By Toni Perling
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE
A cool, windy Colorado day. Mike, Sully, Wolf, Colleen, Brian and
Matthew ride up in the wagon, loaded with their luggage from the
Boston trip. Brian's the first one down, the others on his heels.
Mike sits a moment, overwhelmed at being back.
Hey, boy! I missed you. Ya got so big!
Wolf Jr. runs into Brian's open arms, panting, licking his face.
Colleen runs to the coop, Matthew to the barn. Brian goes to the
back garden with pup -- who is now a large, year old dog. Sully
starts taking the bags down. He notices Mike still sitting in the
You all right?
MIKE (stares at house)
Just glad to be home.
He reaches his hand up to her. She takes it. He lifts her down and
holds her in his arms a moment in the carry position. They stare
at each other -- lost in feeling. The place is the same as when
they left but it feels different now. They linger for a beat, not
Suddenly Colleen rushes up, followed by Brian, breaking the moment.
Sully? Where're all my chickens?
Mike is embarrassed and slides to the ground, pushing away from
SULLY (to Colleen)
Should be in the coop.
They start to walk over there.
There's two missin'.
Mike follows them to the coop, and sees her medical garden, damaged
from lack of water. The leaves are brown. Mike stoops down and fingers
the leaves. Brian joins her.
What happened to the rest of the pumpkins we planted, Ma?
Guess they didn't come up.
How can we have Thanksgivin' without pumpkins?
Mike shakes his head, turns to Sully.
You said Robert E was taking care of the place while we were in
He was. (Trying not alarm) Just ... been no rain. Had to give what
water there was to the animals.
Matthew comes up with a bucket.
You mean it hasn't rained the whole time we been gone?
Sully shakes his head.
That's five weeks.
And it was dry for months before
MIKE (to Sully)
Is this a serious problem?
Not yet. But the last couple years have been real dry too. We was
hopin' to get rain now. (To Colleen) Sorry bout your chickens --
probably went lookin' for water.
MIKE (getting worried)
But ... we still have water in the well, don't we?
I just checked. Never seen it so low.
You'll have to carry it up from the creek.
I did that when I first moved in. I suppose we can manage ...
I'll help ya.
He puts his arm on Mike's shoulder, and there's that spark of feeling
They start walking to the front of the house.
You're staying, aren't you?
For ... supper?
Course he is.
Hey, you gonna get married now?
Oh, well, I don't think ...
Married? We ... uh ...
They stop. It's awkward.
But ya love each other ...
You said so, didn't you?
Yes, but .. That doesn't mean ... right away ...
Yeah ... not right away.
Then you're courtin' huh?
HOLD ON Mike and Sully. They look at each other, shrug, then smile
and nod, as if to say, "I guess so."
INT. HOMESTEAD -- DAY ONE
Mike unpacks while Sully and Matthew bring the last of the bags
That oughta do it.
He moves to the door.
Where are you going?
To see Ingrid. I promised I'd be back as soon as we'd finished ...
Mike looks around at the unpacked trunks.
Finished? We haven't even started.
SULLY (clears his throat)
Hard bein' apart from somebody you love.
A beat. She doesn't take her eyes of Sully as she smiles.
You may go, Matthew.
He's out of there.
I'll help you unpack.
Would you like something to drink? I'll put on a kettle ...
She starts for the basin, then stops.
I forgot. No water.
It's not that there's no water. You just gotta use it careful.
Well, we can do without pumpkins. But I need herbs for my medicines.
I'll show you where they grow wild. We can gather em together.
I want to go to the clinic ...
What's your hurry?
I've been away so long ...
It'll hold another day. Sides, it's a chance for us to be together.
I'll show you my world.
I've seen your world, remember? I live here.
You've only seen what I wanted you to see.
Now I want you to see everything.
Hold on Mike's reaction.
EXT. WOOD - DAY ONE
Sully, with Wolf, helps Mike over a little rise, and points out
a patch of dried plants ...
There's the foxglove. Leaves are brown, though.
No matter. I need to dry them anyway to make digitalis.
She starts picking, putting plants in a bag. Sully walks to a spot
nearby and picks something else, puts it behind his back.
Got a surprise for ya.
He takes it out and presents it to her -- a dandelion he's pulled
out by the roots.
For your liver detoxifyin' tea.
You were listening. At the lecture in Boston.
Every word. (Looks at the flower) You only need the root for the
Then make a wish.
He holds up the flower. She thinks for a moment, then blows -- and
all the fluffy bits fly away.
What'd you wish for?
If I tell, it won't come true.
SULLY (playing with her)
If you're courtin' you don't keep secrets.
Oh? Is that what courting means to you?
What's it mean to you?
Well, it's a time when you ... talk ...
She starts to walk, and he moves with her.
Talk? That all? I thought it was courtin' and sparkin'.
And you bring each other things ...
Like the time I brought you the catfish?
No. Things like ... flowers.
Ain't any growin' now. What else do you want?
Exactly.... that's what you find out -- what your mutual likes and
dislikes are --- what your common interests are ... and then you
If you're compatible.
And if you are?
Well, I suppose you ... go on... to ...
To ... the next step?
They walk on, neither of them able to say what the next step is
-- an engagement.
EXT. GENERAL STORE - DAY ONE
Matthew and Ingrid are walking along the porch.
Dr. Mike and Sully ... courting?
Yeah! He went all the way to Boston to get her, but she wouldn't
come back at first. Then she changed her mind I guess. Cause when
we got off the stage, she ran and told him she loves him.
