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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman "FATHERS AND SONS"
Written by Josef Anderson / Directed by Jerry Jameson

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TEASER
FADE IN:
EXT. COLORADO SPRINGS - EST. (STOCK SHOT) - DAY 1
Looking across the meadow to the church.
REVEREND (V.O.):
Loren Bray was a good man...

INT. CHURCH - DAY 1
The REVEREND speaks to a small gathering. MIKE, DOROTHY, SULLY, JAKE, HANK. They are all somber, wearing black. Reveal a coffin with LOREN in it.
REVEREND:
He worked hard all his life. He made al lot of money. It's too bad he won't be able to take any of it with him.
JAKE:
Well, he didn't leave it to me.
The Reverend bends down, picks up a basket of cash, sets it on the podium.
REVEREND:
Loren's last request was that the money be used to put up a statue of him in the town square.
MIKE:
What for?
DOROTHY:
Why, for all of his accomplishments.
SULLY:
All he's done is run a general store.
HANK:
It's not like he did anything to talk about.
JAKE:
Yeah, except overcharge us.
Suddenly Loren sits up in his coffin.
LOREN:
I did not.
MIKE:
You lie down right now. You're dead.
LOREN:
But, I still got things to do.
MIKE:
I'm sorry, Loren. Your life is over.
LOREN:
How do you know?
MIKE:
I'm a doctor. Sully, would you help me?
Mike and Sully get up, move to the coffin. Sully helps Mike push Loren back into the coffin, close the lid.
LOREN:
No, don't. Don't close it...no!
Loren tries to stop them, but he can't.
LOREN:
Nooooo!

SMASH CUT TO:
INT. LOREN´S BEDROOM - DAY 1
Loren lays in bed, blanket over his head, arms outstretched, fighting the coffin lid in his dream.
LOREN:
No! No!
And then he pulls the blanket off of him, sits up. Loren is suddenly awake. He gets out of bed, every bone in his body aches. He steps to the wash basin and looks at his face in the mirror. He lets out a deep sigh as we...

CUT TO:
EXT. MEADOW - DAY 1
There's a horse auction in progress. Buyers and sellers doing some trading nearby. GRACE has a refreshment stand set up. Mike, Sully, BRIAN sit in their wagon, watching a horse being sold. The AUCTIONEER bangs his gavel. The crowd APPLAUDS. Mike turns to Brian as she digs in her purse for a coin.
MIKE:
Brian, would you get us all a lemonade, please?
But Brian doesn't hear her. He's staring at a BLONDE GIRL, who's standing nearby with her FATHER. The father is selling a spirited STALLION. Hank, Loren and Jake are watching the animal parade back and forth on a lead. Brian is clearly smitten. Sully notices this but Mike doesn't.
MIKE:
Brian, did you hear me?
BRIAN:
What?
SULLY:
I'll get it. He's busy.
Sully smiles, jumps down from the wagon. Brian continues to stare at the girl.
ANGLE - JAKE, LOREN, HANK
looking at the stallion.
HANK:
You oughta buy her, Jake.
JAKE:
He wants too much money.
LOREN:
How much?
HANK:
You ain't thinkin' of buyin' him, are you?
LOREN:
Why not?
HANK:
He's too much horse for you to handle, old man.
Loren watches the horse. The auctioneer AD-LIBS in the b.g.
JAKE:
You need a gelding.
LOREN:
What I need is that stallion.
ANGLE ON AUCTIONEER
AUCTIONEER:
Do I hear forty-dollars-forty-dollars-forty-five-forty-five-dollars for this fine animal?
ON LOREN
who raises his hand.
BACK TO:
The auctioneer, who reacts.
AUCTIONEER
... Goin' once... goin' twice... Gone to the grey-haired gentleman for forty-five dollars!
Loren crosses to the man. Jake and Hank exchange a look.
ANGLE - LOREN AND THE MAN
as Loren shakes his hand. The man hands Loren the reins and Loren climbs up. The little girl looks back at Brian. She smiles.
ANGLE - BRIAN AND MIKE
Brian suddenly hides behind Mike.
MIKE:
Brian. What's the matter?
BRIAN:
Nothin'.
ANGLE - LOREN
tries to control the horse. He can't. The horse takes off with him.
ANOTHER ANGLE
As the horse bolts through the crowd, scattering Jake and Hank.
LOREN:
Help!
ANGLE - SULLY AND DOROTHY
at the lemonade stand. Loren blows by on the horse, spreading chaos as people dive for safety.
DOROTHY:
Loren!
Sully sets down the lemonades, does a running mount to his horse, and takes off after Loren.
ANGLE - MEADOW
as Sully pushes his horse to go faster. The stallion is running away with Loren, headed for the woods.
ANGLE - MIKE
who has stood up now, with all the others to watch.
MOVING WITH SULLY
as he catches up to Loren. Sully reaches out, grabs the reins, pulls hard and starts to slow the stallion.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as they slow down to a bouncy trot, Loren flies off, hits the ground. Sully pulls the stallion up to a stop. He jumps off, goes to help Loren.
SULLY:
Loren, you all right?
LOREN:
Yes.
SULLY:
You sure? That was a pretty bad fall...
Mike runs up.
MIKE:
Loren... are you all right?
LOREN:
(grumbles) Yes. Leave me alone.
He moans. Sully and Mike help him stand.
MIKE:
You could have been killed. Whatever possessed you ...
SULLY:
Anything broken?
Sully gives Mike a look. Save the lecture.
LOREN:
No.
MIKE:
Maybe you should come to the clinic. Let me examine you, just to be sure.
Sully hands Loren his hat.
LOREN:
What about my horse?
SULLY:
I'll get him.
Mike starts walking with Loren. He doesn't want her support. He pushes her hand away, walks painfully towards the clinic under his own power, past Dorothy and the townsfolk, unable to face them, humiliated by their whispers and looks. Mike looks at Sully, shakes her head. We HOLD on Mike as we
FADE OUT
END TEASER

ACT ONE
FADE IN:
INT. CLINIC DAY 1
Loren is buttoning up his shirt as Mike closes the top on a salve jar she's just filled.
MIKE:
I want you to take a hot bath in Epsom salts tonight, then have Dorothy rub some of this on your shoulder.
Loren takes the jar, smells it.
LOREN:
I can do it myself.
MIKE:
You're going to be very sore for a few days. You should rest and take it easy.
LOREN:
I'm fine.
Loren starts to put his coat on. He winces from the pain.
MIKE:
The body doesn't heal as fast when we get older.
LOREN:
Mine does. Anythin' else?
Loren's defensiveness pushes Mike's button.
MIKE:
Yes, you were lucky. Very lucky. (his look) Loren, do you think it's wise for a man your age to be taking chances like that?
LOREN:
You think I can't handle that horse?
MIKE:
What I think is you could have hurt other people.
LOREN:
Well, I didn't.
Loren gets up, starts for the door.

