Terror in Tick Canyon
in this food chain YOU are the weakest link. Script pages 1996 Wayne Bauer 

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 1996, Wayne Bauer                             (818) 921-6717
      WGA #628331

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          1 EXT: BOBRICK'S ANIMAL COMPOUND - NIGHT                     1
 
              The camera passes the sign welcoming people to the "BOBRICK
              ANIMAL ACTORS COMPOUND". The trucking shot continues up the
              drive past cages of assorted birds. Some sleeping and some
              aware of the passing entity. Besides the rustling of animals
              disturbed in the night we hear SUCKING AND MOANING SOUNDS.
 
              As the camera rounds a bend, two figures are revealed in the
              moonlight wrapped in a sensual kiss.
 
              TIMMY, an unkept young man in his late teens breaks a kiss
              with JENNIFER, a pretty girl, relatively the same age as
              Timmy.
 
              Timmy exhales but nothing comes out.
 
              Jennifer coughs abit as she exhales smoke.
 
                                  TIMMY
                        Cool.
 
               Timmy prepares a pipe load of some pot in a baggie.
 
                                  JENNIFER
                        Let's go jump on the trampoline.
 
                                  TIMMY
                        Let's stay here.
 
                                  JENNIFER
                        You don't have to do anything.
                        I'll do all the jumping.
 
              She rubs against him.
 
              Timmy takes a hit on his pipe and hands it to Jennifer.
 
                                  TIMMY
                        'ere!
 
                                  JENNIFER
                        Please.
 
                                  TIMMY
                        That's up by the main house.
                        Let's stay here.
 
              Jennifer starts to unbutton her blouse.
 
              Timmy lights the pipe.
                                  JENNIFER
                        Have you ever done it on a
                        trampoline?
 
              Holding his breath.
 
                                  TIMMY
                        Let's do it in front of the parrot.
 
              Jennifer drop her blouse.
 
                                  TIMMY
                               (continuing)
                        He won't tell anybody.
 
              She starts to backing away from Timmy, luring him along,
              dropping her clothes.
 
                                  TIMMY
                               (continuing)
                        Jennifer! We can't have sex on the
                        trampoline!
 
 
            2 EXT: MIDDLE DRIVE - NIGHT                                  2
 
              Jennifer stops along a fence almost obscured by the drooping
              branches of the pepper trees. She strikes a sexy pose
              displaying her feminine charms.
 
              Timmy finishes a big inhale of his pipe.
 
                                  JENNIFER
                        Once it gets going, the trampoline
                        does all the work for you.
 
              The girl is pulled visciously into the overhanging peppertree
              branches. The branches shake violently.
 
 
            3 EXT: TIMMY'S TRAILER - NIGHT                               3
 
              Timmy exhales his smoke and staggers up to the trees.
 
 
            4 EXT: MIDDLE DRIVE - NIGHT                                  4
 
                                  TIMMY
                        Jennifer, are you in there?
              Jennifer is thrust headfirst from the branches. She knocks
              Timmy in the face with the top of her head. She is bloody and
              screams right into the camera as Timmy falls out of frame.
 
              Timmy falls on the gravel road, semiconscious and spread-
              eagle.
 
              Something behind the bushes has Jennifer by the waist.
              The upper part of her body is being shaken like a rag doll.
              She hits the top rail of the fence and grabs, it hanging on
              for dear life. Whatever it is is pulling her again and again.
 
                                  JENNIFER
                        Oh God, oh God it hurts! Make it
                        stop! Make it stop!
 
              Timmy is on the ground semi-conscience.
 
              Jennifer is pulled back under the canopy of the pepper trees,
              snapping the fence rail. The branches shake. TEARING FLESH
              and a GUTTURAL RUMBLING is heard.
              Something flies from out of the branches.
 
              Timmy is lying still in his delirium. Jennifer's arm falls
              across his chest. Her leg drops on his as though she is
              laying next to him with her leg across his. He pats her hand.
 
                                  TIMMY
                        That's good, let's just lay here.
 
            5 THE CAMERA PULLS BACK AND REVEALS JUST HER ARM AND LEG     5
              LAYING ACROSS HIS BODY.
 
                                                       FADE OUT:
 
                                                       FADE IN:
 
 
            6 EXT. MAIN HOUSE/FRONT PORCH - MORNING                      6
 
              On the steps of the facade, MATT, a tall man in his thirties.
              He manages the compound and is arguing with MR. BOBRICK. The
              grumpy, dirty old man in an equally dirty, rumpled suit who
              actually owns the compound.
 
                                  MATT
                        I can't keep operating this
                        compound like nothing's wrong.
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        You work for me and will do as I
                        say.
 
                                  MATT
                        At least cancel the interns.
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        When we allow those college kids
                        to volunteer their help, they get
                        college credit. I get money from
                        the government for the program.
 
                                  MATT
                        You never told me that!
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        You don't need to know everything.
                        But now you do. So you see why I
                        can't suspend any activities.
 
                                  MATT
                        You can't ignore a murder!
 
              The Sheriff's squad car pulls up the drive and parks near Mr.
              Bobrick's car.
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        Who called the sherriff?
 
                                  MATT
                        I did.
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        Why did you do that?
 
                                  MATT
                        The murder!
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        We don't know it was a murder. As
                        far as we know it could have been
                        an accident.
 
                                  MATT
                        An accident?
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        Just leave it to me.
              SHERIFF LOAM, an early 40ish, outdoor-looking man and his
              deputy RAY PHEIFF, a smaller man than the sherfiff, but a by
              the book lawman.
 
              The deputy gets out of the driver's side. He pulls a little
              note book and pen from his pocket and begins taking notes as
              he surveys the area.
 
              The sheriff approaches Matt and Bobrick.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Bobrick.
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        Sheriff.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        What's the problem?
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        A young girl was killed last night.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        How'd it happen?
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        We think it was a gardening
                        accident.
 
              Matt reacts.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Uh huh.
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        We. Well Matt here told them not
                        to prune the bushes at night.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Can I see the body?
 
              Matt goes up to the porch. They all follow him.
 
 
            7 EXT: MAIN HOUSE/FRONT PORCH - MORNING                      7
 
              Matt shoos away some dogs sniffing at two plastic garbage
              bags on a low table.
              She picks one up and hands it to the Sheriff. He looks
              inside. Matt picks up the other one and opens it for the
              Sheriff to see.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Gardening accident you say? Could
                        I see the gardening tools?
 
              Bobrick looks about and sees some large hedge clippers
              leaning against a post. He grabs them and gives them to the
              sheriff.
 
              The sheriff takes them looking them up and down.
 
              The deputy is on the porch, walking in the background taking
              notes of antique tools and signs hanging on the walls of the
              facade.
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        Apparently Timmy and a friend of
                        his tried to prune the pepper
                        trees last night after smoking
                        some kind of drug.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Where was the body found?
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        No body was there.
 
                                  MATT
                        This is all there is. Otto found
                        Timmy unconscious with the girl's
                        arm and leg across him. It
                        happened down the drive at the
                        pepper trees.
 
              Otto walks by with a wheel barrow with rakes and hoes.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Could you show me exactly where?
 
                                  MATT
                        Otto. The sheriff wants to see
                        exactly where you found Timmy.
 
