ALL THAT MATTERS
Written by Carl Binder / Directed by Bethany Rooney
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - (CONT. FROM PREVIOUS EPISODE) - DAY ONE
MIKE, DANIEL, MATTHEW and BRIAN carefully clear the rest of the
leaves and branches away from the unconscious SULLY. WOLF waits
Mike's concern increases as she gradually gets a full view of Sully's
dire condition. She checks his wrist, monitoring his pulse.
His pulse is faint, rapid. He's in shock.
Daniel clears leaves away from Sully's left leg, revealing the makeshift
splint Sully made.
You were right -- his leg's broke.
Mike removes the moss covering, revealing the wound on his leg.
She gives Daniel a worried
It appears to be a compound fracture. (examining leg) The tibia.
The bone has broken through the skin. I don't believe it...
He re-set it himself. (looking back at Sully) it's a miracle he's
Is he gonna be all right?
Mike and Daniel exchange a silent look, then Mike forces herself
to get control of her surging emotions. She turns to Brian and Matthew.
Please go back to the horses. Get the canteen and some blankets.
Hurry. We need to get him warm.
(as Matthew and Brian start off) I'll get a fire goin'.
Daniel hurries off to get matches and look for wood. Mike quickly
strips off her jacket and lays it across Sully to warm him. She
lifts his eyelids, checking his pupils, then turns her attention
to his left leg.
She examines the compound fracture closely, and is alarmed by the
extent of the injury, and the infection that is setting in. She
checks his other bruises and cuts, but then suddenly stops short
as Sully lets out a small breath... then lies deathly still.
She leans close to his mouth and nose, listening for a moment. He's
stopped breathing. Mike starts to panic.
No... Sully, no... (screaming out to the others) HURRY!
She turns back to Sully, opening his mouth and putting her lips
to his. She breathes into his mouth once, then leans in and listens
Breathe... Please, Sully...
She puts her lips to his and breathes again, her emotions overwhelming
(panic increasing) Don't leave me... please don't leave me...
She breathes into his mouth again, then holds his wrist, checking
for a pulse. It's faint... but it's there.
Yes... Yes, you can do it...
She breathes again.
Please, Sully... breathe!
She breathes again.
As she calls away, Sully moans softly -- the greatest sound Mike's
She moves in close to him, pulling him to her, wrapping her arms
around him to warm him.
(barely audible) Michaela...
I'm here. Just hold on. You can make it.
It's all right... You're going to be fine... (pulling him closer)
I love you...
The tears come as Mike envelopes him in her protective embrace,
shielding him against the cold, knowing their ordeal is far from
over as we slowly:
END OF TEASER
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - A SHORT TIME LATER - DAY ONE
Matthew and Brian unfold a blanket and lay it over Sully, as Daniel
constructs a makeshift firepit nearby. Mike digs through her saddlebags,
quickly preparing an injection.
A small dose of strychnine... to stimulate his heart.
As Mike administers the injection:
He's severely dehydrated. It's crucial that we get as much water
into him as possible. We'll also need to constantly monitor his
breathing and pulse.
Brian stays close to Sully's face, listening to his breathing, as
Mike moves over to examine his legs. She notices the bandage Sully
fashioned for his right ankle and reacts, feeling the ankle with
This leg is broken as well... but not as severely as this one...
Mike turns her attention back to the leg with the compound fracture
-- this is the one that clearly frightens her.
I'm afraid the wound is infected...
Looks pretty bad.
(beat, difficult) It's beginning to turn gangrenous.
The others react to this with alarm.
He gonna lose the leg?
The look on Mike's face indicates this is a very real possibility.
Everyone falls silent as she hesitates, weighing the options in
No... No, I... I can try to cut away the dead tissue and cauterize
the wound. If that prevents the infection from spreading further,
there's a chance we might be able to save the leg.
Brian and Matthew react, visibly worried. Daniel sees this and speaks
It'll work. (to Mike) Sully's strong. If anyone can pull through
this, he can.
Mike nods, wanting to believe this with all her might as she turns
back to her saddlebag, taking out her scissors and carbolic acid.
EXT. GOLD NUGGET - DAY ONE
A disgruntled JAKE lifts a board into place across one of the windows
of the Gold Nugget, and HANK begins hammering nails into it. The
other window is already boarded up. They continue working as PRESTON
and ANDREW walk past.
Very nice, gentlemen. I'm sure your guests will find this new motif
Don't see any customers rushin' out to your place.
On the contrary. I have a security force in place to ensure the
safety of all my guests. (looks at windows, smiles) But boarding
up the windows -- I hadn't thought of that.
Preston continues walking with Andrew toward the bank.
Their business is doomed.
I can't say I blame them for wanting to protect it, with all the
trouble the town's been having with the Indians.
Don't worry, Andrew, the army will capture them.
I don't know how, when they keep hiding in the woods.
Yes, but very soon it will be difficult to hide in the woods, because
there will no longer be any woods in which to hide.
Andrew gives him a look -- what?
Timber harvesting, Andrew. One of the doors leading to Colorado's
bright future. And I'll be the one holding the key.
I've placed a bid with the government for the reservation land.
Soon it'll be home to one of the largest lumber mills this side
of St. Louis.
Preston gives him a confident smile as he peels off into the bank.
Andrew watches him go, until something else catches his eye:
walking down the street (from the direction of the train station),
holding KATIE. She's heading for the clinic, a troubled look on
her face. Andrew joins her.
(reading her look) They still haven't returned?
Andrew sees that Colleen is troubled, and tries to bolster her:
I'm sure they'll be home any time now.
(doubting, but trying not to show it) Yeah.
As they continue on toward the clinic:
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - DAY ONE
CLOSE ON MIKE'S HAND as she lays a cauterizing tool across a rock
in the firepit, positioning it so that it sticks out over the flames.
As it quickly heats up:
turns her attention back to Sully, who's been "prepped"
for the procedure -- the splint has been cut away, and the leg surrounding
the wound has been cleaned.
Brian cradles Sully's head in his lap, as Daniel and Matthew situate
themselves on either side, ready to assist. Mike takes a scalpel
out of her saddlebag, then leans close to Sully, studying the wound.
Sully moans softly, mumbling incoherently.
Shouldn't you give 'im some chloroform?
No... unfortunately, for this procedure, I'll need him as conscious
as possible... (the painful reality) It's the only way to make sure
I don't cut into the live tissue.
Everyone takes this in, realizing this is going to be excruciatingly
painful for Sully.
Are you ready?
