THE MARY LEWISES

 

by Allison McCulloch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.O. Box 22146

Nashville, TN37202

615-337-5420


FADE IN:

 

INT. HOLLISí HOUSE - DAY

 

ABIGAIL (35) has short-blonde hair and is in a business suit.J.T. (20), her sister, is sitting by the front door.While being addressed by Mary, the characterís name is J.T.

 

ABIGAIL

I think weíre all set, Mary.

 

J.T.

Whereís Carolyn?

 

ABIGAIL

I told you: sheís at a friendís house for the weekend. You just need to take care of Juliette.

 

J.T.

Abigail, I bet Juliette could handle herself for the entire weekend.

 

ABIGAIL

Give me a break! Sheís twelve. She could get into a lot of trouble, throw a party and invite a bunch of rowdy people from school.

 

J.T.

Abigail, sheís not like we were.Juliette is a good girl, and believe me, her idea of breaking the rules would to be to borrow the family camcorder and record her own documentary.

 

ABIGAIL

Donít let her touch the camcorder.

 

J.T.

Oh, whatever. Iíll take her for ice cream and a movie.Something like that.

 

ABIGAIL

OK, I need to go.But you have my number and Paulís number, for any emergencies.

 

J.T.

Yeah, it should be fine.

 

EXT. SHOOTING RANGE

 

J.T. is teaching JULIETTE (12) how to shoot.Juliette shoots three cans in a row.

 

J.T.

Youíre definitely a good shot.

 

JULIETTE

We learned how to shoot rifles in Girl Scouts, when we went to this ranch. I won some kind of award.

 

J.T.

Wow, you should become a cop.

 

JULIETTE

I donít believe women should be cops.

 

J.T.

How about a double agent?

 

JULIETTE

That would be great.Lots of shooting required?

 

J.T.

Sometimes.Only sometimes.

 

JULIETTE

How do you become a double agent?

 

J.T.

College degree, you have to be brilliant, emotionally impenetrable, physically fit, tough.

 

JULIETTE

Iím tough.

 

J.T.

Iím afraid weíll have to work on that.

 

Juliette gives J.T. an annoyed look.

 

JULIETTE

Aunt Mary.

 

INT. HOLLISí HOUSE Ė NIGHT

 

J.T. is questioning Juliette at the kitchen table. J.T. is yelling and trying to sound as threatening as possible, gripping Julietteís hand.

 

J.T.

Tell me the code or Iíll cut your hand off.

 

JULIETTE

What code?They didnít give me a code.

 

J.T.

Iíll kill you after I torture you to death. Give me the code.

 

Juliette erupts, laughing.

 

JULIETTE

Aunt Mary, this isnít very believable. I know you wonít kill me.

 

J.T.

Do you really want to be a double agent?

 

JULIETTE

Yes.

 

J.T.

Really?

 

JULIETTE

I would die for it.

 

J.T.

Iíll give you the proper training then.By the time you graduate from college, youíll have so much experience, youíll rise to the top. Youíre a natural.If you get bored or this is too much to handle, Iíll stop.

 

JULIETTE

Are you a double agent?

 

J.T.

If I were, I wouldnít be allowed to tell you.

 

JULIETTE

Iíll keep it a secret, then.

 

INT. HOLLISí HOUSE Ė KITCHEN -DAY

 

Abigail spots Juliette doing her homework.

 

ABIGAIL

Juliette, itís getting awfully close to your birthday.

 

JULIETTE

Yes.

 

ABIGAIL

Would you like anything in particular?

 

JULIETTE

Iím not sure youíd let me have what I want.

 

ABIGAIL

What is that?

 

JULIETTE

A yearís membership to Goldís Gym and a subscription to Crime Monthly.

 

Abigail does not know how to handle this.

 

ABIGAIL

Let me know if you change your mind.

 

SUPERIMPOSE: FIVE YEARS LATER...

 

INT. CIA HEADQUARTERS, LANGLEY, VIRGINIA Ė SWIMMING POOL

 

J.T.(25) is walking toward the ten foot diving board in a bikini. AGENT MARSHALL (60) talks to J.T. from the other side of the pool.

 

AGENT MARSHALL

Are you sure you want to do this?

 

J.T.

Iíve lived for this opportunity, Agent Marshall.

 

J.T. climbs up the top of the diving board while talking to the director.

 

AGENT MARSHALL

If you want to pull out, we can put Gregory on this case.

 

J.T.

No, I definitely want to go through with this. Gregory has a family. Chances of survival are slim. Are all my papers in order?

 

AGENT MARSHALL

Yes. Does the thought of never seeing your family again bother you? ... As a woman?

 

J.T.

Iíve been here for seven years and Iíve never heard you say anything so sexist before.

 

AGENT MARSHALL

Sorry. Itís just that ...

 

J.T. dives into the pool. She resurfaces.

 

J.T.

I havenít seen my sister in two years. We had a fight. The CIA is my family.

 

AGENT MARSHALL

Donít you want to reconcile? You may never have another chance.

 

J.T.

I want her to feel as guilty as possible.

 

J.T. picks up a towel that is sitting on a chair and exits the pool area.

 

EXT. ROAD Ė LAKE Ė NIGHT

 

In a speeding car, the HITMAN is the driver. The man is a rough looking, beefy guy. The passengerís side holds J.T., tied up with masking tape over her mouth.

 

HITMAN

I just want you to know this, before you die. I do this all the time, so itís not like Iíll have a guilty conscience. Most victims feel assured that Iíll burn in hell or Iíll feel bad for what Iíve done, but honey look: you should know that itís not gonna happen that way.

 

J.T. is relaxed and does not make eye contact with the hit man, even when he turns to her to try get her to look at him.

 

The car pulls over to the far side of the lake. Her knocks her unconscious by elbowing her in the head, then throws her in the lake. After the deed is done, he speeds off in his car.

 

INT. CIA HEADQUARTERS, LANGLEY, VIRGINIA Ė REDMONDíS OFFICE

 

REDMOND (45) is sitting at his desk with some personnel files. He is serious, but has a very gentle manner.

 

JULIETTE (17) is a cool, calm, and collected blonde, sitting across from him. He refers to her as Mary Lewis, but her real name is Juliette.

 

REDMOND

This interview will be relatively painless, since this is a transfer.

 

JULIETTE

OK.

 

REDMOND

How does it feel to be back in Virginia, Mary?

 

JULIETTE

Oh, wonderful. I grew up here.

 

REDMOND

Agent Marshall had some spectacular things to say about you.

 

JULIETTE

Thanks.

 

REDMOND

Above and beyond all things, that you werenít emotional like most women. Most women, no matter how properly trained they are, still have emotions reeking from their pores.

 

JULIETTE

Iím pretty unemotional. I like to get the job done.

 

REDMOND

How do you feel about Marshallís death?

 

Juliette seems a bit unnerved.

 

JULIETTE

He was my mentor.

 

REDMOND

He was my mentorís mentor. Iíve heard about Marshall for years.No offense, but itís sickening to hear about the man after awhile. I hope you donít ramble on about him like my boss did.Was he not quite the legend they made him out to be?

 

JULIETTE

With all due respect, sir, he was one of the best, to the end. Now, since Iíve been transferred, I look forward to working under your orders.

 

REDMOND

Iím going to put you on a case right away. It seems like it could be a pressing matter of security, but we havenít collected enough evidence on this guy. Iím going to assign you a partner, but I donít quite know who yet.

 

JULIETTE

Take your time, sir.

 

Redmond is flipping through Mary Lewisí personnel file.

 

REDMOND

Those people at the Pennsylvania site. You have a stunning recommendation, with the exception of a disclaimer in your personnel file. ďShe has too much attitude sometimes.Ē Attitude. I hate when firmness and directness is misattributed to ďattitude.Ē Youíll fit right in here. I had a short stint with the Pennsylvania office, and theyíre a little bit touchy there, arenít they?

 

JULIETTE

I just do my job, sir.

 

Redmond pulls out a black-and-white picture of Mary Lewis, realizing that there is a difference between the picture and Juliette.

 

REDMOND

You look a little young. And then you look a little old.

