--I should warn you I am not like the rest--
WORDS BEGIN TO BLEED ON TO THE SCREEN IN CALLIGRAPHY
"But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in
darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the
darkness has blinded his eyes."
First John 2:11
The blood runs on the screen smearing away the words to another
black screen as we--
INT. THE STORE SIDE - DAY1 1
We open on RED, a soft spoken and well reserved man with a
southern accent standing at the counter of his convenience
store and gas station while SHIRLEY, a woman in her seventies
stocks the shelves in the foreground.
AHMED, a middle eastern man in his forties enters, then walks
up to the counter.
Excuse me, my friend but may I
speak to the manager or the owner?
That would be me.
Oh! How's it going my name is Ahmed
and my wife and I are looking for
work you see we just moved here...
WORDS ON SCREEN: ABOUT ONE WEEK PRIOR
EXT. AFGHANISTAN / MOUNTAIN SPUR - DAY2 2
A deathly looking TREE branches out the side of a mountain
above a path.
The barrel of an decked out M4 sticks into frame followed by
RON, a US ARMY SOLDIER with a "RIED" name tape across the
back of his Kevlar helmet.
A team of soldiers, six in number, follow behind him moving
in a tactical fashion down the mountain path.
Once they reach the tree Ron motions for the last soldier to
maneuver around the tree, he does so.
THAT SOLDIER clears the path all the way up to a mouth of a
cave, ahead on the path. The rest of the soldiers, including
Ron join him.
The soldier at the mouth of the cave reaches back and taps
the leg of Ron, who is behind him. Ron does the same to the
soldier behind him. This happens until the next to the last
guy reaches down to tap the shoulder of the last soldier who
is facing backwards, away from them and down the trail.
He stands, maneuvers around them all and positions himself at
the mouth of the cave before clearing the opening and heading
INT. AFGANISTAN / CAVE - MOMENTS LATER3 3
Once well inside the cave, the team switches to Infrared
Switch to IR!
In Infrared the soldiers can see the infrared patches light
up on each other's uniform and see inside the cave with out
light. It's better than night vision.
They continue to move down the cave as we--
EXT. AFGANISTAN / MOUNTAIN SPUR - SAME TIME4 4
Back out on the path, that same dead tree, unnaturally swings
and opens revealing a hidden entrance.
Several locals with red beards run out carrying various
assault rifles. One of them runs to the mouth of the cave
with a bolted pipe bomb.
He tosses it in the cave as hard as he can--
JUMP CUT TO:
INT. AFGANISTAN / CAVE - SAME TIME5 5
The pipe bomb lands right in front of the last soldier in the
line who is facing backwards, still pulling rear security.
THE LAST SOLDIER
All of them are blinded by the blast! A onset of GUN FIRE and
YELLING is heard as we--
FLASH TO BLACK.
OVER A BLACK SCREEN.6 6
We hear the sound of the combination of EXPEDIENT GUM CHEWING
and DENIM JEAN MATERIAL RUBBING AGAINST CORDUROY.
Finally we hear the SLOW, TROUBLED INTAKE OF BREATH as it
travels past a closed set of clenched teeth as we--
INT. RED'S HOUSE / LIVING ROOM - AFTERNOON7 7
Red opens his eyes and EXHALES. He is sitting in his
recliner. Red's leg continues to bounce and shake, causing
the RUBBING SOUND against the corduroy fabric of his chair.
Red reaches into the pocket of his jeans and pulls out a
packet of nicotine gum then pops another piece into his
Red stands and paces, walking in between his recliner and the
TV. He then walks over to the window and using his index
finger pulls down a bend in one of the blinds to look out.
Red paces one more time before siting back down in his
recliner, eyes closed, and d
(muttering to himself)
You don't need it... you don't need
Red, keeping his eyes closed, he reaches his hand under the
table beside his recliner and pulls out a can of dip (Lip
tobacco) from a hiding spot. He holds the can up in front of
his face at eye level and opens his eyes.
Red packs the can and starts to open it. He stops, then
abruptly stands and walks back to the trashcan in the
kitchen, still in view from the doorway. He opens the can and
dumps all of the tobacco in, then drops the empty can and the
lid into it as well.
Red stares longingly at the contents of the trashcan then
kicks it so that the lid shuts. Red walks back and sits in
his recliner then turns on the TV.
He flips through the channels and lands on a Channel
broadcasting LIVE NEWS. His brother's name on the screen
banner catches his eye--
--We advise and caution our viewers
the following footage may be
considered disturbing viewer
discretion is advised.
The Channel begins to show FOOTAGE of an American soldier on
his knees in a cave with middle eastern, radical militia
standing around him all holding rifles except the one
speaking who wields a machete and speaks to the camera--
NEWS ANCHOR V.O.
--What you are seeing is footage
released by Slava Ubijci a sect of
Islamic radicals who claim they are
taking up the slack of their less
dedicated members of the faith.
This is the most recently released
video in which they murder Staff
Sergeant Ronald Reid the third
originally from Backwoods, Florida.
Red gasps and sits up.
NEWS ANCHOR V.O. (CONT’D)
Again we warn you this may disturb
you a great deal.
English subtitles appear on the screen as the MAN WITH
MAN WITH MACHETE
(speaking in Dari)
--We find it disgraceful and
dishonoring for non Islamic people
to be in our country much less this
American filth. We will torture and
kill Americans everyday until they
are completely gone from our
The man holding the machete slashes it into RON, Red's
brother's neck three times before his head still in the bag
MAN WITH MACHETE (CONT'D)
Let this serve as the first of many
warnings to Americans...
Red begins to CRY AND SCREAM.
His wife, RAMONA runs in carrying their NINE MONTH BABY GIRL.
A beat later RANDY, Red's oldest son (12) runs in followed by
his brother ROSS (9).
INT. FUNERAL HOME - DAY8 8
Red, his family, and a large gathering of friends, neighbors
and members of his church are at a funeral and memorial
service for his brother.
In front of the stage sits a series of LARGE PICTURES on
easels. One of them pictures his brother, RON IN HIS U.S.
ARMY DRESS UNIFORM, beside it is one of RON IN A COLLEGE
BASEBALL UNIFORM, beside it is one of HIM AND RED WHEN THEY
WERE YOUNG BOYS and finally beside it was one of RED AND HIS
BROTHER IN CAMOUFLAGE TUXES AT RED AND RAMONA'S WEDDING.
I'm the audience, Red stares emotionlessly.
On the stage a preacher, BROTHER BANKS, your average long
winded pastor with a southern accent stands behind a pulpit
giving the eulogy--
--When the Apostle Paul wrote his
letter to the church at Phillipi,
the conditions of his life were
awful. He was in a Roman prison
and... (Beat) Look y'all, one of my
most difficult responsibilities as
a pastor is answering inevitable
"why questions" to my church
members. I get asked alot of hard
questions that aren't easy to
answer such as... "Why do bad
things happen to good people? Why
does God allow for miscarriages?
Why did God allow for my loved one
to die so young or painfully?"
(Beat) I do my best, I do, but I
don't always have the answer.
I could always take the easy way
out and say because it's his will,
which is true, however I honestly
can not give you a one hundred
percent honest and easy answer. The
Bible says many wonderful things
about the death of a Christian. But
the trouble is that we don't
believe these things in times we
need to the most, like now. We
think of death as an end to all
things good, when in fact it is
merely an end to all things
present and readily fathomable by
our humanity. We think of death as
a time of separation and sadness.
Granted it's never easy when we
loose a loved one. The truth is it
hurts it hurts bad and for a time
we should weep and be sad. That is
what makes us both healthy and sain
humans. As Christians we believe
that in death we are given a new
body and a new home both free of
pain and aging. I don't know about
y'all, but I look forward to
getting my new knees and back. Im
tired of hearing Snap, Crakle, and
Pop in the mornings without having
pour my cereal. When we are absent
from our bodies we are present with
God and a new home without taxes,
no honey-dos, and no mortgages...
Finally we gain a literally closer
fellowship with God."Let not your
heart be troubled: ye believe in
God, believe also in me. In my
Father's house are many mansions. I
go to prepare a place for you. And
if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come again, and receive
you unto myself; that where I am,
there ye may be also." Jesus also
said, "Those who believe in me,
even though they die, yet shall
they live, and whoever lives and
believes in me shall never die."
Ron will be missed! He was active
in the church and our community. He
was a humble servant and a very
athletic sportsman whom excelled in
most of his endeavors. Ron choose
to serve his country and ultimately
ended up giving his life for it.
BROTHER BANKS (CONT'D)
In what I believe is in accordance
with his wishes may we remember him
as the smiling, happy and caring
person you see in these frames.
Truth is Ron wouldn't want us to be
sad he would want us to memorialize
and celebrate his life. He finished
the race before us, just as he did
so often while he was here with us.
Let us pray.
INT. FELLOWSHIP HALL - LATER9 9
They have moved to a fellowship hall where everyone is eating
and paying their respects to Red and his family.
HENRY HIGGINBOTHAM, a man Red's age walks up to their table
with his family.
Red, I am so sorry about your
brother. The three of us go way
back and well I wish to all get out
that I could end everyone of them
Red nods his head.
I know we haven't seen much of each
other since high school except
every now and again down there at
your store. But these are my
daughters Hilary and Haley, and
this is my son Henry Jr.
Red nods his head at each as they are introduced.
Red we are going to pray for you
and your family as well as for
justice to those sandnig- filth
Red nods one last time as they exit. Brother Banks walks over
to Red's table.
Brother Reid the podium is ready
I don't know if I'm ready for it.
BROTHER BANKS (CONT'D)
Red stands and walks behind Brother Banks to a small pulpit
with a mic on it. Brother Banks speaks into the mic--
-- I'm sure everyone here knows
Red, who will now say a few words
about his brother.
