Queen of Swords

Episode Transcripts


Episode 4: Vengeance

Written by James Thorpe
Director by Brian Grant
Aired: 10-28-00
Transcript revised: 12-18-08


Zzickle's Notes:

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Cast List:

Tessa Alvarado - Tessie Santiago
              our heroine

Marta - Paulina Gálvez
              Tessa's gypsy servant

Dr. Robert Helm - Peter Wingfield
              the town doctor

Col. Luis Montoya - Valentine Pelka
              the bad guy

Queen of Swords - Tessa's alter ego

Ramon Aguilera - Freddy Douglas
              an old friend

Don Aguilera - Julio Morales Merino
              Ramon's father

Don Fuentes - Javier Sandoval Alvarez
              another don

Latham - James Innes-Smith
              an assassin

Ian Latham - Edward Hughes
              one of a thousand regrets


Santa Helena: street

[Harvest Fiesta - Montoya playing guitar with musicians, people dancing, children playing]

Tessa - [dancing with Ramon, sees boy & girl run past] Remind you of anyone?

Ramon - Yes. There was a girl . . . about fifteen years ago. Tessa, I think her name was.

Tessa - A lovely child, I'm sure.

Ramon - Horrible creature. She beat me 'til I was black and blue.

Tessa - Only after you pulled her hair.

Ramon - I don't remember that part.

Tessa - Well, it wasn't your hair, was it?


Don - You take your life in your hands, gentlemen. It would be a shame to end our harvest fiesta with one of your feuds.

Aguilera - If anyone dies today, it won't be because of my hand.

Fuentes - Fifty head of cattle I buy from Don Aguilera. Now almost half are dead from disease.

Aguilera - Those cows were healthy enough when I sold them.

Fuentes - You think you can ruin my hacienda?

Aguilera - Have you checked your water? Or your feed?

Fuentes - So now I am to blame?!

Aguilera - You run a filthy ranch. If your cattle die, it's not my fault. [leaves]

Fuentes - This isn't over yet.


Tessa - [to Dr. Helm] Good day.

Dr. Helm - [walking through crowd] Senorita. [sees Don Aguilera] Don Aguilera, you're not enjoying the harvest fiesta?

Aguilera - No, it must be the heat.

[Latham, on rooftop, loads crossbow]

Boy - Hola, senor. Me puede comprar esto? [trans: Hi, mister. Can you buy me this?] [holds up a watermelon]

Aguilera - No, no.

Boy Mire, por favor. [trans: Look, please.]

Aguilera - No, thanks.

Boy - Mire, senor. [trans: Look, mister.]

Aguilera - Go home.

[Latham aims, fires crossbow. Bolt goes through melon, hits Aguilera in the chest.]

Aguilera - Aaah.

[woman screams]

Tessa - Oh my god.

Ramon - Oh, papa, what have they done to you?

Dr. Helm - My office is too far. We'll take him into the church. [men lift Aguilera] Gently, gently.

Tessa - [to Ramon] What are you looking for? What is it?

Ramon - [sees Fuentes] A dead man.


Santa Helena: church

Ramon - Will he live?

Dr. Helm - I'm doing my best.

Tessa - [runs in carrying bandages] These are all I could find in your office.

Dr. Helm - Great.

Ramon - Dr. Helm, will he be alright?

Dr. Helm - The bolt missed his heart by an inch.

Ramon - You didn't answer my question.

[Dr. Helm sighs]

Ramon - [turns away] So be it.

Tessa - [goes after Ramon] Ramon?


Santa Helena: street

Tessa - Ramon, wait. Just let me talk to you, please.

Ramon - My father is a great man. I can't let Fuentes get away with this.

Tessa - You don't know Fuentes did it.

Ramon - Then I'm the only one who doesn't.

Tessa - Where are you going?

Ramon - This is no business of women. Stay out of it.


Santa Helena: courtyard

[children whacking pinata, Montoya supervising]

Montoya - [grabs stick before it hits him] What accuracy! [unties girl's blindfold] Now, remember to tell your father what a wonderful time you had at your Uncle Luis's.

Girl - Si, senor.

Montoya - Now, who's next?

