Luke Sabis
 
Mafia Apprentice - portion for web

The Mafia Appretice

by

Luke Sabis

               FADE IN:

               Morning light bleeds through the closed window blinds of a
               small bedroom. A single twin-size bed is made, snug and
               tight. Classical music plays softly in the background.

               On the wall are several photographs of Mafioso men, recent
               and from yesteryear.

               The silhouette of a MAFIOSO MAN is seen sitting at a desk,
               sharply dressed in a suit. He takes sips from a small
               cappuccino cup.

               He tightens the laces of his black, spit shined, wing-tipped
               shoes.

               In the dark room, his features can barely be seen as he
               stands before a mirror, carefully straightening his tie. He
               combs back his grease slicked hair, then checks that each
               strand is in place.

               His cat, FREDO, hops onto the bed and sprawls out.

               The man finishes his cappuccino, then turns the music off. He
               picks up his fedora resting on the dresser.

                                   MAFIOSO MAN
                         Be good Fredo.



               INT. KITCHEN - DAY

               The Mafioso Man walks into the kitchen and we see he has
               blond hair, blue eyes and a fresh face, no older than early
               20s. His name is Jonathan "JOHNNY" Garrison.

               Contemporary Country music plays on the radio. JOHNNY'S MOM,
               50s, is drying dishes. Johnny puts his cup and saucer into
               the sink.

                                   JOHNNY'S MOM
                         We'll meet you after?

               He nods, then kisses her on the cheek.



               EXT. GARRISON HOME - DAY

               In his pinstriped suit and fedora, Johnny struts up to an old
               FORD PICK-UP TRUCK and climbs in.

               His mom rushes out and hands him a blue cap and gown. 

                                   JOHNNY'S MOM
                         Don't forget these.



               EXT. ON THE ROAD - DAY

               Johnny drives through the spacious mid-western farmlands.

               His pick-up truck then goes through a more densely populated
               residential area.

               He continues along on a small town street and enters the
               parking lot of Cloud County Community College. 



               EXT. CLOUD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE - DAY

               The State of Kansas flag sways gently in the wind.

               Hundreds of students sit in formation in their graduation
               hats and gowns. Seated in the middle is Johnny, in his mob
               like attire. He rises as his name is called.

                                   ANNOUNCER
                         Jonathan Garrison...

               Johnny approaches the stage, looking like he fell off the
               screen of The Godfather, and accepts his diploma.   

               A little embarrassed, Johnny's very mid-western looking
               family watches from the audience. They are; his Mom, his
               sister LAURIE and her husband ROB, both in their early 30s,
               along with their two daughters, ages 6 and 8.

                                   LAURIE
                         Why does he always have to dress
                         like that? 

                                   JOHNNY'S MOM
                         It's just a phase.

                                   ROB
                         It's been a long phase.



               EXT. CLOUD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE - LATER

               The graduates mingle with their families.

               Johnny steps alongside his family as Rob takes a snapshot.

                                   ROB
                         Jonathan, have you thought anymore
                         about the bank? We're always
                         looking for good accountants.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Yeah, I know.

                                   JOHNNY'S MOM
                         The bank has great benefits;
                         insurance, a pension.

                                   ROB
                             (glancing at Johnny's
                              fedora)
                         You might want to lose the hat.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I don't think I'd fit in, Rob.

                                   ROB
                         It's time to start thinking about
                         your future.

               MARY-BETH, blond, very pretty but a little uptight, runs up
               wearing her cap and gown. She kisses Johnny.

                                   MARY-BETH
                         Where's your gown? Someone take our
                         picture.

                                   ROB
                             (to Johnny)
                         Time to start preparing.

               Mary-Beth poses with Johnny as he pensively nods...



               INT. JOHNNY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

               At his desk, Johnny types on his laptop computer. To the side
               is a book: "THE PAPER TRIP - The Master Guide to New
               Identity".

               He picks up a small picture of a Saint, the Virgin Mary,
               resting on the desk. Johnny's eyes shift above the picture...



               INT. DARK ROOM - NIGHT (FANTASY)

               The room is illuminated by a single flickering candle resting
               on a round table. Next to the candle is a handgun and a
               knife. Johnny sits at the table with THREE MAFIA MEN; their
               faces hardened and scarred. 

               Johnny holds the picture of the Virgin Mary in the palm of
               his hand. He crushes the picture into a ball.

               One of the Mafia Men strikes a match and sets the crushed
               picture in flames.

               Johnny juggles the burning picture from hand to hand until it
               vanishes into ashes. The men give a round of applause.

                                   MAFIA MAN
                         When you're a 'made' man, you're
                         in. 

                                   MAFIA MAN 2
                         You are someone.

                                   MAFIA MAN 3
                         It means you're part of somethin'.

               A KNOCK on the door is heard.

                                   JOHNNY'S MOM (O.S.)
                         Jonathan...?

               A silence comes over the group.

                                   MAFIA MAN
                         Who's Jonathan?

               One Mafia Man grabs the gun, another gets the knife. All eyes
               shift towards Johnny, whose eyes fill with fear.

                                   MAFIA MAN 2
                         I thought you was Johnny?!

                                   MAFIA MAN 3
                         Is dat' your mudder???

               BACK TO JOHNNY'S BEDROOM

               Johnny snaps out of his daze as his mom opens the door.

                                   JOHNNY'S MOM
                         Mary-Beth's on the phone. She says
                         she's waiting.



               EXT. MAC & MA'S RESTAURANT - NIGHT

               Johnny drives up in his pick-up truck with Mary-Beth. She
               glances at his fedora...

                                   MARY-BETH
                         Please...

               He reluctantly takes his hat off. She looks him over in his
               pinstriped suit...

                                   MARY-BETH
                         I have a gift certificate for the
                         Gap. It'll be my graduation present
                         to you.

               She eases the sting of her comments with a kiss on his cheek.



               INT. MAC & MA'S RESTAURANT - NIGHT

               MAC and MA are husband and wife in their 60s. Ma takes the
               orders, Mac does the cooking.

               Mac comes out of the kitchen. Johnny clasps his hand and
               gives him an old world Italian greeting, kissing him on both
               cheeks. Mac is a little uncomfortable with the kiss.

                                   MAC
                         Thanks again for your help Johnny. 
                         Taxes always scare us.

                                   MA
                         We don't want Uncle Sam knocking on
                         our door.

                                   JOHNNY
                         You'll be fine. Trust me.

               An OLD MAN and his WIFE step up to the cash register.

                                   OLD MAN
                         What's fifteen percent of eighteen
                         forty-three?

                                   WIFE
                         Just double the tax.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Two seventy-six. Twenty percent is
                         three sixty-nine.

                                   OLD MAN
                             (scratching his head)
                         Twenty percent's too much.

