ACT EIGHT

FADE IN:

INT. HAPPY HEARTS CASINO. GAMING ROOM – DAY

Mad March and The 10 of Clubs lead Alice through the clamor of the Gaming Room. Music thumps, Go Go Dancers jive, Croupiers deal the cards, all of them winning cards.

Alice sees the glow of excitement seeping out of the Players bare soles, into the floors.

ALICE

They're half asleep...

The FEMALE STUDENT and the COP who we last saw escorted from the Waiting Room, stand together at a gaming table, their eyes in a trance-like state once more, gambling feverishly...

CUT TO:

INT. HAPPY HEARTS CASINO. THRONEROOM - DAY

Something terrible... something unthinkable... has been said.

The Queen of Hearts stands, eyes fixed on Alice, face reddening, hands trembling with anger...

The King closes his eyes in disbelief, certain that the world is about to come to an end.

Alice stands between Mad March and the 10 of Clubs who is desperately trying to form a word...

10 OF CLUBS

I... aahhhh...ummmmm...

KING OF HEARTS

No, number ten, best not say another word.

The 10 of Clubs stops trying to speak, and stands hoping the floor will open up and swallow him.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

She's lying of course.

KING OF HEARTS

Of course.

10 OF CLUBS

I did try my best to –

KING OF HEARTS

(cutting him dead) Number ten!

10 OF CLUBS

Sorry Majesty.

The King steps up to Alice with graveyard eyes.

KING OF HEARTS

We could search her again, of course, more thoroughly...

ALICE

It won't do any good.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Where did you hide it, girl?

ALICE

I've told you. I don't know what you're talking about. I've never worn a ring in my life.

KING OF HEARTS

We know that Jack gave you the ring Alice. We. Know. That! The White Rabbit told us , heaven rest his soul. The question is, did you leave it in your world?

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Winston you idiot! Now she knows we don't know whether she brought it with her.

KING OF HEARTS

Ah! That's right! Sorry dearest. This interrogation business is tricky.

Defeated the king returns to his throne and tries to look inscrutable.

The Queen paces around Alice.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

You walked into Mad March's trap on purpose, didn't you? You wanted him to catch you, because you didn't know the way here.

Alice says nothing, stares straight ahead.

QUEEN OF HEARTS (CONT'D)

You'd only do that, of course, if you'd hidden the ring first, somewhere very discrete. Am I right?

KING OF HEARTS

Brilliant, my dear!

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Shut. Up. Winston.

KING OF HEARTS

Just admiring the genius mind at work, a miracle to behold.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Your plan was... to try to cut a deal with one of my cohorts, make your demands, and only return the ring when they've been met... but now suddenly you find yourself face to face with the Queen of Hearts herself, the most powerful persona in the history of literature, and you don't know whether you can go through with it. You've lost your nerve. That about sums it up, doesn't it?

ALICE

No.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

No?

ALICE

I haven't lost my nerve.

KING OF HEARTS

Hah! You've cracked her open like a roast walnut! Incredible.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

So, then... Alice my dear, what are your demands?

Alice heaves a sigh, plucks up courage.

ALICE

I want you to free my boyfriend, Jack Chase and send us both home. Once we're certain we're safe, I'll tell you where the ring is.

Silence. Nobody moves... time is momentarily suspended.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

I see. Number Nine, go fetch this Jack Chase.

9 OF CLUBS

But Marm...

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Do as you're told.

The 9 of Clubs hurries off. The Queen turns back to Alice, smiles sweetly.

There's a commotion. Someone is being escorted into the throne Room.

QUEEN OF HEARTS (CONT'D)

What a coincidence. It appears that Jack 'Chase', was waiting just outside the door.

Me wonders why?

As the crowd parts...

Alice squints... trying to see... And then she does.

ALICE

Jack!

Jack is escorted in. Looking decidedly uncomfortable.

Alice runs to him, embraces him.

ALICE (CONT'D)

Are you all right?

JACK

I'm fine. What are you doing here?

QUEEN OF HEARTS

We found her running around the forest all on her todd, so I brought her here. I was very curious to see what sort of tart my son is hanging around with these days...

ALICE

Son..? you're... her son?

QUEEN OF HEARTS

His real name is Jack Heart. He lied to you about that too.

JACK

Mother.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Don't 'mother' me, you odious quisling. Your girlfriend has hidden the Stone of Wonderland out there, in the bushes somewhere.

JACK

She's not my girlfriend. She's nothing to me.

ALICE

Jack?

QUEEN OF HEARTS

So why did you give her my ring?

JACK

As I've said a thousand times, I didn't give it to her. She took it.

ALICE

How can you say that?

JACK

She was an affair, that's all. Someone to pass the time with while I explored her world. I took the ring to be certain I had the power to return. Little did I know she'd go through my things while I slept.

Alice is devastated.

