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_ACT TWO_


EXT. MAIN STREET - DAY FOUR 41

The town's still animated over the train's arrival, as Mike and the kids round the corner on foot, with Matthew leading their horse and wagon, with Elizabeth, and Mike's oldest sister, REBECCA, and her youngest sister, MARJORIE in the single buckboard seat and their considerable luggage in the wagon bed.

MIKE
(to Elizabeth)
I was worried that you weren't coming.

ELIZABETH
Not worried enough to accommodate your own mother's or your sisters' schedules the slightest bit.

Mike tenses, realizing this unexpected arrival may not be all sweetness and light.

MIKE
We were told that May twentieth was the day our wedding had to take place.

ELIZABETH
Told? By whom?

MIKE
A close friend.

ELIZABETH
And what on earth was this "friend" basing such a mandate upon?

MIKE
Spiritual guidance.

ELIZABETH
The _Reverend_ told you what day you had to marry?

MIKE
Well, no...

BRIAN
(proud)
Cloud Dancin' picked it.

(CONTINUED)

26.


CONTINUED: 41

MARJORIE
(her enunciation _too_ exact)
"Cloud Dancing?"

ELIZABETH
(rolls her eyes)
I should have known. The whim of some Indian is more important than...

MIKE
(interrupts)
... than a flower show? And I'll thank you not to refer to him as "some Indian"...

MARJORIE
An Indian?

MIKE
... and it wasn't just a "whim". He was given a sign.

They stop at the clinic...

REBECCA
(peacemaker)
The important thing is that we're all gathered together for the wedding of our beloved Michaela and Mr. Sully and to celebrate it with joy.

... just as the saloon doors fly open and Hank "escorts" a CUSTOMER into the street.

HANK
Nobody treats my girls like that, understand?

He throws the guy down in the dirt and might do further damage except that he's distracted by Mike's entourage. The guy takes the opportunity to scramble away, as Hank steps over.

HANK
Speakin' of ladies...

He's especially dazzled by Marjorie. He holds his hand up to help her down, putting on his very best manners.

HANK
May I?

She looks at him as she would a rat.

CONTINUED: (2) 41

MARJORIE
No, you may not.

He smiles, steps aside with a bow, as Matthew helps Marjorie down. As she alights, though, Hank leans in close enough for her to feel the attraction.

HANK
Pleased to almost meet you.

And he ambles back over to the saloon, as Mike and Colleen help Elizabeth and Rebecca down, and Brian and Matthew start on their bags.

MIKE
That's Hank. Hank is...
(at a loss how to put it to Marjorie)
... Hank.

REBECCA
He's rather charming, in a... provincial sort of way.

MARJORIE
He's a pig.

She straightens her skirt and tries in vain to brush the dust off.

MIKE
Yes... well...

Changing the subject, gesturing to her clinic sign, to Elizabeth:

MIKE
What do you think?

Elizabeth gives the building a once over.

ELIZABETH
It looks the same to me.

MIKE
I mean the sign.

ELIZABETH
Oh... yes.

MIKE
It was a birthday present from the whole town.

MARJORIE
(correcting)
_Entire_ town.

REBECCA
It's very nice, Michaela.

ELIZABETH
Yes. Very nice.

As the kids continue to carry luggage inside, Mike looks up at the sign, seeing it through their eyes.

MIKE
I realize it might not look as fancy...

MARJORIE
_May_ not look, and "fancy"? Really, Michaela, your vernacular...

MIKE
What?

MARJORIE
You're beginning to sound more like these rustics...
(gestures to the townspeople)
... than us.

Mike looks to Rebecca, genuinely surprised at this thought.

REBECCA
Well, your accent's changed somewhat, but I think it's charming.

As they all start inside:

MIKE
Really? No one's said anything.

MARJORIE
How would they know?

Mike can't argue that. She turns to Rebecca.

MIKE
So how do I sound now?

Rebecca searches for a way to describe it, but Elizabeth beats her to it.

ELIZABETH
Neither here, nor there.

She goes inside. Marjorie follows her. After a quick smile, so does Rebecca, leaving...


+MIKE 42

... to contemplate yet another change, this one in herself and one of which she was entirely unaware.

BRIAN (O.S.)
Ma...

Brought back to the moment, she goes inside.


INT. RECOVERY ROOM - DAY FOUR 43

Mike ushers her mother and sisters in, with Matthew, Colleen and Brian on their heels. Luggage is already there. Mike fusses a bit, straightening a quilt, a vase of dried flowers...