You say this? How she say it?
Matthew stares at her, mouths, "I love you." Then they
Brian and Colleen, watching through a window of the store. After
a beat, they roll their eyes, turn and walk away.
BACK TO INGRID AND MATTHEW
They pull apart.
We have trouble finding food. If no rain ... Jon say we may go ...
to other place.
Matthew puts his arm around her and they start walking in the direction
of the immigrant camp.
Ingrid, I'm sorry I haven't been here to help. But I'm here now.
And it's gonna rain soon. It always does. You ain't goin' anywhere.
INT. GENERAL STORE - DAY ONE
Dorothy is talking with Colleen, as Loren and Brian look on. Grace
enters with a basket full of browning vegetables.
So, Miss Dorothy, what're you makin' for the Thanksgiving supper?
I don't know.
Everybody in town brings somethin'.
Well, I'm rather famous for my corn puddin'.
Which is gonna be pretty hard to make without corn. (Beat - to Loren)
ain't you got any better lookin' produce than this?
She holds up some dried-looking squash.
You ain't gonna see any better til it rains.
No corn. No pumpkins. What're we gonna eat for Thanksgivin' anyway?
How bout some of that candy you're so all-fired fond of?
Brian wanders over to the candy.
You shoulda seen all the candy they had in Boston, Mr. Bray. So
many kinds, you could never eat em all.
Guess you don't want any o' mine then.
He walks off. Brian turns back to the candy.
Well, you can never have enough gumdrops.
Loren smiles, puts out his hand to accept his penny ...
EXT. WOODS - DAY ONE
Sully, with Wolf, leads Mike through the woods. He's tracking a
turkey, checking the ground for scratchings, feathers, etc. Mike
follows, watching him.
Brian has his heart set on having turkey for Thanksgiving.
Maybe we'll get lucky and find one before then. Course the hens
and young ones are all off to find water. All that's left are the
Wolves? I thought we were tracking turkeys.
We are. See? There's his mark.
He bends to show her the track.
a turkey track, plainly readable in the dirt.
BACK TO SCENE
Sully straightens up. They continue to follow the tracks.
a lone wolf's an older gobbler, doesn't travel with the flock. Kinda
likes bein' off on his own.
Mike senses he could be talking about himself.
Just his nature. Makes him hard to catch.
So he's a real prize.
Sully bends, finds a turkey feather, scrapings in the dirt.
He's been here all right. Here's where he's been struttin'.
To attract a hen. Like this.
Sully does the strut around Mike. They're both enjoying themselves.
If I were a hen, I'd show up. But then what?
Oh? Can a lone wolf mate?
Yep. (Beat). Course, he still might some solitary time, once in
Get off someplace private. Roost .. .and think.
Does the hen get to do the same?
No (smiles). But she oughta.
Sully leans over and kisses her cheek. She pulls away a little and
I should get back to town. There's a meeting to plan the Thanksgiving
supper. (Looks at him). Will you come?
I don't care much for those town meetin's.
As you said, it's a chance for us to be together.
But they're a waste of time.
Please ... for me?
Sully thinks a beat, then nods.
INT. CHURCH - DAY ONE
Jake, Hank, Loren and Dorothy seated together. The Reverend up front.
The way she came off that stage and threw herself into his arms
-- wasn't that the most romantic thing?
Most embarrissin' thing! Huggin' in the broad daylight.
Ask me, she oughta be lookin' for somebody stable to support her
and those kids ...
Somebody like you?
What's wrong with me? I did all the doctorin' round here while she
was gone. I'm a professional man.
You're a barber, Jake, and you're borin'. Michaela's a stick of
dynamite, just waitin' to be lit. And I got the match.
Jake scowls, as Mike and Sully enter, look for a seat. Sully gets
some looks, including one from the Reverend.
Why, here come the lovebirds now.
Sully and Mike react. Mike stands up straighter. They find a seat
next to Horace and Matthew.
Thank you all for coming. I'd like to open the meeting with a prayer.
Sully glances at Mike, uncomfortable. He doesn't bow his head. Mike
makes note, doesn't like it.
At this time of Thanksgiving, we give thanks to you, Lord, and ask
that you bring us the rain we so desperately need ...
ALL BUT SULLY
Now. Until the Lord sees fit to answer our prayers, I think we should
do our very best to help ourselves and proceed with the annual Thanksgiving
The Reverend pulls out a list.
Loren, I assume you'll be donating your usual bushel of corn.
Nope. I ain't got nough to sell. I sure can't be givin' it away.
Loren. Whatever you give, comes back to you ...
No, it don't!
But you know ...
All he knows is, when things is scarce, he can drive up prices!
Aww, I'm barely makin' enough to stay alive ..
You're making a killin'!
JAKE (to Hank)
Like you are -- raisin' the price of whiskey.
HANK (in Jake's face)
Ain't noticed you cuttin' down on my whiskey?
Sully and Mike react to the mounting anger in the room.
Gentlemen, please! That's enough. Settle down.
Now, who's got some potatoes they can spare?
No hands are raised. People murmur, dispiritedly. Mike looks worried.
EXT. WOODS - DAY TWO
Mike and Sully are walking through the woods and come upon a small
clearing, near an outcrop of rock. Sully goes under the outcropping,
takes out his blanket, a water jug and some fruit he's stored. He
spreads the blanket for Mike to sit on. It hits her.
This ... This is where you live?
One of the places.
MIKE (looks dubious)
Right ... here?