[children clamoring]

Montoya - [sees Ramon in archway] Pardon me, my darlings.

Ramon - You play games while my father fights for his life.

Montoya - My deepest sympathy for your tragedy, but we must protect the innocents, no?

Ramon - Especially those of the richest dons.

Montoya - You are upset. It is understandable.

Ramon - Why is Fuentes not behind bars?

Montoya - Because I have no proof!

Ramon - Proof?!

Montoya - The arrow came from a rooftop. Capitan Grisham and his men are combing the town now for his assailant. [to children] Oh, you are having such fun!

[Montoya lifts boy down from ledge, boy knocks wine bottle to the ground, splashing Montoya's legs]

Montoya - [under his breath] Miserable child.

Ramon - Colonel, either you deal with Fuentes or I will.

Montoya - You will do nothing. Do not worry. The guilty shall be punished.

Ramon - Even if he is one of the most powerful dons in Santa Helena, with influence in the royal courts?

Montoya - Out of respect for your great father, I will pretend I did not hear that

Ramon - If my father dies, it will not be the last blood spilt in this town.

Montoya - On that we are both agreed.


Santa Helena: hotel room

[girl with tea tray knocks on room door]

Latham - What a big tray for such a small girl. [girl gives him the tray, turns to leave] Senorita . . . come on in. [pulls out coin, hands it to the girl]

Girl - Gracias, senor.


Santa Helena: church

Tessa - Interesting choice of weapon, wouldn't you say, doctor?

Dr. Helm - Crossbow? To say the least.

Tessa - Why a crossbow and not a gun?

Dr. Helm - Someone wanted to kill silently.

Tessa - In broad daylight, in the middle of a crowd?

Dr. Helm - But a gun would have revealed his position.

Trssa - Ramon thinks it's somebody Fuentes sent. One of his rancheros, maybe.

Dr. Helm - Not with this. Whoever did this was a professional.

Tessa - An assassin?

Dr. Helm - Uh, if you'll excuse me, senorita.


Santa Helena: street

Tessa - Marta, you heard what Dr. Helm said.

Marta - An assassin, that's what I heard.

Tessa - Who won't stop until he gets the job done.

Marta - Look, the don is well guarded.

Tessa - Marta . . .Ramon and I have been friends since we were children. I can't just wait for it to happen again.

Marta - Tessa . . .

Tessa - Don't worry!

Marta - Why didn't I think of that?


Montoya's rose garden

Montoya - Pruning. It's all about control, really. Without my firm hand, these roses will grow wild. Completely take over the garden. And if there is one thing I will not tolerate, it is anarchy.

Fuentes - You have my word, colonel. I had nothing to do with the attack.

Montoya - Maybe you did, maybe you didn't. I don't intend to be the voice of your conscience.

Fuentes - It's true that Don Aguilera and I had words. I won't deny that.

Montoya - My point is, Fuentes, that it was all just so vulgar. My town, my fiesta, my assassin. Comprehende?

Fuentes - If I wanted to kill Aguilera, I wouldn't do it in public. I'd slit his throat while he slept.

Montoya - Ha Ha Ha. That's what I like to hear . . . discretion. When a garden grows out of control, there is only one way to stop it. [snips rose off of stem]


Santa Helena: hotel room

Soldier - I have orders to search all rooms.

Latham - Yes, of course. After what happened today, we can't be too careful. [Latham closes door]

Soldier - Ugh. [hits floor with a thump]


Santa Helena: street, night

[Latham knocks out guard at church, Dr. Helm is checking on Don Aguilera, Latham aims crossbow through window, QoS comes up from behind & knocks crossbow away with sword. QoS & Latham fight.]

Latham - You're dead.

QoS - You took the words right out of my mouth.

[more fighting, gunfire]

Soldiers - The Queen! Get Captain Grisham! Call out the guards!

Latham - We'll finish this later.

QoS - [hides behind building, unfolds paper grabbed from Latham's hand] Dr. Helm. . .


Santa Helena: outside church, night

Montoya - What is the meaning of this display?

Ramon - These men are from my hacienda.

Montoya - Send them home!

