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Episode #VS712


Crossing Jordan Virtual Season 7

“For Whom the Bell Tolls”

“Crossing Jordan Virtual Season 7” is a fan-based effort not intended to infringe on the rights of Tailwind Productions, NBC/Universal or any of the other copyright holders of “Crossing Jordan.” No money was made from the writing or posting of any content.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE


Jordan Cavanaugh
Woody Hoyt
Garret Macy
Nigel Townsend
Kate Switzer
Mahesh “Bug” Vijayaraghavensatanaryanamurthy
Lily Lebowski

Madeline Lebowski-Brandau
Matt Seely
Eddie Winslow
Annie Capra
Lois Carver
Roz Framus
Santana
Renée Walcott
Binky
Samantha Sharton
Bell Ringer (James Day)
Bell Ringer’s daughter (Debbie Howard)
Young Man (Ethan Muse)
Young Woman (Rebecca Rotter)
Uniformed officer
MegaMart cashier
Nursing home activities director
Nursing home patients

SET LIST


INTERIORS
MORGUE
   GARRET’S OFFICE
   HALLWAY
   JORDAN’S OFFICE
   TRACE
   AUTOSPY ONE
   AUTOPSY TWO
   CONFERENCE ROOM
   NIGEL’S LAB

JORDAN’S APARTMENT
   BEDROOM

PRECINCT
   BULLPEN
   INTERROGATION ROOM ONE

MEGA MART
   ENTRY
   PHARMACY AISLE
   CHECKOUT LANE

DR. SANCHEZ’S OFFICE
   RECEPTION

REHEARSAL ROOM

NURSING HOME
   FOYER
   DAY ROOM
   VARIOUS PATIENT ROOMS

 

EXTERIORS
MEGAMART
   FRONT SIDE DOORS
   PLANT DISPLAY IN FRONT OF STORE
   VENDING MACHINE ALCOVE

NURSING HOME

 

TEASER

Silver Bells - JoDee Messina


1. EXT. BASIC MEGA-STORE – EVENING, APPROX. 7:30 P.M.

A slight man dressed in warm clothing, wearing a jaunty Santa cap, stands next to a bucket hanging from a stand. He is ringing a bell and shouting, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” repeatedly. He is a seasonal BELL RINGER.

Ding-a-ling...

Shoppers hurry past him, in and out of the store. When he is able to make eye contact with one, the shopper usually dumps some change into the bucket. He glances down into the bucket. It is about half full –coins and some bills. He redoubles his ringing effort.

A woman, SAMANTHA SHARTON, hurries toward the entrance. She is pressing one hand to her head and frowning. If not for the obvious pain, she’d be pretty – shoulder-length blond hair, athletic build, medium height. Instead, with each clang of the bell, she winces. She approaches the BELL RINGER.

Headache

SAMANTHA
(finger to lips)
Shhhh!

BELL RINGER
Wha-?

SAMANTHA
Shhhh! (beat) Headache.

SAMANTHA continues past the BELL RINGER. As she enters the store, the single, monotonous note of the bell continues.

2. INT. LOBBY OF MEGA-STORE – CONTINUING

SAMANTHA hurries along, turning right toward the sign that says “Pharmacy.”

3. INT. PHARMACY SECTION OF MEGA-STORE – CONTINUING

SAMANTHA makes a bee-line for the headache remedies and selects an over-the-counter product for migraines. She turns around and walks away.

4. INT. CHECK-OUT COUNTER OF MEGA-STORE – CONTINUING

SAMANTHA sighs and rubs her temples as she watches the teenage girl, SALES CLERK, ring up her purchase.

SALES CLERK
Bad one, huh?

SAMANTHA nods.

SALES CLERK (cont’d)
My mom takes this stuff from her doctor. (beat) It’s five eighty-nine.

SAMANTHA
(hands over money)
Yeah. Me, too. I’m out.

SALES CLERK
(handing back change)
Man, that sucks.

SAMANTHA
Thanks.

SAMANTHA starts to leave then turns back.

SAMANTHA (cont’d)
Is there a side exit?

SALES CLERK
Huh? Um… it closes at… uh… 6 p.m.

SAMANTHA
Damn. (presses fingers to temples harder) Out front… that… (waves hand vaguely)

SALES CLERK
(nodding)
The bell guy? Yeah. It’s for a good cause ‘n’ all, but….

SAMANTHA
(deep breath)
Thanks anyway.

SAMANTHA exits.

5. EXT. BASIC MEGA-STORE FRONT – EVENING

The scene is silent. The stand with its kettle is in place, but the BELL RINGER isn’t in sight. There is a quiet groan and the camera pans slowly toward a shadowy corridor where vending machines and newspaper dispensers line the walls. The groan is coming from the BELL RINGER. He is lying face down and blood is seeping from his skull. His breath plumes white in the cold. One breath. Two. Three. Four. His body shudders and we see one more plume of breath which slowly dissipates.

END OF TEASER

Crossing Jordan Theme

 

 

ACT ONE



6 . EXT. BASIC MEGA-STORE – EVENING, AROUND MIDNIGHT

EDDIE WINSLOW is talking to a couple in their twenties. The YOUNG MAN is skinny, dressed in military surplus type clothing; he’s a little ragged around the edges, with pale, lank hair in a ponytail. The GIRL with him is dressed in jeans and a plain long sleeve shirt, covered by a dark hoodie, with the hood up. The YOUNG MAN’S arm is possessively around the GIRL. He gestures toward an area in front of the store entrance. The area is deeply in shadow, between a short outer wall and the wall of the store. There is a rank of the quarter and fifty-cent candy and novelty vending machines.

EDDIE
So you were leaving the store and just… came across the body?

YOUNG MAN
Yeah. It’s kinda dumb, but Becca an’ me… we always get some of those candies.

EDDIE
(nodding)
And the body was in front of-

GIRL
I’m never gonna chew that gum again.

She breaks from her boyfriend’s arms and stumbles away to throw up.

