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FADE IN:

1 EXT. WOODS - NIGHT 1

We are low, like an animal, moving fast, relentlessly pursuing

our prey... who happens to be a MUD-COVERED, young SOLDIER, who

we will come to know as VALERIE MATHIS, 19. She is in full battle

fatigues and helmet, carrying her PACK and RIFLE.

Valerie runs through the brush and the thick mud, breathing

heavily, soaked through-and-through. She's afraid... but there's

a strength in her face, too.. a determination, a will to survive...

until she comes to a sudden stop, eyes wide with fear. This is

the end for her...and she knows it. And as we RUSH up BEHIND

HER, closing fast, she turns to face us and SCREAMS, her cry of

terror DROWNED OUT by A THUNDERCLAP. And we CUT TO:

2 INT. FBI HQ - DAY 2

Sunny is at her computer, typing away, eyes intent on the screen.

She hits the RETURN key. Then hits it again. And again. And

again. She grimaces in frustration.

SUNNY

Come on. Come on.

(then, resigned:)

Fine.

She grabs her WIRELESS KEYBOARD and CHUCKS IT ACROSS THE ROOM.

The keyboard smacks into the wall and breaks into pieces. Brooke

and Jess come out of the adjoining office and look in on Sunny.

JESS

Is everything all right?

SUNNY

It is now.

BROOKE

Computer problems?

SUNNY

What was your first clue?

Brooke stiffens. What's that about? Jess forces a smile.

JESS

I've always been tempted to fix my

computer the same way.

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SUNNY

Excuse me. I need to get a new

keyboard out of supply.

Sunny marches out. Brooke and Jess share a look. In the corridor,

Sunny nearly collides with Coyle, who is escorting in MAJOR

CATHERINE O'MALLEY, in full uniform. O'Malley has a file under

her arm.

COYLE

Sunny, you remember Major Catherine

O'Malley, Army Criminal Investigation

Division...

SUNNY

How can I forget the woman who tried

to have me reprimanded?

Coyle clears his throat, uneasy.

COYLE

(to O'Malley:)

There are no hard feelings, of course.

O'MALLEY

Of course.

SUNNY

That's because she's not the one

with a letter of complaint in her

jacket.

Sunny continues on past them.

COYLE

Sunny is coming off a difficult case.

You know how it is.

O'MALLEY

As a matter of fact, I don't. I've

never been kidnapped and strapped to

a bomb.

COYLE

You heard about that? *

O'MALLEY

Frankly, I'm surprised to see Agent

Estrada back at work so soon after

her ordeal.

BROOKE

She's the one who chose it. She

loves her work.

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Brooke and Jess have emerged from Sunny's office. O'Malley glances

past them at the pieces of the keyboard on the floor.

O'MALLEY

Obviously.

Coyle motions them into Brooke's office.

COYLE

We have to talk.

JESS

(to O'Malley:)

You haven't come back to chew us out

again, have you?

Coyle shoots Jess a look.

COYLE

What Jess means to say is we still

appreciate your professional courtesy

for overlooking some unfortunate

lapses in procedure during our

investigation of the Crowley affair.

Brooke gives Coyle a pointed look, which he ignores.

O'MALLEY

I'm glad you feel that way, Agent

Coyle. Because I have a favor to

ask.

She opens her file and sets it on the desk. There's a report

inside... clipped to it is a PICTURE OF VALERIE MATHIS, wearing a

crisp CADET'S UNIFORM.

O'MALLEY

This is Valerie Mathis, a cadet at

George Washington Military Academy.

BROOKE

The Garrison.

O'MALLEY

Two weeks ago, just before the end

of the academic quarter, she

disappeared. School officials believe

she went A.W.O.L. I don't.

BROOKE

Why not?

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O'MALLEY

Valerie loves the Garrison as much

as I did when I was her age...she

wants nothing more than to excel

there. It's her dream. She wouldn't

run away... she'd wouldn't run away

from anything.

COYLE

Valerie?

O'Malley tightens up, suddenly self-conscious.

O'MALLEY

She's my niece. If she was having

problems of any kind, she would have

called me. Something is wrong.

COYLE

You must have looked into her

disappearance yourself.

O'MALLEY

There's an institutional "code of

silence" at the Garrison, that's

nearly impossible to crack. No one

will talk.

BROOKE

You think it's going to be any easier

for us? At least you're wearing a

uniform. We're outsiders.

O'MALLEY

That could be an advantage. A new

academic quarter is beginning in two

days. The admissions officer is an

old, trusted friend. I'd like to

get someone inside as a new cadet...

undercover. Someone so obviously

green that she won't arouse suspicion.

(to Jess)

Someone like you.

And on her Jess' surprise, we FADE OUT.

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ACT ONE

FADE IN:

3 INT. FBI HQ - DAY 3

Everyone is right where we left them three minutes ago, only for

them about three seconds have passed, long enough for what O'Malley

just said to really sink in.

BROOKE

You want Jess to go undercover?

JESS

Has anyone mentioned I'm not really *

an agent... *

BROOKE *

It's out of the question. *

O'MALLEY

It's the only way we'll find out

what happened.

JESS *

I can't really be the only way... *

Can I? *

BROOKE *

Jess doesn't have the training or *

the resources for this. She's not *

capable of doing this.. *

(to O'Malley) *

Send one of your C.I.D. officers. *

Jess is a little stung. *

JESS *

I haven't actually said "no" yet. I *

mean, if there's no other way... *

O'MALLEY

I don't have any female officers who

are young enough to pass for cadets...

besides, even if I did, they wouldn't

be able to hide their military

training. It's instinctive. Jess

won't have that problem.

JESS *

That's true. *

BROOKE

Could you excuse us for a moment,

Major?

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O'Malley nods, almost like a salute.

O'MALLEY

I'll wait outside.

As soon as O'Malley has stepped out of the office and is out of

earshot, Brooke turns to Jess. But before she can say anything...

JESS

You really don't think I could do *

this? *

BROOKE

An undercover mission isn't a costume

party. We're talking about full

immersion in military culture.

JESS

I'm not invading Iraq. It's a

military school.

BROOKE

You can't handle it.

JESS

We won't know until we try. You

brought me into the FBI because I

started having visions about missing

people while I sleep... but I've

proven I can do more than that.

COYLE

I'm inclined to agree. We're not

talking about a terrorist group or a

crime family... it's a military

academy. One that gets substantial

federal dollars, which makes it our

jurisdiction.

JESS

I want to do this.

(defiantly to Brooke:)

I can do this.

Coyle nods, then turns to Brooke.

COYLE

Brief her.

BROOKE

Alan--

COYLE

You heard me, Brooke.

(MORE)

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COYLE (CONT'D)

Prepare Jess for her assignment.

I'll make the necessary arrangements

with Major O'Malley.

Coyle walks out. And on Brooke simmering, and Jess, hiding her

apprehension, we CUT TO:

4 INT. FBI HQ - ANALOG BOARD - DAY 4

The boards are filled with facts, tree-charts and photos about

"The Garrison" and its social structure. Brooke and O'Malley

lead Jess through the briefing.

O'MALLEY

The Garrison is a co-ed institution.

Women make up 15% of the student

body. The Seniors are all officers.

Freshman are Privates, also known as

"plebes." You are required to remain *

in uniform at all times, salute

officers and follow the commands of

your upperclassmen.

BROOKE *

You will serve them their food. *

Clean up their toilets. And you *

will do it with pleasure.

JESS

And you're wondering why Valerie

might have left?

O'MALLEY

The point isn't humiliation... it's

to make you a soldier. *

(then, firmly:)

And no matter what, you never quit.

Never.

BROOKE

But you'll want to.

JESS

I'm tougher than you think.