               Ma leads Johnny and Mary-Beth through the restaurant, filled
               mostly with elderly patrons. She seats them in the back.

                                   MARY-BETH
                         Why do we always sit in the corner?

                                   JOHNNY
                         It's romantic.

               Mary-Beth smiles.

                                   JOHNNY
                         And this way I can see the door if
                         somebody tries to -- 

                                   MARY-BETH
                         Nobody is going to 'whack' us in
                         Cloud County!!!

               Some of the customers look over at Mary-Beth.

                                   MARY-BETH
                             (whispers)
                         We are safe in Cloud County.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I changed my name today. To
                         Garizinno, Johnny Garizinno. 

                                   MARY-BETH
                         Oh God Jonathan...

                                   JOHNNY
                         Got to walk the walk, talk the
                         talk. Besides, my father was part
                         Italian supposedly.

                                   MARY-BETH
                         Just because you ate DiGorno's
                         pizza when you watched gangster
                         movies didn't make him or you
                         Italian.

                                   JOHNNY
                         He told me my grandmother was one
                         quarter Italian.

                                   MARY-BETH
                         Aren't you getting a little old to
                         be playing these games?  

                                   JOHNNY
                         This isn't a game.

                                   MARY-BETH
                         If you took the job at the bank
                         you'd get great benefits;
                         insurance, a pension --

                                   JOHNNY
                         Yeah... And spend the rest of my
                         life working for my brother-in-law.

                                   MARY-BETH
                         It's a job, what's wrong with that?

                                   JOHNNY
                         I want to accomplish something.

                                   MARY-BETH
                         That is an accomplishment!

                                   JOHNNY
                         Anyone can work in a bank. There's
                         no challenge. If I went to New York
                         or Chicago -- 

                                   MARY-BETH
                         You're just running away from your
                         responsibilities. Dr. Phil talks
                         all about it.

                                   JOHNNY
                         You can come with me.

                                   MARY-BETH
                         You told me we'd get married in
                         Cloud County.

               Johnny fidgets with a napkin as Mary-Beth caresses his hand.

                                   MARY-BETH
                         What's more exciting than that?



               INT. MIDWEST AMERICAN BANK - DAY

               Johnny stands in front of Rob's desk staring out in a daze.
               He's dressed in a dull navy blue suit, white shirt and tie.

                                   ROB
                         You got it made in the shade. Just
                         shake hands like a normal person.



               EXT. CAR LOT - DAY

               Johnny, looking unhappy in some Gap-like clothes, and Mary
               Beth walk through a lot filled with a variety of cars. They
               are followed by a SALESMAN, 60s, gentle and laid back. Johnny
               rushes over to a used LINCOLN TOWN CAR.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Now this is a car!

                                   SALESMAN
                         It certainly is. 1985 Lincoln Town
                         Car.

                                   MARY-BETH
                         Eww...it's so old.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Paul Castellano was in one just
                         like it when he got blown away by
                         John Gotti's crew. 

                                   MARY-BETH
                         Oh God.

               Johnny looks inside where he sees a GOLD FRANK SINATRA
               STATUETTE hanging from the rear view mirror.

                                   JOHNNY
                         This is it.

                                   MARY-BETH
                         Those old cars are gas guzzlers. We
                         have to think about our
                         environment, our children's --

               Mary-Beth gasps as she spots a HUMMER SUV across the lot. She
               runs to it...

                                   MARY-BETH  
                         Oh my Lord it's beautiful!

                                   SALESMAN
                         It certainly is.



               INT. MIDWEST AMERICAN BANK - DAY

               Johnny sits at a desk, his eyes fixed on a computer screen...

               INSERT COMPUTER SCREEN

               G a n g L a n d N e w s . c o m

               Once again, Mafia violence surfaces in the Little Italy
               section of New York City!

               BACK TO SCENE

               Rob comes over with the bank manager, AL APPLETON, late 40s,
               paunchy, balding.

                                   ROB
                         Jonathan, this is Al Appleton.
                         Branch manager.

               Al extends his hand as Johnny rises...

                                   JOHNNY
                         Mr. Appleton.

                                   AL
                         Please, call me Al.

               Johnny clasps Al's hand with two hands to greet him, making
               Al a little uncomfortable.

                                   JOHNNY
                         And you can call me --

                                   ROB
                         Jonathan here is getting married.

                                   AL
                         You don't say. Congratulations! 
                         That's great Jonathan.

                                   ROB
                         Get ready for the wildest Bachelor
                         party Cloud County ever had...



               INT. MARY-BETH'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               HIP HOP MUSIC blasts through the speakers. About thirty
               SCREAMING girls fill the room. 

               Mary-Beth sits blindfolded in the middle as a MALE STRIPPER,
               dressed as a fireman, dances around her, stripping down.

                                                                CUT TO:



               INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               The room is quiet. About a dozen bored male guests linger
               about drinking. A drunk Al Appleton grabs Rob...

                                   AL
                         She gonna take it off?

                                   ROB
                         Yeah --

                                   AL
                         I want her to take it off. Wooo!!!

               A FEMALE STRIPPER, in a sexy cop uniform, sits with Johnny in
               front of the TV. They watch a tape of The Godfather. Johnny
               fasts forward past the wedding scenes of the movie.

                                   JOHNNY
                         You've never seen The Godfather???

                                   FEMALE STRIPPER
                         I don't think so.

               Johnny is mesmerized as he watches the film.

                                   AL
                         Hey! I love the classics as much as
                         the next guy but this is your last
                         night of freedom. I want to see
                         some PUSSY! Wooo!!!

               The image on the TV starts to break up and cuts into The Dr.
               Phil show...

               INSERT TV

               We see a young man being berated by DR. PHIL...

                                   DR. PHIL
                         You got to get your life together
                         pal! I'm talkin' about some
                         responsibility...

               Dr. Phil's audience, mostly women, CHEER him on.

               BACK TO SCENE

                                   FEMALE STRIPPER
                         I've seen this.

                                   AL
                             (pouting)
                         This is not what I meant.

               Johnny is clearly bothered by this interruption on his tape.



               INT. MARY-BETH'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               The Male Stripper is down to a g-string, the girls are going
               wild. Mary-Beth runs her hands over his chiseled body.



               EXT. MARY-BETH'S HOUSE - NIGHT

               Johnny and Rob drive up in the Hummer. Rob, who's a little
               more than drunk, admires the car's interior. 

                                   ROB
                         This is a beautiful piece of
                         machinery.

               Johnny gets out and starts walking toward the house.

                                   ROB  
                         Hey little brother-in-law, you
                         can't go in there!

               With video tape in hand, Johnny's all business.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Why not?

                                   ROB
                         I don't know. Maybe it's tradition?

