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    KODIAK

    Pilot Episode

    Jayhawk Down

    by

    David Polk

    Contact:David Polk176 Dusty Rose CourtSimi Valley, CA [email protected]

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    2.TEASER

    OVER BLACK

    We hear a RAGING SEA STORM...

    FADE IN:

    EXT. BERING SEA - SUNSET

    Awesome - as in scary as hell - 30-foot waves roll andcrash all around us. A Coast Guard JAYHAWK helicopterflies into frame, just above the waves.

    [Note:in-flight crew& radiocommunications are filtered].

    CORD (O.S.)There they are. I have a visual ateight oclock.

    NOAH (O.S.)Roger that. I see em too. Kodiak,this is Coast Guard 6739, we havevisual on two survivors. Repeat, twosurvivors in a life raft.

    INT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT SAME

    As pilot CORD MCKENNA banks the aircraft, his crew blackco-pilot NOAH JEFFRIES, flight engineer ZEKE ZIBRISKE andrescue swimmer CRAIG FITZSIMMONS prepare for a rescue.

    EXT. LIFE RAFT SAME

    Two freezing commercial FISHERMEN cling to life in theirwater-logged raft.

    INT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT SAME

    Side door open. Fitzsimmons preparing to jump out.

    CORDWe got winds of 60 knots, Fitz. Youvegot 10 minutes, so get in, get out andlets get gone.

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    3.FITZ

    (smiles)Like clockwork, boss.

    NOAHAnd no sightseeing this time, Fitz.Ashantis ovulating tonight.

    Fitzsimmons looks back at Noah and they exchange a smile.He winks, gives a thumbs up then jumps.

    EXT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT CONTINUOUS

    ZEKESwimmer away.

    As Fitzsimmons hits the water we...

    SMASH CUT TO:

    INT. SEEDY MOTEL ROOM SUNSET

    CLOSE ON A WOMANS FACE as she opens eyes that are as deepand blue as the ocean. Shes in bed, her lover behind hersnoring gently. Realizing where she is, she reacts. Afteris always the worst part.

    She eases out from under the mans arm and gathers herthings. As she dresses, we see the mans clothes thedress blues of a U.S. Navy Commander.

    She looks in the mirror and we see her fully for the firsttime. Blonde, early 30s, on a good day shed give CameronDiaz a run for her money. But this isnt a good day.

    The COMMANDER stirs in bed. She freezes, looks at him,hoping he doesnt wake. When he doesnt, she exits.

    EXT. SEEDY MOTEL CONTINUOUS

    The woman goes down the stairs, high heels in hand. Sheclimbs into an old F-150 PICKUP TRUCK and drives away.

    EXT. BERING SEA SUNSET

    Fitzsimmons reaches the life raft, climbs in.

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    4.FITZ

    Im a Coast Guard rescue swimmer! Imhere to help you! Are either of youseriously injured?!

    The frigid fishermen nod No.

    Fitzsimmons looks up and signals to the Jayhawk.

    INTERCUT JAYHAWK AND LIFE RAFT

    ZEKESwimmer indicates no injured below.

    FITZS(to fishermen)

    Alright, just hang tight. Well have

    you out of here in no time.

    A rescue basket is lowered from the Jayhawk and Fitzsimmonshelps the first fisherman into it. Signals overhead.

    ZEKEThe first survivor is in the basket. Ihave the ready for pickup signal fromthe swimmer. Raising the basket.

    The fisherman reaches the Jayhawk. Zeke helps him inside.

    ZEKEThe first survivor is in the cabin.Lowering the basket for the secondsurvivor.

    The procedure is repeated with the second fisherman.

    NOAHFive minutes to bingo fuel.

    Zeke secures the second fisherman next to the first.

    ZEKESecond survivor is in the cabin.Lowering the harness for swimmer.

    CORDWhoa! Heads up!

    The helicopter DIPS SUDDENLY due to a wind gust. Cordquickly regains control but the WENCH HAS JAMMED.

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    5.INT. F-150 PICKUP - SUNSET

    The woman pulls into a Safeway parking lot and cuts theengine. She looks in the rearview mirror, into her owneyes, hating what she sees.

    EXT. LIFE RAFT / JAYHAWK SUNSET

    Fitzsimmons is trying to secure the harness around him butmotion from wind and waves makes it difficult.

    ZEKESteady...steady. Come on, Fitz.

    NOAHBig wave! Big wave!

    A 30-foot wave CRASHES down on the raft, capsizing it andknocking Fitzsimmons into the sea, unconscious.

    The fishermen react Whoa! Zeke remains calm.

    ZEKEFitz was knocked out of the raft.Swimmers in the water.

    CORDDo you have a visual? Can you see him,Zeke?

    ZEKENegative. Swimmers not in sight.

    Zeke moves a searchlight across the sea. The life raft isalready history.

    NOAHKodiak, this is Coast Guard 6739, wehave lost sight of our rescue swimmer.

    Repeat, we have no visual of ourswimmer.

    A warning signal BLARES.

    CORDShit! Bingo fuel. Zeke?! ZEKE?!

    Zeke scans the surface, desperation now in his eyes.

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    6.ZEKE

    No, skipper! I dont see him!

    CORDSon of a bitch!

    NOAHKodiak, this is Coast Guard 6739,declaring an emergency. Lost swimmer,lost swimmer. We are at bingo fuel.Request all available rescue craft...

    Noah gives their coordinates. The fuel warning continuesto blare urgently. Cord makes the only decision he can.

    CORDOkay, we gotta go! Close the door!

    ZEKEBut skipper! We go, Fitz dies!

    CORDCLOSE IT, ZEKE!

    (then, steely calm)Close it.

    ZEKEClosing the cabin door...

    Cord and Noah exchange a look.

    EXT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT CONTINUOUS

    The door closes shut and the helicopter banks away as we...

    FADE OUT.

    END OF TEASER

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    7.ACT ONE

    FADE IN:

    EXT. FUNERAL DAY

    A crisp fall Alaska day. Mourners, many in formal CoastGuard blues, listen as a priest performs a somber service.

    Fitzsimmons widow, KAREN, late 30s, quietly sobs, her twoTEENAGE CHILDREN comforting her. We find Fitzs crewmates:Zeke and his wife, LAUREL, late 30s; Noah and his wife,ASHANTI, early 30s; and Cord, early 30s, and his wife, MEG,who we recognize as the woman from the seedy motel room.

    While others bow their heads, Meg cant take her eyes offthe grieving widow and her children.

    SAME SCENE LATER

    The service over, mourners file past Karen to pay theirfinal respects. Cord and Karen embrace. She holds him fora while before letting go. Next, Meg hugs her tightly.

    MEGAnything you need, Karen. Anything.You let me know, okay?

    KAREN(through tears)

    Yes, dear. Thank you.

    Meg and Cord exchange a look then walk away hand in hand.

    INT. SWABS BAR SUNSET

    A hangout for off-duty sailors and coasties. A group ofcoasties and their wives from the funeral have come toremember Fitz and drown their sorrows.