Ramon - One of your soldiers lies dead in the hotel. Two more lie unconscious.

Montoya - I am more than capable of doing the arithmetic.

Ramon - But not of protecting my father.

Montoya - Do not test me, young man, unless you and your men are prepared to suffer the consequences.

Dr. Helm - [coming out of the church] Ramon . . . I am sorry.

Ramon - Papa. Papa! [runs into the church]

Montoya - An unexpected development, doctor?

Dr. Helm - With so much bleeding, there was nothing I could do.

Montoya - Ah well, one more for the angels, hm?


Dr. Helm's Office: night

QoS - [listening to church bells toll] Don Aguilera.

Dr. Helm - It's been a long day.

QoS - I'm sure you did all you could.

Dr. Helm - Look, your sympathy is wasted on me!

QoS - I'm looking for someone. Thought maybe you could help. [holds out paper] Recognize him?

Dr. Helm - [looks at paper] No, who is he?

QoS - Look closer. Are you sure?

Dr. Helm - Positive.

QoS - What about this? [turns paper over to reveal portion of a map]

Dr. Helm - [flashback to battle, cannon roars, man falls] Where did you get that?

QoS - The assassin wasn't after Don Aguilera, was he? He was trying to kill you.

Dr. Helm - You, get out.

QoS - Now that the don is dead, Ramon will stop at nothing to avenge his father.

Dr. Helm - I am not responsible for what Ramon does

QoS - Aren't you? He still thinks Fuentes is behind it.

Dr. Helm - The man you took that from . . .

QoS - Got away.

Dr. Helm - So he's still alive. Well, let Ramon believe what he believes. It's safer that way.

QoS - You can't be serious.

Dr. Helm - This is my business. You stay the hell out!

QoS - It looks like I'm not the only one who hides behind a mask.


Fuentes's hacienda: night

[Ramon sneaks into bedroom with knife]

Fuentes - [from doorway] Just like your father.

Ramon - Bastard! [runs at Fuentes with knife, rancheros grab him]

Fuentes - I am truly sorry to hear of your loss.

Ramon - Go to hell! [struggles to escape]

Ranchero - Not so fast!

Fuentes - As soon as I learned of your father's death, I took precautions. [pulls back blanket to reveal pillows]

Ramon - Murderer!

Fuentes - I give you my solemn word. I did not kill your father.

Ramon - Why should I believe you?

Fuentes - Because it may be your only hope.

Ramon - Blood for blood!

Fuentes - I did not kill your father. [Ramon spits in Fuentes's face] I have a wife, children. You leave me no choice.

Ramon - You can't.

Fuentes - [to Rancheros] Take him away from the hacienda. [to himself] No one can tie this to me.

Ramon - No!

Fuentes - [crosses himself] May God forgive me.


Santa Helena: hotel room

[Dr. Helm breaks into sealed hotel room where soldier was found dead, Montoya sees light from balcony across street.]

Montoya - Hm, what have we here?

[Dr. Helm searches drawers for clues, finds crossbow bolt under bed, papers in chest]

Montoya - [enters with guards] Well, well, Dr. Helm. Looking for anything in particular?

Dr. Helm - As a matter of fact, I thought I might lend you a hand.

Montoya - Oh, indeed? I'm all ears.

Dr. Helm - As a scientist, I'm a trained observer and I thought I might spot something that your soldiers had overlooked.

Montoya - And, uh, any luck?

Dr. Helm - I'm afraid not.

Montoya - Really, doctor, such dedication to your work, and to my investigation, is truly admirable. Almost unbelievable.

Dr. Helm - And the killer, colonel, any progress?

Montoya - Sadly, he too remains a mystery. But never fear. No one can hide from Montoya forever.


Cliffside: morning

Ranchero - You were walking and you slipped.

Ramon - No, please! I'll pay you money! Please!

Ranchero - You should have kept your mouth shut. Any prayers, say them now.

QoS - [riding up] Hiyeah! Hiyeah!

Rancheros - The Queen!

[QoS fights both rancheros, knocks one down, throws other over the cliff]

QoS - [to Ramon] We need to hurry. Fuentes will start looking for his men.

