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Writer(s) : Jody Hill

Genres : Comedy, Crime, Drama

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                                 OBSERVE AND REPORT
          
          
          
                                    Written by
          
                                    Jody Hill
          
          
          
          
          
          
          FADE IN:                                                   
          
          EXT. CAROLINA MALL - MORNING
          
          ONE LONG TRACKING SHOT FROM THE BACK.
          
          A PERVERT in a trench coat runs along the edge of the
          mall. A group of OLD WOMEN is coming toward the MAIN
          ENTRANCE. The Pervert opens his trench coat and flashes
          the old women. They SCREAM!
          
          The Pervert ducks behind the bushes and runs with the
          skill of a Navy SEAL. A FAMILY is walking down the
          sidewalk. The Pervert opens his trench coat and flashes
          them.
          
          The Pervert ducks behind a dumpster. He keeps running
          and sees a car driving by. The Pervert flashes the CAR.
          
          The Pervert takes a two-step run, sees ANOTHER LADY,
          flashes her. He dives behind a car. Then pops up and
          flashes ANOTHER GIRL.
          
          It's an all-out Pervert assault!
          
          The Pervert then runs across the parking lot, jumps a
          fence, and darts from the property -- vanishing as
          quickly as a Ninja who just perfectly executed an
          assassination.
          
          
          INT. MALL - BUSINESS OFFICES - DAY
          
          MARK, the Mall Manager, walks by a group of women, who     
          were exposed to the Pervert. They crowd around and         
          complain loudly.                                           
                                                                     
                                   MARK
                     Ladies, please, we're doing                     
                     everything we can to handle the
                     situation. Nothing is more                      
                     important to us than the safety of              
                     our shoppers. Now in the                        
                     meantime, feel free to check out
                     some of our wonderful back-to-
                     school sales. Excuse me for a                   
                     minute.
          
          Mark walks down the hallway that houses all of the         
          business affair offices. He stops at the RECEPTIONIST'S    
          desk.                                                      
          
                                   MARK
                     Have you seen Ronnie?
          
                                                      (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   2.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RECEPTIONIST
                       I haven't seen him all morning.
          
          The Mall Manager quickly walks off.    On the way, he          
          passes a JANITOR.                                              
          
                                     MARK
                       Ramon, have you seen Ronnie?
          
                                     JANITOR
                       No, senor.
                                                                         
          The Mall Manager keeps walking.
          
          
          INT. SECURITY OFFICE - DAY
          
          The Mall Manager comes into the surveillance room. It's
          a small office with monitors that show the different
          security cameras around the mall. DENNIS, a Mall
          Security guard with sunglasses who will not utter a word
          ever, turns around in the chair.
          
                                     MARK
                       Where is Ronnie?                                  
          
          Dennis shrugs.
          
                                                         CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. GARAGE - DAY
          
          Blackness. White shafts of light sporadically shoot
          through the dark and we see IMAGES. A GIANT FLASHLIGHT
          is inserted into a UTILITY BELT. MACE is inserted in the
          other side. A WALKIE-TALKIE is turned on. A TASER is
          sparked. MIRRORED SUNGLASSES are pushed over the nose.
          
          A garage door raises and bright light spills in...
          
          
          EXT. GARAGE - DAY
          
          A garage door opens slowly and reveals a souped-up ORANGE
          GOLF CART. There's a siren on top that spins around.
          The man driving is RONNIE BARNHARDT (28), a stocky mall
          security guard whose expression reads all business.
          Ronnie pulls out of the garage...
          
          SUPERIMPOSE:    OBSERVE AND REPORT
          
                                                               3.
          
          EXT. MALL - DAY
          
          HEAVY METAL MUSIC. A group of anarchist SKATERS rages
          through the mall parking lot tearing up everything they
          see. A couple of them smoke cigarettes. One skater
          grinds over a bench. One kid ollies onto the hood of a
          car. Another slams into an old man and knocks him over.
          
          Meanwhile, Ronnie sits in his golf cart -- waiting. He
          looks eerily like Mel Gibson at the beginning of Mad Max.
          
          The skaters ride past a set of construction cones. One
          skater picks up the cone and tosses it across the parking
          lot.
          
          The skaters soar past Ronnie, who flips on the silent
          orange siren and gives chase.
          
          As the skaters ride through the parking lot, Ronnie pulls
          up and drives alongside of them.
          
                                  RONNIE
                            (cop authority voice)
                    Pull over to the sidewalk, NOW!
          
          STEVIE, the leader of the skaters, yells back.
          
                                  STEVIE
                    Fuck off, Ronnie, it's just a                      
                    parking lot.                                       
          
                                  RONNIE
                    Sir, pull over to the sidewalk,
                    NOW!
          
          HECTOR, another skater, joins in.
          
                                  HECTOR
                    Leave us alone.                                    
          
                                  STEVIE
                    Yeah, skating's not a crime, dick.
          
                                  RONNIE
                    Skateboarding is not allowed on
                    mall premises. Pull over now!
          
                                  STEVIE
                    We're not leaving.
          
                                  HECTOR
                    Yeah, fuck you!
          
          The skateboarders flip Ronnie off and push hard to get       
          away from him. Ronnie guns it and an all out chase
          ensues.
          
                                                      (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 4.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
          Ronnie pulls up alongside of a SLOW SKATER. Ronnie side-
          swipes the skater, forcing the skater to run into a trash
          can and fall.
          
          Ronnie catches up to ANOTHER SKATER. This time, Ronnie
          tries to hit the skater on the side again, but he is too
          fast. Ronnie swerves trying to get him, but he dodges
          and ducks. Ronnie hits the brake. The skater thinks he
          has escaped, but looks up and sees that a car is in his
          way. The skater nails the car and is thrown over the
          hood.
          
          Ronnie is back in the chase and only Hector and Stevie
          are left. Ronnie guns the golf cart and zooms up closely
          behind the two kids.
          
          Ronnie rams Hector over and over from behind. Hector
          wobbles. Ronnie rams him again. Hector goes swerving
          off and falls down hard.
          
          Ronnie doesn't break his pace and guns it toward Stevie.
          
          Stevie is good. He turns and rides through cars, ollies
          over parking blocks, and through pedestrians. Ronnie
          burns down the lane beside him.
          
          Stevie looks behind and Ronnie is nowhere in sight.    He's
          in the clear.
          
          Stevie turns back around and sees Ronnie, driving in
          reverse straight towards him. Ronnie rams into the
          skater and knocks the poor kid on his ass.                     
          
                                     STEVIE                              
                       What the fuck are you doing?                      
          
                                     RONNIE                              
                       I was driving in reverse and                      
                       trying to get you to flip into the                
                       back seat.                                        
          
                                     STEVIE                              
                       What?                                             
          
                                     RONNIE
                       That way I could handcuff you                     
                       smoothly and take you in. You                     
                       know, never mind, just get in the                 
                       goddamn golf cart.                                
          
          Stevie picks himself up slowly and hobbles toward the          
          golf cart.                                                     
          
                                                               5.
          
          INT. MALL - SECURITY OFFICE - MORNING
          
          Ronnie is in the room with the monitors. The skaters sit
          across from him. There's a poster on the wall with the
          security guard motto: OBSERVE AND REPORT.
          
          Ronnie fiddles with his walkie-talkie.                      
          
                                  RONNIE
                    It seems like we go through this                  
                    every day. What's it going to                     
                    take for you all to realize that I                
                    won't tolerate this horseplay and                 
                    just do whatever you want to and                  
                    don't worry about the rules                       
                    attitude?                                         
          
                                  STEVIE
                    Ronnie, I hear what you're saying                 
                    and I just want you to know that                  
                    personally, it pains me to see you                
                    all worked up and I just want you                 
                    to know that I'm really sorry                     
                    because you can't do shit and you                 
                    can take your little rules and                    
                    stick'em up your ass, you fuckin'                 
                    rent-a-cop.                                       
          
          The Skaters all start cracking up.                          
          
                                  HECTOR
                    Yeah, suck my dick.                               
          
          The Skaters start laughing louder.                          
          
                                  RONNIE
                    That's funny, guys. I try to be a                 
                    mentor to the youth, but it seems                 
                    like you boys have gone straight                  
                    past boydom to the land of street-                
                    hardened criminals. I'm left with                 
                    no choice. You call me rent-a-                    
                    cop, but I call myself the law's                  
                    right hand. I see the crime...                    
                    and I phone it in. And that's                     
                    what I'm getting ready to do right                
                    now.                                              
                                                                      
          Ronnie picks up the walkie-talkie and turns it on.   He     
          speaks into it.                                             
          
                                  RONNIE
                            (into walkie)                             
                    317, this is Ronnie Barnhardt over                
                    at Carolina Mall. Come in, over.                  
          
                                                     (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    6.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     WALKIE VOICE (V.O.)                  
                       This is Officer Douglas, what do                   
                       you wish to report? Over.                          
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                               (into walkie)                              
                       I've got a couple of trespassers                   
                       who have been found skateboarding                  
                       on mall property. Can you send a                   
                       black and white over to take these                 
                       boys into processing? Over.                        
          
          Ronnie winks at the Skaters.                                    
          
                                     WALKIE VOICE (V.O.)                  
                       Uh... Yeah, Ronnie, we're kind of                  
                       busy today. I mean, we got like                    
                       three car accidents.                               
          
          Ronnie picks up the walkie and whispers into it.                
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                               (into walkie)                              
                       What do you mean? I've got these                   
                       guys red-handed. I'm gonna need a                  
                       car over here pronto. I can't                      
                       hold them all day by myself.                       
                       Over.                                              
          
                                     WALKIE VOICE (V.O.)                  
                       Copy. Yeah, like I said, we're                     
                       awfully busy right now. I think                    
                       you should probably just make'em                   
                       promise not to do it again and                     
                       threaten to call their parents or                  
                       something. That'll get them.                       
                       Over.                                              
          
          The Skaters start laughing.                                     
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                               (into walkie)                              
                       Sir, I don't think you understand,                 
                       their parents don't care about                     
                       them. This is a 911 from one of                    
                       your soldiers. Officer needs                       
                       assistance! Over!                                  
          
                                     WALKIE VOICE (V.O.)                  
                       Yeah, it's not gonna happen...                     
          
          The VOICE fades as Ronnie turns off the Walkie.                 
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    7.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       So as you can see, the law is just                 
                       one little call away. But I'm                      
                       gonna choose not to use that                       
                       tactic today. I'm gonna do                         
                       something that I like to do from                   
                       time to time, and that's called                    
                       handle shit myself.                                
          
          Ronnie takes his pad out of his pocket.    He begins            
          writing.                                                        
          
                                     RONNIE
                       While I won't have you arrested                    
                       today, I am going to suspend each                  
                       of you for one week. For those of                  
                       you who don't know how this works,                 
                       here it is. This is official                       
                       documentation. If you step foot                    
                       on mall property, it is considered                 
                       trespassing. At that point, I                      
                       call the police, they come down,                   
                       you go directly to jail.                           
          
          Ronnie fills out the paperwork, sets the suspension notes       
          on the table. Stevie looks down at it. He picks it up,          
          reads it, balls it up, and throws it at Ronnie.                 
          
          The Skaters start cracking up.                                  
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       You accepted it originally, so it                  
                       still counts.                                      
          
          Ronnie sits there while the Skaters laugh.                      
          
          
          INT. MALL - FOOD COURT - DAY                                    
          
          Ronnie sits at a table with a Cinnabon in front of him.         
          Across the table sits NELL, a chubby but cute girl, who         
          wears a Cinnabon uniform. The couple holds hands and            
          they have their heads bowed.                                    
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       Dear Lord, bless this food that we                 
                       eat and purify it with Your                        
                       salvation. Also, please keep                       
                       Ronnie safe as he works in Your                    
                       name to protect the customers and                  
                       employees and store owners of the                  
                       mall.                                              
                                     (MORE)
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    8.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     NELL (CONT'D)
                       And please turn your wrath on any                  
                       sinners that try to hurt him and                   
                       make them pay by burning in the                    
                       eternal flames of hell. In                         
                       Christ's name we pray, amen.                       
          
                                        RONNIE                            
                       Amen.                                              
          
          Ronnie begins devouring his Cinnabon.                           
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       So what's on the agenda for you                    
                       today?                                             
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       You know, the usual. Spot crime                    
                       before it happens, perform random                  
                       acts of bravery, save people from                  
                       certain death, yada yada yada.                     
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       What's wrong, Ronnie?                              
          
                                        RONNIE                            
                       Nothing, Nell.                                     
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       Ronnie, I know that you really                     
                       want to be a Police Officer, but                   
                       you have to realize that things                    
                       work out the way they're meant to.                 
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       I know. I'm okay, Nell. Thanks,                    
                       but really, I mean, I'm on the                     
                       front lines right now. I'm livin'                  
                       it.                                                
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       Your job is definitely more                        
                       exciting than mine.                                
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Of course it is, but at least you                  
                       don't have to wrestle with the                     
                       demons at night. I better get                      
                       going.                                             
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       I'll see you after work, sweetie.                  
          
          Nell leans in to kiss Ronnie, but he pulls away.                
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    9.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Not at work, Nell. We have to                      
                       keep up appearances, we talked                     
                       about this. And don't call me                      
                       sweetie.                                           
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       I'm sorry. I'll see you after                      
                       work, Officer Barnhardt.                           
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       'Bye, Nell.                                        
          
          Ronnie stands up and walks off.                                 
          
          
          INT. MALL - DAY
          
          Ronnie stands in the middle of the mall and supervises
          the early morning MALL WALKERS as they stride around the
          outer marked lane. It's all senior citizens.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Slow it down. Watch your speed
                       there. This ain't a race. Hey,
                       second time, slow it down.
          
          Mark, the Mall Manager, walks up to Ronnie.
          
                                     MARK
                       I've been looking all over for you.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I haven't been hiding, but some
                       things that I have to do are
                       better to keep hidden from you and
                       'official' eyes. Trust me, it's
                       best all around if there are no
                       bodies to clean up.
          
                                     MARK
                       So you may or may not have heard,
                       but this morning, several women
                       were assaulted just outside the
                       front doors by a crazy Pervert.                    
          
                                     RONNIE
                       For the love of God.
          
                                     MARK
                       I know, it's horrible.                             
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   10.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                      RONNIE
                       You want me to phone this one in                   
                       to the police?                                     
          
                                     MARK
                       Not just yet. See if we call the                   
                       police, they'll be a big scandal                   
                       and something like that could kill                 
                       what little traffic we have at                     
                       this mall. What I need you to do                   
                       is watch out for this Pervert and                  
                       if you see him, try to stop him or                 
                       quietly phone it in so we can                      
                       handle this discreetly.                            
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Hold on, Mark. Let me make sure I                  
                       understand you. You're telling me                  
                       to deny my primary objective of                    
                       Observing and Reporting crime and                  
                       at the same time, you're giving me                 
                       authorization to handle this case                  
                       on my own.                                         
          
                                     MARK                                 
                       I'm just saying keep an eye out                    
                       and keep quiet.                                    
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       So basically, I'm in charge of                     
                       this whole investigation.                          
          
                                     MARK                                 
                       There's no investigation.                          
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Not yet. Okay, Mark, I'll do it,                   
                       but I'm gonna need a few things                    
                       first.                                             
          
                                     MARK                                 
                       You can't carry a gun.                             
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Well, I'm gonna need a new title.                  
                       Something to instill fear in the                   
                       criminal mind. How about Director                  
                       of Mall Intelligence?                              
          
                                     MARK                                 
                       Head of Mall Security.                             
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       That's perfect.                                    
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     11.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     MARK                                   
                       And it doesn't come with a raise.                    
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Got it.                                              
          
                                     MARK                                   
                       And the new title stays between                      
                       us.                                                  
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Understood. Thank you for this                       
                       opportunity, Mark. I won't let                       
                       you down.                                            
          
                                                           CUT TO:          
          
          
          EXT. CAROLINA MALL - DAY
          
          Ronnie stands in front of a Cadillac with a boot on one           
          of his tires.                                                     
          
          A local news camera crew comes up to Ronnie and the
          FEMALE REPORTER starts asking questions.
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER
                       Excuse me, sir, but we would like
                       to ask you a few questions.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I'm sorry, but I can't answer
                       anything.
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER
                       We heard a report that an
                       unidentified man was spotted
                       earlier today exposing himself to
                       several women. Do you care to
                       comment?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I'm not allowed to comment on that
                       situation.
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER
                       So you admit there is a situation.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I'm trained to resist torture for                    
                       up to 72 hours, you really expect                    
                       me to break now? Get real, lady.                     
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    12.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER
                               (to her camera crew)
                       We're wasting our time here.
                       Let's go find some police to
                       interview.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Good luck.
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER
                       What's that supposed to mean?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       It just means you won't find any
                       police.
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER
                       Are you telling me the police                       
                       haven't even been called!
          
                                     RONNIE
                               (SARCASTIC)
                       Ewww, alert the media.
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER
                       Jesus, well who'd they leave in
                       charge, you?
          
          Ronnie smiles like he knows a secret.
          
                                      FEMALE REPORTER
                       Yeah, right. Why would they leave                   
                       you in charge?                                      
          
                                     RONNIE
                       First of all, if there was a                        
                       situation to be handled, I don't
                       see why you find it so goddamn
                       ridiculous that I would be in
                       charge.
          
          The Reporter waves for her crew to start filming.
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER
                               (setting a trap)
                       Look, there is no way you're in
                       charge of this investigation.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Well for your information, I'm in
                       charge of this whole fucking
                       operation.
                                     (MORE)
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    13.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE (CONT'D)
                       I don't give a goddamn if you
                       believe me or not, Ms. Hot Fuckin'
                       SHIT news lady. I'm the first                       
                       line of defense against this
                       pervert. As the law's right hand,                   
                       I'm here so that people like you
                       can live in your own little happy
                       world and think places like this
                       mall are safe and fun. I'm the
                       defender of this war zone. Just
                       me and my goddamn flashlight.
          
          Just then, SADDAMN, an angry Middle Easterner with               
          shitloads of cell phones and beepers strapped to him,            
          comes running up to Ronnie.
          
                                     SADDAMN                               
                       You motherfucker, you put a boot
                       on my car!
          
                                     RONNIE
                               (cop voice)
                       I warned you about parking in the
                       fire lane, Saddamn!
          
                                     SADDAMN                               
                       Fuck you, Ronnie! Take that                         
                       goddamn boot off of my car.
          
                                      RONNIE
                               (going into cop                             
                                VOICE)                                     
                       Step away now!                                      
          
                                     SADDAMN                               
                       I pay good money to this mall.                      
                       Don't tell me where to park!                        
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Sir, I will be forced to take
                       action if you do not step back!
          
                                     SADDAMN                               
                       I'm gonna kill you!                                 
          
          Ronnie pulls out his taser and shoots Saddamn. Saddamn           
          goes down hard and begins twitching. He is fucking out           
          of it!
          
          Ronnie goes back to giving the interview as if nothing
          happened.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     14.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       As I was saying, the pervert
                       situation here is real bleak. For
                       all you people out there thinking
                       of coming to the mall, please for
                       your own safety, stay away.
          
                                     SADDAMN
                               (still fucked up)
                       I can't believe you tased me.
          
                                     RONNIE
                               (to the man)
                       That's right and I've got another
                       one waiting right here for you.
          
                                                           CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. DEPARTMENT STORE - DAY                                       
          
          BRANDI, the make-up counter girl, globs on tons of make-          
          up. She's a hot girl who looks like she's spent a few             
          sticky nights in the bed of a truck.                              
          
          Ronnie stands back and watches Brandi.       Finally, he walks
          up to her.
          