JACK (CONT'D)

Alice. Tell us where you hid the ring.

Alice is confused.

ALICE

Jack... I...

JACK

I didn't ask you to come here Alice, and I certainly didn't want you to hide the ring.

So, come on, tell everyone where it is.

ALICE

Okay...er...

Then Jack gives her a look... a subtle raise of the eyebrows... a look that says: 'No! No! No!'

ALICE (CONT'D)

No. I'm not telling anyone where it is until you've taken me home.

Jack looks back at the Queen.

JACK

Perhaps that's not such a bad idea. If I take her home we'll be sure to get it back.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Brilliant! The only little niggle is, well, I wouldn't trust you if you told me the sun was round.

KING OF HEARTS

And sadly we've had to shut down the Looking-Glass altogether now -

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Winston! Stop giving away classified information! Do they have to know that? Do you need to get it off your chest! Just shut up you feckless moron and let some one with half a brain deal with this.

KING OF HEARTS

Dash, blast and pomegranate! You're right! I gave it away! Sorry Peaches.

The Queen regains her composure.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

I'm sure we can win over the lovely girl without having to go all the way back to smelly old home sweet home.

She turns her high-beam smile toward...

QUEEN OF HEARTS (CONT'D)

Ah... look who's here...

A radiantly beautiful Woman in a form-fitting dress, sashaying into the room like a model on a runway... THE DUCHESS.

QUEEN OF HEARTS (CONT'D)

Duchess!

DUCHESS

Majesty.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Jack, have you nothing to say to your fiancee?

ALICE

What?

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Don't tell me. Jack forgot to mention his life long love, wildly romantic engagement and upcoming wedding?

JACK

Stop this.

DUCHESS

So... this is...

Her eyes go to Alice. Alice glares back.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

I'm afraid so.

The Duchess crosses to Alice, appraising her.

DUCHESS

Really... I'm starting to wonder about your taste, Jack. I mean, if you think she's pretty... what must you think of me?

QUEEN OF HEARTS

He thinks you're the most gorgeous creature in the world, dear, that's why he's marrying you.

The Duchess smiles, looks at Jack. The Queen closes in on Alice.

QUEEN OF HEARTS (CONT'D)

You see Alice dear. Jack has been engaged for months now. His flight through the Looking Glass was no more than a diversion, a stag spree... a wave goodbye to his mischievous youth.

Alice looks at Jack... rattled and confused.

QUEEN OF HEARTS (CONT'D)

You're going to tell us where you hid the ring, and then you're going to wish you had never laid eyes on my son.

JACK

Well. I better run. Goodbye Alice.

Jack takes both of Alice's hands in his.

JACK (CONT'D)

I forgive you for taking the ring. I know you were upset with me... And I don't blame you.

He gives her a kiss on the cheek and whispers the words –

JACK (CONT'D)

(so no one else can hear) He's here.

AND HE SLIPS SOMETHING INTO HER HAND.

Alice is thrown by the remark, looks at Jack... ''who's here?"

JACK (CONT'D)

Goodbye. (Turning to the Duchess.) Duchess..?

He extends his arm to the Duchess. She happily takes it. They exit the room together.

Alice watches them, her mind reeling.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Take her to the Truth Room.

The 10 of Clubs and his Suits lead her away.

INT. HAPPY HEARTS CASINO. GAMING ROOM. CONTINUOUS – DAY

As Alice is escorted back across the Gaming Room she surreptitiously checks her pocket, sees what Jack gave her...

It's a SMALL WATCH with the initials RH engraved on the back.

She stops dead, stunned.

ALICE

(to herself) Dad!

The 10 of Clubs pushes her forcefully, from behind.

10 OF CLUBS

Keep moving!

She moves, burying the watch back in her pocket.

But her eyes go to the Players all around her at the tables, the Oysters... Her father could be one of them!

ALICE

My god, he's here... He's here...

10 OF CLUBS

said, keep moving!

She's in shock.

INT. HAPPY HEARTS CASINO. JACK'S SUITE – DAY

A heavy door opens and the Duchess escorts Jack through. A GUARD stands in attendance.

DUCHESS

Who is she Jack?

JACK

Jealous?

DUCHESS

Of course I am.

JACK

Then help me get out of here.

The Duchess glances at the guard.

DUCHESS

You know I can't do that, but maybe... if you tell me what you're up to...

JACK

I'm not up to anything.

DUCHESS

Oh baby. We shouldn't have any secrets between us.

She moves forward to kiss him, but he pulls away. She looks at him, disappointed, and leaves. The GUARD closes and locks the door.

INT. HAPPY HEARTS CASINO. TRUTH ROOM – DAY

A door opens in a perfectly white room. There are no other doors, no windows, no corners or edges to the room.

Alice is led in by the10 of Clubs, who quickly disappears back through the door and when he closes it, no sign of the door remains...

