The Last Dance THE LAST DANCE: FINALE

INT. L. A. GENERAL - JOSH FORD'S HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT

JEAN FORD sits at Josh's bedside, holding his free hand. His right arm from his shoulder to his wrist is in a cast and sling. LILY enters.

JOSH
Lily!

He tries to sit up, but the pain keeps him back.

JEAN
Sit back, honey.

JOSH
Oh Lily...God, Lily --

He almost breaks down as she leans to hug him.

LILY
I'm o.k., Josh.
(sniffles)
You?

JEAN
I'll let you two have a moment --

LILY
You don't have to go --

JEAN
Oh, I'm not going anywhere far. I just
need to get myself some coffee...can I get
you two anything?

JOSH
I'm fine.

LILY
I'm all set, Mrs. Ford. Thanks.

Jean leaves, quietly closing the door.

Josh starts to break down as Lily sits next to him.

JOSH
God, Lily...thank God you're all right.

LILY
I...I was worried about you...your arm --

JOSH
Doctor says the bullet smashed through the
bone in my shoulder.
(pauses)
Say g'bye to my football career.

LILY
Don't say that! I know how important it is
to you and how hard you'll work to get it
back --

JOSH
No, what's important to me is you...and
what you stand for.
(pauses)
God, I'm so stupid! I didn't learn the first
time you got hurt...and now...and now I
almost lost you completely because I didn't
support you enough in your fight against violence.
(pauses)
I guess I got what I deserved, huh?

LILY
You are so totally wrong, Josh. You've been
there for me when it counted and I shudder to
think what might've happened had you not been
dancing with me when this went down.
(pauses)
I shouldn't have pushed you so hard --

JOSH
No, you're wrong...you pushed, but I didn't move.
Nobody did. And now I hear V.P. Krupps is
gone and hell knows who else may be on their
way out.
(pauses, composes himself)
Talked to Sug, briefly...he and Exquisite walked
out without a scratch. Where's the rest of the gang,
how are they doing?

LILY
Well, Carmen's o.k....Brooke and Sam both
sustained leg injuries...I don't know how severe
they are yet, but they're awake and talking. And
I think Mary Cherry's about to trade in her Gucci
for a straitjacket.

JOSH
Oh.

His eyes widen.

JOSH (cont'd)
Oh, what about Harry? And Nicole -- she
was like, bleeding all over the place.

Lily looks down at his hand.

LILY
It's...it's as bad as it looked, Josh.
(pauses)
Did you know that she's not even
Harrison's sister?

JOSH
What?

LILY
Yeah. I dunno...I don't want to second
guess her motives for lying about it because
at this point it doesn't matter.
(pauses, quiet)
Did you know that she was also pregnant?

JOSH
Whoa, no way! Where'd you hear that?

LILY
Carmen and Mary Cherry were there when
the nurse told Harrison that she was...they
filled me in...Sam's the one who just told me
about the brother/sister thing.
(pauses)
You have to promise me that you will not
say anything to Sam about Nic ever being
pregnant. I don't think that Nicole wanted
anyone to know.

JOSH
Don't worry, my lips are sealed, but...man,
it's just too much for me to even sort out
right now.
(pauses)
I mean, just when you think you know
everything...is she gonna be o.k.?

LILY
Honestly? I don't know. I went by her room
briefly and saw all the wires and tubes...I
didn't know what to think. I still don't -- I'm
still in a state of shock.

JOSH
We'll all be in some state of denial until the
dust settles.

INT. KENNEDY CHERRY HIGH - AUDITORIUM - SAME

SHOT FROM ABOVE: MISS GLASS stands stoically in the doorway of the AUDITORIUM, which is blocked off with yellow police tape. She lifts the tape and enters, walking slowly amongst the blood stains and toppled furnishings.

CUT TO CLOSE-UP on her as her heels click against the hardwood floor in the eerie darkness, as the hall is lit by a few overheads, the light from the hallway, and the moonlight above. She walks towards the spot where all that's left is a giant pool of blood streaked over the wood -- it is where Nicole and Harrison had been standing. She leans over...FOCUS ON HER CLAW HAND as it picks up Nicole's beautiful corsage.

PULL OUT as Miss Glass's eyes stare at it solemnly. CUT TO

OUTSIDE where Miss Glass walks towards the crowd in front of the school. She looks back at the school, seemingly unaffected -- the corsage resting nicely in her labcoat pocket. She looks towards the crowd and sees JAMIE amongst the police, firemen, and EMTs -- Jamie looks despairingly at the school. Miss Glass looks away and continues on.

INT. L. A. GENERAL - BROOKE & SAM'S HOSPITAL ROOM - LATER

BROOKE lies in bed, MIKE by her side.