CUT TO:
EXT. STREET - DAY 1
Loren comes out of the clinic, heads for the store, past Hank as he unloads some supplies from a wagon parked in front of the saloon.
HANK:
Hey, old man. How's your horse?
LOREN:
Just fine.
Loren continues to the store.
Hank sets down a case of whiskey, feels the bottom. It's wet. He looks into the wagon. There's a keg of beer on its side, and a drip coming from a knothole in one of the staves. Hank looks at the keg, then pokes at the knothole with his finger. Mistake. The knothole blows out, and a stream of beer hoses Hank down. Hank tries to stop the leak, but can't do it.
HANK:
Hey, somebody help!
Jake comes out of the saloon, sees Hank, starts laughing. He turns, shouts back into the saloon.
JAKE:
Hey, come out here. You gotta see this.
More men come from the saloon. Hank keeps trying to stop the flow, getting soaked. The men laugh at him. Finally, the beer runs out. Hank is drenched and he's angry. He kicks the keg.
JAKE:
Hey, Hank, when you're finished with your bath, could you get me a beer?
The men laugh. Jake goes back inside. They follow him in. We HOLD on Hank as he strips off his shirt.
HANK:
That ain't all I'm gonna get you.
Hank wrings the beer from his shirt as we...

CUT TO:
EXT. CREEK - DAY 1
A camisole drops before us, then a blouse, a skirt. We see bare legs and feet belonging to three GIRLS. We HEAR giggles. A pair of bloomers slides past some knees as we...

CUT TO:
CLOSE ON SOME EYES
belonging to Brian and STEVEN MYERS, Brian's friend. We PULL BACK to see their growing interest. They've got their fishing poles with them.
THEIR POV - THROUGH THE TREES
as the naked girls move into the water. We can only see glimpses of bare backs and long hair. And then we see that one of the three girls is COLLEEN.
BACK TO BRIAN AND STEVEN
STEVEN:
(whispers) Ain't that your sister?
BRIAN:
(amazed) Yeah.
STEVEN:
(whispers) Let's get closer.
Steven and Brian start to creep through the woods.
ANGLE - GIRLS IN THE WATER
up to their necks, splashing and laughing.
ANGLE - BRIAN AND STEVEN
as they sneak past the girls' clothing. They examine it for a moment, trying to not laugh, then Steven motions for them to move even closer. Brian shakes his head no. Steven grabs his arm.
STEVEN:
(whispers) You chicken?
BRIAN:
Let go.
Brian pulls away hard and he falls back into a bush, lets out a little grunt.
ANGLE - THE GIRLS IN THE WATER
who hear this.
COLLEEN:
I heard something'.
They all stop and listen.
BRIAN struggles to get out of the dry bush, making even more NOISE.
COLLEEN:
Somebody's there!
One of the girls starts SCREAMING, and then they all do.
ANGLE - BRIAN AND STEVEN
running away in the woods, hearing the SCREAMS behind them.

DISSOLVE TO:
INT. GENERAL STORE - DAY 2
Loren stands in front of his dressing mirror. He's trying his tie. He picks up the jacket coat, puts it on, winces slightly in pain. His body still aches from the fall. The tailoring and color are more suited to a younger man. But Loren doesn't feel the least bit ridiculous. He poses for himself, then opens a hat box, takes out a new derby, sets it rakishly on his head. And then he takes the hat off, steps closer to the mirror and looks at his hair. He lifts a strand, examines it.
SULLY (O.C.):
Loren?
Loren turns around as Sully enters.

Now page 11 follows, I can't read every word on the left side.

SULLY:
Those hinges come in yet?
Sully sees the suit.
LOREN:
They came in this mornin'.
Loren goes to get them from a shelf. He turns around to see Sully staring at his clothes.
LOREN:
What do you think of my new suit?
SULLY:
(half beat) Well, it fits you real good.

CUT TO:
INT. JAKE`S BARBERHOP - Day 2
Jake finishes with a CUSTOMER. The man leaves and Loren enters. Jake WHISTLES when he sees the suit.
JAKE:
Ain't you the fancy one.
LOREN:
You like it?
JAKE:
Well, it, uh, it sure fits you good.
LOREN:
Everybody's been sayin' that.
JAKE:
You want a shave to go with your new suit?
LOREN:
I need somethin' else.
JAKE:
What?
Loren motions for Jake to lean closer. He whispers in Jake's ear, Jake leans back, surprised.
Loren:
You know how to do it?
JAKE:
'Course I know how.
LOREN:
You won't tell anybody, will you?
Jake starts to lower the shades in the shop, closes the door, locks it. He turns to Loren.
JAKE:
It'll be our secret.

