Terrorist by John M. Riggle
(from John) Hello again. "Silent Scream" was my first attempt at script writing. No doubt it could stand improvement. Here is the second. It was written while there was a lot in the TV news about terrorists. the main premise of the script was that they might think they could cause the downfall of the US by bombing banks and thus attacking out financial base. Everything went fine till I came to the end. I couldn't figure any way for Cagney and Lacey to catch the terrorist. This is what I came up with. I hope it comes as a surprise to you when you read it. John.
CAGNEY AND LACEY
Written by John M. Riggle
First draft, Sept. 4, 1986. Second draft, Sept. 9, 1986. Final draft, Oct. 7, 1986.
Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly
Bert Samuels (Al Waxman); Harvey Lacey (John Karlen); Victor Isbecki (Martin Kove);
Marcus Petrie (Carl Lumbly); Officer Coleman (Harvey Atkin); Harvey Lacey, Jr (Tony LaTorre);
Michael Lacey (Troy Slaten)
Burglar; Customs Inspector; Claudia Petrie; Desk Clerk; Grocery Checker; Fireman; Dan Orlando; Bank Guard #1; Bank Guard #2; Bomb squad captain; Newsman (TV); Preacher #1; Preacher #2; Preacher #3; Robber #1; Robber #2; Uniformed officers; Motel Manager
Interiors: Customs; Warehouse; 14th precinct detention cells; 14th precinct hall and stairs; Motel Desk;
Supermarket Check-out; Motel room; Petrie kitchen; Petrie living room; Bank #1 lobby; Bank #2 lobby; Bank #3 lobby;
Bank #4 lobby; Bank #4 by vault; 14th precinct squad room; Hospital room; Hospital corridor; Bomb Disposal Captain's office; The Jane; Lacey Kitchen; Detectives car
Exteriors: Airport; Warehouse; 14th precinct parking; bay-night and day; Motel-night and day;
Petrie dwelling; Bank #1; Bank #2; Bank #3; bank #4; Hospital; A police building
Scenes 1-10 (Night); Scenes 11-31 (Day); Scenes 32-33 (Night); Scenes 34-38 (Day); Scene 39 (Night); Scenes 40-58 (Day)
EXTERIOR-AIRPORT-JET PLANE LANDING-NIGHT-ESTABLISHING(STOCK)
EXTERIOR-WAREHOUSE-ESTABLISHING - NIGHT (STOCK)
INTERIOR-WAREHOUSE - NIGHT
Marcus and Victor are hiding in the warehouse. Victor suddenly turns on the light and he and Marcus have their guns pointed at a burglar.
The burglar ducks behind a crate and pulls a gun. He begins shooting wildly in the direction of Victor and Marcus. The CAMERA cuts back and forth between Marcus and Victor, and the burglar, as they shoot at each other. One of the bullets from the burglar's gun hits a brick wall and a chip flies off. The chip wounds Marcus slightly on his forehead. The burglar runs out of bullets and his gun clicks a few times.
O.K. I give up.
Throw out your gun.
The gun flies out as Marcus puts a handkerchief to his forehead. Just a scratch, but it bleeds a bit. They cuff the burglar and Victor notices that Marcus is bleeding.
Hey, you're hit.
Just a scratch from a flying chip
of brick. I'm O.K.
INTERIOR - AIRPORT CUSTOMS - NIGHT
A man of obvious middle-eastern ancestry is passing through customs.
ANGLE on man.
Do you have anything to declare, Mr. Ahmad?
(speaking with an accent)
The inspector closes the man's bag, hands him his passport, and allows him to pass.
EXTERIOR - 14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY-ESTABLISHING-NIGHT
INTERIOR-14TH PRECINCT DETENTION CELLS-NIGHT
Marcus and Victor put the burglar in a cell. They lock the door and start down the stairs.
THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS
As Marcus and Victor reach the bottom of the stairs, Claudia rushes up and throws herself on Marcus.
I heard you were shot!!
It's only a scratch from a brick chip.
You could have been killed.
