INT. THE POLICE STATION-THROUGH THE WINDOWS WE CAN SEE THAT IT'S DAWN.
Cory is asleep in his chair,his head resting on his desk.
Nick is leaning back in his chair,his feet up on his desk,reading his book.
The wall clock reads: 6:45 AM.
INT. RILEY'S OFFICE-RILEY IS ASLEEP IN HIS CHAIR.
INT. THE OTHER ROOM-WE WATCH NICK AND CORY AS THE SECONDS TICK BY.
After ten seconds the phone rings.
Cory sits up quickly and Nick falls back in his chair again,like he did yesterday morning.
The phone rings again and Cory grabs it.
NICK:(mutters to himself)Damn phone.
Nick sits his chair back up,standing up.
INT. RILEY'S OFFICE-SOON-RILEY IS STILL SLEEPING.
The door opens and Cory comes in.
Riley opens his eyes slightly.
CORY:We've gotta go to the hospital.There's been another shark attack.
EXT. RILEY'S JEEP-DAWN-THE JEEP DRIVES DOWN AN AMITY ROAD.
INT. A HOSPITAL ROOM-SOON-BRENT IS IN THE HOSPITAL BED. THE ROOM IS EMPTY OF PEOPLE.
The door opens and Riley and Cory come in.
RILEY:I'm Chief Riley Danes and this is Deputy Cory Porter. Could you tell us what happened?
INT. THE POLICE STATION-NICK IS SITTING AT HIS DESK TWIDDLING HIS THUMBS.
After a couple seconds he reaches over and grabs the phone.
INT. NICK'S HOUSE-THE BEDROOM-WE LOOK AT BRANDY'S FACE WHILE SHE SLEEPS.
The phone on the bedside table rings and Brandy opens her eyes.
It rings again and she groans,answering it.
When the person on the other end of the line,Nick,speaks, she sits up.
BRANDY:Hi,honey.What's going on?(pause)Another one?My god,Nick. You should tell Riley he needs to close the beaches.
INT. THE HOSPITAL ROOM-RILEY AND CORY ARE STILL TALKING TO BRENT.
BRENT:Then I reached shore.I got my top half onto the shore but the shark's head came up right under my legs.That made me flip upside down and onto my back.That's how my legs got scraped.By the shark's head.
INT. NICK AND BRANDY'S BEDROOM-BRANDY IS STILL ON THE PHONE.
BRANDY:Okay.(pause)Yeah.Uh-huh.(pause)Alright,Nick,I know.Stay away from the water,like I would go near it.Everything's gonna be fine.(pause)I love you,too.Bye.
Brandy hangs up.
The alarm clock reads: 8:06 AM.
Brandy sighs,then looks over to where Seth was sleeping.
Seth is gone.
BRANDY:Oh my god.Seth?
Brandy stands up and looks around.
Brandy runs out of the room.
INT. THE LIVINGROOM-BRANDY COMES RUNNING DOWN THE STAIRS.
Brandy runs to the sliding glass door.
Brandy stops and gets extremely relieved.
Brandy turns around.
Seth is standing in the kitchen drinking a pop.
INT. THE HOSPITAL ROOM-RILEY,CORY,AND BRENT ARE STILL TALKING.
CORY:Okay,Mister Ward,that's all we need.Thank you.
Riley and Cory turn to leave the room.
Riley grabs the doorknob.
Riley and Cory turn to face Brent again.
BRENT:Those other deaths.Were they shark attacks?
Riley looks at the floor,then back up at Brent.
RILEY:Yes.Yes,they were.The first one atleast.
BRENT:Why didn't you tell anybody?
RILEY:We thought it might go away.
BRENT:And you were wrong.
BRENT:Since you were wrong my best friend is dead.
RILEY:I know.I'm sorry.
BRENT:Leave.Just get out.
Riley and Cory turn and walk out of the room.
INT. THE HALLWAY-RILEY AND CORY COME OUT OF BRENT'S ROOM.
CORY:We really dropped the ball on this one.
A cop comes walking up holding a newspaper.
Riley and Cory turn to the cop.
RILEY:What do you need,Mike?
COP:Have you seen this?
The cop hands the paper to Riley,who looks down at it and reads the headline.