 

JULIETTE

Bad picture, sir.

 

REDMOND

Every woman thinks her picture looks bad.That is the only thing I can generalize about you. Take that as a compliment.

 

JULIETTE

Thank you, sir.

 

INT. CIA HEADQUARTERS, LANGLEY, VIRGINIA Ė HALLWAY

 

BROOKS (30) is showing Juliette around the Washington, D.C., office.

 

BROOKS

We have no dirt on this guy, Silvastroski. He seems dangerous though. Try to collect what information you can. With all due respect maíam, donít try to be his girlfriend to get the information we need.

 

JULIETTE

Iím not that type of person.

 

BROOKS

Well, Gina Palotti, one of our ex-agents did that. Not smart.

 

JULIETTE

They didnít fire her for that, did they?

 

BROOKS

You donít get fired for stuff like that, but maybe you should. She got a bullet in the head. I almost feel sorry for her, but I donít.

 

JULIETTE

They found out she was undercover?

 

BROOKS

Worse, she told them. Thereís nothing worse than a betrayed criminal. You really shouldnít do stuff like that. Sure they do it in movies all the time, but thatís nonsensical. So why did she do it? Some agents stupidly slip. But you definitely couldnít get away with it. She was much more attractive than you.

 

Juliette SHOOTS an annoyed glance. PRESTON (35) walks up to them with a coffee pot in hand.

 

PRESTON

Oh, are you talking about Gina?

 

BROOKS

Yeah!

 

PRESTON

I gave up asking female agents out, after her. Sorry, uh...

 

JULIETTE

Mary.

 

BROOKS

Mary Lewis. She joined the agency the day before she turned eighteen.

 

PRESTON

Howíd she do that?

 

BROOKS

Well, unofficially. They hired her. They werenít allowed to give her the badge until the next day. Isnít that right, Mary?

 

JULIETTE

Yes.

 

BROOKS

So Preston, whenís your infamous book going to be published?

 

PRESTON

Itís still going through the prepublication review. Itís been like four months! And they want me to cut out the two most interesting sections.

 

JULIETTE

Youíre a writer?

 

PRESTON

Iím like a Clancy.

 

JULIETTE

Oh really. Well, Iíll have to read your book when it comes out.

 

PRESTON

By the way, do you have a boyfriend, sweetie?

 

JULIETTE

For your information, Agent Preston, I prefer to be called Mary. Or Agent Lewis. And no, I have no boyfriend.I also prefer not to date men in the agency, just so you know.

 

A woman (LILA CANTRELL), about twenty-five, is walking toward them.

 

PRESTON

Lila, honey!

 

LILA

Preston, gorgeous.

 

PRESTON

This is Mary Lewis. Agent Lewis this is Lila.

 

Lila immediately withdraws her previous warmth.

 

LILA

You must know my boyfriend, Agent Ned Bates.

 

JULIETTE

Ned?

 

LILA

He told me that you two used to go out.

 

JULIETTE

A few dates. We were primarily friends.

 

LILA

A few dates. He told me that you went out for three years. Well. What have you got to hide?

 

JULIETTE

Oh Ned... Right. Uh, nothing much.

 

PRESTON

I thought you said you didnít date men in the agency.

 

JULIETTE

Not anymore.

 

EXT. STREETS OF WASHINGTON, D.C. - DAY

 

Lila and J.T. meet in a crowd of people.

 

LILA

J.T.!

 

J.T.

Lila, itís wonderful to see you.

 

LILA

Whatís going on?

 

J.T.

I have a conference with the Secretary of State.

 

LILA

Wow!

 

J.T.

Listen, we have to have a girlsí night out really soon.

 

LILA

OK, but only invite a few people.

 

J.T.

Well, thereís only you, me, Jackie, and Frances. We could invite Ranita, even though sheís just the accountant.

 

LILA

No, no. Thereís this new girl. Mary Lewis. Obnoxious!

 

J.T.

Mary Lewis! Are you sure thatís her name?

 

LILA

Quite sure. She used to date my boyfriend, Ned. She said they went out for a couple of dates after he told me they dated for a few years. Something here is inconsistent. ďAfter him,Ē she said, ďI donít date men in the AGENCY anymore.Ē As if something was wrong with Ned?

 

J.T. looks horrified.

 

J.T.

I need to meet this person. There is no way Mary Lewis transferred here. This has to be a joke. Mary Lewis died recently.

 

LILA

What are you talking about?

 

J.T.

I have an idea. Sheís under the identity of Mary Lewis. Have you actually seen her?

 

LILA

Yes.

 

J.T.

What does she look like? Not ...

 

LILA/J.T.

Blonde.

 

LILA

Inconsistent, inexperienced. I donít know what Ned saw in her.

 

J.T.

Oh no. This is awful.

 

LILA

You think sheís under the identity of a dead agent?

 

J.T.

Maybe. Hey, Iíll catch you later. I have that conference.

 

INT. CIA HEADQUARTERS, LANGLEY, VIRGINIA Ė SMALL ROOM - DAY

 

Juliette is sitting at a table. Redmond is peering down at her.J.T., standing, is trying to conceal her anger and frustration, to no avail.

 

J.T.

I just canít believe one of our agents would do this.

 

REDMOND

Itís not serious. Give her a year and she can join the CIA.

 

J.T.

Stealing an agent identity isnít a serious issue? We have an underage agent with a gun, licensed to her fake identity. Minors with guns. Not a very pretty picture, especially when fraud is involved.

 

REDMOND

Tell us your real name, Mary.

 

J.T. THROWS some files on the desk.

 

J.T.

This is what Iíve pulled up. Her name is Juliette Hollis.

 

REDMOND

How did you know?

 

J.T. is practically in Julietteís face.

 

J.T.

Isnít it?

 

JULIETTE

Who are you?

 

REDMOND

Look J.T. This seems like something personal. What do you have against Mary?

 

J.T.

Her name is not Mary! Mary Lewis is the name of her aunt who had all the proper training to become an agent and was an agent. She died, however. Juliette provided us with the Mary Lewis identity along with the social security number, because sheís only seventeen. She needs to be eighteen to work for the CIA and own a gun.

 

REDMOND

How in the world could she have had the proper training, then?Sheís one of the best agents we have. I donít care how old she is.Look, Iíll pay you to keep your mouth shut about this.

 

J.T.

Iíd love to, but sheís a minor. I bet her mother would love to hear about this. And I bet the press would love to hear youíre bribing me.

 

JULIETTE

How did you know?

 

J.T.

Letís just say I know more than I should.

 

REDMOND

How was the aunt killed?

 

J.T.

She wasnít. Nowís the time to show me how tough you are, Juliette.

 

J.T. exits the room.

 

REDMOND

What?

 

JULIETTE

That was my Aunt Mary.

 

REDMOND

You would have gotten away with it, if she was dead. You can continue the investigation of Silvastroskiís apartment tonight, as planned. Just stay clear of J.T. for awhile, OK?

 

JULIETTE

Alright.

 

INT. HOLLISí HOUSE Ė DAY

 

ABIGAIL HOLLIS (40) looks burdened as a mother.

 

ABIGAIL

Honey, weíre going to the Drewsí house tonight.

 

JULIETTE

I donít want to go.

 

ABIGAIL

But Sarah and Joey Drew want to see you. You know, I canít see why you donít enjoy being with your family. Your sister Carolyn gives us no problem. Youíre away from us all day at school. The least you could do is spend more time with us. As long as you live in this house, youíll accompany us on our outings.

 

JULIETTE

Well, maybe I donít want to live in this house.

 

ABIGAIL

Well, I have news for you. You have to live in this house until youíre eighteen.

 

JULIETTE

Thatís coercion. Just what type of retirement home do you think youíll be living in?

 

ABIGAIL

Are you disrespecting me?

 

JULIETTE

Yes.

 

Abigail SLAPS Julietteís face.

 

INT. DREWSí HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT

 

It is right after dinner. The men are in the other room. They are MR. DREW (40ís) who is a wry looking man with wire-rim glasses.

 

PAUL HOLLIS (40) is a handsome guy, who is using his hands while conversing.

