REASON TO BELIEVE
Written by Philip Gerson / Directed by Terrence O'Hara
EXT. FIRST RIVERBANK - DAY ONE - JUNE, EIGHTEEN SEVENTY-TWO
The river flows past wooded banks. All is bucolic, quiet water-lapping
and birdsong for a moment, and then --
A hand grabs onto a branch that hangs from a tree stump over the
river. The hand belongs to a buckskin-clad arm -- and we know (we
hope!) that it's Sully, even though we can't see him fully yet.
He's obviously weak, but strains to pull himself out of the river...
The current of the river threatens to pull him along... the hand
almost lets go, but then his other buckskinned arm also grabs the
branch, and with a last desperate effort, SULLY hoists himself onto
the riverbank, landing with a thud on his stomach --
A FLOCK OF BIRDS (STOCK)
explodes in surprise from the top of the forest of trees.
A DETAIL OF FOUR SOLDIERS FURTHER UP RIVER,
searching the riverbank on horseback, hears the birds flying overhead.
The CORPORAL in command (corporal #1), stops, looks up at the birds,
pondering, his eyes narrowing -- can this be meaningful?
(who has lost his belt and tomahawk) is in extremely bad shape,
a compound fracture in one leg, a hairline fracture in the other
ankle, lots of bad cuts and bruises.
Sully battles with the pain, and to stay conscious (this is about
as much pain as you can possibly be in, and still be conscious)
-- he knows that he has to get off that riverbank fast.
He turns over painfully to look down at his broken leg. His pant
leg is ripped below the knee. He sees that it's a compound fracture
and knows that it's useless. He tries to put his other ankle down
on the ground, but winces with sharp pain.
He painfully turns around again onto his stomach, forces himself
up onto his elbows, and looks around. He sees thick woods nearby
(perhaps twenty feet away). He forces himself to think clearly,
through his pain.
He grabs the branch that he used to hoist himself out of the river,
and breaks it off the tree stump.
He then starts to drag himself on his elbows towards the woods,
his legs dragging painfully behind him. After a foot or so, he twists
around and sweeps the branch across his tracks behind him, covering
his trail. Then he drags himself a little further towards the woods...
EXT. MEADOW - DAY ONE
Soldiers are starting to set up army tents in the meadow, and a
handful of Indians sit, shackled tightly together, under the armed
guard of several other soldiers.
Townsfolk look on, concerned, chattering nervously among themselves
A couple of SOLDIERS ride by on horseback. We follow them across
the bridge toward the Gold Nugget, and we see that the town is already
beginning to feel different, edgier.
The soldiers on horseback blast past townsfolk, assuming they'll
get out of the way -- and they do, narrowly avoiding injury. We
follow the soldiers to --
OUTSIDE THE GOLD NUGGET
where they dismount as a couple of DRUNK SOLDIERS explode out of
the Gold Nugget in the middle of a fist fight. Townsfolk scurry
out of their way.
The two soldiers slug away at each other as the soldiers who rode
up laugh and encourage them. One of the soldiers is slugged into
a TOWNSWOMAN, knocking her over, her basket of groceries spilling
into the mud.
MATTHEW rides up, a handcuffed looter on another horse tethered
behind him. Matthew jumps off his horse and heads into the fight:
That's enough -- !
But the soldiers take no heed of him, just continue punching away
at each other. Matthew assesses the situation, takes out his gun
and fires it into the ground.
The soldiers stop, surprised and spin to him, catching their breath
Move along... 'cept you two --
He heads toward the two soldiers who were fighting.
You're under arrest for disturbin' the peace --
Matthew turns around to see MCKAY dismounting:
The army's the only law you got right now... You want things to
get better, Sheriff, we're gonna have to work together.
Call that workin'?
He nods to the drunk soldiers. McKay turns to the two soldiers who
Take 'em back to camp and get 'em sobered up. And tell Corporal
Bailey to get a detail ready -- some renegades were spotted on the
The soldiers take off. McKay turns back to Matthew; he's sympathetic
to him, and treats him with respect:
Walk with me, Sheriff Cooper?
Matthew takes the reins of his horse, leading his horse and the
tethered looter toward the jail with McKay, who leads his horse:
(nodding to the rustler) What'd he do?
Looted the Emerson farm -- after some renegade Indians tore it up.
(pointedly) Got enough trouble without your soldiers fightin' and
Once we get things under control, they'll calm down... For that,
I need your help.
EXT. JAIL - DAY ONE (MOMENTS LATER)
The door and windows are still ripped out from the explosion set
by the Indians. Matthew walks out, joining McKay, who waits outside.
Think this place'll hold him?
Cell still locks.
Cell ain't big enough. We need to secure the building.
The worst of the renegades, I gotta keep 'em somewhere till I get
reinforcements to transfer 'em. I'd appreciate it if you and the
blacksmith could get this jail put back together as fast as you
I got other business needs tendin' to -- Can't some of your soldiers
I got every man spoken -- for huntin' down the renegades, lookin'
for Sully --
Drinkin' in the Gold Nugget.
McKay weighs the situation, and nods;
I'll send over a couple of men to help you.
A CORPORAL comes up to them (Corporal #2), hands McKay some rolled-up
These just came for you, Sergeant.
McKay unrolls the posters -- they're wanted posters, of Sully. ("Byron
Sully... Wanted for Treason and Murder... Reward offered".)
McKay holds them out for Matthew -- it feels like a test:
Post these 'round town.
Matthew looks at the posters, doesn't take them.
We all got our jobs to do, Sheriff.
Matthew sets his jaw, takes the posters. McKay mounts his horse
and rides off.
Matthew watches McKay ride away (back toward the meadow). Once McKay
rounds the corner, Matthew rips the posters in half...
a day of dust and hard searching on her, and the worry and frustration
of its failure written on her face, rides into town (on FLASH).
WOLF is at her heels.
As she approaches the livery, Matthew looks up at her hopefully...
but Mike just shakes her head -- she hasn't had any luck.
What about the others -- Robert E? Jake and Hank?
Nothin' so far... (wanting so badly to help her) It's only been
two days. I'll ride out with you tomorrow, Dr. Mike -- we'll find
Mike looks at the posters in his hand -- even though he's ripped
them in half, they're still readable. Mike reacts:
We have to find him before the army does.
ON MIKE, looking off at the hills with determination, as if she
could find him by sheer will power, we
END OF TEASER
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT ONE
The family works in silence -- Mike feeding KATIE as she checks
out a map on the kitchen table; BRIAN packing supplies for her for
tomorrow's search (pouring water into canteens, etc.); COLLEEN putting
dinner on the table.
Matthew comes downstairs, sees the silence, feels the need to say
Sure you don't mind me sharin' your room, Brian?
It's like the old days... it's good to have you here.
