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LIGHTNING ROD
Episode 301

Written by: Tom J. Astle


This is a script from Season three episode number one YET UNAIRED. Please DO NOT copy this
and use it on your site.  It is strictly prohibited.

ACT TWO

 

FADE IN:

 

INT. KITCHEN  - DAY – SECONDS LATER.

 

Fi enters from upstairs.  Carey is looking in the fridge.

 

                                                FI

                   Carey! Have you seen Clu?

 

                                                Carey

No, but Mom and Dad are coming to pick us up, so if you see him—

 

A FLASH OF LIGHT—then Carey is GONE. Fi reacts, then dashes outside.

 

EXT. PORCH – CONTINUOUS

 

As Fi runs out, she sees Molly and Lisa walking to the car.  Before Fi can say anything, there’s another FLASH OF LIGHT.

 

                                                FI

                   Mom, Mrs. Thelen! No!

 

EXT. HOUSE – NEARBY

 

Ned and Irene are walking toward the house. Ned stops and frowns at the flowerbed.

 

                                                NED

So many weeds.  Molly should pay more attention to her garden.  There’s nothing like the feeling of helping things grow, connecting to nature—

 

                             IRENE

Honey, don’t look now, but you’re about to connect with a bee.

 

                             NED

Get it off, get it off!

 

Another FLASH OF LIGHT: Ned and Irene VANISH just as Fi runs around the corner. She reacts, panicked. Then—

 

                                                JACK   (O.S)

                   Hey, Fi.

 

                                                FI

                   Jack, oh, thank goodness—

 

Fi turns around—but Jack’s not there.

         

                                                FI

                   Jack?

         

                                                JACK

                   Yeah, listen—

 

Fi looks down.  There’s a black-haired medium-sized DOG sitting in front of her.  It TALKS.  It’s jack.

                                                JACK/DOG

--Could you tell Annie I don’t feel like riding bikes?  I think I’d rather run around in circles or chase a stick or something.      

 

                             FI

(kinda freaked  out)

Uh  . . . Jack  . . . how are you feeling?

 

                             JACK/DOG

Great. Why? Woah! Look at that squirrel! You’re mine, fuzz-butt!

 

Jack/Dog races off, leaving a thoroughly confused Fi. She starts back toward the house—

                                                        

                             MOLLY (O.S.)

                             Fiona?

                                                          Fi

                             MOM--?

 

          Fi turns . . . and sees two female mallard DUCKS walking away.

 

                                                          MOLLY/DUCK

We’re going into town to do some shopping, have lunch, maybe hang out by that pond in the park

 

                             LISA/DUCK

 

Tell Annie I’ll be back around three.

 

The Ducks fly away.  Fi watches helplessly, then turns toward the house.  She finds herself facing a big flowerpot with two blooming plants in it: a large daisy (Irene), and a sunflower (Ned).  The flowers nod as they “talk.”

 

                                                NED/SUNFLOWER

                   Hello, Fiona.

 

                                                IRENE/DAISY

                   Beautiful sunshiny day, huh?

 

                                                FI

                   Yeah.  Beautiful.  Gotta go—

 

INT. KITCHEN – CONTINUOUS

 

Fi runs in, then stops.  There’s a RABBIT in the front of the open vegetable bin in the fridge.

 

                                                CAREY/RABBIT

                   Hey, Fi, are there any more carrots?

 

                                                FI

                   Oh, man—

 

A very freaked-out Fi dashes upstairs

 

                                                CAREY/RABBIT

                   What’s her problem? Carrots, carrots, carrots  . . .

 

INT. FI’S BEDROOM – MOMENTS LATER

 

Fi enters and rushes to her laptop and opens it.

 

                             FI

Please still be in there, please please please  . . .

         

But then the screen is blank. Fi realizes:

 

                                                          Fi

                             Undo! Edit  . . . undo last command  . . .          

                                                         

Fi clicks on “undo.” A LIGHT appears on the screen:

 

                                                          FI

Thank you! Listen, everyone’s gone.  Not gone.  Changed.  They don’t seem to know it, but boy, have they changed.  And I know it was my fault, but you have to help me fix this!