I wasn't. It's just a scratch
They enter the squad room. Lacey shows up with a wet rag. She gives it to Claudia as Marcus and Victor sit down at their desks. Claudia proceeds to clean the blood from Marcus's face.
(with great concern)
Oh. Oh. I remembered Newman and I guess
I just imagined the worst.
It wasn't the same at all.
Claudia finishes cleaning up his face as Cagney shows up with a first-aid kit. Claudia puts a band-aid type bandage on Marcus's forehead, then smiles through her tears, kisses Marcus, then takes a look at him as she smiles as she wipes away her tears.
I'm so relieved that you're all right.
Victor has been watching all this.
I was getting shot at too, you know.
(turns to him)
Yes, and I would have been broken hearted
if you had.....you know... bought the farm.
But you're not my husband. It's not the same.
Poor Victor. Nobody cares about him as
long as he doesn't die.
It won't do me any good if people only
care after I'm dead. If you care at all,
do it now.
We all care for each other. It's just
easier somehow, to say it about dead
A couple of beats.
Yeah.... .You' re right.
MOTEL DESK- NIGHT
Man checks in, using a fictitious name
Room 11, Mr. Abramowitz.
He picks up his bag.
INTERIOR - LACEY KITCHEN - NIGHT
Harvey, Harvey Jr., Michael, and Mary Beth are sitting around the kitchen table.
Marcus and Victor had to shoot it out with
a burglar tonight. Marcus was hit in the
forehead by a little piece of flying brick.
It just scratched him a little bit.
I'm sure glad it wasn't any worse
Me too. But it made me think. It could
happen to me. I love being a Police Officer.
Doing whatever I can to make the streets safe.
But what would you do without a wife? And
what would you boys do without a mother ?
I need for you guys to tell me to go ahead.
She takes their hands and looks back and forth from one to another with a look of anguish on her face.
If it wasn't for people like you we
couldn't go to school.
We couldn't do anything else, either, except
stay home with guns to protect ourselves.
Somebody has to do it. At least we can be proud
of what you do, and so can you. We don't ever
have to tell anybody that you are "just" a house
wife, or "just" a waitress, or "just" an anything.
The three guys get up and go to hug and kiss her.
I love you guys so much.
SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT COUNTER - DAY
The man is buying items and is at the checkout counter.
He pays and gets his change as the sacker sacks up his purchases. He picks up the bag and starts out.
EXTERIOR - MOTEL - ESTABLISHING - DAY
INTERIOR - MOTEL ROOM - DAY
CAMERA shows a "shoe box" with various things inside. Hands connect wires to a timer. CAMERA widens to show the man. He puts the lid on the box and picks up a newspaper. He begins cutting words out of the paper and laying them on a sheet of writing paper. When he finishes, he glues them down, puts the paper in an envelope, and seals
EXTERIOR - MARCUS' DWELLING - ESTABLISHING - DAY
INTERIOR - MARCUS' DWELLING - KITCHEN - DAY
CLAUDIA and MARCUS are just finishing breakfast. Marcus puts down his coffee cup.
Maybe if I had been there it wouldn't
scare me so much. You're all I've got.
I don't know what I'd do without you.
I wish you'd get a safer job, like a
bank teller, or something.
You knew I was a police Officer when
you married me. I can't change now.
I've put in too many years. Please don't
ask me to quit.
I thought you did things like hand out speeding
tickets, or parking tickets. I never thought you
might get shot, or have to shoot somebody.
That's what police do, sometimes.
Not where I come from. They direct traffic.
They help children and old people across the
street. They investigate car accidents.
Things like that.
Claudia, there are bad people out there.
They rob, they steal, they murder.
Somebody has to put them in jail.
But you don't have to. Let somebody
else do it.
No Claudia. I have to do it. I can't
leave it to somebody else.
Especially not today. Friday's payday.
