JOURNEY

by
Massimo Franceschini

Revisions by Sam Bass

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JOURNEY FADE IN: EXT. SINAI DESERT ISRAEL - SUMMER - DAY A camouflaged squadron of heavily armed Israeli AH-64D Attack Helicopter's blades beat the air as they roar past overhead. A remote Israel Defense Force Army Camp sits hidden between two barren desert ridges. Five brown canvas tents and about twenty soldiers dressed in traditional Israeli tan khaki uniforms carrying M-16 rifles in hand or slung over their back are peppered across the area. A small Israeli national flag flies from a six feet tall pole dug-in next to a field tent. MUSIC PLAYS - I'm Awesome by Spose (clean version) JERROD JERICHO THE DOMINATOR JOURNEY (early 30's) a well cut uniformed Israeli soldier with a stubble of beard walks past the camera with his shirt off wearing only a desert tan tank top and carrying his combat rifle. An armed Arab figure runs across a sand dune and hides behind it. SUPER 3D - SINAI DESERT ISRAEL - PRESENT DAY CLOSE ON - A crude wooden sign painted white with red letters is stuck in the hard ground. A wooden strip tacked to the top of the sign post in the shape of an arrow points West with letters printed on it: "TEL AVIV 1,000,000 KM". Another arrow sign below the first points down to the ground with "HELL" painted on it. Four olive drab and brown camouflage barrels are positioned on four corners forming a square. Heavy brown ropes are tied to the barrels creating a dirt floor boxing ring. Inside the boxing ring are Jericho and a soldier furiously fighting bare knuckles wearing tank tops, khaki army pants and combat boots while seven soldiers cheer them on and bet money. Two remote desert worn soldiers stand guard behind the two separate desolate ridges that hide the camp. They glance back at the fight. A soldier hits a metal pan with a survival knife handle as if he is ringing a fight bell ending the first round.

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The fighting soldiers go to their corners and their ring men put water over their heads. Jericho's ring man, HIRAM ROSEN (20's), a curly haired average slim man works on cooling him down. He begins to towel Jericho off and gives him a Penthouse magazine to look at. HIRAM (Israeli accent) It will help you relax. Jericho thumbs through the naked girl pictures as he speaks. JERICHO (slight Southern American accent) Son-of-a-bitch. This guy's a bad ass. HIRAM You said you were a bad ass. JERICHO Well... Sort of. Hiram looks at the other fighter and his ring man. HIRAM Hey, it's getting late. You guy's want to call it a draw and kick back? The two men shake their heads no. Hiram looks at Jericho HIRAM (CONT’D) You're screwed. JERICHO I'm glad I'm going home. This war shit shucks so bad. HIRAM You got one more week. Better kick ass now. (The soldier hits the pan) The opposing fighter is ready to fight then he relaxes and waits. Jericho take's a set of homemade brass knuckles from his pocket, an extra large BDK Cold Steel Voyager folding knife, a razor knife and another set of brass knuckles.

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Hiram lies the knives and knuckles down next to Jericho's rifle butt that is leaned against the ring. The fighters go to the center of the ring. Jericho looks over at Hiram and smiles. The other soldier catching Jericho off guard hits him. The blow knocks him completely out and he hits the dirt face first. Hiram goes to Jericho trying to revive him. He hands the winning fighter a wad of paper cash. Everybody cheers. Suddenly a rocket attack starts with the whistle of flying rockets and then the explosion of two nearby. Everybody scatters as two more come in and explode. Little Hiram picks his big friend up over his shoulder and heads for the foot of the nearest ridge. Bullets are hitting all around him. Hiram drops Jericho against the ridge out of harms way. Jericho's eyes are closed as he speaks. JERICHO Hiram... (Hiram looks at him) Is it over? HIRAM No... Why are you in this hell hole? You're an American Jericho opens one eye. Hiram is looking him over for damage. JERICHO My mom lives here. You know... I felt obligated, homeland and all of that. Hiram finishes checking him out. HIRAM Are you comfortable? JERICHO I make a good living. Hiram smiles and shakes his head. DISSOLVE TO:

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EXT. LAS VEGAS GLITTER GULCH - SUMMER - PRESENT DAY - NIGHT The glistening street is busy with beautiful cars, custom, motorcycles, sexy tank-topped women and handsome men walking the street and going into the well lit casino's. MUSIC PLAYS - La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin MARY (20's), a beautiful woman with long curly red hair and bright crimson lip stick shows off her body wearing a snug fitting low-cut and short summer dress with red heels. She proudly struts down the busy neon lit sidewalk as the La Vida Loca music rolls from a nearby casino. CREDITS ROLL Mary passes a couple of expensive European luxury cars parked on the street and then on past a large Ceasar's Palace Boxing Arena fight poster stuck to a metal frame that is bolted to a street light pole. CLOSE ON THE SIGN - Ceasar's Palace Boxing Arena, Extreme World Super Championship Fight, 12 Rounds of Thunder, TOMMY KILLER LEE vs. JERROD JERICHO THE DOMINATOR JOURNEY. The sexy Mary glances back at the sign, gives a small smile and walks inside a busy bar as everyone watches her go by. WIDE - We Move on down the street littered with sparkling glittering signs, expensive cars and beautiful women. EXT. BACK ENTRANCE - CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA- LAS VEGAS AFTERNOON The scene is littered with dumpsters and the back door has drab trappings of commerce taped to it. Jericho, now a tattooed motorcycle rider dressed in old scuffed leathers roars in on his custom well-used silver Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. He stops at the seedy back entrance of the arena and gets off while removing his helmet and gloves. A very nice Limousine pulls up and MARKUS SNOOKY KENCADE (30's), deep voice, an athletic black man, well dressed with gold bracelets, wearing a fine Giorgio Armani suit and oiled back wavy hair gets out combing his hair. He walks past Jericho. SNOOKY (Southern American accent) Aight Jericho my man. (MORE)

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5. CONTINUED: SNOOKY (CONT'D) Thought I'd roll up in here and see what's shakin.

JERICHO Hey, Snooky. SNOOKY People's laying down a lotta green on ya tonight? You hardcore enough to pull it off? JERICHO Yeah. SNOOKY Say, weren't you in the Foreign Legion or somethin? Anyway welcome back. JERICHO Thanks Snook. Snooky walks on to the back door with two large well dressed body guards. A tattered bum walks past Snooky. BUM Hey man, you got a quarter? I wanta buy a car. Snooky gives him five dollars. SNOOKY Get a Rolls funny man. Move on now, fore we call the po-po on your ass. You be litterin. The bum grumbles as he leaves. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS - AFTERNOON Limousines are pulling up and dropping people off while other are walking inside the arena. Some dressed in suits and others in Tuxedos many in street clothes. DISSOLVE TO: INT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS - AFTERNOON In the distance, two fighters are brawling to a bloody end.

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SUPER 3D - CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS USA CUT TO TIGHT SHOTS - of the two super athletic boxer's faces. A Caucasian boxer (JERICHO) and a black boxer (TOMMY LEE 20's) are brawling hard and heavy for the win of the round. Sweat rolls from their brows. Their eyes are sharp, but puffy and their nostrils flared from exhaustion. Each lands a punch on the other, over and over. Blood trickles from Jericho's nose. Tommy has a bleeding cut over his eye. Abruptly Tommy hits Jericho with a combination. His head jerks back and Jericho hits the canvas. Jericho raises up a little still groggy from the punch. The MIDDLE-AGED REFEREE steps beside him. MIDDLE-AGED REFEREE One, two... Jericho is still dizzy. He sees himself as a young boy of 8. SLOW DISSOLVE TO: EXT. RUNDOWN NEIGHBORHOOD - JOURNEY RESIDENCE - SEATTLE WASHINGTON - WINTER - DAY Jericho (8), is a strong looking young boy running across his cluttered front yard, chased by his stumbling half-drunk father, QUINTON JOURNEY, a middle-aged, a big man with oily hair and a cigarette dangling from his mouth. SUPER 3D - JOURNEY RESIDENCE - SEATTLE WASHINGTON USA - 1986 JERICHO's red nosed father finally catches him. He spins his cigarette out and begins to brutally spank JERICHO with his thick belt. JERICHO I'm sorry daddy. Please... QUINTON You're just like that run away mother of yours. An OLD WOMAN from the neighborhood is walking past. OLD WOMAN Quinton Journey, you leave that boy alone. I'll call the cops.

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QUINTON Mind your own business you old bat. This is Journey business. The woman stops and watches. OLD WOMAN You need to let that boy's momma have him. You're drunk again Quinton. You should be ashamed, in front of your son and all. Jericho wrenches loose and his father falls back into a mud hole in the yard. His father struggle but has trouble getting up. QUINTON Come back here. Jericho is frightened and runs away. The old woman smiles at the scene. OLD WOMAN Run Jericho, run. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. LEE RESIDENCE - LEXINGTON KENTUCKY USA - DAY NATHAN CAIN (30's), TOMMY LEE's greasy haired white tattooed athletic stepfather walks across the front porch. He kicks at the dog lying across the door. The dog skerries out of the way. Nathan goes inside. INT. LEE RESIDENCE - LEXINGTON KENTUCKY USA - DAY TOMMY LEE (7), a kind black child with a sweet face is smiling while eating cereal and looking at his school work. SUPER 3D - LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY USA - 1986 Nathan comes in and sits at the table. NATHAN Hey kid. How the hell's it goin? Tommy ignores him because he is concentrated on reading. Nathan picks up the cereal box on the table and shakes it. He sets it down and leans across the kitchen table and pounds it with his fist to get Tommy's attention. Tommy looks up startled.

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NATHAN (CONT’D) You ate my cereal, come here you little bastard. Tommy remains motionless until his Stepfather gets up and grabs for him. CARLA (20's), Tommy's attractive tattered mother comes in the room. TOMMY'S MOTHER Nathan stop. He's just a baby. As Tommy's MOTHER intervenes, his Stepfather punches her in the face. Tommy goes to help her, but his Stepfather punches him too. Tommy falls to the floor, holding his bloody nose with tears silently streaming down his face. DISSOLVE TO: INT. DICKEY-STEPHENS BASEBALL STADIUM NORTH LITTLE ROCK AR NIGHT SUPER 3D - PRESENT DAY, LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS USA The arena is nearly filled to capacity as the BASEBALL GAME begins. Near the top of the bleachers, JERICHO (now late 20's), a handsome man, sits next to Mary, she is still sexy shapely and pretty. Another woman TERRY SAVALAS (mid 20's) an attractive woman sits on Jericho's other side, though she's not with Mary or Jericho. Terry is friendly. She eats a hot dog while watching the game. Jericho and Mary barely watch the game. MARY I'm so glad you're home. I was afraid that army stuff would do you in. JERICHO I'm glad to be back. Mary kisses him on the cheek. MARY So you ran away from home and went to Israel to be with your mom? That was pretty good for a kid. Then what?

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JERICHO I came back to the states to go to college. My aunt lived here, so I stayed with her and this became my home. MARY What about your mom? JERICHO She passed while I was in the army in Israel. MARY Well, I'm glad you're here. Terry turns toward Jericho and gives him a thoughtful look. TERRY Hi I'm Terry Savalas. I'm sorry to butt in, but I couldn't help but overhear... We have a group in my office. If you want to talk about family and stuff and the best part is, it's free. MARY That's great. Don't soldiers need that? JERICHO I don't need anything. MARY I do. Terry wads up the remainder of her hot dog, wipes her mouth, then tosses the garbage into a bag. Shes smiles at Jericho and Mary. TERRY Listen, I'm sorry. Just thought I'd let you know. It helped me. A PLAYER slams one over the fence Terry jumps into the air and catches the ball. Mary and Jericho don't move watching her. MARY Wow, that was great. TERRY Girl po-wer.

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Terry smiles and sits down watching the game with Mary and Jericho. Mary snuggles up to Jericho. MARY It's official, then. I'm your first girlfriend. JERICHO Well yeah. You're the first girl I've dated, dated. Annoyed, Mary elbows Jericho. MARY This is too romantic. Let's get a hot dog, Richard head. The game is almost over and the home team (Travelers) are winning. Jericho looks at Terry. Terry hold out a business card. TERRY Just in case you want to Come to group. Jericho takes the card and nods. He and Mary walk away. MARY Are you going to do it? JERICHO (shrugging) No. He puts the card in his pocket. DISSOLVE TO: INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM AND TRAINING FACILITY - DAY Nice, modern gym. Tommy Lee, now in his mid 20s, spars hard in the ring. His trainer, ROBERT BLENDER CAIN (50's), a tall powerfully built white New Yorker with greying hair, watches him as he talks to a REPORTER. BLENDER (New York accent) Every thing Tommy is he did himself. He's got no education and had a troubled childhood. But, look at him now. He is a self made man.

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REPORTER You got anything else? BLENDER What else? BOYD PATTERSON (50's), a local trainer and athletic black man walks by. REPORTER Mr. Boyd. Boyd smiles and nods. BLENDER Boyd, You need to keep your people's asses on your end of the gym. I pay for this half you know. BOYD Kiss my ball-bag. That's total bullshit. Boyd keeps walking. BLENDER You heard me trailer park. BOYD You heard me ass-wipe. The Reporter is about to jot this down, then shakes his head. REPORTER I need some real juice. You know, like how you train him? His girlfriends. Something more than how great he is. BLENDER Here's somethin. The first time I saw Tommy, he crashed in here and yelled to my boxers while they sparred, "I'll kick anybody's ass here, I'm the best". REPORTER Was he drunk?

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BLENDER No. Desperate. He needed a chance. So, I ask Tommy to my office thinking I could blackjack his ass if he didn't settle down. Tommy is sparing hard with his partner in the ring. REPORTER Was he a poor kid or what? BLENDER Yeah, He was broke and didn't know nothin. But he had heart. Lots of heart. REPORTER You know, I hear roomers about aggression toward women. What do you think? Tommy has stopped sparing and gets out of the ring. TOMMY LEE No, and don't say that shit again. REPORTER Sorry Tommy. BLENDER Hell, if you push any man hard enough, he's going to have an aggression problem. Tommy is standing next to Blender smiling. TOMMY LEE At's right. Snooky comes in looking like his usual slick self smiling. SNOOKY Hey, I'm takin book. Anybody want some? Everybody just looks at him. BLENDER Not today Snook.