Red steps behind the tiny pulpit and speaks into the mic--
--I'm ugh (Beat) I guess, I'm known
as a man of few to ugh, well no
words. Truth is I don't have
anything to say really, ever.
Several people laugh.
My broth... (Beat) my brother Ron
was the one who was, you know good
with words... But he, he had a good
heart with something good to say
pretty, much all the time. But
me... I reckon I'm just a simple
man with a simple plan. But my
brother was apart of that plan you
see. We've always needed each other
ever since we's kids and ugh...
Well frankly in times like these he
was my rock to lean on, you know...
and now he's not here. I don't
think that I would have near the
impact, in a good way, on those
around me like my brother would...
in fact I know wouldn't or won't,
rather. But just cuz of that,
because he's no longer here to give
off the good... I'm going to put
forth the extra effort to do just
that. As a memorial to him.
Red looks up teary eyed.
I love you buddy and I ugh (beat) I
miss you so much. Thank you for
being such a blessing in my life.
Rest in peace. God bless everyone
for coming and thank you for your
Red walks away quickly.
INT. RED'S HOUSE / BABY ROOM - EVENING10-A 10-A
Red walks down the hallway carrying his sleeping, baby girl
once he reaches the nursery he enters and lays her down in
her crib. She stirs for a moment then goes back to sleep.
Red walks back out as we--
INT. RED'S HOUSE / CORRIDOR - SAME TIME10-B 10-B
He closes the door behind him, walks down the corridor to his
sons' room where they and his wife have their heads bowed
praying out loud.
... and lord we thank you for
everything you give us like food
...and for video games, and
And God please be nice to Uncle Ron
he was a good guy...
Red's throat lurches as he feebly stifles a sob. He swings
around so that he is out of the door frame, back in the hall
and leans his back against the wall.
Red begins to cry silently as he slides down the wall until
he is seated on the floor, quietly sobbing.
His wife and boys, wearing pajamas, come around the door
frame and into the hall with him.
His sons sit on either side of him. Red puts his arms around
both of them as they all embrace each other.
His wife places her hand on top of his head and finally sits
down with them on the floor leaning against the wall.
Red continues to cry.
INT. THE STORE SIDE - DAY11-A 11-A
Red sits in his office which has a large mirrored window
where he can see into the store. Shirley rings up a customer
at the counter.
Is that all or did you have gas?
Well I did but I ain't think anyone
They both laugh.
Every time with out fail, Daniel.
That'll be $13.08.
He pays and heads to exit but stops half way and looks back
into Red's office.
Red I ugh... well I just want you
to know that me and mine are
praying for you and yours.
Red nods his head and the man exits.
Red stands and walks out of his office, around and in front
of the counter and through the door to the restaurant side.
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - SAME TIME11-B 11-B
Once on the other side, Red nods his head as a greeting to a
table with a family eating lunch who greet him with smiles.
They then talk under their breath--
--I don't know how he is holding it
OTHER FAMILY MEMBER
Him and his family are in church
every Sunday. I hear that's why
this place is closed on Sundays.
INT. RESTAURANT KITCHEN - SAME TIME11-C 11-C
Entering into the kitchen, Red finds VERN with a clip board
going over a shipment of food and supplies.
How we looking?
Pretty good! ‘Cept they’s forgot
our fatback and sanitizer but the
delivery guy told me that when he
got here. Should be on the next
shipment. I accidentally ordered
way too much chicken.
Alright, no problem. Bring the
invoice into my office when your
Sure thing boss.
Red goes to leave.
Red turns back to him.
Ugh. Never mind lets talk later.
Red furrows his brow then leaves.
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - SAME TIME11-D 11-D
Walking through the restaurant KELLY, a sweet, twenty
something, Young lady, stops him--
I was wondering if I could run
something by you.
Sure. What you got?
She points at a open beer bottle on middle shelf behind the
bar with a lime wedge stuck in the opening.
I was just thinking we could always
leave a open beer here for Ron.
Red swallows hard trying not to show his devastation--
--That's real sweet Kelly. (Beat)
take the lime out though Ron
wouldn't want fruit near his beer.
Red nods his head and heads to the bathroom as we--
INT. BATHROOM - SAME TIME11-E 11-E
Once inside he heads to the sink and stares at him self in
the mirror for a beat.
My God, I need a dip!
Then realizing he is not going to cry, he exits.
INT. RED'S HOUSE / LIVING ROOM - AFTERNOON12 12
We open, again, on Red, sitting in his living room watching
TV when his front door opens.
Red looks back to see his wife and kids walk in.
Dad! Guess what? Today we learned
about the eruption of Pompeii!
Now how am I suppose to guess if
you don't give me a chance?
I ain't really want you to guess. I
just wanted to tell you.
And guess what! We learned about
the flavor vanilla! Did you know
it's the hardest flavor to make?
Is that right?
Ramona hands Red their baby girl.
They all look at the TV and see Red is watching an old home
video of him and his brother when they were kids.
POV AT THE TV: In the video YOUNG RED has his arm wrapped
around YOUNG RON whom has a towel wrapped around his
Red's MOM, who is holding the camera, speaks--
--Ronald? What happened?
I was playing with a rope under the
water and it got hooked on
something and tightened around my
leg holding me under. I almost
And then what happened?
Red jumped in! He saved me!
I'll always save you buddy.
BACK IN RED's LIVING ROOM:
Red begins to tear up as his sons hug him.
Come on boys homework, dinner, then
INT. THE STORE SIDE - DAY18 18
BACK WHERE WE BEGAN in the store, Red is standing at the
counter while Shirley stocks the shelves.
AHMED, a middle eastern man walks in, then up to the counter.
Excuse me, my friend but can I
speak to the manager or owner.
Ugh, that would be me.
Oh! How's it going my name is Ahmed
and my wife and I are looking for
work you see we just moved here.
I'm sorry but I'm not interested in
hiring (beat) anyone, right now.
Okay. Thank you for your time.
Red notices Ahmed tell his wife, who is wearing a burka, in
their car. Then the two hug before driving off as we--
INT. RED'S HOUSE / KITCHEN - EVENING19 19
In the kitchen Red, and his family, who are joined by Kelly
sit around the table eating dinner.
So Kelly how's school? And life?
Well... School is good. I'm on
break for a month then I start the
last portion of this semester back
up and I'll be done with my masters
and I've decided to go medical. All
my premed requisites have been met
--Good we could use some free
What did you master?
Ha! I'm actually thinking about
pediatrics and then doing work in
Africa with that missionary that
came to church The other day or
working in internal medicine trying
to find cures for different
diseases. I just want to be the
first person in my family to do
something that matters... you know?
And other than that I'm a serial
single-ist, doomed to die alone!
But! Not sad if I have anything to
say about it.
Oh! What happened to that Kellan
I got tired of you know, bailing
him out of jail. I gave him the
ultimatum that if it happened again
I was gone! And six or eight times
later I ended it.
Sounds logical. I didn't realize
that was happening. Kelly you
shouldn't put up with someone like
that. You're, you’re too special.
Yeah, you’re such a beautiful girl
and you deserve a beautiful life.
Do you need a place to stay?
No I got a new place it's not that
great but the rent is much more
If you need anything you let us
know. You know I consider you my
No, I know and I cantthank y'all
enough for everything y'all have
done for me.
Y'all have been the best kind of
“adoptive parents” since mine died.
I don't know what I would have
Well, we'll always be here!
Kelly smiles at Randy.
You remind me so much of your dad
you know that! Your dad is a good
man. He'd give the shirt of his
back for anyone.
And you are just as sweet as your
I wouldn't be too sweet to those
guys who killed uncle Ron!
Everyone stills and goes silent.
Ross, God teaches us to forgive the
people who wrong us no matter how
much it hurts and we are to love
all people just like he loves us.
Well, some people are hard to love.
That's why it's that much more
important that we love them back!
INT. RED'S HOUSE - EVENING20 20
A little later Red and Ramona sit in the living room watching
TV, when Randy walks in.
Why do girls sit down on the toilet
even when they just have to pee?
Okay! Well I better go catch up on
my reading for book club.
Ramona starts to exit.
What book club?
One I just joined!
Ramona leaves and Randy gives Red a look of confusion.
Girls are weird.
INT. THE STORE SIDE - EVE21 21
Red is in his office going over paperwork, when Vern walks
into the store side, kisses his wife, and then knocks on
Red's office’s door frame.
Hey, boss man ya got a second?
Sure what you got?
Vern sits down.
Well, Red the truth is me and
Shirley are quitting or retiring
rather. You see we wanted to let
you know about a week back or so
but with everything that happened
(Beat) Shirley's state retirement
kicks in at the end of the month
and I can draw social security now
and well, we want a real
retirement. We've sold everything
and bought one of them there RVs.
Awh, Vern (beat) I love you guys
and I wish you both the best but
you can't leave me right now.
I don't have replacements for you
or even know how to train any one
else because you both kind of
developed your own responsibilities
as the business grew.
I know it's going to be hard for us
too and believe me we wanted to
give you a much longer notice but
one thing after another. We will
help train replacements and make
sure they are comfortable with
their responsibilities and all.
(Beat) You know it's not out of any
kind of animosity or anything like
that it's, it’s just we need to
move on, and live our lives as an
No, I, I get it.
Look Red we are going to help you
every bit we can. But we have to
get the ball rolling like ASAP.
Yep. I reckon so.
Now do you want us to tender formal
letters of resignation or is a hand
shake good enough?
Vern and Red shake hands.
Shirley walks in the office and gives Red a hug.
I'm sorry all this happened at
once. It's not how we planed it we
wanted a longer transition. But we
are going to miss you like crazy.
Like wise. I mean same here.
Vern and Shirley exit.
God I need a dip!
