THE DEADWOOD KID

                              by Richard Nathan

 

FADE IN:

EXT.  ENTRANCE TO WILD WEST SHOW--  DAY

On a bright sunny day, early in 1923, out in the farmlands outside Washington, D.C., an eager CHILD tugs his PARENTS through a CROWD to the entrance of an outdoor arena.  At first we think a circus has come to town, but this isnít a traditional circus.  A banner fluttering above the entrance gate announces the current attraction:  WINDWORTHíS WILD WEST EXTRAVAGANZA!   As his parents purchase tickets, the child gazes at a billboard that features a portrait of a handsome young cowboy,  THE DEADWOOD KID.  Beneath the drawing, the poster proclaims:  Arthur Windworth Presents WINDWORTHíS WILD WEST EXTRAVAGANZA Featuring Americaís Greatest Cowboy Hero:  THE DEADWOOD KID!

INT.  BACKSTAGE  --  DAY

In a tent, the busy PERFORMERS, dressed as cowboys, Indians, bandits, dance hall girls, etc. put on costumes and makeup, inspect their props, and get ready to go on stage.  The MASTER OF CEREMONIES jumps onto a chair and vainly tries to get their attention.

                                                            MASTER OF 
                                                            CEREMONIES
                                    Attention!  Attention, please!  I have an 
                                    important announcement to make!

Everyone ignores him.  He continues anyway.

                                                            MASTER OF 
                                                            CEREMONIES
                                    Washington D.C. isnít just our nationís 
                                    capitol, itís also the home of Windworth 
                                    Enterprises.   Which gives us this great
                                    opportunity to show our appreciation to
                                   
the man who pays our salaries, Mr. Arthur  
                                    Windworth!

That name gets their attention!  Everyone turns and stares as ARTHUR WINDWORTH, a most wealthy and respected man, strides into the tent.  He smiles grandly as his employees applaud, until one of them, an UNKEMPT COWBOY,  has the nerve to shout:

                                                            PERFORMER
                                    Hey, Windworth!  How about a raise?

For just an instant, a flash of fury passes over Windworthís face.  Then he smiles again, and demonstrates his leadership.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Iíll give you something better than a raise.  
                                   
Iíll give you the best publicity this show has
                                    ever had.  I invited my good friend, President
                                    Warren G. Harding, and he's here today!

The performers react.  Harding is an extremely popular president, and theyíre impressed that heís coming to see their show.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Your President is waiting.  I know youíll give 
                                    him the best performance ever of Windworthís 
                                    Wild West Extravaganza!

The performers cheer!

EXT.  WILD WEST ARENA  --  DAY

The show is performed outdoors, mostly in an arena, and it is magnificent.  There isnít an empty seat in the stands.  The crowd cheers the riders, the sharpshooters, the dancing girls.  Itís great entertainment.  At the back of the arena is a small stage, but itís not in use right now, and the curtains are drawn in front of it.

EXT.  GRANDSTAND  --  DAY

IN a special box, festooned with red, white and blue bunting, PRESIDENT WARREN G. HARDING enjoys the show.  Heís seated between his wife, affectionately known as DUCHESS, and Windworth.  Also seated in the box are HARRY M. DAUGHERTY, the Attorney General, and JESS SMITH, both close personal friends of the President.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Whenís the Deadwood Kid coming on?

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Heís next, Mr. President.

                                                            HARDING
                                    I read every one of those books about
                                    him when I was a boy.  So inspiring!  
                                   
Sometime I still think Iíd rather be a cowboy 
                                    than President.

                                                            DUCHESS
                                    Nonsense, Warren.  Youíd make a pathetic 
                                    cowboy.

The Duchess looks and acts like the Wicked Witch of the West on a bad day.  She is five years older than her husband.

EXT.  WILD WEST ARENA  --  DAY

As one act ends, the Master of Ceremonies steps forth to introduce the highlight of the show.

                                                            MASTER OF 
                                                            CEREMONIES
                                    Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, the 
                                    Windworth Wild West Extravaganza is 
                                    proud to present the greatest living hero  
                                    of the Old West, the Deadwood Kid!!! 

The audience explodes with applause.  When it quiets down, the Master of Ceremonies announces the co-star, almost as an afterthought.

                                                            MASTER OF 
                                                            CEREMONIES
                                    Also appearing as himself is Deadwood's  
                                    friend and sidekick, Chief Iron Cloud. 

The Chief gets noticeably less applause than Deadwood.  Then two horsemen gallop into the arena, and the crowd goes wild again.  Itís THE DEADWOOD KID and CHIEF IRON CLOUD!  Deadwood rides his trusty black stallion SHADOW.  The Chief rides the smaller brown stallion WIZARD.  Deadwood doffs his white hat and waves to the crowd as he circles the arena.  The audience goes wild.

EXT.  GRANDSTAND --  DAY

President Harding bounces up and down in his seat in excitement.

EXT.  BACKSTAGE   --  DAY

The unkempt cowboy who asked Windworth for a raise sips from a nearly empty bottle of bootleg whiskey.  Another performer, a TALL COWBOY, warns him to get ready.

                                                            TALL COWBOY
                                    Hey!  You ready?  We go on now!

                                                            UNKEMPT COWBOY
                                    You go on.  I got fired.

                                                            TALL COWBOY
                                    What?

                                                            UNKEMPT COWBOY
                                    Windworth didnít like my joke about 
                                    asking for a raise.  Said he doesnít like 
                                    unhappy employees.  Told me to get out.

EXT.  WILD WEST ARENA  --  DAY

Deadwood climbs off his horse and addresses the audience.  Now we can see that he and the Chief are in their late seventies.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thank you all!  Now the Chief and I will 
                                    reenact one of my greatest adventures.

The Chief coughs.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    .....  one of our greatest adventures.

Deadwood and the Chief walk over the to stage area.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Weíd been ambushed, and when we came 
                                    to, we found ourselves tied up in a deserted 
                                    cabin andÖ. Well, weíll show you just what 
                                    happened.

Deadwood and the Chief step behind the curtains of the stage area.

EXT.  BACKSTAGE   --  DAY

The tall cowboy pulls the unkempt cowboy toward the stage.

                                                            TALL COWBOY
                                    You still got to do the show today!  Come 
                                    on!

The unkempt cowboy finishes the whiskey and tosses away the bottle.

EXT.  THE STAGE  --  DAY

The curtain opens on the interior of a cabin.  Deadwood and the Chief, both unconscious, are tied to their chairs.   As they regain consciousness, they slowly raise their heads.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Chief, did you get a look at the dirty 
                                    bushwhacker who knocked us out?

Deadwood struggles in his chair, straining against the ropes.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    No, Deadwood.  Me no see.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Me neither, Chief.  But if itís who I think, weíre 
                                    in a heap of trouble.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Me not afraid.  No bad man ever beat the 
                                    Deadwood Kid!

A mocking laugh is heard.  Enter an ACTOR playing Doctor Dolan Cafferty.  The actor is in his early twenties, the age the real Cafferty was when this adventure (or something like it) actually occurred.  Hi is followed in by actors playing his two henchmen, played by the tall cowboy and the unkempt cowboy.  The tall cowboy carries a pistol and the unkempt cowboy has a bow and arrow.

                                                            ACTOR
                                    What touching faith.  Too bad it is  
                                    somewhat misplaced.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Doc Cafferty!  I figured you were behind this.  
                                   
What evil scheme are you planning now?

                                                            ACTOR
                                    A brilliant one!  Iím going to make it look as 
                                    though  you and Chief murdered each other.   
                                   
When word gets out, it will fan the hatred
                                    between the white man and the red.  Soon,
                                    the Chiefís tribe and the U.S. Army will be at war.

The tall cowboy with the pistol stands beside the Chief, and the unkempt cowboy with the bow and arrow stands beside Deadwood.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You fiend!  Think of the women and
                                    children whoíll be killed!

                                                            ACTOR
                                    Iíd rather think of the gold Iíve discovered 
                                    on the Chiefís reservation.  Once the army 
                                    wipes out his tribe, Iíll file a claim.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Gold?  Thatís only pyrite!  It looks like gold, 
                                    but itís worthless!

                                                            ACTOR
                                    Pyrite???

                                                            CHIEF
                                    That right.  No gold on reservation.

The actor takes a bad of gold dust out of his vest pocket.

                                                            ACTOR
                                    This is gold dust!!!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Show it to me!

The actor considers for a moment, the opens the bag, and holds it in front of Deadwoodís face.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    All right.  You see that bit there, in the 
                                    middle?

                                                            ACTOR
                                    Where?

When the actor looks into the bag, Deadwood blows into the gold dust, and it flies up into Caffertyís face, blinding him.  Deadwood (still tied to his chair) throws himself on top of the actor.  The tall cowboy starts to aim his gun at Deadwood, but the Chief kicks out his legs and trips him.  The henchman drops the pilot, and the Chief kicks it over to Deadwood.  Although still tied to the chair, Deadwood manages to grab the pistol just in time to shoot the unkempt cowboy who is drawing his bow.  The unkempt cowboy pretends to be wounded in the arm.  Unfortunately, in the middle of his big moment, the henchman accidentally releases the arrow and it flies into Deadwoodís left shoulder.  The  henchman stops dying and grimaces at what he has done.

                                                           UNKEMPT COWBOY
                                    Sorry.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You darn idiot!  Youíve killed me!

Blood pours from Deadwoodís wound.

EXT.  GRANDSTAND  --  DAY

The audience is horrified.  Harding is slow to catch on.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Do you think heís really hurt?

INT.  VETERAN'S HOSPITAL  --  DAY

Deadwood, lying between clean white sheets is fighting his way back to consciousness.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Chief, did you get a look at the dirty 
                                    bushwhacker who knocked us unconscious?

                                                            HARDING
                                    Deadwood?

Deadwood slowly opens his eyes, to find himself in a hospital bed, in a private room.  He wears a hospital robe; the costume he wore in the act is hanging in a closet   His holster and his guns are on a table near the bed.  He looks around dazedly, and sees Chief Iron Cloud sitting in a chair beside the bed.  Standing at the foot of the bed are President Harding, the Duchess, Harry Daugherty, and Jess Smith.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    WhereÖ..?

                                                            HARDING
                                    The Veteranís Hospital.  The doctor says 
                                    youíll be fine.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I donít belong here.  Iím not a veteran.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Maybe not.  But if a man canít swing a few 
                                    favors for his friends, whatís the point in 
                                    being President?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    President?

                                                            HARDING
                                    Iím Warren G. Harding.  This is my wife, 
                                    Florence.  This is Attorney General Daugherty.  
                                   
And this fellow is my friend, Jess Smith.

                                                            SMITH
                                    Hi, Kid.  Whadaya know?

                                                            HARDING
                                    We were thrilled by your show, up until the 
                                    accident.

                                                            DAUGHERTY
                                    Most of us were thrilled.  Jess doesnít care for 
                                    gunplay.

                                                            JESS
                                    I canít help that, Harry!  Guns make me 
                                    nervous.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Guns made this country great.  If it werenít 
                                    for gunslingers like Deadwood, this land 
                                    would still belong to the Indians!  Isnít that 
                                    right, Chief?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Ugh.

                                                            DUCHESS
                                    Warren, youíre offending him!

                                                            HARDING
                                    No Iím not!  The Chief can take a little ribbing; 
                                    canít you Chief? 

Harding puts his hand on the Chiefís shoulder.

                                                            HARDING
                                    My great grandfather was an Indian fighter; 
                                    and the Chiefís folks probably fought the 
                                    settlers.  But today, in this great republic 
                                    of ours, we live in peace like brothers.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Ugh.

                                                            DUCHESS
                                    Iím sorry we couldnít see the end of your 
                                    act.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Yeah.  Me too.

Harding has something he wants to bring up, but he has trouble saying it.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Deadwood, whatever became of that 
                                    Doc Cafferty character?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    We had our share of run-ins, until we
                                    finally caught him with enough evidence to 
                                    send him to prison for life. 

                                                            DUCHESS
                                    Why didn't they hang him?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    That's not what the judge decided. 

                                                            DUCHESS
                                    Sounds odd to me.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I never questioned the law, I just
                                    enforced it.  I never saw him again, and
                                    that was good enough for me.

                                                            HARDING
                                    I don't think anyone is all bad.  I suppose
                                    even Doctor Cafferty had some good  
                                    in him.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Like Death Valley has some water in it.

                                                            HARDING
                                    We must forgive our enemies.  Isnít that right, 
                                    Chief?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Ugh.

                                                            HARDING
                                    And a great big ďughĒ to you too.  Iíd love 
                                    to stay, but everyone expects me to spend 
                                    at least some of my time in the White House.  
                                   
Oh!  Arthur Windworth asked me to let you 
                                    know he fired the actor who wounded you.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Where is Mr. Windworth?

                                                            HARDING
                                    He wanted to be here, but he had some 
                                    work to take care of for one of those 
                                    companies of his.  These days a tycoon 
                                    is more busy than the President, and 
                                    certainly more useful than Congress.  
                                   
You take care of yourself, Deadwood.  
                                   
You were my greatest hero when I was 
                                    a boy.

Harding leaves, follows by the Duchess, Daugherty and Smith.  The Chief rises from his chair as they leave.

INT.  HOSPITAL CORRIDOR  --  DAY

The Chief stands in the doorway watching, as Harding and his party meet a ONE-LEGGED VETERAN hobbling down the hallway.

                                                            ONE-LEGGED 
                                                            VETERAN
                                    Hello, Mr. President.

If thereís one thing Harding knows, it is how to be friendly.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Hi there, soldier.  Itís awfully good to see 
                                    you.  America will never forget what you 
                                    boys did in the war  Although Wilson was 
                                    a Democrat, I was proud to supportÖ

The Chief closes the door.

INT.  HOSPITAL ROOM --  DAY

Having closed the door, the Chief sits back down in the chair next to Deadwood.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    What a jackass.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Donít talk like that.  Heís the President of 
                                    the United States!  The great white father!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Great white jackass.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Whyíd you pull that Injun savage routine on 
                                    him?  This isnít the show.  You know what 
                                    your problem is?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Columbus.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Oh, here we go!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    This used to be a pretty good country.  Then 
                                    Columbus came and everything went to hell.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    How would you know?  You werenít alive
                                    then!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    The Indians have an oral tradition, passed 
                                    down from father to son for generations.  
                                   
The tradition says, ďBefore 1492:  Paradise!  
                                   
After 1492:  P-f-f-f-d-d-d-d-t-t!

The Chief makes a ďraspberryĒ sound, indicating his opinion of Columbus.  Before they can continue their argument, an elderly doctor (weíll call him DOC) comes in to inspect Deadwood.

                                                            DOC
                                    Sorry to interrupt you gentlemen, but I have 
                                    work to do here.  Letís take another look 
                                    at that shoulder, shall we?

As Doc inspects the wound in Deadwoodís shoulder, Deadwood carefully looks into Docís face.  Then Doc looks into Deadwoodís eyes.  They stare at each other a long time, until Deadwood brings the end of his pistol up to just below Docís chin, pointing up.  Doc slowly pulls his head away from the gun, until he feels an arrow in the back of his neck.  The Chief has an arrow in his bow, aimed at the back of Docís throat.

                                                            DOC
                                    I didnít think youíd recognize me.  Itís been Ö. 
                                    What?  Thirty years?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thirty-two.

                                                            DOC
                                    Iím the one who patched you up today. 
                                    probably saved your life.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Chief, go call the police!

The Chief starts to head for the door, but then stays to hear what Doc has to say.

                                                            DOC
                                    The police arenít interested in me!  My 
                                    sentence was commuted to time served, ten 
                                    years ago.  Iím a free man!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Who in his right mind would free Doc 
                                    Cafferty?

                                                            DOC
                                    The governor of the great state of Ohio!  He 
                                    took pity on me because I was about to die 
                                    of kidney failure.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Then why arenít you dead?

                                                            DOC
                                    I had a miraculous recovery.  Youíve 
                                    met my attorney:  Harry Daugherty.  
                                   
These days, heís the attorney general.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I donít believe it!

                                                            DOC
                                    Believe what you like.  Your wound is healing 
                                    nicely.  Youíll be out of here in a week.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I'll be out of here now!

