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#511 : The Hunting Party

Johnny doit tout faire pour empêcher un tireur isolé de tuer le vice-président, mais il doit également le protéger. Stillson finit par tuer l'homme en question, se prenant une balle au passage. Stillson devient un héros national.
Johnny comprend alors que tout était prémédité par Malcolm Janus, l'homme à la bague.

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TEASER

FADE IN:

CLOSE ON a COMPUTER MONITOR as a MARSHALL FROST rants from

behind a desk. Frost is in his late 30's, rumpled with wild

hair and a decisively 'fuck you' attitude.


FROST

I have documentation confirming Eric Danbury's involvement in not one, but two multinational companies that profited from the current 'conflict' in the Middle East.

Frost's eyes burn with intensity as he rants in front of a video camera. His engineer, PHIL, checks the camera, then steps back into the adjoining room which is separated by a large picture window.

FROST

You're monitoring the Evening Frost, the first truly independent political webcast of the people, by the people, and for the people. I'm Marshall Frost and we're talking about my favorite subject, the raping of the American ideal.
Frost wipes the sweat from his brow.

FROST

It's not too late to take this country back from the power hungry, right wing conservatives who stole it. Fight back. Make the ultimate sacrifice. Blood for blood. Life for life. Let's take an email.
Frost checks his monitor.

Phil has typed in; CAROL FROM BRIDGEWATER.

 

FROST

Carol from Bridgewater asks, 'What kind of American are you?'(laughs). Uh-oh. I'm in trouble now. (reading) 'If you don't like livin' in this country, why don't you get the hell out! Go to Iraq! You make me sick!'(beat) Ouch.

We see Frost as he appears on the computer screen on Phil's desk.

FROST (amused)

Is she still online, Phil? She's gone? Did she post her picture on the website? No? Too bad, she sounds kind'a hot. (Wolf howl sound-effect) Hear that, Carol, honey-baby-sweetie? That's the wolf. And you, my misinformed little love slave, are one of the sheep!

As Frost gets revved up.

FROST

When are we gonna kick this 'love it or leave it' mind set and realize the answer is self sacrifice? I'm talkin' blood and guts. Takin' one or givin' one for the cause. Which brings me back to my good friend, Vice President Danbury. Seems old Danny boy is also under investigation for embezzlement,

bribery and forgery. I've been pretty tough on this guy the past few months and I intend to keep it up. Eric Danbury is exactly the enemy our founding fathers were trying to protect us from... a tyrant driven

by arrogance, ego and greed.
Phil begins to gesture at him through the window that he has

a phone call. He gets on his computer and begins typing.



FROST (continues his rant)

I'm tellin' ya somethin', if this was a Third World country, this

criminal would be takin' out and shot! And I'd be first in line to

pull the trigger. God, if it were only that easy.
Frost notices something on his monitor. 'The Wolf is on line three.'

FROST (back to camera)

Let's take one last break. This is the Evening Frost.
Frost is quickly up and out of his chair as he lights a smoke and grabs the phone.

FROST

Marshall Frost.


WOLF

A wisp of knowledge can be an infinitely slippery slope.

FROST

Mister Wolf. It's been almost a week. You said you'd have more dirt

on Danbury.

WOLF

This will be the last time we speak for awhile.

FROST

Why? I've honored our agreement. I never mentioned you as my source.
WOLF

Powerful feathers have been ruffled. It's no longer safe.


FROST

Safe? I'm the guy with his neck stuck out! Look, I'm trying to help

you here, but I can't do it alone. (silence) Hello?

WOLF

Danbury is the tip of the iceberg. I'll contact you when it's safe.

FROST

Wait. What should I... (CLICK) Sonofabitch.

Frost snubs out his smoke and opens the door leading into

the other room.

FROST

Goddamn it, Phil.

Taking a mindless step backwards, he stumbles over something

and goes down. NEW ANGLE - FROST ON THE GROUND

gathering himself, he raises a palm into view and realizes

it's covered in blood. His eyes dart left... REVEALING - PHIL

Dead. His eyes wide, a single bullet wound in the center of

his forehead. Frost can barely breath, when a SOUND steals his focus; he looks back, just as the butt of a pistol swings through connecting with a sickening THUD. Frost collapses; unconscious.

As the UNIDENTIFIED ASSAILANT steps to the computer and logs

in, then sends an email message. He writes, THE FIRST STONE

HAS BEEN CAST. WELCOME TO THE REVOLUTION.

A GLOVED HAND hits SEND. REFLECTION IN MIRROR

Even though it's dark, we get the faintest glimpse of a FIGURE WEARING A DARK SKI MASK.


BRUCE (V.O.)

Hand me the modem cable.

SMITH HOUSE - KITCHEN : a debris field of computer packing material; Styrofoam, plastic wrap, wire ties, empty cardboard boxes. We FIND JOHNNY holding up a tangle of peripheral cables. Finally, Bruce reaches over and takes the correct cable from him...

Crossing to a fancy desktop system taking shape on the table.

JOHNNY

You're just mad because I got a brand new computer. For free!

BRUCE

What's that all about anyway? You win the grand prize in a magazine

sweepstakes you don't even remember entering?

JOHNNY

What can I say, I'm a lucky guy.

BRUCE

You're lucky I was still here to help put it together. Because I

catch a plane out in one hour.

JOHNNY

Mom must be excited to have her little boy home for her birthday.

BRUCE

She'd be even more excited if you came with me.

JOHNNY

I've got that thing with J.J., besides I want to hang out and surf the net on my free computer. Did I mention that this thing was... free?

BRUCE

On second thought, I'm glad you're not coming. Okay, let's fire it up.

He hits the power button, as the computer whirs to life,

then it suddenly emits an audible warning; the cost effective

equivalent to You've got mail!

BRUCE

That's strange.

JOHNNY

What?

BRUCE

You've got an email message, but we haven't set up your address yet.

JOHNNY

It's probably some come on from the company...

Johnny double clicks as the message appears...

THE FIRST STONE HAS BEEN CAST. WELCOME TO THE REVOLUTION.

Johnny touches the mouse again, WHOOSH!VISION: We are sucked into the modem line, transformed into electricalcurrent; pure energy zooming at breakneck speed across an endless maze of circuitry. FLASH! Another computer terminal. ON SCREEN the final words of the cryptic message are typed out. The pointer moves; MAIL SENT.REVEAL THE SENDER Observer Johnny watches as the ASSAILANT, dressed all in black; gloved and wearing a ski mask steps silently out of the darkness, as PHIL sits at his monitor.Frost is visible through the portal on the phone...ASSAILANTHey.PHILWhat are you doing here?Thwack! One precision shot fired into the forehead, as Phil tumbles forward out of his chair. The Shooter sits at the terminal and types, THE FIRST STONE HAS BEEN CAST. WELCOME TO THE REVOLUTION. Then hits SEND. WHOOSH!
BRUCE

What's wrong?

JOHNNY (bothered)

I think my luck just ran out.

FADE OUT. END OF TEASER

 

ACT ONE

INDUSTRIAL PARK - EVENING

A desolate landscape of identical concrete structures; virtually abandoned at this hour. A powerful beam of light dances across the facades...

