Episode 2: The End of Innocence
Scenes from the DVD set's "Final Shooting Script"
that do not appear in the episode.
INT. JOE'S - DAY (CLIP FROM "SOMETHING WICKED" SC#41317)
[Dawson is working the bar, facing MacLeod. Richie is there too. MacLeod is silent a BEAT. He looks at Dawson.]
MACLEOD - What do you know about Dark Quickenings?
[Dawson gives him a look.]
DAWSON - Come on, MacLeod. You're reaching.
RICHIE - Reaching what? [off their silence] Somebody mind filling me in?
[There's an uncomfortable beat.]
EXT. ALLEYWAY - NIGHT (CLIP - SC#41329)
[MacLeod and Coltec face off. Instead of their dialogue, we continue to hear V.0. the dialogue from Joe's.]
MACLEOD - (V.O.) When we take heads, we take the Immortal's power. You take in too much evil, you overload. [beat] You become evil yourself.
[Coltec circles, looking for an opening. MacLeod slips past Coltec's guard -- and takes his head.]
[REFRAME - As the Dark Quickening hits MacLeod.]
INT. DOJO - CONTINUOUS (CLIP - SC#41335)
[MacLeod's eyes gleam with a dangerous light -- he's smiling. He pulls his sword. Richie backs off.]
RICHIE - Come on, Mac... What are you doing?
[MacLeod flicks his sword casually. Richie dodges back, winces -- looks down at his chest.]
[CLOSE - RICHIE'S CHEST - there's a line of BLOOD across a slash in his shirt. Richie pulls his bloodied hand away in disbelief.]
MACLEOD - You're a smart boy. What do you think I'm doing?
[MacLeod moves purposefully forward. Richie scrambles back, yanking his own sword free. He tries to fend MacLeod off, fighting with every ounce of skill he has.]
RICHIE - Whatever happened, we can fix it. Don't do this... [beat] I'm your friend, dammit!
MACLEOD - Sorry, wrong number.
[He lunges, wounds Richie in the shoulder. Richie drops his sword and goes to his knees. He tries to reach his sword with his other hand -- MacLeod kicks it away. Richie is defenseless. He locks eyes with MacLeod. Anger, pain, betrayal.]
RICHIE - If you're gonna kill me, I want to know why! The teacher kills the pupil? There can only be one? Why!
[A BEAT of hesitation on MacLeod's part, an inner battle, something in there trying to stop him -- then it passes.]
MACLEOD - That's as good a reason as any.
[He raises his sword to take Richie's head. Richie winces, waits for the killing blow. MacLeod in the backswing, putting all his force into the blow -- there's a GUNSHOT -- and MacLeod staggers back, mortally wounded. He looks up -- DAWSON stands there, the smoking gun in his hand. MacLeod snarls, tries to take a step towards Dawson, raise his sword but death strikes first. He crashes to the floor.]
In the original shooting script, the nightmare from the teaser takes place here.
BACK to transcript.
RICHIE - I remember. [beat] I remember you pulling a sword and trying to take my head.
MACLEOD - I couldn't stop. I tried. Inside, I was someone else. It wasn't me, Richie. [beat; earnest] But I'm here now.
RICHIE - [on edge] I don't need a haircut.
WELLAN - How about a sense of humor?
CLAY - For you, I'm the Angel of Death.
CLAY - I know.
WELLAN - We found him.
CLAY - Perhaps, my impatient friend.
ASHE - We're safe. It's going to be all right.
[But it's not. There in front of them, are Clay and Wellan. Ashe stops suddenly.]
CLAY - Graham Ashe?
ASHE - Who?
[MacLeod is stunned by this response. Ashe sees it.]
ASHE - [wearily] I am Graham Ashe.
CLAY - [to Ashe] I've been looking for you. There can be only one. [beat] We were destined to meet one day.
RICHIE - Tequila. A double. [Dawson serves it up and Richie downs it.] I'll have another. [Dawson refills his glass.]
[Richie lets go.]
DELILA - Thank you.
These lines are not in the original shooting script.
BACK to transcript.
[Gone is the reasonable, placating tone; gone is trying to convince Richie. This is MacLeod on the warpath.]
MACLEOD - If he could be broken like that, what did that mean for me? You know what that feels like?
RICHIE - Like you can't trust anything anymore. Like your best friend trying to kill you. [beat] Get out of my way, Mac.
MACLEOD - [over him] You think this is about protecting you?
CLAY - Scared? [beat] Don't worry, boy. I came for Ashe.
[MacLeod stares at him, still stunned by what he's seen, unable to react -- and, in truth, scared to death.]
CLAY - (cont'd) But I have something for you.
[With utter contempt, Clay takes a huge swing with the sword he's holding. With no sword drawn to defend himself, MacLeod calls out:]
MACLEOD - Holy Ground!
[THE SWORD comes smashing down into the huge wooden beam Clay is aiming for.]
CLAY - Ashe's sword. [a beat] A remembrance.
[A frozen MacLeod can only stand and stare at the blade above him.] <--end of teaser
[Clay turns his back in disdain and swings onto his horse brought by Wellan, leaving MacLeod frozen.]
WELLAN - You were magnificent.
CLAY - Thank you.
WELLAN - What about the other one? You're just going to leave him?
MACLEOD - [quoting Ashe] The best day is always the day you're in.
MACLEOD - We've both lost someone.
[CLOSE ON CLAY as he looks up.]
CLAY - But there can be only one.
DAWSON - [a bright smile] Coming right up.
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