INT. RED'S HOUSE - EVENING22 22
Red walks in his front door, drops his stuff on the kitchen
counter, then walks to his recliner in front of his TV. He
flops down with a very loud sigh.
Ramona enters and sits on his lap.
Am I asleep?
If this is a dream it sure is a
I don't know about all that (Beat)
They kiss, passionately for a beat then Red pulls away.
Vern and Shirley quit today.
Well they let me know today they'd
been planing on retiring for a
while. I reckon with everything
that happened they just hadn't had
a chance to fill me in until now.
Well that makes sense. They deserve
a good retirement. They've both had
Red nods, slowly.
Come on let's go to bed.
Don't tease me with a good time!
HA! Come on.
INT. THE STORE SIDE - LATE EVENING23-A 23-A
Red watches as Ahmed, his wife, Jameela and two kids pull up
in the same car.
Ahmed alone gets out and walks inside.
Red nods to him when he walks in. Ahmed walks to the cooler
and grabs a water jug and some apple juice.
Did you ever have any luck finding
Ahmed shakes his head.
(Under his breath to him
Dag gum it!
(louder to Ahmed)
Yeah. Times are tuff.
Ahmed nods his head, grabs a loaf of bread then walks up to
Is this all?
Ahmed opens his wallet and pulls out his last ten dollar bill
and sits it on the counter.
Can I get the rest on pump one?
Ahmed grabs his items and exits.
Red exhales very loudly, watching Ahmed walk to his car and
Red runs his hand through his hair then walks out side
EXT. THE STORE SIDE - SAME TIME23-B 23-B
Hey? Ahmed right.
I ugh (beat) I just had two
positions open up. What ugh, what
do you and your wife do for work?
(a little unsure)
Ugh, well I'm a chef and my wife is
ugh, well she ran a small market
Red hangs his head and smacks his forehead.
Can you start in the morning?
Yes! Thank you my friend! Thank you
Ahmed runs over to hug him.
Whoa! Hey! I'm your employer.
That's it. Be here at five AM we
usually have a big rush between six
and eight from people stopping in
on their way to work.
Red walks inside as we--
INT. THE STORE SIDE - SAME TIME23-C 23-C
Red locks the door behind him.
(under his breath looking
Red walks over to the counter and punches in thirty dollars
into the gas pump computer.
Then exhales very loudly.
God I need a dip!
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - DAY24-A 24-A
Vern and Ahmed are in the kitchen.
Vern is showing Ahmed where everything is and his normal
When I get here every monring the
first thing I do is start a pot of
grits, start tray of biscuits, and
fry a but loaf of bacon
Im sorry, what?
INT. STORE SIDE - SAME TIME25 25
On the store side Shirley is showing Jameela how she manages
the store inventory.
Red walks up beside them to observe.
Now this aint perfect, but... You
see each aisle has a letter and
each column of shelves has a
number. On this master sheet I have
everything we sell written down on
this list here. Then if you flip to
the planogram on the back you can
map out where the item is, here.
For example Starbursts; aisle 7,
section A shelf 2. Then on this
spread sheet you'll see about how
many we have left. See here eleven
bags. So there are three here which
means there should be about eight
more in the back.
Y'all don't use a RF gun?
What's and RF gun?
Well it works with an inventory
management system. You scan every
time a product comes in and every
time it leaves weather it's bought
or sent out it gets recorded by
scanning it and then noted in the
system so you always know how much
you have, how much you need to
order and then using the patterns
it tracks when you need to reorder.
Oh wow! That would be nice.
No we don't have a RF gun.
Kelly runs in from the restaurant side.
Hey Red you better come here we
might have a problem.
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - SAME TIME24-B 24-B
Red enters the kitchen.
What's the problem?
I can't eat or touch bacon or any
type of pork.
You can't touch bacon?
No. Is that going to be a problem?
In this town, yeah! Bacon is almost
the center of all commerce down
here. (Beat) What if you wore
Ahmed slowly nods his head.
There is an exception for a Muslim
if there is a necessity.
Well if you want this job it's a
Ok. Are there any other MUZLIM laws
or traditions I should be aware of?
Well it's actually pronounced
I'm pretty sure it's pronounced, "I-
Red walks out, shaking his head, muttering to his self.
Can't eat or even touch bacon how
is life even worth the living...
EXT. THE STORE SIDE - EVE27 27
Red and Ahmed lock up the door for the night.
Alright I will see you in the
Yes sir. Have a good night.
They both walk towards their vehicles.
Red notices Ahmed gets in his car with his wife and kids but
he doesn't leave.
Red stares for a moment then walks over and notices Ahmed's
family are all bundled up to go to sleep eating can goods.
Red hangs his head and then exits.
INT. RED'S HOUSE - EVENING28 28
Red and his family are sitting around the table with their
heads bowed and eyes closed.
Ross is saying a rather long winded blessing.
Red peaks at his wife, who peaks back.
They both grin.
...and God, thank you for the trees
and the animals, my teachers and
friends the people who are nice to
me, my church family, my family,
dad's store, thank you for
football, and electricity, the
oxygen, for this food and for
everything you've ever given us.
Glad you got everything buddy.
I think I forgot our drinks.
I'm sure God will forgive you,
He’ll probably thank you for not
EXT. THE STORE SIDE - DAY29 29
The next morning, Red pulls in to the parking lot.
Ahmed's car is gone.
Red gets out and walks up to the store.
Ahmed and Jameela pull in with out their kids. Once they park
they both get out and hurry over to the door.
Sorry we are late sir.
Yeah the school won't let us drop
the kids off this early so we had
to make other arrangements.
It's no problem you're not late
INT. THE STORE SIDE - DAY30-A 30-A
Shirley is training Jameela on the register.
Jameela seems to be picking it up pretty quickly.
Ramona walks in the store.
Hey Shirley who's this?
Hello! I'm Jameela, I just started
Oh! Well it's nice to meet you. I'm
Ramona, Red's wife.
Jameela smiles and nods.
Ramona walks into Red's office.
Hey babe you didn't tell me you
Oh yeah! Hey babe I hired two new
Very funny. I just meant I know
some people that could use the
work. We could have gotten you some
Descent help or white help?
Now that's not-
(realizing what she said
Oh Dear lord forgive me.
I told you Shirley and Vern was
Well, Yeah. But..
A man from the restaurant side, GEORGE GENKINS walks into the
store with a plate of food and yells at Red.
RED! Get out here.
(to his wife)
Oh Lord I got a bad feeling about
Red gets up and walks out to the counter.
What in God's name is this?!
He says pointing at his plate.
I'll tell ya what it is! This is
the best dag gum chicken and rice
I've ever had. I mean better than
my mom's! God rest her soul.
Oh well, thank you.
Nah, nah, nah! Thank you!
He grabs his plate and walks back to the restaurant side.
Red lets out a huge sigh.
Oh thank God! I saw that going a
whole other way.
I didn't even know we made chicken
Yeah me neither.
Everyone, except Jameela, walks around the counter and
through to the restaurant side--
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - SAME TIME30-B 30-B
--Where literally everyone has a plate or bowl of Chicken and
Rice, including the staff.
Ahmed walks out of the kitchen with a smile.
Red! This man! That man right
cheer! Hot damn genius. I tell you
He says pointing at Ahmed.
Vern walks out with his own bowl.
Red walks over to Ahmed and Vern.
What's going on?
Well we had several whole chickens
that were going to go bad soon and
we accidentally ordered double the
rice on our last shipment.
Chicken and rice happens to be one
of my specialities so I figured why
So you took a situation that was
probably going to cost me money,
made it profitable, and gained
Vern nods his head.
Hey Hamed! Or Akmed... Or how do
you pronounce your name.
Ahmed how often can I expect this?
Every Wednesday sir!
I'll be here every Wednesday! And
call me George. Some people call me
an idiot, but you can call me
Thank you George!
Be glad you're leaving.
Shew! I'm telling you.
All laugh as we--
INT. THE STORE SIDE - EVE31 31
Later that night Shirley and Vern walk into Red's office
So that's it huh?
They both nod slowly.
Yep! That's the last time I'll
close up the kitchen.
And the last time I count down the
Red opens the center drawer of his desk, pulls out two
envelopes and hands them to Vern and Shirley.
This is the last of your salaries
plus a little extra to get you
wherever your going and as a thank
you from me.
Oh Red you didn't have to.
Hush now! I ain't got much (beat)
Basically you are getting what was
left in petty cash.
Red, much obliged. That was mighty
white of you.
You're a good man Red.
Yeah well don't go spreading that
rumor. I got a bad reputation to
They all laugh, stand up and give each other farewell hugs.
When y'all headed out?
Be sure and fill up one last time
here, on the house.
Red that's too much.
Thats enough now! Y'all have taken
care of me for eleven years now.
I'm barely even returning the
You take care of your self, you
You just remember to send a post
card every now and again.
Every chance we get!
They hug one last time then Vern and Red shake hands.
We'll be sure to send prayers for
traveling mercies to go y'all's
INT. THE STORE SIDE - DAY32 32
Jameela stands behind the counter at the register ringing up
The hanging door bell JINGLES as the front door opens and
Henry Higginbotham walks in.
Startled by seeing Jameela in her burka he jumps and hollers--
--Sorry I ain't realize it was
(Red walks out of his
Jesus Red what in God's name you
been hiring around here? Is good
help that hard to come by? Or are
times so though you needs to scrape
the barrel for the lowest paid
Just local staffing Henry.
Local to where?
Shew doggies! What's the world
Henry sets about grabbing a few items.
Red goes back in his office.
Henry walks up and sets his stuff down on the counter.
Let me get fifty dollars on pump
three a pack of Marlboro Red
shorts, a can of Skoal Straight,
and a bag of Levi Garrett.
Jameela rings up his items on the counter, grabs the tobacco,
and types in the gas to the register.