EXTERIOR-BANK #1-ESTABLISHING - DAY
Claudia is in line at a teller' s window. She is just picking up her things to leave. WIDEN to show the man at the customer service counter in the middle of the lobby. The man appears to be filling out a deposit slip. He places a box in the trashcan as Claudia passes him on her way out. He turns and follows her as she leaves the bank and walks down the sidewalk. He walks at the same speed as Claudia so that he remains about 20 to 30 feet behind her.
EXTERIOR - BANK - DAY
ON CLAUDIA as she walks down the sidewalk with the man following her and the bank in the background. When they are about a hundred feet or so from the bank, the bomb goes off. Broken glass litters the sidewalk and showers passersby. Claudia ducks and squats on the sidewalk in surprise. She throws her hands on top of her head. The man calmly walks on, passes Claudia, and passes out of camera range.
ON CLAUDIA'S FACE
She looks back at the bank with a look of amazement on her face as she squats on the sidewalk. Other people are looking as well, but only the man is not looking as we watch his back while he walks away.
END OF ACT ONE
EXTERIOR - BANK#1 - A FEW MINUTES LATER
Ambulances, paramedics, live survivors being put in ambulances, bodies in body bags being put in hearses, uniformed police controlling the crowd, crying, shouting, "Keep back", "Over here", "Get that", "Watch it", etc. Firemen checking for fire. Cagney and Lacey arrive in their detective's car and hurry into the bank. They quickly hurry out again and go to stand on the curb.
CAMERA CLOSES on Cagney and Lacey.
My God, Mary Beth. I've never seen
anything like that.
I think I'm going to be sick.
No time for that now. Do it later.
It must have been a bomb.
Looks like a bomb. And it went off right in the middle of the crowd in the lobby.
Claudia approaches. She is still shaking and has a look of fear and worry and shock on her face. She walks timidly.
Look who's here.
Hello Claudia. What are you doing here?
I was...I was...I was in the bank,...
depositing Marcus's.... paycheck.
You're not hurt ?
No...I...got out just...before...the explosion.
Now the tears start.
I came out (sob) and started down (sob)
the sidewalk, and (throws her hands in
the air) BOOM !!
Calm down, Claudia. Did you smell anything
unusual in the bank, like gas ?
No. Nothing. Just people...going about
their business. Nothing...unusual at all.
Can you describe any of them ?
Just look at them.( indicates the crcw~)
They looked just like that.
Lacey grabs a fireman going by.
I'm Det. Lacey, 14th precinct. Was it
a bomb ?
It must have been some bomb.
I'd say about a fifteen pounder, or the
Most likely a homemade one.
Claudia is still shaking as the fireman leaves. Cagney puts her arm around Claudia's shoulders.
Why don't you go on home. We'll talk
to you later.
O.K. I don't know what else to do.
EXTERIOR - 14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY - DAY - ESTABLISHING
INTERIOR - SQUAD ROOM
Angle on Cagney and Lacey at their desks. Chris rips a page off of her calendar.
I like Monday. It's usually a low
I can take it or leave it. But at
least the weather is nice today.
Yeah. And it's a nice day to lock
up a "Mad Bomber".
All we have to do is find one.
I guess the best place to start is
with ex-mental patients.
Coleman approaches with a man.
This is Dan Orlando. He's a reporter
for the TIMES.
What can we do for you, Mr. Orlando?
It's what I can do for you. It's
about that bank bombing Sat.
He takes an envelope from his inside coat pocket. It is the letter the man was making in the motel room.
I start early in the morning and this was
on my desk when I came in at 5 A.M.
Cagney takes the paper from the envelope and reads it out loud.
Banks are roots of capitalist society.
Islamic jihad will destroy all.
Allah be praised.
A HOLY WAR ? HERE ???
That or someone trying to make us
believe we've got one.
I can't believe it. It must be a trick.
Cagney is looking at the envelope.
I don't think so. Look at this envelope.
On the back it says "Wilson Motor Inns".
There must be hundreds of them, all over.
This is the kind they put in the rooms.
So? Anybody could rent a room.
Yes, but if it was someone with a beef against
that bank, or a mental case, he would be
short of money. He wouldn't rent a motel room.
