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EXTERIOR: FRONT OF PAULIE & MILLIE’S HOME
The SURVIVOR walks up to the front door of an expensive house in the wealthy part of town. The door opens and there’s an attractive woman wearing very expensive clothes and jewellery. She smiles, kisses his cheek, and looks him over to see if all the parts are still in the right places.
INTERIOR: INSIDE PAULIE & MILLIE’S HOME
You look pretty good for a guy who almost died.
You really should be more careful and cut back on the booze when you’re driving.
MILLIE slowly looks him over for a second time from head to toe.
What’d they do? Stretch you? I don’t remember you being so tall?
She turns toward the noise coming from a room with the double doors at the far end of the house.
Your friends are already here and they’re making a hell of a racket.
The SURVIVOR takes it all in, MILLIE, the house, and the noise coming from PAULIE’S office.
Look I know why you’re here, but for Christ sake, don’t destroy the house, it’s all I got. The fuck’in degenerate spends every nickel he makes betting on some stupid game. I don’t want to end-up with nothing out of this deal.
MILLIE knocks on the office door and opens it. The two thugs turn around to see who it is, interrupting their beating. PAULIE is in a chair with a gag in his mouth, his hands tied behind his back, and blood trickling down his face, and onto his clothes. MILLIE looks at her husband and then at the two thugs.
PAULIE mumbles something emphatically but everyone ignores him.
Can I get you boys something to drink?
That’s mighty nice of you Ma’am: an ice tea with extra sugar would be good. Sid you want something?
Before he answers the SURVIVOR turns to MILLIE.
They’re not thirsty, neither one of them.
The SURVIVOR looks around the room and sees a large expensive canvas on the wall. He focuses in on the painting.
He stares intently at the canvas. PAULIE and the thugs watch, and wait to see how the SURVIVOR is going to react.
The SURVIVOR turns and just stares at PAULIE gagged and bleeding. He mulls over in his head how to act.
I feel like such a shmuck. Every mob movie ever made is playing in my head. You’d think I’d know how to play this for Christ sake.
All I can think of is Chris Walken in ‘True Romance.’
That I remember, can’t remember my name, but that, I remember.
Maybe Pacino would be better…
Christ PAULIE’S so scared he wouldn’t know the difference.
SURVIVOR (AS WALKEN)
That’s some fucked-up painting you got there. What is that? …
A monkey? …
That’s some bizarre shit my friend. So tell me, that so-called art must have cost you a bundle? Cause I know something about art myself, and I know you can’t get that kind of crap for peanuts.
MILLIE bought it?
She was always kinda weird. Great body on that girl, even at her age.
You know, we had a thing, back in the day: me and MILLIE.
Yah, she was always a strange one, but boy could she deliver. But I don’t have to tell you that… do I PAULIE?
So things must be good, new paintings, and that looks like Armani. Now that’s some classy looking threads…
I think you got a little something there… What is that? Spaghetti sauce?
Shit, that’s too bad. I know a good dry cleaner, you use my name he’ll give you a break.
I don’t know about blood though, that stuff’s hard to get out. It seeps right into the fibres… it’s a bitch, a real bitch. But hay, you’re do’in well. Which brings me to the reason for our little tete-a-tete. Where the fuck’s my money?
Oh I know I’ll get it. You may have to sell that nice painting there, but I know you’ll deliver (laugh), not like old MILLIE, but I know you’ll deliver. So tell me a story PAULIE. Tell me a story why I don’t have my fuck’in money?
The two thugs are standing on either side of PAULIE smirking at the SURVIVOR’S new collection technique.
Got no story?
Tell you what.
I’ll tell you a story.
You like stories,
Don’t ya PAULIE?
Everybody likes stories.
Even guys who let their wives buy goofy expensive paintings instead of paying back their good friends.
“Ya so, a woman goes to her lawyer and tells him she wants a divorce. ‘Tell me Mrs. Skagnetti, does your husband beat you up?’
‘No,’ the woman replies, ‘I get up before he does.’”
PAULIE, you tell me if you heard this one before…
PAULIE shakes his head.
No, That’s good, cause this is a good story…
“The lawyer smiles, leans forward in his big leather chair, ‘Mrs. Skagnetti, does your husband play the field.’
‘Absolutely not,’ she says, ‘we have a lovely backyard.’
The lawyer narrows his eyes, ‘Mrs. Skagnetti, do you have a grudge?’
‘No, not really, but we do have a lovely carport.’
Frustrated, the lawyer finally asks, ‘Are you sure you even want a divorce?’
‘Me?’ the woman replies, ‘no not me, it’s my husband. He says we have a communication problem.’”
The thugs chuckle.
Funny story, ay PAULIE.
I like that story, and kinda apropos don’t you think? A communication problem, like what we got.
SURVIVOR (AS STROTHER MARTIN)
“What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
Well now aren’t you the smart one, that’s absolutely right, Cool Hand Luke, … hell of a movie, Paul Newman all cool and sexy.
Some women think he was a real lady-killer. Kind of struck me as an asshole though. I don’t care how much fuck’in salad dressing he sold - the guy was an asshole. Just my opinion of course, everybody’s got an opinion, don’t they PAULIE?
What’s that? He’s dead? Yeah he’s dead, fuck’in dead as a doornail.
The SURVIVOR motions to VITO who hands him a pair of thin leather gloves. He puts them on slowly as he continues to talk.
That’s the thing about death, it happens all the time. Everyday people are dying, dropping like fuck’in flies.
I’ll bet people are dying right now.
So tell me PAULIE, are you go’in to be one of those people, or are you going to pay me my money?
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