              Mr. Bobrick watches the Sheriff walk down the steps with
              Matt. They stop at the sheriff's squad car as he throws the
              evidence in the back. Then continues with Otto down the drive.
              Deputy Phief steps up to Mr. Bobrick
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        So, Mr. Bobrick, you say there was
                        nobody?
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        No body was there.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        What about Timmy?
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        What about him?
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        You said nobody was there. He was
                        there.
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        He and part of the girl.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        That's what I thought.
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        But no body was found.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        Wait a minute. Timmy was there...
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        Right.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        The girl was there.
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        Right.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        So we can say there were at least
                        two people at the scene?
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        At least.
                                  DEPUTY
                        Now, is there anything else you
                        can tell me?
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        Well, when we looked for the girl
                        we found no body.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        Everyone had left the scene?
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        No, Timmy was there, holding the
                        girl's hand. But there was no body
                        around.
 
              The deputy puts away his note pad and pencil. He motions for
              Mr. Bobrick to "step into his office." They walk a few feet.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        First you tell me who was there.
                        Then you tell me there was nobody
                        around. How do you have suspects
                        if there's nobody involved?
 
                                  MR. BOBRICK
                        That's it, Deputy! There was no
                        crime.
 
              The Deputy digests the information.
 
 
            8 EXT. PEPPER TREES - MORNING                                8
 
              The sheriff surveys the murder scene. The busted fence, the
              messed up branches, splatters around pools of blood.
 
              He steps into the canopy of branches as Matt and Otto wait.
              Something catches his eye. He snaps on a rubber glove and
              picks up something from the dirt. He looks at the object
              closely. It's an eyeball. He pulls a plastic bag from his
              shirt pocket and puts the eye in it. Then steps through the
              branches.
 
              The sheriff shows Matt the eye.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        You recognize this?
                                  MATT
                        I can honestly say I don't.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't
                        let Timmy go anywhere for a while.
 
              A silver pickup truck has come in the drive and stops by Matt
              and the two men. Inside is KiKi Herrmann. Mid thirties.
              Attractive woman and her boyfriend, the all unassuming Billy.
 
                                  MATT
                        Can I do something for you?
 
                                  KIKI
                        I'm looking for Matt Bowen. But if
                        the sheriff is here to take him to
                        jail I can come back tomorrow.
 
              She smiles big at her whimsy.
 
              Everyone looks at KiKi with very stoic expressions. The
              sheriff still holds the eye in the plastic bag.
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        God. What's wrong with you guys?
                        You act like somebody died.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Are you trying to be funny ma'am?
 
                                  KIKI
                        Yes.
 
              She turns her head and looks at Billy who is sitting in the
              passenger seat looking out the window.
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        Tell them Billy, I was trying to
                        be funny. Billy! Look at me!
 
              Billy turns his head to look at KiKi.
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        Tell them I was trying to be
                        funny. Wasn't I?
                                  BILLY
                        Yes, KiKi.
 
                                  KIKI
                        I was what?
 
                                  BILLY
                        You were trying to be funny.
 
              Kiki has an epiphany and turns her head back to the men. They
              see the surprise on her face.
 
                                  KIKI
                        Someone did die!
 
              She turns back to Billy.
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        Didn't I tell you I'm psychic,
                        Billy?
 
                                  BILLY
                        Yes, Kiki.
 
                                  KIKI
                        Just like when we had lunch.
                        Didn't I tell you I had a feeling
                        about the fish.
 
                                  BILLY
                        Yes, KiKi.
 
                                  KIKI
                        And it was what?
 
                                  BILLY
                        It was bad, KiKi.
 
                                  KIKI
                        That's right. Now aren't you glad
                        I made you eat just the bread and
                        water?
 
                                  BILLY
                        Yes, KiKi.
 
              Kiki is overcome with another "feeling". She turns back to
              the group again with a look of sudden awareness.
                                  KIKI
                        Don't tell me Matt Bowen died! If
                        he's dead I drove all the way out
                        here to the middle of nowhere for
                        nothing!
 
                                  MATT
                        I'm Matt Bowen. I don't know who
                        you are but...
 
                                  KIKI
                        I'm KiKi. Your friend Rhea knows
                        my friend Tarpon and she told him
                        that you had a tiger for rent.
 
                                  MATT
                        Not now.
 
                                  KIKI
                        I don't want it now. I want it on
                        the eleventh.
 
              Matt turns his attention back to the sheriff.
 
                                  MATT
                        Let's go up top.
 
              As they walk, Kiki, rolls along with them in her truck. She
              casually leans on her window, fondling and smelling her hair,
              oblivious to the three men.
 
              Matt tries to ignore her but can't.
 
                                  MATT
                               (continuing)
                        Do you mind?
 
                                  KIKI
                        Not at all. I'll be here when
                        you're done.
 
              The men continue to walk. Kiki stays nonchalantly even with
              them.
 
                                  MATT
                        What will you do now sheriff?
                                  SHERIFF
                        Fill out the reports. Run the
                        fingerprints. But we can't do much
                        till the coroner gets back. Ma'am.
 
              Everyone stops. Kiki turns her head to the sheriff.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                               (continuing)
                        Ma'am. This is official business.
 
                                  KIKI
                        You think I drove out here for my
                        health? I have business too!
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Don't make me remove you by force.
 
                                  KIKI
                        Oh please. Who do you think you
                        are? Wyatt Earp?
 
              Matt goes up to Kiki's window.
 
                                  MATT
                        Just tell me what you want then
                        get off my land.
 
                                  KIKI
                        Do you have a tiger for rent? Yes
                        or no?
 
                                  MATT
                        Yes. But you can't afford it.
 
                                  KIKI
                        How do you know? Can I at least
                        see him?
 
                                  MATT
                        He's not here.
 
                                  KIKI
                        Where is he?
 
                                  MATT
                        None of your business.
                                  KIKI
                        Why not?
 
                                  MATT
                        What's it going to take to get rid
                        of you?
 
                                  KIKI
                        Let me see your tiger.
 
                                  MATT
                        Come back this afternoon. Just
                        leave now.
 
                                  KIKI
                        If I comeback later you'll have
                        the tiger here?
 
              Matt reaches in KiKi's window.
 
 
            9 INT: KIKI'S TRUCK - MORNING                                9
 
              The Sherfiff grabs the gear shift and puts the car in
              reverse.
 
 
           10 EXT: DRIVEWAY - MORNING                                    10
 
              The truck starts backing down the drive.
 
                                  MATT
                        Yes.
 
                                  KIKI
                        When?
 
                                  MATT
                        Later.
 
                                  KIKI
                        What time?
 
                                  MATT
                        Much later!
 
              Kiki yells out the window.
                                  KIKI
                        I'll be back around six.
 
              Kiki's truck backs around the bend.
 
 
           11 INT: KIKI'S TRUCK - MORNING                                11
 
                                  KIKI
                        Didn't I tell you I would get the
                        tiger, Billy?
 
                                  BILLY
                        You don't have it yet.
 
 
           12 EXT: COMPOUND ROAD - MORNING                               12
 
              The truck drives away.
 
                                  KIKI (O.S.)
                               (stearnly)
                        What did you say?
 