And motels keep their rooms locked to
keep out thieves and vagrants.
Thank you Mr. Orlando. If you get another letter,
please bring it to us unopened so we can check
I wouldn't have opened this one if I
had known what was in it.
Please don't print anything about this.
Terrorists thrive on publicity and we
don't want to help them. Just say we're
working on it.
You've got it.
INTERIOR - MOTEL ROOM - DAY
The man puts the makings of a bomb in a shoebox. He picks up a letter he has made and puts it in an envelope. He seals the envelope and stamps it.
EXTERIOR - HOSPITAL - DAY-ESTABLISHING
INTERIOR - HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY
Cagney and Lacey are questioning the bank guard in his bed. He has a bandage on his head. He's holding his cap in his hands, showing the metal badge on it. The badge has a very noticeable dent in it. It is badly bent as well.
I was looking down at the floor at
a key ring, dropped by a woman
customer, when the bomb went off.
A piece of shrapnel hit right there.
I was knocked out, but my badge saved
Lady Luck smiled on you.
Did you see any unusual persons in
the bank before the explosion?
No. Everything seemed normal to me. Lots
of people are in and out of the bank every
day. Nobody special.
We have reason to believe it may have been
an Arab terrorist. Did anybody have one of
those things on their head ?
Two or three during the day. But they're all
regular customers. They make deposits every day.
Do you know if any of them might have
had some problem with the bank ?
Not them! They're all good accounts, AND,
nobody has been fired from the bank in
over five years, either.
Thank you, sir. If we have any more
questions we can come back later.
EXTERIOR-A POLICE BUILDING - DAY
A sign on the building announces it is the N.Y.P.D. bomb disposal squad.
INTERIOR - BOMB DISPOSAL CAPTAIN'S OFFICE-DAY
Cagney and Lacey are sitting in front of the desk, the Capt. sitting behind it.
Did you determine what kind of bomb
it was '?
Homemade. You could buy all the parts in
any supermarket. It's the kind popular with
terrorists in all parts of the world.
We have a letter received by Mr.
Orlando, a reporter for the Times.
It looks like a terrorist might
have sent it.
You have some experience with "Mad
Bombers". How do you think we should
go about catching him ?
Mad bombers are insane and they do insane
things. Most of them have records at mental
hospitals. A terrorist, on the other hand, could
be anybody. They are fanatics. We have few
fanatics in this country. We know the identity
of virtually all of them. If you have a terrorist
to catch, he will in all probability be a foreigner
who came through customs within the last two
weeks. He probably checked into a motel under
a fictitious name. He may be using a disguise.
So you are looking for a person with no face,
no description, no prints, no anything.
Looks like we have to do it the hard way. Check
all the mental hospitals to see who might be the
one, then check with customs to see who else it
might be, and all those motels.
That's the way it always is. And it takes lots of
time. Time we usually can't spare.
You mean he'll do it again ?
Once is never enough. He's likely got a
schedule. Just hope you don't have a copycat
to catch too.
EXTERIOR - 14TH PRECINCT - ESTABLISHING - DAY
INTERIOR - 14th PRECINCT SQUAD ROOM
ON CAGNEY AND LACEY at their desks. ISBECKI approaches.
So how you commin' with the bomber ?
A Middle Eastern terrorist. No I.D., no
description, no prints, no nothing. Just
So why don't you send a flyer to all the
bank guards'. Tell 'em to watch for a
suspicious acting person.
What do you call suspicious acting ?
Well, a man, with a box. He leaves
the box in the trash.
Probably a man. But we don't know for sure.
The bomb in a box in the trash is right enough.
That bank must have been a mess.
When the bomb went off it tore the trash
can to shreds. The pieces flew all over the
bank like shrapnel.
Only eleven people killed, but
thirty-seven wounded in the hospital.
How does this sound for a flyer ?
NOTICE! NOTICE! NOTICE!
Be on the alert for a person of middle-eastern
appearance with a box similar to a shoe box.
The person will place the box in the trashcan
near the middle of the lobby, then leave the bank.