WALT (O.S.)

According to the license, the webcast is generated from this industrial complex. Seems Frost is a major paranoid, moves the broadcast every couple months.

Walt drives, using his free hand to operate the spotlight.

JOHNNY

What else do you know about him?

WALT

Fancies himself some kind of a gonzo journalist. Drugs and guns. Lately he's been in the papers for his oneman crusade against Vice President Danbury.

The light suddenly finds a FIGURE walking in the shadows. He looks back and we see it's Marshall Frost. He seems confused and terrified.

WALT

Speak of the devil.

JOHNNY

And the devil appears.

WALT

This is Sheriff Bannerman! Stay where you are!

Frost hesitates, then takes off up a small passage between two buildings. Walt drops the hand mic.

WALT

Don't run. Hang on.

He punches the gas as the cruiser tears around the corner and roars towards the far side of the complex. Walt's car fishtails around the far end of the building, as Frost dashes out from between buildings. As he runs, glancing back over his shoulder. He's obviously in a panic. As Walt uses the car to cut Frost off, then he jumps out of the car and backs him into a corner, his flash light in

Frost's eyes.

FROST

Don't kill me! I didn't see anything! Phil. They killed my engineer.

 

STUDIO - MOMENTS LATER : Walt, Johnny and Frost as they approach the outer door.

FROST

I tripped over something and that's when I found his body. He'd been shot through the head.

JOHNNY

That's the way I saw it.

FROST

You saw it? Who the hell are you?


WALT

Nevermind. Both of you just stay behind me.

Walt draws his gun and ENTERS the building.

ENGINEERING BOOTH - MOMENTS LATER

Walt flips on the lights. The floor is spotless. No Phil. No blood. No sign of anything.

WALT

You sure this is where he was?

FROST

Yeah, I'm sure. The body was right here. There was blood. It was all

over my hand.

He shows his open palms; clean.

FROST

They must have cleaned it off. After I was knocked out.

Walt and Johnny exchange a look, as...

FROST

I'm not crazy.

WALT

Relax. We believe you.

FROST

I can take a Goddamn lie detect... You believe me?

JOHNNY

The shooter came in through here. He was dressed in dark fatigues and wore a black ski mask. It was quick, professional.

FROST

Who the hell are you?

WALT

His name is John Smith.


FROST

Smith. The psychic who was stalking Greg Stillson?

Johnny ignores the comment.

JOHNNY

The killer could have shot you, but he didn't. Any idea why?

FROST

No.

WALT

What was your engineer's last name. I need to talk to his family.

FROST

He didn't have any family. No friends I know of. He was a fan, just showed up one day about a year ago and never left. He was a good guy.

WALT

I'll get CSU to sweep the place. If there's anything here, we'll find

it.

FROST

What about me?

WALT

Go home. I'll be in touch.

FROST

Sure.

Frost stumbles slightly. He's too drunk and too woozy to drive.

JOHNNY

I'll drive him home.

FROST

No offense, but I'd prefer the guy with the big gun.

WALT

Wait in the car.

Frost drops his car keys in Walt's hand and walks away.

WALT

I can have a deputy take him.

JOHNNY

Something isn't right here. I'll see what I can pick up, then catch a

cab home.

Johnny walks away, as Walt looks around...

Johnny and Frost step up to the front door.

FROST

Listen, why don't you go in first.

JOHNNY

I doubt they'd let you live, just to kill you again a few hours later.

FROST

That makes sense. Go first anyway.

Johnny shakes his head and ENTERS the trailer. The inside is as unsavory as the exterior. Endless stacks of books and papers occupy the cramped space. A spattering of spent liquor bottles and beer cans.

JOHNNY

All clear. Can you think of anybody...

FROST

Shhh! They might be listening.

He switches on the stereo and blasts MUSIC. He digs into a stack of papers and looks back.

FROST

You can go now!

Johnny turns the MUSIC OFF.

JOHNNY

Tell me about Mister Wolf?

FROST

How do you know...? You're psychic. Frost relents, making himself a drink. He first called the show about four months ago. Said he had sensitive information concerning Vice President Danbury. I thought he was just another whack job.

JOHNNY

He wasn't?

FROST

Next day, I found a package on the front seat of my car. Danbury's CIA file. Names, dates, the whole enchilada. Documentation linking

him to a half dozen illegal or, at the very least, unethical situations.

I was going to have copies made and sent to every major newspaper.

JOHNNY

You didn't?

FROST

The file vanished. I had it long enough to read and then it was gone.

JOHNNY

That's when you went after the Vice President on your show?

FROST

Wolf started calling me once a week. Dropping information about Danbury's personal and political life. I have an obligation to my audience. People need to know they have a criminal in the White House.

JOHNNY

How can you be sure it's all true?

FROST

Because of the silence.

JOHNNY

The silence?

FROST

Four months I've been pounding Danbury on the web, in all that time do you

know how many denials have been issued? Zero! Nada! Zilch!

JOHNNY

Maybe he just doesn't want to give you any credibility?

FROST

Yeah, maybe. Or maybe I'm right on the money.

JOHNNY

Who do you think he is? Wolf.

FROST

I've narrowed it down to two possibilities... State Department or NSA. Wherever he is, he's got his nose in deep.

WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)

How am I supposed to sleep with all this noise?

Johnny and Frost both TURN towards the bedroom door, REVEALING... KENDRA CROWE

a statuesque blonde in nothing but an open silk robe, bra and panties. She's in tremendous physical condition. She takes a deep drag off her cigarette, pursing lips painted in cherry red lipstick.

FROST

What are you doing here?

KENDRA

My neighbors are having a party and I needed someplace quiet to crash. Who's your friend?

FROST

John Smith. Kendra Crowe. Kendra was just leaving.

KENDRA

Hello.

JOHNNY (uncomfortable)

Hi.

She slides up to Frost and runs her hand across his chest.

KENDRA

Baby, you seem wired. Did you take your medicine?

FROST

I'm in no mood. I need to think. (to Johnny) That means both of you.

Kendra snuffs out her cigarette in a nearby ashtray.

KENDRA

Fine.

She disappears into the bedroom.

FROST

The front door!

KENDRA (O.S.)

I'm getting my stuff!
Johnny pulls out his cell phone and dials. Frost reacts, horrified; knocking it away.

FROST

What the hell do you think you're doing?

JOHNNY

Calling a cab.

FROST

Not from here you aren't. Microwaves are traceable. Don't you know anything?

Before Johnny can respond, a partially dressed Kendra

reappears looking for her shoes.

KENDRA

I need to have my head examined. I come all the way out to this dump and for what? To get the cold shoulder from a computer geek.

JOHNNY

I hate to bother you, but would you mind...
She reads his question.

KENDRA

Come on.

Frost grabs her and kisses her.

FROST

I ever tell you how sexy you are when you're angry?

KENDRA

Screw you!

She blows out the front door. Johnny exits. Kendra drives. Johnny tries to inconspicuously study her.

KENDRA

Go ahead and ask. What's a girl that looks like me doing with a guy like Marshall Frost?

JOHNNY

It is a little curious.

KENDRA

We have a... business arrangement.

