1. EXT. HOTEL
ROOF ~ Alex makes heroic rescue ~ Harry just going to play his kazoo ~ is
distraught ~ everything wrapped up in Garbag-a-rator ~ was his consummate
invention that would have set him up for life as well as solve one of the
world's biggest problems ~ Simon believes Harry & promises to help find his
2. INT. DESERT
HIDEAWAY ~ Pranski's men can't get machine to work ~ Pranski furious ~ got two
days to make it work or he could go to jail ~ orders men to go get Harry.
3. INT. CORRIDOR
~ (NIGHT) Simon & Alex escort Harry back to his room ~ Harry down,
says it's over . . . . . maybe should just pack up & go home like all the
other times ~ all those cruel jokes from his peers were right on . . . . . he's
a loser ~ Simon reminds Harry he's been accused of being a loser all his life
because like Harry he's different. But so was Beethoven . . . De Vinci . .
. Feldstein . . Feldstein? My chemistry teacher. He was
crazy! Makes Harry laugh & makes date for breakfast when they will
look for machine after good night's sleep. HOLD ON Harry as he enters room
& is grabbed by Pranski's men.
4. POOLSIDE TABLE
~ is set for breakfast ~ Alex passing time with pretty sunbather as Simon joins
him ~ just called Harry's room & got no answer. Is a half-hour
late. Alex rationalizes, but Simon worried & insists on check room.
5. CORRIDOR /
HOTEL ROOM ~ door open ~ Simon & Alex enter & find it empty with Harry's
things gone. Alex calls front desk & finds that Harry checked out last
night. Alex presumes Harry went home to lick his wounds, but Simon says
no. Not like Harry after promising to meet them.
6. DETECTIVE ROOM
~ detective doing computer enhancement of composite picture of felon when Simon
& Alex appear ~ want to report a missing person now that they've checked
everywhere including calling Harry's wife. The Detective says sorry, but
he can't report it until 24 hours later. Simon sees detective struggling
with match up problem & offers to help being expert at the computer.
Simon reaches in & punches several keys & suddenly eyes, ears, nose
& mouth get juxtaposed.
7. INT. HOTEL
CORRIDOR / HARRY'S ROOM ~ Simon drags Alex back to room ~ knows Harry in trouble
~ find maid vacuuming & making up room ~ Simon identifies them as with the
State Pest Control office ~ find kazoo under bed & several slight signs of a
struggle (a tipped lamp shade, a backwards cushion on the couch, two long scuff
marks on the carpet leading to the door (Alex begins to see the light,
postulates marks could be made by heels of a man being dragged) ~ Simon
"requisitions" the maid's vacuum & reverses it sending dirt flying
amid cloud of dust ~ Alex picks up tiny seashell ~ Simon lights up ~ just might
be break he's looking for ~ SMASH CUT TO:
8. POOLSIDE TABLE
~ TIGHT on U.S. SURVEY MAP of area as Simon pinpoints only place deposit of
prehistoric shells have been found ~ Alex in dark until Simon explains one of
Harry's abductor's must have had shell wedged in tread of his shoe of boot ~
(couldn't have been Harry!) ~ Simon gets up as same pretty girl approaches,
waving at Alex ~ Alex ends up having to break date to accompany Simon after he
can't talk Simon into waiting the 24 hours ~ clincher is when Simon assumes Alex
is his friend & as such would do the same if he were missing. FADE
1. EXT. DESERT
HIGHWAY ~ CAMERA PANS FROM STATE PARK SIGN to COUNTRY GAS STATION where Simon
pulls up to the "Self Serve" pump & engages OWNER sitting on front
porch in conversation as he pumps gas ~ pries him for information abut homes in
immediate area rented out by city folk ~ learns of house rented by bunch of
hunters although he can't figure out why they'd want to sit around 3 months
waiting for season to open ~ Simon meanwhile is having trouble getting any gas
& ends up banging on pump in frustration ~ Alex comes around & makes
simple nozzle adjustment & gas starts flowing much to Simon's chagrin.
Simon pays for gas & off they go.
of Rick Mittleman, Michael Berk & Douglas Schwartz
Draft from The
Michael Berk Collection
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