Try to apprehend the person but regard them as
armed and dangerous. Evacuate the bank immediately.
The box may contain a bomb.
Sounds good to me.
Let's get it out as soon as possible. We can get
the armored car services to distribute it.
Samuels approaches from his office.
I just got word that a TV news crew is on
the way up. I want you to tell them we are
looking for a "Mad Bomber?. Nothing else,
I suppose so.
Just what we needed. What next?
Samuels hurriedly retreats to his office as the news crew enters. The cameraman starts taking pictures.
This is Jim Evans at the 14th precinct.
Could I have your name please ?
Sgt. Cagney, how are you coming with
the bombing of the bank the day before
yesterday ? Do you have any leads ?
It looks like a mental case. We're checking
the records of all the mental hospitals but
it's too early to expect any results.
How long might it take to get some
From a few days up to a month or so. We have
a lot of records to go over, not just in New
York, but in all the surrounding states as well.
There you have it. A long and laborious job
ahead for the police in identifying and
apprehending this "Mad Bomber".
The cameraman stops and they prepare to leave.
Thanks, and good luck, Sgt. Cagney.
They hurry out. Mary Beth waits till they are gone before she speaks.
I guess that should disappoint our
I hope so.
EXTERIOR-BANK #2 - ESTABLISHING-DAY
INTERIOR - BANK #2 LOBBY
ON the man at the customer service desk. He puts the bomb in the trashcan and exits the bank.
ON the man as he walks away from the bank. Behind him the bomb goes off and glass erupts all over passersby on the sidewalk.
END OF ACT TWO
EXTERIOR - MARCUS AND CLAUDIA' S DWELLING - ESTABLISHING - NIGHT-STOCK
INTERIOR - PETRIE LIVING ROOM-NIGHT
Marcus and Claudia are sitting on the couch. Coffee cups are on the table in front of the couch.
The other night when you were hurt in that
shoot-out, I was so worried about you.
But you didn't need to. I wasn't really hurt.
I realize that now. But I was so scared at the
time. I went to Newman's funeral, and I cried
for him. I barely knew him, and I cried. All I
could see in my imagination was a coffin
with you in it.
I was worried about you too when Chris and
Mary Beth told me you were at the bank when
that bomb went off. Then they told me you had
just gone out the door when it happened.
Worrying didn't do any good. You were O.K.
I know. I wanted you to quit the Police Dept.
and get a nice safe job like a bank teller. Then
I went to the bank and almost got killed myself,
and some of the tellers did. It made me mad,
and it made me think. Then another bank was
blown up today. Somebody has to do something
about people who do things like that.
Chris and Mary Beth were assigned
to that case.
Yes, but maybe next time it'll be you and
Victor who get the case. I understand now.
It's something you have to do. Victor
needs his partner.
Yes. I have to.
They embrace and kiss.
I love you.
EXTERIOR - HOSPITAL - DAY- ESTABLISHING-( STOCK)
INTERIOR - HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - DAY
ON Cagney and Lacey as they walk along. They pass a nurse going the other way, and turn a corner. The camera follows them as they go. Just around the corner they stop and push the down button for the elevator.
It's a good thing there were less
people in this bank.
Only two killed and eleven hurt this time.
And nobody saw anything unusual this
The flyers are due to be delivered
I wish we could've got them out
One bank Sat. Another Mon. And
tomorrow is Wed. I hope we can
get a line on him before he hits
I hate to even think about him doing
it again. We need more time.
Maybe we'll have something from
customs when we get back.
The elevator arrives and they enter.
EXTERIOR-14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY-ESTABLISHING-DAY
ANGLE ON Cagney and Lacey at their desks.
Orlando enters and hands Cagney a letter.
I got another one today. Here it is,
Good. Maybe we can get some prints
from this one.
She turns and calls out.
What do you need?
I need you to take this to the fingerprint man.
See if he can get anything from the letter inside.
Coleman leaves. As he goes out the TV crew arrives with three preachers.
Looks like there's a leak at the
Times. See ya later.