JOHNNY

Oh. (suddenly gets it) Oh!

KENDRA

It's not like that. I mean, I don't sleep with him or anything. Mitch hates being alone, especially since his wife left him.

JOHNNY

When was that?

KENDRA

Almost a year. Took his little girl. Nearly destroyed him. Mostly I listen to him rant about the world.

JOHNNY

Do you think he's dangerous?

She seems taken aback by the question,

KENDRA

I think Mitch Frost believes everything he says.

JOHNNY

This is me on the corner.
She pulls over. Johnny opens his door and steps out.

KENDRA

Yes.

JOHNNY

Excuse me?

KENDRA

You asked me if I thought Frost is dangerous. The answer is yes.

The late model sports car tears away up the street.


SMITH HOUSE - LIVING ROOM
He walks in and clicks the television ON. WHOOSH!As the NATIONAL NEWS is on.NEWS ANCHORTonight, a nation mourns, as theWhite House has now confirmed reportsthat Vice President Eric Danbury isdead.Johnny freezes; stunned.NEWS ANCHORAs reported, it appears that a lonegunman was able to breach securityand shoot the Vice President once inthe head. Details remain extremelysketchy.A photo of ERIC DANBURY: July 11, 1955 - August, 26, 2006.NEWS ANCHOR (O.S.)Once again, Vice President EricDanbury, dead at the age of fiftyone.

JOHNNY (to himself)

August 26. Day after tomorrow.


ACT TWO

FADE IN: SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

WALT

I made a call to the Secret Service and they took the information.

JOHNNY

That's it? A phone call?

WALT

Do you have any idea how many death threats the White House gets every year?

JOHNNY

It isn't a threat. The Vice President is going to be assassinated some time in the next 48 hours.

WALT

Where? How? By who?

JOHNNY

I don't know.

WALT

That's the problem. Truth is, I'm not exactly high on the FBI's credibility list. Not after what happened out at that commune.

JOHNNY

That wasn't your fault.

ROSCOE approaches, presenting Walt with a manila folder.

ROSCOE

Forensics report from the Webcast studio.

Walt takes the folder, scanning the contents.

WALT

CSU didn't find anything. Not a hair, not a trace of blood.

John, I believe you. But if we want anybody else to take it seriously, we're going to need something solid to give them.

Johnny considers the challenge, then heads for the door.

WALT

Where are you going?

JOHNNY

To find Frost.

WALT

John, there's something you should know about him before you go.
Johnny stops at the door and looks back.


FROST'S TRAILER - SHORT TIME LATER

Frost is asleep on the couch, as someone grabs the blanket and yanks it, spilling him hard onto the floor.

FROST

What the fu....

He looks up to FIND Johnny staring down at him.

JOHNNY (angry)

Why didn't you tell me you were stalking Eric Danbury?

Frost struggles to his feet.

FROST

What are you talking about?

JOHNNY

Don't play stupid with me, I saw

copies of the police reports. You

crashed your car through the front

gate of his house. The police found

a 38-caliber pistol under the front

seat of your car. Shall I continue?

FROST

Whatever floats your boat.

JOHNNY

You spent 6 months in a psychiatric hospital. 2 months in isolation under a suicide watch.

FROST

I had issues and I dealt with them. Why does all this matter so much to you anyway?

JOHNNY (blurts it out)

It matters because in the next 36 hours someone is going to kill Vice President Danbury!
Frost seems stunned, then begins to laugh.

FROST

And they think I'm crazy! You're serious? What? You think it's me?

Frost begins searching for a cigarette.

JOHNNY

You've got the resumé.

FROST

Look, I've made some mistakes and I paid for them. I lost my wife and my daughter, both of which I'm trying to get back. If you think I'd do anything to jeopardize that, you need to take another look into your crystal ball or whatever it is you do.

Johnny can tell he's sincere. Frost fingers an empty pack of cigarettes.

FROST

You don't have a cigarette, do you?

JOHNNY

I don't smoke.

He continues searching, as Johnny notices the partially smoked cigarette that Kendra snuffed out the night before.

JOHNNY

Here.

Johnny picks up the cigarette smeared with lipstick. WHOOSH! VISION - OFFICE BUILDING - Occupied Jimmy Choo stilettos's gliding across polishedmarble. We TRAVEL UP a pair of shapely legs, to REVEAL...KENDRA CROWEnow a completely different animal; sporting a tailoredpantsuit, her hair pulled neatly back, carrying a leatherattaché. Moving with purpose through an ornate corridor,right past Observer Johnny as she lashes her credentials toa GUARD.Cleared, she continues on, drawing the leering stares of adelegation of JAPANESE BUSINESSMAN.KENDRA(effortless Japanese)Sohwa naranai desho.Snubbed, the businessmen react. Kendra grins withsatisfaction, slipping through a doorway. Observer Johnnycomes up from behind, pausing to read the door placard:COALITION FOR A BETTER AMERICA.26 INT. COALITION OUTER OFFICE - CONTINUOUS 26A SECRETARY looks up from her desk, acknowledging Kendra.KENDRAIs the man available?SECRETARYHe's expecting you.Reaching beneath her desk...INSERT - UNDERNEATH THE DESKShe presses a hidden button; unlocking the door. Buzz!BACK TO SCENE - ON KENDRApassing through a substantial door marked: PRIVATE. WHOOSH!

JOHNNY

How did you meet Kendra Crowe?

FROST

What?

JOHNNY

Crowe. How did you meet her?

FROST

She was recommended.

JOHNNY

By who?

FROST (thinking)

Phil. Phil recommended her.

Something continues to gnaw at Johnny.

JOHNNY

Do you know where she lives?


INT. APARTMENT BUILDING - LATER

Frost leads Johnny past numbered apartment doors.

FROST

No offense, Smith, but your radar's on the fritz. Kendra may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but she isn't a liar.

JOHNNY

She dates strange men for money. I think she's whoever she needs to be.

They WALK PAST an open utility closet where an elderly looking MAINTENANCE MAN is working. There's a huge key ring full of keys sticking out of the door knob of the open closet door.

FROST

This is it.

Frost KNOCKS... he KNOCKS again. Johnny steps quietly up to the open closet door, retrieves the key ring and steps back to where Frost is standing. He finds the labeled key and unlocks the apartment door.


KENDRA'S APARTMENT

Johnny and Frost ENTER. The apartment is fully furnished; casual country. Dirty plates in the sink, fresh cut flowers, and open newspapers give it a comfy, lived-in feel.

FROST

What are we looking for anyway?

JOHNNY

I'm not sure.

Johnny begins touching things, then he picks up a half glass of water off the breakfast table, WHOOSH! Someone fills the glass with water, but it's not Kendra.Instead it's a MAN (#1) in a dark blue phone jumpsuit; apartially concealed earpiece visible. He sets the glass onthe table. Observer Johnny watches curiously...Another, almost identical MAN (#2), passes by with a stackof newspapers; spreading them out to appear read. A thirdMAN (#3) carries a box through FRAME; Johnny follows...31 BATHROOM - CONTINUOUS 31The man unloads the box under Johnny's gaze; a worn toothbrushgoes on the counter, prescription bottles into the medicinecabinet, a depleted shampoo bottle into the shower and evena few loose strands of hair in the drain. No detailoverlooked in this elaborate set dressing. WHOOSH!