                                      RONNIE                                
                       Hey, Brandi.                                         
          
          Brandi looks up from her mirror and then goes back to             
          applying make-up.                                                 
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       That color looks great on your                       
                       skin. Not just that color, but                       
                       I've noticed that all make-up                        
                       looks really good on you.                            
                       Especially the blue around your                      
                       eyes. I bet it drives the men                        
                       crazy.                                               
          
          Brandi glares at Ronnie.                                          
          
                                      RONNIE                                
                       It's okay.   I can say that because                  
                       I'm taken.                                           
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       What do you want, Ronnie?                            
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   15.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I'm here on official business.                     
                       See, I don't know if you know                      
                       this, but I have recently been                     
                       made Head of Mall Security. Did                    
                       you hear about that?                               
          
                                       BRANDI                             
                       No.                                                
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Well, I'm sure you will. It's                      
                       actually pretty huge news. But                     
                       the reason I stopped by is to tell                 
                       you that it looks like we've got a                 
                       pervert on the loose. A real live                  
                       psychopath who gains sexual                        
                       gratification by exposing himself                  
                       to ladies such as yourself. I                      
                       just want to warn you to be                        
                       careful when coming and going to                   
                       work.                                              
          
                                       BRANDI                             
                       Okay, got it.                                      
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       And you may not want to wear any                   
                       of those skirts that you like to                   
                       wear.                                              
          
                                       BRANDI                             
                       What skirts?                                       
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       You know what skirts. Something                    
                       like that could set him off. And                   
                       for that matter, you better not                    
                       wear any of those little low-cut                   
                       top things either, okay?                           
                       Especially with those black bras                   
                       because, you can really see them                   
                       in the light. Perverts really                      
                       tend to notice stuff like that.                    
                       Okay, see you later.                               
          
          Ronnie takes off and leaves Brandi still applying make-         
          up.                                                             
          
          
          INT. MALL - NIGHT
          
          The lights are turned off and the mall is empty.      Ronnie
          walks out with Dennis.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                16.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Dennis, man, I'm glad we've got a
                       minute to talk. There's no easy                 
                       way to say this so I'm just going               
                       to come right out with it. Mark                 
                       offered me the position of Head of              
                       Mall Security. I know this isn't                
                       easy for you to hear seeing as                  
                       you've been here longer than me.                
                       But I want you to know that you're              
                       my best friend and I'm only going               
                       to accept the job if you're okay                
                       with that.                                      
          
          Dennis shrugs.                                               
          
                                     RONNIE                            
                       Well, you should know I've already              
                       accepted and it's too late to turn              
                       it down now. Every ship needs a                 
                       captain. So you were passed over.               
                       Who gives a shit? Dennis, in                    
                       time, you'll come to accept                     
                       answering to me. Remember, there                
                       aren't any leaders in friendship.               
                       We cool?                                        
          
          Dennis and Ronnie shake hands.    They walk out and lock     
          the doors behind them.                                       
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Hey, you want to go and grab a
                       beer or something?
          
          Dennis doesn't say anything and just walks to his car.
          Ronnie follows.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Yeah, you're right. You're
                       probably in no mood to party after
                       that news. Well, try not to take
                       it too hard. See you later,                     
                       buddy.
          
          Ronnie leaves Dennis and walks to his car.
          
          
          EXT. TRAILER - NIGHT
          
          Ronnie's home is a shitty double-wide at the very end of
          the shittiest trailer park in town.
          
                                                                 17.
          
          INT. RONNIE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
          
          Ronnie lives in a boy's room. There's all kind of
          posters up with instructions on how to execute choke
          holds, wrist locks, and other assorted death blows.
          However, the biggest decoration is a large diagram of the
          mall.
          
          Ronnie stands in the middle of his room with his MOM
          across from him. She's an old, thick boozer, with the
          strength of a father and the love of a mother. She downs
          a full beer and throws it against the wall.
          
                                  MOM
                    You think you're ready for a shot
                    at the title, motherfucker?!
          
                                  RONNIE
                    I'm ready, Mom.
          
                                  MOM
                    Ding ding.
          
          Ronnie and his Mom take to fighting. Ronnie's Mom is
          surprisingly good and she lands the first blows to
          Ronnie's cranium.
          
                                  RONNIE
                    Ow!
          
                                  MOM
                    What's wrong, baby?    Is your pussy
                    hurting?
          
                                  RONNIE
                    Fuck you!
          
          Ronnie attacks his Mom. He manages to scoop her and body
          slam her to the ground. Ronnie's Mom flips out of it on
          the ground. However, Ronnie holds onto her wrist and          
          stands up, thus locking in the submission hold.
          
                                  MOM
                    Ah!
          
                                  RONNIE
                    You give?
          
                                  MOM
                    Fuck you!
          
          Ronnie flips the wrist lock tighter!
          
                                  MOM
                    Ow!
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    18.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You move with me, you go down.
                       You move against me and your arm                    
                       breaks.
          
                                      MOM
                       I give!
          
                                      RONNIE
                       What's that?
          
                                      MOM
                       I give!   Let me go, goddamn it.
          
          Ronnie lets his Mom go.     She shakes off the pain.
          
                                     MOM
                       I can't believe you got that lucky
                       shit on me.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Luck has nothing to do with it.
          
                                     MOM
                       You almost broke my arm.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I'm sorry, Mom. Are you okay?
          
                                      MOM
                       Not really.
          
          Ronnie's Mom rubs her arm. Ronnie drops his guard and
          comes over to tend to his Mom's wounds. However, she's
          only playing possum. Ronnie's Mom sees an opening and
          attacks Ronnie at his legs. Ronnie goes down and the two         
          start wrestling again.
          
          (NOTE: This plays as realistic as possible, no phony             
          punches or smooth/comedy fighting, it looks like a school        
          yard fight video. Sloppy and real.)                              
          
                                                          CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. RONNIE'S BEDROOM - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          Ronnie is laying in bed while his Mom chugs another beer
          beside him. She's one-eye-closed punch-me-in-the-face
          drunk. They're watching Ronnie on the news from earlier.
          
          EDITED LOCAL NEWS SEGMENT:
          
          Ronnie talks into microphone.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    19.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE (V.O.)
                       Yeah, well for your information,
                       I'm in charge of this whole BEEP
                       operation. I don't give a BEEP if
                       you believe me or not, Ms. Hot
                       BEEP BEEP news lady. Do you see
                       anybody else? BEEP no you don't.
                       As the law's right hand, I'm the                    
                       first line of defense against this
                       pervert. I'm here so that people
                       like you can live in your own
                       little happy world and think
                       places like this mall are safe and
                       fun. I'm the defender of this war
                       zone. Just me and my BEEP
                       flashlight.
          
          The FEMALE REPORTER addresses the camera over FOOTAGE OF
          RONNIE TASING SADDAMN.                                           
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER (V.O.)
                       No comment as to why steps are not
                       being taken, but this Security
                       Guard feels like he is the only
                       one doing anything to protect the
                       people who visit Carolina Mall
                       from the suspect. For all of us,
                       I hope this isn't the case. Back
                       to you, Lindsay.
          
          Ronnie turns off the television.
          
                                     MOM
                               (drunken slur)
                       I'm so proud of you, Ronnie.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Do you think I did good?
          
                                      MOM
                       Hell yes.   You were great.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Ah, you're just drunk.
          
                                     MOM
                       Nah, you did good.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Yeah, I usually don't come out to                   
                       the forefront like that.                            
                                     (MORE)
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  20.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE (CONT'D)
                       My official orders are Observe and                
                       Report, but when Mark put me in                   
                       charge of mall security, something                
                       inside of me changed. It's what                   
                       I've always wanted. Things                        
                       haven't always worked out, with                   
                       the whole... well, you know. But                  
                       this gives me faith that I can do                 
                       something great. This is my call                  
                       to duty and I'm going to answer.                  
                       I'm going to bust this fucking                    
                       pervert. I swear it on everything                 
                       I am. Anyway, I better get to                     
                       sleep. I got a big day tomorrow.
                       Good night, Mom.
                               (off no answer)
                       Mom?
          
          On cue, Ronnie's Mom falls over in a drunken sleep. She
          starts SNORING loud as hell. Ronnie gets out of the
          covers and helps his Mom onto the bed. Ronnie tucks her
          in like a loving son. He pries the bottle from her
          fingers. Then, he grabs a pillow and goes to sleep on
          the floor.
          
          
          INT. MALL - O'CHARLEY'S - DAY
          
          Ronnie walks up to O'Charley's. It's the one-step-up
          restaurant that's in the mall. There's a BOUNCER out
          front who watches over the store.
                                                                         
                                     RONNIE
                       You working the door here?
          
                                     BOUNCER
                       That's what they tell me. They
                       needed to hire a little security
                       here in case the drunks get out of
                       line or whatever.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Kind of funny they thought they
                       needed more security here. Ha.
                       You do realize that if anyone gets
                       out of hand, you need to call me
                       to handle the situation.
          
                                     BOUNCER
                       I work for O'Charley's, not for
                       the mall.
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    21.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Granted, but you realize that my
                       jurisdiction supersedes any and
                       all other forms of security when
                       under the roof of Carolina Mall?
          
                                     BOUNCER
                       You know, I thought about getting                   
                       a job as a Mall Security.                           
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You did?
          
                                     BOUNCER                               
                       Yeah, man. I mean, I'm kind of on                   
                       extended vacation from college and                  
                       it's just like, I don't want to do                  
                       shit, you know what I mean? My                      
                       parents said I have to work if I                    
                       want to live at home, but I just                    
                       don't feel like doing anything.                     
                       This was the easiest job I could                    
                       find, I mean, what the hell could                   
                       be hard about being a bouncer in a                  
                       mall restaurant? But now that I                     
                       think about it, Mall Security                       
                       could be easier than this.                          
          
                                     RONNIE
                       My young friend, you are sorely                     
                       mistaken. Do you know how much                      
                       stuff I'm in charge of?                             
          
                                     BOUNCER                               
                       No.                                                 
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       A shitload. That's not even                         
                       counting the parking lot.                           
          
                                     BOUNCER                               
                       Really? I thought you just kind                     
                       of chilled out and called stuff                     
                       into the police.                                    
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       No way, that's about like 75,                       
                       maybe 82 percent of it. There's                     
                       so much other stuff.                                
          
                                     BOUNCER                               
                       Like what?                                          
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    22.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Two words, Friday Night.                             
          
                                        BOUNCER                             
                       What about it?                                       
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       It's crazy, let's just leave it at                   
                       that.                                                
          
                                        BOUNCER                             
                       Okay.                                                
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Listen. I like you, but I don't                      
                       like the fact that you're                            
                       masquerading as an official in the                   
                       security world. If you're serious                    
                       about a career in the security                       
                       world, then perhaps I could look                     
                       into getting you a job on my                         
                       staff?                                               
          
                                        BOUNCER                             
                       Oh yeah?                                             
          
                                      RONNIE                                
                       Part of my job is reaching out to                    
                       troubled youths such as yourself.                    
                       It's who I am.                                       
          
                                     BOUNCER                                
                       Does it pay more than $6.50 an                       
                       hour?                                                
          
          Ronnie laughs.       He leans over to the Bouncer and whispers    
          in his ear.                                                       
          
                                     BOUNCER                                
                               (WHISPERING)                                 
                       Seven even.                                          
          
          Ronnie stands back and winks at the Bouncer.                      
          
                                     BOUNCER                                
                       I'd say that's more than I'm                         
                       making now.                                          
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Hold on, this job involves a                         
                       probationary period. You have to                     
                       prove yourself worthy. We can't                      
                       just hire any old Tom, Dick, or                      
                       Harry just because they want to                      
                       carry a flashlight.                                  
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    23.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     BOUNCER                               
                       What do I have to do?                               
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       You have to complete a term as                      
                       deputy. You will answer directly                    
                       to me. Your job will be to come                     
                       and find me if you see any                          
                       trouble. If this works out, then                    
                       I will phone the crime into the                     
                       police. Now, this will train your                   
                       eyes to spot various criminal                       
                       activity. Once you have completed                   
                       your training, you will be awarded                  
                       an official position on my                          
                       security staff where you will have                  
                       the duty of actually phoning in                     
                       crimes to the police yourself.                      
          
                                     BOUNCER                               
                       So basically, I just do what I'm                    
                       doing now and then you'll get me a                  
                       job?                                                
          
                                       RONNIE                              
                       For starters.                                       
          
                                     BOUNCER                               
                       How long does this mentorship                       
                       last?                                               
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Until Mark lets me hire another                     
                       guy.                                                
          
                                     BOUNCER                               
                       Can I smoke while I work?                           
          
                                       RONNIE                              
                       Yes, you can.                                       
          
                                       BOUNCER                             
                       Sign me up.                                         
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       You keep that attitude up and                       
                       you'll have no problem making the                   
                       squad.                                              
          
          Ronnie reaches into his pocket and hands the Bouncer a           
          mini flashlight.                                                 
          
                                       BOUNCER                             
                       What's this?                                        
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  24.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                              
                       It's a flashlight. Get to know                    
                       it. It's your new best friend.                    
                       Until you get your giant                          
                       flashlight. Then, that will be                    
                       your new best friend.                             
          
          The Bouncer takes it and puts it into his shirt pocket.        
          
                                     RONNIE                              
                       Okay, look alive, soldier. Deputy                 
                       time starts now. No more slacker                  
                       attitude for you.                                 
          
          Ronnie walks away, but after he takes a few steps, he          
          stops and turns.                                               
          
                                     RONNIE                              
                       You know, I remember when I got my                
                       first flashlight...                               
          
          Ronnie goes into an emotional memory in his mind.              
          
          Ronnie walks away leaving the Bouncer there alone.             
                                                                         
          
          EXT. MALL - DAY
          
          LOUD ROCK SCORE FADES TO LOUD ROCK SOURCE. A tricked-out
          Toyota pulls up to the parking lot. The car comes to a
          stop and out steps Brandi, the makeup counter girl.            
          
          Brandi walks toward the mall to start her new day. As          
          she crosses the parking lot and heads toward the door,
          the Pervert pops out. This time, he's upped his attack
          and beats off staring right at her.
          
          The horrendous sight stops Brandi dead in her tracks.          
          She SCREAMS bloody murder...                                   
          
                                                        CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. DEPARTMENT STORE - DAY
          
          It looks like a RAPE SCENE. Brandi cries in the makeup         
          chair and is surrounded by a large group of mall
          employees. Her makeup runs down her face as her
          effeminate coworker BRUCE consoles her. Mark is working        
          crowd control.
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     25.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                      MARK
                               (to the crowd)
                       Alright, people, she's doing good.
                       We're just gonna get her down to
                       my office and everything's going
                       to be fine, so the best thing for
                       you employees to do is just get on
                       back to your stations and you
                       customers can go ahead and enjoy
                       the back to school savings here at                   
                       Carolina Mall.
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       It was horrible! Oh, my God, the
                       thought of that disgusting -- I
                       think I'm going to be sick.
          
                                     BRUCE
                       Just let it out, baby.   He should
                       be ashamed!
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       I just keep playing it over and
                       over again in my head.
          
                                     MARK
                       Brandi, please, Dennis has called                    
                       the police and let's just take
                       this down to my office.
          
          The DEPARTMENT STORE MANAGER comes running over.
          
                                     DEPARTMENT STORE MANAGER
                       What's going on?
          
                                     BRUCE
                       A Pervert attacked Brandi is                         
                       what's going on!
          
                                     DEPARTMENT STORE MANAGER
                       Are you okay, Brandi?                                
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       Physically, yes. But
                       psychologically, no!
          
          Brandi starts crying hard.    The Department Store Manager        
          pulls Mark aside.
          
                                     DEPARTMENT STORE MANAGER
                               (WHISPERING)
                       Did you call the cops?
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   26.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     MARK
                       They're on the way.
          
          Brandi starts crying even louder.                               
          
                                     DEPARTMENT STORE MANAGER
                       Yeah, we got to get her the fuck
                       out of here. Everybody's standing
                       around and nobody's shopping.
                       This is bad for business.
          
                                     MARK
                       I'm trying, but she just keeps
                       crying.
          
          Ronnie comes running up on the scene.     He looks like a
          man who ran a mile to get here.
          
                                    RONNIE
                       Brandi! I came as soon as I                        
                       heard. Jesus, are you alright?
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       I'm fine, Ronnie.
          
                                     MARK
                       She's fine, Ronnie.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       This is one of the most heinous                    
                       things I've seen. Jesus, I tried                   
                       to tell you about the skirts.                      
                       It's not your fault, you little                    
                       fighter you. Ronnie's not mad,                     
                       okay?                                              
          
                                     MARK
                       Ronnie, can you get her down to my                 
                       office so the Police can talk to                   
                       her in private when they arrive.
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Rogers.                                            
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       I can't walk right now.   I feel
                       like I'm in shock.
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Don't worry.   I'll carry you.
          
          Ronnie reaches down and picks up Brandi. She totally            
          lets him. Ronnie struggles and can't lift her. It looks
          dumb.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      27.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     MARK
                       Oh, fucking Jesus.
          
          Ronnie finally manages to lift Brandi. He carries her              
          out of the Department Store and down through the middle
          of the mall.
          
          
          EXT. MALL - DAY
          
          A black UNMARKED POLICE CAR pulls up quickly and stops
          directly in front of the Main Entrance to the mall as if
          to say to the world, "I'm a Cop and I can do this."
          
          Out steps DETECTIVE HARRISON, a young cop that has the
          arrogance and swagger of a man who is just beginning to
          feel his power.
          
          
          INT. MALL MANAGER'S OFFICE - DAY
          
          Mark sits at his desk, while Ronnie comforts a crying
          Brandi. Dennis stands in the corner, not saying a word.            
          
          Detective Harrison knocks as he comes in the door.                 
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Your secretary told me to come on
                       in. I'm Detective Harrison,
                       Cabarrus County Police.
          
          Detective Harrison shows his badge to Mark.         The two men
          shake.
          
                                     MARK
                       Mark Talbert, I manage the mall.
                       This is Brandi, she's the one who                     
                       saw the deviant.
          
                                        DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Hello, Brandi.     Are you doing                      
                       okay?
          
                                     BRANDI                                  
                       I'm really shaken up.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Yes, ma'am, I'm sure you are after
                       all you've been through, but I'm
                       here to tell you that we're going
                       to work together to make sure we
                       catch the person who did this.                        
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    28.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       My name is Ronnie Barnhardt, chief
                       inspector on the case and head of
                       Mall Security here at Carolina
                       Mall and this is my lieutenant,
                       Dennis. From one law enforcement                    
                       officer to another, I just want to                  
                       welcome you and say that we will                    
                       do whatever it takes to coordinate                  
                       with your department in order to                    
                       bring this assailant to justice.                    
          
          The Detective pauses as if he's unsure what just
          happened.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Great.                                              
                                (back to Brandi)                           
                       Okay, Brandi. Did you get a look                    
                       at the suspect?
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Yes, I did.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Did you get a blood sample?                         
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       No.                                                 
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       That's a shame. Would have been                     
                       useful.                                             
          
                                     MARK
                       Go ahead, Detective.
          
                                      DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Thank you. Brandi, can you                          
                       remember anything specifically?
                       What color was his hair? Was he
                       tall or short?
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       He was tall and skinny and he had
                       brown hair and it was real greasy.
          
          Detective Harrison begins writing in his note pad as
          Brandi speaks. Ronnie notices this and picks up some             
          paper and begins to write as well.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Was his hair long or short?                         
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   29.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       It was long about to his
                       shoulders.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Did he say anything?
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       No, he just stood there and you
                       know, touched himself.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       What was he wearing?
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       Just a brown trench coat.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       This is what I got so far.
          
          Ronnie holds up his paper. Ronnie has drawn a crude
          sketch of the Pervert that Brandi described, but it's           
          basically a long-haired stick figure with a penis.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       What's yours look like?
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       I just wrote a description.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Oh.
          
          Ronnie puts his sketch away.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Okay, Brandi, I think that's good                  
                       for now. I think the best thing
                       at this point is to just follow up
                       with the other ladies who saw the
                       perpetrator yesterday and see if
                       they remember anything.
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       What if he comes back?                             
                                                                          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       That's highly unlikely. These                      
                       incidents are usually random and                   
                       unpredictable. I'm sure you'll be                  
                       safe.                                              
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    30.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I'm afraid I'm going to have to                     
                       disagree with you there,                            
                       Detective. By my math, it seems                     
                       pretty clear that Brandi's been                     
                       targeted.                                           
          
                                    DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Targeted? What gives you that
                       impression?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Well, how about the fact that she
                       was the first employee to get                       
                       assaulted? Not to mention the
                       fact that she is the prettiest
                       girl who works at this mall. To
                       me it seems obvious that this is
                       some sort of methodical villain
                       that plans on returning to finish
                       what he started by murdering
                       Brandi.                                             
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Is that going to happen?!
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       That's not going to happen.
          