 

                             WISP

Do I? Must I? Will you read the proper incantation this time?

                  

                             FI

Yes, anything.  Please just help me—

 

                             WISP

Stop sniveling and get out the book.

 

                             FI

The book.

 

                             WISP

Yes, the book, the magic book to bring everyone back you must read the next spell in the book . . . after the one you read before.

 

                             FI

I don’t have the book. Clu was holding it when he disappeared.

 

                             WISP

Oops, too bad, then, ‘twas your only hope.  Well, so long, I’m going back on the web.  It’s great fun I think I’ll try spamming the pentagon.

 

          The Wisp-light DISAPPEARS.

         

                                                          FI

                             No, come back here!

 

          Fi repeatedly taps the “undo” command, to no avail.  Then—

 

         

 

                                                ANNIE (O.S.)

                   Fi?

 

Fi looks up  . . . and sees a CAT on her open window sill.

 

                                                FI

                   Annie. Oh, no  . . .

 

                                                ANNIE (O.S.)

                   Hey, cute cat.

Fi turns and sees Annie, still human, in the doorway.

 

                                                Fi

                   Annie!  You’re okay – you’re you!

 

                                                ANNIE

                   You keep saying that.

 

Annie drops the bike helmet on the desk.  The cat—apparently just a cat—scampers away onto the roof.

 

                                                ANNIE

So where’s everybody?  When I got to the driveway, Jack was gone.  I can’t find my mom, either.

 

                                                FI

                   Oh, your mom and mine—took off.

 

                                                ANNIE

Okay.  Because after I talked to Clu, I was feeling like there was some practical joke I wasn’t in on, you know? By the way, there’s a rabbit in your refridge.

 

                             FI

Wait—you saw Clu?

 

                             ANNIE

No. I heard him call my name, but when I looked, there was no one there.

 

          EXT. HOUSE – BACK YARD – DAY – MOMENTS LATER

 

          Annie and Fi are standing in the yard.

 

                                                          ANNIE

                             He sounded like he was there, by that tree in the back yard.

 

          Annie points, Fi turns.  There’s a big tree in the backyard.

                                                         

                                                          FI

                             There is no three in the back—

 

          Annie points, Fi turns.  There’s a big tree in the backyard.

 

--yard.  Right.  Listen, you look for him in the garage, I’ll check back here.

 

                             ANNIE

Okay

         

Annie runs off. Once she’s gone, Fi hurries to the tree.  She stands next to it a moment, a bit nervous, then—

                                                FI

                   Clu?

                   (beat)

                   Clu? Hello?

 

Fi knocks on the trunk.  Nothing.  Then, she tugs on the branch—a short chunk of the branch BREAKS OFF.

                                                CLU/TREE

                   Ow! Don’t pull my hair, I was asleep!

 

                                                FI

                   Sorry. Wow.  You know, you get taller every time I see you.

 

                                                CLU/Tree

                   Mom says I’m growing like a weed.  Wow, doesn’t the sun feel good?  I could stand here forever.  Well, I’m going back to my nap  . .

 

ANGLE – NEAR THE GARAGE

 

Annie comes out.  She sees Fi across the yard  . . talking to no one, or so it appears.  Annie heads over.

BACK WITH FI AND CLU/TREE       

                                                FI

Clu, wait.  I need something. Remember the book you had up in my room? Do you know where it is?

 

                             CLU/TREE

Yeah, it’s right here.

 

                             Fi

It is? Can I have it?

 

                             CLU/TREE

Sure.  Here you go—

 

Suddenly, LEAVES begin to fall out of the tree, as if it were Autumn.  They fall all around Fi, and she’s upset.

 

                                                CLU/TREE

                   So tired  . . good night, Fi  . . .    

 

                                                FI

                   No, don’t go! This doesn’t help me!

 

Fi stands there, frustrated, surrounded by fallen leaves.  Annie walks up just as Fi starts to walk off.  Fi hands her the stick and heads past her, feeling defeated:

 

                                                FI

                   Here, have a souvenir.