Pretty view, huh?
But there's no shelter ...
I like seein' the stars (motions to the rock) and there's a place
to get out of the rain --
He stops as soon as he's said the word.
If there were any ... (rain)
A beat, they look at each other.
Come on, sit down.
Mike does. She looks around, wondering how Sully manages to live
in such spartan surroundings. As they talk, he starts peeling some
of the fruit with his knife.
Sully. It *is* going to rain, isn't it?
In time. Even the worst draughts end.
Drought? Is that what this is?
Could be. If things don't break.
But how will we manage?
We'll make do. The Cheyenne say drought's a natural part of life.
You just gotta learn to live through it.
What about bathing? And the children? Their clothes ...
Do your washin' in the pond. Water's no good for drinkin', but you
can bathe in it.
What happens when we don't have enough to drink?
We'll go lookin'. Farther out. (A beat, then gestures around him).
I always wanted to build around here.
It's awfully far from town.
I could never be this far from my patients.
But you said you didn't want to live in the homestead cause I built
it for Abigail.
True. But I think we're jumping ahead a little ...
Are we? (Beat) Didn't you and David talk about where you wanted
No ... we just knew we wanted to live in Boston.
So what'd you do when you was courtin'?
Well, he came to supper at our home. We went on rounds at the hospital
... talked about our cases.
Sounds like you had a lot in common.
More than we do?
Well, I suppose so.
You think we got enough in common?
Mike looks at him. She wishes she knew the answer. They sit, side
by side, staring out at the view, with the question hanging between
END ACT ONE
EXT. CONSERVANCY - DAY THREE
Mike and Matthew, driving in the wagon, spot something.
What are they doing?
Let's go see.
A group of townspeople - including Loren, Jake, Hank, the Reverend,
Dorothy, Robert E, Grace and Myra -- are all following Horace over
hill and dale.
You stay right next to me, Myra honey.
But I don't wanna interfere with your powers.
You make em stronger.
He hugs her to him.
Nuff of this lovey-dovey stuff. Get on with it.
Don't rush him. This is delicate work.
Mike and Matthew have arrived at the group. Horace gives his case
to Myra to hold as he opens it. The townspeople gape as if it contains
the Holy Grail. Horace carefully lifts out a rough-hewn divining
rod -- and holds it up for all to see.
ROBERT E (reverently)
Thing of beauty
They watch as Horace holds it out, starts moving over the field,
Myra right beside him. The townspeople fall in behind him, like
mice with the Pied Piper. Mike whispers to Matthew.
What is that?
It's a divinin' rod. He's dousin' for water.
I had no idea that was still done.
Had a real engineer come through here once. Couldn't find water
near as good as Horace did.
Us Bings here been doin' it for generations. It's in our blood.
Horace's wand starts wavering.
Think I got somethin'!
The crowd reacts, excitedly as the wand leads Horace to a spot in
the middle of the pasture.
Right there, boys. Start diggin'.
They do, feverishly. Sully appears, walks up to Mike
Sully ... think they'll find water?
They might. Dig deep enough. (Beat, sighs). But even if they do,
it ain't gonna fix everythin'. Won't help em grow their crops.
EXT. RESERVATION - DAY THREE
Cloud Dancing and Sully are showing Mike a small field of brown,
drying corn-stalks. He bends, digs a little right next to the corn,
in it's shade.
This is mo'ohta'e, pomme blances. Grows even when there is little
They taste a little, react.
It tastes like a turnip.
He shows her a strange-looking spined fruit.
Some kind of cactus?
Prickly pear. But if you open it ...
He splits it with his knife and offers her a bite.
There's fruit inside.
She tastes it and nods, surprised.
When there is no water from the sky, we must find it in the earth.
When we see willow trees ... (gestures to stand of willows) ...
we know there is water underground.
Do the townspeople know about this?
They do not ask.
But you could show them.
Do you really think they'd listen?
Of course. They need water. Cloud Dancing, would you come into town
with us ...
He's not supposed to be off the reservation. Why should he put his
life in danger to help them?
Because it's Thanksgiving. The Indians helped the Pilgrims, when
they were starving, remember?
Townsfolk ain't the Pilgrims and they ain't starvin'.
They look at each other.
EXT. GENERAL STORE - DAY THREE
Loren is out sweeping the porch. He looks up to see ...
LOREN'S POV - SULLY, MIKE, CLOUD DANCING, TWO INDIANS
all on horseback, riding down the street, past the livery, coming
up to his store. The Indians have baskets tied to the horses, filled
with turnips, prickly pears, berries and fruit they've gathered
in the wild. Curious townsfolk come out to watch, including Grace
and Robert E. Loren and Dorothy come from the general store. Jake
steps from his barbershop. Mike gets off her horse, as does Sully,
but the Indians stay mounted.
Hello, Loren. Everyone -- come look.
What in tarnation!
What the hell's going on!
The Indians know where to find water and food during a draught.
Cloud Dancing says he'll teach us ...
Please .. Just come and look. They have prairie turnips, berries
-- to trade. Loren, your customers could use this food.
Wouldn't hurt to look, Loren.
Cautiously, Loren eases toward one of the baskets tied on the horse,
pokes at the items. Other people crowd in.
My customers ain't gonna eat this stuff.
We ain't that desperate.
Loren speaks to Cloud Dancing as if he's talking to a deaf man.
No tradee. You get, Chief?
Loren, and the others are taken aback by Cloud Dancing's command
of the language.