BROOKE

Once you walk through those gates,

you'll be stripped of everything

that makes you an individual. *

JESS

Bring it on.

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O'MALLEY

That's the attitude.

BROOKE

She'll need more than attitude.

SUNNY

She'll need a good medical plan.

Sunny walks up, holding a thick file, the contents of which SPILL

OUT when she opens it.

SUNNY

Damn!

She crouches and starts gathering up the papers, mashing them

into the file folder in no particular order as she speaks:

SUNNY

There have been five training-related

deaths at the Garrison in the last

decade, far more than any other

military academy in the nation. All

the victims were first year cadets.

BROOKE

(to Jess)

So you'll be in danger... and I can't

be with you. We're giving you this

instead.

She nods at Sunny, who produces what appears to be a cell phone. *

But not quite.

JESS

A cell phone?

SUNNY

Looks like it. But it's professional *

com gear. It's a straight satelite

line, you to us. No phone company,

no interfence, no signal failure.

BROOKE

With high level-encryption. It's

impossible to tap.

SUNNY

And it's got a GPS locator. You get

into trouble, we know where you are.

JESS

Cool.

She goes to take it, but Sunny pulls it away.

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SUNNY

How you gonna bring it in there?

JESS

In my pocket.

SUNNY

They

BROOKE

Amd com gear is forbidden.

JESS

So...

O'MALLEY

I'll get it in. Just search your

room when you arrive. It will be

there.

BROOKE

This is your last chance. It's not

about sleeping and dreaming now,

Jess. You'll be in danger.

JESS

I want to do this. I'll be fine.

BROOKE

(pause)

All right then.

(to Sunny:)

Let's look into those accidents and

get the details.

SUNNY

Thanks for that direction, Brooke.

I've only been a special agent for

five years -- it would never occur

to me to do that on my own.

Sunny marches off, her back to Brooke.

BROOKE

(to O'Malley:)

She's having a rough week.

(to Jess)

See you soon.

JESS

As soon as I find Valerie Mathis.

Jess looks at VALERIE'S PHOTO. And on Jess' determination, and

Brooke's skepticism, we CUT TO:

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5 EXT. THE GARRISON -- MORNING 5

It is every bit as foreboding an institution as the nickname would

suggest. CADETS in FATIGUES work-out and march on the grounds.

We FIND a ROW OF FRESH-FACED NEW CADETS, Jess among them, standing

casually in line in their NEW FATIGUES (the female cadets have

their hair trimmed or pinned up). Jess is standing next to ANNA,

19, who looks tough... street tough. A CORPORAL walks along the

line, shoving a THICK BOOK into their arms as SGT. CYNTHIA DOLAN,

20s, watches.

DOLAN

Welcome to George Washington Military

Academy, the finest institution of

its kind in the nation. The book in

your hand is the U.S. Corps of Cadets

Manual of Standard Operating

Procedures. Learn it. Live it.

You will be given two opportunities

to pass the Army Physical Fitness

Test each quarter. The first will

be tomorrow at 0500 hours. Minimum

requirements are fifty-three sit-ups

in two minutes, sixty six pushups in

two minutes, and a two mile run in

fifteen minutes, fifty-four seconds.

If you do not pass this simple test

each quarter, you will be separated.

JESS

(low to Anna:)

Separated? Will we also be

dismembered and deboned?

Anna cracks a thin smile. Dolan is in Jess' face in an INSTANT,

their noses nearly touching. Jess is startled.

DOLAN

Give me forty!

JESS

Forty what?

DOLAN

Push-ups, Cadet. Now.

(to Anna:)

You, too.

ANNA

But I didn't do anything.

Now Dolan is in her face.

DOLAN

Drop.

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Both Jess and Anna drop and do push ups. Dolan stands in front

of them, continuing her lecture, but aiming it at them.

DOLAN

Separation means expulsion. When I

am addressing you, don't talk. Don't

smile. Don't move. Keep your arms

at your sides and your eyes focused

on me. If you are addressed or

corrected, you will reply promptly,

crisply and with no emotion on your

face whatsoever. You will address

your superior officers as "Sir" or

"Ma'am."

(to Jess:)

Is that clear?

JESS

Yes.

Dolan crouches beside Jess, who is doing push-ups.

DOLAN

Yes, what?

JESS

Yes, Ma'am.

DOLAN

Report to your dormitories.

The new cadets disperse. Jess starts to get up, but Dolan shoves

her back down by stomping her boot on her back.

DOLAN

Did I relieve you, Cadet? You still

owe me thirty.

JESS

Yes, ma'am.

Dolan glares at Anna, who is smiling at Jess' distress.

DOLAN

Is that a smile? No one cares what

amuses you, Cadet. Give me another *

forty. *

Dolan steps away. Jess glances at Anna and is about to speak,

when Anna cuts her off with:

ANNA

Don't ever talk to me again.

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And on Jess, having made two enemies in the first ten minutes of

military life, we CUT TO:

6 INT. GARRISON - DORM ROOM - DAY 6

It's like any other dorm room anywhere in the world -- except

it's incredibly, spotlessly neat. Straight angles, hospital

corners, not a speck of dust anywhere. Well, half the room,

anyway. The other half is littered with Jess's STUFF -- she's

just dumped everything out of her duffel bag onto her bed. She

looks around the room... where would they have hidden that com

gear... her lifeline? She looks under the desk, through the

clothes locker... nothing. Now she's feeling around the stitches

of her mattress, searching with her hands until she finds a HOLE

in the seam that faces the wall. She reaches in, starts to pull

out the COM GEAR when --

WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)

This was definitely more fun at my

old school.

Jess jumps up, stuffing the communcator back in the mattress, and

turning to see BRITTANY MORRIS standing in the doorway. In any

other school, Brittany would be head cheerleader. Here, she's

perfectly military while retaining a sorority-girl perkiness.

BRITTANY

The best part of getting a new

roommate at SCU was going through

her clothes, seeing what I could

wear.

Brittany goes over to the bed, picks up one of Jess's uniform

shirts -- identical to the one they're both wearing.

JESS

I can see how the magic might be

missing. I'm Jess Mastriani.

BRITTANY

Brittany Morris.

They shake hands, then Brittany neatly folds Jess's shirt and

lays it on the bed.

JESS

You went to Southern California

University?

BRITTANY

Spoiled Children U. Full ride.

JESS

So how'd you get here?

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BRITTANY

Too many parties, too many guys... I

lasted one semester.

JESS

You got thrown out for partying?

Brittany shakes her head "no" and laughs.

BRITTANY

They got thrown out, not me. I got

sick of watching people throw their

lives away. I wanted to do something

meaningful with my life, so I quit

and enrolled here. Only thing I

miss are the clothes... what about

you?

JESS

I lost my Dad... my brother has

psychological problems... my life

has been chaos. I needed... you

know, some order. This seemed like

the place.

There's more than a little truth to what she just said...and that

sells it.

BRITTANY

Welcome to the Garrison, then. And

if there's anything you don't

understand, ask me. I've been here

a whole semester -- I know it all.

JESS *

Thanks. *

BRITTANY *

So you ever have family go here, *

friends? *

JESS *

Me, no. Although, I heard of a friend *

of friend who went here. Valerie... *

Matthews, I think. *

BRITTANY *

Don't know her. Wait, there was a *

Valerie Mathis... *

JESS *

Was? *

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BRITTANY *

Haven't seen her lately. I hear she *

went AWOL. Washed out. *

JESS *

She just left? *

BRITTANY *

Guess so. No surprise. She couldn't *

keep up. She was only average.

We're expected to excel here.

JESS

Even how we fold our clothes?