MIKE
Luckily no one's sick enough to be needing a room right now so you'll each have your own.

MARJORIE
Sick?

MATTHEW
These're Dr. Mike's recovery rooms.

Marjorie looks around, seeming unduly apprehensive in spite of Colleen's reassurance:

COLLEEN
Don't worry, we clean 'em real good.

MARJORIE
(preoccupied)
"Well". You clean them well.

COLLEEN
Right.

MIKE
But if anyone comes down with something, I'm afraid you may have to double up.

Abruptly, Marjorie picks up her bags.


MARJORIE
I'll save you the trouble. I'll simply stay at a hotel.

Mike stops her busywork.

BRIAN
All the way to Manitou?

MARJORIE
Mani-what?

MIKE
Manitou. It's ten miles from here. That's the nearest hotel.

A beat, as Marjorie absorbs this, then sets down her bags.

REBECCA
The rooms are lovely, Michaela.
(to Marjorie)
Especially this one with the balcony, Marjorie...

MARJORIE
(wheels on her)
Stop it!

She realizes that she's lost control and tries for as much dignity as possible in her exit. Mike looks to Rebecca, who just shakes her head, then to Elizabeth who holds her gaze.

MIKE
Children...

They all leave. Once they're out of earshot, Elizabeth sits wearily in the lone chair. Mike and Rebecca sit on the bed.

ELIZABETH
(staring off)
I know your sister has never had the sunniest disposition, but something is wrong.

Mike looks to Rebecca.

REBECCA
I'm afraid it's true. It's been over a year since Everett abandoned her. One would think she'd be feeling somewhat better, or at least resolved.

ELIZABETH
Instead, she grows worse by the day, more bitter by the hour.
(looks to Mike)
Have you any antidote for betrayal, Michaela?


+ON MIKE 44

If only she did...


INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT FOUR 45

Mike, Sully and the kids are joined at the dinner table by Elizabeth, Rebecca and Marjorie. They eat in silence for a beat, then:

ELIZABETH
(to Sully)
Would it be possible to pick up our freight tomorrow?

SULLY
Freight?

ELIZABETH
I brought a few things for the wedding.

MIKE
A few things?

REBECCA
(smiles)
As much of Boston as would fit into a freight compartment.

ELIZABETH
And some that wouldn't. I've ordered a string quartet from Denver.

MIKE
But Mother...

ELIZABETH
No buts. I didn't come all this way not to do this wedding properly.

Mike and Sully exchange a look.

EXT. TRAIN STATION - DAY FIVE 46

In the b.g., some townspeople are taking down the train decorations. [Mike, Sully, Elizabeth, Marjorie and Rebecca] stand on the platform, as John checks a list against several crates and a large standing trunk.

JOHN
China... silver... crystal...

Mike and Sully exchange another look.

JOHN
... linens...
(mispronouncing)
... trousseau...

ELIZABETH
(correcting)
Trousseau.

JOHN
Trousseau.

He moves to the trunk.

JOHN
Bridal party attire and wedding gown.

This last really catches Mike off-guard.

MIKE
Mother...

ELIZABETH
It's divine.

John hands Elizabeth the freight order to sign.

MIKE
But...

MARJORIE
Mother had it made in London. [The tails, as well.

Mike looks to Sully.]

SULLY
It's real nice of you to go to all this trouble, Mrs. Quinn, but Michaela and I got our own plans. I'll go check with Horace and find out where we can store all this 'til the weddin's over.

He heads to the telegraph office in the b.g.

ELIZABETH
Over?!
(to Mike re: the crates)
But these things _are_ the wedding.

MIKE
A wedding isn't about "things", Mother.

Mike hurries after Sully.

ELIZABETH
(to John)
Have those crates delivered to the cafe.

She extracts payment from her purse and gives it to John.

JOHN
(glances after Mike)
But...

ELIZABETH
They belong to me.


EXT. NEW TELEGRAPH OFFICE - DAY FIVE 47

There's a "CLOSED" sign in the window. Sully looks frustrated, just as Mike catches up.

MIKE
They're probably just at Grace's for lunch. We can go talk to Horace there. I'm sorry, Sully, but please don't overreact.

He looks at her, then up at the "Wanted" poster of Cloud Dancing. She follows his eyes, shocked at the sight of it. She looks back to Sully queryly.

SULLY
Custer made Horace put it up yesterday.

