A comedy about a psychiatrist whose number one-patient is an insecure mob boss.
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ANALYZE THIS Screenplay by PETER TOLAN and HAROLD RAMIS and KENNETH LONERGAN Story by KENNETH LONERGAN and PETER TOLAN July 1998 Draft 1 CREDITS BEGIN OVER BLACK. 1 DOMINIC MANETTA a man in his 70s, narrates nostalgically OVER a MONTAGE of related news photos. MANETTA (V.O.) 1957 was a big year. The Russians put that Sputnik into outer space, the Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field, 'that guy' shot Frank Costello in the head, and missed, and the Gallo brothers whacked Albert Anastasia in that barber shop in the Park Sheraton Hotel. It was total chaos. With Anastasia gone, Vito Genovese figures he's king shit, but Carlo Gambino and 'Joe Bananas' both want to be boss of all bosses. So they call a meeting -- a big meeting. 2 EXT. UPSTATE NEW YORK - DAY 2 CREDITS CONTINUE. In FADED 16mm documentary-style, we see a country road winding through rolling hills. At the top of the hill, a black '57 Cadillac appears and sweeps through the peaceful landscape. MANETTA (V.O.) It was the first time the whole commission was ever gonna meet face to face. Bosses and wiseguys were comin' in from all over the country, and all the New York families, too -- maybe sixty bosses, the whole wiseguy world -- all headin' toward this little town upstate to figure out what's what. 3 EXT. ROADSIDE - DAY 3 A sign reads, "Entering Apalachin - pop. 342." The black Cadillac speeds past the sign, then another black Caddy, then a black Lincoln, then another Caddy, a Lincoln, etc. MANETTA (V.O.) Your father and me, we were goin' up with Tommy D., Fat Tommy. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 2. 3 CONTINUED: 3 MANETTA (V.O.CONT'D) He was running the family at the time. Anyway, I don't know what anybody was thinking, but some asshole thought it would be a good idea to have this meeting at Joe Babara's farm in the country where nobody would notice. 4 EXT. RURAL GAS STATION - DAY 4 A local state police deputy is gassing up his motorcycle when the parade of shiny black cars rolls by. He looks up and scratches his head at the unusual sight. MANETTA (V.O.) Turns out the local cops were watching Joe Babara like a hawk. So now you got about fifty Caddies and Lincolns pullin' into Apalachin and some deputy sheriff with cow shit on his shoes notices all the traffic and calls the Feds. 5 EXT. JOE BABARA'S ESTATE - DAY 5 The Caddies and Lincolns are all parked around a rambling country manor. Bosses and wiseguys are meeting and greeting each other on the big front porch. One WISEGUY is trying to shoo a cow away from his car. WISEGUY You wanna be a ribeye? Get away from the fuckin' car. 6 EXT. WOODS - SAME TIME 6 Federal agents start moving in quietly, heavily-armed, wearing big FBI arm bands. MANETTA (V.O.) The meeting never even got started. The Feds moved in -- 7 EXT. HOUSE - DAY 7 Agents with weapons drawn charge the house and start breaking down the front door. 3. 8 EXT. BACK OF HOUSE - SAME TIME 8 MANETTA (V.O.) -- and we moved out. Gangsters in shiny suits are squeezing through windows and leaping off balconies. WIDE - WISEGUYS fleeing into the surrounding woods and fields. MANETTA (V.O.) Your papa and me hid in a field with hay or corn, some kinda foliage, I don't know. 9 EXT. FARM FIELD - DAY 9 Two wiseguys in suits crouch in the tall grass. Suddenly they see a John Deere harvester bearing down on them. MANETTA (V.O.) Then along comes this farmer who almost runs us over in a tractor, so your father hauls out his piece, this .44 cannon he used to carry, and hijacks the goddamn tractor. Funniest fuckin' thing I ever saw. 10 EXT. COUNTRY ROAD - DAY 10 The farmer goes flying off the harvester and the two wiseguys drive off on it. The farmer looks up to see the John Deere disappear in a swirling cloud of dust that FILLS the SCREEN. END CREDITS. DISSOLVE TO: 11 SWIRLING CLOUD OF CREAM 11 on top of an espresso. PULL BACK as a hand reaches in and runs a lemon rind along the rim of the cup. The espresso is picked up and sipped by MANETTA, the aging boss of a prominent New York crime family. (CONTINUED) 4. 11 CONTINUED: 11 INT. RITZ CLAM BOX - LATE AFTERNOON (PRESENT) The place is nearly empty. Manetta is talking to PAUL VITTI, a dark, intense, intelligent man in his late forties, and a powerful boss in his own right. MANETTA Anyway, Carlo Gambino came out of it capo de tutti capi, and that was the last time the whole commission tried to meet -- until now. VITTI (brooding) I don't know. I don't like it. What do we need a meeting for? Let everybody worry about their own business. They finish eating. MANETTA The '57 meeting was about how we were going to divide up the whole country. This meeting is about how we're gonna survive. You got 'made' guys informing for the Feds; bosses going to jail; everybody's dealing drugs; people are getting whacked without permission. And on top of everything, now we got the Chinese Triads and these crazy Russians to deal with. Everything's changing. We need a leader. Someone with fresh ideas. Someone like you. It's gonna be a new century, Paul. We gotta change with the times. VITTI What are we gonna get, a fuckin' web site? MANETTA You remember what else happened in 1957, Paul? VITTI Yeah, I remember. MANETTA When your father died, I promised him I'd always look out for you. Come to the meeting. (CONTINUED) 5. 11 CONTINUED: (2) 11 They get up to leave. Vitti drops some money on the table. Bodyguards follow them to the door. The waiters and the owner bow to them as they pass. They are almost out the door when Vitti hesitates. VITTI Wait a second. I'm just gonna grab a toothpick. The instant he steps back inside, Manetta and his bodyguard are struck by an incredible VOLLEY of GUNFIRE, which BLOWS OUT all the GLASS in the DOOR and WINDOWS. Vitti's bodyguard, JELLY, grabs him and throws him behind the counter, shielding him with his body. Outside, the shooting has stopped and curious bystanders are looking in the broken windows. Vitti's eyes well up with tears. CUT TO: 12 KLEENEX 12 being pulled out of a box. CAROLINE, a woman in her early thirties, dabs at her eyes with the tissue. She's sitting on the couch in -- INT. BEN'S OFFICE - SAME TIME The office is warm, comfortable, and nicely decorated. CAROLINE (weepy) I kept telling him that I needed room to grow and find myself as a person. Not just as a woman but as an independent entity. BEN SOBOL her therapist, seems to be listening intently. CAROLINE I told him I needed to get in touch with my uniqueness, but he couldn't handle that. He said I was driving him away. Do you think I was driving him away, Dr. Sobol? Ben leans forward sympathetically. (CONTINUED) 6. 12 CONTINUED: 12 He's in his mid-forties, has an expressive face and a quick wit, and despite the occasional lapse, he is a gifted and caring psychologist. BEN Things end, Caroline. That's just a part of life. It's how we deal with things ending that's important. CAROLINE I just can't believe it's over between me and Steve. Maybe there's still hope. BEN Well, he did take out a restraining order against you. I have to be honest, that's usually not a good sign. CAROLINE But what should I do? BEN Well, Caroline, I think the first thing you have to do... (voice rising) ... is stop whining about this pathetic loser! You're a tragedy queen! (mocking) 'Steve doesn't respect me. Steve doesn't love me anymore.' Who gives a shit! Get a fucking life! You are, without a doubt, the most boring human being I have ever met! Please, say something interesting before I lapse into a goddamn coma! Caroline looks curiously at Ben, unperturbed. CAROLINE Dr. Sobol? BEN Lost in his fantasy, not really listening. He comes to attention and tries to cover. (CONTINUED) 7. 12 CONTINUED: (2) 12 BEN Yes. Yes. I was just reflecting on your whole -- situation. It's very interesting what you were just saying. I want you to think about it, and I'm going to think about it, so we'll both think about it and we'll continue next week when I get back from my vacation. Caroline bursts into tears again. BEN Or not. CUT TO: 13 INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - DAY 13 Ben rushes upstairs and into his bedroom. His 14-year-old son MICHAEL is in his room putting on a tuxedo. MICHAEL You're late. BEN (changing hurriedly) I know. I couldn't get rid of my last patient. I think she was a tick in a past life. MICHAEL Yeah, what's Caroline's problem? Your boyfriend's gone, he hates your guts, get over it. BEN Michael! What did I tell you? You can't listen to my sessions! It's private stuff. MICHAEL I can't help it. I hear you through the vent in my room. BEN Funny how that happens when you lie on the floor and put your ear up against it. (CONTINUED) 8. 13 CONTINUED: 13 MICHAEL Okay, okay. How's that guy who dreams about shitting trout? BEN (entering, putting on his tux shirt) Fine. He moved up to striped bass. Put on your cummerbund. Boy, have you grown. Did your mother move next door to a nuclear power plant? MICHAEL (struggling with the cummerbund) Why do we have to wear rented clothes to Grandpa's party? This blows. BEN (helping him) We have to dress up because Grandpa can't have a good time unless everyone else is extremely uncomfortable. (looks at Michael and makes a quick decision) Forget the tux. Regular clothes. Ben exits, pulling off the tux shirt. MICHAEL (taking off his tux shirt) Are you ambivalent about Grandpa Isaac? BEN (O.S.) (from his room) Ambivalent? Where do you get that stuff? MICHAEL Mom. BEN (annoyed) She's not supposed to do that, you know. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 9. 13 CONTINUED: (2) 13 BEN (CONT'D) Your mother and I, when we got divorced, we agreed we wouldn't put you in the middle, or use you as a go-between to talk about each other. So just do me a favor and tell your mother to shut her big mouth. (comes back into Michael's room) Did she say anything about me getting married again? I think she could be feeling a little anger about it. MICHAEL Oh, yeah. She really cares. She says you're intimidated by women your own age, and that's why you go for these young babes. BEN (fuming) Okay. Listen, for two seconds, pretend I'm not your father. I'm just some guy, okay? MICHAEL You gonna vent? BEN Yeah. (venting) I hate her! I really hate her! (a beat, then brightly) Okay. Dad again. Let's go. CUT TO: 14 EXT. WAREHOUSE - SAME TIME 14 Paul Vitti gets out of his car and walks to the warehouse with his most trusted soldier, Jelly, a hulking bruiser, and his sidekick JIMMY, a tightly-wound ferret with chips on both shoulders. VITTI So what did you find out? (CONTINUED) 10. 14 CONTINUED: 14 JELLY (as they walk) The word is Primo Sindone must have ordered it, but, uh -- He hesitates. VITTI What? Jelly looks at Jimmy. VITTI What? JELLY (reluctantly) A lot of people think you set him up. VITTI Why the fuck would I want to kill Dominic? He was like a father to me. JELLY So you could be the big boss. Everybody figures you're lookin' to wipe out the competition before the big meeting. VITTI Oh, is that what they figure? JELLY It's alright with me if you did -- VITTI I didn't kill him! I told you that! Don't you hear? CUT TO: 14A INT. WAREHOUSE - CONTINUOUS ACTION 14A They enter a room where other Vitti family soldiers, EDDIE COKES, TUNA, and JOHNNY BIGS are waiting. In the middle of the room, a young rat named NICKY SHIVERS is tied to a chair under a strong overhead light. When he speaks, we get a hint of mental incompetence. (CONTINUED) 11. 14A CONTINUED: 14A NICKY Please, Mr. Vitti, I told 'em I don't know anything but they don't believe me 'cause that one time I said Little Joe hit Dukey and it turned out he didn't but I didn't know because -- JIMMY (smacks him) Shut the fuck up! Nicky goes suddenly quiet. He watches in terror as Jimmy steps aside and Vitti moves close holding a short length of lead pipe. VITTI Nicky, you know me, right? NICKY Yeah. You're Mr. Vitti. VITTI And you know what I'm gonna do to you if you lie to me, right? NICKY Uh, you're gonna crack me on the head with that pipe? JIMMY (slaps him) It's a rhetorical question, you fuckin' idiot. VITTI I'm only gonna ask you this one time. Who killed Dominic Manetta? NICKY I don't know. VITTI (roars) Don't fuckin' lie to me! NICKY (in tears) Honest to God, I don't know! VITTI You little rat bastard... (CONTINUED) 12. 14A CONTINUED: (2) 14A Vitti winds up to brain him with the pipe. They all wince in anticipation of the blow. But Vitti just freezes there with his arm upraised. Then he drops his arm and seems to sag. VITTI Forget about it. He doesn't know anything. He tosses the pipe aside. VITTI Get him outta here. Jimmy looks at Jelly in surprise. 15 INT. MINIVAN - LATER 15 Ben is driving to the party with Michael. Sitting in stopped traffic, he checks his mirrors anxiously. BEN (to himself, urgently) Look at this. Everybody's nuts. Ooh, I hate walking into that house late. MICHAEL I think you're reacting like this because you're mad we have to go to this party. BEN No. Don't. I'm not going to be analyzed by someone who up until a few years ago believed in Santa. Sorry, but we only have room for one Dr. Sobol in this family. MICHAEL But there's two Dr. Sobols. There's you and Grandpa. BEN (a beat) Can we talk about something else? MICHAEL Are you going to read Grandpa's new book? Mom says you won't because you're... (CONTINUED) 13. 15 CONTINUED: 15 BEN Does your mother talk about anything else or is it just me twenty-four hours a day? Wham! Ben REAR-ENDS the CAR in front of them. BEN That's your mother's fault! Your mother did that! Damn! CUT TO: 16 EXT. EAST 90TH STREET - NIGHT 16 The minivan has rear-ended a black Lincoln Town Car. The trunk has sprung open and Nicky Shivers can be seen in the trunk, bound and gagged, kicking and squirming. Muffled shouts can be heard through the duct tape over his mouth. Jelly and Jimmy jump out of the Lincoln and slam the top of the trunk just as Ben gets out of the minivan to inspect the damage. JIMMY (heading Ben off) What's the matter with you? Are you some kind of moron? BEN I'm sorry. It's totally my fault. Ben looks at the damage. The Lincoln has gotten the worst of it. The rear bumper is hanging off, and Jelly is struggling to latch the trunk. JIMMY Did you see anything? BEN I was talking to my son. I took my eyes off the road -- JIMMY Forget that bullshit. Did you see anything? Jelly steps in to defuse the situation, warning Jimmy off with a look. (CONTINUED) 14. 16 CONTINUED: 16 JELLY That's all right, sir. It's our fault for being in front of you like that. BEN (surprised) Well, I should have been watching. Let me give you my insurance information -- JELLY It's okay. Forget about it. BEN Really? It looks like your whole rear end might be screwed up. Jimmy is reattaching the rear bumper and securing the trunk lid with duct tape. JELLY No, it was like that before. BEN Maybe we should call the police? JELLY (suddenly menacing) Why? Fuck the police. BEN Right! Fuck 'em. HORNS start HONKING behind them. BEN At least take my card. You might look at the damage in the morning and change your mind. Jelly takes the card and reads it. JELLY You're a doctor? BEN Ph.D. Psychologist. JELLY A shrink. You talk to a lotta nuts, huh? Ben hears KICKING from inside the car trunk. (CONTINUED) 15. 