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SNOOKY Well, I just came by ta see who wants ta bounce with me to the strip joint and ride the ho train. Tommy slaps Blender on the shoulder. TOMMY LEE I'm got this. Let's go Snooks. Snooky smiles and pats Tommy on the arm. They walk toward the showers. Tommy slings a towel over his shoulder. SNOOKY Where you goin? TOMMY LEE I gotta get dressed. SNOOKY That's cool. (Snooky stops walking) I'm hangin here til you get your nuts covered man. I don't want nobody getting the idea I'm a gay caballero. TOMMY LEE All right. Tommy walks on. The reporter looks at Blender. REPORTER May I talk to him? BLENDER If you got the balls. Blender pats the Reporter on the back and walks away. INT. LOBBY OF TERRY'S OFFICE - DAY Jericho starts toward the RECEPTIONIST as Terry enters the lobby from her office. She spots Jericho. TERRY (smiling) Well, hi. When I gave you my card I didn't think you would come.

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JERICHO I got to thinking. What you said made sense. TERRY Come in. The group doesn't meet till later tonight. But we can have a session. Like I said, first one's on me. She leads him into her office. INT. TERRY'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS She motions toward a couch. Jericho takes a seat. TERRY (reaching for a recorder) Relax, this will be good. Terry turns on the recorder. JERICHO What now? TERRY At first let's just talk about what ever comes to mind. Terry sees a woman walk in the office through the glass in her office. TERRY POV JOANNA (50's), a very attractive stranger dressed in a sexy business suit comes in. She speaks to the receptionist and sits down. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. EXOTIC MEN'S CLUB - AFTERNOON Snooky and Tommy drive up in a new black Cadillac STS and get out. Snooky's bodyguards pull up next to them in a similar car. The outside door man smiles when he sees them. OUTSIDE DOORMAN Hey, Snooky. Hi Champ. Partying tonight?

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TOMMY LEE Damn right. SNOOKY Kirby, my man. Wahs up. OUTSIDE DOORMAN Come on in. Got some new hotties. Snooky and Tommy smile and move inside. INT. EXOTIC MEN'S CLUB - AFTERNOON Three very pretty girls are dancing in G-stings and heels. Snooky and Tommy sit down near the stage. The bodyguards sit at another table near them. A STRANGER walks up. STRANGER Hey Champ. Snooks. I'm glad I saw you. Can you lay-off five Benjamin's on the Razorback's tomorrow? SNOOKY I feel ya. You're down. The man gives him five one hundred dollar bills. STRANGER Thanks dude. I'll catch you later. The stranger walks on. SNOOKY Like clippin coupons. TOMMY LEE I don't believe how easy you get money. SNOOKY It's like you celebrity cats. You're on top of the heap and everybody is paying ya to be there with ya. TOMMY LEE Yeah, it's fly.

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SNOOKY Speakin of that. Me and my people got a lotta coin on you and we need a fight eva now and nin ta cash in. Ya dig? TOMMY LEE Blender's workin on it. Snooky gets tough. SNOOKY Listen little bitch girl. You work on it. Get us some gigs. Ya feel me dog? TOMMY LEE Yeah. SNOOKY Keep up the ass-hole routine that plays good for the media. People need somebody to bet against. Can ya dig that Champ? Tommy is angry but knows he shouldn't test Snooky TOMMY LEE Yeah, what the hell? SNOOKY Good. Let's put this turmoil behind us and rip off some booty. Tommy smiles as two strippers walk toward them. Snooky slap him on the shoulder. DISSOLVE TO: INT. BLENDER'S OFFICE - MORNING Mary walks in his office. Blender alone looking at some papers. MARY Morning daddy. BLENDER Morning sweety.

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MARY Hey, this woman came by here looking of you. Her name was Joanna. Blender appears very interested. BLENDER Did she give a last name? MARY No, sorry. BLENDER How's your mom? MARY I don't know. Since she moved to Vegas, I don't hear much. BLENDER Give her time. MARY Right. (Mary kisses him on the cheek.) I gotta go ta work. Mary walks out. DISSOLVE TO: INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - DAY As Jericho prepares the weights, ELEVATOR MUSIC working out around him. a cart then organizes a bar with the correct amount of plays in the background. ATHLETES are He picks up towels and throws them in few weights.

In the distance Tommy Lee is working out on a punching bag. Jericho changes the radio station to heavy metal music. Terry enters. She spots Jericho then goes to him as he psyches himself up. Tommy Lee sees her pass by with great interest as he come to Blender's office door. He looks in at Blender. TOMMY LEE She's Fine. I want that woman.

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Blender looks out. BLENDER You better be careful. That's a game changer. Jericho is attached to that. TOMMY LEE I don't think that makes any difference. I'm having her. Blender shakes his head. Other Athletes are amazed as Jericho bench presses 285 pounds. As Jericho performs the set, they stare at his welldefined muscles. The owner of the gym, MICHAEL CLAYTON (30's), an athletic man himself and former Heavy Weight Champion of the World, goes to Jericho. MICHAEL Jericho, have you ever given any thought to boxing? Or maybe ultimate fighting? Jericho shakes his head and continues exercising smiling JERICHO Nope. When I was in the army I had all the fighting I wanted. MICHAEL I think you got something. I'd be glad to get you set up with Mr. Boyd on a training program. You could still work here while you train. JERICHO Thanks Boss, I'll think it over. MICHAEL Good. Let me know. He walks away as Jericho nods. Terry walks up. TERRY Hi baby. He smiles and notices Tommy Lee looking at her. He discretely gets between them and gives Tommy a look.

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JERICHO Hi. TERRY Thought I'd come by and take you to lunch. He smiles. JERICHO Let's go. They walk out. Tommy stares at Terry as they leave. TERRY What's that guy's problem? JERICHO He's a little nuts. EXT. PARK - EVENING PEOPLE are biking, walking and jogging. Jericho and Terry sit on a bench eating a sandwiches and talking. Three HOODLUMS have surrounded an OLD MAN on a park bench. One knocks off his hat. HOODLUM #1 Give us your money old man. Terry stands. Jericho takes her hand and tries to pull her back down. JERICHO They're just joking around. Leave it alone. Terry watches the Hoodlums for a moment. A Hoodlum slaps the man on the back of the head then another on the side of the face. TERRY We have to do something. JERICHO That might have guns or something. She takes Jericho's hand and pulls him up with her watching the Hoodlums continue to harass the Old Man.

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TERRY (to the Hoodlums) Leave him alone! The Hoodlums turn to face Terry. They instantly lose interest in the Old Man and close in on her. The Old Man makes a call on his cell phone the moment the Hoodlums walk away from him. Terry turns to Jericho, but he seems unsure what to do. Finally, when the Hoodlums reach out to grab Terry, he steps in front of her. JERICHO Please stop. We can work this out. HOODLUM #1 Work it out? How 'bout we work it out on your head? The Hoodlums laugh maniacally as Jericho appears intimidated. The Hoodlums raise their fists. JERICHO Okay. Don't get excited. The Hoodlums surround Jericho. He motions to Terry to move back. Hoodlum #1 pushes him. HOODLUM #1 Give us your money. JERICHO Sure, just don't hurt anyone. He goes into his pocket. OLD MAN The police are coming to get you bastards! The Hoodlums turn toward the Old Man and see that his cell phone is against his ear. HOODLUM #1 Your lucky today old man... Let's go. The hoodlum shoves Jericho again.

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They run away, laughing. The Old Man approaches the couple. OLD MAN (to Terry) Thank you. Jericho averts his eyes in embarrassment. JERICHO Sorry. OLD MAN It's okay. Some people are just not cut out to deal with kicking ass. Jericho and Terry smiles and walk away. Terry is preoccupied. JERICHO That was close. TERRY (stopping) What's wrong with you? JERICHO (frowning) I don't know. Violence just freaks me out since I came home. A policeman sees Jericho and comes up to him. PARK POLICEMAN #1 Did you see an old man back there? JERICHO Yeah. PARK POLICEMAN #1 That kid says you tried to rob him. Jericho glances toward a kid. JERICHO I didn't try to rob anybody. TERRY Officer, the kid is mistaken.

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PARK POLICEMAN #1 Ma'am you need to stay out of this. (looks at Jericho) Hands behind your back. TERRY Hey, don't you hear so good. PARK POLICEMAN #1 I hear fine. Shut up and step back. Another policeman comes up and grabs Terry jerking her arms behind her back. PARK POLICEMAN #2 All right lady, you're under arrest. Jericho is agitated. JERICHO Hey, she didn't do anything. Policeman #1 starts pulling out his night stick. Policeman #2 slams Terry to the ground. Jericho punches Policeman #1 before he can hit him and then #2 to get him off of Terry. #1 comes at him again. Jericho is wild. He punches #1 and slams #2 to the ground with a military move. Policeman #1 starts pulling his gun. Michael Clayton steps between them. MICHAEL Wow, wait a second. I know these people. They don't do this kind of stuff. The cops get up and straighten themselves. Terry gets up with #2 holding her arm. Jericho is still pissed off staring at the cops. PARK POLICEMAN #1 Listen Champ, you need to back-off. This guy is... The old man walks up and interrupts.

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OLD MAN What you jumping on him for? The thugs been gone, long before your slow asses got here. Sides he's milk toast. MICHAEL Tel ya what. You guy's bring your family's to my restaurant anytime and enjoy a meal on me and let's call this a big mistake. POLICEMAN #1 He struck a police officer. MICHAEL Hey, he's sorry in a big way, and I got tickets to any events in town any time. The cops look at his friend and then Jericho for a second. PARK POLICEMAN #1 All right for you Champ. Michael smiles. MICHAEL Thank you. Come by my office when you can. The cops walk away. #2 looks back at Jericho. PARK POLICEMAN #2 Watch yourself. Michael looks at Jericho. MICHAEL I never seen this side of you. Better get that under control. Michael smiles and walks away with a woman that is waiting on him. Jericho tries to wrap his arms around her, but Terry walks on. Jericho follows appearing sad. INT. CAR - AFTERNOON Terry drives her car to the front of the gym and stops. Jericho opens the door and puts one leg out.

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Terry kisses his cheek. TERRY I love you, baby. This whole thing just took me by surprise. Jericho's is sad. JERICHO I'm sorry. It scared me and I went soft before I thought then the cops grabbing you turned me completely around. She caresses his face and kisses his lips. TERRY That was pretty bad ass. Don't worry baby. We'll Make it all right. JERICHO I guess I'm just a born loser. TERRY No, believe in yourself. She gives him another peck on the cheek and he gets out of the car. Terry drives away. EXT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - DAY Jericho walks toward the front door. Mary is walking from her car still looking sexy and seductive. She catches up to Jericho. MARY Hello spazz. JERICHO Come on Mary. I thought we talked this out. MARY You... just up and left me for that, woman. How am I suppose to feel? JERICHO I'm sorry. You're so pretty and nice I didn't think you would care.

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MARY Jerrod, I loved you and you just threw me away. Jericho looks sadly at her. Mary raises her eye brows and hold out her hands gesturing to her body, like look at what you missed. JERICHO I never meant to hurt you. Mary kisses him slowly near his mouth. MARY I know. You tried. I should have never gone out with those other guys. (Jericho rolls his eyes) I'm just pissed cause you don't love me. JERICHO Sorry. She walks on. Jericho stands there watching her. MARY Quit looking at my ass. DISSOLVE TO: INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - LOCKER ROOM Jericho walks in. Mary is standing in the reception area next to her desk. She appears distracted the sees Jericho then snaps out of it. MARY Jericho... (holds out a letter) This one's high priority. Take it over to Verizon Arena right away. JERICHO All right. Mary hands him the letter. Jericho turns to go. MARY Hey... (Jericho turns) Do you think I'm pretty?

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Jericho smiles. JERICHO No... you're beautiful. Mary smiles big. MARY I should have some thug rough your ass up. Jericho smiles. Tommy Lee walks up and puts his hand on Mary's ass looking at Jericho. MARY (CONT’D) Get you hands off my ass little man and your eyes on it. Tommy smiles and squeezes her waist. TOMMY LEE What's up loser? Jericho just looks at him. MARY Tommy, the way you act you couldn't get a girl with a machine gun. Jericho turns and starts walking out. JERICHO I'll be back. MARY Okay sweety. Michael walks up. MICHAEL Get lose Tommy. Tommy rolls his eyes and leaves. MARY Thanks boss. Snooky strolls in the front door. SNOOKY Hey champ. What's shakin?

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MICHAEL I told you ta keep your gamblin mafia ass outta here. SNOOKY Don't get all communist on me. I'm going to lunch with Blender. MICHAEL He should know better. Blender walks up. BLENDER Snooks, Hi champ. Hi sweet girl. (looks at Jericho) Hey loser. JERICHO You still mad about me and Mary. BLENDER No, pissed. Jericho ignores him. Snooky turns to go. SNOOKY Let's roll before we have a lynchin in here. Blender smiles and they leave. Michael smiles and looks toward Jericho holding the envelope. MICHAEL Take care of my business buddy. Jericho does a back hand wave. EXT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - DAY Jericho walks out and sits on his Harley. He puts on his Aviator sunglasses and helmet. Jericho fires up his motorcycle and rides out. Hoodlum #1 is sitting in an old Chevrolet Caprice with his two thug friends. They roll out and follow Jericho.

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EXT. LITTLE ROCK CITY STREET - DAY The hoodlum's car rides close to Jericho's back fender. They speed forward to bump him. Jericho hears them and glances back. He sees the car and speed forward avoiding them. He opens the throttle and leans into a long curve. The car stays a few feet from him. Jericho slides around a corner and speeds on. The car is right behind him. The motorcycle cuts across a vacant lot. Suddenly he hits a hidden rock. The bike lays down and slides to a stop. Jericho is stuck under the bike trying to get out. The thugs car stops next to him. HOODLUM #1 Hey, bro. What ya running for? Jericho looks at them managing to get out from under the motorcycle. He is beat up and dirty. HOODLUM #2 You got an ass beatin comin. That bitch of your created a problem for us. HOODLUM #1 Give us your money. Jericho limbs a little trying stay standing. JERICHO There's no money. They fall in on him and begin to beat Jericho. Jericho is desperate and begins to fight back. He punches Hoodlum #1 and he goes down then Hoodlum #2 get a punch to the head and hits the ground. Hoodlum #3 get scared and runs away. Hoodlum #2 gets up and Jericho grabs his throat and slams him backward over #1 with a thud. Jericho leaves the two men lying in a heap. Jericho picks his motorcycle up, puts the kickstand down and limbs as he looks it over. Hoodlum #1 comes around and charges Jericho. HOODLUM #1 Son-of-a-bitch.

