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FADE IN:


EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE - FEBRUARY 1872 1

BRIAN, carrying a basket, comes out of the house and hurries down to the barn.


EXT. CHICKEN COOP - DAY ONE 2

Brian goes inside.


INT. CHICKEN COOP - DAY ONE 3

Chickens scatter as Brian comes in. He reaches into the nests, collecting eggs for the day.

BRIAN
Chick, chick, chick!

He looks around as he calls. There are several hens, no chicks. He talks to one of the hens.

BRIAN
Where're your baby chicks?

Then he notices what he missed when he came in.


+BRIAN'S POINT OF VIEW 4

There are feathers scattered everywhere and a trail of blood leading to a place which has been dug out under the door to the chicken coop.


+RESUME ANGLE 5

As Brian investigates. The hole is large enough for a coyote to have gotten through.

CUT TO:


INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 6

SULLY, MIKE and KATIE. Mike is cleaning up after breakfast. Sully is holding Katie by the hands, helping her take a couple of tentative steps across the floor. Mike and Sully are deep into a conversation.

(CONTINUED)


2.


CONTINUED: 6

MIKE
... Brian and Katie were headed straight for the cliff. I called to you for help but you couldn't hear me.

SULLY
That's some dream.

MIKE
When I tried to run after them, I couldn't move. My legs were frozen solid.

SULLY
(with a big smile as Katie takes a step)
Michaela! Look!

Michaela turns to see Katie walking, with Sully's help.

MIKE
Katie!

She moves closer to watch the miracle of the "first steps."

MIKE
What a big girl!

Mike picks her up and kisses her. Sully starts to get ready to leave. Mike expresses her fear to Sully:

MIKE
Just the thought of something happening to one of the children -- or to you --

She can leave the rest unsaid, because he understands. He hugs her, kisses her, kisses Katie on the head.

SULLY
It was just a dream. Nothing more.

MIKE
I know.

He notices:


+SULLY'S POINT OF VIEW 6A

A lovely, small "spider wheel" hanging over Katie's cradle.



3.


+RESUME SULLY 6B

He teases Mike, gently.

SULLY
Maybe we should hang the spider wheel Cloud Dancing gave Katie above our bed. To catch your bad dreams.

She smiles and glances over at the spider wheel. He starts to get ready to leave.

MIKE
Are you working on Preston's homestead today?

SULLY
No. Still waitin' on lumber. Meantime, I'm ridin' out to Cripple Creek. Some a the homesteaders just north of there are real low on supplies. I'm gonna take some out.

Mike is concerned.

MIKE
Cripple Creek? You'll have to cross Claude Jenkin's property to get there.

SULLY
Yeah -- ?

MIKE
Matthew said Jenkins is shooting at anyone who comes near his land.

SULLY
(understanding Claude's obsession)
Claude's the only one with any grain left. He's afraid the others are gonna try to steal it.

MIKE
Shouldn't you at least wait until Matthew can go with you?

Sully puts on his jacket.

SULLY
The homesteaders need provisions now. Their families are hungry.

(CONTINUED)


4.


CONTINUED: 6B

MIKE
(torn)
Yes, of course ...

He puts his arms around her to reassure her.

SULLY
We've had bad winters before. This is nothin' new.

MIKE
We've never had neighbors shooting at each other before.

SULLY
All the more reason to go talk to 'em. Remind 'em not to let their fears get the best of 'em.

She nods. She knows he's right.


OMITTED (7-8) 8


EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY 9

Brian comes hurrying over as Sully (carrying a bundle of provisions) comes out of the homestead, heading for his horse (which is tethered in front of the homestead). WOLF is nearby.

BRIAN
Coyotes got into the barn last night, Sully. Dug a hole underneath the door to the chicken coop to get in. We lost all our baby chicks.

SULLY
Split some logs while I'm gone. We'll reinforce the ground beneath the door when I get back.

BRIAN
All right.

(CONTINUED)


5.


CONTINUED: 9

Mike comes hurrying out of the Homestead carrying the spider wheel.

MIKE
Sully, wait.

She hurries over to Sully to give it to him. Brian and Sully exchange a quizzical look.

SULLY
What is this about?

MIKE
Cloud Dancing said it's supposed to keep away evil spirits.

He takes her seriously, but at the same time:

SULLY
Claude Jenkins ain't exactly an evil spirit.

MIKE
(smiling at her own insecurities)
I know, I know, but -- still -- I don't see how it could hurt to have it along.

SULLY
(a grin)
All right, but you have to explain to Katie why it's gone.

MIKE
(smiling back)
I think she'll understand.

He ties it onto his belt and then kisses her.

BRIAN
Bye, Sully.

SULLY
I'll be back by mid-day.

