ARIAL VIEW OF THE LAS VEGAS STRIP – 4PM
We pan down to find Marita, Skinner, Doggett,
Krycek, Scully, Monica, Mulder and Alfredo. They are standing in front
of Las Vegas’ Eiffel Tower. Marita has tears in her eyes, her hand
covering her heart.
This is the most wonderful
moment in my life.
Why are you crying?
(sweet & innocent)
I’ve never seen the Eiffel Tower before.
Everyone looks at each other as they realize
that Marita actually believes that she is seeing the original Eiffel
(going to tell the truth)
Marita, you do know that
this isn’t the real-
Mulder places his hand over Doggett’s mouth
to keep him from telling the truth: that the real Eiffel Tower is
in Paris, France.
Marita hands Scully a camera.
Can you take a picture of Skinner and I?
Marita grabs Skinner’s arm and they pose in
front of the Eiffel Tower. Marita is looking sweet and happy, while
Skinner has a pained expression on his face but smiles anyway. He
doesn’t understand why she is doing this picture with him considering
they are broken up. Scully takes the picture.
They continue to walk down the strip. Randomly
taking pictures of buildings and what not. A certain place catches
I have somewhere to go.
I’ll see you guys later.
He walks towards a building. We can tell
that this is a strip club called “The Gutter”. No one follows him.
They shrug off Krycek’s actions and continue down the strip, pardon
Hey Skinner, thanks for
this trip. I’ve always
wanted to come here.
They all agree with him, except for Doggett,
he says nothing. He looks very tense. He walks with his hands in his
pockets, sunglasses on, head down. It’s not that he doesn’t want to
be here, he’d rather not come when he could loose his money… a gambling
Johnny, what’s up?
She lightly body checks him, he stumbles towards
the street. He looks up at her with a blank expression on his face.
Ok, I know you better than that.
He stops her and the rest of the group continues.
Monica, don’t let me gamble.
Monica is intrigued.
Why not? It’s Vegas.
I mean it.
Monica puts her hands up as if saying she’ll
leave it alone. He takes out his wallet and gives it to Monica.
I don’t trust myself with this.
Monica takes his wallet, not sure if she is
trusted enough with his wallet.
They catch up with everyone else. Monica goes
up to Scully.
Dana, watch John’s wallet. He doesn’t
trust himself with it, and I don’t trust
myself with it. Can you keep it safe?
She takes the wallet and puts it in her purse
for safe keeping.
So what do you guys
want to do now?
Hit the slots!
I’ve never gambled before.
Alfredo and Scully look at her in shock.
You can’t be serious.
Well what’s taking us so long.
We have to get her addicted to this!
Scully grabs her hand and they run off
to the slots leaving everyone else slowly walking.
Do you guys mind if I do
some more sight seeing?
I still have film in my camera.
That’ll be ok.
Mulder gets an overly happy look on his face
as he runs off. Skinner, Doggett and Monica walk into one of the casinos.
Anyone feelin’ lucky?
With my luck… I don’t think so.
Me too. What about you John?
I’d rather keep my money.
They head off towards the bar.
INT. THE GUTTER – BACKSTAGE/MAKEUP ROOM
A silhouette of a bodyguard shows firm outside
a curtain. He’s a large man. A dozen sequined-clad women run into
the room he’s watching. The smiles dissolve from their faces as they
all get out of performance-mode and back to reality. They take their
seats at their makeup tables, some stand around talking to each other
and some make calls home to their husbands and children.
EXT. MAKEUP ROOM
Krycek is walking toward this bodyguard. As
he passes people, he takes his time to wave, shake hands and take
compliments. The bodyguard keeps a close eye on him, knowing he can
only mean trouble.
Krycek is before the guard.
Aren’t you going to let me in?
No sir, employees and management only.
Krycek smirks and lets out a laugh.
I guess you must be new. I’m
Krycek, (offers his hand)
Alex Krycek. I started this
brilliant establishment about
thirteen years ago.