    ZEKEFitz wouldve turned 40 next month.One freakin month.

    He drains his whiskey glass.

    COASTIECan you imagine old Fitzy behind adesk? Now Id pay to see that.

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    8.NOAH

    Hed just as soon tie an anchor aroundhis neck and jump into the bay.

    Warm laughs all around.

    A BARMAID comes with a tray full of drinks, hands them out.

    BARMAID(to Ashanti)

    You sure I cant get you somethinghoney?

    ASHANTIOh, Im sure. Just water. Thank you.

    Ashanti and Noah share a look and a small smile.

    LAURELI know its no consolation to Karenright now, but if Fitz had to go, atleast he went saving lives, not in sometraining exercise.

    MEG (O.S.)Ha!

    They turn to find Meg, obviously lit, approaching thetable. From their reaction, this is not an unusual sight.

    MEGLost at sea on the holy crusade!Drowned in the righteous line of duty!Well, when you put it like that Imsure Jimmy and Sara feel much betterabout losing their father.

    Cord intercepts her.

    CORD

    Meg, babe, maybe its time we called ita night.

    MEGYou mean its time I called it a night,dont you? Well, Cord, Ive been tryingto call it a night for two years.

    CORDAlright, Meg, thats enough. Lets go.

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    9.He takes her arm and guides her away.

    NEAR THE RESTROOMS

    Cord stops and faces Meg.

    CORDGetting shit-faced wont changeanything, you know that.

    MEGWhat do you suggest I do to changethings, Cord? Shove my head up my assand whistle Here comes the sun likeeveryone else on this damn island?

    CORD

    (checks his anger)Look, nobodys keeping you here, Meg.Youre free to go back to Topeka oranyplace else you want to go.

    MEG(scoffs)

    Oh, youd like that wouldnt you? Justhave the little woman clear out and letMiss Homecoming waltz right back in

    Now its Cords turn to scoff.

    CORDStop it, Meg! I lost a good crewmanand an even better friend last week.Im not in the mood for any of yourshit about ancient history. Not now.

    They stare at each other for a tense beat then she turnsand heads toward the exit. He follows.

    AT THE EXIT MOMENTS LATER

    Cord and Meg are putting on their coats when the NavyCommander from the seedy motel enters. He and Meg look ateach other. Cord clocks something but is more focused ongetting Meg out of there.

    INT. SAFEWAY DAY

    Meg stares at the asparagus as MUZAK drones. We get asense that shes a ticking time bomb.

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    10.An automatic SPRITZER SPRAYS the veggies and snaps Meg outof her thoughts.

    EXT. SAFEWAY PARKING LOT LATER

    Meg pushes a cart full of groceries to her pickup truck.We hear the THUMP-THUMP-THUMP of a helicopter. Meg stops,looks up at the Coast Guard Jayhawk as it passes overhead.

    INT. MCKENNA HOME SUNSET

    ASHLEIGH, 7, and MAGGIE, 5, are watching the Disney Channelon TV. Meg enters lugging grocery bags.

    MEG

    Please, dont anybody get up.

    MAGGIEMommy!

    The little one runs to her mother for a hug.

    MEGAsh, do you mind?

    Ashleigh reluctantly tears herself away from the televisionto grab a couple of bags.

    KITCHEN CONTINUOUS

    As they empty grocery bags

    MEGWheres Grandma?

    ASHLEIGHShe called to say she would be late.

    MEGGreat.

    KITCHEN LATER

    Meg and the girls have dinner. We see that Meg is anengaged and loving mother. The door swings open and incomes CLAIRE MCKENNA, late 50s. Cords mother is ahandsome woman, earthy, practical, a cool Grandma.

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    11.CLAIRE

    Hello, angels.

    GIRLSHi, Grandma!

    Claire washes her hands at the sink.

    CLAIREDid you get my message about beinglate?

    MEGYou mean the one I got from Ash when Igot home? Yes, I did.

    CLAIRE

    (sits at table)Im sorry, dear. I tried to reach youon your cell.

    MEG(lying)

    Batterys dead.

    CLAIREThey needed me to stay an extra half-hour at the Center. Amy was able topick the girls up and stay with them.

    MEGAmy wasnt here when I got home. Theywere alone, Claire.

    CLAIREOh, Ive lived in this neighborhood forover 20 years. A few minutes alone athome is nothing to worry about.

    (then)Where were you, dear?

    Meg is suddenly guilt-stricken, but covers. She standswith her dishes, takes them to the dishwasher.

    MEGWe needed some things from themarket...Girls finish eating and headup for baths and stories before bed.

    GIRLSAlright, Mommy.

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    12.INT. MCKENNA HOME NIGHT

    Cord enters in his jumpsuit and flight jacket. Claire ison the sofa watching CNN.

    CLAIREHello sweetheart.

    CORD(kisses her)

    Hi, Mom.

    Coverage of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is on TV.

    CLAIREThey still havent capped the well.What a disaster. Somebody needs to go

    to prison.

    CORDMeg and the girls?

    CLAIREI just put the girls to bed. Megansin the bath now. Had a bit of a day.

    He looks at the oil spill coverage. Then kisses her again.

    CORDGoodnight, Mom.

    CLAIRENight, Cord.

    UPSTAIRS MOMENTS LATER

    Cord peeks in on the girls. Sound asleep. Adorable.

    INT. BATHROOM CONTINUOUS

    Meg sits in a hot bath. Cord enters the room.

    CORDHey.

    MEGHey.

    He kneels next to the tub.

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    13.CORD

    How you doin, beautiful?

    MEG(a small smile)

    Better now.

    She caresses his face. He leans in and they kiss.

    INT. BEDROOM LATER

    Cord and Meg make love...

    INT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT SUNSET

    Cord and his crew Noah, Zeke and Fitz fly through aheavy storm.

    NOAHHere we go. I see debris in the water.Port.

    CORDCommencing surface search.

    ZEKEPermission to open the cabin door.

    CORDAlright, open up.

    ZEKEOpening cabin door...We have PIW.

    Below we can see people floating in the water.

    NOAHKodiak, this is Coast Guard 6739, we

    have confirmed PIW...

    ZEKEWhat do you think, Fitz?

    FITZI think theyre alive.

    (to Cord)Permission to get wet, skipper?

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    14.CORD

    How are we on fuel?

    NOAHFifteen minutes to bingo.

    CORDOkay, Fitz. Make it snappy.

    FITZ(a smile)

    Thats how we roll, boss.

    BEEP-BEEP-BEEP!

    A warning signal BLARES. The Jayhawk bucks wildly.

    NOAHStabilizer warning! Weve lost anengine! Losing altitude! Cord!

    BAM! An explosion! Flames erupt. The helicopter beginsspinning out of control.

    CORDMayday! Mayday! Mayday! Kodiak,Coast Guard 6739, were going down!Were going down!

    EXT. BERING SEA CONTINUOUS

    The Jayhawk slams into the water and bursts into flames...