Deadwood tries to stand up, but Doc grams him by his wounded shoulder and forces him back onto the bed.

                                                            DOC
                                    Sit down!  In the old days, I must have 
                                    tried a dozen times to kill you.  Iíll be 
                                    damned if youíre going to die now that Iím 
                                    trying to save your life.  Nurse!!!

A brawny male NURSE barges in, responding to Docís call.  The nurse is in top shape.  Deadwood and the Chief combined would be no match for him.

                                                            NURSE
                                    Yeah?

                                                            DOC
                                    Watch the patient.  Make sure he stays in 
                                    bed.

                                                            NURSE
                                    Whatever you say, Doc.

                                                            DOC
                                    Youíd better leave, Chief.  The patient needs 
                                    his rest.

The Nurse glares at the Chief.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    See you soon, Deadwood.

The Chief leaves the room.  Doc grabs Deadwoodís guns from the table.  Deadwood tries to grab them back, but the Nurse pushed Deadwood back down onto the bed.  Doc leaves.  Deadwood couldnít be more miserable.

FADE TO:

INT.  HOSPITAL ROOM  --  NIGHT

Deadwood, alone in his room, in the dark, had left his bed and put on his clothes.  He sneaks over to the door and listens.  He hears nothing.  He opens the door just a crack, and suddenly the male Nurse slams the door open.

                                                            NURSE
                                    Where do you think youíre going?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I feel better.

                                                            NURSE
                                    Want to guess how youíll feel if I find you up 
                                    again?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I justÖ.

                                                            NURSE
                                    You just do what I tell you!  Iím in charge 
                                    here!

At this point, the Nurse is no longer in charge, due to the fact that another nurse has just knocked him senseless with the blunt end of a tomahawk.  The ďother nurseĒ is Chief Iron Cloud, disguised in a male nurseís uniform.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    About time you showed up.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    It wasnít easy getting in.  They didnít believe 
                                    me when I told them Iím a veteran.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You?  A veteran???

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Sure.  I fought at the Little Big Horn.  Donít 
                                    ask which side.

The Chief sneaks out of the room and Deadwood follows.

INT.  HOSPITAL CORRIDOR --  NIGHT

A wheelchair is waiting outside Deadwoodís room.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You didnít fight at the Little Big Horn!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Sit in this.  Iíll wheel you out.

Deadwood sits in the chair, but continues to argue as the Chief wheels him down the hallway.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    By 1876, we were partners.  You couldnít 
                                    have gone to the Little Big Horn without 
                                    my knowing about it.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Youíre forgetting about the three months you 
                                    spent back east.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    No partner of mine would have fought at 
                                    Custerís Last Stand!!!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    All right, if youíre so sure I didnít, then I guess 
                                    I didnít.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Darn right you didnít.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Wonder where I got that Seventh Cavalry 
                                    Bugle.

They come to a door that leads out.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Wait.  I want to go back and get my guns.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Shhh!  Someoneís coming!

The Chief wheels Deadwood into an empty room as the door opens and a HOSPITAL CLERK and a CROOK come in.  The hospital clerk unlocks the door to a supply room and shows the crook a large inventory of bed sheets.

                                                            CROOK
                                    How many you got there?

                                                            HOSPITAL CLERK
                                    Five hundred bed sheets at twenty-seven 
                                    cents apiece.  Thatís one hundred thirty-five 
                                    dollars you owe for this batch.

                                                            CROOK
                                    What did you pay for them?

                                                            HOSPITAL CLERK
                                    The government paid a dollar apiece more.  
                                   
But hell, nothingís too good for the veterans, 
                                    right?

                                                            CROOK
                                    You mean nothingís too good for you guys 
                                    at the Veteranís Bureau!

The clerk and the crook chuckle as they start to pack up the sheets.

INT.  A ROOM OFF THE CORRIDOR  --  NIGHT

Deadwood and the Kid have been listening.  Deadwood turns to the Chief.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Does that sound suspicious to you?

The Chief shrugs.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Sounds like a typical paleface business 
                                    transaction.

Deadwood decides to take matters into his own hands.  He steps out into the hallway.

INT.  HOSPITAL CORRIDOR  --  NIGHT

Deadwood  walks up to the clerk and the crook.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Excuse me, gentlemen.  Mind telling me 
                                    what youíre up to?

                                                            CROOK
                                    Who wants to know?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Iím the Deadwood Kid.

                                                            CROOK
                                    Youíre gonna be the dead kid!

The crook punches Deadwood in the stomach, sending him flailing back a few steps.  Then the Chief barrels out into the corridor pushing his wheelchair straight into the crook and the clerk, who collapse into the chair.  The Chief keeps pushing them down the corridor to a staircase and over the edge.  The he runs back to Deadwood as the crook, the clerk and the wheelchair  bumble down the stairs.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Come on!

Now the crook and the clerk are scrambling back up the stairs.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Iíve never run from a fight in my life!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Then itís time to give it a try!

The Chief pulls Deadwood out through the front door of the hospital.

EXT.  HOSPITAL GROUNDS  --  NIGHT

The Chief and Deadwood hurry up to their horses.  The climb into the saddles and ride away.

EXT.  WASHINGTON STREET  --  NIGHT

Deadwood and the Chief ride away from the hospital.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    You think Caffertyís behind this?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Who else?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Do we tell the police?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Police canít handle someone like Cafferty!  
                                   
No, tomorrow weíll go see the one man 
                                    big enough to do this job right!

EXT.  WHITE HOUSE  --  DAY

Establishing shot of the White House as it looked in 1923.

INT.  WHITE HOUSE RECEPTION AREA  --  DAY

Deadwood is arguing with an attractive young SECRETARY as Chief Iron Cloud watches.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I donít have time to make an appointment!  
                                   
The most despicable villain in the country is 
                                    once again practicing his treachery.  The 
                                    President must be informed!

                                                            SECRETARY
                                    And just who is the most despicable villain 
                                    in the country?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Doc Cafferty!

                                                            SECRETARY
                                    Never heard of him.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Just tell the President that the Deadwood 
                                    Kid wants to see him.

                                                            SECRETARY
                                    I never heard of you either!

The Chief steps up to the Secretary.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    You guard the Presidentís time like the 
                                    she-wolf guards her young.  But never 
                                    was there such a she-wolf whose charms  
                                   
turn the frozen winter night into a sun-filled 
                                    spring day.  Your beauty sings like the rippling 
                                    brook.

The secretary looks at the Chief.  She doesnít quite buy his flattery, but she appreciates the effort.

                                                            SECRETARY
                                    Iíll tell him youíre here.

She leaves the room to inform the President.  Deadwood scowls at the Chief, who struts proudly.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Donít look so pleased with yourself!  I bet 
                                    she felt sorry for you!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Just because you chose to spend all your 
                                    nights by a lonely campfireÖ.

Harding enters.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Deadwood!  I didnít expect to see you out 
                                    of bed so soon!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Mr. President, Iíve got to warn youÖ.

                                                            HARDING
                                                    (interrupting)
                                    This is about Doc Cafferty, isn't it?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You know?  But, tarnation, sir, howÖ.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Caffertyís an Ohio boy.  Iíve known the 
                                    family for years.  Why donít you come into 
                                    my office?

INT.  OVAL OFFICE  --  DAY

Deadwood is shocked to find Doc Cafferty seated in the office.  Harding sits behind his desk.

                                                            DOC
                                    Howdy, Deadwood.  Chief.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    What the blazes isÖ.

                                                            DOC
                                    I figured you might show up here, and I 
                                    wanted to see how that wound was healing.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Deadwood, I confess I brought you to the 
                                    Veteranís Hospital knowing Doctor Cafferty 
                                    worked there.   Iíd hoped you could patch up 
                                    your differences when he patched up your 
                                    shoulder.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Mr. President, someoneís stealing government 
                                    property from the hospital, and I swear this 
                                    manís behind it!

                                                            DOC
                                    Why donít you swear the World War was  
                                    my fault too?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                   It wouldnít surprise me if it was!

                                                            HARDING
                                    Gentlemen, for some time now Iíve been 
                                    aware of the rumors of corruption in the 
                                    Veteranís Bureau.  I had Charlie Forbes, 
                                    the director of the Bureau, look into it, and 
                                    he gave me his personal assurances that there 
                                    is no truth whatsoever to those rumors.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Have him look into the sheet inventory at the 
                                    hospital!

                                                            HARDING
                                    Charlieís in Europe right now, but Iíll have him 
                                    investigate it the minute he gets back.  In the 
                                    meantime, donít pre-judge Doctor Cafferty. 
                                    truly believe heís reformed.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    And I truly believe heís a skunk!  Iím sorry, 
                                    Mr. President, but thatís how I feel.

Deadwood and the Chief start to leave.

                                                            DOC
                                    Stop by the hospital, Deadwood, and Iíll 
                                    give you back your guns.  Maybe youíll 
                                    let me take another look at that  shoulder.

Deadwood and the Chief march out without saying another word.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Sorry, Doc.  You know, I've  always said 
                                    government shouldnít interfere with peopleís 
                                    private lives.  Then I try to interfere with 
                                    you and Deadwood.  I should have listened 
                                    to my own advice.

                                                            DOC
                                    Forget it.  I gave him a lot of grief in the old 
                                    days.  I shouldnít expect him to forgive me 
                                    now.

Doc gets up and leaves.

EXT.  VETERANíS HOSPITAL  --  DAY

Establishing shot of the Veteranís Hospital.

INT.  DOCíS OFFICE  --  DAY

Doc enters his office, where Deadwoodís holsters and pistols hang from a chair.  Doc sits behind his desk, things for a moment, then gets up and leaves his office.

INT.  HOSPITAL CORRIDOR  --  DAY

Doc walks down the corridor, pauses, then looks into the room where the sheets were kept.  Then he continues down the corridor and enters an office where the records are kept.

INT.  RECORDS OFFICE  --  DAY

Doc enters and goes directly to the files.  The Hospital Clerk who was selling the sheets the night before is seated at a desk.

                                                            DOC
                                    Didnít we get in a big shipment of sheets last 
                                    week?

                                                            HOSPITAL CLERK
                                    I donít think so.

                                                            DOC
                                    I thought we did.  Iím going to check the 
                                    invoices.

                                                            HOSPITAL CLERK
                                    Why are you so interested in sheets?

Doc looks through the invoices.

                                                            DOC
                                    I like sheets.  I like the way they cover things 
                                    up.  Ah, here it is!  Five hundred brand new 
                                    sheets.  Funny, I just checked our inventory, 
                                    and it looks like we donít have any new sheets 
                                    at all.  What do you suppose happened to 
                                    them?

The hospital clerk has taken a gun out of his desk drawer.  He aims it at Doc.

                                                            HOSPITAL CLERK
                                    Youíd be better off worrying about whatís 
                                    going to happen to you, Doc.

                                                            DOC
                                    Youíre not going to murder me over a few 
                                    lousy sheets!

                                                            HOSPITAL CLERK
                                    I'm not gonna murder anyone.  Youíre gonna
                                    commit suicide!  Letís go back to your office.

The hospital clerk gets up and stands closely behind Doc, keeping the gun at Docís back.  They leave the office together.

INT.  HOSPITAL CORRIDOR  --  DAY

Doc and the clerk walk back to Docís office.  Doc tries to find some way to signal that the clerk has a gun on him, but no one is paying any attention to them.

INT.  DOCíS OFFICE  --  DAY

As Doc and the clerk enter Docís office, a private room with no windows, they are surprised to find the Deadwood Kid picking up his gun belt.  The Chief sits calmly in a chair.  The clerk slams the door shut behind him as he enters with Doc.

                                                            DOC
                                    Deadwood!

Deadwood recognizes the clerk from the night before.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I knew it!  Thatís the polecat we saw 
                                    selling the sheets!  You still claim you know 
                                    nothing about it?

Doc starts to say something, but the clerk presses his gun against Docís spine, where Deadwood can't see it.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Iíll just report the two of you to the 
                                    police. 

The clerk has heard enough, but as he moves his gun away from Docís spine to aim the gun at Deadwood, Deadwood cracks his gun belt like a whip to snap the clerkís gun out of his hand.  Deadwood grabs the gun out of the air.  He may be an old man, but Deadwood can still move with lightening speed.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Seems your friend doesnít know much about 
                                    me.

The clerk grabs Doc and uses him as a shield.  He gets a good grip on Docís neck.

                                                            HOSPITAL CLERK
                                    Okay.  Give me back my gun, or Iíll break 
                                    his neck!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Seem he doesnít know much about both of 
                                    us.

                                                            HOSPITAL CLERK
                                    I mean it!  Give it back or heís dead!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Mister, youíve got your hands around the 
                                    neck of my worst enemy in the world.  
                                   
Why should I stop you from killing him?

                                                            HOSPITAL CLERK
                                    Because he had nothing to do with the pilfering.  
                                   
Heís an innocent man!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    If heís innocent, Iím Calamity Jane!

The clerk tightens his grip, so that Doc can barely breathe.

                                                            HOSPITAL CLERK
                                    OneÖ.  TwoÖ.

Doc is struggling for air.  He tires to speak, but can barely croak out one work:

                                                            DOC
                                    Please.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Oh, all right.  I hate to see an old man get 
                                    picked on.

Deadwood takes his own gun out of his holster as he puts the clerkís gun down on the desk.  The clerk lets go of Doc and grabs his gun.

                                                            HOSPITAL CLERK
                                    Now give me yours!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I may be sentimental, but Iím not crazy!

                                                            HOSPITAL CLERK
                                    All right.  Keep it for now.  But you old goats 
                                    better be real careful, because youíll never 
                                    know when Iím planning to come back and 
                                    kill you!

The clerk shoves Doc into Deadwood as he opens the office door and races out.  Deadwood and the Chief scramble after him.

INT.  HOSPITAL CORRIDOR  --  DAY

The clerk runs to the front door of the hospital.  Deadwood and the Chief are hot on his trail, followed by Doc Cafferty.

EXT.  OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL  --  DAY

As the clerk runs out of the hospital, a black sedan pulls out of the parking lot and speeds past him.  The barrel of a machine gun emerges from a window of the sedan; it fires, riddling the clerk with bullets.  As the sedan drives away, Deadwood and the Chief run up to the dead clerk.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    He was right.  Weíll never know when he 
                                    was planning to come back and kill us.

Doc joins them.  But Deadwood ignores him.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Come on, Chief.  Letís go see the President 
                                    again. 

                                                            DOC
                                    The President?  Why waste time with him?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I donít recall asking for your advice.

                                                            DOC
                                    Letís go see Windworth!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Why Windworth?

                                                            DOC
                                    Because nothing goes on in this city that 
                                    heís not aware of.  Or are you afraid your 
                                    boss wonít pay any more attention to you 
                                    than Harding did?

FADE TO:

EXT.  THE STREET OUTSIDE THE WINDWORTH BUILDING  --  DAY

Deadwood and the Chief ride their horses up to the Windworth building.  Itís an impressive office building, one of the finest in Washington.  As Deadwood and the Chief dismount and hitch their horses to a streetlamp, Doc arrives in his car.

                                                            DOC
                                    When are you two fossils going to get an 
                                    automobile?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Maybe when you get some morals.

The three of them enter the Windworth building.

INT.  WINDWORTHíS RECEPTION AREA  --  DAY

Deadwood is arguing with Windworthís RECEPTIONIST, while the Chief and Doc watch.  Windworthís reception area is more impressive than Hardingís.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    But yesterday I got in to see the President!

                                                            RECEPTIONIST
                                    Then I suggest you go back and see him again.  
                                   
No one sees Mr. Windworth without an 
                                    appointment.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Your turn, Chief.

The Chief looks at the receptionist.  Sheís an officious old crone, but he decides to give his routine a try.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    You do your job well!  You guard Mr. 
                                    Windworth like the she-wolf guards her 
                                    young.

                                                            RECEPTIONIST
                                    And this she-wolf isnít letting any smooth-
                                    talking coyote get by her!

The Chief gives up, and Doc Cafferty steps up to the desk.