EDDIE and the YOUNG MAN watch her go. The YOUNG MAN has an anxious expression and he’s shifting from foot to foot.

YOUNG MAN
Sorry. Neither of us has ever seen… you know.

EDDIE waves a hand to say “It’s okay.”

EDDIE
This officer (gestures to a uniform) is going to get some information from you.

YOUNG MAN
And then we can… go?

EDDIE
You’ll need to come down and sign your statements, but… yeah. You can do that tomorrow.

The YOUNG MAN nods and goes after his girlfriend.

EDDIE walks toward the body. He grins at the figure crouched over the body.

EDDIE
Jordan.

JORDAN looks up. Her eyebrows dance upward and then she grins.

JORDAN
Hey! I heard you decided to come back.

EDDIE
(shrugs)
Yeah. Mayberry just wasn’t doing it for me, you know?

JORDAN shakes her head and chuckles.

JORDAN
You need help, man.

EDDIE
Least I’m better off than this guy. (beat) What can you tell me?

JORDAN
(looking at body again)
First look? Blunt force trauma to the back of the head. Probably not enough to kill him instantly.

EDDIE
You think he was hit here?

JORDAN stands up.

JORDAN
No. Check this out.

She walks back toward the entrance, shining a penlight as she goes, drawing EDDIE’S attention.

JORDAN (cont’d)
Blood trail. From his… post by the kettle to where he was found. And… (kneels again) there are what look like gravitational blood drops under the kettle.

EDDIE
Meaning…?

JORDAN
(sly grin)
You sure you want my opinion? I’m the M.E. after all, not a detective.

EDDIE snorts.

EDDIE
Yeah. Right. Come on.

JORDAN
I think he was hit with the kettle.

EDDIE
Anything in the kettle?

JORDAN shrugs.

EDDIE looks in it and shakes his head. He looks around, his eyes narrowing as he thinks through the potential situation.

EDDIE
So… someone was trying to steal the kettle. Our vic wanted to stop him. Only… he didn’t succeed. Our perp whacks the guy on the head, empties the kettle, hangs it back up and drags the body over there.

JORDAN
And doesn’t notice the blood tr-

UNIFORMED OFFICER
(off-camera)
Detective Winslow? Detective? Over here!

At the scene


EDDIE gives JORDAN a look and then leaves her swabbing the kettle.

7. EXT. FRONT OF MEGA-STORE – CONTINUING

The UNIFORMED OFFICER is holding apart the leaves of a poinsettia plant and pointing with his flashlight. EDDIE approaches.

EDDIE
What is it, Nixon?

UNIFORMED OFFICER
Look, Sir.

EDDIE looks and does a double take. He exhales in frustration.

EDDIE
Bag it and get it to CSU. There’s probably a thousand prints, but maybe we’ll get lucky.

8. EXT. BASIC MEGA-STORE – CONTINUING

EDDIE returns to JORDAN. She stands up, bagging the kettle swab.

JORDAN
Problem?

EDDIE
Oh, you could say that. (beat) Looks like the perp dumped the money. Bunch of bills and loose change in the flowers over there.

JORDAN
Why would anyone steal the… and then …? (sighs)

EDDIE
Exactly.

 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Hem

9. INT. BUG’S LAB – MORNING

BUG is standing next to a microscope. He’s in full research mode: lab coat, instruments laid out, but his glasses have been flipped up on top of his head. He’s looking at NIGEL with one of those “You are truly certifiable” looks.

NIGEL is standing there, grinning, very enthusiastic, energy radiating out of him.

Holiday cheer

BUG
You know, you’ve had some bad ideas and some really bad ideas, but this one… this one really takes the cake, Nigel.

NIGEL
Come on, it’s brilliant!

BUG
Brilliant is not the word I’d use.

NIGEL
Just think of it, Buggles. Getting into that Christmas spirit-

BUG
I don’t celebrate Christmas.

NIGEL falters a little, but keeps trying.

NIGEL
A chance to – to bring some joy to others-

BUG
Do you really think joy is what we’d be bringing?

NIGEL is determined to ignore BUG’S protests.

NIGEL
-earn the department a little much needed good PR –

BUG
We work in a MORGUE. We cut up dead people!

NIGEL (exasperated)
– and at the end there’d be plenty of wassail!

BUG rolls his eyes and then gets a mildly thoughtful look.

BUG
What is wassail exactly?

NIGEL
It’s… well, you make it with… oh, forget it.

NIGEL thrusts a piece of paper at BUG.

NIGEL (cont’d)
Here’s a schedule and a time for your fitting. Be there.


NIGEL stalks away, leaving BUG annoyed, perplexed and maybe the tiniest bit pleased to be included.

 

10. AUTOPSY ONE – MORNING

JORDAN is doing her autopsy of the BELL RINGER from the night before. She is probing the head wound, peering intently at it.

WOODY is leaning against the door jamb, watching her.


WOODY
Is it creepy that I think you’re sexy when you’re doing that?

JORDAN looks up at him and shakes her head slowly.

JORDAN
Creepy… kooky… all together ooky. (beat) Want me to keep going?

WOODY
(grin)
Only if you do that finger snapping thing, too.


She rolls her eyes at him, but lifts her fingers up and pantomimes snapping a la “The Addams Family” theme.

He saunters over, looking down at the body on the table.

WOODY (cont’d)
(almost too casual)
This Winslow’s case?

JORDAN looks up and gives him a suspicious look.

WOODY (cont’d)
What?

JORDAN
(hiding a smile)
Oh, nothing. (beat) Yeah, it’s Eddie’s case.

WOODY’S eyebrows do that thing where they attempt to mate with his hairline and he mouths, “Eddie?” Then he turns back around and fiddles with a beaker.

WOODY
The guy was robbed, huh?

JORDAN is back to peering at the guy’s skull. She now probes with long tweezers.

JORDAN
That’s what it looked like. (glances over shoulder) Only the money was dumped.

WOODY
Dumped? Are you – I mean, is Winslow – sure?