          Ronnie looks at Brandi and nods his head "yes."                  
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Well don't worry. I'm on the case
                       and I'm going to do everything in
                       my power to bring this guy down.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       That's right, Brandi, you've got                    
                       the best team in law enforcement                    
                       working for you.                                    
                                                                           
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Look, I've got to get going.
                       Here's my card. I'll even write                     
                       my home phone number on the back,                   
                       just in the event you need to get                   
                       a hold of me.                                       
          
          Detective Harrison writes his number on the back and then        
          hands his card to Brandi.                                        
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      31.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Give me a call when you aren't
                       working and I'll have you come to
                       the station to look through some
                       mug shots.
                               (touches her leg)
                       Don't worry okay.
          
                                     BRANDI                                  
                       I feel a lot better now.
          
          Ronnie holds out his hand.                                         
          
                                        DETECTIVE HARRISON                   
                       What?
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       I'll take one of those cards as
                       well.
          
                                        DETECTIVE HARRISON                   
                       Oh, okay.                                             
          
          Detective Harrison reluctantly hands Ronnie a card.                
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       Go ahead and write your home phone                    
                       on there as well in case I need to                    
                       get a hold of you.                                    
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                      
                       You can just leave a message at                       
                       the station. I check my messages                      
                       constantly.                                           
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       Sorry, but I'm gonna need those                       
                       digits. If we're gonna solve this                     
                       crime we need to constantly be in                     
                       communication with each other and                     
                       have an open door policy with                         
                       intelligence. Brandi, let me see                      
                       that card.                                            
          
          Ronnie takes the car from Brandi and copies the home               
          phone number from the back.                                        
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       Cool, I'll call you later with an                     
                       update.                                               
          
                                        DETECTIVE HARRISON                   
                       Don't do that.                                        
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    32.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       It's no problem at all. We're                       
                       brothers of the badge. This is                      
                       what we do for each other.                          
          
          Detective Harrison takes off.      Ronnie looks around           
          happily.                                                         
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Seems like a good guy. A little                     
                       green, but still solid.                             
          
          
          INT. MALL - NIGHT                                                
          
          The mall is winding down for the day and most of the             
          customers have gone home. Ronnie walks through the mall,         
          taping up pictures of the sketch he made of the Pervert.         
          
          Nell comes walking up with her apron over her shoulder.          
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       What are you doing?                                 
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Just putting these posters up.                      
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       You've been so obsessed with                        
                       catching this pervert I've barely                   
                       seen you.                                           
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       That's what it's like when you                      
                       date the Head of Mall Security.                     
                       The downside is we don't get to                     
                       see each other as much, but the                     
                       upside is you get to brag to all                    
                       your friends.                                       
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       Well, are you ready to go?                          
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Sure, let's take off.                               
          
          
          INT. RONNIE'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                                
          
          The LOCAL NEWS is on and they show an update on the MALL         
          FLASHER STORY. The sound is OFF.                                 
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    33.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
          The living room is dark. Ronnie and Nell are on the              
          couch making out. Ronnie is starting to get frisky. His          
          hands go to Nell's boobs, but only outside of the shirt.         
          She allows it.                                                   
          
          Ronnie decides to push it. He takes his hand and tries           
          to go up her shirt. Nell immediately stops kissing and           
          pushes Ronnie away.                                              
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       What are you doing, Ronnie?                         
          
                                      RONNIE                               
                       Come on, let me get some of those                   
                       big bazoombas.                                      
          
          Ronnie goes in hard for the tits, but Nell pushes him            
          away.
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       Ronnie, no.                                         
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Goddamn it, are we ever gonna do                    
                       it?                                                 
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       You know we talked about this.                      
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       We did, it's just, well, I'm tired                  
                       of just doing what we do. I'm                       
                       ready for something bigger. Like                    
                       sex or just maybe using a finger                    
                       on you --                                           
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       Ronnie, you know I'm saving myself                  
                       for marriage. I thought you were                    
                       okay with that.                                     
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Well, I used to be, it's just. I                    
                       don't know. What's so great about                   
                       being a 27-year-old virgin?                         
          
          Nell stands up and starts to put on her coat.       Ronnie       
          stands up and tries to comfort her.                              
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Nell, I'm sorry. Don't go away                      
                       like this.                                          
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     34.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     NELL                                   
                       I thought you loved my purity.                       
          
                                      RONNIE                                
                       I do.   I really do. I'm sorry,                      
                       Nell.                                                
          
                                      NELL                                  
                       It's okay.   I should leave anyway,                  
                       it's late.                                           
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       I'll stop by for breakfast                           
                       tomorrow.                                            
          
                                     NELL                                   
                       See ya tomorrow.                                     
          
          Nell leaves and Ronnie closes the door behind her.                
          
                                       RONNIE                               
                       Mom, wake up.    Let's go to bed.                    
          
          Ronnie's mom groans. She has been passed out on the               
          floor with an empty bottle of Jack D beside her the whole         
          time.                                                             
          
          
          INT. MALL - NIGHT
          
          The lights are off and a gloved hand breaks into a case
          in the jewelry store. All of the diamonds and gold are
          picked up and pocketed. Someone is robbing this bitch.
          
                                                           CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. MALL - THE NEXT MORNING
          
          Ronnie strolls through the mall sipping on his morning
          coffee. He stops when he sees that the jewelry store has
          been broken into and robbed.
          
                                       RONNIE
                       Oh shit.                                             
          
          Ronnie goes running down through the mall.
          
          
          INT. MALL - SECURITY OFFICE - MORNING
          
          Dennis and Ronnie are sitting and Mark stands over them.
          They're looking at the security tapes.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     35.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
          Detective Harrison knocks on the door and walks in.               
          Ronnie stands up to greet him.                                    
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Good to see you, brother. Looks                      
                       like the old team is getting                         
                       together to crack one more case.                     
          
          Ronnie gives Detective Harrison a hug.                            
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       I'm ready to go to war with you.                     
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                     
                       Thanks for waking me up this                         
                       morning, Ronnie.                                     
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       I've already checked the Security                    
                       tapes. They didn't catch a thing.                    
                       Someone must have broken in here                     
                       and turned them off.
                                                                            
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       My team just checked all the doors
                       and there are no signs of forced                     
                       entry. I've also checked out the                     
                       crime scene, but we didn't see any
                       fingerprints on the glass. The
                       suspect was probably wearing
                       gloves.
          
                                     MARK
                       That doesn't sound good.   How did
                       they do it?
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Laser technology.                                    
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       My guess it was an inside job.
                       Probably someone who has access to
                       keys like a janitor or a security
                       guard.
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Detective Harrison, can I ask you                    
                       how long you've been a detective                     
                       for?                                                 
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                     
                       I'm almost at the end of my first                    
                       year.                                                
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     36.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Just as I thought, a rookie.                         
          
                                      DETECTIVE HARRISON                    
                       I've been a police officer for                       
                       several years.                                       
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Yeah, you're a rookie, okay. It's                    
                       fine, you'll learn with                              
                       experience. And when you do,                         
                       you'll discover that rule #1 of                      
                       law enforcement is that you don't                    
                       ever turn on a fellow officer.                       
                       Now, I know you would never                          
                       actually accuse somebody on my                       
                       Security Force of committing this                    
                       act of lawlessness.                                  
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Whoever did this would have to had                   
                       keys to the Security Room so they
                       could shut off the camera.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Look, my record speaks for itself                    
                       and as for Dennis, well I can                        
                       certainly vouch for him. Dennis                      
                       is one of the finest men I know,                     
                       so just take my word, you're                         
                       barking up the wrong tree. Now,                      
                       let's put this little squabble                       
                       behind us and get back to busting                    
                       the guys that robbed this mall.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Ronnie, nobody is accusing
                       anybody, but I would like to stick
                       around for a while and interview
                       some of the employees.
          
                                     MARK
                       Okay, but all I ask is that you do
                       it quietly, so that the hoopla is
                       kept to a minimum.
          
                                       DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       I understand.
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       I understand too, sir.                               
                                                                            
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    37.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     MARK
                       Ronnie, you are to leave Detective
                       Harrison alone and let him handle
                       the investigation.                                  
          
                                     RONNIE
                       No can do, Mark. When you                           
                       appointed me Head of Mall                           
                       Security, I swore an oath to                        
                       protect this mall and aid in                        
                       bringing crime to its knees.                        
          
                                     MARK                                  
                       You didn't swear an oath.                           
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       To myself I did.                                    
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                    
                       Ronnie, on these types of                           
                       investigations, it's usually not a                  
                       good idea to have too many cooks                    
                       in the kitchen.                                     
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       There's only one cook. I'm a                        
                       chef. A cook and chef, together,                    
                       serving up justice.                                 
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                    
                       I'm gonna do this alone.                            
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Hot plates of justice.                              
          
          Ronnie stands up.                                                
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Come on, rookie. Let me show you                    
                       the lay of the land.
          
                                                          CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. MALL - DAY
          
          Ronnie talks to Dennis in the middle of the mall.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Okay, Dennis. I've gotta hang                       
                       with Detective Harrison.                            
                                     (MORE)                                
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    38.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE (CONT'D)
                       What I need for you to understand                   
                       is that just because Detective                      
                       Harrison is here, doesn't mean                      
                       that you and me are no longer best                  
                       friends. Sure, Harrison would be                    
                       cool to hang out with. He carries                   
                       a badge and a gun. He probably                      
                       owns a boat. Over time, we'll                       
                       probably become really close like                   
                       brothers, but for right now,                        
                       you're still number one. Now, I                     
                       must leave you behind because duty                  
                       calls, so... chin up. Radio if                      
                       you need anything.                                  
          
          Ronnie takes off, but we STAY WITH Dennis. He walks
          directly to the ARCADE. Dennis puts a quarter in the
          machine and plays pinball.
          
          
          INT. MALL - KIOSK - DAY
          
          Ronnie watches from afar as Detective Harrison interviews
          SADDAMN, who stands in front of his cell phone kiosk.            
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       So, have you seen any suspicious
                       people hanging around the mall?
                       Anybody who might have been casing
                       the stores?
          
                                      SADDAMN
                       Nah, man.   I ain't seen nothing.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Okay, well if you can think of
                       anything, here's my card.
          
          Detective Harrison hands Saddamn his card and begins to
          leave. Disgusted, Ronnie comes walking up.
          
                                     RONNIE
                               (to Harrison)
                       My turn, Rookie.                                    
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       What are you doing, Ronnie?                         
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Solving the whole case right                        
                       before your eyes.                                   
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    39.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Ronnie, this is official police
                       business.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Hello, Saddamn.
          
                                     SADDAMN
                       What the fuck you want, Ronnie?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I want your ass to face the music
                       is what I want.
          
                                     SADDAMN
                       Don't come any further, bitch.                      
                       The restraining order says 20 feet                  
                       so just back the fuck up.                           
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Ronnie, I appreciate your
                       enthusiasm, but just let me handle
                       this.
                               (to Saddamn)
                       Have a good day, sir.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       So you're just gonna let him slip
                       right through your fingers?
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       I have no reason to make him a
                       suspect.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       No reason? Look at him. There's
                       every reason in the goddamn book.
          
                                     SADDAMN
                       Why are you saying that, man?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I think it's obvious, Saddamn.
          
                                     SADDAMN
                       That's fucked up. You're racist,
                       man.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You're not even black.                              
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    40.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Ronnie, stop. We're finished
                       here. Now if you're going to tag                    
                       along, I'm gonna need you to just                   
                       stay back; are we clear?                            
          
                                      RONNIE                               
                       Sure, sorry.   We're crystal.                       
          
          Detective Harrison walks away. Ronnie follows, but takes
          one more look at Saddamn, who flips Ronnie off.
                                                                           
          Saddamn goes back to hollering at girls.
          
                                     SADDAMN
                       What's up, girl, you got a
                       boyfriend? Free cell phones with
                       a month trial and I throw in my
                       phone number for free.
          
          
          INT. MALL - JANITOR'S ROOM - DAY
          
          Ronnie stands nearby as Detective Harrison questions an
          old Mexican JANITOR, who stands by his cart of cleaning
          products.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Did you let anybody borrow your
                       keys?
          
                                      JANITOR
                       No, senor.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Have you seen anything suspicious?
          
                                      JANITOR
                       No, senor.
          
                                      DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Okay, sir.   Thank you for your
                       time.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Alright, I believe I can be of
                       some assistance here.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Ronnie, we talked about this.                       
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       This is a special circumstance.                     
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    41.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                    
                       What special circumstance?                          
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Communication skills, watch and
                       learn.
          
          Ronnie steps into the forefront.
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Que pasa?
          
                                     JANITOR
                       Long drawn out conversation in
                       Spanish?
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Como?
          
                                     JANITOR
                       More Spanish dialogue.
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Si.
                               (to Harrison)
                       Yeah, this guy definitely did it.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       What did he say?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I don't know, I don't speak
                       Spanish, but judging from his
                       tonal inflections, it's safe to
                       say that he's hiding something.
                       The only question is where.
                               (to Janitor)
                       Okay, Ramon, I'm giving you one
                       chance and one chance only to come
                       clean. Or else Detective Harrison
                       is going to come over to your
                       house and deport your whole family
                       back to Mexico.
          
                                      DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       No, I'm not.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Good cop, bad cop, just play
                       along.
                               (to Ramon)
                       Where are you hiding the jewels?
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   42.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     JANITOR
                       No se.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Alright, you're gonna make me be
                       the bad guy here? Well, that's a
                       role I'm comfortable playing.
                       Let's just see what you're hiding.
          
          Ronnie digs through the trash bin that is on the cart.
          Ronnie slings trash out all over the floor. He finds
          nothing.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                   
                       Ronnie, that's enough.                             
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Think you're pretty slick, don't
                       you? Guess what? I'm pretty
                       slick too.
          
          Ronnie takes the cleaning products and opens the bottles.
          He pours the contents out on the floor. What's he
          looking for? Who knows.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Alright, you're free -- Wait a
                       minute.
          
          Ronnie takes the mop and breaks it in half with his foot.
          He takes the halves and shakes them, thinking that
          something will come pouring out of the open cylinders.
          Nothing does.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Okay, my mistake. Sir, you're                      
                       free to go. Uh, you might want to
                       have someone clean this up which
                       in this case is you, so, uh, chop-
                       chop. Wouldn't want anyone to
                       slip on this mess.
          
          Ronnie leaves the Janitor with a bewildered look.
          
          
          INT. MALL - VICTORIA SECRETS - DAY
          
          Ronnie follows Detective Harrison into the lingerie
          store. They approach the counter where a HOT CLERK is
          working the register.
          
                                     HOT CLERK
                       Hello, can I help you?
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    43.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       I'm Detective Harrison with the
                       Cabarrus County Police.
          
                                      RONNIE
                       And I'm Ronnie Barnhardt, head of
                       Mall Security.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Okay, seriously, would you back                     
                       the fuck off?! I'm trying to do
                       my job and you're fucking it up.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Come on, we're working here.
          
                                      DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       I'm working!
          
          Detective Harrison is seriously annoyed.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                               (back to the Clerk)
                       Sorry. Hi. I'm doing a check
                       with all the mall employees to see
                       if anybody has any information on
                       the robbery that took place here
                       last night?
          
                                     HOT CLERK
                       I'm sorry, but I haven't noticed
                       anything out of ordinary.
          
          A SEXY WORKER comes up to them holding a scandalous pair
          of undies.
          
                                     SEXY WORKER
                       Tracy, do you think my boyfriend
                       would like these?
          
          The Sexy Worker holds the undies up to her crotch.
          Ronnie looks and his tongue almost drops out of his
          mouth. He straightens himself out.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       That's fine, thanks for the help.                   
          
                                      RONNIE
                       You're gonna let them distract you
                       with a little bit of panty
                       showing.    You have got a lot to
                       learn, my friend.
                                (to the Hot Clerk)
                       Who are you protecting, toots?
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   44.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     HOT CLERK
                       What are you talking about?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Look, I'm sure you and your little
                       friend have made a real lifestyle
                       for yourselves here. It's
                       probably easy for you to blind
                       most men with your beauty, but I'm
                       not most men. I can see through
                       the sexuality to the truth.
                       Jewelry, gold, diamonds, you don't
                       really expect me to think that a
                       man wants that crap. I'm putting
                       you on my list of top suspects. I
                       don't think you did the crime, but
                       I do think you are an accomplice.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       I'm sorry, ma'am. He's not with
                       me. Here's my card. If you think
                       of anything, just give me a call.
          
          Detective Harrison walks out and Ronnie follows him.      On
          the way out of the store, Ronnie passes a MAN who is
          looking at the underwear. Ronnie stops.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You should be ashamed of yourself.
          
          Ronnie gives him a warning look, then walks out.
          
          
          INT. MALL - HOT TOPIC - DAY
          
          Ronnie and Detective Harrison stand across the counter
          from a tattooed SALESMAN.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Is that pot I smell?
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Shut up, Ronnie!                                   
          
                                     SALESMAN
                       It's sage.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Whatever, hippy. If I find you
                       doing drugs or killing cats or
                       whatever you devil worshippers do,
                       I'll come back here and bust you.
                       I swear to God.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     45.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Get the hell out, Ronnie. I'm                        
                       here to ask questions about the
                       robbery.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Just forget that, we're on to
                       something bigger here.
                               (back to the
                                SALESMAN)
                       Tell me more about this 'sage.'
          
                                                           CUT TO:
                                                                            
          
          INT. MALL - SEARS - DAY
          
          Ronnie and Detective Harrison are in the hardware
          department talking to the SEARS MANAGER. Detective                
          Harrison sits on the ground. He has completely given up           
          on the investigation at this point, as Ronnie controls it         
          all.                                                              
          
          Ronnie picks up a hammer.
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Now, maybe I'm crazy or maybe I'm
                       the smartest man alive, but it
                       seems kind of convenient to me
                       that you sell hammers like this
                       one that could easily be used to
                       smash a glass case in, oh say, a
                       jewelry store.
          
                                     SEARS MANAGER
                       Couldn't you smash the glass with
                       anything?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You really think you're gonna talk
                       your way out of this one?
          
                                                           CUT TO:
                                                                            
          
          INT. MALL - FOOD COURT - DAY
          
          Ronnie is hanging out with Dennis and the Bouncer from            
          O'Charley's. Behind him, Nell works the counter at                
          Cinnabon.                                                         
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    46.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You guys should have been there                     
                       today. We were just solving shit                    
                       left and right. I mean, that's                      
                       what this job is supposed to be                     
                       like. Busting loiterers and kids                    
                       who steal pennies from the                          
                       fountain has its rewards, but                       
                       really getting in there and                         
                       closing cases is where it's at.                     
                       It's rewarding too because at the                   
                       end of the day, you know you've                     
                       done something good for the world.                  
          
                                     BOUNCER
                       What are we doing here, Ronnie? I                   
                       thought you said they were giving                   
                       away free Chick-fil-A sandwiches.                   
                                                                           
                                     RONNIE
                       Well -- What is your name anyway?                   
          
                                     BOUNCER
                       Charles.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Well, my young apprentice. I                        
                       called you here today because as                    
                       Head of Mall Security, I have                       
                       decided that it's time to take                      
                       protection to the next level. In                    
                       other words, I alone cannot combat                  
                       this recent crime wave. In order                    
                       to help me in my personal journey,                  
                       I have decided to divide up the                     
                       tasks between my soldiers. So,                      
                       for now on, Dennis, my right-hand                   
                       man, you will be in charge of                       
                       solving the case of who is robbing                  
                       the mall. Little Chucky, you will                   
                       be on the case of the Pervert.                      
                       You are both to collect data and                    
                       provide it to me. I will analyze                    
                       the data, draw conclusions, and                     
                       solve these crimes as well as                       
                       coordinate and strategize with                      
                       various law enforcement agencies.                   
          
