EXT. DIRT ROAD - DAY

The high speed chase continues, dust clouds billowing from both cars.  The police car speeds up and begins gaining on the Barracuda.  The Barracuda, meanwhile, seems to be slowing down.

EXT. DIRT ROAD INTERSECTION - DAY

It looks like Frank is going to pass the intersection by, however at the last second he cuts the corner and goes right between a street sign and a cement pole.  He comes in on the perpendicular dirt road, fishtails, floors it and blasts away.

The police car is going a lot faster, however, and makes no attempt to cut the corner, but instead goes around it.  They completely lose control during the turn and rocket into a tree.  The tree is old and rotten.  It splinters at its base and falls over on top of the police car, crushing the flashers and caving in the roof.

INT. POLICE CAR - DAY

Miraculously, neither cop seems critically injured.  Cop #1 lifts his head and speaks into the microphone.

                                                                 COP #1
                                We lost him.  He's heading south on Square
                                Lake Road.

INT. JOE'S CAR - DAY

Joe is cruising slowly up a road.

                                                                 JOE
                                                           (into mike)
                                What happened to you?

                                                                 COP #1 (O.S.)
                                We hit a tree.  Irv's got a broken arm.  I think
                                my collarbone's dislocated.  Get this guy, Joe!
                                Fuck him up for all of us!

                                                                 JOE
                                                           (flatly)
                                Check.

Joe lowers the microphone.


EXT. FREEWAY RAMP - DAY

Joe cruises slowly up the freeway ramp, staying on the shoulder to let cars pass him.  The sign above the ramp says, "South to Los Angeles."  The Barracuda comes flying past down the freeway.  Brubaker kicks it to the floor and shoots up the ramp onto the freeway.

INT. JOE'S CAR - DAY

Joe raises the microphone.

                                                                 JOE
                                I'm on him.  Over and out.

He drops the microphone and speeds up.

INT. BARRACUDA - DAY

Frank glances in his rearview mirror.  He sees Joe's LTD moving up from behind.

                                                                 FRANK
                                Now what?

As the LTD comes right up behind him, Frank gets a glimpse of Joe's sneering face.  Joe points his finger and plainly mouths the words, "You're fucked!" then uses his finger to cut his throat.

                                                                 FRANK
                                                           (pissed)
                                Oh, yeah?

Frank reaches over on the front seat and grabs the Winchester.  He cocks it, swings it around behind himself and aims it at Joe through the back window.  Frank fires and blows a hole in his back window.

INT. JOE'S CAR - DAY

The bullet comes right through Joe's windshield, blowing off his rearview mirror.  Joe ducks and swerves wildly.

EXT. FREEWAY - DAY

Joe's car goes careening off the road.  It bounces to a halt in a ditch.


INT. JOE'S CAR - DAY

Joe sits up and blood trickles down his forehead.  He's starting to get mad.  His jaw muscles twitch.  Joe slams the gear shift into reverse and pulls back onto the road.  He puts it in drive and floors it.

                                                                                                       CUT TO:

EXT. LOMPOC POLICE STATION - DAY

Ambulances with swirling flashers surround the police station.  Paramedics quickly push stretchers with bodies on them out of the building and into the ambulances.  A paramedic is holding a compress against Ted's head as his unconscious body is loaded into an ambulance.  There are several uniformed cops and plain clothes cops watching all of this.  They are the night shift called in early.  They are all shocked, sad and angry.

                                                                                                       CUT TO:

EXT. FREEWAY - DAY

Joe's car drives up an empty stretch of road.  Up ahead is a gas station on the right side of the road and a diner on the left.

INT. JOE'S CAR - DAY

Joe looks all around but there's not another car in sight.

EXT. DINER & GAS STATION - DAY

As Joe nears the diner and gas station he sees the Barracuda parked in front of the diner.  Joe's eyes narrow.

EXT. DINER - DAY

Joe pulls up beside the Barracuda.  He gets out of his car, his pistol in hand, and warily looks into the Barracuda.  Nothing.  Joe steps over to the front door of the diner.  He passes a MAN and a WOMAN coming out of he diner holding a take-out order.  Suddenly a shot rings out.