Mike looks up at them, and smiles slightly as Matthew clamps his
hand on Brian's shoulder. They're all feeling needy.
It's good to be together again... all of us under the same roof.
All, except for the one person who's missing. Mike can't help but
look out the window into the night as if searching for him in the
The kids watch her -- they're all worried, but don't want to admit
it; they try to bolster their spirits:
He'll be alright, Ma --
You know Sully --
He can take of himself.
(nods; then) We'll ride out first thing in the morning, look further
downriver, in this area... (referring to the map)
Can I go with you, Ma?
(gently) We discussed this, Brian... Colleen's taking care of Katie
and the clinic -- we need you to stay here and look after the homestead
and the animals.
Keepin' things goin' here is just as important as ridin' with us.
Brian nods -- he understands, but he isn't happy about it.
They head over to the dining table and sit down... with Sully's
spot at the head of the table conspicuously unoccupied.
Mike looks across at his empty chair.
The kids exchange looks. Colleen takes Mike's hand, and one by one,
they join hands around the table, gaining silent strength from one
another, and we
EXT. LIVERY - DAY TWO
ROBERT E mounts his horse; Mike and Matthew are already on horseback
(they're picking him up); Wolf waits. GRACE finishes packing food
into Robert E's saddle bag:
And that's some fried chicken -- Sully's favorite.
(moved by her gesture) Thank you, Grace.
They're about to ride out, when McKay gallops up with a couple of
Trouble, Sheriff -- we got reports that the renegades are movin'
Matthew looks over at Mike, torn between helping her and his job:
Your duty is here, Sheriff.
Mike sees how this is tearing Matthew up, and wants to let him off
Go ahead, Matthew... there's enough of us.
Matthew nods, frustrated.
McKay and Mike exchange a look. She's determined to find Sully...
and before his soldiers do.
Mike and Robert E ride off. McKay, his soldiers and Matthew ride
out in another direction.
EXT. GENERAL STORE - DAY TWO - CONTINUOUS
Townsfolk crowd in and out of the store, more briskly and urgently
than usual. HANK comes out, mounts his horse next to JAKE, who's
been waiting for him on horseback. Mike and Robert E ride up to
them, and the four of them take off together.
INT. GENERAL STORE - DAY TWO - CONTINUOUS
Townsfolk are hoarding supplies, carrying armfuls over to the counter,
where an overworked (but not unhappy) LOREN totals up their purchases
-- right now DOROTHY's groceries:
That'll be a dollar and a half.
Just for these?
Supply and demand, Dorothy, supply and demand.
Dorothy shakes her head, realizing she has no choice, and digs into
her change purse...
INT. CLINIC - DAY TWO
Colleen finishes wrapping a wound on a Soldier's arm. Katie sleeps
nearby in her carriage.
Make sure you change the dressing every day, and rub this on to
She hands him a small jar. He nods his thanks and heads out the
door, almost bumping into ANDREW, who's on his way in.
Thought I'd see if you could use some help...
Colleen is reserved with him -- polite but restrained (she isn't
happy about what she saw go down at the Chateau Springs with Teresa):
Thank you Andrew, but I'm handling things all right...
Of course you are...
Katie starts crying. Andrew happens to be nearest her carriage,
and reaches down to pick her up --
Your father's going to be back soon, Katie...
But Colleen brushes past him, getting to Katie before him, and picking
her up -- she doesn't want Andrew doing this. Andrew gets it, is
Suddenly, a panicked SETTLER barges through the door, carrying his
WIFE, who's unconscious; he's bruised, too:
She hit her head -- Indians attacked our place --
Andrew helps the Settler place his wife down on the examination
table; Colleen quickly puts Katie down and joins them:
Can't pay you nothin' --
No need to worry 'bout that here --
No sooner is but of her mouth than Colleen realizes what she's said
(it's what she's feeling about Andrew, but she didn't mean to say
She looks at Andrew, who has caught it. He gets the point. She didn't
mean to slam him, but they both know it was justified. They exchange
a brief look...
But more important is the patient, and they quickly set to work
EXT. FIRST WOODS - DAY TWO
Sully, looking as if he's spent a hard night, readies himself for
what he knows will be one of the most painful experiences of his
life -- setting his leg.
He lies on his back, having already placed his leg in the Y of a
tree. He now reaches over his head and grabs onto another tree behind
him for traction. He breathes deeply, forcing himself to readiness...
and then yanks himself back towards the tree behind him, snapping
his leg back into place, the pain flashing across his face as he
silently absorbs it --
EXT. SECOND RIVERBANK - DAY TWO
Mike and Robert E, on horseback (with Wolf), search on one side
of the bank for signs of Sully -- looking for footprints or any
other sign that he emerged from the river -- while Jake and Hank
(also on horseback) search the other side.
They hear soldiers' voices in the distance.
(worried) The soldiers are catching up...
They ain't lookin' so close.
We have to keep ahead of them.
And they redouble their efforts, searching the banks for signs of
Sully as they move downstream...
EXT. MEADOW - DAY TWO
McKay and several soldiers march in Indian prisoners (including
some women and children).
PRESTON watches with Dorothy from the edge of the meadow:
Sergeant -- why aren't you keeping them out at the reservation?
The reservation's closed.
(nods) We're transferrin' 'em to East Fork as soon as we get the
troops to escort 'em.
East Fork? That's even worse than Palmer Creek -- Cloud Dancin'
almost died there, the soldiers were horrible --
(ignoring her; to McKay) The sooner the better. It can't be safe
keeping them here.
Dorothy gapes at his insensitivity. McKay doesn't even answer (he
apparently thinks Preston's a jerk, too), and heads into the meadow.
Preston defends himself to her:
Like it or not, Dorothy, you must admit that Colorado Springs will
be safer once they're gone.
Maybe they're not the ones who oughta be leavin'.
She gives him a look, meaning him -- and then turns and walks away.
EXT. TELEGRAPH OFFICE - DAY TWO
Loren stands outside, exasperated with HORACE, who is busy sending
a stack of telegrams and doesn't have time to look up at Loren:
But I gotta get word to my suppliers, I'm runnin' outta everythin'
I gotta get these out for the army first.
Folks are breakin' down my doors wantin' more supplies --
Yeah, I heard bout how you're gougin' prices.
I'm performin' a community service. It'll be on your head if folks
can't get what they need.
And what's gonna happen if the army don't get their reinforcements?
I told you I'll get to yours as soon as can.
Well, I'm gonna stand right here 'til you do.
He stares at Horace, thinking it will change Horace's mind. But
Horace continues sending his stack of telegrams, without looking
Turn blue if you like.
OFF LOREN, nearly doing just that --
EXT. THIRD RIVERBANK - DAY TWO - DUSK
It's getting late and growing dark. Jake and Hank cross the river
on horseback, joining up with Mike and Robert E (and Wolf).