                                                            DOC
                                    You must be aware of the value of the 
                                    Deadwood Kidís act in Mr. Windworthís 
                                    Wild West Extravaganza.  How much 
                                    more revenue do you think that act could 
                                    bring in if it also featured the real Doc 
                                    Cafferty?

This gets the receptionistís attention.

                                                            RECEPTIONIST
                                    Can you get Doc Cafferty?

                                                            DOC
                                    I am Doc Cafferty.

                                                            RECEPTIONIST
                                    Iíll tell Mr. Windworth youíre here.

She leaves her desk and hurries into Windworthís office.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Hold on!  If you think youíre gonna worm 
                                    your way into my actÖ.

                                                            DOC
                                    Your act?  I thought it belonged to Windworth!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thatís right!  And when I tell him what a 
                                    low-down, two-faced, dirty snake you are, 
                                    heíllÖ. 

The receptionist emerges from Windworthís office.

                                                            RECEPTIONIST
                                    Mr. Windworth will see you now.

Deadwood leads the way into Windworthís office.

INT.   WINDWORTHíS OFFICE  --  DAY

Just as Windworthís reception area is more impressive than Hardingís, his office is more impressive than the Oval Office.  Windworth rises from the chair behind his huge desk as Deadwood, the Chief and Doc enter.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Deadwood, Chief, itís good to see you 
                                    again.  And you must be the notorious 
                                    Doc Cafferty!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Mr. Windworth, heís here under false 
                                    pretenses!  Cafferty told us we should get
                                    your help to investigate the Veteranís
                                    Hospital!  He didnít say he was going toÖ.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    I hope that doesnít mean you wonít join my 
                                    show.

                                                            DOC
                                    On the contrary, Iíd like to get away from 
                                    my medical practice for a while.  At least until 
                                    people stop trying to kill me.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    This manís a killer, a thief, a swindlerÖ. 

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Heíll be a spectacular draw at the box office!  
                                   
I was worried I might have to close the show, 
                                    but with Doc Cafferty on board, I know we 
                                    can save it!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    ButÖ. 

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    You donít want the show to fold, do you?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    No, butÖ. 

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Then we have to welcome the Doc.  If we can 
                                    agree on a salary.

                                                            DOC
                                    Iím sure whatever youíre paying Deadwood 
                                    will be fine for me too.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    That does it!!!  Iím not gonna stand here 
                                    andÖ. 

                                                            DOC
                                    Take it easy.  I was only kidding.  Iíll take 
                                    whatever the Chief makes.  Thatís fair, isnít 
                                    it?  

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Depends.  You like wampum?

Windworth starts to heard everyone out of his office.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Iím sure weíll work something out.  Doc, 
                                    why donít you report to the fairgrounds 
                                    tomorrow?

Deadwood is furious!  He tries to regain control of the situation.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    But what about the veteranís hospital?

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Iím afraid Iíve heard something about that.  
                                   
An hour ago, the Director of the Veteranís 
                                    Bureau cabled the President from Europe to 
                                    tender his resignation.  It seems he was involved 
                                    in massive pilfering at hospitals all over the 
                                    country.  This could hurt Harding badly!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    But thereís more to it than that!  Someone 
                                    gunned down a hospital worker who threatened 
                                    to kill us.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Deadwood, youíre not a lawman anymore.  
                                   
Why donít you let the authorities handle this?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    No sir!  This concerns me, and I wonít step 
                                    aside.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    If youíre well enough to pursue this, then youíre 
                                    well enough to go back to the show.  Youíll 
                                    start tomorrow.  You can teach the act to Doc 
                                    Cafferty in the morning.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Yes, sir.

EXT.  THE STREET OUTSIDE THE WINDWORTH BUILDING  --  DAY

Doc climbs into his car, as Deadwood and the Chief unhitch their horses.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Youíre lucky the show is in such bad shape.  
                                   
He never would have hired you otherwise.

                                                            DOC
                                    Wake up, Deadwood.  Did you believe all 
                                    that horseshit?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    HorseÖ.  Are you calling what Mr. Windworth 
                                    said horse manure?

                                                            DOC
                                    No, Deadwood.  Iím calling it horseshit. 
                                    swear, youíve been in show business so 
                                    long, youíve forgotten how to tell who the 
                                    bad guys are!

Doc starts his car and drives away.

FADE TO:

EXT.  ENTRANCE TO THE WILD WEST SHOW  --  TWILIGHT

The sun is setting.  A large poster by the entrance gate reads ďTHE DEADWOOD KID WILL NOT APPEAR DUE TO INJURY.Ē  As Deadwood and the Chief ride into the fairgrounds, Deadwood rips down the poster.

EXT.  WILD WEST CAMPGROUNDS  --  TWILIGHT

Deadwood and the Chief dismount as they arrive at their living quarters.  Deadwood has a Conestoga Wagon.  The Chief lives in a teepee.

FADE TO:

EXT.  WILD WEST CAMPGROUNDS  --  NIGHT

Several hours have passed.  As coffee brews over a campfire, Deadwood plays an old cowboy folk song on a guitar and the Chief stares into the fire.  A moment of silence passes after Deadwood finishes the song.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I canít believe Cafferty would say those 
                                    things about Mr. Windworth.  Can you 
                                    believe he said those things?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    I canít believe that you canít believe it!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Windworthís been mighty good to us!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    He has kindly allowed us to make him a 
                                    fortune.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    What are you, some kind of communist?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    You saying Indians are reds?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You sound like you want to overthrow the 
                                    government!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Might be fun.  But communism would never 
                                    work for the white man.  You paleface are 
                                    too selfish.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    What do you mean?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Take the buffalo, which you did.  This country 
                                    used to be filled with buffalo.  The Indians 
                                    killed the ones they needed, and left the rest 
                                    alone.  But the white men saw all those free 
                                    buffalo, and each paleface had to kill all he 
                                    could, just to make sure no one else got more 
                                    than he did.  Hello paleface, goodbye buffalo.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Are you saying all paleface are greedy?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Not all.  Just enough to ruin everything for the 
                                    rest of us.

They both stare into the fire.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    We better got some shuteye.  Weíve got 
                                    rehearsal with Cafferty in the morning.

They unroll their blankets, then Deadwood pours the pot of coffee over the campfire, extinguishing the flames.  Deadwood and the Chief lie on their blankets in silence.  (Pause.)  Then Deadwood speaks:

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You didnít really fight at the Little Big Horn, 
                                    did you?

The Chief doesnít answer.

FADE TO:

EXT.  ENTRANCE TO THE WILD WEST SHOW  --  DAY

Early in the morning, Doc Cafferty drives up to the fairgrounds.  He smiles as he sees a worker putting up a new billboard next to the one featuring the Deadwood Kid.  The new billboard proclaims: Now Also Starring The Westís Most Notorious Outlaw:  DOC CAFFERTY!!!

EXT.  THE STAGE  --  DAY

Deadwood and the Chief are rehearsing their scene with Doc Cafferty, who holds a script, and the henchmen.  The actor who used to play Doc Cafferty now plays the henchman with the bow and arrow.  The henchmen lead Doc Cafferty offstage, to where he will make his entrance, as Deadwood and the Chief sit in their chairs.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Weíll start the rehearsal from where 
                                    Cafferty comes in.  I say my line, ďWeíre 
                                    both in a heap of trouble.Ē

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Me not afraid.  No bad man ever beat 
                                    Deadwood Kid.

Doc enters with his henchmen.

                                                            DOC
                                    Boys, I think you hit the Chief too hard.  
                                   
Heís talking like an imbecile!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thatís not your line!

                                                            DOC
                                    Whyís he talking that way?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thatís how folks think Indians talk.

                                                            DOC
                                    Doesnít sound like any Indian I ever met.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Just read your script!  Now I say, ďWhat 
                                    evil scheme are you planning now?

Doc looks at his script.

                                                            DOC
                                    ďA brilliant one.Ē

Doc stops reading his script.

                                                            DOC
                                    If Iím so brilliant, why didnít I kill you 
                                    while you were unconscious?

Deadwood is getting more and more angry.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I donít know!  Why didnít you?

                                                            DOC
                                    Maybe because it never happened this way!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    It did too!  You tried to start a war between 
                                    the Chiefís tribe and the U.S. army!

                                                            DOC
                                    Why would I want to do that?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    To get the gold on the Chiefís reservation!

                                                            DOC
                                    That wasnít gold!  That was pyrite!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You didnít know that yet!!!  Thatís why 
                                    you let me look at your bag of gold dust!

                                                            DOC
                                    You mean this?

Doc tosses Deadwood the prop bag of gold dust.  Deadwood opens it.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Okay.  You see that bit there, in the middle.

                                                            DOC
                                    No.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Well come look at it!

                                                            DOC
                                    No!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Why not?

                                                            DOC
                                    You think Iím stupid?  Youíll blow the dust 
                                    in my face!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    How else do you expect me to escape?

                                                            DOC
                                    As I recall, the Chief grabbed a gun from 
                                    my henchman.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Sounds plausible.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Whose side are you on?  That is not what 
                                    happened!  And itís not the way weíre 
                                    doing this show!!!

FADE TO:

EXT.  WILD WEST ARENA  --  DAY

The Wild West Extravaganza is in progress.  As the act preceding the Deadwood Kidís act ends, the master of ceremonies steps forth to introduce the highlight of the show.

                                                            MASTER OF
                                                            CEREMONIES
                                    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Windworth Wild 
                                    West Extravaganza is proud to present the
                                    greatest living hero of the Old West, the
                                    Deadwood Kid!

The grandstand erupts with wild applause.  When it comes down, the master of ceremonies continues his announcement.

                                                            MASTER OF 
                                                            CEREMONIES
                                    And joining us today, the most brazen 
                                    bad man of the West, that sinister scoundrel, 
                                    that ghastly gunman, that infamous fiendÖ.

EXT.  OUTSIDE THE ARENA  --  DAY

Deadwood, the Chief and Doc Cafferty, seated on their horses, listen to the master of ceremoniesí speech as they wait to go on.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Come on!  Get on with it!

EXT.  WILD WEST ARENA  --  DAY

The master of ceremonies continues his speech:

                                                            MASTER OF 
                                                            CEREMONIES
                                    Ö.  who has recently changed his ways 
                                    and become an upstanding citizen, Doc 
                                    Cafferty!

The grandstand erupts with even greater applause than it gave Deadwood.  When it quiets down, the master of ceremonies announces the Chief.

                                                            MASTER OF 
                                                            CEREMONIES
                                    Also appearing as himself will be the 
                                    Deadwood Kidís friend and sidekick, Chief 
                                    Iron Cloud.

The Chief gets the least amount of applause.  Then three horsemen gallop into the arena!  Itís Deadwood, the Chief and Doc Cafferty.  They ride around the ring, waving at the cheering crowd!

EXT.  GRANDSTAND  --  DAY

Sitting in the audience, a wild looking GUNMAN grins.  Heís tall, blond, with a jagged scar on his cheek.  Swiftly, he pulls a gun from his coat, aims at Deadwood, and fires!

EXT.  WILD WEST ARENA  -- DAY

The three horses rear at the sound of the shot.  Doc Cafferty leaps down from his horse and uses it for cover, as the Chief pulls an arrow from his quiver and fires it in a flash at the gunman.  Deadwood, the slowest to react, searches the audience for the gunman.

EXT.  GRANDSTAND  --  DAY

The Chiefís arrow slices into the gunmanís sleeve, and he drops his gun.  Another arrow flies directly into the barrel of the gun.  The Gunman flees, leaving his gun behind.

EXT.  WILD WEST ARENA  --  DAY

Deadwood spots the escaping gunman.  He spurs his horse Shadow into action.  Shadow leaps over the fence surrounding the arena and bolts into the stands, rushing up an aisle between the rows of seats, in pursuit of the gunman.

EXT.  OUTSIDE THE WILD WEST SHOW  --  DAY

The gunman races out through the entrance and leaps into his car.   Keeping an eye out for Deadwood, he starts the engine and roars away, just as Deadwood rides into view.  Deadwood continues the chase.

EXT.  ROAD LEADING AWAY FROM THE WILD WEST SHOW  --  DAY

As the speeding car pulls further away from him, Deadwood draws his pistol and takes careful aim.  He shoots out the back tires of the gunmanís car, which spins off the road.  The gunman gets out of the car with his hands raised, as Deadwood rides up and dismounts.

                                                            GUNMAN
                                    Okay!  Okay, old-timer.  You got me fair 
                                    and square.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thatís what happens when you underestimate 
                                    your opponent.

                                                            GUNMAN
                                    No.  No.  You never want to underestimate 
                                    your opponent.

Deadwood steps too close, and the gunman punches him hard in the jaw, and Deadwoodís gun goes flying as he reels from the blow.

                                                            GUNMAN
                                    You old geezer!  Who the hell do you think 
                                    you are?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Geezer!!!

Deadwood canít believe his ears.  He pulls back his fist to smash the gunman, but the gunmanís already punching him again.

                                                            GUNMAN
                                    Yeah, geezer!  You know what happens to 
                                    old geezers who give me trouble?  They 
                                    turn into dead geezers!

The gunman gives Deadwood one last punch that knocks him off his feet.  Then he picks up Deadwoodís gun and aims it at the old manís head, but before he can shoot, Shadow rears up and kicks at the gunman.  The gunman drops the gun and backs up against his car, covering his head with his hands to protect himself from Shadowís hooves.

                                                            GUNMAN
                                    Help!  Get him away from me!

The Chief and Doc drive up in Docís car.  Doc uses his revolver to keep the gunman covered as the Chief calms down Shadow.

                                                            CHIEF
                                                    (patting Shadow)
                                    Easy!  Easy there.

Deadwood rises slowly to his feet and stumbles over to Shadow.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thanks, Shadow.

Feeling better, Deadwood makes his way over to the gunman.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You want to fight some more?

                                                            GUNMAN
                                    No.  I give up.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You sure?

                                                            GUNMAN
                                    Iím sure.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You going to put up your hands?

The gunman raises his hands in surrender.  Deadwood smashes his fist into the gunmanís face, knocking him unconscious.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    You never used to hit the bad guys after 
                                    they gave up.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    They never used to call me ďgeezer.Ē

Deadwood searches through the gunmanís pockets, hunting for clues.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Find anything?

Deadwood finds a card and shows it to the Chief.  On the card is written:  1419 Elmore Lane  --TELL THEM TOMMYGUN SENT YOU.Ē 

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You think this means anything?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Sounds like a speakeasy.

Doc Cafferty, snooping around the gunmanís car, opens the trunk.

                                                            DOC
                                    Hey, Deadwood, you think this means 
                                    anything?

Thereís a corpse in the trunk.  Doc turns it over, revealing it to be the body of the Crook who was purchasing the sheets at the hospital.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thatís the man who was buying the 
                                    sheets at the Veteranís Hospital!

They all stare at the body, and then as Doc turns away he sees the gunman taking aim at Deadwood with the gun heís dropped when Shadow attacked.  Doc draws his own revolver in a flash and shoots a bullet between the gunmanís eyes.  Deadwood is furious.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Now whatíd you do that for?

                                                            DOC
                                    It occurred to me you might not appreciate 
                                    a bullet in your back.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I wanted to question him!

                                                            DOC
                                    He wanted to kill you!  There wasnít any 
                                    way to satisfy the both of you!

Cafferty stalks back to his car.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I liked him better when he was my enemy.

FADE TO:

EXT.  WILD WEST CAMPGROUNDS  --  DAY

The Chief sits on the ground in front of his teepee, browsing through a copy of the Police Gazette, while Deadwood paces anxiously.  Deadwood studies the card he found on the gunmanís body.  Then he turns to the Chief.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Why are you so calm?  Doesnít it bother 
                                    you when a perfect stranger shows up out of 
                                    nowhere and tries to kill us, for no reason?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Sure.  But perfect strangers have been showing 
                                    up trying to kill Indians for no reason for 
                                    hundreds of years.  We call them ďthe White 
                                    Man.Ē

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    That gunman must have had some reason for 
                                    shooting at us.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Maybe he was still sore about General Custer.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You didnít fight at the Little Big Horn!!!

The Master of Ceremonies leads a POLICEMAN over to Deadwood and the Chief.