16 CONTINUED: (2) 16 JELLY Pings and knocks. Cheap gas. Hey, how do those minivans handle? JIMMY (O.S.) Jelly! Let's go! JELLY Take it easy, Doc. Ben looks totally confused as Jelly hustles back to his car. CUT TO: 17 INT. SOBOL HOME - LIVING ROOM - ISAAC SOBOL 17 Ben's father, at the piano in the spacious, elegant, tastefully-decorated living room, surrounded by adoring guests, playing and singing an exuberant rendition of "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby." Isaac is a silver- haired patrician, overloaded with self-esteem. ISAAC (ending the sing- along) All right, neurotics only! Well, you must have been a beautiful ba-a-by, 'cause baby look at you now, thank God for Prozac, baby look at you now! BEN AND MICHAEL standing off to the side talking to Ben's mother DOROTHY. In the corner is a large advertising display featuring Isaac's smiling picture on the front cover of his new book, Tell Me What You Feel, Tell Me What You Want. BEN What do you mean you're not coming? It's my wedding. DOROTHY We understand it's a special day for you, Benny, but your father and I can't just pick up and leave town every time you decide to get married. (CONTINUED) 16. 17 CONTINUED: 17 BEN Every time? This is a once-in-a- -- twice-in-a-lifetime thing. Isaac joins them. BEN Dad, you're not coming to my wedding? ISAAC We want to be there, but I have three book signings next weekend. I can't piss off these big book stores. If I cancel, they'll stick me down on the bottom shelf. That's how they are. BEN Yeah, that's the word on the street. The self-help book business is full of vindictive pricks. DOROTHY (looking around) Ben! The language. BEN I'm sorry, but I've been alone for eight years, now I've finally met someone I want to spend the rest of my life with and I would really like you to meet her before we get married. You're going to be her family. I think it's better she knows that up front. ISAAC You're really hostile tonight. BEN I'm joking. DOROTHY (jumping in) I think I'll go talk to the mayor. BEN The mayor's here? DOROTHY I can only hope. (CONTINUED) 17. 17 CONTINUED: (2) 17 Dorothy exits. ISAAC What's wrong? BEN Nothing. Everything's fine. ISAAC How's your practice? BEN It's great. Just great. I've got some very interesting patients -- extremely interesting. Fascinating actually. MICHAEL Dad has a patient who dreams he shits trout. BEN Thanks, Mike. ISAAC Excuse us, Michael. Isaac pulls Ben into the foyer. ISAAC Why are you wasting your time out there in the boondocks? New York City is the Mecca of Madness. BEN I'm just not sure I could spend my life dealing with people whose biggest crisis is how to fire the maid. ISAAC It beats a guy with an ass full of flounder. BEN Trout! And don't minimize my practice. ISAAC Why are you getting so defensive? This is about your own feelings of inadequacy. (CONTINUED) 18. 17 CONTINUED: (3) 17 BEN You always turn it back on me. Why do you do that? ISAAC Why do you think I do that? BEN Why do you think I think you do that? Go ahead, now you ask me why I think you think I think you do that. ISAAC Enough. I want you to think about what I said. And when you're ready to talk to me like a normal person, I'll be at the piano with Regis Philbin. (as he crosses away) Rege! REGIS PHILBIN I'm not singing, Isaac! ISAAC Now, ladies and gentlemen, at the piano, Regis Philbin! Applause and laughter from the guests. Ben grabs a glass of champagne from a passing waiter's tray. BEN (to the waiter) Thomas Wolfe was right. You can't go home again -- because your parents still live there. CUT TO: 18 INT. OLD LION SOCIAL CLUB - NIGHT 18 Vitti's men converse quietly while a soldier sweeps the room for bugs. He gives the "all clear" and SALVATORE MASIELLO, the old consigliere, speaks. MASIELLO The Manetta family is asking a lot of questions. They think we hit Dominic. CARLO MANGANO, the burly underboss of the Vitti family, jumps in. (CONTINUED) 19. 18 CONTINUED: 18 MANGANO Forget Dominic! They were after Paul. (to Vitti) It's a miracle you survived. I thank God. VITTI Yeah, thank God. All I know is if I didn't have some veal stuck in my teeth, I'd be laying there with Dominic. JOHNNY BIGS This is all about the big meeting. Primo Sindone wants to run the whole show. MANGANO Yeah, but Primo's a boss. He knows the rules. He couldn't go after Dominic and Paul unless the other families gave their permission. VITTI (starting to sweat) If they did, we're heading for one big fuckin' war. (having trouble breathing) Talk to Zello and Baldassare. Find out what you can. We got two weeks. If the other New York bosses are against us, I want to know it before I walk into that meeting. He feels a stabbing pain in his chest. MANGANO You all right, Paul? You don't look good. VITTI I'm a little choked up here. I gotta get some air. He walks outside. Jelly follows. Mangano looks quizzically after them. CUT TO: 20. 19 EXT. OUTSIDE THE OLD LION - CONTINUOUS ACTION 19 Vitti is having trouble breathing. JELLY You feel all right? VITTI I feel like shit. This whole thing is like a huge fuckin' headache. JELLY (concerned) You havin' one of those mindgrains? Sweating profusely now, Vitti feels another stabbing chest pain. VITTI Get the car. CUT TO: 20 INT. EMERGENCY ROOM - LATER 20 Vitti is putting on his shirt. He looks considerably better. Jelly is sitting down, tapping his own knee with the little rubber hammer. Nothing moves. DOCTOR SHULMAN, a young cardiology resident, enters. DOCTOR Good news, Mr. Evans. Your heart is just fine. VITTI How could it be fine? I've had like eight heart attacks in the last three weeks. DOCTOR Well, based on everything, I'd say you probably had an anxiety attack. VITTI (a beat) What? DOCTOR An anxiety attack. A panic attack. I can give you some Xanax if it happens again soon -- (CONTINUED) 21. 20 CONTINUED: 20 VITTI (menacing) Look at me. Do I look like a guy who panics? DOCTOR (nervous now) There's nothing -- I mean -- it's a common thing -- VITTI Where did you go to medical school? I had a heart attack, you quack bastard. DOCTOR (very scared now) Well, not according to these -- As Vitti moves toward the Doctor, Jelly instinctively grabs the Doctor from behind and holds him while Vitti wraps the blood pressure cuff around his neck. VITTI (low and deadly, pumping up the cuff with the squeeze-ball) Listen to me, jerk-off. I had a mild heart attack and now it's over. You understand? The Doctor nods vigorously, his eyes bugging out as the pressure around his neck increases. VITTI If anyone asks you, you never saw me, and I was never here. Is that clear? DOCTOR (strangled) Yes. VITTI Good. (to Jelly) Take the chart. Jelly releases the Doctor, grabs all the papers and follows Vitti out the door. CUT TO: 22. 21 EXT. HOSPITAL - MOMENTS LATER 21 Vitti and Jelly come walking out the emergency room exit. Vitti stops. VITTI Jelly, I need you to do something for me as my friend. JELLY Anything. VITTI You have to find me a doctor. JELLY We just came from the doctor. VITTI Not that kind of doctor. I need a head doctor. JELLY You're gonna change your face like Sonny Black? Don't get his nose though, he looks like a pig. VITTI Not a plastic surgeon, ya spoostud. Do I have to spell everything out? JELLY It saves time. VITTI I need you to find me a psychiatrist. JELLY Wow. This is like the Psychic Network or something. I just ran into a psychiatrist. Actually he ran into me. VITTI Is he any good? JELLY Yeah, he seemed like a smart guy. He had a business card and everything -- VITTI He had a card? That's a real fuckin' achievement. (CONTINUED) 23. 21 CONTINUED: 21 JELLY What do you need a shrink for anyway? VITTI It's not for me. It's for a friend. This friend is having some problems, so I'm going to ask the shrink some questions and get some answers for my friend. JELLY Got it. VITTI And nobody can know. If anyone hears I'm talking to a shrink, it could be interpreted the wrong way. You know what I mean? JELLY Of course. Absolutely. (then) Can I ask you one thing? VITTI What? JELLY This friend. Is it me? CUT TO: 22 INT. BEN'S OFFICE - DAY 22 Ben is with a patient, CARL ANDERSON, a high-strung milquetoast in his late forties. BEN Carl, I'm detecting a pattern here. You seem to settle too easily for things. CARL You're right. I do. BEN No, well, there you go. You just did it again. I suggested something and you immediately agreed. (CONTINUED) 24. 22 CONTINUED: 22 CARL You're right. I did. BEN Why do you think you do that? CARL I don't know. BEN Well, sometimes people do it because they fear rejection or disapproval, but you can't let that worry you, Carl. And you can't agree with things just for the sake of agreeing. Stand your ground. Don't let people roll over you. The door opens and Jelly enters. JELLY Dr. Sobol? BEN Excuse me! I'm in a session here. JELLY Yeah, I know, I'm sorry. BEN You're... You're one of the guys I rear-ended the other night. JELLY Bingo. (to Carl) Get outta here. Jelly takes Carl by the elbow and lifts him off the couch. JELLY Upsa-daisy. You got a coat, nutbar? BEN What are you doing? JELLY He's leaving. (CONTINUED) 25. 22 CONTINUED: (2) 22 BEN The hell he is. He's not going anywhere until we're done with his session. Jelly pulls a big roll of bills out of his pocket, removes the rubber band, and peels off a couple of fifties. JELLY (to Carl) I'll give you a hundred bucks to get out of here. Carl looks at the money, then he gives Ben a plaintive look. BEN Don't take it, Carl. Carl looks back to Jelly. JELLY (peeling off another bill) A hundred and fifty. BEN He's not leaving. CARL (trembling) Three hundred. JELLY (pays him) You're not that fuckin' crazy. Carl takes the money, gives Ben the thumbs up and exits. Jelly follows him to the door and waves for someone to come in. BEN Listen, if you're upset about your car, I can understand that. But you don't just barge in here -- Paul Vitti steps into the office. Ben freezes. Jelly crosses to take Vitti's coat. VITTI You know who I am? (CONTINUED) 26. 22 CONTINUED: (3) 22 BEN Yes. VITTI No you don't. BEN Okay. VITTI You've seen my picture in the papers? BEN Yes. And no. Sometimes. Never. VITTI Jelly, wait outside. Jelly exits. Vitti walks around the room, taking everything in. He picks up the phone and listens. Hangs up. VITTI Sit down. BEN Sure. Ben sits quickly on the coffee table. He crushes a box of tissues, then moves them out from under his ass. Vitti picks up a stack of CDS and looks through them. VITTI Tony Bennett, huh? BEN Yeah. He's my favorite. Vitti picks up an autographed baseball bat from Ben's desk. BEN (puts up his hands) Mr. Vitti, I tried to give the guy my insurance information, but he wouldn't take it. Seriously, I tried several times because it was all my please don't kill me. VITTI I was just gonna ask if you liked baseball. (CONTINUED) 27. 22 CONTINUED: (4) 22 BEN Yes. Big Yankee fan. Vitti puts the bat down. BEN Mr. Vitti. Not that it's your fault, but your friend, he interrupted a patient's session and that's -- not good. I think this is a matter for our insurance companies, don't you think? VITTI I don't care about the car. BEN Then what -- ? VITTI A friend of mine is having a problem and he might have to see a shrink, so I'm going to ask you a couple questions. Do we sit? BEN Whatever makes you comfortable. Ben starts for his chair, but Vitti sits in it first. Ben sits on the couch. Vitti adjusts the cuffs of his shirt, and runs a hand down the crease in his slacks. VITTI Okay, the first thing I gotta know about is privacy. You must hear a lot of weird shit in here. How do I know you won't go testifying -- not testifying -- but, you know, talking about it to somebody else. BEN I won't discuss a patient with anyone for any reason, unless I know the patient may be a danger to himself. Like if I'm concerned a patient might kill himself... VITTI Not fuckin' likely -- BEN -- or kill someone else. (CONTINUED) 28. 22 CONTINUED: (5) 22 Ben looks to Vitti for a response. Vitti stares at him for a long, uncomfortable beat. VITTI So who starts? BEN Why don't you tell me why you think you need therapy? VITTI I don't need therapy. I'm helping out my friend. You didn't hear me say that? BEN Right. I'm sorry. VITTI You guys are supposed to be so great when it comes to listening. You can't remember what I said two seconds ago. BEN I'm very sorry. VITTI I have to tell you, Doc, I'm not thrilled with the level of service up to this point. BEN Why don't you tell me about your friend? VITTI He's a powerful guy. Never had a problem dealing with things, you know? Now all of a sudden, he's falling apart. He cries for no reason. He's having trouble sleeping. And then he started having these attacks. You know, can't breathe, dizzy, chest pains -- like you think you're gonna die. BEN Panic attacks. (CONTINUED) 29. 22 CONTINUED: (6) 22 VITTI What's with all you doctors and the fuckin' panic? Did I say panic? BEN Not panic. Dizzy -- breathing -- chest pain attacks. VITTI Right. So the question is, what can he do to make it stop? Ben decides to go for it. BEN I'm going to go out on a limb here. I think your friend is you. VITTI You -- you -- you -- you have a gift, my friend. Go on. BEN Medication could help, but if you really want to get to the bottom of this, you're going to want to get some kind of therapy. VITTI With you? BEN (hedging) With me? Oh, I don't know. I'd have to look at my schedule. I'm very heavily booked right now and I'm going on a short vacation tomorrow. VITTI Where you going? BEN I don't really share that information with... VITTI Where? BEN Miami Beach. (CONTINUED) 30. 22 CONTINUED: (7) 22 VITTI You know, this could be good. Just getting that off my chest, I feel better already. It's like a load is off my shoulders. Thank you. BEN Well, I really didn't do anything -- VITTI You did something. The load? Off. Where is it? Don't know. You're good, Doctor. I'll be in touch. But listen to me. (leaning close, menacing) If I talk to you and it turns me into a fag, I'll kill you. You understand? BEN Could we define 'fag,' because some feelings may come up -- Vitti silences him with a wave of his hand. VITTI I go fag, you die. Got it? BEN Yes. Vitti gives Ben a little pat on the cheek, then turns and exits. Ben is stunned. CUT TO: 23 OMITTED 23 23A EXT. BACK YARD - LATER 23A Ben comes out the back door of the house carrying a couple of suitcases. Michael follows behind him with his bags. They cross to the car in the driveway. BEN I hope you didn't leave any food in your room. I don't want to come home and find a science fair. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/9/98 31. 23A CONTINUED: 23A MICHAEL I didn't. Hey, Dad? One thing though. BEN Yeah? MICHAEL I go fag, you die. BEN Michael! That's it! I am sealing that vent. MICHAEL You are so cool, Dad. Was that really Paul Vitti? BEN (throwing the bags in the car) I didn't ask to see his Mafia decoder ring, but yeah, it was him. And you cannot tell anyone he was here. You understand? MICHAEL Should I take it off the internet? BEN What? MICHAEL I'm kidding! CUT TO: 24 OMITTED 24 24A EXT. MIAMI BEACH - DAY 24A Helicopter SHOT of the hotels fronting the crowded beaches. 24B EXT. HOTEL SWIMMING POOL (MIAMI) - DAY 24B LAURA MacNAMARA, a pretty and charming TV news correspondent, is on the air live, surrounded by her camera crew. Kids are frolicking in the pool, splashing off the water slide behind her. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/9/98 32. 