MIGHT HAVE BEEN - "Damage Control" - ACT I - 04/20/02
|| INT. ROSWELL SHERIFF'S DEPT.,
SHERIFF VALENTI'S OFFICE - MORNING
Valenti is at his desk, which is covered with papers.
There's a knock at the door.
Deputy Blackwood comes in holding a file. Valenti struggles to close an overstuffed file that he is working on.
Owen, find a dictionary and tell Hanson I order him to
look up the meaning of the word "concise."
Before or after I let this guy into your office? He'd really like to
speak with you.
Could you be a little more specific? I know a lot of "guys".
It's that tourist, Larry Trilling, who witnessed the Crashdown
shooting back in September. You remember, the one who
thought this ...
Owen produces a blurred picture of a fake alien from the
file he is holding and hands it to Valenti.
...was important evidence.
(He tries to keep a straight face but fails.)
Valenti smiles slightly. He glances at the paperwork on his desk.
I don't have time for him, can't you handle it?
He asked for you specifically.
(smiles at Owen's ribbing, then, reluctantly)
Okay, show him in.
(Valenti's smile disappears as he waits for Larry.)
|| INT. WEST ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY
Several students are milling about the hallways, at their lockers, etc.
in between classes. Kyle sees Isabel and approaches.
Ms. Evans, you're looking particularly fine today. How are
(surprised and suspicious)
What do you want?
What!? I need to be after something to compliment you?
You need to be after something just to speak to me.
Have you missed my not talking to you?
Ouch! I'm wounded ... You've cut me to the quick.
Well, I'd like to change that. I swear, I'm just being nice ...
Kyle gives her a charming, and genuine, smile. Isabel smiles back,
then her attention is caught by a couple going into the eraser room.
(surprised and curious)
I didn't know Tommy and Pam were an item.
Oh, yeah. They hooked up in a grief counseling session.
They each lost someone close to them, and they found strength
in each other.
It's really kind of sweet, in a way.
"Kind of sweet?" Did I actually hear Kyle Valenti say,
"kind of sweet?"
Hey! I do have a sensitive side, you know.
Kyle Valenti, man of many facets.
Hold on Kyle's smile as we cut to Isabel entering an empty classroom.
|| INT. WEST ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL
CLASSROOM - MOMENTS LATER
The classroom is empty except for the rest of the gang who are
already there. Max is leaning against the teacher's desk, his arms around Liz,
who is leaning against his chest. Michael is sitting in one of the student chairs,
Maria is sitting on the attached desk; in close proximity to one another but not
as openly affectionate as Max and Liz. Alex is sitting in a student chair not far from
Michael and Maria.
Well, Maxwell, if you had messed up more often maybe your
parents wouldn't have freaked this time and grounded you.
Are you planning on dropping this anytime soon? You're not the
one who's grounded.
No, I'm the one who has to be at a meeting at lunch time instead of ...
doing other things.
Sorry, Michael, the eraser room was occupied anyway.
The others turn to look at Isabel. Alex looks stunned.
I saw Pam Troy and Tommy Hilligan going in on my way here.
Maybe there should be a sign-up sheet.
So, what did I miss?
Max was filling us in about the orb.
Maria and I also have some news.
All eyes turn towards Liz.
Jennifer Kattler is back in town, and working at the Crashdown.
Is Larry with her?
I didn't get a chance to talk to her; my dad was training her.
But Larry is probably in Roswell too. They were planning on
getting married, my dad introduced her as Jennifer Kattler-Trilling,
not Jennifer Kattler, and she was wearing a wedding ring.
He could be a problem.
You don't think Jennifer is a problem?
Not really. We talked quite a bit when she and Larry were here
for the Convention. She was fed up with his obsession over aliens.
His own girlfriend thought he was obsessed? Great. He's trouble.
Maybe not. I knew you guys
(looks at the aliens)
for years, and never suspected a thing. As long as he doesn't see
you use your powers, what can he do?
But, Alex, he saw Max heal Liz.
Not really. I mostly was able to keep people away.
"Mostly" isn't good enough, Michael.
Wait, we're the only people who know for sure what happened that
day. Even if Larry--
If Larry and Valenti susp--
And the FBI.
Let her finish.
Larry, Valenti, and the FBI might suspect something, but there's
no solid proof.
If they had any proof, I wouldn't still be walking around.
Liz puts her hand in Max's as everyone reacts to this.
Alex is right, we have to make sure there's nothing for anyone
So we should crawl into our shells again and do nothing? Is that
I think we shouldn't panic and make things worse. Maybe Larry
will get tired of this and leave. Besides, who'd take him seriously
after getting thrown out of the UFO Convention?
|| INT. UFO CENTER COMPUTER ROOM
Larry is doing a search at the computer. As the camera pulls back
we see he's at the UFO Center. Milton enters the room. Larry changes the
screen to a main menu.
Ah, doing research already?
You said that employees could use--
No need to apologize. I recognize the fervor in your eyes; we are
kindred spirits, seekers of knowledge.
I just want to thank you again, for giving me this opportunity.
Well, I did have my reservations, considering what happened at
the Convention. But I also understand what it's like to experience
unusual side effects to medications.
I told the doctor over and over the new allergy medicine made
me feel strange.
(shakes his head in disgust)
So certain they know everything. So unwilling to listen to those
who differ with them.
Milton starts to turn to go, then stops.
Oh, one thing I'd like to make clear: there can be no
trouble between you and Max. Evans is my best employee.
Yeah. I guess he would be.
Larry returns to his original page on the computer.
|| INT. MAX EVANS'S BEDROOM -
Max is lying on the bed listening to a "Counting Crows" CD; the song, "Amy Hit the Atmosphere" has finished playing and "Four Days" is starting. Isabel bursts into the room.
(grabs the CD case)
Max, you're my brother and I love you but if you play this CD one
more time, Amy is going to hit the atmosphere.
Max sits up and turns off the CD player.
She sits on the edge of the bed.
Max, I know you're upset about being away from Liz; I
Max looks surprised.
What? I do go out.
I know. It's just that you tend to be pretty ... casual ...
about the guys you see. You've said it yourself; it's
never anything serious.
You think I've never had strong feelings about a guy?
No ... I--
Wait a minute. Is there something going on I
should know about?
Of course not.
She gets up and starts to leave the room.
Did something happen between you and Alex?
Isabel stops, and responds with her back to Max.
(not believing her)
Isabel turns around and looks defiantly at Max.
I kissed him. But it was not what you think... It was to
help you and Liz.
(with amusement in his voice)
How does you kissing Alex help me and Liz?
You and Liz were missing. When you and Liz kissed, she had
flashes, got information from you. I thought that if Alex and I
kissed ... we could figure out where you were.
So, because Liz got flashes from me about our trip to Earth, you
thought kissing Alex would let him see where Liz and I were
in Roswell? That's why you kissed him?
She leaves the room. Max smiles for a moment, then
gets up and walks to his desk. He flips up his calendar
to reveal the month of March, which has a wallet size
picture of Liz replacing the square for March 8th: Two
weeks from the 23rd of February, when their grounding
began. Max reaches out and gently touches Liz's picture,
sighing deeply. Then he returns to his bed, lies down,
reaches over to his CD player and turns it on. He turns
down the volume, so as not to disturb Isabel.
Cut to commercial.
END OF ACT I
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