               Johnny hears the girls SCREAMING as he walks around to the
               back door...



               INT. MARY-BETH'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               Mary-Beth is making out with the Stripper. 

               The Stripper wraps a towel around his waist and then removes
               his g-string from underneath. He tosses it to the girls who
               cheer.

               Mary-Beth kneels before him as the Stripper opens his towel.  

               A DRUNK GIRL spots Johnny as he steps into the living room...

                                   DRUNK GIRL
                         Oh my God...

               A silence comes over the room as Mary-Beth jumps to her feet.

               Johnny slowly walks towards Mary-Beth.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I can put up with working at the
                         bank, staying in Cloud County. I
                         might even overlook that your face
                         was just in another man's crotch...
                         But I will not tolerate someone
                         using The Godfather to tape the Dr.
                         Phil Show!!!

               Johnny struts out. Some girls are in shock while a few laugh.



               EXT. MARY-BETH'S HOUSE - NIGHT

               Mary-Beth scurries after Johnny.

                                   MARY-BETH
                         No girl is ever going to put up
                         with your nonsense Jonathan
                         Garrison...!

               He turns towards Mary-Beth...

                                   JOHNNY
                         The name is Johnny Garizinno.

               As he walks towards his car, a slight grin comes across his
               face. He flips his fedora onto his head.



               EXT. GARRISON HOME - DAY

               The sun rises to a perfect blue sky over the Garrison home.  



               INT. JOHNNY'S BEDROOM - DAY 

               Johnny irons out his pinstriped suit. 

               An open suitcase lies on his bed. Fredo the cat inspects the
               contents. Several cardboard boxes are stacked on the floor. 



               EXT. GARRISON HOME - DAY

               Johnny's Mom, Laurie and Rob, along with their two children,
               watch Johnny load up the Hummer SUV.

                                   LAURIE
                         You know there are plenty of banks
                         over in Wichita.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I'm not going to be working in a
                         bank.

                                   JOHNNY'S MOM
                         How will you survive? 

                                   ROB
                         The job market's tough out there.
                         You don't have much of a resume
                         Jonathan.

                                   JOHNNY'S MOM
                         You'll be all alone.

               Johnny puts the cat cage, containing Fredo, on the front
               passenger seat. He gives each of them a hug.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Don't worry about me.

               Johnny waves to the family as he drives off.

                                   ROB
                         That sure is a beautiful piece of
                         machinery. He does have style.



               EXT. CAR LOT - DAY

               Johnny drives the Hummer into the car lot....



               EXT. CAR LOT - LATER

               Johnny drives out in the 1985 Lincoln Town Car.  



               EXT. KANSAS FARMLANDS - DAY

               Johnny drives down the quiet road. He approaches a fork in
               the road with a sign pointing to the Expressway.



               EXT. INTERSTATE EXPRESSWAY - DAY

               As the sun descends, Johnny moves along the interstate
               expressway.



               INT. MOTEL - NIGHT

               Johnny sits on the motel bed...

               FLASHBACK - JOHNNY'S EIGHTH GRADE CLASSROOM

               'C A R E E R   D A Y' is written across the chalk board. A
               YOUNGER JOHNNY sits in a classroom watching a NERDY MAN
               speak.

                                   NERDY MAN
                         Everybody needs a good accountant.
                         Doctors, lawyers, entertainers...
                             (laughing)
                         Heck, if a gangster like Al Capone
                         had a qualified CPA, it might have
                         kept him out of jail.

               BACK TO PRESENT

               Johnny spreads a map out on his motel bed.

               INSERT MAP OF USA

               He points a pen to Chicago, then to New York. He taps back
               and forth between the two before settling on New York.

               BACK TO JOHNNY

               He opens another map and lays it out on the bed.

               INSERT MAP OF MANHATTAN

               He circles LITTLE ITALY.



               EXT. INTERSTATE EXPRESSWAY - DAY

               Johnny continues on the expressway. We see a SHOT of the New
               York City sky line.



               EXT. MIDTOWN NEW YORK CITY - DAY

               Johnny is stuck in the middle of traffic. He divides his
               attention between the traffic, the map and a piece of paper. 

               INSERT PIECE OF PAPER

               A p a r t m e n t s . c o m                            
               Little Italy - Reasonable                                     
               45 Baxter St.



               EXT. LITTLE ITALY - DAY

               Johnny drives past a row of Chinese restaurants.

               He attempts to maneuver his Lincoln Town Car into a tight
               parking space. A chorus of car HORNS and screaming motorists
               fill the air.

                                   CAB DRIVER
                         What are you doing? Get out of the
                         way!

                                   TRUCK DRIVER
                         Come on Kansas!

               A diminutive old man, LOUIE, in his 60s, with a youthful
               feistiness, is sweeping the sidewalk. He sees Johnny
               struggling. Louie speaks with a heavy New York accent.  

                                   LOUIE
                             (shouting at Johnny)
                         Cut to the right. No, no...  

               Louie painfully watches Johnny twisting and turning into the
               space.

                                   LOUIE  
                         To the right. You got to cut it!

               Johnny finally settles into the space and let's out a sigh.
               He gets out of his car.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Are you Louie? I'm Johnny, I called
                         about the apartment. 

                                   LOUIE
                             (waving him in)
                         Come on.



               INT. APARTMENT BUILDING STAIRWAY - CONTINUOUS

               Louie leads the way up the stairs of an old-fashioned five
               story walk-up building.

                                   LOUIE
                         Why you movin' into this
                         neighborhood?

                                   JOHNNY
                         I'm getting in touch with my roots.

                                   LOUIE
                         Are you Chinese?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Isn't this Little Italy?

                                   LOUIE
                         Chinatown is taken over most of the
                         area. There's a few Italians left.
                         Are you supposed to be Italian?

                                   JOHNNY
                         That's right.

               Louie gives Johnny a suspicious look.

                                   JOHNNY  
                         What floor is it on?

                                   LOUIE
                         Almost there.

               They continue up the stairs. Johnny starts to get a little
               out of breath.

                                   LOUIE  
                         Here we go.

               Louie takes a large ring of keys from his pocket.

                                   LOUIE  
                         New locks. No charge.



               INT. APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

               They step into a small studio apartment, ten by fourteen
               feet.

                                   JOHNNY
                         This is tiny.

                                   LOUIE
                         No, no...it's cozy. Twenty-seven
                         hundred a month. I need --  

                                   JOHNNY
                         Twenty what?

                                   LOUIE
                         Two thousand seven hundred like the
                         listing said.

                                   JOHNNY
                         It didn't say that. It said
                         reasonable.

                                   LOUIE
                         That is reasonable around here my
                         paesanno. Welcome to New York.



               MONTAGE - JOHNNY IN AND AROUND LITTLE ITALY

               -- Johnny changes his Kansas license plates to New York.