BRITTANY

Cuff to shoulder at 75 degrees. Make

sure the buttons touch the seams.

Like this.

Brittany begins to fold Jess' clothes the right way -- and put

them in her foot locker.

BRITTANY

I know it seems arbitrary at first.

But it's about self-discipline.

Being at The Garrison means holding

yourself to a higher standard. Isn't

that why we're here?

JESS

Absolutely.

BRITTANY

The military term is:

empty your pockets, Kreskin.huah!

JESS

Huah.

BRITTANY

(laughs:)

No...you have to belt it out:

Huah!

JESS

Huah!

BRITTANY

You're a natural.

And as Jess and Brittany share a smile, a friendship starting to

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7 EXT. CAR DEALERSHIP - LOT - DAY 7

JAN MATHIS, 40s, steel-hard and knife-sharp, is holding a DEAL

MEMO and talking to a NERVOUS YOUNG COUPLE standing in front of

her.

JAN

If it were up to me, I'd say yes

right now. But I have to run these

numbers past the credit manager.

She takes the paper and towards the OFFICE, where Brooke waits

outside for her.

JAN

Sorry to keep you waiting. It's a

very delicate moment in the deal.

The Bureau still driving Fords?

Because I'd love to get a crack at

your fleet.

BROOKE

You don't seem very concerned about

your daughter's disappearance from

the Garrison, Mrs. Mathis.

JAN

I was -- the first dozen times she

ran away from home. Guess what, you

can get used to anything.

BROOKE

Major O'Malley doesn't think she ran

away.

JAN

Cathy can't imagine her favorite

niece would run out on her, too.

But when things get tough, my daughter

takes off. Like mother like daughter.

BROOKE

Have you heard from Valerie lately?

JAN

Not in the last few days. Before

that, she had so much to complain

about, I couldn't get her off the

phone.

BROOKE

What were her complaints?

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JAN

"It's too hard, I'm not making it,

I'm not strong enough, I'm not fast

enough, I'm letting down the platoon."

I said, honey, you're not happy, you

should quit.

BROOKE

Major O'Malley seemed to believe

Valerie was thriving at the Garrison.

Jan stiffens at the mention of the name.

JAN

That's because Valerie wouldn't say

anything that might disappoint her

idol. Valerie would have joined the

Foreign Legion if she thought her

aunt would approve. I wish Valerie

cared as much about how I felt.

BROOKE

Maybe it works both ways.

JAN

I love my daughter, Agent Haslett.

I want her to be happy. But she's

an adult now, she makes her own

choices whether I agree with them or

not. If leaving the Garrison makes

her happy, I'm not going to run

panicking to the FBI to drag her

back.

BROOKE

If you hear from Valerie, give us a

call.

She turns and walks out as Jan heads back to her clients.

JAN

(to the young couple)

I fought for your deal, but that

woman is a bear. Now here's what we

can do.

And as she bores in for the kill, we DISSOLVE TO:

8 INT. GARRISON - DORM ROOM - NIGHT 8

Jess sleeps soundly -- for once, no disturbing dreams, just sheer

exhaustion. That's when Brittany, in full uniform, shakes her.

BRITTANY

Jess! Wake up! On your feet!

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Jess' eyes flash open as she realizes where she is. She looks at

the clock. It's 4:30.

BRITTANY

Fitness test. 0500 hours.

Brittany trots to the door, then stops to make sure Jess is pulling

herself out of bed.

BRITTANY

Trust me, you do not want to be late.

And as Brittany dashes out, we CUT TO:

9 INT. GARRISON - DORM HALLWAY - MORNING 9

The cadets are running out onto the field. Jess waits until they

are gone, then slips into

10 INT. GARRISON - LOCKER ROOM - MORNING 10

The room is empty. Jess is alone. She finds a locker with VALERIE

MATHIS' name on it. She opens it (in accordance with the code of *

honor and stripping away of individuality, there are no locks on *

any of the lockers). The locker is incredibly organized. Jess *

starts sorting through it, looking for clues when:

MAN'S VOICE

Is your name Mathis, plebe?

Startled, Jess slams the locker shut to reveal CORP. MIKE FABER,

20s, standing right next to her. She stands at attention.

JESS

I made a mistake. I opened the wrong

locker, sir.

FABER

Mastriani. That's two lockers down.

JESS

Yes, sir. Sorry, sir.

He stares at her a long moment.

FABER

You're supposed to be on the field.

Get moving.

She rushes out.

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Though it's dark enough to be night. Jess flies across the green,

tucking in her uniform shirt on the run, as the clock tower bell

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chimes five times, finally making it to the LINE OF CADETS standing

at attention. Sgt. Dolan walks the line, trailed by a CADET WITH

A CLIPBOARD.

DOLAN

For reasons I will never understand,

you plebes will be given two chances

to pass this test. Fail twice, you

will be separated. Is that clear?

Jess falls into line right next to Brittany, just in time to join

the rest of the plebes in shouting:

JESS

Yes, ma'am!

That's when Dolan seems to notice Jess for the first time.

DOLAN

Private Mastriani, what time does

this test begin?

JESS

0500 hours, ma'am!

DOLAN

That was three minutes ago.

Dolan turns to the clipboard-carrying cadet.

DOLAN

Mastriani. Fail.

(to Jess:)

You will take your second test

tomorrow.

Dolan turns back to the assembled cadets.

DOLAN

On the ground for push-ups. 53 in *

two minutes.

Half the assembled cadets drop and lie on the ground to start the

test, the other half holding their feet. Jess looks around,

wondering what to do. Dolan marches over to her.

DOLAN

You, too. Just because you failed

doesn't excuse you from the activity.

Now drop!

Jess does, and Brittany holds her feet as Dolan blows her whistle.

Jess starts doing her sit-ups and we DISSOLVE TO:

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12 EXT. GARRISON TRAINING GROUNDS - DAY 12

Almost all the cadets are done with their push-ups, except for

one young WOMAN who struggles with all her might as Dolan stands

over her.

DOLAN

43, you've got 15 seconds left. 44.

Nine more to go.

The struggling cadet is ringed by her fellow soldiers. Some of

them are cheering her on. Not many. Shouts of "You're gonna

fail!" and "loser" fill the air around her.

JESS

Who's that?

BRITTANY

Juanita Alcala -- worst cadet in the

Academy. She already failed this

test once -- she doesn't make it

today, she's out.

JESS

So why aren't people encouraging

her?

BRITTANY

They are. She'd be doing her platoon

a favor if she left. She's dragging

everybody down.

JESS

Like Valerie Mathis?

BRITTANY

Valerie left. Juanita is still here.

DOLAN

Three seconds left. 52, 53...

With a mighty effort, Juanita finishes the last sit-up. A couple

of cadets CHEER for her. The others walk away.

DOLAN

Congratulations, Private Alcala,

you're still a cadet. For now.

(to the cadets)

Line up for the run. Two miles,

maximum time 15 minutes 54 seconds.

Everyone goes to the starting line. Jess goes to Juanita who,

exhausted, is struggling to her feet. Jess helps her up and gives

her a friendly smile.

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JESS

Hey, that was really great.

Congratulations.

JUANITA

Thanks. And I know you're going to

pass tomorrow. Let me know if you

need help waking up on time.

Juanita smiles and starts to stretch for the run. And we CUT TO:

13 INT. FBI HQ - PARKING GARAGE - DAY 13

Sunny drives into the parking structure and parks her car. She

shuts off the radio and the engine and is about to reach for the

door latch when something stops her. She studies the garage.

It's EMPTY. Not a soul in sight. It's also DEAD QUIET. The

shadows seem LONG AND OMINOUS. The corners and alcoves seem dark

enough to hide anything, and none of it pleasant. Sunny looks

increasingly nervous. What could be out there... lurking?