Johnny flashes out of the vision, surveying his faux surroundings with a fresh perspective.

JOHNNY

It's a set-up.

FROST

What?

JOHNNY

The apartment. It's been created to simulate reality.

FROST

That's crazy. I know this girl. We've spent quality time together. Here.

He crosses to an armoire covered with framed photographs.

FROST

Pictures of her family. This is her father, Hank.

He picks up a framed picture. A middle-age man in a wheelchair.

FROST (O.S.)

He was injured in Vietnam. A great guy.

Johnny takes the frame, WHOOSH!

JOHNNY

You've met him?

FROST

Uh, no, not in person.

Johnny turns the frame over and opens it from the back. He slips out the picture, which we now realize is actually a page cut out of a magazine. He unfolds the page as we see

that the picture is actually part of a national advertisement for electric wheelchairs. The man is simply an actor/spokesman for the product.

FROST (stunned)

I don't understand.

Frost grabs a few other pictures and tears them out of their frames. They're all fake. Magazine ads meant to fool. The phone suddenly RINGS. They share a look. Frost slowly

lifts the receiver to his ear...

FROST

Hello? -- Uh-huh. Yeah. Okay.
He offers the phone to Johnny.

FROST

It's for you.

He hands the phone to over to Johnny...

WOLF

This is truly an honor, Mister Smith.

JOHNNY

Who is this?

WOLF

You can call me The Wolf.

JOHNNY

What do you want?

WOLF

We need to talk. Go to Anderson Park. Bring Mister Frost with you.

JOHNNY

How will I know you?

WOLF

Go to the water fountain. If you're as good as they say, you'll find me.

Click. Dial tone.


ANDERSON PARK - DAY

A filthy HOMELESS MAN washes himself in a public water fountain; his hair, his face, his neck. Johnny and Frost wait behind him, finally Frost has had enough.

FROST

Ok, this is a drinking fountain, not a bath house!

He grabs the guy and pushes him aside.

HOMELESS MAN

Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

Frost pulls out a few dollars and sticks them in the guy's top pocket.

FROST

Yeah? Here, buy yourself some after shave and you're on your way to Heaven!

The guy ambles away, as Johnny steps up to the fountain,

WHOOSH! Into a high-speed collage of a dozen or so PEDESTRIANS sippingfrom the fountain. The final individual is a man, latethirties with chiseled features and a military haircut;wearing a black and gray jogging suit -- this is WOLF.WOLFMister Smith.

Johnny flashes out of the vision and scans the park.

JOHNNY

He's here.

FROST

Where?

Johnny heads off across the park with Frost quickly following.


SHADE TREE - WOLF

Preparing for a run. He never looks directly at them.

WOLF

Sit on the bench. Don't turn around. Don't make eye contact.

Johnny and Frost sit.

JOHNNY

How did you know we were at Crowe's apartment? How did you know her phone number?

WOLF

It's in my best interest to know a great many things.

JOHNNY

Who is she really?

WOLF

A puppet. A pawn on a chess board.

FROST

Why was she sent to me?

WOLF

You're both missing the big picture.

JOHNNY

The Vice President.

A YOUNG COUPLE pushing a baby stroller moves past them, then...

WOLF

It's deeper than one man.

JOHNNY

Who's behind it?

WOLF

Let's just say it involves political and industrial elements.

JOHNNY

Big business.

WOLF

If you consider formulating foreign policy, controlling global currency and unleashing the American war machine as big business, then you've got some idea of what's at stake.

FROST

Rich white guys trying to rule the world through chaos.

WOLF

On the contrary, these individuals operate through precision and efficiency. Everything is a means to an end. Even a seemingly insignificant magazine sweepstakes.

Johnny can't help but glance back at him for a second, then...

JOHNNY

You're saying some evil organization of power hungry billionaires sent me a home computer?

WOLF

There are no coincidences. Everyone plays a role. You, of all people, should realize that.

The idea strikes Johnny hard.

JOHNNY

What about the Vice President? What's his role?

WOLF

Every crusade needs a martyr.

FROST

We talking about the Bible now?

WOLF

Only in terms of scope and consequence. These people believe that out of chaos comes order, catastrophe is salvation and only through annihilation can there be

rebirth.

JOHNNY (hushed disbelief)

Armageddon.

WOLF

Now you understand.

JOHNNY

How do we stop it?

WOLF

I'm not here to stop it. I'm here to put it on the record. To place it in proper historical context. Nobody can stop it.

His attention suddenly shifts... WALT AND ROSCOE. Approaching from the far side of the park.

WOLF

The first stone has been cast. The revolution is underway.
He takes off.

JOHNNY

Through the crowded park, as Wolf is suddenly blind-sided by a dark-haired WOMAN; the impact jarring both of them. Wolf shakes it off and sprints away, as the Woman vanishes into the crowd. Wolf suddenly slows, his gait growing strained, until he STOPS, TURNS to face Johnny and COLLAPSES.

Johnny rushes to where he's lying and kneels. Wolf's eyes are slightly open as he struggles to breath.

JOHNNY

Who did this? Please, before it's too late.

Wolf, clearly dying, grabs Johnny by the arm. WHOOSH! VISION: A portion of the chase replayed from FIRST-PERSON PERSPECTIVE.Johnny is Wolf as he COLLIDES WITH THE DARK-HAIRED WOMAN,everything slows. Johnny/Wolf looks down, and WINCES as...E.C.U. - SLOW MOTION - THE WOMAN'S HANDcovertly jabbing a pressurized syringe into his side.JOHNNY/WOLFAs he looks back up at the woman and realizes it's actuallyKendra Crowe wearing a dark wig. She MOVES AWAY through thecrowd of people... WHOOSH!

Johnny flashes out of the vision as Walt, Roscoe and Frost arrive.

JOHNNY

He's dead. They killed him.


FADE OUT.

END OF ACT TWO

DEAD ZONE: "The Hunting Party" - ACT THREE - 8/9/05 - PINK 30.

ACT THREE

FADE IN:

41 INT. MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE - MORGUE - SEVERAL HOURS 41

LATER

Walt and Johnny talk with the medical examiner, DR. WENTZ.

WENTZ

Preliminary tests indicate the victim

had a high concentration of serotonin

in the brain stem.

JOHNNY

From the injection?

WENTZ

Normally, I'd say it could be a

combination of serotonergic

medications... but not in this case.

The initial ToxScreen came back

negative across the board.

WALT

So how did he die?

WENTZ

Off the record. I'd say his brain

was turned off.

(beat)

The only problem is there's nothing

I'm aware of that could do that to a

human being in such a short period

of time. At least nothing anyone is

supposed to know about.

WALT

Meaning?

WENTZ

(uneasy)

I've read about tests conducted by

the military. Experimental chemical

agents meant for use on the

battlefield.

JOHNNY

You think that's what killed this

man?

WENTZ

Let me show you something...

(CONTINUED)

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41 CONTINUED: 41

The Medical Examiner pulls open a particular drawer... Empty!

Wolf's body is gone.