I understand you do not respect the earth. You have made her angry.
Yeah? Well, you're makin' me angry.
Jake grabs one of the baskets, rips it off the horse, spilling the
turnips into the street. The Indians start to react with anger,
but a few townsmen pull guns and level them at Cloud Dancing and
the two warriors.
Get back to the reservation, fore we call the army!
Hold off Jake! They came in peace.
Cloud Dancing gives Sully a look, then turns his horse and rides
out quickly, followed the other Indians. The crowd shouts after
them "get outta here" "go back where you cam from."
Mike tries to make herself heard.
MIKE (to crowd)
They came to help. You're making a terrible mistake.
The crowed starts to disperse. Mike looks defeated. Steals a look
at Sully. He walks toward her, shakes his head.
Why do they have to be so bull headed! They're going to ruin Thanksgiving
for the entire town.
Guess they don't care.
Well I do. We have to do something.
Sully looks at her a moment.
I'll come for you at sunup.
Mike looks at him, not knowing what he means.
EXT. WOODS - DAY FOUR
Sully and Mike, with Wolf, are the spot where they first tracked
the turkey. Sully hands Mike a bow and arrow.
We're gonna get em their Thanksgiving turkey.
But I don't know how ..
She fumbles with the bow.
Lemme show you.
He puts his arms around her, puts the arrow on and draws the bowstring
back. Both are intensely aware of the contact.
You want to daw it back nice and steady. Feel it get tense? There's
a point of release -- a time when you let go.
How do you know when to do that?
Gotta feel it. It's all about feelin'.
He takes his arms off hers, so she can feel the taut bow by herself.
Now, let go.
She does, but the string whacks her wrist and she cries out, drops
Ya gotta keep your wrist outta the way.
I can't do this.
No, please ...
You'll get the hang of it.
Why should I? I have no desire to shoot animals. Do you? Do you
No, I don't enjoy it. I shoot what I need to eat and to keep warm.
Well I don't want to ...
How do you think the meat gets to your table?
Just because I eat it, doesn't mean I have to kill it.
Oh -- but it's all right if someone else does?
I'm just saying, I can't. Please don't ask me to. (Beat) I'm sorry.
Sully looks at her a beat.
I'll take you back to town.
Sully picks up the bow and arrow and they start walking back down
the trail, silently.
EXT. CONSERVANCY - DAY FOUR
Jake and Hank, sweaty and dirty, lean on shovels in front of a large
pile of dirt. Around them are other piles of dirt, some thirty yards
apart. Loren, the Reverend, Dorothy and other townsfolk are there,
too. Horace and Myra sit, dejected.
May as well cancel the Thanksgiving supper, Reverend. We got nothin'
to give thanks for.
The Bings ain't never been wrong bout a well.
I ain't finished tryin'.
He stands and tries, halfheartedly, to work the divining rod.
aw, it's no use. This is the second day we come out here. If a Bing
can't find water in two days, there ain't any to be found.
All nod, agree. Hank throws down his shovel, frustrated, as Mike
and Sully come up on their way back to town.
Let's join together in prayer, then. Dear Lord ...
Jake stands, interrupts.
We been prayin' for rain for weeks, and we ain't seen a drop! We
can't drink prayers.
What're we gonna do, then?
I had enough. Time to clear outta this miserable town.
I heard the Indians got a hidden spring. We oughta get some of their
The group reacts. "Good idea" "Let's go", etc.
No! There's no hidden spring.
Then where'd they get those crops from?
From the land! They tried to show you ...
Some in the crowd make disapproving noises.
Let him speak.
They been livin' here for generations. Been droughts before. How
do you think they made it this long?
We don't care. They're savages.
We can't live on those things they eat. You can, you go live with
Yeah, you're on of em anyway!
Sully, exasperated, turns to Mike.
I told you they wouldn't listen ...
MIKE (to crowd)
Wait! Please! We can find a way through this ...
But the crowd starts picking up their shovels to walk away.
MIKE (to crowd, continuing)
If we help each other -- like the early settlers -- they stuck together
in times of trouble and they survived.
But the crowd keeps moving away. Dorothy looks at Mike, shrugs her
shoulders and shakes her head. Loren reaches for her and leads her
off with the group. Mike turns to Sully.
Let em go.
But they're good people. They've got to understand.
You tried reasonin' with em -- twice now. They turned against the
Indians when they tried to help em.
So what's your answer? Walk away?
You can't fix everything! You think, if you just tell folks -- "here's
what ya gotta do" -- they'll do it. But they won't. Some things
ain't gonna change and some people ain't gonna change.
I don't believe that.
Well there's another thing we don't agree on.
He starts walking in the opposite direction from the townspeople.
Mike watches him, then glances back at the townspeople, then back
at Sully. She's torn and miserable.
I have your answer, Sully.
He turns to face her.
We don't have enough in common.
He stares at her, then turns and walks away.
Pull back to show Mike in the browning field. The townsfolk are
heading off in one direction, Sully in the other, and she's by herself,
in the middle, alone.
END ACT TWO
EXT. SALOON - DAY FIVE
Horace and Myra are in a tearful embrace. Horace gives her his handkerchief
and she dabs at her eyes.
All right, lover boy. That's enough. Let's go, Myra.
WIDER TO SEE
Hank is leaving town. Loren, Jake, Dorothy, Grace and Robert E have
gathered to see him off. Reluctantly, Myra walks to the wagon, while
Horace stays on the porch. Hank finishes loading the wagon, in which
the other prostitutes already sit. Mike crosses over from the clinic
Sure you won't stay til Thanksgiving?