Waiting? Hunting? The ELEVATOR DOORS seem to STRETCH FURTHER

AND FURTHER AWAY. They were just a few yards away... now it's

MILES. She sits stiffly in her seat, unable to move. Her hand

shaking...the only sound the nerve-wackling JANGLING of her keys.

Suddenly there's THREE SHARP RAPS on her window. She whirls

around, stifling a scream to see COYLE looking at her through the

passenger window.

COYLE

You okay?

Sunny covers quickly, masking her fear with ANGER, grabbing her

purse and getting out of the car, slamming the door behind her.

SUNNY

Yeah, fine. Just lost in thought.

Coyle walks alongside her to the elevator...acutely aware of just

how closely she is to his side... almost as if she was seeking

protection.

COYLE

Anything you want to talk about?

SUNNY

No.

And on Coyle's concern, and Sunny, trying to hide her SHAKING

HANDS, we FADE OUT.

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ACT TWO

FADE IN:

14 INT. GARRISON - DORM ROOM - NIGHT 14

Brittany is asleep in the next bed. Jess rolls over, her back to

Brittany, and looks under the mattress. She takes out the FBI

communications device... thinks about using it... but it's too

risky. Brittany could hear. Jess slips it back into the mattress,

and takes out a a PHOTO of VALERIE MATHIS. She stares at it for

a moment, then slips it under her mattress again and drifts off

to SLEEP. We PUSH IN and DISSOLVE TO:

THE DREAMSCAPE

VALERIE runs past a GNARLED TREE...it's RAINING ROCKS... blood is

streaming down her face from the impacts...as she runs, her FACE

morphs into JUANITA...she falls INTO A PIT... looks up, and sees

the edge ringed with DARK FIGURES, all throwing STONES down at

her. And as she's pummeled to the ground with ROCKS, her face

MORPHS back to VALERIE, and we CUT TO:

15 INT. GARRISON - DORM ROOM - NIGHT 15

Jess wakes up, breathing heavily, to see Brittany studying her.

BRITTANY

Nightmares?

Jess nods, still trying to collect herself.. and becoming aware

of the sound of COMMOTION in the corridor.

BRITTANY

It's stress. I had them the first

few nights here, too. I couldn't

say the word "sir" -- I kept saying

"Corn Flakes" instead.

JESS

(re: the noise:)

What's going on?

She gets up (in gym shorts and a tank top) and starts for the

door. Brittany stops her.

BRITTANY

You're not allowed outside the room

unless you're in full uniform.

Jess opens the door a crack TO SEE cadets in MUDDY CAMOUFLAGE

FATIGUES are shuffling in. Suddenly the door is YANKED OPEN to

reveal CORPORAL FABER, his face COAL BLACK, his boots caked with

MUD.

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FABER

What are you doing in the corridor

out of uniform?

Actually, she's not in the corridor, just standing in her doorway,

but she's learned not to argue. She stands at attention.

JESS

Going to the bathroom, sir.

Brittany steps forward, half-dressed in her uniform, and stands

attention.

BRITTANY

It's her second night, sir. She's

still learning the rules, sir.

FABER

Oh, I understand.

Jess and Brittany relax. Faber gets right in their faces.

FABER

I understand that a mistake in the

field could get your platoon killed!

(to Jess:)

Put on your uniform and report to

the latrine. Polish every toilet,

faucet and tile until they shine, is

that understood, plebe?

JESS

Yes, sir!

Faber looks at both plebes for a moment, then nods a curt dismissal

and moves on.

JESS

Did you see how they were dressed?

What do you think they were doing?

BRITTANY

I don't think. And neither should

you. Not unless you want to spend

your days cleaning toilets. Speaking

of which, you want to get moving.

Jess goes to her bed to grab her uniform and, checking to make

sure Brittany isn't watching, grabs her COM GEAR from the mattress.

16 INT. GARRISON - LATRINE - NIGHT 16

Jess is on her hands-and-knees, scrubbing around a sink. She's

exhausted. She steals a GLANCE at two OTHER CADETS, who finish

scrubbing and move on. Finally she's alone.

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She takes out her COM GEAR, presses a button. It flashes to life.

You don't even have to dial it. The display shows an automatic

connection being made, but then...

MAN'S VOICE

You missed a spot.

Startled, Jess jams the com gear back in her pocket and scrambles

to attention... only to discover it's another CADET...FRED

GROVENER, 19, an amiable guy with a quick, friendly smile.

FRED

Relax, it's no problem. Let me get

it for you.

16A INT. FBI HQ - BROOKE'S OFFICE - NIGHT 16A*

Brooke was listening to Jess' communication when the line goes *

dead... *

BROOKE *

Jess... Jess? *

16B INT. GARRISON - LATRINE - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS 16B*

Fred bends down and wipes it up with a smile. He seems to actually *

be enjoying himself.

FRED

If the Yuks and Cows can't see their

reflections off the toilet bowl,

they freak. *

JESS *

Yuks and cows? *

FRED *

Sophomores and Juniors. You got to *

make that porcelain shine. *

JESS *

How can you be so peppy about

scutwork?

FRED

I don't mind latrine duty. It's

easier than memorizing the manual of

standard procedures. What are you

in for?

JESS

You mean after only one day at the

Garrison? Maybe I can't cut it.

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FRED

I don't know. The cadets who are

struggling, like you and me... they're

the ones with soul. And they all

end up scrubbing the floors sooner

or later.

JESS

Like Juanita?

FRED

She's a regular, yeah.

JESS

And Valerie Mathis?

FRED

She lived in this latrine.

JESS

She have trouble memorizing the

manual, too?

FRED

She could recite every word, including

the index. Her problem was physical.

She didn't have the strength. But I

thought she was determined to make

it anyway... guess I was wrong.

A clue. Jess is pleased with herself. She is achieving her

mission after all... she can cut it. That's when the door blasts

open and Corporal Mike Faber strides in. Fred jumps to attention --

with Jess following -- as he surveys the room.

FABER

Good work, Grovener. Nice to see

you're not completely worthless.

FRED

Thank you, sir!

FABER

You're dismissed. Get to class.

Fred salutes and marches out. Jess starts to follow, but:

FABER

Where are you going, plebe?

JESS

To class. Like you said. Sir.

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FABER

I ordered Grovener to class because

he had completed his work

satisfactorily. You have not.

JESS

This latrine is spotless. Sir.

Faber picks up the bucket of filthy water -- and SPLASHES it all

over the room.

FABER

Then why do I see filth everywhere?

JESS

Because you --

She sees the look in his eyes and stops herself.

JESS

Because I did a poor job. I'll do

better this time, sir.

He nods and leaves. She waits until she's sure he's gone, then

pulls out her com gear and hits the send button

16C FBI HQ - BROOKE'S OFFICE - NIGHT* 16C*

Brooke is reading a file, but she jumps like a cat when a cell

phone on her desk rings.

BROOKE

Haslett.

INTERCUT WITH JESS IN THE LATRINE.

JESS

Hi. It's me.

BROOKE

Where the hell have you been?

JESS

They watch you closely here. Listen,

I found out something. Valerie Mathis

was a screw-up. In my dreams she's

getting hit by stones... and so is

another cadet. Juanita Alcala. *

BROOKE *

She's not missing, too, is she? *

JESS *

Not that I know of. But I haven't *

really looked for her either... *

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And suddenly THE LATRINE DOOR FLIES OPEN, because Faber's come

back. Jess doesn't even have time to hide the com gear. He sees

the gear, whioch looks like a cell phone to him.

FABER

Are you calling your mommy to come

take you home?

JESS

No, sir.

FABER

Too bad. That's one call I would

have allowed.

