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INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 1
MIKE flips through a recipe book at the pantry, eagerly scanning the pages. She pauses to consider:
SULLY, cradling KATIE, and BRIAN look up from the breakfast table, puzzled by Mike's question.
It's a sort of spicy relish.
Brian is not thrilled by the description. Neither is Sully.
Ever make it before?
(shakes her head)
It shouldn't be too difficult. I'll just follow the recipe...
(looking back at the book)
This dinner has to be special. It's Katie's first Thanksgiving, Colleen will be home from school today...
That's right. Colleen'll be home to help cook.
Sully nods, relieved, too. Mike looks up from her book.
Colleen needs her time at home to study.
Sully sees Mike's determination -- it's best to support her.
Your ma's gonna fix a real fine meal for us, Brian.
(catching Sully's signal)
Oh. Sure, Ma, it's gonna be great.
Mike smiles, appreciating their encouragement.
Well, I certainly intend to try. It's not often we're all together anymore...
OFF Mike as she focuses back on the recipe...
EXT. BANK - DAY ONE 2
A WORKER finishes washing the front window. PRESTON inspects the glass, nodding and smiling.
Good work. A fine start.
Start? The worker looks at the clean pane, confused.
Streak. Smudge. No sparkle. The bank has to look perfect today.
(a confidential aside)
Do well here and there'll be a lot more windows for you to wash at my new hotel.
Inspired, the worker begins again. Preston smiles, but before he steps away, he catches his reflection in the glass and anxiously adjusts his hat and lapels.
ANDREW approaches, observing him with curious amusement.
I should say so. My father's train is due in. He's come all the way from Boston.
You must be looking forward to seeing him.
Preston nods and takes a breath, clearly nervous, too.
Something up ahead catches Andrew's eye.
+ANDREW'S POV 3
Mike and Sully cross toward the train station.
+BACK TO ANDREW AND PRESTON 4
as Preston notices Mike, too, and looks pointedly at Andrew.
Have you told her?
I -- just haven't found the right time.
Andrew, we've talked about this. My investors will all be here on Thanksgiving, and they expect to meet the doctor who's running my hotel's clinic. I want that doctor to be you.
So do I.
Then tell Michaela that you're leaving.
Preston stares, waiting.
Well, I'm afraid you've put me in a terrible position. Dr. Cassidy's been hounding me, daily, for the job. I've tried to hold him off, but -- since you're clearly not ready to work without Michaela's supervision...
I'm ready. I'm definitely ready.
(steeling his resolve)
I'll tell Michaela right now.
Preston smiles as he and Andrew head for...
EXT. TRAIN STATION - DAY ONE 5
Mike and Sully cross the platform. Mike beams, excited to welcome Colleen home.
HORACE steps out of his office with a telegram. He has the guilty look of a messenger bearing disappointing news.
(misreading Horace's expression)
Mornin', Horace. Train late?
Horace opens his mouth to explain, then simply thrusts forward the telegram. Sully reads it as Mike looks on, worried.
Colleen ain't comin' today.
Teacher gave 'em extra work to finish before Thanksgivin'. She'll try to be home by Thursday.
Try to be...?
This disturbing development is punctuated by a train whistle. Mike turns toward the sound.
Wanna wire her back, Dr. Mike?
Mike nods vaguely, staring at the approaching train in dismay.
Don't worry. Colleen'll make it home in time.
(smiling but uncertain)
Of course she will. She won't want to miss the holiday.
Mike starts to follow Sully and Horace toward the telegraph office when Andrew stops her. He looks ill-at-ease.
Mike assumes that Andrew has come to meet Colleen, too.
Oh, Andrew... I'm afraid Colleen's not on the train. She had to stay at school.
Colleen? Well, I'm sorry to hear that, but -- I'm not here to meet Colleen...
Andrew hesitates and glances over at Preston, who, several yards away, glares back urgently. Andrew turns to Mike again.
Actually, I've wanted to tell you --
But the train arrives, brakes squealing, distracting Mike. Andrew sighs in frustration.