Oh, excuse my ignorance Mr. Krycek.
-You can call me Alex.
Krycek steps pass him.
Got to say hi to these beauties.
He goes in and we hear most of the women
welcome him with open arms.
INT. CASINO – 7PM
Scully, Alfredo and especially Marita are having
a blast. They’ve been lucky all evening. Marita jumps up and down,
At the bar…
Skinner is talking with Monica and Doggett,
he’s been drinking a bit. We notice that Monica and Doggett’s drinks
You know, you two got it lucky… I mean
you two will always be friends. I could
only wish for that… Dana and I were stupid, just
stupid. I never actually loved her because I wanted
to. I “loved” her because I was supposed to. And then
when I was given a second chance at life, after I died
and came back, what did I do? I remained in my secret
romance with Marita Lynn… risking my life, for if Krycek
found out, it’s the return of the nano-critters…
You were what and came back?
I’m having a crisis, a mid-life crisis.
I love Dana. I love Marita. I loved
my ex-wife. Then Scully came and
ruined that. I’m not sure of anything
anymore. Should I marry them both?
I’m getting old and before I know it
no one will want me.
That’s not true…
Yes! It is!
Doggett and Monica share a look… why us?
Butcha know… I’m not the only one who
should be worrying about never finding
true love… You two are as screwed up à la
love life as I am. Mon’, you can’t decide
between Robert or Brad, and I’ve seen you
checking out Krycek. John… nine years man?
Doggett gives him a look. How in the world
did he know about that?
Yes, Monica told me you haven’t been with
anyone since you and your ex split. I say
we get you laid tonight. Also, I have a
solution to our problems… I could be with
you, Monica. John, hook up with Dana already
and then so Robert and Marita aren’t hurt,
they can be together.
Monica picks up her glass of beer and downs
it. Doggett starts sipping at his.
I love you guys…
He reaches out and holds onto the bar and rests
his head down and smiles up at them both.
INT. TOUR BUS – 7:15PM
Mulder sits on the second floor of a double-decker
bus. There is not roof. Mulder smiles as the wind flies through his
hair. He looks up at all the buildings. He takes a few pictures. Old
people surround him.
He leans over to an old man.
So why are you in Vegas?
I’m going to marry my fiancée.
He moves so we see a much younger woman.
She smiles at Mulder.
Oh, I see. I’m here on a trip
with my friends. They all went
gambling. I wanted to see
more of this beautiful city.
He turns to another person, an old woman.
We had the hardest time finding
someone to watch over Buddy, but
finally my buds Frohike, Langly and
Byers and some tough man named
James Bond took him in. Buddy’s good,
but sometimes when he’s made he lays
“Buddy Bombs” on your bed.
He turns back to the old man.
Can you take a picture of me and
this kind old lady? She cares about Buddy.
Actually the old woman looks terrified.
INT. CASION – 8PM
Scully, Alfredo and Marita are celebrating their
wins over alcohol (mainly Scully) and nachos.
I’m so rich!
She throws the tokens over her head and they
fall to the ground.
Marita! Don’t lose those.
Oh silly, it doesn’t matter. I’m rich
without it… infact… I think we should
give all this away to more worthy people.
Scully giggles and winks at some guy at another
Marita, you won this money
don’t give it away.
Marita stands up, angry at him.
I hate you! I can do what I want,
I don’t need a man to tell me
what I can or cannot do!
Marita storms away, randomly handing the tokens
to people. Alfredo follows.
Scully sits alone at the table, looking at Alfredo’s
nachos with a girly disgust. She pushes it away from her and laughs
at it falls to the floor.
Meanwhile… at the bar.
I can’t help it if I’m confused.
Brad or Robert? Snickers or
KitKats? Slippers or socks?
Clouds, rivers… what’s more
pretty? Manly men or gentlemen?
Would I be happier in California,
Oregon or India? Should I buy a
minivan and have five children or
should I get a snazzy sportscar?