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Out of know where Snooky shows up and hits the Hood across the head with a blackjack. The thug hits the ground. SNOOKY You ah right, Jericurl. JERICHO Yeah. Snooky kicks the guy. SNOOKY You dumb asses don't know when to quit. JERICHO Thanks Markus. Snooky smiles. SNOOKY Sure Jericho. No body's called me by my name in a lot of years. JERICHO Anyway, thanks. SNOOKY You know the game man. Why don't you come work for me? JERICHO Sorry, but I like it at the gym. SNOOKY It's okay my man. I gotta run. Me and the Blender got business. Later. Jericho smiles and weakly gets on his motorcycle, starts it and rides away. Snooky goes to his car and looks back at Jericho as he opens the door. BLENDER Let's go Oreo. SNOOKY Shut up piss bucket.

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Snooky gets in the car and starts it. The two downed hoods lie on the ground and raise up to watching Jericho leave. They see Snooky and lie back down faking being knocked out. DISSOLVE TO: INT. FANCY RESTAURANT - NIGHT Jericho and Terry sit at a table in this fancy restaurant secluded near the back looking at menus. He takes a deep breath. JERICHO I keep having trouble. I'm turning over a new leaf. TERRY Honey, you can't live life by avoiding every problem that Comes up. JERICHO I know. SUPER 3D - One year Later TERRY This place is so romantic. What's up? Jericho gives her a shallow smile. Terry's smile disappears. TERRY (CONT’D) Something bothering you? Jericho thinks for a moment. JERICHO No. Jericho can't find the words, so he slaps a ring on the table. CLOSE ON - BEAUTIFUL DIAMOND RING Terry smiles with delight, but then frowns. JERICHO (CONT’D) Will you... marry me?

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Terry is quiet for a moment. She takes one of Jericho's hands in hers. She slowly brings her mouth to his and kisses him sweetly. TERRY I love you. He puts the ring on her finger. JERICHO It's beautiful. Terry grabs her purse and stands. TERRY I'm sorry honey. Please excuse me. I'm going to the rest room. As Terry heads to the rest room, she walks alongside Tommy Lee sitting near the back of the restaurant with Snooky. He isn't shy about checking Terry's curvy body out. TOMMY LEE Wow! Hi doll. You are one hot mamma. Why don't you let ole' Tommy take care of ya. Jericho sees Tommy Lee talking to Terry. Jericho is not happy. TERRY I'm taken care of just fine. Terry turns to go. As she tries to walk away, Tommy Lee puts a hand on her arm to stop her. TOMMY LEE Don't you recognize me? From the gym. Terry shakes her head, no. TERRY No. Sorry. SNOOKY Back off a little there Champ. TOMMY LEE I'm just trying to be nice. SNOOKY It ain't workin bro.

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ON JERICHO - whose face is red. He clutches the tablecloth in his hand as if it were Tommy Lee's neck. Still holding Terry's arm, Tommy turns back to Terry. TOMMY LEE I'm Tommy Lee, WBL Champion of the World. TERRY Aren't you special. Snooky smiles. Jericho stands. Terry pulls her hand away. As Terry tries to move away, Tommy Lee stands in front of her. Jericho leaves the table and approaches Tommy Lee and Terry. SNOOKY Come on man. This is to far out. Ignores Snooky. TOMMY LEE (seeing Jericho, he smiles) Competition does a body good. TERRY You keep talking in riddles Jericho gets between Tommy Lee and Terry. Tommy Lee continues to grin at Jericho, flexing his muscles and making fists. Snooky gives his bodyguard the nod. The lead body guard intervenes. BODYGUARD Come on Tommy. Let's get out of here. TOMMY LEE Stay out of this. SNOOKY We're not askin Tommy, The bodyguard stands his ground. Tommy relaxes.

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Jericho seems torn between fighting and walking away. JERICHO You're drunk. Go home. SNOOKY Go on Jericho. We got this. Finally he takes Terry's hand and leads her toward the front door TOMMY LEE (calling after Jericho) It wouldn't be fair, anyway. I'd kick yer ass with two peg legs and an eye patch. Tommy Lee sits at his table with Snooky. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. CITY STREET - DAY Jericho and Terry walk down the street. TERRY That Tommy is such an ass. JERICHO If I say to much Blender will get me fired. TERRY That might be good. We need to get away from all of that Gangster stuff. Jericho nods as they walk on. Terry kisses him on the cheek. INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - BLENDER'S OFFICE - DAY Tommy Lee and Blender sit with their arms draped over a bench. Tommy checks out sexy Mary through the large glass window as she passes by. He licks his lips. She shoots them the finger while chewing her gum. BLENDER Stop that shit before I take a machete to ya. TOMMY LEE This place is the bomb.

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BLENDER Why is that? TOMMY LEE I met the woman of my dreams last night. BLENDER If you're talking about Jericho's girl, I heard about it. We don't need that kind of publicity. TOMMY LEE I want her. Blender smiles and shakes his head. BLENDER Get you a bitch you can spend too much money on, like you always do. Don't try that booty rustler shit. TOMMY LEE I ain't rustlin nothin. This one be different, dog. Blender slaps Tommy Lee on the back of the head. BLENDER (LAUGHING) They're all different. You need to focus on fighting, not ripping off booty. DISSOLVE TO: INT. TERRY'S LIVING ROOM - DAY A beautiful arrangement of flowers dominates the coffee table of this third floor apartment. Terry is sitting on the sofa going through her mail. She hears her door bell. Terry gets up and goes to the door. At the door of this comfortable room, Terry looks through the peephole. TERRY'S POV A YOUNG MAN with a bouquet of a dozen white roses and an envelope stands on the other side of the door. BACK TO SCENE

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Terry opens the door. YOUNG MAN Terry Savalas? TERRY Yes. YOUNG MAN Theses are for you. He hands her the bouquet and the envelope. She hands him a couple of dollar bills from a nearby table, smiles and closes the door. Terry starts back toward the kitchen carrying the flowers looking at the card. She places the flowers on the coffee table, then pulls a ticket out of the envelope. CLOSE ON TICKET - which reads - Since our eyes met, I can't stop thinking about you. Tommy Lee She shakes her head and appears concerned. Terry makes a beeline for the kitchen with the bouquet and ticket in hand. Terry drops them in the trash container. She goes to the sofa and sits down then covers her face. She utters a SCREAM of frustration. The phone rings. Terry answers it. TERRY Hello? TOMMY LEE Hi. TERRY Who is this? TOMMY LEE (PHONE V.O.) Look out the window. I was jes tryin' to show you how much I like ya with the flowers and all. TERRY What do you want? TOMMY LEE (PHONE V.O.) Your life's about to change. Terry looks through the window. (PHONE V.O.)

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TERRY'S POV Tommy Lee on the phone waves at her from the opposite building. BACK TO SCENE She hurriedly closes the blinds and hangs up. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. CITY STREET - DAY Terry leaves her building and begins walking at a brisk pace. She stops at a store front and window shops then moves on. Terry looks at her wristwatch. Terry continues to walk down the street when Tommy Lee appears in front of her. She calmly turns around and begins walking in the opposite direction toward a few people in the distance. Tommy Lee follows her. Panicking, Terry turns into an alley and begins running. EXT. ALLEY - CONTINUOUS Terry is now near Argenta Square. She turns right. Her face turns pale as she sees a brick wall at the end of the alley. She is behind a Chinese restaurant. There are trash cans next to the door at the end of the alley. She begins BANGING on the door, but there's too much clattering inside for someone to hear her. Tommy Lee approaches. The alley is concealed from people on the street by dirty boxes. Seeing that she's cornered, Terry slumps against the door. Tommy Lee is only a couple yards away from her. He waves his hands in the air. TOMMY LEE I jes wanna talk to ya. Don't get all freaky. Terry's eyes widen. Tommy Lee is confused as Terry races past him and away. Then, just as Terry is almost out of the alley, she trips in a pothole and slams her head against the concrete wall.

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Terry falls violently, hitting her head again on the pavement. INT. 1ST FLOOR APARTMENT LIVING ROOM - DAY A WITNESS opens his window near where Terry fell. WITNESS Is she Okay? Tommy Lee reaches Terry and gently cradles her head in his lap. TOMMY LEE I don't think she's breathing! The Witness pull out his cellphone and hurriedly dials 911. WITNESS We need an ambulance. Main and Broadway, The Enclave... A woman fell and I don't think she's breathing. EXT. STREET - DAY Tommy Lee strokes Terry's hair as she mumbles incoherently. He smiles to see her mumbling. A siren is heard coming down the street. PARAMEDICS arrive, followed by two police cars. The Paramedics, POLICEMEN, the Witness and several other business NEIGHBORS all gathering around Terry. INT. JERICHO'S LIVING ROOM - DAY Jericho switches TV channels while trying to call Terry on his cell phone. JERICHO Terry, come on, where are you? CLOSE ON TV - a commercial ends and a news program begins. Jericho changes channels and then a news bulletin flashes across the screen. Tommy Lee's face appears in a side picture next to the REPORTER. Jericho slowly closes the cell phone and watches closely.

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REPORTER This afternoon, WBL champion of the world, Tommy Lee, was taken to police headquarters for questioning about what appears to be a stalking incident. Unfortunately, the woman involved, Ms. Terry Savalas, is in a coma and can give no details about the incident. Tommy Lee denies any involvement. INT. POLICE INTERROGATION ROOM - NIGHT HENDRIX, An OLDER COP (50's), sits at a table. Tommy Lee sits on the other side. HENDRIX What's your version. TOMMY LEE I told ya before, I was jes passin' by. HENDRIX (leaning forward) We have a witness that said you were talking to her. TOMMY LEE Look. I seen her a few times around town. I was jes being friendly. HENDRIX You were arrest for harassing her ten days ago. TOMMY LEE Check further. That was all dropped. OLDER COP Because one of the cops took a night stick to ya. TOMMY LEE No, cause I was innocent. Ever heard of it? HENDRIX Last year two women filed sexual harassment complaints against you. Were you just being friendly then?

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TOMMY LEE Your funny. I never touched 'em. They's after my money, is all. Snooky sticks his head in the door. SNOOKY Hey gestapo. Interview is over. Got ya bailed out champ. Let's go. Tommy gets up and walks out with Snooky. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. POLICE DEPARTMENT - DAY Tommy Lee and Snooky are coming out of the police department with Blender. INT. POLICE INTERROGATION ROOM - LATER The Older Cop is interrogating another Witness. HENDRIX So you confirm Tommy Lee's account As I stated it? The Witness nods. WITNESS Yes sir. HENDRIX You're sure he didn't threaten or touch her. WITNESS Looked like he was about two or three yards away with his hands in the air. I think he was trying to calm her down. HENDRIX Why would he be trying to calm her down? The Witness shrugs. WITNESS I don't know. That's what it looked like. Then out of nowhere she started screaming and running. For no reason that I could see.

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HENDRIX That'll be all. Thank you. (The Witness leaves and ANOTHER COP enters.) We got nothin'. The witness confirms Tommy's story. OTHER COP He did something. If she wakes up, we'll bust his ass. INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT Terry is hooked up to several machines. Jericho sits close to her bed. He holds her hand in his. DOCTOR THORN(40's), a tall and slim man enters. Jericho looks up and reluctantly releases Terry's hand and goes to the Doctor. JERICHO Any news? DOCTOR No. We don't know enough about comas to cause her to come out of it. She could come out today or twenty years from now. I sorry we just don't know. JERICHO Do you think she knows where she is? Who I am? DOCTOR I don't know. But, she has brain activity and that's good. Talk to her. Talking always helps. The Doctor makes some notations on Terry's chart then smiles at Jericho patting him on the shoulder as he leaves. Jericho goes to Terry. He caresses Terry's hand, tears run down his face. JERICHO I'm so sorry. This is my fault. I'm ashamed that I didn't do something to stop Tommy... I chose to be blind. Because I didn't want to admit what was going on right in front of me. I was a coward.

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The Doctor races back inside. DOCTOR What's going on? Jericho shakes his head and continues to sob. JERICHO Nothing I was just talking to her. DOCTOR All of her vitals spiked. Did you tell her you won the lottery? Jericho smiles. The doctor checks her and pats him on the shoulder then walks out. Jericho takes a long look at Terry before leaving the room. JERICHO Bye, sweetheart. I'll be back. Joanna, enters the room slowly. Jericho sees her. He takes a second look amazed at how much she looks like Terry. She looks at Terry and starts to sob while she kisses Terry's face. JOANNA I'm sorry baby. Jericho gives her a look. JERICHO Are you family? She turns to him still sobbing. JOANNA I'm her mother. She grabs Terry's hand in hers. JERICHO I had no idea. JOANNA It took me a while, but I'm here. Jericho stretches out his hand. Joanna sizes him up as her eyes travel through his features, then she grabs his hand and shakes it.

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JERICHO I know she'll be glad. JOANNA My sister told me she has been so happy lately. JERICHO Are you staying? JOANNA Yes. For a while. JERICHO Where's her father. A tear goes down Joanna's cheeks. JOANNA He's here. JERICHO Why doesn't he come see her. JOANNA He doesn't know she's here. I kept him from her and finally he quit trying to see her when she was about eight. JERICHO That's pretty harsh. JOANNA He was in the fight game and was generally being bad news, the alcohol, bad people. That whole scene, all bad for a little girl. Jericho is startled. Joanna grabs some letters from her purse and places them on the table. JERICHO Does she know? JOANNA No, she doesn't even know his name. (She shows him the letters.) These are letters to her from him. I intend to let her read them. I've been wrong about keeping him away and I'm here to fix it.

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Jericho is sad. Joanna stares at him silently. JERICHO I hope everything works out for you and Terry. I've got to get going. (Jericho turns and walks out.) We'll talk. Joanna watches him go. EXT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - DAY Jericho pulls up on his motorcycle and parks. He gets off and goes inside. INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM -DAY Jericho walks toward Michael's office with determined strides passing people sparing and lifting weights. INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - MICHAEL'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS Jericho bursts in without knocking. Michael appears surprised to see him. JERICHO Okay. You got me. MICHAEL Okay? JERICHO I'm ready to box now. Michael studies him for a moment and stands. MICHAEL Start talking. DISSOLVE TO: INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - BOYD'S OFFICE - DAY Michael and Jericho walk into Boyd's office. Boyd smiles as they walk in. MICHAEL Have I got a deal for you.