                                     BOUNCER                               
                       Since we're going to be doing a                     
                       lot of the work and you're going                    
                       to be solving the crimes, do we at                  
                       least get paid?                                     
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     47.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       You can't measure honor in dollars                   
                       and cents.                                           
          
          Ronnie looks over at the Cinnabon and Nell waves to him.          
          Ronnie smiles back and waves at Nell.                             
          
                                     BOUNCER                                
                       Is that your girlfriend or                           
                       something, Ronnie?                                   
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Who me? Nah, man. Why?     What do                   
                       you think of her?                                    
          
                                     BOUNCER                                
                       She's not my type, but that's just                   
                       me.                                                  
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Yeah, but, you don't think she's                     
                       kind of hot?                                         
          
                                     BOUNCER                                
                       Are you blind? Give me a break.                      
                       Wait, are you sure she's not your                    
                       girlfriend?                                          
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Fuck no. There's no way I'd date                     
                       that... person who's obviously not                   
                       hot.                                                 
          
          Nell waves again, but Ronnie just kind of turns away,             
          ignoring her.                                                     
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Anyway, our new unit will operate                    
                       under the name, 'Special Elite                       
                       Task Force.' You will answer                         
                       directly to me and no one else.                      
                       Now, let's all put our hands in                      
                       the middle and do a unifying                         
                       cheer.
          
          Ronnie puts his hand out.     Dennis puts his in as well.         
          Charles isn't sure.                                               
          
                                     BOUNCER                                
                       You're gonna hook me up with a                       
                       job, right?                                          
          
                                      RONNIE                                
                       Seven even.   I promise.                             
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    48.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
          Charles puts his hand in as well.                                 
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       One, two, three, TASK FORCE!                         
          
          Ronnie is the only one who gets into it.      It's a weak-ass     
          cheer.                                                            
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Okay, so now I say we all take a                     
                       celebratory trip to Sears because,                   
                       as we all know, today is half-                       
                       price day on all automotive parts                    
                       for mall employees.
          
                                                          CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. MALL - DAY
          
          SLOW MOTION BAD-ASS SHOT.
          
          The "Elite Task Force" walks down the mall as if they
          were the baddest ass-kicking team on the planet. They
          walk united and unopposed.
          
                                                  CUT TO BLACK.             
          
          
          FADE IN:                                                          
          
          INT. SECURITY OFFICE - NIGHT                                      
          
          Ronnie tacks up pictures of all of the      robbery "suspects"    
          on a bulletin board. It's pictures of       Saddamn and the       
          Devil Worshipper guy. Beside him is a       sketch of the         
          Pervert. The images are on the bottom       points of a           
          Pyramid.                                                          
          
          On top of the Pyramid is a combination drawing/picture of         
          Ronnie. The body is drawn with his arms folded across             
          his chest and a photo of his face is tacked on top. The           
          whole thing adds up to nonsense, with the only clear idea         
          is that he defeats them all. Ronnie sits back in his              
          chair and stares at the board.                                    
          
          All of a sudden, there is a KNOCK at the door.      The door      
          opens and BRANDI peeps her head in.                               
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       Sorry to interrupt.                                  
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    49.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       It's no interruption.   What are                    
                       you still doing here?                               
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       I had to do inventory tonight.                      
                       Bruce took off early so I'm the                     
                       last one. Hey, I was wondering if                   
                       you would mind walking me to my                     
                       car. You know, just in case that                    
                       freak with the dick is out there                    
                       someplace.                                          
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       It would be my honor.                               
          
          Ronnie stands up and walks out with Brandi, shutting off         
          the light as he leaves.                                          
          
          
          EXT. MALL - NIGHT
          
          Ronnie and Brandi pull up to Brandi's car in the golf            
          cart.                                                            
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Alright, thanks for the ride.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Just doing my job with a little
                       something extra especially for                      
                       you.
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       See ya tomorrow.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Brandi, um... I was just thinking,                  
                       would you like to go to dinner                      
                       this weekend?
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       How come every time somebody does                   
                       something nice for me, they act                     
                       like I owe them a blow job?                         
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Look, it's not like that. I've                      
                       got a girlfriend... who doesn't                     
                       work in this mall.                                  
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Ronnie, I got to be honest with                     
                       you, you're not really my type.                     
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    50.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Just out of curiosity, what is                      
                       your type?                                          
          
                                       BRANDI                              
                       Rich guys.    Or guys who are really                
                       hot.                                                
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Yeah, I guess that's not me.                        
          
                                      BRANDI                               
                       I'll go out to dinner with you on                   
                       one condition.                                      
          
                                       RONNIE                              
                       What's that?                                        
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       This is not a date. Do you                          
                       understand? We're going to                          
                       dinner, but we are not going on a                   
                       date.                                               
          
                                       RONNIE                              
                       Done.                                               
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       And you can never tell anybody we                   
                       went out.                                           
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       My lips are sealed.                                 
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       You pay for dinner, right?   And as                 
                       many drinks as I want.                              
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       You may drink your fill.                            
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       And you have to drive me to my car                  
                       every night after work for the                      
                       next six months.                                    
          
                                       RONNIE                              
                       You got it.                                         
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       And my car is low on gas, so I                      
                       need some money to fill it up.                      
          
          Ronnie takes out his wallet.                                     
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      51.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                        RONNIE                               
                       Is $20 enough?                                        
          
                                        BRANDI                               
                       Nah, fifty.                                           
          
          Ronnie takes out more money and hands it to Brandi.         She    
          takes it, counts it, and puts it into her bra.                     
          
                                     BRANDI                                  
                       Okay, you can pick me up after                        
                       work on Saturday. Dinner and                          
                       that's it. Don't try to kiss me                       
                       because I'll smack the shit out of                    
                       you. It's not a date.                                 
          
                                      RONNIE                                 
                       Got it.   Not a date.                                 
          
                                     BRANDI                                  
                       Thanks for the ride.                                  
          
          Brandi climbs out of the golf cart and walks to her car.           
          She opens the door and starts to get in --                         
          
                                        RONNIE                               
                       Hey, Brandi.                                          
          
                                        BRANDI                               
                       What?                                                 
          
                                      RONNIE                                 
                       I lied.   It is a date.                               
          
          Before she can argue, Ronnie guns the golf cart and                
          drives away.                                                       
          
          
          EXT. MALL - MORNING                                                
          
          Ronnie sees Stevie and the Skaters doing hand rails down           
          a ramp while mall patrons try to get by without getting            
          nailed by flying skateboards. Ronnie drives up on his              
          golf cart.                                                         
          
                                     STEVIE                                  
                       Our suspension is over.                               
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       I'm not here for that.    I need to                   
                       talk to you.                                          
          
          A giant BODYGUARD with a shaved head stands up.                    
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      52.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     BODYGUARD                               
                       Anything you want to say to                           
                       Stevie, you can say to me,                            
                       motherfucker!                                         
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       Who the fuck are you?                                 
          
                                     STEVIE                                  
                       This is my cousin, Roy.      He's a                   
                       boxer.                                                
          
                                     BODYGUARD                               
                       You got a fuckin' problem, bitch?!                    
          
          Ronnie reaches into his belt and produces a can of mace.           
          He sprays it into the eyes of the Bodyguard. The guy               
          goes down and starts SCREAMING IN PAIN.                            
          
                                        BODYGUARD                            
                       My eyes!                                              
          
                                     STEVIE                                  
                       Jesus, Ronnie, what the fuck are                      
                       you doing?                                            
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       I need a favor.                                       
          
                                        STEVIE                               
                       I'm listening.                                        
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       As you know, we've had a lot of                       
                       crime around here lately. Between                     
                       the Flasher and all the break-ins,                    
                       I've decided to go to the streets.                    
                       Frankly, I'm looking for a stool                      
                       pigeon and you're just the right                      
                       person.                                               
          
                                     STEVIE                                  
                       Why would I want to help you?                         
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       I could make it worth your while.                     
                       You like skating at the mall. I                       
                       could allow you to skate here                         
                       whenever you wanted. In exchange,                     
                       you keep your eyes peeled and                         
                       provide me with any information                       
                       you come across as to the identity                    
                       of the perpetrators.                                  
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   53.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     STEVIE                               
                       Sorry, dude, but I'm no snitch.                    
                       Go find somebody else to do your                   
                       dirty work.                                        
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Well, let me put it another way.                   
                       If you don't help me, I'm gonna                    
                       spread your little butt cheeks and                 
                       stick this flashlight up your ass.                 
                       But like for real. Like I really                   
                       will do that. This is the new me                   
                       talking and I get what I need, you                 
                       understand me, Stevie?                             
          
                                     STEVIE                               
                       Alright, dude, I understand, you                   
                       sick fuck.                                         
          
                                    RONNIE                                
                       Cool. In that case, have fun                       
                       shreadin'.                                         
          
          Ronnie gets into his Golf Cart and drives off. Stevie           
          looks down at the Boxer who is still on the ground.             
          
                                     STEVIE                               
                       Stop crying, Roy.                                  
          
          Stevie starts skating.                                          
          
          
          INT. MALL - FOOD COURT - DAY                                    
          
          Ronnie walks into the Food Court and sees Nell waiting at       
          their table with Ronnie's morning Cinnabon. He takes a          
          deep breath and heads over.                                     
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       Hey, sweetie -- Oh, I'm sorry,                     
                       good morning, Officer Barnhardt.                   
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Good morning, Nell.                                
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       Where were you last night? I                       
                       tried to call, but your mom said                   
                       you weren't home from work yet.                    
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   54.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Look, I got to talk to you about                   
                       something. I'm not really sure                     
                       how to put this. Let's see. If                     
                       you drove a Toyota.                                
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       I drive a Ford.                                    
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       I know, but let's just pretend you                 
                       drove a Toyota. Now, this Toyota                   
                       runs really good. It always                        
                       starts when you need it to and it                  
                       gets good gas mileage and you                      
                       don't have to do much to maintain                  
                       it. Then you get a really                          
                       important job like Astronaut, no                   
                       that won't work, you get a job as                  
                       the head of Wall Street. Well,                     
                       you may really like that Toyota,                   
                       but you're going to feel weird                     
                       about driving it to work every                     
                       day, right? Now let's say that                     
                       somebody offers you a chance to                    
                       get rid of that Toyota and instead                 
                       you get a Ferrari. It may be more                  
                       expensive and harder to drive, but                 
                       I mean, it just looks good as                      
                       hell. What would you do?                           
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       I don't get it.                                    
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       You would trade up, Nell. Well,                    
                       that's exactly what I'm doing.                     
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       Are you thinking about getting a                   
                       new car?                                           
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       No, Nell, I'm getting a new                        
                       girlfriend.                                        
          
                                       NELL                               
                       What?!   Who?                                      
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       This girl, Brandi.                                 
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    55.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       The slutty girl who works at the                    
                       make-up counter?                                    
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Yeah, I mean, no, she's not a                       
                       slut. But you're thinking of the                    
                       right person.                                       
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       How could you do this to me?                        
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       I'm sorry. I don't mean to hurt                     
                       you. It's just, well, I believe                     
                       in this world, you play the hand                    
                       you're dealt and at this point in                   
                       my life, I've been dealt five                       
                       Aces. I'd be a fool not to bet.                     
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       Why are you doing this, Ronnie?                     
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       I have to, Nell.                                    
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       Don't you love me?                                  
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Of course I love you.                               
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       Then tell me why?
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Because I've never dated the prom                   
                       queen before.                                       
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       Remember when you started this                      
                       job? You weren't such a hotshot                     
                       then. I've stood by you when you                    
                       were at your worst. Every time                      
                       you fell, I held your hand and                      
                       told you everything would be okay.                  
                       Time and time again.                                
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Come on.   Why do you have to bring                 
                       that up?                                            
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    56.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       I never cared about who you wanted                  
                       to be, I fell in love with who you                  
                       really are. If you leave me,                        
                       Ronnie, I won't be there to pick                    
                       you up when you fall.                               
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Even if I do fall, it won't                         
                       matter, because I'm learning to                     
                       fly.                                                
          
          Ronnie stands up and walks away. Nell sits there sad.            
          She looks down at her Cinnabon and devours the whole             
          thing.                                                           
          
          
          INT. MALL - MAURICE'S FOR MEN - DAY
          
          Ronnie looks through a clothing rack. It's full of cheap
          fabrics, lots of imitation silks and shit. A SLICK
          SALESMAN approaches Ronnie.
          
                                     SLICK SALESMAN
                       Can I help you, sir?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Yeah, um, I've got a really
                       special date tonight with a hot
                       young lady -- Do you know Brandi?                   
          
                                     SLICK SALESMAN
                       No.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Never mind. Anyway, I need
                       something that's really 'cool.'
                       Something that will impress her                     
                       and I guess you could say I'm not                   
                       exactly in the know with what the
                       hipsters are up to these days.
          
                                     SLICK SALESMAN
                       Let's see. Are you looking to
                       fall in love or are you looking to
                       get laid?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Um, I guess love, but uh...
          
                                     SLICK SALESMAN
                       You want to get laid, too?
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      57.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                        RONNIE
                       Watch it, man.     She's a lady.   But
                       yes.
          
                                     SLICK SALESMAN
                       Alright, I got just the thing.
                       Something classy is what you want.
                       Show her you're a man with taste.
          
                                                            CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. RONNIE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
          
          Ronnie's Mom sits on his bed with a bottle of Wild
          Turkey. She waits for Ronnie to come out of the closet.
          
                                     MOM
                       Come on, Ronnie, just get out
                       here.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       It's too tight in the butt.
          
                                        MOM
                       Let me see.
          
          Ronnie comes out of the closet and he's wearing a
          ridiculous fucking outfit. It's an imitation silk button
          up, with a pair of black parachute pants. There's two
          belts for some DOUBLE BELT action. He's got no socks on
          and a pair of white shoes. He looks like a goddamn fool.
          
                                     MOM
                       Ronnie, you look so handsome!
                                     RONNIE
                       Really, you don't think I look
                       like a phony.
          
                                      MOM
                       Hell no.   You look like a stud                       
                       muffin.                                               
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Yeah, I guess these clothes are
                       kind of cool.
          
                                     MOM
                       Nell is a lucky girl.                                 
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       Its not Nell, Mom.                                    
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      58.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     MOM                                     
                       Really, I thought you and Nell                        
                       were going to get married some                        
                       day.                                                  
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       I did too. But then I met this                        
                       girl Brandi and she swept me off                      
                       my feet.                                              
          
                                     MOM                                     
                       Well, I always liked Nell, but as                     
                       long as you're happy, Ronnie,                         
                       that's all I care about.                              
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       I actually feel kind of bad about                     
                       Nell, but I figure that I can pour                    
                       all the sadness into Brandi and                       
                       just really rely on her for my                        
                       happiness instead of Nell.                            
          
                                     MOM                                     
                       That sounds wonderful.   Is she                       
                       pretty?                                               
          
                                     RONNIE
                       She is, Mom. She's the most
                       perfect girl in the whole world.
          
                                     MOM
                       I remember when your father picked
                       me up for our first date. I swear
                       he was the most handsome man that
                       I had ever laid eyes on. I knew
                       right then and there that this
                       would be the man that I married.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I hope that happens tonight.
          
                                     MOM                                     
                       It will, Ronnie. Then you'll have                     
                       to give her a ring like the one                       
                       your father gave me.                                  
          
          Ronnie's Mom holds up her finger for Ronnie.       It's a          
          giant yellow/cottony-looking diamond ring.                         
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       Is that a yellow diamond?                             
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    59.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     MOM                                   
                       It's a glass diamond.   This is how                 
                       it looks now.                                       
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Mom, why did Dad leave?
          
                                     MOM
                       Well, he kind of freaked out when
                       you were born. You had so many
                       special needs that he just
                       couldn't handle the pressure. One
                       day, he just couldn't take it
                       anymore.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Do you think it was my fault that
                       Dad left?
          
                                     MOM
                       Definitely. You don't think it
                       was mine do you?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Well, I didn't know, with the
                       drinking and all.
          
                                     MOM
                       Nope, it was all you.
          
          Ronnie nods.
          
                                     MOM
                       I love you, Ronnie.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I love you, too, Mom.
                                                                           
          
          INT. CAPTAIN O'LANDERS - NIGHT
          
          The restaurant is the cheesiest of all sea food
          restaurants. Think one step down from Red Lobster.
          Ronnie sits across the table from Brandi. She chugs one          
          of those giant frozen drinks, killing it in one gulp.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Damn, that was pretty impressive.
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Yeah, work's been pissing me off,
                       so I just need to blow off some
                       steam.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    60.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Well, Brandi, can I just say that                   
                       you look absolutely beautiful
                       tonight.
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Yeah, I know.
                               (calling to waiter)
                       Nurse! Get me another --
                               (to Ronnie)
                       You got this, right?
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Yeah, yeah.   No problem.
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Nurse! Bring me another and keep
                       'em coming.
                               (to Ronnie)
                       I think it's funny to call the
                       waitress nurse.
          
          Ronnie takes a pill bottle out of his pocket.       He opens
          it up and pops a pill.
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Hey, what's that?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Oh, it's nothing.
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Don't be stingy, what the fuck is
                       that?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       It's just a pill I'm supposed to
                       take.
          
                                      BRANDI                               
                       Let me see.
          
          Ronnie hands the pills to Brandi.                                
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Where the fuck did you find these?
          
                                      RONNIE
                       The Doctor.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     61.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       Damn, Ronnie, Klonopin. I'm
                       impressed. This is the good shit.
                       I didn't know you partied like
                       this.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Yeah, I guess I party like this
                       every four to six hours as needed.
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       Let me get one.
          
                                        RONNIE
                       Help yourself.
          
                                        BRANDI                              
                       Hell yeah!
          
          Brandi pops a bunch of pills.                                     
          
                                     RONNIE
                       So, how do you like working at the
                       mall?
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       I hate that shit. All I do is
                       listen to bitching all day long.
                       I got to put makeup on these fat-
                       ass women all day and it's like, I
                       don't give a shit what you do, you
                       can't polish a turd.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Yeah, I see how that could get to
                       you.
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       Let's do some shots.      Waiter, four
                       shots of Jager!
          
                                        RONNIE
                       That's a lot.
          
                                        BRANDI                              
                       It's Friday.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       So, Brandi, I hope I'm not being                     
                       too forward, but do you have a
                       boyfriend?
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    62.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       I've got a few hook-ups but nobody
                       who is a boyfriend.
          
                                       RONNIE
                       Yes!
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       You know, it's just like a time in
                       my life where I want to be free
                       right now and think about myself.
                       Not get tied down to one person.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Yeah, I understand. I hate ties.
                       I recently cut mine and now I'm                     
                       free like a bird.
          
          The shots come.
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Alright, bottoms up.
          
          Ronnie holds up a shot to toast.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       To new beginnings.
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Right up your ass!
          
          Brandi downs her shot.                                           
          
                                       RONNIE
                       Okay.
          
          Ronnie takes his shot.
          
                                       BRANDI                              
                       Oh, shit!
          
                                       RONNIE
                       No more.    I'm sticking to beer.
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       What's wrong, is your pussy                         
                       hurting?                                            
          
                                     RONNIE
                       God, you remind me so much of my                    
                       mother.                                             
          
          Brandi knocks back the other two shots.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    63.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Feel the burn, bitch!
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You are so beautiful.
          
          
          INT. RONNIE'S CAR - NIGHT
          
          Ronnie's car is a piece-of-shit Subaru. Brandi is shit-          
          faced and yelling at people out of the window.
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Who wants to see my titties?!
          
          Brandi lifts up her shirt and shows the passengers of            
          other cars her boobs.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Brandi, this is the most fun I've                   
                       ever had on a date.
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       For the last time, this ain't a                     
                       date, motherfucker! This is a
                       party!
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Wooo! Um, so, Brandi, it's no                       
                       secret that I'm attracted to you.                   
                       I think everybody in the mall is.                   
                       As you know, I recently split with                  
                       my girlfriend and basically, I was                  
                       wondering if, since you don't have                  
                       a boyfriend, that I could maybe be                  
                       your boyfriend and you could be my
                       girlfriend?
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       That's my house!
          
          Ronnie hits the brakes.
          
          
          EXT. BRANDI'S HOUSE - NIGHT                                      
          
          Ronnie opens Brandi's door and helps Brandi out. She's           
          almost passed out drunk. Both of her eyes are closed and         
          she immediately tries to sleep on the ground. Ronnie             
          helps her up, but when he does, Brandi gives him a               
          kiss -- a sloppy one.                                            
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    64.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Brandi, I had a wonderful time                      
                       tonight.
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       I'm so fucking shit-faced.
          
          They kiss again, but when they do, Brandi pukes all over         
          the place. It's a disgusting puke and there's vomit on
          her cheek and stuff. Ronnie holds her head for her.
          
                                       RONNIE
                       Are you okay?
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       My breath smells like asshole.                      
          