Riley hands the paper to Cory.
Cory looks down at it.
The headline reads: POLICE COVER UP SHARK ATTACK.
CORY:Trish got the scoop.
EXT. CITY HALL-DAY-ANGRY TOWNSPEOPLE AND REPORTERS ARE OUTSIDE YELLING THEIR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS.THERE'S ATLEAST TWO DOZEN PEOPLE THERE.
We look over at a road that goes by the side of the building.
Riley and Nick's Jeeps drive by.
We follow the Jeeps as they pull into a parking lot behind the building and stop.
EXT. THE JEEPS-RILEY AND CORY GET OUT OF RILEY'S JEEP, NICK GETS OUT OF HIS.
INT. THE BUILDING-RILEY,CORY,AND NICK WALK DOWN A HALL.
INT. PETER'S OFFICE-PETER IS STANDING INFRONT OF A WINDOW,LOOKING OUT.
The room is on the second floor,so we see all the people below.
PETER:This is unbelieveable.
A knock comes at the door.
The door opens and Riley,Cory,and Nick come in.
Peter turns around.
RILEY:We've got a major problem here.
PETER:So I've noticed.
RILEY:We're gonna have to close the beaches now.
PETER:If we did it would just be an image thing.The people already know about the shark,so they'll stay away from the water.
RILEY:Not necessarily.And even if it is just an image thing, our image needs all the help it can get now.
PETER:This is all that reporter's fault.That Trish Monroe.
NICK:She does her job well.Especially citing the fact that she's only about twenty-four.
PETER:I wish you could arrest her.
RILEY:That's the press for ya.
PETER:Okay,let's close the beaches.
RILEY:I also think we should call in a shark specialist or a fisherman or something.Somebody who can help us find, catch,and kill that damn fish.When that's done,we can open the beaches again.
PETER:You won't see me stopping you.
EXT. THE BUILDING-DAY-RILEY,CORY,AND NICK COME WALKING OUT OF THE BACK DOOR.
NICK:Maybe now the steady flow of victims will stop.
RILEY:Hopefully.We need to get out on the beaches and check for those two bodies.
RILEY:That old guy and Brent Ward's friend.Steve something.
NICK:Dean Patrick and Steve Newland.
The trio of cops reach the parked Jeeps.
RILEY:Nick,come with me.Let Cory take your Jeep.
RILEY:Because Cory's gonna do something.
CORY:What am I doing?
RILEY:I want you to find Trish Monroe and ask her who gave her the scoop.Then I want you to find the person or people that leaked it to her and rough 'em up a bit.If you can, destroy the money she gave the leaker.
EXT. A TRAILER HOUSE-DAY-THE TRAILER IS IN A TRAILER PARK.
INT. THE TRAILER-THE LIVINGROOM-CARLA BRODY,31,IS WATCHING A T.V. THAT HAS A DAYTIME SOAP PLAYING ON IT.HER DAUGHTER THEA BRODY,12,IS LAYING ON A COUCH WITH HEADPHONES ON, SHAKING HER BAREFEET TO THE MUSIC'S BEAT.
INT. AN OFFICE ROOM-MICHAEL BRODY,38,IS SITTING INFRONT OF A COMPUTER.
INT. THE LIVINGROOM-THE T.V. GOES DARK FRO A SECOND AS THE SOAP REACHES A COMMERCIAL BREAK.
Carla sighs,standing up.
She walks into the kitchen area.
She pulls a glass from a cupboard.
The commercail on T.V. ends and a second begins.
Carla pulls a jug of lemonade from the refridgerator and pours some into her glass.
The second commercial ends.
Carla puts the jug back into the fridge.
The TV screen switches to a picture of an old man's face with the words: NEWS BREAK WITH DICK CASSIDY beside his head.
ANNOUNCER:This is a thirty second news break with Dick Cassidy.
The TV screen switches to an old man sitting behind a desk.He is Dick Cassidy.
Carla walks back into the livingroom.
DICK:Hi,I'm Dick Cassidy.It was revealed early this morning that police on Amity Island....
INT. THE OFFICE-MICHAEL IS STILL INFRONT OF THE COMPUTER.