                                                            MASTER OF 
                                                            CEREMONIES
                                    Deadwood, this fellow from the police force 
                                    is here to speak with you and the Chief.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Itís about time!

                                                            MASTER OF 
                                                            CEREMONIES
                                    Iíll go get Doc Cafferty.

The Master of Ceremonies goes to find the Doc, as Deadwood prepares to discuss the case with the policeman.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Do you want to talk first about the killing at 
                                    the hospital?

                                                            POLICEMAN
                                    Actually, weíve already determined that man 
                                    was killed by racketeers because of unpaid 
                                    gambling debts.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Oh.  Then I suppose you want my thoughts 
                                    about the man today.  I think Ö..

                                                            POLICEMAN
                                    You were quite a gunfighter in your day, 
                                    werenít you?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I never used my gun unless I had to!

                                                            POLICEMAN
                                    But you had quite a reputation as a fast draw?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Of course I did!  I still do!  Whatís that got  
                                    to do withÖ.

Doc Cafferty approaches and listens to the Policeman talking.

                                                            POLICEMAN
                                    I suspect that man wanted to make a 
                                    name for himself by outgunning the 
                                    Deadwood Kid!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thatís ridiculous!

                                                            DOC
                                    Iíll say!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    See?  Even Cafferty agrees with me!

                                                            DOC
                                    Sure!  What kind of reputation could he get 
                                    by out-gunning a worn-out old codger like 
                                    Deadwood?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (furious)
                                    I can outgun you any day ofÖ.

                                                            POLICEMAN
                                                    (interrupting the argument)
                                    Anyway, thatís the theory weíll be working on.  
                                   
I thank you gentlemen for your time.

The Policeman prepares to leave, then turns back with a last word for Deadwood.

                                                            POLICEMAN
                                    And during the rest of your stay in Washington, 
                                    try to stay out of trouble.

FADE TO:

EXT.  OUTSIDE A SPEAKEASY  --NIGHT

Deadwood and the Chief ride their horses down Elmore Lane, while Doc drives beside them in his car.  Deadwood inspects a sign at the street corner to make sure theyíre on the right street.

                                                            DOC
                                    If youíre such a big fan of law and order, why 
                                    didnít you tell the police about the card you 
                                    found?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    If you donít like the way Iím handling things, 
                                    you can go home now.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Can I go home now?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    No!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    I donít like saloons.  Every time we go in 
                                    a saloon, thereís a fight.  I think itís because 
                                    white people canít handle firewater.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    That was in the old days.  Things are more 
                                    civilized now.

Deadwood located 1419 Elmore Lane.  He looks at the card he took from the gunman to make sure he has the right address.  Then he and the Chief dismount, while Doc parks his car.  Deadwood knocks on the door, and is answered by a VOICE from inside.

                                                            VOICE
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Yeah?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Tommygun sent me.

The door opens.  Deadwood, the Chief and Doc step inside.

INT.  SPEAKEASY  --  NIGHT

They enter the most uncivilized, wild, roaring, 1920ís saloon imaginable.  FLAPPERS on a small stage are trying to do the Charleston, but itís difficult because they and the Band are as drunk as the PATRONS.  Deadwood jerks his head in the direction of the bar, and Doc and the Chief follow him as he wends his way through the boisterous crowd.  A tough looking BARKEEPER greets them at the bar.

                                                            BARKEEPER
                                    Whatíll it be?

                                                            DOC
                                    Whiskey.

Doc is served.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Just soda water for me.

                                                            BARKEEPER
                                    Soda water!!!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Iím not a drinking man.

The Chief winces.  He knows whatís coming.

                                                            BARKEEPER
                                    I see.  You just came in for the atmosphere.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I was hoping to speak with the proprietor 
                                    about a mutual friend:  a tall, blond fellow 
                                    with a scar right here.

Deadwood indicates where the scar was on the gunman.

                                                            BARKEEPER
                                    Step in here.

The barkeeper indicates a doorway beside the bar.  Deadwood turns to the Chief.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I told you there wouldnít be any trouble.

The Chief and Doc exchange glances.  Then Deadwood steps through the doorway and an instant later a colossal punch sends him flying back out.  Deadwood smashes into a table, knocking it over into another table.

The angry drinkers at the first table pick up Deadwood and hit him so that he goes careening into a second table.  The drinkers at the second table start fighting with the drinkers at the first table, and a fantastic, furious barroom brawl breaks out.

Doc and the Chief grab the now unconscious Deadwood by the feet and drag him behind the bar, out of harmís way.  Doc inspects Deadwood as the brawl rages throughout the rest of the speakeasy.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    How is he?

                                                            DOC
                                    Pulse is strong.  Doesnít feel like any bones 
                                    are broken.  I wonít be able to tell if thereís 
                                    a concussion until he wakes up, but I expect 
                                    heíll be all right.

A BODY comes flying over the bar.  Doc takes it by the hands and the Chief takes it by the feet, and together they swing it back over the bar where it came from.

                                                            DOC
                                    Donít you think weíre getting a little old 
                                    for this?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    This is all Deadwood knows how to do.

                                                            DOC
                                    Youíd think after all this time, heíd have learned 
                                    to do it better.

Eventually, the sounds of the brawl begin to die out.  Doc and the Chief come cautiously out from behind the bar; they see the place is wrecked.  Everyone is either dazed or unconscious.  Doc and the Chief take out their guns and knocks on the door beside the bar.  Quickly, they press themselves up against the wall, one on each side of the door.  When the door opens and the barkeeper looks out, they each put a gun to one side of his head.

                                                            DOC
                                    As our friend was saying, weíd like to speak 
                                    to the proprietor.

FADE TO:

INT.  TOMMYGUNíS OFFICE  --  NIGHT

Deadwood, stretched out on a couch, is fighting his way back to consciousness.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (mumbling, semiconscious)
                                    Chief, did you get a look at the dirty 
                                    bushwhackers whoÖ.

TOMMYGUN TUCKER, a dapper, charming racketeer in his early thirties, introduces himself.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Iím afraid my boys were responsible.  
                                   
Believe me, no one would have touched you 
                                    if Iíd known you were the Deadwood Kid.

Deadwood opens his eyes and stares at Tommygun.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Who are you?    

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Thomas Tucker, but everyone calls me 
                                    Tommygun.  I own this place.

Deadwood sits up.  He sees the Chief and Doc Cafferty are seated nearby.  Deadwood turns his attention back to Tommygun.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Then youíre a crook.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Yes.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You sell bootleg liquor!

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Guilty as charged.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Youíre an evil man!

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    By your standards.  But ever since I was a 
                                    little boy, youíve been my hero!  Iíd be 
                                    honored to shake your hand.

Tommygun offers his hand to Deadwood, who is reluctant to take it.

                                                            DOC
                                    Go ahead and shake it, Deadwood.  Heís 
                                    not going to contaminate you!

Deadwood shakes Tommygunís hand.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    This doesnít mean I approve of you. 
                                    ought to place you under citizenís arrest.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Wouldnít do you any good.  The chief of 
                                    police is on my payroll.  I understand you 
                                    want some information on the man who 
                                    tried to kill you today.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Howíd you know about that?

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    The chief of police is on my payroll.  The man 
                                    who shot at you was outside talent, a hired 
                                    killer from Chicago.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    He had your card in his pocket.  You know 
                                    why?

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Maybe he wanted a drink.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Or a job?

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    That man was cut-rate.  I only employ the best.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Maybe he had your card because he planned 
                                    to kill you next.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Thatís a cheery thought, but doubtful.  Iíve 
                                    made peace with my competitors; no one 
                                    wishes trouble now.  Iím sorry I canít be of 
                                    more help.  If thereís anything else I can doÖ

Deadwood decides to put Tommygun in his place.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I donít need a racketeerís help!  If I need 
                                    anything, Iíll ask my personal friend, President 
                                    Warren G. Harding.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Are you friends with W.G.?  How is he these 
                                    days?  Frankly, Iíve been concerned about 
                                    his health.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (furious)
                                    Donít pretend the President is your friend!

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    More of a customer.  I provide the beverage 
                                    for his pals over at the little green house on 
                                    K Street.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I donít believe you!

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    I could tell you things about W.G. youíd find 
                                    much more unbelievable than that.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Iím sure thereís no end to the scurrilous lies 
                                    youíd make up.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    A strange remark from the man who uncovered 
                                    the scandal at the Veteransí Bureau.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    That had nothing to do with the President!

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Oddly enough, I think youíre right, but he'll be
                                    the one blamed.  Poor soft-hearted, soft-headed
                                    Warren Gamaliel.  Thereís so much happening he
                                    doesnít know about.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Such as what?

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    First, Iíd like to introduce you to two good 
                                    friends of mine, a young lady and her daughter.  
                                   
If youíll come with me and say hello, Iíll tell 
                                    you some things President Harding ought to 
                                    know.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    All right.  Itís high time I learned something 
                                    that's useful to somebody.

                                                            DOC
                                    Iíll agree with that.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Itís too late tonight.  Why donít you sleep 
                                    here, and we can pay a call first thing in 
                                    the morning?

                                                            DOC
                                    Thatís a good idea, Deadwood.  You should 
                                    rest up until your head feels better.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Why is it all you outlaws are so concerned 
                                    about my health?

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    It must be that we like you.  Get some sleep.

Tommygun walks over to Doc and the Chief.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    I have some comfortable couches in the 
                                    back room.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Thanks.  Iíll sleep in here on the floor.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Suit yourself.  Doc?

                                                            DOC
                                    A couch sounds good to me.  And maybe  
                                    a little nightcap?

Doc follows Tommygun out the door.  The Chief looks at Deadwood, who is already fast asleep.  The Chief closes the door, and stretches out to sleep on the floor in front of the door, to make certain Deadwoodís sleep is undisturbed.

INT.  SPEAKEASY  --  DAY

Tommygun, wearing a dressing gown, knocks on the door to his office to wake up the Chief and Deadwood.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Deadwood!  Chief!  Itís seven oíclock.  
                                   
Time to wake up.

Deadwood opens the door and walks out, followed by the Chief.  Both are fully dressed and ready to go.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    No, six oíclock is time to wake up.  Seven 
                                    oíclock is time to get to work.

EXT.  OUTSIDE THE SPEAKEASY  --  DAY

Shadow and Wizard are waiting outside, as Deadwood, the Chief, Doc Cafferty and Tommygun emerge from the Speakeasy.  Tommygun walks to his car.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    We can all ride in my car.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    No, sir!  Shadow here saved my life yesterday.  
                                   
Iím not going anywhere without him.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    All right.  Ride your horse and follow me.

Deadwood climbs onto Shadow, while the Chief gets onto Wizard. 

                                                            DOC
                                    Iíll ride with you.

Doc Cafferty and Tommygun get into Tommygunís car.  Tommygun drives off.  Deadwood and the Chief follow on their horses.

EXT.  IN FRONT OF NANíS HOUSE  --  DAY

Tommygun drives down a residential street, and parks in front of a small, two-story wooden house where NAN BRITTON is staying.  Tommygun and Doc walk up to the front door while Deadwood and the Chief dismount.  Tommygun knocks on the door, and after a moment Nan answers from inside.

                                                            NAN
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Who is it?

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Itís me, Nan.

Nan opens the door.  Sheís a very attractive, innocent-looking, young woman.  She holds her three-year-old daughter, ELIZABETH ANN, in her arms.

                                                            NAN
                                    Is everything all right?

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Fine.  I just brought some fellow Iíd like 
                                    to introduce to Elizabeth Ann.

                                                            NAN
                                    Come in.

INT.  NANíS LIVING ROOM  --  DAY

Nan leads Tommygun, Deadwood, Doc and the Chief into her living room, where they make themselves comfortable.

                                                            NAN
                                    Please, sit down.  Would you like some 
                                    breakfast?

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Weíll just be a minute.  Elizabeth Ann,  
                                    this wonít mean much to you now, but I 
                                    hope youíll remember it for a long time to 
                                    come.  I want you to say hello to one of 
                                    the finest Americans youíll ever meet, the 
                                    Deadwood Kid.

Deadwood stands and smiles at Elizabeth Ann.

                                                            NAN
                                    Say hello, honey.

                                                            ELIZABETH ANN
                                                    (cute as could be)
                                    Hello, Deadwood.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Hello, Elizabeth Ann.  Iím very pleased 
                                    to meet you.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    And this is his partner, Chief Iron Cloud.

                                                            ELIZABETH ANN
                                    Hello, Chief.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Hello, little one.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    These two men helped tame the Wild 
                                    West.  Some day youíll be proud to tell 
                                    your grandchildren you met them.

                                                            DOC
                                    What about me?

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Oh.  Excuse me, Doctor.  Elizabeth Ann, 
                                    this gentleman wasÖ   Well, he wasÖ.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (standing)
                                    Let me tell her.  Elizabeth Ann, this man 
                                    was the most no-good, thieving, backstabbing, 
                                    crookedest skunk in the West.

Elizabeth Ann looks impressed.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    He says heís a better man now.  Maybe 
                                    he is.  But I guess the West wouldnít have 
                                    been what it was without the likes of Doc 
                                    Cafferty.

                                                            DOC
                                    You can call me Doc.

                                                            ELIZABETH ANN
                                    Hello, Doc.

                                                            DOC
                                    Hello, little lady.  When you grow up, donít 
                                    ever get involved with a scoundrel like me.  
                                   
You settle down with a good man like 
                                    Deadwood.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Actually, I was never the type to settle down.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    I guess that means youíd better find yourself 
                                    an Indian Chief like me.

                                                            ELIZABETH ANN
                                    Okay, Chief.

                                                            NAN
                                    Are you really the Deadwood Kid?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Yes, Maíam.

                                                            NAN
                                    My father used to tell me stories about you.  
                                   
He said when he was a boy, you were his 
                                    greatest hero.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    I should have introduced our hostess earlier.  
                                   
Allow me to present Elizabeth Annís charming 
                                    mother, Nan Britton.

Deadwood, the Chief and Doc Cafferty all nod to Nan.

                                                            NAN
                                    Please, sit down.  I canít believe you all 
                                    dropped by just to meet my daughter.  

Everyone sits down.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Actually, we came because Mr. Tucker said 
                                    heíd give us some information about the 
                                    President if we did.

                                                            NAN
                                    Oh, but TommyÖ.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    Itís all right, Nan.  If we canít trust the 
                                    Deadwood Kid, who on Godís green earth 
                                    can anyone trust?

                                                            NAN
                                    I donít understand.  Why did you Ö.     

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    I just wanted Elizabeth Ann to cast her spell 
                                    on him, win him over to our side.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I donít know what side you folks are on.  But 
                                    if that little girl is in trouble, Iíll do anything 
                                    thatís morally right to help her out.

                                                            DOC
                                    And Iíll do anything thatís morally questionable.  
                                   
So between the two of us, sheís all set.

                                                            NAN
                                    Thank you both.  Iím going to go upstairs and 
                                    put this little girl back to bed for a nap.  If 
                                    youíd like to stay for breakfastÖ.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thank you Maíam, but weíre obligated to 
                                    appear in a Wild West show this afternoon, 
                                    and if we donít get back there soon, theyíre 
                                    liable to start worrying.  

                                                            NAN
                                    Then thank you for stopping by, and thank 
                                    you for volunteering to help my daughter.

Nan kisses Deadwood, the Chief and Doc on the cheek, and then starts upstairs with Elizabeth Ann as Tommygun leads the men out the front door.

EXT.  IN FRONT OF NANíS HOUSE  --  DAY

Deadwood turns to Tommygun as they leave the house with Doc and the Chief.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I notice you didnít say anything about the 
                                    ladyís husband.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    The lady isnít married.  Does that upset you?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    There was a lot of that in the West.  Young 
                                    girls led astray.  I blame the men, not the ladies.  
                                   
You wouldnít be the father, would you?

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                    No, unfortunately.  If only I were, then I could 
                                    die a happy man.

A black sedan, with the barrel of a machine gun poking out of the window, comes barreling down the street.  The Chief is the first to see it.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Down!

They all hit the dirt as bullets are sprayed at them.  As the sedan passes, Deadwood and the Chief look first at each other  to make sure theyíre both all right.  Then Doc demands theyíre attention.

