (CONTINUED) oops. don't worry.DAY The Housewife's on a pay phone. 107 CONTINUED: (3) 107 Angela and the Housewife share a look. uh-huh. It does? ROY Call the number on the ticket. ANGELA What'd they say? HOUSEWIFE (face erupting) We won six hundred dollars! Holy -She cups her mouth: -. Angela hovers nearby. And then they'll mail me a check. She hangs up.67. ANGELA You don't have to. HOUSEWIFE Six hundred dollars! ANGELA ANGELA .. LAUNDROMAT . (quickly) I'll give you half. 108 EXT. 108 HOUSEWIFE HOUSEWIFE (into phone) Uh-huh.
ANGELA Pretty late. watch the cameras. And hide it when you get home. 108 CONTINUED: HOUSEWIFE No. no. 111 AT ATM The Housewife hands Angela three crisp $100s. I'm supposed to be home anyway. Don't let those brothers of yours anywhere near it. 109 EXT. HOUSEWIFE That’s three hundred. You know. 108 HOUSEWIFE How 'bout your dad? ANGELA (ashamed) He -. (CONTINUED) 111 110 . it's okay. Angela very consciously keeps OUT OF the CAMERA'S RANGE. no. No. Angela pulls back. we're fifty-fifty in this. fifty.what to do? turns to see a bank ATM across the street.SECURITY CAMERA POV 109 The Housewife uses the ATM. 110 EXT. In fact. ACROSS STREET Roy watches from inside his Caprice. She works. we should call your mom and we can all go down there together.he doesn't live with us anymore. Don't spend it all at the coin-op. HOUSEWIFE We're in this fiftyThen she The Housewife stops to think -. no. ROY Good girl. Angela's feet are barely IN FRAME behind her.68. BANK ATM .
then rounds a corner to find Roy waiting for her... 7/17/02 111 CONTINUED: ANGELA (touched) Thank you. waves goodbye once more to the Housewife.Rev. What?! ROY I told you I'd teach you a con. ANGELA Did I do good? ROY You did very good. HOUSEWIFE Thank you. ROY (shakes his head) Now. Uh-huh? ROY Go give her her money back. out of sight. sweetie. LAUNDROMAT 69.MATCHSTICK MEN . 112 EXT. ROY One last thing. 111 112 Angela exits with her backpack full of laundry. ANGELA Mom was wrong: I didn't just get your elbows. I didn't say I'd let you get away with it. C'mon! ANGELA You're joking. She leaps in the air. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA . They hug again.
Two weeks ago this was ancient history. KLEIN It's however you feel about it.Rev. ROY I'm not your partner..MATCHSTICK MEN . isn't it? DR.. CAPRICE . utterly befuddled.. or when you gave it back? (before she answers) Think first. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 114 . father. That's good. Now suddenly I have a daughter. I'm your Roy doesn't mind.. DR. 7/17/02 112 CONTINUED: ANGELA (can't believe it) This is so. 70. 114 INT. ROY (V. 112 Roy points: go. Roy. scared shitless.O.) It's strange. Petulantly. Angela thinks.DAY ROY And I'm not. ANGELA I thought we were partners.DAY Driving Angela home. 113 Angela puts her feet up on the dash. KLEIN'S OFFICE . (as she nods okay) Did you feel better when you took her money. ROY I have one question for you. Angela stalks back inside. Roy watches through a glass wall as she hands the money back to the Housewife. And I want you to think before answering. 113 INT.
Sometimes in my business you have to create a value in something which really isn't there. ROY I didn't know how Angela would go for that.NIGHT DR. KLEIN (CONT'Dbeat) Yes. KLEIN Do you regret it? Exposing her to that? Her seeing that side of you? ROY (moment of truth) I really liked it.. 115 INT.MATCHSTICK MEN . KLEIN 71. selling a piece. a real mess.. for the first time in a while. KLEIN DR. other people call. ROY'S KITCHEN . Roy looks a little worried. What some people call sales. Lying. Inside are greasestained pizza cartons and Chinese food cartons. 114 115 Roy opens his refrigerator door. working these people with me. 7/17/02 114 CONTINUED: DR. DR. considers the room around him. And it's very quiet. It's cluttered with fashion magazines. It's wonderful.Rev. But she took right to it. It was the best time we've had together.I took Angela along over the weekend. this fourteen-year-old girl. She even helped out. but you've been closing doors for a long time. He closes it. What? ROY I -. Don't take this too literally. . empty soda cans. It's good to see you start opening some again. And lonely.
117 INT. 116 They shake. Summer school. frozen pizzas. Roy. Afraid he might get robbed. and TV dinners. Two people meeting after seeing each other every day for months. TERMINAL LOUNGE . SUPERMARKET . 118 INT. AIRPORT TERMINAL . Roy considers her as she bags his groceries. a standard-sized black briefcase beside him.MATCHSTICK MEN . right? (off her nod) I'm Roy.Rev. Must be lonesome without her. KATHY (CHECK-OUT WOMAN) 72. CHECK-OUT WOMAN Where's that cute little girl of yours? ROY She went home to her mom's. ROY I'll see you tomorrow. When's his flight? (CONTINUED) 118 117 .DAY Before noon. the place is mostly deserted. (hesitates. ROY As if someone would do that. Hi. But also some fresh vegetables. FRANK He said he wants to fly the money straight to the Caymans. One or two layovers at the bar and a custodian vacuuming the floors.DAY Cans of tuna again.DAY Roy walks through the terminal. Frank bums one from him. then) It's Kathy. 7/17/02 116 EXT. withdraws a cigarette. CHECK-OUT WOMAN She's a cute one. Roy and Frank case the place. Roy.
SCHOOL .DAY Summer school lets out. (beat) Where do you think? Roy points at. Frank lets out a whoop! 119 SAME SCENE . FRANK There's only one problem. 7/17/02 118 CONTINUED: Friday.LATER Roy stands alone in the middle of the lounge. Otherwise we blow it off. (CONTINUED) 120 He's going to be rich. 118 Roy sits facing the bar. then to all the walls. ROY What do you expect for fifty bucks? Frank scans the place once more. back to the bar. I'm here. Typecasting. ROY You plant this before the meet. 120 EXT. against a wall.Rev.. 119 FRANK ROY . FRANK Who's the drunk gonna be? Ernie. And keep the table free. (as Roy waits: what?) I think I'm in love with you. the standardsized black briefcase beside him.. LEATHER BANQUETTE FRANK 72A. a little nervous. Roy scours the young teens flooding from the school from his Caprice across the street.MATCHSTICK MEN . looking from table to bar. Running the plan over in his head. you sit him there.
grins. little girl? ANGELA Mom says I have to be back by dinner. looks at him. She gets in. 7/17/02 120 CONTINUED: (A1) Perv. ROY What would you like to do today.Rev. She's snuck up behind him. ANGELA 72B. 120 (CONTINUED) .MATCHSTICK MEN . ROY He smiles. In the car.