    INT. BEDROOM NIGHT

    SUDDENLY Meg wakes, breathless and sweating. She looks atCord, sleeping peacefully beside her, realizes it was justanother nightmare. She stares up at the ceiling.

    OFF those deep, blue eyes we...

    FADE OUT.

    END OF ACT ONE

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    15.ACT TWO

    FADE IN:

    EXT. AIRSTRIP DAY

    An HC-144 aircraft taxis to a stop. The hatch opens andCoast Guardsmen file off. We favor a tall, attractive,serious-looking HALF-INUIT WOMAN, early 20s, in flightjacket and aviator sunglasses, carrying a duffle. This isEDEN SAYER. She makes her way toward the hangar.

    INT. CAPTAIN NELSONS OFFICE DAY

    CAPT. NELSON, mid-40s, sits at his desk talking to Cord,who is reading a file.

    CAPT. NELSONHighest ratings of any A-schoolgraduate in the last 10 years.Considering your father was one of thebest rescue swimmers in the CoastGuard, I dont have to tell you thatssaying something, Cord.

    CORDIt is, Captain, but...

    A KNOCK on the door stops him.

    CAPT. NELSONEnter.

    Eden steps inside sans sunglasses. Salutes.

    Capt. Nelson and Cord stand.

    EDENAirman Sayer reporting, sir.

    Nelson returns her salute but Eden remains at attention.

    CAPT. NELSONAt ease, Sayer. Sayer, I want you tomeet Lieutenant Cord McKenna. Youllbe rescue swimmer for his crew.

    Eden and Cord shake. Her grip is firm. She looks himstraight in the eye.

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    16.EDEN

    Good to meet you, Lieutenant.

    CORDWelcome aboard, Sayer.

    CAPT. NELSONI was going through your file withLieutenant McKenna. Very impressive.

    EDENThank you, sir. I look forward toputting my training to work, savinglives, sir.

    NELSONWell, you came to the right place. The

    Bering Sea is one of the most dangerousplaces the Coast Guard operates. ButIm sure thats why you requestedKodiak, or at least one of the reasons.Cord, why dont you show Sayer around?

    CORDYes sir.

    INT./ EXT. HANGAR MOMENTS LATER

    As they walk

    CORDSo you were top of your class at AST?

    EDENYes sir.

    CORDProbably the first woman to earn thathonor, huh?

    EDENDont know, sir. It never occurred tome to ask. So your last rescue swimmerwas lost at sea?

    CORDThats right. He was a damn good man.

    Eden gives him a look without him noticing. Wonders iftheres more meaning to his words.

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    17.EXT. JAYHAWK - CONTINUOUS

    Noah and Zeke are with a mechanic checking the aircraft.Zeke notices Cord and Eden approaching.

    ZEKE(to himself)

    What the

    CORDGuys, this is Eden Sayer, our newrescue swimmer. Lieutenant NoahJeffries, senior chief Zeke Zibriske.

    Zeke and Noah stare for a beat. Noah extends a hand.

    NOAH

    Sayer, welcome aboard.

    EDENThank you, sir.

    ZEKESayer.

    When they shake Zeke reacts to the firmness of her grip.

    EDENSenior chief.

    INT. FLIGHT LINE LATER

    Zeke intercepts Cord walking across the flight line.

    ZEKESkipper, got a sec?

    CORDSure. But walk with me, Im late.

    Whats on your mind?

    ZEKEIts Airman Sayer.

    CORDA bit young for you, dont you think?Not to mention way out of your league.

    ZEKESeriously, skip.

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    18.Cord stops walking.

    CORDAll right, Zeke, lets hear it.

    ZEKEI flew with Fitz for 10 years on andoff. Saw him make 30 of his 122 saves.Youre telling me that girl is hisreplacement?

    CORDIm not telling you anything, seniorchief, the United States Coast Guardis. The same Coast Guard that trainedFitz. The same Coast Guard that ratedher for this job. That Coast Guard

    says shes ready to save lives.

    ZEKE(beat)

    Yes sir.

    Cord gives him a sympathetic look, pats him on the arm.

    CORDWeve got to move on, Zeke. All of us.

    ZEKE(not there yet)

    Yes sir.

    INT. OASIS CAF DAY

    Meg, a waitress, takes a HEFTY CUSTOMERS order.

    HEFTY CUSTOMERFlapjacks, a side of bacon - not toocrispy - and four eggs over easy.

    (lecherous grin)I like em a little loose and runny.

    MEGComing right up.

    She turns to go. Rolls her eyes.

    HEFTY CUSTOMERYou know what, can I have those eggsscrambled instead?

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    19.MEG

    You can have em anyway you like, hon.

    As she walks away, he checks out her ass in worn jeans.

    Meg is putting in the order when the Navy Commander enterswith another Navy officer. Meg and the Commander exchangea furtive glance as the two men sit.

    Meg goes to their table and pours them coffee.

    MEGGood morning.

    COMMANDERMorning. Whats good today?

    MEGSpecial is Belgian waffles. We alsohave fresh pineapples in this morningfrom Hawaii.

    COMMANDER(a charming smile)

    Hawaii, huh? Works for me.

    OTHER OFFICERRye toast, eggs over easy.

    MEGYou got it.

    The Commander admires her as she walks away.

    SAME SCENE LATER

    The officers have finished breakfast. The other officerleaves for the bathroom. Meg comes over, starts to cleartheir dishes.

    MEGHow was everything?

    COMMANDERGreat...I want to see you again.

    Meg reacts, talks in a hushed tone.

    MEGI dont think thats a good idea.

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    20.COMMANDER

    Meg, I ship out in three days.

    MEGWell, I cant get away before then.

    COMMANDERPlease...Meg, I was serious when I saidI wasnt just looking for a cheapfling. No more dives, I swear.

    MEGLook, its complicated and and well,its not you, its me I just...

    COMMANDERYoure married, I get it. So am I.

    But were not dead.(sees officer returning)Just meet me again. Tomorrow, sixoclock, the bar at the Breakers.

    OTHER OFFICERWe all set?

    COMMANDERSure.

    He stands and leaves money for the check.

    OTHER OFFICER(to Meg)

    Thanks.

    COMMANDERThanks. See ya.

    They go to the door of the diner. The Commander looks backat Meg, smiles hopefully, before exiting.

    INT. JEFFRIES HOME DAY

    Friends of Noah and Ashanti crowd the family room, enjoyinga football game on the couples big screen TV.

    NOAHIm serious. You can train a cat to goto the bathroom, just like you cantrain a child.

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    21.CORD

    Potty training for cats? Cmon, Noah,youre watching too many infomercials.

    NOAHNo man, I read it in a magazine.

    WOMAN(chortles)

    Which one, Kitty Confidential?

    IN THE KITCHEN

    Ashanti and Meg refill snack trays.

    ASHANTIWe dont want to tell anyone else but I

    really have a feeling this time, Meg.

    MEGIm sure youre right, Ashanti. Likethey say, third times the charm. I hadtwo miscarriages before Ashleigh.