Daniel and Matthew nod. Mike takes a deep breath, then steels herself
and goes to work, carefully cutting away the dead tissue (about
a two inch strip). Brian turns away, but Daniel and Matthew look
on as Mike works, silently cutting... until:
Sully suddenly lurches in pain. Daniel and Matthew hold him down
as Mike quickly retracts the scalpel. Sully settles a bit.
Mike too must settle herself. She gives Daniel and Matthew a look,
then goes back to work, continuing to cut.
Not much more...
Sully grimaces again, writhing in pain as Daniel and Matthew hold
him down. After a long, arduous moment, Mike finishes cutting.
It's not over. You'll still need to hold him while I cauterize the
Matthew and Daniel exchange a grim look as Mike retrieves the red
hot cauterizing tool from the fire. She moves back to Sully, gives
Daniel and Matthew a final look.
They nod, holding Sully firmly. Mike has no time to further hesitate
-- she quickly cauterizes the open wound. As Sully lurches with
an agonizing scream:
INT. CLINIC - RECOVERY ROOM - NIGHT ONE
The room is quiet. It's getting late. Colleen sits beside the bassinet,
where Katie has just fallen asleep. Andrew steps up to the open
doorway and peers in.
I finished updating the patient charts for your mother.
(beat) Will you be staying in town again tonight?
Yeah. Safer here.
Andrew nods, thinks a moment... then makes a decision:
I'll stay here with you. (off her look) In the other recovery room,
You don't have to.
(coming in) I know. I just... I don't think you should be alone.
Colleen smiles -- she's actually relieved to have him here. He sits
on the bed beside her.
Thank you for helpin' me out around here.
The two look at each other, swept up in the intimacy of the moment...
and then suddenly becoming self-conscious of it. Colleen recovers,
then stands and steps away, steering the conversation back into
Preston doesn't mind you not bein' at the Chateau?
Preston has other things on his mind right now. He's more interested
in the reservation than my clinic.
The government's selling off the land. Preston put in a sealed bid;
he's hoping to build a lumber mill on it.
This thought saddens Colleen.
He's gonna end up destroyin' everything.
She turns back to Katie, gently caressing her as she sleeps in peaceful
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - NIGHT ONE
Mike sits awake, leaning against the log, gently caressing Sully,
who sleeps in her lap. His leg has been redressed with a temporary
splint made from sticks, and wrapped with muslin bandages. (Note:
the splint should be arranged so that the wound Mike cauterized
can be accessible without removing the splint.)
It's very late -- Daniel, Matthew and Brian (and Wolf) are also
asleep. The fire has dwindled to a few glowing embers.
Mike readjusts the blanket that covers Sully, making sure he stays
warm. She pauses a moment, blinking back her exhaustion. She looks
tired, dirty and emotionally spent after a torturous day. But she
forces herself to stay awake.
Sully stirs in his sleep, his dry lips pursing. Mike pours some
water from the canteen onto her fingers, then lightly dabs them
on his lips and in his mouth. He responds to it, and Mike pours
more water, dripping it into his mouth.
Slowly his eyes open, meeting hers. Mike smiles down at him.
(softly) Sleep. I'm here.
Sully slowly lifts his hand... and takes hold of hers. He pulls
her hand to his chest, clinging to the warmth of her touch as he
drifts back to sleep.
Mike, encouraged, continues to caress his hair as we slowly:
EXT. STREAM (NEAR SIXTH WOODS) - DAY TWO
It's a few days later. Brian finishes refilling the canteen from
the stream, then starts back over to:
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - CONTINUOUS - DAY TWO
where Mike is giving Sully an injection of morphine for the extreme
pain he's suffering. Matthew and Daniel watch on expectantly as
Mike finishes with the injection.
That's the last of the morphine.
She begins carefully (and slowly) removing the dressing covering
the cauterized wound. Sully's in and out of consciousness, still
delirious from the fever and infection. Brian gives him some water
from the canteen.
He's still somewhat feverish... but not as high as yesterday.
Sully looks over at Daniel, mumbling:
(leans in, smiles) Hey, Sully. Just rest easy now, you're gonna
Sounded somethin' like "shoal."
(barely audible)... Don't... move... I'll help you...
What's he talkin' about?
(beat) We were kids, crossin' Shoal Creek in Tennessee, bout twenty-five
years ago. I was showin' off, slipped on a rock, broke my ankle.
Sully got me to the nearest town.
(a whisper)... Shoal...
He's in a state of delirium. It's not uncommon with such a trauma,
even after several days.
Mike inspects the wound, which is now sutured closed. The redness
and swelling, although still evident, have gone down. A wave of
relief washes over Mike's face.
The swelling is subsiding. The infection seems to be abating.
Will he keep his leg?
I think so.
Mike takes hold of Sully's wrist and checks his pulse.
His pulse is slow, steady... getting stronger. I think it's safe
to transport him home for proper treatment.
His leg needs to be placed in a fracture box, and I'm running out
of medicines --
But he's wanted for treason and murder.
We'll have to be careful, keep him hidden.
He'll be safe. After all, the army thinks he's dead, so they won't
be snoopin' around the homestead lookin' for him.
How we gonna get him back there?
We'll build a litter, carry him behind the horses. (to Sully, smiles)
Just like you did for me at Shoal Creek.
Mike stays with Sully as Brian and Matthew follow Daniel off to
start work on the litter.
INT. CLINIC - DAY TWO
Colleen finishes changing Katie's diaper on the examination table,
then lifts her in her arms, trying to hide her sadness.
What do you say we go to Grace's for some lunch?
She starts out of the clinic, opening the door to reveal Matthew
and Brian, who were just about to come in. Colleen startles, then
realizes who it is and reacts, elated:
They quickly push her back inside the clinic and shut the door.
They each hug Colleen, whose relief in seeing them is palpable.
Hey Colleen. (takes Katie from her) Hey Katie.
On her way in... (big smile) With Sully. He's alive.
Colleen literally screams with joy as she throws her arms around
him. Matthew gently quiets
Shhh, we can't let on. We don't have much time. Dr. Mike sent Brian
and me ahead to help you bring medical supplies out to the homestead.
(takes out a list) She wrote out a list.
Is Sully all right?
We'll tell you everythin' on the way out to the homestead. Let's
get those supplies, first.
Colleen consults the list as she quickly begins gathering up supplies.
EXT. WOODS AT EDGE OF TOWN - DAY TWO
DOROTHY and CLOUD DANCING ride up on horseback, stopping just inside
the treeline. Cloud Dancing reacts with concern to the sight of
army tents in the meadow.