CUSTER (O.S.)
(raised voice, announcing his presence)
Good afternoon, ladies.

Mike and Sully turn to see Custer on horseback with his detail of men, greeting Elizabeth, Rebecca and Marjorie. The rest of their talk is lower, out of earshot, though by the body language, introductions are being exchanged.


+ON CUSTER AND THE WOMEN 48

ELIZABETH
... and we've traveled all the way from Boston for Michaela's wedding. You're attending, of course?

Custer glances in Mike's and Sully's direction, then turns to Elizabeth with a smile.

CUSTER
Of course... I wouldn't dream of missing _the_ social event of the year.

He tips his hat to the women, then hands a freight order to John, and with a jerk of his head thus orders his men to start loading his munitions shipment.

Now, he rides over next to Mike and Sully.

CUSTER
You wouldn't happen to know the whereabouts of that Indian, now would you Mr. Sully?

Sully stares him down. Custer just smiles, then rides off. [Sully and Mike stare after him.

EXT. ]NEW HOMESTEAD - DAY FIVE 51

Sully and Matthew ride up, ahead of the wagon in the distance. They dismount and look up at the finished homestead.

SULLY
Sure 'preciate the help you gave me, Matthew.

MATTHEW
(shrugs)
Was hardly nothin'. You built it yourself.

SULLY
Well, mostly I s'pose. But I didn't have anything standin' in my way... I didn't have a herd of cattle to look after.

Matthew realizes they're having more than a casual conversation.

SULLY
The way I see it, that herd's just gonna keep gettin' bigger and needin' more and more of your time.

A beat, as Matthew lets the implication sink in once again, but then shakes his head.

MATTHEW
I just can't take the old homestead from you, Sully.

SULLY
You'd be doin' me a favor. I don't wanna see it go to ruin.

Mike turns onto the homestead road in the buckboard.

MATTHEW
You don't understand. It's... it's just too big'a gift.

SULLY
Olive's herd wasn't too big'a gift?

MATTHEW
She died.

SULLY
(smiles)
I gotta die to give it to you?

MATTHEW
No! Don't even joke like that.

Mike pulls the buckboard to a halt.

SULLY
Will you at least think about it?

A beat, Matthew nods... then moves with Sully to help Elizabeth, Rebecca and Marjorie from the wagon. The kids have jumped down and run up onto the porch. Mike sweeps her arm in presentation.

MIKE
Isn't it wonderful?

Elizabeth and Marjorie are underwhelmed.

REBECCA
It's absolutely charming.

Mike looks to her mother.

ELIZABETH
It's larger.

REBECCA
What a beautiful view, Michaela.

MIKE
Yes, isn't it?

She looks to Marjorie.

MARJORIE
I agree with Mother. It's the same as the other cabin, only somewhat larger.

MIKE
No... It's...

Mike turns to survey the new homestead. It's heaven compared to the old homestead, but essentially, and certainly to a Boston eye, it is simply larger.

MIKE
It's much more than that. It has two stories, three fireplaces, there're more rooms...

MARJORIE
It's larger.

Sully watches Mike attempt to defend their home to her family.

MIKE
But indoor plumbing...


ELIZABETH
(gestures to the lean-to toilet)
With all due respect, it's a latrine. This is not a sewer system.

MIKE
But this is not Boston.

ELIZABETH
Precisely.

REBECCA
That really is the point, Michaela. It's a lovely home for Colorado Springs.

Rebecca turns to Elizabeth, to Marjorie.

REBECCA
That we can all agree on, can't we?

ELIZABETH
Of course.

Off a look from Elizabeth:

MARJORIE
Lovely.

Mike turns to look at the house, shaken. Sully's hurt by her capitulation.


INT. CLINIC - NIGHT FIVE 52

Sully sits at Mike's desk, waiting. Goodnights are HEARD O.S., then Mike enters from upstairs.

SULLY
I asked Matthew to wait outside with the kids... We gotta talk.

She nods, sits down.

SULLY
No, I gotta talk.
(spills out)
First, my name's not good enough, now, our house ain't good enough. I saw when you turned and looked at it through _their_ eyes.

She's ashamed, knows it's true.

SULLY
I've heard more'n I ever wanna hear 'bout Boston _or_ Colorado Springs. Where you live's in here.

He clamps his fist to his chest.

SULLY
What I wanna know is when're we gonna start lookin at the world through _our_ eyes?

She has no answer. He gets up.