+ANGLE - THE DOORWAY OF THE TRAIN 6
The CONDUCTOR steps down, followed by the PASSENGERS.
+ON THE PLATFORM 7
Preston braces himself to greet his father, staring up at the door.
+ANGLE - PRESTON A. LODGE, II 8
as he emerges from the car. He's a domineering, impeccably tailored man who exudes success and robust confidence.
steps forward with a tense smile.
Mr. Lodge spots him and smiles. They move closer.
Well then... you haven't changed much, now have you?
It's been fourteen months, sir, I may still surprise you.
They stop in front of each other. And firmly shake hands.
+ANGLE ON MIKE 10
as she curiously observes the two Lodges.
+BACK TO PRESTON AND MR. LODGE 11
I trust Mother is well?
She and your brothers send their regards.
And your journey was pleasant?
Tumultuous. There were terrible storms across the Plains.
Well, you're here now, Father, safely. And I'm...
(searching for the word, guarded but sincere)
Honored that you made such a long trip.
I made good use of the time and secured some new business along the way.
Preston nods, wishing for a warmer, more fatherly display of affection. And getting none.
(surveying the setting)
Let's see this charming, little empire of yours...
Mr. Lodge strides off toward... Mike and Andrew. Preston, already flustered, jogs after him.
First, sir, let me introduce the finest physician in Colorado Springs...
Mike smiles, surprised by Preston's endorsement. She sticks out her hand, but Preston whisks his father right past her.
Dr. Andrew Cook.
Andrew winces, then smiles. Mike withdraws her hand, abashed.
The finest physician? Then you must be the one running my son's clinic.
Andrew casts an uneasy glance toward Mike, then sees Preston's expectant, imploring stare -- and shakes Mr. Lodge's hand.
Yes, sir, that's right... I am.
Preston exhales with relief. OFF Mike, staggered by Andrew's announcement as we...
END OF TEASER
EXT. TELEGRAPH OFFICE - DAY ONE 12
Sully writes his message to Colleen and passes it to Horace through the window.
I'll send it right away, Sully.
Horace moves to send the telegram as Mike steps up to Sully, looking preoccupied.
Told Colleen to do the best she can. Let us know when she's comin'.
Mike barely nods. Sully misinterprets her concern.
She'll get her work done, Michaela.
Andrew's leaving the clinic...
Sully looks at her curiously. Mike looks up to explain:
Andrew's opening his own clinic at Preston's new hotel.
Sully can see that Mike is unsettled by the news.
That alright with you?
Mike smiles, but she's confused by her mixed feelings.
(he knows his wife)
It's a wonderful opportunity for him, Sully. Of course I'm sure.
Sully nods, backing off. We go out on Mike, her smile fading...
EXT. TOWN - DAY ONE 13
Strolling away from the train station, Preston gives Mr. Lodge a tour of Colorado Springs. Andrew tags along.
(with flair, trying to impress)
Everyone comes here, Father, with a dream... a passion for independence and success, to stake a claim on the frontier...
Mr. Lodge looks around, half-listening, taking stock.
Dirt streets. No sense of permanence or stability.
Well, we're still a young town, sir. The streets will be paved. We're growing one step at a time.
Yes, the people here, sir -- they're used to a slower pace. It's not like Boston.
Not yet. But soon.
(grins, claps Preston's shoulder)
There's a Lodge leading the way.
Preston's smile shakes under the weight of his father's expectations. He looks ahead, more encouraged.
Speaking of progress, sir, all of it begins right here...
+THEIR POV 14
Preston's bank. The spotless window gleams in the modest, but perfectly respectable building.
+BACK TO MR. LODGE 15
as he steps forward to inspect it.
Yes, yes, good thinking, son. You were wise to start small.
A larger bank might have intimidated these frontier people.
Preston nods, glancing off, relieved by the distraction when Sully and Mike walk their way, followed by Wolf.
Sully and Mike pause as Preston brings over Mr. Lodge. Andrew lingers behind, but Mike catches his eye and he looks away, discomforted.
I'd like to present my father. Preston A. Lodge II, Dr. Michaela Quinn...