Army's taken over the whole town. (beat) I won't be long. I'll find
Michaela, see if she's got any news about Sully.
Cloud Dancing nods, and Dorothy rides on into town.
EXT. CLINIC - MOMENTS LATER - DAY TWO
Dorothy rides up to the clinic and dismounts. As she ties off her
Dorothy turns to discover Hank over at the Gold Nugget, eyeing her
suspiciously. A few feet away from him stand TWO SOLDIERS.
Where you been?
Dorothy finishes tying off her horse, trying not to let Hank rattle
Rode your horse all the way to Denver, did ya? (no response) Sure
you ain't been out in the woods?
Dorothy says nothing. She steps up to the front door of the clinic.
Maybe you was visitin' an Injun friend?
The Soldiers hear this and exchange a look. Dorothy knocks on the
clinic door. There's no answer.
Michaela's not there. Been gone for days.
Dorothy takes this in, then starts back to her horse. Hank watches
her, his suspicion building as she unties her horse and mounts up.
Where to now, Dorothy? El Paso?
Dorothy says nothing as she rides off out of town. The Soldiers
watch her go, then start off toward the meadow.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY TWO
The room is a flurry of activity: Brian (in the kitchen) pumps water
into a bowl, as Matthew clears off the table and spreads a blanket
across it. Colleen lays a fracture box (it's like a wooden cast
that completely encloses the leg from the knee down) on the table,
then unloads rolls of bandages and bottles of medicines from a small
crate. Katie watches all this from the comfort of her high chair.
When d'you suppose they'll get here?
Should be any time now. They're bringin' Sully in on a litter, they
couldn't travel very --
Matthew stops short as a KNOCK is heard at the door.
Brian leads the way to the door, opening it to reveal MCKAY and
the two Soldiers from the previous scene. The kids, joyful expressions
drop when they see him -- something of which McKay takes note.
Your ma home?
No. She's still out lookin' for Sully.
There's word in town that Cloud Dancin' might be back in the area.
You know anythin' bout that?
It's now that McKay notices the medical supplies on the table.
What's all that?
Supplies, just come in for Dr. Mike.
McKay's still suspicious. He turns to the Soldiers.
Search the house.
The Soldiers start into the house. Matthew tries to block them.
You can't come in here.
(reminding him) We're in a state of Martial Law. I can do whatever
I have to do.
Matthew quiets, his anger boiling as he steps aside, letting the
EXT. ROAD LEADING TO HOMESTEAD - SAME TIME - DAY TWO
Daniel, on horseback, rides along the road, scouting to see if the
way is safe. He suddenly reins to a stop when he sees:
of the soldiers, horses in front of the homestead.
BACK TO DANIEL
as he turns his horse around and rides back a short ways, where
Mike is leading FLASH, who pulls Sully behind on a litter. Wolf
walks alongside. Daniel breaks the bad news to Mike:
Hold up. Got soldiers at the homestead.
Off Mike's reaction:
AT THE HOMESTEAD
McKay and his Soldiers come out of the homestead, followed by Matthew,
Colleen (now holding Katie), and Brian.
I'll come back when your Ma gets home. Tell her not to leave again
'til I talk to her.
He and his men mount up and ride off. As soon as they're far enough
away, Colleen glances off down the other road and reacts to what
The kids start off down the road to where:
MIKE AND DANIEL
have once again started toward the homestead.
Colleen hands Katie to Mike, who envelopes her in a warm hug and
(to Matthew) What was Sergeant McKay doing out here?
There's word in town that Cloud Dancin's back.
Mike reacts to this with surprise. Colleen rushes to Sully.
Sully, still weak and groggy and in a great amount of pain, opens
his eyes, looking up at Colleen.
How you feelin'?
Matthew pulls Mike and Daniel aside for a private talk.
Dr. Mike... I don't think we should be bringin' him to the homestead.
McKay just barged right in, searched the house. Said he's comin'
Mike nods, realizing that the army threat is still evident.
We'll just have to find a spot in the woods near town. Someplace
Mike turns to Colleen and Brian.
Colleen, Brian, will you stay with Katie at the homestead?
I'll get the medical supplies.
Matthew runs back to the house, as Mike steps over and crouches
beside Sully, breaking the
news to him:
There's been a change in plans. We're taking you back into the woods.
Sully looks up at her, nods.
He looks at Katie, managing a smile. He lifts his hand, gently stroking
... for all of us...
Mike nods, trying to keep up her strong facade as we:
END OF ACT ONE
EXT. CAVE IN WOODS - DAY TWO
Matthew unloads supplies of food and water from the horses. Nearby,
the litter has been covered with branches to hide it. Matthew takes
the supplies and goes into a narrow cave shrouded by bushes and
INT. CAVE - CONTINUOUS - DAY TWO
Inside, Sully sits up on a makeshift bed of blankets, leaning against
the wall of the cave as Mike finishes wrapping his leg (the one
without the compound fracture) in a simple splint. Daniel lights
a few lanterns. Wolf is here. As Matthew sets the food supplies
That's the rest of the food.
(to Sully) Should be safe in here... (smiles)... long as no bears
decide to move in.
(smiles through his pain) Just play your harmonica... scare 'em
Hey, I've been practicin'. Gettin' better.
Mike begins cutting away the temporary splint on the leg with the
There's a small waterfall nearby. We can draw fresh water from it.
Mike finishes removing the splint and begins examining the cauterized
Your wound looks much better. Now all we need to worry about is
properly mending the bone.
She takes the fracture box and opens it.
Daniel, will you please bring over the sack of oat bran?
Daniel brings over the sack, which Mike cuts open with her scissors.
She grabs a handful of bran and lays it inside the box, creating
a soft "cushion" for Sully's leg. She looks back at Sully.
I'm going to place your leg in the fracture box now.
Sully nods, bracing himself -- he knows this is going to hurt. Mike
gently lifts his leg and lays it inside the box. Sully grimaces
during the process, then settles as Mike closes the box around his
leg. She then begins filling the box with bran.
What're you doin'?
We fill the box with bran, to support the leg and absorb any additional
drainage from the wound. We'll replenish it as needed.
Mike continues to pour more bran into the box, packing it firmly
around Sully's leg.
EXT. CAVE - LATER - DAY TWO
The horses are near, ready to ride, as Mike comes out of the cave
and joins Daniel and Matthew.
What do we do now?
(difficult) I think it's best that we continue keeping this a secret.
Matthew reacts -- he knows this is going to be difficult.
She's right. Sully's a fugitive. The fewer people who know his whereabouts,
the better for everyone.
