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INT. HOUSE 



Beth

Vincent! What are you doing? Vincent! 



Vincent

Hey, Ben! You won.  



EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE



Beth

Come on, admit it. You're looking forward 

to this. 



Patty

Are you kidding? I've got the weekend 

crowd I'm not even going to notice.  



INT. THE HOUSE 



Vincent

Give me a break, You're the one that 

wants to go. Ben! Ben! You little jerk! 

Did you get in and the lid shut on you? 



Ben

Yeah! You go now? 



Vincent

Yeah, right. We go now.  



EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE



Beth

You'll probably play pool with Joey after 

you close the restaurant. 



Patty

You're dumb enough to take three kids to 

your class reunion I'm smart enough to 

have a good time. 



Beth

Hey, party! 



Patty

Party hearty!  



INT.THE HOUSE



Ben

I'm underwater! 



Beth

That's great news. Where's your brother? 



Ben

I don't know. 



Beth

Honey, will you go find Vincent, please? 



Pat

Sweetie, did you remember the sandwiches? 



Beth

Of course not. 



Patty

Bethie, I swear, if your head wasn't 

screwed on 



Beth

You'll find it later, sitting by the 

microwave. 



Patty

Then I'd have to call you in Chicago. 



Beth

Who needs a head at a high school 

reunion? 



Vincent

I want to stay with Dad and go to the 

restaurant. I'm not going to Chicago. 



Beth & Pat

You're going!  



Patty

 Honey? Let me finish out the roll, okay? 



Beth

Pat, Now? 



Patty

Come on, just two shots! By the lilacs. 

It'll take just a second.  



Beth

All right, sweetheart, look at Daddy. 



Patty

I know, I know the photographer hates 

having her picture taken. Everybody say  

meatball!   



INT. INSIDE THE CAR TO CHICAGO 



Beth

Benbo,  bologna is for eating not washing 

windows. 



Vincent

Your seatbelt's loose. 



Ben

Mom, sing me that bunny song. 



Vincent

I wish I was still home with Dad. 



Ben

Sing me, " if a bunny catch a bunny.. 



Beth

If a bunny catch a bunny Coming through 

the rye... 



Vincent

I hate this song! 



Beth

If a bunny kiss a bunny and made a bunny 

cry.   



EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOTEL



Ellen

You're here! 



Beth

I'm here! 



Beth

Just a second, let me get Kerry. 



Ellen

No, no, no, no. Let me get her. 



Ellen

Oh, Look at her! 



Beth

Watch your head, Benbo. 



Ellen

 I'm your godmama, Kerry. Remember me? 

God love her! Look at her. Oh my God! Is 

that Ben? You're a grownup. 

(To Vincent)

 Vincent, can you swim? Martha's inside, 

waiting for you. Come on sweetie. I have 

a surprise! Where's your tooth? 



Vincent

I lost it. 



Ellen

 Oh, speak of the devil. Beth, you 

remember Martha, the babysitter from God. 



Beth

Great! Can you help with Kerry? 



Martha

Sure thing, Mrs. Cappadora.  



INT. THE HOTEL ROBBY



Beth

Is there some kind of registration table 

or something? 



Ellen

Oh, Yeah! You're all set. I stuck it all 

my card.



Beth

Ellen, you can't do that! 



Ellen

It's 70 bucks or something. Who cares? 



Beth

Donna Trump, I care. Beside 



Ellen

Besides, I can write it off. 



Beth

I've got a fashion shoot on Sunday. 

Boutique on Oak Street. You'll have to go 

up in that mess and rearrange it then. 



Ellen

O h, Jesus, Is that Michelle Pulliam? 



Beth

Did she eve marry that guy? 



Ellen

No, they broke up. Then she went out 

with. 



Jimmy

Elizabeth Kerry and her merry band! 



Kids

Jimmy! 



Jimmy

How're my big guys? Wow, Vincent! You 

have gotten so huge! 



Beth

They'd hug any man with a badge, Come to 

think of it and so would I. 



Jimmy

What would you do if you found detective? 



Beth

Hey! Congratulations! 



Jimmy

Guess who I just saw? 



Beth

Who? 



Jimmy

Cecil Lockhart. 



Ellen

You mean Cecil Maria Lockhart? 



Beth

Star of stage, screen and mouthwash 

commercials. Oh my God! There she is. 



Ellen

Remember when she first got laid? When 

she was 15, and she told us 



Beth

" I can't imagine going a mouth without 

it." 



Jimmy

She was talking about pizza, guys. 



Woman A

Hey, Beth! My God! How are you? 



Woman B

Look at you! How are you? 



Beth

Good, good. 



Woman A

Is she your new one? 



Beth

Aha. 



Woman A

Where's little Vincent? 



Vincent

I'm not little. 



Woman A

Oh, No, you're not. 



Vincent

Mom, I want to go. 



Ben

Mom, I want pizza. 



Beth

You stay with your brother. Martha, would 

you take care of the car? It's ... Well, 

you saw it. Right. 



Benbo

I'll pay the thing. 



Beth

Vincent! Listen! I want you to hold Ben's 

hand real tight. And you guys can play on 

this really cool cart, okay? 



Vincent

Mom, my neck's hot. My neck is killing 

me. 



Beth

Vincent, listen up! This will only take a 

second, okay? Stay here with Ben while 

I'm paying the lady. When Martha comes, 

she'll take you swimming, okay? 