          Ronnie looks longingly into her eyes.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I love you, Brandi.                                 
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       I think I've got puke in my teeth.                  
          
                                       RONNIE                              
                       I don't care.                                       
          
          Ronnie kisses Brandi passionately on the mouth. He walks
          her inside the house. On the way in, she falls over.             
          Ronnie helps her up. He carries her into the house where         
          the make-love spot is.                                           
          
                                                    CUT TO BLACK.
          
          FADE IN:
          
          INT. MALL - FOOD COURT - DAY                                     
          
          Ronnie is with Dennis in the food court. Ronnie is               
          smiling, but Dennis isn't saying a word as usual.                
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Don't look at me like that,                         
                       Dennis. I told you I wouldn't                       
                       talk.                                               
          
          Ronnie sits back, but he can't help a giant grin on his          
          face.                                                            
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  65.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                              
                       I'm serious, Dennis. A gentleman                  
                       never kisses and tells. So, just                  
                       stop with all the pressure because                
                       it's just not gonna happen.                       
          
          Ronnie keeps on grinning at Dennis.                            
          
                                     RONNIE                              
                       Okay, fine, you son of a bitch,                   
                       you want details, I'll give you                   
                       details. I had sex with Brandi                    
                       last night.                                       
          
          Dennis and Ronnie high-five.                                   
          
                                     RONNIE                              
                       It was amazing. I mean, I've                      
                       never experienced anything like                   
                       it. I've been with a girl or two.                 
          
          Dennis stares at Ronnie.                                       
          
                                     RONNIE                              
                       Okay, fine, I've been with a girl,                
                       but let me tell you, this was so                  
                       much better. You know how many                    
                       times we did it? Twice! BAM!                      
                       BAM! BAM!                                         
          
          
          OVER AT THE CINNABON STAND                                     
          
          Nell, who looks like she's been crying nonstop, stuffs a       
          whole Cinnabon into her face. As it fills her cheeks,          
          she looks over to Ronnie's table and sees Ronnie making        
          thrusting motions at the table. Nell swallows, stuffs          
          another Cinnabon in, then storms out of the Food Court.        
          
          
          BACK AT RONNIE'S TABLE                                         
          
          Ronnie continues to talk to Dennis.                            
          
                                     RONNIE                              
                       But I got to tell you, Dennis. It                 
                       was steamy and sexy, but more than                
                       anything, I should tell you that                  
                       it's her soul that I fell for the                 
                       most. She got pretty tanked, but                  
                       I could just really tell that                     
                       she's a good person. The kind of                  
                       person that I could see myself                    
                       with.                                             
                                     (MORE)
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    66.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE (CONT'D)
                       Look, I'm gonna get out of here.                    
                       There's a lot of people I need to                   
                       tell about this, so I'll catch up                   
                       with you later. Oh, and I almost                    
                       forgot, keep your eyes peeled for                   
                       crime and stuff.                                    
          
          Ronnie leaves the table.                                         
          
          
          INT. DEPARTMENT STORE - DAY                                      
          
          Nell watches Brandi as she pops a couple of aspirin              
          behind the makeup counter. She takes a deep breath and           
          walks up to the counter.                                         
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       Excuse me.                                          
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       How may I help you?                                 
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       I need to talk to you.                              
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       What is it, honey? Let me guess.                    
                       You're looking for something to                     
                       take care of those blackheads and                   
                       hide that puffiness under your                      
                       eyes. I've got just the thing.                      
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       No, that's not it.    Well, how much                
                       is it?                                              
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Fifty dollars for the bottle.                       
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       Okay, I'll take it.                                 
          
          Brandi begins to ring up the cream.                              
          
                                     NELL                                  
                       Listen, I know you're Ronnie's new                  
                       girlfriend.                                         
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       What the hell are you talking                       
                       about?                                              
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   67.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       It's okay. I know he left me to                    
                       be with you and I accept that.                     
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       I don't know who you've been                       
                       talking to, but it's safe to say                   
                       that you're fucking trippin'.                      
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       It's fine really. It's going to                    
                       take a while for me to get over                    
                       it, but I'll be okay.                              
          
          Nell starts to get all teary-eyed. She picks up a               
          Kleenex from a box on the counter and wipes her eyes.           
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       Oh fuckin' Lord. This is                           
                       disgusting.                                        
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       I'm sorry.                                         
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       Pull it together. This is how you                  
                       run around all the time? Have                      
                       some self-respect. No wonder your                  
                       man left you. Who the hell would                   
                       want to be around this shit all                    
                       day?                                               
          
          Nell pulls herself together.                                    
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       Jesus teaches us to forgive. And                   
                       I forgive you for what you did to                  
                       me when you stole my boyfriend.                    
                       Plus, I feel pretty confident that                 
                       you'll end up burning in hell                      
                       because of the various evil ways                   
                       you live your life and that brings                 
                       me some satisfaction. But I just                   
                       want to tell you that Ronnie is a                  
                       good person. He does a lot of                      
                       stupid stuff, but really, he wants                 
                       to do good for the world. I want                   
                       you to know that if you hurt him                   
                       and ruin his heart, I will                         
                       personally come down here and kick                 
                       the ever living shit out of you.                   
          
          Nell walks away.                                                
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   68.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       You better fuckin' run, bitch!                     
          
          Nell turns around and starts storming toward Brandi.            
          Brandi throws her hands up, frightened.                         
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       I'm just kidding.                                  
          
          Nell stops charging and walks away. Nell walks past             
          Bruce who is helping a customer at the end of the               
          counter.                                                        
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       It's not too late to change your                   
                       ways.                                              
          
                                         BRUCE                            
                       Okay.   Thanks.                                    
          
          Nell walks out of the department store.                         
          
          
          INT. MALL - FLOWER SHOP - DAY
          
          Ronnie looks at the colorful flowers in the glass
          refrigerator. The FLOWER SALESMAN walks up to Ronnie.           
          
                                     FLOWER SALESMAN                      
                       Ronnie, I've been expecting you.                   
          
                                         RONNIE                           
                       You have?                                          
          
                                     FLOWER SALESMAN                      
                       Oh yeah, I heard about last night.                 
                       Brandi is quite the woman.                         
                       Congratulations, my friend. Or                     
                       should I say, welcome to the club?                 
          
          The Flower Salesman winks and starts laughing. Ronnie           
          doesn't. It gets weird so the Flower Salesman stops.            
          
                                     RONNIE
                       What color of roses do the women
                       like anyway?                                       
          
                                     FLOWER SALESMAN
                       Well, it depends on what you are
                       trying to say. The white roses
                       symbolize innocence and purity.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    69.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Yeah, we're way past the color
                       white if you know what I mean.
                       What about the yellow ones?
          
                                     FLOWER SALESMAN
                       Joy, happiness, appreciation.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I don't even know what to make of
                       that.
          
                                     FLOWER SALESMAN
                       The pink rose means thank you.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Next.
          
                                     FLOWER SALESMAN
                       The red rose is the most powerful.
                       It symbolizes love.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Why didn't you just say that?    I'm
                       a busy man here.
          
                                     FLOWER SALESMAN
                       I'm sorry.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Forget it. Give me a big bag of
                       the red ones.
          
                                     FLOWER SALESMAN
                       Um, can I ask a question?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Go ahead.
          
                                     FLOWER SALESMAN
                       Do you really like Brandi?                          
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I've only been on one date with                     
                       her, but I could see myself being                   
                       with her for all of eternity.                       
          
                                     FLOWER SALESMAN
                       Well, in that case, the greatest
                       symbol of love is just a single
                       red rose.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      70.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                       RONNIE
                       Seems   like a big bag of roses
                       would   be more love than just one,
                       but I   guess you're the expert.
                       Gimme   one.
          
          The Flower Salesman takes a single red rose from the case
          and hands it to Ronnie.
          
          
          INT. DEPARTMENT STORE - DAY
          
          Brandi is behind the counter gossiping with Bruce.                 
          Ronnie holds his rose and watches them from a distance.
          He takes a deep breath and then walks to the counter.
          
                                       RONNIE
                       Brandi?                                               
          
                                     BRANDI                                  
                       What are you doing here?                              
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I came here to see you. And to
                       present you with this single red
                       rose. It symbolizes 'love.'
          
                                     BRANDI                                  
                       Ronnie, that's really... uncalled
                       for.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Well, after last night,   I just
                       wanted you to know that   it wasn't
                       just some fling to me.    It meant
                       something special and I   felt it
                       deep in my soul.
          
                                     BRUCE
                       You fucked the Security Guard?
                               (PLAYFUL)
                       You are such a little slut!
          
                                     BRANDI                                  
                       Oh, like you've never been drunk,
                       Bruce!
          
          Brandi grabs Ronnie and pulls him off to the side.                 
          
                                     BRANDI                                  
                       Ronnie, look. I got to be honest
                       with you. I barely remember last                      
                       night.                                                
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    71.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       I remember it for the both of us.                   
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Okay, see here's the thing. I                       
                       don't know how to say this, so I'm                  
                       just gonna come on out with it.                     
                       Ronnie, I could never date you                      
                       seriously. I mean, you're a                         
                       security guard.                                     
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       I'm the head of Mall Security.                      
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Exactly. The point is, I don't                      
                       really see myself being with that.                  
                       Like ever. You know what I mean?                    
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Brandi, I know exactly what you                     
                       mean. And I just want to thank                      
                       you for being honest. You're                        
                       telling me I'm not living up to my                  
                       full potential in life. It's                        
                       funny, because I've been feeling                    
                       like this for quite some time. I                    
                       guess I just needed that extra                      
                       little push to get me over this                     
                       hurdle I've been stuck on. How                      
                       can you be with a man who isn't                     
                       living the life he was meant to?                    
                                                                           
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Yeah, something like that. And                      
                       just you know, you're a security                    
                       guard at the mall and it's like,                    
                       come on, you know?                                  
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       I don't like it, Brandi, but I do                   
                       understand. I promise you this.                     
                       Next time you see me, I will be                     
                       wearing a uniform that will make                    
                       you proud. I will be the man that                   
                       you will be honored to call your                    
                       life's love.                                        
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Don't bet on it.                                    
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     72.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       I will though. I'll bet                              
                       everything I have on you. Now I                      
                       ask you for one favor. Although I                    
                       am unworthy, will you accept this                    
                       rose from me anyway?                                 
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       I can't do that. And tell your                       
                       girlfriend to stop coming by my                      
                       work and threatening me and shit.                    
          
          Brandi walks away, leaving Ronnie there holding his               
          flower.                                                           
          
                                                           CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                                            
          Ronnie sits at a small table and waits patiently. Then a
          POLICEMAN walks into the room. Ronnie stands to shake
          his hand.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I'm here to become a police
                       officer.
          
                                     POLICEMAN
                       We're always on the hunt for new
                       recruits. Do you have at least a
                       high school diploma?
          
                                       RONNIE
                       I have a GED.
          
                                     POLICEMAN
                       We usually prefer an actual
                       diploma, but GED is technically
                       acceptable. Are you a citizen of
                       the United States?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You bet your ass I am.
          
                                     POLICEMAN
                       Okay, Mr. Barnhardt, there are
                       several steps you have to complete
                       in order to be eligible for the
                       police academy. Physical
                       evaluation, psychological test,
                       background check.
                                     (MORE)
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   73.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     POLICEMAN (CONT'D)
                       If you pass these tests, you will
                       be admitted to the police academy.
                       Now, I like to tell all new
                       recruits that they should complete
                       a ride along before making this
                       decision. It's where you actually
                       ride along with a real police
                       officer during a routine patrol.
                       It helps give you an idea of the
                       kind of situations you'll be
                       dealing with. Sound good?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       That sounds fun. Sign me up.
          
          
          INT. POLICE CAR - NIGHT
          
          Ronnie sits in the unmarked police car with Detective
          Harrison.
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       It's like it was meant to be. You                  
                       behind the wheel. Me riding shotgun.               
                       Two brothers of the badge unite to                 
                       form the ultimate crime-stopping combo.            
                       I'm psyched to be here, Harrison.                  
                       Thank you for the opportunity.                     
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                   
                       You requested to ride along with me.               
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       I know. You want to know the                       
                       truth. It's because I respect                      
                       you. See, when we're at the mall,                  
                       it's obviously my turf. Sure, I                    
                       break your balls about being a                     
                       rookie, but out here in the                        
                       streets, I'm the rookie. I'm here                  
                       to learn. Teach me.                                
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                   
                       Why do you want to become a Cop?                   
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       I've wanted to be a Police officer                 
                       all my life.                                       
                                     (MORE)
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    74.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE (CONT'D)
                       Don't get me wrong, I love keeping
                       the mall safe, but you guys are
                       the ones that really enforce
                       justice and protect, not just our
                       mall, but our whole community. I
                       don't tell the guys on my squad
                       this, but the Security Guard job
                       was just temporary.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Well, just pay attention tonight
                       and make sure you stay out of the
                       way.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Right, we're not back at the
                       station anymore so we can cut the
                       charade.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       What are you talking about?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Well, I know that policy demands I
                       stay out of the way, but between
                       you and me, I just want you to
                       know that if anything pops off
                       tonight, I'm going to jump right
                       in there and take 'em down with
                       you.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       No, no. Ronnie, policy says you
                       have to stay in the car.                            
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I get you. You have to say this
                       in order to keep you safe
                       'legally' speaking. I should
                       probably follow along too. 'I
                       swear I won't get out of the car
                       and fight justice tonight.'
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Ronnie, you really can't.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I know.
          
          Ronnie winks at Detective Harrison.    A smile comes across      
          Harrison's face.                                                 
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    75.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                    
                       I'm glad we understand each other.                  
          
          Detective Harrison puts the car in drive and the guys
          head off for the night.
          
          
          INT. POLICE CAR - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          Ronnie and Detective Harrison sit in the parked car.
          They're at the shittiest crack corner in the whole town.
          Lots of scary bums and hookers loiter around the car.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Yeah, so then I basically saw his                   
                       ass trying to circumvent around                     
                       the ped exit and slip through the                   
                       employ exit. Not allowed. The                       
                       two ped exits are to be used                        
                       only --                                             
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       You see that corner there, Ronnie?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Yeah, I see it.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       That corner used to be the worst                    
                       corner in this whole town. It was
                       riddled with drugs, prostitution,
                       and gang violence. It was
                       nicknamed 'The Crossroads.'
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Shit, I've heard of that.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       That's right, but myself and the
                       other officers worked on cleaning
                       it up for years so that the good
                       folks of this neighborhood
                       wouldn't have to worry about being
                       safe. Yes, sir, that corner is a
                       testament to the fine police work
                       of our force.
          
                                       RONNIE
                       I don't know.    It looks pretty
                       shitty to me.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     76.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Well, it's a low income area,
                       Ronnie. You're being kind of
                       prejudiced.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Oh, yeah, I can see that it's
                       basically a fine neighborhood.                       
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       That's right, but it hasn't been
                       easy. We still patrol this area
                       every night just to keep our
                       presence up.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I use that same technique at the
                       mall.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       I'm sure. I usually do the foot
                       patrols myself, but because I like
                       you, I'm going to let you do it
                       tonight.
          
                                       RONNIE
                       Really?
          
                                       DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Yeah,   really. But I told you
                       about   department policy, so I'm
                       going   to need you to keep quiet
                       about   this one.
          
                                      RONNIE
                       You can count on me.     Thank you
                       for the honor.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Of course, Ronnie. I just really
                       believe in you.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I won't let you down.
          
          Ronnie   opens the door and gets out of the car. As he
          exits,   a car drives by BLARING RAP MUSIC. The passenger
          throws   a beer bottle at Ronnie. He dodges it and the
          bottle   shatters on the ground.
          
          Ronnie is shaken, but he waves to Detective Harrison like
          he's okay. Detective Harrison waves back, then PEELS OUT
          OF THERE. Ronnie is confused.
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     77.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Where are you going?!
          
          Detective Harrison keeps on driving without looking back.
          
                                                           CUT TO:
          
          
          EXT. CROSSROADS - A SHORT TIME LATER
          
          Ronnie looks petrified as he stands guard.       A BUM stands
          off to the side staring Ronnie down.
          
          Ronnie waves to the bum. The bum runs his finger under
          his throat. Ronnie tries to ignore him.
          
          A group of KIDS walk by Ronnie talking loudly.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Hey, no horse play. You guys get
                       on home.
          
                                     KID
                       You want some crack?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       No, I don't want any crack. In
                       fact, I didn't want to do this,
                       but you leave me no choice in the
                       matter. I'm placing you under
                       citizen's arrest.
          
          Ronnie grabs the little Kid by the shoulders to restrain
          him.
          
                                     KID
                       Let me go, motherfucker!
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I place you under citizen's arrest                   
                       for the crime of selling a
                       Schedule 1 Narcotic. You have the
                       right to remain silent...
          
          Unbeknownst to Ronnie, Gang Members start walking up
          behind him. It's like that scene in Training Day where
          all the gangsters are hanging out right across the street
          with guns and shit. They come up behind him as he speaks
          to the kids...
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    78.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       ... If you cannot afford an
                       attorney, one will be appointed to
                       you. Now I guess we just wait
                       here for my ride to come back.
          
          Ronnie turns around to look for Harrison's return, but
          instead he sees that he is surrounded by a large group of
          pissed-off GANG MEMBERS.
          
                                     GANG MEMBER #1
                       That's my little brother you got
                       there.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Who, this little guy right here?
          
                                       GANG MEMBER #1
                       That's right.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Well, I hate to be the one to tell
                       you this, but it appears that your
                       little brother has tried to sell
                       me illegal drugs. I know it's
                       hard for you to hear that.
          
                                     GANG MEMBER #1
                       He works for me, motherfucker!
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Is that so? Well then, it looks
                       like you got one less employee
                       because I'm taking little brother                   
                       down. I'll die right here before
                       I let crime prevail.
          
          The Gang Members all pull out their guns and point them
          at Ronnie.
          
                                     RONNIE
                               (to the little Kid)
                       Free to go, little brother. My
                       mistake completely. Good luck
                       with the crack.                                     
          
          The little Kid runs off.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Alright, so I guess I'll be seeing
                       you folks.
          
          The Gang Members stand in Ronnie's way and cock their
          guns.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   79.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     GANG MEMBER #2
                       Yo, waste this pig, Tone.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Oh, no. That's really not
                       necessary, Tone.                                   
          
                                      GANG MEMBER #2
                       Do it, man.
          
          Gang Member #1 puts the gun right up to Ronnie's head.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Oh, Jesus, I don't want to die.
                       Don't let me die, don't do it!
          
          Ronnie goes down on his knees.
          
                                      RONNIE
                       No, please!   I'm sorry!
                                                                          
          Ronnie reaches into his boot and pulls out a small rod.
          He flips his wrist and it extends into a night stick.
          Ronnie's begging was a trap. Ronnie pops up and begins
          dropping all those motherfuckers with lightning-fast
          precision.
          
          Ronnie breaks arms and busts heads like a fucking ninja.
          Gang Member #1 comes in and hits Ronnie with a sucker
          punch, busting his nose wide open.
          
          Ronnie stands up and goes mano y mano in a fist fight
          with Gang Member #1. He starts kicking Ronnie's ass.
          Ronnie goes down again and Gang Member #1 starts stomping
          Ronnie.
          
          Ronnie grabs Gang Member #1's leg and twists it. He
          takes him down. Ronnie jumps on top of him and begins
          beating him senseless.
          
          SLOW MOTION: Ronnie stands up and looks around at the
          pool of beaten bodies. This is Ronnie at his most primal
          and also at his best.
          
                                                         CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT
          
          Detective Harrison is eating doughnuts and laughing with
          a bunch of other COPS.
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    80.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     COP #1
                       I can't believe you dropped him
                       off at the Crossroads. That's
                       fucking hilarious.
          
                                      DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Trust me, you would have done the
                       same thing. This guy is without a
                       doubt the biggest fucking idiot I
                       have ever met.
          
                                     COP #1
                       He's probably going to get killed.
          
                                    DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Good! Fuck him, I hope he does
                       get killed.
          
          All of a sudden, Ronnie comes in all beaten and bruised.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Ronnie, what are you doing here?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I know what you did!
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Ronnie, look, I didn't do anything --
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You're not going to talk your way
                       out of this one. You set me up!
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Ronnie, look --
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Don't try to deny it! You set me
                       up and that's all there is to it.
          