INT. THE LIVINGROOM-THE OFFICE DOOR OPENS INTO THE LIVINGROOM AND MICHAEL COMES OUT.
MICHAEL:What the hell...?
Carla points at the T.V.
Dick is still talking.
DICK:Atleast two people have been killed by the shark and Amity police believe a third person may have been attacked.
Thea takes her headphones off.
EXT. A PICKUP-THE PICKUP IS DRIVING DOWN AN AMITY ROAD.
INT. THE PICKUP-TRISH IS DRIVING.
We look at her as she drives and see Nick's Jeep,driven by Cory,pull out onto the road behind the pickup from a different road.
The Jeep follows the pickup for a while,then it's lights and siren come on.
Trish sees the Jeep in her rear view mirror.
EXT. THE PICKUP-IT STOPS ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.
The Jeep stops behind it.
The Jeep door opens and Cory gets out.
INT. THE PICKUP-TRISH IS GOING THROUGH HER PURSE.
She pulls out her driver's license and sets her purse to the side.
Cory reaches her window and she rolls it down.
TRISH:What'd I do,Cory?
TRISH:Then why'd you pull me over?
CORY:I'm just curious.Who gave you the scoop?
CORY:Yeah,right.You wouldn't have gotten the story without a leak.Who was it?
TRISH:The two coroner assistants.
CORY:Those young guys?
TRISH:Yeah.Ted and Floyd.
CORY:What did you give them for the information?
TRISH:A hundred dollars each.
TRISH:They aren't very smart.
CORY:Well,that's all I wanted to know.
CORY:See ya around.
Cory walks away.
INT. THE POLICE STATION-NICK IS SITTING AT HIS DESK READING HIS BOOK.
INT. RILEY'S OFFICE-RILEY IS SITTING AT HIS DESK GOING THROUGH FILES.
INT. THE OTHER ROOM-NICK READS.
He stops for a second and looks over at the phone.
The phone is quiet.
Nick looks back at his book.
He reads for a couple seconds,then lowers his book.
He looks back over at the phone.
After a few more seconds the phone rings.
NICK:Ha ha!I got you,you son of a bitch!
Nick jumps up and grabs the phone.
NICK:Amity Police Department.
INT. RILEY'S OFFICE-RILEY IS GOING THROUGH FILES.
The door opens and Nick stands in the doorway.
Riley looks up at Nick.
NICK:There's somebody on the phone for you.
NICK:He says he's Michael Brody.
RILEY:Brody.The ex-chief's son?
Riley picks up the phone on his desk.
RILEY:Chief Riley Danes here.
INT. THE HOSPITAL-THE MORGUE-THE ASSISTANTS ARE SITTING AT A TABLE IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM. ON THE T.V. THE WIZARD OF OZ IS ON,AT THE POINT WHERE DOROTHY IS JUST SETTING OFF ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD,SINGING WITH THE MUNCHKINS.
The assistants are smiling like little kids.To make it easier,here's their names:Assistant #1 is Ted,Assistant #2 is Floyd.
The morgue door opens and Cory walks in.
Ted and Floyd look back at him.
FLOYD:Officer Porter.What's up?
CORY:I hear you've been leaking information to the press.
TED:(smiles)Who told you that?
Ted and Floyd stand up as Cory approaches them,smiling and looking happy.
CORY:Why'd you do it?
CORY:You don't need to lie,Ted.I'm not going to arrest you.
Floyd pokes Cory in the chest with his right index finger.
Cory grabs Floyd by the wrist and spins him around, twisting his arm back behind his back.
Cory shoves Floyd onto the table.
The T.V. falls onto the floor but doesn't break.
TED:Get off him!
Ted shoves Cory.
Cory grabs Ted by the shoulders and shoves him against the wall,kneeing him in the groin.
Ted groans,doubling over.
Cory grabs Ted by the hair and pulls his head back.
CORY:I have a feeling you boys aren't gonna give anymore information to the press when we don't want you to ever again.Am I right?
Cory lets go of Ted's hair.
CORY:Good.How much money did Trish give you?
Floyd turns around to face Cory.
FLOYD:A hundred each.Two fifties each.
CORY:Do you still have the money?
CORY:All of it?