A bullet that was intended for Joe slams into the man's chest through the brown paper bag he's holding.  Fried chicken flies into the air.  The man drops dead.  The woman starts screaming.  Brubaker grabs the woman and pulls her down behind a car.  More shots crash in from across the street at the gas station.

EXT. GAS STATION - DAY

Frank is perched behind a garbage dumpster with his Winchester resting on top.  The flight bag is beside him.  He sees that his ambush didn't work.

                                                                 FRANK
                                Oh piss!

Frank makes a dash for the gas pumps where a Jeep Wagoneer is parked.  There is a dead stag with large antlers tied to the hood.  A HUNTER with a florescent orange hat sits behind the wheel of the Jeep.  Frank grabs him, throws him out of the car onto the ground and climbs in.

                                                                 HUNTER
                                                           (shocked)
                                Hey!  What the -

Frank starts the Jeep and begins driving away from the pumps.  The hunter runs in front of the Jeep blocking its path. Frank drives right into him-the antlers impaling the hunter in the stomach. Frank slams the car in reverse.  As he backs up the stag falls off the Jeep and on top of the hunter.  Frank tears out of the gas station in the Jeep.

EXT. DINER - DAY

Brubaker is in his car.  He pulls out of the diner parking lot and goes after Frank.

                                                                                                       CUT TO:

EXT. LOMPOC GENERAL HOSPITAL - DAY

Lompoc General hospital is a large brown brick building set back off the road.  There's a sign in front stating what it is.

INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY - DAY

A DOCTOR comes walking up the hospital corridor.  He passes a uniformed POLICEMAN standing in the hall.  They nod at each other and the doctor steps into a hospital room.

INT. TED'S ROOM - DAY

Ted is in bed with his head bandaged.  He is asleep.  His wife, Millie, sits in a chair beside the bed.  Her eyes are red from crying.  She is reading Time Magazine.  She drops the magazine the moment the doctor walks in.


                                                                 MILLIE
                                                           (concerned)
                                Is there any more news?

                                                                 DOCTOR
                                No.  You know all there is.  Until he wakes up we're
                                just guessing.

The doctor pulls up Ted's eyelids, then takes his pulse.

                                                                 DOCTOR
                                All of his vital signs are good.  We just have to wait.

Millie looks like she might start crying again.  The doctor steps to her.

                                                                 DOCTOR
                                Why don't you go home.  We'll call you as soon as
                                anything develops.  This strain isn't good for your
                                condition.

                                                                 MILLIE
                                                           (sincerely)
                                I'm staying here.  Dr. Kovan said anything could trigger
                                him awake.  It could be me.

                                                                 DOCTOR
                                Yes, it could.

The doctor writes on Ted's chart and leaves the room.  Millie goes to Ted and leans over him putting her face close to his.

                                                                 MILLIE
                                Ted, please wake up.  Please!  I love you so much
                                and I need you to get better because I don't know
                                what to do without you.  There's so many things
                                we have to do--we haven't settled on a name for
                                the baby yet, or what color to paint the baby's
                                room, or, oh Jesus!  I don't know . . .

Millie breaks down crying on Ted's chest.

                                                                                                       CUT TO:


EXT. FREEWAY - DAY

Frank Barrels up the road at 90 mph.  Joe is a ways behind, but moving up fast.  Frank comes up behind a big eighteen wheel petroleum tanker truck with flammable warning written on the side of the silver tanks.  He passes the truck, cuts in front and brakes hard.

The truck has to slam on its brakes to avoid hitting Frank in the Jeep.  One of the petroleum tanks slams into the other which then slams into the cab.  The TRUCK DRIVER winces at the impact.

Frank cocks the Winchester and rests it out the window aiming back.

INT. TRUCK - DAY

The truck driver sees Frank aiming the rifle.  A concerned puzzled expression crosses his face.  He glances in the side-view mirror and sees Joe moving up along side of him.  The truck driver begins blasting his air horn.