BROOKE
You should be with Jane, Dad. She
needs you.

MIKE
She'll be o.k. Sam's with her, right?

BROOKE
Mmhm, but still --

MIKE
But nothing. Brooke -- I could have lost you
tonight, and...eh, I don't wanna think about it.
(pauses)
So, uh...where was Jamie during all of this?

BROOKE
We...we sort of had a falling out...it's my fault,
really.

MIKE
Do you wanna talk about it?

BROOKE
Not really...all I can say is that I probably
deserved to be left alone.
(pauses)
I was too preoccupied about this whole
thing with Nicole and Harrison and Sam
that...I didn't give him the attention he
deserved and...I dunno. I guess he didn't
want to deal with the high school drama
and I don't blame him -- he shouldn't have
to.

MIKE
Well...if he didn't feel like he could deal with
it then he's not worthy of you.

BROOKE
That's the thing...he is.
(pauses)
He's really sweet...he's fun, he's funny...he's
the only guy I've known since Josh who can
actually stand to be in the same room with
me without worrying about how he looks or
how his problems are going to turn out...he
listens to me, Dad.
(pauses)
And I think I may have messed things up...
for good.

JAMIE
I wouldn't say that.

Mike turns to see Jamie and Brooke's face lights up. Mike stands up.

JAMIE
I uh...I hear the food here's pretty rank so I
brought you some of my dad's quiche.
(pauses)
Mr. McQueen...you want some?

MIKE
Jamie --

BROOKE
It's o.k., Dad. I'll be o.k.

Mike looks to Brooke.

MIKE
I'm not going anywhere --

JAMIE
I can come back some other time --

BROOKE
No, Jamie, don't. Dad...just a few
minutes?

Mike hesitates.

MIKE
Ten --

BROOKE
Twenty --

MIKE
Ten --

BROOKE
Dad, please.

MIKE
I won't be far.

Brooke smiles at him as he leaves. Jamie takes his seat.

JAMIE
I uh...I actually brought the quiche as a peace offering
before I found out what happened. My dad's secret
recipe...he says that no woman can resist a good quiche.
(pauses)
Then again, he's the same guy who thought that
getting my mom a weedwacker for their anniversary
was a fantastic idea.

Brooke manages a giggle.

JAMIE
Now that's what I like to see.
(pauses)
Well, Brooke -- you really know how to scare the heck out
of a guy, don't you?

BROOKE
Jamie -- I'm sorry --

JAMIE
Shh...there's no need to be. I should be the one
who's sorry.
(pauses)
I shouldn't've been such an ass --

BROOKE
No, Jamie, please -- you weren't being an ass.
I was the one who should've just let this whole
thing go to begin with. It was never my place
to obsess about Nicole's situation --

JAMIE
She's your friend, right?

Brooke nods.

JAMIE (cont'd)
And you obviously care about her...so sure, it
was your place, 'specially if you thought she was
in trouble.

Brooke looks like she could cry.

BROOKE
And now...she could be in more trouble...

JAMIE
Hey. Shhh...it's not like you could've prevented
any of this.

BROOKE
Could I have? I mean...if I'd just told Harrison
everything, maybe they would'nt have been out
there on the dance floor --

JAMIE
-- and maybe someone else would've been
standing in their place, like Sam or Carmen.
Or even you.
(pauses)
Don't torture yourself. Don't fill your head
with maybes and what ifs. Just be thankful
that you're still here...still breathing.

BROOKE
It's...it's hard. Especially when I think about
Vice Principal Krupps.

JAMIE
Yeah...sorry about that. Sorry about your classmate,
too.

BROOKE
I...I know she'll make it. I know she will.

JAMIE
She? But I thought --

BROOKE
Nicole will make it. She's strong --

Jamie looks at her blankly.

JAMIE
Oh...my God.

BROOKE
What? What, Jamie? Have you heard something
that I haven't? Oh my God, don't tell me --

JAMIE
No, no...I wasn't talking about Nicole.

BROOKE
Excuse me?

JAMIE
Well, I...I came here almost immediately from the
high school after finding out where you were and...
I thought you'd seen it happen...

BROOKE
What. What?

JAMIE
Well, the EMTs were working on someone...some
kid and...I overheard them call it.

BROOKE
OhmiGod...who was it?

JAMIE
Some kid named Freddy. Something like Freddy
Long...or something.

BROOKE
The only Freddy I know is...oh --

Brooke's face is awash with shock as she registers the information.

BROOKE
Freddy...Gong?

JAMIE
Yeah...that's it.

FOCUS ON BROOKE'S FACE as she tries to comprehend what happened.