It's just until we figure out a way to clear Sully's name.
What if we can't clear his name?
Mike quiets a moment, not wanting to think about this very real
possibility. She forces herself to maintain hope:
EXT. TOWN - DAY THREE
Mike walks down the street (from the direction of the train station),
on her way to the General Store. She pauses a moment when something
catches her eye:
of a "Wanted" poster hanging from a post in front of the
Barber Shop. Sully's picture is featured prominently on it, wanted
for murder and treason.
BACK TO MIKE
as she continues on over to the store, where LOREN unloads goods
from a wagon for eager customers. The wagon DRIVER is up on the
wagon, helping Loren.
Hold on, now. Let me get this stuff on the shelf first...
Among the customers is GRACE. Both she and Loren are happy to see
Dr. Mike! when'd you get back in town?
The weight of Mike's secret is heavy -- she tries not to show it.
Her hesitancy troubles Grace and Loren, although they, like Mike,
try not to show it. Loren turns to the wagon Driver:
(re: the supplies) Watch this stuff.
He steps over to Mike.
Still no luck?
No. (another beat) Have either of you seen Dorothy?
Hank said he saw her ride into town yesterday, then ride back out
again. Actin' strange.
Mike nods, lost in thought. Grace and Loren exchange a quiet look,
both feeling sorry for her. Grace turns back to her, proceeding
You gonna go back out lookin' for Sully?
(another beat) Yes. Yes, I am. I'm not giving up.
Mike turns to see McKay approaching on horseback.
I need to talk to you.
Mike's uneasiness turns to anger as he climbs down from his horse.
My children told me about your visit to the house.
I had reason to believe Cloud Dancin' --
(cutting him off) I know nothing about Cloud Dancing, and I'd appreciate
you not barging into my home.
I don't need your permission --
And I don't need you frightening my children!
This quiets him. Mike settles a bit, but her anger is still burning.
I thought you were above that.
She starts off, walking past him on her way to the clinic.
INT. CAVE - DAY THREE
Sully, stronger and more lucid now, holds Katie, savoring the feel
of her in his arms. Katie grabs hold of his beads and plays with
them as Mike examines Sully's leg. Wolf is nearby.
Four days and no sign of infection. (smiles) How do you feel? Do
you need some laudanum?
No. Pain's not so bad today.
Mike takes out her stethoscope and begins listening to his heart.
When did Daniel come back?
Right away. He read about you in the papers, and came out to help
look for you.
(beat, no jealousy) He's a good friend.
Mike nods her agreement.
Who else knows about me?
No one. We're keeping the fact that we've found you a secret.
She puts the stethoscope away and looks at him, breaking the news
There's a reward out for your capture. You're wanted for treason
Sergeant O'Connor. We found him dead at the bottom of the cliff.
Sully absorbs this in dark silence.
Sully... what happened out there?
(trying to recall) Don't remember much. We were fightin'... up on
the cliff... next thing I know, I'm pullin' myself outta the river,
tryin' to stay alive.
Sully quiets again, then looks at her.
How's Matthew handlin' me bein' a fugitive?
He's no longer Sheriff. He quit. (off Sully's look) He wanted to
help find you. We weren't having any luck, we were starting to think...
Mike stops short, her emotions slipping.
I thought I'd lost you.
Sully puts his arm around her, comforting her. They kiss, then look
down at Katie, who still has a hold of Sully's beads.
He takes off the beads and hands them to her. Katie clutches the
beads happily, looking up at Sully.
This hits Sully hard. His eyes well with tears as he pulls Katie
close to him, not letting go.
EXT. CLINIC - DAY FOUR
Mike comes out of the clinic. As she starts toward the store:
She turns to see Dorothy hurrying over from the Gazette.
Dorothy, I've been looking all over for --
That's all she can get out before Dorothy grabs her hand and drags
her back into:
INT. CLINIC - CONTINUOUS - DAY FOUR
where she quickly shuts the door and turns to Mike.
Have you had any luck findin' Sully?
Mike freezes -- Should she tell her? After a beat:
Is it true that Cloud Dancing is back?
Yes. He's hidin' out in the woods. When he heard about Sully, he
rode back with me to help us look for him.
At first, Dorothy misreads Mike's troubled reaction for bad news.
Oh, Michaela, is Sully... (difficult)... dead?
Mike looks at her, saying nothing. But Dorothy knows her friend,
and can read the look in her eyes -- this is not how Mike would
be acting if Sully were dead.
(realizing) He's alive. You found him, didn't you?
Mike realizes she won't be able to keep the secret from Dorothy
and Cloud Dancing. She nods quietly, confirming this. As Dorothy
hugs her in relief and joy:
INT. CAVE - DAY FOUR
Daniel plays his harmonica (quite well) as Sully sips from the canteen.
Daniel stops playing, smiles.
See? Told ya I been practicin'.
Sully smiles, then gets serious.
Daniel... thank you.
The two share a look -- an unspoken understanding that all is forgiven.
The moment is broken as Mike enters the cave.
(to Sully) There's someone here to see you.
Mike moves aside, and in steps Cloud Dancing, with Dorothy behind
him. Sully reacts, thrilled that Cloud Dancing is alive, but then
concerned that he's come back.
What're you doin' here?
I wanted to make sure you were safe.
Cloud Dancing greets him, followed by Dorothy.
Good to have you back, Sully.
Cloud Dancing notices Daniel.
Daniel, I want you to meet Cloud Dancin'.
Daniel shakes his hand, smiling warmly.
Sully's told me so much about you. It's an honor to finally meet
The honor is mine. I only wish we could meet in better times.
Daniel agrees with a nod.
(to Cloud Dancing) You shouldn'ta come back. It's too dangerous.
The army's still roundin' up Indians.
(nods) Dorothy told me there have been many raids on the town.
It's becomin' a war.
I must do what I can to stop it.
I just don't wanna see you sent back to the reservation.
I heard the reservation's closed.
Sully and Cloud Dancing react to this, surprised.
Colleen told me the government's selling off the land. Preston's
already placed a bid to buy it.
They're sendin' the captured Indians to East Fork.
Cloud Dancing turns back to Sully, sharing a grim look.
EXT. CLINIC - DAY FIVE
Mike, dressed for riding, finishes strapping on her saddlebags.
Wolf is with her. She climbs up on Flash and rides off out of town
DOWN THE STREET AT THE GENERAL STORE
Grace, ROBERT E, the REVEREND and Loren watch her go.
There she goes again.
How long's she gonna keep lookin' for him?