He starts off. Wolf trots alongside.

(CONTINUED)


6.


CONTINUED: (2) 9

MIKE
(to Brian)
I need to get the cream from the spring house. Katie's asleep in her cradle.

BRIAN
I'll listen for her.

Brian starts for the house as Mike starts off in the direction of the spring house.


OMITTED (10) 10

CUT TO:


EXT. SPRING HOUSE - DAY ONE 11

Mike approaches the spring house. The spring house is down by the creek, far enough away from the main house that the Homestead cannot be seen from here.

It's quiet this morning, except for the usual sounds of nature. As Mike reaches the spring house, a noise stops her. Could be someone crying out in pain. Or it could be a hawk. She listens. Nothing. Then she hears a horse whinny. She looks around, but doesn't see a horse.

Mike opens the door to the spring house, and is startled to see:


+HER POINT OF VIEW 12

Two men, scruffy looking. One has been shot and is lying on the floor of the spring house. The other is lean but muscular, with a day or two's growth of beard and cold, steely blue eyes. A Winchester rifle lies on the ground next to him.

MIKE
(frightened)
Who are you? What are you doing here?

The man, BRENT, looks at her, nearly as frightened as she is.

BRENT
Sorry to startle you ma'am. I need some help.

Mike, already skittish, backs up a bit.

(CONTINUED)


7.


CONTINUED: 12

BRENT
Me 'n my brother was huntin' food for our families. There was an accident. He's shot. I need to get a doctor to him, quick.

Her medical skills engaged, Mike relaxes, slightly. She leans down to look at Brent's brother. A slight look of anger or hatred crosses Brent's face as her attention is otherwise occupied. It disappears when she looks back up at him.

MIKE
I'm a doctor.

Brent can hardly believe it.

BRENT
You're a doctor?
(quietly, to Huston)
Huston, if the good Lord ain't lookin' out for us after all --

Mike looks at Brent with compassion. On her expression of concern, we:

FADE OUT.

END OF TEASER





8.


ACT ONE


FADE IN:


EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 12A

In the corral area, Brent leads his horse in and takes the saddlebag off, bringing it into the house.


INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 13

Mike is operating on Huston. The bullet wound is in his upper shoulder area near the neck. Katie is in her cradle nearby. Brent drops the saddlebag by the fireplace and comes close to Mike to see how the operation is going. During this, Mike is talking Brian through the procedure. (Note: Brian holds the chloroform cloth at arm's length, to avoid inhaling the fumes.)

MIKE
(to Brian)
A little more chloroform, Brian. That's good.
(re: the wound)
It's a miracle the bullet didn't hit the artery. How did this happen?

BRENT
We was lookin' for game. I tripped. The rifle went off --

MIKE
That will stop the bleeding. Hold him very still while I extract the bullet.

Brent holds Huston steady as Mike picks up the forceps and removes the bullet. She places the bullet into a container.

BRENT
(upset)
Don't know how I coulda done such a fool thing. We're farmers, ma'am, not hunters. But with food so scarce --

MIKE
Your brother is going to be fine. Don't blame yourself for an accident that could have happened to anyone.

(CONTINUED)


9.


CONTINUED: 13

BRENT
Guess you're right. Your spring house was close by -- I thought I'd leave him there, go for help. Lucky you came along.

Brian now takes the chloroform and rag and puts them on the counter. Brent picks up the bottle.

BRENT
How long'll this keep him under?

MIKE
That depends on his constitution. He appears to be strong and healthy --

BRENT
(a rueful chuckle)
He is, that.

MIKE
He should begin to regain consciousness in fifteen to twenty minutes.

BRENT
How long before he can travel?

MIKE
Your brother has suffered enormous blood loss. He is likely to be weak for several days.

Brent nods. Mike begins to sew the incision closed.

MIKE
As soon as my husband returns, we can take him to the clinic in town.

BRENT
No.

She looks up at him, surprised by his adamant reaction.

BRENT
That won't be necessary. His wife'll be lookin' for us. I'll take him home.

MIKE
He needs a doctor's care. At least until his strength returns.

(CONTINUED)


10.


CONTINUED: (2) 13

BRENT
(more gently)
Don't want you to think I don't 'preciate what you done, ma'am. But the best place for him is home.

Katie starts to cry. Brian and Mike both look in that direction. Brent smiles and moves over to pick her up.

BRENT
Hey, sleepy girl. Had you a nice long nap, didn't ya?

He picks her up and holds her, sings a little snatch of a song to her:

BRENT
(singing)
'Froggie went acourtin' he did ride, uh-huh -- '
(talking)
Hey, there's a smile --

Katie's calming down. Mike smiles, returns to her work at hand.