                                      DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Ronnie, I --
          
                                     RONNIE
                       And I just want to thank you for
                       it.
          
                                      DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Thank me?   Why?
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     81.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Because I'm proud to report that I
                       passed the test. I know you
                       wanted to see if I had the chops
                       to cut it on the police force and
                       I'm glad to say that I passed. I
                       knew I would get initiated some
                       time, but I didn't think it would
                       be so soon. Thank you, Detective
                       Harrison. Thank you for believing
                       in me.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Ronnie, I don't know what to say.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You don't have to say anything.
                       Your actions speak for themselves.                   
                       Thank you for giving this rookie a
                       shot. Get used to seeing Ronnie
                       Barnhardt around here, boys.
          
          
          BAD-ASS PHYSICAL EXAM MONTAGE - INT. TRAINING FIELD -
          DAY
          
          SPRINT: The TESTING OFFICER blows a whistle and starts
          the 100 meter dash. Ronnie jumps off the starting line
          and hauls ass down the track. The other Trainees fall
          behind Ronnie as he smokes their asses.
          
          PULL-UPS: Ronnie jumps on the bar and begins to do pull-
          up after pull-up.
          
          SIDE SLIDE: The Testing Officer blows a whistle and
          Ronnie begins to shuffle side to side like an ice skater
          that never moves forward.
          
          SIT-UPS:     Ronnie goes hard on the sit-ups.
          
          OBSTACLE COURSE: Ronnie sprints up a wall and flips to
          the other side. He charges a body of water, then jumps
          onto the rope and swings safely to the other side.
          
                                                           CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. MALL - NIGHT
          
          All the lights are off and we see the dark shadow creep
          through the darkness.
          
          The shadow breaks into the SHOE STORE and grabs as many           
          pairs of sneakers that it can carry. The shadow opens             
          the sliding cage and closes it from the other side. Then          
          bends down and locks it.
          
                                                                82.
          
          INT. MALL - MANAGER'S OFFICE - THE NEXT DAY                  
          
          Mark sits behind his desk reading a paper. The HEADLINE      
          READS: CHAOS CLIMBS AT CAROLINA MALL. There's a KNOCK        
          at the door.                                                 
          
                                    MARK                               
                    Come in.                                           
          
          Ronnie sticks his head in the door.                          
          
                                  RONNIE                               
                    Good morning, Mark.                                
          
                                  MARK                                 
                    Is it, Ronnie? I mean, the mall                    
                    is getting butchered in the press.                 
                    Somebody who works here is ripping                 
                    the place off. The cops don't                      
                    have any leads. I'm getting shit                   
                    from the owner of the mall. Sales                  
                    are down. I mean, what's so good                   
                    about this morning?                                
          
                                  RONNIE                               
                    I feel your pain, Mark. Quite                      
                    frankly, there's two things                        
                    happening. One, I'm lacking a                      
                    sufficient firearm. And two,                       
                    we're understaffed. That's why I                   
                    come to you this morning with a                    
                    plan.                                              
                            (calling to the door)                      
                    Come on in, Charles.                               
          
          Charles opens the door and walks in.                         
          
                                    MARK                               
                    Who is this?                                       
          
                                  RONNIE                               
                    This is Charles, sir.                              
          
                                  CHARLES                              
                            (BOUNCER)
                    How's it going?                                    
          
                                  MARK                                 
                    You work at O'Charley's, right.                    
          
                                    CHARLES                            
                    That's right.                                      
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    83.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Mark, I would like to hire Charles                  
                       here as an additional Security                      
                       Guard. He would operate under me.                   
                       I figure with the additional                        
                       criminal element, we should hire                    
                       more security in hopes that we                      
                       would have a better chance of                       
                       catching these guys.                                
          
                                     MARK                                  
                       Do you have any experience, son?                    
          
                                     CHARLES                               
                       Not really.                                         
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Um, sir, I have personally been                     
                       training young Charles for weeks                    
                       now in preparation for this day.                    
                       The kid kind of looks up to me.                     
                       I'm some what of a big brother to                   
                       the little guy.                                     
          
          Charles kind of looks at Ronnie like he's crazy.                 
          
                                     MARK                                  
                       Alright, it's actually not a bad                    
                       idea. It might make our Security                    
                       more visible so we can give people                  
                       the illusion that we're on top of                   
                       this.                                               
          
          Ronnie winks at Charles.                                         
          
                                     CHARLES                               
                       Thank you, Mark.                                    
          
                                     MARK                                  
                       Ronnie, one more thing. Look, if                    
                       this crime doesn't come to an end                   
                       pretty soon, we're gonna have to                    
                       let someone go. I mean, you've                      
                       always done a great job for me,                     
                       but the truth is, someone is going                  
                       to have to take the fall. You're                    
                       the one who wanted to be Head of                    
                       Mall Security and quite frankly, I                  
                       just bought my wife a new                           
                       Cadillac, so let's just say it                      
                       won't be me.                                        
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     84.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       With Charles on my team, I can now                   
                       devote more time to the robbery                      
                       and Pervert case. I plan on                          
                       having these wrapped up by the end                   
                       of the week.                                         
          
          Mark laughs to himself.                                           
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Why'd you just laugh?                                
          
                                       MARK                                 
                       It's nothing.    Have fun, Ronnie.                   
          
          Ronnie looks at Charles.                                          
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Did I say something funny?                           
          
                                     CHARLES                                
                       Let's go, Ronnie.                                    
          
          Ronnie and Charles take off.                                      
          
          
          INT. MALL - DAY                                                   
          
          Ronnie and Charles stand in the middle of the floor and           
          supervise the "mall walkers."                                     
          
                                     CHARLES                                
                       Be careful, guys. Nice and slow.                     
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       That's not bad, but you need to                      
                       learn to speak in a more                             
                       authoritative voice. Watch this.                     
                       Slow it down! Slow it down!                          
                       You've already received one                          
                       verbal, don't make me issue a                        
                       second!                                              
                               (back to Charles)                            
                       See, you can't be intimidated.                       
                       You have to make them respect you.                   
          
                                     CHARLES                                
                       Ronnie, you know I really want to                    
                       thank you for the job. You're a                      
                       man of your word.                                    
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      85.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       No problem, my young student. So,                     
                       I got something to tell you. Keep                     
                       this between us until it's                            
                       official, but I don't think I'm                       
                       going to be here for much longer.                     
                                                                             
                                     CHARLES                                 
                       You're quitting? But you love                         
                       this job.                                             
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       I do love it, but it looks like                       
                       someone is going to be joining the                    
                       police force.                                         
          
                                     CHARLES                                 
                       The real police?                                      
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       They're calling me up. It's                           
                       basically a done deal. Just a                         
                       little red tape is the only thing                     
                       keeping me from carrying a gun.                       
          
                                     CHARLES                                 
                       I didn't even know you wanted to                      
                       become a Cop.                                         
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       It's always been my job. The Mall                     
                       thing is great training, but it                       
                       has its limitations. Some stars                       
                       are just meant to shine brighter                      
                       than others.                                          
          
                                     CHARLES                                 
                       Congrats, brother.                                    
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                               (to a mall walker)                            
                       HEY, SLOW IT DOWN, LADY!                              
          
          A Mall Walker slows her pace.        She turns around and          
          Ronnie sees that it's Nell.                                        
          
                                      RONNIE                                 
                       Nell?                                                 
          
                                      NELL                                   
                       Hey, Ronnie.                                          
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       What are you doing?                                   
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     86.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     NELL                                   
                       Nothing, just getting in shape.                      
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Well, that's okay, I guess.   Just                   
                       watch your speed, okay?                              
          
          Nell waves and walks on.                                          
          
                                     CHARLES                                
                       Isn't that your girlfriend?                          
          
                                       RONNIE                               
                       Ex.                                                  
          
                                     CHARLES                                
                       She looked good.                                     
          
                                       RONNIE                               
                       You think so?                                        
          
                                     CHARLES                                
                       She looks a lot better.                              
          
                                       RONNIE                               
                       Yeah.                                                
                                                                            
          Ronnie shrugs it off.                                             
          
          
          INT. PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION - DAY
          
          Ronnie sits across from a female PSYCHOLOGIST.
          
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST
                       Okay, Ronnie, today I'll be giving
                       you a psychiatric evaluation to
                       determine if you're competent to
                       enter into the Police Academy.                       
                       It's really just a formality.                        
                       Don't want any serial killers
                       working for us, now do we?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       No, ma'am, we don't.
          
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST
                       Okay, Ronnie, so let's start with
                       your background. Where are you
                       from?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Born and raised right here.
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    87.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST
                       Local boy. Okay, and, Ronnie,
                       have you ever been convicted of
                       any crimes?
          
                                      RONNIE
                       No, ma'am.   My record is totally
                       clean.
          
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST
                       Do you now take any illegal drugs
                       or have you taken any in the past?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       No, ma'am. I believe drugs are
                       the path to self-destruction and
                       should be purged from the face of
                       the earth with ruthless vengeance.
          
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST
                       Any prescription medications?                       
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Yes, for my nerves. A man in my
                       line of work has a lot of stress
                       to deal with. If you've seen the                    
                       bloodshed I've seen, you'd be on
                       the meds too. I -- Where are you
                       going with this?
          
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST
                       Are you presently or have you ever
                       been affiliated with the Communist
                       Party?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I can't believe you'd even ask me
                       that.
          
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST
                       Have you ever been in the
                       military?
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Yes.                                                
                                                                           
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST
                       What branch of the military were
                       you in?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       The kind of branch that doesn't
                       exist on paper.
                                                                           
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    88.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST
                       Okay, here's a real world
                       scenario. You have a gun --
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Finally.                                            
          
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST                          
                       That wasn't really the question,                    
                       never mind, I think I got that                      
                       one. Um... here's one. Do you                       
                       feel like you would work well on a                  
                       team?                                               
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Would I? Yes. Would I be more                       
                       useful working alone, I would say                   
                       definitely. I see myself more                       
                       like a Rambo kind of guy. A man                     
                       who rolls solo. Taking care of                      
                       business on his own terms. Kind                     
                       of like a Superhero or something.                   
          
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST
                       Why do you want to become a cop?                    
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I want to become a cop to help
                       people. The world is a scary                        
                       place with lots of evil                             
                       everywhere. See, I have this                        
                       vision of evil trying to get at                     
                       the world from every angle and                      
                       there I stand at the top of it all                  
                       with my gun, just kind of blowing                   
                       it away. Just me and my weapons,                    
                       cleaning up this whole town. I                      
                       know I could do some good if I was                  
                       just given a chance and everybody                   
                       would be a lot better off.                          
          
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST                          
                       Uh-huh. So, what do you feel is                     
                       the greatest danger facing a                        
                       police officer today?                               
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Maybe Russian gang activity, but                    
                       you know what? I think I'm gonna                    
                       have to go with evil on that one                    
                       too.                                                
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    89.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     PSYCHOLOGIST                          
                       Okay, I think we're good here.                      
                       It's been a pleasure, Ronnie.                       
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Thank you, ma'am.                                   
          
          
          INT. RONNIE'S HOUSE - BATHROOM - NIGHT                           
          
          Ronnie's Mom takes a bath and swigs on a bottle. She's           
          drunk and passing out in the tub. Ronnie scrubs her back         
          with a sponge.                                                   
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       I'm telling you, Mom, this police                   
                       thing could be good for both of                     
                       us. Not just the fact that I'll                     
                       be making the streets safer for                     
                       you, but they have health                           
                       insurance and a pension plan so I                   
                       don't have to worry about your                      
                       medical bills as much.                              
          
                                     MOM                                   
                       I don't care about that bullshit.                   
                       All I need is a little nip of this                  
                       good shit right here and I'm ready                  
                       to walk through the pearly gates.                   
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Mom, I know, but maybe you should                   
                       stop drinking so much. You're                       
                       getting up there and you know what                  
                       the doctor said about your liver.                   
          
                                     MOM                                   
                       I don't tell you how to party,                      
                       don't tell me how to live my life.                  
                       I've taken care of you since you                    
                       were born.                                          
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       I just worry about you is all.                      
          
                                     MOM                                   
                       Ronnie, don't get your hopes up                     
                       about this police thing.                            
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Why would you say that?                             
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    90.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     MOM                                   
                       You know why. I just don't want                     
                       to see you get hurt. It's my job                    
                       to protect you from the bullshit.                   
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Mom, I appreciate it, but I'm                       
                       going to make it as a police                        
                       officer. I'm tired of coming in                     
                       second all the time. Everybody in                   
                       life gets to go for their goals,                    
                       why should I be any different?                      
          
                                     MOM                                   
                       I know. Just be careful is all.                     
                       You've got a good heart and I                       
                       don't want to see it broken.                        
          
                                      RONNIE                               
                       Okay, Mom.   I hear you.                            
          
                                     MOM                                   
                       And, Ronnie, one more thing.                        
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       What's that, Mom?                                   
          
          In the tub, a bunch of bubbles plop to the surface.              
          
                                      RONNIE                               
                       Mom!   That's gross!                                
          
                                     MOM                                   
                               (drunk laughing)                            
                       That's right! Now you got to                        
                       smell it!                                           
          
                                      RONNIE                               
                       Mom.                                                
          
          
          EXT. POLICE ACADEMY - DAY
          
          The Police Academy is full of energy as new recruits pour
          up the steps and into the building, eager to start their
          training.
          
          Ronnie comes walking up and takes a long look at the
          building. Ronnie smiles to himself and heads up the
          stairs.
          
          Ronnie reaches the top where Detective Harrison is
          waiting. Ronnie stops.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    91.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Ronnie Barnhardt reporting for
                       duty.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       I can see that. Listen, I don't                     
                       really know how to say this, but
                       we're not going to be able to let
                       you join the academy.
          
                                      RONNIE
                       What?!   Why not?
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       It seems you had a little trouble
                       passing the minimum requirements.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Did I fail one of the tests?
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                    
                       Well, yes, actually, you failed                     
                       the psychological exam.                             
          
                                      RONNIE                               
                       No!                                                 
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                    
                       It says...                                          
                               (reads from the form)                       
                       That Ronnie Barnhardt shows                         
                       warning signs of delusion and                       
                       allowing him to join the force                      
                       puts his life and the lives of                      
                       others in jeopardy.                                 
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Detective Harrison, you've got to                   
                       believe me. I'm completely sound.                   
                       This has got to be a mistake.                       
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Ronnie, I personally did your                       
                       background check and this is the
                       fifth time you've been turned down
                       for the police academy.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You guys keep records on that?                      
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   92.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       We sure do. Look, I tried to talk                   
                       to them, but there's no way                         
                       they're gonna let you in. I'm                       
                       sorry, but your dreams of becoming                  
                       a Police Officer just aren't going                  
                       to happen.                                          
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I understand. Thanks for                            
                       believing in me, Detective. And                     
                       just for the record, I'm not                        
                       crazy.
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                    
                       Take care, Ronnie.                                  
          
          Detective Harrison goes inside and closes the doors on
          Ronnie.
          
          Ronnie stands outside of the closed academy by himself.
          
          The CAMERA PUSHES INTO Ronnie and SPINS UPSIDE-DOWN.
          
                                                  CUT TO BLACK.
          
          FADE IN:
          
          INT. CAROLINA MALL - MORNING
          
          Ronnie is behind the locked gate to the food court, but
          it looks like he is behind bars in a prison. Ronnie
          slides the bars up and walks out.
          
          
          INT. MALL - DAY
          Ronnie walks through the mall and looks at the lights of
          the different shops. Everything looks colorful and
          weird. Ronnie is in his own head. This isn't the
          exciting world as before, now it's a disgusting
          fabricated make-believe land.
          
          TIME LAPSE: A DAY SPEEDS BY AS RONNIE WALKS LIKE A
          ZOMBIE THROUGH IT ALL.
          
          
          INT. MALL - FOOD COURT - NIGHT                                   
          
          The mall is kind of winding down for the day.      The stores    
          are closing and people are going home.                           
          
          Ronnie sees Nell putting her apron away and preparing to         
          leave. Ronnie walks up to her.                                   
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      93.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Hey, Nell.                                            
          
                                      NELL                                   
                       Hey, Ronnie.   How's it going?                        
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       Can I talk to you for a second?                       
          
                                      NELL                                   
                       What is it?                                           
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       I tried to get into the police                        
                       academy again and the same thing                      
                       happened.                                             
          
                                     NELL                                    
                       Oh, Ronnie, I'm sorry.                                
          
          Ronnie starts to tear up.                                          
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       Why does this keep happening to                       
                       me, Nell?                                             
          
                                     NELL                                    
                       I don't know, Ronnie.    Maybe it's                   
                       just not meant to be.    Are you                      
                       okay?                                                 
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       No. Are you going home? I mean,                       
                       do you want to go somewhere and                       
                       talk or something?                                    
          
                                     NELL                                    
                       Ronnie, I can't.                                      
          
                                      RONNIE                                 
                       Why not?                                              
          
                                     NELL                                    
                       I've got plans.                                       
          
                                      RONNIE                                 
                       What plans?                                           
          
                                     SADDAMN                                 
                       Look at this sorry piece of shit.                     
          
          Ronnie looks up to see Saddamn walking toward him.                 
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   94.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       What the fuck do you want?                         
          
                                     SADDAMN                              
                       I don't want anything from you.                    
                               (to Nell)                                  
                       How you doing, sweetness?                          
          
          Saddamn hugs Nell from behind and kisses her on the             
          cheek.                                                          
          
                                     SADDAMN                              
                       You look beautiful tonight.                        
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       What the fuck is going on?                         
          
                                     SADDAMN                              
                       You ready to go? We got                            
                       reservations at 9:00.                              
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       I'm ready, Saddamn.                                
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Nell, for the love of God, don't                   
                       go with him.                                       
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       I'm sorry, Ronnie.                                 
          
          Nell and Saddamn turn and walk towards the door. On the         
          way out, Saddamn turns back around to Ronnie and smiles.        
          Then, he begins to "air hump" Nell from behind.                 
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Don't go, Nell. Remember your                      
                       purity! Remember your purity!                      
          
          Nell and Saddamn leave the mall.                                
          
          
          INT. MALL - DAY                                                 
          
          Ronnie sits down on one of the benches in the mall.      He     
          watches a couple walk by, their little kid swinging             
          between their arms.                                             
          
          Then, Stevie comes in and takes a seat next to Ronnie.          
          
                                     STEVIE                               
                       What are you doing, Ronnie?                        
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      95.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       I'm just taking a break. What do                      
                       you want, Stevie? I don't have                        
                       time to fuck around with you                          
                       today.                                                
          
                                     STEVIE                                  
                       I got something.                                      
          
          Stevie reaches into his pocket.       He pulls out a bunch of      
          Polaroids of penises.                                              
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       What the fuck is this?                                
          
                                     DUDE                                    
                       Dude, I found these all over the                      
                       mall. I'm guessing that whoever                       
                       this Mall Flasher is, left these                      
                       for girls to find.                                    
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       This thing gets grosser and                           
                       grosser all the time. Well,                           
                       thanks for the clue. Maybe I can                      
                       use this to identify the freak.                       
                       You can skate all you want around                     
                       here.                                                 
          
                                     STEVIE                                  
                       What's wrong with you, Ronnie?                        
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       What do you mean?                                     
          
                                       STEVIE                                
                       I don't know.    You just seem kind                   
                       of sad.                                               
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       Nah, man, I'm fine. I mean, I'm                       
                       catchin' perverts and protecting                      
                       this mall and just you know,                          
                       really livin' the dream.                              
          
                                       STEVIE                                
                       That's cool.    Look, man, you want                   
                       to get high?                                          
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       No, I don't want to get high.                         
          
                                       STEVIE                                
                       That's cool.                                          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    96.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
          The conversation dies down and the two just kind of sit          
          there.                                                           
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       And by the way, if I see you                        
                       getting high, I will call the                       
                       police and have your criminal ass                   
                       arrested. Don't you fuckin' ever                    
                       mistake my kindness for weakness.                   
                       I hate drugs and I hate you too.                    
          
                                     STEVIE                                
                       Fine, you fucking dick.                             
          
          Steve stands up to leave.    Ronnie sits there looking sad.      
          