CUT TO:
INT. GENERAL STORE - DAY 2
Dorothy is working behind the counter when Loren enters.
DOROTHY:
Good afternoon sir, may I help you?
And then she sees it's Loren.
DOROTHY:
My goodness, Loren, what have you done to your hair?
Loren crosses to the mirror in the notions department.
LOREN:
I had Jake fix it up a bit.
DOROTHY:
Fix it? Looks like you got dipped in a tar bucket. Will that stuff come off?
Dorothy reaches out to touch it and Loren pushes her hand away.
LOREN:
I don't want it to come off. I like it.
DOROTHY:
Well, you look ridiculous. And that suit looks just as bad on you as it did in the catalogue. Why'd you order it? I told you not to waste your money.
LOREN:
I like it. I'm tired of the same old things. I been wearin' the same clothes for years. I eat the same meatloaf every Tuesday at Grace's. I get up every day at the same time, and work at the same job 'til supper. I go to church on Sunday, and then do it all over again.
DOROTHY:
That's what we all do, Loren.
LOREN:
Well, maybe it's time for me to do somethin' different.
DOROTHY:
You have a good life here. You have friends. You're respected in the community. What else do you want?
LOREN:
I want to feel alive again. I want some adventure. I'm ready to do somethin' excitin', go somewhere.
DOROTHY:
Where would you go?
LOREN:
Maybe to California. I was goin' in '49 but Maud talked me out of it.
DOROTHY:
(beat; then) The gold rush is over, Loren, and you're too big to run away.
A beat.
LOREN:
I swear, Dorothy, I'm gonna do somethin' in the time I got left besides get old.
Loren picks up his derby, puts it on his head. A LADY CUSTOMER comes in. Dorothy goes to welcome her. Loren stays, looking at himself in the mirror as we...

CUT TO:
INT. CLINIC - DAY 2
Brian is keeping watch out the window. Steven is looking at a medical text, open on Mike's desk. Illustrations of naked women's bodies.
STEVEN:
Gosh.
Steven turns another page.
STEVEN:
There's pictures of everything. Even their insides.
BRIAN:
Come on, Steven. It's my turn. You keep the lookout.
But Steven keeps turning pages. And something extraordinary catches his eye.
STEVEN:
You won't believe this.
And that's it for Brian. He leaves the window to have a look.
BRIAN:
Let me see. What is it?
STEVEN:
I don't know.
Suddenly the door opens and Sully enters. Brian slams the book shut, turns around to face Sully.
SULLY:
Where's your ma?
BRIAN:
I don't know.
STEVEN:
I gotta go.
BRIAN:
Me, too. Bye, Sully.
Steven and Brian grab their school books, head out the door. Sully looks at the medical book on the desk, crosses to it. One of the pages is crimped so Sully opens it to smooth out the page. It's an illustration of the naked women the boys were looking at. Sully picks up the book. He's turning pages, satisfying his curiosity when the door opens and Mike enters.
MIKE:
Sully, what are you doing?
Mike crosses to him and takes the book, looks at the picture, closes the book.
MIKE:
I must say I'm a little surprised.
SULLY:
So was I when I caught Brian doin' the same thing.
MIKE:
Brian was looking at these pictures?
SULLY:
Him and his friend, Steven, were. They're at that age.
MIKE:
What age?
SULLY:
(a look; then) You ever had a talk with Brian about the birds and the bees?
MIKE:
You mean procreation... well, not exactly... I...
SULLY:
Don't you think it's time he knew about what happens between men and women who fall in love and get married?
Sully smiles playfully at Mike as he moves close to her.
SULLY:
About snugglin' and kissin', and pro-cre-a-shun?
Sully kisses her.
MIKE:
I suppose it is time. I have an excellent book he can read.
Mike moves to her bookshelf, starts looking.
SULLY:
Book? Why don't you just sit him down and tell him what he needs to know? He's only interested in the basics. What you call things. How babies are made. The rest of it you learn by doin'.
MIKE:
(her look; then) Did your father tell you?
SULLY:
No, but I wish he had. Some things you need to hear from other men. (a look) I'd be happy to talk to him if you want.
She finds the book.
MIKE:
I don't see that it makes a difference who tells him as long as he's probably instructed.
SULLY:
Not everythin' you need to know comes in a book.
MIKE:
I'll think about it.
SULLY:
I'll wait for you in the wagon.
Sully exits. We HOLD on Mike who looks at the book in her hand as we...

DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. GENERAL STORE - DAY 3
The stallion is tied up in front of Loren's store. There's a PACK MULE with it, lots of supplies tied on. We hear some banging inside the store. Jake, Sully, Mike, MATTHEW, HORACE, Colleen, Brian, a few other townsfolk are gathered about. WOLF is there.
DOROTHY: (O.C.)
You can't be serious?
Hank walks over from the saloon, stops beside Jake.
HANK:
What's goin' on?
JAKE:
Loren's leavin' town.
Jake sniffs the air, turns to Hank.
JAKE:
Somethin' smells like old beer. Is that you?
Jake smiles at Hank. Hank smiles back, but there's malice in it. Brian has been staring at Colleen. She catches him. He turns away.
DOROTHY: (O.C.)
Loren, you can't do this.
Loren comes out of the store, carrying the last of his supplies, dressed in jodhpurs, boots, every bit the Indiana Jones. He heads for the pack mule.
Loren:
I've wired ahead and booked passage on a ship to Bolivia. Tell 'em, Horace.
HORACE:
It's true. Did it this morning'.
SULLY:
Loren, Bolivia is a long way from here.
LOREN:
So is Egypt and China, and Ireland, and I may just see 'em all before... before I'm done travelin'.
Loren mounts up.
BRIAN:
You'll be back, won't you Mr. Bray?
MIKE:
Of course he will. (to Loren) You will, won't you, Loren?
Loren looks at Dorothy.
LOREN:
I'll bring you a ruby from Burma.
Loren turns the horse. He rides out of town. We HOLD on Mike and Sully and the children watching him go. Dorothy goes back inside the store. The crowd disperses as we
FADE OUT
END ACT ONE

ACT TWO
FADE IN
EXT. BARN - DAY 3
Matthew is fixing the wagon.
MATTHEW:
Why are you askin' me about this?
BRIAN:
Don't you know?
MATTHEW:
'Course I know. I thought you did, too.
BRIAN:
Well, I know a thing or two. But I don't know everythin'.
MATTHEW:
What do you mean by "a thing or two"?
Brian motions for Matthew to lean over. Brian whispers in his ear. Matthew leans back, smiles at Brian.
MATTHEW:
Brian, do you know where babies come from?
BRIAN:
Sure I do. I seen that around here plenty of times with the animals.
MATTHEW:
Well, if you know that, then what else would you want to know?
BRIAN:
I want to know about girls.
MATTHEW:
(truthfully) Don't ask me. I can't make sense of Ingrid half the time we're talking'. Ask somebody who's been around 'em longer. Somebody older. Somebody who understands.