 

MRS. DREW (40ís) and Abigail are bringing dishes to the sink, while conversing.

 

CAROLYN HOLLIS, 15, is a younger version of Juliette. She is approaching SARAH DREW, a petite 15 year old. Both Carolyn and Sarah are growing anxious to escape the company of the adults.

 

Juliette is hanging out by the sink, when Mrs. Drew starts talking to her.

 

MRS. DREW

Juliette is such a good girl.

 

Juliette turns so she is out of Mrs. Drewís sight and rolls her eyes. Her speech is barely inaudible.

 

JULIETTE

Yeah.

 

Carolyn and Sarah walk up to Juliette.

 

SARAH

We rented MISS CONGENIALITY. Is that OK?

 

JULIETTE

Iíve seen it, but itís good.

 

CAROLYN

I havenít seen it. How come youíve seen it?

 

JULIETTE

At a friendís house.

 

Carolyn, Juliette, and Sarah walk to the recreation room.

 

INT. DREWSí HOUSE Ė RECREATION ROOM

 

Sarah Drew turns on the TV and VCR.

 

EXT. CONIFER APARTMENTS - PARKING GARAGE Ė MOMENT LATER

 

It is raining lightly. Juliette inserts a pass into the garage detector and the gate opens. She enters the garage.

 

INT. CONIFER APARTMENTS - HALL

 

Juliette exits the garage into an apartment hall. Juliette picks the lock of APARTMENT 208.

 

INT. CONIFER APARTMENTS - APARTMENT 208

 

Juliette slips on night vision glasses and turns the corner into the living room. She turns on the computer and inserts a disk into the disk drive. She proceeds to copy several files. The front door to the apartment opens and a woman enters. Juliette hides into a corner and cocks her gun. J.T. switches on the light.

 

J.T.

Itís funny when you walk into a manís apartment and you smell a womanís perfume. I guess the scent could have originated from a prostitute or his girlfriend, but our man is gay.

 

Juliette come out from her hiding place with the gun at her side.

 

JULIETTE

It could have been the maid.

 

J.T.

Iím going to teach you a number of things.Lesson number one: do not enter a place youíre secretly investigating smelling like Miss America or likewise, the garbage man. If you are bearing a distinct smell, you donít have to bother coming in. Who is that gun licensed to? I thought you were off this case.

 

JULIETTE

Mary Lewis. And youíd better turn off the lights.

 

J.T.

Youíd better hand that gun to me, since thatís who itís registered to.

 

A creak is heard. Juliette stands still, trying to hear any other noises.

 

JULIETTE

I thought I heard something.

 

J.T.

It was the creaking floor.

 

JULIETTE

Look, I know you know a lot more about being an agent than me, but why donít we obtain the remaining files and move out?Who knows when heíll come back?

 

J.T.

Iíll get them.

 

J.T. removes the disk from Julietteís pocket.

 

J.T. (contíd)

Iíll return the disk when Iím through. I wouldnít want to steal any of your personal property. Now youíre not going to bitch about how you got the disk-

 

JULIETTE

No, itís OK if you take the disk. Are you really my Aunt Mary?

 

J.T.

Move out, please.

 

JULIETTE

See you later.

 

INT. CONIFER APARTMENTS - HALLWAY

 

Juliette enters the apartment hallway. When she turns the corner, she sees a man (MICHAEL SILVASTROSKI) in his mid-thirties entering APARTMENT 208.

 

JULIETTE

No way is she going to make it out alive.

 

INT. CONIFER APARTMENTS - APARTMENT 208 Ė CONTINUOUS

 

The lights are out. The computer is off. J.T. is hiding between the island in the kitchen and the dishwasher. The kitchen is adjacent to the living room. The man turns on the computer. He proceeds to the bathroom and turns on the shower. He takes his shirt off in the bedroom. J.T. starts to move out to the front of the kitchen. Michael walks back to the desk.

 

MICHAEL

It could be worse.

 

Michael opens his e-mail account. He opens his electronic address book and clicks on the name ďD. Buddy.Ē Michael walks back to the shower. J.T. copies the e-mail address by hand, on a post-it note.

 

INT. DREWSí HOUSE Ė RECREATION ROOM

 

SARAH

Hi, whereíd you go?

 

JULIETTE

Oh, I already saw the movie, so I went to talk with the adults.

 

CAROLYN

You should have seen it again. It was so cool; she beat up men and stuff. I want to be a CIA agent.

 

JULIETTE

You know, there were one too many CIA agents in our family.

 

CAROLYN

Yeah, Sarah. Our aunt was a CIA agent, and she died while working on a case.

 

SARAH

Was your aunt really a CIA agent?

 

CAROLYN

She worked undercover. We didnít even know. We thought she was a therapist. But when she died, the agency told my mother about it. We were all shocked. Iím not going to die, though. Iím going to beat up all the bad guys.

 

JULIETTE

Youíre talking like an eight year old. Being a CIA agent is serious work. Agents get killed. You have to be determined. You donít watch a movie and get inspired. You have to be naturally good at it and even then, you work and work and work at it.

 

SARAH

Do you want to become a CIA agent?

 

JULIETTE

No. Not my line of work.

 

CAROLYN

I want to! Iím going to be.

 

INT. ABIGAILíS CARAVAN Ė MOMENTS LATER

 

Paul, Abigail, Juliette, and Carolyn are on their way home. Abigail puts on a condescending mother-knows-best routine.

 

ABIGAIL

Now that wasnít so bad, was it sweetie?

 

JULIETTE

It wasnít too bad.

 

ABIGAIL

It was great that you came along.

 

INT. SODA SHOP Ė EARLY AFTERNOON

 

Juliette is sipping a shake. J.T. enters the shop and sits across from her.

 

JULIETTE

Good afternoon.

 

J.T.

Wow, the name of your undercover operation is lame. ďOperation EdenIím embarrassed taking over the case, primarily because of the name, and also because my niece stole my identity.

 

JULIETTE

So what about your identity? Youíre now J.T.

 

J.T.

Look, Iíve legally changed it to J.T. Austen, alright?

 

Juliette lets out a big breath, like sheís trying to suppress laughter.

 

 

JULIETTE

You didnít like the name I chose for the operation. Well, I think you would be more concerned in choosing your own name. J.T. Austen is very lame.

 

J.T.

Whatís wrong with it?

 

JULIETTE

Itís not that feminine.

 

J.T.

People usually think Iím a man. That helps when Iím talking to other agents by e-mail or whatever. They tend to have more respect for me and cooperate.

 

JULIETTE

OK, whatever.

 

J.T.

Listen, meet me tonight at eight.

 

JULIETTE

I canít. My mother expects me to be home. Sheís overprotective of me.

 

J.T.

Iím so sure. You can get away somehow.

 

JULIETTE

Hello! My mother is Abigail.

 

J.T.

Oh damn, youíre right. How do you usually get out?

 

JULIETTE

I have to escape in the dead of night.

 

J.T.

What about the other night?

 

JULIETTE

We got together with a family. The adults thought I was with the kids and the kids thought I was with the adults. I canít do that too often or I could be found out.

 

J.T.

OK.

 

JULIETTE

So what did you want to discuss?

 

J.T.

I need some information.

 

JULIETTE

Excuse me? You personally take me off the case and you want information from me?

 

J.T.

Itís a dangerous job. Youíre a minor. What if anything happened to you? I would never forgive myself, knowing I could have prevented it.

 

JULIETTE

Iíll be eighteen in two months. You better watch out. Iím coming back.

 

J.T.

Are you moving out?

 

JULIETTE

You bet Iím moving out. I have an apartment all lined up and everything.

 

J.T.

Why arenít you in school right now? Did you graduate?

 

JULIETTE

I got my GED.

 

J.T.

You didnít graduate? Youíre a drop-out?

 

JULIETTE

No, listen. I had to get my GED to free up my days. Besides, I constantly study to keep educated. My mother thinks Iím enrolled in the high school and well, Iíll be moved out by the time Iím supposed to graduate, so I wonít get into trouble with her.

 

J.T.