Angela passes him on the way back to her seat. I own you. then steps up to the alley. Gutter ball. 121 120 Roy blanches dramatically: . Approaches and releases his first roll. he retreats to the ball return. he plunges his fingers into the ball to pick it up. and she screams with laughter. ANGELA (approaching him gently) Dad. sighs.even the finger holes. Over the MUSIC and CRASHING PINS. He grabs at her. The first thing you have to understand about this game is: ninety-percent of it is knocking down at least one pin. BOWLING ALLEY Uh-oh was right. Angela lifts a bowling ball up to her eyes. would you like to do? She grins even wider. It's his turn to bowl now and. Roy glares at her.BEEP BEEP BEEP -.73. Keeping his chin high. ANGELA You want me to bowl for you? AT PAY PHONE Roy thinks about wiping the receiver down. with a swallow for courage. 120 CONTINUED: ROY You'll be back by dinner. he yells: (CONTINUED) ANGELA What Uh-oh. then lets it rip down an alley -. Concentrates. but his handkerchief has already gone dirtier places. And just then -.it's Roy's PAGER going off. Roy cleans his ball meticulously with his handkerchief -. He checks it.CRASH! Meanwhile. 121 INT.
rolls a strike and leaps in the air.Rev. What time's his flight? Roy's face falls. ANGELA (it's not) It's okay.DAY Roy exits. A122 INT. Angela.MATCHSTICK MEN . 121 Roy's face falls. and Angela trudges out behind. I gotta get the money. rolls a strike and leaps in the air. in a rush. bowling in the distance. stressed. ROY There's no time. B122 INT. BOWLING ALLEY . I know. BOWLING ALLEY Now Roy's stressed.. tell him -- 74. ROY I'm sorry.DAY Frank's on a cellular headset. It just came up. pissed. FRANK'S MUSTANG . FRANK I know. (CONTINUED) I 122 . B122 A122 122 EXT. (beat) I don't want to lose him. what is it? (beat) What?! I thought it wasn't 'til Friday! (beat) Well. get Ernie. He says he won't be back for a month. bowling in the distance.. Roy. rubbing his temples. 7/17/02 121 CONTINUED: ROY It's me. too. change. gotta take you home. Angela. he bumped it up.
uh.Rev. shit! ROY He doesn't know what to do. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . thinks.LOBBY ENTRANCE ROY ANGELA 75. with standard-sized black briefcase. Is it a job? Roy nods. then: Yes. 122 123 Roy. Is this the worst idea he's ever had? ROY Shit! 123 EXT. ANGELA (excitedly) Really? Roy nods. I just can't -(looks at watch) I can't do this. I can't even take you home.MATCHSTICK MEN . There's no time. (CONTINUED) . ANGELA What do I get to do? Roy thinks. ANGELA (timidly) Can I help? Roy considers her. ANGELA (playing the victim) You want me to take the bus? No. unhappily. 7/17/02 122 CONTINUED: ROY I can't. ANGELA I thought you kept all your money in the horse. enters with Angela.
toward Angela. ROY I'd like access to my safe deposit box. To the Clerk: ROY Can I add an access signature to my account. CLERK Sign here and here. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . 7/17/02 123 CONTINUED: ROY That's just my piggy bank. here.MATCHSTICK MEN . Covers the pass code from Angela's prying eyes. CLERK (offering form) Signature and pass code. what. She does. Back to whispers: ANGELA So. 123 She follows. please. puts forth another form.Rev. ANGELA Then why does he get to? Roy thinks. 124 INT. J-215. now I can get into the whatever-it-is? No. (CONTINUED) ROY Roy pushes it .VAULT ANTEROOM Roy and Angela approach the Clerk. as usual. He heads downstairs. Roy starts to fill it out. Do it. The Clerk nods. ROY You don't have the pass code. In whispers: ANGELA Why can't I see? ROY 'Cause it's a secret. 124 Wait 76.
PRIVATE VIEWING ROOM Now 76A. 125 INT.Rev. 7/17/02 124 CONTINUED: ANGELA When do I get that? ROY When I'm dead. ANGELA (forlorn) Oh. to the guard . ROY Don't weep for me too much. feels its weight. Inside are bound. around the corner: Hey: ROY you got today's Times? Then. I mean it. piled atop a fist-high ream of bonds.MATCHSTICK MEN . 124 125 Roy opens his deposit box. neat stacks of hundred dollar bills and hundred-pound notes. He starts picking up stacks of cash and placing them in the black briefcase. He closes the case. wait here.
ANGELA Why aren't you -.why don't you go live in Hawaii? Why don't you buy Hawaii? I told you: outdoors. He's really not certain about (CONTINUED) ANGELA 127 . this. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . ANGELA How much is in there? (re: I told you.77. Angela is flabbergasted. in there. A million? ANGELA Five hundred thousand? He shrugs. ROY briefcase) 126 ANGELA (re: bank) No. 127 ROY I don't like the INT. 126 EXT. ROY These still make me look old? Old and rich. CAPRICE (AIRPORT PARKING LOT) Roy puts on his Arden glasses.PARKING LOT Roy exits with Angela. Roy checks his watch. ANGELA How did you -ROY I've been doing this a long time. Three hundred thousand? He just smiles: not telling.
He gives the whole plan one more thought. Frank and Frechette greet him. You see me tug my tie like this. ROY Strained it last night. FRANK Arden. clasping his back now and wincing. you get outta there. 7/17/02 127 CONTINUED: ROY You know what to do? (off her nod) You keep real far away from us. FRANK You should do yoga. you okay? My back. He gives her two hundreds from his wallet. What? ANGELA Please. Take this. (CONTINUED) . 127 ANGELA Stop worrying about me. I'm barely even doing anything. 128 INT. you get outta there. carrying the black briefcase. 78.MATCHSTICK MEN . ROY Just in case. head. 128 ROY Shakes his I told you: ROY (a joke) I was doing yoga. TERMINAL LOUNGE Roy enters. You mind if I sit there. Roy continues his approach. She looks at him with puppy eyes. and immediately he spots a problem: Frank sits in the banquette seat Roy should have. Anything seems off. The high back helps.Rev. can I have the pass code? He has to laugh.
FRECHETTE Do your worst. Frechette replaces it with a gym bag. with difficulty: ROY How are both of you? Across the lounge. Frank and Chuck. ROY It always does. 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. Frechette pries underneath: wall-to-wall British pounds inside. Roy closes the case and sets it down on the floor by his feet. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: 79. Sorry. Meanwhile. Frechette reaches in to flip through a stack of bills: they're all real. Roy steals a glance at the lounge entrance: Angela is entering. before Ben Franklin. (CONTINUED) . A waitress delivers Roy a club soda and departs. FRECHETTE Had to check.MATCHSTICK MEN . FRECHETTE That's eighty thousand? It looks like less than I thought.Rev. Roy sneaking a reproachful glance Frank's way: nice fucking job. Angela peeks out from behind a partition to watch Roy. As he sits. Go ahead. So: FRANK who goes first? who will make the first Roy and Frechette face off: move? ROY I suppose ladies do. 128 Frank and Roy change seats. ROY As long as you don't mind. As he unzips it.
D. the GLASS down at the floor. much sun. 128 Roy explores the gym bag: it's loaded with stacks of hundred dollar bills. eye. You kidding? the shelter. I'll break every glass in this place.S. from the bar: Oh. Then: ROY It looks like we have a trade.then hurls drawing every Roy pulls the banquette for fast.MATCHSTICK MEN . ANGELA My I. 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. and that's when switch: the briefcase stowed beneath the the identical one by his feet. -. and Frank and Frechette raise their Scotches to toast -ROY Enjoy the Caymans. FRECHETTE Land that I love.) 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. A pregnant pause. Suddenly. Lightning (CONTINUED) . including Frechette's. come on! ANGELA (O.Rev. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: (2) 80. SHATTERING it. Roy salutes him with his soda. ROY (to Frank) You count it? Frank nods. FRANK God bless America.