It'll be too dark to see anythin' in a few minutes...
Then it's still light enough now.
And she dismounts and starts searching on foot, from which she can
Dr. Mike, we'll come back tomorrow when it's light.
Robert E looks to Jake and Hank for confirmation. They avoid his
look -- they're not planning to come back. Robert E reads this,
and defiantly gets off his horse to join Mike.
(quietly, to Robert E) Robert E, it's been four days --
But Robert E glares at them, then starts walking the bank with Mike.
Jake and Hank shake their heads, and ride off.
EXT. FIRST WOODS - DAY TWO - DUSK
Sully, looking as if he's been working at this all day, finishes
strapping a makeshift splint (made from a couple of saplings, and
strapped with vines) onto the leg with the compound fracture.
Finished, he pauses in his efforts to marshall his strength. He
then rips off the piece of his pant leg that was dangling below
his knee, and starts to wrap around his other ankle...
EXT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT TWO
Mike and Brian head up from the barn towards the homestead, Wolf
at their heels. Brian carries her saddle-bags for her. Mike, although
bone-tired, is doing her best to keep Brian optimistic:
The woods there are full of things for him to eat -- all we have
to do is find out where he got out of the river...
The sound of a horse approaching stops them. They look into the
darkness... and see that it's McKay. Mike and Brian exchange a look
-- what can this mean?
(very solicitous) Dr. Quinn... I hope I didn't come too late.
He dismounts. Mike picks up on his change in manner, and presence
Something's happened -- (exchanging a hopeful look with Brian) You
No ma'am... In fact -- (taking out a telegram) I've just received
orders... to stop searchin' for him.
Mike's mind races ahead, despite her exhaustion:
You think he's dead.
(beat) It's a matter of limited resources -- General Wooden has
ordered me to devote all my men to the Indian situation, in particular
to finding Cloud Dancin' and the other renegades.
(formally; she's not buying that Sully's dead) Thank you for coming
to tell me.
She turns away; she and Brian start up toward the homestead. McKay
can't help feeling for her:
If you don't mind me sayin'...
Mike and Brian stop and turn back to him:
We searched the whole area, there's no sign he got out of the river.
Even if he did survive that fall...
It's clear what he means. Brian starts to fight back tears. Mike
puts her hand on Brian's shoulder, and addresses McKay:
You don't know Sully.
She leads Brian into the homestead.
EXT. FIRST RIVERBANK - NIGHT TWO
Sully (who has created a pressure bandage with moss and vines over
his leg wound) lies on the river-bank on his stomach, leaning over
the river, reaching into the water with his hands. He cups his hands,
draws water to his mouth, drinks thirstily.
Then he starts his slow progress back to the woods, crawling on
his elbows -- his splinted and bandaged legs still useless, if less
painful than they were -- brushing his tracks with the branch behind
INT. MIKE AND SULLY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT TWO
Mike sits at her dressing table, distractedly brushing her hair,
by rote, wide awake despite being exhausted.
She looks at the bed in the mirror. The empty bed. She fights back
the tears of frustration -- and the fear that she won't acknowledge
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY THREE - DAWN
Very early. Brian heads up from the barn, carrying a pail of milk,
when he hears a horse approaching. Fearing more bad news, he turns
with dread and looks down the road...
BRIAN'S POV - A RIDER APPROACHES
dressed in Western outdoor garb, and galloping for all he's worth.
lights up, as, shocked, he recognizes the rider:
He drops the pail of milk and runs toward the rider, shouting:
is, sure enough, the rider who gallops hell-bent for leather up
to the homestead. Brian runs toward him as fast as he can:
Daniel comes to a stop in front of the homestead and dismounts in
Brian runs to him and throws his arms around him. They hug tightly
for a long moment, as if by doing so they could bring back Sully.
Mike rushes out the front door, drawn by Brian's shouts. She halts
on the porch, surprised --
Daniel looks up at her, over Brian's shoulder, out of breath:
I read 'bout Sully in the newspaper...
He and Brian finally release each other. He straightens up, peering
at Mike to see if it's all right with her that he's here:
I caught the first train to Denver, rode all night to get here...
You gotta be hungry -- I'll get you some breakfast...
And he runs into the house, past Mike, who looks at Daniel, overwhelmed.
There's an uncomfortable silence between them -- it's the first
time they've seen each other since he told her that he loved her,
and he got on that train.
Daniel wants to get this out in the open and over with right away:
Michaela -- there ain't nothin' more important to me than findin'
Sully and gettin' him back to you...
Mike nods -- but she can't help but still be concerned. Daniel keeps
his distance until he's had his say:
I promise, you'll never have cause to think of me as anythin' other
than a friend --
Mike is relieved...
And that's why I'm here. (determined) We're gonna find him, Michaela.
nods, fighting back tears:
Thank you, Daniel.
END OF ACT ONE
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY THREE
Colleen gives Daniel some breakfast as he and Mike study the map;
Brian takes Mike's saddle-bags outside (Katie's there, too):
I'll go get the horses ready.
I've searched about five miles down river from where Sully fell
there's no sign of him having come up on the bank.
(smiles) That's good.
If he died in the fall, he would've washed up long before there.
Mike hadn't thought of that; it gives her new hope and energy:
That's right... but then, what does that mean -- that he's further
Maybe -- but more likely he got himself outta the water as soon
as he could.
But we haven't found any footprints --
Sully'd know the army was after him -- he'd make sure there was
no sign of him.
Then how will we ever find him?
I know Sully, we think alike... Don't worry.
Mike nods -- and exchanges a relieved glance with Colleen. They're
very glad Daniel is here.
EXT. SECOND WOODS - DAY THREE
Sully cuts a frond off a five-finger fern. He chews it for a moment,
and then takes it out of his mouth, and applies it to a bad cut
on his side, grimacing...
EXT. GENERAL STORE - DAY THREE
Mike and Daniel walk briskly out of the store, carrying some food,
heading toward the livery. Dorothy comes up to them, seeking Mike
Michaela... could I have a word with you?
Of course, Dorothy -- I'll meet you at the livery in a minute, Daniel...
Nice to see you, Dorothy...
You too, Daniel -- it's real good of you, comin' here to help find
They nod to each other with a smile, and Daniel takes off.
Mike sees that Dorothy is distracted and anxious:
It's Cloud Dancin'...
(anxious herself) Have you heard from him?
No -- and it finally hit me... he's never gonna come back here.
Things happened so fast, I never got the chance to tell him... what
he means to me. I can't eat or sleep, thinkin' bout it.
Mike understands what that's like; she feels for Dorothy.
I was thinkin' I'd try to find him, just to see him one more time,
to say goodbye... (lowering her voice) I know he was headin' up
to the Tongue River Valley --
walks up from the meadow toward the store with Corporal #2, listening
to a PAWNEE SCOUT (who is dressed in a combination of Pawnee and
Western clothing, including riding boots).