INT. JOE'S CAR - DAY

Joe is moving up along side of the truck.  He hears the horn honking and glances at the truck driver who is pointing forward.  Joe slows down a little as he moves past the truck.  The Jeep is revealed in front of the truck.  Frank fires the Winchester and blows out one of Joe's headlights.  Joe drops back beside the truck and waves his thanks to the driver.  The truck driver nods and blasts his horn.  Joe slows down and lets the truck pull ahead of him.

INT. JEEP - DAY

Frank sees this exchange between Joe and the truck driver and sneers.

                                                                 FRANK
                                Oh yeah?  Fuck both of you!

Frank aims his rifle back out the window behind him and raises his elbow to lift the barrel.

INT. TRUCK - DAY

The driver sees Frank aiming the rifle at him and ducks down and brakes.

                                                                 TRUCK DRIVER
                                Holy shit!


EXT. FREEWAY - DAY

Frank fires the rifle at the top of the silver petroleum tank.  The bullet pierces the metal skin of the tank and the truck explodes in a giant ball of flame and hurling metal bouncing up the highway at 55 miles per hour.

In seconds the entire freeway is engulfed in flames.  Joe swerves hard off the road to avoid crashing into the the flaming wreckage and drives right through a wall of fire.  Joe's LTD comes out the other side of the flames unscathed.

INT. JOE'S CAR - DAY

Joe looks behind him and sees the firey wreckage of the truck bouncing up the freeway out of control, engulfing cars and blowing them up.  A look of deep disgust crosses Joe's face as he looks ahead at Frank.  Joe picks up the microphone and tries to tune in the radio.

                                                                 JOE
                                Come on . . .

There is only static.

EXT. FREEWAY - DAY

Frank is several cars ahead of Joe.  For the time being Joe keeps the cars between himself and Frank as they zoom toward the mountains looming in the distance.

                                                                                                       CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY - DAY

The doctor steps into the hospital hallway and puts a cigarette in his mouth.  The uniformed policeman in the hallway sees him.

                                                                 POLICEMAN
                                'Scuse me, could I bum a smoke?

                                                                 DOCTOR
                                Sure.

                                                                 POLICEMAN
                                You'd think they could put a place to smoke just
                                a little bit closer.


The doctor nods, gives the policeman a smoke and they both stand there with unlit cigarettes.  Lon, the fat drug dealer, comes walking up with a sheaf of papers in his hand.  Lon speaks to the policeman.

                                                                 LON
                                Is this Bill Bertelli's room?

                                                                 POLICEMAN
                                Yeah.

                                Lon hands the policeman the papers.

                                                                 LON
                                He's out on bail.

                                                                 POLICEMAN
                                What do you mean?  This guy was involved
                                in a major crime today.  A cop was killed.

INT. TED'S ROOM - DAY

Ted's eyes open.  He painfully tilts his head up to see the people in the hallway and listens to what they're saying.

                                                                 LON
                                Yeah, but he didn't kill' em
                                                           (points at the papers)
                                This is signed, sealed and now it's delivered.
                                Let's get this show on the road.

The doctor interjects.

                                                                 DOCTOR
                                He's not well enough to leave the hospital.

                                                                 LON
                                He can leave if he wants to and he wants to.

                                                                 DOCTOR
                                How do you know, you haven't spoken to him?

                                                                 LON
                                I can read his mind.  If there's more papers to be
                                filled out, fill 'em out, but he's getting out of here
                                now.

                                                                 DOCTOR
                                                           (resigned)
                                Fine.

                                                                 POLICEMAN
                                Fuckin' system.  What a joke.

Ted watches as the doctor and the policeman both leave.  Lon goes into the room beside his.  Ted climbs out of bed.  For a moment he looks like he might pass out.  He hangs onto the edge of the bed and takes a deep breath.  Ted touches his bandaged head and recoils quickly from the pain.  He summons his strength and walks to the door.