Vincent

okay. 



Beth

Oh, thanks. 



Front desk clerk

Sorry it took so long. 



Beth

That's okay.  



Beth

Where's Ben? 



Vincent

He wouldn't let me hold him. Would you 

look at my neck? I've got a heat rash or 

something. Yeah, hold on sweetie. 



Beth

Yeah, hold on sweetie.  Ellen! Ben took 

off. Would you...? 



Ellen

I'll find him. See you later. 



Beth

You stay here! Don't move.  



Beth

Excuse me? Have you seen a little boy? 

He's got a red baseball cap, 3 years old. 



Waitress

No, sorry.  



Beth

Vincent

Think heard. Which way did Ben go? 



Vincent

I don't know. 



Beth

Didn't you watch? 



Vincent

I couldn't see him. 



Ellen

He wasn't over there. We should get the 

manager. 



Beth

I don't know. Maybe if we just wait 



Ellen

Stop! Everybody please just listen up for 

a second. We all need to look for Beth 

Kerry's little boy. His name is Ben. He's 

3, and he was wearing a red baseball cap. 

He was just here a second ago. So if you 

would all look around where you are. 



Jimmy

Wait a minute. Hold on, folks. 

(To Beth)

 We'll find him. It's going to be fine. 

I'm going to divide the room right down 

the middle, okay? I want each of you to 

stay in your half and look around you. If 

you see Ben, you pick him up and you call 

out to me, all right?  



Jimmy

Pat will be here soon, right? 



Beth

I didn't call him. I thought we'd find 

Ben right away. 



Jimmy

Let's make that call now, right? 

(Jimmy dials the number)

 Here you go. Go ahead, Beth.

(Beth can't answer)  



Cop A

Magill, you go talk to the female. 



Cop Magill

Mrs. Cappadora? I'm officer Magill. 



Beth

My God! You brought a lot of police 

officers. 



Cop Magill

We take the disappearance of a child this 

small very seriously this things Mrs. 

Cappadora. 



Beth

you worried, then? 



Cop Magill

lost kids, we always find them. And 

they're okay. They're not hurt. 



Beth

Good. 



Cop Magill

If only if it gets to 5 hours, we usually 

consider it. Anyway, we'll find him 

before then.  



Cop Magill

So, your friend Elaine was with you? 



Beth

Ellen. She met me out front. She was 

waiting for me. 



Cop Magill

okay, so besides Ellen, who was the first 

person you talked to? 



Beth

Oh, The cheerleaders.  



Cop B

Would another family member on your side 

have any reason to pick up the boy? 



Beth

My folks are dead. there's nobody.  



Cop C

Has he ever been fingerprinted? 



Beth

Ah, No. Yes, Actually, the school 

district a program.  



Beth

Jimmy, It's been 4 hours. 



Jimmy

Beth, we've got everybody on it, okay? 

This is my boss. Detective Supervisor 

Bliss. 



Beth

Bliss? 



Bliss

Candy Bliss. I know, it sounds like a 

stripper's name. The things parents do to 

kids! I can't believe I said that. Look, 

Mrs. Cappadora, We're gonna do everything 

we can to find your little boy. 

Description out? 



Cop Magill

Yes,, they're checking the database now. 



Bliss

Great. First thing I want to tell you is 

that this is nobody's fault. Kids 

disappear all the time and somebody 

always find them. 



Jimmy

That's right. We're set up over here.   



Patty

Where is he? 



Cop A

Excuse me ,sir? 



Patty

My son! Where is he? 



Jimmy

Patty! We haven't found him yet. I 

promise you. It won't take long. 



Patty

Where's Ben? Where's Bethie? 



Patty

How did this happen? 



Beth

No. 



Patty

Okay, all right, okay. It's going to be 

okay. Where is it nobody's searched? The 

basement? 



Jimmy

It's just food storage there, and all the 

doors are kept locked. 



Patty

But you have freezers, cabinets? Ben 

loves hiding places. Take me down there.  



Vincent

Daddy! 



Patty

You okay? You sure? I'm going downstairs 

a minute. You stay here with Mommy, okay?   

(To Jimmy)

 Let's go!  

(Patty's parents arrives) 



Grandma

Patty! Are you all right?  

(To Beth)

 My God in heaven! 



Grandpa

How long has he been missing? 



Patty

About 5 hours. 



Grandpa

They'll remember. They'll make one more 

call. 



Patty

Come on, I'll take you over to the 

command center. 



Grandma

Kerry and Vincent will come to the house. 

It's better, right? Where's Kerry? 



Beth

Upstairs. 



Grandma

You'll come with me, Grandma., honey, all 

right. 



Beth

You go with Grandmother, Vincent, okay? 



Vincent

Will you tell me when Ben gets back, Mom? 



Grandma

She'll tell us, honey. It won't be long. 



Patty

Sit down, sweetheart. 



Bliss

I'm sorry. Do you have any other pictures 

of Ben? 



Beth

I lost my purse. 



Patty

No, no ,no. I have it, Honey. 



Beth

Ben!! I want Ben!! 

(Beth cries out) 



Jimmy

Grab her wrist and hold her down. Medic! 



Patty

It's okay. It's all right. 



Patty

Give her something! Quick! It's all 

right, sweetheart. It's all right. 



Beth

You don't know. I don't even know.  



EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE



 (TV reporters asks a lot of questions)

 Pat, How long are you staying with your 

parents? Do the police have any leads? 