BRENT
(singing)
'Froggie went acourtin' he did ride, uh-huh, Froggie went acourtin' he did ride, sword and rifle by his side, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.'
(talking to her as she gurgles, now)
Jus' as beautiful as your ma, that's what you are.

Mike glances over at him, touched by the kind remark.

BRENT
Huston's little girl's about her age. Not as big, though.
(simply, no self-pity)
Been a bad winter.

MIKE
(quiet understanding)
Brian, perhaps you could fix us all some sandwiches while I clean up.

BRIAN
Sure, Ma.

(CONTINUED)


11.


CONTINUED: (3) 13

BRENT
(a little flummoxed)
That isn't what -- I wasn't askin' for a hand out.

MIKE
(a smile)
No one said you were.

Brent looks at her with appreciation.

BRENT
(quietly)
Much obliged, ma'am.
(friendly)
By the way, in all the commotion, I let common good manners get away from me. I'm Brent Currier. That there's my brother Huston.

MIKE
(smiling at him)
Michaela Quinn. Brian... and you and Katie seem to be fast friends already.

Brent grins, shakes hands with Brian.

BRIAN
Pleased to meet you.

Brent sings another line to Katie as Brian starts fixing lunch and Mike sews up Huston's wound.

BRENT
'He rode 'til he came to Miss Mouse's hall, uh-huh, He rode 'til he came to Miss Mouse's hall, uh-huh He rode 'til he came to Miss Mouse's hall Where he most tenderly did call, Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.'

Over which:

DISSOLVE TO:


EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 14

Brian and Brent are on the front porch, eating sandwiches.

BRENT
After the war, wasn't no home to go back to. Ma and Pa killed.
(MORE)

(CONTINUED)


12.


CONTINUED: 14

BRENT (CONT'D)
Our place burnt to the ground. Me 'n Huston struck out on our own.

BRIAN
Thought you said your brother was married.

BRENT
He is. Now.

BRIAN
How about you?

BRENT
No. Gotta feed my horse -- Wanna help?

BRIAN
Sure!

Brian follows Brent to the corral area.


INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 15

(Katie is in her cradle.) Mike is looking at the bullet in the container. There's something about it that seems -- wrong.


EXT. CORAL - DAY ONE 15A

Brent and Brian are feeding the horses.

BRENT
(casually)
Anybody else live here with you?

BRIAN
Just Sully. He's my pa. My brother Matthew -- he's the Sheriff -- he has his own place.

BRENT
Sheriff, huh?

BRIAN
And Colleen, that's my sister, she lives in Denver. She's goin' to school. She's gonna be a doctor someday, just like Ma.

BRENT
And where is your pa?

(CONTINUED)


12A.


CONTINUED: 15A

BRIAN
He rode over ta Cripple Creek.

BRENT
(thinking about how far away that is)
--Cripple Creek --

BRIAN
He said he'd be back by supper. Maybe you'll get to meet 'im.

BRENT
May be. Maybe I will at that.


INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 15B

Mike glances over at the Winchester rifle Brent was carrying with him. She sees that the saddle bags and his ammunition belt are next to the rifle. She glances out the window:


+MIKE'S POINT OF VIEW 16

Brian and Brent are feeding the horse.


+ON MIKE 17

Huston groans. She glances over at him, then makes a decision. She takes the bullet she removed from Huston and moves over to the ammunition belt.

She kneels down by the ammunition belt and compares the bullet she removed to the bullets in the belt.


+CLOSE ON THE BELT AND BULLET 18

The bullet Mike removed from Huston's neck is wider, shorter and less pointed than the bullets in the belt. There is an obvious, significant difference between the two.



13.


+RESUME ANGLE 19

Huston groans again. She glances up at him.


+HER POINT OF VIEW 20

Huston is starting to move a bit, coming out of the anaesthesia.


+ON MIKE 21

She stands up and starts to move back towards him. She trips on the saddle bag. She doesn't fall, but she does knock the bag to its side and several gold coins fall out onto the floor. She kneels down again, surprised. She opens the saddle bag.


+INSIDE THE SADDLE BAG - HER POINT OF VIEW 22

Jammed with gold coin and green backs.


+RESUME MIKE 23

stunned, trying to put this information into context. Huston groans again. Mike scoops up the coins, puts them back into the saddle bag and closes it. Another groan from Huston takes Mike's attention away from the task at hand. She doesn't notice that she's missed a coin which still lays on the floor.

Mike glances out the window as she moves back over toward Huston.


+MIKE'S POINT OF VIEW 24

Brent is coming toward the house.


+RESUME MIKE 25

She makes a quick decision. She grabs the bottle of chloroform, pours some of the liquid onto a cloth, puts the cloth over Huston's face. His body goes limp again.