Mr. Lodge. Welcome.
Yes. And I believe you knew my father -- Dr. Josef Quinn.
(jogging Lodge's memory)
You declined his loan?
Oh yes. A bad risk, I'm afraid.
Fortunately, another banker felt otherwise. My father secured his loan, and his practice became one of the largest -- and most profitable -- in Boston.
Put in his place, Mr. Lodge clears his throat, turns to Sully.
And you are?
CONTINUED: (2) 15
Sully shakes Mr. Lodge's hand with unflappable self-assurance.
That's succinct. And what is your profession, sir?
Sully hesitates -- how did that question follow?
I've been here for more than a year and still haven't figured that out.
Sully turns a cool stare on Preston, who keeps needling.
Sully is our wilderness renaissance man.
Mr. Lodge regards Sully with genuine interest.
A wilderness man...
I expect you could tell some remarkable stories...
Preston realizes that his dig at Sully has backfired -- and moves quickly to recapture his father's attention.
Sir, we should ride over to my hotel, if you're not too tired. The light there this time of day is dazzling.
Mr. Lodge nods at Mike and Sully as Preston guides him away, exposing Andrew in their wake.
Mike and Andrew trade strained looks. Sully backs away, seeing an opportunity for them to talk.
Gotta see... Robert E -- 'bout somethin'.
Mike eyes Sully, knowing what he's up to. He gives her a bolstering smile.
See ya later...
CONTINUED: (3) 15
Sully goes to the livery. Mike smiles awkwardly at Andrew, then heads for the clinic. Andrew hesitates for a beat before jogging after her.
Mike lets him catch up, then keeps walking.
I know my news caught you off-guard this morning.
I tried to discuss it with you earlier, privately. I never intended to surprise you.
Mike manages a smile, but Andrew can see the tension behind it.
I want you to know -- I've learned a great deal working with you, and I truly value the experience. It's just...
Before Andrew can continue, he and Mike notice LOREN waiting outside the clinic.
I'm early, Dr. Mike.
That's fine, Loren, I'll be right in.
Loren goes inside. Andrew turns to Mike, tactfully:
Loren was my patient when you were home with Katie. Then as soon as you came back to work...
(simply, not defensive)
I've been Loren's doctor for years.
CONTINUED: (4) 15
And you'll continue to be, as you should.
This will always be your clinic, Michaela. That's your name up on that sign. And now, I'm hoping, you'll give me your blessing to hang a sign of my own.
Mike wants to encourage him, but she feels abandoned. Her response is obligatory, not heartfelt:
You know that I wish you the best.
Andrew wishes for more, but Mike just smiles tightly at him.
Mike turns into the clinic. Andrew watches her, distressed.
EXT. TRAIL TO THE SPRINGS CHATEAU HOTEL - DAY ONE 16
Preston and Mr. Lodge ride a carriage through the woods.
I've never worked harder in my life, Father. Every aspect of the hotel, every detail, has been my decision...
It's just around the bend.
Preston glances at his father, but Mr. Lodge doesn't lean forward or change expression. He just sits calmly and waits.
Still, Preston can't help grinning with anticipation as the carriage rolls past some trees and... there it is...
+THE SPRINGS CHATEAU AND HEALTH RESORT 17
A sprawling, stylish building of great charm, with trellises and thin columns along a wraparound porch.
+BACK TO SCENE 18
As Preston drives on and parks in front of the hotel. A few WORKERS are putting on the finishing touches.
Mr. Lodge climbs down from the carriage and surveys the property. Preston follows, bracing for his father's reaction. Finally:
It's a very pleasant building, Preston.
Preston smiles, but... that's it? He guides Mr. Lodge toward the hot spring, trying to stir up some enthusiasm.
And the main attraction here, Father -- my natural hot spring. You see I've cleared away all the brush and built this elegant decking.
(with genuine pride)
Yes. Excellent, Preston. Well done.
Preston is pleased, but Mr. Lodge looks up to consider the hotel again, distracted, bothered...