                                  BILLY (O.S.)
                        I love you, Kiki.
 
 
           13 INT. MAIN HOUSE-LIVING ROOM - DAY                          13
 
              Sorting through the mail is LAURA, A good looking  athletic
              woman in her early 30's.
 
              Matt comes in.
 
                                  MATT
                        God, what a day.
 
                                  LAURA
                        Here's the mail.
 
              Laura gives Matt a hand full of mail. He riffles through it
              and pulls out a plain envelope.
 
                                  MATT
                        You're kidding me!
 
              Matt tears it open.
                                  LAURA
                        What is it?
 
                                  MATT
                        It's from the IRS. They say we owe
                        twenty-six thousand dollars in
                        back taxes. Just when you think it
                        can't get any worse the IRS is on
                        my ass!
 
                                  LAURA
                        Our ass.
 
                                  MATT
                        What?
 
                                  LAURA
                        Our ass. I'm in this with you.
 
              Matt teases Laura.
 
                                  MATT
                        Yeah, right. Now things are really
                        bad.
 
                                  LAURA
                        What did Bobrick say about the
                        girl?
 
                                  MATT
                        He lied to the sheriff. And won't
                        let me close the compound while we
                        catch whatever killed her.
 
                                  LAURA
                        That would be the smart thing.
 
                                  MATT
                        Damn right! He wants the money.
 
                                  LAURA
                        What money?
 
                                  MATT
                        Apparently he gets government
                        money to have those students come
                        here every year.
                                  LAURA
                        I thought they volunteer for
                        college credit.
 
                                  MATT
                        They get credit. Bobrick gets
                        money.
 
                                  LAURA
                        And we get nothing! That cheap
                        bastard!
 
                                  MATT
                        Did you expect he would do it for
                        free?
 
                                  LAURA
                        The only ones working for free is
                        us! What can we do about the
                        killer?
 
                                  MATT
                        Let's give him Bobrick's address.
 
              OTTO, Matt's assistant who is in his late 50's. A rustic old
              bearded guy appears in the doorway.
 
                                  OTTO
                        Matt, the new group of volunteers
                        is here.
 
 
           14 EXT. DRIVEWAY - MORNING                                    14
 
              Matt runs with Otto down the drive, grabbing Timmy along the
              way, intercepting a group of students with luggage and back
              packs walking up the drive.
 
                                  MATT
                        I'm Matt Bowen, manager and head
                        animal trainer. This is Otto and
                        Timmy. They'll show you where you
                        sleep.
 
              Matt speaks to Otto
                                  MATT
                               (continuing)
                        After they put up their gear we'll
                        give them a tour. I'll join you in
                        a few minutes.
 
              Otto and Timmy shuttle off the group. As Matt heads back up
              the drive
 
                                                       DISSOLVE TO:
 
 
           15 EXT: ANIMAL CAGES - DAY                                    15
 
              The group is standing in front of Matt at the gate.
 
                                  MATT
                        What we do here is take care of
                        animals. They make our living in
                        the film industry so the least we
                        can do is keep them healthy.
 
              Matt takes his keys from his belt and unlocks the chain link
              gate to the animals.
 
              All the animals MAKE NOISE HEARING THE CHAINS CLINK.
 
 
           16 EXT: KENNELS - DAY                                         16
 
              Matt leads the group into the animal area.
 
                                  MATT
                        Here are the rules. Do what you're
                        told when your told to do it. And
                        never do anything with an animal
                        without Otto, Timmy, Laura or me
                        with you. Follow rule number one
                        you might just make it through
                        this. Break rule number two you
                        won't. Got it?
 
              The group nods.
 
              Matt points to pens of dogs.
                                  MATT
                               (continuing)
                        Those are our K-9s. We have many
                        different breeds.
 
              BETTY KROCKER, a spry, full-bodied woman sixty plus, speaks
              up.
 
                                  BETTY
                        Any pure breeds in there?
 
                                  MATT
                        The Rotwieller and the bulldog...
                        but we find the best dogs are
                        mutts. Many we rescued from the
                        pound. You may remember those dogs
                        from such films as "Lassie in the
                        Hood" and "Dogpound's Most Wanted.
 
 
           17 EXT: KENNELS/DOG CAGES - DAY                               17
 
              In a cage are some motley looking dogs. Some are missing
              limbs. One dog is wearing an eye patch. "criminal" types.
 
 
           18 EXT: PIG PEN - DAY                                         18
 
                                  MATT
                        Here we have pigs. Over here we
                        have...
 
              Matt gestures off frame and is moving that way.
 
              WILLIAM, a young, black man in his 20's, stops in front of
              the pigs.
 
                                  WILLIAM
                        Wait a minute. Any Oscar winning
                        pigs in there?
 
                                  MATT
                        Nope. But there's a prize ham in
                        there somewhere. Over here are the
                        wolves.
 
              Matt Exits frame. The group follows.
           19 EXT: WOLF PEN - MORNING                                    19
 
              Wolves in a pen.
 
              MONA is an attractive young lady of about 30. She is tall and
              beautiful.  A very athletic fit woman.
 
                                  MONA
                        What have they been in?
 
                                  MATT
                        They've been in their cages
                        lately. They haven't worked in a
                        while.
 
              Matt walks out of frame camera right. As Sigfried, a handsome
              youth, nicely groomed, very tan, with blonde hair, steps in
              camera left.
 
                                  SIGFRIED
                        What about "Dances With Wolves?"
 
              Matt leans back in from camera right, inches from Sigfried's
              face.
 
                                  MATT
                        My wolves won't dance. Don't ask
                        them. Over here is...
 
              Matt walks through frame past Sigfried. Ziggy turns and
              follows.
 
 
           20 EXT: DAGNEY'S CAGE - DAY                                   20
 
              Matt gets to the cage first. The others form semi-circle
              around Matt. Inside is a baboon.
 
                                  MATT
                        ...Dagney. She's a baboon. Dagney
                        and I have been together a long
                        time. She's very jealous and
                        doesn't like other females. So, if
                        you girls can't restrain
                        yourselves and get too close to
                        me, she will freak out.
 
              They all laugh at Matt's humor.
 
              DEE DEE is a blonde young, busty woman. Very voluptuous.
                                  DEE DEE
                        You mean if I get real close to
                        you the monkey goes ape?
 
              Dee dee moves into Matt. Dagney yells and screams.
 
              The group is taken back
 
              GARY, a good ole' boy from Corpus Christi Texas, full of the
              home spun, corn fed, country philosophy passed on by his
              parents, pulls her from Matt.
 
              RAJI, a young Hindu fellow, no turban but a thick accent,
              takes a big step back.
 
                                  RAJI
                        Oh my goodness. Would you please
                        stop trying to prove what a slut
                        you are. You are going to get us
                        all killed!
 
              Two fellows, Harold and Bob, the guys from the "audio visual"
              club in high school. HAROLD has the video camera to his eye.
              And BOB seems to be the director.  If these guys weren't here
              they would be hacking computers somewhere.
 
                                  MATT
                        She's ok...It's ok, Dagney...
 
              Matt opens the cage door to let her out.
 
                                  RAJI
                        Good grief! He is taking her out!
                        You are on your own blondie!
 
              Raji turns to get behind Mona.
 