Have the kidnappers tried to contact you? 

How long were you gone before you noticed 

your son was missing. Who'd want to do 

this? How long will you be in Chicago?  



INT.THE HOUSE 



Beth's on TV(V.O.)

he's 3 years old but he's big for his 

age. And people always think that he's 

older. He's very verbal , he babbled to 

himself.. Sometimes you can barely hear 

him but he says his words very clearly. 

He has blond hair and blue eyes. And he 

was wearing a red baseball cap. And he 

loves pizza. He's very afraid of the 

water. He loves to sing songs. Sometimes 

he'll sing the same song over and over 

again. He was wearing red shoes. Little 

high-top sneakers with green parrots on 

the side. And white socks. And a red T- 

shirt with yellow sleeves and little blue 

shorts. Blue plaid shorts.   



EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE 



Patty

Call you when we get home.  



INT. THE POLICE OFFICE



Ellen

Unbelievable, right? Diane Lundgren's on 

her way over and Cecil Lockhart signed 

up. But her mother got sick. You know who 

else called? Lizzy DeNunzio. 



Beth

Where is she now, Switzerland? 



Ellen

I think she moved there. 



Beth

How'd she even fond out about it? 



Ellen

Who knows? 



Beth

But she just sounds sick about it. 

Everyone is, Bethie. 



Beth

I know. 



Beth

Laurie! I can't believe you're here. 



Laurie

What was I supposed to do? Stay in 

Madison, watch CNN?  



Beth

Have you seen Candy? 



Ricky

she's with McGuire. 



Beth

Thanks, Ricky.  



Bliss

Then go to Minneapolis. How far can it 

be? 



Cop

Candy, we've been getting bogus leads 

everyday for 6 weeks now. This kid is 

dead and you know it. 



Bliss

Don't tell me I know it! I don't know it. 

This is interstate, so I have to call 

FBI. 



Cop

Come on, Candy, the FBI? 



Bliss

Give me a break.  



Bliss

Hey, Bethie. So you heard that? 



Beth

I heard about the FBI. 



Bliss

Come into my office.  Have a seat! 

Listen, Beth. Just because some 

volunteers are going home doesn't mean 

the case is closed. Some of them got 

lives. I don't.  So I'm here. And I'm not 

giving  up. 



Beth

I'm sorry, I didn't... 



Bliss

I'm a jerk. There's something wrong with 

what you just did. I'm just an 

oversensitive jerk. 



Beth

You're too involved.  You can't 



Bliss

I'm black. I'm a woman. I'm a detective 

supervisor. And I'm gay. Did you know 

that? So I always feel like the eyes of 

Texas are on me. Every time I  go to hug 

Katie from Crimestoppers I think she 

thinks I'm coming on to her. 



Beth

I wasn't... 



Bliss

I know hat. I just wanted you to know I'm 

a little jerkish today.  So, that's calls 

for a Gummi Bear. Tough guys chew Gummi 

Bears. Beth, you laughed. You only 

laughed. It doesn't mean our side loses 

points. It doesn't mean you'll kill your 

son because you laughed. You have got to 

survive. 



Beth

That's just it. I don't want to survive 

Ben. I don't want to face it. 



Bliss

Then I guess you can just move into a 

corner in my office and I'll use you as a 

coat rack. You got to do whatever you got 

to do. But you got 2 great kids, which I 

would give. My right arm for. Even though 

you think you're a terrible mother you're 

the only mother Kerry and Vincent have. 



Beth

I should go home.  



INT. THE CAR 



Patty

Jill's been great with Kerry. Really 

great. But I think Vincent's going to 

need a little time. He'll be fine. He's 

been back, what, six weeks? 



Beth

I'm sure he'll be fine.  



INT.THE GARAGE 



Patty

Coming?  Jill, we're back! 



Beth

Baby, you scared me. How's my big guy? 

Are you good? 



Vincent

Mom, Guess what? On Thursday, I made 6 

baskets in a row! 



Beth

look how long your legs are.  



INT. THE BEDROOM 



Patty

How is she? Has she been in bed all day? 



Jill

Pretty much. 



Patty

How'd Vincent get home? Did you pick him 

up? 



Jill

Yeah, I didn7t have class today. 



Patty

Okay thanks. Jill, did she say she was 

coming down?  



INT KITCHEN 



Patty

So, some girl walks in, chewing gum and  

talking through her nose has legs up to 

her neck. Polo just says, Great, you're 

hired! The new kids we got don't know 

spaghetti from scampi. They think the 

cash register is their personal savings 

account. I'll tell you what When I open 

my own place this is exactly what you 

won't see.  



EXT. OUTSIDE SCHOOL 



Beth

Guess what happened? I thought today was 

Sunday. Isn't that funny? 



Vincent

Can we just please go?  



INT. THE BASEMENT



Patty

Beth, you downstairs? Honey, what are you 

doing?  



INT. THE KITCHEN 



Laurie

You ever been in a doctor's office 

without a People magazine? One day Ben 

will go to a doctor's office with whoever 

took him. And some other patient. 



Beth

Laurie, stop! Okay? I know you mean well, 

but just stop.  



INT. THE DOOR  X'MAS EVE



Joey

Could be more presents. 



Grandma

Merry Christmas! 



Grandpa

Joey, it's cold. Shut the door. 



Joey

Merry Christmas, Beth. 