Ramon - You saved my life!

QoS - Come on!

[QoS drops Ramon off in the middle of nowhere]

Ramon - What the hell are you doing?

QoS - This is close enough. You can walk home from here. I want you to listen to what I'm saying. Don Fuentes was telling you the truth. He didn't kill your father.

Ramon - But he was the only one within a hundred miles who had any motive. If it wasn't Fuentes, who was it?

QoS - It was a mistake. An accident. The assassin wasn't aiming at Don Aguilera. Your father just got in the way.

Ramon - What the hell are you talking about?

QoS - It's the truth, I swear it.

Ramon - Not the whole truth.

QoS - It's all you need to know.

Ramon - My father is dead. I want answers!

QoS - I'm sorry.

Ramon - *You're* sorry?!

QoS - Stay away from Don Fuentes. Today I killed a man to save your life. I won't do it again.


Dr. Helm's Office

Tessa - . . . and the Queen of Swords rode off into the hills. I can't believe you haven't heard. I mean, the news is all over town.

Dr. Helm - I've been very busy. Now, your pulse is fine. When did these headaches start?

Tessa - This morning, I think. I wonder what Ramon is thinking right now . . . to come so close to death. I think it's thrilling.

Dr. Helm - That's one way of looking at it. I can find no sign of fever at all, what about these chills?

Tessa - Such agony.

Dr. Helm - Are you in pain now?

Tessa - No, not me. Ramon. I mean, imagine the torment he must be going through.

Dr. Helm - It sounds very foolish to me.

Tessa - I think it's romantic. So young and passionate. Ready to give up his life to avenge his father's death. I'm sure he won't give up until he dies trying.

Dr. Helm - I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to excuse me, senorita.

Tessa - But my symptoms . . . is it serious?

Dr. Helm - Nothing a little sugar water won't cure. [hands her a vial] Now, if you will, I have lots of appointments.

Tessa - Of course. Thank you. [leaves]


Santa Helena: church

Ramon - I've gotten your message. I'm here.

Dr. Helm - Thank you for coming.

Ramon - It's my father's funeral tomorrow. There's a lot to do at the ranch.

Dr. Helm - I promise you, this is important.

Ramon - I'm waiting.

Dr. Helm - Just one more person.

[door opens, Fuentes enters]

Ramon - You! [runs at Fuentes, Dr. Helm pulls Ramon off] I'm still alive, you bastard!

Dr. Helm - And I intend to keep it that way.

Fuentes - You have one minute to explain yourself, doctor.

Dr. Helm - It was me.

Fuentes - You're not making sense.

Dr. Helm - I was the target, not Aguilera.

Ramon - You're crazy.

Dr. Helm - It's the truth. The bolt that hit your father was meant for me.

Ramon - Why --

Dr. Helm - I'm so sorry, Ramon. Your father was killed in the crossfire. If I could change places with him now --

Ramon - Why would anyone want to kill you?

Dr. Helm - Many reasons! But they will go to the grave with me.

Ramon - Why should I believe you?

Dr. Helm - Look at me! Look into my eyes. That's not life you see. That is Death. And Death leaves a trail.


In Canyon

Dr. Helm - [riding horse] Whoa, Whoa. [dismounts, drinks from canteen, hears horse whinny in distance, leaves horse, climbs onto rocks above trail]

[QoS rides past Dr. Helm's hiding place, Dr. Helm jumps at her]

Dr. Helm - Hiyeah! [knocks QoS from horse, ends up on bottom]

QoS - With those kinds of moves, no wonder you're still single.

Dr. Helm - Either slit my throat and get it over with, or take your knee off my --

QoS - All right, all right. [helps Dr. Helm to his feet] What the hell are you doing leaping off rocks?

Dr. Helm - What the hell are you doing following me?

QoS - Tell me why you're leaving town.

Dr. Helm - Tell me who's under the mask.

QoS - I asked first. [Dr. Helm turns away] I'm talking to you.

Dr. Helm - [sighs] This is all your fault.

QoS - Are you looking for something?

Dr. Helm - My horse.

QoS - Your horse?

Dr. Helm - Yes, horse. Equus. Four legs, big head, long tail?