 

Annie looks at the stick  . . . then notices the leaves:

 

                                                ANNIE

                   Wow.  Fall comes fast in Colorado.

                   Hey—is that writing on the leaves?

 

                                                FI

                   The book! Annie, you’re amazing!

                   Help me gather them all.

 

Fi starts gathering leaves.  Annie puts the stick in her back pocket, then begins to help.

 

INT. FI’S BEDROOM – DAY – LATER

 

Every inch of the bedroom floor has been covered with leaves, placed together, interlocking like an M.C. Escher drawing.  Fi and Annie are on the bed, peering down at the printed leaves, which now appear as spread-out book pages.

                                                FI

                   (indicating sentence)

                   This is the one.

                            

                                                ANNIE

                   The one what?

 

                                                Fi

                   Here goes  . . .

                   (reading)      

“Trapped inside the mirror’s crack, mend the glass, and put them back.”

 

A beat . . .then a BREEZE starts stirring the leaves.  The wind gets stronger, blowing leaves everywhere, like a cyclone wind gets stronger, in the room . Fi and Annie shield their eyes from the dust—

                                                          ANNIE

                             Fi! What’s happening?

                                     

                                                          Fi

                             I don’t know!

         

EXT. HOUSE – BACK YARD – DAY – SAME TIME

 

With a FLASH OF LIGHT, JACK APPEARS. He’s more than a bit puzzled to have tennis ball in his mouth.  As he removed it:

 

(Production Note: The wind has now stopped)

 

EXT. YARD – NEARBY- SAME TIME

 

Clu stands on the lawn.  He’s no worse for wear.  . although he does seem perplexed by the bird’s nest on his head.

 

INT. KITCHEN – SAME TIME

 

CAREY is in front of the fridge, on all fours, with his face in the vegetable crisper.  He has a carrot in his mouth.  He stands, confused.  .  then shrugs and keeps eating.

 

EXT. PORCH – SAME TIME

 

NED AND IRENE are standing there – they’re muddy up to their knees.  Ned is looking all around.  Irene teases him:

 

                                                IRENE

Don’t worry, you big chicken, the mean old bee flew away.

 

                             NED

No he didn’t.  He’s on your head.

 

                             IRENE

Get it off, get it off!

 

          EXT. CITY PARK – LILY POND – DAY – SAME TIME.

 

          Lisa finds herself standing in a pond, soaking wet.

 

                                                LISA

I remember wanting to go swimming  . . . I just don’t remember why.

         

Molly, on all fours, stands up, dripping with water.  The keys are in her mouth; she drops them into her hand:

 

                                                MOLLY

                   Found the car keys.

 

Molly shakes her torso duck-like and water sprays to either side.

 

INT FI’S BEDROOM – DAY – SAME TIME

 

Fi and Annie open their eyes.  The leaves are all gone.  The magic book rests on the floor.

 

                                                ANNIE

                   Okay, so the wind, it must have—

                  

                                                FI

                   Blown the leaves out of the open window?

 

                                                ANNIE

I’m going with that.  Um, I think I’ll go downstairs and call my mom—

 

                             FI

Hey, Annie.  Thanks.

 

                             ANNIE

Sure.  Anytime you need help raking leaves printed with ancient Irish – magic spells, give me a call.  (grins)

See ya.

 

Annie exits.  Fi picks up the magic book. As soon as she does, the GLOW returns to her computer.

 

                                                WISP

                   Now you weren’t going to put the book away just yet, were you?

 

                                                FI

I’ll keep our bargain.  Just please tell me, exactly what does this do?

 

                             WISP

With this spell, you agree to block your ability to enter my world.  It is the only way to keep your loved ones safe from attacks like today’s— or worse.  In your language:  You’re taking yourself off-line.

 

                            

                             FI

Are you sure this is the only way?

 

                             WISP

Let me ask one question: What would your father want?