FRANK (under his breath) What the hell was that? Go with him.Rev. (CONTINUED) ROY . 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: (3) Hey. Just get up and take your new briefcase with you.and departs. Who goes first? ROY You do. then pushes the briefcase at his feet across to Frechette. Roy nods to his wisdom. Roy and Frank watch him go. FRECHETTE Simple is safe. And she's gone. FRECHETTE Hope she isn't on my flight. FRANK That wasn't -ROY Walk him to the plane. 128 Angela backs out of the lounge. When I leave. FRANK They won't let me past the security check.MATCHSTICK MEN .and he looks at Roy incredulously. none the wiser. Frank knows. Frechette turns back. Speaking of which: it's about that time. -.Angela's tantrum was part of the act -. bids Frank and Roy farewell -Guys. of course -. you! ANGELA Airport bartender! 81. FRECHETTE Let's do it again some ROY Have a safe flight. arms raised. I'll take my new gym bag. giving the finger with both hands to the bartender. time. Frechette picks it up.
CAPRICE/INT.Rev. 129 EXT. A130 EXT. crossing to the parking garage. ANGELA Did you see that old chick at the bar? With all the makeup? She almost died when I threw that glass. the case in the other. he takes off in the opposite direction.DAY Roy exits briskly. 7/17/02 128 CONTINUED: (4) ROY Then walk him to the security check. ANGELA What happened on our end? take him? He nods. A bag in one hand.DAY Roy emerges from a stairwell and Angela leaps from behind a pillar to surprise him.DAY As Roy pulls out of his spot: (CONTINUED) 130 You ROY ANGELA A130 129 . PARKING GARAGE . I saw her. Boo! Roy keeps walking. PARKING GARAGE . Roy reaches under the banquette and grabs the briefcase there. Angela bounces higher. ANGELA The whole eighty? Roy nods. all business as Angela bounces around him. AIRPORT TERMINAL . 82. 128 Frank follows Roy's orders and chases after Frechette.MATCHSTICK MEN . despite a minor cardiac. singing: ANGELA 'My dad's a smooth operator! Smooth operator!' 130 INT.
the stairwell door fly open and Frechette appear. 7/17/02 130 CONTINUED: ANGELA Dad. but the ATTENDANT seems to be taking forever to make change. and he turns to see: -. Roy considers backing up and choosing another exit. the Caprice comes to four gated exit lanes. then barks: ROY Open the gate. hustling toward him. ANGELA (oblivious to Frechette) Dad?! Roy races down levels of parking lot as Frechette chases on foot. He looks at her. Roy chooses that one. He's trapped. Meanwhile. At last.MATCHSTICK MEN . two cars in the three of them. Roy pulls up to the parking Attendant. looking this way and that. I'd feel better. With a fair lead. just joking. His money ready. And Frechette appears in his sideview mirror. but the minivan he passed now hovers behind him. Roy punches the gas. and she smiles: in the mood.Rev. 130 He's not Roy stops behind a minivan pulling out of a spot. in a fury. ANGELA Do I get a cut? ROY You can ask Frank for his. 83. thrusts his money at her. (CONTINUED) . Roy waits for the car ahead of him to pass through. the other lanes are clearing up quickly. He spots Roy instantly and starts toward him. around the minivan and away. please. suitcase open and empty. I thought about it: we should give the money back. ANGELA (frightened now) Dad? ROY Roll up your window! down on the floor! Now! Get Angela does as she's told. one car in the fourth.
and the Caprice slaps the gate as it rises. Frechette gets a clean look at Angela hovering below the seat. He ANGELA ANGELA . balled up. rabid. ROY (slamming steering wheel) Dammit! Are we okay? Roy looks down to her. Dad! Roy hits the gas. 130 The gate comes up. but too late.MATCHSTICK MEN . but before they're clear. has no one to blame for this but himself.Rev. 83A. yanking on the door. on Angela's side. shaking with fear. 7/17/02 130 CONTINUED: (2) ATTENDANT Do you need a receipt -No! ROY Please open the gate. Frechette is upon them.
What?! ROY (to Angela) Stay in the car. DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT . turns the RADIO ON to an EARSPLITTING VOLUME. CAPRICE . What? No reply. 132 INT. leaving acres of parking spots unused. Roy just seethes. DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT .DAY The Dodgers are away. Hiya. 131 EXT. 133 EXT. slams the door again. Frank paces beside his car and chain smokes as Roy's Caprice pulls up. then reopens it. ANGELA But I want to -ROY Stay in the car! Roy gets out. FRANK (at a loss) Hiya. Frank. slams the door.CONTINUOUS ACTION Angela can't hear anything but MUSIC as Roy tears Frank a new one. Frank steps up to see Roy glowering at him. They don't let you to the gate without a ticket -(CONTINUED) 133 132 (back to glowering Roy) ANGELA FRANK 131 .84.' Did you walk him to the plane? FRANK I told you: security. Los Angeles looms in the distance.CONTINUOUS ACTION ROY I said 'walk him to the plane.
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. I walked him there. What? FRANK I'm not the one who pimped her into the grift.85. chastened. We're safe. my daughter was there today! Frank looks away. How? FRANK What if he goes to the cops? He won't. (CONTINUED) . 133 CONTINUED: ROY Did you see him go through security? Yes! ROY Did you wait 'til the plane left the gate? FRANK You told me to walk him there. (beat) We're not on the books. ROY They never do. his breath. And don't tell me I'm the one who put her at risk. She put us at risk. ROY Frank.
She does.DAY Roy hands Frank Frechette's bag of money. Roy gives her the silent treatment a moment.86. have you? Angela looks from Roy to Frank to Roy again. (beat) You've never been arrested. Angela. 133 CONTINUED: (2) FRANK I know we are. blushes. but it never came up. Frank leers at Roy: ask her. DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT . Terrific. Angela watches from inside the car. You don't know that! What if Chuck goes to the cops? Roy turns: the door. (CONTINUED) 134 FRANK Then . He opens 133 ROY Tell him. Tell him you're clean. and Frank starts toward his car. and let's get this over with. then: ROY You're fourteen! When did you have time to get arrested? ANGELA I forgot to pay for a pack of gum once. and the younger man takes off. 134 EXT. that's it. What about her? ROY Angela's never been arrested -FRANK You don't know that. And bites her lip. ROY Turn it off. ANGELA I would have told you. Roy leans against his hood as Angela remains in her seat.