I suppose I pictured something a bit more... substantial -- but I can see that there's room to expand. You do intend to add more stories?
(swallowing his hurt, smiling)
Mr. Lodge looks satisfied, but the pride and joy drains from Preston's face...
EXT. HILLTOP - DAY ONE (SAME TIME) 19
On horseback, JAKE and HANK gaze down at the valley.
+THEIR POV - THE HOTEL 20
Preston and Mr. Lodge are heading toward the main entrance.
+BACK TO JAKE AND HANK 21
They act nonchalant, but the hotel is undeniably grand by Colorado Springs standards.
It ain't much.
Nah, all work is what it is. Runnin' that place's gonna eat up all 'a Preston's profits.
If he's got any. We're doin' our place up right. Keepin' things simple.
They stare at the hotel and sigh, increasingly depressed.
Got the Hot Springs right over there, huh? That's gonna be a draw.
Rooms're prob'ly real big 'n fancy.
(a beat, grins)
We still got one thing Preston's hotel don't.
(looks slyly at Jake)
Jake smiles, pleased by the reminder.
INT. GAZETTE - DAY ONE 22
DOROTHY prints the latest edition. LOREN comes in eagerly.
My new advertisement...
(snatches a freshly printed page)
Hot off the press.
That ink's still wet.
Loren checks his fingers -- they're blackened with ink. Dorothy gives him an amused look as Preston enters with Mr. Lodge.
Father, I'd like you to meet our town's preeminent journalist, Dorothy Jennings. And Loren Bray, proprietor of the General Store.
Always pleased to meet a fellow entrepreneur...
Loren sticks out his ink-stained hand. Mr. Lodge looks at it, hesitating. Loren self-consciously withdraws it.
How nice that you're here to spend the holiday with your son.
Mr. Lodge looks puzzled.
Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving happens every year, but Preston's hotel opening, that's a momentous occasion.
Mr. Lodge smiles at Preston, who is delighted by his father's praise.
Dorothy, I want you there by two on Thursday. You can interview the hotel's investors before the opening ceremony.
I couldn't possibly be there before four.
Preston stops and Mr. Lodge knits his brow -- did Dorothy... this woman... just dare contradict his son?
I'm doin' research -- for my book. I scheduled an interview on Thursday for most of the afternoon.
CONTINUED: (2) 22
You'll have to re-schedule.
My Grand Opening is big news for this town. If you want to be taken seriously, as a professional journalist --
I am a professional journalist.
Then give my story the attention it deserves.
Your story'll get the proper attention, Preston -- startin' at four.
Dorothy stares defiantly. Preston backs away from the challenge and leaves with his father. Dorothy exhales.
Who's this you're interviewin'?
My book's about Cloud Dancin', Loren.
You goin' out to the reservation?
I wanna be able to describe how Cloud Dancin' and the other Indians live.
Loren scoffs, but Dorothy cuts him off with a look and gets back to work.
EXT. GAZETTE - DAY ONE - SAME TIME 23
Mr. Lodge takes Preston aside, perturbed.
That Gazette is your newspaper, Preston, and that woman in there, she works for you.
Well, not exactly. You see, I co-own the newspaper. With Miss Jennings.
Co-own? You gave her fifty percent?
(hating to reveal this)
Actually... Dorothy owns fifty-one percent.
Mr. Lodge gapes incredulously. Oh, the shame of that deal.
No wonder she didn't listen to you.
Preston droops, feeling miserable.
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT ONE 24
Mike measures spices precisely, as if the recipe were a scientific formula. She stirs them into a pot.
Sully comes over, enjoying the vapors. He starts to dip in a spoon, but Mike playfully claps a cover over the pot.
The chutney needs to simmer for an hour.
Mike returns to her mixing bowls. Dives into another recipe.
I never understood before -- cooking can be a comfort.
Sully nods, watching her. He doesn't want to press, but...
You talk to Andrew?
Mike pauses. Nods with a sigh. Looks at Sully.
It's not that I don't wish him well, Sully. I do. Of course I do. It's just that --
(surprised by herself)
I've grown accustomed to having Andrew around.
