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EXT. UNDERWOOD RESIDENCE - NIGHT
a LOUD COLLISION. A CAR ALARM blares.
After a moment, the door to the townhouse opens and A MAN
disappears around the block.
looks down at the ground. Francis’ security detail guy STEVE
(40s) appears beside him.
Did you get a good look?
letters of the plate.
The Warton’s dog.
Looks like a broken back.
It’s not gonna make it.
Go next door and see if they’re
Steve heads towards the neighbors’ townhouse.
tenderly strokes the dog’s head.
Shhhh. It’s okay...
(to the camera)
There are two kinds of pain. Good
pain - the sort of pain that
motivates, that makes you strong.
Then there’s bad pain - useless
pain, the sort of pain that’s only
suffering. I welcome the former.
I have no patience for the latter.
around the dog’s neck and begins to put it out of its misery.
(to the camera)
Moments like this require someone
like me. Someone who will act.
Who will do what no one else has
the courage to do. The unpleasant
thing. The necessary thing.
(to the dog)
There. No more pain.
(aside, to Steve)
We need to leave in ten minutes.
approaches them with endless sympathy in his eyes.
It was a hit and run.
(to his wife)
He must’ve jumped over the gate
I’m so sorry. I’ll have Steve file
a report. We’ll track them down.
CLOSE ON FRANCIS’ HANDS zipping up the back of a woman’s
elegant evening gown.
We PULL BACK to see that the gown belongs to Francis’ wife -
(taking her in)
(straightening his tie)
Francis looks composed, dignified. If we hadn’t known, we
before. He offers his arm to Claire.
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