               -- Various shots of Italian cafes and restaurants. 

               -- Johnny walks through the city streets and takes it all in.

               -- Johnny sips cappuccino at a cafe.



               INT. JOHNNY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

               The room is very sparse. There is only one window with a view
               of a brick wall. A laptop computer rests on a small bed in
               the middle of the room. Fredo is stretched out next to the
               computer.

               Johnny sits beside the bed looking into his computer screen
               with childlike enthusiasm.

               INSERT COMPUTER SCREEN

               G a n g L a n d N e w s . c o m                           
               MOB RUBOUT!                                           
               Carusso Family Associate

               BACK TO SCENE

               Johnny jots down some notes as he looks at the screen.

               INSERT COMPUTER SCREEN

               ...handed down the indictment of Angelo 'Bloodstain' Carusso.
               The charges include tax evasion, stemming from sloppy
               bookkeeping practices, embezzlement of funds, and murder.

               BACK TO SCENE

               Johnny's eyes shift above the screen...



               EXT. ALLEY - NIGHT (FANTASY)

               An INEPT ACCOUNTANT, with a blindfold over his glasses and
               pens stuffed in his shirt pocket, is on his knees. Two Mafia
               like THUGS stand behind him. One of the thugs places a
               revolver to the head of the Accountant... 

                                   THUG 1
                         And you call yourself an
                         accountant?!

                                   INEPT ACCOUNTANT
                         No, please...

               BOOM!!! -- The man's lifeless body drops forward.



               BACK TO JOHNNY IN HIS APARTMENT

               Johnny snaps out of his daze. He closes his laptop and sits
               back in the chair. Fredo crawls onto his lap. He sits
               pensively as he caresses Fredo, a la Brando in The Godfather.

               His attention is drawn to a noise outside in the stairway...



               INT. APARTMENT BUILDING STAIRWAY - NIGHT

               Johnny walks down the stairs where Louie is on a ladder
               working on a light fixture.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Hey Louie, do you know much about
                         the area?

                                   LOUIE
                         You mean the neighborhood?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Yeah.

               Louie stops and looks at Johnny.

                                   LOUIE
                         Been here my whole life. What do
                         you wanna know?

                                   JOHNNY
                         I was reading something about the
                         Carusso family --

                                   LOUIE
                         No, no... There's nothing to know.

               Louie's attention is back on the light fixture.

                                   JOHNNY
                         What do you --

                                   LOUIE
                             (laughing)
                         I don't believe anything I read,
                         only half of what I see.

               Johnny looks at Louie with suspicion.



               EXT. LITTLE ITALY - DAY

               Wearing his suit and fedora, Johnny walks down a street in
               Little Italy. He casually checks the building addresses. He
               pulls a note out of his pocket...

               INSERT NOTE

               126 Mulberry St.

               BACK TO SCENE

               Johnny looks up at a building marked '126'. He crosses the
               street to a cafe.



               INT. CAFE - DAY

               Johnny sits by the window. An older WAITRESS comes to the
               table. 

                                   WAITRESS
                         What'll it be honey?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Cappuccino please.  

               The Waitress walks away watching Johnny stare out the window.

               Out the window, Johnny sees TWO MAFIA TYPE MEN walk up the
               steps to the building. The first one goes in while the second
               scans the street before stepping inside and shutting the
               door.  

               Johnny's excitement grows.

                                   WAITRESS
                         The last guy was more discreet. 

                                   JOHNNY
                         What???

               The Waitress places the cup of cappuccino down.

                                   WAITRESS
                             (walking away)
                         They get younger all the time.

               Johnny sips his cappuccino while continuing to look at the
               building across the street.

                                                                CUT TO:



               INT. OFFICE - DAY

               INSERT NEWSPAPER

               MOB RUBOUT!                                           
               Carusso Family Associate

                                   MAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
                         Family Associate?!
                             (sarcastically)
                         Everybody's a family associate.

               The CAMERA pulls back to reveal we are in the rundown office
               and home of MR. ANGELO "BLOODSTAIN" CARUSSO, early 50s, big,
               menacing and wears a permanent scowl. 

               The men we saw outside look on. DINO, 40s, calm, smart and
               slick, and LITTLE RALPHY who's quite large but a little slow
               intellectually. He's a a few years younger than Dino.

               Mr. Carusso is agitated by the article. He eyes a cockroach
               crawling across his messy, paper filled desk. He swipes the
               pest off with his hand.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                             (referring to the paper)
                         Whatta you know about this?

                                   DINO
                         Ah... He's just some Wall St.
                         banana. 

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         Now I'll have more eyes on me.

               Little Ralphy feasts on a cannoli while looking out the
               window. He spots Johnny sitting in the Cafe. 

               Dino takes the paper from Mr. Carusso and looks through it.

                                   DINO
                         Reminds me of the old days, except
                         we'd be headlining. What's this,
                         page twelve?

               Mr. Carusso spots another cockroach on the desk.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         The old days I can do without.
                         Doesn't solve nothin'. 

               He grabs the newspaper from Dino and SLAMS the insect.

                                   DINO
                         Angie, let me fix you some
                         chamomile tea. Soothes the nerves.

                                   MR. CARUSSO  
                         Never mind my nerves. We're still
                         in the shit! 

                                   DINO
                         And who's fault is that?

               Mr. Carusso shoots Dino a look.

                                   DINO
                         I don't mean no disrespect Angie --

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         I told you I'm bringing in help.

                                   DINO
                         Who is this La Rossa kid? I never
                         heard of him. Little Ralphy, you
                         know him?

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                             (continues to look out the
                              window)
                         I heard he's a muscle head. Good at
                         breakin' bones.

                                   DINO  
                         Angie, that's not what we need now.
                         Let me bring in someone.

               Spotting yet another bug, Mr. Carusso pulls a .22 revolver
               from his desk drawer and FIRES blowing the cockroach away.
               Little Ralphy turns from the window...

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         Get 'em?

               Mr. Carusso just grunts as he glances at Ralphy.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         Who's out there today Ralphy?

               Ralphy finishes off his last cannoli bite as he shuts the
               blinds.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         They get younger all the time.



               INT. CAFE - DAY

               The waitress places the check on the table.

                                   WAITRESS
                         When are you guys gonna give up?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Excuse me?

                                   WAITRESS
                         Leave them alone. You Feds don't
                         have a case.

               Johnny tosses a twenty dollar bill on the table.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I'm not a Fed. I'm an accountant!

               Johnny puts on his fedora and struts out leaving behind a
               perplexed waitress.



               EXT. MANHATTAN ACROSS FROM THE STATUE OF LIBERTY - DUSK

               Johnny looks out at the Statue of Liberty as the sun descends
               behind it.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I believe in America.