24B CONTINUED: 24B LAURA So judging from the mob scene around the pool here today, I think you'd have to say that there's nothing 'off' about the 'off-season' in Miami Beach this summer. Now, on a personal note, this is my last report for W.V.B.F. I'm getting married to a wonderful man and moving to New York, so if you're up that way, watch for me on the W.P.I.X. news team. Thanks for everything, Miami. (voice catching slightly) For the last time, this is Laura MacNamara, W.V.B.F. news. She pulls a bouquet out from behind her back and tosses it to the camera. LAURA Catch! She smiles for a long beat. PRODUCER We're clear. Laura's smile abruptly disappears. LAURA (to the crew, all business) I'll do the re-asks, then you guys can just shoot the inserts and pack it up. (looks off) Ben! Laura runs to Ben, standing on the sidelines, and embraces him. Michael is there too. LAURA This is him, everyone! This is the guy! BEN (to the crew) Hi, everybody. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/9/98 33. 24B CONTINUED: (2) 24B LAURA (as she hugs him) Oh, I missed you. BEN I missed you too. Michael, say hello. MICHAEL Hi, Laura. LAURA (a little too big) This is Michael? I don't think so. If I remember correctly, Michael was a little boy, and this, this is a great big kid. Hey, you. Tell us what you did with Michael Sobol. Ben and Michael look at each other out of the corners of their eyes. LAURA Okay. Come on. Give me a break. I'm trying. MICHAEL No, it was nice, but I'm fourteen so it wasn't -- you know -- age appropriate. LAURA (smiles appreciatively) Sorry. Just smack me if I do that again. (hugs him) How are you, Michael? MICHAEL Great. There is an awkward silent moment, everyone smiling uncomfortably. BEN Mike, you want to go look at the camera? MICHAEL Why would I want to look at the camera? (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/9/98 34. 24B CONTINUED: (3) 24B BEN 'Cause I bet there's all kinds of cool video stuff over there. Why don't you check it out? MICHAEL (gets the hint) Oh, yeah. (to Laura) Is it okay? LAURA Go ahead. If you break something, don't worry. I'm out of here. Michael crosses to the camera crew. LAURA You think he likes me? BEN Michael? He's crazy about you. I am too. They embrace. LAURA You are? And you still really want to get married? BEN Of course. LAURA But what if you get tired of me? I know so many couples that were really happy, then they got married and just completely lost interest in each other. BEN That's not going to be us. LAURA I just don't want to lose the passion. BEN Yes, I'm brimming with passion. I'm up to here with passion. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/9/98 35. 24B CONTINUED: (4) 24B LAURA I want us to be like animals. You know just screaming and sweating and tearing at each other all the time -- BEN The sweating shouldn't be a problem. The tearing sounds painful. The SOUND GUY crosses over. SOUND GUY (embarrassed) Uhh, Laura? You want me to take your mic, or at least turn it off? Laura looks over at the crew. It's obvious that Michael and the crew have heard this whole exchange. LAURA Oh my God. 25 OMITTED 25 & & 25A 25A 25B INT. WALDORF-ASTORIA - HOTEL CORRIDOR - NIGHT 25B A room service cart with the remains of a sumptuous meal is standing in the hall outside one of the rooms. SHEILA (O.S.) Oh my God! Oh, yes. Oh, yes. CUT TO: 26 INT. HOTEL ROOM - SAME TIME 26 Vitti is in bed making love to his mistress, SHEILA, a pretty woman in her late 20s. They're really going at it. SHEILA Oh, yes. Oh, yes. (then) Is everything okay, Paul? (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/9/98 35A. 26 CONTINUED: (A1) 26 VITTI What are you talking for? I'm trying to do this here. SHEILA You seem -- distracted. VITTI I got things on my mind. Stop talking. SHEILA Okay, I'm sorry. Just relax, baby. He goes back to lovemaking. SHEILA (after a beat) Were you thinking about your wife? (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/21/98 36. 26 CONTINUED: 26 VITTI No, I wasn't thinking about my wife. (a long beat) Now I'm thinking about my wife. Goddamn it, Sheila, why can't you keep your mouth shut! Completely frustrated now, he gets out of bed, leaving her alone and confused. SHEILA (small voice) I'm sorry, Paul. CUT TO: 27 INT. BEN'S MIAMI HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT 27 Ben and Laura are nestled together in bed, asleep. JELLY (O.S.) (whispering) Dr. Sobol. Dr. Sobol. Ben stirs. BEN Mom? Jelly's head pops up on Ben's side of the bed. Ben wakes up and his eyes go wide. Jelly puts a finger to his lips. JELLY Mr. Vitti wants to see you. I have your robe. CUT TO: 28 OMITTED 28 29 UNDERWATER 29 Kelp. Rocks. Bubbles. A mermaid swims INTO VIEW and meets up with another mermaid. They do beautiful back flips under the water. VITTI (O.S.) You no-good little two-bit piece of shit bastard! (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/21/98 37. 29 CONTINUED: 29 We PULL BACK to see the mermaids through the viewing windows of a large tank behind the bar of the -- INT. WIKI WACHI LOUNGE - LITTLE LATER A tacky dive with a tropical motif. Ben, in his robe, is being berated by Vitti. VITTI I got news for you. I'm still fucked up. Whatever you did the other day, it didn't take. You did nothing for me. BEN (indignant) I did nothing? What did you expect? I saw you for five minutes. I don't work miracles, Mr. Vitti. And I'll tell you something else. I don't appreciate it when someone breaks into my hotel room and kidnaps me. I don't go for that. I have a family and a life and a serious practice, and I don't have time for your bullshit! (sheepishly) That got away from me near the end. Vitti stares at Ben. VITTI I couldn't get it up tonight. BEN (stopped cold) You mean sexually? VITTI No, I mean for the big game against Michigan State. Of course sexually! BEN You flew fifteen hundred miles and dragged me out of bed in the middle of the night because you couldn't get an erection? VITTI Doesn't that prove I'm motivated? (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/21/98 38. 29 CONTINUED: (1A) 29 BEN You can take a pill for that, you know. (CONTINUED) 39. 29 CONTINUED: (2) 29 VITTI No, that's a cheat. You start with the pills, next thing you know you got implants with pumps. I think a hard-on should be gotten legitimately or not at all. BEN Did you see that embroidered on a pillow somewhere? VITTI Are you gonna help me or not? BEN I don't believe this. All right. Has this happened before? VITTI The dead dick thing? Never. Well, one time. Tonight. And another time. BEN So twice? VITTI Do the math. Two times. (a beat) There was another time. But it was after a big meal, so, you know, that don't count. BEN Listen, being unable to perform three or four times -- VITTI Five. BEN Five times -- it isn't the end of the world. VITTI Maybe not to you -- look at you -- but if I can't get it up, that makes me less of a man and I can't have that. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 40. 29 CONTINUED: (3) 29 VITTI (CONT'D) (moving closer to Ben) In my business I deal with animals. They may seem dumb to an educated guy like you, but make no mistake about it, Doctor, animals are very cunning. And they sense weakness. Right now I'm an injured animal. It's only a matter of time before one of the lions out there catches the scent. Then I'm dead. That's the way it is. If you don't understand that, then you don't understand the life I live and you don't understand me. BEN (nodding) Okay. VITTI I have until the end of the week to get strong or they're gonna eat me up. If they don't kill me in the meantime. BEN What happens next week? VITTI I can't tell you and you don't want to know. BEN It's impossible. I can't do anything that fast. And even if I could, what's my goal here? To make you a happy, well-adjusted gangster? VITTI Look, the other day I saw a commercial on television, some kid playing with a couple of puppies. I cried for 45 minutes. Slap a pair of tits on me, I'm a woman! BEN I'm sorry. I can't help you. VITTI You're turning me down? (CONTINUED) 41. 29 CONTINUED: (4) 29 BEN Mr. Vitti, when I got into family therapy, this was not the family I had in mind. I'm turning you down. VITTI You with your schmucky little office in your schmucky little house out there in Schmuckville -- you're turning me down? What, so you can spend more time listening to housewives piss and moan about how nobody fucks them right? BEN I'd like to go now. VITTI (starts to cry) You see this? This is what I'm talking about! I'm a dead man! Ben turns away and starts for the door. VITTI (through the tears) You call yourself a doctor? You should be ashamed. A real doctor couldn't turn his back on a person who's suffering! BEN (finally) All right. (hands him a handkerchief) What happened with your wife tonight? VITTI (wiping away his tears) I wasn't with my wife. I was with my girlfriend. BEN You have a girlfriend? We could do two months on that alone. VITTI What, you're gonna start moralizing with me now? (CONTINUED) 42. 29 CONTINUED: (5) 29 BEN Okay. Do you have marriage problems? VITTI No. BEN Then why do you have a girlfriend? VITTI I do things with her I can't do with my wife. BEN Why can't you do those things with your wife? VITTI Hey. That's the mouth she kisses my children good night with. What's the matter with you? BEN Okay, okay. Have you been under a lot of stress lately? VITTI You mean like seeing your best friend murdered? Yeah, I got stress. BEN Well, based on what you told me before about your attacks, I'd say that's probably it then. VITTI It's just stress? BEN I doubt if there's anything physically wrong with you. VITTI (brightening, pointing a finger at Ben) You. You. You're very good. BEN There's a lot more to it -- (CONTINUED) 43. 29 CONTINUED: (6) 29 VITTI No, you're right. You're right on the money. I can feel the juices rushing back to my manhood as we speak. BEN Well, I didn't need to know that. VITTI This settles it. You're my shrink. BEN I can't treat you, Mr. Vitti. I don't think you're really ready to open up and deal with -- VITTI Listen to you. The honesty. Nobody -- and I mean nobody -- talks to me like this. I'm ready. Let's do it. BEN You don't hear the word 'no' that often, do you? VITTI I hear it all the time. Only it's more like, 'No, no, please, no!' BEN (relenting) All right. I'm here for two more days. When we get back to New York, I'll treat you exclusively for two weeks. I just need to figure out what to tell my other patients. VITTI You want me to clear your schedule for you? BEN No thanks, I'll handle it. Now can I go? Vitti throws his arms around him and kisses him on both cheeks. A look of concern crosses Ben's face. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/21/98 44. 29 CONTINUED: (7) 29 VITTI Thank you. CUT TO: 29A INT. BEN'S MIAMI HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT 29A Ben enters. Laura is sitting up in bed, pissed off. LAURA What is wrong with you? I woke up, you were gone, no note or anything. I've been going out of my mind, Ben. I walked all over the hotel looking for you. I almost called the police! BEN Okay, listen. I'm going to tell you the truth. I had a serious patient emergency. LAURA You have patients in Florida? BEN Just one. He followed me here from New York. I had to go. LAURA Who is this patient? (CONTINUED) 45. 29A CONTINUED: 29A BEN Paul Vitti! (a beat) Paul Vitti. A long beat. LAURA (worried) Oh, Ben. BEN I know. But don't worry. It's not like he's a real patient. He's got this idea in his head that I'm helping him. It's crazy. LAURA You're not going to treat him. BEN No. LAURA Tell me you're not. BEN I'm not! LAURA That would be too scary. You don't want a person like that in your life, believe me. I've covered the mob down here. I've seen what they can do. BEN Listen, it's been taken care of. I told him I couldn't see him again. He understood and it's over. LAURA You sure? Ben nods. LAURA (tearing up) I was so worried. He hugs her and holds her tightly, feeling like a jerk for lying to her. CUT TO: 46. 30 INT. SEWING ROOM (NEW YORK) - NEXT MORNING 30 Immigrant garment workers cut and sew fabric. 31 INT. OFFICE - CONTINUOUS ACTION 31 This is Sindone headquarters. A few of his trusted guys are in attendance: HANDSOME JACK, POTATOES, and MOONY, his consigliere. MOONY It doesn't figure. We take out Manetta, what does Vitti do? Nothing. Why doesn't he move? PRIMO SINDONE, a vain, pompous Mussolini, is standing on a stool in his underwear, being fitted for a suit by a nervous tailor. SINDONE Fuck him. MOONY I'm telling you, Primo, he's planning something big. The shit is really gonna come down. SINDONE Then let it come down. Vitti's a tough guy but a lot of tough guys got fed to the crabs off Red Hook over the years. (looking down at the tailor) You been down there a long time. Are you measuring my inseam or contemplating a lifestyle change? Sindone nods for the tailor to get out. MOONY Primo? What about Vitti? SINDONE Vitti. Vitti. The whole time we were growing up, he was the smart guy; I was the dope. My father was a nickel-and-dime shitheel; his father had it all. Vito Genovese blew it at Apalachin because he forgot to kill Gambino before the meeting. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 47. 31 CONTINUED: 31 SINDONE (CONT'D) I won't make the same mistake. I want Paul Vitti dead -- now. You two astronauts think you can handle that? Handsome Jack and Potatoes nod their agreement. HANDSOME JACK You got it, Primo. DISSOLVE TO: 32 MAN WITH FISH HANGING FROM HIS MOUTH 32 A killer whale leaps up and takes it from between his teeth. EXT. MIAMI SEAQUARIUM - CONTINUOUS ACTION The audience in the stands applaud as the killer whale splashes back into the water. 32A LAURA AND MICHAEL 32A are clapping. Ben is clearly bored. LAURA (to Ben) Come on. Get into it. BEN I don't understand. They jump out of the water, they splash, they eat fish. It's not a real stretch for a whale. If they did a number from West Side Story, then I'd be into it. LAURA Just stop. (to Michael) We're having fun, right? MICHAEL Well, to be real honest. I'm not having as much fun as it looks like I am. I'm pretending, you know, because we have to bond and everything. (CONTINUED) 48. 32A CONTINUED: 32A Laura looks at Ben. BEN (to Laura) You've got to admire the openness. MICHAEL (a tad too excited) Here comes the whale again! 32B TANK 32B The whale leaps high in the air and crashes back down, sending a wall of water flying into the first few rows. JELLY AND JIMMY walking by the tank, get soaked by the huge wave. JIMMY Fuck me! STANDS Ben looks and sees Jelly beckoning him. BEN (to Laura and Michael) I'm hungry. Yeah, I'm going to get a hot dog. Who wants a hot dog? MICHAEL (rising) I'll go with you. BEN No, I'll go. You're pretending to have a good time. I don't want to spoil that. Be right back. CUT TO: 33 EXT. VOMITORIUM - MOMENTS LATER 33 Ben confronts Jelly and Jimmy, who are soaked to the skin. (CONTINUED) 49. 