INT. HALLWAY - DAY

Holding onto the doorjamb, Ted steps out of his room and peeks into the next room.

INT. BILL'S ROOM - DAY

Bill is in bed.  His hand is in a complicated cast with wires sticking out holding his fingers straight.  The cast is suspended from a sling connected to a metal stand.

                                                                 BILL
                                                           (surprised)
                                Lon.  You're out.  Where'd you get the bail money
                                from?

                                                                 LON
                                                           (pained)
                                From Farouk.  He showed up without me even calling
                                him, which I wouldn't've done, I can assure you.

                                                                 BILL
                                                           (confused)
                                I don't get it.

                                                                 LON
                                                           (looks around; whispers)
                                He heard about the key of smack and he wants it.
                                He wants us to get it for him.  He's calling in our
                                debt.

                                                                 BILL
                                                           (deeply pained)
                                Oh, man!
                                                           (realizing)
                                But wait a minute, the cops have the smack.

                                                                 LON
                                No they don't.  That asshole Frank Taylor took
                                it back.

                                                                 BILL
                                                           (shocked)
                                How?

                                                                 LON
                                I'll explain it to you in the car.  Get dressed.

                                                                 BILL
                                Oh, man, I can't go anywhere, my hand's killing me.

                                                                 LON
                                If we don't get that smack for Farouk that won't be
                                the only thing that's killing you.

Lon tosses Bill's clothes on the bed.  Bill starts to stand up and begins moaning from the pain in his hand.

                                                                 LON
                                Will you get moving, we're losing time.

                                                                 BILL
                                Hey!  The feet and hands have the most bones of
                                any part of the body.  I have to be careful.

                                                                 LON
                                If you don't start moving I'm gonna stomp on your
                                foot and you'll forget all about the pain in your hand.

Ted goes back into his room.

INT. TED'S ROOM - DAY

Ted takes off his hospital robe and puts on his clothes.

EXT. LOMPOC GENERAL HOSPITAL - DAY

Ted comes out the front door in his street clothes, the bandage removed from his head.  His hair is a mess and caked with blood.  Stitches run across his head causing a new part in his hair.  Ted crosses the parking lot looking in both directions.  He spots his Ford Fiesta, looks to heaven and sighs.  Ted gets in his car and starts the engine.  He looks to the front of the hospital and sees Bill and Lon come out.  They get into a double-parked Delta 88 and drive away.  Ted follows them.

INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY - DAY

Millie comes walking up the hallway with a cup of tea in her hand.  She steps into Ted's room.

INT. TED'S ROOM - DAY

Millie enters and finds the bed empty and the hospital gown in a ball on the floor.  Her eyes widen in shock and she drops the cup of tea.

                                                                                                       CUT TO:

EXT. MOUNTAIN ROAD - DAY

This is a very steep, wooded, mountainous road.  It drops off over a hundred feet in places.  Frank in the Jeep comes tearing around a curve going much too fast.  His tires squeal as he comes precariously close to the edge.  A moment later Joe comes past going just as fast.  He, too, comes close to the edge.  They both cross the double yellow line to pass slow moving cars.  This causes several close calls with oncoming cars.

On the side of the road up ahead is a GUY with a steaming, broken-down car.  He is standing in the road trying to wave down help.  Frank comes around the curve doing 75 mph.  The guy on the side of the road sees the Jeep coming right at him.  The guy's face turns to blind panic as he attempts to run out of the road.  Frank intentionally jerks the wheel and sideswipes the guy.  The guy sails off the edge of the road like a rag doll.  Frank laughs uproariously as he drives away.

Brubaker hears the scream and sees the guy drop off into oblivion.  Joe grits his teeth and speeds up.

INT JOE'S CAR - DAY

Joe switches on the police radio.  There is only static.  He twists the tuning knob and it's static on every channel.

EXT. ROAD OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS - DAY

The Jeep comes out of the mountains onto flat, straight highway and zooms past.  A moment later Joe comes racing past.