Vincent

Mom, look, Uncle Joey gave me my stocking 

present early because it's too big to fit 

in the stocking. See? 



Beth

Yeah, that's great.  Merry Christmas, 

Theresa. 



Theresa

How you feeling, honey? I almost didn't 

make it. I started having Braxton-Hicks. 



Vincent

You should breathe in a bag. 



Grandma

I'll try that. Maybe a Christmas baby. 



Theresa

I hope not. 



Theresa

She's carrying like it's a boy. That's 

what everybody says. 



Patty

The gang's all here! My God, sis, look 

how big you are! 



Theresa

Don't rub it in.   



INT. THE LIVINGROOM 



Vincent

Look, mom, they're for Ben from Grandma 

and Grandpa. 



Beth

Rosie, What are these? 



Grandma

Present for Ben. 



Beth

Rosie, Why did you bring present for Ben? 



Grandma

I believe that Ben will be found. When he 

is found I want him to know his family 

didn't forget him. 



Beth

Do you have forgotten Ben? 



Grandma

Of course not. We didn't get Ben any 

gifts. 



Beth

I understand that. To tell the truth, I 

didn't even want to go through this 

whole, big holiday act. You know what I 

wanted to do? I anted to sleep through 

it. When you do this, and you act like 

he's just out of town on some business 

trip and he'll be back anytime. 



Theresa

Beth, take it easy. 



Beth

Take it easy? How can I take it easy when 

nobody except me seems to want to accept 

the fact that it's over? It's over. We're 

all going to go on eating and sleeping 



Theresa

You must snap out of this. No one can 

talk to you. I can't. Pat can't. 



Patty

Butt out, will you? 



Theresa

If you don't have any hope that Ben will 

come back. 



Beth

Come back? He's even fore yet. What's he 

going to do? Get an Amtrak schedule? 



Grandpa

We didn't mean anything by it. 



Theresa

Don't you think we're all grieving? 



Patty

I mean it! Theresa ! Shut up! 



Theresa

No, Pat!  You're all scared to say this, 

but I'm not. We try and call. She doesn't 

want to talk. We write, she doesn't 

answer.  



Vincent

Mom. Ben will be back tomorrow. 



Beth

What?  



Vincent

But it's Christmas. For my present, I 

asked Santa to bring Ben home I think 

he'll do.  



INT. THE HALL 



Laurie

Where is she? 



Patty

She's upstairs. 



Laurie

She still won't speak to me, will she? 



Patty

I think she will. Everybody's been 

calling. After you talk with People we 

reprinted the poster 5 times. 



Laurie

I think she hates my guts.   



INT. UPSTAIRS THE BEDROOM 



Laurie

What are you doing? 



Beth

Ending would hunger. I just got off the 

phone with the U.N. 



Laurie

Well, That's good. Look, will you just 

forgive me and get this over with? I'd 

never give them anything unless it was 

the right thing to do. I would never do a 

thing to hurt you. How long have we been 

friends? 



Beth

1000 years. I know. 



Laurie

Then good, okay? I have something I want 

to do for me. 



Beth

I don't believe you. 



Laurie

I want you to take a picture. 



Beth

I don't do that anymore. I took early 

retirement. 



Laurie

You could use the money. This is good 

money. 



Patty

Good for what? 



Laurie

I want her to take a portrait of a 

Chinese family. 



Patty

We are kind of tapped out, just keeping 

Vincent in sneakers. You could do this. 

You wouldn't even have to go out. 



Beth

I threw away all my paper and stuff. 



Patty

I'll go get you more paper and stuff. 



Laurie

Please. Just this once. Let me get rid of 

my guilt by doing you this one good turn. 



Beth

This is not a good turn. This is a set-

up.  



INT.THE KITCHEN 



Patty

These are really beautiful. 



Beth

I have to print. I have 4 phone calls to 

make. I have to get Vincent ready for 

Little League. 



Patty

Through any more about Chicago? 



Beth

What about it? 



Patty

Could be great. Kids'll love it there. 

I'll have my own restaurant. 



Beth

I have to get Kerry up. 



Patty

There's plenty of time for that. 



Beth

Okay, fine. You go upstairs, get my 

diaphragm, fill it up with gunk and we'll 

have 8 minutes before I have to feed 

Vincent. 



Patty

We can have a lot of fun in 8 minutes. 



Beth

Okay, fine. You want to do it right here? 

I can make toast at the same time. 



Patty

It's not like I'm on top of you all the 

time. We make love about as often as we 

pay the water bill. I don't see why you 

need a diaphragm every damn time. 



Beth

I don't want to get pregnant every damn 

time. We had 3 kids and we always wanted 

more. I miss that. I misses this house 

being full of noise. I used to want to 

run up the walk to lunch. 



Beth

It's not going to change anything. 

Another kid. It'd be like a replacement 

part like you get a new gravy boat so you 

don't spoil the set. 



Patty

That's a lousy fucking thing to say. 



Beth

I  agree. So, I'll stop saying fucking 

lousy things. I'm not having a baby, and 

I'm not moving to Chicago. So you can 

start a new restaurant with your dad. You 

want a new baby and restaurant? You need 

a new wife. 



Patty

I don't want a new wife. All I want is 

for us to be a family again. A normal 

life. Nothing's wrong with that. That's 

healthy. 



Beth

You want to know what it's like?  It's 

like I'm standing under this giant 

snowbank. If I move one inch in any 

direction it's going to come crashing 

down and bury me. Do you know I don't 

dare to think of him for a full minute?  