    ASHANTIMy doctor says its a lot more commonthan people believe. Just reminds youhow much of a miracle it really is.

    LOUD REACTION from the next room to a play on TV.

    MEGWed better go. Sounds like thenatives are getting reckless.

    FAMILY ROOM

    Ashanti and Meg come in with fresh snacks and beer. Noahgets a beer and a loving smooch from Ashanti. Meg handsCord a bottle and snuggles in next to him on the sofa with

    one of her own. She glances at her watch, 6:50 p.m.

    INT. BREAKERS INN BAR SAME

    The Commander is at the bar nursing a scotch-rocks. Heglances at his watch, exhales, disappointed.

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    22.INT. JEFFRIES HOME, FAMILY ROOM - SUNSET

    As before. The halftime report begins

    ON TV

    SPORTS ANNOUNCERWe take you away from the FarmersInsurance halftime report to bring youbreaking news from CNN. Now, thelatest on the earthquake in Sri Lanka.

    An attractive BLONDE REPORTER appears onscreen, lookinggravely into the camera.

    RETURN TO SCENE

    The friends all pay close attention, none more than Meg.

    ON TV

    BLONDE REPORTERThere are thousands of casualtiesfollowing the 8.4 earthquake thatdevastated this island nation off thesouthern tip if India early thismorning. Hundreds of aftershocks havehampered recovery efforts, but themilitary and other government agenciesare moving swiftly to find and care forsurvivors. Aid from India, Pakistanand surrounding nations, as well as theUnited and the United Kingdom, isalready pouring onto the island. Itcould be days, perhaps weeks, beforethe full extent of this breathtakingtragedy is known. From Colombo, thisis Mary Jane Ashcroft reporting.

    RETURN TO SCENE

    Cord gives Meg a reassuring squeeze.

    CORDShes alright, babe.

    Meg smiles weakly, rests her head on his shoulder.

    ANOTHER WOMANYou know her?

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    23.MEG

    My kid sister.

    MANIve seen her plenty of times. Shesreported from all over the world,hasnt she?

    MEGYeah. She has.

    ANOTHER WOMANYou must be pretty proud of her?

    MEGYes, I am.

    FAMILY ROOM - LATER

    Zeke and SID are talking.

    SIDThought for sure that Eskimo of yourswould be here. Hows she coming along?

    ZEKESayer? Shes coming along okay Iguess. Only been out on a few routinetraining missions so far.

    SIDScuttlebutt is she was hot shit at ATS.A real blue ball buster too.

    Zeke takes a sip of whiskey.

    ZEKETheyre all hot shit in the pool.Well just have to see how she doeswhen she really gets her feet wet.

    INT. BASE GYM - SUNSET

    BRIEF MONTAGE of Eden working out: lifting weights, doingcrunches, one-handed push-ups, kicking the heavy bag, etc.Then a hot shower that seems to wash away her rigidness.[No full nudity here, but we see enough to know shes got asexy body.]

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    24.INT. EDENS APARTMENT LATER

    Small and Spartan, but feminine. Eden enters, greets herCAT with a kiss and a can of food. Grabs a bottle of waterand a banana from the fridge. Sits at a small desk andlogs onto her laptop. Goes to her Facebook page. Smiles.

    EXT. JEFFRIES HOME, GARAGE NIGHT

    Noah and Cord are out of sight of the house, drinking andsmoking STOGIES. We hear people leaving the party.

    NOAHMan, MJ looked damn good didnt she?

    CORD

    Shes a good-looking girl.

    NOAHDont get me wrong. I mean you got thehot sister and all. Im just saying,for a girl who spends most of her timein jungles and bunkers and shit, MJskept it pretty tight, right?

    They share a smile at a running inside joke.

    NOAHSo how is your girl doing? She had meand Ashanti worried after the funeral.

    CORDMegs okay. Michaels and his crewgoing down the way they did shook herup some, but Megs a tough cookie.

    NOAHCord...you know how I feel about Meg.If I werent happily married Id stab

    you in the back in a second. But...well, the drinking, the going off andall. Maybe she should see somebody.

    Beat.

    CORDWeve talked about it. Or I should sayIve talked about it. Look, it doesnttake a shrink to figure it out, Noah.

    (MORE)

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    25.CORD (CONTD.)

    She hates it here, plain and simple.And she blames me, the job, Mom - youname it - for her being stuck here onKodiak Island. Seeing MJ tonightdidnt help.

    NOAHI never took Meg for the jealous type.

    CORDIts not that. Not really. Look, whenwe met, during Katrina, we were savingthe world. I did it in the CoastGuard, she did it for whatever non-profit organization spearheaded acause. I guess it didnt really hit

    her, how dangerous what we do is, untilI was assigned to Kodiak. Then Michaelsand his crew bought it last winter.

    NOAHAnd she blames you for pushing to getstationed here?

    CORD...Yeah. When I left for the Academy Iwas dead set on getting back home...toserve on the same base my dad served onall those years. I told myself it wasfor the girls theyd grow up herelike I did, have the Alaska experience,be near Mom. And all along I thoughtMeg was right there with me. But now,seeing what being here has done to her.Was I blind or...just selfish?

    NOAHReally? The guy who snagged the lastslice of pizza is asking that question?

    Noah gives him a sympathetic, supportive smile as we...

    FADE OUT.

    END OF ACT TWO

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    26.ACT THREE

    FADE IN:

    EXT. FLIGHT LINE DAY

    Cord, Noah, Zeke and Eden walk to their Jayhawk.

    EXT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT DAY

    SCENIC SHOTS as the helicopter leaves USCG Air StationKodiak and flies over the Gulf of Alaska.

    EXT. SAILBOAT DAY

    A 40-footer, mast broken in two, taking water fast inchoppy seas. The Jayhawk hovers overhead.

    INT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT - SAME

    Zeke opens the door. Eden prepares to leave the cabin.

    ZEKERescue swimmers check completed.

    CORDJust a walk in the park, Sayer.

    He smiles at her. She nods, serious.

    EDENRequest permission to go to vessel.

    EXT. SAILBOAT SAME

    An ELDERLY SAILOR looks up from the deck, surprised to see

    a woman descending from the helicopter.

    EDENSir, Im going to help you onto thathelicopter.

    ELDERLY SAILORAlright. But I want Bonnie to go first.

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    27.EDEN

    Sir, we were told you were sailingsolo. Who is Bonnie?

    ELDERLY SAILORMy chocolate Lab.

    EDENYour what?!

    ELDERLY SAILORMy dog.

    This throws Eden. She looks up toward the helicopter.

    INTERCUT JAYHAWK AND SAILBOAT

    The crew clocks Edens reaction.

    CORDWhats the problem, Sayer?

    Eden talks into a mike attached to her wetsuit.

    EDENHes got a dog onboard.

    NOAHUm, its not exactly onboard.

    Noah spots the DOG swimming alongside the sailboat.