                                  RAJI
                               (continuing)
                        Oh Lord! Run! Save yourselves!
 
              Harold continues to video the retreating students.
 
                                  HAROLD
                        This is great stuff.
 
                                  MATT
                        It's OK. No one is going to get
                        hurt.
              Matt comforts her then sets her on a bucket and lets her
              groom his hand. Dagney immediately starts to pick at the hair
              on it and grunts contentedly.
 
                                  MATT
                               (continuing)
                        Right now, she's "grooming" my
                        hand. It brings her comfort and
                        lets me know how much she loves me.
 
                                  BOB
                        She really seems to enjoy it.
 
                                  MATT
                        She'd chew it off and keep it if
                        she could. Lets go down to the
                        arena and I'll introduce you to
                        Bubba.
 
              Vernell, a cute African-American girl in her 20's, speaks to
              Gary as the crowd shuffles away.
 
                                  VERNELL
                        Somebody you know from back home,
                        cowboy?
 
              She walks with the crowd out of frame. Gary speaks then
              follows.
 
                                  GARY
                        Don't tell me there ain't a Bubba
                        somewhere in your family tree.
 
              Matt takes a little effort to wrench his hand from Dagney
              before putting her in her cage.
 
 
           21 EXT: ARENA - LATE AFTERNOON                                21
 
              Bubba, a 350 pound tiger, walks in the arena.
 
              The group is gathered around the 10' high chain link fence of
              the arena. Inside are platforms for the tiger. Matt is inside
              the arena holding on to Bubba's chain. He is about 8-10 feet
              from the crowd.
 
              Dee dee pushes her way to the fence directly in front of Matt
              and looks hungrily at Bubba. Her face is flushed, her bosom
              heaves. A film of perspiration builds on her face.
                                  MATT
                        This is Bubba. I raised him from
                        a cub.
 
              Bob directs to Harold
 
                                  BOB
                        Get his face.
 
                                  SIGFRIED
                        Is he trained?
 
                                  MATT
                        He is. But he still has all the
                        instincts of a wild animal.
 
              MEGAN is a pretty, sweetly, innocent "Lolita" type girl in
              her early 20's.
 
                                  MEGAN
                        You mean he could kill us?
 
                                  MATT
                        If he wanted to.
 
                                  MEGAN
                        Couldn't you stop her?
 
                                  MATT
                        I could try. But when a tiger
                        strikes it doesn't take long.
 
                                  BETTY
                        Teenagers are the same way.
 
                                  MATT
                        I hope you don't mind me saying
                        but, you aren't the typical
                        student that comes through here.
 
                                  BETTY
                        Lots of people my age are going to
                        college. Better late than never.
 
                                  MATT
                        And you want to be an animal
                        trainer?
                                  BETTY
                        Sure. Why not? After eight kids I
                        didn't think wild animals could be
                        so tough.
 
                                  MATT
                        Your kids won't eat you.
 
                                  WILLIAM
                        Tell that to Jeffrey Dahmer's
                        mother, honey.
 
                                  DEE DEE
                        When do we get to actually touch
                        the tiger?
 
                                  RAJI
                        There she goes again!
 
                                  MATT
                        Right now is good.
 
                                  RAJI
                        Whatever happened to one step at
                        a time? Look today. Touch in a
                        week or so.
 
                                  DEE DEE
                        Out of my way Gunga Din.
 
              Dee dee pushes past  Raji to be the first at the gate. She
              tries to open the door.
 
              Raji steps near Betty.
 
                                  RAJI
                        If we were in my country I would
                        have her trampled by a cow!
 
              Betty slides to the middle of the group.
 
                                  MATT
                        NO. NO. No one comes in today.
 
                                  RAJI
                        Thank Goodness.
                                  MATT
                        I'll walk him along the fence. You
                        can touch him as he rubs himself
                        on the chain link.
 
              Matt stays at Bubba's head as they walk along the fence.
 
              Dee dee is glassy-eyed. Filled with desire, she walks along
              the fence focused on Bubba. Oblivious to everyone sticking
              their fingers in the fence she barrels through them.
 
              Some grumble. Some have their fingers caught. But they are
              all fascinated.
 
              It is almost orgasmic for Dee dee. When Bubba stops breifly
              Dee dee stops near Betty.
 
                                  DEE DEE
                        I am so turned on right now.
 
                                  BETTY
                        Maybe you should be talking to one
                        of the young men.
 
              Dee dee is bodily caressing the chain link.
 
                                  DEE DEE
                        They couldn't do this to me.
 
              Dee dee almost goes over the edge as Bubba's tail flicks
              across what ever part of her is against the fence.
 
                                  MATT
                        Laura has lunch for all of you. Go
                        on up top and I'll join you as
                        soon as I put Bubba away.
 
              The group starts up the road to the house. Dee dee lags
              behind.
 
                                  DEE DEE
                        Maybe I could stay behind and help
                        you.
 
                                  MATT
                        I think it would be a good idea if
                        you went to lunch and helped
                        yourself right now. I'll be fine.
              Dee dee, coquettishly walks away. Backwards at first then
              turns and runs up the hill accentuating her girlish charms.
 
                                  MATT
                               (continuing)
                        I'm thinking, nothing but trouble.
                        What do you think?
 
              Bubba licks his chops
 
 
           22 EXT: EATING AREA - DAY                                     22
 
              In front of the facade across from the house, picnic tables
              are set up for taking the meals. A grill is set up and tables
              with drinks, condiments and silverware are nearby. A good
              buffet style operation.
 
              Laura attends to wienies sizzling on a grill. She leaves the
              grill and jumps up on a bench to address the group.
 
                                  LAURA
                        Hello everyone. I'm Laura. Help
                        yourselves to the salad and
                        veggies on this table here. The
                        line for the main course starts
                        down at that end of the grill.
 
              The group organizes by the table with the eating utensils,
              condiments, salad and beans.
 
                                  GARY
                        Serve yourself and save! That's
                        what Mama used to say.
 
                                  MONA
                        When she breast fed you?
 
                                  GARY
                        Your kind of a funny girl, aren't
                        you?
 
                                  MONA
                        I was never known for my sense of
                        humor.
 
                                  GARY
                        I'm not surprised.
              With paper plates in hand, the students serve themselves down
              the chow line.
 
              Gary steps up to Laura.
 
                                  LAURA
                        What's your name cowboy?
 
                                  GARY
                        Gary.
 
                                  LAURA
                        You look like you could use some
                        meat on those bones.
 
                                  GARY
                        I eat like a horse. But nothing
                        ever sticks to my ribs.
 
                                  LAURA
                        Well, don't you worry. The food
                        here sticks to everything. What
                        would you like, chicken hot dogs
                        or hot dog hot dogs?
 
                                  GARY
                        What are the hot dogs made of?
 
                                  LAURA
                        Parts.
 
                                  GARY
                        Just like home!
 
              He holds out his plate and Laura puts a couple of wienies on
              it.
 
              Betty steps up to be served.
 
                                  LAURA
                        What'll it be... Uh...?
 
                                  BETTY
                        Mrs. Krocker. Call me Betty.
 
                                  LAURA
                        So, you're Betty Krocker?
                                  BETTY
                        Not the Betty Crocker. A Betty
                        Krocker. My husband Joe's family
                        spells it with a "K". Chicken
                        please.
 