JORDAN
(shrug)
Either that or money is growing on trees these day. (beat) Or poinsettias.

WOODY
So… a thief with a… conscience?

JORDAN’S eyes narrow as she pulls something out of the head wound.

JORDAN
Or a killer who wanted us to think it was a thief.

WOODY shakes his head.

WOODY
Why not keep the… What is that?

JORDAN is eying a strand of hair.

JORDAN
Hair. Blond. Kinda’ long.

WOODY peers more closely at the corpse.

WOODY
Not from the victim then.

They both look at the body. The BELL RINGER is bald.

JORDAN
I’d better get Nige to run this. (beat) You didn’t happen to see him on your way in, did you?

WOODY
He was going into Dr. Macy’s office.

JORDAN
(smile)
Thanks.

WOODY doesn’t respond and doesn’t move.

JORDAN (cont’d)
Something else?

WOODY shifts from foot to foot.

WOODY
Um… yeah. Actually. It’s kind of why I stopped by.

JORDAN
(uncomfortable suddenly)
Wow, and I thought it was because I’m sexy doing an autopsy.

WOODY gives her a look, that one that says, “Come on, Jordan, quit playing around.”

WOODY
You are. (beat) You’re also late for your follow up with Doctor Sanchez this morning.

JORDAN rolls her eyes and turns away, looking for a bag she can put the hair strand in.

JORDAN
I cancelled it.

WOODY
Jordan! Why?

JORDAN squares her shoulders and faces him, trying to brazen this out.

JORDAN
Woody, I’m fine. Okay? Fine.

WOODY
You don't think maybe you should get a second opinion on that?

JORDAN
I don’t need…! (beat) Look, I’d know if – if… if something was wrong.

WOODY
You can’t be sure about-

JORDAN
(strident)
I’m sure about it. Really. (looks at him, eyes defiant but with a hint of fear) She said the chances of it coming back were minimal.

WOODY
She also said you need to get checked out regularly.

JORDAN eyes him for a moment.

JORDAN
I can run the test myself.

WOODY glares at her. She pushes past him.

JORDAN (cont’d)
These hair samples can’t. I’ve gotta find Nigel.

As she rushes from the autopsy suite, WOODY stares after her, anxiety and concern furrowing his brow and darkening his eyes. His posture and the firm set of his jaw suggest the discussion isn’t over, no matter what JORDAN thinks.

 

END OF ACT ONE

 

 


ACT TWO


11. INT. GARRET’S OFFICE – CONTINUING

GARRET is sitting at his desk, looking up at NIGEL with much the same expression we saw on BUG’s face. NIGEL is standing in front of the desk, looking hopeful, but not quite as energetic as before.

No.

GARRET
I don’t think so, Nigel.

NIGEL
Just think, Dr. M. A chance to-

GARRET
Let me rephrase that: NO.

NIGEL
But – this is a great cause. And you know what they say… um… this time of year.

GARRET arches an eyebrow.

NIGEL
Um...well, that is… ‘tis better to give than receive!

GARRET
And if you wanted money, I might agree. But, Nigel-

NIGEL
Look, Dr. M, it’s just that… these people… they don’t have anyone else and for one night we could-

GARRET
- remind them how alone they are?

NIGEL
I was going to say make them feel special. (deep sigh) Look, here’s the schedule and your fitting appointment. (beat) I did promise…

NIGEL makes a pleading face.

GARRET glares at him. NIGEL slinks away, not noting that GARRET is studying the list he’s been given and, rather than trashing it, places it on his desk.

12. INT. MORGUE HALLWAY – CONTINUING

NIGEL is standing in the hallway, looking indecisive. He brightens when he sees JORDAN coming his way.

NIGEL
Jordan! You’re looking lovely this morning.

JORDAN gives him a look that says she knows he’s up to something and she doesn’t have time for it.

JORDAN
(slowly)
Yeah. You… too, Nige.

NIGEL
I wanted to talk to you about-

JORDAN
Can it wait? (off his hurt look) Sorry, it’s just that I need you to run this hair.

NIGEL
(trying to hid his disappointment)
Of course. Yeah. (beat) From the … uh… (he attempts one of his conspiratorial grins) ding-a-ling?

JORDAN glares mildly at him.

JORDAN
Yes.

NIGEL, penitent, looks at the hair in the evidence bag and frowns.

NIGEL
I only got a brief look at him, but I thought he was bald.

JORDAN
(tight smile)
He was. That’s why I need you to run this.

NIGEL nods.

JORDAN senses he’s still disappointed that she interrupted earlier. She puts a hand on his arm.

JORDAN
You wanted to ask me something?

NIGEL breaks into a broad grin.

NIGEL
Well, you see….

They begin to walk down the hallway, back toward TRACE. The scene slides to the CONFERENCE ROOM.
What Child Is This?- Charlotte Church

13. CONFERENCE ROOM – CONTINUING

LILY is sitting across from a woman in her mid-thirties. The woman is red-eyed from crying. She clutches a tissue in one hand, mopping at her nose from time to time. LILY has stretched a hand across the table to the woman and the woman is holding on to it with her free hand as if her life depended on it.

WOMAN
I just don’t understand. He never hurt anyone.

LILY
Mrs. Howard, I know this is a terrible time for you-

The WOMAN stands up abruptly. She begins to pace.

WOMAN
He loved that – that … bell, what it meant. Every year! Do you know how many years he’d been out there?

LILY shakes her head helplessly.

WOMAN (cont’d)
Twenty-eight! This was his twenty-eighth year. He’d never had any problems. Not once.

LILY
I’m sure he was very… dedicated.

WOMAN
The police said it looked like a robbery. Why would anyone do that? It wasn’t even his money.

LILY
Sometimes people do desperate things-

WOMAN
(stopping)
He’d have given the person the money. If they really needed it. He’d have opened up his own wallet…

She sinks back down into the chair. LILY puts her hand out again and the WOMAN grabs it once more. She starts sobbing again.

