INT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT
As ALVAREZ lies in a coma, LADONNA searches her sister's face for signs of life.
LADONNAShe follows the I.V. TUBES upward until she sees SAM'S blank face. Her eyes are wide but there are no tears. Sam reaches out to her but she doesn't want his touch.
LADONNA (continues)She suddenly stares harshly at Sam.
Her folks, Keeler, Little Donna. Now this.
SAMExhausted, she remains silent.
You think I did this.
SAM (continues)LaDonna looks aimlessly around then leans close to Alvarez.
'Cause I've been a "good girl". A "good
I let you get away with far too much.
LADONNA (continues)KAZ ENTERS at a run, stopping dead in his tracks at the painful sight of Alvarez. Angered, he slams his fist on a table, its contents RATTLE.
I'm so sorry. I know how much you hate
SAMKaz' attention comes slowly back from a great distance.
Where've you been?
KAZFilled with doubt, the two eye each other.
Where have you been?
KAZSam looks down at Kaz' hands.
None of your business, bud---. I don't
belie---. You think I did this? Why?
Because of the way you feel about her.
What do you know about how I "feel" about
SAMKaz takes another look at Alvarez.
Your knuckles are bruised.
I used by filing cabinet for a punching
KAZ (continues)Holding his emotions barely in check, his eyes on Sam, Kaz crosses to Alvarez and delicately takes her hand.
Or, maybe they got cut the same way your
eye did. And, old friend, if this turns out
to be your handiwork....
INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY AND STORAGE CLOSET - NIGHT
Catching SAM'S attention, THE OBSERVER waves him into a storage closet for privacy.
SAMObserver looks at his Handlink.
Who did this?
No one was ever pulled in for the crime.
What about Alvarez' deposition?
A person has to be conscious to give a
She NEVER wakes up?
OBSERVERThe Observer stares AT HIM.
She does...in two years, four months, six---.
She can't or won't talk. A total mental
Verbeena says the odds are it was probably
someone very close to her---.
SAMAs the tension runs along Sam's jawline, he consciously cleans up his accent.
No! THIS IS ME, NOBODY ELSE!
(with total Sam Beckett
I know who I am. I know what I have to do.
Do you know you're from Indiana and don't
have a Texas drawl?
I've got a little residue; but, yes, I know.
OBSERVERAl checks the Handlink.
We lost track of you for quite a while.
Does Ziggy have any suggestions about WHO
ELSE coud have done this?
OBSERVERExasperated, Sam slams the door on his way out.
What about Kaz?
Out of the picture.
He's just a big putz in love with the
Yeah, but, people hurt people they love
all the time.
Why do you say that?
No great hidden meaning, Admiral Freud.
It's true. That's all.
It isn't me, Al. I shouldn't have to tell YOU that.
INT. HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM - EVENING
LADONNA and LUZ sit embracing as RINK ENTERS with the redhaired ALISON.
LUZSAM and AL ENTER. Rink moodily skulks past Sam and goes to his mother and sister. Hugs and tears. Finally, LaDonna gestures Alison over to them. KAZ RUSHES IN and stops, he looks lost.
I bet Aunt Deborah fought back.
Yeah, Luzzie, she'd give it a try at least.
KAZHe breaks down while Rink turns his terrified grimace at Sam.
They're taking her into surgery. She started
RINKRINK RUNS OUT. SAM looks at The Observer and LaDonna then RUNS AFTER THE BOY. Leaving Luz with Alison, LADONNA FOLLOWS SAM.
This is your doing! It's all your fault!
INT. HOSPITAL PARKING GARAGE - NIGHT
SAM searches for Rink.
SAMLADONNA catches up to Sam.
SAM (continues)Sam gives her his full attention which unnerves her a bit.
Go back. I'll find him.
WE'LL find him.
SAMAs her emotions flit across her face, she stands frozen. A CAR HORN brings his attention back to why they are here.
I've tried to hold us all together; but,
you and the kids are changing so much, I
can't stay the same.
What are you going to do about it?
SAM (continues)She flinches as, suddenly, he raises his hand to swat at a bug. Realizing his mistake, he gently reaches for her hand and pulls her to him. AL RUNS into view.
WE'LL find the boy, then talk.
(braces herself with
a deep breath)
I can't just let you hurt me anymore.
He stares at her long and hard.
You're putting your foot down?
Equal rights and opportunity?
You have a useless degree and no personal
income. You think you can run this family
better than me?
We're not in competion. We're a famil---.
---that I run.
We're a family not an experimental project.
What do you think YOU can do? I don't know
what to do anymore.