See! Talking with buddies helps
everything. I think that Fox guy
has a point there.
Doggett nods his head in agreement. They
are all getting pretty drunk.
If it weren’t for Fox, I never would
have made friends of you guys, well not
you HarMonica. I’m a depressed man by
nature. Super Buddies makes me happy.
Yes, darn it! I admit it! That silly club is good.
He kisses Skinner on the cheek and hugs Monica,
she belches. They laugh.
(suddenly sad/ sounds sober)
Luke used to belch… Walt? Did
I ever tell you about Luke?
Skinner shakes his head ‘no’.
Well he was murdered and we never
caught the guy who took him. (he sniffs)
I don’t know what Luke went through the
three days he was missing. All I know is that
Mon’ was there when they found him… in a
field… Barb blamed me, I blamed me…
I think everyone blamed me…
No they didn’t.
I’m so sorry man. I had no idea.
Barbara took everything that
was his. I only have… (gets
choked up) his… his ashes.
He starts to cry. Monica and Skinner put
their arms around him to comfort him.
And a picture…
He goes for his wallet. It’s not there.
(forgetting who he gave it to)
Great. I’ve been pick-pocketed.
No… you gave it to me, and
then I gave it to Scully.
They take a drink. Doggett sighs.
Scully… (beat) Bikes are horrible.
Monica nods in agreement.
You know… first they start out
with a tricycle. That’s all well good
and swell. Until your only son discovers
you can remove the training wheels and
learns to ride his bike. Then round and round
the block he goes. And then one time, he doesn’t
go round again. The very first day he learned
to do the two wheel on his own. He wakes
me up early that morning. I went to work
and then got the call from Barbie…
Monica sniffles as does Skinner. We hear Scully
laughing in the background.
I never got to say goodbye (determined)
and by George, I can’t move on in any life!
Until I can let it go and I want to find the
son of a gun who did this and for justice
to be served.
He downs the rest of his half-full glass
of beer. Skinner order them all more drinks.
INT. THE GUTTER – 9:30PM
Krycek sits in the backstage of the strip club.
A woman half naked sits on his lap. He’s “Mr. Ego” now.
Yes, that’s right ladies…
I am the sexiest most important
Special Agent on the FBI
Alex! Who would have thought the FBI
would allow a manager of the hottest
strip joint in Vegas to even be in the FBI!
She kisses him on the cheek.
What ever happened to Red?
She points to a large framed picture of
a young red-headed woman that hangs in their dressing room. It’s a
younger Scully, wearing little clothes which are dark red and black.
She has a seductive expression on her face. It’s a very artsy picture
with high contrast and deep shades of colors. No dust or finger prints
are to be seen on it. Apparently Scully used to work here, and was
I got her set up in the hottest joint
in D.C. I’m that good and have
the best connections.
You should set up a special
“Return of Red” night.
You could call it “The Gutter’s
Red Night Special”!
It would be an honor to work
with her again. Her moves
I think I should. You know, I
brought her with me on this business trip.
You two are still a couple?!
That’s so sweet! Two legends,
you two are history makers.
(in Lala Land)
Yes, we are great. Now, if
you’ll excuse me, I’ll go
see what I can set up.
He stands up and leaves, making sure to
squeeze his butt muscles to look firm for the ladies, on his way out.
INT. THE MIRAGE HOTEL – 9:40PM
Assistant Director Brad Follmer walks in. He
has a small suitcase and is wearing one of his nice suits. He goes
over to the receptionist.
Welcome to the Mirage-
I need you to ring a room
for me. A Mr. Skinner, please.
I’m sorry, sir. I can’t do that.
Brad pulls out his FBI badge.
Oh, I’m sorry. I’ll ring them right away.
The receptionist rings the room. No answers.
There was no answers, sir.
Ok. I’ll need a room for the
night. (beat) What room are they in?
The receptionist hesitates, then remembers
Room 307, sir.
And your room will be 318.
The receptionist gets a key.