                                  LAURA
                        Breast?
 
              Laura holds up a wienie with her tongs and smiles.
 
                                  BETTY
                        Sagging a bit, but not bad for a
                        woman my age.
 
              Laura puts a couple wienies on her plate. Then Betty exits.
 
              William steps up to the grill and speaks to Mona behind him.
 
                                  WILLIAM
                        Did you hear? That woman is
                        married to Joe Cocker.
 
                                  LAURA
                        Not "Cocker", "Krocker". That was
                        Betty Krocker.
 
                                  MONA
                        You think she knows the Pillsbury
                        Dough Boy?
 
                                  WILLIAM
                        A big wienie please!
 
 
           23 EXT: EATING AREA/DRINK TABLE - DAY                         23
 
              Matt serves the drinks and writes a name tag then sticks it
              to the person.
 
              Dee dee comes up licking ketchup from her fingers.
 
                                  MATT
                        And you are...?
 
                                  DEE DEE
                        I'm Dee dee.
              Matt is aware of Dee dee's succulent bosom gently rising and
              falling before her, but he maintains his staunch yet sociable
              demeanor.
 
                                  MATT
                        How do you spell that?
 
                                  DEE DEE
                        With double D's.
 
              Dee dee sticks out her chest.
 
              Matt picks up his pen and writes the name on the tag. He
              wants to apply it but hesitates when Dee dee seems too eager
              for him to stick it to her boob. He pulls up a can of soda.
 
                                  MATT
                        Drink?
 
              Dee dee takes the can. Matt sticks the name tag to it.
 
                                  MATT
                               (continuing)
                        Enjoy your lunch.
 
              Raji approaches Matt.
 
                                  MATT
                               (continuing)
                        What's your name?
 
                                  RAJI
                        Raji.
 
                                  MATT
                        You have no salad. No veggies? No
                        beans?
 
                                  RAJI
                        I will definitely enjoy all of
                        them. Right now I would like
                        something to drink please.
 
                                  MATT
                        Pick your poison?
 
                                  RAJI
                        It is all poison to me.
              Matt picks up one choice of beverage after another and Raji
              has a reason for not drinking it.
 
                                  RAJI
                               (continuing)
                        Nothing with saccharin. I break
                        out from Nutrasweet. I'm staying
                        away from sugar. And I am,
 
              Matt picks up a carton of milk.
 
                                  RAJI
                               (continuing)
                         unfortunately, lactose intolerant.
 
                                  MATT
                        There's a tin cup by the toilet if
                        you get thirsty.
 
                                  RAJI
                        It is just like home.
 
                                  MATT
                        I'm joking. Seltzer?
 
              Raji takes the seltzer then steps over to the grill.
 
                                  RAJI
                        I would like three wienies, please.
 
                                  LAURA
                        Three?
 
                                  RAJI
                        In my country we always make an
                        offering to our god. Two for me
                        and one for the great Goneesha.
 
                                  LAURA
                        In this country if Goneesha eats,
                        Goneesha cleans cages.
 
              Laura takes back a wienie.
 
                                  RAJI
                        This will not set well for you in
                        the hereafter.
                                  LAURA
                        It doesn't look good for you in
                        the here and now.
 
              She takes back another wienie.
 
              Raji moves along and sits with the group seated along tables.
 
                                  MATT
                        This might be a good time to tell
                        a little about yourselves. Tell us
                        who you are and why you're here.
                        You, William isn't it? Why are you
                        here?
 
              Laura sits next to Matt.
 
                                  WILLIAM
                        My name is William Ruth. My
                        parents do not think this will
                        work out for me.
 
                                  MATT
                        Why not?
 
                                  WILLIAM
                        Because I never had a pet. I
                        never cared for animal shows on
                        TV. But here I am. Go figure.
 
                                  MATT
                        What'd your mom want you to be?
 
                                  WILLIAM
                        A girl.
 
                                  LAURA
                        What'd your dad want you to be?
 
                                  WILLIAM
                        A boy.
 
                                  MATT
                        Next.
 
              Harold still has the video camera at his eye.
                                  BOB
                        Hi. We're Harold and Bob. He's
                        Harold. I'm Bob. We're documenting
                        our training on video for
                        posterity. After college we hope
                        to mattet a line of "HOW TO TRAIN
                        YOUR ANIMAL" videos.
 
                                  MATT
                        Really. And you hope to make a
                        fortune?
 
                                  BOB
                        Are you kidding? People are
                        screaming to be told that their
                        bad dog is not their fault.
 
                                  RAJI
                        I'm Raji Mahatmarajshahaharon. In
                        my country we charm snakes,
                        worship the cow and domesticate
                        the elephant. I was terrible at
                        all of those things. I would just
                        like to teach a dog to sit and
                        stay. I would also like another
                        weinie. I am still hungry.
 
                                  DEE DEE
                        I'm Dee dee Larson. I'm here to
                        work with the big cats. I was born
                        to work them. I believe that I was
                        a tiger in another life. And dream
                        to lay naked with them. Like the
                        lion and the lamb.
 
                                  RAJI
                        More like the lamb to the
                        slaughter.
 
                                  MATT
                        I'm going to keep my eye on you.
 
                                  DEE DEE
                        I hope so.
                                  BETTY
                        I'm Betty Krocker. I'm here
                        because Life doesn't end when
                        you're 63, all your children leave
                        home and your husband dies. No
                        sir! I decided to get on with it
                        because I was so damn bored.
 
                                  MEGAN
                        I'm Megan Brooks. My parents owned
                        a pet shop. I grew up caring for
                        animals I never got to keep.
 
              The crowd is sympathetic.
 
                                  BETTY
                        She's so sweet.
 
                                  MONA
                        Life is tough kid.
 
                                  MEGAN
                        Little baby rabbits. Kittens and
                        puppies. Fuzzy ducklings and
                        chicks. I would feed them and
                        clean them. And just when I loved
                        them they would be sold away.
 
                                  LAURA
                        You never had a pet of your own?
 
                                  MEGAN
                        No. My parents said it would be
                        like bringing their work home with
                        them.
 
                                  BETTY
                        Shes' so sweet.
 
                                  DEE DEE
                        She's making my teeth rot.
 
                                  VERNELL
                        I'm Vernell DuBois. That means
                        "wood" in French. First of all I
                        don't like spiders and snakes. And
                        second of all I'm not French so
                        don't ask me to do any disgusting
                        things with my tongue.
                                  MATT
                        What kind of pet did you have as
                        a kid, Vernell?
 
                                  VERNELL
                        A Chia pet.
 
                                  MATT
                        What inspired you to become an
                        animal trainer?
 
                                  VERNELL
                        If I could get that chia animal to
                        grow grass on it's back I could do
                        anything.
                               (as she sits)
                        Thank you. I'll be here all month.
 
              Sigfried stands.
 
                                  SIGFRIED
                        I am Sigfried. I have a dream to
                        be...
 
                                  MATT
                        Just Sigfried? No last name?
 
                                  SIGFRIED
                        Yes, you know, like Picasso.
 
                                  BETTY
                        Zorro!
 
                                  WILLIAM
                        Fabio!
 