CUT TO:
EXT. BARBERSHOP - DAY 3
Jake is talking to Brian and Steven.
JAKE:
Tryin' to understand 'em. That's your first mistake.
BRIAN:
Is it?
JAKE:
Don't matter if she's five or fifty. She's gonna always do somethin' to keep you confused. Off balance.
STEVEN:
But why?
JAKE:
That's just the way women are. They been doin' it since the garden of Eden.
BRIAN:
Then how do you ever know what women want?

CUT TO:
EXT. TELEGRAPH OFFICE - DAY 3
Horace is talking with Brian and Steven.
HORACE:
You have to guess.
STEVEN:
Guess?
BRIAN:
Why can't you just ask 'em?
HORACE:
If a woman has to tell you what she wants, she gets mad 'cause you didn't think of it first.
BRIAN:
But it could be anything'.
HORACE:
That's true, so you gotta always be lookin', watchin' for the signs.
STEVEN:
What kind of signs?
HORACE:
You gotta look at their eyes. When Myra gets a hankerin' for somethin', her eyes get like this.
Horace demonstrates for Brian.
HORACE:
And sometimes she gets this funny little smile on her lips.
BRIAN:
Do all women do that?
HORACE:
I don't know. I just know Myra does.
MYRA appears in the door of the telegraph office.
MYRA:
Horace, I got your "lunch" ready.
And Myra gives him a funny little smile.
HORACE:
Excuse me, boys.
Horace goes into the telegraph office, closes the door, puts up the "Closed for Lunch" sign in the window.
STEVEN:
(sighs) How are we ever gonna learn all this stuff?
BRIAN:
We'll just have to keep askin'.
Steven spots Hank sitting on the rail outside the saloon.
STEVEN:
Let's ask Hank.
BRIAN:
I don't think...
STEVEN:
Come on. I bet he knows a lot about women.
The boys run over to Hank.

EXT. SALOON - DAY 3
STEVEN:
Can we ask you somethin'?
HANK:
What?
The boys look at each other. Finally Brian is brave enough to step forward.
BRIAN:
We want to know about women.
HANK:
Whaddaya wanna know?
BRIAN:
Well, is there some sorta secret or somethin'? Like one thing you can tell us you know for sure about 'em?
HANK:
It's no secret, boys. I'll be happy to tell you everythin' I know about women.
Hank looks at the boys. He leans forward, motions for them to get closer.
HANK:
(beat; then) You ever seen a naked lady?
BRIAN/STEVEN:
Sure. Yeah.
BRIAN:
Once.
HANK:
Well, then you know everythin' I do.
Hank stands up, laughs. Then he sees Jake coming from Grace's, chewing on a tooth pick.
HANK:
(to boys) Now go on. Get out of here.
The boys turn and run. Hank watches Jake, who tips his hat, laughs as he strolls on up the street. Hank keeps watching him. The clinic door opens. Mike ushers a PATIENT outside, lingers to talk for a moment.

INT. JAKE'S BARBERSHOP - DAY 3
There's a line of string tied from the back of the chair, going somewhere. We can't see what it's tied to on the other end. Jake opens the door, flips over the "Out to Lunch" sign, ready for some business. He climbs into his chair. He leans back and the chair collapses. Jake hits the floor hard. The string gets pulled tight, and pops a bung from a small keg that erupts in a shower of beer, dousing Jake as he lies on the floor. Hank comes through the door, sees him, starts laughing. Jake pulls himself up. He's got a knot on his head. Others are gathering at the door. They point and laugh, too. Hank sniffs the air.
HANK:
You know Jake, that new hair tonic you're usin' smells a lot like beer.
Hank laughs, goes out. Jake struggles to his feet. Mike enters.
MIKE:
What happened?
JAKE:
Just had a little accident, that's all.
Mike looks at the beer, the mess. Jake holds his head.
MIKE:
Let me see what you've done here.
Mike examines his head as Jake looks out the window at Hank, already planning his revenge.
JAKE:
(shouts) Wait 'til you see what I'm gonna do.

DISSOLVE TO:
INT. HOMESTEAD - COLLEEN'S ALCOVE - DAY 4
Colleen is getting dressed. She buttons her camisole. She sits down on her bed, picks up a brush and a mirror, begins to brush her hair. Then she notices something in the mirror.
MIKE: (O.C.)
Colleen, breakfast is ready.
COLLEEN:
Comin'.
Colleen looks in the mirror again. She sees a little white eyeball framed by a knothole. She turns suddenly and pokes her finger into the knothole.
BRIAN: (O.C.)
Ow.
COLLEEN:
Ma!

INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY 4
as Colleen comes from her alcove.
COLLEEN:
Brian was spyin' on me. He was watchin' me get dressed!
MIKE:
(shouts) Brian.
The front door opens and Brian enters, holding his poked eye.
MIKE:
Have you been spying on your sister?
BRIAN:
Well, just a couple of times.
MIKE:
Brian Cooper!
COLLEEN:
So it was was you lookin' at me and my friends down at the creek.
BRIAN:
Steven was with me, too.
COLLEN:
You toad. I can't believe you did that.
MIKE:
And I can't believe it either. Brian, I want to see you at the clinic after school.
BRIAN:
What for?
MIKE:
You and I are going to have a very serious talk, young man.