14. AUTOPSY ONE – MID-MORNING

JORDAN is finishing her autopsy on the BELL RINGER. She looks up as the door opens. It’s EDDIE WINSLOW.

EDDIE
What ya’ got?

JORDAN
(wry look)
Good morning to you, too.

EDDIE gives her an annoyed look.

JORDAN (cont’d)
What I told you last night. Blunt force trauma. Based on the fracture pattern, I’d say that kettle was the likely weapon.

EDDIE
That thing’s pretty heavy. Think a woman could lift it?

JORDAN gives that a moment of thought.

JORDAN
Depends on the woman. Someone athletic maybe. Above average height. Our bell ringer wasn’t very tall for a man.

EDDIE nods and glances over at the body.

EDDIE
Care to give me a time of death?

JORDAN
(one shoulder shrug)
Based on his basal body temperature, lividity and beginning of rigor when I got there, I’d say between eight and nine.

EDDIE
Last night you said you didn’t think he died immediately.

She shakes her head.

JORDAN
He didn’t. He was probably hit about half an hour before he died.

EDDIE
(nodding)
So… between seven-thirty and eight-thirty. (beat) Well, that fits.

JORDAN looks up from stripping off her gloves.

JORDAN
Fits with what?

EDDIE
(grinning)
I’ve got a lead.

15. INT. CONFERENCE ROOM – POST-COUNSELING SESSION

LILY is watching the daughter of the murdered bell ringer leave. NIGEL stands aside to let the woman pass and then enters, grinning at LILY. While still enthusiastic, his cheeriness has taken a definite hit after his encounters with BUG and GARRET. But overall his look is hopeful. LILY smiles at him and slides a piece of paper in front of her.

NIGEL
(grinning)
So, I see you’ve had a chance to look at my little… proposal. (beat) I just knew you’d want to-

LILY
(regretful)
Oh, Nige! You know normally I would but this year… with Maddy and all.

NIGEL
Bring her along!

LILY
(more regretful)
I just couldn’t. It’s such a busy time and we’d be out late… and all those people… I’m sorry.

I'm sorry

NIGEL
(pleading)
Her first Christmas, Lil. Just think, years later, you could show her the pictures, tell her how from the time she was a baby she liked to help others. (encouraging grin) Just like her mum, eh?

LILY chews her lip, obviously moved by this tack.

LILY
I – I don’t know.

NIGEL is clearly encouraged by her faltering. He all but claps in glee.

NIGEL
Great! Here’s the schedule and when you need to be there for your fitting. You know, I bet they’ll find something for little Maddy, too.

LILY
(brighter)
You think?

NIGEL is walking away, but grins over his shoulder at her.

NIGEL
Absolutely, luv!


16. PRECINCT INTERROGATION ROOM – LUNCH TIME

EDDIE WINSLOW is standing near the door. At the table a woman is seated. It’s the woman with the migraine, SAMANTHA SHARTON. She is pale, her eyes red and her face blotchy with crying. Her lips quiver.

EDDIE
I’m giving you a chance here, Samantha. (beat) Tell me what happened. I’ll talk with the D.A.

SAMANTHA
I told you! (glares at him) I don’t know what you mean.

EDDIE crosses and leans in to her space. His voice is low and menacing.

EDDIE
We talked to the cashier. She told us how you asked about another exit out of the MegaMart.

SAMANTHA
Because I didn’t want to hear that stupid bell again!

EDDIE
Because you’d hit Mr. Day on the head-

SAMANTHA
No! Why would - ?

EDDIE
But you didn’t know if he was dead. You couldn’t run the risk he was alive, that maybe somebody found him and he’d recognize you.

SAMANTHA
I didn’t do it! I swear. I don’t know – I didn’t know anything about it until – until…

She begins to choke on her sobs. EDDIE watches her impassively. Slowly, she begins to calm her breathing.

SAMANTHA (cont’d)
What do you want me to say?

EDDIE
(smiling)
I just want you to tell me the truth.

SAMANTHA sighs and looks down at the table.

 

END OF ACT TWO

 


ACT THREE


17. NIGEL’S LAB – SEVERAL HOURS LATER

NIGEL looks up from one of his many “toys” as JORDAN enters. He flicks up his eyebrows in greeting. She gives him a head toss in acknowledgement.

JORDAN
Whatcha got, Nige?

NIGEL
I’ve been comparing the hair Detective Winslow sent over-

JORDAN
From his suspect.

NIGEL nods.

NIGEL
-comparing it to the one we found on our bell ringer.

JORDAN
Blond, medium-length, female.

NIGEL makes one of his faces – the one that says “When will they learn?”

NIGEL
Blond and medium-length, yes. Female, no.

JORDAN
But his suspect…?

NIGEL
Didn’t leave this hair on Mr. Day. (beat) Unless she’s hiding even more than Eddie thinks she is.

JORDAN takes out her cell phone.

JORDAN
Thanks, Nige.

NIGEL
And I just so happen to have the perfect way for you to show your gratitude ….

JORDAN rolls her eyes at him.

NIGEL (cont’d)
It’s only one nigh-


JORDAN pushes through the door, ignoring him. He sighs.

 

18. INT. PRECINCT BULLPEN – SIMULTANEOUS TO HAIR ANALYSIS

Everyone seems to be in the bullpen, though no one is particularly busy. The detectives seem to be doing paperwork, ordering take-out or surreptitiously doing Sudoku puzzles. SANTANA gets up from her desk and wanders to the bulletin board. She is drawn by a bright green flyer and begins to read. When she speaks, it’s mostly to herself.

SANTANA
Are any of them over there mentally stable?

SEELY has heard her in passing and stops. He reads the same flyer.

SEELY
That was rhetorical, right?

SANTANA grins. They are joined by EDDIE WINSLOW who also reads the announcement.

WINSLOW
What the hell? (beat) Oh, right. That’s gonna happen.

CAPRA joins them. She smiles.

