MIGHT HAVE BEEN - "The Witness" - ACT III - 08/28/02
||INT. CRASHDOWN - 1 HOUR
Alex and Isabel are seated at a booth. They both seem a little uncomfortable.
A waitress is taking their order.
So that's two mini meteor shower sundaes?
Some kids order the super-nova and share.
Thanks for the tip. The meteor showers are fine.
The waitress leaves.
... and safer.
I'm really sorry Alex. I thought you saw me add the Tabasco to
I must have been distracted.
It was an engrossing movie.
(meeting her eyes)
It wasn't the movie.
Isabel smiles then lowers her eyes.
I wanted tonight to be absolutely perfect. Because that's what you
deserve. You're so ... so ...
Isabel looks at Alex expectantly.
The waitress interrupts by bringing them some water. She puts the glasses
down on the table and leaves. Alex's head drops.
(staring at the table top)
I wish I had a remote control for real life.
So I could fast forward to tomorrow. That's when I'll figure out just
the right thing to say.
That happens to me too. But wouldn't pause work as well? Then
you could wait until it came to you.
Or rewind. It was there a minute ago.
I'm sure it was. Can we use the remote control to fast forward
through boring things?
And waiting for tow trucks.
Yeah. And rewind and relive the good parts.
They continue their conversation, barely noticing the waitress arriving with their order.
||EXT. EVANS HOUSE - ONE HOUR
Alex and Isabel walk up to the front door. There's an awkward pause. Alex
takes a breath trying to calm his nerves. He doesn't notice that Isabel is doing the
same thing. They move toward each other and kiss; their first passionate kiss.
They pull back and gaze at each other.
That was very nice.
(on cloud 9, almost breathless)
Yes, it was.
I really had a good time tonight, Alex. I hate for it to end, but we
both have school tomorrow, so ...
Really!? You really don't want it to end? That's great! So ...
... I'll see you tomorrow then?
Yeah, tomorrow. Goodnight, Alex.
||INT. ISABEL EVANS'S BEDROOM -
Isabel walks into her room still smiling. As she throws her jacket onto the bed, a ticket stub falls out of the pocket to the floor. Isabel picks it up and holds it for a moment; she can't quite bring herself to just throw it away. She sits down at her desk and writes "First date with Alex" on the stub, then places the ticket stub in a small box in her drawer. Closing the drawer, she notices the school newspaper on her desk, which is still open to Kyle's photo. She picks it up and brings it to her bed. She lies down on her stomach, leaning on her elbows, legs in the air with her ankles crossed.
All right, Valenti, this is your last chance to show me you are
more than just a dumb jock.
Isabel puts her finger on the photo, closes her eyes and enters Kyle's dream.
He and Paulie are laughing and fake punching each other on the shoulder as they
walk down a school corridor. Kyle notices a dance poster and stops, then gives
Paulie a soft back hand on the arm.
Man, you are not gonna believe who just agreed to go to the
dance with me.
Better ... Isabel Evans!
Paulie is suitably impressed and high fives Kyle.
Yeah, this is so righteous! Max Evans is gonna be so pissed off
when he finds out.
Kyle, tell me you are not going out with Isabel just to get even
with her brother.
Of course not; that's just the icing on the cake!
Man, you had me worried there. I mean, Isabel Evans is a prime
piece of meat--you wouldn't want that to go to waste.
Hey! Don't talk about Isabel like that. She's a lady and deserves
Whoa! What's got into you? You never minded when I talked
about Vicky that way.
That was different. Isabel is different. Vicky ... Vicky is hot
(shakes his head in wonderment)
... man is she hot! ... but she isn't exactly picky about who she
goes out with. As long as you have money to spend on her, she's happy. Isabel
doesn't date just anyone. If you get a date with Isabel, you know she
thinks you're special.
So you must be feeling pretty special.
Yeah, I do.