INT. JOE'S CAR - DAY

The police radio bursts to life with all kinds of talking.  Joe glances down to the radio.  He turns the tuning knob and there is chatter on every channel.  Joe looks up to see . . .

EXT. AERIAL VIEW OF FREEWAY CLOVERLEAF - DAY

Joe drives right into the traffic of a massive freeway interchange.  A cloverleaf of freeways form as freeway 101 crosses the 5 and the 10 in downtown Los Angeles.  Joe's car is swallowed in a sea of automobiles.

INT. JOE'S CAR - DAY

Joe is looking all around, but can't see the Jeep anywhere.

EXT. FREEWAY - DAY

Traffic comes to a dead halt.  It looks like a ten mile long steel snake lying immobile in the hot sun.  Frank in the Jeep pulls out of the freeway traffic, goes up the off-ramp and onto a surface street.  Joe's car is several lanes over, past the ramp and stuck in traffic.

INT. JOE'S CAR - DAY

Joe sees Frank in the Jeep disappear and goes wild.  He screams as loud as he can, the veins bulging on his neck.  His fists are clenched around the steering wheel and his mad frenzy causes him to break the top of the steering wheel off.  Holding a chunk of his steering wheel in his hand, Joe turns and sees people staring at him from all the cars around.  Joe starts to calm down.  He tosses the piece of steering wheel on the seat beside him.  Joe picks up the microphone and keys it.

                                                                 JOE
                                Los Angeles Police, this is Detective Sergeant
                                Joe Brubaker, Lompoc Police Force.  Come back.

                                                                 DISPATCHER (O.S.)
                                You've got the Los Angeles Police Department,
                                Dispatcher McPherson. Over.

                                                                 JOE
                                I'm pursuing a wanted criminal named Frank Taylor,
                                driving a stolen 1990 tan Jeep Wagoneer, License
                                number ARS 577.  He is armed and dangerous and
                                heading west on Third.  Over.

                                                                 DISPATCHER (O.S.)
                                Roger, that, Detective Brubaker.  Over.

                                                                 JOE
                                Over and out.

He tosses the microphone on the seat in disgust.

                                                                 JOE
                                Shit!

                                                                                                       CUT TO:

EXT. FREEWAY - DAY

Bill and Lon in the Delta 88 drive south on the freeway.  The mountains loom ahead of them in the distance.  A few cars behind is Ted in his Fiesta.

INT. TED'S CAR - DAY

Ted is holding his aching head with one hand while steering with the other.  He looks like he's in pretty severe pain.  Ted takes his hand from his head and looks at it.  There is the bloody imprint of stitches across his palm.

                                                                                                       CUT TO:

EXT. PHONE BOOTH - DAY

Joe is in a phone booth in a strip mall parking lot.  His car is parked beside the phone booth.

                                                                 STAN (O.S.)
                                Lompoc Police, Sergeant Schwartz speaking.

                                                                 JOE
                                                           (into phone)
                                Stan, this is Joe.  How is everyone?

INT. LOMPOC POLICE STATION - DAY

Desk Sergeant STAN SCHWARTZ, a big blond fellow sits where Pat used to sit.

                                                                 STAN
                                                           (into phone)
                                Joe.  Where are you?

                                                                 JOE (O.S.)
                                I'm in L.A.  I chased that fucking creep all way here
                                and lost him the minute we got into the city.

                                                                 STAN
                                                           (angry)
                                You should've run his car off the road and put a
                                couple of shots into his gas tank.

                                                                 JOE (O.S.)
                                I tried.  He was trying to do the same to me.  How
                                is everyone?

                                                                 STAN
                                Well . . .

INT. PHONE BOOTH - DAY

Joe is listening and lights a cigarette.

                                                                 STAN (O.S.)
                                . . . Pat, Marty and Captain Uto are all dead . . .

Joe shuts his eyes and takes a deep drag on his cigarette.

                                                                 STAN (O.S.)
                                . . . Everyone else is in serious or critical condition.
                                They're operating on Baduski right now.  It doesn't
                                look good...

                                                                 JOE
                                How's the new kid?