Doesn't wanna give up hope.
No one does.
The others exchange a look that reveals their growing pessimism.
Grace shakes her head sadly and starts away.
INT. CAVE - DAY FIVE
Mike brings over a large bowl of water and sets it down beside Sully,
who lays back on the blanket.
(re: the fracture box) How long do I have to wear this thing?
About four more weeks. We need to make sure the bone is completely
Sully watches her as she unbuttons his shirt and carefully slides
it off him, examining his bare chest and arms.
Your cuts are healing nicely.
Got a good doctor.
Mike smiles, then takes a sponge from the water and begins bathing
him, moving the sponge delicately across his chest. Her eyes never
leave his as she dips the sponge in the water again and dabs his
face and neck. During this, MUSIC STARTS, and we begin:
MONTAGE SEQUENCE (During which a month passes.)
EXT. CAVE - DAY SIX
Sully sits against a tree as Mike hands him a plate of food. He
begins eating, pausing a moment to flip a piece of a biscuit to
Wolf, who happily gobbles it up. Off Mike's smile:
INT. CAVE - NIGHT SIX
Sully lies back on the bed, listening as Brian reads to him from
EXT. CAVE - DAY SEVEN
Sully, once again leaning against the tree, spreads his arms to
catch Katie, who walks toward him from Colleen. As he scoops her
up in his arms:
EXT. CAVE - DAY EIGHT
Mike finishes unwrapping the splint from Sully's leg (the one without
the compound fracture). Matthew and Cloud Dancing help him to his
feet to test the leg, which is stiff, but healed.
EXT. CAVE - DAY EIGHT
Sully sits on a fallen log, working to regain his strength. He holds
a heavy rock in each hand, hoisting them repeatedly over his head.
He finishes and dumps the rocks on the ground, then looks over and
Daniel, carrying a large boulder into view. He gestures to it as
if to say -- Ready to try this one? Sully just shoots him a look
-- Yeah, right.
INT. CAVE - DAY NINE
Mike opens the fracture box and examines Sully's leg. The wound
is healed, and the leg appears strong. Mike looks up at him and
EXT. CAVE - DAY NINE
With the fracture box now removed, Sully, with his arm draped across
Daniel's shoulder for support, takes his first, very stiff steps.
it's a slow and difficult ordeal. Mike stays close to him, carefully
EXT. WATERFALL POOL - DAY TEN
Sully sits halfway in the water with his leg stretched out over
the rocks. His eyes are glued to Mike as she massages his leg. After
a moment, he slides himself fully into the pool, pulling her in
with him. She laughs, then settles as she looks into his eyes and
draws close to him. They kiss, their arms enveloping each other
as their passion increases.
EXT. CAVE - DAY TEN
Mike helps Sully (using a walking stick) back to the cave area,
where he sits, breathing a heavy sigh of relief.
Each day you'll exercise your legs a little more. Soon you'll be
as good as new.
Sully nods, looking at her -- something's been on his mind... something
that troubles him.
Michaela... I'm sorry I got you into this...
It's all right. You did what you had to do.
Sully nods, growing quiet for a moment.
I been doin' a lot of thinkin'. (difficult) And now that my legs
are healed, I think it's time I turned myself in to the army.
This stuns Mike.
We can't keep goin' like this. It's too dangerous for you, the kids
It's only temporary.
You're harborin' a fugitive. That's a crime. If the army finds out
They won't --
I don't wanna take that chance.
This quiets him.
I've thought a lot about this as well. As long as you remain hidden,
I can work to clear your name.
I don't know, yet. It won't be easy, but we have to try.
Sully looks at her a long moment, sees her mind is set.
All right. But only for a little while. If it don't work out, I'm
turnin' myself in.
She nods. After a quiet beat, Sully smiles.
Sounds funny, you wantin' to break the law.
It's not that I want to break the law... (beat) Sully... I love
you. All I want is for us to be together... (her determination solidifying)
And I'll do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Moved by this, Sully pulls her to him and kisses her, her conviction
giving him the strength to keep going as we:
END OF ACT TWO
EXT. GENERAL STORE - DAY ELEVEN
A group of Townsfolk, including Loren, Grace, Robert E, the Reverend,
Jake, Hank and Andrew are gathered in front of the store, speaking
quietly to each other, visibly concerned. Jake looks over, sees
the person about whom they're talking:
Speak of the devil...
ANGLE ON MIKE
riding into town, Wolf trotting beside her. She rides up to the
clinic, where Brian steps out to greet her. As she begins unhitching
exchange a conspiratorial look.
Well... no time like the present. (to Grace) Go talk to her.
I'll say the wrong thing, jumble it up. Go on, we'll be right behind
Grace looks to the others, who nod their agreement. Finally, she
nods and leads them over to the clinic.
Mike and Brian, who were just about to go inside, stop and turn
to face Grace and the Townsfolk. Mike sees the concerned looks on
their faces and tries to hide her uneasiness.
Dr. Mike, we were just... (beat, comes clean) We're worried about
Loren sees the troubled look on Brian's face, and his heart aches
for him. Mike also sees this, and turns to Brian, handing the saddlebags.
Brian, will you take these inside for me.
He goes in. Grace waits for the door to shut before continuing to
It's been six weeks since Sully disappeared. How much longer you
gonna keep lookin'?
Mike turns to the others, realizing they've all given up hope for
Sully. Robert E steps forward, picking up the ball:
He woulda turned up by now, Dr. Mike.
Mike turns to see Dorothy stepping over from the Gazette, her eyes
locked on Mike's.
I know it's hard, Michaela, but... maybe we have to... face the
Mike holds Dorothy's look a moment longer, then turns back to the
others, feeling the weight of their sympathetic stares. Mike looks
beyond them, to McKay and a few Soldiers, watching her from in front
of the Gold Nugget.
Off Mike's troubled expression:
EXT. CAVE - DAY ELEVEN
Sully (who is exercising his leg) reacts with surprise to what Mike
just suggested to him.
It'll be safer for all of us. Our friends think I'm still searching
for you. They're worried about me... starting to question my sanity.
If I call off the search, they'll stop watching my every move. The
army will, too. (beat) I'll then try to clear your name posthumously.
Sully quiets a moment, pondering the ramifications of this.
This hasn't been easy for you... or the kids.
No. But if it means saving your life...
Sully shakes his head at this -- he can't help but smile at the
Then I guess I'll have to be dead.
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT ELEVEN
Mike sits with Matthew, Colleen, Brian and Katie (in her high chair),
eating dinner. Wolf lies nearby.