 

          Fi looks at her dad’s photo, then opens the book:

         

                                                FI

                   He’d want to protect this family.

                   (reading)

“Though I have eyes, I close them tight; sniff the candle, douse the light; willingly, I lock the door, break the key, to see not more.”

 

                             WISP

Look at your ring.

 

ECU FI’S THUMB-RING: We see the complex engraving on the ring.  But then, the ring emits a brief GLOW –after which, all the engraving on the ring has DISAPPEARED.

 

                                                FI

                   The engraving . . .it’s all gone.

 

                                                WISP

It is done. Goodbye, Little Duck, I’m off to make new friends.  I’m free of you, at long last!

 

                             Fi

You aren’t free of me – I have power over you.  I know your one true name.

 

                             WISP

Do you? Then say it. Send me away.

 

          Fi thinks, struggling to remember.  But she can’t.

 

                                                          FI

I can’t remember. You—you lied! This whole thing was just a trick to get me to give up control over you!

 

                             WISP

Not the whole thing. The danger to your family was real.  Now, thanks to you, evil spirits will never vex you or your family again.

 

                             Fi

But now you can vex someone else!

 

                             Wisp

Why do you care about some stranger?  Particularly since there’s nothing you can do to stop me.

         

          Fi stares at the computer, frustrated  . . . but then, she smiles.         

                                      FI

                             We’ll see.

          Fi unplugs the phone line from the modem.

                                                          WISP

                             What was that? I felt something.

                                                          FI

                             That was me taking you off-line.

                                                          WISP

                             You’re powerless to hurt me.

                                                          FI

                             Hurt you?  I don’t want to hurt you  . . .

          Fi executes a few quick mouse clicks.

                                                          FI

                              . . . I want to save you.

          Fi clicks again.  The wisps voice begins to fad away:

                                                          WISP

                             What’s happening? Where am I going?

                             I feel. . No!    Fiooooooooonna --!

INSERT COMPUTER SCREEN: THE MESSAGE READS:  “SAVING FILE TO DRIVE A:”  then, “FILE TRANSFER COMPLETE.”

                                                FI

                   Final score: technology, one  . . evil spirits, the big zip.

Fi pops a diskette out of the drive and smiles.

INT. KITCHEN – NIGHT

Molly is preparing dinner when Fi enters.

                                                FI

                   Hey.

                                                MOLLY

                   Hey. Want to cut the broccoli for me?

                                                Fi

                   No.

Molly, with a wry smile, plops the broccoli down on the counter in front of Fi, who sets to work  . . .

                                                FI

                   I need to talk to you.

Molly works across from Fi.

                                                MOLLY

                   Okay  . . . what’s up?

                                                FI

Mom.  I know that mostly, things were great on the road.  But I also know that sometimes it was hard for you.  That I scared you sometimes.

                             MOLLY

Fiona—

                             FI

No, I know it.  I also know why you’re not going out on tour again; you’re worried about me.  And that’s not fair—this album is your dream.

                             MOLLY

Baby, I appreciate that  . . but I’ve made a decision, and I’m happy.

                             FI

I called Aunt Melinda in Seattle.  She’s got a spare bedroom, and the school year hasn’t started yet, so transferring is no problem—

                             MOLLY

What are you talking about?

                             Fi

Then Annie can go with you on tour and have my room on the bus—

                             Molly

No! Stop this.  It’s not your place to worry about my job!

                             FI

Mom, please.  I’m sorry I went behind your back, but I knew you’d say no!  Last year was fun  . . . but I want to stay in one place for a while.  Just for the school year.  And I’ll be okay.  I mean, you can worry about normal teenager stuff, but the “other” stuff, you know, that’s gone.

                             MOLLY

I don’t understand.  Fi, you can’t just spring this kind of thing on me.

                             FI

Mom, that’s fine, we can talk about this. But it’s what I want. And it’s what I need. And  . . . I’ll be all right.

          Fi takes Molly’s hand.

                                                          FI

Once, a long time ago, when it felt like everyone else was laughing at me, I asked you if you believed me.

                                                          MOLLY

                             I remember.