    Eden jumps in the water and retrieves the dog, but notbefore a bit of tomfoolery by the pooch. From the water,she puts a harness around the dog then gives the thumbsup signal. As the dog is being raised to the helicopter,she climbs aboard the sailboat, which is listing seriously.

    ELDERLY SAILORThank you for saving Bonnie.

    Eden removes her mask and snorkel but keeps her annoyancecovered.

    EDENSir, we have to go now!

    Zeke pulls Bonnie from the basket. The dog is frantic.

    CORDZeke, secure that dog!

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    28.ZEKE

    Sit! Sit, boy! Sit!

    NOAHSee, this is exactly why I prefer cats.

    SAME SCENE MOMENTS LATER

    Eden and the elderly sailor are hoisted up from thesailboat in the harness. Zeke helps them onboard. Theelderly sailor hugs Bonnie.

    CORDWhatd I tell you, Sayer. Easy aswalking the dog.

    Eden sits back and rolls her eyes.

    NOAHKodiak, this is Coast Guard 6739.Stranded sailor and dog onboard.ETA ten minutes to Kodiak...

    As the Jayhawk banks away, the sailboat does a nosedive.HOLD ON THE STERN until it sinks beneath the waves.

    INT. SWABS BAR NIGHT

    Cord & Crew and other COASTIES unwind over drinks. Edensthe only woman at the table.

    COASTIE 1Remember Reynolds and the pig?

    COASTIE 2Yeah, now that was something.

    COASTIE 3I remember that. They went up to

    Prudhoe for a DIW trawler. Dead ofwinter, 20-foot swells, the whole nineyards. Every member of the crew offsafely except the skipper, of course.Reynolds drops on the deck but cantfind him. Not in the wheelhouse,nowhere on deck. Turns out hes below,chasing his pet pig. Porky pops up ondeck and jumps overboard, squealing!

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    29.COASTIE 1

    Reynolds had to practically break theguys leg to stop him from followingthe damn thing over the side!

    They all crack up, even Eden.

    CORD(raises his beer glass)

    Well, Sayer, heres to your first save.She may not have been a pig, but shewas a real bitch.

    Eden accepts the ribbing good-naturedly.

    NOAHMaybe Bonnie wouldnt have been such a

    bitch if Zibriske hadnt kept callingher boy. Kinda racist to call achocolate Lab that, dont you think?

    EDENYeah, he didnt stop saying Sit boy!until she pissed on his leg!

    More laughter. Zeke takes a gulp of whiskey, smiles wryly,shakes his head and puts the glass on the table. HOLD ONthe WHISKEY GLASS as we...

    MATCH CUT TO:

    A WHISKEY GLASS

    INT. BREAKERS INN, BAR SAME

    Meg puts the glass on the bar. Shes with the Commander,who finishes his drink too.

    COMMANDERWell?

    She looks at him. The whiskeys working. She stands andthey leave together.

    INT. SWABS BAR SAME

    As before. Noah grabs his coat from a chair back.

    CORDWhats your hurry? We just got here.

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    30.NOAH

    Family business.

    ZEKEThats code for Ashantis ovulating.

    NOAHThanks for putting my business in thestreet.

    COASTIE 1Shit, youve been talking about tryingto knock Ashanti up for a year now.

    COASTIE 2More like bragging about it. We dontneed a running report on how many times

    you get laid, Jeffries.

    NOAHDont hate. Appreciate.

    Ribald remarks as Noah heads for the door. Eden catchesZeke staring at her. She looks away, takes a sip of beerto cover her discomfort. He drains his whiskey.

    INT. BREAKERS INN, HALLWAY LATER

    Meg comes out of a hotel room and quietly closes the door.She walks down the hallway to the elevator, pushes the callbutton and waits. The doors open and she goes inside,pushes the L button.

    Shes lost in her thoughts until the sound of a room doorclosing gets her attention. She looks up and is stunned tosee Noah walking toward the elevator. He looks up,recognizes her and stops cold. They stare at each other inutter disbelief until the elevator doors close.

    EXT. ZEKES BACK YARD DAY

    Zeke is chopping wood. He stops and gazes at the postcardperfect view of Alaskan wilderness - magnificent,deceptively serene.

    BEEP. BEEP. BEEP.

    Zeke checks the beeper on his belt. He puts down the axand turns to go inside the house. HOLD on the VIEW.

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    31.INT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT DAY

    From a cockpit POV we see rough seas ahead and below. Wecan also just make out an oilrig in the distance.

    CORDKodiak, Coast Guard 6739. We have therig in sight. On approach.

    KODIAK (V.O.)Roger, Coast Guard 6739. Proceed withextreme caution. Those activists mightnot want to be rescued.

    EXT. OILRIG SAME

    On the rain swept deck, a handful of wet, shiveringACTIVISTS look up as the Jayhawk approaches and hoversoverhead. A STRICKEN MAN is slumped against a bulkhead.

    Cords voice comes over loudspeaker.

    CORD (V.O.)This is the United States Coast Guard.For your safety, you are ordered toboard this aircraft.

    The LEADER waves that she understands.

    INT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT SAME

    Eden opens the cabin door and Zeke sits in the opening.

    EDENThe senior chiefs ready to be loweredonto the rig.

    CORD

    Okay. Lower away. And Zeke, donttake any chances. We dont know whatthese people are capable of.

    NOAHIn other words, keep your politicalviews to yourself, Zibriske.

    Zeke smirks, then is lowered out of the cabin.

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    32.INTERCUT OILRIG AND JAYHAWK

    When Zeke hits the deck hes surrounded by activists.

    LEADERPlease, youve got to help! He justcollapsed!

    ZEKECalm down, Miss.

    Zeke goes to the stricken man, checks him out.

    EDENWhat have you got, senior chief?

    ZEKE

    (into mike)Looks like it could be neural: a strokeor something.

    Cord and Noah work to hold the helicopter steady [AD LIB].

    Eden lowers the basket. Zeke puts the man inside and Edenhoists him up, pulls him inside and secures him.

    The basket comes down again. Zeke grabs it, turns to theleader.

    ZEKEAlright Miss, youre next.

    LEADERNo. Were not going.

    The activists link arms in a show of solidarity.

    ZEKEMiss, this storm is getting worse.Youre endangering your life and the

    lives of your friends. I order you toget into the basket!

    EDENWhats the problem, senior chief?

    LEADERNo! I wont go and none of us will!If we die Brodie Oil will have ourblood on its hands!

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    33.EDEN

    Talk to me, senior chief!

    ZEKE(into mike)

    Theyre refusing to leave.

    CORDSon of a bitch, I knew it! Zeke, youtell them their friends going to dieup here if we dont get him back toKodiak ASAP.

    The stricken man drifts in and out of consciousness.

    ZEKELook people, we dont have time for

    this! What about the man we sent up?You want him to make it dont you?

    LEADERWere not leaving!

    The rig sways as waves crash. The wind whips violently.

    CORDZeke, lets get a move on down there!

    Zeke pulls a .45 from his shoulder holster.

    ZEKEMiss, get into the basket! Now please!