               INT. CAFE - DAY

               Johnny, in his best pinstriped suit, is seated by the window.
               The Waitress looks suspiciously at him as she sets a
               cappuccino down.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Thank you.

               Johnny peers out the window...



               INT. MR. CARUSSO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

               Mr. Carusso and Dino are busy sifting through a muddle of
               papers. Little Ralphy sits by snacking on a bag of cannoli.

                                   DINO
                         This is a mess.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         Anything I can do?

               They both ignore him. 

               Ralphy glances out the window. He sees Johnny inside the
               Cafe, looking over... 



               INT. CAFE - CONTINUOUS

               Johnny finishes his cappuccino and takes a deep breath. He
               takes his briefcase and heads out the door...



               INT. MR. CARUSSO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

               Looking out the window, Ralphy sees Johnny walking towards
               the building.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         You gotta be kiddin'?

                                   DINO
                         What?

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                             (walking to the door)
                         I'll take care of this.

               Dino looks up for a moment, then returns to his papers.



               EXT. CARUSSO BUILDING - CONTINUOUS

               Johnny walks up the steps to the building. As he prepares to
               knock on the door, Ralphy opens it and towers over Johnny...

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         This is harassment. You got a
                         warrant?!

                                   JOHNNY
                         No --

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         Then this is harassment! You guys
                         are all alike. You think we don't
                         see you?!

                                   JOHNNY
                         What do you mean? I'm not a... I
                         mean I'm...

               Ralphy stares Johnny down as Johnny takes a deep breath...

                                   JOHNNY  
                         I'm an accountant.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                             (pause)
                         You're La Rossa's kid?
                         Why didn't you say so, we've been
                         waiting for you. I'm Little
                         Ralphy...

               He extends his large hand towards Johnny who nervously shakes
               it. Ralphy takes Johnny's briefcase and moves aside.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         I heard you were a big guy, good at
                         breaking bones.

               Johnny's confidence kicks in as he steps inside.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I do what I do.



               INT. MR. CARUSSO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

               Ralphy escorts Johnny to the office. Mr. Carusso and Dino
               look up, annoyed by the interruption.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         Gentlemen, help is here --

                                   DINO
                         This is La Rossa's kid???

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         Who are you?!

               There's an uncomfortable stillness in the room.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I'm a... Johnny...Garizinno.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         Huh?

               Johnny grabs his briefcase and sets it down on Mr. Carusso's
               desk. 

               As Johnny opens it, Dino reaches inside his jacket pocket and
               steps up. A confused Ralphy does the same.

               Johnny extends his resume towards Mr. Carusso.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I want to work for you Mr. Carusso.

               Mr. Carusso stares at Johnny holding out his resume. Dino
               eases up; Ralphy follows.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I know you have some bookkeeping
                         prob... Concerns.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         The whole world to the rescue.

               Dino takes Johnny's resume and reads through it.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I know taxes, I know deductions. I
                         specialize in small businesses. I
                         can save you money Mr. Carusso. If
                         you got a C-Corp, once I know your
                         fiscal year, I'll file an 1120. But
                         you might want to do a 2553 to
                         elect S-Corp status. And if you
                         have a partnership...

               He glances at Dino who appears confused.

                                   JOHNNY
                         ...or an LLC, we'll do a 1065. We
                         could file an Entity Classification
                         Election, an 8832, so your LLC is
                         taxed as a C-Corp. Everybody needs
                         a good accountant Mr. Carusso. If
                         Al Capone had a qualified --

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         Do I know you?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Excuse me?

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         Who have you worked for?

                                   DINO
                             (reading Johnny's resume)
                         Who's Mac and Ma?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Well, I'm kind of new in town.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         Who the FUCK do you think you are
                         coming into my home and sticking
                         your nose --

                                   DINO
                         Angie, Angie take it easy.
                             (to Johnny)
                         We're not taking any a... Job
                         applications right now.

               Mr. Carusso laughs and goes back to the papers on his desk.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         Un-fucken-believable...

                                   DINO
                         But thanks for stopping by. We'll
                         keep your resume on file.

               Johnny gives Dino a disheartened nod. Little Ralphy walks
               Johnny to the door. 

               Dino pockets the resume as he watches Johnny leave. 

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         You believe that shit?!



               EXT. LITTLE ITALY - NIGHT

               A dejected Johnny dawdles along the streets of Little Italy. 

               A LONG BLACK CADILLAC ELDORADO pulls over. Dino gets out and
               opens the back door.

                                   DINO
                         Take a ride with us Johnny.

               Not sure to be scared or thrilled, Johnny gets into the
               Cadillac. They pull out...



               INT. CADILLAC - NIGHT

               Little Ralphy drives with Dino in the passengers seat. Johnny
               sits in the back.

                                   DINO 
                         Mr. Carusso was very impressed with
                         you Johnny.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Really?

                                   DINO
                         He just wasn't sure he could trust
                         you. He wants me to check you out,
                         interview you.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Okay...

               Ralphy notices the car ahead, a BMW SEDAN.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         Is that him?

               Dino squints ahead.

                                   DINO
                         Yeah... Good eye Ralphy.

               Ralphy steps on the gas and races up to the BMW. The BMW
               increases it's speed, Ralphy stays right behind.

                                   DINO 
                         So Johnny, where do you see
                         yourself in five years?

               The cars tear through the back streets of the city.

                                   JOHNNY
                             (nervously)
                         We can do this later if you want.

                                   DINO
                         You want to work your way up the
                         organization. Am I right?

               Johnny braces himself in his seat as the car speeds along.

                                   JOHNNY
                         That's right.

                                   DINO
                         Where you from Johnny? 

                                   JOHNNY
                         Well you know, I've been around.
                         Kinda like the Mid-west.

                                   DINO
                         Detroit, Chicago, what are we
                         talkin'?

                                   JOHNNY
                         A little further south.

                                   DINO
                         Southside! Right... So, tell me
                         about your strengths.

               The BMW goes down an alley. Ralphy is right behind him.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I'm good with arithmetic, I'm --

                                   DINO
                         What about your weaknesses?

               The BMW SCREECHES to a halt at a dead end. Ralphy slowly
               pulls up and stops several car lengths behind.

               Dino turns back to Johnny...

                                   DINO  
                         Never show your weakness.

               Dino and Little Ralphy get out of the car. Johnny follows.

               A PAUNCHY MAN, 50s, wearing a suit and tie, gets out of the
               BMW...



               EXT. ALLEY - CONTINUOUS

                                   PAUNCHY MAN
                         I didn't know it was you guys. 
                         Sorry Dino.

                                   DINO
                         You don't recognize our car?

                                   PAUNCHY MAN
                         It's dark Dino.