Seventy seven eighty three sir.
Your total is seventy seven dollars
and eighty three cents.
How about you do it again and try
and get your math right this time.
Jameela clears the register, then rings up all of his items
on the counter and the tobacco.
That comes to twenty seven dollars
and eighty three cents plus you
said you would like fifty dollars
in gas on pump three?
Jameela punches that into the register.
Your total is Seventy Seven dollars
eighty three cents sir.
What kind of crap is this? Huh?
What are you trying to pull?
Red comes out of his office.
What's the matter Henry?
What's the matter is this SAND
NIGGER is trying to JEW me out of
Whoa! Hey! Henry you can not speak
to my staff that way. The price of
all my tobacco products went up
over the weekend.
Oh! (Beat) Well your new cashier
here could use some learning in the
Your concern is duly noted.
Henry pays for his stuff as Red bags it.
Henry leaves and Red walks over closer to her.
Are you okay?
Yes, we get it all the time. Thank
Red nods to her then goes back in his office.
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - DAY33-A 33-A
Red walks into the kitchen to find Ahmed washing some dishes.
Good evening sir.
Do me a favor (Beat) call me Red.
Sure thing, Red.
Look can we talk Ahmed?
Aren't we talking now?
Ahmed turns the water off, dries his hands and turns around
to face Red.
Look this isn't easy to ask Ahmed
but are you and your family
sleeping in your car? In the
Yes sir. If it's a problem we will
stop and find some place else.
Well, you see, here’s the thing, it
is a problem Ahmed. I can't have
y'all doing that.
So I was thinking--
--Red walks over to the far wall and moves a bread cart out
of the way to open a hidden room.
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE / SMALL ROOM IN KITCHEN33-B 33-B
Red and Ahmed enter into the dusty storage closet.
We haven't used this room since I
don't know when.
They both walk in further.
Those shelves are sturdy and big
enough for your kids to sleep in
and the wife and I have an extra
bedroom suit in storage we aren't
using as well as a great deal of
camping gear we don't use but every
few years. It's not much but you're
welcome to it until y'all find a
place of your own.
Ahmed sits down on one of the in-wall shelves.
Red I don't known how to thank you.
Just keep up the good work.
I'll go relieve Jameela for a while
so y'all can clean up and ready the
Red thank you. You're a good man.
They shake hands.
INT. RED'S TRUCK - DAY34 34
Red gets in his truck, still parked at the store and then
puts his cell phone to his ear.
Hey babe (beat, listening) I was
thinking I'd swing by and pick up
the boys from school. (beat,
listening) Yeah I'm leaving a
little early (beat, listening)
alright I figured we'd swing by the
lake and fish a little... it's been
a while. (beat, listening) Alright
love you too.
He hangs up his phone and drives away.
EXT. SCHOOL ENTRANCE - DAY35 35
Red pulls up into the line to pick up his boys from school.
Once he is just a few cars back Randy, Red's oldest son
notices him, waves, then gets Ross's attention, and they both
walk over and get in.
She's at home. Making dinner. I
figured I'd swing by pick y'all up
and maybe we could go wet a hook
RANDY & ROSS
That's what I thought!
Red and his sons drive away.
INT. THE STORE SIDE - DAY36 36
Jameela rings up a customer--
That will be eighteen fifty seven,
The customer hands her cash and she gives him change.
Thank you sir. Have a great day.
A group of guys walk in--
One of them carries a bat.
One of them locks the door behind them.
Another one braces the door to the restaurant side so that it
The bat guy walks up to the counter, DRAGGING THE TIP of the
bat on floor as he walks--
EXT. LAKE - AFTERNOON37 37
Red and his kids are fishing off of a small dock on a lake.
How much fish you reckon were gona
to catch you think?
Just enough for us to eat. You
never kill what you don't plan on
So. (Beat) Does that mean the
cowboys were Indian eaters?
Ha! I don't think so.
Devastation? Where did that come
Yeah we are learning about Pompeii
and the teacher said it but I ain't
know what it means.
Devastation, devastation is the
worst that you can feel and the
closest you can be to being
completely destroyed in one way or
another yet still exist.
So (Beat) like how you felt when
Uncle Ron died?
Red swallows hard.
Some kids were picking on these
knew kids at school today. I felt
(Beat) ugh, devastation for them.
I wouldn't want to be made fun of
because I was new or different.
That's right son.
How come people are so mean?
Just cuz they weren't raised right.
All of ‘em?
Well, I reckon that some people are
mean to other people cuz others
were mean to them.
Well, that doesn't seem right.
People don't always do things for
the right reason.
Like the people that killed Uncle
Ron? Do you think people were real
mean to them?
Red breath’s hard.
People shouldn't be mean. Then the
world wouldn't be so mean. That's
Red smiles and nods at his son's logic as we--
INT. RED'S HOUSE- EVE38 38
Red and his kids pull up in his drive way.
Ramona walks out to meet him with her phone to her ear.
Red and his kids all get out and walk up to meet her.
Boys go inside and start eating
supper, it's on the table.
Where's your phone?
In my pocket. The battery died.
You need to get to the store, now.
Something has happened just hurry.
EXT. THE STORE SIDE - EVE39 39
Red pulls up in his truck.
Two police cruisers are parked outside with their lights
INT. THE STORE SIDE - MOMENTS LATER40-A 40-A
Jameela LIES ON THE FLOOR in Ahmed's arms.
The store side is a WRECK.
Ahmed has a BLACK EYE and DEFENSIVE WOUNDS all over his arms.
Red walks over to them and squats down--
I’m sorry Red! These guys came in
and said that this was a good,
real, American town and that we
needed to leave then they took a
bat to the store.
Did either of you recognize any of
They shake their heads.
Ahmed came out of the restaurant
and they turned on him.
Did they hit you?
No. I fell trying to get away from
them before they could. But they
beat on my husband pretty bad.
One of the police men, wearing a chief of police uniform gets
Red's attention and they walk outside--
EXT. THE STORE SIDE - SAME TIME40-B 40-B
--Once the door closes the police chief, CHIEF CHARLESTON
turns to Red.
What are you going to do about
What, what do you mean?
Well, you have quite a problem
Yup! (Beat) I called the cops. You
know? I noticed the lights on your
car over yonder, shouldn't you do
something about this?
Seriously, this is a problem.
Yes. My employees got beat up and
my place of my place of buisness
Right. Well what are you going to
do about it?
Me? What do you mean, “what am I
going to do about this?” You're the
cop. You're are the leader of the
local law what are you going to do
I can write up a report, but that's
Well, shouldn't you start an
investigation? Do some police work
looking into the criminals that did
I don't have the time, resources,
or the man power to put into such
an operation, especially in this
What circumstance? What do you
mean? What in God’s name are you
talking about? What if these people
We both know what happened and why
it happened, okay, let’s not try
and pull the wool over one another,
alright. So tell me right now.
(Beat) Are you going to keep them?
Are you going to continue to
employee the Muslims, Mr Reid?
Yes! I am going to continue to
employ my employees, despite the
fact they fell victim to a crime of
prejudice and hate.
I really wish you would reconsider.
You are putting yourself, your
business, and let’s be honest, not
to mention most importantly our
town in danger.
(raising his voice)
Because I am employing people from
the Middle East!
Sir! Please lower your voice.
Chief Charleston peers around Red inside the store to see
both Ahmed and the officer taking his statement, looking out
I know for a fact that these people
pay taxes, as do I!
I'm sorry but that doesn't change
Chief Charleston heads back into the store.
(yelling after him)
I guess conversations over then!?
Chief Charleston flashes him an aggravated look of
INT. THE STORE SIDE - EVE41 41
Red and Ahmed finish putting back everything that got knocked
Red do you need us to leave.
I don't want me and my family to be
a burden for you and yours.
Red stops, abruptly and gets close to Ahmed’s face.
Listen to me! You and your family
are not the problem and that's the
last we will speak about it.
Ahmed nods his head and they go back to cleaning up.
EXT. THE STORE SIDE - SAME TIME42 42
A truck pulls down the road, just in front of the store, just
far enough away so that it's not noticed.
The window rolls down revealing Henry.
Henry lights a cigarette.
He drives off after staring for a beat.
EXT. RED'S HOUSE - EVENING43 43
Red pulls up in his truck, parks and then sits, starring
blankly for a moment.
He exits and walks to his front porch packing a can of dip as
he walks to one of the rocking chairs.
Once seated, he chucks the can in a flash of rage, but it
hits one of the porch columns and bounces back on the porch
in front of the door.
Ramona walks out of the front door and picks up the can.
She sits in his lap and hands him the can.
It's been a while since I've seen
one of these.
Four years. (Beat) Four years and
not even a puff of smoke or a pinch
of dip. But after tonight I could
smoke a footlong, chew a whole bag
and dip a log.
What happened? What did the police
Well, the chief of police came
Basically told me in so many words
that I asked for this to happen
when I hired Jameela and Ahmed.
Yep. I reckon hiring them
endangered the town and we can
basically kiss police protection or
response even good bye.
No! (Beat) Can we get the mayor
The Chief's brother is the mayor.
I don't get it. The God I love and
believe in tells me that he loves
all people. Which would include
Jameela and Ahmed as well as that
douchebag police chief.
I can't fire them because of how or
who God made them. It's wrong and
no one else would hire them. They
were on their last straw when they
came to me.
No one deserves to be hated. But if
anyone comes close to having the
right to hate muzlums it's you.
It's pronounced Muslim (moose-
Never mind. (Beat) A group of
RADICALS killed my brother. Not
MUSLIMS or a race of people. I
really wish people would take look
back at history and see the amount
of horribleness that came from
What do you want to do?
Go to sleep and not wake up.
Don't say that! (Beat) We are in
between life insurance policies.