33 CONTINUED: 33 BEN What is this? Are you guys following me? JIMMY Fuckin' fifteen-hundred dollar suit. You think the whales piss in that water? JELLY No, I think they use the men's room next door at the Burger King. (to Ben) Mr. Vitti wants to see you. BEN Is this a joke? JELLY You're an employee of Mr. Vitti's. That means you're on call twenty- four hours a day just like the rest of us. BEN No, he and I discussed this. I told him I'd see him when I got got back to New York. JELLY Don't be a skavootz. It is what it is. If he needs you sooner, you go. BEN No, I'm not going, and if you bother me again I won't treat him at all. Understand? That's it. End of story. CUT TO: 34 AQUARIUM VIEWING WINDOW 34 Ben plunges into the tank in the middle of a school of sharks. He screams silently underwater and swims desperately for the top. A couple of families watching THROUGH the viewing window laugh and applaud as if it's part of the show. CUT TO: 50. 35 SANDCASTLE 35 An alligator loafer steps down on it. We TILT UP TO a SEVEN-YEAR-OLD BOY with a shovel and pail. BOY Asshole. After a beat, a ten dollar bill falls where the sandcastle was. The Boy's face instantly brightens. BOY Thanks, mister. EXT. BEACH - DAY The alligator loafer belongs to Jelly. He's walking with Jimmy and other bodyguards who form a loose protective perimeter around Ben and Vitti as they walk along the shore. All the guys are wearing loud Jersey beach outfits. BEN They threw me in the shark tank, Paul. The shark tank! VITTI They were trying to make a point. BEN What, that you're a scary guy? I get it. VITTI You're in a mood, you know that? BEN Yeah, I get that way when a shark tries to chew on my ass. VITTI Okay. Okay. Calm down. BEN I don't want to calm down. My girl friend saw me all wet? I told her I fell into a tank with the manatees. I lied to her last night, now this. I don't like it. VITTI Manatees. That's a funny word. Manatees. (CONTINUED) 51. 35 CONTINUED: 35 BEN I'm glad you're entertained. What's the problem? VITTI Oh, I can tell you really care. BEN Okay. What's going on? VITTI I had an episode. Not an actual panic attack, but I started panicking a little thinking I might have one. Does that seem weird to you? BEN I'm redefining 'weird' on an hourly basis. What were you thinking about when you started feeling anxious? VITTI I don't know. The usual bullshit. Family problems. BEN Which family? (referring to bodyguards) This one? VITTI No, regular family. BEN (stops) I want you to draw a picture of a house. In the sand. VITTI What kind of house? A warehouse? A whorehouse? My house? What house? BEN A house. VITTI Why? BEN I'll tell you after you do it. (CONTINUED) 52. 35 CONTINUED: (2) 35 Vitti bends over and starts drawing in the sand. VITTI This is good. I come to Florida and draw pictures in the sand like a jerkoff. 36 BENCH 36 TINO, a local Miami hitman, is covertly watching Ben and Vitti on the beach. He talks into a cell phone. TINO I don't know what they're doing. He's talking to some guy. Looks like Vitti is drawing something in the sand... What's he drawing? What am I, Superman? I'm a hundred yards away -- I can't see shit... No way, he's got that fat Jelly with him and his partner, Jimmy Boots. We could take him out with a rifle and a scope, but I don't have any of that shit with me. My scope's in the shop... Nah, it's a warranty item... Hey, don't sweat it. You told me to take care of him, I'll take care of him... Okay, I'll call you back. 37 BACK ON BEACH 37 Vitti finishes drawing. VITTI There. You happy? BEN Where are the people? VITTI What people? You told me to draw a house. BEN I know. But usually when people draw a house they draw people. Where are the people who live in your house? (CONTINUED) 53. 37 CONTINUED: 37 VITTI Well, you see, they'd come out and say hello, but the whole family's in the Witness Protection Program. It's very sad. What the fuck you want from me? They start walking. BEN Okay, forget the house. I'm going to say some words, and you say the first thing that comes into your mind. VITTI Good, more games. Shoot. BEN Home -- VITTI -- plate. BEN Mother -- VITTI -- fucker. BEN Father -- VITTI -- forgive me for I have sinned. BEN Wife? VITTI (clears his throat) Love. BEN Son? Vitti looks out to sea. BEN Son? Ben can't see his face, but Vitti's eyes are full of tears. He wipes his eyes. (CONTINUED) 54. 37 CONTINUED: (2) 37 VITTI See this? Again with the crying. Let's get out of here. We're being watched. Don't look. There's Feds on the roof of the hotel. BEN How do you know that? VITTI I'm a criminal. It's my job. CUT TO: 38 EXT. HOTEL ROOF - DAY 38 FBI AGENTS STEADMAN, RICCI, and PROVANO CLICK away with long-lens CAMERAS as they watch from the rooftop. AGENT RICCI Who's the new face? AGENT STEADMAN I don't know. Get somebody down there to see what he drew in the sand. AGENT PROVANO Whoever this guy is, he must be important to the family. AGENT STEADMAN Maybe he's Vitti's new consigliere. Put his picture on the wire and see what you come up with. CUT TO: 39 INT. VITTI'S SUITE - DAY 39 Vitti, Ben and Jelly enter the suite. MARIE, Vitti's wife, and their children, THERESA, 14, ANNA, 10, and ANTHONY, seven, are there. Vitti greets them warmly, suddenly a different man. VITTI Look at this, the whole crew. (kissing Marie) You all right? Good flight? (CONTINUED) 55. 39 CONTINUED: 39 MARIE Yeah, we're fine. We're on our way to the pool. Kids, get your stuff. We'll get out of your way. VITTI That's okay. Marie, this is a friend of mine, Ben Sobol. (as they AD LIB greetings) He's -- from the boat. A fishing boat captain. Cuban refugee. MARIE (shaking his hand) Nice to meet you, Senor Sobol. Ben looks to Vitti, then to Marie. BEN Gracias. VITTI And this is Theresa and Anna -- ANNA Anne. VITTI -- Anna, and the big guy, Anthony. Anthony gives Ben a manly handshake. ANTHONY How you doin'? BEN Nice to meet you. VITTI (noticing Theresa's bikini) Jesus, Theresa, you are not wearing that suit to the pool. THERESA What do you want me to wear, a one-piece? VITTI I want you to wear one of those Arab bathrobes with a veil over your face, is what I want. (CONTINUED) 56. 39 CONTINUED: (2) 39 THERESA Mom! MARIE Don't worry about it, Paul. We'll be back in time for dinner. VITTI Okay, babe. Hey, Anthony. Guess what I got? ANTHONY What? VITTI (holds up some tickets) Marlins and the Braves -- right behind home plate, tonight. ANTHONY You and me? VITTI Of course, you and me. (hugs him) Have fun at the pool. Stay out of the deep end. And don't swim for a couple hours after you eat. ANTHONY Okay, Papa. He kisses his father and exits with the others. VITTI (to Jelly) Send Jimmy down with them. JELLY Already done. Jelly exits. BEN Nice family. Cuban fishing boat captain? VITTI I can't tell Marie you're a shrink. She'd worry, you know. (CONTINUED) 57. 39 CONTINUED: (3) 39 BEN About this? I think she'd be more worried about your career choice. VITTI Just keep going with the therapy. He crosses to the bar, pours himself a drink, and lights a cigarette. BEN You know, normally a patient wouldn't smoke or drink during a session. VITTI (blowing smoke) That's an interesting fact I'll have to remember if I'm ever on 'Jeopardy.' BEN So tell me about your father. VITTI My father. He was a big man in the neighborhood -- very well respected. Everybody loved him, God rest his soul. BEN He passed away? VITTI No, I just like saying 'God rest his soul.' Yeah, he passed away. He died when I was about twelve. BEN How? VITTI Heart attack. Sudden thing. BEN Were you and your father close? VITTI Close? Yeah, you know, pretty close. I guess we weren't getting along that great right then. (CONTINUED) 58. 39 CONTINUED: (4) 39 BEN Why was that? VITTI I was hangin' out in the neighborhood. I had a borghata -- like a kid gang -- hooligan shit, nothin' big. But my father didn't like it. BEN You fought about it? VITTI He slapped the shit out of me. BEN And then? VITTI And then that night he died. BEN How did that feel? VITTI It felt great! How did it feel? (shrugs) I don't know. BEN Well, think about it. Were you angry, were you afraid? Sad? VITTI Yeah, I guess. BEN Any feelings of guilt? VITTI About what? I didn't kill him. BEN I'm just speculating, but maybe in some way you wanted him to die. VITTI Why would I want my father to die? (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/24/98 59. 39 CONTINUED: (5) 39 BEN Well, you said you were fighting. You were rebelling against his authority. There may have been some unresolved Oedipal conflict. VITTI English. BEN Oedipus was a Greek king who killed his father and married his mother. VITTI Fuckin' Greeks. BEN It's an instinctual developmental drive. The young boy wants to replace his father so he can totally possess his mother. VITTI Are you saying I wanted to fuck my mother? BEN It's a primal fantasy -- VITTI Have you seen my mother? That is the sickest fucking thing I've ever heard. BEN It's Freud. VITTI Well, then Freud's a sick fuck, and you are too for bringing it up. CUT TO: 39A OMITTED 39A and and 40 40 ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/24/98 60/61. 40A INT. OCEAN VIEW RESTAURANT - NIGHT 40A Laura's family, the MacNamaras, and a few close friends have gathered for the rehearsal dinner. There are three tables in a roped-off section of the restaurant with large floral centerpieces, a small bar in the corner. The MacNamaras, SCOTT and BELINDA, are standing with Laura, Ben, Michael and a couple of other relatives. BELINDA Well, isn't this wonderful, all of us finally getting to spend some time together. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/22/98 62. 40A CONTINUED: 40A SCOTT All set for the big day, Ben? BEN Can't wait, Scott. Can I call you 'Scott?' SCOTT My friends call me 'Captain.' BEN Captain. BELINDA Well, if tomorrow goes as well as the rehearsal, I'd say it's going to be a beautiful wedding. BEN Yes, thanks for going to all this trouble, and I have to thank you and the Captain for something else. SCOTT For what? BEN (pointing to Laura) For this. Everyone "ahhs" as Ben gives Laura a peck on the cheek. Michael makes a face. LAURA (to Ben) Would you like a drink, because I'm definitely having eight or nine. BELINDA (disapproving) Shall we go to the table? As the woman go to their seats, Scott holds Ben back for a private moment. SCOTT Ben, there's a lot I'd like to say to you, but I'm going to skip the big father-in-law speech because I know you've been married before. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/22/98 63. 40A CONTINUED: (2) 40A BEN Technically, it wasn't considered a marriage. It was like the Korean War -- more of a police action. SCOTT I served in Korea, son. I don't think you'd be laughing if you'd seen some of the things I saw. BEN You're right. Sorry. VITTI (O.S.) Senor Sobol! Everyone turns to see Paul and Marie Vitti coming into the room, followed by their kids and a knot of bodyguards. Ben's face falls. He rushes over to intercept them. BEN (sputtering) Mr. Vitti! How are you? Mrs. Vitti! Honey, it's the Vittis! Laura glares at Ben. VITTI (charming) Look at everybody. Everybody's smiling, everybody's happy. Nice. This is Marie, my girls, my boy, then all these guys. BEN Mr. and Mrs. Vitti, this is Laura, my fiancee. VITTI Nice to meet you. LAURA (stunned) Thank you very much. A tense moment. Ben presses on. BEN And this is my son Michael. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/22/98 64. 40A CONTINUED: (3) 40A VITTI Whoa. He's a bruiser. (to Ben) You're sure this is your kid? You're a pound and a half soaking wet. I've had lobsters bigger than you. (to Michael) You ever want a job, you come talk to me, right? MICHAEL Seriously? BEN Michael! SCOTT You're Paul Vitti. The mobster. BEN Mr. MacNamara -- uh -- VITTI Excuse me. Is that polite? Is it? I'm trying to be nice here. Do I walk up to you and go, 'You're whoever you are. The prick'? MARIE Paul! BEN Mr. Vitti, this is Laura's father. VITTI Yeah? Okay, well, sorry. But you should know, there is no mob, and, P.S., I personally have never been convicted of a crime. (to Jelly) We're nine for nine, right? JELLY That's right. Vitti takes an envelope from his jacket pocket and presses it into Laura's hand. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/22/98 65. 40A CONTINUED: (4) 40A VITTI (quietly) I heard about the wedding. Here you go. A little something for the bride and groom. God bless. You should live and be well. LAURA Mr. Vitti, we can't accept this. VITTI Yeah, you can. Now, if you don't mind, I just need to borrow this guy for a couple of minutes, then that's it. I'm out of here. Okay? LAURA Okay. Then you leave us alone, right? VITTI Of course. I wouldn't do anything to screw up your wedding. (to Ben) I gotta talk to you. Come on. (to group) Have a great night, everybody. Nice to meet you. Vitti starts for the door. BEN (to Laura) I've just got to talk to him for a sec. You okay? LAURA I've never been less okay. BEN Great. Ben is yanked away by Jimmy. Marie stands with Laura. MARIE I bet you eat a lot of fish since your fiance's in the business. Laura stares. CUT TO: ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/22/98 66. 40B EXT. TERRACE - FEW MINUTES LATER 40B Vitti, Ben and Jelly step out. VITTI (to Jelly) Watch that door. And don't listen to what we say. JELLY My ears are sealed. VITTI (to Ben) Okay, listen. I had a really weird dream last night. BEN I feel like I'm having one right now. How could you interrupt our party? VITTI You know, you're very rigid about certain things. BEN Just tell me the dream. VITTI Okay. I'm asleep. I hear a baby crying. I go to the refrigerator, I get a bottle of milk, I take it to the baby, but when I go to give it to him, I see that the milk is black. JELLY That's fuckin' weird. VITTI Okay, get out of here! JELLY Sorry. Jelly exits. VITTI (to Ben) What's it mean? And I don't want to hear any more filth about my mother. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/22/98 66A. 40B CONTINUED: 40B BEN I don't know what it means. What does it mean to you? VITTI This is what I'm paying you for? I say something, you say it right back to me? I could get Jelly to do this for nothing. BEN Then get Jelly. Ben starts to walk off the patio and comes face to face with Laura's father, Scott. BEN Mr. MacNamara. Ben exits. Scott MacNamara stares suspiciously at Vitti, wondering about his connection to Ben. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/13/98 67. 40B CONTINUED: (2) 40B VITTI (to Scott) Why don't you look over that way before I have to bust your fuckin' head open? Scott looks away, terrified, as Vitti exits past him. CUT TO: 40C OMITTED 40C & & 40D 40D 40E EXT. HOTEL COURTYARD - DAY 40E The sun shines brightly on the wedding day. Guests are assembling for the ceremony. CUT TO: 41 INT. HOTEL ENTRANCE - MOMENTS LATER 41 Tino, the hitman, arrives and saunters into the hotel. CUT TO: 42 INT. AREA OUTSIDE HOTEL ROOM - MOMENTS LATER 42 Jelly walks up to one of the bodyguards. JELLY I'm gonna get something to eat. You want like a sandwich or somethin'? BODYGUARD Yeah. What kinda sandwich isn't too fattening? JELLY A half a sandwich. BODYGUARD Sounds good. JELLY I'll be back in about twenty minutes. The elevator arrives, Jelly gets in and the doors close behind him. ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/13/98 68/69. 43 ANOTHER ELEVATOR 43 The doors open and the Bodyguard turns to look. TWO SHOTS from a PISTOL with a SILENCER strike him in the chest and he falls to the floor dead. Tino steps out and drags the body to the stairwell. 