CAPRA
I think it’s sweet. Reminds me of my childhood.

Everyone else rolls their eyes at her.

CAPRA (cont’d)
What? Geez! You all make Scrooge look cheery.

LOIS CARVER is drawn by CAPRA’S exclamation. She comes over and reads.

CARVER
Hmmm… I wonder if Townsend can pull it off.

FRAMUS saunters over. She rolls her eyes at the flyer but then a thought comes to her.

FRAMUS
If he does, I hope there are pictures. The blackmail possibilities alone could make it all worthwhile.

The CAPTAIN comes out of his office and looks around. His face darkens.

CAPTAIN
(bellowing)
Unless that board suddenly lists the location of the FBI’s ten most wanted, get back to work, people!

They scatter and the CAPTAIN returns to his office. Surreptitiously, each detective returns to the announcement board and pulls off a tab with a phone number to call for more information. EDDIE’S phone rings. He glances down at the caller i.d. and smiles.


Father Christmas- The Kinks

19. INT. AUTOPSY TWO – CONTINUING

KATE is doing an autopsy. She is gowned, her hands are inside the cadaver and she’s annoyed because she’s had to stop recording her observations. She looks up from her work, glaring at NIGEL.


KATE
No.

NIGEL
You haven’t even heard what I was going to say!

 

No.

KATE
I’ve heard about it. (beat) No.

NIGEL
(wheedling)
Come on, luv. It’ll be… great.

KATE
Great? Let me see. Working all day then spending several more hours on my feet, surrounded by people who in all likelihood can’t carry a tune in a bucket, singing about an event that may or may not have taken place about two thousand years ago. No. That’s not great. That’s a preview of hell. (beat) And don’t call me ‘luv.’


NIGEL sidles up behind her and lays a hand on her shoulder.

NIGEL
Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

KATE glares at his hand and then looks back down to what she’s holding.

KATE
The lady is going to protest this scalpel right into your hand if you don’t move.

NIGEL removes his hand gingerly.

NIGEL
You won’t even think about it? For me?

KATE rolls her eyes.

KATE
I wouldn’t even think about it for – for Mahatma Gandhi.

NIGEL
(irreverent grin)
Doubt he’d have asked.

KATE
Fine. Mother Theresa then.

NIGEL
(undeterred now)
Right. Well… I’m going to leave this – this with you.

KATE walks over with a beleaguered sigh and scans the sheet of paper. She looks at NIGEL, aghast. NIGEL is exiting.

KATE
Rehearsals? A fitting? And why the hell would I bring Binky? (beat) Nigel? (realizes he is gone) Why do I always end up talking to myself in this place?


20. JORDAN’S OFFICE – CONTINUING

JORDAN is working on a file – the bell ringer’s file actually. She looks up as her door slams and a slight scowl crosses her face. The camera cuts to the person standing in front of her now closed door. It’s EDDIE WINSLOW, looking about as pleased as JORDAN.

EDDIE
Jesus, Jordan! Do you have to make everything complicated?

JORDAN
(bristling)
What? Me? What does this have-?

EDDIE
I’ve got my suspect in custody, practically got a confession out of her-

JORDAN
Practically?

EDDIE waves a hand, brushing aside her concern.

EDDIE
And then you and your – your “merry men” have to go and fuck it up.

JORDAN
Hey, this is not down to me and my “merry men.” This is down to evidence, Eddie. You remember evidence? The stuff that proves if someone’s guilty or innocent.

EDDIE snorts.

EDDIE
Yeah, well, in this case your so-called evidence is wrong. Samantha Sharton hit that guy on the head. She confessed.

JORDAN
Practically.

EDDIE
What?

JORDAN
You said she practically confessed.

EDDIE shifts from one foot to the other.

EDDIE
She’s giving me some bullshit story about a migraine, but that’ll change.

JORDAN
Unless it’s the truth.

EDDIE
Just ‘cause it’s not her hair….

JORDAN
(taking a deep breath)
She had a migraine?

EDDIE shrugs.

JORDAN (cont’d)
Have you checked with her doctor?

EDDIE
Why?

JORDAN
Some migraines are so debilitating that she might not have had the strength to lift that kettle.

EDDIE
She’s just using it as an excuse, Jordan!

JORDAN
Have you checked?

He closes his eyes and scrubs a hand over his face before shaking his head.

JORDAN (cont’d)
Look… Eddie. (beat) Check it out. Okay?

EDDIE
And then I’m back to square one. (holds his hands up) I know, I know. If that’s where the evidence puts me….

JORDAN
Maybe not square one. (smile) One of my “merry men” did find out the hair on the body was male.

EDDIE is reaching for the door knob. He stops.

EDDIE
What did you say?

 

END OF ACT THREE

 

 

ACT FOUR


Let It Snow!- Andy Williams
21. INT. JORDAN’S BEDROOM – BEDTIME

JORDAN and WOODY are lying in her bed. JORDAN is wearing on old BPD t-shirt of his and we presume he’s wearing boxers as all we can see are his abs. They are lying on their sides, facing each other, talking.

WOODY
I think it’s… sweet.

JORDAN
You’re kidding.

WOODY
Am not!

JORDAN
Let me guess… it was a big Kewaunee tradition.

WOODY
(a little prickly)
Actually, yeah, it was.

JORDAN looks at him fondly, like he’s insane, but she loves him anyway.

JORDAN
You liked freezing your ass off, trudging from-

WOODY
We wouldn’t be outside.

JORDAN
(ignoring him)
-door to door hoping the people who lived at the next house wouldn’t slam the door in your face, putting on these angelic faces when they didn’t and then making them wish they had by singing out of key… for what?

WOODY shakes his head in disbelief.

WOODY
Where’s your Christmas spirit?

JORDAN
I made a gingerbread house to share at work!

WOODY
(makes a dubious face)
Ummm. Yeah…. Back to this thing of Nigel’s. Why shouldn’t we do it?

JORDAN
There’s no reason YOU shouldn’t do it. But me? No way. That’s just how it is, Woods.