CUT TO:
EXT. MEADOW - DAY 4
Sully and Mike walk and talk.
SULLY:
I don't know why you're so upset.
MIKE:
He violated her privacy. It's wrong.
SULLY:
You're makin' too much of this. All he did was take a peek. It's somethin' all boys do.
MIKE:
Even you?
SULLY:
(smiles) I didn't have a sister. (bigger smile) But my best friend did.
MIKE:
Sully.
SULLY:
I was about ten years old. How old were you when you first saw a naked man?
MIKE:
Sully...
SULLY:
How old?
MIKE:
I was twenty-six, he was fifty-four, and I was dissecting him.
Sully looks at her, shakes his head, trying not to smile.
MIKE:
So?
SULLY:
My offer still stands if you want me to talk to Brian.
MIKE:
Thank you, but it's something I believe I should do myself.

CUT TO:
INT. CLINIC - DAY 4
Mike has set up two charts of anatomy. Brian sits stiffly in a chair, listening. Mike is very uncomfortable doing this. Brian is more uncomfortable listening to it.
MIKE:
(reading) In the first stages of life, the functional differences between men and women are comparatively slightly marked, but the approach of puberty in both brings about clearly defined internal and external changes. The male is attended by a characteristic alteration of the voice, from the thin childish treble to the deep, manly bass, owing to the development of the pomum Adami, and the elongation of the thyroid cartilage and thyro-arytanoid muscles.

DISSOLVE TO:
INT. CLINIC - LATER
Brian is still in the seat and Mike still lectures.
MIKE:
... when placed in the cavity of the uterus, by virtue of the vital principal that animates it, the ovum becomes attached to the inner surface of that viscus, and obtains from it, indirectly, the nutriment necessary for its gradual development...

DISSOLVE TO:
INT. CLINIC - DAY 4
MIKE:
... and then after a week or so, the umbilical cord falls off.
Mike puts down the chalk, dusts her hands, turns around to see Brian, now in shock.
MIKE:
Well, do you have any questions?
Brian shakes his head.
MIKE:
We'll stop here for now. Tomorrow I'd like to begin with discussion of the male anatomy.
Mike sets the book down, begins packing up. We HOLD on a frazzled Brian.

DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. HOMESTEAD - EST. (STOCK SHOT) - NIGHT 4
One lamp glows in the room.
INT. BARN - NIGHT 4
Brian is pulling on his boots, looking out the door to make sure the coast is clear. He picks up his knapsack, checks to see he's got everything, then he slowly opens the barn door. It creaks. He tiptoes out.

CUT TO:
OMIT
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT 4
Mike sits at the table, books open, consulting anatomy charts, making notes for tomorrow's instruction.

DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. WOODS - NIGHT 4
Brian moves along in the woods. He stops, looks about, decides this is a good place to settle in for the night. He takes off his knapsack, takes out a bandanna. He unwraps it. Cold biscuits.

CUT TO:
ANGLE - A LARGE BLACK FURRY NOSE
sniffing the air.
BACK TO BRIAN
He starts to eat when he HEARS something behind him. Moving through the brush. Something BIG.
Brian picks up his knapsack. He turns around just in time to see the
BLACK BEAR
coming through the brush. Brian throws the biscuits up in the air and starts running. The bear stops to grab the food and eat it, giving Brian time to escape.
ANGLE - BRIAN
who knows he can't outrun the bear. He puts on his knapsack, looks about and picks a dead tree. He starts climbing.
ANGLE - THE BEAR
as it finishes the last biscuit, then looks up, starts running for Brian and the tree. Brian scurries just out of the bear's reach when it stands up. The bear lets out a loud ROAR, pushes against the tree.
HIGHER UP
as Brian climbs to a branch, stops, holds onto the tree as it shakes. Brian lets out a scream.
BRIAN:
Ahhhh!
LOREN: (O.C.)
Brian!
Brian looks over to see...
LOREN sitting in another tree, a couple of feet away.
BRIAN:
Mr. Bray? What are you doin' here? You're 'sposed to be in Bolivia.
LOREN:
Aren't you glad I ain't.
The bear ROARS, pushes on the tree.
LOREN:
That bear's been after me ever since I set up camp. You better get over here 'fore he knocks that tree down.
BRIAN:
I can't.
LOREN:
Jump. I'll catch you.
The bear pushes on the tree Brian is in. It SHAKES some more, leans over. The SOUND of roots beginning to give way.
LOREN:
Jump!
Brian doesn't hesitate this time. He stands up, swings out on a branch...
ANOTHER ANGLE
as Brian makes it across, and Loren catches him. Just in time as the other tree goes CRASHING down. The bear turns to their tree now, but it's too big to shake and the bear can't climb it. The bear GROWLS a few times, then wanders off into the night. We HOLD on Brian and Loren as we...
FADE OUT.
END ACT TWO

ACT THREE
FADE IN:
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY 5
Sully is there with Mike, Colleen and Matthew.
SULLY:
You sure he ran away?
MATTHEW:
He took a bed roll with him.
COLLEEN:
And some food.
MIKE:
He can't have gone very far. Matthew, would you get Flash?
Matthew goes into the barn. Colleen is suddenly feeling guilty. Mike looks at her.
MIKE:
Colleen...
COLLEEN:
It's not my fault.
MIKE:
Of course it isn't. (half beat) I was about to say that perhaps I'm the one to blame.
Mike throws a look to Sully as Matthew comes out with FLASH.
SULLY:
I don't think you should go after him.
MIKE:
Why not?
SULLY:
You can't be rescuin' him all the time. If he's gonna grow as a man, there's some things he's got to go through.
MIKE:
He's not a man. He's a ten year old boy. What if something happens to him?
SULLY:
Matthew and I will find him, make sure he's all right.
Sully takes Mike aside.
SULLY:
It's time to let him be, Michaela. I know. Remember, I was a boy once.
Mike looks at him. She nods uncomfortably as we...