               Dino pushes the Paunchy Man against the wall. Little Ralphy,
               a menacing presence, stands behind.

                                   DINO
                         I've been hearin' things.

                                   PAUNCHY MAN
                         What???

                                   DINO
                         You've been talkin' to people.

                                   PAUNCHY MAN
                         They're talking to me! I can't help
                         that.

                                   DINO
                         You know what? I'm gonna take a
                         drive.

                                   PAUNCHY MAN
                         Dino! No, please --

                                   DINO
                         Don't interrupt the interview
                         process!!! Get in the car Johnny.



               INT. BMW - CONTINUOUS

               Dino takes the drivers seat in the BMW; Johnny takes the
               passengers seat...

                                   DINO
                         I know talent when I see it Johnny.
                         Times have changed, we need more of
                         your kind.
                             (Johnny nods)
                         If you could take care of our
                         little bookkeeping mess, we'd make
                         you a 'made' man. You wouldn't even
                         have to whack nobody. 
                             (laughing)
                         Just kiddin'... We'd still let you
                         drop someone.

               Dino looks at the Paunchy Man standing in front of the car
               and then backs the BMW up. Little Ralphy moves away from the
               Paunchy Man.  

                                   JOHNNY
                         Where are we going?

                                   DINO
                         Just a little joy ride.

               Dino flips on the high beams blinding the Paunchy Man. He
               floors the gas pedal. The BMW speeds forward...

                                   PAUNCHY MAN
                         Oh God...

               Dino SLAMS on the breaks. The BMW stops just short of the
               Paunchy Man whose legs are now pinned to the wall by his car.

                                   DINO
                         Good breaks.

               Dino gets out of the car, Johnny follows... 



               EXT. ALLEY - CONTINUOUS

               Dino pulls out a roll of duct tape from his pocket. He rips a
               strip off.

                                   PAUNCHY MAN
                         I'll keep quiet Dino. I swear --

               Dino sticks the tape over the Paunchy Man's mouth.

                                   DINO
                         This is just for fun Johnny.
                         There's not much rough stuff
                         anymore. Nowadays we use this...

               Dino taps his head. Johnny nods. Dino gives Little Ralphy a
               nod who then head butts the man.  

                                   PAUNCHY MAN
                             (muffled by the tape)
                         Ahhhhh!!!

               Blood pours out the Paunchy Man's nose as he remains wedged
               between his car and the wall.

                                   DINO
                         Keep your mouth shut!

               The Paunchy Man trembles and whimpers.

               Dino stuffs a roll of bills into Johnny's pocket.

                                   DINO 
                         Consider yourself on the payroll
                         Johnny.

               Dino, Ralphy and Johnny walk to the Cadillac and get in.



               INT. CADILLAC - CONTINUOUS

               Ralphy turns to Johnny in the back seat and shakes his hand.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         Congratulations.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Thanks.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         We got great benefits; insurance, a
                         pension.

               A befuddled Johnny nods.



               INT. JOHNNY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

               Johnny sits on his bed and looks through a stack of
               postcards. He picks one out and writes...

               INSERT POSTCARD

               Dear Mom,                                                 
               Had a great interview.                                    
               Got the job!                                            
               Love, Johnny



               EXT. CARUSSO BUILDING - DAY

               Wearing his pinstriped suit and fedora, Johnny walks up to
               the building with briefcase in hand. He knocks on the door... 

               No answer.

               He presses the doorbell which lets out a LOUD CUTTING BUZZ.

               Johnny anxiously awaits. He turns and notices the Waitress,
               in the Cafe across the street, staring his way. 

               A series of locks are unlatched and the door opens to reveal
               Mr. Carusso.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Dino said I'd be starting today...?

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         Dino tells me you worked with the
                         Falcone's in Chicago.

               Johnny stares blankly for a moment.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Well... I... Yeah, that's right.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         Why didn't you say so yesterday?

                                   JOHNNY
                             (pause)
                         That was in Chicago. I didn't think
                         you would know them.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         I know people...

               Mr. Carusso steps back to let Johnny in.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         I know many people.



               INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

               They walk down the hallway.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         I didn't expect you so early. Nine
                         o'clock is fine. This is a
                         legitimate business you know.

               Mr. Carusso glances at Johnny's fedora...

                                   JOHNNY  
                         I'm sorry.

               Johnny quickly removes his hat.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         The job is simple. There are just a
                         few bookkeeping problems we need
                         sorted out.

               Mr. Carusso opens the back office door...



               INT. BACK OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

               The room is in shambles. Paint peels from the walls. Boxes
               and piles of papers are stacked on a desk as well as
               everywhere else. Johnny gazes around, bewildered by the mess.

                                   MR. CARUSSO  
                         'Garizinno', that's Italian.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Yes it is.

               Johnny stands uncomfortably as Mr. Carusso gives him a
               scrutinizing look.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         This will be your office. Make
                         yourself at home... 

               A small muffled EXPLOSION is heard. Johnny reacts.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         But only in this room. My son will
                         show you around and tell you about
                         what we do.

               Mr. Carusso leaves.



               INT. BACK OFFICE - LATER

               Within the mess Johnny has cleared out an immaculate little
               space for himself on the desk; pencils sharpened, blank
               writing pad and calculator ready.

               INSERT CLOCK

               12:15

               BACK TO SCENE

               Angelo "JUNIOR" Carusso walks in. He's about the same age as
               Johnny. He's unkempt, cold and detached.

                                   JUNIOR
                         May I help you?

                                   JOHNNY
                             (startled)
                         Hi...

               Junior stares at Johnny who looks back with uncertainty.

                                   JUNIOR
                         That's my desk.

                                   JOHNNY
                             (he stands)
                         I'm Johnny, Johnny Garizinno.

               Johnny extends his hand. Junior ignores it. He looks Johnny
               over, noting Johnny's wing-tipped shoes...

                                   JUNIOR
                         Did the Mississippi Riverboat just
                         dock?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Excuse me?

               Junior sits at the desk and pages through the sports section
               of a newspaper.

                                   JUNIOR
                         So I hear you're from Chicago.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Well... Yeah, I did some work
                         there.

               Junior pulls out a small note pad and jots something down. 

                                   JUNIOR
                         You don't sound like you're from
                         Chicago.

               Johnny leans over and tries to see as Junior puts the pad
               back in his pocket.

                                   JUNIOR
                         So you're gonna straighten
                         everything out, huh?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Your father said you could show me
                         around, maybe tell me about the
                         business.

               Junior sighs. He tilts back in his chair and spreads his arms
               out as if to show Johnny around...

                                   JUNIOR
                         We handle investment portfolios.
                         Most of our clients come from my
                         father or from Dino.

               He returns to his newspaper.

                                   JOHNNY  
                         Could I see your bookkeeping
                         records?