STREETS . Roy. arctic.CAPRICE . ANGELA The guard was groping me. his hands slowly returning to his coat pockets. ROY And they photographed you? printed you? They ANGELA ROY ROY 134 Angela nods and bows her head penitently.87.NIGHT INT. I mighta put up a fuss when security -Angela.. Angela sneaks a glance at him. him.. super-pissed. 138 INT. takes a stroll.NIGHT Roy's Caprice pulls to a stop. what was I supposed to do? How long ago? Last year. 134 CONTINUED: ROY (disbelief) They called the cops on you for a pack of gum. ROY'S CAPRICE . 137 EXT. knows enough not to speak. thinking. Heather's house in the distance.MOVING . He was grabbing at my chest. CAPRICE Roy looks straight ahead.NIGHT Roy drives. brow knit. 135 136 EXT. HEATHER'S BLOCK . ANGELA And some other stuff.MOVING . Angela tries to thaw (CONTINUED) 138 137 135 136 .
but it can't. I was thinking maybe I could come stay with you. hurt but trying to conceal it.88. Oh... Frank and I have some out-of-town work. Tears form 138 ANGELA When do you think you'll be back? I don't know. Angela cries. I have all of August off. He wants you gone. tortured.. can't look at her. She nods.. Then: ROY I'm gonna be gone for the next couple months. and in September is father's visiting day at school. arms clutching her gut.. Okay? I thought maybe it could work out. ANGELA Or we could take a trip even. I didn’t mean to. you're gone. ANGELA I'm sorry.. Frank and I are partners. Angela's lip trembles and tears faucet down her cheeks. (CONTINUED) ROY . Silence. 138 CONTINUED: ANGELA You know. did I -Roy keeps staring straight ahead. elbows in her hands. Roy. ANGELA Is it. but I thought maybe. regardless. He says nothing. It's kind of lame. ANGELA Maybe when you get back -ROY (killing hope) You're getting in the way.
you know. 7/17/02 138 CONTINUED: (2) ANGELA Can we at least talk on the phone? 89. What's that? ANGELA I got it for you at the airport. withdraws an object wrapped in an "LA AIRPORT GIFT SHOP" bag. ANGELA Why did you even call me?! did you? Roy has no answer. (CONTINUED) Why ROY ROY . ROY You wanna know why your mom left me? She left me because of you. but Roy doesn't want to let her go angry. (beat) I paid for it. She starts out of the car. Midthirties. She digs into her backpack. sets it on the dash. She weeps openly. HEATHER. furious. So you wouldn't grow up with me as your dad. opens the passenger door. He watches with curiosity. He leans over her and ROY Your mom'll be waiting. 138 Roy says nothing. ANGELA You're not a bad guy.Rev. Ange -She spins on him. You're just not a very good one. Roy shrinks as he sees a woman dragging trash barrels to the curb. Roy can't stand this anymore. C'mon. tears streaming. a faded beauty. (beat) I am a bad guy. Anger supplanting grief.MATCHSTICK MEN . Angela wipes tears away.
MATCHSTICK MEN . FADE OUT. 7/17/02 138 CONTINUED: (3) 89A. He unwraps the gift shop bag: It's an "I Love LA" ashtray. . 138 She slams the door behind her. The interior light fades on Roy.Rev.
ROY'S LIVING ROOM Dark. You hungry? He discards an empty can of tuna from the couch. The PHONE RINGS. the room around him a pigsty. Roy's on the couch. 140 FRANK (V.O.90. Watches it overflow. arm thrown over his eyes. At last. They're not here either. And RINGS. Fills it with water. unshaven. Hair unkempt. He hangs up. ROY What time is it? Almost three.) ROY FRANK (V.) You alright? ROY ROY 139 INT.) You wanna meet? We still got Chuck's money to split. Roy rinses out a dirty coffee cup. wearing clothes for the third day in a row. FRANK (V. No.O.) FRANK (V. Looks around it. And RINGS.O. FADE IN: 139 INT. ROY Hold on a sec.O. Roy? Yeah. 141 INT. Roy picks it up. Roy has let the place and himself go. Reaches up to a cupboard for his pills. ROY'S KITCHEN Also a mess. They're not there. 140 Doesn't move. 141 . ROY'S BEDROOM Roy looks inside his bedside table. Hello. Roy furrows his brow.
) Sir.O. Is there a way of getting hold of him? PHONE VOICE (V. 142 INT. Klein is unavailable. my phone's dying. then inspects the waste basket. please.) Medical group.O. ROY'S BATHROOM He scours his medicine cabinet.O. Wiley is on call. Dr. PHONE VOICE (V. looking everywhere for his pills as he speaks on his portable phone: PHONE VOICE (V. if this is an emergency. if you'd like to -ROY I gotta talk to Klein.) Dr.O.91.) I'm sorry. looks beneath the sink. Are you there at the office now? Roy's PHONE BEEPS. Klein has gone for the weekend. checking coat pockets in wardrobes. Dr. ROY Doctor Klein. I recommend you contact a local hospital --.BEEP -ROY Listen: can you let me in his office -(CONTINUED) . 143 142 ROY Shit. The only thing here is one of Angela's barrettes. ROY Where'd he go? Look. PHONE VOICE (V. ROY'S HOUSE He pushes and backtracks through rooms. 143 INT. look: I need a new thing of pills. He checks it.
or gimme Klein's home phone -PHONE VOICE (V.one empty foil packet.DAY Roy presses his cheek against the floor mat of his car.92. then reaches in and pats the floor. 144 INT. Nearly forces several 147 146 145 144 ROY 143 . Wiley is on call --. BUSY AVENUE . But no pills.O. 143 CONTINUED: PHONE VOICE (V. recovering --.O. Cans and cans of Chicken-of-the-Sea rattle on the pavement. ROY'S DRIVEWAY . I can't --.I know where he keeps them. ROY'S CAPRICE . He digs though his trash bin. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy goes through the trash beneath his sink.BEEP -ROY -. 146 INT.) -. 147 EXT.and he hurls it against a wall.DAY The Caprice swerves into traffic.) -.BEEP -ROY -. Surges ahead.Dr.DAY Roy at rock-bottom.sir. then upends it. cars off the road. 145 EXT. He peers beneath the driver's seat.I need to talk to Klein -The phone dies -Shit! -.
c'mon. doesn’t see anyone. 148 INT. PHARMACIST Do you have a prescription? ROY My shrink. C'mon. A few customers look back at Roy. my doctor. PHARMACIST I'm sorry. impatient. Please. Soon he can wait no longer. but this is an emergency -Hey.I can't remember -. please. but -PHARMACIST Sir. white-haired PHARMACIST.Prefexsomething. ROY Hi.DAY Located in the rear of a discount drugstore. 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. wait your turn -ROY I know. wild-haired. ROY I need a refill. Roy joins the back of the line. he gave me these. Without a prescription -(CONTINUED) .93. empty packet in hand. wild-eyed. I don't have a prescription. I need a refill of this. He pushes to the front of the line. They're samples of -. The Pharmacist scans the horizon for security. Five people stand on line for the white-coated. He stares their glances away. PHARMACY .
148 CONTINUED: Look: ROY I have the packet -148 PHARMACIST I can't help you. then: DR.. it. Hands it back. He crushes it. sir. he approaches the front door when Roy appears in the breezeway behind him. he rips open a box of Supplifen to find the replica of the packet he was given.. Aisle four. shoulders heaving. The Pharmacist takes the empty packet from Roy. KLEIN'S OFFICE . PHARMACIST Those are vitamins. My doctor gave it to me. In aisle four. 149 EXT.So I'm clearly allowed to have them. threatening. ROY -. Prefex. PHARMACIST (resigning) Let me see it. What? PHARMACIST That packet contained vitamins. infuriated. I just need four or five of these to cover the weekend. Roy stands there. Klein gasps.NEXT MONDAY Klein exits his sedan. Fumbling for his office key. startled. incredulous. PHARMACIST They're vitamins. KLEIN Roy? I'm not supposed to see you 'till -(CONTINUED) 149 ROY Studies . Supplifen. sir. ROY No.94.