When he was at the clinic, I could be home, with Katie. And after all, Mother brought Andrew here to help me, and now he's -- well, he's --
Mike almost flinches, hearing the word aloud.
(anxiously whisks a bowl)
I'm not concerned about that...
(whisks some more)
But I did enjoy having another physician around to discuss cases.
You can still discuss cases with him.
Mike remains disturbed by the new arrangement.
Michaela, Andrew left Boston, left his family to come out West and make a good livin' here as a doctor. That remind ya of anybody?
Mike looks at Sully, getting his point. She smiles softly.
As Sully returns her smile, we
EXT. CAFE - DAY TWO 25
The REVEREND, Hank, and Jake eat lunch together. GRACE works nearby.
Preston and Mr. Lodge approach. Preston looks tired and stressed. His father's visit is already taking its toll.
Preston, looks like you need a cup of coffee.
I could use two, Reverend. I was up late planning my opening ceremony. I'd like to begin with a benediction. Would you do me the honor?
Well, I'm not familiar with any specific hotel blessings, but I'm sure the good book will offer something.
I'm gonna christen our place, too, when it's done. Break a bottle 'a champagne right on it.
Your place, sir?
Yes, Father, Mr. Lawson and Mr. Slicker here are building a modest little flophouse behind the saloon.
It's a social club and deluxe resort.
(to Mr. Lodge)
And I'm Mayor Slicker, sir.
Mayor...? Didn't you write that...
(turns to Preston)
You were running for that office?
He did and he lost. To me.
Mr. Lodge gapes at Jake, finding this hard to digest.
INT. CLINIC - DAY TWO 26
Andrew packs, putting instruments in his medical bag and textbooks in a box. Mike busies herself, trying not to watch. Their eyes meet. They trade awkward smiles.
Well. I think that's everything.
Andrew looks puzzled as Mike hands him a small stack of files.
They're the records of all the new patients you treated in my absence -- while I was staying home with Katie.
But -- these are your patients.
He holds the files toward her, but she nudges them back.
No, I've never seen them. Not once. They've only been treated by you.
But I treated them here.
He tries to give her the stack again, but she's adamant.
You used my facility, Andrew, that's true. But you're just starting out, and I think it's only fair if you continue to see them. At your clinic.
Andrew reluctantly packs the files, then looks at Mike.
They stare at each other, neither knowing what to do or say next.
Andrew picks up his things. He and Mike exchange another uncomfortable smile, then he heads out.
Mike goes to her desk, sneaking a troubled, backward glance at Andrew leaving as we...
END OF ACT ONE
EXT. CAFE - DAY THREE 27
GRACE chops and dices on a cutting board. She's very organized and her concentration is intense.
ANTHONY comes over brightly. ROBERT E trails behind.
Just a minute, Anthony. I'm real busy.
You been real busy for days.
Grace glances up and registers Anthony's forlorn expression -- then Robert E's steady glare.
Anthony, you gotta be extra patient with me this week. Preston's countin' on me makin' Thanksgivin' real special at his hotel. It's important I do a good job.
(pointedly to Robert E)
Important to all of us.
And havin' Thanksgivin' here at the cafe is important to some folks, too. A tradition. Where're they s'pposed to eat if you're closed?
They can eat at the hotel. 'Sides, I hear most folks're gonna be celebratin' at home this year.
Where are we celebratin'?
Grace pauses and looks at Anthony's sweet, inquisitive face. She tries to sound enticing:
We're gonna have us a banquet -- right there in the hotel's fancy kitchen.
The kitchen? Like we was servants?
Robert E, you know what Preston's payin' me. Servants? We're makin' more money in one day there'n I could make here'n three Thanksgivin's.
The kitchen's fine... we got our future to worry about, not where we're eatin' a plate of turkey.
Grace smiles at Anthony, then gets back to work. Anthony sighs. Robert E puts a reassuring hand on his shoulder.
EXT. SPRINGS CHATEAU HOTEL - ANDREW'S CLINIC - DAY THREE 28
Andrew comes out of his office, taking account of the boxes, medical furniture and supplies waiting to be moved in from the porch.