One inch and the whole thing's going to 

comedown. You will have to raise these 

kids by yourself. 



Patty

I'm doing that now. 



Beth

That's right. Pat's always  been the 

rock. Isn't that what it said in People 

magazine? There was Pat holding together 

that poor, crazy woman and those sweet 

little kids. You're such a hero. 



Patty

All right, stop it. 



Beth

You would never have let Ben get lost. 



Patty

I mean it. Stop it. 



Beth

You would never have been such a bad, 

shitty parent. 



Patty

That's right, I wouldn't. 



Beth

You self-righteous son of a bitch! 



Pat

I'm not self-righteous, I'm RIGHT! Kids 

don't just vanish up in smoke, kids don't 

just get lost, PEOPLE LOSE THEM!  



INT. THE RESTAURANT 9YEARS LATER IN 

CHICAGO



Patty

So This is the bar and the waiting area. 

That's the wine rack. Dad's personal 

design. People sit here while they're 

waiting for tables.  That's that kitchen 

back there and this is it. 



Beth

The murals are done. 



Patty

Tables will be through here and they'll 

carry back over to there.  And this is 

the dance floor. there'll be a live band 

over here. Thursday through Sunday. 



Kerry

Hey, Theresa, is that Italian Italy? 



Patty

You like it, honey? It's La Boheme. 

You're Mini and I'm Rodolfo. Except she 

lives in the end. 



Beth

Well, good. Oh, honey, it's gorgeous, it 

really is. 



Patty

Can you believe this place? 



Beth

I can't wait.  



Bliss

(looks at Vincent)

 So, what's Mr. Tough Guy up to? 



Vincent

(on the phone)



Apart from needing a haircut.  



Beth

I don't know. He's making friends, I 

guess. He's been on the phone a lot 

lately.  



Patty

(To Vincent)

 Hey, Vincent, If you're using that phone 

for your bookie operation, it'll be a 

part of your anatomy. 



Vincent

I'm not, Dad. Jesus! 

(On the phone)

 I got to go. Yeah, Bye. 



Beth

It is, isn't it? 



Bliss

New house, new restaurant. You're doing a 

really good imitation of having a life.   



INT. THE BEDROOM MORNING 



Beth

You have the biggest snarl right here. 

No, wait, Kerry. Just one more.   



INT. THE HOUSE DOOR 



Kerry

Are you in sixth? 



Sam

Yeah, You're in third. You were the 

soybean, right? 



Kerry

Actually, I was the feed corn. 



Sam

So who do you have? 



Kerry

Cook. Yeah, I had Cook. She's pretty 

decent. 



Kerry

Mommy? 



Sam

Are you okay? 



Beth

Yeah, I'm fine. 



Sam

I was leaving my phone number in case you 

needed your lawn mowed. 



Beth

Wait. I really do need my lawn mowed. 

Could you do it today? 



Sam

Yeah. Sure. Great! I'll get my stuff. I 

live 2 blocks down there. 



Kerry

You don't need a mower! We have a mower. 

My brother's supposed to do it. He's in 

high school. He's lazy! 



Beth

Do you know that boy? 



Kerry

Mom, it's not talking to strangers if 

you're in your own house. 



Beth

I know. That's true. Do you know his 

name? 



Kerry

It's Jason. He's on patrol. No, wait, 

wait, I'm wrong. Jason wears the beanie 

hat. He got reported. 



Beth

You don't know his name? 



Kerry

It's Sam. It's Sam Kero. Kero something. 

Mom, where are you going?  



INT. THE BASEMENT 



Kerry

Are you going to work? 



Beth

Kerry, you know what? I have to take some 

leaf pictures. So, it's okay if you go 

across the street and play with Blythe, 

okay?  



INT. THE SECOND FLOOR  



Beth

(To Sam in the yard)

I'm taking pictures of leaves. That's my 

job. I take pictures.   



INT. THE BASEMENT 



Beth

Lord God, Lamb of God, son of the Father 

who takes away sin. Have mercy on us. 

Have mercy on us.  



EXT. THE FRONT DOOR 



 (Sam's note says)

 Ran out of gas. I will come back 

tomorrow. Sincerely, Sam.   



INT. THE BASEMENT 



Beth

it is . Isn't it? 



Patty

Is this possible? 



Beth

Here's the last aging projection they did 

of him around the time he was 8. 



Patty

Who is he? 



Beth

He came to the door to mow lawns. I let 

him mow the lawn. He's coming back 

tomorrow.. He ran out of gas. 



Patty

Where does he live? 



Beth

2 blocks. 



Patty

2 blocks from here? Did he just move 

here? 



Beth

I don't know how long Kerry knows him 

from school and she's been at Sandburg 

for what, 2 years? Good Christ! He's 

probably just some kid who looks like 

Ben. His hair is darker. 



Patty

No, you're right. Let's call Candy. Then 

we're going to that house. 



Beth

it's late at night. He's sleeping. We 

don't even know his last name. 



Patty

2 blocks from here. I mean When you saw 

you, did he... 



Beth

Nothing. He had no idea. But he was 3, 

and he doesn't know this house.  



INT. VINCENT'S ROOM 



Beth

Vincent, I want you to go downstairs and 

order a pizza. Do that first, then go to 

Blythe's and get Kerry and put on a video 

for her. Take the pizza money out of my 

purse. Because, I want to do in the 

basement. Its very important and it can't 

wait. So, I want you to give Kerry pizza. 