Isabel breaks from the dreamwalk, smiling enigmatically.
||EXT. BITTER LAKE COUNTY ROAD -
Michael is standing beside a mailbox on the side of the road. The mailbox is
labeled "Appleton". Down the driveway is a small cabin, enclosed in darkness.
||INT. WEST ROSWELL HIGH
SCHOOL HALLWAY - MORNING
Kyle and Tommy are at Kyle's locker, talking.
So how did your dad take it when you told him about flunking
Just like I thought--he hit the roof. But then Hanson came running
in to see what was wrong, which forced my dad to act a little more civilized. By
yesterday, he had calmed down enough to talk about it rationally.
So your plan to tell him at work so he wouldn't kill you
Like a charm.
Kyle sees Liz and gets an idea. He gives Tommy a soft back hand on the arm,
just before taking off.
Hey, catcha later, bud.
Kyle rushes to catch up with Liz.
Hey, Liz, wait up.
Liz stops, turns and smiles at Kyle's approach.
What can I do for you, Kyle?
(all smiles and charm)
Funny you should ask. I seem to be having this little
problem with chemistry.
Cut to Max, who is watching Liz's conversation with Kyle, out of earshot and
unobserved by either of them. He sees Liz laugh and starts to become a little
uncomfortable with how much they seem to be enjoying their conversation.
They're just friends.
Cut back to Liz and Kyle.
So I'll catch up with you later then, OK?
OK, this is great. I really appreciate it; I definitely owe you for this
Liz gives him a smile that tells him she intends to collect on that IOU, then
continues walking in the direction she was headed when Kyle stopped her. She
sees Isabel and they exchange friendly greetings as they pass each other. Kyle
turns when he hears Isabel's voice.
So, what's new with you?
Not much, what about you?
In the background we see that Max, who was about to leave after seeing Liz
leave, stops short with a "what the hell" look on his face. He stays to observe them.
They do not see him, nor does he approach them.
Well, since you asked ... I had a dream about you last
She stops herself just in time then smiles sweetly.
Really? I hope it was a good one.
Wouldn't it have to be, with you in it?
In the background we see Alex coming out of a classroom directly behind
Isabel. He stops when he sees her with Kyle. She does not know that he is behind
her watching. Isabel laughs lightly at Kyle's remark. She briefly, but affectionately,
touches him on the arm as she responds. Alex tenses slightly and Max's eyes
widen in disbelief. Kyle notices Alex but makes no indication that he does to
Well, I can't say so ... but you can.
So, can I ask what it was about?
Sure, I dreamt I asked you to the dance ...
He gestures towards the posters on the walls.
... and you said yes.
(beat; pouring on the charm)
What are my chances that my dream will come true?
Isabel's laugh is the type you laugh when you are uncomfortable. Alex
recognizes it and smiles. Unseen by Alex, Isabel smiles cryptically at Kyle.
I'd say 50-50.
Alex's smile fades immediately. Kyle is pleasantly surprised.
Look, I have to meet someone, so I'll talk to you later,
Alex steps back so that Isabel does not see him as she continues walking in
the direction she was headed when Kyle stopped her, which takes her past Max.
She's in a hurry so she just smiles and says "Hey" as she passes. She does not
notice the look of consternation on his face as he returns her greeting. The camera
cuts back to Alex as he steps into the hallway and comes face to face with Kyle,
who smiles smugly at him.
She didn't say yes.
She also didn't say no.
||INT. WEST ROSWELL HIGH
2nd FLOOR ERASER ROOM - DAY
Max, Michael, Isabel, Alex and Liz are all crammed into the eraser room.
There is a knock on the door and then Maria enters and closes the door behind
(noticing the cramped conditions)
This is cozy.
This will also be quick. I just wanted to let you know that there's a
possibility Larry hasn't moved on to other things like Jen told you two.
(he indicates Liz and Maria)
He may still be digging into the Hubble affair.
What makes you think so?
I saw Larry talking to Ty Appleton.
Who's Ty Appleton?