She puts the chloroform back on the counter just as Brent comes into the house. Brent notices the furtive movement on her part, but doesn't assign it too great a meaning just yet.

BRENT
(re: Huston)
How's he doin'?

MIKE
Fine. No change. But he'll be fine.

(CONTINUED)


14.


CONTINUED: 25

Although Mike tries to appear unchanged in her attitude towards Brent, he senses something has shifted.

BRENT
(getting worried)
Shouldn't he be comin' to by now?

MIKE
(vamping)
The longer he sleeps, the better his recovery will be.

She wants to get Katie out of the house, creating as little suspicion as possible.

Brent is watching her very carefully. She starts to move past him towards the cradle.

BRENT
(low, ominous)
Where're you goin'?

MIKE
I promised my husband we'd have certain chores done by the time he got back, and --

Mike picks up Katie and moves toward the door as quickly as she can without creating suspicion. She doesn't want to bolt and run, which would certainly alert Brent.

MIKE
-- if you'll excuse me.

Brent looks over at Huston who is still out cold.

Mike reaches the door.

Brent looks over at the saddle bags. Mike's eyes follow him:


+ON THE FLOOR 26

The coin on the floor.


+RESUME ANGLE 27

They've both seen it. Brent looks up sharply at Mike. Mike knows he's seen the coin. Mike bolts through the door.

CUT TO:



15.


EXT. THE HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 28

In the distance, Sully is riding towards home. Wolf is running alongside him. Brian is walking towards the homestead as Mike comes running out.

MIKE
Run, Brian! Run!

He looks around, confused.

MIKE
Run!

He starts running, as is she. She yells at Sully, though he's far enough away that he probably doesn't hear her.

MIKE
Sully!!!!


+ANGLE - ON SULLY 29

surprised to see his family running toward him.


+HIS POINT OF VIEW 30

Mike, carrying Katie, and Brian running towards him. And someone else.

Brent. On the porch. With his rifle.


+ON SULLY 31

trying to understand what it is he's seeing. And then back to:


+SULLY'S POINT OF VIEW 32

As Brent lifts the rifle and aims it directly at Sully. He fires it.


+ANGLE - ON SULLY 33

Hit. The force of the shot knocks him off his horse. Wolf is bounding ahead, stops and turns back when Sully falls to the ground.


+WIDER 34

MIKE
Sully !!!!

Brent fires again, into the air.

(CONTINUED)


16.


CONTINUED: 34

BRENT
Stop! Stop or I shoot the kid!

Brian is still running for Sully. Mike stops, screams at him.

MIKE
Brian!

Brian looks back at her, stops. Looks at Sully. Looks at Mike.


+CLOSE ON MIKE 35

terrified for Brian's safety, terrified for Sully, not knowing what to do, but knowing that getting them all killed right this instant is not the answer.

MIKE
(a whisper)
Sully -- !

FADE OUT.

END OF ACT ONE





17.


ACT TWO


FADE IN:


INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 36

The front door swings open, and Brent pushes Mike (still holding Katie) into the house. Brian follows, wide-eyed with fear and confusion.

BRENT
Get in there!

MIKE
My husband --

BRENT
Over by Huston -- all a ya -- where I can keep an eye on ya. Move!

Mike takes Brian by the shoulder and moves him with her and Katie over toward Huston. She's trying to keep her wits about her.

MIKE
Please, I don't know who you are --

BRENT
Don't talk to me.

MIKE
-- but I can't believe you would want to hurt a child --

BRENT
I can't think with you yappin'--
(he has an idea)
All right.
(to Brian)
Come with me.

MIKE
No!

He walks over and takes Brian by the arm.

MIKE
Leave him here. I'll go with you.

He doesn't answer her. He just keeps moving.

(CONTINUED)


17A.


CONTINUED: 36

MIKE
(anguished)
Please! At least let me attend to my husband.

Brent has reached the door. He looks outside. He lets out an anguished cry, then:

(CONTINUED)


18.


CONTINUED: (2) 36

BRENT
He's gone!

Brent drags Brian outside. Mike hopes against hope that Sully has managed to get away to safety -- or to help.

MIKE
(a whisper)
Sully -- .

HUSTON
(a whisper)
Brent -- ?

Mike turns, horrified, to see that Huston is regaining consciousness.

HUSTON
(a scratchy whisper)
Brent?

He's attempting to sit up. Mike puts Katie back into her high chair while talking calmly to Huston.

MIKE
Brent is outside. He will be right back. I'm your doctor.

Smoothly, she grabs the bottle of chloroform and the rag.

MIKE
You must be careful not to move. You've been shot.

She puts the chloroform rag over his face. He protests, slightly, then goes under again.