Will you do that? 



Vincent

Don't I always? Jesus!   



EXT. THE PORCH NIGHT



Patty

I'm going to call Pop. 



Beth

No, don't tell him. Not until we know. 



Patty

No, I just I'm not going to work 

tomorrow.  



INT. THE KITCHEN 



Kerry

What were you doing on the porch mommy? 



Beth

I was watching the sun come up. 



Patty

You got a ride? 



Vincent

Kenny's dad is picking me up. 



Kerry

I'm riding my bike. 



Patty

No, you're not riding your bike. 



Kerry

Dad, I'm 9 now. I'm older than the other 

18 kids in my class. 



Patty

People who live in walking distance don't 

ride bikes. They walk. You don't have a 

bike lock. 



Kerry

Could you get me one? 



Patty

Yes, I'll get you a bike lock today. I 

promise. You van ride your bike to school 

tomorrow. Okay? Come on, let's go. 



Vincent

Bye, Mom. 



Beth

Vincent, wait. I love you. I want you to 

know I love you. 



Vincent

Thank you, Mom.    



INT. THE FRONTDOOR 



Beth

I know it sounds insane. I don't know if 

it's him for sure. I don't know what I 

know. It can't be Ben. But It's Ben. 

Isn't it? 

(Bliss looks at Sam's pictures)  



INT. THE LIVINGROOM



Bliss

I say we go in 



Chief Badtokovich

The boy's in prospective custody. We got 

an unmarked in front of the suspect's 

house. 



Bliss

We snatched the kid from school. The 

principal probably called the father. 



Patty

What are we waiting for? 



Chief Badtokovich

There's a process involved here. It's not 

like you're bringing your boy home today. 

He's gonna have to go to foster care. 

He's gonna need counseling. There'll be a 

period of transition. And anyway, we want 

to make sure we I.D the boy 100%. 



Bliss

Look at the picture! It's the same kid. 

It's Sam Karras! 



Chief Badtokovich

Candy, don't go off half-cooked on me. 

This is a big case. And it wouldn't be 

any harm to get a little thing like a 

warrant.  



Bliss

I got the warrant. I talked to the D.A. 

(on the phone)

  Bliss. Thank you. The fingerprints 

match. 



Chief Badtokovich

You folks ready for this? 



Beth

You don't get to be ready for this.   



EXT. STREET 



Vincent's friend

They're busting you for hot-wiring 

Jamie's car. 



Vincent

I don't know. I'm going to call you 

later, okay?  



INT.THE LIVINGROOM 



Patty

Vincent! Come in here, will you please? 

This is Chief Badtokovich. Listen, 

Vincent, Kerry's got girl Scouts, right? 



Beth

I think. 



Vincent

So, she won't be home till after 5. 



Beth

Right. Vincent. You saw that picture this 

morning. That's why the police are here. 



Vincent

I thought it was a fire drill. Can I just 

go upstairs? 



Beth

Listen to me. We think the boy in that 

picture is Ben. 



Vincent

Yeah, The kid in that house on Maple, 

right? 



Beth

You saw him? You saw Ben? 



Vincent

I didn't know it was Ben. I used to see 

this kid goofing around. I looked. I 

never really thought about him much. 



Beth

Why didn't you tell me? Why didn't you 

tell me, or, for God's sake, your father! 



Vincent

Tell you what? I found my long-lost 

brother down the street? Would you have 

listened to me? Would you have ever heard 

me? 



Beth

When was the first time you saw him? 



Vincent

How long have we lived here? 



Beth

It doesn't matter now. I'll tell you 

when. I'll tell you. 



Vincent

Fine. Do that.   



INT. THE KARRAS'S HOUSE



Bliss

Do you have a 12-year-old boy named Sam 

living in this house? 



Karras

Yes, I do. My God, my son. Is he hurt? 



Bliss

No, he is fine. He's in the custody of 

protective services of Cook County. 



Karras

What are you talking about? He's at 

school. 



Bliss

Mr. Karras. You're under arrest for 

kidnapping in connection with the 

abduction June 3rd, 1988 of Benjamin 

Cappadora. You have the right to remain 

silent. What you say can and will be used 

against you... 



Karras

You've got the wrong house. The people 

that lost their boy live around the 

corner. Still over on Drummond. No, no, 

no. My neighbor knows the family. This is 

a big mistake.  



INT. THE DININGROOM 



Bliss

Cecil gave birth in 1985 which is the 

same year Ben was born. Apparently, the 

baby had complications and died. She had 

a nervous breakdown. They had to put her 

away. She got out about 3 years after 

that, just in time to make it to the 

reunion, where she saw Ben and snatched 

him. And she disappeared into Minneapolis 

where she met George and married him. He 

adopted Ben. And then they moved here. 

About 5 years ago, she committed suicide. 

I got to tell you, I feel totally 

responsible for a lot of what's happened. 

Because, we interviewed this woman. I sat 

in this woman's house. I had tea with 

her. And someone in there You know was 

Ben. And I missed him. 



Patty

George Karras wasn't at all suspicious 

and he adopted Ben. 



Bliss

So she lied to her husband. She lied to 

me. I'm supposed to know when people are 

lying. Because I 'm a supercop. I didn't 

find him. You guys did. 



Beth

No one found him. He found us.  