I can't tell anyone? Not even Mr. Bray?
Or the Reverend?
What about Robert E and Grace?
Mike hesitates -- this is very difficult for her.
No one. It's for their own protection.
The kids fall silent, thinking about this.
But if you don't want to do this, I'll understand. We can figure
No. (to the others) We'll keep quiet.
Colleen and Brian nod their heads in agreement. It's settled. But
it still doesn't make it any easier for Mike.
INT. MIKE AND SULLY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT ELEVEN
Mike, carrying a lamp, steps into the room and stops, staring sadly
down at the empty bed, feeling more alone than ever, as we slowly:
INT. GENERAL STORE - DAY TWELVE
Loren and Preston are engaged in conversation, as nearby, Grace
and Robert E are shopping, and the Reverend sits behind the counter.
A spur line?
Off the main track, into the reservation land. I'll need to transport
my timber by rail, seeing as the local waterway won't suffice.
How much of the land are you plannin' on clearin'?
(stupid question) All of it. (off their reactions) It'll make way
for future developments.
Homes, businesses, you name it. There's no limit to how much this
town can grow --
Preston suddenly stops short as a very somber Mike enters, dressed
in black. She pauses a moment, then steps over and take a few food
items -- salt, maybe a tin of beans -- from the shelf. Loren whispers
to the Reverend, filling him in, as Mike steps back to the counter
and pays him.
The sad, pained looks on her friends' faces are difficult for Mike
to bear. without saying a word, she quietly turns and goes out,
leaving a solemn silence in her wake.
EXT. GENERAL STORE - CONTINUOUS - DAY TWELVE
Mike starts toward the clinic, drawing sympathetic looks from people
in the street. As she nears the clinic, a voice behind her stops
Mike turns to see the Reverend approaching her. She steps toward
him, meeting him in the street.
The Reverend hesitates -- this is not easy for him.
I was wonderin'... maybe you'd like to have a service for Sully.
Mike absorbs this in silence. If she's going to pretend Sully's
dead, it'll have to be all the way...
Yes. I suppose we should.
I'll make the arrangements.
She continues on into the clinic.
EXT. WOODS NEAR RESERVATION - DAY TWELVE
Daniel and Cloud Dancing walk with Sully through the woods, helping
him with the rehabilitation of his legs. Sully moves slowly (using
a walking stick), still stiff and very sore, but looking much better
than the last time we saw him.
I have spoken with some of the Dog Soldiers. There are several war
parties scattered in the hills, with warriors from many tribes among
them. But there is one leader who is making the decisions. His name
is Black Moon.
Will he talk to you?
Not yet. But I am hoping to meet with him soon. First they must
come to trust me.
They continue on, heading toward:
THE TOP OF A HILL
where something nearby has caught Sully's attention:
or rather, what's left of it. There's not much remaining to indicate
BACK TO SULLY, DANIEL AND CLOUD DANCING
as Daniel and Cloud Dancing turn to look.
What is it?
Daniel looks out at the land, then up at the trees that surround
I heard folks say Preston was gonna clear the land, harvest the
Sully and Cloud Dancing exchange a sad look -- this is going from
bad to worse.
The Dog Soldiers will not like this.
Soon as this land is his, Preston can do whatever he wants to it.
Sully casts one last look at the reservation...
Nothin' we can do about it.
... then continues walking back into the woods. Cloud Dancing follows,
but Daniel hangs back a moment, staring out at the reservation,
deep in thought.
EXT. WOODS NEAR STREAM - MOMENTS LATER - DAY TWELVE
Sully walks along slowly, with Cloud Dancing right behind him. Daniel
catches up with them just as familiar VOICES down by the stream
get Sully's attention.
What'd ya wanna show me?
This is it, ain't it? Your favorite fishin' spot?
Cloud Dancing and Daniel follow Sully as he steps quietly to the
edge of some brush, where he peers through to discover:
LOREN AND BRIAN
standing at the edge of the stream. Brian looks very uncomfortable
-- keeping the secret from Loren is difficult for him. Loren looks
around, surveying the area, fighting back a deep sadness that is
slowly overpowering him.
(looks at Brian) You used to come out here with Sully, didn'tcha?
Brian nods. Loren steps close to him, his voice soft, consoling.
Listen, Brian... I just want you to know... if you ever need somebody
to go fishin' with you, I'd be glad to.
Brian nods again, his heart breaking for Loren, who's clearly struggling
with his emotions,
Sully was a good father to you... and a good husband to your ma...
CLOSE ON SULLY
listening to this in agonizing silence.
BACK TO LOREN
(after a beat) We had our differences, I know, but... (emotions
slipping) I always looked on him like the son I never had. And I
wish to God I'd done better by him while he was here --
Brian can't listen anymore. He hugs Loren, quieting him, hanging
on tight as the tears come to both their eyes.
tortured by this. He starts to step forward to reveal himself, but
Daniel touches his shoulder. He stops, turns to him. Daniel leads
him a short distance away, where he speaks to Sully, his whispered
voice filled with compassion.
(reminding him) It's safer for Loren if he doesn't know.
Sully turns to Cloud Dancing, who nods his agreement. Sully looks
back in the direction of Brian and Loren, still torn. Finally, he
pushes past Daniel and Cloud Dancing, heading off into the woods
in the other direction, his frustration and helplessness increasing.
EXT. MEADOW - DAY THIRTEEN
It's the morning of Sully's memorial service. A small stage adorned
with colorful wildflowers has been set up (away from the army tents),
along with a podium and rows of chairs. The effect is pastoral,
The Reverend stands near the stage with Loren, Jake and Hank. A
few other Townsfolk are starting to gather as well. The mood is
quiet and somber.
Never seen Dr. Mike so sad.
(heartfelt) It ain't easy, losin' the one you love.
ON THE ROAD AT THE EDGE OF THE MEADOW
McKay stands, with a few Soldiers nearby. He watches the crowd gathering,
respecting their grief. After a moment he turns away, starting into
the cafe, but pauses when he sees:
COLLEEN AND BRIAN
standing in the alley between the Gazette and the clinic. They're
dressed for the service, talking quietly to each other, unaware
that they're being watched.
BACK TO MCKAY
who feels sad for them. He starts over to offer his condolences,
but suddenly stops when he sees:
CLOSER - BRIAN AND COLLEEN
as Colleen says something to Brian, and he laughs. It's not a big
laugh, or loud, but it's enough to pique McKay's suspicion.
Grace comes around the corner from the clinic, and Brian quickly
stops laughing, becoming somber and withdrawn.