44 OMITTED 44 44A EXT. HOTEL COURTYARD - LATER 44A The guests are seated, Ben and Michael stand with the justice of the peace as Scott walks Laura down the aisle. The harpist is playing and all's right with the world. Scott shakes Ben's hand. SCOTT (quietly, to Ben) Nod your head and smile. Now, you listen to me, goombah. I know what your game is, and you'd better call it quits, because if you and your paisans do anything to hurt my little girl, I'll kill you. Understand? Nod and smile. Scott crosses away. LAURA (sotto) What was that about? BEN Nothing. Your father thinks I'm in the Mafia. LAURA Oh. BEN Let's get married. CUT TO: 45 INT. VITTI'S HOTEL SUITE - SAME TIME 45 Using a stolen pass key, Tino quietly opens the door and enters. He steps into the living room and hears WATER RUNNING in the bathroom. He stealthily approaches the bathroom door and draws his pistol with a silencer on it from under his jacket. 70. 46 INT. BATHROOM - SAME TIME 46 Vitti stares at his reflection in the mirror, then starts washing his face. In the mirror we can see the door starting to open behind him, and the long barrel of Tino's pistol through the crack. Vitti blindly gropes for a towel and starts drying his face. 47 INT. VITTI'S BEDROOM - SAME TIME 47 Tino is about to shoot when Jelly comes up behind him, throws one strong arm around his neck in a powerful choke-hold, and grabs Tino's gun-hand with his free hand. Vitti hears the sounds of a scuffle, steps out of the bathroom, and sees Jelly struggling with Tino. Tino gets off a couple of wild SHOTS, but Jelly finally shakes the GUN loose from Tino's hand. Vitti picks up the gun and puts it to Tino's head. Tino shuts his eyes and turns away, expecting the shot, but then Vitti's hand starts to shake and he breaks into a cold sweat. Tino opens his eyes, sees Vitti frozen, and starts fighting with renewed strength. Jelly hangs on, looks at Vitti with concern, then wrestles Tino out onto the balcony. CUT TO: 47A EXT. HOTEL COURTYARD - DAY 47A The ceremony is in progress. JUSTICE If any man here knows why these two people should not be joined in holy matrimony, let him speak now or forever hold his peace. A beat, then a SCREAM is heard from above, then Tino crashes into a buffet table in the b.g. Wedding guests react in horror. CUT TO: 48 OMITTED 48 & & 49 49 ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/20/98 71. 50 INT. VITTI'S SUITE - LATER 50 Jimmy and Jelly are hastily throwing clothes into suitcases. Vitti comes out of the bedroom hurriedly buttoning up his shirt. VITTI (urgently, to Jelly) Tell Mikey to take Marie and the kids right to the airport. (to Jimmy) You get the car, bring it around to the back and wait for me. Ben bursts into the room. BEN That's it. I've had it with you! VITTI What happened? BEN What happened? I just saw a man fall seven stories into a platter of poached salmon! That's what happened. VITTI Did he break anything? BEN Yes. Everything! They're still picking the capers out of his forehead. VITTI Hey, people get depressed, they jump. It's a human tragedy, but it's not my fault. BEN You're telling me it was suicide? VITTI (to Jelly) I think he left a note. Jelly, did they find that note? JELLY No, but they will in a minute. BEN Oh, yeah, here it is. (MORE) (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/20/98 72. 50 CONTINUED: 50 BEN (CONT'D) (picks up a slip of paper, pretends to read) 'Life is bullshit. I can't fuckin' take it no more. Tino.' VITTI Enough talking. We got to get out of here. The place is crawling with feds. I'm going back to New York and I suggest you do the same. They're probably onto you too now. BEN Onto me? What are you talking about? Being an accessory to murder was not part of our understanding. VITTI Hey, why you busting my balls? I didn't kill him. I can't speak for everyone in the room, but -- (he looks at Jelly) The son-of-a-bitch came after me! It was self-defense. Trust me, Doc. In this one, we're the good guys. Suddenly Laura bursts into the room, still in her wedding dress, but disheveled. BEN Laura! LAURA (distraught, to Vitti) How could you do that? VITTI Great. Another country heard from. (sotto voice to Ben) Get her outta here. BEN Honey, why don't you wait downstairs? (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/20/98 73. 50 CONTINUED: (2) 50 LAURA Why, they're going to throw me off the balcony, too? (to Vitti) I am thirty -- over thirty years old and all my life I have dreamed of walking down the aisle in a beautiful white dress and marrying the man I love. VITTI That's a beautiful dress. LAURA Thank you, but it's not about the dress! We were supposed to get married! VITTI You're upset. LAURA Of course I'm upset! (to Ben) I'm going downstairs to pack, then I'm going to New York and I'm getting married with you or without you. Okay? BEN I'll be right there. (walks her to the door) Everything's going to be all right. I promise. He kisses her and closes the door behind her. BEN Are you happy now? You ruined my life! VITTI What, you think I wanted this? I'm the victim here! I swear, I'm going to kill that son-of-a-bitch! BEN Is that all you know? Do you hear yourself? I knew this would happen. (MORE) (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/20/98 74. 50 CONTINUED: (3) 50 BEN (CONT'D) This whole thing has been one big disaster from the minute you walked into my office. We're finished! You hear me? I am no longer your doctor! VITTI Just 'cause of this? BEN Of course because of this! You don't have even the tiniest shred of human decency. All you know is threats and violence and that's all you'll ever know and I can't be around that! Vitti stares at Ben for a long beat. VITTI What do you want me to do? CUT TO: 51 INT. SINDONE'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS ACTION 51 Sindone is watching "America's Most Wanted," rooting for the criminals. Moony comes to him looking concerned. SINDONE How come I can't get on this show? This is a good show. MOONY Primo. You got a phone call. It's Paul Vitti. SINDONE (warily) Vitti. (picks up the phone) Hello? INTERCUT Vitti and Sindone. Vitti is on the phone, struggling to contain his rage. Ben watches. VITTI Primo, it's Paul Vitti. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/20/98 74A. 51 CONTINUED: 51 SINDONE Yeah, how's it goin'? VITTI Not good. Whoever killed Dominic is shooting at me now and I'm having a lot of feelings about it and I'd like to get some kinda -- BEN Closure. VITTI -- closure on this. Ben nods in encouragement. SINDONE What kind of feelings? VITTI I feel very angry, you know. Very, uh, enraged. Mad. Real mad. Thumbs up from Ben. SINDONE So why you telling me? VITTI Why am I telling you? Like you had nothing to do with it? SINDONE I don't know what you're talking about. VITTI Okay, whatever, I just wanted to tell you how I feel because I know that anger is -- He looks at Ben. BEN A blocked wish -- VITTI -- a blocked wish, and I'm getting my wish unblocked and I'm looking forward to getting some closure -- (MORE) (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/20/98 74B. 51 CONTINUED: (2) 51 VITTI (CONT'D) (loses it) -- and if you make one more move on me I swear to God I'll cut your fuckin' balls off and shove 'em up your ass! SINDONE Vaffancul'! Vitti rips the phone cord out of the jack and smashes the phone against the wall. He stands there fuming. Sindone hangs up the phone on his end, worried. SINDONE Get a dictionary and find out what this 'closure' is. If that's what he's hitting us with, I want to know what the hell it is. CUT TO: 51A INT. VITTI'S SUITE - MOMENTS LATER 51A Vitti is still fuming. VITTI Good? BEN Yeah, right up until the shoving the balls. You can't keep doing this! You want to get physical? Take a walk. Get a punching bag. Hit a pillow. Vitti whips out a .9MM AUTOMATIC and EMPTIES the CLIP into a pillow on the couch. VITTI There's your fucking pillow. BEN Feel better now? VITTI Yeah, I do. CUT TO: 52 OMITTED 52 thru thru 57 57 ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 7/20/98 74C. 58 LARGE ITALIANATE FOUNTAIN 58 Cheeky marble cherubs bathe in the soaring jets and bubbling pools of a large rococo fountain. PULL BACK TO: (CONTINUED) 75. 58 CONTINUED: 58 EXT. BEN'S DRIVEWAY - DAY Ben, Laura and Michael are staring up at the elaborate fountain that now fills the back yard. BEN Call the Vatican. Ask them if anything's missing. MICHAEL So cool! JANET Michael, get your bags out of the car, please. MICHAEL It's almost as tall as the house! Michael crosses away. Laura glares at Ben. BEN (reads the card) He felt bad. It's a wedding gift. LAURA Well, we're not married, so I guess we'll have to send it back. BEN Hey, don't blame me. You didn't want to finish the ceremony. LAURA What did you expect? You think that's what I want to remember on our anniversary? 'Gee, honey, let's go look at the wedding video. There's my parents, there's your parents, and there's the guy who plunged to his death.' BEN I just want to marry you. LAURA I'm starting to think that's not going to happen. BEN Come on. Next Saturday. It's all set. I even asked for a room with a low ceiling, just to discourage the jumpers. (CONTINUED) 76. 58 CONTINUED: (2) 58 LAURA And who's going to be there? BEN Us three, a clergyman, and any family members who've completed their crisis counseling. LAURA And no guests without necks. Everybody has to have a neck. BEN We'll do a neck check at the door. They kiss. CUT TO: 59 INT. SOBOL FAMILY ROOM - MOMENTS LATER 59 The back door opens and Ben, Laura and Michael enter, struggling with the luggage. They freeze. Sitting in the family room are the three FBI agents: Steadman, Ricci and Provano. AGENT STEADMAN (showing his badge) Doctor Sobol, Mrs. Sobol -- I'm Agent Steadman, Agent Ricci, Agent Provano, Federal Bureau of Investigation, O.C.D. BEN (stunned) Obsessive-compulsive disorder? AGENT PROVANO Organized Crime Division. We need to talk. Laura recognizes Provano from the hotel and glares at him. MICHAEL The FBI! This is better than the fountain! BEN Michael, go to your room. (CONTINUED) 77. 59 CONTINUED: 59 MICHAEL But -- BEN Go! MICHAEL Fine. I can hear better in there anyway. Michael exits. On the coffee table are dozens of pictures of Ben and Paul Vitti taken in Miami and just about everywhere else. BEN (a beat) So. FBI. AGENT STEADMAN Can you explain these photographs, Doctor Sobol? BEN I'm a psychotherapist. Paul Vitti is my patient. LAURA Was your patient. BEN Right. Was. That's what I meant. LAURA But not like a real patient. BEN Right. PROVANO So why did he send you that fountain? BEN That was a gift to celebrate the completion of his therapy. We got our television from an agoraphobic, so it's not that unusual -- you know, maybe you should discuss this with my attorney. LAURA Yeah, maybe you should. (CONTINUED) 78. 59 CONTINUED: (2) 59 AGENT STEADMAN Doctor Sobol, Paul Vitti is an extremely dangerous man. We're talking conspiracy, fraud, extortion, racketeering, grand theft, murder... BEN Well, yeah, but don't forget, the man is a sociopath. You've got to expect that kind of behavior -- Ben looks out the window and does a double take. 60 BEN'S POV 60 Isaac and Dorothy are standing in the yard, gawking at the fountain. 61 BACK IN FAMILY ROOM 61 BEN Excuse me, fellas. My folks are here and I'd like to -- well, die would be my first choice. Can I go out? AGENT RICCI It's your house. LAURA Too bad you didn't remember that when you were breaking in. BEN (as he goes) Honey, maybe the federal agents would like something to drink? Could you see what we have? LAURA (firmly) No. BEN (to the Agents) I tried, guys. Ben exits. CUT TO: 79. 62 EXT. BACK YARD - CONTINUOUS ACTION 62 Ben rushes up to Isaac and Dorothy. BEN Hi! What a surprise. Ben kisses his mother as she stares at the fountain. DOROTHY That certainly makes a statement. It's a little big for the yard, don't you think? BEN What can I tell you, Mom? It looked much smaller in the store. ISAAC Think it'll affect your water pressure? BEN I think it'll affect the tides. What are you doing here? DOROTHY Your father and I are just very concerned about what happened in Florida. ISAAC How was your flight home? Anyone hang themselves in first class. DOROTHY We got in last night, we couldn't sleep a wink. Is Laura inside? BEN Yeah, but she and Michael are spending some time alone, you know, getting to know each other. That's important. I don't want to disturb that dynamic. DOROTHY (a beat) So you're not going to invite us in? BEN (a beat) No. (CONTINUED) 80. 62 CONTINUED: 62 DOROTHY (insulted) Well, I'm going to wait in the car. There's too much spray. Dorothy crosses away. ISAAC All right. What's with you and Paul Vitti? BEN Well, Dad, I'm not at liberty to discuss that. ISAAC He's your patient? Are you joking? Have you thought about what this could do to your reputation? BEN You, know, I always wanted to be great, but then I realized that I might have to settle for just being good enough. Now I've got this guy who's hurting and I'm thinking that if I can help this guy, maybe I can be a little bit great. ISAAC Jesus, Ben, you're the one who's going to be hurting. I want you to stop seeing him. BEN Didn't you read your own book? Instead of trying to run my life, why don't you just close your eyes, take a deep breath, tell me what you feel, tell me what you want. ISAAC (uncomfortable) This is bullshit. BEN You wrote it. (CONTINUED) 81. 62 CONTINUED: (2) 62 ISAAC Okay. (with difficulty) I love you -- and I'm afraid for you -- I want you to be safe -- and I want you to have a good life. BEN (deeply touched) Is that really it? ISAAC That's it. They embrace awkwardly. BEN You know why I became a shrink? Because I grew up with a great one walking around the house. ISAAC I thought you became a shrink because you were sleeping with your psychology professor at Columbia. BEN Yes, and because of you. CUT TO: 63 INT. FAMILY ROOM - MINUTES LATER 63 Ben comes back to Laura and the Agents. BEN Okay, so you were saying? AGENT STEADMAN Let me cut to the chase. Sometime in the next week or so, the heads of every major crime family in the United States are going to meet together somewhere in the New York area. Ben nods, finally understanding Vitti's two week deadline. AGENT PROVANO We think the stage is set for a major bloodbath. Has he mentioned anything about it to you? (CONTINUED) 82. 63 CONTINUED: 63 LAURA A bloodbath? BEN No. If he said anything about a bloodbath, I probably would've remembered it. Bloodbath is one of those words that, you know, stands out in a conversation. AGENT STEADMAN (gathering photos) You could really help us out by supplying information about that meeting. BEN And if I don't? AGENT STEADMAN If you don't, I will personally make your life a living hell. I want you to think about that and call me at this number when you change your mind. BEN You mean if I change my mind. AGENT STEADMAN I mean when. LAURA (tough) Okay. Guess what, fellas? You don't scare me. BEN Laura -- LAURA Sit down! (to the Agents) There's going to be a bloodbath. Oh, yeah. Only it's going to be between you and me. You think you can break into our home and intimidate us? That ain't the way it works here, boys. Whatever he and Paul Vitti talked about is privileged. He doesn't have to tell you a thing. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 83. 