CUT TO:
EXT. WOODS - DAY 5
Loren and Brian have spent the night in the tree. Brian is asleep in Loren's arms. Loren looks around, then shakes Brian.
LOREN:
Brian, wake up. Brian.
Brian stirs, sits up, stretches.
BRIAN:
Where's the bear?
LOREN:
I think, he's gone. Let's get movin'.
They start to climb down the tree. We can see Loren has hung his food and water up high, away from animals.
BRIAN:
You still goin' to Bolivia, Mr. Bray?
LOREN:
Sure am. Soon as I find my horse and mule.
BRIAN:
Can I go with you?
LOREN:
No. You gotta go back home.
BRIAN:
I can't.
LOREN:
Why not?
BRIAN:
(beat; then) Because I'm runnin' away.
They're down on the ground. We can see some of Loren's campsite, the torn-up tent, his supplies scattered about by the bear looking for food.
LOREN:
Runnin' away? From what?
BRIAN:
Ma said it's somethin' called pew-bur-tee. I don't want to catch it.
LOREN:
(beat) I'm afraid you don't have a choice, Brian. Everybody catches it.
BRIAN:
Even in Bolivia?
LOREN:
(nods) Comes with growin' up.
BRIAN:
You mean I already got it?
LOREN:
You been thinkin' about girls instead of schoolwork? (Brian nods) You got it.
Suddenly there's a ROAR from the bushes. Loren and Brian do the right thing and climb quickly up again as we...

CUT TO:
EXT. SALOON - DAY 5
Hank comes walking out of the saloon, looks down the street, sees Jake standing on the porch. Jake is watching with interest, holding a razor, stropping it. Hank starts to get on his horse, then decides to check the saddle. The first place he looks he finds a large cocklebur. He plucks it off, holds it up for Jake to see, throws it in the street.
HANK:
Gonna have to do better'n that, Jake.
He steps into the stirrup, starts to swing up and the stirrup snaps and Hank falls back right into the horse trough. Only problem is, there's nothing in it. Jake picks up a rifle he's got next to him, fires a SHOT at the roof of the saloon, smashing a hole in a large barrel of beer. The beer flows over the roof right into the horse trough. Hank gets soaked. Jake starts laughing. So does half the town. Hank pulls himself out of the trough. He's holding his arm. Mike comes out of the clinic.
MIKE:
Hank, have you been shot?
Hank:
(shouts) Pretty good, Jake. Pretty good.
Mike looks up, sees Jake holding the rifle.
MIKE:
Did Jake shoot you?
HANK:
No. I fell off my horse.
MIKE:
Let me see. Where does it hurt?
HANK:
Right there.
MIKE:
You could have broken your neck.
HANK:
(shouts) Wait'll you see what I got in store for you, Jake. You're gonna be real surprised.
MIKE:
I can't believe you're doing this. Two grown men, acting like school boys.
HANK:
You kiddin'? I never had this much fun when I was in school.
Hank goes back into the saloon. We HOLD on Mike.

CUT TO:
EXT. WOODS - DAY 5
Matthew and Sully stand behind a tree.
SULLY:
(whispers) Tell Dr. Mike we found him and that he's all right.
MATTHEW:
(whispers) When will you bring him home? (Sully's look) You know she's gonna ask me.
SULLY:
Tomorrow.
Matthew nods, goes off. Sully moves closer. He's got his bow and arrow with him.
ANGLE - LOREN AND BRIAN
Loren is nervously breaking camp. Brian is following him, tossing his baseball.
BRIAN:
Wanna play catch, Mr. Bray?
LOREN:
No.
BRIAN:
Don't you know how?
LOREN:
No.
BRIAN:
Didn't your father teach you?
LOREN:
Didn't have baseball when I was a kid.
BRIAN:
It's easy. Hold out your hands like this.
Brian demonstrates.
BRIAN:
You gotta keep your eye on the ball.
LOREN:
Brian, I ain't got time to fool around.
Loren moves away, Brian follows.
BRIAN:
Mr. Bray, I been thinkin'. If you take me with you, I could teach 'em how to play baseball in Bolivia.
Brian moves in front of him. Loren pushes him aside.
LOREN:
Excuse me, but I want to get packed up and out of here before that bear comes back.
BRIAN:
He's long gone. Come on Mr. Bray, hold out your hands.
LOREN:
No.
BRIAN:
You can do it.
Loren looks at Brian, relents.
LOREN:
Aw, all right.
BRIAN:
Here it comes.
Brian tosses the ball. Loren makes a stab at it, misses.
BRIAN:
You're 'sposed to use two hands, Mr. Bray.
LOREN:
(shouting) I don't want to play! I don't want to do this! You understand!
Brian is little stunned by Loren's outburst, but covers.
BRIAN:
It's all right. I'll get it.
Loren looks at his hands, then sits down. The ball rolls to a stop just past Sully, who is hiding behind a tree. Brian heads his way. Sully scoots around the tree and Brian doesn't see him as he picks up the ball, runs back to Loren.
BRIAN:
Stand up, Mr. Bray. You gotta try again.
LOREN:
I'm too old to play catch.
BRIAN:
No, you're not.
Loren looks at Brian.
LOREN:
Yes I am. (half a beat) And I'm too old to be goin' to Bolivia.
Brian sits down next to Loren.
BRIAN:
Then what are you gonna do?
The question is very real to Loren, and he truly can't answer it.
LOREN:
I don't know.
BRIAN:
You gonna leave your hair like that?
LOREN:
Maybe I'll just stay here in the woods 'til it grows out.
Brian looks at Loren, nods, thinks for a moment.
BRIAN:
Since you're gonna be here for a while, if I teach you about baseball, will you teach me about women?
LOREN:
Women?
BRIAN:
Girls first, then women.
LOREN:
Why don't you ask Sully to tell you?
BRIAN:
'Cause he's gonna be my pa.
LOREN:
So?
BRIAN:
Did your father tell you?
LOREN:
My grandfather told me.
BRIAN:
I don't have a grandfather and you're the oldest man I know. Who else can I ask?
Loren looks at Brian. He's flattered by the request.
BRIAN:
You gotta know more 'bout women than anybody in town.
LOREN:
Aw, what do you want to know?
BRIAN:
I want to know everythin'. That way I'll be ready for 'em.
LOREN:
Well, forget about that. I know a lot about women, and they still surprise me at least once a day.
BRIAN:
They do?
LOREN:
Women drive us crazy, but we keep comin' back for more.
BRIAN:
Why?
LOREN:
'Couse they got somethin' we need.
BRIAN:
What's that?
Off Loren's look, we see...
Sully smiling as he listens in on the conversation.