Well, I see that you're settling in.
I'm still waiting for a few more supplies, but I'm ready to start work.
No, you're not.
Andrew looks puzzled, concerned.
Not until you hang this...
Preston smiles and surprises Andrew, presenting him with a shingle engraved with "Andrew Cook, M. D."
Thank you, Preston. It's perfect.
(pats Andrew's shoulder)
Preston walks away, pleased. OFF Andrew, beaming at his shingle with pride...
EXT. CLINIC - DAY THREE 29
The Reverend comes up the steps as Mike leaves the clinic.
(smiles and tips his hat, moving past her)
Can I help you, Reverend?
Oh, no thank you. Is Andrew in? I saw him about my throat last week.
Andrew -- he's... already working at his own clinic.
The Reverend halts and turns back, embarrassed.
Oh. Well, my throat feels fine now. He just wanted me to stop by and follow up.
Yes, you should have him take another look to be sure.
Well, you can --
No, no, Andrew started your treatment --
(trying to look insistent)
He should finish it.
The Reverend assures Mike of his loyalty:
Just this once, I suppose.
Mike nods, appreciative. She watches the Reverend walk away.
Mike turns. MATTHEW approaches.
I'm goin' to Denver.
Gotta escort a fugitive back to the jail there.
The man escaped two days ago. Charlie Piper found 'im drunk, passed out in his barn.
But you can't go to Denver today, tomorrow's Thanksgiving.
I got no choice, he's s'posed to stand trial on Friday.
Mike sags -- her hopes for a perfect Thanksgiving are crumbling.
I'll catch the first train back in the mornin', I promise. And I'll make sure Colleen is on board with me.
Mike nods, slightly comforted. SUDDENLY, from the street...
Thief! Stop, thief!
Mike and Matthew react, then Matthew dashes around the corner...
+IN THE STREET 30
A DRIVER races a surrey up the center of town, chased by a frantic, distraught Horace.
He stole my surrey!
Matthew jumps in the surrey's path. The Driver sees Matthew's badge and slows down. Matthew grabs the horse's bridle.
Preston, clipped and grim in his manner, strides over with Mr. Lodge.
That man didn't steal anything...
Mike, Dorothy, Loren, Jake, Hank and Robert E approach and gather curiously. Horace is upset, catching his breath.
He works for me.
What're you talkin' about?
He took the surrey legitimately, on the bank's behalf.
But it's mine.
The bank owns that surrey, Horace. You're six weeks late on your loan payment.
Horace looks flustered and confused. Preston hesitates, glancing at his father, who's closely watching his every move. Preston turns decisively to Horace:
The surrey has been repossessed.
Repossessed? But I only got two more payments! I was short last month 'cause I sent Myra money for Samantha.
Two more payments, Preston. Surely you could give Horace an extension.
All eyes fall on Preston, including Mr. Lodge's. Mike and the townsfolk glare beseechingly, disdainfully.
Preston wavers, then feels his father's exacting stare -- and steels his resolve.
CONTINUED: (2) 30
No. No exceptions. No extensions.
Everyone reacts, shocked and disgusted by Preston's attitude, but Horace straightens, recovering his pride.
(with a strong, cold look at Preston)
Go on then. Take it.
Preston, tight-lipped, signals the driver, who snaps the reins. Preston looks over at Mr. Lodge, who gives him a curt nod of approval.
Horace turns back toward his office, head held high.
Mike takes in the scene with dismay...
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT THREE 31
Sully looks up from stacking firewood as Mike arrives home, rushed, carrying a basket of groceries.
Sorry I'm late. The clinic became so busy at the end of the day. Did you and Brian eat?
Fast asleep. You should have something.
I don't have time, Sully, tomorrow's Thanksgiving. I have to start the stuffing.
(as she unpacks)
Walnuts, onions --
(stops, realizing with alarm)
Celery. I forgot to buy celery.
It doesn't matter.
But the recipe --
No one'll notice, Michaela.