63 CONTINUED: (2) 63 LAURA (CONT'D) Tarasoff vs. The University of California. Look it up. Now, if he's done something wrong, take him downtown and book him. Otherwise, I'll ask you very kindly to get the hell out of my house. AGENT STEADMAN We'll be in touch. The Agents exit. BEN (impressed) Laura, that was really -- LAURA (furious) Oh, shut up! Laura storms out of the room in a fury. Ben stands, looking miserable, then we hear Michael's voice from the vent. MICHAEL (V.O.) You are in trouble. CUT TO: 64 INT. OLD LION SOCIAL CLUB - DAY 64 Vitti is conferring with Sal Masiello, his consigliere. MASIELLO Paul, I don't mean this in a disrespectful way. You know I was a good friend to your father and I will always be a good friend to you. But the word is out that you've been talking to a shrink. Is that right? Vitti shoots Jelly a sharp look. Jelly looks away. VITTI What's the point here? (CONTINUED) 84. 64 CONTINUED: 64 MASIELLO This concerns the whole family. Right now, we're the only ones who know about it, but if it gets out on the street -- what then? Who knows what you've been saying in there? VITTI It's none of anybody's business what I say in there. MASIELLO Paul, I beg to differ. If you're doing this to establish some kind of insanity defense later, that's one thing. But everybody's gonna think you're falling apart, and that ain't good. They'll take it as a sign of weakness, and that makes us all vulnerable. Sindone would take over everything. VITTI So what do you want me to do? MASIELLO It's time to end it. VITTI What do you mean, end it? MASIELLO Get rid of this shrink. He knows too much already. VITTI You want me to whack my doctor? MASIELLO If you don't do it, somebody else will. It's the only way. VITTI No. Nobody touches him. You hear me? Anybody lays a finger on him, I'll kill 'em. Is that clear? CUT TO: 85. 64A FLASHBACK - EXT. STREET ON LOWER EAST SIDE - DAY 64A Vitti and Ben are walking down the street. For some reason, Vitti is wearing a hat. BEN I'm going to buy some fruit. You want anything? VITTI No, go ahead. Ben crosses to a sidewalk fruit stand and starts picking out oranges. Vitti leans up against a car waiting for him to finish. SHOTS are FIRED. He runs toward the car. More SHOTS are FIRED. Ben is hit. Vitti pulls out his gun but he fumbles and drops it. The gunmen run off. Ben sinks to the pavement, mortally wounded. Vitti kneels next to him and sobs loudly. He puts his hand to his head, knocking off his hat. VITTI Papa! Papa! 64B INT. BEN'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 64B Ben jerks upright in bed, knocked awake by the nightmare. DISSOLVE TO: 65 HOLY WATER FONT 65 Someone dips their fingers in. INT. CATHOLIC CHURCH - NEXT DAY It's Vitti. He goes down on one knee and genuflects in front of a big crucifix. Ben wiggles his finger in the holy water, just kind of curtsies and waves at Jesus on the cross. VITTI You look lousy. You all right. BEN Listen, Paul, please don't send me any more gifts. VITTI You didn't like the fountain? (CONTINUED) 86. 65 CONTINUED: 65 BEN That's not the point. It's a boundary issue. VITTI Boundary issue? I say if more people gave from the heart, we'd all be better off. Let's see your watch. (as Ben shows his wrist) Piece of junk. You're getting a Rolex. BEN Don't buy me a Rolex. VITTI Who said anything about buying it? They cross to the main aisle of the church. BEN Listen, I really need to talk to you. Ben stops cold. A casket sits in front of the altar. A funeral service is in progress. VITTI Tommy Angels. We grew up together. Worked for a crew out of Jersey City. BEN How did he die? VITTI He was on his way to talk to a federal prosecutor. Got hit by a truck -- twice. BEN Do I need to know that? I'm having nightmares as it is. The funeral procession comes down the aisle. BEN Last night I dreamed we were walking down the street, I stopped to buy some fruit, and they shot me -- like Brando in The Godfather. (CONTINUED) 87. 65 CONTINUED: (2) 65 VITTI Good scene. Was I there? A mourner walks up to Vitti, bows his head in respect and kisses Vitti on both cheeks. Vitti on both cheeks. Vitti gives him a consoling pat on the shoulder, then the man kisses Ben and walks off. BEN You dropped your gun, then you ran over to me and started yelling, 'Papa, Papa!' VITTI I was Fredo. I don't think so. An older woman kisses Vitti's hand, then both his cheeks. Vitti whispers a few words to her, then she kisses Ben's hand and moves on. More old ladies kiss their hands as they walk by. VITTI You're losing it, Doc. You may need therapy yourself. A man comes up to Vitti, kisses him on both cheeks, embraces him with excessive energy, then repeats the whole scene with Ben and exits. Ben looks at Vitti. VITTI Him I don't know. Let's get private. 65A OMITTED 65A & & 65B 65B 66 EXT. CHURCH - MOMENTS LATER 66 Ben and Vitti come out of the cathedral. BEN Don't you see? You called me 'Papa.' It's all about your father. VITTI What're you, nuts? It was your dream. (CONTINUED) 88. 66 CONTINUED: 66 BEN Yes, but that's what your black milk dream was about, too. VITTI Uh-uh. I don't buy it. In my dream, I'm bringing the baby the black milk. BEN Freud believed you're everyone in your dreams. VITTI Yeah, well, that guy I don't need to hear about. I can't even call my mother on the phone after that thing you told me. BEN Let's say you are the baby. What kind of milk did you get from your father? VITTI Could we stop talking about my father? BEN (losing it) That's the whole point! We have to start talking about your father. You know what it's like dealing with you? This is you. (imitating Vitti) You gotta help me, Doc. I'm a mess. I'm in pain. (as himself) Okay, Paul, I can help you. (as Vitti) Fuck you. Nobody helps Paul Vitti. VITTI Very good. Now I'll do you. 'Boo-fuckin'-hoo.' I never said this would be easy. Let's see how you like it. Let's talk about your father. BEN Let's not. (CONTINUED) 89. 66 CONTINUED: (2) 66 VITTI Is he still alive? BEN Yes, he's still alive. VITTI What kind of work does he do? BEN (a beat) That's not important. VITTI You paused. BEN What? VITTI You paused. That means you had a feeling. What does he do? BEN He's a psychiatrist. VITTI Ooh, you're fucked up. Next patient, please. BEN We're running out of time, Paul. Let's not waste it talking about my problems. VITTI Your father's a problem? BEN No! VITTI That's what you just said! You seem upset. BEN I'm not upset! VITTI Hey, I'm good at this. (CONTINUED) 90. 66 CONTINUED: (3) 66 BEN We have three days left. If you want to spend it screwing around, I can't help you. (hailing a taxi) Call me when you're ready to get serious. VITTI Say hello to your father for me! A cab stops at the curb. CUT TO: 66A EXT. CHURCH - SAME TIME 66A Handsome Jack and Potatoes watch from a vantage point in the park nearby. POTATOES We could just pop him right now. HANDSOME JACK In front of a church? What are you, a fuckin' animal? It's a holy place. POTATOES Is the sidewalk holy, too? I mean, where does the holiness end? HANDSOME JACK (thinks) I don't know. Second Avenue? CUT TO: 67 OMITTED 67 & & 68 68 69 DIGITAL SOUND MIXER 69 in the FBI van. A technician works at the computer console. Steadman listens. Through speakers: VITTI (V.O.) You want me to whack my doctor? (CONTINUED) 91. 69 CONTINUED: 69 MASIELLO (V.O.) If you don't do it, somebody else will. It's the only way. VITTI (V.O.) No. Nobody touches him. You hear me? Anybody lays a finger on him, I'll kill 'em. Is that clear? Then the technician plays an altered version. VITTI (V.O.) You want me to whack my doctor? MASIELLO (V.O.) If you don't do it, somebody else will. It's the only way. VITTI (V.O.) (after a beat) I'll kill 'em. CUT TO: 70 INT. LIVING ROOM - SAME TIME 70 Steadman shuts off a tape recorder, having just played the altered tape for a stunned Ben and Laura. A long beat, then Ben looks up at the agents. BEN (quietly) What do you want me to do? CUT TO: 71 INT. JIMMY'S CAR - SAME TIME 71 Jimmy is parked at the corner watching the Sobol house as the three FBI agents leave. CUT TO: 72 EXT. OLD LION SOCIAL CLUB - LATE AFTERNOON 72 Masiello is face to face with Vitti. MASIELLO Paul, he talked to the Feds. (CONTINUED) 92. 72 CONTINUED: 72 VITTI I know this guy. He would never talk to the Feds. Jelly's CELLULAR PHONE RINGS. He steps away and answers it quietly during the following. MASIELLO The FBI was at his house today. JIMMY It's the truth. I saw 'em. MASIELLO You'll see. Next thing is he's gonna call you and ask for a meeting. VITTI Come on. You don't know this guy. Jelly covers the phone and turns to Vitti. JELLY It's Dr. Sobol. He says he needs to see you right away. Vitti nods. CUT TO: 73 EXT. STREET CORNER - NIGHT 73 Ben waits on a deserted corner in Brooklyn. A black Town Car appears and stops to pick him up. The windows are heavily tinted. Ben takes a deep breath, crosses to the car and opens the back door. EXT. JELLY'S CAR - CONTINUOUS ACTION Ben finds Jelly sitting in the back seat next to Vitti. JELLY Sit up front with Jimmy. BEN (anxiously) You want me to sit in front? Paul usually sits in front. (CONTINUED) 93. 73 CONTINUED: 73 JIMMY So this time you'll sit up front. Why you making a federal case? BEN (getting in the car) Federal case? I'm not making a federal case? Let's go. CUT TO: 74 INT. PARETTI'S RESTAURANT (JERSEY CITY) - LATER 74 A waiter pours red wine. Ben is eating out of pure anxiety. Jelly and Jimmy watch him intently. Vitti stares off. BEN (prattling nervously) Wow, this is really good. Delicious. I love Italian food. I've never been to Italy but I'd love to go. I've been to France. And Jamaica. That's nice, but I'm sure it's very different from Italy. A whole different, uh -- (silence) So what's everybody doing this summer? Carlo Mangano comes to the table. Vitti gets up, hugs and fraternal kisses all around, then Mangano sits down with them. VITTI This is Ben. He's a friend of mine. (to Ben) Say hello to Carlo Mangano. MANGANO How you doin'? VITTI (to Ben) Carlo was on my father's crew. He's always been like a -- I don't know -- like a cousin to me. MANGANO I am your cousin. (CONTINUED) 94. 74 CONTINUED: 74 VITTI I know, that's what I'm saying. It's like a family thing. The closeness. MANGANO Anything you need, anything I can do for you, Paul, you know. I'm here for you. VITTI I know. So did you take care of that thing I asked you about? MANGANO Is it all right to talk business in front of your friend? VITTI It's okay. MANGANO Yeah, I took care of it. VITTI How about that other thing? MANGANO I'm waiting for that first thing to come through. I can't move until it does. VITTI Did the guy give you a problem? MANGANO A little. He's a lunatic. CUT TO: 75 INT. FBI VAN - SAME TIME 75 The agents monitor the conversation through the bug Ben is wearing. They shake their heads at the incomprehensible dialogue. VITTI (V.O.) What did he say? MANGANO (V.O.) The usual. (CONTINUED) 95. 75 CONTINUED: 75 VITTI (V.O.) Did you tell him you weren't going for it? MANGANO (V.O.) What was I gonna do? 76 BACK IN PARETTI'S 76 VITTI You always gotta nip that shit in the bud. MANGANO Yeah. But if the first thing is okay, that should fix everything. VITTI Including the second thing. MANGANO Yeah, but -- VITTI Exactly. (to Ben) Don't repeat any of that to anyone. BEN What? The first thing or the second thing? VITTI That's Stevie Beef over there. I gotta go say hello to him for a second. (to Mangano) Come on. Ben watches Vitti and Mangano cross the room, then turns to Jelly and Jimmy. BEN Stevie Beef. Interesting name. When he was younger they probably called him Stevie Veal. (off no response) You guys come here often? JELLY Paretti's has a very special meaning to Paul. (CONTINUED) 96. 76 CONTINUED: 76 JIMMY Yeah, this is where his father got whacked. JELLY Hey! JIMMY What's the big secret? BEN (incredulous) Wait a second. Paul's father was murdered? JIMMY Right at that table. With his whole family there. JELLY Hey, just shut up. BEN Paul, too? He was there? JELLY He don't like to talk about it. Everything is suddenly clear to Ben. He stands up. JIMMY Where you goin'? BEN Bathroom. JELLY I'll go with you. CUT TO: 77 INT. BATHROOM - MOMENT LATER 77 Ben and Jelly enter. BEN I gotta -- you know -- poop. Ben goes into a stall, latches the door and drops his pants. Jelly combs his hair in the mirror. (CONTINUED) 97. 77 CONTINUED: 77 INT. STALL - SAME TIME Ben hastily unbuttons his shirt, revealing a small microphone taped to his chest. He picks at the edge of the tape, takes a deep breath, then rips it off. BEN Ahhhh! JELLY at the urinal, reacts to Ben's cry. JELLY You need more roughage. A bran muffin in the morning would help with that. CUT TO: 78 INT. PARETTI'S - BACK AT TABLE - FEW MINUTES LATER 78 Ben and Jelly rejoin Vitti. Ben starts right in on him. BEN I have to talk to you -- in private. VITTI (to Jelly and Jimmy) Leave us alone. They exit without hesitation. BEN Why didn't you tell me about your father? VITTI What about him? BEN You said he died of a heart attack. VITTI So what's the problem? BEN What's the problem? Your father was murdered! (CONTINUED) 98. 78 CONTINUED: 78 VITTI Heart attack, murdered, what's the difference? He's dead. BEN There's a big difference. Why didn't you tell me? VITTI Because it's private. You think I tell you every little thing? BEN That is not a little thing! VITTI Okay, you want to know? Analyze this. I was twelve years old, the whole family was having dinner together right over there, two guys walked in and shot him dead right in front of us. Okay? BEN And you didn't think this was important enough to tell me? VITTI What am I supposed to do? Spend the rest of my life crying about the past? Forget about it. BEN You know what? I think you want to talk about it. VITTI No, I don't want to talk about it. BEN I think you do. VITTI No, I don't. BEN Then why did you choose this restaurant? VITTI 'Cause I like it, okay? (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 6/25/98 99. 78 CONTINUED: (2) 78 BEN Of all the places we could've gone, why this one? VITTI White clam sauce. The best. BEN No, we're here because you wanted me to know about your father. You're reaching out to me. VITTI I'll reach out to you -- Vitti suddenly reaches over and rips Ben's shirt open. All he sees is a bald patch on Ben's chest where the bug was taped. BEN I think we have some major trust issues here. CUT TO: 78A INT. SINDONE HEADQUARTERS - SAME TIME 78A The cutting room is deserted except for Primo and his men. Sindone is at his desk reading the entertainment section of the New York Times. SINDONE (studying the paper) I'd like to see a movie but there's nothing out there. It's all this shoot-'em-up action bullshit. I get enough of that at work. They all laugh. Moony finishes a call on his cell phone. MOONY That was our friend. He marked your guy at Paretti's. SINDONE Yeah? Then let's make it the last supper. Jack? HANDSOME JACK You got it, Primo. (to Potatoes) Let's go. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 6/25/98 99A. 78A CONTINUED: 78A SINDONE (as they exit) Hey, Jack. Just for fun, tear out his heart and bring it to me. CUT TO: 79 EXT. STREET - LATER 79 Vitti, Ben and the boys come out of the restaurant and walk to the car. BEN Jimmy, you can have shotgun this time. I don't mind. JIMMY Nah, sit up front. There's more room for your legs. BEN My legs are short, it's fine in the back. JIMMY Get in the front. BEN You know what? It's late. I think I'm just going to call it a night. Why don't I just grab a cab and head on home. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - 6/17/98 100. 