Dialogue from Television – “Life” ~~One~~

CALL GIRL:
What should I say this time?

OFFICER BOBBY STARK:
I’ll write it down for you.
Charlie wants to know if Roman likes oranges.

Two white SUVs are on the road.
Inside one of the SUVs, Roman Nevikov is seated behind the driver, a henchmen holding an automatic weapon is behind him, and Detective Dani Reese beside him. The car is filled with loud pumping music, vocals delivered in Russian.

Nevikov looks over at Reese and blows her a kiss. She looks away worried and uncertain.

Switch to a peaceful scene of a large plantation of orange trees.
Special Agent Paul Bodner and Detective Charlie Crews are walking from their vehicle.

BODNER:
You own this orange grove?

CREWS:
Bought it when I first got out.
Don’t get out here as much as I’d like to.

BODNER:
Not sure I understand you.

CREWS:
Not sure I do either.
Having a little trouble with my math today.

BODNER:
Your math? I’m sure I do not understand you.

Crews’ phone rings.

NEVIKOV:
Detective, you are here?

CREWS:
I am here.

NEVIKOV:
I’m bringing her to you.
Is Rayborn there?

CREWS:
Yes.

NEVIKOV:
Let me hear you say.

CREWS:
Rayborn is here.

NEVIKOV:
Ok. I see any other cop cars, helicopters; I shoot Reese in the head and leave her on road.

The call ends.

BODNER:
What do you mean, ‘your math?’

CREWS:
Oh, y’know, adding things up.

BODNER:
I guess I understand that.

The two white SUVs approach Crews and Bodner.
They stop and Nevikov emerges from the vehicle, together with his armed henchmen.

NEVIKOV:
How is the family, Agent Bodner?

BODNER:
Getting along.

NEVIKOV:
Still on holiday. You must miss them so.

Bodner stares back at Nevikov.

NEVIKOV:
Ok. I don’t see Rayborn.

CREWS:
Sure you do.
He’s right here.

NEVIKOV:
But he’s not.
(To the henchman) Shoot her.

CREWS (quickly):
This is why he ‘what’, Roman.
You know what I’m talking about.

NEVIKOV:
Wait, wait.

CREWS:
What you said to me, ‘it’s why he ‘what’?’
Why Rayborn ‘what’, Roman?
Why he chose me?
Is that what…

NEVIKOV:
Where is Rayborn?

CREWS:
As I said, you’re looking right at him.
Whatever you want from Rayborn, you can get it from me now.
His accounts, his connections, everything he knew, I know.
But it’s just the money, right?
That’s all you want.

NEVIKOV:
You for her.

CREWS:
Me for her.

NEVIKOV:
(To henchmen) Bring her out.

Reese emerges from the SUV.

REESE:
Crews.

Nevikov beckons Crews to come.

REESE:
Crews.

CREWS:
Just breathe.

They go to touch hands.

NEVIKOV:
No, no. No touching. No tricks.

The exchange is complete.
Crews with Nevikov, Reese with Bodner.

NEVIKOV:
Search him.

They put Crews against the car and frisk him, removing his handcuffs, his weapon, and throwing his detective shield in the dirt. He is manhandled into the SUV, and they drive off.

REESE:
What was his plan getting in that SUV?

BODNER:
His plan was getting you out of that SUV.

The SUVs motor along. Again Nevikov sits behind his driver with Crews to his right.

CREWS:
He calls you an animal.

Nevikov looks over at Crews.

CREWS:
Rayborn. He calls you an animal.
But it’s not so bad, because I’ve seen him with his dog and he loves, he loves that animal.
So, you know it’s not so bad.

Nevikov removes his sunglasses.

NEVIKOV:
I need those account numbers, foreign and domestic, keys to safety deposit boxes, combinations to home and office safes.
You will give me these things. (He stares at Crews with menace)

CREWS:
Sure, but that’s not what you want.
What you want is what Rayborn gave me.
You want him to choose you.
You want what he gives his dog.

Nevikov looks at Crews with rage.

CREWS:
You want his …

Nevikov strikes Crews hard across the jaw.
His head lolls to the right against the window.
Nevikov stares at him and looks away.
Crews stares out the window at the passing orange trees.

CREWS (whispers):
One plus one equals one.

He continues to stare at the trees.

NEVIKOV:
What are those numbers?

CREWS:
Do you want to know how I got through twelve years of prison?

NEVIKOV:
(With sarcastic amusement) Your zen?

Crews turns his head back to look at Nevikov.
Nevikov begins to laugh.

Crews strikes him hard across his throat, smashing his windpipe.
Nevikov looks with shock.
He chokes, gasps for air.
The henchmen look at their boss, unsure what to do.

CREWS:
Like that.

Nevikov settles and dies quickly, silently.
The henchmen cock their weapons, ready to fire.

CREWS:
Whatever he had on you and your families is gone.
So we can start over, right now.
Or we can go on killing.

There is silence as the henchmen consider their options.

CREWS:
You fellas do speak English?

The SUVs return to the orange grove, stop, and Crews steps from the vehicle.
They drive off.

Crews loosens his tie, and looks down the road to see a car approaching.
Reese is in the car. She sees Crews and looks almost incredulous.

Zen Voiceover:
What we learned as children, that one plus one equals two, we know to be false.
One plus one equals one.
We even have a word when You plus Another equals One, that word is Love.

 

Crews and Reese are exchanged

Crews and Reese are exchanged

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One response to “Dialogue from Television – “Life” ~~One~~

  1. “Life” was an American television series with Detective Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) as the main character. He had been wrongfully imprisoned for murder and held in maximum security for twelve years.
    The series, consisting of 32 episodes, ran from 2007 to 2009.

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