The dog soldiers moved their camp again -- but I believe their moves
are a trick to confuse you --
MIKE AND DOROTHY
I been lookin' at maps, I know how to get there...
Mike spots McKay, takes Dorothy by the arm to warn her to keep quiet.
Dorothy follows Mike's eyes, sees McKay.
sees Mike and Dorothy look at him, and then walk away briskly toward
the livery, whispering to each other. It looks very suspicious.
He thinks quickly, turns to the Pawnee Scout:
The woman in the (insert color description of Mike's clothing)--
The Corporal looks at him questioningly:
Look at 'em -- she saw us and started whisperin' -- could be she
knows more than she's tellin' us 'bout Sully. (handing the Pawnee
a small pouch of money) There'll be more when you come back with
The Pawnee Scout nods.
MIKE AND DOROTHY
walk toward the livery. Mike turns back, sees McKay, the Pawnee
Scout and Corporal #2 moving away from them, and feels safer.
But then I think, what's the use? Look what's happenin' here --
soldiers everywhere, people scared of the Indians -- I mean, I know
I used to feel the same way, but... And Sully -- (what can she possibly
say?) I don't see how he's ever gonna be able to get out of this.
Maybe it's better to just...
(this is it) Let things be.
She means, give up. And that's like a red-flag for Mike:
Dorothy... I don't know how we're going to get Sully out of this,
I don't know how we're going to help the Indians, or get our town
back from the army -- but I know we will.
Dorothy looks away, she isn't so sure. Mike has to convince her...
and to convince herself:
People can do amazing things -- things they'd never dream they'd
be able to do... I see it in my clinic every day, the will to live
against impossible odds --
Dorothy looks back at her, caught up in her passionate argument:
Think what you've accomplished, what you've been through, how you've
prevailed... If somebody told you five years ago what you were even
considering doing -- riding out alone into the wilderness to find
a Cheyenne Indian who you cared about enough to risk going to jail
for, would you have ever believed them?
Dorothy's fears dry up, as she takes in her friend's urgent message.
Mike realizes that she's talking herself up, too:
Human beings can do impossible things, things against all reason...
if they believe in themselves. (then) You can do it, Dorothy.
Dorothy, very moved, flings her arms around Mike's shoulders. The
two friends hug tightly for a long moment.
Then Dorothy whispers into Mike's ear:
Give my love to Sully.
(whispering back in her ear) And you tell Cloud Dancing our hearts
are with him.
They break up the hug, look each other in the eye and squeeze each
other's hand, then turn away from each other and separate, Dorothy
heading back toward the Gazette, Mike heading on to the livery...
EXT. LIVERY - DAY THREE - CONTINUOUS
Matthew, Daniel and Robert E are getting ready to go (a couple of
soldiers work on repairing the jail in the BG):
How far from the river has the army searched?
Just to the edge of the woods.
Mike joins them, untethering Flash from a post.
Sully'd figure that and cover his tracks...
But how're we gonna know where to look if he didn't leave any sign?
By lookin' for no sign...
They look at him questioningly.
They're interrupted by McKay, who walks quickly toward them with
Corporal #2, angry:
Sheriff! I've just learned that some of your citizens have been
pickin' fights with my men.
You got proof of that?
My soldiers, word --
More likely your "soldiers" got drunk at the Gold Nugget
and took after each other.
It's your job to guarantee their safety in town --
No -- it's my job to guarantee the safety of this town.
He cinches up the saddle on his horse. During the following, Mike,
Daniel and Robert E mount their horses:
Sheriff, I regard this to be the very highest priority --
I'm goin' after a man wanted for treason and murder.
(sees through that) To help him escape? Your duty oughta come first.
Matthew ignores that, gets ready to mount his horse. McKay bristles:
You're the law in this town.
(deliberately) That's right.
(at the end of his patience) I've been placed in charge of this
area by the Government of the United States, and I command you to
follow my orders -- you're the sheriff.
Mike, Daniel and Robert E look at Matthew -- what's he going to
do? Matthew smolders for a long moment, trying to work his way through
Finally, Matthew takes his star off his jacket, and tosses it to
Not any more.
He mounts his horse and gallops out. Daniel and Robert E follow
proud of Matthew, relieved, and grateful for his help, watches him
ride out. She casts a final look back to McKay, and then gallops
out after Matthew.
ANGLE - THE RIDERS
gallop off, leaving McKay behind. He picks up the star from the
EXT. SECOND WOODS - DAY THREE
Sully scoops some termites out of a log and eats them.
He then returns to completing the construction of a crutch for himself.
He finishes cutting a dowel hole (with a sharpened stone) in a piece
of wood that will serve as the top piece of the crutch (for under
his arm). He tries it out, fitting it onto the long piece of wood
that is to serve as the crutch itself, the top of which he has cut
to a dowel point. It fits.
EXT. GAZETTE - DAY THREE
Horace, carrying a telegram, knocks on the door of the Gazette,
peers inside. No answer.
Preston and Andrew approach from the direction of the clinic, see
Horace? Can I help you?
Got a telegram here for the Gazette...
I'll take it.
Horace looks at him, not sure.
I am the owner.
(it will always rankle him) Surely that's sufficient for your purposes.
Horace sees that it is, hands him the telegram, and takes off. Preston
opens the telegram, reads it.
Good news, I hope -- we could certainly use some.
Just an official notice for publication -- (then, pleased) Well...
it seems the government is selling the land that served as the Palmer
Creek reservation. Too good for the Indians anyway.
It doesn't say that... ?
No, I say that... (back to the telegram) Sealed bids accepted through
the twenty-fifth, et cetera, et cetera --
He suddenly stops, getting an idea -- then quickly covers it, stuffing
the telegram into his pocket:
Lunch -- we were on our way to lunch, weren't we?
He takes Andrew by the arm, heading for the alley.
Shouldn't you leave the telegram for Dorothy so she can publish
I'll give it to her when I see her. (leading him into the alley)
Ah, I smell tomato soup -- nobody makes soup like Grace does...
EXT. FOURTH RIVERBANK - DAY THREE
Mike, Daniel, Robert E and Matthew are searching the bank on foot,
foot-by-foot (with Wolf). It's hard work and unrewarding; they can't
help but be discouraged. Daniel looks up at the sky.
(looking up at the sky) Sun's too high in the sky...
What's the difference?
You can see tracks better when the sun's lower -- gives you more
Then we need to be here when the sun comes up.
She and Daniel return to looking inch-by-inch along the riverbank.
Robert E pauses, looks up...
ROBERT E'S POV
The cliff that Sully fell down looms in the distance. It seems insurmountable.
looks up at it, pensively. Matthew sees him:
Robert E... ?
Mike and Daniel turn quickly, thinking maybe he's found something.