Youíre such a kid. You want to be some super agent, but youíre worried about getting into trouble with your mother.

 

JULIETTE

I canít help the fact that my mother is the most controlling person on the plant. Once Iím eighteen, Iíll have the ability to act free. Right now, Iím stuck in hell.

 

J.T.

Purgatory.

 

JULIETTE

So what kind of information do you need?

 

J.T.

(whispers)

Whoís Buddy?

 

Juliette contemplates.

 

JULIETTE

I donít know.

 

J.T.

D. Buddy? What could the ďDĒ stand for?

 

Juliette contemplates.

 

JULIETTE

Hmm. Not Darren? I know of a Darren Beale.

 

J.T.

Thatís helpful, thanks.

 

JULIETTE

Youíre welcome.

 

J.T.

So youíre not carrying the gun right now, are you?

 

JULIETTE

No.

 

J.T.

Because I know you donít have a proper concealed weapons license.

 

JULIETTE

Hey, I know you have the advantage of knowing everything about me, but you have this type of maternal concern, and that bugs me. Canít you just lay off? Iíve thought about telling my mother youíre still alive.

 

J.T.

You could. Sheíd send you to the loony bin.

 

JULIETTE

Oh come on. Why would I make up a story like that? I know it hurts her to even think about you.

 

J.T.

My point exactly.

 

JULIETTE

What kind of person do you think I am anyway? Iím not devious or malicious. Like you.

 

J.T.

Youíre inexperienced. Youíre good, yeah, youíre real good, but you remind me of myself. Youíre so good, youíre gonna think youíre invincible and make that one fatal mistake.

 

JULIETTE

Your mistake wasnít fatal.

 

J.T.

Yes it was. Iím dead to a lot of people.

 

JULIETTE

Why are you considered dead?

 

J.T.

The case I worked on, when I supposedly died... I had to change my identity and not reconnect with any of my family or former friends.

 

JULIETTE

But you didnít have any friends, so it wasnít a problem.

 

J.T.

Shut up.

 

JULIETTE

Besides, you were being overcautious. You didnít need to stay away from us.

 

J.T.

I know you may not have noticed any unusual activity, but there were goons watching to make sure I didnít resurface.

 

JULIETTE

Why couldnít they arrest the goons?

 

J.T.

Not enough evidence. Which is usually the problem with everything. You have to have the dirt on someone, before you accuse them. You canít arrest a seemingly innocent person, even if theyíre involved in a plot.

 

JULIETTE

Yeah I know that.Unless you have enough evidence.

 

J.T.

OK.You think youíre so smart.

 

JULIETTE

So tell me this. Why are you in my way? Why donít you want to help me? Iím helping you.

 

J.T.

Donít you think itís hard to have a niece in the same line of work? Iím so scared for you. If you were a friend, that would be different, and I could even mentor you. But youíre my niece and you stole my identity. I didnít teach you how to do anything like that. Besides, Iíve heard about Michael Silvastroski and I canít let anything happen to you. I know youíll either slip up or do something way out of bounds, cause youíve done it before.

 

JULIETTE

You know what Iíve learned in life?That people really arenít there to help you.Mom wants her own plan for me; she doesnít care about what I really want.And you trained me!Now, you want me to drop what Iíve been working for, for years.

 

J.T.

You didnít have to steal my identity!

 

JULIETTE

Your previous identity. And I thought you were dead.

 

J.T.

Yeah, well, I should have concentrated on teaching you ethics.

 

JULIETTE

I need to go. Tonight at eight, then.

 

J.T.

But you said-

 

JULIETTE

Iíll manage.

 

INT. HOLLISí HOUSE Ė DAY

 

Abigail and Juliette have a serious discussion.

 

ABIGAIL

Am I a bad mother?

 

JULIETTE

Yes. Do you think that Iím not going to leave as soon as I turn eighteen? If you make my life hell until then, donít think Iíll even come home for Christmas.

 

ABIGAIL

Donít think Iíll give you money and support you when you move out.

 

JULIETTE

Like you give me any money now. I wasnít expecting anything to change. Iíll get a job.

 

ABIGAIL

You shouldnít work while youíre in school. You should concentrate on your studies. Do you really think youíll be able to support yourself?

 

JULIETTE

Iím working on getting a job. Iíll be alright.

 

ABIGAIL

You can always come back home.

 

JULIETTE

OK.

 

ABIGAIL

What are you doing tonight?

 

JULIETTE

Studying.

 

ABIGAIL

OK. Fine.

 

INT. HOLLISí HOUSE Ė JULIETTEíS ROOM - EVENING

 

Juliette turns on her CD player and puts a CD on repeated play. She climbs out the window.

 

INT. CIA HEADQUARTERS, LANGLEY, VIRGINIA

 

J.T. and Juliette are alone, discussing pressing matters related to the case.

 

J.T.

Youíre not very discreet.

 

JULIETTE

Excuse me?

 

J.T.

How did you get out of the house? You didnít climb out the window?

 

JULIETTE

How did you know?

 

J.T.

Oh my gosh, you have no common sense. Windows are bad.

 

JULIETTE

How did you know, Aunt Mary?

 

J.T.

So you still like calling me Aunt Mary? Well, Iím a different person now.

 

JULIETTE

Aunt Mary.

 

J.T.

What is your problem? Your mother realized you werenít in your room and called the police after she found the window open. She thinks someone kidnapped you. I think youíd better go soon. So what will your alibi be?

 

JULIETTE

I donít know.

 

J.T.

You have to be a little more smooth than that.

 

JULIETTE

I could say that I was out with this guy that she doesnít approve of...

 

J.T.

No, that doesnít seem like you.

 

STETSON (25) enters.He is handsome, looking more like a male model than an agent.

 

J.T. (contíd)

This is your new partner.

 

JULIETTE

Couldnít you have found someone with a little more brains than looks?

 

J.T.

Heís cute isnít he?

 

JULIETTE

Heís a perfectly average guy.Heís going to be my partner?

 

Stetson laughs.

 

J.T.

Heís actually going to watch over you for awhile and make sure no one goes after you.Like I said before, youíre not that discreet.Some photos of you were found in Michael Silvastroskiís files.Do you know how that happened?

 

JULIETTE

Are you serious?

 

J.T.

Unfortunately.Now he knows heís being investigated.

 

JULIETTE

I canít believe I slipped up.

 

J.T.

Itís easy for anyone to mess up.I should have kept my big mouth shut about your real identity until I had talked to you.The FBI is investigating how you stole my identity.Theyíre trying to see if youíre linked to any terrorism plots.

 

JULIETTE

What?

 

J.T.

Which is absurd.

 

JULIETTE

No way.

 

J.T.

Just be careful. Stetsonís gonna keep his eye on you. If anything goes wrong, weíll know about it.Just donít worry. Meanwhile, stay clear away from Silvastroskiís place.

 

JULIETTE

OK.

 

STETSON

May I escort you, maíam?

 

JULIETTE

I suppose I donít have a choice, do I?

 

INT. HOLLISí HOUSE - DAY

 

Abigail looks out the window, catching Stetson looking at the house. He turns away quickly, almost too suspiciously.

 

ABIGAIL

Do you ever notice that neighbor when he walks past?

 

JULIETTE

What neighbor?

 

Abigail casually looks out the window, referring to Stetson.

 

ABIGAIL

That man across the street.He acts like heís exercising, but he always looks at our house, inside our windows.Not the other neighbors.Just us.And heís not even wearing sportswear.

 

JULIETTE

I hate to say this Mom, but that sounds paranoid.

 

ABIGAIL

Donít call me paranoid, young lady.

 

JULIETTE

Youíre the one who called the cops on me.I was at Lindaís house to study.There was a big test.I thought I told you.

 

ABIGAIL

I remember you said you were studying, but I donít remember you saying anything about Linda.You left the window open, Juliette! What was that all about?

 

JULIETTE

I donít know.

 

ABIGAIL

And your CD was still playing. I thought it was just like the Polly Klaas case. Man grabs your daughter out of the window, she turns up dead.

 

JULIETTE

Well, Iím not dead. And Iíll be more careful. The point is, that guy is probably a new neighbor and this is his routine.