                                                          FI

And you didn’t say yes  . . . but you didn’t say no, either.  So I’m asking again.  When I say that everything will be okay  . . . do you believe me?

          Fi squeezes her Mom’s hand.  Molly glances down:

CU MOLLY AND FI’S HANDS: Mother and daughter’s fingers intertwine, and we see their thumb rings, Molly’s, still inscribed . . . Fi’s, smooth.

          WIDEN

Molly looks up again.  She searches Fi’s face.  Fi returns her gaze, waiting.  And finally  . . . Molly smiles

                                                MOLLY

                   Yes, I believe you.

Pull back, leaving mother and daughter alone.

 

INT. FI’S BEDROOM – A FEW NIGHTS LATER

 

Fi is putting a label on the “wisp disk” as Annie enters.  It’s raining and rumbling with thunder outside.

                                                ANNIE

                   Hey, what’s going on?

Fi tosses the diskette into her des drawer.

                                                FI

                   Cleaning bad files off the hard drive

                                                ANNIE

                   (smiles)

My mom’s downstairs telling your mom more stuff about me than I even know.

                             FI

You think that’s bad, my mom and I talked one whole night about me leaving. (beat)

Then she talked the whole next night to my Aunt Melinda.

(beat)

And then today she got me on the speaker phone with Aunt Melinda for two hours.

(smiles)

I think this decision was kind of stressful to her at first.

          They share a laugh.

                                                          ANNIE

Hey, can I ask you a question?  The other day with the leaves  . . . would you call that a typical day around here?

                             FI

Let’s just say I do have a habit of finding  .  . .weird stuff.

                             ANNIE

That’s interesting.  Because sometimes weird stuff sorta  . .  finds me, you know?  Mostly in my dreams.

But also things like  . . (takes stick from pocket)

Like this stick.  Things kind of  . . . talk to me.  Like they have a story to tell.

          Annie looks hesitantly at Fi, as if expecting a hearty laugh.

                                                          Fi

                             (smiles knowingly)

                             I understand exactly.

                                                          ANNIE

                             (relieved)

                             I figured you would.

There’s a LIGHTNING FLASH, followed by THUNDER. Annie notices Fi unconsciously playing with her thumb ring.

                                                ANNIE

                   Cool ring.  Where’d you get it?

Fi, thinks a moment, then suddenly hands her ring to Annie.

                                                FI

My dad used to wear it, and my great grandma before that.  It used to be nicer.  It had pretty engraving on it.  But it  .  .  wore off.

                             ANNIE

You’re lucky.  I don’t have heirlooms like this.  With moving so much  . . . we traveled light.  Plus, stuff gets lost , you know.

                             Fi

I probably left something behind in every city we stopped in last year.  Of course, it did mean I got to do some extra shopping.

                             ANNIE

I really wish you were coming on the road with us, Fi.

                             FI

Two teenage girls fitting all their stuff on one little bus? I’ve seen some strange things, but that’s just too weird to—

          FI’S POV: HER RING on Annie’s thumb, GLOWING with it’s own luminescence. 

                                                          FI

                             The ring . .!

Annie looks at the ring just as it stops glowing.

                                                          ANNIE

                             Hey, the engraving isn’t all worn off.  See?

          On another LIGHTNING FLASH:

          ECU RING:  THE ENGRAVED SYMBOLS HAVE REAPPEARED.

          Fi stares at the ring for a moment, then smiles at Annie:

                                                          FI

                             Why don’t you wear it for a while?

                             You know, for good luck on the road.

                                                          Annie

                             Really? Are you sure?

                                                          Fi

                             I’m positive

          Annie admires the ring, then smiles at Fi.                       

                                                          ANNIE

Thanks. And don’t worry.  I promise I’ll take good care of it for you.

                                                          Fi

                             I know you will.  .  .

Fi steps back, leaving Annie alone at the window.  Annie turns to look out at the summer storm, and as she does, another flash of LIGHTNING brightens her face.

FADE OUT

 

                                                END ACT TWO