                                                            DOC
                                    Deadwood!  Heís not going to make it.

Doc Cafferty is inspecting Tommygun, who is covered with blood and struggling to speak.

                                                            TOMMYGUN
                                                    (his dying words)
                                   Protect Nan.

Tommygun dies, but thereís no time to mourn.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Carís coming back!

The sedan has turned around, and it is headed back down the street.  Deadwood, Doc and the Chief run back to Nanís house, throw open the front door, and dive in.

INT.  INSIDE NANíS FRONT DOOR  --  DAY

Machine gun fire rips into the house as Deadwood, Doc and the Chief hug the floor.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Nan!

                                                            NAN
                                                    (O.S., from upstairs)
                                    Up here!

Deadwood runs up the stairs, followed by Doc and the Chief.

INT.  NANíS UPSTAIRS HALLWAY  --  DAY

Nan, carrying Elizabeth Ann in her arms, meets them at the top of the stairs.  Sheís heard the gunfire and is frantic.  Elizabeth Ann is whimpering.

                                                            NAN
                                    What is it?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Weíve got to get away!  Follow us!

                                                            NAN
                                    Whereís Tommy?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    He told us to help you.

                                                            NAN
                                    Where is he?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Chief, look out that window.  See if theyíre 
                                    still there.

The Chief looks out a window at the front end of the hallway.

                                                            NAN
                                    Whereís Tommy?

                                                            DOC
                                    They killed him.  Theyíll kill us too, if we donít
                                    get out of here.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Are they waiting for us, Chief?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    I wouldnít call it waiting.

Deadwood looks out the window.

EXT.  IN FRONT OF NAN íS HOUSE  --  DAY

The HIRED GUNMEN who killed Tommygun have gotten out of their sedan, and are pouring gasoline all over the base of the house.  From the window, Deadwood shoots one of the Hired Gunmen in the arm.  The wounded man drops his gasoline to the ground, but the other Hired Gunmen light matches and toss them at the gasoline, and Nan ís house erupts in flames.  The Hired Gunmen help their wounded cohort back to their sedan, and they speed away.

INT.  NAN íS UPSTAIRS HALLWAY  --  DAY

Deadwood tries to lead the others downstairs.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Come on!  Now!

Before they get halfway down the stairs, they are met by a wall of flames.  They retreat back up, and  down to the back end of the hallway.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Is there a window in the back?

                                                            NAN
                                   
Yes.

She leads them back into her bedroom.

INT.  NAN íS BEDROOM  --  DAY

Nan , still carrying the terrified Elizabeth Ann, leads Deadwood, Doc and the Chief into her bedroom.  Thereís a large window in the back wall, looking out over the back yard.  Deadwood peers out the window.  Itís too far a drop to jump comfortably.  Thereís a tall tree growing about twelve feet away, but it is also too far to reach by jumping.  Deadwood whistles loudly.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Shadow!  Wizard!

EXT.  NAN íS BACK YARD  --  DAY

Shadow and Wizard trot into the back yard.  The back of the house is starting to smoke.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I'll jump down and get my lasso, throw it up
                                    to you, and you lower the others. 

The Chief looks out the window.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Long drop for a man your age.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I'm only jumping as far as the horse.

The Chief looks at Deadwood skeptically.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Or I could do it.  You've been shot and knocked
                                    unconscious.  It's my turn for the rough stuff. 
                                    Besides , this is the kind of thing I live for: 
                                   
jumping from a high window onto a horse.

The Chief climbs into the windowsill and prepares to jump out.

                                                            CHIEF
                                                (confidentially to Deadwood)
                                    After all, what do I need with testicles at my age?

He jumps.

EXT.  NAN íS BACK YARD  --  DAY

The Chief lands on Wizardís back, right in the saddle.  He reaches over into the saddlebag on Shadow and pulls out Deadwoodís lariat.  The Chief stands up in his stirrups and tosses the lariat up to Deadwood, who leans out the window and catches it. 

The fire is spreading to the back of the house.

INT.  NAN íS BEDROOM  --  DAY

Deadwood expertly lassos the top of the tree with his lariat.  (The top of the tree is higher than the house.)   Then he ties the middle of the rope around Nan ís waist.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You just hold on tight to Elizabeth Ann, while
                                    Cafferty and I lower you down.

Nan climbs into the windowsill, while Doc and Deadwood hold tight to the rope.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Just ease yourself out.

EXT.   NAN íS BACK YARD  --  DAY

Nan eases herself out of the window, while Deadwood and Cafferty slowly lower the rope.  Because the end is tied to the top of the tree, she moves away from the burning house as she descends.  When she gets to the ground, the Chief unties the knot which holds the rope around her waist.  Deadwood and Doc Cafferty quickly haul the rope back in.

INT.  NAN íS BEDROOM  --  DAY

Deadwood and Doc Cafferty both climb onto the windowsill, holding on to their end of the rope. 

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Ready?

The entire house collapses in on itself as Deadwood and the Doc swing to the ground.  Everyone is safe.  Deadwood walks over to the Chief.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thanks.

                                                            CHIEF
                                                    (gritting his teeth with pain)
                                    Just like old times!

                                                            NAN
                                   
Weíd better call the police.  I think the
                                    neighbors have a phone.

Nan, carrying Elizabeth Ann, heads off to the neighborís house.

                                                            DOC
                                    I canít wait to hear what the police say.  
                                   
ďWe donít think anyoneís trying to kill you. 
                                   
Your friendís just wanted to warm up the
                                    house so you wonít get a chill.Ē

Nan SCREAMS!

EXT.  IN FRONT OF NAN íS HOUSE  --  DAY

Deadwood, Doc and the Chief race into the front yard where they find Nan on her knees, weeping.

                                                        NAN
                                   
My baby!!!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Where is she?

                                                            NAN
                                   
They took her!!!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Who?

                                                            NAN
                                   
The men in the car!  They came back! 
                                   
They took my baby!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Weíll get her back.  I swear we will.

                                                                                                                FADE TO:

EXT.  ENTRANCE TO THE WILD WEST SHOW  --  DAY

Deadwood and the Chief ride up on their horses, followed by Doc in his car.  Theyíre shocked to find WORKMEN tearing down the posters, closing the show.  They confront the Master of Ceremonies, who is overseeing the work.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Whatís going on here?

                                                            MASTER OF
                                                            CEREMONIES
                                    Time to move on.  The rest of our stay has
                                    been cancelled.

                                                            DOC
                                    By whom?

                                                            MASTER OF
                                                            CEREMONIES
                                    Arthur Windworth.  He says all the gunplay
                                    has been bad for our reputation.

                                                            DOC
                                    You certainly wouldnít want a Wild West
                                    Show with a reputation for gunplay!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Weíll see about this!

Deadwood turns Shadow around and rides away from the Wild West Show.  Doc and the Chief follow him.

INT.  WINDWORTHíS OFFICE  --  DAY

Windworth, seated at his desk, busily attends to his paperwork.  His receptionist pokes her head in.

                                                            RECEPTIONIST
                                    The Deadwood Kid and his associates
                                    are here to see you.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Show them in.

Deadwood, Doc and the Chief enter.  The receptionist leaves, closing the door behind her.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    I canít tell you gentlemen how sorry I am
                                    to cut short your Washington engagement,
                                    but weíve moved up the Philadelphia opening,
                                    and I know youíllÖ.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Weíre not going.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Of course you are.  You signed an exclusive
                                    contract.

                                                            DOC
                                    Iíve seen that document.  It says if
                                    Deadwood  quits, he canít take a job
                                    from anyone else.  But it doesnít say
                                    he has to work for you.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Technically, thatís one way to interpret it,
                                    but we have an understandingÖ.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    A little girlís been kidnapped.  I promised
                                    the mother weíd get her back.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Surely the police can find her.

                                                            DOC
                                    The Washington D.C. police couldnít find
                                    a cow turd on a cattle drive.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                                (bristling)
                                    I though you were a gentleman, Doctor
                                    Cafferty.

                                                            DOC
                                    No, you thought I could make you some
                                    money.  But this girl takes precedence!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Anyway, we promised the girlís mother
                                    we wouldnít bring in the police.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Youíve spent your whole life doing things
                                    for other people.  Isnít it time you did
                                    something for yourself?  Donít you want to
                                    keep your job?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    My job is to be the Deadwood Kid.  Thatís
                                    who the people pay money to say.  I donít
                                    think theyíd pay much to see me if I though
                                    more about myself than this little girl.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    All right!  If and when you rescue this child,
                                    I hope youíll return to the show, if the show
                                    survives.  With my star attraction gone, Iíll
                                    have to cut everyoneís salary, just to stay in
                                    business.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Weíll be back just as soon as we can.

Deadwood proudly shakes hands with Windworth.  Reluctantly, the Chief and Doc also shake Windworthís hand.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Good luck to you.

EXT.  THE STREET OUTSIDE WINDWORTHíS BUILDING  --  DAY

Deadwood, Doc and the Chief come out of the building.  Doc opens the door of his car as Deadwood and the Chief prepare to mount Shadow and Wizard.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    He really isnít a bad man.

                                                            DOC
                                    Deadwood, heís so dishonest he makes me
                                    look like you!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Youíre just jealous of his wealth.  In this
                                    country, having a lot of money doesnít mean
                                    youíre a crook.

                                                            DOC
                                    Actually, it usually does.  Take it from a
                                    former crook.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Letís forget Windworth and figure out how
                                    weíre going to rescue Elizabeth Ann.

                                                            DOC
                                    You have any ideas?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Tommygun knew something about the
                                    President.  Maybe the President knew
                                    something about Tommygun.  I want to talk
                                    to him, privately.  What about you?

                                                            DOC
                                    I know some fellows who know some
                                    fellows who have some familiarity with the
                                    criminal element of this city.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    What a surprise!

                                                            DOC
                                    Iíll check with them, see what they know.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Iím going back to the campgrounds.  The
                                    wagon and the teepee belong to us.  Iíll make
                                    sure Windworth doesnít steal them.

The Chief hoists himself into the saddle and rides off.

                                                            DOC
                                    Does he seem depressed to you?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    He always seems depressed to me.

                                                            DOC
                                    No, this is different.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Maybe heís worried about Elizabeth Ann.

Deadwood climbs onto Shadow.

                                                            DOC
                                    Good luck to you, Deadwood.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thanks.

                                                            DOC
                                    You want to wish me good luck?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Well, I hope nothing happens to you that
                                    is worse than you deserve.

                                                            DOC
                                    Thanks, Deadwood.

                                                                                                                FADE TO:

INT.  OVAL OFFICE  --  DAY

President Harding rises from the chair behind his dead and hurries to greet Deadwood as the cowboy enters the Presidential office.  Harding has changed drastically since Deadwoodís lat visit.  The President is jumpy, almost twitchy, and very depressed.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Deadwood!  Good to see you!  Hope
                                    you arenít still sore about that Cafferty
                                    business.  I was wrong about that, just
                                    like I was wrong about the hospital
                                    business.  I owe you an apology.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thatís all right, Mr. President.

                                                            HARDING
                                    No, it isnít!  I may be President, but
                                    Iím not too proud to apologize when
                                    Iím wrong.  Iíve been wrong a lot lately. 
                                   
Maybe I was wrong to take this job in
                                    the first place.  Things go on here that
                                    make a man positively ill.  Itís villainous! 
                                   
I should have stayed a newspaper publisher. 
                                   
I was good at that.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Youíre a good President, sir.  The most
                                    popular weíve had in a long, long time. 
                                   
No one blames you for what your enemies
                                    have done.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Enemies!  I have no trouble with my enemies. 
                                   
I can take care of my enemies all right.  But
                                    my damn friends, my God damned friendsÖ. 
                                   
Theyíre the ones who keep me walking the
                                    floors nights.  Letís go upstairs.  I need a
                                    drink!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Sir?

Harding leads Deadwood out of the oval office.

INT.  WHITE HOUSE STAIRWAY  --  DAY

Deadwood, unable to figure out what is going on, follows Haring upstairs to Hardingís living quarters.

                                                            HARDING
                                    The Duchess and I Ö.  ďDuchessĒ is what
                                    I call the wife Ö.  We feel it isnít proper
                                    to drink in the Presidential office.  But
                                    upstairs is our home, and we do what we
                                    like up here.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    But prohibition is the law everywhere!

INT.  HARDINGíS BEDROOM  --  DAY

Deadwood follows Harding into the Presidential bedroom, where Harding finds a bottle of whiskey and pours a stiff drink into a glass. 

                                                            HARDING
                                    Itís a good law too!  Iíve made many
                                    a speech in its favor!  Alcohol is the
                                    devilís brew.  But the flesh is weak, and it
                                    gets thirsty from time to time.  Will you
                                    join me?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I donít drink.

Harding swallows his entire drink in one gulp, then pours himself another.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Good for you!  A fine example!  Iím
                                    going to stop drinking too!  Have to! 
                                   
Doctorís orders!  Just as soon as I can! 
                                   
As soon as this horrible business is over! 
                                   
As soon as I have a momentís peace!!!

Harding is clearly distraught.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    If you donít mind my asking, where do you
                                    get that alcohol?

                                                            HARDING
                                    Thomas Tucker, God rest his soul.  I heard
                                    you were there when he died.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    At Nan Brittonís house.

Harding completely loses his grip.

                                                            HARDING
                                    You have to save that child!  I know Miss
                                    Britton.  She campaigned for me in Ohio . 
                                   
She will die if anything happens to that baby! 
                                   
Iíll do anything you ask if you rescue that little
                                    girl!

Deadwood is embarrassed, and tries to bring some dignity to the situation.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Iíve already promised Miss Britton Iíd
                                    get her back.  Iím a man of my word,
                                    Mr. President.

                                                            HARDING
                                   
Thank you, Deadwood.

                                                                                                                FADE TO:

EXT.  OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE  --  DAY

Deadwood leaves the White House and walks over to Shadow.  He pulls himself up into the saddle and rides away.

                                                                                                                FADE TO:

EXT.  OUTSIDE THE SPEAKEASY  --  DAY

Deadwood dismounts from Shadow.  He knocks on the door of the speakeasy.  He is answered by a voice from inside. 

                                                            VOICE
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Yeah.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Tommygun sent me.

                                                            VOICE
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Tommygunís dead.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I know.   I was there.

The door is thrust open.  Rough hands grab Deadwood and yank him into the speakeasy.  The door slams shut behind him.

INT.  SPEAKEASY  --  DAY

RACKETEERS from Tommygunís gang surround Deadwood.  FRANCIS, the new mob leader, grabs the front of Deadwoodís shirt and snarls:

                                                            FRANCIS
                                    Tell us what you know!  Now!

With a lightening draw, Deadwood has a gun in his right hand and pushes it into Francisís face.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I know that you better take your hands
                                    off me!  Now!

Francis releases Deadwood.

                                                            FRANCIS
                                    If you had anything to do with Tommygunís
                                    death, youíre already dead.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I didnít kill him.  I was hoping you might
                                    know who did.

                                                            FRANCIS
                                    Why should we tell you anything?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Because Iíll bring his killers to justice.

                                                            FRANCIS
                                    If we hand any idea who it was, theyíd
                                    get something worse than justice.  Theyíd
                                    get us!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Iíve been fighting your kind since before
                                    your fathers were born.  You want revenge,
                                    go ahead.  But if you let any harm to that
                                    little girl the killers took, then Iíll come here
                                    for my revenge, and nothing on earth will stop
                                    me.

Deadwood leaves the speakeasy.  

EXT.  ENTRANCE TO THE WILD WEST SHOW  --  DAY

Deadwood rides Shadow back to the campgrounds.  Most of the Wild West Show has been backed up and ready for travel.

EXT.  WILD WEST CAMPGROUNDS  --  DAY

Deadwood rides up to his campsite, where Doc Cafferty and the Chief are cooking dinner over a campfire.

                                                            DOC
                                    Find out anything?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Nothing useful.  You?

                                                            DOC
                                    I found out something, but it isnít useful
                                    and I donít think youíre going to like it.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Try me.

                                                            DOC
                                    Elizabeth Annís father is Warren G. Harding.

