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ACT FOUR

FADE IN:

INT. NICK'S CAR - DAY

Nick rushes into the van. Grabs his CB handle.

NICK
(into CB)
Captain Page! The Fly hit the
pageant. He kidnapped all the Pixies!

BEGIN '70S SPLIT SCREEN. The image of Nick SLIDES SCREEN
RIGHT. In LEFT WINDOW BOX --

INT. SU2 PRECINCT - CAPTAIN PAGE'S OFFICE - DAY

Captain Page at his desk, speaks into his DISPATCHER MIC.

CAPTAIN PAGE
What about Benson?

NICK
They got her too, sir.

CAPTAIN PAGE
Hold tight, O'Malley. We may have a
lead on where The Fly's base may be.
(yelling out his office)
Jonathan! Where are we on those
aluminum traces?

BOTH WINDOWS MOVE RIGHT making way for a THIRD WINDOW STRIP --

INT. SU2 PRECINCT - JONATHAN'S AREA - DAY

Jonathan's WINDOW STRIP appears SCREEN LEFT. Captain Page's
WINDOW in the middle. He looks SCREEN LEFT (to Jonathan) or
SCREEN RIGHT (to Nick), depending on who he's talking to.

JONATHAN
It seems to be an of out-of-date
aluminum compound.

CAPTAIN PAGE
(to Jonathan)
Any idea where it might have been
used in the past?


JONATHAN
From what I've gathered, it hasn't
been utilized since the sixties.
Canning companies used it to pack
anchovies.

CAPTAIN PAGE
Thanks, Jonathan.

Jonathan nods in response. His image is SQUASHED DOWN and
out of frame as CAPTAIN PAGE'S WINDOW returns to SCREEN LEFT.

CAPTAIN PAGE
O'Malley? Are you familiar with any
local anchovy canneries?

NICK
There used to be one off Lakeshore
Drive. But it closed years ago.

Captain Page studies a MAP OF CHICAGO hanging on his wall.

CAPTAIN PAGE
Pier 18. I'll meet you there.

INT. THE FLY'S DRUG DEN - DAY

Miss Chicago Contestants, still in talent show outfits and
sashes, are being tied with rope to chairs by Crony #2. All
sob, except Kate. As Crony #2 finishes the last girl and
leaves, Kate struggles to get free.

MISS DOWNERS GROVE
(through her tears)
We're all going to die...

Kate can't take any more of this.

KATE
Relax, girls. Everything's gonna be
fine. I'm working undercover with
the Chicago P.D. to prevent Pixies
like you from having their wings
clipped and turned into Angel Dust.

MISS SKOKIE
Wait, we don't understand. How'd
you know we're Pixies?


KATE
(like they're 3 year-
olds)
Like I said, I'm with the Chicago
Police Department...

MISS HYDE PARK
So are you saying you're not really
Miss Winnetka?

KATE
No. I'm not really Miss Winnetka.

A beat of silence, then --

MISS SKOKIE
That means we all have a chance to
win the pageant!

ALL GIRLS
Yeah!!!

MISS HYDE PARK
(to the room; Kate
first)
Wait. If you're tied up, and I'm
tied up, and we're tied up --
(lost; back to Kate)
And you're tied up, how can you get
us out of here?

The chorus of sobbing resumes.

KATE
Miss Skokie? Do you still have your
nail file?

MISS SKOKIE
Never go anywhere without it.
(sobs)
Even a kidnapping.
(struggles)
But it's stashed in my sash and
I..can't..reach..it.

Miss Skokie pulls the file from her sash with her teeth.
Kate scoots her chair a few inches over. Miss Skokie drops
the nail file into Kate's tied hands -- Kate catches it!

ROW OF TIED HANDS

All the hands clap.


KATE'S HANDS

She begins to file down the rope. It's working when --

THE FLY ENTERS.

THE FLY
(popping a sugar cube)
What it is, ladies. What it is.

He walks the row, looking to see which girl is going to go
first. He stops at Kate. Drags his long pinky nail down
her cheek. Kate spits in The Fly's face. He wipes it off.

THE FLY
Feisty... I like that. You go last.

He moves down the line and stops at Miss Skokie.

MISS SKOKIE
Wait. Take Miss Downers Grove first.

THE FLY
Sure, why not.

MISS DOWNERS GROVE
(to Miss Skokie)
You bitch!

Miss Downers Grove lunges towards Miss Skokie in rage, but
she's tied down and doesn't really get anywhere.

THE FLY
Don't cry baby. It won't hurt...much.