79 CONTINUED: 79 JIMMY Get in the car. BEN No really, it's all right. JIMMY (pulls a gun) Get in the fucking car. Ben looks to Vitti for help. VITTI Do what he says. BEN You know, we call this a transference neurosis. It's when the patient starts acting out his problems with his therapist instead of out in the world. It's usually considered a good sign. Not for me, in this case, but -- Jimmy forces him into the back of the car. CUT TO: 79A EXT. PARETTI'S RESTAURANT - MOMENTS LATER 79A The Lincoln makes a U-turn in front of Paretti's and drives off down the street passing Handsome Jack and Potatoes in a car parked at the corner. The car takes off after the Lincoln. CUT TO: 80 INT. FBI VAN - SAME TIME 80 The agents are monitoring the bug, but all they hear is WATER RUNNING and TOILETS FLUSHING. AGENT RICCI What's he doing in there? He's been in the bathroom for half an hour. Ricci and Steadman look at each other. CUT TO: ANALYZE THIS - 6/17/98 101. 81 EXT. PARETTI'S RESTAURANT - MOMENTS LATER 81 The FBI van pulls up and lurches to a stop. CUT TO: 82 INT. PARETTI'S BATHROOM - MOMENTS LATER 82 Steadman rushes in, pushes open the stall and sees the microphone and transmitter in the bottom of the toilet bowl. CUT TO: 83 OMITTED 83 & & 84 84 85 EXT. SCRAP YARD - NIGHT (LATER) 85 Jelly's car pulls into a scrap metal yard and parks. They all get out. Jelly hands Vitti a gun. VITTI (to Jimmy and Jelly) Leave us alone. Jelly looks apologetically at Ben. JELLY Sorry, Doc. It's not personal, you know. BEN Don't kid yourself, Jelly. It doesn't get more personal than this. (CONTINUED) 102. 85 CONTINUED: 85 Jelly and Jimmy walk away, leaving Ben alone with Vitti. VITTI You know why I have to do this, don't you? BEN Because you're a paranoid? No, actually you're a reverse paranoid. You think you're out to get everybody. VITTI Don't bullshit me! You betrayed me! You stabbed me in the back. They start shouting at each other. BEN I betrayed you? What are you talking about? Who's got the gun? VITTI You think I'm an idiot? Don't insult my intelligence. You cooperated! You talked to the Feds! BEN They played me a tape! You said you were going to kill me. VITTI Never. I never said that. They glare at each other for a moment. BEN It doesn't matter. I didn't betray you, Paul. Yes, they made me wear a wire, but I took it off, because I think I know how to help you now. VITTI I don't want to know what you think. BEN Yes, you do. VITTI No, I don't! (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 6/10/98 103. 85 CONTINUED: (2) 85 BEN I think you do. VITTI (puts the gun to Ben's head) It's over! Don't you get it? I took one chance and that's it. BEN Okay. (as Vitti cocks the gun) Can I ask you one last question? VITTI (a beat) What? BEN What did you order? VITTI What? BEN What did you order? VITTI When? BEN That night. What were you eating the night your father got killed? VITTI How the hell do I know? BEN You don't remember? VITTI It was 35 years ago. BEN What did your father have? VITTI I told you! I don't remember. BEN Try. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 6/10/98 104. 85 CONTINUED: (3) 85 VITTI What's the matter with you? BEN It's a simple question. What was your father eating! VITTI (after a long pause) Penne. BEN Good. And you. VITTI Ravioli. BEN The food was on the table? VITTI They were just serving it. BEN Did you see the guys coming? VITTI One of them. Dressed like a busboy. BEN Did your father see him? VITTI No, but I knew he looked wrong. BEN Why? VITTI His pants. They looked too good for a busboy. BEN He walked over to the table? VITTI I watched him the whole way. BEN Did you say anything? (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 6/10/98 105. 85 CONTINUED: (4) 85 VITTI My father was so mad at me. BEN And you were mad at him. VITTI I couldn't say anything. BEN And then. VITTI I never saw the second guy. My mother started screaming. BEN And you blame yourself? VITTI I coulda saved him. BEN But you were mad at him. VITTI (starting to hyperventilate) I killed my father. BEN You didn't kill him, Paul. You were angry but you didn't kill him. That's the life he chose. VITTI I never got to say good-bye. BEN Say it now, Paul. Talk to him. What do you want to tell him? VITTI I can't. BEN You have to. Tell him, Paul. VITTI (breaks down) I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. (CONTINUED) ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 6/10/98 106. 85 CONTINUED: (5) 85 BEN It's okay, Paul. You can let go of it now. Vitti leans back against the car, slumps to the ground and starts sobbing, 35 years of pent-up grief finally finding expression. 86 JELLY AND JIMMY 86 Standing around smoking, waiting for the death shot. JIMMY What's taking so long? I'm ruining my goddamn shoes here. Fuckin' $350 Bruno Maglis. JELLY What's wrong with you? Don't you have any respect? This is a very difficult thing for Paul. JIMMY Shoulda let me do it. I'd be home watchin' E.S.P.N.2 by now. World's strongest man. You should see these guys. 87 VITTI AND BEN 87 Ben is comforting Vitti. BEN You couldn't save him, Paul. He was trying to save you. That's what you fought about. He didn't want this for you, and you don't want it for Anthony. You don't want him to grow up the way you did -- without a father. Vitti just cries louder. 88 JELLY AND JIMMY 88 hearing the crying. JELLY Jesus, the guy's fallin' apart. JIMMY Why doesn't he just pop him? It's embarrassing. ANALYZE THIS - Rev. 6/10/98 106A. 89 BEN AND VITTI 89 Ben tries to comfort Vitti who is still crying. BEN Your father's not dead, Paul. He's alive -- in you. And he's trying to tell you something. (CONTINUED) 107. 89 CONTINUED: 89 Suddenly, there is a GUNSHOT and a BULLET RICOCHETS off the TOP of the CAR. BEN Oh, my God! 90 HANDSOME JACK 90 He OPENS UP with a MAC-10. JELLY AND JIMMY Jimmy goes down, hit in the shoulder. Jelly dives for cover behind a rusted car body. VITTI AND BEN BEN (in a panic) Paul! They're shooting! Vitti continues to sob, oblivious to the GUN BATTLE raging around him. JELLY He FIRES back at Handsome Jack. POTATOES He rakes the Lincoln with a BURST from the ASSAULT RIFLE. JELLY'S CAR All the WINDOWS ARE BLOWN OUT by the GUNFIRE. Ben screams. BEN Paul! For God's sake, shoot somebody! Vitti just sits there on the ground, still sobbing quietly. JELLY He reloads and FIRES again. (CONTINUED) 108. 90 CONTINUED: 90 POTATOES Jelly's last SHOT strikes him right in the chest, and he goes down. HANDSOME JACK He sees Potatoes fall and starts moving out, covering his retreat with another BURST from his MACHINE GUN. JELLY'S CAR Something snaps inside Ben. BEN Goddamn it! He takes the GUN out of Vitti's hand and starts FIRING WILDLY. JELLY He sees Handsome Jack emerge from cover and takes him out with FIVE QUICK SHOTS. HANDSOME JACK He goes down FIRING, dead before he hits the ground. SCRAP YARD It's suddenly quiet. After a long moment, Jimmy rolls over and moans. Jelly goes to him and starts examining his wound. 91 JELLY'S CAR 91 Ben stands up, still holding Vitti's gun. He sees Handsome Jack lying dead on the ground. BEN Oh my God! Did I do that? JELLY No, Doc. That one's mine. You got the Chevy Camaro and the side-by-side refrigerator-freezer. (CONTINUED) 109. 91 CONTINUED: 91 Vitti emerges from behind the car looking red-eyed but composed again and looks at Ben. VITTI Pretty fuckin' ironic, isn't it? You can give me back the gun now, Doctor. Vitti holds out his hand. Ben hesitates for a moment, then hands him the gun. VITTI It's okay. I wasn't really gonna whack you. (off Jelly's skeptical look) All right, maybe I was gonna whack you, but I was real conflicted about it. Progress, right? BEN I don't think I can see you anymore. VITTI Yeah, I figured. BEN This was big tonight. You might feel a little raw for a while. VITTI Yeah. BEN So good luck. It's been -- Vitti nods, they stand there for another moment, then Ben walks off into the night. CUT TO: 92 INT. BEN'S OFFICE - MORNING 92 ELAINE, a fortyish, tired-looking wife and mother sits on the couch across from Ben. Ben looks bored and depressed. ELAINE I want to please him in bed, but whatever I do it seems like it's never enough. Now he wants me to say things when we're making love. (CONTINUED) 110. 92 CONTINUED: 92 BEN What kinds of things does he want you to say, Elaine? ELAINE Well, he wants me to call him 'big boy.' And he's my bucking bronco, and I'm supposed to ride him hard and put him back in the barn wet. Michael's laughter is heard coming through the vent. Ben closes his eyes and sighs deeply. ELAINE Are you all right, Dr. Sobol? BEN Let me suggest something, Elaine. If the man wants you to say things ... damn it, you should get down on all fours and bark like a dog if that's going to get the job done. Break out the wine, baby. Smoke a joint. Do what you have to do, because life is too short. It's just too fucking short. Elaine stares, taken aback, then she smiles. ELAINE Okay. CUT TO: 93 EXT. VITTI'S HOUSE - SEVERAL DAYS LATER 93 Jelly, Jimmy and Iron Mike arrive and walk up to the house. The rest of the crew are standing around on the porch. CUT TO: 94 INT. VITTI'S BEDROOM - MOMENTS LATER 94 Jelly enters and finds Vitti in his undershorts, putting on his tie, looking very strong. JELLY How you feelin', boss? You need anything? (CONTINUED) 111. 94 CONTINUED: 94 VITTI No, I'm great. Never felt better in my life. When this meeting is over they won't know what hit 'em. Jelly gives him the thumbs up and exits. Vitti turns to the TV and starts knotting his tie as a PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMMERCIAL STARTS PLAYING, featuring a father and his son. As Vitti watches the sentimental ad, his eyes fill with tears. CUT TO: 95 EXT. WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL - LITTLE LATER 95 The sun is shining. A beautiful day for a wedding. "HERE COMES THE BRIDE" is heard. 96 INT. WALDORF-ASTORIA BANQUET ROOM - LATER 96 The crowd oohs and aahs as Laura starts down the aisle in her wedding dress. Isaac and Dorothy are standing near the chupah ready to receive her. DOROTHY Is Ben going to step on the glass? ISAAC No. He doesn't want to hurt his foot, so they're going to drop a person on it. DISSOLVE TO: 96A INT. WALDORF-ASTORIA BANQUET ROOM - MOMENTS LATER 96A Laura and Ben stand before a REFORMED RABBI. The family is gathered again. Michael stands just to the side. RABBI We are put on this earth to find a love, a soulmate, someone with whom we can create joy. How glad we are today that Ben and Laura have found each other, and we anticipate and celebrate the years of joy they will share together from this day on. We hear a PSST from somewhere. Ben and Laura don't seem to notice it. (CONTINUED) 112. 96A CONTINUED: 96A RABBI Ben, do you take this woman, Laura, to be your lawfully wedded wife, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, 'til death do you part, so help you God? Another PSST. Ben looks over and sees Jelly standing behind some flowers to the side of the altar. BEN (hissing) No! RABBI Excuse me? BEN No, not you. I was talking to him. RABBI Who him? BEN It's not important. Yes. RABBI Yes what? BEN Yes to the thing before. To her. That's a yes. Pick it up from there. Jelly moves closer. The guests start to mutter. JELLY (to Ben) Doc, we're going to need to hurry it up here. (to Michael) Hi, kid. LAURA I do not believe this! JELLY (to the Rabbi) Haul ass, buddy. We got a problem. LAURA Who the hell do you think you are? (CONTINUED) 113. 96A CONTINUED: (2) 96A JELLY (to Ben) Ooh, she's feisty. Watch out, Doc. (to the Rabbi) Tick tock, let's go. Hurry up and pronounce them, huh? RABBI By the power vested me by the state of New York, I now pronounce you man and wife. JELLY Okay. Kiss, kiss -- Ben and Laura kiss. JELLY I'm sorry about this, Mrs. Sobol, but duty calls, you know? LAURA (tearing up) Oh. You're the first person to call me Mrs. Sobol. JELLY Nice, huh? LAURA No. BEN Laura, I'm sorry. It's the job. LAURA Go. Just go. (to Jelly) Have him back here by the salad course or you're in serious trouble. Capiche? JELLY You're a pistol. (to Ben) I like her. Ben kisses Laura, then the organist plays "Here Comes the Bride" as Jelly and Ben hurry down the aisle together. ANGLE ON SCOTT AND BELINDA, ISAAC AND DOROTHY shaking their heads in confusion. CUT TO: 114. 97 OMITTED 97 & & 98 98 99 INT. WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL - RECEPTION AREA 99 Ben comes out of the function room with Jelly. JELLY He's bad, Doc. Worse than I ever seen him. I think his inner child is all fucked up. BEN Have you ever seen an episode like this? JELLY Yes. Once on 'Bonanza,' Hoss Cartwright got bit by a raccoon. He got this fever and he was shaking -- BEN Never mind. CUT TO: 100 OMITTED 100 100A INT. WALDORF GARAGE - MOMENTS LATER 100A Jelly and Ben come out of the hotel into the garage area. JELLY This is serious, Doc. If he doesn't make this meeting, they'll kill him for sure. BEN Can't someone else in the family go for him? Tommy the Tongue? Louie the Lip? What about you? You go? JELLY That would work except for one little detail. I'm a fucking moron. I'm known for it. (a beat) You have to go. BEN Me? You must be a moron. (CONTINUED) 115. 100A CONTINUED: 100A JELLY Hey! Watch that. BEN You just said it yourself. JELLY It's different when I say it. When you say it, it sounds very negative. BEN I'm sorry, Jelly, but I'm not going. I'm not on the payroll anymore, so forget about it. My wife is waiting -- He turns to go back into the hotel. JELLY Doc. Ben feels a gun pressed against his back. BEN You can't shoot me, Jelly. JELLY Correction. Mr. Vitti couldn't shoot you. But here's something about me you should know. I never got married, Doctor Sobol. I don't have a hobby. I never got a dog or a cat. I don't even have a goldfish. I live for one reason only, and that's to serve Mr. Paul Vitti. He's what I'm thinking about when I wake up, and he's what I'm thinking about when I close my eyes to sleep. If he told me to jump off a tall building, not only would I do it, I would hope to survive so I could do it again and again until he told me to stop. This is all I know. This is all I got. So please don't think I won't kill you, because I'd hate for your last thought to be a wrong one. You're going to that meeting. CUT TO: 116. 100B INT. FBI CAR - MOMENTS LATER 100B Parked on 50th Street, Ricci and another agent watch the limo emerge from the Waldorf garage. Ricci signals someone on the radio. 100C FBI HELICOPTER 100C flies INTO VIEW over Park Avenue and starts tracking the limo. 101 EXT. MID-TOWN TUNNEL - DAY 101 The black stretch limo approaches the tunnel entrance. An FBI helicopter zooms INTO VIEW high above. CUT TO: 102 INT. HELICOPTER - SAME TIME 102 Steadman and Provano track the limo from the air as it enters the tunnel. 103 OMITTED 103 104 EXT. TUNNEL EXIT - MOMENTS LATER 104 Fifteen identical limos emerge from the tunnel on the Queens side and start criss-crossing as they leave the toll booths, then head off in different directions. CUT TO: 105 INT. HELICOPTER - SAME TIME 105 Steadman and Provo try to pick Ben's limo out of the pack of identical limos heading up the Long Island Expressway. STEADMAN (desperately) Which one is it? AGENT PROVANO The black one. CUT TO: 117. 