CUT TO

INT. L. A. GENERAL - JANE'S HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT

JANE has moved over in her bed and SAM lies with her, her head against her mother's shoulder.

SAM
I can't believe this is happening.

JANE
Oh Sammy...I can't imagine how it'd
be like having gone through something
as horrible as this.

SAM
You don't want to, Mom.

JANE
I know. I mean, I hear about these things in
the news and I tried to convince myself that
it would never happen to you...but in the
back of my mind there was always that
fear...that knowledge that it could happen.
(pauses)
And now it has and...I don't know what
to think anymore.

SAM
I wish I didn't know what to think anymore.
(pauses)
I wish...I wish my mind would just go blank
and forget everything that I've seen.

JANE
I know...I know. It's gonna take you kids
a very long time to heal, and I'm not just
talking about your legs.
(pauses)
I just want you to know that...I will do
everything in my power to be there for you,
Sammy.
(pauses)
I love you, honey...I love you so much, and -- I
just don't know what I would've done had...had
you been hurt worse than...

She breaks down as Sam hugs her.

SAM
Don't even think about it...I'm here and I'm not going
anywhere.

She manages a weak smile as Jane wipes the tears from her eyes.

JANE
Thank God...oh Sam...how are Lily and
Carmen holding up?

SAM
Lily said she was going to pop in to see Josh...
I'm sure he's o.k. Carmen...she spent alot of
ER time with Harrison.
(pauses, shrugs)
Harrison's a wreck.

JANE
I would think so.

SAM
You know...I'm not even sure what to make
of this whole Nicole not being his sister thing,
but...I just know that he...he cares for her.
Alot.
(pauses)
I saw it in his face when...when I saw everything
go down. I've never seen him in shock before and
when Miss Glass couldn't...when she couldn't
help, he just panicked...he flipped out, like he was
in another dimension or something.

Sam's face screws up in emotional pain.

SAM
I don't think she's gonna make it, Mom.

She breaks down as Jane comforts her.

INT. L. A. GENERAL - NICOLE'S HOSPITAL ROOM - SAME

Harrison peeks his head into the room -- the coast is clear. He sneaks in and pulls up a chair next to her bed. He looks at her for a moment as he slouches towards her.

HARRISON
Hey.

Obviously no answer as she lies unconscious.

HARRISON (cont'd)
Um...they say that if you talk to someone
while they're lying there like you are right
now that...it's possible that they can still
hear you.
(pauses)
I dunno, 'cuz when I was in here, I was
pretty much dead to the world.

He utters a half-assed laugh.

HARRISON (cont'd)
Bad joke...sorry.
(pauses)
I half expected your dripping sarcasm to spill
forth there.

He reaches out and takes her limp hand. And edited version of Kendall Payne's "Never Leave" starts to play on the soundtrack.

HARRISON
You know, speaking of lying there...Nicole...
why didn't you just tell me that...that we weren't
really related? I mean...I thought that you would
rather d -- I thought that you would hate it for the
world to know...that you had blood ties to the
unpopular crowd. Why sacrifice your pride for...for
having me think that I was your brother?

He pauses, then looks away.

HARRISON (cont'd)
Unless...unless you were just being Nicole and
wanted some legitimate excuse to kick me around.

FOCUS on NICOLE'S HAND squeezing his. His head turns in shock.

HARRISON (cont'd)
You...you can hear me? Nicole?

He looks at their hands. There is no movement.

HARRISON (cont'd)
Eh...that musta been one of those reflex actions.
(pauses)
You know...I guess I could understand you
wanting to lie to me about the brother/sister
thing...but...I've...I've been racking my brain
trying to figure out why...why the hell wouldn't
you just tell me...why didn't you tell me you were
pregnant? Why? Were you afraid that I would
judge you -- I mean, since you knew that I
thought that I was your brother? What...what
was it?
(pauses)
Oh God...unless...unless it wasn't mine.
(pauses)
Even still...I wouldn't have judged you at all.
I wouldn't have judged you.
(pauses)
Was it...was it mine?

FOCUS on NICOLE'S HAND squeezing his. Harrison's expression crumbles.

HARRISON (cont'd)
(looks towards the ceiling)
God, please...please let that've been another
relflexive muscle spasm or something, because
I refuse to accept that I may have lost something I
would have...I would have treasured as much as
I do this...this per..right here.

He pauses and looks at Nicole's face, tears flowing from his eyes.