CUT TO:


EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE - CLOSE ON THE GROUND 37

a hand moves in and scoops up a drop from what appears to be a pool of blood.


+WIDER TO SEE 38

Brent is checking the ground near where Sully was shot.

BRENT
Blood. I hit him.

Brian comes out of his state of shock at the realization that Sully has, indeed, been hit.

(CONTINUED)


19.


CONTINUED: 38

BRIAN
(angry, scared)
You shot him! You shot my pa!

Brian starts hitting Brent in blind fury. Brent subdues him easily.

BRENT
Hey! Take it easy, kid, will 'ya?.

They hear the sound of horses hooves. They see Sully's horse come galloping into view -- riderless. The horse rides past them, toward the corral. Brent is relieved.

BRENT
Now that's good news.

Brian looks at him, questioningly.

BRENT
He's losin' too much blood to walk for help. Without the horse, he's not gonna be any trouble to us.

BRIAN
(defiant)
You don't know Sully.

Brent drags Brian toward the house.

CUT TO:


EXT. WOODED AREA - DAY 39

Sully is using herbs from his medicine bag to make a poultice for the wound to his side. He has strips of leather which he has cut from the bottom of his coat. He uses the strips as wrapping to bind the wound.

Wolf is agitated, whining.

SULLY
Wolf.

Wolf lopes over to him. Sully takes the spider wheel and puts it under Wolf's nose to smell.

SULLY
Cloud Dancin'.

Wolf barks and backs up a bit. Sully brushes the spider wheel against his wound to capture some of the blood onto the spider wheel. Then he ties the spider wheel around Wolf's neck.

(CONTINUED)


20.


CONTINUED: 39

SULLY
Go find Cloud Dancin'. Go.

Wolf runs off. Sully takes a deep breath, prepares himself for the pain he knows he will feel when he stands up. He gets up, gets his bearings, starts towards home.

CUT TO:


INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 40

Brent is leaning in close to his brother.

BRENT
(scared, upset)
You can't go off and leave me, brother. I need ya. C'mon, now, wake up. I'm talkin' to ya, Huston. Wake up.

Mike looks at him.

Brent is pacing. Mike wants to keep things as calm as possible. She's putting Katie in the cradle as we come in on the scene.

BRENT
Fifteen minutes you said. It's been more'n twice that long. What's wrong?

MIKE
Everyone reacts differently to the chloroform -- because of body size, weight --

BRENT
'F you're lyin' to me, you're gonna wish you hadn't. I don't take kindly to hurtin' women or children, but I will.

She stands up taller and looks him in the eye and says nothing. He is impressed with her courage, but doesn't give her that.

BRENT
(to Mike)
Ain't there something you can do to wake him up?

MIKE
No. There is nothing to do except wait it out.

Brent kicks at a chair, then calms himself down.

(CONTINUED)


20A.


CONTINUED: 40

BRENT
All right. Then we'll all sit here together and wait.

Brent kicks a chair towards Brian. Brian sits on the chair. Brent turns to Mike. He nods towards another chair for Mike.

Mike stares at him, hard. Then she moves over to the chair and sits on it. Brent pulls up a chair for himself. He sits in it, leans back in it, watches his hostages.

(CONTINUED)


21.


CONTINUED: (2) 40

BRENT
Unless your husband knows some trick to come back from the dead, we got all the time in the world.

Mike looks over at Brian, heart sick that what Brent says might be true. Brian is devastated that Sully may indeed be dead and there's nothing, at the moment at least, that he can do to help Dr. Mike.

They all sit in silence.

CUT TO:


EXT. WOODED AREA - DAY ONE 41

CLOUD DANCING is grinding dry tobacco leaves into powder with the help of two other INDIANS from the reservation. Wolf appears on a ridge behind him. Cloud Dancing turns and looks up at him.

CLOUD DANCING
Wolf!

Wolf lopes down to him. Cloud Dancing looks at the medicine bag, then turns the spider wheel over in his hands.

CLOUD DANCING
I made this for Sully's daughter. He would not send it to me unless there was trouble.

Cloud Dancing brushes some of the blood off of the spider wheel with his finger. He looks up at one of his friends.

CLOUD DANCING
Please go to town. Tell the Sheriff to meet me at Sully and Michaela's.

He hands the spider wheel to his friend.

CLOUD DANCING
Give him this. Tell him I believe there may be serious trouble.

The friend nods and hurries off. Cloud Dancing and Wolf start off in the opposite direction.

CUT TO:

(CONTINUED)


22.


CONTINUED: 41

ext. *mercantile - day one - close on wanted poster

of Brent and Huston Currier. Wanted for Bank Robbery, Train Robbery, Murder, Mayhem. A hundred dollar reward on their heads -- each. Dead or Alive.