              Sigfried rises as he gets caught up in his own fantasy.
 
                                  SIGFRIED
                        I want to see my name in lights.
                        To bask in the applause of
                        thousands as I pose before 20
                        trained tigers. I will look
                        magnificent.
 
                                  GARY
                        Weirdo.
                                  MATT
                        I like your ambition. But I think
                        it's been done.
 
                                  SIGFRIED
                               (indifference)
                        I've got the name. And the formula
                        works.
 
                                  GARY
                        Will you be doing that trick where
                        the tiger carries you around by
                        the throat?
 
                                  SIGFRIED
                        I just pose. I don't actually
                        touch the animals.
 
              Ziggy sits.
 
              Matt casts his eyes at Gary.
 
                                  MATT
                        Who the hell are you?
 
              Gary is seated with his back to the facade porch. He stands
              to address the group.
 
                                  GARY
                        My name is Weston. Gary Weston.
                        From Corpus Christie Texas
 
                                  VERNELL
                        I knew it! You can always tell a
                        Texan...not much. But you can tell
                        them.
 
                                  GARY
                        I'll remember you said that.
 
                                  VERNELL
                        I hope so.
 
                                  MATT
                        Any animal experience Gary?
                                  GARY
                        After I got out of the service I
                        trained guard dogs for junk yards
                        and abortion clinics. And I got a
                        way with horses.
 
                                  MATT
                        What do you mean, 'gotta way
                        with'? Like, you "got away with
                        murder?"
 
                                  GARY
                        Nope. Just got a way with horses.
 
              Gary gestures behind everyone.
 
              Everyone's head turns to look behind them.
 
              Three horses are standing quietly.
 
                                  MATT
                        Those are Cooley's horses aren't
                        they?
 
                                  LAURA
                        Sure looks like them.
 
                                  GARY (O.S.)
                        I just went down to say hi to them
                        earlier.
 
              All heads turn back and look at Gary.
 
                                  MATT
                        So you stole Cooley's horses?
 
                                  GARY
                        They just like being around me.
 
                                  JOE (O.S.)
                        Sorry, Matt.
 
              All heads turn back to the horses.
 
              Joe Cooley pushes between two of the horses.
                                  JOE
                        Damndest thing. They just opened
                        the corral and walked up here
                        pretty as you please.
 
              Matt isn't sure what to think.
 
                                  MATT
                        Ok, Joe.
 
              Joe takes the horses back down the driveway.
 
                                  GARY (O.S.)
                        And...
 
              All heads turn back to Gary
 
              Without taking his eyes off of Gary, Matt speaks to Laura.
 
                                  MATT
                        There's more.
 
                                  GARY
                        I was a dance instructor.
 
                                  LAURA
                        You taught horses to dance?
 
                                  GARY
                        No. I taught people dancing.
 
              Vernell jumps up.
 
                                  VERNELL
                        Well C'mon, cowboy! Let's see you
                        shake your saddle bags.
 
              Vernell snaps on a nearby boom box and turns up the music of
              some snappy HIP HOP beat. The rhythm overtakes her as she
              dances up and around Gary.
 
              He isn't responding so she stops the music.
 
                                  VERNELL
                               (continuing)
                        You probably do that unfunky
                        country western dancing. It's ok,
                        baby.
                        Maybe we can find a washboard and
                        a gut bucket around here somewhere.
 
              Gary walks over to the radio and changes the station to a toe-
              tapping two step country number. A gutsy pelvis grinding song.
 
              Gary moves to the music as he makes his way up the steps to
              the porch. When he gets there he turns and extends his hand
              to Vernell.
 
              She runs up and lets Gary lead her through some Dirty country
              touch dancing then into some gyrating line dance action.
 
 
           24 EXT: MAIN HOUSE/BACKPORCH - DAY                            24
 
              Vernell is really getting into it as Gary pushes and twirls
              her through the steps.
 
 
           25 EXT: EATING AREA - DAY                                     25
 
              At the tables everyone is feeling the beat.
 
              The music is getting to Betty and she joins in.
 
 
           26 EXT: MAIN HOUSE/BACKPORCH - DAY                            26
 
              One by one they all are up tripping the western light
              fantastic lead by Gary who is quite good.
 
              At points there is touch dancing that they all seem to
              already know how to do.
 
              The song ends and the group applauds themselves.
 
 
           27 INT: SHERIFFS OFFICE - AFTERNOON                           27
 
              The deputy is dressed in rubber apron and rubber gloves. At
              his desk is coverd in plastic on which he has the arm and leg
              left from the girl. He is fingerprinting the hand. The
              sheriff is at his desk doing paperwork.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Let's see...height of the
                        deceased. None. Hair color?
                                  DEPUTY
                        None.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Eyes?
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        One.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Color of eye?
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        Blue.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Weight?
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        About twentytwo pounds.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Cause of death?
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        We don't know that she's dead. She
                        might just be missing an eye, an
                        arm and a leg.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Uh huh... Then all we have to do
                        is put out an APB for a one eyed,
                        one armed, one legged woman last
                        seen hopping out of Tick Canyon.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        This was no gardening accident!
 
              The deputy finishes fingerprinting the hand.
 
              The sheriff talks while filing papers in a file cabinet.
 
              The deputy does schtick with the hand. Using it as a headrest
              and back scratcher, among other things.
                                  SHERIFF
                        As soon as I file these, we're
                        going back out to Bobrick's
                        compound.  It seems that if a body
                        was to cut itself up there'd be
                        more left than an arm and a leg,
                        right?
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        Right. You think that doper boy
                        did it?
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Doesn't seem likely. No blood on
                        him. No blood on the hedge
                        clippers.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        We never found any.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        I think Mr. Bobrick is hiding
                        something.
 
              The deputy holds the arm toward the sheriff.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        The rest of this girl?
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        I don't think he wants us to know
                        what really went on.
 
              The Deputy pulls his notebook from his shirt pocket.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        According to my initial
                        questioning...
 
              He licks the thumb of the girls hand and uses it to flip
              through the pages of the notebook.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                               (continuing)
                        He doesn't have a clue.
 
              The deputy puts the notebook back in his pocket. He
              interlaced his fingers with the girl's fingers and puts them
              behind his head as he leans back comfortably on the desk.
              The sheriff turns.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        I think he has more than a clue.
                        What are you doing?
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        I'm thinking.
 
              The sheriff takes the arm away from the deputy.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Stop playing with the evidence.
                        Get these things on ice before
                        they draw flies.
 
              The Deputy gathers up the plastic protecting the desk. He has
              trouble collecting everything.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        Would you give me a hand?
 
              The girls arm flies in frame. The Deputy traps it under his
              chin against his bundle.
 
 
           28 EXT. MAIN HOUSE - TRAMPOLINE - AFTERNOON                   28
 
              Nothing but sky. Mona's head comes up in frame then drops
              out. It happens again.
 
              A slow pull reveals everyone on the side of the house around
              the trampoline that Mona is jumping on.
 
              In the foreground Matt hands Otto a plastic bag heavy with
              something inside.
 
                                  MATT
                        Here, feed the big cats and mix
                        some in with the dog's food.
 
                                  OTTO
                        Where'd you get this?
 