 

ABIGAIL

I just have this feeling.

 

JULIETTE

That heís a killer?

 

ABIGAIL

That heís suspicious for a reason. He canít be up to any good, at least.

 

JULIETTE

I really wouldnít worry about it.

 

ABIGAIL

OK, but I really think something is odd about him.

 

INT. HOLLISí HOUSE Ė THE STUDY

 

Paul Hollis is writing a letter at his desk, when Juliette comes in.

 

PAUL

Come in sweetie, what is it?

 

JULIETTE

Well, I know youíre more understanding than Mom.

 

PAUL

Well...

 

JULIETTE

Thereís this guy.

 

PAUL

(surprised)

Oh?

 

JULIETTE

His name is Stetson.

 

PAUL

Stetson? What kind of name is that?

 

JULIETTE

Uh, I donít know his first name.

 

PAUL

I see.

 

JULIETTE

If he comes over for any reason, Mom may have a heart-attack.

 

PAUL

Is he a drug dealer or something?

 

JULIETTE

No, listen, heís a friend of Aunt Maryís...

 

PAUL

Oh, she would have a heart-attack if had anything to do with Mary.

 

JULIETTE

Anyway, I donít think I should be deprived of the benefit of his friendship just because he was Aunt Maryís friend.

 

PAUL

Youíre not dating him?

 

JULIETTE

No, just friends.

 

PAUL

Well, Iíll make sure Mom doesnít keep you from seeing him, although Iíd like to meet him to make sure he checks out.

 

JULIETTE

OK.

 

PAUL

What line of work is he in?

 

JULIETTE

Government. Highly paid, well-respected.

 

PAUL

OK.

 

EXT. HOLLISí HOUSE - EVENING

 

Stetson pounds on the door.

 

INT. HOLLISí HOUSE

Abigail looks through the eye view and sees Stetson.

 

ABIGAIL

I am not letting you in, you insane maniac!

 

STETSON

Is Juliette there? I need to speak with her right away.

 

ABIGAIL

Juliette is doing her homework.If you would like to talk to my husband, Iím sure he can take a break from cleaning his GUN.Paul?

 

PAUL (O.S.)

Yeah.

 

Paul approaches Abigail at the door.

 

ABIGAIL

Donít open the door, itís this crazy neighbor.

 

STETSON (O.S.)

My name is Andrew Stetson, maíam. I need to speak...

 

Paul opens the door.

 

PAUL

Come in.

 

Abigail looks nervous.

 

STETSON

Whereís Juliette?

 

JULIETTE

Whatís all the commotion? Oh hey, Stetson.

 

ABIGAIL

Stetson?

 

JULIETTE

Mr. Stetson.

 

STETSON

You need to leave now.Theyíre coming.

 

Someone knocks on the door.Three menís voices can be heard.Stetson grabs Juliette and they head out the back door. Paul opens the door.

 

PAUL

Hi.Whatís going on?

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Iím Detective Powell.

 

ABIGAIL

Some man just...

 

PAUL

Donít worry about this, Abigail.

 

Detective Powell flashes his badge.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Does a Juliette Hollis or a Mary Lewis reside here?

 

ABIGAIL

Mary Lewis is dead.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

We have reason to believe sheís alive.Please answer the question.Does either a Juliette Hollis...

 

ABIGAIL

Yes, Juliette Hollis lives here.

 

PAUL

Abigail, I said Iíll handle this.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Is she in?

 

PAUL

No, she isnít.What is this about?

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Do you mind if we stay until she returns?

 

PAUL

Yes, I do mind.Iíd like to know what this is about.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Sheís wanted for fraud, prosecutable at a federal level.

 

ABIGAIL

How did she get involved with Mr. Stetson?

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Whoís Stetson?

 

PAUL

Abigail, I said Iíd handle this.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Please answer the question.

 

ABIGAIL

Wait, I know. He was this neighbor of ours.All of a sudden, he warned Juliette that you guys were coming.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Shoot, heís with some kind of intelligence organization.

 

PAUL

Heís a friend of Maryís.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Whoís a friend? Mary who?

 

Paul is getting tired of Detective Powell.

 

PAUL

Andrew Stetson is a friend ofMary Lewis.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

How is he a friend of Mary Lewisí if sheís dead? So heís in on this too?

 

PAUL

I donít know.

 

ABIGAIL

What type of fraud?Sheís only seventeen.How bad could it be?

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

She goes under the identity of Mary Lewis.Does this sound familiar?Did anyone in this household help her with this evident fraud?Does Mary Lewis live here?Do you know Mary Lewis?

 

ABIGAIL

Mary Lewis is my sister.Sheís dead.I donít understand this.

 

Carolyn enters.The other two detectives move toward her.

 

ABIGAIL

Stop, sheís my daughter.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Is this Juliette?

 

ABIGAIL

No, this is Carolyn.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Carolyn, let me ask you a few questions.

 

CAROLYN

Do I have to answer them, Mom?

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Yes, you do. Weíre FBI.

 

CAROLYN

Cool.I was planning on becoming a CIA agent myself, but the FBI sounds cool too.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

The FBI is a much more coordinated organization, Carolyn.

 

CAROLYN

Whatever.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Do you know of any secret organizations or conspiracies Juliette Hollis was involved in?

 

CAROLYN

You donít have to say Juliette ďHollis.ĒI know who Juliette is.Sheís my sister.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Alright then.Do you know any connection that Juliette may have to a Mary Lewis?

 

CAROLYN

Mary Lewis was our aunt, of course.She died recently.Drowned.It was too bad.She was my only aunt.Not that Iíd seen her in awhile.

 

ABIGAIL

Thatís what I said.Sheís my sister.Sheís dead.The story checks out.So how much does she owe?

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Owe?

 

ABIGAIL

I assume this was some type of credit card fraud or something?

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

No, itís much more serious than that.She used Miss Lewisí credentials to ease her way into the CIA, committing fraud on a federal level.

 

ABIGAIL

Thereís no way.She goes to school.She does her homework.Sheís with us all the time.When would she find the time to work at the CIA, much less be adept enough to work on actual cases they gave her?

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Mrs. Hollis, itís very apparent that you do not keep a tight reign on your daughter.She holds a GED and does not attend public school.

 

ABIGAIL

A GED? Thatís impossible.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Most nights she is out, doing case work.

 

ABIGAIL

I canít see how thatís possible.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

The current case sheís connected to poses a threat to national security.We have reason to believe sheís connected to the criminal she was investigating.If sheís in with him, then sheíll have knowledge of when heís going to strike. Since this matter is related to national security, all hell could break loose if we donít catch her.

 

ABIGAIL

Thatís impossible.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Do you know where Carolyn is at all times?

 

ABIGAIL

Yes!

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Just joking.

 

ABIGAIL

You shouldnít joke about serious matters, sir.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Well, we have files on her too and it looks like sheís alright.We are concerned that your husband owns a gun...

 

PAUL

Itís perfectly legal!

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

But it should be OK.Meanwhile, since it seems your daughter is evading us, weíll go find her.

 

ABIGAIL

Donít hurt her.

 

DETECTIVE POWELL

Weíll use all forms of psychological manipulation possible for her to tell us all we need to know.

 

INT. BAR - BOOTH

 

There is a fair crowd.

 

JULIETTE

Iím not twenty-one.What if they kick us out?

 

STETSON

Youíre with me.

 

JULIETTE

Why arenít we going to headquarters?

 

STETSON

Oh, man. We canít go there.The FBI will definitely check for you there.They would give Redmond the hardest time, since youíre legally not allowed to be with the CIA.Youíre supposed to be off the case, removed from the CIA.You donít have anything to do with the CIA anymore.

 

JULIETTE

Why am I in trouble?Why should they care?

 

STETSON

Two things.Theyíre concerned with security.If you got through their endless measures of checks and procedures, who knows who else could?

 

JULIETTE

Oh, but I pose no threat.

 

STETSON

The FBI thinks you may be part of Silvastroskiís scheme, though.

 

JULIETTE

What?