LOREN'S hand is nailing the poster up.

HANK (O.S.)
Dead or alive, huh?


+WIDER - TO SEE HANK AND LOREN 41A

Loren finishes nailing the poster up. Andrew is walking towards the Mercantile.

LOREN
Don't know what this world's comin' to. People robbin' banks, robbin' trains, gettin' away with it.

HANK
Won't get away with it if they come through here.

LOREN
I suppose you're the one who's gonna stop 'em.

HANK
'Specially if they got a hunnerd dollars reward on their heads.

LOREN
Yeah, well, maybe you'd stop 'em and maybe you wouldn't. They killed the last guy tried to take 'em in.

Hank shrugs. Andrew arrives at the store.

ANDREW
Loren, Preston asked me to stop in and pick up some supplies. Rifles, ammunition --

HANK
He plannin' to start his own border war?

ANDREW
The bank robbery in Leadville -- it has him a little nervous.
(more)

(CONTINUED)


22A.


CONTINUED: 41A

ANDREW (CONT'D)
I suppose it's no secret that some of his guests travel with very expensive jewelry.

LOREN
Let me see what I have.

As Loren turns to go into the store, we see behind him:


+ANGLE - UP THE STREET 41B

The Indian whom Cloud Dancing sent to get Matthew is leaving the Sheriff's office. Matthew is right behind him, carrying weapons and ammunition. Matthew sees Hank. He calls to him.

MATTHEW
Hank!


+ANGLE - ON THE MEN AT THE MERCANTILE 41C

HANK
What's this?

The three men hurry up the street to see what's going on with Matthew.


+ANGLE - SHERIFF'S OFFICE 41D

As Hank, Andrew and Loren join Matthew.

MATTHEW
Cloud Dancin' sent for me. I think there's trouble out at Sully and Mike's.

LOREN
What kinda trouble?

Matthew shows Loren the spider web the Indian brought to him.

MATTHEW
Cloud Dancin' made this for Katie. Wolf brought it to him. There's blood on it. [I'm thinkin' -- maybe the Currier brothers.]

HANK
[How'd ya come to that?]

(CONTINUED)


22B.


CONTINUED: 41D

MATTHEW
(grim)
*Word is there're a buncha outlaws hangin' out in Circleville. If they were on their way there --

ANDREW
(realizing)
They'd have to go right past the Sully homestead.

MATTHEW
I'm goin' out there.

HANK
I'm comin' with you.

Hank jogs over to the livery to get horses.

LOREN
So'm I.

MATTHEW
No, Loren. I need you to send a wire to the Federal Marshall. Tell him we're on the trail of the Currier brothers and we could use some help. Bring him out to us when he gets here.

Loren recognizes the logic in that.

ANDREW
(quietly)
You may need a doctor.

They all know that what he's saying is that Mike may well be out of commission. Matthew nods. Matthew mounts up. Hank comes out of the livery with two horses. He and Andrew mount up. Loren watches them ride out of town.


EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 42

Sully moves from the wooded area down to the shack at the garden side of the house. From his hidden vantage point he looks towards the house.


+THE HOUSE - SULLY'S POINT OF VIEW 43

All is quiet.



22C.


+RESUME SULLY 44

He runs quietly, close to the ground, towards the kitchen door.


+INSIDE THE HOUSE 45

Brent, Mike, and Brian are still sitting, waiting for Huston to regain consciousness. (Katie is still in the cradle out of sight.) Brent is singing to himself, half under his breath, not really connecting to the song. His distraction gives the song an eerie quality -- we can see the psychopath more clearly because of his unconnectedness to the song and to the others around him.

BRENT
(singing)
'Rode 'til he came to Miss Mouses' Hall, Where he most tenderly did call -- '

Something -- some noise or second sense -- tells him to stop right in the middle of a phrase. He stands up, alert, looks around. Moves to the doorway. Looks out.


+OUTSIDE - BRENT'S POINT OF VIEW 46

Nothing.


+ANOTHER ANGLE - FROM OUTSIDE 47

We can see Brent, and now CAMERA PULLS BACK to see Sully, flat up against the shack next to the house. Brent goes back inside. We can hear, from inside, Katie start to cry, and muffled sounds of adult voices, Brent's and Mike's, raised in anger.

BRENT (O.S.)
Can't you make her stop bawlin'?

Sully is furious, but doesn't want to burst in and make things worse. He waits a beat or two, then moves past the door, up on top of the firewood bin, over to the window to look inside.



23.


+INSIDE THE HOUSE - THROUGH THE WINDOW - SULLY'S POV 48

Mike is bringing Katie in from the other room. Katie is covered with a blanket. Brian is still seated in his chair. Brent is holding the rifle in readiness. Huston is still on the table, unconscious.