(comes over playfully, affectionately)
It'll be our secret...
Mike eases up and smiles slightly, aware of her overreaction.
I don't know why I'm even fussing anymore. I wanted everything to be just right, but now Matthew and Colleen --
Will be home tomorrow afternoon. Me and Brian'll go meet 'em at the station.
Sully rubs Mike's shoulders. She settles back against him, relaxing.
You know what?
(turns to face Sully)
The stuffing can wait.
They share a smile, then kiss.
OMITTED (32-33) 33
EXT. TRAIN STATION - DAY FOUR 34
Preston, Mr. Lodge and Andrew *get out of their carriage. DRIVERS wait in two empty carriages behind them.
Remember, Preston, you want your investors to feel powerful. Important.
(getting a bit impatient)
Father, I think just seeing the hotel, the fruit of their investment, will make them feel important...
+ANGLE - SULLY AND BRIAN 35
as they walk across the platform. WOLF trots behind them.
+ANGLE - HORACE 36
steps out of his office to meet them.
Train's been delayed, Sully. It's stuck, a few miles past Monument.
Before Sully can respond, Preston interrupts, having overheard. He approaches with his father and Andrew.
Stuck? What are you talking about?
Horace ignores Preston, directing his news to Sully and Brian.
Just got word, there was a terrible storm. Trees and branches, fallin' all over, blockin' the tracks.
It can't be. Not today.
(scowls at Preston)
It is. Wire said it was rainin' and blowin' so hard, homes and buildin's were gettin' torn up...
It'll take some time till they clear off the tracks.
Sully considers this as Andrew looks at Preston:
The ceremony. Should we postpone?
Preston glances at Mr. Lodge.
(trying to remain undaunted)
The tracks will be cleared. We'll wait.
Mr. Lodge nods, approving. Sully turns to Brian:
Got a feelin' we'll be waitin' a long time. Let's go borrow a couple more horses from Robert E. Ride out to pick up Matthew and Colleen.
Brian agrees and leaves with Sully. OFF Preston, determined not to be thrown by this change of events.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY FOUR 37
Mike carries Katie over to the beautifully prepared Thanksgiving table. She smiles proudly, showing the baby:
There now, isn't that pretty? Your very first Thanksgiving...
Mike sits with Katie. She admires her work for a few moments. The clock ticks, exaggerating the quiet. Mike glances at the time, then looks around at the empty chairs. Her smile slips a bit. She tells Katie, reassuring herself:
Your father and your brothers and sister will be home very soon... the whole family...
Suddenly, the wind whistles in and blows out the candles on the table.
EXT. HOMESTEAD - MOMENTS LATER - DAY FOUR 38
Mike walks away from the house, holding Katie. She stops and stares down the road, watching and waiting, her hair and dress blowing in a chilly breeze.
+MIKE'S POV 39
The road is empty. No one in sight.
hears some low, rumbling thunder. She looks up.
+MIKE'S POV 41
Dark clouds roll across the sky.
Shivers and pulls Katie closer. Getting anxious, she turns and hurries back inside as we...
END OF ACT TWO
EXT. SPRINGS CHATEAU HOTEL - DAY FOUR 43
CLOSE ON a parasol popping open, then lifted toward an overcast sky. PULL BACK on the LADY and her ESCORT as they stroll amongst a festive, impressed CROWD.
A colorful banner is strung over the hotel's entrance -- "Grand Opening -- Springs Chateau and Health Resort." Streamers are laced around the columns. Balloons are tied to the railings.
A small brass BAND plays a spirited tune on the porch.
+ANGLE - THE REVEREND 44
as he rehearses his speech, reading from a Bible:
"The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveler..."
The Reverend looks up to find Loren watching him.
I knew that.
+ANGLE - HANK AND JAKE 45
They look around covetously at the good-sized crowd.
Ain't much of a turn-out.
(smirks at him)
C'mon, who ya kiddin', Jake? All these folks've come out here -- on Thanksgivin'? When it looks like rain? It's time for a little publicity...
Jake watches curiously as Hank approaches a GROUP OF MEN.