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BOYD That's what Sitting Bull said to Custer... Hey Jericho. Jericho nods. Michael puts his hands on Boyd's desk and leans forward. MICHAEL My boy Jericho needs a trainer. BOYD For what? How to dress. MICHAEL I want him to go through the whole program. Boyd smiles. Stands and gives Jericho's body a long onceover, and gestures for him to turn around. Jericho obeys. After he's finished, Boyd motions for him to sit down. BOYD (to Michael) His frame is good. What about endurance and skill? MICHAEL That's your department. BOYD (to Jericho) What's the motivation? JERICHO (shrugs) The championship of the world. Boyd whistles, then gets to his feet. Jericho also stands. BOYD Let's start at the top and work our way down. JERICHO Good. MICHAEL Looks like we're off to a great start. BOYD All right, tomorrow morning, four o'clock.

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Jericho is surprised. DISSOLVE TO: INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - AFTERNOON A nurse is cleaning Terry's Tubes and checking the equipment. Tommy Lee walks to the door and looks in. Joanna sits with her daughter. The nurse looks up and smiles. NURSE Are you family? TOMMY LEE No, just a friend. JOANNA Come in. TOMMY LEE No. Sorry, I was just passing by. The nurse is wrapping up her job. Tommy leaves. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - MORNING A car pulls into the parking lot. Boyd gets out and walks to the entrance. Jericho gets off of his motorcycle and joins him. BOYD (smiling) Look who's got the balls to be on time. Boyd slaps him on the back. The two men continue walking. INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - MORNING Boyd and Jericho enter the gym and Boyd turns on the lights. Jericho stands near the ring. Boyd stares at Jericho for a moment as if sizing up the challenge at hand, then nods at Jericho's hands. He's wearing gloves. BOYD Why are you wearing gloves?

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JERICHO I'm here to box. BOYD Not yet. Take those off and get on the rope. Jericho grabs a jump rope and starts jumping at a slow pace. He trips. BOYD (CONT’D) Okay, good. Get on the big bag. Jericho looks at him wondering why the quick change and goes the bag then starts punching it. BOYD (CONT’D) Tape your hands dummy. Jericho stops and begins taping his hands JERICHO When do I start? BOYD You're started. Boyd watches Jericho, who is sweating, but doesn't seem to be tired. JERICHO When do I fight? BOYD As soon as I think you can wipe somebodies ass. JERICHO (IMPATIENT) I'm there. Boyd grabs a helmet and passes it to Jericho. Then he grabs two gloves and puts them on Jericho. BOYD Get in the ring. Boyd puts a set of gloves on his fist. Jericho gets in the ring and dances around shadow boxing. JERICHO You got somebody for me to spare with?

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BOYD I do. Boyd gets in the ring. JERICHO You? BOYD Show me what you got. Boyd moves in toward Jericho. Jericho follows Boyd across the ring watching his closely. JERICHO What now? Boyd goes to the corner and hits the bell. Boyd moves quickly around Jericho. He shoves Jericho away from him. BOYD Hit me little girl. JERICHO Are you sure? Boyd punches him lightly in the head. BOYD This is your coming out party. Try me on turd cake. Jericho swing and Boyd dodges. Boyd punches Jericho in the head. Jericho shakes it off. Boyd smiles at the ease of the dodge. Jericho tries again. Boyd dodges and punches him in the stomach and knocks the air out of Jericho. Jericho recovers Still in pain. Boyd punches him in the ear and Jericho falls to the canvas looking up at Boyd. JERICHO What the hell? BOYD You still think you're ready? (Jericho shakes his head no) Get you ass up and come with me.

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Boyd takes his gloves off and tosses them in the corner of the ring. He crosses the canvas and gets out of the ring. Jericho follows as he takes his gloves off. INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - BOYD'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS Jericho enters the room. Boyd gestures for him to sit. Jericho obliges. Boyd puts in a DVD. A recorded fight comes on the TV. Jericho looks at Boyd's wall. JERICHO I never noticed those before. CLOSE ON WALL - where two autographed boxing gloves are hanging. One from Sugar Ray Leonard and the second from Michael Clayton. Above the gloves are photos of Muhammad Ali, Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Leonard. BOYD I worked with those guy one time or another. JERICHO Cool. Boyd's desk is full of papers and disorganized. Boyd looks at the TV. CLOSE ON FLAT SCREEN TV - TWO BOXERS are fighting. One of them hits his opponent under the belt. Then, when his Opponent turns, the Boxer punches him violently in the back of the head, sending him into the iron bar at the corner. BOYD You see that bull-shit. The guy is a dirty fighter. He should be booted out. JERICHO Yeah, that was wrong. Boyd shows Jericho his right hand. The word "RESPECT" is tattooed across the top. He holds it up to show Jericho. BOYD Get ya some of this and you'll always be the kinda man you're suppose to be.

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JERICHO Don't get crazy. I get it. BOYD Good, quit acting like a rump wrangler and get tough. Jericho raises his eye brows and slowly nods. JERICHO Okay. DISSOLVE TO: INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY Jericho enters Terry's room with a picture in one hand and roses in the other behind his back. He gently kisses Terry's forehead, acting as if Terry is aware he's there. He places the picture in front of her face. Her eyes remain closed. CLOSE ON PICTURE - of Jericho and Terry looking at the sunset in the Grand Canyon. Jericho waits for a moment, but there's no reaction. He brings the roses out and holds them in front of her. JERICHO Hi, I know you like orchids best, but roses are a symbol of love. So, anyway... you know. I'm getting past the shyness as you can see. Jericho walks around the bed, checking to make sure everything is as it should be. He sits on the bed near Terry and strokes her face. JERICHO(CONT'D) Baby, I love you. Come back to me. No reaction. Jericho forces a smile. He kisses Terry's forehead, then leaves the room. INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY - DAY Jericho stops outside Terry's room visibly up-set. An on duty NURSE stop beside Jericho.

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NURSE Are you all right? Jericho nods and walks away. INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - DAY The gym is full of BOXERS dancing around, punching balls, jumping rope and fighting. Jericho sits on a bench, watching. Boyd and Michael standing close by. SUPER 3D - THREE MONTHS LATER MICHAEL Is he ready? BOYD Yeah, he half-killed a couple of sparing partners. Jericho hears this and smiles. MICHAEL You think he can be the new Tyson. BOYD Maybe. He's stronger now and has excellent skills. MICHAEL What'd you think, six months? Boyd nods. Michael gives Jericho a look. Jericho raises his eye brows. DISSOLVE TO: INT. ARGENTA BOXING ARENA - LITTLE ROCK - NIGHT The small arena can hardly hold a hundred people. CLOSE ON - a long banner that is hung from the wall behind the bleachers: TUESDAY FIGHT NIGHT - LOTTERY TICKETS, at the concession stand. Mostly men are there to watch the boxing match. Some are dressed well while others are in their work clothes. They have cash in their hands waving it around talking. Several people are betting with Snooky and cheering their favorite boxer on. It's Round Five of the main event and the bell rings.

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A pretty girl dressed in a Bikini and heels walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard Beer commercial sign with Round Five printed on it. Snooky is walking around taking more bets with a pretty girl that is taking notes in a small book. His two body guards are nearby. SNOOKY The night is young. Lay some cheese on me, book is open. A few people gather around and make bets with Snooky. The two boxers are casually dancing around punching, now and then. Jericho and ANTON MASON (20's) get a signal from the ARENA REFEREE to fight instead of dance. Jericho's spares a little more and moves near his corner. BOYD Combinations. Just like I showed you. JERICHO I'm winning. So what? BOYD That's what you think. You better start listening or you're going to lose. Jericho turns his back to Boyd. Boyd rolls his eyes. Snooky is ring side watching the fight. SNOOKY Boy, don't you know how to fight. Anton looks down. Jericho dances in the opposite corner. ANTON What does you scuzzy ass know about it. Snook is insulted. SNOOKY Scuzzy ass, SCUZZY ASS. I'll wipe your ass my own self. Snooky starts to go into the ring. An unarmed security man pulls him back. Anton watches smiling.

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Snooky's bodyguards grab the security guard and pull him back. Snooky starts for the ring again. The referee tries to stop Snooky. Snooky knocks him back with a right cross. Jericho looks toward Snooky. JERICHO Snooky, you're reining my fight not to mention the bets you hold. Snooky stops and straightens his suit. SNOOKY I'm sorry Jericho. I got carried away. I a business man. (he smiles) And I'm stiltaking bets. SPECTATOR Come on you lazy donkey's. Snooky give his a scolding look. Everything settled down. Jericho and the other Boxer go to the middle of the ring jabbing and dancing around each other. Jericho is still single punching and not keeping his guard up in the way he should. Suddenly his opponent unleashes hell on Jericho in the form of a dozen combination one series after another. Jericho punches back and the fighter dodges. The opponent goes after him again and pushes Jericho in a corner working him over more. The referee breaks it up and immediately after the break the other fighter pushes Jericho back toward the corner. Jericho stumbles and the fighter gives him a right cross knocking him to the canvass. Jericho is dazed. He gets up on one knee and the referee counts. Jericho stands and referee signal for them to fight. His opponent give Jericho a combination to the head and Jericho goes down with a thud. The opponent prances around the downed Jericho. The referee counts down.

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REFEREE Eight, nine, ten. You're out. The referee stands and holes Anton's arm in the air signaling the winner. Boyd goes to Jericho. He wipes his head with a towel and waves some smelling salts under his nose. Snooky smiles and yells to Jericho from the other side of the ropes. SNOOKY Hey, new-jack. You lost, and just keep losin. That cost me a lot a money, homey. Don't pull that shit again. BOYD Piss off. Jericho opens his eyes and smiles. SNOOKY What you smilin for. (acts like he is coming in the ring) It ain't funny. BOYD Come on dummy. Let's go home. Snooky walks out. DISSOLVE TO: INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - DAY An up-set Boyd faces Jericho sporting a black eye in the ring. BOYD What did we learn yesterday? JERICHO I don't know. What? BOYD You got to fight harder and knock people out. JERICHO I'm trying.

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BOYD Right. You've fought fifteen fights and won only one and I think he forgot his glasses. JERICHO Sorry boss. BOYD You got to start winning or I gotta drop you... JERICHO I'm trying. BOYD Listen, I thought you were ready. But, I was wrong. It's time for you to move to the next level with tougher boxers. But, you can't even win here. JERICHO I'll work harder. Don't drop me. BOYD All right. But, If you don't cut it from here on, then you're done. You should have been there ten fights ago. INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - TOMMY LEE'S OFFICE - DAY Tommy Lee's office is full of several big pictures of him fighting. On a BOARD near the pictures are possible future opponents. Tommy Lee goes to a window. Blender comes in. TOMMY LEE Blender, help this guy Jericho move up in the ranks. I'd like to fight him some day. BLENDER Good luck. He's fourteen loses and one win. You may be on Social Security before he happens. Tommy Lee glances at the picture, then turns back to the window.

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TOMMY LEE His trainers not a loser. If he starts winning Boyd has enough stroke to make it happen with a little behind the scenes from you. Blender smiles. BLENDER Damn, what you won't do to get a woman. She's comatized. Forget it. Tommy appears serious. TOMMY LEE I want this. EXT. CITY STREET - DAY Snooky is walking toward his limousine talking on the phone. SNOOKY Listen here Blender... You got to get Tommy a big fight or start paying the note. If ya don't baby, I'm gonna have ta take his contract and sell it to somebody... Good man. Now your thinkin. INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - DAY Boyd's smiling at Jericho while Jericho works out on a weight bench. BOYD I had a word with Blender. He said since you been winning, if you fight Hit Man and take him out, you'll get your chance here in Little Rock. JERICHO I'll be ready. Boyd grabs a cassette, inserts it into the VCR. CLOSE ON TV - A fight appears. It fast forwards for a few seconds, then resumes playing at normal speed. Blender is talking to Tommy Lee in his corner.

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BLENDER Keep hitting him in the back of the head. I left your right glove loose. Use it to cut his face. Boyd stops the tape. Jericho frowns. BOYD Blender and Tommy both got sanctioned for that undercover camera work and couldn't fight for a long time. They almost lost the title. So, they're more careful now. You understand. JERICHO I get it. I always wondered why they call him Blender? BOYD They call the old bastard Blender because he grinds everything down to mush like a blender. He would screw up a turd sandwich. JERICHO (SMILING) So you're Michael the archangel, and he's the devil. BOYD Well, I know he's the devil... No, he could probably kick the devils ass. Jericho stops weight lifting. JERICHO You got my sparing partner? BOYD Come on. Boyd puts on Jericho's boxing gloves and head gear. Jericho gets in the ring with his SPARRING PARTNER. They start to fight. BOYD (CONT’D) All right now, listen up. Jab, jab, direct! Keep your guard up. Leave a door open and Hit Man will knock you out.

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Michael enters the gym and sits on a nearby bench facing the ring. BOYD(CONT'D) Good. Jab, jab, direct. Okay now, give him a left hand combination. Good. You're getting it. Jericho does a combination hitting his Sparring Partner in the stomach, then the face and head. His Sparring Partner crashes on the canvas. MICHAEL Nice. Good job Michael claps while Jericho checks on his Sparring Partner. JERICHO Are you Okay? The partner nods as he gets up. Boyd notices Michael and waves. Michael nods back. Jericho jumps down out of the ring and shakes hands with Michael. MICHAEL Looking good. You're ready? Jericho smiles. Boyd gestures to Michael and Jericho to follow him. BOYD I got something I want you to see. INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - BOYD'S OFFICE - DAY Michael and Jericho sit down. Boyd places a DVD in the small TV on his desk then presses play. CLOSE ON TV - A fight plays. Hit Man dances around his opponent with a jab then a direct and his Opponent goes down to the canvas. BOYD(O.S.) Watch this! The tape now plays in slow motion. Once Hit Man's Opponent is back on his feet, Hit Man approaches him. The tape stops.