Doc waits for Deadwoodís reaction, but none comes.

                                                            DOC
                                    Arenít you going to reproach me for
                                    besmirching the name of our noble
                                    President?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I had a feeling it was him.

                                                            DOC
                                    Too bad it won't help us find the girl.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Iíve got something that will.

The Chief reaches into the Conestoga wagon and pulls out two sheets of paper.  One is a ransom note and the other is a map.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    This was in the wagon.  It says if we give
                                    them what they want, theyíll free the girl.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    What do they want?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Us.

Deadwood takes the note and reads it.  Doc reads it over Deadwoodís shoulder.

                                                            DOC
                                    Our lives for herís.  Why are they so anxious
                                    to kill us?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Search me.  As far as I know, youíre the
                                    only enemy Iíve got left.

Doc takes the map and studies it.

                                                            DOC
                                    This map shows something across the
                                    Potomac
; it could be an old lookout post. 
                                   
Thatís where they want us to meet them
                                    tomorrow at dawn.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Weíll be there.  But weíll make them wish
                                    we werenít.

EXT.  DIRT ROAD INTO THE WOODS  --  DAWN

Deadwood rides Shadow, the Chief rides Wizard, and Doc Cafferty drives his car down a dirt road into a forest.  The Chief carries his bow, and on his back is his quiver of arrows.  The come to a spot where a small pathway leads away from the dirt road.  Deadwood checks the map, then he stops and dismounts.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thereís a path through here to the river.

The Chief also dismounts and Doc parts his car.  They all start walking down the small pathway.

EXT.  CLEARING IN THE WOODS  --  DAWN

MORTON, the leader of the gang of Hired Guns that killed Tommygun and kidnapped Elizabeth Ann, waits by a campfire outside a small brick building, nestled into the base of a gently-sloping hill, overlooking the Potomac river.  Morton cradles a machine-gun in his arms.  He hears a twig snapping in the woods, and puts his finger on the trigger of his gun as he calls out:

                                                        MORTON
                                    Deadwood?  Is that you?

An answer comes from behind one of the trees:

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Where is she?

                                                            MORTON
                                    Where are your friends?

Replies come from behind other trees:

                                                            CHIEF
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Weíre around.

                                                            DOC
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Whereís the girl?

                                                            MORTON
                                                    (calling)
                                    Look out the window, little girl!

Another HIRED GUN from Mortonís gang pushes Elizabeth Ann so that sheís looking out through the window of the little brick building.

                                                            ELIZABETH ANN
                                    Whereís my Mommy?

                                                            MORTON
                                    Hear that?  She wants her mommy!  You
                                    come out now, and she can go home to
                                    her mommy!

EXT.  IN THE WOODS NEAR THE CLEARING  --  DAY

Deadwood, crouching behind a tree, signals to the Chief and Doc Cafferty to circle around through the woods.  They nod to him and both set off silently through the trees.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (calling out to Morton)
                                    How do we know youíll let her go?

EXT.  CLEARING IN THE WOODS  --  DAY

The Hired Gun in the little brick building pulls Elizabeth Ann away from the window as Morton answers:

                                                            MORTON
                                    Why keep her?  We were hired to get rid of
                                    you, your two friends, and Tommygun.  Thatís
                                    all.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Whoís so anxious to have us dead?

EXT.  IN THE WOODS NEAR THE CLEARING  --  DAY

As the Chief nears the building, he listens to Morton answering Deadwood.  Doc continues on through the trees.

                                                            MORTON
                                    You wouldnít believe me if I told you. 

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Maybe I donít surprise as easily as you think.

EXT.  ATOP THE HILL  --  DAY

Doc, his gun drawn, sneaks silently up the hill behind the building.  Doc spots another HIRED GUN from Mortonís gang, who is hunched down behind a rock at the top of the hill, keeping a lookout.

                                                            MORTON
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Maybe if you come out now, Iíll tell you,
                                    right before I shoot you.

EXT.  CLEARING IN THE WOODS  --  DAY

Morton is getting impatient.

                                                            MORTON
                                    Well?  Are you coming out or not?

EXT.  ATOP THE HILL  --  DAY

Doc creeps up on the Hired Gun atop the hill.  He starts to use his gun to bash the Hired Gun on the head, when the Hired Gun sees Docís shadow.  The Hired Gun turns on Doc and they struggle.  Docís gun goes off, firing into the ground.

EXT.  CLEARING IN THE WOODS  --  DAY

Morton hears the gunfire and turns to look up the hill.  The Hired Gun in the building, still holding Elizabeth Ann in one hand and a gun in the other, looks out the window.

EXT.  IN THE WOODS NEAR THE BUILDING  --  DAY

The Chief shoots his arrow.

EXT.  CLEARING IN THE WOODS  --  Day

The arrow flies through the open window into the shoulder of the Hired Gun inside, who drops his gun and Elizabeth Ann.

EXT.  ATOP THE HILL  --  DAY

As Doc struggles with the Hired Gun, they roll down the hill onto the roof  of the brick building.

EXT.  CLEARING IN THE WOODS  --  DAY

As Morton watches Doc and the Hired Gun falling off the roof and down to the ground, Deadwood dashes from the woods, grabs Mortonís machine gun, and smashes the butt into Mortonís jaw.  Then, throwing aside the machine gun while running for all heís worth, Deadwood bolts into the building and smashes open the door.  Meanwhile, the Chief runs to the window and grabs Elizabeth Ann.

INT.  INSIDE THE BUILDING   --  DAY

The Chief starts to pull Elizabeth Ann through the window as the wounded Hired Gun inside picks up his gun and aims it at the Chief.  Deadwood bursts in through the door and with his own trusty six-gun shoots the gun out of the Hired Gunís hand.  The Chief pulls Elizabeth Ann to safety, while Deadwood keeps his gun aimed at the Hired Gun.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    All right, letís get out of here!

Deadwood motions with his gun for the Hired Gun to leave.  Deadwood follows him out.

EXT.  CLEARING IN THE WOODS  --  DAY

As Deadwood comes out of the building, Doc uses his six-shooter to guard Morton and the Hired Gun.  Suddenly five more Hired Guns from Mortonís gang, their guns drawn, emerge from the woods, surrounding Deadwood, Doc, the Chief and Elizabeth Ann.

                                                            MORTON
                                    Drop your guns!

Deadwood and Doc drop their guns.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    I donít have a gun.  Can I drop my bow?

The Chief drops his bow.

                                                            MORTON
                                    Did you really believe these were just
                                    the three of us?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    No.  Did you really believe there were
                                    just the three of us?

Francis and twenty other racketeers from Tommygunís gang, all with their machine-guns drawn, emerge from the woods.  They surround Mortonís Hired Guns.

                                                            MORTON
                                    Itís Tommygunís gang!

As Morton raises his gun to fire, Deadwood dives onto Elizabeth Ann to shield her, and the Chief crouches over Deadwood.  All the crooks open fire.  Tommygunís gang quickly wipes out Morton and his Hired Guns.  When the shooting stops, the only sound is Elizabeth Ann wailing in fear.  Deadwood, Doc and the Chief all get up, unhurt.  The Chief leads Elizabeth Ann away from the carnage.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Letís go see your Mommy.

He leads her off to the dirt road.  Francis smiles at Deadwood.

                                                            FRANCIS
                                    Nice gun, isnít it?  Bet you would have
                                    liked one of these in the old days.

Francis holds up his machine gun.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You and your guns make me sick to my
                                    stomach!

Deadwood walks off after the Chief and Elizabeth Ann, as Francis calls after him:

                                                            FRANCIS
                                                    (sarcastic)
                                    I suppose you never killed anyone!

                                                            DOC
                                    Actually, I donít believe he ever did.

                                                            FRANCIS
                                    Then why did he invite us along?  He knew
                                    what we were gonna do!

                                                            DOC
                                    That doesnít mean he liked it.

Doc Cafferty follows Deadwood away from the clearing.

                                                                                                        FADE TO:

INT.  HOTEL ROOM  --  DAY

Thereís a knock at the door of a nice Washington hotel room.  Nan Britton opens the door, and Elizabeth Ann scurries into her arms.

                                                            ELIZABETH ANN
                                    Mommy!

                                                            NAN
                                   
Baby!

Nan , kneeling down to hug her daughter, looks up and sees Deadwood, Doc and the Chief in the doorway.

                                                            NAN
                                   
Thank you.

The three heroes enter and close the door behind them.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    We canít guarantee itís over.

                                                            NAN
                                   
I can.  Iím taking my daughter to Europe . 
                                   
Weíre staying there until I know itís safe to
                                    come home.

Deadwood pauses.  The next part is difficult for him.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Tommygun said he knew a lot of things
                                    about the President.  I figured out one
                                    of them.

Nan looks down at her daughter.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    He seems like a man with a lot of troubles.

                                                            NAN
                                   
Youíll help him, wonít you?  Heís a good man. 
                                   
He deserves your help.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I donít think what he did to you was very good.

                                                            NAN
                                   
I think it was.  I love my daughter.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    She deserves a father.

                                                            NAN
                                   
She has a father.  He canít acknowledge her
                                    because too many people donít realize this
                                    is none of their business.

                                                            DOC
                                    Sheís got a point, Deadwood.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    No.  There's right and there's wrong.  A man
                                    should do whatís right.  And that goes double
                                    for the President.

                                                            NAN
                                    He
really is a good decent man.  But heís been
                                    too trusting.  Now he needs help.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Maíam, we donít even know what his problems
                                    are!

                                                            NAN
                                   
I donít know either!  But theyíre killing him! 
                                   
Anyone can see that!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Weíd help if we couldÖ.

                                                            NAN
                                   
Talk to his friend, Jess Smith.  Iím sure he
                                    knows something.

                                                            DOC
                                    Where do we find him?

                                                            NAN
                                   
Thereís a place they call ďthe little green house
                                    on K Street

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Tommygun said he sold alcohol there!

                                                            NAN
                                   
Jess is there most nights.  Question him!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Weíll do what we can.

                                                            NAN
                                   
Thank you, Deadwood.

                                                            ELIZABETH ANN
                                    Thank you, Deadwood.

Nan hugs her baby as the heroes leave.

EXT.  OUTSIDE THE LITTLE GREEN HOUSE  --  NIGHT

Deadwood on Shadow, the Chief on Wizard, and Doc in his car ride up to the little green house on K Street .  Deadwood looks at the number on the house.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Sixteen Twenty-Five K Street .  You
                                    sure this is the place?

                                                            DOC
                                    Trust me on this one.  Itís rented by Howard
                                    Mannington and F. E. Caskey, two pals of
                                    Hardingís from Ohio.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You knew about this place?  Why didnít you
                                    mention it before?

                                                            DOC
                                    I didnít know it had anything to do with people
                                    trying to kill us.  Iím still not sure it does.

Deadwood knocks on the front door of the little green house.  HOWARD MANNINGTON opens the door.  Raucous sounds come from inside.

                                                            MANNINGTON
                                    Yes?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Weíre here to see Jess Smith.

                                                            MANNINGTON
                                    Okay, but I get five percent.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Five percent of what?

                                                            MANNINGTON
                                    Of whatever you pay him for whatever heís
                                    selling!   Come on in!

INT.  LITTLE GREEN HOUSE  --  NIGHT

Deadwood, Doc and the Chief follow Mannington into the den, which is filled with cigar smoke.  A high stakes poker game is going on at a big round table.  Jess Smith is one of the POKER PLAYERS.

                                                            FIRST POKER
                                                            PLAYER
                                    Iíll see you, and raise a grand.

The players all look at Jess, who studies his cards.

                                                            JESS
                                    Friends, I need to raise some cash.  Who
                                    wants to bid for a declaration of immunity,
                                    signed by the Attorney General himself? 
                                   
Fill in your own name and crime.

                                                            SECOND POKER
                                                            PLAYER
                                    Hell, Jess, weíve all got those.

                                                            THIRD POKER
                                                            PLAYER
                                    How about a Presidential pardon?

                                                            JESS
                                    Aw, you fellows know W.G. doesnít like
                                    to sing those unless he knows in advance
                                    whoís being pardoned.

                                                            FIRST POKER
                                                            PLAYER
                                    What about one of those liquor withdrawal
                                    permits, entitled you to confiscated booze. 
                                   
Iíll give you a grand for that.

Jess reaches into his briefcase and takes out a liquor withdrawal permit, which he hands to the first poker player.  The first player hands Jess some chips, which Jess puts into the pot while singing a line from his favorite song:

                                                            JESS
                                                    (singing)
                                    My God!  How the money rolls in!

Deadwood, Doc and the Chief have heard enough.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Jess Smith!

Startled, Jess turns around, and is happy to see Deadwood.

                                                            JESS
                                    Deadwood!  You guys ever hear of
                                    the Deadwood Kid?  This is him! 
                                   
Pull up a chair, Deadwood!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Iíd like to speak with you outside.

                                                            JESS
                                    Sure.  Just let me finish this hand.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Now!

                                                            JESS
                                    Hold your horses!  Iíve got a great hand
                                    here.

The third poker player reveals his hand.

                                                            THIRD POKER
                                                            PLAYER
                                    Full house!

                                                            JESS
                                    Nuts!

Jess throws down his hand in disgust.

                                                            THIRD POKER
                                                            PLAYER
                                    The money rolls out too, donít it, Jess?

Jess leaves the table and walks over to Deadwood.

                                                            JESS
                                    What can I do for you folks?

Deadwood grabs him and hauls him out of the house.

                                                            JESS
                                    Hey!!!!

EXT.  OUTSIDE THE LITTLE GREEN HOUSE  --  NIGHT

Deadwood is as angry as heís ever been in his life.  Barely controlling his fury, he yanks Jess out onto the front porch.  Doc and the Chief follow.

                                                            DOC
                                    Whatís going on in there?

                                                            JESS
                                    Poker!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    What was that about pardons and bootleg
                                    liquor permits?

Jess canít understand what all the fuss is about.

                                                            JESS
                                    Oh, thatís nothing!  I mean, compared
                                    with some of the other stunts weíveÖ. 
                                   
Say, youíre serious about this, arenít you?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (very serious)
                                   
What stunts?

Jess turns to Doc for protection.

                                                            JESS
                                   
He is serious!  Doc, you should have warned
                                    me he was serious!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                   
Is Cafferty in on this too?

                                                            DOC
                                   
Donít get your hopes up.  Iíve played
                                    some poker with Dougherty, but I never got
                                    involved with the rest of it.

                                                            JESS
                                   
But youíre a man of the world!  You know
                                    how things are!

                                                            DOC
                                   
I know the Harding administration is riddled
                                    with the biggest bunch of crooks in the history
                                    of politics.

                                                            JESS
                                   
No!  We just make a little money on the
                                    side, thatís all.  Thatís how government
                                    works, isnít it?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                   
Suppose you tell me how it works.

                                                            JESS
                                   
I think Iíve said enough.

Deadwood draws his gun and aims it at Jess, who nearly has a fit.

                                                            JESS
                                   
No!  No! 

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                   
Youíre the one whoís afraid of guns, arenít
                                    you?

                                                            JESS
                                   
Donít!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                   
What other stunts?

                                                            JESS
                                   
Donít point it at me!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                   
What stunts?

                                                            JESS
                                   
All right!

Deadwood puts his gun back in its holster.

                                                            JESS
                                   
Lots of things.  Like the oil.  The
                                    government keeps reserves, for national
                                    emergencies.  But Albert Fall, heís the
                                    Secretary of the Interior, he got W.G.
                                    to put him in charge of the reserves, and
                                    heís been leasing them to private companies,
                                    and we all get kickbacks.  But it doesnít
                                    hurt anybody!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                   
You steal from your own country and
                                    say it doesnít hurt anybody?

                                                            JESS
                                   
Donít we deserve a little something for
                                    getting our man elected?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                   
Iíd give you what you deserve, but I donít
                                    shoot unarmed men!

Deadwood stalks away from the house, followed by Doc and the Chief, as Jess calls out after them:

                                                            JESS
                                   
Donít say I told you!  You wonít say you
                                    heard it from me, okay?