The Fly reaches for Miss Downers Grove. She tries to fend *
him off by kicking and screaming. It's futile. The Fly is *
about to tear her wings off when --

KATE'S HANDS

Frantically filing down the rope... There! She breaks free
and leaps to Miss Downer Grove's aid with a Karate-kick to
The Fly's face. Miss D.G. runs behind the other girls.

KATE
Chicago P.D.! You're under arrest.

The Fly stands back up, touches his thumb to his lip (a la
Bruce Lee). He's bleeding. GREEN. The girls SCREAM.


THE FLY
(to Crony #2)
Take her out back and shoot her.

As Crony #2 closes in on Kate --

EXT. NICK'S CAR - SECONDS LATER

GROUND LEVEL

Nick's car skids to a halt. Smoke bleeds from the wheels.

'70S ZOOM OUT

EXT. DOCKS - DAY

Nick exits the car. Captain Page is already there. They
greet each other at the trunk of Captain Page's '76 El Dorado.

CAPTAIN PAGE
O'Malley, we only get one chance at
this.

NICK
I know, Sir.

CAPTAIN PAGE
We're gonna need all the help we can
get.

Captain Page unscrews his LOW-TECH HOOK HAND, tosses it in
the trunk and pulls out an ARTIFICIAL HAND WITH BRASS
KNUCKLES. He screws it on.

CAPTAIN PAGE
(as he slams the trunk)
Let's go crack some skulls.

INT. THE FLY'S DRUG DEN - CONTINUOUS

As Crony #2 grabs Kate by the hair --

TIGHT ON THE DOOR

It's kicked in. We PUSH IN. It's that Blaxplotiation shot
of our hero -- Captain Page in all his glory. He cocks his
gun.

'70S ZOOM IN

On The Fly's reaction to Captain Page's macho arrival. His
jaw drops.


CAPTAIN PAGE
We're gonna squash you like a bug,
sucka!

NICK

Enters and shoots his gun. The Fly JUMPS out a WINDOW.

CAPTAIN PAGE, NICK AND KATE

They regroup.

CAPTAIN PAGE
(to Kate and Nick)
You two take The Fly.
(turns to the Cronies)
I'll show these cats how we do things
downtown.

Kate and Nick flee. It's just Captain Page and Crony #2.

CAPTAIN PAGE
I'm gonna go Ginsu on yo' ass!

CRONY #2

Charges Captain Page with a baseball bat. As Captain Page
ducks --

MISS CHICAGO CONTESTANTS

Seated in a line of chairs, watching the fight. All their
heads duck in sync.

CAPTAIN PAGE

Blocks another swing of the bat with his BRASS KNUCKLE HAND.
CRONY #2 didn't anticipate this, caught like a deer in
headlights. Captain Page CLOCKS him with his real hand,
knocking him out cold.


MISS CHICAGO CONTESTANTS

Cheer the Captain. He whips out a knife and cuts the rope *
that binds Miss Hyde Park's hands. She slithers up to him.
Her arms caressing this cool cat's leather and legend.


MISS HYDE PARK
Baby, you got soul.

CAPTAIN PAGE
Ain't no thang.

EXT. PIER - DAY

The pier splinters off into two docks. Nick and Kate stop
at the fork in the road.

NICK
You take that dock. I'll take this
one.

We continue with Nick. Gun drawn and eyes peeled, he moves
along a wall of canisters. Standard in '70s cop shows,
canisters tend to be stacked very high in areas where fights
break out.

THE FLY'S KALEIDOSCOPE POV

Watches Nick approach, then ducks behind the CANISTERS.

NICK

Moves to the end of the wall of canisters. Positions himself
to spin around with his gun when --

THE FLY PUSHES A CANISTER

It hits Nick. As a reflex, Nick fires his .44. But the
impact knocks the gun from his hand --

NICK'S .44

Slides 20 yards down to the end of the dock.

EXT. OTHER DOCK - CONTINUOUS

BACK OF KATE'S HEAD

She hears the echo of Nick's gunfire. Does that hair flip
as she spins to face camera. She bolts in Nick's direction.

EXT. NICK'S DOCK - CONTINUOUS

NICK recovers from the canister hit. Looks down the dock at
his gun. It's too far away. Then turns to face The Fly who
approaches, menace in each step. Oh, it's on!

THE FLY
In yo' face!


'70S COP SHOW STYLE FIST FIGHT

The Fly throws a RIGHT HOOK. Nick ducks. A LEFT HOOK.
Nick ducks. Another RIGHT HOOK. Nick ducks that, too.
Frustrated, The Fly lunges and two-handed chokes Nick.