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JERICHO He's good. BOYD(O.S.) Right there! Do you see it? JERICHO(O.S.) What? MICHAEL(O.S.) Hit Man's too confident. His guard is wide open and he does it every time. Boyd turns off the TV. BOYD Right... Jericho, all you have to do is the lame rabbit routine then lay him out like a corpse. It's the ticket to a win. MICHAEL Great. You got the inside now Jericho. Another tool in the box. Jericho smiles. INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY Terry's still in a coma. Jericho enters. He paces for a moment, then sits close to her. JERICHO Baby, I'm getting ready for a fight the next couple of days. I'll won't be able to come by. If I win, I get to fight Tommy Lee next and when I do, I promise you... (He pauses, takes her hand in his.) He'll pay with blood. Joanna walks in. JOANNA Thought I'd come by and see how she's doing. JERICHO Welcome.

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Jericho leans over and kisses her forehead, then picks a book up and reads to Terry. DISSOLVE TO: INT. VERIZON ARENA - NIGHT The colorful fight arena is lined with boxing posters, soft drink and beer commercial stuck to the wall with bright lights and souvenir vendors. It is quickly filling to capacity. The crowd buzzes with excitement. Well dressed RICH FIGHT SUPPORTERS and CELEBRITIES sit in their ringside seats as Jericho and HIT MAN dance in the pristine ring. JIMMY EVANS (30's), an average Asian man dressed in a tuxedo and his partner, BRIAN WILLIAMS, an average Caucasian guy wearing a tuxedo stand by with microphones in hand. The two SHOWTIME color commentators wait in front of rolling cameras next to the fight ring. COMMENTATOR #2 Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to Showtime Fight Night broadcast around the world. This WBL sanctioned event is a run-up to who is going to be the top contender to fight the Heavy weight Champion of the World. I'm Jimmy Evans, and this is my good friend, Brian Williams. We are your the color commentators for tonight's event. Welcome. COMMENTATOR #1 Thank you, Jimmy. Jericho The Dominator Journey has risen from out of no where. His record is dismal and his fight style questionable, but some how he has gotten here to fight Greer Hit Man Rutherford, one of the toughest fighter on the planet. Tension are electric throughout the stadium. Their camera pans the ring with a commercial ribbon running below the picture. Three orthodox Jews wearing their long hair and beards watch everything solemnly. One holds a small sign that has: JERICHO painted on it, another has small bag of pop corn. Jericho looks at them and nods.

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The Jewish men smile stiffly. The RING ANNOUNCER (40's) an average man dressed in a tuxedo steps to the middle of the ring while PEOPLE IN SUITS lean against the ropes talking and waiting. Jericho and Hit Man do their fight dance in the background. Jericho has a tatoo seen for the first time on his chest: a star of David. The Announcer presents the event speaking into a hanging microphone. RING ANNOUNCER Ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Verizon Arena the fight capitol of the mid-south. Fight night is brought to you by SHOWTIME and TICKETMASTERS. Tonight's bout is a twelve round battle royale between Greer Hit Man Ruther-ford in Blue trunks and Jerrod Jericho The Dominator Jour-ney in red. The Announcer points to Hit Man and Jericho to feature them. The arena explodes in excitement. Tommy Lee and Blender are also ringside in VIP seats. They smile and wave to Jericho. Jericho glares and shots them an awkward finger with his boxing glove. Snooky is sitting with his two body guards near Tommy eating pop corn. SNOOKY Woop some ass Dominator man. The REFEREE motions to Jericho and Hit Man. They step to the center of the ring. The Referee inaudibly explains the rules while the two men nod their understanding. CLOSE ON THE OVERHEAD BIG SCREEN - Jericho and Hit Man's faces fill the screen. The FANS go wild again. Jericho and Hit Man touch their gloves, then return to their corners. Boyd looks at the three Jewish Guys. BOYD Who are those guy. JERICHO My mom's people.

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BOYD Are they radical? JERICHO I don't know. I never seen them before. They probably just worry a lot. The TIMEKEEPER rings the bell. A very pretty girl scantily dressed walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard Beer commercial sign with Round One printed on it. The orthodox Jews can't help but take a quick look as she nears the ropes. The two fighters slowly leave their corner and begin to spar in the middle of the ring. Hit Man throws a left jab, then another, then a hard uppercut to Jericho's chin. Jericho sways. BOYD Pay attention son. The heat's on. Hit Man takes advantage with a hard swing that knocks Jericho into the ropes. Jericho puts his left up but can't seem to get his right up to protect the round of blows delivered by Hit Man. The two Showtime commentators watch with keen interest. COMMENTATOR #1 (O.S.) Yawn, Looks like we're off to a slow start. COMMENTATOR #2 You can't say that, yawn shit. A technician looks at the commentators and whispers. TECHNICIAN Your mic's on. COMMENTATOR #2 Shit. Commentator #1 elbows him. The technician runs his finger across his throat signaling his to stop talking. The fight continues in the ring.

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REFEREE Off the ropes. Snooky jumps up. SNOOKY Come on Dominator. You're looking like the Weak-ass-ator. Step up baby. Jericho works primarily with jabs, while Hit Man tries to get inside Jericho's guard, working on his body. Suddenly there's a good exchange of powerful punches. COMMENTATOR #2 (O.S.) Jericho had better turn on soon. He is taking a major beating. COMMENTATOR #1 (O.S.) Another problem Jericho has is when he punches, he losses his balance. Hit Man is old school, He'll see that and use it. BOYD (to Jericho) C'mon boy. Guard yourself. The Timekeeper rings the end of the first round. Snooky is getting into the fight. SNOOKY Come on Dominator-man. Use my brass knucks that'll knock him out. Jericho goes to his corner. Boyd washes Jericho's face and takes out his denture. JERICHO Man, that guy's tough. BOYD Every time you move in to punch the guy, you lunge forward and loss your balance. JERICHO I got balance.

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BOYD No, watch yourself. I want you to try this, since you're a lefty he'll be expecting you to primarily hit with your left. JERICHO No shit. BOYD Focus... This time go in leading with your right like you always do. Then draw your left back a little so he'll watch it, then when his eyeball is on the left, smack his ass into the shit house with your right. Got it? SNOOKY You tell'em Boyd-ie boy. Get turd rocket straighten out. Jericho smiles and nods then takes a sip of water and keeps it in his mouth. Meanwhile, in Hit Man's corner, COBY REAGAN, a white, slim man in his 60's, dries Hit Man's face. COBY He's done. Just keep the pressure on. When you see an opening. Knock his ass out. HIT MAN I got this. Hit Man takes a drink and spits in the bucket. The bell rings. The three Jewish Guys heads follow the scantily dressed pretty girl in unison as she walks across the ring holding up a soft drink cardboard commercial sign with Round Two printed on it. Jericho and Hit Man get up and pace the ring. The Jewish Guy in the middle suddenly yells out. JEWISH GUY Go Jericho. Jericho looks toward the Jewish Guys.

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They are stone faced. Jericho has a thank you confused look on his face. Hit Man keeps the center and presses Jericho with powerful jabs and stabbing directs. Jericho is off guard. He goes back, keeping his guard up. COMMENTATOR #1 (O.S.) Hit Man's in control. He's giving Jericho another major beat down. Boyd yells from Jericho's corner. BOYD Wade in. Take it to him. Snooky yells from the front row. SNOOKY Quit huggin and wipe on somebody. Jericho is bombarded from every angle. He appears confused as Hit Man continues the assault. Jericho ties Hit Man in a clinch and the Referee has to separate them. REFEREE Fight! Jericho dances around using his strong jab to keep Hit Man at a distance. In the front row, Tommy Lee watches the fight with interest. BLENDER Hit Man is nailing his ass to barnyard wall. Looks like you'll be fighting Hit Man. Tommy Lee smiles, stands up and goes to Jericho's corner as the Timekeeper rings the end of the second round. Jericho goes to his corner. JERICHO'S POV Tommy Lee is looking up at him. TOMMY LEE (grinning) Don't quit on me. I'm looking forward to mauling your ass. BACK TO SCENE

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Jericho ignores him. Boyd places the stool on the canvas and Jericho sits. Tommy Lee goes back to his seat. BOYD How do you feel? Boyd splashes water on Jericho's face and checks for cuts. JERICHO Good. BOYD Well, you look like a dick out there. Take it to him. The Timekeeper rings in the third round. SNOOKY Come on Jericurl. Grab his neck and punch his head. A very pretty girl walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard soft drink commercial sign with Round Three printed on it. Jericho glances down at Tommy Lee, who smiles at him. Jericho meets Hit Man at the center of the ring. They touch gloves. Jericho repeatedly punches Hit Man's face with lightning jabs. Hit Man seems surprised. Jericho charges with a combination to the body and strong uppercuts to Hit Man's face. A big"WOW" rises from the astonished Crowd. COMMENTATOR #1 (O.S.) Looks like Jericho has hit a new high. COMMENTATOR #2 (O.S.) Looks like Hit Man could be in trouble. Jericho and Hit Man punch each other without pause. They clinch. The Referee separates them. REFEREE Fight. Jericho counters with jabs while Hit Man whips Jericho with terrible combinations to the body.

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Hit Man assaults Jericho. Jericho replies with a hammering jab and a sharp direct to Hit Man's chin. Hit Man staggers backwards. The bell rings, signaling the end of the round. COMMENTATOR #1 (O.S.) Jericho won this one. COMMENTATOR #2 (O.S.) No doubt. Blender is radiant watching the fighters. BLENDER I'll be. That snaperhead is coming back. Jericho goes to his corner. Boyd slaps his shoulder. BOYD That's my boy. Keep it up. SNOOKY WAY TA GO JERROD. Jericho smiles while Boyd cleans up his face. Everybody looks at Snooky. Snooky looks around. SNOOKY (CONT’D) Ain't you never seen a guy named Jerrod before? In Hit Man's corner, Hit Man refuses a stool. Coby pour a little water over his head to cool him down. The Timekeeper rings in the fourth round. The middle Jewish Guy elbows his partners. Their heads follow the sign girl as she walks. A pretty girl scantily dressed walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard Beer commercial sign with Round Four printed on it. Jericho and Hit Man reach the center. Hit Man skips and sidesteps Jericho's sledgehammer hooks, then brutally works on his body. Jericho is out of breath and sweating badly. Then a terrible left hook catches Jericho off guard. Jericho falls to the canvas with a thud.

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Hit Man jumps on the ropes, triumphant. The Referee begins to count him. Tommy and Blender stare. Snooky stares. SNOOKY (CONT’D) Come on Skeezer get your freak on. Boyd stares. Jericho gets up slowly, keeping one knee on the ground. COMMENTATOR #2 (O.S.) Hit Man is impressive tonight. His experience is shining through. REFEREE Six, seven... CLOSE ON TV SCREEN - A replay shows the knockdown. COMMENTATOR #1 (O.S.) There's the replay. That right hand counter got him bad. COMMENTATOR #2 Looks at this, the fight is on again. Jericho found a little more mojo. With great effort, Jericho gets to his feet. The Referee looks directly into Jericho's eyes checking him out. REFEREE Ready? The three Jewish men watch intently. Jericho nods. The Referee grabs his gloves and hits them together. Hit Man, looking like a beast, jumps back in the center and begins bombing Jericho from every side. Boyd closes his eyes. Jericho is in a clinch and a little groggy. Hit Man places a haymaker to Jericho's liver, he cringes then Hit Man pushes him back and punches with a direct to Jericho's face. Jericho again crashes to the canvas. Snooky leans forward in his seat.

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SNOOKY Ooh, that hurt. You're lookin like a rookie. The Audience cheers then stands. Silence fills the arena. BOYD (whispers to Jericho) Get up, boy. COMMENTATOR #1 (O.S.) It's over. Jericho hit the canvas hard... Again. Hit Man goes back to his corner as the Referee begins another count. SNOOKY Call the cops and have them draw a chalk line around that body. Jericho is tired and sweating. He slowly gets up, keeping his knee on the deck. REFEREE Seven. Jericho stands. The Referee grabs his gloves and looks into his eyes. He hold up three fingers. REFEREE(CONT'D) How many fingers? JERICHO Three. Jericho is clearly out of breath. The Referee hesitates looking him over. Hit Man dances and smiles holding his fist over his head in victory. In Jericho's corner, Boyd has a hand on his face as he watches the Referee. The ref points to the center of the ring and Jericho takes a step. Boyd watches closely. He flinches at the sound of the bell. Boyd places the stool on the canvas and rushes to help Jericho sit down. Boyd washes Jericho's face, then carefully opens his eyes.

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BOYD It time to get real. Can you fight? Jericho's face is beaten and weary. He nods yes. The middle Jewish man yell out almost shyly. JEWISH GUY Go Jericho. The man looks around and gets quiet. BOY Give it up loser. Boyd looks back. BOYD Shut up moron. SNOOKY Yeah boy, shut up. (Snooky looks at the Jewish Guys) Like your do... and the threads man. Jericho stares across the ring at Hit Man. Boyd continues to clean Jericho's face. BOYD Listen-up. Do the lame rabbit deal. Lead in with your right. Pull back with your left. Then when he looks at your left, send him to hell with a jet pack on his ass. Jericho is exhausted. He nods. In Hit Man's corner, Coby is smug and over confident. He gives Hit Man his mouth piece. COBY It's time. Take him out and bring us a payday. The Timekeeper rings the bell. The three Jewish Guys crack a small grin as they watch the very pretty girl scantily dressed walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard soft drink commercial sign with Round Five printed on it.

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SNOOKY Now, that's advertisin. Jericho and Hit Man reach the center and touch gloves. Hit Man is in a fury. He reaches Jericho from every side. Jericho grabs hold of him in a clinch. The Referee separates them. REFEREE You're not in love. Fight. Yell out to the fighters. SNOOKY Come on... That's lookin gay. Wail on Hit Man's ass. A terrible sequence of punches reaches Jericho - jabs, hooks, directs and uppercuts. Boyd watches closely worrying. He grips a white towel thinking about throwing it in the ring. Hit man dances around Jericho feeling the win. Snooky stands and yells to Jericho. SNOOKY (CONT’D) Hey, Jericho. You're winning... April fools. Jericho glances over and sees Tommy Lee smirk. He looks away. As usual, Hit Man confidently approaches Jericho. He opens his guard as he is ready to launch his last punch. Boyd watches and smiles. Jericho leads with his right and then draws back a little with his left. Hit Man glances down at Jericho's fist. Abruptly Jericho irrupts and strikes Hit Man with a terrible right hook. Hit Man's head lurches violently to the side and he is stunned. With total fury Jericho beats Hit Man from every angle. A powerful direct sends Hit Man against the ropes and out of the ring. SNOOKY (CONT’D) That's what I'm talkin about.