          
          EXT. MALL - NIGHT                                                
          
          Ronnie sits in his golf cart staring at the mall as the          
          last of the customers leave. That's when Ronnie sees             
          Brandi come out of the door. Brandi looks around and             
          darts across the parking lot.                                    
          
          Ronnie follows Brandi's path and tries to catch up with          
          her.                                                             
          
          
          EXT. MALL - NIGHT                                                
          
          Ronnie drives around, but he can't find Brandi anywhere.         
          
          Ronnie sees a lone black car at the outer edge of the            
          parking lot. He pulls his golf cart over and climbs out.         
          
          Ronnie creeps up to the car and peers in the window.             
          Inside, Ronnie sees Brandi and Detective Harrison banging        
          like a couple of wild animals.                                   
          
          Ronnie jumps back in shock!                                      
          
          
          INT. DETECTIVE HARRISON'S CAR - NIGHT                            
          
          Brandi stops humping Detective Harrison.                         
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       Shhhh.                                              
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                    
                       What is it?                                         
          
                                     BRANDI                                
                       I thought I heard something.                        
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     97.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
          Detective Harrison looks out of the window. He doesn't            
          see anything. He climbs back on top of Brandi.                    
          
                                       DETECTIVE HARRISON                   
                       It's nothing.                                        
          
          OUT OF NOWHERE, A FLASHLIGHT BREAKS THE BACK WINDOW OF            
          THE CAR.                                                          
          
          
          EXT. MALL - NIGHT                                                 
          
          Ronnie runs around Detective Harrison's car wielding a            
          flashlight like a mad man.                                        
          
                                       RONNIE                               
                       HARRISON!!!                                          
          
          Ronnie beats the shit out of Harrison's car.        He smashes    
          headlights, mirrors and fenders.                                  
          
          
          INSIDE THE CAR                                                    
          
          Harrison and Brandi duck down.                                    
          
                                       BRANDI                               
                       Shit!                                                
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                     
                       That motherfucker is crazy.                          
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       Well, you're the fucking cop.   Do                   
                       something.                                           
          
                                       DETECTIVE HARRISON                   
                       You're right.    Okay, here it goes.                 
          
          Harrison reaches over Brandi and opens her door.                  
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       What the fuck are you doing?!                        
          
          Harrison pushes Brandi out of the car and shuts himself           
          back in.                                                          
          
          
          OUTSIDE                                                           
          
          Ronnie sees Brandi and stops pummeling the car.                   
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   98.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       Ronnie, it's me! Don't do                          
                       anything crazy.                                    
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Get back inside, Brandi. This                      
                       isn't about you... you... you                      
                       slut!                                              
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       Fuck off, Ronnie.                                  
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       How can you just stand there after                 
                       you ruined my life and act like                    
                       nothing happened?!                                 
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       It's easy 'cause I don't give a                    
                       FUCK ABOUT YOU!                                    
          
          Ronnie SNAPS. He charges at Brandi with the flashlight          
          over his head. He's about to crack her when...                  
          
          CLICK.                                                          
          
          Ronnie STOPS to see Harrison on the other side of him           
          with his pistol drawn and pointed at Ronnie.                    
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                   
                       Drop the flashlight, Ronnie.                       
          
          Ronnie drops the flashlight from his hands.                     
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       You're pretty tough with that gun.                 
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                   
                       Ronnie, I know you've had a hard                   
                       time --                                            
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       You were supposed to be my friend!                 
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                   
                       So you're gonna kill Brandi?                       
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       I was just trying to scare her.                    
          
                                     BRANDI                               
                       You don't scare me, you piece of                   
                       shit.                                              
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                              99.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
          Ronnie lifts the flashlight up again like he's going to      
          hit Brandi. Brandi ducks.                                    
          
          Detective Harrison cocks the gun.                            
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                
                       Ronnie!                                         
          
                                     RONNIE                            
                       Fine, fuck you! Fuck all of you!                
                       And, Harrison, you better be glad               
                       you have a gun or I'd kick your                 
                       ass too. And you know what? I'm                 
                       taking my friendship back because               
                       you don't deserve it! And,                      
                       Brandi, I'm taking my love back                 
                       too. I'm gonna leave now and you                
                       two can just have fun. Have fun                 
                       sleeping tonight because something              
                       tells me, you won't be able to.                 
          
          Ronnie climbs into the golf cart and drives off.             
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                
                       That guy is a nut job.                          
          
                                     BRANDI                            
                       Tell me about it.                               
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                
                       So you slept with him?                          
          
                                     BRANDI                            
                       I was drunk okay. You gonna make                
                       a big deal out of it.                           
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON                
                       No, I guess not.                                
          
                                     BRANDI                            
                       Fine.                                           
          
          
          INT. RONNIE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT                                
          
          ON THE TELEVISION: There's an update on the CAROLINA         
          MALL FLASHER. It says he has exposed himself to more         
          girls.
          
          As the TV blares the headline, Ronnie lays in his bed and    
          watches. The images shine COLOR on him, but Ronnie is in     
          his own world.                                               
                                                                       
          
                                                               100.
          
          INT. MALL - FOOD COURT - DAY
          
          Ronnie has the Special Elite Task Force assembled.           
                                                                       
                                  RONNIE                               
                    I'm disbanding the task force.
          
                                  CHARLES                              
                    Hey, Ronnie, that's crazy talk.                    
                    Are you cool?                                      
          
                                  RONNIE
                    No, I'm not cool, Charles. In
                    fact, shit is seriously fucked up.
                    I've got to protect the whole mall
                    by myself. Now, I got you this
                    fucking job, when are you going to
                    stop being a little baby and do
                    something for a change.
                            (MOCKING)
                    'I don't want to do anything hard.
                    I just want to be a little bitch
                    and brag about dropping out of
                    college.' Grow a fucking pair,
                    will you, Chucky?
          
                                  CHARLES
                    I'm gonna go check the parking
                    lot.
          
          Charles walks away.
          
                                  RONNIE
                            (calling out)
                    I'm sorry, Charles! I didn't mean
                    it, buddy!
          
          Ronnie puts his head on the table.
          
                                  RONNIE
                    You know, Dennis, for the longest
                    time I made this job my whole
                    life. I looked at this mall as a
                    kingdom and I looked at Mark as
                    the King. I thought of myself as
                    the first Knight and the
                    customers, well, they were the
                    peasants. I lived by an old code
                    where one was bound by duty and
                    honor. But now I don't know if I
                    believe in that code anymore.
                    I've lost my way. Now I just feel
                    like it's one big kingdom of shit.
                    Right now, I got half a mind just                  
                    to let this whole place burn.                      
                    Burn it to the fucking ground!                     
          
                                                      (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    101.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
          Dennis stares down at the desk. Dennis takes off his hat
          and reveals that he has bleached white Eminem hair
          underneath. Next, he reaches under his collar and flips
          out a thin gold necklace. He kicks up his shoes and
          reveals the newest and freshest basketball kicks.
          
          This is the REAL DENNIS and for the first time ever, he
          speaks...
          
                                     DENNIS
                               (high ghetto voice)
                       I've been waiting on you to get on
                       my page this whole time. You                         
                       look at this mall as a Kingdom?!
                       Shit! I look at this place like a
                       motherfucking jail sentence. You
                       put on that uniform every morning,
                       but what are you really protecting?
                       Commerce and corporations and money.
                       Well I say, fuck that! I'm                           
                       a fucking outlaw and I'm going to
                       live that until the day I die. Now,
                       I can show you the way, but you've
                       got to be willing to accept it. So
                       I'm gonna ask you now, Ronnie. Are
                       you ready for a trip to the other side?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You're goddamn right I'm ready.
          
                                       DENNIS
                       Alright then.    Let's party.
          
                                                          CUT TO:
          
          
          EXT. DUMPSTERS - DAY
          
          Dennis and Ronnie hang in the back of the mall by the
          dumpsters. Dennis sucks down a fat joint. He passes it
          to Ronnie.
          
                                     DENNIS
                       So, yeah, usually I take a joint
                       straight to the head before I
                       start work in this motherfucker,
                       but on really stressful days, I
                       like to get drunk too.
          
          Dennis pulls out a flask and gulps it down. Ronnie is
          still staring at the joint. Finally he takes a puff and
          begins violently coughing. He finally stops.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    102.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Fuck it, give me the bottle.
          
          Dennis hands Ronnie the bottle and he takes a big swig.
          
                                                          CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. MALL - DAY
          
          Ronnie and Dennis stand against a wall while they check
          out booties of various shapes and sizes on all of the
          girls that walk by.
          
                                     DENNIS
                       So then I usually come in here and
                       perv out on girls for about an
                       hour or two. I hooked up twice
                       last week. One was this Asian
                       chick and the other was this mom.
                       She wasn't that hot, but what else
                       do I got to do?
          
          Two high school girls walk by.
          
                                     DENNIS
                       Sweet Jesus in the morning.
          
          
          INT. DEPARTMENT STORE - DRESSING ROOM - DAY
          
          Ronnie and Dennis are hanging in a dressing room.
          
                                     DENNIS
                       Dressing rooms are a great place
                       to hide out, because nobody is
                       really going to think of looking
                       for me here. You can nap or just
                       kind of hang out and just really
                       have some personal time. Hey,
                       hand me that camera.
          
          Ronnie picks up a shitty camera and hands it to Dennis.
          
                                     DENNIS
                       Thanks, Ronnie.
          
          Dennis stands up on the bench and looks into the other
          changing room. The two high school girls are changing
          into other clothes. Dennis starts taking pictures of
          them without them knowing.
          
                                                          CUT TO:
          
                                                                  103.
          
          EXT. DUMPSTERS - DAY
          
          Ronnie is smoking a joint and so is Dennis.
          
                                  DENNIS
                    Right before lunch I usually blaze
                    up again real good.
          
                                                        CUT TO:
          
          
          EXT. MALL - DAY
          
          Dennis and Ronnie walk by the skaters.
          
                                  DENNIS
                    Hey, what's up, motherfuckers?!
          
                                  STEVIE
                    What up, Big Den?!
          
                                  DENNIS
                    You know, smokin' that good good.
          
                                  STEVIE
                    Dude, why are you hanging out with
                    Ronnie?
          
                                  RONNIE
                    Fuck you, Stevie!
          
                                  DENNIS
                    Hey, Ronnie's alright.   Let me see
                    that stick.
          
          Stevie slides the skateboard over to Dennis. He jumps on
          it and does a perfectly executed kick flip. The skaters
          cheer!
          
          
          INT. DEPARTMENT STORE - DAY                                     
          
          Brandi is at the counter with Bruce.   She helps a MALE         
          customer.                                                       
          
                                  BRANDI                                  
                    That'll be $39.99.                                    
          
                                  MALE                                    
                    My wife's gonna love this perfume.                    
          
                                   BRANDI                                 
                    I hope so.   It's my favorite.                        
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 104.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
          Brandi looks past the Customer and sees Ronnie just            
          standing there staring daggers at her. Ronnie shakes his       
          head in disgust. The Male Customer turns around and sees       
          Ronnie. It's a weird little moment.                            
          
          Dennis grabs Ronnie by the arm.                                
          
                                     DENNIS                              
                       Come on, brother. Let's go.                       
          
          Ronnie follows Dennis off.                                     
          
                                                 CUT TO BLACK.
          
          
          FADE IN:
          
          THIS BEGINS THE ROCKING MONTAGE OF MALL DESTRUCTION
          
          
          INT. RECORD STORE - DAY
          
          Ronnie stands in the store and looks down at his walkie.
          
                                     MARK (V.O.)
                               (over the walkie)
                       Ronnie, we need you down at the
                       candy store. Some little brat has
                       been shoveling peanuts in his
                       mouth for the last hour.
          
          Ronnie turns the walkie-talkie off.
          
          Dennis runs behind the counter. Dennis drops the needle
          on a ROCKIN' SONG. Dennis jumps on top of the counter
          and starts jumping up and down with the music. He's
          fucking drunk. Dennis jumps off the counter and tackles
          Ronnie, knocking over a stand of DVD's.
          
                                                       CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. MALL - DAY
          
          Ronnie and Dennis ride on a mini railroad train for kids.
          They both drink from the flask as they spin around the
          track. It's full of nothing but kids and security.
          
                                                       CUT TO:
          
                                                                105.
          
          INT. MALL - VICTORIA'S SECRET - DAY
          
          The HOT SALES CLERK stands outside of the dressing room
          wearing a sexy teddy with a G-string and garters.
          
          Dennis and Ronnie are kicking back in the love seat and
          watching. Dennis makes a motion for the Sales Clerk to
          spin around. She reluctantly does as she is instructed.
          
                                                      CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. MALL - TOY STORE - DAY
          
          Ronnie and Dennis play video games. A LITTLE KID tries
          to take the controller from Dennis, but Dennis whips out
          the handcuffs. He locks the Little Kid onto the display
          case so the kid can't move.
          
                                                      CUT TO:
                                                                        
          
          INT. ARCADE - DAY
          
          Ronnie and Dennis play Skee-Ball, except Ronnie tosses
          the balls to Dennis who is standing on top of the
          machine. Dennis slam dunks the balls into the 100 point
          hole. The tickets pour out.
          
                                                      CUT TO:
          
          
          EXT. MALL - DAY
          
          Ronnie and Dennis are driving in the golf cart and
          they're both wearing those GIANT SUNGLASSES that they won
          with arcade tickets. Behind them, Stevie and the other        
          Skaters hold onto the golf cart and get pulled on their       
          skateboards.                                                  
          
          They race towards a loading ramp. Dennis floors it and
          they go up the ramp and JUMP the golf cart into the air.
          The golf cart and Skaters soar into the air. It holds         
          forever, until suddenly, the golf cart lands with a thud.     
          
                                                CUT TO BLACK.
          
          
          FADE IN:
          
          INT. MALL - NIGHT
          
          The mall is basically empty as Dennis and Ronnie make the     
          final rounds. They get to the doors and lock up for the
          night.
          
                                                      (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    106.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Dennis, I got to thank you for
                       today. Man, I was so down, but
                       you taught me that I don't need to
                       take things so seriously here. We
                       have a pointless existence. Who
                       gives a fuck?
          
                                     DENNIS
                       Don't mention it, homey. I'm just
                       glad I got me a partner in crime.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       A partner. I like that. You
                       know, I've never really had a
                       friend before, but I think that
                       this could be the beginning of a
                       real good thing.
          
          Dennis unlocks the doors to the Gap.
          
                                     DENNIS
                       You ain't even seen the best part.
                       After everybody leaves, I rob the
                       shit out of this place.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       What do you mean?
          
                                       DENNIS
                       I steal shit!
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You're the one who's been robbing
                       the mall?
          
                                      DENNIS
                       Hell yeah!   Who'd you think it was?!
          
          Dennis goes inside the Gap and just starts grabbing shit.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I can't believe this. Right in
                       front of my goddamn face this
                       whole time!
          
          Dennis holds up a sweat shirt.
          
                                      DENNIS
                       This probably will look good with
                       my complexion.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Dennis, I can't take part in this.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     107.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     DENNIS
                       Ronnie, I thought you were down?!
                       What the fuck?! Here I am opening
                       up myself to you and you're just
                       gonna stick it to me like this.
                       What the fuck has this place ever
                       done for you? Don't you know that
                       people see us as jokes?! A                            
                       useless tool that's left in the
                       shed. Well that's not me. Not                         
                       now, not ever. I told you, I'm an                     
                       outlaw.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I can't let you rob the mall.                         
          
                                     DENNIS
                       What the fuck you mean you can't
                       let me?                                               
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Come on, Dennis. We're best
                       friends, so just put that stuff
                       back and let's go get a beer.
          
                                     DENNIS
                       Alright, Ronnie, you're right.
          
          Dennis sets the shirts down.
          
                                     DENNIS
                       I don't really know what I was
                       thinking. Robbing the mall?
                       Let's just go get that beer.
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Good, man.   That makes me feel
                       better.
          
          Ronnie turns to walk, but Dennis grabs the hand of one of
          the mannequins and rips it off. He takes the hand and
          cracks Ronnie over the head with it. Ronnie goes down on
          his knees.                                                         
          
                                     DENNIS                                  
                       See ya in Mexico, bitch.                              
          
          Dennis cocks back and whacks Ronnie again.      Ronnie's
          lights go out.
          
                                                                   108.
          
          EXT. CITY STREET - NIGHT                                         
          
          Dennis pulls out of the mall driving a HARLEY DAVIDSON.          
          He flips a joint into the air and peels out. He cruises          
          down the street. He passes a cop car and flips it off.           
          
                                                   CUT TO BLACK.           
          
          
          FADE IN:                                                         
          
          INT. CAROLINA MALL - MORNING
          
          The JANITOR walks up the floor with a mop. Ronnie is
          battered and bloodied from his fight with Dennis, but he
          is wide awake and handcuffed to THE GAP.
          
                                   RONNIE
                     Ramon, get your ass over here! Go
                     get my spare keys out of the office.
          
          The Janitor looks at Ronnie, smiles, and calmly mops in
          the other direction.
          
                                   RONNIE
                     Ramon! Goddamn it get back here!
                     Go get my goddamn keys.
          
          
          INT. MALL - MANAGER'S OFFICE - DAY
          
          Mark sits across the desk from Ronnie and Charles.               
          
                                   MARK
                     How fucking stupid do you have to
                     be?! I mean Dennis. What the
                     fuck, Ronnie? How could you not
                     have known it was Dennis? Then,
                     how the fuck could you be so
                     stupid as to let him get away.
                     OBSERVE AND REPORT. Those are the
                     only two things you have to do and
                     you can't do those worth a shit.
          
                                   RONNIE
                     Can I speak now?
          
                                     MARK
                     Go ahead.
          
                                     RONNIE
                     Are you sure?
          
                                   MARK
                     Just start talking, Ronnie!
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 109.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       It seems only natural that 'some
                       people' would want to blame me and
                       truth be told I do put a lot of
                       that blame on myself. But some
                       people might say that the cops are
                       to blame for not catching them.
                       Some people might say that the
                       reason this happened was the
                       undeniable fact that I was under-
                       equipped and quite frankly,
                       lacking a sufficient firearm. But
                       not me. I carry this loss alone
                       deep inside my heart.
          
                                      MARK
                       Good.   Because you're fired.
          
                                     RONNIE
                               (PLAYFUL)
                       Fuck you.
          
                                     MARK
                       I'm serious, Ronnie. I've always
                       liked you, but there's just no
                       excuse for this. Somebody is
                       going down and I'll be damned if
                       it's going to be me. Now, don't
                       make a big thing out of this.
                       Just pack your shit and get out by
                       the end of the day.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Wait a minute. I thought I could
                       trust you, Mark, and now you're
                       telling me that you're going to be
                       the one to put the knife in my
                       back. Fair weather friend you
                       are.
          
                                     MARK
                       I'm not your friend, I'm your
                       boss.
          
                                     RONNIE                              
                       You think you're so smart, Mark.                  
                       You don't know everything. If                     
                       you're firing me, then you can say                
                       goodbye to your entire Security                   
                       staff. Because there is no                        
                       fucking way my team is going to                   
                       work here if you fire me. Isn't                   
                       that right, Charles?                              
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    110.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     CHARLES                                
                       Ronnie, I got to talk to you about                   
                       this. Mark asked me down here to                     
                       escort you out.                                      
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       And you told him to fuck off,                        
                       right? Charles? Right?                               
          
                                     CHARLES                                
                       What the fuck do you want from me,                   
                       Ronnie?                                              
          
                                     RONNIE
                       This isn't happening! Everybody                      
                       is fucking me over?! I hate you                      
                       all.                                                 
          
          Charles stands up.                                                
          
                                     CHARLES                                
                       I'm sorry, Ronnie, but it's time                     
                       to go.                                               
          
                                        RONNIE
                       Wait a minute.     I'll work for                     
                       free, Mark.                                          
          
                                        MARK
                       No, Ronnie.
          
                                        RONNIE
                       I'll pay you.
          
                                        MARK
                       Nope.
          
                                        RONNIE
                       I love you.
          
                                     MARK
                       Ronnie, Jesus have a little self-
                       respect.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       You don't love me, Mark?
          
                                     MARK
                       Ronnie, it's over.
          
          Ronnie takes a deep breath. He stands up to leave.
          Ronnie starts to walk out, but stops.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    111.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Hey, Charles. Mark asked you down                    
                       here in case I got out of hand?                      
                       Well, get ready to earn your                         
                       money.                                               
          
          Ronnie cracks. He grabs a calendar and throws it on the           
          ground in a violent baby-like outburst.                           
          