WOODY
(sly look)
What if I promised you a… substantial reward for your participation?

JORDAN
(grinning)
Substantial? (glances down) Proud of yourself, huh?

WOODY
Maybe.


He begins kissing her shoulder.

A little persuasion...

WOODY (cont’d)
Are you telling me I shouldn’t be?

JORDAN
(eyes closing)
Ummm… no.

WOODY kisses his way down her arm and slides a hand under the hem of her t-shirt. He slides down and his head disappears under the covers.

WOODY
Think about it?

JORDAN
(dazed)
Think about what?

WOODY
Nigel’s request.

JORDAN
Is this my reward?

WOODY re-emerges from the covers. He’s leering at her.

WOODY
Call it a down payment.

His head disappears again.

JORDAN moans.

JORDAN
Okay, okay, I’m thinking about it!

WOODY
(muffled)
And…?

JORDAN is breathing heavily. It takes her a moment to respond.

JORDAN
Fine, fine, whatever. Whatever.


WOODY chuckles and then he moves back up her body. They kiss and slide beneath the covers together.

 


22 . INT. DR. SANCHEZ’S OFFICE RECEPTION – FOLLOWING MORNING

JORDAN is standing in front of the reception desk, waiting for the secretary to finish a call. JORDAN is fidgeting, checking her watch, glancing around the reception area where a couple other people wait. She is just starting to turn away, a look of relief on her face, when the secretary finishes her call.

SECRETARY
Dr. Cavanaugh?

A look of irritation mixed with despair crosses JORDAN’S face. She turns back around.

JORDAN
Uh. Yeah. I kind of… missed my appointment. Yesterday.

SECREATRY
(smiling)
Happens all the time. (beat) Dr. Sanchez has an opening in about ten minutes.

JORDAN opens her mouth to reply and then shuts it abruptly, as if remembering something. She manages a small smile.

JORDAN
Great. I’ll just… your waiting room has magazines. (beat) Ours doesn’t. No need… I mean….

JORDAN looks like a deer in the headlights as she babbles. The SECRETARY gives her a gentle smile.

SECRETARY
We have the very latest issue of People. I think the cover story is all about that orphan Brad is getting Angelina for Christmas.

JORDAN smiles, more genuinely this time and walks to sit in one of the chairs. She does pick up a magazine and flicks absently through its pages. From the way she shifts in her chair, crosses and uncrosses her legs and checks her watch repeatedly, we know she feels like the wait is an eternity, but the wall clock shows us it really only is a few minutes before we hear:

NURSE
Jordan Cavanaugh? Dr. Cavanaugh?


JORDAN stands up and, pale, trembling slightly, heads toward the NURSE.

 

23. PRECINCT INTERROGATION ONE – CONTINUING

EDDIE is seated at the table, facing ETHAN. EDDIE is smiling at the young man, who isn’t quite as grungy today, though his blond hair still needs a good washing and maybe a cut, depending on your viewpoint. ETHAN looks mostly at ease.

EDDIE
Thanks, man. I know it’s a drag.

ETHAN shrugs.

EDDIE (cont’d)
I just had a couple questions about your statement.

ETHAN
Sure. Whatever.

EDDIE
Great. We’ll get it cleared up as soon as we can, huh? (grin) Oh and while we’re clearing things up, we kind of ran into another problem.

ETHAN
(face wary for the first time)
Problem?

EDDIE
It’s probably nothing. Happens all the time. But the thing is… we found some evidence, hair, on the body. Now, I’m pretty sure I know who did it, but this… hair… well, if I could rule you out as the person it came from…?

ETHAN
(slowly)
Um… yeah. Okay. I mean, I don’t need a lawyer or anything, do I?

EDDIE
That’s up to you. It’s just a hair sample.

ETHAN
To rule me out?

EDDIE nods.

ETHAN (cont’d)
Like I said, yeah.

EDDIE gets up, walks to the door and opens it. NIGEL enters.

EDDIE
This is Nigel Townsend. He’s going to get the sample we need.

NIGEL
(quick glance at EDDIE)
Right then. Ethan, is it? Well, Ethan, this is quick and pretty painless. Just got to pluck a few hairs. Women pay big bucks for this sort of thing, right?

ETHAN
(unsure what to make of NIGEL)
I guess.

NIGEL uses the tweezers to pluck out two or three strands. ETHAN winces a bit. NIGEL looks at the strands and then at EDDIE. NIGEL puts the hair in an evidence bag, but doesn’t put away the tweezers.

NIGEL
Geez, mate, sorry to say, but none of those were intact.

ETHAN
What’s that mean?

NIGEL
Well, see, we need the root. Sometimes the hair doesn’t come out with it. I hate to have to do… Hey, I have an idea!

Over ETHAN’S head, NIGEL and EDDIE exchange another look. EDDIE nods minutely, telling NIGEL that the kid is buying it.

NIGEL (cont’d)
Whyn’t you come stand here, by the window? The light might help.

ETHAN complies. NIGEL looks the kid up and down and then plucks out another strand or two of hair. He makes a big show of looking at them and giving ETHAN a pleased smile.

NIGEL (cont’d)
Works every time! (claps ETHAN on the shoulder) Thanks, mate.

EDDIE walks to the door with NIGEL and indicates to ETHAN that he’ll be right back. He steps through the door and closes it.

24. INT. PRECINCT OUTSIDE INTERROGATION ONE – CONTINUING

EDDIE
The light helps?

NIGEL
(his cheeky grin)
Worked, didn’t it?

EDDIE nods in acquiescence.

EDDIE
How long will it take to get a result?

NIGEL
I can do the rough comparison as soon as I get back.

EDDIE
How rough?

NIGEL
If the hair is his, it’ll get you a warrant to hold him. DNA’ll take longer.

EDDIE
(nodding)
Thanks. (beat) And the other thing?

NIGEL wobbles his hand back and forth.