They both laugh then kiss.
Well I don't want to deal with this
Red Reid, I married the most bull
and hard headed man I'd ever met
because I knew he would always
stand behind me and what he
believed in and I would always
stand beside him!
Let's just hope there ain't no
bullets flying my way while you're
They both laugh and kiss, again.
Red stands, lifting, and holding his wife as he does.
Ramona wraps her legs around his waist.
Red begins to walk to the door while continuing to kiss his
Red Reid is that a pistol in your
pocket? Or are you just happy to
Ramona laughs and Red carries her inside as we--
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - DAY44 44
The place is pretty dead.
Kelly is looking over a school pamphlet while sitting at the
otherwise empty bar.
Ahmed walks out of the kitchen.
Sorry for keeping you so slammed.
Ahmed laughs and walks over to the bar.
What ugh? What are you looking at.
Nothing really! Hopes. Dreams.
Very little is impossible Kelly.
This is America.
Ha! No this is small town America,
where dreams go to die.
So what you don't want to go to any
of these schools?
No, I do. I really do. It's just...
You know back in my country my
father was a doctor.
Yes. We had plans to come to
America when I was a boy. Me and my
father learned English and
Why did it take you so long to get
My father was killed by Taliban for
working with the US to build a
Kelly puts a hand on Ahmed's shoulder--
--Oh! Ahmed. I'm so sorry.
After that I met Jameela and it
took us a long time to get the
money to make the trip with our
Well that makes sense.
Kelly, you don't need for anyone to
die in your life before going after
your dream. Just do it. You will
find a way. Don't let this place,
this “small town America” keep you
down. Rebel! And I don't mean go
riot. I mean just be the best you,
you can be.
This world is full of people just
going with the flow of oppression.
Don't fall to self doubt. The
greatest rebellion is one of
confidence in a world of doubt.
Kelly hugs Ahmed.
You have no idea how much I needed
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - AFTERNOON45 45
Randy, Ross, Alia, and Ali all sit at a table with half eaten
dinners and homework.
Do y'all know what a sandnigger is?
Kelly walks over to a table of customers nearby.
Hey Kelly? Do you know what a Sand
Ahmed walks out of the kitchen.
No not Nigger! Sandnigger!
Kelly drops her pitcher and her table’s occupants go back to
JUMP CUT TO:
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE / SMALL ROOM IN KITCHEN - MOMENTS46 46
Ali, Alia, Randy and Ross all sit on a in-wall shelf in front
of Ahmed and Red.
Where did y'all hear this word?
Randy points at Ali.
It's what the crossing guards and
safety patrol call us.
Red looks at Ahmed as we--
INT. SCHOOL / PRINCIPLES OFFICE - DAY47 47
Red and Ahmed sit across from the PRINCIPLE.
It's very offensive to me and my
And I don't want my kids hearing
nor using that kind of language.
Well your concern is duly noted.
INT. CHURCH - MORNING48 48
We open on Brother Banks, who is on stage at his pulpit
giving another long winded sermon. He wipes his forehead with
a handkerchief then continues preaching.
... You know? I wish or I would
love, rather to stand up here and
inform you that God gives us what
we want all the time. But in my
experience it doesn't work like
that. You see some time God's
answer to our prayer request is
"No", some times it's "Not right
now"... I believe God answers our
prayers in a multitude of ways.
Sometimes he answers our prayers in
ways we don't understand or prefer
in some cases. Sometimes God
answers our prayers in a way that
we want but we aren't prepared to
accept. I recall a story about a
man in a horrible flood who found
refuge on the roof of his house. He
prayed that God would save him.
An hour or so later the water was
almost to his roof and a man in a
canoe paddled by and offered him a
ride to safety but he told the
rescuer "thanks but God is going to
save me." Another hour went by and
the water level began to creep up
his roof slant. A boat drove by and
again a man driving asked if wanted
a ride to safety. But again he
replied with, "Thank you but I've
asked God to save me". Another hour
went by and by this time the water
level was up to the peak of his
roof where he sat waiting for God
to save him. A helicopter flew by
and using the PA they asked if the
man wanted a lift to safety but
again he told them, "No thanks I've
asked God to save me".
Unfortunately the man drowned in
that flood and when he got to
heaven he complained to God, "God
why didn't you save me when I
prayed to you" but God told him,
"Well I sent two boats and a
helicopter what more did you want?"
The congregation laughs.
BROTHER BANKS (CONT'D)
I fear we do this same style of
miss communication when it comes
time for God to speak to us. I
wonder how often it is that we bend
and twist God's word so much that
it is just askew enough for our
liking. Like people say "Money is
the root of all evil" instead of
"The love of money is the root of
all evil" or "you should not get
tattoos because the bible says so!"
Instead of what it actually says
"Ye shall not cut nor Mark your
body in the name of the dead".
Think about it this way; how
uncomfortable is it to listen to a
sermon or read in God's word about
a portion of our life that we have
a problem or struggle with and how
easy it is when it's about
something we don't have a problem
or struggle with?
BROTHER BANKS (CONT'D)
(Beat) Let's say I was up here
preaching about stealing and you
have never stolen anything. You
could easily "Amen" to that and
take on a spirit of "I-am-holier-
than-thou" to the point where you
develop a hate for those other
individuals, individuals whom God
loves. God loves sinners! We forget
that from time to time. Christ
forgave the second thief on the
cross beside him! That same person
who doesn't have a problem with
stealing might not sit so well
through a sermon about lying or
adultery or what ever other subject
they have a problem with. I
challenge y'all to treat others
struggling with portions of their
lives the same way you would want
to be treated with the portions of
your life you struggle with. I want
to take this even further turn with
me, if you will to Titus Chapter
three starting in verse two, "speak
evil of no man, to be no brawlers,
but gentle, shewing all meekness
unto all men. For we ourselves also
were sometimes foolish,
disobedient, deceived, serving
divers lusts and pleasures, living
in malice and envy, hateful, and
hating one another. "If I am
reading this right God commands us
to not talk bad about other people
outside of our faith. We are not to
hate people who don't believe but
instead love them as God loves them
and through that love hopefully
they will come to know God. I
wonder how many non believers were
hurt, scared away or even
metaphorically chased off by
believers because of the way they
treated and talked about them.
Church, the point is that we should
not make it more difficult than it
already is for sinners to come to
God. Let's be mindful of our
brothers and sisters in Christ, as
well as those who are not.
BROTHER BANKS (CONT'D)
Let's stop building walls and
putting up security lights, instead
of the searchlights and bridges we
should be. Let us be more concerned
with those who aren't here than
those that are as God commands.
The audience ponders this as we--
EXT. THE STORE SIDE - DAY49 49
Red and Jameela are working the morning rush with people
Ramona walks in with the kids.
Good morning ma'am.
Oh! Just Ramona, please.
Good morning Ramona.
How are the kids?
They are good I'm about to take
them to school.
I can take them if you want?
Ah! That would be great!
I don't know the people working out
front of the school aren't too nice
when we drop off our kids.
You just let them try that with me.
BROTHER BANKS (CONT'D)
I wouldn't have to leave every
morning. (Beat) I'd be very
Jameela walks over to the restaurant side.
Are you sure your okay with this?
Yeah! No problem. I made God awful
assumptions when we first met and
it's been tearing me up inside.
Maybe we should have them over for
supper some time.
Red and Ramona kiss.
Ahmed and Jameela walk back into the store side with both
Mister Red your sons are our only
friends at school.
Red smiles and hugs his sons, proudly.
Our mom says we are going to be
riding to school with you guys!
RANDY & ROSS
All right come on kids lets get to
All the children run out and load up.
Ramona thank you so much.
Don't mention it! Y'all just keep
up the good work for my husband,
We really do appreciate it. Thank
you so much.
No worries and we will have y'all
over for supper soon. Ahmed just
don't judge my cooking too harshly!
Are you sure? We could just bring
some of his left overs home one
Ramona grabs a wrapped pastry off the shelf and tosses it at
They all laugh.
Ramona leaves and everyone goes back to work.
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - MOMENTS LATER50 50
George walks in from outside.
Ahmed walks out of the kitchen.
Good day everyone!
George, I'm sorry but I didn't make
any Chicken and rice today. If you
give me half an hour I could make
some for you.
Nah! I's thinking I'd branch out
and explore. Some of your other
Red walks in from the Store side.
Today's special is beef stroganoff,
(looking at ahmed)
Now hold on one gosh darn minute.
Beef-Stroking-Off? Look here I
don't know what in tar-nation y'all
serve over yonder but we has
standards here in America and a
bunch ah hippie loons named PETA.
I have some of the beef tips left
over if you just want them stewed
Ahmed heads back in the kitchen, but just before the door
closes George yells--
--Now when you say, "cow tips"?
Beef squares! George!
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - MOMENTS LATER51 51
George drops his fork after taking his last bite.
Whew! Thanks Ahmed! I tell you I
haven't had a better birfday
present in I don't know how long!
Today's your birthday?
Kelly give George a drink on the
Awe now that's mitghty white of you
red-- Kelly make it a Triple
gentleman jack with a Splash of
coke, no ice-- but I haven't had a
drink since muh last birfday.
Uh-huh sounds logical.
Much obliged, Red.
Kelly sits his drink down in front of him and George downs it
in literally in one gulp.
Yes, sir'ree! My sponsor ain't gone
like this. Nope! Not one bit. No
sir're bob. Kelly give me one more
So it's your birthday, huh?
She makes him another drink.