What's there to stay for? Nothin' left here but dust.
You're wrong, Hank. There are good people left here.
Not for long. Drought keeps up, no one's gonna drive cattle through
here. Mines'll shut down. (To Jake and Loren) Sure y'all don't want
to come along to Oregon? Hear there's lotsa business in those loggin'
Loren shakes his head.
I don't leave my friends that easy.
Myra looks at Horace. She can't stop the tears. Mike watches her
for a moment, then ...
Hank, please. Let Myra stay.
He shakes his head no.
How can you do this? They're in love.
I'll give you the money for her contract. I'll find it somehow.
Ain't about money, Michaela.
Hank climbs up onto the wagon, grabs the reins.
Last one to leave, be sure and put out the lamps.
Hank snaps the reins.
The wagon starts to move. Myra looks at Horace as the wagon passes.
Horace jumps down off the porch and goes after the wagon.
I'm gonna follow you, Myra!
I'll get somebody to take my place and I'll come after you!
Hank slaps the reins harder. The horses pick up their pace, pulling
away from Horace, but he runs, trying to keep up.
I don't care if I have to go clear to China. I'll find you, honey.
I love you!
MYRA (shouting back)
I love you, too!
Horace stops running as the wagon rolls out of town. We HOLD on
him, watching them go, tears brimming in his eyes. The crowed begins
ANGLE - MIKE
watching Horace, touched the display of loyalty and love.
EXT. LIVERY - DAY FIVE
Robert E grooms one of his horses. He picks up a bucket, dips it
down to the bottom of his barrel, sets it out for the thirsty horse
Hey, slow down. That's all you're getting for today.
Got some stew that's ready. You want to stop and eat?
Might as well. Ain't had a customer all mornin'.
Robert E takes off his apron.
Maybe Hank's got the right idea.
GRACE (looks at him)
ROBERT E (beat, then)
I can't keep goin' much longer, Grace. I gotta think about sellin'
-- fore my horses die and I lose everythin' ... everythin' I worked
so hard for.
What about what I worked for?
You could still have it. In another town.
Start all over again? No thank you. I'm somebody here -- not a slave
and not a servant. I mean somethin' here and I'm not leavin' so
I think you're somebody, Grace. I thought that meant somethin' to
you. (Off her look) Please don't make me leave without you.
Grace gives him a hard look. She walks off, leaving him there, upset.
EXT. WOODS - DAY FIVE
A wagon, loaded with barrels, parked next to a small, still pond.
Loren, up on the wagon, takes a bucket of water from Jake, dumps
it in one of the barrels.
That's enough, ain't it?
Few more buckets.
How come I'm the one doin' all the haulin'?
Cause it was my idea to come here. And cause I'm cuttin' you in
on the profit.
Loren tosses the empty bucket back to Jake.
as Jake turns around to see
Cloud Dancing and a couple of mean-looking braves, who've appeared
there -- as if out of nowhere.
BACK TO JAKE AND LOREN
Loren looks up and sees the Indians. He grabs a rifle, tosses it
to Jake, picks up another rifle and levers a shell.
The Indians also have rifles and point them threateningly. It's
a stand off. Jake and Loren are clearly outnumbered.
We don't want no trouble, just some of your water.
You know what's good for you, you won't try stoppin' us.
I will not stop you ... but the water has sickness in it.
Jake and Loren exchange a look, as if not understanding.
CLOUD DANCING (getting back at Loren)
No drinkee. Bad water.
Loren wants to go at him, but restrains himself. Jake though, is
filled with arrogant bravado.
We ain't no fools. We know what you're tryin' to do. And it ain't
Come on, Jake. We got enough.
You know the town needs water and you been holdin' out on us!
Jake! Get up here or I'm leavin' without you.
Loren holds his rifle on the Indians while Jake climbs up onto the
wagon. Loren slaps the reins and the wagon pulls away. Cloud Dancing
and the braves watch them go, shaking their heads.
EXT. TOWN - DAY FIVE
Sully comes out of the general store, carrying a package. With wolf
following, he walks down the street, heading toward the pasture.
The door to Mike's clinic opens and she steps out with a patient,
saying good-bye. As the patient walks away, Mike spots Sully coming
toward her. Sully sees her, and for a moment, looks like he's going
to call out to her, then doesn't. Mike, likewise, stifles her urge
to call out to him. And so they observe each other in silence, saying
nothing, looks of expectation giving way to disappointments, and
finally anger. Mike goes back into the clinic and shuts the door.
EXT. STREET - DAY FIVE
Jake and Loren drive into town in the wagon.
We got water!
They come to a stop in front of the general store. People immediately
begin to gather. Colleen, Brian and Mike come out of the clinic.
The Reverend and Dorothy are on the porch of the store.
Water. We got water!
Where did you get it?
Never mind where. Just go on and grab a bucket -- and your purse.
That's right. Happy Thanksgiving, folks! Fill em on up. Two bits
People immediately line up with buckets, wash basins, anything they
can grab. Grace and Robert E are there, filling their buckets.
MIKE (to Jake and Loren)
You can't sell this water!
And why can't we?
It's immoral! Charging people for water in a drought ...
We risked our lives gettin' it. And it's a bargain at any price.
Loren collects money hand over fist, while Jake fills buckets. Mike
turns to the Reverend.
Jake, it's wrong to profit from people's troubles.