He holds out his hand. Reluctantly, she gives him the gear. He

drops it on the floor and stomps on it. It shatters.

FABER

You've got some more garbage to pick

up there.

He turns and marches out again. Jess stares down at her shattered

lifeline.

17 INT. FBI HQ - CORRIDOR - NIGHT 17

Brooke has gone to get Coyle at flank speed.

BROOKE

She's been spotted.

COYLE

How do you know?

BROOKE

I heard another cadet come in. Then

the line went dead. We can't get it

back and the GPS isn't working. He

must have destroyed it.

COYLE

Good. Then she isn't compromised.

BROOKE

But she's got no

lifeline.

COYLE

It's her call to come out. Did she

have time to tell you anything?

BROOKE

She confirmed what Valerie's mother

said.

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BROOKE (CONT'D)

It's a very different picture of

Valerie than Major O'Malley painted.

She may have just dropped out. I've

been checking buses, trains, and

airlines. She also thinks another *

cadet might be in danger... *

They reach the analog board. That's when Sunny barrels out of

the CONFERENCE ROOM holding a file and slams right into AN AGENT.

Her papers go flying all over the floor.

SUNNY

(to agent:)

Damn! Why can't you watch where

you're going?

She starts to gather the papers up, barely holding back tears.

The agent tries to help, but she pushes him away.

SUNNY

Go away.

Brooke and Coyle move to help her, but she waves them off, too.

BROOKE

Sunny--

Sunny stands up, kicks the papers back into her office and faces

Coyle and Brooke. She wipes the tears from her eyes.

SUNNY

I examined the autopsy reports from

the last ten years at the school.

She motions to the papers she just kicked.

SUNNY

The five cadets all died in training *

accidents. Drownings, falls. The

most recent was two years ago. The

cadet died from exertional heat

illness.

COYLE

What is that?

SUNNY

He was sent on a long march wearing

full-battle dress with a forty pound

pack. His uniform prevented sweat

from evaporating, so his body

temperature went shooting up.

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BROOKE

The other cadets were dressed and

equipped the same way he was -- why

was he the only one to die?

SUNNY

A couple weeks earlier he collapsed

of heat exhaustion during his army

fitness test... and he was only

wearing a t-shirt and shorts.

COYLE

So he was prone to heat exhaustion.

BROOKE

Which means his last training exercise

was suicide. Or homicide. You still

want to leave her in?

COYLE

She said another cadet was missing?

SUNNY

It's not in The Garrison roster

report. I get 'em every day.

COYLE

(thinks, and then:)

Leave her in.

And off Brooke's look we CUT TO:

18 OMITTED 18*

18A INT. GARRISON -- HALLWAY - NIGHT 18A*

Jess creeps along. She's trying very hard not to be seen. She *

knows the cost of being caught in the halls at night. Then we *

see what she's after. Inside an office, a telephone sits on a *

desk. She looks around, starts to creep towards it. Just as she *

is about to reach it... the damn thing RINGS. She hears someone *

coming, scrambles out and just avoids being seen by Dolan, who *

comes to answer it. *

19 EXT. GARRISON -- TRAINING GROUNDS - DAY 19

Jess finishes her push-ups as Brittany counts.

BRITTANY

63, 64, c'mon keep going, you got

six more seconds, 65. 66.

Jess collapses, that's all she can do.

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BRITTANY

Not bad.

Brittany gives Jess a hand up and they start towards the start

line for the run, Jess wincing with pain. *

BRITTANY

Are you okay?

JESS

(weakly:)

Huah.

Brittany grins. The OTHER FIRST-YEAR CADETS are all heading for

the line, too.

JESS

Did all these cadets fail the fitness

test yesterday, too?

BRITTANY

Of course not. But we stick together --

if you take the test again, we all

take it.

Jess is impressed. She looks around the crowd.

BRITTANY

Looking for someone?

JESS

Juanita. I'm surprised she's not

here.

BRITTANY

Maybe she finally gave up.

JESS

That's not an option.

Now it's Brittany's turn to be impressed. They reach the start

line and stretch. That's when Sgt. Dolan appears at the start

line.

DOLAN

On your marks, get set, go!

And they're off. Jess takes off flying down the path -- she's a

great runner, quickly taking her place at the front of the pack.

20 EXT. RUNNING TRAIL - DAY 20

Jess cruises along the marked trail. She checks her watch, she's

doing great. She could run like this forever.

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She's all alone on the trail -- the few faster runners are out of

sight, the rest are way behind. She's having a great time. Until

she stops dead. The trail curves to the right. But to the left,

there's a smaller path -- and the GNARLED TREE from the dream

stands right before it. Jess checks her watch. She's only got a

few minutes to finish the course -- but she has to find out what

this tree means. She starts running -- down the smaller path.

Jess jogs over boulders and ducks under branches, searching for

anything that might hold meaning, peering so intently into the

woods that she doesn't notice that the trail abruptly ENDS -- at

a cliff. Gasping for breath, she peers over the sheer cliff, to

see how far she might have dropped. It's at least thirty feet

down to jagged rocks... and on those rocks lies THE BROKEN BODY

OF A FEMALE CADET. And on Jess' SHOCK, we FADE OUT.

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ACT THREE

FADE IN:

21 INT. FBI HQ - SUNNY'S LAB - DAY 21

A weary-looking Sunny is giving a report to Brooke. Photos of

Valerie's body lie on the counter. (As Sunny talks, we FLASH to

shots of VALERIE tumbling down the hill to match her descriptions)

SUNNY

The body was badly decomposed, but

Valerie Mathis died from severe

internal injuries consistent with a

fall from a great height. Based on

the rate of decomp, I'd say she was

there for two weeks. She was wearing *

a full pack and battle fatigues.

Academy officials believe she was

practicing night maneuvers that she'd

failed before... and didn't see the

cliff in the darkness.

BROOKE

Any signs of foul play?

O'Malley walks in behind Sunny, accompanied by Coyle.

SUNNY

No. Just plenty of stupidity.

O'MALLEY

You want to clarify that?

Sunny winces with embarrassment, then turns around to face O'Malley

and Coyle. O'Malley is consciously avoiding looking at the photos

on the counter... trying hard to keep her emotions in check.

SUNNY

The M.E. says she had two broken

toes that predate her fall by at

least a week. She shouldn't have

been running... and certainly not at

night, alone, with a pack on.

O'MALLEY

Valerie was a soldier, Agent Estrada.

She was trained to push herself beyond

her limits... to excel. At least

she died doing what she loved.

(then, to Brooke:)

Thank you for finding out what

happened.

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Now O'Malley can't help herself. She glances at the photos...and

STARTS TO CRY. She turns on her heels and hurries out before

anyone can see her lose control of her emotions.

SUNNY

How come you didn't tell her what a

hard time Valerie was having at the

Academy?

BROOKE

(a shrug)

She's dead... hard time or not.

SUNNY

All the cadets who died were

struggling.

COYLE

That's anomalous. You'd think the

deaths wouldn't be related to

performance.

BROOKE

I'm not sure. The cadets who fall

behind push themselves harder.

They're likelier to have accidents.

SUNNY

Like Valerie. And now Juanita Alcala.

COYLE

Who's that?

SUNNY

Another cadet. The Garrison admits

she's missing. It just came up on

their roster report.

COYLE

That's one too many to be a

coincidence. Something isn't right

here.

BROOKE

I want to pull Jess out while we

investigate.

COYLE

She

out if she wants, but we shouldn't

ask her. Just try to develop another

way to make contact with her, all

right?

And we CUT TO:

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22 EXT. GARRISON - TRAINING GROUNDS - DAY 22

Jess is doing some sort of field training with her platoon...

crawling under barbed wire or running through tires... when Sgt.