MIKE
Where're you going?

SULLY
There's somethin' I gotta do. Don't know why I waited this long.

And he's out the door.

MIKE
Sully?...

But there's no answer. He's gone...

_ACT THREE_

EXT. WOODS - DAY SIX 56

Sully rides with a purpose and destination in mind. But then he senses something. He pulls up and off into some tree cover. He looks back up at the hills he just traversed.

+SULLY'S POV - CUSTER 57

and his men, glimpsed in between hillocks. Sully considers, then dismounts and sends his horse on down the trail and cuts back into the woods on foot.


EXT. GRACE'S CAFE - DAY SIX 58

The quilting circle is gathered, at their various activities.

The pieces of the wedding dress that Dorothy's making are now assembled on a dressmaker's form. It's white and simple, with lace artfully adorning the bodice. The straight, ankle-length skirt has yet to be trimmed.

Mike comes up with Elizabeth, Rebecca and Marjorie. Greetings all around.

MIKE
I believe everyone's met...

ELIZABETH
(to Grace)
I understand you're doing the catering?
(off Grace's blank look)
The food.

GRACE
Oh... Yes, ma'am.

ELIZABETH
Here's the menu.

Grace reacts.

mike
Mother, Grace has a perfectly lovely dinner planned...

But Elizabeth has already turned to look at the lacemakers as John pulls up in a wagon and unloads Elizabeth's crates and trunk.

elizabeth
What's this?

DOROTHY
The lace. It's goin' all over Michaela's weddin' dress.]

ELIZABETH
(auspicious)
Well, you can stop your worrying about a wedding dress...

She [walks to the trunk, unlatches it and opens the doors. She reaches in and lifts out a billowy vision of white taffeta. ]The women GASP. Mike stares at it, both fascinated and aghast at her mother's domination of the situation.

ELIZABETH
(to Mike)
Well?

MIKE
It's... stunning.

Dorothy's bruised. Elizabeth's oblivious, smiles.

ELIZABETH
Of course it is... Will you look at this skirt, and the train is six feet long.

MIKE
Yes, I especially like long trains on wedding dresses.

ELIZABETH
And these puffed sleeves, aren't they delicious?

MIKE
Well... actually, the top is a bit too flouncy for my taste, and I miss the lace...

She gestures to where Myra and the other's are busy making it. Dorothy seems to brighten, but Elizabeth simply chooses to ignore Mike's objections and barrels on, as she returns the dress to the trunk.

ELIZABETH
And there is a groom's tuxedo, bridesmaid's dresses, usher's suits... and, of course, a lovely matron of honor's dress for Rebecca.

Now, Dorothy is crushed. Rebecca sees this.

REBECCA
Mother, I believe Michaela already has a matron of honor...

Elizabeth follows Rebecca's look to Dorothy.[

DOROTHY]
I don't mind.

MIKE
But...

DOROTHY
No, really, Michaela, your ma's right. It's tradition.
(gestures to the trunk)
And that weddin' dress... well, nothin' _we_ can make could ever compare to that.

MIKE
That's not true.

DOROTHY
Yes, it is, and we all know it.

She glances around to an uncomfortable concensus, then quietly starts unpinning the dress from the form.

Mike looks from Dorothy to Elizabeth, then back again. Torn, she makes no move to stop her.


EXT. WOODS - DAY SIX 59

Custer and his detail of six men come up on Sully's horse, trotting along. Custer knows he's been had. He jerks his horse around to double back, his men following, bringing Sully's horse with them.


EXT. WOODS - DAY SIX 60

Sully sits cross-legged, very still, eyes closed. He is tucked into a small glade that bears no special landmarks or qualities to set it apart from any other.

The sun filters down through the leaves, the small SOUNDS of wild life are all that break the silence until...


+A TWIG CRACKS 61

Sully's eyes open without alarm.


+CLOUD DANCING 62

stands before him. He wears the wedding shirt that Mike made for Sully. Sully rises and, without a word, they embrace.

Once they part:

SULLY
I have missed my brother.

Cloud Dancing returns the sentiment with a nod, but this is a shadow of the great man Sully knew. Cloud Dancing gestures for them to sit, doffing a small pack roll.

CLOUD DANCING
You will marry soon.

SULLY
Yeah, but that's not why I came...

CLOUD DANCING
A good marriage is one of the most important things a man can make in his lifetime.

Sully nods, mindful of this advice.