 

STETSON

Of course youíre not, but theyíre investigating all possible angles.The FBI.What do they know?

 

JULIETTE

So whatís our next move?What do we do when the bar closes?

 

STETSON

I have to prepare you mentally for what the FBI will do.Theyíll question you until you feel that maybe you are connected with Silvastroski.Pure mental anguish.I eventually have to turn you over or else I could be in danger.

 

JULIETTE

What can I do?

 

STETSON

Wait it out for a little while, make those FBI look around for you a little bit, then show up at FBI Headquarters ready and willing to help them.Give them info about Silvastroski even if it means compromising the CIAís position with them.

 

JULIETTE

Seven twenty-six. Oh my gosh.

 

STETSON

Whatís the matter?

 

JULIETTE

All the Silvastroski files were preceeded with the code: Seven twenty-six.Theyíre going to execute their mission on July twenty-sixth.

 

STETSON

Thatís one week away.

 

JULIETTE

Yes.

 

STETSON

Donít worry.Just turn yourself in.Weíll see what we can do about getting you out in the meantime.

 

JULIETTE

Donít worry about me. Silvastroski is the criminal. Find him and his league and when theyíre going to strike. Have the president at an undisclosed location.

 

STETSON

We donít have enough proof.We canít tell the president to change his plans for us.

 

JULIETTE

Youíre not concerned for his LIFE?

 

STETSON

Of course, I am. So theyíre going to hit July twenty-sixth. But where?

JULIETTE

Washington. Somewhere, here.

 

Stetson approaches Juliette, as if heís going to kiss her. Juliette reacts, by standing up and screaming.

 

JULIETTE (contíd)

Get away from me, you child molester. Iím underage. You could go to jail. Does that strike a chord with you? Will you stop?

 

Stetsonís face is red.

 

STETSON

I wasnít thinking. Sorry.

 

JULIETTE

You could lose your job over what you just did.

 

STETSON

Kissing isnít a crime.

 

JULIETTE

But sexual-harassment is.

 

STETSON

I should just turn you over now.

 

JULIETTE

Go ahead. Iím good and ready.

 

INT. CIA HEADQUARTERS, LANGLEY, VIRGINIA

 

Stetson and J.T. are talking.

 

J.T.

Sheís confined for questioning?

 

STETSON

Yeah.

 

J.T.

How soon will she be out?

 

STETSON

Theyíre probably going to keep her in jail until the trial.So thatís three months. Then if she gets a prison sentence for terrorism, it could be three or four life sentences.

 

J.T.

Stop joking. Itís not that serious.

 

STETSON

They are seriously taking this matter as if it were terrorism.

 

J.T.

I need to ask her some questions about Silvastroski. I know she knows the information we need. She just doesnít know how to process it and put everything together.

 

STETSON

I hate to say this, J.T., but youíre the one who canít put everything together. If you needed Juliette so desperately for this case, why did you expose her?

 

J.T.

Itís so hard working for justice. Sometimes there is no right answer. But she stole my identity. Thatís not what I taught her.

 

STETSON

What exactly did you teach her?

 

J.T.

Everything she knows. Now sheís consumed with power, wanting to prove herself to the world.

 

STETSON

The way I heard it from Redmond, you were using YOUR power to ferociously dig Julietteís grave. I have no respect for that.

 

J.T.

Youíre not in love with her?

 

STETSON

Yeah. Desperately.

 

J.T.

She doesnít care for you at all. I can tell you that.

 

STETSON

This is what Iím thinking. She wonít give me a chance until sheís eighteen. She doesnít want me to get in trouble. Canít you sense the tension? She secretly adores me. Well, thatís what Iím hoping.

 

J.T.

In your dreams. Lila told me she doesnít date men in the agency.

 

STETSON

Lila.

 

J.T.

Yeah, what about her?

 

STETSON

Do you need to get to Juliette?

 

J.T.

Hello! Thatís what Iíve been saying.

 

STETSON

Make a list of questions and Lila can do the interrogating. Sheís close to somebody down at the FBI.

 

J.T.

OK.

 

STETSON

Of course, youíll probably miss questioning Juliette herself. You love making people feel guilty.

 

INT. FBI HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON, D.C.

 

Lila finds her way to the office of DANNY GOLDMAN (35). Danny is a little overweight and his hairline is beginning to recede.

 

DANNY

I have a few questions for you Lila, and then we can visit our little princess.

 

LILA

She was nice. But since she went around as Mary Lewis, I thought she had dated my boyfriend. He told me terrible things about her. But she hadnít. She seems like a nice girl.

 

DANNY

But youíre interrogating Juliette Hollis for the benefit of Mary Lewis.

 

LILA

Excuse me, but itís for the benefit of this country.

 

DANNY

Do you think she is involved with Silvastroski?

 

LILA

Juliette? Oh no! Silvastroski is ugly.

 

DANNY

No, I mean involved in the plot.

 

LILA

Oh no! You see, her stealing Mary Lewisí identity and her investigating of the Silvastroski case are two incidents that are definitely not related. I want to make that very clear.

 

DANNY

What is the purpose of Silvastroskiís mission?

 

LILA

Itís been assumed heís planning to bomb the White House.

 

DANNY

When?

 

LILA

July twenty-sixth.

 

DANNY

The President has been warned, right?

 

LILA

We donít have enough evidence.

 

DANNY

You have an agent thatís following Silvastroski, and watching him at this moment, right?

 

LILA

See, thatís the problem. Juliette was on the case, but they took her off. They put J.T. on the case, but sheís been so unreliable. Look, the best we can do is-

 

DANNY

Wait a second.

 

Stetson dials an extension.

 

DANNY (contíd)

Henderson, I need a man to follow Michael Silvastroski. The CIA is lax on this case and heís set to bomb the White House next week ... They say they donít have enough proof ... You talk to them, will you? Bye.

 

LILA

Youíre getting right on it!

 

DANNY

The CIA can make things jumbled sometimes. Itís not just Julietteís fault. Theyíre concentrating on her crime instead of nailing Silvastroski.

 

LILA

Exactly. Youíre so wonderful, Danny.

 

INT. CIA HEADQUARTERS, LANGLEY, VIRGINIA

 

J.T. and Stetson confer.

 

J.T.

You can call Lila and tell her she doesnít need to talk to Juliette.

 

STETSON

Why?

 

J.T.

Sheís lying. The files arenít preceded with seven twenty-six or any other number.

 

STETSON

Maybe sheís not lying, but mistaken.

 

J.T.

Stetson, this isnít a game where it doesnít matter whether or not youíre precise. Accuracy is a matter of life and death.

 

STETSON

The plans are spelled out in elaborate detail, but where theyíll hide the bomb and when theyíre going to strike is iffy. I think we should alert the President, however.

 

J.T.

For the twenty-sixth? We have no proof.

 

STETSON

If Juliette says so, there may be something to it. But youíre right, it may not be a good idea to cause any false alarms.

 

J.T.

So call off Lila. We donít need Juliette.

 

STETSON

It canít hurt for her to be questioned.

 

INT. FBI HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON, D.C. Ė DETAINMENT OFFICE

 

Lila enters by herself, to question Juliette.

 

JULIETTE

Not you!

 

LILA

Calm down. I just want to help you.

 

JULIETTE

And how is that?

 

EXT. FBI HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON, D.C.

 

Lila and Juliette are walking toward Lilaís house.

 

LILA

I thought weíd never get you out of that one.

 

JULIETTE

Will I be able to continue to work for the FBI?

 

LILA

If the White House doesnít blow up, Iím sure weíll be able to work something out. Meanwhile, J.T. Austenís on the case. Even though she had the brilliance to have me interrogate you, sheís essentially nothing but an interferer.

 

JULIETTE

I do not want to go home.

 

LILA

You donít have to. Youíre eighteen. Stay at my house until you find an apartment. Is that OK with you? Youíre awfully quiet.

 

JULIETTE

Do you think my aunt is involved with Silvastroskiís plot?

 

LILA

No. It would be nearly impossible. Why would you think a thing like that? Especially about your aunt.