Dolan approaches her.

DOLAN

Private Mastriani.

Jess snaps to attention.

DOLAN

You've had a busy morning.

JESS

Yes, ma'am.

DOLAN

You found a missing cadet... and *

you've been asking around about *

another cadet, Juanita Alcala. You *

think she might be A.W.O.L, too? *

JESS

Yes, ma'am.

DOLAN

But there are two things you didn't *

do. You didn't pass your second

fitness test. That's cause for

separation.

JESS

There were extenuating circumstances--

Dolan gets nose-to-nose with Jess.

DOLAN

Are you arguing with me, plebe?

JESS

No, ma'am.

DOLAN

The second thing you didn't do was

notify me the instant you suspected

Private Alcala was gone. That's the

same as covering up her

transgression... that's an honor

code violation... also cause for

immediate separation. You're one

colossal failure, aren't you?

Jess doesn't respond. She just stares straight ahead, trying to

hold her rage from showing.

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DOLAN

Aren't you?

JESS

(through gritted teeth:)

Yes, ma'am.

DOLAN

But you're still here. Do you know

why? Remain at attention in this

spot until I come back for the answer.

Move a muscle and it will be the

last thing you do as a cadet.

Jess salutes her.

JESS

Yes, ma'am.

Dolan walks away, leaving Jess at attention in shame among her

platoon... and left to stand in the hot sun, cold or rain. And

we CUT TO:

23 INT. FBI HQ - LOUNGE - DAY 23

Sunny straggles in, looking tired. Coyle is having a cup of

coffee, going through a reports. She picks up the pot and begins

to pour herself a cup... but her HAND IS SHAKING too much. She

sets the pot down. Coyle gets up, picks up the pot to pour her a

cup.

SUNNY

Don't bother.

(re: her hand)

I'm obviously over-caffeinated as it

is.

She opens the fridge for a bottle of water.

COYLE

Having trouble sleeping?

SUNNY

Alfie got me one of those Swedish

pillows that are supposed to be great

for your back... it's like sleeping

on a brick. Tonight I'm using a

real pillow.

COYLE

A few years ago, I went to ask a guy

a couple routine questions, turned

my back on him for one second and he

shot me. I became his hostage.

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COYLE (CONT'D)

Took six hours for negotiators to

talk him into surrendering while I

laid there in my own blood. After

that, every loud noise terrified me.

Actually... any noise at all.

SUNNY

That's terrible. But I don't see

what it has to do with me.

COYLE

I hid my problem because I didn't

want people to think I was weak...

that I'd lost my nerve. But I finally

got help...the kind you need.

SUNNY

All I need is a decent pillow.

She starts to go, but Coyle steps in front of her.

COYLE

I'm saying this as your friend, not

your supervisor. I can recommend a

great counselor. It won't go in

your jacket, it will stay between

us. No one will know unless you

want them to.

SUNNY

I miss a couple of hours of sleep

and you're ready to have me dragged

off in a straitjacket? It's not a

big deal. I'll catch up on my Zs

this weekend.

She moves past him now. Coyle looks after her, concerned.

24 OMITTED 24

24A OMITTED 24A

AND AND

24B 24B

25 OMITTED 25*

AND AND

25A 25A

25B INTT. FBI HQ - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY 25B*

Brooke talks to Ramon Alcala, a big, working-class man. *

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RAMON *

I'm a landscaping design consultant, *

Agent Haslett. Which is a fancy way

of saying I dig ditches and lay

sprinklers for a living. My wife is

a seamstress. We're hard workers,

but at the end of the month, there

just isn't any money left over.

BROOKE *

I certainly know what that is like, *

Mr. Alcala. I'm a government

employee.

RAMON *

But I'm betting you haven't had to *

send a kid to college. We don't

make enough to pay the tuition, but

we make too much to qualify for aid.

The Garrison offered Juanita a full

scholarship.

BROOKE *

She doesn't want to be in the *

military?

RAMON *

She wants an education. Staying in *

that school is a battle for her every

day. Academically, it's not a

problem, by physically she barely

cuts it.

BROOKE *

Maybe she finally gave up. *

RAMON *

You don't know my daughter, Agent *

Haslett. The harder they make it

for her, the more determined she is

to beat them. And she does. Barely.

But she does.

BROOKE *

Everybody has a breaking point. *

RAMON *

The only way my daughter would leave *

that school is if they dragged her

out... and I guarantee you there'd

be claw marks on the walls.

And Brooke's look, we CUT TO: *

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26 EXT. GARRISON - TRAINING GROUNDS - DAY 26*

Jess stands at attention. She's been standing this way for hours,

her muscles are screaming... but she can't move. Fighting

exhaustion, she stares, eyes forward, straight ahead at cadets

marching up and down, completely ignoring Jess. Her eyes droop

shut. She's asleep on her feet. And then her eyes flash open

and she looks out at

THE FIELD - DREAMSCAPE

The field is the same... but it's NIGHT and all the cadets have

turned into a FIRING SQUAD. They raise their RIFLES. ANNA steps

forward and hisses in her ear:

ANNA

You're aren't one of us.

The cadets FIRE. Snapping Jess out of it into...

27 EXT. GARRISON - FIELD DAY 27

...the real world. Anna leans into Jess' face.

ANNA

Everyone knows you can't make it.

That's when Sergeant Dolan appears next to Jess.

DOLAN

Private Hicks. Get to class.

ANNA

Yes, ma'am.

She scurries off. Dolan turns to Jess.

DOLAN

Have you considered my question,

Private?

JESS

Yes, ma'am.

DOLAN

Why are you still here?

JESS

Because a soldier never quits.

Dolan nods. That will do.

DOLAN

At ease.

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Jess relaxes, and nearly collapses in relief.

DOLAN

Now get some rest. You will be taking

the fitness test at 0500 hours.

Jess marches off toward the dorms. And we CUT TO:

28 INT. GARRISON - DORMS - DAY 28

Jess straggles into her room and collapses face-down on her bed,

exhausted. Brittany looks up from the book she's reading at her

desk.

BRITTANY

What did you do to frost Dolan?

JESS

I found Valerie Mathis and told her *

Juanita Alcala is missing. You'd *

think Dolan would be more interested

in finding out what's going on than

torturing me.

BRITTANY

So what is going on?

JESS

I don't know... but don't you find

it odd that two cadets who were

struggling here both disappeared?

BRITTANY

Valerie didn't disappear... she fell

off a cliff. Juanita probably ran

away to avoid the humiliation of

being separated.

JESS

I guess.

And on Jess, utterly exhausted, we CUT TO:

29 INT. FBI HQ - DAY 29

Brooke is at the analog board, reviewing all the evidence, when

O'Malley comes in, puzzled.

O'MALLEY

I just learned that Ms. Mastriani is

still at the Garrison.

BROOKE

Our investigation isn't over.

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O'MALLEY

We know what happened to my niece.

BROOKE

We know she died. We don't know

why. And now there's another cadet

missing who was a lot like Valerie.

Both of them were struggling, both

were--

O'MALLEY

(interrupts:)

Valerie was an exceptional cadet who

excelled by every measure.

BROOKE

Valerie failed the field training

exercise...she failed her first

physical fitness test...and she was

under-performing in all her academic

classes.

O'MALLEY

That's not possible.

BROOKE

What wasn't possible was for Valerie

to tell you about it...because she

was afraid of losing your respect.

O'Malley lets that sink in... realizing she might have contributed

to her favorite nieces's death.

O'MALLEY

She was like my own daughter. I

would have understood... I would

have supported her. She knew that.

BROOKE

The way you're supporting her now?

O'MALLEY

You'd better explain that.