                                                                 STAN (O.S.)
                                Walburn?

                                                                 JOE
                                Yeah.

                                                                 STAN (O.S.)
                                He's gone.

                                                                 JOE
                                                           (sad)
                                Shit!  That's too bad.  His first day on the job.

                                                                 STAN (O.S.)
                                No, I mean from the hospital.  He's disappeared.

                                                                 JOE
                                                           (unbelieving)
                                What?

                                                                 STAN (O.S.)
                                His wife was in the room with him, she went for a
                                minute, came back and he was gone.  She went
                                outside and her car was gone, too.  She's really
                                worried 'cause he got shot in the head and has
                                thirteen stitches in his scalp.

                                                                 JOE
                                That's weird.

                                                                 STAN (O.S.)
                                Hang on, I've got another call . . .

Joe is put on hold.  He stubs out his cig and lights another.  Stan comes back on the line.

                                                                 STAN (O.S.)
                                The L.A. cops picked up the stolen Jeep.

                                                                 JOE
                                                           (brightening)
                                And they got the creep driving it?

                                                                 STAN (O.S.)
                                Yeah, I guess.  They want you to go there immediately.

                                                                 JOE
                                Great.

                                                                 STAN (O.S.)
                                It's the Rampart station.  I got the address, let me
                                give it to you.

                                                                 JOE
                                I know where it is.

                                                                 STAN (O.S.)
                                Oh, yeah.

                                                                 JOE
                                Talk to you later.

Joe hangs up the phone.

                                                                                                       CUT TO:

EXT. LOS ANGELES POLICE STATION - DUSK

The sun is just beginning to set behind the tall building of downtown Los Angeles.  Joe pulls up in front of the large building that houses the Rampart Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.  He parks and heads inside.

A group of four uniformed L.A. cops pass Joe as he goes through the door.  The oldest of the four cops turns and looks back at Joe, but he's already inside.  There is a look of recognition on the cop's face.  The OLDER L.A. COP turns to the others.

                                                                 OLDER L.A. COP
                                That was Joe Brubaker that just walked in.

The other YOUNGER L.A. COPS are amazed like they just heard that Genghis Khan walked past.  They all turn and look.

                                                                 YOUNGER L.A. COP #1
                                Get out!  You mean "Ball Breaker?"

The older cop nods.

                                                                 YOUNGER L.A. COP #2
                                Now way!  You mean the guy's real?  I thought he
                                was just a myth.

                                                                 OLDER L.A. COP
                                Nope.  He's real all right, and that was him.

They all shake their heads.

INT. L.A. POLICE STATION - DAY

Joe steps up to the main desk of the police station.  Ten uniformed cops, mostly women, deal with all of the incoming problems.

                                                                 DESK COP #1
                                Yes?

Joe shows his badge.

                                                                 JOE
                                Detective Sergeant Joe Brubaker, Lompoc Police
                                Department.  I'm here to pick up a prisoner who
                                was just picked up in a stolen Jeep Wagoneer.

                                                                 DESK COP #1
                                Please sit down.  An officer will be with you in a
                                minute.

                                                                 JOE
                                Thanks.

Joe goes over and sits down with a long line of scummy messed-up people sitting below a big sign stating, "No Smoking."  Joe takes out a full pack of cigarettes and puts one in his mouth.  As he's about to light it he looks around and the guy beside him is staring at him.

                                                                 SCUZ #1
                                Got an extra cigarette?

                                                                 JOE
                                                           (shrugs)
                                Sure.

He gives the guy a cigarette.
                                                                 SCUZ #1
                                Got a light?

                                                                 JOE
                                                           (annoyed)
                                Want me to smoke it for you, too?

Joe lights the guy's cigarette.  Now six other people are staring at him.

                                                                 SCUZ #2
                                Could I get one, too?

                                                                 SCUZ #3
                                Yeah, me too?

Joe crumbles his empty cigarette pack and tosses it in the ashtray.