NIGEL
Hard to say exactly, but I’d wager he was tall enough.

EDDIE has that look, the one that says he knows he’s caught the perp. He prepares to go back into the interrogation room.

EDDIE
The minute you have anything.

NIGEL
I’ll call.

NIGEL walks down the hall as EDDIE goes back into the room.

25. PRECINCT INTERROGATION ONE – CONTINUING

EDDIE walks over and sits down across from ETHAN again. He pulls a piece of paper out of a file folder and slides it across to the young man.

FADE TO:

26. NIGEL’S LAB – ABOUT HALF AN HOUR LATER

NIGEL is smiling as he picks up the phone.

27. INT. PRECINCT BULLPEN – A COUPLE OF HOURS LATER

EDDIE is sitting as his desk, writing up some paperwork. He looks up as some uniformed officers lead in the YOUNG WOMAN from the other night. He has a wry smile on his face as she’s led to one of the interrogation rooms. He stands up and starts to go in the same direction. He catches sight of JORDAN.

Told you so.

EDDIE
Came to say I told you so?

JORDAN
What?

EDDIE cocks his head in the direction the young woman was led.

EDDIE
You were right. My migraine sufferer was innocent.

JORDAN
(smile)
In that case, yeah. I told you so. (beat) You find the real perp?

EDDIE
Sure did. Thanks to one of your “merry men.” (beat) Turns out it was the couple who “found” the body.

JORDAN nods sagaciously.

EDDIE (cont’d)
The bell ringer was on a break. He came back and caught them trying to steal the money. So the guy, Ethan, hit him over the head with the kettle; he says harder than he meant to. (beat) They panicked, dragged his body into that dark area and dumped the money. Then they figured if they were the ones who “found” him, we wouldn’t suspect them.

JORDAN
Might’ve worked.

EDDIE
(grinning)
With Jordan Cavanaugh on the case?

JORDAN
Don’t forget my merry men.

EDDIE
I wouldn’t dare. (beat) Look, I gotta go see if his girlfriend’ll ’fess up so easily, but… uh… you wanna grab some lunch when I’m done?

JORDAN’S eyes widen for a moment.

JORDAN
(playing cat and mouse)
Sounds good. Let me see what Woody thinks.

EDDIE
Woody? (long beat) Hoyt. You… and… Hoyt. (shakes his head) Never could stay away from cops, could you?

She glares mildly at him.

EDDIE chuckles and resumes his course toward the interrogation room. He waves at JORDAN over his shoulder. JORDAN smiles and resumes her own course.

28. INT. PRECINCT HALLWAY – CONTINUING

JORDAN is walking slowly, looking a bit anxious. She stops and knocks on WOODY’S office door. We hear him call out to come in.

Office door

 

END OF ACT FOUR

 

 

ACT FIVE

 

29. INT. WOODY’S OFFICE – CONTINUING

WOODY looks up as JORDAN enters. He can’t help but smile at her as she takes the chair across from him. It doesn’t take him long to realize she’s nervous though.

WOODY
(trying to be light)
Here to congratulate Eddie on closing the bell ringer case?

JORDAN shakes her head.

WOODY (cont’d)
(more worried, still trying to keep it light)
Here to accept his congratulations because it was the forensics that saved him from making an ass out of himself?

JORDAN smiles a bit, but shakes her head.

WOODY (cont’d)
(now really anxious)
Here to worry the crap out of me-

JORDAN
(interrupting)
I saw Dr. Sanchez this morning.

Here to worry the crap out of me?


WOODY stops immediately. He goes pale at the implications.

WOODY
(slowly, stunned to a degree)
I thought you… weren’t…. You said-

JORDAN
Consider it an early Christmas present.

WOODY
(cautious)
A present, huh?

JORDAN smiles and nods. She swallows obviously. WOODY stands up and comes over to her. He leans down to hug her. The angle is awkward but they clutch at one another despite it. He places a light kiss on her hair before mouthing “Thank God.” Then he kisses the spot just behind her ear and pulls back a bit. He rests on the edge of his desk and holds her hands. They are quiet for a moment.

WOODY (cont’d)
Why… What changed your mind?

JORDAN shrugs. She takes a deep breath, holds it a moment and then lets it out.

JORDAN
My dad.

WOODY
You talked with Max?

JORDAN shakes her head.

JORDAN
No. I – uh – I… before I met you. Before he…(chuckles) before he bought The Pogue… well, the reason he bought the bar. (takes a breath as she realizes she’s not making sense) There was a chance he had cancer. I was – furious when he didn’t tell me.

WOODY
(gentle grin)
You and Max? Must’ve been a first.

She shakes her head at him, but smiles.

JORDAN
Then – after I found out… he wouldn’t – he wouldn’t open the test results. Kept saying it was his life. But (shrug) it was – it was my life, too. (long pause) I’d forgotten… that feeling.

WOODY nods and squeezes her hands.

JORDAN (cont’d)
I’m just… not used to this. To – to owing someone else-

WOODY
Jordan, you don’t owe me anything.

JORDAN
(smiling)
Yeah. I do. In a good way. We’re – I mean, there’s a we now… and… I – I like that. I like… I like not having to face everything alone.

WOODY raises an eyebrow.

JORDAN (cont’d)
I guess I just can’t break all my old habits all at once, huh?

WOODY
I like your old habits. (beat) Some of them.

They share a quiet laugh.

WOODY
I like being… us, too.

There is another pause, as if they are both gathering their emotions. After a moment, JORDAN checks her watch and stands up. She pins WOODY where he is, against his desk, and plants a long, sensual kiss on him.

JORDAN
(grinning at his dazed look)
I gotta get back to work.

WOODY nods distractedly as she slips away from him and goes toward the door. He stops her just before she opens it.

WOODY
Jordan?

She turns around.

WOODY (cont’d)
Thanks.

JORDAN
(eyebrows arched)
For what?

WOODY
My Christmas present.

She smiles widely.

JORDAN
Just wait til you see what I got to stuff your stocking.