Ando starts out.
Well, Orlando, trying to scoop me ?
Yes, but they don't have anything yet.
(with a knowing smile)
If you say so.
Orlando leaves as the TV crew sets up to get Cagney and Lacey at their desks. The preachers get in position as well. Samuels sees this through the windows of his office and comes out to see what is going on.
What kind of circus is this ??
Ah, Captain. This time the big gun
shows up to talk with us.
You already have our official statement.
We have nothing to add at this time.
We think you may want to change your
statement. We have information that you
received a letter from a middle- eastern
terrorist claiming he is responsible for the
bombings. Your statement indicated you
think he's a mental case.
He is a mental case. We think he's pretending
to be a terrorist as a red herring. Even if he
is a terrorist, he's still a mental case. That's
our statement. Goodbye.
Not so fast. What about the letter the terrorist
sent? We were shocked to hear of its
What do you intend to do about this
murderous barbarian ?
We think it's a fake. Just somebody trying
to get publicity. The bomber didn't send it.
We received it after the bombing. If the
terrorist sent it we believe we would have
received it before the bombing.
Is that what you really believe?
That's our official position.
Well, I'm not buying it.
Good. When you get to be in command
of this precinct you can do what you
like! For now, goodbye.
Samuels turns and goes to his office. The newsman turns
And what do you have to add to that ?
The newsman and the preachers leave. When they are gone, Samuels comes out of his office again.
I hope we got away with that.
It sounded good to me, sir, and it may
It may have just bought us a little time. This
is a race against time. We don't know when
or where this bomber may hit again. You
two have to get hot on this before it blows
up in our faces. Our time is running out fast.
Samuels leaves and Cagney and Lacey head for the Jane.
What does he expect from us ?? There's six
million people out there and only one bomber.
No description, no name, no address, no nothing.
He works alone so there's nobody to tell us
anything. Where do we start looking??
All true. But he's out there to
find. He's not a ghost.
He might as well be.
One thing sure. He's not in here.
A knock sounds on the door. Coleman is outside.
Cagney! Lacey! You in there ??
What do you want, Coleman ??
Come get this stuff.
Cagney opens the door and Coleman starts handing her papers.
The envelope. (pronounces it thee)
The fingerprint report.
The list from customs of middle-eastern
people who came through customs in
the last month.
Great!! Let's get on with this Mary Beth.
INTERIOR - LACEY KITCHEN - NIGHT
Harvey and Mary Beth are having coffee.
All we have on this guy is a set of prints
from a letter he sent, and a list of suspects
from customs. 3000 possibles.
3000? Can't you narrow it down
better than that ?
We have a crew of uniforms working on
Sounds like it'll take a while.
It will. We can eliminate those who went
on to other cities, doctors, diplomats, and
long time residents returning from trips.
How many will you have left after that ?
At least 300.
And how long will it take to check
all of them out ?
A couple of weeks. Maybe longer.
The TV says he's setting off a bomb
every other day. That's a lot of bombs
before he's caught.
I know. Oh, Harv. We don't know any
faster way. We don't kill people for religion
in this country. We've got nobody in our
records who might be a suspect. I wish
somebody could explain these "Holy war"
things to me. They seem so senseless.
We outgrew that stuff with the Salem witch
trials. How could we understand it now after
all these years. It' s just as senseless now as
it was then.
I guess Samuels is right. He's a
All fanatics are.
EXTERIOR - BANK #3 - DAY - ESTABLISHING
INTERIOR - BANK LOBBY
ON the man at the customer service desk. He places a box in the trashcan and starts to leave the bank as the bank guard approaches, with the flyer in his hand.
Just a minute, sir.
The man pulls a gun, spins, and shoots the guard. Many people see his face. The guard is hit in the abdomen and the bullet goes through and hits his spine, paralyzing the guard from the waist down, The guard falls to the floor as the man runs from the bank.
Everybody get out of the bank!
There's a bomb here!
People rush out, some screaming. The bank employees take cover. All becomes silent, except for the voice of the stricken guard.
