MATCHSTICK MEN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and recognizes the cause of his infirmity: the open door. you looked like you were gonna whoopsy-daisy all over those people's Oriental.. Roy snaps out of it. ROY I'm fine.DAY The Caprice pulls into the parking lot. thanks. 7/17/02 14 CONTINUED: (3) 9.DAY Roy and Frank return to their car.MATCHSTICK MEN . The car pulls out. takes his time getting in. fixated on the small wilderness outside -. FRANK Do you mind if I close this? They don't. but he never pauses in his effort to get inside his car as fast as he can. fifty-fifty.. Frank splits up the day's take. ROY AND FRANK'S OFFICE . (CONTINUED) A16 What the 15 . A breath to compose himself and Roy STARTS the CAR. Frank rises and closes the glass door. Sorry. are you? Roy faces him. too -. FRANK It's just that. (he takes L-47) Thank you. RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD . Frank smiles to allay the Husband's suspicions: fuck was that about? 15 EXT. Inside. Roy seems barely interested. Sound within the room returns to normal. Frank. testily. Roy speedily. FRANK You are taking your pills? ROY (at last) Yes. admonished. A16 EXT. 14 Frank notices now. FRANK You're not taking your pills.Rev.Roy is sweating and uneasy.

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

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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.

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INT. ROY'S KITCHEN - AT TABLE - NIGHT Roy eats dinner: tuna, straight from the can. (CONTINUED)

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KLEIN DR. KLEIN I wasn't sober DR. KLEIN (CONTINUED) . Roy shakes his head..Rev. 7/17/02 43 CONTINUED: ROY That was later. KLEIN He -.if he's a he -. KLEIN Do you think about her much? What could have been. Hit her? Roy nods.I wonder: Is one of those kids Roy Jr.so some nights she just didn't come home.? DR. ROY DR. DR. 43 DR. Rarely. DR. She was pregnant two months before she told me. And the baby? ROY If there's a baby.MATCHSTICK MEN . KLEIN Do you think about that? ROY Sometimes. We fought a lot. what might have been. KLEIN 24.. After things got bad.would be how old now? Fourteen. If I see a school bus or -. About what? ROY What have you got? a lot then -Are you now? ROY (nods) -. Which is why I.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ROY Okay, okay. I'm sorry. I'm just... not good at being a father, alright? You know? I barely get by as me. Roy takes his hand out of his coat pocket to wipe a tear off her cheek. She recoils. ROY Will you come back home with me? We can get pizza again. She won't budge. ROY You can stay the whole weekend if you want. She won't budge. but: Roy doesn't know what else to offer

ANGELA Why do you have a gun? In case. In case what? Roy is stuck. He sighs, resigned. ANGELA ROY

ROY It's a little hard to explain. 100 INT. ROY'S KITCHEN - NIGHT Angela and Roy face off over another pizza. Bullshit. ROY Nope. No bullshit. And watch your language at the table. ANGELA You're a con man? (CONTINUED) ANGELA 100

MATCHSTICK MEN - Rev. 7/17/02 100 CONTINUED: ROY Con artist. Flim-flam man, matchstick man, take your pick. ANGELA And that guy Frank? My partner. ROY My protege.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

my daughter was there today! Frank looks away. How? FRANK What if he goes to the cops? He won't. ROY ROY Says something half under FRANK 133 FRANK What if he does? ROY Then he'd have to explain what he was doing with eighty grand and a ticket to the Caymans. I walked him there. chastened. his breath. (CONTINUED) . What? FRANK I'm not the one who pimped her into the grift. And don't tell me I'm the one who put her at risk. We're safe. She put us at risk. (beat) We're not on the books. ROY They never do. ROY Frank. 133 CONTINUED: ROY Did you see him go through security? Yes! ROY Did you wait 'til the plane left the gate? FRANK You told me to walk him there.85.

Angela. He opens 133 ROY Tell him. Frank leers at Roy: ask her. Angela watches from inside the car. (CONTINUED) 134 FRANK Then .86. then: ROY You're fourteen! When did you have time to get arrested? ANGELA I forgot to pay for a pack of gum once. but it never came up. and Frank starts toward his car. and the younger man takes off. And bites her lip. 134 EXT. Roy gives her the silent treatment a moment. Terrific. blushes. and let's get this over with. DODGER STADIUM PARKING LOT . What about her? ROY Angela's never been arrested -FRANK You don't know that. Tell him you're clean. You don't know that! What if Chuck goes to the cops? Roy turns: the door. She does. ROY Turn it off.DAY Roy hands Frank Frechette's bag of money. 133 CONTINUED: (2) FRANK I know we are. Roy leans against his hood as Angela remains in her seat. ANGELA I would have told you. (beat) You've never been arrested. that's it. have you? Angela looks from Roy to Frank to Roy again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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