ROY I'm a mess. Roy. (beat) I have news for you.95. (before Roy retorts) Let me ask a question. 150 INT. ROY DR. Does what you do make you happy? (CONTINUED) . Your conscience is another story. KLEIN Agreed. But you weren't a mess last week. turns on a light. 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 Roy: why do you think you need medication? ROY You are not asking questions yet. Look at me. A beat. Your neurosis is small-time. 149 CONTINUED: Vitamins. and you weren't on Prefexall then either. DR. KLEIN Because you don’t need medication. Why? DR. DR. Klein appraises Roy: now. KLEIN'S OFFICE Klein enters with Roy. KLEIN Would you like to sit? I am sitting. vitamins.
KLEIN The difference being? ROY They give me their money. ROY I never took anybody who didn't let me out of greed or weakness. ROY I'm not a criminal. Roy. (beat) This is a 17th Century Williamsburg ottoman I've had my feet on for the last two months. I've had computer programmers tell me what a nice piece it is. KLEIN This is the subject. 150 CONTINUED: ROY Don't change the subject. DR. A beat. KLEIN If you couldn't be a criminal. KLEIN That's a nice rationalization. I've never used violence. KLEIN Would you say then you set an example in your trade? Sure. DR. Roy. man. DR. What would you do if you had to change careers? ROY If I couldn't be an antiques broker? DR. I'm a con 150 DR.96. (CONTINUED) ROY .
Rev. 150 151 152 (CONTINUED) . DR. Christ.DAY Frank considers what Roy has told him. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE .DAY INT. KLEIN Have you spoken to her? (as Roy shakes his head) Why not? ROY Do we have to talk about this? DR. Doc! I lost my little girl! I lost my little girl! DISSOLVE TO: 151 152 EXT.MATCHSTICK MEN . (as Klein waits him out) She wants back to her mom's. and everything pours out: ROY Because I -. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . KLEIN But now you have to set an example for someone else. KLEIN Why do you think she hates you? Roy's face crumbles. 7/17/02 150 CONTINUED: (2) DR.Oh. DR.because I -. KLEIN Why haven't you spoken? ROY (a beat) Because she hates me. (beat) How is she? ROY (beat) Angela? Fine. 97.
Roy waits for Frank's reaction: is he pissed? ROY FRANK 152 FRANK (he's not) You gotta do what you gotta do. They shake hands.LATER They walk along a path. FRANK Thank you. ROY'S BEDROOM Roy sits on his bed. Reads its instructions. (CONTINUED) 155 . ROY'S LIVING ROOM The place is clean again.DAY Roy sits waiting. I'm sorry to lose you. Gathering his nerve. Frank. Looks up as Angela approaches on her skateboard. 154 INT. SAN PEDRO PARK . For everything. FRANK We should part more often. 152 CONTINUED: When? As of now. he dials. pulls out a new portable phone. phone in hand. two rings. Roy smiles. ROY Thanks. (beat) You want your forty g's? ROY Consider it a parting gift. Roy opens a Radio Shack box. At last. Angela does not. SAME SCENE . One ring. 153 INT. 154 155 EXT. He twirls between his fingers the barrette he found in his bathroom.98. partner. 153 Frank gestures to the door.
He wraps his arms around her and holds her.NIGHT Roy and Angela celebrate. She looks up at him. He specializes in custody suits. ROY I'd have to make some changes. ROY You know. Will you try? ANGELA Please? 155 Yes. Your funeral. I'm gonna have to stop doing what I do for a living. (as Angela stops. go before a judge. which makes her fidget. Like when one parent wants to get joint custody of the child.99. For one. (off no reaction from her) There are things you have to do. Angela in a new-bought dress. blood tests. turns away) Honey. I should have asked you first. honey. tears in her eyes. ROY (soaring) I'll try. I'm sorry. Still no reaction. Let her know what I'm doing. (CONTINUED) ANGELA 156 . It would only be for weekends and some holidays to start. A JAZZ COMBO PLAYS in the next room. and throws her arms around him. I should talk to your mom about this. that sort of thing. File paperwork. FRENCH RESTAURANT . 155 CONTINUED: ROY I went to see a lawyer. 156 INT. I'll try.
... Angela leads a reluctant Roy to the floor... He gives in. begins to box-step. But she should hear it from me. and he balks. (CONTINUED) 157 ANGELA . 157 INT. mademoiselle. Takes her hands in his and.NIGHT Dark. Either a German shepherd or a Lab. ANGELA Mademoiselle. ROY'S LIVING ROOM . it Frank. We can name 156 WAITER Mademoiselle.. They both smile. And she. They enter.. ROY (uneasily) They're messy. ON DANCE FLOOR IN NEXT ROOM A few couples dance. Angela suppresses a laugh. aren't they? ANGELA Not if you train 'em. O-reev-ar. very tentatively. Concentrates mostly on his feet.. mademoiselle. throughout. laughing. A WAITER pours Angela more Diet Coke. She holds up her arms for him to take. then remembers to concentrate on Angela. Please. ANGELA We could get a dog.100.. Angela is imitating the French Waiter as Roy fumbles the key out of the lock. ROY That's a good name. Bonjour. just beams.. 156 CONTINUED: ROY I know.
ROY What do you want? FRECHETTE What do you think? (to Angela) We haven't met. sunshine. Roy. Angela before him. My name's Chuck. ANGELA ROY 157 Roy switches on a lamp. trembles halfway between them. Hello. FRECHETTE Let her stay. Big smirk. ROY Au. the open door Roy freezes/considers the variables: behind him. (patting couch beside him) You wanna sit down? ANGELA Angela (CONTINUED) . does as he says. (as Roy hesitates) Close it. sweetie. FRECHETTE Hiya. Cigarette in hand. It's Angela.. She's in this as much as you are. honey. FRECHETTE Close the door. Dad? ROY Go wait in your room.101. 157 CONTINUED: Au revoir. What? Au revoir. then leaps back: Chuck Frechette is sitting on his sofa.. right? (off no response) Your mug shot doesn't do you justice. Roy considers Frechette's gun. handgun resting on the cushion beside him.
157 CONTINUED: (2) ROY You come anywhere near her -FRECHETTE Don't play tough. Angela's gift. Roy. (beat) Well. and white.102. and his eyes drop down to the coffee table. And suddenly it dawns on Roy. They got a nice look at her. Tell me. (back to Angela) You're a very clever girl. the crap kicked out of him. sniffing out your buddy Frank wasn't such a big deal. That was sloppy. And your ex-wife doesn't know well enough not to give out your home address. eyes puffed and blackening. I'm in your home. nose bloodied. can you spell 'shakedown'? ROY How'd you find me? FRECHETTE I didn't. once I found you. FRECHETTE Airport security cameras. to the "I Love LA" ashtray atop it. I know where your kid lives. I found her. There. FRECHETTE No. FRECHETTE In my business you need a few friends on the force. Roy doesn't understand. (CONTINUED) In black 157 . Frechette indicates the corner of the room. ROY There were no cameras in the lounge. But there were in the gift shop. Frank sits huddled. Frechette extinguishes his cigarette in it. Your little girl's in their books. Roy.
Roy. FRECHETTE Let her get it. (CONTINUED) . No. FRECHETTE Then let's start with what you do have. FRECHETTE You look white as a ghost. Otherwise. Maybe. your little girl goes to juvie 'til she's eighteen.103. 157 CONTINUED: (3) FRECHETTE We only hurt the ones we love. I call those cop friends of mine. frightened. FRECHETTE 157 Roy stops. Frank meets Roy's stare with helpless. Again Roy eyes the gun. Takes its head off. He nods: it'll be okay. But first things first. his daughter. Where? ROY (staring toward it) The horse. ROY Four thousand. Roy blanches. I'm out. starts scooping out money. horrified eyes. Angela looks up at him. Let's have back the money you took from me. ROY I don't have it. She moves toward the horse. huh? Angela gasps. I don't want you to pass out before you make your first payment. FRECHETTE Next: I'm in for half of what you make from now on. ROY I'm done with this.