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Hit Man lands near Blender. BLENDER You're done BO-BO. SNOOKY That's the way to do it without ammo Kid. The Referee starts to count even though Hit Man is out like a light. Jericho smiles and winks at Blender then nods at an annoyed Tommy Lee. Boyd jumps into the ring hugging Jericho. BOYD What a finish! The Referee finishes his count and waves his arms. REFEREE Nine, ten. You're out! SNOOKY Any bets on Jericho. I'll pay'em now. What? No bets. Oh, to bad. Snooky smiles big and does a little greedy dance. The Crowd whistles and claps as Boyd grabs Jericho's arm and lifts it in the air. The entire crowd goes wild. DISSOLVE TO: INT. HOSPITAL LOBBY - DAY Jericho is wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. He has a newspaper in one hand and the usual bouquet of roses in the other as he waits for the elevator. When the elevator door opens he gets inside. INT. HOSPITAL ELEVATOR - DAY Jericho moves past two people and goes the back of the elevator as the doors close and it moves up. PERSON #1 Did you see the fight last night? I thought that Jericho guy was done. PERSON #2 Unbelievable! He came back and wiped ass.

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The elevator stops. Person #1 and Person #2 get out of the elevator and look back. Jericho smiles. INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY - DAY Jericho spots Terry's Doctor and hurries toward him. JERICHO Any good news? DOCTOR No, but whatever you do, keep doing it. Unlike most coma patients, she isn't showing any signs of irreversible deterioration and her vitals are strong. Jericho holds up the roses and the newspaper. The Doctor smiles. JERICHO Thanks Doc. DOCTOR Sure. Good luck on your next fight. We're all cheering for you. The Doctor pats Jericho on the shoulder and walks away. INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY Jericho enters Terry's room. He sees Joanna, and smiles then tosses the newspaper on the chair and replaces the old bouquet with the new one. JERICHO Glad to see you here. I can tell Terry knows. JOANNA I hope so. We got a lot to talk about when she wakes up. He smiles at Joanna then inserts a DVD and plays a quietly a soft classical piece while he talks to Terry. JERICHO Why the baseball cap you say? Well, it's hot today. And the sunglasses? (MORE)
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Jericho adjusts her pillow and caresses her face then takes her hand in his. JERICHO(CONT'D) I love you. A tear run down his face. He wipes it away and composes himself. JOANNA It'll be all right. I know it. Jericho kisses Terry's forehead. He checks her pillow, adjusts her bed, checks the picture once more to make sure it's in Terry's line of sight. A YOUNG NURSE enters the room and sets some medicine on the night stand. JOANNA (CONT’D) Hello. NURSE Hi, how are you two doing? JERICHO Good. Could you be sure this picture is always in her sight. I'm leaving these CD's. They're her therapy. YOUNG NURSE Okay. Can I say something? JERICHO Sure. YOUNG NURSE Terry is so lucky. The love she gets from you is so... good. JERICHO Thank you. The nurse leaves. Jericho smiles at Joanna. DISSOLVE TO:

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INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - BOYD'S OFFICE - DAY Boyd is on the phone as he spots Jericho coming in the gym. He motions for Jericho to join him and hangs up the phone. Jericho enters, still wearing sunglasses. He notices with surprise that there's a new picture on the wall. CLOSE ON WALL - There's a picture of Jericho next to the other three champions. Boyd looks at the wall. BOYD You made the line-up. JERICHO I see that... BOYD It may be a little premature, but, hey. It's going to happen. He stands and places a hand on Jericho's shoulder. Jericho smiles. JERICHO Yeah. He removes his sunglasses and shows Boyd his bruised eyes. Boyd laughs a little. BOYD You're looking pretty rough buddy. Ole' Hit Man was in here looking for a truck. JERICHO What truck? BOYD The one that hit him last night. Jericho smiles. Boyd takes a pen out of a drawer and places it across a document on his desk. JERICHO What's that? BOYD The contract.

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JERICHO For? Boyd nods to the contract. BOYD The world championship fight. Jericho picks up the contract, smells it, kisses it, then signs. INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - BLENDER'S OFFICE - DAY Blender has his feet on his desk while he talks on the phone. Tommy Lee is on the other side of the desk. This is a bare room with only the desk, two files cabinets and a TV mounted to the wall. BLENDER (into the phone) It's done. Yes, we're contracted. The guy's tough, but Tommy Lee is worse and he's got me. SNOOKY (PHONE V.O.) Lookin good my peeps. Put me on speaker, I want Tommy to hear. TOMMY LEE I can take his stupid ass any day. Blender puts his hand over the phone. SNOOKY (PHONE V.O.) You best do that little bitch. We love ya, but I gotta have results. BLENDER You'll get it. (Puts his hand back on the phone.) That pie hole of yours is going to get you in trouble. Tommy Lee is thoughtfully watching boxers spar through the window to the gym. TOMMY LEE Everybody knows he's a single puncher with a style like a drunk man.

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SNOOKY (PHONE V.O.) I feel ya my brother. But he got beat down and came back like Wonder woman. BLENDER That's right. We know Jericho's a system boxer. It comes down like: One, two boom. Three, four boom. Five, your out. Tommy nods. SNOOKY (PHONE V.O.) A little harsh reminder for you and ass-hat. BLENDER Like what? SNOOKY (PHONE V.O.) Like, be sure Tommy wins. BLENDER We'll take care of you. SNOOKY (PHONE V.O.) See, there's some more of that bullshit. All I ask is, let's not get any ugly surprises. I put a lotta green out on skank chaser there and you know how I hate losin. BLENDER I got ya Snooky. We're good. The phone goes dead. Tommy Lee drums his fingers on the desk appearing a little nervous. INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - DAY Jericho is sweating while works on the punching ball. Boyd comes to his office door. BOYD Jericho, take a break. I got something for you. Jericho stops punching the bag and goes to Boyd's office.

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INT. MICHAEL CLAYTON'S GYM - BOYD'S OFFICE - DAY Jericho walks in. Boyd has a DVD of Tommy Lee's fights going on the TV. BOYD Come on in. Watch this Tommy Lee video with me. Jericho sits down. JERICHO More like a cartoon. CLOSE ON FLAT SCREEN TV - Tommy Lee is whaling on another fighter. BACK TO SCENE BOYD See that. Every fight is the same. It is always a brawl. No style. Study these films. Learn him. JERICHO All right... but all of this stuff, is wearing me down. Michael comes in carrying a newspaper. MICHAEL Hey guys. I know your going through a lot. With Terry and all. But, things will get better. BOYD They will. I been there. MICHAEL Hang in Buddy. You got something not many have... (Jericho raises an eyebrow) You're an honorable man. Jericho smiles. INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT The room is dark except for the light from the monitors. Faint beeps are the only sound that can be heard.

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Terry is still in a coma. Jericho enters and sits near Terry. As he caresses her face, tears from his face drip onto her bed. He takes her hand and gently kisses it. JERICHO Hi baby. I see your mom has gone home. How are you tonight? You miss me? You know I was talking to Michael and he reminded me how important you are to me. (He continues to caress her hand.) But, you know what, everything is going to be fine. I'm fighting soon. (He moves close to her ear and whispers.) I promise, the bastard that put you here will pay for what he did. He stands quietly, his hands clenching into fists. One of Terry's fingers twitches. Jericho doesn't see it. He places a radio on the chair and turns it on. Soft rock music begins playing. JERICHO(CONT'D) I have to go. I love you baby. I'll be back soon. Jericho kisses her forehead and goes to the door. Terry's hand moves unnoticed. EXT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS - NIGHT People are pulling up and getting out of their limousines. Others are dropped off from expensive luxury cars. The foot traffic is heavy mixed with steady cam cameramen filming the show. INT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS - NIGHT People are streaming into the fight event. Merchants are selling souvenirs creating a circus atmosphere.

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In the background, the huge and colorful digital television screen touts the main event by showing their pictures with the headlines: Tommy Killer Lee, WBL World Champion vs. Challenger, Jerrod Jericho The Dominator Journey. The auditorium is buzzing with excitement. FANS have packed the seats and still coming in. Banners are stretched across the back wall: Thunder and lighting in Lee Town. Most of the fans are Tommy Lee's people holding up Tommy Lee, number one plastic hands. A few others wave big Jericho posters. When Tommy Lee enters he is wearing his robe with corporate logos all over it. Tommy's fans go wild. As Jericho enters wearing a simple red robe, he gets a standing ovation from his few Fans while Tommy Lee's Fans hurl insults at him. TOMMY LEE FANS Shut up dumb ass. Sit down. Pissoff. Snooky walks past. SNOOKY Boy, shut your mouth. Your mamma would beat your ass if she knew you talked that way. Boyd's face registers disgust then he calms and blows them off. Jericho and Tommy's fans whistle and applaud. Each fighter enters the ring and takes off their robes. The fighter dance and loosen up in their corners. Snooky takes his seat ring side and relaxes. The ring girls that carry the big cards come by saying hello. With the fighters in the commentators background the two ring side color commentators look at their cameras with microphones in hand and the red light comes on. It's show time. COMMENTATOR #1 Welcome everyone... to the World Boxing League Championship brought to you by CNN.

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COMMENTATOR #2 Around the world tonight, this WBL event will be viewed by more than nine hundred and ninety million fans. I'm Jimmy Evans, and this is my good friend, Brian Williams. We are your the color commentators for tonight's event. Welcome. COMMENTATOR #1 Thank you, Jimmy. The tension is running high throughout the stadium. You can feel it in the air. INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT

Terry's room is dimly-lit and quiet. The radio is on low and the voices of the commentators can be heard. The Doctor enters and checks her monitors. DOCTOR Well look at you Terry. Your vitals are good. You're good to go. Get up, whenever you want. Terry moves her arm. The Doctor notices, and glances at the radio. DOCTOR (CONT’D) Well hello, a little radio therapy. COMMENTATOR #1(RADIO V.O.) The brawl of the decade is coming down. Right here on CNN's, Rumble on the River. Terry frowns and struggles a little. DOCTOR That's it, wake up. The Doctor turns off the radio then checks Terry's pulse. Suddenly Terry's eyes open. She grabs the Doctor's arm and shocks him for a second. The doctor looks into her eyes. DOCTOR (CONT’D) Wow, that was scary. Keep on eye ballin me. Terry... Can you talk?

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Joanna walks in and is totally surprised to see Terry waking up. JOANNA Oh sweety. Our lives are going to change. INT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS - NIGHT The Ring Announcer from Verizon arena takes to center ring dressed in a tuxedo. RING ANNOUNCER Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the fight of the new century. We are proud to present a very special guest. Boxing legend, Mr. Michael Bad Intentions Tay-lor, former middle-weight Champion of the world. SNOOKY Yoo Marvin, wah's up. RING ANNOUNCER Hi Snooky. SNOOKY How's the kids man? RING ANNOUNCER Good. Fans whistle and clap while the champ waves a hello from the ropes inside the ring. The three Orthodox Jewish Guys are sitting behind Boyd waiting for the fight. He goes by and shakes Tommy Lee's hand and then goes to Jericho's corner and shakes Boyd's hand. He gets close to Jericho's ear. MICHAEL We love ya brother. Win one for the good guys. The champ leaves waving to the cheering audience. He looks back at Jericho then moves on. A ticket is handed to Boyd. He looks at it.

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CLOSE ON TICKET - It reads - "Welcome to the big leagues bitch. We are going to burn you down. Luv Ya, Blender" Boyd shows the ticket to Jericho. Jericho shrugs. JERICHO Big talk for a criminal. The announcer speaks again into the hanging microphone. RING ANNOUNCER Ladies and gentlemen, the event you have all been waiting for. The CNN, Thunder and Lighting... Broadcast from the beautiful Ceasar's Palace Boxing arena right here in glitter city Las Vegas. This event and many others are possible due to the pioneering spirit of greats like; Muhammad Ali, Michael Clayton, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya, just to mention a few. Continuing the legend to my right is, Tommy Killer Lee, WBL champion of the world, wearing white trunks, weighing in at two hundred five pounds of pure thunder. (Fans respond with manic enthusiasm, Tommy dances and holds his arms up) In the opposite corner, wearing red trunks, weighing in at two hundred and one pounds of lighting in a bottle, the churning and burning challenger, Jarred Jericho The dominator Jour-ney. The Timekeeper rings the bell. The Crowd explodes. Snooky leans toward the ring. SNOOKY Showtime. Let's see some brutality. A very pretty girl scantily dressed walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard Beer commercial sign with Round One printed on it. Jericho and Tommy Lee meet in the middle of the ring and the MIDDLE-AGED REFEREE explains the rules.

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MIDDLE-AGED REFEREE No holding, hitting below the belt, bitting, none of that bull-shit... Jericho and Tommy Lee give stone cold stares into each other's eyes. The ref pulls their gloves together and starts the fight. They immediately display hand speed and dance around the ring. ON BIG SCREEN - Tommy Lee and Jericho do battle. A camera scan reveals the three Jewish Guys watching Jericho. BACK TO SCENE TOMMY LEE I'm gonna give you the beatin of your life Mr. Doolittle. JERICHO We'll see who gets sent to hell tonight. TOMMY LEE Big talk. A few Jabs fly, but the two men mostly dance around each other. Snooky yells out from his seat. SNOOKY What are we watchin? Dancin with the stars. (Snooky see the Jewish Guys) Hey it's the religious guy. Salama Bama, little dudes. The Crowd grumbles with disappointment until Jericho jabs Tommy Lee's chin. A "WOW" issues from the Crowd. Tommy Lee is furious. He pushes Jericho on the ties. TOMMY LEE Here it comes. Tommy Lee hits Jericho from every side, especially in the belly. Jericho calmly pushes Tommy Lee away from him and takes the center of the ring.