BROOKE

Valerie disappeared in the middle of

the night and was found dead with

field equipment on. Juanita Alcala

disappeared at night, too. I think

there's some kind of hazing going

on.

O'MALLEY

The Garrison is not a fraternity.

They do not "haze."

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BROOKE

Five cadets died in the last decade.

Valerie was number six. They were *

all struggling just to meet the

school's minimum requirements. Now

another cadet is missing. And she

fits the profile, too. If you know

what's going on there and you don't

tell us, then you're no better than

the rest of Valerie's killers.

It's the hardest moment of O'Malley's life, as she's torn between

loyalty to the school that made her and love for her niece. Then:

O'MALLEY *

Maybe... maybe it's the Night March. *

It can be pretty tough on some plebes. *

BROOKE *

What is the Night March? *

O'MALLEY

A rite of passage at the Garrison *

that goes back a century.

BROOKE

And you didn't think this was worth

dropping into the conversation?

O'MALLEY

I went through it... every cadet

does. You try to avoid capture.

It's how you earn your stripes within

your platoon. But if somebody was *

trying to get rid of a plebe... it *

would be the perfect opportunity. *

BROOKE

Oh, so... if you're not in line for *

stripes? If you're barely making it -- *

but you won't quit? What does that

earn you on the Night March? A case

of exertional heat illness -- or a

fall to your death? *

O'MALLEY

Oh, my God. Valerie...

BROOKE

Your niece is dead and your first

thought is how to protect the school.

And now my partner is in danger.

I've seen enough of you right now,

Major O'Malley.

(CONTINUED)

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29 CONTINUED: (3) 29

Brooke hurries away, disgusted. And on O'Malley, tears welling

in her eyes, we CUT TO:

29A INT. FBI HQ - PARKING GARAGE - DAY 29A*

Brooke hurries into her car and drives out. *

30 INT. GARRISON - DORM ROOM - NIGHT 30

Jess is asleep on her bed, tossing and turning... dreaming.

DREAMSCAPE *

JUANITA is tied to a stake...and DARK FIGURES are throwing ROCKS

at her. As the rocks strike her, she becomes a BLOODIED VALERIE

and then...a BLOODIED JESS... and as a BIG ROCK sails right

toward's Jess' FACE, we CUT TO:

31 INT. GARRISON - DORM ROOM - NIGHT 31

Jess wakes up to a BLINDING LIGHT in her eyes.

JESS

Hey!

The flashlight moves off her face and sweeps back to illuminate

SIX CADETS in full uniform -- their faces masked with CAMOFLAGE

MAKEUP. One of the cadets, CADET #1, tosses her battle fatigues

at her.

BRITTANY

Get dressed.

Jess pulls on her clothes under the covers. She glances at the

faces.

JESS

What's going on?

But nobody answers.

32 INT. GARRISON - DORM HALLWAY - NIGHT 32*

The camoed cadets march Jess along. She whispers to Brittany: *

JESS

What's happening? What are we doing

out here?

BRITTANY

(whispers:)

Relax. It's the Night March. The

idea is to evade the enemy and make

it back to alive. Everybody does

it.

(CONTINUED)

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32 CONTINUED: 32

JESS

So it's like an initiation?

BRITTANY

It's more than that. It's a blast.

And when it's over, you'll really be

proud of yourself... and a member of

the platoon. Come on.

Jess is up for it now. A challenge. And we SMASH CUT TO:

32A INT. FBI HQ - COYLE'S OFFICE - NIGHT 32A

Brooke bursts into Coyle's office.

BROOKE

O'Malley's been lying to us.

COYLE

About what?

BROOKE

She didn't tell us everything. The

cadets have a hazing ritual. It's

called the Night March. They use it

to get rid of people who don't belong

there.

COYLE

And Jess qualifies.

BROOKE

Yes. She does. I want to get her

out.

COYLE

Now?

BROOKE

It's a

make it to be night out there right

now.

COYLE

(beat)

Go. Take the jet. I'll have a team

meet you.

And Brooke is moving out of the office, almost running to the

elevator.

32B EXT. WOODS - NIGHT 32B

Various SHOTS of Jess running... she stops, gasping for breath as

she runs through the woods.

(CONTINUED)

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32B CONTINUED: 32B

She's been going for miles, and she's running out of energy, the

pack pushing her down into the ground. She stops, listens. Can't

hear anything over the sound of her own heavy breathing. And

then -- a TWIG CRACKING. She pushes on. DOWN THE HILL FROM HER,

the six cadets follow her tracks. They are carrying RIFLES.

is investigating. She can comenight march, Alan. And I

END OF ACT THREE

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ACT FOUR

33 OMITTED 33

34 EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE WOODS - NIGHT 34

Jess staggers under the weight of her pack. Her foot hits a root

sticking out of the ground, and she goes sprawling, the pack

slamming her into the dirt. She can't lift herself with it on

her back; she slips out of the straps, bends down to pick it up.

It slips out of her hands, falls back to the ground, the seams

splitting... and spilling out ROCKS. She picks up one of the

rocks and FLASHES to the dream of Valerie in the pit, being stoned

from above... only now the DARK FIGURES on the rim of the pit are

CADETS. As Jess realizes the significance of her dream... that

the cadets chasing her might be the same ones who made Juanita

disappear. That's when she hears PEOPLE MOVING through the woods.

Close to her. Jess drops the pack. And starts to run. She tears

through the woods, zigzagging frantically to throw off her

pursuers. But where ever she goes, she HEARS a cadet coming after

her. She takes a turn, blasts up a small trail, not taking time

to notice that she's been here before, that she's being herded...

until she reaches the top and takes a step INTO THIN AIR. She's

at the EDGE OF THE CLIFF...on foot hanging over nothing.

Jess staggers back, regains her balance, and falls back on solid

ground.

her feet, takes a deep breath, and starts to walk -- right into a

PERSON. It's Corporal Mike Faber. No camo make-up. Thank God.

FABER

Private Mastriani, do you have

permission to be out of your room?

JESS

Yes. I mean, no. I mean, they took

me. Made me march.

FABER

Who did, Private?

JESS

The other cadets. They herded me

here. I think they wanted me to

fall.

FABER

Well... yeahs. They do. We all do.

JESS

You killed Valerie Mathis.

FABER

Obviously.

(CONTINUED)

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34 CONTINUED: 34

JESS

Why? What did she do to you?

FABER

My grandfather died in Korea. My

brother in Iraq. They were upholding

the honor and traditions of The

Garrison.

JESS

So what?

FABER

So when you're in some desert or

jungle, fighting for your country,

you need to know the guy next to you

is the best damn soldier he can be.

Your life depends on it. I'm doing

what my older brothers did before

me... making sure the cadets who

come out of here are the best.

JESS

By murdering any cadet who doesn't

measure up your to your standards?

FABER *

There is no such thing as murder in *

a war. *

JESS *

This isn't a war. *

FABER *

The only way to guarantee peace is *

to prepare for war. That's what we *

do here. *

JESS *

What's that got to do with murdering *

students?

FABER

We didn't

killed themselves. We gave them the

chance to quit. They died because

they stayed...and they were too weak

or too stupid to make it. Valerie

fell on her own. Nobody pushed her. *

JESS

What about me?

FABER

Well... you're going to need a push.

(CONTINUED)

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34 CONTINUED: (2) 34

Faber lunges at Jess and tries to hurl her towards the edge.

Jess slips out of his grasp. And as he hits the ground, she takes

off running into the night.

35 OMITTED 35

35A EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE WOODS - NIGHT 35A*

Brooke moves rapidly along. *

36 EXT. WOODS - NIGHT 36

Jess runs and runs... then stops, listening for her pursuers.