                                                                                                       CUT TO:


EXT. GAS STATION - DUSK

This is the same gas station, across the street from the diner, where Frank stole the Jeep.  Bill and Lon's Delta 88 is parked at the gas pumps getting filled up.  Ted is at the further pump in his Fiesta.  He is watching Bill and Lon in his sideview mirror as they get out of their car and step over to the vending machines.  A gas station ATTENDANT appears at Ted's window startling him.

                                                                 ATTENDANT
                                What'dya need?

                                                                 TED
                                                           (gasps)
                                Uh . . . Fill it up with unleaded, please.

                                                                 ATTENDANT
                                Sure thing.  Cash or credit?

                                                                 TED
                                Cash.

The attendant fills up Ted's tank.  Ted continues watching in his mirror.  Lon goes to the can.  Bill goes to get himself a cup of coffee from the machine.  He awkwardly reaches into his right pants pocket with his unharmed left hand and comes out with a few pennies and a dollar bill.  The attendant comes walking by and Bill stops him.

                                                                 BILL
                                Have you got change for a buck?

                                                                 ATTENDANT
                                Uh-uh.  Sorry.

The attendant walks away and Bill shrugs helplessly.  He looks all around, spots Ted's car and begins walking over.  Bill is unaware that it's Ted in the car.  Ted sees Bill coming in the mirror.  He slides down in his seat in panic.  He reaches for the ignition key, then glances in the mirror again and sees that the gas pump is still in his car.  Ted moans and reaches for his gun.  Bill gets to the pumps and is just cutting between them when Lon steps out of the john and calls out to him.

                                                                 LON
                                Hey, Bill!  Wanna beverage?

Bill, who has not seen Ted, turns and starts back in the other direction.

                                                                 BILL
                                Have you got any change?

                                                                 LON
                                Yeah, I do.

Ted lets out a long breath and shakes his head.

                                                                 ATTENDANT
                                That's ten even.

The attendant is back at Ted's window startling him again.  He jumps and grabs his heart.

                                                                 ATTENDANT
                                Sorry about that.

                                                                 TED
                                That's okay.

Ted hands him a ten dollar bill.  The attendant takes it and is about to leave, then turns back.

                                                                 ATTENDANT
                                Uh . . .

                                                                 TED
                                Yeah?

                                                                 ATTENDANT
                                You know your head's bleeding, man.

Ted reaches up and touches his head.  His hand comes away bloody.

                                                                 TED
                                                           (smiles weakly)
                                Oh.  That.  Thanks.

                                                                 ATTENDANT
                                                           (disturbed)
                                No problem.

Ted glances back in his mirror and sees the Delta 88 pull out of the gas station.  Ted puts the Fiesta in gear and follows.


INT. DELTA 88 - DUSK

Lon is driving.  Bill has his pennies and his dollar in his good left hand and his steaming cup of coffee in his right hand with the ridiculously complicated cast.  Bill goes to take a sip of coffee, but the cast only allows his arm to go so far, then causes his hand to turn toward himself dumping the hot coffee in his lap.  He hollers in pain.

                                                                                                       CUT TO:

INT. LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT - DUSK

A door opens beside the main desk and a plain clothes DETECTIVE steps out.

                                                                 DETECTIVE
                                Joe Brubaker?
                                                           (Joe looks up)
                                Step this way.

Joe stands up.  The guy beside him looks up sympathetically.

                                                                 SCUZ #1
                                Good luck, man.  Keep the faith.

                                                                 JOE
                                Yeah.  Keep in touch.

INT. DETECTIVE'S ROOM - DUSK

Joe is lead past many detectives working at their desks interviewing people, booking them, typing up reports.  Many of the detectives glance up as Joe walks past, then whisper among themselves.  The detective points at a chair beside a desk.

                                                                 DETECTIVE
                                Sit down.  Someone'll be right with you.

Joe sits and the detective walks away.  A moment later a heavy-set black detective steps up.  He is Detective Lieutenant JEFF GRINYARD.  He sees Joe and does a double-take.

                                                                 JEFF
                                Damn!  If it ain't Joe Ball-Breaker.

 

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