42 MAIN OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER - THE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE 42

Walt, Johnny and the Medical Examiner stand over the desk of

a young, female LAB TECH.

LAB TECH

(nervous)

There were two men. They said they

were from the FBI and that they were

supposed to pick up the body.

WALT

They showed you proper ID?

LAB TECH

Yes sir.

She presents the paperwork. Walt scans the document.

JOHNNY

These guys really clean up after

themselves.

WALT

And we've got nothing again.

WENTZ

That's not completely true.

He retrieves an envelope and hands it to Walt.

WENTZ

I always do a set of polaroids, just

in case. I'll be in my office when

you're finished.

Wentz and his Assistant exit, leaving Johnny and Walt alone

to go over the pictures. Walt flips through the photos.

JOHNNY

First they kill Frost's engineer and

now Wolf, and they do it right in

front of us. Why?

WALT

I've seen this before.

Walt hands him one particular picture.

(CONTINUED)

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42 CONTINUED: 42

WALT

That tattoo. I've seen that design

before.

INSERT PHOTO

A CLOSE-UP of an elaborate tattoo covering the inside of

Wolf's forearm; an ornate dragon, wrapped around a sword.

WALT

I think it's military. I'll make a

few calls.

(beat)

John, if this Wolf character was

telling the truth, we could all be

in danger.

JOHNNY

They could have killed me anytime

they wanted, but they haven't. I

know this sounds crazy, but I think

they want us to know. It's like

they're daring us to stop them.

As Walt considers the thought...

43 EXT. MORGUE - MOMENTS LATER 43

Frost paces, clearly on edge. Johnny steps outside.

FROST

Where the hell have you been?

JOHNNY

There were... complications.

FROST

Complications? What does... Forget

it. I don't even want to know. In

fact, I don't want to know anything.

JOHNNY

Giving up?

FROST

You saw what they did to Phil. To

that poor sonofabitch in the park.

What are we supposed to do?

JOHNNY

We're supposed to fight back. Isn't

that what you're always telling

people?

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

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43 CONTINUED: 43

JOHNNY (CONT'D)

The little guy can make a difference.Our voices will be heard. Was that

real, or was it just part of the

show?

FROST

There was a time...

(beat)

It's every man for himself. See ya'

in the history books.

He walks away, leaving Johnny on his own.

44 INT. FROST'S TRAILER - LATER 44

The door flies open. A clearly intoxicated Frost, half bottle

of booze in hand, and another tucked under his arm as he

stumbles in.

FROST

Honey, I'm home!

(beat)

That's right, they're all gone.

Off balance, he barely makes it to the kitchen as he flips

on the light and heads for the refrigerator.

FROST

Ice cubes. I need many, many ice

cubes.

He grabs a bag of ice from the freezer, TURNS and FREEZES.

FROST

Hello.

He awkwardly dumps the bottles and the ice into the sink and

MOVES to the far counter, REVEALING...

RIFLE ON THE COUNTER

A high-powered M-24 SNIPER RIFLE.

Frost curiously studies the weapon, then picks it up. A

beat of uncertainty before raising the scope to his eye...

FROST'S P.O.V. - THROUGH THE SCOPE

moving across the trailer's furnishings; the crosshairs

dancing over the refrigerator, the television, the couch...

then everything goes DARK.

(CONTINUED)

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44 CONTINUED: 44

RESUME SCENE

Frost lifts his eye from the scope and SEES...

A MASKED COMMANDO

A SOLDIER, cloaked in black commando gear and a black ski

mask standing directly in front of him.

FROST

(even drunk he knows

this is bad, low)

Damn.

As ANOTHER SOLDIER, grabs Frost around the neck from behind

and quickly chokes him unconscious. The Soldier in front

takes the weapon from him as he drops to the floor.

A THIRD SOLDIER helps lift and carry Frost's body away.

Soldier 1, wearing gloves, carefully bags the sniper rifle

leaving no prints and not disturbing the ones left by Frost.

And then he's gone.

45 INT. SHERIFF'S STATION - SAME TIME 45

Johnny ENTERS, as Walt meets him. Walt seems edgier than

usual.

JOHNNY

What was so important we couldn't

talk on the phone?

WALT

Let's go in my office.

46 WALT'S OFFICE 46

Walt locks the door behind him and lowers the shade.

WALT

I talked to a friend of mine. We

were in the Marines together, then

he went to work in Washington for

the Army.

JOHNNY

And?

WALT

I sent him a picture of the tattoo.

And he sent me something back. This

is classified.

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

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46 CONTINUED: 46

WALT (CONT'D)

I only got it because I saved this

guy's ass once, and I swore that I'd

burn it after I was done.

JOHNNY

What is it?

Walt slides a b/w, 8x10 photograph across the desk.

WALT

Turns out I was right. The tattoo

was the symbol for a low profile

Ranger unit. The team officially

disbanded in 1997 after some secret

missions in Afghanistan. Our dead

man in the park is front left.

INSERT - PHOTOGRAPH

About ten soldiers in full camouflage and carrying numerous

weapons and instruments of destruction. We ZOOM TIGHT on

the man front left, as we recognize him as The Wolf. He's a

bit younger, but it's definitely the same man.

RESUME JOHNNY AND WALT

Walt is clearly uneasy.

JOHNNY

What kind of unit was this?

WALT

The kind nobody talks about.

JOHNNY

If Wolf was just a soldier, how could

he know the things he told Frost?

He had to be getting information

from....

Suddenly Johnny's expression shifts as he stops speaking.

JOHNNY

(low, ominous)

My God.

WALT

What?

JOHNNY

I recognize a few more faces here.

Johnny lays the photo between them on the desk.

(CONTINUED)

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46 CONTINUED: (2) 46

INSERT PHOTOGRAPH

E.C. MOVING across the faces, left to right as we HOLD TIGHT

on the lone FEMALE in the unit. It's Kendra Crowe.

JOHNNY (O.S.)

The female, front center. That's

Crowe, the woman I met at Frost's

trailer. The one who killed Wolf.

WALT (O.S.)

Who else?

JOHNNY (O.S.)

The guy at the far end. Frost's

dead engineer.

The SHOT MOVES ACROSS as we SEE PHIL, the dead computer tech.

WALT (O.S.)

Just when you thought you were

confused.

RESUME WALT AND JOHNNY

The power of the revelations heavy on their faces.

JOHNNY

It gets worse. The man in the very

back. The one holding the hunting

knife.

INSERT PHOTOGRAPH

The CAMERA MOVES UP across the faces and settles on the unit's

commanding officer, MALCOLM JANUS. He holds a large hunting

knife in his hand and wears a creepy grin.

JOHNNY (V.O.)

His name is Malcolm Janus. He's

Greg Stillson's top advisor.

RESUME JOHNNY AND WALT

Johnny turns away to gather his thoughts,

WALT

Stillson? You don't think he's

involved in this thing, do you?

Johnny suddenly grabs his jacket off the couch and heads for

the door.

WALT

Where are you going?

(CONTINUED)

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46 CONTINUED: (3) 46

JOHNNY

I think I know where to find Janus.

I'll call you later.

Johnny exits. Walt picks up the photo, lights a match and

sets the photograph on fire. Once it's burning, he drops it

into the waste can.