EXT. IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE 



TV Reporters.

Are you heading to the foster home now? 

What are you going to say to him? How's 

it feel to get your son back? Did you 

contact him at all in the last 2 weeks? 

Are you going to call him Ben or Sam? Do 

you have any statement to make?  



EXT. IN FRONT OF THE KARRAS'S HOUSE 



Patty

How are you? 



Ben

I'm good.  



INT. KITCHEN 



Beth

Kerry, Stop fidgeting. You're not hungry? 



Vincent

I'm not in industrial vacuum mode like 

some people. 



Ben

Could I have some milk? 



Vincent

You do milk with pizza? 



Beth

I like milk with pizza.  



INT. THE FRONTDOOR 



Beth

Yes, Mr. Karras? 



Karras

I came to bring you Sam's records. 

Photos. This is his medical chart. This 

is his dental. One cavity in his 

permanent teeth when he was 10. Report 

cards.. You'll see. A little trouble in 

math. You know, this was my wife and my 

son. This wasn't some lunatic and the boy 

she kidnapped. Not to me. Good night.   



INT. RESTAURANT 



Vincent

Loosen up, man. 



Patty

 Come on. I want to show you something. 

This is called the tarantella. It's an 

old Italian dance. You want to learn it? 

Come on, you can learn it. 



Ben

I don't know this dance. I only know the 

Hasapiko. 



Patty

You'll have to say it again. 



Ben

Hasapiko. 



Patty

Hey, guys, can you hold it? My son 

doesn't know the trantella. But he knows 

the Hasapiko. You know it?



INT. KERRY'S BEDROOM 



Beth

Here, just wear these. 



Kerry

Mommy, I hate those. 



Beth

Kerry you loved those socks 3 days ago. 



Kerry

It's not for church. I want tights.  



INT. THE BEDROOM 



Beth

That's Vincent's. See, it's his 

christening gown. This is what we brought 

him home from the hospital in. Do you 

want to see yours? 



Ben

They're so little. They look like doll 

clothes. What's that smell? 



Beth

It's cedar. It's from the chest. It's 

supposed to keep moths away.  Haven't you 

ever smelled it before? 



Ben

No, maybe my grandmother had a chest like 

this. 



Beth

What? Sam, are you remembering something? 



Ben

Beth, can I see my dad today? I really 

want to see him. 



Beth

Sure.  



EXT. THE SEMETARY 



Beth

Basically it's the story of what 

happened. What we talked about in the 

car. Look at this ,Sam. He was only 14 

years old. That must've been so sad. But 

look, 1869. He died 2 years before the 

fire. 



Ben

Maybe he killed himself, like my mom. I 

mean, Cecilia. 



Beth

Why do you think that? Here, look through 

here. 



Ben

Like, for Cecilia, I think she was just 

too sad. So maybe this guy was too sad 

too, you know? 



Beth

What do you mean? 



Ben

There could be worse things than being 

dead. 



Beth

Like what? Sam, you know how much we love 

you. 



Ben

Yeah, I know you do. Pat, Kerry. 



Beth

And Vincent too. 



Ben

Yeah, right. 



Beth

Really, he's like that with all of us. 

He's had a hard time. 



Ben

What about me? I love my dad. And I loved 

my mom too. She  didn't mean to be sick. 

So why do I have to be punished when it 

wasn't my fault? 



Beth

Do you know how much I've missed holding 

you all these years? And how many years 

you didn't have me to hug you? 



Ben

They hugged me.  They hugged me all the 

time. 



Beth

Sam, what do you wish? You can say. 



Ben

That everything was like it was before. 

But that would hurt you and Pat and I 

couldn't stand that either. I don't know.    



EXT. THE BACKYARD 



Beth

You know, what happened last night, 

that's just the tip of it. 



Patty

I'm gonna say this just once. I love you. 

I've been in love with you your whole 

life. But you know what I've seen about 

you? you've made a career out of being 

unhappy. 



Beth

That is not fare. 



Patty

If I have a chance to be happy, I'm going 

to be happy. can't you just try and let 

us all be happy? 



Beth

What about Sam? 



Patty

Just keep being a mother to him. Help him 

to get through this. 



Beth

He doesn't know who we are. He doesn't 

remember us. We are holding him against 

his will. 



Patty

Where are you going with this? If you 

think I'm going to lose my kid again? 



Beth

I can't ignore that because you finally  

have your life the way you want. It's 

like we are the kidnappers now. 



Patty

No, We're not the kidnappers! Sam will be 

fine. He'll get through this. It's you. 

Losing your kid once wasn't enough, was 

it? 



Beth

You know something, Pat? You're right. I 

wasn't there. I let it happen. It only 

took a minute and we've paid for it. I 

have and you have and Vincent has, I'm 

sorry t think that means that Sam has to 

pay for it too. Does it? We are where we 

are. How we got here doesn't matter. What 

matters is . What are we going to do now? 



Patty

Don't push me on this, Beth. 



Beth

I want to give him back. 



Patty

I can't do that. 



Beth

Then I want you to let me do what I have 

to do.  



INT. THE CAR 



Beth

Can you get your bags okay?  



INT.THE JAIL 



Beth

He's so angry with me. Things are really 

bad. 



Bliss

I know. But I think he's right about 

Vincent. 



Beth

I can't win with Vincent. He hates me. 