You don't always have to know. No clean
cut answers. No absolute solutions. Whatever
it takes to remain a family is what I want
OBSERVERDIFFERENT ANGLE - HOSPITAL GARAGE
Sam, the kid's over here!
RINK sits huddled on the concrete floor behind a TRUCK. Holding his knees tightly, forlornly, he looks up at SAM and LADONNA.
RINKRink stands as his father comes closer. He looks like he's about to run again.
No where to go.
There's no need for you to run away,
Deb'll be fine.
You don't get it, Mama. You stay with him
so why would you?
If you got something to say, say it.
RINKLaDonna stiffens. Rink tries to walk away but Sam grabs him. Rink swings and they scuffle, he lands a few blows on Sam.
Why would I have anythin' to say. It's
tradition. "Children should be seen and
not heard", right?
Wrong, when you're hurting you should tell
What's goin' on?
"Tell her" what?
I've got nothin' to say, silence IS our
family code, isn't it?
Where were you this afternoon?
It's a school day.
At lunch, reception handed me a message
that you'd left school.
Coach threw me out.
Out of practice not out of school. You
You walked out of school?
It's no big deal.
Yes, it is.
It's not like I hurt anyone.
But you did.
LADONNALaDonna steps in and Rink hits her full in the face. His mother goes down. His hand still extended, he stares down at her.
STOP IT! STOP IT!
SAMRink rubs his head. Confused. Frustrated. Collects himself.
"No one was hurt"?
She got in the way!
Of your fist?
I didn't mean to.
I didn't either. She's clumsy.
IT'S NOT LIKE THAT! I...I had so much in
my head and I asked her to help and---.
RINK (continues)Rink looks helplessly about.
I hit Mama once and....
Why should I explain if you never do?
I'm your father. Your mother's the only
one I have to explain anything to.
Yeah, you can do whatever you want.
If I'm out of line...
(looks at LaDonna)
...she should stand for herself and let
me know. She should let everyone know.
So, when you hit her tonight---?
Tonight, she'll be by your Aunt Deborah's
Aunt D-Deb needs her.
She could die.
SAM (continues)Quaking and trembling, he stares at his mother.
I said, "She could die."
WHAT D'YOU WANT FROM ME?!
RINKLaDonna moves closer to Rink who shrinks from her but he can't turn away from her eyes.
At home, nothing's right. And school...I
do mean things to Alison and she's scared
of me for a while; but, I apologize...
...and she forgives me.
She's a lot like you.
Aunt Deb said I could talk to her. I knew
she'd do something; you'd get mad, Mama,
but, you wouldn't do anything---.
Stop him from beating you. Walk away and
LADONNAHe frowns, agitated.
I got there just when she pulled in. She
was in a hurry; but, she saw I was really
upset and said, "Get in." I told her about
Alison; but, she said she'd already talked
to you, Mama. You knew. So, I asked if she
knew what really went on in our house, and
she said, "Yeah."
RINKHe glances aside at Sam, gasping for breath.
She explained real nice but it meant she
wasn't going to stop him.
RINK (continues)Enraged, the boy bangs his fists on a car then self-consciously shoves them under his armpits. He stares into nothingness. Silence.
Luz is scared, all the time. And, I'm....
...acting like me.
I DON'T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU!
SAMMore unresponsive silence.
You're with Deb, what happens next?
SAM (continues)His father's voice pulls him back.
Rink? What do you do?
RINKSam opens his arms and the boy comes to him as LaDonna and The Observer look on.
I don't know...she...she kinda slumps
against the window. It's so quiet. My
hands hurt...I look down at them and...
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM AND CORRIDOR - LATER
SAM holds LADONNA'S hand as they walk the corridor, his arm around RINK'S shoulders. The OBSERVER follows.
Inside the room, KAZ watches over the unconscious ALVAREZ. LaDonna takes Rink's hand and leads him, reluctantly, into the room, as Sam stays outside with The Observer, who checks his Handlink.
OBSERVERThey watch as Kaz hovers over Alvarez, who moves slightly. Sam raises his brows for a silent question.
You did fine. Instead of living all together
making one another crazy, they separate.
The ladies move in with Alvarez, and Deuce
finds a buyer for the house, at a lousy price;
but, it's off their hands.
He stays with Deuce in a small apartment.
They start their relationship over.
It's all wrong, Al, the family's broken.
Separated not broken. The distance will
ease a few tensions, and make everyone's
heart grow a little fonder.
OBSERVER (continues)Both of their jaws drop, as Sam...
They have a slow, arduous courtship ahead;
but, they'll do all right.
Nothing's easy for these people, is it?
No. Deuce and LaDonna have some rough years
ahead still, despite the baby.
In nine months, exactly, a boy named...
(beats the Handlink)