They catch him looking up at the cliff pessimistically.
Robert E sees them looking at him, and feels caught.
(almost like an excuse) Sure is a long fall.
He returns to searching the riverbank...
The others share a look of concern about that cliff, then return
to their searching.
THE PAWNEE SCOUT
watches them, hidden in the woods.
EXT. TOWN - DAY THREE
The relative peace of the day is shattered when a party of RENEGADE
INDIANS, their faces painted like dog soldiers, gallop through town,
shouting, shooting their guns in the air.
Townsfolk scatter and take cover --
The Indians ride past the Gold Nugget, shooting a window out of
the Gazette, and then out the road past the meadow --
Soldiers grab their guns, run to their horses, jump on and ride
out, following the Indians --
OUTSIDE THE GOLD NUGGET
Townsfolk start to come out from cover, as Hank rushes out, brandishing
his gun. Jake follows him out. Hank sees the Gazette window shattered.
That's it -- we're gonna board up the windows.
You're over-reacting --
You know how much they cost! We just had to replace two of 'em
Nobody's gonna want to stay here if they think it ain't safe --
board up those windows and you can kiss the business goodbye.
I'd like to have a business left standing when this is over, Jake.
He heads off toward the store...
EXT. LIVERY - NIGHT THREE
Mike, Daniel, Matthew and Robert E return to the livery, looking
exhausted -- and are greeted by a very nervous Grace.
Thank God you're back -- some of the renegades rode through today,
shootin' and screamin'...
You all right?
He puts his arm around her, concerned. She nods, still shaken:
You find anythin'?
We'll get out there earlier tomorrow, catch the good light...
Dr. Mike -- I been thinkin'...
This is extremely difficult for him:
I can't help but be worried 'bout Grace and Anthony -- and the cafe
and livery, with all the trouble here...
The others realize that Robert E believes there's no point. Mike
is shaken by his pessimism, but lets him off the hook:
You're right, Robert E -- you should stay here in town.
(feeling awful about it) I don't want you think I'm givin' up...
Of course not.
But of course that's exactly what he's doing, and everybody knows
it. It's uncomfortable for all of them. Grace is relieved, but feels
(forced optimism) You're gonna find him real soon...
He hears how empty it sounds, looks down.
Mike nods, and she turns and walks Flash toward the train station.
Daniel follows her, concerned, as Matthew pats Robert E on the back...
MIKE AND DANIEL
Daniel catches up to Mike, sees how hard this has hit her:
We ain't givin' up, Michaela.
Mike nods -- but she now seems more desperate than certain, as we
END OF ACT TWO
EXT. CLINIC - DAY FOUR
Mike walks briskly out of the clinic, joining Daniel and Matthew
who wait for her on horseback; she's carrying some extra medical
supplies, which she proceeds to pack in her saddle bags. Colleen
follows her out, worried, carrying Katie:
But why do you have to stay away overnight?
We're going to have to look further downstream --
And into the woods.
Comin' back and forth to town just eats up time...
The word "time" hits them all hard -- they know they're
running out of it. Mike takes Katie in her arms to kiss her goodbye.
How long you gonna be gone?
As long as it takes.
She hands Katie back to Colleen, and mounts up as Brian rides down
the street (from the direction of the livery):
They turn to him -- and see that he's dressed for the trail, with
saddlebags on his horse:
Ma -- I just talked to Robert E, he said held go to the homestead
and take care of the animals -- Colleen and Katie can stay here
at the clinic... Mr. Bray said held look out for 'em.
He looks to Colleen, hoping she'll agree with him. Colleen smiles,
nods to Mike, indicating it's okay with her.
(strong, assured) I'm comin' with ya.
Mike takes a moment, then nods with a smile. Brian sighs, relieved.
Daniel pats him on the back.
Mike turns back to Colleen, grateful and treasuring her:
Thank you for taking care of things here.
You're gonna find him, Ms.
Mike nods. She reaches down for one more hug with Katie...
And then rides out, followed by Daniel, Matthew and Brian --
EXT. THIRD WOODS - DAY FOUR
Sully hobbles effortfully on his makeshift crutches (his feet barely
brushing the ground) toward a tree. He reaches up to take a small
egg out of a bird's nest, cracks the shell neatly in two, and slides
the egg into his mouth...
EXT. GENERAL STORE - DAY FOUR
The store is still doing a land-office business. The REVEREND sits
on the porch, talking with a Townswoman:
If we all stay calm, and try to go about our lives as --
Suddenly, a man bursts out of the store, carrying some tins of food,
running away. A second later, Loren dashes out:
Stop! Stop him!
Jake comes over from the barber shop.
Stop him, he stole some -- aw!
The man has disappeared into the street.
Figured this was comin'.
Now you're gonna tell me it's my fault for raisin' prices.
If the shoe fits, Loren...
(disgusted) It's all the new people comin' in, settin' up in shanty-town,
some of 'em even livin' on the street.
It's not their fault their houses have been burned.
Well, it ain't our fault either -- why should we have to suffer?
It's only natural that they'd come here lookin' for work.
Lookin' for handouts, you mean --
And to steal from honest citizens.
As Loren and Jake head into the store, commiserating, the Reverend
shakes his head; he doesn't like what he's hearing:
We gotta do somethin' 'bout this...
The army started it, they oughta take care of it...
EXT. RESERVATION - DAY FOUR
Preston rides onto the area that was once the reservation. While
the sign still stands, the reservation itself is no more -- tattered,
burnt pieces of the tents and shacks remain, but that's it.
Preston reins in his horse, stops, looks the place over. His eyes
light up, and he breaks into a grin.
What does he see? We're not sure, but whatever it is clearly spells
EXT. FOURTH WOODS - NIGHT FOUR
Mike and Daniel sit by the campfire, which is down to embers. Their
bedrolls are laid out across the fire from each other; Brian and
Matthew sleep nearby in their bedrolls.
Although tired, neither Mike nor Daniel are sleepy; rather, they
are wistful, thoughtful. After a moment, Mike quietly speaks what's
on both their minds:
What do you think Sully's doing right now?
He's restin'. Savin' his strength.
(beat) Whenever he's been away, I could always picture him. It wasn't
just my imagination, I felt like I could really see him -- where
he was, what he was doing... (then, with great difficulty) But now,
She can't say it -- but what she means is obvious: she can't picture
him. Daniel wants to ease her worry:
He's lyin' under a shrub or maybe inside a cave, somewhere to keep
himself warm. He's found some five-finger fern to rub on any cuts
he might'a gotten -- and some meat, or nuts and berries. He's lookin'
up at the moon, the same moon we're lookin' at... thinkin' bout
Then they hear a BIRDCALL, and Mike starts, surprised... and then
disturbed by it:
It's just a bird...
I thought for a minute -- it's like the call that Cloud Dancing
makes when... when he's nearby.