 

JULIETTE

First of all, she was in Silvastroskiís apartment, right as he was coming home. If she had gotten out without him seeing her, it would be a miracle.

 

LILA

Thatís crazy.

 

JULIETTE

Also, she said that Silvastroski had a picture of me, verifying the fact that he knew he was being investigated.

 

LILA

OK, he found out somehow. Just because your aunt turned you in doesnít mean sheís against the President of the United States.

 

JULIETTE

She didnít want to warn the President, because of lack of evidence.

 

LILA

Neither did Stetson. Is he guilty too?

 

JULIETTE

In fact, she blocked the whole case.

 

LILA

Wait a second. She sent me to you to ask questions to help solve the case. She feels itís you who messed everything up by claiming to be Mary Lewis.

 

JULIETTE

Look, we wouldnít have even gotten this far if I hadnít taken the necessary steps to be where I am.

 

LILA

Juliette, weíre nowhere.

 

INT. CONIFER APARTMENTS Ė APARTMENT 208

 

J.T. and Michael are right by the computer.

 

J.T.

They released Juliette.

 

MICHAEL

I thought you said they wouldnít let her go, for fraud.

 

J.T.

Somehow they did.

 

MICHAEL

Itís too late now to change any plans. Do they know anything essential to the case?

 

J.T.

No. I deleted all the specific data in the computer files.

 

MICHAEL

But Juliette may have seen it?

 

J.T.

Not really. The goal was to copy the files quickly, then analyze them later.

 

MICHAEL

Do you think they will still let you attend the meeting on the twenty-sixth?

 

J.T.

Of course. They donít even suspect me.

 

INT. LILAíS HOUSE

 

Juliette is on the phone, talking to Redmond.

 

JULIETTE

Did they really drop all charges?

 

REDMOND (O.S.)

(filter)

Yeah.

 

JULIETTE

So could I resume the assignment?

 

REDMOND (O.S.)

(filter)

Not that simple. Youíll have to go through the admittance process and have all the proper training before you get back here.

 

JULIETTE

Thatís not bad.

 

REDMOND (O.S.)

(filter)

You know you canít participate in Clandestine Operations until you have a college degree.

 

JULIETTE

So four years until I get my foot in the door again.

 

REDMOND (O.S.)

(filter)

Not exactly. They have an internship program if youíre interested.

 

JULIETTE

So now Iím going to have to find a school to go to.

 

REDMOND (O.S.)

(filter)

I went to Yale. But find something that suits your own taste.

 

JULIETTE

So whatís going to happen with the case?

 

REDMOND (O.S.)

(filter)

I would tell you what we have, but the details are confidential.

 

Juliette becomes quite excited at the prospect of not knowing the outcome.

 

JULIETTE

Oh! So Iím not going to know the outcome unless the White House blows up. Then Iíll know you werenít successful at apprehending Silvastroski.

 

REDMOND (O.S.)

(filter)

OK, Iím not supposed to tell you, but I know you wonít spread this around.

 

JULIETTE

Of course not.

 

REDMOND (O.S.)

(filter)

They think J.T. is involved with Silvastroski somehow.

 

JULIETTE

Thatís what I told Lila, but she thought it was impossible. She thought my view of J.T. was skewed, because she turned me in.

 

REDMOND (O.S.)

(filter)

Is it?

 

JULIETTE

Well, I thought that maybe, yeah.

 

REDMOND (O.S.)

(filter)

For right now, donít trust J.T. or come into contact with her.

 

JULIETTE

OK. Besides, I have no reason to.

 

INT. CIA HEADQUARTERS, LANGLEY, VIRGINIA

 

Redmond is facing up to J.T., alone.

 

REDMOND

Weíre taking you off the case, J.T.

 

J.T.

You canít do that!

 

REDMOND

Yes I can.

 

J.T.

Youíre just bitter, because I turned in your top agent and wouldnít accept your bribe.

 

REDMOND

If it matters to you, those circumstances will lead me to announce my resignation tomorrow. I made a mistake.

 

J.T.

Oh, but Juliette can continue on her merry, little way?

 

REDMOND

Well you definitely put up a road block for her.

 

J.T.

OK, now youíre making it sound like itís my fault. And she stole my old identity and got away with it.

 

REDMOND

I didnít mean to make it sound that way.

 

J.T.

Well, it doesnít really matter anyway. Silvastroski didnít really give us any proof to show he was a real threat.

 

REDMOND

That meeting tomorrow is canceled.

 

J.T.

What meeting?

 

REDMOND

The one at the White House.

 

J.T.

No it isnít.

 

REDMOND

Your presence there is.

 

J.T.

You canít do that.

 

REDMOND

Why would it matter? Unless you were somehow connected with the whole thing.

 

J.T.

Listen, why would I be there tomorrow if a bomb were supposed to go off?

 

REDMOND

Weíre not going to find that out.

 

INT. LILAíS HOUSE Ė JULIETTEíS ROOM Ė EARLY MORNING

 

Lila is following J.T. into Julietteís room.

 

LILA

Wait, sheís still sleeping.

 

J.T. wakes up Juliette.

 

JULIETTE

Whatís going on?

 

J.T.

Why do you think you can sabotage my career?

 

LILA

Itís really not her fault. Youíd better leave.

 

J.T.

Leave us alone for a moment.

 

Lila leaves the room hesitantly.

 

JULIETTE

Whatís the matter?

 

J.T.

You do not want to throw your life away with the CIA.

 

JULIETTE

Iíve wanted to ever since you told me that could be my life.

 

J.T.

I come from greater experience now. If you work hard, you wonít reap the monetary benefits you deserve. The agencyís poor excuse is that youíre serving your nation.

 

JULIETTE

Iím only scared, because Iím so much like you. I canít stand my mother, I canít stand my sister. I donít want to turn out like them. You were exactly what I wanted to be like, for awhile. I half wanted to be with the CIA to please you, but I can think for myself, you know. Iím not suddenly going to ditch my career.

 

J.T.

Thereís so much injustice. I figured I couldnít solve all the problems in the world.

 

JULIETTE

So what? Become a problem yourself? You know theyíre on to you, right?

 

J.T.

Of course. Just this one last job with the CIA and thatís it. I had my foot in the door. I couldnít resist the wealth of information at my fingertips.

 

JULIETTE

How did it come to this?

 

J.T.

Specially-trained agents donít just decide they want to blow everything theyíve been working for one day, do they?

 

JULIETTE

Unfortunately, they can wake up and find that the people they love around them are totally psychotic. At least thatís what happened to me.

 

J.T.

Itís completely frustrating to see that the system is totally messed up and itís filled with agents running their own scams. As long as I have to be involved in a corrupt organization, why not run schemes for my own benefit?

 

JULIETTE

Youíre the first encounter Iíve had with an agent involved in their own scheme. The CIA is not the filthy organization you make it out to be.

 

J.T.

Look, I donít have any evidence or even a clear idea of what, but Redmond is involved in underhanded deals.

 

JULIETTE

Oh come on.

 

J.T.

All the time.

 

JULIETTE

Who else?

 

J.T.

You for example. How would you feel if you were a legitimate agent and some one stole the identity of another?

 

JULIETTE

OK. So Redmond and me. Nobodyelse?

 

J.T.

The CIA has always gotten a bad rap for handling cases the wrong way, going against the Constitution, not arresting the terrorists they couldíve...

 

JULIETTE

You should have decided the CIA was crooked before you came to work there. What about your concern for ethics? I need to have ethics, but you donít?

 

J.T.

I changed my mind.

 

JULIETTE

Iím sure you did.

 

J.T.

Yeah. Well, Lilaís probably alerting sources that Iím here, so Iíd better run. Listen though, Iíll probably never see you again. This time Iím dead.

 

JULIETTE

Just tell me why you wanted to endanger the President.

 

J.T.

I would tell you, but it would endanger the mission.

 

JULIETTE

What mission?

 

J.T.

I obviously need to go now. Bye.

 

J.T. exits.

 

INT. HOLLISí HOUSE

 

Abigail, wearing dressy clothes and pearls, is lost in a conversation with Carolyn. Juliette and Paul have been talking to each other, but Juliette is trying to cut in to talk to Abigail.