CORY:Good.Give it to me.
CORY:Give it to me.
Ted and Floyd pull two fifties each from their pockets and hand them to Cory.
Cory takes the four bills and tears them in half.
Ted and Floyd are shocked.
Cory makes the eight pieces sixteen,then throws them on the floor.
CORY:There you go.With a little patience and some tape you still have your money.
Cory turns around and walks out of the morgue.
Ted and Floyd look at eachother.
Then they look down at the pieces of money on the floor.
FLOYD:That guy's nuts.
TED:That's the last time I leak information.
FLOYD:He tore up two hundred dollars.
TED:We can fix it.
FLOYD:I hope so.
INT. THE POLICE STATION-RILEY'S OFFICE-RILEY HANGS UP HIS PHONE AS NICK WATCHES.
NICK:What's going on?
RILEY:Michael Brody is coming to Amity.He says he's in New Jersey and he's about three hours away.He wants to help us with our shark problem.He's a professional fisherman now and he's bringing his boat to the L.D. Docks.So, can you go out there and give him a ride to the Oceanside Hotel when he gets here?
The station door opens and Cory walks in.
NICK:We're getting aid.
NICK:Michael Brody.Son of Martin.
RILEY:Did you find out who leaked?
CORY:Yeah.Ted and Floyd,the coroner assistants.
NICK:What'd they get out of it?
CORY:Hundred dollars each.I tore it up but left it so it was tapeable.
CORY:Do I have to do anything about Brody?Pick him up or anything?
NICK:No,I'm going to.
CORY:So I can just sit back,relax,and enjoy your book for a while?
NICK:If you need to.I'm gonna go home so I can be closer to the L.D. Docks when Brody calls.When he calls, call me.Okay?
NICK:I'll be back after I pick him up.
CORY:See ya later.
Nick walks out of the station.
CORY:What can Michael Brody do to help?
RILEY:He says he's a professional fisherman.
CORY:So he wants to fish for the shark?
CORY:How much does he want?
RILEY:I don't know.A few thousand,I'd say.
CORY:He could use this to get a huge amount out of us.We are in dire need of help.
EXT. NICK'S JEEP-NIGHT-THE JEEP IS DRIVING DOWN AN AMITY ROAD RIGHT AT THE WATER'S EDGE.
INT. NICK'S JEEP-NICK IS DRIVING."SUSANNE" BY WHEEZER IS PLAYING ON THE RADIO AND NICK IS SINGING ALONG.
Through the passenger window we can see the full moon shining on the dark water of the ocean.
EXT. THE JEEP-NIGHT-THE JEEP STOPS AT A STOP SIGN.
INT. THE JEEP-NICK SIGHS AND TURNS THE RADIO DOWN.
He looks over toward the ocean.
NICK'S P.O.V-WE SEE TWO FIGURES SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN,THE MOONLIGHT MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO SEE THEM.
Nick opens his car door and gets out.
EXT. THE JEEP-NICK GETS OUT AND STARTS RUNNING TOWARD THE BEACH.
NICK:Hey!Hey!Get out of the water!
Nick runs across the beach at full speed.
NICK:Out of the water now!
The two people,a sixteen-year-old couple,stop swimming and turn toward the shore.
The couple are Eric Gibson and Cheryl Miller.
CHERYL:What do you want,Nick?
CHERYL:What the hell do you want?
NICK:Get out of the water!The beaches are closed.
CHERYL:Wait a minute.
CHERYL:We can't get out of the water until you go back to the Jeep.
CHERYL:We don't have any clothes on.
INT. THE POLICE STATION-RILEY'S OFFICE-RILEY AND CORY ARE WATCHING THE NEWS ON T.V. ON THE T.V. A REPORTER IS SITTING AT A DESK TALKING TO THE CAMERA.
REPORTER:And in other news today authorities on the Long Island island of Amity closed down their beaches to prevent more people from being killed by a Great White Shark that arrived at the island just a few days ago.Mayor Peter Anderson is expected to make an official announce- ment tomorrow afternoon.
RILEY:Atleast they don't mention how bad we screwed up.