Deadwood ignores Jess.  Deadwood climbs onto Shadow, and the Chief gets on Wizard and Doc enters his car.   They all ride away, as Jess calls after them:

                                                            JESS
                                                   
(shouting)
                                   
Iím trusting you not to say anything!  Iím
                                    trusting you!

                                                                                                            FADE TO:

EXT.  ENTRANCE TO THE WILD WEST SHOW  --  DAWN

The entrance has been dismantled and taken away.  The show has moved on.

EXT.  WILD WEST CAMPGROUNDS  --  DAY

 

All that is left of the Wild West Extravaganza is Deadwood's Conestoga wagon and the Chief's teepee.  The Chief cooks his breakfast over a campfire, as Doc drives up in his car.

                                                            DOC
                                    Morning, Chief.  Is Deadwood around?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    He's out riding, planning his next move.

Doc gets out his of his car and sits beside the Chief.

                                                            DOC
                                    It occurs to me I owe you an apology.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Show me someone who doesn't.

                                                            DOC
                                    I don't recall you being this bitter in the
                                    old days.  How'd you come to team up
                                    with Deadwood, back then?                                   

                                                            CHIEF
                                    I thought I saw which way the wind was
                                    blowing, and it seemed to me I had two
                                    choices, assimilate, or die.  I decided to
                                    assimilate.  It seemed like the better option,
                                    at the time.

                                                            DOC
                                    Was it?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    I don't know.  Deadwood's a good man, but I
                                    gave up a lot to work with him.  But if I hadn't
                                    given it up, it would have been taken away from
                                    me anyway.  I don't know.  I think back a lot, and
                                    I wonder about the choices I made.  Maybe that's
                                    what being an old man is all about.

                                                            DOC
                                    Deadwood doesn't seem to worry about any of his
                                    choices.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    I know.  I wish he would.

                                                            DOC
                                    I'm sorry about all the times I tried to kill
                                    you.  I'm glad I failed.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    You were always my favorite enemy.  I enjoyed
                                    our battles.

                                                            DOC
                                    Thank you, but I'm sorry we fought.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Young men always want to fight.  Old men
                                    should know better.

Deadwood rides up, dismounts, and starts right in with his plans.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I've been thinking.  This could be a lot more
                                    serious than we thought!

                                                            DOC
                                    People keep trying to kill us, Deadwood!  The
                                    only way it'll get more serious is if they
                                    succeed!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    There are things more important than our safety,
                                    like the integrity of the U.S. government.  I will
                                    clean up this corruption if it kills me!

                                                            DOC
                                    I'm worried you'll clean it up if it kills me

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I'd gladly sacrifice my life for the U.S.A., and 
                                    I don't want the help of anyone who doesn't
                                    feel the same way.

The Chief gets up and starts to take down his teepee.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    What are you doing?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    You just said you didn't want my help!   

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I meant Doc!

The Chief looks sadly at Deadwood and continues to take down the teepee.  

                                                            CHIEF
                                    My people tried to fight your government. 
                                    Guess who won.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Come on, Chief.  Our country needs us!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    It's not my country.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    All those trails we rode together all those
                                    years!  Are you telling me that wasn't your
                                    country.

                                                              CHIEF
                                    It used to be my country.  But your people
                                    turned it into something I don't want any more.
                                    And it wouldn't be mine, even if I did.

Deadwood is starting to get angry.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You sound like someone who really did fight at
                                    Custer's Last Stand.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    It was the last great triumph of my people.  I
                                    wanted to be there, but I didn't go.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Why not?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    I knew you wouldn't want a partner who'd fought
                                    at the Little Big Horn.

Deadwood doesn't know what to say.  The Chief finishes disassembling his teepee.

                                                            DOC
                                    Where are you going, Chief?

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Back to Windworth's Wild West Show.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I thought you hated Windworth!

                                                            CHIEF
                                    I do, but he has the only place left where I feel
                                    at home.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I wish you'd reconsider.  Things look bad now, but
                                    we can win this one.  We've got right on our side,
                                    and justice will prevail.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    That's what Crazy Horse said.

EXT.  ENTRANCE TO THE WILD WEST SHOW  --  DAY

Doc Cafferty walks alongside, as the Chief rides Wizard slowly up to where the entrance of the Wild West Show used to be, before the show moved on.  Doc shakes the Chief's hand, then Doc turns and walks back toward the campgrounds.  The Chief rides away.  All of his earthly goods are on a litter dragging behind Wizard.

EXT.  WILD WEST CAMPGROUNDS  --  DAY

Doc shouts into Deadwood's Conestoga Wagon.

                                                            DOC
                                    Are you going to mope in there all day?

Deadwood jumps out of the wagon and climbs onto Shadow.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    No.

                                                            DOC
                                    You going after the Chief?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    No, I'm going back to see Harding.

                                                            DOC
                                    Want me to come along?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    No.  Why don't you go talk to some more of
                                    your shifty, underworld friends?  See what
                                    they'll tell you.

                                                            DOC
                                    All right, if you say so.  I spoke to the
                                    Chief before he left.  He asked me to
                                    look after you.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I can look after myself.

Deadwood kicks his spurs into Shadow and gallops away.

INT.  WHITE HOUSE RECEPTION AREA  --  DAY

Deadwood hurries in, anxious to get past the Secretary and confront Harding. 

                                                            SECRETARY
                                    Yes?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Where's the President?

                                                            SECRETARY
                                    He has meetings scheduled all day.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Please tell him the Deadwood Kid needs to speak
                                    with him!

                                                            SECRETARY
                                    He requested that he not be disturbed.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I guess I'll have to wait.

                                                            SECRETARY
                                    I don't believe the President will be able to
                                    see you today.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Then he'll see me tonight because I'm not leaving until
                                    he does!

EXT.  THE STREET OUTSIDE THE WINDWORTH BUILDING  --  DAY

Doc Cafferty, driving down the street, notices the Windworth building.  He decides to stop.

INT.  WINDWORTH'S OFFICE  --  DAY

Windworth, sitting at his desk, grins sardonically as Doc enters the room.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Good afternoon, Doctor.  Have you come to ask 
                                    for your job back?

                                                            DOC
                                    No.  I just stopped by to get some
                                    information.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Chief Iron Cloud was in this morning to get his
                                    job back.  He's the only one of you with any
                                    sense!  What the hell are you and Deadwood
                                    up to?  Are you trying to bring down the
                                    whole damn government?

Windworth is very angry. 

                                                            DOC
                                    We just want to find out who's trying to kill
                                    us, so we can maybe persuade them to stop.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Who the hell do you think is trying to kill you? 
                                    It's Harding and his cronies!  Who else?  With
                                    all the dirt you've been digging up, who can blame
                                    them?

                                                            DOC
                                    Killing us won't keep anything hidden.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    No, not now.  Thanks to you, it's all bound
                                    to come out now!  And the shame of it is,
                                    Harding could have been the greatest president
                                    we ever had.  He's already done as much for
                                    business as any president in history!  But if news
                                    of the scandals breaks now - before the next
                                    election - we'll end up with a Democrat in the
                                    White House , or worse -- a reformer!

                                                            DOC
                                    We didn't plan to get involved in politics.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    But you did, and look what it's got you! 
                                    Harding's put a price of Ten Thousand Dollars
                                    on Deadwood's head!  You'd do your friend a
                                    big favor if you got him to drop out of sight for
                                    a few months.

                                                            DOC
                                    That's not a bad idea.  Do you have any
                                    suggestions as to how I might manage it?

Windworth thinks this over.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    I know of a place, it was owned by a family who
                                    needed their own little prison cell in their home to
                                    lock up a demented uncle.  If you could lure Deadwood
                                    into that place, without his guns, you could keep him
                                    locked safely away until this whole thing blows over.

                                                             DOC
                                    What's the address of this place?

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    I'll write it down for you.

Windworth writes the address down.

INT.  THE WHITE HOUSE RECEPTION AREA  --  DAY

It's late in the day, the setting sun can be seen through the windows, and Deadwood is still waiting.  Doc Cafferty hurries in and walks straight up to the Secretary, without noticing Deadwood.

                                                            DOC
                                    Can you tell me if the Deadwood Kid has
                                    been in here today?

                                                            SECRETARY
                                    He's been in here all day!  And if he doesn't leave
                                    soon, I'm going to call the guards.

Doc sees Deadwood sitting in a corner of the reception area, and hurries over to him.

                                                            DOC
                                    Come on.  We have to talk!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Talk here.  I'm not going home until I've seen
                                    Harding.

                                                            DOC
                                    You're not going home, period!  There's a price
                                    on your head, and every crook in town who owns
                                    a gun must be headed out to the campgrounds to
                                    ambush you!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I've had gunmen after me before.

Daugherty opens the door to the Oval Office for an instant, revealing Harding standing by his desk, but as soon as Daugherty sees Deadwood and Doc, he slams the door shut.  Deadwood runs to the door, tries to open it and finds it locked, and knocks loudly as he shouts:

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You might as well let me in, Mr. President!!!  Either
                                    I talk to you, or I talk to everyone else in this town!

Doc tries to pull Deadwood away from the door.

                                                            DOC
                                  Come on, Deadwood.  This isn't doing anyone any....

Harding opens the door.  Deadwood and Doc enter.

INT.  THE OVAL OFFICE  --  NIGHT

Harding, looking deathly ill, tries to be sociable to Deadwood as Daugherty bristles.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Deadwood, you remember Harry Daugherty, the
                                    Attorney General.  I'm sorry we kept you waiting....

                                                            DAUGHERTY
                                    For God's sake, W.G., you don't have to apologize
                                    to him!

                                                            HARDING
                                    Yes I do, Harry.  He's done me a great favor.  Both
                                    of them have.  As I was saying, Deadwood, I've had
                                    some important business I had to....

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (interrupting)
                                    I doubt it's as important as mine.  I spoke to your
                                    friend Jess Smith last night...

                                                            DAUGHERTY
                                                    (interrupting)
                                    We were just talking about Jess.  We've had to
                                    discipline him...

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I hope you shot him!  He told me....

                                                            DAUGHERTY
                                                    (interrupting)
                                    Don't give too much credence to anything Jess
                                    says.  The fact is, he serves no function in the
                                    government, though he likes to pretend he does. 
                                    But as of today, Jess is no longer welcome in
                                    the White House.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Is that how you're disciplining him?

                                                            HARDING
                                    It's not like he's done anything really wrong. 
                                    Harry tells me Jess has been running around with
                                    the wrong sort of people, attending wild parties,
                                    using Harry's official car at all hours.  That's all.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    That's all?????  You don't know the half of it!

                                                            DAUGHERTY
                                    As Attorney General, I can assure you....

                                                            HARDING
                                    Will you shut up, Harry!  I want to hear what
                                    Deadwood has to say.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Mr. President, have you talked to Smith yourself?

                                                            HARDING
                                    No.  I've let Harry handle it.  I'm not good at being
                                    tough with people.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Will you listen to what he says if I bring him here?

                                                            HARDING
                                    Yes.  The least I can do is listen.

                                                            DAUGHERTY
                                    W.G., we've been through this before.  There's no
                                    point in seeing Jess.

Harding doesn't like being bullied in front of his childhood hero.

                                                            HARDING
                                    It seems to me you're forgetting which of us is
                                    President!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Thank you, sir.  I'll go track him down.

Deadwood turns to go, but Daugherty stops him.

                                                            DAUGHERTY
                                    I can tell you where he is -- at my apartment,
                                    over at the Wardman Park Hotel.

                                                            DOC
                                    Your apartment?

                                                            DAUGHERTY
                                    Jess has his faults, but he is an old friend.

Deadwood turns to go.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You'll see what kind of faults your old friend has!

                                                            DAUGHERTY
                                    Can't this wait until tomorrow?  It's getting late, and
                                    W.G. and I are busy planning his trip.

                                                            HARDING
                                    "The Voyage of Understanding."  I'm crossing the
                                    whole country, gong all the way up to Alaska, all
                                    to get  a better understanding of the American
                                    people.  And maybe they'll learn to understand me
                                    a little better in time for the next election.

                                                            DOC
                                    What if Smith decides to leave town tonight?

                                                            DAUGHERTY
                                    He won't.  One of my boys from the Department of
                                    Justice is looking after him.  Jess isn't going
                                    anywhere.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    All right.  I'll be back with him first thing in the
                                    morning.  Goodnight, Mr. President.

Deadwood leaves, followed by Doc.

EXT.  THE WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS  --  NIGHT

Doc hurries after Deadwood, as Deadwood starts to climb onto Shadow.

                                                            DOC
                                    Where are you off to now?

Deadwood sits on top of Shadow, pondering the question.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I can't go back to the campgrounds, can I?

                                                            DOC
                                    Not unless you feel particularly suicidal.  And
                                    my apartment isn't any safer.  But I know a
                                    local hideout where we...

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (interrupting)
                                    I don't feel like hiding out tonight.  I think maybe
                                    I'll just wait up for the sun.

                                                            DOC
                                    Mind if I wait with you?

EXT.  LAWN IN FRONT OF THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT  --  NIGHT

Doc and Deadwood stroll around the Washington Monument grounds, while Shadow grazes on the lawn.

                                                            DOC
                                    When we were young, would have ever have
                                    guessed we'd end up on the same side?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I still have my doubts.

                                                            DOC
                                    You remember that stagecoach I robbed outside
                                    Tombstone?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I remember you stole ten thousand dollars!  When
                                    we caught you, all you had was a thousand with
                                    you.  Where'd you hide the rest?

                                                            DOC
                                    I never had it.  I suspect the stage driver stole it.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Is that true?

                                                            DOC
                                    Why lie about it now?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Why didn't you say something at your trial?

                                                            DOC
                                    Just because I got caught, why spoil things for the
                                    driver?  I hope he had a good time with the money.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I hope he didn't!  What kind of morality is that?

                                                            DOC
                                    Crooked.  What do you expect from a bad man?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You talk like you're proud of it!  You know, your
                                    crimes mad a lot of good people unhappy!

                                                            DOC
                                    And your crime-fighting made a lot of bad people
                                    unhappy.  I figure we're even.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Why'd you ever decide to work on my side?

                                                            DOC
                                    Because you remind me of the old days.  My gang is
                                    all buried on boot hill, every one of them.  Until I
                                    join them, I think we old timers should stick
                                    together.

Deadwood and Doc look up at the Washington Monument as it catches the first rays of the morning sun.

                                                            DOC
                                    Arthur Windworth thinks Harding is trying to kill
                                    you.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Since when did you start listening to Windworth?

                                                            DOC
                                    I don't trust him.  But I'll always listen to what a
                                    rich man has to say.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Sun's about up.  We better go get Jess Smith.

                                                            DOC
                                    You think he's awake yet?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You think I care?  He's a bigger crook than you! 
                                    Let's go roust up the little swindler!

EXT.  OUTSIDE THE WARDMAN PARK HOTEL  --  DAWN

Deadwood dismounts from Shadow, while Doc parks his car.  Then the early morning silence is shattered by a gunshot from inside the building.

INT.  LOBBY OF THE WARDMAN PARK HOTEL  --  DAWN

Deadwood and Doc run through the lobby, and race up the steps.

INT.  HALLWAY OF THE WARDMAN PARK HOTEL  --  DAWN

Doc and Deadwood run to the door of Daugherty's room.  They try to pull it open, but it's locked.  Deadwood bangs his fists on the door.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Open up!

From inside comes the voice of Daugherty's assistant WARREN F. MARTIN and the voice of WILLIAM J. BURNS, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (which was then known as the Bureau of Investigation), who are talking to each other.

                                                            MARTIN
                                                        (O.S.)
                                    Who the hell is that?

                                                            BURNS
                                                        (O.S.)
                                    Find out!

Martin opens the door just enough to stick his head out.

                                                            MARTIN
                                    Yes?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Is this Daugherty's apartment?

                                                            MARTIN
                                    He's not here now.  Come back later.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I heard a gunshot.

                                                            MARTIN
                                    There's been an accident.  We're handling it.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    We're here to see Jess Smith.

                                                            MARTIN
                                    I'm afraid that's impossible.

                                                            BURNS
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Will you get back in here, Martin!

Deadwood draws his gun and aims it at Martin.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Unless you want to hear another gunshot, and
                                    unless you want it to be the last thing you hear,
                                    you'll let us in.  Now!