QoS - There's a ranch a few miles west. You can always get a new one there. If, of course, you're still planning on running away.

Dr. Helm - I am NOT running away. [pause] I am walking.


Montoya's Office

Latham - We're wasting time, colonel. Yes or no?

Montoya - You must forgive my manners. I've already forgotten your name.

Latham - I didn't give it. You're obviously not interested in my proposal, so why waste both our time? [gets up to leave]

Montoya - Don't be absurd. Sit, my anonymous friend, sit. After all, as the great bard himself once said, "What's in a name?"

Latham - Do we have a deal?

Montoya - You deliver to me the Queen of Swords --

Latham - And you give me Doctor Helm.

Montoya - [shakes hands] Seems like a fair trade to me.


Above Canyon

QoS - This is beautiful country. I wish we knew where we were.

Dr. Helm - You haven't been here before?!

QoS - It's all new to me. Are you sure this is the only way?

Dr. Helm - Well, if you remember, I suggested the canyon pass.

QoS - I mean leaving town.

Dr. Helm - The only way to stop him is to kill him.

QoS - And you refuse to take a life, even to save your own?

Dr. Helm - I swore an oath. I'm a doctor now.

QoS - That man in the sketch . . . the one with the beard . . . who is he?

Dr. Helm - That man is dead.

QoS - Look. [sees horsemen on opposite ridge of canyon]


Other side of Canyon

Latham - [Looking through spy glasss] Over there. They've seen us.

Montoya - [takes spy glass and looks] Ah yes. How touching. The honor to you, my mysterious friend. Lead us forward into victory.

Latham - First blood is mine! [rides forward]

Montoya - [to soldier] As soon as I have the Queen of Swords, kill that son of a bitch.

Soldier - Yes, colonel.


Above Canyon

QoS - If we've seen Montoya, then he's spotted us.

Dr. Helm - And Latham is with him.

QoS - You think Montoya has sold you out to the assassin?

Dr. Helm - So he could get to you.

QoS - What are you doing?

Dr. Helm - We'll never make it together.

QoS - I'm not leaving you here.

Dr. Helm - Hiyeah! [slaps horse on rump, horse rears]

QoS - Whoa. Easy now!

[Dr. Helm is knocked over the side of the cliff, slides to bottom]

Dr. Helm - Oooh.

QoS - Doctor, are you alright?

Dr. Helm - Go!

QoS - [sees Montoya's men approaching] Damn you. [rides off]

Montoya - After her!

[Montoya and soldiers give chase, Latham remains]

Montoya - Whoa! Tracks are heading west. Leading us away from the doctor. The woman has a good heart. I'll keep it in a jar on my desk. [ride forward again]


In Canyon

Latham - Quickly or slowly? [Dr. Helm turns] How do you want to die?

Dr. Helm - Who are you?

Latham - Vengeance.

Dr. Helm - I don't understand.

Latham - Ian Latham was my brother.

Dr. Helm - Ian . . . ?

Latham - That's it. Now you remember. The man you murdered.

Dr. Helm - That wasn't murder, that was war!


Above Canyon

Montoya - The tracks are still heading west, but now they are not so deep. [looks at canyon] Ah, a little voice whispers in my head. Ride on. I am turning back. Ten reales to the man who kills the Queen of Swords.


In Canyon

Latham - Doctor, huh, killer's more like it.

Dr. Helm - Not any more.

Latham - You think Death is something you can wear one day and not the next? [grabs Dr. Helm by the front of his shirt] Tell me you don't dream of it still. All that blood, and the death. Tell me!

Dr. Helm - [flashback to battle, cannons, men crying out, falling] I can't.


Northern Spain

[Ian folds sheet of paper, Dr. Helm approaches]

Ian - [raises bayonet] Bloody hell, farmer, I almost shot you.

Dr. Helm - [in thick Spanish accent] It's lucky for me you didn't. It is . . . Corporal Ian Latham?

Ian - Do I know you?

Dr. Helm - No, [loses accent, pulls out gun] but I know you.

Ian - And what's this all about, then?

Dr. Helm - The British troop placements you're about to deliver to the French.