Your ma said to go on ahead. She'll be along directly.
As Grace leads the two off:
digests what he's just witnessed. He moves ahead into the alley,
peering around the corner toward the clinic to see:
MIKE AND DOROTHY
stepping out of the clinic, talking quietly to each other. Mike
(holding Katie) glances around to see if anyone is watching (she
doesn't see McKay), then leans in close and whispers something in
seeing this, his suspicions growing. He quickly ducks back around
the corner as Mike and Dorothy pass by, on their way to the meadow.
McKay thinks a moment, then heads off up the street in the other
EXT. MEADOW - MOMENTS LATER - DAY THIRTEEN
Mike, still holding Katie, sits in the front row beside Matthew,
Colleen, Brian and Daniel (with Wolf nearby), as the rest of the
Townsfolk (which now includes Dorothy, Robert E, Grace and Andrew)
sit behind them. The Reverend steps up to the podium and speaks.
This is indeed a mournful day. A time when we gather to say good-bye
to a very dear friend. But we also gather to celebrate his life,
and his remarkable spirit...
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY THIRTEEN
McKay rides up on his horse and dismounts. He ties off the horse
and climbs the front steps, hesitating a brief moment, glancing
around. He then opens the door and goes in.
EXT. MEADOW - DAY THIRTEEN - CLOSE ON MIKE
as she sits, stoically listening to the Reverend's eulogy:
Sully was a man of quiet dignity, honesty and loyalty. We should
all strive to protect his memory... and keep him alive in our hearts...
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY THIRTEEN
McKay comes downstairs, frustrated at not having found any clues.
He casts a last look around the room before starting out. As he
gets to the door, something catches his eye.
He steps over to Katie's cradle and reaches in, picking up Sully's
beads. He stares at them, his suspicion rekindled as we:
EXT. CLINIC - DAY THIRTEEN
McKay holds out Sully's beads for a startled Mike who stands with
Daniel, Matthew, Colleen and Brian after the memorial service (Mike
is holding Katie).
Last time I saw these beads was around your husband's neck durin'
the Indian revolt.
Mike struggles to hide her concern, which only confirms McKay's
Where did you get those?
He's alive, isn't he?
Sully has other beads --
(cutting her off) You know where he is.
That's ridiculous --
Is it? (not angry, just the facts) I seen you whisperin' secrets
to Mrs. Jennings... I seen your children, smilin' and laughin' on
the mornin' of their father's memorial... (beat) I don't have to
remind you that harborin' a fugitive is a serious offense..
Mike tries not to wilt under the pressure, She looks over sees determined
looks on the kids, faces. This gives her the strength to turn back
to McKay and face him.
I don't know what you're talking about, Sergeant. (then, with conviction)
My husband is dead.
And with that, she leads Daniel and the family off around the corner.
END OF ACT THREE
INT. HOMESTEAD - MORNING - DAY FOURTEEN
Colleen is cooking breakfast (with Wolf nearby), and Matthew and
Brian are setting the table as Mike comes downstairs, holding Katie.
The mood is subdued, quiet.
Mornin' Ma. Breakfast is almost ready.
Mike steps over, gives Katie a kiss, but then pauses when something
outside the window catches her eye:
HER POV - THROUGH WINDOW
of two Soldiers, posted down the road just past the bridge, keeping
an eye on the house.
BACK TO MIKE
as Matthew steps up beside her, also looking out.
They been there all night.
We're going to have to be even more careful now. (to everyone) Perhaps
you should hold off on going out to the cave for a while.
The kids nod, looking nervous, but still ready to meet the challenge.
EXT. GAZETTE - DAY FOURTEEN
Mike walks with Dorothy toward the Gazette, lowering their voices
so people won't hear.
They been watchin' me, too. Everywhere I go.
Have you been out to see Cloud Dancing?
Not for awhile. He's been busy tryin' to talk to the renegades.
I was hopin' to see him today, but now...
She shakes her head, quieting. As they arrive at the Gazette, Dorothy
looks at Mike, deciding to tell her what's been heavy on her mind
for weeks now:
We kissed. Cloud Dancin' and me.
Mike reacts, surprised. She studies Dorothy's expression, and sees
that something about this is troubling her.
Are you not happy about that?
Dorothy turns to her, trying to sort through her feelings.
'Course I am. I'm just... I don't know... (beat) I'm scared, I guess...
Mike nods, understanding. The moment is interrupted by the sudden
arrival of Preston:
Dorothy. Listen, I don't have much time. The official word is about
to be given regarding the sale of the reservation, and I want you
to get a jump on a banner headline announcing my purchase of the
(less than motivated) Oh, uh... I'm not sure... When do you need
As soon as possible. I'm expecting the announcement by telegram
any moment now.
That's a lotta work --
Yes, well, if you can do it in time, I might re-consider calling
in your loan.
Dorothy looks at him, coming to a realization:
Preston reacts -- Did she say what he thought she said?
You were right to call in my loan. We shoulda never gone into business
together in the first place. You're better off takin' over the paper
You can hire people to run the press, put out the paper --
I don't have time for that. (thinks fast) Look, fine, I won't call
in the loan, all right? We'll just keep things as they are, running
nice and smooth.
(still hesitant) I don't know... Maybe it ain't worth it...
Dorothy, be reasonable.
Perhaps if you cut the interest rate on her loan, she might be persuaded.
Dorothy gives Mike a look -- That's not a bad idea. Preston also
shoots Mike a look -- Stay out of this. But then he turns back to
Dorothy, sees her eyebrows raising and concedes with frustration:
All right. I'll cut the interest rate three points. Will you please
put out the paper?
Dorothy looks at Mike, satisfied by this. She then turns back to
I'll get to it as soon as possible.
Preston nods, relieved that he doesn't have to take on the burden
of running the Gazette, but not happy about the new deal. He walks
off as Mike and Dorothy share a smile.
EXT. SHERIFF'S OFFICE - DAY FOURTEEN
McKay and four Soldiers study a map of the region, laying out their
I want all these areas outside of town searched again. Sully's prob'ly
hidin' somewhere close by.
ANGLE ON LIVERY
where Robert E and Daniel overhear this.
(feigning ignorance) That can't be.
He inches closer, inconspicuously getting a better look at McKay's
map, as McKay continues with his instructions:
We'll start with the southern quadrants. (to respective Soldiers)
I want your team to search here, out by the reservation. You take
the valley along this stream, past the waterfall...
Daniel reacts to this with concern, but quickly covers before Robert
E can see it.
You ride out here, up to this ridge. And you look over in this area.