                                  MATT
                        This is why we have chicken hot
                        dogs instead of hamburger and hot
                        dogs.
              Otto acknowledges knowingly. He starts to his task
 
              Matt heads to the crowd around the trampoline as the
              sheriff's squad car pulls up the drive and parks.
 
              Matt seems annoyed but puts on a more cordial face when the
              sheriff gets out of the car.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Hey, Matt.
 
                                  MATT
                        Sheriff.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        I see you got another group of
                        students.
 
                                  MATT
                        It's that time again.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        They're a fine looking bunch.
 
              Looking at Mona on the trampoline.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                               (continuing)
                        Fine looking.
 
                                  MATT
                        What can I do for you?
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        I was wondering if there might be
                        something more.
 
                                  MATT
                        More what? More clues?
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        More body?
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        If this was a gardening accident,
                        it was the mother of all accidents.
                                  MATT
                        To tell you the truth, Sheriff,
                        this was no accident. That girl
                        was killed.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        You think that doper boy did it?
 
                                  MATT
                        Timmy's not that stupid. It was
                        some sort of animal.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Coyotes?
 
                                  MATT
                        It had to have been big enough to
                        carry the body off.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        There's no bear in these canyons.
                        Wolves?
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        Ticks!
 
              Matt and the sheriff look at the deputy
 
                                  DEPUTY
                               (continuing)
                        Big as beavers I hear!
 
              Realizing he isn't being taken seriously the deputy turns and
              walks out of frame.
 
                                  MATT
                        I don't know. A pack of wolves
                        maybe? But where are the tracks?
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        I'd like to take a look around.
                        I'll tell some of the boys to get
                        their dogs and search the canyons.
 
                                  MATT
                        Sheriff, could we keep this kind
                        of quiet? I don't need these new
                        kids getting spooked.
                                  SHERIFF
                        I understand.
 
                                  MATT
                        Why don't you have a cold drink
                        before you go?
 
              Sheriff and Matt approach the food tables.
 
              Ray is there filling a plate.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        What are you doing?
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        Laura said it was alright.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        We got work to do. C'mon.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        Can't we stay? The blonde girl
                        hasn't jumped on the trampoline
                        yet.
 
                                  SHERIFF
                        Let's go!
 
              Sheriff and deputy get into the squad car.
 
 
           29 INT. SHERIFF'S VEHICLE - DAY                               29
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        But Jason, when that guy gets off
                        the trampoline, the blonde was
                        going to bounce.
 
              Through the windshield, Gary careens off the trampoline.
              William and Megan run so they don't get crushed.
 
              A large cloud of dust goes up when Gary hits the ground.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                               (continuing)
                        All right! The blonde is up!
 
              The sheriff speaks to Matt.
                                  SHERIFF
                        Is that boy gonna be alright?
 
                                  MATT
                        I hope so.
 
              The sheriff pulls away and down the drive.
 
 
           30 INT: SHERIFF'S VEHICLE - DAY                               30
 
              From inside the squad car through any window available.
 
              Otto dashes Gary with a bucket of water to revive him.  The
              dialogue trails away as the car goes down the drive.
 
                                  MATT
                        You were supposed to spot him.
 
                                  WILLIAM
                        I did! When I spotted him, I got
                        out of his way.
 
              The deputy is forlorn. His head drooping on the back of the
              seat. He WHINES.
 
                                  DEPUTY
                        But the blonde...
 
 
           31 EXT. MAIN HOUSE - DAY                                      31
 
              Otto is helping Gary stagger to his place around the
              trampoline
 
              Dee dee approaches Matt.
 
                                  DEE DEE
                        It's my turn, could you help me up?
 
              Obviously, she is being obvious.
 
              Mona is obviously disgusted.
 
                                  MONA
                        Oh, please.
              At the food tables Betty notices Laura noticing Dee dee.
              Laura is controllably miffed. She has two trash bags in her
              hands.
 
                                  BETTY
                        Is there anything I can do to
                        help, Laura?
 
                                  LAURA
                        No thanks, Betty.
 
                                  BETTY
                        Never you mind about her.
 
              At the trampoline, Dee dee is a sight in her cut off T-shirt
              bouncing on the trampoline. Her eyes on Matt.
 
              All the men are wide-eyed with gaping mouths. Except
              William...he is standing next to Mona. They look on in
              disapproving wonder.
 
                                  MONA
                        You'd think that would hurt.
 
                                  WILLIAM
                        Oh please girl, you never saw
                        plastic bounce?
 
              Laura steps up and holds out the trash bags.
 
                                  LAURA
                        Matt, could you help me?
 
              Matt answers without taking his eyes off of Dee dee.
 
                                  MATT
                        In a minute. Would you bring me a
                        beer?
 
              Laura is incensed! She storms away.
 
                                  LAURA
                        I'll get you a beer!
 
 
           32 EXT. MAIN HOUSE - TRAMPOLINE                               32
 
              Dee dee is bouncing in slow motion, accenting every
              weightless and G-pulling moment.
           33 EXT: MAIN HOUSE - EATING AREA - AFTERNOON                  33
 
              Laura snags a beer.
 
                                  LAURA
                        Here's your damn beer!
 
              She shakes the can violently.
 
              Betty speaks to Laura sincerely concerned.
 
                                  BETTY
                        That's going to explode in his
                        face, dear.
 
              Laura looks at Betty, unconcerned, then goes to Matt.
 
              He takes the beer from her without looking at her. Hurt and
              angry, Laura storms away as Betty looks on.
 
 
           34 EXT. MAIN HOUSE/TRAMPOLINE - DAY                           34
 
              Dee dee stops jumping and goes over to Matt who is about to
              open his beer. Dee dee holds out her arms with a helpless
              expression on her face.
 
              Without taking his eyes off Dee dee he holds the beer out to
              Mona.
 
                                  MATT
                        Hold this.
 
              Mona takes Matt's beer.
 
              Matt helps Dee dee off the trampoline and she is sure to rub
              as much of her ample bosom on him as possible.
 
              Mona gives the can a few hidden shakes as well.
 
              Matt finally gets Dee dee to the ground. She is erotically
              obvious.
 
              She pushes her way between Mona and Matt.
 
                                  MONA
                        Here's your beer.
 
              Mona extends her arm across Dee dee. Matt takes his beer.
                                  MATT
                        Who's next?
 
              He opens his beer. It explodes in his face. Beer foam soaking
              his head and shoulders. Dee Dbee gets a good bit of it as
              well. Now her shirt is wet.
 
              Sigfried climbs up on the trampoline.
 
              Matt staggers off for a towel.
 
              On the trampoline, Sigfried is going for height.
 
              From the peak of his jump, he can see in the second story
              windows of the house.
 
              Holding at the top of his jump Sigfried falls out of frame as
              Laura comes into the bathroom on the second floor.
 
              Sigfried bounces up in frame.
 
              She sees him seeing her. He drops out of frame.
 
              Laura grabs her shirt. Sigfried bounces back up, she pulls
              off her shirt exposing her ample underwire supported bosom.
 
              Sigfried is surprised.
 
                                  RAJI
                        What's he looking at in that
                        window?
 
                                  MONA
                        I can only guess.
 
              At the trampoline level, we see Sigfried put some "umpf" into
              this jump.
 