Our father, who art in heaven....
EXTERIOR-BANK #3 -
The bomb goes off with similar results as the first two times.
END OF ACT THREE
INTERIOR - MOTEL ROOM - DAY
The man puts another bomb in a box, and lays a sealed letter on top of it. He then starts putting on a disguise. A large mustache, glasses, and a turban on his head to make himself look like a Siek from eastern India. He puts a small stone in his left shoe to insure a limp. He puts a gun in the waistband of his pants and conceals it with a sling on his left arm. He looks like he has been in an accident. He takes the box with the bomb and the letter, and leaves the motel room.
INTERIOR-14TH PRECINCT SQUAD ROOM - DAY
ANGLE ON Cagney and Lacey at their desks.
Did those new notices with the
descriptions go out yet 2
They went out this morning. I hope
they do some good.
The artists pictures should help. And if
we're lucky maybe some detective from
some precinct may find a desk clerk that
What worries me is that he sets off a bomb
every other day. The last one was day before
yesterday, so he's due.
I wish we could spot some sort of pattern
so we could guess where the next one might be.
The worst part of this job is informing the
next of kin. I never found an easy way to do
that. Or a good way. It's always hard. Always.
It's never easy to inform people their loved
ones are gone. No matter how many times
do it, it never gets any easier, either.
You got that right. We've had a bunch to inform
this time. I just wish some of them were the
family of the bomber.
Even if he had blown himself up by accident,
he would have probably have killed others
at the same time.
I suppose so. But maybe not so many.
We just got a radio call from some uniformed
Officers. They have a positive I.D. on the
bomber. They're at the "Wilson Motor Inn"
on 54th Street and 10th Avenue.
CAGNEY and LACEY are already on their way out the door.
EXTERIOR - MOTEL - DAY
CAGNEY AND LACEY arrive in their detectives car with the red light flashing on top. They stop short by the office and leap from their car. They meet two uniformed Officers.
It took a little while to get the search
warrant, but we finally got here.
He was out of the room when we got here
and he hasn't returned yet, so the room
Lets get in there fast.
While this conversation has been going on they have been hurrying to meet Officer #2 at the door of room 11, with the Manager.
Cagney shows him the search warrant.
Here's the search warrant. Get that
room open right now!!
The manager unlocks the door and stands aside. Cagney and Lacey rush inside.
MOTEL INTERIOR - DAY
CAGNEY AND LACEY check the room and find the man is out.
Looks like he's not here.
An open suitcase is on the stand. Clothes are in the closet. On the table is paper, envelopes, and a pair of scissors. In the wastebasket is cut up newspapers which he used to get the words for the letters. In the drawers of the chest are the ingredients for making bombs. On the floor beside the chest are boxes about the size of shoe boxes. Cagney finds the boxes.
Look at these boxes.
LACEY opens the drawers.
Things for making bombs.
CAGNEY finds the newspapers.
Newspapers. He used these to make
I guess there's no doubt he's our bomber.
Put everything back and lets get out of here.
We can put a stakeout on the room and get
him when he comes back.
They do so and leave, locking the door behind them.
INTERIOR-DETECTIVES CAR - PARKED ACROSS THE STREET
Cagney and Lacey are sitting in their car watching room 11 The uniformed officers are waiting about two blocks away.
How long has it been. Cagney looks
at her watch.
I can't believe it's only been about
You want another cup of coffee ?
I'm all coffeed out. One more cup and I'll
be chasing my eyeballs as they float down
INTERIOR - #4TH BANK - DAY
The man places the box in the trash can. As he turns to leave, six
armed men wearing ski tasks rush into tie bank.
THIS IS A HOLDUP !!!
One of the robbers quickly disarms the guard.
EVERYBODY INTO THE VAULT !!
MAKE IT FAST !!
They quickly herd everyone into the vault and close the door. They grab the money from the teller's drawers and head for the door.
EXTERIOR - 4TH BANK - DAY
The bomb goes off with similar results to the other three.