                                     MARK                                   
                       Stop him!                                            
          
          Charles tries to grab Ronnie, but Ronnie pushes him off.          
          Ronnie knocks the framed pictures off of the wall. He
          then opens the door and slams it into the wall over and
          over again. That does nothing. Ronnie tries to rip the
          cushion on the chair. He looks ridiculous.
          
                                     CHARLES                                
                       Alright, Ronnie, that's enough.                      
          
          Ronnie stops and begins to cry.     Then he runs out of the
          office in tears.
                                                                            
          
          INT. RONNIE'S BEDROOM - DAY/NIGHT
          
          Ronnie lies in his bed and we...
          
          TIME LAPSE: The sun rises and sets three times through
          the window of his bedroom, signifying that three days
          have passed. The whole time, Ronnie doesn't move from
          his bed.
          
          Until...
          
          Ronnie gets on his "nice" clothes, but they're a far cry
          from his Security Guard uniform. Ronnie's Mom comes up
          to him.
          
                                     MOM
                       What's on the agenda for today?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I guess maybe look for a job or                      
                       something.                                           
          
                                     MOM
                       Well, I know you're sad about it,
                       but try to look on the bright
                       side.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     112.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       There is no bright side.   My life                    
                       is over.                                              
                                                                             
                                     MOM
                       Ronnie, you may not be smart or
                       handsome, but you've got dreams
                       inside of you and dreams make you
                       special. No matter what this
                       world tries to throw at you, they
                       can never take those dreams away.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       What the fuck are you talking
                       about, Mom?
          
                                     MOM
                       I don't know. I'm drunk. I just
                       know that mothers are supposed to
                       talk like that to their children
                       when they're sad, so I tried.
                       What do you want from me?
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       Nothing. That's exactly what                          
                       you're supposed to do. I just                         
                       blew my life. I tried to be a big                     
                       shot, a hero and a stupid cop. I                      
                       wanted to be recognized for being                     
                       great. I should have just been                        
                       happy where I was at. I didn't do                     
                       my duty.                                              
          
                                     MOM                                     
                       Ronnie, the other night when I                        
                       soiled my pants right before I                        
                       puked myself, I was thinking about                    
                       how you would come home and find                      
                       me and clean me up. I knew you                        
                       would be there to find me and take                    
                       care of me, so I was able to pass                     
                       out on the floor and not worry.                       
                       If there's one thing you know                         
                       about, it's duty.                                     
          
                                     RONNIE                                  
                       I do it because I love you.                           
          
                                     MOM                                     
                       I know and I love you too,   Ronnie.                  
                       I haven't always been easy   to deal                  
                       with and most people would   have                     
                       thrown me away a long time   ago.                     
                                     (MORE)
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   113.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     MOM (CONT'D)
                       Just like your father did. But                      
                       not you, Ronnie. Look, whiskey                      
                       was always the way I dealt with                     
                       being a single mother, but as I                     
                       get older, I know that I can't                      
                       keep doing this. I've got                           
                       everything I need with you. So I                    
                       want you to know that I'm ready to                  
                       make a change. Your life needs to                   
                       get easier and you don't need to                    
                       take care of old Mom anymore.                       
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       Are you going to quit drinking?                     
          
                                     MOM                                   
                       I'm switching to beer. I can                        
                       pound those all day and still keep                  
                       my shit together. I'm doing it                      
                       for you.                                            
          
                                     RONNIE                                
                       I'm so proud of you, Mom.                           
          
                                      MOM                                  
                       I'm proud of you. Now today is a                    
                       new day and we're going to get                      
                       through it. Now, get out there                      
                       and find what the world has in                      
                       store for you.                                      
          
          Ronnie's Mom leaves and Ronnie looks at himself in the           
          mirror. Then something catches his eye. Ronnie sees a            
          newspaper laying on the ground. He picks it up and               
          reads.                                                           
          
          
          EXT. JAIL - DAY                                                  
          
          Ronnie walks up the steps that lead to the local jail.           
          
          
          INT. JAIL - DAY                                                  
          
          Ronnie walks into one of those booths where you can talk         
          to a prisoner on the opposite side of a Plexiglas                
          divider. Ronnie sits down in wait. Then, two GUARDS              
          appear escorting a handcuffed Dennis. Dennis takes a             
          seat and picks up the phone.                                     
          
                                     DENNIS                                
                       What's up, Ronnie? How you doing?                   
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    114.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       I've been better. You?                               
          
                                     DENNIS                                 
                       I'm holding it down in here.                         
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Yeah, I heard they finally caught                    
                       up with you.                                         
          
                                     DENNIS                                 
                       I know. I should have hit Mexico,                    
                       but, you know, I got stoned and                      
                       just kind of kicked with this girl                   
                       in Kannapolis for a while.                           
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       You know they fired me when they                     
                       found out you were the one who                       
                       robbed the mall.                                     
          
                                       DENNIS                               
                       Shit, dog.    Sorry about that.                      
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       It's cool, but I need to know why                    
                       you did it.                                          
          
                                      DENNIS                                
                       I told you.   I'm an outlaw.                         
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Come on, Dennis.                                     
          
                                     DENNIS                                 
                       Man, you want to know the real                       
                       reason?                                              
          
                                       RONNIE                               
                       Yeah.                                                
          
                                     DENNIS                                 
                       Alright, I'll tell you. Man, that                    
                       gig was one of the best jobs I                       
                       ever had. I got to wear a                            
                       uniform, I could smoke weed                          
                       whenever I wanted. For once in my                    
                       life, I felt like I was actually                     
                       somebody. I know most people                         
                       don't think it's shit, but I                         
                       really loved it. Then, all of a                      
                       sudden, I find out that your ass                     
                       got promoted over me.                                
                                     (MORE)
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                            115.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     DENNIS (CONT'D)
                       After all I put into it, you're              
                       the one that makes it to Head of             
                       Mall Security. You know what it's            
                       like to get passed over, Ronnie?             
                       So I got pissed off. I started               
                       robbing the joint as a way to get            
                       at them for what they did to me.             
                       But you know what, Ronnie?                   
          
                                       RONNIE                       
                       What's that?                                 
          
                                     DENNIS                         
                       You ever love a girl so much that            
                       you can't break up with her, so              
                       the only thing you can do when she           
                       pisses you off is smack her in the           
                       goddamn face?                                
          
                                     RONNIE                         
                       No, Dennis, I haven't.                       
          
                                     DENNIS                         
                       Well, I have. And that's pretty              
                       much how I felt about the job.               
          
                                     RONNIE                         
                       Thanks for talking to me, Dennis.            
          
                                     DENNIS                         
                       Well, it's the least I could do              
                       after knocking you out and all.              
          
          Ronnie starts to hang up the phone.                       
          
                                       DENNIS                       
                       Hey, Ronnie.                                 
          
                                       RONNIE                       
                       Yeah, Dennis.                                
          
                                     DENNIS                         
                       Bail me out of here, old friend.             
          
                                     RONNIE                         
                       I can't do it, Dennis. You're now            
                       a criminal who stopped caring, but           
                       my crime is that I care too much.            
          
          Ronnie hangs up the phone and walks out.                  
          
                                                                 116.
          
          INT. MALL - DAY
          
          Ronnie comes into the mall and makes his way down the
          center of it, feeling naked without his uniform.
          
          Charles, now wearing a mall security uniform, comes out        
          and stops Ronnie.
          
                                  CHARLES                                
                    Ronnie, what are you doing back                      
                    here?                                                
          
                                  RONNIE                                 
                    I just came to talk to Nell.                         
                    Don't get your panties in a wad,                     
                    I'm just here as any normal                          
                    patron.                                              
          
                                  CHARLES                                
                    Ronnie, dude, I've been all fucked                   
                    up in the head. I feel like shit                     
                    about what happened. I mean, here                    
                    I am, just looking to shuck                          
                    responsibility and I ended up                        
                    hurting you in the process. Look,                    
                    I should have been honest with                       
                    you. I don't give two shits about                    
                    this stupid job. But you do.                         
          
                                  RONNIE                                 
                    It's okay, Charles.                                  
          
                                  CHARLES                                
                    I've decided I'm going back to                       
                    college. Getting stoned and                          
                    studying beats this any day. I                       
                    realize that now. I realize that                     
                    there aren't any jobs where you                      
                    can avoid hard choices. Anyway,                      
                    take as long as you want at the                      
                    mall. I'll keep Mark off your                        
                    back.                                                
          
                                  RONNIE
                    Thanks, Charles.
                                                                         
          
          INT. MALL - FOOD COURT - DAY
          
          Ronnie sees Nell sitting down and eating a Cinnabon.
          Ronnie takes a seat at her table.
          
                                  NELL
                    Ronnie, what are you doing here?
          
                                                       (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    117.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I got something I want to say.                       
          
                                     NELL                                   
                       I don't think we should be                           
                       talking.                                             
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       I'll be quick. Nell, this is the                     
                       only job I was ever any good at.                     
                       I'm not a crime solver or right                      
                       hand of the law. I'm just a dumb                     
                       guy in a uniform who can't even                      
                       become a real policeman.                             
                       Somewhere along the way I started                    
                       to think I was something special,                    
                       someone whose shit didn't stink,                     
                       someone who deserved to date out                     
                       of my league. You know, I've                         
                       learned. My shit does stink. It                      
                       smells horrible. And you're also                     
                       out of my league, but for some                       
                       reason, you like the smell of my                     
                       shit. I guess what I'm saying                        
                       is...                                                
          
          Ronnie reaches into his pocket and pulls out his Mother's         
          disgusting yellow engagement ring, but for some reason,           
          it looks beautiful.                                               
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       If you give me another chance,                       
                       I'll spend the rest of my life                       
                       making it up to you. And you can                     
                       call me sweetie in front of people                   
                       and I'll like it.                                    
          
          Nell thinks about it.    She leans over the table and             
          kisses Ronnie.                                                    
          
          Ronnie is stunned. With one kiss, Nell seems to make              
          everything okay. They stare at each other and the moment          
          seems to hold for an eternity. Love is in the air
          until...
          
          THE PERVERT STEPS IN FRONT OF THEM AND EXPOSES HIS DING-
          A-LING!
          
          Nell SCREAMS!    The Pervert runs.   Ronnie gets pissed!
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Son of a bitch!!!
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  118.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     NELL
                       Oh, my God!
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Are you alright?
          
                                     NELL
                       I'm fine.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Shit, we should call somebody.
          
                                     NELL
                       Ronnie.                                            
          
                                     RONNIE                               
                       Yeah?                                              
          
                                     NELL                                 
                       Go get him.
          
          Ronnie realizes that this is his duty and his alone.
          Ronnie rises from the table slowly. He looks at Nell and
          nods acceptance. Then, Ronnie runs after the Pervert.
          
          
          INT. MALL - DAY
          
          The Pervert is in a full blown run through the mall. His
          trench coat is wide open and his wienie is flapping for
          the world to see. In a way, it's his greatest
          accomplishment. People scream! Mothers grab their
          daughters! No one is safe!
          
                                                        CUT TO:
          
          
          ANOTHER ANGLE
          
          Ronnie comes ripping out of the food court. He's got a
          fierce look of determination in his eyes. He runs hard
          to catch up with the Perv.
          
                                                        CUT TO:
          
          
          ANOTHER ANGLE
          
          There's a crowd surrounding the Cell Phone Kiosk. The
          Pervert bursts through the crowd and knocks people out of
          the way.
          
                                     SADDAMN
                       What the fuck, man?!
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    119.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
          Ronnie comes running up behind him.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Get out of the way! Get out of
                       the way!
          
          The crowd totally clears a path for Ronnie, but Ronnie
          stops running and SUCKER PUNCHES SADDAMN. Saddamn goes            
          down hard and Ronnie rejoins the chase.
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Stay the fuck away from my wife!                     
          
                                                          CUT TO:
          
          
          THE PERVERT
          
          runs past the skaters, who are hanging out on a bench.
          
                                     STEVIE
                       Dude, that's fucking disgusting!
          
          Ronnie comes running way far behind.                              
          
                                     STEVIE
                       Hey, Ronnie, here!                                   
          
          Stevie slides his skateboard out for Ronnie to jump on.
          Ronnie jumps like he is going to land on the skateboard           
          and sail to the finish line. However, when Ronnie's feet          
          touch the board, it goes shooting out from under him.             
          Ronnie slams onto the ground. All of the skaters start            
          laughing.
          
                                     STEVIE
                       What a fucking douche!                               
                                                                            
          Ronnie picks himself up and starts to run again. He only
          makes it a little ways before he hits something slippery.         
          Ronnie falls onto the ground and cracks his head.
          
          Ronnie lays on the ground and sees Ramon laughing against         
          a wall with a mop in his hands.                                   
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       Okay, Ramon, we're fucking even!                     
          
          Ronnie picks himself up and starts running again.                 
          
                                                          CUT TO:
          
                                                                 120.
          
          THE PERVERT
          
          runs past VICTORIA'S SECRET. He stops at the doorway and
          as if he can't resist, flashes the ladies in the store.
          He takes off running again.
          
                                                       CUT TO:
          
          
          RONNIE
          
          as he runs by the RECORD STORE, which of course is
          BLASTING MUSIC. Ronnie stops at the doorway.
          
                                     RONNIE
                    Turn it down.     Turn it down.
          
          The Record Store guy turns the MUSIC DOWN.   Ronnie goes
          back to his chase.
          
                                                       CUT TO:
          
          
          THE PERVERT
          
          runs past Mark.    He looks around at all the people staring.
          
                                  MARK
                    Okay, show's over. Enjoy your
                    shopping experience at Carolina
                    Mall.
          
          Ronnie runs past Mark.
          
                                     MARK
                    Jesus.
                               (calling out)
                    Charles!                                               
          
          Charles comes running up.                                        
          
                                     CHARLES                               
                    What is it?                                            
          
                                  MARK                                     
                    Call the police. And go get                            
                    Ronnie.                                                
          
                                  CHARLES                                  
                    He's trying to help.                                   
          
                                  MARK                                     
                    Just do what I ask you.                                
          
          Charles runs after them. Ronnie sees Charles coming and          
          runs faster. Charles is moving in on him.                        
                                                                           
                                                       (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  121.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                      CHARLES                             
                       Hey, Ronnie!
          
          Ronnie turns around to see Charles as he flings him a           
          giant flashlight. Ronnie catches it.                            
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Fuck yeah!
          
          Ronnie starts running again, but this time, he's a little
          more together.
          
                                                        CUT TO:
          
          
          THE PERVERT
          
          has made his way through the whole mall at this point,
          but Ronnie is right on his ass. The Pervert is heading
          toward the DEPARTMENT STORE.
          
          
          INT. DEPARTMENT STORE - DAY
          
          The Pervert comes barreling in and the ladies at the
          perfume and make-up counters SCREAM.
          
          He looks like he's charging straight at Brandi.    He's         
          getting closer.
          
          BOOM! Ronnie comes in from the side and nails the
          Pervert with the flashlight. Ronnie jumps on top of the
          Perv and beats the ever-living shit out of him. This is
          a vision of a man leaving all out on the field.
          
          Ronnie stops pounding and looks up. He sees Brandi              
          staring at him. Ronnie is overcome by anger and beats on
          the Pervert harder than ever before. Finally, Charles           
          comes in and pulls Ronnie off of him.
          
          A huge crowd has gathered around. Ronnie has blood all
          over him. Ronnie picks the Pervert up and holds him
          tightly by the arms. Mark comes running up.
          
                                     CHARLES                              
                       You want to report this to the
                       police.
          
                                      RONNIE
                       Hell no.   I'm taking him down
                       myself.
          
          Ronnie starts to walk away with the Pervert.
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    122.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                      MARK
                       Hey, Ronnie.
          
          Ronnie stops and turns around.       Mark tosses Ronnie a set
          of keys.
          
                                     MARK
                       Good job, Ronnie.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Thank you, sir.
          
          Ronnie leads the Pervert outside.                                 
          
          On the way, he passes Brandi.                                     
          
                                     BRANDI
                       Good job, Ronnie.                                    
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       I don't love you!                                    
          
                                     BRANDI                                 
                       I don't love you either.                             
          
                                      RONNIE                                
                       Fine.                                                
          
          The customers and employees of the mall CLAP for Ronnie.
          This is his finest moment.
          
                                                          CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. GOLF CART - DAY
          
          Ronnie is stuck in traffic. He looks ridiculous in the
          orange golf cart on a city street with a Pervert chained
          up beside him, but Ronnie could care less.
          
          
          EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY
          
          The golf cart pulls up to the police station and Ronnie
          gets out with the Perv. Ronnie walks up the front steps
          and all of the officers part and let him through.
          
          Detective Harrison is at the top of the stairs.      Ronnie
          walks right up to him.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       I caught the Pervert.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    123.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       I see that. Well, you better turn
                       him over to me and I'll take him
                       inside and book him.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Since you're a real Cop, right?                      
          
                                     DETECTIVE HARRISON
                       Hey, Ronnie, you may not be an                       
                       officer of the law, but you're the                   
                       law's right hand. Good job.                          
          
          Ronnie lets go of the Pervert. He nods to Harrison, then          
          turns his back and walks back down the steps. Ronnie
          gets into his golf cart and drives away.
          
                                                  CUT TO BLACK.
          
          FADE IN:
          
          EXT. CAROLINA MALL - MORNING
          
          Ronnie stands in front of the Mall with Nell beside him.          
          Ronnie looks nervous, but Nell looks down at her yellow           
          ring with pride. She looks at Ronnie, sees a loose                
          eyelash and brushes it off of him.                                
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       What are you doing?!                                 
          
                                     NELL                                   
                       You had an eyelash?                                  
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       I'm trying to remember my speech.                    
          
                                     NELL                                   
                       Sorry.                                               
                                                                            
          Nell looks straight ahead, but smiles as Ronnie tries to          
          take himself serious.                                             
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER                        
                       Okay, Ronnie, we're ready for you.                   
          
          Ronnie takes a deep breath and walks over to where the            
          LOCAL NEWS has set up a camera and microphone.                    
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER                        
                       Okay, we rolling?                                    
          
                                     CAMERAMAN                              
                       Rolling.                                             
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    124.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER                        
                       Good evening. We're here today                       
                       with Ronnie Barnhardt, head of                       
                       Mall Security here at Carolina                       
                       Mall. Last week, Ronnie was able                     
                       to catch The CAROLINA MALL FLASHER                   
                       single-handed and bring him to                       
                       justice. Ronnie, how did you                         
                       manage to find the identity of The                   
                       Pervert and take him down?
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Well, being a mall security guard
                       basically requires the same skill
                       set that someone in say the FBI
                       has. You have to use logic and
                       evidence and old-fashioned common
                       sense as well as the latest
                       technology to deduce the criminal
                       mind. It's what I do.
          
          All of a sudden, STEVIE AND THE SKATERS come up behind            
          Ronnie. They look into the camera lens and start                  
          smiling. Ronnie turns around and sees them, but tries to          
          focus on the reporter.                                            
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER
                       Any last words for the folks at
                       home.
          
                                     RONNIE
                       Yeah, I'd just like to say that
                       Carolina Mall is back on track and
                       safer than ever...
          
          The Skaters start flipping off the camera.       Ronnie keeps     
          getting distracted.                                               
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       In fact, there are some wonderful
                       sales taking place right now.                        
          
          Stevie walks up behind Ronnie and pretends to hump him.           
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       So for all you families out there,
                       come on down and see us. It's a                      
                       wonderful place.                                     
          
          Ronnie turns around angrily.                                      
          
                                     RONNIE                                 
                       THAT'S IT, YOU LITTLE SHIT!                          
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  125.
          
          CONTINUED:
          
          THE SKATERS jump on their skateboards and skate off.            
          Ronnie runs after them. He jumps into his GOLF CART and         
          gives chase.                                                    
          
          The NEWS CAMERA is still rolling.    The FEMALE REPORTER        
          looks into the lens.                                            
          
                                     FEMALE REPORTER                      
                       You heard it, folks. Everything                    
                       is back to normal here at Carolina                 
                       Mall. Back to you, Lindsay.                        
          
                                                  CUT TO BLACK.           
          
          
          
          
                                     THE END