Yep. Well either that or my mom's
got a thirty year er thirty three
year old pretty damn good practical
joke ah going. With dem Eem-Dee-Vee
people (Beat) er or the Eem-Tee-Vee
which every letters runs your
licenses and tags. (Hiccup)
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE / KITCHEN - LATER52-A 52-A
The door opens with a YELP from George who has one arm draped
over Red and the other over Ahmed whilst they escort him
Whew! Yes sir! That was some great
Cow, Oxmed. Haha!
ugh I'm sorry I know that's not
your name. I don't mean to always
get your name wrong Mohamed, ugh I
guess I'm just a little ugh
George SQUEALS in laughter at his self.
George, I appreciate that but I'm
Red. Ahmed is under your other arm.
George turns to Ahmed.
Can you believe this guy Kevin?
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE / SMALL ROOM IN KITCHEN - SAME TIME52-B 52-B
The door opens followed by a YELP from George.
I'm just kidding and you know what
Red I don't care what Akmed says
about you when your not here, I
think your a swell guy and a really
hot damned fart smeller!
They toss George in one of the in wall shelves.
I'm just kidding Red I don't
understand half the crap Akmed says-
George passes out snoring.
Red closes the door as we--
FADE TO BLACK.
INT. TOWN HALL MEETING - EVENING54 54
Chief Charleston, his son CHAD CHARLESTON, Henry, and several
other people -- some in lAW ENFORCEMENT UNIFORMS, sit around
a table in a dimly lit room.
Well! (Beat) The Klan does not want
to get involved and apparently they
don't have a chapter close enough
to us anyways. SWS doesn't operate
in Florida at all any more because
of a FDLE investigation. Basically
we have to take matters into our
own hands no other group is going
It needs to be quick and effective,
ya hear. Those people don't belong
here. They don't believe in God.
They don't respect our American
traditions, nor our values. They
need to go back to where they came
from, we ought to send all our
missiles to those Mosques or what
ever they call ‘em. What ever it
takes. If it were up to me I'd say
we round them all up and kill 'em
or send 'em back to the godawful
Islamic countries they came from
over there. You know they come here
because the government will just
shell out more tax money for them.
Ive been working and paying taxes
my entire life and they come over
here not working one day and can
get medicare, it’s bullshit. Those
of us that work for a living can
barely make it while the immigrants
and poor people destroy our economy
by using all our welfare and shit.
Cousin Henry ain't you on
disability, food stamps, and
Shut up Chad.
I don't think we need to call
ourselves anything or form some new
organization, But we are all under
the same understanding of what is
happening here? We need to protect
our town’s people.
Maybe the rest of the country will
come to its senses once we rid our
town of the Islamic problem.
Let's end them.
From now on no one in my agency
will respond to 911 calls from the
Reid's especially ones coming from
the store or restaurant.
They have an agenda here, we all
know it. Don't be fooled by these
sympathizers, look at the way they
treat there women! Look at how they
live! It makes me sick that our
government let's them into our
country. Let's show these terrorist
a taste of their own medicine.
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - DAY55 55
On a lazy afternoon, George, Jameela, Kelly, and Ahmed sit at
A few other customers sparse the seating areas.
George is nearing the end of one of his long jokes--
--and so after the third time she
did that to him he finally decides
to break up with her and says,
"Baby I still have feelings for ya
there just not the same as they
once were and trust me it's nothing
wrong with ya, it's me really and
honestly I just think it would be
better if we's just cuzins".
Everyone laughs except Ahmed.
That's funny George.
Whelp! That's it for me today.
Ahmed can you handle the bar.
CHIEF CHARLESTON (CONT'D)
Sure! He'll cook, serve, and
bartend. What could go wrong there?
You know Ahmed I don't think you
get paid enough.
No I got it Kelly! You have a great
Aww! You're the best!
Nope. I just work with the best.
He means me.
Kelly gives everyone a hug before leaving.
After she leaves Red walks in from the store side.
Hey Jameela can you watch the
store... Where's Kelly?
She just left.
Oh! That's right her and Ramona are
suppose to have a girls day or
whatever. (Beat) Shoot I was
suppose to watch the kids.
Outside a HORN HONKS.
Red runs to the door.
Hang on baby I'll be right there.
(talking to them inside)
Can y'all manage for the rest of
You do realize I ain't work here
We got it Red! Give your wife a
nice night off.
Red exits as we--
INT. NAIL BAR - AFTERNOON56 56
Kelly and Ramona sit on plush chairs, beside a bar while
teams of two work on there feet.
Sweet baby Jesus that's good.
You know if Red put one of these in
behind the bar I think I'd work
Me and you both.
They both take a sip from there Mimosas which are instantly
refilled by the bartender.
Also Phan here is putting my refill
time to shame.
The BARTENDER smiles then walks down to other patrons.
Oh Lord I needed this. The boys are
starting to get a little too smart
for there own good.
Yep. Randy is just as sweet as can
be... When him and his brother
aren't antagonizing each other. But
Ross! Oh my Lord! The other day on
the way to school I caught him
rolling his eyes at me in the
rearview! I had to ask God to
forgive for the impending murder.
Oh, yeah he's getting into that I
hate and don't need my mom phase.
Yep (Beat) I was real close to
being front page news, "Mom crashes
into oncoming traffic whilst
strangling first born".
Ramona how did you and Red meet?
Here in Backwoods. Well, truth be
told I was kinda going for Ron. But
I don't think he vibed with me
quite the same way, so he turned me
on to his brother at a party during
Yep! Not sure if Red knows. I think
he thinks it was just a set up. I
didn't think it was going to work
at first. Red was just as stubborn
as he is now and in love with his
truck. Plus he was so protective of
Ron they went everywhere together.
But at the end of the day it was
Red who stole my heart and I his or
some crap like that.
Ha! Wow, I don't know what to do
anymore Ramona. I love Backwoods, I
do. Some times I feel like I keep
running into the roadblocks and
godawful failures here because God
wants me to do something bigger
something better with my life. I
know everyone thinks they are
destined for greatness--
True! But any one who has meet you
Kelly knows that you are much
bigger, much brighter than this
Then why do I struggle so?
Kelly, miracle hands is massaging
my feet and I'm pretty sure we've
drank a gallon of Champagne and OJ.
So I might not be the best person
to ask, but I believe God gives us
tough times to sand us down so that
we come out brighter, stronger and
more experienced. You are going to
have a bunch of failures in life
and relationships. Try not to worry
your self with stuff you can't
control and consider your past and
present as investments in a better
Yeah you've had a lot to drink.
They both laugh as we--
INT. RED'S HOUSE - EVENING57 57
Kelly and Ramona sit around the kitchen table drinking wine.
Oh! Some one at the University of
Florida called yesterday. She said
that if I got my doctorate with her
department she would get me an
internship with her colleagues
initiative which is already set up
in South Africa.
Oh wow! That's great although you
know if you attend UF this family
will have to disown you.
They both laugh.
Well, I thought about that (Beat)
and while I wouldn't let Nole
Nation sway such an important
decision a dean at FSU offered the
opportunity to travel and work with
her preventive medicine research
team, if I went through her
program. They work six months a
year then swap out with the sister
team halfway through the year so I
could potentially spend half the
year back home here and half the
year chasing my dreams.
Yeah that's the one you need.
Why because I'll be a Seminole?
Red's voice announces his surprising prescience from the door
--And we'd get to see you more
often! Not to mention student
tickets to the games!
They all laugh.
Red walks around the kitchen making a bowl of cereal when the
He answers it.
Red hangs up the phone, pours his cereal in the trash and
runs out of the kitchen.
INT. TOWN HALL MEETING - MOMENTS LATER58 58
In a town hall meeting a group of local officials, including
Chief Charleston, sit on a stage, at a table listening to the
crowd shout their different reasons why Ahmed and his family
should be asked to leave.
(standing and shouting)
I don't want my kids going to
school with them! How do we know
they aren't trying to convert our
kids. How do we know they aren't
brainwashing our children? Lord
knows what kind of agenda Muzlums
A LADY OFFICIAL on the panel quiets everyone down.
Please everyone quiet down. So that
every one can be heard clearly. Red
would you come up here please?
Red gives everyone a confused look.
Henry speaks up from within the crowd--
--Because you're the reason them
(beat) people are here.
The crowd cheers in agreement.
Red hangs his head, walks up to the table in front of the
stage, and sits down behind the microphone.
Mister Reid do you have any reason
to believe that your employees
cause a threat to you or the
Actually yeah! Yesterday Jameela
tripped and fell, and you won't
believe what that woman did next,
on her way down she reached out to
grab the counter there and you know
for a moment her hand kind of
flailed in my direction for a
second and I felt that I as well as
my community might be in danger.
(standing and yelling,
These people seriously threaten us
and our American way of living and
you make jokes at our expense.
Actually Henry I was using a
comparison story to illustrate to
everyone how ridiculous this all
is. Christ did this from time to
time he called them parables to
help the less intelligent
So we are less intelligent because
we're American? (Laughs) That is
what's wrong with America today.
Henry you are wearing a saw grass
patterned camouflage hat, a tiger
striped camouflage shirt, jean
shorts, two different color socks
and Jungle pattern camo slippers.
Your either planing on traveling to
several different hunting
destinations in the middle of
summer where in which you want
specific parts of your body to be
hidden or (beat) less than
The crowd laughs.
This is serious! These people are
vile! They hate us and God! Let me
ask you this have you ever seen a
Muslim hospital or ah charity even?
The crowd agrees.
Ha! Blind ignorance. I actually
hear this all the time from
friends, family members and other
geniuses, such as yourself. Yes
actually your average Muslim gives
considerably more to charities than
any other faith or group out there
and that's a statistical fact.
Another fact- Muslims started one
of the first free hospitals for the
poor in Burma and it's still going
strong today. You do realize that
there are different types of
Muslims? Sunnis, Shiite,
I don't care all I know is the
Sunnis are the ones with the Shiite
blown out of them.
Why can't you see how blind you all
are? (Beat) oh, I just realized
what I just said. Ha!
