1 EXT. KANSAS - MORNING 1
An Amtrak train snakes through the countryside. The Januarymorning is so cold, it's clean. Welcome to Kansas.
2 EXT. AMTRAK TRAIN - MORNING 2
The wheels of the train chug along. We watch this image long
enough to wonder why we’re watching it for so long.
3 INT. AMTRAK BAR CAR - MORNING 3
The intercom announces, “Next Stop, Topeka!” as we move down
the aisle, past businessmen and tourists, reading their
papers. Each paper has a different photo and a differently
worded headline. But all of them tell us one thing... The
President’s State of the Union Address is tonight.
We move past two little girls pointing out the window, “Dad,
lookit!” and finally land on... JAKE GREEN, 27, the charming
prodigal son. Jake is old movie handsome. A rogue.
Troubled. As he sips his whiskey, he looks sad and deep in
thought. Jake stares through the window as billboards
advertising the Golden Eagle Casino and Trading Post roll by.
JOVIAL MAN (O.S.)
Jake turns to find a chubby JOVIAL MAN, 47, smiling.
JOVIAL MAN (CONT’D)
Just curious why you’re drinking so
early in the morning? Break-up?
Lay off? Titans fan?
(finds himself smiling)
No. I’m going back home for the
day. Going to visit my grandfather.
Is that bad?
No. The bad part is seeing my
father and brother.
(gestures like a boxer)
Dad will hit me with the 'you're a
disappointment' right, and Peter
will come in with the 'family
values' left. Good times.
Let me guess. You’re grandpa’sfavorite?
I don’t know. But he was my
They smile. Jake points to the man’s empty beers...
What about you? Why are youdrinking so early in the morning?
Because I’m a drunk.
4 INT. AMTRAK STATION - TOPEKA, KANSAS - MORNING 4
Jake’s laughter becomes the squeal of the train’s brakes.
Jake exits the train and passes baggage handlers, pushing
luggage carts. If we look closely, we see one of them load a
silver suitcase on the train.
5 EXT. PARKING GARAGE - TOPEKA, KANSAS - MORNING 5
Jake’s taxi moves through the city streets, then enters a 12
story parking garage with a sign... Monthly Rates Available.
6 INT. PARKING GARAGE - 8TH FLOOR - MORNING 6
The taxi moves around a cement pilar to reveal... a vintage
Ford Mustang Convertible. Jake turns to the taxi driver.
You got jumper cables?
7 INT. PARKING GARAGE - GROUND FLOOR - MORNING 7
Jake, now sitting in the Mustang, hands his ticket to the
TICKET TAKER, an African American woman, about 31. She looks
at the ticket. All yellow and faded. She’s confused.
8 INT. PARKING GARAGE OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER 8
The ticket taker enters the messy office and approaches her
BOSS, a gruff man. She holds up Jake’s ticket.
I don’t know what to do with this.
What do you mean? Take his money.
You don’t understand. This man’s
had his car here for... 5 years.
9 EXT. KANSAS INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 77 - LATE MORNING 9
We see a MOTORCYCLE GANG making life hell for a student
driver, then move over to Jake's Mustang as it pulls off the
crowded highway. A sign reads... Jericho 87 miles.
10 INT. JAKE'S MUSTANG - LATE MORNING 10
Jake flips through the radio dial. Bill O’Reilly blurts,
“Larry. Pensicola, Florida. Go.” Larry, “Hey, Bill. So,
the State of the Union tonight...” Jake changes the channel.
Rush Limbaugh groans, “It makes me ill that the President’s
speech is going to acknowledge this liberal--” Click. Al
Franken says, “The arrogance of this administration--”
Click. “... it’ll be cold tonight. Low in the mid 20’s.”
Jake finally finds some music.
Company.” Our new title song.
Bad Company’s anthem, “Bad
Ahh. Much better.
11 EXT. RURAL HIGHWAY - LATE MORNING 11
The image goes high as the Mustang cuts through the
countryside. Jake passes rivers, streams, bridges, farms.
Jericho may be isolated, but nobody can say that the ride to
it isn’t gorgeous. No traffic. Blues skies. Peace.
12 EXT. POTAWATOMI NATION INDIAN CAVES - LATER 12
As Jake pulls up to a stop sign, he looks to his right to
see... a JERICHO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUS. The CHUBBY BUS
DRIVER stands in front of the bus’s smoking engine. He
shakes his head in frustration and pulls out his cell phone.
Jake shifts his glance to the PRETTY TEACHER as she guides a
group of excited 2ND GRADE KIDS into the visitor’s center.
Come on, kids. Single file now.
(a fat girl trips)
Oh, dear. Are you okay, Hilda?
13 EXT. PETERSON FAMILY FARM - ROADSIDE STAND - AFTERNOON 13
As customers browse the farm’s roadside stand, BONNIE
PETERSON, 17 and cheer-leader juicy, sits behind the cash
register. She text messages her boyfriend. “I miss you so
much. Can you come back this weekend?”