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SNOOKY That's right. Work it Tommy. Pac Man his ass. He launches his jab twice to Tommy Lee's face and steadily pushes him into the corner where he hits Tommy Lee in the belly. Tommy Lee angrily hits Jericho with his elbow. SNOOKY (CONT’D) Work it brother. The Middle-Aged Referee intervenes. MIDDLE AGED REFEREE You can't do that! Knock it off. One point. The Middle-Aged Referee shows the JURY one point. The two boxers are back in the fight. Tommy Lee launches his jab but Jericho is able to avoid it. He head butts Tommy Lee in the face. Tommy Lee, clearly shaken, wavers a little on his feet. MIDDLE-AGED REFEREE That's a warning. JERICHO C'mon, baby. At least put on a show. People paid thirty dollars to see your weak ass. Tommy Lee is furious, but cautious. SNOOKY Tommy get off your ass and do somethin. The bell sounds the end of the round. Jericho and Tommy Lee go to their corner. BOYD Why in the hell don't you hit him. You've had a dozen chances. JERICHO I'm checking him out. Boyd splashes water on Jericho's face.

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BOYD Check this out. Tommy's a pro and if you screw around. He'll cut you down like a lawn mower and knock your ass out. The bell rings in the second round. A pretty girl scantily dressed walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard Beer commercial sign with Round Two printed on it. SNOOKY Oh baby. Tommy Lee takes the center of the ring. Jericho comes in ready to fight. They begin to fight furiously in the middle of the ring. A powerful direct reaches Tommy Lee's nose and he goes back two steps. Jericho reaches him and hits twice more in the face. Tommy Lee goes down on the canvas. SNOOKY (CONT’D) Get your ass up mutt. Be a loser on your own time. The Middle-Aged Referee jumps between the men. He tries to lead Jericho to a neutral corner, but Jericho refuses to move for a moment then turns to go. Tommy Lee suddenly gets up and hits Jericho in the ear from behind. The referee jerks him away speaking loudly for the judges to hear. MIDDLE-AGED REFEREE Two points. Tommy settles down and resets himself. Jericho shakes his head, a little dazed. Snooky leans forward. SNOOKY I got a point for ya. Quit doin that shit. The crowd is quiet and stares for a moment at Jericho and Tommy with disbelievingly eyes.

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BOY Finish the backstabbing bastard! SNOOKY No, give him a chance. Boyd is watching closely. BOYD Shut up, you ignorant bastard... Get back in there. Jericho dismisses Boyd with a wave of his glove. He motions to Tommy Lee to come closer, but Tommy stays where he is while he tries to catch his breath. BLENDER Walk around! Buy some time. Tommy Lee dances out of reach while Jericho tries to corner him. Jericho increases the pace and improves his timing. He unravels Tommy Lee's defense and brings out his best shots to send the champion to his knees. SNOOKY Quit your preyin and get to work on Jethro before he knock your ass out. The bell rings, saving Tommy Lee. Tommy goes to his corner. BLENDER What's he doing? TOMMY LEE He told me he's going to beat me to death for what I did to Terry. BLENDER That son-of-a-Bitch is physcho. Snooky walks up. SNOOKY Get your ass goin Tommy. We need this. TOMMY LEE Chill out Snooks.

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SNOOKY Don't tell me to chill. I'll chill all over both your asses. Let's see some winnin bitch dog. Blender and Tommy nod. Snooky sits down mumbling. In Jericho's corner, Boyd doesn't try to hide his disappointment. BOYD Quit screwing around. He's going to get you. Jericho ignores him. Shaking his head, Boyd finishes cleaning Jericho's face. Jericho speaks as he gets up. JERICHO Got anything for me. BOYD No. The bell rings. A very pretty girl scantily dressed walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard Beer commercial sign with Round Three printed on it. Snooky is liking her look. SNOOKY I wanta be your baby daddy. Tommy Lee walks around the ring. Jericho waits in the center. Fans yell at Jericho and Tommy to fight. Tommy Lee motions to Jericho to come closer. TOMMY LEE (smirks) I'm gonna put you in a coma, too. Furious, Jericho rushes in and swings at his opponent. Tommy Lee avoids him and punches him in the neck. Jericho labors to catch his breath. Tommy Lee attacks him from every side. Jericho goes down to the canvas. Snooky leans toward the ring again.

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SNOOKY That's what I'm talkin about. The Middle-Aged Referee intervenes and gets Tommy off of him then starts to count. Boyd stares at Jericho, who gives him a slight grin in return. MIDDLE AGED REFEREE Six, seven, eight... Jericho stands and motions to Tommy Lee to fight. Tommy Lee paces the ring, then faces Jericho. Tommy Lee launches jabs to test Jericho's reaction. Jericho grabs Tommy Lee in a clinch and whispers. JERICHO I'm gonna beat you down. Jericho pushes Tommy Lee away and starts to fight. He launches jabs while nimbly hopping from foot to foot. Tommy Lee tries to avoid Jericho's punches, but they are dead on target. SNOOKY Come on Tommy... I'm gonna cut that welfare check if your don't get it on. CLOSE ON NASTY FAN - in the first row, who takes a laser light pen and points its red light at Jericho's eyes then quickly switches it off and returns it to his pocket. Blender smiles. Jericho turns his face to avoid the light. Tommy Lee takes advantage of the diversion and lets fly with a devastating left hook. The hook catches Jericho unaware, square on the side of his chin. Jericho goes over backwards into the ropes and slumps to the canvas. Snooky smiles. SNOOKY (CONT’D) That's a money shot.

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Somehow he manages to get to his feet, but the bell rings, signaling the end of the round. Jericho goes to his corner. Boyd is furious. BOYD You better start listening or or I'm outta here! JERICHO He has to go the distance. In Tommy Lee's corner, Blender is confident. BLENDER You won this one, but let's make sure. Blender unties Tommy Lee's right glove, breaks a grip and puts it inside with the broken part out. He ties Tommy Lee's glove again. Snooky yells to Tommy. SNOOKY Do something brilliant, TOMMY LEE I don't need this. BLENDER Do it. This is not a request. TOMMY LEE I can beat him. BLENDER Listen poor boy if you want to keep getting all of those expensive thing you like so much. Do like I tell ya. The fourth round is announced and the bell rung. A pretty girl dressed in a bikini and heels walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard Beer commercial sign with Round Four printed on it. SNOOKY I need to bit me off some a that. Suddenly Tommy Lee runs toward Jericho, hitting his belly.

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As Jericho tries to cover himself, Tommy Lee jabs him in the face with the broken tip, cutting Jericho's face. SNOOKY (CONT’D) Go ninja man. Blood spills onto the canvas. The Middle-Aged Referee stops the fight to check the wound. Jericho is brought to his corner and Boyd checks the cut. Unseen by anyone, Tommy Lee uses his teeth to catch the broken tip and hold it in his mouth. Boyd cauterizes the cut on Jericho's face. He turns to the Middle-Aged Referee. BOYD (indicating Tommy Lee) Check his gloves. A WOMAN DOCTOR goes to Jericho's corner and looks at him, while the Middle-Aged Referee checks Tommy Lee's gloves. MIDDLE AGED REFEREE They're loose. Go back to your corner. Tommy Lee goes to his corner. Blender ties his gloves and Tommy spits in the ring side spit can. The Middle-Aged Referee starts the match again. Tommy Lee presses Jericho in a clinch. SNOOKY Quit lovin on him and beat his ass. With one hand he pushes him. With the other, he hits Jericho in the back of the head. The Crowd screams "BOO!" The Middle-Aged Referee stops the fight and goes to Jericho. JERICHO I'm fine. The Middle-Aged Referee goes to Tommy Lee. MIDDLE AGED REFEREE Cut the bull-shit or you'll forfeit.

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Then the Middle-Aged Referee turns to the Jury and shows one point down for Tommy Lee. SNOOKY What's the story on all those points bitch? Jericho and Tommy Lee begin fighting again. Jericho presses Tommy Lee and puts him on the ties, bombing him with powerful punches. Tommy Lee is in trouble, but the bell saves him. Once Jericho is in his corner, Boyd checks his face. BOYD Finish him the next round. JERICHO Not yet. In Tommy Lee's corner, Blender puts his hands on Tommy's shoulders. BLENDER Avoid him. Dance around and jab the hell out of him. Tommy Lee shakes his head. TOMMY LEE I'll work on his cut. Blender puts some drops on Tommy Lee's right glove and winks at him. The bell rings and the fifth round begins. The three Jewish Guys break down and watch the scantily dressed, very pretty, curly haired advertising girl in unison as she walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard soft drink commercial sign with Round Five printed on it. DISSOLVE TO: INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT Joanna stands by with Terry. The Doctor is watching Terry as her nurses remove tubes and monitoring equipment. Terry is weak and pale.

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TERRY (weakly) Doctor, I need to get out of here. DOCTOR If everything goes well we'll have you out of here in a few days. Terry struggles to sit up. TERRY I need to get there. The doctor attends her. DOCTOR Calm down. The doctor looks at Joanna. Joanna comes to Terry and comforts her. The doctor pats her on the shoulder and he leaves. TERRY So, Blender's my father and you want to make up for everything and get me connected with my father. JOANNA That's right honey. I'm so sorry. TERRY It'll be all right mom. We're living a soap opera, what's one more story line. INT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS - NIGHT Jericho and Tommy Lee meet in the middle. Tommy Lee uses his jab as a battering ram, punching Jericho's eyes. Jericho's eyes are puffed. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) Tommy Lee's working hard to keep Jericho away, but his jabs don't have any real power now. Jericho goes backwards. JERICHO I can't see!

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The Middle-Aged Referee intervenes and sends Jericho to his corner while he checks Tommy Lee's gloves. COMMENTATOR #1 Something is going on. COMMENTATOR #2(O.S.) The ref is checking Tommy's gloves again. COMMENTATOR #1 This has been one nasty fight. Boyd washes Jericho's face. BOYD (to Middle-Aged Referee) Keep him away for a minute, so I can get him cleaned up. The Middle-Aged Referee goes back in the center. In Jericho's corner, Boyd continues washing Jericho's face. BOYD (CONT’D) You either listen to me, or I quit. JERICHO You want the championship? BOYD Not at any price. JERICHO Quit if you want. I don't really care. In Tommy Lee's corner, Tommy Lee faces Blender. TOMMY LEE No more games. I can win by myself. BLENDER You need me now more than ever. TOMMY LEE I'm still the champion. Blender discretely slaps his face. Tommy Lee gets to his feet as Blender jumps into the ring. Blender punches Tommy Lee in the eyes.

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BLENDER I created you. You stupid bastard. Tommy Lee lifts his fist threateningly while Blender calmly stares back at him. Snooky stands. SNOOKY The fights with Jericho, you ignorant donkeys. COMMENTATOR #2(O.S.) Wow! Looks like we have a two fer tonight. Tommy Lee lowers his fist. Blender whispers to him. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) It would be interesting to know what they are saying. The Middle-Aged Referee motions to Jericho and Tommy Lee to resume fighting. Jericho and Tommy Lee rush out fast and furious. They exchange terrible punches. Neither makes any defensive moves. Their feet seem glued to the canvas. The fight gets ugly. COMMENTATOR #2(O.S.) They won't go the distance at this pace. Jericho is able to avoid a hook and promptly replies with an extremely powerful direct. Tommy Lee loses his balance and crashes on the ropes. Jericho moves in and punches Tommy Lee's belly. Tommy Lee grimaces in pain. He can't defend himself. Boyd jumps close to the ropes. BOYD NOW! Jericho turns and motions to Boyd to be quiet. Tommy Lee, out of breath, moves backwards, trying to buy some time. Jericho, instead of ending the fight, dances around Tommy Lee, steadily hitting him in the head with weak jabs.

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Boyd shakes his head and goes to his chair. BLENDER(O.S.) (to Tommy Lee) Turn around. Keep moving. COMMENTATOR #2(O.S.) The fight is over and Blender knows it. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) I don't know. Jericho seems willing to keep the fight alive. Jericho slows down his jabs. Fans start to "BOO"! The Timekeeper rings the end of the fifth round. Jericho goes to his corner. Boyd is silent. He places the bucket on the canvas and washes Jericho's face and takes care of the cut. JERICHO No suggestions? Boyd continues to silently take care of the cut. In Tommy Lee's corner, Blender frantically works on Tommy Lee's battered face. BLENDER He's winning. Shows some balls. TOMMY LEE I don't have three. Tommy Lee's eyes narrow. Lee jumps to his feet and does his fight dance. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) Oh boy! Tommy Lee seems to have recharged. COMMENTATOR #2(O.S.) Looks like trouble. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT Joanna is sitting with Terry. Terry picks-up the phone and it rings. Joanna looks at her curiously.

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TERRY Hi... can you come and get me. Yeah, I'm better, now. Okay. She hangs up and attempts to get out of bed with her rubber legs from being in bed so long. Joanna helps her. JOANNA What was that? TERRY That was Mary, Blenders daughter? That makes her my sister. JOANNA Yes Sweetie. Mary is your sister. TERRY Well, get ready we're going to the fights. DISSOLVE TO: INT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS -NIGHT The Fans in the arena seem agitated and confused. The Timekeeper rings in the sixth round. A beautiful girl scantily dressed walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard Beer commercial sign with Round Six printed on it. This time Jericho and Tommy Lee are slow to get the center of the ring. SNOOKY Get to it Tommy boy. Jericho dances around, jabbing Tommy Lee's face, but they're weak. Tommy Lee looks for a chance. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) Jericho keeps the initiative, but Tommy Lee has recovered and is willing to play his cards. COMMENTATOR #2(O.S.) He's looking for one big shot. Suddenly Jericho speeds up his punches and attacks Tommy Lee with a torrent of combinations.