    She glowers defiantly. He aims and shoots her in theshoulder.

    EDENChrist! Zibriske just shot her!

    ZEKE

    (aiming gun)You and you! Help her into the basket!

    Two stunned activists do as theyre told.

    EDENWoman in the basket. Retrieving basket.

    The remaining activists are hoisted up one at a time. WhenZeke climbs in last, the wounded woman shoots daggers athim with her eyes.

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    34.LEADER

    Are you insane?! You shot me!Asshole!

    ZEKE(shrugs)

    So youll live to protest another day.

    INT. CAPT. NELSONS OFFICE DAY

    Cord sits across from Capt. Nelson.

    CORDSaving five souls from a decrepit rigthat capsized 10 minutes after we leftdoesnt get us much these days, huh?

    CAPT. NELSONOne guy dead of a brain hemorrhage onewoman shot will get us plenty ofairtime on CNN. Were just lucky Zekesa good shot. Still, hes grounded untila formal inquiry can be completed.

    CORDI understand, Captain. Im sure hewill too. Hes a pro.

    CAPT. NELSONDamn nut cases. Off the record, Ithink Zibriski did a helluva job.

    CORDSo do I, sir.

    Capt. Nelson closes a file folder to shift gears.

    CAPT. NELSONHows Sayer coming along?

    CORDIve been impressed so far. She cancome off as a bit cold, but I haventheard any complaints. None worthrepeating anyway.

    INT. EQUIPMENT ROOM DAY

    Eden is doing an inventory check with a clipboard. Shenotices Zeke walk past the room and follows after him.

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    35.EDEN

    Senior chief. Got a second?

    He turns. Beat. The awkwardness between them is palpable.

    ZEKEJust. Im ordered off the base untilafter the inquiry.

    EDENRight. Well...I feel like youve hadsomething against me since the day Igot here. I was wondering if we couldtalk about it.

    He looks at her impassively. After an uncomfortable beat.

    ZEKETalk? Let me ask you something, Sayer.What would you have done to get thosehead cases onto the helo?

    EDENI dont know. Its hard to say whatanyone would do until theyre actuallyin the situation.

    ZEKEBut it would never have occurred to youto shoot someone, would it?

    EDENI wouldnt say never. Im trained touse a sidearm. But I dont thinkpopping one of them wouldve been thefirst thing that came to mind.

    ZEKEExactly. Were lucky if we haveseconds to think out there. Decisions

    about who lives and who dies have to bemade like that!(snaps his fingers)

    Are you ready to make those decisions?

    EDENI think so. Yes.

    ZEKEWell you keep on thinking, Sayer. Andwhen you know, give me a call.

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    36.He turns away and continues down the corridor.

    EDEN(calls after him)

    Senior chief.(turns to face her)

    I thought you were going to say youdidnt like a woman replacing Fitz.

    A stare-down for a beat. Then he turns and walks away.

    EXT. OASIS DINER DAY

    Meg and another waitress say goodbye after work. She walkstoward her truck, stops dead when she sees Noah waitingacross the street.

    INT. BAR MINUTES LATER

    Meg and Noah sit in an out-of-the-way booth.

    NOAHSo are we going to talk or what?

    MEGAre you serious, Noah? You really wantto play true confessions?

    NOAHI guess Im just blown away, Meg. Imean, I know you and Cord have beentogether for a long time, but...

    MEGOh get off that high horse, Noah! Iintroduced you to Ashanti. How do youthink I feel to find out youre a

    She cant bring herself to say it for obvious reasons.

    MEGLook, obviously were both going tokeep our mouths shut...If we knowwhats best for us.

    NOAHSo now youre threatening me? Jesus,Meg, whats happened to you? Cord saidyou were having a hard time coping bu

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    37.MEG

    (grabs his arm)Cords talked to you about us?! Aboutme?! What did he tell you?! What didhe say, Noah?!

    NOAH...That you hate Kodiak and the CoastGuard...And you blame him for cuttingyou off from the life you had before.

    MEGI suppose he didnt say anything aboutthe redhead with the tits? Siobhn.

    (off his puzzlement)Oh come on, Noah, dont play dumb withme. You two talk about everything. He

    probably even knows about the slut youwere with at the Breakers that night.

    NOAHSince you and I have reached our ownnew level of closeness, Meg, I hopeyoull believe me when I tell you Ihave no idea who Siobhn is.

    MEG...They were kids here in Kodiak. Shewas Cords first real love. They wereboth married by the time he came back,but that didnt stop her...or Cord.

    NOAHMeg...Im sorry. He never mentionedher.

    MEGNo...he didnt.

    FADE OUT.

    END OF ACT THREE

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    38.ACT FOUR

    FADE IN:

    INT. GIRLS BEDROOM NIGHT

    Cord reads a bedtime story to Ashleigh and Maggie.

    CORD(reading)

    Sold to a circus! Then week after

    week, they showed him to people at ten

    cents a peek...And everywhere thousands

    of folks flocked to see, and laugh at

    the elephant up in a tree. Poor Horton

    grew sadder the farther he went. But

    he said as he sat in the hot, noisy

    tent: I meant what I said and I saidwhat I mean...An elephants faithful

    one hundred percent!

    MAGGIEDaddy, what does faithful mean?

    CORDWell, honey, it means when you make apromise, you keep it.

    MAGGIELike when you promise to come back fromthe sky?

    CORD(beat)

    Yes, Maggie honey, like that.

    ASHLEIGHOr like when you and Mommy promise togive us extra time at the ice skatingrink when we behave? Right?

    CORD(a small laugh)

    Right.

    In the hallway outside the girls room, Meg spies through acrack in the door. Cord resumes reading Horton Hatchesthe Egg...

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    39.INT. MEGS STUDIO LATER

    Avant-garde paintings crowd the detached garage thats beenturned into a studio. We find Meg working on her latestcreation an eerie, dark seascape. She stops, puts downher brush, regards her work for a long beat.

    Cord comes in quietly behind her, takes in the painting.The message is pretty clear to him. He touches hershoulder gently and she turns to face him.

    CORDGirls are asleep.

    MEGThanks.

    CORD(re: painting)Looks like its coming along.

    She turns to look at it again.

    MEGLacey thinks she can get me a show inAnchorage next spring.

    CORDThatd be fantastic. You havent hadone...well, since before Maggie wasborn.

    Beat.

    CORDLook, Meg, I know its been hard foryou here. I thought - I mean I guess Ihoped - that youd eventually love ithere as much as I did.

    MEGI might have, Cord.

    CORDI know...Meg, I know I havent done avery good job of showing it, but makingyou happy means everything to me. If Icould undo the wrongs, I would. In aheartbeat.

    She looks away to cover her own guilt. He misreads her.

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    40.CORD

    I know I cant, Meg...But I can takeyou away from a place that makes you sounhappy and hope that it gives us achance to start fresh.

    She looks at him.

    MEGWhat do you mean?

    CORDToday I turned in papers for a transferto Pensacola...Im going to become aflight instructor.

    OFF Megs surprise...