People jostle past Mike and the Reverend on their way to the wagon.
A man tries to climb up and help himself.
JAKE (to the man)
Hey, wait your turn!
Jake shoves the man back down.
But people who have no money also need this water.
That's their problem.
How can you say that?
Jake and Loren can't get the water out fast enough and more men
climb up on the wagon, trying to help themselves.
Jake struggles with the man, and more climb up. Fighting breaks
out over the barrels as the men shove and push each other.
That's it, folks! No more! We're savin' the rest for us!
People are shaking the sides of the wagon, shouting "no! Not
fair!" Jake's hanging on for dear life. Loren is pushed out
of the way, as people scramble on board, turning over barrels, desperate
Two men fight over a barrel, bounce into it. The barrel tips over
and falls off the wagon, starts rolling ...
Is right in the way.
Colleen! Look out!
Brian makes a running dash to Colleen and bumps her out of the way,
just in time. Mike runs up an hugs the children, turns to crowd.
Stop! Please! Before someone gets hurt!
But in the melee, the last of the barrels are tipped over on the
wagon and the precious water spills out into the street. The sight
of the waste makes the crowd stop suddenly, and then they try and
save what they can before it sinks into the ground.
Mike holds onto Colleen and Brian, shaken, reacting to the scene
around her ...
EXT. WOODS - DAY SIX
Sully is sitting on a stump, sharpening his tomahawk edge on a rock.
He's frustrated, angry, and sad. He notices a dandelion nearby and
pulls it up. He looks at it -- thinking of the time Dr. Mike made
a wish. Then he blows on it and the fluff scatters in the air.
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY SIX
Mike is getting Flash ready to ride into the clinic. She tightens
the girth on her saddle -- the saddle Sully made for her -- and
her eyes are drawn to her name tooled in the leather, "Dr.
Mike." She fingers it, looks wistful. Brian runs up with her
Thank you, Brian (ties bag on) I'll be back in time for supper.
Is Sully comin'?
How come Sully ain't been around lately?
MIKE (half beat)
I suppose he has things to do.
And you have things to do, don't you? Like your chores?
Brian nods, goes back to the house, we hold on Mike.
EXT. IMMIGRANT CAMP - DAY SIX
Ingrid throws a bundle onto a wagon. Matthew pulls it off. Immigrant
families are packing, getting ready to leave in the b.g. as Matthew
You can't just give up!
I must think of family (beat) My brother Jon can get job cutting
trees in ... Ore-ee-gon.
Well, then let him go. You stay here with me.
Jon can't care for little ones. You know that. (Half beat). Why
you not come?
I want to make a home for us here. In Colorado.
They regard each other for a moment, seeing the impasse and no solution.
Please. Wait. At least til Thanksgiving (off her look.) It's gonna
rain. I know it will.
Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving your holiday.
It's yours, too. It's all about immigrants. The pilgrims -- first
immigrants ever to come to America. When they got here, they had
a real bad winter. They were starvin'.
What did they do?
They had faith. They prayed. And the Indians helped em. Brought
em food (desperate). That's why you gotta believe. It's gonna rain.
Just wait til Thanksgiving. It's only two days. Please.
A beat, then Ingrid nods. Matthew sighs, having won a temporary
reprieve. He starts to help her unload the wagon.
INT. CLINIC - DAY SIX
The clinic is filled with half a dozen patients, all with stomach
cramps and fever. Mike is tending to Robert E on the exam table.
Grace is helping out.
Try to relax, Robert E. You're going to be fine.
Mike crosses to get the medicine, bends to check another patient.
Colleen and Matthew enter, react to the situaiton.
Looks like dysentery.
What caused it?
Dorothy appears at the door, arms around a pale and sick Loren,
followed by an equally ill Jake.
Michaela, you've got to help them.
Mike tries to hold her anger as she crosses to them, helps them
to the bench.
Where'd you get that water?
None o'your business.
Tell her, Loren ...
Dorothy takes a step toward them, collapses herself. Mike catches
Matthew, help me. Colleen, opium salts and a warm compress for her
Loren watches guiltily as Matthew and Mike lower Dorothy to a cot.
Aw, it was the Indian spring out by the reservation.
Sully told you. There is no Indian spring.
But we found a pond.
It must've been contaminated.
Loren looks away, guiltily. Jake is hit with another cramp, has
to sit down.
We're sorry, all right! You gonna help us or not?
Mike takes some medicine from Colleen, hands them glasses filled
with liquid to drink. They take them.
That'll be two bits, please.
Bargain at any price, wouldn't you say, Jake?
They trade looks. Jake digs into his pocket, gives the money to
Mike. Jake and Loren drink the mixture. Mike nods, moves off to
help another patient.
EXT. WOODS - NIGHT SIX
Sully sits by a small fire, lost in his thoughts. Wolf is beside
him. A breeze stirs the fire. Sully looks up at the heavens. Something
bothers him. There's a distance rumble of thunder. He stands up,
kicks out the fire.
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT SIX
The family finishes a small supper. They hear the thunder. There's
a flash of lightning through the window. Brian gets up, runs to
Hey, it's gonna rain! See the lightnin'!
Matthew moves to the window, looks out.
I don't think so. Clouds are movin' so fast. Storm's gonna blow
right over us.
There's another BOOM, much closer this time. Another FLASH of lightning
through the window.
That's awful close.
Come finish your supper.
Brian and Matthew sit down.
Now, we need to think about what we're going to cook for Thanksgiving.