INT. K-MART – 10PM
Mulder is helping the old woman shop. He’s holding
Yes, ma’am. I heard these are a good brand.
I sure hope so, my husband
needs something reliable.
So what kind of friends did you
come with? A girlfriend, a wife?
People I work with.
Sonny, the point of a vacation is to
get away from the people you see everyday.
It’s Super Buddies.
Super Buddies. I created it to unite
my friends in friendship. Eventually
I plan on taking over the world through friendship.
He smiles at her.
Infact, Nancy, I consider you a friend.
So I can get a Super Buddies T-shirt made
for you too. Then you can attend the Super
Buddy Convention I plan on having sometime in 2005.
That’s sweet of you dear. I’d be
proud to be a part of world peace.
INT. CASINO – 10:45PM
Krycek knows they would have gone to gamble,
he comes to the front door just as Skinner, Monica and Doggett exit…
(to the tune of “The Sound of Music”)
The casinos are alive with the sound of Doggett!
The sun will come out tomorrow-
The night is young and I’m so glamorous, Lady!
Krycek gives them a weird look. They are drunker
than he can ever remember being and they are hanging all over each
other. Ok then…
He enters the casino… where is Scully? He needs
her to help his reputation here. He scans the room. Then… he sees
her. Surrounded by a ton of guys. He makes his way over to her. How
will he do this? Then he notices her state of being. A sly smiles
crosses his face. He goes up to her.
Scully… come with me.
Guys are hanging all over her.
The return of Red has to happen tonight.
All the guys get interested… they’ve heard of
She smiles at him. Krycek drags her away.
EXT. CASINO – 11:20PM
Marita is giving her chips away still!
Take them! Be happy!
Marita, stop doing that.
I hate you. You are trying
to be selfish!
She turns away from him. She continues
to hand out what she has won. Suddenly, Brad Follmer steps out of
the casino. He sees Marita and Alfredo.
Thank god I found you.
Marita gives him a smiles.
What are you doing here?
You don’t want to do it now, do
you? Is that why you came?
Alfredo looks at Marita confused. He has no
idea what she is talking about.
No. (beat) I’m looking for the
others. Do you have any
idea where they are?
I know Krycek is at The Gutter.
He points down the strip.
He starts to heard toward The Gutter.
Wait! (beat) Have a few chips.
He takes them, not understanding why she would
give them away.
You gave them to him?
She smiles at him. Then continues to hand out
INT. THE GUTTER – 11:50PM
Scully is already on the stage. A red neon sign
is above the stage… it reads: “Red”. This is the biggest crowd this
club has seen in thirteen years.
Brad enters the club. The first thing he notices
is Special Agent Dana Scully taking her clothes off. He takes a seat
near the front. He notices Krycek standing, smiling, in one of the
wings. Brad hopes they will stop and notice him so he can drag them
away and take them back to their jobs.
He remains seated, waiting for Agent Scully
to notice him and get herself together. She twirls around a bar in
a rather perverse manner. Then once on the ground, she starts crawling
towards him, then her eyes roll back and she passes out. In the wings,
Krycek’s eyes bug. How dare Scully pass out when his reputation is
on the line, he runs out to “rescue” her. But instead he trips over
her leather jacket with “Red” written on the back. He falls on top
of Scully’s back and is face to face with Assistant Director Follmer.
Oh hi, sir.
Brad doesn’t seem amused with him.
INT. WHITE CHAPEL – MIDNIGHT
We see Mulder and two other men sitting in the
waiting area for their turn to be married. The two men Mulder is with
are all lovey-dovey. Mulder looks at them with a tear in his eye from
Then from inside the song “Can’t Help Falling
In Love” plays. The chapel door fly open and Doggett, Monica and Skinner
come running out with an Elvis look-alike tossing rice behind them.
Monica waves at Mulder and they exit.
It seems everybody is getting
married except for me…
Then he goes to be a witness for the stranger’s
TO BE CONTINUED…