Where was he goin'?
Cloud Dancing? By now, he's probably with the northern Cheyenne
in the Tongue River Valley
THE PAWNEE SCOUT
sits still as the night hidden in the woods nearby, listening to
them, watching them through the trees.
PAWNEE SCOUT'S POV
It's Indian land, he'll be safe there... (with great sadness) I
suppose I'll never see him again.
looks off into the woods sadly. If there was ever a moment that
Daniel would want to reach out to her, to take her in his arms and
take care of her, it is now. But he resists the desire to do so,
and instead says, simply:
We better get some sleep.
She nods. He rises and goes to his bedroll, leaving her to curl
up on her bedroll by the fire...
THE PAWNEE SCOUT
rises, and silently treads away from them...
EXT. FIRST RIVERBANK - DAY FIVE - DAWN
Daniel washes out the cooking pot in the river, and then suddenly
sees something which gets his attention --
It's the tree stump from which the branch extended that Sully used
to hoist himself out of the river...
What gets Daniel's attention is the bit of branch that remains where
Sully broke off the branch to cover his tracks... it looks like
a fresh break.
Mike emerges from the woods, putting on her hat, and goes to him,
followed by Matthew and Brian.
Have you found something?
Maybe... Look -- there's a new break here where a branch was hangin'
over into the river.
You think he used it to get out of the river... ?
They all start examining the ground near the tree stump.
There's no tracks or sign of anybody --
Daniel starts carefully brushing away the dirt and leaves on the
surface of the ground near the tree stump --
He woulda covered his tracks... maybe usin' that branch --
He sees something on a rock that he's just uncovered:
Look -- dried blood...
They all look at the rock --
He was here --
(looking at the woods) He'd probably have stopped covering his tracks
when he got into the cover of the woods.
They all head quickly towards the woods --
EXT. FOURTH WOODS - DAY FIVE
Mike, Daniel, Matthew and Brian have fanned out in the woods, looking
Suddenly, Mike shouts out:
They all rush over to her side. Matthew and Brian grab her hands
joyously, as Daniel looks down at the ground:
Hard to say when they were made maybe yesterday or the day before...
but they are boots like Sully's.
He was here! So close to where we were...
Looks like he's walkin' all right --
But then why hasn't he come home?
He might have been unconscious, or perhaps he's been waiting until
he thought it was safe...
Looks like he headed this way.
They start following the footprints deeper into the woods.
EXT. TONGUE RIVER VALLEY - DAY FIVE
Dorothy (looking as if she's been riding for a couple of days) rides
out of some woods into a clearing.
She stops to take a drink from her canteen -- and hears something
-- a branch crack? -- in the woods behind her. She turns to it.
There's nothing there. She corks her canteen, and rides ahead...
She only gets a few feet when she sees four CHEYENNE approaching
her at a fast clip on horseback.
She hears another sound from behind her, turns, and sees another
two Cheyenne coming out of the woods on foot.
She stops and steels herself hard as the Cheyenne horsemen arrive.
They say nothing. After a moment:
I am a friend... (in Cheyenne) Friend.
Nothing from the Cheyenne -- as if to say, prove it.
Cloud Dancin'... (in Cheyenne) Cloud Dancing -- he is a friend of
The Cheyenne talk quietly among themselves, evaluating her.
She takes out the pouch that Cloud Dancing gave her, holds it up
for them to see.
(in Cheyenne) Take me to him... please.
One of the Cheyenne horsemen nods to one of the walking Cheyenne
Who suddenly jumps onto her horse, behind her, startling, and, yes,
frightening her for a moment.
He takes the reins of her horse around her, gives the horse a kick
-- and they're off at a fast gallop, surrounded by the other Cheyenne
EXT. FIFTH WOODS - DAY FIVE
Daniel tracks the footprints in the woods, followed by Mike, Matthew
and Brian. They're all excited --
Suddenly, Daniel stops short, straightens up -- something's wrong,
and Mike can tell right away:
What is it?
(sighs: can't lie) Hoof prints. (pointing them out, demoralized)
The footprints stop and... then there's hoof prints.
Mike and Matthew understand what this means, and deflate. Brian
is still putting it together:
You mean from a horse?
Daniel nods, glum.
We found Sully's horse on top of the cliff...
So -- what're you sayin'....?
This fella mounted on the right side of his horse -- prob'ly an
Indian... (fading out, with disappointment) That's the way they
(doesn't want to believe it) The tracks weren't Sully's?
Mike shakes her head, desperately fighting back tears, trying not
to give in to despair.
Look -- we had a good start -- what we saw at the river. We just
got distracted by the wrong trail.
That's right, we gotta go back and start again.
Mike nods, but it's clear that she's almost at the breaking point.
The others look at each other, equally worried...
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - DAY FIVE
Sully hobbles along on his crutches when suddenly one of the crutches
slips underneath him. He goes down with a hard thud, and rolls down
a small incline, his legs getting tangled up with his crutches
As he lands, he groans in great pain. He looks down at his leg,
and sees that he's opened a couple of wounds that are bleeding again...
and now infected.
He sees his crutches lying a short distance away. He tries to raise
himself to get to them, but he's too weak -- he falls back to the
EXT. STREET IN FRONT OF THE GOLD NUGGET & CLINIC - DAY FIVE
The Pawnee Scout is talking with McKay, who is accompanied by Corporal
#2 and a couple of soldiers. (In the BG, Andrew and Colleen walk
towards the clinic from the store, with Katie in her carriage.)
They do not know where Sully is but Cloud Dancing is with the northern
Cheyenne in the Tongue River Valley...
That's Indian land, we ain't got jurisdiction --
Not over the northern Cheyenne, but we do over Cloud Dancin' --
he's a wanted man no matter where he is. (to the Pawnee) Good work...
He hands the Pawnee Scout another pouch of money --
When suddenly, that party of renegade Indians painted like dog soldiers
rides into town, SCREAMING and SHOOTING.
Andrew rushes Colleen and Katie behind the water tower, as other
Townsfolk duck for cover --
One of the Indians sees the Pawnee Scout, and shoots him point blank.
The Pawnee falls to the ground. Townsfolk scream and scatter. McKay
plunges for cover behind a horse-trough --
Andrew and Colleen watch from behind the water tower, Colleen sheltering
Katie. Andrew, without thinking, goes out from behind cover to the
Pawnee, who lies nearby --
McKay shoots at the Indians from behind the horse-trough, and they
return fire as they gallop through town...
Hank bursts out of the Gold Nugget, firing at the Indians --
Andrew turns the Pawnee over on his back to check him out --
Colleen watches, terrified... but also proud of Andrew -- and feeling
like she's seeing his true nature shining through...
The Indians are too fast on their horses for McKay, Hank and the
few soldiers firing at them. They're out of town before anybody
can hit them.