Bliss

He doesn't hate you. What are you talking 

about? He loves you. Have you never seen 

the way that he looks at you? All he 

wants you to do is to forgive him. For 

all the shit he's pulled and the shit you 

don't know he's pulled. He's so much like 

you. He takes everything onto himself. 

How do you think he's feeling that Sam is 

gone?  



Beth

You okay? 



Vincent

I'm fine. 



Beth

Do you need anything? I think you'll have 

to stay here another day or so. 



Vincent

 It's the weekend. I'm fine. Headache. 

It's no big deal. 



Beth

Do you know how lucky you were? Mr. 

Teeter's car was totaled. You could've 

been... 



Vincent

I don't need this right now. What are you 

doing here? I've been fine without you. 



Beth

I don't think you have been, Vincent. I'm 

sorry. I'll get you out. Dad's working on 

it.  



INT. THE GARAGE 



Beth

Can't we get past this? This isn't just 

about losing Sam. 



Patty

What is it about? 



Beth

The Sam that's in your head, he doesn't 

exist. The family that's in your head 

doesn't exist either. 



Patty

This family is not in my head. It's very 

real. After what he pulled, I pray I find 

a way to get him through high school in 

one piece. And get him to believe he can 

get through life without fouling up. 



Beth

Part of you liked it when I always fell 

apart and you were holding this family 

together Making all the decisions. But 

now I don't need you to pull me out of 

bed and slap my clothes and make me pay 

attention to the kids. 



Patty

I have to go to work. 



Beth

But I need you. 



Patty

Why?  Tell me what for. 



Beth

I need you to love me.  



INT.THE JAIL 



Officer

You got a visitor. 



Vincent

Everyone I've ever met in my life has 

already been here. 



Officer

Name's Sam Karras. Are you going to see 

him or not?  



Ben

So, you okay? 



Vincent

They gave me 5 to 10. But I'm reasonably 

okay. I'm kidding. 



Ben

Were you drunk? 



Vincent

I was over-served. Yeah, Sam, I was 

drunk. So what do you want?  



Ben

I just thought... I came because I 

thought we could be friend. 



Vincent

Friends? Tell me how you and I can be 

friends. You come back. You leave. You go 

in and out of our window. I don't even 

know who you are, Ben. Sam! Whatever the 

hell your name is. You're a concept. You 

follow me? 



Ben

That's not my fault. 



Vincent

"That's not my fault." You always worry 

about whose fault it is. Who cares? Look, 

I got my own life now. It's pretty unfun 

at the moment. Tell me what you want. 



Ben

You're my brother. I missed you. 

Sometimes, I even thought that maybe I 

shouldn't have. Whatever, you're my 

brother.  



Vincent

You should go now, Sam. I'm sorry, you're 

a real good kid. You're fine, but I'm 

Maybe I'll visit you when I'm out, but 

now. 



Ben

Wait! There's something I got to tell 

you. I remembered something. 



Vincent

What do you mean? 



Ben

Well, when I was at your house, Beth 

showed me this old trunk. It was full old 

baby clothes. I don't remember anything. 



Vincent

Yeah. So? 



Ben

But I remembered the smell. From being 

inside the trunk. Hide- and-seek. Did 

that really happened? 



Vincent

You let the lid shut and it caught. 



Ben

I knew it. Finally, you came and opened 

the top. 



Vincent

You were just there. Not scared or 

anything. 



Ben

See? That's what I remember. That I 

wasn't scared. Because I knew you'd come 

and find me.  



EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE 



Vincent

What the hell are you doing? 



Ben

Nothing. Want to play some? 



Vincent

It's nearly midnight and it's cold, in 

case you haven't noticed. Jesus, Sam! 

Does George know you're here? 



Ben

Yeah, come on down. 



Vincent

No, you just want to get me arrested 

again, don't you? You ever heard of 

disturbing the peace? 



Ben

We could play quiet. What's the matter? 

Come on! 



Vincent

All right.  



Ben

Come on! What are you waiting for? 



Vincent

Easy, Sam. 



Ben

All right. 



Vincent

Losers out to 11, win by 2? 



Ben

Watch out. Are you asleep or something? 



Ben

Quit fouling me! 



Ben

You got to say, "beat" You are beat, 

right? 



Vincent

I let you. Let's call it a night. Come 

back tomorrow for a rematch. 



Ben

Well, the thing is, I'm not going back. 



Vincent

What do you mean? What are you doing? 



Ben

George knows. I mean, we talked about it 

a lot last week. He even knows why I came 

here so late. 



Vincent

Why? 



Ben

I didn't want to have this whole big 

thing with you and Beth and Pat. 



Vincent

Sam? Is this permanent? 



Ben

I don't know. I mean, maybe. If I can. 



Vincent

Jesus, what is this, your cinder block 

collection? I was the one. I let go of 

your hand. 



Ben

This thing is heavy. My dad, George 

helped me carry it over. 



Vincent

Did you hear what I said? 



Ben

Yeah. So what? 



Vincent

I let go of your hand, Sam. I told you to 

get lost. That's what I said. I said " 

Get lost!" 



Ben

Big deal. Everybody says stuff like that. 

" Get lost!" Here's the deal. "Make it 

take it to eleven." Got to win by two. 

Loser carries it up alone. Come on, man! 

Or, are you too tired to play? Come on, 

let's go! 



Beth

They'll wake up the neighborhood. 



Patty

Let them play. 



Beth

Let's get some sleep.    





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