              Laura is still standing in the window.
 
              Sigfried bounces into frame.
 
              Laura pops the catch on her bra catching it against her
              breasts.
 
              Sigfried smiles big then drops from frame.
 
              Mona is on the edge of the trampoline.
              Ziggy drops to the trampoline. Mona jumps on and double
              bounces him much higher than he was ready for.
 
              Ziggy springs up out of frame.
 
                                  SIGFRIED
                        Oooohhh!!!
 
              William is watching Ziggy go way up in the air along with
              everyone else.
 
                                  WILLIAM
                        Don't worry, Ziggy!
 
              With a shrill cry he steps back and lets Ziggy hit the ground.
 
                                                       DISSOLVE TO:
 
 
           35 EXT: COMPOUND/ESTABLISHING - NIGHT                         35
 
              All is still for the student's first night at the compound.
 
 
           36 EXT. MIDDLE DRIVEWAY - NIGHT                               36
 
              The gate is still. Then it swings open and Kiki is revealed
              a bit disheveled and has her cell phone to her ear.
 
                                  KIKI
                        Billy, get up here!
 
              From behind Kiki, Billy walks up beside her as she begins
              down the road. She hangs up her phone in disgust and throws
              it in her purse.
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        They told me this phone would work
                        anywhere in the world. Anywhere
                        but here! Whose idea was it to
                        kill time looking for a house out
                        here in hells half acre?
 
                                  BILLY
                        It was yours, Kiki.
 
              They walk along the road to the left of the road to the house.
                                  KIKI
                        Billy! I'm in no mood. I was in no
                        mood when my fucking phone didn't
                        work when I tried to call Triple
                        A four hours ago! Now...who wanted
                        to look at houses?
 
                                  BILLY
                        I did, KiKi.
 
                                  KIKI
                        Right. But we don't want to live
                        out here.
                        Because when you get lost and
                        break down in the canyon you have
                        to walk fifty fucking miles to
                        find civilization!
 
                                  BILLY
                        Your right, KiKi.
 
              Kiki starts to limp and falls behind as Billy walks on.
 
                                  KIKI
                        Billy do you see me hobbling here?
                        Look at me!
 
              Billy stops and looks at KiKi walking on the toes of one foot.
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        Is this the way I normally walk?
                        Is it?
 
              Billy shrugs his shoulders.
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        Don't shrug your shoulders at me.
                        If you have something to say, say
                        it!
 
                                  BILLY
                        Yes, KiKi.
 
                                  KIKI
                        Shut up!
              Kiki heads for the bench near some bales of hay. Billy
              follows.
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        My foot is killing me. I've got to
                        get this shoe off. Now stand over
                        there!
 
              Billy approaches the chain link fence of a dark cage. Kiki
              moans behind him on the bench.
 
              Out of the dark from inside the cage CHUCKIE THE CHEETAH
              leaps at the fence.
 
              Billy jumps back but doesn't turn to Kiki. He stands a little
              farther from the cage but she's still in the background
              tending to her foot.
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        Billy! Didn't I tell you not to
                        tease the animals? Get away from
                        there.
 
              Billy turns to go to KIKI
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        But don't come over here!
 
              Billy resumes his original position facing the cage.
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        My God. Sometimes you don't have
                        a brain in your head. Look at me!
 
              Billy turns his head to look at KiKi.
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        Its' very simple. You do what I
                        say when I say to do it.
 
              Billy turns his head back to the cage.
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        Is that so hard? Oh! I have a
                        blister!
 
              She holds up her foot so he can see. But Billy doesn't turn.
 
                                  KIKI
                               (continuing)
                        Billy, I might have to go to the
                        doctor. Billy! I'm talking to you!
 
                                  BILLY
                               (under his breath)
                        Why don't you just shut up.
 
                                  KIKI
                        I think I need a Band Aid!
 
              Something from the shadow of tree limbs slices through Kiki's
              neck. She has a puzzled look then her eyes roll back in her
              head as it falls off her neck.
 
 
           37 EXT: COMPOUND ROAD - NIGHT                                 37
 
              Billy waits then looks skyward. He mutters something barely
              audible.
 
                                  BILLY
                        Thank you.
 
              Billy turns around and sees Kiki.
 
              Some gnarly hands grab Billy's face and pull him out of
              frame.
 
                                                       DISSOLVE TO:
 
 
           38 EXT: COMPOUND/ESTABLISHING - MORNING                       38
 
 
           39 EXT. KENNELS - MORNING                                     39
 
              Laura and Otto are waiting with shovels, rakes and buckets at
              the kennels.
                                  LAURA
                        The first step to becoming an
                        animal trainer starts at the
                        bottom. Cleaning cages. Otto has
                        protective gear if you need it.
                        You'll move in groups cleaning all
                        the cages on the compound.
                        There's only one way to get
                        started, and that's to just dive
                        in. Protective gear to the left.
                        Pooper scoopers to the right.
 
              Shovels, rakes and pitchforks are handed out as Laura directs
              them where to go.
 
 
           40 EXT. MAIN HOUSE - DAY                                      40
 
              A car drives up to the front of the house. A man gets out of
              the car  He is GLENN BLAKEMAN, tall, lean, lanky fellow. A
              lot of character in his face. He has a mysterious demeanor
              about him. He looks around and doesn't see anyone. He goes to
              the front door and steps in the house. He looks back outside
              to see if anyone sees him. He turns to go in the house.
 
                                  MATT (O.S.)
                        Is there something I can do for
                        you?
 
              Glenn turns and stands in the doorway.
 
                                  GLENN
                        Yeah. You can tell me where the
                        owner is?
 
              Matt is standing at the bottom of the ramp up to the porch.
 
                                  MATT
                        He ain't in there.
 
                                  GLENN
                        My names' Blakeman. Glenn Blakeman
                        I'm looking for work.
 
                                  MATT
                        Who told you we were hiring?
 
                                  GLENN
                        Heard it in town.
                                  MATT
                        I've got nothing for you.
 
                                  GLENN
                        Who are you? Where's the owner?
 
                                  MATT
                        I'm Matt Bowen. I run this place.
                        And he doesn't do the hiring. I do.
 
                                  GLENN
                        I can do anything. Anything at all.
 
                                  MATT
                        I told you. I'm not hiring. Now
                        get out of my house!
 
              Glenn walks out of the house past Matt. Matt steps up on the
              porch watching Glenn get in his car and drive away.
 
 
           41 INT. RABBIT PEN - DAY                                      41
 
              Megan cleans the rabbits and turtles. She is like Cinderella
              in her own fairy-tale, the little animals love her.
 
 
           42 INT. REPTILE HOUSE - DAY                                   42
 
              Vernell is jumping around like a flea on a hot brick as she
              finishes cleaning the rat cage, while trying not to let the
              rats touch her.
 
              Laura comes in.
 
                                  VERNELL
                        When I said I didn't like spiders
                        and snakes...that included rats.
 
                                  LAURA
                        We take care of them all.
                        Everything has a purpose here.
 
                                  VERNELL
                        Well, if they're working animals...
 
                                  LAURA
                        They're food for the snakes.
              Vernell takes a surprised pause.
 
                                  VERNELL
                        Then why in "hailey mills" am I
                        cleaning their cages?
 

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