FADE IN~ (TEASER)
A wet, two laned road covered with leaves is
illuminated by the reflection of non moving car headlights. Suddenly,
the lights go out. Pitch blackness is interrupted by a flashlight
inside the car.
RIVERVIEW DRIVE (A.K.A ANNIE'S ROAD)
TOTOWA, NEW JERSEY
OCTOBER 13, 1980
TEENAGE BOY~ (V.O., whiny) C'mon guys, take
off the blindfold.
The flashlight moves, revealing the boy's face....He
is a young ALEX KRYCEK with acne.
YOUNG KRYCEK~ (shocked, looking around) Guys....why
are we here?
BOY #1~ (laughs) 'Cause we're *trying* to catch
a glimpse of Annie's ghost....*Alexi*.
More teens snicker from the backseat, but only
their shadows are seen in the B.G.
YOUNG KRYCEK~ (trying to act tough) I knew that....Annie....ghost....Midgetville?
The flashlight is snatched from YOUNG KRYCEK
by an unidentified boy in the backseat.
BOY #2~ (proudly, holding flashlight under his
chin) Damn straight....It's a freakin' legend here in New Jersey....Midgets
with rifles are all over these woods. Rumor has it Annie was killed
BOY #1~ (lighting cigarette) No way, man....Annie
was hit by a car!
Murmurs of still unseen teens are heard from
YOUNG KRYCEK~ (clearing throat loudly) Whatever....I'm
BOY #1~ (raising eyebrow) Not afraid....Hey
guys, the little foreigner aint afraid....
Laughter in the B.G. Camera takes P.O.V of the
flashlight held by BOY #2 in the backseat, shining it in YOUNG KRYCEK'S
YOUNG KRYCEK~ (trying to be tough) There are
no such things as midgets *or* ghosts!
BOY #1 snatches the flashlight. His hand is
briefly over the camera as he grabs it, giving it to an unseen backseat
passenger. Camera takes P.O.V of the backseat.
BOY #1~ (leaning across YOUNG KRYCEK to open
the front seat passenger side door) We don't agree....
He pushes YOUNG KRYCEK right out the door! Camera
is on YOUNG KRYCEK in the street, shocked.
BOY #2~ (V.O) Grab a midget from the woods and
bring it to school tomorrow!
Laughter, a slammed car door, and a car speeding
away are heard as YOUNG KRYCEK pulls himself off the ground. Camera
follows him as he chases the taillights, which soon disappear. In
the dim light caused by a full moon, YOUNG KRYCEK'S face is seen close
up, desparate and frightened, as we FADE OUT.
FADE IN~ (ACT ONE)
ALEX KRYCEK'S wet face and hair area all we
see in the present, as the camera moves backward in front of him,
coming down the hallway from the elevator.
KRYCEK~ (murmuring) Stupid Marita....Doesn't
she know I'm afraid of the dark?! I *can't* go camping with her....
We now see KRYCEK'S wet trench coat and hear
him fumbling with his keys in the door of Apartment 42. Camera is
from KRYCEK'S P.O.V as he steps inside the apartment. FOX MULDER is
relaxing on the couch in his Rocky and Bullwinkle pajamas with a jar
of pickles, watching Rugrats on TV. Camera takes MULDER'S P.O.V, staring
at a soaked KRYCEK in his work clothes, then switches back.
KRYCEK~ (irritated) Damn it, Mulder! You could
at least have shown up for work today! I had no one to sit with during
lunch hour. (pouts) All the other agents were making fun of me!
MULDER~ (standing up, stretching with a magazine
in his hand) Umm....I normally would have....but, I couldn't find
a suitable babysitter for the fish....Why are you so wet?
KRYCEK~ (snapping, rolling eyes) The rest of
Washington knows it's *raining*!
MULDER~ (smiling widely, scratching at a milk
stain on his pajama shirt) Well, someone will be happy again soon....We're
going on a road trip!
KRYCEK~ (in disbelief, smacking himself in the
face) Oh, no we're not! Remember what happened in San Francisco?!