    INT. BEDROOM LATER

    CEILING POV. Cord is sound asleep on his back. Meg isnext to him, on her side, just staring at him.

    INT. CAF DAY

    Ashanti and Meg talk over lunch.

    ASHANTIThe doctor says were past the criticalstage. Most miscarriages occur in thefirst trimester.

    MEGThats great, Ashanti! Im so jealous!Youre hardly showing at all.

    ASHANTI(excited)

    Now that Im feeling less stressedabout loosing the baby, Im starting tothink about names, the nursery, babyclothes preschools!

    MEGAre you going to find out if its a boyor a girl?

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    41.ASHANTI

    Noah and I are on opposite sides onthat. He doesnt want to know, I do.Big surprise, huh?

    MEGYeah...big surprise.

    Meg is struck by a pang of guilt.

    INT. JAYHAWK DAY

    Cord and Noah sit in the cockpit doing a routine check ofthe helicopter.

    NOAH

    Pensacola? Are you serious?

    CORDAs a heart attack.

    NOAHSince the day we met all you could talkabout was how you wanted to put it allon the line to save lives.

    CORDSo now Ill train other people to dothat. Whats the difference?

    NOAHThe difference is you live for the rushof being out there when its all ornothing. No reset button, no do-overs. Just like your old man.

    CORDMy old man drowned trying to rescue adowned pilot off Hall Island.

    They look at each other for a beat.

    NOAHSo you think a change of scenery is allitll take to fix you and Meg?

    CORDIts a start.

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    42.NOAH

    How do you know its not already toolate?

    CORD(reacts)

    What? What do you mean, already toolate?

    NOAHI mean what if she doesnt love youanymore. After Fitz funeral, didntshe say something about wanting to callit quits for years.

    CORDNoah, she was drunk, just blowing off

    steam. You know how Meg can get whenshes had a few.

    NOAHYeah, well, maybe shes done blowingsteam. Maybe shes just had it.

    CORD(annoyed)

    What is with you? You talk like youwant me to lose her.

    (then, suspicious)Why you son of a bitch!

    NOAHWHOA! Hold up! Dont even go there,Cord! This is me youre talking to!Its not that at all!

    INT. CAF DAY

    Ashanti and Meg are divvying the check. Meg glances up,

    catches sight of Fitzs widow, Karen, and CAROL MICHAELS,early 40s, stolid, matronly, as they enter the caf.Ashanti notices Meg staring.

    ASHANTI(re: the widows)

    God, I feel so awful for them...I cantimagine what Id do if...

    She looks down at the tiny bump of life growing inside her.The widows see them and come over.

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    43.CAROL

    Ashanti, Meg, how are you dears?

    Hugs and kisses all around.

    ASHANTIWere well. And how have you been?

    CAROL/KARENWere good.

    KARENLike learning to walk again, you justhave to keep putting one foot in frontof the other.

    Carol puts a supportive arm around Karen.

    KAREN(appreciative smile)

    It helps so much to have people aroundyou who understand.

    CAROL(changing subject)

    Ashanti, you look positively radiant.Please tell me its for the reason Ithink it is?

    ASHANTI(glows)

    I guess my secrets out.

    CAROL(hugs her)

    Oh, thats just marvelous, dear.

    Karen hugs her too.

    OFF Meg watching the women cooing...

    INT. REC ROOM DAY

    Off duty coasties relax with pool, cards, video games,television, etc. We find Eden in a game of poker. Shelays down a STRAIGHT FLUSH and smiles. Players react.

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    44.EDEN

    (raking in the pot)Thank you, gentlemen. Its been apleasure. As always.

    Then more reaction away from the table as Zeke enters theroom. Hes greeted warmly.

    COASTIE 1Well if it aint ole Quick Draw McGrawhimself. Welcome back, Zibriski.

    COASTIE 2You packing heat, Sheriff Woody?Reach for the sky!

    ZEKE

    (grins)All of you bite me.

    Eden comes over to him, counting her winnings.

    EDENGood to have you back, senior chief.

    ZEKE(re: cash)

    Whats this, you been taking candy fromthese big babies?

    EDENMore like taking them to school.

    Embarrassed reaction from the coasties.

    ZEKEYou boys ought to be ashamed ofyourselves, letting Little MissSunshine here pick you clean.

    EDENToo bad that leave was without pay,senior chief, or you might have a fewextra bucks to lose.

    ZEKECareful, Sayer. Dont let that cutemouth of yours write a check your tightlittle ass cant cash.

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    45.He glances over at a wall of plaques and trophies. Hisname is on many of the base Poker Tournament plaques.

    OFF Edens confident its on smile...

    EXT. BERING SEA DAY

    High winds and rough seas. A storm brewing.

    INT. FED-EX JET, COCKPIT IN FLIGHT DAY

    The PILOT, CO-PILOT, and FLIGHT ENGINEER monitor theirinstruments. They turn as the CARGO MANAGER enters withpaper cups of coffee.

    Just as they take a sip the plane SHAKES roughly enoughthat all four men spill coffee. Theyre recovering fromthat little mishap when BAM!

    Alarms BLARE, lights flash all over the dashboard. Theflight crew goes into action. [AD LIB].

    EXT. FED-EX JET IN FLIGHT DAY

    The left engine is aflame. The plane noses down throughthe icy storm that rages above the Bering Sea.

    INT. FED-EX JET, COCKPIT IN FLIGHT SAME

    Urgent activity to save the plane and their lives.

    PILOTMayday! Mayday! This is Fed-Ex 259...

    The pilot gives their coordinates as we...

    FADE OUT.

    END OF ACT FOUR

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    46.ACT FIVE

    FADE IN:

    EXT. SCENIC TRAIL DAY

    Cord and Meg stop walking at an overlook. They gaze out atan awe-inspiring vista of bay and mountains.

    MEGIts breathtaking.

    CORDMy dad and I used to walk here when Iwas a kid. I remember I hated it then.Hed always pull me away from playinghockey or basketball, whatever I was

    doing, to walk with him...After I movedaway, I missed those walks the most.

    A long beat as they admire the view. And somehow, in thismoment, theyve never felt closer.

    MEGWhen I was a little girl, I used tofantasize that I lived in an enchantedkingdom. There were dragons andfairies, fairy godmothers...and abrave, handsome prince.

    He looks at her. She continues looking at the bay.

    MEGEven in my imagination, that place wasnever this beautiful. Cord...I dontwant you to transfer to Pensacola, notif its not what you want.

    CORDWhat I want is for you to be happy.

    She looks deeply into his eyes. Theres so much she wantsto say to confess but cant. Not now. Not ever.

    MEGI dont know how I got here, Cord.Ive been so afraid...of letting go ofthe life I had, of losing you the wayClaire lost your dad. Ive spent so

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    47.MEG (CONTD.)

    much time being afraid that Idforgotten - being with you is whatmakes me happy.

    He cups her face with his hand. She smiles at him.Beautiful. Its a good day.