How dare you make lite of this! I
had to pull my kids out of Sunday
school because their kids came last
Sunday with yours.
Yeah and I wanted to thank you for
that. It made it much easier for me
to praise and worship God without
you there. I know Christ wants us
to love everyone and turn the other
check and all but it's just easier
for me when hypocritically ignorant
biggots aren't there to ruin
worship for me. But you know! Some
how God still loves you.
Red Reid you ought to be ashamed of
your self! (Beat) I know for a fact
your brother would be!
These people are un-American and
ungodly (beat) they shouldn't be in
our country, much less our town!
Ahmed and Jameela are two of most
well mannered, polite and
Christlike non Christians I've ever
met. If you think they should die,
be destroyed or not be here because
of their faith or race--
--then you are no better than the
terrorist that took my brother from
me! (Beat) Did y'all know that out
of like fifty Islamic countries
less than ten practice and fully
enforce Sharia, the stuff you all
focus your hate on and more than
half of them use a version that is
watered down or not based on faith
at all? The truth is Christians,
"the church" have killed more
people and caused more terror than
any other faith in the world.
That's a historical fact!
In my point of view, that makes
those Christians that feel that way
much more immoral and frankly un-
American than the terrorist and the
radicals because the radicals
believe that what they are doing is
required by God, because that is
what badly narrow minded people of
their faith have thought them. Now
that's the radicals, the small sect
of a largely peaceful faith. Then
you have Christians who are taught
to love all people as Christ loved
all people and a much larger
percent of that faith than the
percentage of radical Muslims hate
all Muslims because of the actions
of a few. (Beat) The bible says to
make sure that nobody pays back
wrong for wrong. You tell me what's
wrong when a group of people who
are suppose to be loving and humble
and forgiving and accepting then
treat others in Godawful ways;
posting horrible and slanderous
propaganda on the Internet and
talking bad about them in your own
hateful groups. Christ was
crucified by the people he loved.
But! He never stop loving them.
America was founded on the
principle that you are accepted in
no matter what and that we would
not allow for religion or faith to
interfere with that. That's why our
forefathers left their homeland
because "the church" was too
involved with the government.
Quite frankly if you hate Muslims
because they are Muslim you make me
sick, you are what is wrong with
the church, and you are what is
wrong with America! You are self
centered hypocrites that ruin the
name of Christ and you destroy the
American sentiment my brother gave
his life for.
Red stands with a few tears on his cheeks loosens his tie and
INT. RED'S HOUSE - LATER ON59 59
Red runs in and fills a glass with water.
He drinks some of it.
Red chucks the glass at the wall!
He leans back against the wall and slides down to the floor,
God. (Beat) I don't know what to do
anymore. I need help. I'm sorry I
don't hardly ever thank you enough
when I get blessings, but what am I
to do? Do I abandon what you taught
and expect of us?
Do I forget what I know to be
right, in order to keep my family
safe, my business running, and to
make my neighbors happy? Do I
forget what my brother died for?
(Beat) I'm trying God! I really am!
But I'm surrounded by ignorance and
hate and, and (beat) I don't know
if I can stand it any more. I'm
ashamed to call my self a Christian
standing next to these hateful
slanderous people who call
themselves Christians. God I need
your help. I need your help. I need
FADE TO BLACK.
INT. RED'S HOUSE - EVENING60 60
Ramona walks out of the hallway into the kitchen.
Red walks into frame wearing a towel.
Red sits in his recliner watching TV.
Hello beautiful. (Beat) Have I told
you how gorgeous you are lately?
She sits in his lap, facing him.
But I'm sure I can find a way to
Where's the kids?
Jameela took them for ice cream.
She kisses him in a rather sensual manner.
Oh, Mrs Reid.
Yes, Mr Reid.
What would I do with out you?
Eat more take out?
What happened at the meeting?
Red hangs his head.
Oh, babe! You have no idea how bad
you just killed the mood.
Oh that bad huh?
A SOUND outside startles them both.
Go to the bedroom and lock the
She gives him a horrified look then exits quietly.
Red stands and noiselessly moves over to the mantle behind
his recliner and pulls down the false face of the clock
revealing a Smith and Wesson "The Governor" model revolver in
the hidden compartment.
Red removes the pistol and ejects the cylinder to makes sure
the chamber holding a .410 shell is next.
Moving to the front door he silently turns the nob and opens
Holding the revolver he peers around the porch.
Until HE SEES KELLY, siting on a chair, whimpering.
Red decocks the revolver and tucks it into the towel wrapped
around his waist.
Red runs over to her.
Then siting beside her, he warps an arm around her.
She leans her head on the nape of his neck and continues to
Kelly! What's wrong?
I went on a date with this guy...
Ramona appears at the door with a shotgun.
He seemed like a great guy (beat)
through out the date he was a
Ramona walks over to the opposite side of her and sits.
Kelly sobs in between Red and Ramona.
He asked if he could use my
restroom when he dropped me off. I
let him in and then when I kissed
him goodnight he wouldn't let me
go. I just, I just got kinda scared
because his grip, his grip got more
and more (Beat) forceful.
Red looks down and sees bruising on her wrist.
I had to knee him in the crotch to
get him off of me. I told him I
never wanted to see him again and
he left but he said I hadn't seen
the last of him.
Red grabs her wrist.
Did he hurt you?
Not really. I was just trying to
Yes Kelly. (Beat) The answer is
yes, yes he did Kelly!
He lifts her wrists to eye level.
Kelly stifles a sob.
I called the police but (beat) well
She begins to cry again, this time leaning her head on
INT. THE BABY'S ROOM - MONENTS LATER.61 61
Ramona makes up the twin bed opposite the crib.
Ahmed walks in, carrying their sleeping baby girl and sets
her in the crib.
Red and Kelly walk in.
Red still has his arm around Kelly.
Thank y'all so much for doing this.
Don't mention it.
Ahmed hugs Kelly then he leaves.
FADE TO BLACK.
INT. THE STORE SIDE - DAY62 62
We open on Red and Jameela standing at the counter in the
Pretty slow today.
Should I sweep or something?
Red shakes his head.
After a moment, Red walks his office and sits down with a
(Under his breath)
God I need a dip!
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - DAY63 63
Ahmed and Kelly lean against the mostly empty bar.
This is bad isn't it?
Well it isn't good.
INT. RED'S HOUSE - EVENING64 64
Red is tucking his kids in to bed.
Hey dad a lot of students got
pulled out of school today.
Yeah they said their parents didn't
want them going to school with Alia
Well, that's their lost.
Why would they not want them to go
to the same school?
Because they don't like people that
Well that's stupid.
Yeah if we were all the same it
would be very boring.
I reckon it would wouldn't it.
Why do they teach us that we are
all equal and that we are suppose
to share and be nice but then do
stuff like that?
Because they are hypocrites.
Ain't those the weird elephants
that live in the water?
They all laugh.
No son a hypocrite is some one who
says one thing but then does
So they're liars?
Yep. One of the worst kind.
Why do they make us say the pledge
of allegiance every morning at
Well, it’s tradition. It’s
patriotic. It’s what we stand for
Then why don’t we do it?
Every morning we say,
“...Indivisible, with liberty and
justice for all.” We ugh, we just
learned what “Indivisible” means in
school. Thats not us. Thats not
most people I know. Not around
What does “Liberty” and “Justice”
We learn that next week.
“Liberty” is another word for
freedom when it refers to
confinement, control, and access.
Access to what?
But none of that applies to Ali and
INT. THE STORE SIDE - DAY65 65
Again the store is empty.
Jameela and Red stand at the counter.
Red do you want me to clock out?
No it ain't that bad yet.
George walks in with a GROUP OF GUYS.
Hey Red, we need to get some gas
but I was telling these guys about
that there chicken and rice ugh
y'alls then I figured I could try
an 'scribe it all day but until
you've had it (beat) best just let
em try it for them's selves.
Come on guys.
They walk into the restaurant side.
You can hear George talking through the swinging door--
GEORGE GENKINS (CONT'D)
Hey George. You want a bowl of
chicken and rice with glass of
Make it six orders and then we'll
get some Togo as well.
Coming right up!
Red and Jameela smile as they listen to all this from the
See told ya! Ya just got have a
He turns around to head in to his office, looks up and
mouths, "Thank you".
EXT. RED'S HOUSE - EVENING66-A 66-A
Ramona sits on the front porch reading a book on a tablet.
A FOOT STEP in the woods beside their house is heard!
Nothing or no one responds.
She goes back to reading.
Another CRUNCH is heard.
She stands and uses the LIGHT from her tablet to search
through the woods by her house.
When her search proves fruitless she puts the tablet back in
--The GLOW from her tablet now reveals the SILHOUETTE OF A
MAN standing behind her!
The silhouette slowly moves away while she continues to read.
The sound of GLASS SHATTERING and then the BOYS CRYING is
heard from in the house.
Ramona jumps up.
A VOICE is heard from behind the house--
Make 'em leave or I promise it will
get much worse!
INT. RED'S HOUSE - SAME TIME66-B 66-B
Ramona runs in to her house and down the hall to her boys
INT. RED'S HOUSE/ BOY'S ROOM - SAME TIME66-C 66-C
The boys are holding each other on the same bed, crying.
Their WINDOW HAS BEEN BROKEN.
Glass shards are on both of their beds and around the room.
A man in a mask!
She runs and pulls them into a hug.
Shhh. It's going to be okay.
INT. RED'S HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER67 67
Ramona grabs her phone and puts it to her ear--
(Into the phone)
The CRIES of their baby girl is heard as we--
FADE TO BLACK.
INT. RED'S HOUSE - LATER ON68 68
Red stands in his kitchen on the phone.
(in to the phone)
What do you mean you have no one
you can dispatch?
My home has been broken into! My
wife and kids terrorized!