And then it's over as suddenly as it began. The Indians are gone,
the shooting stops.
Colleen steps out to Andrew's side, as he rises to her, numb:
Colleen reaches her arm out to his shoulder -- treasuring him, thinking
what might have happened...
EXT. FIRST RIVERBANK - DAY FIVE - SUNSET
Mike sits by the riverbank, looking into the river; in the BG, Daniel,
Matthew and Brian build a campfire, make camp (the horses are tethered
is as close to despair as we've ever seen her. She gazes absently
into the waters of the river...
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - DAY FIVE - SUNSET - SULLY (CONTINUOUS)
Sully, still lying where we saw him land, just this side of consciousness,
has a cluster of berries in his hand. With great effort, he puts
one in his mouth and chews it.
He tries to put another berry in his mouth, but he can't -- he's
too weak. His hand drops to the ground, his eyes start to drift
EXT. FIRST RIVERBANK - DAY FIVE - SUNSET - MIKE (CONTINUOUS)
Mike shifts her gaze to the tree stump where Sully hoisted himself
out of the river --
And there, through the dusty light, she sees what looks like a plant
with a single flower, where there wasn't one earlier today.
How can this be? Is it a trick of the sunset light, which glows
against the tree stump? It wasn't there before -- and it's totally
She peers at the tree stump and flowering plant through the dusty
light. There's only one thing it can mean:
(quietly, lost in the moment) Sully?
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - DAY FIVE - SUNSET (CONTINUOUS)
Sully's eyes blink open -- as if he heard that. He looks up at the
SULLY'S POV - THE TREES
sway in the breeze above him...
-- or is it just the wind in the trees?
(weak) Michaela... ?
Whatever it was, he's been pulled back to consciousness. With great
effort, he brings the cluster of berries to his mouth, puts a couple
in his mouth, and starts to chew them --
EXT. FIRST RIVERBANK - DAY FIVE - SUNSET (CONTINUOUS)
Mike looks at the flower growing in front of the tree stump:
The others hear her, and head over, wondering what's going on:
You all right?
Mike looks over to them -- how can she explain... ?
I just saw...
She looks back at the tree stump...
The flower's gone. She's shocked.
And the others are worried about her:
We're all tired -- let's have supper.
rises as she gazes at the tree stump, now quietly confident:
And on her assuredness, calmer, stronger, and more genuinely certain
than we've seen her before, we
END OF ACT THREE
INT. GENERAL STORE - DAY SIX
The Reverend comes down the stairs, and is surprised to find the
store open -- and, from what he can hear, even more frantically
Excusing himself, he makes his way through the crowd of townsfolk
picking the shelves clean, fighting with each other over the few
supplies that are left...
And he finally arrives at the counter, where Hank is among the many
trying to get Loren's attention:
I'm all out of bullets, Hank, I told you yesterday --
When you gonna get some more?
Talk to Horace -- he was s'posed to send a telegram.
Hank marches out of the store angrily, almost crashing into Grace,
who's on her way in. She calls out to Loren:
No more potatoes or beans?
Only what's out there.
Loren, what're you doin' open on Sunday?
You try and keep 'em out.
Service is in an hour --
What 'bout greens? You don't have anythin'?
Farmers are too scared to come into town --
Grace, I'll see you in church, won't I?
Grace responds absentmindedly as she heads back out the door:
Do my best, Reverend...
OFF the Reverend, not liking what he's hearing --
EXT. THIRD WOODS - DAY SIX
Mike, Daniel, Matthew and Brian have again fanned out, and are searching
the ground for footprints.
Brian sees Wolf circling a small area, sniffing --
Wolf's found somethin'!
They all hurry over to the area that Wolf is smelling, and look
at the ground.
No footprints --
But Daniel finds something on the ground that intrigues him. He
picks it up...
It's a broken eggshell -- the one out of which Sully ate the egg.
Daniel looks up at the nest directly above.
Mike, meanwhile, is distracted by something she sees on the ground,
and during the following, she follows it a few feet away from them...
Just a broken eggshell...
But where's the egg from inside? And look how neatly the egg's cracked.
You think... ?
If an animal had done this, it woulda been all broken up... Sully
and I ate eggs from nests in the mountains lotsa times...
suddenly realizes what she's looking at:
look over to her questioningly, and go to her, as she points excitedly
at the ground:
Two indentations about two feet apart, repeating every foot or so,
with some dragging marks in between them -- (looking up at them)
He hurt his legs in the fall and made some crutches --
Wolf musta smelled Sully's scent...
They lead off that way --
And, newly excited and invigorated, they follow the crutch tracks
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - DAY SIX
Wind picks up -- a storm is on its way. Sully still lies where he
fell last night... but his condition has worsened. He's sweating
and shivering as if he has a fever, and he looks weak and in pain.
He looks around, trying to force himself to focus. He sees a large,
fallen log -- hollowed out with age -- that could provide shelter,
and he drags himself to it...
Getting weaker by the second, Sully burrows into the log. With his
last ounce of strength, he struggles to pull branches over himself,
and cover himself with leaves, trying to keep warm before he loses
EXT. CHURCH - DAY SIX
The Reverend stands outside the church, waiting for the rest of
his congregation, disturbed.
Colleen approaches, with Katie.
Mornin' Reverend -- sorry to be late, we had a busy morning at the
That's all right Colleen... any news from Dr. Mike?
(worried) Not yet.
We'll say a prayer for 'em. (then) You see any other folks on their
way over here?
(makes a decision) Let's go find the rest of our congregation...
And he starts off toward town, with determination. Colleen puts
out her arm to help him, but he's already off, his walking stick
held in front of him with confidence
EXT. GENERAL STORE - DAY SIX
McKay has been surrounded by a crowd of townsfolk (including Grace,
Robert E, Jake, Horace, Hank and Loren), who are worried and angry.
They're taking it out on McKay -- and each other.
(to McKay) People are stealin' food left and right, you gotta do
That's not the army's responsibility.
And he takes off toward the meadow. Robert E calls after him:
You can't get folks scared, and then not do anythin' bout it.
Some of the townsfolk agree with that --
Ain't his fault the Indians went and made trouble --
That's right, we need the army here to keep law and order --
Other townsfolk agree with that. They start arguing with each other
in the BG. The Reverend approaches, Colleen (with Katie) behind
him, hearing all of this:
Can't count on the army, I say we gotta take care of ourselves --
(to Jake) Look after our own property.
I told you, I ain't boardin' up the Gold Nugget --
The arguments escalate, everybody talking at the same time:
Since when are you the boss?
Somebody's gotta be smart.
(angrily to Horace) Didya ever send those telegrams, Horace, that's
what I wanna know.
I sent 'em right after --
(to Horace) Didya send that telegram for the horseshoes? I hardly
got any left --
I sent it this mornin'...
I gave it to you three days ago!