CUT TO:
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT 5
Colleen and Mike sit on the bed. Mike is brushing Colleen's hair.
COLLEN:
Boys are so disgustin'!
MIKE:
Colleen.
COLLEEN:
I'd never peek through a knothole to see some naked boy.
MIKE:
I certainly hope not.
COLLEEN:
Why did he do it?
MIKE:
Sully says all boys do it. He says Brian is just curious.
COLLEEN:
Well, curiousity killed the cat.
Colleen turns around to face Mike. Mike puts down her brush.
MIKE:
Colleen, men are different. Men like to look at women. My father did. He'd see a pretty woman on the street and his head would turn. It used to make my mother so mad. But she said as long as that's all he did, it was harmless.
COLLEEN:
So it's all right to spy on us?
MIKE:
No, spying is one thing, admiring from a distance is another. (beat) When Brian comes home tomorrow I'm going to have a long talk with him about respect and privacy.
COLLEEN:
Well, I'm never gonna let a man see me naked again.
MIKE:
Colleen, I... I know you talked with your Grandma about growing up and becoming a woman. Perhaps there's some questions you still have about what happens between married people?
COLLEEN:
I'm not gettin' married.
MIKE:
Why not?
COLLEEN:
I couldn't bear the thought of my husband lookin' at another woman. (beat) Could you?
MIKE:
Well, I suppose it would bother me if Sully did.
COLLEEN:
You don't have to worry. I've seen him; he's always lookin' at you.
They share a look and laugh quietly together as we...

CUT TO:
EXT. WOODS - NIGHT 5
We see Sully crouched in the shadows with Wolf. We can hear Loren talking to Brian about women.
ANGLE - LOREN AND BRIAN SITTING ON A LOG BY THE FIRE
LOREN:
...but you gotta save the big stuff for anniversaries. And every once in a while it's a good idea to kinda surprise them, you know, with a little present. I always like to get somthin' practical. You know, like a new broom. Somethin' she can use around the house...
And then we HEAR a low growl. Loren looks up.
LOREN:
Get up the tree. Go.
And they scramble to climb. Brian drops his baseball. It rolls away. He turns to go for it.
LOREN:
Brian! No.
ANGLE - SULLY
who is already knocking an arrow, moving into position to get a shot.
ANGLE - BRIAN:
who picks up his baseball, then looks up to see the bear coming into the clearing. Brian turns to run, and the bear follows.
ANGLE - SULLY
tracking the bear on point, ready to shoot.
ANGLE - LOREN
as he puts Brian behind him, turns to face the bear. He screams at it, throws out his arms, ready to face death rather than let Brian be harmed.
LOREN:
(screams) Ahhhhhhhh!
Maybe it's the hair, or Loren's rage, but the bear stops right in his tracks, confused for a moment. Loren picks up a pot, bangs on it, screams again, and the bear turns tail and runs for cover. A long beat. Loren can't believe it.
ANGLE - SULLY
smiling as he lowers his bow.
ANGLE - LOREN AND BRIAN
BRIAN:
You did it! You did it, Mr. Bray! Did you see him run?
Brian moves into Loren's arms. They hold onto each other as we...
FADE OUT.
END ACT THREE

ACT FOUR
FADE IN:
EXT. WOODS - DAY 6
Loren and Brian are fixing breakfast. Sully comes walking into camp.
SULLY:
Mornin'.
BRIAN:
Sully.
He runs to Sully, hugs him.
BRIAN:
You won't believe what happened. Mr. Bray fought off a bear last night.
SULLY:
He did?
BRIAN:
Biggest bear you ever saw. He had us treed up there for days. He almost ate me alive...
Loren:
Aw, it was nothin'.
SULLY:
Sounds like somethin' to me.
BRIAN:
Hey, what are you doin' here?
SULLY:
Your ma and I want you to come home.
BRIAN:
I can't. I'm runnin' away.
A beat.
SULLY:
Runnin' away won't stop what's happenin' to you, Brian. (half beat) There's gonna be times in your life when you're confused about what your feelin'. Right now happens to be one of 'em. You can't always put it into words. And anyway, you really don't want to talk about it. But if you ever need to talk, I'll be there to listen.
Sully hugs Brian, looks up at Loren.
SULLY:
(to Loren) Cloud Dancin' found your horse and pack mule. They got 'em over at the reservation. We can stop there on the way back to town...
LOREN:
I ain't goin' back to town.
BRIAN:
Where you gonna go?
LOREN:
I ain't decided yet.
Sully takes a long look at Loren.
SULLY:
I'll take you as far as the reservation.

CUT TO:
EXT. JAKE'S BARBERSHOP - DAY 6
An outhouse behind the barbershop. Jake enters, shuts the door. A moment later the door swings open. Framed in the doorway we see Jake, lighting a cigar. He leans forward to throw out the match, sees...
A FUSE which burns toward the outhouse.
BACK TO:
Jake who reacts, turns his head to see...
HANK standing outside, laughing.

OMIT
ANGLE
Jake, who just manages to make it out the door just before the outhouse explodes.
ANGLE
Hank and Jake, getting leveled with flying outhouse boards and debris.
OMIT

CUT TO:
INT. CLINIC -DAY 6
Mike is cleaning up Hank and Jake. She wipes some alcohol into of Hank's cuts. He winces.
MIKE:
(to Hank) Still having fun, Hank?
Hank glares at Jake.
HANK:
It ain't over yet.
JAKE:
Not by a long shot.
MIKE:
When will this stop? When one of you kills the other one?
HANK:
He's the one started it.
JAKE:
Did not.
HANK:
You laughed at me.
JAKE:
The whole town laughed at you.
HANK:
But you wouldn't let go of it. And you kept makin' fun of me every chance you got.
It's clear Hank's feelings were hurt.
MIKE:
You mean this is all because Jake made fun of you?
HANK:
You wouldn't understand.
JAKE:
I'm sorry, Hank. Didn't mean nothin' by it. But you got to admit. It was pretty funny.
HANK:
So was seein' you hit the floor.
JAKE:
How'd you do that?
HANK:
I took a saw and... Listen, you want a beer?
JAKE:
I could go for one.
They start out.
MIKE:
Jake, Hank?
They ignore her and continue out the door.
HANK:
I waited 'til you left for lunch, then I snuck in...
And they shut the door. We HOLD on MIKE, as she shakes her head.