+OUTSIDE 49

Sully drops down off the firewood bin and contemplates his move.


+INSIDE - CLOSE ON BRENT 50

his jaw working. He doesn't deal with chaos well, and the baby's crying has pushed him to the edge.


+WIDER TO SEE 51

Mike has gotten Katie to settle down. She holds her close, rocking back and forth, slightly, talking to her in a quiet voice. (PRODUCTION NOTE: Katie is covered with a blanket.) Mike tries to appeal to Brent.

MIKE
Brent. I don't know what trouble you and your brother are in, but we're not a part of it. I've tried to help you -- I treated your brother --

Brent sees:


+HUSTON 52

his foot moves.


+RESUME ANGLE 53

Mike looks up at Brent. Brent looks over at Huston, who now stirs. Brent is thrilled.

BRENT
He's comin' to!

Brent pulls his chair over next to Huston, leans in close to him.

BRENT
Huston! Come on, brother. Wake up. We gotta hit the road. Huston.



24.


+CLOSE ON HUSTON AND BRENT 54

As Huston struggles to overcome the effects of the chloroform. When he tries to speak, his voice is crackly.

HUSTON
Brent -- ?

Brent is close to tears. However much of a sociopath he might be, he does, in fact, have deep feelings for his brother.

BRENT
Ya got hit, Huston! I couldn't believe it. Ya got hit!


+WIDER ANGLE TO SEE MIKE AND BRIAN 55

Mike's mind is working overtime trying to figure out how to use this distraction to her advantage. As the brothers continue to talk:

Mike looks over at the counter.


+HER POINT OF VIEW 56

The chloroform is sitting there.

BRENT (O.S.)
But the Man Upstairs wasn't ready to call you home, yet, I guess.


+RESUME ANGLE 57

Nothing Mike can do with it right now. She glances around the room to see if there's anything she can use for a weapon.

HUSTON
Need to get out of here. So -- tired --


+ABOVE THE FIREPLACE - MIKE'S POINT OF VIEW 58

Their rifle is above the fireplace.

BRENT (O.S.)
What do you want me to do, Huston?


+RESUME ANGLE 59

Brent glances up to see Mike looking at the rifle. She quickly looks away. He looks over at it, then back at Mike. Then he starts barking orders.

(CONTINUED)


25.


CONTINUED: 59

BRENT
Fix up some supplies to take with us.

Brian looks at Mike. Mike nods. Brian goes to the pantry, takes a burlap bag out and begins filling it with foodstuff.

BRENT
(to Mike)
We're takin' the boy.

Mike turns sharply to him.

MIKE
No.

It stops him momentarily.

MIKE
You don't need him.

Huston starts to cough. Brent turns and looks at Huston. Just looking at his brother causes a personality shift in Brent. He moves over to Mike, crosses around behind her. He's swaggering, sexually intimidating. It's almost as if he's showing off for his brother now that he's awake.

BRENT
How would you know what I need? Or don't need?

MIKE
(staying with logic)
There's no advantage to be gained in taking him.

BRENT
As long as he's ridin' with us, you won't be shootin' at our backs as we leave.

MIKE
I wouldn't anyway.

Brent laughs. It's a small, empty laugh. He comes around and hunkers down by her side.

BRENT
(quietly)
You are a mighty pretty woman.

MIKE
Take me with you, instead. I can tend to your brother's wounds.

(CONTINUED)


26.


CONTINUED: (2) 59

Now he laughs out loud, a full bodied laugh. He pulls her to him, blanketed Katie between them, and kisses her.

BRENT
Sooner or later they all fall for the Currier charm.

He releases her and RACK FOCUS BETWEEN THEM to see Brian watching, upset. Upset that Brent is treating Dr. Mike like this and upset that he can't do anything about it.


+ANGLE TO INCLUDE HUSTON 60

Huston is not impressed.

HUSTON
(quietly)
Quit foolin' around and get to business.

Brent stiffens a bit, then relaxes, looks over at Huston and smiles. Huston closes his eyes. His breathing gets heavy.

CUT TO:


EXT. ROAD - DAY ONE 61

MATTHEW, HANK and ANDREW are riding very fast along the road toward the Homestead. As they ride past us, we see their countenance is grim. Matthew has the spider wheel around his neck. Matthew and Hank are armed with rifles and revolvers. Andrew has his medical bag.

CUT TO:


INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 62

Mike is putting Katie back into the cradle.


+CLOSE ON MIKE 62A

Mike talks to Katie, quietly, urgently. Mostly, of course, she's talking to herself.