INSERT PHOTOGRAPH

CLOSE-UP as the fire burns away the FACES of CROWE, PHIL and

WOLF. The SHOT PUSHES TIGHTER on JANUS' face as the flames

eventually burn away his image.

DISSOLVE TO:

47 EXT. BOSTON - DAY - ESTABLISHING 47

A seemingly tranquil day in New England.

48 INT. OFFICE BUILDING - CONTINUOUS - MOVING WITH 48

Johnny, as he powers through the same marble hallway seen in

his earlier Kendra Crowe vision.

He slips past a distracted SECURITY GUARD, passing through

the doorway marked: COALITION FOR A BETTER AMERICA.

49 INT. COALITION OUTER OFFICE - CONTINUOUS 49

The now familiar secretary looks up from her computer.

SECRETARY

Can I help you?

JOHNNY

I want to see Janus.

SECRETARY

There's no one here by that name.

JOHNNY

Lady, I don't have time for this.

Johnny reaches over and activates the door release buzzer.

He blows through the inner office door...

SECRETARY

(on the phone)

Security.

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50 INT. BOARD ROOM - SAME TIME 50

Johnny bursts into the empty conference room. He quickly

closes the door and locks it.

Johnny MOVES CAUTIOUSLY around the conference table, trailing

his hand along the backs of the lush leather chairs, ending

at the head position. As he touches the back of the chair,

WHOOSH!51 MATCH, MOVE, MORPH 51Bodies materialize around him, filling the empty chairs; 4or 5 older MEN in suits. Distinguished. Severe. This isthe BOARD MEETING that's not on anyone's day planner.Across the expanse of the table, GREG STILLSON occupies thechair directly in front of Johnny.STILLSONI'm not sure I'm comfortable withthis idea.The chair at the far end of the table swivels slowly aroundto REVEAL MALCOLM JANUS. He carries no knife, but he's justseems just as deadly...JANUSNot comfortable? We've invested agreat deal of money and effort intoyou Congressman. Tremendoussacrifices have been made and willcontinue to be made in order for youto realize your place in history.STILLSON(with politician ease)I appreciate everything you've done.Concerning my father and... my wife.JANUSYou're appreciation is neitherexpected or required. Your commitmentis all we ask, all we've everrequired.(beat, lost in himself)There's a storm coming. The windsof change are howling. And whenthey strike, our great nation willascend from the rubble and once againbecome the beacon of power and dignityby which all other civilizationswill be judged.

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

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51 CONTINUED: 51

JANUS (CONT'D)The question is are you the man tostand above the rest? The voicethat will lead us from the darknessinto the light? Are you? Can yoube? Can you?An eerie silence hangs over the room; tension palpable.Everything Stillson has ever dreamed about is at his feetfor the taking. The door opens and the secretary enters...SECRETARY(to Janus)Excuse me, sir, the Vice Presidentialparty has left Andrews. We expectwheels on the ground in less than anhour.JANUSIt's time, Congressman. What willit be?Stillson seems slightly uneasy under the scrutiny of thosegathered, as he finally rises from his chair.STILLSONThis is for my country. My people.SECRETARYRight this way, Congressman.Stillson follows the woman to the door.JANUSHappy hunting, sir.Janus watches as Stillson walks out. WHOOSH!

52 RESUME SCENE - INT. BOARD ROOM - ON JOHNNY 52

as the puzzle picture begins to take shape, TWO SECURITY

GUARDS suddenly bust the doors OPEN. As they rush in and

grab Johnny, the Secretary comes in behind them.

JOHNNY

Wait! You don't understand what's

happening!

SECRETARY

Remove him from the building.

The Guards strong arm Johnny out of the room.

(CONTINUED)

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52 CONTINUED: 52

JOHNNY

You won't get away with this! I

know what you're doing!

SECRETARY

(cold as ice)

Good-bye, Mister Smith.

She gives him that creepy smile, as Johnny realize just how

deep and twisted this thing really is...

FADE OUT.

END OF ACT THREE

DEAD ZONE: "The Hunting Party" - ACT FOUR - 8/9/05 - PINK 41.

ACT FOUR

FADE IN:

53 EXT. TRAILER PARK - DAY - ESTABLISHING 53

Johnny's Ranger Rover parked out front.

JOHNNY (O.S.)

(intense)

Frost?! Open the Goddamn door!

54 INT. FROST'S TRAILER - CONTINUOUS 54

Johnny opens the door and ENTERS. There's nobody here. He

disappears into the bedroom, then returns. He checks out

the kitchen.

THE KITCHEN

Johnny notices the mostly melted bag of ice and whiskey

bottles in the sink. He reaches down and picks up the half

full bottle, as WHOOSH!

55 VISION - INT. FROST'S TRAILER - EARLIER 55Frost holds the sniper rifle to his eye, aiming it. ObserverJohnny circles around him, taking in the startling image.Then Frost is assaulted and carried out of the trailer. Therifle wrapped and taken away. WHOOSH!

56 RESUME SCENE 56

Johnny flashes out as he HEARS someone at the front door...

INSERT - THE DOORKNOB

slowly turning.

BACK TO JOHNNY

reacting; ducking down below the counter. Johnny slides

open a kitchen drawer and takes out a steak knife. He knows

if Janus wants him dead, he'll have to fight.

Then approaching FOOTSTEPS; closer and closer until they are

right over him. He takes a deep breath then rises quickly,

the knife poised to attack, as we REVEAL...

WALT

his pistol drawn and ready to fire.

(CONTINUED)

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56 CONTINUED: 56

WALT

(startled)

Jesus! I almost blew your damn head

off! I've been trying to call you

for the past 2 hours.

JOHNNY

I went to Boston and forgot my phone.

WALT

Where's Frost?

JOHNNY

They took him.

WALT

Who?

JOHNNY

Some guys in military uniforms.

What are you doing here?

WALT

Feds got an anonymous tip that Frost

was planning to shoot the Vice

President.

JOHNNY

What?

WALT

The Secret Service issued a warrant

for his arrest.

JOHNNY

(realizes)

Janus. I tracked him to an office

building in Boston. Organization

called 'The Coalition For A BetterAmerica'.

WALT

Catchy name.

JOHNNY

I managed to get into their conference

room and I had a vision of Janus and

Greg Stillson. It was clear something

was going down involving the Vice

President.

WALT

Where does Frost fit in to all of

this?

(CONTINUED)

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56 CONTINUED: (2) 56

PUSHING TIGHT on Johnny's face as he struggles to put things

together in his head...

57 MEMORY FLASH - EXT. ANDERSON PARK - DAY 57

Johnny's conversation with Wolf.

WOLF

Nothing is random. Every piece is

connected. Everyone plays a role.

You, of all people, should know that.

58 OMITTED 58

59 MEMORY FLASHES - VARIOUS LOCATIONS 59

JOHNNY

...you crashed your car through the

front gate of his house. The police

found a 38-caliber pistol under the

front seat of your car.

59A FLASH! 59A

JOHNNY

6 months in a psychiatric hospital.

2 months in isolation under a suicide

watch.