    INT. EDENS APARTMENT DAY

    Edens on the sofa more relaxed than weve seen her,talking to her laptop screen.

    EDENItll be awesome, Toni. There areincredible trails here we can hike.

    And the kayaking is absolutely sick.

    TONI (V.O.)I can hardly wait to get up there. Ivealways wanted to see Alaska.

    ON THE COMPUTER SCREEN we see that Eden is talking to TONI,cute, early 20s, via Skype.

    EDENApril cant get here soon enough, baby.

    BEEP. BEEP. BEEP.

    Eden checks her pager. Toni reacts, concerned.

    TONIGotta go, huh?

    EDEN(comforting smile)

    Probably just another drill.

    TONIBe careful, Eden.

    EDENAlways. Dont worry. Love you.

    TONILove you more.

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    48.EXT. BERING SEA - SUNSET

    In stormy seas, amidst floating wreckage of the Fed-Ex jet,we FIND the four survivors in life suits, strung togetherby rope, freezing, clinging desperately to life.

    INT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT SAME

    Cord and crew fly through the storm.

    NOAHDebris in the water! Port!

    CORDKodiak, Coast Guard 6739, commencingsurface search.

    ZEKEPermission to open the cabin door.

    CORDAlright, open up, Zeke.

    ZEKEOpening cabin door...We have PIW.

    Below we can see the four Fed-Ex survivors.

    NOAHKodiak, this is Coast Guard 6739, wehave confirmed PIW...

    The Jayhawk moves into position above the survivors.

    INTERCUT SURVIVORS AND JAYHAWK

    The Fed-Ex pilot spots the helicopter and struggles tolight a flare with freezing hands.

    EDENFlare! Two flares! Theyre alive!(to Cord)

    Permission to get wet, sir!

    CORDHow are we on fuel, Noah?

    NOAHFifteen minutes to bingo.

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    49.CORD

    Okay, Sayer. Make it snappy.

    ZEKERescue swimmers check complete.

    Eden pulls down her dive mask, ready to jump BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!

    A warning signal BLARES. The Jayhawk bucks wildly.

    NOAHStabilizer warning! Were losingpower, Cord!

    SMASH CUT TO:

    INT. DOCTORS EXAMINATION ROOM - SUNSET

    Meg sits on an exam table reading New Woman and HUMMINGsoftly, still on Cloud 9 following her walk with Cord.Following a knock on the door, DR. GRAHAM, black female,30s, enters, a neutral expression on her face.

    DR. GRAHAMHello, Meg.

    MEGDr. Graham. How are you?

    DR. GRAHAMIm good, Meg. Thank you.

    MEGWhy the call? Didnt everything checkout fine after my exam last week?

    DR. GRAHAMYes and no.

    (off Megs reaction)You have no serious health issues, Meg.But the lab returned your blood workand you have gonorrhea...

    Dr. Graham continues but Meg doesnt hear her. Shes in astate of complete shock.

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    50.DR. GRAHAM

    ...I realize this is very unpleasantnews. Of course youll have to informCord and any other sexual partner orpartners that youve had....

    INT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT SUNSET

    As before. With remarkable skill and calm, [AD LIB] Cordand Noah regain control of the aircraft.

    CORDAlright, Sayer, get down there and pullthose people out of the water!

    NOAH

    And save the sightseeing for next time!

    Eden nods, serious, and jumps out.

    ZEKESwimmer away!

    INTERCUT SURVIVORS AND JAYHAWK

    Eden splashes down and cuts through the waves to the half-frozen survivors.

    EDENIm a Coast Guard rescue swimmer!Youre going to be alright!

    She gives them a quick once over, deciding who will befirst and who will be last. Who may live and who may die.She cuts the rope that joins them.

    ZEKEI have the ready for pickup signal fromswimmer. Lowering the basket.

    Eden helps the cargo manager inside the basket. Heshoisted up. On the Jayhawk, Zeke works to stabilize him.

    ZEKEYoure going to be alright! Youunderstand?!

    Eden goes to the flight engineer next, readies him for thebasket, which is coming down. She struggles to load himin.

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    Survivor is in the basket. I have theready for pickup signal...Raisingbasket.

    Eden swims to the pilot.

    EDENOkay sir, youre next!

    PILOTNo! He goes!

    He points to the co-pilot, who is the most grave-looking.

    ZEKELowering the basket.

    NOAHSayer had better hurry it up downthere. Were five minutes to bingo.

    EDENSir, its not your call! Now prepareto get into the basket!

    PILOTI said him first!

    The basket hits the water. Eden grabs the pilot and triesto put him inside. He resists, reaching for his co-pilotinstead.

    CORDWhat the hells going on down there?!

    Eden acts swiftly, roughly putting the pilot in a headlockand dragging him away from the co-pilot. With great effortshe shoves the complaining pilot in the basket.

    ZEKEI have the ready for pickup signal.Raising the basket.

    Eden goes back for the co-pilot. A big wave rolls in andtakes him under.

    In the cockpit, a warning signal BLARES.

    NOAHBingo fuel!

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    We dont have time for two drops, Zeke.

    Eden fights through rough waves and dives after the co-pilot. She grabs him and lifts him back to the surface,swims to the harness thats in the water. She struggles toget the harness around him.

    ZEKEI have the ready for pickup signal!Raising survivor and swimmer.

    Eden wraps her arms and legs around the co-pilot as theyrehoisted up. Jack and Noah struggle with straining engines.

    NOAHWere losing power!

    CORDGo to auxiliary!

    NOAHWere already there!

    ZEKEWhoa! Big wave!

    A big wave swallows Eden and the co-pilot. Cord, Noah andZeke look down to see Eden and the co-pilot swinging in the50-knot winds, Eden clinging to his legs.

    CORDZeke!

    ZEKEIm on it, skipper!

    Zeke grabs the line and works the hoist, leaning out of thecabin and pulling them up the last couple of feet. He getsthe co-pilot in and reaches out to clasp hands with Eden.

    They lock eyes.

    ZEKEI got you, Sayer!

    He hauls her in.

    ZEKESwimmer and all survivors on board!

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    Close it, Zeke!

    ZEKEClosing the cabin door!

    INT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT CONTINUOUS

    Eden secures the co-pilot. Zeke comes over to assist withthe survivors.

    EDENThanks, senior chief.

    ZEKEJust want to win my money back, Sayer.

    He smiles at her wryly. She smiles back.

    In the cockpit Cord and Noah exchange a look and a smallvictory smile, then a fist bump.

    EXT. JAYHAWK IN FLIGHT CONTINUOUS

    As the helicopter banks away from us

    CORD (O.S.)Kodiak, Coast Guard 6739, we have allsurvivors from Fed-Ex 259 onboard.Request ambulances on the ground whenwe land. ETA to Kodiak, 20 minutes...

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. MCKENNA HOME NIGHT

    Were looking at Meg through a large picture window. Shestares into the night, deeply troubled. CAMERA SLOWLY

    PULLS IN TO

    ECU MEGS EYES

    deep and blue as the ocean. We hear the now familiar