MIKE
I can't let them take your brother. I can't let them take any of us. I don't know what I'm going to do, but I know that I won't let anything happen to you or Brian no matter what. No matter what.

(CONTINUED)


26A.


CONTINUED: 62A

Brent is taking the rifle down from above the fireplace. He checks to see if it's loaded. Brent is growing increasingly agitated and manic.

BRENT
(talking a mile a minute)
Shoulda seen the look on the guard's face when you shot him, Huston. Looked like he'd just lost the family fortune in a poker game. Surprised, mad -- made me laugh out loud.

(CONTINUED)


26A.


CONTINUED: (2) 62A

He looks over at Huston.

(CONTINUED)


27.


CONTINUED: (3) 62A

BRENT
Huston -- ?
(panicky, to Mike)
Is he all right?

Mike moves over to Huston and takes his pulse. It's weak. He has drifted off again, but this time he's restless, obviously not completely under.

MIKE
Your brother is not well enough yet to travel.

BRENT
Where's the ammunition for this thing?

MIKE
Just riding a horse could kill him.

BRENT
The ammunition.

She moves over to the cupboard to get the ammunition.

BRENT
How you comin' with them supplies?

He looks over at Brian, who looks back at him, then continues loading the burlap bag.

BRENT
(annoyed, sarcastically imitating Brian)
'Just fine, Mr. Currier. Gettin' you some good food to take with ya on the road.'

Brent's attention goes back to the rifle. Mike takes the ammunition out of the cupboard, but then she also picks the chloroform up off the counter and moves over to Brian. She kneels down next to him.


+CLOSE ON BRIAN AND MIKE 63

Mike whispers to him as she pours chloroform on the rag.

MIKE
I won't let them take you.

BRIAN
(scared)
What're we gonna do?

(CONTINUED)


28.


CONTINUED: 63

MIKE
I'll knock him down. You chloroform him while I grab the rifle.

Brian is so scared, he can't talk. Mike gives him a pep talk.

MIKE
Don't think about it. Just watch me for a signal.

BRENT (O.S.)
What're you doin'? Get over here.

Mike leaves the chloroform with Brian and stands up. She picks up the bag of supplies and starts toward Brent. She glances down at Huston on her way.


+ANGLE ON HUSTON 64

Still sleeping. But this time, from this new angle, something is visible Mike hasn't seen before: A small gun in his boot.


+MIKE 65

sees a weapon -- a small boot gun. She glances up at Brent.


+BRENT 66

is watching her like a hawk.


+MIKE 67

She can't go for it now. She'll bide her time. She glances back at Brian as she moves towards Brent.

CUT TO:


EXT. WOODS - DAY ONE 68

Cloud Dancing and Wolf are approaching sight of the Homestead. At the sight of the house, Wolf stops, puts his head down, his ears against his head, growls. Cloud Dancing stops, warned by Wolf's behavior to go no further. He makes a CALL and listens.

A beat or two, and then the return CALL.

(CONTINUED)


28A.


CONTINUED: 68

Cloud Dancing moves toward the sound. He pushes through some foliage to discover Sully, who is redoing the poultice on his wound.

CLOUD DANCING
(concerned)
Sully.

SULLY
I'm all right. But two men're inside the house. They got Michaela, Katie and Brian. They're both armed, but one of 'em's hurt.

Sully finishes with the poultice, peers through the brush toward the house.

SULLY
Let's try to get closer.

Cloud Dancing nods, then follows Sully as he starts moving silently toward the barn.



29.


INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 69

Brent has finished loading the rifles.

BRENT
We need some fresh horses up here.
(to Brian)
Let's go!
(to Mike)
You get him on his feet by the time I get back.

Brian has the bottle of chloroform and also the chloroformed rag behind his back. He glances at Mike as he starts towards Brent. Brent leans over to pick up the ammunition belt -- his back to Mike. Mike grabs the advantage.

MIKE
Now!

She hits Brent behind the knees with the burlap bag of canned goods, knocking him to the ground. Brian slams the chloroformed rag onto his face. Brent struggles, but is weakening.

Mike scrambles for the rifle. Before she reaches it, a SHOT rings out. She and Brian turn to see:


+HUSTON 70

sitting up, the boot gun in his hand. His waking visage is evil, much more frightening than Brent's.

HUSTON
(to Brian)
Get away from him.

Brian drops back. The rag falls away. Brent takes in several gulping breaths of fresh air. Mike starts to move towards Brian.

(CONTINUED)


29A.


CONTINUED: 70

HUSTON
(to Mike)
You take one step, I'll kill ya both.



30.


+CLOSE ON MIKE 71

doing everything she can to maintain her composure and not show these monsters her fear.

FADE OUT.

END OF ACT TWO





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