She can't hear anything. Doesn't realize that:

SOMEONE'S POV

Someone is watching her through the leaves.

BACK TO SCENE

Jess steps forward... and TRIPS over a VINE stretched across the

path. Jess falls forward, slams into the ground... then looks up

to see SOMEONE kneeling over her, raising a rock, about to slam

it down on her.

JUANITA

Who are you?

Jess realizes it's JUANITA in front of her.

JESS

Juanita...I'm not one of them.

Juanita pauses, rock held up. She studies Jess.

JUANITA

I know you. The new plebe. What

are you doing here?

JESS

They took me on the Night March.

Just like you. And Valerie Mathis.

Juanita lowers the rock, steps back... and that's when Jess sees

that the cadet has been hidden in a crude shelter of leaves and

branches. One of her legs is braced with branches tied with strips

of clothing.

JUANITA

Valerie's dead... isn't she?

JESS

Yeah.

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

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36 CONTINUED: 36

JESS (CONT'D)

We will be, too, if they catch us.

They're not far behind me. We need

to get out of here right away.

JUANITA

I can't walk. Think I broke my ankle.

JESS

You can lean on me. We have to get

as far away from the Garrison as we

can.

JUANITA

We're not running away. Now that

you're here to help, we're going

back.

JESS

Look, I don't know if you heard me...

but there are people back there trying

to kill us.

JUANITA

They did everything to run me out,

and I wouldn't go. You want to run,

that's fine. But there's only one

place I'm going... even if I have to

crawl.

Juanita struggles to her feet, using a BRANCH as a brace...and

nearly topples with PAIN.

JUANITA

Ow!

Jess stares at Juanita, admiring her courage, then gets up and

offers her shoulder to lean on.

JESS

Not ow. Huah.

Juanita puts her arm around Jess. They take the next step

together.

JUANITA

(in great pain)

Huah.

JESS

Huah.

They walk together, slowly, working as a team.

(CONTINUED)

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36 CONTINUED: (2) 36

JESS AND JUANITA

Huah!

And as they stumble into the night:

37 OMITTED 37

37A EXT. SUPERMARKET PARKING LOT - MORNING 37A

The parking lot of the 24-hour market is empty and, as Sunny wheels

a grocery cart to her S.U.V, it seems to stretch out into infinity.

She begins to notice just how alone she is...and vulnerable. She

hurries her pace, unlocks her SUV, and starts loading the groceries

as quickly as she can. That's when she becomes aware of FOOTSTEPS

closing in behind her... the SHADOW of a MAN falls across her.

Sunny reaches for her purse, PULLS OUT HER GUN, and WHIRLS

AROUND... aiming THE MUZZLE right in the face of STARTLED BAG

BOY, 19. He staggers back, terrified, hands up.

BAG BOY

Please don't hurt me...I just came

to collect your cart.

Sunny lowers her gun, her hands SHAKING.

SUNNY

I'm sorry.

But the bag boy is already running away.

SUNNY

I'm sorry.

She stares at her gun... and as she realizes how close she came

to murder, we DISSOLVE TO:

38 EXT. WOODS - MORNING 38

Jess and Juanita, leaning on her for support, move through the

woods. They are exhausted, Juanita from pain, Jess from the strain

of half-carrying her. They freeze as they hear...

BRITTANY

Jess... Jess!

Jess peers through the trees. BRITTANY is standing on a logging

road in front of them, waving and calling...

BRITTANY

Jess... come on out. It's okay.

You survived.

Jess looks at Juanita.

(CONTINUED)

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38 CONTINUED: 38

JESS

What do you think?

JUANITA

She's seen us. She'll tell the

others.

JESS

So there's nothing to lose.

(beat)

Maybe she's being straight.

JUANITA

Yeah. Maybe.

JESS

Come on.

They hobble out on to the road. Brittany smiles widely.

BRITTANY

Hey... good to see you.

And that's when a half-dozen CADETS spill out of the woods in

front of them, with three more behind, blocking the trail. They

are all aiming their rifles at them. Leading the group is CORPORAL

MIKE FABER. Jess looks at Brittany.

JESS

You're in with G.I. Joe?

BRITTANY

(a shrug)

Go large or go home. You've got to

be committed.

FABER

(to Juanita)

We've been looking for you.

JUANITA

I evaded you.

FABER

Yeah... until now. This is where it

ends.

JUANITA

What do you mean, where it ends? I

won. I beat you.

FABER

You're weak.

(CONTINUED)

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38 CONTINUED: (2) 38

JESS

Just like Valerie Mathis?

BRITTANY

She didn't measure up... and neither

do you two.

JUANITA

I've passed every test... I even

eluded you in the Night March.

FABER

Barely passing doesn't cut it, plebe.

If people like you graduate and enter

the service, you lower the credibility

of The Garrison...and weaken the

strength of the military.

JESS

You think after Valerie, anybody is

going to believe another "accident?"

FABER

They won't have to. Juanita couldn't

hack it... so she deserted. You

found her... and she killed you.

She also led Valerie off the

cliff...out of envy and resentment.

Pretty sick psycho stuff. It's all

in her diary. Or it will be.

Jess looks at them all... no fear on her face, just disgust and

defiance.

JESS

Maybe you can justify Valerie to

yourselves. Maybe it somehow proves

she wasn't strong enough to survive.

But this is an execution. How does

this help the cause of honor and

duty?

BRITTANY

We're doing what she should have

done. She should have quit a long

time ago.

JESS

A soldier never quits. Juanita

This is how Valerie Mathis died. She pulls herself tomurder anybody. They allis

what this Academy is about. More

than any of you, anyway. She faced

her weaknesses, she faced her enemies,

and she won.

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

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38 CONTINUED: (3) 38

JESS (CONT'D)

(then:)

She didn't quit. She never will.

Because she's a soldier.

Jess puts her arm around Juanita and starts walking again as if

the cadets weren't even there. A couple of the cadets lower their

rifles, humbled, to let Jess and Juanita pass. Brittany and Faber

share a look, come to a silent agreement, and RAISE THEIR RIFLES.

They are about to fire when... a GUNSHOT rings out, a bullet

hitting the ground between Brittany and Faber. BROOKE is aiming

her gun at them from the trees... as O'MALLEY, DOLAN and several

STATE TROOPERS emerge from the woods around her. Faber still has

his gun up, looking determined, but Brooke calls out to him...

BROOKE

I wouldn't even think about that if

I were you.

And she's right. Faber lets go of the rifle. O'Malley snatches

it up as the TROOPERS round up the cadets. Faber looks at her

pleadingly.

FABER

You understand. Why we had to do it --

to protect the Garrison.

O'MALLEY

You're a disgrace to this Academy

and everything the military stands

for.

She shoves him towards the troopers, who cuff him. Brooke goes

to Jess.

BROOKE

I only heard the end of that... but

it sounded very well said.

JESS

Maybe I've been a soldier all along,

and I didn't know it.

Jess glances at Dolan, who SALUTES HER. Jess salutes her back,

then continues on, helping Juanita down the trail, Brooke looking

after her with newfound respect. And we DISSOLVE TO:

39 INT. FBI HQ - COYLE'S OFFICE - DAY 39

Coyle is at his desk, working... when Sunny comes in. Her cheeks

are tear-streaked. He gets up and steps around the desk to meet

her.

COYLE

Sunny? What is it?

(CONTINUED)

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39 CONTINUED: 39

She looks up at him, desperation and fear on her face...when she

speaks, it's a plaintive whisper.

SUNNY

I need help.

He puts his arm around her shoulder as she cries gently against

his chest and we pull back slowly, discreetly, letting them have

this moment, and we FADE OUT.

THE END

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