59B FLASH! FROST'S KITCHEN 59B

As Frost holds the sniper rifle in the shooting position.

59C FLASH! 59C

As the Masked Soldier carefully bags the rifle.

60 RESUME JOHNNY 60

As he finally realizes what's actually happening.

JOHNNY

Frost is the patsy. It's Oswald all

over again.

WALT

Oswald?

JOHNNY

Don't you see?

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

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60 CONTINUED: 60

JOHNNY (CONT'D)

They found the guy to fit the crime

and then built the conspiracy around

him. They knew Frost had already

threatened Danbury. That he had a

history of mental illness. All they

needed to do was connect the dots.

WALT

They must have known you'd see all

this eventually?

Johnny FLASHES BACK to help put it together in his mind.

61 MEMORY FLASH! 61

WOLF

Everything is a means to an end...

Even a seemingly insignificant

magazine sweepstakes.

62 RESUME JOHNNY 62

Realizing he's been played from the very beginning.

JOHNNY

They brought me here as a witness.

Why not? They knew I couldn't prove

anything.

(beat)

It's a coup d'etat and it starts

with killing the Vice President.

Walt's cell phone RINGS, as he answers...

WALT

Bannerman. -- You sure? No, keep

this line open.

(hangs up)

Air Force Two landed in Bangor 4

hours ago.

JOHNNY

Danbury is here?

WALT

Briar Hill for an unscheduled hunting

trip.

Johnny can hardly believe what he's hearing, as...

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63 MEMORY FLASH! JANUS' LAST WORDS TO GREG STILLSON 63JANUSHappy hunting, sir.

64 RESUME JOHNNY AND WALT 64

Everything fits.

JOHNNY

They're going to kill Danbury in the

woods.

WALT

I'll drive.

They take off.

65 EXT. MOUNTAIN ROAD - LATER 65

Walt's cruiser, lights flashing, races along the two-lane

backwoods highway; kicking up a cloud of debris...

66 INT. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT - OUTER OFFICE - ON ROSCOE 66

Talking over the shortwave radio...

ROSCOE

I tried everyone... FBI, State Police,

even the National Guard. Lines are

blocked and everything's locked down.

Something big is happening up there.

INTERCUTTING WITH:

67 INT. WALT'S CRUISER - SAME TIME 67

Walt on his radio.

WALT

Keep trying. The second you get

anyone on the phone, I wanna' know.

He replaces the handset and looks over at Johnny in the

passenger seat, staring off; preoccupied.

JOHNNY

Everything that's happened to me for

the past five years has led to this.

WALT

We're gonna' stop them, John.

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

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67 CONTINUED: 67

WALT (CONT'D)

Whoever these people are, they made

a big mistake when they decided to

come to Maine.

JOHNNY

(staring off)

That's just it. These people don't

make mistakes. Not ever.

The implication hangs in the air, as they HEAR the tremendous

ROAR above them.

JOHNNY'S POV - MILITARY CHOPPER

As a large military chopper soars past them heading from the

mountains.

RESUME JOHNNY AND WALT

As a convoy of BLACK SUBURBANS race past them on the road

heading in the opposite direction.

JOHNNY

We're too late. It's done.

68 EXT. BRIAR HILL HUNTING LODGE - AERIAL SHOT - ESTABLISHING 68

The area is besieged with ambulances, FBI sedans, media vans,

National Guard trucks; a virtual war zone teaming with an

army of EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL.

69 EXT. CRIME SCENE PERIMETER/INT. CRUISER - CONTINUOUS 69

Johnny and Walt snake their way (in the cruiser) through a

gathering of REPORTERS and CAMERAMEN clamoring for position

behind crowd control barriers. Walt stops a CAMERAMAN...

WALT

What's going on?

CAMERAMAN

Some nut shot the Vice President.

They airlifted him out a few minutes

ago.

JOHNNY

What was his condition?

CAMERAMAN

I don't know. He took one in the

head. It's Kennedy all over again.

(CONTINUED)

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69 CONTINUED: 69

WALT

Anybody else hurt?

CAMERAMAN

Stillson. They say he got shot and

then killed the bad guy.

JOHNNY

Any idea who the shooter was?

CAMERAMAN

Beats me. This place is about to

become a zoo.

The guy takes off, as Walt looks at Johnny. They both know

in their hearts who the alleged killer is.

WALT

We should go back. Contact the FBI

and tell them everything.

JOHNNY

Without evidence. They'd throw us

out.

(determined)

I'm staying here. I need to know.

I need to see it for myself.

Johnny quickly OPENS the car door.

WALT

John, wait!

It's too late. He's already disappeared into the crowd.

70 EXT. STAGING AREA - SHORT TIME LATER 70

An ambulance sits unattended. Johnny emerges from the rear,

now wearing an EMT jump suit and a baseball cap; carrying a

silver tank of oxygen. He keeps his head down as he

approaches a young National Guardsman, the last line of

defense between him and the truth.

GUARDSMAN

Nobody goes in!

JOHNNY

They just radioed up that they need

another tank of oxygen for Congressman

Stillson.

GUARDSMAN

I have orders.

(CONTINUED)

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70 CONTINUED: 70

JOHNNY

(thinking on his feet)

I don't know what your name is, but

if a United States Congressman dies

because you didn't let me do my job,

I promise you that everybody in the

world will know it by dinner tonight.

The young Guardsman folds under the pressure.

GUARDSMAN

Okay, go.

Johnny heads inside the crime scene perimeter. Investigators

everywhere. Dogs. Secret Service. FBI. Utter chaos.

NEW ANGLE

A team of PARAMEDICS appear, guiding an occupied gurney

towards Johnny... it's Stillson; bloodied and bandaged, an

IV in his arm.

JOHNNY

They said you guys might need another

tank.

PARAMEDIC

What we need is two more hands.

JOHNNY

I'm your man.

Johnny falls in line, taking hold of one of the guide rails.

Stillson, barely conscious, suddenly recognizes Johnny.

He's been given morphine for pain and is a bit out of it.

STILLSON

(groggy)

I got him, Smith. I shot the bastard.

Johnny touches his arm... WHOOSH!

71 VISION - EXT. WOODS - DAY 71

An entourage of men dressed in plaid gear, all carryinghunting rifles, navigate the lush vegetation. Danbury is upfront, flanked by two SECRET SERVICE AGENTS. They are dressedto fit in, but their dark sunglasses and earpieces give themaway. Stillson brings up the rear.Observer Johnny paces the group. Danbury looks back...

(CONTINUED)

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71 CONTINUED: 71

DANBURYGreg, get on up here. Can't get inthe action if you're not on the frontline.Stillson obliges, falling in next to him.STILLSONThank you, sir.DANBURYCall me Doc.STILLSONYes, sir. I mean, Doc.We can read Stillson's nervousness.DANBURYFirst time in the big woods?STILLSONNo, sir. I used to hunt with myfather when I was a boy.DANBURYBear? Elk?STILLSONSquirrels.Danbury hesitates then begins to laugh.DANBURYSquirrels. You boys hear that? Wegot us an honest-to-God squirrelhunter!The other men laugh, as Stillson musters a smile, clearlyuncomfortable and nervous. If Stillson had any reservationsabout this man dying, it all went away when he was laughedat.STILLSONShame about Senator Jennings missingthe trip.