EXT. THE BEACH-NIGHT-CHERYL AND ERIC ARE NOW DRESSED AND WALKING ACROSS THE BEACH TOWARD NICK'S JEEP,WHICH IS STILL PARKED ON THE ROAD.
ERIC:How do you know this guy?
CHERYL:He's my sister's husband.
ERIC:Brandy's husband?Brandy married a cop?
ERIC:She doesn't seem like the type.
Cheryl stops walking and looks at Eric,who stops and looks at her.
CHERYL:What do you mean,"the type"?
CHERYL:Tell me what you meant.
ERIC:I meant that she just doesn't seem like the kind of person that would marry a cop.She seems too...fun.
CHERYL:She is fun.And so is Nick when he's not bein' a neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie.
ERIC:A neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie?What does that mean?
EXT. THE BRODY FISHING BOAT-NIGHT-THE BOAT IS DRIVING ON THE DARK WATERS OF THE OCEAN.
INT. THE BOAT-THE STEERING ROOM-MICHAEL AND CARLA ARE IN THE ROOM.MICHAEL IS DRIVING.
CARLA:Do you think this will pay good?
MICHAEL:I'm not sure.I would think so.I mean,this shark has killed like three people so far.
CARLA:How long has it been since we were at Amity last?It seems like a long time.
MICHAEL:Four years.When mom died.
CARLA:Is Calvin Hobbes still chief?
CARLA:So who is now?Lewis Carpenter?
Michael shakes his head.
CARLA:Why isn't Lewis chief?
MICHAEL:He moved to Florida.Hell,he moved to Florida before mom died.
CARLA:Well,who's chief now?
MICHAEL:Some guy named Riley Danes.
Carla looks shocked,and Michael looks over at her.
Carla composes herself,and Michael looks forward.
CARLA:No reason.I just wondered.
Michael looks at her.
MICHAEL:You looked surprised when I said his name.
MICHAEL:You looked like you were.
MICHAEL:Are you lying?
CARLA:Why would I lie to you?
MICHAEL:How should I know?
CARLA:Think about it.Why would I be surprised by you saying the name Riley Danes?
MICHAEL:I don't know.
CARLA:Just drop it,Michael.
INT. NICK'S HOUSE-THE KITCHEN-BRANDY IS STANDING AT THE COUNTER DRINKING A POP AS SHE LOOKS THROUGH A MAGAZINE.
The door opens and Brandy turns around.
Nick,Cheryl,and Eric walk in.
BRANDY:Cheryl.What are you doing here?
NICK:You know where I found these two?
NICK:In the water off Shirey Beach.Skinnydipping.
BRANDY:You guys were swimming?
BRANDY:The beaches are closed.
BRANDY:What if the shark had come?
CHERYL:We would have gotten out of the water.
ERIC:That would have been pretty cool.
NICK:Cool?That shark's not gonna swim up to you and shake your hand,Eric.
NICK:Watch your mouth.You two are lucky I don't have you locked up overnight.
BRANDY:You're not arresting them!
NICK:I know I'm not.But they're lucky I'm not.
CHERYL:There's no luck about it,Nick.If you locked us up Brandy would kick your ass.
ERIC:Yeah,where's the little guy?
CHERYL:He's probably asleep by now.
BRANDY:He's in bed.
ERIC:You're a genius.If I ever doubt your superior intellect ever again you have my permission to slap me.
CHERYL:I would never hurt you.
Cheryl and Eric kiss.
NICK:Jesus,and I thought my parents were corny.
Cheryl and Eric pull apart.
CHERYL:Corny and horny,that's us.
BRANDY:Cheryl!You two aren't sexually active are you?
Eric starts laughing.
EXT. A DOCK-NIGHT-THE BRODY FISHING BOAT PULLS IN.
INT. THE BOAT-THE SLEEPING AREA-THEA IS SITTING ON ONE OF THE FOUR BEDS IN THE ROOM,WHICH IS LIT BY A BARE RED LIGHTBULB IN THE CEILING.CARLA WALKS IN.
THEA:This is so stupid,mom.Why do we have to hop all over the world goin' after fish?
CARLA:Because that's how your father makes money now.
THEA:Well,it's the dumbest way to make money I've ever heard of.
CARLA:Come on,get your stuff ready.