You were on some weird medication, then you went insane inside that
MULDER~ (stubbornly) That never happened! You
*dreamt* it....Anyway, pack your bags, 'cause this one is gonna be
KRYCEK~ (murmuring) That's what Marita said
MULDER~ (begging and childlike) Pleeeeease?!?!
I'll be your servant for a week....C'mon!
KRYCEK~ (smirking at the possibilities) I don't
know why I'm saying this....but, sure. Take me anywhere.
Camera is on MULDER as he dances around the
MULDER~ (elated) Woohoo!!! Extra time with my
Camera follows KRYCEK in the direction of his
room, then focuses on his still wet work shoe, as he steps on a magazine
called Weird NJ....FADE OUT.
FADE IN~ (ACT TWO)
GARDEN STATE PARKWAY
JUST OFF THE CAPE MAY-LEWES FERRY, NEW JERSEY
All we see is a man's hand putting a cassette
in a car's cassette player. Camera takes the dashboard's P.O.V, on
MULDER driving, wearing a light blue "I'm With Stupid" t-shirt, and
KRYCEK talking on his cellphone in the front seat.
KRYCEK~ (shouting, putting a hand over the listening
part) Mulder! We're *not* listening to the Full House theme again!
That was beyond torture!
MULDER~ (turning to KRYCEK, smiling easily)
Relax, buddy....This is even better!
A teenage girl's voice bearing a New York accent
is heard from the radio.
MULDER~ (proudly) My personal phone psychic,
Cleo, gave me one of her self-help tapes!
KRYCEK~ (laughs) *Gave*?!
MULDER~ (embarrassed) Well, it only cost me
$25....Plus $10.50 shipping.
CLEO~ (filtered, V.O from the radio) Umm, you're
supposed to....umm, be happy and stuff, so you'll have....like, a
good time doing....umm, stuff....
KRYCEK~ (into the phone) Sorry about that, Marita....You
know how Mulder is.
MULDER~ (hurt) I heard that....
KRYCEK~ (holding his hand over the phone again)
I still can't believe we had to take a ferry to get to....wherever
the hell we're supposed to be. I almost got *boatsick*!
MULDER~ (smirking) It's called *seasickness
prevention tablets*, my nauseous friend.
After we see KRYCEK mouthing off an insult to
MULDER, camera changes to KRYCEK'S P.O.V, looking out the car window
at trees, grass, highway, then finally a large green sign which reads
"WELCOME TO NEW JERSEY....THE GARDEN STATE." Camera focuses immediately
on a horrified KRYCEK.
KRYCEK~ (hollering, frightened) New Jersey?!
What the fudge are we doing in this bad, bad....stupid place?!
MULDER~ (calmly) What's wrong with New Jersey?
It ranks 14th in the country for the state with the most UFO sightings.
KRYCEK~ (still freaking out, hanging up on MARITA)
Is that why we're here, Foxy?!
MULDER~ (speaking in an unusually soothing voice)
Nooo....we're on a Weird NJ road trip! I wanna see the fabled places
they tell about in the magazine! The giant shell pile, searching for
Captain Kitt's buried treasure....and, of course visit Riverview Drive....aka
KRYCEK~ (insane with shock and rage) What the
hell is wrong with you?! Don't you get it?! That place is cursed!
That place is dark! Take me home....*right now*!
MULDER~ (sighing, slightly annoyed) We're not
KRYCEK~ (pulling out his gun, pointing it at
MULDER'S head) Yes, we *are*!
MULDER~ (quickly getting angrier, aiming his
gun at KRYCEK) No, we're *not*!
Their car slows to a stop at a traffic light.
Camera takes the P.O.V of the light. We see MULDER and KRYCEK'S rental
car....to the left is a police car. Camera moves to the dashboard
inside the police car.
COP #1~ (turning to MULDER and KRYCEK'S car)
Looks like we got a situation....
COP #2~ (shaking head) Oh, yeah....
COP #1 rolls down his driver's side car window,
motioning to MULDER or KRYCEK to roll their window down. Camera shows
the traffic light turning green, then the back of MULDER and KRYCEK'S
gold Chrysler Seabring as they speed away....and we...
TO BE CONTINUED....