Now she is alone in a white void... until... rising up from nowhere, as if on an invisible elevator... two HUGE MEN appear...

They tower over Alice wearing rubber clothes stained with unimaginable stains... and black rubber gloves...

DOCTOR DEE

I know what you're thinking, but it isn't so. Nohow.

DOCTOR DUM

Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be , and if it were so, it would be, but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.

DOCTOR DEE

I am Doctor Dee. And this is my brother...

DOCTOR DUM

Doctor Dum.

DOCTOR DEE

Our job is to open you up, pull everything out...

DOCTOR DUM

... until we find the very thing we're looking for.

They grin ominously. Alice looks up at the giant twins, terrified... as the white void around them starts to change... transforming into a vast hypnotic spiral that swirls anti-clockwise...

Slowly... Alice's eyes close...

INT. ALICE'S CHILDHOOD HOME – NIGHT.

10 year old Alice stands in the hallway staring at the open front door and the blackness beyond, just as she was when we last saw her in the dream sequence.

A wind blows...

YOUNG ALICE

Dad?

On a side table... a pair of men's leather gloves... She reaches out, picks them up and as she does so she becomes...adult Alice...

Doctor Dee's giant fleshy face appears outside the window behind Alice.

DOCTOR DEE

How old are you?

ALICE

Ten.

DOCTOR DEE

But you're alone in the house.

DOCTOR DUM

Why have you been left alone?

Doctor Dum's shadowy face looms outside the door. They're like giants looking into a doll's house.

ALICE

Dad's left... Mom's asking the neighbor to come look after me so she can go look for him...

DOCTOR DEE

Did he say goodbye?

ALICE

No.

CUT TO:

INT. THE TRUTH ROOM. CONTINUOUS – DAY

The Doctors are bent over the little yellow house.

DOCTOR DEE

Why don't you see if he's left you something in his study?

BACK TO:

INT. ALICE'S CHILDHOOD HOME – NIGHT.

ALICE

No.

DOCTOR DUM

Why not?

ALICE

I'm scared to go in there.

DOCTOR DEE

Why? You've been in there a thousand times before.

ALICE

This time's different.

DOCTOR DUM

Nonsense.

Alice reaches out... opens the door and steps inside.

The room is completely empty of furniture except for a cradle swinging quietly in the center.

DOCTOR DUM (CONT'D)

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall...

Alice walks towards the cradle over the bare floorboards.

DOCTOR DEE

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall...

Unseen, the baby gurgles quietly.

DOCTOR DEE & DOCTOR DUM

All the king's horses and all the king's men, couldn't put Humpty together again...

Alice looks inside, sees-

Not a baby... but a piglet.

Bang! The door slams behind her. The cradle disappears.

DOCTOR DEE

Now it's time for a battle.

Smiles spread across their faces.

DOCTOR DUM

Lets see if we can find a little lever...

DOCTOR DEE

...to prize the tasty Oyster open.

One by one the floorboards fall away, spiraling down, down into an abyss, leaving Alice standing on a single floor board.

ALICE

AHHH!

Alice immediately drops onto her knees and grabs the sides of the floorboard... Tries not to look down at the cavernous void around her.

The floorboard is 8 inches wide... it creaks and buckles under her weight. All around it, and below... is nothing but thin air... and a sheer drop to a terrifying death.

ALICE (cont'd)

No please, no...

She closes her eyes and hangs on for dear life.

DOCTOR DUM

Well now. Daddy's left you with a fear of heights.

ALICE

This isn't happening. This is all in my head. It's just a dream.

She rises to her feet.

ALICE (CONT'D)

It's JUST A DREAM!

Alice closes her eyes and hangs a foot out over the abyss.

AND STEPS INTO THE VOID...

ALICE (cont'd)

Ahhh!

She falls!

Catches the floorboard with her right arm... swings out over the void, legs dangling... pulls her left hand up and hangs on...

ALICE (CONT'D)

It's real!

DOCTOR DUM

Of course it's real.

ALICE

But I'll die.

DOCTOR DEE

Undoubtedly.

ALICE

Don't you want to know where I've hidden the ring?

DOCTOR DUM

Not really. This is much more fun!

Alice looks up at their faces, looming at the window, grinning...

ALICE

Are you mad!

DOCTOR DEE & DOCTOR DUM

Clinically insane!

Alice looks down swinging over the abyss... terrified... the, floorboard buckling and bouncing with her weight... and her hands start to slip...

FADE TO BLACK.

END OF NIGHT ONE

Notes

This is the end of the night one script. I have a revision script still to post. The revision script is a number of changes that were made to the script while shooting was going on. It's not the whole script, just parts that were changed. I'll try to get it posted this week.

I'm glad you are all enjoying this. I'm still trying to find a copy of night two but so far have had no luck. I'll keep trying though, it's bound to pop up one day.