Ian - Sorry, mate. You've got the wrong -- [attempts to aim and shoot at Dr. Helm]

Dr. Helm - [shoots Ian] Where are they? Come on, corporal, you're dying!

Ian - Who are you?

Dr. Helm - Lieutenant Robert Helm, of His Majesty's service. [finds map] This is what I was looking for.

Latham - Hey! Hey, you! [shoots at Dr. Helm] Ian! Oh my god. Ian. Ian, it's me. It's your brother.

Ian - Helm . . . [dies]


In Canyon

Latham - My brother was no spy.

Dr. Helm - He was seen talking with the French. He had the documents on him.

Latham - Ian was innocent.

Dr. Helm - I had no choice. I had my orders!

Latham - You know the funny thing about vengeance? It gets sweeter with age. Goodbye, doctor.

QoS - [uses whip to knock crossbow out of Latham's hand] Care to try for two out of three?

Latham - You again. [pulls sword]

Dr. Helm - Not her! It's me you want. Come here, you bastard.

QoS - Doctor! [throws Dr. Helm her sword, Dr. Helm and Latham fight]

Montoya - [rides up while Dr. Helm is fighting] So, you have given the doctor your sword. How brave. And how incredibly stupid.

QoS - So why don't you just kill me?

[Montoya draws sword, QoS snaps whip, uses whip to cut off Montoya's badge]

QoS - Oops.

Montoya - Now I'm really angry.

QoS - Take your best shot. [begin fighting]


Latham - Still have a taste for blood, doctor?

Dr. Helm - Let it go.

[continue fighting]


Montoya - Die, damn you.

[more fighting, QoS knocks Montoya down]


Latham - Die, you bastard!

[Dr. Helm knocks Latham down, points sword at his throat]

Latham - What are you waiting for? You're a killer.

[QoS watches Dr. Helm, Montoya sees fallen crossbow, Dr. Helm knocks Latham unconscious]

[Montoya picks up crossbow, Dr. Helm rests sword against Montoya's neck]

Dr. Helm - Drop the crossbow, colonel.

Montoya - Dr. Helm, have you completely lost your mind?

Dr. Helm - You bargained for my life!

Montoya - Really, I'm sure there has been some misunderstanding.

Dr. Helm - No, colonel, you and I understand each other perfectly. Drop the crossbow.

Montoya - I am sure that we can work something out. If you would just be so kind as to run your sword through the young lady behind me.

Dr. Helm - [lowers his sword] Which young lady is that, colonel?

Montoya - [turns around] Damn her! Damn her! To be so close . . .to smell the scent of her blood.

Latham - [jumps at Dr. Helm] Aaah. [Montoya grabs the crossbow, shoots Latham in the stomach] Aagh.

Dr. Helm - Whoo, you're a complicated man, colonel.

Montoya - Not really. Killers and assassins, they are . . . how you say? . . . a dime a dozen. But where would I find another doctor?

Dr. Helm - Or another horse.

QoS - [riding off with Montoya's and Latham's horses in tow] Adios, colonel!

Montoya - That's my horse! You see? A life for a life. The gods . . . they mock Montoya.

Dr. Helm - It's a long walk back to town, colonel.

Montoya - Yes, so it is. You know, doctor, sometimes I think I am too virtuous for my own good.

Dr. Helm - Don't push it, colonel.


Dr. Helm's Office

QoS - You're either a messy housekeeper, or --

Dr. Helm - I've decided to stay.

QoS - Till someone else comes gunning for you?

Dr. Helm - Something like that.

QoS - I don't suppose there's much point in asking what it was all about?

Dr. Helm - That's back in the past now, where it belongs. I'm glad you came, though.

QoS - You are?

Dr. Helm - I wasn't sure when I'd see you again.

QoS - Am I missing something?

Dr. Helm - Maybe.

QoS - Should I be flattered?

Dr. Helm - Well, that's up to you. [picks up sword] I'm just returning your sword.

QoS - Ah. Thank you, Doctor. [leaves]

Dr. Helm - Oh, by the way . . . [turns to empty room] It's nice to be back.


End of "Vengeance"

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