WOODY blushes a bit while JORDAN exits. Then he shakes his head and goes back to his chair to finish some paperwork.

FADE to:

 

The Christmas Song- Aimee Mann

30. INT. GENERIC EMPTY ROOM – AFTERNOON

NIGEL is waiting, sitting on a stool near a piano. He is whistling. There is a clock behind him. He checks it. Then he checks his watch. He sighs.

NIGEL spins on the piano stool and as he does so, the hands on the clock spin around. An hour has passed. Now two. NIGEL looks dejected as he finally stands up and leaves.

31. INT. MORGUE HALLWAY – EARLY EVENING

NIGEL is on his way out of the morgue. He is wearing a Dickensian costume and looking glum. He passes his colleague’s office doors, all shut, and lights all still on. He considers knocking at each one, but stops, eventually squaring his shoulders. If they’re going to be that way about it…he’ll carry on all on his own.

32. EXT. NURSING HOME – AFTER DARK

NIGEL is walking, in his costume, toward the entrance to a nursing home. A woman, the activities director, rushes out to greet him.

DIRECTOR
Oh, Mr. Townsend, we were so worried you weren’t going to make it.

NIGEL
(more glum)
Well, sorry to say, I almost didn’t. You see, I didn’t have the best of luck-

DIRECTOR
I don’t mean to be rude, but the residents are very eager to get started.

NIGEL
(as glum as possible)
Oh dear. I’m afraid they’re going to be disappointed.

The DIRECTOR gives him a confused look.

DIRECTOR
Um… this way.

The DIRECTOR opens a door and ushers NIGEL in.

33. INT. NURSING HOME FOYER – CONTINUING

NIGEL stops. His face is a mask of blank confusion. His eyes dart back and forth.

NIGEL
What…?

The camera pans around the room. Everyone is there - in Dickensian costumes. Even Binky is there – dressed as a reindeer. Renée Walcott is also there, arm through Garret’s.

JORDAN
Geez, man, did you really think we’d let you down?

NIGEL
(confused, happy)
I – um – no one came to… well, if you want to know…yeah. Yeah, I did.

JORDAN punches his shoulder lightly and smiles at him.

JORDAN
Don’t be silly. Peace on Earth, Goodwill to men, all that. Who can’t use a little of that this time of year?

LILY
(holding Maddy)
And thinking of others.

GARRET
Even if it’s only one night, why not make these people feel special?

BUG
You don’t exactly have to celebrate Christmas to know that’s a good thing.

KATE
And who cares if no one can sing.

She looks daggers at NIGEL.

KATE (cont’d)
I’m not sure Binky’ll be as forgiving though.

NIGEL
(smiling with tears)
I’ll find him something special for Christmas.

KATE’S eyebrows arch.

NIGEL (cont’d)
(a little pale)
Not that special. I do need my kidneys.

KATE
(shrug)
Technically, you only need one.

She grins to show she’s kidding.

FRAMUS
And you did promise wassail.

NIGEL
And Wassail there will be! (beams at group) Shall we?

DIRECTOR
We’re going to start in the day lounge and then I figured you could visit the patients who can’t leave their rooms.

CAPRA
Lead the way!

Rockin'Around the Christmas Tree- The Smithereens
They all troop out. NIGEL, WOODY and JORDAN are last.

NIGEL stops JORDAN

NIGEL
Thank you.

JORDAN
For what?

NIGEL
(gentle smile)
You know, luv.

JORDAN
(shakes her head)
Thank you.

NIGEL
(grinning)
For what?

JORDAN
(peaceful expression)
You know.

NIGEL
(looking at WOODY)
I suspect Woodrow had a hand in this.

WOODY and JORDAN exchange looks and both blush a little.

WOODY
I just gave her some things to… consider.

JORDAN
He was very persuasive.


Laughing, they exit.

34. INT. NURSING HOME DAY ROOM – CONTINUING

Jolly Holiday

The camera travels from character to character. They sing a mixture of carols, from the traditional to the more modern.

Someone suggests “Jingle Bell Rock.’ While singing, GARRET puts out his hand to RENEE, who accepts it and they add a little dance to the vocal entertainment. FRAMUS approaches BUG, but LILY gives her a warning look. FRAMUS grabs the next male she sees – EDDIE WINSLOW, whom she has to haul out to dance, but he does, to the laughter and smiles of the residents. Smiling and singing, we also see WOODY and JORDAN dancing. She shakes and shimmies and he holds her hand and watches, pulling her close during the chorus.

A resident requests “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause”. This is the perfect time to show off MADELINE, who looks like a Victorian doll. As the singing continues the camera slides toward the back of the group. WOODY and JORDAN have found a doorway with mistletoe over it and they are taking advantage of it.

Silent Night- Jewel

SLOW FADE to:

35. INT. NURSING HOME HALLWAY – CONTINUING

The group is walking down a hallway. The light is soft, almost misty, as they stop at various rooms.

36. INT. RUDOLPH ROOM - CONTINUING

This resident has her granddaughter visiting. The group sings ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with Binky taking center stage as Rudolph. KATE gives NIGEL a look that says “You’re gonna pay for this,” but then she breaks into a wide grin.

37. OLDEST RESIDENT’S ROOM - CONTINUING

The group sings a medley of traditional songs, starting with “Little Town of Bethlehem,” moving to “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” and sliding into “Silent Night.”

Silent night

Everyone else goes quiet as JORDAN’S voice shines through and it becomes a solo. Her colleagues smile. LILY leans into BUG, who kisses her hair. GARRET and RENEE clasp hands. SEELY slips an arm around CAPRA and she lets him. Even EDDIE WINSLOW allows FRAMUS to lean on him. WOODY stands a little apart, watching JORDAN, enraptured by her. The scene blends so that WOODY’S face fades slowly and we are left with JORDAN’S face – perfectly content and at peace, if only for these few moments.

FADE TO BLACK


Next time on Crossing Jordan:

"Auld Acquaintance"



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