I NTERIOR - DETECTIVES CAR - PARKED
The radio comes to life.
Detectives 14 - 2.
Cagney picks up the microphone.
A bank bombing has just been reported
at 51st and 6th Ave.
14 - 2 responding. Have the Uniforms in
14 - 68 take up cur position here.
RADIO ( V. O.)
10 - 4.
LACEY already has the motor started as Cagney puts the red spinner on the roof and starts the siren as they pull away from the curb.
INTERIOR - 4TH BANK - DAY
The six robbers are lying on the floor covered with cloth, The customer service desk has been blown to bits. Several Uniformed Officers are searching the debris in the bank for survivors. Cagney and Lacey enter.
How many dead this time ?
Just these six. They all seen to be robbers.
We found their guns on the floor beside
them and they all were wearing masks.
They had sacks with money stuffed in
them and the teller's drawers are empty.
Where are all the other people ?
Those six are all we've found so far.
They must be here someplace. The bank
You checked outside ?
And all the offices ?
The vault !!
They must be inside it
Let's get it open.
THEY ALL GO TO THE VAULT. The massive door is closed. No sound comes from inside because it is so massive. Cagney goes to it and listens with her ear to the door. She takes off her shoe and hammers on the door with the heel. Then she listens again. A faint tapping comes from inside.
We've found them. Let's get this
We can call the main office of the
By this time they are already on the way to a phone. The Officer left behind looks at the door. It has no handle. No knobs. No nothing. A clock dial is inset in the door and under it a window shows the word "Open".
INTERIOR - ANOTHER PART OF THE SAME BANK - DAY
Cagney is standing beside a desk talking on a phone.
We just push that button ?
She hangs up the phone
There's a button on a post by the door.
We just push it and an electric motor
opens the door.
They hurry to the vault. The button is found and pushed. A motor whirrs and the door swings open. The people come out with words of relief.
We've been in there over an hour.
We heard the boom.
What a mess.
I have to call my husband.
Give me your attention, please. We have to
interview every one of you before anyone
leaves. Please line up over here and we'll
go as fast as we can.
INTERIOR - BANK LOBBY - DAY
Cagney has a line of people in front of her and to her right some 10 feet away is Lacey with a line in front of her. Each has a Uniformed Officer to help her. Lacey has come to the man with the turban.
You came to exchange some currency ?
Yiss. I haff ondly forgdn money.
She glances to her right and does a double take when she spots the butt of a gun concealed by the man's sling.
CLOSE-UP OF THE MAN FROM THE SIDE showing the gun behind the sling.
CLOSE-UP OF CAGNEY
ANGLE - ON LACEY AND THE MAN
Cagney and the Officer circle around behind the man so that Cagney, Lacey, and the two Uniformed officers helping them surround the man.
Do you have a permit for that gun, sir ?
The man grabs for the gun and makes a break for the door. As he pulls it out the men officers grab him and wrestle him to the floor and disarm him. They cuff him, then pull him to his feet and look at him closely.
She pulls it off.
Pancake make - up.
She rubs her fingers across his cheek and looks at the color that rubs off on her fingers.
Phony sling to hide a gun.
Didn't the coroner recover a bullet
from the dead guard ?
Sure did. I'll take his gun to ballistics.
And we have prints from the letter.
Looks good. I think we have our bomber.
(To the Uniformed Officers)
Read him his rights and lock him up. I get sick
just looking at trash like him.
The Islamic Jihad will...
Oh, shut up !!!
INTERIOR - 14TH PRECINCT SQUAD ROOM - DAY
ANGLE ON Cagney and Lacey at their desks.
You know, we owe a vote of thanks
to those robbers.
No telling how many lives they saved.
Too bad they all died doing it.
Looks like they became heroes in
spite of themselves.
Well, I don't think I'd go so far as
to call them heroes.
They gave their lives to save others.
What else would you call them ?
I'm not going to build any monuments to
bank robbers, no matter what else they did.
I suppose not. Still, we owe them thanks.
If any of them had survived we could have
thanked them before we put 'em in jail.
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