Not much to be thankful for. Half the town's sick.
They should be feeling better by tomorrow.
But we ain't got no turkey, no pumpkin, no nothin'.
Another FLASH. A BOOM. Lightening hits the barn. The BANG is loud,
and the house shakes, and the window CRACKS, dropping glass on the
floor. It's over so quickly no one has time to do anything but react.
Is everyone all right?
Matthew is already at the door, opening it, looking out.
Barn's on fire!
He rushes out, followed by Mike.
EXT. HOMESTEAD - CONTINUOUS
A corner of the barn in flames.
Water! My God ...
Matthew grabs the water bucket, dips deep in the rain barrel, runs
to the barn and splashes it on the flames. Mike fills another bucket,
joins him, throws it on the flames. They still flicker and spread.
There's no more water! Matthew. Get some blankets! Colleen, Brian
- - stay back!
Colleen and Brian huddle on the porch of the homestead, horrified.
BACK TO SCENE
Matthew grabs a blanket off the clothesline. Mike starts throwing
dirt at the barn. It's not helping.
MIKE (to Matthew)
Get the horses out!
Matthew gives the blanket to Mike, then goes into the barn.
MIKE (yelling to Brian)
Stay back there!
Mike beats the flames with the blanket.
The door to the barn bangs open and Matthew leads the horses out
into the night, lets them go. He's got a horse blanket with him.
Matthew comes back over to help, starts beating on the flames with
his blanket. Together, Mike and Matthew finally extinguish the fire.
Exhausted, they stand there for a moment, stunned, knowing how close
they came to disaster.
Wolf runs up, followed a moment later by Sully.
I saw smoke.
Lightnin' started a fire.
Everyone all right?
Mike, upset and exhausted, turns on him.
Yes -- no thanks to you. Where were you?
You know ...
We could have lost everything! I needed you here.
Well, I'm here now.
You're too late, Sully! You're too late! I don't need you now! I
don't need you at all!
Mike, upset, goes into the house. ON Sully and the kids, reacting
END ACT THREE
EXT. CREEK - DAY SEVEN
A small, running stream. Sully and Cloud Dancing fill buckets, tie
them to a pack horse to take to the reservation.
She's awful angry ...
You stuck your hand in a hornet's nest that was hidden. (Beat, smiles)
I have done that myself.
Is this is how it's gonna be ... with a woman ... I don't know if
I'm fit for it.
You lived with Abigail.
I was a lot younger then. I've got used to livin' on my own. Comin'
and goin' as I please ...
And this suits you ...
I don't like feelin' fenced in.
Not even for love? (Sully's look) You went all the way to Boston
And she says that's why she came all the way back here.
Man and woman ae not meant to be alone. Like Mother Earth and Father
Sky. Everyone has to have a partner, or you become out of balance.
It is nature.
Sully hefts the water bucket ...
Yeah, well Dr. Mike's a mighty strong force of nature.
Cloud Dancing smiles.
INT. CLINIC - DAY SEVEN
Mike is seeing Loren and Dorothy out. Grace tends to Robert E, seated
on the exam table.
You both take it easy.
I guess we'll be cancelin' the Thanksgiving Supper.
You want to go ahead with it?
Yes, I do. (To grace) Grace, Robert E, what do you think?
Just cause we ain't got much to eat, don't mean we shouldn't all
be together and give thanks.
Thanks for what?
Grace thinks for a minute, looks around, then ...
Well, for one thing, I'm thankful Dr. Mike was here ...
So'm I. Don't know what we woulda done without her.
I'm sure we can all find something to be thankful for.
Maybe. But we still got nothin' worth eatin' on a special occasion.
And we'll make it special.
Tell everyone to bring what they can find and come to my cafe this
MIKE (to Loren
So you'll join us?
Mike walks Loren and Dorothy to the door, and stands, her back to
Grace and Robert E.
ANGLE - GRACE AND ROBERT E
I been thinkin', Robert E. Seein' all those folks so sick? All that
matters is you and me together -- alive. (beat) Don't matter where.
He looks at her.
Seems to me that we got more than most to thankful for .. We got
somebody to love.
Grace smiles, and they kiss.
ANGLE ON MIKE
At the clinic door, having overheard, comes to a realization.
EXT. WOODS - DAY SEVEN
Mike walks along, searching the ground for a track. She bends, sees
A Sully-sized footprint, Wolf's next to it.
BACK TO MIKE
She follows the trail to ...
EXT. CLEARING - DAY SEVEN
Sully sits meditating, looking at the view. Wolf raises his head,
about the same time Sully senses someone approaching. He reaches
out, calms the wolf, waits. A moment later, Mike appears behind
him, coming closer.
as she approaches, trying to walk quietly. Sully doesn't even have
to turn around to know she's close.
Afternoon, Dr. Mike.
Wolf goes to greet her. Sully stands up, turns to face her.
How'ed you find me?
I followed your tracks.
You were listenin'
MIKE (smiles back)
I had a very good teacher.
He nods. There's a long beat, then ...
Sully ... I'm sorry about the things I said. There's a lot we do
have in common ... the way we care about people ... about doing
what's right ... the children.
If anything had happened to em, or to you ... I couldn't live with
I know. (A beat) You've always been there when we needed you.
I've always tried to be.
Maybe I've come to expect it, and that frightens me.
Because I've never had to depend on anyone.
Oh, Sully ... in my heart, I know where I'd like us to be ... but
I don't know how we'll get there.
Me neither. Cause there ain't no maps. But if you're willin' to
set off without one ...