CUT TO:
EXT. RESERVATION - DAY 6
Loren is packing up his horses. Sully walk up. Loren looks off to see Brian playing a hunting game with some Indian boys.
LOREN:
He's growin' up so fast.
SULLY:
There's still a lot of boy left in him. Will be for a while.
There's a long beat, then...
LOREN:
Say good-bye to Brian for me, will you?
SULLY:
Loren...
LOREN:
You're not gonna talk me out of goin'.
SULLY:
Not gonna try. But you can't leave 'til you get your new name.
LOREN:
What new name?
SULLY:
Indians take a new name when some big event happens. When I told Cloud Dancin' about you savin' Brian, he said your Cheyenne name should be "One Who Stands Against the Bear."
Loren is slightly pleased with the references.
LOREN:
Well, thank him for me.
Loren holds out his hand.
LOREN:
Good-bye, Sully.
SULLY:
Wait. You can't leave 'til after the ceremony.
LOREN:
Ceremony?
SULLY:
It's part of getting' a new name.
LOREN:
I ain't gonna be part of no Injun ceremony.
SULLY:
You've got to, Loren. You'll insult them if you don't.
A long beat.
LOREN:
Aw, all right what do I gotta do?
SULLY:
You dance with the elders.
LOREN:
I ain't gonna dance with a bunch of Injuns.
SULLY:
Loren, this is a great honor. They want to give you an Eagle feather.
LOREN:
What for?
SULLY:
The Cheyenne cherish the wisdom that comes with age. Even though a man can no longer hunt, he still has value to the tribe. He becomes the father to all sons and a counsel to all men.
We HOLD on Loren.

CUT TO:
EXT. RESERVATION - LATER
We HEAR the drumming. Singing.
CLOUD DANCING hands Loren an Eagle feather.
CLOUD DANCING:
From now on you will be known to us as --- (in Cheyenne) ---One Who Stands Against the Bear.
LOREN:
Thank you.
Loren takes the feather, bows a little. He's uncomfortable. He turns to look at Sully, who gestures for him to follow the two ELDER CHEYENNE who stand beside him. They bring Loren in a line with other old men and women of the tribe. Brian is sitting with the Cheyenne boys. He waves at Loren. The Elders on either side of Loren take his hands and start to teach him the steps.
LOREN'S POV - SULLY
and the tribe, and Brian all watching the dancers with love and admiration.
BACK TO LOREN
who begins to pick up the step, and begins to feel the sense of community before him, and oddly enough, a place in it. And with that sudden insight, he lets out a laugh, and begins to dance with the Elders. Something in him reborn.
ANGLE - SULLY
Smiling to himself as we...

DISSOLVE TO:
INT. GENERAL STORE - NIGHT 6
Loren turns the "Closed" sign in the window, pulls down all the shades. He looks around the store, as if seeing it again for the first time, and finds immense pleasure in the activity.
DOROTHY: (O.C.)
Loren, you ready?
LOREN:
Yes.
Dorothy comes down the stairs carrying a basin, some towels.
DOROTHY:
Why don't you sit right there by the lamp.
He does. There's a beat while Dorothy sets up, then...
DOROTHY:
Loren, there's somethin' I need to say.
LOREN:
It ain't necessary.
DOROTHY:
No, I want to apologize... I want to apologize for callin' you an old fool.
LOREN:
Maybe I was actin' like one.
DOROTHY:
I never saw you like that before so I wasn't sure what to do.
LOREN:
There was nothin' you could do, Dorothy. It was just somethin' I had to go through.
Dorothy touches his hair.
LOREN:
You sure this'll work?
DOROTHY:
You'll look just like your old self again... and I think he was a pretty nice fellow. (smiles) I'm glad he's home.
Loren reaches up, puts his hand on Dorothy's. A beat, then she picks up a comb and starts on his hair.

DISSOLVE TO:
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT 6
Sully and Mike mediating a settlement between Brian and Colleen.
BRIAN:
And I promise never to spy on you again.
COLLEEN:
What about your friends?
BRIAN:
I won't let 'em.
COLLEEN:
All right. I'll forgive you. But if it happens again I'll...
MIKE:
Colleen. Shake his hand.
They shake hands.
MIKE:
Colleen, is there something you want to say?
COLLEEN:
I'm glad you're home.
SULLY:
We all are.
MIKE:
Good, now get ready for bed.
Colleen and Brian leave the room. Mike moves next to Sully.
MIKE:
Do you think he's all right?
SULLY:
Yep.
MIKE:
I don't need to talk to him again.
SULLY:
Nope.
MIKE:
So, you talked to him and he knows everything he needs to know?
SULLY:
Well, Loren talked to him more than I did, but I'd say between the three of us, Brian got an education.
MIKE:
But you don't think I could have done it myself?
SULLY:
I do. There's plenty of boys been raised up just fine by one woman. But the truth is, there's times in a boy's life when he needs to be around other men. And if you didn't have me, or Loren, you'd find somebody Brian could spend time with.
There's a long beat.
MIKE:
So, what did Loren tell him about women?
SULLY:
He said women had one thing all men need.
Her look.
MIKE:
And what was that?
SULLY:
Love. A woman's love gives men courage.
MIKE:
What did you tell him?
SULLY:
(smiles; then) There's only one thing I know about women... you gotta be lucky enough to meet the right one and then never let go.
Sully kisses Mike, gets up from the table. We HOLD on Mike as we...
FADE OUT
THE END


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