FRANK . put it down.104. tears in her eyes) I want you to go. FRECHETTE You know how to use that thing. take care of this.are you. bloodthirsty. All their dreams are slipping through their fingers. Frechette. Angela doesn't budge. Roy holds her glance. ANGELA (fixed on Frechette. Everyone freezes.38 in her hands leveled at him. Frechette stops.. Frechette follows his stare to -Angela. 157 CONTINUED: (4) FRECHETTE You're not done. His eyes are fixed on something. it worse. aching. Roy's . including Roy. Frank stumbles to his feet. Daddy. a small voice I'll 157 A standstill. ROY Angela. Frank's not done -. sweetie? ROY Put it down. Angela looks to Roy. honey. behind her: Do it. Frank. Angela. You barely got your feet wet. apologizing for everything. Don't. ROY Quiet. (CONTINUED) ANGELA ANGELA Don't make Then. frightened now.. Roy. standing by the horse. moves his hand toward his gun. Frank? Frank doesn't say a word.
(CONTINUED) FRANK 158 . Roy turns.NIGHT Frank pulls Chuck's Mercedes up the driveway to the side door where Roy exits.38 to the floor. voiceless. 157 CONTINUED: (5) 157 Frechette reaches for his GUN again and -. nearly catatonic.105.then drops the . ROY'S KITCHEN DOOR/DRIVEWAY ... Roy? Roy? ROY It's okay. Frechette falls off the couch.BOOM! -. ANGELA FRANK He's not gonna make it. Frank: Roy goes to her.pure reflex -Angela FIRES -.. Frank hobbles over to Frechette. He opens the passenger door for her and she gets in. And wait there for me.. Frechette is dying. Angela trembles. Ground floor if you have to go out the back. Roy speaks past her to Frank: ROY You know where the Seven Palms Motel is? Out the 15? ROY Get a room. Angela sees it. Shaking. 158 EXT. blood seeping from his shirt. FRANK What are we going to do. Daddy. numb. Dad. holding a blanket over Angela's shoulders. Roy's got a lot of thinking to do very fast. Roy holds Angela. It's okay. ANGELA ROY get his gun. Roy? Roy looks over: too.
I was trying to. Angela? Frank's gonna get you out of here.. 158 CONTINUED: FRANK Suppose you don't show? ROY Take her to her mother's. then) Take him to a hospital.. Frank realizes the risk Roy is running.106. listen to me. ROY'S KITCHEN Roy opens a pantry closet. You didn't shoot him. and I will see you in a day or two. pulls down some sheets. He closes the door. I did. Holds eye contact with Angela as Frank reverses and carries her away.. (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. Roy. beside Angela. (to Frank) Go. 159 INT. ROY Angela. ROY You just sit tight. Understand? I shot him. Frank? FRANK Yes. Right. Honey. you did. ROY I know. It's gonna be alright. Then you drive south and never come back. okay? ANGELA I.. honey. then passes into -159 Roy kneels 158 .
He lifts his gun up unsteadily. and two detectives (BISHOP and HOLT) come in. can't -. does a threesixty. The door opens again. swoons. He looks around the room: Spartan.V.he's handcuffed to a bed railing. He pokes at a bandage wrapped around his head. shutting the door behind them. ROY Who are you? (CONTINUED) . Whoa. a uniformed COP sitting in a chair. looking for places he might have crawled to.DAY Tiny. an admission bracelet around his wrist. Nothing. He is -IN HOSPITAL ROOM . antiseptic.and his eyes stop at the bloodstain on the carpet. He spins -Frechette is leaning against the wall behind him. in his arm. Roy tries to lift himself onto one side.and Roy pivots away just as -BOOM! 161 162 OMITTED HIS POV An air-conditioner overhead. deathly pale. BISHOP How d'you feel? COP 161 162 Roy tries to rise again. ROY'S LIVING ROOM 107. no TV. Frechette is gone. 160 -. Morning. points it between Roy's eyes --. Roy. blood dripping down his legs. 7/17/02 160 INT. Roy drops the sheets. You awake? The Cop rises and goes out the door. a surveillance camera above him. One bed.Rev. an open door to a mini-bathroom. BISHOP Take it slow.MATCHSTICK MEN . an I. bars on the windows.
this is Detective Holt. Anything you say can and may be used blah blah blah blah. feels his bandage again. Bishop fishes in his jacket. Roy remembers slowly. Wish we could say the same for Chuck. This little fella took out about half an inch of your skull.. Roy. Roy can barely sit up much less study X-rays.. wisely keeps his mouth shut. 7/17/02 162 CONTINUED: BISHOP I'm Detective Bishop.MATCHSTICK MEN . Bishop drops them. ROY Am I under arrest? BISHOP (nods) You have the right to remain silent. Doctor'll be in in a sec. pulls out an evidence bag containing a bullet fragment. Roy: Who? (CONTINUED) BISHOP where's Frank? ROY . BISHOP You were given a pretty close haircut the other night.Rev. Roy. 162 Bishop offers a couple of head X-rays. HOLT I heard it all. BISHOP You got lucky. Roy processes this. 108.
415 Chester Avenue. 162 CONTINUED: (2) BISHOP Frank Mercer. she's not in San Pedro at. uh -HOLT (referring to notepad) -. (beat) Where is he. where's BISHOP Okay. BISHOP She's not at your place. then: (CONTINUED) . Roy thinks. Clean. In fact. We've spent the last couple days in your home and his. There's not a lot we don't know. Roy reacts. HOLT I like your place better. 162 BISHOP You guys led interesting lives. Roy? Roy shakes his head: he doesn't know. there're some bunko cops eager to talk to you when we're done. How about this: Angela? Roy stonewalls. Your partner. ROY How long have I been here? (as they don't respond) How long? BISHOP They brought you in two nights ago. BISHOP Her mother's near hysterical.109.
Before then. in the glare. BISHOP 162 ROY I wanna see my doctor. yanks up the blinds. Chuckie didn't make it. (beat) Where is she. Why? ROY He was gonna shoot me. Holt goes to the window. But it could still get worse. Then: Figuring some way to make this right Roy winces ROY ROY I shot Chuck. 162 CONTINUED: (3) I shot him. (CONTINUED) . BISHOP Your daughter's wanted for murder. again. Alas. Roy. BISHOP He did shoot you. HOLT Like I said. You're under arrest for accessory. Bishop and Holt exchange a glance. BISHOP That would make our job a lot easier. (beat) Where is she? Roy's mind races. Roy? (beat) Your little girl killed a man.38 was a little small. Roy. he'll be in in a sec. That's right.110. the print we took off your . It's not good. BISHOP You're sure about that? Roy nods.