Then I know where to start.
EXT. MOUNTAIN - DAY SEVEN
Sully is guiding Mike to the crest of a mountain. We see a vista
of unmatched beauty, open to the heavens, a cloudless sky, blue
and unending above the Rockies.
ANGLE - SULLY AND MIKE
She looks at him, touched.
She does. Hears birds singing, the wind rustling the trees. After
a long beat ...
This is where I come when I lose my way and gotta find it again
(beat). I've never shown this play to anyone .... not even Abigail.
They stare at each other, feeling connected at the most important
place -- the heart.
EXT. CAFE - DAY EIGHT
Mike and Grace are trying to put together some kind of supper, have
a small pot going on the stove. Jake, Loren, Dorothy and others
are setting up the tables, bringing in chairs. Ingrid and Matthew
spread out table cloths. Colleen and Brian come running up.
Can we help?
Let's see ... how about some flowers for the centerpiece.
Gonna have to be dried flowers.
Got plenty of those!
They run off to collect them, heading for the pasture.
BRIAN AND COLLEEN
run past the fence of Grace's cafe, stop when they see ...
Hey, Indians! Ma, everybody ...(then he sees) It's Cloud Dancing
... And Sully!
THEIR POV - INDIANS
coming down the road, some on horses, some walking, women, men and
children, carrying baskets of food, game, birds, a bountiful harvest
of Thanksgiving. And leading the pack are Sully and Cloud Dancing,
BACK TO SCENE
as Mike and Grace and the others come out to watch the Indians arrive.
Sully hands Mike down a large bird. She hesitates a beat, looks
up at him, then takes the turkey.
Sully nods, gets off the horse.
Hope you don't mind. Brought some friends for supper.
Mind? We're honored.
Mike shoots a look at Jake and Loren. Grace accepts a bag from Cloud
Just like the first Thanksgiving.
They're eatin' with us?!
I don't see how we could refuse, Jake, seeing as how they're providing
Jake and Loren look at each other, relent.
He ain't sitting' next to me.
Mike ignores him, turns to Cloud Dancing.
Thank you, Cloud Dancing.
Do not thank me. It was Sully who said we should come. And the spirits
tell us to take the hand of the child, show him the way ... (glances
at Jake) ... even if he does not want to go.
The spirits, as usual, make sense.
Mike smiles at Sully. They walk arm-in-arm to the cafe ...
EXT. CAFE - DAY EIGHT
Most are seated at one long table, including our family, with Ingrid.
Indians sit near Loren, Dorothy and a scowling Jake. Horace with
Grace and Robert E. The Reverend at the head of the table. Cloud
Dancing at the other end.
Dear Lord, we have asked much of you lately, forgetting to thank
you for the many gifts you've given us -- the gift of life itself
... the gift of love ...
A glance at Mike and Sully ... Horace looks down, upset.
And the gift of friendship ... (looks at Indians) ... which brings
us together today to share in this bounty -- for all that we give
thanks and say ...
Everyone reaches for their forks, AD LIB "looks delicious,"
etc. The Reverend clears his throat.
Cloud Dancing, perhaps you would like to offer a prayer.
Jake and Loren throw their forks down.
Yes. I will thank Mother Earth for her kindness. (In Cheyenne) Thank
you Mother Earth. It is you who feeds us, shelters us, teaches us,
All say Amen except for Loren and Jake. A beat.
Now we eat.
They smile, being to eat, laughing, passing dishes. Suddenly, everyone
falls silent, as they notice ...
HANK, MYRA AND THE OTHER GIRLS
Standing in the alley between the telegraph office and the clinic.
Horace jumps up.
Myra! You're back? (She nods) It's what I been prayin' for.
Myra runs to him. Hank and the other girls move to the tables.
Ain't this a picture. Gone for one day, already overrun by Injuns.
A tense beat. Sully stands. Then, Loren pipes up.
As, sit down, Hank. It's Thanksgiving.
He does, patting Loren and Jake on the back. They shake hands, pleased
to see him.
What you doin' back here, anyway?
Hank fumbles for an excuse.
Nothin'. Lost a wheel is all.
Couldn't be -- I tightened those wheels myself.
We got to talkin' bout the holiday ... missin' people ...
Just pass the potatoes, already, will ya?
He digs in.
The Indians begin to look around, look at the sky, gesture to one
another, but the townsfolk are too busy eating to notice. Sully
and Mike are absorbed in one another. Sully hands Mike a dish. She
smiles, takes it. Suddenly, some drops of water fall on the table
... they look at each other, then look up. More drops. Townsfolk
being to realize it's starting to rain. There's a clap of thunder.
MATTHEW It's rainin'! AD LIB reactions "Hallelujah!" "It's
rainin'!" And it starts to really rain harder.
Cover the food -- Matthew ...
But Matthew is dancing with Ingrid in the rain. Mike picks up some
dishes, carries them under the tree, turns to get some more from
But Colleen is dancing with Brian. The Indians exchange glances
The food's getting wet ... people ... Grace?
But Grace is dancing with Robert E. Mike looks to see Sully.
ANGLE - SULLY
Standing out in the rain, getting soaked, watching Mike, smiling
Looks at Sully, sets down the plates of food. She goes toward him.
as Mike moves to Sully. By the time she gets to him, she's soaking
wet like the others. He picks her up and swings her around. The
rain pours down on them, drenching them, but all they can do is
WIDER TO SEE
The town rejoicing in the rain ...