But Nick pulls that good ol' Shatner move. In one fell swoop,
Nick throws his two arms up - knocking The Fly's hands away -
then lunges both hands down in a NECK CHOP.

The Fly is stunned - and temporarily defenseless. Nick pulls
a sucker punch, tagging The Fly in the gut. Then one BIG
PUNCH, arm waaaay back, into The Fly's face.

CANISTERS

Organized like bowling pins. Nick's punch throws The Fly
into the canisters. They all tumble over.

The Fly recovers, but his SUNGLASSES are cracked. He pulls
them off - revealing his YELLOW EYES - and tosses them aside.
The Fly retaliates with a FLY KICK into Nick's chest --

THE FLY

Removes his scarf. Wraps the slack around his hands and
pulls the tether tight.

NICK

Dazed, his back to The Fly. The Link strangles him from
behind with its scarf. Nick can't pry himself free.

KATE

Runs up. Pulls her 5-point SU2 BADGE and flings it at--

THE FLY

Camera position behind him, his head thrusts back. The badge
stuck in his forehead like a Chinese Star. As he falls --

RACK FOCUS

To Kate. Her arm still hyper-extended.

NICK

Pries himself free from the scarf noose. He kicks The Fly
for the final exclamation point, then turns to Kate.


NICK
You know, I would've had him.

KATE
Uh-huh. Right.


INT. P. DADDY'S SUPPER CLUB - DAY

A sign hangs behind the bar: "Bouncer Wanted." The atmosphere
is that post-case celebration. Everyone smokes cigarettes.
Jonathan waxes on to the Bartender.

JONATHAN
...And there's supposed to be this
big furry guy named Chewbacca. He's
the renegade pilot's best friend.

The Bartender looks at Jonathan like he's an idiot. We MOVE *
further down the bar to Nick and Kate, who also smoke. Nick
raises his glass for a toast. Kate raises hers.

NICK
To swatting The Fly.

Kate doesn't toast.

NICK
Why aren't you toasting?

KATE
Aren't you going to thank me?

NICK
What for?

KATE
For saving your life.

NICK
Oh that little detail.
(sincere)
Thanks.
(looks at her feminist
symbol)
You know, this women's lib may have
a future after all.

Kate smiles. It's a Nick kind of compliment.

KATE
There may be hope for you yet.

Carl enters from the back room, one CHICK under each arm.


NICK
I see you've gotten over Trixie.

CARL
I'll never get over Trixie. Truth
is, I just needed a shoulder to cry
on.
(grins)
Four to be exact. Ain't that right,
girls?

The Girls nod. All turn upon hearing the familiar barking
of Captain Page. He enters the bar wearing an AFRICAN PRINT
SHIRT.

CAPTAIN PAGE
Benson! O'Malley! Where are those
reports on The Fly! They were due
on my desk first thing this morning!!

NICK
You'll have them first thing tomorrow
morning.

CAPTAIN PAGE
That's what you said yesterday!

NICK
And that's what I'll say again
tomorrow.

CAPTAIN PAGE
And Benson! This came through today.

Captain Page pulls out a rolled up DOCUMENT. Hands it to
Kate who unrolls it. A CITY "stamp of approval" on it.

KATE
Right On! My raise got approved!!

CAPTAIN PAGE
Congratulations. You will be paid
the same as a man.

As Kate reads the document, Captain Page whispers to Nick.

CAPTAIN PAGE
Don't worry. Your raise went through,
too. But let's keep that between
us.


Nick winks. Captain Page turns to Carl.

CAPTAIN PAGE
And Carl. I received word that a
warehouse full of stereos is missing
from MidCity Stereo. You wouldn't
happen to know anything about that,
would you?

Carl leans on a stereo, trying to hide it.

CARL
If I did, you'd be the first to know.
But speaking of music...

Carl pulls out two TICKETS and hands them to Captain Page.

CARL
Who loves ya, baby?

CAPTAIN PAGE
Earth, Wind & Fire?! Front row at
the Aragon! Carl, I don't know what
to say.

CARL
Why say anything when we can dance?

Carl pulls an 8-TRACK from his coat. Pops it in the player.

CUE: "THE HUSTLE" by Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony.

All collect into the middle of the dance floor and everyone
starts to dance, except for Jonathan who sulks in the corner.
Kate pulls him out by the hand. He's reluctant at first,
but then gets into it. As Nick breaks into "The Windmill" --

MOVE UP

Towards the ceiling until --

THE DISCO BALL

Fills the frame, spinning with all its glitter and glory.
Hold there for a disco beat and --

FADE TO:

END CREDITS

Play over FREEZE FRAMES of scenes from the episode.

END OF ACT FOUR