               Another muffled ERUPTION goes off...

                                   JOHNNY
                         What is that?

               Junior seriously looks Johnny over.

                                   JUNIOR
                         It's nothin'.
                             (beat)
                         Bottom of this draw we have
                         paperwork on some transactions. On
                         top, tax papers for...some year.  

               Junior gestures to several boxes of papers.

                                   JUNIOR 
                         Don't worry about those.

               He folds up his newspaper.

                                   JUNIOR 
                         And I'd be careful on the phone.
                         It's most likely tapped. 

                                   JOHNNY
                         Cool.

               Junior gives Johnny a puzzled look.

                                   JUNIOR
                         I'm goin' to lunch.

               He gets up and leaves.



               INT. BACK OFFICE - DAY

               Johnny is at the desk surrounded by stacks of papers. He
               notices a cockroach crawling on the wall. As he looks closer,
               he spots a bullet hole in the wall. A look of concern comes
               across his face.

               A faint scent gets Johnny's attention. He goes to the
               hallway...



               INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

               Johnny notices smoke seeping under a door at the end of the
               hallway. He approaches the door, then cautiously opens it...



               INT. BASEMENT - CONTINUOUS

               Johnny creeps down the smoke filled stairs. He takes a few
               steps before stopping.

               In the corner of the basement, at a dimly lit workbench, is
               GINA. She's in her early 20s with long dark hair; pretty but
               a little tom-boyish. She's wearing protective goggles and a
               hooded sweatshirt. 

               Johnny quietly gazes at her.

               Gina strikes a match and lights a fuse. A line of SPARKS move
               rapidly along the fuse. It sets off a small EXPLOSION that
               startles Johnny who stumbles on the stairs. 

               She jumps up...

                                   GINA
                         Who the fuck are you?!!

                                   JOHNNY
                         I work for Mr. Carusso.

                                   GINA
                         Who told you to come down here?!

                                   JOHNNY
                         I smelled smoke. I thought
                         something --

                                   GINA
                         There's gonna be more smoke if you
                         don't get the hell outta here!

               Johnny rushes backwards up the stairs and shuts the basement
               door. His pulse races as he goes back to his office.



               INT. BACK OFFICE - NIGHT

               At his desk, Johnny works through calculations as Mr.
               Carusso, Dino and Little Ralphy enter. 

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         God damned lawyers are useless!

                                   DINO
                         Here's the man that's gonna save
                         the day. How's it goin' Johnny?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Good... Umm... It's going good.

               Gina appears at the doorway. She removes her goggles. 

                                   GINA
                         You might wanna open some windows.
                         It's a little smoky downstairs.
                             (noticing Johnny)
                         Hello...

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         This is Johnny Garizinno. He'll be
                         helping out Angelo.
                             (to Johnny)
                         This is my daughter Gina?

                                   GINA
                         Nice to meet you Johnny.

               Johnny gazes at Gina as she leaves. Mr. Carusso observes
               this.

               He rapidly swings his hand towards a startled Johnny...

               Johnny ducks as Mr. Carusso's hand sweeps past him and
               SMASHES a cockroach on the wall.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         Get 'em?

               Mr. Carusso grunts and walks out of the room.

                                   DINO
                             (whispering to Johnny)
                         He's a little overprotective of his
                         daughter. And she's a bit of a
                         freak.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         She's like the Adams Family guy.

                                   DINO
                         She'll blow up the whole
                         neighborhood someday.

               Johnny nods. He picks up a stack of papers off the desk.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Dino, I wanted to ask you some
                         questions... 

                                   DINO
                         You gotta slow down Johnny. You're
                         gonna burn yourself out.

               Dino takes the papers from Johnny.

                                   DINO
                         Let's get a drink...

               Dino opens the desk drawer, drops the papers inside, and
               shuts the drawer.

                                   DINO 
                         ...Get you introduced, right?

               Johnny eyes light up with enthusiasm.



               EXT. LITTLE ITALY - NIGHT

               Ralphy and Dino strut over to the Cadillac. Johnny follows.

               Ralphy takes the drivers seat, Dino sits in the back.

                                   DINO
                         Sit up front Johnny. More leg room.

               Johnny opens the door and settles into the front seat. Little
               Ralphy gives him a warm smile. Johnny jerks around to Dino.

                                   JOHNNY
                         You can sit up here Dino, your legs
                         are longer.

               Johnny jumps out of the car and goes to the back. Dino moves
               to the front seat.

                                   DINO
                         You're going to be all right
                         Johnny. Trust me.

               There's a mischievous glare in Dino's eyes as they drive off.



               EXT. OVER ON WEST BAR & GRILL - NIGHT

               In a desolate corner of town, the Cadillac pulls up in front
               of a bar.



               INT. OVER ON WEST BAR & GRILL - NIGHT

               It's an old fashioned "Wise-Guy" bar. A little action is
               going on at the pool table. There's a card game in the
               corner, and of course, a Frank Sinatra tune is playing on the
               jukebox. Johnny takes it all in.

                                   JOHNNY
                         This is so cool. It's like...
                         'Goodfellas'.

               A silence comes over anyone within earshot. Everyone in the
               bar gives Johnny an interrogating glance. 

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                             (breaking the silence)
                         That was a good movie.

                                   DINO
                         You want a drink Johnny?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Sure...

               Dino steps behind the bar. Ralphy takes a seat on a bar stool
               and opens a bag of cannoli. Johnny sits alongside.

               The bartender, PAULIE, hands a grocery bag to Dino.

                                   DINO
                         Whatta we have here today Paulie?

               Dino opens the bag and takes out various vegetables; spinach,
               parsley, carrots. Johnny looks on curiously.

                                   PAULIE
                         It's all fresh Dino, just picked it
                         up this afternoon.

                                   DINO
                         Fix you a nice drink Johnny, green
                         juice. Cleanses and rejuvenates the
                         body. Clean body, clear mind.

               Dino washes the vegetables in a sink behind the bar.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                             (leans to Johnny)
                         He's very knowledgable about
                         nutrition.

               Little Ralphy stuffs a cannoli in his mouth.

                                   DINO  
                         You want to get set up in this
                         city? You're starting at the right
                         place.

               Dino cuts the vegetables into small pieces.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Why did you tell Mr. Carusso I
                         worked for that family...

                                   DINO
                         The Falcones. To get you in.

                                   JOHNNY
                         But if he finds out --

                                   DINO
                         I vouched for ya'. It'll be my
                         problem. Besides, it's that son of
                         his that screwed everything up.
                         Lost a lot of our money.

               Ralphy nods in agreement.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I'm looking through those papers
                         but it's such a mess.

               Dino puts the vegetable pieces into a juice blender.

                                   DINO
                         Be careful... About 'Bloodstain'
                         Carusso. He's the one they indicted
                         for that little mess.