How can you say this isn't a
Please connect me to the chief!
Ahh! Never mind!
Red slams the phone then SCREAMS--
God! I need a dip!
JUMP CUT TO:
INT. THE RESTAURANT SIDE - DAY69 69
A young man, CHAD CHARLESTON walks in and up to the bar.
Are you ready to apologize for the
I'm sorry? What! (Beat) Me?
Yes, you! (Beat) I was a nice guy,
a nice guy the entire night and you
denied me at the end.
So you were a nice guy because you
Is there another reason to be nice?
I think you need to leave.
No I am a paying customer!
Chad takes out a dollar bill and tosses is at Kelly.
CHAD CHARELSTON (CONT'D)
Is that what it takes to get some
Ahmed walks out of the kitchen.
Is there a problem?
No this man was just leaving.
Chad reaches across the bar, grabs Kelly by her shirt, and
lurches her toward him over the bar.
You need to learn your self a thing
Ahmed rips Chad off of Kelly and shoves him away.
Red runs in from the store side from the divide.
What's going on?
AHMED & KELLY
He was just leaving.
Kelly begins to cry
I think you best be going.
Really Red? You are going to treat
your own kind this way?
You have nothing to do with "my
You sand-nigger lovers are going to
get yourselves into a lot of
Red and Ahmed grab Chad then escort him to the door.
Consider this your trespass
warning. Don't come back.
Uh I believe my dad has to serve
This one is unofficial!
Once at the door, Red shoves him out with his foot, and slams
the door behind him.
(yelling from outside)
Sure hope you don't expect this to
be the last of it!
Ahmed walks back to Kelly, who is crying softly.
Kelly hugs his neck as she whimpers.
Are you okay?
Red walks over.
Yeah just a little shaken up. I'm
so sorry Ahmed.
Kelly you are not the problem.
Kelly begins to cry harder.
Jameela walks in and hugs her.
INT. THE STORE SIDE - EVE70 70
Jameela finishes checking out ANOTHER CUSTOMER at the
...and can I get forty dollars on
Yes sir, that brings you to fifty
one seventy nine.
He pays her, grabs his items from the counter, then begins to
He stops in front of Red's open office.
Hey Red, I ugh, I just wanted to
say that I was at that meeting the
other day and I ugh, well I reckon
I've had a little change of heart
when it comes to my outlook on
things like that. I reckon just cuz
some things have always been one
way don't make em right.
Red nods his head and ANOTHER CUSTOMER looks back at Jameela,
smiles then leaves.
Red stands and walks out of his office.
Jameela go ahead and count up your
drawer. Let's get ready to close up
for the night.
Red walks to the door and watches as another customer
finishes pumping his gas and drives away.
Another truck, Henry's drives by out on the road.
Once it gets about one hundred feet past the store it stops.
The REVERSE LIGHTS COME ON, it begins to back up toward the
store, and finally rounds the corner and into the parking
Jameela, I want you to put the
drawer in my office, shut and lock
the door then go hold up with your
family in y'all's room. Right now.
Okay? Don't open the door for any
one but me.
Just do it. Do it now go quick!
Red watches as the truck backs into a parking spot a little
Jameela does as she was told.
Red exits and turns to lock the door behind him.
EXT. THE STORE SIDE - SAME TIME71 71
RED finishes locking the door.
Five guys get out of Henry's truck.
All of them are obviously intoxicated.
Shew doggies! What a night! Hey Red
can we get a thirty pack from you?
Sorry guys, I just got everything
locked up and I can't open the safe
until the morning.
Maybe we'd just give you cash?
Sorry bud, but that's illegal.
Oh, I'm a bud now huh? You know
guys the other day this man called
me an ignorant inbred.
Actually, I never said, “inbred”.
No, but you’se was s'thinking it!
Yes sir you’se had a lot’s to say
that day. A lot that made my
stomach turn all kind ah ways.
(Beat) Are they in there Red?
Don't play dumb. Are your sand
niggers in there?
Do not call them that!
Whoa! Protective are we?
One of the guys standing towards the back of the group points
with a wooden bat at Ahmed's car.
Whose car is that?
A customer with car trouble. He's
coming back tomorrow.
Is that so? You wouldn't be telling
us a tall tale now would you Red? I
don't like tall tales.
That's a PONTIAC! Ha! You know what
PONTIAC stands for don't you red?
Poor Old Nigger Thinks It's A
Everyone except Red bust out laughing.
That's funny! Ain't that funny Red?
Looks like you got dead coon on the
road up yonder. You know the
difference between a dead coon and
a dead sandnigger in the road?
(Beat) The coon has tire tracks
from the breaking.
Again everyone laughs.
You know Red you really make me
sick taking up with them, like you
Happy to have obliged you.
Henry TAKES A SWING AT RED'S FACE!
Red avoids it easily and then punches him in the back of the
Another guy PUNCHES RED IN THE FACE.
Red punches him back.
KELLY'S VOICE is heard off screen.
Kelly! Get out--
--The Wooden Bat SMACKS THE SIDE OF RED'S HEAD.
Red falls to the ground and they all begin to stomp and kick
his unresponsive body.
Kelly's screaming BEGINS TO FADE as Red looses consciousness
EXT. THE STORE SIDE - EVE72 72
Red OPENS HIS EYES to find Jameela holding his black and blue
She is crying but RED'S HEARING has not come back yet.
Ahmed is pacing with a phone at his ears still wielding the
bloody, wooden bat.
Only one of the attackers remain the guy who was holding the
bat. But his body is face down beside Kelly.
An ambulance and a police cruiser pulls up.
RED'S HEARING begins to come back.
Ramona pulls up, runs past the EMT and kneels down beside Red
next to Jameela, both of them crying.
The EMTs start to work on Red.
Red spits blood and wipes his busted lip.
Chief Charleston gets out of his cruiser and walks over to
where everyone is gathered.
Oh! Thank the lord the police are
Red spits more blood.
Well, Sherlock (Beat) they came
Sir you have at least one broken
rib and I'd assume several are
bruised. We need to get you and her
to the ER now.
Red looks around and sees KELLY'S LIFELESS BODY is being
Another EMT is trying to get her to wake up.
It does me no pleasure to tell you
I told you so.
Told me what!
To fix this situation.
Fix what? How?
Kelly is regaining consciousness, apparently.
Red smiles a rather ensanguined grin at her before turning
back to Chief Charleston.
(to chief Charleston)
You need to get away from me, my
property, and my family right now.
So we are "family" now?
(to Chief Charleston)
Yes sir! You need to leave!
You heard her!
I heard you disrespected my son?
RED, AHMED & RAMONA
You need to leave!
Chief Charleston and the other officer leave.
The EMTs put Red and Kelly on the stretchers.
Kelly CRIES OUT in pain before she looses consciousness
Ahmed, take your family to our
house. Ramona make sure--
--No! Red I would never forgive
myself if any thing happened to
your family because of mine. We
will stay here and keep the place
Okay. In the top drawer of my desk
is my pistol keep it on you.
I don't know how to use a gun.
Seriously? (Beat) Ok, look, it's
loaded but not ready to fire. If
you need to use it, pull the slide
or the top part of the pistol all
the way back and let it go, then
all you need to do is point and
shoot. Jameela under the counter is
a shot gun. All you have to do is
flip the safety switch in front of
the trigger then behind the trigger
is another button press it and the
action will put a shell in the
chamber. Again just point and
shoot. Ramona you need to get back
home with the kids.
No! Babe, I want to go to the
hospital with you!
No, that's not going to help
anyone. Actually Ahmed can you...
(Beat) well never mind.
I was just going to ask you if you
could bring my truck up to the
hospital, and have Ramona bring you
back, but I don't want you to leave
your family. I'll call you tomorrow
when I'm ready to be picked up.
Ramona go home and take care of the
Ramona sniffles then nods her head.
Are you sure you don't want to go
to my house?
We will be fine here. You've made
this our home.
God I need a dip!
They take Red and Kelly into the ambulance.
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY73 73
Red is on the phone, siting up, in his bed, all bandaged up.
On his rolling food table he has a piece of paper full of
names, and phone numbers, most of them scratched out in pen.
(into the phone)
Yes, hi! I need to speak to someone
about a problem I am having with my
local law enforcement agency.
(Beat, listening) Ugh, no ma'am I
don't believe they have a Internal
Affairs division. It's a really
small agency only two to four of
the positions are actually paid.
(Beat, listening) yeah it's just a
small drive-through-in-a-blip kinda
ho bunk of a town. (Beat,
listening) Right, no I understand.
(Beat, listening) Okay, well, thank
you for your time.
Red making calls from his hospital bed and obviously not
getting anywhere or any kind of help/assistance.
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - EVE74 74
Red walks into Kelly's room.
The NURSE nods to him as she checks Kelly's vitals.
How is she doing?
She is recovering, she was awake
all day today! She will be released
with you tomorrow. Her thigh
bruising has almost healed.
Her groin and thighs are still
--She was raped?
I'm sorry, I thought you knew.
Red sits in a chair, beside Kelly's bed and begins to cry.
NURSE places her hand on his shoulder, then exits.
God, (Beat) I need your help. I
know it feels like all I do is ask
for your help, but God I need your
help and I really, really need a
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - AFTERNOON75 75
Brother Banks is siting in a chair beside Red's bed.
Red begins to wake.
Hey pastor! (Beat) How long you
Not long. Ramona and the kids just
Well thank you for coming by.
Of course. (Beat) So, Ramona kind
of filled me in on what's been
going on. I'm sorry to hear you've
been going through some rough
Yeah. You could say it's been
pretty stormy. I know God tests us,
Yeah it would be nice if we could
dictate when and where the troubled
waters of our life's happen.
And how big the waves are.
They both laugh.
Pastor, I know your most favorite
questions start with "why".