The guy who gave me a ride out to Pepper's Café, the
night Valenti shot Hubble.
You mean he witnessed it!?
No ... at least not that we know of.
His turn off came up about a quarter mile before Pepper's. He
dropped me off there and continued south. I walked east till I got to the
café and he never came by that I saw.
So then he isn't a real threat.
We don't know for sure. We do know he can place Michael in the
vicinity at the time of the shooting. That's not good.
(under her breath)
Nothing ever is.
So, what can we do about it?
I'm not sure about that either. Anybody got any
We could ask Ty.
(at their surprised looks)
Without actually asking him ... You know what I
I tried; he wasn't home.
You what!? What did you do, Michael?
Nothing! I just stopped by his place but he wasn't there, and he
didn't come home all night.
You were there all night?
I thought it was important. Unfortunately it didn't get us
I don't think you should be the one asking him anything anyway. It
would be too suspicious.
I might be able to find out something.
I could go to his place ... pretend to have car trouble ... ask to use
his phone. I ... I could mention I've heard there were sightings near there, see if I
can get him talking about the UFO Center and Larry.
Sounds plausible, but I don't like the idea of you doing this
Alex can be with me.
Alex stiffens slightly.
Um, yeah, sure. No problem.
What if he's at work? Do you know where he works?
I practically know his life story from all his visits
to the UFO Center. Isabel, you should call the Cheese Factory to check
before trying his home. Also, I'll be going into work by five; if he
shows up there I can call you.
So, um, I guess that settles it.
They all nod and voice their agreement. The meeting breaks up and they all
leave the eraser room.
||INT. ISABEL EVANS'S BEDROOM -
Isabel has a dress, purse and shoes laid out on her bed and she uses her
powers to adjust the color of her purse and shoes. She's looking through her scarf
drawer when there is a knock on her door.
Max enters and shuts the door behind him.
So, is Ty at work?
No, he didn't go in today, so Alex went ahead to his house. He'll
call me if Ty shows up.
(at Max's surprised look)
He said something about there being no reason we both should
be sitting around doing nothing but waiting. Do you mind dropping me off there
on your way to work?
(glances at the outfit spread out on her bed)
What's with the outfit? It doesn't seem ... appropriate ... for a
(with a knowing smile)
I just want to look attractive when I see him. I've noticed guys are
more ... open and ... less aware of what they are saying, when I look my
Max smiles, then a look of concern crosses his face.
(trying to sound casual, but his anxiety shows through)
Speaking of attracting guys ... what's with you and Kyle? When
did you two become an item?
What are you talking about?
I saw you with him at school today. You were being awfully
friendly with him, considering we're not sure we can trust him.
Well, as the old saying goes, "Keep your friends close, and your enemies
Do you have to get that close?
What, I'm not allowed to enjoy my work a little? Besides, Kyle
seems like a good guy, deep down. He may not be an enemy after all. And, he's
someone I can have fun with, without getting too involved.
And why does he want to be with you?
Oh! No, no, no... That came out wrong. I mean, do you think he
has an agenda?
Yes. I think he's trying to get back at you because of Liz. And, it
seems to be working.
Isabel gives him a mischievous smile, and Max grimaces, slightly
chagrined for falling into Kyle's trap. Then Isabel's demeanor
suddenly changes. With a sigh she sits down on her bed.
Oh, Max. Why does it have to be this way? Why do we constantly
have to worry that people are out to get us? Why can't things just be
Max sits beside her on her bed and puts his arm around her in comfort.
Because we're not normal and our lives will never be
With a wave of his hand he changes the color of her shoes to green and her
purse to orange, neither of which are flattering with her dress.
But do you really want to be normal?
Isabel waves her hand over the shoes and purse, changing them back to a
matching color. She smiles at Max.