DANBURY

That'll teach the old coot to orderhis steaks rare. Besides, if hehadn't got sick, you wouldn't behere, right?STILLSONRight.

(CONTINUED)

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71 CONTINUED: (2) 71

A sudden STIRRING in the bushes draws their attention.DANBURYLook alive, boys.The assembled level their rifles, aiming at the roost.STILLSONraises the sight to his eye. A glint of light assaults hisperipheral, drawing his gaze hard right...WHOOSH PAN to reveal a lone FIGURE one hundred yards off,standing in a clearing pointing a sniper rifle our way.Stillson, as scripted, reacts.STILLSONMr. Vice President!SLOW MOTIONBANG! A high velocity projectile tears through the neck ofa secret service agent, traveling straight through him...striking Danbury in the head, splattering Stillson with ahailstorm of blood.BANG! A 2nd SHOT grazes Stillson's left shoulder. Herecoils, but doesn't go down.NEW ANGLE - STILLSONUsing his remaining strength, he shifts his rifle intoposition, aims at the assailant and fires! WHOOSH!

72 BACK TO REALITY - JOHNNY 72

Releases his grip as Stillson closes his eyes. Johnny steps

away from the gurney as Stillson is loaded into the ambulance.

Rattled, Johnny TURNS and notices another gurney; this one

occupied by a full body bag.

BACK TO JOHNNY

stepping over the body. Reaching out, slowly unzipping the

bag to REVEAL... Marshall Frost!

Johnny reacts, wounded; stung by his failure to protect.

CLOSE ON HIS TREMBLING HAND

moving to Frost's chest. WHOOSH!

DEAD ZONE: "The Hunting Party" - ACT FOUR - 8/15/05 - GREEN 51.

73 VISION - SNIPER'S POV - THROUGH A SCOPE 73The hunting party preparing to ambush the wild turkeys. Thecrosshairs dance across faces... Stillson, then Danbury; aclean head shot obscured by a Secret Service Agent. Thesolution, shoot through him. BANG!THE SNIPERIt's Johnny, wearing military camouflage and his face paintedin black streaks. He shifts the rifle, aims, and fires again.BANG!SNIPER JOHNNY'S P.O.V. - THROUGH THE SCOPEStillson, wounded, his rifle pointed our way. BANG!SLOW MOTION - CLOSE ON THE ROUNDmid-flight, displacing air... the SHOT sails high and wide,missing completely.RESUME ON SNIPER JOHNNYdropping to the ground. He crawls quickly behind some coverand throws back some branches to REVEAL MARSHALL FROST.He's already dead from what appears to be a gaping chestwound.Johnny, wearing gloves, quickly slips the rifle into Frost'shand, then...He straddles the body, a beat to review his handiwork; perhapssomething more. He slowly leans in and kisses Frost on theforehead as he pulls back, we now SEE the sniper's trueidentity is KENDRA CROWE.Observer Johnny now watches helplessly as she scrambles awayinto the thick forest, leaving Frost behind as the perfectpatsy. An army of Secret Service Men descend on the area, asFRANTIC VOICES echo through the tree tops. WHOOSH!

74 BACK TO REALITY 74

Johnny stares down at Frost's lifeless body; verging on an

emotional break as he FLASHES BACK on...

75 MEMORY FLASH! 75

Frost looks back at Johnny.

FROST

It's every man for himself. See you

in the history books. *

DEAD ZONE: "The Hunting Party" - ACT FOUR - 8/15/05 - GREEN 52.

76 RESUME JOHNNY 76

He zips up the bag, and walks away, blending into the residual

madness of the crime scene.

77 INT. SMITH HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - THAT EVENING 77

Johnny enters; exhausted. Defeated. He eases himself onto

the couch, remotely turning on the television...

78 ON TELEVISION 78

A MALE/FEMALE NEWS TEAM delivers the tragic news...

MALE NEWS ANCHOR

The White House has now confirmed

that surgeons were unable to revive

Vice President Danbury. The official

time of death 3:47PM.

A photo of STILLSON comes up...

FEMALE NEWS ANCHOR

The condition of Maine Congressman

Greg Stillson, wounded in the attack, *

has now been raised to stable. The

President is calling Stillson an

American hero as the charismatic

young leader returned fire in defense

of the Vice President, killing the

lone gunman with a single shot. The

assassin has been officially *

identified as controversial media

personality, Marshall Frost. Frost,

who had a history of mental health

problems, often attacked the Vice *

President on his weekly webcast.

It's too early to speculate, but

early word out of Washington pegs

Stillson as a likely candidate to

fill the now vacant Vice Presidency.

Johnny can hardly believe what he's hearing.

MALE NEWS ANCHOR

Like you said, Julie, it's too early

to know which way the political winds

may blow, but if there was an election

held tomorrow, I do believe Greg

Stillson might be elected President.

(CONTINUED)

DEAD ZONE: "The Hunting Party" - ACT FOUR - 8/15/05 - GREEN 53.

78 CONTINUED: 78

CLICK! The television goes BLACK.

79 JOHNNY 79

His face wrought with emotion. He closes his eyes...

JANUS'S VOICE

From his lips to God's ear.

Janus steps out of the darkness like a phantom.

JOHNNY

You did this. You murdered the Vice

President.

JANUS

I prefer to see it as a liberation.

The freedom to usher in new *

perspectives of leadership. *

JOHNNY

You're insane.

JANUS

Again, I believe we'll have to agree

to disagree.

JOHNNY

Why let me in on it? You knew I'd *

see the truth. *

JANUS

I thought I made that clear in our

last conversation.

JOHNNY

(remembering)

The third ruler in the Kingdom.

JANUS

Technically, you'd be number two,

but everything's negotiable.

JOHNNY

Those people that you killed, they

were your soldiers. Did you offer

them a chance to negotiate their *

lives?

The question seems to strike a nerve with Janus.

JANUS

Their mission was to serve the greater

good of the unit.

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

DEAD ZONE: "The Hunting Party" - ACT FOUR - 8/15/05 - GREEN 54.

79 CONTINUED: 79

JANUS (CONT'D)

In that respect, they died heroes.

We should all be thankful to pass

with such dignity.

JOHNNY

Dignity? Is that what it took to

poison Miranda Ellis on her wedding

day? Or was she just more collateral

damage on your way to the White House?

JANUS

We have philosophical differences, I

accept that, but at the core we both

desire the same things. A safe and

powerful land in which to raise our

children and build our future. You've

seen what we can accomplish without

you, imagine the things we could do

together.

JOHNNY

Are you suggesting this was all some

kind of audition for my benefit?

JANUS

Not an audition. A preview. The

opening act of the greatest drama

ever conceived by a man. An epic

tale born of victory and penned in

blood. You simply need to decide on

which side of the curtain you'll

stand.

JOHNNY

And if I turn away?

JANUS

(cold)

You won't need psychic powers to see

that future. There won't be one.

(stepping to the door)

Think it over, John, it's almost

show time.

Janus vanishes into the darkness. As Johnny is left to ponder *

the implication of his threat.

FADE OUT.

THE END

 

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