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Tommy Lee keeps his arms close to his face to protect himself from Jericho's fury until a tremendous punch to the belly opens his guard. Jericho issues a tremendous uppercut that hits Tommy Lee's face, sending him to the canvas. SNOOKY Look at you. Get up Ebonics. Jericho stays close to Tommy Lee. The Middle-Aged Referee can't start the count until he physically pushes Jericho away. Boyd shakes his head. BOYD (mutters to himself) Stay down. Please stay down. Blender pounds the canvas with his fist. BLENDER Get up and fight, you stupid bastard! At these words, Tommy Lee places his hands on the canvas and struggles to get to his feet while the Middle-Aged Referee checks his face and counts. MIDDLE AGED REFEREE Six, seven. SNOOKY Tommy, Get your Kool-Aid drinkin ass off the floor. Tommy Lee is back on his feet. The Middle-Aged Referee grabs him by his shoulders and looks into his eyes. MIDDLE AGED REFEREE How do you feel? Tommy Lee shoves him away and moves toward Jericho. BOYD (yells to Blender) Blender, Save your man, stop the fight! Blender ignores him. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) Jericho seems to be giving him another chance. (MORE)
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Jericho waits for Tommy Lee to recover as the Timekeeper rings the end of the seventh round. Boyd waits for Jericho to reach his corner. BOYD What do you think you're doing? JERICHO He needs more time. BOYD For what? JERICHO (smiling) I'm cooking him. He's not done yet. Boyd sighs in frustration. EXT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT An older Toyota Camry drives up. Terry is waiting in a wheel chair with Joanna. She and Joanna get in the car by herself and they drive away. INT. TOYOTA CAMRY - NIGHT Mary is driving looking very sexy wearing a hoodie with a wet tee-shirt under it. Terry looks at her. MARY I know I told you to call me, but who woulda guessed. TERRY I'm sorry. I need to go to the arena. MARY Yeah, Tommy and Jericho are fighting tonight. I woulda been there, but I had already signed up for a wet tee-shirt contest.

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JOANNA Hi, I'm Joanna. Mary smiles. MARY Hi. TERRY I got some news. (Mary looks at her in the rearview mirror) You're my sister. This is my mom. She had an affair with your dad right before he married your mom and she got pregnant then hid out with me, til lately. So Blender's my dad and your dad and we are sister's. Ya know. Mary shakes her head, surprised. MARY Well... okay. I like the idea. I always wanted a sister. Mary drives on. INT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS - NIGHT Fans chant: "TOMMY! TOMMY! TOMMY! JERICHO! JERICHO! JERICHO!" The Timekeeper rings in the seventh round. Jericho goes to the center. The Jewish Guys eyes follow the scantily dressed cute girl across the ring. She smiles at them while holding up a large cardboard soft drink commercial sign with Round Seven printed on it. Tommy Lee keeps his distance, though Jericho taunts him. JERICHO C'mon, baby. SNOOKY It's a trap. Tommy Lee dances around him. Jericho turns to the Fans in the arena and points to Tommy Lee.

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JERICHO Good dancer. Tommy Lee takes advantage of Jericho's inattention and punches him in the belly. As Jericho turns, Tommy Lee hits him in the back of the head. INT. TOYOTA CAMRY - NIGHT MARY I hope you know what you're doing. JOANNA Me too. But, what do I know. I'm just the mom. Mary gives Terry the fight on her cell phone. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) Did you see that? COMMENTATOR #2(O.S.) This is fighting at its lowest. You can't hit a guy in the back of the head. You can cause brain damage. TERRY (to Terry) Please. We have to get there. INT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS - NIGHT The Audience is hushed and thrilled as it watches the match unfold. Tommy Lee takes advantage of the moment. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) That was a terrific right hand. COMMENTATOR #2(O.S.) He's taking advantage of a lot of Jericho's mistakes and is capitalizing on them. The Timekeeper rings the end of the eighth round. Jericho sits in his corner. For the first time, Boyd looks worried. BOYD Stay with me son. Listen to me. want you to run side to side. I

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SNOOKY Go Daddy. Ole' Jericho's wearing down. Boyd washes Jericho's face and checks his eyes. Jericho stands up and raises his right fist at Tommy Lee in the other corner. Blender and tommy see Jericho. BLENDER He's just trying to scare you. Tommy Lee nods. INT. TOYOTA CAMRY - NIGHT The Toyota screeches to a stop in front of the arena. A security guard comes over to Mary. SECURITY GUARD You can't park here ma'am. Mary puckers her red lips up. MARY You can park here baby. (She pouts her red lips and the guard smiles) Terry, you and Joanna get out and go to Jericho. I'll be along. Terry and Joanna slowly gets out as Mary flirts. A porter with a wheel chairs. Yells to her. PORTER You need this ma'am? Terry nods. The porter comes to her and helps her get in the chair. The porter, Joanna and Terry proceed inside. INT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS - CONTINUOUS The Timekeeper rings in the eighth round. The Jewish Guys eyes follow a pretty girl scantily dressed as she walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard Beer commercial sign with Round Eight printed on it. Jericho and Tommy Lee go to the middle of the ring and begin fighting.

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Both look battered to the bone. Jericho and Tommy Lee face each other. COMMENTATOR #2(O.S.) Jericho isn't moving his right hand. Tommy Lee takes advantage of this and presses Jericho. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) Jericho hasn't thrown a right since he stood up. The Timekeeper rings the end of the ninth round. INT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - HALLWAY - LAS VEGAS NIGHT Terry is in a wheelchair, escorted by the porter, Joanna and Mary is catching up. TERRY Mary, do you know what round they are in? MARY I heard them announce round nine just ended. The guy said Jericho hurt his shoulder. It sounds bad. INT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS - NIGHT In Jericho's corner, Boyd is talking to Jericho. BOYD Listen to me. (The Woman Doctor enters the ring.) And her. WOMAN DOCTOR (to JERICHO) Let me see your arm. Can you lift it? Jericho lifts his right arm and speaks loud. JERICHO Yeah, it works fine. WOMAN DOCTOR Okay. Push against me. Good. Can you use your right hand? Try and lift it again.

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SNOOKY Come on doc. Get those rejects back in the ring. The Timekeeper rings in the ninth round. A very pretty girl scantily dressed walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard Beer commercial sign with Round Nine printed on it. The doctor looks at the referee and then the judges. WOMAN DOCTOR Good to fight. He leaves the ring and Jericho goes to center ring. INT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS - CONTINUOUS Mary finds a door. MARY Over here. She opens the door and waits for Terry and the Porter. Terry looks through the doors to the ring. TERRY There he is. INT. CEASAR'S PALACE BOXING ARENA - LAS VEGAS - NIGHT Jericho and Tommy Lee go to the center of the ring. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) There's a big left hand by Jericho, and a right by Tommy Lee over the top. Jericho counters with a right hand again and pounds Tommy Lee. COMMENTATOR #2(O.S.) This is getting interesting. You know, when I watch Jericho I think of something that the great Joe Frazier said about fighters. The champions are hard men and Jericho is tough as they come. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) You're right. This is a fight to remember.

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Jericho presses Tommy Lee from every angle. Blender yells out. BLENDER(O.S.) Jab, jab, stay away! Jericho hits Tommy Lee's belly with a tremendous direct and then a formidable hook to his face. Tommy Lee flies into the ropes and has to grab onto them to stay on his feet. SNOOKY Give it up Jericho. Ole Silly Billy's gonna knock you out. Jericho stops and motions to him to come closer. Tommy Lee clings to the ropes, fighting for breath. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) Here we go again. Jericho counts with his left arm. JERICHO Seven, eight. (looking at the) (Middle-Aged Referee) Fight! Tommy Lee, still on the ropes, looks at him with disbelief. The Fans whistle and "BOO." BLENDER Stay away. Jericho goes to Tommy Lee and jabs him gently. COMMENTATOR #2(O.S.) Jericho is just playing. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) Those games can get you splattered on the canvass. Terry, Joanna, Mary and the Porter rush down the hallway toward the ring. It looks a million miles away. The Timekeeper rings the end of the tenth round. Terry is exhausted as they roll forward.

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Jericho and Tommy Lee go back to their corners, but they're much slower now. Both sit and listen as their trainers examine them and clean them up. Blender lightly slaps Tommy Lee's face. BLENDER Get this guy. One big shot. You're the best fighter... COMMENTATOR #2(O.S.) Looks like he's trying to motivate Tommy Lee. Jericho moves his neck around, as if it's sore. The Timekeeper rings in the tenth round. The Jewish Guys watch the attractive girl scantily dressed walks across the ring holding up a large cardboard Beer commercial sign with Round Ten printed on it. Snooky Checks her. SNOOKY Dawn baby ain't you fine. She smiles. An exhausted Tommy Lee gets to his feet, though he's wobbly. Jericho walks toward him and begins to repeatedly jab his face. SNOOKY (CONT’D) Tommy get you a canna Red Bull. Tommy Lee keeps his hand up to protect himself, but a big direct to his belly opens his guard as he lowers his arm in pain. Jericho squares him in the face and continues to jab his face like a punching ball. Tommy Lee goes back into the ropes and leans on them while Jericho persists. Snooky stands. SNOOKY (CONT’D) Damn Tommy. Get tough. Wat up Dog?

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The Middle-Aged Referee moves closer and watches Tommy Lee. The moment Jericho sees his concerned face, he stops punching. COMMENTATOR #1(O.S.) Here we go again. The sound of a whistle signals Jericho to start punching again. He continues to hit Tommy Lee in the belly even though Tommy Lee is hanging on the ropes, not fighting back. Jericho becomes a demolition man as the fight reaches its climax. Tommy Lee and Jericho clinch. The Middle-Aged Referee watches closely, ready to stop the fight. Jericho punches Tommy Lee in the belly. Tommy lowers his hands, making his face an easy target. The Crowd is silent. The Middle-Aged Referee watches Jericho. SNOOKY Tommy, get it on. This is a hot ass mess. Tommy Lee's coach closes his eyes, while Boyd appears concerned. Suddenly we see Terry and Joanna with Mary and the Porter in her wheelchair being pushes to ringside next to Boyd. Boyd looks around and is shocked. He motions for the female doctor. Terry says something to Boyd we can't hear. The female doctor arrives and Boyd talks to her then she checks Terry. Jericho hits Tommy in the side of the head and he goes to his knees. Jericho winds up to hit Tommy Lee again in the head. SNOOKY (CONT’D) Oh, that hurt the ole bank. I'm gonna be paying for six months. Just as Jericho is about the slam Tommy, he hears Terry scream out from his corner. TERRY No, Jericho! Jericho turns toward Terry's voice. He looks around and forgets about the fight.

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SNOOKY Thank you Lord. Stunned to see Terry, Jericho walks away from Tommy Lee, who falls to the canvas, exhausted and bleeding. The Middle-Aged Referee looks like he doesn't know what to do. The Crowd murmurs amongst themselves as Jericho jumps out of the ring and lands near Terry's wheelchair. MIDDLE AGED REFEREE (to Jericho) What's going on? Get back up her and finish the fight. SNOOKY Don't worry bout it Jericho. Take your time. The three Jewish Guys smile and look at Jericho. Jericho has tears running down his face. He grabs Terry's face in his hands and stares at her for a long moment before turning to the Middle-Aged Referee. The Crowd is confused. JERICHO Count me down. I quit. Commentator #1 holds his microphone and goes to Jericho. COMMENTATOR #1 Go back. Finish the job. Jericho shakes his head. A FAN near Jericho, carrying a "JERICHO" poster, faces him. FAN Get back in there and kick his ass. The boy that always harasses. BOY Don't Embarras yourself. Jericho raises his fist. JERICHO Why not. I love her. The referee begins to count Jericho.

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MIDDLE-AGED REFEREE One, two... The Fan tosses his poster to the floor and backs away. The commentator faces a nearby CAMERAMAN. COMMENTATOR #1 For the first time in boxing history, a winner quits. Forfeited the world championship. The Middle-Aged Referee helps Tommy Lee to his feet and lifts his arms into the air. MIDDLE-AGED REFEREE Six, seven... Tommy Lee shoves the Middle-Aged Referee away and goes staggering to his corner. Jericho kisses Terry's face as if he can't get enough. The Crowd surrounds them. Snooky stands and looks toward Jericho. SNOOKY That's right Jericho baby. Take your time. She's hot. Love on her some more. We got ti-me. JERICHO I can't believe you're here. Terry smiles and touches his face. TERRY I woke a little early today. Referee counts in the background. MIDDLE-AGED REFEREE Nine, ten, you're out. Snooky looks up at heaven. SNOOKY I be thankin you. Blender raises the exhausted Tommy Lee's hand in the air. Tommy gives a who me look. Mary is stands behind Terry with Joanna still dressed in her wet tee-shirt.

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JERICHO Thanks Mary. You too Joanna. In the ring, the referee announces Tommy as the winner, but Tommy Lee remains in his corner. MIDDLE-AGED REFEREE The reining and still Champion of the World, TOM-MY LEE. The commentator approaches Tommy Lee with his microphone. COMMENTATOR #1 How do you feel? Still Champion of World. Tommy Lee's face is battered. His eyes are almost swollen shut and he's still out of breath. TOMMY LEE Humiliated. Tommy Lee glances over at Jericho. COMMENTATOR #1 What? Shouldn't you feel good about still being champ? What next? TOMMY LEE (smiling) Retirement. Snooky still standing looks up at the heavens. SNOOKY Maybe I was a little quick on that thanks. The three Jewish Guys sit still watching. Snooky goes to them. SNOOKY (CONT’D) Hey, Chop-lieberman. Like them curls. Can we talk? The commentator is back at his station. COMMENTATOR #1 Love won tonight. It feels like a soap opera.

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COMMENTATOR #2 I'm going home and kiss my wife. COMMENTATOR #1 Cor-ny... COMMENTATOR #2 That's why you're still single. Jericho and Terry look up to see Tommy Lee moving next to them. TOMMY LEE I've had a lot of time to about all of this. I just say, I'm sorry. (to Terry) When you ran away. I just talk to you. Why were you of me? think want to wanted to so scared

TERRY The way you talked scared me. Looks sincerely at Jericho. TOMMY LEE Jericho, I should never have tried to come between you and Terry. I was wrong and I'm sorry for that. Jericho smiles. The crowd cheers. Terry looks at Jericho. She kisses him deeply. Everyone in the Audience claps and whistles. Terry and Jericho break then Tommy raises Jericho's arm in the air. Blender steps down and goes to Tommy. BLENDER Come on. You got a reputation to protect. Mary You need to get your butt over to daddy's corner. TOMMY LEE Chill Blender. Get lost. JOANNA Let him stay...

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BLENDER Joanna? JOANNA Yes. I came to town to tell you, this is your daughter Terry. The usually cool Blender is shocked for a second. He looks at Mary and she gestures toward Terry. Terry smiles. BLENDER Is this... Joanna nods. Terry holds her arms out smiling. TOMMY LEE Go on. Blender hugs Terry. Boyd walks up. Jericho kisses his forehead. Michael comes up and shakes his hand and pats him on the shoulder. Boyd smiles with a twinkle in his eyes as he watches everyone.

FADE OUT.

THE END

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