Preston (who has arrived during the above) makes his way to Horace,
oblivious to anything but his own needs:
Horace, I need to send a telegram --
Horace looks like he's going to scream...
People start to quiet down, as the look up at the Reverend.
Yellin' at each other isn't gonna help.
The townsfolk grumble -- it may not help, but it makes them feel
I may be blind but I can see you all clearly -- maybe more clearly
than you can see yourselves... You're scared. Things are changin',
you're feelin' like everything's gettin' outta control. Believe
me, I understand what that's like...
The townsfolk know that he does.
(more quietly, now that he has their attention) But that's the time
when we gotta be best to each other.
Our townsfolk look at each other, seeing his point, softening their
How long has it been since we had communion with each other -- and
I ain't just talkin' 'bout goin to church... I'm talkin' 'bout sharing
the burden of our troubles, instead of blamin' 'em on each other.
They know he's right.
Let's do it right here, right now... And let's start with a silent
prayer for absent friends who need help more than we do...
The townsfolk bow their heads (some of them glancing at Colleen
guiltily), right next to the folks they were yelling at a moment
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - DAY SIX
Rain is falling, accompanied by wind. Mike, Daniel, Matthew and
Brian (along with Wolf) follow the crutch tracks through the woods,
approaching the spot where Sully's crutch went out from under him.
Suddenly, the trail goes cold.
Where'd he go?
They look around -- still can't find it.
Trail's gone cold.
Daniel shakes his head -- he doesn't know.
Wolf sniffs the ground, whines -- he can't find Sully's trail.
The rain's washed out the scent.
OFF Mike's growing concern as the wind picks up speed --
EXT. CHEYENNE CAMP (TONGUE RIVER VALLEY) - DAY SIX
Dorothy is "escorted" into the camp by the Cheyenne horsemen
(the Cheyenne man riding on the back of her horse, as we saw earlier).
The Cheyenne skinning hides and preparing food at the camp are surprised
None of them more so than CLOUD DANCING. They lock eyes.
He puts down his work and makes his way over to her, pleased and
amazed to see her, as she dismounts, never taking their eyes off
The other Cheyenne leave them alone. Dorothy -- nervous, thrilled
to see him, feeling like she's stepping into the unknown:
Nobody followed me -- I made sure...
It is good to see you.
Thank God you're all right... (then) I came to say goodbye -- (realizing)
But I don't think I ever can...
They drink each other in, their feelings for each other overwhelming...
and then they kiss.
After a moment, they pull back, and can't help but feel awkward
about it. Cloud Dancing tries to cover the awkwardness:
How is Sully?
There's so much to tell you...
They walk off together, as she starts to fill him in --
INT. CLINIC - DAY SIX
Andrew leans against the examination table, still a little in shock
from his experience yesterday.
What was I thinking, jumping into the line of fire like that?
Colleen, holding Katie, looks at him fondly, proudly:
You weren't thinkin', you were bein' yourself.
(shaking his head) I have to do something about that.
They share a laugh. Katie starts to fuss.
It's all right, Katie, your mother and father will be back soon...
Colleen looks at him, now with something more than fondness and
Would ya like to hold her?
He would -- and he realizes it means more than just that, it means
that Colleen trusts him again. He smiles his answer to her, and
she hands him Katie...
EXT. CHEYENNE CAMP (TONGUE RIVER VALLEY) - DAY SIX
Cloud Dancing and Dorothy have walked a short distance from the
camp, which can be seen in the BG. From Cloud Dancing's worried
expression, we see that she's told him about Sully.
Michaela and Daniel will find him... You gotta stay here, where
He looks at the peaceful camp -- the Cheyenne dressed like Cheyenne,
skinning hides, smiling and laughing with each other... but he knows
what he must do:
My safety does not matter when my brother is in danger.
He strides back toward the camp. Dorothy is torn -- she is proud
of him, but worried about his safety.
EXT. TELEGRAPH OFFICE - DAY SIX
Horace reads from a slip of paper that Preston has handed him to
That's an awful lot of money...
Never bid for anything you don't intend to own, Horace.
What're you gonna do with that reservation land?
Preston ponders how much to tell Horace, then grins:
He tips his hat, and heads off.
EXT. CHEYENNE CAMP (TONGUE RIVER VALLEY) - DAY SIX
Dorothy mounts her horse as Cloud Dancing says goodbye to the Cheyenne.
Then, without looking back, he jumps onto a horse and rides toward
her. She flicks her reins, and they gallop off together into a new
EXT. WOODS - DAY SIX - CLOSE ON THE HOLLOWED OUT LOG
as the storm blows more leaves over the opening which Sully crept
into (he's not visible at all)...
ADJUST TO REVEAL the searchers approaching. Matthew, Brian and Wolf
are in the lead; Mike and Daniel follow, taking time to sweep details
with their eyes. The wind blows in their faces, making it difficult...
They pass the log.
(quietly to Matthew, getting very worried) It's been more than a
Matthew nods. Brian goes on nervously:
You think Sully...
He means: could he survive, but he can't say it.
suddenly sees something --
MIKE'S POV - THE FLOWERING PLANT
Growing on the ground, it's the same flower she saw on the riverbank,
by the tree stump, last night.
stops in her tracks as she looks around; they're surrounded by a
lot of the plants. She turns around, looking at the plants all around
her in amazement... then picks one --
has berries like we saw Sully feeding himself.
turns back to find Mike, sees her stopped dead, looking at the plant
He follows her eyes to the plants all around them...
And then he sees something else --
The wind blows leaves against the log and blows some leaves away
from it, too, revealing that it's hollowed out (but not revealing
shivers slightly in the rain and wind --
And it gives him an idea -- not even really an idea, a sense. He
probably couldn't explain it, but he sure feels it.
He goes back to the log, kneels beside it, and starts to push away
looks up from the plant, sees Daniel -- what's he doing?
pushes away the leaves, still revealing nothing...
looks around at that plant growing all around her and she suddenly
knows. Just knows.
She rushes to Daniel's side and starts pushing away the leaves with
MATTHEW AND BRIAN
turn back, checking on Mike and Daniel, and are surprised to see
them digging away at a fallen log. They hurry over, followed by
What is it?
You find somethin'?
They join Mike and Daniel, when suddenly --
Enough leaves have been pushed aside for them to see a buckskinned
leg in a makeshift splint. Sully's leg.
Oh my God...
The wind whipping at their faces, Brian and Matthew join them, desperately
pushing the leaves and branches aside, revealing Sully, still as
Wolf whines. They push the leaves away from Sully's face. His eyes
Mike quickly leans into him, takes his hand, feels his wrist, then
puts her head to his heart.
The others wait for what seems like an eternal moment. Then Mike
finally looks up, tears in her eyes:
He's alive... !
And as they start removing him from the log, we PULL BACK and