                                   JOHNNY
                         How did he get that name?

                                   DINO
                         'Bloodstain'? 

               Dino turns the blender on.

                                   DINO
                         He don't wanna talk about those
                         days, Mr. 'Legitimate Business
                         Man'. He was responsible for more
                         blood shed in this city than
                         anyone. But those days were about
                         honor, loyalty, respect.

               Johnny listens attentively as Dino pours from the blender.

                                   DINO
                         Now it's all about some scum
                         suckin' pig informer lookin' for a
                         payoff. You're different, I can
                         tell. And you're good with the
                         calculator. In fact...

               Dino nods to Ralphy who goes to the back office.

                                   DINO
                         ...When you got a little extra
                         time, I could use your help with
                         some of my other business ventures.

               Dino hands Johnny a glass of juice.

                                   DINO
                         Keep the IRS happy, the Feds stay
                         off your back, right?

                                   JOHNNY
                         That's right.

                                   DINO
                         Something Mr. Carusso didn't think
                         about.

               Ralphy comes back holding two large boxes of paperwork.

                                   DINO
                         We should call you 'Numbers', 
                         Johnny 'Numbers'.

               Johnny smiles as Ralphy places the boxes in front of him and
               pats him on the back.

                                   LITTLE RALPHY
                         You can go a long way Johnny
                         'Numbers'.

                                   DINO
                         Just be careful in Mr. Carusso's
                         house... It's not just the
                         cockroaches you gotta look out for.



               INT. BACK OFFICE - DAY

               Johnny sits before his laptop computer...

               INSERT COMPUTER SCREEN

               A picture of a YOUNG MR. CARUSSO standing over another young
               man, covered in blood. Beneath is an article:

               ...the 1970s mob incident involved Angelo Carusso, later to
               be known as 'Bloodstain' Carusso...

               BACK TO SCENE

                                   GINA (O.S.)
                         Hey...

               Johnny is startled to see Gina standing at the doorway. She
               walks around to look over Johnny's shoulder.

                                   GINA
                         What're you lookin' at, porn?

               Johnny quickly shuts the laptop.

                                   GINA 
                         Is it??? I was just jokin'. Let me
                         see!

                                   JOHNNY
                         It's not porn.

                                   GINA
                         It's no big deal if it is.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I'm kind of busy here.

                                   GINA
                         I'm sorry... Can you give me some
                         help downstairs?

               Johnny glances into Mr. Carusso's office which is empty.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Maybe that's not a good idea.

                                   GINA
                         Come on. I need some extra hands.



               INT. BASEMENT - DAY

               In the basement, Gina moves a box in front of her table.

                                   GINA
                         Sit.

               Johnny sits on the box. Gina sits across the table and
               inserts a fuse into a small packet.

                                   JOHNNY
                         What do you want me to do?

               She hands Johnny two wires. Their eyes meet for a moment.

                                   GINA  
                         Hold these together.

               Gina puts her goggles on.

                                   GINA 
                         Don't want to go blind.

                                   JOHNNY
                             (nervously)
                         Shouldn't I get a pair --

               She turns off the lamp and they sit in complete darkness...

               Gina strikes a match, illuminating the room. She lights the
               fuse. Johnny freezes.

               SPARKS shoot down the fuse to a packet. It ignites and sets
               off a large orange FLASH.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Wow!!!

               Gina turns the lamp on. Smoke fills the basement.

                                   JOHNNY 
                         That was so cool! 

               Gina proudly smiles as she removes her goggles. She starts
               mending another fuse to a packet.

                                   JOHNNY 
                         What do you do with this stuff?

                                   GINA
                         Just experimenting.

               Johnny looks confused but nods in agreement.

                                   GINA 
                         So, you're new in town?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Pretty new.

                                   GINA
                         You're from Chicago, right?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Who told you that?

                                   GINA
                         I hear things.

                                   JOHNNY
                         Yeah... I'm from Chicago.

               She gives Johnny a scrutinizing look making him feel
               uncomfortable.

                                   GINA
                         Got a girlfriend?

                                   JOHNNY
                         Umm... No.

                                   GINA
                         Oh...
                             (gently)
                         Are you gay?

                                   JOHNNY
                         No!!! Why would you think --

                                   GINA
                         Take it easy, I'm just askin'. 
                         It's no big deal if you are.  

               Johnny laughs and shakes his head.

                                   JOHNNY
                         No. I am certainly not --

                                   GINA
                         Why don't you have a girlfriend?

                                   JOHNNY
                         I had a girlfriend, I was engaged.
                             (coldly)
                         Now I'm busy with my work.

               She nods as he starts to climb up the stairs.

                                   GINA
                         Thanks for your help.



               INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

               Johnny opens the basement door and is met by Mr. Carusso
               looming over him at the doorway.

               He trembles as his eyes shift down to Mr. Carusso's hand
               which hold a .22 caliber handgun.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         Your office is back there! I
                         thought we had an agreement.

                                   JOHNNY
                         I'm sorry, Gina asked for my... 
                             (backing away)
                         I was just... I'm going back.

               Mr. Carusso continues to stare down Johnny who retreats to
               his office.



               INT. BACK OFFICE - NIGHT

               Johnny goes through a stack of papers and punches numbers
               into his calculator. He makes entries in a ledger on the
               desk. He pauses a moment and then opens the desk drawer...

               The drawer is empty. 

               Confused, Johnny scans the room.

               He scours through stacks of receipts and papers on the floor.
               Suddenly, he hears Mr. Carusso...

                                   MR. CARUSSO (O.S.)
                         I don't give a damn, it's not
                         working. Nothin' is being solved!
                             (whispers)
                         The problem is in the back office.

               Johnny glances at the piles of papers. He steps in the
               hallway and sees Mr. Carusso in his office, on the phone.

               Mr. Carusso notices Johnny looking his way. He shuts the
               door. 

               Johnny inches closer and leans in... 

                                   MR. CARUSSO (O.S.)
                         I don't give a fuck! You fit it
                         into your schedule! I want it done
                         as soon as possible.

               Johnny rushes back to his office.

               He shoves his laptop into his briefcase. He grabs his jacket
               and fedora, and rushes through the hallway.

               Mr. Carusso opens his office door as Johnny passes.

                                   JOHNNY
                             (cautiously)
                         Good night Mr. Carusso.

                                   MR. CARUSSO
                         Good night Johnny.



               EXT. LITTLE ITALY - NIGHT

               Johnny walks down the street, a little uneasy. He checks over
               his shoulder and becomes suspicious of everything; an elderly
               Italian woman closing down a cafe, a young man walking his
               poodle, an SUV with tinted windows driving slowly alongside.

               Johnny picks up his pace.
               

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