I suppose not.
||INT. UFO CENTER - TWO HOURS
Max is working on an exhibit. Ty arrives and heads straight for Larry. Max
notices and surreptitiously pulls a cell phone from his pocket and dials a
||EXT. BITTER LAKE COUNTY ROAD
STAKE-OUT POSITION - CONTINUOUS
Isabel and Alex are there, in Alex's car, parked behind some shrubbery, able
to see Appleton's cabin, without being seen. Isabel looks exceptionally pretty. Her
phone rings and she digs in her purse to get it.
||INT. UFO CENTER -
Max starts speaking even before Isabel can utter a greeting.
They're definitely up to something. Ty just arrived and it's obvious they're planning on leaving together.
We can see them making leaving motions.
I don't think they're heading to Ty's cabin. I heard Larry saying something about not being late for their appointment.
||EXT. BITTER LAKE COUNTY ROAD
STAKE-OUT POSITION - CONTINUOUS
Let's go! UFO Center!
Alex starts the car and pulls out from behind the shrubbery.
Try to keep them from leaving. We'll get there as soon as possible and follow them.
OK. Maybe I can interest him in the Foo Fighters.
There's a click as Max hangs up on his end.
(puzzled, to Alex)
Foo Fighters? Why would he talk to Ty about a rock band?
||INT. ROSWELL SHERIFF'S DEPT
LOBBY - FIFTEEN MINUTES LATER
Amy walks into the Sheriff's Station and approaches Deputy Blackwood, who
is behind the counter.
I'm here to see Jim. Can I just head to his office?
(nods and smiles slightly)
I'm sure he won't mind seeing you.
(flattered, smiles back)
Amy heads towards Valenti's office.
||EXT. UFO CENTER - MOMENTS
Max watches helplessly as Larry and Ty drive off in Larry's car, then breathes a sigh of relief when he spots Isabel and Alex driving up. He motions to them to follow Larry and Ty.
||INT. ALEX'S CAR - MOMENTS LATER
They can't be!
They are. He's turning.
Alex pulls over and parks before the turn. He and Isabel look at each other with dread, then turn back to stare out the windshield of his car.
This can't be good.
Nothing ever is.
||INT. SHERIFF VALENTI'S OFFICE -
Valenti is sitting behind his desk filling out paperwork. He's scowling and
turning pages roughly, indicating he's not in the best of moods. There's a knock on
his closed door. He does not look up.
(barks out with authority)
The door opens and Amy steps inside. Valenti is still engrossed in his
I feel like I should salute.
Valenti looks up startled, then his face lights up with pleasure.
Amy! How nice to see you!
Are you sure? Because you sounded a little gruff when I knocked
on the door.
Oh ... um ... sorry about that. Um ... Hanson's been ... well ... I
thought you were someone else.
What brings you here? Not that you aren't welcome! You
are always welcome.
Pleased and flustered by his remarks, Amy smiles, then chuckles
Thank you, Jim. Anyway, the reason I came ... I've been giving
your dinner idea some thought ...
Amy is interrupted by the sound of an argument taking place out in the lobby.
She turns to look in that direction, then back at Valenti with a concerned look on
her face. Valenti stands.
Sorry. I hope you don't mind but I better go see what that's all
Valenti brushes past Amy as he quickly exits out his doorway and into the
||INT. ROSWELL SHERIFF'S DEPT -
LOBBY - CONTINUOUS
Deputy Blackwood and Deputy Hanson are trying to calm down Larry. Ty
Appleton is standing off in the corner, trying not to get in the way.
I swear to you, Deputy Green isn't here; he's on a call.
(under his breath to Owen)
No wonder he was so anxious to volunteer for it.
(shouting; extremely agitated)
You're lying! You can't fool me! It's a conspiracy! You just don't
want me talking to someone who will listen.
I assure you, sir, we are listening.
(under his breath to Owen)
We don't have a choice.
Owen gives him a warning look out of the corner of his eye.
Valenti enters the lobby, with Amy close on his heels.
(shouting over Larry)
What's this all about!?
Cut to commercial.
END OF ACT III
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