1 INT. OPERATING ROOM - DAY 1
A tense surgery in progress. Meters flicker, instruments
flash in the bright overhead light. In the midst of it all
stands DR. DAVID RAVELL, 35. The master of his domain.
Ravell leans forward so a NURSE can mop the sweat from his
brow as he completes a last, delicate procedure. His co
workers sigh collectively with relief.
(to Asst. Surgeon)
Close her up, will you?
2 INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - DAY 2
Dr. Ravell comes out of surgery, clearly exhausted. Without
his surgical mask he is ruggedly handsome. TWO NURSES
follow, attending him like a fighter fresh from the ring:
CHLOE, 25, Raven-haired and striking, and JASMINE, 24, an
exotic mix of African-American and Asian.
BLAKE DANIELS, 58, the silver-haired Chief Surgeon, rushes up
the corridor. On his heels is DR. LONNIE WALSH, 33. Lonnie
is also conspicuously handsome, but he'll always be second to
David. In everything.
The look on Blake's face stops David in his tracks.
There's been a train crash near Santa
Barbara. They're flying an aortal trauma
here now. How can I ask you this,
David rubs his eyes. Thinks about it.
I can do it, Blake.
His bravery isn't lost on the two nurses, although Chloe
exchanges a quick, covert glance with Lonnie.
Is he crazy, Jasmine? He's been on his
feet for fourteen hours.
Chloe, it's been this way since Leslie
died. Losing himself in his work, poor
... I'll give you something to lose
OLDER MAN'S VOICE
Excuse me, miss?
PULL BACK TO REVEAL: WE ARE LOOKING AT A TELEVISION SCREEN
BEHIND THE COUNTER OF A SMALL-TOWN DINER.
FAIR OAKS, KANSAS
3 INT. TIP TOP DINER - DAY 3
Quaint, Midwestern eatery. Knick-knacks and photos abound.
The booths and counter are packed with LOCALS. A family
dining section off in one corner.
TWO GUYS sitting at the counter in team jackets. The older
of the two holds up his empty coffee cup. But his WAITRESS,
standing a couple seats down from him, doesn't move. She's
completely absorbed in watching the soap opera that plays on
two battered, fuzzy TV sets.
BETTY SIZEMORE, 30, has a wholesome attractiveness that
competes with a bit too much makeup and a cheesy white
waitress uniform. TWO OTHER WAITRESSES attend to customers
The younger of the two guys is involved in the soap opera.
But the older one, still wants coffee. He gestures toward