My shrink. Doc. he's right. DR. Roy. (to Bishop) May I sit down? Bishop nods. BISHOP What's his number? 163 INT. KLEIN Technically. Bishop and Holt exchange glances again. (CONTINUED) . Bishop. ROY Don't I have doctor-patient rights or something? Holt laughs. HOSPITAL ROOM .DAY Roy peers through the open blinds as an intern checks his vitals. a little agitated. DR. KLEIN How are you feeling? Roy looks. The intern departs. BISHOP You know where she is? Roy nods. 162 CONTINUED: (4) ROY No. Let me see him and I'll tell you whatever you want to know. he can't see anything but a freeway in the distance. ROY 163 162 ROY Can we have a little privacy? BISHOP That's not how it works.111. Hey. DR. From the bed. Bishop considers it. Bishop and Holt return with Dr. and Klein takes a seat by the bed. KLEIN Hello. Roy. my doctor. Klein in tow. Holt and the cop haven't moved.
Five minutes. ROY Angela's in trouble. Roy glances up at the surveillance camera. then covers his mouth with his free hand. too -DR. DR. she will go to jail.112. Bishop relents. Doc. There's no privilege says I gotta leave you two alone together. KLEIN Don't transfer responsibility. (CONTINUED) . (beat) Can I trust you? DR. KLEIN Roy -. Help me help her. Please. Roy. 163 BISHOP ROY There isn't time. They exit. 163 CONTINUED: BISHOP Technically. After a moment: Don't speak 'til they're Finally. what happened? They told me -Roy holds up his free hand: gone. Doc. Klein looks reluctant. If I don't help her. That refers to testimony you might give based on confidential information. Roy's eyes plead. lest any lip readers are watching. he's not. KLEIN Roy. ROY You got her into this. They stare each other down. ROY You do if you want what I know.I can't do anything illegal.
113. Tell her to write it down. ROY They're going to search you on the way out. Ask to speak to Angela..CLOSE ON VIDEO FEED . stymied. Klein through his fingers. C-O-L-E? ROY My partner will answer the phone. ROY'S HOSPITAL ROOM . DR. Roy whispers. Klein nods: he's ready. forward to hear: ROY The room of Mr. 163 CONTINUED: (2) ROY Just make a phone call.DAY Through his fingers still. 163 ROY How are you at memorizing numbers? 164 INT. decides: okay. 165 INT.DAY of Roy whispering to Dr. CLOSE ON BISHOP smoking. ADJOINING ROOM . DR. Klein thinks. Then. (CONTINUED) DR. KLEIN This is what I have to memorize.. Cole.tell Angela you have the pass code. KLEIN What do I tell her? ROY Tell her -. KLEIN Klein leans 165 164 . watching the feed.
memorizing. back on?! Yo! (CONTINUED) 167 Roy lies back. Doc. 166 EXT. ROY Hello! (off no response) Hey! Officer Maddox! (off no response) Could someone turn the A. fumbling with keys. (covering mouth) 543-N7-942. ROY That's all you have to do.C.. exhausted ROY DR.114. The air conditioner is off. KLEIN 166 . Again. tense. As he pulls away. KLEIN 543-N7-942.. (to himself) 543-N7-942. Holt on the passenger side.DAY Klein hurries to his sedan.DAY Roy stirs awake. The chair where the uniformed cop sat is empty. 165 DR. PARKING GARAGE . The room is dark. but hopeful. another car follows several seconds behind: Bishop at the wheel. 543 -ROY (eyes to camera) Doc. sweating heavily. 167 INT. DR. HOSPITAL ROOM . Again: Say it back to me. Sorry. 165 CONTINUED: ROY 543-N7-942. Klein nods. KLEIN 543-N7-942.
CLOSE ON ROY as he quietly cracks open his hospital room door. 7/17/02 167 CONTINUED: 115. belting his pants. then pulls out: a handcuff key.MATCHSTICK MEN .DAY Roy jogs down the bottom ramp.DESERTED ROOF . PARKING GARAGE .GROUND LEVEL . VOICE (V.O. but something rattles within.Rev. shirt.over phone) Seven Palms Motel. No stitches. 169 & 170 171 OMITTED 169 & 170 171 168 EXT. 167 Roy reaches for a bedpan on the floor. he stands. jacket and shoes. Roy feels his bandage again. He releases himself. through an exit door and steps out onto -168 EXT. then pulls his feet off the bed. Roy pushes on. to throw at the door. in nothing but a hospital gown. The parking structure overlooks a largely-deserted stretch of Los Angeles.DAY Blinding sunlight. A freeway passes in the distance. PARKING STRUCTURE . a little wobbly. Roy tries it on his restrained wrist: it's a fit. peers into -ADJOINING ROOM Empty except for the surveillance monitor propped up on a chair. Dumbfounded. For the first time in days. and looks down. Roy can't believe it. Also there: Roy's pants. to the roof's edge. Starts to unwrap it. he moves down a brief hallway. He staggers around the trailer. Roy shakes it again. but its cord has been sliced. Coffee cups and newspapers litter the floor. no fracture. . shirt unbuttoned. Just one mother of a bruise. Gingerly feels about his skull. and his eyes go wide. He finds a pay phone. thrown in a pile in a corner. Then pulls it clean off. checks the door. no bullet hole. Roy's hospital room resides within a mobile construction-site trailer anchored atop the fivestory garage.
Roy squeezes his eyes shut. he notices Klein's plaque is gone.O. please.DAY FROM within the Caprice's window: Roy arrives in a cab. As he enters. so I suppose I owe you better than this. 177 178 INT.O. 172 EXT. 174 INT..' .DAY Dark. I should take it. The head of the ceramic horse beside it. Furniture and fixtures stripped. O-L-E. KLEIN'S OFFICE . You taught me most of what I know. finesses it open. CAPRICE . Roy reaches within.DAY Roy gives his pass code to the Clerk. FIRST FEDERAL BANK . 173 C172 Roy spots a cab. BLOCK AWAY . The place is empty.' 176 177 EXT. Roy finds the front door locked. FIRST FEDERAL BANK .116. extracts the only remaining item: a handwritten letter.DAY Roy hurries in before it closes for the day. "Blood" stain on the carpet.) 'Roy: You're probably pretty upset. diplomas off the wall. 175 176 INT. ROY'S HOUSE/INT. FRANK (V. I don't blame you. 173 EXT. clothes and the same distant stare. Bad news. cabinets bare. He wears the same 178 FRANK (V. Cole. ROY'S LIVING ROOM .DAY Cab waiting. drops the phone to hail it.DAY Much as he left it.AT PAY PHONE ROY The room of Mr. until Roy turns on an overhead light. 174 175 EXT.) 'But you always said if I got a shot at a big score. KLEIN'S OFFICE .. (beat) How about Mercer? M-E-R.
Roy parks in front of the house. pries off the lid. UNDER HIGHWAY SIGN BLASTING UNDER a highway sign: TO." then DOWN 181 180 Roy 179 Roy's Caprice. running on the slenderest of hopes. 182 EXT. revealing -FRANK (V. Large but no longer heavy.' -. I'd never find a better partner. A moment passes before the door opens. And for everything else. you're the best I ever saw. and Heather stands before him. touches his head wound. He staggers to the front door and knocks. All four windows rolled down. BANK VAULT Roy's box is removed. HEATHER 182 ROY She's not here..a single. Frank.NIGHT For the first time.) 'Sorry about the rubber bullet. FRANK (V. Now I won't have to.O. thin stack of $100s.117. Roy at the wheel.) 'If it's any consolation. creating a windstorm inside his car. is she? (CONTINUED) . He looks numb. He can barely speak. FRANK (V. HEATHER'S HOUSE . They share a long moment of recognition.' 180 INT. glass-eyed..' 181 EXT. PRIVATE VIEWING ROOM Roy sets the box on a table.) 'Enjoy the gift. 179 INT.O. Roy. by the way..O.. "SAN PEDRO.