Burns steps back and lets Deadwood and Doc enter.

INT.  LIVING ROOM OF DAUGHERTY'S APARTMENT  --  DAY

On the floor, dressed in pajamas and a dressing gown, is the body of Jess Smith.  His head is partway into a wastebasket which has fallen over on its side.  Ashes of Smith's personal papers spill out of the wastebasket.  William J. Burns, standing beside the body, is furious to see Deadwood and Doc coming in with Martin.

                                                            BURNS
                                    Who the hell are you?     

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    People call me the Dead...

                                                            BURNS
                                                    (interrupting)
                                    The Deadwood Kid!  And you must be Doc
                                    Cafferty.

Cafferty nods is head to Burns.

                                                            BURNS
                                    Haven't you caused enough trouble?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Who are you?

                                                            BURNS
                                    William F. Burns, director of the Bureau of
                                    Investigation.  Put the damn gun away.

                                                            MARTIN
                                    Arrest him, Bill!  He threatened me!

                                                            BURNS
                                    Shut up!  This is bad enough without dragging
                                    damn cowboys into it.  Go home, Deadwood!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I told Harding I'd bring back Smith.

                                                            BURNS
                                    You think he'd like you dragging a corpse all
                                    over the White House carpet?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Who killed him?

                                                            BURNS
                                    Suicide.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Suicide!!!!

                                                            BURNS
                                    Suicide!  We heard the shot and found him like this.  I
                                    figure he shot himself in the left temple, then he fell
                                    over so his head went into the wastebasket.  He'd been
                                    burning something in there, probably personal papers.

                                                            DOC
                                    Where's the gun?

                                                            BURNS
                                    I don't know.  I put it somewhere.  What the hell
                                    difference does it make?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    It seems odd that a man so terrified of guns would
                                    shoot himself.

                                                            BURNS
                                    I don't care what it seems to you.  I'm investigating
                                    this.  And if you don't get out of here now, I may charge
                                    you with it!

                                                            DOC
                                    Come on, Deadwood.  There's nothing we can do
                                    here.

Deadwood allows Doc to lead him out of Daugherty's apartment.

EXT.  OUTSIDE THE WARDMAN PARK HOTEL  --  DAY

Deadwood and Doc come out of the hotel.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Isn't there one honest man in this whole city?

                                                            DOC
                                    If you're looking for honesty, you picked the
                                    wrong town.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    That's not funny, Cafferty.

                                                            DOC
                                    No, it isn't.  Is it?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    So where's this hideout of yours?

                                                            DOC
                                    Follow me.

Deadwood climbs onto Shadow as Doc gets in his car, and they ride away.

EXT.  STREET IN A BAD PART OF TOWN  --  DAY

Doc pulls up in front of a run down apartment building.  Deadwood dismounts and hitches Shadow to a tree.  Doc looks around to see if anyone is watching them.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    How'd you find out about this place?

                                                            DOC
                                    An old crook I know told me about it.  I'll tell
                                    you more when we get inside.

Doc leads Deadwood into the building.

INT.  RUN DOWN APARTMENT  --  DAY

Cafferty enters cautiously.  Deadwood follows.  In one way, a security door opens in on a private cell.  Deadwood looks it over as Cafferty closes and locks the front door.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    What's that?

                                                            DOC
                                    Private cell for a demented uncle.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You've got some strange friends.

Deadwood spots a couch near the front door and stretches out on it.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I'm tuckered out.  Got to grab some shut eye.

Just as Deadwood is about to drift off to sleep, Cafferty sits down on a chair facing the couch.  He draws a gun, although he does not aim it at Deadwood.

                                                            DOC
                                    Sorry, Deadwood.  I can't let you do that.

Deadwood looks up cautiously.  Has Doc betrayed him?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    What?

                                                            DOC
                                    I'm afraid we're in for a gunfight.

Deadwood sits up.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Explain yourself.

                                                            DOC
                                    Windworth told me about this place.  He claimed
                                    that locking you in a cell was the only way to
                                    keep you safe from Harding.  And I was thinking
                                    about doing that, until I took a good look at
                                    Harding last night.  He's no more dangerous
                                    than a hamstrung jackrabbit.  So why was Windworth
                                    lying?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You tell me.

                                                            DOC
                                    Maybe he wants you locked up someplace,
                                    without your guns.  Maybe he wants an easy
                                    target.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Maybe you better give yourself a good
                                    examination to find out why you've gone loco!

                                                            DOC
                                    This is serious!  Windworth's the only one who
                                    knows we're here....

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                   (interrupting)
                                    Good.  That means it's safe for me to go to sleep.

Deadwood lies back down on the couch and tries to sleep.

                                                            DOC
                                    All right!  Go ahead and sleep!  I'll wake you
                                    up when the gunmen get here.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You do that.

                                                            DOC
                                    I don't understand how you've survived so long.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I get lots of sleep, that's how.  Keeps me healthy.

                                                            DOC
                                    I wish you'd been this careless when I was
                                    fighting you.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Be quiet, or you'll be fighting me again.

Deadwood drifts off to sleep, while Doc keeps a wary eye on the front door.  Slowly, a closet door silent opens and a HITMAN steps out, silently raising his gun.  He aims and Deadwood and starts to pull back the trigger, but as the hammer CLICKS back Deadwood's eyes pop open --  his gun is in his hand, firing, and shoots the gun out of the Hitman's hands!

                                                            HITMAN
                                    Damn it!

Cafferty spins around in his chair and sees the Hitman.  He turns to Deadwood.

                                                            CAFFERTY   
                                    I thought you were asleep!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I'm a light sleeper.  I thought you were standing
                                    guard!

                                                            DOC
                                    I can't guard in every direction!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I can guard in every direction and sleep at the
                                    same time!

Deadwood approaches the Hitman, keeping his gun trained on him for the rest of the scene.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Who sent you, Mister?

                                                            HITMAN
                                    I'm not talking.

                                                            DOC
                                    Doesn't matter.  We know it was Windworth.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I don't know that!

                                                            DOC   
                                    I know it enough for the both of us!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    A man of Windworth's stature wouldn't resort
                                    to hired thugs.

                                                            DOC
                                    Only a man of Windworth's cheapness would
                                    hire such a cut rate hood!

                                                            HITMAN
                                    I ain't cut rate!

                                                            DOC
                                    How much were you promised for this job?

                                                            HITMAN
                                                    (proudly)
                                    Five hundred!

                                                            DOC
                                    Ha!  Windworth told me there was a ten
                                    thousand dollar price tag on Deadwood's
                                    head!

                                                            HITMAN
                                    Ten thousand!  That damn chiseler!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Wait a minute!  Are you saying Windworth
                                    hired you?

                                                            HITMAN
                                    He said an old man like you wasn't worth more
                                    than five hundred!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    But why would he want me dead?

                                                            DOC
                                    Harding's been good for big business.  You've been
                                    bad for Harding; that makes you bad for big
                                    business.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I'm about to get a lot worse.

                                                            DOC
                                                    (indicating the Hitman)
                                    What do we do with him?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You think the police will want him?

                                                            DOC
                                    Want him?  Hell, in this town, they'll
                                    probably make him commissioner.  Let's lock
                                    him up in the uncle's room.

Doc takes out a key that Windworth gave him, and uses it to unlock the door to the private cell.  Deadwood motions for the Hitman to enter the cell.  The Hitman gets in and Doc locks the door.  Then Deadwood and Doc leave.

EXT.  THE STREET OUTSIDE THE WINDWORTH BUILDING  --  DAY

Deadwood rides Shadow up to the Windworth building as Doc drives up in his car.

INT.  WINDWORTH'S RECEPTION AREA  --  DAY

Deadwood and Doc march past Windworth's receptionist to the door of Windworth's office.

                                                            RECEPTIONIST
                                    You can't go in there!

Deadwood opens the door.  The office is empty.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Where is he?

                                                            RECEPTIONIST
                                    He's not in today.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Where is he?

                                                            RECEPTIONIST
                                    He told me not to tell anyone where he was
                                    going.

                                                            DOC
                                    You can trust the Deadwood Kid, can't you?

                                                            RECEPTIONIST
                                    He expressly said not to tell anyone.

                                                            DOC
                                    Windworth's life is in danger!  There are two
                                    men planning to kill him!

The receptionist looks at Deadwood, thinks things over, and decides to trust him.

                                                            RECEPTIONIST
                                    He said he was going to the Wild West Show up in
                                    Philadelphia.

                                                            DOC
                                    The Chief!

Deadwood and Doc run out of the reception area.

EXT.  THE STREET OUTSIDE THE WINDWORTH BUILDING  --  DAY

Deadwood and Doc emerge from the building.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Why'd you tell her Windworth's life was in
                                    danger?

                                                            DOC
                                    It is.  We're planning to kill him, aren't we?    

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    I've never killed anyone!  I just wound them. 
                                    What's the fastest way to get to Philadelphia?

                                                            DOC
                                    How about by President?

INT.  THE OVAL OFFICE  --  DAY

Deadwood and Doc are confronting Harding in the Oval Office.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    And that's the whole story.  Windworth's been
                                    killing these people to suppress the news of the
                                    scandals in your administration.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Arthur Windworth?  I can't believe it.  He's one
                                    of the most successful businessmen in the country!

                                                            DOC
                                    Which isn't proof he's a crook, but it's a good
                                    indication.

                                                            HARDING
                                    I believe in business!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    So do I.  But that doesn't mean you don't need law
                                    and order to keep it clean.

                                                            HARDING
                                    I suppose there might be something to that. 

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Windworth already tried kidnapping your daughter to
                                    stop us.  Now he's going after the Chief.  You've got to
                                    get us to Philadelphia so we can rescue our friend.

                                                            HARDING
                                    I'll do what I can!

EXT.  TRAIN SPEEDING TO PHILADELPHIA  --  DAY

A train speeds along the tracks from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia.

EXT.  PHILADELPHIA TRAIN STATION  --  DAY

As the trail pulls to a stop at the Philadelphia Train Station, RAILROAD WORKERS open up a freight car.  To their surprise, Deadwood's horse Shadow leaps out, with Deadwood in the saddle.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Do you know where Windworth's Wild West
                                    Extravaganza is playing?

The Railroad Workers are too stunned to answer.  Doc, astride his own horse, follows Deadwood out of the railway car.  He pulls a gun from his holster and waives it at the Railroad Workers.

                                                            DOC
                                    Where the hell's the damn Wild West Show?

One of the Railroad Workers points in the general direction of the show, and Doc and Deadwood ride off in that direction. 

EXT.  PHILADELPHIA ENTRANCE TO THE WILD WEST SHOW  --  DAY

Deadwood and Doc ride through the entrance.  They spot the Master of Ceremonies.

                                                            MASTER OF CEREMONIES
                                    Deadwood!  Good to see you!

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Where's Windworth?

                                                            MASTER OF CEREMONIES
                                    Try the little cabin up at the far edge of the trailers. 
                                    I think he's staying there.

The Master of Ceremonies points in the direction of the cabins.  Deadwood and Doc ride off in that direction.

EXT.  WINDWORTH'S CABIN  --  DAY

Deadwood and Doc ride up to the cabin, which is several yards away from the rest of the living quarters of the cast of the Wild West Show.  Deadwood and Doc dismount, draw their guns, and cautiously creep up to the front door.  When the reach the door, the suddenly smash it open.

INT.  WINDWORTH'S CABIN  --  DAY

The Chief, unconscious and badly beaten, is tied up in a chair in the center of the room.  Deadwood and Doc enter the cabin.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Chief?

Windworth steps out from the shadows behind them.  Holding a gun in each hand, he pokes the barrels into the spines of Deadwood and Doc.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Please drop your guns.

Doc and Deadwood drop their guns onto the floor.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Thank you.  Now move over by the Chief.

Deadwood and Doc stand beside the still unconscious Chief.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    When the man I hired didn't report back, I suspected
                                    you two might have escaped again.  I asked the
                                    Chief with all the powers of persuasion I could
                                    muster, but he wouldn't talk.  Still, I knew you'd
                                    show up eventually, and here you are. 

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Your wealth and power won't help you get away
                                    with this.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Of course they will.  They let me get away with
                                    everything.  It will be especially easy when I make
                                    it appear that you old enemies shot each other.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    You hired that gunman to kill those men from the
                                    Veteran's Hospital, didn't you.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Yes.  I'd hoped it would put a lid on the scandal, but
                                    I was too late.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    And Tommygun?

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    He was going to tell Harding about the oil business, and
                                    try to convince him to make a clean breast of everything. 
                                    But I couldn't let that happen.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                    Why not?

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    I'm a patriot, Deadwood.  I'm saving my country's
                                    economy.  That's why I'm going to kill you.   You
                                    know, it's a funny thing; when I was a boy, I read
                                    all your adventures, and ....

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (interrupting)
                                    Don't tell me I was your hero.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    No, Doc Cafferty was my hero.   I always thought you
                                    were a sap.

Windworth raises is gun to shoot Deadwood.

                                                            HARDING
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Don't!

Harding enters the cabin from behind Windworth.

                                                            HARDING
                                    Don't kill them, Arthur!  It's not worth it!

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Well, well, W.G.  I didn't expect to meet you
                                    here.

                                                            HARDING
                                    I rode up on the train with Deadwood and Doc. 
                                    They told me you've been doing all this for me.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Not for you, for the country!  America needs a
                                    President who'll give business a free hand.

                                                            HARDING
                                    You can't kill these people!

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    I'll kill you if you try to stop me.  Get over there
                                    with your friends.

Windworth waves his gun at Harding, who moves over to stand halfway between Windworth and Doc.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Actually, I think I'd prefer to elevate your Vice-
                                    President.  Coolidge is even more pro-business
                                    than you are, and he's smart enough to keep his
                                    staff away from petty graft.

                                                            HARDING
                                    What you're doing isn't right.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    It's certainly what's best for the country.  Eight
                                    more years of a solid, pro-business, Republican
                                    administration in the White House, and by the end
                                    of the decade, this country will see the greatest
                                    prosperity the world has ever known!

During Windworth's speech, the Chief regains consciousness.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Hello paleface; - goodbye buffalo.       

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    You stinking savage!  You're first!

Windworth aims his gun at the Chief.  Before Windworth can shoot, Harding leaps at him and grapples for the gun.  Windworth shoves Haring away and turns his gun on the President, but as Windworth starts to pull the trigger....  BLAM!  The gun is shot out of Windworth's hand.  Windworth turns to see Deadwood, lying on the ground, where he has grabbed the gun that Windworth forced him to drop.  Windworth turns and runs from the cabin.

                                                            CHIEF
                                    Get him, Deadwood!

Deadwood races after Windworth.

EXT.  BEHIND ANOTHER CABIN ON THE PHILADELPHIA CAMPGROUNDS  --  DAY

Windworth runs around a corner of another cabin, where he finds a cowboy.   Windworth grabs a gun from the Cowboy's holster.

                                                            COWBOY
                                    Hey!

Windworth smashes the gun down on the Cowboy's skull.  Then he checks the gun to make sure it is loaded.  He hears Deadwood calling:

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Come on out, Windworth.  You can't get away.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    I'm unarmed.  If I come out, how do I know you
                                    won't shoot me?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    You know me better than that!

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Let me hear you throw down your guns in the dirt, 
                                    then I'll come out.

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    All right.       

Windworth hears the sound of two guns hitting the ground.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    Are your guns in the dirt?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Yes, they are.

                                                            WINDWORTH
                                    And you're alone out there?

                                                            DEADWOOD
                                                    (O.S.)
                                    Yes, I am.  You have my word.

Windworth cocks his gun and jumps around the corner, ready to shoot Deadwood down!  BANG!

EXT.  A STREET ON THE PHILADELPHIA WILD WEST SHOW GROUNDS  --  DAY

Deadwood, lying in the dirt with his guns in his hands, was waiting for Windworth, and has shot him dead.  Windworth crumples to the ground, as Doc Cafferty hurries onto the scene.  Cafferty inspects Windworth.

                                                            DOC
                                    First man you ever killed, Deadwood.

                                                            DEADWOOD
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