Hey there, fellas -- this place sure turned out nice 'n pretty...
The men agree. Jake knits his brow -- why the hell is Hank promoting Preston's place? But Hank continues, to the men:
Thing is, ya take away the Hot Springs and whad'ya got? Some fancy new building in the middle of nowheres.
Jake grins to himself, catching on. He chimes in:
Yeah, and how long's a man expected to sit soakin' in boilin' water anyways?
Exactly. Now, if you're lookin' for a little excitement...
(leans in, on the sly)
Me and my partner here's fixin' up a more "friendly" establishment right in the center of town...
The men listen, their interest piqued.
+ANGLE - ROBERT E AND ANTHONY 46
They ride up to the side entrance. Their wagon is loaded with boxes.
Rushes out of the hotel to greet them, anxiously wiping her hands on her apron.
Hey, Ma --
(not answering, distracted)
Where ya been, Robert E? You got all my platters. My cakes, puddin's, and pies...
Anthony droops, neglected. Robert E notices. Grace doesn't.
First sign 'a rain, Anthony made me stop 'n make sure all your cakes and pies was covered. He didn't want anythin' to happen to 'em.
Grace pauses. She looks contritely, gratefully, at Anthony.
How'm I so lucky to have such a thoughtful boy?
Anthony smiles, feeling better. There's a growl of THUNDER.
Gotta hurry. Go back for the next load.
+ANGLE - PRESTON, MR. LODGE AND ANDREW 48
Riding their* carriage up to the hotel, stopping near Jake, Hank, Loren, and the Reverend, who all look puzzled.
Where's all your high-class investors?
Their train was detained.
There was a big storm.
Everyone glances up at the rumbling sky. Preston is annoyed.
It's not coming here. I've sent some carriages out to pick up my investors. We'll begin as soon as they return -- then it's straight back to my plan.
The THUNDER sounds again, closer. Hank holds out his hand, feeling raindrops, glancing up.
I think your plan's about to change.
OFF Preston's irritated look...
EXT. WOODS - DAY FOUR 49
Sully and Brian stop their horses with Wolf and two tethered horses trailing behind. The surrounding branches sway in the wind. The sky is dark and foreboding.
Better turn back, Brian. Looks like that storm's comin' our way.
But Matthew and Colleen...
They'll be safe, the storm already passed by 'em. But your ma's home alone with Katie, and it's gonna be dark soon.
Brian nods. THUNDER cracks.
Let's go --
They turn and ride off at a gallop.
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INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT FOUR 51
Trying to ignore the howling wind outside, Mike bastes the turkey on top of the oven. She samples a small piece.
She smiles over at Katie, who's propped in a chair.
You'll have to take my word for it.
Ominous shadows of branches bending in the wind fill the room.
Mike brightens a lantern. She goes to the window and looks out, her brow furrowing with concern.
LIGHTNING flashes. A broken branch smacks against the glass.
Mike jumps back, startled. She picks up Katie and holds her close, sweetly humming to soothe the both of them.
EXT. SPRINGS CHATEAU HOTEL - NIGHT FOUR 52
The balloons tied to the railing blow about wildly.
Preston is positioned atop the main steps with Mr. Lodge.
Your investors are not coming, Preston. You'd best move things along.
Preston signals the band to stop. The restless crowd converges.
Thank you, everyone, for your patience. And welcome -- to the Grand Opening of my Springs Chateau and Health Resort --
THUNDER cracks. The crowd looks agitated, wanting in. Preston's smile wavers.
The Reverend runs up, holding his hat down.
Perhaps we should move the ceremony inside...
Preston hesitates, but it STARTS TO POUR.
Perhaps we should move inside -- now.
Before Preston can respond, the crowd pushes past him and [scrambles into the hotel.
+OMITTED (53) 52A
+BY THE] SIDE ENTRANCE 54
Grace, Robert E, and Anthony work in the downpour, unloading the last platters of food from the wagon.
LIGHTNING flashes, followed by THUNDER. Robert E prods Anthony toward the hotel, then turns back to Grace.