MATCHSTICK MEN . Tears come to her eyes. BEHIND CARPETERIA .? The baby! baby! Heather is aghast. and Roy crumbles. 182 His last hope dashed. or despite it -. Roy. clutches his gut.DAY Roy on a smoke break.reaches out and caresses him. too. then slowly -because of their history. He gasps for air. HEATHER That's -. FADE OUT. (CONTINUED) 183 184 . Roy: HEATHER you okay? Heather stands helpless before him. a painful memory. what are you talking about -.Rev. ROY ROY You were gonna have a ROY HEATHER 118. and folds into himself. She nods. all the revelations of the day come to a point.that's why you're here? ROY You were pregnant. You were. FADE IN: 183 184 OMITTED EXT. 10/7/02 182 CONTINUED: What? Angela? HEATHER (at a complete loss) Who? Roy.
185 INT. 10/7/02 184 CONTINUED: 119-120. flings his cigarette away. A CO-WORKER sticks his head out the back door. (CONTINUED) ROY a twenty-year old SLACKER 185 . returns to work. 184 His salesman's uniform is not terribly different from his old costume.Rev. but his bearing has changed: he is a man at ease. Roy: CO-WORKER another live one.MATCHSTICK MEN . Roy nods. Afternoon.DAY Roy finds his next prospect: flipping through Persians. CARPETERIA . and he still wears his hair in a completely unremarkable fashion.
All ROY Big place. She comes straight at her boyfriend. SLACKER That's about me. Roy turns. Dark glasses and cutoff jeans. dig into the remnants . Looking nineteen at least. Angela enters the store.121. (CONTINUED) . ANGELA What kind of pet store doesn't carry collars? They've got dog shampoo in there but no collars. doesn't notice Roy at all. ROY Help you with anything? Yeah. Let's SLACKER Wait. I gotta wait. huh. (off a DOOR CHIME) That's her. SLACKER I need a carpet.no price is too low. 185 CONTINUED: SLACKER (keeps flipping) How ya doin'. You have a color in mind? SLACKER I have a price in mind. but -. My girlfriend knows better than I do what we need. it's for my apartment.. ROY You're my perfect customer. (beat) No. one room of it. 185 ROY For your home? SLACKER For my secretary's office. you don't know what you want. ROY So you don't need much. Cheap..
(to Roy) We just got a dog. while he keeps his eyes locked on her. recognizing his voice. SLACKER German shepherd. Her attention is obviously divided.122. SLACKER There's no special carpet that dogs like. She freezes. ROY My next guess. Making sure he's 185 Roy just stands there. remnants are back of the store. Eh. C'mon.. not mistaken. SLACKER I like that. IN BACK Roy watches Angela and her boyfriend flip through carpet fragments. I like that. Will Roy say something? ROY We call it Astroturf. 185 CONTINUED: (2) Studying her. ROY You folks just move in together? SLACKER Three weeks ago. ROY A Lab. SLACKER Then we'll go to another place. She won't turn to face him. SLACKER You think? We only started dating last month. is there? A beat. If you're gonna get wet -(CONTINUED) ROY ... Let me guess.. Big step.
then she indicates the cigarettes in his shirt pocket. with a big sigh) Can you get it for me? It probably just fell under my seat. I think I left my. then agree: it's a sale. But I can knock off twenty percent if you pay cash. She turns at last to face him. You barely notice stains it's so dark.and heads off. ANGELA Shit.123. alone together. ROY That's a nice choice. Angela and her boyfriend mull it over. SLACKER Ooh. I pay the rent. BEHIND CARPETERIA Roy lights Angela's cigarette. I really like that one.. The Slacker laughs: that's what he was going to say. then his own. SLACKER Our living arrangement... Angela still won't face him. ANGELA Can I bum one? 186 EXT. (to her boyfriend.might as well go swimming.what can he say? -. Angela dips into her purse. Roy and Angela watch him go. 185 CONTINUED: (3) ROY -.. ANGELA How much is it? ROY Sticker's seventy-five. Durable. I left my wallet in the car. under their breaths. she buys all the carpets. yeah. SLACKER Be right back. (CONTINUED) 186 185 . He smirks at Roy -. They lock eyes for a moment.
Only been on it six months. ROY You were good. Hawaii. (sheepishly) Teachers. ANGELA You like this job? ROY (shrugs) It's not that much different from the old one really. They smoke in silence. ANGELA I had bills to pay. ANGELA I had a good teacher. What to say? 186 ROY You working this guy? ANGELA Nah. Steadier. I'm retired. Figured you would have moved to. I was stealing from your pack the whole time. ROY She get better? (as Angela shakes her head) I'm sorry.124. Surprised you didn't notice. My mom was real sick. No shit. That was a one-time deal. ROY I was missing a lot back then. (CONTINUED) . ROY I'm surprised to see you here. 186 CONTINUED: ROY When did you start smoking? ANGELA Long time ago. I don't know.
Her boyfriend gives her a look. Thanks. She pulls out her wallet. 186 the new at-ease Roy. ANGELA Just stealing a drag. man. ANGELA Sorry. ANGELA Things are good with you. (CONTINUED) ROY SLACKER 187 . 186 CONTINUED: (2) ANGELA I'm sorry. The Slacker gets in. Roy. CARPETERIA . ROY Good to see you. If it's any consolation. You mad at me? ROY You didn't take it. ANGELA It's good to see you. 187 EXT. and Angela gives him a big kiss for his effort. She takes him in again: I gave it to you. Enjoy it. aren't they? SLAM! Angela's boyfriend exits the back door. I found it.125. SLACKER (empty-handed) I looked everywhere.DAY Roy helps the Slacker load and tie his and Angela's new purchase onto the roof of their aging Honda Civic. For a fleeting moment. Angela and Roy stand alone again before she gets in the car. too. SLACKER There you are. too.FRONT . Roy looks away.
ANGELA (smiles) I'll see ya. only bringing the other up for a turn (when we might notice: he's wearing a ring). Windows down. A new carpet replaces the old. 187 CONTINUED: A beat. ANGELA You're not gonna ask my name? ROY I know your name. then turns as --. He leafs through mail. then kisses him. Roy keeps just one hand on the wheel. for the first time open and unencumbered by shades: Roy walks into the living room. They go into dinner. Then hops in the car. and he kisses back --. ROY'S CAPRICE -DAY Driving home. wiping her hands clean on a dishrag. the check-out register. stops. too.126. Turning to look inside the house: THROUGH the front windows. explaining what he got at the market and opening his market bag wide for her to see. ROY'S HOME . unlocks it. enters. Dad.DAY Roy pulls his Caprice up the driveway and gets out. THE END 190 A young man works 188 187 189 . She rubs his head: nice job. He looks down to lay his palm gently on her belly. He pays it no mind. She smiles and Roy smiles. She starts to open the car door. Groceries in hand. she whispers sweetly in his ear. Looks up at the sun for a moment before heading back into work.DAY Roy buys ice cream and frozen pizzas. 188 INT.and when they break. FADE OUT. and he smiles even more. 190 EXT. 189 INT.Kathy enters from the kitchen. calls out a name. SUPERMARKET . Roy watches the carpet-loaded Civic pull creakily away. he heads to the front door.