105A INT. LIMOUSINE - DAY 105A Ben is in the back with Jelly and Jimmy. One of their crew, IRON MIKE, is driving. Ben is putting on a suit of Jimmy's. He looks very anxious. JIMMY (his shoulder bandaged) Just remember. That's a fuckin' $1200 Valentino suit. You spill anything on it, I'll mess you up good. JELLY Shut up. You're making him nervous. If he gets nervous and fucks up, they'll kill him for sure. (to Ben) Let's go over it again. BEN This is insane. JELLY Mr. Vitti's been detained, apologies all around, blah, blah, blah. Then you say you're the new consigliere, and you're prepared to speak for Mr. Vitti. BEN Then what? JELLY Then you just keep your mouth shut, and hope nobody asks you nothin'. JIMMY Boy, this is some fuckin' plan. JELLY Shut up. (to Ben) If you have to talk, just be vague. Can you do that? BEN I'm a psychologist. Believe me, I can be vague. CUT TO: 118. 106 INT. VITTI'S BEDROOM - SAME TIME 106 Vitti is lying on the bed staring at the ceiling. Marie is stroking his forehead. Then he looks over and sees Anthony sitting in a chair at the foot of the bed, watching him with concern. VITTI Shouldn't you be outside playing or something? ANTHONY No, it's all right. VITTI How long you gonna sit there? ANTHONY (shrugs) How long you gonna lay there? Vitti smiles. VITTI I'm done. CUT TO: 107 EXT. OZONE PARK (QUEENS) - MINUTES LATER 107 The limo pulls into the parking lot of the Tops Limousine Service. Fifty other limos are already parked there. Jelly and Jimmy get out, followed by Ben, now dressed in shiny suit and pinky ring. CUT TO: 108 INT. TOPS LIMO GARAGE - CONTINUOUS ACTION 108 Ben, Jelly, and Jimmy enter a garage the size of a small airplane hangar. The floor has been cleared and long tables set up to form a square in the middle of the room. Wiseguys with shotguns patrol the catwalks above the floor and soldiers are posted at all the doors. BEN (sotto voce) I can't do this. I'm telling you, I cannot do this. JELLY Don't fucking whine! Whining's a dead giveaway. Come on! You're the consigliere, for Chrissake. (CONTINUED) 119. 108 CONTINUED: 108 Around the tables sit forty or fifty of the biggest gangsters in the world. A few captains stand around the perimeter, ready to serve their bosses. BEN These are the bosses? That one looks like my Uncle Max. Jelly steers Ben to an empty seat next to Carlo Mangano. MANGANO (surprised) What's goin' on? Where's Vitti? JELLY On his way. Don't worry. Mangano eyes Ben with contempt. MANGANO What's he doin' here? JELLY He's -- it's okay. Forget about it. MANGANO Forget about it? What the hell is that? Seated directly across the room from Ben is Primo Sindone. He stares hard at Ben, trying to place him, then leans over to Moony, his consigliere. SINDONE Who's the guy with Jelly? MOONY I don't know. Ben looks away nervously. BEN (to Jelly, borderline hysterical) I can't do this. He starts to get up but Jelly pulls him back down. Moony stands up and gets everyone's attention. (CONTINUED) 120. 108 CONTINUED: (2) 108 MOONY All right, gentlemen. I think we better start. We have a big agenda, so for now let's stick to the big issues. And it would help if you identify yourselves when you speak, since we don't all know each other, and we didn't think anybody would be into wearing any fucking name tags. Laughter around the table. Sindone stands up and looks straight at Ben. SINDONE I'm Primo Sindone. They call me Sonny Long. It's good to see so many of the old faces here, and to welcome the new ones from all over the country. I see Frank Zello, and Joe Baldassare, but I'm a little disappointed to see that the head of our other New York family isn't here today. All I see is his man Jelly and some sawed-off little prick nobody knows. Jelly looks at Ben, waiting for him to speak, but Ben just sits, frozen, looking down at his hands. JELLY (stands up, rattled) Yeah, well, the thing is Mr. Vitti has been detained and he sends his apologies for -- being detained -- and he apologizes for his -- detainment. SINDONE Detained? What kind of bullshit is that? What's more important than this? As the host of this meeting, I take his not being here as a sign of disrespect to me and to all these other men, too, who came a long way to be here. JELLY Mr. Vitti meant no disrespect. The thing is, he's not feeling well. He's sick and he -- didn't feel well -- (CONTINUED) 121. 108 CONTINUED: (3) 108 Ben rises and slaps Jelly hard across the face. BEN (quietly) Jelly! We don't ever discuss Mr. Vitti's health outside the family. You know better. Jelly is stunned. The bosses murmur. SINDONE All right, who is this guy and what the fuck is he doing here? BEN In answer to your first question, my name is Ben Sobol -- (off Sindone's look) -- leone. Sobboleone. They call me -- 'The doctor.' As for your second question. I'm here representing Paul Vitti. As his conser -- conghili -- JELLY (prompting) Consigliere -- BEN (slaps him again) Don't you ever correct me again! As his consigliere, I'm intimately involved in all aspects of the family business and I'm prepared to speak for Mr. Vitti on all matters. SINDONE Okay, Doctor, then let's get down to business. Everybody knows there's been this thing between me and Paul Vitti for a long time. BEN Which thing are you talking about? The first thing or the second thing? SINDONE What second thing? I only know one thing. (CONTINUED) 122. 108 CONTINUED: (4) 108 BEN Well, I don't see how we can discuss the first thing without bringing up the second thing. Didn't you talk to the guy? He tugs meaningfully on his earlobe. SINDONE What guy? BEN The guy with the thing. SINDONE What thing? What the fuck are you talking about? BEN How should I know? You brought it up. (gestures helplessly to the others) This is the whole problem. You can't have an intelligent conversation with the man. SINDONE How about if I just break your fuckin' neck? What do you think of that? BEN It's not important what I think. What do you think? SINDONE What do I think? I think it's a good idea! Why would I say it if I didn't think it was good? BEN I don't know. Why would you? SINDONE (frustrated) I wouldn't! That's what I'm saying! BEN Have you always had a problem dealing with your anger? (CONTINUED) 123. 108 CONTINUED: (5) 108 SINDONE What are you talking about? BEN What do you think I'm talking about? SINDONSINDONE (explodes) I don't know what the fuck you're talking about! BEN See, you're angry again. Do you feel you have to get angry to be heard? Sindone turns to a couple of other bosses, FRANK ZELLO and JOE BALDASSARE. SINDONE What's he talking about? ZELLO I don't know. But you do have a tendency to get angry a lot. BALDASSARE I agree, Primo. SINDONE I'm trying to talk about Vitti! Why are we talking about me? BEN Interesting. Do you feel you're not worthy enough to be talked about? SINDONE What does that mean? BEN What do you think it means? SINDONE Fuck you! ZELLO Primo, calm down. (CONTINUED) 124. 108 CONTINUED: (6) 108 SINDONE Calm down? How can I calm down when this prick won't stop with the questions? BEN Could you pass the fruit, please? SINDONE That's it! You're a dead man! Sindone whips out a pistol and points it at Ben, but just as he's about to shoot -- VITTI (O.S.) Primo! All eyes turn. 109 PAUL VITTI 109 He's standing there, staring at Sindone, cool, clear, and unafraid. He looks like a king. The room goes silent. Vitti looks around the table, nods, and crosses to Ben. Jelly gets up to greet him. VITTI (quietly, to Jelly) Wait outside with the car running. Jelly nods and exits. BEN What are you doing here? VITTI Saving your ass. Sit down. I'll take it from here. Ben sits, greatly relieved. VITTI (to the group) I'm Paul Vitti. I'm sorry I was late. Those of you who know me will know I meant no disrespect. If it's all right with you, there's something I'd like to say, then I'll leave you to your business. Ben looks at Vitti and sees a kind of serenity and clarity he's never seen before. (CONTINUED) 125. 109 CONTINUED: 109 VITTI About two and a half weeks ago, somebody killed my friend, Dominic Manetta. He looks straight at Sindone. SINDONE Don't look at me. Everybody knows you whacked him so you could take over everything. VITTI What I really came here to say is that I've come to a very important decision in my life. I want out. A great murmur of surprise sweeps around the room. Ben looks at him proudly. VITTI I'm going away for a while, but I will respect the oath I took the day I was made, and whatever I know about anyone else's business, I take with me to the grave. You have my word. A negative buzz among the bosses. VITTI As for my own organization, I know Carlo Mangano would like to be the new boss. Mangano smiles gratefully. MANGANO Thank you, Paul. VITTI That's why he betrayed Dominic and me to our enemies and sent his own man to kill me in Miami. Mangano is stunned. VITTI But I leave it to my people to deal with that and choose their own boss. And even though it's my right, I won't take revenge, mostly because I'm in a good place mentally and feeling good about me. (CONTINUED) 126. 109 CONTINUED: (2) 109 ZELLO (perplexed) I don't know, Paul. I can see where some people might have a problem with this. VITTI I realize that, so as an extra token of good faith between us, I've taken the liberty of writing down everything I know and putting it in a safe deposit box in case anything happens to me or my family. There's a long tense silence while the other bosses consider all this. Then, finally -- ZELLO I don't know what anybody else thinks, but I say good luck and God bless, Paul. BALDASSARE Good luck, Paul. Salut. They all raise their glasses and toast Vitti. Ben raises his glass to Vitti and drinks. BEN (to Vitti) Well done. Vitti smiles at him and drinks. CUT TO: 110 EXT. PARKING LOT - MOMENTS LATER 110 Ben and Vitti come out of the building and cross to the car. Jelly is waiting, Iron Mike has the MOTOR RUNNING, and Jimmy is in the front seat with him. VITTI Let's move. Sindone and Mangano come out with guns drawn, flanked by two wise guys. SINDONE Vitti! (CONTINUED) 127. 110 CONTINUED: 110 Vitti and his crew turn and face Sindone and Mangano across the parking lot. VITTI I don't want to do this, Primo. SINDONE You don't want to do this? That's fuckin' rich. What did you think, you could just quit and walk away? You think this is a fuckin' civil service job? What are you, crazy? VITTI Not anymore. (to Mangano) Hey, Carlo, tell me. You gonna stab me in the back like the piece of shit I always knew you were? Mangano stares at him, cold and hard. MANGANO I'm not gonna stab you in the back, Paul. I want to see your face when I do it. VITTI I don't think so. (calls out) Mo-Mo! Mo-Mo stands up from behind a car pointing a shotgun at Mangano and Sindone. VITTI Bigs! Johnny Bigs steps out from behind a shed holding an assault rifle. VITTI Eddie! The back of a van opens to reveal Eddie "Cokes" and Tuna manning a military air-cooled machine gun on a tripod. VITTI It's over, Primo. Now get the fuck outta here. Sindone glares at him, then lowers his gun, turns, and starts to walk back into the building joined by Mangano and the soldiers. (CONTINUED) 128. 110 CONTINUED: (2) 110 Vitti and Ben relax. BEN Good thinking. I was going to bring a machine gun but I don't have one. Of course, we haven't opened the wedding gifts yet. Suddenly, Sindone whirls and FIRES at Vitti. Ben staggers in front of Vitti and takes the bullet in the shoulder. CUT TO: 111 INT. GARAGE - CONTINUOUS ACTION 111 The assembled bosses hear the sound of GUNFIRE outside. Zello looks at Baldassare. ZELLO Oh, shit. The bosses all jump up and run for the exits. CUT TO: 112 EXT. PARKING LOT - SAME TIME 112 As the GUN BATTLE CONTINUES, Sindone jumps into a car and tries to escape, but Eddie Cokes RIPS his car with the MACHINE GUN, stopping it dead. 113 OMITTED 113 113A GATES 113A An NYPD armored assault vehicle bursts through the gates. Police cruisers and SWAT vans come racing up to the scene, SIRENS SHRIEKING. Then, from out of the sky, the FBI helicopter descends, blaring a warning. AGENT STEADMAN (V.O.) (on a loudspeaker) Drop your weapons and lie facedown on the ground. I repeat. Drop your weapons and lie facedown on the ground. CUT TO: 129. 114 EXT. ALLEY - CONTINUOUS ACTION 114 Bosses and fat capos go running through the alleys and clambering over fences in their silk suits and expensive loafers. 115 EXT. PARKING LOT - CONTINUOUS ACTION 115 Agent Ricci, wearing a flak jacket and FBI baseball cap, has Sindone down on the ground with his foot on Primo's neck and a .45 aimed at his head. AGENT RICCI (screaming) Don't move! Don't you fucking move! SINDONE Hey! Take a pill, Robocop. Vitti is tending to Ben who is on the ground leaning against the side of the limo. VITTI (deeply moved) I can't believe it. You took a bullet for me. What doctor ever did that much for a patient? I'll never forget that. BEN Paul -- I tripped. VITTI Yeah. You tripped over your unconscious. DISSOLVE TO: 116 EXT. FEDERAL PRISON - MANY WEEKS LATER 116 It's a beautiful summer day. Convicts are playing basketball and lounging in the yard. CUT TO: 117 INT. PRISON LIBRARY - SAME TIME 117 Ben in a sport coat, and Vitti, in prison whites, are sitting around in a circle with several other convicts. DONNY, a heavyweight con with a shaved head and numerous tattoos is talking. (CONTINUED) 130. 117 CONTINUED: 117 DONNY I don't think my mother really listens when I talk. She never listened. VITTI And how does that make you feel? DONNY It makes me feel angry. VITTI I'll bet you feel hurt, too, don't you? DONNY (suddenly vulnerable) Yes, I do. BEN Paul, what would you say about what Donny's feeling? VITTI Donny, when you're thirsty, you don't go to the wall -- you go to the well. You know what I'm saying? Your mother may never be able to listen to you, but you have friends here who will. Okay? Ben is proud of Vitti's new sensitivity. BEN And be patient, Donny. Most people's problems take months, sometimes years to resolve. DONNY I'm doing twenty-five to life. BEN That should be plenty of time. CUT TO: 118 INT. PRISON CORRIDOR - LATER 118 Ben and Vitti have just left the therapy group. (CONTINUED) 131. 118 CONTINUED: 118 BEN You know they found Primo Sindone dead in a field near LaGuardia. VITTI I heard. (off Ben's look) I had nothing to do with it. There were guys lined up from Canarsie to Atlantic City who wanted to whack that bastard. BEN Okay, just checking. VITTI You know, Doc, I don't think I ever thanked you properly for curing me. BEN We don't say 'cured.' We say you had a 'corrective emotional experience.' VITTI You, you, you're very good. BEN (pointing) No. You. You. CUT TO: 119 OMITTED 119 120 EXT. SOBOL BACK YARD - NIGHT 120 Ben and Laura are dancing in the yard. Paper lanterns are hung here and there. A bottle of champagne sits open on the table. A great TONY BENNETT SONG can be heard playing. BEN Happy? LAURA I just can't get used to it. BEN What? (CONTINUED) 132. 120 CONTINUED: 120 LAURA It's been three weeks since the last time you were kidnapped. I don't know if I can adjust. They kiss as the SONG ENDS. Ben turns and speaks to someone O.S. BEN What do you say, Tony? One more? TONY BENNETT and his trio are set up on the back porch. TONY BENNETT Whatever you want, Dr. Sobol. My friend told me to stay as long as you wanted me. What do you want to hear, Mrs. Sobol? LAURA Your choice, Tony. TONY BENNETT I was hoping you'd say that. (quietly, to trio) 'World on a String,' fellas. Tony sings "I've Got the World on a String" as Ben and Laura continue to dance. The CAMERA PANS UP and we see Michael smiling and shooting video from his bedroom window, then the CAMERA PANS UP TO a starry sky, and we... FADE OUT. THE END