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