CLOUD DANCING
We are the lucky ones. We found women strong enough to carry the weight of a good marriage.

Sully nods again, thoughtful of Mike.

CLOUD DANCING
That you will find happiness with a wife, this reminds me of the happiness I had with Snow Bird.

SULLY
(saddened)
We think of her.

CLOUD DANCING
I do not.
(off Sully's look)
I do not have to.

He makes a gesture to encompass his being.

CLOUD DANCING
She fills me.

He unrolls his pack.

CLOUD DANCING
That is why I no longer need this.

He takes out a magnificent Indian shirt and hands it to Sully.

CLOUD DANCING
This was my marriage shirt from Snow Bird. You must wear it for us on your wedding day.

Sully holds it to him, overcome.

SULLY
I wanted you to be my best man. To stand at my side.

CLOUD DANCING
(understands)
Best man.
(ironic)
After all that has happened I often wonder if I am still a man at all.

SULLY
'Course you are. You're a thousand times the man Custer is...
(recalls his mission)
Cloud Dancin', he's put a bounty on your head.

CLOUD DANCING
Why is this? I no longer ride with the Dog Soldiers. I have no heart for their bloodshed. I am alone, of no harm to anyone.

SULLY
Custer wants you 'cause you're a leader, a Medicine Man.

Cloud Dancing stares off for a beat, then:

CLOUD DANCING
If Custer is meant to kill me, there is nothing I can do to stop this.

SULLY
Yes, there is. Run. Get as far away from here as you can.

CLOUD DANCING
One cannot run from fate.

Suddenly, he hears something that Sully does not. He stands abruptly, taking the remains of his pack roll.

CLOUD DANCING
I will be this "best man" for you.

SULLY
No. No, it's too dangerous.

Cloud Dancing smiles wistfully, then disappears into the brush.

Now, Sully HEARS what Cloud Dancing heard -- horses approaching. He quickly picks up his bow and pulls an arrow from his quiver. He takes aim into the brush, his back to Custer and his men who break into the glade behind him.
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Hypnotic (22:35)

Yes !

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Pas tant de monde en fait

Titepau04 (22:56)

Moi je vais me coucher!!! ^^

arween (22:57)

Soirée koh Lanta donc non pas là

Sonmi451 (10:23)

Raaa désolé pour hier soir, je suis partie. Première maladie de bébé.

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Mais là si y a du monde, je suis preneuse d'une discussion diverse et varié. ^^

Sonmi451 (10:26)

On peut parler de noel, vous en êtes où dans vos achats? ^^

Titepau04 (10:27)

Bonjour!!

Sonmi451 (10:27)

Hello titepau!

Titepau04 (10:27)

J'ai pas commencé grand chose... et toi?

Sonmi451 (10:28)

Moi si ça va, j'ai avancé d'un seul coup cette semaine. ^^

Sonmi451 (10:28)

Il me reste l'homme et mon grand.

Sonmi451 (10:28)

Et tu as commencé les décos?

Titepau04 (10:29)

C'est cool ça!!!

Titepau04 (10:29)

Non... non plus!!! Faut que je m'y mette !!!

Sonmi451 (10:31)

Moi je commence tout juste et maintenant que j'ai un balcon, faut que je trouve aussi ce qu'il faut pour le décorer. ^^

Titepau04 (10:32)

Ahah!! Ça fait encore plus de travail

Sonmi451 (10:33)

c'est ça, je pense prendre une guirlande électrique et un père noel qui monte me rendre visite. ^^

Sonmi451 (10:33)

et sinon tu as attaqué l'hypnonoel?

Titepau04 (10:38)

Ah j'aime pas ça.... on dirait qu'il est pendu le pauvre père Noël....

Titepau04 (10:38)

Oui j'ai commencé!! Et toi?

Sonmi451 (10:39)

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Sonmi451 (10:40)

Non moi pas encore, je sais pas si je vais trouver du temps. Tu as bien avancé sur cette animation toi?

Titepau04 (10:41)

J'en suis à 30 questions

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Ha ouais pas mal! Tu me donneras tes paquets cadeaux

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Ah non mais non!!! Dis donc!!! ^^

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Rooo mais faut partager, c'est ça l'esprit de noel.

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Non non non!!! Je me creuse les méninges, moi Madame, pour les avoir!!!

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creuse pas trop, c'est un coup, à ne plus avoir de méninges. ^^

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J'en ai déjà plus beaucoup.... vive la grossesse!! LOL!

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