 

ABIGAIL

Law school is expensive, and itís tough to pass the LSAT.

 

JULIETTE

Mom, donít worry. Sheíll obviously change her mind before she graduates high school.

 

CAROLYN

What makes you think so?

 

JULIETTE

Remember when you wanted to be a CIA agent?

 

ABIGAIL

Oh my gosh! Donít talk about the CIA. Why were those agents saying things to me about how what you did was on a ďprosecutable levelĒ...

 

PAUL

ďprosecutable on a federal level...Ē

 

ABIGAIL

Anyway, why did they say all that if they werenít serious?

 

JULIETTE

It couldíve been serious.

 

ABIGAIL

Anyway, I donít want to talk about this. Itís upsetting me.

 

EXT. HOLLISí HOUSE Ė SIDEYARD

 

Paul and Juliette are having a private discussion.

 

JULIETTE

So why does Mom want me over if she canít talk to me?

 

PAUL

She wants to see you, make sure you're OK.

 

JULIETTE

I have such a dysfunctional family. You deal with it so well.

 

PAUL

Every family is dysfunctional in some way. But youíre successful. Youíre probably going back to the CIA soon. And you know, Carolyn will probably be a housewife, happily married. And thereís nothing wrong with that.

 

JULIETTE

You know, I wanted to get into the CIA, because I was fascinated with deviance. I thought it was appalling that there are so many messed up people. But what gets me is that I canít stand normalcy. Mom and Carolyn just go along with a daily routine and I canít stand it. I want something more. Am I insane for wanting to be chasing around psychopaths all day?

 

PAUL

Crime is a function of society. Youíre just dealing with everyday life.

 

JULIETTE

I know Iím cut out for that type of work.

 

PAUL

Well, pat yourself on the back! So was the case you were working on ever solved?

 

JULIETTE

Yes.

 

PAUL

And you canít discuss it with me?

 

JULIETTE

I couldnít, even if I did know.

 

PAUL

But you donít?

 

JULIETTE

No.

 

PAUL

But that must drive you crazy.

 

JULIETTE

Kind of, but when I rejoin the agency, Iíll have access to those files. So the suspense isnít completely killing me. Iíll find out one day.

 

PAUL

I know I couldnít handle not knowing like you can. You have patience.

 

JULIETTE

What are you talking about? I got that trait from you.

 

INT. LILAíS HOUSE - DAY

 

Boxes are stacked everywhere. Juliette is about to move.

 

LILA

So youíre going away to college?

 

JULIETTE

Duke. They have a great economics program. And then, hopefully the CIA will readmit me.

 

LILA

You know they will.

 

JULIETTE

And then Iíll have to train before I even get a case.

 

LILA

Which you donít need to train, of course.

 

JULIETTE

Oh, I need to. There are several areas in which I lack, as Redmond pointed out. A severe lack of respect for protocol.

 

LILA

Stetson will miss you.

 

JULIETTE

What, heíll miss watching me?

 

LILA

No, he really likes you. Do you like him at all? Oh, wait you said you didnít date agents.

 

JULIETTE

I only said that so those two male chauvinists who were showing me around wouldnít get any ideas.

 

LILA

So you like him?

 

JULIETTE

Not especially. I want someone more my age.

 

LILA

But he looks so good.

 

JULIETTE

No.

 

LILA

And he stood up for you.

 

JULIETTE

No.

 

LILA

I completely would if I were you.

 

JULIETTE

What about the famous Ned Bates?

 

LILA

It didnít work out. Oh, heís coming by before you leave, later.

 

JULIETTE

Who?

 

LILA

Andrew.

 

JULIETTE

My gosh, I could never have a relationship with that guy. I barely realizes that his name is Andrew. I call him Stetson all the time. You can have him. Do you like him?

 

LILA

No. So, should I warn him that youíre not too crazy about him, before his heart gushes out?

 

JULIETTE

Heís not set on me, is he?

 

Stetson knocks on the front door, then enters right away. He has brought modest flowers.

 

STETSON

Hey Juliette.

 

Stetson gives Juliette the flowers.

 

JULIETTE

Thanks.

 

STETSON

I just dropped by to say Iíll miss you.

 

JULIETTE

Oh OK. Well, Iím glad what we went through is over with.

 

STETSON

Enjoy college.

 

JULIETTE

I hope I donít fail.

 

STETSON

No you wonít.

 

Lila slyly exits the room for a moment.

 

JULIETTE

Iím majoring in economics. They said if I double major in another language, it might be helpful for overseas operations. I might do that.

 

STETSON

Do you think thereís a chance for us?

 

JULIETTE

Well, Iím eighteen, and my perfect adult judgment says, donít count on me.

 

STETSON

Iím sort of disappointed.

 

JULIETTE

You knew I wasnít too crazy about you. But look, Iíll see you in four years. Meanwhile, date other girls. If youíre still interested in me and I have no attachments, who knows? I can guarantee that Iíll go out with you for a cup of coffee, at least.

 

Lila steps back into the room. Stetson glances at her.

 

STETSON

Well, bye.

 

JULIETTE

Youíre not leaving so soon?

 

STETSON

Yeah, I have to deal with front page news.

 

Stetson exits. Juliette picks up the paper, which reads CIA HEAD RESIGNS, SECRETARY OF STATE ARRESTED.

 

JULIETTE

Well, I heard about the Secretary of State, but how are the events connected?

 

LILA

OK, Iím not supposed to tell you this, but Iíve been wanting to.

 

JULIETTE

Well, donít tell me.

 

LILA

I think you can figure it out, but let me fill in the details for you.

 

JULIETTE

Wait, donít.

 

LILA

You need to know.

 

JULIETTE

Let me try. The Secretary of the State was the person J.T. was going after, the corrupt White House official they were going to blow up the building over.

 

LILA

Yes.

 

JULIETTE

Redmond wasnít going to just resign over me. Since his days were already numbered, he decided to take the Secretary down with him.

 

LILA

Extremely close.

 

JULIETTE

So what did the Secretary have against Redmond?

 

LILA

Blackmail. They struck a deal. This was years ago. Youíre like Redmond; you donít like to play by the rules.

 

JULIETTE

Wait a second!

 

LILA

(apologetically)

Excuse me. I didnít mean...

 

JULIETTE

Oh thatís OK.

 

LILA

I guess Iíll see you when you take that internship.

 

JULIETTE

I think Iím going to concentrate on my studies for a couple of years though. I may study abroad for a summer. They have this program at my school.

 

LILA

Then Iíll really miss you.

 

JULIETTE

What happened to my Aunt Mary then?

 

LILA

Mary Lewis is dead. J.T.? I really canít divulge what happened to her. Since sheís not on our top ten most wanted list, that should assure you that sheís in a safe place.

 

JULIETTE

How does it feel, knowing she was your friend?

 

LILA

Well, she was your aunt. I assume you feel worse. She wouldíve been better off dead.

 

JULIETTE

I donít know.

 

LILA

Iím sorry, I shouldnít say things like that.

 

JULIETTE

Thatís OK. So Iíll get to find out what happens if I come back?

 

LILA

You can look through the file, yeah.

 

JULIETTE

What happened to Silvastroski?

 

LILA

The same thing that happened to J.T.

 

FOUR YEARS LATER...

 

INT. CIA HEADQUARTERS, LANGLEY, VIRGINIA Ė TRAINING ROOM

 

The TRAINER is a middle-aged female. She is at the front of the class lecturing to a group of students, including Juliette.

 

TRAINER

That concludes your academic training. Lunch will be in the cafeteria. This will be your opportunity to meet with some of the other agents. There will also be an opportunity to talk to me later, if you feel that somehow, this is not the right job for you, or if you have any questions. Iíll provide details about your field training after lunch.

 

INT. CIA HEADQUARTERS, LANGLEY, VIRGINIA Ė HALLWAY

 

Approximately thirty new CIA agents head down the hallway, when Brooks sees Juliette. He comes up behind her.

 

BROOKS

Oh, Agent Lewis.

 

JULIETTE

You mean Agent Hollis?

 

FADE OUT