HARRISON (cont'd)
That's right...you heard me, Nicole. I treasure you.
Right now...I'd give my life to see you get up out of
this damned hospital bed and strut towards the
first target of your wrath and spit out the most vile,
caustic insults that I've ever heard, because...because
that's who you are to the world.
(pauses)
But to me...to me you're so much more.
(pauses)
You didn't just save my life, Nicole...you gave me
life when we...got together.
(pauses, laughs half-heartedly)
I can picture you now, laughing in my face at that.
You'd be laughing because you'd be thinking
that the little virgin boy got deflowered and now the
whole simple act of consummation was the 'end all
be all' of his existence.
(pauses)
But it's not like that...because in those moments that
we were together...we didn't just have sex...we made
love.
(pauses)
If you could respond, you'd say it was just a matter
of semantics and misplaced romance, but...I think
I know you better than that. I think that even you
are smart enough to tell the difference between just a
straight-on bangathon and...and real intimacy.

He has a revelation.

HARRISON (cont'd)
Oh my God...that's...that's why you lied to me, isn't
it? You lied to me because you knew that, didn't you?
(pauses, looks away)
God, how could I be so stupid, so...so frickin' blind?
(looks back)
I should've recognized this...I've been through this before.
(pauses, composes himself)
There was this girl...in like, first grade...and she picked
on me like, every day at recess. Her name was Heather.
Heather Barrymore...don't think she was related to Drew...
sorry. But anyway, she didn't call me names or anything...
she'd just come up behind me on the monkey bars while
I was about to climb on and give me a nice, hard
shove so I'd fall face first into the sand...she'd laugh and
then kick sand into my face. And if it wasn't the monkey
bars, it'd be something else...it never failed. I would
always come back to class with sand in my Underoos...
or worse.
(pauses)
Well...one day, I was hiding out at the top of the wooden
jungle gym -- you know, those cool fortresses with the
climbable tires and the wobbly bridge thing that you jump
on and try not to fall off of...yeah, anyway, I was hiding in this
perfect little thing up on top where no one could see me and
I was so sure that she'd never find me.
(pauses)
I'd just peeked through the slats of the wood and turned
my head and -- there she was. I was huddled in the corner
as she came at me and I was sure that I was soon to
be flying off the top of that thing...I braced myself as she
smiled her evil smile and leaned towards me, and then --
and then she kissed me. Right on my cheek.
(pauses)
I opened my eyes and she just sat there, smiling.
(pauses)
It was at that moment that...I realized the meaning behind
her every bruise...her every cut...her every grain of sand.
(pauses)
Of course it didn't last...she still threw me off the top of
that thing, but you see...that time...I landed with a smile.

He caresses her hand with his hands.

HARRISON (cont'd)
Until very recently...I'd forgotten what it was like to smile
like that.
(pauses)
And there's nothing...nothing I wouldn't give to see you
smile.

The respirator hisses and the the monitors beep a steady rhythm though the depressing silence. Harrison's lip quivers as he completely breaks down.

HARRISON (cont'd)
Please...don't leave me. I'm begging
you. Please, don't leave me. I...I know
I may not mean as much to you as you
mean to me...and if I do, you never told
me, but...I -- I need you to get out of this
so you can push me face first into the sand
or kiss me on the cheek, because I promise you...
that when you do wake up, I won't let
you stop me from saying what I need
to say to you, and I think you know what
it is.
(chokes)
Please...don't...leave me.

FOCUS on NICOLE'S HAND squeezing his again, this time a little longer -- "Never Leave" starts to conclude as Harrison is now beside himself with emotion as he holds her hand in his and traces his fingers around hers. All of a sudden, the life monitor flickers and BEEPS urgently, cutting from zig-zag to a horizontal line -- Harrison's expression drops.

HARRISON (cont'd)
Nicole? No, no, Nur --

PUSH IN on the monitor the bright green flat line as Harrison panics.

HARRISON'S VOICE
Nurse?!!! For the love of God --

QUICK FADE TO BLACK

HARRISON'S VOICE
-- will somebody please get a doctor
in here!!! Nicole!!!

SOUNDTRACK: "You...will never...leave me."

END/CREDITS

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"THE LAST DANCE"
(No alternative title/appears after the events in Coup, airdate 3/16/01.)
(a.k.a. "N/A")

written/scripted by John Andrew

SUGGESTED MUSIC (Edited Versions of):
"Hey Baby" by Bruce Channel (Getting ready/Harrison picks up Nicole)
"Jaded" by Aerosmith (Beginning of The Dance)
"Wonder Why" by Michael Feinstein [off of The MGM Album] (The Slow Dance/Shooting)
"Broadway" by the Goo Goo Dolls
"Never Leave" by Kendall Payne (Harrison's speech/Finale)

© MARCH/APRIL 2001


"HEAVEN CAN'T WAIT"
(No alternative title/appears after the events in The Last Dance.)

Satan takes Nicole in this Heaven Can Wait (1943) meets Se7en assessment of her infernal life.

Guest starring Barry White and Ann Margaret.