Be on guard -- he's prob'ly armed.
Robert E shakes his head sadly as McKay and the Soldiers mount up
and start out of town.
Just wastin' their time.
Yeah... (then) I'll see ya.
Daniel starts off, his expression becoming increasingly worried
as he rounds the corner and heads for:
where Mike is just stepping out the front door. Daniel intercepts
What is it?
Daniel glances over, sees two Soldiers standing by the Gold Nugget,
keeping an eye on Mike. Daniel steps in front of Mike, to shield
her from the Soldiers' view, and lowers his voice.
Sergeant McKay and his soldiers are goin' out to start lookin' for
I assumed they would.
I saw the map they were lookin' at. One of the areas they're gonna
check is right where the cave is.
(concern rising) That close to town? I thought they'd go further
into the hills, resume the search where they left off.
Mike and Daniel turn to see a furious Preston storming over, holding
a telegram in his hands. The commotion draws the attention of several
bystanders, including the Soldiers.
What is the meaning of this? (reads telegram) "... winning
bid going to Daniel Simon."
Daniel takes the telegram.
They accepted my bid for the reservation land.
(to Daniel) When did you place a bid for the reservation?
(still steaming) That's what I want to know!
Few days ago.
That land is mine!
Daniel holds up the telegram.
Apparently not. Now if you'll excuse me...
Daniel leads Mike away, lowering his voice again.
We don't have much time. Somebody needs to ride out to warn Sully.
But how, with the soldiers watching?
Before Daniel can figure out a way, Preston puts a hand on his arm
and turns him around, butting back into the conversation:
I'm not finished with you! Don't think I'm going to merely step
aside and let this debacle go unchallenged.
(trying to brush him off) Thanks for the warnin' --
Oh, it's more than a warning; it's a promise. I have very powerful
friends, not just in the territorial government, but in Washington
As Preston rambles on, Daniel thinks of a way to create a diversion.
He leans in and quickly whispers to Mike:
Get ready to go.
(continuing) I'll see to it your bid is rescinded, so I wouldn't
make any plans for the land just --
That's all Preston can get out before Daniel suddenly punches him
in the face, sending him toppling backward. The action sends people
scattering, and draws the Soldiers' amused attention long enough
to slip away around the corner of the clinic, unseen.
EXT. WOODS NEAR CAVE - DAY FOURTEEN
McKay and three Soldiers ride through the trees, inspecting the
area. McKay suddenly reins to a stop, seeing something:
It's the cave. McKay dismounts and draws his gun, gesturing for
the Soldiers to do the same. They move into place on either side
of the cave entrance, then, very quietly, McKay leads the way in.
INT. CAVE - CONTINUOUS - DAY FOURTEEN
McKay comes in, gun at the ready. But the cave is empty. No sign
of Sully anywhere.
EXT. CAVE - MOMENTS LATER - DAY FOURTEEN
McKay and the Soldiers come out and mount up, frustrated. As they
ride off to continue the search, we HOLD on some brush, where we
discover Mike and Sully, peering through, relief washing over their
faces. When the Soldiers are far enough away, Sully turns to her
with a smile. She hugs him.
EXT. TOWN - DAY FOURTEEN
An angry Preston stands in front of the bank, nursing his bleeding
lip as he confronts Matthew, who stands next to Daniel.
He assaulted me without provocation --
I apologized --
I want more than an apology. (to Matthew) I want him arrested!
Matthew tries to stifle his smile:
Well, as soon as this town gets a new sheriff, I'll let him know.
Preston stands there, steaming in frustration. He turns to Daniel...
This isn't finished.
...and storms into the bank. Daniel and Matthew exchange a smile,
as Mike rides into town. Daniel looks to her apprehensively. She
smiles, lowering her voice:
off their looks of relief:
EXT. CAVE - DAY FOURTEEN
It's late in the day. Sully and Cloud Dancing hear someone approaching
and start to hide, but then come out when they see it's Mike and
Daniel. As they dismount:
The soldiers just rode back into town. They won't be searching this
area again. At least for a while, anyway.
(to Mike) Black Moon has agreed to meet with me in two days. I will
try to talk him into stopping the raids.
Tell him that the people of the town want peace, and that as a gesture
of good will, the trees on the reservation land will no longer be
Sully and Cloud Dancing react with surprise.
Mike takes a copy of the Gazette out of her saddle bag and opens
it to reveal the banner headline that reads: "DANIEL SIMON
TO BUY RESERVATION LAND." Sully reacts, looks to Daniel.
It's like I told you -- been wantin' to do somethin' important with
my money. Couldn't pass up this chance.
Sully smiles, grateful to his friend. Cloud Dancing also smiles
as he stands.
The Dog Soldiers will be pleased by this. I will go tell them now.
He starts off into the woods. Daniel turns back to Sully and Mike,
and decides to let them have this time together alone.
Well... s'pose I better get back to town, get this deal settled.
I'll see ya.
Daniel climbs on his horse and rides off, as Sully turns to Mike.
You oughta be gettin' home, too. Gonna be dark soon. Family needs
(beat) It's difficult, leaving you.
She's trying to maintain her strong front, but Sully reads the pain
in her eyes. He puts his arms around her.
It's gonna be all right. (kisses her) Only temporary, remember?
Mike nods, forcing a smile, trying to reassure herself. But her
sadness is still visible as she rides off into the woods.
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT FOURTEEN
Mike moves through the quiet house, dousing the lamps before going
to bed. As she puts out the last lamp:
She turns to see Matthew, Colleen and Brian standing at the foot
of the stairs. Matthew speaks on their behalf:
We're gonna do everythin' we can to help you clear Sully's name.
We won't give up, ever.
Mike is moved by their determination. She moves to them, embracing
(fighting tears) Thank you.
INT. MIKE AND SULLY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT FOURTEEN
Mike steps into the room, carrying a lamp, and stops, once again
staring sadly down at the empty bed, her loneliness overwhelming
Suddenly, the lamp is blown out, and the room is plunged into darkness.
Before Mike can react, a HAND touches her shoulder, and she turns
to discover Sully standing behind her.
(stunned, whispering) Sully...
He kisses her. She pulls back, clearly worried:
The soldiers outside --
Are asleep. Just passed em. (then) Don't worry, I'll be gone by
Mike settles a bit.
I can't believe you're doing this.
Sully gives her a reassuring smile.
It's like you said -- All I want is for us to be together... (kisses
her again) And I'll do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Mike smiles, and they sink into the bed, enveloping each other in
a deep, passionate kiss, savoring this moment together as we: